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The Man Living in Our House: Episode 11

Na-ri makes her decision at court, but rather than solve all of their problems, the danger to her and Nan-gil only increases. Everyone thinks they’re entitled to the prize, and Nan-gil and Na-ri can’t rest for a moment as the wolves begin to close in on them. As forces from all sides scheme to gain control of what belongs to Na-ri, will Nan-gil be able to protect both her, the land, and Mom’s dream?

 

EPISODE 11 RECAP

We back up a few days from the trial, to the end of Na-ri and Nan-gil’s vacation. Things are still awkward after their argument about Na-ri’s testimony, but Nan-gil thanks Na-ri for the break from real life.

Na-ri snarks that she feels like a child who took her parent on a vacation, and asks Nan-gil if he would trade his current life for a life like yesterday. Nan-gil teases, saying that of course he wouldn’t — he worked too hard to learn to knead dough and make mandoo. Hee.

He turns serious, and says that from now on he’ll be lying (about his marriage to her mother), so they can’t be together anymore. Na-ri puts on a brave face and says she’ll see him in court, but her face falls and she fights tears when Nan-gil boards his bus and leaves for home.

On the day of the trial, Na-ri finds Deok-bong waiting for her outside the courthouse. He says that Nan-gil has faith that she’ll testify on his side, but Na-ri informs him that she plans to testify on Uncle’s side, to annul the marriage so that she and Nan-gil won’t be related anymore.

Deok-bong shifts tactics and asks when Na-ri started liking Nan-gil, but she declines to answer. He says that if she doesn’t even know when it started, she should let Nan-gil go. Na-ri says that she doesn’t know when it happened — Nan-gil just appeared in her heart one day, and keeps growing there.

The court case proceeds, and Deok-bong does his best to prove that Nan-gil’s marriage to Na-ri’s mother was valid. He presents their marriage license as evidence, but Uncle testifies that he believes his sister was tricked. He claims that Nan-gil presented forged documents from a lender, and scared Mom into marrying him to gain control of her land.

Deok-bong counters that Mom knew Nan-gil for most of his life, and that she knew Nan-gil worked for the lender that was trying to take her land. CEO Bae’s lawyer calls Wan-shik to testify, and Wan-shik testifies that he worked with Nan-gil for the lender. He tells them how Nan-gil used violence and wrote unfair contracts without a shred of remorse. He says that Nan-gil even boasted about being an ex-con, and Nan-gil shrinks in his chair, ashamed.

Na-ri recalls that Nan-gil warned her that she would hear terrible things about him in court, and realizes that it’s this past that gives him his anxiety spells. Deok-bong objects again, saying that these things have nothing to do with this case, and that Nan-gil went to jail not for any violent acts, but to take responsibility for Dada Finance’s business wrongdoings.

In response, CEO Bae’s lawyer tries to present the police report filed against Nan-gil for threatening Uncle, but Deok-bong tells the judge that Nan-gil was found not culpable. CEO Bae’s lawyer then calls Na-ri to the stand, and Uncle smirks, sure that she’s going to testify on his side.

Yeo-joo goes to Deok-shim’s school to see her, but Deok-shim’s bullies pull her aside to harass her. They demand she hand over her camera, but Yeo-joo interrupts them. She grabs Deok-shim’s hands and begs forgiveness, making up a sob story about Deok-shim’s family lawyer going after Yeo-joo’s nonexistent sibling for bullying her.

She pleads with Deok-shim to drop the charges, and the bullies get cold feet and scurry away. Deok-shim isn’t all that thankful, but Yeo-joo just chirps that she came to ask her something.

Na-ri takes the stand, and testifies that her mother never told her about Nan-gil or their marriage. She says that she didn’t know about her father’s debt, then the lawyer asks the big question: “Do you think this marriage is void?”

Na-ri glances over to Nan-gil, and finds him looking back at her. But there’s no coercion or pleading in his eyes, he simply waits for her answer. When she gives it, the whole court gasps in surprise: “No.”

CEO Bae’s lawyer whispers angrily that she promised to say what they wanted, reminding Na-ri that her uncle won’t be safe if she does this. Deok-bong jumps up to question her, and he asks what her relationship is to Nan-gil.

Na-ri says simply that he’s her stepfather. She looks at Nan-gil and smiles tearfully, and he sighs with both relief and regret. They both remember all of their happy and private moments together, knowing that it’s all over now.

Na-ri tells the court that Nan-gil was there when her mother was struggling, and that he was there for her when her mother died: “He is my only family.” Nan-gil heaves another huge sigh, and thinks, “You did well, Hong Na-ri.”

Yeo-joo asks Deok-shim to tell her about the woman who hurt Deok-bong, the one she supposedly resembles. Deok-shim says she was his first love, which explains the odd look Deok-bong gave Yeo-joo when he first saw her in the airport.

Deok-shim explains that he dated this girl for a long time, but their families had a feud and Deok-bong was stabbed in the back. That’s when he stopped practicing law, and holed himself up out in the country.

She tells Yeo-joo to give it up, because Deok-bong probably finds it difficult to even look at her. But Yeo-joo isn’t deterred, and thinks she can use his memories of his first love to snag him.

The judge pronounces Nan-gil’s marriage to Na-ri’s mother valid, having determined that there’s no evidence to prove Mom was duped into it. Nan-gil is relieved, but when he looks around for Na-ri, Deok-bong says that she’s outside waiting.

Wan-shik calls CEO Bae to report their loss, and CEO Bae is furious. He instructs Wan-shik to bring Uncle to him immediately, and to make sure Na-ri sees them doing it. So Wan-shik does, even making Uncle to get in the car voluntarily so that Na-ri can’t say they’re coercing him.

Nan-gil finds Na-ri to thank her, but she says she’s just protecting her land. He promises to take care of Uncle, then they just stand there, nothing left to say. Deok-bong arrives to take Na-ri home, and after pointing out that they’ve now defined their legal relationship, she leaves.

She seems at peace with it, but as he watches her go, Nan-gil remembers Na-ri saying that she wanted to be with him like a normal couple. He’s gotten his wish, but he doesn’t look happy about it.

Secretary Kwon finally tells Deok-bong about the past — that there was a fire at the orphanage where she lived as a child, and that his grandfather then gave the land the orphanage was on to Na-ri’s mother. He finds that strange because Mom was only fifteen at the time, and says that he thinks there’s more between his family, Na-ri’s mom, and the land.

He figures that the two families are hiding something, because neither he nor Na-ri knew about the land. He wonders out loud if he should ask Na-ri what she thinks, but Secretary Kwon just gives him her epic side-eye and says that her part in all this is now over.

Yeo-joo calls Deok-bong to ask if he’s spoken to Na-ri lately (oh man, his grumpface is awesome), saying that everyone is worried about her. Deok-bong looks hopeful and asks if Yeo-joo knows Na-ri’s address, and when she doesn’t, he just hangs up on her. PFFT

Deok-bong goes to Nan-gil, but he hasn’t heard from Na-ri either. Nan-gil looks concerned to hear that she’s not answering her phone, but he gets an idea. He has Ran-sook’s number in his phone, and Deok-bong doesn’t miss the worry on Nan-gil’s face as he asks him to call Na-ri’s friend.

Na-ri is okay — she’s packing her apartment to move and watching baby animal videos online to cheer herself up. She decides to see if kneading dough will help her mood, but it doesn’t do much for her, but she lights up when Ran-sook shows up at her door.

Ran-sook is frantic with worry, and fusses at Na-ri for turning her phone off and isolating herself. Na-ri just bursts into tears, and Ran-sook gives her a comforting hug.

Nan-gil paces worriedly until Deok-bong calls to tell him that Na-ri is okay. He doesn’t ask for any details, but relaxes to know that she’s fine.

Ran-sook takes Na-ri out for a drive, and Na-ri snaps at her when she calls Nan-gil a name. They see on a billboard that an unseasonal typhoon is approaching, and Na-ri sighs when Ran-sook says that all of her customers will stay in their cozy homes tonight.

Nan-gil goes out in the hurricane to patch up holes in the greenhouse. He fights the wind and rain, but he doesn’t go back inside until all of his and Na-ri’s plants are safe. As he works, he remembers all of the times he and Na-ri spent in the greenhouse, growing their plants and sharing loving moments.

Nan-gil’s night in the storm lands him in bed, sick, though he refuses to see a doctor and forbids Young-gyu to call Na-ri. Of course Young-gyu doesn’t listen, and enlists Deok-shim to get Na-ri’s number from Deok-bong.

Deok-bong looks through Deok-shim’s phone instead of programming in Na-ri’s number, and wonders how she doesn’t have a single friend to call. Uh, have you met her? He doesn’t hand over the number, but lets Deok-shim call Na-ri from his phone. She blurts out in her hysterical teenage way that Nan-gil is probably dying, then bursts into tears.

It works, and Young-gyu is thrilled to see Na-ri arrive and ask for Nan-gil. He tells her how Nan-gil braved the storm, and Na-ri huffs that nobody ever died from a simple cold, and goes into the house.

She gives herself a pep talk, saying that he’s just her stepdad, before going to check on Nan-gil. He rouses for a moment when she sits beside him, then falls back asleep looking a bit more peaceful.

He wakes in the morning to find Na-ri sleeping with her head on his bed, and she wakes. She takes his temperature and tells him that his fever is down, but she refuses to leave until he takes his medicine and eats the porridge she brought.

He tells her to leave since being watched makes him uncomfortable, but she refuses. Nan-gil confesses that he couldn’t even save the greenhouse, and Na-ri berates him for not being able to save it. Nan-gil argues back, and Na-ri pronounces him better if he has enough energy to fight with her.

She expresses her disappointment in him, for breaking his promise to protect it for her. Nan-gil takes offense at her use of banmal, trying to pull stepfather rank, and Na-ri stands to leave. Nan-gil thanks her for coming, but says that she didn’t need to come all this way for a simple cold.

Before she goes, Na-ri gripes at Nan-gil for having Deok-bong call her instead of calling himself, then kicks his tray of medicine in a fit of pique. She says, very formally, that she’ll be back soon, and addresses Nan-gil as “Father.” She goes outside to meet the moving truck carrying all of her things — she’s moving in.

Deok-bong discovers that on the same day of the orphanage fire all those years ago, there was also an explosion at a nearby chemical waste plant. Hmmm, interesting. He calls his father to request that they make the land a park.

His father refuses, saying that it will be buildings as planned. Deok-bong asks if Dad knows why his grandfather gave the land away, yelling that he built the orphanage on top of explosives. He calls it nothing short of murder and refuses to touch the land.

He turns to find Deok-shim looking scared at his outburst, and she tells him that Na-ri is here with all of her things. She hands him a bouquet of flowers to take to Na-ri, but Deok-bong just snaps at his sister to get back to her studies.

Young-gyu lets slip to Nan-gil that Na-ri looks like she’s moving in, so Nan-gil rushes over to the house. Na-ri says that there’s no reason to pay rent in Seoul when she has a perfectly good house right here, making Nan-gil sigh in frustration. She tells him to come back later, because she has something for him to sign.

Nan-gil lets Deok-bong in the door, and he takes in the flowers dispassionately. He leaves after telling Deok-bong to come as often as he likes, and Deok-bong gives Na-ri the flowers then calls her out when her excited response seems too forced.

CEO Bae asks Wan-shik how far he’ll go for him, and Wan-shik says he’ll do anything. CEO Bae says there’s something he needs from Wan-shik, but Nan-gil walks in and sits down like he’s completely fearless.

CEO Bae says angrily that he’s being investigated because of Nan-gil, and Nan-gil is glad to hear that he’s uncomfortable. He warns CEO Bae and Wan-shik that he’ll go to the police and tell them everything if they’re trying to frame him for Na-ri’s father’s murder.

CEO Bae says that Nan-gil is more afraid of Na-ri finding out the truth than the police, and Nan-gil stands to go. He says that if CEO Bae wants to be treated like a father, then he’ll stop threatening Nan-gil with fake documents.

He leaves, and goes to the dry-cleaners where he spoke to the woman about Na-ri’s father’s death certificate. He tells his chefs (who do have names — Joon is the older, and Han-yi the younger) that he realized after they left before, that the woman didn’t even seem curious about them, which seems strange.

When she shows up, Nan-gil asks if she told anyone that they came here before. She says she didn’t, and tells Nan-gil that ever since “that man who died” was around, strange people visit her now and then. Nan-gil asks if she made sure he was dead, but she only says that she paid for the funeral.

CEO Bae frowns at the website for Hong Mandoo, and wonders who’s helping Nan-gil. He tells Wan-shik to capture the other men in the pictures, hoping that Nan-gil will come to him if his friends are threatened. He notes Wan-shik’s eagerness to get at Nan-gil, recalling that he used to be terrified of him.

Yeo-joo enters a club on the arm of a guy, who introduces her around as his “partner.” Deok-bong sees her and his face goes dark, while everyone who knows him comments that Yeo-joo looks just like his ex-fiancee.

Deok-bong pulls Yeo-joo aside, and once they’re alone he rounds on her angrily. He’s upset that she’s here making a fool of him in front of his friends, which confuses Yeo-joo, who says she didn’t know he’d be here. Deok-bong calls her out on that, and she admits that she did know.

Deok-bong growls that he hates when people talk about him, and grinds his teeth when Yeo-joo mentions his ex-fiancee. She says that people only gossip because he gets angry, but he’s too upset to listen to reason, and yells when she mentions that she looks like his ex.

Yeo-joo says that Deok-bong must not be over his ex yet, and he goes scarily quiet. He says that she’s completely different from Na-ri — Na-ri never hides anything, but she’s difficult to understand. But though he doesn’t know what Yeo-joo’s thinking, she’s easy to figure out. Yeo-joo glares at him with angry tears in her eyes, and says that he should leave if he’s just going to spout nonsense.

Nan-gil goes to the house to see what Na-ri wants him to sign. It’s a list of cohabitation rules, like keeping the back gate locked, keeping each other notified if one of them is sick, and not talking about Mom.

Nan-gil refuses, saying that he needs more access to the house, and asks why she came here if she’s not comfortable with the way things are. Na-ri asks him if he really doesn’t know.

The chefs decide to go out together after work, and they don’t notice two cars’ worth of CEO Bae’s thugs following them out. The thugs surround the chefs and herd them into a deserted alleyway.

Joon, the eldest, bravely shields the others and tells them to run. He grabs a broom and holds off the thugs for a minute before they overpower him. Young-gyu struggles to hold Han-yi from rushing back, but he loses the battle. Han-yi is quickly captured, and Young-gyu makes a run for it.

Na-ri tells Nan-gil that she came to this house because she’s decided to be selfish. Ignoring their new situation didn’t work, so she’s going to face it head-on until she can accept it. Nan-gil accepts her decision, and tells her to get some rest while he goes to knead dough (Na-ri: “You need a better phrase.” Ha.).

As he goes, she tells him that she remembered more about the plane trip with her father, and that she thinks they went to her grandmother’s house. Nan-gil looks downcast, but he confirms that they got to mention the search for her father on the television show.

Young-gyu runs until he collapses, then calls Nan-gil to tell him that Joon and Han-yi were taken away. Nan-gil rushes out, calling both of his chefs, neither of whom are able to answer their phones from the cars where they’re being driven away.

Once Nan-gil is away from the house, Wan-shik lets himself into the restaurant and goes looking through the office for clues pointing to whatever Nan-gil may be hiding. Unaware of the danger nearby, Na-ri takes a call from Deok-bong, who happily says that now that she’s free, he can come over and see her.

Na-ri says it’s too late at night, so Deok-bong backs down a little, saying that he’s just had a bad day and needs a friend. Na-ri agrees to talk and heads outside, then goes over to the restaurant and finds Nan-gil gone.

Wan-shik hears her and freezes, but Na-ri hears his phone ring when Nan-gil calls him. The ringtone is unfamiliar and Na-ri goes on alert. Knowing that he’s caught, Wan-shik answers the call as he shows himself to Na-ri with a creepy grin.

Nan-gil asks Wan-shik what he’s done with his chefs, but Wan-shik just says that he’s standing in front of Na-ri right now. That sends Nan-gil into a panic, and he runs to hail a cab just as he gets a call from Joon’s phone. He directs the cab driver to take him home, but Wan-shik is already advancing on Na-ri menacingly.

COMMENTS

I was so proud of Na-ri for doing the right thing in that courtroom, and helping Nan-gil protect her mother’s land. Even though it makes me sad to see her make that decision, I think that she wouldn’t be worthy of Nan-gil’s love if she’d chosen to go against his wishes. His promise to her mother means so much to him that it’s possible that even if she had gone the other way and freed them to be together, Nan-gil would have lost respect for her and it would have killed their relationship anyway. So I do think she did the right thing, and probably the only thing that would have preserved Nan-gil’s pure love for her. As sad as it was to see them both let go of their love, their small smiles to each other in that courtroom were like a promise — that even though they can’t be together, they still love each other.

I do wish though, that the show hadn’t foreshadowed that Na-ri’s father may still be alive somewhere so early. I think the emotional moment of Na-ri’s testimony would have landed harder if we didn’t already have the possibility in our minds that they may find him alive, thus nullifying Nan-gil and Mom’s marriage anyway (since Mom would have still been married to Dad when she married Nan-gil), and allow Nan-gil and Na-ri to be together despite the court’s decision. For we viewers, it would have been more painful to see Na-ri and Nan-gil accept their new relationship reality if we didn’t already know about the loophole. But I have to admit that I’m glad there’s a loophole, and while the show could still go in a different direction, I’m pretty sure that Dad will be found alive and thus clear the way for Na-ri and Nan-gil. I can’t be sorry about it from a shipper’s perspective, even while I mourn the emotional gut-wrenching we were denied by having been forecast the ending before even seeing Na-ri testify.

I’ve been thinking about it a lot, and I’ve figured out what I was feeling last week when I said that I wished Nan-gil had reacted in any way to Na-ri’s confession that she loves him. It’s not that I don’t understand that he just froze up — he never expected to ever hear those words from her, and it had to be scary and exciting and terrifying and wonderful all at the same time. But I think my dissatisfaction at his response wasn’t really so much his response (or lack thereof) to that particular moment, but that Nan-gil has just been so passive in general when it comes to their romance. He had that one moment when he asked Na-ri to come back, then confessed when she did, but even then he’s said more than once that he regrets doing it. Otherwise, he’s just letting the relationship happen, allowing Na-ri to shoulder most of the emotional burden and shaping of their long-distance communications.

So it’s frustrating to watch him repeatedly let moments pass by without seizing what he wants, even while I understand why he’s not grabbing for happiness. On the one hand, like I said, I do understand why Nan-gil is holding back. He decided long ago as a child, then again when he married Na-ri’s mom, that his love for Na-ri would stay locked away in his heart forever. He never once intended to become actively involved with Na-ri. So it must be difficult for him to reach out, take charge, and actively love her. Even now he has to keep his distance in order to protect Mom’s dream. I just hope that at some point soon, Nan-gil realizes that Na-ri’s love is more precious than a piece of land, however noble the dream attached to it may be. Na-ri let go of Nan-gil for his sake, because she loves him and she wants to honor his dream. But what I want to see is Nan-gil acknowledging and accepting Na-ri’s love, and taking an active role in winning her back. We know he’s a man with deep convictions and a strong ability to get what he wants when he wants it — I want to see Nan-gil decide that he wants Na-ri, and turn that determination to loving her, openly and equally.

 
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At this point, the one who frustrates me the most is Yeo-joo. Ugh.

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But thanks, Lollypip, for the quick recap !

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I think Yeo Joo is now the more interesting character, coz everyone's so caught up with their own drama and it's not even interesting anymore. Nangil with his fight against the gangsters and the fight to hold on to that piece of land. Na ri just happened to be in the middle of it all. 'am saying the plot is just too shallow for me to feel anything. Nangil is so mopey. And Na Ri, what are you doing?

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I find her entertaining, I've never hated her, i think i am the only one who thinks so.

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not really, I also like her for some reason. She knows what she wants, she isn't totally bad and I can't hate her for stealing Dong-Jin (because you know, he isn't a thing), she doesn't seek for sympathy and understanding and stands up for herself/doesn't need protection

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I didn't feel bad either for stealing DJ, because it's not her fault, he wanted to be stealed, she seduced him and he fell for it, it's his fault if he really loves NR he wouldn't cheat on her with her subordinate.

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You're absolutely right. Dong Jin wanted to cheat on Na Ri. It's not because of Yeo Joo, it's because he wavered and i think it was out of obligation that the relationship with Na Ri managed to last for nine years. I somehow like YeoJoo.
I blame Dong Jin's lack of loyalty to Na Ri.

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i can't hate her for "stealing" dong-jin but i can hate her for starting to pursue him at nari's mother's funeral which is disgusting & her ridiculous rationalization of it (that nari's pity made her want to do it).
the only thing i appreciate in yeo-joo is that she's admitted to being a bad person, but just knowing you're a bad person is not enough if you have no sense of remorse.
yeo-joo doesn't seem concerned with anyone's feelings unless she can use them to get something she wants.

i'm really curious about the people who seem to think yeo-joo is growing as a person tho? genuinely asking - in what way do you think that? maybe i'm interpreting something differently.

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Not that anyone needs her remorse, and after Dong-jin dumped her+Na-Ri beat her I feel like she paid for what she did?
I actually don't think Yeo-Joo is growing as a person, not yet, but it isn't exactly a bad thing. She goes her way to help someone (example, Deok-bong's sister) and she takes care of her awful father, she is a lot better then majority of people and it isn't like she enjoys her way of living.
She leaves impression of someone who would be a good person if she had a choice.
I guess she will do this whole character growth if Deok-bong would ditch his family (which is very likely to happen) and she will continue liking him

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If you're referring to Na-ri's airport beatdown of Yeo-joo, I believe that was all in Na-ri's head. Yeo-joo hasn't experienced any real consequences for her behavior. Na-ri is snarky towards her at worst, and tolerant/helpful at best. Seriously, she took Yeo-joo in when Yeo-joo was drunk!!! I don't believe partners can be "stolen," but I believe in respect for people who are coupled up. Obviously Yeo-joo doesn't.

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i don't quite feel that yeo-joo goes out of her way to help anyone... in my opinion she has only helped deok-shim because she wanted things from her. she has used every situation of "helping" her to gain information or another opportunity to meet deok-bong & get something from him.

i also feel like they haven't implied she doesn't enjoy her way of living? one could argue she only went after rich men to get married & live a better life (as her mom instructed), but then why is she continually pursuing TAKEN men to do that? if her only intent was marriage i don't think the thrill of dating attached, rich men would matter.

but i find your take on the character interesting! i don't want her to end up with deok-bong (even more so for the fact that she resembles some girl who betrayed him...) but i certainly wish he'd cut off his family.

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Whatever I think of the character, I like the performance a lot. Jo Bo-ah makes a great bad liar / schemer. I don't remember he being nearly so good in past shows.

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Nope you're not alone. I like her character a lot. I like that with each episode she seems to be growing a bit, it would be nice if they spent a little more time developing her "emotions" though. I feel like there is too much focus on the main couple, and I find myself fast forwarding though most of the nonsense. I ship DB/YJ bad, or it might be that i just want LSH for have a love line!

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Yeah i wish she have more scenes, i get excited at her scenes and Duk Shim's. As you said tha main couple scenes are getting draggy and repeated.

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Deok-bong is hard to impressed. *grumpy face*

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Yep. I was surprised that the show even let Deok-bong tell Yeo-joo off. The writing has pampered the Yeo-joo character, giving her excessive screen time and not really punishing her for being a brat (and a prat). In fact, it looks like she's going to be rewarded for it, through a loveline with Deok-bong. What did the poor guy ever do to deserve this?!

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While this show hasn't made me laugh as much in recent episodes, it's the one pulling on my heartstrings the most lately. I had no idea how he'd react when Na-Ri showed up at his house when he was sick: would he think he was dreaming again? Would he reach out for her? ... And then he started crying and I just. couldn't. even. So cute!!

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Him crying was so heart breaking. I couldn't either. Could barely even speak to her over the phone. You could just feel how alone he felt. I'm surprised at how dark this show got out of nowhere. But I'm hooked as well.

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thank you for the recap!! :)
as much as I wanted Na Ri to stand by Nan Gil's side in the court it broke my heart for them and I ended up smiling tearfully with her at that moment!! :'( and I'm happy that she decided to move in!! let them be around each other and they'll find a way out of this somehow!!
the Dada gangsters are starting to lose patience and reason by going with force against Nan Gil and everyone he cares about to force him to give up on the land and that sucks and I had enough hoping for Wan Shik to side with Nan Gil and now he's acting willingly against him as if he's trying to prove himself as better than him!! good luck with that but you'll pay for it hard!!
Nan Gil is just helpless and is finding himself fighting his emotions for Na Ri in one side and his fear to lose the land and mom's dream from a another side and even fighting nature to protect Na Ri's plants and memories with her in the green house which showed him that he can't protect everything but he's not about to listen to reason!! and now Dada gangsters are closing on him threatening his men and his love and let's not forget his guilt and fear of Na Ri finding out about his hand in her father death (who's not really dead but he doesn't know that yet)!! ok, this is too much for a person to handle!! I feel depressed now!!

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Thank you for the recap, so fast!

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Convenient that Na-ri's phone was off when they wanted us to worry about her and see how pathetic she was; then it was on when they needed her to come running to Nan-gil.
Oh well, a kdrama's gotta do what a kdrama's gotta do.

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k-drama logic is often flawed, but i don't see why this doesn't make sense? ran-sook came over to scold nari for having her phone off & worrying everyone. why would she continue to leave it off knowing that deok-bong & ran-sook were concerned? it's not like she planned to never turn her phone on again.

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I've pretty much dropped this show and just following via your recaps, so thanks for the recaps!

My reason for dropping was kinda of vocalised by DB this ep - I wasn't totally on board with the romance because I didn't understand how Nari even fell for NG? It seemed so rushed for me. It seemed like it wasn't until after there were some feelings that she found out about his sacrifice. I mean, I thought maybe she was the type to fall in love quickly but then she was with DJ for 9 years so that doesn't seem like she would be the type to fall for anyone who is attractive (which seemed to be what piqued her interest with NG apart from him being her random new stepfather). I just feel like the romance and the whole premise for the drama to be pretty half baked - as in the synopsis for the drama is literally all there is to it? The same complication has been dragged from the first couple of eps until now.

Also, I don't understand how this writer is ok with wasting so much time writing about YJ's character. She is beyond frustrating and it annoys me that they will try to redeem her and pair her with DB when she's shown no remorse for any of her actions. I mean, for some it's easier to ignore her stealing DJ probably because NR didn't seem as affected by that but no part of her actions so far paints her in a good light. She's a serial home wrecker and even used NR's mother's funeral as a hunting ground, with NR's fiancé and boyfriend of 9 years. Who does that? I know there's already been discussions about both parties being culpable and I agree, but damn, she is not someone I would ever want in my life or dating anyone I know so it's a shame that she's still part of the story at this point.

It's a shame because this drama started off really promising but hasn't really been able to maintain the momentum.

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THANK YOU. I can't enjoy a character if she's not someone I'd want around me in real life. And Yeo-joo is someone I'd be warding off with a ten-foot pole.

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Right?YJ is the kind of toxic you don't want in your life.i stay away from people like her,even watching her on screen is stressing me out lol.
I also stopped watching the show because i love DB and i don't like that she's gravitating around him.

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your comment is exactly what i think. i drop this drama after eps 5 ?

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I don't even know HOW they're going to redeem YJ because at this point, redemption is NOWHERE in sight. She didn't save DS from the bullies because she was kind, she's using the memory of DB's ex-fiance to snag him. Because he's rich. Because she's had a hard life, wah-wah, boo-hoo. Everything has to revolve around her annoying twitchy face and annoying pitchy voice.

Just saying, Lee Soo-Hyuk..... it's okay if you're still a second lead! Things like these take time! I will feel so incredibly sorry for you if the first time you get a girl... and you get someone like her. (But you definitely will end up with her, so... there, there, you poor thing.)

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Agreed on both points actually (re: Na Ri falling so fast and Yeo Joo's character in general). I'm still super invested in Na Ri and Nan Gil though.

I actually don't understand how the writer expects us to feel about Yeo Joo. She obviously hasn't changed at all, she's pursuing DB simply because he's a rich dude and trying to manipulate him based on his ex. Just because he knows about it doesn't mean change her character. It just shows us he's a smart one. Deok Bong deserves better.

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Same here. I ended up dropping after she 'fell in love' with him. I didn't understand how she came to love him. It felt soo rushed.

But thank you so much lollypip for recapping. I can just read it in an instant without wasting time watching it.

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Posting before reading. I think this is the first episode where I skipped more parts than I watched :( Off to read the recap now to find out what happened exactly.

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This is the first episode since ep 8 that I really enjoyed, it brought some much needed actions/decisions back. I love that she moved in, finally the co-habitation I thought they would start with.

I really enjoy reading your recaps and reflections lollypip, thanks! I think Nan Gil briefly started to become active at the end of ep 8, when he asked her to wait for him and kissed her again, but then he found out about the father and went back to passive mode - understandably if frustatingly as a viewer.

And lastly even though the plotular writing is frustrating me sometimes, I still love the characters, even deok shim and yeo-joo are growing on me or in the case of the latter are at least entertaining me :)

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I'm not sure about Yeo-joo yet, but Deok-shim is definitely growing on me. I find her concern for Nan-gil sincere and cute, however dramatic it may be ("He's dying!").

I'm hoping for the best for her relationship with Deok-bong; they need some REAL family. Kwon siblings, fighting!

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Their relationship is better because nowadays Deok-shim will go to her brother to ask for something...that related to her crush nan-gil. Hee..

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I just really want YeoJoo and DeokBong to be a thing I'm not sure why, but they would be so cute together (I can't be the only one that thinks that) PLUS it's annoying seeing DeokBong care so much for Nari when she only wants to be friends with him....

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Being in the friendzone is...*sigh*

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Lols at the requisite head-to-toe black outfit that every male in dramaland apparently owns. At some point, you would think the police and citizenry would be on a constant state of alert for shadowy figures in black stalker garb...

Still enjoying this show. I already loved Su Ae and have frown very find of Kim Young Kwang - what a cutie patootie! He and Lee Soo Hyuk make me smile when they are in scenes together because, now that I know about their real-life friendship, they look as if they could crack each other up at a moment's notice.

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Agreed with you! Though I must say that Kim Young-kwang and Lee Soo-hyuk look really great in the all-black attires. But then again, they rock everything they wear. My eyes are having huge feasts with those two guys on screen. Yum!

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Lucky for having good/tall body proportion.. For me that stuck at 155cm, well at least I look young. *smug face*

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*Lucky them

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Thank you for the recap... cant wait for the next one

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Did anyone else thinking that Wan-ship looked a little reluctant to leave Nan-gil's room at the end? I thought it looked like he was trying to force himself to go out and threaten Na-ri. I think that there are two possibilities, either he really is afraid of Nan-gil or he is having second thoughts about his life choices. Personally, I think it's the former.

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Is he helping nan-gil secretly?

Idk, it seems like he's the one helping nan-gil, if not i really dont know how nan gil still knows everything and even recent things about Dada finance and even the club they appear in this episode that even the chairman was puzzled.. (like how he manage to know info of those laundering account evidence, wan shik giving the woman address who apply for na-ri father death certificate)

I really dont know wan shik intent.. sometimes good sometimes bad like really want to get nan gil..

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I'm still enjoying this show, and not just because I like looking at Kim Young Kwang. Okay, that helps, I'm not gonna lie. It did seem like the last few episodes had a lot of filler, but this one picked up the pace a little. I enjoy the sensation of peeling the onion I guess, without too many tears.

Yeah, I've always wondered about the all black outfits in Kdrama. But it seems like all black outfit = bad guy who is now a good guy, or outlaw good guy, and black suit + white shirt + no tie = bad guy gangster. Now why don't the police just round up every guy wearing the gangster uniform and bring law and order to Korean. Nah, that's just too easy.

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Does anyone know how mom and nangil got legally married anyway? I assumed she got a divorce from na ri's dad because she didn't know he was dead. Didn't they all believe uncle when he said he saw the dad? But now everyone's saying dad alive would be the loophole to annul the marriage. I mean, I know I shouldn't be looking for logic here, but there's no more cute and too much not making sense...

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Or did dada finance say the dad was dead and that's why Nan Gil married mom? But he didn't think dad died five years ago by his hand?

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Iam really enjoying this show. Does anyone think that Yeo Joo might be Deok Beong's ex fiance, why would they all compare her to the fiance? There ought to be a connection.

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I'd be flabbergasted if that was the case. Why wouldn't the two remember having been engaged to each other? And there is no connection – that's precisely why it's so annoying that the comparison to the ex-fiancée keeps coming up.

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I don't know why but I've entirely lost the interest in the two leads. It's the same thing - related or not? lovers or not? I know it's tough to make it clear given their circumstances but it's hella boring. I'm now watching it for Deok-bong, and I don't care whether he'll end up with Yeo-joo or not. I want to see him more with his sister. Still wondering why she chose to leave the city and move to this area with him. Their bickering is cute and relatable to me :)

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I'm cheering for Lee Soohyuk to get a girl that fall for him not just his looks and money.

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I still love Na-ri and Nan Gil even if I am frustrated with the situation but I definitely agree with your statement on Deok-bong and his sister. I love them! She can be so annoying but you can see how much he cares for her. I hope he finally gets her to open up about what happened in Seoul.

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I don't like Yeon-joo because while it's not entirely her fault (it does take 2 to tango) for breaking up Na-ri's relationship, she still shows no remorse to someone who has done nothing to her. I get being jealous because who hasn't felt jealousy but this one-sided competition is ridiculous.

I would love to see some growth but she has been selfish through and through. She shows up everywhere and people put up with her but realistically who wants to deal with the woman who stole your fiancé? Na-ri has been kind enough to forgive her and move on but she goes above and beyond because she is selfish.

She is now hanging around Na-ri because now she has set her sights on Deok-beong more than likely because he likes Na-ri. And he is rich. But even if she really truly liked him, her drawing attention to the fact that she looks like his ex-girlfriend is cold. Especially since it seems like he is still has some bad feelings from that break up. Like who wants to be with someone like that? I mean think about how that man feels.

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Thanks, LollyPip, for your recap and comments.

Greetings from New Jersey, home of Superfund sites and warehouses full of unlabeled hazmat that spontaneously explodes and burns... The part about the orphanage built on such a site hits way too close to home.

As for the reason(s) for Deok-bong's grandfather to give the land to Na-ri's Mom when she was only 15 years old: I still suspect that Mom might be his illegitimate daughter who was raised by the couple who ran the orphanage. They may not have been her biological parents. It's not clear to me whether they took her with them overseas. If they didn't, that makes me even more suspicious as to their true identity.

I'm still watching and waiting to see how the impediments facing our OTP are resolved even as the predators close in. Nan-gil's successful defense against Uncle-Good-For-Nothing's spurious suit was indeed a Pyrrhic victory as far as romance with Na-ri is concerned. Even so, I completely agree that if she had not refuted Uncle's claim, the damage to her relationship with Nan-gil would have been fatal for any future possibilities.

In court, Wan-shik is the bee's knees in pinstripes that match the Boss Father's. Egads, he looks like Mini-Me. He's truly creepy at the end of the episode. I'm losing hope for his redemption... unless he's under deep cover and in cahoots with Nan-gil to bring down their adoptive "father."

I should have known that Boss Bae would target the Mandoods. It cracks me up that Joon and Han-yi are too young to drink. Surprisingly, Young-gyu is capable of a "feets don't fail me now" sprint worthy of Usain Bolt.

Yeo-joo continues to irritate me, and I practically cheered when Deok-bong gave her a piece of his mind that made her cry. I really liked how he said that Na-ri is difficult to understand, but what you see is what you get... whereas Yeo-joo is easy to see through. As other viewers have stated, I cannot abide such behavior in real life, and avoid hanging around such people like the plague.

Actress Jo Bo-Ah is doing a great job making me detest the character... It's one thing to be a bumbling schemer. It's another to be a willfully parasitic gold-digger who doesn't give a darn about the havoc she wreaks on others. Her "rescue" of Deok-shim was one of the few good things she's done... but her ulterior motive negated it. -- More power to the viewers who enjoy watching her shenanigans. You can have my share. ;-)

I agree that telegraphing Dad's continued existence has undermined the tension significantly. It better be worth it. Maybe he will be able to shed some light on the mysteries that have been littering the landscape for so long.

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Sadly, I have no major insights for this episode. I just remember watching it, feeling sad for several characters, smirking at the black suits everyone seems to have (seriously, how do they not split seams when fighting in a SUIT???), and enjoying the fit of non-fighting, well-tailored outfits. Are we sure this isn't a part catwalk, modeling show? Pretty...

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The actings are decent, each actor shines in their own way. The only problem is the script. Its ridiculous.

I did not recognise Kim Young Kwang in Pinnochio (style way different). I knew nothing about him. I thought hes someone experience, famous actor already. He acts very comfortable and nature in front of camera.

The style of Lee Soo Hyuk was so odd at first. I thought to myself he has a very strange face, that hair style doesnt help either. After knowing hes a model, black hair look better on him.

I like all 4 leads. Its not their faults that the drama fails. Why there is no news of cutting the drama yet?

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No.. please dont cut, its just a few more ep only.. anyway hwarang is fixed to air on dec19..

its the story problem i guess haha

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I cannot understand why the screenwriter can write such a shallow and ridiculous script and nobody is stopping her. Instead of cutting the drama, they should just change the screenwriter and the person editing the scenes. Otherwise, it will be so unfair to the cast. I still watch because I like the leads but as I watch, I feel so sad for them. The story can be so much better.
Sometimes when one scene is at the exciting part, the scene will jump to some silly scene, especially the little sister or Yeo Joo or the Dada gangsters. DB also seems like an extra instead of being in a love triangle as what we thought at the beginning. Too many irritable characters around in the show. I read some Korean online comments about the low ratings. Seems like they also find the story too shallow and too many irritable characters around.

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This is just my opinion but I think Deok-bong deserves someone better than Yeo-joo. Admitly, I don't like her but that has nothing to do with why I don't want her to end up with Deokbong. I think he does deserve who will treat him the way he never was. He deserves someone who will show him mass affection and doesn't care about his wealth or family/family name. To me, Yeo-joo is someone that cares that he does have money and a family name. Sure, he's too freaking handsome to overlook, but I really don't see her affection being something natural. More artificial and superficial. I know he's awkward and it comes off rude and distant but he just doesn't know how to do... many things. And he deserves someone who can understand this.

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Is it just me, but I want Nan gil to save his staff rather than Na ri. She's just being annoying to me these previous episodes. I like their chemistry at first but now, I lost interest in their relationship. ahaha. I want more of Lee Soo Hyuk too. I don't care who he ends up with. As long as he loves her.

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