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Drinking Solo: Episode 12

This was a great episode in terms of forward character growth, because while lovelines are growing tangled and confusing, some important revelations are also made that could change the whole game. Certain truths come to the surface, making everyone rethink what they know about themselves and each other. It’s a good reminder that people aren’t always what they seem on the surface, and their behavior could mask some deep hurt and insecurities.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Hana leaves for work, confident that she made her feelings clear to Jung-seok the day before — she’s not interested. But she’s startled when he calls out to her, “No Geu-rae-sshi!” with a suspiciously cheerful offer of a ride to work.

Hana reminds him of her text asking him to leave her alone, but Jung-seok says that text is why he’s here. He wants to talk on the way to work, but Hana scurries away, uncomfortable.

At school Hana tells herself that now she’s said it to his face, so surely Jung-seok gets the message. But no — he approaches her with an offering of “top-quality” coffee, which Hana also declines. Jung-seok can’t understand why she’s being so cold to him when she said she liked him, so Hana tells him that she’s decided it’s better if she forgot him.

Jung-seok explains that he knows he hurt her and is trying to make things right, but Hana tells him he can stop trying. She leaves, and Jung-seok figures this is understandable, as mean as he was to her. That’s… surprisingly self-aware, good for him.

Chae-yeon is surprised when Ki-bum remembers that it’s her birthday, and he asks if she’s having a party. Chae-yeon says she’s not, since she hasn’t contacted her friends much lately, and sneers that they don’t have the luxury of birthdays in Noryangjin.

Dong-young overhears, and Ki-bum grows adorably fidgety when he asks how Ki-bum knew it was Chae-yeon’s birthday. Ki-bum hotly denies that he cares, but Dong-young ain’t stupid. When Ki-bum leaves his phone behind in his haste to flee Dong-young’s questions, his phone chimes with a reminder that it’s Chae-yeon’s birthday, and Dong-young laughs to see that he’s set an alarm to go off every hour, on the hour.

Jung-seok hears from Jin-yi that Hana isn’t eating lunch, so he brings a cheesecake to her desk. It’s made of the finest ingredients, naturally, but Hana isn’t impressed by his offering.

Director Kim and Jin-yi return from lunch, and Director Kim hilariously assumes the cake is for him. Jung-seok glares at them from his office while they dig into the cake, noticing that Hana really isn’t eating any. He wonders how to get Hana to warm up to him (Maybe if you stopped calling her “No Geu-rae” and tried, I dunno, her name?).

Chae-yeon starts to text Gong-myung then decides to let him rest, but he pops up around the corner, just fine after his little mishap and ready to study. From a distance, Dong-young notices how Chae-yeon lights up when she sees Gong-myung, and connects the dots — Chae-yeon likes Gong-myung.

The boys are surprised to see Gong-myung sitting at the front of the class, and Ki-bum teases that it’s to be closer to his beloved teacher. Gong-myung rolls his eyes, but the way he lights up when Hana walks in gives him away.

Ki-bum watches while Gong-myung enthusiastically participates in class, and notes the lovesick look in his eyes. Then he turns that exact expression to Chae-yeon, which Dong-young notes. He also sees that Chae-yeon is giving the puppylove-eyes to Gong-myung, and draws lines in his mind from Ki-bum, to Chae-yeon, to Gong-myung, to Hana. So complicated.

Ki-bum gets a mischievous glint in his eye when he sees Gong-myung talking to Hana after class, and pretends to bump into Gong-myung. Gong-myung lurches into Hana in an impromptu hug, then quickly lets go and rounds on Ki-bum, who innocently swears he just tripped.

Gong-myung calls him out, and Ki-bum admits that he totally did it on purpose. HA. That earns him a throat-punch and a headlock, and Dong-young shakes his head sadly, feeling bad for Ki-bum that he’s the only one nobody likes.

Jin-woong isn’t prepared to go back to work yet, so Director Kim asks Jung-seok to take over his classes for a week. Jung-seok actually has a point that that much lecturing will lower the quality of his classes, but he’s so high-handed about it (and he actually says that Jin-woong should just get over himself) that he comes off as a jerk anyway. One step forward, two steps back.

Director Kim turns to Jin-yi, since Hana is busy writing the next mock exam, but Jin-yi says she’s too busy. Director Kim grumbles that she doesn’t even see her boyfriend anymore (thus she should have time), and says she should just break up with him. Jin-yi blows up and bursts into tears, leaving Hana to offer to teach the class.

Jung-seok isn’t happy when he hears that Hana volunteered to teach Jin-woong’s classes, and he follows her outside to ask why. Hana starts to say they should help each other, but Jung-seok yells at her. He’s worried she’s taking on too much, but again his delivery leaves much to be desired, and he comes off sounding bossy.

He compares Noryangjin to a battlefield and says she can’t afford to take care of others, but Hana just sighs and says that’s so like him. She calls him self-centered, though she guesses that he wouldn’t know any better since he’s never needed anyone’s help.

She makes it personal, saying that he’s just ignoring her wishes and continuing to pursue her, even when she’s repeatedly said she’s not interested. But she says she’s different — she needs help, so she has to give it first, because she doesn’t want to become selfish like him.

Ki-bum catches sight of Chae-yeon eating triangle kimbap while she studies, and tsks to himself. He knows she likes pork belly, and figures she should have at least that on her birthday. He heads back to the gosiwon to set up a huge pork belly picnic on the roof, and Dong-young joins him.

Ki-bum insists this is just for him, but Dong-young gasps at the vast amount of pork belly he’s bought, ha. Ki-bum lies that he butcher gave it to him for being so handsome, and pretends that he just now thought they should invite Gong-myung and Chae-yeon.

Dong-young says that he knows this is all for Chae-yeon’s birthday, and Ki-bum is all Oh right, birthday, sure! Dong-young isn’t fooled, and sighs that Ki-bum is pitifully unaware that Chae-yeon likes Gong-myung. He calls Gong-myung and tells him what’s happening, and asks him to make sure Chae-yeon comes over.

Tasked with convincing Chae-yeon to stop studying long enough to eat, Gong-myung makes a big deal about it being her birthday and thanks her for being born. She takes his words more personally than he means them, and lets him convince her to show up at the picnic when he pretends to be weak after his hospital stay and needing the meat.

While Hana works on the practice exam and Jin-yi tries to get a response from her boyfriend, Director Kim runs in to tell Hana she has a special class next weekend. If she teaches a great class, they can expect a lot of new enrollments. Jin-yi whines that she’s not being given the chance, but Director Kim points out that Hana offered to teach Jin-woong’s classes, so she gets first choice.

Jung-seok walks through the room, and Hana makes a point to loudly thank Director Kim for rewarding her for helping out, hee. Jung-seok gets the message, but Jin-yi assumes the message is for her, and gets all upset again.

Jin-woong is at his mother’s home clearing out her things, and he’s surprised to find her wardrobe empty of clothes, with only a note in one of the drawers. It’s a letter from Mom, explaining that she took care of her belongings before she moved to the hospital.

She hadn’t known how long she’d be mentally competent, but she hadn’t wanted her son to have the added burden of disposing of her things after she was gone. The note asks Jin-woong to let go and live happily, and Jin-woong can barely hold back his tears as he reads his mother’s last wishes. He’s sad that she didn’t even leave a single thing behind that he could keep.

Director Kim takes a call from his mother-in-law, who seems pretty angry judging by the screeching coming down the line. He tells Hana that he wondered why Jung-seok got him the coffee and the cake (ha), but now he knows there was a reason — he thinks Jung-seok is apologizing for dumping his sister-in-law.

Director Kim tells Hana that Jung-seok told his date that he kept thinking of another woman, and Hana looks horrified. She asks her phone if this means Jung-seok really does like her, and for once, her phone gives good advice — don’t ignore someone’s sincere feelings. But Hana is worried that by being with someone so selfish, she’ll only get hurt.

Director Kim confronts Jung-seok for details on his disastrous date, and Jung-seok admits that she hit him with a lobster. Three times. He demands an apology from Director Kim, then excuses himself.

But he overhears Director Kim take a call from another teacher, complaining that Hana is getting special treatment with the special class. He offers to cancel the class, then tells Jung-seok that that teacher has already got her nose out of joint because she didn’t get asked to his joint class, and she’s threatening to quit.

While at his mom’s house, Jin-woong gets a call from a dry cleaner, who has a sweater of his mom’s that she left behind. He picks up the sweater and holds it to his face, glad to have something of his mom’s to remember her by.

Jung-seok seems to feel bad that Hana’s free class opportunity is being taken away, but he thinks to himself that this proves what he said to her, that you have to look out for yourself first.

He finds himself in the elevator with the teacher who demanded Hana’s class be canceled, and she brings up the subject first. The rumor is that Director Kim insisted Jung-seok allow Hana into his joint class, and the teacher implies that there’s something going on between Hana and Director Kim.

Jung-seok asks if that’s why she threatened to quit if the special class wasn’t canceled, and the teacher sneers that Hana relies on her looks to get her way. Jung-seok scoffs and tells the truth — that she feels threatened by a new teacher who’s getting a good reputation.

He says that Hana is a good teacher and a good person, and that she even switched her schedule around to help with Jin-woong’s classes. He asks if it’s a problem that she earned the special class, and leaves her spluttering.

Ki-bum is pleased as punch when Chae-yeon shows up for his picnic, and watches closely as she eats the meat he got for her. Dong-young gives Ki-bum this pitying look, knowing that she came for Gong-myung, not him.

Jin-yi mopes that her boyfriend isn’t even reading her texts, but she perks up when Hana offers to treat the office to drinks to celebrate her special class. Director Kim invites Jung-seok, who declines, but without the snooty attitude for once.

Ki-bum urges Chae-yeon to eat more, telling her to just relax today. He asks how she relieves stress and she says she imagines singing at a noraebang, so he decides they should all go out tonight.

He runs off to take a call from his mom, and Gong-myung says he also wants to go to a noraebang tonight. Chae-yeon tells the boys to go without her, so Gong-myung pulls his I’m so stressed but I can’t go if my Master doesn’t go, oh whatever shall I do? act, and it totally works.

The foursome end up having a blast at the noraebang, and Chae-yeon actually lets her hair down, singing and dancing to GFriend’s “Me Gustas Tu.” The boys smile at what a great time she’s having, but Ki-bum takes the credit and Dong-young thinks he’s pathetic, since she really came for Gong-myung.

They drink and sing all night, and Chae-yeon sings every single song, with various combinations of male background dancers, hee. They even do “Pick Me” by Produce 101 (you can see Jung Chae-yeon at 2:40 in the video), and they’re all having a blast. But Dong-young continues to watch as Chae-yeon makes eyes at Gong-myung and Ki-bum never even notices.

Ki-bum sings “Truth in Wine” by Exhibition later in the night (wow, his voice is gorgeous), obviously intending the sentiment behind the words for Chae-yeon. But rather than make her notice Ki-bum, she watches Gong-myung, her heart in her eyes.

Jin-woong meets the group for dinner, noticeably more subdued than usual. He’s says he’s fine, since his mom was sick for a long time and he’s had time to get used to the idea of her being gone. He thanks Hana for picking up his slack, and she says it’s fine because she got a special class out of it.

Director Kim tells her about the teacher complaining and how he nearly canceled the class, but luckily, the other teacher backed down. Hana is dismayed to hear that people try to keep the new teachers down all the time.

Director Kim figures that Jung-seok must have said something to get the other teacher to stop, and Jin-woong speculates that he must have been reminded of his own early days teaching. He tells them that an old colleague told him how Jung-seok had a hard time when he first started.

We see in flashback that Jung-seok had been struggling to become a professor, and was offered a job in Noryangjin. His sunbae promised more money than a college professor makes, so he’d taken the job, and had worked hard to be a good teacher.

He’d been eager to please, and he’d gone out drinking with his colleagues often. But he’d started to gain a reputation as a good instructor, which had made his sunbae jealous, so he’d lied that Jung-seok stole his teaching material.

His boss had explained that his sunbae brought him here to take advantage of him and lighten his own workload, but now he feels threatened that Jung-seok turned out to be a great teacher. Jung-seok had been fired, and he’d changed, refusing to befriend anyone and pursuing power to ensure it never happened to him again.

Hana looks at her reflection in the restroom mirror, and now Jung-seok’s words, that Noryangjin is a battlefield and she can’t afford to help others, seem to take on new significance.

Chae-yeon ends up passed out on the table, and Gong-myung tells Ki-bum to carry her home since he likes her so much. Ki-bum refuses, but when he wins the first rock-paper-scissors throw, he pretends that he thought the winner had to carry her. HA.

Gong-myung and Dong-young know it’s all just an act, and mutter that Ki-bum even looks like he’s smiling from behind as he carries Chae-yeon. It’s true, he’s grinning ear-to-ear, and his smile gets even bigger when Chae-yeon wakes enough to whisper in his ear that she’s happy he made her celebrate her birthday. Ki-bum practically floats the rest of the way home, unaware that Chae-yeon thought it was Gong-myung carrying her.

Jung-seok goes out to drink alone again tonight, thinking that after a long hard day, what he really wants is a drink. Hana is also drinking alone outside a convenience store, looking at Jung-seok’s behavior today in a different light, now that she knows about his past.

Director Kim carries Jin-woong home and drops him on his bed, wondering how he passed out when he didn’t even drink much. Kim takes a beer from Jin-woong’s nearly-empty fridge, and while he’s downing the beer, Jin-woong’s ten o’clock alarm goes off.

Jin-woong jumps up reflexively, but Director Kim stops him, and reminds him he doesn’t have anywhere to go now. The finality of his mother’s death seems to finally hit, and Jin-woong realizes that now when his alarm sounds, nobody is waiting for him. Tears stream down his face as he wishes for one more meal cooked by his mom, and he sobs for his loss.

Jin-yi also drinks alone at home, and she sees that her boyfriend still hasn’t read her texts. She sends one more message saying that if this is how he deals with things then they should break up, and he suddenly reads them and sends back a simple, “Okay.” Stunned by his easy acceptance, Jin-yi cries her heart out.

Jung-seok narrates that at the end of a lousy day when you’re forced to accept a tough reality, it’s natural to want to drink. But as he watches others eating and drinking with their companions, he wonders how anyone can get through lonely times with just a drink for company.

Hana finishes her beer and happens to wander past the spot where Jung-seok is drinking. She sits with him, and says softly that he was right — Noryangjin is a battlefield. She asks why he helped save her special class when she was so harsh to him, and he says that he didn’t want her to end up like him.

Hana asks why, when he was right all along, that you can’t trust anyone but yourself. But he replies, completely honestly, that he’s been living that way for a long time. He thought he’d gained by being selfish, but now he realizes that he lost a lot. The people around him, the woman he likes – he lost them all, and now he thinks it’s not a good way to live.

Jung-seok and Hana start to head home, and Jung-seok sadly says goodbye. But he turns back, admitting that this is probably him being selfish again, but he really wanted to say that he meant it when he said he liked her. He apologizes sincerely for hurting her feelings, and promises not to try to hold onto her anymore.

He walks away for real, but this time it’s Hana who calls him back. She says that he really is selfish to walk away after saying what he wants to say, and she strides to him and plants a kiss on his lips.

She also apologizes and says she’s the selfish one, and that she misjudged him. Jung-seok looks at Hana for a long moment, then he curls his hand around her neck and pulls her in to kiss her. And whoa, does he kiss her.

COMMENTS

Aww, Jung-seok, I knew he could do it! I had faith that he had the capability to just be honest, with himself and with Hana, and have a little humility. Not only that, but he had the self-awareness to understand that he’s been behaving very selfishly, not taking Hana’s wishes to leave her alone into account. Apologizing for that in particular, without expecting Hana to change her behavior towards him just because he apologized, was a huge turning point for him. An apology and a heartfelt declaration of emotions goes a long way, even for a guy like Jung-seok — I don’t doubt he’s still got a ways to go to rid himself of his Premium Trash reputation, but this episode was the first time I saw evidence that he was actually capable of changing.

It helps to know that Jung-seok is the way he is not because he’s just a pompous ass, but because he was badly hurt early in his career. He must have felt so betrayed by his sunbae, who used him to do his work then got him fired when he became successful. I can’t really blame Jung-seok for drawing away from others, though he did go way too extreme with it, and it makes a lot of sense now why he refuses to help others and always thinks of himself first.

In fact, knowing all this about Jung-seok softens me up towards him so much, I wish we’d been given this information several episodes ago. It would have made his treatment of Hana and his other coworkers much more bearable to watch, if we’d known sooner that he was coming from a place of hurt. It also sheds light on the way he constantly tells Hana not to depend on others and refuses to help her — I’m sure that in his mind, Jung-seok is trying to be supportive, but he’s been a jerk for so long he just doesn’t know how to turn it off.

I’m feeling very proud of Hana too, first for standing up for herself and saying no to Jung-seok throughout the episode, then for demanding he hear her out when he was finished saying his piece. And how much do I love her for kissing him first?? I don’t think she’s really letting him off the hook for his bad behavior — she even pointed out that he was being selfish again — but I think that by kissing him, she’s recognizing that Jung-seok’s feelings are genuine. I’m expecting her to hold him accountable for his bad behavior in the future (an attitude like his won’t change overnight), but we’re all works in progress. We don’t have to be perfect to deserve love, we just have to be honest about who we are and what we need to improve about ourselves. I think Hana is fully capable of loving Jung-seok as he is, and also of letting him know when he’s being a completely unacceptable ass.

Both Jin-woong and Jin-yi broke my heart there at the end of the episode, which was surprising since they both seemed to fade back a little in the story this last few episodes. But they both came rushing back with their painfully broken hearts, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I ugly-cried right along with them both. Maybe my wish for them to end up together isn’t meant to be, but I just really hope it is, because they’re both just so crushingly lonely and I think they’d really be a comfort for each other. Jin-yi’s intense loyalty would be so healing to Jin-woong’s hurt from being abandoned twice by women he loves, and Jin-woong’s deep capacity for love would be so good for Jin-yi’s need to be adored. I can see them filling each other’s empty hearts and being really happy together. Can this happen, pretty please drama gods?

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Dong Young saying 'aigoooo...pitiful punk!' over and over again had me in stitches...his disbelief expression of how dense the ppl around him is soooo spot on....lol..

The ending kiss is nice!

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Dong Young acts very naturally! I love him. And I searched about him - he is a movie actor. No wonder he acts well.

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That moment when You pity Ki Bum but can't stop laughing because of Dong Young's timing

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+10

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YES YES YES YES.

the ending was everything I've ever wanted: pompous male maturely apologizing, & not being weird about, plucky heroine showing her cards, and then ONE OF THE BEST KISSES.

the kiss legitimately made me cry, it was so perfect. Like "a shade too close to reality for me to have emotional distance."

Ha Na & Jung Seok, you crazy kids, I can't wait to bask in the cute as you doubtlessly blunder through this too.

Kid's Storyline:

Can I just say how much I love that there's a Dong Young: a friend who *sees all the complicated relationships* because there ALWAYS IS, in every group! :-P

My love for Key only grows w/each episode. This kid.

Teachers: Oh Jin-Woong. Oof. Breaking my heart anew with each episode, I love that they've given his storyline space to grieve. (also I'm HOPING this getting together with Jin Yi happens to offset the upcoming Jung Seok- Gong Myung angst. :-P )

This. Drama. <3

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you nailed everything that was on my mind too!

i absolutely adore the boys - Key is absolutely killing it in this role (is it weird, i love his accent lol) and him + dong young's antics crack me up so much

and jin-woong has been making me cry in every episode ever since they introduced his mother's character.. ugh. i also hope he finds love with jin yi <3

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Couldn't agree more, Key's doing such an amazing job I couldn't imagine anyone else playing his role. His one sided love is so pitiful, hope he gets the girl (fingers crossed he will) before the very end so that we can see them be cute together.
'Ki-bum sings “Truth in Wine” by Exhibition later in the night (wow, his voice is gorgeous)'
And thanks to LollyPip for complimenting about Key's voice. He's so underrated (SHINee have SO MANY great vocalists after all), it's nice to see him be able to showcase his amazing vocals. He has such an unique tone and great control! Key<33

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That Kiss and that OST 5 playing on beautifully.

This was one of the best kiss i have seen in a Kdrama.

Simple and Soft. A Proper Kiss. Jung Suk Apology was good too.

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I totally agree with you about Hana & Jung-Seok's kiss. I've been replaying that particular scene (and their heartfelt and sincere talk at the cafe) multiple times, lol. One of the best kiss in K-Dramas, indeed...and it was swoon-worthy. :-)

Yeah, it was really good to see Jung-Seok apologized to Hana for hurting her feelings and love that they both listen to what each one of them had to say to each other. No interrupting or yelling (that was refreshing to see, for a change), but just heartfelt conversation. And followed that with a surprise and satisfying kiss, a great way to end this great episode. I love it!

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It was so mature and sensible talk. They acted like adults.

Thankfully there was no idiotic and illogical anger,frustration, shouting, finger pointing, excuses and explanations which most other romantic dramas resort to.

The last 11 minutes of the episode are superb.

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Honestly, the highlight karaoke song to me (besides from the drunken truth) in that scene was Red Velvet Russian Roulette. Surprised u didn't mention it. It's been on top 10 of Melon for a month now. I listen to it all the time so I laughed so much when I saw Kibum dance to it. kkkk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QslJYDX3o8s

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I'm obsess with the song. I actually rewind the part the most in this episode.The screen is actually pick me. Maybe russian roulette Karaoke isn't available yet. I was hoping they would do SHINee song but Key is girl group dance pro so I was pleasantly surprised at RV song

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Love this episode! The way they're handing so many disparate emotional beats at once is really amazing to watch.

I also like how they brought Hana and Jung-seok together. I know some people thought that she forgave him too easily, but honestly she's never been the type to take revenge or feel good about hurting others (her one tiny attempt with Director Kim backfired immediately by alienating Jin-yi, which she felt horrible about). I also think that now, rather than being intimidated by him, the truth of his story has brought him closer to her. We had glimpses of this truth pretty far back, though, didn't we? Didn't his sunbae steal his thesis idea or research or something? Did I make that up?

In any case, the two of them have amazing chemistry and are able to communicate honestly like grown-ups (Now that Jung-seok has pulled his head out of his butt) and I think they will balance out each others' various excesses.

I also really hope they plan to pair up Jin-yi with Jin-woong, they're perfect for each other! Plus, her ex is a total jerk! "okay". Seriously? Seriously???

One last thing! I know I ragged on Gong-myung pretty hard last episode and my opinion about him hasn't changed at all (look at how he plays Chae-yeon like a fiddle!) but seeing his puppy heart get stomped in the preview hurt more than I thought it would. There's a storm brewing for sure for our favorite student trio, and I'm bracing myself for some tough times ahead. I feel like Ki-bum's "bromance" sweatshirt this episode was an ominous omen!

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One thing I love Jung seok is because he is honest. He honest with his feeling, he didnt shy to admit it that he fell in love with Hana.

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you're right. He's the most honest, can be the meanest while also being funny and arrogant .. and we love him! the most imperfect lead character in dramaland lol

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Dong Young ah, why must you be so adorable?! This guy was so funny he had me in stiches every time he goes 'aigoo...so pitiful!' while he side-eyes Ki-bum.

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Thanks for the recap, Lollypip!

If beanies aren't watching this show, or are only reading recaps, you are missing a great one. So much fun!

I'm really watching for the students' antics. The writer and actors are doing a wonderful job displaying the pathos and confusion that goes with first loves or crushes. I can't wait to see Gong-myung's discovery of his brother's new love. And yes, it was great to see the musical talents displayed in this segment. I just wish the writer had written JoKwon into the noraebang segment as well.

As for our OTP, I felt like the turnaround came a little too quickly to feel believable. I could hear the wheels of the writer's brain turning, calculating how much could be fit into the remainder of the episodes. And I would have loved to see Jung-seok suffer a little more, and Hana hang back and waver a little more. It was just too neatly, conveniently resolved, and that essential tension in a successful romantic drama was never really achieved.

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Jo Kwon is only one episode cameo.. the writer did him so bad in ep11 by giving him no closure whatsoever

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Yeah just a 3sec shot of him hauling his luggage into a taxi, or even just a comment from Kibum that Kwon has left the building... would've suffice.

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My sister and l just started watching this show...and we are obsessed! It's so funny and l love the overall vibe if the show. All the characters are 3D, especially the trio.

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Hah, I bet Chae-yeon had no idea at the time she was dancing in Produce 101 that she'd be doing the same dance while drunk on a drama a year later.

Side note for those who follow KPop: I.O.I (the Produce 101 girl group) is about to drop their last comeback as a complete group next week, so it's likely Chae-yeon's last go-around as an I.O.I member. Hwaiting!

http://www.allkpop.com/article/2016/10/ioi-drop-more-lovely-individual-teaser-images-for-comeback

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I'm assuming when she said that you can see Chae yeon in the Pick me video she means a stand alone video, not in the actual episode. I did recognize the mnet video though, and I thought it would have been funny if they noticed that she was in the video as well. I can imagine the guys going, hmm so you claim to study a lot yet before coming here you were a trainee to become an idol? LOL.

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Yeah, lollypip's talking about the linked Pick Me music video, which has the idol Chae-yeon (who's playing the character Chae-yeon) at 2:41 with a closeup in that sea of trainees.

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More like a few months later. Produce 101 is this year production.

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The show ended in April, but the music video was released in December 2015 before the show aired its first episode, and I'm sure it was recorded before then, because the contestants went through a good number of practices before that performance. So it's probably been at least 10 or 11 months since Chae-yeon was on that stage.

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What a great episode! And thank you for recapping it Lollypip :)

The kiss was so great--and I also love that Hana was the one to initiate it first! I know some people feel like she spared him too easily, and at first I thought the same, but then I realised that her firm words about him not taking her feelings into consideration really dug deep in Jung-seok. It's what made him sit up and realise that even though he's trying to grovel with his high quality coffee and cakes, it's not what she really wants or needs. Hana just wants somebody to respect her and give her encouragement, and he's been doing the exact opposite. When she made that remark about how kind people do get rewards in return, his face was just so sad. I agree that his backstory should have been revealed more over the course of the previous episodes, but knowing it now is also heartbreaking. Of course Jung-seok didn't have to go this far in his behaviour, but I suppose that he believed if he didn't do it, others would take advantage of him again. It's sad. I'm also sort of glad that Hana didn't go all snide on him, because it's just not her and also because I'm happy she didn't slam him back with the same sort of attitude that Jung-seok had taken towards her when he was in denial. This just shows that she's really a better person, in terms of personality, and that with her around, Jung-seok can change for good. Ahhh, OTP is so cute!

The trio: omg Dong-young's virtual lovelines was hilarious. I've been loving Dong-young more and more, because he's so true to life and down-to-earth, and frankly a really good character for us as viewers to inhabit and look into the zany world of Noryangjin. Poor Ki-bum though, not knowing that Chae-yeon has eyes for Gong-myung. I wish he would be more upfront with his feelings, even if it's just to cut his pain short. But spending over 100,000 won on pork belly just for her? It's so cute sigh.

Jin-yi's boyfriend is such a jerk. He literally replied with the shortened version of "ok" in Korean, like????? You can't get any more jerkish than that. So voting for Jin-woong and Jin-yi at this point. Go love each other and be happy!

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Casting is pitch perfect..
di-do-di is going to break my heart when he knows the truth..

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Jin-yi's boyfriend is a despicable piece of sh*t. It's obvious the guy wanted to break up but instead of being honest and telling this to Jin-yi's face, he opted to just fade away until she got the message. UGH.

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Been there done that. My heart broke for her a thousand times over :(

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It wasn't even an "Okay", more like a "k".

He didn't even bother writing the full word out! No sorry, no Okay, O.K., OK ! Just... k. Best that she left him. What a loser he is.

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That so called Worm Boyfriend need some Public Shaming. Post his despicable act on social media so that no other innocent girl falls for him. Save the girls from these kind of despicable guys. He kept the relationship for Sex and nothing else. It will be great when no one invests in his business because of his leech nature or can't trust him.

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I've been there too, and if it's just a few dates it's not that bad, but a really close relationship it hurts when they just ignore you and make you get the hint :(

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Totally agree that the guy is sh*t. Weren't Jin-yi still hoping to get pregnant a while ago? Which means the boyfriend wanted to break-up but still want to enjoy the physical benefit. This guy made me gag!
Am so glad she finally decide to ditch him.

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They didn't give her boyfriend's surname, right? They could have Choi Min-Ho make a second cameo. ahahaha.

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That would've been interesting...what would Ki-bum think? *Terorri!" :-D

Btw, they showed pictures of Jin-Yi and what look like her jerk boyfriend during very emotional and sad scene towards the end of this episode. Anyone recognize the face or who the actor is?

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Any body know what song that Key sing in the noraebang?

I love you Kim Ki-bum <3 <3

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I think it's most commonly known as Drunken Truth or Drunken Confession. Singer Kim Dongryul.

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Drunken Truth (취중진담) by Kim Dong Ryul

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aww, thank you everyone! He should make a cover of that song and release it as a single :D

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Actually onew (leader of SHINee and appeared as Dr. Lee Chi Hoon in DotS) sang drunken truth too. I love that key sang the same too as his hyung.
You can check out onew's version of drunken truth here:
https://youtu.be/-01USaBD5FU

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This is my favorite episode yet! Great moments all around, for the leads, for the students, and for all the rest. It kills me how lonely Jin-woong and Jin-yi are. I honestly really want to see them get together and take care of each other. She'll have a hard time finding a guy capable of being as devoted and caring as he is.

The student's shenanigans are still my favorite part of the show though. I love Ki-bum and Dong-young together so freakin' much. I love how Dong-young has essentially become the spectator of sorts. His thoughts are our thoughts, lol. Pooor pitiful Ki-bum. I know his crush is going to break my heart. After this episode, I definitely find myself rooting for him when it comes Jung Chae-yeon. But since I totally get her crush on Gong-myung, I fear he may never succeed in getting her to look his way. Partially because, as much as I love the guy, he really is such a hapless idiot sometimes. And yet I adore him all the more.

Thanks for the recap!

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The thing is both Ki Bum & JS are annoying characters to be with but I have to say at least KB can redeem himself with some cute gestures whereas JS is totally unredeemable & not cute.

Wonder if it is the actors potrayal of the characters, in which case, Key seems to nail it compared to Ha Suk Jin...

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Nah......I love Key in this but Ha Suk Jin is fantastic as Jung Seok too. It's not easy to pull off a role like this and yet look adorable. I won't say Jung Seok is cute but he's terribly funny, I love his facial expressions especially the derp ones.

Actually, in this drama I love all the characters and actors who play them. I didn't fall in love with the leads at first, it took some time but now I adore them. I have always liked the trio and Prof Min but I'm liking them more and more. Even the Director and Jin Yi who I didn't like at first.

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and please add Chae Yeon on our list of being one of the meanest or has annoying attitude sometimes. I find this people similar and strong.

I commend Ha Seok for playing Jin Sang. He's really a good actor! No one can pull Jin Sang character more than him. In his back story and the way he apologize to Ha Na, I didn't see our arrogant Jinsang but I saw Ha Seok there. :)

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Jung-seok has far to go in terms of self improvement and I hope the writers have enough time to get us to see those changes with only 4 episodes left on the show. Hopefully, they can seamlessly showcase his character development and not make Jung-seok go from premium jerk to premium sweetheart overnight. That'll kill the story for me if that happens. I'm all up for a time skip, but who knows right?

While I'm happy that Hana finally got some confidence boost and made her go after what/who she wants, a part of me is also disappointed by how quick was it for her to just flip the switch from hating to liking. I've said this before and I'll say it again, Hana isn't an emotionally strong person and she's been living her life to support those around her but never finding time and the means to support herself like actually living her life and doing what she wants. I see how that sudden flip of a switch took more than just a little backstory she heard about Jung-seok because we all know she's been liking him for sometime. Personally, it would have been better if they decided to invest at least 2 episodes and a half of Hana basking in the chase and Jung-seok going through his life realizations, so them circling back into each other's arms would have made such a wonderful and emotional moment for the show.

I certainly love all the supporting characters story, whether it be individually or by groups and pairs, each of these supporting characters really provided that level of support this show needed. Their stories didn't break the flow but it acted upon it so seamlessly that moments that fade into the background weren't as noticeable as other shows would have had their supporting characters just be gap fillers in the main storyline.

A good show allows the viewers to invest in the story and its characters, not necessarily fixated on the main leads but rather creating a believable contrast between the main and supporting characters. And so far, Drinking Solo has delivered with the right capacity to keep me entertained and rooting for everyone in this show. Seldom do I see myself not nitpicking on a particular character for the lack of actual character to viewer connection. Even with minor story flaws, this show has done a tremendous job in realistically telling us that experience is still the best teacher but having someone or people to lean on makes life's challenges a little less burdensome.

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i ve been refreshing this thread just to see n read the comments but sadly this drama is not really popular. I wonder why because this drama is totally spot on. So we only left with 4 more ep. How im gonna face Monday after this drama finish?? ????

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I feel the same way!! I think more people would watch it, but the "moon" shows take up everyone's time :)

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@last comments
I totally agree!!! This is the best drama on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Of course, I'm watching the other two but this is my first choice every week.
I'm loving all the story lines and am looking forward to seeing what happens next week.

Wonderful show in every way!

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It has been my favorite M,T show for weeks now. I give it my priority viewing. The characters are so entertaining. The ones I found annoying in the beginning have become more human and thus more likeable. While nothing is really happening action wise, the characters are evolving. It is cleverly written to suck in the viewer, but I don't feel manipulated, just enticed.

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I love love love this episode! I laughed many times but shed tears too.

Dong Young cracked me up with his observations. Those lovelines he drew in his mind from his perspective were so cute. Ki Bum is so funny. He's so obviously in love with Chae Yeon and his pretense is hilarious because it's not working at all.

For a while, I thought that something had happened to Jin Yi's boyfriend. I even wondered if the writer was trolling us and pulling a trope like terminal illness or an accident. Turned out that he's a bastard who couldn't even respond and break up properly. What's with that emoticon he used in his curt reply? I couldn't figure it out. I really empathize with Jin Yi, I find the writing of her failed relationship something that happens very often in real life.

Aaarrrgh....Jin Woong made me cry again. My mom is getting on in years and I do wonder from time to time scenarios like the one where Jin Woong was at his mom's place to clear her things. My mom is not suffering from Alzheimers but she fears that she will lose her mental faculty in time to come. And she will tell me where the important things are kept and what to do when she passes on. I know it's good to plan ahead and 'take care of things' but I always try to change the subject. Jin Woong's breakdown in this episode makes me teary because I know one day the inevitable will happen to me and in all likelihood I too will wish for one more meal cooked by Mom.

What I liked about Jung Seok is that he is acutely self-aware. He hasn't been good in this area, too blind to his own sense of self-worth and shutting out everyone because of that betrayal. At least, he didn't try to come up with excuses to win Ha Na's heart. In fact, he thought he had hurt Ha Na to the point of no redemption.

For Ha Na, I had said previously that I wished she gave JS a harder time. But I also understand why she did what she did. I already thought it was wonderful that earlier on, she recognized that she will be miserable if she were to accept him as her boyfriend. What I saw in Ep 13 preview made me think the drama isn't taking the easy way out with JS-Hana's relationship. Hana's acceptance and their kiss is just the start of a relationship where both sides have a lot to learn. Whether they will remain as a couple or break up is anyone's guess.

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I hate the fact that JS has been assy all these times, quick at judging with what he sees, even sulking at times and I thought he has smart brain. I guess he just forgot to measure his EQ.

And the minute he turns a new corner, he gets the girl. Aargh. And puppy is going to get hurt. Not. Fair.

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JinYi's bastard boyfriend didn't use an emoticon. It was just short for 응, which is exactly means the sound it reads: "eung". It's not even a word. It's a grunt.

Just... ?????????WHOA...!

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What??!!!!! How awful indeed!

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so , , , , , T.T love how this drama turn out...
sorry if I can't type a lot,
but count me as one of the viewer
just watch both of the episode a minute ago and the recap is here

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Thank you for the recap, LollyPip!

I love the friendships and the love-lines in this drama! The characters in this drama feel real-life, everyday people, not the regular power/money hungry chaebols or poor-to-buy-rice-but-have-the-latest-Samsung heroines.

Jin Woong and Jin Yi should be together for all the reasons that you mentioned, LollyPip. I'm glad Director Kim is there for Jin Woong to talk to.

I prefer Gong Myung and Chae Yeon together to CY and Ki Bum. I don't know why. Ki Bum can hang out with Dong Yong. Their friendship is more fun to watch than him with CY. That said, my heart is going to be crushed with GM next episode when he discovers about Ha Na and his brother.

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And DY was so cute with his, "Aigoo, this pathetic guy" lines and facial expressions :)

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The problem with Ki-bum is that he really is a slacker just like Chae-yeon says. He's funny and moving from audiences perspective but living with him would be quite hard. CY knows this and hence he has zero chances with her. And then there's the thing that KB doesn't really understand CY at all. It should be blatandly obvious even to a blind brainless zombie what are the things CY appreciates in a man. But KB is totally clueless being fully fixated on his own feelings. It's touching and sad, but I cannot wish for them to get together unless KB matures enough.

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Ditto! Ki Bum is adorable and funny, but doesn't really seem to understand Chae Yeon's studying. While it's good that he's encouraging her to have fun and let loose a bit (even if he's put up his stupid pretense), he doesn't seem to get that if he showed a bit of studying and hard work, it would go a long way with her. Look at how she empathized with him after his grandmother's death, when it seemed like he might be turning a new corner. He's the one that's blowing it.

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I agree 100%! Sure he's nice regarding her birthday and what not, but he's not shown that he's not a slacker. If he at least tried to study and tried to do better in class -- you can tell when people are serious in class -- then I can see him gaining points with Chae-yeon. Otherwise it would just be unbelievable.

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Yes, studying and being hardworking are the two things CY live for. And the two things that KB lacks more than anything.

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I agree with what you said 100%

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Thanks for the recap!

First off, squee! tVn never disappoints when it comes to their kissing scenes. No eyes-wide-open-in-shock-despite-being-adults moment.

This drama is one of the few ones I've watched where the characters are relatable and their motivations are natural, not totally drama-ish. Jin-woong's grief, especially, has been handled so realistically. It wasn't long ago when I lost my dad to a lingering illness, that even when I was mentally prepared for his eventual death, the reality of his passing on still aches me now and then.

The scene where Hana sat down to talk to Jung-seok was so heartfelt, I could feel the sincerity and honesty between them oozing off the screen.

And who would not laugh out loud to Dong-young's constant awareness of the complicated loveline? His facial expressions are spot-on, but I look forward to how he'll step into the situation when conflicts are brought out in the open.

p.s. omygawd, the preview for next episode!!!!

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Also wow the size of Ha Seok-jin's hand is the same as Park Ha-sun's face?? How tiny is she?

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As early as in ep 2, we already have a glimpse of the reason behind Jung-seok's selfish behavior. The following is from DB's ep 2 recap:

"We flash back to five years ago, when Jung-seok was working his first job. He’d staying up all night studying, but his efforts went unnoticed by his professor in favor of a sunbae’s expensive gift. That sunbae had been a known kiss-up, and he’d been awarded a professorial position before Jung-seok.

Jung-seok had confronted his sunbae for plagiarizing his thesis without giving Jung-seok credit, but the man hadn’t been concerned, since starting a rumor to ruin him would only make Jung-seok look bad. He’d promised to help Jung-seok with his new professorial clout, but Jung-seok had pridefully refused."

Jun-seok is a hardworking and good person in heart. Just that he had been hurt and betrayed not once but twice (in the university as well as by the sunbaenim), he became cold and selfish. He already realisef his loss and I bet he will change into a better person because Ha-na is with him now.

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Kyaaaaaa that kiss at the end yuuhoo my otp is sailing smoothly ♥ i can't wait to see them dating in a high quality way :D Kibum-ah's one sided love is really sad...it's gonna break my heart once he learns that Chae Yeon likes his friend !

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What a great episode.
Oh the love rectangle...he likes her -> she likes him -> he likes her -> she likes him (<- he likes her) lol, so complicated.

But thank you Park Ha-sun for kissing him back! That was such a good kiss. I don't blame Ha-na for giving in so fast, it was in character. We can't expect Jung-seok to change overnight and the same goes for her but she is starting to have more of a backbone and not taking his BS, baby steps.

Oh Jin-yi, I was like "oh no you di'int" when that asshat immediately replied with that halfquarter-assed ok after ignoring her for days. Nobody deserves to be ditched like that especially when you've been dating for such a long time (this hit close to home, sigh). Relationships are like kdramas...even if it was good throughout most of its run, the ending often determines how we look back on it. ?
Can we get another girls night out of Ha-na and Jin-hee next week? Mini spoiler but Kim Ji-suk (OHYA) will cameo. ?

But Jin-woong, stop making me cry, as soon as the alarm went off at 10pm I started tearing up. Writer-nim, you have 4 episodes to bring our two lonely teachers together, ok?

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This has got to be the lamest excuse for a male lead to be a jerk that I've ever seen. It doesn't redeem Jung Seok at all in my eyes. And yes, I do remember that he was also screwed over by someone else in a flashback early on, but it's still not enough to justify being such a complete ass. Some things are explained, but a lot of the stuff he's done is just.. ugh...

How does this explain the fact that he always talks about "quality", looking down on other people and judging them for not having a certain education/family/look/etc? How does it justify being mean and (in)directly telling a woman he knew liked him that she's beneath him and pretty much worthless? All the things about the schedule, his joint class and other stuff to do with his career - that now makes sense. But what about all the rest he's done and said?

I'm not really annoyed that Ha Na already took him back, because as others pointed out, it's very much in character, but when she apologized (for what?!?!) I just wanted to slap some sense into her LOL. I do love that she was the first to kiss him though, made her more in charge and so there's hope that they'll grow together and the relationship will be more equal.

As much as I think Gong Myung is an adorably puppy, I don't think he and Ha Na has any chemistry and it seems to be more of an infatuation from his side. Also not sure I want him to end up with Chae Yeon. They just don't seem to be a very good fit and I don't feel any chemistry there either. There's more between her and Ki Bum (at least in earlier episodes), but as much as I love that character, he really needs to stop objectifying women before I can root for him.

There was a lot of "oh no, not another idol" when Key's casting was announced and I'm so thrilled he's proving people wrong :D I had a feeling he would be great, after all it might be his first drama, but it's certainly not his first time acting and his comedic timing is just spot on. I LOVE that we got to hear him sing, Shinee really is one of the few kpop groups were everyone can actually sing and glad he got a chance to prove himself a real singer on screen. His voice fits "Drunken Truth" so well, I wish we'd get a full cover from him!

Dong Young's loveline-math was hilarious. His character is so down to earth and the actor is doing such an amazing job. You always forget that he's acting. Hope we get to see him in more dramas soon! And I hope he gets the girl back before the show ends.

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i agree with you. I don't mind a jerk male lead..... But the excuse and background has to make sense.... It's just make JS appear hard to root for... Because it's just the show make every excuse to simpathy him but fail to point out the main issue. The show keep point out his flaw with a reason A, but they explore more his reason more about his B side. It's just doesn't work

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I would rather the jerk male lead try to elevate himself by aspiring to be high and and surrounding himself with brand names and fine dining than elevate himself by pushing other people down by stealing their work.

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First off he's still pushing people down, just not by stealing their work, but by constantly telling others they're not good enough. He also takes advantage of other people - like in the previous ep where he left Dong Young because his lecture was about to start and then proceeded to bring DY down in front of his peers when he was late - which he wouldn't have been had JS helped him. How is that not pushing people down? And it's not even someone who could potentially steal his job.

Second, it's not an either or situation where he has to be this kind of bad person or that kind of bad person.

Lastly, it doesn't make it more excusable that he could've been worse. That's like saying "well at least he only killed one person instead of multiple" if the character had been a murderer. He doesn't just aspire to be "high" and surround himself with quality products, he also treats people as products.

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Spot on analysis.??

What he did to Dong Young is inexcusable. There's really no defense for that behavior. And his sob story only takes him so far. There's really no excuse for how he treats his brother or looks down on Hana or the other teachers. I personally am not buying his sob story. Other people have been treated worse and still not resorted to such jerk like behavior.

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You're right. It only explains how he became selfish and prefers to be isolated. He doesn't want to risk being betrayed. From what we've been shown, we should only conclude that he's always been a judgmental jerk, but the show mentioned that his personality was different in the past... The writing isn't so great here.

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So I was just thinking this about Jin-Yi's boyfriend. What if he's sick or like he can't have babies? And he knows Jin-Yi wants them? Maybe that's why Jin-Yi ends up NOT pregnant despite her "timing" their encounters? Just a thought.

Because otherwise, he'd be one DESPICABLE, SHITTY bastard if he's got no excuse.

As for Jung-Suk, I'm one of the few who feel that things happened too soon. What? He's nice to Ha-Na for a bit and he gets the girl?? So unfair!

Most of all, I don't like that JS still doesn't call Ha-Na by her name. He still calls her No Geu-rae. I have a feeling that JS is still not where he ought to be in terms of handling their relationship.

And while I always end up in a sinking ship, at least Gong Myung liked Ha-Na for everything she was and was never embarassed to be with her nor talked about "quality".

(I just wish the director allowed a modicum of chemistry between the two!!)

Lastly, just wanted to say that I LOVE this drama. It is a true hidden gem. All the other dramas currently showing seem to have some fatal flow for me hence my un-excitement but this drama has me looking forwards to Mondays!

Thanks to LollyPip for recapping this!

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That's an interesting idea. Maybe, the boyfriend is embarrassed by his inability to make babies. If it's true, it might prevent JinYi and Jinwoong from getting together though. :(

I agree with you that JungSuk's personality change and loveline with Ha Na happened too soon. JungSuk appeared to be a little too nice in this episode and too willing to change for HaNa. I would have liked to see JungSuk become really traumatized by being rejected by her multiple times. As a result, he would felt the need to change himself.

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I wanted to see Jung Seok suffer a little longer more for my enjoyment than his growth. I'd prefer that he changed not because of being traumatized or rejected by his love. I like that he discovered he was trash and that he gained so much but lost more. It was even better that he knew and apologized to Ha Na for hurting here and not expecting anything in return.

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Yay recap! Lollypip, I agree with everything you've said.

I have to say, this episode had pretty much everything I like about kdramas. Karaoke/dance scene, friend bonding, romance, bromance, kisses, etc. Dong Young continues to be my favorite of the trio, his "pitiful punk" comments were hilarious. Oh the heartbreak that is coming for 3 of the kiddos!

I really love Jin Woong and Jin Yi. Please get them together writer! Even if it's just more hanging out together to cure the loneliness. I'll even take some hints that they "might" get together. If Director Kim could play matchmaker, all the better!

I might be one of the few that doesn't watch Chae Yeon to get with Ki Bum (and I don't think Gong Myung sees her that way at all, nor will he). She really just needs friends, and I would love it if she could just join their little group sometimes. Ki Bum needs to grow up and mature. Side note: I don't follow kpop, so it was hard for me to believe he was a big kpop star. But wow, that voice! I get it now :)

I love this show so much!! So much squee-worthiness this episode. Makes me actually look forward to Mondays!

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You know, I've been a kdrama fan for a long time, but I never quite got the draw of kpop... Until now. Because of watching Key here. His group is pretty awesome, and I like him the best among the five because of his quirkiness.

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Shinee is probably one of the most colorful Kpop boygroup with a less mainstream style. Even so, Key does stand out as being the quirkiest amongst the members.

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I think Jung-seok's self imposed isolation made him even more arrogant. He probably thought to himself, 'I'm Jin Jung-seok, I'm high quality, I graduated from a good school, I do not need anyone's help, nor do I need to help anyone, I'm alone because the rest of the world are just low quality minions.' I think it all got into his head because he was always sprouting quality nonsense and judged others harshly.

He insulted Ha-na when he first met her, but when he really listened to her lecture without bias, he changed his mind and let her join his joint class. He helped Ha-na with the live stream though his first defense is to not help anyone lest he got taken advantage of. I don't think he realised what he was doing, he subconsciously doesn't think of Ha-na as low quality. He tried really hard to prove to Ha-na that he didn't like her, and when he knew she liked him, he went all out to make her not like him because Ha-na doesn't measure up to him. With that ego, I don't think he'd ever thought someone to be worthy of him, even lobster girl, who he only went out with because of Ha-na. I think he got what he deserved because Ha-na wasn't over the moon when he confessed like he thought she would be. She rejected his advances. Not until he was sincere with his feelings (and not apologise to me because how can I think of a low quality girl like you!), and apologised for hurting her feelings.

I don't think the back story serve as a redemption for Jung-seok, if anything, it was his self-awareness and honesty. He knew he was a jerk, and he didn't want to continue living this way. He wanted Ha-na to not be selfish like him. So I understand why Ha-na accepted him, and I like how their arc played out.

And I can I just say the kiss was everything! It was just so sweet

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You have said everything perfectly. I think Quality is a buzzword or catchphrase Jung Seok uses out of habit. Anything annoying is of low quality. Anything embarrassing is of low quality. Anything Jung Seok is hesitant or uncomfortable or confused about is low quality.
Anything Jung Seok doesn't like is of Low quality.

Jung Seok saw the sincerity and potential of Ha Na and wow Ha Na was invited to join the joint class. You are completely right about the those 2 actions taken in Episode 09-10 by

Jung Seok. At the same time i don't think it was mainly an Ego Issue. A highly egoist guy won't allow you to sit on his shoulders. Never.

Even Live Chat was more of a marketing help from Jung Seok because the real test of Ha Na was in Classroom. But even earlier Jung Seok did help Ha Na out. Brought Drunken Ha Na into resting place. Gave Ha Na lift. Gave Ha Na advice not to try to please everyone all the time.

It's just the Jung Seok took one harsh path and became accustomed to it. I completely agree with you last paragraph. To some it might look too fast of an acceptance but by all it did made sense and rest all was too ohhhhhhh Beautiful.

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From the preview, it looks like old habits die hard. He's totally cute and sweet when he's with Ha Na but words like 'High Quality Dating' still slip out of his lips. He has lots of room for growth but I agree with Lollypip that we don't need perfect to deserve love.

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@ET - Couldn't agree with you more. Old habits die hard, indeed. That's why he's not gonna change overnight esp. if he's been used to his arrogant ways for long. Good thing he's got Hana there now with him and perhaps she can remind him about his selfishness and being a jerk when he gets overboard. It looks funny though in the preview for next week's episodes when someone saw them in the car together and he hides and tells Hana to do the same as he's saying (being arrogant again, lol) that he's the top celebrity in this town and thus they should hide their (new blossoming romantic) relationship, lol. Hana seems to just laugh at his silly comment and him wearing sunglasses and ducking his head, haha. He did say she was very pretty, at least and Hana blushes. I can't wait to see how their dating relationship goes. I think it will be interesting and fun because they're opposites and they seem to balanced each other out. That heartfelt and sincere talk they had (especially when they both really listened to each other talk...and to think they were drinking...and still not "that drunk" lol) at the cafe showed that because they have mutual feelings and attraction for each other, and they really do care and genuinely liked each other that they give it a try to start a relationship, showed that they do belong together.

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Jung Seok Keeps on nitpicking and yet always does things whenever with Ha Na.

High Quality Dating Culture. High Quality Movie viewing Culture and next we see is

Jung Seok completely enchanted by Ha Na. There are times when Jung Seok acts like Ha Na and Ha Na acts like Jung Seok. This relationship is funny and they both are hilarious couple for sure. I'm ok with the High Quality Tetoriiiiii only if it is just a Catchphrase and nothing else.

I would like to see Ha Na teasing and making Jung Seok agree with things using the same words Uttered by Jung Seok some time earlier. That invitation to drinking in episode 08 with that silly logic and Jung Seok accepted the logic. That was hilarious.

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I really liked this episode, especially ha na x Jung seok. I liked that she got a backbone and told him how it is and how she felt about his selfishness. His backstory was a sad to be honest I don't think that excuses his behavior at all but it did show that even the most successful have a hard time getting where they are. My favorite part was that he tried to get her to talk to him / like him again through all this "quality" stuff but what really won her over again was what he did for her without her knowing, really shows the type of character ha na is.

I would like to say I feel bad for Gong Myung since seeing the preview but I don't. I will a little since it is his "premium trash" brother lol and that sucks. But they wouldn't have worked out even if they were to get together imo. while ha na does need someone to reassure of things, she needs that as a friend not a partner. I wonder if that'll stop him from going after her. Also I hope he doesn't suddenly settle for chaeyeon, if they are going to go ahead with this ship can he please develop feelings for her or all stay single lol.

And when will kibum start studying? Lol

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Love this series! way to go Drama Fever and
Drinking Solo! I literally rush home from work to watch it!

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Thanks LollyPip for another great recap (as always). I totally with everything you said in your commentary of everyone in the cast/characters and, yes, what a GREAT episode, indeed!

Everything about this episode was awesome! I watched it raw first (because I couldn't wait and sometimes it takes a while for subs to be added) and it was already good even when I didn't understand everything they said, but I could pick up from their facial expressions of what they show. I laughed and cried and that was only the raw version, lol. Once the subtitles were up, it was even more awesome re-watching it as I understand what they were actually saying. I loved and enjoyed watching every single character of this series in this episode. Be it the main OTP or the supporting ones (or even those guests/cameos one). Everyone was on their A-game in this episode especially my favorite pairing/OTP Hana & Jung-Seok. I love every scene they appeared together (and apart) most especially that heartfelt and sincere talk they had outside the cafe (in the preview from previous episode, it looked like they were standing, but they were actually sitting down, lol). PHS & HSJ's acting were really believable and just wonderful to watch in that scene. I replayed it more than a few times, because I loved that scene that I had been waiting to see from them. And of course, that beautiful kiss scene they had at the end of this episode was just beautiful to watch. I couldn't help but swoon and rape the replay button to see them kiss again, lol. :-D That was most favorite scene of this episode because it was unexpected and I didn't see it coming. They did a great job of not showing and spoiling us of the surprise kiss at the end, that's what made it awesome and swoon-worthy.

Loved Do-Young in this episode especially him noticing and observing all this complicated love lines of his friends and him saying it was more like a rectangle than a love triangle, haha. And I totally agree with him when he keep saying "poor idiot Ki-bum" as he's the only one who doesn't know that Chae-Yeon was not into him, but that she's into Gong-Myung (which she doesn't know that GM is into Professor Park). :-D

Poor Professors Min and Jin-Yi. :-( These two really got me shedding lots of tears in this episode. They need to get together, stat! Also, I love that Director Kim was treating Hana nicely in this episode and his continued care and compassion for Professor Min (since finding out about the illness and sudden passing of his mother) keeps impressing me. Keep it up!

Overall, this episode was the BEST (of the 12 episodes...though every episode of this awesome K-drama gets better and better) and my favorite, thus far...most especially in character development and progression of the main male lead and that sweet kiss of my favorite OTP (Hana & Jung-Seok) just made me excited and can't wait for the upcoming episodes. I can't believe there are only 4 episodes left though!

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Sorry for the long post (and typo...I blame autocorrect for those, lol). You can tell, I really loved and enjoyed watching this episode (and this series) because I got a lot to say... :-D

By the way, just want to add here that when they kissed, I thought, wow, this better not be a dream or Hana's imagination (like that tease they did in one of the previous episodes where he suddenly kissed her upside down, but it was too good to be true and it was just her imagining it, haha! I hate when they do that in K-Dramas esp. with my favorite OTP). Glad it wasn't and it was just beautiful and swoon-worthy to watch, esp. when it's an actual kiss and not just imagined. PHS & HSJ are so cute and adorable together. Their on-screen chemistry is off the charts! I wouldn't mind seeing them become a couple in real-life (if they're not dating other people already). :-)

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I notice that chemistry has to do with the ability of the actors a lot as well as just physical chemistry. Park Ha Sun has the ability to look so vulnerable and sad that you can't help but to empathize with her. Her eyebrows are especially expressive. HSJ is just a great actor, LOL. I can't believe he's the same guy who was in The Legendary Witch as the baker.

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I totally agree with you about Park Ha Sun's ability to look so vulnerable and sad in this drama. And yes, her eyebrows are expressive, indeed. Her acting is great in this drama. When she's sad, I feel sad for her and when she's happy, I'm happy for her. She has very good comedic timing too and she can dance as well. I'm glad she's the main female lead here and that she has chemistry with HSJ.

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you got it right chinggu! their chemistry really is overflowing! I'm shipping PHS and HSJ in real life as well. More than the chemistry they have on screen, I think they are close base on the BTS vids and her Instagram posts and their interection in IG :) (there's a time where HSJ commented on PSH post saying "No Gu Rae shi, please stop pretending pretty". yyyiiieeee

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Wow, really? That would be cool if they ended up together in real-life too (of course, if they really like each other and they're not seeing anyone else). I really love them as couple ??? in this show and I wouldn't mind seeing reel become real, you know. ?

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Such a great show. I initially didn't like the students but they've grown on me. The actor who plays Jin-woong is especially killing it.

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Still a bit on the fence about Ha-na quick acceptance, but as a lot of people have been saying, it's on point with Ha-na being a sweetie pie. Am hoping the show makes Jung-seok works hard to earn Ha-na's love tho, plus learns humility in a hard way, coz to just gloss it over after painting him so black would be a major fail yo. The non-square love is too sincere and sad, some hearts are gonna be badly broken, ugh nooo!

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And in this episode, Elizabeth discovers that Darcy actually was burned by a past betrayal, which explains his preference for being alone and general mistrust toward people in their little society. Then she finds out that, unbeknownst to her, Darcy actually went out of his way to help her. She realizes how wrong she's been in her estimation of Darcy and decides to accept his love. Lol.

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Also, wait... Ki-bum supposedly sucks at dancing (Good Lord. His Lucifer in that earlier episode. XD). Methinks Girl Group master Key couldn't help himself. XD

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Yes! Their relationship is totally a P&P parallel...which I am 100% ok with :)

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I feel like re-watching P&P again thanks to all your analogy guys xD

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@Erratic - Love the Pride & Prejudice reference, lol. As a big P&P fan, I couldn't help noticing the similarities of what you just mention between Elizabeth & Darcy in parallel to Hana & Jung-Seok. :-D

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Especially when Jung Seok first confessed to Hanna. All that talk of liking her despite his high quality standards was pretty much Darcy's first proposal to Elizabeth. Look at the results of both declarations. XD

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Love the parallel and results for both OTPs. ;-)

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I am already feeling so sad for the two hearts that is going to break. One is Gong Myung, seeing his brother with Hana, the other one Ki bum knowing about Chae yon's crush on Gong Myung.

Finally, we get the backstory of the reason behind Jin suk's selfish behaviour. I always thought he was an ass from the day one he was born. Now i feel so much pity for him,and i have softened towards his character. No wonder he always says to Hana, to not to get trampled by others, always putting up others needs first. He did provide her with some good advice.

Dong Yong has become a spectator in this love triangle. It is so funny, seeing him rolls his eyes over the the other two fools love interest. When his character got introduced in the beginning, i kind of did not much like him, because, i felt he would be so damn boring. but now he is one of the most favourite characters in this drama.

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+add chaeyeon to that heart broken list. When she knows that gongmyung only likes hana later...

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I think this is the first time I've re-watched the song more than the kiss in any drama. I thought it was beautiful and heart felt.

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Are you talking about the song playing in the background with Hana & Jung-Seok kiss? If so, do you name of the song and who sang it?

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I meant, do you *know the name of the song and artist who sang it? Anyone knows?

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OST 5 - My Dear Lady - Drinking Solo.

The song enhanced the importance and beauty of the whole scene.

Drinking Solo has one of most quirky and soothing songs.

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Thanks CatoCat. Love the song esp. the part, "my baby sorry, sorry" (since that and "my baby lady" are the only parts I understood in the entire song, lol). Beautiful song though, which suits perfectly in the whole scene it was playing.

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Thanks for the awesome recap LollyPip!

Does anyone else think that if we all prayed to the drama gods hard enough they'd make Jin Yi + Jin Woong happen?

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I would hope so. I'd love to see Jin Yi and Jin Woong as a couple. Crossing fingers for #JinJin to happen. ;-)

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Thank you Lollypip for the recap and links to the songs!! That was awesome!!

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as much as i like kibum as a character - he is very kind and loyal - he does not deserve chaeyeon. i get why chaeyeon developed a crush on gongmyung, since he appears to be the only guy who sees her for her smarts and not her looks. even kibum, kind and loyal as he is, likes her because she's pretty.

and then there's the fact that he's still not studying very hard. i thought there'd be some change in him after his grandmother's birthday party, but no…

that being said, key is amazing for being able to play kibum so well, and to make what should be an annoying character so sympathetic.

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But it was never said that Kibum likes Chaeyeon only for her looks, actually it was implied that he really likes her for who she is. She badly rejected him and yet he 's still really into her, if it was just an infatuation caused by her looks, he wouldn't have been into her for so long.

Evan that scene when he was speaking with Dong-young, where Kibum "complained" of her changing hairstyle and of how picky she was, in the love letter he wrote her the previous year he congratulated her for her improvement in studying and her exam marks. I get that because of his status of being the "comic relief" among the students he often seems silly, but I wouldn't say he's so shallow to like Chaeyeon for years just because of her looks, he obviously likes much more about her.

I do wish in a sort of plot twist that show that he's actually been studying but didn't want people to know because he didn't want to higher their expectations of him, I can see that as something he would do, I don't like how shallowly they're depicting him. He obviously went through some rough stuff like every other character (being bullies, beaten up, called embarrassment by parents, rejected) etc. I wish people saw that too beyond his quirkyness.

Loving the show though, I now find myself liking Hana's friend too, the break up scene was so sad.

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Is this Key's first acting role? If it is ---WOW. I was so surprised that he's portraying his role really well.

There must be some kind of special water or air at TVN because it seems like they can make anyone into decent/good actors.

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