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The Man Living in Our House: Episode 5

Nan-gil has been telling lies for so long, it’s hard for him to finally admit the truth when faced with it. But his truth is so heavy and old, it’s a relief to lay it out, even if nothing can change for now. But his honesty gains him a loyal ally, and together they have the strength to beat any adversary that comes their way.

 

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

After rescuing Na-ri from the gangsters, Nan-gil leads her outside by the hand. But as soon as they leave the building, Nan-gil goes pale and becomes disoriented. Na-ri demands answers, but he’s unable to speak, and he soon collapses to the pavement.

We see a flashback to little Nan-gil as a young boy, while adult Nan-gil tells us in voiceover that he was abandoned without even a note about who he was or when he was born. He’d been teased by the other kids for not having a mother, and Na-ri’s mom had befriended him at the orphanage where she volunteered and said that she would be his mom.

Little Nan-gil was jealous of Na-ri for being her real daughter, but he’d defended her against bullies like a tiny warrior. He’d decided to marry Na-ri one day, in order to make her mother his real mom. He’d watched Na-ri from a distance for years, as she grew up and moved away. He never realized that she was his first love until she was gone.

Soon after, CEO Bae had adopted him, and as they drove away, Nan-gil had looked back to see Na-ri’s mother running after the car. He never got to say goodbye, and he didn’t see her again for many years.

But CEO Bae didn’t want a son — he’d adopted a group of boys and raised them to be his own personal gang. He would make the boys fight in groups, and Nan-gil had stood out as a particularly able fighter, because he had to be.

But at night he would write home to Na-ri’s mom, and once he went to Na-ri’s college to see her. She’d been walking with boyfriend Dong-jin, smiling and happy, and Nan-gil hid his bruised face from her. He’d gone back to the gang and viciously beaten the other boys, but he never stopped watching over Na-ri, even after she became a flight attendant.

He never showed himself to her again, ashamed of the way he was living. And then he landed in prison. When he was released, instead of going back to the gang, he went to the only place he ever felt safe — Mom. She’d been thrilled to see Nan-gil, and happily taken him in.

She’d showed him the demands from Dada Finance because of Dad’s old debts, and Nan-gil hatched the idea of becoming the head of the family to protect her. Mom thought the idea was nuts and suggested she just adopt him, but he argued that marriage was easier and faster. Mom argued that this would make him Na-ri’s stepfather, suggesting that she was aware of his feelings for her daughter, but Nan-gil had said that Na-ri was getting married anyway and never needed to know.

But soon after registering their marriage, Mom was killed in an accident. Nan-gil had grieved for the only mother he ever knew, but he’d promised to protect Na-ri. He narrates, “And with that promise, my long-term love came to an end.”

After a few moments, Nan-gil becomes conscious enough to speak to Na-ri. He puts his hand over hers and tells her that he’s okay, and she helps him stand. He says he’s just allergic to the sun and that he needs to go knead dough, but Na-ri stops him with a hand on his arm.

She tells him, “Don’t be sick,” and her earnest wish stops him cold. Na-ri says she’s just being selfish, because he’s the only person she can count on right now, but Nan-gil still looks incredibly touched. He promises that he’s super-healthy, and tells her not to worry about anything.

Her friend Ran-sook arrives to pick her up, and Nan-gil watches the car until it’s out of sight. Na-ri notices and muses that he seems uneasy that she let him off that easy.

CEO Bae takes a look at the USB that Nan-gil brought him, which appears to be a list of names and bank account information. He erupts in fury, throwing his laptop across the room, then he calls in McCreepy (whose name is really WAN-SHIK) and a few other minions.

He tells them that Nan-gil knows how much money they’ve been laundering through fake accounts, including the most recent ones. Since the people in this room are the only ones who know about this list, CEO Bae wonders who could be leaking information to Nan-gil. Wan-shik looks suspiciously shifty-eyed at that.

Ran-sook picks up on something between Na-ri and Nan-gil, and says that they were acting like a couple back there. She thinks Nan-gil is Na-ri’s rebound guy after Dong-jin, and urges her to turn him in to the police instead of date him.

Na-ri just repeats Nan-gil’s words, telling her friend that stress gives you wrinkles. She says confidently that she intends to get to the bottom of everything, and for that she needs to stick close to Nan-gil and ask a lot of questions. But she can’t stop thinking about how he took her hand to lead her to safety, or the way he carried her into the hospital when she lost her vision, or even the time he was drunk and collapsed into her arms.

As she’s cleaning out her place, Na-ri takes a call from Deok-bong, who whines that she forgot to call him after receiving the “court documents.” It’s cute how he smiles when Na-ri says that she should tell him what happened in person… then she hangs up on him again, ha.

Dong-jin waits for Yeo-joo at a spa, looking uncomfortable that she wanted to meet here (and… is she wearing any pants??). Yeo-joo adopts her wide-eyed innocent persona and asks if Na-ri paid Dong-jin back the money Uncle borrowed, and he says absently that she did.

Yeo-joo claims that Na-ri took out an illegal loan, and now collection notices are being delivered to her at work. She pretends to be concerned for Na-ri, but Dong-jin says that if she’s that worried, she shouldn’t gossip about it.

Na-ri walks in with their coworkers, and their sunbae looks ready to tear Yeo-joo’s hair out when she sees her with Na-ri’s ex. Yeo-joo pouts to Dong-jin that this is a total coincidence. Riiight.

Dong-jin pulls Na-ri outside against her protests, and apologizes for coming here. He asks if she’s really in financial trouble, but Na-ri refuses to either refute the story or tell him the truth, and she bristles when Dong-jin calls Nan-gil a con artist.

Yeo-joo joins them, and Na-ri notices that she’s carrying a purse of the same brand Na-ri owns. Na-ri snaps to Dong-jin that at least he got them different colors before emptying hers and handing it to him with a smile. Ouch.

Later, Na-ri drags a massive suitcase right into the Hong Mandoo dining room, and tells Nan-gil that she was fired when her bosses heard a rumor that she borrowed money from a loan shark. Nan-gil offers to explain to her employer, so Na-ri admits it was a lie. She just took a leave of absence, so she’s going to live here for the time being.

Nan-gil is not pleased, arguing that the debt is his and not hers. Na-ri says that’s why she’s here, to find out why he became her stepfather and took on the family debt. She sweetly says she has plenty of time to ask questions, and Nan-gil grumps off in a huff.

Na-ri goes to visit Deok-bong, and asks questions about the resort he’s building. He gets cagey when she asks why the lake isn’t in the model in his office, and asks if her interest means she’ll be selling the land.

Instead of answering, Na-ri asks him to withdraw the complaint they filed about her mother’s marriage. He says it’s too late, and Na-ri tells him about her father’s involvement with Dada Finance, and that they’re demanding the land as payment.

Deok-bong assumes she means Nan-gil when she says “father,” so she clarifies that she’s talking about her real dad. Deok-bong tells her that Dada Finance seems legit, but their debt collection methods are illegal. He advises her to pretend she doesn’t know about the debt, and let Nan-gil take the fall.

She tells him it’s too late, that the debt is the very reason why Nan-gil married her mother. She says that Nan-gil is the only person she can trust right now, but Deok-bong says it’s too soon for that. He offers to look into things for her, and his reaction seems more jealous than concerned.

Na-ri calls Nan-gil out to the playground and orders him to speak jondae to her from now on. She accuses him of pretending to be her stepfather (meaning, pretending that his marriage to her mom was based on love), and he admits that he just didn’t want to confuse her. Because what he did was less confusing?

Na-ri still asserts that her mother would never have agreed to such a crazy scheme, but Nan-gil says that Mom knew it was the only way. Na-ri asks what their relationship was, exactly, and Nan-gil gets a faraway look in his eye.

He’s staring right at Na-ri, which flusters her. Nan-gil asks softly, “Do you really not know?” then just says he’s disappointed. He starts to walk off and she stops him, holding up the handkerchief with his name on it, asking how long he’s known her mother. It’s marked that he was in first grade, and seeing it makes Nan-gil smile wistfully.

He sits and says that he grew up in the nearby orphanage where her mother used to volunteer. He tells Na-ri that her mother came to see him every day, and he owes her a huge debt. He tells Na-ri not to pity him, then pouts when she says she doesn’t, ha.

As it turns out, the mandoo restaurant used to be the orphanage, which is why Mom bought it. Na-ri says she remembers the old orphanage, making Nan-gil scoff that she never once visited, then he has to backtrack when Na-ri asks if he remembers her from back then.

Na-ri admits that she used to get annoyed when Mom would go volunteer, and Nan-gil says he’d get annoyed when she’d go home. That’s so cute. Na-ri asks what school he went to, but he just says they need to work on their stepfather/stepdaughter act, since Dada will probably send people soon.

Unwilling to let it go, Na-ri asks why she didn’t know him if he was so close to her mother. Nan-gil scoots up on her, making her inch backward, and asks why she’s so curious. He asks if her curiosity means she’s interested, leaning in very close, and says, “You can’t see me as a man.”

Na-ri barks at him, unsettled, and he says he needs to go knead dough. Yeah, I’ll just bet he does. Na-ri stops him with a hand on his arm, and says that she’s in no position to question, so she’ll just thank him.

Nan-gil says that if she can’t pretend, to at least be careful not to speak banmal to him. He walks away, muttering that Na-ri really doesn’t remember a single thing.

Deok-bong looks at his files on Nan-gil and Na-ri, remembering how Na-ri said Nan-gil is the only person she can trust. He bursts into Deok-shim’s room to ask why she left their parents’ house to come live with him, wondering if he was the only person she could trust.

Deok-shim refuses to talk to him and just climbs into her bed, but she can’t hide her smile when Deok-bong asks if she trusts Nan-gil. He asks why she trusts him, but she just screams at the top of her lungs until he leaves the room. Kid is seriously unhinged.

Na-ri has a pen that records sound, which she’d activated when she talked to Nan-gil earlier. She listens to it, hearing him grumble that she doesn’t remember anything. She doesn’t understand most of it, though, and she drives herself nuts wondering what he was saying.

Dong-jin calls to tell Na-ri that he closed their savings account and transferred the entire balance to her. She orders him to take back enough to cover Uncle’s debt, so Dong-jin admits that Nan-gil already paid him back.

She hangs up on him (that will never not be funny) and goes outside, nearly running into Nan-gil. She hides and follows him all the way to a greenhouse, and slips inside. She can’t see what’s growing, since it’s dark out, and gets drenched when the sprinklers turn on.

Her screech brings out Nan-gil, who hands her a towel and tells her to stand up, because she’s sitting on compost. Ha. He giggles at her good-naturedly, and she openly admires his lovely smile.

That has him dropping the smile and warning her to please pretend their relationship is strictly father-daughter. She asks what’s so bad about saying someone has a nice smile, and he concedes the point, but says they shouldn’t be out here alone together.

Na-ri asks why Nan-gil paid off Uncle’s debt to Dong-jin, and he just says it’s what Mom would have wanted. Na-ri thanks him sincerely and promises to pay him back soon, which makes Nan-gil smile.

He shows her the plants he’s growing, and how they’re all in flower, getting ready to produce strawberries, eggplants, and pumpkins. He says that even though the flowers aren’t pretty, they’re more beneficial than roses because they’ll grow and bear fruit, and he feigns surprise when Na-ri asks if he’s telling her to grow up.

He says that he only means that she’s showing growth, and that he’s decided how to use the money she’ll be returning to him — to hire her a matchmaker. Na-ri shoves him over onto his butt, HAHA.

But she can’t help but imagine her wedding, with “father” Nan-gil looking impossibly handsome as he walks her down the aisle to give her away. He leads her to her groom, and Na-ri looks up to see… Nan-gil. Whoa, there’s two of them. Na-ri lets out a little scream and wonders if she’s going crazy.

Nan-gil leaves the greenhouse, then holds a hand over his suddenly-pounding heart. He quickly collects himself when Na-ri joins him, but it’s clear that being so near her flusters him.

Na-ri stumbles downstairs in the morning to find the four chefs staring at her from the kitchen table, ha. Nan-gil hollers at her to eat breakfast then go home, but she just sweetly tells them she’ll do the dishes from now on.

Deok-bong comes to the restaurant to talk to Nan-gil, and asks exactly how much debt the family is in. Nan-gil refuses to speak to him, and Deok-bong wonders why he doesn’t just sell the land to him and repay Dada Finance. He needles Nan-gil, musing that he must be trying to impress Na-ri.

Nan-gil only says he won’t sell, and Deok-bong asks if it’s because he’d have to part with Na-ri. He says that Na-ri believes he became her father only because of the debt, but Deok-bong thinks there’s more to it.

Na-ri walks right into the middle of all this tension, though both guys hilariously deny it. Deok-bong asks her to come by his office, because he has something important to talk about.

As soon as Deok-bong leaves, Nan-gil crabbily asks Na-ri why she told Deok-bong about the debt. She says he’s her lawyer, and Nan-gil suddenly changes the subject and tells her to make oxtail soup for the guys’ breakfast, intending to annoy her enough that she goes home. Na-ri says she’ll make enough to last all winter, and Nan-gil complains that she’ll never go back to Seoul.

Dong-jin tells Yeo-joo that he doesn’t feel well since seeing Na-ri. She pretends to understand while rolling her eyes, and Dong-jin asks for a break. She acts like it’s fine, but when they hang up she explodes and turns up the treadmill she’s on, wondering why he’s feeling so guilty suddenly.

Na-ri befriends a local grandmother and asks questions about Hong Mandoo. The grandmother knows who she is and tells Na-ri that her mother used to call her a stinging insect.

Na-ri makes the oxtail soup while listening to recordings she made of local elders, whom she’d asked the same questions. They all seem to have good things to say about Nan-gil.

Nan-gil grows suspicious, and asks Na-ri where she goes every day. She throws his words back at him that she needs to grow, and informs him that flowers have meanings. She says that eggplant flowers stand for truth, which she loves, but Nan-gil just tells her to go back to Seoul.

Deok-shim follows Na-ri as she heads to the toy museum. Na-ri runs into Secretary Kwon and asks her about Hope Orphanage, but Secretary Kwon flatly refuses to talk. Na-ri asks, “Why do you hate my mom so much?” That stops Secretary Kwon, and she asks why she can’t hate her in an uncharacteristically emotional voice.

Na-ri wants to know the reason, but Secretary Kwon says that she just disliked her, no reason. As she walks away, Deok-bong calls out from a staircase that Secretary Kwon hates him too, and she shoots him a glare before continuing on her way.

Deok-bong asks Na-ri why Secretary Kwon hates him, and she tells him that he’s just generally unlikable, pfft. He feebly argues that being aloof is chic, then tells Na-ri that he withdrew the marriage cancellation complaint.

He reveals that she and Nan-gil both grew up here, but Na-ri already knows, so he changes tacks. He asks what would make someone do something shocking, like register a marriage, become a mandoo chef, and fight against Dada Finance. Na-ri doesn’t really know.

Na-ri calls Nan-gil to the lake to talk, and as she waits, she remembers Mom telling her that people lie for lots of reasons. She’d designated the lake a no-lying zone. When Nan-gil arrives he confirms that he knows he can’t lie here, and he gives Na-ri her mother’s phone. He’d kept it from her in case someone from Dada tried to call, and she unknowingly answered.

Na-ri tries to release Nan-gil from his promise to protect this place now that Mom’s gone, but he says that he made a promise to Mom at her funeral. Na-ri complains that Mom called her a stinging bug behind her back, and Nan-gil laughs that she called her a pig toenail to him, because she’s sharp and scary.

Na-ri asks Nan-gil for a promise — that if Dada threatens him, he’ll quit. He agrees, and she asks for another promise, that he’ll leave if the life of a mandoo-making monk stops suiting him. She asks if he’s ever dated or liked anyone, and since he can’t lie, all he can do is run away, hee.

Na-ri looks at her mother’s phone that night, and smiles through her tears at the photos of the two of them saved in the device.

The next day, Na-ri is drinking and singing (horribly) with some local elders when McCreepy Wan-shik drives up. She runs over to confront him, and makes him stay for a drink (which he doesn’t drink). Na-ri asks him about Nan-gil’s legend.

Deok-shim is at Hong Mandoo admiring Nan-gil, and sous chef Young-gyu brings her some water and tells her to sit up. She glares at him until he gets scared and runs off, ha.

Nan-gil spots Wan-shik and goes out to his car. Wan-shik obliquely mentions the USB that Nan-gil left behind, and Nan-gil says he has no other plans other than to keep making mandoo.

Wan-shik says that “Father” Bae thinks someone is helping Nan-gil, and they both know this means he suspects Wan-shik. Nan-gil starts to go, but Wan-shik mentions that he spoke to Na-ri.

Na-ri sits alone, thinking about everything she knows about Nan-gil (I assume Wan-shik told her his legend, though we don’t know for sure). Suddenly she jumps up and runs back to the house.

Nan-gil growls that he asked Wan-shik never to see Na-ri, and Wan-shik smirks and says he didn’t tell Na-ri that Nan-gil went to jail. Nan-gil says that he’ll take that as Wan-shik refusing to do him that one favor, though Wan-shik swears she asked him first and he didn’t say all that much.

Na-ri doesn’t stop running until she sees Nan-gil, walking back to the house after sending Wan-shik away. She stops and gasps for air, thinking, “I’m sorry I couldn’t remember anything, Go Nan-gil.”

Then she reaches up and grabs Nan-gil’s neck in a desperate hug. He tries to get loose for a moment, looking almost scared, but Na-ri doesn’t let go.

COMMENTS

I had guessed Nan-gil’s real reasons for marrying Mom, and I suspected that his real love was Na-ri all along, but I didn’t expect his love for her to be so heartbreaking. It started from his earnest, innocent wish to have a mother, and the only way he could get that mom was to marry Na-ri. But along the way his childlike desire became an adult love, and it’s clear that he’s loved Na-ri nearly his whole life, and still does. Such a simple story, but it really just gets me right here, to see that still-innocent longing in his adult face now. All he’s ever wanted was a real family, and now I just want him to get that more than anything.

It was hard to see Nan-gil being raised in that gang, forced to literally fight for his life. I wonder if, at that point, any family was better than none, or if he was just doing what he had to to survive. We know that he has a very gentle nature, so it’s a good thing he’s so physically large and strong, or he would have been eaten alive. I’m glad that when he had a chance, he chose to run back to the one place he felt safe — Mom.

It makes sense now why Na-ri doesn’t remember him, because Nan-gil always watched and protected her from a distance. Their entire relationship has been in his mind, though thank goodness he’s always been acutely aware of that. So I don’t see his actions as stalker-ish, because he’s never tried to approach her or interfere with her life in any way. He’s just a boy who wants to see that the girl he cares for is happy and safe. I didn’t get the sense that he saw her often, just frequently enough to check in on her. And it’s good that he’s finally opened up and told Na-ri the truth, so they can tackle this Dada Finance problem together.

It was interesting to watch Na-ri’s loyalties shift to Nan-gil for a solid reason in this episode, because in the past I’ve been confused by her rapidly-changing trust between him and Deok-bong. But after seeing Nan-gil defend her against the gang members, it makes sense now that Na-ri would find him worthy of her trust, because it’s obvious that he’s putting the land and restaurant first, even if Na-ri doesn’t quite yet understand why. As adamant as Na-ri is to discover every last detail, I was worried the show would use this as a way to keep a distance between them, so I’m happy that that didn’t happen. Na-ri is willing to at least give Nan-gil the benefit of the doubt that he’s here for the right reasons, even if she isn’t privy to those reasons at this point.

Watching her becoming aware of him as an attractive man is just a fun bonus. Frankly, I’m surprised it took this long (have you seen the guy??) so again, it’s natural that Na-ri is beginning to notice that Nan-gil is sexy as well as a good man. I’m glad we got the explanation of Nan-gil’s true motivations behind marrying Mom, and learned of his lifelong love for Na-ri this early in the show’s run. It’s comforting to know that neither Nan-gil nor Mom had any romantic feelings for each other whatsoever, and that in fact, I’m pretty sure Mom knew all about Nan-gil’s love for her daughter. This way we can let go of any lingering ickiness regarding the growing attraction between them, and just enjoy watching their relationship unfold.

It will be difficult for them to hide their feelings though, in order to keep Dada Finance and CEO Bae believing that their relationship is strictly familial. It’s getting harder for Nan-gil to keep Deok-bong buying his story that he married Mom for business reasons and nothing more, and Na-ri has an even worse poker face. The moment she falls for Nan-gil, everyone will know, but it’s crucial that they keep up their ruse until both Dada Finance and Deok-bong give up on buying the land. They’re going to fall for each other at the most critical time for it not to happen, and it makes me worried that in finding each other, they could lose everything.

 
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Yay!!! for Na ri and Nan Gil!! both of them are simply adorbs. I love the growing attraction between them. You will get your little family very soon, Ajusshi!

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Oh, so he's got a thing for her from long ago. I find that sweet. With the reason as to why he married mom now out in the open we can now breathe a collective sigh of relief. Whew. When Nan Gil smiled it's game over right then and there haha.. Seriously,who can resist that?!

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Yes, his smiles. I love them too. Transforms his face, cos he can look quite scary at times.

My favourite 'smile' was when he tool off his cap and revealed himself to mom. So cute and sweet!

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No, don't call him ahjussi. He is just 2 years older than me. What will that make of me. /tears

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@LollyPip thank you for the excellent recap.

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ive been refreshing db for whole day...thanks for speedy recaps
i feel new light on nari n nan gil relationship, n how dokbong always says the deepest truth everyone want to cover...well done....

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Nan-Gil the BEST "stalker" ever!

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PLEASE allow me correct my previous post:

Nan-Gil the BEST “stalker” secret bodyguard ever!

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Previously in another post one comment was: 'It's not stalking, if the guy is hot'! ^_~

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Well, that is more swoon worthy description. I got the feels just reading the recap. ?

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Thanks! I really liked the comment and it stuck in my head - was simply waiting for an opportunity to write it down! Thanks show!!!

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I love watching Soo Ae in this drama.

Falling for Nan Gil <3

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Nari being fluestered by Nan-gil's face got me thinking same, homegirl. We're in this together ?

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Me too. When they were talking and she was thinking "why was he looking at me like that?! No, I can't look away.....!" It was so funny.

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Okay, let us get this party started WEDDING SCENE, any thoughts?

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Died. I literally died with that amazing scene XD
they are so cute omg >////<

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That. Was. HILARIOUS. Nan-gil in both spots and her reaction had me dying laughing. This is so fun!

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Although I already kinda expected it to be another absurd imagination of hers or maybe just a dream, it was amusing to watch.

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I really, really love today's episode and because of this episode, I'm going to stick to this drama like dough.

Looking forward to ep 6. :)

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Me too, sticking to it like dough....

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"Dong-jin waits for Yeo-joo at a spa, looking uncomfortable that she wanted to meet here (and… is she wearing any pants??)"

I know right, she remembered to put on big bulky earrings but forgot to on pants to go on a date?! She must be after Na-ri's pants, cos she wants everything that belongs with Na-ri...!

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YES thank you for calling that out @Lollypip + @LimeChilli.

I had to do a doubletake when her scene started playing because I was like no way... she's not wearing pants! And then realized she's wearing the shortest shorts ever. With THAT suit jacket. Sigh. Why??

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I wondered if she was wearing infant bloomers or something. I could see that there was something floofy under the jacket, but it looked like something a mom would use to cover up baby diapers back in the day. I think I will have to rewatch that scene to see if anyone else reacts that's on-screen.

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You know what's worse though? It's not just drama characters... I've seen women dressed like that show up to work in Korea :/ (And also, fishnet stockings, too -_- )

I know she's meant to be an annoying character but boy is she REALLY annoying - in all aspects! Whether intended or not lol

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I watched the full episode again. 1) Nobody reacted to her wardrobe choice, and 2) it looks like they are in fact frayed, super-short shorts (if they can be called shorts). I still got a kick out of the imaginary wedding,! ?

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I'm one of those who need to look twice n realised that she is wearing a very short hot pants. Aigoooo. Isn't Korea now getting colder ?? She made us hate her even more. Lol.

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I did a double-take at Yeo-joo's choice of cold-weather attire, too. I concluded that they are not hot pants. They're "thermonuclear pants," as they seem to have vaporized...

I've got to hand it to Jo Bo-Ah... She's doing a bang-up job in this role. I find myself muttering at my laptop when she turns on the crocodile tears and amps up her manipulation.

*fantasizes that Yeo-Joo gets arrested for aegyo abuse*

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Thanks, LollyPip, for a dandy recap. I didn't realize that Hong Mandoo's premises had formerly been the orphanage. That fact hadn't been clear to me from the subtitles I read.

I've been enjoying some of the minor characters... and hereby dub Nan-Gil's employees the ManDoods. ;-)

Hong Seok-Cheon's recurring bit part as Yong Chul, gym rat friend of Yeo-Joo, tickles me. He was memorable in HYENA and TWO WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL.

I'm actually feeling kind of sorry for Dong-Jin. He's a cad, but even he doesn't deserve to be stuck with the scheming Yeo-Joo. As Na-Ri said in an earlier episode, they waited too long to get married and missed the window of opportunity. Her being off in her own globe-trotting world for 10 months after her mother died was the final straw...

I have a feeling that Yeo-Joo is going to dump Dong-Jin and turn into a heat-seeking gold-digging missile aimed at Duk-Bong. I can just see her duking it out with his kid sis -- and losing.

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Ooops... This should have been in a new thread. I hate it when this happens.

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ManDoods! I like it!

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Glad you got a kick out of it. I considered spelling it "ManDudes," but that looked redundant... I was reaching for the dumpling pun. ;-)

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I like the show, I have a feeling Nan-Gil and Nari are on their way to having a huge dysfunctional family by the end of the show that will include DB, his weird little sister and maybe even YJ and his friend from DaDa group. I like that the has central theme that revolves around family, trust. Also, having a central offbeat romance is a bonus here.

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His weird little sister is hilarious...
If I ever visit Korea, I'll have to steer clear of high school girls! At least according to this show, Shopping king Loius and many others.

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I know right. As like what Louis had said "they are really scary".....hehe

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There is a commonly held misconception that the strong South Korean and US military forces stationed at the DMZ have kept the North Koreans above the 38th parallel. In truth, it is the North Korean's fear of South Korean high school girls that has kept them in check. Many high ranking North Korean official have over the years unofficial stated they are really scary when questioned about the subject.

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hahaah..... *give poor scared puppy look just like Louie*

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To me, Kwon Duk-Sim seems to be channeling Wednesday Addams (from the 60s TV show)... But Duk-Shim totally creeps me out in a way that Wednesday never did. The fact that she's in high school horrifies me. She would be better behaved if she'd been raised by wolves, which I guess is the point.

It also occurs to me that Duk-Shim is Mini-Me to Yeo-joo’s Dr. Evil... the parallels are mighty disturbing. ;-)

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So we get to simultaneously see young and adult versions of the same character? Innnnteresting...

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Is it just me or did anybody's heart skip a beat everytime Nan Gil smiles? ??

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-Me, too!!

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Me three!!

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Me 4 !!! I must agree with NR that his smile looked really nice !! :)

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Me five!
I was first introduced to it in Nine Plus Boys.

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I smiled back at my screen like a lunatic.his smile is glorious.

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Now I finally understand why the weird little sister was so obsessed with Nan Gil ??????

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As I had mentioned earlier...I loved the scene when Nan-gil took off his cap to reveal himself to mum...such a sweet smile!

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As I said in an earlier recap, that smile is a thing of beauty. Also, several angles the camera paused on his face were magnetic!

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Okay, thankfully most of the ick is now gone. But, there is some lingering only in that he was legally married to mom (yes, I know why) so there is still a bit of a battle to overcome that fact which is officially on the books. I say pick up and go somewhere else. LOL

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Food for thought, my gut feeling is he went to prison to protect Na-Ri from someone or something very bad.

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Yes, I am convinced that happened as well. Can't wait to see today's episode to see what that is all about.

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My sentiments too. Did she have a partial amnesia over something shocking that happened very long ago n he went to the prison too?? Maybe he was trying to protect her n seriously injured somebody unintentionally?? And that also cause his anxiety attack whenever he is in the city ?

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I think he went to jail for "that thing" he did that makes McCreepy afraid of him - and for what he got the "Legend" title for.
I wonder if, rather than anything to do with Na-Ri, he badly beat someone to protect McCreepy - who seems to be his frenemy.

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I'm not sure if McCreepy is the one who supplied him with the evidence (the thumbdrive with all the recent records of their illegal transactions)....it confused me, as what some of the Beanies said, he is maybe his Frenemy. He looked quite villainous at the first scene in their office, but later they seemed to be in cahoots in getting the evidence against "their dad", maybe McCreepy is also getting sick of gangster life that he too, like Na Gil, want to break free from the evil dad....

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According to the subs, he paid a price for leaving the gangster family...and I think that was to go to prison.

He probably decided to leave the gang, and his 'father' probably stopped protecting him...not surprise if he even deliberately got him imprisoned.

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yes i remember being very confused in another drama (won't say the name to spoil others) when the boy's dad & girl's mom end up getting married & they couldn't be together. i was like - you're not related by blood & you were a couple before that, what's the big deal?
my korean friend explained to me that if you're on the same family registry it is illegal even with no blood relations, so i can't stop thinking about that in this show & how they'll deal with it...

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May be SHE will get adopted by someone!?

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He could always get the married annulled.

And anyway, Mum is already dead, so he can technically re-marry.

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yup, he is now a widower since "his wife" is dead , but he can't marry his stepdaughter cos they are still under the same family register, unless as what nahaluk commented, Na Ri can get adopted by another family, then it will make them different family, so they can be together !!! yay !!! :)

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Awww.... Nan Gil... He is a good guy... unrealistic, but kim young kwang really nailed here.

Anw.. I still dont understand the purpose of Yeo Joo's character here... Is she only serves as a comic relief??

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I hate all scenes of her actually n how she acted nice n good in front of that ex bf.

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i feel the same so all i keep hoping is that they're only showing these scenes to make it even more satisfying when she is exposed as the snake she is

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My sentiments exactly, i kept wondering on earth she was doing in this show

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I seriously think that Yeo Joo is there to annoy us and Na Ri !!!

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I don't think Jo Boa accepted this role just to annoy us, though.... She might not considered as a top/ first rate actress yet, but she already did lots of movies, dramas and was the first lead in surplus princess.
I hope the show actually has plan to explore her character. *finger-crossed*

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I'm just kidding ?

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So far so good. The story moves along nicely, the characters all have good chemistry together. Jo Bo ah is actually pretty funny with her big marble eyes and ridiculous manipulations. I had forgotten how Kim Ji hoon is, he's got great eyes. Su Ae always plays "salty". She's good at it but it's becoming a thing. Kim Young kwang is seriously blessed with good looks and he's large industrial size. He's taller than Big Bird! (Lee Soo hyuk)

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Phew. I hate it when dramas drag out conflicts so I'm glad everyone important (okay, Na Ri, Nan Gil and Deok Bong) have sorta cleared up the air about the sham marriage. And Deok Bong is such an open book, and so hilarious in his "I'm a villain" bravado that I love this second lead.

I'm pretty curious about Wan Shik now. Frenemies of sorts, eh? Maybe there's home for Wan Shik after all. I think both guys can do with some real male friends.

I'm holding off any pats on the back for Dong Jin still. While it's good that he told off Yeo Joo for the first time, it's hard to tell if that stems out of possessiveness. But so glad now that her latest tricks are pretty clear to the rest of the colleagues.

Love this show. Can't wait till tomorrow!

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I wish nangil adopt wanshik and let him work making dough.

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Lmao ! Maybe that will happen much later !!

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Maybe weird little sister might change her target to stalk McCreepy (they are quite compatible as in terms of creepiness..haha) and then she won't be jealous of Nari being with Na Gil !!

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Brilliant idea. I'm not completely on board with the sister yet, so that's a good way of solving things. x=

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When I watched We Got Married episodes of Jonghyun & Yura just to heart eyes at Lee Soohyuk, I can't denied that Kim Youngkwang is handsome. Other than White Christmas, I had never watched his works/drama before.. This drama brings me to like him....but my eyes still on Lee Soohyuk.

Even though fashion show week already over but thanks to Deokbong I can't wait to see his fashion show for upcoming episodes. I don't mind some shirtless scenes too. Heee..

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Knowing that seeing a nekkid scene from SooHyuk in this drama might be impossible, this comment made me google "Lee SooHyuk shirtless". Oh those keywords have been blessed, indeed. So much chocolate, so much looove.

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Is it just me or that friend of go nan gil totally looks like lee je hoon, omg the resemblance is no joke.

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Interesting. I keep seeing Park Haejin in Kim Yongkwang instead!

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"I have to go knead dough"
Why does this line keep repeating in my head?

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You could easily turn this drama into a drinking game. Every time someone mentions "kneading dough" you have to one-shot a glass of soju.

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Maybe after watching this drama, all of us need to go and learn how to knead dough. Lol.

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Is team leader (working with KDB) NG's mom or relative? Why did she "hate" Na Ri's mom? Wonder if there's a connection there...

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I wonder too. What did she have to do with Hope Orphanage that NR was referred to ask her anything she wants to know about Hope Orphanage? Maybe she worked there tgt with NR's mum n dislike her? Maybe she was once the love rival of NR's mum ??

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I think that she is Nan-gil's mom. I think she abandoned him because she was a teenager and probably didn't have any choice. She probably wanted to be a mom to Nan-gil. So when Na-ri's mom was able to act like his mom, it made her really jealous and angry.

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Fantastic theory. Yeah its plausible. She could be Nan Gil's mom, but she could have prevented him from being adopted by the DADA group.

Anyway I love Su Ae with the two younger men falling for her (at least one does) with her ex possibly having some lingering feelings for her.....

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What a fantastic thought! Not the jealous and angry part. Na-Ri shared her mother with Nan-Gil the first part of their lives. He could share his newly found mother with her for the second part. Secretary Kwon as Na-Ri's mother-in-law would be pure gold.

As long as we are talking birth secrets, I have two for you to consider. Deok-Bong and Deok-Shim are Nan-Gil's stepbrother and stepsister, respectively. We know that Deck siblings have a very shady father, so the idea of abandoning an illegitimate child is reasonable. Just imagine the potential bromance.

The second potential birth secret is that CEO Bae is actually Nan-Gil's biological father. At this point in the drama neither of them knows it, but Deck-Bong is the perfect vehicle to discover that fact. He is a relentless investigator and he wants to know everything about Nan-Gil.

What do you think? Possible or just wishful thinking?

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I am not sure about Deok-bong and Deok-shim being related to Nan-gil. It's possible but unlikely I think. However, I would love to Deok-bong and Nan-gil develop a b romance rather than just vie for Na-ri's affection.

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I've been suspecting that Secretary Kwon is Nan-Gil's birth mother, and that she is an aunt or maybe an older cousin of Duk-Bong and Duk-Sim. I just can't figure out why he treats her so badly... That could be chalked up to the Kwon family's dysfunction... which looks like a legend in a its own right.

I further theorize that Secretary Kwon resents Na-Ri's mom for mothering the son she had to give up.

Egads... It makes me wonder about Boss Bae's criteria for adopting kids for his gang... I wonder if he sowed a lot of wild oats, and many or all of the boys are in fact half-brothers. I kind of expect that turns out to be the case with Nan-Gil and Wan-Sik.

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That did crossed my mind on maybe the secretary is Na Gil's mother but she doesn't look "excited" to see him at one of the earlier scene on the streets telling him to leave this town if he doesn't want his secret revealed or something like that, so I was kind of hesitate to say this speculation out....I mean, if she is his real birth mother she should at least looked like a mother being happy to see her own child right ??

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You could actually make a strong argument that those actions support the theory she is his mother. Secretary Kwon seems like a no nonsense, tough as nails kind of lady. If she believes that no good would come of Nan-Gil knowing that she is his mother, she would act accordingly. She knows that he is presently in danger and his departure would remedy that. If Nan-Gil discovered she was his mother would he be more likely to leave or stay? Does Secretary Kwon seem like the type of person who would arbitrarily meddle in a strangers life? Does she seem like she would go out her way to help Deck-Bong even though he is her boss? I can picture her spitting in Deck-Bong's coffee.

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Thanks LollyPip.

The most romantic thing in this story is the intentional, continued self-sacrifice of Nan Gil for a girl who did not even know him.

I am so touched by the fact that he is desperate to get Na Ri back to Seoul, because he knows it will be so hard to keep hiding how much he loves her already, because his love will just continue to deepen with her around and because he is aware of the possibility that she will reciprocate and he cannot risk it, although he longs for it. That's the sweetest thing ever.

He thinks ... “And with that promise, my long-term love came to an end.” - However the irony is that, that promise also sets the determined Na Ri off into a long-term search for the truth all around Nan Gil, so his long-term love is likely instead of ending, to grow and get reciprocated LOL!

I also like that the unlikely Duk Bong, who was endlessly wrestling with Nan Gil's motives is the clear-sighted one, who got it right on the nose, when he asked Na Ri to figure out why Nan Gil did so many unexpected things and lived like a monk. It seems Na Ri only got a part of the answer to this, but at least she gives Nan Gil a way out of 'monkhood' if he chose.

I'm glad that Duk Bong is written to be an interesting second lead, that he offers alternatives, that his different point of view inadvertently makes the truth more obvious, and that on top of that, he spouts truths as well. Although he is single-minded and ego-centric, he is not bad. He will likely be the one who puts into words, the things that Nan Gil cannot bring himself to say, and contribute towards bringing the OTP together.

Both he and his sister seem to be damaged by some weird parenting or non-parenting, but I hope he gets to succeed being family with Duk Shim by the end of the show.

What a lovely bit of storytelling this is! :)

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It turns out the Nan-Gil misspoke his line at the funeral. He said

And with that promise, my long-term love came to an end.

But he was suppose to say

And with that promise, my long-term one-sided love came to an end.

Did you notice the subtle difference? I wonder if this is some kind of foreshadowing? For example, like if Na-Ri finds out the whole truth about his self-sacrificing love for her family, she will completely fall in love with him. That would be two-sided love after all. Everyone knows that two-sided love supersedes one-sided love every time. It is World Love Law. art. III, § 2, cl. 2. - two-sided love supersedes one-sided love every time. Man this writer and subtle clues, amazing.

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Wow, it was supposed to be one-sided love? Was that mentioned in the BTS?

All the better then. So unexpectedly fore-shadowing and profound then. :)

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@aranea,

Wow... one missing "unrequited" changes the whole game... Thanks for mentioning that!

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I need to learn dough kneading from Nan-gil.
Because he's good at dough kneading. That's it.
It's not about his killer smile or adorbs body. No.
Really. No malice here. Just pure innocent dough kneading.

(@[email protected])

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Hee hee. He should give lessons on kneading dough. Will definitely make more money than just selling Mandoo.

But I'll want private lessons!!! And he has to be topless with just apron... I'll pay more! *Blush blush*

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Ngl i cried when nan gil and mom reunited and when he cried over nari's dead mom in the hospital.

I gotta say Nan gil is one of my favorite male lead in kdramas.he's so precious.i know he's strong but he's got such lovely personality and he have a soft heart.he protects Nari,but who will protect him from the baddest?can he handle them alone?

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Thanks for the lovely recap.

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Thanks for the fast recap again! NG's is really a sad character. I rmb that from the earlier episodes it was said that his name Go Nan Gil means "hard road" :( It was really a hard road for him since birth , being abandoned at the orphanage n adopted by a bad father n secretly watched over the gal he love n now sacrificing his "life" to protect her n the land etc....all becos of NR and her kind loving mum.

What a cliffhanger at the end of this episode. I wonder what did she finally remember that made her have such a sudden gesture towards NG ??!

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Thank you for the speedy recap, Lollypip!!

What a great episode! I was actually slightly disappointed that Na Ri has already figured out that Nan Gil married her mom because of the debt. It kind of dissolves some of the hilarity and mystery, since now he'll stop trying to be a full-on father figure. But, the lovesick antics are pretty cute too. I hope they interacted more than it appeared and that she actually remembers a bit about him!

More scenes for Duk Bong! He is so hilariously awkward to me. Wishing that Kim Ji Hoon was staying on, I do love him.

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Btw just a question.... I know that NR is older than NG but how many years older than him actually ?

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NR's older by about three years, I believe. Her DOB is 08 Dec '87 while NG's 20 Sep '90, as shown when DB was looking at their personal info sheets midway through the episode. I don't read Korean so I may be wrong, just making an educated guess here. ?

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Look at the files Duk Bong had on them. She was born in 1987 and he was born in 1990. There's about a three year difference.

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Thanks for replying :) :)

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Just a thought, the show has yet to address how Na Ri's biological dad passed on (?) Could Nan Gil going to prison and sudden anxiety attacks (?), Na Ri's partial memory loss (?) and the death of Na Ri's biological dad be related ? I'm also curious as to how Yeo Joo is gonna get in Na Ri's way in the future eps cuz she is probably gonna dump Dong Jin's pathetic ass soon, perhaps trying to snatch Nan Gil away from Na Ri ? Loving this light-hearted and simple romcom, such an amazing drama to watch to destress !

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Hm... Question: has Nari's Dad died? I thought he just dissappear. I am kinda anticipating he is still alive.

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If I'm not wrong he has dumped Na Ri and her mum for another woman n leave them with debts. He is hiding from DaDa Finance too.

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So Nari's Dad will take care his own debt, and automatically by law, annulled the marriage, thus will relieve Nan Gil being a step-dad.
So Nan Gil can marry Nari.

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Can we have an AU where mom didn't died and she introduced Na-Ri to Nan-gil? She will then hook them up incessantly, until the noona-dongsaeng will have some romance in between. Then, they'll get married and Nan-Gil will get his dream family. Happy Ending! No one died!

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I vote for this alternate universe!

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Thanks for the recap! Can I just move to that adorable small town?

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So basically, Ko Nan Gil who first wanted to marry Na ri , because he wanted Na Ri's mom to be him mom ( as mother-in-law), but he did ended up becoming her mom's husband, leading him to become her 'stepfather'.

What a twisted family tree. This is serious than Moon lovers, where half brother and half sister got married, which basically happened in ancient history.

Ko Nan gil plays so many roles in this drama.
1. Stepfather
2. Crush
3. Husband
4. Brother
5. Boyfriend
6. Owner of Hong Dumplings
7. Gangster
8. Abandoned child
9. Adopted Son
10. Groom

Man, he fills each empty spot in the drama. What more can he become?

Loving the show to pieces, and its going great.

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This was a really good episode, but oh man I grew attached to the mother as well. She feels like home, and when the show lets us see what the mother was like, you can't help but be drawn to her too. I literally felt the loss of her, when Na-gil unveiled her at the hospital. I like how we see Na-ri's growing attraction to him, and it makes sense for him to push her away. Having her so close yet knowing she's unattainable is heartbreaking. I can't wait for Episode 6!

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Yeah, I like Na Ri's mother too, she's so warm-hearted caring and kind, I wonder why did Na Ri's dad abandoned them for another woman...must be another idiot jerk like Na Ri's ex bf !!

If only she did not die too early in this drama, but in this case, there won't be much show progress left :P

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Thank goodness, the Show didn't make Nan-Gil be a chaebol wanting a different life and hiding in the country side. This is a complicated family situation indeed, but it makes the storyline so interesting. How will Nan-Gil and NaRi overcome the legal obstacle , or will they remain together without being officially married (in the future)? I assume we would get a happy ending with the two together, right?

I like how Nan-Gil was determined to end his long time crush for the safety and happiness of NaRi. He seems to have -so far- been able to accept it. But well, let's see how long he can last now that she is around , tee-hee ! I just wish NaRi could remember him, at least a bit, from the past. It's not like they were both strangers.

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thank you for the recap!! :)
I'm happy to see Na Ri trusting Nan Gil and even got deffensive when Dong Jin called him a con artist!! :D and she started seeing him as a man YAY to that!! I don't know how they'll get together but all I want and wish for is that!! he loved her, cared and protected her since he was a young boy and is still doing that without trying to show it or taking credit for it which breaks my heart for him!! I want him to win the woman he loves and have the family he wished for no matter what!!
and how funny that Nan Gil said no single lie (till now and hope he'll just stay that way) but ended up leading them to get to the wrong conclusion?!! that was smart!! hhhhhhh

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I really hope we get a sweet side story in which DB grows super close to his little sister.

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It's been hinted in this ep, like when he came in her room and asked if he's the only person in the world she trust. This showed that he cares about what his lil sis think about him.

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Thanks for the recap. I knew that there was some sad or tragic backstory for Nan-gil. I was not expecting that it would be revealed so soon, nor did I suspect that it would be done in such a powerful and moving way. For a show that started out as more comedic it has developed some very nice depth. Nan-gil is, without a doubt, one of my favorite characters. He so wants a family and love, and yet he seems to have only been able to stay at the fringes. Yet he is so willing to give everything up to protect the ones he loves. I think that there is some part of him that feels he does, and maybe never will, deserve that love. His face when Na-ri hugged him at the end looked like he was panicking, tyring to maintain the step-father image when all he wanted to do was sink into her arms. Kim Young-kwan is doing a great job.

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Stupid auto correct makes the most arbitrary corrections sometimes.

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I agree with everything you wrote. My heart cracked for him once he was his adult self and continued his vigil, just watching from afar. Now that she's up front and center and very aware of him, he really has no idea what to do. Kim Young-kwang is doing a great job of showing his character's confusion and fear of the reciprocated interest realm.

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I really like this drama so it is such a pity the ratings arent going as well. Kim Young Kwang is nailing this role.

Yeojoo doesnt seem useful for the plot at the moment. Can she just take Dojin and go far away?

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I second your suggestion !! :)

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Did anyone else get an Ally McBeal vibe during Na-Ri's surrealistic wedding vision?

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Late, huh? Well i enjoyed every part of this episode and so far everyone had said what was on my mind so i couldn't coment yersterday. But i still can't shake off the urge say something even if it's a question like what does Na Ri remember about Nan Gil, weird right?

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Me too, I wonder what did she remember that made her suddenly ran back to give him a hug.... ??????

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Whoops, wrong show.
It's election night here, and I thought I was watching "The Man Living In Our White House".

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And there are signs that it's going to be scary..
I feel unsettled & I'm not even living there..

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Maybe even more scary than high school gals of Korea.

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This show is hilarious with the 2nd leads antics. That flirt who thinks she is oh so subtle and Duk Bong who thinks he is oh so desirable.

Wonder when the follow-up for that 'hey, look-at-me' strut is going to happen, Yeo Jin & Duk Bong should just get together, can't wait.

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Noooooo Deok Bong is just too good for her! I don't think she deserves anyone. Except maybe friends who'll tell her off.

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Deok Bong would probably sit her down, ground her & give cold towel all the time. It's funny how she just somehow always fail in everything she tried. I look forward to her conversation with the bald gym guy everytime, it's hilarious she has such depth but somehow she is so twisted.

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I can't stand Yeo Joo, her action and her voice. Every time she comes on screen - I skip her part.

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Can step-parents and stepchildren marry in Korea?

I'm just asking because it's illegal in my country and I need to know if this will be a case of forbidden love - just so I can properly prepare myself. Lol

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Are you sure you're not "just asking for a friend?"

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Seeing NG's story was heartbreaking... now thered no wonder why he had such a cryptic way of speaking, his carefree good natured side and that 'Legend' gang feel... Hes def a perfect definition of contradiction... I do understand why he felt the need to be head of the family now and im glad there was more to it than just 'protecting Nari' who at the beginning looked like a strsnger to me in my eyes. Im still wondering why would Nari refuse to go home or tslk to her Mom... its so weird because they had a good relationship. And what about Nari's dad?? Did he die? Why? When? If they left whyMom was responsible of the debt?? Its so weird! Did NG had something to do with that? Some questions were answered but more keep popping

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Love this ep! Thanks for the recap! There's something I'm still confused about though. Why would their (Nan-gil and Na-ri) close relationship (not strictly father-daughter) create problems for them? Has it got to do with legal ownership of the land and property in Korea? I think I missed that point, it might have been mentioned somewhere in previous recaps or comments. Someone please clarify for me hehe. Thanks :)

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