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1% of Anything: Episode 13

It’s yet another enjoyable hour of 1% of Anything, replete with kisses and a dance number, even. It’s as if everyone behind this show got together and asked themselves, “How do we make this delightful?” And here we are. That doesn’t mean we don’t have our share of issues to deal with, or that the editing is perfect (there were some whiplash cuts this episode), but this is a show where the good definitely outweighs the middling.

 
EPISODE 13: “The End of the Contract: Don’t meet a good person”

Da-hyun wakes up to find Jae-in holding her hand as he calmly informs her that she’s at his house before asking her how she feels. She’s a bit disoriented about the events that brought her here, but he insists that she get some rest first—everything else can be sussed out tomorrow.

“You’ll be fine now,” Jae-in tells her. “I’ll make it so that no one can ever touch you again. I promise.” With that, he kisses her softly on the lips.

Jae-in knows he’s in for it when Hyun-jin comes barging in, unwilling to take Jae-in’s word that Da-hyun is fine without seeing it for herself. Hyun-jin wants to take Da-hyun home, but Jae-in says she’ll be just fine here.

This puts Da-hyun in between the two of them, but she ends up staying with Jae-in. Hyun-jin has no choice but to give in gracefully, though worry remains etched across her face.

As Da-hyun sleeps in a bed also occupied by Jae-in later that night, she’s beset by nightmares that have her in a cold sweat. Jae-in wakes her up by shaking her shoulder, reassuring her that everything’s going to be all right. Pulling her into his arms, he pats her back gently to help her back to sleep. Aww.

In the morning, Da-hyun wakes and turns over, coming face to face with Jae-in. She’s not at all shocked, and only asks what happened yesterday. He tells her not to be concerned about it and to get more rest, but she insists on going to work. It’s Friday at least, so she claims she’ll be able to get the rest she needs over the weekend.

Sun-woo, having likely heard the story of what happened from Hyun-jin, pays a visit to Jae-in at his office to give him what for. “Don’t make things harder for Da-hyun,” Sun-woo says. “You know better than anyone that you two can never get married.”

While Jae-in says that’s none of his concern, Sun-woo goes on to describe all of Da-hyun’s angelic attributes, which to him, are all reasons why Jae-in is an unsuitable match for her. “It’s usually the bad guys who need angels the most,” Jae-in returns thoughtfully, though Sun-woo is less than impressed.

The two of them are soon joined by Tae-ha and Lawyer Park to discuss what’s to be done about Joo-hee. Sun-woo acts as Da-hyun’s oppa and proxy as Jae-in reiterates that Joo-hee not only kidnapped someone, but that it was his own girlfriend. He wants to make her pay for that.

Lawyer Park wonders if he wants to do so using legal methods, but Sun-woo’s against it, since the media firestorm will only make things harder for Da-hyun—and it’ll make it even harder for Jae-in to get married later. (I assume he doesn’t lump Da-hyun in with this, but it’s vague enough that it could also be implicit approval.)

For now, the plan is to alert Joo-hee’s father in an attempt to have him step in and control his daughter. As for Tae-ha, Jae-in only wants him to try and put a damper on his father’s ambitions.

Da-hyun’s dizziness makes her unable to finish a dance class with the kids, and she just looks worse as the day wears on. She seems surprised to see Jae-in waiting outside the school to pick her up, and on the car ride back, Jae-in frets over her wan appearance.

He apologizes again, and Da-hyun just sighs—all he’s done is apologize and ask about her health, she says, and she’d rather him just get mad. At least she’s used to that side of him.

It’s then that she notices that they’re not heading to her house, and despite her wanting to go home, Jae-in wants to keep an eye on her for a little while. He promises he won’t jump her bones, and half-jokingly adds that he’ll only consider it if she keeps crying and clinging to him.

She asks to know what happened again, flatly refusing to buy his story that she’s just anemic. Warning him that she’s not stupid enough to buy anymore lies, Jae-in finally sits her down to tell her what really happened.

After hearing it, Da-hyun is surprisingly calm, and even asks Jae-in not to punish Joo-hee too harshly for what she did. She’s not saying that he shouldn’t punish her at all, but to make sure it fits the crime.

He turns his face at that, and Da-hyun uses her hand to gently turn him back toward her. “That’s how you do things,” Jae-in finally says. “I have my own way of doing things.” At least he promises to give it some thought when she implores him to just do as she asks, considering that she was the victim.

Insecure, Jae-in asks again to make sure that Da-hyun’s going to stay at his house, pulling her into an embrace as he adds that it’ll put him at ease to know she’s safe. She notes that he’s more frightened than the person who got kidnapped, and Jae-in confesses that he’s a bigger scaredy-cat than most.

After meeting with Joo-hee’s father, Lawyer Park reports back to Jae-in that all the chairman wanted to do was settle the matter quietly. Jae-in doesn’t seem to like that attitude, but he ends up distracted by the revelation that Hanjoo Chemicals has been sneakily stockpiling SH Mall shares.

He’s not too worried about it since he knows it’ll have drawn the attention of stock regulatory committees, and tells a nervous Employee Kang that they’ll have to do their own internal investigation and comply with whatever outside investigations come their way.

Jae-in acts like a newlywed when he comes home to find Da-hyun waiting, unable to hide the enormous grin on his face. Da-hyun’s happy to see him too, but complains that his fridge is just for decoration. Luckily, Jae-in’s brought groceries to make her dinner.

She’s skeptical that he can cook at all, but ends up eating her words when she takes a bite of the delicious spread he makes for the two of them. His happy bubble does end up bursting when Da-hyun tries to skip out after dinner though, and despite his best efforts to try and get her to sleep at his house, he can’t change her mind.

He does eventually get her to sleep at his house by promising that he’ll go sleep at the hotel, telling her that his house is the safest place for her to be.

Cut to: Jae-in returning to his house to find Da-hyun just getting out of the shower (cue lone wolf howling) as he stammers something about his forgotten laptop. Da-hyun retreats back into the bathroom to catch her breath, but doesn’t get much of a chance when Jae-in knocks at the door.

He bids her to come out, but she says she only will once he leaves. He replies that he won’t leave until she comes out, leaving them at a standstill. It’s only when she reminds him that something bad almost happened to her because of him that he relents and agrees to leave.

She hears a door shut, wondering whether he was true to his word. But as she slides out of the bathroom, she fails to notice Jae-in standing in the kitchen and lets out a nervous sigh. “Why are you sighing like that?” he chimes in, surprising her. “No one is going to eat you alive, you know.”

Despite Da-hyun’s efforts to slide past him, Jae-in slowly traps her against the wall: “I was trying so hard not to eat you alive, but I don’t think I can resist anymore.” Brushing her hair away from her face, he leans in to kiss her, pulling her closer as she returns it. Omo.

The kiss gets more intense as she wraps her arms around his neck, but he’s the one to pull away first. “I think I might end up doing something disastrous at this rate,” he says, but Da-hyun says nothing. So he kisses her again, and again, and again. Omo omo omo omo.

After the whole of SH Group finds out that Tae-ha’s been promoted while his father has been fired, Tae-ha tells Jae-in that he’s worried his father won’t step aside so easily, but Jae-in tells him to just focus on getting the board of directors on their side for the upcoming financial investigation.

Turns out Tae-ha was right, since we see his father and mother burst into Grandpa’s home to demand answers. Grandpa gives Daddy Min a flight ticket out, adding that it’s a much better option than jail for what he’s been doing with the stocks.

Grandpa rebukes him for holding hands with Hanjoo Chemicals, claiming that they could’ve only bought the SH stocks they did using slush funds or borrowed money. “This is easily the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done!” Grandpa fumes.

Joo-hee tries bypassing Jae-in’s secretary with a haughty “Don’t you know who I am?” And hilariously, even when she does say who she is, the secretary informs her that she can’t see Jae-in without an appointment.

Unluckily for all of us, Jae-in happens to pass her by, and she latches onto him instantly. He brushes her grabby hands off every time, so then she tries using the pitiful card: “I just want you to know that I’ve chosen you and not SH Group.”

Mentioning how he always held her love for SH Group instead of him over her, she somehow thinks that that was the only reason he wanted nothing to do with her. To make matters worse, she explains away what she did to Da-hyun as proof of her “love” for him.

She goes on to say that it’s still her fault because she was so blinded by her hatred of Da-hyun, but Jae-in fires back that Da-hyun did nothing to deserve her hatred. “You did whatever you wanted, so it’s time to prepare yourself. Just watch and see what I’ll do,” Jae-in warns, before ordering Joo-hee ejected from the building.

While Employee Kang unsuccessfully tries to rope Deputy Han into transferring with him and Jae-in to the main branch, Jae-in’s sister, Soo-jung, fails yet another idol audition.

But no sooner does she run into Ji-soo outside and asks him for a favor do we find the two of them in a practice room doing a cute dance rendition of “I Want You Bad” from the OST. I don’t know when they learned the moves or why this is relevant, but it’s adorable, so whatever.

The head of the orphanage Da-hyun frequents finds that one hundred million won has been donated in her name, wondering where she could’ve gotten such a sum from. Meanwhile, we find Da-hyun walking home, clearly just trying to hold herself together.

Joo-hee calls on Lawyer Park to help her, claiming that Jae-in won’t even see her anymore. Lawyer Park informs her that he won’t be of much help either, but Joo-hee grabs his wrist and begs. Oh, okay. You kidnapped Da-hyun and would’ve had her raped, but no no, let’s all feel sorry for you.

Da-hyun finally reaches her house, only to find Lawyer Park and Joo-hee waiting outside for her. (Really, Lawyer Park? I thought you were cool.) He offers to send Joo-hee away if Da-hyun doesn’t want to see her, but Da-hyun gives her a chance to speak, with Lawyer Park moderating.

Joo-hee says she did wrong and asks for forgiveness, but Da-hyun rightly notes that she had no intention of letting her go once she kidnapped her. Plus the fact that, y’know, she actually kidnapped her. Joo-hee offers no explanation and just says she’s sorry, begging her to stop Jae-in. Besides, she adds, it’s not like Da-hyun got hurt.

This only raises Da-hyun’s ire, so she sets the girl straight: “You’re not sorry. You’re just upset that this didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. No, I’m not fine. I still can’t walk outside at night by myself because I’m so scared. And I wake up in the middle of the night because I keep remembering what happened that day. I can’t even think straight anymore, because I start to think, ‘What if a bad person had kidnapped me?’ And none of that is going to be settled with just a simple apology!”

Joo-hee asks what she has to do to make Da-hyun stop Jae-in—drop to her knees and beg? But Da-hyun reminds her that Jae-in’s not the type to do something just because someone tells him to, which is when the man himself appears.

His first instinct is to blame Lawyer Park for bringing Joo-hee, but Da-hyun quickly steps in to claim that she invited them. Jae-in gets angry at her for it, but then turns to give Joo-hee what for.

That’s when Da-hyun chimes in that Joo-hee was just apologizing to her, adding a bit more stiltedly that she decided to forgive her. At least she clarifies that she’s only forgiven Joo-hee, but she’s not about to forget what she did.

After Joo-hee leaves with Lawyer Park, Jae-in wonders whether Da-hyun is stupid, or just that nice. She gets tearful as she tells him that’s not it, but she seems unable to keep standing, and sinks down into her chair.

Outside, Joo-hee thinks that the matter has been settled, but Lawyer Park tells her that this is only the beginning. He has testimonies from everyone she involved in the kidnapping, and they also have voice recordings of her phone calls with them. His advice is for her to just go away quietly, otherwise, there’s no telling what Jae-in will do if she tries to see him again.

Jae-in’s aunt and mother have a heated discussion over Jae-in’s future in the company, as well as him having fallen for a girl who has nothing. His mother defends her son by saying that he wouldn’t do such a thing, and that there must be something Da-hyun has that they’re not aware of.

But once his angry aunt leaves, his mother looks at a report on Da-hyun worriedly. Ruh roh.

While news breaks about Hanjoo Chemicals’ shady financial dealings with SH Group stocks, Da-hyun figures out that Tae-ha’s father was behind the bomb threat at the hotel and the break-in at her apartment.

Jae-in confirms her suspicions, surprisingly calm about the whole matter while the two share a picnic blanket in a park. Da-hyun wonders at the strange world where Jae-in lives, since he’s dating someone he signed a contract with and that someone could even get kidnapped.

He smiles as he tells her that it’s only because she’s met the strangest people he knows, though he’s quick to add that he’s definitely normal. Da-hyun switches topics to ask if he was the one to donate to the orphanage, and when he squirms a little uncomfortably, she grins to see it’s true.

Explaining that he just felt like he should do something nice for a change, he then hilariously asks if she’s not going to give him a “Good job!” stamp this time. She draws the characters on his palm with her finger instead, and he pulls her in to plant a kiss on her forehead.

Da-hyun takes a look around to see if anyone’s spying on them, and when the coast is clear, she leans over to kiss his cheek. They smile and laugh, enjoying the day.

 
COMMENTS

Could these two get any cuter? No, seriously, I’m actually beginning to wonder. It does make me a little nervous going into the final week, if only because this show has been such a joy to watch—and while I don’t think they’re going to give us a sad ending, it means that we have only a few episodes left to solve the problem of how they’re going to be able to stay together. Which I hope, in the spirit of the rest of this show, will be done with as little angst as possible.

This was such a great episode in terms of relationship-building though, and I’m actually liking how Jae-in can be a little crafty about squeezing more time and togetherness out of Da-hyun, because it feels very real that he’d do that. Gone are the days where they would go on one date per week just to fulfill an obligation, since now I feel like we’re peeking into the life they’d have if they were married. (So get married, already!)

Da-hyun’s really a cut above the rest when it comes to heroines, and she’s played like a thinking human being with just a bit of sass, which I love. She was quick to catch onto Jae-in’s ploy to keep her at his house, and watching them dance around the elephant in the room was fun. This is the kind of courtship it seems like we just don’t get nowadays, and contract relationship aside, their interactions are so true to form for their characters. Plus, that kiss.

And that sort of quality of interaction is the sort of thing that all romances try for, but only a few succeed at. We’re at the point now where we desperately want these two to be together, and they want the same—that feels like the aim of most dramas, but since we’ve seen the everyday ups and downs of this couple, their growth together feels earned. You just can’t beat that.

For as crazy as the kidnapping plot was, the fallout was much more interesting, and it was so nice to finally have a crazy second lead face the threat of real consequences for their actions. Joo-hee did get off relatively easily (as in, she’s not in jail), but they didn’t skim over her responsibility in the matter or the gravity of her crime. I do wish she were played with just a bit more subtlety to make her less of a cartoon, but luckily for her, everyone around her makes up for the black hole of charisma she’s proven herself to be.

As if Da-hyun couldn’t win any more points, her confrontation with Joo-hee gave us the best of both worlds—she got to speak her mind without believing Joo-hee’s sorry act for one second while staying true to the kind spirit we know her to be. It would’ve been unsatisfying if she had felt bad enough for Joo-hee to forgive her right off the bat, but having her tell the certifiable lunatic that she was definitely not okay because of her little stunt was perfect. Not that calling Joo-hee out makes much of a difference since she’s just off in her own world, but at least this should provide some closure to her character. As in, I hope this really is the last we see of her. Bring on more Da-hyun and Jae-in, please and thank you.

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So delightful this drama, simple and beautifully made, runs so well and the actress and actor both nailing their roles with a capital N - such natural chemistry!

I have like watched tons of k-drama, yet this simple retold many times rich boy poor girl story just captivates.

LOVE IT, Thanks Heads, High Five!

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Normally i am not paying so much attention to kissing scenes, but this drama- the kissing scenes are very well made. If we are watching romance drama, this is what we want.- great & believable chemistry to the extent we believe that they are actually in love in real life. ;)

OTT, I found Jo-Hee actually very beautiful. Wonder if i've ever watched her before.

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Ok i found info about Jo Hee or her actual name Seo Eun-chae. Aaa no wonder I've never watched her in anything because she only did very few works before.

"Seo Eun-Chae was the first runner-up in the 2009 Miss International Beauty Pageant, held in Chengdu, China. She also won the Miss Photogenic award at the same beauty pageant. At the time she went under her birth name Seo Eun-Mi.:

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Exactly. I never really understood why people liked to ship actors in real life, but this drama makes me understand how people come to that point. Their chemistry feels so real that you can't help thinking, "Surely this must be more than just acting."

Kudos to the cast and crew that have been done such a great job. TT TT

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Yes exactly. It has been quite sometime I don't feel the real chemistry the hero and heroine.. Maybe because this drama really focus on these two so the chemistry feel more real.

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She actually reminds me a lot of Susan Sarandon. She is pretty good!

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I've always felt that drama kisses are way overrated. But not this one.

If we are watching romance drama, this is what we want.- great & believable chemistry to the extent we believe that they are actually in love in real life. ?

Many times YES! Dramas wanting to do a good job in portraying realistic romance should take a leaf out of this book.

About Joo Hee, it's kinda funny that I found her rather beautiful only when she's not putting on her bitchy or deluded face.

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Dramas wanting to do a good job in portraying realistic romance should take a leaf out of this book. EXACTLY.

The romance in this drama - chemistry, skinship, kissing all done right. Some drama yes have many skinship but lacks of chemistry. Imo, the best chemistry is in the event no skinship involved, but the eye interaction make us believe that that they are in love.

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If my memory serves me right, this kind of electric natural chemistry especially in kissing scenes is only similar to It Started With a Kiss 2's Joe Chen and Ariel Lin. I remember almost wanting to look away when they kiss because it seems so real, I feel like I am invading their privacy.

The biggest difference would be that this couple is more relatable and Dada is smart and strong. They really do seem like equals who equally enjoy the sweet moments together.

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Dada actually is among my favourite heroine in romcom because she is smart, strong and kind.. I sometimes feel shy when they are in the mood of cheesy, romance lol. But honestly seeing them together made me want to start to love again. ✌? maybe because this drama is really focusing on them, and not so much on second leads as none of us need to suffer second lead syndrome or other matters so we are totally invested with them. Their natural electrical chemistry just added more bonus.

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awww! yes, love again and be adorable just like our OTP!

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I didn't expect the recap so fast but thank you so much Heads!

Hyunjin is really one of the winningest BFF characters in a while, I love her spunk and her intention of making sure it is what Dada wanted, not just Jae-In's.

And omo, that kiss! Am I the only one looking for a candle to know if that kiss went on to something more? I need to know if that went further but I don't knoe if I should just assume. That passionate kiss(es) looked so real from both sides which is what I love about this drama.

Lawyer friend let me down with bringing Joo Hee over but I suppose Joo Hee would have gone to see Dada without him anyway so it is a wee bit better that he's there I guess.

This couple is so adorable I am worried for future drama OTPs! Seriously, "are you too stupid or too nice?" is something I would have definitely told Dada myself.

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LOL. I was spoiled about that dance number because I went hunting for the OST of this drama on Youtube a few days ago and found out that they had released the official MV of "I Want You Bad" here:

https://youtu.be/O3QbjZlJLNk

I love the OST for this drama! <3

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Ooops! Wrong link. Here is the correct one:

https://youtu.be/HltUYKgq3Jo

*sheepish*

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Thanks for the link, the video is so cute!

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Here's a playlist I made of all the songs being played in the drama so far [for anyone that wants to know]: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWi-O73jua-xlftS2VSVahQUYlrQ93R00

There's 15 songs there now. If any other songs are used next week, then I'll update the playlist then.

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@Lorilei - Thanks for compiling and making the playlist for this series. I'll check them out and listen to the songs as I like them. :-)

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Woot! This is awesome! Thanks for the compilation. Real life Ji Su is actually pretty talented...

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Thanks so much Lorelei! I have been trying to find the ost of this series since Episode 8, after falling in love with the Yoon Kwon song! Finally am able to put a name to it! So beautiful, it went so perfectly with the scene where Jae In first tucks Da Hyun into bed. Out of curiosity, how did you manage to all the songs down? Impressive work:)

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Thank you for compiling! <3 The OST of this drama is so feel good.

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thanks a lot dear you complete my curiosity
I'm shocked that my favourite songs are sang by kim so hyun and han yeri

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Oooh, great stuff. Thanks for sharing your playlist!

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Omo omo omo!! Thats the thing crossed my mind at those scenes. My heart goes fluttered all around. Finally....Jae-in made it LOL

I love to saw how organic their relation's grows. Everything happen for a reason. Can't wait to see final week episodes. Took more than 10 episodes to make DaDa meet the elusive Grandpa.

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I really like this show, and Love the main couple. the only thing I truly hate is that Joo-hee. seriously kidnapping and sending someone to rape her, or just to take advantage of her? I really wish Jae-in would punish her right.

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I love how well spoken Da Da is. That conversation with Joo Hee (why on earth would lawyer boy do that? So bizarre) was a perfect example of what this show has done right over and over again. Joo Hee dives headlong into her own little makjang drama, Da Da shuts her down and then goes on to do what's important to her - protect Jae In from doing something that will make him a bad person. I also loved that Jae In wasn't going to give in and planned on using his leverage to keep Joo Hee away from Da Da (though I would also like Joo Hee to go to jail but that's probably not going to happen).

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Very well said.

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YES! I love Dada's spunk and ability to speak for herself - she consistently has spoken her mind to antagonistic characters as well as to Jae In. This is something that I appreciate- her character's reactions are not selective. In most romcoms, the heroine will be this strong outspoken character but would suddenly be meek in the face of an ex or the lead guy. Go Dada!

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Yes! I also appreciated her schooling Jae Ha and Jae In together. That was a delight to watch ^_^ I get sick of the baddies getting away with the things they do. Over here, they actually get punished for things they have done. It is a refreshing feeling. :D

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Yay, the recap of this episode is here! Been refreshing this website since the episode aired last night, lol. Thanks HeadsNo2 for a quick recap! I totally agree with your thoughts and comments about this episode esp. the cuteness of our favorite OTP! They are (in my opinion) the BEST K-Drama Couple of 2016! I love, love, love this episode! My favorite scene was the longer kiss (of Jae-In & Da-Hyun) ????? was super swoon-worthy! My goodness, it was soooo good, I kept replaying it over and over (and this episode too while I wait for today's episode 14's Eng Subs), lol. :-D

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Agreed! Best (and most believable) k-couple I've seen in a long time.

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I have fallen too hard over this couple, gonna call them BEST K-Drama Couple of all times. Sure, they don't have the most dramatic love story but I felt as if I am watching a real couple fall in love. Kudos to HSJ and JSM for knocking it out of the park. Never have I seen such real kisses, hugs and skinships. The chemistry is natural and so so darn awesome!

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That dance practice was so random and yet I don't really mind. The OST puts me in such real good mood. Also, fangirl fantasy of just passing by your idol and spontaneously having a dance rehearsal with him? Lucky girl!

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I laughed out loud at the randomness of the dance practice/audition, yet like you, I didn't really mind it either. I guess the music they used was good and got me in a good mood, lol. :-D

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I found myself thinking that this drama has done it right again. If you have a idol actor who isn't great in acting, cast him as ------ a idol. Duh! So even scenes like this just was random or whatsover, as long as it is short, we can let it slip.

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Exactly! ease him into acting by playing an idol. It is working too because I am finding Jisoonim cute so far

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It was so random it threw me off for a bit. Particularly since I didn't remember the girl at all. So I was thinking, who was she and why was she given much screen time ?

Even when I read in the recap that she's Jae-in's sister, I went "huh ? Jae-in has a sister ?". I don't remember her. :D

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She is the person who videocalled Jae In when news of his dating broke out. She was kinda there at Ji Soo's performance at the mall. And at the gallery she asked her dad where her brother was. :P

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the OST for this drama is like a love letter to the good old family dramas,... but what I've really noticed is the score is so good and perfectly timed from the title to the end cut. and the sfx too carries the scene well enough for a romantic comedy to hit the right pitch.

that jazzy trumpet music when Jae In sneaks a kiss to her though and not just any kiss but the deepest kiss. quote author "omo omo omo omo"
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omigosh these kisses are to die for *fans face* but sure as hell I do appreciate them.
awesome chemistry, limited angst, nice but holds her ground heroine, chaebol but caring lead guy...how I don't want this drama to end. can I just keep watching them smiling cheek to cheek, doing cutesy things and having smoldering hot kisses.

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I totally agree with everything you said about this series especially our favorite OTP's beautiful and natural kisses and their awesome chemistry, which is why I love, love, love this remake so much...that I too don't want this show to end. I will miss watching this show and the cuteness of our OTP. I'll definitely marathon this series as soon as I finished watching the last episode!

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Argghh! I can't believe next week is the last week for this adorable couple. Hot damn, that kiss. Best chemistry of the year, imo. I know who I'm voting for the year end awards.

I'm surprised the show went pseudo makjang with the whole kidnapping thing but I'm just glad it got wrapped up quickly. I loved Da Hyun's reaction to seeing Joo Hee. I'm glad she wasn't easy to forgive and she called that lunatic out for what she was. I guess if it weren't for the scandal it would bring Jae In, she would have probably sued the crap out of her.

I have very little qualms about this drama but its use of some of the side characters are kind of weak. Was this initially supposed to be a longer drama? Hyun Jin's brother, Jae In's sister and even Ji Su seem to be irrelevant. When they appear on screen it almost appears to be wasted time. I guess with only a few episodes left, I want the side characters to get out of the way for MOAR of our OTP

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Thanks Heads for the speedy recap!

It is at this point in the story where it sucks to be a fan of the original and a super fan of the remake. I kept on thinking way too much throughout the episode how, when and if certain things would happen. Having said that, there were some aspect of this episode that I liked, some that I really didn’t, and some that had me speculating like a mad man—I mean, there are only three (3) more episodes to go and it feels so unfair. Please note that I have incorporated some events/elements from the original in this post.

What I liked.
1. Joo Hui is now officially the more despicable character here than the original’s. She is not contrite in the least and maintains her haughty disposition even with her feeble apology. I still feel she got off the hook to easily. Regardless, I much prefer the fallout of the kidnapping here compared to the original. DaDa was too much of a saint in the original. Thankfully she was no fool here, as Heads pointed out.
2. The other witch is back to her nasty self. For Jae In’s aunt to blame DaDa for Jae In’s problems is just sigh worthy. Hopefully that’s all we will see of her.
3. The chemistry and acting continue to be a thing of beauty with our two leads.

What I didn’t like
1. What the hell were you thinking lawyer Park, bringing crazy Joo Hee to DaDa’s home! The only probable reason why DaDa accepted Joo Hee’s apology was because she may not have want lawyer Park to get into trouble and Jae-In to go ballistic then and there.
2. Why did Hyun Jin’s bro, Jung Sun Woo, appear to try to iron out Jae In? When he appeared in the hotel and saw Jae In and Joo Hee together, that was cute. This however was felt unnecessary. I think Hyun Jin herself was enough, especially seeing that she had elements of DaDa’s brother from the original in her here. She was pretty strong in both the last episode and this episode.
3. I really didn’t like that Jae In was trying to keep the kidnapping a secret from DaDa, especially since she seemed to not remember and was having nightmares.
4. This episode didn’t flow as well as the earlier episodes. I think they tried to do too much in too little time. Some things just felt off.

Speculation
1. As many have speculated, Jae In and DaDa most likely had unprotected sex and DaDa becomes pregnant. This combines both the original’s DaDa and Hyun Jin pregnancy storylines. It would also make it much easier to bring the story to a close.
2. Is grandpa really not going to be able to say bring out the hanbok in this version?

Ironically, as Hyun Jin sagaciously said, if you have one flaw among ninety nine perfect attributes, that one flaw would really bug you. For me I think it was this episode. It wasn’t bad really. Things just felt off for me.

BTW, can someone tell me what that long leafy item that popped up in both Jae In’s and DaDa’s mom’s grocery bag is? It looks like leeks or green onions on steroids.

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I think Lawyer Park was worried about JI doing something unlawful / crazy to punish JooHee and getting into trouble.
And he also felt that probably Dada was the one who could dissuade him.

So as a friend to JI, he agreed to help JH and not the other way round.

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I agree. This was the dreaded step back episode after all those good one for me. I am glad Dada stayed true to her character and didn't take JaeIn's excuse but pressed him for an answer on what happened. I'm thoroughly annoyed at JI for not telling her without her insisting. I'll give him brushing it off the night of, but not after she woke in a cold sweat still clearly traumatized. You have to tell someone what happened for them to start to recover! Being the protective man doesn't mean hiding things, especially when it's something that happened to the woman! Big beef with that cliché.

And as happy as I was about Dada standing up to Joohe and not letting her slide, it felt like that is totally what she did as soon as JaeIn showed up. She went back on the really great things she said (which btw is the best I've heard from a female lead ever) because she was afraid of what JaeIn would do. It felt like she sacrificed her own completely legitimate feelings to pacify him. I've been in a relationship like that and it's not healthy. It's another trope I really hate seeing. I understand why she did it, but I don't like it.

Those two things really killed this episode for me. Don't get me wrong; I loved the super adorable couple bits. But even that kiss wasn't enough to make me give this episode a good job stamp.

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In Lawyer Park's defense (and culturally speaking) I think he felt Dada was owed an apology and (knowing her) knew that she would feel worse for not receiving one. I think he hoped PBFH (Psycho Bitch From Hell) would actually do that for Dada. Apologies seem to be a BIG requirement in these scenarios. Entire dramas, where PBFHs (and others) have wreaked havoc, have wiped out hours of audience torture on the strength of those damnable apologies!!

And Jae In was, as usual, trying to ride his white horse to protect Dada from knowing too much too soon. I think he wanted her to be stronger mentally and physically before he told her. I don't think he would have left her in the dark long...he really couldn't because she knew some of it and would find out more. But she was so weak and fragile, I think he just wanted to give her more time before hitting her with the whole nightmare story. It is pretty scary if you think about it as a reality. It's kinda hard to do so when it happens in every 6th drama though. Dada continues to prove the exception to every kdrama rule though. She has her own horse and is very capable of riding it, thank you very much!

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I didn't think about the difference in culture. As such I can now see how Lawyer Park would have thought that an apology was necessary, however the way he went about it was just wrong. He should have asked DaDa first and made arrangements for a meeting at an agreed upon location and time instead of ambushing her like that. Sure DaDa may have refused, but Joo Hee isn't afforded the benefit in this case. That would have been the right thing to do. In addition, the actor playing DaDa was amazing with her reacting to seeing Joo Hee in the way she did. That reinforced her case for me.

I can definitely see the dilema that Jae In might have been in choosing to not tell DaDa she was kidnapped. However I think there might have been a mix of guilt in there. What annoyed me as well is that seeing that she was kidnapped with the possibility of being sexually assaulted on top of that, why would he think it a good idea to come on so heavy. Does sex solve everything?

I really do feel your frustration with the makjang here and in other dramas.

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BTW, can someone tell me what that long leafy item that popped up in both Jae In’s and DaDa’s mom’s grocery bag is? It looks like leeks or green onions on steroids.
My brain immediately said to me, "he bought an aloe plant at the store for her."

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But I think it was leeks.

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lol. thanks!

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Speculation No. 1 ???
i want!

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I think after the previews shown for Episode 14, I will stay away from this drama till its conclusion. While this drama has been fluff and light heartedness and has given no cause for a tragic ending, HeadNo2 is right, I can't help but feel all worked up and angst-ridden in case they never get back together after the contract. Logically, it doesn't make sense, but my heart is still anxious.

Great episode this week, I don't remember seeing another drama that was so generous with kisses! That Ha Suk Jin, he sure knows how to do it well huh:P Rather envious of Jeon So Min here, Da Hyun is such a wonderful character to play. She has been absolutely adorable in this role, I hope we get to see more of her in the coming years as a main lead.

I was actually rather upset by how Joo Hee seems to have gotten away scot-fee from facing the consequences of her actions. She is upset because she realises (finally) that Jae In won't be giving in to her, but she seems to have absolutely no idea how horrible her actions were.

Course, this is dramaland, perhaps its best not to analyse the makjang elements too deeply.

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I am guilty of having rewatched that kiss waaaaay too many times...

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Screw the mermaid, me want some da da - jae in <3

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Same here!!!! I don't mind extending Jae In And DaDa's cuteness and romance rather than watching the mermaid! ?✌?️

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Ditto!! I too was looking forward to DaDa and Jae In than the mermaid :D :')

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Okey, this...this kind of dramas are what drew me to kdrama world. I love dramas that are simple, straight forward and no "angst". Because right now i don't hate the evil Joo Hee, she's just so pittiful that i can't refer to her as the "angst of the show. But she still have to pay for what she did. That said, i can't wait to see Da Hyun's reaction when she meets grandpa. Oooh! The shock.

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I read this from soompi - the director had the actors do a lot of ad lib kissing that wasn’t in the script. Also, rumors had it that when the editors(who were female) were editing the scenes, there was a lot of screaming.

Gosh! Ad lib kissing! This is the secret formula, folks :D Especially when you have a couple with explosive chemistry, just let them do the work(or fun)! Ha Suk Jin is such a great kisser, maybe he should be teaching Kissing 101 in Noryangjin equivalent of drama school. I am guessing that the PD allowed the actors do improvise and when he saw how great and natural the pair was, he gave them even more liberty. The result speaks for itself, doesn't it?

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I guess the best kissing scenes are impromptu where the co-stars have such explosive chemistry that the PD, just let them go with the flow & yes ET , I agreed with what you've said.

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I just cannot imagine if i were one of the crew. ha.

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I think I'd be blushing and flushed all over.

I guess when you have a couple who's so into each other and so real, the editors could also linger longer on their kissing and other lovey dovey scenes. This could explain the details that were shown. Maybe that's why other scenes are abruptly cut or transited. Hahaha :D

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Omg, adlib kissing - that's why it felt so reallll. I am going to have to watch the kisses again with this in mind. This OTP is love.

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I can seriously imagine the editors squealing, taking a break from editing, drinking water and fan-ing themselves. Thus, taking a longer time to edit the episode that when the deadline was fast approaching they clumsily placed the scenes together (to which I can forgive). :D

This is seriously my happy pill every week. I'm not sure how I'll move on after next week. :( They are just a legit OTP and giving us legit OTP feels <3

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I've told you they got kiss scene EVERY WEEK! And the kiss is getting bolder and deeper. I think I scream every time they turn their head, I don't really remember it since I probably lost my mind after the first 20secs (that's a 1min long kiss, how could I'm not?)

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Woooaaa that kiss made my day!!!! They are amazing together! I could use no angst but I know its coming as there are only 3 episodes left...

The only thing i didn't like about this episode is the abrupt cuts from one scene to the other. Editing could have been better..

Off to see the mermaid this weekend, I hope it lives up to expectations!!

Thank you for the recap!!!! :)

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just thinking about the kissing scene omooooo it was so hot the way he brushed her hair it makes it so sexy am getting worried coz we're in the final week n something really bad is gonna happen! let's just wish that it doesn't happen HAPPEN AT ALL!

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That kiss, OMO! hotter than tropical sun!

I can't get enough of these two. I refuse to believe that they didn't get affected by those kisses. So sizzling! Legit my most fave OTP this year..

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They just HAVE to be having some personal feelings going on don't they? How can these feelings we all seem to be having while watching this be wrong? I feel like a peeping tom half the time! It is SO intense and SO personal feeling. In a given year I watch 100s of dramas episodes and movies. The chemistry here is so off the chart....honestly I keep trying to remember if I have ever watched kiss scenes that felt this real before. I know I have watched shows with highly passionate kissing that was amazing. But these kisses are the kisses of 2 people deeply in love and are filled with the intense longing that comes with knowing their time together is limited. It tugs at your heart in a way I haven't got the words to describe. But I know we are all feeling it. I WISH this drama was getting higher ratings in Korea. I hope more people will watch as the word gets out. I'm working on all my friends in my kdrama group to start it!

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The kisses burn my screen everytime. Guilty of replaying that scene for God knows how many ??
Yess, I agree with you that their longing truly show in that scene. I bit my lips and jerked my head away the first time I saw it, for it felt too personal. That's a powerful kiss does to me.

This drama is actually quite successful for it already passes 5 million viewing on Oksusu (the mobile app that originally airs the drama). There will be a fanmeeting on 30th of Nov to celebrate its success. Yeayy to our OTP ❤

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Well, here I am, on the other side of opinion on this K-Drama--again. I defended Jae-In in the beginning of the story, even when he was acting like a jerk, because I hoped he would "evolve" into a decent guy.
But when you walk in to a woman (who has just lived through a trauma) and you tell her, "okay. You're safe. I promise I'm going to a hotel," and then you HIDE in the kitchen and comment on her SIGH?!?!?! Come on. That's not romantic, that's just wrong.
I'm so pissed at the writer that she melted in his arms (and kissed back.) She should have kicked him in the nuts.
(Just my opinion. But I didn't like this episode. What was with the, "you're too vulnerable for us to even tell you the truth about who and kidnapped you and why." And then the stupid scene of the half sister and the potential idol dancing to his song? ? ? ? ? I liked this show. But this episode bugged me.

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I agree with you on the hide in the kitchen jump her bones problem so soon after, and while she continues to be traumatised from the kidnapping. I found that in a lot of Asian dramas, the turned into a decent guy thing only goes so far. I think they essentially remain the same person who makes a few changes, however the partner tends to see different facets of the jerk that are softer and nicer than what other people may see but were always there to begin with. Those softer sides might float up to the surface after a while, unbeknownst to the jerk, and other might see these qualities as well. I think it also reflects real lives as well.

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IMO, jae in was not hiding, he went to the kitchen for water and when he closed refrigerator door, dada thought it's front door sound being closed so she came out from the bathroom... ^^

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^^Jae In came back for his brief case also, and what you said is quite true, he really was leaving but was so drawn to Da Da, I think he was far more afraid than he let on, the thought of her being kidnapped shook him. I thought he did not want to be away from her but he was willing to in order for her be safe in his home.

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JI has never been coy about his strong desire for intimacy/sleeping with DH. Infact i felt DH was over dramatic in pushing JI out from his own house.

The attraction felt real and rest also looked like something that was anyways naturally waiting to happen .
He wasnt hiding waiting to pounce types. He was simply waiting outside.

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I guess it's good that we all feel differently about that scene. Had he been physically forceful, with the stupid typical KDrama "grab you by the arm and miss dislocating your shoulder" type of romance, yes, I would gladly agree that it'd be a little upsetting.
For me, I don't personally don't mind a man (who CLEARLY CARE ABOUT ME AND LOVES ME) to be a little sneaky and try to get his way, for as long as I am consenting.
and that's the bottom-line: consenting.
forget the "oh, he hid in the kitchen and came unto her". Did she seem worried for her life? her safety? her pride? no. She likes kissing him and I would say it's those times when a woman is shy, with a racing her, feeling a little like a prey but definitely safe in the arms of a man who loves her and desires her.

my point: I agree to disagree on him acting on his desires. He has a right to. and had she said "no, don't touch me" (and meant it), I am sure he would have been the man we all love him for and backed off.

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(oh, spelling....)
*** I personally don’t mind...
**** with a racing heart...

they're attracted to each other, he's the more "forward" one about it and acting upon it is just the natural order of things between these 2.

as for the comments about "too soon". well, sometimes, actions speak louder than words and there is something some times so much more powerful about being in a physical intimate relationship with someone you care about (the kissing, the touching, etc), than any words they may say. In time of strife, some times all we humans really need is a touch, not a word.

so I don't blame Jae-In for wanting to be physically close to her. or her for swooning under his charms. I mean, when you're scared, don't you need a hug?

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Thanks for the fast recap!!!

I agree about this episode not living up to the previous 11. When it was done all I could say was "What the hell was that?".
Why did they show us such a passionate kiss (which I had to watch several times just to make sure it was real - ahem) and then NOTHING. The next scene was at the office? Come on - not even waking up in bed together.
Really weird editing. I've loved every single episode but this one in particular. It was almost like they were adding filler and couldn't decide what to do.
Yes, the song and dance was kind of cute, but it didn't make any sense at all. I wanted more of Jae In and Da Da!!!!

These two - I can't even begin to describe how I feel when they kiss and look at each other with such passion and love. It feels so real. I'm NOT looking forward to this series ending. :-(

Final rant here: Jae In has turned into a pretty decent man, but he still has some control issues that I find rather annoying. And Dada lets him get away with it most of the time. Otherwise, I love them together.

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If you are referring to him not wanting her to go home after the kidnapping I think Jae In was still shaken , hence his need to have her near him and safe. I think in this relationship Da Da has the power, but at the same time each of them are true to who they are, Da Da stands firm when she has too, but those two are adorkable, I smile the entire time they are on screen.

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This show was already short enough, why we got that dance scene?? Was that PPL(people placement)?
Dada Jaein will hold special place in my heart to be 1st onscreen couple that I ship in real life. I love them sooo muuucchhh..... If this drama aired by more known channel, article about them would be all over news portal site.

Yeah, this is ep felt all over the place.
Did they sleep together or no?!?!!?

1 weeks more and still not ready to let go my fave OTP ??

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I think the OTP are that perfect pairing, and the actors are doing an amazing job on portraying two people from different worlds falling in love, would love to see them in other projects separate or apart, they have brought their A game to this series.

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Coming in very late on this episode! Here were my thoughtsies:

1. The kidnapping: Makjang Madness
2. Jae In Telling DaDa to think of what happened to her as "secret"...WHAT?! No way someone's could tell me something that happened to me should be considered "a secret" from me and is "nothing to be concerned about." I understand he was trying to protect her and that she was still groggy and drugged up, but I was like "SAY WHUHHH...YEAH RIGHT!" at that one. Got me hurrumphing.
3. That meeting at the table in the office the next day with Jae In, Sun Woo, Tae Ha, and Hyung Joon...that was quite a table of fine, handsome fellas!
4. I agree the kiss was choc full of chemistry. I think I'm just weird bc I was thinking if I had just been kidnapped and drugged I wouldn't want anyone to touch me, and now would not be a good time. But I'm glad that she was all for it.
5. DID ANYONE SEE THE WEIRD SCENE WHEN THEY SHOWED THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOLIDAY IN as the building before Joo Hee went in to talk to Jae In? Blooper?
6. Dude, Hyung Joon should have called DaDa first, why just show up with Joo Hee at her house?
7. Joo Hee needs to go to jail.
8. That dance number was kinda funny.
9. The donation to the orphanage and picnic were so sweeeeet. <3

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