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The Man Living in Our House: Episode 2

As Na-ri tries to grapple with her new and unusual family, everyone around her is determined to make her see just how suspicious and crazy this situation is. Admittedly, they’re not wrong for being wary, but she needs to decide for herself what is true and what is false, and what truths may have been around her all along, just underneath the surface.

 

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

We jump right back into the tangle, as the mysterious mandoo shop owner Go Nan-gil attempts to explain to a bewildered Na-ri that he is in fact her stepfather. He wanted to break the news to her slowly, but now that she knows the truth, he won’t watch her ruin her health. Of course, nothing Nan-gil says sounds acceptable to Na-ri, so he further explains that he and her mother registered their marriage a year ago.

She demands to know why he didn’t tell her earlier, not that that means she believes him or anything. And she’d like some photo evidence of their marriage, thank you very much, she adds. He sighs before providing a snapshot of him and her mother holding up their marriage certificate on his phone.

Back inside the hospital, the doctor tells Na-ri that she gets stressed easily, which probably caused her temporary blindness. Na-ri isn’t even listening to him, as the absurdity of her situation dawns on her. Instead, she peppers the doctor with questions on the process of registering one’s marriage.

In the waiting room, prickly toy company CEO Deok-bong saunters over to Nan-gil and hands him a contract, offering to buy Nan-gil’s land for half the price he previously offered. Deok-bong suggests Nan-gil sell his estate now, since he’ll lose out once Na-ri takes him to court for fraud, thereby nullifying his marriage and reclaiming her inheritance.

If that’s what he believes, Nan-gil asks why Deok-bong would want to sign a contract with a fraudster. According to Deok-bong, legally the land does belong to Nan-gil, so whether Nan-gil is sued at a later point, it’s still a legal transfer of assets.

Whatever the case may be, Nan-gil ain’t selling, but Deok-bong expresses confidence that he’ll get Nan-gil’s land eventually. When he accuses Nan-gil of conning a woman twice his age, Na-ri cuts in to demand that Deok-bong apologize for insulting her mother. Surprised to be overheard, he apologizes, then leaves in a huff, wondering why she’s so pissed at him and not the conman.

Alone, Na-ri’s imagination runs wild again as she envisions confronting Nan-gil, exposing his deception, and kicking him out of her house. Unfortunately, before she can speak, her phone rings, so she steps out to take the call.

It’s Boyfriend’s mother who clearly hasn’t been told that her son ruined his engagement. Na-ri pretends to be busy and her almost-mother-in-law assumes she must be flying, then hangs up.

Deok-bong drives by and offers her a ride; she isn’t interested until he mentions her mother. He explains who he is, namely a buyer very interested in her mother’s land, but Mom had refused to sell it to him. Na-ri flippantly upholds her mother’s decision and starts to get out of the car. Thinking fast, Deok-bong tells Na-ri that technically, it isn’t that Na-ri won’t sell her land to him, but rather that she can’t. It isn’t hers, after all, because everything belongs to Nan-gil.

He takes Na-ri through the strange series of events surrounding Nan-gil’s marriage to her mother, chief among them being her fatal car accident so soon after her new marriage.

Na-ri agrees with his analysis, since it makes more sense than the version she heard from Nan-gil. However, before Deok-bong can feel like he’s become her ally, she jumps out of his car to stalk Nan-gil. She doesn’t make it far unnoticed, and Nan-gil suggests they get some grub.

The ajumma at the restaurant mistakes them for a couple, but when Nan-gil begins to say that he’s her father, Na-ri cuts him off and ushers them inside. Once alone, she instructs Nan-gil not to clarify their relationship to outsiders. Nan-gil thinks she cares too much what people think, and that she should accept their relationship for what it is.

Na-ri ignores his advice and demands to know his age. He tries to divert her by emphasizing the unimportance of age—which leads her to conclude that he’s probably younger than her. She recommends that they speak formally to each other since their relationship is so unusual.

She then warns him not to pretend to be her father, because she doesn’t accept that. Then she implores him think of their situation from her perspective. In response, he asks her to clarify what exactly her perspective is—is she mad that her mother got married without telling her, or that a strange man is living in her house?

Na-ri admits that if her mother were alive she could understand the fact that she married a younger man and gave him everything she had. She’d be okay with it; but her mother isn’t here to defend the marriage. Nan-gil’s eyes turn red as he says that he tells himself the same thing every day, “If she were alive…” He wonders aloud why she had to be there of all places where the car accident occurred.

His expression of grief compels Na-ri to admit that her mother had tried to tell her something important before she died, but Na-ri kept making excuses that she was too busy to go home. She understands now what was so significant.

Nan-gil explains that Na-ri rarely came home, and when she did it was always late at night, so she just went straight to her room, which made it easy for him to avoid her. She asks why he was avoiding her, but he merely shrugs. When asked if he goes to visit her mother’s tree often, Nan-gil replies wistfully, “I often go during her favorite hour.”

The statement triggers a sweet memory of young Na-ri and her mother sitting by the water during what looks to be dusk. Her mother explains that she likes the listlessness of the hour, not yet time to eat or start anything, but just kind of laze around. Na-ri remembers then that her mother also tricked her by calling out “Snake!” as Nan-gil had when they first met.

She asks if he married her mother because he loved her, and though it takes him a long time to answer, he says yes.

The two cheaters, Yeo-joo and Boyfriend (who should probably get a name if he’s going to stick around—Jo Dong-jin), meet up at Yeo-joo’s request, since she felt like they didn’t end things properly. She acts cute and sweet to him, even expressing concern when Dong-jin tells her that Na-ri was in the ER, and he’s headed over to meet her.

In the car, Yeo-joo asks if he can stay just a little while longer since it’s their last meeting. His nostrils flare up in excitement, but she saccharinely calls him a dummy for being swayed, and tells him to be good to Na-ri from now on.

After thanking him for everything, she gets out of the car and walks off. She takes only a few steps before Dong-jin jumps out of his car and calls after her. With her back still turned to him, she smirks.

Na-ri and Nan-gil head over to Hong Mandoo, and she’s surprised to see so many people lined up outside. One of Nan-gil’s employees greets her, excited to see the “daughter” his boss waited every day to meet, but Nan-gil quickly pulls her away and sends her outside.

Unable to figure him out, Na-ri sneaks into the restaurant’s office which looks like Nan-gil’s bedroom now, wanting to uncover his deepest, darkest secrets.

She’s caught before she finds anything (except his underwear), and stumbles out to leave, but not before tripping and dunking her hands in two containers of mandoo dough. A few of the employees witness the scene and notice that Na-ri’s hands are covered in dough, wondering if she’s allowed to knead since she’s family. Immediately, Nan-gil tosses the two “tainted” containers of dough and demands that they be thrown out.

Nan-gil follows Na-ri outside to warn her that if she’s trying to find some dirt on him, she won’t. She demands to know why he has a drawer with a lock then—what’s he hiding? He replies with his own question: Why did she show up with a shovel that night? He guesses that she bought it to pull out the weeds that grow easily in their yard. After all, she’d abandoned her house, while he stayed and took care of it.

He tells her that the fact that he’s her stepfather isn’t going to change even if she discovers something about him. Then they go round and round trying to get the other to leave the house, to no avail. After Na-ri gives up, Nan-gil suggests she make dinner because he’s invited a guest.

At the unveiling of his new robot museum, Deok-bong discusses the construction of a resort with his secretary, who reminds him that they haven’t received all the funding yet. Deok-bong dismisses her concerns and explains that corporations need to make bold moves if they want to avoid bankruptcy.

She casts him a withering look, and he identifies it as the same look Na-ri gave him earlier. He marvels at how easily Na-ri saw through him after having met him only once. He admits to being a scumbag, but muses that it’s usually hard to reach that conclusion based on just his first impression, since he hides it so well.

Intrigued, he asks his secretary to look into Na-ri.

Despite being appalled by Nan-gil’s arrogance, Na-ri automatically opens the refrigerator door, then hilariously asks herself if she’s really going to obey and make dinner. What she sees inside catches her attention: All the food is neatly organized into containers, something her mother never did. She then remembers noticing the organized fridge once before when her mom was still alive. She had asked her mother about it, only for her to cryptically reply that she wasn’t the one who did it. Looking back now, Na-ri makes the connection.

She closes the doors of the unfamiliar looking fridge then sinks to the floor. With her head tilted toward the sky, she asks her mother if everything Nan-gil said is true.

In his room, Nan-gil stares at his wife’s phone—the one he told Na-ri he’d gotten rid of—before unlocking his drawer and putting it in the safe inside.

Na-ri whips up a feast for Nan-gil’s guest, then goes out to call him in for dinner. She struggles to figure out what to call him, deciding that “father” isn’t right. She switches to her super polite jondae, which bewilders him. They talk for a moment about the garden, and how it only ever grew weeds, but under his care flowers bloomed.

She notices that his tie is crooked and reaches out to fix it, but he instinctively deflects her hand and moves away awkwardly. Noting his reaction, she goes on to explain that she’s decided to accept him, because she trusts the choice her mother made.

At first, she felt like her mother was keeping a huge secret from her, but in fact, if she had been a better daughter she would’ve learned about him a long time ago. Nan-gil is quick to defend her and says that Mom called her the best daughter in the universe, and she accepts the compliment. Then, like a good daughter, she fixes his tie.

Boyfriend Dong-jin pulls up to their house right at that moment, and asks Na-ri what she’s doing. Nan-gil is first to greet his “son-in-law,” but Dong-jin looks on, confused. He then recognizes Nan-gil from Na-ri’s mother’s funeral, realizing now that he was part of the family.

Na-ri tersely asks Dong-jin what he is doing at her house, and he hurries to ask how she’s feeling. Na-ri is surprised to learn that Dong-jin knew about her trip to the ER, and Nan-gil clarifies that he got Dong-jin’s contact info from the funeral and called him.

While father and daughter argue about Nan-gil’s interference in Na-ri’s life, Dong-jin is just trying to figure out what the heck is going on, and why this young man is speaking informally to Na-ri, and to him too. Even more confusing is the fact that Na-ri is replying formally.

Na-ri doesn’t have the desire or patience to explain anything about her life to Dong-jin anymore, and shouts at him to leave before storming back into the house. Left alone, Nan-gil asks Dong-jin what he did to piss her off.

Having heard a version of their current situation, Nan-gil comes back into the house to apologize to Na-ri about calling over Dong-jin without getting her consent.

She complains that if he’s her father, then he should punch Dong-jin’s lights out, not bring him home for dinner. On cue, Dong-jin walks in, in search of an explanation. At first it seems as if Nan-gil will follow through with an ass-whooping, but once he gets close to Dong-jin he merely recommends that he leave for the day.

Disappointed and frustrated, Na-ri flees to her bedroom. A few moments later, Dong-jin comes in, now up to speed on the stepfather business. He accuses Nan-gil of being a conman who seduced her mother, asking Na-ri if she’s in her right mind to go along with this charade.

Na-ri doesn’t want to hear his concern and shouts at him to leave, but he persists. He berates her for being so blind and insists that she to look into the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death. Just as she begins to be persuaded by his suspicions, his phone beings to ping from a barrage of text messages from Yeo-joo.

Yeo-joo pretends to be super concerned about Na-ri’s well-being, when in actuality she’s still playing her long-game. After her friend comments on how pleased she looks as she texts, Yeo-joo replies that Dong-jin is lying to her now. In the past, he used to talk about his girlfriend and she was never allowed to text him when he was with Na-ri. But now, he pretends to have a meeting when he’s with Na-ri, so that means Yeo-joo is considered first priority in his eyes. Okay, whatever floats your boat, girl.

When Dong-jin replies to Yeo-joo’s texts in Na-ri’s room mind you, Na-ri remembers he’s a scumbag and tries again to kick him out. But this time he tells her something she didn’t know—apparently the land her house is on is worth a lot of money these days. He theorizes that Nan-gil knew that beforehand and targeted her mother. He tells Na-ri that even if they break up, she must protect her house.

Nan-gil comes by having heard everything, and Dong-jin doesn’t even hide his contempt. He demands that Nan-gil leave, warning that he won’t get away with what he’s done. Nan-gil just looks on as Dong-jin barks, then announces that he’s going to go knead dough.

At the robot house, a bespectacled girl clicks through her Nan-gil photo collection, all shots taken from far away. She zeroes in on Na-ri who appears in her latest batch, and fumes. Her oppa Deok-bong barges into her room and asks why she’s skipping school lately. He confesses that he doesn’t really care what she does, but since he’s going to take over the town, he can’t have his little sister not go to school. Wait, is his little sister Nan-gil’s stalker? Omo.

He warns her that if she skips school one more time, he’s going to take away everything she has, since it’s all his money anyway.

At the manddo shop, Nan-gil is positively giddy as he recalls Na-ri suggesting that they get along. He hoots loudly to himself as he kneads. He’s so lost in his own happiness that Na-ri sneaks up on him unnoticed to ask for his phone number, causing him to scream. She calls him and pauses when she hears that his ringtone is a song her mother often sang.

Abruptly, she asks him to sing the song for her. He complies, but isn’t very good, and his voice fades awkwardly. She then asks what he does when he misses her mom. He replies that when he closes his eyes, he can see her smiling face.

She declares suddenly that she’s going back to Seoul, and Nan-gil struggles to hide his relief, but insists that she’s welcome home anytime. As he walks her out the door, he nags her about eating and sleeping well, and most importantly, not getting stressed out.

Outside, Dong-jin offers her a ride back to Seoul. He admits that he was wrong to have an affair, but she broke up with him as if she were waiting for it all along. She doesn’t care and tells him to let his mother know so she stops calling. He reiterates that she can’t just throw away this house and she accuses him of being materialistic. This prompts him to demand that she give him the money her uncle owes him, right now.

At that moment, Deok-bong drives by, asking Na-ri if Dong-jin is bothering her. And because we must never forget what a dirtbag he is, Dong-jin’s phone pings again with texts from Yeo-joo. While he scurries to answer them, Nan-gil comes back out with some packed mandoo for Na-ri to take home.

Nan-gil glares at Dong-jin and asks Deok-bong to take Na-ri to Seoul if he’s going there, which Deok-bong willingly agrees to. Once his daughter is gone, Nan-gil tells Dong-jin that he’ll repay the money that Uncle owes, so he is not to see Na-ri again, capisce?

In the car, Deok-bong says it looks like Nan-gil will kill Dong-jin once they’re gone, but she says it’s okay since he deserves it. Na-ri asks to be let out, but Deok-bong refuses, explaining that she was left in his care. Na-ri shamelessly expresses her relief since she didn’t want to ride the bus anyway. Baffled by her boldness he fishes for some gratitude since he’s already given her a ride twice today, which earns him a prompt but short, “thank you.”

A little time passes, but before we know it, Na-ri is back on the bus headed home for the anniversary of her mother’s death. She calls up her uncle, who still doesn’t answer. Instead, she texts him to invite him to the ceremony. He calls her back eventually and tearfully apologizes for not being able to make it, then ends the call. Thinking quickly, she calls back the number and an elderly woman answers. Na-ri realizes that her uncle called from a market near Mom’s house and hurries home.

She ends up missing him, but now she knows that Uncle is nearby. On her way home, encounters a bunch of men in suits hanging around her uncle’s house. But before she can get any closer, Nan-gil pulls her out of view and tells her to go home. She lets him know that her uncle is back, but he seems to already know. He then leaves her to confront the mysterious men.

A man who appears to be the leader greets Nan-gil in a friendly way, and the henchmen subsequently bow. Nan-gil looks over the group and asks the leader if he’s still scared of him. The man just laughs and replies that his underlings wanted to meet a “legend.”

He then says that he heard that Na-ri’s uncle has returned. Nan-gil accuses the man of having a spy in this town, and suggests they trust each other.

Na-ri watches the men leave from her house, and grills Nan-gil on their identity the moment she sees him. She accuses him of being friendly with them and he denies it. But she’s able to put everything together and suspects that her uncle is on the run. She demands to know how much his debt is, and begins to freak out.

Nan-gil tells her to just throw her uncle him away. “He’s your mother’s brother, so I’ll take responsibility for him,” he clarifies. Nan-gil is clearly concerned about the stress making her ill again, and tells her to forget all about it. Then he walks off pretending that he needs to knead.

As she unpacks her bag, Na-ri realizes that she forgot to give Nan-gil the gift she got for him. So she heads to the restaurant where she overhears him talking on the phone. From the context, it sounds like he is talking to her uncle.

Nan-gil: “I told you never to call. Why did you come here? Didn’t I tell you never to think about coming back here again? This is my final warning. If you do this again, I can’t say what will happen to you. You know I always keep my word.”

He then hangs up, and moves over to the wardrobe to take off his shirt. Na-ri watches from the door, shocked to see two large tattoos on his back. Slowly, he turns around and their eyes meet.

 
COMMENTS

I like that Na-ri has started training Nan-gil not to tell anyone the true nature of the relationship, because I’m already tired of hearing how suspicious their situation sounds. That said, Boyfriend did bring up some really good points that Na-ri needed to hear, like the soaring price of their land, but I think it’s safe to say that Na-ri understands how peculiar her own circumstance is.

Speaking of Boyfriend Dong-jin, Kim Ji-hoon is cracking me up as this character. He adds dashes of comedy that endears Dong-jin to me almost as much as I dislike him. I laughed more from his antics than anyone else’s so far. Lee Soo-hyuk as Deok-bong is also doing a good job keeping his character from appearing too cartoonish, even though everything about Deok-bong screams comic book. But Dong-jin was the most entertaining in this episode.

As for Na-ri, I really related to her mature reaction to Dong-jin’s affair—but then I found myself wondering why she’s being excessively childish with Nan-gil. She often comes off as petulant and fussy with him, which I understand may be a way to play up the comedy or emphasize the juxtaposition of her two relationships, but it kind of undermines what we know about the character. Based on all her (sober) actions in the previous episode, Na-ri seemed capable of taking the high road, inclined to even, like with her treatment of Yeo-joo after the fallout. Her relatively rapid acceptance of Nan-gil and her trust in her mother’s decision-making ability seems consistent with the Na-ri we know. However, a lot of the things she did and said in this episode (like the way she snuck into his room, and her attempt at stalking him), seemed like a different person. I feel like they are trying to go for a father vs. rebellious teenage daughter angle at this point, but something about it just didn’t fit to me.

It’s clear that gaining her approval means much more to Nan-gil than Na-ri, who is actually handling her absurd situation pretty well, all things considered. I’m just going to assume that everything Nan-gil feels for her right now, is totally paternal, or at least fully aiming to be. Because anything else at this point would be too weird. The show will need to strike that difficult balance of justifying Nan-gil’s relationship with Na-ri’s mother and portraying it in a believable way, while trying to move Nan-gil and Na-ri forward as the main couple.

Although, what I think might make more sense is that Nan-gil married Na-ri’s mother in order to protect her and subsequently her daughter’s assets from Uncle and these shady gangsters. I have no doubt that Nan-gil cares deeply for Na-ri’s mother, but their arrangement was probably not romantic. I found it moving when Nan-gil insisted that Na-ri’s uncle was not her responsibility, but his because he’s the father. This provides valuable insight into what he perceives his responsibility in this family to be. Besides, you know, nagging Na-ri about her stress level. And sexy mandoo making. (Side-note: Maybe it was only me, but when Nan-gil took off his shirt at the end, was anyone else momentarily disappointed that there was another shirt underneath? I was fully prepared for a shirtless scene and then that little fake-out happened.)

I really enjoy the way in which the show is validating the existence of Nan-gil’s marriage by highlighting the smaller details from their relationship, like his ringtone and the fridge arrangement, then letting Na-ri put the pieces together. Sometimes it is so much easier to find the flaws in ourselves before others, especially in those we love most. So the argument of Na-ri being completely caught up in her own life, so much that she missed such a big development in her mother’s, leading to her acceptance of Nan-gil, seems pretty realistic. At the same time, it allows Na-ri to use her memories and everything she knows about her mother as a measurement against Nan-gil’s claims. It helps to illustrate to both Na-ri and us as viewers, that the relationship between mother and daughter was as loving and warm as Na-ri believed it to be. Because I think her distrust of Nan-gil is also a manifestation of her guilt for feeling like a bad daughter—something she admits to Nan-gil in this episode.

Overall, the show is off to a very fun start, but it looks like larger questions brew in the distance, about what makes a family, and what makes a home. I hope there is more to this show than fluff and streusel, but so far it tastes delicious.

 
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Thanks for the recaps, I love this drama !!

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This show reminds me of Kimchi Family.

http://asianwiki.com/Fermentation_Family_-_Korean_Drama

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I was thinking the exact same thing! That Drama was Devine!

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I am so excited that this drama is airing but I am trying hard like a mad man to stay away reading the recaps and watching the drama...(i am a hardcore marathoner, I want to Marathon this so badly....) so it warms my heart that i am seeing some good reviews! I got the stop reading the comment section too!

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I wonder what people uncomfortable with the stepfather angle of the show would make of Otoko no Isshou (as many have noted this drama and the Japanese movie have some parallels). That had "a woman in her 20s who falls for a middle-aged professor who was her late granny's lover" :) There was no mystery in it but it was actually sweet in locating the humanity in even the oddest situations.

That said I don't think this drama is going anywhere near there and is going to be a conventional rom-com with obligatory heavy going and tears for a few episodes towards the end before all is set right. So might as well relax and enjoy it:). Its nothing groundbreaking but enjoyable fare.

Re the heroine, thus far I think she is still being played strongly even in regard to the male lead and the situation she is. The stepfather is alternately domineering and bashful too. But this can change too in K-dramas so we will see how it goes.

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That Japanese movie sounds a little bit like Rumor Has It with Jennifer Aniston. And that movie is awfully uncomfortable. (He was her grand and mum's lover, making him potentially be the father she was looking for). However the way Nan Gil is portrayed here is far from uncomfortable, before we'd even seen him you could've determined that the mother needed him to protect her assets rather than for intimacy. She could have adopted him, but he, this is a lot more complicated.

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Haven't seen Rumor Has it but usually the French and Japanese treat these kind of themes better. I don't think it would fit Korean dramas though and its obviously just a plot point.

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My thoughts on the story:

I think Nan-gil loves Na-ri's mom as just that, his mom. He married her to save the property she holds so dear because Na-ri has been too busy with work. The uncle wants to sell the property to pay for the debt. He owes money to a gang who Nan-gil might know back when he was also a gangster. Marriage was the only way to transfer ownership to assure he can protect Na-ri's mom even after death. I think Nan-gil has a secret crush/love for Na-ri way back when they were young. I think mom knows this and made sure to keep Nan-gil in the family. And hope that Na-ri will see how much Nan-gil loves them.

Just my thoughts.

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@Tee
I was thinking the same thing! Just going along with the ride to see how it all plays out.

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I don't know that stress can caused temp blindness until this drama, no wonder my eyesight has been going downhill....

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My college roommate had temporary blindness and the doctor initially thought it was this sort of thing (it wasn't). He called it 'hysterical blindness' and said it's technically a conversion disorder, meaning that nothing is wrong with your actual eyes, but the problem is basically that extreme psychological stress/emotional turmoil causes you to block the visual impulses that normally go from your eyes to your brain

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thanks for the info dear ! wow, so it's actually psychologically type of temporary blindness due to stress....when I was watching that scene I thought she has dropped her contact lens that's why her vision became blurry....haha and the doctor who attended to her was funny as well....

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Your description made me remember I've seen hysterical blindness used in another drama...I think it was Madame Antoine.

For some reason, I'm always relieved when vision problems in dramas DON'T turn out to be Leber's hereditary neuropathy.

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Was I the only one that lolled when Nan Gil chuckled happily at the empty containers Na Ri returned? Like a practical ajumma!

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haha, he was trying to change the topic when she was asking who those pack of gangsters are etc....

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But he is really an ajumma inside.

I expect a scene of him making huge batch of kimchi soon.

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I am loving this show. Kim Young Kwang is doing good job as Hong Nari's Stepdad. I wonder why people doesnt like him!!! Thank u for the recap!!

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I don't care about him until i watched gogh starry night,that's when i started liking him,then i watched nine plus boys after googling his previous works.

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Kim Young Kwang was absolutely lovable in Plus Nine Boys. Anyone looking for a fun breezy drama should watch it

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Agreed!

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Yes, and in gogh starry night he was also soooo charming...

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Same for me. Didn't care to watch anything he was in, but he did a great job in Gu-Ho's Starry Night as the grumpy but considerate boss-boyfriend.

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I wondered why people dislike him because in Go Ho's Starry Night he did pretty well and even here He is performing well. Now he has gained experience so people must be more open to his skills and should judge objectively. Plus Nine Boys added into list.

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Because of his controversy for his interview like "I hate girls with thick legs..." and other body shaming statement. He also once said he hate it when he get minor role in the beginning of his career since he a top model. He really need to learn to handle interview better. I like him since he sure got talent in acting.

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Netizens hate him because he insults women like Korean Donald Trump. He called women fat and ugly.

Plus, his acting was terrible in D-Day.

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OK, I actually read the "quotes" of what he said that has been perceived by many as body shaming. I took it as “fashion shaming”. He’s from the fashion industry and his statements were aimed, I believe, to how woman of particular body types dress inappropriately considering where they carry their weight, and how some behave when dressed in leggings under a skirt i.e. legs spread wide on a subway because they have leggings on. That is a not a good way to sit any where but home. People need to get off the train that shouts "body shaming" for every less than tactful, ill put (brutally honest), observation on how many woman, and men, chose clothes that not flattering to their body type. Just because it is the trend, doesn't mean you should wear it.

In this show…I cracked up, LOL, when he picked her up out of the car, in front of the hospital, and they played Whitney Houston’s famous song from THE BODYGUARD movie. FUNNNEEE, to me. It’s, also, fun to see this actress in a doing comedy. I’ve only seen her in heavy melodrama’s so far. I like how she’s throwing herself into this character.

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After pinoccchio actually, he gained many fans, and netizens seem ok with him now, just look at his drama articles, goho and this drama, they praise his acting skill and his charm...meanwhile some haters will forever hunt him because rude comments he said in the past, same case wih jongsuk, there will be some people whi always bring his airport "scandal".
I just hope now he is a better person, and won't say dumb things again.
He is a human after all, we make mistakes all the time.
His acting career will be fine as long as he don't do crimes. He is a great actor, I hope he stays aways from "scandal" anymore.

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Yes, netizen and some of us hate him because of his comments. But I find it funny though because k-netz also criticize and badmouth k-celeb who they consider ugly. They also always do body-shaming.
Personally, I really don't care about his personality in real life as long as he delivers a great perf in his drama. But after watching law of of the jungle featuring him, I can see a glimpse of his real personality, he is a hardworking man.
I will kee enjoying his perf as an actor as long as he doesn't do things like yoochun, park shi hoo, or uhm taewon, lol and it seems he gains many fans now after goho and this drama.

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I think romantic leads in Kdrama often (not always of course!) tend to take on a very paternal role in relationships, sometimes strangely so to my western sensibilities.
So I think this is a very fun twisty take on that behavior.

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I found myself getting angry with Nan-Gil, because of that undeserved, controlling, paternalistic attitude. He's not that cute. It felt like a really old-style kdrama, for a male character to pull the whole don't-worry-your-little-head-about-it routine, and the I-am-the-male-so-I-know-best attitude. I couldn't laugh, it makes me boil, and I couldn't understand why she was giving him fatherly respect and doing what he asked just because her mother married him.
I guess I am with the ex and the creepy businessman, my head filled with reasons for the marriage and none of them good. And she seemed to accept what he said about throwing her out of the house - yeah, just let me pack my stuff - I know she has a career and life of her own, but really, show? It's the house she grew up in. I don't believe she cares so little about it.

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I felt the same way when I first watched this. The story was awkward. Knowing that they will be together bothers me because he married her mom. I assume he was intimate with his wife and then eventually he will be intimate with her. I dont even have a idea how the writers are going to turn the story so it makes sense to us.And although the writers gave all the reasons why it was her fault for not know her mom was married, I still blame her mom and him. They could have made every effort to let her know, but they didnt. And not to leave anything for her, but a stranger, I dont like her mom. She was suppose to be the best daughter, but mom leaves nothing for her but gives everything her childhood home she grew up in, the business to a stranger. She left nothing for her daughter. She cant even go through her things and reminisce about her mom's favorite cup, or jewelry, handkerchief etc because he got rid of it all. The writers make it seem ok but its not.

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I wonder how they will develop the love line. That's all I'm curious about.

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I like the tone and acting in this drama. I have faith that the mother married Nan Gil for a good reason. He's a good chef... he has raised the popularity of the restaurant. I wonder why he offered to pay the 30k debt owed by the uncle...

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Nan Gil saw how he used the money against Na Ri which doesn't speak high of him and he won't approve of it and like he told Na Ri he will take care of everything related to her uncle so she needs to stop stressing herself, plus the cheating boyfriend's non stop messages that he's having and his suspecious behaviour while responding to them must have showed Nan Gil that he's still cheating on her and he wants this kind of man to stay away from her!! after all isn't this what a good father would do?!! ;) LOL

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Oh i love this drama to bits... So funny. I even like the mysterious aspects of the story like Nan Gil's past gangster life, how mom died suddenly and missing uncle.
I think mom died because of the gangsters.
Uncle probably know smth about the death or even causing the death so he is feeling guilty and on the run.
And Mom married Nan Gil so Nan Gil can escape that gangster's life. Nan Gil see mom as a mom and not as a romantic partner.
I even hope Nan Gil already have one-sided-love to Na-ri from Mom's stories. But because Nari already have her own life in Seoul and a fiance. Just maybe

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I agree with all of your assessment. My take on when he said "I married for love" was was that he probably has a one sided love for Na-ri, and somehow the marriage to mom was benefiting/protecting the mom and the daughter who is real woman he loves. (This is just my guess)

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My take is nan gil was a reformed gang member who was on the run or just wandering around until mom took him in. They got close, tho not in a romantic sense. I think he prolly saw na ri and was sweet on her even before. Then the uncle messed up big way with gambling and deok bong started harassing her for the land so in order to protect na ri she asked him to marry her on paper. She knew he's decent .since he did care for her a lot (and prolly has a crush on her daughter) he agreed

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Yeah I'm thinking this is probably what happened too. I don't know how anything else would make sense tbh. I really hope they make the love line make sense. ? But besides all of that I think it would be kind of sweet if he did already have a crush on her just from hearing her mom talk about her, and seeing her occasionally when she came to the house. If this is what we're assuming he probably considered her unattainable because of his past and her life in Seoul, so there's that. Let's just hope the show makes sense of everything because I have no idea how they're going to make this love line work, lol.

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I also have a hunch that he might have already have a crush on her even before knowing her. But for now the mystery on the stepdad part play a more important factor in the storyplot rather than the romantic feelings.

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I hadn't considered that Nan-gil might already have a bit of a crush on Na-ri because of hearing about her from Mom. It's a good thought. I also agree that he might view her as someone he could never attain. So he channels his feelings into the relationship they legally have of father daughter. I also agree that the marriage to Mom was to protect the assets from whomever. It seems apparent that theuncle did something getting involved with the gang. I think the reason Nan-gil keeps wanting Na-ri to go back to Seoul is to protect her from the gang. The scene at the end where Nan-gil seems to be threatening uncle is a think more of him warning the uncle. I told you not to call or come back here = because you are endangering Na-ri and yourself. If you keep coming back I can't guarantee what will happen = what the gang might do to him. You know I keep my word = I will protect Na-ri and the property. I think that it is really telling that he keeps referring to the restaurant as Hong Na-ri Mandoo.

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Yes, it will be so sweet if he did have already a crush on her...and in ep 2, there's some hints which lead to that path.
I'm sure the marriage is just to protect hong's family assets.

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i feel the same.. well i think that in the past nari's mom's business must not have been well and her uncle must have taken a loan from those gangsters and nan gil must have been one of them . and later nan gil must have fallen for nari..( i assume that because of the way he told that he was in love) he must have wanted to marry her and save the shop and leave the gangsters life .. but i guess suddenly in order to protect her and her mother he married her mom...

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Why is everyone assuming NanGil is gonna end up with NaRi? (Hong NaRi on Monday and Pyo NaRi on Wednesdays, hehe) Did I miss something????

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As in all kdramas, normally the lead gal will end up with 1st lead guy and not the 2nd lead guy.

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Why does she have to end up with someone?

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Because it's a Kdrama

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LOL, you get all the stars of Internet today!!!

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As in all kdramas, normally the lead gal will end up with 1st lead guy and not the 2nd lead guy.

They'd better not thinking of pulling another Cheese In Trap on us

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And to your second question.....yes, both lead gals are named as Na Ri in this drama and in Jealousy Incarnate. Korean names sometimes confused me too.

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It's name PPL

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I already sense the bond/chemistry between Nan Gil and Na Ri. I hope I won't fall for the 2nd lead guy again.

btw, Deok-bong's sister reminds me of a sasaeng fan. I wonder why she's stalking NanGil. Is he a former idol or what? keke

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I suspect she's stalking him because they will need her trove of photos and other info on him to reveal what really happened with the marriage and mother's death -- especially if if isn't what everyone has guessed above.
Just another plot contrivance.
Or maybe (5% chance), she was jealous and had a hand in mothers death.

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She's stalking him because he looks like Kim Young-kwang?

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That's more or less the default assumption for most shows, that the leading male and leading female end up together, is my guess.

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Gah, this didn't end up where I meant it to, sorry! Or maybe it's my cell phone :/

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Haha because it's a kdrama, the main leads always end up together.
It's romcom after all, so I'm sure the marriage thingy is just a set up between nan gil and nari's mother wathever the reasons behind it.

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Yes, the show is based on absurd situation but yet I am enjoying this way too much. I like all the characters, I like sassy Na-ri around Nan-Gil, I don't mind her antics at all. Then, again, I love Soo Ae so am a little blind when it comes to her.
Also, Lee Soo Hyuk's cheekbones are lovely. It reminds me of this,
http://lovelace-media.imgix.net/uploads/468/4c438040-46c6-0132-41a1-0ebc4eccb42f.gif?w=320

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Loving this show!! I love how Na Ri decides to accept Nan Gil as her father simply because she trusts in her mom's decisions... what a great daughter! I also like how NanGil isn't forcing her to believe it, but Na Ri keeps finding little things (the organized fridge, the favorite hour, "SNAKES!", etc) that help enfore her decision.

I have so many thoughts/ideas for how everything will play out - I haven't felt this invested in a drama in a while! It's going to be painful waiting for new episodes...

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That's the one thing I am really liking about this show, that they are attempting to make the relationship believable by showing, not telling. She sees the organized fridge, and connects the dots with this being definitely out of her mother's wheelhouse. He's got the ringtone, he knows the song.
But obviously in Korea accepting her mother's relationship means also means she must accept his superior relationship to her, and I just find it hard to watch her forced to be respectful and do his bidding and acknowledge that everything in and of that house is his, not hers. Again, they are showing the status differences, not telling, and for me it stings.

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I saw a manga once, the male character was in love with the heroin's mother during highschool. The mother was the homeroom teacher back then. And when she married and had a daughter, the daughter falls in love with her teacher(the hero became a teacher later in his life) . he still carry his torch for the mother but finally fall in love with the daughter. And somehow it does not feel weird at all. Same feels for this drama.

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I knew Soo Ae would be fun in this, but all the actors are spot on, honestly. I loved the little quirks for each character that really brought them to life, and I can unashamedly say I'm really, really enjoying this.

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I'm enjoying this drama so far, it's light like mousse. I don't know why, but before it premiered I was expecting it to have a more melancholy tone, something like how Another Oh Hae Young mixed comedy with real moments of pathos. I was a teense disappointed because I think comedies do better with some depth, and sweet is always sweeter with some bitter.
(Although, I think the material is actually quite dark, it's the bouncy music and the comedic editing that underplay those moments. I mean, this woman lost everything in 10 short months, even her house. Yikes.)

Also! Yeo Joo has the timing of a shaman. I'd be impressed if I wasn't so skeeved out ?.

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Yeo-joo / Jo Bo-ah does great with the sneaky-scheming facial expression. Not that her face is ever exactly bad :)

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Her role is very manipulating here. We can see the stupid men being manipulated by her. I hate her role already !

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Liking the drama.
Funny, quirky, mysterious, entertaining and warm

I like the step father and Na Ri. Both have that amazing connection/bond from the first meeting.

I just am not much liking the ex-bf. Seriously, i would have kicked his b**** literally and strangle him to death. Annoying guy.

I am also not liking CEO doek bong. He just seems like so out of place. I just dont see him as that important, despite him being the 2nd lead. The way he was introduced was sudden and its like even though he is important person for what is going on between Na Ri's famly land/ restaurant, it just seem like i dont care about that guy. Maybe its the direction, execution, or the acting of Lee So hyuk. I have watched like 4 of his dramas, most of his dramas i watched he plays the rich handsome guy. His acting is bit bland in my opinion and doesn't hold that much power in screen presence , and most of the characters he played, if that character is not in the drama, i would not even mind.

Any ways i will continue watching the show for the leads.

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Same sentiments. I watch it becos of the leads. I also think that LSH seems out of place here and he's only there becos of the plot (businessman who want to buy their land etc)

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Thank you for the comment dear.

From the dramas i have watched of LSH, i have never seen him 'owning' the character.Like that role was just meant to be his, and no one can better play it. eg: SIG, playing role of Louise, he OWNS the character. like you cant see anyone else but SIG portraying the role.

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Yeah I agree. SIG is so cute n awesome in Shopping King Louie !!

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if The Dad's love becomes totally paternal and with Kdrama logic applied, isn't this mean Lee So Hyuk gonna get someone??

I love the fun vibe of the show,
It's fun, just fun

but sometimes I feel like all the men will be way sexier if they use the right foundation for their make up,
I can clearly saw how their neck and their hand different with their face,
they all a good looking dude and they will be good looking with more smooth foundation,
but the turtleneck doesn't look good in LSH,
and the back tattoo looked good,

I just east gyōza and the owner put too much garlic, wonder how good the mandu in this drama

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It's both hilarious and uncomfortable: Nan Gil insisting he is Nari's stepfather. I think I read something here regarding the legality of family in SK. For example step siblings aren't legally allowed to marry each other because the law prohibits them from doing so when the parent married each other.(Yes it's gross, but not when the step sibling didn't grow up together. Hypothetically) What drama did raise that dilemma again...help me out here Beanies.

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Might be 'sassy go go /cheer up'?

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Thank you! I've wrecked my head over that subject during its run. In the end it never came that far. Great drama btw...

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There was a really good Japanese manga about this issue, Akuma de Sourou, that was made into a Taiwanese drama called Devil Beside You. In both cases, the boy and girl met, had a sort of love/hate/stalkerish relationship, only to find out that their widowed parents had met and fallen in love. The families move in together, and the boy/girl fall deeply in love, but he leaves to avoid the social issues. Eventually they marry, as well, in spite of the social disapproval. Obviously this sort of marriage is not illegal in either Japan or Taiwan, lol.

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Aw that sounds very heartbreaking. I can see how such a sensitive subject gets portrayed greatly in a Jdrama. I keep seeing Devil Beside You on dramasites, I might give it a try.

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:O I didn't know Devil Beside You was an adaptation!

It's a cute watch. OTP chemistry is O____O It got me checking out their reunion drama. I also liked the second lead, Kingone Wang. Too bad he was still second lead in that Mike He-Rainie Yang reunion. He's like the Bae Soo-bin to Rainie's Han Hyo-joo. :'D

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I believe that drama was "Bubblegum". Main characters were brought up as sister and brother due to deaths in the family but had no blood relation.
For a non-mainstream take on the marriage of Nan Gil and Na Ri's mom, click on my name. Too long for DB and not for everyone.

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Plot twist. The mother prepared a husband for her daughter before she died.

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Maybe the mum predicted that her daughter's bf will stray sooner or later. Haha.

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Actually, I think that really is going to be the plot!!!! Mom has him there as stepdad protect her daughter (and the house & business) for starters, until Na Ri realizes he is the best person for her.

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I had a similar thought. it is certainly one possibility. I'm not sure if that is entirely it, however. What I do think is that the truth is on Mom's cell phone. I think that maybe she had recorded a video explaining everything to Na-ri just in case something happened. She had wanted to explain things in person, bur since Na-ri was avoiding it.... Anyway, I think that Nan-gil is keeping the phone locked up until he feels that it is safe to reveal the truth, whatever it is.

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Ha that's actually very sweet, albeit weird for marrying said husband.

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OO. I can actually see this... and maybe the marriage certificate in the picture isn't really Nan Gil's and the Moms. maybe it was being prepared for Na Ri?? I mean, we can't really read the writing from the picture...

So many ideas haha

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I was wondering why didn't he show the marriage certificate to Na Ri too ???

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Thanks so much GF...
I can say I love this show after watching 2 eps.
I love dork Nan gil and of course his dark side too.
Youngkwang is doing a good job. He is hilarious yet sexy.
Soo ae is a good actress, really. I love Nari's character.
My bet is Nan gil was falling in love with Nari for a long time. The marriage thingy just a way to protect Nari's family assets.
Can't wait for next week!

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Edit: my bad thanx so much murasakimi, I thought it's GF, I didn't notice it, hehe

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I'm loving Na Ri and Nan Gil more and more!! I'm falling for his care and concerne for her while I love how she's not blinded to the strange situation they are in but still won't let those around her to tell her how to deal with it and will make her decision her way!! and I love their father-daughter interaction!! it's weired but funny the same time and they are addorble!! *giggle*
the way I see it, I believe that Nan Gil look at Na Ri's mother only as a mother figure for him and when he said that he married her because he was in love it was him saying that he had feelings for Na Ri not her mother and that's why he agreed to the marriage in a way to protect Na Ri and her mother and it fits since he only said that he married because he was in love but never said that he was in love with her mother!! add to it the way he looked at her when she asked him why he was avoiding her, to which he didn't give any answer, and the way he was happy remebering her fixing his tie and telling him that she's accepting him as part of her family!! that was cute!! :D but now we know he was a "legend" gangster who propably wanted to change his life and have a more peaceful normal life (though that's what he wants not necessarly what the other gangsters think) and that may be part of the reason Na Ri's mother married him to protect what she has for Na Ri from her gambling brother and those having an eye on her land!! and why do I feel like there is something more into her death than a simple accident? and my eyes are on her brother who my have caused her death by mistake by causing her being in the wrong place at the wrong time!!
and Deok Bong's sister is Nan Gil's stalker?!! does she have a crush on him?!! :O could her stalking be of any help in the future?!! I think so!!
finally I loved how the cheating boyfriend was flustred not knowing what to make of Nan Gil who's speaking informally to him and Na Ri, worst Na Ri is replying to him in formal!! that was hillarious!! hhhhhhh I'm not really mad at him nor at the other shameless girl because I really believe that they deserve what they'll get! he lost Na Ri and will lose his money and the respect of those around him and realise his mistake too late which I'm looking forward to :D and that pathetic girl will end up losing everything at some point and will be slapped by the truth that she can't get everything she put her eyes on when she will try to steal Nan Gil which she will try to since she have that illness to steal other people's lovers (and he's Nan Gil!!!) but she will realise that Nan Gil isn't the kind of men she used to know who wanted to be taken by her or any other shameless girl to begin with!! and what I really wish for is for her to really fall for him only to find herself unable to win him!! that would be sooooooo satisfying!! :D
about the shirtless scene, yes for a second I was like "wait there is no shirtess scene?!!" but then he took off the 2nd t-shirt!! many people...

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I thought that, too. I mom really just wanted to protect poor homeless ex-gangster waif Nan-Gil, why not just adopt him? If she really was saving this guy for her daughter, why on earth would she marry him, and place all of those legal hurdles in their way?
Where I wish this show would go, but it won't because ahjummas aren't allowed to be sexual/romantic beings, is that Nan-Gil and mom had a real love affair, and a real relationship, and that because of this he really does see himself as Na-Ri's father, not potential lover. With the gangsters already on the scene it is obvious they want to reassure the audience that no worries, it was just a marriage of convenience and no one has to face the horror of a 40-something woman with a 20-something man. After all, Secret Affair told us that sort of shenanigans can only result in tragedy. (Bad ahjumma, bad!)

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tbh I never think of SLA as an ajhumma romance thought KHA is sexy as and all those kiss scenes seem endlessly giffed. The show's title and general reception makes it seem like a reverse May-December romance but at it's heart it is about one woman's moral redemption through music and the love of an idealistic young person - moral redemption is a common arc in middle aged men stories so its refreshing and a reflection of our times that a woman is in that position. It's not a coupledom, true love drama. The ending is therefore not at all a tragedy because it is about her personal liberation and it doesn't matter if she has a man waiting for her or not at the end of it all. If she is in prison it is not to thwart the romance but a logical fallout of her professional life.

It would have been way better if the romance was important and not made epic in order for the theme to shine through.

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True - I was just casting around for some show that allows an older female to have a sexual appetite...is there such a thing, in a Kdrama?

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True. Older women - scratch women - as sexual beings is pretty thin on the ground I think, if not non-existent.

They do they have those noona romances but the plots read like shambolic older woman gets taken in charge by a firm young man and receives his kisses as chastely as possible. Being a bit harsh here but yeah!

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I'm loving the show so far.. i don't understand why people are so concern about the love line.. i'm ok if there are no love line between the leads. I guess i'm in the minority who doesn't mind Nan-gil got married to mom because of love...

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I had a thought about Nan-Gil having to knead the dough. He really looked like he wanted to punch like Na-ri requested and just barely restrained himself. It also seems as if he is a reformed gangster. I think he still has a temper/default setting to fight. He channels that violence into beating, I mean kneading, the dough!

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I had the same thought!! he's holding himself from using violence not wanting to go back to who he used to be!!

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Ahhh maybe Na Ri's mum was the one who taught him to channel his violence into kneading the dough?!

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I know this is a rom com so the setup will be abit zany but i still wished that Na Ri would be abit more suspicious...i mean this is a total stranger who claimed to be married to her late mother. Moreover its not like they had a strained mother-daughter relationship; i just felt that Na Ri should have displayed stronger disbelief and anger, coupled with the recent loss of her mother.You'd be protective of any family member who was being emotionally manipulated/conned let alone a deceased one.

Again, this is a rom com and i get that you don't want to undercut the potential comedic hijinks but i still think Nan Gil needed to convince Na Ri more realistically rather than being suspiciously vague. He didn't have to tell the whole story but at least something more substantial than a photo. Trying to overlook this point because apart from that i enjoyed the drama

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Tyrian, I feel the same way. it seems too easy. I do like the 3 leads and look forward to how the writers is gonna turn this around for us to believe.
And I dont agree with a lot of people who think the step father actually had a crush on Na Ri. His behavior shows he wants her to go away as soon as possible so he can find relief.

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How stupid is the ex-boy, still wanted to reconcile with Na Ri but picking up calls from his other woman in front of her.

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I guess that was the comedic part of it....dislike the stupid ex bf and Yeo Joo that scheming gal...

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'She asks if he married her mother because he loved her, and though it takes him a long time to answer, he says yes'.

This is interesting. When I watched ep 2, these were the subs for that scene:

Na-ri: "Did you marry her because you were in love?"

Nan-Gil: after a long pause - "I married her because I was in love."

He married because he was in love, he didn't say with whom.

I think even though Na-ri wasn't aware of Nan-Gil, I think he knew of Na-ri and was in love with her prior to the marriage to her mother. I think the mother knew this and insisted on the marriage to protect her business and property, to protect Na-ri, and to protect a man she probably viewed as a son and maybe wanted as a son in law possibly because she was already ill.

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I agree on the part that he meant that he meant that he married her mum because he love Nari. But her mum should also know her daughter's already had a bf of 9 years unless she knows that he is straying/he is not suitable for her daughter.

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I did also catch that wording choice. I don't know that it necessarily means he was already in love with Na-ri, though that possibility does exist. There are many types of love. Na-ri was asking if they were in love romantically. Nan-gil may have simply been trying to say that he loved mom as a mentor or maybe as the person who saved him out of his violent life style.

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Agree, I think most likely he has a crush on NR already and he like her mum on the affection of a mentor-junior / mother-son feelings since he seemed to be an orphan and he was maybe lacked of a parent's love and yearning for one too....

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I really liked Moonlight and as much as Shoping King Louie is cute, it didn't really fill the hole. Plus the premise for this sounded crazy. So I'm just thanking my lucky stars that the acting and direction carried these two first episodes really well.

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Now I'm loving this Stepdad drama in addition to Shopping King Louis, both are rom-com with a bit of mystery in it !<3

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Me too. This drama and Shopping King Louie are like my happy pills after Scarlet Heart brain breaking episodes

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Personally I am upset that the mother never said she had gotten married. When NR mentioned that she had avoided her Mothers phone calls about something important, I had figured she had never gone home. But in this episode they show that NR had in fact come home after the marriage and yet HER MOM NEVER SAID A WORD!!! This is what makes me very suspicious about everything. Obviously if NR had come home, I'd think there would have been time to tell her that she had gotten married. Also, she could have introduced NR to her new husband... yet she didn't and had in fact let NG hide from her. Plus, even at the funeral he had hidden from her....wouldn't have someone like the hospital or funeral director have mentioned something about a husband to her? Particularly if it was legal, he would have been registered as the main point of contact.
This, including how vague and reluctant to tell her anything makes me wonder about the real nature of their "marriage"
My theory is that NG and the mother never actually got married legally (I say thing because, people say he is the husband by word of mouth and a picture, where is the family registration? Even the business man seems to have it by word of mouth as well.) The marriage was a ruse to explain why the mother transferred her assets to NG, also to prevent anyone from taking the property.
NG owes NR mother, so he decides to go along with the ruse because he loves and respects the mother.
Another strike against the marriage is how uncomfortable he his talking about the marriage with NR, even with other people while he seems to be somewhat ok with relating their father daughter relationship, it does not seems to be a man who is very comfortable with the whole idea.
The other strike is how he reacted to NR trying to fix his tie, his reaction to back away seemed way too strong. It was like no one had ever fixed his tie before... which doesn't make sense if he had been married to the mother. He is very aware of NR and her actions, which doesn't jive with me. So I feel like there is a whole reason behind this relationship than what we are seeing, and I feel like NG is trying to make sure that NR does not dig deeper into the real situation.

Sorry for writing so much... I just have a lot of doubts about the "marriage"

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They made it little bit different from the webtoon which is available on soompi and there he'd first met Na Ri's mum in his childhood while living in an orphanage. So far I like the drama interpretation and I realized that Soo Ae is in reality 8 years older than Kim Young-Kwang.

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priviewqueen, I support your thoughts in your first paragraph.
so many questions, so many theories. I'm sure this week will give us a better insight on whats going on.

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I agree with everyone who believes NanGil might already have a crush on NaRi.

I thought that way because of that scene when they were eating at the restaurant and NaRi asks him to answer her questions truthfully. When she asked NanGil about him loving and marrying her mother, I tried to listen to their exact words in Korean.

With my limited Korean understanding, their exchange sounded really vague, especially since Korean often leaves out the subject of the sentence if it's implied in context. I hope someone who speaks Korean can clear this up for me but...

The way I understood it, NaRi asks a question that's more like, "Did you get married because you were in love?" even though context-wise, she's probably asking "Did you marry (my mother) because you loved (her)?"

NanGil's answer sounds more like, "I was in love, that's why it was like that." Nari probably took that in context, thinking he meant he was in love with her mother, so he married her. But again, there was no direct subject in his reply, so couldn't it possibly be that NanGil was saying he was in love (in general), which is why he married Nari's mother?

And if he was in love with someone, that's when I thought maybe he was in love with NaRi.

His vague reply plus the way he looked at NaRi at that moment made me think that way. Also, the comparison of NaRi's mom teasing her by shouting "SNAKE!" and NanGil also shouting "SNAKE!" - this makes it clear that NaRi's mom definitely talked about Nari to NanGil. Which opens up the idea that he might have learned a lot about her all along, and started to develop a crush on her.

I don't know if this makes sense and maybe someone who speaks Korean can tell me if I'm right in my translation/interpretation about NanGil's reply.

But even if I'm wrong, I can definitely say that I'm loving this drama so far. It was surprisingly light and funny and can't wait to see how this develops!

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I agree with your interpretation with this scene. His response was thoughtful and calculated which led me to believe that he did marry the mom for love but my kdrama sense is telling me that love was his crush on Na Ri. That conversation was really ambiguously worded, even for a Korean- me. So yeah, I think you're right.

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I totally agree on this, the intense gaze he was having on Na Ri when he answered her question by saying that he was in love (but never said to whom) made me have a strong hunch that he was all along having a crush on her even though he never know her personally (or maybe he met her during their childhood) - cos of one of the trailers they have on this drama, there was this kid talking to Na RI and saying that he was her stepdad and then later change the Kim Young Kwang ! lol !

About a comment that ask why the mum never tell Nari that she was married when the flashback showed that she did went back home to visit her mum probably I think is that time she was still not married to NG yet and he avoids NR cos maybe he was shy to know her personally or feel inferior to know his crush becos of his gangster/bad background....??

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I love how the vagueness of the language (subject is optional?) allows for a lot of word play and different meaning to plain sentences.

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so cute! so funny! so lighthearted!

my bet is that they entered some sort of fake marriage...for some reason...maybe he needed citizenship of some sort? but i bet you their marriage wasnt consummated or romantic in any sort, or else all the viewers would definitely be put off with this almost incest going on...

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I had a lot of confused, angry, frustrating and laughter moments in this show. A lot of what ifs have been running through my mind as a possible plot.
Maybe the mom had been harassed by the gangs that is hunting the uncle and the stepfather comes to protect her bec. she may have helped him turn around his life from being a gangster to an honest man. The picture may have been when he got a certification for a baking class? (Wishful thinking cause it'll be really weird if they were actually married).
Anyways, im hooked with the show for now. I hope it stays like that. ☺

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I found telling myself that no matter how weird Kdramas get, Shakespeare, Greek and Norse Mythology, will always be weirder on the familia/relationship front, really helps with the whole Stepfather thing haha.

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I havn't watched the show yet, i am gona wait until it gets to a couple episode more!

after Go Ho's starry night....(yuri was great btw)

kim young kwang.......goshh i have thirst for him (sorry girls)

he was really great in the drama!! really hoping to see great things in this drama along with the queen soo ae!

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Webtoon found by Soompi forum:

http://webtoon.daum.net/webtoon/view/theman

I really like this writer from Flower Boy Next Door:

http://asianwiki.com/Kim_Eun-Jung_-_screenwriter

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I'm not sure which fake tattoos made me laugh more: K2's or Nan Gil's.

I hope flash tats make an appearance in dramaland soon.

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Haha, but that fake tattoos made them hotter though

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Most of the time, it is stereotyped that having tattoos means that they are "bad" guys/gangsters but might not be bad in their personalities....hahaha

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Does anyone know what happen at the end in comic book version?

stepdad or not, i ship them anyway. It's so refreshing to see Soo Ae challenging lighter role.

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There better be a very good explanation about Nan Gil. How can a man loves mother and daughter ? And how can Na Ri later fall in love with him? I really can't imagine it, just ewww

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Actually, the translation I saw for the scene did you marry for love, he said yes, they married for love, not that he loved her mother, so I am thinking, it was the mother's love for Na Ri that made them get married, or his love for Na Ri (long unrequited love perhaps?) that "forced" the marriage. I have a feeling that stepfather and mother were not intimate, that it was not that kind of marriage, so that gets rid of some of the "ick" factor.

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Am I the only one who LOVES this step-father set-up?

I love this set-up because it's new and refreshing... I haven't heard of this before. Step-sibling drama, yes. This? No.

When Nangil and Nari start to like each other later on, the fact that he's legally her step-father is going to be a complicated, yet fair reason as to why they can't be together. It's not just a stupid made up obstacle so the main leads can fight and have drama and get together at the end. It's taboo to be with your stepfather, obviously. Especially if you believe your mother and stepfather had a romantic relationship. So this set-up is going to make for some good angst lol. But I hope the drama will still keep some of its cheery, light-hardheartedness despite it.

As to my theory of how this even happened... it's pretty much like everyone else's. My guess is that Nangil used to be part of a gang, perhaps even having a powerful position in that gang. I bet his uncle (the uncle he mentioned on the phone at the end of this 2nd episode) is also in that gang, perhaps the leader?

I think Nangil ended up at Hong Mandu and Nari's mom helped him out. Gave him a place to stay, etc. Maybe Nangil wanted out of the gang, or maybe he got hurt. Either way, he probably stayed with Nari's mom for some time, and she grew to like and trust him.

From those scenes with the Toy company owner (I don't remember his name), we know that they've wanted the Hong family's land for some time now. He even referenced Nari's mom before finding out that the property was currently owned by someone else. So I bet Nari's mom had been hounded to sell her property for a while now.

Add to the fact that Nari's uncle (her mom's brother) has a gambling problem and gets involved with the wrong kind of people... Nari's mom probably felt worried. If she died, then Nari would be the one who had to deal with these problems.

And since she loves her daughter so much, she probably didn't want to pass those problems on to her. Not only that but Nari is a flight attendant, so she's too busy to stay at the house and restaurant to protect it anyway. Plus, Nari's in a long-term relationship. Should they get married, Nari's husband probably wouldn't want to stay and protect that place either.

Enter Nangil. I bet he feels indebted to Nari's mom and I'm guessing she used that and asked him to marry her. Not because she loves him that way, but so Nangil can have the LEGAL right to protect her home, her restaurant, and her daughter if/when Nari's mom dies.

On Nangil's side, I bet he wanted an opportunity to live a quiet life. I'm sure he respects and likes Nari's mom, and perhaps even loves her too, like a son to a mother. He also used to be part of a gang, so should Nari's uncle get in trouble, Nangil can get him out of it. And I'm guessing he also starts developing a crush on Nari at that point.

All these reasons combined are probably what caused this step-father...

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I agree to these speculations. The hurdle that they have to cross over in the later part of the drama will be that they cannot be together cos they are stepfather n step daughter.

In addition, I noticed that Nan Gil's room is like "he sleep alone there type". I mean if he had love her mother romantically n have been married to her one year ago (that means about 2 months before her fatal accident) then wouldn't they should already have shared a room together after their marriage ??

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I'd have expected Kim Young Kwang to be casted as the cheating ex, and Kim Ji Hoon to be casted as the motherly stepdad. Based on their past roles, Kim Ji Hoon is great at the good guy roles and Kim Young Kwang has had some roles as a jerk (also how some people perceive his irl personality).

I kind of like this arrangement though- Kim Ji Hoon is hilarious as the ex, I think I would've disliked him more if it was KYK. And KYK looks more like a younger stepdad against Su Ae than KJH too.

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I think the question was better translated as:
"Did you marry her because you were inlove?"
and..
"Yes, I married her because I 'am/was' inlove"

It can be translated either he got married because of love but not necessarily towards Mom

One thing about Korean spoken language is that there use of past and present tenses of the verb is interchangeable or sometimes not used at all.

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I think the subtitles for my version was "yes, I was in love"....it was in the past tense, so I don't know what to make out of it....but I'm quite sure that he doesn't mean romantically in love with her mum.... If I'm not wrong...haha

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Despite people's skepticism of this drama, I really enjoy watching it ? plus Kim Youngkwang is really cuteee XD
My guess is that the stepfather was someone that they know from a very long time but Nari didn't recognize him ( '-')

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Hi..does anyone knows what song is played for Nan Gil's phone when Na Ri called? It is really nice

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That song called "If I Were", I didn't know who is the real singer but I remember Joowon from good doctor sing it :3

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I couldn't see the tattoo that clearly but I think I saw a wolf on the left shoulder and a dragon/lotus combo on the right. And dragon and lotus flower definitely means mafia.
The wolf I'm not so sure about. In Japan is stands for both good and evil, like the two sides of a medal.

They probably didn't use the double-dragon because that gang exist for real in South Korea.

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Late post; I may be mistaken but I think Yeo-joo's friend (on the treadmill), was a cameo played by Hong Suk-chun. Hong Suk-chun is known as Korea's first openly gay actor; he came out on Healing Camp in 2000. He's a good natural actor, but lost all his jobs when he came out. He's since gotten back into the game, but in small roles and cameos. I thought he did well here, and I think he would be good in bigger roles. Korea seems to currently have a public "don't ask, don't tell" policy, especially for it's actors.
It seems ok to play a cute gay couple on Korean TV, but not to actually be one. Good for Hong Suk-chun for living honestly, and staying in acting despite the prejudice.

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