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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju: Episode 7

Bok-ju starts to see how her secret is negatively affecting those around her, due to the way she’s been lying and sneaking around in order to preserve it. The problem is, the longer it goes on, the more that leads to feelings of hurt and betrayal, and now she’ll have to do some serious damage control if she wants to mend bridges.

 
EPISODE 7: “Happy Birthday”

Shi-ho stops cold in the middle of gymnastics practice, and runs over to the weightlifting practice room. She sees Coach Choi inside, but whatever she came for, she doesn’t go in.

Bok-ju arrives home some time later to find her father sitting with both of her weightlifting coaches. Dad throws her weight loss journal on the table and loudly demands to know what this is about, and Coach Yoon tries to calm him.

But Dad won’t be calmed, and he grabs a mop handle and goes after Bok-ju. Coach Yoon and Uncle Dae-ho hold him back while Coach Choi shields Bok-ju, who apologizes pitifully. Dad is so angry that Coach Choi tells Bok-ju to run, and they silently head back to school.

The coaches make Bok-ju do squats until she’s exhausted, asking her why she was going to a weight loss clinic. Coach Yoon reminds her that she’s not an ordinary college girl — she’s a weightlifter, and her going against her coaches’ and father’s wishes is a disappointment.

Joon-hyung’s aunt invites him to dinner tonight for Jae-yi’s birthday, and he accepts. He texts Bok-ju that it’s her crush’s birthday, giggling over what a good friend he’s being.

Bok-ju finishes her punishment squats and Coach Choi comes to talk to her. She says that Bok-ju is too mature and dedicated to go to a weight loss clinic just out of curiosity, but Bok-ju keeps quiet about her reasons. Coach Choi says she’s going to stick right by Bok-ju from now on, because her training has to continue.

She forbids Bok-ju from leaving campus without permission, warning her that she’s prepared to use force if Bok-ju disobeys. Bok-ju nods her understanding, looking miserable but accepting her coach’s authority.

Her friends take her to her dorm and massage her sore muscles, lovingly griping at her for misbehaving. Shi-ho comes home and listens in as Seon-ok tries to get Bok-ju to tell them why she went to a weight-loss clinic, but Bok-ju remains frustratingly silent.

Shi-go goes for a walk, seeming upset at how her turning in that weight loss diary has negatively affected Bok-ju. She wonders sadly just how far she’ll go.

Shi-ho wanders down the middle of the street, consumed by her thoughts and backing up traffic. Dr. Go finds her and takes her for coffee, and asks why Shi-ho is so upset. Shi-ho answers that she hates herself because she did something terrible to someone out of jealousy.

Dr. Go agrees that jealousy is awful, and admits that she was once very jealous over a man. She asks Shi-ho if this is that love triangle she mentioned before, but Shi-ho says it’s not really a triangle, and Dr. Go tells her not to be too hard on herself.

Jae-yi is worried when Bok-ju doesn’t show up for her appointment, and he heads to dinner with his parents and Joon-hyung. Dr. Go calls him, and Jae-yi’s mom perks up to hear that he’s talking to a lady and invites her to join them. When Dr. Go arrives, Jae-yi’s parents are delighted to meet her, although he squirms in his chair.

Dr. Go wonders why Joon-hyung and Jae-yi are so different, so the fact that they’re actually cousins must not be common knowledge. Jae-yi asks Joon-hyung why Bok-ju didn’t come to her appointment today, and Joon-hyung thinks it’s strange, too.

Jae-yi gives Dr. Go a ride home and apologizes for his mother’s eagerness to throw them together, saying that she’s nervous that he’ll never find a wife. Dr. Go tells him not to be so defensive, pouting that he hurt her feelings.

She asks if Jae-yi is afraid she’ll set her sights on him, and makes it a point to call him “Friend,” but pauses to give him his birthday gift. Jae-yi feels like a real jerk as he opens her present to find a stack of CDs.

Joon-hyung worries about Bok-ju as he walks home, knowing she would have come to her appointment if she’d known it was Jae-yi’s birthday. He goes to the chicken restaurant to look for her, and Uncle Dae-ho tells him that she’s under close coach scrutiny right now.

Joon-hyung cringes in sympathy to hear that Bok-ju got caught going to Jae-yi’s clinic. He goes back to their dorm and looks up at her window, and calls her careless for getting busted. He sends her another text, and this time the chime from her phone gets her out of bed to check her messages.

She sees Joon-hyung’s earlier text about Jae-yi’s birthday, and the one he just sent simply asking if she’s okay. Her face falls, and she hobbles back to bed without responding. She lies there sniffling, and finally breaks into loud sobs.

Coach Choi monitors Bok-ju’s food intake at breakfast, though she doesn’t look happy to have to be so aggressive about it. Joon-hyung and his roommate Tae-kwon see Bok-ju eating under the watchful eye of her coach.

Coach Yoon is on edge as well, complaining about the team’s lack of dedication when they aren’t all present early and ready to train, and retreats to his office. The weightlifting sunbaes corner Bok-ju to blame her for the coaches’ recent bad moods, warning her not to cause any more trouble for them.

Joon-hyung paces outside the weightlifting gym, wanting to talk to Bok-ju but unsure why he even cares so much. He nearly calls out when Bok-ju leaves the building, but stops himself when he sees Coach Choi right on her heels.

Bok-ju’s dad has taken to his bed (after giving Uncle Dae-ho a lovely shiner) and is refusing to go to his dialysis, so Bok-ju heads home to visit him. At first he won’t speak to Bok-ju either, but eventually he blows up and asks why she even cares if he gets treatment.

Bok-ju finally snaps, and yells that yes, she went to the weight clinic, but what Dad’s doing now is no different. That gets her in even worse trouble for talking back, and he threatens to give the weight-loss doctor a piece of his mind (and fists, no doubt) for tricking a naive student into treatment just for money. Bok-ju chases Dad outside, begging him not to go to the clinic, swearing that Jae-yi didn’t lure her there and promising never to go again. Dad suddenly collapses, and Coach Choi hails a taxi to rush him to the hospital.

Shi-ho practices a split-turn over and over again, falling out of it every time. Her coach worries about her competition tomorrow, and makes her keep practicing the move.

Bok-ju’s dad is taken for an emergency dialysis treatment, and Dae-ho sends Bok-ju back to training. She and Coach Choi stop at a convenience store for a drink, and the coach says that she understands her father’s reaction. She tells Bok-ju to be good to him, and Bok-ju meekly agrees.

Coach Choi gets called to the administration office, and tells Bok-ju to go straight back to the training room. Bok-ju stops on the way, her eyes drawn by a bright store window, where she sees a plant with a “Happy Birthday” card on display.

When Coach Choi arrives at the gym to find that Bok-ju hasn’t returned yet, she grows angry all over again.

Seon-ok is still curious why Bok-ju would suddenly develop an interest in losing weight, and Nan-hee continues to pretend she knows nothing about it. Nan-hee vaguely says that Bok-ju must have her reasons for lying, but Seon-ok wants to know what those reasons are.

Bok-ju heads to Jae-yi’s clinic, carrying the little “Happy Birthday” plant she bought. She thinks that she probably won’t be able to see him anymore, and wonders if she’d have been able to wish him a happy birthday in person if she’s just been honest from the beginning.

In her heart, she tells Jae-yi the truth about herself — that she’s a student at Haneul Sport University, and that she’s a weightlifter. She tells him about her great strength, and that she actually likes Big Bang much more than classical music, hee. Lastly, she confesses that she likes him.

She tells herself that she’ll forget him soon, and leaves the plant on Jae-yi’s car. He finds it later and smiles, but Bok-ju is long gone by then.

Bok-ju finally takes Joon-hyung’s call as she’s walking back to school, and he asks if she’s okay. He mentions seeing Coach Choi following her around, and she starts to explain before she sees Seon-ok and Na-hee outside the gym, waving to her frantically.

She abruptly hangs up when Coach Choi joins them, looking furious. Coach demands that Bok-ju explain her behavior after promising she wouldn’t go off-campus without permission, and when Bok-ju remains quiet she decides that a tougher punishment is in order.

She paddles Bok-ju several times with a mop handle, intending to give her twenty lashes, but Nan-hee rushes in after only three swings and says she’ll spill everything. Nan-hee tells Coach Choi the whole story while Seon-ok listens from around the corner, looking hurt to have been left out of the loop.

After hearing the explanation, a much calmer Coach Choi sits Bok-ju down and tells her how she ran away from home over a guy once, her love making her forget all about weightlifting. They’d only spent one night away before he’d chickened out and gone home, and she’d felt betrayed. But even worse was how she still couldn’t get over him.

Coach says that she understands how Bok-ju feels, but promises her that it will pass. She likens it to “hitting the wall” — when you feel like you can’t go another step, but you push through it until everything is fine again. She tells Bok-ju that someday she’ll meet a guy who’ll love her for who she truly is — that’s the man she should date, and Coach won’t stop her.

Joon-hyung is worried sick about Bok-ju, and he happens to wander past the spot where she and Coach Choi are talking. He sees Bok-ju sobbing in Coach’s lap, while Coach hollers that she’ll hurt the guy that made Bok-ju cry.

Coach Choi sends Bok-ju home to sleep and spend some time with her dad. She tells Bok-ju that training will start tomorrow, and as Bok-ju leaves, Coach muses that being in love can be awfully lonely.

She goes back to the gym, and tells Coach Yoon that Bok-ju is doing better now. They agree that they need to trust her a little more, and that hardships like these are necessary for growth.

As Bok-ju walks, she sees a sausage roll down the sidewalk nearby. Curious, she steps closer to investigate, and we see Joon-hyung hiding behind a bush mimicking reeling in a fish, hee. He pops out when Bok-ju gets close enough, triumphant at finally getting a chance to talk to her.

He asks why she’s not returning his calls, and Bok-ju just sighs. Joon-hyung decides not to press the issue, and throws an arm over her shoulder and takes her to eat, unconcerned about breaking curfew.

Seon-ok is hurt and upset that Nan-hee didn’t tell her Bok-ju’s secret. She refuses to listen to Nan-hee’s explanations or apologies, and hides in her bed.

Joon-hyung takes Bok-ju for grilled meat, and his cheerfulness makes her suspicious of his motives. She’s still depressed and sad, but she eats when he urges her. He chatters that it’s not like she needs to diet anymore, then looks like he wants to bite his tongue off for reminding her that she won’t be seeing Jae-yi anymore.

Bok-ju starts to cry softly, though she cheers a bit to hear that Jae-yi was worried when she didn’t make her appointment. Joon-hyung fusses over her, stopping her from eating raw meat and cleaning her elbow when she sticks it in the food. So cute.

After dinner Joon-hyung takes Bok-ju to a club to work out her feelings. He lets her open his drink, impressed by her strength, then pulls her to the dance floor. It only takes a bit of urging for Bok-ju to let loose and dance her troubles away (though it’s really more like barely-controlled flailing, and I adore how Joon-hyung copies her dance moves while protecting those close to her).

Uncle Dae-ho finds Dad drinking and tries to stop him. He starts to down the whole bottle himself but fails, and Dad smiles a little at his attempt to save face. Dae-ho knows that Dad is feeling guilty for scolding Bok-ju, and he says it’s only natural for her to want to look feminine and go on dates.

Dad sighs that she’s a weightlifter, not a woman, but Dae-ho argues that she’s both. He admits feeling bad for Bok-ju, who always wears slouchy clothes and has calluses on her hands. He goes off to bed, and Dad says to himself that he does feel bad for her. He sighs that she can’t give up, wanting her to see her goal through to the end; he thinks her winning a gold medal will prevent her from feeling the regret Dad has felt.

Joon-hyung and Bok-ju walk home in the early morning hours, Bok-ju still dancing a bit as they walk, hee. She loses the rock-paper-scissors game to pay for their next clubbing outing, and Joon-hyung asks again how she got caught going to Jae-yi’s clinic.

Apparently, the coaches found her weight loss journal in the gym, though she remembers putting in safely in her bag. But she says she doesn’t have any regrets, because she learned a lot from Jae-yi about being a woman, and how a man can make her heart flutter as much as weightlifting.

Joon-hyung looks at her sadly for a moment, then perks up and bounces around her in a circle. Bok-ju had permission to be out of the dorm all night, but she asks if Joon-hyung will be in trouble, and he asks if she’s worried about him.

He ruffles her hair when she says she’s worried, then does it again when she objects to the skinship. He tells her that being chatty and bubbly is more like her, and adds seriously that she can call him whenever she needs a mood lift.

He drops Bok-ju of at the dorm doors, and she thanks him, saying that she had a good time, “thanks to you.” He returns the sentiment, saying that he had fun thanks to her.

Once she’s gone, it suddenly hits Joon-hyung why her story about the coach finding her weight loss diary doesn’t seem right. He remembers seeing Shi-ho storming into the gym a few mornings ago, and suddenly wonders if she had anything to do with it.

On the way to her room, Bok-ju wonders why Joon-hyung is being so nice to her, and concedes that Joon-hyung does resemble his hyung a little. She sneaks into her room only to find Shi-ho already up, and Shi-ho asks how she’s doing, saying that Bok-ju looked unwell yesterday.

Bok-ju wishes her luck at her competition today and lies down for a nap, and Shi-ho accidentally breaks a mirror picking up something from her desk.

Bok-ju nearly sleeps through the team’s morning run, and she hurries out to find Seon-ok giving both her and Nan-hee the silent treatment. Bok-ju nervously takes a call from Dad, who summons her to the restaurant later.

Dad grouchily accuses her of pretending to care when she asks how she’s feeling, but he’s obviously not really angry anymore. He gives her a little gift, a lipstick, and tells her to only use it when she’s going out. Aw, he’s trying.

The rhythmic gymnastics competition begins, and despite Shi-ho’s rival Soo-bin being the coach’s pet, she drops her clubs several times during her routine. Shi-ho looks nervous, but she performs the same routine she flubbed during the national team tryouts, and this time she completely nails it.

But over in the swimming building, Joon-hyung struggles in practice. He’s slow and uncoordinated, and his coach reads him the riot act. He blames it on his lack of sleep when Tae-kwon asks what’s wrong, and refuses to answer any of his questions.

Shi-ho is on cloud nine as the team returns to school, and she’s even happier when Joon-hyung calls and asks to talk. He offers a halfhearted congratulations on her competition, and she tells him about breaking her mirror but guesses it didn’t portend a bad day like she thought.

Joon-hyung doesn’t smile along with her, and just asks, “Was it you?” He tells her that he saw her at the weightlifting gym, and she asks why he’s asking if he already knows. She admits she left Bok-ju’s journal at the gym, and Joon-hyung too-calmly asks why.

Then he blows up, demanding to know why she did that to Bok-ju when it wouldn’t benefit her at all. Shi-ho only asks why he’s so upset, since it’s none of his business, either.

She confesses that she hates seeing them laugh together, and demands to know who Bok-ju is losing weight for. Joon-hyung is shocked at her vehemence, and says that he and Bok-ju are not in the kind of relationship she seems to think they are.

Shi-ho just asks how Joon-hyung feels about Bok-ju, and he starts to say they went to the same elementary school. But Shi-ho even hates that fact, and she worries that she’s going crazy over this. But she can’t help hating that he smiles at someone other than her, and she warns Joon-hyung not to provoke her, “or I might go even crazier.”

Bok-ju is in her room, wondering if she should call the clinic and tell them she won’t be coming to her appointments anymore. She calls Joon-hyung to ask for advice, which is when Shi-ho bursts in and overhears their conversation.

She snatches the phone out of Bok-ju’s hand, and demands to know why Bok-ju keeps calling and seeing Joon-hyung. She says that she heard Bok-ju liked someone else, and asks why she’s making passes at Joon-hyung. She even admits defiantly that she left the weight loss journal at the gym for Bok-ju’s coaches to find, and Bok-ju can only stare at her, unbelieving.

COMMENTS

I’m really enjoying Shi-ho’s character trajectory right now — I find her and her issues interesting, and I’m so glad she’s not being painted as a straight-up villain. She acted impulsively by taking Bok-ju’s weight-loss diary to her coaches, but I appreciate that she regretted her actions when she saw how much Bok-ju was hurt by it. But then she flipped again when she saw how much Joon-hyung was upset by it, and rather than see her emotional volatility as just your average second-lead behavior, I appreciate that Shi-ho’s actions feel real and driven by authentic concerns. Yes, she’s coming unhinged, but she has understandable reasons for coming unhinged, with all the pressure she’s under from so many different sources.

I believe that Shi-ho has some pretty serious emotional problems right now, with her gymnastics career and her feelings for Joon-hyung and her internal and external drives for success all at war with one another, so I don’t think we’ve seen the last of her bad behavior. But seeing her conflicted over what she did to Bok-ju humanizes her and allows us as viewers to sympathize with her even as she hates what she’s doing, which makes her much more interesting to watch as she tries to fight her own personal demons.

On the flip side, I feel so bad for Bok-ju right now — she’s at such a difficult place in her life and she’s being pulled in two very different, conflicting directions. Her ultimate goal is to win Olympic gold, which is the goal that everyone in her life — coaches and family — are pushing her towards, supporting the dream Bok-ju has been working for since she was a young girl. But Bok-ju is having a personal crisis that’s at odds with that goal, and unfortunately she picked the worst way to go about pursuing her crush on Jae-yi. Becoming his patient was impulsive and ill-advised for a young woman whose Olympic dreams depend on her weight (weight class in weightlifting is crucially important), though I can see why she felt it was the only way to spend time with him.

While I may not agree personally with Coach Choi’s disciplinary decisions, I do see her side of the issue and understand why she’s being so strict with Bok-ju right now. Bok-ju may not have been happy about the decision to change her weight class, but she did agree to it, and her coaches felt she couldn’t be trusted. And they were right, judging by the way Bok-ju went AWOL before even one day had passed. I may not like Coach Choi’s corporal punishment of Bok-ju, but she did warn her what could happen if she disobeyed her restrictions, and at least it got through to Bok-ju that this isn’t a joke. If she wants to go to the Olympics, much less win a gold medal, she needs to focus on training like she’s never focused before.

It’s not so much that Bok-ju didn’t go straight back to school that night, or even that she tried to lose weight, that had everyone so upset. Keeping her thoughts and feelings bottled up when those thoughts and feelings were opposite to her professional goals was Bok-ju’s greatest offense, because she’s not going to accomplish anything if she keeps secrets and refuses to be honest with the very people who are trying their hardest to help her. I can understand why they feel disrespected and betrayed, because they’re killing themselves to help Bok-ju realize her dream while Bok-ju was lying by omission and sabotaging her own goals. As long as Bok-ju refused to share what she’s thinking with anyone, her coaches and father were going to continue to be disappointed by Bok-ju’s actions. Part of growing up is understanding that your behavior affects other people, and it’s time for Bok-ju to grow up and start communicating with the people in her life. So while I do wish it had been Bok-ju’s decision to come clean, at least now her motivations are in the open, which allowed Coach Choi a chance to meet Bok-ju on an emotional level she hadn’t had access to before.

I do agree with the message that Jae-yi isn’t the right man for Bok-ju, simply because of the fact that she couldn’t be herself with him. I believe that if she felt she had to lie to get him to like her, then he’s automatically wrong for her. Coach Choi was absolutely right, that Bok-ju will meet someone who will love her for exactly who she is, and that when that happens, everything will fall into place naturally. I love that Bok-ju has no idea that that man is already right there next to her, and that he already admires and respects her for her strength and spirit, and that she doesn’t even know it. I can’t wait for that moment when Bok-ju looks up and sees Joon-hyung standing beside her, already loving her for who she is, right now, imperfections and all.

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Poor Bok Joo! Ah the bitter pangs of your first love! ?

But I look forward to the cute in the next episode!

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Just wanted to give Bok Joo a massive hug. She is one strong willed woman..
At this moment of crisis the way she didn't give any excuses and just faced the consequences of her actions was so admirable. She has proved that she is destined for greatness and I continue to cheer her on.
I also loved that Si Ho's mirror breaking scene was a parallel to Joon Hyung's cutting his finger and yet the outcomes were complerely different. SH is scripting her own path, overcoming obstacles and fighting head on. She is constantly working hard and it is good to see that her efforts are paying off.

The preview is squeee ?

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This episode strongly smelled of abuse for me. Bok joo is perfectly happy on her weight class. But then the coaches thought of an irresponsible plan to raise her weight in a span of a few months for what? Because it's a win-win situation for everyone? They got her father to agree and then the father didn't even discusses it with her child? That's some crazy actions especially if you're child is an athlete and where weight is very important. Now from the pressure on all sides, bok joo was forced to agree with the weight gain. FORCED. She clearly didn't want it. I don't get why people just overlook the fact that the adults in her lives care much more about her career rather than her as a person. It's her body. Even though she's an athlete she doesn't have to go through anything especially if she didn't want it in the first place. The coaches clearly mentioned that gaining extreme weight over a short time is abnormal and probably unhealthy. Plus their motives aren't pure. This is a sad episode bec it clearly reflects what professional athlethes go through, when people force you to strive harder in the expense of your health. Extreme means are forced upon you just to get another medal. And when you try to do betther for your body, you're punished and shamed for not trying harder. It's crazy pressure puting heavy strain physically and mentally.

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I would totally agree IF she was paying for it all herself. But her dad is paying for it, so yes it affects him just as much as her.

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I'm so in love with Bok joo and Joon hyung's friendship. I like how the show built this aspect of their relationship up first as a concrete base, before any of the romance starts. It goes on to show that their relationship is so much more than mere attraction, and that Joon hyung actually cares for her and worries about her.

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Yes. Joon Hyung is BFF Goals. I would love to have a friend him.

Although i think he's slowly realizing that he likes her. Just don't want to admit it yet. The jealousy in his eyes whenever BJ talks about JY. Ah, Young love.

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This drama is the one I look forward every Wed and Thu.

Behold, this time JH will make a move, sweep her off her feet. I wish he'll realize his feeling soon and so does BJ.

Squeeeeeeeee while watching the preview for next ep.

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I cried a lot at this episode. It triggered a remembrance of my younger self that did something in secret and then being found out afterward. There's this self-loathing feeling that turns into tears when adults try to comfort and understand you. Especially when you think you deserve a punishment. It felt like the end of everything at that time but now felt silly and mortifying.

Not as mortifying but I also remembered the many times I procrastinated doing work because I preferred to watch dramas. I felt embarrassed when I had to say out loud the reason of my procrastination, but like Kim Bok Joo, "I have no regrets." (And then repeat the cycle all over again. HAHA.)

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I agree, I cried a lot too. I finde the reminiscence of book ju's first crush and circumstances with myself in the past, I feel like dramaland just touched a spot that was so special to me.

It sounds cheesy, but I feel like this drama was made for me, I look at Bok Joo like a reflect of my mirror and I can't avoid how much I want to hug her everytime I see her ;_; .

Sorry this episode makes me emotional/sensitive as hell.

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awww, I totally get you. It's hard enough at that age dealing with school, dealing with your future... it's harder when you're suddenly overwhelmed with emotions you've never felt strongly before. It's hard to navigate through an experience that is new to you.

She makes me want to hug her too. She's adorable.

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I cried when i watched the raw version. Cried again when I watched the subbed version. Felt genuinely sad for Bok-ju.
Glad that Joon Hyung is by her side though. I am loving this show more and more.

While this drama is loosely based on Jang Mi Ran (not sure how much is take from real life events), it is so sweet to see that the love interest in a swimmer as Jang Mi Ran and Park Tae Hwan are good friends in real life. :)

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So many typo errors! Sorry!

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I cried a massive ton in this episode too. I related so much to it, not necessarily in a crush-turned-wrong form, but just like what you said. For me, it's my academic success. Competition is fierce for the field I want to go into, and that's normal, but the feeling of being lesser and then feeling like I can't talk to anyone about it because everyone is going through the same thing and succeeding is how I saw myself reflected her.

So I related to Bokju in terms of that success. I often went astray with things that seemed calmer and more beautiful than the turbulent life I've been dealing with, and sometimes it came into conflict with what I wanted academically, and when my parents and some of my authority figures found out why I had been so distracted, I shut off and refused to speak because I knew I deserved to be punished. It felt like crap back then but now I've grown and realized what better methods there are and that I should trust others more as much as they trust me. And you're right again - things that felt like the end of the world back then, I see as a mere issue or bump in the road now. But seeing Bokju jumping through her first small hurdle made me reflect back on my own experiences and put me back through those exact same feelings she's dealing with me. I really wanted to hug her virtually and tell her that it's okay :(. It hurt so much seeing her and the others around her so hurt.

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That lipstick PPL is so rightly placed! a cute interaction between Dad and daughter <3

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I thought it was a PPL too, but what is the brand ??

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Laneige! I think, it looks mighty like their two-tone bar lipstick.

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Oh it does look like their Milk Bluring. Kamsahamnida ! ?

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Funny thing is, she is the model for Laneige. :] they have many more beautiful colors~! ^^

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It's the laneige two toned lip bar. It's really nice.

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Still a better story than Subway, lol

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Can you imagine if the dad offered Subway instead of that lipstick?

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Now that lipstick perfectly goes with her clip ?
Seriously speaking she looked so cute on wearing that lipstick. It would have been good, had Jae-yi/Joon Hyung seen her with that lipstick.

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I think this is one of the few shows in a while that PPL is just ok with the plot.

Just like the girls eating philadelphia cream cheese in the other episode. It didn't bother me at all.

This is how you advertise, guys.

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Exactly my thought: smoothly placed and related to the story. Never mind that we all saw it as PPL, it makes consistent sense.

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haha a very well thought out PPL. Casue the night before father and uncle's conversation- regarding bokjoo being a girl still even if she's a weightlifter. So that gift our PPL lipstick has its place. Then dad goes on to sell the lipstick by saying its currently very popular.. lol.. so smart

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This drama is so cute. I cry when bok joo cry cause I felt what she felt. Glad joon hyung beside her and can not wait what will he do next. Hope not some noble idiot where he will distance himself from bok joo and accept shi ho. This shi ho girl need to be punch. Hope bok joo wont be nice to her and knock some sense in her nasty head.

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Shiho's behavior is becoming incredibly ugly, especially considering Joon Hyung repeatedly told her he's not interested. She doesn't care what he wants or what's good for him, just in her own desires. She the scariest kind of person with a warm face and a greedy heart, especially now that she's willing to actively sabotage Joon-hyung's relationships.

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She is becoming unhinged. For some reason I still feel sorry for her though. Maybe it's because she feels remorse? I feel sympathetic enough to her because she is under so much pressure. It's certainly not fair to take it out on Bok Joo or treat Joon Hyung's feelings so dismissively. He's been absolutely clear all the way. But I don't hate her to the point I want her off my screen. I want her to sort herself out and not tumble into evil second lead territory.

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I couldn't resist. I read the recap even though I won't be able to see the episode yet.

Hating Shi-ho more with every episode. Stress is no excuse for bad behavior. If Bok-ju needs to learn that her actions affect others, that goes tenfold for Shi-ho, who is actively going out of her way to sabotage someone who never did anything to her, whereas Bok-ju is simply trying to live her life. Besides, in this crazy world, who isn't stressed?

I love that Joon-hyung let Bok-ju open his drink. That's what I wish for every (straight) girl to find – a guy who sees who she really is, and thinks that person is beautiful and lovable. Joon-hyung is such a great character. He's clear and consistent with his stalker ex, he cares about things that really matter and not about appearances, and, like Bok-ju, he's just living his life.

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@lindl I agree with you about Shi-ho. Everyone has problems. It doesn't give them the right to act like a douchemonkey. It's sad that she has financial problems and she can't get her ex(who she dumped btw) back but that's no excuse to go ruining other peoples' lives. And I didn't like how that doctor lady patted her head and basically told Shi-ho her behavior was ok. People need to be told when they are doing something wrong. They may stop, they may not, but they shouldn't be told it's ok whatever the reasons for their bad behavior are

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I missed that the doctor lady said that to Shi-ho. Ugh. That's just what Shi-ho needs – validation for being a crazy sabotaging stalker!

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I have to say this though, Dr. Go had no idea what Shi-ho has done to Bok-ju. She probably thought that Shi-ho was simply feeling jealous, like what Shi-ho herself has been telling her.

I'm sure that if Dr. Go knew Shi-ho was going around rummaging in bags and causing her roommate to be punished just because she was jealous that Bok-ju was close to Joon-hyung, she would never condone that sort of behaviour.

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Didn't mean to exclude lesbians from my good wishes, by the way, but for a lesbian, substitute a girl who sees her for who she is and thinks that person is beautiful and lovable :)

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Exactly. Even Bok joo is stressed in her own way, and so is Joon hyung. But you don't see them going and sabotaging other people's chance at success. As much as I understand Shi ho's stress, I just can't bring myself to understand her ways of dealing with it. Girl needs to get a hold of herself.

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Yeah I agree. I honestly feel like she's very standard second lead material, played by a very mediocre actress, which really doesn't justify the amount of screentime she's been getting. If I was invested in or intrigued by her turmoil, it'd be a different story, but she's a classic kdrama female ex-lover villain, and it makes me a little angry that the writer didn't spend more time with her character LOL.

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mte!

and I keep thinking what if shi-ho was a male character?! would people be so understanding of her emotional struggle and "motivations" for her terrible behaviour? at this point of the drama, she's basically a stalker and creepy ex-girlfriend that ignore her lover rejections all the time and sabotage every girl she interacts with.

every classsic second lead has its own motivations for being a jerk. it doesn't mean they make sense or whatever though... shi-ho is like a textbook for this type of character imo and it's a disappointment with the drama writing for me

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omg I agree so much!! I honestly had so much hope for si ho and that's the reason I'm really disappointed right now, I really didn't not want her to be that evil/out to make the female lead suffer kind of second female lead but it seems like it's going in that direction, and also because the gymnasts are portrayed as such snobs I thought they would make si ho somebody different. The worst is that she's not even having enough screentime, super disappointed they didn't provide any strong backstory for her or more scenes of her family fighting/the trouble she's going through.

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Maybe because of personal experience - I did ballet for a long time, and never had that type of “first crush at fist sight” - but I find Shi-ho’s problems way more relatable than Bok-ju’s.

I mean I like Bok-ju a lot better, but it’s easier for me to feel sympathy for the pressure Shi-ho feels than for Bok-ju’s frankly ridiculous obsession over this guy she barely knows, because he held an umbrella for her one time. I understand what they’re going for but it just gets silly after a point.

So Shi-ho is still maddening and I don't much like her, but imo her motivations seem real and compelling as far as 2nd-lead-motivations go. I really do feel for her in those scenes when she's trying to do her exercises and failing, and wondering if this is it and she's just past her prime now. I don't get the impression she'd be freaking out on Joon-hyung if her gymnastics was going well, like she's redirecting her frustrations.

I like that the “sports school” setting is more than just a backdrop, anyway.

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i totally agree that her behavior is ugly & there's no /excuse/ for her actions, but i have to say this is one of the few times i can empathize with the antagonists feelings (not her actions).

i am a relatively logical person & when my emotions don't logically make sense there is a disconnect that makes me feel insane. i felt like shi-ho's character is logical as well (she broke up with joon-hyung for a logical reason when clearly it wasn't what her heart wanted) but now with all her emotions about her sport, family's finances, & love life bubbling up to the surface without her ability to control it - she is basically going crazy lol. i felt for her when she was saying she hated herself & couldn't understand why she acted so rashly.
but where she goes from here will determine her future. i don't find her unredeemable but she's gotta work hard to make amends!

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I really do agree. In fact I empathize with Shi Ho a lot more than I do with Bok Joo.

Maybe it's because Bok Joo is surrounded by a loving family and amazing friends and she herself being full of talent, despite the fact that obviously her life isn't perfect either. But in some ways Bok Joo is too perfect, in how good a person she is.

Shi Ho on the other hand is flawed so I can really understand her emotions and how they just overpower her head at times. And it's not as if she felt nothing doing those things she did. In the start of this episode, Shi Ho dashed back to pick up the diet diary because her guilt and regret was eating her up but obviously it was too late. Plus, though it still doesn't excuse her actions, but a messed up family life can really mess with your head, something that neither Joon Hyung or Bok Joo has to deal with on a daily basis. There were times where i felt like screaming at some of my friends who were trying to comfort me that u have no idea what I'm going through because your family is perfect as much as I knew I was being unfair to them.

Especially after watching episode 8 I just really want to give her hug. Seeing her beaming in her happy bubble in this episode made me feel so good for her too but happiness for her is really so fleeting and short lived ):

Do hope she'll be able to work through all her unhealthy emotions and stop taking it out on others and most of all herself! That binge eating is really scary

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Are you saying Shi Hoo isnt loved by her family? They gave up much for her career, so its not like she doesnt has the support. And the pressure? Everyone in the drama is pressured in some way to be successful but no one became as ugly as her about it. Anyway having a good or bad environment cant be an excuse for beeing a bad person your whole life.

I cant connect with her at all. Like the breakup happened months ago and it was her decision, how can she make a claim on him at all?! You can regret but he said, repeatedly no he doesnt want to reconnect. SHe should get it by now. If he broke up with her just a while ago, I would have some sympathy but with the situation beeing like this ... nope.

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I thought the break up happened like 2 years ago lol. Am I wrong?

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Is Bok-joo's family perfect though? I do sympathize with Shi-ho's struggles (or I did, until she started acting so ugly), but you could look at it from a different perspective too: both families aren't well off financially, but while Shi-ho's parents are unhappy, at least they're both alive. Bok-joo's dad is on dialysis and that doesn't exactly have a good future prognosis; we still don't know what happened to her mom.

I don't think Shi-ho is unredeemable; as you pointed out she has shown remorse. But she needs to have some consequences for her actions. If we expect Bok-joo to grow up and taking responsibility for hurting others, I think it's reasonable to expect Shi-ho to do the same, especially when her actions have been malicious and not just ill-advised.

Although, if where they're going with her character is some type of mental illness, that would be different. And if they handle it well, I'd be impressed that they went there, fully committing to the "crazy ex-girlfriend" trope.

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I doubt it, Momo. Even now, Shi-ho's behavior is being excused and passed off as normal and understandable. I would be very surprised, to say the least, if the show were to take such a direction.

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I'm not saying that Bok Joo's family is perfect but you can't say they are not loving. Yes, maybe you would say that Shi Ho's family has given up a lot for her career so she does have support but I would call that kind of support negative? Like it comes with a price, "I've given up so much for you so you better do well", unlike Bok Joo'a dad who wants her to do well in her sport so she'll have no regrets. These two kinds of pressures come from very different places.

And when even your home becomes somewhere you can't come back to to get away from everything and feel warm and loved and safe and instead somewhere you feel like you need to run away from the screaming and the fighting it really drive someone nuts. Especially when Shi Ho doesn't have anyone else to run to, be it friends or her coach or a boyfriend. Can you understand the feeling of being entirely alone in this world? It's definitely one that can drive someone to do insane things.

Of course there's a lot that she needs to learn, but I think her process is one of the hardest because right now it seems like she has zero emotional support system. Which is extremely important for any individual, be it with mental illness or not, to learn and grow. And really reality isn't like drama life. Growing up or changing isn't a one way process. Sometimes you learn but then you fall back into old bad habits again. But then of course you have to pick yourself up and try to move forward again.

Maybe it's due to personal experience but I emphathize with her a lot because I can see some of my own struggles reflected in her.

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Drama for Brekkie, I agree that Shi-ho's mom especially has a pretty messed up way of supporting her, and it's definitely not healthy. And her coach and fellow gymnasts (at least Soo-bin et al) aren't exactly friends to her. But so much of Shi-ho's isolation and unhappiness are of her own making. She's the one who pushed Joon-hyung away in the first place, and I get that it was a mistake and she regrets it, but she didn't have to keep pushing herself on him after she came back and he honestly told her he wasn't interested, making herself even more miserable. Instead of trying to move on, she's obsessed with him and is now making ridiculous threats to him like "Don't make me even crazier than I am already" [by hanging out with Bok-joo]. In what universe is that reasonable? Maybe she could have spent some of that energy on trying to make some friends in her major instead. They can't all be evil like Soo-bin. But she can't see beyond her own selfishness and pain to see how a situation might look from someone else's perspective. She's going through a rough time, but what fundamentally differs between her and other characters in this drama is that she lacks empathy. Who knows, maybe that's the point the writer is trying to make - that the type of family she grew up in caused her to be that way. But at 22 or 23, you're an adult. At some point you have to stop blaming your parents and make your own decisions about what you want in life and what kind of person you want to be.

I do feel for her in the sense that it seems like all the authority figures in her life have let her down. Her parents, coach, even Dr. Go, who clearly sees how not OK she is - who has even had multiple opportunities to give her good advice - and instead just does a toast to jealousy together. Um... what? It's unfortunate because Shi-ho could really use a positive role model/mentor in her life right now, and Dr. Go is one of the only people who sees what a hard time she's having.

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I couldn't agree more. i do sympathize with her and i get that she's being like this because she's all alone and she doesn't have friends to turn to (and of course she feels pressured by her family but then again everyone in the drama is pressured in their own way plus like you said, bokjoo's family isn't well-off financially either so that doesn't make siho any less different from bokjoo in terms of financial issues). however, note that bokjoo was being nice to her initially and they could have been friends- if not close friends- but she messed it up because she was driven by jealousy. it's her character and selfishness that drive people away from her.

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Kim bok joo is not also rich but she's trying her best to help her family in their chicken restaurant. shi-ho acts like a spoiled little girl who wants her wish to be granted in instant. she's really annoying and i think she was just making an excuse or someone to vent because of what's happening to her.

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Completely agree, I really dislike her character. She needs to understand that he simply is just not interested. Her behaviour is getting really ugly and her actions were uncalled for. I find it hard to sympathize with her. I think she's quite selfish in my opinion. At the end she ended up hurting other people (emotionally, physically and mentally), like Bok joo's dad.

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I feel for seon ok. It really hurts when you thought someone as you bestest friend, no secret and all and suddenly biggest thing happen and you're the last one to know. I hope bok joo and nan hee apologize to her, because breaking up with bestfriends sometimes harder and hurt more than with a lover.

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seeing her heartbroken was as bad (maybe even worse) than bokju dealing with the consequences of what she'd done. she felt so betrayed and lost.... it really hit home for me and it's the conflict that I'm most looking forward to see how it will be solved

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Exactly, I understand her, if i were her i would be angry, they left her out, when Nan Hee knew about BJ's secret they should've told her then, I don't understand the idea of leaving her out, she will understand her friend, that's what friends are for.

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Have been there and felt that.
It really is heartbreaking when you are the last person to know important things among your friends. It is not being left out that hurts the most but, it is realizing that your friends don't consider you in the same priority as you consider them. You would start doubting your whole friendship, over analyse every single thing and finally fall into depression. Did they not share the info with me because I'm not worth sharing? Did they think I couldn't understand their situation and comfort/help them? Third wheel syndrome will only deepen your despair and detach yourself further from them. This misunderstanding if not solved immediately, would lead to friendship breakup. I learnt it the hard way. So if there is any tiff between friends, sit down and have a long talk. Life without friends is not enjoyable.

I'm furious at the writer for not resolving their friendship in this episode. Hope Bok joo and Nan hee patch up with Seon Ok soon.

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Granted, Shi Ho has an emotional center to her behavior and is not just driven by being a one-dimensional second lead but I find her behavior alarming. She is at this point getting her thrills out of making everybody miserable as long as she is miserable and she is putting people in harm's way emotionally and physically at that. The punishment Bok Ju received wasn't a cake walk, it was very very painful. She perhaps felt bad for if for a second but the moment Joon Hyung confronted her, she is basically blackmailing him of doing even more ugly shit if provoked. At this rate, its only a matter of time she does something that will truly cross the point of no return. Now, lets see where this goes.
She is an athlete, a desperate one at that. I am scared of her now.

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I agree. Selfish people always scare me, because they don't care who they hurt or how badly, as long as they get what they want.

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I definitely agree. When I saw her regret her decision, I thought she wasn't so bad but she is now actively going out of her way to be hurtful to Bok-ju. My biggest issue with Shi-ho is time and time again, Joon-hyung said he wasn't interested in her anymore. If she really respected him and his feelings, she would accept that. So what if he like Bok-ju? Shi-ho needs to remember she left him first and he's moving on. Just because she is trying to hold on to Joon-hyung so she has someone to ground her, she needs to realize that won't help her deal with her life. She needs help. Honestly she needs a therapist because this path she is going down is dangerous. She is hurting herself and the people around her.

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the thearapist you were talking about actually told shi-ho that what she did is alright. *cringe

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Yeah that was cringeworthy. Then again, she's a massage therapist. JH needs to refer her to his doctor, guy seems solid.

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I think what makes Shi Ho different from the rest of the characters and why she is clinging onto JH so hard is because she is all alone. She has no understanding coach, no supportive family, no loving friends - no one at all. And perhaps JH was one of the few people who showed her care and concern and warmth. So I can in some ways understand why she is clinging onto him like drowning person does to a lifebuoy. Because he was the only person who was there for her. I'm not saying that her actions thus far are acceptable, but when it feels like your entire life is slipping through your fingers I think I can understand if you desperately grasp at anything u can reach

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Greed is really a deadly sin. it makes you want to harm other people for a selfish reason.

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Man. I cried a lot during this episode. Mainly because I sympathize a lot with Bok Joo.

It's scary how, during these moments, you get a glimpse of how big everyone's expectation of Bok Joo and how they're trying to shape her without considering what she wants. It's like, they're trying to make Bok Joo wins just because of their own ambition. Dad's flashback, the coach(es?) monologue in wanting her to win and not throw away what she has now, her friend feeling like "why would Bok Joo visited a weight clinic? she's a weightlifter". I mean? They did not consider Bok Joo as anything other than a weighlifter. Bok Joo is the one who's undergoing training and they all act like they're the one who put the most effort. I have been on that position before and I remembered how much I want to spit in their face. Weightlifter is a part of Bok Joo but it doesn't define her whole being.

I don't like Coach Choi's approach when she discovers the real reason Bok Joo is going to the weight clinic. Suddenly, she tries to be understanding while, really, she's just telling Bok Joo to move on. The sudden shift is hard to see. She's just trying to get what she wants for the sake of herself. She's so fake.

I like how sincere Joon Hyung is. I'm glad that he took Bok Joo out of her shell and comforted her all night. He doesn't seem to realize that he likes her yet but I appreciate how much he cares for her without any ulterior motives.

But yeah. All in all. I relate too much to Bok Joo's situation and I find myself too stressed out by the end of this show lmao i gtg chill myself. kthxbye

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Ikr?

And the fact that she actually is the champion of her former/real weight class and being "politely-forced" to upgrade (? Pardon my english) her weight class gets me really go GRAAAAA~

And those seniors who not talented enough still mean to her...

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@Chronic Agreed!! I thought I was the only one feeling uncomfortable about how everyone was reacting to/dealing with Bok-joo's "secret".

Did you notice how most of them had a very self-centred approach to the situation? Friend No. 2 gets mad that she wasn't let in the secret; Dad freaks out because HE wants Bok-joo to be a weightlifting champion; the coaches 'righteously' punishing her; female coach waxes philosophical about her own 'fruitless romance' (aka get your shit together and move on, girl)... I mean, let the girl be!!

Who are they to force on her what she should prioritize in her life? Advice is one thing; coercion is another.

If it were her own desire to up her weight class and compete, then their actions would be justifiable. The way it is now, I just... urgh.

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Self centered!! You hit the nail on the head! So much I didn't like in this episode I almost dropped it. Why the coaches ran to dad first instead of talking with her. FAIL! Dad's out of control anger and readiness to BEAT her. FAIL! The coaches getting angry and BEATING her. FAIL! The friend's and dad's pettiness. FAIL! The coach's sudden turnaround from harsh taskmaster to caring, concerned angel. FAIL!

I felt like I was watching a hostage situation! I absolute agree that everyone seems more concerned about their agenda for her instead of her personal well being.

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YES.
THIS.
++++++100000 for you.

You could really tell how Bokjoo was cornered to do the championship thing seeing how much she was hesitant and only agreed to do it because her dad/coaches were expecting that of her to obviously do it.

I MEAN LEAVE THE GIRL ALONE AND STOP GIVING HER PEER PRESSURE OMG...

They are honestly only thinking of themselves and how it will benefit them... They are almost all greedy and the only one that's trying to help is Joon Hyung & Nanee (sorry if I spelled her name wrong) tbh...

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I sincerely wish Shi-ho can win all the competition she's in, so Taereung will take her back, and she'll leave my two cutie pie alone.

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Or maybe her parents can win the lottery and send her to Russia for lifelong training

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Yeah, whatever it takes to take her out of picture... 3:)

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This show is so adorable! My goodness can Bok Joo and Joon Hyung be best friends forever please!

Please let the Mighty Trio make up soon.

Sigh. Shi Ho needs to buy a new mirror and reflect deeply on herself. I hope she learns from her actions this time (and how it made her feel) that she needs to recognise that she can't force Joon Hyung into a relationship and she needs to sort out her life.

This episode was cute, cute, cute! I know it's too soon but I'm starting to get 1% feels.

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It seems like getting Joon Hyung back is part of her effort to regain her confidence after failing. She wants to feel better, to build herself up again and he was a caring boyfriend. She was quick to cut him loose when she was successfully moving on with no thought to his painful crisis. She doesn't truly love him, just wants back what he can do for her.

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Three things:

1. I love this show so freaking much! It's just got everything I want in it! Joon Hyung is so great :)

2. I starting cringing when I saw how her coaches (and to a certain extent, her father) initially responded to the situation. Following her everywhere and forcing Bok Ju to train and eat... if she's not in the right place mentally, she can go through the motions, but I doubt anything would come of it. You can't just force a person to do something... granted, Bok Ju didn't really care about losing weight specifically, but her coaches didn't know that until later!

3. Have we ever seen Shi Ho with her hair down? I swear, it's always in a tight bun - although it was in a ponytail in this episode! Just, it makes my scalp tingle, looking at it always pulled back so tightly!

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I love, love, LOVE this childhood-friends-slow-burn romance we have going on with Joonhyung and Bokju. And with this episode, now I can see why the drama gave us a false romantic lead in Jaeyi rather than jump straight to Joonhyung as Bokju's love interest--it was all the better to appreciate what Joonhyung and Bokju have. It's that genuine connection that allows them to be comfortable with each other and show their true selves and eventually fall in love with no pretentions. First loves aren't always as they're cracked up to be. The real magic happens when you love someone who really knows you and it turns out they love you just the way you are. And I'm so excited for Joonhyung and Bokju because that's what's in store for them! Bokju has had the stuckup gymnasts look down on her, and men insult her for not being pretty (though how they can say that when she's Lee Sungkyung is beyond me), and her family feels sorry for her that she can't be a normal girl--but hey, none of that matters to Joonhyung! He likes her just like that!

Now for Bokju's friends, I hope they can make up soon. The first part of this episode with Seonok and Nanhee taking care of Bokju after her punishment is just #friendshipgoals and I can't bear to see this power trio split up. Also, Nanhee is so adorable. I kinda hope she ends up with Joonhyung's friend, just because they're both such adorkable and loyal bffs.

The thing about Shiho is, I DID feel sorry for her and wish her well, but not anymore. People like her are the worst. She expects to be given credit for feeling sorry for what she did to Bokju, but she's going to keep being an evil witch anyway. She acts nice when she's on the top not because she's kind, but because of her twisted superiority complex. And that complex gives her this feeling of entitlement: she lashes out when things are going badly because she feels the world owes her something. Just watch--in her mind, that success at that meet has validated her evil actions and she's not going to stop until she's finally at the bottom of the pile, with no other friend than the same Bokju she has tormented. Well, whatever, I think I can just ignore her because Bokju's romance and friends have got me hooked!

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I'm not saying that Shiho did the right thing, but they are bound to find out about her going to the weight loss clinic anyways. That's why I'm happy it happened this early.

I'm really loving Nam Joohyuk as Joon Hyung, he's the perfect friend (or boyfriend) anyone can wish for. It's really good that they started as good friends, it's a great foundation for a long lasting relationship.

I can't wait for their lovey dovey scenes, I might die from giddiness~

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And also, about Bok Ju's punishment, It could have been worse if they found out much later, so yeah, it might be a blessing in disguise. In your face, SHIHO!

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I don't know, for me Bok Joo was already contemplating on outing herself, and I've much preferred it that way. But alas, the story must have conflict, and here we are.

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Yes. I'm glad that this is all happened to Bok-ju. Even though I feel bad for her, I think this is a necessary angst that she must through.

Of course, it could have ended more neatly if Shi-ho hadn't backstabbed Bok-Ju. Bok-ju could've just stopped coming to the weight clinic on her own and nobody had to know about her little secret. But then she wouldn't have learned this precious lesson in her life and the coach and Dad wouldn't have seen her in a new perspective and understood her a little better.

This doesn't make what Shi-ho did right though. She clearly left Bok-ju's note in the gym with ill intention in mind. But guess what, Shi-ho! What you did ironically has brought Bok-ju and Joon-hyung even closer. So yeah, In your face, Shi-ho!

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Cried so much this episode, first at Coach Choi empathising with Bok-ju on the thorny issue of love, and then later at Dad giving Bok-ju the cutest PPL lipstick present ever. I think we all struggle with the woes of one-sided love/love-that-can-never-be at some point in our lives, and I'm happy for Bok-ju that she has such a great support system. Even though she's pretty much done with her cello major charade, at least Bok-ju was happy while it lasted. Wasn't the most clever way to go about things, given that her weight is the lynchpin of her athletic career, but we always do dumb things when we're in love, eh? That resonates a lot with me.

Speaking of dumb things, has Shi-ho hit rock bottom this episode? She seems so confused and so prone to lashing out, and she lacks what grounds Bok-ju the most--family and friends. Granted this doesn't excuse any of the things she's done, but Shi-ho is more pitiful than menacing to me. I know how it feels like when the world is seemingly against you and when you keep hitting brick wall after brick wall--it's devastatingly depressing, and very hard to climb out of. Like what Coach Choi said about "hitting the wall", you need to push past it before you can become a better person. I can see Bok-ju succeeding because she has so many people around her that love her and want to help her, but Shi-ho? She doesn't seem to have anybody or anything except her own obsessive desire to want Joon-hyung back. That's so sad and extremely unhealthy. I hope someone sees past her mean actions and gives her a helping hand (from the looks of it, Dr. Go is onto something). This is really good character development, because I can feel her organically self-destructing.

And Joon-hyung! Omg how cute was he with his air fishing rod while trying to reel Bok-ju in with a sausage? I really appreciate that he's over his pigtail-pulling phase and has become a truly dependable friend for Bok-ju to lean on. I loooooooove that he takes care of her so well, and like, basically is the person who already loves her for who she is. This sort of relationship development is my favourite, and I like that we can see how he's slowly starting to realise his own feelings. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeey slow burn but good burn.

Also can Jae-yi end up with Dr. Go? They're so cute together.

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I really like what you said about si ho, and not how si ho to go away or something like I see on ig and fb and all that.
Compared to bok joo, si ho is so lonely, she doesn't even have any friends and her coach is definitely not very encouraging, also definitely doesn't help that her parents are unknowingly giving her a lot of pressure and stress, she's just so alone and joon hyung is probably the only tangible thing she can cling onto.

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I am what you call a goody two shoes but when i found myself falling in love,it robbed me of my common sense.like,there's no one outside of that person and only my feelings matter and fxck the consequences.but now that i'm back to my senses,i'm mortified by what i have done.lying to parents,friends.i wish i can turn back time.

so,i totally can relate to bokjoo.but she's lucky to have joon-hyung.every girl should have a joon-hyung at their beck and call lol.what a great friend to have around.

I also love nan-hee and seon-ok.

BJ's father is scary.i get it BJ hurt his feelings for lying,but acting like he's going to beat his only daughter,you'd think she killed someone.it's triggering for me because my parents hurt me physically if i made a mistake when i was a child.didn't bear a grudge tho.asian parents*sigh*

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Also out of all the characters,i love joon-hyung the most.i can't wait for BJ and JH to be together.

And shiho is so hateful in this episode.i wish she gets a hold of herself before she self destruct.

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Yeah the first bit with her dad was total trigger warning for me - this was basically my teenage years.. It was nice to see the coaches protecting her tho.

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Why is no one rooting for Bok Joo's first love? No one encouraged her to confess to Jae Yi? What's wrong with falling in love? Poor Bok Joo :(

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What do you mean? Joon-hyung and Nan-hee is very supportive toward Bok-ju. Joon-hyung gave her ticket to the concert and told her about Jae-yi's birthday. Nan-hee helped Bok-ju to dolled up before going to clinic.

It's pretty normal for Joon-hyung and Nan-hee to not encourage Bok-ju to confess her feeling yet. Nan-hee has just found out recently about Bok-ju's crush and Joon-hyung knows Bok-ju and Jae-yi aren't that close yet.

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Bok Joo-ah, I am with you. I know that Bok Joo is lying and it turns bad. But have the person or peoples around her consider her much more than a weightlifter? Yes it is their dream to see Bok Joo win but is it the same with her dream? While Bok Joo is more prone to keep to herself what she is feeling, I do understand. Sometime love makes us do something stupid or just out of minds. But Bok Joo just can't say like "Hey guys, I am in love with prince charming and it turns out that he is a weight loss doctor", just saying it is like dropping bomb. Besides, it is her first love or crush. It is more like a phase of trial and error. Bok Joo knows her mistakes and she try her best not to follow her gut feelings so much. Bok Joo, I vouch for you girl.

And Joon Hyung your are such a cinnamon rolls okay. Kind, patience, and understanding. Glad he is pass the phase of "if I like you, I will pull your pigtail." And I am seeing Join Hyung becoming more matured. And boy, when you do realized that you fall over boots for Bok Joo, it is between sky and earth then. The preview is killing me.

Oh my my, Shi Ho. I am trying my level best to understand you. Shi ho, you have to get yourself together. I mean it. If not, you will turn into not more that stalkerish ex who can't except the truth and reality when you are much more than that.

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their dance at the club.......... LOL

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i watched the episode twice and burst out laughing both times.

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Loved the dance scene!? And it was totally needed after the tears ?

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Ah, the pitfalls of first loves. I can totally relate to Bok Joo, and eventhough mine is a little different from her, I also cried my eyes out, several times at that, for a love I could never have. And the giddy feeling of being in love, it's also the joy of young love. You care less and just go cater to your feelings, when you become an adult, that's not possible anymore, you've probably built walls by then, and you know more than enough to give your heart all-out, but of course that's just me.
How to find a Joon Hyun btw? I desperately need one..?

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This drama is so pure it makes me smile. Seeing Bok-ju pay the consequences for her actions was bittersweet, because it's a place we've all been to - knowing that something was rationally wrong, but doing it anyway because you're young and you feel like you can get away with anything. It was so sad seeing Bok-ju get punished over and over again - because ultimately, she's just a 21 year old girl with a crush - and while it might seem juvenile to the adults around her, for Bok-ju, it means everything. :'(

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I love this show very much! I like the relationship that Bok Joo has with her family, (dad and uncle), i love how supportive her friends are and what a great friend joon-hyung is. Bok Joo is surrounded by love all over her, her friends, family and even simpathetic and understanding coach. Shi ho is at a very opposite circumstance. Her family (dad especially) is not understanding, coach keep pressuring her and she doesn't have any friend that she can talk to. I am not saying that I agree nor that I like her, but she is someone that deserve sympathy. Apart from being a pretty face, she looks depressed and unloved. That is probably why she is mean, because she wants attention.

Now I know.. whenever someone is mean to me, I will just look at that person and say, "I sympathize with your lack of love."

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love your comment so much. thank you for this :')

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I cried during Bok Joo inner monologue outside Jae Yi's clinic. I feel so related to her feeling..
Fighting Bok Joo ya..

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Yes. Me too. And you add that OST. I was bawling.

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I really like all the male characters in this drama, especially bok joo's uncle! I wish i have an uncle as supportive as hers. When he gave bok joo's dad a piece of his mind, reminding her dad that she's still a lady despite being a weightlifting athlete made my eyes teared a little bit :')

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+100000

Hurrah for this comment. And Hurrah for Bok Joo's uncle!

He's the only one who saw her clearly as a person and not an object.

Nuff said.

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The casual physical abuse in the this episode really pissed me off, but what made me even angrier was how the characters just accepted it. I know Bok Ju is a college student, but she is still a legal adult. How dare Coach spank her like she was a child and with a broom stick! Then you have dad who tried to harm his daughter, actually hurt how own brother, and then threatened an innocent, unknowing man. I don't care that he's sick. Its not an excuse for that behavior. It really ruined the charm of the show for me. Did anyone else feel this way? I hope colleges in Korea (and the rest of the world for that matter) don't treat their students that way.

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It really turned me off, too. More than the physicality of it, just the act of forcing something on someone who may or may not want it. Excuse me? ?

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I was curious if this was accurate? A student in college getting spanked? Really? I was surprised. However, I am a college instructor, and there have definitely been times I wanted to take a broom to a student, so I'm not judging . . . :)

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I forgot to add that, obviously, I never have.

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Don't know about in Korea but for sure i know that many in sport and in gymnastic for ex., got quite the hursh treatment and this was told by world class champions...Also about the Dad,i think it also enters the mentality were one lives...at her age i wouldn't let anyone hit me even if i might be small in size and wouln't have much power to outpower the other one being family or not but koreans don't go against their parents or elders so they take it in being fair or not...

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I often wonder if all the physical abuse characters get (i.e., being kicked, smacked on the head) are true to life in Korea? You can bet there would be threats of lawsuits if anything like that occurred in the West.

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I wonder the same, is it legal in korea to abuse college student like that, she's not a kid to be smacked like that, how can a person accept this kind of treatment!

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I actually wrote my comment before I got to read everyone's here and came to say the exact same thing. You articulated my thoughts/feelings to this very well. It did leave a bad taste in my mouth and it did make me do a double take on the dad's character who so far I had thought was a "rough around the edges but soft on the inside" dad. But everything he did in this episode (except giving her the lipstick) including the emotional blackmailing with refusing treatment just didn't sit right with me. I don't know if they're using the stereotype that weightlifters are hot-tempered/aggressive and resort to force but the coaches were also really neglectful. I feel like a good coach is meant to help you reach your goals by understanding your motivations, but here it was always more of the "adults knowing whats best" for Bok Joo. Eek, really want to pretend this episode never happened because the next one was actually a lot better imo.

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Forget Shi ho, that girl has her own problems, can we talk here for a second about how utterly wrong it was what the coach did? I would have called the police and I mean that. Because I have not been brought up to tolerate blatant abuse and violence against children or adults. It shocks me that this show seems to want me to go back to liking the coach.... I'm sorry but this woman is dead to me now, I can't accept her way of dealing with the situation. The father as well.... he hit the uncle so hard that he had a bruise? He hits Bok ju everyday? (that's what the uncle said according to the subtitles, maybe mistranslation?) What is this? These are quite serious topics, it confuses me how nonchalant the character are about these things....

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These are valid concerns and I normally don't want to assume or generalize but I grew up in an Asian country where corporal punishment is not that much of a big deal. You did something wrong or disrespectful, you get an ass whooping. Depending severity of what you did of course. It has changed now with the younger parents and newer generation but obviously I was raised by parents and adults who come from this physical disciplinarian generation. I guess what I'm saying is it's not as jarring to me. I'm not saying it's right but I understand the context. I would never do it with my own kids but I never felt that my parents abused me because they dish out corporal punishment. I'm not justifying it but just putting a bit of generational and cultural context.

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Thank you! I've been waiting for someone to come out and say this in words that I never could. In this site and many of the other sites I saw comments where some viewers were disgruntled with the behavior of the father and coaches and some even said they were illogical. I will agree that everyone was selfish to some degree and that's what affected their disappointment when they found out Bok Joo was undermining their efforts. I will also agree that corporal punishment is a concern. But watching this episode I applauded the writing and acting at how realistic the reactions of these characters were. I literally went "whoa, his reaction is so realistic" when Bok Joo's father threatened to hit her because I could see my Asian father and mother doing the exact same thing. I appreciate the fluff of this show but I also appreciate how relatable everyone is. Every single character has at least a flaw that we can find in humans. Even Shi ho I cant seem to hate, although hating her decisions is another matter.

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It is certainly cultural. For me it was too much to witness and I was so angry towards the coach. I also grew up in a society where physical punishment was more or less accepted, but for us it was a slap on the butt maximum (and 99.99% of times it was only a threat). The broom stick looked barbaric and too violent. If I see this in reality I could not stay still.

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It is cultural and not only in Asia,in other comunist countries it was also as well,like the notion"Punishment/spanking/
Beating comes from heaven" type,(doesn't have quite the eng equivalent form my native language),and a broom stick was small matter,u could be beat up with a belt...Those who live in this type of countries and are older know for sure...The method is wrong but one must live in that part as well to understand the mentality(history,treatment etc.) and from were it comes...

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Thank you Oppaslayer! Couldn't have put it better myself. I don't agree with corporal punishment and I get why people are upset and furious over the spanking... ... but in the cultural context, it's very realistic. The reactions of the dad and the coaches are very realistic.

I grew up in an Asian country and I can say that it's not an exaggeration that the Dad/Coach would use the stick from a broom to mete out punishments. In fact, I've heard of people using belts and even metal clothes hanger...though thankfully, my parents have never used those on me. I was only caned and even those canes were easily available in the corner stores. So that's how acceptable corporal punishment was back then (around 15 years ago).

The older generation believes in "Spare the rod and you'll spoil the child" (or something along that line...I can't remember the exact wording). Hence, their initial reaction to a wrongdoing with a spanking.

I guess, I just want to say that many a times, we've forgotten that the world is made up of people with different experiences and values and thus, they react in different ways to the same issue. When they react differently from how we would, we might get upset ("If I were him/her, I would ..."). But it didn't have to be that way? We don't have to agree with their decisions, but we could accept that that's how they deal with it... and sit back, relax and enjoy the show?

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I can't look coach the same anymore too, i liked her at first but after what she did, no.

If it's in my country, the student will hold the stick and smack the couch in her face then call the police, and it will be a big scandal for the whole college. No adult can accept this kind of disrespectful treatment.

I can understand the dad, he's her father after all but I can't to a stranger.

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Well... the beauty of watching foreign dramas is also in learning something about the culture. In your country coaches probably dint visit their charges and socialize wit their uncles and aunts. Corporal punishment became illegal only recently. Teachers /coaches are revered as parents and it is nit unheard of for professors to chip in towards their poor students' tuition. Korean society is complex. There is something called "jeong" roughly translated as "personal bond" or kinship. Sonsequrntky, everything in Korea starts from a personal bind from business deals to the relationship between students and teachers. I am not pontificating, just trying to explain that the coach is nit some crazy abusing bitch but really caring. I am nit Korean, but I've lived in Korea for 15 years and worked hard on understanding this culture. S

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Slapping & other physical abuse show up all the time in k-dramas. You'd think it's as Korean as kimchee.

But usually it's the BAD authority figure / bully that does it. I guess what bothers people this time is that it's supposedly good people doing it.

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yay for first comments! I have come to love this drama and I couldn't resist.
First I have to talk about Siho. Serious props to the writers of this show for writing such a relatable "bad guy" who manages to still show some semblance of humanity and remorse...you know, like a actual human being. Somehow even after all the things she's done to Bokjoo and Joonhyung, I was still happy that she finally won at her competition. I thought that maybe this win would maybe make her calm down a bit with the jealous ex stuff, but it seems it only ramped it up. Hopefully she realizes soon that she is an independent girl with plenty of talent, and the only thing standing in her way is herself.

When Nanhee ran into the room when Coach Choi was beating Bokjoo, I was internally cheering. Finally the secret's out, even if it wasn't the way we all expected. Bokjoo's stubbornness is a good quality to have, but in this case, she never would have revealed the reasons behind her actions of her own accord. She would have continued being wishy washy and taking the punishments, which were rather uncomfortable to watch. The moment with Coach Choi afterwards was needed, though, and it is so important for Bokjoo to have a support like that, especially when it comes to romantic feelings.

I'm really looking forward to seeing more cuteness between our two leads, and ready for Bokjoo to finally see the boy who adores her!

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Wahhh I cannot wait to see Bok Joo to eventually realize that she likes Joon Hyung instead of Jae Yi! Hoping that both of Joon Hyung and Bok Joo won't take too much time to reciprocate their feelings! Hahahaha lol

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I cried when Bok Joo cried her broken heart out on Coach Choi's lap. It took me back to my own first heartbreak and I just felt for her. I love that you can see Joon Hyung's love for her in little things that BJ tends to overlook. Like teasing her to make her forget about the sad stuff, wiping her sleeves, and just by being there for her. I like the fact that he dotes on her but at the same time admires her strength and does not see it as something the undermines his. This drama is definitely one of the highlights of my week.

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"I like the fact that he dotes on her but at the same time admires her strength and does not see it as something the undermines his." Lovely comment. This is what I was trying to say in my own comment above!

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Thanks for the recap.

Joon-hyung was today's MVP.

I must say even though I know Bok Joo is an athlete I think this storyline of forcing her to gain weight is appalling.

-I'm sure things are different since she is an elite athlete, and perhaps because it is Korea, but to get her father's permission to have her increase weight class without discussing it with her seems reprehensible.

- Basically force-feeding her to fatten her up (not to save her life) seems inhumane. Imagine if they were starving her to get her to lose weight.

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Yes, I find myself agreeing. Bok Ju looked miserable eating all of that food - and everyone just kept making her eat more! Was everyone just not seeing her facial expressions every time they gave her another serving?

I also was wondering why the coaches went to her father first - but I just figured it was a cultural thing maybe? In the US, anyone over 18 is considered an adult - ie he/she no longer needs a parent's permission to do things. I think that age might be different in Korea though? Not really sure.

And there's the whole Coach hitting Bok Ju thing. Why?? I guess I just thought people were so quick to punish Bok Ju for doing something "wrong" when I think they should have been more concerned with why she did it and her well being. It seemed like people were oblivious... or didn't care about her personally. Is punishing her by hitting her really going to make a difference? Shouldn't they have noticed her reluctance to eat so much?

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Same thing with forcing her to go up a weight class. Her body language was so clear – she didn't want to do it – but all her coaches cared about was getting what they wanted out of her.

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+1. Especially when they all AGREED that trying to gain weight healthily and move up a weight class was harder than losing weight. They KNEW the difficulty of it yet they forced it on her and used it as a punishment against her for going to the weight clinic. It was not healthy at all, and it really bugged me how the coach told her to just eat ramen before bed or something to gain/maintain the weight. Like holy shit, if you're expected to bulk and eat high volumes of food, at least make it nutritious. I'm not a health freak, but I cannot imagine the damage of all the salt, msg and binge-eating will do over an extended period of time.

Also completely agree about going directly to her father being strange but accept that culturally in Korea, parents are much more involved in their lives/studies/career choices.

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I love all the friendships on this show and how much time is spent on building those friendships, especially the girlfriends, because poor Kdrama heroines seem to have so very few real and good female friends. I also love BJ and JH's friendship, and how it has really transformed in the last few episodes.

I also really love that despite the fact that BJ and JH knew one another as children, the writer didn't go for the whole "first love as children" trope. They were only sort of friends, but the building of a real friendship and love come now when they are adults, and they are getting to know one another as adults and not based on who they were at age 7.

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Totally agree! So refreshing.

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Have i said this before"I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS DRAMA! " it is so relatable and touches my heart. About the corporal punishment i get why a lot of ppl where uncomfortable and upset m from Nigeria and being spanked is practically normal here although all those stop when you live high school and never in the university /college. Parents basically think this is a way to train their child. It follows the saying "drop the rod and spoil the child" anyway things are changing and flogging and spanking as greatly reduced and parents are using better methods for punishing their children.Trust me" GO TO YOUR ROOM" ,!getting grounded doesnt work here at all anyways i want to give my support to bok joo. Bok joo ya Fighting!

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the first time i ever love a slow-pacing romance. the slow building romance when both of them (esp joon-hyung) is not even aware that he is already falling and you clearly know that his motives and intentions are real. his actions are making me fall harder in this drama. they are really cute together. their chemistry wants me to vomit rainbow.

i am loving this show more than Legend of The blue sea. the cuteness, romance, fluffyness, comedy and heartfelt scenes are all here. feels so sad for everyone whose not watching this goooood drama.

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'Vomiting rainbows'LOL, WOW,I loved this!

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Yeah, but the ratings are climbing, thankfully. Slowly but surely.

IMO this drama is better than LOTBS because it is so relatable and has so much heart.

But the lack of A list stars means less of a ratings draw for the Korean public. But I think the word of mouth for this drama is strong and growing. And so are the ratings.

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Love makes you do crazy things, sure, but Shi Ho is taking this to ridiculous levels. She needs to learn that you can't bully your way into love, everyone be damed, even the person you love. She needs to learn restraint.

Joon Hyung continues to be awesome. I can really see them in a healthy relationship in the future now seeing that Bok Ju sees that she can lean on him and he realises when he puts his foot in his mouth.

What's with the corporal punishment though. Dad needs to take a chill pill. And I understand that athletes need to consume a lot of calories for training, but I don't think they are doing that increase in the right way. It looks way too torturous. And Bok Ju is an adult, what's with the nanny hawk?

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It cracks me up whenever he thinks he stepped in it with regards to JY and he makes that little face, but so far she has blithely not been bothered in the way he seemed to expect.

Also makes me wonder how sensitive his ex-gfs were.

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I think I'm normally good about respecting Korean cultural differences but this episode really challenged me on that. As a young woman, I want Bok-ju to be able to make her own decisions... like she should be able to say no to what's being pushed at her. Of course, this might mean she would have to leave the team if she doesn't maintain her weight class but she should have that choice and it should be respected.

In the best world, she would have disclosed to her doctor that she is a competition level athlete in training. Then his advice could be more about her keeping a nice figure while gaining muscle and not just having random mass. In other words keeping a toned appearance more like a bodybuilder than a bulky appearance like a typical weightlifter. Whatever level of compromise is actually comfortable for her.

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I think the largest factor that prevented Bok Joo from disclosing that she's a weightlifter to Jae Yi was that she did not want Jae Yi to view her as 'less feminine' since her dad did not treat her like a 'female' when she was growing up. Bok Joo was not treated like a female before because she was a weightlifter. It was ingrained in her by her dad that a weightlifter and female are mutually exclusive. Her uncle corrected her dad in this episode that a weightlifter and being feminine are not mutually exclusive. As she wanted to attract Jae Yi's attention, she naturally would hide the fact that she was a weightlifter, and lied that she was a cellist.

You have to understand that this drama is set in South Korea, where the concept of feminism is still budding. Being feminine means dolling oneself up, wearing a nice dress and donning in pink. This concept of being a 'female' was being ingrained in Bok Joo. Therefore, she was doing all these when she went for her sessions in the clinic. This drama actually tries to tackle this issue by giving her a loveline with a guy who accepts Bok Joo as who she is - the non-dolled up weightlifter. She is a woman and this is an undeniable fact, regardless of her appearance.

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Shi-Ho's character is an interesting character in that she does feel like a lot of the kids I know growing up who were burnt out. While I don't feel sympathy for her, her trajectory makes sense. I honestly question whether or not she even initially wanted to pursue rhythmic gymnastics or if she only did so because she felt like it would make her mother happy. Just from the brief glimpse at her parents I'm suspecting that her mother might just be living vicariously through her daughter; so I kind of wish that the show would show their relationship a little more instead of just the coach being disapproving (cause honestly her coach kind of sucks and I don't feel a strong bond at all.)

Her dogged pursuit of Joon Hyung makes me feel like her heart isn't really in gymnastics anymore (if it ever was), cause every time I see her bothering him I'm just like, "girl you should be practicing instead of stalking."

She just feels like she only has an interest in gymnastics if it goes well for her, which is totally human and an accurate sort of mentality for someone her age. But plateau's are a part of being an actual athlete and it seems like Shi-Ho's unwilling to allow herself to have a support system so that she can get through it. So in a way she's pretty hard on herself, so I guess it isn't surprising that she lashes out. But I'm still not ok with what she did lol.

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I love this show so much that I watch it raw, even though I don't understand most of what's happening. And then I watch it subbed. And then I go back and watch only the scenes I want to (everything between Bok Ju and JH). But the feelings come through clearly, especially between JH and BJ. They just sparkle together, and it makes my heart happy.

Anyone else noticed the casual skinship? From the previews, it seems like it just continues in the next episode, but I love the way JH keeps touching her, putting his arm around her, holding her hand, wiping her face. Even if he doesn't know his own feelings yet (and I'm pretty sure he's close to it--he's no dummy), he seems to take great delight in being physically close to her. And I love Bok Ju's reactions, like when he put his arm around her to lead her to dinner; she was annoyed at first, but not horrified or acting like a scared virgin. She tried to pull away and then gave in and actually moved closer to him. I loved that. So often in Kdramas, the woman acts like the least little physical contact is a violation of her virginity. I know she allows it because he is her friend. Just like her other friends, who put their arms around her. She hasn't yet realized he is a "man" in that way, which will make it all the more delightful when she starts becoming hyper aware of him on another level, which will make the skinship all the more squee-worthy.

Everything else aside, I really appreciated JH in this episode because he really cared about Bok Ju. Not as a friend or daughter or champion weightlifter or competitor, but as a person. The person Bok Ju. Have you eaten, Bok Ju (not because I want to fatten you up so you can win and help the others win as well)? I think everyone, including her friends, see a lot of potential in her and want her to succeed professionally, but they lost sight of the person. Often, when someone is so strong like Bok Ju, others forget that they hurt and can be vulnerable and might need some care. JH feeding her and making her spit out the uncooked food and wiping her sleeve was taking care of her in a way no one else in her life does. To me, when I am at my lowest, having someone physically care for me--or even notice that I might need help-- means a lot. And since she is seen as so strong (even by herself) and never needing help, she's never received that. The fact that JH gives that to her automatically just shows me how much he sees her for her complete person. And accepts that. To be seen, to be heard, to be loved unconditionally is the greatest gift you can give someone, and he does it all the time.

Have I mentioned how much I love this show???!!

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Yes,Bok Joo is not the usual cringing type regarding the casual skinship as in other K-Dramas...I think that is because she is an athlete :-)

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This is a lovely comment.

And yes, I notice all the casual skinship. I can't help it. I'm so drawn to Nam Joo-hyuk in this drama that I'm attuned to every little thing he does, and his character here is the best.

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And the skinship is somewhat both ways, like when BJ hopped on the back of his bike and grabbed onto him. Despite his yelping to watch where she grabbed, I don't think he was that bothered.

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I love, love, love casual skinship. I think it suits the coming-of-age dramas very well because they're at an age where attraction between men and women still exist but there's an innocence to skinship. Like, a constant need to touch but not only romantically, but to express closeness and affection? I can sometimes (with people I'm close to) be very touchy and affectionate and I like to see that skinship is not reserved for lovers. Which is why I love the girls' friendship so much as well - Nan Hee's aegyo is also a form of affection haha.

Also, I think it is common for a lot of tomboys to not think of skinship as being exclusively romantic until they find that guy who makes even the smallest of skinship heart fluttering (like how she was with Jae Yi). Whereas with JH, she's still pretty much friendzoned him so it's easier to be all physical with him.

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Love what u pointed out. Awesome!

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Okay. I loooooooovvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeee this show. It looks simple at first glance but it has a rawness to it that just gets to me. Everyone goes through this phase and I totally understand Bokjoo for acting this way. On the other hand, I understand her dad and her coaches as well. That's just how family react and they're not very good at saying what they really feel.

This episode was on the really emotional side so I was so happy when Joonhyung came back for some cuteness. They just suit each other so well.

As for Siho, I don't like her (at least not yet) but I understand where she's coming from. Actually what she did was for the better. Now that Bokjoo's secret is out, the story progresses. Now that she told Bokjoo that she doesn't like her, I think the ice would break and they'd be more comfortable with each other. I mean, the girl needs at least one friend. With Bokjoo as her friend, I hope she'll get past the angst and be a better version of herself.

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Ugh please no. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't make friends with people who have shown that they're capable of (1) violating my privacy and personal space and (2) actively working against my interests. I don't care how lonely Shi-ho is. I stay away from people like that. I don't make them my new best friend.

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I think that everyone deserves another chance. Shiho is capable of change if given a bit of a push. She doesn't have anyone around her to get her back to her senses so she's getting out of control. I do respect your preferences but I still wish for Shiho to find a good friend.

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I think it's fair to wish for Shi-ho to find a good friend. But it doesn't have to be Bok-ju, Joon-hyung, or anyone else she's hurt and disrespected.

I think Shi-ho is getting too much of a pass for her actions towards Joon-hyung. If the sexes had been reversed, it would be clearer that this is seriously creepy behavior.

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Thanks for the fast recap and awesome commentary, Lollypip!

I completely agree with everything you've said. I love Joon Hyung so much, as it's refreshing to see a male lead that is not wavering towards his ex, and is actually friendly and supportive to the female lead without being arrogant or controlling. I love that they are friends first!

I am also so happy that this show isn't completely about romance, and is as much about coming of age and personal growth. And the parts with our main couple are so hilarious and cute!

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They made my baby Bok Ju cry, I will not forgive them
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I cried for Bok Ju during this episode, poor girl. Thank goodness she has Joong Hyun to take care of her and this incident will help to make them closer :D

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thank you for the recap!! :)
I'm happy that Joon Hyung was the one beside Bok Joo to cheer her up and get her spirit back!! finally she saw another side of him other than the teasy childish side she and now she saw how caring and sweet he can be to her!! :D I too love how he kept dancing with her, her way, but made sure to protect the people around her from getting hitt by her without disturbing her fun!! and how he took good care of her feeding her, stopping her from eating the raw meat and cleaning her sleave from the sauce!! he SO SWEET!! ^__^
and I'm happy that coeaches and father started changing their behaviour with Bok Joo and realising that she's more than an athlete and that she's a girl like evry other girl her age!!
Shi Ho is out of her mind and I'm enjoying and will keep enjoying watching her pitying her life because that's all she knows to do!! blaming Joon Hyung for looking, caring and being happy around Bok Joo and claming that she's acting that way out of jealousy is the most shameless and pathetic thing I ever heard!! the man was cristal clear that he doesn't want anything to do with her so what right does she have to be mad at him and Bok Joo and to be jealous and harm Bok Joo that way?!! and she doesn't feel sorry for what she did for Bok Joo but for her own self image and nothing more and I'm happy that she saw how she got even lower in his eyes!! and her actions are actually helping my cutie OTP in getting closer to each other so I can thank her for that!! *eveillaugh*

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Sorry for being ignorant but is the sole purpose of going to a weight clinic is to loose weight?

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I imagine one could also get help for gaining weight, building muscle, etc., depending on what one's goals are.

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This story only keeps getting better and the chemistry between LSK and NJH is great to watch. I love that everyone has their issues and struggles and it is so relatable in real life and not just in dramaland. I can imagine each of the character's struggles, insecurities, stress and emotions and the actors have done a great job portraying them so far.

Also, just me or is Bok Joo totally totally too cute! LSK has done a 180 for me in terms of this character portrayal. I can't even imagine Bok Joo and Baek In Ha being the same person. Kudos to her for a great job.

I wish the ratings were much higher. I know they can't beat the celebrity power house that is The Legend of the Blue Sea but in terms of story and acting I like our weightlifting fairy so much more! The ratings have been going up so I hope they at least break 10%.

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I agree! I love Bok Joo, but it is soooo hard to imagine her being the same person as Lee Sung Kyung who I love for her exquisite good looks. As a model, she just has this chic, haughty, aloof aura as opposed to Bok Joo who just ooooooozes warmth and bubbliness. And then there's Baek In Ha, who is just so extra and cracktastically crazy. Oh but the common thing that makes me so envious of all three is LSK's beautiful brown eyes - it makes the colour palette and filters of WF and her hair colour sooooo well. It just looks so clear and pretty.

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I'm really enjoying this show but for a couple of things. I really hate the constant pout this actress employs for just about every emotion. Enough already. Next I almost cannot watch a drama when it has an abusive overbearing parent. This episode "dad" did an abrupt about face and became one of "those" korean parents. The kind that makes me drop a drama mid run. Nobody has ever hit me with a mop handle or my kids and nobody ever will. Why is the man on dialysis and then drinking soju? I just can't with the whole tiger parent thing when it's down right sociopathic.

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Two brooms or mops died in this episode.

They need to save a few to clean up their mess

http://askakorean.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-ultimate-choi-soon-sil-gate.html

Yes, misery loves company.

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I haven't watched it yet, but i already pissed off with Shi Ho.
I mean does this girl even have a pride? she's been rejected by Joon Hyung multiple times..
Come on girl!!

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Thanks for the recap! You are soo fast! This was up before I got to watch the subs (this rarely happens for most dramas) and because my stream was slow, I just ended up reading the recap first (which also rarely happens for me).

Anyways, this was a realllllly hard episode for me to watch honestly. I've grown up with a lot of freedom and I genuinely hate having authority figures force an opinion on me. It frustrated me to no end that the default response of everyone around Bok Joo was to get angry at her and not to understand her. They were disappointed in her without trying to empathise.

I understand it may be a cultural thing, but corporal punishment in a college setting is just wrong. They have a mind of their own and their own sense of right and wrong and corporal punishment here is just unwarranted. Also when her uncle mentioned her dad always hitting her, my gut was like "that better be an exaggeration". I understand they care for her but as much as this is Bok Joo's journey to grow and make her own decisions and understand her priorities, it is also their journey to understand that she is a grown woman and respect her decisions. They should be having discussions and not making decisions for her like the decision to bulk up was made between her dad and the coaches.

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Well, I think this is the show of the moment right now, and I just wished more people were watching it.

I cried a lot during this episode, and like everybody else, I could totally relate with Bok-joo struggles.

Joong-hyung just need to realize he loves her, because it's written all over his face. He is so cute, my heart hurts.

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