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Drinking Solo: Episode 1

Drinking Solo, the latest drama from one of the PDs of the Let’s Eat series, seems poised to continue in its predecessors’ footsteps when it comes to heart, connections, and appreciation of the finer things in life. A charming heroine and an arrogant hero clash in every way possible, never realizing that when it comes to their favorite activity, they share the exact same philosophy. Everyone raise a glass, and let’s dive in.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

In a nice restaurant, a man is served a tall frosty beer, and he sips it with a satisfied smile. He gulps down the rest in one go, then orders another, while other diners comment on his drinking alone. He puts his earbuds in and thinks to himself that he likes drinking alone — he talks all day at work, which makes him appreciate these moments of solitude that much more.

This is JIN SUNG-SEOK (Ha Suk-jin), who has some very important rules about drinking alone. First, the setting must be classy. Second, the beverages must be of high quality. And third, he strives to promote a mindful, high-quality drinking culture.

He checks his blood alcohol content with an app on his phone, never letting himself go over .o8o percent, the point at which he feels the most pleasantly tipsy. Another restaurant patron is stumbling drunk and his pretty female companion is embarrassed, and Jung-seok shakes his head. He thinks that those who lack self-discipline are the most pathetic of all.

Jung-seok responsibly calls himself a designated driver once he’s finished with his meal, and he watches while the drunk patron’s lady friend helps him into his car. He notes her Mickey Mouse watch, and sneers that she’s immature and too accommodating to her companion.

As it turns out, the woman is the drunk man’s employee, PARK HANA (Park Ha-sun). She sweetly offers to walk him up to his third floor apartment but he declines, apologizing and promising to pay her for the last three months of work as soon as possible.

He lives above the academy where Hana has taught for most of her adult life, but a sign on the door announces its imminent closing. Hana sighs heavily, feeling anxious about her life now.

But soon enough, Hana lands a job at another academy in Noryangjin, known for its academies and dorm-like student housing. Hana will be teaching students studying for the civil service exam, and she starts her new job with optimism. Her first task is to record a sample lecture, which students will watch to decide if they want to take her course.

Jung-seok drives to his first day of work at the very same academy, and he listens to a news report that enrollment is higher than ever, and some instructors have even reached near-celebrity status. These instructors are highly sought-after by the academies, and from Jung-seok’s fancy car and snazzy suit, it’s clear that he’s one of these prized instructors.

A female instructor, HWANG JIN-YI (Hwang Woo-seul-hye) crows excitedly when she spots a good parking space, only for Jung-seok to zip in and take up two spaces. Jin-yi jumps out to confront him, but he calmly explains that parking this way protects others, because if his precious imported car is scratched, it’s expensive for the other driver to fix. Well, that’s some pretty convoluted logic.

He leaves Jin-yi sputtering in his wake, then she seems to recognize him. She wonders if this is the guy known as “High-Quality Trash.”

Jung-seok watches a guy in the elevator dramatically copying a movie actor (Heh, it’s Yoo Ah-in in Veteran), and gives him a hefty helping of side-eye. The other guy recognizes him and introduces himself as MIN JIN-WOONG (Min Jin-woong), a fellow teacher.

Despite Jung-seok’s profound disinterest, Jin-woong seems a bit starstruck and chatters nervously at Jung-seok. Jung-seok shoves him out when the elevator door opens, stating that his ears are very sensitive, and tells Jin-woong to take the stairs. Pfft.

Jung-seok is led to his new fancy office, only to find Hana enjoying his brand-new massage chair, having been erroneously told it was her office. She’s pointed to her own desk and introduced to Jung-seok, and she fangirls a bit when she recognizes him from lectures she’s seen online.

Hana tells Jung-seok that she teaches Korean, and he quips that he’d never have guessed since she’s so slow on the uptake. Embarrassed, she quickly takes her leave, and runs into Jin-yi out in the office. The two are friends, and we learn that Jin-yi recommended Hana for this teaching position. Jin-yi introduces Jin-woong, who immediately pegs Hana as a nice person. Aw, I like him.

When she gets a break, Hana complains about Jung-seok and his rudeness… to her phone. Which talks back and tells her that he wasn’t that rude, ha.

Jin-yi shows up with coffee and tells Hana not to worry about Jung-seok — he’s known in this business as High-Quality Trash (she calls him Go-sseul, which is an abbreviation of the words “high-quality” and “trash”). He may be handsome and have a Seoul University education, but he acts like trash to everyone.

Jin-yi reveals Jung-seok’s sky-high salary, making Hana gasp, but she admits that he’s worth every penny. No matter where he teaches, that academy becomes first in student enrollment, as a good ninety percent of civil service exam-takers sign up for his classes.

Hana asks what Jung-seok’s secret is, and we see that he only teaches information that will be on the exam. His classes are so full that they have to set up TV screens for the students in the back, and his textbooks are bestsellers country-wide.

Jin-yi tells Hana that it’s thanks to Jung-seok and his sky-high salary that she was hired — after paying him, the academy fired a lot of their mediocre teachers. They needed to hire some low-cost teachers, so Jin-yi suggested Hana. Well, ouch.

Jin-yi instantly feels bad about blurting out that last bit, but Hana shakes off her disappointment and says that at least she got a job. She thanks Jin-yi for her support, having heard that newcomers aren’t welcomed in Noryangjin. Jin-yi offers to help as much as she can, and they hug.

Back inside, the ladies are surprised to find Jin-yi’s class posters being replaced with Hana’s, and Jin-yi slides her arm out of Hana’s. She spots the school director and chases him for an explanation, and he says that she’ll get plenty of students without advertising, while Hana is new and needs the exposure.

Jin-yi asks why Jin-woong’s posters weren’t removed since he never has many students anyway, but Jin-woong reminds her that his posters were taken down a long time ago. Awww. Jin-yi resorts to using aegyo on Director Kim, but he’s unmoved.

Once he leaves, Jin-yi pretends that this is no big deal to her, as if she wasn’t just pouting to her boss two seconds ago. Still, she stomps out when Jin-woong says she should help her friend, and Hana asks what she should do to smooth things over. Jin-woong advises her to hold her tongue, since she’s new and needs the advertising.

Nearby, a young student, JIN GONG-MYUNG (Gong Myung) tells his mother on the phone that he’s in Noryangjin, looking into this whole civil service deal like she wants. He hangs up and sneers at some posters of Jung-seok, calling him a show-off.

He’s joined by his friend KIM KI-BUM (Key), who’s inordinately proud of his new designer tracksuit. Ki-bum argues that the badly-dressed student image is a media construct — there’s no reason they can’t dress nicely.

Gong-myung wonders about their friend Dong-young, but Ki-bum says that he didn’t pass the recent exam, so he’s too depressed to join them. Ki-bum didn’t pass either, but he’s not really concerned, calling the civil service exam a marathon rather than a sprint. He’s only studied for three years, and plans to pass the exam in about another two years.

He asks if Gong-myung is going to join them in studying for the civil service exam, but Gong-myung is still thinking about it. He turns his attention to the famous cup rice at the street carts, and earns another lecture about stereotypes from Ki-bum. Instead, Ki-bum takes him to his favorite all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant.

Gong-myung grabs enough food for four people, excited because he never gets to eat this much. Ki-bum complains that being a starving student is another unfair stereotype, and the idea of eating here all the time is nearly enough to convince Gong-myung to make the decision to come here to study.

Hana makes Jin-yi some coffee as a peace offering, but Jin-yi snaps that she’s not in the mood. Their loud conversation annoys Jung-seok, who frowns at them from his office, then notices Hana’s Mickey Mouse watch. He recognizes her from the restaurant, and grumbles to himself that it’s not just the watch that makes her so hapless.

Jin-yi ignores Hana’s efforts, until Hana says that she’ll ask for her posters to be taken down. Jin-yi perks up at that, though she gives lip service by saying it’s not necessary, while Jin-woong shakes his head. Jin-yi invites Hana to watch her record her sample lecture, because of course she’s there to support her friend. Riiight.

Jin-yi’s sample lecture seems to be more about her revealing clothing and sexy poses than any actual educational content, and Hana can barely watch. Jin-woong is up next, and he hilariously introduces himself as “the Yoo Ah-in of Public Administration.” I’m so embarrassed for him right now.

Hana’s video is simple and straightforward, but she’s flustered when Jung-seok and Director Kim enter the room while she’s filming. They watch for a while then leave, and Jung-seok says that he can tell she taught in a small academy before. He chuckles nastily at her humble educational background, and says that it’s obvious from her sample lecture that she’s not up to snuff.

Hana sees Jin-yi’s poster being put back up, while hers is tossed in the garbage. She rescues it and sits in the empty stairwell, sighing that her education and her poster were both destroyed.

Hana narrates that her family was never well-off, but things got even worse once she got into college and her father guaranteed someone else’s debt. She began teaching to pay for her tuition, not intending for the academy to be a long-term job. But she was forced to stay by her father’s debt, and now she thinks of it as her vocation. She gives herself a little pep talk, reminding herself of what she’s gone through to get here.

Gong-myung and Ki-bum kill some time in an arcade, where Ki-bum earns the high score at one console. Gong-myung asks if this is how he’s been spending his time, but Ki-bum claims that he never plays games when in Noryangjin. Then Gong-myung points out that all the high scores in the game are Ki-bum’s. PFFT.

Next they head to a coffee shop, where Gong-myung frowns to see students dating instead of studying. Again Ki-bum calls that out as a false stereotype, saying that people can fall in love even on the battlefield like in Descended From the Sun, and Gong-myung pouts that he even makes time to watch dramas.

The boys spot their friend KIM DONG-YOUNG (Kim Dong-young) sitting at a nearby table, sobbing and being consoled by a pretty girl (cameo by Ha Yeon-soo). They beat him up a little for bailing on them to spend time with his girlfriend, and drag him out for drinks as he protests that he needs to study.

At the end of the day, Director Kim wants to take the new instructors out for drinks, and Hana enthusiastically agrees. Jung-seok says that he doesn’t drink with coworkers, nor is he interested in any friendly bonding, so the other four go without him.

Jung-seok does go out drinking, but alone with his earbuds in as is his preference. As the other professors down shot after shot, Jung-seok thinks that he prefers drinking alone because he can go at his own pace, doesn’t have to listen to boring stories from his coworkers, and waste his emotional energy. Hana performs a nifty drink-mixing trick, while Jung-seok leisurely enjoys his drinking time, unconcerned with entertaining anyone else.

Gong-myung decides over drinks and barbeque that Noryangjin life is pretty good — you live off allowance, but don’t have to deal with your mother’s nagging. Ki-bum encourages Gong-myung to join them, but Dong-young tells him not to do it, because it’s torture.

Ki-bum teases Dong-myung, since he’s got a girlfriend which means he gets to have sex regularly, though Dong-young complains that it’s not nearly enough, hee. He tells Gong-myung again not to do this, but Ki-bum reminds him that it’s a marathon and tells him to relax.

Dong-young spits that living off your parents is nothing to be proud of, which strikes a nerve with Ki-bum (who already bragged that he bought his fancy tracksuit with Mommy’s credit card). Ki-bum asks if he’s supposed to sit at home and do nothing like Gong-myung, and now all three friends are arguing.

Gong-myung yells that the others are unemployed, same as him, and a nearby customer yells back that they should be studying instead of drinking. Gong-myung argues that he’s not studying for the exam, and the man pokes back that at least his friends are trying to do something with their lives.

At ten o’clock Jin-woong’s alarm goes off, and he excuses himself to go home to his wife. Director Kim says that his wife is scary too, and Jin-woong literally has to run out. Jin-yi volunteers Hana to do Produce 101’s “Pick Me” dance for Director Kim to cheer him up.

Hana is clearly uncomfortable, but as the only newbie here, she’s forced to agree. She and Jin-yi do the dance, and Director Kim joins them, until the partition into the next room opens to reveal an annoyed customer (cameo by Kim Hee-won). The complainer also happens to be Jung-seok’s ex-boss, and he yells at Director Kim for stealing his best instructor.

Director Kim rebuts that he doesn’t only steal the best instructors, and points to Hana as an example of the fact that he also hires incompetent nobodies without a future. Dayum. He sends the rival director back to his room with insults, then asks Jin-yi if he won the argument.

They celebrate his victory with a shot, then the waitress brings them the bill — for the other table. HAHA. Director Kim orders Jin-yi and Hana to give chase, though only Hana obeys.

She follows the rival director and his group to a nearby fish market, slipping and falling on the wet floor. She eventually snags him while he hollers about having his instructor stolen, and Hana shrieks that he still has to pay for his own drinks.

The rival director flails at her, and Hana loses her balance again. She teeters for a long moment before tumbling backwards, right into a fish tank.

Hana shuffles home later, soaking wet and wearing a borrowed set of work overalls from the fish market. She catches her reflection in a shop window, and curls her lip to recall how happy she was to be working in Noryangjin.

She moves on, but stops when she sees Jung-seok in a restaurant, drinking by himself. She nearly leaves him to it, but changes her mind and decides to forgive his earlier derision of her background, and make friends with her enemy.

Jung-seok couldn’t look any more horrified to see a wet, bedraggled Hana in front of him, and she sits without being invited. She starts to explain her appearance, but he just instructs her to move along, saying that being seen with her could harm his reputation.

Hana asks what he means by that, and Jung-seok calls her an incompetent employee who kisses up to the boss. Hana says that he’s wrong about her, and admits that she overheard him commenting on her educational background. Jung-seok interrupts her and says that he’s not interested in her life story.

Hana grumbles that he could teach her to be better, and Jung-seok asks if she thinks she’s Jang Geu-rae in Misaeng. He says that since this is Noryangjin, maybe she’s “No Geu-rae,” and Hana can only splutter in disbelief at his horrible attitude.

Hana runs into a poster of Jung-seok at the bus stop, and tells it that now she knows why people call him “High-Quality Trash.” Gong-myung and Ki-bum (dragging a drunk and half-unconscious Dong-young) come upon Hana as she’s beating up the picture of Jung-seok, and assume she’s a student who took his class and failed the exam.

Gong-myung mutters that Jung-seok hasn’t changed — there are still a lot of people who hate him. But he smiles when Hana kicks the poster and hurts her foot.

The boys take Dong-young back to his tiny gosiwon room (a dorm-like residence for students), and Gong-myung notices that Dong-young’s belongings are all free items from promotional events. Dong-young drunkenly cries that he doesn’t want to live this cheap life anymore either.

The wall is so thin that one neighbor knocks on the wall to tell them to keep it down, and they can hear the other neighbor call his aunt to tell her that he passed the test. That makes Dong-young cry even harder, then the first neighbor yells about the noise again, and Ki-bum hollers at both neighbors while Gong-myung tries to keep him calm.

Gong-myung and Ki-bum go to the roof, where Ki-bum muses that whoever built these gosiwons intended to torture them, calling it both heaven and hell. Gong-myung thinks that’s pretty insightful, but Ki-bum deadpans that he got it from a webtoon, and Gong-myung shakes his head that Ki-bum has time to read webtoons.

He says that the students really do have it as hard as what he’s seen on television, and he asks Ki-bum if that’s an unfair media stereotype. Ki-bum just gives him a wry glance, then asks if Gong-myung has made up his mind to come to Noryangjin. Gong-myung isn’t sure, since it seems harder than he originally thought.

Ki-bum says that it’s not, but his sober expression seems to give lie to his words. Then Gong-myung follows Ki-bum’s line of sight down to a balcony below, where a girl has set her underwear out to dry. HAHA.

Hana arrives home to find an unexpected package at her front door. Aw, it’s from her mother, and the home-cooked food and sweet note make Hana tear up. She’s disappointed when she discovers that the food’s gone rotten, “just like my day.”

One container seems fine, and Hana realizes that it’s not all bad. She tells herself to keep her chin up, then treats herself to a beer, thinking that a good beer is soothing after a long hard day. “That’s why I’m drinking solo again tonight.”

She thinks that being pushed around during the day is what allows you to have peace while you’re drinking alone at night. As we see Jung-seok and Ki-bum both having a drink by themselves, Hana narrates that sometimes in order to forget the reality in front of you, to put down any worries, we drink solo. Gong-myung also has a beer while sitting outside the gosiwon, and watches students heading in for the night.

Hana considers a drink at the end of the day as a gift for making it through the day, and a way to prepare for tomorrow. She finishes her beer and tells herself that she’ll become a first-class instructor just like Jung-seok, and settles in to do some internet research on her new enemy.

On one site dedicated to Jung-seok, Hana gasps at the high number of members. But then she spots a comment that states that Jung-seok forged his academic credentials, and her eyes go wide.

Jung-seok makes his way to his swanky home and chooses a bottle of wine, then gets a message on his phone. It’s an alert regarding the same claim that Hana saw on the website, that there’s evidence that he forged his academic records. Jung-seok deletes the message, but he seems shaken. Could it be true?

COMMENTS

As a big fan of both seasons of Let’s Eat, I went into Drinking Solo cautiously optimistic — cautious because it’s bound be a bit trickier to portray drinking the same way food was glorified by Gu Dae-young and company, and optimistic because the concept could be really fun if done correctly. Nearly the entire cast are new to me, but I found that made it easier to jump into their world right away, since I didn’t have any previous memories of these actors as other characters. This first episode did a great job of introducing both the characters and the basic world setup, and I found myself almost immediately engaged and interested in learning more.

Speaking of, the main thing this drama does seem to share with the Let’s Eat franchise is its endearing characters, who always seem so odd and quirky while still being approachable and likable. I particularly like Hana, who seems to be stuck in a career she never expected, but is determined to make the best of it. She’s outwardly a pretty typical Candy, the way she left her own dreams by the wayside to help her family pay off debt. But Hana shows these glimpses of defiance that make me think that she’s just two steps away from blowing up and telling everyone to get along without her. I dearly hope she gets that chance, before even her “friend” Jin-yi betrays her. Jin-yi definitely seems like a fair-weather friend — there for Hana as long as she has the upper hand, but completely shutting off if Hana seems to have an advantage. I sense an epic showdown between these two in the making.

At the outset, our anti-hero Jung-seok looks like the typical arrogant, entitled jerk, so I hope that there’s more to him than just self-interest and ego. I do appreciate that he’s gotten where he is because of his skill at his job and not because he comes from a rich family, but he’s definitely got the nose-in-the-air attitude of a chaebol. I mean let’s be honest, he’s a total prissypants. I’m hoping that his appreciation of the finer things in life is a hint that he’s more than just a mean, judgmental ass, though I’d also like to see him stoop to Hana’s level and just let loose once in a while. But for now, I like how Jung-seok does make drinking alone look like a borderline religious experience, and even though I’m not much of a drinker myself, watching him enjoy himself so much makes even me want to go enjoy a nice drink.

I find the three young friends all adorable in their own ways, and I like how they’re all so different, yet they seem to fit together so well. It will be nice to see the Noryangjin life from the students’ perspective as well as the instructors’, and I like that the show addresses the dissonance that comes with being an adult who’s still dependent on family for support. Ki-bum seems happy to coast on that, while Dong-young finds it a source of shame and motivation to study hard and get himself out on his own. I’ll be interested to see how Gong-myung adjusts to the student life after doing his army duty and living at home, unemployed, for a solid year.

I had wondered how this show would making watching people drink as interesting as watching people eat, and I’m pleased that they didn’t attempt to show drinking in the same way. It’s less about the alcohol itself and more about how people approach drinking in different ways and for different reasons — for companionship, for professional advancement, or for personal enrichment. I really enjoy how this writer and PD take a simple concept such as food, or alcohol, and make it into more than it seems. It’s about getting out into the world, learning to enjoy those around you, and making connections where you never thought any could be found.

I do like that this show feels like its own entity, and not “Let’s Eat with alcohol,” which was a fear of mine. I adored both of the Let’s Eat dramas, but I wanted to see something a bit different. I feel that Drinking Solo has kept all the quirky workplace situations and varied, lovable characters, while still making itself stand out as something new and unique. Perhaps the lack of food porn is a big contributor to that, though I do love Ki-bum’s rants about media stereotyping, which vaguely remind me of Gu Dae-young’s lectures on the proper way to appreciate food. A slight homage, without being too much of a copycat — it’s exactly what I was hoping to see in this new series. So far so good, and if the show keeps going as it’s begun, then count me in.

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Hana is so likable. The actress playing her is doing a good job. I havent seen her anything else before but she is really cute here.

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Park Ha-Sun is all right, I saw her first in High Kick -3, she has great comic timing and is good at body gags. She will grow on you. She was also in that drama Two Weeks with Lee Jun-Ki.

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In High Kick, Park Ha Sun showed that she is willing to throw her body around and put herself in embarrassing situations for comedy. I wonder if it was a coincidence that her drama character, Park Ha Na has a similar name to her real one.

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I think most of them are using real names. Key is named Kim Ki bum which happens to be his real name. Gong Myung is Gong Myung. etc.

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Yeah I guess so. Using real names is more common in sitcoms though.

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This PD/writer team likes to do that for whatever reason, in Let's Eat Lee Soo-kyung also used her real name for instance.

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She is a very charming actress...underrated and really good

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I found this episode to be mostly engaging and interesting. To be honest, even though I loved Let's Eat parts 1 and 2 dearly, and loved all the actors in them, I could only watch the episodes with one hand pressed on my fast forward button, the plot meandered too much for my taste.

So I had similar expectations for this one as well, but was so surprised that an hour had passed by and I was riveted to my screen. Maybe it's the age old formula of rich guy jerk lead vs. poor candy girl, but whatever it was, it certainly kept my attention, and I'm onboard for the second episode.

Want to give a shout out to Gong Myung, his acting really impressed me in this episode, he's much improved since Entertainer, where I felt he over acted in some scenes, and his acting there was somewhat uneven.

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Yes for Gong Myung. I first saw him in the After School - Lucky or Not series. It was such a goofy show and he did a good enough job there. Entertainer he def was uneven like you said (but adorable). So far, he is good here. Looks like he is taking on that second-lead-warm-puppy-tobe-friendzoned role in this show. Good for him and I hope he grows more. 3 of the 5surpise boys are doing well. Lee Tae-hwan, Seo Kang-joon and Gong Myung. Kang Tae-oh gives me Jung Suk-won vibes, hopefully he finds his groove too!

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Ki Bum is happy there so I am in for his happiness

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I am actually a little weirded out that he is using his own name for the character, and the fact that, from the recap, he seems to be playing himself (I had to crack up at "inordinately proud of his new designer tracksuit" :-) )But it sounds fun. I am relieved that there is more to the story than a celebration of booze. Can't wait to start watching, as soon as I have enough episodes for a marathon.

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Yeah, I was wondering if it's gonna do some dramatic alcohol pouring or something, coz I dunno if there's such a thing called beverageporn.

Coincidentally, I'm watching a Jdrama called "Juken no Shinderera" (Examination's Cinderella) and while the story is totally different, Jung-seok reminds me of the lead guy there who's an arrogant yet sought-after cram-school teaching genius. I am again reminded of how much exams dictate someone's life

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Funny. I am watching J-drama Kazoku no Katachi which is about meddling and annoying parents driving son and daughter who lives alone crazy. And one of things male lead enjoys is drinking beer alone. And it was like the Drinking Solo scene.

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Haven't read the recap yet just stopping to say
I'M CONVINCED LOLLYPIP MUST NOT BE HUMAN!
Seriously, you are a recapping machine.

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I believe it's her dogs who do the actual recapping, and LollyPip just adds the screencaps. She just got a rabbit, who will be trained to do the screencaps so that LollyPip can just sit back and relax. (I am not a stalker, just a twitter follower.)

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Just here to say I'm weirdly obsessed with Gong Myung's hair.

Also, would there be cameos from the Let's Eat gang?

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I loved it! I never watch Let's Eat series, therefore I have a clean state about this show. I'm love the first episode, even thou none of the actor/actress is my faveorite, at first I watched it to fill the time and emptiness after Bring it on ghost ended, but it turns out that I really enjoy the first episode and waiting for the 2nd episode tomorrow.

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Keeping yourself busy as usual, huh, Lollypip? We appreciate that.

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Who had a good laugh at no gu rae lmao.I died laughing when that ahjussi threw lettuce at the new boy in the city(forgot his name).Also his friend has got the most interesting lines out of all the characters.In a way the writer is taking a dig at media also by throwing all the sarcastic comments.I assume we are here for a clever drama from the rat franchise.So agree mostly with lollypop here.

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lol I laughed so much during this scene. It was really funny how the ahjussi compared Gong Myung to a lettuce. "You're not even better than a lettuce. At least a lettuce can be used to wrap things."

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Watching this for Park Ha Sun -- she's just so cute to me. I'm also curious about Jung Chaeyeon -- I wonder if she was around to help Ha Sun with the Pick Me Dance. Anyway -- this Ki Bum guy -- has a rather unusual haircut. He's not the guy from Shinee is he?

Also like Ha Suk-jin as he is good at playing highly educated pompous guys. I have a feeling though his lofty perch is going to fall to the wayside, LOL.

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Haha yeah, it's SHINee's Key. And apparently that bowl haircut is staying for their new album as well.

Have you seen Welcome to Saengchori?Ha Suk-Jin played a very similar character there and boy was the comedown refreshing!

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It would be so nice to make the show showing to people that there is so many types of alcohol available just you need to know how to enjoy it without getting "plastered". I found it little bit ridiculous when Jung-seok was using the alcohol tester, you should know it by yourself when you have to stop and while enjoying his beer and dinner - it was my favorite pilsner type one = little bit sweet in the biggining and bitter hop herb taste at the end- it was little bit disappointing that there was no explanation how it tastes and how it is produced like it was done with food in let's eat series. Let's give it a try! :-)

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JungSeok strikes me as a very by-the-book kind of guy. I'm not sure he trusts his own feelings to know when to stop. Therefore, he puts all his trust in his app. He's probably like 0.079! I can drink a drop more! Or 0.081! I'm screwed!

*take this opinion with a pinch of salt because it's solely based on the recap. I haven't watched the episode.

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Geonbae! ?

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This is my type of show 20% truth, 20% heartwarming/heartstring pulling, 20% comedy% 20 interesting charcters 20% romance.

In the final scences of ep1 park ha sun character says: we drink to forget about the future we cant see. Man this line got me right in the feels. I read somewhere that the creators of the show wanted to show why people drink rather then gloryfing alcohol. The scence where the guys drop of their freind who's drunk who been telling his friends how hard it was studying and the next door neighbour is heard saying he just passed the test sounding so excited is constrasted with him who's down and drunk about the very same test. Even though the scence is funny cause their yelling through the wall telling each other to be quiet.This was a heartstring moment for me. I was just thinking this happens to many people in their twenties they loose their steam and don't want to be seen as a loser. Because they don't have a job yet so they end up wondering around in life because somewhere in their subconscious they begean to believe who they are as human is based off grades,test or job . Being a human being is so much more.

I am going to share some thoughts about the truth I saw in this ep1. It really showcased the idea that just because you study or went to college does not guarantee you a job because you know what millions of other people are doing the exact same thing at the same time. Not saying that you can't build skills at school and that higher learning does not have a purpose. What I will say is this, You are competing with people for your future ,your livelyhood. Many of whom operate at a higher capcity then you or have skills that you don't have or haven't learned yet.

I know a lot of kids who after graduating college ended up being
disillusioned and in debt. The reality of seeing your limits or your identity on paper. A list of what you did or didn't do can be heartbreaking for many in their twenties with no work experience. I remember all the kids senior year of HS saying they could not wait to be an "adult". They were going to move out of their parents house get apartment,get a partime job to have money on the side. Then the workload of classes hit, tuition,bills,and work all came at once. Their fantasy of socializing that they got from college 90s movies is nowhere to befound. I saw their self esteem plummet, it was actually sad. Now the very same people only talked of sleeping, when the next party was so they could relive stress and some person they didn't like. All to avoid what was really bothering them inside. Thankfully my aunt and mom both told me since I was young that college was only a transitional period of life and that it did not define me as human being. So even before I went to college I had the mind set, keep cost low, build a foundation of knowledge and build skills and look for creative and out of the box ways to generate income. I hope the show keeps these heartstring moments as...

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....as the romance begins.

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I don't like how Jung-seok is so ridiculously snobby, but I'm interested in how he became this way. It seems he lied about his past.

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Yay, let the cameo parade from BIOG continue. ?

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Ha Suk Jin's character. What a snob. With good taste in music, I might add. Lol. Love Beethoven's 7th.

Hmm. So far I don't feel myself wanting to reach for the nearest bottle of booze (unlike both Let's Eat series... Man, how much weight did I gain watching those?), but I liked their reflections on drinking and their motivations for doing so. The characters are highly relateable. I think I'm going to stick around.

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Looks promising, thanks for the heads up! I've seen both Let's Eat series, excited for this one. Waiting for the second episode tonight!

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I really like Park Ha Sun as an actress. She has the charm and likeability and is relatively talented.

I've only seen Jin Gong Myung in one other drama, and I gotta say he's charming in that puppy sunshine way!

Interested to see how the relationships between the main characters will develop already

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Also I gotta say I dont agree with our male lead's philosophy that your academic background = how good you are as an academic instructor ^^

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If the hints are right that he faked his credentials, then that dick-ish statement of his is probably more about his insecurities.

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I miss Gu Dae-young, but am willing to give this show a chance!

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This was definitely a fun and entertaining watch. I think that's mainly because I've never connected with a cast of characters so quickly and so easily. I found myself able to sympathize with the majority of them because their stories hit so close to him.

I feel for Dongyoung because I know the struggle of searching for employment (or trying to pass that test) and not finding it. I know the pain of putting your best out there but failing repeatedly anyway and having to suck it up and keep going even when everyone around you seems to be landing new jobs. (I'm sure I've cried a time or two as well and I didn't have to be drunk to do it.)

I feel for Hana because she's grown but has to bear responsibility for her parents and their choices. She doesn't want to make enemies but her desire to please only comes off as weak.

I feel for Kibum because I've also been in situations where I've been accused of slacking off or 'not trying hard enough' with the job hunt just because I still make time for my hobbies.

Wow wow wow... It's only the first episode but the show has given me an unexpected amount of depth already and I'm really hoping that the rest of the series continues to impress and that it's not just the glossy veneer of a brand new show that's got me interested.

Only a different note, Jungseok sure is a jerk but, as far as snobby leading men go, he's actually extremely TAME. He's got his bossy moments but his attitude didn't manage to push the wrong buttons with me and I'm thankful for that because I can still enjoy the show and enjoy him as a character without being annoyed for the wrong reasons.

Hope the show gets good ratings and that the writing continues to be strong!

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Glad to see this show's shaping up to be a good one so far. I like Park Ha Sun so I've been wanting to give this one a try. I'll add this to my watch list along with Fantastic!

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I'm more struck by the image of Ha Suk Jin drinking and being plugged in to music. It's such a familiar and disconcerting sight cos I see people doing that when they eat.

When you see real life on screen I can't help but wonder if it's enjoyable to drink and enjoy alone (without having to entertain others) or if it's terribly alienating and lonely to drink alone instead.

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Personally, I think there are merits to drinking/eating with company or alone. I can totally relate to his reasons why prefers drinking alone, because they are usually MY reasons for eating/drinking alone.

I like eating/drinking with company because there are times when I want to try a lot of stuff, and drinking with someone else means there's someone to split the tab with. XD

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Being a foodie, it was no surprise that I ended up liking the Let's Eat series. So it seemed natural to check and see if they can spin the same magic on drinks the way they had on food. Because while every person is obligated to eat, not everyone has to "drink" or enjoy one which I think presents more challenge as far as plot and storytelling goes.

Rather than focusing on the content, historical or scientific detail of a drink, they hone in how and why every drinker chooses to enjoy a drink in whatever manner they choose. I hope they don't ran out of stuff to write on that because at some point it's bound to get repetitive.

I like Park Ha-sun since I saw her in that movie playing that funny woman who dub-sings for a living but can't carry a darn tune. In this drama, she has the same relatable persona and while she exudes Candy-like positivity, she makes it convincing and fun to watch.

It might be too early but I'm worried about the on-screen chemistry because so far I'm not seeing a bit of it between her and Suk-jin. I suppose his abrasiveness doesn't help but I trust the writer has something up his sleeve to effectively sell the pairing down the line.

What's surprising is that I got a glimpse of a promising spark when Gong-myung took a brief interest on drunken Ha-na harassing a poster ad. I can already see a second lead syndrome coming from a mile away and it being a potential noona romance will make it even more loveable and endearing.

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I might be in the minority but I didn't like the acting. I'm not really super duper interested in the story and none of the characters are all that new, I feel like I've seen different people play the same character types and do a better job.

I hope it picks up when I watch episode 2. But so far not in love in the least.

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