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Cheese in the Trap: Episode 10

So cute today. I mean, this show is always cute (with a side of crazies), but this episode had some really sweet character beats that made me giddy. It also had some triumphant moments for our heroine, who confronts her tormenters in a major way and doesn’t hold back or silently endure like she’s so used to doing. Grab some popcorn, because things are about to get entertainingly ugly.

Note: There’s a good chance that Cheese in the Trap will be pre-empted next week for the New Year holiday (Monday and Tuesday, February 8-9). It hasn’t been confirmed, but there’s talk of tvN possibly airing movies instead, so just a warning to be emotionally prepared for a week with no Cheese! Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out… *whimper*

 
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EPISODE 10 RECAP

Seol keeps her distance from Jung, though she finds herself upset that he’s ignoring her too. But then she finds him waiting in the stairwell with a can of coffee, wanting to talk. When she turns it down, he just wraps his arms around her in a backhug and lingers there for a while, until he quietly slips the coffee in her pocket and walks away.

After class, Seol and Bora are shocked when Eun-taek says no to lunch with them, because they’ve never seen him not hungry. Sure enough, he’s chowing down on a burger without them… because he’s having lunch with Jung instead.

Jung says that once midterms are over, he’ll be at school even less frequently than before, and asks Eun-taek to keep an eye on Seol and let him know if anything happens. He admits that Seol doesn’t share that stuff with him, and he’s worried. I get the sentiment, but I dunno, shouldn’t you ask her?

Eun-taek agrees and says he’d wondered about whether or not to show Jung the video they took of Stalker Boy Young-gon harassing her the other day. Eun-taek shares the video and says that Young-gon was so bad last year that this time Seol wanted to collect evidence to turn over to the police, though he’s skeptical that it’ll do anything.

Jung asks for a copy of that and any future videos they get of Young-gon, saying that he’ll help find a solution. Um. Can we not give Jung fuel to do another scary thing he won’t be able to explain later?

When Jung heads back to campus, he sees Copycat Min-soo walking ahead of him, looking exactly like Seol from behind with her lion charm just openly dangling from her bag. She’s even muttering to herself like a crazy person, that she’s not the one who copied Seol, and that Seol was so mean not to accept her apology.

Jung clearly knows it’s Min-soo but runs up to her and slings an arm around her, feigning surprise when he sees that it’s not Seol. He points out the lion charm and calls it cute, and asks if she and her boyfriend each have one. Ohhh, I see what you’re doing there.

He says that their classmates have mentioned that she has a boyfriend, and she weakly replies that she does. Jung suddenly turns cold and reaches over to caress a lock of her hair as he says, “No matter how much you impersonate and struggle to try, you can’t become the same. Haven’t you already realized it too?” She stammers as she asks what he means, but he just says she’s not so dumb that she doesn’t understand, and walks away. Okay, he’s scary when he does that.

Min-soo is shocked at first and wonders if this is the same Jung sunbae she knows. But then she flashes back to him suggesting that she look at those past presentations for their group project, and wonders now if he set her up on purpose. Oh he definitely did. But then she makes the leap that this is all Seol’s doing, and that she’s even using her boyfriend to stick it to Min-soo. Great. Crazypants is now Angrypants.

At his internship, Jung’s supervisor praises the excellent job he did on the last presentation, and bestows a new project on him like it’s a special honor, when really he’s just foisting his own work onto the intern. Sigh, it’s all too familiar a routine for Jung, and he forces a smile.

Curiously, he gets a text from In-ha declaring that she’s dealing with Stalker Boy per their deal, and that he should anticipate the results. And then Seol’s little brother Joon says he’s visiting campus tomorrow and asks Jung to buy him lunch. That makes Jung think of Joon’s picture saved on Copycat Min-soo’s phone, and the wheels start turning…

The next day on campus, Min-soo stops in her tracks to see Seol sitting next to her dream boyfriend, all touchy and close. Of course, she has no idea that Seol is Joon’s sister, and sees their playful teasing as something else entirely.

Seol isn’t really keen on the idea of going to lunch with Jung, but Joon wants her to come because their friend Ah-young is coming too. Ah-young arrives with breakfast for the three of them, and Min-soo watches jealously as Seol wipes at Joon’s mouth with a napkin.

Min-soo quakes with rage and says aloud, “Hong Seol… everything I want, Hong Seol takes from me. What did I do that was so wrong?” Suddenly she remembers the lion charm and balls up her fist, squeezing it tightly. Uh-oh.

Min-soo purposefully bumps into Seol from behind and drops the lion to the ground, and then she stomps on it repeatedly before dragging it along underfoot. She finally kicks it back to Seol, who’s upset to see her lion so tattered up and abused. Bora gets angry and wants to confront Min-soo now, but Seol says they have a midterm to get through first.

Jung watches all of this quietly in the background, and then heads into class and sits near Min-soo. When the others mention that Min-soo has a boyfriend, Jung asks brightly if he’s good-looking, prompting everyone around them to ask to see a picture. Min-soo tries to brush past it, but Young-gon’s girlfriend Da-young grabs her phone and shows them Joon’s picture. Jung pretends not to recognize that it’s Joon.

It puts Min-soo on edge, knowing that Seol is somehow connected to her faux boyfriend, and she ends up not being able to take her exam very well because she’s paranoid about how to keep from being found out. She walks out of class muttering that it’s all Seol’s fault that she failed her test. Of course it is.

Seol confronts Min-soo after class and says it’s one thing to have stolen her lion, but what does she mean to say by stomping on it? Min-soo only gets louder and more defiant, asking what’s so wrong about throwing away what’s hers.

They’ve drawn a crowd by now, and Stalker Boy’s girlfriend Da-young rolls her eyes and asks if they’re still going on about that damn doll. Just then, Joon and Ah-young arrive to have lunch with Jung, and Joon runs over to Seol to say hi. Muahaha. This is going to be good.

Da-young recognizes Joon from his picture and asks if this is Min-soo’s boyfriend, and immediately the thought that comes to Seol’s mind is, “Sunbae called Joon on purpose…?” Jung pretends not to know what everyone’s talking about when they say that Joon is the guy on Min-soo’s phone.

Meanwhile, Ah-young demands a straight answer from Joon about whether he has a girlfriend, clearly jealous. But Joon swears he has no such thing: “Who’s Man-soo?” Pfft, is it mean that I love this moment?

Joon announces in no uncertain terms that Ah-young is the girl he likes, and Da-young asks Min-soo to say something. Min-soo hangs her head and quietly ekes out that Joon just looks like her boyfriend is all, but Seol snatches the phone out of her hand and sees her brother’s face right there as her wallpaper.

Everyone gapes and Bora says her skin is crawling. Seol demands to know what Min-soo is doing with a photo of her brother, and asks how far she’s going to take this. Min-soo snatches her phone back and can feel everyone turning on her, and suddenly lashes out at Seol with an accusation that she knew all this and planned to publicly humiliate her.

Min-soo launches at her violently and grabs her collar, screaming like she’s the victim in all this and Seol is somehow relentlessly tormenting her. That’s enough to make Seol fight back and she pushes Min-soo to the ground, and in no time they’re wrestling each other on the floor. Most people try to stop them, though Stalker Boy is busy taking video of the fight, which Jung quietly steals and erases.

Joon finally manages to pull Seol off, and Min-soo is still playing the victim and acting like Seol won’t leave her alone. Seol screams right back that Min-soo is the one who needs to get away from her, not the other way around. When Seol lays out all the things she’s done, Min-soo finally caves and cries, “Everything I want, you have! Grades, friends, even a boyfriend!”

Seol: “I don’t know why you’re saying that, but grades, friends…” She pauses thinking of Jung but doesn’t mention the boyfriend part aloud, then continues, “There’s not a single thing I earned easily.” She says that Min-soo didn’t used to be like this, and asks why she changed.

Min-soo cries that she was nothing before and she’ll never go back to that. She flashes back to people in their department constantly asking who she is and not remembering her, like she was invisible. Seol asks, “Are you happier now? People will remember you as Liar Sohn Min-soo. Are you happier now?” Min-soo finally breaks down in sobs.

Afterwards, Seol asks Jung point-blank if he called Joon here, and he says he’s been patient and holding back, but he thinks it’s better this way. He knows how much Min-soo has been bothering her, and says that people who play the victim and want what others have will always end up that way—losing what they have in an attempt to gain what isn’t theirs.

Seol sighs and thinks to herself that Jung has been surrounded by people like this his whole life, when just one Min-soo is enough to make her this angry. Jung says he won’t rush her, and that if she can understand him and come a little closer, he can wait.

Seol asks, “So you just stand still and I go closer? Does that fix everything?” He says that he thought they were alike at first, but admits, “Now I know we’re just as different too.” He says he’s trying, to fix why she’s frustrated with him and why she can’t come close. He puts a bag of medicine in her hand for the wound on her face, and plays with her hair gently before pulling back. A tear escapes from Seol, but she doesn’t say a word as he walks away.

In-ho plays “Für Elise” for his teacher, who keeps making him play it over and over. He gets exasperated and asks how else he’s supposed to play it, and Teacher says it has no sincerity. He tells In-ho that his piano-playing used to have a core, and that what’s injured isn’t his hand, but his heart.

Teacher says that that’s what Professor Noh saw in him. In-ho balks at the mention of his former teacher, and gets angry to find out that his teacher told Professor Noh about his return. He grabs this things and storms out in a huff, only to deflate as soon as he gets to the hallway and hears another student playing “Danse Macabre.” It’s clearly what he wants to be playing instead.

In-ho catches up to Seol on her way off campus, and finds it weird that she’s being aloof and hiding her face under a hood. He yanks it back and gets all riled up at the scratch on her face (gah, why is he so cute lately?), and she tries to brush it aside like it’s nothing.

He demands to know who did this, asking if it was Stalker Boy, or In-ha. Lol, why is the list of usual suspects so long in your life? She just shoves the hood back on, and he asks if she plans to go home to her parents looking that way.

In-ho sits her down and buys ointment for her face, and when he sees her struggling to put it on by herself, he steps in and does it for her. He jokes that she’s turned into a fighter and asks, “Did you win?” Ha. He says if you fight you should at least win, and Seol sighs that there was no winning; it’s just complicated.

Seol says she’s been thinking about why Min-soo did all that, and she thinks that it’s a little like her being jealous of the girl who used to follow Jung everywhere—you don’t even really know why you’re envious, but you feel yourself trying to be more like her, and then feeling more desperate and pathetic when you’re not.

She says she’s only ever been angry at Min-soo, but never once tried to understand her, and wonders now if things would’ve gone this far if she had just accepted Min-soo as a friend.

Seol says it’s only after the fight that she can understand Min-soo a little, but Jung told her not to dwell on it. In-ho asks hesitantly if they made up, and Seol says no, but she’s begun to understand Jung a little more too. She realized that she only sees what she wants to see and hears what she wants to hear, and only saw him the way she wanted to.

In-ho stares at her for a long beat, contemplating what she said, and then quickly returns to his jokey self and tells Seol to think up an excuse to tell her parents before they get home.

The next day, Seol narrates that Min-soo never came back to school, and everyone supposed that she took the rest of the semester off. Everyone teases Seol and acts terrified of her, but Seol tells us in voiceover that the gossip died down eventually, and school continued on as normal.

In-ha makes herself some ramyun and pulls out one of In-ho’s piano books to put underneath the pot, and pauses when she sees the name Hong Seol all over the book. It’s one of Seol’s childhood piano books that she gave to In-ho, and In-ha cackles in glee because things just got interesting.

Seol doesn’t know how to answer a text from Jung asking if she’s doing well, and happens by Uncle’s bar as In-ho is playing “Für Elise.” She sneaks in and sits down next to him at the piano, and he blusters that he was just playing it for fun. She urges him to keep playing, marveling at how the same song can suddenly sound so different.

She calls his rendition very sad and full of longing, and guesses that songs take on a totally different feel depending on the player. That seems to spark something in In-ho, and he watches Seol play a few bars while calling out the notes when she struggles. She’s adorably proud, and he praises her with a smile.

He suddenly asks, “Should I go to school?” She says he’s already at school, but he means officially enroll as a student, after taking his high school equivalency exam, like she suggested last time.

Seol lights up and grabs In-ho’s hand in excitement, planning out how they’ll use Joon’s old books and they’ll plan a schedule so that she can help him study. She’s genuinely giddy, though In-ho can only focus on the hand that she’s touching.

He turns comically red-faced, his cheeks like two glowy balls of hormones as bright as a neon sign. His heart races and he just stares at Seol, and then his hand, and then back at her, in a daze.

She finally notices his radioactive cheeks and he tries to brush it aside, but when she reaches out to touch his face curiously, he jumps up. Aaaaaah. This is so cute. Seol is worried that he’s sick or something, and he’s so flummoxed that she basically chases him around the room until he finally comes up with the excuse that he has a cold and runs away. Hee. I have to watch that again.

They walk home and Seol worries about In-ho practicing so late if he’s sick, and asks if he’s taken any medicine. He just puts on a tough act and then wonders why she’s following him instead of going home, and she tells him she’s going to help close down the restaurant because he’ll be useless. They argue back and forth the whole way, each trying to get the other to go home.

In-ho’s eyes widen as soon as they step inside though, because In-ha is there waiting to pounce. She acts all innocent about wanting to see where her brother works, and then Mom happens by, and In-ha learns in one fell swoop that this is Jung’s girlfriend Seol and her parents’ restaurant.

In-ha asks threateningly if she’s really Jung’s girlfriend and not In-ho’s like she’d assumed, and Seol doesn’t back down. She answers, “Yes,” and suddenly In-ha turns sweet and friendly, insisting that their last phone call was a misunderstanding. In-ha says she’s just childhood friends with Jung and nothing more, and acts like she can’t wait to be friends with Seol.

In-ho knows better than to leave In-ha alone with Seol, and drags her away before she does anything else. Seol closes the door after them and takes a breath like a hurricane just passed through.

At home, In-ha confronts In-ho about being so close to Jung’s girlfriend, and asks if he’s doing it to get back at Jung. In-ho runs with that and says that’s what he’s doing, but In-ha can see right through his lies and knows he likes Seol. He insists he doesn’t, but that just convinces her more and she teases him with the piano book.

Seol begins tutoring In-ho at the library the next day, as promised. When she takes out junior-high level books to test him, he gets all huffy about it, though when she sets the clock and tells him to start, he struggles to answer the first question.

In-ho peeks over at her and puts a hand over his heart to see if it jumps again. It’s not racing like it was yesterday, and he decides with relief that it must’ve just been the cold. Hahaha.

Elsewhere in the library, Eun-taek and Bora see Stalker Boy Young-gon about to enter and give Seol the heads up. Seol gets to work shelving books and lets Young-gon come to her, knowing that Bora and Eun-taek are nearby filming the exchange.

Young-gon accuses her of two-timing Jung with In-ho, and somehow spins it around to accuse Seol of using him because he’s innocent and making a fool of him. He has so many screws loose, I don’t even know where to begin.

Seol struggles to stay patient for the sake of gathering evidence, but Young-gon starts throwing a violent tantrum around her, spilling books on the floor and demanding that she stop ignoring him. He makes such a ruckus that In-ho comes over, and of course he flips out and chases Young-gon again.

A chase ensues through the whole library, and Seol barely catches up to them in the lobby and pulls In-ho away before he can hit Young-gon. She points to Eun-taek and Bora who are filming the whole thing, and hits In-ho in exasperation for ruining yet another attempt to catch Stalker Boy in the act. So sweet and well-meaning, but so not helpful, Baek In-ho.

Young-gon’s girlfriend Da-young sees the commotion and accuses him of coming to the library all the time to see Seol, but Young-gon swears that Seol is the one harassing him when he just happened to be looking for a book. She buys it, of course, because she already doesn’t like Seol.

Eun-taek sends the latest video to Jung, who looks far more concerned when he gets to the part in the video where In-ho shows up and chases after Stalker Boy. That’s twice now that In-ho has been around and saved the day.

On the subway ride home, In-ho asks what’s so important about getting evidence when the first thing they should do is make sure Young-gon never comes near her again (using his fists). Seol reminds him that Young-gon managed to get him fired last time and he won’t hesitate to press charges, and In-ho smiles to realize that she’s protecting him.

Another passenger squeezes into the empty seat next to In-ho, shoving him so close to Seol that their legs are touching, and suddenly his heart starts to race again. He jumps up in alarm to avoid more skinship.

He peers at Seol’s book about successfully landing a job and asks if she isn’t tired of always working so hard. She points out that he works a part-time job, plays piano, and is studying to get into college, which to her sounds like he’s working harder than she is. In-ho: “I don’t like working hard. I caught this from you!” It’s not a diease!

Seol mock-apologizes and then hands him a box of cold medicine (aww), insisting that this is her way of preventing herself from catching his cold. Yes, very selfish of you. How could he possibly not love you now?

Jung eats dinner with his father, who asks if everything is going well at the office. Dad asks if he’s getting along with his co-workers, and says he agreed to Jung keeping his identity a secret at the office, but wants to make sure that Jung isn’t doing anything that’ll cause issues down the line.

Jung gets really defensive and asks if Dad heard something from someone, and wonders why it always feels like he does everything that his father asks, only to have Dad see him as a problem child. Jung: “Am I that strange in your eyes? Does that make you nervous? Why?” He cuts dinner short and walks out, and glances at Seol’s picture as he drives home.

Someone calls Seol on her parents’ home phone late that night, and she’s alarmed when it’s Young-gon, with the creepy greeting that he always knows where she is and what she’s doing, and he wouldn’t have called home if she’d pick up her cell phone.

Young-gon: “Why do you make me like this? I thought about the library and I’ve decided to forgive you. I know you brought that gangster along just to show me. Is it because of Da-young noona? I told you I’d break up with her.” *skin crawl* Seol hangs up on him, but that just makes Young-gon think harder about how he’s going to cause a rift between Seol and Jung for good.

He decides that proving Jung as a two-timer is the best way, and texts In-ha the next day to ask her for proof that she’s Jung girlfriend. So In-ha sends him a picture of her and Jung sitting close together from a year ago, and then throws in a shot of her cleavage as a bonus, egging him on to send her pictures of him in return. Young-gon laps it up and spends the day just staring at her picture.

Meanwhile, In-ha sees sunbae Sang-chul harassing Nerdy nearby, and she chases him off. Sang-chul is such a mooch that he can’t even find someone to have coffee with at school, and even Young-gon starts to look down on him and think of him as a loser.

Seol gets fired from her library job over the ruckus that Young-gon caused yesterday, in particular because of student complaints about the incident online. The complaint must’ve come from Young-gon’s girlfriend Da-young, because she watches Seol get fired with a satisfied smirk on her face.

Seol doesn’t have much of an appetite after that, Eun-taek and Bora try to cheer her up, not that it’s much help. Talk turns to future plans, and Bora says that her father’s going to open a shop for her, and Eun-taek says he’s going to become a model. Bora mocks him, and he challenges them: “How long do you think I’m going to be your underling?” Seol and Bora deadpan in unison: “Forever.” He doesn’t argue, and just puts side dishes on their plates like a dutiful minion.

Seol is dealt yet another blow when Young-gon texts her the picture of In-ha and Jung looking cuddly together. She’s so distracted that she barely registers In-ho arriving for his tutoring session, and he finally caves and tells her to get up so they can go home.

She’s still so in her head about the picture that In-ho has to prevent her from walking into lampposts, and it’s not until she looks up that she realizes that he’s walked her home. He insists that he’s going home, not walking her, but she points out that he lives in the opposite direction.

He just hands her the bag he’s been carrying all day and she opens it up to find a myriad of weapons, from mace, to a taser, to a retractable stick. Ha. They’re for use against Stalker Boy, obviously, and she thanks him.

In-ho asks what’s got her so lost in thought that she couldn’t even focus on studying, and when she says it’s nothing, he sighs that he thought she’d made progress with her brawling ways, but she’s back to holding everything in again. Seol says it’s not something that’ll be solved by talking about it, and heads home with a smile.

He watches her go and calls after her to open her eyes, and demonstrates by opening his eyes as wide as they go. She dutifully does the same, heh. In-ho watches her go and says to himself, “She can’t depend on me…” He decides that he wouldn’t depend on himself either, and lingers a while before turning around to walk home.

 
COMMENTS

Okay, I’m having to fight pretty hard not to be on In-ho’s ship. I know Seol likes Jung and only sees In-ho as a friend, but aaaaah, he’s being so cute and sweet and thoughtful, and they have such a wonderful easygoing rapport. Seol’s constant tension with Jung is so stressful sometimes that I find myself thinking how easy it would be if she were dating In-ho. That’s not really a reason to date a guy; it’s just hard not to compare them when the second lead is staring you in the face with those rosy cheeks. It was especially difficult not to think those thoughts when In-ho spent the entire episode doing all the right rom-com hero things, and struggling with his newfound feelings on top of it all.

I know that In-ho doesn’t always do things the best way either, but I was touched when he encouraged Seol to fight and be open about what’s bothering her instead of always enduring silently. I prefer his approach—encouraging her, arming her with weapons (lol)—compared to Jung’s method of stealth-fixing things for her, which always ends up backfiring on him when she discovers what he had to do to get there. Not to knock Jung’s approach completely though, considering that it was rather effective in dealing with Copycat Min-soo. She needed a public outing to stop her from being able to lie her way out of everything, and it’s one instance where I thought Jung managed to be helpful and not scary (or did Min-soo just overshadow him by being way creepier?). It doesn’t fix their problems, and maybe even confirms what Seol fears, but today I was so relieved at the outcome that I was grateful for Jung’s intervention. Because Seol should definitely fight her own battles, but when she’s up against crazies, a helping hand doesn’t hurt.

I still really worry that Jung doesn’t understand what’s wrong and will only continue to be this way though—trying to be good for Seol’s sake, but not really changing in the end. Was he showing restraint with Min-soo, or was this no different from him setting anyone else up for their demise? Is his cynicism just the result of a lifetime spent as the guy everyone wants something from, or is Dad’s worry about him something deep-seated and potentially disturbing? We’re beginning to see that this is a pattern with Jung—him trying his best to abide by a loved one’s rules, and hurt that they see him as strange no matter how well he abides. Maybe he can’t trust anyone because no one’s ever given him the benefit of the doubt, but hell, I don’t blame them for not being able to trust him fully, not when every flashback reveals another classmate’s comeuppance at his hand. Part of me thinks that if Seol broke things off cleanly, Jung might grow more and attempt to change before returning to her. Though the other part of me fears what might happen if she broke his heart entirely.

For now I’m content that In-ho did so much growing, thanks to Seol. He’s gone from a jobless, dreamless wanderer to a guy who’s willing to start at the bottom and work his way up for his dream, whether that’s playing elementary-level piano pieces or learning junior-high coursework. It’s an impressive turnaround, considering how prideful he was once, having to ask how a person works hard because he’d never had to work for anything before. I just especially love the way Seol inspires him to see music differently, and how she teaches him very naturally about the mood or feeling of a song changing depending on how it’s played. It seems obvious, but I can see how he might’ve been a prodigy who focused on technique and only ever learned to play a piece perfectly, without consideration for how he could interpret it and play sadly, or longingly. That’s the stuff that really gets me in the heart, though rosy cheeks are an adorable bonus.

 
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LOVE this show so much :D :D thanks for the recaps ^^

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i didn't want to mention but tvn is playing its fans with teasing false previews*that kiss*?(i almost thought i was a pervert but i just want those two to make up).... i hate that i was looking forward though i knew that it could not happen with current situation...

i'm warning myself to not get tooo gidddy over rosy cheeks? b'cuz it makes it more painful for him and may be much more to us to face reality that he will never be more than a good friend to seol....

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How adorable were those rosy cheeks! the makeup artist went crazy with the blusher though :)

but i really hope that IF inho is not the one she ends up with, then this is the last of inho centric episode.

There are just 6 episodes left, and we really, really need the show to make us understand jung. Bec right now we are just scraping his surface

somebody give this show an extension!!!

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i thought the rosy cheeks is CG.

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is it weird that even with the rosy cheeks i'm still Jung all the way?

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no you are not haha

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In-Ho is a great guy but I think Jung is good for Seol. Yes team-Jung!

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yea...I'm not moved by In-ho one bit. Completely on the Jung ship.

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..yes, go for team jung!

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nope. completely team jung! inho has not shaken my heart one bit!

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Nada! ... Team Jung here ! ...

I hope this love triangle sort of thing gets wrapped up after what was shown in the previews so we can spend the rest of the episodes with jung.

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I feel you dear.

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Nooooooo... No extension. I can't stand the suspense :(

I vote for a Season 2 with them graduated and working at Taerung group or something.

Let's see if a company can have as many loons as a school.

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I think I finally get how they do their teasers. Haha. for example. A teaser for the 2 episodes of the week doesn't mean it's only a preview for the two episodes but a mixture of the next episode for the following weeks.

Can you understand it? Haha.

I know it's confusing and frustrating how you wait for so long but it's not gonna happen on that episode. I know the feeling. :<

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Yes, seems like it.
Like the teaser in the end of eps 9, is for eps 10 + 11.
And the teaser in the end of eps 10, is for eps 11 + 12.
Sly editor.....haish..

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I thought i was the only one. lol.

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Me too!! -__-
I was tricked by tvN, it doesn't give the review for next episode, but for next and next episode.
As we know, ep 10 show they say "I really Miss you" then hug each other, maybe it will show on the next next episode

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Lol that preview is such a tease my god, but I LOVE this drama so much, the endurance next week will be so hard :)

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It's kind of the norm for tvN to do these general previews. Their other show previews are the same.

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I am loving this show <33 but sucks that Seol is taking so long to resolve things with Jung!

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Kind of natural, though - Jung's not exactly an easy puzzle to piece together, and she's doing a good job of not being a lovestruck fool.

He's dreamy and rich and intelligent, but he just set her up for a girlfight through extensive machinations. And good for her that she instantly sussed that out, in the moment - it's important that she be able to call him on that later.

Jung is a very, very odd boyfriend. Most girls have to deal with overprotective boyfriends and tell them to dial it back, but Seol's got one boyfriend who covers both ends of the spectrum: on one side he's pretty clearly setting up Young Gon for a fall, and on the other he's deliberately forcing crises so that Seol will have to fight them "for her own good". That is... not a normal pattern.

I'm hoping she sits him down soon and makes it clear that he needs to talk with her before executing any plan that involves her as a pawn or player. Because having your boyfriend set you up for a fight is incredibly weird.

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yeah, on one hand Jung is awesome to watch precisely because of those Magnificent Bastard qualities and the way he's a pro at setting the stage for something to happen, but on the other, it makes him rather unnerving as a romantic interest because his mind simply doesn't work like most people's and he genuinely seems to think he's helping Seol by manoeuvring situations like Min-soo's (though he only gave her an opening last ep, she did the plagiarism on her own).

I love that Jung and Seol's biggest hurdle here involves (acknowledged) issues of trust and communication, rather than the standard social status issues.

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Yes, it's glorious to watch it unfold. Your comment about what it's like for his love interest got me thinking, as I've been feeling like Jung's strategic thinking reminds me of Bang Won. Boon Yi can handle how he thinks because she's able to see through motivations and pretence too. In some way, Seol has that capability too, though Seol is just only emerging to a stronger sense of self. The problem arises, of course, if they should become adversaries instead of lovers - as the Jungs and Bang Wons are hard to beat.

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Oh, wow. I never realised just how similar Jung and Bang Won are til you mentioned it. Bang Won, like Jung - also thoroughly plans his actions and is usually very sure that his way is the most effective way. They are people who are convinced that what they are doing is always beneficial and thus barely ever feel any guilt. We've seen them both absolutely wrecked and disappointed that the people around them don't always see them positively, doubt their intentions, and view them strangely.

It's interesting for a character on screen and like @pogo said, it makes the drama those fresh vibes because what's setting them apart isn't really the typical tropes.

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I didn't see it as Jung setting Seol up for a girlfight. That just completely ignores all of Minsoo's agency here. I thought Jung did a creepy thing, pretending to mistake Minsoo for Seol, but Minsoo made the leap to "Seol put him up to this" and escalated things all by her creepy self.

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Jung coordinated Jun's arrival at the classroom, and that's what really set things off. Once classmates were asking about Jun and Seol realized her brother was being dragged into this, things got ugly.

Jung was the one who ensured the photo was widely viewed, and the one who made sure Jun arrived within the hour. Seol realizes this instantly. He should have included her in this plan.

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I read your comment below, about how Seol should have been in on this along, and I agree. Now that I think about it, while I enjoy Jung's underhandedness, most of the time, there is another way.

Didn't Joon appear out of the blue, though, asking Jung to buy him lunch? Or are we supposed to have understood that Jung initiated the contact offscreen?

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He should've included her in the plan but that doesn't mean he set her up to fight. That seems like a stretch.

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No, Jung set Joon to come at that time. Joon already asking Jung for lunch some time before. And after knowing that Seol plan to talk to Minsoo after the doll incident, he chose to seat near Minsoo and make sure many people know her supposed boyfriend face. Then call Jun to come after the exam, when he know that Seol will confront Minsoo.

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Of course Jung call Joon by the excuse of his promise to buy Joon and Ahyoung lunch.

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...so...I'm not sure he would have gotten the same effect in including Seol in the plan. I thought the point of him forcing the truth out was so that Seol could make a public stand clearly. If he had included her, she might not have (in that sense) come to a realization on her own that enough was enough, and pushed back.

I thought it was pretty ugly...but it might have been necessary so that the feelings underneath don't just keep boiling and boiling (we won't know how such extreme feelings would manifest if they aren't lanced soon, in that sense)!

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Seol would never have gone along with a plan to humiliate someone else. Min Soo was such an effective antagonist because Seol was reluctant to confront her publicly when she made a fuss about being the victim. Both Young Gon and Jung recognized this. By drawing attention to Min Soo's lies and then exposing them in front of a crowd, Jung made Min Soo's martyrdom seem overblown and the audience witnessed genuine surprise and frustration from Seol.

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Wow, i think all the comments here made sense. It would be great if Jung had included Seol in his plan. But if he had informed her earlier, she might not participate. And the whole class won't be able to witness the "deception" or entire truth.

It's a sad situation for Min Seo to be confronted in this manner but its better now than later before she causes more harm to both herself and people around her.

While I feel sorry for Seol, I am glad that she is really gracious to acknowledge that if she had been more friendly with Min Seo, the misunderstandings would not have escalated.

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If he told her about it in the first place and she agreed then what he did is in no way creepy.
There is a scene in the webtoon when he declares that "whether I tell her or explain to her what I do or not she gets mad at me. This time I'll just go ahead and do what I want since she's already mad at me anyway" (the context of what he says is something like that), that's why he proceeds to help her without telling her as at that time she wouldn't listen anyway since she asked for time apart for a while.
Even without telling her I still don't find it creepy though?
At the end of the day what he did is force min soo to be finally caught for her wrong doings and get her out of her own self deluded mind track of copying seol so much she starts to believe that actually, her "pretending to be seol" attitude is the real her and that seol is the one who is annoying her life instead. Min soo has a victim mentality and turns every wrong move of hers into it being seol's fault. Min soo wanted to own everything seol owns until seol is nothing.
As jung has dealt with these kinds of people who take advantage of him and try to take over his things before, he knew how to make min soo finally crack to get out of her delusions.
It was wrong of min soo to think that copying someone in every way possible will turn her into a completely new and successful person or into that person itself.

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That scene where Jung is walking behind Minsoo reminded me so much of a similar one from Dangerous Liaisons. In both, it's like a predator tracking it's prey.

Nicely executed.

And I think we have to remember that Jung is very angry at that point. He's just seen a video of YoungGon harassing Seol and he knows he is partly responsible for that.

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Just as Seol should have included Inho on her capture Creepy Stalker on vid plan?

This is why I think they should all be planning together.

But I totally do not think Jung was setting Seol up for a girl fight. Just as he probably did not foresee Seol would out MinSoo's plagiarism in public as she did.

1. She's only recently made it a habit of standing up for herself on a consistent basis.

2. Just because someone is a master strategist does not mean he is ALWAYS manipulating or able to manipulate to a particular outcome. Which is why he should knock it off.

I think it's more likely he is trying to quietly take care of these two in his own way but hasn't allowed for his gf getting in the way of his plans. And more power to her as her recent changes, more than his fathers trite words even if kindly meant,mare showing him that he can't control everything,

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Yeah I think he just wanted to out Minsoo's latest delusion in public, and thus underscore her "victim" credibility. It just blew up on him. But then, that's the risk of manipulating people, things can easily go awry. I always worry that someone like Minsoo will crack and go suicidal in these kinds of storylines.

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Could not agree more - kudos to Seol for keeping a level head and not getting blinded by the giddy emotions of a budding relationship with such a hottie.

And yes, Jung is quite odd in his logic- at least compared with conventional logic- in manuevering the lead up to the confrontation. When he just stood by as Min Soo launched at Seol and the brawl broke out, I lost a lot of my affection for him because I cannot fathom how he could watch someone he loves get hurt. I was really hit by how coldly rational he is.

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I don't understand this. It was Seol's choice to fight.

He didn't just standby. Didn't he erase Younggon's taping of the event? And he was clse by to intervene if it began to look too dangerous. Otherwise, it's a girl fight and she has a right to fight for herself.

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Yes, when it's a cat fight between two girls - if a tall strapping man gets involved and protects one of them - the other immediately looks like the victim of people ganging up on her. Jung getting involved there would immediately make Min Soo look sympathetic.

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Yeah I did wonder why he wasn't helping Seol in the catfight so I am glad to read your inputs. Even with the Sunbae being left out from the project, he did not deliberately side with Seol. However, he didn't hesitate to beat up the intruder for assaulting Seol. So I think he just want to let Seol decide on the outcome in these two cases.

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@petra, he engineered a confrontation. In my book, a worthwhile partner does not do that. He put Seol at risk, deliberately.

I understand that Jung is damaged and his priorities are well out of whack, but that's why I want him to get called on this sort of play - you do not blindside your partner. You do not do it "for her own good". That is not how a healthy relationship works.

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I guess we disagree on what his intent was. Or how much of it went according to his plan. But it's hard to say what that was since we don't get to see inside his head and we are guessing from actions, expressions, etc.

We already know he thinks differently from most ppl, so that's a complication too.

And if you note, I said they should be planning things as a team.

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So that you couldn't see Jung was the one coming at OH Young Gon to take away his cellphone filming the fight scene (which I believe he will use to blackmail Seol later). That was considerate and nice! Jung has his ways of dealing with things but for me he understands Seol the best. The fight needs to happen for them to sort everything out, not like Minsoo can harm Seol much except a few simple scratch, just a cat fight after all. And all of Seol's friends are there they eon't let the fight turn out ugly or serious. But Seol hold her ground too and Jung knows Seol won't give in even Bora is cheering for Seol's fight atm. They all know Seol needs that fight. Normal guys would do predictable things like butt in between the fight but not Jung, that's why I like him, he knows what is best for his girlfriend.

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I don't like the idea that what Jung thinks is best for his girlfriend is to set up public situation like this so that Minsoo and Seol would have to confront each other.

I know we have to suspend our sense of reality when it comes to dramas, even if the drama is grounded in our own reality, but there is no way in hell that I would allow my friend to attack another person even if that person 10000% deserved it, especially with the peanut gallery surrounding them. It just seemed so odd for Jung to be standing there watching his girlfriend act that way. Minsoo is certifiable, yes, and definitely deserving of the backlash she received, but does it warrant a physical fight? I just didn't find it sitting quite right with me that Jung was just a part of the crowd during that scene.

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I see what you are saying but didn't Minsoo attack Seol?
Seol is defending herself. While I would step in and try to calm my friend or bf if they were the initiator (or more likely with my friends, drunk), I'm going to let him fight in self-defense because that is his choice and right.

Unless he would get seriously hurt. I don't think Minsoo had a chance to prepare any weapons etc, so it's minimal damage.

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I agree with cmak. Jung has set himself up as a little god, who treats people like pawns on a game board for him to move around as he wishes. He doesn't seem to care how many variables can go wrong; Seol or Min Soo could've gotten badly hurt in this episode and the Oh Young-Gon situation has gotten way out of control. If Jung's going to change in this drama, I wonder if it will be because someone he loves gets hurt due to a situation he engineered?

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True that "He was there also there most probably to monitor if things got out of hand. I am pretty sure, that if things got out of hand, he would’ve directly interfered." As I said the fight hasn't gotten any more serious than a mere cat fight so he didn't really need to step in, not to mention all of her friends are there to held her back before he could even do anything tbh. If there's one person need to be protected, ironically it would be Minsoo, not Seol cause no one is on her side at the moment. But OK I get the term of everybody trying to nippick everything Jung does as weird and wrong even the outcome turns out good. Can people let him breath? Just because mostly everyone else's brains don't function the way his does to solve problems doesn't mean he is wrong, he is just different. I wish people stopped forcing their way of life or moral codes on him because they are not him.

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I'm totally agree with you.

"Can people let him breath? Just because mostly everyone else’s brains don’t function the way his does to solve problems doesn’t mean he is wrong, he is just different. I wish people stopped forcing their way of life or moral codes on him because they are not him."

It brings me to Ep.06, where Jung said,
"How perfect do you expect me to be?"
I do appreciate how he "engineered" Seol's confrontation with MinSoo. There is no such thing as a "perfect" solution for every problems. And in this case, Jung is successfully uncover all MinSoo's lies. And Jung's solution is kinda perfect, to prove MinSoo as loser and liar.

After the storm passed, I like the reflective Seol. That's what MinSoo and YoungGon lack of. If only Jung hears what Seol said. Perhaps he can learn all the things that he can do differently before "any accident" happen. Like Seol said, if only she accepted MinSoo as friend. One more friend is never too many. I don't think Jung ever reflects on whatever manipulation he ever did. His calculation is only up to the point that the score is even now. Then he moves on with his life.

Most of the time, I'm like Seol, I love peace and avoid confrontation, and it costs so much. In this thing, I like Jung better than the other kdrama hero, who tends to clean up "everything" for the heroine.

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He really does seem to move on, doesn't he? It's like afterwards, he says the past is the past and goes forwards. It seems like he doesn't see that it reverberates and that his initial actions had unforeseen consequences further down the line. Or he does see it but dismisses them.

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"I’m hoping she sits him down soon and makes it clear that he needs to talk with her before executing any plan that involves her as a pawn or player. "

They already had that talk back with the TA Heo incident. I don't think he remembered or old habits are hard to break. However, I like that he is watching out for her and is taking care of the situation even if she isn't with Min Soo. He sees that she is suffering silently and that he is not going to sit back and watch. I find that quite manly.

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For all the people raising questions about why Jung didn't interfere in the fight..
I'd like to draw your attention, to the previous episode, wherein when Sung Chul was shouting on Seol because of the presentation, Jung did try to ease the situation, or atleast tried to placate Sung chul.. But that resulted in him saying, he's taking his girlfriend's side.
So if Jung, really, intervened in the Cat fight, it would have made it look like, Jung and Seol ganging up(not the word, I want to use,but anyway) on Min Soo , or Seol relying on her boy friend to fight others, hence making it seem unfair for Min soo.
And, even Bora and Euntaek didn't intervene in the fight, and yes Bora did cheer her to go ahead. Only Jun and Ah Young step in eventually to break them apart. Then how is only Jung the bad guy to not intervene whereas Bora and Euntaek gets a free pass, when it could seem like, Bora's cheer looked like her fueling the brawl, ergo, encouraging the fight!

On how Jung engineered this situation, whilst knowing the outcome. I honestly don't think Jung can actually predict the exact scenario, that'll play out. He must've envisioned a confrontation, but no way in hell, can he be sure about a physical brawl.
His actions leading to the outcome may seem objectionable most of the time, but in this regard, I think Seol really needed to have a confrontation, and that too in front of that audience, so that Min Soo doesn't dogde it like she did before, she needed a wake up call.
But, later when Seol thinks about it and the conclusion she derives is what matters, and that does make her a different person from Jung.
For Jung it ends at the outcome, for Seol, it teaches her a new lesson, and so in future she'll be more vigilant.
On a side note: this confrontation was way more worse in the webtoon, comparing to that this appeared to be a milder version.

Anyway thanks for the recap. Cheers!!

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I love Seol and Jung too. They better have reconciled by next episode. I'm surprised over all the IH shippers. I don't get the appeal of IH. He's a nice character, cute etc....but perhaps cause Jung captured my heart, theres no room for IH? All I think when I see IH is...."get away from her dood!"

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Ha Ha. This episode made me officially love him. But I don't want him to be interested in Seol. I like their friendship. I also want Jung/In Ho to repair their friendship which is kind of hard to do when Jung is jealous of In Ho/Seol relationship.

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exactly.. i was sad for only one jung-seol moment in this episode.. inho is good but he is not jung.. :D

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Yes, he's cute, but...he's not deep. Jung and Seol both feel like they are miles apart right now, like they have nothing in common, but in truth they are both deep thinkers, hard workers, introverts (although she hides it better) worried about how they appear to others and non-aggressive by nature. In Ho can sit there and be amazed at her thoughts, but Jung could, I think, amaze her right back if both of them gave him the chance.

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"Jung could, I think, amaze her right back if both of them gave him the chance."

I love this. Isn't this why we fall in love? To be amazed.

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I thought he was obnoxious and pushy at first but now I like him because he has hidden depths and is a great friend...to both Seol and it seems to Jung too.

And I would like one of those "InHo's Self-Defense Against Creepers Kits" :) That bag had everything!! Seriously, they should package it up and sell it.

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I was hoping IH wouldn't develop a crush on Seol mostly because in the end he'll be doing the self sacrificing second lead bit and step aside so the drama's OTP can get together. But also because I found their friendship cute and him catching feelings adds a undertone to their interaction that I could do without.

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I was thinking the same thing - how it would be nice to have a guy-friend with no romantic attachments or feelings, just a pure platonic fun friendship... But who am I kidding - this is a kdrama afterall, right?!!! Lol...

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For me, I feel like I'm clouded by the fact that Jung is being presented as the first lead so I am inherently rooting for him to be with Seol, especially since it was made very clear to viewers that they both have feelings for each other. If two people have made the decision to date and be exclusive with each other, I would never want anyone else to get in between that decision.

However, when I take a step back and really evaluate objectively what it is about Jung that is so intriguing, I find that it boils down to the fact he's just not a straight nice guy. Girls love a bad boy. I always come to this conclusion. I don't see WHAT he's done throughout the series that would make him more swoon-worthy than Inho. Again, I am not rooting for Seol to be with Inho because she's in a relationship already and has shown that she likes Jung, but it's interesting to me when so many viewers declare how Jung is an amazing boyfriend, whereas I would appreciate more what Inho has done in the context of a relationship.

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It really all comes down to preference and what a person finds charming. I'd say most people prefer extroverts and characters who smile and joke a lot, so that's why it's easy to be drawn to In Ho (...and admittedly his flaws are rarely discussed and I've seen the reasoning, "He's changed!!" with his moments in flashbacks that made him seem less than pleasant).

And Jung is far from swoon-worthy, but I fail to see the "bad boy" appeal as much as Seol has a connection she can't explain to a guy she is still trying to understand. She's not attracted to his "dark side," she wants to understand him imo. With Jung and how he rarely explains his side or defends himself, the audience gets to decide his intentions more often than not. And honestly since we saw Seol's judgement/perception of him first, he's kinda damned if he does, damned if he doesn't in many cases. If he suddenly changed and became "normal" and good, people would be suspicious and say he didn't REALLY change, for instance. If he tried to beat up YG like In Ho did, people would say he's psycho. For some, he literally will never be an okay character (or boyfriend to Seol!) because he isn't their cup of (antihero) tea. And that's okay!

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Urm, I always went for the good guy, the nice one. If that's second lead syndrome, then so be it. And I don't care if the ship is going to sail or if there's a ship or not, haha.
I will go down with that ship!

So I'm surprised this is the first show where I don't have SLS.

Yoo Jung is complex, highly intelligent, intriguing, different, supportive, and adds to her growth.

A lot of ppl seem to be saying InHo makes her grow more but did we miss the times Jung told her to stand up for herself? For example, when he bandages her arm after the Drunk and the broken bottle incident or when he saves her from the rapist. But really, it's not a competition between the two.

I think the best illustration of that is the part in the bedroom when he is sleeping over and he says she works hard and that's good, it's not a bad thing and that she's doing great? (Ep 6, I think) If she hadn't fallen for him before, that would be a good moment. **Her whole life, she's wanted someone to say that.**

It's an "I notice you. I understand and accept you". And he gets it too. What it's like to feel like you have to earn love (from parents and others) with good behavior and hard work while someone else gets it naturally with ease.

I personally think that's SWOON-WORTHY X10.

Having said that, I don't think Jung is an amazing boyfriend, haha. As in real life, they have some issues they need to work through.

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yes, yes, and yes, Petra. I just read KK's comment below, maybe the reason that 'we' do not have sls is because usually the first male lead is the one who treated the female lead without respect, calling her name like dog fur, teasing her look when he doesn't really know her just to get her attention. You know, the usual assholes in Kdrama land that treated the female lead badly and ended up get the girl anyway. and in this series we can tell which of the male treated her that way.

The first male lead act like the sl in any other Kdrama, he is caring, understanding, encouraging, and love her just the way she is. In the beginning because they are alike, and in the process, just the way she is.

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Oh, good insight, Dani.

I really hate it when they do that. It's so disrespectful.
I'm up for some playful teasing when I've known the person for a while but really, name calling at the first few meetings and/or criticisms on my appearance are going to get nothing but cold disdain...and a swift kick to the shins.

As much as I love Seol and relate to her, she really is too nice in the beginning of this show. Which is why it's so satisfying to see her stand up for herself now, I suppose.

Dog Fur, indeed!!! Urrr!!! ?

Although I didn't like the way Jung treated her either (if he did do all the things she thought he did), I guess it's more in my personality to accept a battle of the wits over insults to my pride from a stranger who is moreover mooching food off me.

Neither would have lasted very long before I started choosing some choice Korean phrases tbh, haha but for Seol, I think the calm thinker would be better when and if he lets go of manipulation as his go to style of conflict resolution.

(But not ALL
of it as the art of negotiation, making deals, people management and using leverage will be very useful for someone in his financial and social position.)

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I've been refreshing this page for a thousand times instead of doing my econs*guilty* FINALLY!!!!!!!

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LOL I have been doing the exact same thing.

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and im watching this episode when an hour from now im having a test.

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and here I am not working in office. simply sitting.. refreshing this page..

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Thank you!!! I've bee refreshing the page for the past few minutes. XD

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me too.. i've watched it already.. but still coming here for reading the recap and comments! i enjoy every single word cuz i feel 'okay, this is what i thought...' haha, that kind of feeling. that's why i've done the same, refreshing the page, lols...

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Yaay I've been waiting for t hi

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Man the preview at the ending so sad...Is Yo Jung crying in next episode??? good news, his emotion need to be melting...

WTH and Seriously they want us to wait for a couple weeks with that preview !?!? This is madnes, real turtor, what should we do now !

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Totally agree with you. Lunar New Year! Yeah it's the Lunar New Year but why do they change to the movie? Such a real gift for the New Year T_T

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Can we raise a petition and send it to TvN?

Hoping for a miracle from the moon goddess and drama god....
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I see it as they share the pain. Jung was seen crying when he saw Seol was in tears. So far all of his changing relate to Seol. He started to question himself, started to promise he is trying to change, I don't have a doubt that he also would have more range of emotions now that he found love, and being loved.

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I love the bag of self defense items Inho gifted Seol. I think she should test that baton out on Youbg-gon

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I actually want them myself, those items :P

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Agree! Such an awesome gift bag!

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Same. The fact that he was genuinely worried and took the time to find all of things is touching. Also, the fact that it's all in a pretty bag... I can't imagine those stores giving him anything other than a plain plastic one which would mean that he chose that specific gift bag himself.

This episode really hurt my heart when it came to Inho and that preview did not help.

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And none of it seems cheap so where did he get the money for that stuff?

If it's product placement then this is the type we need to see more of! Especially in CITT where Seol is surrounded by crazy.

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Literally dude is living on box ramen and maybe meals at the restaurant and he spends all his money on self defense gear for her... that's really sweet.

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Gawd...my heart skipped a beat when he came to the library and put the gift bag on the table. He obviously looked so proud and anticipated giving it to her, before he realized that Seol is totally spaced out. I was like, oooh! He has a gift! Please, drama gods, don´t make it so that he cannot give it to her for some odd reason!!! Luckily that didn´t happen.

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My heart already bleeds for the poor lad! I was fully prepared to get SLS before watching this show, because I liked In-ho (so so much) in the webtoon. It´s not that I´m shipping him and Seol. It´s obvious that Seol doesn´t see him that way, besides Jung and Seol are a natural click, BUT I don´t want In-ho to SUFFER. And they´re going to drag him all the way through this nasty stinky mud pit of a SL heartbreak! I´m already getting teary eyed....

In-hoya!

*flails and wails*

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Some of it is misleading, but some other also show the whole story.

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Thats why the discussion in this drama is so long. The show didn't make it easier for us to really know whats going on. It forced us to think and analyze every small information we get.

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Came on here to say... is it wrong that I'm full on shipping In Ha with glasses boy? moreover, do I care if it's wrong...?

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I'm right there with you.

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I got your back.

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*hand up*your are not alone ^^.

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MY NEW OTP!!!

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Agree, new OTP.
I hope they can make CiTT spin-off, with hero JungWoo and heroine InHa....

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I agree. Though Jungwoo is also smitten with Inha, but he can reject Inha when needed. Jungwoo is a hard worker too so that I also feel that he can help Inha grow and dreaming again just like what Seol do to Inho.

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Me too! I ship them and hoping they can make a hillarious couple. I laugh when Inha already call him "my Jae-woo". Man she's bitch sometimes but interesting-and-full-of-charm kinda bitch. I love her

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she has officially become an anti hero with the loser removal project. haha

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Haha!

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im so glad y'all outed urselves as being on the inha-jae woo train. i kinda loved that she chased off sang chul single handedly. and man it would be so nice if she got to reconnect to her love of art. u dont have to be a painter to be involved in art! she coulda been a curator or smth, lots of options. i know she's NUTS and may never calm down enough to do anything properly but i still want her to have a chance to u know find her own passion and purpose. i mean even back then when things were "good" her own brother was saying how she has no future. he's obv grown alot since then and still does his best to take care of her in spite of how volatile she is. so like, i think if she did find smth, whatever it was. he'd be 100% supportive. if for no other reason than to get her out of his hair hahaha.

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It was pretty telling when he had this book open to art history or whatever and she totally knew the artist (style of art)? ...I mean, I was actually impressed because it really meant that no matter what Inho thought of Inha's talent, she actually clearly loved the subject and has subject matter expertise on it. Which makes her a more interesting character (although not any less crazy).

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Kandinsky is the name of the artist. He is one of the best known expressionists and probably the pioneer in abstract art.

You don't need to be an expert or arts major to recognise his paintings, but sure, when you know nothing about In-ha, it's probably surprising when she can.

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@Jon G ah thanks for naming the artist...abstract art isn't my thing so guess I was projecting my own feelings here hah. Am assuming it's like someone identifying Shakespeare as a classic read and dial back my being impressed a bit :p

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I'm so happy to see so many others ship them too HAHA. She was so cute when she was defending him and you can just see how her boisterous bitchy self can be useful indeed. I just love her for all her craziness. If we get more adorable Jae Woo / In Ha scenes where she's just kicking ass - it would just seal the deal with my love for this show.

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After that epic take down of SC... they deserve each other! :D

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Me too. I like it that he is already smitten by Inha looks but can say no to her when needed. Most of her previous bf just go with what she asked I think. So if they get together he can stop Inha.
Jung woo is a hard worker and interested in art. I hope he can make Inha grow and dreaming again just like what Seol do to Inho.

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I hope they get together, In ha is using him for money but know we know they have something in common. Who knows maybe he will inspire her to begin drawing again.

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she chased SC away and then picked up on Jae Woo's art studies. i hope that is leading to something. i was alrdy shippin it when she was like GET AWAY FROM MY GUY!!! Like damn inha u may be a one woman tornado, but if you would just use your powers for good, all would be well!

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Yes! And she was so hilarious when telling Jae Woo not to play with people like that. Like she was talking to an adorable child. I liked In Ha! I'm so surprised. Please give me more of this. Ha.

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Seriously, they were actually kinda cute together, so I throw my vote in here.

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^5

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That's a sturdy ship you have there. I'm on board.

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That would be so awesome! I love how he doesn't just seem so smitten w/ her cuz of her looks like most/all of the other guys. (That's often a good sign that in the future if they get together, he stands his ground w/ her - something someone like her could really use in a relationship.) I couldn't stand her up to this episode (yes, I know she has a lot of hurt & sadness deep within from her past), but she was just so unlikeable. Then this episode with the Loser Removal Project and then the whole scene with Jae Woo (?), chasing off the moocher, recognizing the art in the book - that was all so well done. That scene w/ the art book - when she was talking to Jae Woo about it, she just seemed so "normal" and wasn't her usual hysterical self. Hoping we get to see more of that and some good character growth in the future. That scene gives us hope for her...

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I'm sailing in this ship! JWxIHA!!!

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It's not just you! I thought she was just reflexively using him for that ice cream bar at first but to defend him against slacker sunbae? Nice. (Honestly that TOOL just annoys the hell out of me!) He such a stereotypical slacker frat bro type and he's milking the Korean hierarchical social structure to leech off everyone. I was so glad they took his name off the group project when he did NOT A THING for it.

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Ahhhh I kept refreshing for this!!
I really like her and yoo jung's relationship and I can't wait to see how he grows and gets better as a person BUT my heart aches for Inho. Honestly. He's such a great guy ugh. I'm happy the minsoo thing was solved because she was getting annoying but I felt slightly sorry for her as I could see where she was coming from. Younggon is literally the most annoying character, the guy who acts him is great because everytime I see him I want to rip his hair out.

Also is it just me or has the acting for baek inha gotten more tolerable? I found it annoying before but I kind of like it now?

AND ALSO. How am I going to wait 2 whole weeks? I am literally already crying.

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I agree with you about In Ha. I didn't find her acting annoying per se, but after these past two episodes, I kind of liker her a little bit.

As for Min Soo, I want to feel sorry for her, but I'm not sure if things would have been any different if she had had friends. Seoul says that maybe if she had befriended her things might have been different, but I don't think so. There was a fundamental flaw in her character which is why I think it was so easy for her to be manipulated by Young-gon. Even if Seoul had befriended her, she still wouldn't have had good grades, or a boyfriend, or awesome friends like Bora and Eun-taek, and she could have followed the same path to jealousy and thinking that Seoul "steals" from her.

I liked Seoul's comment that "none of these things came easy to me." Min Soo just wanted without putting in the work. It's hard to feel sympathy for that kind of victim mentality delusion.

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Agreed on your second paragraph. In fact it might have escalated her more quickly because she would have felt "entitled" to have all of Seol's friends etc. Not that we would really know either way.

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I thought so too. Befriending her might have made it worse.

My hubs and I were watching that part and we both said, thank God she was outed in public. Ppl underestimate how dangerous those copycat ppl are. When reality shatters their fantasy/illusion, they can become quite violent towards the original.

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"There was a fundamental flaw in her character which is why I think it was so easy for her to be manipulated by Young-gon."

This is actually why I find her much more pitiable. She *was* creepy, and she *was* deluded, but ultimately, it felt like she was too easy to use, and did become a victim (of Young-gon's machinations) because of that. I'm reading arguments about her agency, and while I agree to some extent (yes she had agency, yes she chose to copy Seol, and keep on lying), it also is as much a combination of manipulation and circumstance. She was the object of Young-gon's deliberate messing because he discovered how suggestible she was, and then she was put into circumstances where she reflexively lied to save face.

It's not that anything she did is right. It's that she was Young-gon's puppet, and she wasn't at the same level either intellectually or emotionally, for it to have been an equal fight for her with any of them - Seol, Jung, Bora, etc. And that makes her sad.

At the end of their fight, when she's on the ground with Seol looking down at her, I really wanted Seol to finish it by giving her a hand up. I think that would have made it less terrible for both of them.

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It could have been the BGM during In Ha's scenes.
I noticed something that sounded slightly comedic yet with a lot of energy (electric guitars?).

The actress did mention during an interview that she exaggerated In Ha's expressions to bring comedic relief - but this is the first time I got it thanks to the music.

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Yes! I noticed it when I was watching but that music definitely helped me to grow more fond and catch the comedic feels during her scenes. I get these vibes that just feels like she's gonna go wreck everything, put all matters out of order and then laugh at the end of it (and I'll probably laugh along with her) LOL. I don't even know anymore.

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It's not just you. I've liked her a lot more these past two episodes, but I don't feel like her acting has changed at all so it's strange. Maybe it's just easier to swallow in large doses with full context instead of those snippets we were getting before. Or maybe it helps that she's interacting with characters that we're already familiar with. I know that I love when her targets are people I can't stand and people who deserve her messiness. Her rudeness to Sang-chul, her take down of Min-soo, and her reaction to that photo Young-gon sent all made me laugh and cheer her on.

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hee yep! like i said upthread, In Ha is quite entertaining when her cray energy is directed towards the right targets. if she could jsut be a force of nature for Good. how delightful she could become!

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Cosigning everything you just said. And emphasizing the agonising wait that will be the next two weeks. Waaaails.

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I completely agree about Inha! In previous episodes, I abused the fast forward button whenever she came on screen - she was just so annoying! But like all the lead characters, the writers beautifully capture their many layers and growth as they interact with the people around them. Inha, while still annoying, is also showing different sides of herself and we are getting to know her better. I actually laughed throughout her scenes, and her meddling ( with yong gon and sangchul) endeared me to her a little bit.

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It's not just you, that's for sure. I was never really annoyed at her acting, she didn't have much of an impact but I did think she could be of great use and as I binge watched till episode 8 I was dying for her to be used to make the story more interesting; lo and behold I think my prayers have been answered.

She's been awfully loud since the get go and it's a lot to swallow for us viewers. Yet as we get to know her better - at least yourself and plenty others - we grow more comfortable and fond of her character. She seems like she's not just an empty shell with only annoying traits. Seeing the flashbacks also helped. Her beating up Min Soo despite the original intention being Seol also made me love this crazy girl so much more. + chasing stupid annoying Sunbae away from Jae Woo, how do you not grow to like her tbh? Hahaha. Maybe it's wrong to root for someone clearly nuts - but well oh well.

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I live for Mondays so thanks for the heads up about the possible no-show next week. My inner In Ha may have come out otherwise. Anyone else loooving her performance? She kills me with her crazy.

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I started watching Cheese in the Trap with an open mind that Jung and Seol might not end up together, even though it was pretty obvious in the webtoon that they will end up together. As I continued watching the series and began reading the comments, I didn’t expect that a lot of people would ship Seol and Inho. I kind of understand that they would do that because of Jung, but that’s an entirely different story.

I watched Seol and Inho’s scenes and I never once saw Seol see him in a new light. She first saw him as a nuisance until she became comfortable around him and eventually became friends with him. I will never understand what the others see between Seol and Inho because there really is nothing there. It’s pure, platonic relationship on Seol’s part. This episode solidified the fact that they are just friends and that Seol only sees him as a friend.

I have to say, in the 10+ years I’ve been watching dramas, Cheese is making it on my top ten list. I can watch this drama over and over again, analyze every character, scrutinize each scene, and critique each episode, because that’s how amazing it is. This is why I love slice-of-life and character-driven genres.

On another note, the three’s relationship in the drama somehow reminds me of Hana Yori Dango. Cheese in the Trap is like Hana Yori Dango’s older brother or sister—older, more knowledgable and experienced of the world, and more mature in dealing with relationships.

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+1 I never see anything more than friends and sometimes family like bond between Seol and In Ho. If there's feelings more than that it's one sided from him. I understand that In Ho is cute and all but, really? Pushing stuff that is not even there? I also read some people that had read the webtoon were a little furious that they changed Jung to In Ho to tend Seol's wound in the drama. Well, when they want to make it look like triangle love story, perhaps it's necessary to change Jung to In Ho. This eps other than Seol confront Min Soo is like a big parade of In Ho's closeness to Seol. I can't imagine how CITT is when there's no Jung. Seol and In Ho, would it be so enjoyable to watch? Wouldn't it be so typical Kdrama plot?

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Agreed. Jung makes the drama intriguing.

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Without Jung, this drama would just be your run-of-the-mill conventional rom com.

And the crazies too, of course.

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I was a little surprised at that scene tbh with Inho tending Sul's wounds instead of Jung. It makes a difference to the whole dynamics but i have to remind myself that it bound to be different. I also thought about Sul's crying habits or unable to cry, it goes hand in hand with her hand grabbing habits.
Buuuut im still very satisfy with the drama, i would never pick up this drama if it has the normal plots and twist. Even though i read the webtoons and make comparissons, the drama is good as the toons

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I haven't read the webtoon, but I was surprised as well that Jung didn't attend to her wounds when he had so caringly tended to her injuries in the past. While I was watching it, I kept thinking "Don't you see the scratch on her face, aren't you going to tend to it ?..."

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In the webtoons (highly recommend read) it shows a "softer" side of Jung, we are always seeing him cold, calculative and pretty much maneuver people around him that he deems "crossed the line". So changing this scene, it seems that he just didnt care enough which wasnt the case

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I actually was a bit upset that one of my fave scenes from the webtoon, the one where Jung tends to Seol's wounds after the fight with Min Soo, was changed to the scene with In Ho tending to her scratches. My heart broke a bit! I know, this may sound like whining and selfish but ughhhh. In the webtoon, after Jung tends to Seol's wounds, he tells her that he'll keep waiting for her. I understand that they want to push the love triangle but, that scene was so precious..

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