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The Man Living in Our House: Episode 8

With duty and feelings growing muddled and twisted together, Na-ri has her work cut out for her, learning the answers to her questions about her past. But it’s going to be harder than it looks, as each answer only raises more questions, and relationships turn out to be even more convoluted than she thought. Luckily, Na-ri is no weak soul, and she’s going to need every bit of her strength and determination to face the storm that’s coming.

 

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

Deok-bong drives Na-ri back to the house under protest, but she tells him not to wait for her. He says that he feels like this is his last chance, and that his feelings are real. Na-ri honestly says that she didn’t come back for the book, and Deok-bong backs off, though he asks her to talk later.

Nan-gil goes back to the house to find Nan-gil waiting for her. He finally admits that he loved her as children, and still loves her now, then kisses the daylights out of her. She kisses him back, and when he pulls back to nervously assess her reaction, Na-ri gives him an encouraging smile.

Deok-bong drives back to Seoul after all, annoyed and distracted. He nearly gets into a wreck, and pulls over to pound the steering wheel in anger.

Na-ri adorably follows Nan-gil as he cleans up, asking if that was a confession or an apology, and he just says, “Both,” hee. She reminds him of the famous line from the movie Love Story, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” and Nan-gil smiles the cutest little smile ever.

Na-ri teases that they should have a snowball fight like in the movie, and Nan-gil grins and says he’s never done anything that corny. Na-ri says there’s lots of corny things he’ll have to do with her, and he moves in to kiss her again, but they’re interrupted by Young-gyu (who’s hilariously scandalized by what he almost saw, ha).

Deok-bong stops in to see his therapist, and asks if his father is also getting counseling. He complains that Dad is a big fat liar, and all he cares about is money. He shudders that that man’s blood is running through his veins, and instructs the therapist to tell his father he said that.

The doctor asks if anything else is bothering Deok-bong, and he thinks about Na-ri telling him not to wait for her. But he just tells the doctor to do something about Deok-shim’s mood swings.

His time is up and he stands, and when the doctor mentions his father suggesting he go back to being a lawyer, he suddenly and furiously sweeps the books off a shelf. He leans close to the doctor and asks if he’s expected to clean up his family’s messes.

Nan-gil sits with Na-ri at the bus stop, and she complains that he looks like he’s regretting his confession. He says he’s just a little shocked, and she says it will feel unreal at first, but then he’ll see her stressing and getting more wrinkles, and he’ll be disappointed.

Nan-gil promises that won’t happen, but says if she regrets being with him, then it’s okay to be honest. She teases him, asking if it’s okay if she stops calling, or sees other men, and if he’ll do anything she tells him to do. Nan-gil nods yes to it all, and when he calls her childish, she’s all Welcome to your new reality, ha.

She compares their new long-distance relationship to a field, reminding him that crops grow when they hear the farmer’s footsteps. All they need to do is tend the relationship, like sending messages even when they’re busy, childish heart emoticons and all, and Nan-gil agrees.

He sees her onto the bus, then runs and jumps on to ride with her a little distance. Na-ri jokes that he’s abusing the privilege of being the restaurant owner, then says that they should just keep acting as they have been with each other. Nan-gil agrees to this too, and Na-ri says that she’ll let go of trying to discover Mom’s secret and move forward with him.

They leave on that note and Nan-gil gets off at the next stop. But as happy as they are, once Na-ri’s bus drives out of sight, the little insecurities start to set in for both of them.

Later that night Nan-gil dresses up to meet with CEO Bae, and his chefs show up to escort him. But Nan-gil changes his mind at the last minute, and instead sits on the porch swing to think. He ignores a call from Wan-shik, who’s with CEO Bae and Uncle.

CEO Bae wonders if Nan-gil is too scared to hear what he has to tell him, or if he’s just uncomfortable to see Uncle. He suddenly throws an ashtray against the wall, scaring Uncle and Wan-shik. He says that if they ever make him look stupid again, he’ll kill them. By Wan-shik’s reaction, that’s not an empty threat.

Wan-shik keeps trying to call Nan-gil, but his thoughts are full of Na-ri. He thinks about how she said he’ll have to do lots of corny things with her, and says softly to himself, “Okay, let’s do everything.”

Back at work, Na-ri runs into her sunbae, who instantly notices she looks different. Na-ri coyly deflects her curiosity, and Yeo-joo confronts her next to announce that she broke up with Dong-jin. Na-ri doesn’t really care, and says so.

Yeo-joo sneers that Na-ri looks awfully happy, thinking Na-ri plans to reconcile with Dong-jin, but Na-ri says that garbage has been trashed. Yeo-joo asks for an introduction to Nan-gil, and Na-ri tells her to find her own men, ha.

Yeo-joo can tell she hit a nerve, and she pokes at it to see Na-ri squirm. She warns Na-ri not to show her emotions to a younger man — not to call him first, and to be mean to him, so that he thinks he likes her more.

Yeo-joo’s words make Na-ri wonder if she showed interest first, then she smiles when she remembers Nan-gil’s confession. She’s distracted by a text from Dong-jin asking to see her, and Yeo-joo sees the text and leaves in a huff.

Na-ri decides to show Nan-gil her life in Seoul, taking pictures of her apartment to send. But then she wonders why he’s not sending messages like he promised, and gives him a call instead. She asks why he’s not keeping up his end of the deal, and he says he thought she wanted things between them to stay the same.

She accuses him of playing hard to get, and he starts to deny it before admitting that yeah, he does do that a lot actually. Na-ri tells him that she’s meeting with Dong-jin before he moves to Hong Kong, and she nearly says she misses him, but Yeo-joo’s advice not to show her emotions makes her stop.

She hangs up, and Nan-gil huffs and calls right back. Awww, he wants to know the Seoul Na-ri, and she asks for pictures of her lettuce in return. So they send what looks like hundreds of pictures, Na-ri of her life in Seoul (OMG, Nan-gil moons at the pictures of her airport like he moons at Na-ri herself, so cute), and Nan-gil of the lettuce’s progress.

Yeo-joo snatches Na-ri’s phone, pretending to be looking for their schedule, and instead seeing a message from Dong-jin asking her to meet at her friend Ran-sook’s cafe.

Protestors gather outside Hong Mandoo, badmouthing the restaurant’s delay of the resort development. Deok-bong watches from his car as Secretary Kwon takes pictures, and he calls his father to tell him not to incite riots.

A very changed Deok-shim, sans glasses and wearing a floral dress, applies for a job as kitchen staff at Hong Mandoo. Sous chef Young-gyu isn’t impressed, but he calls Nan-gil to interview her.

Deok-shim is alarmingly polite, but she answers all of Nan-gil’s questions to his satisfaction, though at one point she goes a little googly-eyed when he says her name. Nan-gil tells her she needs her brother’s permission, and she promises to get it if she can start training now. HA, they both just ignore poor Young-gyu, who’s dying to know who her brother is.

Na-ri meets with Dong-jin at Ran-sook’s cafe, and he mentions all the times they could have gotten married and didn’t. He points out that she was the one who declined each chance, though he does take responsibility for their breakup.

Na-ri isn’t interested in this topic, and asks what he wanted to give her. He hands over a package and says that her mother gave him this before he proposed. She opens the package as he says that he saw Mom immediately before her death.

A flashback shows us that meeting, and it’s obvious that Dong-jin and Mom had a very affectionate relationship. Mom had given him the package and told him to hang it on their wall after they married, letting slip that her “son” stole it for her.

It’s an old school drawing of Na-ri’s, with a poem she’d written, titled, “Marriage.” Dong-jin says that now he knows things are really over, and that he’s moving to Hong Kong with Yeo-joo, though he hasn’t asked her to go with him yet. Na-ri says angrily that they deserve each other.

Dong-jin stays calm, and asks if Nan-gil is still claiming the house as his. Na-ri tells him to mind his own business, but Dong-jin mentions how Nan-gil seemed strange, or possibly sick that time they met in Seoul, which reminds her of the dizzy spell she witnessed, and she grows worried.

Yeo-joo storms into the cafe, passing by another customer who seems to recognize her. His girlfriend asks if Yeo-joo still makes her boyfriend’s heart flutter, and hey, it’s the woman Yeo-joo fought with on the plane. Oh, this is gonna be good.

Dong-jin looks horrified to see Yeo-joo, but Na-ri can only think of Nan-gil, and she ignores Yeo-joo to ask how Nan-gil seemed strange. Yeo-joo reveals that she knows Dong-jin is registered with a marriage broker, but it’s news to Dong-jin.

Na-ri couldn’t possibly care less, and she yells, “How was he sick?!” The girlfriend at the next table assumes that Yeo-joo must be breaking up another couple and decides to defend Na-ri.

Dong-jin says that Nan-gil looked pale and nearly passed out, but that he didn’t go to the hospital. Na-ri jumps to her feet and says he should have told her, which is when the girlfriend comes to tell her that she’ll lose if she gets upset.

The girlfriend turns her anger on Yeo-joo, sniping at her for not learning a lesson from their fight. Na-ri ignores the commotion and tries to call Nan-gil, growing even more worried when he doesn’t answer. Ran-sook finally arrives and Na-ri grabs her car keys, desperate to see Nan-gil.

Dong-jin stops the girlfriend from slapping Yeo-joo, then runs out after Na-ri. Ran-sook follows to ask Dong-jin what he did to Na-ri this time, but he’s just as surprised by her behavior, because she’s certainly never been this upset on his behalf. They both worry because Na-ri is an inexperienced driver. Yeo-joo joins them, and Ran-sook tells Dong-jin that Na-ri hides it, but she was so stressed over their breakup that she even lost her vision.

Yeo-joo tells Dong-jin not to feel bad about Na-ri, because she’s seeing someone else now. She asks if Dong-jin was going to move away without even calling her, and he says he was going to after he settled everything. She snarls that he just wanted a chance to reconcile with Na-ri first, and she was the backup plan.

Dong-jin sighs, and says that all she had to do was be patient. But now she’s shown him her worst, before he had a chance to do anything. Yeo-joo spits back that he’s just as bad, that it took him only one day to betray nine years with Na-ri, and Dong-jin agrees that she’s also seen him at his worst.

Calmly, Dong-jin says they should separate and move on. He walks away without waiting for Yeo-joo’s answer, leaving her crying. Her day gets worse when her mother calls to tell her that her father is in the hospital again.

Na-ri makes it to the restaurant, looking exhausted from the drive. She tells Nan-gil that she came to tell him something, and when he yells at her for driving in her condition, she reminds him not to fight like they’re a couple in public.

Looking over his father’s expanded resort plans, Deok-bong wonders if he should just leave the country. He asks Secretary Kwon about Na-ri’s mom, who seemed so innocent about money, yet somehow managed to buy some very valuable land.

He tells Secretary Kwon to stop being so mysterious and tell him what she knows, and she says she’ll look into it and walks away. Poor Deok-bong, the women around him don’t respect him at all. He gets a text from Deok-shim letting him know that Na-ri is back, and that Deok-shim is working part-time at the restaurant now.

Nan-gil asks why Na-ri didn’t just call, but figures it’s just a good thing she arrived safely. She asks about his collapse in front of Dong-jin, and he says it’s an exaggeration, but Na-ri wants the truth now.

Nan-gil is touched by Na-ri’s concern, and he grabs her in a tight hug. After fortifying himself, he leads Na-ri to sit, and tells her about a baseball pitcher named Steve Blass.

One day, he couldn’t throw a ball to save his life, and since then, “Steve Blass disease” refers to a player who inexplicably loses his ability to play baseball. Nan-gil thinks he has “Go Nan-gil disease,” meaning that he isn’t sick, he just gets these strange symptoms every now and then.

He describes it as a mashup of panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety. It never happens to him here at home, only in Seoul. He tells Na-ri that he’s seen a doctor and takes medication, and asks if she rushed here because she thought he was terminally ill.

He tells Na-ri that he’ll understand if she wants out, but she takes offense at the idea that she’d run just because he’s sick. He says softly that he regretted calling her back to get her books that day, that he thinks he should have hidden his feelings from her, even though he’s been so happy. He feels tainted by his past and his emotional problems, and he’s worried she’ll find out the truth.

Na-ri agrees not to dig into his past, but Nan-gil is serious — this is her chance to get away from him. But she says it’s not so bad, because Nan-gil has a place to hide in her. She noticed that he got better before when she was beside him, and asks Nan-gil to marry her. Whoa.

Nan-gil looks stunned, and Na-ri jokes that she wishes she had a camera. She says she was just quoting a poem, and shows him the poem she wrote in fifth grade. But she thinks that he’s already seen it, because he was the one who stole it from her classroom for Mom, after Na-ri had threatened to rip it up because boys were teasing her in class.

Mom had told Nan-gil of her plan to give the poem to Na-ri’s future fiance, and Nan-gil had told Mom to take care of it until she gives it back to him. So cute, this kid.

Na-ri correctly guesses that he’s the one who stole it, and his sheepish expression says it all. She says she’s giving it back to him, which means more to him than she can even imagine.

Yeo-joo talks to the marriage broker on her way to the hospital, who tells her that Dong-jin’s mother canceled his registration. Apparently he’s already met someone and plans to take her to Hong Kong with him, and the broker congratulates Yeo-joo, which sets off her tears again.

She joins her mother by her father’s bedside, and begs her mother to stop bringing him to the emergency room when he’s not that sick. Her mother apologizes, and tells her to meet someone and leave Korea.

Nan-gil teases Na-ri that she’s fallen hard for him, stealing her friend’s car that way just to rush to his side. Na-ri proudly admits it, and Nan-gil grows flustered and stammers something about mandoo, but Na-ri wants a response to her confession.

Nan-gil yells back that fine, he’s even crazier about her, that he’s never looked at another girl his whole life. Na-ri grins, having gotten her hoped-for answer, and slings an arm around his shoulder to tell him to say things like that often. He turns his face to hers and the mood instantly turns hot, but she jumps away because apparently she’s lost her mind.

Deok-shim snarls to see Na-ri in the restaurant, and serves her water with a side of attitude. Na-ri recognizes her dress as Secretary Kwon’s (they’re all modern takes on hanbok, very distinctive), and asks if she’s working on her apology letter.

Nan-gil brings a plate of mandoo, and Na-ri asks Deok-shim if Deok-bong knows she’s working here. She suddenly remembers that Deok-bong asked to talk with her, and stands to go, but Nan-gil appears out of nowhere to sit her back down to finish her meal. Frustrated at his attention, Deok-shim downs Na-ri’s water.

Na-ri runs into Secretary Kwon later at the museum, and compliments her on her beautiful outfits. Secretary Kwon says she doesn’t wear them to look good, and Na-ri agrees there must be some reason her style has never changed.

She asks why, and Secretary Kwon asks if she’ll sell the land if she tells her. Na-ri refuses, and Secretary Kwon sneers that she’s just like her mother. She tells Na-ri to leave Nan-gil in peace, and storms off.

Na-ri asks Deok-bong what Secretary Kwon did before working here, but he doesn’t know much about her past. Na-ri tells him that she told her to sell the land, and he mutters that she sure is working hard.

He tells Na-ri that Deok-shim plans to spy on Na-ri for him. He asks Na-ri to be a double-spy, to pay attention to Deok-shim and tell him about her. He thinks that maybe something happened to her in Seoul, which is why she’s so anti-social and refuses to go back. Na-ri says that he’s a good oppa.

He gets a call and says something urgent came up, so Na-ri leaves. Deok-bong calls Deok-shim, then heads to Hong Mandoo when she doesn’t answer. She’s too busy staring at Nan-gil as he makes dough, until Na-ri texts him to go to the greenhouse with her.

Deok-bong angrily confronts Deok-shim, and says he’s taking her to Seoul right this minute. She wants to negotiate — if he lets her stay and work here, she’ll take the college entrance exam.

But Deok-bong says that her mother is in the hospital with a concussion. Deok-shim sobs loudly all the way to Seoul, worried that Mom’s concussion means she won’t recognize them. When they arrive, Yeo-joo is there in the hospital lobby, and she thinks Deok-shim looks familiar.

Na-ri is proud of how much her lettuce has grown, and says she’s jealous that they get to see Nan-gil every day. She says that the earthy scent of the greenhouse reminds her of him, as does the smell of lettuce in any restaurant and cucumber in kimbap. She admits that those scents make her want to run to him, but she holds herself back.

Nan-gil says that she’s not the only one who feels that way, and she asks if they should settle things. He braces himself, thinking she means they should break up, but she’s talking about the family register. She wants to make it so they’re not already family, so they can be together.

Nan-gil refuses, but Na-ri was expecting that. Nan-gil explains that he needs time to figure things out, and asks her, “Please wait for me.” Na-ri says she needs to head home, feelings a little hurt, and asks if he remembers how to maintain their long-distance relationship like a farmer’s footsteps.

Nan-gil dutifully recites his responsibilities — to text, send emoticons and pictures, and to call even if he’s busy. He adds that she should come whenever she misses him, and he’ll visit her when he misses her. Then Nan-gil pulls her close for some kissytime before she goes home.

They head back, hand-in-hand, but Nan-gil drops Na-ri’s hand when he sees CEO Bae’s car in front of them. He begs Na-ri to please go, and she picks up on his distress and goes on alone, but she looks back as CEO Bae approaches Nan-gil.

CEO Bae says that he can see why people are fighting over this beautiful place. He says that he’s been anxious that someone might take something of his, and what to do about his son who won’t listen. But he figures, after seeing Nan-gil with Na-ri, that it will be easy to settle things now.

Nan-gil offers to pay CEO Bae the balance of Na-ri’s father’s debt, but CEO Bae says that’s not how this works. He warns Nan-gil not to get involved, and asks if he knows what he did to Na-ri.

Nervously, Nan-gil asks what he did. CEO Bae asks if he remembers the incident at Euljiro Printer’s, when a man fell off the second floor roof and died. Nan-gil remembers very well — the man had been swinging a plank of wood at him, and had already connected at least once judging by the blood streaming down Nan-gil’s face from a head wound.

Nan-gil’s attention was diverted for a second when Wan-shik and a few other guys arrived for backup, and the man had tried to jump from the second story to escape. He’d landed badly and died, and as Nan-gil stared down at his body, he experienced his first panic episode.

CEO Bae asks if Nan-gil knows who that man was: “It was Hong Na-ri’s father. Hong Sung-gyu.” Oh, no. He tells Nan-gil that he shouldn’t be here acting as if he’s Na-ri’s father and protector, but his words sound hollow and far away.

Nan-gil looks up to see Na-ri looking back at him. He hears her voice reciting her poem: “Cotton-candy clouds, I love you. Hidden wildflowers, I love you. Sunlight reflecting off the lake, I love you. Tall trees, I love you. Will you marry me?”

COMMENTS

I’m genuinely shocked. It’s not often that a show truly surprises me, but I never expected that Nan-gil had anything to do with Na-ri’s father, much less his death. And we all can see that it’s not like Nan-gil pushed him over that ledge, and in fact he looked like he was the one who’d been injured and was trying to defuse the situation. But we also know that honorable Nan-gil isn’t going to see it that way, and that he’s already been so affected by that confrontation that it seems to be the cause of his anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. I’m guessing that that incident is what sent him to prison and caused him to decide to change his life. He’s going to blame himself entirely and isolate from Na-ri, and for once, I won’t blame him one bit for the noble non-idiocy, though I’m not looking forward to the angst this is going to cause between them. I’m counting on Na-ri’s dogged determination to ferret out the truth and refuse to give up when she wants something, and I’m positive she can make Nan-gil understand that he’s not to blame for her father’s life choices that brought him to that rooftop.

Speaking of which, I’m so glad that Nan-gil’s illness isn’t something physical! I don’t think I could take it if he were dying. Not that anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are good things, but at least that’s something he can manage by minimizing his exposure to the city. It’s not at all surprising that he’s suffering panic attacks after the violent life he’s lived — he’s a large, strong man, and a good fighter, but he’s naturally a very gentle and empathetic person. To be forced to hurt others when his every instinct is to protect… well, I don’t blame him for being more than a bit messed up. In fact it’s nothing short of a miracle that after everything he’d been through, he’s still willing to fight for Na-ri and what belongs to her.

As much as Yeo-joo and her entitled, spoiled attitude bother me, I don’t really feel that Dong-jin was fair to her in one sense. He says he was going to ask her to come with him, but how was she to know that? If the man I was dating, that I’d just had a huge fight with, moved to another country without letting me know what was happening, I would also assume he was gone for good. So for Dong-jin to tell Yeo-joo that it’s her fault for getting upset and not giving him time wasn’t really cool — he should have at least said that he needed a little space, but he would contact her soon.

But he left Yeo-joo in limbo about their relationship, and made one last bid at his ex-fiancee, so of course she’s going to assume it’s over and get upset. I’m not excusing Yeo-joo’s behavior at all, because I do think that she created this entire situation in the first place, by dating a man who was engaged then irrationally expecting his complete fidelity and emotional loyalty. But if Dong-jin really intended to ask her to come to Hong Kong with him, then he should have at least said he’d be in touch. Na-ri is right, they deserve each other.

At first I thought others were seeing something that wasn’t there, but I’m coming around to the idea that Secretary Kwon is somehow tied up in Na-ri’s mom and Nan-gil’s past. She seems to have an irrational hate for Mom, and though she has very little to do with Nan-gil personally, she keeps telling Na-ri to leave him alone. We have little clues like how Nan-gil was abandoned without even a note and doesn’t even know his own birthday or real name, and I’m starting to wonder if Secretary Kwon is the key to those secrets. Her own past is such a mystery, and while I’m not ready to say she’s his birth mother because there’s no evidence of anything like that, I do believe she knows more than she’s letting on.

Backing up, I found it really true-to-life that once Nan-gil and Na-ri separated after their first kiss, they both felt insecure about the relationship. That’s just such a normal way to feel in a shiny new relationship, even one that doesn’t have the complications theirs has — does he regret kissing me? Is she sorry she agreed to date me? Does s/he like me as much as I like her/him? I love those little moments when you could feel them worrying about their new change in status and it was cute to see them fighting it while trying not to show it. But their ability to talk things out honestly helped them overcome that hurdle, and I just hope that Nan-gil can conquer his guilt enough to let Na-ri close, so that she can remind him that he’s not to blame for her situation.

 
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Hopelessly in love with this drama at the halfway point.

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Was it just me, or was Nan-gil more handsome than he'd ever been when he was interviewing Deok-shim? It's ridiculous believe how good-looking Kin Young-kwang is. I think if I ever ran into a guy this handsome, I'd just starting laughing out loud in disbelief.

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*start

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Sheesh. *It's ridiculous how good-looking Kim Young-kwang is.

My grammar and typing have been impaired by too much hot.

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So we cannot blame Deok-shim for her obsesssion with Nan Gil, right?! :)

He's very handsome and with his character - like a gentle giant, adds to his appeal. I really wish they have a better rating. This drama is underrated, its so frustrating :(

Definitely, one of my fave dramas of all time. I only wish, it can sustain until the final episode.

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An all-time favorite for me as well. I love the acting and the writing, and the characters are refreshing (except for the whole Yeo-joo arc, which I do not give a fig about). It may not be a high-rating drama, but those who love it, love it so much. I hope the production team knows that.

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The drama is ranked pretty highly on portal sites, so I'm assuming people are interested in this drama, though they tune in airing time wise to Doctor Kim.

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I'm glad to know that it ranked high in portal sites. I was that Koreans don't like the drama.

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Love your word... "gentle giant." reminds me of Hagrid from Harry Potter :)

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Not just you...I've noticed in some scenes they seem to put a little more makeup (highlighter or whatever) on him than in other scenes and that was definitely one.

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I've noticed that too, there is some scenes his face looks tired, also Duk shim wears a lot of makeup while Seo Ae almost doesn't wear any sometimes lipstick, she's so pretty even with no makeup.

Duk Shim had a little resemblance to Suzy in this episode.

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i first watched him in plus nine boys and didnt think he was that handsome, but boy has he grown onto me! i also think its partly due to his height, he's soooo tall!! and so manly! lol

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I agree...he looked super handsome while interviewing Deok Shim. And he has somehow look more handsome in this drama than in his other dramas.

I also think that he nailed the character Ko Nangil. The different emotions n especially that last scene when he found out that he has had "killed" Nari's father.

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Yeah you nailed it...he's really handsome specially that scene with half naked and with tattoo full on his back (gorgeous!)...It's sooo funny when i've watched Hot Young Bloods and with this drama - he's really and totally a lot better as Ko Nan-Gil!

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I totally get your point about Doo-jin. I also find his actions weird. I hope he leaves for Hong Kong soon. Im a little confused though why the show even showed us all that drama with Yeo-joo's parents. Was it trying to make me feel sorry for her?

also... what was that about Yeo Joo's mom telling her to meet someone and leave Korea? Is her dad really sick or not? Maybe its a mental illness? Is she that desperate to get married far away because her family is mentally ill? financially in ruin? Im kinda disappointed short-haired airplane girl didn't pull out all of Yeo-joo's hair though. LOL.

If Secretary Kwon isn't Nan Gil's mom.... maybe she's related to his mom somehow... like an aunt or a bestfriend of his mom...

Am I supposed to brace my heart for some angsty noble idiot separation soon? #tissuesready

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I think this is the last episode for Kim Ji-hoon's guest appearance, so I suppose Dong-jin will quietly leave for Hong Kong. That means Yeo-joo will be hunting her next target, and please don't let it ever be Nan-gil; he and Na-ri have had so much on their plates already.

I don't want Yeo-joo to "taint" Deok-bong either, but if she can be less devious, I think she can actually handle the dysfunctional family pretty well, and win some points for herself.

I believe Yeo-joo's dad has the habit of faking illness, and her mom often admits him to ER as a result, which costs Yeo-joo a lot.

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I'm guessing Yeo-joo will be with Deok-bong, curious to see what happens in the next episode. Deok-bong is kind of surrounded by women who don't really respect his opinions (Secretary Kwon and his sister), so it will be interesting to see the clingy Yeo-joo by his side if they were to become a couple.

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I think that too, but i think she might try to seduce Nan Gil and fall for Duk Bong seriously while doing so. But i hope Nan Gil wouldn't use her to push Na Ri away, it would be a slap on NR's face.

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Oh God, please, no. Stay away from Nan-gil! Don't give him any idea!

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You said that Nan-gil is ".... a large, strong man, and a good fighter, but he’s naturally a very gentle and empathetic person" but, when did Kim Young-Kwang get so frikkin' HAWT???!!!!! My computer screen started burning somewhere back long before that kiss. Then all the post-it notes fell off from around my screen during the kiss...same effect as steaming open an envelope...and every time he looks at her I'm like...
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*sigh*
I mean, I've been aware of him in other dramas but OMG - this rising star is mesmerizing. That face, those eyes, that long tall drink-of-water body. I guess he can act too and i really want to see him turn on the intensity the way his good buddy Kim Woo Bin did in Uncontrollably Fond. By the way, isn't it adorable that KYK is real life best friends with Lee Soo-Hyuk? I'm loving this drama. Did I say that?

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And another thing, I'm always startled when KYK smiles broadly because his smile is almost identical to Lee Seung-Gi's. Just beautiful.

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Looks like we have the same taste in Korean celebs!

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Oh my god! I was scratching my head all day... thinking why he so familiar...thank you... it's definitely lee seung gi

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I saw his guesting in Happy Together with his Good Doctor co-stars. The host also mentioned that he really looks like Lee Seung Gi.

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Yeah, I totally agreed with 'but she jumps away because apparently she’s lost her mind.' Because I'd go in for extra kisses! (If I was her, I mean.)

Honestly, it's very nice to see the newer crops of model-turned-actors grace our screens. They're really, quite, very, pretty.

I've heard the sunbae-hoobae relationships within models are furiously strict, and so it's nice to see that as they turn to acting, a lot of those barriers are eroding and that their past gives them a base to form new friendships.

(I ... don't know about their individual personalities though, and I'm frankly happy not knowing. Ahem.)

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I just know that Lee Soohyuk and Kim Youngkwang are close to Kim Woobin, Hong Jonghyun, and Sungjoon. Some fans called them Model Avengers. HA.

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And they all starred together in White Christmas. I really love seeing them together. Also in Variety Shows.

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Is it possible that Na-Ri's childhood trip with her father might have been him running off with Secretary Kwon???? Could she be Nan-Gil's mother?? Could Na-Ri and Nan-gil be half-siblings???

Please tell me I'm imagining things.

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God. Please. No.

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I really don't think that is the case. It's way too Makjang for what we've seen from this drama so far.

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He did accidentally cause her father's death though... ALL ABOARD THE MAKJANG TRAIN!!!

Or not, please, my heart. Let's stop at in-love-with-my-stepdad-who-has-an-unknown-illness-and-possibly-killed-my-bio-dad.

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Knocks on wood
Throws salt
Throws Anthony at it

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LOL, YES. THIS RIGHT HERE. ?

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They have enough of " messed up family relationships"... I don't think/want this to happen...

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OMG!..Please don't ever start with this imagination of yours..that will hit my stress level on the roof!...Probably that lets just say that Nari parents and Secretary Kwon was on a love triangle?

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Gosh, as if there wasn't already enough to make you feel sorry for Nan-gil. Poor guy. He already has such a low opinion of himself and seems to think he doesn't deserve Na-ri's love. This revelation by CEO Bae is going to crush him. I agree that it looked like he was trying to diffuse the situation with Na-ri's dad. With the way he was clumsily swinging that wood, there is no way Nan-gil would have gotten hurt if he were actually trying to fight. I hope they don't drag the angst out too much. I'm sure Na-ri will get to the truth eventually. I just hope it doesn't take too long.

I have to say that I am really starting to get tired of the scenes with Yeo-joo. I feel as if they are taking time away from the parts of the story I really want to see. Other than as the woman who "stole" Dong-jin, I really don't see a purpose to her continued screen time, unless we find out that her died is tied up in the mess with CEO Bae, Nan-gil, Na-ri's dad, and uncle.

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This is getting repetitive, but: God. Please. No.

I don't want to see any more of Yeo-joo than we already have, which I think is too much as it is. I really hope her back story isn't part of the larger plot.

And yes. I feel bad enough for Nan-gil without this revelation. I wasn't that surprised by it, since CEO Bae was already hinting about it, but I was still sad that we had to have it. Why can't there ever be a drama where it's all feels and kisses and happy times? I would watch that drama.

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Yes, it's called Shopping King Louis

le sighhhh...

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Oh, there's plenty of feels. Just not all warm & fuzzy ones (which, boo). Rats. Na-ri, tell him he's worthy of being loved and it's not his fault, stat!

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I have a feeling that we're being trolled with that scene on the roof of the printing company. Nan-Gil is bleeding, but we didn't see him get hit with a board. It could have been in a fistfight with the rest of the posse... Why is he looking back at them? Is he maybe trying to help the guy escape?

Will we find out that Na-Ri's father and uncle didn't take out a loan, but that they embezzled from the gang, or were muscled out of the gang by Boss Bae? Perhaps that was Mom's secret -- that Na-Ri's father was a gangster himself. He may have gotten himself offed in a war of succession -- with his death pinned on Nan-Gil.

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Those are good theories. I really do think that we are somewhat being trolled with that scene. I don't think Nan-gil was trying to hurt Dad. There are numerous possible explanations. I do agree that his death was probably pinned on Nan-gil, and that's why Nan-gil went to prison. Being the man that he is, Nan-gil will still blame himself and feel guilty because he was unable to prevent Dad from dying. I'm sure that CEO Bae knows this very well, and that's why he is using the situation to try to drive Nan-gil and Na-ri apart.

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Oh my God, I love this drama so much it hurts. The way Nan Gil and Nari looks at each other, I died. So cute.

And it's been a long time for me to really hope for character's happiness like Nan Gil. He's so pitiful and more when he thinks that his life is like a weed and it's okay for Nari to throw him away. I cried with him when his stepfather told him about NATO's father. Man... just give this man his happiness, writer.

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" just give this man his happiness, writer." Amen!!

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I'm so glad you are recapping. Your comments add so much to understanding this sweet drama. I hope the actors can maintain their commitment since the ratings are a little low. I believe this show will have legs (on the web) if it continues on its current trajectory. This is my intro to Soo Ae and I love the fact that her character is her own person - possibly trained by growing up an outsider herself. KYK's acting continues to improve and he can't get any better looking. Call me shallow, I'm in it for the eye candy and the sweetness. Other than Spottoons, is there another site to read (in English) the original webtoon? I know the writer made some changes, but I'm still curious.

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thank you for the recap!! :)
I knew that things will go badly wrong while seeing Nan Gil and Na Ri being sooo cute and adorable together but didn't exêct it to turn this bad!! Nan Gil having a hand in Na Ri's father's death (not that he caused his death) was more than I expected and now I'm going crazy knowing that Nan Gil will go back to his shell and self-sacrificing mode puhing Na Ri from him and I don't/can't see that!! my only hope is in Na Ri to help him get out of his shell of guilt and realise that what happened wasn't really his fault and to stop his low self-estime because his dark past that he worked hard to get out of it and managed to create a better life for himself and to be a help to those around him!!

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Nan-gil goes back to the house to find Nan-gil waiting for her.

Typo? Otherwise Nan-gil is actually gender-confused twins?

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Still get creeped out by Young-gyu even though he's playing a cute/nice character in here, but I just can't seem to erase his psychotic portrayal in Cheese.

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Thank you for mentioning his previous drama. So many times when I'm watching dramas that I recognize an actor's face but then I can't remember where I had seen them before.
Young-gyu had a much needed personality change: From stalker to mandoo chef!

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Deok-Shim is a classic case of Borderline Personality disorder. I'm a psychiatric nurse and when I see her scenes I feel like I'm back at work. She contributes little to the story

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I agree! I'm a doctor and she certrainly has a lot of borderline personality traits! I suspect she will act as an "incidental" hindrance further along the story with her crush on Nan-gil. Her little jealous reactions to Na-ri are more annoying than cute.

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She's a little on the dangerous side. The whole locking Na Ri in the basement, and running her off the road thing is a bit disturbing.

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Man, I love this show so much. Like unreasonably more than expected. I agree with Ida. I hope these actors maintain their commitment, even though the ratings have tanked. Why does this show have low ratings?! Who else thinks Kim Young-kwang's acting has improved leaps and bounds in this drama? He needs more work! I love how these characters feel incredibly real and lived in as actual grown adults who are reasonably and maturely dealing with their past one step at a time. It's so refreshing.

I've said a lot. I clearly like this drama.

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I am so hoping that the show won't pair Yeo Joo and Deok Bong. Just send her away to HK along with DJ. Like most beanies here, I am getting annoyed with her.

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Judging by the reactions by Deok-Bong and his sister, it's their birth mother, not the step-mother who came to the robot museum, who is in the hospital. It'll be interesting to learn who she is, and why she is no longer married to their father. I smell more birth secrets... as in DB is Na-Ri's half-brother.

Still trying to figure out Secretary Kwon. Maybe she was Boss Bae's honey at one time, and Nan-Gil really is Boss Bae's son.

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My take from the hospital scene is that we'll soon know the connection between Deok Shim and Yeo Joo.

When the siblings entered the hospital, it was Deok Bong who caught Yeo Joo's eyes first. She had met him before, he's somehow connected to Na Ri, he's good looking, appears to be rich and after self-torpedoing her Doo Jin ship, her predatory radar have locked on Deok Bong as her next potential target.Until she noticed Deok Shim being ushered in by Deok Bong. She did a double take. Could Yeo Joo be part of the reason why Deok Shim stays away from Seoul, has no friends and is anti-social to boot?

So, as much as we want Yeo Joo off our screen, NOW, it's not likely going to happen any time soon. Damn!

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Yeo-joo probably thinks Deok-shim look familiar because it was Deok-shim who pointed to her the direction towards Hong Mandoo when she went to pick up a drunken Dong-jin.

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Great catch!

Not only that, but Deok-shim gave her the seriously creepy fish eye to boot. She looked like an escapee from a Dickensian asylum...

Hmmm now the ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST vibe is seeping over from ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM. Someone better plug that leak...

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Soo that was the secret aaw! I never imagined it involved NaRi's real father. Now i can't imagine what Nan Gil is going do. I wonder how he's going to drop the bomb on Na Ri? I hope he will just tell her facefront not like what they do in other dramas, (like Nan Gil pushing Na Ri away because he feels he doesn't deserve her)

I don't know if it's just me but i feel there's a big connection between Nan Gil and secretary Kwon, "mother"?

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thank you for your analysis :D especially about how real their relationship was after it was established and the long distance . so on point!

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Will Deok-bong turn to the i-am-villain-with-evil-intentions? noooo...

There is little Gwi in Deok-bong when he warn his therapist. *shudder*

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I might be the only one who doesn't hate Yoo Joo, this girl is not mentally and emotionally stable, seeing her parents made me think that something wrong in her life that made her like that.

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It appears that Dad is a big-time hypochondriac who runs up huge hospital bills. But it doesn't explain Yoo Joo's predatory man-rustling behavior. Is another shoe about to drop?

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I guess the drama suffered a drop in ratings was because the story kept on beating around the bush from the 3rd to 7th episodes. There was no climax in those episodes. thankfully, the pace got a bit faster on episode 8 and I find myself being more curious about the story. With the Korean dramas so competitive in Korea, the Scriptwriter really needs to pull up her socks and make the pace faster and more exciting so that it can compete with other 2 dramas in the same slot. Otherwise, I really feel so sorry for the actors and actresses. Their acting is good and comparable to many other so called Korean good actors.

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I love the OTP so much, but it's Secretary Kwon who has spiked my interest. I can't figure her out just yet, but I have to admit I super love her clothes. Those hanbok inspired outfits are beautiful and I would so love to wear them. Another interesting piece in that puzzle.

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I'm worried because I can't think of a good way to get out of this plot twist. Short of an outright lie from Boss Bae.

Maybe Team Leader Kwon is Na Ri's aunt? Like she might have disapproved of Na Ri's mom marriage so she's remained angry all this time? I suppose Na Ri's mom bought the land herself... which is why Kwon isn't making any claims on it directly?

That's my best bet. I highly doubt she's Nan Gil's mom cuz she's a bit too disinterested.

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The feels!!! This is my favorite drama currently airing, seriously I'm already sad we are on episode 9. I love watching these two.

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These model turned actors are a gift to K-dramaland. ❤️ And yes, I agree to all you beanies, Young Kwang is hottest in this drama! Although, I'm already his fan since Good Doctor. You should've watched the cast members' guesting in Happy Together - Young Kwang is so adorable in that episode ? His acting improved too which made me such a happy fangirl. ?

I love love love this drama so much! Well, I've loved the writer's other works too - my favorite of hers was Il Mare which starred Jun Ji Hyun. This drama did not disappoint at all and is starting to be one of my favorites. Hoping the second half will still deliver!

I'm so disappointed with the ratings though. Why is this so underrated? I haven't felt this sad since Healer! At least Healer did not drop as low as 4%. I guess this is one of the dramas which attract the international drama watchers more than the locals. Now, I'm curious to see what Romantic Doctor Kim offers but as a fan I'd like to stay loyal and just wait for the finale before starting the other one. Heh

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@hellocam,

Now, I’m curious to see what Romantic Doctor Kim offers but as a fan I’d like to stay loyal and just wait for the finale before starting the other one.

I've been watching both from the get-go... and it's quite a ride. It's like getting a one-two punch twice a week. RDTK burst out of the starting gate like a rocket. Seo Hyun-Jin is my main reason for tuning in, and turns in an excellent performance, as expected. As with MLIOH, there are mysterious backstories to unravel, all playing out in a hospital setting that at times reminds me of ONE FLEW OVER THE COCKOO'S NEST. The vibes of the two dramas are quite different, and I appreciate the sweet romantic aspects and comic moments in MLIOH as a switch from the intense medical stuff in RDTK. -- That said, my goose may be cooked when GOBLIN joins my live-watching mix. ;-)

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@PakalanaPikake

Gosh, reading your comment makes me want to NOT ignore Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim. I'm already so curious!

And since you mentioned Goblin, I don't think I can ignore Gong Yoo! I miss watching him in the small screen. Good luck to us both!

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@hellocam,

Just spreading the joy... I truly am enjoying both of them. I survived live-watching MOON LOVERS and MOONLIGHT, so am throwing caution to the wind. When GOBLIN commences, I'll just shout "Geronimo!" and pull my ripcord, jumping in feet first. It'll be a new record for me to live-watch three dramas concurrently. Hopefully I won't end up twitching too much.

No way do I want to miss out on Gong Yoo, especially with that sageuk opening. I blathered about his turn in THE SUSPECT which I just watched on Netflix last weekend. I think it's in Open Thread #473. Haven't seen TRAIN TO BUSAN yet. Did catch A MAN AND A WOMAN, which was very atmospheric. Loved the snowy settings.

Looking forward to comparing notes with you. Cheers!

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@hellocam

Have you seen the American remake of Il Mare? It is entitled "The Lakehouse". I was surprised to learn that The Lakehouse was a remake of a Korean film. I love both versions.

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@zia

Yes, I watched The Lake House and Il Mare. Love both versions too! ❤️ I watched Il Mare first.

After falling in love with Jun Ji Hyun in My Sassy Girl, I looked for her previous works and discovered Il Mare. That was 2006 and I was 14. Ahhh, memories..

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Oh no, the rating has dropped to 4%? That's really too bad. This is such a great drama!

MLIOH cast and crew, fighting!

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God, I love this show so much, it's not healthy. I have to write a whole lot to put my love in words.

1) I love Na-Ri - she's just the greatest. So open and honest and able to see Nan-Gils love behind all those noble idiocy-mechanisms. Also I love Nan-Gils love for her. Also also I love their killer chemistry.

2) Why do they have to play with us quoting "Love Story" - It's a terminal illness story! Couldn't they have quoted something with a happy end?

3) I had to laugh out loud at the 1st mandood sending Nan-Gil that text message when he was starring at his phone waiting for Na-Ris message. He's so mischievous :)

4) I'm still not into Yeo Joo but I can kinda see that she is very good at catching men, but not very good at maintaining relationships, even though she actually wants to be. Like a commentator in the last episode said, she "snatches" nice men because she thinks they will be as good to her as to their girlfriends, but fails the see the obvious flaws in that plan.

5)DB is the cutest! It's so nice seeing him growing into a "real boy" and good oppa. I didn't know the actor before but now I'm a fan. He's really good at switching between adorable and threatening (that scene at the doctors!)

and at last, my ending prediction, 'cause that's always fun to do at the midway point :)
So,if they stay together (please!) they will marry, maybe on the lake, just because narrational it makes sense as she didn't marry the scoundrel-boyfriend and she wrote that poem.
They will continue with the mandoos (and the mandoods!) and DB is leading the national franchise of restaurants letting them all be a happy family (with Yeo Joo, if she must stay on the show). I could also see McCreepy taking over Dada Finances (this is so confusing when watching 1% as well...) and leaving them in peace.

Obviously I can't take a sad ending, it's imperative for me that they are all happy :)

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@mushmush,

2) Why do they have to play with us quoting “Love Story” – It’s a terminal illness story! Couldn’t they have quoted something with a happy end?

"Because love means never having to say you're sorry" is perhaps THE iconic tagline of Mom's generation. LOVE STORY was a huge hit, although truth to tell, my high school freshman self thought it sounded corny even then. If anything, love means refraining from doing stuff for which you have to apologize... or, being willing to swallow your pride and mend fences with your loved one -- even for things that might appear insignificant or not your fault...

The fact that both Nan-Gil and Na-Ri knew it was Mom's favorite movie feels like foreshadowing as to how they will deal with ugly revelations.

NB: I still haven't seen LOVE STORY, probably because I didn't like mushy stuff back then, and much preferred George C. Scott in PATTON. ;-)

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Thank you for this. I absolutely believe that love means saying sorry. Maybe Erich Segal meant that if you love someone, you should always be ready to forgive them – I haven't read "Love Story," so I wouldn't know – but the person who did something wrong should always be ready to apologize.

I'm honestly apprehensive now that we've entered the second half of the drama. I don't want to see any needless suffering, especially on Nan-gil's part. I also don't want to see any needless Yeo-joo – and "needless Yeo-joo" is a tautology, if you ask me.

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@lindl,

I also don’t want to see any needless Yeo-joo – and “needless Yeo-joo” is a tautology, if you ask me.

... and it's redundant, too.

You win today's best post on the Interwebs for best use of "tautology" in a Kdrama comment. ROFLMAO.

But seriously, I think I may have heard that take on "Love means always having to say you're sorry" in a sermon... and I think there's something to it. And on the flip side, "Love means always being willing to forgive."

Yeah, we're over the hump, so it's time for the dark and threatening music to start playing. But wouldn't it be cool if we got trolled again? I have no earthly idea how that could be accomplished, so will go back to hanging on my tenterhooks with bated breath... ;-)

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Ko Nan-gil is seriously killing me.

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two things will never change in this drama and would stay consistent through out.

1. LSH smooth glowing skin having no competitors for this one.
2. Soo Ae's non-moving-just-stuck- eyebrows. Anyways, love her as an actress.

Loving the show, and i knew that Ko Nan Gil had something to do with Na ri's real father.

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No. 2

Now i remember why i nvr watch Sio Ae's dramas in the first. Pardon me but i hv a strong dislike at her eyebrows (like that guy in Sesame's Street) from wayyyyy back then.

I guess im cured now.

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am i the only one who doesn't hate yeo joo? It's so weird this is not the first time, i never end up hating the female second leads (maybe except the one from cinderella and the 4 knights)

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Writer-nim writes interesting second female leads. Yeo-Joo's character is somewhat similar to the second-female lead in Flower Boy Next Door which is another drama she wrote. I do not like her but I do not hate her too. And yes, I could not also stand the one from Cinderella and the Four Knights! Hate her since episode 1 lol

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//Possible SPOILER alert//
My fan theory about Secretary Kwon - is she possibly Nan-Gil's real mother?? It would make a lot of sense to me. Her comment to 'leave Nan-Gil in peace', her annoyance at Na-Ri's mother for 'acting' like his mother, the fact that Na-Ri now seems involved with him... all that stuff to me sounds like Sec Kwon may be his mother.

Yeojoo - Yeojoo's fashion continues to annoy me. That oversized, boxy pinstripe suit jacket did nothing for her. Albeit, it was a step up from 'I'm not wearing any pants, wait, I'm actually wearing the shortest shorts on earth' get-up but... still.

Deok-bong - Pleasantly surprised at his acting. I'm definitely becoming a fan of his 'I am cool chic but this girl throws me for a loop' expressions.

Nan-Gil - ohhhh where do we even start, my new favorite character ever. (Requested to husband to say "I gotta go make dough" and it wasn't the same feeling -_- Needless to say, husband was confused and I was not pleased!) I can totally see why Deok-Shim's such a fan girl because he's melt-worthy. I'll definitely be following along on his journey in the rest of dramaland.

Overall - I'm so surprised at the ratings for this. This is my number one preferred drama at the moment, and I've seen all the other 'new ones' and haven't been impressed. This drama grabbed me from the first episode and omg the kiss scenes made my heart flutter! They are real kisses! Not the whole press lips-to-lips and pretend it's romantic type of kiss that some other dramas have done /cough cough I'm looking at you Scarlet Heart/.

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I sure hope secretary kwon is not his mother, if she abandoned him at birth and hate na-ri mother because of her closeness with her son (her personality is just as bad as what she does then), does she even have the position or right to even be jealous? its not like na-ri mother ill-treated nan-gil or what.. in fact na-ri mother was the one thats accompanying him and shower him with care and love during his childhood.. and nan-gil was the one that propose to help her in the "matter", not like its forced or what..

yes if im in her shoe, i might feel jealous that another woman gets along well with my son.. but then who was the one that abandon the son in the first place.. and i would be glad that someone is taking care of my son, instead of going around openly expressing hate to that woman because of that? (if she's really the mother, of course we dont know her reason is.. but whatever it is, its too much to simply hate someone for the sake of hating.. its just ironic, when she say she dont wear them because they are pretty.. she better give me a good reason or her displeased with na-ri mother..)

(though i also think they are somehow related and she seems to note/know what he been going through)

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Finally a recap. This drama is my happy pill. No more too much drama. I'm loving this every week

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I love this drama to pieces, eventhough it's not perfect.

I felt sorry for Yeo-joo, only for the fact that she might have been financially supporting her parents and -perhaps?- having hard time paying all the hospital bills. But I have zero sympathy for her breaking other couples. I actually don't want her near Nan-Gil nor Deok-bong.

I'm torn about the reveal at the end of this episode. I found it a bit too... makjang? Is Nan-Gil going to close himself up and let go of his feelings for Na-Ri once more? Argh.

I miss the bickering and conversation between a fatherly Nan-Gil and his step-daughter Na-Ri, actually. A Nan-Gil new to dating is cute, but I'm just not looking forward to any angts.

As for Young-gyu, I can't help to think of him in CITT. But I'm loving him in this show too.

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Thanks for the recap. I started watching Gogh Starry night just to see more of Young Kwang. How come I did not know about this guy until now?!

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He is the self-centered bully in White Christmas, the nice colleague in Good Doctor, the skilled doctor in D-Day, the mama's boy in Pinocchio, the hottie playboy in Plus Nine Boys ? He is also in the movie Hot Young Bloods with Lee Jong Suk, he is the leader of a gang.

Leaving it here for you just in case you want to see more of his works ☺️

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Ok, I thought maaybe NG had something to do with Dad's whereabouts as an adult.. as in him banning him fromcontacting mom and Nari not this... but still, im bit tht shocked because this has suficient weight to probably rock our couole's boat.. we know his past per se isnt an obstacle but this? NG must def think its all his fault since hes such a cutie. I still wondr why Mom would insist NR didnt go with dad to those trips... maybe something shady happened duing the times they were away and she didnt want her to remember?

I puy my money on Secretary to unfold this.. for a second, I thought she could be NG's mom... then I wonder if she had something to do with the town's orphanage and that how she knows NG, possibly Dad and Mom...

YJ... ive tried soo hard to not talk abiut her.. like, DJ is a douche bugvwhat would you expect of a man who practically left his fiancee n l altar for some Jane??? What do you expect when you're SAID JANE? I just rolled my eyes tbh... he lied, she lied, theyre both horrible.. wonder if theyll find equally horrible ppl to hang out

DS and DB are intriguing.. i really like DB but i wonder why he despises his Dad... they all have issues if you ask me... DS's reasons to not go to school are a mystery I hope they reveal soon

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FYI: I reported a new Kdrama trope sighting over in OT#474, post 50, since it involves RDTK as well as MLIOH.

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