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One More Happy Ending: Episode 12

Time to put up or shut up, for all three legs of our love triangle. There’s been enough wailing and crying, and someone needs to actually use their words and talk about how they feel before I give up on all of them. Luckily, someone finally does just that, and it’s a big relief. Apparently I’m not the only one who was ready to start throwing my shoes at people’s heads.

EPISODE 12 RECAP

We go back a month to right after Soo-hyuk left for America, and Mi-mo is seeing his apparition everywhere she goes. She starts to leave notes on his apartment door — they start out questioning where he went and asking him to contact her, and devolving into angry rants and name-calling. The notes pile up as time passes, and the last one simply says, “I hope you come back soon.”

She gets a package from her old elementary school containing Soo-hyuk’s time capsule, which a teacher mistakenly assumed was hers. She opens it to find the jewelry box that she’d wanted so many years ago, and realizes that Soo-hyuk must have won it for her. Inside she finds her “wedding ring” from their night of drunken revelry, and that combined with the memory of herself pushing him away triggers her tears.

She goes to see Hyun-gi, and tells him that she’s upset because she said a lot of hurtful things to Soo-hyuk before he left. Hyun-gi jokes that she wasn’t the only one, but it’s not as cute as he thinks it is. He tells her that Soo-hyuk asked a favor of him before he went — he can’t tell her what it is, but assures her that she shouldn’t worry too much about what she said.

Later that day, Mi-mo takes all of her notes off of Soo-hyuk’s door.

Business is booming again, now that people have forgotten the accusation that Brave Wedding was taking bribes. They celebrate the successful matching of their two hundredth couple, and things seem to be going well.

Geun-hak comes to see Da-jung at work as if he were a client, and she tells him that they don’t take clients who are still married. With a tiny smile, he says that if he gets divorced he’d like them to find a woman of his choosing — specifically, one named Baek Da-jung.

Da-jung chides him a bit for joking around, and he smiles shyly, having hoped to just do something different to make her smile. He accepts her lack of amusement easily, saying that it’s only been a month, and promising to be patient and try harder.

Da-jung can tell that something’s on Mi-mo’s mind, and offers to be a listening ear after work. She wonders what happened to the old romantic Mi-mo, the one who would have flown to the U.S. after her man. Mi-mo admits sadly that she told Soo-hyuk that she didn’t want to see him, and all Da-jung can do is mix her favorite soju bomb. Even that reminds Mi-mo of Soo-hyuk.

She asks why Da-jung is still pushing Geun-hak away, when he’s obviously trying so hard. Da-jung admits that she still can’t soften towards him, and Mi-mo gently admonishes her to make an effort too, or he’ll give up again.

Dong-bae goes to see Ae-ran again, this time armed with her favorite snacks. I love how protective Dong-mi is, even sitting between them on the couch, hee. Ae-ran is still cool towards Dong-bae, but she’s slowly but surely losing her resolve.

Left with nothing but her thoughts, Mi-mo slowly starts to see past situations with Soo-hyuk in a different light. She understands now how her words and actions carelessly hurt him, which had previously gone right over her head.

She jumps and runs out the door when she hears someone key in Soo-hyuk’s door code, but it’s just a couple looking for a newlywed home. Wow, he didn’t just go visit family, he’s actually planning to move out.

One morning Mimo is greeted in the hallway with flying eggs, thrown by Hae-joon’s student admirer Yeon-mi. Now she’s angry that because Hae-joon is heartbroken, he’s not as handsome as before. Ugh ugh ugh. Mi-mo just casually greets her and grabs her throwing arm, and apologizes sincerely for hurting him.

She even offers to let the girl throw eggs at her, though she does request a new kind of egg at least. Ha. She manages to slink away when her fussy neighbor finds them and yells at Yeon-mi for making another big mess.

The reason Yeon-mi is so angry, is that she saw Hae-joon appearing to leave distraught messages for Mi-mo, upset that he’s become someone he doesn’t recognize because of her. But he wasn’t talking to Mi-mo — it was Yeon-soo on the other end of the phone, acting as his sounding board.

Yeon-mi proudly reports to Hae-joon that she taught Mi-mo a lesson for him, but it only makes him furious with her. He yells at her, making her cry in his office.

Dong-mi and Jung-woo go on another cute date, where he feeds her and she just eats it up, literally and figuratively. A friend of his runs into them and asks if Dong-mi is his noona, but Jung-woo proudly introduces her as his girlfriend. To his credit, the guy is very nice to her and even tells her what a great guy Jung-woo is, adding how mature he is for just being twenty-five. HA, I knew it.

Jung-woo shyly admits that he lied about his age — but hey, six years isn’t that big of an age gap. Dong-mi doesn’t confess her own real age, but asks him uncomfortably not to use banmal with her anymore. Awww, his sad little face.

She moans later to Ae-ran that she really thought she’d found a great guy to date this time, and even Ae-ran agrees that nine years is a pretty big age gap. She advises Dong-mi to break it off, because a guy that young isn’t interested in marriage anyway.

Geun-hak tentatively brings up the subject of couples’ counseling, afraid that he and Da-jung won’t be able to mend their relationship on their own. He’s sweetly hopeful as he suggests a relationship camp, and gives her a pair of couple t-shirts. It’s a wonderful gesture, especially from the guy who used to balk at wearing couples’ clothing.

Hae-joon can’t stay away, and he finds Mi-mo sitting on the bench outside her building. She gently touches the spot where Soo-hyuk usually sits when they would talk, and Hae-joon doesn’t approach her. He guiltily thinks about how he punched Soo-hyuk and told him to leave, and makes a call.

Soon after, as Mi-mo is rushing to work, she finds herself face-to-face with Soo-hyuk exiting the elevator. He looks at her with the same intensity as always, asking, “Goldfish, have you been well?” Startled, Mi-mo takes a step back and turns her ankle, and Soo-hyuk quickly catches her before she falls.

We go back to see that Hae-joon had called Soo-hyuk, asking if he left Korea just because of what he said. He tells Soo-hyuk to come back before “someone” forgets him.

Mi-mo is so surprised that she can barely speak, and Soo-hyuk jokes that she must have forgotten him just like the Goldfish she is. With a tiny smile, he says that he’ll just have to start bothering her again, and she’ll remember him soon enough. She should remember quickly after all, the guy she used to run into all the time, and even did something pretty stupid with.

Mi-mo’s eyes fill with tears, and Soo-hyuk starts to reach for her face to wipe them away. His hand hesitates like it did the last time she cried in front of him, still afraid to touch her. He seems disappointed at her non-reaction and tries to make light conversation, and walks towards his apartment. He waits for a long moment before going inside, as if hoping for Mi-mo to ask him to stop, but she can’t bring herself to speak and he goes in.

Mi-mo runs to his door and almost goes in after him, while at the same time Soo-hyuk stops himself from rushing back out. Neither of them have the courage — so close, and yet so far.

Mi-mo is approached for directions in her parking garage, and the woman seems familiar to her. She says she just has one of those faces, and goes on her way.

She goes straight to Soo-hyuk’s place, and as it turns out, she’s family. She pointedly mentions a friend of his, a family friend named So-eun that’s also coming to Korea for work. She seems to be studying his reaction, but Soo-hyuk shows little interest.

Hae-joon is called to the hospital chairman’s office, aware that this is supposedly Yeon-mi’s grandfather. But he’s quickly corrected — she’s actually his daughter. He heard that Hae-joon yelled at her and she ran out of the hospital crying, and now she won’t eat or go to school. He asks Hae-joon to do something to make her feel better.

Mi-mo debates whether to call Soo-hyuk, and chickens out again. She can’t concentrate on work for thinking of him, replaying this morning’s events in her head all day. Da-jung notices, but Mi-mo’s been so spaced out that she didn’t even realize she was spaced out.

Dong-mi sits next to a dejected little girl at recess, and asks what bothers her the most. “The fact that he’s two years younger than me.” Her crush just assumes she knows so much more, being an “older woman” and all, but she tells Dong-mi that it’s her first crush, too. Dong-mi totally feels her pain.

Dong-mi suggests that the girl just tell her little boyfriend the truth, but she says, with the wisdom of children, that the charm of an older woman is her maturity. It sounds like a lot of pressure coming from her, ha.

Soo-hyuk visits Hae-joon at work, and Hae-joon is quick to tell him that the person who’s missing him isn’t him. Soo-hyuk quips that he knows, but, “Nevertheless, I missed you.” Hae-joon may have called him back but he’s still holding some resentment, and mentions how Soo-hyuk stabbed him in the back.

Soo-hyuk apologizes, saying that he never meant for that to happen. Hae-joon reminds him that he extended the courtesy of asking Soo-hyuk before going after Mi-mo, and Soo-hyuk tells him that he regrets that moment deeply. He hasn’t dated in so long, he just denied his feelings before he realized it.

Hae-joon spits that it’s just excuses, and Soo-hyuk doesn’t deny it, only apologizing again. Hae-joon isn’t ready to resume their friendship, so Soo-hyuk just follows him around being adorable all day.

As he heads home later (promising to come back tomorrow, hee), Hae-joon says that he should have called him, that day that Mi-mo was attacked by the sasaeng fans. He’s angry that Soo-hyuk got the night in shining armor moment that should have been his place as her boyfriend. Ugh, it really is all about you, isn’t it?

Soo-hyuk argues that there was no time to call him when people were throwing eggs at Mi-mo, and Hae-joon finally blows up. He grabs Soo-hyuk by the collar and yells that that’s why Mi-mo fell for Soo-hyuk, and that if he’d been there, it would have been him.

Soo-hyuk reminds Hae-joon that people are watching him lose his cool, and suggests they go somewhere to talk. Hae-joon decides it’s time to duke this out, and leads him to… a ball pit. This is going to be good.

Soo-hyuk has some complaints as well, bringing up how Hae-joon and Mi-mo moved way too fast at the beginning, which didn’t even give him time to think about how he felt about her. He considers himself a victim here too, but he doesn’t want to fight.

He turns to leave, and Hae-joon beans him in the back of the head with a ball. Affronted, Soo-hyuk returns the favor, they both start hurling insults, and the fight devolves into a hilariously immature ball-throwing hissy fit. HAHA, they even play Chicken at one point. A crowd of kids get in on the action, and their dads nod wisely from the sidelines — definitely girl problems.

It just so happens that Mi-mo and Da-jung have brought Tae-yong to the same playhouse, and they arrive at the ball pit in time to see pure mayhem. The kids are now shooting water guns at the guys, and they re-enact the event of Soo-hyuk protecting Mi-mo, only this time Hae-joon gets his white knight moment.

After the excitement dies down, Hae-joon makes a comment that he hopes this doesn’t happen a third time. He finally tells Soo-hyuk that he also liked Seon-soo, and Soo-hyuk gently pops him with another ball. They agree never to let this happen again, unaware that Mi-mo has been listening in from around the corner.

Ae-ran presents Dong-bae with a list of conditions he must follow if she’s to give him another chance. He grumbles, but signs it without challenging any of her requirements, then has the guts to call the list cliché and Ae-ran’s imagination boring. Dude, seriously? And you were doing so well.

Mi-mo and Soo-hyuk share a silent ride in the elevator to their apartments, and Soo-hyuk just smiles enigmatically but doesn’t speak. Mi-mo notices he’s a mess and asks if he jumped into the ocean to save someone again, ha. He just fires back that his clothes never stay clean, thanks to someone.

She says primly that she never asked him to do all that, and his gaze goes all swoony and intense. He says that she didn’t ask, she just made him want to do those things.

At their doors, Soo-hyuk asks Mi-mo to cook dinner for him, as thanks for protecting her against the eggs. While they eat she asks what he plans to do for a living now, and he just tells her not to worry about him.

By the time they’re having tea, Mi-mo feels comfortable enough to ask why Soo-hyuk left without telling her. He says that he got lost and ran in circles, but, “I’m back now.” He tells her that from now on, he’s going to take life seriously, work as well as love.

His intense gaze reminds her of their first kiss, right in this same spot, and they both stare at each other, hearts pounding… and jump when Soo-hyuk’s phone goes off. ARGH, it’s just Hyun-gi calling to complain that Soo-hyuk hasn’t come to see him.

For some inexplicable reason, Soo-hyuk leaves Mi-mo and meets Hyun-gi for drinks, and they both proceed to get drunk and sentimental. Soo-hyuk reveals that he thinks he’s been stuck as his twenty-one-year-old self, ever since Seon-soo died. He made a mistake with Seon-soo by being too serious, and then made another with Mi-mo by not being serious enough.

Hyun-gi asks what he plans to do now, and Soo-hyuk declares that he’ll do both. He’ll be serious when he needs to, and relax when he can. Hyun-gi tells him that he’s been taking care of Mi-mo unseen while Soo-hyuk was gone, getting rid of any threats and anti-fans. Awww. was that his favor?

Yeon-soo is impressed to see this side of Hae-joon, though she admits that she’s jealous it’s not because of her. He says that he never knew he made her so lonely, and that now that he thinks about it, she’s the person he should feel most guilty towards.

Mi-mo sits up late thinking about Soo-hyuk, and eventually she stops fighting sleep and goes out for a walk. On her way back home she finds Hyun-gi piggybacking a happily drunk Soo-hyuk home, but the security guard stops her before she approaches them.

He asks if she knows Hyun-gi, relieved that she does, saying that he’s been thinking he was a stalker. Mi-mo is surprised to hear that he’s been following her.

Soo-hyuk is called to have dinner with his parents, and finds himself sitting next to So-eun, the pretty family friend who’s newly back in Korea. He’s criticized for quitting his job, apparently known as the family black sheep for running off to America and coming back with a baby.

His mother tells him not to even think about showing up on her doorstep a third time, and So-eun pipes up that that won’t happen with her by his side. What in the what now? She says that she’s trying to find an apartment in his building, and Soo-hyuk’s mom tells her not to be too obvious.

Mom says to Soo-hyuk that it’s time Min-woo had a mother, and Soo-hyuk finally figures out what this dinner is about. So-eun says that she’s perfect for the job of his wife — she’s pretty, has a good job, and she spent so much time babysitting Min-woo that she practically raised him. Soo-hyuk just says that he’s grateful, but he doesn’t date a woman out of appreciation.

Hyun-gi admits to Mi-mo that Soo-hyuk asked him to follow her and make sure she was okay while he was gone. He reveals that Soo-hyuk was in a lot of pain to leave the way he did, but he was also worried about her.

She walks home and finds Soo-hyuk sitting on their bench, lightly touching the spot where she usually sits, just as she’s been doing for the past month. He gets up to leave with a sigh, and suddenly hears, “SONG SOO-HYUK!” as he’s hit in the back of the head with a high heel.

He turns to see Mi-mo standing there with a hurt look on her face, and she says to him, “Don’t show your back to me.” She admits that she’s too scared to move towards him, and that she’s worried of what may happen if she runs too fast. “for the remaining distance, you should come to me.”

Soo-hyuk hesitates, and Mi-mo continues. She tells him that she’s saying to come to her, that she wants him to come to her even if he’s slow. Even though he put a hole in her heart, she waited for him, and she came this far to him, so he should come the rest of the way.

Soo-hyuk wastes no time — he closes the distance between them, and swoops in for a kiss. It’s a tentative, careful kiss, but it’s a start.

COMMENTS

I literally just heaved a huge sigh of relief… finally! I was so worried that Soo-hyuk and Mi-mo were just too scared of being hurt again that we’d have to wait until the finale before we got to this point, so I’m happy that Mi-mo finally spoke up. I think that she was so brave, telling him that she was too afraid to go any closer, but letting him know in no uncertain terms that she wanted him to come to her. And I think that Soo-hyuk needed to hear that more than anything, especially from Mi-mo — she’s always jumped right into new relationships without hesitation, so it’s understandable that he would be unsure of her feelings when she’s been holding back from him. I’m looking forward to the final episodes being about their discovering how to be together.

Having said that, did we REALLY need the introduction of a disapproving mother-in-law and arranged marriage at this late point in the story? It just feels so tacked-on, since Soo-hyuk has never even talked about his family other than that they helped him when Min-woo was first born. Why wait until now, when the kid is only a few years from independence, to decide to push the issue of Soo-hyuk getting married? And I’m certain they’ll find Mi-mo entirely unsuitable, being divorced and all, which, ick. It’s a double standard, that a woman is tainted if she’s been married before, especially when Soo-hyuk has a kid out of wedlock for pete’s sake. And yeah, I’m projecting and assuming what will happen, but I’ve seen too many dramas not to know what the sudden introduction of pushy parents and a pure-as-the-driven-snow marriage prospect means to the future of the story.

But I am happy to see both Mi-mo and Soo-hyuk growing and learning from their mistakes, and trying to do better. Soo-hyuk in particular needed to realize that he’s been stuck in the past, and using Min-woo as a scapegoat to avoid living his own life. It’s no wonder Min-woo tries so hard to find his dad a good partner, because there’s no way such an intelligent boy doesn’t realize why his father never dates. But Soo-hyuk has been able to face his demons and determine to move past them, and I love him for that.

And Mi-mo has also shown a lot of mature growth in the course of the story — she’s not the same Goldfish who professed love to a man she just met a few minutes earlier. It’s probably due to the fact that this time, it actually is love, which means that for once there are real stakes for her. Of course she’s had her heart broken before, but I think that on some level, she knows that what she feels for Soo-hyuk is different. Yes, her hesitation at the end was fear, but she still had the guts to tell him what she wanted and needed. So she gets major brownie points with me for that.

Hae-joon though, is a very different story. You know, it’s not that I want to dislike Hae-joon, I really don’t. It’s just that every time he has an opportunity to change and be a better man, he just… doesn’t. Now he’s even calling Mi-mo and blaming her for his recent actions, like it’s her fault that he’s an emotional mess who ruined his relationship with his best friend. He could have seen this as his chance to change, to start treating people better, to think of others instead of just himself, and if he’d done that he might have even been able to hold onto Mi-mo. Yet his first instinct to feeling hurt is still to immediately make it someone else’s fault. He even can’t claim that he doesn’t know how to change — Yeon-soo is practically begging him to listen to her and see himself as others see him. But nope, it can’t possibly be his fault that he ruined his friendship with Soo-hyuk, so it must be Mi-mo’s. But then he goes and does something awesome, calling Soo-hyuk back on Mi-mo’s account, and I can’t help but continue to hope that he’ll eventually turn into a nice person. His admission to Yeon-soo, that he’s sorry for making her feel lonely when they were married, is a good start. I still have hope.

I’m so glad to see some of the humor coming back into the show, and at least it hasn’t lost its ability to weave the funny and the heartwarming together without making either feel out of place. The fight between Soo-hyuk and Hae-joon turning into a childish ball pit battle was just perfect, and it’s exactly the kind of thing I’ve missed for the last couple of weeks. It was a great blend of emotional turning point and laugh-out-loud silliness, which is the thing that captured my love when the show first started. I don’t know why we took that detour into Tearsville, but I hope this means we’re coming out of all that now.

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Thanks for the recap.. i love the scene where haejoon and soohyuk are fighting.. i'm happy they finally make-up..

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I think Hae Joon talking to Yeon Soo was Yeon Soo's attempt at consoling him by letting him rant out. It may be spur of the moment feelings just when they had broken up and he may have forgotten those impulses since then.

Anyway, I didn't mind a few episodes of drama, but I just hope the rest of the episodes are cuteness and funny. Most of it has been setup already (for all four ladies). They all deserve it.

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Hooray for this episode! I lol-ed at the playhouse showdown. It was hilarious.

I love the two main actors so regardless of how the show turns out, I will be watching to the end, but I was a bit concerned that it's becoming cliche with the time jump (even though it's just one month), the angst even though this is supposed to be a comedy, the fact that Soo Hyuk is actually from a rich family (please not another chaebol with overbearing in-laws!). Just like LollyPip, I'm hoping it doesn't become cliche but judging from the last few episodes, it may very well become that way.

Even so, I just love Jang Nara and Jung Kyung Ho too much to skip this show. Their acting makes it worth watching. I did find myself more interested in the other female characters in this episode than I usually do.

Dong-mi was particularly cute! And I don't care what anyone else says about Ae-ran. Her character is hilarious, bold and confident and she's such a loyal friend. Honestly they all are. That's what I really love about this show. The gal-mance! And who's not rooting for Geun-hak and Da-jung??? I love this show~

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We've already known Soo Hyuk came from a rich family for a long time. Mi Mo once whined about it before, something like "Ah yeah, you left for the USA immediately after the third grade, must be nice to be from a rich family", to which Soo Hyuk replied, "But I didn't really want to leave."

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Yes that is true @kuromitsu

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Yeah but we never knew how rich and we never met the family. Now that we have, it looks like it could go the cliched direction. Plus, if he was that rich, it sure didn't look that way from the way he raised Min Woo. Those scenes made it look like he was not a rich single parent.

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That figthing scene was like the korean version of Bridget Jones's diary fight between Hugh Grant & Colin Firth.

Also, I love Dong-Mi, Da-jung and Ae-Ran! ♥ (not sorry for MiMo and her brainless self, no wonder they call her goldfish, she seems to have the same mental capacity).

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The past two episodes were really boring for me.But finally we got a kiss it doesn't matter

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I feel the same. I found Episode 9 extremely boring and I only made it through about 10 to 15 minutes of Episode 10 before I started feeling like I just couldn't take it anymore and I didn't finish it. I came to check out the recaps of Episode 11 and 12 before I decide whether I'm really going to drop this drama. I am disappointed in OMHE. I really enjoyed the first four episodes and then it just started to fall off.

I think my biggest problem was second lead Hae-joon but I am glad to see he's out of the picture now. Perhaps I can continue now that their relationship is over.

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Lol, and everyone was swooning over him at the start. I never liked the guy.

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No kidding. It's sort of a nice change to NOT have second lead syndrome, unfortunately I mostly find him annoying and a waste of screen time. I mean, OVEN GUY was more interesting and likeable and he was an actual two-timing slime!

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Totally agree with you about the intro of the arranged marriage and the parents. I really pictured a cool grandparents for Min Woo because he's such a cool, kind and intelligent kid.

I know it's sort of mean but I've skipped HJ's part for this week's episodes. I just can't handle him. YS told him face to face what was the problem at hand but all he did was just blame other people. Which makes him really self-centered. Not sure if I can see him in a new light though but we'll see.

Hoping the Show will not disappoint. Only few more weeks and I have to say goodbye to this drama. ?

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Gah. Should i finish this series or not, that is the question. On one hand I like the fun parts, but on the other hand :/ The past 2 weeks have made this drama so .. not funny. Should I just stick to recaps and save 4 hours of my life?

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I'm thinking the worst is behind us and only a bit of angst is ahead with lots of funny to go with it, so I'd vote to watch to the end! :)

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omo.. is that family member the one who married mi mo's ex? that's why the sudden intro of soo hyuk's parents at this late stage?
seems the writer ran out of ideas for the last 4 epi?

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@ Cosmo,

I too thought the girl in the carpark looked like Mi Mo's ex's girlfriend but she did not seem to really recognise her and she should have since she stared at ex husband with girlfriend for a long time at the wedding they went to. But why should someone in ex's life be a family member to Soo Hyuk??? Somehow no connection yet.

I felt that carpark scene was strange. Not quite necessary for it to introduce So Eun into Soo Hyuk's life since the family meal with So Eun said everything at one glance!!! I can't think why it took Soo Hyuk so long to figure out what his mum and So Eun were about. :D Maybe they added in more scenes to make up the time to 1 hour? ?

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Yes, I thought it was Mimo's ex's fiancée (or have they gotten married?). Man. Imagine being in-laws with your ex's new wife. That's gotta be awkward.

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I also think she looks like the ex's new wife. They needed some new conflict to fill out the rest of the episodes. Family Disapproval and Really Huge Relationship Cooincidence! Kinda par for a kdrama. Shouldn't matter too much though. The family rarely seems to get together. Very contrived.

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She IS the ex's new young girlfriend though.

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When has a K-drama romcom ever remained 'funny' all the way through? Frankly, we're lucky one of them wasn't murdered on camera and the other framed for their murder

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This was such a lovely episode! Hoping everyone continues growing stronger on their paths together :)

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Thanks again LollyPip!

4 more episodes to go and I'm imagining that the other 3 gals are going to have a steady progress in their relationships now, but that it will only be Mi Mo and Soo Hyuk with interference from So Eun who'll be having some angst to keep us watching, (or not watching, as the case may be) until the end. What I'd like is for Min Woo to have a hand in bringing dad and Mi Mo together. Like the very mature person that he is, he will be choosing the one who would best make his father happy, instead of choosing whom he'd like to have as his mum.

My favorite scene is the one of the guys acting their emotional age. They should totally always have meetings on relationships in a ball pit and they should be armed with water guns too!!! LOL!

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I am enjoying the show, but there are two things that bother me. First, the amount of drinking that goes on. Second, is Min Woo basically raising himself? Dad is out late a lot.

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It's a Korean show. People in Korea drink an absurd amount of alcohol.

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lol the drinking is part of Korean way of life/culture, if not Asian culture. Even if you not a drinker you still 'expected' to be able to drink, and being able to hold your drink is considered a redeeming virtue. I seen drama where trainee where ordered to 'learn' to drink so to be able to do those after work functions that seem so important to doing business. There are culture things in there to like taking a drink from an elder is a 'must' and it rude to refuse and so on.

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the amount of drinking that goes on...

Hear, hear. I'd like to see the pendulum of alternatives swing toward the consumption of ice cream à la the popular culture saying "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream." Even if more characters were shown to be foodies - seeking new food experiences to drown out their sorrows rather than simply automatically resorting to alcohol and subjecting the audience to another drunken stupor for the umpteenth time in kdramaland.

After all, a delicious meal/tasty dish can make one very happy. Epicures have a host of adventure tales to tell too.

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what a bunch of BULLS&%T!!!! Now they are bringing in another contender? I call BS on that.

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I have waited patiently for many weeks now for an explanation as to the reason for Da Young's split in their marriage. Is there some secret she is keeping? All they showed was 1. Happy first 2 years of marriage. 2. Stress building as they attempt to get pregnant. 3. Finally get pregnant after they give up. 4. Da Young fully invested in taking care of her son to the exclusion of giving any attention to and having sex with her husband.
But why??
I understand there is a time after giving birth that you really don't want the attentions of your husband. But why did Da Young shut him out for 7 years!! Was it a reverse form of post pardon depression where all her love went to the baby and nothing is left for the husband. It seems so extreme. Did they really never consider counseling before? I want some explanation. Please show don't give me a weekend at marriage camp and tell me they're on the road to recovery. There must be more to this couples problems than meets the eye. And with the introduction of a mastectomy just compounds their problems with intimacy. What is the root cause of the love shut-down??

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I agree. While Dajung has been through a lot, she brought some of it (at least her marriage troubles) on herself.

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Right. Was she so exhausted from 5 years of trying to get pregnant that she was no longer interested in intimacy? She turned away from him so completely it makes me wonder that she seems almost guilty in some way. Their story could be a melo in its own right but we're only getting the barest sketch of it sprinkled in a rom/com so I'm sure there will be a quick fix and they will be a happy family again.

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Yeah, she was so enamored with the idea of trying to be a "proper" wife and mother, that she failed to treat Geun-Hak as a person who needed to be acknowledged, too.

She's still doing it, even, and hopefully Mi Mo calling her out on it works.

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The couple shirts work too in softening her up.

Her hubby is really trying. Every one but her can see that he's really crazy about her. Hopefully, she listens to Mi mo's advice and brings the romance back to their marriage.

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I still can't understand why she behaved this way. She seems to have shut off the switch for "wife" and turned on the switch for "mother". I don't see her attempting any warmth or closeness with her husband until she was afraid for her life.
So I would love a little more explanation as to her reasons. He seemed like a loving and supportive husband until she froze him out.

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From the scenes of her past, my take was that she felt like her personhood got completely lost. For years she had been on a treadmill of being expected to fulfill everyone else's needs, but her own needs were being completely ignored. And she finally burned out.

What said it all was the scene where she had been taking care of a (likely colicky) baby all day and desperately needed a few minutes to herself so she could clean up. Yet when her husband came home he didn't ask if she needed a break. Instead, he took care of himself first, heading to the shower as soon as he got home. Then when he was done, he expected his exhausted and neglected wife to immediately transition from mother to lover. I think she felt like an object at that point. And her resentment eventually turned to bitterness.

But he's not totally at fault. It appears she never explained how she was feeling or tried to work out a better parenting rhythm with him. He seems like a nice guy who would have listened if she had bothered to ask.

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ep.11 sucked so bad for me... my emotions were consistently at a low so I really appreciated this ep. Phew! finally.... finally... the love train is whistling! it's beginning it's journey... and it all starts by getting out of the station!

I ve always liked Mimo... even though she's been pretty dumb at times... eventually tho, she really knows what is at stake...

Soo Hyuk deserved that shoe to the head, but I also like that he gave Mimo ample time to figure herself out...

I so agree that a disapproving mother-in-law trope is not needed for the show... but hey, we need some more conflict so I guess we are going to get it...sighhh...

I still really like this rom-com... it's not perfect in every sense, but there are lovely memorable moments.... yup. I'll definitely binge re-watch this on days I want everyone in a drama to be happy...

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LOL That shoe to the head reminded me of the prequel where she was throwing rocks at the [metaphorical] fish in her pond. And calling him a dummy for not crossing the bridge to get to her.

Couple that with her ex's comment that he ended their relationship because the relationship had to entirely revolve around what she wanted.

Me-thinks she has some growing to do before they can be happy.

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Noooo no need to introduce a new girl and picky MiL... Why don't use that screen time on the other three girls' story!!

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So agree with this. Its nice to have a show where you can care about the side characters as much as you do the OTP.

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This episode had some of the fun of the first episodes and I loved it. Resorting to a ball fight to settle girl problems was so much fun to watch! Also I expect HJ finds his way to be a better person and I have the feeling he would go back to YS because she is there for him every time and I hope he realizes YS still has feelings for him and works towards that.

It's funny how every time DM is going through a problem in her love life her students giver her some insight into the situation even if they are not intending to do that, ha. I hope she and her guy can go pass the age issue and continue dating, he seems to really like her

I love how the married couples are trying to solve their issues and I hope that everybody makes a little effort to get things back on track with their married lives.

I hope the appearance of SH's parents is just that and they don't nag too much now that their son has chosen who to love.

And, the kiss!!! At last a sober, proper kiss.

This drama has been a cry fest for the last few episodes but now is slowly returning to its old self. I wish it goes back to the funny days for the last episodes. I kept watching for the characters and the fact I love both leads, but I miss the fun of the first episodes.

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The ball pit scene was jjang!! hahahaha.

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I had to rewind and re-watch ... it was so stupidly great!

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I kind of miss Soo Hyuk's old hairstyle. I thought the side parting and swept back fringe looked better than bangs in front

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i'm partial to his old hairstyle also!

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Me too :-)

Why do kdrama actors change hair styles arbitrarily mid-drama cycle? It's disconcerting. I can understand if it's somehow related to the plot, but when it's not, it becomes an unnecessary distraction.

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Ok Geunhak, if you still can't woo Dajung back I'm all yours ;D

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The ball pit fight was awesome, I watched it twice. Glad to see some of the comedy back, I've missed laughing while watching this show!!!

Also agree on the tacked-on feeling of the MIL/wife-to-be (??) I'd rather watch more of Dongmi's storyline since the other two's comflict seem mostly resolved.

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I feel like the narrative of story is mixed. I don't know how everything happen in this episode.

Overall I like that Hee joon and Soo Hyuk make up, i like their bromance.
the girls story is confusing, idk if it really confusing or I just having a bad time when watching it.

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I really like when old friends become childish and have pity fights.

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I have hope that this is not a pushy mother in law. I'm hoping that this is something contrived to show Soo Hyuk is appealing to other women. At least as much as our second lead. Hae Joon has his ex wife confessing feelings to him and also the high schooler. I know we had Ah Ni, but she has been gone for a bit and maybe forgotten by some. I'm thinking new girl may cause a bit of an upset just because she seems determined, nothing too big, but then dealt with. I'm hoping the family dinner thing wasn't because they are going to demand he see her or someone they approve of, but simply because he came home so heartbroken and in their own way, his parents are trying to get him out there seeing other women to help him get over the heartache.

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thanks for the recap, lollypip!

finally, bring the funny back:) thanks beanies, for identifying the woman in the garage park, i was trying to place her... so i guess that's the conflict for MM & SH couple. but i put my full trust in MW, he will find a way to keep his dad happy, and that kid is very observant, so he'll win! was watching for him the whole epi and he finally appeared in the dinner scene. i actually like the sassy banter of SH w/ his mom, he put foot down immediately when he sensed something was up.

the 'fight' bet HJ & SH fits their character, so hilarious, remind of the games in RM.

i think DM will eventually marry the young guy, he's the one the 'shaman' identified, being 9yrs younger in earlier episode.

i hope DJ's family visit an amusement park, that would be a fun excursion, and since this writer is good at callbacks, they could work that in, right?

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forgot to mention... i'd like to have a friend like HG (SH's colleague), him stalking/helping MM as a favor to SH, make a friend-for-life indeed:)

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I was a bit disappointed at the turn of events... I think the 'fight' was funny but it didn't seem HJ improved much from his 'me' way of thinking. Plus, don't know why we need an arranged marriage/parents plot at this point. I guess, we have too much time left. I didn't understand the last scene. I thought Mi Mo would be the one to run for him but she asked him to come when she was scared. Is it because he is a father?

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I loved how you master that same thoughts about this episode. I'm totally with you. I'm very much in love with this drama. This is one I will need the DVD for keeps.

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It's not that I don't like this show ... it's just that I was told this was going to be a rom-com ...

Actually, this is a problem that many Kdrama rom-coms have ... it's like they think the melodrama is a requirement when in fact it is an impediment.

I feel like I'm watching the Prime Minister and I all over again.

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Well I hope it doesn't end as bad as PMAI, a handshake, wahhhh...

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I've loved the shows this year that had promised light and fluffy, but then surprised us with a serious side. (Angry Mom and Sassy Go Go.) That's what I thought this show was trying to do. But they held back from giving it the edginess that those other shows employed for their serious themes.

If I could change one thing about this drama it'd be to balance the comedy with a deep dive into the various couples' central conflicts and do it with an edgier tone.

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This show is just too adorable. I've never watched Jang Nara before except for bits here and there in Fated to Love You (Jang Hyuk was the one to watch there --- that laugh!). In this show, she looks gorgeous and so damn cute, I just want to hug her all the time! I don't blame So Hyuk for wanting to do the same!

Anyways, JNR and JKH have these wonderful staring matches, hehehe....

This show has so many different stories illustrating the different paths of love, it is quite interesting because some of these situations do happen in real life. Mastectomy? - Yes, Frozen Relationship? - Yes, Younger Man? - Yes, Philandering Partners? - YES, Immature Man? - Duh, yes. Ok, some of it is over the top ala Kdrama but still interesting nonetheless.

Hope to see maturity in everyone's character, look forward to the next episode. Please don't mak-mess-jang it up, show!

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The drama lost all it's cuteness for the last couple of weeks and turned into a sob fest! Dang! I hate crying. :( Finally ..we are back on track and things are looking better. I hope all the girls including Dr's wife gets their dreams answered well.
I too am still Hanging on the edge with the unanswered question, "Why did the married couple stop marital relations in the first place?" It seems it was and still is totally her choice all along. I'm shipping them though!
Come on writters..back to absolutely crazy, funny episodes now please. :)
Thank you mega for the great recap! As always...brilliant. :)

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Can Go Dong Mi's new relationship survive a nine year age gap?

I love that Ae ran and hubby are finally talking and working things out. Hubby is crazy about her! I still think he hired those "madams" to come to his wedding and put up a scene to keep his wife's interest in him. I seriously doubt he ever cheated on her.

As much as I love Jang Nara and Jung Kyung ho (he's simply an amazing actor), I find myself more curious abot the love lines of the three other friends. I mostly wish Go Dong Mi finds her happiness at the end of the drama, even if it is just by herself.

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So glad the cute and funny scenes are back! The fight in the ball pit was hilarious!

The talk between Hae Joon and Soo Hyuk was much needed. I'm glad they talked it out.

I think Mi Mo has matured and instead of rushing towards Soo Hyuk, she's hesitating and being more careful. He has changed too. Instead of holding back his feelings, he said he was going to be serious about his lovelife and now he's taking action. ;D That last scene. :D Their outfits matched too. Lol

It does feel too late in the show for a mean mother in law to come in. Not much was revealed about SH's parents before their appearance. And then Mi Mo's ex-husband's current girlfriend is related to SH. It's weird having her back in the picture.... Is there going to be a problem with Mi Mo and her ex-husband again?

Dong Mi and Jung Woo are so cute and cheesy. I want to see more of their scenes too. And for Dong Mi to confess her real age! I'm sure Jung Woo will not have a problem...

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First of all I am glad that his friend finaly acted like one, because it was starting to look like they barely knew each other.

As for his parents, I doubt they will oppose to their relationship because if they wanted to force someone on him, they would have done that a long time ago.The introduction probably was because of his son. Remember he had tried to set his dad up with someone for a while including Mimo, but failed and this was probably his last attempt since their family was close to the new woman. If it turns out they are opposing of their relationship, it probably will be because SH has been hurt because of her, rather than her previous marriage.

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What is happening in the kdrama rom-com world? I've been following three: Madame Antoine, Cheese in the Trap and One More Happy Ending.

First Madame Antoine lost its sizzle early on as the heroine dumbed down and the chemistry between the leads somehow went up in smoke. I can't even bear to watch them together now. Gave up a few episodes ago.

Then Cheese - still my fave - lost its focus to a love triangle that shouldn't have been, and though we still got quality tV, the suspenseful through line evaporated. And then the scandal erupted, leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

So I head on over to One More Happy Ending, because though it's frothy, it's well-done and fun, and I wanted to cheer myself up.

??!! WTF?

Did the writers short on story-line? What was up these last two episodes. The only slightly funny moment of 12 was the ball scene and that felt forced. So much lag time in these episodes with nothing happening. Filler.

So Madame Antoine fell by the wayside some time ago, and now I'm considering dropping OMHE. Sticking with Cheese, because whatever its faults it still manages to entertain me each episode.

C'mon, OMHE, pick up the pace and the story! As my fave moments in the series is when one or both of the mains get drunk, I'm hoping they break out the brandy - or soju - heck the entire liquor cabinet, and return to ENTERTAINING us!

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