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Uncontrollably Fond: Episode 4

With the backstory firmly established, we get to spend more time in the present and move beyond initial misunderstandings and crossed wires, and I’m enjoying the way our characters interact now that the initial icy layer has been breached. Not that we’re anywhere near the warm gooey center, mind you (I don’t know why this drama turned into pie a la mode, but there you go), but we’re seeing cracks in everyone’s steely armor—especially our hero’s—and I’m liking how it throws everyone else a little off-kilter.

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

As Joon-young drives up and down every single bridge over the Han River, Eul peers over the railing on the bridge that she’s on. She spots something curious underneath, and brightens to see a young couple taking a picture together. Ha, it’s Lee Yubi and 2PM’s Junho, and Eul gasps.

She quickly takes out her phone and leans precariously over the edge to get a good picture of them, murmuring brightly to herself that the heavens haven’t forsaken her yet. Lol, they’re putting in cameos as themselves, and Eul guesses that they must’ve started dating while shooting their movie together.

It’s then that Joon-young spots Eul and yanks her back down, shouting at her for taking her life so easily. He screams that he’ll shoot the documentary, calling her crazy, while she just stares up at him like he’s the crazy one.

Back in 2011, Eul nearly dies on the operating table, but is revived at the last minute. The surgeon comes out to tell her little brother Jik that the surgery went well and the worst is over, and down the hall, Joon-young hears them and sheds a tear, though he still looks agonized. Ji-tae also watches from a distance and hears that Eul made it.

Joon-young goes straight to his law school advisor, his finger still bloody from him picking at it all night, and announces that he’s dropping out of school. When his teacher asks why, Joon-young says that if someone like him became a prosecutor, this country would really be hopeless. It’s what Eul had said about him in high school, though now his guilt has made him believe it.

He walks the tree-lined street through campus one last time, soaking it in before leaving it all behind.

Fast-forward to 2016, after Joon-young has agreed to do the documentary. Best friend Nari totally overdoes Eul’s hair and makeup for the first day of her documentary shoot, and Eul reminds her that Joon-young is out their league now and starts wiping off the lipstick.

But Nari says this isn’t about seducing him—it’s about pride, and she can’t have Joon-young looking down on Eul when all of them were once friends on the same level. Eul sees her point and asks for the gold dust.

Joon-young gets out of the shower and spends a gloriously gratuitous amount of time checking himself out in the mirror. He asks his reflection how someone so healthy could be sick.

Manager hyung Gook-young runs in to tell Joon-young that Eul is outside the front door, and whatever he’s picturing right now, reality will be better than that. Joon-young sees what he means when they get to the video intercom, and Eul is standing there looking like she’s dressed for a nightclub. In 1989, or thereabouts. Whatever era it was, there sure was a lot of glitter.

Gook-young cracks up at Eul’s idea of dressing up to impress Joon-young, but Joon-young just takes it in silently and sends hyung to go feed the dog. He watches Eul take a bunch of selfies and declare herself so pretty that it must’ve been difficult to hide it all this time, and he can’t help but crack a tiny smile.

Eul is surprised when Nari pulls up in her scooter, insisting that they swap out Eul’s fake-designer purse and earrings for the real deal (which she’s borrowed from a friend). Eul doesn’t see the need, but Nari says Joon-young would know the difference and might look down on her.

Eul argues that Joon-young will look down on her regardless of designer anything, and adds that his terrible personality is even worse than it was back in school. He’s listening to all of this, of course, and his face darkens.

Nari gapes at the size of Joon-young’s house, but quickly reverts to pep-talk mode and reminds Eul that she’s got just as bad a temper as Joon-young and is practically a dog once she goes crazy (lol, this is a weird pep talk), so she should consider any rants from Joon-young as nothing more than a dog’s bark.

Nari encourages Eul to make the most of this opportunity, given that she faked a suicide to get it, and Eul corrects her that she never said she was going to kill herself; she just never corrected his misunderstanding.

Now THAT makes Joon-young angry, and he leaves her standing outside his door in the freezing cold in retaliation. Eul waits and waits, and just as she’s about to kick his door, Joon-young comes out to take Pororo for a walk and catches by the arm.

He’s back to speaking formally with her, so Eul follows suit, though she’s perplexed when he calls the documentary off. He confronts her about the fake suicide attempt, and she points out that it was his misunderstanding, and she meant to tell him the truth… but forgot.

She argues that he made her lose an exclusive on Junho and Lee Yubi’s date, which would’ve paid for two months’ wages. He tells her to send her bank info to his manager so he can give her twice what she would’ve made then, and she says he might as well give her a hundred million won.

He scoffs at that and says he could give her a billion won, and a car, and the house, and everything he has, and screams at her for asking for something so little as a hundred million. He thoroughly stomps on her pride, and Eul shouts back that it must be nice to have so much money that he can look down on everyone and go back on his promises like a bastard.

She punctuates it with a kick to his shin, and trusty sidekick Pororo reacts like it’s an attack on his master and charges at Eul. Next thing we know, Joon-young has her slung over his shoulder as he carries her inside.

He flops Eul down on the couch and tells Gook-young that she’s probably just faking it, because all Pororo did was charge at her, and she fainted. He heads out to exercise and tells Gook-young to send her home, only to have Gook-young shout worriedly that something’s really wrong.

Eul is feverish and covered in rashes, so Joon-young has his doctor make a house call. The doc says she’s allergic to dogs and suffered a shock, and should be fine after taking medication. The doc notes that Joon-young looks healthy, and Joon-young says it must’ve been a bad diagnosis. He jokes that he won’t sue the doctor, but neither of them looks convinced.

Joon-young ties Pororo up outside and thanks him for the defensive strike, but tells him not to attack Eul anymore, because biting her will get him kicked out of the house. Pororo whines in response.

Joon-young goes to check on Eul and peeks at her ringing phone, which says that “Husband” is calling. That certainly gives him pause.

It turns out that Husband is Ji-tae, who shows Eul’s little bro Jik a nice apartment and says he and his sister can stay here for free because it belongs to a hyung he knows. Jik turns down the offer, saying that Eul is becoming more shameless about money these days, and getting something like this for free would just solidify her belief that working hard is pointless.

Jik doesn’t want his noona to rely on get-rich-quick schemes and luck and chance, and says that he’s already found a friend to stay with, and Eul can stay with Nari until they save up enough for a new apartment.

Ji-tae is even more embarrassed when Jik hands him an envelope, saying he got a bonus from the mom of a student he tutors. Jik tells Ji-tae to buy himself a new winter parka and points out the hole in the one he’s wearing. Ironically, Jik says that Eul is so materialistic that Ji-tae’s poverty is preventing him from winning her over, and he suggests buying a nicer jacket to impress her, so that he can become Jik’s brother-in-law. Oh, if you only knew how rich he really is.

When Ji-tae arrives at home that night, he looks like a totally different person head to toe. It’s a family memorial dinner, and Jung-eun is there cooking the entire lavish spread. Mom and the housekeeper ajumma are thoroughly impressed, though little sister Haru outwardly shows her disapproval.

Haru goes to Dad and complains that nobody could be that perfect and not have something else going on, and speculates that Jung-eun might have come from another star, or eat snakes when no one’s around. When Ji-tae comes home, Dad tells him to say something nice to Jung-eun for doing all the cooking.

Ji-tae agrees pleasantly, though in his room he looks distraught over having to make nice with Jung-eun. In a flashback, we see that Ji-tae had asked his parents to call off the arranged marriage to Jung-eun, asking for a chance to marry someone he loved. Surprisingly, Dad had been understanding, and said that no matter how important his own career was, it wasn’t more important than his son’s happiness.

Now in the present, it’s unclear what’s changed, because he comes out of the bathroom and rubs Jung-eun’s shoulders like a boyfriend. She asks for a kiss, and when he doesn’t reciprocate, she calls him out on only being with her out of a duty to their parents, and when he doesn’t argue, she feels insulted.

He suddenly grabs her by the arm and says, “Let’s get married.” He wants to skip the engagement and just marry her, but she wants to know if he loves her. All he says in response is, “As long as you don’t push me away, I won’t leave you.” Ouch.

Jung-eun says it’s okay because she’ll just love enough for the both of them, and pulls him in for a kiss. He couldn’t look less into her if he tried (lol, this writer and her open-eyed kisses).

Joon-young wakes up at the foot of his bed and is surprised to see Eul gone, though he finds her right away stuffing her face with ramyun in his kitchen. He just gapes for a moment and then asks if fainting is her shtick. She says that she got into a car accident some years ago, and had to undergo three surgeries—since then, her body’s been all messed up. He gulps at the mention of that accident.

Eul hems and haws and then brings up that offer he made before she fainted, and asks if he really meant it when he said he’d give her everything. He asks what she wants, and she asks for a hundred million won, which she says is the biggest amount of money in her world.

Joon-young doesn’t say a thing, but she negotiates the amount down lower and lower, and then suggests a loan if he won’t give it to her outright. But he asks why he should just give her money when she could earn it herself, and she argues that he took away the one job she managed to score.

At that, he calls his agent and says he’ll shoot the documentary, and they can add a clause in the contract that if he changes his mind again, he’ll pay them a thousand times the contract breach fee.

Ji-tae gets a message late that night about a pair of sneakers, and Eul calls to say that they’re his present, in honor of her new job. He’s happy for her, until he hears that it’s a documentary on Shin Joon-young.

Clearly Ji-tae knows something, because he’s too shocked to answer her, and Eul hangs up thinking he fell asleep. She must really like him, because she ends the call with a kiss to her phone.

The next morning, Joon-young builds Pororo a doghouse outside, and he explains that it’s just for three months while they shoot the documentary. Really though, couldn’t the dog have his own wing of the house and be fine?

Pororo is not pleased, and Joon-young offers to swap houses and let Pororo have the big house. Well that’s just adorable. He then spends the day cleaning up alllll of the dog hair in his house because of Eul’s allergy.

Eul gets called in by her old boss, who butters her up using Eul’s own tea-with-a-side-of-aegyo tactic. She quickly discovers that he heard about her scoring Joon-young’s documentary, and he offers her twice the pay as the other production house and a full-time job with benefits. She lights up at that.

Her boss heads outside to take a call from someone he calls “managing director,” and we see that it’s Ji-tae. He’s made an offer to invest in their company as long as they secure Eul. Hm… what are you up to?

Joon-young’s manager and agent are surprised to see that Joon-young redecorated for the documentary shoot, and they wonder where he went. But ack, Joon-young is throwing up in his toilet at the moment, and writhing in pain on his bathroom floor. As he crawls to the shower and writhes in unbearable pain, he narrates:

“I wanted to ask, why now? I was fine all this time, eating well, sleeping well, and I shortened my record up to the peak of Cheonggye Mountain by three minutes. Eul is supposed to come today. I’ve waited for this moment for so long. Why now, of all times? But then I remembered a promise I had made long ago: ‘If you save Eul, if you only save Eul, I will give up all of the happiness allotted to me.’ I will give up all of the happiness allotted to me.

Back in her ex-boss’s office, Eul thanks him for the offer, and he’s pleased that she doesn’t hold a grudge. But Eul corrects him—she does hold a grudge, a mean one in fact—and turns down the job. She clarifies that it’s really because if she were to betray Joon-young now, he’d kill her. Ji-tae must’ve been trying to get her away from Joon-young’s documentary, because he doesn’t look pleased to hear that Eul turned the offer down.

Ji-tae’s flashback brings us back to the night of Eul’s accident in 2011, and this time we see that Ji-tae had been outside Eul’s house too, and he saw Joon-young eavesdrop on her blackmail phone call to their father.

Ji-tae watched from a distance as Joon-young followed her out, and he saw the whole accident play out right in front of him. At the hospital, he’d seen Joon-young crying and washing up in the bathroom, and he’d picked up the phone Joon-young left behind, with a picture of him and Mom on the screen.

Ji-tae had ordered an investigation into Joon-young, confused about why he’d nearly kill his own girlfriend to protect Ji-tae’s father. He’d gotten a swift confirmation that Joon-young was likely his half-brother, and in the present, Ji-tae takes out an old photo of his father hugging Joon-young’s mother.

At the hospital, Joon-young congratulates his doctor on not being a quack. Pff. Doc says his condition is declining rapidly, and Joon-young asks how long he has to live—six months, or three? Doc avoids answering and suggests checking into the hospital and beginning chemotherapy right away. Ah, so it’s cancer, is it?

Joon-young confirms that he’d die anyway, and just asks for medication to manage the pain, “So that no one knows that Shin Joon-young is dying. Even me.” He says that if the doc can make it painless until the day he dies, he’ll sign a hundred autographs for his daughter.

Ji-tae’s mother happens to cross paths with Joon-young on his way out, and she wonders why he’s at the hospital. Joon-young calls Mom, who doesn’t answer and sends back one of those automated messages saying that she’s in a meeting and can’t take calls. He scoffs at the idea of an ajumma at a restaurant holding meetings.

Mom is in fact holding a meeting, of what appears to be an anti-Joon-young fan club. She and two of her employees (one of them is Gook-young’s sister and Joon-young’s stylist) are busy writing bad comments about him online, and Mom schools them on being a proper anti-fan.

Ajusshi catches them in the act and threatens to report them all, and chides Mom for her childish method of trying to get Joon-young to quit acting. Ajusshi points out how ridiculous it is to think that if Joon-young became a prosecutor, his father would suddenly break up his loving family and take Mom and Joon-young back.

But Mom has a bone to pick of her own, and says that Joon-young didn’t choose to become an actor—he did it because Gook-young got himself into trouble and Joon-young signed with his talent agency for the money, to save Gook-young. Ajusshi is shocked that Mom knew all this time, while Mom feels chastised in turn when she learns that Joon-young knows all about her being his anti-fan.

Apparently Joon-young’s fan club has been tracking his antis too, and Haru in particular is ready to go after Mom (not knowing that it’s his mom, of course, because who would guess that?). But more pressing news steals their attention: They discover that the PD for Joon-young’s documentary is too young and pretty to be left by his side ’round the clock.

Haru gets her group to rally their efforts into finding out whatever they can about this PD Noh Eul, and nearby, a café employee lifts his head at the name. It’s Jik, of course, because this must be one of those shows where there is One Café, One Restaurant, and One Hospital in all of Seoul.

Jik hides the fact that that’s his sister they’re planning to bring down, and he exchanges numbers with Haru, promising to give her some dirt on Noh Eul.

Meanwhile, Eul gives a dreary presentation on the documentary concept to Joon-young, the documentary team, and his staff, and they all nearly pass out from boredom. Joon-young interrupts to ask her to summarize the point like he’s stupid, and that finally gets her to speak like a normal person and not a robot.

Eul says that the concept is an uplifting message to young people to fight for life, using Joon-young’s bucket list. Suddenly they all realize it’s a cool idea, though Joon-young stills when Eul says the message is: Live, however you can, and don’t die, because no matter what life throws at you, it’s worth living.

Joon-young gets up abruptly and says he wasn’t told that this would be the concept, and storms out of the room. He retreats to his bathroom floor again, his mind swimming with thoughts.

Outside, everyone takes bets on whether Joon-young will bow out of the documentary yet again, and the crew is ready to pack up and leave. Eul says she’ll try to convince him one more time, but to everyone’s surprise, Joon-young walks out with a smile and says they should start.

Eul begins the interview by asking what Joon-young would want to do most if he only had a year to live. He doesn’t answer for the longest time, making everyone in the room tense. Finally he breaks the silence by suggesting that a year is too long, and he’d prefer to say it’s three months.

Eul says that’s fine, so then he says he’s going to live recklessly, and kill everyone he doesn’t like. She says that’s not really the goal of this documentary, but he ignores her and says that he’ll go to clubs and sleep with a different woman every night.

His agent tries to stop the interview, but Joon-young barrels on and insists he’s serious. Eul asks why he’s not including drug use or drunk driving or gambling then, but he counters that he’s not joking—he’s speaking sincerely.

Then he suddenly says, “Will you date me, Noh Eul PD-nim? Let’s say I’m going to die in three months, so just for three months—really passionately.”

 
COMMENTS

The final moment had less impact because we’ve seen a version of that confession (er, proposition?) in teasers for the show, but it does take on a whole new meaning now that we know Joon-young is really dying. It makes the whole documentary project much more interesting, because we can explore his impending death and all his angst about it on a character level while he gets to save face and act like he’s not really dying. It works, though I wish it had all been less coincidental. There’s just really not a strong reason for Eul to have come up with the bucket list idea, so it seems a little convenient that she happened to come up with the concept when he’s just been given a terminal diagnosis and in denial about his death.

In fact, there’s a lot of coincidence in this drama, and I’d prefer it if we could let characters intersect in a slightly more organic way. I feel like the web is sticky enough without having Eul’s little brother run into Ji-tae’s little sister, or to have Haru gunning for Eul because she’s in love with her half-brother (which, um…), because I think the leading love square is plenty complicated as it is. I’m just grateful that things move so quickly in this show, and that traditional melodramatic plot points are played undramatically. If birth secrets had dragged on, I would have less tolerance for the family stuff, but every week the reveals come fast and loose, and it’s refreshing that a character like Ji-tae just knows the score from the start.

That also makes him dangerous though, and I’m intrigued by Ji-tae’s duality. He seems like such a sweet oppa to Eul and Jik, and up until today I thought he was acting benevolent out of guilt for his father’s actions. I think that’s still the case, but then there’s also this very cold, calculating side to him, who’s willing to manipulate Eul’s livelihood to keep her away from Joon-young, or marry Jung-eun for who knows what end. Is it really because of his father? Or is he trying to get close to her because of Eul? Ji-tae and Eul seem to genuinely like each other, so if he’s doing this to take Jung-eun down, he’s shooting himself in the foot romantically. But then he clearly wouldn’t do anything to harm his father. I don’t know, but he’s definitely an enigma.

I think it really helped to see Joon-young show palpable signs of his terminal illness today, because he’s been so flippant that it’s easy to forget he’s actually dying. But that’s the thing that makes his character a loose cannon, and I felt a surge of energy in the story when we got to see him break down in pain and then act out at Eul because she was poking him where it hurts. Every time I get tired of his jerky antics, there’s something to bring it back around and make me utterly sympathetic, like when he smiles at Eul when no one is looking, or when his mom is mean to him, or when he breaks down physically. I’m hoping that it spurs him to actually spend his remaining time making things up to Eul. It’s what he ought to do and what he wants to do, not that his stubbornness will make it very easy. The problem is, Ji-tae is seemingly trying to do the same, except the two half-brothers are at odds with one another even with the best of intentions. I guess this is what they call a pickle. Or in dramaland, Thursday.

 
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The most earth-shattering discovery of this drama thus far is that No Eul is allergic to Pororo.

NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

I was waiting for them to have a magical and magnificent bond. Instead, I was thrust into anguish as SJY was drilling the dog house.

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I know! Here I am, dreaming of the epilogue when Eul is raising Pororo and reminisced about JY after he passes away...if the dramagod doesn't give them a kind as a legacy...

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Wow, what a poetic epilogue that would be. Alas...

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Nooooooo

That means less of pororo ???? Don't do that ... He brings half the ratings!

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btw, there a scene in the flashback where NE tells her brother to take care of pororo in episode 2 right before her dad dies. ??????????

i thought he was taking care of her dog. confused

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I had to rewatch that scene hhhh ...
No, she told him to "go watch cartoons" ^^

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My subs said - go watch pororo .... i was so excited that pororo is going to be star of the show :-(

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mine are from dramafever I think ( I downloaded them from subscene ) I don't know if they are accurate but .. the subs go exactly lke this " go watch cartoons, child jik " so I think this has more meaning , maybe ?

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Pororo is a popular children's cartoon in Korea, the triplets onSuperman Returns used to watch it:) JY's Pororo must be named after the cartoon ?

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Yeah, like pigsnout said, Pororo is a Korean cartoon, he's a little penguin who's wearing an aviator helmet and goggles, loves adventures and dreams of flying.

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Ah! thank you everyone ... my heart broke a little when i realised there will not be any 3 way bonding with pororo .. This is why i love live shooting - we could have started a 'more pororo' campaign :)

... The cartoon is cute though.

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I did enjoy Pororo's posture when he first got an eyeful of 80s Glamazon Eul: "WTF is this?"

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Yesssss Pororo was so on-point there!

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Its been my question since beginning.
Is pororo is the same dog in cofee prince? Eunchan call him terry in that drama. They looks very alike.

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The dog breed is old english sheepdog.
Omaigod, they looks so cute and kind... ?

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Omg, when they showed him building the dog house...Heart? Meet floor. (cited from GF)
I think we can all agree that the real victim in this drama is Pororo. Man, he tried to protect you and this is how you thank him, you're kicking him out for the chick? Seriously the house is so damn big, can't he just stay in another part of it? Hmpf.

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I'm so glad I'm not the only one upset about this D: whyyyyy?!

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AHAHA. I was almost going to stay up late last night just so I could write this exact same comment, but I'm glad to see I didn't need to!

This is devastating.

Doesn't this drama know that whenever a terminally ill hero has a dog, he's supposed to give it to the heroine to take care of forever and ever once he dies?! That is clearly what is supposed to happen, but what is this allergy nonsense?!

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*wears old english top hat and monocle*

Nonsense!

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Balderdash! Gobbledygook.

Also, justice for Pororo-- the only 100% loyal, selfless and pure-hearted character in this drama.

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I'm having a push and pull relationship with this drama. I don't think it is right for me so I try to push it away, but it keeps pulling me back in.

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I loved this episode. But it could be better edited.

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I am loving this drama... and now that we have straightened about some facts its getting more fun.

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Me too! It's way better than my expectations.

But how come nobody is talking about that bathroom scene?! Hubba hubba. I didn't know that Kim Won Bin was hiding all that muscle underneath those loose sweatshirts he likes to wear!!! Please let's have more of scenes like this for fan service's sake! ??☺️

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lol you should see Heirs, the Technicians and even Friend 2, he takes off his clothes or has bed scenes in almost all his work after Heirs.

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Thanks! I've watched Heirs, but I don't recall seeing those muscles. *goes to watch again*

I'll be checking the other series as well. ☺️

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Are my eyes deceiving me or did he get even more buff since Heirs? Not that I'm complaining. Shin Min-ah is one looky girl. Hehe.

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Looky? Lmao what happened there...I mean "lucky" of course

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He did get more buff. But if you see most his new pics he didn't work much on his legs, which is too bad for me.

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first rule of bodybuilding: never skip leg day lol

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Yah - it's SO weird when men get all buff on top and don't work out their legs. It's awful looking. Beefy, muscular butts, things and calves are a true sign of a man who works out his entire body and that's the BEST thing!! Thank you, Rain, Ji Chang Wook and other athletic stars like Ryu Jun-yeol (LOVED his exposed legs so much in Lucky Romance!)

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Tee hee....I typed "Things" when I meant "thighs" and broke my own rule of proofreading...but the slip is kinda funny. Freud would approve!

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For some reason the coincidences don't seem to bother me a lot? I feel like all kdramas deal with coincidence so I'm fine with it as long as it doesn't drive the entire plot.

Also, what is ji tae's motivation for being in that loveless marriage? I'm really confused cause it looks like he wants to marry noh eul, yet he's going along with that (very awkward) marriage too? And does noh eul like him too? I feel like she does have feelings for him especially since she kissed her phone when she said goodbye. Then again she might have just done that cause she was so happy. I really want to know how they met though and how he hides his true self.

Also, who else is wondering if noh eul and joon young were ever in a real relationship? The teasers showed them being a lot more touchy feely but I can't tell if that's in the current time or the flashback. Did they ever meet again and date or is the accident what's connecting them? Why else would Noh Eul call him a bastard in ep.1. I also when she will find out he caused her accident. SO MANY QUESTIONS I NEED ANSWERED UGH but in a good way as in I should have waited until all the episodes were out cause now im too anxious way lol

Can't wait for next week!

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I hope there's more to their relationship than what we've seen. The animosity and resentment seems a little out of place if their relationship didn't go any deeper after Eul's accident.

I like the otp together, but one of the things that's been bothering me so far is that the romantic feelings at this point have felt mostly one sided. Joon Young has clearly liked her for years, but Eul seemed to drop any feelings for him after seeing how he dumped Na Ri back in high school, and afterwards she had too many issues to deal with to even give dating a passing thought.

Like, if you want me to enjoy the angst of their ~tragically~ torn apart relationship, you have to have her like him too!

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So true!

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I feel the same way but how I read it was that No Eul is going to fall in love with him again now as an adult then find out who he is and his health. She's going to fall in love with the enemy and a dying man. So much agnst to be had.

I am really looking forward to her finding out JY and JT real identity. She's going to cut ties with the both of them.

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honestly, this is terrible. but ji tae should just sit tight and not be evil so he can get the girl after the main guy dies. lmaooo

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This is my favourite comment!

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Savage.

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lmao

maybe they'll go there! now that would be a plot twist!

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@GirlFriday - I admire you for taking on this drama and am enjoying your honest take on things..especially the energy I am reading between the lines. In fact, I think I'm going to enjoy the show within the show of all your recaps FAR more than I'll enjoy my own interpretation of the drama. Gauntlet thrown!

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I am going to take a moment to appreciate the mirror scene.....................".................................................................................................................................................................""..........................................................

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Oh yeah ..I literally had to breathe
Let's not argue on looks, storyline, acting chops etc, KWB body is hot!! No questions asked! Thank you for giving us a bonus scene heh heh

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Just goes to prove that Koreans do know how to do a proper scrumptious choco-abs-on-display-scene without a shower !
Even better : No brooding to boot.
For the first time Woobie and the viewers were thinking the exact same thing! :D

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"Not too shabby..."

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Yeah he's 'modest' like that isn't he? :')

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I had to pause it so I could catch my breathe. I forgot the affect he has on me.

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Now this was the first episode that I actually enjoyed! And noooiooooo...not pororo!

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I'm with you in the "I don't care about the dog" club. I live with 3 myself. The walking dust mop does nothing for me. More KWB abs however works for me.

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JT watching the accident was toooooo much of a coincidence. But he does seem scary now. Excited!

the mom dictating her minions and slandering him online was so so cute.

But i honestly don't get her animosity. I get that she was crushed when he dropped law. most parents would be esp if the child took up something as unpredictable as showbiz. But that he is doing well should be enough for her ? right ? saying you are dead to me just bec he didn't become a prosecutor like her lousy ex - overreaction much.

I'm liking how the story is coming together. But apparently the ratings are falling. The first 2 episodes should be the strongest to reel the audience in (look at doctors) but here they were ok-ish and the show suffered as a result... And now competition from W. Hopefully the show will pick up bec we need to see more of woobie on our screen :)

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Actually, if you pay attention, The first episode is kind of decent. There is so many mistery untold, Why they act the way did in the first episode, there might be some mystery untold in the past. it's enough pick my interest towards the show. It's just maybe it's not what mainstream is supposed to enjoy, make a scene with a Bang like Doctors. I actually prefer slow build up like this than end with a bang. It's certainly well told story so far.

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Did Ji-Tae hear what Eul was saying to his father on the phone? I thought he'd have been too far. If he didn't, how did he know that Joon Young stole the usb to protect Ji-Tae's father?

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It's implied he not only overheard vut also saw JY reaction, watched his move and his choices that brought on NE accident. That was why he asked for him to be looked into. I think he might be under the misconception that JY and NE were really dating back in college days, I get the feeling he hasn't done anything because JY stepped away after it but now that JY is back in her life he is making his move to keep them apart.

At this moment I don't know if it's because he loves her or necause he is afraid them getting together could reveal things from before and eventually his dad's issue will be revealed. I get the feeling it's a bit of both.

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I have exactly the same issue on this point. At that distance, I doubt he could hear clearly so how DID he know that what JY did was to save his Dad's neck?

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Dang. This drama is going to drain my tears isn't it?
And I haven't even watched it. Just reading the recap.

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I like this show, I really do, and Kim Woo Bin is a dream come true, but my heart cannot handle another terminal drama. I would like it so much if it were a misdiagnosis or guilt manifesting itself as physical symptoms, because the thing is, he and Eul make such a cute couple. I feel at odds because as much as I want to tune in, I know I'll be heartbroken to see him die.

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I feel the same way. I'm actually surprised I didn't drop the show the second I found out he was gonna die. The power of Woo Bin I guess?

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No offense, but:

Pororo > Kim Woo Bin's abs

With all due respect, I greatly appreciate the effort that director/writer and Kim Woo Bin-nim have put for the abs scene.

Now, gimme more Pororo.

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i can't believe i'm saying this but i agree with you! .... and i'm not even a dog person

Pororo makes every scene twice as better. I was really looking fwd to NE, JY and pororo having a ball together .... but what did they do ... *sniff* *sniff*

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Brilliant! :*D

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Just give us all a break and pull up some puppy compilation videos on youtube. I'm watching for the people and the actual drama.

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Pororo is (the best) part of the actual drama!

I actually mean it. The moments I feel most endeared to KWB's character are when he's talking to his dog. Probably because I work with dogs and end up venting to them all the time. Part of the reason I can put up with Joon-young's assy behavior is because I've found a kindred spirit in him.

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just take all the pororo scenes, cut and throw the others scenes. just because everyone here who are commenting crowded with them whom "oh...pororo is the one who makes this show twice better" doesn't representing others silent spectators out there who are really enjoying the whole drama's aspects and ALL of the characters involved.

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Episode 3 was lacking from the Pororo. MORE PORORO.

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Thanks for the quick recap!

Really enjoyed this episode. I thought I was gonna quit after a few because the first two episodes felt too simple for me, but Week 2 is connecting a lot of dots, and just enough to keep us guessing.

JoonYoung's tsundure character is a bit of a cliche but at the same time I sympathize with him a lot and I don't really know why. I think it started with the flashback back in 2008 (?) where he learned that the Prosecutor was his father and went all puppy mode and earnestly tried to fulfill his mom's dream. Speaking of Mom, I'm kind of glad to discover that she knows JoonYoung didn't choose the life of an actor, and she's vaguely aware that he doesn't really enjoy it. (After all, he did that after his whole self-curse-to-infinite-unhappiness prayer thingy.) So to a certain extent, at least just for this episode, I can believe that the reason she's being hard on him is because she believes that being a prosecutor is what JoonYoung really wants (seeing his note behind his book last episode and all) and she knows something is holding him back. It's a bit misguided I think, but at least it makes a bit more sense than the initial I-want-you-to-be-a-prosecutor-or-else impression.

Loving JiTae so far. This reminds me of his character in Oh My Ghostess, but much more human in that this show reveals so many sides to his character. So far, he's the character who knows the most and has the means to manipulate some of the events, so I'd love to see how that'll play out. The open eyes kiss though. Haha I probably missed the article on the writer being the same one as Innocent Man. I actually loved that melodramatic drama, but this open eye kiss felt more natural to me than Maru's. And I really like that this drama's a lot lighter than Innocent Man, because I don't think the heavy tone would fit the storyline so much.

I really don't mind the One Cafe, One Hospital, Everyone Lives Only a Block Away thing, so many dramas have done so much worse. Fate and all that. But I am iffy about the whole Random Cancer thing. Details pls? I wouldn't mind JoonYoung surviving despite the definite-death-sentence of 3 months thing but I hope this drama doesn't use the vague (*cough*nonexistent*cough*) details of the illness as an excuse that some miracle cure will suddenly save the day.

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@crapatata Very insightful about the Mom. Thanks. You got me thinking. That actually explains her behaviour - she believes acting is NOT his first choice, it is NOT his preference. JY leaves law precisely because he respects the field too much and is so guilt-ridden that he thinks he cannot contaminate the profession. Wow. Thanks for pointing that out.

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Pls help me underatand: Is Ji Tae older than Joon Young? how did that happen? is Ji Tae the assemblyman's son or step son? been trying to figure that out...

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JT is the stepson of the prosecutor (JY's bio dad). so i guess they're half-brothers but they're not related by blood.

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I'm confused, where does it say that JT is the stepson? If he is the stepson then JY is his stepbrother.

Anyway, JT is 30 while JY is 28.

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been trying to figure that out too..

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Woooooh....KWB post-shower mirror scene, hoooooooottt! This is who SMA's dating? Envy much ??.

Moving on, KWB's character is supposed to be older than Ji Tae right? because of how their father and KWB's mother meet first before Ji Tae's mom? But KWB looks way too young than Ji Tae's in this drama. Plus Suzy calls her Ahjussi and speaks formally to Ji Tae's when in fact if they're the same age as KWB then she must be older than Ji Tae's. Just saying.

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No, Ji Tae isn't the biological son of JY's dad, he is the stepson so JY dad wasn't actually cheating on a wife w JY's mom and JY/JT are not biologically related.

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What episode was this revealed?

I was confused about it too and assumed, JY's mom and the prosecutor were having an affair while he already had Jitae from his marriage. Mom, pobably had been willing to accept being his mistressin order to be able to keep seeing him but getting pregnant with JY made her change her mind. She chose to hide and raise JY alone.

Hmm, so did Mr.Prosecutor have an affair? Is Jitae his biological son or is he his wife's son from a previous marriage?

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Although this drama basically rehashes all the tropes of an early 2000's melodrama, I still enjoy it with its shiny 2016 hd spin. After what I went through with Maru in Nice Guy, the woobz pain and angst is nothing I can't handle. The absoluteness of the mother's treatment of her son bugs me a bit in the current timeline just because I really liked the son mother scenes in the flashbacks since now I am pretty sure THE CONNECTION between the leads are because of the accident and not because they had previous romantic entangles. The congressman has the potential to be fleshed out, base on if the restaurant's ajusshi tale of the mother's love story was missing the malicious part of the congressman. If not, then he follows the trend of these characters starting in an well intentioned and innocent place and ended up jaded due to the harsh requirements in order to survive in reality. This writer's dramas can be summed up in an apt HeadsNo2 unrhetorical question: Can a character eventually become so tragic that we become desensitized and immune to their suffering?" and this drama is no exception; I look forward to the suffering journey ahead.Also Maru got to live despite the brain tumor and multiple car accidents, so i guess the Woobz is a goner in this drama?!?

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Pororo is BACK! ? ? ?

This episode felt a little boring compared to episode 3, but one of the things that this show does well is making each episode end with a hook that makes you eager to see what'll happen next. I actually thought the proposition scene at the end was more impactful given the context we now have about Joon Young & Eul.

Ji Tae is proving to be an interesting character. I hope that the writer attempts to flesh out Jung Eun too as well. OHYA proved that second leads are much more interesting when they're given proper insight and development.

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I never imagined a drama by WB and Suzy to be a terminal melodrama but now I am so suck in by two if them and their on off hate/love relationship plus mysteries galore plot that I will have stay on and watch the drama. Ahhh the perils of not waiting for a drama to finish before watching!

Yes I love Pororo and to say frankly, I wish WB and Suzy will do better with their acting. I would say they are about 60 to 70 points to me out of 100. If the roles were given to older actors I would have probably run out of tissues by now. But here, I am still feeling ok but do I feel WB's angst and guilt.

Am I right that NE never really fell in love with JY?

I also wish there is a misdiagnosis on the illness, I really want a happy ending.

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I've been looking for comments about their acting and found you. If you rated them 60-70% it means they are doing quite OK. Will love to see some more comments on their acting.

I love this writer's past dramas. The main point about her drama is always about acting and emotion, and the plot might be ordinary. That is why the acting is really important in her drama. I left this drama after epi 2, because the leads' acting were lacking for me but looking forward to pick up back if I hear better reviews about KWB and Suzy. I don't expect and Suzy's acting is Oscar winning, it is more than enough if she can be as good as Soo Young in My Spring Days or Uee in Marriage Contract. Similar for KWB too.

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I think the standard of Sooyoung and Uee is too high to use, Reply 1988 Hyeri is a better standard. She also got all the hate before the drama started but her performance was good and not awkward to watch even if she was the weakest in the cast.

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Oh I put Soo Young and Uee because of same genre. If Suzy can be good at least half of their performance, it is good enough. Tbh, I didn't think Uee was a great actress before but Marriage Contract changed my mind about her. I am ready to change my mind about Suzy too, if she can do well like Uee.

Hyeri, on the other hand I don't think she is any better than Suzy yet. I don't watch Reply but did watch few episodes of Entertainers and still do not find her good. But I do think Mina improves a lot and might be better than Hyeri.

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I think Suzy and Hyeri can be put as equals because they are the same in terms of really bad acting before+specially written role just for them (Reply and UF). Hyeri performed well in Reply and I think she did better in that role than Suzy here. But it's true that Minah is a much better actress than both of them.

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Because such a big deal has been made about the leading pair's acting abilities, I have paid it more attention than I would have otherwise - and, I think, they are doing just fine. I haven't seen Suzy's work before and only seen KWB as the hot-jerk, but they do manage to capture a range of emotions here.

Could someone else have played these roles? Maybe. They don't seem irreplaceable at this point, and that suggests that they can do better. But, they don't look like they are 'acting', which is always a plus! I am especially impressed with KWB's low-key emoting, and Suzy's ability to present a rather unusual K-drama heroine.

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(I should have added that I picked up the show only in episode 3, so have not seen the first two epis.)

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Thanks for feedbacks ;) I rather reading reviews from non-fans, and if non-fans can give a neutral and positive feedback, it means they are doing ok.

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I mean non-fans of Suzy and KWB

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I might not be a Fan of KWB, but let's just say his hotness has never gone unnoticed - no sirreeee :P

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You know, to me melos nowadays are all about the acting because there really is nothing new and it's trope after trope after trope, so the only way to keep me engaged is caring for its characters (the main reason why Marriage Contract was so damn good) and what shall I say...I guess Suzy and KWB get a barely passing from me. They're not excruciatingly bad, I just don't really care for their characters (yet) which hmm...is actually bad considering what I said before. lol

I'm neither a fan nor hater of them, only seen their acting in Heirs and Dream High, so had very low expectations. Just wanted to check whether this drama is worth the hype, stayed after ep.1 for Pororo, then he didn't appear again because of all those flashback scenes until this episode just to be kicked out of the house, and now I'm staying for Lim Ju-hwan (and to see how many tropes the writer can continue to throw in lol).
Hehe, so I hope this answers how I feel about the leads' acting. :-)

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Agree. Uee and Dimple Oppa really awesome in MC and it surprised me how much I enjoyed it, as I was skeptical about Uee at first. Thank God she really did well.

I have less expectation for KWB and Suzy, my only expectation is will the writer can do her magic again here.

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@Sera The Ms Temper

Considering sooyoung who showed growth with just few projects, i think its already a big shoe to fill in for someone like suzy who has had her fair share of lead roles yet never show much of an improvement. Its like many(including me) have already lowered the expectation about her acting even before the drama and yet she is not able to pass through even that.

Just caught up with ep 3 and 4, and its like both kim woo bin and suzy lacks in emotional acting which is very vital considering its a melodrama. Kim woo bin's acting is gone back to a lower level if we were to compare this with his heirs character. And during emotional scenes in ep 3,their dialogue delivery sounded so artificial to me like they were reciting especially suzy,she has a tendancy to shoutout the dialogue in one go in a high pitch which she might consider as emotional acting but it just comes out as awkward.

So no,as of now lee kyung hee's magic doesn't seem to be working. Also i feel, if they have paired either one of them with a better actor/actress,it might have resulted differently. As of now, both stays below mediocre and only show off one another's faults.

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I've been trying to figure out how I feel about their performances here because I completely agree that the acting is so important in a LKH drama. In fact, LKH dramas tend to bring out the best performances from its stars (I've never loved Rain more than in his very 1st project, Sang Do).

So far, I've come to the conclusion that Suzy has found a good character for herself...for now. She's good at giving her characters personality and isn't boring to watch, but has an issue with establishing a strong emotional bond between her and the audience. This isn't to say that I don't feel connected to her character at all. I do. What I mean by 'emotional connection' is that I don't feel in tune with her emotions as she's experiencing them. Funnily enough, the way her character is being written actually supports this. I feel like I'm not really always supposed to know what's going on in her head, but I think she should be doing a little more to keep me wondering and guessing at what her character is feeling (about Joon-young, about her life & situation). I'm waiting for the fire in her eyes we saw at the end of episode 1.

Frankly, I actually think that Kim Woo-bin has a bit of the same problem (to a much, much lesser degree). I felt the emotions in his eyes several times these past two episodes though so I'm thinking this is starting to change now that he's become more comfortable in his character.

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I feel like that about the acting too, the most you can say is that they look good and it's mostly ok? But it's still not good. As a fan of Kim Woo Bin I have to say, he does well in some scenes but it's like his acting abilities went backward since the Heirs. His scenes with his mother are very well acted and his monologue is still good but I feel like the flashback love story is a bit like just whatever, some scenes I feel like he's just mechanical. I love him a lot and found his acting good in other dramas but not a blind fangirl to not admit when he is lacking.

Suzy is better here than in past dramas but still awkward. Her major emotional scenes and anything where she yells still feels awkward but yeah, it's really too much to expect her to be good like IU, Sooyoung, Eunji, Minah (Gong Shim) etc. Those girls have a natural feel for emotional acting, that's not there for her.

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I liked KWB much more than LMH in Heirs. His bad boy image stole my heart. LOL.

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Same here, Choi Young Do was a jerk but you still feel for him. Young Do and Rahel were the best, I really shipped them so much but they didn't give them a love line ?

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I know right!! I gave up on Heirs the moment I realized that the writer is going that stupid trope and making Young Do fall in love with main girl and not Rachel. Honestly, I even had an impression that there were hints about him loving Rachel right from the start but somehow writer chose not to go there (maybe korean audience found Rachel too intense, idk).
Anyway, Young Do' unrequited love in that drama was such a waste. They could have become korean Chuck and Blair but NO

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I do feel the same way. The scene where KWB struggle with pain in the bathroom reminds me of the So Ji Sub struggle in I am Sorry I Love You. Both screens show the actor struggle with pain silently without wanting other people knows. I cried so hard when watching So Ji Sub long time ago, but when watching KWB, I don't have the same urge, I kept thinking, am I supposed to cry at this scene?. It bothers me, because I don't feel emotional at all.
But the scene where KWB prayed to God makes me cry. *confuse*

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You cried when So Ji Sub struggled? I felt nothing (p.s. I also felt nothing, when he died, so I must just one of those unique people), but it was painful, to watch Woo Bin. To all their own I guess.

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I feel like it was not suppose to make us cry? why do I feel like that I have no idea!
but I did cry when he prayed to God, that scene was sad... really sad.

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I just want to know one thing is kim woo bin goingdie in the end?

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No one knows, except the writer, the production and Kim Woo Bin himself, since this is pre-produced ;)

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Well based on the writer's previous work if it's started with someone dying they will end up really dying. I hate it, yet I ended up watching all her works.

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It seems that Ji Tae's dad's a M.O. is to have affairs with bar maids/hostesses. I am guessing that Joon Young's mom was one of those women, even when he was already married at the time. It's obvious that Ji Tae's the older, legitimate son. He looked disappointed, but clearly not too surprised at the news of his half brother. Maybe there are other half siblings lurking in the shadows? Hmmm...

I am waiting for more truths to unravel in dad's marriage. The marriage is seemingly perfect on the surface, but maybe that perfect facade hides a great deal of hurt, pain and bitterness. Time will tell. Maybe Joon Young's mother was the love of dad's life who he was not free to pursue because he was already married. Whatever dad's story is, I am very curious to find out. And that is one of the strengths of this drama. It arouses my curiousity.

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I have a theory that JY and JT dad is not a bad man to start with as shown through flashbacks, even when NE threaten him though he had a hard face he hasn't been shown to have done anything about it. Maybe, just maybe, he knows he is on a slippery slope to the wrong side and would have let NE out him, but years later, in the present time line, he had gained too much to lose so will turn evil to protect his success and happiness.

It would be interesting if he were more than just the big bad wolf.

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Haven't seen this episode yet, and haven't read comments on previous episodes, but am I the only person who is bothered by the way Joonyoung's mother treats him? Seriously. She's throwing away the only family member she has because of a person who's not part of her life, and might not even want to be. I don't subscribe to the "blood is thicker than water" school of thought myself, and I realize we don't know the whole story yet, but I doubt that the mother has a grievance much more serious than "Joonyoung dropped out of law school and that means I didn't raise him well, boohoo."

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lol you're not the only one. I just wrote a post a couple comments down about it. I hope there is more we don't know, like Yoon Young did something really bad to her, but even then it might be hard to justify her treatment to him.

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I also don't understand the Mom... Seriously, you disown your son because he didn't finish law school and become a prosecutor to show off to his father? And writing bad comments on top of that? What kind of celebrity parents would do that?
It's just doesn't compute with me.. Unless JY also have another BIG mistake in the past that would make his mother really angry.

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Agree with comments above about the Mom.
Even though he drop out law school, he still became successful and rich. He has enough money to support his mother and be proud of himself.
I prefer our hero to be a cocky star than be similar to his lousy ex-prosecutor daddy. If only the Mom understood that

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I keep waiting for proper justification.

But if her reason for treating him the way she does is really just because he chose to become an actor instead of a prosecutor than she and I are going to have some serious issues.

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Agreed. It's tough bc the character/actress has a sweetness about her as well and in the past I've seen her play lovable characters...It would be nice if, as someone above commented, that eomma believes he wants to be a prosecutor too (after the comment that he started acting to help manager Jang Kook Young) and that's why she's so hard on him. But really it just seems a bit too cruel. We know she loves him. I'm sure we'll see her feeling some serious regret soon enough. :(

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It will not be a surprise about all the coincidence the angst and the cliche scene on this drama if we comparing it to old works of this writernim...only good acting can save this drama. KWB doing quite good n Suzy still work on it..the 2nd lead also doiing good. Let wait n see what the writernim can offer next cause I cant see anymore nice twist aside completing bucket list, secret birth revealed or 2nd main lead obsession on their love interest...anyway I stay for more scenes that could make me cry a river SJY 힘내라!!

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" only good acting can save this drama". Yes could not agree more. The acting is key point for this writer's drama if look at her past projects.

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Truthfully if you compare KWB/Suzy to Song Joong Ki/Moon Chae Won, Rain/Gong Hyo Jin, So Ji Sub/Im Soo Jung, or even Rain/Shin Min Ah (KWB's gf lol), it's a bit lacking. Both in acting and chemistry.

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Yes I know that. That's why I left this drama after epi 2, knowing that this writer would have just ordinary plot and acting is the only thing is able to save it. Mostly all classic melodrama also emphasize more on acting, the plot is second thing. With this writer, there is no need to think hard on the plot, sometime they are just cliche, unnecessary and un-logical lol. ;)

For now, I'm reading recap only and also looking forward to see more positive reviews about their acting and will pick up it back if the reviews are convincing enough ;)

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The thing about this writer is that she writes very good roles for rookie or inexperienced actors. Her lead roles usually allow them to show their abilities well but don't push them beyond what they can do. Rain never acted before Sangdoo and So Ji Sub or Im Soo Jung never had a lead role before I'm Sorry I Love You but LKH wrote their roles in a way that could bring out their good points as an actor even if they were not the most skilled or the plot was cliched.

But the talent has to be there in the first place, she can't work magic from nothing. She can make a bad actor at least bearable, but she can't make them great. And melo is difficult even for established actors. I love KWB and think he's a decent actor who emotes well but something about this role is just not connecting properly for him. Can't blame the writer for that :( but he is better when he plays the bad boy type like in the last scene, you could really feel his charisma there.

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"But the talent has to be there in the first place,..."

This sum up everything. This is like a challenge for the writer too, if she is able to bring out the best from these two leads. I hope the result will be good. :)

Melo, sageuk are kind of genres that do not really belong to anyone.

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Thank you for the recap, girlfriday!

I am liking this drama. I am not addicted to it or anything despite my love for KWB. It's a nice change to see him playing a different (kinda) character. Suzy is acting well too. Hopefully it won't be too sad and will be an enjoyable watch.

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Also it's nice to see Lee Yubi again. She was in Nice Guy too, no? I feel like if she was the lead here the acting would be better.

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Is she doing cameo ? She was in Nice Guy too, as SJK's sister.

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She was Kang Choco! Now she made appearance in two LKH dramas, maybe give her a lead role in the next? I saw her and Junho's (and KWB) movie and she's really a good actress, she was good even in scenes with Kang Ha Neul.

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Yes she was Choco,and who was her partner? Lee Kwang Soo. ;)

TBH I just really watched her in Gu Family Books, and she really did well there. Maybe she should be given meatier role more, imo.

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I remember her singing Good Day to Kwang Soo's pic on her phone lol.

I feel like UF is trying to make Jik and Haru into their version of Daegil and Choco from NG. Some cuteness to get relief from the melo?

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@pigsnout

See, I was thinking this too (about Jik & Haru). And they are pretty cute so far.

...but then I remembered the dad. I doubt it will be smooth sailing for them. Are they just giving us another angsty loveline here? We'll see...

Haha, Lee Yoo-bi has worked with LKH, Suzy, & KWB now that I think about it. Nice Guy, Gu Family Book & Twenty.

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@Chandler LYB actually made her debut opposite Kim Woo Bin in Vampire Idol, so she worked with him 2x. ;)

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*facepalm* How could I forget about that?! I freakin' loved them.

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Lee Yubi would definitely be a better choice than Suzy..
Suzy is doing decent job here, better than previous works, but still LYB is better IMO.

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Lee Yu Bi already proved she is better in Gu Family Book.

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Lee Yoo Bi also okay at the best (let's be honest, her role in Twenty easy one) and she showed no charm in that vampire drama with LJK.

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Her role in Gu Family Book was not easy at all but she still gave a good emotional performance. That's a good actress, not just 'okay'. I also found her charming in Pinocchi.

Her vampire drama role was horribly written but she still did ok, it's not her fault her character was written to be so dumb and helpless all the time. Not even a Meryl Streep-level actress can save that.

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I thought her acting in Gu Family Book was rather bad, she basically had two expression for everything, sad far away look or bulging red eyes angry look.

That entire drama was bad, everyone was bad including the parent's. But I was still addicted to it anyway.

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Really? Her early scenes in GFB didn't have her being sad or angry but quite happy and playful, she acted well in those too.

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Her role in Pinocchio also was just "that girl", along with so-so performance in Gu Family Book. That's a thing, if LYB was a regular leading actress, she no would praise her.

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but if LYB's acting in GFB as a rookie is so-so then what does that make Suzy's acting here, which doesn't reach that level even with a role specially made for her? Low standards to judge the idol and high standards for the actress...

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I will agree with you here. Other than GFB I didnt found LYB's other roles really interesting.

I skipped most of her scenes in SWWTN especially on the latter episodes. Even she has cute figure, I think she did better in meatier roles.

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Yeah I agree that GFB was her best role but I never said she was the greatest, just better than Suzy at acting and good in that role. It's a low standard but people start coming for me even for saying that much and won't admit it....no more about LYB now!

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Don't worry, he'll meet a rich girl who will offer him a contract marriage and a rooftop house to escape the matseons being set-up for her.

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I miss Im Joo-hwan so bad.

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me too..

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I still feel like there are layers to Joon Young and his mom's relationship. At least I hope there is, because while it's disappointing that your kid gives up on your dream (not that he seemed to have much of one), especially suddenly like that, 5 years of animosity towards him seems WAY overkill. I truly hope there is more than she was hoping to show him off to his father if he became a prosecutor and they'd be a happy family. She seemed so nice in the flashbacks and doesn't seem like an evil person, so I'm hoping for a bit more.

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I actually thought it may have been Ji-Tae who has arranged for a hit on Nul in the flashback and it was all very like father, like sons. I'm glad it doesn't seem that it played out that way from the recap, otherwise we would of been veering into makjang territory.

Poor Pororo, it seems cold outside, I mean Nul keeps on breaking down into fevers and she's not even the one who's dying.

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This was such a good episode,it sealed the deal for me,completely invested in this drama now. I know Suzy is getting a lot of flak for this role,but i think she and Woo Bin both brought out the best in this episode and both are continuing to improve.The story has taken such sad turn,but atleast pororo continues to bring some smiles. :)

Im Joo Hwan is such a good actor. Reminds me of his role in "Oh! My ghostess". He plays the Sunny,good-natured and king guy role so well,and just a flick of switch and he is a cold-blooded killer. *Shudder* He knows a lot about No-Eul and Joo-young's past but continues to hide from her and deceive her. You can bet she's going to be reallly pissed later. I'm guessing she also has some little feelings for him as she has saved him as "Husband" in her contacts.

The world is usually so small in Kdramaland that the coincidental run-in at cafe's and hospitals no longer surprise me. I actually hadn't even payed attention to it until i read GirlFriday's comment.

Also Lee Eubi and Junho's cameo from their movie with Woo-bin. Lol.

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Gah. Trying to leave a reply to your comment but ended up posting a new reply T.T

Anyway, thanks for pointing out about Im Joo-hwan's acting. Love him so much here. He's such a good actor.

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Back to weigh in more thoughts on my original comment.

I am actually not so fond of the idea about pairing the younger siblings but if that helps her in getting a crush over her Half/step brother than that its okay.Lol

Ji Tae controlling,working behind scenes and pulling strings is the typical thing that male leads in kdrama do that annoy me so much. It only complicates matter and puts them in a mess later with the female lead. When Ji Tae was outside No-Eul's house with the fruit basket and all,makes me wonder if he initially dropped by to apologize and straight-forward settle with her regarding the dad's involvement,cause what i have seen so far he does seem to be on good terms with his dad and love and respect him, but her accident suddenly must have changed some thing and he stuck around as a supporting oppa.

I hope they give Yoon Jung Eun some layers and don't make her outright evil and a brat. Her and Ji tae are also really interesting. The flashback showed him asking his parents sincerely to call off the wedding,but the present showed him asking to get married immediately. Dude seems to have zero interest in her even now,what the heck happened over the years. So many questions.

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I want them so badly to give Jung Eun more personality, I get the feeling her perfect persona is to hide her fear and guilt from the accident. Her love for JT has more to do with their parent's agreement and the fact that he is the other perfect foil.

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While I find Joon Young a bit of jerk, I'm not blaming him for No Eul's accident. He stole that usb drive, yes, but he was obviously panicked and acted on impulse. She herself ran into the traffic. I'm not blaming her either. It was an accident pure and simple.

But isn't it purely selfish of him to want to make a girl fall in love with him when he's going to die in a few months? Does anybody remember what happens at the end of I'm Sorry, I Love You, written by the same author? That poor girl.

In fact, the plot line, minus the revenge, is almost too similar to I'm Sorry, I Love You. A dying male lead, unacknowledged by his parent, who becomes "uncontrollably fond" of the heroine. I hope this time the male lead can be saved.

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I cringed when he was saying all that cheesy crap like passionate blah blah blah, something about the delivery even with all the background info so far didn't feel right. I am pretty sure I am alone on this but I had to really switch channels here. This show I still cannot decide if I like it or not.

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You were not alone with the cringe, but I can never tell if I should be cringing or if it's a translation problem or if the delivery in the actor's Korean is actually better than I think it is because I don't speak the language. I usually give the benefit of the doubt.

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I think ji tae also like neul from past otherwise why he will follow her and eavesdrop her

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Well, I said that I wanted to see how Joon Young's illness would affect him and they certainly showed us. (Don't know if I needed to see that much throw up though ?)

Why cut down his time left from a year to 3 months though? Other than that it conveniently fits the timeline of the documentary. He's already dying. How fast does a brain tumor start to make you that sick? Cause he seemed fine until now. This probably isn't the drama to get hung up on medical accuracy, but still...

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I'm sure if he's admitted to Guk Il Hospital and saved by HHH or Hye Jung, he'll be fine in no time. Joon Young-ssi, please change your doctor and hospital! LOL

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I don't know about a brain tumor but my grandfather had cancer and did not show any signs of illness except for a urinary tract infection. He went into the hospital because it wouldn't clear up and they found stage 4 cancer. He died a week later, so I think it's possible to be diagnosed late without being symptomatic.

But yeah, only 3 months, why???

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Ha, I had similar thoughts and wonder whether he could stay alive if this drama wasn't pre-produced since we have too many amazing neurosurgeons running around right now. Either 205 or HongHongHong should be able to do the job, right? kekeke :-P

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Pardon me, who is 205?
Maybe the one JY have is a quack and can't do anything but dramaland neurosurgeons these days or surgeons in general are the best option you can get. They would show up at the right time and the right place and won't let you die till the end. Hehehe

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205 is Lee Young-oh (Jang-hyuk) in Beautiful Mind. :)

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JY suggests reducing the documentary period from 1 year to 3 months, after learning that he only has (apparently) three months to live.

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I didn't think 3 months is time reduced..
Its just that documentary is for 3 months.. NE will be with hi for 3 months.. so that's what he asked.. that why assume a year, just 3 months. .love me passionately for these 3 months and let me love you passionately :)

Only if that culminates into an actual onscreen bed scene

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Finally someone commented about it! I'm actually watching it for the sake of Im Joo-hwan because the guy is such a brilliant young actor that goes unnoticed (Ugly Alert I think is his first leading role and the show didn't get that high of ratings, even though I think he's amazing in that).

He's so good at being evil I almost forgot that he's my favorite puppy while watching Ugly Alert. But I love him still!

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