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Uncontrollably Fond: Episode 13

With all this self-imposed misery going around, it’s incredible that somewhere in all the suffering, a tiny seed of positivity manages to bloom. Not everyone is content to wallow in a torment of their own making, and at least some good can come of all of this trauma and anguish people are imposing on themselves. And when that little spark of goodness starts to stand up and make itself known, not even the strongest person could fail to see it shine.

EPISODE 13 RECAP

In a flashback, we see again Eul’s witnessing of her father’s accident, and how the driver just left him lying there dying in the street. Eul never saw the driver’s face, only that it was a woman, but we know that it was assemblyman’s daughter Yoon Jung-eun.

The scenes intercut between Jung-eun and Eul, highlighting the chasm between their lives in the aftermath of the hit-and-run. Jung-eun had enjoyed her carefree life, taking a “healing” vacation to Hawaii where she could erase her “dirty memories,” and getting cozy with her future in-laws. Meanwhile, Eul worked tirelessly to find her father’s killer, to no avail.

Now Joon-young knows Jung-eun’s part in the accident, and tracks her life through her social media account. He’d been doing that while watching Jung-eun drink, taking in all the pictures of Jung-eun living it up on the beach, knowing that Eul spent those years miserably fighting for justice.

He’d followed Jung-eun to the pool area, going over the details in his mind — the CCTV cameras had been broken in the area where she hit Eul’s father, and the witnesses changed their statements. And that’s why he was there to save Jung-eun when she fell into the pool.

Now, Joon-young’s team stares when he changes his mind about making the movie, because Jung-eun is the new team manager: “I heard she was really pretty.” They don’t buy it since Jung-eun is supposedly engaged, but Joon-young sticks to his story, even willing to take the part from the rookie actor who already accepted.

He does pause for a moment when Gook-young tells him that Jung-eun isn’t marrying just anyone… she’s marrying Ji-tae, and will soon be Assemblyman Choi’s daughter-in-law. But he has a plan he’s determined to carry out, and it involves being in this movie to gain regular access to her.

Upon arriving at the hotel where he’ll be filming, Joon-young spots Jung-eun talking with the movie’s other star, Seo Yoon-hoo, and reminds himself that he’s on borrowed time — there are 46 days remaining before the hit-and-run’s statute of limitations runs out, and he has between thirty and sixty days left to live. He approaches the pair confidently, taking pleasure in Yoon-hoo’s dismay that he’s going to be in the movie with him.

Eul is staying at the hotel where the movie is filming, since she’s filming the behind-the-scenes footage for rival star Yoon-hoo. Ji-tae finds her there and insists on bandaging her blistered heel, tightly reminding her that they’re supposed to be dating. He piggybacks her through the lobby, where they run into Joon-young and Jung-eun, only now meeting each other formally.

Ji-tae puts Eul down, and she walks straight up to Joon-young. She takes out her phone and dials his number, and when it rings, she calls him out on ignoring all her calls and texts. Good for her — and to Joon-young’s credit, he looks abashed.

Eul asks why he’s been ignoring her, and Joon-young can’t give a better answer than “Just because.” Eul is ready to light him up, but Joon-young says that he’s in no mood to hear her out, and quickly leaves before she can say anything else. Eul also leaves to find her room, leaving Ji-tae to deal with Jung-eun.

She just glares at him accusingly, and he says a simple “I’m sorry.” But he’s not sorry for standing her up at their engagement ceremony — he’s sorry for not making his decision sooner and confusing her. It’s all he has to say, and he goes to catch up to Joon-young and invite him for a drink.

Eul also stops to pick up some soju, but she thinks better of it, knowing her tendency to get drunk and get in trouble. Instead she calls her work sunbae and invites them to go out, and they end up at a noraebang. Ha, Eul is partying her heart out, while he looks frankly terrified. He eventually gets into it, and they dance and sing the night away.

Ji-tae and Joon-young are having a much more sedate evening, drinking together like gentlemen. Joon-young cheerfully denies being here for Eul, claiming that he’s here to film the movie and for Jung-eun. He reaches for his drink but Ji-tae down it instead, pointedly mentioning that Joon-young is too sick to be drinking.

Joon-young denies that too, but Ji-tae knows better, and he even knows the name of the cancer Joon-young is dying from. He carefully says this in English so that nobody nearby will understand, and Joon-young gulps to realize that Ji-tae knows his secret.

Ji-tae tells Joon-young to look after himself, and to let Ji-tae look after Eul. It would sound nice except that he follows it up by saying that Joon-young can’t take responsibility for Eul since he’s dying soon, and to stop confusing her. Joon-young can’t even think of anything to say in response.

Eul sees Joon-young’s stylist Man-ok at the noraebang being harassed by a group of men, and though she tries to ignore them, she can’t help but get involved when Man-ok starts to sound genuinely frightened. Eul runs at them, screaming and brandishing her shoe like a mighty battle sword.

Joon-young calls Gook-young and HA, all you can hear in the background is Eul’s screeching. It’s an all-out brawl over at the noraebang, with Eul and Man-ok holding the upper hand and Gook-young backing them up. Joon-young shows up and yells HEY!!, and they all leave off fighting.

It’s a struggle, but Joon-young ignores Eul, and just calls Gook-young and Man-ok outside. Eul follows him out anyway and explains that the men started it, and Gook-young was only helping. Joon-young acts like he doesn’t care, but when Eul says she got hurt and shows him her battle wounds, his eyelids flicker just a bit.

She sees him caving and really plays up her injuries, though she can’t decide which rib she thinks is broken, hee. But Joon-young can’t help but remember Ji-tae’s angry words that he has no right to her, so he just asks an employee of the building to take her to the hospital.

Ji-tae wakes the next morning in his hotel room with a wicked hangover, and realizes that Jung-eun is in the room with him. He’s furious, but she’s there on behalf of his mother, and she calls Mom to report that he’s awake and hands him the phone.

His mom tells Ji-tae that she’s replaced him as investment team leader and director with Jung-eun, and asks him to stay on the team to support her. He easily agrees, which seems to displease his mother, so she tells him to get out of the hotel room — it’s not for regular employees. Damn.

That doesn’t get the response she wants either, so she starts to fuss at him for his drinking. Ji-tae interrupts, dropping the cheerfully polite tone, and tells her that she can do whatever she wants with him so long as she doesn’t touch Eul or anyone around her. He says this staring straight at Jung-eun, the message clearly for her as well, and he promises that he won’t let it go if anything happens to Eul. He leaves her with the reminder of which “card” he’s holding — a veiled threat to out her manipulations to his father.

Ji-tae hangs up on his mother and hands the phone back to Jung-eun, congratulating her sarcastically on her promotion. Jung-eun just says that she’ll wait until he comes back to her, promising to resign when he does, but Ji-tae swears that will never happen.

Joon-young goes for a morning jog, looking as healthy as a horse, until he trips over his own feet and goes sprawling. He jumps back up all right, but then has trouble picking up his dropped water bottle. He looks at his hand as if it’s an alien thing, and recalls how his doctor said that he’d start to struggle soon with even simple motor functions.

Eul has a nice shiner after her fight the night before and rubs an egg gently over the bruise up in her hotel bathroom. She thinks about Joon-young’s refusal to help her last night and gets angry, and accidentally cracks the egg on her face, ha. Then she slurps up the raw egg, ick, and calls downstairs for another egg.

She goes for a walk and runs into Joon-young sitting at the beach, watching the waves shift in and out of focus. He closes his eyes, and opens them to find Eul standing right in front of him, and she pretends she’s looking for some dropped money. She accuses him of hiding her money in his shoes and orders him to take them off, but when he stands to leave she grabs his hand and stops him.

She says that she can’t believe what people say, that he’s avoiding her because he’s afraid that she’ll have a bad influence on his reputation. She knows him too well to think that he’d run away from something like that. But Joon-young twists his hand away and says that she doesn’t know him.

She stands, insisting that she does know him, that she knows everything. She even knows what he’s thinking right now — that he missed her. She’s right, but Joon-young says that things must be really simple for her, imagining everything in her favor.

Eul ignores him and says that she misses him, too, very very much. She takes his hand again and says she’ll see him later, and every day from now on. She gives Joon-young a sweet smile, and leaves him looking a little broken.

After running into Assemblyman Choi outside Joon-young’s house, Joon-young’s mother is so distracted that she’s serving people things they didn’t order, and Ajusshi is so worried about her that he’s not doing much better. He gently helps her not over-season the food, which she barely even notices. She’s thinking about how she and Assemblyman Choi went for tea to talk, and they’d both been painfully nervous.

After several minutes of awkwardness, Assemblyman Choi had asked Mom why she’d been at Shin Joon-young’s home, and whether she ever got married. She’d been saved from answering by Ajusshi, whom she’d called over, and she’d yanked him down to sit and announced that he’s her husband.

Assemblyman Choi’s face had fallen as he’d watched Mom and Ajusshi holding hands. Mom had said that Ajusshi is Joon-young’s father, and that they live apart because he didn’t approve of Joon-young becoming an actor. She asked in turn why Assemblyman Choi was at Joon-young’s house, and he’d just stammered that Joon-young had saved his life.

Haru takes out all of Jik’s friends for a meal in order to pump them for information on him. Jik finds them and accuses Haru of stalking him, but she’s more interested in the fact that his school nametag says “Noh Jik,” when he’d told her his name is “Oh Jik.” She figures that makes Eul his sister, and Jik warns his friends not to tell her anything about him.

He tries to pay for their food, but Haru objects, and Jik’s friends all chant that they should date. Jik is not amused, and when Haru tries to stop him from paying, he accidentally knocks her down and she bumps her head.

Next thing you know, they’re at the sunglasses store where Na-ri works, after seeing a doctor for Haru’s sudden amnesia. HAHAHA, really? That’s hilarious. Jik doesn’t know what to do since she doesn’t know who she is or where she lives, and he can’t find her phone to call her family.

Na-ri asks Haru a few questions, and based on the answers (“What’s the capital of South Korea?” “San Francisco!”) she decides that Haru is pretending in order to stay near Jik. Jik wonders why she’d go to these lengths for him when she must be very popular, being so cute and all.

He takes a book out of Haru’s bag which he finds filled with information about him, but ha, it’s all incorrect. He tells Haru to just ask him if she wants to know something, and Haru smiles happily, forgetting her amnesia ruse.

Eul forgot to dry the one pretty dress she bought, so she’s forced to go to Yoon-hoo’s shoot today dressed in her stained old sweats. Yoon-hoo is not pleased at her sloppy appearance, and Joon-young arrives on set to find Yoon-hoo bellowing at Eul for showing up looking like this.

Yoon-hoo whips off Eul’s sunglasses, revealing her black eye, and that just makes the finicky actor even angrier. As it turns out, the men Eul was fighting at the noraebang were on Yoon-hoo’s staff, and Gook-young hollers that they’re the ones who gave her the black eye in the first place.

Eul’s sunbae tries to smooth things over, but Yoon-hoo tells Eul to leave. He screams again that he can smell the kimchi on her clothing, but Joon-young just stands there, doing nothing to help. Not that Eul needs it, because she looks Yoon-hoo straight in the eye and says that she just needs to film well — what does it matter how she’s dressed? She says that this happens when people work hard, and there’s no shame in being dirty from work.

Yoon-hoo keeps insisting that Eul leave, and grumbles that this must be why Joon-young fired her. He calls over to Joon-young that he should have told him that Eul was nuts, and Joon-young’s hand curls into a fist. But he keeps his voice pleasant as he says that he didn’t know Eul was working for Yoon-hoo, or he would have warned him.

Yoon-hoo turns back to Eul, and vows to make sure she never works in the entertainment industry again. Eul just picks up her bag and walks away, not even sparing Joon-young a glance as she goes.

Ji-tae spots Eul in the hotel lobby, and she apologizes for getting fired when he worked so hard to get her this job. He takes her for coffee and Eul says that she heard he got fired too, in favor of Jung-eun. He tells her that Jung-eun was almost his fiancee, but that he called it off for her.

Steeling himself, Ji-tae asks if Eul really likes Joon-young that much when she always ends up hurt. She turns the question around on him, reminding him that he called off an engagement just to get hurt. Ji-tae says that he’s just being smart, because she’ll come to him if he waits long enough.

Eul says bluntly that it will never happen, referring to their positions in life, but Ji-tae says that you never know for sure. He brightens and offers to take her back to Seoul, and go on a date.

Gook-young is so angry with Joon-young for letting Eul be treated that way that he quits his job as manager. Wait, isn’t this the guy who locked Joon-young in his own home to keep them apart? In any case, Gook-young is furious that Joon-young didn’t defend Eul, and he swears he can’t work with him anymore.

Filming begins on the movie, and they start with a scene where Yoon-hoo’s character holds a gun on Joon-young’s character. Joon-young invites Yoon-hoo to shoot, even nudging the gun with his head, and Yoon-hoo throws down the gun. He grabs Joon-young’s lapels and tells him to name everyone he killed, then he can die.

Suddenly Joon-young slips out of character and kicks Yoon-hoo to the ground, then kneels above him to deliver punch after punch, a wild glint in his eye. Joon-young gets in several hits, rendering Yoon-hoo unconscious before the director stops things.

Shooting is canceled, and Joon-young swears to Jung-eun that he thought it was in the script to hit Yoon-hoo, and that he’ll accept it if Yoon-hoo decides to sue him. Jung-eun suggests that Joon-young apologize before the reporters find out, but he says that once Yoon-hoo broke his nose in a similar situation and he didn’t apologize. He’d just said that these things happen when actors get carried away.

Joon-young suggests they just call this thing off, but this is Jung-eun’s first project and she cares that it goes well. Something about that changes Joon-young’s mind, and he asks which hospital Yoon-hoo is being treated in.

They visit Yoon-hoo and Joon-young easily apologizes, but Yoon-hoo isn’t interested in accepting his apology. Jung-eun reminds Yoon-hoo that he did something similar once, but Yoon-hoo is sure that this wasn’t a mistake as Joon-young claims.

Joon-young is all wide-eyed innocence — why would he do such a thing on purpose? Yoon-hoo orders him to kneel if he wants forgiveness, which offends Jung-eun, and she offers to kneel instead.

But Joon-young grabs her arm and keeps her standing, and he kneels and bows his head. He apologizes with a great big grin, and Yoon-hoo is forced to accept the apology.

Joon-young heads back to the hotel where he sees Eul waiting outside his door, and she asks almost hopefully if he hit Yoon-hoo because of her.

Joon-young tells her she’s making things up again, but she pushes her way into his room behind him and says that she knows that he did. She asks why he pretends he doesn’t care about her, and follows him into his bedroom. He doesn’t answer, but just says that he’s tired and going to sleep.

Eul tells Joon-young to act however he wants towards her — it won’t hurt her. Joon-young just grabs her by the shoulders and pushes her onto the bed, landing on top of her. In a soft voice, he asks, “Do you want to sleep with me?” He slowly starts to unzip her top, and murmurs for her to speak now if this isn’t what she wants.

Eul doesn’t say a word.

COMMENTS

Well, that was about as forward as it gets. I’m gonna need a moment.

Okay, I’m better. First off, I’ve had all sort of compassion and sympathy for Ji-tae until now, but he totally lost me when he basically told Joon-young to leave Eul alone and go die. His saying that Joon-young should stop confusing her since he can’t take responsibility for her wasn’t wrong, but damn, did you have to say that so cruelly? Joon-young knows he’d dying and he has already pulled back from Eul, so he didn’t need to have his illness and his loss of the woman he loves shoved in his face like that. It was unnecessarily mean of Ji-tae to say such a thing, since it’s not like he’s done anything for Eul up to this point other than break her heart. How dare he accuse Joon-young of confusing her, when he’s been doing it for YEARS??

At this point I’m just sick and tired of his self-centered moping, and I’m ready for something to shake him up and make him realize that he’s not the moral center of the universe, and he doesn’t have the right to tell anyone how they should live, whether by lying or by saying it openly. I’m also not thrilled with his comment to Eul that she’ll come to him if he just waits, which made him sound like a vulture just waiting for joon-young ot die so he can swoop in. But I do admire Ji-tae’s commitment to responsibility, but he’s taking it to an extreme that’s not doing himself, or anyone else, any good. I still like him and his strong sense of right and wrong, I just think he’s got some strange ways of behaving, and I want him to just walk away from all of this drama and go be happy somewhere far, far away.

On the other side of things, I still want to smack some sense into Joon-young and snap him out of the self-imposed funk he’s wallowing in. Of course he’s depressed, seeing his life slipping away and being unable to do anything about it, that much is normal and in that sense I actually think he’s holding up very well. But this whole “I don’t deserve to love Eul because I made a mistake and because of who my father is” business has got to go. I understand that it’s a cultural thing to take on the guilt of your parents, but it’s just ridiculous for Joon-young to think that a man who got his mother pregnant but hasn’t contributed to his life in any way whatsoever, should have any bearing on whether or not he deserves to spend the last few months of his life with the woman he loves. That’s a leap of logic I can’t get behind, and as far as his causing Eul’s accident, I want him to forgive himself already. He didn’t do it on purpose, he had absolutely no intentions of her getting hurt. It was an accident, nothing more, and he did not trade his own life for Eul’s. His own illness is also just a fluke, and doesn’t make him unworthy of love.

What does make him unworthy is his lack of honesty with Eul, and from that angle I do think that Joon-young doesn’t deserve to be with her. If he had been honest from the beginning then yes, Eul may have guarded herself against falling for him. He basically tricked her into loving him by lying, and making her think they actually could have a future together. It’s not right to be with someone, or avoid them, because you think that you have any right to decide their life for them. Now he’s lying by letting Eul believe that he’s staying away from her because of his career, which is much more personally hurtful than telling her that he’s sick. But he can still earn the right to love her by speaking out and telling her the truth, that he’s sick and just wants to be loved for who he is while he’s still here. He’s not giving Eul enough credit when he takes that decision away from her.

But it’s not all bad, because I was really proud of Eul in this episode, standing up for herself at every turn while keeping her sense of dignity and self-respect. She’s changed a lot, from stopping herself from drinking and getting into trouble, to maintaining her control when verbally attacked by Yoon-hoo and Joon-young at the same time. But she didn’t let this thing with Joon-young turn her into a meek little mouse — she’s still standing up for herself, just in a more mature, dignified way, and it’s really beautiful to see. She still got into that fight at the noraebang, but that was in defense of someone who was being harassed and physically assaulted, so in that case I think her fight was justified. And anyway I wouldn’t want to see Eul completely suppress her scrappy spirit just because of a guy. No matter how beautiful he is.

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What a breadth of fresh air?!

- Eul this episode..

I loved her belief in SJY even though everything and everyone around her indicates otherwise. And most importantly the way she does it... dignified indeed, whether it was giving a retort, trying to break Y's wall, being polite and not nice with JT at the same time..

- So, i 'love' that there is one character in this drama.. who is basically as clueless as a d odo.. :) .. JT's sister.. her world is so simple and awesome - follow JY oppa's news and follow Jik's news :) .. ( oh n i really really really like Jik's character.. like.. he could be the lead others could keep wallowing, surfing in their waves of despair and I couldn't care less... except wait.. can they still save JY :( )

- JY : oh comeon.. i really can't think beyond this with being reminded of it thrice this episode..
Thing again- Are you sure that you didn't switch samples at the hospital when you went for your tests?? .. you know with diagnosis of that ajumma who went before you? The one with boy cut hair and soft speaking skills that of a snake?

- JT: Go!!.. i will support you as long as you make your mother misearable..

-JE- her eyes scare me.

-JY's fake father : so , this is why we needed you in the series

- JY's mother: And I thought loony toons was pulled offair

- JT's mother: You can stop enacting loony toons yourself... you could just keep watching JY's mother..

Oh Wait!.. while you were busy with Eul and JT adn JE.. DO YOU KNOW WHOM YOUR HUBBY MET?
Runnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

- Jik: muah, muah, muah.. u study boy and ignore the rest... soon we shall meet when you have graduated to becoming a lead somewhere..

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"JY’s mother: And I thought loony toons was pulled offair"

LOL

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I think that this was the best episode so far in many ways. I do think that Joon Young really needs to tell Eul that truth, but I can see how this sudden, rapid-paced terminal illness has him all kinds of confused and emotional unstable. I also wonder if some of the decisions he's making are supposed to be intention irrational because of the disease ravaging his brain.

All kinds of cheers and kudos to Eul for standing up for herself and believing in the man she loves. I think for that short period of time when he was open with his emotions Joon Young gave Eul the opportunity to learn when he is closed off and hiding something. I hope she pries further and makes him tell the truth.

I agree that Ji Tae lost all sympathy from me when he treated Joon Young so terribly. When Ji Tae invited him for the drink, I thought he was going to step up and be the hyung Joon Young could really use right now. I was really disappointed, to tell you the truth.

On another note, did anyone see the nasty smirk Jung Eun gave Eul when Yoon Hoo was berating her? Great jo by the actress because I really want to slap the nasty out of Jung Eun.

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I just had to jump back in and add that I think Kim Woo Bin is killing it. Wow, can you really feel Joon Young's pain. I think its the eyes.

Gotta be the eyes. Right?

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ITS THE EYES.

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It is definitely the eyes. His looked like a sad little boy's when Ji Tae pointed out how he was sick and dying and would not be able to be there for Eul. No one seems to knock him down like Ji Tae.

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@bluemanda

Wait a minute...why does it seem like, well at least to me, that it is not that JY had it coming but that...

JY very well knew that it was coming and is simply relieved that JT is inadvertently playing into what JY wanted.

JT is just another way for JY to keep Eul away from him. He knows that he will die soon. Call a fact is a fact -- that he pursued her maybe not fully realising the consequences. Even if he did realise and he feels that, that sort of sick game is the ultimate punishment to himself in that if that is how she perceives it -- she will no doubt hate him. But in that he forgets that he really does punish her there too.

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@Rooting, I guess I saw it a little differently. For someone who is generally un-phased by the words or actions of others, Joon Young takes Ji Tae’s opinion to heart. See, I agree that Joon Young was at least a little wrong to pursue Eul knowing he was sick, but he was so in love with her that he looked past it. Then, along comes his big half brother to point out that Joon Young is not good enough and that their father and Joon Young are both responsible for her continued suffering. Then, after Joon Young pulled his noble idiot routine and tried to ghost Eul and spend his last days seeking justice for her, here comes big brother Ji Tae to basically say (i) I am close to the woman we love, (ii) you are too sick to even drink alcohol—let alone be of any benefit to her, (iii) go off and die knowing I will have your woman.

When his own guilt and impending death could not keep him away from Eul, Ji Tae could.

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Whoaaa.. You're super fast LollyPip!! Thanks for the recap..

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Thank you. Glad I am not the only one who thinks Ji-tae needs to just get off his moral high horse. What he said in this episode, really turned me off his character. He almost seemed to have this sense of relief that Joon-young was going to die and get out of his life. Irrespective of how he feels about Eul, that is just a horrible thing to hope for and be satisfied about.

The only character who I really like in this show is Jik. A nice guy, loves his sister, seems relatively level headed and realistic. His and Ha-ru's tertiary love line is one thing I dislike about his character sphere. They didn't need to make it so incest-y with OEM set of brother and sister pining for the other set of brother and sister. Whatever. Why am I even bothering. This show; its like incest city in here. When I say incest I meant more like everyone is connected to the same people and not like.. You get what I am talking about.

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Let's be honest, Jik is the real MVP of this show and can do way better than Ha-ru.

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KWB and main lead aside, I disagree.

From JT's viewpoint, JY is someone who betrayed NE, almost killed her, not allowing NE to seek justice for her dad, disappeared from her life (while becoming successful himself). Upon learning of his (JY) terminal illness and rediscovering NE, instead of making amends, JY goes about wooing her (for goodness sake) and causes NE more problems. JT is well justified in thinking that JY has been disastrous for NE.

JT, on the other hand, didn't actively participate in the cover up and was young at the time. He took the time and responsibility to stay in touch with NE and Jik, (although not being honest). jT felt all along that he wasn't worthy of loving or being loved by NE because of what his family did. he kept her from the truth because he was conflicted about betraying his father. JT does have the moral high ground and justification to tell JY to remove himself from NE's life.

JY having a terminal illness doesn't suddenly absolve him of his past misdeeds and give him a free pass to make a mess of NE's life again. If JY was sincere in helping NE, why not just anonymously support NE behind the scenes with his wealth. (Give Jik a scholarship for example)

Instead we are to believe that JY is some noble hero? Why and where has he done so? (By dropping out of school? By acting like an ass to his manager? By wooing someone when you only have 60 days to live?) JY has consistently protected his father over over NE, A father who doesn't even know JY is his son and has barely given him the time of day. Even with the evidence of malfeasance, he hands a copy to his dad and request that he stop persecuting NE rather than proving his supposed love by exposing the entire mess to the world and showing that NE is the wronged party. In doing so, he puts NE at risk again. Then (finally) he walks away from NE... Hmmm. Confused?

In an earlier post, I noted that JY had more characteristics of a selfish anti hero and love interest.. So far, nothing much has changed that through his choices and actions

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Replying to myself.... Ha ha

Imagine this scenario instead:

Uncontrollably Fond.

The story of a young man from a rich family, Choi Ji Tae played by Kim Woo Bin, who has spent his adult life protecting No Eul who was wronged by his family in the past. Torn between two conflicting desires, he tries not to but falls in love with her.

The situation is brought to a head when the No Eul's ex boyfriend, Joon Young, who betrayed her in the past and was complicit with JT's family, returns to the scene, a successful but selfish idol and tries to woo her. Not knowing the extent of JY's betrayal, the girl is swayed. JT is forced to make tough choices to try to protect her further. Does he reveal his family background, does he choose her over his family, how else can he protect her without revealing all...

This seems a bit more plausible than what we have now?

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Wow.

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Definitely a lot easier to work with than the original! Ha!

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I'd have been still rooting for SJY...

My problem with CJT is not relying on the actor who plays it...

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I don't see him as protecting her, though. It's a thin excuse. He didn't protect her from the lawsuit the mother brought against her that has her once again running from the loan sharks. Instead, he put on his suit every day. Went to work in a job provided to him because his mother is the chairwoman. Lived in the house of the people that have betrayed Eul in so many ways it is reprehensible. Ate the food provided by the money earned from ruining Eul's life to advance his father's career. He also was set to marry the woman that killed her father and was ok with letting her get away with it.

I think this gives a bit more clarification.

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No, both men suck ass equally irrespective of who plays them. All I am saying is that the vulture-y dialogues by Ji-tae were not fun. Joon-young sucks ass too cause first he decides to give up his love, then come back, then give up again. All while fully being aware that he is sick. You either should have repented and stuck by her until death or never started again. Ji-tae is no different (mr yoyo) except he projects a moral superiority which I am not a fan of. Hence my statement that the only sane character is Jik .. and also Na-ri.

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JY and NE have to have a heart to heart talk at some point in time where the truth comes out - right? Right? Where is it? Time is running out everywhere!!

These two are breaking my heart.

There is for sure something to complain about each and everyone of them. Thank goodness - NE doesn't fall for JY's tricks in pushing her away. Finally!!!

JT - everything that Lollip said and more! If he was so good about his right and wrong - he'd expose the wrong doers in due time. But he does not seem to have any plans of doing that from what I can see.

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ill be honest, im watching this mainly for Jik and his spoiled brat "noona"

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I'm cheering for Eul for this entire episode. We definitely know that she's the type of woman who can take care of herself, fight her own battles and not just wait for her knight in shining armor to come save her. Although of course, she's a woman in love. And I pity her, seeing what Joon Young has been doing to her. Sure, he's trying to give Eul the justice her dad deserves, but heck, can't he spare the love of his life from getting hurt along the way? Honesty, man. Why is it so hard to give? And this thing with Jung-Eun. Is he trying to get close to her, too close until he gets a strong evidence against her? To what cost? Date her? Make her fall in love with him until she confess her sin? And then what, hurting Eul again along the way? None of the guys deserve to be with Eul at this point. I know they want to protect her but they are not being honest. And they are actually hurting her along the way. Ah, the drama!

But then, let me just commend the actors for doing a good job in these past few episodes. Even Suzy, I can see a lot of improvement in her acting. Like she has this sense of maturity in her now.

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I appreciated the progress made in this episode but this illness of Joon Young's -- kinda not getting worse all that fast--and he seemed to almost shrug it off when he was running. Every episode I'm looking for a way for him not to die. How about spontaneous remission or a contrived misdiagnosis? It's not like plausibility is important.

I haven't felt frustrated by the acting, rather the pacing of the drama has seemed too slow.

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I'm worried about the fact that our leads have had so little time to feel happiness with each other and now it is nearing the end of the story and I still can't see how they can work any of this out. There are too many secrets to overcome. I am really hoping we do not end up with a deathbed scene where Joon Young tells her that he finally set things right and then the obligatory I love yous before he dies. I have been hoping for a miracle this entire series, but that hope is fading fast.

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How about a brain transplant?

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Paging Dr Lee Young-oh...

(sorry, couldn't resist)

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I don't want Jik and Ha ru to get together. Because if, her mom's a psycho and she's a mini dragon.

Drama gods please don't let it happen!

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And, I honestly felt sorry for Assembly Choi when JY's mom lied to him. I don't like him, but he looked so heart broken and pitiful in that scene.

He's rich enough. Why doesn't he run background checks?

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She left him. As hard as it is to believe based on his previous actions, I think he was trying to do the honorable thing by respecting her wish to have him out of her life.

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Emotionally shocked, I agree. Hopefully he is someone who can do the math, as it were. JY, as an idol, would have his birthday , blood type etc as public knowledge. Count 9 months back. Hmmm... I think Choi Sr. Would be pretty sure he is JY's father and with only using a couple of searches on the Internet.

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CAN'T JOON YOUNG MAKE EUL PREGNANT ALREADY!!! The last scene though ???

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I ship JoonEul... but no... I against the idea. That would be a mess. Unless miracle happens and somehow SJY manages to survive fast-progressing-brainstem glioma.

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Do I think Ji Tae should show some sympathy for Joon young because he is dying? No, far from it! I'm genuinely asking why he should have any sympathy for JY knowing full well that JY was responsible for Eul's accident in the past and that he withheld that information from Eul and pursued her until she fell for him? Also, he knows he is dying but also kept that bit of information away from her as well.

From JT's perspective he should be rightfully angry. And his advice to JY was on point. "You are dying. You can't protect Eul, so go take care of your health instead of confusing the crap out of the girl". Was this being cruel? I think not. These are just facts that JY needs to be told because based on his past behavior he didn't seem to acknowledge his role in this mess. Note that Ji Tae is not JY's buddy or even a cordial acquaintance so why should he pretend to be kind? I actually thought he was nice because he stopped JY from drinking alcohol which was bad for JY's health.

Also, the third piece of critical information JY is withholding from Eul is that his biological father is the prosecutor she despises. I think keeping all of these pieces of info from Eul is dishonest and she should know about this so she can decide whether her love for JY is big enough to overcome all these obstacles.

I thought Ji Tae telling Eul that she will come back to him if he waits long enough was an acknowledgement that he knows Eul doesn't have the full picture yet. If and when she does, she may decide not to go on with JY but turn to Ji Tae instead whose major "flaw" is the parents he has, also because Eul had feelings for him in the past before JY came along and she found out what JT's true identity is.

Ji Tae is holding onto a lot of secrets giving people chances to correct their wrongs by themselves. He could have told Eul at any time just who JY is and what he did and his medical condition, but he hasn't disclosed it. He could have told his dad about his illegitimate son, but he's keeping that info secret as well. And he could have outed JE but chose not to. I don't understand all his motives or agree with all his actions but I think I can safely say it stems from a desire to protect the ones he cares about.

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I cry foul on the alcohol thing. He was not doing it out of any concern for Joon Young. He was using it as an opportunity to let him know that he was aware of his illness and to hammer home the point that he will not be around much longer.

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Nooo... I think he did that to mock him: "You're sick so get lost and die alone. I'll take the brandy (metaphor for NE)"

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I am not frowning upon JT's rubbing in JY's face that he is dying and cannot take responsibility for NE. What I do not like is that he speaks to JY like he is better than him as regards NE. I thought they got that out of the way, that they both are undeserving of her. Saying to JY's face that he should not be confusing NE because he is dying is one thing, even if with such spite, but saying it from a place where he clearly thinks he is better than him is another. That was what was off for me. NE! Just run away, far, far away!

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I don't mind Ji-tae going kindergarden on Joon-young. Looking back to all those times when Joon-young behaved however he wanted along the lines "I love Eurah, so I'm just going to love her, the past doesn't matter" while Ji-tae stood beside, unable to move a muscle because he was trying to do the "right thing", because he was a coward and couldn't leave his family, especially daddy Choi, behind and just BURSTING with envy.

HE wanted to be with Noh Eul but hold himself back all this time and now this JERK just swoops in and picks up the prize like having a Sunday brunch, like he's more worthy of her, like he hasn't done anything wrong in the past, like he's not his father's son - I guess the list could go on. Anyway, it's seems pretty reasonable that the meek and kind Ji-tae would say things like that to Joon-young. He hates his guts, because Joon-young makes him feel like a less of a man. Jealousy is hardly a noble feeling and frankly, Ji-tae is no angel.
Sooo...It's payback time!

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@eva
Uhmmm..............except for the part that Joon Young is dying here, pay back to soon to be dead.........that has to be a new low. I don't care who plays who here and who has done what, it takes nose-diving into the deepest pit of shamelessness to be like that to a guy who has 3 months or less to live. And what misery, he lived a great life in the lap of luxury while being spoon fed his position and place in life and occasionally was swimming in his kiddie pool of misery and inferiority complex and lack of confidence to own up and say the truth which he filled with buckets of tears himself. He can't stand up-to his parent, cannot leave them, cannot leave his luxury and lifestyle yet has the audacity to say "I am glad you are dying, die soon so that I can be with No-Eul soon" on Joon Young's face. What a pathetic low life.

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That's the different between SJY and CJT

While SJY is becoming more and more selfless as the story goes... CJT is becoming more and more selfish...

At first, I like CJT more than SJY... but now I can't even stand the sight of him...

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Both JT and JY characters would seem to have grown, in my opinion.

JT: Initially, passive, peace maker, doesn't rock the boat, works behind the scenes. Keeps secrets (lies by omission?) but that is a grey area when the truth can hurt as well as heal. Who to hurt and who to heal? But has general acted unselfishly. Now: more open, willing to confront and takes a stand even against his parents. Reveals his background to NE, tells it like it is (from his viewpoint) to JY partly for his benefit but mostly out of concern for NE.

JY: Initally: selfish, self centered, brat. But willing to go to extreme lengths to protect his family. Runs away. Now: (Giving him the benefit of the doubt, terminal illness and all) less selfish, more inclined to seek justice rather than acting recklessly to protect. Still has honesty issues.

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Well, then, I guess JT really takes after his mother if we are to see him in that light. Cos even if or granted, that JY to him is the JERK who merely swooped in for the kill, it is not JY's fault he was a coward all those years, of being a bystander in all this. Yes, he cannot be compelled to do the saving for NE during that time, because, anyway, that was the sin of his father, but him approaching NE half-assedly, trying to make things "better" for her, but news flash, NE is still messed up, does not give him the right to be on a higher plane than JY.

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I think he is very much like his mother in that sense, I mean, his mother can't WAIT for JY to just die - he's like a ticking time-bomb not a human being to her eyes.
JT probably loathes JY, but I don't think he actually wishes him dead. But he definitely wishes him out of the picture. Saying true but insanely mean things to JY seems to work the best. It worked very well the last time he confronted him, sending JY down the path of noble idiocy/self sacrifice or something along the lines and JY started distancing himself from NE.
Does JT need to work so hard on eliminating JY from NE's life? Probably not, as he coldly noted that JY has three months to live anyway and he just needs to wait for NE to come to him, in which, I think, he's not entirely convinced himself. He seems really scared now that NE will leave him for good. And he's right. If NE will learn about JY illness, it'll be the end game for JT.
So, he's acting like a big evil baby.

Does he have any right to piss on dying man's shoes - hell no. Is he finally saying things out loud and fighting for what he wants - yes.

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This is the beauty of this drama in that JY is the chief secret maker. Who cares what the secrets are, Eul loved him from the first moment she laid eyes on him. She probably thanked him for holding her fathers picture at the funeral procession because she had hoped that she was right about him. That she was not their to woo him like he asked but that he should become a successful prosecutor in that time. HIS JUSTICE SEEKING SOUL, that is the beauty that JY is; for lack of a better expression 'ill fated'.

Joon Young never had to make Eul fall in love with him in the beginning (highschool), the middle ('my honey bear') or the end/present (him as a successful actor) because she still saw it, even if she was sometimes wrong because JY was being played like a tune by his very own version of a mommy dearest.

Then in this episode Young Ok had the audacity to just react like that towards Choi when everything JY did wrong was because he in fact was trying to protect his mother or prove her right by protecting that scumbag: Choi.

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I really like your insight and 100% agree about everything you said about SJY character. He is a very long soul who is seeking justice for his love in the last days of his life...he knows that he might hurt her in a short term but in this way he can bring back her happiness in long term and leave her behind with lighter heart ???

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*lonely soul

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*deep breath*

Okay. There have been a few things building that have bothered me about this story. It's not the story line, per se, but the injustice of the whole thing. Everyone is lying or telling half truths for whatever reason, and it is muddying the waters everywhere.

1.) Joon Young - I know that he does not want to be with Eul out of pity, but the girl deserves an explanation. Even if he is not going to be with her, he has to know that this is going to hurt her a hundred times worse if she finds out after he dies about his illness. He needs to come clean to everyone he cares about, including his mother. I think if everyone knew, they could do so much to help him.

2.) Ji Tae - I know that he is currently being more honest, but his dishonesty up until this point is one of the things that is causing issues. He was indignant on behalf of Eul with his parents because of what they have done to her, but yet he took no action. He knew that they are the reason for her living the life she leads, running from loan sharks (don't even get me started on how angry I was when I found out the new debt is because of his mother), but he did nothing other than buy her the occasional meal and lie to her face about who he was. He still let their lies and dishonesty allow him to lead the lifestyle he was accustomed to. I am sure he took advantage of every opportunity it afforded him such as job opportunities and education. He then went and told Joon Young that he doesn't deserve to be around Eul because of who his father is, but even though Ji Tae has reaped all the benefits of being Choi's son, HE started dating Eul. For her to be able to have revenge? Whatever lets you sleep at night, dude.

3.) Jung Eun - I have no words here. After seeing her interact a few episodes back with her father with such detached heartlessness when talking about Eul's father and going through her social media with Joon Young in this episode, I don't think there is a need for me to say anything. I will admit that I loved the part when Joon Young told her, "I hit someone. I should pay for what I did." That was epic.

4.) Young Ok - I understand that she is afraid of facing Choi and letting him know that she had his son, but the ripples of her lies today are going to be felt by all. Joon Young's parentage needs to come out into the open. It is only then that our leads can move past it and try to see where they stand then.

5.) Choi - Like Jung Eun, I think his dishonesty is pretty much up front. It is one of the major plot points that is moving the story along, after all.

6.) Choi's wife - She is just a nasty, awful piece of work that has no conscience when trying to get what she wants. She uses people as she sees fit, then tries to justify it like she did when she had her brother run off Young Ok. She fakes illness to manipulate her husband because of her insecurity and is trying to force her son into the same type of marriage. I...

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To quote Mitchel to Cam from Modern family(please don't laugh, this is the quote that immideately popped in my head the moment I read your take on Ji Tae):
"You're like a mob wife. You complain about what I do, but have no problem wearing the fur that fell off the back of the truck."
Ji Tae is exactly that. He likes the benefits his connections has allowed him to have in his life. Good education, money, status etc. He doesn't deny them nor does he resent them and to be honest he is enjoying them still. But he has the nerve to act all high and mighty. In a court of law, a partially satisfactory judgement will at least allow Eul to have some financial compensation. Ji-Tae hasn't even done that for Eul, what exactly is he doing around her and why exactly does he consider him to be the authority to dictate what is good for her or what isn't?? He is just like his father, lives in his glass house and has the nerve to act like some moral police.

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JT not being honest with NE is one thing, and maybe not helping her more financially is another. But a couple of points to be made

A) JT is not to blame for the family he was born into and the benefits it brought him. It isn't a sin to be born into a rich family.
B) JT was a boy when the cover up took place. JT himself had no involvement in it. You ascribe the sins of the parents to the son.
C) at the very least (unlike JY) JT, knowing the situation, made the effort to stay in touch and give emotional and even offered support (cheap rent apartment) to NE and her brother to pay back for a crime that his parents (not he himself) committed.
D) JT has an honest conflict in not betraying his family over NE. Moral cowardice maybe, but an honest conflict, nonetheless.
E) Why shouldn't he act high and mighty when he sees someone who betrayed (not by silence, but by action) NE return to seemingly make an even bigger mess. Given his knowledge of JY's actions to date, JT has no reason to believe that JY isn't acting selfishly and continuing to lie to NE. From JT's point of view, JY's terminal illness is karmic justice.

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I love this drama and it's several premises.

My favourite premise is what a jerk Joon Young was forced to become.

One could argue that every character here is a victim of circumstance and upbringing.

But the person the audience is much aware of is Joon Young. Why he did the crappy things he did? I don't think the writer even knows.lol

But say for example the final premise was written first. :

How does someone who doesn't want to hurt the woman he loves go about things? -- Run like hell, brother. Its sooo funny that JY doesn't even seem to notice anyone's opinion now besides Eul's. But he is still looking for exuses he is trying to look for things that he hopes will make Eul hate him in life or death.

I bet if the opportunity arose and the awards were to be given out JY would even give JT the credit for restoring the justice in her life just so that she can stay away from him. Because he knows that she will be hurt when his gone.

Nobody likes a "goodie two shoes hero", well unless you like Superman, okay you may like him. But I will be the first to admit that the redemption seeking ex-bad boy is more my kind of hero. As long as he is remorseful Eul should pray that karma can be as forgiving as her and make this a misdiagnosis. Lol. Hehe.

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LollyPip LollyPip u r the best! so so fast, nice recaps always!! thank you very much :-)

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Isn't the actor playing Yoon-hoo the same one who plays Jae-wan in Age of Youth? I just noticed that (I know, where have I been, right?). I like him much better in Age of Youth. Anyway....I don't know if I can continue watching. As much as I love Kim Woo-bin (and believe me I do!), I lost my father to cancer. And watching Joon-young's health decline is bringing back some painful memories. :( If I had known there was a cancer diagnosis in it I probably wouldn't have started watching. I only continued hoping there would be a misdiagnosis or something, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen.

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Yup. He's Jae wan of AOY.

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Am I imagining things or did it sound like some of the music we hear playing in the background this episode was recycled from other kdrama melodramas?

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Maybe, it's just the sound of our tears...

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Gosh I'm emotionally exhausted but can't stop thinking about this show T_T

What did you do to me LKH writerniim?

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Same.

I hope we are not subjected to more of JYs suffering with his illness because it looks like we are headed for a tragic ending either way.

Perhaps the pair are headed for a joint untimely death. Scenario, scenarios where are you. Plot turn.

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whats that song Suzy sang at the karaoke??

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하늘땅 별땅 by 비비
the original MV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNNlKeWCiIg
the song have some cover´s like t-ara, orange caramel,SNSD

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Its really uncomfortable watching that scene in the coffee shop. I was cringing the whole time, great acting, even though I just want everything out in the open. NOW.

I don't really like the self sacrifice thing Joon Young is doing. Be happy with Eul..

I just realized that this is 20 episode drama, because I started thinking there's too much conflict to be resolved in 3 episodes. Haha

Last but not least, I love Jik.

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Ok, first off, I disagree with Lollypip's comment about Joon-Young's right to love. For heaven's sake, he nearly got her killed. Accident or not, can you easily forget that? Forgive that? No way I would, and in no way could he either. That's not to mention his dishonesty and keeping his involvement in the accident(along with his father's identity) a secret. And let's not even bring in him dying. All these factors together make me kind of dislike him in the beginning because he won Eul's heart without thinking about the consequences. However, now, I think he's matured a little. Instead of spending more time with Eul and causing what he think might be pain, he's choosing to bring justice like a prosecutor, the thing he always wanted to do and the thing he he couldn't do before.

Perhaps he could've told her about all this and let Eul make the decision. Honestly, though, can you say all this easily? In no way is Joon Young an angel; he probably thought he would lose Eul for sure, and we know what fear does to people. Also, what would talking really achieve? It's better to just capture the hit and run killer.

As for Ji Tae...it was shown that he was kind of manipulative in the first few episodes but even so...he was way too harsh to Joon-Young. It's as if he didn't even care if Joon-Young died....that's just cold. He's a LOT like his father...and we've seen the path his father took. Kinda scary, the possibilities for Ji-Tae.

Jung Eun...the beginning of the episode just confirmed that she's kind of a victim...and healed herself by forcing to forget everything. Or at least bury it under the surface. She's still got a superiority streak but it softens my shell to see her shaken up at times. And honestly, how can you hate a girl who's never looked truly happy?

As for Eul...I like that she trusts Joon-Young to that extent but was I the only one who didn't buy it 100%? It wasn't long ago that she was wary of him...and he ditched her right after she got jailed, too. How can she be so certain he loves her?

Speaking of which, the almost-car crash and jailing incident changed Joon-Young and Ji-Tae, but the importance kinda got brushed aside for Eul(or maybe I just missed it). She SAYS she didn't mean to crash into Joon-Young's father, and Joon-Young says she didn't mean to crash into him either, but then what the heck was she doing with that car, not stopping and all? Trance or not, if Joon-Young hadn't been there, then what? She might have truly crashed into Assemblymen Yoon. I feel like Eul didn't change at all after the near-crash, or have any realisation of any sorts...I was discontented with that when the issue was so big.

Thoughts?

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I think she was not thinking straight when she crashed into assembly choi

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Life is not perfect.

People are not perfect.

And love does not ask only self-righteous people if they would like to get it together.

Because love is not perfect either.

The presumable reason for Eul, plot wise, to have seriously/half-jokingly/ambiguously tried to take out Choi was to let it sink in by JY that there is a possibility she could empathize with the situation he got himself in to at the event of her accident. It didn't stop him before, what he did, but now he is looking for exuses for her to hate him. So that she must not be there if he should suffer badly before he dies.

JYs rejection of her, and this is portrayed so well by KWB, is in essence the premise of the show. JY: "I will no longer allow myself to be the cause of your suffering."

It is clear that Eul can stand up for herself and the next decent actor she works with will most probably fall head over heels for her. When the audience judges JY, I say judge what you might have done with such unsuited, manipulative parents. Not much better, hah?

He didn't have to start pursuing her when he knew his diagnosis because you see she was already undeniably in love with him. He could have rejected her from day 1 and try to shake her off from falling from him but it was already too late.

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It really appears in the early part of the show, that No Eul had already gone a long way towards putting JY in her past. She calls him an SOB - so clearly she felt wronged although she doesn't know the extent to which she really had been wronged. Remember that she reached out to "Ahjussi" to help her resolve her feelings. If JY did not come into the picture, NE was already more than halfway in love with JT.

Yes, love is not perfect. Perhaps Ahjussi would have been her second best love. In real life, very seldom is there a "fated love" or the ONLY love in one's life. There is nothing inherently wrong, even in dramaland, if they portrayed it as such - someone picking the safer option to be with (except perhaps to die hard romantics)

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I really don't know what to say about this episode,but i have to point some things out.eul should better not sleep with joon young.they can sleep together after they've reconciled then she can get pregnant.i can't hate ji tae because he is kinda cute but he should be good to his brother because he doesn't have much time left even though they love the same woman.

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Pregnancy is the last thing she needs. Look at her tumultuous life. She doesn't even have her own place to live. She has to stay with a friend. A band aid baby is the last thing she needs right now.

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That ending scene though! Eul, I wouldn't say anything either!

Ji-tae has aways killed me with that 'you don't deserve her' mess. He really thinks he has rights to Eul and he doesn't. She is not a toy for you to claim. I do admire how he is finally standing up to his parents though. It's about time!

I am disappointed with the way the story is going in regards to Eul and Joon Young because I know he doesn't have much time left and I want them to be together already. He deserves some happiness dang it!! But I do agree he needs to come clean with Eul. To be honest, the only thing she DESERVES is the truth.

I will say I am loving his determination to not let his illness knock him down. It's really admirable!

Eul was everything in this episode! She definitely has grown and matured and I am glad she is not letting go of Joon Young yet. She is the one who is stepping up now and it is a GREAT thing.

I don't feel pity for Jung Eun. Not one bit. This episode just solidified that for me. She has shown no remorse for killing someone and getting away with it. I don't care how she was raised. She is a grown adult with her own feelings and moral code. She knows what's right and wrong.

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I wanted to comment because I agree with everything you said here, but you basically covered all the bases!

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What do i like about this episode? No Eul! No Eul! No Eul!!
.....And the coffee shop scene between CHJ, JY's mom and Samcheon.
The acting has been good for the past few episodes!

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Three characters that made me cringe this episode :

JE, with that nasty smile when SYH was shouting at NE. I really want her dead ugh

YO, for lying and lying and all the BS she gave CHJ. and for using oppa!

JT, as much as i loved him until now, i agree with all comments, that was too harsh and selfish, and "unexpected" from the character we've been seeing, remember when CHJ told him he's unbelievably kindhearted and nice? and we saw that of him all this long. telling those things to a dying man even if it's his rival, is so not that character, so not JT.
like all his world revolves around NE now, and he's not feeling the tiniest bit of kindness towards JY ? i don't buy it .
I hope he makes up for this later cuz i really liked JT, and now with this behavior if he ends up with NE I'll get mad and disappointed. I'm patient.

Poor JY, he's so alone in his illness, even the ones who know he's dying don't give a damn, and they're in fact waiting for it ?

agree with all the comments, Loved NE in this episode.

And RIP me 'cause of WB/JY being all kinds of hot throughout the episode, as the psycho, when running, when with JE, and ahh the last scene!!

can't wait for tonight.

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This episode makes me want to work on my Korean because I love listening to KWB speak whilst taking in the emotion he conveys happy or sad.

Ji Tae and the English diagnosis made me think I was watching a severely flawed episode of "House". This has got to be a misdiagnosis, he is not in the correct age groups. But then again there is always that 1%.

Can I just say that JT gained nothing from humiliating JY with his illness other than my disapproval of him ever ending up with quirkily popular Eul.

I see Haru is as crazy as her mother, perhaps it's in the Choi households air.

I love the scenario where JY prevents JE from bowing down to that scumbag but loved how he smiled as he did it. It is great that he is teaching her the meaning of foreshadowing so subtly. What she didn't read whilst on vacation in Hawaii?

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Oh yaaasss. I love that scene as well. SJY hit two birds with one rock. He gave that pervert actor some lessons for messing up with NE and also taught JE that one must apologize for ones wrongdoing and not letting someone else takes the responsibility instead.

It seems like she's swooned by SJY's action. Probably she thinks that SJY did that for her since she said that project is important for her. Little does she know, SJY has already head over heels of NE. I feel sor... uhmmm... Naaah I don't feel sorry at all for her. LOL.

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Ji Tae, for a guy fixated on being the moral police he is just as selfish as the rest of his family. He feels like he is serving some sort of poetic justice by being there for Eul and being mighty hero but truth is he just wants to be around the woman he loves desperately when you take all the background story out at any cost. His conversation with JY proved that much. The guy has a terminal illness and is being a noble idiot, I get that you appreciate it but you don't have to write it in a banner with capital words and shove it in his face. What a gigantic ass-hole! I don't get him at this point. JY is not a total stranger, they do share an unknown relation although neither acknowledges it but for the sake of character consistency what was the conversation. Rude and inappropriate to the core. I wanted to scream at him, go inside the TV and beat him bloody.

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I can't believe he said that if he wait long enough NE will come to him... like... Where's The Food?! What a creepy calculative mind that he has.

Basically he's no different than his mother when she said "let's wait for 3 months"

Like mother like son, eh... LOL

And let's be real here... he put NE & NJ in danger by deciding to purchase her. He'll provoke his sly and cunning mother... adding another unnecessary hardship into NE's life because she doesn't even like him back and doesn't assign for this.

So... I'm sorry Mr. Moral Center of Universe, but have you considered this? No? Than stop act like you have every rights in the world to tell people what they should and shouldn't do.

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I think that statement can be taken another way. In a roundabout way he is saying that "I will wait for you. I will always be here for you"

On the subject of the mother, it seems more like NE is the one who provoked the situation by the car incident, whether intentionally or by accident. JT seems to anticipate his mother's reaction and tries to blunt it. But once NE nearly crashed her car into Choi Sr. , you could be fairly certain Mrs. Choi was going to do something.

On the earlier statement by Gem, JT wouldn't have fallen in love with her in the first place had he not taken some responsibility for what his parents (not he) did.

Given his knowledge of the situation, why would JT assume that JY is acting nobly (idiotically or otherwise)? From JT's point of view (not ours, as viewers) JY is an all out bad guy with no redeeming qualities, terminal illness notwithstanding. JT witnessed JY betray NE almost killing her and then watched JY run away and not face up to the consequence. There was (and is) no action that JY took, to JT's knowledge, that changes that perception. In fact JY's reappearance is the catalyst that has opened up partially healed wounds and.

Without JY, NE wouldn't have met Choi Sr., wouldn't have come up on Mrs Choi's radar, and wouldn't have forced JT to break off the engagement so dramatically. Unfair perhaps, like real life, but it had resolved itself to a status quo and people were going on with their lives.

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But still... seeing how far his mother could go he should've been extra careful.

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I agree with Gem. Just because JYs actions were unforgivable doesn't give JT the right to hand out his sentence.

But I suspect JY could care less about what JT thinks of him. Before he cared immensely what Eul thought of him, wanting her to fall for his irresistible charms. But now he is trying to do the opposite, he would just love it if she hated him for ever and eternity just so he won't be bothered over any of her possible grief over him.

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Thanks Lollypip for the recap.lets not be turned off by JT he will come around to be a good huyng to JY.ha ha about the last scene knowing k dramas nothing will happen.

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Thanks for saying that about JT, i'm so hurt by him and can't for him to be a brother to JY and redeem himself in my mind.
and exactly about the last scene. especially since it's on KBS ?? but that doesn't mean we can't imagine Lol

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This episode make me sad but I love it. I even watch it without the subtitle.
The scene at the beach really hit me. I miss you too SJY, very very much. Fight for your love NE.
SJY-sshi, please tell NE the truth and love her passionately with all the time you have. She deserves to be happy.

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Whenever I got time, I'll watch this show without subs... simply just to allow myself enjoying the beautiful cinematography, the actors awesome acting, and a little bit dose of their beautiful faces also won't hurt.

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Same girls, same!

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I love that you guys here have a lot to say about each of these characters and listing them one by one. That's how I feel after every episode too. They're frustrating, but I really don't know what I would do if I were in any of their shoes. So I can't simply hate or blame them. Except for Satan's spawn a.k.a Ji Tae's mom of course. One of the things I now pray for is that I may never get to that point of crazy selfish irrational evil.

I'm proud of our Eul too in this ep. Hang in there Eul! (This goes for that last scene too...uhm...)

JY, how can you look into those eyes and not BREAK? I could almost hear this song by Sara Bareilles in that scene:

"I could find the whole meaning of life in those sad eyes
They've seen things that you never quite say, but I hear
Come out of hiding, I'm right here beside you
And I'll stay there as long as you let me"

Ugh. He is an actor after all. With all that he was holding back, I was surprised he didn't actually beat that guy to death.

I saw traces of his mom there when Ji Tae basically told JY to go die in a hole. And that Vulture Alert scene with Eul. Yikes.

I don't know how or when it happened but I'm in love with this drama's atmosphere. I love the way it makes me feel. Maybe it's the pretty cinematography, the gorgeous soundtrack or our beautiful leads. I don't know. Something about this clicked for me and now I look forward to my big therapeutic cry the moment it all unravels. I hope we get to see these people heal, so that I might heal too a little bit.

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"I don’t know how or when it happened but I’m in love with this drama’s atmosphere. I love the way it makes me feel. Maybe it’s the pretty cinematography, the gorgeous soundtrack or our beautiful leads. I don’t know. Something about this clicked for me..."

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Me too I can't explain it in words but I am really in love ❤with this drama atmosphere while suffering so much from its angsty storey...and I think everyone is doing a great job acting their character but assembly Choice was the best in this episode, the way his face falls out when SJY mom said his marrid was so epic ...

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Everyone seems to be on crazy pills. I don't even know what's happening anymore.

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So in Ji Tae's mind, he'll be with Noh Eul, maybe marry her when his mother and father are there. The very same people Noh Eul will do anything to have their heads. Ji Tae's delusion knoweth no bounds. Doesn't he watch kdrama?

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I don't really understand why with 1-2 months to go Joon-young is trying to solve a case through the most convoluted way possible by seducing the suspect. Then again I also don't understand why Assemblyman Choi is the only one in his family to have never felt the need to see how Joon-young's mum is doing. Nor do I really get why Eul packed a single tracksuit and a dress to a work trip and decided she really needed to wash the dress just before a shoot.

There must be something in the water, because everyone in the UF world is acting crazy.

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LOL!!!
Ditto about the suits Eul packed! How unpractical. I guess we should share the water they have to join the crazy gang and keep enjoying the show.

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Girls poor and doesn't own a lot of clothes? She did say the clothes ahe was wearing when her sunbae came was Nari. But yeah, 2 pairs of clothes is just stupid, ai can understand why she has one dress but she could at lease have another pair of trackies.

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I was really really ok with shipping Ji Tae with Eul but then, yeah what is with the moral high ground man? You've been watching from the sidelines for YEARS. And that was when she was attracted to YOU. Now that there's some serious competition, you're like -- woah, "nope, she's mine!" Just. wow.

I'm still not sure what JY is planning with JE. Seduction is just totes weird as revenge plot. Or does he plan to destroy the movie since it's her first investment project?

Ha Ru and Jik are just cute! And I say this coz I want Ji Tae & Ha Ru's mom to be very very upset hahahaha.

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I think that because there is no evidence, he is going to try to convince her to come forward herself. Leading by example, I think. He is laying the groundwork right now. For example, he told her "I hit someone. I should pay for it."

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I agree with you. I don't think that he's trying to seduce her. I think that views get the impression because he told his team that he wanted to do the movie because she's beautiful. He just doesn't want anyone figuring out what's going on. Also, his initial "reluctance" to apologize until Jung Eun was worried about the project being ruined was actually a calculated move to show her how apologizing can be difficult but you still have to take responsibility for your actions.

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ah... i see. i guess thats a plan. its not a very good plan tho JY. good luck wit dat.

I think I lost all hope for her redemption when she said "yeah-thank-goodness-that-guy-I-hit-died-and-i-feel-no-remorse-no-fear-despite-him-visiting-me-in-my-dream-last-night"

plus she hangs around Ji Tae's mom who's like the Spawn of Pure Evil so JY's gonna have to REALLY convince me her soul can be saved. :D

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I gotta say that I basically watch this show for Jik. I was unsure about him and Haru, but that part where he said she was cute and he didn't get why she liked him was adorable (and a little heartbreaking because Jik is way better than Haru). I understand not liking it because Jik is worth 1000 Harus, but hopefully he can correct her crazy spoiledness a bit! Plus, imagine Haru's mom's reaction if she found out her daughter liked No Eul's little brother. I wanna see that.

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Why Why JY have to die .i still hoping he will not die . i guess i must be on not believing Pill like JY mom.

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He isn't going to die like that.

Drama law 1: If one of the OTP members, disbands because they feel unworthy of the other. The other will not allow them to run away until the very last episode.

Lol, I wish.

I hope we don't see JY become too symptomatic or have to watch him suffer in hospital. It really isn't necessary. I respect Woo Bin's portrayal of his gradual decline but can we at least have the OTP follow some laws, like be together already!!!

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UF is not getting the i love i believe it deserves ,i am on one girl mission on revenge.believe it or not i dropped all other shows for my mission.ha ha ha ha maniacal Laugh....

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Isn't that a little like cutting off your nose to spite your face?

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it kinda made me remeber the scene in "you who came from the star" where do min joon only has three months to live but what he did for the past month is to fall in love when he is already dying. just like JY is doing here.

you should not said those things to JY knowing that he's dying because he dont deserve NE either. he thinks he deserves her because of what he has done to jik and NE? no way. he can do better but nah. it is all about selfishness.

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People didn't blame DMJ because he attempted to do the right thing at first by staying away from CSY but ended up giving up anyway since he couldn't hold it anymore (of course with CSY being clingy onto him it's understandable)

While SJY wooed NE without considering the consequences for NE but decided to leave her later because of his illness. Plus... he stole the usb and hasn't redeemed that sin.

I do undertand why people are so mad at him even though I'm not.

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Just one question
When did suzy bae get so fair and how?! She wasnt like this in dream high!
Even her hair has changed so much?
I just cant stop comparing her from the dream high days when she wasnt this fair.

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Good Episode! Thanks for the recap, Lollypop!

JT - Disappointed in his lack of empathy and meanness, but we saw traces of this in scenes when he was working, with his sister, his fiancée.. basically when he's not around NE. She and her brother bring out the softer side of him....

JY's Mom- Still lying.. and not dealing with her problems.. my sympathy has pretty much run out.. unless something more of the love triangle/ JY's birth is revealed...

CEO- why is he still there? pls pls no more precious screen time on that character.

JY- Snap out of it buddy, what you both want is to be together ..for however long that is..... Kim Woo bin what am I going to do when this is over? don't want to think about it...

NE- Like everyone, I was proud of her growth and her actions in this episode. Get it.. whatever it is you need or want.. NE deserves some happiness.

NE's Brother- Super cute! Love his maturity and sweet capable nature.

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Thanks LollyPip for the recap ? This episode was NE's thru and thru, my fav scene is when she confronted JY while calling his phone and demanded an explanation with regards to him ignoring her, kudos to NE ? My second fav scene is the one at the beach, my heart broke when NE said that she misses the JY inside, you can see her loneliness and hopelessness there, Suzy truly nailed it ? Lastly, kudos to Woo Bin, he gets better and better with each episode, I am officially a fan, does anyone know how to register to his fancafe? ?

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My favorite scene was when Eul and Joon-young were at the beach and Eul held onto his hand. Made my heart melt. ❤

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Oh and I absolutely love Suzy's acting in this episode. It felt real.

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Yoon Eun Jung has had more scenes this chapter and I want to know Joon Shin Young will do with it that is trying to seduce her or trying to be liked

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Dafaque brings only one set of clothing for an overnight trip?

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