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Fantastic: Episode 4

It’s the first day of filming for So-hye’s drama Hitman, where there’s action and drama and romance — and that’s just all behind-the-scenes. As much as So-hye is attempting to embrace “living in the now,” there’s still a lot about the past that needs to be explored, especially where it concerns her and Hae-sung. What does seem to clear is that Jin-sook is the Worst Person Ever, ruining the lives of all the characters we love.

EPISODE 4 RECAP

Sang-wook wakes up when he hears the sound of the motorcycle, panicking when he sees his mysterious woman about to drive away and he doesn’t even know her name. Except it was all just a dream, and he wakes up, relieved to see the motorcycle still parked outside. Then he spends the evening happily and carefully cleaning the bike.

The morning after her spending spree and drinking binge, So-hye groggily wakes up, horrified to realize that she didn’t to change or wash off her makeup. She barely has enough time to get cleaned up and her bag packed, since today is the first day of the on-site filming.

The film crew has already started setting up by the time So-hye and the rest of the production team arrive. So-hye sees Hae-sung practicing the fight scene with the stunt team. He sees her, too, but before he can wave to her, he’s interrupted by the director who wants to check the lighting and camera angles.

As Director Yoon studies the camera, a local drunken ajusshi suddenly pops into frame, demanding that the film crew leave. He’s escorted out, but not far enough away to keep him from suddenly coming upon So-hye who’s stepped aside in one of her coughing fits. He menacingly advances, causing her to back up closer and closer to the cliffside.

Hae-sung notices and he sprints after her just as she’s beginning to lose her footing. Catching her in his arms, they both fall off the side of the cliff. Thankfully, there’s a landing airbag at the bottom, and they reach the bottom, safe and sound (and in each other’s arms).

The film crew hurry over after make sure security has sent the drunk ajusshi away, relieved to know that their writer and star are unhurt. Hae-sung yells at the crew, telling them they should have been paying closer attention. His anger seems more towards the fact that So-hye nearly got killed, but then he catches himself and jokingly says that the cameras should have been rolling so they could have caught the stunt on film.

As he walks to his trailer, Hae-sung discretely clutches his side. He sits down, gasping in pain, but as soon as So-hye enters, he pretends that it’s nothing — until she asks if he’s hurt, and then suddenly he’s crying out in agony as he leans over, clutching her hand.

When he sees her worried expression, he stops and says that he’s not such a terrible actor, now, is he? Annoyed, she starts to leave the trailer, but he calls after her, asking if she’ll watch the filming — he’ll be doing all his own stunts. Aw, he’s so desperate to impress her.

She does watch the stunts, but she also takes pleasure in soaking up all the little details of the filming, from the action in front of the camera, to all the crew diligently doing their jobs behind the scenes.

Sang-wook’s tiny apartment is neatly strewn with clothes. He’s posted a bunch of photos online to get a general consensus of what will be best to wear to a date, but all the responses are negative, telling him he’s sure to get dumped if he wears any of those dowdy outfits. Aw. But when he hears the sound of a motorcycle, he scrambles to the window — only to see a delivery man arrive with food. He’s sad for a moment, then remembers that it’s supposed to rain later.

On her way home after running errands for her in-laws, she notices that her motorcycle is no longer parked outside. That’s because Sang-wook had it moved inside to his tiny apartment (where the bike takes up nearly what’s left of the floor space), worried about it being left out in the rain.

She thanks him for his attentive care, promising to move it somewhere else so it’s no longer a burden to him. He tries to stop her, explaining that he’s already paid the parking fee to use the space outside, so it would be a waste to not leave it there. He’s also purchased a rain cover for the bike, which means there won’t be any burden once it arrives and he can move the motorcycle back outside. She offers to pay for the cover, but he tells her there’s no need — the only payment he wants is for her to take him for a ride.

Sul is barely on her way back to the house when her husband calls — his mother needs her to return home right now to unclog the toilet and then help her pack for Jeju. Annoyed, she starts to return home, but one last glance back shows the eager Sang-wook leaning out of his window, happy about her promise to eventually give him a ride.

So-hye steps aside to take her pills, which she hurriedly shoves back in her bag when Sang-hwa arrives. She’s called a cab for So-hye to go to a cabin retreat so she can work on the script in privacy. Just then her phone rings — it’s Joon-ki, and all So-hye can think about is her drunken dancing and confession from last night, so she doesn’t answer.

He calls Sang-hwa instead, who hands her the phone. Ha, she can’t ignore him now, and when he finds out that she’s on a filming location, and he reminds her to eat well and rest, and to call him if she needs anything.

She stands on the hilltop, admiring the beautiful vista below, before slowly walking up the path to the cabin. She nearly has a heart attack when she sees a cardboard cut-out of Hae-sung near the entrance, and she grumbles that she just can’t seem to escape him.

The retreat owners apologize that they haven’t opened for the season yet and are still renovating some of the cabins, but they show her a room they have available. She settles in, enjoying the sun and fresh air coming through the window as she relaxes on the bed.

As Sul quietly irons her mother-in-law’s clothes, Jin-sook tries to figure out which of her many designer outfits to pack for her trip, sighing that she doesn’t really have anything to wear. Sul’s husband returns home, wondering why Sul hasn’t packed her own belongings.

Jin-sook says that it will be bothersome if she comes along, especially since he has to escort the assemblywoman. He doesn’t argue with his sister or mother, and after they leave, he wonders if Sul will be okay staying home. She cooly tells him that didn’t want to go in the first place.

He reassures Sul that nothing will happen, but she doesn’t care — he can do whatever he likes. He tries to lean in for a “good-bye” kiss, but she coils in revulsion and shoves him away. He then hands to give her some money to spend while they’re gone, but Jin-sook suddenly appears and snatches it away, telling him he’s just spoiling her. Ugh, what an awful woman.

With her in-laws gone, Sul is free to relax, and she revels in the fact that there’s no one around to tell her what to do. She sprawls out on the sofa, calling Mi-sun to see if she wants to get together, but Mi-sun has to stay home for a family event. Sul goes through her phone list, stopping at another number and thoughtfully studying it.

Sang-wook has gone full-on obsessed investigator as he tries to calculate what neighborhood Sul might live in, knowing it must be walking distance to his place. But when he sees she’s texted him, he bounces on his bed like a happy kid, knowing that he’ll be seeing her for a motorcycle ride soon.

As So-hye dozes in her cabin, she remembers the last time she was here years ago. Hae-sung was there, too, and everyone was playing dodgeball. Hae-sung may have been a little too eager to take out the guy who was protecting her. She’s a little bewildered when the voice of her memories seems to sound like it’s coming from nearby, and she ventures out only to discover Hae-sung, in the flesh, happily eating watermelon with the couple who own the cabin.

She finds it suspicious that he’s here, since she knows that he’s supposed to be headed to China. He tells her the trip is canceled, and then he thought since he was close by, he should stop in and visit. It’s actually not a total lie, because the couple are happy to inform So-hye that Hae-sung does indeed visit them once a year.

In fact, it’s largely thanks to him that they’ve been able to remain open all these years, since his fans like to go to the place where their favorite actor is known to stay. That explains the cardboard cut-out at the entrance.

He coaxes So-hye into helping him pick some lettuce for dinner, and the couple reveal that actually Hae-sung and his grandmother were the ones to plant them in the first place. They both agree he’d make a great husband. OMG, they’re so adorable — they’re like his own little fan club or personal matchmakers.

Oh, so the trip to China actually wasn’t cancelled. Instead, Hae-sung told his manager to let Jin-sook know that his depression returned and he’s gone off the grid. Manager Oh knows that he just wants to go see So-hye, and Hae-sung tells him to keep as a secret.

Sang-wook practically cuddles the motorcycle as he waits for Sul to arrive, but when she does, he springs up and puts on his best “cool and charismatic” expression. He delights in the ride, directing her to a place that is a favorite for bikers. But it’s closed for the owner’s vacation.

That’s okay, because Sang-wook has carefully researched places to go and has a back-up restaurant — which recently has gone out of business. Time for Plan C. But that turns out to have been replaced by a shiny new hotel. All his internet tips have been for nought.

Sul isn’t bothered, and later she happily slurps down her convenience store bowl of ramen as they sit outside, enjoying the night air. He apologizes that it isn’t anything fancier, but she tells him it’s the most delicious meal she’s had all year, which perks him up.

He then suddenly asks her what her blood type is, and is delighted when she says it’s type O, because the best combination is O and A, which just so happens to be his blood type. He then asks her what her astrological sign is. Amused, she asks him if he’s going to check that compatibility as well.

She holds out her hand, asking if he wants to read it. He studies it carefully, then admits that he hasn’t really learned how to yet. Instead, he wants to know what she considers to be her ideal type of man.

Laughing, she tells him she doesn’t really have one — except she doesn’t care for lawyers. That’s a record scratch moment for Sang-wook (since he is a lawyer), and he asks her why not, reassuring her it’s a good profession and she shouldn’t judge it unfairly. She just tells him she has her reasons. Yeah, asshole husband reasons.

His last question: “What’s your name?” She tells him, “Noona,” and then stops him when he tries to tell her his name. She wants to keep this as strictly a noona-dongsaeng friendship without sharing details of their personal lives. She threatens to park her motorcycle elsewhere if he doesn’t agree, so of course he does.

Over dinner, Hae-sung’s matchmaking couple are impressed that it’s been over a decade since So-hye and Hae-sung have been in touch. The ajusshi says that So-hye is perfect for Hae-sung, wondering why he’s only ever brought his “cutie” to the cabin. Hae-sung explains that “cutie” is actually his grandmother (who is, to be fair, totally adorable and worthy of such a nickname).

The ajumma says that they should take their “open car” to go enjoy the night scar. Except the “open car” is nothing more than an old truck. Hae-sung helps her climb into the truck bed, where they settle in as the ajusshi drives them up the hill. The truck slows to a stop, and the ajusshi sighs as he gets out, telling them that he has a flat tire and he’ll have to walk back to get the tools to fix it. They can stay there and enjoy looking at the stars until he returns.

But it’s all just part of their matchmaking ruse, because his wife meets him around the bend with the ATV to drive him back home. If Hae-sung can’t confess so So-hye that he likes her in this kind of romantic environment, then, according to Hae-sung’s loyal matchmaking couple, he’s not really a man.

As they wait, So-hye jumps at the sound of wildlife nearby and instinctively clings to Hae-sung, only to quickly go back to her spot once she realizes what she’s done. He takes the opportunity to scare her with the flashlight, which only gets him yelled at.

Gazing at her, he’s reminded of when they spent the night here long ago, when everyone had shared a large room to sleep in. He was all the way on the other side from her, and once everyone else was asleep, he snuck his way over to squeeze in a spot by her side.

So-hye smiles as she looks at Hae-sung, who’s shifted his attention to the stars. Ha, it turns out she was fully aware that he had snuck his way to her side that night, and in fact, she had wanted him to in the first place.

The couple continue to sit in silence, until they both start to speak at the same time. So-hye goes first, thanking him saving her earlier. In return, he tells her that he regrets his decision to sign with Jin-sook’s agency every day. If he could go back in time, he’d definitely do things differently.

A walkie-talkie suddenly blares to life, and the ajusshi informs them that they have a sudden guest — a friend of So-hye’s. It’s Joon-ki! So-hye is astonished to realize he’s come all the way there, but Hae-sung just wants to know why he’s there — is she sick? She tells him she’s not, but Hae-sung doesn’t understand why their technical medical advisor would need to see her right now.

When they arrive back at the cabin, So-hye introduces the two men to each other. Hae-sung seems affronted that Joon-ki doesn’t automatically know who he is, and Joon-ki admits that he doesn’t really watch TV. Pffft.

They prepare another dinner for the new guest, and Hae-sung’s determined to make sure So-hye serves him as much as she serves Joon-ki. Once he finds out that Joon-ki works at a large hospital instead of owning a private clinic, he laughs that he must just be a “salary” doctor. But So-hye informs him that Joon-ki is actually the director of the hospital, and even manages to do a lot of charity work. Hae-sung’s matchmaking fans are still on his side, though, pointing out how much charity work the actor does, too.

Sul drops Sang-wook and her motorcycle off at his place, and he immediately asks her when they can go for a ride again. Aw, he calls her “Noona-ssi,” as though “noona” is really her name. She ruffles his hair and tells him he should focus on his studies, and he sputters out that he’s not a college student, he’s a — he stops just in time before admitting he’s a lawyer, instead telling her that he’s an adult who works for a good company.

That just makes Sul tell him to find a pretty girlfriend his age to date. As the besotted Sang-wook watches the mysterious Sul walk away, he wonders who she really is.

Back at the cabin, the ajusshi asks for help getting more firewood, and Hae-sung springs up first, beating out Joon-ki by a second. He’s more focused on how So-hye is treating Joon-ki than the firewood, and when he picks up a giant log, he dramatically collapses in pain.

Thankfully, there’s already a doctor there, and Joon-ki looks him over. Hae-sung especially makes a big deal of how he hurt his ribs during his life-saving stunt earlier that day, and Joon-ki says they’ll need to take an x-ray, since it sounds like they might be fractured.

Both he and So-hye seem to be surprised by this diagnosis, although for different reasons, but Hae-sung says the pain must be endured and puts on a good show, clutching his side. So-hye’s phone rings — it’s Jin-sook, demanding to speak to Hae-sung since she knows he’s there. Manager Oh apparently couldn’t keep his location a secret.

She’s furious that he never left for China, and Hae-sung steps outside to privately talk to her (and any suspicion about broken ribs seems to be confirmed by the easy way he moves when no one is watching). He points out that he never agreed to go, but she reminds him that she’s his boss and he has to do what she tells him, and if his failure to show means she doesn’t get her multimillion dollar merger with the Chinese media company, then he’ll learn how scary she can truly be.

She knows that So-hye is his weak-point, so he if doesn’t show up ASAP, then that’s who she’ll target. He sighs, knowing he has no choice but to go.

As he drives back to Seoul, he remembers when he first met with Jin-sook. She blackmailed him into signing with her agency thanks to information she dug up on him, although we’re not privy to what that information is. But clearly it was something major enough to make him sign his slave contract with her.

Joon-ki and So-hye enjoy sitting around the campfire. Joon-ki is curious about Hae-sung and how she knows him. He wonders if Hae-sung is perhaps her first man (of the 3,000 she needs to seduce to become “Queen Uija”), and she groans, asking him to forget about everything that happened last night.

She’s decided to go ahead with the clinical treatment as suggested by Jamie. When she fell off the cliff and landed on the air bag, she was relieved to still be alive, which made her realize that if she has the chance to live a little longer, then she wants to do all she can to take it.

She begins to cry as she admits that she’s scared she might get too greedy, wanting to live longer and fall in love. Joon-ki reassures her that there’s nothing wrong with being honest with your feelings, and for him, there’s nothing more important than finding one’s own true happiness.

He asks her if her offer to date still stands. He’ll be the first of her three thousand, if she’ll have a cancer patient. Hae-sung, having returned to the cabin, runs up just in time to hear Joon-ki say to So-hye, “Let’s date.”

COMMENTS

Ahhhh, I’m so conflicted! I love Joon-ki, but after the little reveal of Hae-sung and So-hye’s past (and that they were clearly into each other), and the fact that Hae-sung has never stopped caring for her, I might also be rooting for him, too. There’s a closure to their relationship that never happened, and even though So-hye is still hurt by whatever occurred in the past, there’s an attraction there that makes me think, “okay, maybe this wouldn’t be such a terrible pairing after all.” Curse you, classic drama love triangles!

I’m still frustrated by the editing, though. They keep giving us little pieces of what really happened back then — which is fine with me, because I don’t mind a slow reveal — but I also feel like the show assumes we know more than we already do. I’m having to piece together vague scenes to fill in some of Hae-sung’s backstory, and the effort seems unnecessary. Even though it’s obvious that those “mysterious documents” Jin-sook used to blackmail him will be revealed eventually, I’m vaguely confused why they would find anything on him that would come from an overseas address — until I recall that in the nativity play, young Hae-sung was surrounded by children of all races and ethnicities, implying that he wasn’t living in Korea at the time.

So was he adopted? Did his parents move? Is there some big secret about his childhood? Now I’m determined to figure out more, even though I have the feeling that none of it really matters. If for some reason it does, it seems like such an odd way to plant seeds for future revelations.

I think I’m also irritated by some of the editing because my brain just doesn’t understand how that cliff scene happened. The portion of “cliff” she was standing on with the drunken ajusshi didn’t look like the same section of cliff she fell off, and it took me out of the episode for a few minutes as I tried to mentally map how in the world they had set up their filming unit to be at the top of a cliff and then ran down to the bottom so quickly to make sure Hae-sung and So-hye were okay. Pretty sure some laws of physics were broken. These are just minor complaints, though, because there’s still a lot to love about the show, and some of the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous. I just think the editing and direction feel a bit “off” at times, even though it’s not enough to be too irritating. Yet.

On a lighter note, I was so happy to see Sul get her taste of freedom and Sang-wook finally get his motorcycle ride. Although “finally” after just a couple of days since he met her isn’t all that long, it just has felt that way (again, an editing quirk — this episode happened in the same day, so time isn’t moving all that quickly). I thought it was hilariously adorable how he was relying on the internet to figure out how to dress for his date, test out “compatibility,” and research where the best “date” restaurants are. He might insist he’s a full grown adult, but he acts more like a teenager with a crush and access to google.

But it’s bittersweet joy, because due to Ji Soo’s recent medical condition, I’m afraid to get too attached to Sang-wook. I’ve loved him since the moment he appeared on screen, and his ridiculous “by-the-book” demeanor had me cracking up more than once. I’ll be curious to see where the writers will go from here (or wherever it is they’ve left off in filming), because I do enjoy his gigantic crush on Sul and how much she’s amused by him. For now, I’ll just take Joon-ki’s advice and live for the day, grateful for whatever Sang-wook moments I can get.

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Joon-Ki's behavior has me confused - why did he remain silent in a previous episode when So-Hye asked him out? He's been sending mixed signals, from inviting her to look at the stars at night to going together on the trip in South America. Also, the way he cared for her in this episode's late part leads me to believe that he's not attracted to her romantically/sexually, just a great (gay?) friend who wants to make her last wish(es) come true.

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Joon Ki gives the impression of not being romantically interested in So Hye.

Joon Ki is certainly here to make Hye Sung become more active and direct. Because like in the past even in present Hye Sung turns every serious situation into a joke and loses the points with his own hands.

So Hye and Hye Sung initial working days scene was cute. Sigh. Communication. Characters usually lack understanding and communication and it all results in deep hurt.

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Ok, too many kdramas and too many names to remember, who the hell is Jin Sook, oh, she's that *beech with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. She makes my blood boil, Mean Queen from Moonlight Drawn by Clouds is so tame in comparison,hee.
Puppy Jisoo has a thing for Noonas and just lucky to be paired with the really attractive ones, for now with Park Si Yeon. Too bad we probably won't see him this week coz of his medical emergency. Would this just be another crush?
I truly hope Sul's husband and in-laws would get their karma in the end.
I love Jo Sang Wook, he's always great in this kind of roles.

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Honestly considering how serious a bone infection is, this might be one case where replacing the actor might be the best move. Unless of course they can do something remarkable like give his character the exact same illness and relegate Ji-Soo to delivering all his lines from (his actual) hospital bed.

Considering he ends up playing a lot of hurt/comfort situation characters that might be too much for some noonas though.

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The production is saying that they're not going to replace him but will make ways. They're probably going to reduce his screentime. I like your suggestion and feels like it could work like that! But poor Jisoo though. I hope he won't get too sad about this and recover well. He looks pretty shaken up by it, like how they thought it was bone cancer and they spent days worrying about it, and fortunately it's not. Still, osteomyelitis is a disease but atleast treatable. I wish him the best, he can take all the time he need to recover and we can see him back again stronger on tv once he's healed ☺️

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I am sorry for Ji-Soo.
But I really liked this character.
I felt he would have brought out the real Sul who she was hiding to please her in-laws.

But Ji-Soo's health is more important.

And it's unfortunate because I do not like this drama that much just their part has been keeping me interested.

On another note Sul's mouth is very strange.
Like she got Botox, I find myself distracted by it.

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What a joy it is to see Park Shi Yeon advances so much from her early days of My Girl. I enjoy seeing her expressions: the way she's all demure in front of the in laws, her joy at riding and calling friends, her revulsion at her husband. Can't wait til she breaks free and makes her husband + family to pay in whatever way for their treatment. The fierce & carefree girl of her teenage years is definitely still there.

And who plays Jin Sook? I've only seen her once before but I remember back then she raised my ire too. She's the perfect antagonist actress. Does anyone know if she can do 'good' character too?

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Yesss, I love Park Si Yeon, too, and how much she's improved since then. She was great in Coffee House!

As for Jin Sook, she's played by Kim Jung-Nan. She's been in several projects but I remember her most from A Gentleman's Dignity. She wasn't an antagonist there.

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Yes! Park Si-yeon won my heart for eternity as Seo Eun-young in Coffee House. I loved her as the spunky, independent, successful, and effortlessly chic publishing house president, but in other projects it seems like she has been mostly type-casted as dangerous femme fatale's, courtesy of her looks, which is a massive waste.

I was so looking forward to her role here, moreso than the actual OTP to be honest. But with Ji-soo on the mend, she will probably be relegated to minimal screentime also. Shame...

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I'm looking forward for Park Shin Yeon here too. But it will be a shame actually if her story should just be about her romance with Ji Soo. I will rather see her even without new romance, because her priority is to get out from that house, and find her life again. I don't think her sceentimes will get lesser, if the writer knows how to make a good use of her character, even with the absence of Ji Soo.

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I agree. As much as I love the cute crush Sang Wook has on Sul and Sul being her old spunky biker gal when she's with him, I don't want him to save her like a knight in shining armor.

I feel terrible for Sul because she's at the mercy of her wretched in laws and husband. I had not a few murderous thoughts of how to get back at these human trash. Or at least spit into their food or put laxatives in them. Perhaps the best is to have the congress woman and them kill each other, hahaha.

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@ET I hope this drama not to be the cliche that a pitiful woman needs a man as her saviour. I love their interaction, but I will love to see one day, Sul can stand up against her in laws and give back what they deserve, without help from anyone.

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I loved her on Coffee House, one of my favorite female lead characters.

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I just watched few episodes of Coffee House but that drama was not a really my cup of coffee. I loved Park Shin Yeon enough in Nice Guy, probably more than Moon Chae Won there (although I do loved MCW too).

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Jin Sook was also in What happen to my family with Kim Hyun Joo as her cousin, they stayed together in the same house

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Kim Jung Nan who played Jin Sook here can do 'good' char as well, the last being a radio DJ who has a loveline with a younger guy in "Bubblegum". Not sweet as a candy 'good', but loud and bossy but with a good heart 'good', IICR.

She was also in 'What's with my family' - exasperating char at times, but never antagonistic.

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One of the best part of kdrama is the best supporting roles. Some actors can be versatile and can carry different roles. Kim Jung Nan is one of the examples. As much as I love the main casts, I always appreciate the supporting actors who make the drama more interesting.

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so true w/ the supporting casts in kdramas, they're really good in their respective roles.

'there are no small parts, only small actors' - C. Stanislavski

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Jisoo, fighting! I hope you make a full recovery so you can be awesome on screen again. Take your time!

I was so excited for Jisoo to finally get a character that gets to (hopefully) have a requited love line. But alas, he (and we the audience) will have to wait a little more. Rats! *Sends get well soon flowers*

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The second-lead syndrome on this one is strong. Very, very strong.

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I love the main leads, main reason why I'm watching this drama.

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It's really unfortunate that Ji-Soo got sick. I really like his character here and his potential love line with Sul. *pours a drink for everyone mourning over the Sul-Sang Wook ship*
But they should let him rest so he can make a full recovery. Puppy Ji-Soo, fighting!

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This drama with poor editing, though. But like I usually do, I will not care so much.

Jin Sook! I hate her! She basically ruined all characters' happiness. And.. this crazy household. How can you try to match an older woman with a younger man (referring to Assemblywoman and Sul's ass**** husband?). Not that I like her husband, but they are seriously crazy and sick. They love power so much.

So-Hye and Hye-Sung just need to become more open up with each other, they are still love each other. Jin-Sook was the one ruined their relationship, by blackmailing Hye-Sung. JongKi is like able but I cannot see he is actually love So-Hye. He is more like a very good friend, who So-Hye can be comfortable with.

I feel like not many watching this drama. Maybe it is not popular among Beanies? Honestly I am watching because of the actors. I am kind of person with high level of loyalty with my favorite actors, so eventhough the drama is boring. I'll still watch. ??

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I am the type who is usually clueless or don't bother about editing problems till something very terrible comes along. Goodbye Mr Black was the first drama which irked me to no end with its editing and horrible PD. But now the Razzie awards goes to Moon Lovers, everything pales in comparison.

I don't watch dramas for actors. The story is nothing extraordinary and I was hesitant to start because I didn't like the terminal illness trope. However, I did it out of boredom and now, I am looking forward to it every weekend. Largely, it's because Kim Hyun Joo managed to make me invested in her character and Joo Sang Wook is just hilarious. The rest of the cast are very good too. I've always like Kim Tae Hoon and though I've never watched Park Si Yeon, she's selling it as Sul. Even the antagonists are great because I hate them so much, LOL. And of course, how can I forget Jo Jae Yoon. It's often easy to overact as a gay and effeminate but it won't happen with this guy.

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forgot to add....

I want to see less Ji Soo in Moon Lovers but more of him here. He's great fit for this role. It's sad that he's taken ill but health is more important. Hopefully, they find a way to get round this.

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I am more invested with the characters (fortunately the actors fit perfectly with the characters).

And yes my main reason watching is because of Kim Hyun Joo. ☺ Although I liked other actors too. You probably want to see Park Shin Yeon in Nice Guy or Coffee House. I'm not really following her projects but I loved her in Nice Guy.

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Same Here. I watch Dramas for story and characters. It is always the characters that make the Actors. So all the hype around this and that celebrity doing this and that project never affects me.

>>Largely, it’s because Kim Hyun Joo managed to make me invested in her character and Joo Sang Wook is just hilarious.

This. I could easily emotionally connect with So Hye and could see the funny antics of Hye Sung. All the other characters and doing well for what is given to them.

Though Editing has minor problems.

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Joo Sang Wook really cracks me up in this drama. He's so earnest and adorkable.

I'm also sad to see Ji Soo's character go but that's a small price to pay for his health.

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Everytime I see Joon-ki on the screen, I worry at what's up his sleeve, thanks to his role in "Angry Mom". His character in that show is how I see this guy! *Shudders*

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Ha ha.... I feel you! With me it's Sang Hwa. I just can't rid her image as the copy cat Seol in the drama that shan't be named!! Pathetic char!!

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I felt heart broken when she told she was afraid she would become greedy and want more from life. Didn't we all have the right to want more from life? If anything, she has more right since she knows she has only a short time. And then, I realized how granted we take life for. We put off things we really want to do, thinking we can do that in the future. But, how many of us really get the chance to do it? I think, ultimately what this drama is all about is enjoying life while we can and to live in the moment, because in life nothing is permanent.

And thanks for putting together the connection between the choir singing and that overseas letter, odilettante. Until you mentioned it, I didn't think of it all.

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I really didn't think I would be sticking with this drama. Here I am though on episode 4. I like So-hye. She is fast becoming my favorite character and the actress who is portraying her is doing a great job!

You know, I am starting to warm up to Hae-sung. He can be sweet but he still is annoying. I have major second lead syndrome! I really feel like Joon-ki is the better fit for her romantically. He understands exactly what she is going through and will know how to help her. I am all for them getting together. And his dimple is just adorable! I am such a sucker for dimples! ?

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Jin Sook is the most not liking character here, the story revealed what happened in the past its shown she threaten Hae Sung. She's the one who indirectly messed up Hae Sung and So Hye relationship. I don't like her act toward Sul too. Good to see Sul have great time with Sang Wook in this epsiode, hope Ji Soo get well soon. Great to see them both.
Love the moment when Hae Sung and So Hye have to spend the night for a while in the truck, they realize still have love for each other especially for So Hye after just get rescued by him. Joo Sang Wook's just so charming around this scene, especially in the flashback scenes.
Anyway thanks for recap !

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I think there is some redeeming qualities about sul's husband, atleast he is feeling guilty. But the mother in law and jin sook like you mentioned are just extremely unlikable.

Yes, Joo sang wook's hairstyle in the flashback is better and makes him look young, I guess that's the point of that hairstyle. But, I am warming up to his present hairstyle as well. ;)

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thanks for the recaps odilettante!

doctor is so cute i think he's weighing his options, to date or not to date so-hye knowing her medical needs. I want them to date though and test the waters. SH & HS are this drama’s OTP but I want the doctor to show SH how to live, he obviously knows how after being diagnosed w/ cancer also.

The editing might be clunky but I’m not complaining yet, didn’t they have enough prep time before the drama aired? Hopefully it gets better in the upcoming episodes. You’re right odilettante, hae-sung might be adopted and lived in the US, hence the singing scene, but it seems he attended college in SK?

I like the tone of this drama & I hope it doesn’t too much weepy like bubblegum did midway. All the actors & actresses are good!!!

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Although all the actors are great, my heart is with the second leads, lol. I'm rooting for Dr Hong Joon Ki, Seol and also Kim Sang Wook. I just get excited when they come out! Go go Kim Tae Hoon, Park Si Yeon and Jisoo!!!

Oh, and get well soon Jisoo! Wishing for your healthy recovery!!!

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