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Cheese in the Trap: Episode 13

Oof, In-ho, you break my heart. He’s been breaking my heart all along, but the more I see of him, the more he gets me right in the gut. I have the unique experience watching Cheese in the Trap of pulling equally hard for both lead males, but that’s because I’m not pulling for them in the same way. In fact, I almost find the love triangle incidental, because what I love about In-ho has very little to do with his romantic feelings, and that allows me to be both Team Jung and Team In-ho with very little angst. I want success for both of them; it’s just that success means different things for both guys.

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EPISODE 13 RECAP

In a practice room, In-ho plays the piano furiously, his face still bearing the marks of his fight with Jung. His teacher takes one look at the bruises and starts scolding him for risking his hands by fighting, calling him thoughtless and pathetic with some exasperation.

In-ho asks in a subdued voice, “Do I seem pathetic in your eyes too?” His teacher says whoever called him pathetic was right on, and In-ho declares that he’ll buckle down, work hard, and win the competition.

He’s selected a Chopin sonata for his competition piece, which his teacher deems too difficult to get ready in a month. But In-ho insists on trying, and his teacher agrees to go with it.

Seol hesitates outside the library, conflicted over whether to keep helping In-ho study. On one hand it clearly bothers Jung, but on the other, she’s the one who encouraged In-ho to take the equivalency exam in the first place. In the end she doesn’t have to make the choice, since she runs into In-ho outside the building anyway, and they head in together.

As they study, her phone buzzes with texts from Jung, which she replies to in between helping In-ho. It’s not hard for him to guess who she’s chatting with, and he clocks they way she brightens as she types away.

She does hesitate when Jung asks what she’s doing, stepping aside to call him. She tells him she’s helping In-ho study, asking hesitantly if Jung is okay with it.

He first says that he’s not, though his tone is light and he follows that by telling her it’s fine because she’s the type to honor her promises. Seol brightens and promises that she won’t spend any time with In-ho outside of studying—just as In-ho steps out in time to overhear this. He quietly leaves the library, and Seol returns to her seat to find a scrap note saying that he’s off.

Chatting with her friends, talk turns to the graduation exams that all the sunbaes are studying for. Seol considers taking her exam early, though it’ll be tricky while juggling her regular studies. While the girls talk, Eun-taek surreptitiously takes video of Bora while pretending to text, and when she asks to see what he’s doing, he hides his phone from her.

She points out that they always see each other’s screens, and he says there are things he’d like to keep private. It’s enough to make her puzzle at the change in Eun-taek’s behavior lately—he’s been doing things on his own and sometimes doesn’t answer his phone.

Seol wonders if he’s seeing a girl, and while Bora scoffs that he’s a baby, Seol counters that he’s tall and good-looking and would be popular with the girls. It seems like she’s aware of Bora’s jealousy flaring, though Bora isn’t about to admit it.

Seol runs into In-ho at the subway station, but he stiffens to see her today, making the ride home awkward. In-ho tells her not to help him study anymore because he can handle it alone, and Seol wonders if his attitude shift comes because he’s clued in to her unease about the tutoring situation.

She asks if it’s because of her, and he replies that he doesn’t have time because he’ll be preparing for a competition. Mention of the competition gets her excited on his behalf, which seems to strike him. He lays awake in bed that night, hearing her voice replay in his mind against his will, like when she’d called him oppa playfully. He tosses and turns fitfully, and resorts to push-ups to work out his frustrations.

In-ha complains that he’s keeping her up, taunting that he’s going to lose to Jung in everything—fighting, money, and love. She starts singing Big Bang’s “Loser” at him and asks if Seol knows he likes her, and notes that he’s not even denying it anymore.

On the weekend, In-ha catches Seol on her way to a date and carries on in her usual antagonistic way. Seol calls her on it, asking In-ha not to go around calling herself Jung’s girlfriend, or to pick fights over Jung.

In-ha asks how long she thinks her relationships with Jung and In-ho will last—Seol is a flash in the pan next to In-ha’s 15 years of history. She warns Seol not to think of herself as some kind of drama Cinderella.

The words strike a chord in Seol, who admits to herself that the three have a history she doesn’t know. But she’s the one with him now, and she stands up for herself, pointing out that a relationship that’s long-standing doesn’t automatically make it a good one—in fact, In-ha’s relationship with Jung doesn’t seem particularly positive.

In-ha threatens to beat Seol up for her impudence, bragging that she’s done that to all the other girls who shot off their mouths in the past. Uncowed, Seol retorts that it’s something kids could get away with but challenges her to try it now.

In-ha raises a fist threateningly to do just that, but freezes when a trickle of blood runs out Seol’s nostril. Reminding her that she didn’t touch her, In-ha backs off.

Seol’s self-conscious about the tissue stuck in her nostril when she meets Jung, though he laughs and says it’s funny-looking. She protests that it’s not funny and points at his own bruised face, and he self-consciously pulls up his scarf to hide his scrapes.

She tells him about on not helping with In-ho’s studies anymore and, thinking of their promise to be honest with each other, admits to running into In-ha and how she’s been feeling harassed by her. Jung apologizes and says he’ll talk to her about it, then smiles that it feels good to have her talk honestly with him. She admits to feeling like a tattletale, though he assures her that he likes it and prods for more sharing.

Seol shares about her thoughts to take her graduation exam early, and Jung offers his notes and sample questions. She grabs his arm so excitedly that he notes that she likes his notes more than him—and then his face falls and he says he won’t give his notes after all.

Seol notes that Jung is easily peeved, and he retorts that she’s just as bad, picking at faults and making him wait. They bicker back and forth before she smiles at the thought that Jung has changed—he’s expressing his thoughts better now, and she finds it so much less frustrating than before. She sighs happily that she wants them to fight like this from now on.

That night, In-ho gets a call from his old buddy who warns him that the boss is in town looking for him again. This time he sounds extra scared, saying that the “Big Boss” has been pressuring their boss for In-ho’s whereabouts, and mentioning Big Boss, apparently a nightclub owner, sparks In-ho’s concern. He tries to tell himself that he’s fine, but can’t shake the unease.

The next day on campus, In-ho is still awkward around Seol and backs away when she approaches. At his continued weirdness, she asks if he’s upset with her, just as he sees someone in the distance. It’s his old boss, asking students if they recognize In-ho from that school ad he shot.

Alarmed, In-ho grabs Seol and runs in the opposite direction, clapping a hand over her mouth to keep her quiet. Thankfully the boss doesn’t get any leads, but he seems determined to keep asking until somebody recognizes In-ho.

In-ho relaxes and lets go of Seol… and only now realizes she’s doubled over in pain, clutching her stomach. Stricken with worry, he carries her on his back all the way to the emergency room.

While Seol sleeps, In-ho stays at her bedside, looking worried and guilty. His hand reaches out to touch hers, but he’s unable to actually hold it.

Seol’s family arrives, relieved to hear that Seol will be fine; she has a mild stomach inflammation that’s stress-induced and needs a little rest. Mom is especially grateful to In-ho for being there, and even drops the formalities to talk to him in familiar banmal. Aw, that look on his face when he registers the change—it’s so subtle but it means so much.

But then mention of Jung comes up, and In-ho quietly gathers his bag and leaves. He wonders how the boss tracked him to the school and whether he’s likely to find the noodle shop, thinking, “If Dog Hair gets hurt because of me, you ought to die, Baek In-ho.” That’s the deciding factor, and he makes a phone call.

Next thing we know, he’s being kicked around by the boss in an alley, who reminds him of the cash In-ho stole when he skipped out on him. In-ho counters that the boss ripped him off first, but only gets kicked some more. In-ho declares that he’ll pay back the money—a hefty 5 million won (roughly 4,000 USD)—but the boss doubles the debt citing “interest.”

In-ho protests, but the boss offers him an alternative: Come back to Busan with him, and the debt is forgiven. It sounds like the boss want to take In-ho under his wing as a gangster, but In-ho wants nothing to do with it. He’ll pay up instead.

The boss gives him a week to come up with 10 million won and warns In-ho to watch himself, making the vague threat to mess with everyone around him if he doesn’t.

Seol texts Jung to let him know what happened, and in a flash he’s on his way out the door to see her. But he’s stopped with more work and a last-minute meeting, tying his hands for the moment. He apologizes and promises to come as soon as he can, and she assures him it’s okay.

Seol considers calling In-ho to thank him for his help, but decides that considering Jung’s feelings is the right thing to do. Still, she feels conflicted: “But he’s like a friend, always with me to help when I was having difficulties. Is it okay to cast him aside for sunbae’s sake?”

In-ho goes home and beelines for his emergency cash—only to find that In-ha’s already gotten her hands on it, of course. He briefly considers giving up this apartment for the deposit, but that would put his sister out on the street (which I say she deserves given that she raided his funds). That’s when Seol texts her thanks (aw, I’m glad she decided to do it), and asks if something’s the matter.

That night, Seol wakes to find Jung at her side, holding her hand. He tells her he was so worried his heart felt like it would drop on the floor, and the hyperbole makes her laugh. She tenses, however, when Jung mentions hearing that In-ho was the one to bring her here, and starts to explain how they ran into each other.

But Jung surprises her by saying that he’s glad In-ho was with her when she needed help, though it makes him sad that he hasn’t been. She assures him that it’s fine.

Jung joins her on the hospital bed, and as they lie there together, he mentions all the stress she’s deal been dealing with, from her stalker to her copycat to In-ha. He’ll make sure she doesn’t get hurt anymore, promising, “From now on, I’ll always be with you.”

In the morning, In-ho is outside waiting when Seol is released, here to deliver medicine from Mom. He hands it over quickly and avoids meeting her eye, declining her offer to go to school together.

Seol’s friends find her on campus, and she assures them it’s not that serious. Bora figures it’s because Seol is always holding her stress in, and Eun-taek thoughtfully gives her tea from his mother to help with her stomach. Bora asks expectantly what he has for her, and he just says that Bora isn’t sick, doesn’t get stressed, and doesn’t hold things in.

Bora’s miffed, and Seol chides that she should have just accepted when Eun-taek confessed his feelings. Bora retorts, “Do you think I rejected him because I don’t like him?” She admits her real reasoning: “Because I don’t want to split up. If we date, later on we’ll break up. Then I can’t see him again.” She says she wants them to be like this forever.

In-ho heads to the bank to ask about a loan, but finds that he’s not eligible because of his employment status. He doesn’t qualify for a credit card either. Sigh!

Seol flips through Jung’s notes, which are perfectly organized and thorough—they’re the perfect study guide, and Sang-chul takes one look and tries to finagle his way into sharing them. Her reluctance is obvious—she doesn’t want Jung’s hard work going to such freeloaders—but Sang-chul makes out like keeping them for herself is selfish and uppity. He announces to their classmates that she has Jung’s notes, and suddenly everyone’s full of flattery and interest in Seol, trying to brownnose their way to those notes.

That night at the noodle shop, Seol tries to make conversation with In-ho. It’s not easy, since he keeps his back turned and his answers monosyllabic, and ignores her to head outside. He hesitates before taking a call from his old boss (named “Hammer” in his phone), and whirls around in alarm when he realizes that Hammer and his lackey are right here, having followed In-ho.

Hammer says he’s merely taking out “insurance” and makes a comment about In-ha—so when Seol steps outside, he shoves her back inside quickly. Hammer leaves him with a warning text: “I’ll trust that you won’t make me come back.”

Seol asks Jung how he feels about sharing his notes with their classmates, and he tells her that he’d prefer that she didn’t. He reminds her that they’re just using her and that they take everything for granted, but also leaves the choice in her hands, telling her not to treat it overly seriously. Seol sighs, “But now that I hear that, it’s become serious.”

In-ho comes home feeling stressed, and finds his sister with an armful of new clothes, bought on Jung’s dime. He asks if she has any money and is appalled at her thoughtlessness about her future, living only for today. She points out that he’s the same, and finally he yells at her, “Get out! I’m sick and tired of it!”

With nowhere else to turn, In-ho visits Jung’s father and broaches the topic of needing money. But Dad cuts him off, asking, “How long are you going to live like this?” He’s referring to the boys carrying a grudge and fighting, since it’s obvious with one look at In-ho’s scuffed face what happened to Jung’s.

Dad says he’s done everything to smooth the way for them, but In-ho continues to hate Jung. What will it take for them to move on?

In-ho protests that Dad apologized, not Jung, but Dad bursts out in frustration, “Haven’t you thought about everything you enjoyed all that while?” Ouuuuch. So you’re going to throw your generosity in his face now?

Dad adds that Jung had accepted the Baek siblings readily and compromised a lot—yet he doesn’t feel any gratitude from them. In-ho’s eyes fill with tears and he can only laugh in disbelief, saying that father and son are quite alike.

He sees clearly now that Dad took the kids in to keep an eye on Jung, and says that it was crazed of him to come asking for money. Certainly, he won’t ask for a handout after hearing those words. So he leaves feeling stung and wanders the streets, taking in the sights of ordinary people walking by, drinking together, having fun. His eyes fill with tears.

Seol goes to school intending on sticking to her guns about not lending Jung’s notes, and ignores the string of desperate texts from Sang-chul, swearing never to ask for another favor. Her resolve lasts about two seconds and she decides to help him out just one last time, heading to the copy center with the notes.

But as she gets to the doors, she overhears Sang-chul already inside, loudly complaining about Seol to classmate Da-young. The two ingrates snipe that Seol is being really unreasonable about the notes, whining that it’s hard kissing her ass—nobody would want to be her friends if not for those notes.

So when Da-young tries to sweet-talk her into lunch or coffee, Seol turns her down flatly. Then Sang-chul holds out his hand expectantly for the notes, and Seol hears Jung’s voice reminding her that they’re ungrateful and demanding, and she admits to herself that she’s sick of it too.

Sang-chul raises a big stink about how selfish she’s being, but she holds firm, saying that the notes aren’t theirs to demand. She adds pointedly that he should act like a sunbae and not whine about it, which infuriates him and results in even louder whining.

Dad informs Jung of In-ho’s visit and his request for money, saying that his temper got the better of him and he sent In-ho off badly. Jung is surprised to hear it, and Dad is surprised that Jung doesn’t know what’s going on.

Jung is waiting for In-ho that night, having asked around and learned about In-ho’s debt and his association with some unsavory people. He offers to give him the money—but on the condition that he stay away from Seol.

“It isn’t important whether you like Seol or not,” Jung says. “But if you cause harm to come to Seol or her family, that’s different. No matter how rock bottom you are, you’re not the kind of trash who’d bring injury to the people he cares about.”

In-ho grabs Jung’s shirtfront and accuses him of seeing this as an opportunity, only to have Jung point out that In-ho’s the one who created the opportunity in the first place. If he doesn’t pay the debt off, In-ho will have to keep running—does he want to live like that? He’s better off cutting things off cleanly and walking away.

“Think carefully,” Jung adds, “about who’s the bigger threat to Seol right now.”

Seol’s mother sends her to check on In-ho, who seemed unwell earlier, armed with some freshly made kimchi. With no good reason to refuse, Seol heads over to make the delivery.

In-ho walks up a few moments after she arrives, and once again Seol asks if anything’s the matter lately. He just looks at her with those full eyes and heads inside without a word.

He stands in the dark of his apartment with heavy heart for a few long moments before something spurs him into action—he runs back outside, grabbing a scarf on the way, and catches up to Seol in the street. He wraps the scarf carefully around her neck and tells her to give Mom his thanks for the kimchi.

His behavior leaves Seol confused, and she tries to make sense of it.

Bora’s also trying to make sense of boy behavior, and gets jealous when she calls Eun-taek to hang out and he turns her down. She overhears a woman calling for Eun-taek and he hurriedly hangs up, which sends Bora charging off with Seol to find him and see what he’s up to.

They find him in the middle of a photo shoot on the quad, looking like quite the stylish model—Seol openly admires him, and it looks like Bora’s seeing him with fresh eyes as well. Then Bora bristles when the beautiful agency president calls Eun-taek over and brushes at his coat and his hair.

The girls give a quick greeting before Eun-taek ushers them away, and Bora walks away noticeably subdued.

In-ho is distracted in his piano lesson, and the teacher calls him on it. But today, when the teacher tells him to leave if he’s so busy, In-ho just agrees and quietly leaves.

Seol sees In-ho on the train home that night but doesn’t approach, noting that he’s staring off into space blankly. She only grabs him when it looks like he’ll miss their stop, and as they walk home, she asks again what’s bothering him.

He snaps, “What does it matter to you?” Seol presses for an explanation, though, not letting him dismiss her today too. Hesitantly, she asks if money is the problem.

In-ho is taken aback and snaps at her again, asking again what it has to do with her. She replies, “It doesn’t. But how can I help feeling worried?” She reminds him that he told her to talk about her feelings rather than suffering alone, but that’s what he’s doing now.

“Why should you worry about me?” In-ho asks. “I’m just this kind of person.”

“Why do you think like that?” Seol returns. “I don’t know how other people see you, but to me, you’re a good person. If something troubling happens to you, I and my family will all help you. So tell me.”

And In-ho, overcome, pulls her to him and holds on.

 
COMMENTS

Aw, In-ho. You make my heart bleed! I love this last beat, and it doesn’t even conflict with my love of Seol and Jung as a couple, because I don’t read In-ho as a romantic character. I know that his romantic feelings are an important part of his character in the plot, but when looking at Cheese I don’t find his purpose to be romantic. The more I see of him, the more I’m struck with his loneliness and desire for connection and affection. It’s the product of growing up orphaned, then abandoned by his surrogate family (well, they didn’t abandon him, but In-ho feels the rift as an abandonment). And while I can find some room for sympathy in In-ha’s character as well—if you read her behavior as the product of her traumatic upbringing instead of as random lunacy, at least partly—when considering In-ho, she’s been no source of comfort.

So I read In-ho’s arc as being much more about finding roots for his wandering, lost soul. We see that every time Seol’s family treats him as one of their own, or when someone expresses care for him that extends beyond the barest social civility. He always seems surprised that anyone would care, which hurts my heart because he’s so full of caring. It’s just that he’s not used to being the recipient, and that’s why his friendship with Seol is so touching.

I found a lot of poignancy in the way this episode put In-ho in a corner, and revealed that In-ho played an active hand in the trouble he found himself in. I mean in no way to blame the victim, because the bad guys are for sure the predatory gangsters, not the vulnerable lost boy they took advantage of. But In-ho’s fatal flaw is his hotheadedness, which is what prompted him to leave Jung’s family without getting full understanding of what happened, and what seems to have prompted his theft of Boss’s money. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re justified if you’re putting yourself at such risk to do it.

Which is why I appreciate that this drama’s development of In-ho isn’t purely as misunderstood, or purely as bad boy, or purely as lovelorn second lead. Here he is, finally seeing a way back onto the right path after being aimless and rootless for so long, only to be held back by his own stupid mistakes of the past.

I probably have extra sympathy for In-ho because of the way this drama has structured his character development, that we see him as a decent person with a lot of care and affection. If we’d seen him first as the arrogant piano prodigy who ran away and landed himself in a lot of trouble, it would be easy to write him off and call it karma. Like Jung says, he should have lived right, but that’s a really easy thing to say in hindsight and zero percent helpful to In-ho now.

I was disappointed when Jung offered to pay In-ho off to leave, although I could argue, maybe, that this kind of deal isn’t quite on the same scale as the past manipulations that Seol had such a problem with. For one, this does actively help In-ho, so it’s not a one-sided deal. It’s just that he, like always, holds so much power in the relationship, and I think Jung would actually build a lot of character by being the one at a disadvantage. I found myself hoping that Seol might be the one to help In-ho, because aside from genuinely caring about him, having Seol unwittingly counter Jung’s manipulation seems like a nicely poetic move. I liked that Seol was the one deciding to withdraw from In-ho rather than Jung asking her to—but I cheered a little when she questioned that impulse and ended up thanking In-ho after all. She has good instincts, and she should trust them, and Jung is just going to have to find a way to deal with it. (And really, Jung needs to learn how to deal with it! It’s for your own good, sunbae!)

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So so disappointed with the direction this show has gone. Way too much Inho for me. I want to know more about Jung and see his development and backstory. This drama started out SO good for me. It was crack status and quickly becoming my top 3 kdrama. But the last few episodes have fizzled out for me. That "it" something seems to have gone. The story is wasting too much time focusing on Inho and his hand and his piano. There is so much more plot they could have gone into, but instead it keeps going back to Inho and his freaking piano. How many times have we opened up with Inho playing the piano???? Also the lens is now being viewed from Inhos perspective. How HES reacting to their relationship...which just ugh. Also really dislike that they seem to be changing key moments from the webtoon and giving those scenes to Inho instead of Jung. WHY?! I don't understand?! I thought this story was supposed to be about Seol and Jung, but all I see is Inho! Also, Seol is starting to bug me a bit too. She's showing way too much concern to Inho. I get that he's her friend, but there's a limit to male/female relationships. It starts to become disrespectful to your romantic relationship. At this point I feel like Jung just deserves better. But at the same time I want him with the girl just because she makes him so happy......I really hope the last 3 episodes make a turnaround and salvage what was a super interesting story.

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and it won't end anytime soon, I think seriously this is just about In Ho. In Ho's crushing on Seol. In Ho's shit past. In Ho's trouble. In Ho's feeling. In Ho's this. In Ho's that. When I started watching citt,I thought, oh here it is a very new, unique drama, with a mysterious male lead.
But the last several episodes, ugh, this is so familiar. In other million of Kdrama, the love triangle arch. I barf. This is not the show that I was promised. Each of the characters are unique, why do they have to focus on In Ho so much? I am seriously disappointed!!!

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MTE !

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MOMMY!!! cheese in the trap is yong pal(ing) on me...

(at least yong pal didn't have base story... I wish CITT would do scenes as there in original from now on... )

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at least yongpal plot pick up the last 5 episodes or so..
at this rate, Yoojung sunbae gonna get Jungpal-ed.
I mean, now I understand why PHJ finish shooting earlier than KGE & SKJ.

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@hanie LMAO, i just joked around with my friends saying, inho is another jungpal, but reading your comment about jung, aigooo.. andwae...

it's not even funny if they leave uri sunbae all alone...

inha just gave inho a song. LOSER from BigBang, so... this time, let inho be the loser cuz he kinda deserves it. he shits on his thing and now he has to take the responsibility. he's so childish in this episode. and im so nuff with his attitude. Inha anad Inho, let them have their own happy ending without disturbing Seol-Jung happiness. ^^

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Ah, Yong Pal! That once great drama with badass lead shattered to nothingness I didn't event finish watching.....

And seriously, if TVN will start their 'unique' plot twist by shoving the everyone-else-assume main male lead to the back of the shelf and pulling second male lead upfront a la Reply 1988 again.....................

I'm done. I am soooooo done with this channel.

My wound in Jung Pal shape is still fresh, damn it.

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We're definitely being yong-pal'd ....I need more Jung time!!!

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#JUSTICEFORSUNBAE

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#justice for frustrated viewers

... btw, i just noticed, last week's preview had scenes of

- jung giving seol the notes in the car
- inha and jung confrontation where she tells him that seol will never understand him
- jung thinking something and driving

All the preview scenes were not there. And since in all 3 he wore that yellow shirt with that giant adorable muffler that he wore on his date, ... so those scenes are edited out too

Now they are misleading with previews too

yikes! i'll stop ranting now. i'm beginning to sound like Gollum going "jung-ie my precious" "jung-ie"

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all those scenes will go straight to DVD... YOO JUNG - UNFINISHED STORY

this CRAPtastic triangle needs to stop...
at this point i will start the JUNG for INHA campaign...
please do support my campaign... lol

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I...need to goes offline too tbh
today is all I did was Jung-ie..Jung-ie... all over the place

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Your end phrase of comment made me laugh so hard ,and the rest so true ..I am disappointed with ep 13, all about in ho ?

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@dealwithit:

I am so buying the DVD.

Hopefully it will be double A sides DVD along with JUNG PAL - THE CLOSURE

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@dealwithit

There is reply option under your comment, so..

They really is selling PHJ behind story DVD & Photobook guys
But that darn website wont even let me read their Q&A
Let me read the Q&A, I'm about to give you money seriously!!!
frustrating~
help! SOS!
DVD cost at $46.21 anyways

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the sequences probably:
1- Jung gives the notes to Seol after their whole day dates
2- on the way back home he thinks of Seol's telling him about encounting In Ha
3- then he goes to meet In Ha to give her a warning, hence the confrontation about Seol can't undertand Jung's stuff..

but yeah, alllll of Jung scene's is cut off... le sighhhhhh~~
at this point, i seriously think PHJ just offended someone in TVN.. lol

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InHough is enough , please writer nim!

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I'd only read Season 1 of the webtoon so I was quite prepared for the drama to be different as an adaptation.

Leaving all thoughts of Jung aside, it never in a million years occurred to me that the drama would turn SEOL into a secondary character in what is supposed to be her story! I don't mind a dose of second lead syndrome, but it's too much when he's effectively usurped the role of lead from the heroine of the story.

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I don't feel that its changing much from the webtoon though. In the webtoon there's also much about Inho. More than Jung. If someone lose their focus to Inho its not Jung, but Seol.

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I usually resonate and agree with most of javabeans recaps/analysis so it's interesting to me that i'm veering completely from her opinion/thought process in this drama. I really did like Inho in the beginning, but now I'm just annoyed with him whenever he shows up on the screen.

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Yes so annoyed. Look, if you read her entire recap this episode, would ANYONE says this show is about Seol and/or Jung?? No. The entire recap and commentary is about InHo. That's messed up!! It's not cheese in the trap, it's InHo in the InHo and more InHo lol

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Exactly! the entire commentary is about inho ... and I can't blame her ... bec the entire damn show is about him!
Its not even about seol anymore

i was watching the old episodes and missing klutzy seol and hilarious ET/bora so so so much

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Yes from the recap. Because thats her view. But I talk about the drama, so my point of view. I always feel there's more of Inho than Jung even in the actual webtoon. But what I feel lost here is Seol. There's no more Seol pov, only Inho.

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Cheese in inho trap: all about Inho and piano 2016
Cheese in inho trap: I broke my hand and take over everything 2016
Cheese in inho trap: angering fans from episode 9

pfffttt... I dont even need to use my brain to come up with that~

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Forget soel.. jung should fight for his screen time LOL

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@hane
I was lol so much at that. And I have gastritis right now, so you all are killing me. Haha. It hurts to laugh.

Well, with the preview of Seol as the mouse and Jung as the cheese, now we know what the trap is. Haha.

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but the drama is a condensed version of the webtoon. Yes bec of his internship jung was missing alot in Season 3. but in 4 seasons the PD found no material to talk about jung ???

They shot the scenes for jung's childhood. but at this point it loooks they have scrapped it form the final version

... and when we can invent scenes for inho, then why not for jung ?

*Spoiler-ish* *not really*
And why give jung;s scenes to inho ? The preview scene of SC confrontation with seol, it was jung who was there and saved seol from getting hurt

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Yeah, that preview worried me for that reason too. Why do that?

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Because they have to fill their 90% InHo quota? lol

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I was surprised too but sometimes the previews tease us and then we see it and it was misleading.

I think a lot of this anger is because the watchers/readers feel manipulated by the drama writers. I heard Soonki name is on the team but not sure how much of a hand she has in it anymore.

I was reading Korean comments on the latest Ch 24 of season 4 (the untranslated version is available free on Naver site) and cracking up when a person commented that she read the webtoon after seeing the drama, and how she likes the webtoon so much more. Hahaha. ^_^ The comment had 30k likes or something.

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omg...that 90% In-ho quota made me laugh and almost cry at the same time.

I hope you are right Petra.

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The Korean viewers had done the screen time calculation for ep 13. Sunbae only appeared for a miserable 5+ minutes in ep 13!

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Thanks, I was wondering about that. ugh...I don't get it at all. Really, he's worse than a second lead....

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That is one more Jung scene handed to In Ho by the writer isn't it? From the tending her wound after the fight with Min Soo, and what more? I mean drama is not webtoon, but handing over jung's portion to inho seems a bit cruel, knowing that it would change the shift of the event.

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Yeah, I really really hope they did not switch leads on a scene again.

I loved that scene and it was important on so many levels. Surely they couldn't, could they? Ppl concluded from that that Inho accepted his role as their observing friend/frenemy.

*worried face*

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At this rate, I really do not have any hope for anything, we know now who the main lead is. PHJ even commented in an interview: "I am inconvenienced because I couldn’t express more kindness in Yoo Jung. In the drama, I went away to do internships. There were not many scenes to talk to other characters, so I wasn’t allowed the opportunity to do so." Yes, he was not allowed the opportunity to do so, by the vengeful writers against Jung!!!!

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And did you notice that Kyunghwan and Jiwoo (I can't even remember his name anymore but Inha called him Designer Peanut) have disappeared off the face of the earth? O.o Where's Inha's peanut?

I mean the villains at least got shipped on a bus (I don't want to see you ever again and all) but these two chars...who were Jung compatriots btw...don't even get a bus. They just gone.

Apparently, in Drama CITT land being friends with Jung is worse. Huh.

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Oh yes, Petra, I remember them. But, everything about Jung, let's just throw some lovey dovey moment between him and Seol, and the viewer will supposed to be satisfied with that. Now, Jung is not a boy toy, not some sexual pleasure release for the viewer nor for Seol. His character diminished to such a petty, sad being. I can't. I mean I can't see my baby Jung hurt more, this ep. 14 seems very bleak for him. I can't take it.

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Petra, please don't disappear tomorrow, I just watched ep. 14 raw. Without giving any spoiler, I just think there is hope for the last two episode. You must definitely come back tomorrow and discuss with us again!!!! pretty please!

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@dani then in the webtoon he actually has and hangs out with a lot of classmates and things outside of Seol. I want to rage but shall not about how Seol gets him ro stop always laying for things. Meeting her friends, having a nicer dinner with her family, getting ice cream together. So much positive Jung and Jung/Seol scrapped so we can watch Inho play the piano and looking heart eyes at Seol who will never return the feels.

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I actually am very extremely frustrated with how this show is going. Especially that comment that her family was saying..." How come your boyfriend is never around, but only InHo" or something like that, is that a sign that it won't work out for Yoojung or what?

:( :( :(

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I agree, the webtoon mostly followed Seol around and while Jung is doing his internship she wasn't able to see him very much :C but Inho was often around because he worked at her family's shop and rode the subway with her to the same school.

I think people are just annoyed because they were expecting this to be just another Rom-com. Seol and Jung are our main couple but I think their romance is just part of the story. Inho finding a REAL family and place to belong is another part of the story and I'm loving it.

I think it fits pretty well with the source material. I always thought there were hints of Inho having a crush on Seol- she at least has a strong affect on him.

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I dont know about other but I am annoyed that this drama become just another rom-com. CITT is more than rom-com. Heck, they selling it to us as rom-thriller because Yoojung is the central of all suspicious thing going on. The plot supposedly about his development as grey character with Seol, someone who perceptive enough to see that there is more of Yoojung than his handsome friendly face.

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Yea, I read the webtoon too and I agree that there isn't that much difference between Jung's screentime in the drama compared to his appearances in the webtoon. The romance is still centered around Jung and Seol, and while In-ho has a crush on Seol, I do no think it will change. Besides, In-ho's development as a character is just as central to the webtoon as in the drama. If you look at the cover picture of the webtoon, it depicts all three, with Seol in the center and Jung and In-ho next to her, meaning that they are all protagonists. In the webtoon when Jung is on his internship he got way less story than Inho, so it is actually IN LINE with the original material.

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That's what I was thinking. I think it all depends on how you choose to approach Inho's character. Reading the webtoon I never saw him as a 'second lead,' but rather a central character that plays a large part in both Jung and Seol's life. He is a large part of Jung's past, and then becomes an important friend to Seol in the present. He felt like a link to me, something that would force Jung to face some hard truths, and force Seol to question how well she actually new Jung. Even if the chapter cover art for each season, the pic is always of Jung, seol and inho, side by side. As you go along, I felt that his character really grew on you and become more invested in his story.

I guess this is what happens when you have to fit a lot of source material into only 16 episodes. You can cut down on in ho's scenes, but then you risk him becoming a minor character, they way bora and euntaek are minor, and he loses his significance. Too much of him and I guess you lose out on the main story. As for why they keep giving him Jung's scenes from the web to on, I honestly have no clue. Fan service?

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Also I really don't get the hate in ho's character is getting. He may be getting too much screen time, but I still find him incredibly entertaining and I enjoy watching his scenes on screen. To each his own I guess.

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I think ordinarily ppl would like him but if ppl feel forced or manipulated into something, they rebel.

Which may be something they couldve explored more of with Jung.

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I don't care about the webtoon (haven't even read that much of it), if the drama wanted to go a different direction and make In Ho the lead, I would have been fine with that. If the drama wanted to make Yoo Jung the bad guy, I would have been fine with that too. But with the way this show was set up from the beginning, and the expectations it set with its plot none of these scenarios would now be fine. The only scenario that makes sense is Seol ending up alone. Because:

1. The writers worked so hard to make us believe that Seol has zero romantic feelings for In Ho. She was walking right next to the guy but thinking so hard about Jung that she nearly walked into a pole; after her first kiss with Jung, she's in such a daze that she walks right by In Ho like he's a stranger; even up to this episode she is so focused on Jung even when In Ho is near. So you see, if now they try to make this In Ho - Seol, I will not buy it, that's a con. And I don't see how anyone who loves In Ho would feel satisfied with that either.

2. The show was set up from the beginning with a main tenet being an exploration of Jung as a person, solving the mystery that he is. They did a good job of making him mysterious and making us (or maybe just me?) want to know why he is the way he is, why he likes Seol, why he hated Seol... And none of these questions have been answered yet in my opinion. So the shift to In Ho is just falling flat for me. He was never as much as a mystery to solve as Jung was set up to be.

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It's up to the writers, but I very much doubt that Seol-Inho is even a question at this point. That would be a very different direction from the source material - Seol shows absolutely no interest in Inho throughout the whole series, and Inho's interest in her is so subtle that it takes you a very long time to even come to the conclusion that he might like her. The drama has changed a few details about the extent of Inho's crush, but to end it with the two of them together would be such a reversal of direction that it would make the past 150+ chapters pretty much irrelevant. There's a higher likelihood of Seol ending up alone than with anyone other than Jung, in my opinion.

Also, why does there have to be only one lead? I know its typical of romance dramas to have a male and female lead, and then corresponding seconds, but why do we have to analyse characters according to how they fit these roles? If Jung is a male lead, Inho doesn't have be the 'second', and vice versa. Inho isn't written in such a way that his goal is to win Seol's heart, and his circumstances are such that he doesn't even have the chance. I mentioned this in a later comment, but I really think his character's story is more about finding somewhere he belongs - it just so happens that Jung's family used to be that place, and now it's Seol's. He's akey to their story, and along the way his own story starts to pick up. So yeah, he isn't directly involved in the romance, but I think it's safe to say he's a central character that deserves to be analysed beyond the scope of how he fits into the romance.

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yeah, that's what's annoying me so much - Jung's screentime has been reduced to a measly five minutes out of a 1hour+ episode.........but to even do that to Seol? The heroine of the story? Can we please treat her like she's the actual focus of it and not just there to be In-ho's crush object and focus of his back-to-decent-humanity feelings?

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same tbh. i dont want to sound petty and i have tried to take the high road on this but dear lord i just do not care this much about baek in ho. we open the episode with in ho, we end with in ho, and most of the middle is also in ho. i mean i know a lot of ppl find him super appealing and are incredibly invested in him and im happy for those ppl but personally i stopped really enjoying this drama around episode 9? i watching bc, well, we're only a week away from the finale so its kind of too late to drop it but i find myself not caring a lick about who does and doesnt end up with who.

someone said that this drama may not actually have a second lead and all 3 get their stories told but idk i feel its not that balanced anymore? in ho definitely dominates screen time now even more than seol. at this rate im gonna know what in ho ate for lunch in the 4th grade bc it sure feels like this drama is baek in ho's great adventures and journey to self actualization.

anyways ill stop now before everyone comes after me with pitch forks.

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Even love triangle needs three character.... all i see is inho

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Lol...that's a good one

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The love triangle is obviously between In Ho, his injured hand and his piano.

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LOL I kinda want to screencap this and share this. But I'll probably end up upsetting more of my In-ho fan friends.

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This is so true, and yet it hurts.

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ROTFLOL.

Thank you. I really needed that.

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hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh good one !!

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yea...even love triangle needs three character...so truuuuueee....?

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God bless u , i really mean it ''cause u've just came with the perfect deduction

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I did feel like gagging with too much screen time of In Ho. At some point I sighed 'oh enough already' too loudly and really don't care of looking at the screen. I hope things turn back to more of Seol and Jung.

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i watched this episode in between classes and i sighed a little too loudly and the girl sitting next to me gave me a funny look haha.

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If anyone comes for you with a pitchfork, I'll set up a barricade with you! I didn't stop enjoying the drama at ep 9 but I did feel a dip in interest in the two really Inho-centric eps, 9 & 10. But by 12, I felt we were back on track. That episode was the bomb - I loved it. So with my expectations up about learning more about Jung and resolving the central mysteries of the story, as well as hoping we'd get back to some comedy instead of melo, and hoping that Inho and Jung might have some movement towards resolution after their epic fight - this episode really disappointed.

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Yes totally. There was still InHo all over the place in epi 12 but I didn't mind it because he wasn't the driver of everything and that we were finally getting somewhere with the rest of the cast!! Now, it's back to every reaction shot and endless piano pondering, dreaming and flashbacking.

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Yes, I loved 12. It had even restored my faith in the drama. But nope, false alarm.

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we've been trolled :'(

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I'm laughing but at the same time feels sad for us
false alarm indeed~

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Episode 12 was a midsummer's night dream lol

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Don't worry you're not the only one. The ratings has dropped by 2% since Episode 9.

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Breaks in the broadcast schedule create dips. I wouldn't attribute the post-9 slump to anything but the holiday week off, which breaks the habit.

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Not really. It started to dip even before the break and continued to dip after the break steadily. I'd understand if the dip is after the break, the initial episodes with slightly lower ratings and going back again in the next week. But it continued to go down.

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That depends on which ratings you're looking at. AGB Nielsen shows a dip in ratings, while TNmS Ratings initially showed an increase in ratings after episode 9.

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@fromthesnow, the rebound pattern you're talking about usually happens when a show airs during a holiday week but people are too busy to watch it - the ratings drop for the holiday week but then come back up the next because people see the missed episodes in the meantime.

When a show full-on skips a week, people fill that empty week with something else, or just feel less urgency about viewing the show in week 2. Then the ratings take much longer to rebound.

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@julio Both dipped. TnMS is now at 6.1% when in ep 9 it was 7.8%

@miranda I said it dipped even BEFORE the break. And has continued to dip for 3 weeks now. So... when will it rebound? I understand feeling less urgency to watch the show a week after the holiday break. But 3 weeks after? And the last week will be next week. The simple fact is that the ratings have sadly decreased and the netizen sentiments have not been positive.

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@fromthesnow, then I guess it's declining ratings, though I still think the holiday took a chunk out of it.

As for netziens... they liked Yong Pal. So did the rest of Korea, apparently. And none of them watched I Remember You. So as far as ratings and netziens go as an indicator of quality, I'm skeptical. Popularity, yes. Quality? No.

Which is a real shame, but at least CIIT is protected by pre-production. Overreaction to netziens completely gutted Producers, as far as I'm concerned, and could've really screwed up CIIT as well if it weren't already solid.

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@Miranda...netizens had the same sentiments towards Yong Pal that we did here. They loved it at the beginning but comments about it towards the end were mostly negative. I think people kept watching just hoping it would get better or because they were still invested.

It's not remembered fondly either.

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@Deb - that is a huge relief, then, because I understood NONE of the Yong Pal fanbase. At all. Bleh.

I hope ep 14 changes a lot of minds. I have to say that though I wrote for a recapping site at one point and am familiar with most commenting patterns, the kdrama fan base seems to be a lot more... reactionary? On US sites it took a while for displeasure to set in about plot points, whereas Kdrama sites seem to have instant, really decisive reactions that sometimes seem outsized. Possibly due to the live-shoot schedule and the knowledge that complaints can have impact in real-time?

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Haha. Love your post. I think almost everyone is pissed about the change of focus. Although in season 4 of the webtoon is focused on InHo, this is a 16 episode drama. We signed up to watch a fantastic multi layered male lead and wonder why he's like that and how is he going to overcome his issues, with the love and support from Seol. It has to be more than that InHo incident that made him this way. Instead all we are getting now is Inho and his piano, Inho and his damaged hand, InHo's unrequited love, InHo's past, InHo InHo InHo !!!! I don't give a damn about him. He was alright in the beginning as a second male lead but now he's simply annoying. I'm just gonna fast forward and pretend InHo is not in the drama. I only hope in the last 2 episodes they answer all our questions about Jung.

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It is like I was promised a plate with a nice juicy steak, with nice salad on the side as a garnish. Which is nice looking btw. I was drooling over it, had a bite, and want some more, but then now, it's just salad on my plate. If I had come for the salad, I will say so (and I do eat salad everyday). But, you gave me steak in the beginning and now you are taking it back? Give me my steak back!!!!

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exactly! i was told i was getting steak. i was expecting steak! its like im in the middle of eating my delicious steak and the waiter comes along, takes away my steak and forces me to eat a salad??? i never wanted a salad!!!

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@dani they already prepared the steak. It was sitting on the shelf not being used so it had to up and sell its self. I feel for PHJ.

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Even with the focus on Inho his focus gives us insight into Jung and explores Jung's character. There is also plenty of Jung scenes (internship woes) and Jung/Seol (forever pressed at all his scenes they give to Inho). So the excuse of "but Inho was central during the end of s3 and now s4" is not true. He's central but his main purpose is still to drive Jung and Seol. That is not happening in the drama. Especially the driving and exploring Jung.

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Usually I never touched fast forward button...
But now... everytime InHo is on the screen...oopss.... my fingers reflex are to press fast forward button...

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+1... this episode is like NARUTO fillers... There was not a single step development in JUNG's behavior (reason or improvement in it)... All I see is INHO .. Who is your male lead and your heading to final week soon...show get a grip

yeah I get it he has a broken heart i get it... you don't need to brush it so many times..

Right now soel's head is filled with so much inho... there's a limit for that...

All jung's moments are transferred to inho I'm afraid they'll make a last minute main lead change... If that happens CITT will be the worst series I've watched until now....

I'll stop watching and wait till it ends.....

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I'm with you Susan. I think I'm going to have to stop watching until it ends too. Because if they are giving Jung's moments to Inho to justify a last minute lead change, I just won't finish it out - even if there are only 3 episodes to go. Nothing peeves me more than a disapointing ending.

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Agreeee!!!

I want male lead Jung, not Inho.

Inho is your usual typical male lead.... while Jung.... is everything else. Do they really think solving Jung's personality issue by "start to talk openly with your girlfriend" is already enough? -___-;;;

It's already ep 13... I really hope for miracle.....

....and less In Ho.

Or will this Reply 1988 part 2 with my favorite strong male lead swapped as supporting actor

#stillNOTmoveon

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"Inho is your usual typical male lead" hehe, i dont think so. Korean typical male lead : RICH, HANDSOME, CHAEBOL THING, RUDE, BAD BOY AND SMART. so.. this Inho is just an ordinary human-being 2nd lead. i just hope, the writer nim won't turn him to be the man 'who gets the female lead' material.

but i shipped Taek-DeokSun in R88, but in this CITT i shipped Jung Seol!

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I think people are seriously overestimating how much of a 16-hour series can be devoted to Jung being shifty.

He's a great character, I like him a lot, but In Ho and Bora/Euntaek and family scenes are allowing Jung/Seolcto quietly grow in the periphery. If Jung were unsettling all the time, we'd be telling Seol to run for the hills. It's like people are annoyed that Jung seems so normal when THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT: Jung seems normal to almost everyone, but Seol notices the gaps. If Jung was always scheming, he'd come across as a psycho.

I feel like people are getting fixated on their memory of the web toon (which Jung is not in nearly as much as you'd think), kdrama trope expectations, and PHJ fan hype. Getting ticked at a production because you think the writers have shortchanged your favorite actor? Really?

The balance is going to come back, there will be more Jung. Too many pitchforks in general.

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Idk about that. I honestly think ppl are mad that they don't get to see more of Jung not being shifty or the transition of Jung from really dark to less or more (if it's a morality tale of get away from him, girl).

I wasn't really a PHJ fan before this or webtoon really. I was open to any direction the drama wants to go but this....
Hmm...well, I will keep the faith. A lot can happen in 3 eps.

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I don't get it, though: Jung spent the majority of this episode not just being not-shifty, but being actively affectionate and open and supporting with Seol. He made her grin like a lunatic. He tried to rush out of work and then climbed into her bed with her. He's responding to her concerns and she's giddy about it.

And then he's backsliding, by partly threatening In Ho.

Is that the problem, that the transition isn't more front-and center? Or that there's backsliding?

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No.

I haven't even read the webtoon. When I started watching this drama, I know nothing about it. Not the actors, not the plot, not even the blurb. Zero. I had no expectations aside from knowing it's tvN.

But here I am, disappointed at the direction the drama is taking. This shouldn't be an ordinary romcom. It was interesting at first because it was different. The female lead is a breath of fresh air, perceptive and with a backbone while the male lead isn't perfect. But now they lost the soul of the show. I loved the growth of Seol and was intrigued by Jung. I wanted Inho and Jung to settle their misunderstandings but it's turning to the Inho Show while Jung's character development gets shafted episode per episode. The personality that endeared me to Seol is gone, Jung's character development has been put on hold while all the focus is on Inho. I don't want lovey dovey scenes from the couple. They should just break up at this point, but I want character development.

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But I HAVE read the webtoon, and I don't think there's enough Jung content to fill 16 hours. Not while still keeping him Jung, rather than some flavor of the brother-in-law character from "Mask".

Of course it's fine to be disappointed about the show turning out differently than you expected, but given the source material I think some expectations are unrealistic. The webtoon spends a lot of time on Seol and her friends and family, so... that's what I was expecting. And that's what I'm getting from this show: a kind of cool family/college drama.

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I was addressing the fact that you said

"people are getting fixated on their memory of the web toon (which Jung is not in nearly as much as you’d think), kdrama trope expectations, and PHJ fan hype"

I provided that you are wrong and glossing over the valid concerns of the viewers.

I didn't read the webtoon so I have no fixated memory of it.

There are no kdrama trope expectations because I am selective of my kdramas and hate tropes in general.

I have no interest whatever about PHJ and the only drama I know him from was the one with Jun Ji hyun. I didn't even know he was the lead when I started this.

My point - that you completely missed to repeat yourself - is that as someone who went in blind, I fell for the show because of 2 things, Seol's personality and Jung's psyche. Now that the show has lost those things that I liked, I am disappointed in the direction it is going. There are so much wasted time on Inho playing piano that I don't get any character development from the supposed narrator herself - Seol. How is it a family/college drama when the last episodes has been nothing but Inho and his injured hand? The first episodes, those were the family/college drama. But lately, it has lost that. Give me more Seol, add in some Jung, more Bora ET but stop it with Inho. Other characters need to develop too. They're all stuck right now.

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@fromthesnow, my point was that the show is balancing three things: the webtoon audience, the kdrama trope audience, and the actor fanbase.

You say you're not in any of those camps and the show doesn't work for you, which is fine. But I'm saying that as someone familiar with all three angles, I don't see how they could be writing this show differently without thoroughly screwing up one of those facets. You want to see more Jung, and I'm saying that more Jung would actually not be possible for 16 hours.

"I didn't even know he was the lead when I started" - why does it matter?! This is where the kdrama trope machine comes in, the expectation that "lead" should mean anything. He's playing a character. The story will take the character where it needs to go, based on the source material.

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@Miranda - I don't really care for the kdrama trope machine myself so I'm ok with characters breaking the barriers of lead/second lead, whichever.

What annoys me isn't that In-ho scenes are included at the expense of Jung's screentime (as you said, he's absent for chunks of the webtoon too), but that the excessive focus on him is shortchanging Seol herself - our heroine.

I'd really like to see her get some scenes next ep (hopefully there is a lead-in with the notes issue) that DON'T revolve around In-ho, because lord knows there is enough to be mined from Seol's own life.

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There only 2 eps left. When will it happen. I wanted character development. I wanted to see into his childhood "dad used to grip my shoulders and shake me". Where did he learn that cunning and manipulation was the way to go... From home? School? Why does Inha prefer him over her brother? Did they bond once Inho left? His internship supervisor user, they never resolved that...

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yeah, it's like people think there's nothing going on with Jung and Seol other than being lovey-dovey.....

I don't even mind getting less of them as a couple if it was balanced out by their individual trajectories, ESPECIALLY Seol's. But I don't see why In-ho's zillion angsty piano-playing scenes and googly eyes at Seol are considered vital character development, while Seol's own story gets short shrift. I mean, are we, hand on heart, saying Baek In-ho - the most conventional, tick-all-the-boxes-for-endearing-second-male-lead character there is in this drama - deserves more screen time than Seol herself? Or that it's ok for the majority of his scenes to revolve around her?

(at least they gave us a glimmer of hope with the exam issue, I hope In-ho doesn't butt into that now. And I hope we're done with the thugs because that could not be a more hackneyed kdrama trope if it tried)

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Right. The whole drama (and this recap) is about Inho's story, Inho's hand, Inho's piano, Inho's struggle, Inho's finding his life back...

Where did they throw away the whole character development for Jung? Even when Jung is trying to help Inho with his 'method', he gets criticized. When Jung is not there to help Seol, he gets criticized. When Jung is trying to help Seol in his way, he gets criticized. He is pushed aside without getting any explanation (beside in ep 12) about his reasoning, his background story, or his growth. Where is Jung's own arc in this drama whose premise is about him?

I didn't sign up for this.
Disappointed is an understatement

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I'm impressed at the balance they're striking. Right around ep 11 you frequently see the main couple get thrown into insane situations that are either slightly understandable or full-on enraging, but that hasn't happened with Seol and Jung for me, and I think it's because of In Ho.

Like Javabeans says, In Ho isn't hitting the typical second-lead notes for me. Usually a setup like this is two rival brothers after the same girl, and while that's true on the surface here, the deeper level is much more complex. Jung is the brother that In Ho loved, but believes he was maimed by. Seol is his brother's girlfriend, and the first person to show him open affection in a long time. Seol is admirably staying out of the entire brother-mess, instead treating Jung like a romantic partner and In Ho like a close friend. It really keeps things refreshing.

And I just like In Ho and Seol. He loves her in a 49/51 way, where right now it's slightly more romantic but seems like it could easily tilt over into familial if Jung takes the edge off a bit.

Compared to the webtoon, I far prefer this tension.

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Right? If you ignore those infrequent moments where he becomes super aware of Seol and acts like an 11 year-old who's never touched a girl before, the way he treats her doesn't strike me as romantic. He's been pretty respectful of her relationship with Jung, doesn't hint at his feelings, and doesn't try and find backhanded ways to get her to spend more time with him. The only indication you get that he likes her at all is that he seems to enjoy the time he does spend with her (which is mutual, mostly), and that he goes out of his way to protect her...which isn't really different from the way siblings or very close friends go out of the way to protect each other.

That's why he's never really been a second lead to me. I don't think it's ever been about him getting the girl, but about finding people that just accept him (Seol, her family, hopefully Jung one day).

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But those 'infrequent moments' get a disproportionate amount of emphasis in the story, to the point where it's being hammered into our heads that In-Ho Likes Seol And This Is Very Important.

I think the drama is making it very, very clear that there is some attraction there - we can't ignore the signs as him just liking Seol as a friend or sister, especially when he's gone as far as verbally confirming that he LIKE-likes her, to her own boyfriend.

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Really agree with your comment for the most part but don't agree that Seol is being disrespectful to Jung in her friendship with Inho. Inho is an important friend to her separate from Jung, and has helped her out emotionally and physically. He's also a bit like a wet cat dragged in from the rain - she can't abandon him now. If she did, I'd lose a lot of respect for her.

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Would your opinion change seeing that InHo is going to confess to her in the next episode? I struggle with this, too, because I guess it's fine now...but, if Seol knows he actually likes her, should she still see it as "but I am only hanging with him as friends"? Would that be respectful to Jung?

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Keeping a guy around when you know he has feelings for you when you already have a boyfriend... that will just drag down soel character's credibility..

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I've seriously started to lose respect for her as a character and I'm sad because I loved her so much in the first episodes.

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yea...I don't get it. Seol has always been wonderfully inquisitive, perceptive and sensitive. Wouldn't it make sense for someone with those characteristics to be more self-aware? From what I read, webtoon Seol DOES draw a lear line. I can't understand why the show felt the need to make her naive, just to force this faux love triangle. ick.

Just turn a blind eye. Pretend it never happened.

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Yes! I loved her so much because she has a good feel of her surroundings and the people she interacts with. It was so refreshing! But now she turned to a normal Kdrama female lead who doesn't know anything until they're told so.

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Yeah I think so. Why should Seol take responsibility for his feelings? She doesn't even have to draw a clear line. She has a boyfriend; the line is there. If Inho confesses, she just has to say get back behind the line or we can't be friends. That's as respectful as she needs to be to either Inho or Jung.

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This part I don't get. Why she's always so quick to judge and get angry at Jung but is so quick to take in poor Inho like a stray cat? If I were Jung, I'd be a lot more disappointed in Seol.

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I understand your frustration thematically. What helped me was to view all 3 as leads. Jung may be the male lead as we are used to but this story is about Jung's relationship w/Inho as well as Jung/Seol. Also, Seol/Jung and Seol/InHo. It's not a love triangle with the girl undecided between them but InHo's arc is important as well. This conclusion made me feel better anyway.

The crush aspect was just distracting but all the background on Inho and Jung was interesting, I thought.

Seol seems to be able to bring them together because she is able to see both perspectives while the two idjit manboys are still floundering limited as they are by their own hurts.

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I like your way of framing it a lot. Unfortunately, for me, In Ho's story is so dominant that it is hard to see Jung as a lead anymore. And Seol herself barely still qualifies. It feels like we have 1 lead rather than 2, and certainly not 3.

I like In Ho; I just didn't expect to be watching a show mainly about him at the expense of other characters who are equally compelling/important.

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Dear I am so lazy to write a long comment.

But your comment really sum up what i want to say. ;)

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i feel the same way as you do..That's why i stopped watching since 4 or 5 episodes ago..I rely on this site for the recap..If this thing with In Ho continues, i doubt i will ever continue watching this series..

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Agreed with Maple...just too much of Inho make me cannot confuse with the story line ..

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just ignore the 'cannot' there..typo due to Inho.. haha

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Gosh you said well! I actually had to skip the scene cuz I was so sick of Inho. We barely got Lead time in last and now back to more Inho crap. And like all other comment why they dragging the dame love triangle.

Seol is annoying too...I mean seriously I think what she is doing is crossing the friend line. Ughhhh. .all I felt every time I see them. Only 3 episode left and looks like tomorrow will be more Inho crap. Why!!!???? Need more Jung. The way it's going makes Jung like the second lead now :/

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This!

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Wow.. so many comments in a blink.

Anyway, I am with you guys!! Enough of In-ho!
So disappointed that Jung has taken the back seat for so long, he's supposed to be the main character, I need more of PHJ on my screen!

Not that I hate In-ho, but he really is taking up too much screen time that I'm beginning to think he's the main lead instead of our golden couple. I do want In-ho to be happy and fix the friendship with Jung, but more than anything, I just want more character development of Jung, more of him with Seol (cos they are just so cute together).

If I don't get more of Jung soon, I'm gonna start flipping table, Moo-hyul's way.

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Like yours comments

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I actually love Inho's story. I mean, yeah, I love Jung and Seol as well, but Inho's role in the story adds a lot of depth. For me, it would be a typical K-drama if all it focused on was Jung and Seol's relationship. Seol has a life and feelings outside of her relationship with Jung. Her friendship with Inho is one of the best things about this show. Her role in his life is pivotal, so in my opinion the show's focus on Inho is natural. We are getting to see how she's shaping Inho's life.

Jung is doing his internship and becoming a responsible adult. So, yeah, it's hard when the main guy isn't in the protagonist's life 24/7, but Jung has a life outside of Seol as well.

That's the thing about relationships. As all-encompassing as we want to think they are, there are things outside of the relationship that shape a person. Seol's relationship with Inho allows her to grow as a person and Jung's hatred (and hopefully him mending his relationship with Inho) also plays a big role in Jung's life. So, yeah, I'd say Inho is a pretty important character. His story is important to the plot and I like that they don't solely focus on Seol and Jung. C'mon, how much more, "you need to learn how to communicate" arguments can they have? At some point, that gets lame. Then, you have the, "I will always be there for you" moments that are really, "I want to try to be there for you, but I can't and then Inho saves you and I get jealous."

I like a drama where all of my favorite characters (Seol, Jung, and Inho) are fleshed out.

Oh, and Inho playing the piano again is a big deal. Why? Because he blamed Jung for not being able to play the piano anymore. When he faces the reality that he chose to give up his dreams on his own and that Jung wasn't the one that was preventing him from achieving his goals, then we have a resolution. At least Inho will then think, maybe I was wrong about Jung. Inho needs to take responsibility for the things that have gone wrong in his life. Until he can do that, he and Jung cannot resolve their differences.

In the end, I just love Inho. Great character.

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A lot of good points. I like Inho too, but I'm among those who thought there's been too much of him lately. Your comment gives me a way to feel less bad about it, though. Haha

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I love In Ho as well, Jennifer Lee and I like that the show isnt being a typical k-drama that only focuses on the main leads. . I completely agree with your comment. In Ho is an important character in all of this, even if some cant see it right now..

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"I like that the show isnt being a typical k-drama that only focuses on the main leads"... Um isn't that a problem?

I appreciate that you like the "unconventional" approach but you can see the problem and why we're mad, right? It's like we all went into a ramen restaurant expecting ramen because the sign says ramen, but it turned out to be an all-you-can eat side dishes buffet.

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I could see your problem if this drama wasn't an adaptation of a story that's still ongoing. It appears this isn't your typical kdrama with a clear lead, 2nd lead and so on. Your expectations were misplaced.

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@TJ - no, the WEBTOON was the story that wasn't typical at all.

The drama, otoh, has turned itself into a typical kdrama, just with a focus on the textbook second male lead instead of the people who, in another drama, would be designated the leads. Like the In-ho story could not get more conventional if it tried. Bad boy with a heart of gold? Check. Troubled past? Check. Secret crush on the heroine? Check.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I totally agree with your posts. A lot of people are complaining that In-ho's screentime is too much compared to the others, but I believe that his story is just as important for Seol's, Jung's and his own character development. This is a slice-of-life drama, which means it doesn't just center around the romance but also considers friendship (like Seol and In-ho's) and family (or the family that In-ho doesn't have).
He made a lot of wrong choices, like leaving and blaming Jung's family and getting involved with those gangsters, but I understand where his choices came from. Everytime he is touched by Seol's family treating him as warmly it just pangs my heart and he is just soooo good-hearted that I just really need him to have a good ending.
I love his character so so much <3

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I think I need to rewatch from the first do. Because I don't see the fleshing out of Jung's character. I'll watch again and look for it.

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I agree wholeheartedly with Javabeans :) I feel that Jung's scenes have not lessened or that he was put aside in the plot. In fact i liked that after his fight with Inho, he has changed, albeit alittle, for the better. Like what Seol noticed, Jung is now able to express his feelings without much hesitation. He is also way more talkative and bright around Seol now. Not sure about you guys, but I resonate with how Inho feels and I appreciate his role in this drama. Some may think that his scenes are redundant but I personally feel that he is a gem of a second lead. Hahaaha, guys don't be mad, but i really dont mind Baek Inho as a character and a scene stealer. He was a lonely kid, now finally able to receive some compassion and having people treat him like real family. Well perhaps he was very deprived of that before, I find Baek Inho a very endearing character. We all know Seol will surely and safely end up with Jung, so it wouldn't hurt to see more of Baek Inho's story right ahhahaa. I would like to know what has really happened when his hand was beaten by the bat and Jung looked away cold-heartedly, without batting a single eyelid. Eventhough they had their fair share of misunderstandings, I felt that Jung shouldn't have left Inho in the lurch :( However either way, that's all in the past now, and I'm eager to see how these two reconcile, and hopefully, be the cheerful best friends they used to be. I guess Cheese's charm is not only in the romance, but perhaps the intertwining friendship of the characters. Dont hate on poor Inho and his brilliant piano scenes too much :'( Just my two cents!!

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Ahhhh, so happy to see that I am not the only one enjoying Cheese and how they are putting In Ho in the spotlight. :)
I was not here for another typical rom-com to start with, so I cannot be disappointed, and I am enjoying how they are depicting all these people relationships, the hardness they go through, how they grow as persons,...I like to see it for Seol, for Jung, but mostly I enjoy watching Baek In Ho growing and becoming a better and stronger person. I luffff him so much. <3

He is easily becoming one of my favorites kdrama characters. I do not want him to end up with Seol, but certainly I need him to find a family before the drama ends...

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I actually felt like this was becoming a normal kdrama romcom. The only difference was that it was focused on the stereotypical bad boy instead.

When reading the webtoon, the things that stood out to me were 1) The weirdness of Jung's personality, 2) The strength of Seol, 3) The relationships between all the characters (Inha, Inho, and Jung especially), and 4) The lack of a highlighted love triangle!!! (which this drama, like many other, seems to really love to push)

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