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Drinking Solo: Episode 13

There is a definite sense of satisfaction in watching the change in attitudes and reversal in dynamics that we’ve been building up to all along. They have been a long time coming, and watching them unfold is every bit as gratifying as I hoped it would be. It’s wonderful to see a needed change come not as something to be struggled against, but embraced with open arms.

EPISODE 13 RECAP

Jung-seok savors his solo meal and drinks, once again able to enjoy his “healing time.” Hana buys her breakfast at a convenience store, and on her way out she gets a call from Jung-seok.

He formally asks her to be his girlfriend, making today their first day, and when Hana hesitates in surprise he adorably loses his confidence. But she happily accepts, and they both hang up with gigantic smiles on their faces.

Hana’s phone rings again, and this time it’s Gong-myung, letting her know he still has her watch. Jung-seok sees his brother’s end of the conversation and says that he recognizes Hana’s watch, and asks if the person he’s talking to is the same person he said will be his girlfriend.

Gong-myung confirms that he likes Hana, though it’s a one-sided love for now. Jung-seok tells Gong-myung to focus on his studies, but Gong-myung says he’ll worry about his own personal life, thank you very much.

Jung-seok figures that Gong-myung will lose interest before long, since he’s not exactly known for his stability. He does wonder though, what Hana was doing with Gong-myung at the hospital.

When he picks Hana up for work, Jung-seok asks about the watch, and Hana explains that she witnessed a student get into an accident so she took him to the hospital. He’s satisfied when she doesn’t seem to feel anything for Gong-myung, and he smiles so wide that Hana asks why. He says it’s just because she’s so pretty, hee.

A student walks in front of their car at a stoplight, and Jung-seok has a bit of a freakout, throwing his sunglasses on and telling Hana to duck. He asks Hana to keep their relationship a secret, claiming that he’s just worried about his female students hating or even attacking her, since he’s a Noryangjin celebrity. Dude, you’re not an idol, sheesh.

At the gosiwon, Chae-yeon makes a lunchbox for Gong-myung, and she dithers over whether or not to add a heart-shaped carrot (then throws it in her mouth when Dong-young enters the kitchen, hee). She tells Dong-young that the lunchbox is to thank Gong-myung for carrying her home last night, but he reveals that it was actually Ki-bum who carried her.

Chae-yeon is sure it was Gong-myung, and she even said something to him as he was carrying her. But Dong-young assures her it was Ki-bum, so when Ki-bum comes in, she gives him the lunchbox dejectedly. He doesn’t catch her mood, though, and happily stuffs his face.

Ki-bum is still excited at the thought that Chae-yeon cooked for him as the boys walk to school, and he openly admits to liking her now that he thinks his feelings are reciprocated. He decides to confess properly this time, but Dong-young tells Ki-bum not to do it. He says he’ll only be brutally rejected again, though he doesn’t say how he knows.

Jin-woong is back to work, and back to his old tricks — today he’s role-playing No-Face from W-Two Worlds (with pantyhose over his face, and we even get the chyron effect when he talks, lol). It’s so good to see him back to his old self.

The same can’t be said for Jin-yi, who comes to work in old jeans and a sweatshirt, with a clean face and simple ponytail. She tells her coworkers about her breakup, and Hana follows her to the restroom to check on her.

Jin-yi tells her how he ignored her texts then agreed when she threatened to break up, and she starts to cry as she wonders why she was trying to hard to marry such a jerk. She wails over the heartbreak her ex and (she thinks) Jung-seok are putting the two of them through, and Hana tries not to look guilty.

Ki-bum is angry at Dong-young for telling him not to confess, and he spends study time glaring daggers at Dong-young. He decides that Dong-young just wants him to be miserable too, since he’s unhappy after Joo-yeon broke up with him, so he looks up Joo-yeon on social media and finds something shocking.

He pulls Dong-young into the hallway to ask if Dong-young really thinks he and Joo-yeon will get back together. Dong-young insists they’re only on a break, and Ki-bum takes great pleasure in dropping a bomb on him — Joo-yeon has a new boyfriend.

As proof, Ki-bum shows Dong-young a picture that Joo-yeon posted on her page, of a hand holding up a finger-heart in front of a vase of flowers. There’s a card that’s partially hidden by the hand, and the blanks could be filled in to spell “I love you.” Dong-young argues that the card could say any number of things, but Ki-bum refuses to back down.

There’s a teachers’ meeting to discuss student evaluations, and as expected, Jung-seok’s students love him. Jin-woong hilariously reveals one negative comment and Jung-seok glares at him, hee. Jin-yi’s evaluations are also good, though one student says that her English pronunciation is bad. That sends her out of the room weeping that that’s probably why her boyfriend dumped her, awww.

Jin-woong’s students only talk about his impersonations, which annoys Director Kim. He starts to do No-Face again, which kind of alarms Jung-seok (who I’m sure has no idea what he’s doing since watching dramas is low-class), until Director Kim blows up and yanks the pantyhose off his head.

Last up is Hana, whose teaching scores are pretty good, though one student complains about her tacky appearance. Director Kim tells her to go shopping, agreeing that she dresses boring, and Jung-seok leaps to her defense, ordering Director Kim to apologize.

Hana shakes her head at him, and he says it’s just about teachers’ integrity. But she gets her apology, and shoots him a grateful smile which tickles him pink. He leaves the meeting beaming, and Director Kim and Jin-woong wonder if he’s Hana’s boyfriend or something.

Gong-myung finally finds Hana to return her Mickey Mouse watch, and in return she gives him a gift certificate for books.

Chae-yeon has a new suitor, and when she turns him down as usual. She gives him her standard, “If you came to Noryangjin to study, then study” line, sending him slinking away, and making Gong-myung (who saw the whole thing) sigh that she hasn’t changed.

Chae-yeon calls the guy pathetic, but Gong-myung asks if there’s a law saying you can’t study and like someone at the same time. If anything, he thinks that it can help you study even better, and make you feel less lonely. He’s talking about his own desire to impress Hana, but Chae-yeon thinks he’s talking about studying with her.

Jung-seok lights up when he sees Hana and decides to invite her to lunch, but he’s beaten to the punch by Director Kim and Jin-woong. He shocks all three of them by tagging along, lamely saying that he just wanted company today, though Hana knows what he’s doing and grins to herself.

When they arrive at the restaurant, a comment about Jin-yi buying new shoes sends her wailing out, crying that her boyfriend probably broke up with her because she spends too much money.

Hana prepares the shabu-shabu, and Jung-seok surprises everyone by offering to take over when she burns her hand. He prepares everyone’s bowls, hilariously giving Hana all the meat, making the other guys complain.

Jin-woong asks if Jung-seok likes Hana, pointing out how solicitous he’s being with her today, throwing him off and making him bluster. Jin-woong even remembers how Jung-seok turned down his blind date because he likes someone else.

But just as Jung-seok and Hana start to think they’re caught, Director Kim reminds them of how Jung-seok called Hana low-quality. Poor Jung-seok doesn’t know whether to be relieved, or embarrassed to be reminded of his awful words.

After lunch when they’re alone, Jung-seok asks Hana if he was too obvious. She teases that he was, and he asks her to a movie after work. Obviously it’s an art film, because he only likes highbrow movies and music. He tells Hana loftily that she should adjust her own tastes to meet his, and keep their relationship high-quality.

He also tells her that he hates when people get obsessed when they’re dating, so he wants them to respect each other’s personal lives. Ha, that’s going to come back and bite him in the ass, isn’t it?

Ki-bum sees a new picture on Joo-yeon’s webpage, and triumphantly shows Dong-young his newest proof that she’s dating a new guy. It’s a picture of a meal she’s having, and you can see the reflection of a man’s watch in the water glass, and a man’s face in the spoon. Dong-young says the guy could be a relative or just a friend, though he’s secretly starting to get worried.

Chae-yeon runs into an old college friend while shopping for school supplies with Gong-myung. The “friend” looks disappointed to see Chae-yeon studying for the civil service exam, and humble-brags to Chae-yeon about her shiny new job, making even Gong-myung roll his eyes.

She gives Chae-yeon her business card, and tells her to buck up, that she won’t be “stuck” forever. Seeing her depresses Chae-yeon, so Gong-myung takes her to a street game where she can break tiles and relieve her stress.

When Chae-yeon hesitates, Gong-myung says that he could tell she really wanted to smack that girl earlier. He tells Chae-yeon to pretend the stack of tiles is the girl’s face, and she shocks him by smashing every tile in one blow. Wow.

Cut to: Gong-myung carrying a teddy bear as big as he is, hee. Chae-yeon tells him to keep it, admitting that she did relieve some stress, and Gong-myung reassures her that someday she’ll be even more successful than her old classmate.

Chae-yeon suggests that they study separately from now on, since she feels she should focus more in the future. She thinks he’s ready to study on his own, but Gong-myung isn’t to confident, so he thinks of a way for her to keep an eye on him.

At the end of the work day Director Kim invites everyone out for drinks to cheer up Jin-yi, but she’s afraid she’ll get drunk and do something stupid. Director Kim calls her rational, which makes her cry again, wondering if that’s why she got dumped. Oh, sweetie. Jung-seok leaves with a pointed look at Hana, and she rushes out right after him. Jin-woong also heads straight home, making Director Kim wonder what’s gotten into everyone.

At the movie theater, Jung-seok forbids Hana to have popcorn because he finds the chewing sound distracting. He also nixes her idea of getting a couple seat, because this is a classy film and he doesn’t want a single distraction. He wants them to maintain a top-quality dating culture.

He then proceeds to spend the entire movie watching Hana with a goofy grin on his face — so much for avoiding distraction, hee. When his hand accidentally brushes hers, he has a little mini-freakout, until she moves her hand away. She doesn’t put her hand back within reach, which makes Jung-seok stretch his pinky finger over to her side of the armrest, trying to gain even the tiniest bit of skinship. So cute.

Ki-bum gleefully shows Dong-young the newest picture that Joo-yeon posted, which was taken in a car. They can see the GPS leading the driver to a hotel, and a man’s face clearly reflected in the rear-view mirror.

Though Dong-young hates to admit it, the evidence does seem to point to Joo-yeon dating a new man. He angrily tells Ki-bum to leave him alone, but Ki-bum is all too happy to remind him that he’s the one who will be heartbroken, not Ki-bum for confessing to Chae-yeon as Dong-young said.

Dong-young goes to the roof to call Joo-yeon, and he gets emotional and accuses her of getting flowers, and eating, and going to a hotel with a new guy. He calls her an ugly name and hangs up, so she sends him a series of angry text messages.

She sends more pictures, proving that the flowers were from her boss, the lunch included all her colleagues, and that her entire work department was in the car on the way to a birthday party. Oh Dong-young, you done stepped in it now.

Joo-yeon texts that she’s upset that he’s snooping around on her social media site instead of studying. She says that she’s been conflicted since they broke up, but now she can let him go, knowing that he’s that kind of guy. It’s over.

Hana obviously paid more attention to the movie than Jung-seok, who doesn’t even know what she’s talking about when she mentions the dog dying, ha. He admits that he was more interested in watching Hana, which is adorable.

She gets a call from Jin-yi, who’s crying again and wants to go out clubbing. Hana asks if Jung-seok minds, and he reminds her that they agreed not to interfere in each other’s personal lives. He doesn’t seem too thrilled to hear about the clubbing, though.

Gong-myung’s idea is for he and Chae-yeon to study separately, but with their laptops open so they can watch each other on video. He nods off at one point, though he’s thought ahead and put a note on top of his head for her to wake him up if he falls asleep, ha.

The note makes Chae-yeon smile, and she quietly thanks Gong-myung for that before calling him to wake him up. He sets his giant teddy bear in his chair while he goes to wash his face, making her smile more, and she recalls his words that it’s okay to like someone while you’re studying.

While Hana goes out with Jin-yi, Jung-seok takes himself out to enjoy some solo healing time. But he can’t concentrate today, preoccupied with thoughts of his girl out at a club, surrounded by men. He reminds himself that they agreed not to interfere in each other’s lives.

At the club, Jin-yi tells Hana that she went to her boyfriend’s workplace, but he refused to see her. Hana agrees that he’s a Jerky McJerkface, while Jin-yi cries that he probably met someone younger and prettier.

Jin-yi heads to the dance floor, where she makes a bit of a scene with her sexy dance moves. She grinds up against one man, then she’s horrified when he turns around and she realizes he’s an ex-student. Whoops. Jin-yi extracts herself from the situation as quickly as she can, and slinks back to their table.

She notices a familiar face a few tables away… OMG it’s Jung-seok, utterly failing to pretend he’s not here to check up on Hana. Of course Jin-yi doesn’t know that, and she heads over to ask why he’s here. Jung-seok plays it cool, as if he goes to clubs alone aallll the time, and the ladies go back to their table, confused.

A pair of guys decide that Hana is cute, and one of them (cameo by Kim Ji-suk) heads over to make a move. As he walks by Jung-seok’s table, Jung-seok sticks a foot out to trip him, then gives him a hand up and pulls him in close.

Jung-seok growls in the guy’s ear that that’s his girlfriend, but the guy doesn’t believe him since they’re sitting apart. His friend calls out, “Hey, Jin-sang!” and both he and Jung-seok turn, then look at each other in confusion. HA, they’re both named Jin-sang, but Jung-seok’s threat works and the two guys retreat to the dance floor.

Ki-bum finds Dong-young drinking his sorrows, and stops to rub it in even further, that Joo-yeon hasn’t updated her page since the last hotel picture. Dong-young head-butts him, then informs Ki-bum that Joo-yeon didn’t have a new guy, but because of his interference, he and Joo-yeon are now officially done.

Ki-bum backs down, and asks why Dong-young said that he’d be humiliated if he confesses to Chae-yeon. Tired of Ki-bum’s behavior, Dong-young says that it’s because Chae-yeon likes Gong-myung, not him. He tells him that Chae-yeon thought it was Gong-myung who carried her home, and Ki-bum looks devastated.

Hana can’t relax, knowing that Jung-seok is two tables away, but Jin-yi thinks it’s a sign that she should proposition him. She plans to make her ex jealous, so she saunters over to make her move (after verifying that Hana no longer has feelings for him, which she’s forced to confirm).

Hana watches helplessly as Jin-yi sits and gives Jung-seok her sexiest smile, and whispers something in his ear. He leans close and whispers something back, and Jin-yi comes back to their table. She cringes, humiliated, saying that she just got soundly rejected.

We see that she’d asked Jung-seok if he wanted to go somewhere private with her, and he’d whispered back for her never to act like she knows him outside of work. PWAHAHA. Jin-yi literally runs out to grab a taxi, and Hana follows her outside. Jung-seok joins Hana after Jin-yi is gone, and gives her the sweetest, most sheepish smile ever.

Gong-myung texts Chae-yeon when she disappears from the computer screen, and she responds that she went out for food. She stands for a moment, looking at his picture, which is when Ki-bum walks up behind her and asks if she likes Gong-myung. At first she denies it, but Ki-bum pushes until she admits that she does like his friend.

As they walk, Hana asks Jung-seok if he really likes to dance alone, and he confesses that he only went to the club to see her. He admits that even though he was the one who wanted to keep their dating a secret, he’s the one accidentally letting the world know.

He thinks it’s funny that he wanted to watch the movie but spent the whole time watching Hana, and that he said they should respect each other’s private lives then followed her to the club. He asks if Hana is disappointed in him, but she says that she likes him even more now. She wasn’t sure she’d be okay with keeping things so “high-quality,” but now she knows he feels the same way she does.

That makes Jung-seok break out in the biggest smile, and he asks Hana if there’s anything she wants him to do. She just asks him not to have a change of heart, because she doesn’t want to lose the happiness she’s feeling. Awww.

On his way home, Gong-myung’s bus pauses at a stop, and he glances up from his studying to see Jung-seok standing at the corner. He wonders why he’s there, until another bus pulls away, revealing that Jung-seok is talking to Hana.

Before Gong-myung even has time to process what’s happening, Jung-seok steps close to Hana and hugs her. Gong-myung can only stare in shock as his brother embraces the woman he likes.

COMMENTS

Oof, so many broken puppy hearts! First of all, as much as I love Ki-bum, his mean streak is a mile wide, and what he did to Dong-young was beyond cruel. To go after him so hard, deliberately trying to hurt his friend, was much worse than Dong-young advising him not to confess to Chae-yeon (and trying to keep him from being hurt!). I’m not a fan of telling others’ secrets, but I don’t blame Dong-young for telling Ki-bum that Chae-yeon likes Gong-myung, because what Ki-bum did to him was really horrible. Ki-bum needs to focus on studying, and being a better person before Chae-yeon or any girl will be willing to date him. At this point I’m rooting for Chae-yeon and Gong-myung to get together, and for Ki-bum to find his purpose in improving himself rather than getting a girlfriend.

If Jin-woong squeezed my heart last week, this episode was all about Jin-yi’s broken heart, and I really felt for her. I think she had every reason to expect a proposal from a guy she’s been dating for five years, because by that time if the man isn’t thinking along those lines, he should be honest about it. It was hard to watch Jin-yi looking for a reason for the breakup so desperately, when in reality, he’s probably just a douchebag who doesn’t appreciate how sweet and loyal and wonderful she is. He didn’t deserve her.

I do wonder though, how much of Jin-yi’s sadness is because this guy didn’t pan out, and how much is really from losing her dream of having a husband and family — she really has never talked about loving him, just that she’s ready to get married at her age. If she’s really just upset because she’s seeing her wedding bells fading away, and not devastated because the man she loved turned out to be such a jerk (seriously, who just ghosts on the woman you’ve been dating for five years??), then she’ll be able to bounce back from it and move on much faster.

And let’s not forget Gong-myung, who is going to be absolutely devastated that his brother is dating the woman he likes. He may be immature, but I believe that his feelings for Hana are genuine, and I’ve always appreciated that he likes her for the right reasons — her intelligence and maturity. I have to say though, I wouldn’t mind if his crush was more hero-worship than true feelings of love, just so that he’s not completely destroyed by her feelings for Jung-seok. To be honest, I do think that he’s better suited for Chae-yeon. He’s really his best self around her, supportive and respectful and a very good friend, and she in turn could do with a little drawing out of her shell.

I thought it was the best karma ever for Jung-seok to listen to his own words about Hana being low-quality coming from the mouths of his coworkers, and right in front of her at that. Not only was he obviously super uncomfortable to be reminded of his horrid statements, but now that he and Hana are together, he had to see her wilt all over again and not even be able to defend her honor. Now that he admits that she’s not low-quality, he was probably dying to correct Jin-woong and Director Kim, but his own leftover remnants of ego wouldn’t let him. He’s a better man than that, we know that about him now, and I’m guessing this whole secret dating thing won’t last long now that Jung-seok really cares about Hana. Even he admits that he’s the one spilling the beans! He’ll want to tell everyone how awesome she is, so he’s going to be forced to eat a lot of crow.

I loved seeing how giddy Hana makes Jung-seok, no matter how hard he tries to hide it. If anyone blows their secret dating cover, it will be him, with his heart-filled eyes and goofy smiles every time she does something cute. It’s fun seeing him get dragged into socializing, both at work and in his private time, just because he wants to spend time with her. The shy little smiles he gives Hana when he admits that he was watching her instead of the movie, or when he confesses that he doesn’t really dance and just followed her to the club, are just so adorable. And I love that Hana doesn’t need to do anything to make him admit how he feels — he’s more than willing to accept that he’s changing, and admit it out loud, all on his own. I like that Jung-seok is showing Hana his soft underbelly, and happy to do so, and I hope for his sake that he’s able to relax around others soon, as well.

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The characters are hilarious. I just can't stop laughing... seriously Drinking solo and Jealousy incarnate makes my week so much better :D
Hana and High-quality trash are so darn cute together. I really loved the W reference, professor Min impersonated Oh-Sung-Moo very well :D
The club scene is very funny Jung-Seok makes it so obvious that he is in love, stalking Hana and clubbing alone talk about breaking your own rule !! and dragging yourself into a low quality date LOL Jin-Yi getting it with an ex student was another laugh out loud moment :D
I felt bad for dong young in this episode, Ki-bum ah eagle eyes ruined his love life. I really hope tirori will get his act together, get over his crush and study hard so he can pass the civil exam and make his grandma happy ;)

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Same! My current faves are Drinking Solo and Jealousy Incarnate and I feel they aren't too "mainstream". Ppl watch/talk more of the Moonlight dramas. Hihi anyways, Jungseok is too cute a boyfriend!!! He is too obvious. Haha

And the W impersonation. I didn't expect that. Hahaha I wonder what's the next one~

Key is becoming such a pushover. Tsk. I hope Dongyoung passes the exam soon and gets his girlfriend back.

Gongmyung tho :(((

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You didn't mention woohyuk. Jang Woohyuk from H.O.T too cameoed.

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Mea culpa, I didn't even recognize him!

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I was disappointed that Jang Wookyuk didn't show his impressive dancing skills during the club scenes.

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I thought we were going to have a really epic bad-dance-off there for a sec!

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The moment when you realise and happily accept that you have broken your own made rules in a matter of few hours.

Before Jung Suk was content but now Jung Suk is Happy. And all of this has happened in mere 2 months.

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This show has used 'High -quality' this word in every episode without fail, and that too with every scene of Jin Suk.When this drama ends, please give credit to this quality word. Thank you for appearing and fulfilling your attendance in each episode.

if there is an award for 100% attendance, it should be given to this word which comes out of Jin Suk's mouth twice how much he eats in one episode.

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As much as i love this show, I was just thinking of how much im tired of hearing about high quality and healing time.

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Regarding the word "High Quality" I think it's sarcasm to the max. The writer has managed to weave some insightful topics and social issues into this light-hearted drama. I see the over use of "High Quality" as a dig into never ending chase for higher branded universities, higher branded goods and a higher quality lifestyle.

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Thanks for the fast recap Lollypip!
I've been waiting all day to read what you had to say.
1. I loved LOVED the smile on Jung-seok's face when he gets off the phone with Ha Na. It was so cute I replayed it more than a few times. Ha Na - is perfect for him as she is so open and sweet. She is beautiful and sweet and kind - but Ha Suk Jin really is stealing the show for me.

2. Jin-woong's "W" imitation had me laughing and spitting out my drink. What was even funnier was how freaked out Jung-seok was when he saw it.

The details in this episode were just priceless.

3. Ki-bum was way out of line and made me so angry. He needs to grow up and well, just grow up. I look forward to what the writers do with him so he will come to his senses and stop hurting his friend.

4. TOTALLY shipping Chae-yeon and Gong-myungm! He is so sweet and well is just what she needs. And I think she is just what he needs. The look of hurt on his face at the end kind of hurt my heart. :-( Poor puppy.......

5. Dong-young is a wonderful young man and deserves everything.

Yes, this episode was so sweet. It's so fun watching Jung-seok lighten up and come apart at the seams while he learns to love in the right way for the right reasons.

I've now just stopped watching Moonlight just to watch this show. Who needs melodrama when I can see that cute cute smile of Ha Suk Jin as he gets all soft and fuzzy.
What am I gonna do when it's over? Really this is a gem of a show.

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LOLLL Kim Ji Suk's cameo was definitely as his Oh Hae-young character Lee Jin Sang.

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OMG How awesome was that??? :D

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I know, right! Even his dancing! Between this cameo and the W impression, I was rolling with laughter.

Such a funny show.

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god damn. Thanks for reminding me about his nme lee jin sang in Oh hayeoung.

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Exactly it was just as I was thinking! Couldn't stop laughing at that scene haha

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I'm so sorry this happened to you, Noona, and I'm glad you've found some solace in KDramas and online community. I know this isn't worth much, but in the long run, you've dodged a bullet.

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Good Period of life wasted on a scum. Better be single than being in a relationship with such kind of people.

They played Jin Yi's pain for humour but as a viewer i felt very bad for her. Jin Yi kept on trying to find fault in her own. It was terrible.

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Poor Jin-Yi. :-( My heart breaks for her in this episode as it was for Professor Min when his mother died and he was grieving. These two need to get together and hook up, pronto, lol...so they'll be happy too just like our main OTP. ;-)

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Time will heal! So stay strong and let yourself busy with life ;)

I used to be in the same situation although not very long, but I chose not to hurt myself rather than waiting for uncertainty in a relationship. Now I am more than comfortable living as a single lady although I envy my friends who're already married and having baby. For now I will enjoy my single life and I know I will meet the right one at the right time. q

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I'm comfortable being single too. Sometimes, the loneliness hits and I wish I was like my friends who have a boyfriend or husband and children. But mostly, I am enjoying all the "me" time and doing the things that I want to do without having to make time for the other person.

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I feel your pain @noona. Well we can't undo whatever that's happened but we'll be there for you ? Db is more than just a recapping site...beanies are friends for life. So we'll get through this and have fun,yes???

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I'm very sorry it happened to you. It's not fun when someone whom you think loves you breaks up with you out of the blue. I have gone through that. I'm glad that you found kdramas as a distraction and comfort. Hopefully you will be able to move on soon. Fighting!

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Yay for DB being here to offer virtual hugs and real support! JI and this show really hit home with their true-to-life characters, don't they?

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Yay, the impersonations are back, I died laughing at the pantyhose. "Su-bong ah, where's my face, Su-bong ah, help me". And Jung-seok's expression was totally "the fu** is going on here?!" ???

But Ki-bum, I adore you but you really need to get your shit together. Omg, I wanted to reach through my screen every time he came up with another so called proof and smack him upside the head. Dong-young is a saint for putting up with his childish antics the whole day. I know he was very supportive after the breakup but he really went too far this time.

And I totally ship Gong-myung and Chae-yeon after this episode. I don't expect them to be together by the end of ep.16 but maybe being close friends and the possibility of romance in the air?

And Kim Ji-suk's cameo as his OHYA character complete with the hilarious dancing...daebak. I was waiting for Ye Ji-won to appear with a baseball bat and/or have a dance off with Jin-yi. lol

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This episode was so full of cringe that it was hard for me to watch, but it was cringe for all the right reasons. There's something deeply karmic about how Jung-seok is sabotaging his own 'cool' cover by being unable to contain the huge dork he actually is... and I love it. Despite his own delusions of grandeur he's always been honest, and I appreciate that he's honest with himself and Hana. I also like that his selfishness hasn't been hand-waved away - if he's learning to do the right thing, it's because of wanting to be with Hana, not wanting to change for it's own sake.

So many cute puppy hearts got kicked today that even I felt bad about it! I was firmly on the Ki-bum train, but he needs to grow the f up already. He's such a delicate flower that Chae-yeon would totally destroy him just by being herself. Gong-myung lets her moodiness slide right off his back, and the two of them really do bring out the best in eachother. Consider me a ship jumper I guess!

The W reference and the Oh Hae-young cameo totally slayed me - Jin-sang, dude, you have a baby and a scary noona at home! Check yourself! I guess old habits die hard haha.

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omg highlight of this episode was the W reference and man, was i dying when he started going, "Su Bong-ah".

and of course what a delight to see kim ji-suk here as his OHY character and as ha suk-jin's problematic man buddy

god, i love this show

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Haha, the impersonation of NoFace and mentioned of Su-Bong's name got me cracking up even when I was watching this episode raw. I already knew Professor Min was referencing W, lol! :-D

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I just had to stop watching EP14 to comment about the writer's use of other drams as impersonations. Couldn't stop laughing.

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Just watched the episode and ooh the writer knows how to use popular shows.

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@Catocat wonder which drama we will get next week. I am betting MoonLovers or Jealousy Incarnate.

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Just finished watching Episode 14 and another popular K-Drama reference got me LOL! :-D

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I loved this! I loved seeing Jong-seok eat his words! Muahahaha! He was so adorable! And while I've had issues with Gong-myung's near-obsessive behaviour toward Hana, I feel bad that the way he finds out about his brother and crush is by seeing them from a bus. Ouch. I feel for the guy, but I also think he's better with Chae-yeon.

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Jung-Seok is very self-aware just like his brother. But the pace at which he is moving, looks like he will self-sabotage his relationship.
All 4 puppies had their heart trodded on.

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Sooo much 2nd hand embarrassment in today's episode! I had to stop several times during that club scene for Jin Yi and even Jung Seok.

Even then, it was a very sweet episode for the OTP. Plus, Ha Suk Jin's smiles are the best thing ever.

My heart goes out to our three friends and Chae-Yeon. Oof, so much heart break going around.

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Puppies! Don't fail your exams! Study! Study! Study!

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The more the students lovesick, the more they will be distracted the lessor the competition. Seems like writer is giving a stern message to all real life idiots of Noryangjin.

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Yay, thanks for the recap LollyPip! Too many loves for my favorite OTP in thus episode! Loved Jung-Seok in this episode and seeing him so happy with his adorkable smile (for most of this episode) :-) was just so cute and sweet to watch. Loved that he was so into Hana that he kept breaking his "high-quality" dating rules, haha! :-D I especially loved when he followed Hana at the club and he pretended to dance alone, lol. Also, I love him even more for being honest with Hana and telling her that he broke his own rules and asked if she was so disappointed (which, of course, she wasn't). Hana & Jung-Seok's hug at the end this episode was just so sweet. ❤? Poor Gong-Myung at seeing his brother embraced the woman he likes, so lovingly. Though I don't feel too bad for him (probably just a bit sad for his puppy brokenhearted), but he knew he likes Hana one-sidedly...and he should at least see that Hana and his brother seemed to like each other matually...just by looking at they way they happily hug each other. Still, that's gotta hurt for him as what hurts the most is seeing the woman he likes in love with his jerk older brother. Well, I'd rather he moves on and hook up Chae-Yeon as I think they look good together. I now ship GM with Chae-Yeon than her with Ki-Bum. So disappointed with Ki-bum for the way he interfered with Dong-Yong's relationship. I normally love him, but in this episode he was annoying, lol. Glad he finally found out that Chae-Yeon likes his friend GM over him. I can't say I feel sorry for him. What he did to his friend DY was worse. So he got his karma there. Serves him right. He needs to focus on his study instead of annoying and hurting his friend. Poor DY. Poor Jin-Yi. So many broken puppy hearts, indeed. But I was glad to see my favorite OTP happy, secretly dating, and in love. ❤? :-)

P.S. That "W: Two Worlds" reference got me LOL :-D even when I was watching this episode raw. Just the mentioned of Su-Bong's name, I already knew Professor Min was impersonating someone from W: Two Worlds. :-D

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I'm a pre-k teacher so... ^_^ never gonna have that problem~ LOL (thank god? not that I go to clubs anyways haha)

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This episode made me fall out of love with Ki Bum a little, I was reminded of what an immature, whiny brat he is. He owes Dong Yeon and his ex, an explanation and an apology.

Ahhh my three puppies are heartbroken this episode. I'm so sad that my ship of Ha na with Gong Myung sank as she fell for the more abrasive brother. Poor Ki Bum. Poor Dong Young.

Honestly, Jin Sang made me cringe many times this episode. He's not over his excessively "high quality" obnoxious ways, but his devotion to Ha Na was pleasing to see. It's just that, with the exception of HaNa, he still treats everyone else like crap. I wish that dramas wouldn't perpetuate the fallacy that a loving woman would change a bad boy for the better or reform him. Its so untrue, and when the glow of falling in love fades away, said bad boys revert to their typical be

Poor Unni, I felt so bad for her, heart sore and weeping all over the place and I am embarrassed for her, too. I wish she had some sick days so she could call in and grieve privately so she could continue to present a professional image at work. I remember when a close friend and colleague broke up with her boyfriend of two years. She went to work the next day, found she couldn't cope, then took a week off to heal.

The reference to W was hilarious af and shout out to my buddy from OHYA! Great stuff!!

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**I meant typical behavior**

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Just wanna dropping off that today 6.30 pm kst the 3 students will have v live here http://m.vlive.tv/video/15494/
Go watch!^^

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W's No-face impersonation and reference complete with chyron was the best part of this episode for me.

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Kibum has been a rude ass and a terrible friend since Ep1. I'm surprised it took this long for most viewers to stop being distracted by di-ro-rii's comedic antics and call him out for being a jerk.

(I want to love the character coz I love Key but... ugh Kibum is just so self centered).

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Kibum is like those knetizens disecting pictures of celebrities for evidences of relationships.i'm amused by his character until now,i just want him to just be serious in studying and stop being a jerk to CY and apologize to DY.

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LOL so true

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GAHHHH loved this episode so much. Jin-woong's W role-play was hilarious omg. Loved the chyrons we got and everything as well. I'm so glad he's back at the office with his colleagues/friends and hopefully he'll be all good soon. Jin-yi, though, go help and comfort her! I was sort of too pleased that Jin-woong was the one who noticed she'd bought new shoes. Isn't that super cute? Jin-yi working it at the club made me laugh, because while it was played up for laughs, she really can dance. But LOL the second-hand embarrassment for her at the club was real.

Squeeeeee at Jung-seok and Hana this episode. How cute was Hana's little cat-like motion whenever Jung-seok said anything sweet to her?? I love love LOVE how he was all don't do this and don't do that, and in the end he was the one who ended breaking ALL of his rules anyway. And Jung-seok actually realises it too! It really shows how introspective he is, and how willing he is to realise and change his not-so-ideal behaviour. Hana is just a start--hopefully he'll start being nicer to everyone soon. I do believe Jung-seok has believed himself to be a jerk for too long. He needs to change, sure, but I'll give him some time.

The trio + Chae-yeon: man, the devastating effects of love. Everyone's said it already, but Ki-bum was a real dick this episode. They say that the truth is a bitter pill to swallow, and he really put his netizen sleuthing skills to the worst use ever. Dong-young, on the other hand, remained the best friend ever by trying to shield Ki-bum from the sad truth that Chae-yeon isn't interested in him, but I'm also glad that he put Ki-bum in his place in the end. It's what I like about their friendship best, that they're able to baldly tell each other what's wrong when things go really wrong. Ki-bum's apology to Dong-young needs to come stat. Gong-myung though, he's truly at his best around Chae-yeon--he does seem to appreciate her for who she is, not just for her being pretty. Even if things don't work out for them I still hope they'll remain friends. Friendship is important too! Really appreciated how he helped her take her frustrations out, because humble-bragging "friends" are the WORST.

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I giggled, I squealed and I laughed out hard. What an episode!

The pantyhose must be the cheapest and most efficient way to "lose" one's face. And Jung Seok's "WTF" face at it was just too hilarious. He's so out of touch, isn't he?

Besides "W" and "OHY", there's reference to Ji Suk finding Jung Seok familiar because both were in variety show Problematic Men. Then, Ki Bum using the reflection of a man's watch on the glass is also a reference to Changmin-Victoria's spoon dating rumor. Ki Bum being bent on finding clues to Dong Young's gf is really reflective of knets as @green as pointed out.

Poor poor Jin Yi. It's so true that after a breakup, the one who gets dumped always try to find what's the cause, when and why the relationship broke down. And often, you end up blaming yourself. I've never seen this actress before but she's doing a darn good job plus she's funny to boot.

Hana and Jung Seok are just too cute for words! Ha Suk Jin is seriously good at playing a guy who's fallen head over the heels. JS was so upfront about it that it's totally refreshing. I'm not sure if I have lost my objectivity but I thought the way Jung Seok pulled Ha Na towards him and hugged her in the ending scene was surprisingly sexy. Instead of the usual kdrama's half-baked kiss scenes, something as simple as this will do. It was also powerful enough to make me feel so bad for Gong Myung. There was no mistaking what that hug meant.

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I totally agree with everything you said in this episode. :-) Yes, Hana & Jung-Seok ❤? are just too cute, for words, indeed. They are relationship goals! Would've love to have seen another kiss scene from them in this episode' since they're now officially a couple and dating, but that hug scene was too adorable and yes, it was powerful enough for it to have GM really affected by just seeing them so sweet and affectionately hugging. Poor GM. But I couldn't help but be happy for my favorite OTP. They are just so adorable and cute together. I wouldn't mind if PHS & HSJ would develop their reel (in character) feelings for each other into real feelings. ;-) Reminds me of the main OTP (I shipped) in Creating Destiny who are now married in real-life with an adorable baby girl.

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I think Park Ha Sun is in relationship with Ryu Soo Young.

I don't ship but I agree this couple is cute. Heck, Ha Suk Jin is cute with most of his co-stars.

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Oh, I see. Still, she and HSJ are so cute together on this series. I will just ship them on-screen, then (though someone mentioned in a previous recap that they seemed very close even off-screen, as they've both been sharing BTS pics and videos of them from this drama on their IG accounts)... Can't believe DS is ending next week. I'll miss watching them after it ends. Hope they'll work together again in the near future.

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Yeah, the BTS pics and videos look very cute too.

Awww....I'll miss this show very much when it ends. Preview for ep 15 scares me. I hope to have plenty of sunshine and laughter all the way to finish. Writer nim, please don't fail me now. I haven't had a well written ending for a long long time.

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Whoooa instead of High Quality Trash, Jungseok can be suitable candidate for High Quality Dorky Lover Ever pffftt....

I squealed so hard when Jung Seok smile like a fool whenever he is being around with Hana.. Honey seems fall from his eyes whenever he look at Hana......

Jungseok Character is really made for Ha suk Jin...

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I love how refreshingly honest JS is with his feelings for Hana. Also every time Ha suk jin smiles..I had a lil meltdown..gosh those dimples!!

Love this show and kudos to the director and script writer for a show that feels more like real life. I am over chebols and scheming second lead!!

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I'm just in a constant state of wanting to smack Ki-bum in the head. He's so cruelly petty towards Dong Young and unthinkingly wastes both time and money, something his friend has precious little of. Erggghhhhh.

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Was that meant to be the same Jin Sang from Oh Hae Young?

This show is getting more hilarious each week. It's my happy time in dramaland, I blame Scarlet Heart for all the heartache :p How I wish there are lots of drama like DS.

Jung Seok and Ha Na should won an award for the Dorkiest Couple. Ki Bum and Dong Young interactions although funny as hell, they have deeper meaning than what they are showcased. Tiroriiiiii
Gong Myung though, I hope he ends with Chae Yeon given how he actually really cares about her and he already formed a sort of bonding with her. However, I DO think they boys and Chae Yeon should focus on their studies, set their priorities straight and reach their goals, or make plan B for a living.

Jin Yi, hope you bounce back real quick 'cause than Min Ho is an arseh*le (sorry not sorry).

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Jin Sang is Kim Ji Suk's character in Oh Hae Young Again, while here in Drinking Solo, Jin Sang is the birth name of Jung Seok. That's why both of them turn their face when another friend calls out. How the writernim of this drama likes to make fun of the character from other drama...

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I like the writer's wit.

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This episode had me tied up in stitches. I was surprised they could actually show several seconds of a show from a DIFFERENT network on their show. Speaking of networks, the girl who humble-bragged in the shop showed her business card and it had the CJ E&M logo (parent company of TvN) ahahaha.

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Thanks for the quick recap!

I love this show so much. The W reference and Kim Ji Suk doing his Oh Hae Young's character "rooftop party" dance had me spitting out my drink.

This is one of those rare shows where I love all the characters, even if I want to smack some of them upside the head sometimes (Ki Bum this episode). They are all well developed and nuanced, instead of just being cookie cutter characters that occasionally interact with the main characters. And they are so cute behind the scenes too! I've never seen any of the actors in this show before, and they are all amazing.

Jung Seok was the cutest smitten dork I think I've ever seen in dramaland, and that's saying something. Ha Suk Jin's little smiles are so squee-worthy.

I really want Professor Min and Jin Yi together (trying not to comment on episode 14). She needs a decent man, and he needs some self esteem. If nothing else, they need to hang out more to keep away the loneliness!

I am so sad this show is ending next week! I could watch another 20 episodes of all the nerds as they move through life. There better not be too much heartache next week!

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Jin-suk will definitely need to eat his words about wanting a girl who's "high-quality" because Hana = #1. What could be better? He just didn't realise it.

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ㅋㅋㅋ I pulled that same prank on my sis after she watched the W No Face episode. Ran into her room with a stocking over my head, screaming SUBONG-AH HELP ME!!!

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Lol, mary!

Too bad my sister isn't at that point in the show yet. I'll keep it in mind for future reference.

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