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Lucky Romance: Episode 3

We wrap up the setup now and set the stage for the real conflict/scheme to get going, which means that I’m looking forward to tomorrow to kick us off on our heroine’s comic foibles. It also means that this episode was still getting the characters where we knew they were heading all along, which felt a bit unnecessarily slow. On the downside, that means it’s more of a perfunctory episode than a must-see comic romp. On the upside (I hope?), now that the table is set, we can turn our attention to the fun stuff.

Episode Grade: B-

 

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

Tennis star Gary/Gun-wook shows up for his date with Bo-nui and knocks on her door, all smiles. Bo-nui, on the other hand, is all panic at the thought of being seen with another guy, fearing it’ll ruin her date and lose her tiger man, so she shoves tech genius Su-ho inside and claps her hand over his mouth.

She yells out that she’s not ready yet, and Gary says he’ll be waiting outside. Meanwhile, Su-ho shakes her off and tries to leave, although Bo-nui grabs him back and frantically explains that this is a really important date and she can’t have Gary misunderstanding the situation.

Su-ho finds the idea silly that they’d be mistaken for a romantic couple, and breaks down her argument with his cold logic before pushing his way out the door. But there’s nobody in the hallway—just the bouquet of flowers Gary had brought.

Bo-nui slumps in dejection, blaming Su-ho for messing things up, pointing out that he could have just stayed quiet for five measly minutes. “Do you even know what opportunity I just lost?” she asks, thinking of her comatose sister.

Su-ho isn’t exactly mean, but he certainly lacks for empathy, and he says that since her date is ruined, she could at least call her boss for him about that game. At her affront, he asks blankly what’s wrong with his request, telling her to explain it logically.

Bo-nui tells him not to nitpick logic with her, bursting out, “According to logic, I’m living absurdly anyway!” So she knows. She asks him to leave, shutting the door on him just as he’s about to ask her to call her boss again.

Bo-nui hurries to get dressed and runs outside, but there’s no sign of Gary. She thinks of Su-ho huffily and wishes for him to get struck by lightning on a clear day.

…and across town, a sudden clap of thunder sounds as a bolt of lightning flashes in the clear blue sky, over Su-ho’s head. Heh.

Su-ho returns to his office and tells his team they’ll be taking the sports game concept into virtual reality. His employees take to the idea with excitement, amazed that the genius could come up with such a great idea in so little time. Dal-nim beams up at Su-ho, happy that he recognized her friend’s talents despite Bo-nui’s quirky ways.

But he has no luck getting hold of Bo-nui’s boss, President Won. Then his friend/stockholder/barista Ryang-ha complains about the stockholders meeting he just attended where everyone was up in arms about the company’s dip in stock value. He assures Su-ho that he’d told the others that a really awesome new game is in the works. No pressure or anything.

Su-ho complains about how his talk with Bo-nui went nowhere, since she’s utterly lacking sense. Ryang-ha immediately guesses that Su-ho probably talked down to her and ranted about logic as he usually does, and asks how far he put his foot in it—did he go into an argument about astrophysics, or was it biology and DNA this time?

At least Su-ho seems to recognize truth when he’s called out on it, and flashes back to his comments to Bo-nui about animals and mating, though he brushes them aside. Then when a reporter tries to ambush him in the lobby for an interview, he ignores her and asks for stricter security.

It turns out Gary had his own reasons for leaving the date, as he meets with a friend of his father’s. A flashback shows us how they’d first met, when Dad’s Friend had approached Gary after a winning match. At the time, Gary had been cool to the idea of his biological father, whom he hasn’t spoken to in thirteen years. Dad’s Friend had pressed an envelope into his hand, telling him that the contents would reveal his father’s feelings. Gary had tossed the envelope in the trash in front of the man, but later retrieved it to find several CDs containing footage of his tennis matches.

Now, Dad’s Friend explains that his father had asked him to send the footage to him since 2003, shortly after Dad had been forced out of his job. That’s not the story Gary knows, but the friend says his father must have been unable to admit he’d lost his job while the family was living abroad in Canada.

That night, Su-ho watches over the If game simulation, and suddenly imagines Bo-nui’s face in his opponent’s mask. That flashes him back to that first night they’d met, when he’d helped her home and she’d refused to let go of him. The memory of Bo-nui lurching forward for a kiss has him recoiling in horror now.

Su-ho gets called to the lobby by security to deal with his drunk, belligerent father. When Su-ho shows up, Dad starts in on a tirade that seems to be familiar, insulting Su-ho for being rude and uppity. Su-ho tells him to pick one or the other: “If you’re going to insist I’m your son, take money and go. If you’re going to say I’m not, then erase me from the family register.”

Su-ho stands there stoically while his father goes ballistic, slinging sarcastic insults and dramatically playing the victim.

It flashes Su-ho back to a childhood memory, when he’d grown up in a working-class seaside town and amused himself working out complex math equations on his own. His father hadn’t liked seeing him taunted by other boys and had forced him out to sea, insisting he learn to swim. Su-ho had cried and begged, but his father had tossed him into the water alone, leaving him to flail and sink.

Now, Su-ho sits huddled on a dark staircase in the empty building, reciting multiplication tables to calm himself down.

Bo-nui waits outside for Gary all day, worried that he left feeling upset, so when he shows up and apologizes for leaving because of a sudden call, she brightens considerably. Then he gallantly offers his jacket to her and suggests going out now, and she thanks the gods for sending her such a wonderful tiger.

They walk along a cherry-tree-lined street with blossoms raining down on them, and Gary stares so intently that she gets unnerved. She stumbles in her nervousness and he catches her around the waist and leans in… though it’s just to remove a flower petal form her face.

She’s surprised when he uses her name, and it’s now that he launches into a childhood chant and jogs her memory—it’s Gun-wook, the little boy who used to live on the floor below hers. Calling her noona now, he calls it fate that he should return to Korea and find her still at the old house. He’s so pleased to see her again that he gives her a warm hug.

Bo-nui remembers the little boy she used to watch over, and chides him for lying to her about who he was and his age. He explains not revealing himself right away because he was disappointed she didn’t recognize him, and asks after her family. She explains how her parents died and her sister’s unwell, and then tells him that while she’s really very glad to see him, there’s something she suddenly has to do.

She hurries away from a bewildered Gary and sighs to realize he isn’t her tiger after all, since he’s in fact two years younger.

The next day as Su-ho bikes to work, he runs through his options regarding his game launch problem, and the scenery around him lights up and works its way into his flowchart. He concludes that Genius II is not a feasible project to push, and that Bo-nui’s “If” game is a good prospect. Unfortunately, things aren’t looking good on that front either, and the street sign over his head switches to read: “I. Am. Screwed.”

As he locks up his bike, a voice calls out from behind, and it’s sports agent Amy/Seol-hee, smiling expectantly. Su-ho looks right through her and passes by, and she identifies herself in surprise, reminding him that they used to be such friends. Su-ho cuts her off to ask if there was anything worth remembering between them, and says that perhaps there was something terrible, because he makes it a point to forget bad memories quickly.

He stalks off coldly… and then breathes in big nervous breaths as he rounds the corner. He’s so on edge he snaps at the person who taps his shoulder, only to find that it’s President Won, whom he’s been so desperate to track down.

President Won is willing to license If to Su-ho, with a catch: Bo-nui has to be part of the deal. Su-ho tries to decline, saying that they’re willing to pay handsomely for the rights, but President Won insists that they won’t be able to make the project work without her. He’s not interested in moving forward if Su-ho rejects that condition.

Bo-nui checks in on her sister from her rooftop, able to see into her hospital room via binoculars. She sees Bora being wheeled out of the room and runs for the hospital in a panic, only to be told she’s just been taken for a routine test. Bo-nui keeps her eyes carefully averted and resists looking at or touching her sister, fearing bad energy will have an ill effect. Adding to her troubles is a bill for accumulated hospital fees, which is approaching 5 million won (just over $4,000).

While contemplating the condition to guarantee Bo-nui employment for three months, Su-ho looks down on the bicycle figurine on his desk, which sends him into a flashback. As a nerdy 17-year-old, he’d never learned to ride a bike, so it was Amy who’d taught him how. It looks like he’d had a crush on her, but one day when he’d gone over to her house with flowers, he’d found everything cleared out and emptied.

The memory is a sore one, and Su-ho tosses the bike figure into his desk drawer.

But he’s not the only one resistant to the idea of bringing Bo-nui onboard at Zeze Factory, because she’s just as reluctant. Her friend Dal-nim urges her to think of Bora’s hospital bills and stick it out for three months, but Bo-nui reminds her what Zeze means to her.

A flashback takes us back to the day of Bora’s accident, when Bora had urged her sister not to go to that job interview at Zeze—she’d had a bad dream the night before, just like the bad dream she had before their parents died. Bo-nui had waved it off, then ignored Bora’s call while finishing up her debugging test. So Bora had started texting a response instead, and when she’d paused to retrieve her fallen umbrella in the street, she’d been hit by a car.

Bo-nui refers to her fortuneteller for advice, and on his recommendation, she agrees to the job but goes through a thorough purifying routine, which entails sneaking through the building at the crack of dawn to scatter salt and sneak a talisman underneath the CEO’s desk.

What she doesn’t know is that Su-ho sleeps in an alcove in his suite, and he wakes up to see a white-robed figure moving through his dark room. He squeezes his eyes shut and nervously tells himself he’s just seeing things, muttering, “There are no such things as ghosts, there are no such things as ghosts…”

He musters up the nerve to take a look, just as Bo-nui looks over at the source of the muttering, and they scream. Su-ho ends up huddled over like a baby, and Bo-nui half-lies that she’s just here early to get acquainted before her first day of work.

Later that morning, she’s introduced to the rest of the team, who receive her warmly, albeit with some confusion over her massive collection of good-luck charms and piles of salt. Dal-nim urges her not to be so strange, just as coffee shop owner Ryang-ha lights up to see a new female face and gets hilariously smarmy.

Dal-nim hurries her friend away, telling Bo-nui that he’s like that with all women, and Bo-nui pauses to ask how old he is. Ryang-ha puffs up at what he reads as interest and answers 33, at which Bo-nui immediately leaves. Ha. (Tigers would be 30 years old.)

Throughout the morning meeting, Bo-nui eyes the others, wondering if a tiger could be among them. The team struggles to find an appropriate subject for their game—they want a hot star whose personal and professional life would be a draw for players. They land on tennis star Gary Choi, and although he’s deemed a tough sell because he’s famously private, Su-ho makes the decision to go with him. They’ll just have to make it happen.

That night, Su-ho works while watching clips of Gary’s tennis game, and in his sleepy state, he doesn’t realize what he’s typing until he looks at the random text he’s typed: “Shim Bo-nui, Shim Bo-nui, strange woman, she’s a problem, strange strange strange…”

Bo-nui runs into Gary on her way in, and he insists on inviting her in, while agent Amy looks askance at both of them. The first thing Bo-nui notices in his apartment is the bad feng shui around his bed, and at her direction, they move it into a more favorable position, which Amy practically rolls her eyes at but which Gary takes to with enthusiasm, since he’s pretty superstitious about his sports rituals. When he invites her to eat dinner, she excuses herself, though, saying she has things to do.

Amy advises Gary to be careful, thinking his old noona might angle for money. Gary replies that Bo-nui doesn’t even know what he does, warning Amy not to talk that way of her.

Bo-nui’s busy plans involve going online to a chat room to look for tiger men. She starts up a conversation with one and asks for proof of his tiger status… and gets back a NSFW pic instead. Ha. Well, in the perv’s defense, it’s not like her question doesn’t sound suggestive.

The mood at the office starts out cheerful enough the next morning, until a chic older woman steps in and everyone snaps to attention. It’s Su-ho’s mother, and they’re well aware that every time she drops by, she leaves him in a terrible temper.

Mom starts out in a wheedling tone, telling Su-ho that she scolded Dad for getting drunk and causing a scene at the office. She mentions the Russian pirating of his game and says she’s worried about him, but Su-ho has little patience for his mother and tells her not to come to the office. He hands over some bills and tells her to go shopping, and Mom looks hurt for a second before pushing that aside to take the bills and say she’s used to his thorniness.

She also leaves him with a good-luck talisman, which makes him sigh in exasperation, though she tells him he’s free to throw it away. He does at first chance.

Bo-nui gets busy right away by going around talking to all the employees, offering to read people’s horoscopes and asking their birthdates. She finally finds a tiger and perks up with interest… until he talks about his teenage child who’s giving him fits. Su-ho notices her empty desk and sees her chatting up the employees around the building.

The pesky reporter makes a reappearance and approaches Bo-nui, who shows her inside not knowing of her history of trying to sneak in for stories. The team grabs the reporter immediately and snatches away her phone, assuring Su-ho that they got her in time. Su-ho isn’t pleased, however, to hear that Bo-nui fell for her excuse to get inside and accuses her of being without sense and not earning her job through her merit. He points out how her seat has been conspicuously vacant all day, and tells her she’s here to do work.

She returns to her desk feeling chastened and maligned, and rips up her employment contract. That night, she goes to her fortuneteller to report that there are no tiger prospects for her at the company, although he insists that there is—and quite close, at that. He warns that she only has until the next full moon.

Bo-nui leaves the fortuneteller just as another customer arrives—Su-ho’s mother. Ha, I love that her takeaway from this is that Zeze is successful because of Mom’s efforts to bring it fortune.

Bo-nui lingers near the door and hears Mom sighing about her awesome son who’s so picky that he hasn’t met his match yet. The fortuneteller informs Mom that a raccoon has already attached itself to the son, and speaks in what sounds like a metaphor (poking from side, climbing on his back, getting dragged along) but which we see are literal descriptions of Bo-nui manhandling Su-ho that night she was drunk.

Mom interprets this to mean that this pesky raccoon is the reason a decent woman hasn’t had the chance to get attached to Su-ho, and asks what should be done to rid the raccoon.

Su-ho, meanwhile, heads out for the night and pauses at Bo-nui’s desk, taking in her menagerie of good-luck animal charms—and then seeing her ripped-up contract in the trash.

The fortuneteller flips through his book, while Mom supplies her son’s birthdate. And there he is, the tiger. Bo-nui gasps.

At the next team meeting, Bo-nui stares at Su-ho, trying to convince herself to see him as not a person but a tiger. He reminds the team they have three weeks to pull off this game launch, and checking her calendar confirms that this coincides with Bo-nui’s full moon deadline.

Dal-nim pulls her aside to ask suspiciously if Bo-nui’s got something else up her sleeve. Bo-nui denies it, and asks for advice on what Su-ho likes, playing it off like she wants to make amends for their bad start. At that, Ryang-ha perks up and is happy to insert himself into the conversation, painting himself as Su-ho’s “guardian angel” who pulled him out of hell.

Ryang-ha informs her that Su-ho’s favorite moment is when his coding is going well (which he calls code-gasm); aside from that, Su-ho’s essentially asexual, with no interest in women. That makes Bo-nui’s mission rather tricky, but she tells herself to think of a way.

Su-ho surprises her by handing her a fresh copy of her contract, having seen the ripped version.

Bo-nui’s boss drops by to take her to dinner, and it’s only now that she realizes he had anything to do with her employment, since Su-ho didn’t divulge the condition. Her boss adds that the back wages he owes her have also been settled, because he’s signed over that amount to her in the contract. Which means that Bo-nui currently holds decision-making rights in the If licensing contract. Bo-nui’s eyes light up with hope.

So she takes the contract to Su-ho to confirm the terms, and he listens impatiently as she goes through the items, pressing her to stop dawdling. Bo-nui indicates that if she fails to submit her employment contract, the If option contract is invalid. She does intend to sign, but with a condition. Su-ho yells at her to get to the point already, and she blurts, “Go out with me!”

She clarifies that she wants to date him for three weeks, just until If is released. Those are her terms.

Epilogue: Bo-nui leaves the fortuneteller in shock, now that she knows Su-ho is a tiger. She shakes her head, thinking she heard wrong, but looks over to see two children with a doll. The girl pulls the teddy bear’s hood on and off, demonstrating how he goes from bear to tiger to bear.

That provides the kick to her memory she needs to remember that drunk night, when she’d run into Su-ho on the street and pestered him and climbed all over him, and he’d confirmed he was a tiger.

 
COMMENTS

I was trying to figure out all episode long why I felt so detached, because the show is very pretty look at, the colors are vivid and the lighting is strong and the directing pretty sharp. The actors are good, and the show has all of the elements of a funny, outrageous rom-com, with the cute graphic elements and quick camera work.

The problem is, it’s just not very funny. I feel like it’s such an obvious, easy comedic setup that it’s kind of shocking that the show itself isn’t very funny, but there you have it. I kept waiting for things to happen, and while rom-coms are often based on these kinds of premises, it’s the romantic chemistry and the laugh-out-loud antics that keep you hooked… so when you have a drama with the trappings in place but not the laughs, it feels extra empty.

It’s a shame, because I think the actors are doing a good job, adding more to the roles than perhaps is even there on paper. I’m intrigued by Ryu Joon-yeol’s reading of Su-ho, who isn’t a typical cold CEO boss and plays him with interesting flashes of vulnerability… and Hwang Jung-eum basically sells the show on her own, because she somehow makes Bo-nui feel genuine instead of nuts. But I feel like the directing is playing everything entirely too straight, too serious, and therefore we’re taking this really entertaining comic idea and sucking the sparkle out of it.

It’s not an acting problem—in fact, the acting is a notch above the material—but more of a storytelling issue, because I often really admire when the characters in a show remain fully invested in their emotions while the show itself is pulling off humor. I do hold out hope that Lucky Romance will get back around to comedy, because there were a few laugh-out-loud moments for me in the first episode, and I want us to get back to that now that the premise is essentially established. (Although: Why did it take so long to establish the premise? We were all watching for that premise, and it just took us forever to get there.)

If the tone finds itself again, I do think Lucky Romance has it in it to be a fun, light, and occasionally heart-tugging watch. (The fun and light comes from the setup, and the heart-tugging is all the actors. Sometimes I was even amazed that they could find what they did inside characters that could have been rather flat on the page.) I love the way it looks and the way it feels… now I just want the content to catch up. Be loud. Be weird. Be funny!

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I don't know how I feel about this show, I want to like it (for the very obvious reason) but not quite...hmm

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I got really ticked at Bo Nui this episode, so much so that it interfered with my enjoyment of the episode. And it's the writing, not the acting.

Bo Ra is in the hospital and the main problem is that Bo Nui can't stay on top of the bills, right? So once she'd decided to work for Zeze, she should've gone all-in, because that's good reliable money. Instead she makes herself look COMPLETELY INSANE (and that's on a scale of nutty developer behavior) and skives off work to intrusively interrogate every man in the building.

Most people can keep work and social lives separate. She can earn money being good at her job and spend her free time asking men intrusive questions in bars. Instead, she borders on workplace harassment (you can't run research like that without permission) and risks getting fired, which WILL get Bo Ra chucked from the hospital.

I can take silly heroines. I have a hard time with stupid heroines.

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The problem is Bora is barely hanging on to her life. And her doctor alr asked Bonui repeatedly to give up on her. So even if Bonui managed to pay her hospital bill, Bora won't be safe if she didn't sleep with Tiger before that alotted time. That's why Bonui rather make sure Bora life is not in danger first by searching Tiger Man, money problem could get solved later after Bonui make sure that Bora will live.

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Bo Ra is having life-threatening seizures and the hospital will keep her around as long as Bo Nui can pay - I think it's way more important to make sure Bo Ra stays alive while she searches for a tiger, rather than aiming for a hail-mary miracle and risking Bo Ra getting turfed from the hospital.

Bo Nui's general motivations are good, but her priorities are bizarre.

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In her defense, she was using her lunch and breaks to ask those questions (and staying late to get the full 8hours in, though I have mixed feeling on that when surely the team has to work together, right?).

Also, while she's having trouble paying the bills, I had the impression that this sleeping with a tiger means her sister can wake up and live again, which would clearly be more of a priority to BoNui given her superstitious nature.

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As a developer, she can work independently, it's normal, if she has her tasks and knows what to do.

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I'd usually agree with you, but this is a project in crisis mode and Bo Nui is the topic expert. I doubt the development cycles have been laid out, or that Bo Nui has set tasks confirmed, or that anyone is working normal hours. They're still shaping the game and not having Bo Nui available would be a huge hurdle.

The fact that she was telling people in the building that she was doing research and running around doing horoscopes on her first days... yikes.

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mmm...she might be a genius in computers... but that character genuinely lacks common sense... and that too in an annoying way... her problems are not simply because of bad luck alone... her choices and decision making ability is way too below normal...that's what I felt after watching 3 eps. The problem is definitely with the writing. Instead of making us sympathise with the heroine...it makes me irritated at her...

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Same here..i wanted to like the show sooo bad...but cant say things are turning out the same as I wanted. Maybe it was because of the late hour but I was dozing off in this ep. I find the recaps better :p. Anyway, hoping for an upward swing
HwaitingRJY.

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It's so interesting that we are all so invested in "wanting" to like this show. For me, some of this is tied to really looking forward to this drama due to the fun setup that was promised. But not gonna lie, mostly it's because I wanted to see Ryu Jun-yeol again in a drama. I want this to do well just for him. The jungpal effect is still strong :-)

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For me it's because there's too many childhood sad background happening in this episode. Couldn't they show each of their background one by one insteaf of shoving it to us all at once? It's alr hard that all of the character have pitiful background.

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For me the story seems too stereotyped, we have main lead who is boss and rich, poor heroine who everyone misunderstands, another great guy who has crush on female lead (for no logical reason)....and most irritating things about dramas-everything happens in one day/week. Like when in real life you meet your love of life, guy with unrequired love and get job offers? For God's sake, Bo Nui lived frozen for years-she had no job, no boyfriend and now BAM...it feels like drama doesn't even try to be creative
P.S still hoping it will get better, but right now I'm watching for actors/actresses

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I felt kind of detached watching it too, but for me it was because I could relate to Suho more and am having trouble empathizing with Bo nui because of the way she goes about getting the results she wants.

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*I guess I should say specifically like when she blamed Suho because she couldn't go on a date with Gary. Wasn't she the one who pulled him into her house and wouldn't let him leave?

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I like Su Ho. He's a bit of an ass, but he usually has an extremely valid point and isn't lashing out to hurt someone, he's just stating facts in an unvarnished way. RJY is even doing a good job with the delivery - he sounds like he's explaining something obvious, but not aggressively. Every single critical thing he said to Bo Nui about her work was valid, and factual. He didn't embellish or yell or humiliate - he seemed almost confused that she could think her behavior was acceptable.

The way he was talking himself out of seeing a ghost was hilarious - I've totally done that, walked into an empty dark house saying "if you're going to murder me, might as well get it over with" under the dumb assumption that the hidden murderer I'm imagining will either obey the command or give up. And it's kind of an endearing glimpse into how he handles insecurity.

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I tried watching all the eps, but I couldn't stop skipping. I'm glad i'm not the only one that thought something was missing. Looks like I will be supporting RJY from afar, because I can't watch this show

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I couldn't get through the first episode - and I'm trying to see if I can get back in it by reading the summaries but....my love for Ryu Joon Yeol can't overcome my lack of interest. =(

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You hit the nail on the head. I want to like the show but I just don;t care about the characters. I don't know how the webtoon goes but here, the way it is shown, i find the heroine idiotic. Her actions make no sense to me.

And the whole premise of sleeping with someone for a night just to fulfill a superstition looks tawdry.

Imagine if the genders were reversed. If the guy was looking around to sleep with a girl (even if he disliked her or considered her unlucky) and then dump her the next day simply to ward off misfortune, we would be yelling ass, jerk, douche nonstop.

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I don't think the director know what a romcom is lol... there's romance, yes. But the comedy???... maybe it's my fault for expecting too much :( (okay.. maybe i did chuckle at certain points of the episode...). The acting is decent so I can't even blame the actors for this mess. I read HJE adlibbed in some of the "funny" scenes so I give her props for trying to up the comedy factor. I wish they kept RJY as a penny-pincher though bc that would've been hilarious and I know he has what it takes to play a ridiculous character... I'm used to my faves flopping but please I don't need RJY to disappear into movie-land only to come back to dramas 85 years later...

Also, does this drama not have an OST?

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Just as importantly, why does this show not have a wardrobe budget? Or if they do, why have they staffed the department entirely with HJE's mortal enemies? The ritual dress was the least visually offensive outfit she's worn so far.

I mean - are those little denim skirts for your biceps? Do you pull those on separately from the top, which is also hideous? Is Bo Nui meant to be seeing all of her own clothing out of fragments she finds in scrap bins? She looks like a cross between a vagrant and one of those adults who cosplay as child characters.

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Yeah I agree... I feel like this drama was produced on a really low budget for some reason. From the recycled SWP set to the terrible wardrobe choices and the OST which I have YET to hear during an episode... where exactly did the rest of the production budget go? I can overlook BN's weird fashion sense but I also don't see the point in dressing her that way... I get that they're trying to make her seem ~quirky~ but it's almost too costume-like as you said...

I'm really confused with the outcome of this show... the team has a great cast in their hands and a popular webtoon story to work with... yet they just failed to deliver? Of course it's just the third episode but early episodes are also important to get viewers hooked :(

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That must be what is missing.. THERE IS NO FRICKING OST!

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In this show they are doing unspeakable thinks with denim.

If she is supposed to sew her own clothes, she would have at least finished stiching the hems, (of the "arm skirts"?).
That top was one of the worst pieces of clothing I'v seen in my life.
I hate every human involved in the design, creation and sale of that abomination.

Sorry, for the rant, I haven't feel this strongly about drama clothes since the "Ahjumma jumpers" debacle in Heirs, (the pink skirt for the date was pretty though).

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Also the "comedy" part of the rom com is missing. There is nothing really funny or witty or quirky about anyone. The comedy is just basically coming from seeing Bo nui flail around. And that gets old pretty fast

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This episode did feel like it dragged a bit, but I'm still enjoying the show so far. It's not the best thing on TV rn, but it's cute and fun and may end up being one of my favorite roles from Hwang Jungeum. I love the fact that's not just a simple-but-hard-working-candy like I thought from the first episode--she's a computer programmer! Who had a run of terrible luck, what with her previous boss and his bad habits, but still! It'll be fun to see how that logical, methodical side of her meshes with her obvious superstitions at work.

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Well, I thought it was the only one who didn't liked this drama. Something feels off/un-funny...

I was rooting for them, the posters were cute but, the main couple just don't match or have that click on sreen/in motion...

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Something definitely feels off. Exactly what Javabeans said, the comedy is not coming through, it's hardly tickling me.

And you're right, @Cafe. I feel the same. The main couple don't seem to match or click on screen. When there is no chemistry, how do I root for them?

I was so looking forward to this show.

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agreed. much as I like RJY and HJE individually, I just can't buy into their chemistry. Don't know why! Maybe because in my mind RJY's still teenage junghwan, and HJE always seems mature-ish in aura? The two also looks kinda similar: really full lips, face structure with tall cheekbones, match haircut. In some screens, I just can't shake the feeling they're really siblings. >__<

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I was so looking forward to this series but haven't been able to get past episode 1. Am hoping that things pick up as we go on, so it's very disappointing to hear the reports here on DB.

Great cast, looks good, why isn't it working? I think the desperation of Bo Nui's search for luck is just offputting.

I wanted this to carry on the highs of Beautiful Gong Shim and Another Miss Oh, I think I'll wait for the final and marathon this one.

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I tried! really I tried but I just can't connect to this drama...too far fro what I expected and a little bit serious for a rom com. Even my love for RJY can't pull me in!And am I the only one that doesn't feel the chemistry between RJY and HJE? which is sad because in their pictorials they are sizzling but in this drama meh!!! Sigh! I really hope that in the next episode it will get better because the ratings is dropping as well and it is really a bad sign for the drama!

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In it until the bitter end because I love both leads. But you're absolutely right, it needs for funny moments. Come on, show!

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You've said it, its not very funny. And I think that is a fault with the writing. HJE, I'll watch what you do next so please do a melodrama or sageuk or crime-drama or noir thriller. Enough rom-coms for now.

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Why only this show who have 'Episode grade' wonder why....
The lee soo hyuk face is so distracting i can't even looking at his face

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I really liked this episode, much more than episodes 1 or 2 and funny enough, I thought it was funnier than the first two.

I actually prefer the tone and humor as is w/o being over the top or outrageous (I couldn't finish She Was Pretty or Marriage Not Dating but I like the humor in Beautiful Gong Shim). The directing and editing have improved, which were my main concerns in episodes 1 and 2, but I think the editing can still improve and be more creative in it's storytelling. It's beautifully shot but the scenes are all different and just cut and edited together to tell the story in a straight, traditional way; there's no flow from one scene to the next. The ending edit has been done before in The Producers and You From Another Star. Nothing new there. For example, the director of Signal is a master at storytelling and editing.

And I'm just loving Ryu Joon-yeol’s take on Su-ho. It's RJY's aura. He has a distinctive acting style and overall demeanor that's just different from other actors. I'm glad to see that he doesn't express 'cold jerk' in a typical way that's been done/seen over and over again. Even his keeping Bo-nui's door open in episode 2 was tastefully done.

Episode 3 rating: A-

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It's rom-com and I wonder why I didnt laugh at all. I keep thinking that this show has too much similiarities with was pretty. I cant stop compare them, even their office at the same set.
But I will keep watching since I dont have anydrama to watch at wed-thru ~_~ im so bored. Let's just wait then

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I'm still not sure what the banner for this drama is all about. Why is everyone trying to listen in on Bo-nui when she is just at her desk?

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Unpopular opinion but i am really enjoying the flow of this story. If everything happens in first few episodes then what could possibly be left for final episodes? Does anyone not remember 'She was pretty?' Conflicts were resolved so early into the story so latter half of the drama was so lackluster.

In this one I am getting to know the characters more and it balances all emotions. It has just been 3 episodes and people are expecting her to tell him to sleep already in first 2 episodes? No no.

Im gonna continue watching it and absolutely love it. Well done to all actors and directors. Please keep this pace.

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I felt like that. I try to like this drama and try to watch it until episode 3 but I felt nothing but irritated and I don't know why. hate to see bo nui and it grows in each scene she's in. I don't know if I want to continue watching it. I will stick to another hae yong for now. because no drama got me hooked bad.

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I've also tried and failed to like this show. And the whole "I'll work here if you date me" thing is so ridiculous I have no interest in it. Seriously, what is wrong with Wednesday/Thursday dramas? Entertainer and Lucky Romance both failed to deliver, with obvious plots and bad execution. Master - God of Noodles was intriguing in the beginning, but is now just a depressing mess. I could care less if he gets his revenge. It's so depressing.

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As much as I love the casts, I think I'm just gonna settle with reading recaps. I keep waiting until this episode for something to hook me in, but I get none. Sorry, RJY.

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How does this tiger thing work ??? Is it based on your age ??? Cant there b two people of different age who are tigers ???

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you don't know how the zodiac works? tigers would be 6, 18, 30, 42, so on. 30 would be the ideal age for bo nui bc 18 in korean age is a minor and therefore illegal and creepy and 42 is too old.

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! I know how the English zodiac works but not the korean.
Thanks for telling me.

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@ Mikanjjj

Year of the Tiger: 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 (too young for Bo Nui!)

You may want to refer to this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_(zodiac)

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Thanks for the info !!!

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Why only this show who have 'Episode grade' feature wonder why....
The lee soo hyuk face is so distracting i can't even staring at his face for 10second
after 3eps and has no ost? seriously..

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I have a soft spot for HJE, but I just haven't been able to get into any of her dramas since Secret. I thought I'd give this drama a chance because the teasers and stills looked awesome, but I literally could not finish ep 2. It seemed too "try hard" to be funny. And the parts that are supposed to be funny, I didn't find funny at all. I'm so disappointed because I couldn't feel any chemistry between the two leads and in their pictorials, they looked lovely together. Overall, I just feel very detached.

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I agree as well that the episode was slow.
Hopefully it picks up. The vibrant colors in the show do attract me though as they are aesthetically pleasing to look at.

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I really wanted to watch this drama for RJY, really wanted to like it but then yesterday I fell asleep watching episode 2!! I woke up feeling confused?! It's just as you said JB, it's not funny, there were couple of scene in which I smiled but that's it, nothing rom-com laugh out loud funny!

I hope it gets better, when it does I'll tune back in but for now dropping it!

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I think what really frustrates me is the lack of goofy background music that can escalate the funny parts into something more than just tickle your funny bones.The BM is not even audible in some parts and there are those scenes that are very dry since there is no background music to support it,as in totally no music at all.Gosh, who is in charge of the music,I think he should be fired,the scenes are hilarious enough,the actors are doing great in their acting and I think the story is very good,I love the depth of each character,but the music is definitely a total turn off.I hope the show will improve in this aspect,it is not yet too late,the actors are sooo good that it is frustrating that their talents will be wasted in this lousy production part. Geeze,I am so angry...

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Exactly, I can't find any problem directing, acting, script(it sure is predictable so some of others are too but...) individually but they don't seem to be harmonious. I also notice BM is just too weak on bigger moments. It's weird choice because I quite liked the ost they used in trailer and ending part it sounds similar to arcade game tune and it's suits to main characters occupation. It would be nice touch if they use good amount of game sound effects just like how direction was that way on Su Ho's scenes.

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I like Soo Ho. He's simply a guy with a miraculously high IQ and startlingly low EQ, who tries his best in a world full of people with higher EQ's and lower IQ's, navigating situations the only way he knows how - using logic. For once something I can really relate to (even if my IQ is not *that* high and my EQ thankfully not that low lol). Using logic when others might not and saying things that make them look at you like you just parked your UFO in their frontyard can get exhausting and you end up spending a lot of brain power trying to figure out how to handle ordinary social occurences. It makes Soo Ho much less of a jerk than the standard male kdrama lead, as he's logically correct and just doesn't know what he's doing wrong. It's not his fault that his EQ is low and it's not just a myth that a high IQ often equals social akwardness (my theory: IQ rented out all the rooms in Brain Hotel, leaving no place for EQ except maybe a mattress on the storage room floor. Poor guy.)

The drama itself is not that great though. Without RJY this show would be dead already. He brings charisma and emotion to a pretty flat drama. Before seeing him on screen, I just didn't get the hype, but he's a really good actor and completely owns every scene he's in.
Ahhhh, charismatic guys will forever be the ones to steal my heart! They're so much more interesting than an objectively handsome guy with no personality.
RJY might just be SIG all over again lol. Maybe I should stop watching before it gets any worse?

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Overall I am enjoying this show. My issue with it is the dialogue and "forced" interactions between characters to get to the set up. Like when Suho was in the park counting with a newspaper over his head. She took so long trying to get his attention. It just didn't feel natural. It felt pushed to get the result.

And when they were at her door while she was preparing for her date, they kept rambling on the same thing over and over just to pass time it seems so it would coincide with Gary's arrival, then when they get inside her house, more rambling on. I get they are trying to portray bickering and cluelessness but the dialogue is just not there. They go over the same point over and over and yes it's not funny and seems pointless except to pass the time so something can happen. It doesn't have the natural flow of conversation and events leading to another...it feels forced and overkill.

But the characters are likable. I hope it improves but it's an easy watch so far...so will see how the show develops. Thanks for the recaps! Even though I watch the episodes I always like to come back and read the recaps to see if I missed something and read your insights! Always interesting!

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I have to agree with some of the assessments here... the acting's been great so far, but the story-telling is seriously sinking. I love Ryu JunYeol and like many others I was getting restless by the end of ep 2. Seeing the preview for ep 3 I was actually excited-- hey! it looks like there will be something meatier for Suho's character!! But unfortunately ep 3 fell kinda flat-- yes there were some seriously funny scenes, and yes we saw more background to Suho... but the execution was just... MEH

Like someone else has pointed out, you can't say his dad's intention to get his kid to swim/be able to socialize with other kids as not coming from a good place even though the method was uh questionable, but that grey area made me confused as to seriously? that traumatized Suho that badly? it felt so weak compared to the reveal that he got traumatized at age 5 being forced on a variety show (that hinted at Suho's weakness in dealing with social settings/extreme introversion... the onslaught of sensory stimulus knocked him out) Yes his dad acts like a total ass in the present, but the flashback only made it look like 2 different dads... unless the writer is asking us to wait AGAIN until he/she can develop Suho's daddy issues

Don't get me wrong... Ryu JunYeol is killing the role-- he's a very natural actor, so natural that you can barely tell he's acting. Maybe that's a weakness to loud, bawdy rom-coms, but his comedic chops are there with a taste of realness to it instead of acting like a cartoon character. Unfortunately, the confusion from the writing/directing makes it hard to me to even feel Ryu JunYeol when he's giving his 100% brooding/recovering from anxiety (your brain's going ??? i don't get the trauma --> oh but Suho/JunYeol looks seriously distressed.... eh?)

I really hope for the actors' sake the writing gets itself together

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I think the flashback with dad was more about what kind of a father he'd been in general, rather than one specific incident. When he came home he already looked annoyed with his son for being a "nerdy" kid who likes to use his brains rather than playing around. The fact that he threw him in the water didn't just seem to be coming from "the right place" and out of love for his son, wanting him to have friends. It also seemed to come from not accepting his son for who he is, wanting him to be accepted and not ridiculed, not just because he loves him, but because he's embarrassed.

For me present-dad and past-dad were completely alike - present-dad doesn't want to accept his son, because he's still embarrassed by Soo Ho and how he chooses to live his life. Dad doesn't understand why his son isn't "normal" and so he's ashamed. Parents with a lesser IQ than their genius children often don't understand them and find them weird or even think they might not be right in the head/have a low IQ, worry more about them than about their "ordinary" children and wishes them to be different. That's why he won't take his son's money - because it would mean accepting Soo Ho for who he is (along with, apparently, not liking the fact that Soo Ho develops violent games). Yet he still loves his son and misses him. When he drinks, his son is obviously the first thing on his mind (or the reason he gets drunk in the first place) and both his love, anger, shame, guilt and frustration makes him seek out his son and yell at him.

As to him being traumatized, research has shown that a lot of gifted people are also extra sensitive and responsive to things like criticism, leading to being more vulnerable and prone to being traumatized.

Okay. This was a loooong reply, I'm so sorry! I tend to ramble, you can just skip this reply *hides like an ostrich* I find the drama really lacking too, especially the writing, so not defending it, but just thought that the dad-thing at least made sense :)

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oh no problem no need to hide LOL

I mean I get what they're trying to get at regarding the problem of his dad-- I'm just saying they could have (for the sake of storytelling) come up with something with more oomph to illustrate that point of his father not accepting his son's special circumstance. crinkles nose* If you're (the writer) going to throw in a flashback to illustrate a point, you might as well give us a good one and not waste the storytelling device

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Ahhh, I see! Well, can't argue with that lol! You're absolutely right, it didn't really have a lot of emotional impact. All the emotional impact I garnered from the dad-Soo Ho scenes were derived from RJY's acting, same with the mom-scenes.

In general the show is pretty lacking in "oomph", I think. And they do tend to use a loooot of flashbacks only 3 episodes in *eyeroll* It's become such a popular device, yet most of the time I find it really off-putting. Sometimes it's like they're talking down to the audience, thinking none of us have the creative intelligence to deduce these things and/or imagine them ourselves.

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If they keep everything the same but take HJE out, I would love this show more. So I do not think it is the writing, it is acting that makes Bo-nui annoying. We have seen and loved heroines who lacks logic before. But HJE's acting style just does not fit the role. When I think Bo nui played by PSH, the drama becomes more watchable and fun.

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The setup feels a little heavy-handed. It's really difficult to use someone who's almost on life support as a springboard to comedy. If they went with a lighter premise, like a prediction that she didn't lose her virginity by 30 she'd be a spinster all her life, then it would probably work better. Instead you have this woman who is genuinely desperate to save her sister's life, driven by guilt that the girl walked into traffic while calling her.

Hopefully things will level out some and people will get a chance to gel. I am surprised, Lee So-Hyuk is actually quite nice in this so far and pretty believable as a tennis pro. To be expected as a former model he's in great, lean shape but his moves on the court actually looked quite good.

Also, as a gay guy I have to say that Ryang-ha comes across as gay. I mean REALLY gay. But possibly in the closet and overcompensating by hitting on the girls.

Anyway people seem pretty down on this show but I like to give them at least 4 before making a final judgment. KMHM was annoying at the start but after about that many episodes it really clicked.

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You nailed it.
It's de quiet desperation for saving her sister that makes Bo nui forced, or more likely conned, in to sex. Soooo not funny.

Is the shamman real or a sociotath, I can never tell, but every time he says "It's your fault that an a** crashed on your sister on a perfectly legal crosswalk" I want to slap him. Hard.

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Love your username and your comment haha

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I know it's not quite to the point, but I really hope I can like Lee Chung-ah throughout this show. I like her a lot - I feel like she has so much humanity.

So I was happy when she had that dithery moment after Su-ho wouldn't talk to her, wondering if she should have said, "So you can ride a bike now," in a different tone of voice. It seems more like the kind of moment we would get from a male second lead who was likable, than the more typical scheming female second lead type of thing.

Because, yeah, at this point I'm watching this show for the performances and the promise of antics, and enjoying it. But if the characters start doing annoyingly pointless things, especially second leads, I don't know that there will be anything to hold on to.

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This drama does not suck but somehow so far isn't hasn't quite managed to make all the different parts click together? Especially the sad circumstances of Bo Nui's motivations don't quick mesh with the supposedly quirky tone.

I like Su-Ho a lot and I like HJE (though I'm meh about her character) but everything else is just... it took me several hours to watch ep 3 because I got distracted and forgot that I was watching it.

I'm gonna keep watching for 1 or 2 episodes more because I JUST REALLY WANT TO SEE RJY and I still feel like this drama could be cute if they just got their shit together.

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I actually really liked it and the next episode is even better I think. I had a few laugh out loud moments but I guess if it's in korean I just laugh more easily because it's not my mother tongue.

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I actually expected lots of fun watching thes 1st ep, only to feel flat as it was kind of slow, a bit boring, but to this ep, it definitely took up on me! I like it much better than the first 2 eps

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"I was trying to figure out all episode long why I felt so detached"

Same here. I think it took me 3 hours to watch this one ep because it just couldn't hold my interest. I really hope it gets better. I like all the actors but the plot isn't interesting enough at the moment. If the manhwa is zany, I think the drama could use an extra helping of that zaniness to keep it from being your typical rom com.

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What with the episode grade?? Its definitely turning me off to watch the drama :(

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