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Drinking Solo: Episode 6

Poor Hana is have a terrible, horrible, no-good very bad day — in fact, it’s just an awful day for everyone. Even their usual solitary drinking coping mechanisms can’t help, when a drink isn’t what they really need. Drinking alone is fine when you just want to wind down, but there’s nothing worse than being alone when what you really need is a comforting shoulder.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

While Jung-seok is enjoying his meal and tequila, a drunk woman approaches him to ask if he wants to drink with her. He turns her down flat, and thinks to himself that he hates women who get clingy when they drink. He frowns when Hana comments on his Instagram for him not to drink too much, calling her tacky.

Hana is savoring her own “dinner” of bacon chips and apple juice, and she worries that Jung-seok is drinking too much the night before their joint class begins. A sudden clap of thunder startles her, and she hopes that the rain doesn’t keep the students away tomorrow.

She focuses on prepping for her class, but soon she’s nodding off over her book. She decides to go to bed, but another loud thunderclap feels like a sign from the Universe, and she goes back to preparing.

It’s still pouring the next morning, and Hana struggles with her umbrella in the high winds. At the subway station she sees a huge poster for the joint class, and she simpers at Jung-seok’s picture, remembering how he insisted she stand directly behind him and still assuming that it means he likes her.

Hana is nervous for her first large class, but Jin-yi is an old hand at this. Hana notices that Jin-yi has today marked on her calendar, but Jin-yi says it’s for something else — she plans to try to get pregnant again tonight. Her boyfriend wants to wait until his business is stable to get married, but Jin-yi is ready now, and she figures that getting pregnant will get her what she wants.

Jin-woong’s impression of the day is a possessed character from The Wailing, ha. Jin-yi finds him super annoying and yells at him to knock it off, but he stays enthusiastic, as usual.

Hana gets excited when she sees Jung-seok in his office, but he just shuts the blinds when he catches her looking. He wonders why she’s staring and smiling, but he grins at the idea, then has to actually wipe the smile off his face. Cute.

Dong-young sees Chae-yeon in the gosiwon kitchen and asks if he can finish her breakfast. She thinks he’s gross, but he explains that he’s broke, and it would be a shame to waste the leftover food.

Ki-bum enters the kitchen looking mighty spiffy in a fancy suit (Dong-young quips that he looks like an idol headed to an awards ceremony, hee). It’s his grandmother’s birthday, and he’s headed to her party, though his mother told him to stay home and study instead. But he loves his grandma, who raised him while his parents worked, and he’s determined to go.

Ki-bum catches Chae-yeon sneering at him, and he mocks her as she says her usual, “If you came to study, then study,” line. He tells her to freshen up her comebacks, so she kicks him in the shin. HA.

Hana peeks into the classroom while Jung-seok is teaching, and thinks how good he looks in front of a class. He catches her eye and pauses, and she ducks, heh. She heads to the stairwell to talk to her phone, telling it that she wants to show Jung-seok that she’s a good teacher.

She says it would be nice if he praised her, and the phone misunderstands her words and asks if she likes him. She tells her phone that she just respects him a lot, but her protest seems a little overly-adamant.

Director Kim invites the teachers out for lunch, but Hana hangs back, too nervous to eat. They go without her, and Jin-woong leaves her an herbal medicine pack to help bolster her energy. She eats it right away, thankful for his thoughtfulness.

Over at Jung-seok’s house, Gong-myung is skipping class because of the rain. He has ramyun for lunch and eyeballs his brother’s wine stash. He knows it’s forbidden but takes a bottle anyway, then nearly has a heart attack when his phone rings. It’s Ki-bum, asking for a ride to his grandmother’s birthday party since it’s raining.

Hana doesn’t feel so well when it’s time for her class, but she assumes it’s nerves. She lasts about one minute in front of the students before she starts feeling dizzy, then her eyes roll back and she faints right on stage.

Jung-seok is in the elevator, and he wonders how Hana is doing in her first class. Then he frowns, confused why he’s worried about her, and he tells himself that he’s only worried about his own class. Sure you are — I saw you smile at her poster.

Dong-young runs up to help Hana, and he piggybacks her unconscious body to the elevator, right past a confused Jung-seok. He watches while Director Kim sends them off, and his eyes pop open wide when he hears that Hana passed out.

In the car, Gong-myung commends Ki-bum for his faithfulness to his grandmother, going out on a rainy day like this. Ki-bum obviously loves his grandma, and talks about how she used to buy him special food, and even threw her hip out cleaning his room.

Gong-myung points out the tiny present Ki-bum is carrying, asking if it’s not too small for all the work his grandma did to raise him. Ki-bum counters that he worked on this gift all day — it’s all of his grandma’s favorite songs on an mp3 player. Okay, that’s sweet.

Ki-bum suddenly remembers his laundry is on the roof, and calls Dong-young to get them. But Dong-young is at the hospital with Hana, and this news alarms Gong-myung.

Hana wakes to find herself hooked up to an IV, and Dong-young tells her that she passed out and class was canceled. The doctor tells her that she may have had an allergic reaction to something she ate, but all she had was that herbal medicine.

She asks Dong-young to forget she heard that, and heads back to the academy. Dong-young eyeballs her remaining IV and asks a nurse if he can be injected with the rest of it, since it would be wasteful otherwise. Okay, yuck.

Hana’s coworkers assume that she passed out because she stayed up all night preparing, and was too nervous to eat. Director Kim is beside himself to have Jung-seok’s very first class day ruined, and Jin-woong does another ghost impression, which makes Director Kim even angrier.

They don’t notice Jung-seok listening from the doorway of his office, and later as he’s walking through the building he overhears a trio of teachers gossiping about why Hana passed out. They conjecture on whether she was nervous, and wonder why Jung-seok let her in his class in the first place. He breaks up their cat-session, snapping that they should say such things to his face, or at least make sure he can’t hear.

Hana finds Director Kim and nervously apologizes, and he asks how a healthy person could just faint for no reason. He accuses her of hiding an illness, and makes her feel even worse by yelling that students could drop the class because of her, and regretting his hiring of her. He orders her to schedule a make-up class, and bring in a health certificate.

Hana cheers herself up by promising herself she’ll do well at the make-up class, but she wilts again when Jung-seok approaches her. She apologizes, thanking him for giving her a chance, but he interrupts and says that only prepared people can take advantage of chances.

He fusses at her for not eating or sleeping before the class, but his words ring more of concern than censure. Still, he sighs that he’s a terrible judge of character, and that he thought too highly of her.

In the stairwell, Hana mopes over blowing her once-in-a-lifetime chance. She’s disappointed that she let Jung-seok down, and sad because she just wanted to be praised. Her phone pipes up to say that she likes him, but Hana denies it and says that he was right to yell at her.

Ki-bum is entering the party hall when he overhears a conversation between his grandmother and his mother, who told him to stay home and study. His grandmother sweetly says that she hopes her puppy studies hard and passes the test this time, but his mother is harsher, calling him an embarrassment.

She complains that all her friends’ kids went to college and have jobs, but Ki-bum is still studying and failing the test. Grandma defends him, saying that he stayed home and studied instead of coming to her party, so clearly he’s committed. She assures Ki-bum’s mom that her puppy will pass this time, but their words hit Ki-bum hard.

He watches his grandmother smiling and clapping while everyone dances, remembering how his grandmother loves to see him dance. He calls himself crazy for worrying about that now, and leaves: “Let’s go study.” It sounds good, but he’s barely holding back his tears.

Gong-myung waits in the car, trying to figure out how to contact Hana about her fainting spell. Instead he calls Dong-young and asks after her, and hears that she’s already back at school, and that it was an allergic reaction to herbal medicine.

Jin-yi is fixing her face for her date with her boyfriend, when he calls to cancel. She loses her temper at him, and he hangs up on her, so Jin-woong invites her out for a drink with him instead. They invite Hana as well, but she decides to head home instead, and turns down another herbal medicine from Jin-woong.

Jin-woong doesn’t seem all that upset to be going out for drinks alone with Jin-yi, and asks her to take him for chicken soup with medicinal herbs. Jin-yi snaps for his wife to look after his health — why should she?

Director Kim texts Hana a video of her fainting in class, which smartass students have photoshopped so it looks like she’s fainting in front of a bear, and President Obama, and even Do-kyung and Hae-young’s kiss, hee. Students are complaining and asking for refunds, and Hana feels horribly embarrassed.

She stares up at the rain, feeling at her lowest point, wishing the water would wash her away. She never notices Jung-seok driving past, but he sees her standing there, looking bereft. He wonders if his words are what made her upset, and he seems to feel bad about it, but then reminds himself that it’s not his fault and not to lower himself to her level.

He looks as if he may stop to offer her a ride, and sure enough, a car horn honks Hana out of her funk. But instead of Jung-seok, it’s Gong-myung urging her into his car, saying that there’s an urgent problem. Puppy to the rescue!

Of course, the urgent problem is that he lied that there was an urgent problem. When Hana seems nervous that he may have heard about her fainting, Gong-myung admits that he saw the video, and complains that kids are too mean. He says that he knows why she really fainted and asks why she didn’t tell the truth. That’s what I’m saying.

Hana says that she didn’t want to get Jin-woong in trouble, but Gong-myung points out that she’s in even bigger trouble because she wasn’t honest. He sighs at her, saying that she’s either too nice or too naïve, and he seems genuinely worried for her.

He drops her off at her apartment building, and asks which unit she lives in. She vaguely nods at a window, embarrassed about where she lives, but he just grins and says her curtains are cute. She’s caught out in her lie when a neighbor tells her that he basement unit has flooded from all the rain. She runs in to find her whole place under six inches of water, and starts futilely trying to save her school materials.

Gon-myung wades in, shoes in hand and pants rolled up (how does he look so silly and so swoony all at once?), and refuses to let Hana shoo him out again. He insists on staying to help, and the two of them get to work cleaning up.

Ki-bum gets drunk on the gosiwon roof, still sad about missing his grandmother’s birthday party. He opens her gift and listens to the trot music he put on the mp3 player for her, and imagines dancing with his grandmother to her favorite song. He gets up and dances in the rain, until he tips over a drying rack and goes down in a heap.

Chae-yeon witnesses this last part, which just confirms her conviction that Ki-bum is crazy, but she grows worried when Ki-bum makes no move to get up. She crouches next to him and realizes that he’s crying, and tells him again to stop messing around and study more.

Ki-bum just cries harder, but he says that she’s right — he should be studying. “If I’d passed the exam, I would have been so proud to dance for her at her party today.” Awww, sweet thing.

He tells Chae-yeon that he went to his grandmother’s party, but he couldn’t bring himself to show his face. Surprisingly, Chae-yeon agrees that they’re not really in a position to show themselves proudly, and admits that she feels guilty if she even watches a few minutes of television or buys a simple shirt. She even feels like she doesn’t deserve to eat or sleep.

She tells Ki-bum to stop crying, but her understanding makes him sob harder, and he cries on her knee while she pats his back comfortingly. But he makes her feel weird when he clutches her leg, and she shoves him and leaves him there, wailing in the rain.

Hana takes Gong-myung to dinner as thanks for his help, though she feels bad for taking away from his study time. He insists he doesn’t study much, and she asks why. Then she feels bad for asking, when she couldn’t even teach today.

Her drinking worries Gong-myung, but she assures him she’s fine now. He also worries about her sleeping in a damp basement but she says it’s okay, and he complains that she says everything is okay. Using his status as her favorite student, he invites her to tell him when she’s not okay.

That disarms Hana, and she puts her face in her hands and starts to sob. She tearfully admits that she’s not okay — she worked so hard for that chance, and she ruined it. Gong-myung encourages her not to give up, and Hana perks herself up and they both have a laugh. Then she bursts into tears again.

In another restaurant, Jin-woong tells Jin-yi that he noticed how upset she was, not to be able to see her boyfriend tonight. He asks, if she really still loves him that much after five years, and she gives a vague affirmative answer.

She asks how long he dated his wife before they married, and if they had everything financially sorted before they tied the knot. Jin-woong says they had nothing, just an apartment, and he’d just started teaching.

His alarm goes off then — time to go home to the wifey. But Jin-yi attacks, grabbing his collar and saying that she won’t let him go today. Jin-woong says he has to go or his wife will kill him, and shoves her away and runs. Jin-yi calls after him that she wants to be important to someone, too.

Jung-seok enjoys his solo drinks even more when it’s raining, but he seems to be the only one. Both Jin-yi and Hana down shots alone, both crying and miserable. Jin-yi watches longingly as a husband at a nearby table pats his pregnant wife’s belly, and watches the rain fall outside.

Jung-seok narrates that even when he cries, it comforts him to know the rain is crying with him. Tomorrow the rain will stop, and things will be better. Ki-bum sits on the roof, looking at pictures of himself with his grandmother on his phone.

Jin-woong arrives home, and calls out to his wife. She comes around the corner, happy to see him — a tiny, fluffy white dog named “Wife.” Aww, I had a feeling he’s not really married. He takes a beer from his mostly-empty fridge, and stares at the rain.

Gong-myung brings Hana some medicine, and finds her with her head on the table, half-passed-out. He shakes her awake and she fusses at him for not going home, then starts to tip over so that he has to catch her face in his hand. He lays her head on the back of the booth, and smiles at her.

Meanwhile, Jung-seok watches his Instagram account, wondering why Hana isn’t commenting tonight. He thinks of calling her, assuming she’s angry with him for what he said, convincing himself that he’s only doing it for his class. Right. He starts to call but chickens out, then freaks when his phone dials her number anyway.

Hana is still asleep on the table, and Gong-myung sees a call from “High-Quality Trash” pop up on her phone. He answers, and on the other end, Jung-seok hangs up in a panic when he hears a man’s voice. LOL. He grouches that she would go out with a man when she just trashed the quality of his class, complaining that she doesn’t know her place.

Gong-myung manages to wake Hana, and he promises to go home if she does. That gets her sitting up, but only for a second before she tips back over. He catches her head and lays it on his shoulder, looking mighty pleased with himself. He tells her that she should have a boyfriend, and asks if she’ll be his girlfriend.

COMMENTS

One of the best things about the Let’s Eat franchise is it’s ability to make you care deeply about very real, very flawed characters, and Drinking Solo is no exception. This episode just tugged my heartstrings in all the right ways, for every single character, even Jin-yi (who I had just decided I didn’t like. So much for that). This show has a way of making you change your mind about its characters, sometimes liking and sometimes disliking them, the same way you do with the real people in your life. Because real people aren’t static and one-note, they have layers and complexities, and are never all bad or all good.

I particularly felt bad for Ki-bum in this episode, because as we know, despite his prickly exterior, he’s really just a big squishy ball of emotions. To hear his family calling him an embarrassment hit him hard, and even though his grandmother stood up for him, he still felt like he was letting her down. What makes it even worse is that that every word was true — he doesn’t apply himself, and he even said to Gong-myung in the first episode that he’s got two more years to coast before anyone expects him to pass the test. It’s hard to hear someone saying something hurtful about you, but even harder to realize that they’re absolutely right.

I do think it’s interesting that he found a (temporary) ally in Chae-yeon, who seems like the last person to care if anyone’s feelings are hurt, much less Ki-bum’s. But she seemed to genuinely be worried about him, and understand how he was feeling, and I hope that continues. I kind of like them together — wouldn’t they make the cutest grouchy bickering couple ever?

I felt terrible for Jin-yi as well, because while I strongly disagree with her methods of planning to trap her boyfriend into marriage, I also understand her feelings of loneliness, and her fear that she’ll never get the family she wants. She’s peppy and fun and attractive, but she also has few friends, and the man who should love her seems to love his job more. Frankly, I hope she ends up with Jin-woong — and I have to say it, but I’ve suspected for several episodes now that he wasn’t really married. He never talks about a wife except when it’s time to go home, and I was only the tiniest bit surprised to find out that “Wife” was an adorable little dog. He seems too desperate for attention to be happily married, and I think he and Jin-yi would be perfect together. She instantly gets every one if his impressions, and he seems to genuinely like her even when she yells at him. They would be an adorable couple, and he could let her be the alpha and just enjoy adoring her.

On the other hand, I’m so ready for Hana to start sticking up for herself at work. I understand she’s the newcomer and the maknae, and she’s very uncertain of herself because of her unimpressive credentials. But even when she has every right to defend herself, such as when Director Kim yelled at her for passing out, she doesn’t say a word. She could have said it was an allergic reaction, she could have mentioned the herbal medicine Jin-woong gave her, hell, she could have just told him that she didn’t faint on purpose! But instead she just curls up and takes it.

It’s so frustrating, because I can only be proud of her little, “I can do this!” pep talks for so long before I start getting angry with her for never saying any of that positive, strong stuff to anyone else. Even Jung-seok knows that there’s more to her than this timid little mouse. But if she’s not willing to pick her head up, look people in the eye, and say, “Shit happened, but it’s over now, and I’m going to go in there and totally rock this class, just watch me prove you wrong,” then it becomes just a pep talk and not something Hana can actually do. I want to see her actually do something, and not just tell her phone she can.

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The second lead syndrome hit me hard, I haven't felt this way since Chilbongie. When he told her that it was okay to not be okay I was all like, "just sweep me off my feet baby".

Omg, can we have a show where all the second leads get together and complain about never getting the girl. That would be a hilarious concept, everybody is each other's wing-man and imagine all the bromances we would get.

Can someone make this happen?

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the list of the second leads get together is actually a long list of actors and actress, I bet.
Yes the second lead in this drama is so adorable. But a student at an academy dating with a tutor must be banned in real life,,,

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Am I first?? Haha..
Anw, this drama really grows on me. I like the story and in some way I understand Jung Seok's comfort solitude in having drinks and meal all by himself.
It's kinda strange I dont have SL syndrome here... Jung Seok is just so adorable in some ways.. :)

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Everything's going to sh*t this episode for everyone it seems. Hana in particular had it tough, though I wonder whether she was thinking too much when she didn't fess up about the allergic reaction. It wasn't her fault or intentional on Jin woong's part, so even if she defended herself, it would have just been treated as an unfortunate accident rather than everyone thinking she was a nervous wreck! I guess the writers wanted her to have a steeper learning curve, but it is still frustrating. I hope Hana grows a back bone very soon.

Jin-yi and Jin Woong would make a good couple, they can be the 2-jins heheh. I wonder why Jin Woong purposefully avoid staying out late though, is it just to take care of his dog, or is there another layer to his story? I'm intrigued.

Awwww at Kibum in this episode! He was absolutely heart broken at not being able to dance for his grandmother, and I choked back tears too watching him walking away from the birthday celebrations dejectedly. From the look of it, his grandma is the most important person in his life, and to not be able to go up to her proudly as a success in life must be so difficult for him. I do wonder whether Kibum's suited to the life of a civil servant at all, he might realise sometime down the line that he's better off doing something else that interests him more, like being an idol. Heheh joking. Either way there's definite chemistry between him and Chayeon, and they would definitely make a great couple, as long as they don't bicker each other to death first!

This is starting to get really engaging, and I can't wait for next Monday!

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I think that rather than Hana growing a backbone, the writers wanted Jung-seok to 'misunderstand' her again. It seems that every time that happens (bribe, flyers, etc), he starts to like her more. He will definitely hear about allergic reaction from his brother and will feel guilty.

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"Surprisingly, Chae-yeon agrees that they’re not really in a position to show themselves proudly, and admits that she feels guilty if she even watches a few minutes of television or buys a simple shirt. She even feels like she doesn’t deserve to eat or sleep."

I get it. I really get it. We've got similar values in India (at least in my home) and i remember feeling so guilty when i didnt do so well in school - as if i hadnt earned my keep and i didnt deserve anything. In my 30s and the sentiment still makes my heart squeeze in empathy with these poor (fictitious) kids.

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Awww...Ki bum character make me remember my school days, feeling bad to my parents who always supports me to others. chae yeon words are true.

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the leads took a backseat for me in this ep. So excited to ship the other characters! Lol.

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So so frustrated at Hana. She might be the least likable heroine of all dramas that I've watched (eventho I haven't watched many). The main leads are supposed to be the main attraction in this drama. But for me, every main leads here is lacking charms to their supporting casts. Every other instructors, every other students have more interesting stories and characters. Jungseok is typical Tsundere, Gongmyung is the typical fluff, and Hana is typical candy girl. Ratings is falling too. Sigh. Things better change next week.

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Kibum was almost everything in this episode. He makes me laughed hard in ep5 and cried harder in ep6. I cant stand if Chaeyeon later falling in love with Gongmyung. I don't want to spend more tears watching another heartbroken Kibum. It's obvious that he has special attention to Chaeyeon.

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Oh! and I ship Prof Jinyi And Prof Jinwoong! Should we name them 2Jin? lol

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The ratings aren't that bad, are they? I thought they've been around 2-3% the last couple weeks... which isn't a hit by any means but also isn't so bad for a cable drama...?

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2-3% is really good for other cable tv, but since this is tvN who has Reply and Another OHY, for me, what considers decent is if it's constantly above 3%... the latest episode is their lowest so far.. which I kinda blame it to the main leads' story and characters..

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2-3% still considered as good since it's a late night slot. I think the other Let's Eat's series also hovering around that numbers before peaking at 5% on some episodes.

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Wasn't Key raised by his grandmother irl?

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He was.
And that's why this episode and as more than heartbreaking for me. In real life, Key was raised by his grandma and he loved her so much. But then she passed away.
Its a heartbreaking story every Shawol readily knows.
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Yes he did. That's why it was so hard for me to watch knowing how hard it must have been to film this.

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A lot of his dialogue seemed to be directed at his grandma in real life :(

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I was thinking the exact same thing. TBH a lot of things they've brought up for his character seem to parallel his real life, but this part was definitely the saddest.

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I know, right? It felt like he was talking straight from the heart, both when he was happy and sad.

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The emotional connection in this scene really got to me. Key has acted in musicals before, but the parallel and emotional connection in this scene makes it all the more sadder.

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I'm proud to announce that I marathoned this drama to catch up with the discussions. Initially I was sceptical thinking there would be a lot of messy drunk scenes, but I'm glad this show proved me wrong.

The actors playing here are not overly attractive which makes the characters congenial. There is nothing good like a real life-laugh out loud drama but at times I'm little irked whenever Hana gets flustered thinking Jung harbours a crush on her. I feel that's a bit of a convenience to push Hana/Jung romance but they already have natural chemistry in their interactions. Proving Jung is worthy of Hana will seal the deal with this ship. Not that I'm complaining if they pair Hana with Gong Myung ( Boy! you are giving me the painful SLS)

I also would like to see more of Hana's teaching and how she handles students because that is going to be deciding factor which proves Hana is no less inferior than her colleagues.

Does this show have lead actor and actress because even those playing in the sub plots (Kimbum/Professor Min) seem to have same screen time as Hana/Jung Seok?

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Thank you @lollypip for recapping this drama even though this show doesn't have high viewers like MDBC.

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I think there is a lead pair in here in that they're the ones the story focuses on and tells in perspective more than the others but I also think that this drama skews more ensemble than the traditional "here are your leads, here are your second leads and here are the extras".

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That's great right? Not many kdramas I have watched give equal importance to characters apart from leads. These sidelined characters are mostly used as a tool for setting up the main plot or for comical relief and are mostly boring.

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I have watched this drama from the first episode but I fear it hasn't really grown on me. In fact, I am becoming progressively irritated with Ha-na. Is she over-acting? I don't know. It's difficult to identify with her when she doesn't seem to have any pride. If I were a student and my teacher behaved in this way, I would just write her off as a silly woman. Perhaps it's the script. Let us see some maturity from her, please!

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I want to stand up for Hana a little bit, because a lot of people are upset with her not standing up for herself. But, her meekness is something I actually see in myself, especially since it is coupled with a legitimately intelligent character. Hana just wants people to like her, and to be a successful teacher. For her, it is better to be seen as being possibly ill instead of letting someone know that they had hurt her. For me, it was heartbreaking seeing her not want to speak out, because she didn't want anyone else to get yelled at. Yeah, it would be great if she finally stood up for herself, but that would be out of character for someone like her who has been beaten down by everyone at this job for the entire show.

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Yes yes! I totally agree with you and it breaks my heart to see the comments flooded with people who hate on Hana. Yes, she's meek and doesn't like to inconvenience others but she also feels like she's an inconvenience. She got this job due to a favor from a friend and you can clearly see that she's suffering from Imposter Syndrome. She's surrounded by these famous/popular instructors at this high-class academy and even though she's trying her absolute best, mumbles and mishaps follow her. Of course she wouldn't want to speak up and burden others. Those same people already feel like she doesn't belong, why would she do anything to sour her relationship with them? As viewers, it may be frustrating to watch, but I feel like no one is giving Hana and her struggle enough credit.

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Is it just me, or is “High-Quality Trash” enjoying his solo drinks less and less with each episode? I don't know but since last episode and now this one he seems to be just a little less cheerful with each outing. In the last drinking scene, he didn't even have his headphones on. He was narrating how much he loves drinking in the rain but he sure didn't look too happy. Maybe I'm just reading too much into it but I feel that the more he interacts with Hana and the other teachers, the more he will start to realize that drinking with friends can also be enjoyable.

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No it's not just you. I kinda felt it too! But i just also thought that maybe the music played by the restaurant is kinda classical enough for him or it's a given since it's a rainy day.

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No, you're right. Although he says the same narration his actions show otherwise. It's funny how he now enjoys Hana's Instagram comments.

On a side note I keep getting reminded of the male lead in "He who can't marry" who pretty much loved being solo, listening to classical music and drinking his wine haha - until he met his counterpart haha.

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Totally agree that he seems to be enjoying his solo drinking a little less each time.
And he is enjoying the comments from Hana a little more.

Loving this show so much on all fronts!

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I think at the end of the series he will find the joy of drinking with friends as much as drinking solo. But I think at this episodes he didn't use his headphones because he likes to listen to the sound of the rain while he's drinking alone in rainy day.

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Yes, "healing time" has suddenly shifted to "check instagram for comments from girl I DEFINITELY don't like" time. ^_^

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Thank you for the recap.
I can totally relate with the students in noryangjin, especially kibum and chaeyeon this episode. As someone who still live with my parents while searching job, I feel guilty everyday. The story's very realistic. I love it.
Altough I hope they get better ratings.

The only thing I hate about korean drama is the romance. Especially love triangle. It's not that I hate romance, I hate angst and all the "I love you but you love someone else, my heart hurt but I am afraid to tell you that I love you so I will cry every episode thinking of you" thing, ex: One More Happy Ending. Luckily they're not using romance that often right now. But I hope the love story doesn't get deppressing and they still use this light hearted feel till final episode.

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I noticed that in the last two episodes, the kind of "classy ambiance" Jung Seok choose to enjoy during his solo drinking tends to lean more to romantic songs instead of classical music. Is this some kind of a sign that he finally develops feelings for Hana?
Anyway, I kind of adore this drama and all their flawed characters. Maybe because I myself is a newbie teacher too, and I know how it feels to be the maknae who tiptoes around their sunbaes, afraid of turning a small careless mistake into a huge problem. And despite all the teeth-gritting naivette that Hana continues to show these past 6 episodes, I still believe she'll learn to grow a backbone, maybe in one or two episodes to come. And Jung Seok-ah, stop judging, will you, hon? Not everyone is blessed with your quick thinking and intelligent retorts, you pretty namja!

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I always crave for cold beer whenever I see this show. I'm looking forward to what Jin will eat/drink next episode.

Hoping that Hana can stand on her own and be confident.

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I really look forward to the times when Jin Sang walks in on Gong Myung watching tv - usually watching Ha Na's classes, but that Let's Fight Ghost scene re-enactment especially cracked me up!

The meta in this show is really killing me, including the full array of SHINee references and cameos we've been getting.

Director Kim's a very real and relatable Misaeng-boss character in that he runs an educational academy but has the soul of a bean counter and maybe about a tequila shot's worth of passion about teaching. He's a people manager with not a whole lot of people skills or patience, but he's not 100% mean.

In fact, the show does a nice commentary on the educational "system" in Noryangjin (and elsewhere), about the pressure to do well in the education system vs why/how/what we study, and how Prof Jung-seok's mass-production-line classes supposedly symbolise the "formula for success" but then on the other hand, we get all the jokes about "if an xxx like you becomes a civil servant, this country's doomed!"

But Ki Bum's performance was definitely the standout of this episode - bravo!

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I was really annoyed by Hana in this episode. Why wouldn't she keep the fact that she had an allergic reaction to the nutritional supplement a secret?? Was she afraid of making Jinwoong feel guilty? But it wasn't his fault; he didn't know she was allergic to it.

This piece of noble idiocy soured me on the whole episode, to be honest. Hana wouldn't get piled with so many problems if she just spoke up about her allergy. I have little empathy for characters who, frankly, brought misfortunes upon themselves. Would her apartment still be flooded? Yes. Would her students still made fun of her? Probably. But if she spoke up, she wouldn't have gotten Director Kim to accuse her of being an ambitious sell-out with little talent, and Jungseok would probably be more gentle in his censure.

Gahhh!! So frustrating!!!!

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Hana is a nice and considerate person who didn't want to hurt his feelings. That's why she kept it a secret. Also, she didn't anticipate how things would turn out so badly as a result of not saying anything. Hana probably should have said something after Director Kim yelled at her.

Rather than Hana, Director Kim really annoys me and Jungseok to some extent. He's just a just a jerk who is the complete opposite of Hana. He's inconsiderate and doesn't seem to care how his words can hurt people's feelings.

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I felt really upset on Hana's behalf in this episode, and also quite sad. I know that a lot of people think that she's sort of brought this upon herself by being a doormat (yet again), but consider her position: she's the teacher with the least experience in the tutoring agency, and her "specs" (qualifications) aren't exactly stellar either. She can't really afford to offend anyone at this point, and while Jin-yi and Jin-woong aren't bad people, they still don't really have any qualms about pushing her down to put themselves up. Jin-woong was definitely not to blame by giving her the health supplement, but I also don't think he would have taken it nicely had she told Director Kim that it gave her an allergic reaction. It's telling of the subtly toxic sunbae-hoobae relationship in the Korean workplace, and while I wish that Hana would stand up for herself quickly soon, I do think that she should be given some time in order to do it.

Ki-bum's arc this episode was heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. Key gave an awesome performance, and knowing that this was probably based on his real life experiences made it even more poignant. You can do it, Ki-bum!

I feel like Noryangjin is a place of learning not just for the students wanting to be civil servants, but also for the teachers themselves. Hana is learning how to become a stronger, more confident teacher; Jung-seok is learning how to be more humanistic (lol at him waiting for Hana's Instagram comments--he's totally got a crush yesss); Gong-myung, Ki-bum, and Dong-young are learning how to navigate the world, and basically everyone is on a learning curve that is slow but sure. I really appreciate Drinking Solo for creating such a believable and lovable world that these characters inhabit.

Can't wait for the next episode! Also: Ki-bum and Chae-yeon are super cute. Also: Gong-myung, come to nuna.

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I definitely agree with you about Hana. Under normal circumstances, she wouldn't have gotten the job. She probably wouldn't have even been considered, but Jinyi pulled a favor and got her the position. She's "under-qualified" for the job and we've already seen how some of the other instructors don't consider her an equal. It's upsetting that so many viewers hate on Hana and I understand their frustration, but I feel like they are missing a big piece of Hana's character. She's in full survival mode right now. She's not trying to upset any of the higher-ups (well, not more than she already has) and it's all the more important that she stays on their good side because her position as an instructor is all the more precarious as her failure would probably also reflect badly on Jinyi since she was the one who got Hana the job. Of course, this doesn't explain away everything and still leaves holes in her development, but I think a lot of people are quick to dismiss her struggles and simply dislike her for the sake of disliking her.

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Ahhh so true! I see Hana as a representative of the everywoman (everyperson? Haha), as the underdog just trying to survive. It's difficult, because she isn't the most talented or the most well-connected, but she is the most tenacious, and at least she's trying. I think that's really what differentiates her the most from Jin-yi and Jin-woong, in the sense that she knows her job was not obtained via the easiest means, and she can't just coast by like Jin-yi using her sexiness and Jin-woong with his mimicries. It's this that I appreciate the most about Hana--her willingness to try, despite all her terrible setbacks, and hopefully it'll rub off her colleagues and Jung-seok soon.

But still I hope she stands up for herself soon. In the narrative it seems like she'll need Jung-seok's sort of I-don't-give-a-shit attitude to do it, and ahhh can't wait to see how it plays out!

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Wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but it is charming, quirky, funny, sad and sometimes profound... Worth the watching.

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LOL @ Jinwoongs wife being acutr dog because i was wondering how his wife would tolerate the shenanigans he usually got up to and came to the conclusion thst it was an arranged marriage and the wife was Ms scary

Also hmn I know Kibum probably likes Chaeyeon but I wonder whats their backstory, because they "hate" each other but dont

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I think there is definitely more to this story. I think he did have a wife at some point but not anymore. Why he doesn't will probably come out in the next few episodes. I'm excited for this possible extra layer to Jin Woong's character. When he went home and dropped the character acting, he got 1000 times more interesting.

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I see Lee Kwang Soo in every episode. Not the height, not the gender, not the body structure, just ONLY the EXPRESSIONS!And the name is Park Ha-Na.

I just want to know why Jin-Sang-Ha Na scenes are becoming less from the last 2 episodes. I miss their interactions, like those scenes in ep 4. I want more scenes of them having drinks, accidentally.

I love Ha-Na, She is sweet. But enough of being too sweet. She should stand up for herself, and stop defending the people who create trouble for her everytime. She needs to speak up, rather than just taking that to her grave. It just really frustrates me. Why cant she heed Premium Trash's advice for once.

I knew it! I knew that Professor Min really does not have a wife. he was just making it up. I feel so sad for him though. he looks so lonely, and to cover up this loneliness, he puts a facade, trying to enjoy life, make others laugh at his antics.

I love the yonger bro too. He is caring, helpful, charming and most important very nice to people. love the scenes between him and Ha-Na too. VERY CUTE.

I never found Key that handsome in real life, but this would be the first time he looked so good, wearing a suit and the styling of his hair was on point. I cried with him, when he was sobbing in the rain. yes, the Sky was truly crying with him. The 'focus-on-study-all-the-time girl' is good. Finally she showed some other side of hers, other than that same old stale reply she gives to everyone with the same expression.

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This episode definitely hit close to home on multiple counts, almost to the point where it was uncomfortable to watch... but I appreciate that and I love the drama even more for giving us these great character beats.

I felt for Hana because I know how it is to be going through life and bad thing after bad thing happens to you and the only advice those around you gives you is "think positive." As easy as that is to say, sometimes it's not particularly helpful and I'm glad that Hana ended up trying to smile but crying anyways because oftentimes it feels so much better to just let your frustration out through tears as opposed to hiding it behind smiles and "I'm ok."

Chaeyeon's words really hit home because I've been applying for jobs for years now to no success (I know I've sent out at least 100 applications just this month alone.) I'm constantly being told by family that I'm just not 'trying hard enough' yet even after sifting through job listings all morning, and I still find myself wracked with guilt with every game I play or every drama episode I watch, which just leads to even more frustration about the job hunt and it's a never-ending cycle of guilt, especially after finding out that my dad isn't nearly as okay with me staying home as he always told me.

I don't know... perhaps that's all a bit too personal but I also feel like this is a great thing. Drinking Solo has successfully connected with me and allowed me to sympathize with its characters and feel for their struggles and triumphs. Regardless of its ratings, all of that makes it a hit in my books.

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I pray that everything will turn out well with your life, Bee. Hwaiting!

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You can do it Bee! Good luck with everything!

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Bee, hope things on the job front will turn the corner for you soon.

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hwaiting.. hwaiting..hwaiting

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Hana's timidness is getting on my nerves too. But at the same time, I can understand it because I'm the same way, and hate that I am. I give myself pep talks all the time, and occasionally fail to follow through. I hope I cam change, like I'm hoping Hana will change.

I kind of want Jinyi and Jin-woong to get together too.

I prefer Jung-seok to Gong-myung, because I do think Jund-seok really does like Hana. It just hasn't hit him yet.

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If Hana's phone was as "smart" as the OS in the movie Her, then maybe she'd actually get some real advise about standing up for herself. Now her phone is oddly just pushing the romance.

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I really like the characters development in this drama. It feels real, like i'm seeing them going through their own life. I'm also excited for the next episode! I mean jung seok's getting jealous is everything, right? I hope he falls for her hard (and fast) because if its gonna take him 3 more episodes to realize he likes her, i'm afraid i'll fall for gong myung first.. But I'm all in for this drama. & Thanks tvn for another awesome drama!

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first time to comment here and I'm currently loving this drama! I dropped out other dramas just to focus on the story of this. Drinking Solo is relatable.
I have a feeling that Park Ha Na will be a famous professor and her video will be viral. I just cant wait to see her a High Quality woman but with flaws as always. ... and her romance with Prof. Jin! omooo I cant wait

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I'm disappointed. When Jin-woong did his impression, since he seemed to be touching blood on the ground and sniffing it, I yelled VAMPIRE PROSECUTOR at my TV. *sad trombone* got that one wrong.

So, I just caught up on this show over the weekend, hello gang I will be your lovely 27th alternate commentator for this one here on out. ^_^

So her apartment flooded so severely I thought she would have to move out? I don't think it would just be all clean rainwater flooding it right? Wouldn't that be some sewage backup too? I mean even if it's not gross-looking it could still be contaminated from the storm drain overflowing.

Maybe her knight in shining armor could let her crash on the couch... at his brother's house... hee hee....

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Can someone please please please name the song that starts playing at 51:10 ?? ??? It's so beautiful and I am dying to know what it's called ?

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