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Marriage Contract: Episode 9

Change is in the air, as nearly everyone starts to see how the consequences of their actions could affect those they care about. A lot of eyes are being opened and hearts altered, and it all can be traced back to one amazing woman. Let’s just hope that someone take a good look at her soon, because she’s the one who needs their help most of all.

EPISODE 9 RECAP

Hye-soo shows up for the surgery date, but instead of Mi-ran, she finds an empty hospital room and a note. In the note Mi-ran apologizes to Hye-soo, but asks that they forget about the surgery. She promises to call her later, and tells her to go home. Hye-soo learns from the nurse that Chairman Han visited a few days ago, and that Mi-ran has been agitated since then.

Ji-hoon spends the day simultaneously impressing his father and angering Jung-hoon, by giving an impressive speech about restaurant management. He’s not answering his phone when Hye-soo tries to call him about his mother’s disappearance.

Jung-hoon confronts Ji-hoon after his speech, causing a scene by demanding an apology in front of a group of executives. This time Ji-hoon answers his phone — it’s Mi-ran calling to tell him that she’s cancelled the surgery.

She knows she doesn’t have much time, but she’s feeling peaceful about her decision, and plans to live out her life on her own terms. She promises to call Ji-hoon when the time comes for her to die, and asks him to go and live a meaningful life. She hangs up, and boards a ferry.

Hye-soo is still at the hospital when she gets a text from Ji-hoon, letting her know that the surgery was cancelled. She starts to call him back but decides against it, and heads home.

Ji-hoon goes to his mother’s apartment, and this time he ignores a call from Na-yoon asking him to dinner. He stays there until after dark, remembering how desperate she had been when she’d begged him to save her life. Frustrated, he looks for a while at a photo of himself with Mi-ran when he was young, then tosses it to the floor to shatter.

Ji-hoon reports back to the chairman, who tells him that his speech was a big hit. He’ll most likely be appointed as the new company director.

Chairman Han asks about his mother’s surgery, and has the gall to act shocked when Ji-hoon implies that she cancelled it because of something he said. He calls her a troublemaker, having put her son through all this for nothing (hilarious coming from the guy who is manipulating everyone).

He tells Ji-hoon to go divorce Hye-soo now, since she’s no longer needed. Ji-hoon asks that he be allowed to see Hye-soo one last time, to say goodbye. After that, he’ll consent to the divorce.

Hye-soo sits up with Joo-yeon, wondering what on earth happened to cause everyone to cancel the surgery. Joo-yeon notices how Hye-soo is nearly obsessively checking her phone and asks if she still gets butterflies thinking about Ji-hoon, but this time Hye-soo says that she’s just worried, and anyway he’s got a girlfriend.

Ji-hoon just happens to be standing right outside Joo-yeon’s shop, and he calls Hye-soo. Awww, neither of them can hide their happiness to see each other.

He takes Hye-soo to the park to talk, and it’s sweet that the first thing she asks about is his mother. He lets her think that Mi-ran is okay, and asks her to listen to his final request — would she and Eun-sung come with him to see his mother?

Mi-ran has gone to see her parents, who are buried on a beautiful island overlooking the ocean. Her brother finds her there and approaches, surprised to see her lowering herself to come here.

He tells Mi-ran to leave, though she argues that she has every right to be here. He fusses at her, thinking she’s here to try to convince him to donate part of his liver to her, but she assures him that’s not the case. He tries to push her away from the gravesites and she shoves him off, finally losing her temper, crying that she plans to die here near their parents.

Hye-soo agrees to go with Ji-hoon, and they find themselves on the ferry to the island. Hye-soo tells Eun-sung that they’re going to see Ajusshi’s mother who isn’t well, and Eun-sung asks, if they make her happy, will she get better? Hye-soo says she will, and they’ll ask her to go back to the hospital with them.

As soon as they get off the ferry they hear a commotion — it’s Ji-hoon’s uncle, trying to literally drag Mi-ran off the island. Uncle tells Ji-hoon to take his mother and go, but she breaks free of his grip and runs off, upset that Ji-hoon came here.

Ji-hoon introduces Hye-soo and Eun-sung as his wife and daughter, and Uncle again makes the assumption that they’re all here to beg him for his liver. Ji-hoon says they don’t want anything from him, and the three of them follow Mi-ran.

She’s adamant that she’s not going through with the surgery, so why are they here? She practically screams that she loves it here, near the ocean, though her voice doesn’t sound happy at all. Finally Ji-hoon snaps and says that he’s just here to give her his last gift, the photo that Mi-ran wanted to take with her son and his family.

He promises that he’s not here to force her back to get the surgery, he just wants to spend a few days with her and his family, whether or not it’s real. Awww.

Na-yoon goes looking for Ji-hoon at Promise, and she’s surprised to hear that he left on a business trip. She also asks after Hye-soo, and the story that she’s been sent to another branch doesn’t seem to sit right, especially when Soo-chang makes a point to say that he saw Hye-soo and Ji-hoon leaving together with Eun-sung. Have I mentioned that I love him?

Frustrated, Na-yoon heads back to her car, thinking about how easily Hye-soo seemed to congratulate her and Ji-hoon. She’d seen Ji-hoon jump to Hye-soo’s defense when Jung-hoon pawed at her, after practically ignoring it when he’d insulted Na-yoon herself.

Hye-soo and Eun-sung do an adorable song-and-dance routine for Mi-ran, who is still upset over their presence. They’re brought fresh seafood by the owner of their cabin, who coos over Eun-sung and says how much she looks like her father. But Mi-ran can’t be charmed out of her mood, and goes inside to rest.

Joo-yeon again spills the beans to Seung-joo, telling him that the surgery was postponed, though she tells him to ask Hye-soo if he wants to know any more. Young-hee overhears and asks what surgery Hye-soo is having, figuring that this is what the “work trip” excuse is about. Seung-joo fibs that she’s just having her appendix out.

Meanwhile Na-yoon goes to Chairman Han for answers about Ji-hoon’s relationship with Hye-soo, and the chairman isn’t happy to hear that they’re together right now.

Eun-sung, bless her sweet little heart, tries to think of a way to cheer up Mi-ran, and asks Hye-soo to take out her makeup. Soon there are two kittens meowing at Mi-ran’s window… it’s Hye-soo and Eun-sung, with kitty whiskers drawn on their faces, hee. That makes both Ji-hoon and Mi-ran laugh — success!

Hye-soo leaves Eun-sung to talk to Mi-ran and runs off to buy snacks, forgetting about her whiskered face. She goes shopping and drops a bag of snacks, suddenly aware that her hand is shaking badly. Ji-hoon finds her outside the store, and she suddenly realizes that she’s still made up like a cat, and cringes.

Ji-hoon buys some tissues and cleans her face himself, and when the tissues don’t work he jokingly spits on his hand, making Hye-soo squeal. Oh his smile, it’s just gorgeous.

He’s pretty transparent about trying to find ways to delay going back to their cabin, like complaining that Hye-soo didn’t buy enough snacks and griping that she’s walking too fast. She says that she and her late husband grew up in a place like this, and were athletes — runners, in fact.

She offers to race when Ji-hoon scoffs at that, and he takes her up on it. They race to the beach, and though Ji-hoon technically wins, it takes all of his energy. He plops down on the sand, and when Hye-soo offers him a hand up, he instead pulls her down next to him. Smooth.

They watch the sun set, and the romantic setting affects them when they catch each other’s eye and can’t look away. Ji-hoon leans in just a bit, as if inviting a kiss, but Hye-soo looks away and makes a feeble joke about how long they’ve been gone. She gets up and heads back, Ji-hoon trailing behind her.

They find Mi-ran giving piggyback rides to Eun-sung, and she defends the little girl when Hye-soo fusses at her. HA, Mi-ran is now wearing kitty whiskers, too.

After dinner that night Ji-hoon asks the cabin owner to take a family picture, and he has to prod Mi-ran to smile. As soon as it’s taken she slips away, and Ji-hoon follows her while Hye-soo puts Eun-sung to bed.

He calls Hye-soo outside later, though he doesn’t seem to have a real reason to see her, and she declines his offer of a beer. He shows her the picture they took on his phone, but a call from Na-yoon pops up, and he walks away to answer it.

Na-yoon tells Ji-hoon that she knows everything, about his mother and about Hye-soo. She asks if he’s on this trip alone, but the cabin owner comes to ask if his “daughter” is asleep. Na-yoon overhears, and Ji-hoon quickly ends the call.

While lying in bed, Hye-soo’s hand starts to shake again, which wakes Eun-sung. She settles her daughter and says “It’s okay,” over and over, though it sounds more like she’s trying to convince herself.

Ji-hoon goes to his mother’s room, and she tells him that she’s thankful to him and Hye-soo — but she’s not changing her mind about the surgery. She tells him that this situation has made her think about how she’s lived her life, and how she’s always tried so hard but it felt like building a sandcastle.

She’d lived her life telling herself that she loved Chairman Han, and that he didn’t mean the way he treated her, because if he didn’t love her back then what was she living for? But now she knows that was just an illusion, and that she’s lived her whole life blaming others for her problems.

Now she knows that if she goes through with the transplant, knowing it will end her relationship with Ji-hoon, then she’ll just spend the rest of her life miserable. She asks him if he doesn’t agree that it’s better to live one day well, than ten years with regrets. She’s not willing to sell her son for her own life.

She tells him in a soft, sincere voice, “Ji-hoon, you already saved my life.”

Jung-hoon storms into his father’s office, full of righteous indignation that Ji-hoon has gone off on his own without permission. But the chairman claims that he sent him off on a business trip, so Jung-hoon wants to know if it’s true that Ji-hoon is about to be promoted. The chairman says it’s the board of directors’ decision, not his.

Madam Yoon takes over the conversation, sending the whiny Jung-hoon to his room like an errant child. She refuses to pour Chairman Han a glass of water, saying that when they were young, he made her upset over Mi-ran. Now that they’re older, he favors her son.

She asks if he really plans to leave the company to Ji-hoon, but the chairman claims there’s no such plan. Madam Yoon makes her position very clear: Jung-hoon is the elder son of this family. She doesn’t even want to think about Mi-ran laughing at her while her son inherits everything.

Chairman Han tells her that Mi-ran won’t be laughing, since she’s dying, but that doesn’t get the reaction he expects. Madam Yoon is horrified at the news.

Na-yoon heads back to Promise and confronts Ho-joon, demanding to know exactly where Ji-hoon went.

Ji-hoon goes for a walk on the beach that night and runs into his uncle, who’s heading out for some night fishing. Having overheard their conversation earlier, Uncle asks why his mother is here, and why she said that woman is his wife. He immediately figures out that Ji-hoon paid Hye-soo to marry him, and Ji-hoon can’t deny it.

He accuses Ji-hoon of being just like his mother, using people and pretending to care about family. But he admits that Ji-hoon is a good actor — if he said he loves Hye-soo, Uncle would believe him. He tells Ji-hoon that nothing good comes from trying to solve problems by throwing money at them, and walks away.

Hye-soo seems like she’s suffering from a wicked headache when Eun-sung asks for the bathroom. Eun-sung wants to sleep with Mi-ran, and runs off to her room when she’s told No, and Hye-soo is stopped from chasing her by a sharp pain.

Mi-ran isn’t asleep and is more than happy to let Eun-sung sleep in her room, and Eun-sung tells her she’s too happy here to be sleepy. She asks Mi-ran where she hurts, and Mi-ran sighs that when you get old, everything hurts. Sweet little Eun-sung offers to blow the hurt away, and Mi-ran sings her to sleep.

Outside, Hye-soo goes for a walk and finds Ji-hoon at a campsite. She wants to stay out so he goes back to his room first, but when he sees Eun-sung sleeping in his place, he gets some medicine and takes it out to Hye-soo for her headache. She declines the medicine, since she intends to convince Mi-ran to have the surgery and can’t take anything that would hinder that.

He tells her they’re going back in the morning, without his mother. Hye-soo says that she doesn’t have much time, backtracking when Ji-hoon wants to know what she means by that. She gets upset, insisting that Mi-ran has to come back with them, and Ji-hoon notices her shaking hands.

He thinks she’s cold and gives her his coat, and Hye-soo insists again that they need to convince Mi-ran to have the surgery. He says calmly that it won’t happen, and he plans to respect her decision. But he tells Hye-soo that since he breached their contract, he won’t ask for the money back, and will still pay her the balance. Their contract is over.

He thanks Hye-soo for coming this far, and tells her that he really felt like this was a family trip, and he enjoyed it. He’s smiling, but his eyes look so sad, and Hye-soo’s eyes also fill up with tears. He offers for them to shake on the end of their contract, and wishes Hye-soo a happy life.

They shake hands, but when Ji-hoon turns to go and starts to slide his hand from hers, Hye-soo’s fingers tighten on his and stop him. He grips her hand tightly, and turns back to her with so much hope on his face, it just hurts to see. Without a word, Hye-soo reaches up and kisses Ji-hoon on the cheek.

They stand there for a long moment, then Ji-hoon grips Hye-soo by the collar and pulls her close for a real kiss. He releases her, but only long enough to gauge her reaction. He puts his arm around her neck and pulls her in again, for an even longer, deeper kiss.

COMMENTS

Well, if there were any doubts left regarding whether these two have chemistry, I think we can put those fears to rest. We’ve felt the stirrings for a few episodes now, and it’s incredible what happens when Hye-soo and Ji-hoon just make eye contact. Even that little moment on the beach at sunset, when Ji-hoon leaned in as if asking Hye-soo if she’d be interested, made my stomach flip. But that kiss… whoa. I mean WHOA. Now that’s how you do it. You could feel every bit of their desperation, and love, and hope, and just everything they’ve been building up to until now. All of it landed in that kiss, and I think I’ve watched it at least ten times (so far).

There’s been a lot of discussion about the surgery, and whether it’s a good idea in a narrative sense to let Hye-soo and Mi-ran go through with it. I absolutely agree that story-wise, while the whole transplant contract setup served as a great tool to get our two leads together and spark their feelings for each other, it’s probably best if the show finds a way not to let the surgery actually happen. Until now, all Ji-hoon and Hye-soo have done is plan an illegal transplant, but as of yet, no crime has been committed. As long as the surgery doesn’t go through, they have the moral high ground of having thought about it and discussed it, but not having actually done anything wrong. Once they commit a crime together though, the whole tone of their relationship changes, and not for the better. Until last week I fully expected the surgery to actually happen, but now that I’ve thought about it further, it’s really better if it doesn’t.

Especially in light of Ji-hoon’s feelings of self-worth (or lack thereof) — he’s called himself trash repeatedly, just a criminal who would use a woman and pay for her organs. As long as he doesn’t go through with it, there’s a chance he can be redeemed in his own eyes, but if the surgery actually happens, then it will just cement his opinion of himself as scum who doesn’t deserve to be loved. I want Ji-hoon to feel worthy of being loved by someone like Hye-soo, not to mention deserving of the near-hero-worship Eun-sung feels for him. If he truly becomes a man who uses his father’s money to take advantage of a desperate woman, not just in thought but in deed, it may push him over the edge and we could never get him back.

So it’s well-done that it’s written into Mi-ran’s arc to refuse the surgery, because it solves a lot of Ji-hoon and Hye-soo’s moral dilemmas while giving us some lovely character growth from the mother who’s always lived a selfish life, but now wants to die a better person. I loved Mi-ran’s moment with Ji-hoon, when she told him that it wasn’t worth it to her to sell her relationship with her son, just to save her own life. She’s lived a selfish, miserable life until now, and she’d rather spend her short time left being a better person, than earn more time forcing her son to do something illegal. When she told him that he’d already saved her life, I wanted to cry and cheer at the same time — cry that she only just realized that she wants to be better, but cheer because she knows that gaining more time isn’t worth it if she has to do it at the expense of Ji-hoon’s soul.

I also agree with what Saya said about Chairman Han, because while I initially thought he had a point in his objections to the surgery, by the end of the last episode he’d ruined it, and I reserve the right to hate his face. While he wasn’t exactly wrong to bring up his objections about the surgery and Ji-hoon’s fake marriage, and his reasoning that he had a whole company to think about was sound, in the end he still used the surgery to get what he wanted — Ji-hoon’s slavish obedience. He was willing to let the surgery happen if it netted him the prize of a thoroughly beaten son, one he could control and use as he pleased. So for that, I call Shenanigans on his whole “I’m just thinking about the good of the company” schtick, because that turned out to be a red herring so that he could flip the script and call Ji-hoon to heel. For that, Daddy Dearest wins my everlasting disgust.

But aside from him, I’m enjoying the emotional growth in all our characters, with the notable exception of Hye-soo. And honestly, Hye-soo gets a pass because she really doesn’t need to do any changing, she’s pretty amazing as she is. She’s strong and capable, gentle and nurturing, and always willing to do whatever it takes for those she loves. Her best quality is the ability to see the best in people — and I don’t mean she looks for their good side, she just automatically sees others as their best selves without even trying. I’m ready for her to share the fact that she’s ill with someone, and allow them to help her, because more than anyone, Hye-soo deserves to live.

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This is my favorite episode so far. I haven't really seen Lee Seo Jin in anything and I have been impressed with his acting.

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It's my first Lee Seojin drama too. It was hard at first because he'll always be a luggage boy to me but he's pretty good!

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Same with me -- luggage boy and grumpy chef. :-) His scenes alone with his mom, both in this and the previous episode, were amazing.

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I think my first Lee Seo-jin drama was Damo. It was a sageuk and he had interesting loveline with Ha Ji-won. I think I watched Lovers (with Kim Jung-eun) just once because I was a big fan of Lovers in Paris back then. But the remarkable Lee Seo-jin drama I watched was only Yi San. My, I've had butterflies with his chemistry with Han Ji-min there.

To wit, Marriage Contract is the bomb. His chemistry with UEE is too strong... And it's not even a joke how many times I replayed the episodes due to so much waiting.

And from what I heard, they did that scene only once with no NG. From the handshake... to UEE leaving Lee Seo-jin in the frame. It is all ONE TAKE and I am so flustered... so amazed... how they could pull it off PERFECTLY in one take only.

Continuity Team, you're so lucky to have these two actors with magnificent chemistry.

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Oh why did you have to bring up Damo? Now I'm desperately trying to stop my tears. Gah, that drama is just so good, so heartbreaking I might end up watching it (and breaking my heart) all over again.

Seriously, that drama is DA BOMB! I never expected the first episode to make me a crying mess, but it did.

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First time seeing LSJ, too.

I want to put my pointers in his dimpled to see how far they'll go :)

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LOL, the diehard crowd in Damo back then had used rulers to measure said dimples!

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SINCE LOVERS AND YISAN

I WAS WAITINGGGGGGGGGGGGGG
FINALLY HE IS BACK.

MY ADORABLE PRINCE

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I've been waiting like crazy for the recap. I love this show so very much.

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And OMG the kiss was so damn good. The no. of times Ive watched the last five minutes of the episode is not even funny. The characters seem so real. I can easily declare it to be the best show of the year till now.

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Oh my, LollyPip! I cried while reading this. I don't know when my dislike for the mom shifted into pity and now, actually caring for what happens to her. Something about this drama makes almost everything organic and the scenes unfold naturally.

My wish now is for her to go on with surgery (I still want her to live longer) but with the help of her brother. Their scenes together are very touching. He obviously still cares but the pain from losing his wife is still there and blaming his sister for it is probably an escape for him. I wish they would reconcile, forgive each other, and live together. They're still family after all.

I love the chemistry between the leads but it's just so much more adorable when there's three of them (I mean with Eunsung)! Such a cute family. ><

And the kissssssssss. You can try to guess how many times I replayed that.

Thanks so much, LollyPip~~~~!

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Something tells me that maybe oppa will step up and donate part of his liver to stop his little sister (Miran) from dying. Blood is blood after all, and after everything I doubt he withhold his forgiveness and watch his sister die. I am more concerned about Hye soo, events are proving that her brain tumor is real and not a misdiagnosis, I am very worried about things ending happily for her.

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My guess is Hye Soo will die in the end, and one of her will is to donate her liver to Mom. End of story.

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But that would be too sad

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I really doubt a person that died from cancer is allowed to be an organ donor.
That is one thing, that irks me in this show. Why didn't they find her condition, when they checked her being a match?

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Exactly. Also by the time she dies she would have had treatment so her organs wouldn't be viable.

I have a bad feeling that HyeSoo will die and it'll flash forward and we'll see Eun Sung being raised by JiHoon. This drama is going to kill me.

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Hi, Newbie
Thanks to you, since you brought up that issue (about cancer and organ donation), I became curious and actually googled it, heheee. And here is what I found (just want to share a little knowledge about it) : There are other types of cancer that the Committee consider high risk for the recipient getting cancer. These are

Melanoma
Breast cancer
Lung cancer
Bowel cancer
Kidney cancer
Sarcoma
Small cell neuroendocrine tumour

For other types of cancer, doctors consider each case individually after the potential donor has died. They then make a decision about whether or not some or all of the person’s organs or tissue are suitable for transplant. Because the decision is made after a person has died, unfortunately this means that you won’t know for sure whether you can be a donor or not. But you can let your doctor and family know that you would like to donate if possible.

And here is the link if you want to read the whole article:
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancers-in-general/cancer-questions/can-i-be-an-organ-donor-if-i-have-had-cancer

So, my guessing is that when Hye Soo die, the Doctor will examine her kidney and will tell that it is suitable for donation.

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Hye so's kiss on Ji hoon's cheek also very touching. it's just so right to have her kiss him in the cheeck. Feels more compassionate.

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You couldn't be more right!!!!
A kiss on the cheek when you are overwhelming with your own secret affection and your expectation that you might not see this man again. I think Uee is best here. She did well in displaying all her emotions... in this scene.

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Ditto. UEE is really awesome here - her acting's improved so much since I first saw her in Ojakgo brothers - > more recently, High Society.

And even when she's one-expression sometimes to mask the turbulence inside, you can still feel her anguish.

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Nissa,

I like that you touch on the idea that the kiss is one of compassion. I think that is very astute. Uee is so good because you can see the choices she makes as Hye-soo.

I would also add that it is a kiss of gratitude. I think Hye-soo also had the courage to kiss him on the cheek because he is following through with fulfilling the means of the contract. When someone follows through on a promise, especially when they don’t have to they are creating a bond they otherwise would not create. This kiss on the cheek is a kiss you would give to someone who has given you a gift that is not romantic but significant to who you are and your life. As Ji-Hoon has elected to payout the contract he is in a small sense acknowledging Hye-soo as someone worthy of his consideration. This shows her the type of man he is and for a moment she gives herself permission to appreciate him as a man.

As someone who also had to deal with significant, life changing illness, what I first saw was Hye-soo’s relief when he said he would honor the contract and how that affected her. I think you cannot underestimate her desire to live both for herself and her daughter. Hye-soo knows that her life has for so long been in his hands and in moving forward with the surgery. I think the reason she holds on just a little longer to his hands is not because of the stirring feelings she has for him, but mostly to reassure him that he is a good man, worthy of love and gratitude.

I believe that Hye-soo is also grateful and choosing to take advantage of these once in a lifetime moment. She is choosing this moment to LIVE and express her emotions, in part because he is giving her the opportunity to live. However, I think somewhere in that moment she does get overwhelmed by her emotions, and that is why it lingers perhaps longer than she initially intended. I think the reason she cries is because of the opportunity he has given her, not just because she has feelings for him. Not that that is not a HUGE part of the show, but I there is so much of life, love, and lost opportunity found in that moment.

~R

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@ Robyn
Yes, this is pretty close to my interpretation of that scene too. I feel for Hye Soo, it was a deep gratitude that she felt so much, she could not speak it and so expressed it in that kiss.

The physical contact also awoke the the emotions she had been holding back ie the fact that she already had stirrings of interest in and was attraction to Ji Hoon, so she reciprocated when he kissed her.

Beautifully done!

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THAT KISS!

I was almost embarrassed to look at my screen (covers eyes). Didn't stop me from watching it two, no, maybe three...no, four times? (Blushes).

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I read that part more than 3 times.. hahahhaa.. even I'm not watching this drama that kissing scene that feel like I watching it. Hahaha. Great recaps, LollyPip!

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the preview from ep 8 was false advertising because that kiss was so much more. :)

i think their awesome chemistry extends into their behind the scenes because they seem so close and comfortable. i even saw comments that they look like they're dating lol.

this episode ... was nice. i have enjoyed the pace and progression of the show. it isn't slow, but it isn't fast either. it is like we are living their lives with them and when we see the genesis of their kiss... it makes the experience even better. the family trip was so sweet and wonderful to see. hyesoo and eunsung's influence has slowly rubbed on jihoon and even his mother that we get to sides of them that may have never come out with other people. i did like the way jihoon mentioned while mi-ran isn't his legal mother, his legal wife is hyesoo... i think that line just proves how family is real -- especially on a pure and simple level.

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I don't mind if they end up dating irl, despite their considerable age difference. I understand that they are both unattached.

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I don't know if ji hoon and hye soo actually start a real relationship and confess there love to each other then I wouldn't mind if hye soo and mi-ran went along with the surgery because after that wouldn't it just be helping family? (at least that's what I think) on a different note man oh man what a kiss!!

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Oh my god! that Kiss at the end was amazing ~~ i really love this drama and this was a very sweet and warm episode ♥

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I have fallen in love with this show, and every episode pulls me deeper into the drama. Beautiful writing, acting and directing!

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♥♥♥♥♥ this show!

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The kiss was sweet, intimate, and emotionally painful at the same time. I think it's one of the best kissing scenes I've ever witnessed. It's not like that lovey-dovey passionate kiss of a teen couple in love, it's more about "Is this happiness for us? Do we deserve this? Can I give myself at least a chance to taste this feeling even a little?" The kiss tells about both desperation and hope, intense and full of emotions.
The details on the scene were excellent as well:
- Ji-hoon tightened his handshake as if he wouldn't be able to hold that hand again as well as assuring himself that he had to finish the contract thing at the moment. He knew that he felt something for her, but he wasn't sure either he deserved to let her know or she had the same feelings. I believe he had already realized what he felt after bumping into his uncle at the seashore. His uncle said because Ji-hoon acted so good, he would even believe if Ji-hoon told him he really loved Hye-soo. Deep inside, Ji-hoon must feel that it just happened without him putting an act at all. At the very moment, he finally realized that his feeling for her was genuine.
- Hye-soo didn't let his fingers slip out of her grasp once he's about to leave. Although they had to end everything, at least she let him know that he meant something for her, that he's not that unwanted shameless man. He looked as if he couldn't believe in himself when Hye-soo held his fingers. He was like "Are you sure that you want me? Do I deserve your feelings? Can I give her happiness after this?" His facial expression told everything. It also gave him the last bit of courage to stop from leaving and face her, and at the same time give himself a chance to know what she felt and to show what he really felt for her.
- I love the fact that instead of giving Ji-hoon a kiss on his lips, Hye-soo kissed his cheek. The kiss showed her gratitude for all the times they'd been through and shared, for his short presence in her life, and for certain feeling he had ignited in her. Look at how Hye-soo's tear ran through her cheek once she closed her eyes and landed her lips on his cheek. It really represented the turmoil she felt inside.
- After both shared their first kiss, a tear drop fell down her cheek once again which was wiped gently by Ji-hoon before giving her the second kiss. Once they shared the more passionate and desperate kiss, another tear dropped from her closed eye. It's not easy to perform such acting, no matter whether they're your own teardrops or the director gave you ones. UEE really performed totality. The looks on her face; her reddened nose, all the tears, those longing looks, all were just in perfect timing.

I hope UEE will be doing even greater in the future. She just needs to wisely choose a character since I read here and there that her previous roles were not this good as it is here. Hwaiting!

This episode, especially the kiss scene, was perfect in everything including the...

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...background and the back sound: How could I even ask for more? :D

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it makes you wonder what the hell went wrong in High Society and why Sung Joon made those rude comments about her. I'm totally ready to blame him for whatevr lack of chemistry he was complaining about.

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Oh, what happened? I didn't watch High Society and am not aware of the behind the scenes stuff too. He complained about UEE?

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Oh, thank you! I saw that in the headlines before but didn't check.

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Well, UEE has proven Sung Joon wrong...
With the help of Lee Seo-jin. Darn it!

Amazing couple Lee Seo-jin ♥ UEE

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Sung Joon has a problem generating chemistry with any of his costars period. I have seen him in three rom coms and in my opinion, he has had trouble generating chemistry with any of his costars. On the other hand, UEE pulled off solid chemistry with Jung Il woo in Golden Rainbow, I heard she was amazing with Joowon in Ojakgyo Family, and was solid in Hogu's Love. She also has amazing chemistry with LSJ in this drama. So I guess we can extrapolate to who was the problem in High Society.

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Tell me about it! Preach it bro/sis!

I would choose UEE over Sung Joon anyday. Chemistry-wise, man... it's obvious who's superior with those two. But I won't say a word. I'll stop while I can.

YEEEEEEEEEES! The background music was so perfect. My tears kept flowing when they inserted the song. All along in kdramaland, it was an annoying music tradition, but here it was so perfect. My heart is moved with both the audio and the visual. I am sooooo moved.

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Well, other than that high school band drama thing, Sung Joon hasn't impressed me in any of his dramas.

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Yes! I loved, loved, loved the small details in that last scene — just the way their handshake evolved into something much more charged with longing and desperation was so well done.

The kiss was absolutely cosmic, but it was the way they communicated their feelings through that handshake-turned-hold that really had me tearing up. Kudos to the director — the way Ji-hoon grasped onto Hye-soo's hand, how she held onto his fingers instead of letting him slip away, how they pulled each other in — ugh, I was such a mess.

UEE is really outdoing herself as Hye-soo, and I'm ashamed of myself that I ever thought that she was a bland actress. She's grown so much, and her acting here is so organic — I can't discern between actress and character.

Lee Seo Jin of course continues to shatter my heart — so much is said without any words, and the gravity of every look he gives Hye-soo is breath-taking. I almost get too embarrassed to watch because it's so damn intimate — I feel like I'm spying on something that should be kept private.

And the fact that that scene was done in a single take? I'm speechless.

My heart hurts, but in the best of ways.

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@ jinju: Yes! "charged" - that 'charged' moment had
= longing but also compassion (kiss on cheek) ->
= incredulity (1st kiss) and slight tentative ness .. coupled with what the heck I am not going to question or fight this anymore ->
= with deeper longing and passion (2nd kiss)

A spontaneous and organic progressions of 3 kisses
Plus the romantic setting - campfire, sea, nightsky ...

What more can we ask for?

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she was always a briant actress in all her drama since you are beautiful but unfortunatly many people star to hate her because of her evil role in that drama, for me i become her fan since you are beautiful because of her great acting as a fake fairly

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Could not have described it any better. I can't get over this kiss. Wish I can save those few seconds on my phone so I can watch it at will (said longingly.....)

Lee Seojin, though not as handsome as say Lee Min Ho, Song Jung-Ki or So Ji Sub, has something in him that just make you breathless -- the dimples of course, the swagger and that beautiful, deep voice. I have only watched him in his edgy roles and no wonder girls are attracted to bad boys like him and Cha Seung-won.

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OMG!! Plus alpha to your comment. Last five minutes make me squeal like crazy. And that not only because the kiss (!!). The desperate-and-longing-like handheld....PERFECT!!

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Yes the kiss was amazing, so much feels from both of them. Can we have her alive at the end, they so deserve some happiness together!

This drama is definitely my fave at the moment. UEE has been amazing, the best I've seen her so far. She was really pretty disappointing in High Society, but then again that show itself was disappointing. But here, she's really having a breakout role, I didn't expect her to be capable of showing so much emotions. Good for her!

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Love your explanations on this scene!! All the small details about the kiss!! ^^

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Can I just say wow!! What a squee worthy moment in those final 5 mins. that kiss (nuclear). It was so fun to watch ji hoon flustered and awkward trying to spend more time with hye soo alone. And bless little eun sungs heart, what a scene stealer. I can't get enough of this show

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Eun-sung was definitely the glue in this drama. I'd really like to think why Ji-hoon finally fell for Eun-sung and Hye-soo and his mother opened up to them too is because Mi-ran couldn't raise her son by herself and Ji-hoon wasn't raised as Eun-sung was, had none to care for him like Hye-soo did to Eun-sung. Thus, Hye-soo and Eun-sung were like a representation of what they'd been looking for: love, faith, courage, hope, happiness, pride, and sacrifice. Both of them raised an awareness for Ji-hoon and his mother that their presence was something to preserve, a treasure to protect, defend, and fight for. Mi-ran might tell him not to get deeply involved with them, but once she realized her son was in love with Hye-soo, she would object it no more because she didn't want her son to live his life as his father did. Oh, how sweet. But, wait. Is that my imagination? lol

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On point! I noticed some parallels between Hyesoo and Jihoon's mom. They have a lot in common and I hope they both survive this drama too.

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There are parallels yes but how they both dealt with it (single motherhood and their children) were different.

While JH was drawn to the situation ...

(I think) in HS - JH also revels in that maternal love and warmth she obviously showers on ES. (and that nurturance she naturally shows extends to him - that's a huge magnet)

His own mom was lost for most of her life, and not emotionally really there for him.
While his stepmother provided for him, the love of her life was obviously her own son.

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Aw, lovely. It's so nice to have a drama like this come along. I love when a show I least expect to ends up exciting me the most. Marriage Contract has truly surpassed all my expectations for it with this episode.

Originally, I only planned on skimming this for the sweet scenes, but it's been so surprisingly well-done. The direction the drama is taking is warming my heart. Especially with Ji-hoon's mom. I loved her this episode. Stories of broken people coming together to form make-shift families are my favorite. This is why I'm pleasantly surprised by the drama ending the contract in such a refreshing way so that we can move on to them becoming a real family :)

That hand-hold! The leads definitely caught me off guard with the giddy romance. I'm impressed. And I'm also scared by how invested I am in them!

Thank you!

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OMG, I love this episode so much! I'm still squeeing over those kisses! So much emotion-- and how great was it that she was the one to pull him back, and kiss him first?! I loved everything about that scene (including that Na-yoon didn't show up to ruin it, as I half-expected).

But I loved even more witnessing the fake family starting to feel like a real family. Mi-ran is finally acting like a real mom, Ji-hoon is beginning to feel like a Real Boy, and Hye-soo and Eun-sung's love and authenticity are weaving their magic spell-- you can't help but fall in love with them and want to be a part of their family. Eun-sung's blowing on her new grandmother to make her all better, then Mi-ran's singing Eun-sung to sleep with a lullaby (full of memories of when she was a good mom to Ji-hoon): this is why I'm an addict. (Well, that and the kisses. And a few other things. But mostly the feelz.)

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Loving what you said about how "authentic1" and genuine this was in the entire farce - the cold family with dad manipulating everyone like puppets, the contract ...

and this: Na-yoon NOT showing up!!!

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Wow just wow.....that's what u call a kiss. It wasn't awkward or cringe worthy at all. You know what I mean? Because sometimes in dramaland the kisses are just so awkward. But hey it's LSJ, I should have known he would be on top if it especially after having watching him in lovers.

I have to say that Uee is doing a good job with her character better than I expected. All in all a great episode. Thanks for the recap :)

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Just reading all your comments makes me teary. The person who makes my heart ache is Hye Soo for the burdens that she alone carries. And as much as I loved that insisting wonderful kiss at the end, it was the poignancy of her reluctance to release his fingers that captured my heart and expressed so much more. And after when she tenderly kissed his cheek with tears streaming down her face...my heart hurt. Just so well acted Uee!

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Yes about the burden she carried alone, but I don't want to blame her for not telling anybody especially about the disease. Sigh...

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there is a part of me that is wary about Hye-soo for some reason, like her desperation leading her down this path, I want it to be because she genuinely cares for Jihoon. I want to believe she does, but that moment before...there was just something there that made me wary...*frustrated noises*

There is just something about this drama, that just hits all the right notes for me.

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Although I love the kiss scene and what it represented, I can't help but be a little-just a little, I swear- judgmental towards Hye-Soo. As a sick person, wouldn't it be better just to shake hands and leave?

I mean, if that happened I guess the main actors would never get together, but considering this from a logical viewpoint, isn't that for the best? Hye-Soo's responsible, she should know what's best. In her position, with a high death rate, I'd worry about how to survive first rather than love. ESPECIALLY because she insisted so vehemently before that she'd live. FOR SURE.

Ok, feelings can't be controlled sometimes, but still, now I REALLY worry for their future, especially because the end of episode 10 scared me a little.

I'm really disliking the chairman now too. At first I bought his arguments, but by last episode it's obviously a cloak to hide his real intentions. It's almost scary how much power he wields in comparison to everyone else in the drama.

Otherwise, this was a great episode, and yay, the main characters get their vacation! I actually hope Mi-ran lives too; it'd be tragic if she decided on a better life, and ended up dying early because of it. Oppa, be a nice guy and implant your liver please.

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I'm taken by a terrible urge to sing, 'give 'er a bit of your liver' to the tune of 'follow the yellow brick road' at oppa until he gives it up!

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"Until now, all Ji-hoon and Hye-soo have done is plan an illegal transplant, but as of yet, no crime has been committed. As long as the surgery doesn’t go through, they have the moral high ground of having thought about it and discussed it, but not having actually done anything wrong."
If they marry because they are in love and Hye-Soo volunteers to give her liver and NO MONEY changes hands--is it still a crime? I know he gave her money for the loan sharks. But if they write a new contract? I keep thinking there is some way for them to "prove" they are an actual couple--I don't know. Maybe he can adopt Eun-Sung. I mean, if they were a "real" family, couldn't she donate her liver to her mother in law then, legally? If they don't separate as soon as the surgery is over.

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technically they're a real couple now, but that's sort of the thorn at the heart of the bush - if 'real' is defined as 'legal', then they are as real as it gets because they are legally married. I think there isn't a way for them to win this moral argument when money has *already* changed hands (the marriage was a result of it) and there's no undo button on it.

But I don't think Miran is going to die - oppa's gonna come round! And I refuse to believe Hye-soo will die either (although I'm sure it'll be a close thing, sob).

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I think Hye-soo's desperation to have Miran have the surgery is to get the rest of the money (I was under the impression Jihoon only gave her half and give the other after the surgery) so she can afford the treatments for her own surgery. (I stated earlier I felt some wariness over the kiss, and I think this is where it stems from, I think she does like him, but I also feel her desperation to live for her daughter as her ultimate goal) I know why she hasn't told anyone about her own medical issue, but I feel like if we are going to go forward in the story, this needs to be revealed, especially as Jihoon would do whatever necessary to help save her at this point.

Since Eunsung can charm anybody, let's get her and the chairman together, I bet by the end even he would be bowing to this child's every whim.

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He had already said he would give her the remainder of the money before she kissed him, though. I think her desperation did lead to that kiss, but not in such a direct way. In that scene Hye Soo is at her wits' end—she's having new symptoms, probably from her tumor, and is feeling heightened fear; Ji Hoon has just told her that her only hope of getting treatment, Mi Ran getting surgery, is gone. She gets closer than she has to losing it in front of someone else, closer than ever to letting this huge secret slip. And then in a matter of minutes she goes from from that absolute bottom to having hope again since Ji Hoon plans to honor their contract even without the surgery.

Long story short Hye Soo goes through an incredible emotional wringer in a very short period of time, and then on top of that she realizes this is goodbye for her and Ji Hoon, which she knows she doesn't want. Under different circumstances I think she probably would have let him leave, or left herself like she did earlier on the beach. But all of these factors are converging to make her far more desperate and vulnerable than she's ever been in front of Ji Hoon.

That's where the kiss comes from, I think. It's not clear she's entirely conscious of what she's doing when she stops Ji Hoon from leaving and kisses him. The Hye Soo we've seen so far, and I suspect that we'll see from now on, is better at keeping her emotions under wraps than that. It's only when she's truly terrified and panicked (like when Ji Hoon took her to the hospital) that the emotional turmoil she's going through comes to the surface.

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Ugh, somehow messed up my handle while posting—the above comment was from me :p

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I disagree. Hye Soo wants miRan to have the surgery and soon because she is running out of time. And she is a kind person who now cares for these people that's in her life and wants to really be able to help. She worries that if it doesn't happen now, she will not be in any position to offer her liver anymore as her medical condition advances.

That's what I believe

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what i understand is the same as what Enz said. Hye Soo is not urging the surgery to be done because she afraid of not getting the money, maybe not the major reason, at least. She's feeling that her condition has worsen, so she's afraid that she's running out of time to help.

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I totally agree with what Naija said about her emotion. This is my take on her reason to go through the operation (based on other people opinion too)

1) Going though the operation ASAP will be a deciding factor whether or not she will get the money for her cancer treatment. Delaying it will means that her condition will become worse & she wont be eligible to do it anymore.(70% of her reason)

2) She wants to do it for Mi-Ran's sake. (30% of the reason)

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That was really the sweetest and the most unusual family photo I've ever seen. And that moment when the inn owner told Jihoon that her daughter looks like him is just got me here. Now I couldn't unsee those 4 people as a real family.

And God, that kiss scene... It's so desperate and somewhat sad. It's like they tried to cling to that moment because tomorrow means they wouldn't have any excuse to continue their relationship anymore.

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Whoaa, that kiss, so much emotions in it. LSJ do know how to kiss a woman. Positive.
He made me want to have one too.. ^^

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Thank you for the recap, LollyPip!

I've replay the kiss-scene for i-don't-even-count times. I do feel their desperation in that scene, how much love and pain combined in one passionate kiss. Maybe its not true love (for now) but the affection - how you can resist an affection esp when you know you're dying?

I read one comment that Hyesoo so selfish to do the cheek-kiss, BUT i cheer on her to do that!
Noble idiocy should be throwed out. The conflicted emotions runs through Uee's and Seojin's facial expression thru this eps...and i am lost in their world.
Am i the only one who don't even bother by the age-difference?
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere have huge gap too when they act in Pretty Woman - and thats one of my fave romcom to date.

I hate myself to be emotionally invested in this Marriage Contract. They touched all the soft spot in me.
This drama made me stalked all their clip and bts in Instagram. Repost their sweet bts too!

Yeah am doomed.
And proud of it. Ha!

Oh drama...ottoke ?

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The first kiss of the drama:
1) Not an unintentional first kiss (smack lips, accident etc) - check!

2) Not a force lip kiss from le male lead - check!

3) It even came from the female lead - check!

4) And did I mention how nostalgic it is to have a kiss on the cheek?! The good ol days.. :)

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I swear time stopped for me when hye-soo couldn’t let go ji-hoon's hand, followed by the end kiss on the cheek and the oh so wonderful, desperate, full of feels kisses shared between the couple. But I'm worried because after a scene like that all that's left is 6 episodes of extra, unnecessary angst and Noble idiocacy.

And if only eun-sung can be alone with the chairman. She'll own him.

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Haha. That comment??. Let Eun sung tame the old man!!! If she made grumpy Ji hoon like her maybe the same will work to the Chairman.

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The kiss was so perfect and so much more than I was expecting. I'm SO thrilled the director and writers didn't resort to the obligatory manikin-style-surprise-deer-in-the- headlights first
kiss.

And yes, Lidy, I'm not looking forward to all the remaining episodes of needless anst, noble idiocy, and a really annoying entitled second lead.

I want more of the family being cute together time!! It's not as if they don't have enough hurdles to overcome together. Why must they do that apart?

Finally, I love your idea of just letting Eun-sung loose on the chairman, since she's been known to melt hearts of stone right and left.

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If anyone could melt the Chairman's heart it would be Eun Sung. But he'd have to have a heart in the first place, and I suspect he does not.

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I believe he has a heart 'once upon a time'. I think Eun Sung can regenerates it not just heal it.

In some weird magical way where all the fairy dusts existed. LOL

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Eun-sung with the chairman. That sounds absolutely sweet.

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[a little agitated]
now i'm scared that na yoon is going to say a bunch of stuff that eun sung will hear... and end up getting hurt.

we don't even need to add hye soo's first MiL's reaction to this, if the story trajectory ends up with eun sung finding out. we know the MiL will probably find out, so i hope the story spares the little girl THAT truth. =/

i just really want jung hoon and na yoon to go away. ugh. it's not like there aren't enough other problems (the dad, the illnesses, the MiL's feelings)... and i know joo yeon is hye soo's best friend, but hye soo needs to stop telling her things if she won't keep her mouth shut. T_____T
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thank you, lollpip for the recap. i really do love how much of a family the three (or four) of them are in this episode. hye soo and eun sung have gone through a lot but are still able to become the light in other people's lives.

i really want hye soo to live.

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I've been wondering something. Everyone in this story has been talking about the surgery while Eun Seung was around and she appears as a smart little girl.. and I'm wondering on why her character still appears clueless about her mom's surgery...

And no! Don't let Eun Sung know the truth especially if it comes from Na Yoon!! T_T (it will be the most heartbreaking scene ever!)

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Yup. HYE SOO DESERVES TO LIVE. ? So lets all hope for a living healthy Hye soo with Ji hoon and Eun sung in the end! ??

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The way Hye soo held on to the handshake had me catching my breath. So much feelings were expressed without any words exchanged between them.
Hye soo held on to his hand and him turning his face towards her with that look on his face and those eyes searching for hers wondering if Hye soo felt the same way he did.
Let's have a good ending or if it's like an ending full of hope a la Scent of a Woman, I'll be plenty satisfied.
I never thought a touching melo could fill the void Signal left in my heart. Now what do I do after Marriage Contract ends?

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The last several minutes of this episode...I love that there was no dialogue. No words were needed, because the show has been so well written and the characters so well developed up to this point that we know everything that's led up to this and what they're sure to be feeling. All that was needed was for Lee Seo Jin and UEE to let their faces and body language show everything we know their characters are feeling, which they did SO well. I've watched that last scene so many times. Every little gesture and glance is packed with meaning. Just...ooof.

And take note, dramaland, this is how grown people who want each other kiss! *ahem*

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Lol. Was thinking the same thing.

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Thank you Lolypip for the great recap. Miran's character is done so well, she is a believable character. The part where Lolypip wrote:"So it’s well-done that it’s written into Mi-ran’s arc to refuse the surgery, because it solves a lot of Ji-hoon and Hye-soo’s moral dilemmas while giving us some lovely character growth from the mother who’s always lived a selfish life, but now wants to die a better person. I loved Mi-ran’s moment with Ji-hoon, when she told him that it wasn’t worth it to her to sell her relationship with her son, just to save her own life." He saved her life.
What other valuable tribute could a mother give a son. That shows how they value each other....love.
The part where Hye-soo tells how she used to be an athelete is so neat, because she tells Jihoon about herself even though she is careful about trusting him....without her knowing she is feeling comfortable enough to share.
So much has been shared about "the kiss"...I agree with all.

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The chairman visit back at the hospital, give Mi Ran a clear picture of how the old man feel for her.
All this while she genuinely believe he loved her, and that why she keep clinging to him. Maybe at some point. But at this point, she just a nuisance to his eye, a burden to his son.
And now as she can clearly see how she live her life all this while, she made a reasonable reason to forgone the surgery - to live as a better person. I like it because it from her own conscience and not from any other reason (I mean the stone cold chairman!)

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Haha, LollyPip abusing the rewind button...

Thanks for the recap! Totally agree with your comments, Miran refusing the surgery was the best outcome for now.

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Wow wow wow wow wow wow WOW!!!!!
After more than 170 dramas I think that was the very best Romantic moment I've ever seen!!!! That whole last scene was so perfect in every way. ....The dripping look of love in his eyes when she grabs his hand and pulls him back...those kisses!! That second one - so hungry for each other - not just the physical combustion but the desperate NEED for each other emotionally and spiritually...two wounded, lost souls reaching and finding each other. Simply, WOW. Finally a perfectly orchestrated drama moment following an exquisite build-up.....the explosion of them fully surrendering to how much they love each other.... wow!!!!
And in episode 10, the longing he goes through for her. WOW!!!
This drama takes the cake...can even Descendants of the Sun pull off a true love moment like this? I bet not.

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Wow! You must be an avid drama watcher. You have my respect!

Time literally stops for me when she tightens her hands on his. That scene gives me so much feels.

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Hello @lunatic4kd, it's been a while that we have a drama and a kissing scene like this (the last for me is Healer) and yes Wow! Those longing, guilt, desperation, longing, palpable tension just fall in one, no, two intense kisses i have been waiting for to happen a few eps earlier...arghhh i just loved this two actors, the chemistry is so subtle that you cannot see it instantly but you know and you can feel tat it is there!!!! The 'feels', it is like I am watching Healer, the anticipation....

And yes in ep10, the more intense the longing is...cant wait for the next last 4 eps...

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I've counted your "wow" and it says "ten" lol. I agree with all your wows haha

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(It should be a comment to @ lunatic4kd in number 29. I don't know why I end up here in number 30. Maybe because I was too enthusiastic with the vibe) Hi, @ lunatic4kd... :)

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Ahah! I told you guys that said they have no chemistry whatsoever is going to eat up their words.

There's something so raw and naturally out there 'chemistry' between them. Everything is just in pitch and the natural development of all of that, is like we are walking with them and seeing it and then 'poof' the desperation. It was so well portrayed. Totally loving the details where Ji Hoon tightened his grip on her hand, and when she grabbed his fingers not willing to let go. And the second kiss where it all get heated up.

He honestly looks like he is going to eat her up like she was his dishes or something.

That's how chemistry works. Not just pure cheesy lines that make you curled up. LOL

Tell me what's the age difference again? HAHA.

Props to both of them. If only one is giving such intensity this scene won't work. Both is emitting a radiating chemistry on the other hand of the spectrum. To think UEE last drama is the horrid HS where she looks like a lifeless doll whenever she was with Sung Joon is as funny as it could get. I know i should give her a chance, and i'm not regretting it.

Welp, thankfully. lol.

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high society was a miss not because uee didn't act well(uee dramas are all with high rating and successful) but all the fault goes to the writer who focus more in the second couple even the viewer complain about this

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So good. Thanks for the recaps. And A REAL I'm ALL IN FOR THIS MOMENT KISS, for once. like most I rewatched that whole scene many times. Everything was perfect in that scene.

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Agree with all the comments on the kiss - but this is how I felt

(breathing) Handshake - tight clasp (aw!) (still breathing) hand slide and grasp (o _o) (mouth open- breathe in) pull back - cheek kiss (the feels - breathe out)
Stare (catch breath! - knuckle in teeth) - pull -kiss-(o_o - can hear own heart beating!) pull back- wipe tear (o_o) kiss again! - rolling credits (EXHALE!)

Didn't realise I'd stopped breathing!!

LOL!!!

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+1000000000

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+10,000,000,000 too

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can i say times a million? LOL

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The acting and also the editing of the scene. It's brilliant!

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I want to write a lot but I got no time, so I loved this!!

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Well, damn.

Great to see a drama that ages nicely each episode, staying consistent and even surpassing expectation. That last scene was just, whoa. Whoa is really calling it!! I was actually surprised, and it's been a while that a kiss/romantic scene has surprised me. Very, very nice. Showing Ji-hoon's vulnerability, and Hye-soo's emotional bravado in actually making a first move... Again, whoa. Hope we get more surprising, and satisfying, episodes like this one. Perfect ending, episode 9!! And Ji-hoon, I'm rooting for ya, hon!!! Go for it!

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I was tempted to watch this drama after reading netizen's comments on Kkuljaem about their kiss scene.

So I did a drama-marathon from episode 1 until episode 10 in just one night.
Now, I got hooked so much with this drama. I dig the BTS videos and related articles of this drama here and there.
Thanks a lot for recapping this drama. I will keep re-watching the previous episodes and reading the recaps while waiting for the next episode.

Btw, this is the second LSJ's drama that I've ever watched. The first drama is Phoenix which is about 10 years ago. And he used to be my teen crush. I'm not an avid drama watcher, hence I didn't watch his other dramas. Watching him again after 10 years just gives me so much feels. He gets older but still hot and handsome like he used to be. To think that UEE who is the same age with me but gets to act as a couple with him....ah, I don't know how to describe this feelings.

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Isn't it nice to once in a while see a man who knows how to really kiss a woman? And a woman who doesn't shy away from her feelings esp. her sexual needs, even if Hye Soo allowed herself only a few seconds of pleasure?

This show is this year's sleeper hit to me. So much better than many other hyped shows.

UEE's acting in this show is brilliant. The crying after losing her phone, this kiss scene and the make-up removing scene in ep 10. Just brilliant!

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yes the make reoving scene and her conversation with her friend was so touchful she make me cry always in this drama

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When Ji Hoon was bidding his farewell with that smile and sad crying eyes... I cried as well. Amazing acting.

I wish this "fake" family got stranded on that island forever...

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I was thinking the same thing!

"Let's just stay here, four of us and live a happy life. Oh, we can make three meals a day and go fishing on our free time." lol

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Omo! That kiss was squee-tastic... I do believe I have become a Lee Seo-Jin devotee ???

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This is damn good drama for this year! I almost missed watching this had i not came across an IG post by a fan giving a very positive reviews and so i got intrigued! It's my first time with LSJ and Second time with UEE. I became an instant fan that i even follows a fan in IG and stalk the two kkk...
I hope in the next 4 eps, writernim and pdnim will give us a heartwarming, heart tugging eps and a very good ending!

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Gahhhhhh the kiss. Nuff said. Now lemme replay.

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Thank you so much for recapping this drama. Just watched Ep 10 and I am ...

well, feeling things.

No spoilers right.

Thank you. This drama has me heart and soul.

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I watched the last scene so many times, I dreamt about LSJ ?

Also, if the show wants to give everyone a happy endinf (which, at this point, is what i think everyone wants), there's always mom's brother to do the surgery. He doesn't seem like he's going to do it, but the fact that he's there gives me so much hope that Ji Hoon won't have a dead mom AND a dead lady love at the end.

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HIS RIGHT HAND INSIDE THE COAT, THOUGH!!!!!!!

Makes me feel all the feels!

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And MOVING!

:D

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I had to go back and repeat AGAIN! Didn't notice it until you pointed it out. Wow!

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At my age you know what to look for to make it a really good kiss. ;)

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it was very obvious thought, you can see the coat moving of course because of his hand

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YUP! YES, this is all part of what make it so real. Fr that bittersweet handshake to poignancy of the hand parting reluctance to brave tightening grasp ... to the hand moving.

That's what real adults do when they feel passion ... unlike the plastered puckers of some Kdramas where we're told for 10 episodes that they feel the passion, until da moment (and that's it?!?)

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OMG you notice that?!

I just did!

*fan self

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Everyone's acting was bad in High Society. The plot was no plot. I don't blame UEE for not dazzling us in that train wreck of a drama. I only checked it out cause she was awesome in Hogu's love. She's just so good at the complex emotions that come with mummy roles lol.

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OMG this episode was amazing... I like it when they went to the trip together like a real family, it was sooooo heartwarming... and of course the last part (kiss scene)?? it was awesome???
Thanks for the recap I was desperately waiting for the next one

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I will wait for the next recap. Sorry for the mistake I made in my last comment ?

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Please help anyone! Someone mentioned that Uee and LSJ is on Instagram?? What are their Instagram names please?? I'd like to follow :)? Thanks in advance.

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UEE's Instagram is uieing
Meanwhile, I don't think LSJ has an Instagram. If I'm not mistaken, from one of the BTS videos, they say he's not into SNS.
If he do have an Instagram account, please let me know too. TQ ^^

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he said he didn t use sns

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I would have been very surprised if he had been on Instagram. Thanks, honej and ikram!

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MUCH THANKS for recaps Lollypip!

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I can't remember but HyeSoo tell her best friend about her condition?

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No, she hasn't told her yet. BFF is gonna be devastated. I love her character, btw. And I think the actress who plays her is so lovely and captivating.

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Love the awesome dependable friend, and their friendship.

Even if HS does die (totally hope not but I am realistic and prepared for any ending as long as flow of script is realistic):
she's lucky to have this very supportive caring friendship,
a mature loving ES who's so understanding of their situation (rather than resentful as some kids can be) and strong bonding with mom ...
and now this dude who's smitten he's doing things willingly so out of character, just because.

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I agree "anotheraddict"! Her friend listens to her and encourages her, stands by her.
And she is very comical when it comes to running away from Jihoon's friend who is trying to charm her.

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Aww, but I hope she does end up with Hojoon. Just for once I'd like to see Kim Kwanggyu get a girl in a drama, he's cute.

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