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Oh Hae-young Again: Episode 5

Having the other Hae-young around starts to mess with our Hae-young’s life in some pretty significant ways. She’s finding it difficult to maintain her confidence when the source of her lifelong inferiority complex is right in her face every day, reminding her that she’s never measured up. What’s worse is that her presence is messing with Do-kyung’s head as well, and they both will need to find a way to deal with her.

(Now that the two Hae-youngs are occupying the same space on a regular basis, things could get confusing with their names. I’m sticking with “our Hae-young” and “the other Hae-young” when they’re together, and I’ll try to keep things as clear as possible!)

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP: “Crazily heart-wrenching”

On a dare from Soo-kyung, Hae-young runs towards Do-kyung and leaps, sure he’ll catch her. Wondering if he can handle the consequences of catching Hae-young, Do-kyung hesitates… then drops his equipment and grabs her tightly.

They both look a little stunned at the contact, and their hearts pound in unison. Then Hae-young hops down and breaks the spell, and Do-kyung asks if she’s crazy. HAHAHA, typical of them to ruin their own romantic moment.

Hae-young struts back to Soo-kyung and Jin-sang, full of herself for having won the bet. Until Soo-kyung informs her that her falsie fell out, and it’s currently on the ground at Do-kyung’s feet. Poor Hae-young has to slink back and snatch it up, avoiding making eye contact with Do-kyung.

To his credit, Do-kyung holds his poker face and doesn’t react to Hae-young’s humiliation. It’s not until he’s lying in bed that night that his mouth starts to twitch, and he giggles, then outright guffaws until he’s gasping for air. Hae-young can hear his amusement through their shared wall, and screams at him to stop laughing. She can’t help but notice though, that it’s the first time she’s heard him laugh.

Hae-young runs out of the house the next morning to avoid Do-kyung, but he stops to offer her a ride to the bus station. She grumps that he should buy her dinner in return for making him laugh, which gets him snickering again.

She orders him to stop it, and he looks pained for a few moments before he starts giggling all over again. Hae-young can’t help it, his laugh is too adorable, and soon she’s laughing right along with him.

The other Hae-young meets with her team for the first time, and they debate whether they should try to maintain their second-place position in the industry, or push for first place. She says that it’s easy to give up and settle, but then you might get a random supportive message. She remembers calling Do-kyung to say she’s missed him, and he’d been angry, calling her malicious.

She muses out loud that she’d wondered if she should rekindle things or let them stay ended, but then when she was running her marathon and got tired and began to walk, someone had called out a “fighting!” from a passing car, and it gave her strength to move forward again.

Later she tries calling Do-kyung again, but the call goes straight to voicemail. She calls his work number next.

When Do-kyung plugs in his dead phone, a series of texts pop up from our Hae-young all at once, demanding he take her to dinner tonight. There’s a message on his desk saying that he’s to meet Oh Hae-young at a steakhouse tonight, and he naturally assumes it’s his neighbor Hae-young, and smiles.

He texts our Hae-young to confirm the place and push back the time by half an hour, so when she gets off work, she literally runs out the door with a giant happy smile on her face. When she arrives at the restaurant, the other Hae-young is already there, and seems pleased to accidentally run into her.

She’s even happy for our Hae-young that she’s dating someone, but pouts that her own date seems to be standing her up. Our Hae-young comments on her confidence, though it’s not exactly the compliment the other Hae-young takes it to be.

They sit to wait at tables near one another, and both are expectant when Do-kyung arrives. He’s looking for his neighbor Hae-young so he walks right past his ex-fiancee, not even seeing her, until she calls out a nervous, “Oppa.”

He freezes at the sound of her voice, as if scared to turn around and see her… and when he does, he suddenly realizes the confusion their identical names caused. He turns to our Hae-young and says, “Let’s go somewhere else.” He walks out, ignoring his ex, but our Hae-young doesn’t follow right away.

The other Hae-young asks our Hae-young if Do-kyung is the man she’s started seeing, admitting that she invited him here and he must have thought it was his neighbor. She tries to sound breezy about their identical names still causing problems, but the expression in her eyes gives away her hurt.

Our Hae-young asks how they know each other, but before she gets an answer, Do-kyung strides back in and wrist-grabs her out of there. He takes her to his car, but the other Hae-young follows them out and begs him to listen to her for just a few minutes.

He yells that she’s delusional — he came here to see someone else, not her. He sneers at her to eat her steak alone, but she just responds that she missed him. The words instantly infuriate him, and he punches his car window hard enough to shatter the glass and shred his hand. He gets in and peels out, taking our Hae-young with him.

He doesn’t say a word as he drives, even though his torn-up hand must be agony. Hae-young remembers telling him that she wished someone would say it was no big deal to be dumped right before her wedding, and how he’d whispered that it was a very big deal, like a death sentence. She suddenly puts all the clues together, and realizes that the other Oh Hae-young is the woman who left him on their wedding day.

She spends the evening watching Do-kyung pound shot after shot of soju, and she finally asks simply, “So it was her?” She laughs wryly, agrees that this is a super shitty situation, and the two of them drink together.

Once Hae-young is good and drunk, she says that she thought his initial reactions to her were strange, but now it makes sense — she has the same name as the woman he loved so much. She asks why he never said anything when she mentioned the other Hae-young… was it fun watching her ramble like an idiot?

Do-kyung says that makes no sense, but he can’t answer her question of why he kept silent. She asks why he held her wrist at the restaurant, angry that she felt like a prop in his real love life, thinking he did it to make the other Hae-young jealous.

She gets right up in his face and angrily offers to tell her they slept together, and Do-kyung just yells that he’s sorry. He can’t handle her close proximity and walks away, while Hae-young hollers after him that he’d better not dare ever use her that way again.

Hae-young sits up late that night, listening for Do-kyung to get home, and she finally calls him to ask if he’s protesting. He doesn’t answer, but she leaves a message: “Come home.”

She even goes out to the street to wait, so she’s there when a driver brings him home, asleep in his backseat. Hae-young runs up to her place and pushes the cabinet out from in front of their door, opens his door from the inside, and piggybacks him in.

Do-kyung is just barely conscious as Hae-young puts him to bed, even rolling him onto a heating pad (and herself right off the bed, hee). She lies down to rest for just a moment, and Do-kyung throws a leg over her, pinning her down. She wrestles him off again and notices his scraped hand.

She’s back in the morning when he finally wakes, though she leaves as soon as she sees he’s conscious. He gets ready for work and notices that his hand is bandaged up.

Hae-young brings some hangover soup through the door for both of them, which I notice Do-kyung has left open. She makes herself at home while Do-kyung tries valiantly not to like it, but he finally joins her and obediently eats the soup.

Hae-young says that now that her male coworkers know she went to school with the other Hae-young, they’re suddenly asking her out to dinner or for drinks. She complains about being treated as a bridge, and asks sarcastically if Do-kyung enjoyed dating every man’s dream girl.

She’s on his side though, and fusses at him for showing how upset he was last night — he should have acted like he was fine. Do-kyung tells her to stop and she does, for a whole ten seconds, then she asks if he wants her help pretending to be happy.

They can put on a show, as if he’s forgotten the other Hae-young and moved on. She’d already told her they’ve started dating, so it will be easy to pretend they’re madly in love. Hae-young looks positively thrilled to be a threat to the other Hae-young for once, and she tells him that they can start tonight at her work event.

Do-kyung declines the offer, but Hae-young argues that it’s win-win… he gets revenge, she gets the upper hand for once. Do-kyung doesn’t think the other Hae-young is worth it, thinking he’ll just look pathetic, and that the best revenge is cutting her out of his mind and life. Hae-young finally backs down, but leaves the offer open if he ever changes his mind.

Soo-kyung finds a strange half-naked woman in her home, and belatedly realizes that she must have spent the night with Jin-sang. She doesn’t contradict the woman when she assumes Soo-kyung is his wife, and takes down a baseball bat and chases them out of the house, past Do-kyung, and into the street. She winds up and throws the bat, and it comes down right between Jin-sang’s legs, stopping him in his tracks.

He’s finally rescued by Do-kyung, and complains that he’s in more danger at Do-kyung’s house than his own. Do-kyung points out that Jin-sang is the one who brought a woman home, and Jin-sang is all Oh yeah, right.

Hae-young struts into work like a rock star, making even the men who previously ignored her take notice. Her good mood doesn’t last long though – when the other Hae-young calls for them to hold the elevator, our Hae-young quickly pushes the button, but one of the guys holds it open anyway. Damn.

He comments that they don’t seem very close considering they went to the same school, and another guy says that it’s hard to like someone with your same name, especially when they’re more successful than you. Then they literally run over our Hae-young while bidding the other a good day. Daaaamn.

The other Hae-young mentions what happened last night and how Do-kyung can be really mean, admitting that she wronged him badly. Our Hae-young says that she knows what happened, but the other Hae-young says that he doesn’t know the whole story of why she left him at the altar. Well, who’s fault is that?

She avoids the question of what really happened, and asks our Hae-young how she met him. When she hears they haven’t known each other long she seems relieved, saying that they didn’t seem to know each other well, and besides, how could he date another Oh Hae-young?

She adds that she was actually happy when he lost his temper, because it means he still has feelings for her. Our Hae-young looks like she might have something to say about that, but they’re interrupted.

Do-kyung’s mother intercepts him in the middle of recording a scene to introduce him to a director she’s signed to direct her movie. They want to hire Do-kyung to do the sound, but he snarks that he hopes they actually make a good movie this time instead of making “art.”

The director jabs right back, so Mom ushers him away. Knowing Mom is broke, Hoon immediately figures out that Do-kyung gave her money again.

The company holds a noraebang party to welcome the other Hae-young to their team, and it’s hilarious how eye-rolly Soo-kyung is all through the CEO’s speech. She finally interrupts him to speed things along, but he mentions how the two Hae-youngs went to school and admonishes our Hae-young to be properly respectful. Soo-kyung grabs his microphone away, which makes me love her.

The other Hae-young gives a cutesy speech and all the men cheer, while the women snarl. A coworker tells our Hae-young to take of her scarf since the other Hae-young is wearing an identical one, but she refuses, saying that she’d rather be embarrassed than lose.

Later, the other Hae-young gets drunk and clingy and starts telling stories on our Hae-young. Her tales sound funny on the surface, but they all highlight how our Hae-young had less money, or how her mother was embarrassing.

The other Hae-young is completely oblivious to our Hae-young’s unhappy attitude, and oddly, she asks if our Hae-young is dating anyone, as if she wasn’t just told that she’s dating Do-kyung yesterday. Hae-young says they are, and the other Hae-young abruptly asks if they’ve slept together. After a pause, our Hae-young says, “Yes.”

The other Hae-young just laughs and says she’s a terrible liar. She pinches our Hae-young’s cheeks and calls her adorable, until our Hae-young looks ready to slap her.

Things get even worse as the evening progresses, and our Hae-young is embarrassed when she basically gets booed off the stage while singing a song. Her work friend Sung-jin is sweetly supportive, but she insists on doing one more song.

The other Hae-young tries to cuddle up to Soo-kyung, who just threatens to smack her. She goes to cheer for our Hae-young while she sings, but a drunk coworker yells at our Hae-young again to take off the scarf so she won’t be compared to “pretty Hae-young.”

The other Hae-young instead offers to take her own scarf off, but before she does, our Hae-young screams, “Don’t take it off! You are you. I am me.” The other Hae-young smiles, and puts the scarf back around her neck. But our Hae-young receives a tongue-lashing for yelling at her superior, which hammers home that yet again, she’s considered inferior to the other Hae-young.

Do-kyung takes his employees out for dinner and says that from now on, they’ll take any jobs that come their way, regardless of quality. They all agree, since taking smaller jobs will mean his mother won’t know about their income and won’t try to take it all. It’s sweet how much that upsets them.

Do-kyung’s keen hearing picks up something, and he asks the restaurant manager to turn up the ambient music. He records it from the patio, taking in the night sounds from the busy street as well. He just happens to be near the noraebang right as Hae-young’s party break up.

Everything goes all sparkly when Hae-young sees Do-kyung next door, and her face almost literally lights up. She makes sure that the other Hae-young is looking, and goes running to him.

She jumps into his arms again, and he catches her just as he sees his ex Hae-young in the crowd. Our Hae-young whispers for him to swing her around, so he does this hilariously reluctant shuffle-turn. She pleads for one more turn and he complies, while actually curling his lip in disgust. Hae-young jumps down and orders him to put his arm around her, and she leads him to her coworkers.

But he whips her back around before they get near the other Hae-young, and have a wrestling match over whether or not to turn back. Do-kyung wins out of sheer brute strength, but the damage has been done, and the other Hae-young excuses herself with red-rimmed eyes. (And aww, Sung-min looks a little upset, too. Does he have a crush?)

Hae-young celebrates once she and Do-kyung are out of sight, but Do-kyung is angry at being used that way. He tells her that he didn’t come here on purpose like she thought, it was just a coincidence, and Hae-young is instantly sorry for misunderstanding.

Seeing his reaction, Hae-young tentatively asks if he still has feelings for his ex. She tries to spin this as a good thing, since their actions probably made her jealous. But Do-kyung nixes any further discussion of the other Oh Hae-young, ever.

He stalks back to the restaurant and nearly bites Hoon’s head off when he asks who that woman was. But he doesn’t get far before he starts to feel bad, and turns around to pick up Hae-young and drive her home. She’s genuinely remorseful and tries to apologize, but Do-kyung really doesn’t want to talk about it any more. He drops her off at the house and goes back to work.

Hae-young is lost in thought during coffee the next morning with Hee-ran. Hee-ran asks when she started liking him, and Hae-young remembers when he came back into the bar to ask why she was crying, and later that night, he’d told her that no matter what, she should go on living. She recalls how he put his shoes in her entryway, and when he’d told her she was pretty when she eats, and how he caught her when she jumped.

But really, she says that she liked him from the first moment she saw him, when he slammed into her and gave her a bloody nose. She’s liked him from the very beginning.

She tells Hee-ran that she always ended up with third-tier guys, but her fiance Tae-jin was the first man she dated who wasn’t somehow lacking. She knows that Do-kyung is also top-tier, the tier she thinks she can never get into. She had decided to just go for it and love until she was dumped.

She stands in front of the door between their apartments, glaring at the cabinet that Do-kyung replaced. She attacks it, yelling at it and Do-kyung, asking if he’s scared she’ll take advantage of him. She sinks to the floor when it doesn’t budge, thinking that the one thing about liking the guy next door is that at least now she actually looks forward to coming home.

She yells through the door for Do-kyung to come home — she won’t ask him to like her back, she’s just so lonely. She’s not aware that Do-kyung leaves his equipment on constantly, and it’s recording every tearful word she says.

Do-kyung’s therapist asks if he’s ever seen the woman he’s going to marry in his visions, and he says he hasn’t, he only sees Hae-young (and that doesn’t say something to you… ?). The therapist quotes Einstein and suggests that perhaps he’s experiencing actual memories out of order, and asks what’s the first thing he thinks when he sees Hae-young in a vision.

Do-kyung says that he feels very sad for her, so sad it makes him crazy. He threw a rock that broke her wings, and she flew into his arms not knowing the truth. He wants for her to heal and fly away. He thinks about his vision of running into her on the street, but the vision ends with her turning away from him.

He says again that he wants her to heal and fly, but he’s so afraid that while he waits, he’ll fall for her. We see that he’d heard her message the night he came home drunk, and it had touched him.

As the other Hae-young is walking home from work, she slows to window-shop, and suddenly curls in on herself. She crumples, keening and gasping for air, and a woman stops to call for help.

While Do-kyung is working on another scene (ha, that’s Lee Dong-wook in a scene from Bubblegum) he hears a loud crash in the next room, but none of his employees heard a thing. He goes looking for the source of the noise but finds nothing, and then he hears it again, this time accompanied by a new vision.

He sees a pane of glass being smashed as something is thrown through it, and on the other side of the glass is Hae-young, looking furious.

 
COMMENTS

Of course the other Hae-young is sick, because this is a drama and isn’t that usually why people leave their fiance on their wedding day? Heaven forbid they actually tell the person they intended to make their partner in life that they’re sick, and ask for support. Much better to just disappear, scarring everyone emotionally, then show up a year or so later and expect everything to pick up right where you left off. I actually hope I’m reading the situation wrong, because this drama has so far avoiding the more annoying tropes, and I’d prefer it to stay that way.

I almost forgot that Do-kyung did something that harmed Hae-young, by having his friend withdraw his investment in her fiance’s company. No wonder he feels so reluctant to get closer to her — he probably thinks that once she finds out, she’ll never forgive him anyway. She’s dangerous to him, because he can’t avoid her and he can’t stop himself from caring about her, no matter how hard he tries. I think he’s beginning to realize that it’s already too late, though I expect him to try to fight it a while longer before giving in. I do like that he’s evaluating his feelings for our Hae-young independent of the fact that his ex has reappeared, which tells me more than any words how much he cares about her already.

Speaking of which, can we talk about the chemistry between Do-kyung and our Hae-young? Whew. When she got close to him and yelled, but he kept looking at her lips like he could hardly focus with her so close, my own stomach did a flip. But it’s not just physical chemistry — they have incredible emotional chemistry too, seeming to mesh together like they’ve known each other their whole lives. Hae-young feels comfortable enough to say exactly what she’s thinking to Do-kyung even though he gives her few clues that she’s welcome… she seems to just understand that she is, by the way he leaves the door open for her, or just his calm, open energy. Even when they have a fight, the next morning they make up without even needing to talk it out. Hae-young said her piece, Do-kyung didn’t argue (which is the same as agreeing that she’s right, for him), and it’s done.

On the other hand, it’s hard to watch our Hae-young wilting in the presence of her old rival, when we know that she has every right to own her awesomeness and leave the other Hae-young eating her dust. I don’t mean by pretending to date Do-kyung, because that’s deceptive and cruel and unworthy of them both. I just mean that Hae-young has gone to a lot of trouble to convince herself that she’s smart and beautiful and capable (which she is! She just took a while to realize it herself) and I hate seeing her lose all that confidence the moment the other Hae-young enters the room. I don’t even think the other is prettier than our Hae-young, but for argument’s sake let’s say she is… even then, it’s much better to have an amazing personality and to love yourself, than to be physically attractive. The other Hae-young is accomplished as well, but I wonder how much of her success was handed to her because she’s pretty? Seeing how people treat her, it’s easy to guess that even though she is intelligent and a nice person, at least a percentage of her professional success is because of her looks and her aegyo.

So I’m glad that last week, we got to see our Hae-young saying that even after what she’s gone through, and the hits her confidence has taken over always coming in second, she still doesn’t wish she were any different. She’s learned to like herself the way she is, and she takes pains to be the best Hae-young she can be. As she struggles to navigate her life with the other Hae-young in it now, I just want her to remember that, and her little rebellions like refusing to take off her scarf give me hope that she can do just that. Do-kyung already sees it; even if he’s not quite ready to open his heart and love her, he’s well on his way. Finding a partner isn’t the end-all-be-all of life, but loving someone and being loved can be a pretty magical part of life. Our Hae-young is more than deserving of love, if she only can let herself stop feeling like second place.

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Yay! I've been patiently waiting for your recap! Thank you LollyPip for sharing your awesome recaps and comments! :D

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oh my god! i am so in love with this ep! it is so funny i kept rewatching the first part for the 10th time already
please continue to be good, tvn please please pmease dont be cruel to us like what did to with cheese on trap
*chebal*

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I doubt that the pretty hae young has ever spoken to our hae young when they were in school, n now she is acting friendly n chummy with her.,, mehhh ?

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When our Hae Young was conked with the soccer ball in school, Pretty immediately knelt down and was concerned about her - honestly, I think. And her dorky double-take when she recognized our Hae Young in the office was pretty cute, too. She seems genuine.

She's probably one of those pretty people who don't completely get how differently they're treated based on their looks, because it's hard to get that sort of perspective. And to be fair, it can be really annoying to be gorgeous - a lot of very pretty women end up being pursued by guys who are more interested in status than in the women themselves.

I don't think Pretty Hae Young has experienced rejection much, and that means that she behaves obnoxiously at times because she's never really been smacked down, like most of us are as teenagers. There's a reason our Hae Young puts up with her fawning instead of yelling at her - her coworkers and boss would kill her for it. Pretty hasn't asked for that weird protective bubble, and in the long run it's probably hurting her because it means she doesn't know that people are just seething at her. She can't correct her behavior if no one tells her it's wrong.

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Yeah, I'm not sure why people are surprised that the other Hae-young is nice to our Hae-young. It seemed like in school they didn't talk to each other that much, like they weren't bffs but they didn't dislike each other, either. Our Hae-young even noted before that the other Hae-young was smart and pretty and popular... but also so nice that she couldn't even hate her for it. So when the other Hae-young comes to this new job she sees someone familiar, someone she went to school with. Of course she's going to be friendly. She's... a.... friendly.... person.....

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Agreed, other HY doesn't seem unpleasant and is friendly. I feel like that's because her whole life, she's never been disliked and so acts chummy with everyone. Maybe she thinks they reciprocate, but doesn't expect that our HY doesn't feel the same.

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If not for her history with Do-kyung and the pain that our Hae-young experienced, the other OHY seems like a dorky awesome person, I want to be her friend.

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I know!! To some extent I would actually want her as a friend in real life.

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I don't know... I probably wouldn't like if my "friend" said stories about my undressing mom...

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I like the other Hae Young enough til that scene when she mentioned our HY's mom. That wasn't cool at all. I was ready to pull her hair at that point. Moms are off limits.

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I feel like dramaland has been going through a drought lately (I haven't been able to truly get into another tvN drama since the once lovely but ultimately sour and stinky Cheese in the Trap — I'm still feeling the burn), so I'm so so happy to have discovered Oh Hae Young. Truly a beautiful little oasis.

Our Hae Young — fighting!

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couldn't have said it better

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Ditto! I love Our Hae Young and I'm loving the rest of the charactersin this drama as well -minus one, of course.

Fingers crossed for TvN not to do a "cheese" move on our drama??

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Our Hae Young and that Hae Young......much better

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Than you for the recap, Lollypip! Plus, your analysis was spot on.

Now that the hijinks are over (not that I hated them, they were immesely enjoyable), it is so good to see Our Hae-young and Do-kyung gain emotional ground. I love that he is acknowledging to himself that he might fall in love with her, while Hae-young herself, already likes him.

Agreed with how a life-threatening illness is not an excuse to leave somebody at the altar. Don't the wedding vows also contain the words, in sickness and in health? Even more so, Do-kying seems like the guy who would move heaven and earth and always be by your side. Why leave such a guy? Unless, his mother had something to do with it. Regardless, I cannot accept what she did. Calling off the wedding is another thing, but on the day of the wedding? Nope.

I love how Our hae-young still has a sense of her individuality, I wish, she wouldn't try to look for chances to one-up the Other Hae-young where their personal lives are concerned. It did seem initially that the act she was telling Do-kyung to put up, was more for herself to outdo the Other Hae-young. But then, nobody is perfect and I love Our Hae-young for her faults and awesomeness both. Apart from the love story, I am looking forward to Our Hae-young's growth the most. I am waiting for her to be her awesome self not only among people she is close to, but everybody.

Still unsure about the Other Hae-young and if she really is so oblivious to the damage her words might cause. Being oblivious in school is different, but being so when you are adult is being dumb. So far, the only character I find irritating is Do-kyung and Hoon's mom.

Waiting for Our Hae-young and Do-kyung to sizzle on screen! Just their proximity to each other had so much chemistry, I can only imagine how full fun the rest of the ride is going to be!

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I believe Our Haeyoung talked (and cried) to herself at some point that her antics were just an excuse to get closer to Dokyung rather than to show the Other Haeyoung off. That being said, I agree with your sentiment. I did not like it when Our Haeyoung jumped into Dokyung's arms and awkwardly dragged him around to show her coworker. It makes her look silly.

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Agreed that she later admitted to why she was acting like that, but to me, it seemed a bit of both her genuinely liking Do-kyung and one-upping Other Hae-young. Even if she would not set out on purpose to hurt Other, there is no way that the thought didn't cross her mind.

I totally agree that it made her look silly.

Also, I did want to bring this up but forgot in my initial commentbut I forgot:
Objecively, all the attention that Pretty Hae-young is getting at the workplace is making me uncomfortable and it is at the cost of hurting Our Hae-young. I mean, the majority of the guys mocking Our Hae-young in favor of Pretty Hae-young is horrible to watch. Of course, they do exaggerate it for the drama, but their behavior is execrable. I doubt in real life, a workplace would be so discriminatory. If I were Our Hae-young or even any other employee, I would quit such a workplace and report to HR.

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This strikes me as one of those classic Ally Mcbeal lawsuits (I recently watched it on Netflix). But that was such a hostile work dinner by all the male coworkers except her team leader. Unacceptable! And then to berate her for standing up for herself? The humiliation! I have a lot of respect for the fictional Oh Hae Young.

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that happen in real life too. my friend literally got draggedvin a mess that she did not do anything. the one who was responsible was the other girl she was cute and the boys in my class kind of fond of her because she was cute. the boys dragged my friend like hell even to the point where one of them literally get up to get physical with my friend. he got held up by our classmate. seeing that happen the cute girl then stand up and said she is the one who did it and that my friend had not done anything wrong at all. and the boys suddenly says its okay we accept your apology since you are cute. remembering this just make my blood boil again.

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My heart hurts watching this episode. The karaoke scene, I can feel our OHY pain and embarassment. That scene was great, my eyes teary the whole time.
The thing is, pretty OHY seems like genuinely nice, which is worse. You cannot outright call her bitch, because what has been shown to us so far, she never has any ill intention toward our OHY.
And then our OHY outburst in her room.. :(( I mean, we all can relate to her one side love to Do Kyung. The way she said she just feel lonely..ouch. :((
This episode really is crazily heart-wrenching, just like the title.

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I felt the same way. This episode started off funny, but it definitely made me feel so emotional for our OHY. The company dinner was awful.

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I'm not as quick to call her a nice person. She appears to be nice on the surface, but there is no way she can NOT know what our Oh Hae Young goes through. I mean, she saw an elevator full of men forcibly push our Oh Hae Young off an elevator, for goodness sake. At some point, she is either being deliberatly obtuse or it just doesn't matter to her that due to her presence, our Oh Hae Young is treated less than stellar. I'm not saying the treatment is her fault, but she doesn't care about it enough to do something. She is also self absorbed, to the point that she was oblivious to the fact that the stories she was telling were not flattering. She is also pursuing a man she treated horribly thinking nothing of it because he doesn't know the whole story. With all of that, I think she is nice on the surface because it cost her nothing, but I don't know if she would still be considered so nice if she had to put effort into it.

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Our OHY was the last on that elevator, technically...

I'm getting immaturity and maybe some social tone-deafness off of Pretty. It's like she doesn't really know what to do in a situation where people are rejecting her approaches, so she dials up the aegyo. But she doesn't seem malicious or to have any ill intent, she just is totally out of her depth when it comes to people not being swept along by her.

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Well, you have a point there. What I gather so far is the other OHY just oblivious and clueless. But I won't call her awful just yet.
What she did to Do Kyung was another story. The writer needs to come with a good excuse on why she left him at their wedding day. And I'm looking forward to it. The sickness excuse won't cut it for me.

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We find out the reason I. The next episode, and I actually think the writers did a pretty good job with why pretty OHY disappeared on her wedding day. The episode is out in dramafever already.

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Yes, I don't find her "nice" either.

She's not evil or malicious, but I find her very superficial and self-focused and, as others have said, tone-deaf to others. It's not just Our Oh Hae Young that's suffering because of her (with the Other Oh Hae Young just placidly watching – and we know she's intelligent enough to understand the "barbs" coming from the guys and that some of the things she herself are saying are... just not nice). She's also acting as if everything is all perfect with her former sister-in-law who very clearly is upset with her. Perhaps she doesn't want to confront what needs to be confronted (that she left Do-kyung at the altar) but she pretends she and her unni are all good (she could just maintain professional distance). And, nothing annoys me as much as people who disappear without a word for any extended length of time and then waltz right back in declaring "I missed you" and expecting for everything to be like it was before.

She may have had some legitimate excuse to leave and she may have experienced difficult situations herself, but what she did hurt people. Her pain/suffering (whatever it may be) does not trump that of others. If she can't acknowledge that AND accept that she now has no right to the relationship she used to have with Do-kyung, I will think of her as 'not nice' and self-absorbed.

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Agreed. The only way Pretty could not be aware of what Just is enduring by the comparisons and put downs is if she was of a truly low IQ, or grew up as isolated Royality. Neither of which is the case. She does have more of than an inkling...she just has her "shtick" down to a fine art.

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This is not drama related but a general observation that very few human beings can think beyond their situation. It's not a negative trait and all of us do that. We can sympathize and empathize but we can't be in other people's shoes(I don't think it happens). So its a high expectation IMO to expect other-OHY to understand our-OHY.
But i agree that the office fols going over board with other-OHY. I'ts okay that they are totally in awe of her but them putting our-OHY is totally irritating.
And I hope really hard that all this doesn't increase our-ohy's insecurities.

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I think she's meant to come off as clueless and nice, but I think it's just bad characterisation on the writers part, to be honest.

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Man, the show just feels so good.
I don't know why but this is the first drama that forced me to watch first, recap second.

Before, it was either, read the recaps first then watch the show or marathon the show after reading the first few recaps.

I'm really digging the story and the leads so far.

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Oh yeah. it needs to be said. Thanks for the recaps LollyPip and Dramabeans.

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Yeees same here !

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Agreed. I usually end up reading recaps and avoid a series until I can binge it. I am now officially hooked and watching every episode as it goes live. Ah the exquisite torture of it all!

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Does the plot kind of remind you of 'My Name is Kim Sam Soon' with the ex coming back into the picture?

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yes, a bit. and then the ex not necessarily bitchy type.

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^^ Yep, agree.

"ex coming back into the picture"

I feel like in half the Kdramas I see, the ex reappearing is a common theme.

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I thought so last week and even bet that the Other Haeyoung might have had cancer. Lol.

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but the ex thankfully is not sick like in Kim Sam Soon drama

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Funny that you mentioned MNIKSS. I thought of that show too – when they showed that snippet from “Bubblegum”. Because Bubblegum's female lead was Jung Ryeo Won, who was the second female lead in Kim Sam Soon, playing a char you can't really hate. Hee Jin wasn't bitchy or mean or spiteful but an ordinary every day girl who made a bad call and was then trying to get back to her beau. Too bad she was a tad too late and the beau had already fallen for Sam Soon. You can sort of empathise with Hee Jin.

So I thought maybe we'd have the same sort of 2nd female lead here, one that isn't outrightly mean or spiteful but ordinarily humanistic, nice even if flawed, one that we can sympathise with even if we do not root for.

Yeah, so that's how I got to Kim Sam Soon. Kind of roundabout way. And through Bubblegum! :-D

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It is difficult to comment on previous episode when I have already seen the next episode. It has been a while since a drama made me comment, so I am going to try w/o spoiling it for anyone.

I was definitely surprised by the over friendly behavior of other OHY with our OHY. I know we have been told only our OHY point of view so far. So, I keep wondering if perhaps there is more to their school days than what our OHY has told us so far. I am really curious how it used to be with them.

I also find that the future vision that PDK sees are very teasing to the viewers as well. It is almost like a preview of what will happen except here the character has this preview without context. Imagine living life like that. Dreading when that moment would occur, wondering why that happened..If it was scary moment, then worry...If it was fun moment, anticipating it etc. etc. It is interesting I think - knowing something will happen but not knowing when and why. But he does not show too much of stress around this which is also interesting acting / directing choice.

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I'm wondering if Pretty at least knows that it's a bit of an uphill climb to befriend women in an office full of adoring males, and she's overemphasizing her friendship with Our OHY to try and show she's not just all about the guys.

Which would be a good approach, if not for the fact that Our OHY has her own issues and is about to explode.

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Point well taken regarding why pretty is over friendly with our pretty

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I agree with you about the future preview thing. Because if I were Do Kyung, I would worry every time there is a bad vision, that this is probably the one, after Our Hae Young realises the truth. But the nice one's definitely bring a smile to my face and I am like 'Aha, We have that to look forward to!'

About the stress out thing -I think Do Kyung's pretty much decided to go with the flow. We know he decided not to avoid the visions when he caught her in the last episode. I do wonder though if he sees a bad vision, like the one of her throwing a stone, whether he'd not try to avoid it because he thinks he deserves it, with his guilt and all?

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Normally people would avoid especially Do-kyung should , considering him breaking her wedding . he should be no where near her...but he tried to avoid her by noticing her dress other day but when he saw some danger lured around her he ran to her.. His expression then was like lets go with the flow... (even the doc suggested that)

He has a ticking bomb in his pocket , but he is falling for her and he can't help it...
His tiny smile when he saw her in morning was adorable...(K-leads mostly freakout so this is special)

They have great emotional chemistry and are in such a sync. she yells at him and after a while calls him to come back which he does. Then he gets mad , yells at her and turns the car around and picks her both of them are cool no dragging .... back and forth from formal to informal speaking is spot on ....

I love this show another long week ahead...

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Usually when people angry, of course no one cares about the way one speaks. But I realized after that Park Do Kyung no longer use formal speech with Our Oh Hae Young. Am I hearing things right? Cuz I am still a beginner with Korean Language so I might be wrong.

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yup you got it right, he started using 'Banmal' in a full
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Thanks for the thought,Dramafan,it didn't really occure to me.And it is great thought to explore. Maybe he doesn't try to avoid it also because with the sign in the first episode there was no way.But it must be unnerving,so it may be easier to go withe flow for the time being.

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Also this drama gives me the warm fuzzies. I love dramas that do that.

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Me too!?

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me three

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why illness?
the only illness I can think that avoid you from attending wedding is sudden stroke or heart attack right at the time.
Isn't bride always has bride-maids or someone near her in the wedding day?

I still wait for the show to tackle the investment withdraw misguided jealous revenge undeserved thing, it still doesn't happen.

I know this may viewed as negative comment, but this show is one of show I like for the laugh and chemistry but I'll not gonna think about it cause it provoke me to be bothered by the plot logic, sequence of event, the moral boundaries and technology,
it's 2016 and no one can call some people to asked about something then choose to depress alone . . . .

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maybe you just miss a drama when everybody is averagely nice people,

cause I miss those feeling too since this bad feeling about other HK and DK that will be used as antagonist in the drama

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Korean weddings don't have bridesmaids (even if they're less traditional and more Western style)

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they still has someone near them, like friends and family before wedding

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You know no one has cleared the reason as illness.. so lets not come to any conclusion....

The only illogical thing I notice is that how does his sister or brother not know that she is living in second floor... no matter how careful she is that's impossible... And park hoon didn't notice other oh hae young in after party situation ?

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What makes you think she had any girls who were friendly enough to be bridesmaid? I hate the thought of it (because it's a poor excuse for her oblivious behavior) but considering her manner she might not have many real friends. I get the feeling Do Kyung and his family were her only friends.

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I need a man like Eric in my life. LOL. I loved when Do-kyung started laughing, both when they were going to sleep and in the next morning in the car.
Loving this drama, I am going to be anxiously waiting for Monday's and Tuesday's now.

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I loved those scenes, too! Laughing, smiling Do-kyung just warms my heart. Gah, this show is really perfect so far. I just hope the other Hae-young has a good excuse for jilting Do-kyung. I don't like how the show seems to be going down that fatal illness road... Please show -- be more original than that!

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lmao! I LOVE THIS SHOW! This is the show that I've liked the most ever since You From Another Star (Not even the oh-so-lauded Descendants of the Sun grabbed me like this one... I mean I haven't even finished DOS yet). I laughed so much with the opening scene, because that almost exact same thing happened to me in real life (LMAO), but I was saved from any embarrassment thank God.
Anyway I think that the reason I like this show so much is because PDK and OHY feel like REAL people, I mean I can totally relate with OHY because some of the things she's experienced during her school life. I love PDK because he's cute and caring, and because weather he likes it or not, or admits it or not... He's been fascinated with our OHY even before he met her. The scene where OHY picks up his wallet in episode 1/2, is absolutely epic. And I say that because you can clearly see the fascination in PDK's face because he's finally met her. Their circumstances aside, is like he's met the woman of his dreams... Literally. Sigh this drama is too much ?

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It's very rare to see DK smile or laugh but in this episode he did both not once but twice :D Our OHY is amazing !

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I haven't seen Eric in many dramas or listened to SHINWHA but I'm delightfully impressed by his acting.

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Just don't watch Shinhwa's variety show, especially Shinhwa Broadcast. It will totally ruin Do Kyung's cool image in our head...kkkkk

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@Oshi, moola

Yes be prepared to learn a new side of Eric if you watch Shinwa's variety, they are on another level!

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Noted and avoided...

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I always love Eric (both in dramas and real life!) but I have to admit that this is his best character (yet!) or it's probably because I love this drama so much that he couldn't be less loved!

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I think well its safe to say everyone thinks this show is great!!!!! They are portraying the inner turmoils of every simple women who went through being unrecognized, less appreciation, not to leave- being mocked. And that's why I think I enjoy it a lot more. But I think I am starting to hate the other hae young. Especially when she was drunk mocking our hae young and our mom at the karaoke place. I hope they don't turn her into one of those narcissistic personality who are just some other person behind their smiling face.
Do kyung shouldn't forgive her for oh so fatal disease excuse. I hope I just don't start getting frustrated bcoz so far watching this show is like being with your friends at a river bank on a cozy morning. ^^ I so love it.
I want to watch the hilarious comedy by his sister and friend a lot more. They are sooooooo good at it^^

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Fears not withstanding I get the feeling things are more complex then they seem. The writer is definitely seems to like the layered approach to all the tropes. A lot of twists though thankfully grounded in real emotion.

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Already watched episode 6, only thing I could say is "rest assured." Thank you so much for the recap!! This drama has such a warm fuzzy feel to it, and absolutely makes me love it.

I don't know about others, but I definitrly feel the other Hae Young has much more tragedy below her superficial perfection. In fact, I feel a bit of pity for her as well. One thing I love so far is the character traits and development the drama has to offer. Happy for more!

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To add, it doesn't make up for some of other Hae Young's actions so far, but I feel attracted to what bothers her as well.

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yeah, I feel bad for the other Oh Hae Young after watching ep 6. but still, doesn't make her less annoying lol

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I feel bad for OHY2 too. I'm kinda warming up to her so I hope she doesn't take the stereotypical 2nd lead route.

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I dunno, episode 6 made me feel that No Hae Young really had it bad and if she weren't pretty, rich, or successful she'd br just as miserable as Our Hae Young. Now I feel like both of them deserve a chance with Do Kyung, but I still am rooting for Our Hae Young.

On a side note, I thought the physical chemistry between the two Hae Youngs was fantastic in this ep. Probably just me, though.

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Wait what physical chemistry? What did I miss? being gay is of no use if I miss things!

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Agree.. with all the comments above,,
Everyone has hard life and happy to know that it applies to other oh hae young too...
Still what she did to Do-kyung doesn't get any less horrible... I love Do-kyung much more after episode 6

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It's so sad how two people can be compared to each other, causing one of them to feel incompetent. It's just so sad.
I love our main lead, because she DID take a long time to finally love herself, and it's so relatable!
We all have a hard time accepting that we are beautiful and we're worth it, and for our main lead, to finally find that peace then lose it altogether... I can't even describe it.
It's not that I blame the other OHY, it's just, if she didn't rub it in so much, it wouldn't be too bad.
It is hard to shadow someone, especially if that person is considered better. But I think our main lead is great. It's only her opinion that she should care about. Fuck everybody.
But then again, that's easier said than done.

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I am loving the drama overall but the biggest laugh inducing scene this episode must, hands down, go to the scene of our HY riding eric and desperately pleading with him to turn one circle ( JEBALLLL!) and then, anticlockwise again(ONE MORE TIME!) to the collective incredulous expressions on everyone. I had to rewatch it several times to appreciate the full awesomeness of that scene!

Thanks for the recaps Lollypip

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That shamelessness she has just made me laugh so much haha As if one circle wasn't enough, another had to be made and Eric's facial expression that whole time was just the cherry on top!

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Omg, the second-hand embarrassment from that scene was the WORST. I had to watch through my fingers. :D

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That was the best part! I had to stop and let myself feel the goosebumps and tears of laughter.

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I love that scene!
Did you notice that Do Kyung hugged our Hae Young tighter when she asked him to turn anticlockwise?
It's like he subconsiously wants to be closer to our Hae Young :)

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Yes. Even as reluctant and unwilling as he was, he did tighten his grip. I thought too how suggestive it sounded with her breathing into his ear " one more time". Or something to that effect.

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And he complied, either halfheartedly or unconsciously.. *LOL*

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That was part of what made it amusing. It's like he CANNOT not do it. It was SUCH a reluctant slow shuffling circle!! Sooo funny And all the while, his minions looking at him like pugs are flying. Hahahah

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I love when he barked back at his brother tho'. "Do you think I would just hug random people?!" Bwahahaha..
- Madly drove away the scene, turned back to give the lady ride, then dropped her home. She crept under his skin and totally ruined him. ^^

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I'm pretty sure they are super comfortable to be around each other, just chillin which is why they comply with each others request even if they feel reluctant. Which makes it all the more sweeter towards them being a couple.

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It's recurring. Do Kyung just cannot help doing what Our Hae Young wants him to do.

In that scene where Hae Young cooked for him, he threatened to stop eating if she didn't drop the subject. But just a few words from Hae Young and he ate it anyway.

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It's well established that he doesn't seem to be able to say no to her really or throw her away. It's that more than anything else that makes it feel real (conscious thought vs instinct). Taps into the whole masculine image I guess : )

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Lol... So true. I love that he just listens to her and does what she tells him to do. It feels so real. Plus, they act like a couple already.
Also, I've never seen Eric laugh. So seeing him laugh in this ep made me fall for him even more. I laughed so hard when he was laughing. Lovely drama

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Eric has the same roaring laugh IRL, I really love it! Wish someone make a video compilation of Eric's laugh xD

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The beginning oh my god, like just when I thought it couldn't get any better, the second hand embarrassment I felt through the screen was so real. I literally had both my hands to my face with my eyes peeking through my fingers. *screeches like a perodactly*, that scene was just too epic. Loved her hair flick, and little feet clap in the air when she felt so triumphant after the hug.

My favourite scene tho is actually when our Hae Young told Do Kyung off for grabbing her wrist. Sure he didn't mean to use her to make his ex jealous, but the fact that she confronted him with anger afterwards was just so refreshing. She spoke her mind and in the end, him apologizing made it so much better. Kdramas has forever made me side eye wrist grabbing.

It did annoy me in the latter half when she wanted to team up with Do Kyung to make pretty Hae Young jealous. I just felt like girl please don't stoop so low, where did all your self confidence go? Though I will admit its might be easier to fall back into old habits of having low self esteem around pretty HY, than it is to move on and act like nothing happened.

I saw on the previous episode recap there was a discussion on whether pretty HY was a mean person. Well in this episode when she brought up the bad habit of Our HY's mum, I thought that was really rude especially at a company gathering. You can diss the girl but not the family. The more I see of pretty HY the more I feel she has a niceness to her that seems fake? Most of the time she is probably nice, but when needed to she will use that veil of niceness to hide her mean intent? Why is this so hard to put into words...

Thanks Lollypip for the recap! Looking forward to everyones discussion.

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Even if No Hae Young isn't a bitch, she is really insensitive and tonedeaf, I was enraged during that scene. Poor our Oh Hae Young.

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Totally agree I was pretty ticked off during the company dinner scene. I mean there's gotta be a limit to how clueless as a working adult that you don't notice how badly someone that you know for so long is being mistreated compared to you. I especially found when she was saying how cute our HY is pretty condescending.

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I don't know what she should've done, though. Whether she removes the scarf or not, it would've embarrassed Our Hae Young. It's not her fault that she's the center of attention as it was her event. I really think the ball was on Our Hae Young's court that time.

Of the childhood stories, the only one that really crossed the line was the underwear one. I think Our Hae Young was putting malice into her thoughts.

In the end she even felt really bad about it all.

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That guy in the elevator literally explained Our oh hae young situation and she didn't think about it twice... That's just dumb.. How would she feel when someone talk things about her like that in an office meeting...
The guy who yelled at the scarf situation is the one who should be punished...

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I don't know she spent the whole night being complimented by her comparison to the Oh Hae Young they all knew before her and threw more kindling on the fire by telling embarrassing stories about a girl who is basically a stranger to her. To me it was to bond with the male team members, to pile on, if you will. Even if she felt bad about it after, it's still something she contributed to and who benefited from. But like I said I don't think it's malicious, but it is insensitive. And really she is a manager. Even if she's been coddled by men her whole life, she should be more socially aware. She is savvy enough to recognise that being buddy buddy with OHY, jut makes her look good to everyone and reinforces her positive points.

"Oh look at the pretty Oh Hae Young being nice to ordinary Oh Hae Young, oh what a nice girl!" The only person that doesn't benefit is our Oh Hae Young because she is made to look petty whenever she doesn't want to join in on the game where she gets to look like a loser in front of everyone.

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She wouldn't have those stories to tell if they were practically strangers. The underwear story was over the line, but how is the washing machine story even embarassing? When I'm together with my high school batchmates we tell embarassing stories about our high school years al the time. The way the scene played out, it seems to me that Our Hae Young was just making other Hae Young to be something she isn't.

Also, so what if she was being complimented all night? She deserved it (since it's her welcome party) and it's not her fault people were ragging on Our Hae Young. In fact, the first time someone said a bad thing comparing Our Hae Young to her, she immediately offered to back down.

The way I see it, Our Hae Young's insecurity has caused her to lose to other Hae Young on purpose, plus she's also shutting her out.

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Sharing embarrassing stories is fine among friends who you know accept you as you are. In a hierarchical work situation it gives off more of an air of "putting someone in a certain place" Pretty Hae Young chose to share stories about her childhood friend that framed her as a poor person with a crazy, embarrassing mother. She put her in a disadvantaged place with her funny stories and sweet expression. While Pretty Hae Young is not the mean, entitled bitch throwing water in a poor girl's face, she does seem to deliberately cultivate the image she puts out. The attention and love is very important to her and she uses her "nice girl" manners to keep it rolling in.

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"Pretty Hae Young chose to share stories about her childhood friend that framed her as a poor person with a crazy, embarrassing mother."

Or she was just telling stories about how fun and interesting Our Hae Young's life was when they were kids.

Yes, it MAY have been borderline inappropriate, and I'm not gonna excuse her for that, but why do we need to put malice into her thoughts?

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Far be it from me to defend the her but has anyone considered that Other HY may be lashing out a bit due to jealousy? One call from Our HY and DK comes running....

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I actually considered that thought too, maybe after finding out about DK. She's subconsciously saying some border line mean things to get back at our Hae Young, to get back at her.

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I feel like we are in the same camp about Noh Hae Young. There's this pretentious niceness that doesn't sit well with me. The stories about her family at the work dinner was very inappropriate and demeaning. In that moment she wasn't being a friend. It's like someone pointed out with the elevator, she clearly saw what the other men did, and as a "good friend" could have done something to help but didn't.

It doesn't help that I have seen her description of OUR Oh Hae Young in Do Kyung's flashbacks. I can excuse her high school self (even though I was already standing up for others in middle school), but there is absolutely no excuse for her adult self. While it's not her fault that OUR Oh Hae Young is so insecure, she definitely didn't help. Standing on the sidelines is close enough to partaking in injustice in my book.

Can you just imagine how different things would have been if she had taken more agency for the role that she inexplicably played in the torture of her name sake? We won't have a drama or maybe we will because I would be genuinely torn between them. Now, I just want OUR Oh Hae Young to crush her, be better than her at work, and to get the guy! Fighting!!!

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I wonder if at some point, her being treated better than others or in this case our HY, has become a habit for her? Like she just knows between them two, most people would choose her therefore it's majoritys vote and she just goes with the flow?

The show is handling her character quite well though, you can't really outright hate pretty HY, but something about her just feels off lol

To be honest I've met a few girls like pretty HY in real life. You can't really hate them because essentially they've never done anything outright wrong, but at the the same time, somethings they do just tick you off.

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Oh she might be oblivious. She might be doing it out of habit. But it doesn't make it excusable.

I do think that she is getting layers that makes her distinct from typical second leads, and I am confident that with the writing on the show so far I won't hate her character. I might even be sympathetic.

Plus, they have shown that OUR Oh Hae Young is also flawed. In fact, all 3 parts of our love triangle are flawed. Flaws are great and always welcome. They are part of all of us and definitely make the characters more relatable.

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Loved the wrist-grab discussion as well.

I remember watching Liar Game for the first time, and seeing the wrist-grab scene with the PD character and Shin Sung Rok, and everyone being *shocked* cause it was like the first female-initiated wrist-grab, like, ever.

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Ah - this comment brings back memories of Healer where the h dragged the poor hapless Bong Soo around by the wrist all the time.

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I agree here regarding the wrist pull. It was so refreshing and breaking the cliché of the K-dramas. I totally loved the drama at that moment for that one particular scene.

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I agree. I also love the showing-off-your-anger-towards-the-wrist-grabbing-scene by Oh Hae Young. I can sincerely feel her rage there.

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i agree with you dissing family is wrong and i can't believe pretty OHY asked her if she did sleep with DK so rude ಠ_ಠ

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the part where our HY called do kyung out on the wrist grabbing was great, I agree!

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haha! its so funny.. i cant help but laugh with do kyung's reaction.. its really my favorite drama right now. thanks for the recap! fighting!

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I laughed with him every time he remembered

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I just don't think the Other Hae Young is oblivious. Fine, you weren't aware that in High School, Our Hae Young may have suffered and I can sort of understand how you could act chummy with a school acquaintance if you met them later.

But see with Do Kyung in the picture now, it's weird if she still wants to act like they are chummy best friends. (Not that I am saying a guy should always change things between friends) She breezily wants to pretend like it's a non issue when it, clearly, is an issue and she is uses it as an opportunity to pump Our Hae Young for information. Which is okay, I guess, but her breezy smiley oblivious act gets to me!

Also I realise I am falling into the trap of talking of the Other Hae Young, when really all I want to do is flail over Our Hae Young and about how precious she is and how the show is rainbows and warmth. So that's all I am going to gush about from now on! :D

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Also, when Do Kyung is doing that whole fake step by step turn around walk thing with Our Hae Young, there is this moment where he seems to break into a genuine laugh! He was genuinely laughing in that moment wasn't he?

And what I forgot to add, thanks Lollypip for the recap!

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Here's the thing that really gets under my skin about the Other Hae Young: She is WILLFULLY oblivious.

I've actually had someone in my life who was like that. She uttered the most painful and damaging words with a sweet smile on her face and "good will" in her heart. And, she would have no idea what you were talking about if you protested. It was like she staked her life on NOT knowing since that absolved her from any responsibility.

It wouldn't take a genius to spot Our Hae Young's unhappiness at the company dinner, for example, but that never slowed down the Other from telling embarrassing stories or asking the most intimate question. Another example of her determined ignorance of others is sidling up to Soo Kyung, the sister of the man she left at the altar, for a drink. She may have the most golden reason for disappearing on the wedding day but she won't even try to understand that as Do Kyung's sister, Soo Kyung might have a HUGE issue with her.

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wilfully oblivious, is pretty spot on. It's like she realises these things but just goes ahead and ignores it in favour of getting what she wants.

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I'm dying to watch episode 6 soon, but I wanted to check in here before I do. xD

I adore our OHY so much. She's such an awesome, caring, & funny person so I hated seeing her being looked down upon by her co-workers.

Her comment about guys being in a different league from her just made me sad for her. She's better than she thinks. I started thinking about my own single life, trying not to think about the pressure of settling down, but it still got to me a little. I find that I can relate to Seo Hyun Jin's characters a lot. I felt the same when she was in Let's Eat 2. I love her acting. She is good at being strong and vulnerable.

I can't believe that Do Kyung is hearing noises along with his visions now! I wonder if the show is gonna explain more about the reason for his visions later on.

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Don't feel down Cocoboo! I feel the same way too many times, but really it's what you make of it. Sure it's nice to have a relationship but they come along with a bunch of problems too.

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Yeah, you're right. Thanks. :)

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I feel ya sister....#foreveralone

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-hugs- I guess we should enjoy our single life/freedom while we can. Lol

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LE2 was my first exposure to her as an actress and all I could think is why is she not in more things. I finally looked up her wiki page and realized she's done a ton of historical dramas. I'm really hoping after this show and Let's Eat she gets to do more comedies and romances.

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I think LE2 was also my first drama with her in it. Well, either that or The Three Musketeers. She was good in that drama too, but her character didn't stand out as much. It was still a good drama though. ^^

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Okay, I love this drama to the moon and back. But my love for it seems to scramble my brain and erase all eloquence from my thoughts. I have like a 100 feelings after watching this episode, most of them disorganized, but here we go:

1) Our poor Hae Young was so excited for her dinner date with DK, I was so sad it got ruined by Pretty HY's appearance.

2) I really like that the show allows HY and DK to get angry with each other, but than also forgive each other within the same episode. HY's anger at DK's behavior at the restaurant didn't stop her from taking care of him when he was drunk. DK's anger at HY's insistence at playing pretend in front of the other HY didn't stop him from turning his car around and helping her home.

3) I know that they literally live in the same house, but them referring to "home" (with the implied "our") makes my heart flip-flop.

4) I think some people might think the window punching was an over reaction, but I'm glad the show is allowing DK to be angry.

5) I still think the show is doing a good job at balancing sad and funny. But this was the first time I felt that the angst came close to outweighing the light-heartedness of the show. That karaoke scene felt excruciatingly long. (But maybe that was the point.)

6) I still don't know how I feel about Pretty Hae Young. But I like that I don't know how to feel about her. I won't spoil episode 6 in this thread (because it does change some things re: leaving DK at the altar). But I am still genuinely confused about how she feels about our HY. Her clingyness in the karaoke scene was so uncomfortable, it had me wondering if it was an act, or if she was really that plastered. As of now, I've come to the conclusion that her harmful actions, while still harmful, don't stem from malicious intent. The life she's had seems to have made her quite oblivious to other people's perspective. Her complete misinterpretation of her and our HY's closeness. Even her reaction to DK's anger (re: he must care if he's that angry) while technically true, seems warped to be in her favor.

7) I like that Pretty Hae Young's presence has initiated both regression AND progress in our HY. While I hate seeing her feel like she needs to lie in order to one up PHY, I thought the "You are you, I am me," line was a wonderful moment of self-assertion.

8) "One good thing about liking the guy next door is that I want to come home early. I never wanted to come home unless I was drunk before." Omg that's so effing sad. (This is also me poking the drama to address the causal alcoholism in the show. You have 3 characters that rely heavily on drinking as a coping mechanism. SOMETHING needs to be said.)

9) Love our leads acknowledging their feelings! While HY's was more straightforward, DK verbalizing that he's afraid of falling for her is important. That whole scene with his therapist was beautiful actually.

10) The chicken cutlet and noona's...

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...chase scene had me hollering.

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I also enjoyed the fact that they can argue like adults and also forgive like adults. There isn't any scheming between them thinking if I do this, they might think this. I feel there's a sort of camadarie that has formed between them. The maturity between them is quite nice, like when Eric says no, our HY actually agrees to it.

God forgive they start acting makjang around eachother.

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Don't say the word! It might happen and destroy my love for this show. Every time I hope for this sweet melancholy kind of show (This feel's so much like MNIKSS) something will inevitably ruin it.

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That punching scene felt real for me as I do the same(Its really a bad habit).. I once punched the wall so hard while arguing with my mother , my knuckles hurt for a week and I couldn't even hold a pen..
fake Injury was done in detail... and I'm glad it was not some white bandage covering his whole hand...

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I totally expected a huge white bandage on his hand the next day too!

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"That whole scene with his therapist was beautiful actually."

For some reason, I find his relationship with his therapist to be really endearing, in a funny sort of way. It's like, at first, his therapist just seemed kind of lazy & unkempt (he still seems this way, lol). He seemed like he was just going to write off Eric's character as crazy. So I kind of love how into it he's getting now, asking all these insightful questions. I also just find it sweet that a quiet guy like Do-kyung opens up so easily to him.

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Do-kyung is a man with few words as compared to our Hae-young who constantly speaks out her mind and soul. But he speaks through his facial expression especially his beautiful eyes. I am crazy over this drama and have been rewatching the episodes so many times. In the scenes of the OTP, I focus on Do-kyung's eyes and the way he looks at our Hae-young when she talks. Due to his profession as a sound director, her voice and words went through his ears and settle directly in his heart. I belive this is why he cannot but falls for her :)

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I love that contrast between them too. It's part of why they are so great together. They really compliment each other.

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I agree. I've noticed a few upset commenters here and there who don't like that Oh Hae-young is falling "first". They're concerned about Do-kyung going back and forth between the two Hae-young's, leading our Hae Young on because of the guilt he feels etc. But I honestly don't get nervous at all about that because of the way he looks at and thinks about her ALL the time. To me, that speaks volumes. I mean, he's exclusively having visions of her. That clearly isn't only because of guilt/pity. There's this fascination in his eyes whenever he is actually witnessing a moment come true between them that tells me he feels very drawn to her. Especially when he is given the chance to stop a moment from happening, but chooses not to.

I think it's easy to misconstrue his hesitance/mixed signals as evidence that he isn't acting out of genuine interest. But I definitely think he senses the mutual attraction and emotional connection between them and is consistently caught between trying to keep his distance because of what he's done and wanting to be the guy that catches her whenever she comes running towards him.

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Hey bing*

your analysis is spot on ...

I wouldn't love Do-kyung if he readily falls for her without hesitation that would mean he has no conscious of what he has done.. Even if it was a drunken stupid mistake it scared her for life...Even with all these hesitation he shows by his actions that he really is falling for her

Also who can blame her when he so supportive to her when whole world and even her parent(Unintentionally) added to her misery...

Besides Her liking him so much will add to all the drama when the secret is revealed... Also becomes one of the reason to forgive him after he atones his mistake...That's the sign of drama playing its cards right

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''Due to his profession as a sound director, her voice and words went through his ears and settle directly in his heart'' I LOVE THIS LINE

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This episode really give me laugh and warm in heart because of silly hug moments of Hae Young-Do Kyung. Not once, but twice! I love how open she is with her feelings. We knnow that Hae Young likes him very much from the reaction she showed after seeing him in towel.

When Hae Young told pretty OHY she already slept with Do Kyung, my mind said the girl said the truth. She was in the same bed with him even though he was drunk HAHAHA.

I don't care how messy their relationship will be, I hope in episode 7 we can see Hae Young-Do Kyung's first kiss.

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...oh god yes

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This drama is major love. enuf said.

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I thought it was hilarious how, when DK saw our HY running towards him, DK looked like he was shaking his head and pleading with her to not jump hug him again.

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LOL true it was like " Not this again"...

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Noooo! (I have to get it out this time)... why is that after I comment I see someone commenting the same thing below.... That just makes me feel bad for commenting.. Its not the first and its twice in this thread alone... (I can't read the whole thread again its long ;_; ) does this happen only to me...

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LOL yeahh his expression was screaming "HAJIMA GIRL....HAJIMA" hahaha but it's so cute of him to do exactly what she asked of him :D

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CITT was my true lurrrve ... it broke my heart ,,, After it ended in a trainwreck, i really lost interest in Kdramas ..

DOTS was like my rebound - superficial and did not last long (i dropped it midway)

.... Finally finally i'm back on the dating scene again with this show ..

This show just hits all the right spots for me. One thing is incredible that there is so much sadness in the characters' lives yet it never feels heavy or morose ... i always end up feeling happy after watching it .. it just balances all the misery with funny and utterly heartwarming scenes

I couldn't stop laughing at the falsie scene and the second time she jumps on him .. he is like shaking his head and going - not this again! .. And i loved the part where she calls him out on the wrist grab. At least they did not portray it as something to swoon about.

The other OHY is not outright evil ... but she struck me as someone who had more self absorbed .. she didn't look like she was deliberately putting down our OHY with embarrassing stories ... it seemed more like she did not care ... did not think that she was laughing at the expense of someone else ..

really enjoying this show .. the chemistry between the leads and between the supporting cast is amazing!

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Same goes for me with CITT and DoTS.. I'm so glad i found out about this drama ( I only started watching it when the 3rd episode already aired)
It's rare in KDrama that i can relate to the heroine , with a hero who is quite, caring, not so alpha.
I gotta admit, I know Eric since his SHINHWA days, but i never thought he could be this HOT. It seems the role of Do Kyung did him good.
The chemistry between the OTP is off the charts :)

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This is actually the first show i saw of Eric. I agree with you totally - so hot !! ... in fact i went back and watched a couple of episodes of 'discovery of romance' and i think he looks far far better here .. maybe he is one of those people that look better with each passing year .. or maybe the styling is on-point.

I think he totally sells me 'do-kyung' .. he looks like a man controlled, who is at top professionally, yet he has this whole cloak of weariness around him .. but still has a gentle, solid, safe aura around him ... i love him here

i'll second the chemistry ... totally magical.

Usually when the OTP is so strong, i fast fwd the rest of the cast scenes, they seem to break the narrative ... but here the secondary characters are a hoot! esp the deranged sister

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aaaaaah i totally agree!! he looks so much better here, in my opinion, although i did only watch a little of discovery of romance. i strongly think it was to do with the hair styling. And this line - ''I think he totally sells me ‘do-kyung’ .. he looks like a man controlled, who is at top professionally, yet he has this whole cloak of weariness around him .. but still has a gentle, solid, safe aura around him'' yessss omg the weird little mixture of different auras is what i find so attractive about this character

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I'm glad I'm not the only one responding to his character that way. I spend a lot of time praising SHJ and I do genuinely think she is the heart of the show. BUT I think Do-kyung is still the trickier character to play considering the mistakes he makes in the beginning. It's his gentle, thoughtful nature that makes it impossible for me not to want him to be happy, even after all the problems he's caused.

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Ditto for me. I ended up binge watching Discovery of Love to get a feel for Eric's tendencies as an actor...let's just say I had some interesting dreams.

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I would like to know about these interesting dreams. ^^ They seem like good dreams. haha

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Anybody knows that hangover food that Our Hae Young prepared in the for Do Kyung?

I might want to try that when I get plastered myself. lol.

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I think it's beansprout soup with rice (kongnamul gukbap) and here's a recipe for it: https://gangnamkitchen.com/2012/10/15/kongnamul-gukbap-%EC%BD%A9%EB%82%98%EB%AC%BC%EA%B5%AD%EB%B0%A5-soybean-sprout-rice-soup/

Here's another with just the soup and a non-spicy vegetarian version: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/kongnamulguk

:)

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Yum... might have to try making this!

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