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Jealousy Incarnate: Episode 24 (Final)

Here we are at journey’s end, and hasn’t Jealousy Incarnate been a full meal? It’s time for dessert, a sweet finish with some salty crunch and a secret center—exactly as we’ve come to expect from a show that delights in subverting subversions. I’ve had a great time sharing this show with you all, and thank you guys for showing up every week with such interesting comments and perspectives! Shall we hold our fingers to the wind one last time and see which way the jealousy blows? All together now: ♫ No no, no no no nooOOoo…

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

With Na-ri in his arms, Hwa-shin asks her if she won or if he lost. “We drew,” Na-ri replies. Kissing, they disappear under the covers.

Aww no, outside, Chi-yeol sits on the porch all night, shivering…and he’s still there in the morning, when Hwa-shin comes out. He leaps up to confront him, although both of them just stare at each other until Hwa-shin greets him, addressing him as “brother-in-law.” Chi-yeol is so outraged that his fist just flies out, getting Hwa-shin in the mouth. He rages at Hwa-shin in banmal, asking what the hell he’s doing leaving at this time.

He tells Hwa-shin he never liked him ever since he gave Na-ri a hard time for her crush on him, and threatens to kill Hwa-shin himself if he puts a toe out of line now. But Hwa-shin barks at the kid for talking down to an elder—which cows Chi-yeol not a bit.

“The person Noona cherishes and loves the most in this world is me,” Chi-yeol tells him. But Hwa-shin rejoins that actually, it’s him, and he plans to live every second remembering that. “I don’t like you,” Chi-yeol retorts, and Hwa-shin shoots back that he doesn’t like Chi-yeol either. Hahaha, this utterly puerile yet simultaneously complex posturing confrontation. But as he walks off, Hwa-shin keeps looking back and breaking into little giggles.

Back at his own place, Hwa-shin finds Ja-young’s earring in his wardrobe, but doesn’t think anything of it. Instead, warm with the memory of Na-ri’s attempt to move in, he goes off to make reservations for a wedding. Lucky for him, there’s been a cancellation for Christmas Eve and he takes it.

But when he goes into work, PD Oh tells him that he’s been reassigned to the company kindergarten. Announcer Uhm and Sung-sook tell him that that’s what he gets for running his mouth. Balking, Hwa-shin slaps a hastily scribbled resignation in front of PD Oh, who furiously tears it into pieces. Hotly reproaching them for not taking his side, Hwa-shin stalks out.

Meanwhile, Ja-young breaks it to Na-ri that she’s lost her morning news spot, as part of money-saving restructuring by management, but encourages her to think about what she would enjoy doing in the meantime. She also tells her about Hwa-shin’s reassignment, much to Na-ri’s distress.

After crying for him in the bathroom, Na-ri bumps into Hwa-shin leaving the men’s. He stops her, but she denies that she’s crying because of him. She asks why he’s not angry. Brushing his thumb across her cheek, he replies, “Because you’re crying and getting angry on my behalf.”

He takes her away for lunch, which turns out to be testing wedding menus. Na-ri sks how he can think of getting married at a time like this, and he dryly answers that’s he’s worried she won’t marry him now he’s unemployed. He refuses to cancel, and Na-ri upbraids him for setting a date without even getting his mom’s approval.

“It’s the first time I’m getting married!” Hwa-shin whines. Lol is that even an excuse. Na-ri yells that it’s her first time too, but she still knows the order of things. He makes her sit back down, and gruffly asks who they should have officiate. Na-ri suggests PD Oh, and on the screen above them, the scenario plays out, with Oh giving a backhanded congratulation. Imagining it, Na-ri shakes her head.

Similar sequences play out with all their potential candidates: Dr. Geum talking about how they were fated since farting in front of each other, and then even letting slip about Hwa-shin’s infertility. Next, Sung-sook’s special message to the bride and groom, as a divorced woman, is to break up if things aren’t working out. “Divorce…is being true to your feelings,” she says, and offers to officiate their next wedding. Hahaha.

As for who should host the ceremony, they imagine Dong-gi dissing Hwa-shin, before breaking off to demand money. On the other hand, Jung-won rails at them for daring to ask him. Na-ri hangs her head guiltily, and tells Hwa-shin they can’t ask him. Hwa-shin groans that they won’t be able to get married at all, and doesn’t answer when Na-ri asks if he resigned.

Hwa-shin tries to resign, but PD Oh tears the envelope to shreds without even looking up. Hwa-shin begs for some different punishment, but Oh just tells him to go away.

Hwa-shin slaps down another envelope, and Oh is about to tear it up when he realizes it’s a wedding invitation. He shakes his head nervously when Hwa-shin asks if he’s ever officiated a wedding.

At home, Hwa-shin asks his mom for wedding money, and she scolds him for not even introducing his girl. He holds out the earring he found, but Mom says it’s Ja-young’s. He finds that weird, but is full-on suspicious when he finds the bag full of cash in his cupboard, along with the voice-phishing apology-note.

He confronts Sung-sook and Ja-young, who bow their heads. The story comes out and Pal-gang kneels in contrition. He tells her to get up, and stepping closer, he wraps his arms around her. She says sorry, crying into his shoulder. “I’m sorry to you first,” Hwa-shin replies quietly.

After Pal-gang goes, the women tell him off for being the only one to fall for the trick. He replies by asking if they’ve ever officiated a wedding. Haha.

Hwa-shin pops in to Na-ri’s that night, warily asking Chi-yeol’s whereabouts. He gives Na-ri the packet of money and tells her to use it for the wedding. She’s shocked that he’s going through with it. Settling into her bed, he tells her he wants to live with her asap.

She entreats him not to resign, and he’s sardonic about how she was okay with male breast cancer and infertility, only to be stumped by this. Thinking of her own joblessness, she asks if he really can’t do the kindergarten job. He looks at her all offended.

The next day, Hwa-shin gets his resignation torn up again, and this time he counters with a proposal for a new show, “Whistleblower.” Tearing that up, too, Oh tells him that the three sunbaes he looked down on (Oh, Sung-sook, and Announcer Uhm) for not having a journalistic conscience went and begged the President’s office for a new assignment for “our beloved Lee Hwa-shin,” and tells him to get his butt there.

In a radio studio, Hwa-shin squirms in embarrassment at his name on the script for a new show, “Health Diary: Talking About Bodies.” It doesn’t help that Dong-gi finds this endlessly hilarious. The day’s topic is uterine fibroids, and Hwa-shin cringes talking about dreaded lady-things like menstruation.

Afterwards, Hwa-shin hangs out at Stepmom’s store with Na-ri and Beom, eating steamed buns. Na-ri asks him what she’d be good at, and he tells her that he really enjoyed her weather reports. She leans into him, laughing that he’s biased, and he puts his arm around her.

But he’s dismayed to hear that she listened to his radio show, although she tells him he’s good at everything. Everything like what, Hwa-shin asks. “Just eeeeverything,” Na-ri giggles. Hahahaha. He kisses them both, first Beom, then Na-ri, just as his mom arrives to see.

Horrified, she smacks Hwa-shin, yelling at him for stealing his best friend’s girlfriend. He concentrates on his bun and Na-ri tries to intervene, but Mom rounds on her, too. Hwa-shin can’t let this pass, and tells Mom he’s marrying her.

“Absolutely not!” yells Mom. Hwa-shin tells Mom that Na-ri already broke up with Jung-won, and finally yells that she was seeing both of them, “But she said she likes me more! I won!” He grumbles that he tried to tell Mom but she wouldn’t listen.

A short time later: Mom sits between the couple, chewing them out. Hwa-shin grumps at her not to come to the wedding then, which sets her off again.

After their broadcast, Sung-sook agrees to a drink with Announcer Uhm, who gets adorably excited. They share a drink right there, and after a bit, Sung-sook asks him if he’s got money saved up. She says she’s thinking of being just a tiny bit interested in him. She also asks about illnesses, but exclaims when he reels off a bunch. He points out that he’s honest and won’t cheat, though, although Sung-sook pettishly notes that it’s more like he can’t cheat.

He immediately obliges when she asks if he’d part his hair the other way, but she doesn’t like it and makes him change it back. He looks increasingly henpecked as she tells him to tone his face and look after his skin and wear better clothes. But then he brightens up, saying that her fussiness means she’s interested.

Elsewhere, Madam Kim slides an envelope over to Ja-young, and tells her to quit seeing Chef. Looking inside, Ja-young says it’s too little, but laughs that it doesn’t feel bad to receive such an envelope at her age, and says she’ll think it over. Surprised and pleased, Madam Kim smirks.

In the empty news studio, Na-ri stands on the weather side, thinking about her days doing weather. She goes to meet with PD Oh and Ja-young, and PD Oh asks her if she’d like to renew her contract as a weathercaster. Na-ri agrees, but on the condition that they acknowledge her as a weather expert. She promises to stamp her work with her own fun style. The seniors agree, and PD Oh is pretty stoked. “I’ll do the weather until I die,” Na-ri says, beaming.

Hwa-shin has Dr. Geum and Nurse Oh guest on his radio show. They’re here to talk about breastfeeding, and they discuss how being a mom lowers a woman’s risk of cancer due to rising prolactin. Dr. Geum guesses Hwa-shin’s thoughts, and encouragingly adds that not breastfeeding doesn’t mean you will get cancer. During the break, Hwa-shin asks what they’re doing on Christmas Eve, and if Dr. Geum’s ever officiated a wedding.

That night, Hwa-shin asks Na-ri to cook him rice in her dowry-rice-cooker and hands her a gift box, too. Inside is a flower necklace, and she loves it. But she wants to delay the wedding, worried about his mom’s opposition. “I don’t want to,” says Hwa-shin, and suddenly worried, asks, “You don’t want to marry me?”

Coming close, Na-ri tells him he can quit if he wants to, and find a job that gives him freedom, instead of just earning a wage for her sake. She tells him about her new job, and as if it’s too good to be true, Hwa-shin asks if it’s really okay for him to quit. She orders him to do it right away. He refuses to eat at her place, though, for fear of Chi-yeol, but he follows her when she stomps cutely off, and corners her for kisses. Why are you so cute?!

Ja-young passes Madam Kim’s envelope on to Chef, and says they should spend it all on dates. He’s shocked at how much it is, but Ja-young grins that it would have been way more if she’d been just five years younger. “Let’s just date,” she tells him, “Let’s not get married.” Smiling at him, she confides that she’d rather not get married when there’s opposition.

Back in the house, Ja-young, Sung-sook, and Pal-gang have tea together. Taking a breath, Ja-young announces, “Let’s the three of us live together.” She asks for a vote, and Sung-sook raises her hand right away. Pal-gang eventually says she’ll have to think about it, but grins once she’s out of sight. The moms whisper excitedly that Pal-gang’s mouth definitely turned up, and they clink teacups in victory. Why so cuuuute.

The next morning on Na-ri’s rooftop, Hwa-shin holds out the voice-phishing apology note at Chi-yeol like a talisman. With the utmost pain, Chi-yeol cracks a minimal bow, and respectfully asks Hwa-shin not to tell Na-ri.

“Is that it?” Hwa-shin asks. Oh you’re enjoying this. Looking constipated, Chi-yeol apologizes with a ninety-degree bow, and Hwa-shin smugly tells him he’d better treat him well now. “Only if you treat my sister well,” Chi-yeol replies, quick as a flash.

Na-ri goes to Jung-won’s store to deliver his wedding invitation personally. She tells him it’s okay if he doesn’t want to come. As she stands up to go, Jung-won gives her a hug, and asks her to make Hwa-shin happy and make sure he’s not lonely. Touched, she agrees.

Christmas Eve. Na-ri finishes off a cheerful weather broadcast, dressed in a Santa outfit. Outside the station, Jung-won waits to pick her up (don’t you clean up nice!). He smiles at the sight of her in her wedding dress, bouquet in hand. She runs up to him in happy surprise, having expected Hwa-shin.

In the car, Hwa-shin texts her saying that he’s giving her one last chance to pick Jung-won. She snorts. Smiling, Jung-won tells her she looks pretty in her dress.

At the wedding hall, Stepmom bows to Hwa-shin’s grumpy mom across the aisle, and everybody we know is there. Jung-won emcees after all, and announces the groom to whoops and cheers. Hye-won smiles at Hwa-shin strutting down that aisle. He nods at Mom (who’s proud of him after all), exchanges smiles with Jung-won.

Next, Jung-won announces Na-ri: “Loving the groom through snow, rain or storm, the most beautiful bride in the world.” The crowd is even louder as Na-ri enters on Chi-yeol’s arm (and don’t you clean up even nicer?). The weathergirls hoot and everyone beams. Even Mom claps for her, if unenthusiastically.

As Hwa-shin steps forward to receive her hand, Chi-yeol lets go super-unwillingly, glaring at Hwa-shin. As the couple give each other the wedding bows, Na-ri whispers that he looks cool, and he replies, “Isn’t that obvious?” Her smile drops and she asks why he’s not telling her she’s pretty. “Isn’t that obvious?” he replies again, voice warm.

Aw, Dr. Geum is officiating after all. She tells them she’s more nervous than before a surgery, and wonders if she was chosen because she witnessed their first kiss. She tells them how Hwa-shin’s first name was “Grandma”, and then “Pyo Na-ri-nim”, and now at last he’s claiming his real name as male breast cancer reporter, Lee Hwa-shin.

She says that his trial proved what a fine man he was, and now she can answer the question he asked of her, whether she could marry someone like him. “My answer is, ‘absolutely YES.’ If the opportunity should arise again, make sure you propose to me,” she says, to a chorus of laughs. Of Na-ri, she says that although anyone can love, it’s not everyone who can keep that love burning.

MC Jung-won announces a congratulatory song next. Guys, I can’t recap this awesome. Watch it. It involves Dong-gi, singing, Nurse Oh hopping onto the stage, dancing Dr. Geum and of course, the star of it all, Hwa-shin. The song sounds almost like it was written for the show, like a vow from Hwa-shin to Na-ri. Aw.

The bride and groom make their grand exit. Jung-won steps down from the podium and dances with Hwa-shin’s mom, while Chi-yeol dashes to Pal-gang. Holding out flowers he grabbed from the decoration, he says, “Let’s date.” Taking the flowers, Pal-gang happily agrees, and he kisses her head. Dae-goo looks ready to cry.

One year later. Hwa-shin is anchor beside Sung-sook, but for a twist, he’s in the female anchor seat on the right. He cuts off her closing and to PD Oh’s eternal alarm, they argue back and forth with further comments.

Ten years later. A balding Dong-gi cues a pregnant Na-ri, who tells him to hold it a sec while she tells off her husband who hasn’t dressed or fed their baby right. Omg this baby. “Do you only see the baby?” Hwa-shin asks grimly. “Are you jealous of a baby right now?” Na-ri retorts.

Christmas Eve in the year 2056, where people seem to need to walk around with respirators: A greying Na-ri shows off hula-hooping as exercise in her broadcast, and tells the audience she’s off to enjoy a ramyun by the river with her man while she can still manage it.

Back to the present. Still in their wedding clothes, Hwa-shin sets up his own video camera at the news studio and joins Na-ri at the desk. She wonders why they’re there and he tells her that it’s in place of a wedding shoot.

Bushed, Na-ri says she couldn’t do a wedding a second time, it’s too exhausting. Lightly, Hwa-shin tells her she should, if he dies early. Nooooo don’t say that! Rising angrily, she asks if he brought her here to say that. Smiling, he says that until he dies, he’s sticking to her like an octopus and she’d better not oil him off or salt him dead. She grins scarily at him like she’s about to, though.

She says there’s something she’s curious about, and asks him if he’d have started liking her if he hadn’t become jealous of Jung-won. “I don’t know,” he answers. “When I was in Thailand, I thought of you from time to time,” he confesses. That provokes a cascade of questions from Na-ri, and she complains when he answers them all with, “I don’t know.”

He says that it’s because of all the things he doesn’t know that he ended up here, next to her, being her little octopus. Smiling at his thoughts, he says that because of her crush, maybe he was always destined to go make a fool of himself at those mudflats.

He tells her that the fortuneteller told him that he’d always be curious about her: “Forever curious about you, I will love you. Forever curious about you, I will live with you.” But in classic Hwa-shin style he adds that she’d better not treat him badly because he said that.

The screen closes with a quote from Pal-gang: “Being more jealous means you love [someone] more.”

Sort-of Epilogue: Na-ri and Hwa-shin sign off the show like it’s a news program, and true to form, Hwa-shin cuts over Na-ri’s closing and tells viewers not to have a peaceful evening (“That’s no fun!”), but to have a hot, sultry one. Snorrrt. Hwa-shin keeps on talking, and Na-ri finally shuts him up by kissing him.

COMMENTS

I didn’t think we’d really see a wedding in this show, but I’m so glad we did. It was such a great way to send off the characters and give us our last glimpses of everyone, and there was such a lot to like about the way many characters’ arcs were concluded. There were plenty of pairings-off, what with Ja-young and Chef, Sung-sook and Announcer Uhm, but hey, this show is letting us have our cake and eat it, because they totally put the momance first—and long may it live!

It’s true that a lot of the tertiary storylines got neat endings, but though they were neat, they were not perfunctory, like the Pal-gang love triangle, or her reconciliation with Hwa-shin. I admit I’m somewhat…intellectually dissatisfied with the whole Pal-gang storyline, which I feel did not fulfil its setup, and I wish it had because there was a lot to mine there, but I understand viewer feedback made the production cut it back (note: I have only read this as hearsay).

The secondary storylines got more justice, and I’m satisfied with those. I’ve become oddly fond of Announcer Uhm, who randomly appeared one day and I didn’t even know he’d be a recurring character. He’s good-natured and straight-shooting, and strikes me as just right for Sung-sook, not only because he likes her so much. He clearly enjoys a little browbeating, and wouldn’t have her any other way. Sung-sook has really become a character I genuinely like: She’s prickly, driven, and often selfish, but she’s also honest and has a steady temperament, which is such an interesting mix.

She’s not like Ja-young, who’s much closer to the traditional image of genteel womanhood—sweet, elegant and nurturing. In a way, it’s as if Ja-young became even Sung-sook’s mentor for how to be a mother. Not your usual drama-stepmother, Ja-young seems to quietly collect lost hearts, and proves a willing mentor for anyone who needs her. That’s a lot of love. It’s actually been pretty fantastic to see both of these women flourish, professionally and personally, with their different personalities giving them different strengths yet similar successes. They’re capable and confident and know their own minds, to the extent they can’t even hate each other, even though they try. It’s so gooood.

Also so good: Jung-won does not get a token consolation-prize pairing. Instead, the boys get to renegotiate and reclaim their friendship, both of them wiser to their own hearts, and to each other’s. I’m so glad Jung-won is not left to be a tragic figure, but actually gets to play fairy godfather to the couple, and prove at the same time that one love doesn’t end them all. He was the perfect MC, and I think Dr. Geum was exactly the right person to officiate, too, as the person who bore witness to the evolution of the couple’s whole relationship, especially its most agonizing lows. Also, she was most intimately acquainted with their bosoms. (Yes! I laughed writing that.)

But what of our central couple? We talked about relationship equality last week, and I enjoyed the way it played out this hour by levelling EVERYTHING, as they both spend a large portion of the episode effectively jobless. Na-ri not telling Hwa-shin about hers really stood out as just being something she didn’t need to do—she was handling it and didn’t need rescuing. But I really liked that their struggle with the reassignments showed how they recognized that their choices would sometimes be contingent on practicalities like putting food on the table. I also like how they’re agents of their own fates, and in this instance, Na-ri especially, negotiating a job for herself, with a rock-solid conviction in her own abilities. And with that, she’s able to give Hwa-shin back the freedom he sacrificed for their sake, and I think this is what best defines their relationship to me at this moment: the mutual consideration they have towards each other.

There’s a healthy space between them, with things they share and things they keep to themselves, but they’ve put their hearts into each other’s hands. And damn if it isn’t beautiful. Everything about them is so grounded and natural, and the show doesn’t offer a world of idealizations—not in friendship, parenthood, work, romance or even life in general. Instead, it extends a gentle authenticity that encompasses the spectrum of daily life, be it the good and the sweet, the painful or the broken, the cheerless or the absurd. Realizing complex characters is practically par for the course for Gong Hyo-jin, so I feel like she lived up to my expectations, but the real surprise has been Jo Jung-seok. Of course I know how funny and affecting he can be, from What’s Up all the way to Oh My Ghostess, but he tapped a new level of emotional torsion for Jealousy that I think we haven’t seen before, and I hope we see again really, really soon.

What I love most about Jealousy is that while characters changed and evolved over the course of the show, they always remain fundamentally themselves (even in 2056). They’re allowed to be flawed and stay flawed, and that’s a quality that kept the show really anchored not only in its own reality, but also in ours. From early on, I felt some tonal similarities between this show, and It’s Okay, It’s Love (which I love), and both shows also constantly put me in mind of Jane Austen’s Emma, in how that character was born from Austen’s desire to create an unlikeable heroine.

But here’s the problem inherent in that, especially from a sensitive writer: No matter what those characters do, as long as they had even a modicum of self-awareness, it’s very difficult not to sympathize with them. Emma is like that, It’s Okay’s Hae-soo is like that, and everyone in Jealousy is like that. Perhaps that’s why the only character in this show that I couldn’t connect with was Madam Kim, but that itself is the tragedy of her character. That kind of layering, intentional or otherwise, captures so many degrees of everyday human complexity and caprice, and that’s what makes this show so rich for dissection.

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Love, love, love!!! Top to bottom, head to toe!
What a great pairing!

But please tell me no real news organizations run their business like a game of musical chairs! Better not get up to go to the bathroom anchors. ..or you are giving up your seat forever to the next person! (At least until they have to go to the potty too.)

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The added a lot of nonsense for the sake of drama. This is a show that should have been no more than 16 episodes. The extra 8 episodes sapped the show of momentum and interest. It definitively lost a lot of steam in the middle.

Also Gong Hyo-Jin needs to be concerned about type casting, cause a lot of her recent roles are very similar - quirky, average looking girl, pulling the interest of a guy who initially finds her annoying - Greatest Love, Master's Sun, It's Okay That's Love and now Jealousy Incarnate.

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Gong Hyo Jin said in the pre-show press conference that the writer had specifically asked her to come back to her "Gongvley" type for this show. And I think you can probably make that quirky, pulling interest of guy who initially finds her annoying claim for pretty much every drama out there. GHJ elevates them though.

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IOTL's character was pretty different though as she was a confident woman who's secure in her career. Producer was also different. But still though, GHJ has a certain charm that makes it seem like these characters are easy to pull off. They're not. I, for one, don't like quirky, almost naive characters as I can't relate to them. I prefer characters like Hyewon. But for some weird reason that I'm still trying to wrap my head around, GHJ makes me like her characters and connect to them. If these characters were portrayed by another actress, it wouldn't have been as successful. And GHJ can build awesome chemistry with all her leads. Seriously, the girl can build chemistry with even a potato or an octopus.

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Well, she had amazing chemistry with her personal octopus for this show, hehe

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I agree with you on the GHJ and chemistry. Give him an ajusshi or grandpa as love partner. I think she can kill it as well.. great actress!

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agree! she has an impeccable chemistry with all his lead actors! damn great actress. i am a super fan.

and also, thanks saya for this wonderful recap. I enjoyed your comments very much. GHJ definitely can make any character, even the boring ones, really interesting!

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JI is one rom com masterpiece!

Love it so much that I will be very happy to watch another 24 episodes of this bunch of flawed but relatable characters on their journey of struggles and triumphs. Hats down to the writer, director, cast and crew as well as the music director (whose wonderful works were detailed by some lovely soul at Open Thread a couple of months ago).

It's wonderful to read how everyone here deconstructs the brilliance of this one of its kind drama, satiring the usual kdrama troupes yet never off the course from its central characters and their stories. LHS and PNR, how I love thee - and the subject of my lifelong curiosity is simply wow and wow.

Sad to see the drama go but I am sure this one will stick and can be rewatched and rewatched in the years to come.

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I LOVE GHJ, but I honestly agree with you. She's always typecast into those roles and she should branch out more. Funny thing is though, it's because of those roles that I fell in love with her. No one can portray such characters as she can. I don't detest those characters, but I don't like them either. I like my female leads strong. However, GHJ is so natural in those roles that she makes them likable and interesting. She makes the character attractive and makes me feel like yeah it's understandable the men like her. There are plenty of characters similar to hers that I just find plain annoying and don't understand how any one can like them because they're portrayed by someone else.

Good thing is she did step away from those roles as per one of her interviews where she said she didn't want that image of a weak, average, naive girl. She rocked Haesoo and it doesn't seem like her role in Producer was bad either. I hope her next role is someone tough and sexy...okay maybe not sexy. Lol.

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About typecasting, I don't know. GHJ has a track record for taking complicated, interesting and unusual characters, and then OWNING them. To say she should quit the quirk sounds a lot like saying she needs to approach her acting differently, or at least, needs to take more stock roles...and that ain't no good thing. She has a way of making cringe less cringey, unlikeable more lovable, wishy-washy-ness sympathetic, and that's why I'm always excited to watch her. And I LOVE knowing that she openly admits that she falls at least a little in love with her co-stars. I mean, it's scary to let yourself love like that (so scary!), but my goodness, it shows. Like others have said, it's not that she CAN have chemistry with a potato, she DID have it.

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She has this quirky persona and aura in real life, so it's a given we could see some of it in her characters that she played. She said it herself that she prefers choosing unusual role / script. She often discussed with the directors / writers about what part of her role in the script that need to be changed to give a more distinctive personality. IMHO, we saw bits of her own thought and soul in each roles she acted. That's why they feel familiar.

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Agree with you, @snailshell. Gong Hyo Jin has an incredible knack for taking characters that on-paper can come across weird, tacky, kooky and bizarre, and under a less winsome and accomplished actress, the role could easily descend into something clownish and farcical. But GHJ transforms them into funny, quirky and loveable characters with her own brand of natural easy acting. She not only breathes life into them but also imbues them with spirit and heart. I believe she is the actress whose k-dramas I've watched almost consistently year in year out. She's just outright brilliant.

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Yeah, the last four episodes lost the momentum for me and dragged. I only read the recaps, which I'm grateful for, to wrap it up. The show just lost its suspense and well, despite the cute, it couldn't keep me watching for a full hour. When the drama began focusing entirely on the two leads, it became repetitive. I wouldn't have more seeing more of the side character develop their own stories. I'd be interested in seeing how the crazy courtship between Jung-won's fiance and himself panned out.

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her that's okay it's love character and producer character were very different from her usual rom com characters. I hope she plays a super cold, rich and glamorous character next, like a female version of her usual male rom com co Stars' characters. I hope the hong sisters or pasta writer come up with a very different character for her.

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i am re watching episodes, and I noticed a lot of things I didn't before. Like the actors' movements and facial expressions that helped emphasize certain things and scenes that mirror past scenes. I think with 24 episodes they were able to tell a better story, 16 episodes would feel rushed, and I don't think we'd get all the great comedy and emotional scenes. The bed scene and wedding scene were well done, and also scenes that included many of the cast, the police station scene, the birthday cake, the work dinner and karaoke.

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Also, I saw on Infinite Challenge that Jo Jung-seok did this version of a wedding song "mob" in real life for the actor who plays Dong-gi's wedding. Only it involved a bunch more people popping out of the crowd and random places singing and performing a choreographed dance while the couple watched! So cute to put a nod to that in! Of course in drama world Hwa-shin was going to need his time in the spot light, hee.
I feel like this is what having 24 eps gets you-all these great moments that would be lost otherwise. It helps that 'Jealousy ' was strong every episode and never lagged, for me at least.

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One other beat I loved was in the epilogue with Hwa-shin holding the baby and being all, "Babe, don't you see I'm wearing my 'super sexy' glasses?!" HA!

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OMG! he was wearing glasses? I didn't notice that at all. No wonder he felt jealous of his own baby! lol. :D

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LOL, I bet he wears them all the time now in an attempt to get attention! I'm glad to see he's still desperate for her love 10 years later. Like the quote at the end, the one who loves more is the one that gets more jealous...and only Hwa-shin would get jealous over his own baby.

Can we also take a moment to appreciate the baby's adorable victorious expression paired with HS's pouty jealous one!? Ahhhhh, just priceless.

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Ha ha.. So true! :D

I just scrolled up to see the screenshot of of that scene and ha ha ha.. So cute! :P

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@Chandler, noooo that would wear out their magical mystical power! Glasses are only to be used as a weapon of last resort! But I bet HS didn't figure that out and overused it, and now NR is desensitised to it. That's a very Hwa-shinny thing to do.

That baby, though, so adorbs, and look at the little thing just laughing! My ovaries are crying.

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Haha! I'm pretty sure that's exactly what he did. He was good about not spoiling her in the beginning, much to my disappointment. I would have loved to see him glasses a lot more so I'm glad we got a glimpse of him in them again at the end, hehe.

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Lmaoooo you know HS was like desperate times calls for desperate measures!!!

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HA HA!
Nari’s attention no longer exclusively on me? Lemme take my Super Glasses out. Ok, glasses not enough, I need the pacifier too.

Oh, Baby Hwashin, you can’t win! Your daddy is the KING of petty.

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Haha. Now that you've said it, I can totally imagine Hwashin saying something like that! ヽ(^Д^)ノ Gosh, how petty and we all totally love it.

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I'm guessing that's supposed to be him wearing glasses but all I'm seeing and hearing is his 'Manse!' pose from the previous episode! My fave forever!

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And Girl in her 60's talkin bout gettin some "ramyun!" We know what that means! Woot woot!

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Omg I didn't even notice the glasses!! I was too busy laughing over how petty a father Hwa-shin was being - because HOW Hwa-shin is it to get jealous over his own freaking son HAHAHA.

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Last one.... Super well done Saya! Thanks a million! :)

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Ohhh please do share which Infinite Challenge episode is that? I saw JJS with SH in Youth Over Flowers and they have this loving bromance. I wish I cld watch them in a musical together tho

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It was ep. 125 on March 25th. The first wedding singers episode. They start talking about it at about the 40 minute mark. So cute!

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It never lagged for me either, JJS and GHJ never failed to keep me on my toes. I loved everything, EVERYTHING, about this drama. Sad to see it end...

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what eps was that. I haven't watched IC in a long time.

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JI has easily made up to one of the best shows in my list. I actually went into this show with least expectations because of the vague premise but I had trust in the leads and no doubt JI made a great combo of good writing, directing and acting. Even the side characters were such great actors that you didn't feel like skipping their scenes. Plus, I liked how NR became the weathercaster in the end. You should try to pursue your dreams but that may not be your destination.

Does anyone know of the Ppal gang thing that Saya mentioned. What is it? I did think that they were giving very less time to the trio in the show. Didn't know there was/might be another reason to it.

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Same! Started this drama because I love both GHJ and JJS from their previous works but wasn't really sold on the show much at the beginning. I liked it but didn't really understand what direction it would go (cancerous angstfest? cliché heaven? trope-y hell?).
But it turned out to be a show I am so glad exists! Here's to the few hidden gems of 2016!

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There were a lot of viewer complaints about the high school love triangle in the first of couple of episodes. People found those scenes jarring due to the acting of Ppal Gang. I'm personally glad they did cut down that story line. The actress didn't do a good job of playing bratty but likable. If they had casted a more capable young actress that story line could have brought more of the younger viewers in and it might have boosted the ratings.

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Hm, yes, I can understand the comments regarding the actress playing Ppal Gang. Ppal Gang's attitude and personality was a bit difficult to like, same as Hwa Shin from the beginning (they really are blood-related, lol), but JJS plays Hwa Shin so well and the show also took more time to flesh him out that he became likeable and understandable as the show got on.

A pity Ppal Gang was not given the same treatment in terms of character arc growth - there were spurts of likability and relatability here and there e.g. during the scene where she blew up at her moms for criticising her for not cutting her nails and cried because she missed her dad and the things he did for her, I thought that there was a moment of vulnerability and insight into her then.

Perhaps if the show had taken greater pains to flesh her out, and perhaps if the director had taken more time to draw out of the actress a more nuanced performance, we could have identified with her and liked her more. While I think the director did a good job in this show, I think he also relied a lot on JJS's and GHJ's (and the other senior actors') veteran acting and ad-libbing abilities to make the show crackle and pop the way it does.

The actor playing Chi Yeol is a standout amongst the youngsters though. I wished we had more of him in this show whether it was more of his interactions with Na Ri, or his interactions with Hwa Shin, or with Dae Goo and Ppal Gang. Or even with Beom (who is supposed to be his half-brother after all! There went a potentially great interaction, gone begging!). Anyway, he's certainly one to watch out for in future!

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I came into this show with literally zero expectations too LOL, and the only reason I started it was because Jo Jung-seok and Gong Hyo-jin were the leads. I wasn't even convinced going into the show that I'd even like it because the premise didn't sound promising. And to think that now it's become one of my favourite dramas of the year.

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Thanks for the recap! I so enjoyed all your comments, and your own last recap is a fitting send off for a drama that's become one of my favorites.

I did find the ending satisfactory but choppy - to me that's a bit unfortunate only because it didn't live up to every single one of the prior episodes. But it wrapped everything up and had some fun moments, stayed true to the characters, and put a grin on my face. A bit of bumpiness is okay by me in this otherwise terrific production.

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I super loved the ending to this journey! I think it only felt choppy because they actually showed us the Hwa-shin and Na-ri did in the future, very briefly and quickly in a tongue-in-cheek kinda way. After all, don't we all want to see the OTP in our dramas get married and have babies and happily ever after? Most dramas give us resolution and reunion in the last 5 minutes, but no, no, no, JI does it their way and I for one loved it! I've said this before but I can totally watch another 24 episodes of Hwa-shin and Na-ri bicker, fight, get jealous, make-up and just do their usual thing and it would not be boring. Honestly I think the last few episodes were super good because we had just the 2 of them interacting (yes in bed and out!) in many scenes! Thanks for the recaps and thanks Beanies for sharing this amazing drama with me!

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"I can totally watch another 24 episodes of Hwa-shin and Na-ri bicker, fight, get jealous, make-up and just do their usual thing"

YESS ME TOO. The chemistry of the two leads definitely elevates all their interactions and scenes to the next level, but credit also needs to be given to the writing that lets these ordinary, warm, homey scenes unfold between them.

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For the first time in my 6 years as Kdrama lover, I experience severe withdrawal. (I should thank Jo Jung-seok for this) So I spend my free time rewatching all the episodes, or rereading recaps and beanies' comments. It amazed me how far we go from hating Hwa-shin's guts and dubbing him as the most jerk of all kdrama jerk lead male to loving him with all our hearts and hoping for his happiness.

This is a drama that I love in all its entirety, right down to the most perfect wedding scene, the cheeky use of mandatory time-jump, all the lovely conclusion without any abrupt pairing or personality change, the very ShiNari-like news epilogue, to that cute alien montages. Citing Hwa-shin's favorite phrase, I don't know why I love this drama so much. I just do and I'm grateful I found it on that fateful day.

I hate to let this wonderful drama go. It's rare to have a drama that can stand on its own under all the scrutinize it got. And it's a treat to be a part of you all who love this drama as much as I am. I enjoyed dissecting this drama with you all: discussing about serious stuff like plot development, character motivation, and messy relationship depicted inside, enjoying the quirky side character and the fabulous acting performance, talking about the not-so-subtle symbolism, background music, and the fashion, or simply gushing over Jo Jung-seok, Gong Hyo-jin, and Go Kyung-pyo.

Many thanks to recappers and all lovely beanies here. *waving hand* Let's meet in another thread...

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Petition to make a support group for all of our poor deprived souls looking for more JI!

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+1 here! Yes and agree for what you've written. I also experienced severe withdrawal for the first time because of JI.

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Guys. Jo Jung Suk is the best part of 2016.

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Him and Jo Jin Woong would be my vote for best actor in 2016 in DB's awards (because this award matters the most y'all!)

Urgh, how is he so good. His micro expressions, his eyes that tells all, his comedic timing, his chemistry with GHJ - and I quote Hye Won - wow this rat is so hot!

Off to rewatch Ghostess.

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I'm torn between these two also! Best performances of the year so far, and it's nearly impossible to stack them against each other because their roles/dramas each required very different sets of skills.

Off to re(skim)watch K2H. I haven't seen him as Earnest Bot in a while.

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HAHA I did this halfway through Jealousy Incarnate too, and he broke my heart all over again. :(

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Honestly, when Hwa-shin started the camera for their closing at the end, it totally brought me back to the moment when Earnest Bot recorded his message for the princess. Haha, for some reason, this made me feel especially happy to see Hwa-shin happily filming together with Nari. It makes me feel like I can go back to K2H and handle him breaking my heart one more time!

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He truly is! I'm so glad he did this drama so we could watch him do justice to such a well-written character. I don't know if any other actor could have pulled it off like he did!

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Hear, hear..

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I love how the show milked his dancing skills for all they were worth. Hwa-shin would have been an unmitigated tool if not for Jo Jung-seok, he elevated that character by leaps and bounds.

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Yes, I loved how the director and writer made good use of JJS's musical and play-acting abilities to maximum effect here. I've always felt that this aspect of JJS was under-utilised in his previous dramas (Oh My Ghostess being one!). JJS's dancing, singing and comedic acting is drama gold.

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If not for Jo Jung Suk, I would hate Lee Hwa Shin so much (I cannot stand how condescending he is) and piled up in worst male character of dramaland along with Kim Tan.

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Haha, I don't know if Hwa-shin would be Kim Tan levels without JJS (uh, unless he was played my someone at Lee Min-ho's level) because there were so many written aspects to the character that keep him more sympathetic and interesting. But I definitely wouldn't be considering Lee Hwa-shin as one of my favorite male leads ever if it weren't for JJS, that's for sure.

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Never read a more accurate sentence in my life LOL.

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So, would you all recommend this drama? I've been crazy busy with nursing school and just saw that this was finish and would like to ask if it is recommend or should i skip it?Although I would have to wait until Christmas break to watch it (No time to watch it right now).

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Yea you should! When you have the time. The shots are beautifully framed, Gong Hyo Jin is beyond lovely with the lighting, and there isn't weepy angst. I mean, there is drama, but not episodes of draggy crying. Somehow, when characters are crying, the circumstances still make it comedic. (Except for one occasion when moms cry, those are for sympathetic)

But omg, each frame is so beautiful shot! Each shot is beautifully framed (?)

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The truth is, if you ask this in this thread, everybody will recommend it, because most of us love this show, lol. But, you have to hang on till after the first two episodes. Also, there were some comments I read where people didn't like this kind of comedy and found it frustrating or nonsensical. So, I recommend you give it 6 or 8 episodes and see whether you are able to enjoy its wackiness, if so, its an awesome drama and it will be an rewarding experience. It will make you cry one minute and laugh the next. Also, if you are either a fan of jo jung seok or gong hyo jin, then just go all the way. They both are incredible in this drama.

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@tru2u, Everything that Imbuk and CZ said. I’d like to add, it will also help if you are not TOO invested in the second lead ship! A lot of the negative comments I’ve read online for this drama are from miffed second lead shippers. 😛

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I'm personally addicted to this show. I found this show refreshing with how they managed to turn potential cliche plot lines into unpredictable and zany ones.

However, I did found people who LOATHE this show since the beginning or in the middle.

While you can find plenty of reason why we love this show here, I'd like to help laying some reasons why ppl didn't enjoy it. I found them in various forums and blog. Yes, I'm that obsessed with this show, that I tried to find explanation why people don't like my favorite show (since I'm crazy with it and my opinion might be biased).

- Some are turned off with NaRi groping Hwashin's chest in the first episode, the considered it sexual harassment or cheap move (while her intention actually not unpure).
- Some hate NR's crush to HS, calling her having low self-esteem or stalker. They also found HS attitude jerky and his idea of masculinity annoying.
- Some hate NR who seems indecisive with both guys.
- Some caught Second lead syndrome and believed NR should end up with JW (JW is a real gentleman and hard to resist, I understand). They dropped it like hot potato when NR leaned towards HS.

- Some don't like the comedy (while I LOLed every time).
- Some find GHJ and JJS being typecasted (I watch every single works of JJS including movie. No, he's definitely not typecasted.)
- etc.

Different folks, different strokes, I guess. Better watch this show with lower expectation and open-mindedly, because the issues might be considered a bit unconventional / taboo for some viewers.

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That’s an exhaustive list gabobobobo! I think I’ve seen some form of the above in almost every JI forum I’ve visited! Like you, I also did try at one point to figure out why everyone wasn’t madly in love with this show that I was so crazy about! Ha, as you said - different folks, different strokes!

And expectations play a HUGE role too. I recommended this drama so much to someone but after watching they were like ‘Meh, this is it? Is this what you’ve been building up so much? It’s watchable. It’s not bad.’

IT’S NOT BAD??!

So lesson learnt - No more giving sky high expectations. From now on I will be recommending this drama to friends with the same attitude Hwashin had for Nari in ep 19, rooftop. You know the ‘Wait or Don’t wait, whatever’ line.

I’ll also be like “Oh, Jealousy Incarnate? It’s Ok.. Or not Ok. whatever.”
And they will watch it with low expectations and then BOOOM.. *Mind exploding* And then I can go full on ‘SEE, WHAT DID I TELL YOU!! WASN’T IT AWESOME! THE MUSIC, THE STORY, THE KISS, JO JUNG SUK - HIS EYES, HIS SWAGGER, HIS SHIRTS, HIS SMILE…. (continue gushing)

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Ha ha.. love your comment, MyGirl2016.

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LOL, me too. Cracked me up :P

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I love their height difference too, in some other dramas they would probably have JJS standing on a stool or sth to create a taller (manlier?) illusion but really, JJS needs nothing like that.

He has this hobby of talking so closely to people (girls) that I just find so hot, like to Nari during early episodes when they're not close yet, or even when talking to Hye Won. Then he would speak with low voice and those mesmerizing eyes - no wonder the girls are heads over heels.

I am not really sure why does these skinship made my heart race - is it because of his self-confidence?

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Lol! I concur!
I came into this show with no expectations at all. I loved my Jungsuk and Hyojin separately, but couldn't imagine the two standing side by side at all. All is down the drain though because they proved to me that height doesn't matter it's the chemistry that is most important. It struck me, these two are a match made in heaven. I thought the other Mr. Jo was Hyojinnie's OTP, but I was wrong. She found her true Mr. Jo and I thank the casting directors for it.

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You know, they actually made me realize how hot it can be when you share a similar height. JJS is taller than her, but just barely and they had all of these moments that showed off their matching eye-level.

I keep thinking of the scene in ep 18 when they were at each other's throats. All of a sudden they came up really close to each other and glared right into each other's eyes and there was just something so hot about them being on each other's level like that. Haha, I can't quite explain it.

Also, the way he kissed her in ep 14 (the 2nd time). He kind of has to do this thing where he dips down and up again to catch her lips. I have no clue why I find that so sexy, but I do.

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My thoughts exactly! I've come to embrace and love their little height difference. It makes their relationship that much more realistic! I wouldln't mind seeing him with another taller actress. And yes I find it so hot when he approaches her and stares right into her eyes in such close proximity. Like wtf! I can die and go to heaven and come back again. Lol. I thought Jungsuk was lucky to have Gummy, but I think Gummy is effin lucky to have him. He's so humble, gentle and...uhhhg...he can sing. I wish he can serenade to me all night every night. Lmao.

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@Chandler, I really noticed the height-closeness too! It reminded me of this series I used to read years ago where the female protag was tiny - just over 5 foot? - but a badass fighty kind of girl, and she had a lot of men, but one of her boyfriends (after an undead hunk after a werewolf hunk) was exactly her height, and she wrote about how she could look him straight in the eye like that, and how comfortably they could hug. I thought of that when I watched this, and it's so cute! (Also lets shorties live in hope, lol)

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It's funny that you mention this because I'm pretty short myself. All my boyfriends have been taller than me, even the relatively 'short' ones. And, hey, that's been enjoyable in its own way. There are certain height differences that work really well. But, I admit, watching these two together had me a bit jealous. There's just something satisfying about that kind of eye-contact and several of their embraces really did look very comfortable.

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I understand their sentiments because I almost skipped out too when Nari dropped the bomb on us saying she liked them both. I was like "no, no...no, no, no, no, noooo~" Lol. Of course I didn't have that background music, but that was exactly how I felt. I told my mom I was quitting it and was gonna wait til the finale just for the sake of finishing. That didn't go well because when Wednesday came around I found myself stuck to the show like an octopus. Lmao.

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LOL this seems like the most accurate scenario I can think of haha.

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ROFL! @gabobobobo and @MyGirl2016, you called it right!

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@gabobobo, @MyGirl2016, @Imbuk, @Chandler, @Bugsparay, @Quinze
Haha.. very crazy. In my own syndrome case, I couldn't sleep well, like getting awake in the middle night, around 3 am and then had a lot of thinking about them.
Oh God, help us.....

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Hey Beanies,
Last Thursday, I wished that they would not air the finale so I would have something to watch and anticipate next week.

Also can I have a brother like Chi Yeol ❤️, I cringed when HS had the upper hand bcuz of the voice fishing. 😂
I felt butterflies, every time HS couldn't utter the words "Break Up". ❤️A lead whose noble idiocy (also, it is not total idiocy) doesn't get on my nerves.
I didn't like the stint HS pulled while co-anchring with NR, I found patronizing and out of character for a highly professional anchor (Which the show, made a point to crave it in our head) also it was a position he was dying to get but he wasted it 👿.
And I blame him for putting NR in jeopardy.

JW, would it have killed the drama to fix their friendship sooner and for him to act as a friend and support him after his cancer revelation in ep 15 if my memory serves me, regardless of their fight for NR heart.

Regardless, JI had my heart. It's the love of my drama life 😁
Finally, a Finale that doesn't leave a better taste in my mouth.
I dread the many dramas I can't rewatch because their lousy ending.

Can we have a mandatory Workshop where all the team behind JI teach PDs, Writers and Producer how to execute a nearly perfect drama. ❤️❤️❤️

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The love of my drama life... mmm.. I like the sound of that. JI is that to me.

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I was a bit confused by the part where they fast forwarded to one year later, ten years later, etc.

Was that fast forward misplaced? It felt a little.. out-of-place to me :/

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No, I saw the flash forwards as a mini epilogue, to show they will be fine 1, 10, 40 years down the line. Nari found her happiness with weathercasting, Hwashin will always be jealous of Nari''s affections, they do get a baby n the end.

Then they show the actual closing, with them filming their meta closing ending.

I really liked that touch of extra sugary happy ending they gave us with the flash forwards

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Such a satisfying and sweet ending! It was always beautifully shot, music too and I love the whole "money to stop seeing my son" move was made on Jayoung. Jungwon''s mom would be the type to resort to such things, but to try that move with a 40-something professional career anchor/dept head like Jayoung::: hilarious!

So many great details, especially the wedding imagined officiaters and the walk down with all the characters in the drama... a moving speech by Dr. Geum, dance party surprise with nurse and Donggi, and conclusion momance!!!!

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I too find it hilarious. A cliche but turned out very good. I did imagine if she had been 5 years younger, would she get another digit, lol. Thanks to the voice pishing brats..
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You know you love this show, when reading the recap makes you smile so much! Thank you for all your awesome recaps, Saya! Your comments were always thoughtful and this episode's is no exception, they are incredible. I will truly miss this show. It was an unique as well as courageous show that went all out on wackiness without caring about the conventional.

I loved their wedding so much, it looked so happy and fun. I would have loved to attend it.

What I love most about Jealousy is that while characters changed and evolved over the course of the show, they always remain fundamentally themselves (even in 2056). They’re allowed to be flawed and stay flawed, and that’s a quality that kept the show really anchored not only in its own reality, but also in ours.

This is what I loved about this show too. I didn't know that viewers didn't like ppal gang's story line, I like all the characters in this show except for madam kim and announcer park. Maybe because they are shown underage and people didn't want their kids to get influenced? Either way I liked what we did get to see of her story line.

don’t you clean up nice!
and don’t you clean up even nicer?

ha ha.. they both looked good and it was nice to see go kyung pyo's hair all grown back too, lol. Gong hyo jin looked gorgeous in wedding dress as well.

Loved the time skip too which showed us they had babies as well as that hwa shin lived for a long time and also that they are still as much in love with each other as they are now. ♥

Also, thanks to all beanies who provided me with new perspectives, character deconstruction and relationship analysis, reading your comments were truly an enriching experience! :)

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“What I love most about Jealousy is that while characters changed and evolved over the course of the show, they always remain fundamentally themselves (even in 2056). They’re allowed to be flawed and stay flawed, and that’s a quality that kept the show really anchored not only in its own reality, but also in ours.”

❤❤

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Saya is an awesome writer, isn't she? Glad you decided to recap this series, Saya. Thoroughly enjoyed all your recaps. :)

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Agree! Saya is always excellent but this was a particularly difficult drama to recap, so extra kudos to her and dramallama. Thank you both!

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That moment when Hwashin treat his steamed bun more importantly than his mom's wrath. I lost it.

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Hah, the stubbornness of Hwashin is that even when Mom's hitting you, the bun is what's important. Oh man, I have sympathy for mom. Can you imagine him as a boy? He must have driven her up the wall!

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That cracked me up. N the best is "then don't come to the wedding".

And of course he gleefully told Mom that "She was dating us both. But she likes me more. I won"

I'm gonna miss HS pettiness, jealousy and bickering with his Mom n NR. Whatever he sprouts are gold.

JJS - he is crowned the romcom king. He made HS from a dislikeable jerk into a humanized but still insecure and petty baffoon.

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ROFL, and him acting like that explanation cleared everything up! All, "why didn't you give me the chance to explain?" as if what he just confessed was so much better, hahaha.

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OMG yes! HS the pettiest of them all! My jaw dropped when he said that! Like duuuuuuude you outed your girlfriend in front of mom! Do you want to get married?? But then he's so stubborn he goes and gets married anyways!

Where was Hwashin when al the other kdrama leads were breaking up with their one true love because their family disapproves?? He'd have been like "Here's a steamed bun, now go get married you fool."

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“Here’s a steamed bun, Now go get married you fool”
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You know that elbow from the sky that she had going on was well practised.

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That scene cracked me up 😂😂

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@lunaticandra: same here! It reminded me of this time I was on a bus eating a sandwich. The bus braked suddenly I went flying to the floor and crumpled into a heap in the corner. But I finished my sandwich before I got up.

Didn't want to get it dirty, you know?

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Bus suddenly brakes- went flying- ha ha.. Reminds me of Kim Sam Soon. “Ajusshi, I haven’t even married yet!”

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Mum hit him very hard. After mum's nagging he hugged mum tightly. There are things where words cannot represent. I was touched.

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Lol, I LOVE when he hugged her close to get her to stop. And she was just too exasperated to fight it anymore. Haha, already knew in that moment that she would end up at that wedding whether she liked it or not.

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YES oh my god. He just keeps chewing on that steamed bun while his mum yells at him - and then tells Na-ri that he'll "explain everything" - AND THEN goes onto "explain everything" by telling his mum that he won and she "likes me more", as if that makes things so much better. I can't deal omg.

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Genuinely think this is one of my top 5 dramas of all time. I loved it. I especially have to cheer on the perfect soundtrack and the perfect use of it. It really elevated the silent beats Jo Jung Seok does so well, and gave a moodiness to the right scenes.

There are things I wish this drama could have tackled at a constant rate: Ppalgang and her gang really deserved more, and I wish we could have seen one last conversation between Jungseok and his mum, because there was a lot of beautiful, heartbreaking tension there. (And for kicks, a conversation between the mums hehehehe).

But I loved each and every one of the characters, and how the writing and acting gave them life - they had lives outside the main characters, and stuck to their guns.

Gong Hyo Jin acts effortlessly, and she really has an ability to make others shine. The whole cast, honestly, was so damn great. But Jo Jung Seok, w o w. As Lee Mi Sook (who acted as Sung Sook) said on radio (to the actress who plays Jungwon's mum!) said, I'm especially grateful that JJS has shown that not a typical male lead type can do it, and can do it well.

Thanks for the recaps, and thanks for all the fun we've had in the comments!

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If you really like watching a show then you should attempt to reading other viewers comments. Lol

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I was reading on soompi about how people wished Mom approved of the marriage and welcomed Na-ri with open arms. But I actually thought it was great and so much truer to life that she was crabby about it but still turned up. This was not Secret Garden. Mom is there to stay in her son's life, and she doesn't have to approve of everything and honestly, Hwa-shin doesn't need her to. I LOVED that he didn't let her disapproval stop him, even though Na-ri advocated for it. That's a man who knows how to do things. Your marriage and your mom are separate things that don't mix and shouldn't be contingent on each other in any but the broadest way (i.e. 'is she decent to my mom' 'is my mom decent to her' etc).

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I was hoping Hwa Shin's mom would welcome Na Ri with open arms too, but the way she found out about Hwa Shin and Na Ri warranted such a reaction. I mean, poor mom was oblivious to the fact that Na Ri had broken up with Jung Won for a while and was dating Hwa Shin so when she saw them canoodling together outside that convenience store, I knew things were going to blow up. And so it did. It didn't help either that Hwa Shin 'explained' the whole situation in such a rubbish way, lol.

In fact, her anger and disappointment in what appears to be two-timing on Hwa Shin's and Na Ri's part made me like mom more because you can see that she's got a firm set of principles and values in her, and that gives way to nothing and to nobody, not even to her own precious son. The fact that she wants her son to live by good and proper values is commendable.

Her subsequent grumpiness about the whole marriage thing was all kinds of funny, but also in character to her gruff nature. I'm sure she eventually came round to accept and embrace the whole situation after the wedding. After all, she did say that she liked Na Ri, and this was before she knew Na Ri was Hwa Shin's saviour and companion through difficult times. Babies afterwards probably helped a lot too, haha!

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"You can see that she’s got a firm set of principles and values in her, and that gives way to nothing and to nobody, not even to her own precious son."

- Actually, this is what really drives in how much Hwa-shin is his mother's son. She definitely has that 'tough love' aspect to her that Hwa-shin has upheld for most of his relationships. It's just that he's upheld it in ways she doesn't always agree with at times.

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Yes to everything!

The lovely part of that anger was in how she worded it when she turned to snap at Na Ri. It wasn't meant to shame Na Ri more than Hwa shin. It was more like, how'd you let my idiot son seduce you? You're smarter than that! She wasn't necessarily vilifying Na Ri as an evil temptress (like most kdramas do!). It was...affectionate anger. As in, I like you and respect you as a Mom figure and I'm mad at you for not being as principled as I gave you credit for being.

Made me love Mom more because like you said, she found out on her own instead of being told in a controlled situation. So her anger was justified and Hwashin's delivery is so terrible (lol this guy!) that he deserves that beating for all that cheek. Don't mess with Mama Lee!

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Do you have a friend who's quirky and unpredictable, who sometimes doesn't make sense and kinda annoys you but who always keeps you interested and curious and entertained, and you can't help but love that friend? Yep, that's JI for me. And it's especially painful to say goodbye to a special friend like JI. Even now, I'm crying typing this because who knew when I would find something as good as this drama again.(⋟﹏⋞)
For someone who doesn't even like romcoms, I'm well and truly whipped. I'm now learning Korean and even booked a ticket to go there. Just how whipped am I going to get?
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Although I was disappointed with how they chose to resolve Nari's career issues, I'm still grateful for the roller coaster of emotions they had me experienced.
If you love this drama like me, please support the artists and the production as much as you can. Some of the OST songs are now out in itunes and googleplay.
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Ahhh, man I'm going to miss this show so much!! I have so thoroughly enjoyed every little moment! The number of times I've said, Wow, that was a good scene!, I've lost count!

Seriously, I'm with everyone on here! This show was so much fun!! I've gotten so used to expecting a show to disappoint or lag in the middle but this drama managed to circumvent every expectation I had. Every character came out just how I wanted them. Masters of their own fate with all their quirks intact but wiser and more heartfelt towards one another.

Thank you so much for the wonderful recap Saya. Your commentary is so incredibly on point I want to quote everything and say +1000! Especially about our central couple and their dynamic.

I don't even know what remains to be said. We got a wonderful episode that managed to keep the conflicts from being sad or overly done. We got imperfect perfect resolutions that leave us satisfied enough knowing that life isn't perfect but it can be pretty nice when you stay true to yourself and to the people you love and love you back.

I'm seriously missing our couple already!!

Jo Jung Seok finally hit that sweet spot of a drama that gave me everything I ever wanted for him since I first saw him grace my screen. And true to form, he delivered an amazing, memorable performance that delivered a level of complexity in his character of which I'm in awe while also giving him levity in the midst of a somber topic of cancer. This is truly the drama I've been waiting for and I'm happy I get to cherish it. He's seriously topping my list of faves right now. I'm still amazed that he managed to be the guy I watched getting humiliated at his brother's funeral wearing a pink hospital bra while his mother beats him while simultaneously being the man that gave us so many swoony moments from our ramyun proposal, our hospital make out, our million dance numbers, and sexy times at Na Ri's.
Likewise, Gong Hyo Jin held her own and gave us this natural and relatable character that never made waves but still moved the heart of the most stubborn man on the planet. She made a woman we would normally dismiss as being an overly fixated, spineless girl with a dream into this admirably strong, steady, sensible woman that manages to keep her integrity intact while she fights for her love.

And credit to the amazing cast of supporting actors both experienced and new for giving us such endearing characters to love that managed to have dimensions and layers without being the center of attention.

And finally, kudos to this show for also spreading such a positive message about cancer. I dunno if anyone saw this but I stumbled on it a couple of weeks ago and thought it was such a nice turn of events: http://www.koogle.tv/media/news/incarnation-of-jealousy-drama-miraculously-saves-life-of-viewer/
It's a good way to see how sometimes even a tv show can make an impact depending on the message you send to your audience.

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Wow, what an amazing story! See I knew watching dramas was good for you!
Just this last drama-cycle alone I have learned how to avoid all sorts of terrible deaths in Moon Lovers, not the least of which is when you see someone struggling in the water, throw them a life preserver instead of going in yourself. Also, that one should avoid fire hydrants if you're not wearing a helmet. Thanks King Louie! :)

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Haha, never marry a royal! It'll get you killed!
Don't drink their tea! It's always poisoned!

@MyGirl2016 cry away, girl! We all need it after saying goodbye to this show!

@gabobobobo yeah, seriously good timing!

I don't know where you live but in the States, the mammogram screening for women isn't till 50 but every time you go to the OBGYN or your primary care doctor for an annual check-up, they should be doing a breast exam as part of your exam.
If there's a family history, or if you ever feel a mass or any kind of abnormal feeling (the skin looks puckered, bleeding, etc) definitely get it checked out.
All women above 21 should also get a pap smear done by their family doctor or gynecologist. That's my PSA!

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Aww.. Quinze, you’re gonna make me cry... 😭

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It really helps that JI aired around October, the breast cancer awareness month ("Fantastic" also did). Because of both dramas, I'm seriously considering to have breast cancer check up, although I don't have the symptoms. Just to stay safe.

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"We got imperfect perfect resolutions that leave us satisfied enough knowing that life isn’t perfect but it can be pretty nice when you stay true to yourself and to the people you love and love you back."

Quinze, it's very nice..

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Have had JI on my to give it a shot list due to liking the 3 leads, but seems like JI was executed pretty well.

Guess that I'm going to have to move it up on my to-watch list (another reason being that now really like Seo Ji-hye from her appearance on RM).

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Was just passing by and I read the opening paragraph of the recap, and just had to pop in and say, what a wonderful introduction! @Saya, because of what you wrote, am tempted to start right now( school *wails*)

Am not watching Jealousy Incarnate right now but when I DO( and I surely will) watch it, am sure it will be a heartwarming and fulfilling ride. I can tell from the recap openings.

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I teared up reading this final recap Saya. This really is goodbye to JI, isn't it? Thank you so much for your hard work doing all the recaps.

YOU, JI, after messing with my heart, my mind, my feelings for these two months, I’m now supposed to just let go of you and move on with my life?? Ok.. I’m a big girl. I can do that. *Puts Don’t explain babe on and cries into a pillow *

Shout out to all the people who have been incredibly supportive of the show all the way through, especially during its ‘confusing’ times ha ha.. Off the top of my head - Strawberry, Chandler, newbie, Quinze, Amelyia, Imbuk, Y… among many others. Your fond words about the show and characters were a delight for this hopeless JI fangirl’s heart. Made the whole experience of this drama truly enjoyable. (In other words, I blame you guys in part for how obsessed I was with this show. :) )

A special shout out to Yoyo as well - I truly enjoyed reading your wholesome analyses. As someone who adored this drama, reading your analyses I always thought - Man, I would have loved to read Yoyo’s version of JI’s recaps (No offense db recappers! I am ever grateful to you guys too!) Coz I felt you were among those of us who really got the show and you put it into eloquent words. You were onboard with the way the show was handling things, you had always said trust the writer - and lo and behold the writer/crew didn’t let us down.

Since we all seem to have kind of similar taste in dramas please do recommend any current/old dramas that any of you guys are enjoying/ enjoyed. I might not pick it up straight away - too much leftover feelings from JI to even think about anything else right now - but will get around to them eventually. Thank you in advance for fueling my drama addiction. :)

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If you liked this drama, then you will also like "city hall," It also has a lot of wacky humor, romance, and great acting! :)

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Thank you shail!

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+1 on City Hall. It's my all time rom com favorite, now together with JI.

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High School King of Savvy has similar tone - dark comedy with romance and a side of wacky side characters. It was no 1 in my book as the best k-comedy but JI kinda beat it now. Still, I adore that show and you should give it a try!

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YOU!!! Are you my long lost Kdrama twin? King of High School was MY favourite drama too till JI pushed it down to the second spot!! And InGuk was my Kdrama guy till Jo Jung Seok decided to swing by with his Hwashin eccentricities (Mianhe InGuk~ssi)

Thanks Boomboompow!☺

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We must be really twins because Seo In Guk was (is) my favorite actor!

I cannot choose favorites between the two - I'll just admit that I have two hearts and live with it.

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I can't choose between them either. SKL and JI competing has been hell for me. Lol, that's why I was okay with them taking turns in the top ratings spot (even though, deep down, I wanted JI to win)!

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even though, deep down, I wanted JI to win..

Me too Chandler!

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I havent watched SKL because I like to marathon a drama after it ends - and I am so excited to watch puppy Guk-ie!

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Thanks for the shout out, MyGirl2016. There, there.. *pats on back* we will get through this together! :)

Love the community we created here through our love for this drama. Sadly, I don't have any dramas to recommend to you similar to this. This is the first of its kind of drama I have watched, hence its very special to me.

But, If you are up for some strong female friendships and character growth, check out age of youth. It was the most recent drama I watched and I loved it.

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Age of Youth noted down. Thanks Imbuk! ☺👍

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It was a fun ride indeed commenting here and reading all those interesting comments. I really liked that the atmosphere was predominantly peaceful and the different oppinions and feelings were respected.

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True about this thread being peaceful. There was just so many different perspectives but no one kind of blindly hated or blatantly put down this drama just to get a rise out of people who enjoy the show. So, it was really fun reading the comments.

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Thank you for the shout out @MyGirl2016 ♥♥♥

JI was an awesome ride, and the discussions in the comment sections had been such a great part of the watching experience.

I didn't comment in the last recap nor post a separate comment for this finale 'cause I run out of words to describe JI's awesomeness 😄 Just love, love, love this drama in its entirety.

Hope we'll meet again in another threat , fellow beanies @Amelyia @Newbie @gabobobobo @Imbuk @Quinze @Chandler @suegarbaby @Yoyo

P.S: unfortunately, I cannot give you any recommendation for something similar @MyGirl2016, JI is one of its kind from all the romcoms I've watched so far. I still have to check out High School King, of course 😉 But City Hall, as already mentioned, is also a good drama worth watching. The same mature romance, great acting and good story line as well.

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*threat --> thread. Damn typos lol 😛

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Ha ha.. Strawberry, Once the JI feels have settled down, do watch King of HS. Reminder - the key to enjoying a drama is keeping expectations really, really low! :)

I am thinking of not following any new dramas for a while - JI withdrawal plus I have some major exams just round the corner, So if I don’t get a grip on myself soon I will be found writing about Lee Hwashin’s glasses, mudflats, octopuses and ramyun proposals in my answer sheet.

Hope to see you around!

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Same here haha. I wish study is more interesting..

Good luck for student beanies..

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Thanks for the shout out, Strawberry. Hope to meet in another drama thread! :)

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Thanks, Strawberry! Yes, I'm going to be busy with school for a while but I may pop in if another drama comes along that really catches my eye. Hope we meet in another drama recap!

haha I wasn't going to make a separate comment because I've already talked so much about it but then I found myself writing thanks and it just snowballed into a massive comment lol. Save yourself the trouble!

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Thanks for the shoutout, @Strawberry! It was a such a fun ride together here with JI beanies indeed, and like you, I hope we can all meet up again in another fabulous drama thread! <3

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It is my first experience joining a drama forum for a drama watching. However, you guys here really made it like a series of nutritious meals for my small thought. I was waiting your comments each week.

ThAnks Strawberry (and many other Beanies)

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@MyGirl2016 @Strawberry

Thanks so much, you guys! I'm still in denial this wonderful gem is over :) Hopefully another amazing drama will come along soon and we'll all meet again there. Still, it's rare that a whole community of beanies all end up this invested in the same shows again. I'll miss the JI community a lot, as I feel like I only really came out and commented at the half-way point. Wish I could have been more involved from the beginning!

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For oddball comedy, try Evasive Inquiry Agency ( recapped by db as Mixed-Up Investigation Agency), another rare gem...

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Yessssssss ♥

I second this recommendation. It's an all-time favorite of mine. If there are any Age of Youth fans out there, this is from the same writer :)

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Thanks webby, Chandler. Noted!

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Thanks for the shoutout!
Honestly, as far as romcoms go I can't think of any that I feel like this show stayed consistently good all the way. One of my faves from way back in 2005 though is My Lovely Sam Soon. It was actually really good, hilarious with a sassy heroine paired with an equally sassy male lead.
@shail, I concur, City Hall is also really good! (Kim Sun Ah is the lead in both so I may be biased but she's amazing).

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Yes.. I LOVED Kim Sam Soon. Every bit! ❤

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@MyGirl2016

The only oddball, quirky k-drama rom-com that I can think of that comes fairly close to JI is The Greatest Love, also starring Gong Hyo Jin, and Cha Seong Won. If you have not seen it yet, it is worth checking it out.

It is set in the entertainment industry (kind of how JI is focussed on the broadcasting industry). GHJ plays a down and out actress to CSW's top-actor character (kind of how Na Ri is the second-class weather caster to Hwa Shin's prime time anchor/ announcer status). There is romantic hijinks galore, slap stick situations, brilliant usage of metaphors and word play, and since the main male lead falls in love first there is also the one-sided love and jealousy hijinks to be had. Yoon Kye Sang is no small potato as the 2nd lead either. All 3 leads are veteran actors and so bring lots of goodies to the table. This drama is a huge favourite of mine even until today.

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Ooh that's a good recommendation. I remember following the recaps but never got around to watching it.

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@Quinze

Oh, you've absolutely got to watch it! The recaps are great but they don't really do the drama justice as you're missing out on the acting, the vocal nuances and the background music and OST. :)

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