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Drinking Solo: Episode 11

Jung-seok tries to make sense of his newfound feelings, but will he be too late? In fact, Jung-seok isn’t the only one discovering new things about himself, as nearly all of our players come to terms with the fact that they have some changing to do. Change can be frightening, but if done with a willing spirit it can bring on a lot of good things, so bring on the change!

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

Hana tosses and turns late into the night, unable to shake the memory of Jung-seok hugging her and saying he likes her. She can’t understand why he would say that, when he left her on the bridge just a few days ago for teasing him about liking her, and she brushes it off as just drunk-talk.

The next morning, Jun-seok decides that as an adult, he should own his own feelings. So he accepts that he likes “No Geu-rae,” then smiles to himself, thinking she must have saved the country in a previous life. Of course he would see this as Hana’s great fortune, to have him like her.

Even so, he’s terribly cute with his bedhead and impish expression, thinking about how Hana must be freaking out after his confession. But then he worries that she might write it off as drunken rambling, and decides that it’s only good manners for him to make sure she knows he was sincere.

He calls Hana, who immediately says that she knows he misspoke because he was drunk. She assures him that she’ll pretend it never happened and hangs up, leaving Jung-seok gobsmacked. HA, seeing him so confused by her lack of excitement is really gratifying. Hana does wonder if Jung-seok could have possibly meant his confession, but she reminds herself that she promised to stop pining over him.

She’s got the day off, but she left some files on her work computer, so she heads to the academy to retrieve them. She happens to see Gong-myung across the street, walking and studying his notes at the same time, and grins when he sidesteps a pedestrian in a move that would make Master Chae-yeon proud.

Gong-myung turns to cross the street, but a motorcycle courier comes out of nowhere, and Hana can only watch helplessly as Gong-myung is hit. He goes down, head smacking the pavement hard.

Director Kim is very nice about giving Jin-woong all the time off he needs for his mother’s funeral, and assures him that he’ll take care of everything at school. Jin-yi feels bad for him — he got divorced a year ago and now he’s lost his mother, leaving him all alone in the world.

Jung-seok seems a bit disappointed when he learns that Hana is off work today. Director Kim presses him for the details on his failed date, but Jung-seok gets all prickly and defensive and refuses to tell him anything.

Jung-seok is completely preoccupied by Hana’s hanging up on him then not coming to work, and he stops by her poster in the school hallway. He decides she must be playing hard to get and says he’ll play along. Heh, he even mimics her pose in the poster, and gives her a saucy little grin.

Jung-seok is the furthest thing from Hana’s mind — she’s at the hospital with Gong-myung, who thankfully just has a mild concussion. He looks perfectly fine, and he asks Hana not to call his hyung about this: “He’s a complete jerk, I’d rather be alone!” I’ll say.

Hana ignores a call from Jung-seok and tells Gong-myung that she has no classes today, and he gets a mischievous look on his face. He says he’ll be okay alone, but when she goes to leave, he pretends that his arm is paralyzed. Hana reminds him he was using that arm a minute ago, and suddenly the pain is in his leg. Or his head, or something. Hee. Hana is totally onto him, but she stays with him.

Dong-young makes a visit to the little boys’ room, and finds himself without any toilet paper or his phone to call for help. Jung-seok comes in to wash his hands before class, and Dong-young recognizes his voice and asks for some paper. But the other stall is out too, and Jung-seok uses the last two paper towels to dry his hands then just coldly abandons Dong-young to his fate.

Chae-yeon texts Gong-myung to meet her after class to go over his homework, then checks herself out in her locker mirror. She pulls out a lip gloss and spiffs herself up, then heads to class. She’s disappointed when Gong-myung answers that he can’t see her today.

Chae-yeon runs into Ki-bum, who looks positively thrilled when she approaches him, but shows her his usual grumpy face. She asks if Ki-bum knows why Gong-myung isn’t at school today, and Ki-bum assumes he’s just slacking off.

Ki-bum makes fun of Chae-yeon for wearing lipstick, though she says defensively that her lips are chapped. She stomps off to class, and Ki-bum grins when she’s gone, thinking that she looks really pretty today.

Dong-young arrives late to class and gets dressed down by Jung-seok, and the poor kid can only grumble under his breath that it’s his fault he was late. Ki-bum notices that Dong-young is only wearing one sock, and Dong-young admits that “Premium Trash” forced him to use it to wipe himself. Ewwwww.

Hana brings Gong-myung’s lunch, and refuses when he urges her to eat some of it. He worries when she yawns and admits she didn’t sleep much last night, and he orders samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) for Hana to eat.

Hana feels bad that he got hurt while studying, but he says that he has to study hard so he can pass the exam and become her boyfriend. Hana is upset to hear his reason, and says that she’d rather he studied hard for himself, but Gong-myung smiles and tells her not to feel pressured.

He says that he knows she only made that promise to get him to study, but that this is his way of showing her that he’s serious about her. So in a way, he is studying for himself, just not exactly in the way she means.

Ki-bum and Dong-young run into an acquaintance, JO KWON (cameo by Jo Kwon of kpop group 2AM), who’s moving into their gosiwon to study for the civil service exam. He seems like a meek, soft-spoken guy, and he’s a bit disheartened that they’re all studying for the same levels (thus competing for the same jobs).

Director Kim makes the joint-class schedule for the next month, and Jung-seok objects to Jin-yi getting his coveted Monday morning class slot. It’s his class, so he demands the best spots when the students are most rested and alert. Jin-yi argues that she’s getting the short end of the stick, but Jung-seok basically terrifies Director Kim into giving him the class times he wants.

Gong-myung enters his hospital room to find Hana sleeping with her head on his bed, and he sits next to her and lays his own head down. His eyes drift to her lips and he leans close, then closer… but just before he kisses her, he thinks better of it and sits up. Good boy.

Ki-bum picks up a workbook (and a girly magazine) at the bookstore, then runs into Kwon. He checks out Kwon’s books, which are the wrong ones for their level, and Kwon says that he decided to switch areas of study. He prefers to study social work, which is much less competitive.

Ki-bum recalls that Kwon hates competition, so much so that he even dated the least-attractive girl at their school. Ha, Kwon blissfully recalls that nobody else wanted her.

Ki-bum trips and falls down the stairs, and wails that he thinks he broke his tailbone. He begs Kwon for a piggyback ride to the gosiwon, which Kwon does reluctantly, and Ki-bum quips that he’ll be a terrible social worker if he whines that much about helping someone.

Hana wakes later in Gong-myung’s hospital bed, having been tucked in by him. HAHAHA, he’s written “radiant” and “most beautiful woman” on her cheeks, and she rushes out to get more water, drawing amused looks from the other patients.

Luckily she spots the words on her cheeks, and she’s busy washing them off when Gong-myung comes looking for her. He laughs even harder when he sees that the couple of words still on her face now spell “madwoman,” and when Hana raises her hand to threaten him, she sees that he’s drawn a ring on her left hand. Cheeky.

Ki-bum and Dong-young run into Kwon again later, only now he’s carrying the workbook to learn real estate. He says that Ki-bum was right, he’d be an awful social worker, and Ki-bum and Dong-young both glare at his fickle ways.

They see him yet again later, stepping out of a police car, and Kwon says that he got lost looking for the gosiwon so the cops brought him home. Dong-young recalls that Kwon used to get lost all the time in school, and Ki-bum says that real estate agents need to be able to find their way easily. Kwon agrees, and says that he’s decided to be a police officer instead. OMG this guy.

Ki-bum sneers that a wuss like Kwon could never fight criminals, then taunts Kwon and running off. Kwon gives chase, while Dong-young rolls his eyes at both of them.

Kwon hilariously runs out of energy within a minute or so, and Ki-bum says that he’ll never be able to chase criminals when he can’t even run. He capers in front of Kwon, egging him on to chase him again, and skips and dances down the street while Kwon lags behind.

Dong-young finds Kwon taking a break, and Kwon gasps that he’ll never be a good policeman. Ki-bum says there’s nothing Kwon is good at and Kwon agrees, but Dong-young tells him that very few people have a passion they can make their career.

They consider the options again (and HAHA, Kwon spits in his drink when Ki-bum tries to sneak a sip — he’s definitely not generous enough to be a social worker), but Kwon is too discouraged to make a decision today. He gets up to head back to the gosiwon, and Ki-bum has to point him in the right direction.

Gong-myung calls Dong-young for his class notes, but tells his friends not to bother visiting him since he’ll be home tomorrow. Hana is still taking care of him, and when Gong-myung leaves the room, she takes off her Mickey Mouse watch to finish washing her hands. His mother calls, and Hana tentatively answers.

Jin-yi’s boyfriend hasn’t called her in a while, and she gets angry, wondering if he’s breaking up with her. She peels out of the school parking lot, narrowly missing Jung-seok, who of course assumes he’s the reason she’s upset. He does a hilariously dead-on impression of her whining that Hana wouldn’t like a man like him, but then wonders why Hana hasn’t called him all day.

He texts Hana that very question, ordering her to stop playing games and call him. Oh, that’s gonna go over well. He does get a call right away, but it’s not Hana — it’s his mother, with news that Gong-myung is in the hospital, and to fuss at him for not paying enough attention to people around him.

Jung-seok heads to the hospital, just as Gong-myung is escorting Hana out so she won’t run into his brother. He walks her all the way out to the parking lot, and Hana complains that he took care of her all day instead of the other way around. She turns to go, and Gong-myung gathers his courage — then strides to her and wraps her in a backhug.

Hana doesn’t seem entirely comfortable, but she doesn’t shake Gong-myung off, either. He thanks her for spending the day with him, and heads back inside, skipping like a little boy. Hana wonders how he can have these feelings for her, and wonders if she could be happy with him.

Gong-myung’s thrilled smile fades when he finds Jung-seok in his room, and Jung-seok immediately complains that he’s only here because their mother made him come. He gripes at Gong-myung for causing trouble, and Gong-myung hops into bed and plays the pitiful patient.

Ki-bum walks in just then, and gapes to see Jung-seok in Gong-myung’s room. Jung-seok tries to pretend he’s here for his student, but seems to realize that nobody will believe it, and their secret is out.

Ki-bum wonders how two brothers could be so very different, and when Dong-young joins them, he reports that he saw “Premium Trash,” too. Ki-bum gives him the stink-eye, silently urging him to shut up, but Dong-young tells Gong-myung about Jung-seok’s nickname and what it means.

Gong-myung just listens calmly, and grins when Ki-bum yells that Premium Trash is his brother. He assures them that he hates Jung-seok as much as they do, and laughs at the funny nickname, calling it appropriate.

While Jung-seok waits in Gong-myung’s room, he notices the Mickey Mouse watch that Hana accidentally left behind. It makes him suspicious, but Gong-myung re-enters and grabs the watch, saying it’s his future-girlfriend’s. Jung-seok sneers at the idea.

Dong-young and Ki-bum come in to say goodbye to “Hyung-nim,” and Jung-seok winces and declines the honor. He says it’s bad enough having Gong-myung as a brother, and asks them not to tell anyone at school about their relationship.

Once they’re gone, Jung-seok rounds on Gong-myung, asking why he’s hanging out with those losers and getting girlfriends instead of studying. He calls Gong-myung pathetic, which makes Gong-myung angry, and he asks if Jung-seok has ever really liked anyone. He answers his own question in the negative, snapping that Jung-seok only cares about himself, and yells, “This is why people call you Premium Trash!”

The nickname is news to Jung-seok, and Gong-myung explains that everyone calls him that because his qualifications are quality but his behavior is trash. Oof, that looks like it stung, and Jung-seok has to work to keep up his veneer of disinterest. He says that since he’s Premium Trash, there’s no reason to keep pretending he cares about his brother, and he leaves.

Chae-yeon is distracted from her studies by thoughts of Gong-myung, and she reminds herself to keep focused. She regrets agreeing to tutor him now that she’s having feelings for him, and she calls to tell him that she’s not willing to tutor him anymore.

Ki-bum overhears the call and sneers that she’s scary — he blames Chae-yeon for Gong-myung’s accident, since he was walking and studying as she taught him. This is news to Chae-yeon, and she goes to the gosiwon roof. Gong-myung calls her, and asks if she’s angry he couldn’t study with her today.

Chae-yeon asks why he wasn’t honest about being in an accident, and her voice quavers as she apologizes, feeling responsible. Gong-myung insists he’s fine, that he’s even studying in the hospital, but as soon as they hang up, Chae-yeon bursts into regretful tears.

Behind her, Dong-young watches her cry, astonished. He runs into Ki-bum on his way down, and when Ki-bum says he’s looking for Chae-yeon to apologize for being too harsh before, Dong-young lies that she’s not on the roof.

When Gong-myung finds Hana’s watch on his nightstand, he texts her about it. He asks if the ring he drew on her hand has washed off yet, and sends her a selca of himself showing off the matching ring he drew on his own finger. He jokes that they’re couple rings, and Hana actually smiles at that.

Hana finally sees the demanding texts from Jung-seok, and on his end of the messages, Jung-seok sees that she’s read them. She responds angrily, accusing him of still making this all about him — she repeats that she never heard his confession, and tells him not to call her again.

On his day off, Jung-seok goes to the park to fly his drone, another hobby he does all alone for “healing time.” But he can’t enjoy it today, his mind replaying Gong-myung’s revelation that everyone calls him Premium Trash, even though he tells himself that he doesn’t care and he’s alone by choice, not because people don’t like him.

He has to tell himself that several times, looking less convinced with each repetition. He pulls out his phone and re-reads Hana’s frustrated messages from last night, and admits to himself that he used to be content alone, but now he wants to be with her.

He wonders why she’s so closed-off, but he already knows the answer, as he remembers all the hurtful words and insults he’s thrown Hana’s way. He’s forced to admit to himself that Hana has good reason to shut him out, and he wonders what he can do to win her back.

Hana steps out of her apartment, reminding herself to just act like nothing happened when she sees Jung-seok. But she’s shocked to hear a voice call out, “No Geu-rae-sshi!” and to see Jung-seok standing right next to her, a tentative smile on his face.

COMMENTS

Okay, now we’re talking! As I suspected, rather than Jung-seok realizing his feelings for Hana and humbling himself to be worthy of her, he instead saw his attention as something Hana should be grateful for. The great Jin Jung-seok stoops to like a lowly woman such as herself, so she should thank her good fortune! I was afraid it was going to take more than a disastrous date to make him stop being such a high-and-mighty egotist, so in a way I was glad to see that Hana very earnestly turning him down seemed to land pretty strongly for Jung-seok.

The first step to change is admitting you have a problem, and he’s finally admitted that it’s his own damn fault Hana doesn’t want anything to do with him, and that he’s going to have to work to earn her affection. I wanted very badly for Jung-seok to truly realize he’s not all that, and to have to really grovel to get Hana to look at him as someone worth her time, so I’m happy to see him waking up to the truth. And he’d better get to work, because Gong-myung’s steadfast adoration is beginning to affect her.

And why wouldn’t it? For someone with Hana’s low self-esteem, to have a man see her as Gong-myung sees her has got to get to you at some point. He adores her and makes sure she knows it, he thinks she’s beautiful and smart and wonderful. He’s completely open about his feelings, and he’s showing that he’s willing to better himself in order to deserve her. It was pretty moving when he honestly admitted that studying is his way of proving his devotion, and it’s no wonder Hana was affected. I don’t think she’s falling for him, but I do think that his sincerity is starting to get her attention. That kind of devotion would turn any woman’s (or man’s, for that matter) head, to have someone so obviously adore everything about you. But I also like that Gong-myung isn’t afraid to be himself, to cut up and play jokes on her, though even his jokes have an undercurrent of “we’d make a great couple,” such as the couple rings he drew on them both. Gong-myung may be young and have a lot to learn, but he’s not a child (he’s only a few years younger than Hana), and he’s stepping up his game. Hyung needs to catch up before Little Bro snatches the girl right out from under his nose.

At least, learning about his “Premium Trash” nickname seemed to get through to Jung-seok, and I’m hoping it’s the beginning of him realizing that the way he treats people is unacceptable. Even if he does have great educational qualifications, a good job, and (mostly) excellent taste, it doesn’t give him the right to act like he’s better than everyone, much less to say so right to their face. But when Gong-myung explained that everyone thinks Jung-seok acts trashy, it seemed to genuinely hurt. Hopefully he gives it some thought, and starts to pay attention to how he talks to others and judges them as being less than. And I don’t just mean Hana — he needs to start treating everyone with a lot more respect and consideration. It’s going to take some serious work on himself before Jung-seok is anywhere near deserving of Hana’s feelings, and maybe this will be a good start.

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Can we have it just once the second lead win? I really don't want Hana to end up the Premium Trash dude....

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But this is korean drama. There is no way second lead gets the girl. The only drama I know the SL gets the girl is Fashion King.

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So obvious now, Key got a lot of screen time. That makes me happy but That girl Chae Heon is better off with his friend Gong Myung.

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It happens... about 1 in a hundred times. Honestly I have never seen a sidelined second lead pull out and start to make a comeback like this though. I don't think he'll get the girl but this is really an impressive showing.

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Think Reply 1988

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Then let this be that 1 in 100! Little brother is the best thing ever. If I were Hana, I'd be sure he passes the exam, not be my student anymore, and then I would choose him right away, age be damned. But I guess if we didn't have the mind games and a sense of societal morals, I suppose there would be no drama to be seen. Rats. But still, SL, hwaiting!

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Yes, the High End Trash is not a good person. though he can regret for what he has done to Hana and other people around him, I do not know if he ever realize what he has done to others and he would change his view. Most people who are high end trash never change their belief( ie, they are better than others).
He should not be with Hana. Hana deserves someone better.

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As much I like the younger brother, I don't think I like him to be with Hana nor she to be with him. I was surprised (like she was, lol) when he back hugs her and didn't stop him. I don't see any romantic vibes between them either (it's probably because I like her with Mr. High Quality Trash...as they have more chemistry as a couple and Episodes 7 and 8 showed and teased us their adorable and cuteness together like that internet dance they did together, that selfie pic they did by the bridge, and that unexpected Spider-Man upside down kiss they had while watching and recording the fireworks together...so cute and unforgettable, lol). Besides Hana has no romantic feelings for him even if GM's adorable and cute. Hana likes and has feelings for his older brother, Jung-Seok. He may be a jerk, but he does have feelings for her as well (not just her to him...so their feelings are mutual) and he admitted it to himself and was trying make up for hurting her feelings (though he'll have to do more to win her back). He'll change somehow and I prefer him with Hana over the younger brother (who still seems immature and he and Hana looked more like brother and sister than lovers, lol). So, yeah...I shipped Hana & Jung-Seok (and the ending of episode 12 just made me happy for them...). <3 <3 They are, after all, the main OTP of this series. ;-) :-)

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thank you for defending our main ship! I like our couple. Besides, even if he's a high quality loner trash, he also deserves someone to be with. I'm glad HaNa is there and he likes Jin even he's rude to some.

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I agree. I like GM as a character, but he is still way too immature. I know that there are not that many years separating them, but in terms of maturity, he and HN are years and years apart. HN can and does act silly sometimes, but she knows what it means to be responsible and has had a job where she has to conduct herself like an adult. I know it sounds old and boring and uptight, but it's true. How many college/university professors do you know that would enjoy having a student write on their face with pen/marker by someone with a crush. And how much would they enjoy it when they were allowed to go out in public with it on their face without being told. It's not cute and romantic. It's embarrassing. I know that it is a common scene, though. The most recent I can think of is Uncontrollably Fond, but even then, they were both college students, not professionals. There is also Bubblegum where they were older, but in that one, it wasn't done without the other's knowledge.

I get that he really, really likes her. I know that he is playing around and flirting in his own way. I also understand that it is very flattering for someone to shower you with attention and adoration. It is a huge boost to the self esteem. I just think that although the feels are there, I don't think that there is the possibility of a balanced relationship where each is on equal ground. I've done the whole dating someone younger thing and although it provides all these great things at first, it inevitably becomes exhausting and can feel like a babysitting gig.

Now turn that music down and get off my lawn!

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I don't like Premium Trash at all but I don't think Gongmyung is much better for Hana either, he's nicer but a bit too immature for a romantic relationship with her. I wish she ended up alone but I know it's not possible.

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My second lead syndrome symptoms is beginning to take over. Someone pls prescribe me medication.

I can't wait to see Jung-seok grovelling for Hana though,that's gonna make for one fun episode.

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I swear this show is a true hidden gem ! I have so much love for every character, even the cameos are interesting to watch...Gosh the storyline, the romance and the hilarious parts with kibum and his gang :D i am just so happy that i gave this drama a chance ♥ I can't wait for Hana and Jung-Seok to get together and sweet smiley Jin-woong to come back to the academy ♥

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I totally agree with everything you said about this show being a true hidden gem. This is definitely a drama I didn't expect to love and I'm so glad I decided to watch it and I've loved and enjoyed watching every episode (and watch every episode twice too...raw first, then with subtitles, lol). As for Hana & Jung-Seok getting together, I'm with you on that! Have seen today's episode (12) yet? ;-) Can't wait for LollyPip's recap and screen cap of that ending in episode 12 tomorrow, lol. That's all I have to say... :-D

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I meant, have *YOU* seen episode 12 yet? (no spoilers here, of course)...

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i just finished watching episode 12 with subs :D kyaaa i am in cloud nine ♥ ♥ waiting for the next recap to be post ♥

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I watched the episode 12 as soon as it was Up as subbed.

Those last 11 minutes of Episode 12 are quite meaningful and last 1 minute is Kawaiiiii.

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this ep 11 wasn't my favorite. i'm quiet disappointed in this episode but surprisingly Episode 12 gave me all that I was looking forward to happen! OMOOOO

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I want to punch him!!! please don't stop me..

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he kinda reminds me of an ahole mr. darcy

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LOL I agree with you :D

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I love me some P & P references. Yup, Darcy Jung seok! I thought of him that way while reading the recaps. I like this show on paper. Once I get enough time, I plan on binge-watching this one, as I'm certain I will love it on-screen.

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To realize just how alone you really are must have sucked. I know that he's an asshole and he deserves to be hated, but the idea of Jung Seok having no one makes me feel bad for him.

I really hope he turns his attitude around in time, before he really is left alone with no one to turn to.

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Gong-myung's pranks and his constant pushes to get her to agree to date him are really starting to annoy me. If I were Hana I'd have put my foot down long ago that I wasn't interested.

I'm glad that Jung-seok has come to the realization that he's kind of a jerk (or a big jerk) and will (hopefully) try to change for her. Here's hoping!

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As adorable as Gong-myung is, I haven't really found myself with second lead syndrome at all because for all intents and purposes he's still just a kid.

I mean, think about it. He may be only a few years younger than Hana, but they are at two very, very different stages of life and, when it comes down to it, they have two very different maturity levels and don't have much in common.

Gong-myung is cute and innocent because he's never had to struggle for anything in his life. He has a successful family and a job waiting for him if he fails the test he's admitted to only taking to impress a girl (it's an agricultural job that he looks down on, but that really only speaks to his ego - I guess the brothers are more alike than they think!) He's charming and good looking, and knowingly or not has been using that to coast on cruise control through life and he's still doing it!

Hana, on the other hand, has a deep sense of responsibility and work ethic that she's developed through years of hardship and struggle. She doesn't have much, but what she has she got through her own strength. She literally can't afford to fritter away her life because she's responsible for not only herself but her family as well. In that way, she actually has more in common with Jin-seok; he's in the same boat, though his relative success has gone straight to his ego. She's earnest and pretty, which are the qualities that attracted Gong-myung to her, but he has little to no real understanding of the reality of her life and her as a person.

Gong-myung is cute the way a puppy is cute, but if he wants to be a real contender I think he has some real growing up to do.

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10000% agreed!!! Gong Myung is a great guy and would make a great boyfriend but I don't think he's right for Hana either, especially if she doesn't like him like that.

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Took the words right out of my mouth!

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I want Gong Myung to be my kitten and stay with him all time, because of his adorableness. He is pure because he is still young.

But.. I will never want him to be my bf if I were Hana. He is a dongsaeng that I want to cherish the most and it will be forever.

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Right??? Like, he's so cute you just want to keep him around and pinch his cheeks and whatever, but being in a relationship with him would be EXHAUSTING. He's fine as long as everything is sunshine and rainbows, but trying to have actual conversations with him about anything deeper than surface level would be impossible because he has a track record of wiggling out of conversations he doesn't want to have with cuteness. Hana would basically be his mom.

He's never worked a real job, never paid rent, never paid taxes, mooches off a brother he hates and parents he doesn't respect... Other people clean up after him because he's so darn cute but he can't stay an adorable puppy forever.

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In other words, he does not know how the reality is, yet. But it is given, because he is still young and did not really suffer for anything except studying. The time will come and he will grow up.

For now, I hope he won't suffer for heartbroken for a long time. He still needs to enjoy his life before entering tough working life.

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There's nothing wrong with Gong Myung that 2 years in the army won't cure.

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HAHAHAHA, excellent point. Off you go, grasshopper!

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@A - I totally agree with everything you said about GM and Hana as well as what the others said ^^. I never shipped him with Hana, so I don't have a second lead syndrome either. And I don't like love triangles, either. It seems that this drama is showing a bit of love triangles or rather one-side "rectangles" (as DY was noticing in episode 12, lol). :-D I didn't really like the hospital scenes between GM and Hana. He just acted so childish in front of Hana and especially when he wrote something on her face while she was sleeping (that's so silly and more like your little brother doing that to make fun and embarrass your older sister than a lover, lol). I get that he has a crush on her, but he needs to get over it as she doesn't feel the same way about him, just that she feels sorry for him...esp. him not taking his studies seriously. He needs to grow up first and focus with his studies first, lol.

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I agree with you so much! Gong-myung is really on cruise control at this point of life, and while it's nice that he's using wanting to date Hana as motivation to study hard and qualify for the civil service, what comes after that? If he doesn't get to date Hana, does he just like, drop out? Will he still want to be a civil servant? Or does he go back home? Or?? We've never really seen any other future plans from Gong-myung, except "I really want to date ssaem", which is sort of worrying and kind of the main reason why I don't think he's suitable for Hana at all.

But he's still really cute heh.

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Loved how steadfast Ha-na is rejecting Jin-sang (am refusing to call him Jung-seok for this episode). Maybe having Gong-myung around her at this time shows her that so, she got a crush on a jerk, no big deal, there are guys out there who are not jerks, while also showing that there are crushes that you need not take seriously coz it really is just a crush and you can get over it. I think currently Jin-sang likes her more that she likes him, hah, take that, you a**!
The toilet paper incident threw me off tangent tho. I guess we are supposed to think that Jin-sang valued his hands more than Dong-young's bum, but it just unnecessary and downright mean; I mean, can't use just one of the paper towel..? We already got that Jin-sang is a super egotist, but this kinda shown him as lacking decency, and that is so not a good trait in a teacher. (Forgive my rant, but, hey, have been in similar situation before, and, gah, the helplessness you feel!)
Too bad we can't speed forward in a few years to make Gong-myung the end game... The permanent marker rings are juvenile, but oh so cute.

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As usual, great recap, LollyPip! I love reading them and always look forward to them. Been waiting for this recap like I've been waiting for today's episode (12) to be subbed, because as much as liked this episode 11, I love episode 12 even more...even though I watched it raw first (well, I do even if I don't understand what they're saying, but I can pick up on their facial expressions esp. on the funny parts...and when subs are up, they are actually the opposite of what I first thought based on the raw version. Basically, lost in translation!), lol. :-D It's even more awesome with subtitles! Wow, at that ending! :-O <3 I won't spoil here, of course! ;-) :-D Glad that Jung-Seok is finally seeing what a jerk and high-quality trash he's been (and found out that it was his nickname too, lol) and he finally admitted his feelings for Hana. He went his way to make it up to her and loved that Hana gave him a hard time. Serves him right, especially for abandoning her at the bridge a few days earlier. Great job on her part for not easily forgiving him or giving in to him. Episode 12 really showed why Jung-Seok has been a jerk or showed us why he has been that way all this time...there's a reason why and I'm glad it's been addressed. So, I was surprised by the ending. This series keeps on surprising me (every episode) and gets better and better every episode...every time. I thought Episodes 7 and 8 were great, but episode 12 is awesome! I can't wait for the recap of that episode as I enjoyed watching every character (from leads to supporting), they were all great. I laughed and cried and swoon (all at the same episode), lol. Can't wait for next week's episodes! :-)

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Look at Jung Seok's derp face at the top. If not for Ha Suk Jin's ability to make his obnoxious character funny and adorable at times, it will be really hard to get even the tiniest buy in to JS-Hana's romance.

I still cannot see how the drama can make Jung Seok decent enough for Hana to accept him. *SPOILER AHEAD* it looks like it is going to happen real soon. Jung Seok's arrogance and lack of empathy for people are already so much part of him and it's hard to believe he will change overnight.

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Jung Seok's confidence from teaching is well deserved as the show has repeatedly stressed that he is a fantastic instructor, but due to the distance he has kept from people, it has manifested into this ugly arrogance that we see. I can't help but think that if he is exposed to those around him more and begin seeing things with a new set of eyes, *cough* Ha Na *cough* it would change how he acts and reacts to others. I don't think he is irredeemable.

Also, I think that his emphasis on "high quality" is a standard that he has set for himself because he thinks that it is what high class people should do. I think that although he finds some of the things enjoyable, he does it because of preconceived ideas of what high class people should and should not like. I think that he has had essentially a middle class upbringing, but he aspires to be more and do more than that. The same goes for how he looks down on other things such as the fireworks and sightseeing a wine cave. Once he was there, he enjoyed it. This tells me that he enjoys these things, but does not want to enjoy them as he feels they are low brow events or activities. I hope that Ha Na is able to bring him out of this and basically let him enjoy those things around him instead of worrying about them being high quality.

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To me this was Jung-seok's episode. He has been a jerk all his life and basically has told himself it's totally okay because he likes being alone, plus besides, he's got all the qualifications that society prizes and loves. And he's right--everyone has put up with him so far precisely ONLY because he has those qualifications. This episode was a waking up for him, because now he actually sees for himself the number of people who have to grudgingly depend on him, but also despise him for his jerkish behaviour. His nickname is genius, but also very sadly reflective of his real life. I'm glad that Jung-seok is not adverse to self-reflection, and that he's finally realised why he has been in denial over his sad life. Hopefully he keeps this up, and becomes a better person. With Hana he definitely will.

Gong-myung: like @A said in an earlier comment, he's cute but also he's not the sort of person you'd want to be in a relationship with. I got sort of irritated with him today, because he just wouldn't quit. I get that he likes Hana, but he doesn't seem to keep any sort of boundaries with her, even after she's told him that she's his teacher. Glad he stopped himself from kissing her, but drawing a couple ring on her finger is just sort of eh. I just don't see him as a contender at all, and neither do I think Hana does. Even that recording he has of her promising to consider to date him was sort of made under duress. In all honesty Hana is humouring him because she sees him as a student she wants to take care of. I don't know, I like Gong-myung, but I also think he should lay it off a little.

Love love love Ki-bum and Dong-young as usual, plus Chae-yeon is really making strides in her character growth. Also Jo Kwon! Lol we all know someone like him--heck, sometimes we're even him! I know I switched my career choices a lot when I was younger haha.

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I actually want Gong-myung to experience his first real heartbreak. If he goes through that phase and resurfaces back with the same outlook and approach on love but being more mature in handling it, then he'd be the perfect boyfriend.

Gong-myung falling in love with Hana shows us half the man he is, maybe him falling out of love for her will make him whole. His character development can aim for the "coming of age" arc if the show will explore this side. I really hope they do and not go the usual route of having the second lead go through the heartbreak phase in half an episode then emerges back and acts like the best guy friend the heroine has never had.

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Grovel, Jin JungSeok, GROVEL!

My gat, you weren't just cold, you were downright mean. And no matter what your circumstances are, that's no excuse. So pay for all your mistakes!

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I don't know if there will be enough episodes for JJS to unlearn a lifetime of arrogance.

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That singular moment after Gong-myung told Jung-seok about his "Go-sseu" nickname and you could see him lose his composure for a quick second made me feel so bad for him. It's hard to believe that he never realized that people don't like him but at the same time, it just made me realize that he really is THAT arrogant that he has always told himself that he's alone because he's better than everyone else and likes being alone, rather than that no one could stand to be around him. I mean, I already knew that on some level but I just felt it today in a big way, idk.

I don't know about other people but I really like the idea of a Chae-young/Gong-myung pairing. She's Very Serious and has Goals For the Future and he's kind of the opposite in that he's been unemployed for awhile and isn't bothered by that in the slightest.. so I kind of feel like they balance each other out? I know Ki-bum still has a monster crush on her (and he could probably benefit from her studying know-how, too) but... idk I just don't really think Ki-bum needs to end up in a relationship. I think his character's arc can just be about finding his way and making his family proud (even if he stops pursuing the civil servant thing and finds a different kind of success). Also, Dong-young pretending that Chae-yeon wasn't on the rooftop so Ki-bum wouldn't see her crying over his friend? Damn. What a guy. ♥

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Dong-young is literally the best person everrrrr. He's so sweet and thoughtful and hardworking and just like, I wanna be friends with him too. I hope he manages to pass the exam soon! And get back with Joo-yeon, if it's possible.

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I like the Chae-young/Gong-myung pairing too, but I also like the Chae-young/Ki-bum pairing. I can't decide which pairing I like best, lol. Interesting that Ki-bum likes Chae-young, who likes Gong-myung, who likes professor Park (Hana), who likes Professor Jin (Jung-Seok and he likes her back)...okay, now this reminds me of the movie, "She's The Man" with Channing Tatum and Amanda Bynes. :-D

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Gong-myung!!!!!!!!!!
You can do it! Win Hana away from fat-head professor!!!

He is immature, but so earnest and sweet!

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Noooo! Hana & Jung-Seok, FTW! (See ending of Episode 12 and their feelings are matual) <3 :-)

I like Gong-myung, and while he's cute and adorable, the fact still remains that he's immature and unsuitable for Hana. I actually like him with Chae-young better than with Hana...though poor Ki-bum (he needs to stop pretending to be mean to Chae-young and just confess to her that he likes her just like Jung-Seok did to Hana), he doesn't know that she has a crush on GM, lol.

So, yeah...I ship all the professors to be couples as in Hana & Jung-Seok <3 and Jinyi & Min <3 :-) It would be very interesting to see them double date or get together in a group drink. :-D

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But Kibum did confess his love, in the previous year, and was badly rejected and made fun of by the whole student community.
What I think is that he decided to be mean to Chaeyeon in order to make his crush on her disappear, don't know if I'm explaining it well. I do think he goes over the top often, he should really tone it down, but I understand why he does it, he's probably more mad at himself for still liking her than being actually mad at her, and he obviously isn't good at controlling his feelings.

I wish Kibum and Donyoung had more moments, we saw some of their development but they seem to have been forgotten in the recent episodes, they're only used as comic relief. But I guess it's always like that with Korean Dramas :'D

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DS is the only reason why Im looking forward for Monday. Watched the ep 12 Raw yesterday. Gosh the feels. But somehow Im sad for Gong Myung from the preview ep 13. Seriously hope the trio pass their exam. If possible I want to see they having a job as civil servent

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I understand where you're coming from -- but based on up to episode 12, Kibum needs to really start cracking if he is going to past the test. He pretty much has not done very much studying throughout the entire show, and possibly the same amount in the 3 years that he's been trying to past the test! It's little wonder Chaeyeon is not impressed with him at all. I wonder if he will realize that character is more important to her than charisma.

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I will start griping when Episode 12's recap is released.. Because Ha Na, ugh, why???!!

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It's actually more realistic this way. I mean the show can always have badass Ha Na who will make mince pie out of Jung Seok's heart. However, in real life, there are more women like Jin Yi and Ha Na.

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I guess it just happened waaaaaaay too soon. But I digress, Ha Na was never an emotionally strong person to begin with.

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I think writer undermined the story and characters. Drinking Solo Deserves atleast 2 more episodes of extension. Still, I think the way things went in episode 12 were more realistic. Writer needed to be fast because we are already into 12th episode.

Overall i liked episode 12.

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Don't say that about Hana. Lol. She has feelings for him and as much as she tried to to be so cold to him or avoid him (probably to give him a lesson or make him grovel), but she can't deny that she likes him (even if he's been a jerk). He did admit he's feelings for her (and they both know that they liked each other). Episode 12 really kind of redeemed Jung-Seok...It may seem too soon for them, but I think it's just about the right time. I'd rather they do it sooner than drag the angst and wait until the last episode for them to get together and that would be disappointing because they won't have enough time to be together. They have just 4 episodes left, so they might as well get right to it. Next, it should be Jinyi and Professor Min and then whoever ends up Chae-Young, lol.

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Redemption is such a strong word to describe how Jung Seok spent a couple of days moping around trying to debunk his own emotions. He's got so much to make up for and Hana just happens to be one out of a hundred people he's managed to verbally ridicule all due to his obnoxious "premium quality" principle, and at this point a king lobster slap ain't enough.

It would have been better for Hana to just bask in the chase before flipping her switch back to swooning for this guy. Then again, like I said in my response above, Hana was never an emotional person to begin with. Don't get me wrong, I'm all up for this pairing to come in full swing but a little more suffering on Jung Seok's end would have made a huge difference.

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I meant to say, emotionally strong.

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I just watched epi 12 and now waiting impatiently for the recap. ;)

I never thought i will totally invested with this drama, since I initially was going to camping on ML thread, but yes who can know what is going to happen.. ;)I am loving this show more than I thought I will.

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Same here! I can't wait for Episode 12 recap to be posted! I'll be checking in and refreshing this website multiple times, just for LollyPip's recap, haha. :-D

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Ep 12 is da bomb, not because of the obvious but there is so so much to love about this drama.

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I totally agree with you. I loved and enjoyed watching episode 12 and is eagerly awaiting and looking forward to reading LollyPip's recap of it!

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I could totally watch this drama just for the boys gang( Ki bum, dong yong, gong myung) ONLY. seriously, those guys are the best. Friendship/bromance we see on many shows, but this one tops the list. They insult each other, make fun of each other, yet they are always together, in their own hilarious ways.

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I was laughing so bad (satisfied) when Ki Bum fell from the stairs :D I was lightly googling if someone make a screencap or gif, but it leads me instead to some juicy gossip………….

First of all don't get me wrong. I have nothing against diversity, after all I am very much into world peace (but I also love blind item gossip). I am VERY curious why Key is doing this role as "Kim KiBum" Is he confirming or is he just trolling…..

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I don't understand to what gossip would a character falling down the stairs make you think about?

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Please ignore that comment. Wow, I can't believe in dramaland people still picking on Key. I am so pissed off seriously..

Please just comment about his acting or story line.

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Just google it I think you will find it as well.
If I want to nitpick or hating someone I will do it since the beginning of this show, but no, just currently I actually have an interest that's why I google which somehow leads me to another topic. And I will comment so long I don't break any commenting rules.

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I don't think the name (or the scene) is any sort of message on his part. Lots of Let's Eat characters have their actors' own names.

http://asianwiki.com/Drinking_Solo

About the rest, interpretation can be conditioned by expectation ;-) . I don't think it matters either way. I am just loving his performance. Relieved, and beginning to wonder what he can't do...

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Okayyy, I'm waiting (eagerly)for ep 12 recap. The ending....OMG!!

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I'm extremely curious as to how Jung Seok is gonna win Hana over. With all that he said and did to her, it should rightly take him more than fancy alcohol/dinners or even helping her progress in her lectures. At first I thought Jung Seok was the classic "tsundere". But nah, it's clear that it goes deeper than that. He's missing some serious emotional maturity development or maybe even basic decency. WHO KICKS A DRUNK LADY OUT ONTO THE STREET, AT NIGHT? (clearly still a sore spot with me).

Still, I'm rooting for Hana and Jung Seok to be together. Hopefully, with a relationship development that makes sense. I would like Hana to realise her own capabilities and worth, without input from Jung Seok. Do we always have to have female characters who find their self worth only when a guy declares affections towards them?!

Btw, am I the only who adores Director Kim? He cracks me up. Find myself looking forward to scenes with him in it.

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I'm finally glad that the Rosings scene has finally come with Jun-seok! Now begins the groveling...

Well, without going much further for fear of spoiling, I do believe that Jun-seok will have his redemption. Hana will teach him how to "love" and he will teach her to be more confident. After all, there are four episodes left! I'm optimistic :)

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Thanks for the recap, Lollypip! Always enjoy your recaps and commentary.

I looove this show. I don't have a lot to add to everyone's comments (and I am really trying not to mention episode 12), but I really appreciate that most of the characters - and some lesser-known actors - are given a chance to shine.

Gong Myung is a cutie, but I don't like him with Hana. He's way too immature and spoiled, and rather than romance, he needs to grow up and get his life together. I like Ki Bum as he's hilarious, but he's even more immature. Seriously, maybe stop being so mean to Chae Yeon (who is awesome by the way). Working hard and studying would be the best way to get her attention. I don't think Gong Myung really deserves her either, but I want her to be happy! Dong Young is by far my favorite of the boys.

More Professor Min and Jin Yi please! I like Director Kim's friendship with the professors too.

Ok I wasn't going to mention Episode 12, but is that a Kim Ji Suk cameo I spotted coming next week? Yay!!

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Thanks for recapping this Lollypip!

To begin with, I just love love LOVE this show and I usually watch it before Scarlet Heart or Moonlight. However, this was the first episode I actually skipped parts of it and at the end I threw up my hands - that was it? huh???

What was the point of the third boy moving in and them chasing him around?
As much as I like the three boys - that story seemed like filler to me. And that scene in the bathroom? wtf?????
My favorite of the three though is Dong-young. He really shows so much maturity and sweetness. I want him to meet some sweet girl who sees his value.
Also I'm wondering when Ki bum is going to grow up and start studying...
Gong-myung is seriously getting annoying with his immaturity and manipulations.

Okay - "rant" is over.

The look on Jin Sang's face when he heard his nickname was Premium Trash - so sad - but a good wake up call for him. Now he understands how much he hurt Ha Na, and also he's confronting all the walls he's put around himself. I get that. It will be good to see Hana's backbone get stronger - to face Jin Sang and his annoying little brother.

Still, I love this show (especially ep 12) and will think of this episode as a kind of hiccup and time-filler.
Totally shipping Hana and Jin Sang!!!

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