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The Man Living in Our House: Episode 9

Tensions run high as emotions begin to boil over, causing distrust to branch out in all directions. Revealed secrets only cause suspicions to grow, and it’s hard to know who to believe anymore. Outside forces are doing their best to pull Na-ri and Nan-gil apart, and they’ll need to draw on every bit of their love for each other for the strength to fight back and stay together.

 

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

Nan-gil’s world flips upside-down when CEO Bae tells him that he’s met Na-ri’s father before. He remembers that day when he, Wan-shik, and the other boys had gone to break up an illegal loan business/gambling ring illicitly funded with CEO Bae’s money.

Wan-shik had been in charge, and he and the others had fought the gamblers with glee while Nan-gil hung back, looking dead-eyed. Nan-gil noticed a woman sneaking out a back door and followed her all the way to an office. A man he now knows was Na-ri’s father had thrown a name plate at him, then fled to the roof.

Still scarily emotionless, Nan-gil approached Na-ri’s father, who was panicked and waving a length of wood at him. Nan-gil calmly told him to be quiet and stay there, but Wan-shik and the others had found them, and before Nan-gil could say anything Na-ri’s father had jumped off the roof.

Now Nan-gil looks at Na-ri with tears in his eyes, as CEO Bae tells him to stop acting like Na-ri’s father. Nan-gil says that Na-ri’s father didn’t die, and that he’ll look into things himself, since he doesn’t trust anyone else.

He manages to trudge back to Na-ri, looking pale and weak, and they head back to the house. CEO Bae watches him go, and asks Wan-shik if Nan-gil is sick.

Na-ri’s friend Ran-sook takes a cab to the restaurant, since Na-ri borrowed her car, and goes looking for her. She misses the fact that a whole gang of thugs are chowing down on mandoo, and loudly asks Young-gyu if Nan-gil owns this restaurant, heh.

Nan-gil shakes off Na-ri’s concern, then apologizes and says he just has a headache. He walks through the restaurant (totally ignoring Ran-sook, and the thugs who all stand and bow to him), and goes straight for his office to take his anxiety medicine.

He can’t stop the memories, and again he sees Na-ri’s father lying in a pool of blood. He’d turned to see Wan-shik looking stricken, with CEO Bae standing behind him. CEO Bae had even looked shaken, and Nan-gil had stood in front of him, barely holding himself together.

Annoyed, Ran-sook wants to go back to Seoul right now. The thugs stand as one and file out politely, and Young-gyu complains that he knew something like this would happen eventually, since he always thought Nan-gil looked like a gangster. Na-ri asks Ran-sook to wait while she talks to Nan-gil, and Ran-sook is angry that Nan-gil didn’t even acknowledge her.

Nan-gil says tiredly that he’s okay, but Na-ri pushes past him into the office anyway. Nan-gil looks sheepish and can’t even look Na-ri in the eyes, but she makes him look at her and say that he’s really all right. She confirms that CEO Bae is the CEO of Dada Finance, Nan-gil’s adopted father.

Na-ri says that she’s afraid Nan-gil will get hurt, and he softens at that, and tells her not to be scared. Nan-gil looks surprised at Ran-sook’s holler, saying that he didn’t even see her there, and Na-ri tells him that Ran-sook probably hates him for ignoring her, and for having groups of scary men following him around.

He smiles and says that Ran-sook is a good friend, because he’d hate him, too. Na-ri says that Ran-sook has other people she cares about more than herself, like her husband and kids, but she puts a hand on Nan-gil’s chest and says, “I’m first place in here. I’m all you have.” She says that she’ll handle things with Ran-sook.

Nan-gil stops her as she turns to go, and pulls her back. But he stumbles over his words as he starts to ask, “What if…” and Na-ri gently tells him to try again when he’s sure of what he wants to say, because she doesn’t like what ifs.

Deok-bong and Deok-shim arrive at the hospital to find her mother moaning dramatically and clutching her neck, while their dad watches TV and ignores everyone. Mom tells Deok-shim (whom she almost calls “Soo-yeon”) to say hello to her dad, but Dad ignores her greeting and takes Deok-bong out to talk.

Deok-shim is left with Mom, who seems pretty darn fine, and complains that they don’t get along. Deok-shim barks back that most daughters don’t find their names changed suddenly without their permission. Mom says she’ll change her whole life if she can, and motions to her bodyguards to take Deok-shim out of the room.

Outside, Dad gives Deok-bong an envelope containing proof that the land that Hong Mandoo sits on used to belong to their family. Dad says that someone took advantage of his father, and it’s Deok-bong’s job to get it back. Deok-bong says that can’t be done since it was given away, not sold, but Dad yells that this is why he made him study law.

Yeo-joo is at the hospital fighting for a bed for her father, while the receptionist tells her there are only expensive beds available. Her mother grows upset, and yells that all she thinks about is money. Yeo-joo sees Deok-bong sitting nearby, and realizes that he’s overheard the entire argument.

Nan-gil sends Na-ri and Ran-sook off with bags of mandoo, but Ran-sook stubbornly refuses to acknowledge him. She drives off, then stops a few feet down the road, and goes back to confront him. She snaps that he and Na-ri shouldn’t be together, and Nan-gil ducks his head respectfully.

Ran-sook continues that she won’t let her friend date a gangster, and poor Nan-gil folds his hands like a little boy, until Na-ri comes to tell Ran-sook to lay off of him. Ran-sook huffs back to the car, and Nan-gil tells Na-ri not to be angry with her friend. He tells her to make up with Ran-sook on the drive back to Seoul, and even gives her pointers on how to do it.

On the drive, Ran-sook is the first to break the silence, asking if Na-ri really has feelings for Nan-gil. She thinks it’s just a physical response to stress, since he’s young and handsome. That makes Na-ri laugh, but Ran-sook is mostly worried about the gangsters, and tells Na-ri to just stop coming here and seeing him.

Na-ri thinks about Nan-gil’s love confession, and all the times he’s been gentle and vulnerable with her. She remembers how he asked her to wait for him, and tells Ran-sook that she doesn’t think she can live without him.

Young-gyu tries to talk to Nan-gil after the lunch rush, curious about how his involvement with gangsters could affect the restaurant. Nan-gil ignores him and the other chefs tell him to just go away, making Young-gyu wonder if the three of them are in on this secret together. You and me both, sir.

Yeo-joo approaches Deok-bong, who tells her that his mother is sick. She tells him that her father has been sick off and on for seven years, though he makes it clear that he’s not interested.

A screech alerts them to the doorway, where Deok-shim is being taken out to the car by the bodyguards. Deok-bong tells her to go quietly, and Deok-shim makes a last-ditch plea to Yeo-joo for help.

The bodyguards put her in the family car, and Yeo-joo sneaks around to let her out the other side. Deok-shim makes a run for it with Yeo-joo hot on her heels, and Deok-bong takes pity and tells the bodyguards to tell his stepmom that Deok-shim is with him.

Yeo-joo chases Deok-shim down the street, and she eventually catches up and grabs Deok-shim. She pins Deok-shim against a wall and says she’s on her side, but Deok-shim fights like a wildcat so Yeo-joo is forced to yank her arm behind her back to stop her flailing.

Na-ri calls Nan-gil to tell him she made up with Ran-sook and got home safe. Nan-gil says that she must be tired, coming all the way out to see him, but Na-ri tells him to get used to it because she’ll be coming often. She reminds him to keep up with his “farmer’s footsteps,” and they hang up.

Yeo-joo grows angry when Deok-shim doesn’t thank her for her help. Deok-shim just asks how she knows her brother, and randomly tells her to pull her hair back. Yeo-joo does, and Deok-shim mutters that she looks just like a girl who dumped Deok-bong. HA.

Dressed all in black, Nan-gil goes to Dada Finance and walks in like he owns the place. He cracks a few heads to gain entrance to a secret room, and locks himself in. Uncle is being kept in there, and he immediately starts to stammer about his complaint against him.

But Nan-gil only wants to know when Uncle saw Na-ri’s father last. Uncle recalls seeing him in a casino only a year ago, which supports Nan-gil’s belief that he didn’t die that day. He steps out of the room (the goons all hilariously jump back), and Wan-shik comes to ask why he’s here, but Nan-gil just says that nothing changes in this place, and leaves.

Yeo-joo finds Na-ri as they prepare for a flight, and complains that Na-ri still hasn’t canceled the leave she scheduled for her wedding. It’s making people criticize Yeo-joo (of course it’s all about her), but Na-ri just says that she’s glad people are on her side.

Yeo-joo asks if Na-ri plans to take her leave in her hometown, and though Na-ri denies it, Yeo-joo can tell she’s thinking about it. Na-ri says she’s just going to use the time to rest and travel.

Nan-gil sees a woman taking pictures of Hong Mandoo, and for a moment he thinks it’s Na-ri. It’s just a customer meeting two colleagues, and the three women discuss the restaurant. They’re writers for a variety show, here to scout the place for an episode.

They’re excited by the tasty food and pretty boy chefs, but they catch sight of Nan-gil and worry — he looks like he’d refuse to do TV shows. But the boss (Lee Mi-sun) is determined, and gives Young-gyu her business card. Young-gyu gets excited and calls Nan-gil over, but he just grumbles, “We don’t do TV shows,” and walks off.

The writers leave, with Young-gyu and Nan-gil following them out. Mi-sun says that they’ll come back three more times, but Nan-gil isn’t even listening. He thinks he sees Na-ri again, waving to him from the street, and Young-gyu asks why he looks so sad.

Nan-gil sees Na-ri again, waving to him from her yard next door, and he turns to go inside with a sad sigh. Young-gyu asks why he’s ignoring Na-ri, because HAHA, she’s actually there and now she’s glaring at him. Aw, it’s adorable how happy he looks when he realizes he’s not imagining her this time.

He bounds over like a big floppy puppy, but Na-ri wants to know why he was smiling at those three women. He says they were TV writers, but that he refused their TV show offer. Na-ri asks why, thinking he could use the money to pay off the debt, but Nan-gil doesn’t want to.

Na-ri tells him that she’s learning to do things like drive and farm, becoming more like him. He jokes that he’s having mood swings lately, becoming more like her. Na-ri asks if she should just move back here, and Nan-gil quips that he’s also making rash decisions. Hee.

They head to a nearby temple, where people leave wishes written on cards. Na-ri says that her father used to bring her here, and she’d leave wishes to become a flight attendant. After he left, her wishes were to bring her father home. Nan-gil listens while she talks, but doesn’t respond.

CEO Bae sits down with Uncle, and asks him why he told Nan-gil that he saw Na-ri’s father. Wan-shik adds that Na-ri’s dad is dead — they even confirmed his death certificate. CEO Bae plays to Uncle’s greed, reminding him that the land would be his if not for Nan-gil, wondering out loud why his sister got all of the family’s land. He asks why Uncle isn’t worried about his niece being around Nan-gil so much, since they could grow close.

Na-ri takes Nan-gil to a teahouse to talk, and she asks him why they can’t seem to get closer to each other. He says it’s his fault and she agrees, because of his past and his promise to protect the land.

She says that she thinks about him constantly when she’s in Seoul, because she’s fallen for him. She tells Nan-gil to stop being her stepfather, stop thinking of the past, and stop apologizing. He replies that it’s hard because he feels like a bad person, and that he’s used to watching her from a distance.

Na-ri replies that she’ll just have to stay close then, and says what she came here to say: “Go Nan-gil, I love you.” Nan-gil freezes, unsure of how to react, as memories of his lifetime of loving her from afar wash through his mind. He gives Na-ri this look, and nervously gulps his tea.

Deok-bong tells Secretary Kwon that his family used to own the land Hong Mandoo sits on, and she looks surprised, or maybe nervous. He wonders out loud why that particular piece of land is the only one they don’t still own, and watches Secretary Kwon for her reaction. He hands her the documents to look over, and her hand shakes as she takes them.

Wan-shik is waiting for Nan-gil at the restaurant, and Nan-gil tells Na-ri to go inside while he and Wan-shik talk in the car. Deok-bong pulls up and sees Na-ri watching them, and she tells him that Wan-shik is from Dada Finance. Deok-bong just barely stops her from confronting Wan-shik, and takes her inside.

Wan-shik tells Nan-gil that he learned that only family members can request death certificates. But he found the woman who has the death certificate for Na-ri’s father, and hands over her contact information.

He asks how Nan-gil could act like Na-ri’s stepfather after killing her real dad, reminding Nan-gil that he wasn’t punished back then because they hid him. Nan-gil calmly says that since Wan-shik broke his promise and showed up in front of Na-ri again, that he’s telling CEO Bae that he runs a side business without permission.

Deok-bong stops Nan-gil outside the car to warn him to end all this. Nan-gil doesn’t answer and goes inside, Deok-bong right behind him.

Yeo-joo is there, and she chirps to Deok-bong that he owes her for the shoes and jacket that Deok-shim ruined in their tussle. He starts to lead her out, but they meet Wan-shik on his way in, and Wan-shik punches Young-gyu right in the mouth when he asks why he wants to see Nan-gil.

Nan-gil comes out, and Wan-shik tries to punch him too. But Nan-gil quickly grabs him and yanks him to the office, where he slams him against the wall. He screams in Wan-shik’s face that he’ll never go back, and begs him for his help. They don’t realize that Na-ri overhears the whole thing.

Nan-gil promises to keep Wan-shik’s secret, calling it a birthday gift. Wan-shik laughs at that, but he leaves without causing any more problems.

Young-gyu is deeply shaken by being punched, and he tells Deok-shim that the humiliation is much worse than the physical pain. He wonders if he should quit his job, and gives Deok-shim an interesting look when she quietly offers to clean up.

Deok-bong takes Yeo-joo to dinner, though he’s distracted. Yeo-joo asks if he feels bad for leaving Deok-shim back there, but he says their family is used to that sort of thing. He sheepishly admits that it’s hard to have both money and dignity.

Yeo-joo asks if Deok-bong wants to be friends since he already knows everything bad about her family, but he replies that Na-ri is the only friend he needs. Yeo-joo says he should give up on Na-ri, who’s in love and thinking of quitting her job. She takes note of his disappointment, as if his world just ended.

Na-ri thinks of Nan-gil’s desperate plea to Wan-shik, and asks her mother’s photo why this place is so important to him. She joins him in making dinner, where they shoot each other unreadable glances in silence.

Wan-shik takes Uncle to Na-ri’s house, and instructs him to ask questions about Na-ri’s father. He pointedly reminds Uncle that Na-ri’s father died, and tells him to tell the truth.

Deok-bong and Yeo-joo show up first, and Yeo-joo pretends to be drunk, though Na-ri calls her out on faking it. She nearly lets slip that Na-ri might be quitting her job for Nan-gil and Na-ri claps a hand over Yeo-joo’s mouth, but Nan-gil already heard.

Na-ri denies that she’s quitting, and shoves Yeo-joo upstairs. Yeo-joo hollers that she should thank her for taking Dong-jin off her hands when there was obviously no love left between them, and paving the way for her and Nan-gil.

Nan-gil motions for Deok-bong to leave, but Deok-bong reminds him that he and Na-ri can never be together because he was married to her mother. He declares his interest in Na-ri, asking if Nan-gil would support him as her stepfather, but Nan-gil just says that he’s decided they can’t ever be friends.

Na-ri thanks Yeo-joo for not telling Nan-gil that she’s taking her wedding leave, then wanders downstairs for dinner. After eating, Nan-gil mentions his fight with Wan-shik, and Na-ri figures they really aren’t friends. Nan-gil says he used to be like Wan-shik, but Na-ri says that he doesn’t need to confess everything to her.

Nan-gil looks grateful, and Na-ri asks what the house and Hong Mandoo mean to him. She asks if they’re more important than she is, wondering if she should be jealous, and Nan-gil says softly, “Everything here is Hong Na-ri to me.”

Na-ri says that she’s right in front of him now, and asks him to look at the real her, and his expression changes. He leans in to kiss her, but Uncle bursts in at that exact moment, yelling, “What are you doing?!”

Uncle grabs Nan-gil and orders him out of the house, then turns to plead with Na-ri. He tells her that he’s filed for an annulment of Nan-gil’s marriage to Mom, and Nan-gil’s angry bellow brings Yeo-joo to the top of the stairs to listen in.

Uncle tells Nan-gil that he can keep the house and the land, so long as he lets Na-ri go. He says that it’s Nan-gil’s fault he hasn’t been home, and tells Na-ri that her father died a long time ago. He accuses Nan-gil of keeping that information from her, and Na-ri turns to Nan-gil for answers.

Nan-gil reminds Uncle that he saw her father last year, but now Uncle says that’s not true. Na-ri remembers that he’d told her and her mother that he saw her father, and Uncle nervously says that he must have been mistaken. He claims that he’s seen her father’s death certificate, and Na-ri demands to know who showed it to him.

Uncle wilts in the face of Na-ri’s anger, and tries to take back everything he just said. She refuses to allow it, and he screams that he’s lived with her this whole time, so isn’t he better than a father who died and left her alone?

Yeo-joo sneaks back to her room, and wonders what all that talk was about Nan-gil acting like Na-ri’s father.

Downstairs, Uncle waves a document around, and tells Nan-gil that he’s finished. It’s Uncle’s suit against him, ordering him to court, and Nan-gil says that he has no intention of running. Uncle looks nervous at that, as if the whole point was to chase Nan-gil off.

Nan-gil tells him not to let Dada Finance manipulate him, that this is Na-ri’s land now. Uncle asks what’s so important about the land, and Nan-gil finally grows angry and asks how he could say such a thing. Uncle grows upset at the implied threat, and tells Na-ri not to be fooled by this guy.

Uncle says he needs to prepare for the trial, and runs out. Na-ri follows him and Uncle gives her the papers, asking her to testify for him. He leaves, and Na-ri turns to see Nan-gil standing in the doorway.

They look at each other, unsure of what to do next.

COMMENTS

Ask me how relieved I am that Nan-gil didn’t go all Noble Idiot on us. I like that his response to his involvement with Na-ri’s father was to slow down and think, do some research of his own and not just take CEO Bae’s word for it. It’s a product of his reluctance to trust anyone, but it also falls in with how level-headed he is, how he doesn’t let his emotions lead him into rash decisions. It’s good to see Nan-gil stay in character with himself, and behave in the way we expect the character to behave, and not how dramas have us conditioned to expect. I like to think that he also knows exactly how lucky he is to have earned Na-ri’s love, and that he’s too smart of a guy to just throw that away. Not to mention, he can’t go anywhere, not if he still wants to save her house and restaurant from being taken over or sold off.

And it’s a good thing Nan-gil is taking the time to find things out for himself, because it sounds as if Na-ri’s father may not be dead after all. He certainly looked dead, but if Uncle saw him as recently as a year ago, then he must still be alive. Despite what CEO Bae says, death certificates can be forged, especially when the person has a really good reason to need to be dead to certain people. I have no doubt he’s alive out there, somewhere, still on the run.

Speaking of death certificates, I really hope that Wan-shik giving Nan-gil information about the death certificate points to him being a good guy. Well, I mean he’s not a good guy, he does some pretty bad stuff. But it’s not as if he has a choice any more than Nan-gil did, and there are times that I see something in him that wants to be better. Even though he and Nan-gil don’t get along, Wan-shik has still helped him several times, and he did look shocked and upset when Na-ri’s father jumped off that rooftop. I’m impressed with the actor playing him for giving him so much depth with so little actual content so far, and I really hope Wan-shik gets a redemption arc by the end (and no heroic deaths, please!).

I have to say about Nan-gil though, I was a bit disappointed in his reaction to Na-ri’s saying that she loves him. I understand that it’s not something he ever expected to hear, and that he was probably overwhelmed with multiple conflicting emotions at that moment. But if I were Na-ri, I’d feel rejected that he didn’t even acknowledge what she said, in any way. I guess it’s good that she’s confident in his feelings for her, and understands that he’s just shaken to the bone by the idea that she loves him back.

I don’t know if the who will go there, but I sort of love the idea of Yeo-joo and Deok-bong together. Can we petition to make this happen? She needs a guy who won’t fall for her wide-eyed innocent act, and he certainly isn’t impressed by it — I don’t really think Yeo-joo is malicious, she’s just starved for love. One theory I agree with that Yeo-joo sees guys who treat their girlfriends well, and she wants that, so she takes the guy. But instead of gaining a devoted boyfriend, she just ends up with cheaters, and she’s not happy. She needs a man that she earns for herself fair and square, and one that she has to work for… and Deok-bong would certainly make her work for it. She’d have to be on her best behavior to gain his interest, and maybe she’d realize that being herself is better than pretending to be what she thinks a man wants.

I’m getting very curious about this whole land issue. At first it just seemed a convenient reason to get Nan-gil and Na-ri’s mother married, and that the land itself wasn’t that important. But the more we learn, the more I start to think that the land itself is the key to everything — why did Deok-bong’s grandfather give it away? How did Na-ri’s mother suddenly come into possession of it and why? And does Nan-gil know something, and is he there for more than just sentimental reasons of wanting to protect Na-ri’s birthright? I have a feeling the answers to these questions will shed a lot of light into some very dark corners.

 
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Are yeo joo and duk bong going to have a love line of their own or am I reading into it too much?

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seems like it, and I personally look forward to yeo joo handling duk shim. It seems like those two could actually cancel each other out in the crazy department, that would be fun to watch... :)

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Nope! Sorry show, you're not going to be able to make me like Yeo Joo. She doesn't deserve Deok Bong (who is not the bad guy he seems to think he is). She's still only looking to hook a big fish. Still shameless. Having to work to get the man you want is not redemption. Showing us 'bad' parents is not going to make me feel sorry for her.

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Oh! And she's still nosing around trying to get dirt on Na Ri to presumably gossip about her. She disgusts me. I should probably calm down, don't know why it bothers me so much. Probably because the show seems to want me so sympathise with her when she's a terrible person without going to anylengths to redeem her.

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She is pretty shameless, isn't she? But I guess the show is trying to give her some redeeming qualities. I am surprised at this sudden turn of events especially about her looks resembling Deok Bong's ex. But at least Deok Bong is not impressed with her at the moment.

I certainly wouldn't want her to end up as Deok Bong's wife as he deserves so much better, but some girls have it all. Nari is super nice to her. I wouldn't be on talking terms with a woman like that... I might even let her sleep in the porch or living room rather than to let her have my bed!

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I don't mind her grabbing other people's boyfriends because she's doing that for selfish/financial reasons, but the show loses me when it makes it seem like she has some personal vendetta against Na Ri. Why did she have to act drunk and sleep at Na Ri s again? Can't she just focus on trying to milk duk bong? It doesn't make any sense to complicate her life (and her plans) by digging a hole with Na ri and just makes her seem vindictive, which is less redeemable to me than just wanting to get out of your socioeconomic class. I almost wish they'd give some back story about how she secretly is jealous or hates Na ri or something because her actions make no sense sometimes.

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YES. The next episode gives a bit more back story but I feel like it's not sufficient. The level of shamelessness, of ostentiously pushing herself in front of Na Ri, makes me really mad. Her backstory is not enough to justify how she can feel like she's the victim in the triangle with Dong Jin and be self-righteous and demand Na Ri helps her rightly deserved ostracisation.

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Omg yes, agreed. Just stick with what you're doing. The writing for the Yeo Joo character is atrociously all over the place, it's just ruining several aspects of the show for me.

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I agree! She's totally shameless and if she had shown some contrite and remorse over her actions, I would not mind her being with Deok Bong. As it she, she's still a shameless relationship wrecker and I cannot even warm up to her.

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Right, she's still going after Deok Bong for selfish reasons. And trying to manipulate him with it.

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I am not liking her either. She is still scamming.

I don't want her to be with Deok Bong.
And I'm afraid she will go after NanGil too just to steal NaRi's men.

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Yes, Deokbong has been a better guy than Yeojoo.

You say she's shameless. Yes, she owns up to it. And yet, he is too. He hasn't hidden his motives from the beginning; that he wants the land so that his company will make profit. Now, he's willing to sacrifice the land and his father's fury, but not because he's a 'friend' of Nari's. No, he's doing it so that 'stepfather' and 'stepdaughter' can never legally be together. He's delightfully truthful about it, but there it is.

Honestly, Deokbong with his lawsuits back in the day was probably terribly cruel in the name of his father's company before he decided he didn't want to be his father's lackey anymore. The only difference is, Deokbong became closed off and put up a front of being uncaring. This was possible because he's secure in money. Yeojoo didn't have anything. Her way of getting what she needs for her family and herself is to marry a rich man - and in her innermost of hearts, someone who will love her for who she is.

Yes, shameless, and her way of going about it is manipulative.

But as a character, I love it. And a part of me wonders - if she was a man, would she receive as much hate? If Deokshim was a boy, would she receive as much hate? Yes, what they've done is deplorable. But dramas, in an echo of real life, seem to let men go off much more easily. Men who manipulate women, who are only with them for what they can receive ... and then fall for them in the process.

I'm really excited to see how Nari and Nangil, who are morally straight as rods, will help Deokbong, Deokshim and Yeojoo in their character growth.

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Good points. Nari and Nan Gil are obviously the heart and soul of the show. As such, the other flawed characters stood out like a sore thumb in contrast to our leads.

Deok Bong isn't exactly bad. He did offer to buy the lands. In comparison with Da Da Finance, he is trying to get the land (as per Daddy cum Chairman) as legally as possible without causing harm and even compensating Na Ri. Yes, he is trying to win Na Ri but at least he is competing on the same level having met Na Ri about the same time Nari knows Nan Gil.

I can't say the same for Yeo Joo. She was manipulative, conniving and basically, she was a witch. I think we would probably dislike her too if her character was a second male lead. But I've got to say that she is a very determined person and should have channelled that to something more productive like a corporate career etc instead of stealing other ppl's BF. And especially to do that to NaRi who was nice to her and also right after her loss.

Deok Shim is one screw loose and no matter how dysfunctional the family is, I think she went too far locking up Na Ri and knocking her bike off the path. Again, I am not sure whether we would be more forgiving to a male character displaying the same psychotic symptoms...

But overall I think you are right to point out certain things about people judging females more than males... in movies, in politics, in relationships...

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Look unconscious deeply seated sexism could be at play here, but as a feminist I judge her on her actions not her sex. I would despise a male second lead who behaved the same way. Perhaps the sexism is from the show in that a male second lead wouldn't be allowed to be so 'bad'.

I disagree that Deok Bong is the same. On the surface he is open about what he wants. But he frequently acts in a way that shows he does actually care. About his sister, about Nan Gil and about Na Ri. I truly think he pushed Nan Gil to let him represent him in order to help him. Even if it's masked by acting in his own interests with Na Ri. I saw that in the scene with Nan Gil/Deok Bong. I don't believe DB is unaware of how small his with Na Ri chances are. He consistently acts in a way that is not in his interest by helping Na Ri and Nan Gil. Maybe he doesn't really want the land. But the best thing would be to let the court win and use that as leverage to buy the land to pay off the debt.

Deok Bong is actually a good person. Yeo Joo on the other hand is not.

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THANK YOU.

This was the first time I kept skipping forward. Too much Yeo-joo, not enough Nan-gil and Na-ri. Seriously, show, you can't redeem Yeo-joo in my eyes, and I don't give a fig about her growth as a person. Just get her off my screen.

Posted before reading the recap. Now off to read, as I missed a lot of things from all the skipping!

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Totally agree! I am NOT going to feel sorry for her with all her "Pity Me" act. Starved for Love? Everyone is starved for love, no matter what amount we have. We always ache for more of it, yearn for it. Yeo Joo should not be pitied just because she has a boo-hoo-my-life-is-so-sad. Pfft, I've seen worse in real life AND kdrama land.. Love isn't a "reward". Love isn't something like; oh I worked hard for this so I deserve to be loved now, thanks! You don't ask anything from Love. It just arrives.

On Nan-Gil's reaction on Na-Ri's confession: He looked scared AF. Happy-scared. I get it. And I absolutely adore that Na-Ri didn't feel rejected. Because she loves him. That's that. She didn't ask for a response or a validation of his feelings, because she just wanted her feelings out in the open. That is so wonderfully pure, IMO. Wasn't it at LOTBS that said: when you love, you just surrender? <3

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I wasn't much of a fan of this specific episode, for some reason. I found Na-Ri's assertiveness too forceful and unnatural (in spite loving a female lead who, well, TAKES the LEAD) and Nan-Gil gets weirdly sheepish around her, which is a veeery sharp contrast to when he was acting all cocky and Daddy-like. And yes, I know it's because all the feelings are out on the table and all, but I miss his confident stride and teasing of Na-Ri.

Now what reeeeeally killed it for me in Uncle. Either he's a crappy actor or he's poorly written, because I fail to understand why he had to scream ao goddamn much in those last few minutes of the episode. Why in the hell was he shouting so much???

Here's to hoping that ep 10 is better (for me anyways) !

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same the uncle is so annoying, it felt like i was watching a sageuk at the last scream. I also find Nari's friend really annoying, she was just screaming nonsensically throughout the scene, i just wanted to someone to shut her up.

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Omg I felt the same! The last scene.. what's up with the uncle suddenly appeared and yelled like that?? Very annoying and unnecessary

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I half-excuse the shouting as part of the uncle's having to nerve himself to do the bad guys' bidding, and ending up overdoing it. But I agree with you that it was jarring and annoying.

I do miss seeing an alpha Nan-gil, but I also like seeing him as boyish and vulnerable and kind of like a baby. And I'm just thankful to the drama gods that we have an assertive herone, because how often do we get that? You're right, though, that we spend a lot of time watching Na-ri practically boss Nan-gil around, and seeing Nan-gil with his hands folded demurely. It's quite a change from the earlier episodes, and I look forward to seeing a more equal dynamic between the two leads.

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*heroine

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I would be wondering why my uncle, who's been unreliable in anything he says/does and is a leech, has the right to suddenly show up and start anything at all. I was silent-yelling at my TV (my poor husband was trying to sleep) when the uncle acted like he had a right to be there. And to then to start threatening the people who actually live there? Nope! If I were Na-ri, I'd tell him to get out. Be on his side at court? What. No!

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THIS!! I never understand why, in kdramas, they always trust the deadbeat. I wouldn't even listen to him. Just get out.

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I just want to +1 you for that excellent pun re: taking the lead. XD

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I'm so confused. I'm guessing Yeo-Joo doesn't know that Nan Gil and Na Ri aren't blood related. So does she seem as having an incestuous relationship?? And she's totally okay with it?
I'm sure I'm missing something.

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I think she's not aware of their step-daughter/step-father relationship. :)

That's why she's confused to hear that Nan-Gil was acting fatherly to Nari. :)

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But what I mean is, Yeo-Joo was calling him her little brother, and YJ knows they're in love but she doesn't know whether they're blood related or not. That's what I find strange.

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I think it's just the subs making things confusing. Dongsaeng as she's calling him can refer to both an actual younger sibling and just a younger close friend.

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She seems to be aware that they are not blood related by the way she hinted about falling for a younger guy at the airport in a previous episode. Probably that matter was clarified by the ex BF (to both girls)

But I guess she kept calling him younger brother because she is still trying to go for Nan Gil or maybe she is just trying to play up the situation for her own benefits...

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Yeah - it's weird right? Does she think he's an 'adopted' brother (like the way her mother called him her 'son')? But how would Yeo Joo know?

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I'm just saying, Ko Nan-gil/Kim Young-kwang in fully black attire is simply drool-worthy. <3

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Can i punch Jo Boa's character without hurting Jo Boa?

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LOL, no. Deokbong is way better off being alone than with Yeojoo. She's a slimy little snake with no basic decency. There's no excusing her vile ways and her forced little sob story doesn't make me sympathetic. Save Deokbong from this devilspawn, please!

Even now, despite the fact that Nari had been more than kind to her (considering the circumstances), Yeojoo is still sniffing around for ways to hurt Nari. Honestly, Nari should just throw her out everytime she shows up, drunk or not. Nari's consideration will end up with her getting hurt.

Nangil and Nari continue to be super sweet and I hope we get to see them continue working at being together rather than go the typical noble-idiot/run away route of k-dramas.

This is actually one of those dramas when I'd totally agree with a Nari 2.0 to appear in the last episode and get Deokbong. He's really endearing, in the way that he came in this drama as a cocky, scheming all-business business man, but without her trying, he just ends up liking Nari. This guy deserves love too, and that of a GOOD woman. *throws salt at Yeojoo*

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Preach! I just need DB to see through and reject YJ to the end.

Hiss! Back Satan!

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Yes, and yes, to everything you've said.

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Ransook's shrill voice when she's yelling hurts my ears so much she annoys the hell out of me. I just want to shout back at her, Shut up !!!! Ugh.

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Agreed. Ran Sook is my least favorite character and I want her to just go away! Thankfully she's not present often.

Duk Shim's fake crying is not far behind in unpleasantness.

And Yeo Joo is just on that screen WAY too much a person of her deeds. It's like she's completely obsessed with Na Ri! Shameless.

And since I'm on a roll already, I don't get why Duk Bong wouldn't fire Soo Rye and fill the position with someone who actually respects him and does what he asks. So frustrating!

Here are my character complaints to follow my actor praises excessively detailed below.

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I feel like the secretary may be the linchpin that unravels everything and helps the otp in the end. And she may be super competent in her job. It's not like duk bong needs hugs and cuddles from her, just efficiency. I'm holding out hope for her.

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I agree that she will be an important character. But there are lots of times he asks her to do things and she just walks away... That's what I was referring to.

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I hate Yeo-joo more. But Ran-sook is a close second.

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And tell her to go back to Seoul. What's stopping her? You have your keys. You can drive. Your friend is an adult. Go home, already!

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I will now commence with overflowing expressions of love for some of this lovely drama’s cast.

God bless Kim Young Kwan. Reigning King Supreme of the Smolder.

I had just finished Go Ho’s Starry Night when TMLiOH started up. The former was a short, sweet drama and I really enjoyed it, but I wished that Kim Young Kwan’s character had been further developed. Starry Night was something like an appetizer, as Kim Young Kwan’s character was very likable as he was cute, charming, and charismatic, providing more chemistry than Marie Curie’s lab could offer. Being that Starry Night was a mini drama, not much time was allotted for character development for anyone besides the heroine. As a result, Kim Young Kwan was shown often, but only ever interacting with, stalking, fighting over, or pining for Go Ho. Even as he was supposed to be some sort of genius in his field, whenever he was shown at work it revolved around Go Ho. The show was about a gal with 5 potential suitors, and it seemed even the many other characters in the drama existed simply to revolve around her (reminding me of the concept in W!), which was nice if you want to live vicariously while visiting dramaland, but not as nice when you want a little more substance…but I digress. In The Man Living in Our House, Kim Young Kwan takes all the goodness present in Go Ho’s Starry Night, multiplies it times a hundred, and adds depth and interested to the character. This of course is partially thanks to the direction and screenwriting. But what a win. Delight for all!

This is actually my first Soo Ae drama. It took me about five minutes to get used to her deep voice and now I find it one of the most soothing and appealing in all of dramaland. Even when she’s chatting a mile a minute Gilmore Girl style, she’s rocking it. She brings for a fun and lovable energy and is an incredibly talented comedic actress. Her expressions are the bee’s knees. Plus, Na Ri is awesome, of course.

Next up I want to say how happy I was to see Ji Yoon Ho back at it again! I really appreciated his acting skills in Cheese in the Trap, and felt like he deserved more praise and more roles following it. That fella really had the stuff in him to make you feel sympathy and heartbreak for an otherwise sleazy or annoying character. I’m so happy he gets to be all lovable in this drama! I’d like to see him with an even bigger part, if not in this drama, than in dramas to come. Ji Yoon Ho Fighting!

Lee SooHyuk, fabulous as always. When I see him hopelessly going for a heroine I seem to still call him Gary. “Awe, Gary!” I hear myself thinking, and sometimes saying aloud. One of these days our dapper, sweet, stylish (?) fella will get the girl! For such a tall man, he is so precious.

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Jo Bo Ah and Kim Ji Hoon are doing a good job keeping their characters seem light and not deal-with-able. Although I am a little confused as to why they were written to seem so forgivable when they did something really, really, really despicable. Hooking up at mom’s funeral. There’s just no coming back from there! The circumstances are just too much for me. (It wasn’t set up that way in the webtoon). But anyway, I think Jo Bo Ah and Kim Ji Hoon are presenting their characters in a fun and watchable way. Thumbs up for them.

Lastly, this is not actually toward the actors but the wardrobe stylists. They are killin’ it.

And there is my love spillage and there are my tangents for today! Sorry ya'll, I was just feeling these feels for some time and I had to let them spill out!

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I would like to have some of the clothes but unfortunately they are not suitable in my country that only has summer and rainy season. T.T

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I completely agree with you. Kim Young-kwang just makes my life better :)

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About Su Ae's voice, I also noticed that it was deeper than the usual Korean drama heroine's voice, and I liked it. It is very calming. And I loved that Nan-gil complained about her talking in a higher register during their date. I love it when grown women act (and sound!) like grown women.

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Agreed! The high pitches most females use kind of hurts my ears. Should I walk around with a high-pitched voice as well, to seem more feminine? Nope. I think not! Hee.

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@pickledplumtree

I totally agree with you. Love the cast, especially Kim Young-kwang and Su Ae. This is also my first Su Ae drama, and I think I understand why some people call her "goddess"; she has a kind of aura that just draws you towards her.

I would also like to add Woo Do Hwan to the list of impressive cast; he's doing great as Kim Wan-shik. I was hoping for some sort of bromance between him and Ko Nan-gil, but the animosity is quite strong despite Wan-shik frequently feeding Nan-gil with information, so I'm not sure what to expect. Like Lollypip, I really hope there won't be any kind of heroic death in the end...

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Don't you all love how brown Kim Young-kwang is? That smooth rosy light brown, especially in his scenes in the restaurant? Don't get me wrong, I don't love Lee Soo-hyuk or Lee Jong-seok any less for being pasty-faced, but there's just something healthy and vigorous about tan skin.

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There are some tan male actors that caught my eyes. Some Hong Kong and Taiwan actors. They looks healthy. Yum.

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Farmer's tan FTW.

For fans of the look, I simply must direct your attention to Oh Man-Seok in MAN OF THE VINEYARD... Hubba, hubba. ;-)

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Oh how I wished I could be there in the kitchen with Nan Gil wearing cozy, beauteous, oversized sweaters and discussing what to make for dinner!

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KYK must have a stunt double while he's kneading dough while wearing those nice warm turtlenecks... I'd be sweating my brains out. In real life, even a long-sleeve t-shirt might be too much for that level of activity in a hot kitchen, even in winter.

OTOH, those cozy, beauteous, oversized sweaters look great while they're walking around outdoors.

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Hmm.... Na Ri seems to have fallen hard for Nan Gil, the way she confessed, so bold and straightforward. It's as if she's the one who has harboured one sided feelings for him all those years and he is the one resciprocating them. That is why Nan Gil was dumbstrucked because it was too sudden and unexpected. Now i feel like other characters aren't there, way to go show!!!

Wow! This show, iam equipped.

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I was fine with Nan-gil not saying "I love you" back. Better to say it when he's ready to say it, not just as an automatic response. I understand how he would be overwhelmed, not just with the surprise of the moment but also with the sheer weight of it, for him, a person who has never received love from anyone but Na-ri's mom.

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Fully agree with you. That, and the fact that the one he's loved all along now loves him back... it's huge.

Enjoying this drama thoroughly. Hope it'll continue well - and with less yeo joo. Kept skipping through her parts!

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I'd actually be interested in seeing yeo Joo try her ways with duk bong and him seeing through it completely. Then her losing it and finally being her real self with him. I feel like he might find that side of her interesting, and if anything she could certainly manipulate her way around his family in an amusing way.

In my head I even imagined her growing uneasy because she found herself actually having real feelings for duk bong and then having the tables turned because she didn't know if he was playing with her or what.

But either way, she's gotta stop with the inserting herself into Na ris life. Move on.

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I was actually kinda fine with Dong Jin genuinely liking YJ. Partly because it's pretty obvious that Na Ri got over their relationship quickly, partly because the two idiots deserve each other, but also because Dong Jin actually told Yeo Joo to just be herself and not try so hard. At that point, it occurred to me that maybe he liked her because she was so different from the super-independent Na Ri, that maybe he finds NR's always-held-together personna intimidating. He sounded pretty sincere, and I would have sorta shipped them together.

Just not with Deok Bong. He needs friendship and family, but I don't think he really needs to be shipped with someone for the sake of it.

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I simply love everything about this show. Amidst all the excitement of the dramas that premiered last week and those still ongoing, this show is like comfort food: reliable, warm, and cozy. What I don't understand is why its spiraling downwards in ratings! I get that its not the most exciting show, but so far I really love our main and side characters. I simply don't understand the hate.

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Me too, I don't get the low ratings :( I guess, Romantic Teacher Doctor Kim is getting all the love now and MBC just started a new drama so people preferred those over this.

Anyway, this is also my reliable, warm, and cozy Monday-Tuesday drama.

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I was lol watching Yeo-joo try to catch Deuk-shim.

Call me delulu but for once please let Lee Soo-hyuk get to feel there is a girl who like/love him... I'm tired seeing him lose the girl that he like to other man. Poor Soo-hyuk. When will you get the girl for yourself? *sigh*

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Thanks for the recap. The show is great. I love everyone except Uncle and Na Ri's friend. As everyone here pointed out her attitude and voice were
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I'm as curious as you are about the land issue, LollyPip. I do not believe at all that Secretary Kwon does not know at least something about this land thing. It might be a reach, but maybe her dislike for Nari's mother is connected to this far deeper than obvious. Can't wait to see how this will play out.

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Contrary to most of the comments, I found Yeo Joo to have piqued my interest. She's obviously not among the likable ones, an absolute foil to Nari's stronger and more sensible characterization, but she has a lot in her that has yet to grow as a character and I find that very interesting, just because it feels a lot closer to people in real life, who are very, very flawed. If there should ever be hope for her towards the end, it would be interesting to see just how it will play out (or maybe that's just me and I began watching at episode 7 so may not have enough context to supply a more negative emotional investment).

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Also, I do agree with commenter kit -- men tend to be let off more easily than women. I am in no way trying to justify Yeo Joo's actions but her flawed humanity just resonates with me differently from Nari's own characterization, who I would say, is the kind of woman I would like myself to be.

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When this drama started I was a bit worried that it would fizzle out in the second half, like flowerboy next door by the same writer. It seems the writer thought so too, because we are in the second half and there are still so many problems/hurdles/ugh... I hope that the makjang elements keep to an absolute minimum, but just like LollyPip I love that Nan Gil decided to fact check instead of being an noble idiot!

I also really like the fact that the Tsundere character for once doesn't get the girl (even though I heart Duk Bong) and the nice self sacrificing one does (right? writer-nim! right?)

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"I don’t know if the [show] will go there, but I sort of love the idea of Yeo-joo and Deok-bong together."

Yes, yes, yes! Unpopular opinion, but I found myself bored during many of Nan-gil and Na-ri's scenes in this episode and wishing for more from Yeo-joo/Deok-bong. He doesn't take any of her shit. I've honestly been waiting for this loveline since their slow-motion scene at the airport. And that Yeo-joo/Deok-shim scene! I love imagining the conniving things they could get up to together -- and how much they could annoy Deok-bong in the process.

Sure, Yeo-joo's not an angel, but that's what makes her character interesting, I think. Why does she act that way? What are her motivations? I like that her character isn't one-dimensional and is a bit messy and complicated. This seems to be a trend for me, though, liking selfish, haughty female characters, e.g., I liked Kim Ji-won's character in "The Heirs" way more than Park Shin-hye's supposed "nice girl."

And +1 to Nan-gil thinking things over before diving headfirst into noble idiocy. That was good and honestly refreshing for a K-drama. Also, can we get another peek at that back tattoo? Yum.

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If that's the unpopular opinion, count me in! I found all the DB and YJ scenes to be highly entertaining... I'm down with this ship!

The main couple are cute but repeating the same scene over and over is getting tedious.

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I'm just glad to join this unpopular opinion. HA. *heart eyes Soo-hyuk*

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Whoops, just realized that scene was in ep 10, and this is the comments section for ep 9. Does that count as a spoiler ?

**SPOILER ALERT** Lee Soo Hyuk is hot!

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Right about now I'd like to put Yeo-joo on a one-way flight to the Bermuda Triangle... but it would have to be crewed by a bunch of characters as obnoxiously shallow and invasive as she is. Alternatively, she could just be strapped to a rocket. That way no innocent bystanders would be harmed.

I have to say that actress Jo Bo-Ah is doing a terrific job portraying a character I've come to loathe and despise. I try not to waste energy and emotional bandwidth on hating a fictional character, but Yeo-joo really gets my back up. Her relentless barging in at the drop of a hat makes her a truly perverse Energizer Bunny. Go away already.

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