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Oh Hae-young Again: Episode 1

Oh Hae-young Again makes a delightful first impression, blending wry humor and spunky characters with interesting cinematography and an impish soundtrack to create a very promising premiere episode. This first hour is mostly introductions and setup, but there’s something about it that has me emotionally all-in right from the beginning. I want to know more — about the world, its inhabitants, and why one very handsome but heartsick sound director is suddenly and inexplicably seeing the future.

 
EPISODE 1: “Can I cry?”

A young woman leaves a coffee shop with a shocked, sad expression, and walks a windy street. At the same time, a young man works to make a series of sound effects in a studio. His sound effects seem to narrate her journey, creating the clicking of her heels, the whoosh of the wind rushing down the street, the boom of a rising thunderstorm.

With the man still the source of her sound effects, the young woman stops and takes one glance behind her as if hoping someone is following, then breaks into a run when there’s nobody there. Suddenly her face morphs into the face of an actress on a screen in front of the man, and when the scene is over, he collapses, exhausted.

The original young woman, OH HAE-YOUNG (Seo Hyun-jin), arrives at a home bustling with people happily talking and laughing, though she looks sad and resigned. They greet Hae-young as “the bride,” which seems to give her a pause, and she rejects the crowded table to sit by herself in the kitchen.

As the family excitedly discusses wedding plans, Hae-young stares into space dejectedly, and her mother (Kim Mi-kyung) finally notices her odd behavior. Hae-young blurts out a weak, “I’m not getting married.”

It’s like a dam bursts, and Hae-young tells her mother everything all at once: She and her fiance fought all the time while planning their wedding, seeing sides of each other they didn’t like, so they decided to call it off. Mama Oh blows up — the wedding is tomorrow, and everyone fights while planning their wedding. How can she cancel at the last minute??

Hae-young announces it to the rest of the family, earning a thwack upside the head from her loving mother. Mama Oh calls the fiance’s family to assure them that Hae-young just has cold feet and that the wedding is still on, even if she has to drag her daughter to the altar.

Hae-young argues that it’s over no matter what Mama Oh says, and for that matter, her ex-fiance agrees. She blows up, screaming that she hates his face and she refuses to marry him, shocking Mama Oh and the rest of the family.

But she gets her way, and her father sends out an announcement that the wedding is called off. He fields calls from family members while Mama Oh and Hae-young lie in their beds, but eventually Mmaa Oh jumps up and goes to Hae-young’s room to beat the crap out of her with a pillow.

Hae-young defends that they would have gotten divorced anyway so this is better, which just sends Mama Oh into a rage over her bringing the guy home in the first place. Heh, Hae-young clearly got her feisty nature from her mother.

A month later, sporting a new haircut and a fresh bounce in her step, Hae-young smiles as she heads to help prepare rice at a catered event. It’s obvious that she loves her work, and she enjoys watching people savor her food.

Unfortunately the catering company owner, DIRECTOR PARK (Ye Ji-won), doesn’t share Hae-young’s commitment to excellence, and refuses her request for higher-quality ricemaking equipment. Not only that, but she’s dismissive and downright rude to Hae-young, and orders her to explain why she’s been given the nickname of “Psycho.”

Hae-young says that it’s a play on words, referring to the fact that Director Park is rarely in the office. Director Park warns her that calling off her wedding doesn’t make her brave, lecturing her on loyalty.

That’s the seventh time she’s insulted Hae-young for canceling her wedding, and Hae-young’s final straw. She starts to complain, but Director Park just says, “It’s nine times. I’ve been counting, too.” Damn.

Hae-young rants all the way back to her desk, entertaining her coworkers with her dramatic flair, and she’s so caught up in her creative insults that she’s the last to realize that Director Park has followed her to the office. Director Park just gives Hae-young a Look and waltzes out. I have a feeling that It’s On.

The young man we saw earlier works on the sound effects for a gangster film next — he’s PARK DO-KYUNG (Eric), a film sound director by profession, and this time he’s editing the effects while a trio of coworkers create the sound. He’s a bit of a perfectionist, making the men re-record the sounds if they’re even the slightest bit off.

In fact he’s such a perfectionist, he can even tell if effects were recorded during the day or at night, and he drives his younger brother PARK HOON (Heo Jung-min) to distraction with his demands. Hoon gets so upset that he screams at Do-kyung, calling him old and a pervert, and Do-kyung kicks his chair out from under him and threatens to kill him. Ha, brotherly love.

Hoon is still frustrated beyond belief later, and complains to his coworkers about Do-kyung’s impossible standards. They blame dramas for the fact that women like bad boys, so men like Do-kyung get away with being jerks.

The employees are on Hoon’s side — until Do-kyung enters the room, then they chastise him for not being respectful enough of his hyung, heh. He’s so terrified of Do-kyung that he cringes and screams just at the look on his brother’s face.

But Do-kyung’s ability to hear the minute details of sound may not be the gift it appears to be — he sits in a cafe later, and we see that he hears every tiny noise even with earbuds in, from voices to percolating coffee.

The sounds trigger a memory (or is it a vision?) of a woman, kissing Do-kyung and climbing into bed to cuddle with him, saying that the best sound in the world is his heartbeat. But his ability to hear every little noise does help him solve a problem he’s been working on, and later his team uses celery to recreate the sound of a shattering bone.

Hae-young meets her friend KIM HEE-RAN (Ha Shi-eun) for drinks, who marvels at her courage to break off her wedding the day before. Hae-young makes it all sound more dramatic than it really was (this appears to be a habit with her), comparing the feeling of getting married to being dragged to prison, but Hee-ran doesn’t think the gossip will die down as quickly as Hae-young swears it will.

Hae-young sends Hee-ran off in a taxi, barely missing Do-kyung as he and a buddy, LEE JIN-SANG (Kim Ji-suk) leave the sauna. HAHA, Do-kyung chides Jin-sang for always taking his pants off and leaving his shirt on, but Jin-sang chirps that naked bodies are awesome, and glomps Do-kyung in a big hug.

Jin-sang does a silly dance when he sees a pair of beautiful ladies, and Do-kyung has a strange, deja-vu-like moment (focused on Jin-sang’s butt, hee). He says that that’s been happening a lot lately, and then he immediately has another one, this time of Jin-sang wailing over a parking ticket.

And then that exact moment happens for real when they get to Jin-sang’s car, which has a ticket on the windshield. Freaky.

Mama Oh breaks up a gossipy group of neighborhood ajummas who are yapping about Hae-young’s canceled wedding, only to face more problems at home — their house is still crowded with wedding gifts for the groom’s family that can’t be returned. But when Hae-young’s aunt complains about her daughter’s thoughtlessness, she’s quick to jump to her defense, awww.

They decide to send Hae-young on a blind date, hoping that she might get married soon anyway and they can unload all the gifts. Of course Hae-young has no interest in meeting another man so soon, and flat refuses, sparking another fight with her mother.

Do-kyung is fighting his own battle against relaxing his standards, arguing that he won’t cut corners on editing the sound for a movie just to get it finished faster. He yells at the director to have better taste, and orders him to take his movie and shove it.

He’s so hateful that he actually makes the director cry, and his mother (who appears to own the company… it must be a family business) has to soothe his widdle hurt feelings. She’s a lot tougher in private with Do-kyung, who argues that the movie may be crap, but as long as his name is in the credits he won’t do less than his best.

He asks her not to produce such awful movies anymore, and that seems to hit a little close. His mother just barks that his words are too harsh, and storms out.

Hoon finds Do-kyung doing some rooftop brooding, and tells his brother to give their mom a break — some day she’ll get a good movie and make a big break. In fact it could be his movie, because Hoon has aspirations of being a big-time movie director himself. He was a director’s assistant for years, but he was getting nowhere so his hyung convinced him to come home and learn his craft, though Hoon is resistant.

Do-kyung may be rough around the edges, but he isn’t heartless, and he gives Hoon his credit card and tells him to take the weepy director out for drinks and to talk about him behind his back. That’s kind of sweet, actually.

As soon as Hoon is gone, Do-kyung has another vision, this time of a bird hitting a window right near his head. He looks around cautiously but there are no birds flying nearby, so he starts to head inside. Then something wings past his face and slams into the window, and flutters weakly to the grass. It’s only a mechanical bird, thank goodness, but this is definitely getting creepy.

Hae-young relents and goes on the blind date, but the guy turns out to be an ass who spends the whole meal texting with his friends about her. She’s spunky enough to call him out on it, and she says that she doesn’t like him either, but they should at least get through this politely.

He doesn’t even pretend to care and just keeps texting and stuffing his face, so Hae-young orders the most expensive meat on the menu in retaliation. Too bad they’re out, ha. Her date tries to skip out early to go hang with his friends, and even though she doesn’t really like him either, Hae-young’s pride is hurt and she asks for a week to win him over.

That must go down like a lead balloon, because word gets back to Mama Oh before Hae-young even gets home that night. But again Mama Oh defends her daughter, calling the guy a mama’s boy for running off and tattling to his mommy about it. Okay, I love her. Best mom ever.

Hae-young meets with Hee-ran after her date, and she loses a drunken bet that she can chug a drink in one mouthful, spitting it all over her friend. She tries again and tips backward in her chair, injuring her arm. These two are the silliest.

Do-kyung begins to get concerned about his visions and does some research on deja vu, then calls Jin-sang out for a drink. But as soon as he sees his friend, another vision comes on him, of a huge sign falling on Jin-sang’s car. When it doesn’t happen right away he orders Jin-sang to move his car, growing angry when Jin-sang resists.

Jin-sang eventually agrees, but as soon as he starts back towards his car, Do-kyung realizes that getting back in the vehicle could be dangerous and stops him. Sure enough, that’s when the sign falls — if Jin-sang had been in the car, he’d have been killed.

Later Jin-sang asks if Do-kyung saw the sign coming loose or something, but Do-kyung can’t come up with a reasonable answer. He takes a broody shower, but has another vision while in there, of a woman bent over at the waist. She stands and turns her head, and it’s Hae-young, blood streaming from her nose, looking disheveled and furious.

The vision continues even after Do-kyung gets out of the shower, and he sees Hae-young crossing a busy street, her arm in a cast. She speaks to him but he can’t hear her words, and Do-kyung wonders what’s happening to him.

He decides to see a psychiatrist and tells him that he thought it was just deja vu at first, but the things he sees are actually happening. Now he keeps seeing images of a woman, but not the woman he used to be engaged to — this woman is a stranger. Strangely though, he feels as though he knows her, and thinks that they will meet soon.

He imagines that they may have even unknowingly crossed paths already, and in his mind he sees Hae-young walking towards him on a crowded sidewalk (still with her arm in a cast). He’s mesmerized by her, though she doesn’t notice him, and passes right by. But as he turns to watch her go, she stops and turns back, and they lock eyes for a long moment before Hae-young continues on her way.

Hae-young arrives home and hails her mother, and we see that arm really is in a cast, from the fall out of her chair the other night. Mama Oh’s face darkens whenever Hae-young stops to talk to the neighbors, blurting out that she hurt her arm while drinking. She’s furious by the time they get home, not that Hae-young notices, and she says almost dreamily to her husband, “I might kill her today.”

Dad only has a second to warn Hae-young to flee before Mama Oh bursts into her room to attack her with a pig trotter, AHAHAHA. She chases her around the house with it, screaming at her for just telling the neighborhood all of their business without a care. She flings the trotter at Hae-young, who ducks and escapes the house.

Hoon’s girlfriend has broken up with him, and she asks for all the gifts she gave him to be returned. He does return them — as a pile of ashes, which he dumps into her lap in a coffee shop, hee. He laughs like a crazy person and calls her names, then heads to a convenience store to stuff his face with triangle kimbap and have a good sulk.

The convenience store employee, YOON AN-NA (Heo Young-ji), preens and asks if he’s looking for a new girlfriend. Hoon takes in her short skirt and come-hither expression, and he’s hooked.

Director Park heads out of the office for a surprise check on one of their locations, obliging Hae-young to jump up and follow, though Director Park yells at her not to call them and tell them she’s coming. The location looks great, though Director Park criticizes everything, and even throws and spits food at her caterers.

She lists several customer complaints, angry that they keep making the same mistakes repeatedly, then rounds on Hae-young to say sarcastically that hey, at least the rice was good. She blames Hae-young for everything, since this is her location to manage, and Hae-young is still upset that evening when they all go out after work.

Her coworker tries to cheer her up, but Hae-young is feeling too pathetic after being harangued by Director Park all day. She drinks too much and goes outside for some air, and mouths off when Director Park comes out as well, saying that once again she’s leaving before everyone else.

She wonders out loud what it must feel like to just pick a fight with someone without worrying what might happen, and ends up screaming drunkenly in frustration. Director Park is just as drunk and tells Hae-young to bring it, kicking her heeled foot right in Hae-young’s face.

She hands Hae-young her water bottle, then does a spin-kick and knocks it neatly out of her hand, which would be impressive even if she weren’t drunk. Hae-young goes from aggressive to whiny, all Why are you always picking on meeee??, and Director Park says that it’s because she’s a bad store manager, and because she canceled her wedding at the last minute.

Hae-young can’t figure out why Director Park cares so much about that, and Director Park’s demeanor goes suddenly soft as she says, “I was looking forward to the buffet at the hotel. I didn’t eat the night before.” Ha, she’s a caterer — it would be about the food.

Hae-young staggers her way towards home, and finally lets herself think about her broken engagement. The truth is that it wasn’t mutual — her fiance, HAN TAE-JIN (Lee Jae-yoon), broke things off by saying that he didn’t love her enough to marry her.

He’s not unkind, but his statement that he can’t stand to watch her eat is pretty hurtful anyway. They’d sat in silence for a long time, and finally Hae-young had asked if they could at least tell people that she had canceled the wedding, to save her pride.

It all rushes back to Hae-young now, and she sobs loudly as she walks home, feeling the embarrassment and hurt all over again.

Do-kyung stands at an overlook with his headphones on, and has another vision of Hae-young. This time he can hear her voice saying, “I’m not dying,” and he wonders to himself who she is.

Do-kyung has a meeting the next day, who just so happens to be Hae-young’s friend Hee-ran. She says she’s meeting her friend later, the one she told him got dumped the day before their wedding. Her words seem to stir up some negative emotions for Do-kyung, and he goes a little pale when she says her friend’s name — Oh Hae-young.

When Do-kyung hears that Hae-young is here now, he gets up to leave without a word. He’s practically running, and as he gets to the door he crashes hard into Hae-young on her way in. His previous vision plays out as she lifts her head and her nose is bleeding, and Do-kyung’s eyes go wide to see the woman from his visions finally in front of him.

Hae-young is oblivious to the fact that she’s just rocked Do-kyung’s world, and she asks angrily what her friend’s been telling him about her. Do-kyung just finishes his escape, overwhelmed by meeting her in person.

He remembers seeing the name “Oh Hae-young” pop up on Hee-ran’s phone before, when she’d once worked on a project at his company. Seeing the name had triggered the memory of another woman, the one who’d said that his heartbeat was the best sound in the world, and Do-kyung had been rattled to hear that Hee-ran had a friend named Oh Hae-young who was engaged.

Do-kyung had thought it was the woman he knew, and he’d asked what school they went to together. Now, having met Hee-ran’s friend and realizing that she’s not the Oh Hae-young he thought she was, he finds the school yearbook and looks her up. He sees that there were two girls with that name who went to that high school — one of them is his ex, and the other is the Oh Hae-young he just met, the one from his visions.

This is bad because, going on the misinformation that Tae-jin was actually engaged to the other Oh Hae-young, Do-kyung and Jin-sang (who’s a lawyer) had sought out Hae-young’s fiance Tae-jin and done something to ruin him financially. We don’t know what or how, exactly, but they realize now that he was engaged to the other Hae-young.

Jin-sang makes some calls, and finds out that Tae-jin broke up with his fiance the day before their wedding. His business had gone bankrupt (due to whatever they did to him) and he was about to go to jail, so he’d set Hae-young free rather than drag her down with him.

Both Jin-sang and Do-kyung feel terrible about what they did, thinking that he was engaged to the other Hae-young. Do-kyung softly says that he’s seen this other Hae-young, in his head, nodding when Jin-sang asks if he’s some kind of psychic.

Hae-young keeps up a cheerful face when she’s with Hee-ran, but once she’s walking home alone, she stalls out again, right in the middle of the street. She stands with the cars rushing all around her, just as she did in Do-kyung’s vision.

Do-kyung gets out of Jin-sang’s car, wanting to walk home himself, and Jin-sang tells him that they’ll figure out a way to make their mistake right. Jin-sang has to double back when he realizes that Do-kyung left his wallet in the car, and tosses it so that it lands in the street. He’s not the brightest bulb, this guy.

Do-kyung is forced to brave traffic to get his wallet back, but he freezes when he sees Hae-young walking across the road nearby. She blithely retrieves his wallet and brings it back to him and says, “I’m not dying,” recreating his vision of her perfectly.

COMMENTS

I like it.

I have rarely been so quickly and instantly enchanted by a drama, but Oh Hae-young Again grabbed my attention from the very first minute. That opening scene with Hae-young walking down the windy street and Do-kyung creating her sound effects was not only clever and interesting, it was absolutely lovely. The scene later with Do-kyung listening to the different cafe sounds was also quiet impressive, and very artistic. The use of light and shadows throughout the episode is quite gorgeous, and the dreamy scenes of Do-kyung’s visions are as soft and exquisite as they are mysterious. Beautiful cinematography isn’t usually something I look for as an essential component of a rom-com, but when it adds as much to the storytelling as it is here, it gives me shivers of something special to come.

Aside from that, the show also has an interesting sense of balance that I find intriguing — it’s got a healthy dose of humor along with some strong, serious content, and manages to include both without making the show feel disjointed or awkward. The transitions between moods are smooth and easy. The humor mostly seems centered around Hae-young while Do-kyung’s scenes carry an ominous overtone, enhanced by his mysterious visions, but I don’t find that the dichotomy makes the show feel off-kilter like it would in less skilled directorial hands. The PD’s last drama was the hilarious and heartwarming Marriage Not Dating, which I also felt had this same wonderful sense of balance in its romantic and comedic areas, and so far this drama is shaping up to have that same “feel,” with wonderful characters and incredibly addictive ambiance.

But the characters are the best thing about it, particularly our two leads. I really like Hae-young at first glance — she’s got a spark, something special about her, that I attribute partly to the writing and partly to Seo Hyun-jin herself. She brings something unique to her characters, a sort of vulnerable strength, if that makes sense. She always gives the women she plays this steel core, while letting them be soft and feminine at the same time, and it makes her characters extremely endearing and fun to watch. I love how Hae-young just says what she’s thinking, whether it’s to her family, her friends, or even some random asshat she’s been set up with (and oh man, I’ve been on that exact nightmare blind date, though I left in the middle of the meal!). She’s definitely got an insecure streak though, which especially comes out with regards to her job and her relationship with Director Park, that I think will be interesting to explore.

As much as Hae-young is an open book, Do-kyung is the exact opposite — he’s closed off and volatile, a perfectionist who’s quick to anger. It’s interesting how he works with so many of his family members yet seems to hold them all at arm’s length, though his closer relationship with his friend Jin-sang shows that he’s capable of deeper friendships. We don’t know a lot about him personally at this point other than that he’s suddenly having strange prophetic visions, and that they aren’t always about bad or negative events. I’m dying of curiosity to know why they’re happening and what they mean, what’s causing them, and why they’re starting now, of all times. And above all, why is he seeing Hae-young, a woman he’s never met?

Though this premiere didn’t give us a lot of information about the characters or the overarching plot line, it did give us enough to intrigue me and have me bouncing in my chair to see more. Normally I’d be wishing we’d gotten more information in a first episode (and we’ve barely even touched on the second Oh Hae-young and how she fits into all this), but in this case I feel that everything we did get was so sleek and polished, balanced with a healthy dose of humor and heartwarming moments, that I’m happy with the show exactly as-is. I actually like the languid pace the show is setting right off the bat, and I’m not leaving this first episode feeling as though I’d seen more than what we’ve been shown so far. Between the gorgeous cinematography, the beautiful soundtrack, Do-kyung’s intriguing visions and above all, the wonderfully faceted characters, I’m predicting that Oh Hae-young Again has something really amazing in store for its viewers. I’ve been here long enough now that I hesitate to get too excited about a show this early, but this first episode has made a promise, and I can only hope with all my heart that it keeps that promise.

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I've heard some really good things about this show so far! Guess I'll have to check it out once my exams are over! (Four more days... four more daysssss...)

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4 weeks for mee ???

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Me too TT

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Thanks a lot for recapping this drama! ^^ I rarely follow ongoing drama but this drama seems worth it..

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YES I love it. Thanks so much for recapping.

There was a delightful whimsy to this episode. Eric's facial expressions sometimes veered on ~too serious~, but it was generally delightful. There were two scenes in particular I was confused about - the opening, and her being absolutely dejected at the hwaeshik, but both managed to deliver through a twist.

The opening provided a look into Eric's job, and the complete seriousness he approaches it with, as well as linking the two main characters early on. And the scene at the restaurant, I thought she was being melodramatic - she seemed to give as good as she got, she was feisty, what could really be that wrong? But then we realise, /oh/, it wasn't her that broke up with her fiancee after all, and everything makes sense. And then double twist, because her fiancé didn't want to either!!!

All the characterisations are absolutely lovely, though I'm not sure yet why the younger brother needs a loveliness with the employee just yet.

I'm so excited for this show. I do have a slight bitter taste in my mouth, for the other first episode I adored in a similar manner both derailed. (She Was Pretty and Cheese in The Trap :|). But I have faith in the staff and cast, so bring it on!

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Hi, Lollypip. Just checking: wasn't Superdaddy Yeol this PD's last drama? :)

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Absolutely loving this drama so far. That's why I was soooooo happy when I saw the recap up! Thanks so much Lollypip ????

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Yay! I just finished watching the first two episodes and was hoping I'd see a recap here soon, and here it is! I had no idea this was done by the same PD as Marriage Not Dating, which I loved. The tones of the two shows don't particularly remind me of each other, but I do recognize the PD's skill at intertwining humor and heartbreak in both.

Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention during the press for this show, but I had no idea that the male lead would have any psychic abilities, so I was delightfully surprised when that component was revealed.

I think it might be more apparent in the second episode, but the show kinda reminds me a bit of Master's Sun. I know ghost-seeing and vision-seeing aren't the same thing, but I'm a sucker for Rom Coms that feature supernatural-ish elements as well.

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Oh wait! Same PD as Marriage Not Dating!?!

Alright, I'm def checking this show out!

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I want to talk to you about Korean popular dramas. I'm a bog fan of K-drama.

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Not sure why but I really adore the actress. She's too cute. I hope this drama will keep it up all the way through because I'm not looking forward to dropping any more dramas.

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It's my first time watching a drama for those leads i am not familiar with any of them, but i am impressed with the lead actress acting she grabbed my attintion, the story line is light and kind of predictable but there is still a lot to know about the characters, i liked the scenes with HY and her boss I don't dislike the boss even though she always nagging.
this drama is refreshing

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Just wanted to chime in and say, this has made a strong first impression. Purely plot-wise, it has a lot of potential because there will be fun in the romance part of it. You know, the guy "trying to mend his mistakes while falling for his mistake" type thing. The story line excites me because of the potential.

Plus there is a very dry humor involving the mother. I have seen ep 2 and what I thought initially was a tough relationship is actually making me giggle because there is warmth to it.

Anyways, I hope this drama gets watched by more. I did not know it existed and had never read anything about it, so for me, it has been double fun because I feel I just discovered it!! Feels good.

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Seo Hyun jin excels at portraying spunky, lovable, slightly neurotic and vulnerable characters. I'm loving her portrayal of Oh Hae young. She's slightly cray-cray but in a good way. She kinda reminds me of a Korean Bridget Jones, nuttiness and all.

So far, I love the first two episodes, and the world building. The realization that someone's life was ruined because she bears the same name as his ex. Oh dear! How will they fix this mess?

I'm getting a lot of Marriage Not Dating vibes with this drama, it's a rom com with a supernatural twist, and I see some similar actors that featured in both dramas. I'm on board with this one. Thanks for recapping this, LollyPip. Hope it's a fun ride!

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So, I also wanted to share that I am slightly baffled by the amount of drinking by the female lead and how helpless she is in that state and how drama tells me it is all perfectly fine the way it is...I kind of can not fathom that - not the drinking mind you, but how unsafe the whole thing actually feels, but this is Kdrama and therefore, I let it go.

I am not entirely convinced Eric Moon can act well. He is not very convincing as the character but his character is awesome. So, hopefully, he will grow into it very soon.

But here is the thing. Apart from the drinking, I thoroughly love the female character and the actress's portrayal. She is fun, strong and all there. So, ignore the excessive drinking.

For now, the script, story line, the direction, the editing is simply very compelling. So, some acting immaturity can be tolerated.

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Dramas normally love tossing in the funny female drunk, so I wasn't surprised. But like you said, that fact that it was sooo excessive made me think that it HAD to be a character trait/plot element to be addressed later.

I'm not optimistic enough to say that this will finally be the drama to take excessive drinking seriously, but I HOPE it'll have the guts to go there.

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I too am really disappointed in how kdramas handle alcoholism and excessive drinking. I'm looking at you Bubblegum!

I'm hoping the drinking will curve off once the lead gets over this recent hump.

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I would be very surprised if the drama went there. I think they are using this to simply connect the main leads else there was no reason for her to be intimate with a guy she has never met. She can do it because she does not care in her drunken state. But now that they have a reason to connect, they will not have those scenes. So, her drinking was plot point to be able to establish the connection.

But, it was excessive and made me really wonder about her safety. Generally, even if they drink, there is a male lead who will piggy back but in this drama, she was completely gone several times, and there was no one protecting her....And it felt so strange that it was all just okay..

Anyways... They met, they shared...All is good with the world.

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I think her excessive drinking (more than the average person in kdramas) is Hae Young's way of dealing with her heartbreak. She must be feeling devastated that her wedding got canceled a day to the altar, but instead of bursting into tears and being morose (letting her feelings out), she's putting on a brave face and has taken it to the other extreme of being blasé about it and being excessively happy.

Her true feelings must come out somehow, and she has to find a way to cope with the mess she's in, that is why she drinks so much, and in such isolated ways, instead of gong with a buddy or something.

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I agree on the alcoholism bit. Though i loved the premier of the show. But irrespective of that, this subconciously left me aghast. Like Oh Hae Young's friend leaving her by her own to go home, whilst she being totally high. I mean i am not judging the friend's character here, but hey that totally baffled me. Like, how is she even going to get home...atleast get her a cab or something?

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I have no probem with all the drinking. She got jilted, work is stressful -- drinking is how people deal with it. And Korea has one of the highest rates of alcohol use in the world.

As for her friend not making sure she gets home okay, I get the feeling that's not unusual

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Aloha, dramafan100...

Glad to know I'm not the only viewer underwhelmed with the binge-drinking trope. I'm hoping that it is an indicator of emotional fallout from the wedding cancellation, and that sanity will soon be restored.

I watched MY SASSY GIRL not long ago, and was really turned off by the female lead's drinking to oblivion. It kind of made sense after the reason was revealed... but I get the feeling it was more for shock value.

Call me old-fashioned, but I felt downright sad when Eun-Chan got herself plastered before hopping into the sack with Han-Gyul in COFFEE PRINCE.

Cue Jimmy Buffett...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL9O0B0gzZE

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I'll surely be watching this drama but not live-watching it. Marathon, yes. The last time I live-watched: Cheese In the Trap. 'Nuff said yo.

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Seo Hyun-jin is the show, and the show is Seo Hyun-jin. She elevates the already good material, so now we have a gem of a drama. Finally after a long dry spell, I have a new crack. Great first week! Looking forward to new episodes.

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This drama seems to have some magical components at play here that are working together in the best possible way, to produce something really special.

I had no preconceived notions before watching this show. I was just hoping for some cute chemistry. After watching episode 2, I can already see that the two leads have that going on, but then the story, acting, writing, editing and directing bring so much more than I was expecting.

As Lollypip mentioned, the twist in the show have been done really well. The thing that made the twist so affective was that they weren't throne in there just for the sake of it, but actually used as a catalyst that drew us in and allowed us viewers to connect emotionally. Additionally, it seems as though everything in this drama is done purposefully and I can't wait to see what's yet to come.

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Do-Kyung's ability to hear minute details of sound kind of reminds me of Do Min-Joon's superhearing abilities from You From Another Star. But how can he tell the difference between a sound effect made during the day or night? I doubt even super alien Do Minjoon can tell... *scratches head*

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When he was talking about night sounds, I got the general impression that he meant mood or tonality or something. Either sounds are more muted at night, or sharper and more piercing. In any case, to do the job he does, one has to be detail oriented, but I fear he has taken his perfectionism to another level and has become obsessive, compulsive.

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Hi, MRA!

I watched it with subtitles on DramaYou.com. Might something have been lost in translation from the subtitles you saw?

Do-Kyung mentioned differences in temperature and humidity affecting how sound travels through air. At night, even in deserts, moisture condenses out of the air as dew, which the earth breathes in.

Another factor that I expect would affect how sound carries is barometric pressure, but I cannot tell you how.

From my own experience, fog muffles sound. Falling snow does the same thing, especially if it's the wet, heavy kind consisting of big, fluffy flakes (which remind me of the feathers in a comforter or parka -- aka insulation -- which means something that either traps heat or blocks sound). When the air in winter is particularly cold and dry, I think of it as crystalline. Sound carries further then.

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Loved it!!!! That's what I can say after reading the first ep recap. I remember myself being disinterested in this drama bcoz of Eric his last drama I watched,don't remember the name, but I didn't like his acting or may couldn't connect with his character. But this drama I'm definitely gonna watch. I find some rom com dramas difficult to watch bcoz u know they go from being irritably hilarious to serious and the transition just doesn't fit in my mind. But this is different. Its so hilarious I don't remember when I laughed out so loud. Then again when they get serious its so smooth transition. Loved ji suk he was damn cute. I lastly remember him in personnel taste. But now he looks much better. I really loved the mother daughter fight lol reminds me of getting beaten in childhood. And lastly they just invented a damn new genre: Rom-com-Dejavu

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I really wanna watch this but I'm so So SO busy with life. I'm thinking of putting my k-drama addiction on pause for a while but I don't know if it's possible!

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This drama is telling the story of two opposite characters. Oh Hae Young, she lacks in many parts (from what she said, she always got shadowed by the pretty Oh Hae Young, clumsy, etc) but she's still cheerful and easy going. On the other hand, Park Do Kyung, who's perfect as handsome creature and highest position, but obviously full of sadness, angry and gloomy.

Hero and heroine have same fate, the cancelled wedding. But they faced with different ways. The hero full of depression and hate but the heroine just want to let it go even though it brings shame to her family and herself.

I think this drama is wonderful and I can see already the direction that actually Park Do Kyung see himself in Oh Hae Young.

It will be interesting to see how the two leads meet, share and support for each other about what they strength and weakness. I think, that's the time when it can make them fall for each other.

I must say Seo Hyun Jin carries the show perfectly but I intrique of so many mysteries around Eric's character more, because he's like a closed book that might be opened by Oh Hae Young.

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Definitely going to be tuning in to this one again. I have a weakness for plots like this (from what we know of it so far).

Plus both Kim Ji-suk and Lee Jae-yoon are on my list of 'Actors I'm Always Pleased To See'. Though they're also both on my 'Actors I End Up Wishing Were Leads' list, so who knows what will happen here.

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oh my gosh, me too, i have those same lists and they are both on it! i didn't really follow who was supposed to be in this drama so i was super pleasantly surprised to see them both in here.

i've had a soft spot for kim ji-suk since his personal taste days, and have been hoping that he'll one day move to lead actor status!

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Kim Ji Suk is soo in my list too! He is damn adorable i want him to be the lead someday, soon, and hit daebak.

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Love everything about this.

Seo Hyun-jin is one of my favorite actresses and I love the sassy and fragile woman that she is here. Despite the humiliations, she's never pitiable and I appreciate that. The chemistry between the two leads! Her mom!

The cinematography, mood, music, it's all really interesting and wonderful so far.

Yay drama. Please keep it up.

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Thank you for recapping this! I've been looking forward to this drama. Seo Hyunjin is my girl and I've adored Eric since Discovery of Romance.

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I love the actors! I feel like some parts of this drama is pretty new or like not really common in the drama world, so I like it. I also like SHJ but yea I don't really like the excessive drinking, hope she drops it soon. This is the only drama I'm watching...I am at a major loss of dramas to watch.

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Yaay LollyPip! Didn't think the drama would make the recap cut so thanks!

This drama...Loves it!! Hahaha. Seriously, had a few LOL moments in episode one when I least expected. I guess its the genuineness of the characters and how their flaws are just laid bare. You know, like real people. A mum who's quick with the loving violence (and the brother who is too)...the horrible spinster boss, the heroine's drunken nights out (some of us have had a few of those) and you know, just having a drama whose idea we can relate to.

Seo Hyun Jin didn't disappoint with the dorky, which she does so well. Dorky is the new cool so...will defo be rooting for HER Oh Hae Young.

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Totally agree with you. Loving the side character as they can be so spunky & hilarious. I would say the interaction of the main leads with the side characters (mom, boss, younger brother) are what gives the comedic feelings in this drama.

And yes, Ep 1 made me enchanted to this drama!

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Thank you for recapping, I loved it, episode 2 is even better. I haven't watch anything since CITT so I'm glad for "Just Oh Hae-young" she's crazy lol and I love her mom :)

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Everyone is crazy in this drama so many funny scenes lol i'm happy eric is back and i'm already loving this show ♥

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Firstly, thank you for drama recaps, LollyPip-nim.

Since I'm Shinhwa fan, sometimes I'm afraid to watch Eric's drama coz I might totally biased but Seo Hyun Jin proves me wrong. Seo Hyun Jin was born to be actress.. I feel you, Haeyoung-ssi~~~

She & Eric bring some "things" in OHYA. I suddenly feel pity on her and angry to Eric coz crash her wedding. I want to punch this oppa. I want to protect 'soil' OHY and bring a justice to her ㅠ.ㅠ

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Thank you so much for recapping.. I must confess I watched it with my brain half shut down and after every part, I was like what just happened? and it went on till the end and now I cant wait for 2nd episode. I believe there must be some magic there.. cant wait.

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I couldn't help but think how great Eric looks. So much younger than 37. Another one of those Korean vampires that never ages. The only problem I have with this 1st episode is the end reveal. He and his sidekick ruined her fiancees life? Destroyed his business and sent him to jail over another Oh Hae young, why? The reason better be a good one.

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Same here. The reveal makes me feel like it was unfair that Hae-young and Tae-jin couldn't get married due to Do-kyung's machinations, so I'm going to wait to see how this plays out before deciding whether or not I want to watch.

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So glad you brought this up. I was pretty surprised that more people haven't commented on this, because WOW what a shitty thing to do. Still not sure if I'm going to start ths drama but I kind of want to, if only to see how the character makes amends

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In 2nd epi you can see how Eric and his bff totally get that it was a very shitty thing to do. The part that makes this drama interesting is how layered everything gets revealed.

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Kinda wish they had chosen either the future-seeing-soulmatey-thread or the I-pretty-much-screwed-up-your-wedding-thread, because having both of them on one plate makes my head spin. Or maybe it isn't spinning but hurting, because omg how stupid is the so called mistake! I/we know that he didn't mean to go that far, but what a bitchy thing to do! Do-kyung! I want to like you! Here's a pointer what to do. For example, I will always prefer you feeling like a loser NOT acting like one.

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I'm thinking the visions he's getting are due to extreme guilt and anxiety over the financial manipulations of Do Kyung and Ji Sung. Do Kyung is uniquely affected because he also has lived the pain of a broken engagement. Actually I think he's still tormented by it.

Love Hae Young's character. She's really walking a tightrope between crazy and depression. Love her parents!! Mom's a hoot and Dad has the best funny silent reactions.

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Hi, toodles...

I'd never thought of guilt triggering premonitions. It makes me wonder what else is bottled up inside DK... and just what's going on with his super hearing. Shades of Cheon Eum-Ja in FAITH.

Re: SHJ's crazy-fu

Ep. 17 of SU BAEK-HYANG introduces her "chicken girl" persona and the craziness that "comes and goes."

[HOT] 제왕의 딸 수백향 17회 - "서방님?" 위기에서 벗어나려 명농를 껴안으며 미친 척하는 설난 20131024
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrbFt7CJTSI

Then watch it with MBC's subtitles for full effect. ;-)

I agree about Oh Hae-Young's folks -- although it was kind of strange for me to see Lee Han-Wi and Kim Mi-Kyung wearing 21st century duds.

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What he did to Hae Young was bad. I'm surprised that the drama made him do this where in other drama, it will always done by the villains, evil second lead or freaky parents.

Will he amend his mistake by trying to fix the relationship between Hae Young & Tae Jin? Will he be able to get over his past love? And when Hae Young know the truth, will she be able to forgive Do Kyung? I really hope that this drama wont follow the path of "I'm in love with him, so I'll forgive him for trying to ruin my life" cuz that's a pretty cliche thing to do.

And for Tae Jin, I'm wondering if he is the second lead in this drama? His love towards Hae Young feels real and and I want him to fight for her.

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first, THANK YOU FOR THAT "BROODY SHOWER" ;D

I have not watched a drama with Seo Hyun Jin on it, but I watched this drama with high expectations because I saw the trailers. And she was good. So good. She's the kind of lead I root for, the Plain Janes that has spunk, beauty, and fun but majority never take notice of.

I love the tone of this drama. Also the scenes are so beautiful. I can screencap every frame and will still probably get a pretty picture.

Looking forward to knowing more about the story. Especially why Do Kyung could see snippets of HIS future.

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Lollypip, weren't you recapping 'Entertainer'?

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I still am :)

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Wow, you're busy nowadays! Keep up the great work, I hope it isn't too much.

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So delightfully surprised by this drama! The opening was so unique and hooked me from the start :D All this twisted fate stuff is pretty real in this one HA. I don't normally like the main actress but I kind of like her in here.

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This time slot is tricky na? Last to Last broadcast was CITT - and many comments here suggest people are cautious haha.

There is just something about Eric's look that just has me in. I have watched his shows just for that look *sigh* (shallow of me? never mind...)

I was ready to watch this show for that very reason. But i was pleasantly surprised with this episode. The first thing that just got me invested was just the fact that characters in the show are crazy in their own way. Like Hae Young's a brand of crazy, her mum's another brand of crazy (Kim Mi kyung is pro in that), Do kyung's a more perfectionist (and pain in the ass) brand of crazy while Hae Young's boss is the frustrated sort of crazy haha.

I think Hae Young and her mom's scenes are to look out for - as apart from crazy, they'll be quirky, fun yet will have a lot heart and emotion. The dad here is a treat to watch, stuck btw the difficult ladies.

So although, i gave this show a chance for Eric, it's Hae Young's character that has bowled me over. Although, it's just the first episode, the initial impressions i got was that though she is unapologetically in your face crazy, she has her pride in place where it matters. It was implied that she is this person who is deemed to be pathetic - and the worst part is she knows it. There is no way she would aggravate that by revealing that she was dumped. I feel ya Hae Young!

I am waiting for more on Do Kyung now. By the looks of it, relationships in this show is bound to messed up cause everyone has an interconnected history - which should make up for an interesting ride.

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I love Seo Hyun Jin in Let's eat 2, she has this girl-next-door vibe that i can relate to.
I hope she kills her role here..
Thanks LollyPip, off to watch then!

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OMG!! I'm hooked!!
Never saw both leads earlier projects. I came with no expectations and thanks God it come nicely. I love both leads, they're such engaging characters. I am a HUGE fan of Marriage not Dating, and this drama bring some of its vibes (in a good way). Plus, they brought Heo Jung-min too!! He kinda clueless like his char in MnD.
And....can I mention how GOOD looking Eric is?!! Call me shallow, but I haven't had the chance to fully appreciate his handsomeness. Glad I can call him Oppa LOL
Now I have decent Mon-Tue drama. Yay!!

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Love this drama.

Seo Hyun Jin is such a great fit for her role! They certainly pick the right female lead. So far I am liking the male lead as well.

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Oh, I like this. Seo Hyun-jin is so nutty, but in that cute and endearing sort of way. I have yet to warm up to Eric but we'll see.

I loved that little scene in particular (around the 39-minute mark) when they met each other in the middle of a crowded street and there's this subdued, lovely track playing in the background. The sound direction in this show is excellent (which funnily enough is related to Do-kyung's character being a perfectionist sound director).

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I'm not sure about this one - I watched the first 15 minutes but I couldn't continue. Maybe I'll have to try again and it'll be better later but the way it's filmed seemed pretty cheesy to me. The acting seems theatrical and not so much like a drama.

And the whole long exaggerated sequences with Eric and those guys "working" as foley artists seemed completely fake and unnecessary.

I'll have try again because I do like the leads, esp Seo Hyun Jin in Let's Eat 2....though I seem to be the only one that's not an instant fan.

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I thought it was a solid first episode. Not perfect, but immensely enjoyable. I am an Eric Mun fangirl, but I'm trying not to let my fangirl love blind me. :) I loved the introduction of the characters. I really appreciate that Seo Hyun Jin's characters isn't a wilting flower and she and her mother are hysterical. It's a good blend of seriousness and comedy so I hope it keeps that balance. I think it can get very melodramatic very quickly so fingers crossed that doesn't happen.

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Ah, bliss. I love it so.

I had some pretty damn high expectations for this one. After all, it's the love-child of those who have impressed me greatly in the past: the MnD PD, the ILICDD writer, and pretty much everyone in the cast. I know I could be in for heartbreak if I put too much faith in them, but I also know how awesome it is to get excited for a drama and not get disappointed so screw it :P

This director always knows how to bring me immediately into the world of his drama characters and here is no exception. The opening sequence is a perfect example. Even without knowing why Hae Young was in such distress, I already felt for her and wanted to know her story. But what makes it even better is how the director connected her moment with Do Kyung, a nod towards how the course of the next two episodes were going to place him in "her shoes" in a sense. I already felt a connection between the leads at that point and they hadn't even met yet.

I am so happy to see Seo Hyun-jin put herself so fully into the character of Oh Hae Young, who is just as delightful and spunky as I wanted her to be, even if I am concerned for her drinking habits. I'm also enjoying seeing Eric in a more closed-off character. Even with his temper, he seems more like a 'regular' guy here than his confident, hot-head characters of the past.

Like you said, the drama is doing a good job of blending its more serious supernatural elements with the rom-com bits. But, even more than that, I love how it even seems like Seo Hyun-jin is off being the spunky rom-com heroine, while Eric is caught up in the more dramatic aspects of the storyline. Both of them are already hooking me for different reasons, and then when they come together there's an added element of hilarity for me in seeing how Do Kyung's angsty internal struggle affects their interactions.

Thanks for recapping this, LollyPip. I definitely feel like we're in for a great ride here and can't wait for more :)

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thanks for recapping!!!

i was starting to get drama withdrawal but i think i've finally found "the one." this is sounds super cute and i'm getting soulmate flashback feels because of the supernatural elements. it feels great! hahaha.

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OH. You're totally right. This does remind me of Soulmate!
Except the male lead there could hear the female leads thoughts and was a music producer, not a sound guy.

It's even funnier when you realize that both dramas star one of the Let's Eat girls!

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I love how this drama introduced the two leads, Oh Hae Young and Park Do Kyung in the same way but shows us exactly how different they are. First two episodes told us their characters (the quirky girl and gloomy guy), their family (god...I love both of their family, but I must say Park Do Kyung's family win my heart especially his nuna XD), their works (one is clumsy while another one is perfectionist), and the reason behind their messy life (in this case the same person: pretty Oh Hae Young. Means, pretty Oh Hae Young was the one reason why Park Do Kyung ruined Oh Hae Young's marriage (gosh..it will be a disaster when she knows the truth) and the reason why Do Kyung turns to be very coldy guy).

So in love with the show. Eric is such a good looking guy. I can't help but notice how perfect his side profile is. I don't see much of his character development in this episode, but the second episode is much better. And Seo Hyun Jin, how can I not love you? Please, give us more their romance ASAP. I wanna see how Do Kyung fall for Hae Young. Imagine, if he kiss her ^^

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At first, I got the impression that she's very reckless and that she lives a pathetic life but I felt so bad after it was revealed that not getting married wasn't her choice. It did make sense for her to look pathetic since she's so broken and emotionally unstable. I really like her being positive though.

It's such a heartbreak to know that both of them actually wanted to get married but Do Kyung messed it all up! Damn it, Eric! You won't be forgiven just by that shower scene alone! Fix it!

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I really, really want to like this drama.

Having watched the first two episodes, I really think the pace could be picked up a little. I love the opening scenes of the leads, especially Dokyung working alone in the studio. But then everything starts to feel repetitive to the point of annoyance. Haeyoung keeps getting drunk, Dokyung keeps snapping at his staff in the studio, Haeyoung's mom still doesn't show any understanding for her daughter.

The humor doesn't get to me, either. Every time I was heartbroken, my parents were very supportive and understanding, no matter how much they liked the guy. Haeyoung's mom's reactions make no sense to me. No matter how embarrassed she is to the neighbors, shouldn't her child's happiness come first?

Seo Hyunjin is great as the Every Woman, I really feel her character and her heartbreak. I love Eric and I know he's capable of so much more, but the first week has been showing a lot of random developments of side characters that do not clearly have much connection to the main story. KARA Youngji's fans would be happy to see a lot of her in the first week, but story-wise, I'm kinda disappointed at how slow it's rolling. I was hoping this would be as fun and zany as Marriage, Not Dating.

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I admit episode 1 is a bit slow because they still try to make audience close with all characters in this drama, but I love episode 2. We start to know the reason why Park Do Kyung becomes so cold to all people and why he could ruined someone's life. I feel bad for his character the most.

I think this drama will have a big twist, which I might love it, and Park Do Kyung will be in charge of it (since he was the one who start it).

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Episode 2 was also meh to me. I'm hoping to see some developments next week instead of excessive flashbacks. I'm hoping they would give Haeyoung and ex-finance a proper closure too.

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Awesome recap and review, LollyPip! You mentioned some things I totally missed while watching this episode. I think I was rushed while watching it. xD

I adore Seo Hyun-jin. She is already great in this role. She does have that regular-girl appeal for me. She's funny and spunky. Her cheeks are so cute! I'm like in awe of her flawless-looking skin btw. I did notice that she got drunk way too often, but I hope the drinking scenes will lessen as the show goes on.

I didn't know that Eric had a hand in screwing up her marriage. I'm super curious about how he managed that.

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Thanks, LollyPip, for your great recap. I've just watched the first episode, and enjoyed the show greatly. I don't usually live watch, but will give it a shot this time.

I'm thrilled out of my shoes to see Seo Hyun-Jin. She was terrific in the title role in The King's Daughter, Su Baek-Hyang. Comedy, romance, sleuthing, spying, soldiering, dancing, singing, swordfighting, and archery -- SHJ did it all with aplomb -- for 108 glorious episodes.

Back to Another Miss Oh. The cast includes a couple more favorites, two of whom were in Chuno: Lee Han-Wi as the magistrate and Kim Ji-Suk, one of the slave hunters. (Check out his Joseon "shower scene" with Han Jung-Soo.) I loved Kim Mi-Kyung's turn as Choi Young's badass auntie in Faith. Ditto for Heo Jeong-Min as Shin Yool's inept gambler bro in Shine Or Go Crazy and as Bang-Ja in Hyangdan.

My spider sense is tingling in anticipation of plot twists... but I can't say I've had any premonitions yet.

Thanks again!
Pakalana

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The opening sequence is so different and lovely!

The hook of this drama for me is the fact that we actually see the main characters at their job and not only that, Do-Kyung's job is a standout from the normal geniusss lawyers, chaebols, doctors of Kdrama land. I hope we see more of that in the latter eps.

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His mother invests in movies if I am not wrong? He is a son of a rich woman at least.

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I did a double take when Do-Kyung stepped into those red suede heels... and ever since, Elvis Costello has been running around in my brain.

(Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes--Album Version (Lyrics in Description)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0aAGP3ty_A

It was fun to see how the sound effects are done. I hope the show wins an award for Best Creative Use of a Vegetable. And I commend DK on his fashion sense.

Burning Question: Do red suede high heels sound different than black patent leather ones???

As a recovering perfectionist, I really feel for the foley artists who work with Do-Kyung.

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I LOOOOOVE THIS SHOW SO FAR!!!!

I hope the rest of the drama lives up to the hype/excitement/awesomeness the first two episodes gave me.

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I am on the fence on this one. It didn't make me want to switch it off at the first ten minutes. Confusing characters. A little formulaic and old-fashioned. Not sure I love the lead actress' character although I sympathise with the hurt and her sudden moving out of her parents' home. Touched that her mother, although full of temper, dissed the Mama's Boy. She has some compassion for her daughter at least. The geeky me appreciate the Science and Art of Sound.

Maybe I have a soft spot for Eric. Love his clairvoyance but not sure how that will be laced into the whole story later on. Where I come from, the phrase "I have seen you in my dreams before I met you" is the cheesiest pick-up line that no woman should believe. Haha.

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“I have seen you in my dreams before I met you”

Maybe after sometimes Eric will say "I knew I love you before I met you" -*Savage garden.

I don't care what personalities or background that this two have, I wanna see their romance soonest.

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Ooo Savage Garden! Nostalgic! 90s songs are the best!

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After watching ep 2 I love this drama even more.

I want to see Do Kyung (Eric) fall for Hae Young (Seo Hyun Jin). Can't wait! These two just blow me away!

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