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On the Way to the Airport: Episode 8

It’s been one heck of an emotional rollercoaster ride with our protagonists, and it only goes higher from here. No matter how much Do-woo and Su-ah wish to cling to what they have with each other, the relationship they’ve tried so hard to build may already be slipping through their fingers. And after this episode, they’ll learn that there may be greater things at work.

 

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

Su-ah stops at Do-woo’s door, torn between knocking and turning back. She ultimately decides to knock, waiting for a long heartbeat before Do-woo answers.

The second he does and their eyes meet, Do-woo wastes no time in pulling her into a tight embrace.

With a definite shut of the door, the two melt into each other’s arms, giving them the relief they needed.

Mi-jin checks in on a sleeping Hyo-eun before giving herself the opportunity to explore her friend’s home. She finds a storage room strewn with old junk and recognizes a stuffed animal she’d given Jin-suk years ago. She tosses it in a trash bin, positive the guy doesn’t even remember it was a gift from her.

At the sound of the front door, Mi-jin calls out Su-ah’s name, only to stop at the sight of little bro Je-ah instead.

At the bar, Jin-suk picks up the tab since Mi-jin obviously isn’t coming back. He nonchalantly asks Hyun-woo about Do-woo but doesn’t get a real answer, so he just laughs it off and heads out.

Jin-suk checks to see if there really is anyone upstairs, but the windows are dark. He assumes it’s empty and moves along.

And just inside, Do-woo and Su-ah are in the middle of an intense, passionate kiss. They kiss and kiss and kiss, finally releasing all the pent-up emotion from the past few weeks.

When they come up for air, they briefly look into each other’s eyes before going in for another kiss, this time with more urgency. They bring each other closer as if trying to get as much out of this moment as they can.

Jin-suk stops by the hospital to check on his mother, Young-sook. Once he confirms the surgery went well, he repeatedly tells the nurse he doesn’t need to go in – he just wants his mom to know he stopped by. Inside her room, Young-sook rolls her eyes, having heard the whole exchange.

Mi-jin treats Je-ah to her special ramyun as they both wonder where Su-ah could be. Mi-jin can’t shake Su-ah’s frantic expression before leaving, but she assures Je-ah that Su-ah must’ve had a legitimate reason. They both start at the sound of the door, but still no Su-ah. This time, it’s Jin-suk, actually home for once.

Jin-suk’s here since it’s closer to the hospital than the old apartment (figures). He eyes Mi-jin and Je-ah suspiciously, but they quickly deny anything going on, while also explaining Su-ah’s whereabouts. The two hurry out the door, urging Jin-suk to be the one who stays with Hyo-eun.

Jin-suk calls Mi-jin as soon as she leaves, adamant about knowing if there’s anything between her and Je-ah. Annoyed, she tells him to worry about his own household, and hangs up.

As he tries to reach Su-ah, Jin-suk hears Hyo-eun calling out for water. He tries to give her the drink, but she’s too deep in sleep. Instead, she murmurs for her mom, along with her grandma, Uncle Je-ah, and Annie. Jin-suk pouts that his name is left out.

At dawn, Hyun-woo locks up the bar, glancing back with a knowing look.

And upstairs, Do-woo prepares some coffee for him and Su-ah. As they rest on the couch and gaze out the window, Do-woo asks Su-ah if she has a wish.

“I hope that nothing changes,” she responds. She hopes that everything will remain the same tomorrow and the day after that, just like yesterday. She averts her eyes as she says this, as if she’s afraid of his answer.

Do-woo smiles reassuringly and tells her that everything will be the same, and that he believes someone who receives a lot of love will stay strong despite hardship.

“Do not forget this moment,” Do-woo says, “It’ll give you strength over and over.” He puts his arm around Su-ah, and she gladly accepts, resting her head on his shoulder. She lets her eyes close as she thinks back to some of her treasured memories:

“The night sky view from the cockpit, a cruise ship in Alaska, a glass of beer in Sydney, the sunset in the Dubai desert… And now. Here. The sunrise from the second floor.”

Back in her apartment, Mi-jin wakes up to a text from Su-ah saying she’s on her way. Mi-jin immediately calls her to ask where she is.

Do-woo drives Su-ah to Mi-jin’s apartment complex, and they’re silent the whole ride there. Once they arrive, Su-ah finally breaks the silence by asking what will happen now. Do-woo simply says that they have a “Two No’s” relationship now, getting a small smile out of Su-ah.

He continues, once again telling her that nothing will change. And if she feels at all uncomfortable, she should lie that it’s nothing. To herself and to others. Um… I don’t know how to feel about that.

She gets out of the car just in time for Mi-jin to come out and see her. Mi-jin goes running after Do-woo’s retreating car, stopping to ask Su-ah who it is.

Mi-jin brings Su-ah inside to interrogate her further. Su-ah lies that Mi-jin doesn’t know this man, which Mi-jin finds hard to believe. When asked about their relationship, Su-ah’s mind goes straight to that kiss, though she again lies that it’s nothing and that the man has no interest in her, anyway.

“I just… I just… I like him so much,” Su-ah blurts out, bursting into tears. Mi-jin is shocked to hear this come out of her friend, but calmly asks who it is. Immediately regretting her slip, Su-ah wipes her tears away and repeats that it’s nothing. She insists that her confession was a mistake.

Still desperate for more information, Mi-jin asks if Su-ah knew this man before she was married. Su-ah replies that if she had, she wouldn’t be sitting here like this now.

Su-ah wants to stop the discussion here, but Mi-jin insists she has something important to say: There’s a man who’s been coming on to her lately. And a married man at that. Su-ah tells her she should stop the man then, to which Mi-jin agrees.

For Mi-jin, there’s no reason to involve herself with a married man since they’re the most untrustworthy. She believes they only need more women in order to gain confidence that they’re still useful. And eventually, they just get scared and run off.

Su-ah cuts in that not all of them are like that. Mi-jin’s eyes grow wide as she realizes Su-ah’s man is married as well. But Su-ah is done with this conversation. She says over and over that’s nothing, more for her sake than for Mi-jin’s.

As Mi-jin walks Su-ah out, we see that Jin-suk is right outside hiding in his car. (Wait, then who’s looking after Hyo-eun?!) He watches Su-ah leave and then calls Mi-jin, demanding to know what they were talking about.

At first, Mi-jin freaks that Jin-suk is spying, but then she spits out that she told Su-ah all about the married man that was bothering her. She hangs up and goes right back into her apartment. Jin-suk chuckles to himself, knowing very well that friendship is much too important to Mi-jin, so she would never tell Su-ah about them.

Do-woo returns to the bar, surprised to see Hyun-woo back with groceries. He’s even more surprised to hear that Hyun-woo had the intention of making them breakfast. Hyun-woo explains that after witnessing the kind of fate Do-woo and Su-ah have had – both with Annie and with Grandma – he realized nothing could stop them.

Sure, he was the one who got hurt when both his parents had affairs, but Hyun-woo believes his parents must’ve been in a position where they had no other option. He’s able to forgive them now, putting his heart at ease. Do-woo smiles at his friend’s understanding.

The moment is ruined when a panicked Ji-eun bursts in. She claims that her curator just quit on her and she needs Do-woo to fill in for her. Do-woo doesn’t think he’d be much help, but he knows someone who’d be perfect for the job.

Cut to: Do-woo leaving all the materials with Hye-won. Hye-won is grateful Do-woo recommended her, but she feels as if Do-woo is trying to send her far away. Do-woo coolly replies that he only recommended her because she was needed. So Hye-won agrees to do it, since she feels the most comfortable working. Hye-won: “Work doesn’t betray me.” Ooh, the shade of it all. Even so, she sincerely thanks him for the opportunity.

Do-woo and Uncle Suk decide to start finding the people holding Grandma’s works. They inspect Grandma’s letter to try to figure out where she wanted her works displayed, but they’re not sure with the description alone. Do-woo’s eyes wander to the window, and he notes how nice the weather is.

Meanwhile, Hyo-eun is reluctant to go to school today, and it takes some convincing before she finally trudges out of the house. Su-ah then gets a call from Mi-jin, but she’s not in the mood for questions right now. She wishes Mi-jin safe travels, and asks her to look after Jin-suk before hanging up.

As she cleans Hyo-eun’s room, Su-ah receives a text from Do-woo: The weather’s really nice. Would you like to go for a drive?

Su-ah immediately hops on a bus straight to Do-woo’s location. When she arrives, she spots him across the street and waves a hand, revealing the green bracelet Grandma had given her. He stares at the bracelet, making her drop her arm, but they both end up smiling at each other.

Do-woo takes them to one of the people keeping Grandma’s ornaments. They happily put themselves to use at the old man’s home, helping him out with some outdoor work. Do-woo apologizes to the man for having to take back something that was given to him, but the man doesn’t see it that way.

He shares that Grandma was always good to people in hopes that everything would work out for Do-woo. He’s sure that Grandma’s real wish was to have Do-woo visit different people and different places – to just live differently.

The man leaves to search for the ornament, leaving Do-woo and Su-ah alone. Do-woo comments on their beautiful surroundings, making Su-ah remember the times she’d lived on Jeju Island with her parents. They left after little Je-ah was born and Su-ah hasn’t been back since.

Though she doesn’t know Jeju Island well, she remembers waiting for her parents to come home from work and seeing a wide, empty field. She also remembers looking up and seeing many power lines. She smiles brightly as she pictures those images in her head.

Do-woo watches her speak with a thoughtful expression and then suddenly asks, “Do you want to live in a place like that?” Omg. I’m pretty sure I look about as dumbfounded as Su-ah right now.

Our couple collects the ornament and moves on to the next location. After picking up another item, Do-woo finds Su-ah strolling down the walkway, raising her arms and patting the air. He asks her what she’s doing, and she smiles, saying she’s doing her last in-flight check. She pats the air again, pretending they’re the overhead bins. Do-woo pats the “bins” as well, suggesting they now take off.

The drive back is another silent one, though there’s an extra tinge of sadness in the air. Do-woo thanks Su-ah for her help today, holding out his hand. When Su-ah takes it, he places his other hand on top of hers. Su-ah reveals that she’s going to Oakland for real tomorrow, so they say their goodbyes, both reluctant to let go.

Su-ah rushes into the hospital to see Young-sook, who’s refusing to perform her physical therapy. Su-ah exchanges looks with the nurse and they nod in silent agreement. When Young-sook’s not paying attention, the two bend her leg, forcing her to do the exercise. LOL.

Su-ah tells Young-sook that Hyun-joo unni will watch Hyo-eun tomorrow, and then Je-ah will watch her the day after. Young-sook suggests Hyo-eun come by the hospital if she wants, and even suggests Su-ah cut her pay a little, considering the situation. Su-ah smiles and calls her mother-in-law cute, hee.

Hyo-eun’s teacher calls to report that Hyo-eun didn’t show up to class. Su-ah gets a hold of her and finds her by the school’s playground. Hyo-eun found school bearable with soccer, but now that she can’t play, the bullying has gotten worse. For now, Su-ah has Hyo-eun go to class so they can figure things out later.

As soon as Hyo-eun walks into the school, she’s targeted by three young boys who shove her around. Thankfully, Su-ah sees this, but the boys just go laughing off. And when Su-ah tries to tell Hyo-eun’s teacher, the teacher merely smiles nervously, saying the boys must’ve been joking around.

Su-ah takes Hyo-eun home for the day and as they walk hand in hand, Su-ah reassures Hyo-eun that it’ll all pass, and she’ll be an adult soon.

After letting Mary visit Annie, Do-woo drives her to the airport. The conversation is kept casual until Su-ah’s name is brought up. Do-woo senses Mary’s discomfort and says, “Hyo-eun’s mom helped me a lot after what happened.” He also reveals that Su-ah was the last person his mother saw before she passed. He thinks of Mary as a special person, so he’s saying this to make her feel more at ease.

However, this only makes Mary feel more conflicted. When they arrive at the airport, she watches him from the mirror as he handles her luggage. In her thoughts, she tells Annie she doesn’t know what the right path is as she grips the box full of evidence from her accident. In the end, she decides to leave the box in Do-woo’s backseat. Yes! I knew I could believe in you, Mary!

Jin-suk’s about to take off to Sydney once again, with both Mi-jin and Joo-hyun on board. And as the flight attendants greet the passengers inside, we see that Hye-won and Ji-eun are on this flight as well.

Do-woo’s next stop is with Ji-eun’s mom, and he relays Grandma’s letter over to her. Now positive about Grandma’s wishes, Ji-eun’s mom agrees to remove both Grandma and Do-woo from the business. As for Hye-won…

Ji-eun’s mom brings up the fact that Hye-won gave her an unfinished piece of Grandma’s to go forward with the collaboration. Ji-eun’s mom knew the piece was old and now she’s questioning Hye-won’s credibility. She thinks they should pull Hye-won from this project with Ji-eun.

Do-woo is obviously torn about this, but he insists Hye-won is the only one suitable for the job. It was Hye-won’s passion for work that made her come to this, which Do-woo apologizes for. Though Ji-eun’s mom is hesitant, she agrees to reconsider.

She gives Do-woo some files concerning his house, urging him to build up the strength to protect it, as well as Grandma’s last wish. “If you can’t protect it,” she warns, “I will take it.”

Meanwhile, Su-ah visits Hyun-joo unni to gain some courage before visiting Hyo-eun’s teacher. They both find school scary these days, but Hyun-joo urges Su-ah to go in strong for Hyo-eun’s sake.

Mi-jin helps Ji-eun get comfortable in her seat, switching to banmal as they joke around. Of course, Hye-won doesn’t know they’re friends and wonders why their flight attendant is speaking that way. Ji-eun says it’s okay since Mi-jin knows her, and that Mi-jin even knows Do-woo. Hye-won looks up at that. Gah, take it back, take it back!

Mi-jin is surprised too, and assumes that Hye-won must be Annie’s mother then. At Annie’s name, Ji-eun jumps up from her seat and feigns airsickness, urging Mi-jin to follow her. She tells Mi-jin not to mention setting up Annie with Hyo-eun as roommates. Mi-jin doesn’t see why not, especially since Hyo-eun’s dad is the pilot. Ji-eun freaks out even more and says not to mention any of this to Hye-won.

Oh no. Hye-won has been standing outside the curtain this whole time, and Mi-jin and Ji-eun definitely weren’t talking very quietly. Joo-hyun catches Hye-won eavesdropping and has her seated before Ji-eun comes out.

Joo-hyun joins Mi-jin in the back and confirms that the Do-woo they were talking about was that Do-woo. Joo-hyun recalls the time Do-woo and Su-ah seemed to be in a serious conversation in the back, figuring her suspicions must’ve been true. Though this seemed impossible to Mi-jin before, it all starts to make sense as she remembers Su-ah’s mystery man was married.

That night, Hyo-eun locks herself in her room, refusing to go to school tomorrow. Su-ah gives up trying to get inside and says from the door that things may be tough now, but they’ll get better. She begins to say that the boys who hit her are just kids when Hyo-eun suddenly swings the door open.

“‘Just?’” Hyo-eun repeats, “Then what about your work? Would you like it if I said it was ‘just’ work?” She wonders why she’s the one who always has to make sacrifices and why everything has to revolve around Su-ah and Jin-suk’s work schedule.

So, Hyo-eun says, she wants to stay home quietly so as not to mess with their precious schedules. She delivers the final blow by saying Su-ah has never given up something that’s hers. Instead, Su-ah always goes out, leaving other people to take care of Hyo-eun. And with that, Hyo-eun locks herself in her room again.

Later, Su-ah lets Jin-suk know by text that Hyo-eun’s been having issues at school and that she may need to stay at home. Frustrated with it all, she pounds her chest and lets out a deep breath.

Su-ah visits the teacher the next day to deliver the same message, but the teacher insists Hyo-eun would need a treatment letter in order for it not to be an unexcused absence. Su-ah brings up the kids who’d hit Hyo-eun as a good enough excuse. Though the teacher understands, she thinks that rather than scolding the kids, Su-ah needs evidence. She urges Su-ah to check with the CCTV footage from the hallway.

When Su-ah comes home and yells out reminders to Hyo-eun, she momentarily panics when she doesn’t get a response. She quickly unlocks Hyo-eun’s door with a spare key, relieved to find her daughter still asleep and perfectly fine.

Back in uniform, Su-ah is ready to leave for her next flight. She turns back to the house, remembering Hyo-eun’s angry words the night before. They’re still in her head as she makes her way to work.

Do-woo decides to visit a name on Grandma’s list he doesn’t recognize, and along the way, he stops when he sees an airplane flying just above. He sends Su-ah one last farewell message.

On a shuttle bus, Su-ah writes out a reply saying that she’s on her way to the airport, and while this is the way she always goes, she’s scared today. She’s scared something might happen.

She then erases the entire text and replies with a simple: I’m on the way to the airport. I’ll return safely.

Back at Do-woo’s place, Suk meets with the woman who’d worked for them prior to Hye-won. The woman reveals that Hye-won hadn’t been married, but she’d lived with her partner. She’d left him early on, which is why they never registered their marriage. When Suk asks about Annie, the woman continues, “She was raised by her dad.” To Suk’s surprise, as soon as Hye-won had given birth, she’d left the child with the father.

Do-woo arrives at his destination: the pottery house Annie always used to visit. And there, he’s greeted by the owner he’d talked to before.

In Sydney, Mi-jin panics to see Hye-won and Ji-eun in the same hotel, with Jin-suk sitting only a few feet away. Mi-jin lets Hye-won and Ji-eun take the first elevator, but Hye-won is too fixated on Jin-suk. She finally gets on the elevator, but not without giving Mi-jin a chilling look. When the doors shut, Mi-jin finally takes a breath, thinking that everyone’s in the know but Su-ah.

Su-ah sighs at a text from Jin-suk telling her to send Hyo-eun to school no matter what. She then gets a call from Hyo-eun, scared to see that she’s home alone. Feeling scatterbrained, Su-ah first tells Hyo-eun to go to the hospital to see Young-sook, and then remembers to tell her that Hyun-joo will be coming to babysit soon. Hyo-eun doesn’t look too reassured as she hangs up, though.

Su-ah doesn’t feel reassured by her own words either – she gets the bus driver to let her off. As she rushes in the opposite direction of the airport, she’s bombarded with worry after worry: She forgot to tell Hyun-joo to take Hyo-eun to the doctor’s for a note, she forgot to tell Hyo-eun about the kimbap, she—…

She looks up and something makes her feet come to an abrupt stop. She sees a woman on a balcony, hanging out her laundry to dry. Just as Hyun-joo did in the story she’d told, Su-ah notices how peaceful the woman looks. And it makes her wonder why she’s crazily running around like this.

Breaking her gaze from the woman, Su-ah picks up her phone and calls her superior: “I won’t be able to make today’s flight. I’m sorry.” She promises to submit an official resignation letter and hangs up, the phone dropping to her side. With tears in her eyes, Su-ah takes one last look at the woman above.

 
COMMENTS

Such a simple scene, and yet such a monumental moment for Su-ah. I was sure the show was planning on heading in this direction for a while now, especially when Su-ah first heard the story of the woman on the balcony from Hyun-joo. However, I didn’t think we’d get there this early on. Though it may be fast for us as viewers, I think it’s safe to say it was the right time for our heroine. Everyone, from her mother-in-law to her superiors, has been telling her she wouldn’t be able to juggle both her career and her child, and I honestly wanted her to prove them wrong. I wanted her to prove that she was totally capable of being a working mom.

But Hyo-eun’s outburst opened my eyes just as it opened Su-ah’s. Su-ah very well could be a great working mom, but with both her and Jin-suk away most of the time, what Hyo-eun might need is a good ol’ regular mom. We’ve seen how their schedules have affected Hyo-eun, and at first, it seemed like she was adjusting pretty well after moving in with Young-sook, but even so, we never realized just how much she’s been suffering until now.

On top of that, Su-ah has been suffering along with her – the stress of her work life and home life combined have been hitting her hard, and though she’s pretty damn good at fighting back, I think deep down she’s been wanting to become that woman on the balcony. And I’m so proud of her for making such a hard decision like that. At the same time, I feel like I should’ve known this was meant to be. After all, Su-ah was always the one with Hyo-eun as her number one priority. So it makes sense for her to be the first one to drop her career for Hyo-eun’s sake. We sure as hell knew that Jin-suk wasn’t going to step up and do it.

In the end, I’m happy that at least Su-ah and Hyo-eun can end some of their suffering together. It gives me some peace of mind, and God knows I need some peace of mind after this tension-filled episode. We did get to release some tension with that amazing kiss – the relief that poured out of those two was palpable – but then that relief tightened into sheer anxiety again. They sealed the deal with that kiss, and no matter how much they want to call it “nothing,” there’s no way it can be nothing now. Not when practically everyone is finding out about them. The amount of people making the discovery is actually quite terrifying, and I’m worried all this tension is going to blow up in our faces at any moment. I almost wish it would just happen so we can get it over with and I can let out this breath I’ve been holding since Episode 1.

Our couple has been enjoying the small doses of bliss they secretly share every now and then, but it’s about time they realize their small moments might have to come to an end until they figure out what they really want their relationship to become. For now, it looks like Su-ah will have to face the consequences of quitting her job while Do-woo will have to face Hye-won, the lying liar. And if Su-ah and Do-woo somehow find each other again somewhere in-between, I’m sure it’ll be beautiful.

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thanks for the recaps.love this drama to bits although a bit disappointed with rating

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Thanks so much for the recap ? I was a bit disappointed in the kiss; I guess I expected them to show the lead up to it right to when their lips first touched as that's a pretty powerful statement and changes everything. Instead they threw an in medias res at us and I felt robbed. The story is gaining traction, especially the whole mystery around Annie coming to grandma's house, her "dead" father and this person or thing Annie felt she needed to protect. I'm still so sad Annie had to die in order for the story to progress, but I'm relieved it provides a different arc so the show is not just about adultery and its impact. So many delicious tangents, character development and emotional exploration in this beautiful drama. Love it so much! Can't wait for the next ep and recap ?

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Does anyone know where to get the bracelet shown in the drama? The green korean knot bracelet done by dowoo's mum and worn by himself, Annie and sooah?

Will really love to get it. Wasn't able to find it online. I went to the extent to message the drama's official Facebook page asking bout it and this was their reply "Hi, the bracelet is a prop for this drama, not for sale. Thank you for loving our drama!!"

Awwwwwww..... Do help me if u can. Will really appreciate it. I believe all of us are here because we love this drama. ❤️❤️❤️

I had a similar anklet but the shop stall is no longer in operations. Argh.

Pls pls pls! Please help. Many thanks in advance!! ???

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I think it is a series of botton knots like here--> https://www.pinterest.com/pin/68891069270257298/

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This looks interesting, thanks for sharing @Alma

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This week, I kept thinking that Hyoeun is a big kid and she could totally stay home alone. She's blunt, bright, and very observant. I didn't think kids her age need someone watching them 24/7.

But then I realized that Hyoeun must have felt so small and helpless at school and at home. No one is really on her side - her schoolmates are little jackasses, her teacher doesn't do anything to help, her father doesn't want anything to do with his own family, and her mom is absent. She really needs all the love and attention she can get.

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I didn't expect that everyone will found out about their relationship this early.
After Doowoo's bar friend, now SuA's brother catch my sight ;D

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Loving episode 8 and 7. Never in my life have I wanted two people to cheat so much. I don't like affairs in dramas (or in real life) and all the anger, hate and pain the characters cause their spouses and children. Too messy and changes the entire tone of the drama. This is different. Morally? No. Still wrong. Its not the obvious characters having affairs, but the really pleasing to eye, kind, and sweet natured ones doing the diiirty.

I've left the morals at the door to enjoy this drama. I love the chemistry between the leads, the conversations they have, and the feelings they really have developed for each other. Its not just sex. Its emotional cheating. Their spouses never had a chance once these two met. The way it been written, its fate and family leading them to each other all along.. and then the two of them recognizing the connection enough to act on it. I think the fall out is going to be painful. I'm assuming a time jump will ne needed as well..because this can't be a easy as it appears.

Favorite moments:

Episode 7- Su ah meeting Do Woo's Mom and making a connection with her before she passed away. Do Woo reaching for Su ah at the funeral home. His head leaning into her stomach as he pulled her closer. So vulnerable and gut wrenching. Intentional coincidences....

Episode 8- The kiss!! So hot!! I didn't expect it so early, but glad the story is progressing and not in a limbo of should they or not.. It would have been a waste of time.

I think the writing in this drama is trying to have us experience something a little different and I like the twists.

Lee Sang Yoon is totally adorable in this drama. Falling under the spell again. :)

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Its emotional cheating +100000

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One of the things I appreciate about this show is its simplicity. There's a compelling manner on how the story is told and how it unfolds to resonate well with its audience. Its nice to have a show that can talk about the wrong choices people make and be able to dissect every emotion responsible for leading them towards that decision.

What OTWTTA does so well is it avoids the heavy lifting a melodrama's story arc needs by creating scenes that are feather light but still captures every meaningful emotion masterfully played by its characters. Maybe that's the reason why I find myself sympathizing with Su-ah but also empathizing with Hye-won. As a viewer, we're presented with different perspectives coming from each character's storyline and we learn to either accept or reject their decisions and actions just like we do life in general.

Another thing this show has done so well is that the supporting characters become an integral part of the story; they remain significant and relevant to the plot so the show doesn't veer away from its original concept. There's also an unquestionable relatability one gets from the show; it divides its viewers based on their opinions on relationships and also finding that common ground that the feeling of being in love and being loved is undeniably great.

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What a very well written commentary from you, @yoyo

I'm rooting so strongly for SA/DW that I became a bit defensive, haha. Though in the first place, I don't condone infidelity or encourage divorce too in real life. I'm just too engrossed and empathising deeply with their predicament at the home front and viewing things entirely from their perspective, that's all. Given their circumstances, I still think divorce is the best option for DW, but reserved judgement for SA, depending on whether JS is willing to put in effort to work things out with SA.

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There's not a moment of these show that feels wasted. Every scene feels like something significant for later or something that adds further meaning to another scene. Like you want to pay attention to what any passing character is saying and keep that in the back of your mind cause its sure to add more understanding about our characters.

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Why Everytime they were in airplane something dangerous always happens?
I am shocked when do woo's wife following Mi Jin behind that red curtain,.. the most dangerous person is not the one who confronts you directly right in front of your face, but the one who keeps silent and watch your action, I believe that Do Woo's wife made plan to fight do woo later,..
And the kiss scene, compared to other lee sang yoon's drama, this one is one of the best, but the kiss scene can be better than this,.. (my wild imagination know that heheh)

Can't get enough of this drama, will wait for the next eps,,

Thanks for the recap Sailor Jumun ^_^

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HW's behaviour is so creepy, and outright curt and rude, isn't it? it was obvious that her presence made everyone around her feel so uncomfortable, even for, MJ who is such a seasoned air hostess who is so experienced with dealing with difficult passengers.

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Somehow the moment SuAh decided to resign is the saddest moment for me in the whole drama T_T... That last in-flight check thing that she did when she was strolling with DoWoo shows that she obviously loves her job. When she quit it just felt like she lost the battle and had to forfeit her love for her job (which is something that has been her love even before hyoeun) and just be satisfied with her love for her family. How sad.. that could one day be me.. well probably not the cheating part, just the quitting... So sad...

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I also thought it was sad. That scene didn't have the "liberating" feeling her sunbae spoke of. It just felt resigned to me.
If a woman wants to be a SAHM, and that life gives her happiness, then I'm alright with it. I get it that not every modern woman wants to be a career woman. But I don't like it when a woman clearly loves her job yet is forced to give it up because her male partner refuses to share household duties. That's SA and her pilot husband. He makes zero concession and places all the burden on her and his elderly mother. If I were Grandma, I'd be cranky too.
I don't know where the writer will take this story, whether the leads will actually go all the way with the affair. I just wish SA could have a supportive spouse and HE to have a present father. Anything less would be a disappointment.

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I agree re: giving up her work. This makes me sad too. She obviously loves her job. :(

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There was a tinge of sadness on SA's face and tears was welling in her eyes. She was forced to give up her job and scarify everything for her family. She might have felt a sense of relief for finally making that decision, but it is definitely not liberation, but helplessness.

While many beanies are advocating for the leads to work things out with the partners, it also largely depends on whether JS and HW are willing to reflect on their shortcomings and make constructive changes too. It will be a futile attempt for SA or DW to be struggling alone while the partner is adamant about being faultless and refusing to make any positive contribution to salvage the marriage. It does take two to tango, else it is just prolonging the agony akin to emotional abuse if SA and DW continue to entrap themselves in their respective marriages.

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Thanks for the recap! <3

First off, should we include the plane's red curtains as the Closed Curtains of Doom? They inadvertently reveal the innermost secrets of those who go behind them. LOL

Second, the ending scene where Su-ah looks up to the woman by the window -- that was beautifully shot. How tender, how heartbreaking, and how resolving it felt all at the same time. Just lovely.

Third, Hyo-eun's bullying scene should be a wake-up call to SA at least. If I were the mom, I would've probably followed up on the CCTV footage as subtly suggested by the teacher, for evidence. Maybe SA will do that in the next episodes?

Last, that pre-dawn scene where SA recalled all of her treasured memories and added "sunrise from the second floor". Could it be a foreshadowing of where their relationship would go? Just a "treasured memory" that SA will go back to every now and then?

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Is anyone else wondering did they or didn't they? I guess I'm still kinda holding on to that hope that they didn't because i too was brought up in a home with affairs and wish that they'd atleast leave their spouses before anything.

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Perhaps it's me that's reading far beyond the line, but I'm certain they did it. The ending shot of their kissing shows a sofa that can be used as a bed. Then Dong Woo changed into a simple white t-shirt while making coffee. And then he asked (in the sub it says) "What's your wish after this?" and I thought he looked a bit concern when Su Ah said "for nothing to be changed". Like he was afraid what Su Ah said would've sounded like she regretted having slept with him. Again, this is just my take...

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Um, conspicuously rumpled + sunrise = yeah, they did. And even if the narrative is going to leave that ambiguous I think the physical line has definitely been crossed. That was definitely not a platonic hang out.

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I'm of the opinion that they did not.

They still have the Two No's and Do-woo even stated this in the episode.

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I also hold the opinion that they did not.

SA didn't come across as someone who crosses the line so easily. She has been guilt-ridden, so she would not take the plunge so easily considering that HE is so important to her too. So far, this drama has been focusing on the beauty of emotional connection, therefore, it would be quite jarring to have this happened at this stage.

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Ever heard the expression "love will make your mind go wild". These two are soulmates and will remain in love. In K-Drama Land, they will also remain together. Just my prediction.

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Betrayal already took place emotionally and now physically too. Whether they took it further physically doesn't count in that narrative.

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Sorry.....from all appearances it was a well directed, beautifully executed scene-whereby it was left to your imagination as to their love-making. In my opinion the love-making was evidenced by the door slamming shut, fade-in, fade-out kissing scene(s). Later, he had changed his shirt and was wearing a white tee-shirt in the scene where he was making coffee. They had calmed down and were peacefully watching the sunrise together....Seemingly the only scene missing was the vehicle for the love making, e.g., bed, chair, sofa - use your imagination....

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What's truly unfortunate about Su-ah's decision to resign from her career, is the message sent to viewers that a person's job is the main problem when there are issues in the home, be they marriage or children issues and the way to remedy that is to quit ..... and as happens way too often, it has to fall to the woman to do just that.

Don't get me wrong, if a woman has the wish and or goal to be a stay-at-home parent, she has my utmost respect because there is nothing wrong with that choice. ...... But to assume that child and/or marriage problems are automatically lessened or remedied by resigning your job is not true.

The way I see it, in Su-ah's case, it's true that her daughter is not successful in school and is being bullied. The thing is, her father Jin-suk is emotionally unavailable to her and her mother, he can't be bothered with the minimal household task and he just barks out orders with no consideration for others. ....... Su-ah on the other hand, is willing to listen to her daughter but she's almost too accommodating to the point of being passive. She's not assertive at all. Recall the scene of her feeling anxious just thinking of going to her daughter's school to speak with the teacher! ....... It's that this particular couple, does not have the best personality requirements for parenting such an active child and for modeling an emotionally-healthy marriage that there are problems. If they were to maintain these same personality characteristics but had 9-to-5 jobs or even if Jin-suk and Su-ah were BOTH stay-at-home parents, they would still have problems as a family.

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So true. Decisions are always one-sided with these two (Jin Suk & Su Ah) with SA always giving in considering herself wrong and deserving whatever it is just because she brought her daughter home....so frustrating... and JS.. what a horrible husband, they probably got married coz SA was pregnant. That would make more sense.

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Parenting style aside, it is more about SA wanting to spend more time with HE and be there for her, as she was struggling in school and was feeling very sensitive, she was always grumbling about not wanting to be left alone at home as it was scary.

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Can't imagine for it NOT being scary. She's what...11 or 12 and being left alone completely, not knowing who's coming to look for her? And Ms. Korfan, I totally agree. They'd have problems no matter SA stays home or not. They communicate nothing to each other, it's really crazy. And how can a couple not getting together the first thing they're in one city? That marriage has fallen out years before there's any infidelity.

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I only watch this show until second episode and just happen to read this episode recap. I'm just curios, am I suppose to be happy seeing them kissing?

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No you are probably not supposed to be happy, in the real world most of us do not celebrate emotional or physical betrayal of vows taken. Yet, in this particular drama you the two leads have such amazing chemistry, and it isn't at all forced. The kiss is like a moment that has been building up for these two characters and as some said came about much earlier than expected. I once saw an old Cary Grant movie called "In Name Only" soapy to def, but in it a man was married to a scheming and manipulative woman who showed her self to be so devoted and kind, but behind close doors for years she refused to give him a divorce because of money and status. Well the character fell in love with a widow who had a child, but the wife still refused until one day her duplicitous character was displayed for all to see. So good, but the two leads Cary Grant and Carole Lombard never had an affair, but they fell in love. But no you were not supposed to be happy with the kiss.

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@JV, I'm with you we are not supposed to be happy, or celebrate emotional or physical betrayal of vows taken.

I've come to realise that there is no point in being too vocal about rooting for the leads in this drama, those comments about OTWTTA featured in BoW are mainly the ones which are against the emotional infidelity. Even those who have not watched OTWTTA were jumping in to advocate for SA/DW to work things out with the partners first with reference to their own real life experience but not in the context of what's actually happening in the drama. People are really quick to judge others' marriage based on their own set of subjective values.

I said this before, in real life, I neither condone infidelity nor encourage divorce, this is just a drama which is telling a story, as a viewer, I'm objectively empathising with the leads here. There are two sides to the coin. DW/SA did not purposely seek out infidelity, it happened by chance, and they did not once blame their partners' for their infidelity, but still, they were being beaten up and no matter how creepily manipulative and self-serving the partners are, and whether the partners are willing to put in effort to work things out with them or not had never been questioned. Regardless, the ones who are engaging in infidelity are at fault, period. As such, I've given up commenting on how beautiful the SA/DW emotional connection is, I will just watch as a passive viewer to see what unfolds next.

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I'm with you 100%. It would be a narrative tragedy if the original couples "work things out" (not to mention, highly unbelievable in my experience of the world at least).

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:O I'm surprised. Do the BoW seem like they're against emotional infidelity? They seem pretty balanced to me. Both posting the side of wanting to work on the marriage and also the side of those suffering in one and having to make difficult decisions.

I know I feel crazy supporting both sides. But I can't help it because different comments can express well what a person is going through in such situations.

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THANKS for recaps.

I LOVE this drama ... its mood, cinematography, directing ... and yes, I am even endorsing the affair even as I hold the mantra: once a cheater, always a cheater.

As for the curiosity as to whether the kiss lead to more intimacy or not: I am ok with sticking with whatever. Let the natural flow take its course = this lovely drama is pretty good at that.

The first step towards disintegration of propriety.

Does anyone think DW is somewhat more people-aware and aware of SA's emotions, more than SA is of herself? It is an upperhand for him to propel the relationship, and tease her (the wineglass episode, the not so accidental touches, those looks) ... after her husband, I really don't want her to be manipulated in her cluelessness.

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True that. DW's on the manipulative side, prodding SA and "clarifiying" her confusions for her. I think the affair wouldn't have progressed as they have if DW didn't tease her after they took Annie's ashes back to Korea.

I would like SA to gain confidence in all areas--as a woman, a person capable of giving and receiving love, and as a mother-- and to be sure of what she wants in life (not just in love).

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I mentioned about the prodding in the last ep, I think it is because DW has already given up on HW more or less, so he has no qualms about divorcing her anytime. And because he did say previously that he needed SA, he started to harbour wishful thinking to be together with her. As such, in this ep, he asked her directly if they should live in such a nice place when they were out in the countryside. Knowing that SA has no intention to leave JS, he was prodding very cautiously just to sound her out, but at time same time, not giving her too much pressure as he does want to keep the relationship going.

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Well, I mean, they're married and miserable, not dead. I don't blame them at all for grasping at a little shimmer of happiness. I mean, how eternally self-sacrificing are these two supposed to be when they are each married to people who treat them so terribly. I'm team adultery on this one.

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@minathens, team adultery has no chance here, the ship will definitely sink in the menacing tirade of majority opinion

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It's ok, I'll go down with the ship as long as I can keep watching DW's sad doe eyes :)

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DW is far ahead in this relationship. When he told his wife that he cherishes Su-ah.. its an honest warning to his wife and foretells any future decisions he may make. Don't cross any boundaries because I will leave you..

DW is out the door and wants Su-ah to catch up. Having experienced multiple life changing moments can be catalysts for a big change as well. I'm not turned off by his prodding.. yet. The pace feels surprisingly right. As @yoyo wrote, the details in this drama are amazing in their simplicity. Enjoying the unfolding. I too will go down the DW X SA ship.

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When I hear "Oakland" mentioned in the drama, I thought it was referring to Auckland, New Zealand. When I googled, there really is an Oakland, in California, USA. Seems like the same Korean spelling is used for both cities (오클랜드). Wonder which is it actually...

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When SA mentioned "Oakland" in the previous episode I checked Air Asia's destinations as far as I know Oakland is in California, USA. I frowned like, "Do AA have route to Oakland (CA)?" But, it does indeed have a route for Auckland, New Zealand.

But then again, this drama kept continuing saying "Oakland", just then I should take if it's just a drama, and it might be true that SA's flight should be going to Oakland in CA, :)

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LOL @applecrumble
I thought I was the only one who did that! I was 99% sure that they messed up the sub last episode but when I saw Oakland again in this one I had to Google.

Still I think they meant Auckland because her MIL did mention how lucky SA is to travel to Philippines (Cebu) and then to NZ if I'm not mistaken

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In the first episode they refer to it correctly as Auckland and then subs changed to Oakland. I think for its definitely Auckland NZ.

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Thanks for recaps! I might wait til the end of November to watch the rest. The waiting game is killing me. I love this drama!

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So many things to admire in this show.

While it is definitely delving into adultery(emotional cheating?) now, the show doesn't downplay anybody's role and puts forth that everyone and anything can influence a person's decision. Whether it is the gossipy observation of a colleague, a heartfelt statement from an old friend or the complaints of a child. Memories, ornaments or places. They factor into the decisions a person makes when traveling on the path of life. Navigating the intersections, roadblocks and dead-ends is a challenging task and our protagonists are certainly arriving at a few of these now. While Su Ah may fervently wish that nothing changes, Do Woo probably knows nothing will be the same again to the extent of telling her to lie to everyone and maybe themselves about it. He may be more prepared for the fall out than SA but then SA has more to lose.

It is hard for SA to ignore her instinct which is screaming for her to be with Do Woo. Her dilemma is understandable, she cannot simply up and run as she does not completely hate every aspect of her life; she loves and interacts with Hyo Eun, her MIL and her friends without issue. Her frustration is largely caused by Ji Suk but even their arrangement with the constant one absent parent is something that they have accepted and which they have been doing for a while. Now that the cracks are starting to appear, SA is the first one to be affected while JS is still oblivious even when small clues are starting to pop up about his wife's unusual friendship. Sadly, he could have clued in faster if he spent any kind of quality time with his family. In a way, when JS put his family on auto-pilot by constantly avoiding all family situations, he has taken himself out of the equation too.

The show is hinting on the big fall out to come by pointing out what Ji Suk and Hye Won could do if their spouses strayed. Ji Suk would go on the warpath with a smear campaign and Hye Won will use it to advance her other goals.

It will be painful to watch but I think I will be watching with mixed feelings where you know it's not right to celebrate the protagonists getting together but you can't bear to watch them apart either. Per what I commented for Ep 7, human interaction is too complicated to be categorized as black or white; the endless shades of gray are what makes life so interesting. If the show has so successfully made everyone think about the more complex decisions in life then I think they have achieved their goal.

There is no satisfying conclusion to this kind of story and somehow I wish for an open ending of SA and DW in that peaceful, breezy, sunny house filled with Grandma's ornaments. Whether they are together or not does not matter, it is the journey taken by them to reach that place (physically and mentally) that matters.

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Someone mentioned the significance of DW's name being saved as "Airport" in SA's mobile phone in relation to the metaphorical meaning of the drama's title. In response, my conclusion was that the drama could be focusing on "the journey" itself in terms of character growth and internal struggles. Though I'm rooting for SA/DW, I'm quite doubtful that she will eventually reach the “airport” destination, as I still believe that an open-ended kind of finale will be presented.

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I just went back to check that comment in Ep4, it is comment number 9 by @risa.

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I was reading comments on the Soompi thread over the wkend, having just come on board this drama. A beautiful drama which now takes precedence over others!

There was someone (Jadecloud?) who was expounding beautifully on the significance of "airport" - embarking on exciting memorable journeys, beginnings and endings. Hullos, Goodbyes.

So in that sense "Airport" can be subjective. It can signify the end of a chapter/goodbye ... and also the beginning of another journey.

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Thanks for the recap but is it just me or is this recap really late? Anyway, loved episode 7 and 8. This is one of the few shows that I watch and still eagerly read the recaps and comments. What I loved about the episodes:

Episode 7: The scenery shots while Do Woo read his mum's will. So beautiful and calming for some reason.
Su-ah attempting to stay away from Do Woo but finding her way into his arms in the warmest embrace ever.

Episode 8: The kiss - so intense and passionate. Wow...kim Ha Neul and Lee Sang Yoon along with the director did an amazing job with that kiss. LSY has redeemed himself from that twenty again...urgh (the twenty again kiss felt very out of place age-wise for the main leads). I thought ooly LSY's dimples were swoon-worthy but damn those stares.

I like that everyone is cluing in so early on about the affair. It brings another layer of intrigue to the story. It could either put an end to it or make their relationship stronger. Curious to see which path the writer will take. Love all the side characters and their stories.

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the cheating thgough,,,,arggghh crcly...i noe suah's husband is a jerk face and don woo's wife has issues, like crc issues , but still it doesnt justify cheating....comeon pple this no no no,,,,,,i dont think its right

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No, cheating is not right but it part of this writers story, it is like watching a short term soap opera, it will be messy. Human beings make mistakes, sometime in biblical proportions, but in life it is about the journey, and even when you can make bad choices, it is how you handle your mistakes which allow you to either grow as person or stay stagnate.

Life is about choices, you can choose to do the right thing but sometimes emotions do overwhelm you, and if you make a mistake you should be able to accept the consequences, and think about how those around you may or may not be affected if you chose to do the wrong thing before you act on your feelings. Cheating is never the answer, if you can not make it work best case scenario divorce or separate with divorce as an option.

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Omg those kisses. The eye acting and the longing and the hunger, the shirt grabs and the lip action. Is this even allowed on korean tv?! It's got my vote for best kiss for sure!

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My God, that kiss!!

I can't believe they actualy went there. I just can't....*plumps down on couch, drained*

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Thanks for the recap. I love this drama.
don't give up suah.have fun and live free because of your daughter.

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woo hoo the "we are justified" episode is so near daughter should be readying the I want to be like you mom line yesssss

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I wish in that instant Soo-ah had decided to quit the other words her friend spoke in favour of keeping her job also came to her mind. But in the end the well being of her daughter, who is really suffering, is her ultimate priority. I find it very hard to swallow that she's never considered a separation from that manipulative slime. He's obviously a lousy father and husband, Soo-ah deserves better than to be treated like furniture. But having her peace of mind about her daughter may open the window to allowing her to think about putting her own happiness somewhere up in her list of priorities.

I love how the show is handling such a sensitive subject, not a minute too hard to endure.

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Soo-ah and Doh-woo are wonderful together, but can they stop killing his beloved ones every time she meets them? I'm fearful for Uncle Suk, he's so endearing- nothing like anything I've seen that actor play btw.

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Uncle Suk has me worried too. Plus he's going around uncovering all these secrets, a highly unsafe measure in the sidecharacter rule book in dramaland. Watch your back Uncle Suk!

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The producers were sooo adamant that this was NOT an adultery drama, lol. Its cracking me up!

God, I love this show! Its making me feel this...feelings.

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This show is different from any Korean show I've seen so far. We all know the downside of cheating and divorcing but, this is one show that shows me it's okay to cheat on account that, these two people never have love in their marriage and are now experiencing the beauty in being in love in a marriage. Kudos to the Korean writers you have managed to make me feel deeply for the emotions the leads are doing. I mean, it seems so real mainly because of the feelings of the unknown (what's gonna happen next). I look forward to watching this show can't stop feeling for them and the way they interact at every corner of their meeting places, it's so gut wrenching because you know what they are doing is wrong and yet, you are rooting for them to keep on doing the wrong. Is this for real or what. Boy, they are so good together and they are so beautiful to look at. I'm still trying to get over the kiss I mean, I had body reactions to that kiss and I wanted for it to go further than the horizon would take their longings for each other to materialize in our eyes and so beautifully done at the end when they were sitting on the couch, looking out the window with so much emotions inside that needs to come out in one swoop of the wind. Oh geez so nice to watch this show. I cry, I get scared, I get mad at her unloving, un-involved damn of a shitty husband. Thank you so much writers and directors for such a beautiful show. Nothing short of the dam crazy Unusual family show, that is one hell of a shitty show. Oh well, so much to say therefore, I'll stop for the next episode I cant wait to see.

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I don't think the show is actually saying ' its okay to cheat'.
Its simply showing the journey these characters are embarking on as they go through a major transition period in their lives and the aftereffects of the choices they make/have made.

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