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On the Way to the Airport: Episode 5

Major decisions are made, and our main couple finally lets their emotions take them where they want to go. When On the Way to the Airport said it wasn’t a show about adultery, what it really meant was that it wasn’t a show only about adultery—it’s also about love, friendship, hardship, and how to deal with those horrible, unrelenting things called emotions. The only thing that can hold Do-woo and Su-ah back now is themselves. Oh, and maybe their spouses.

 

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

Su-ah inspects the plane the next day when the flirty flight attendant, Joo-yeon, asks if she remembers her—Joo-yeon had gossiped about “Pilot Park’s wife” the last time they’d worked together, and she wants to apologize now. Su-ah, however, coolly brushes it off.

When she’s alone, the professional façade crumbles as she checks the messages from Do-woo: Can we meet? I want to see you. She hesitates before powering off the phone. Do-woo, meanwhile, is sitting in the airport with his eyes shut, imagining Annie in the field. He recalls Su-ah’s assurance that Annie was sitting in the same spot, waiting patiently for someone to come.

Su-ah checks the passenger list for Do-woo’s name, and she and Joo-yeon help the passengers board the flight, waiting anxiously for him to arrive. When Do-woo finally appears late, he walks calmly toward her, their gazes locked, until Joo-yeon guides him to his seat.

Hye-won finishes up a meeting at home with her business friend, but they haven’t discussed anything—her friend wants to wait for Do-woo, but he’s not picking up Hye-won’s calls. Outside, an older lady waits. It turns out that this is Ji-eun’s mother, who is old friends with Grandma. They reminisce about the old days and laugh together, but Ji-eun’s mom isn’t here to talk about old times.

Hye-won’s business friend explains that Ji-eun’s mom’s grandson is approaching his first birthday and is planning to make his identity seal. Hye-won scoffs that it’s not important enough a matter to require Do-woo’s presence, but her business friend insists that Hye-won’s house has been an important part of the business for years.

More importantly, as Ji-eun’s mom explains to Grandma, she wants to put an end to Do-woo and Ji-eun’s small business and expand the idea of mixing culture with practicality into a franchise, making Do-woo director. She plans to send Ji-eun to Sydney for an exhibition, though Ji-eun thinks that she’s being sent away for being unsuccessful. According to Hye-won’s friend, Ji-eun’s mom wants to make Grandma’s work and name famous. That’s all she knows for now though, and future information will be decided when Do-woo returns.

Su-ah struggles to stay professional on her flight with Do-woo staring at her. However, when he waves her over for a glass of red wine, she has to accommodate him. As she pours his wine, he lifts his hand until they are nearly touching, and later, when Su-ah helps another passenger, he purposely squeezes past her through the aisle, placing his hands on her back as he sidesteps her.

She freezes at his touch, and when he calls her to the back for “assistance,” she follows. Joo-yeon catches sight of her following him and of Do-woo drawing the curtains closed after them.

Finally alone, Do-woo turns to face her. She tries to eke out a warning, but he only reaches out, his hand hovering closer and closer to her face, until at last he drops it back to his side. Su-ah looks up at him, both relieved and disappointed, and he laughs at himself for running here just to see her. He asks how long she’ll be in Cebu, and she stammers that she’s returning on the next flight. In response, he says, “We’re on shaky territory—you know that, right?”

He tells her that they should return on the same flight when Joo-yeon suddenly tears away the curtain, startling them both. Joo-yeon watches suspiciously as Do-woo and Su-ah give awkwardly polite goodbyes and part.

Joo-yeon finds Su-ah in the back and asks if she knew Do-woo before. Su-ah answers: “He’s my daughter’s… friend’s… dad.” LOL. Joo-yeon comments that the atmosphere sure seemed heavy, but Su-ah quickly changes the subject.

In Cebu, Do-woo isn’t able to buy a returning ticket in time. Su-ah looks at Do-woo’s empty seat and returns to Korea alone, but as she returns home, she thinks, “The feeling of being alone… is becoming unbearable.”

In Incheon Airport, Mi-jin runs into Ji-eun, who is waiting for her flight to Sydney. Mi-jin asks about Do-woo, and Ji-eun sighs that he and Annie were so close even though they weren’t related. Mi-jin immediately texts Su-ah the newsflash. When Su-ah calls Do-woo, he doesn’t pick up—but just as she gets up to leave, she gets a call from “Airport.”

Still on the phone, she turns around to see him just a few feet away, still unaware of her presence. He tells her that he’ll come find her, but Su-ah wants to confess something instead: “I returned without you, and it felt like I was breaking a promise. But these emotions… they’re not right.”

When he finally looks up to see her, he starts to walk toward her—but Su-ah orders him to stop. Su-ah finally explains that she saw Annie’s death firsthand and knew she was Seo Eun-woo. She knew that if she’d stopped the girl, she could have saved Do-woo’s precious daughter, and it makes her miserable.

Su-ah: “But worse… after hearing that she’s not your biological daughter, I thought to myself that maybe I could feel less guilty—that it would be okay to tell you that I saw Annie. I tried to justify Annie’s death to myself, and to make sense of it. But none of this makes sense. Ever since our first meeting, everything about you doesn’t make sense.”

Lowering the phone, she gets on the airport bus and takes off. Do-woo drives home alone and stops on the bridge to take a photo of the sunrise for Annie. “Annie, can you see the sunrise?” he asks.

When Su-ah returns home, Grandma Young-sook flatly orders her to sit down and shows her Hyo-eun’s abysmal test scores. Su-ah gasps, starting to make an excuse for her negligence, but when she recalls her last flight flirting with Do-woo, she insists that work is fine. Young-sook agrees and laments how nice it would be if she could get a steady paycheck.

Su-ah has an idea and offers Young-sook that monthly paycheck that she wanted. Young-sook suddenly brightens, promising get Hyo-eun’s grades up in no time. Afterward, Su-ah sits on the edge of Hyo-eun’s bed while she sleeps, looking upon her face in a mixture of emotions.

Uncle Suk asks Grandma if Annie ever asked about her biological father. Grandma tells him that she’d tell her that he was good with his hands. Uncle Suk explains that Do-woo recently went to go visit him, but that Annie’s father wasn’t there.

Grandma scoffs, sure that Do-woo must have simply went to the wrong house when she’s hit by a sudden, confusing flashback about Annie. Noting her pain, Suk quickly agrees. Grandma tells him to move into the house with Do-woo.

Do-woo sits by a basketball court, thinking about Su-ah’s confession. When the ball rolls to his side, he picks it up and shoots a perfect three-pointer to the sound of cheers. Do-woo starts to smile, but it quickly fades away. Back at home, Su-ah puts a tired Hyo-eun to bed before she gets another phone call from “Airport.” She ignores it.

Do-woo heads to his office, where Hye-won is waiting for him. He comments that it’s unusual for her to come all the way here to talk, and she points out that it proves she’s making an effort. Deciding that she’s going to sleep at his office tonight, she takes his hand and tells him that her dream is to protect the things they’ve lost and to preserve those ties. He notes her serious tone, but she cuts him off with a sudden kiss. Do-woo is still for a moment, but relents, kissing her back.

At home, Su-ah looks out the window while sipping a beer when she receives a call from Jin-suk in Sydney. He tells her to keep Hyo-eun’s grades away from Young-sook before finishing off with a, “Oh, and… I’ve arrived safely in Sydney.” The sweet couple talk surprises her, and he quickly hangs up to end the awkwardness.

Jin-suk calls Mi-jin next, who stares at her phone in distaste and ignores his call. Ji-eun is hanging out and complaining about her business in Mi-jin’s room with her until someone knocks loudly at the door. Thinking it’s Jin-suk, she tells Ji-eun not to open it, but it’s just a couple of younger coworkers who want to know about the Sydney bar. Mi-jin snaps at them to not go to places like that.

Ji-eun teases Mi-jin about talking from experience—Mi-jin had drunkenly told her she met her ex-boyfriend at a bar in Sydney. Ji-eun rattles off everything she knows: Mi-jin’s boyfriend lived with her for a while, then abroad, and then with other women—until he finally ended up marrying her friend. Oh. Ohhh.

Meanwhile, Hye-won lies with her eyes closed at Do-woo’s office while Do-woo stares out the window. After a moment, he says, “Hye-won… I went to visit Annie’s father a few days ago… but they said there was no one like that there.”

Hye-won immediately snaps to attention and demands to know how Do-woo knew about Annie’s father. Do-woo tells her that he had driven Annie there a few times, and Hye-won goes livid, demanding to know what else they were hiding from her. She accuses him of giving Annie false hope, finally explaining that Annie’s father is dead. Hye-won didn’t want Annie to know that her father died so she tried to keep up the act.

Do-woo is confused—if Annie never even knew her father, then why would she continue to try to go to that house? Hye-won answers that she must have been imagining him. He asks why she never told him, and she answers that she didn’t want it to seem like she still had feelings for a dead man. But when Do-woo asks when he died, Hye-won has had enough: “Are you interrogating me? Annie is my biological daughter. Why does it matter to you?” She tells him that she forbade Annie to talk about her father because she loved Do-woo and wanted him to be Annie’s only father.

Do-woo steps toward her, but Hye-won holds up a hand. “Please… let’s never talk about this again.” She tells him that the woman that existed before he met her is gone now. He goes to her, but she stops him and goes to sit at the bar alone.

Do-woo thinks about the first time he met Annie—she was wearing the same sweater as the one in Grandma’s flashback, and Hye-won hadn’t responded when he’d first asked who she was. Later, he was driving her somewhere in his car when he’d asked whether she looked more like her mom or her dad, and she’d had a very detailed response—she claimed to have her mother’s eyes when she smiled, but her father’s eyes when she was unhappy, and the exact same nose as her father. He sits alone in his office, unable to believe that all of that was a lie.

Hye-won comes back while Do-woo is in the shower and grabs his keys from the table. She sneaks out to check his recent GPS entries but fails to find anything, and hesitates before picking up his phone for information. However, she doesn’t know the password and gives up.

Su-ah is taking a walk outside when she decides to call Do-woo. Hye-won sees the caller ID as “Hyo-eun’s Mom” and picks up the phone, but just as Su-ah starts to speak, Hye-won hears Do-woo shut off the shower and hurriedly hangs up.

Do-woo goes downstairs, surprised that Hye-won’s still there. She mentions that he got a call from “someone’s mom” while he was showering, and how strange it is for someone to call this late. Do-woo tells her that he’s been in touch with a few of the parents from Malaysia, and that they call occasionally after hearing about Annie.

Hye-won only sighs that he’s talking about Annie again. She notes that he never even noticed her when she was working as an intern, and he only took interest in her after meeting Annie. Do-woo takes that harshly and asks, “Are you saying that I only married you because of Annie? Is that how you see me?” He tells her that he’d always been interested in her, and that Annie was a plus. “I wouldn’t marry someone out of sympathy. Don’t question my love.”

Hye-won starts to leave, but Do-woo has one more thing to say: Annie was always grateful to Hye-won for giving up her youth and life for her. She kept her meeting her father a secret because she cared about her. Suddenly, however, Hye-won tells him that Ji-eun is thinking about leaving their business.

Do-woo calls Su-ah back once Hye-won’s gone, joking that it’s a big faux pas to call a married man in the late hours, and that he and his wife usually do “it” around then. Flustered, Su-ah starts to hang up, but Do-woo laughs. He tells her that he scored a perfect three-pointer yesterday on the basketball court, and he called to tell her.

When he asks where she is, she lies and tells him that she’s on her veranda, where she can see the Han River. He offers to come meet her, but she can’t leave because of Hyo-eun. So instead, he turns around on his own balcony to face the Han River, so they can at least pretend they’re looking at each other. He turns the conversation to her confession, comforting her for having kept it bottled up for so long.

“We talk every so often and see each other once in a while—is it that hard for you?” he asks. “For me… your existence alone is a comfort.” He tells her that he thought he could simply comfort himself until he’d met her, but he’d been arrogant.

Do-woo:“My mother told me that before people die, they always find a way to leave behind something they know their loved ones will need, through some kind of mysterious sense. Before Annie died… she brought you to me with her mysterious powers. If she hadn’t, how could we have met like this? The emotions that you say are too much for you… I’m sorry, but I can’t live without them. They’re a gift from my daughter.”

Su-ah can’t hold back her tears any longer and excuses herself, saying the wind at the Han River is too strong before hanging up.

At her last words, Do-woo realizes that Su-ah isn’t on her veranda after all, and immediately heads out toward the river. He calls her again, and Su-ah tells asks now: “Do you think it’s possible to have this kind of relationship? Between a married man and a married woman?” Do-woo: “I think it’s possible. It’s not like we set out to do this. It happened naturally, and we started to need it… all we need to do now is make it possible.” He laughs that such a thing is easy to say in words, but those pesky things called emotions are always in the way.

Su-ah tells him that she always feels guilty: for looking at him, for touching him, for yearning for him and waiting for him. But in return for having this relationship, she suggests having three “No’s” to force this relationship make a little more sense: no wanting, touching, or separating. And then one more thing: She doesn’t want to define what this relationship is. “Let’s leave it as an uncertain relationship,” she says. When he asks why, she says, “If we do that, it’ll last longer.”

Do-woo agrees to think about it. After hanging up, Su-ah can’t believe the things she just said.

It’s not long before she gets another call from Do-woo—and this time, he’s right behind her. They walk toward each other, and he agrees to the three conditions. “I want to know what kind of relationship that is, and what kind of person you are.”

The next day, Su-ah struggles to hang up Do-woo’s framed gift somewhere around the house. Thinking back to the final moments of their conversation, they’d agreed to meet unexpectedly, by crossing paths if it so happened that way. “I want to know too,” she says to herself, “who you are to make me want to meet you, even like this.”

Over dinner, Su-ah, Jin-suk, Hyo-eun, and Young-sook sit in silence until Hyo-eun says bluntly, “This is so awkward.” LOL. Su-ah and Hyo-eun see Jin-suk off to work, and when Su-ah offers to prepare some comfortable clothes for him to rest next time, he immediately tells her not to, because he can’t rest at home.

Su-ah spends the day with Hyun-joo Unni and Young-sook at a café trying to figure out Hyo-eun’s study schedule, but Su-ah is too dazed to concentrate. Thankfully, Hyun-joo Unni is a total pro, and even knows how to pander to Young-sook, complimenting her figure and skin. Su-ah notes a brochure on the table for Grandma’s ornament shop and asks Young-sook about it, flipping through the pages as she does so.

Do-woo and Suk sit outside with a bottle of makgulli, trying to summarize the Annie family situation. According to Hye-won, she raised Annie alone, and Annie’s dad died a few years ago. But according to Annie, she received a gift from her dad in elementary school, exchanged a few letters with him, and even found out where he worked. Then, Do-woo decides, either Annie lied about him being alive, or Hye-won lied about him being dead—but he’s not sure whether it’s more important to find out who lied, or if he should at all.

Later, Suk emails a former intern to ask about Hye-won, the intern he recommended, and asks for her application materials.

Su-ah, meanwhile, heads to Grandma’s ornament store. When she arrives, however, she finds Hye-won working on a project. Hye-won turns to ask if she has any questions. At that moment, however, Hye-won receives a phone call, and asks Su-ah to come back later.

When Hye-won picks up, it’s Mary, the homestay mom from Malaysia. Hye-won asks if she got rid of Annie’s things like she asked, and Mary stammers that of course she did. When the camera pans out, however, we see that Annie’s things are still safely in their boxes.

Suk receives a phone call from the ex-intern he’d emailed. To his surprise, the intern doesn’t know anything about Hye-won since she left Grandma’s shop, and her application is sitting in a pile of disorganized files that will take forever to go through.

Su-ah walks around the periphery of the shop when suddenly she sees Do-woo, still sitting outside with his makgulli. He glances at her and sits up straight, unable to believe his eyes: “Is this really a coincidence?”

She asks what he’s doing here, and he explains that he works here sometimes, or just chills with makgulli. He steps toward her, a boyish smile on his face, but she steps back at the same time—until Suk calls for him. Startled, Su-ah grabs his wrist: “We have to run!”

She obviously doesn’t know where she’s going, and so he takes her hand instead and leads her away until they find themselves in one of the traditional-style rooms, sitting close to one another.

 
COMMENTS

Okay, it took five episodes, but I am officially sold. This is the episode that had me actually grinning and trembling—I mean, I know am not the only one who screamed at the airplane scene. I don’t know what it is about their relationship—whether it’s the actors or the characters—but they make the infatuation with each other so deeply believable, from the obvious physical attraction to the emotional connection, the forbidden nature of their every gaze, to their own emotions and inability to stop thinking about each other. All of that adds up to a really startling effect, where the smallest and most restrained touches ignite fireworks through the screen. Kim Haneul and Lee Sang-yoon’s chemistry practically oozes through the screen, the kind of chemistry that makes glass tubes blow up and halogen lights explode. As I said before, I’m not the biggest fan of Do-woo’s character or Su-ah’s character individually, but when they’re together, it just feels so right. But so wrong! But so right! Argh!

I’m seriously impressed at this show for making me feel this way. My heart literally began pounding harder on the plane when Do-woo took her aside and drew the curtains, creating a tiny little break in space and time and rules and restrictions just so he could touch her once… and he didn’t. I want to know what he’s thinking, and at the same time, I know exactly what he’s thinking. We’ve all had feelings about that person we shouldn’t. We know the agony, and the thrill of it. And Do-woo and Su-ah are living it.

Of course, there’s a fine line to tread here as a show, and while I’m thrilled that the drama seems to know that line very well, I’m still scared of where the tipping point is. Believe me when I say I’m the ultimate sucker for forbidden love, be it the lady and her bodyguard from Sandglass or Romeo and Juliet or Sechskies fans vs. H.O.T. fans—it’s my biggest drama trope weakness. But my problem here is that Do-woo seems to have zero qualms in igniting this affair with Su-ah—not even a shred of guilt. Is it that he truly has no emotions toward Hye-won? From the start, we’ve never seen any intimate scenes between them except for today’s kiss scene; until now, their relationship had seemed almost more friendly and platonic than romantic, as if they were “business partners” based on cool professionalism, the same kind of professionalism that Su-ah exercises at her job. Do-woo and Hye-won, then, don’t necessarily have a relationship as an agreement, but he does seem to care deeply for her. Is this understood between them both? Does Hye-won know that he doesn’t love her romantically, and that his love is somewhat different from what we’d expect from a married couple?

Speaking of Hye-won, I think we’re all starting to agree that Hye-won is a liar. Impressively, the show hasn’t made this so obvious that you want to smack Do-woo upside the head; she’s a really good liar, if she is one, because her story makes perfect sense. If she’s not manipulating Do-woo, and this really is the truth, then that will be a plot twist in and of itself, but she’s either skipping some key parts or she’s been practicing this story for a long time. There are some really cool theories floating through the comment threads, and I’m psyched to see where the show will really go, now that I’m more invested (and assured) in its artistic direction.

That assurance is so impressive to me because it builds more and more with every episode. It started with the stellar cinematography, and then the interesting shots and music. But it also has these constant threads that continue to consider themes and motifs. For example, I really like the prevalence of phones in this drama. It’s annoying to recap because there’s a phone call every five minutes, but it’s very symbolic of the idea of communication and disconnect. When Do-woo doesn’t answer a call but dials back a few seconds later, what does it mean? Are they on the same page? Are they still struggling to find each other?

These are questions characteristic of their relationship. As was explicitly mentioned in this episode, nothing about their relationship has been, or apparently will be explicit, to the point that I don’t know what they want from each other—and yet at the same time, they seem to completely understand each other and what they want. It’s so strange that they are on this same page at all times, and I think it’s that skilled writing that makes it so easy to believe Do-woo and Su-ah’s relationship. What they’re doing, this affair, isn’t idyllic by any means; there are many, many flaws that we could realistically fault them for. But when it’s the only thing that makes them feel human, how can we tell them that they are wrong?

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Thanks for the great recap and comments hanshimi.
chemistry that makes glass tubes blow up and halogen lights explode , and not forgetting wine glasses too! :)

In this ep, we saw DW and SA teetering precariously on a tight rope, and yes, they could tip either way. Either dismissing and forgetting about everything between them or crossing the line of infidelity. I actually felt quite conflicted about DW in this ep. We got to see him being two-faced, when he acted like a Casanova courting SA impulsively with that longing eyes and cheeky smile, versus when he acted out the role of a dutiful husband by pacifying and consoling an irritated HW. True, he sure had no qualms about crossing over that line, he was well aware that they were walking on thin ice but it doesn’t look like he had felt even a wee bit of guilt. Comparatively, SA felt like a bashful and innocent school girl who did make a feeble attempt to pull the plug by resisting DW’s approach. She was clearly torn between wanting that relationship and feeling guilty about crossing the infidelity line as she instinctively knew that the repercussion would be too great for her to deal with. She is definitely not ready to trade the stability of a mundane marriage life for that forbidden love which may be fleeting, no matter how intense it may be.

It felt like DW was just humoring SA when she laid down the 3 No rules, especially in regard to wanting and touching. I think he had no intention to keep it that way for long, for he obviously wanted her so very badly. We clearly saw how he slid his fingers up the wine glass to touch SA’s hand, how he purposely walked past her on the narrow plane aisle to touch her back, and at the end of the ep, how he gladly took the opportunity to hold the hand of a flustered SA who scampered quickly out of guilt. No doubt, DW was the one who needed SA more, he was indeed very blunt when he admitted outright to SA that “your existence alone is a great help to me, …. so comforting. The emotions that you said are too much for you, I’m sorry, but I need them desperately. I can’t do without them” , this said it all. DW is definitely a hopeless sentimental bloke who is rather skillful in the love department. He is an all-out go getter without any concern for the consequences. He actively nudged a very passive but softhearted SA along, and we can see where this relationship is heading, particularly when it looks like the drama is going to make HW and JS look very bad to win more sympathy brownie points from the viewers for them.

Infidelity aside, their platonic relationship is so overwhelmingly beautiful that it does look like destiny had a hand in it. Whether their clandestine encounter is a gift from Annie or just sentimental wishful thinking on the part of DW has yet to be seen. Provided that there really will be a happy ending, if it only brings forth agony, why would Annie ever bestow such a gift upon her beloved dad?

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wonderful!

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I liked your comment and it made me think that DW has to be the active one for this relationship to grow even if that makes him look bad. SA is clearly too hesitant, her feelings of guilt are too strong for now but by the way they look at each other you know that only looking won't be enough. They already trangress one of the rules.

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I agree that DW is the driving force here, pushing the relationship along. But I don't necessarily think he is acting without considering the consequences. He seems like a thoughtful and deliberate guy who is very aware of the consequences.

Without fully knowing the back story, it appears that he is a man in a loveless marriage that he chose for Annie's sake. Maybe there were some feelings at the beginning but his wife seems cold and distant, so any feelings that may have existed have likely been squashed. Now, in the grip of grief at the loss of the one thing that kept him tied to his wife, he has discovered a woman who he connects with immediately, heart and soul. It is hard to fault him for pursuing SA (I'm not advocating infidelity, just acknowledging unfortunate circumstances) but I have to believe he is doing so fully understanding what his actions can result in for everyone involved. Whether he is totally ready to deal with the fall out is another matter entirely,however.

I am really enjoying how this drama and Jealousy Incarnate are making me think about relationships and the moral ambiguities and results of choices we make. Life choices are rarely ever black and white, and the way we respond is often not completely right or wrong. Choices have consequences for us and those around us, some intended and some not. I think the best we can do is try to make choices that are best for all while causing the least amount of pain.

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This is the reason why I felt conflicted about him. I like him for his sensibility and affectionate temperament, his rapport with Annie was so touching. However, in this ep, it felt like he was giving free reign to his emotions to see where they would be taking him. He yearned for SA, so he impulsively board the plane just to see her. His tender nature also prompted him to console HW out of genuine concern, and even giving the reassurance that he married her not out of pity but love. He said to SA that they were walking on thin ice, but not once did we see him ruminating on his relationship with SA. It sounded ironical when he even asked SA why she felt guilty. His contradictory behavior is somewhat disconcerting and baffling.

In OT, many beanies voted for that kiss between Hwa Shin and Na Ri in JI as the "hottest kiss" of the year, while at this point, in OTWTTA, SA and DW just held hands. But due to that marriage vow, their soulful connection is being viewed as a betrayal which is more wrongful and unacceptable though the intensity of the hurt inflicted on the partners i.e. HW, JS in OTWTTA and Jung Won in JI) would be not much different. This had me pondering about the social stigma associated with failed marriages, people are quick to judge others' marriages and are generally less forgiving and sympathetic of those who are entrapped in a loveless marriage.

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I wrote a some long ass reply and THE INTERNET ATE MY COMMENT!!! So I'm just gonna post this simple one:

Do Woo's seeming recklessness is his own version of denial.

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Remember in episode 3 where Mi-jin asked SA on where she draws the line in terms of cheating? You do? Great. So I don't need to elaborate as to why SA remains overly cautious yet guilt stricken about her brooding relationship with DW.

It doesn't take a wrong to make a right. But have they really crossed that line? Have they really reached a point where their emotions trumps their commitments and responsibilities? My answer is NO.

Is being honestly transparent about ones feelings so wrong? No, right? Because we keep telling ourselves and the people we love to always be and remain truthful. But if this particular set of emotions drives both parties to risk everything and leave everything up to fate, that's no longer being truthful but rather being recklessly stupid.

We can't deny the fact that DW and SA's feelings for one another is 89 on the scale. I'll say 100, if they kissed. The force is so strong with these two that Luke Skywalker would be darn proud. HOWEVER!....despite their twisted fates and bitter realities, they still remain cognizant of their commitments and responsibilities to their respective partners and families which is the cookie that shouldn't crumble.

OTWTTA provokes us with the very thought of why people cheat, why people fall out of love, why people fall in love for the wrong reasons, why people choose to be in a wrong relationship, why people justify a wrong to make it acceptably right? There could be a thousand reasons why but in my mind, its that eerie loneliness one person feels and the emptiness that comes along with it.

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they still remain cognizant of their commitments and responsibilities to their respective partners

Just like what I said in OT, betrayal is in the eye of the beholder. From the viewer's point of view, we understand why their relationship is so captivating and touching, it could be the best thing that has happened to them in their whole lives. But if HW or JW were to discover their "companionship" or "emotional affair" or whatever we call it, things will sure get ugly as it is betrayal no less, it doesn't help at all that DW is still that dutiful husband and SA that dutiful wife and mother.

It takes two to tango, but three to make a soap opera. While they may still be "tangoing" with their spouse to fulfill familial duties, when there is a 3rd party in the picture, it upsets the harmony and a melo drama will sure be enacted. Also, love is possessive, if they developed into a serious relationship, there will come a time when they could no longer tolerate sharing their beloved with their official partners. It will put a strain on their relationship, so the end game will be either divorcing their respective partners or ending the affair altogether. This may be the reason why "no leaving" is the number 3 No, as SA could already foresee the transient nature of such an affair, so she was more interested in maintaining a different kind of long term relationship with DW.

Like what you said, even SA knew that she was crossing the line she set for JW in regard to acceptable socializing with the air hostesses. There is no justification here, her guilt rendered her speechless when her daughter questioned her whereabouts, even her daughter chided her for being completely dumbfounded. She knew that she was betraying her family to pursue her own secret pleasures, being a kind soul, she was very bothered by the pang of guilt as she knew too well that that kind of forbidden love was not not wrongful in the first place.

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Correcting typo error in last sentence:
"that kind of forbidden love was wrongful in the first place."

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If I remember correctly, but not sure if it is in this episode or the next one so S.P.O.I.L.E.R alert, he did say that when he loves someone, he will go all out. That's why I think he can easily accept Annie and treat her like his own even to the point of calling her 'my daughter'. And that is also probably why he pursues his feelings rather relentlessly compared to Soo Ah who always keeps her feelings bottled up inside of her.

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I was also thinking that, unless SA, he doesn't have a family to protect anymore. Well, maybe a marriage but, with Annie dead, it doesn't look seem that their bond is very strong. So to me, DW may feel much free to go to the one he loves than SA. For SA, it is another story, she has her daughter, she lives with her mother in law. If it looks like she is separated with her husband, she isn't and more than that she seems quite dependent on him (or maybe he is just the tyrannical type, that's all). Well, there isn't that much love between the two couples but I can understand that you will stick to the other because of your child (SA's case). Because of her daughter, I think she can't afford to be reckless like DW.

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I felt like jumping out of my skin through that whole curtain/airplane scene. So glad for your thoughts on this show, I'm really enjoying your commentary.

I hate adultery dramas because they are usually so melo and so vicious and so heavily laden with cheating on an epic scale. This is very different. We have emotional adultery going on here, which is as devastating as physical. It steals the heart and soul and feelings and these 2 are deeply attached, heart and soul. I detect that Su-Ah is very conflicted about this and having to come face to face with the woman whose husband you are stealing is becoming more real to her. I hope and pray these 2 come to a realization that they need to address the problems in their marriages FIRST before they go any further. [SPOILERS FROM PREVIEW?]

On the other hand, I too love how this is being handled in the writing and terrific acting. While I understand what is happening and fully see the reasons why these 2 are being drawn and pushed by fate towards each other, I am on pins and needles for when it is going to be discovered by their spouses. There is no reasonable explanation they can give! Especially in that culture. I anxiously await the progression of this story and where the writer is going to take us. This will be a writer to watch if this kind of writing continues.

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Last week, I was quite adamant that SA/DW are involved in infidelity but not adultery as lust is not in the picture yet. I guess "emotional adultery" you used here is a better phrase. I googled it, and "emotional affair" came up as the phrase that is used more commonly for such a scenario which involves an emotional affair of the heart.

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Emotional adultery would be a correct term, since nothing physical has happened.

I guess my question at this moment is this: is it ever justified? In my lifetime, I've known 2 married couples who pretty much chose to live under the same roof as friends for the sake of the children. Once the kids were grown adults, one couple chose to divorce, the other chose to continue living separate lives under the same roof, legally married. In both relationships, one spouse was way more comfortable/happy with the arrangement than the other. So for the one on the losing end, whose spouse already checked out of the marriage, if someone comes along that meets the emotional needs neglected by the spouse, is it ok to enter a relationship where those needs are finally met? Or is one forced to suffer in silence while the other spouse lives as they choose? I just honestly don't know.

I've been married 30 years to the love of my life and know the ups and downs of a relationship. People stay married by choice, as feelings naturally ebb and flow over time. I'm lucky, in that my hubby and I have both been committed enough to stay faithful and to make it work. If I'd been unlucky enough to marry someone like either of the spouses of our leads, I can't say what might have happened. I'm thankful I didn't have to find out.

My projection for this drama is that DW and SA dabble in a relationship - maybe physical, maybe not. They have some needs met, which then allows them to grow and heal. This growth results in them gaining the strength needed to face their respective spouses, possibly working out their marital issues. DW and SA have a lot of growing to do personally in their marriages and their relationship with each other, whether right or wrong, may be the catalyst for that growth.

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I'll tell you what their relationship is, its called " companionship".

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Companionship, I think you got this right. DW and SA's relationship isn't about that dramatic and passionate attraction. It comes from a deep understanding of their emotions and the pain they are going through at this time. It doesn't make it right, but it's debatable that their feelings are wrong either.

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And funnily, I think that 'companionship is what's going to lead them to a place of no return.
Because, I'd say your spouse should be your companion. Isn't that what couples promise to each other? To be livelong companions, sharing the good and the bad, through pain and happiness. Seeking and finding it else where is what leads to these kinds of situation. Though I can't say I blame them.

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After "emotional adultery", now we have "companionship", oh my, we feel so strongly for SA and DW that we are playing the word game to help justify their "emotional affair" lol.

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I'm still in the middle of this episode but that wine glass scene... one really has to watch it themselves because on paper it's just a simple "woman pours wine, guy slides his hand up the glass" but on screen it's asdfdawerdafghhd ?☺️? (The curtain draw was just the icing on the cake)
It's really an indescribable moment, made me hold my breath, my heart flutter and blush like a loon. There's some real magic happening here.

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The fire! How the hell can such a simple gesture be that loaded with that much passion and fireworks. Sweet mother of all that is good and pure! Sweaty palms, goosebumps all over, and heart rate accelerating. GFTGHJGYF. Take note Kdrama writers, romanticizing wrist grabs and silly back hugs is not the way to illustrate what passion is really like. Watch the way to the airport and learn.

While this couple occupied my mind it finally hit me that it so much similar to the Good Wife's Hye Kyung and Joong Won's forbidden infatuation. Darn, that ending was infuriating. Ok back to the happy place that's the Airport...~eyesheartemoji~

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You are so right. In the first place, who said you have to grab the girl's wrist to show some passion?

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Beats me! Clearly this is written and acted out by adults unlike the majority of dramas out there.

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I watched this scene 6 times exactly and I was just screaming every time, in front of my screen! I mean, dang!!!!

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I felt so guilty watching this scene in broad daylight ..... omo....

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Not screaming here... but did watch it 6 times. Or maybe more.

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The "In the Mood for Love" atmosphere in this particular scene was so unexpected. The director took me by surprise... Loved it!

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I love this drama

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I got curious of this show because i saw one short clip on instagram. The chemistry between the leads are amazing.

So i marathon-ed this, got hooked and ended up sleeping around 3am. ? This has become my guilty pleasure.

SA and DW. Definitely knows their treading in dangerous waters. That's why they decided on that "3 NOs". And having horrible spouses is not helping. I find myself cheering of them even though i know it's a very sinful relationship.

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Curiously I am fine with this if they take their responsability soon. For now, even if it is ambiguous, you can't expect from someone to break up with her husband or his wife because he/she has a soft spot for someone else. How many marriages will still stand if so? However, since their feelings are getting stronger, they are going to have to act for it to be tolerable for the viewers. I don't mind my characters to have flaws and make mistakes but I don't like them to persist when all they have to do is stand up and take responsability. All of this makes me think that when the 3 rules are broken, they won't be able to hope to keep the same situation.

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Duh, these two... those looks, those longing, those pain of wanting... *clasping heart*

They are like two lonely-lost souls met accidentally through tragedy and become the pillar of strength of one another. What they have is so achingly beautiful.. My heart knotted hard when I watched it. These actors portrayed the wavering hearts so poignantly, so convincingly, so touchingly. They showed us the war between the mind and the heart through their eyes and twitched of their face muscles. They showed us their internal struggle on the war between the consciousness and subconsciousness. When heart and mind collided... which one is going to win?

Idk why but Christopher Logue's poem "Come to the Edge" came to mind when I watched and read this recap. It is as if the heart lure the mind to come to the edge to free fall and fly... to free them from the loneliness gripped and surrounded their life.

I hope theirs won't be ended as tragic camaraderie. For once, I'm all for mid-life second chance...

But, show! I protested! I need SSR more screen time and meatier dialogue! Give me that, please.

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Wow. The poem and the connection. I might not have associated the poem with the drama had you not mentioned it here.

Thanks for the connection.

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I found the airplane scenes disturbing. You follow someone onto an airplane because you want to be with them? That's insanely creepy. Never mind that his staring at her and essentially "capturing" her in that little private space was extremely disrespectful and selfish. This her WORKplace. She could get fired over his behaviour.

<but they make the infatuation with each other so deeply believable

I'm not sold. I watch and I think the only people you're deceiving is yourself. 3 No's? Broke them already. You're having an affair and "vagueness" and "rules" are just bullshit.

Also, Hye-won has serious mental issues. In earlier episode you could perhaps excuse her and say she is grieving (in an unhealthy way), but at this point it's clear she's not normal. Pretty much everything she says makes no sense – this woman is crazy.

What I don't understand is why no one points that out to her. Do-woo's relationship with her is very, very odd. They give off a completely platonic vibe (they are business partners, not lovers), I don't understand at all why he married her or is with her or stays with her now that Annie is dead.

And why did he kiss Hye-won back when he clearly wants to have an affair with Su-ah? He doesn't come across as a guy who just sleeps with women left and right, but like one who is lonely in his fake marriage and has feelings/lust for someone else.

This drama may soon get too messy for me....

(I feel really bad for Annie and also Su-ah's daughter though.)

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It's already too messy for your taste. How about when she went to his private place? And passed up the last beer for his wife. DANGEROUS. They are too timid to get out of their damaging marriages, but they also can't runaway from each other. Up until now it was just them, wait for the real mess when the bomb drops, the inevitable happens, and their self centered spouses start to see beyond their own reflection.

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Why did DW kissed HW back (or didn't push HW back)? When he first knew that HW was here and wanted to sleep over, was it at that point that he mentioned that "timing is wrong"? And why that comment? Was it because of that last phone call and longing for SA?

Did he not push HW back because they are husband and wife afterall? Or that he is projecting his longing for SA onto that kiss?

DW and HW's relationship - DW really doesn't seem to tell her off, except for very major points he can't accept e.g. not to dis-respect Seok Hyung.

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Just two points. The airplane scene is filmed a particular way to heighten the effect of that private space and intimacy for the viewers (obviously no one is going to be pouring wine for eternity).

Re his kissing Hye-won, she is is wife. There are certain patterns - and let's say rituals - in a marriage that continue even if one's heart is not in it. In fact DW mentions it later to SA when she calls. The gradual slip into emotional intimacy with a person is not a question of A vs B, it's more fluid that that.

PS Acts of infatuation/love can either be seen as spontaneous acting on feelings or creepy. Its not just in love, imo you have to cut people some slack because we are not all rational creatures every moment of the day, not even SA's rule bound husband :)

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< to heighten the effect of that private space and intimacy for the viewer

Sure... but it's still her workplace. It's just douchebag behaviour even if it's only for a second and I'm not going to cut him any slack for that. And getting himself to the airport and on the plane, is a thing of a few hours – any "spontaneous" behaviour should be hit by some niggling doubts by that point. Even more so because they are in a public space in South Korea.

<Re his kissing Hye-won, she is is wife.

You're right with that, but I guess my issue here is that their whole marriage has been depicted as if they were business partners, not lovers. Like even in the past. There's no indication of past intimacy, which you at least get with the other couple. I find it hard to imagine they ever kissed at all – but maybe that's a failure on my part. Dunno.

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I beg to differ. Its within drama conventions. You could as well as have had a scene in a drama where a mother takes a plane just to meet her airline employee daughter because she is always working and she never sees her. Technically still workplace.

PS: honestly public spaces in South Korea are no different - its not as if they were in make out mode. Though workplace norms do differ everywhere - K-dramas depict far worse than someone boarding a plane to see someone they miss.

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<You could as well as have had a scene in a drama where a mother takes a plane just to meet her airline employee daughter because she is always working and she never sees her.

You're comparing apples with oranges. It's not the same if a family member or the person that wants to have an affair with you comes into your workplace to pursue you. Her colleagues know SA is married and that that man is not her husband. Nor is generally considered appropriate in Korea for a man/woman to meet if they're married to other people (I'm not saying there are no male/female friendships after marriage, but I can see among my Korean friends that they are much, much more careful about this because it "can create the wrong impression"). Plus, even if it's a relative and they do odd things like intensely staring at their child or 'trapping' them in the kitchen area, it can backfire (e.g. their child can get a warning).

Public spaces differ. In some countries people French-kiss for minutes in view of everyone, with no one batting an eyelid. In some same sex couples walk hand in hand and/or kiss. In some even married couples don't hold hands and barely/don't show public affection. South Korea is very much more on the conservative side.

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I did not mean the situations are the same. I meant that drama conventions result in certain liberties in creating situations. And the division between workplaces and personal life is not so clear cut. Plus it all depends on SA's reaction to it, though the viewer is free to be put off by it and DW.

Point taken about public spaces, But I live in a pretty conservative country. And have lived in the West. I honestly never get this "but in this country this won't happen because it is so conservative." This is a Korean drama made for its local audience, suffice it to say that it is pretty much within its cultural conventions.

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Of course Do-woo's character may not be to everyone's liking, I agree. But it is really about whether it works within the drama and the consistency in plotting and developing the theme and characters etc. Plus dramas always heighten and amplify and even distort RL and thus take liberties. They are not prescriptive of what men or romance or RL work norms should be.

They do show a comfortable intimacy between HW and DW in the beginning. And its not uncommon to attempt physical intimacy if you sense your partner is not quite there.

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I love ur comments. U're like my conscience from deep within that has been loss with the poignant and the beautiful artistic way this drama was portrayed.
I thought what i'd do if i was in SA shoes and i found that no, i don't really know. I'm closed to SA personality-wise in dealing with a character like her husband. I'm passive in front of dominant person and tends to follow the flow but marriage vow is a sacred things for me...even 100 seo do woo appears, i thought i'll resolve my issues with the husband first because i'm not happy that's why i fell for someone else. However on my 2nd thought saying is easy than experiencing. In a moment of confusion we all may have some lapse of judgement, that's why 2 things that can hold us down i think, our religions and our moral intergrity

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Thanks for your honesty @Tera. I'm quite patient with dominant personalities myself. I always think I can handle them until everything just bottles over.

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The glass cup/wine scene had my heart in my throat.
I dunno how to describe the feeling of this show but I just...urghhh!!

My heart is saying yes but my brain is saying "it's wrong, it's wrong, it's wrong". ?

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Noo, no, no, no, no
Argh, I hate it when I see leads going down forbidden paths.
It is however common for couples to stray in this modern era what with phones to connect you and drunk fate to guide you.
This just goes to show how easy it is to succumb into temptation so sweet even to dreary consequences.
I just wished my grey matter will register this black and white moral dilemma as 50 shades of grey.

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Oh sweet Lord. The airplane scene.... WOW. When he passed by and touched her back. Every organ and cell in me rose. Su-ah held it together so well with that much wanting and emotions going on between them. But I doubt its going to last. They going to jump each other soon enough.

This is my first adultery themed drama where I am not put off. This is something that could and has happened to everyone. That love we know is so wrong but feels so right. I'm so invested in this drama and how its going to end.

"......Ji-eun rattles off everything she knows: Mi jin’s boyfriend lived with her for a while, then abroad, and then with other women—until he finally ended up marrying her friend".....

This had me screaming NO like 20times. And if its true, then that's messed up. I know it happened in the past, but its still messed up.

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Am loving the writing for the show. I always look forward to wednesdays for JI and OTWTTA. These two are obviously headed down a dangerous path with all that longing, wanting, staring...very very passionate. At least 2 of the 3 nos will be crossed in no time. (Cue preview from ep 6 or it could be someone's imagination)

I also found it weird that Doh-Woo had no qualms acknowledging his attraction right away and egging on a hesitant Sun-ah. I think he has mentally checked out of his marriage with Annie's death, HW's lies, not being to talk about his daughter...etc.

So far, I love the cinematography and writing. The passion between the leads is so understated and yet so beautiful. It is so wrong but feels so right.

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I agree about mentally checked out. Its like his not even trying anymore. I think they've being on the outs and Annie's death and esp, Hye Won's response plus the shadiness was the clincher.

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Many loves for this drama! It has all the elements to get me hooked. From writing, directing, acting, pace, even the osts are killing it!

Come on now, no doubt anymore that this is an affair drama; even though our otp is trying hard not to cross the boundaries aka the 3 nos.

They are made for each other but is the timing wrong? I won't say so. SA came in DW's life exactly at the perfect timing, he needs her most during this part of his life to cope with all the shits he doesnt deserve T.T (and vice versa). The fact that they are both married will still be a conflict to propel this drama but as long as they get together in the end, I'll enjoy the angst while it lasted.

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I’m not the biggest fan of Do-woo’s character or Su-ah’s character individually, but when they’re together, it just feels so right. But so wrong! But so right! Argh!

I agree . . . I like that the show lingers in your mind,
It doesn't matter about you agreeing with what is shown because they really need to talks and the better state of everyone relationship,
but then I am enjoying the thrilling moment when all of us aware that the moment may not work later,
the question if I should take the chance cause it may not happen later of not take the chance because it will hurt me later

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I agree . . . I like that the show lingers in your mind,
It doesn’t matter about you agreeing with what is shown because they really need to talks "for" the better state of everyone relationship,
but then I am enjoying the thrilling moment when all of us aware that the moment may not work that way later,
the question for me is like
should I take the chance cause it probably will not come later "or" not take the chance because it will hurt me later

edit; sorry my hand freeze after typing so much today

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Hye Won is cray cray, I kind of love it. I blame Jang Hee Jin, I've loved her in everything I've seen her so far.

Why is Jin Suk always itching to NOT spend time with his family, esp his wife? Its like anytime his with her in a conversation where his not forcing down his decision, he can't wait to just leave such an uncomfortable situation. Makes you wonder what was the initial attraction.

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When SA offered to buy some clothes for him, he outright rejected it, saying he can never rest/stay at his mother's home. I wonder if it's really because of that or just an excuse for him to be with Mi Jin. He is selfish. He doesn't want to stay with his own mother, but doesn't have any qualm in sending SA and their daughter there. He kicks them out of their house as a punishment. How can an educated person do that to another human being? Not just anybody, but his own family. He is not even putting any effort as a husband or a father. He wants to forever be Sydney Gentleman. Who knows what other gentleman will the female FAs call him. I'm not surprised if he even got some illegitimate child somewhere.

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So I dig up the new from DB about this drama

this is PD Kim Chul-kyu’s prior dramas Hwang Jin-yi and Daemul; it’ll be a first drama for film screenwriter Lee Sook-yeon (One Fine Spring Day)

Hwang Jin Yi as I remember also has this floating moment that left you enjoying the scene and saw their view,
I scream inside when he touched her back,
"he touched your back, don't you feel it!!",
the moment perfectly describes it even if you know it's wrong and dangerous, the thrill still last,

Shin Sung-rok plays a airline pilot who fell in love with Kim Haneul, a personable flight attendant, and when she got pregnant, they quickly got married. His military background, coupled with his authoritative and commanding demeanor, means that other people find him difficult to talk to, and he’s a strictly principled sort of guy who doesn’t drink or smoke and “knows nothing outside his wife.”

I think he likes her because she is capable, he knew he is a troublesome individual and he hopes that she'll last if they have a relationship together.
She is the woman that will stay with him even when their love withered, something like that,
not all people take love as the ultimate reason to be together in life, love probably just make him worry for her every time she is outside.

In her individual poster,
Kim Haneul makes a Mona Lisa expression, wistfully thinking, “I wish nothing would change, from yesterday to today to tomorrow.”
On the other hand, Lee Sang-Yoon looks deep in thought while his character quote reads, “Don’t forget this moment. Ever.”
Shin Sung-rok adjusts his tie with a chilly glare: “A moment of weakness? I never do anything that will harm me.”
In Choi Yeo-jin’s poster, she crosses her arms, as her caption says, “Love isn’t precious and passionate for everyone.”
Jang Hee-Jin looks sad and soulful in hers, which reads, “I never existed before the day you first saw me.”

it really shows their perception that everything is not just about emotion and things they valued individually.

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Hey Sancheezy! Glad to see you here. I've been gathering clues from their character description to try and figure out the direction this show is going to take us. What I did get out of it is why each character's motivation but I have absolutely no idea where the writer is bringing us. But much like Moonlight, I trust that whatever the writer is going to bring to the table will be an absolute delight both in terms of its looks and feels.

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hi.. stuffed ^^
I also have no idea where this stories will go but I also can't simply ignore that I love the moment they displayed in this drama,
I loved the way they tell the stories and the character even if I don't agree with them personally,
Sometimes this drama feels real, like a real story and since the recap is a bit late, I can join the comment,
I just started watching it on Friday when someone mentioned it in the comment,

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Kim Haneul character is probably the kind who thinks 'till death do us part' and married the first man who managed to get her into bed and resigning to her destiny, at least until she met Lee Sang-Yoon character and got completely swept off by him.

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This show lingers for days in my mind. When I space out at work, I replayed DW and SA's scene in my brain and I feel all sort of things. I ended up scouring youtube for their clips afterwards. Haha. It's been a while since I cry, squee, bite my lips nervoursly, and jump in joy while watching drama. Can't wait for Wed/Thu to come. :')

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I screamed "NOOOO" at every romantic scene but I loved it. It's conflicted a lot in my head wheter "It's Okay" and "It's not right", you know what I means.
How could an adultery can be this sweet, heartwarming, heart-fluttering, and healing. Still, it's adultery.
I don't want to judge anymore. I really enjoy this show.

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I felt guilty watching this. Suprisingly, many think like this too.

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I thought I am the only one crazy over it,.. I won't watch it in the middle of a night because when i was watching it, everyone woke up and asked me why did i screaming a lot hahahah

(Glad to know that I am not the only one who screamed at the airplane scene)

Everything just perfect, the way they deliver the story, perfectly planned, the cinematography is sooooo beautiful,
And the chemistry,..the best!!!

It's feel so wrong, but it's right that i'm addicted to it.

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Putting all other matters aside for a bit, regarding Do-woo ..... with his skills, Hye-won was the best he could do?? Not that it's the only thing people look for in a mate, but you still just have to wonder.

Which brings me to Do-woo's mother. While it hasn't been explicitly stated whether she disapproved of his marriage or not, she doesn't seem to say anything now but she does give Hye-won intriguing looks now and again. Has mom always known something but kept it quiet?

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Finally someone recognized this! With those skills, Do woo could easily drew various kind of women to his side! Is Annie the only pushing factor for Do-woo to choose Hye-won, instead of other women out there?

And I noticed that Do-woo has so much free time as an architect and a lecturer, isn't he? Able to impulsively board planes following a woman and having a makgulli with his hyung.

Same goes to Jin-suk, why on earth did he end up choosing Soo-ah for his partner?

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<And I noticed that Do-woo has so much free time as an architect and a lecturer

Tbh, that's a question I ask myself in virtually every drama. People in kdramas always seem to have an overabundance of time and flexibility in their working lives that I just can't relate to. Like they have no working hours or projects with deadlines, no job to lose, no commitments, no other people in their lives that would place restrictions on them.

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I think choi yoo jin character and other had said it in the previous ep,
it's like small banter of why Do woo married with her and how it happen so fast,
I also want to know how they get married

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It is NOT adultery yet - no matter what anyone says - because you simply CANNOT stop yourself from the thoughts - the longing for the other dear person. Your mind is going crazy but you have not crossed the line ....yet. Take it from someone who's been there and tried to fight it. Yes, your brain is saying "turn back!" but your thoughts do not simply turn off. They just don't....unless this thinking stage gets carried out for so long that other things in real life happen to stop the thoughts. The REAL affair begins with the first kiss. It is the meeting of lips...the individual CHOICE to kiss...that marks the real start of an affair. That is the first line that is crossed. Then, when natural physical desire carries the touching of lips onward to the touching of bodies, all hell will break loose in everyone's lives. This drama is making me clearly remember what I went through 30 years ago. Yikes.

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This is wrong, I know it's wrong and it disgustingly romantic (right in the feels). I love the main couple, I'm happy everytime their scene appear on my screen but it feels wrong sometimes feel right. LOL. And Do Woo's stare! Gosh, his eyes says everything. I like how they deliver the emotion, I scream, I cringe at their scenes. I'm sold, I'm addicted.

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annie and hye won circumstances is unique and mysterious.
at first, i think annie is not hye won child, and more like her unwanted step-sister that she has to take care off..but watching the next episode, i felt that there is two thing that can happen: annie is her daughter given up for adoption or
they dont know each other at all.

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Summary of Ep 5: this is wrong, so wrong, but it feels so right! They are not supposed to be together, but they are clearly meant for each other.

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Solution for viewer from Ep 5: do not try to justify or try to give a definition for their relationship, you just can't, it will end up a longggg comments ending with the summary above.

Solution for Su Ah (and female viewer's hearts): Do Woo sticks to 3 No's rules.

Solution for Do Woo: Su Ah stops trying to meet him coincidentally, as soon as she shows up, he can't keep 3 No's rules.

P/s: I'm no Drama God, no Production team, the solutions I mentioned above will definitely be ignored.

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haha well imo DW and AW are wrong or they already open the door of wrongness that they'll enter just an hour later,
she should just stop meeting him cause she knew what this will lead them to and that's the same with him,

but as a viewer, this is their story, I am watching it cause their story is good and they are intriguing, let's see how this story goes

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@Sancheezy, I guess we are here all thinking that DW and SA are wrong, however, why and how much they are wrong are based on our own opinion. At one point, I think they are wrong to their spouses too, but not that I go against them being together. I do not simply hate them for betraying their spouses for immature/irrational reasons like other dramas. And this is what keeps me hooked with this drama.

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this is an affair story and we'll go with it so I don't think my judgement on the wrongness is matter,
what I really want to see is how this is solved and unfolded, how they'll accept the term and consequences or how people let go, move on and accepted what happen as the past and hearts changes, but it still didn't just changes like switch off and on in the monitor,

I think my comment above also heavily influenced by watching ep 6 and the preview of ep 7

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It feels so wrong to enjoy the romantic scenes between Dowoo and Sooah but I feel so right at the same time. I'm sold, I'm sold! The crazy beautiful cinematography and music, It feels so healing and heartwarming. The airplane scenes are squeeworthy oh god.

Dowoo is such a heartwarming guy, I want to date a guy like him hahaha

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Watching this drama makes me feel like a grown up. Nice to see how married people have their emotional struggles and it is not just a dandy happily ever after compared to other kdramas. It is nice to see these type of dramas once in awhile to lul yourself of the fantasies the Kdrama trope like to push to us.

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I keep on cheering Doo Woo and Soo Ah everytime they are together eventhough i know it's wrong but i can't help myself tho ..i said this is so wrong,what if they got caught..then my husband said,just let them...it's just a drama afterall..damn,spoil my mood haha ..

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This Lee Sang Yoon adds truth to the saying of an actor who "can make chemistry with a cardboard cutout figure" lol. He's so good in this drama. I'm just. Speechless mostly.

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Love this show! That murky, gray area of emotions is explored with maturity and much more realistically than the usual kdrama histrionics. So nice to see some levity in a kdrama for once. It helps that the leads have such amazing chemistry. SA's eyes are always soft and kind, what man wouldn't be drawn in. Her reaction to Annie's death and everything that's happening to DW is exactly what DW needs which he cannot seem to get from the people around him. Meanwhile, SA has been marooned by her husband in an uncomfortable place and has no outlet for her frustrations. The symbolic touch of her finding solace only on that narrow verandah is so sad. Even the stool she sits on was separated from its matching table.

These two people desperately need support and solace. I'm not justifying the need to have an affair. I do believe that married people can be friends, although it is hard to defend the friendship sometimes. The show depicts this well as SA is already guilt-ridden even thought they have done nothing wrong. In the eyes of everyone else, a married man and married woman getting together must always mean something sordid and bad...such is the tragedy of stereotypical social judgement.

For those of you who can accept watching this type of story line, do check out Secret Love Affair. OMG, that drama had an even more impossible adulterous plot between Kim Su Ae and Yoo Ah In (age gap!) - a mature lady mentor and her prodigy student. The two of them were sizzling and put all the critics, who thought the age gap wouldn't work, to shame. I can still remember all the emotions that drama dredged up and how it was so wrong but so right at the same time, it was really crazy, nail-biting stuff.

Another one, as already mentioned by someone here, is over in Jealousy Incarnate where the OTP just took the plunge because the sexual tension, god, it was stretched so tight that they just snapped. The lead pair there is also knocking it out of the park with their chemistry. JJS is so hot, he makes me want to have an affair, for cryin' out loud. But of course, it's all in my head.

Remember, as long as it's all safely in your head, you'll be fine. No touching, wanting and waiting (plus some titanium willpower). Yea, that'll do.

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Thanks for the recap- this show is quite addicting.

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