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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju: Episode 8

Honesty is the name of the game, though unfortunately Bok-ju doesn’t seem to have fully absorbed the lesson quite yet. First love is difficult enough to navigate without all the added pressure from friends and colleagues, so it’s lucky for Bok-ju that she knows at least one person she can always trust with her secrets.

 
EPISODE 8: “The wind is blowing”

Bok-ju calls Joon-hyung to ask his advice on what to tell Jae-yi about leaving his clinic, but Shi-ho overhears and grabs her phone away. She accuses Bok-ju of throwing herself at Joon-hyung and angrily confesses to leaving her weight loss journal at the gym for the coaches to find.

Bok-ju is horrified, and Shi-ho adds that ever since she told Bok-ju that she wants to get Joon-hyung back, every time she wants to see him, Bok-ju is there. She says that she heard Bok-ju likes someone else, and accuses her of dating around.

Bok-ju yells that she has no plans whatsoever of dating Joon-hyung. She tells Shi-ho that she misunderstood the situation, and demands an apology. But Shi-ho refuses to give one, saying that Joon-hyung hurt her feelings because of Bok-ju. Bok-ju counters that that was Shi-ho’s doing, not hers, and says that now she knows why Joon-hyung doesn’t want Shi-ho back.

Bok-ju stands to leave, calling Shi-ho two-faced, but Shi-ho grabs her back and yells that Bok-ju knows nothing about their relationship. Bok-ju agrees, adding that she’s not interested, either, and tries to leave again. Shi-ho won’t let go, so Bok-ju throws an elbow that knocks her down.

Shi-ho jumps up and grabs Bok-ju again, furious that Bok-ju is trivializing her relationship with Joon-hyung. Bok-ju elbows her again and this time Shi-ho stays down, and Bok-ju heads off to her friends’ room.

Seon-ok still isn’t speaking to Nan-hee, for keeping Bok-ju’s secret about liking Jae-yi from her. Bok-ju bursts in, livid, and she soon notices Seon-ok’s silence as well. She tells Seon-ok to blame everything on her, and Seon-ok just throws her head down on her bed. Bok-ju tells Nan-hee about her fight with Shi-ho, and Nan-hee loyally offers to go kick her butt. Bok-ju is annoyed with Joon-hyung when he finally gets up the nerve to call her, but she agrees to meet him on the roof.

He waits for her on the top bunk, rehearsing his apology in rapid-fire words that betray his nerves. He tries it again, cooler this time, then jumps like a big dork when she shows up, hee. He hangs his head when Bok-ju asks him to just leave her alone so they can stop causing misunderstandings.

He can tell by Bok-ju’s heavy sigh that Shi-ho told her everything, and apologizes. Bok-ju, still hot, starts to bark that he should be sorry — until she sees his face, and realizes how awful he feels. She backs down, and just grumbles that she doesn’t know what Shi-ho sees in him.

The house mother comes to check the roof, and Joon-hyung grabs Bok-ju and throws them both down on the mattress to hide. Bok-ju complains that people might see them and misunderstand, but Joon-hyung doesn’t look like he would mind one tiny bit.

He pulls Bok-ju closer when she starts to get up, pointing out the pretty stars, and claiming to be cold as an excuse to squeeze her even closer. She allows it, and comments on his high nose-bridge, and he admits that from this angle she’s kinda pretty.

Coach Choi gets drunk in the weightlifting gym all alone, still thinking about her talk with Bok-ju about breakups. Coach Yoon finds her and she scrambles to collect her wits, refuses his offer of a ride, then falls on her face as she makes her retreat. Oh, that’s embarrassing.

The next morning, Coach Yoon announces that the team’s training will increase, to prepare them for an upcoming competition. After sending them inside, he tells Coach Choi not to drink alone anymore, and offers to go for a drink with her tonight. She accepts, going a little fluttery over the idea of a sorta-date.

After her great performance at the recent competition, Shi-ho is back in her coach’s good graces, and her coach brings her a bottled water and gives her some friendly training advice. The other gymnasts notice how different she’s acting towards Shi-ho, though Soo-bin thinks it won’t last. Shi-ho tosses the bottle in the trash, annoyed.

Shi-ho finds her younger sister waiting for her outside the training room, in tears over their parents’ recent fighting. She tells Shi-ho that they’re getting a divorce, and dissolves into sobs.

Shi-ho goes to see her mother, who confirms the bad news. It seems her mother is trying to shield her from more stress while she’s training, but Shi-ho is furious that nobody saw fit to tell her about the divorce. She decides to quit gymnastics and get a job, but her mother refuses to allow it, saying that Shi-ho’s life isn’t just hers.

But that makes Shi-ho feel even worse, because she knows that many of her parents’ fights have been about supporting her athletic goals. She tells her mother that her life is not her mom’s life, and yells that she should have lived her own life better. Her mother reaches out and slaps her, and though she immediately regrets it, Shi-ho walks away crying.

Joon-hyung goes home for a home-cooked meal, and watches his aunt and uncle as they lovingly bicker. Aww, no wonder he’s so comfortable bickering with Bok-ju.

He goes to his therapy appointment and tells the counselor that he thinks it was a mistake to try to control his mind through breathing, and jokingly asks for a refund. The counselor says they’ll keep trying until they figure this problem out, and asks if Joon-hyung ever thinks about looking for his mother.

Joon-hyung says he doesn’t, because he figures she must have a reason for severing contact with him, and he would feel disloyal to his aunt and uncle. His counselor understands his reasoning, but adds that he hopes Joon-hyung eventually confronts the situation. He thinks Joon-hyung is exhausted from holding everything in, and thinks it needs to be addressed.

Bok-ju approaches Seon-ok about her continued upset over being left out of the loop, saying that she and Nan-hee didn’t leave her out on purpose. Seon-ok sarcastically apologizes for being such a bad friend that they couldn’t tell her, and Bok-ju blows up at her for making her feel worse when she already feels bad enough.

They relocate to the roof so they can scream at each other freely, and Seon-ok says that she always considered Bok-ju and Nan-hee her sisters. Bok-ju says they feel the same way, and Nan-hee explains that Bok-ju only told her about her crush because she saw Bok-ju’s text message.

But Seon-ok is upset about what happened after that, when Coach Choi found out and Nan-hee pretended not to know anything. Well, that’s fair. She complains about Bok-ju keeping a secret in the first place, and Bok-ju replies that it wasn’t easy for her, either. She admits that she knew what she was doing was stupid, and was too embarrassed to tell them.

Seon-ok yells back that they would have understood – that’s what friends are for. Bok-ju knows she’s right, and apologizes, crying that she thought they would be disappointed in her. Seon-ok sees her tears and apologizes back, and they all go in for a loud, sobbing hug.

Then it’s confession time – Seon-ok tells them that her parents don’t really run a store, they run a motel. Nan-hee confesses that she’s never been kissed, and Bok-ju and Seon-ok look at her for a moment like Yeah, we know, but they just say it doesn’t matter. And then it’s hugs time again.

The three buddies have dinner, and since Bok-ju can’t drink because she’s in training, they decide to go to a noraebang to sing out Bok-ju’s stress.

Coach Choi actually puts on lipstick to go drinking with Coach Yoon, which is just so adorable. But Coach Yoon gets a call from his maybe-soon-to-be-ex-wife, and has to cancel their plans to go pick her up after a car accident. Coach Choi tries her best not to show her disappointment, and as he leaves, she wonders if she really has feelings for him.

The girls throw themselves heart and soul into their songs at the noraebang, dancing and singing their troubles away. At once point Bok-ju sticks her head out to ask the attendant to give them more time, and a well-placed compliment gives her what she wants. The lady knows her dad, and asks Bok-ju to have him bring her some leftover chicken sometime.

As they’re having the time of their lives, Shi-ho sits in the room across the hall, listening to sad songs and crying. Her mother’s words that she’s given her whole life for Shi-ho’s gymnastics dream echo in her mind.

Coach Choi goes to Bok-ju’s family chicken place after having a couple of drinks, and finds Uncle Dae-ho sitting there alone. He brings her a soju and notices that she looks different, leaning in very close to peer at her makeup. He guesses that she got stood up, and sits down with her like it’s no big deal.

She objects, and Dae-ho says he was just trying to keep her company. She takes a drink defiantly, and Dae-ho challenges her, scoffing that she probably can’t drink much anyway. Oh, now it’s on. Four sojus later, they’re still angry-drinking, though Dae-ho is starting to look a little sick.

Coach Choi falls out of bed the next morning, and belatedly realizes that she spent the night in Bok-ju’s room. She goes out to apologize to Bok-ju’s dad, who thinks it’s no big deal that she stayed over, and even made her hangover soup.

Dae-ho nearly jumps out of his skin when he sees Coach Choi in the kitchen, and fails miserably to act casual about it. They both sit to eat, and Coach Choi nervously asks if she made any mistakes last night. Dae-ho acts like he can’t remember, but he clearly does remember a violent game of rock-paper-scissors that led to some pretty interesting physical closeness.

The gymnastics coach finds something strange about the fact that the entire team passes weight requirements, and finds a wad of paper shoved inside the scale to alter the results. She gets an electronic scale, which Soo-bin and her crony attempt to break that night by jumping on it.

Bok-ju’s intense training begins, and her father delivers chicken to the gym for her and the coaches. He brings Uncle Dae-ho with him, which makes Coach Choi uncomfortable, especially when Dad gives her a knowing little wink.

Bok-ju slips out to answer a call from Jae-yi, who’s worried that she hasn’t made any more appointments. She tells him that she can’t come anymore because she’s leaving to study abroad in Germany, and Jae-yi says that he feels like he’s saying goodbye to a good friend.

Bok-ju hangs up and fights her tears, telling herself this is nothing to cry about. But she loses the battle, and sobs pitifully.

Later she calls Joon-hyung and tells him that she told his cousin she’s not coming to the clinic anymore. Joon-hyung asks if she’s been crying, but she changes the subject and asks where he is. Even though he was about to leave, he says he’s not doing anything, and meets her at the wishing fountain.

Joon-hyung hands Bok-ju quarters, and asks what her wish is today. She finally sinks one and wishes that the person she likes would like her back, which makes a wistful expression come over Joon-hyung’s face. But she admits that it’s hopeless and she’s just wishing out of habit.

Joon-hyung asks what Bok-ju told Jae-yi about why she can’t go back to the clinic, and she tells him she said she was studying abroad. He laughs, and she says it’s all his fault anyway, so he apologizes again.

Bok-ju says sadly that what bothers her the most is that she had to lie to Jae-yi, wishing she could have been honest with him just once. Argh, the way Joon-hyung looks at her while she’s not looking is killing me. He tells her to think of this as her first love and let it go, saying that last love is more important anyway.

Bok-ju sighs that she’ll never date again, and that look comes over Joon-hyung’s face again. He shakes it off and offers to take her clubbing again tonight after practice, and when she turns him down he suggests a movie instead. Bok-ju perks up at the idea, and they make plans to meet.

That afternoon Shi-ho isn’t feeling well and visits a pharmacy for medicine, but she barely make it out the door before her eyes roll back, and she collapses on the sidewalk.

Joon-hyung’s aunt brings him his yearly Christmas gift that’s supposedly from his mother, and he opens it to find a new pair of sneakers. But this year he knows the gift is really from his aunt and uncle.

The fact that the sneakers fit perfectly (because his aunt knows his shoe size) just drives home the reality that his mother has abandoned him. He goes to his room and thinks about the therapist’s suggestion that he look for his mother for real answers. He gets a call from Shi-ho, and answers even though he doesn’t look pleased about it.

Bok-ju waits for Joon-hyung at the movie theater, growing annoyed when he’s late and hasn’t called. He’s escorting Shi-ho home from the hospital in a taxi, and Shi-ho apologizes, saying he was the only person she could think to call. She tells him about her parents’ divorce, and that she feels burdened by her family’s sacrifices for her.

She says that if she’d known when she started that it would be like this, she never would have taken up competitive gymnastics. But now it’s too late, and Joon-hyung silently looks at her with new understanding.

Bok-ju falls asleep while waiting for Joon-hyung to call, and when she wakes she finally caves and calls him. He doesn’t answer but he looks horrified when he sees her call, and he sends Shi-ho the rest of the way home by herself. Shi-ho tries to hug him, but he pushes her off and runs to the theater to meet Bok-ju.

She’s busy playing a shooting game, screaming DIE DIE DIE as she yells at Joon-hyung for standing her up. Joon-hyung follows the sound of her cursing and takes his bullet like a man, and apologizes over and over while Bok-ju ignores him.

They’re halfway home before she deigns to talk to him, and asks why he won’t say why she stood him up if he’s so sorry. He takes her hand and punches himself with it, and Bok-ju angrily says that she’s never been stood up before. Joon-hyung stupidly says that it’s probably because she’s never been invited out by a guy before, and gets smacked.

Joon-hyung takes the punch as a good sign, and pesters Bok-ju to go for food. She says that of course he’ll take her to dinner, because he owes her big-time. She demands beef, but then a street cart catches her eye and they stop for skewers.

Bok-ju eats so many that Joon-hyung despairs of the cost, but he sweetly helps her not stab her mouth and wipes sauce from her chin. The cart ajumma even comments that Bok-ju’s boyfriend is sweet, and when they say he’s not a boyfriend, the ajumma guesses he’s her husband then. Bok-ju’s scandalized denial is hilarious.

Joon-hyung is still whining at how much Bok-ju ate when they make their way back to the dorm. She grabs him in a headlock and drags him around the room, and the noise gets Shi-ho’s attention from upstairs.

She sees them acting comfortable with each other and rushes to her room. She angrily deletes every picture of herself and Joon-hyung from her phone, then immediately regrets it and cries.

Joon-hyung’s aunt visits Jae-yi at work, bringing food for his employees. She brings another bag for Dr. Go, which makes her son uncomfortable, and he clarifies that he and Dr. Go are just friends.

Bok-ju pulls a muscle in her back during training, and Joon-hyung runs into her on her way to the infirmary. He starts to say he’s going to see Jae-yi but stops himself, and sends her on her way.

He heads to Jae-yi’s office and looks for a place to display his birthday present (a funky speaker). He ends up moving Bok-ju’s “happy birthday” plant from its place of honor, and the receptionist mentions that Jae-yi went to the school to see Dr. Go. Uh-oh.

Sure enough, when Jae-yi calls Dr. Go to say he’s on his way, Bok-ju is still there getting her back treated. Joon-hyung won’t make it on time and Bok-ju isn’t answering her phone, so he calls Tae-kwon to send him to the infirmary and get Bok-ju out of there.

On the way, Tae-kwon runs into Seon-ok and Nan-hee, and enlists their help stopping Jae-yi in the parking lot. They rush out and Nan-hee throws herself in front of the car, only to find they stopped the wrong car, ha.

Tae-kwon makes it to the infirmary first, and sneaks in when Dr. Go steps out for a second. He tells Bok-ju the situation, but they hear Dr. Go and Jae-yi coming back, so Bok-ju drags Tae-kwon behind the curtain with her.

Joon-hyung finally arrives, out of breath, and sees Tae-kwon hiding with Bok-ju. He demands food and drags Jae-yi and Dr. Go out to eat, just barely stopping Jae-yi from seeing Bok-ju right there in the same room.

After eating, Joon-hyung texts Bok-ju that the coast is clear. But a call from Dr. Go alerts him that Jae-yi left his phone behind, and he runs back to the infirmary to get it.

He doesn’t think to warn Bok-ju that Jae-yi is still close by, so she doesn’t even notice when he drives right past her. Jae-yi stops and steps out of his car, and calls Bok-ju’s name. She stands there in shock, wearing her weightlifting team shirt and unable to say a word, as Joon-hyung arrives just a moment too late.

COMMENTS

I really love that the trio of Bok-ju and her friends got to be front-and-center for a while in this episode, because I adore their friendship. And again, the things they were fighting about just feel so realistic and tug at my own memories of being young and learning what it means to be an adult. I remember that feeling of being left out, un-included in a secret, and when you’re young that hurts so much. I think Seon-ok had every right to be upset at Bok-ju for keeping such a big secret from her, and at Nan-hee for lying to her about it. But in the way of true friends, I also love that they got a chance to yell at each other, call each other names, then make up and cry over how much they love each other. Honesty is important in more than just romance, and it’s great to see the three friends being brutally honest and working out their issues. Loving someone doesn’t mean you never fight, but being able to talk openly and come through any problems even stronger is a real gift.

Poor Shi-ho, as if she needed any more pressure in her life. I can’t help but feel bad for her, though in no way do I condone her treatment of Joon-hyung or Bok-ju. I just also know that desperation can make people do crazy things, so I worry about Shi-ho’s mental well-being now that her whole world is falling down around her ears, and she’s feeling like it’s all her fault. Seeing your parents split is hard enough without the added guilt of thinking that if you had only made different choices, it wouldn’t be happening, even when those choices were made when she was very young. It’s so sad to watch her cling to the one thing she thinks she can control, her relationship with Joon-hyung, and be completely unable to accept that she will never get him back.

I do believe that Shi-ho has convinced herself that she can salvage things with Joon-hyung if she just keeps trying, because she broke up with him, and so she probably believes that he’s only refusing because he’s still hurt. But an emotionally healthy person would see his interactions with Bok-ju as proof that he’s moving on and let him go, even if it hurts. The fact that Shi-ho is only clinging to him harder after seeing how he feels about Bok-ju makes me really worry that she’s going to become dangerously unstable.

And oh Bok-ju, why? Why did you lie again?? I’m so frustrated with her right now, because it was bad enough that she lied to Jae-yi about wanting to lose weight and her coaches and friends about the whole thing, but she just finally got everything out in the open and promised not to lie anymore. Then she turns around and immediately lies to Jae-yi that she’s going to study abroad. This is just going to start another carousel of lies and secrets, and the fallout is going to be even worse the second time around. I know Bok-ju is young, but she’s not stupid, so I don’t understand why she doesn’t seem to have learned anything from being caught the first time. I just want to shake her and tell her to be honest.

That said, I do like that Bok-ju told Joon-hyung the truth right away, like honesty is just a natural non-issue between them now. I love that she trusts him with her biggest secret, both times in fact, because regardless of his teasing Joon-hyung has never, not once, betrayed Bok-ju’s trust. And it’s so cute that they’re kind of dating without even realizing it, going to clubs and planning movie nights and getting upset when the other doesn’t show up. It’s going to be hilarious when they realize they’re already a couple and didn’t even know.

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I was struck by how feverishly JH was practicing asking Bok Ju for forgiveness in the beginning of the episode. He felt desperate to have her forgiveness, even though it’s not his fault his crazy ex-girlfriend outed Bok Ju’s weight diary. When she started to complain to him, he had this look of dread on his face that seemed pretty strong in that situation. Then, when she was like, whatever, he was almost brought to tears of relief. So I thought that was interesting, but then, later, when he’s apologizing about standing Bok Ju up at the movie theater, I was again struck by his desperate attempts at forgiveness.
I feel like JH had a really interesting arc in this episode. He did two things “wrong” (though, really, it’s not his fault his ex is a crazy pscho) to Bok Ju, and both times he was really, really scared. Not that she would beat him up (he even told her she could hit him), but because I think he was scared she would leave him. Abandon him. Cut him out of her life. Like he had done something so irredeemable that their relationship was over.
His mom left him at a critical time in his development. Their only contact was through yearly postcards and gifts. She cut him out of her life, and most kids would internalize that. Many kids would think that it must be their fault somehow. Many kids would wonder what they had done wrong to cause their mom to leave them. And then when he found out his aunt had been behind it for most of the time, it must have unconsciously reinforced to him that he wasn’t worth having in her life. His major relationship with Si Ho ended the same way; she cut him out of her life when it suited her, despite the fact it was a critical time in his life. It was all on one day and then all over the next. I think he has a very real fear that women in his life might leave. Cut him off and just abandon him. I think that’s why partly why he’s afraid to confront his aunt-mom about the lies; unconsciously—and probably incorrectly—I think he’s afraid that if he says the wrong thing, she will cut him out of their life and leave him too.
So it makes sense that every time he says something potentially hurtful (not teasing, but actually causing pain) to Bok Ju, he gets this face that says how much he regrets it. It’s almost like he tenses up in that moment, waiting for the outburst that will send her away from him. And every time it doesn’t happen, he grows closer to her. He is slowly learning to trust her and himself as a part of her life. When they left the movie theater after he stood her up, and she was rightfully mad, he said something like, “At least let me buy you some food,” and it seemed clear that he wanted to keep her close, to keep her from running away from him. So when she was all like, duh, that’s the least you can do, I think he was surprised and delighted that she wasn’t leaving him.

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So even though he makes mistakes, Bok Ju isn’t punishing him by abandoning him or cutting him out of her life.
I think that having trust with Bok Ju, combined with counseling and talking to his aunt-mom, is going to be the catalyst for him to work through his anxiety at the starting point. Aren’t his swimming problems kind of like his women issues: if he makes a mistake, he’ll get left behind?

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Wow. That is beautiful.

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My God your analysis is so deep, I didn't take in mind many o the things you put.

I love your analysis.

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Wow !

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Agreed. This was a really interesting analysis of the character.

TBH, I prefer his storyline to everyone else's in this show. His character is more compelling and it helps that Nam Joo Hyuk is a pretty awesome actor. It sucks that Shi Ho is taking advantage of him as much as she has, and I really would like Joon Hyung to come to the realization that her actions here aren't his fault. I'm really looking forward to seeing how he will have his breakthrough.

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You are awesome!

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Well said!

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It's so nice that I read ur analysis first, it's a very nice insight and made me look at JH differently. Thanks for sharing ur thoughts, I love this drama. Relatable and enjoyable ?

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Love your comments!!!!

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So well said! Thank you for such great insight into Joon Hyung as character:) it was such a revelation tbh?

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i just want to hug you for this realization!

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Yep, I had the same feeling while watching that scene. You could tell that there was a shift in Joong Hyun's emotions when Bok Ju stated fiercely that she was not scared of Shi Ho's threats. He was clearly overjoyed about the confirmation that the Shi Ho affair would not make Bok Ju run from him.
Btw, I have to credit Nam Joo Hyuk for that, he is doing really well in this drama :)

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his eyes and simple gestures does all the work here. the way he stares to bok joo like she really means the world to him is just so adorable and (words are not enough how to decribe it). Nam Joo Hyuk's eyes says it all.

i want to ship Nam Joo Hyuk's eyes. they are really sparkling as what book jo noticed. lol

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Yes. It's NJH's eyes. You can tell happiness, love, fear and jealousy just by looking at his eyes.

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count me in.
I was floored that both actors did well with the nuances and simple gestures. A smile. A look. And clearly reflecting what they feel.

It is so nice despite being quite an airhad when it comes to love. Bokjoo notices all this things about Joon hyung.
#1 Tall guy with pointy chin
#2 Good looking and popular with girls (she said this more than once)
#3 Sparkling eyes
#4 Tall nose bridge that she is envious of
#5 His good personality- she said since he and Doctor Jae Yi are cousins, he resembles him a lil bit just a lil bit

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I disagree that Bokjoo is an airhead in love.

1.Joonhyung uses her to prevent himself being splashed by water.
2.Joonhyung helping her to get closer to her crush.

Normally a guy wouldn't do all these if they like a girl.

Also, she believes that no guy will like her because she is not feminine thus all the lies. Let alone Joonhyung who is good looking and popular with girls. She don't even think that someone will like her, she definitely won't imagine a good looking guy popular with girls will like her.

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@Doleelove Sorry i thk u misunderstood. when i meant airhead i wasnt refering to her being clueless that JH likes her cause evem JH himself hasnt identify his feelings for her. I agree with all the points you made.. plus in another comment i also wrote this..
" i thk BJ looks at him like her gal pals. so she doesnt thk of anythg between them romantically and she doesnt thk he will thk of them romantically since she has declared to Shi ho she is not JH’s cup of tea.
I love that its great friendship that they started off on. love it. love it."
When i meant airhead it was a light hearted remark based on her actions with her crush (doctor jae yi), she was bumbling and shy, she think guys like girls as feminine, that weightlifters arent any guy's type, that she needs to lie abt being a cello player plus she is not aware that shes's actually very pretty and very charming

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His eyes is the main part on his features alright. You know how some people say "His face betrays nothing?" For me, "Joo Hyuk's eyes betrays everything."

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wow i never considered this but it sounds spot on! thanks for sharing this perspective^^

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I love your analysis.

What is mom reason for living him actually? Why did she leave to Canada? Has it ever mentioned before?

I mean, maybe she's sick or something. I hope this is not the case, but who knows, maybe she already dead.. that's why she stopped sending the postcard at some point and Aunty continue to send it in her stead.

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It was mentioned in the 2nd or so episode. His mom is remarrying, and I'm not sure whether this is just Korean culture or what...but it seems like when a woman remarries, they don't take their child from a different husband to live with them. Instead, the child is left to the husband's side family and let them raise the so called child instead.

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I don't live in Korea, but I live in a different Asian country, and this stuff happens over where I live too. Not for everyone of course, but it does happen. It depends on whether the new husband is willing to take care of the woman's kids or not. If a woman re-marries and she already has kids, and her new husband doesn't want to take care of them, she doesn't take them with her to live with her new family. They get left with a relative from her side, like her mother, etc.

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Sorry if this sounds rude or culturally ignorant, I don't mean it like that, but it's just that I don't understand. Cultural differences apart, all over the world, from Alaska to Africa and from Russia to India to America to I don't know where, mothers love their children more than anything else in the world. And not only different women in different countries, but also cats, dogs, mice. Mouse moms if cornered will also fight with a cat and die to protect their young...
And yet...why do these moms accept to marry men who are so insensitive as not to accept their wife's children? How can they choose a stranger over their own flesh and blood? Any man who wouldn't accept my children and me as a package would soon know the way out of my house and heart.

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It depends.. Well, the biggest winner would be those that dont re-marry totally or married to someone who is willing to accept their kids.. (i would say the child opinion is important as well. and really depends how big the kids is.. i had seen some struggled to live with their new dad/mum and keep pestering wanting his "original" dad/mum and dont understand the meaning of divorce fully.. while some felt left out or abandoned..)

Some end up happily.. some just end up with another miserably ending.. there's too many factors to really consider..

-cases of the abuses by the step-father/mother
-really bias in actual or seen to be more bias by the child.. especially when they had their own kids in future..
-children being even more rebellious to express their upset and anger..
-a thorn in the flesh or time bomb that everytime the couple quarrel, this issue would be bought up.. etc etc

no matter what, in separation, the kids always suffered the most

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like what they said.. married is not only between the two of them, but it involved the whole family..

its really easier said than done.. even if one is prepared for it, its not as easy as it seems..

my country is facing problem even with staying with in-laws let alone child from the previous marriage.. its going to be a bigger challenge..

like what a chinese saying.. (direct translation here) its easy to meet up now and then.. its hard to live together even for a while..

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wow thankyou for your analysis.
I was thinking too when he deperately beg for her forgiveness.
In the first 2 episodes he comes off as brash and doesnt like to explain himself- like he doesnt bother.
So i was thinking how nice for a guy to know hes wrong and apologizes for it. But i was taken aback by how fervently he did it.
Now you out everything into persepective. It is because Bok joo is important to him. She matters. And he would go the extra mile for her- running around to make sure her secret is safe, breaking rules and potentially get into trouble but still stay out all night just to cheer her up, listen and i really mean listen to her when she share her thoughts and feelings. And he wasnt judgemental or imposing his thinking on her - which is also why Bokjoo was able to talk to him. And lastly, safegurading their friendship and making sure she doesnt cut him out of her life (as you put it)
It begs the question when the point comes that he couldnt ignore his feelings for her- what would he do? With this trauma and mom-deserted him issues- he probably would guard his feelings so as not to ruined their friendship?

We've reached halfway of the show and have seen many things unfold on Bokjoo's side. I felt any minute we will reach a new point to have more on Joon Hyung. What happened to his birth mother. Bokjoo to know about his issues. And support him in kind.

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+1 Great analysis!

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You're absolutely spot on with this analysis! Thank you!

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You know, I really like this theory, because it explains things even all the way back in episode 3. During the mountain climb, after he knocked her over, he was full of apologies and willing to do anything to earn her forgiveness, even piggyback her up the mountain. But when she lost it and told him to get lost because they weren't friends, he was genuinely upset. Even when he saw her being hassled by those guys at dinner later, he just glared and walked away. He must have felt like that was her abandoning him, and he hasn't forgotten it and desperately doesn't want her to do it again.
Wow, the best theories are the ones that can make you go back and see old episodes in a new light!

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Great insights. Personally, I'd be very attached to a girl who saved my life.

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Love your detailed analysis and I wholeheartedly agree. JH has this fear of being abandoned and that would explain why he would fervently beg for forgiveness from BJ. Others have also commented on various things in your analysis. I'll just add the thought that because BJ is JH's elementary school friend, and that was the time when his mom had left him--if he had internalized that as something that is wrong with himself, it would mean that is untrue if things work out between him and BJ (whether just friends or more). If BJ sticks around no matter what happens and she had known him from back then, that means there's nothing wrong with him and he is not the reason that his mom cut off contact.

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Wow. That actually makes a lot of sense. Looking back at Episode 7, apart from giving some serious OTP fan service, I really wondered at how Joonhyung tightly held on to Bokjoo on the bunk bed, when it wasn't necessary to hide out anymore.

Not complaining, ya know. My boy's doing it right haha :D :D :D

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I'm sooooo far behind on my dramas! I haven't had time to watch anything this week. Reading your comment will help me watch him more closely when I finally have time to catch up. Thank you!!!!

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Wow! I must add to the long list of replies to thank you for opening my eyes to this dynamic in their relationship. It really does make a lot of sense, and it helps me view Joon-hyung's behavior in a more nuanced way.

I think that having trust with Bok Ju, combined with counseling and talking to his aunt-mom, is going to be the catalyst for him to work through his anxiety at the starting point.

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One of the many reasons I love this drama is that the hero doesn't get over his demons just because the heroine "loves him through it". In SO MANY DRAMAS, you'd see Joon-hyung getting over his trauma through merely "the healing power of love", which is such an unrealistic trope, and one that frustrates me every time it comes up.

I think it reinforces a very unhealthy concept that a lot of people have about love -- that someone else's love can "fix" all your problems -- and I think that it can inadvertently normalize a lot of really toxic behavior from the hero: audiences watch him treat the heroine terribly, but we accept it because we know he doesn't "really mean it" and that her love will "heal him". I saw this a lot in the dynamic between Jung and Seol in Cheese in the Trap, or between Joo-won and Ra-im in Secret Garden.

I love love LOVE that this drama approaches Joon-hyung's healing process in a healthy, realistic way. He is in ongoing counseling to help him with his mental issues! This is so normal and healthy, and yet so rare in dramas. I also agree with you that his positive relationship with Bok-joo will supplement his healing, but I am so happy that her love isn't presented as the "cure" for his suffering.

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I agree, I got so frustrated when Bok joo lied _AGAIN_.

On the other hand, the main couple is the cutest I have EVER seen yet, their like puppies when they're together, and I need them to realize that, I need them to date already.

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I think this is one of the reasons why I prefer to watch older couples in shows. While they are also prone to doing stupid things like lying, they at least have experience to better understand how to handle certain situations. While I was scream at KBJ when she lied again, I think it is believable, and the fallout that comes out of it would be for the best. These are teaching moments in life, and better to do it with someone else before the person that you end up with later on.

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It's understandable that she lied.. Honesty is easy when you don't care about what other might think when you tell the truth & she is still not over her crush.. let the lie be..& let me move on.. Would be the easiest choice.

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Honestly, I wasn't mad at Bok Joo at all for lying. In fact, I probably would have done the same thing if I were in her shoes (granted, I would have probably come up with something that didn't involve LEAVING THE COUNTRY)
I mean, think about it. As far as Bok Joo is concerned, she has two options:
One; lie, and never see her crush again
Or two; tell the truth, get rejected, and THEN never see her crush again
She may not have made the RIGHT decision, but she made the easy one, which only makes her more relatable in my eyes. No one wants to get embarrassed if they can avoid it, and since BJ was sure she'd never see Jaeyi again, she disnt think there would be any consequences. She's wrong, of course, but weren't we all, at that age? ?

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Well, Bok Ju, if you won't take Joon-hyung I wouldn't mind having him to myself ;)

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I want to adopt him :-)

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hee stand in line pls... behind JH aunt/uncle, his hyung, Bokjoo (not knowing it), Sua, Serendipity and myself lol

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I'm right behind ya??

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No matter how hard it is to like Shi Ho or to understand her actions, I just can't help but feel bad for her for not having anyone by her side. Sure, she's selfish as hell, but right now she is so completely alone. Bok joo has her two besties, the support of her coaches and her dad, and a reliable friend in Joon hyung. Whereas Shi ho has no friends, an opportunistic bitch for a coach, and a family that is pretty messed up and makes her feel burdened.
I don't support whatever she's doing in the least, but I can see what made her so messed up in the first place.

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I feel so sorry for Shi Ho right now too. She has no one around to her vent her anger at, to fight with and make up. She seems too pitiful to be hated. Infact i feel that at the moment she needs BJ and her gang in her life. The way the fought it out and shared their secrets and simply let go was so beautiful and in contrast SH's reaction just in the opposite room was just too heartbreaking. Please show let Shi Ho appologise and make up with BJ! Or is that asking for too much? Oh nothing like too much SWAG.. right?

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As hard as Shi Ho's life is, her troubles both in and out of her control are part of growing up. I would love to see her learn from her mistakes and grow as a character. Yes, she does not have a support group--that coach should be fired--but she may not have always been surrounded by deleterious agents. She did have Joon Hyung at one point. Having said that, I feel little sympathy for her at the moment given how extreme her actions have been. Let's not forget that she wilfully tried to harm KBJ and was not contrite in the least. She even doubled down on her efforts. Yes, KBJ has created her own problems for herself, but that is no excuse for her to have done what she did. Hopefully, when she becomes aware of her harmful actions and is able to change for the better, meet and make good friends, and lead a happy life.

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I think Shi Ho is in an incomparable position.

The other kids, whom I love, might get hurt by love or fail at sports; but only Shi Ho is in danger of having her family be homeless because of the sacrifices they made for her.

I don't like her behavior at all, but I have a lot of sympathy for her. I was a competitive figure skater and I know some of that pressure. You can have sympathy for someone's position without condoning their actions, and that's how I feel about Shi Ho.

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JH isn't in a better situation either, but how you handle it matters.. You need to care for other people to expect them to care back..She hasn't got anyone around is because the way she acted when she was in a better position in life.. The way she treated JH in the past is the best example..
This situation is created by her own selfishness. Instead of redeeming she is obsessing over JH and falling in the spiral of self pitty and jealousy.. It's a complex character and the actress is doing a great job..

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I agree with you, even if she have a terrible life that doesn't give her the right to ruin others life too, and give them a hard time. I don't sympathize with her or feel sorry.

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she can have all the friends that she want if she will stop pushing everyone away from her. it looks like she does not want to have friends, even in the beginning of her school life. the way i see it, she won't befriend to anyone if she wont benefit from them.

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Thanks Lollypip for the quick recap!! :D

I swear these two are killing me with the cuteness. ?
Loved, loved, loved the rooftop scene. Loved to see how comfortable Bok Ju was in his arms, and how Joong Hyun is taking baby steps ahead and dared to call her pretty, hehe! When Bok Ju said that she was not scared of Shi Ho you could see how happy he was to hear that. I guess for someone with abandonment issues like him, to have your favorite person telling you that no scary people will keep them from meeting you is a nice thing. And the hugs...awwww, so much sweetness it's not even healthy to watch, haha!!

Regarding the story, I like the progress of the romance and the other plots. The second rooftop scene with the three friends was awesome, it made me cry again. Even Shi Ho's story is much better than the typical second lead: we will still hate what she does, but at least we can understand where she is coming from and hope that she redeems herself at some point. And how refreshing is that the couple communicates and says everything to each other? The writers are doing a great job.

Next week I would love to see Joong Hyun taking a step forward, because he already knows that he loves her, what he does not seem to realize yet is that he wants her as his girlfriend, hehe! And I also want Bok Ju to find out about Joong Hyun's mother and give him some love to help with the trauma ? More love between our OTP please!! ❤️ I can't wait till next Wednesday.

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I don't understand and was watching it raw the first time but that second roof top scene made me cry.
This is the best Sis-mance i've seen in a drama!

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I love Bok-joo and Joon-hyung together, but I think that Bok-joo needs sometime to grow up as well. I think they are a great match, but in terms of maturity she needs some growth. Look how she treats her relationship with Jae-yi. I absolutely agree that she should have told him the truth this time (especially considering she couldn't even continue going to the clinic anyway!).

Also, the emotional comfort in this couple seems to mainly come from Joon-hyung, so I would really like for him to talk about his problems with Bok-joo and see how she handles them. I know she gave him help after his competition, but it wasn't as developed or "heart-to-heart" as I would have liked. He needs someone to talk to as well, not just his therapist. I have full confidence that Bok-joo will be able to listen and help him when given the chance, especially if she matures.

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Agreed. I want scenes where it's Joon-hyung spilling his heart out and it's Bok-joo listening to him and being his emotional support.

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THAT'S ALL I WANT TOO!!! Please drama, make it happen.

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ME TOO! i want that So much!

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i think this situation also applies in real life since it's like always and all the time that when upset, women are more likely to express their feelings directly, and to seek for support. while men is really having a hard time expressing their feelings and sometimes, they try to hide or deny it. but, little by little he is really trying to open up.

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*joon hyung is really trying to open up with bok joo

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I agree that it would be nice to see why Bok Joo makes a compatible pair for him. Though these two are cute, I see them more as friends than as couples. Some people will have close friends in the opposite sex with whom they can share almost anything. Though the world may think they are in a relationship, it's just pure unadulterated friendship. I guess I see Bok joo and joon Hyung's because she has feelings for someone else and he is the only one handling everything in their relationship.

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"And it’s so cute that they’re kind of dating without even realizing it, going to clubs and planning movie nights and getting upset when the other doesn’t show up. It’s going to be hilarious when they realize they’re already a couple and didn’t even know."

^^THIS. Ah, WFKBJ really has become the highlight of my week, a ray of sunshine in the middle of an otherwise bleak week.

More banters, more friendships, more kilig please! :)

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are you from philippines?

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Ap,

I was about to ask the same thing. Haha!

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i was actually in awe after seeing your username. and then you mentioned "kilig" ay taga pilipinas to. hahaha!

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The username was a bit of a dead giveaway (if you know tagalog that is). lol

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And the word "kilig"..haha!

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Haha, yup!

I think the word "kilig" pretty much sums up this drama for me. It just leaves you feeling happy, with a big, goofy smile on your face. :)

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it's so refreshing to see other filipinos here. hi guys, i think were all shipping the same kdrama here. hah!

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Hahaha +1 for using "kilig" in a sentence

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I loved the whole "you've got a high nose bridge, I can't even wear glasses" conversation. So many kdramas jump right into romantic love, and while it's completely clear to us how JH feels, that sort of idle conversation is exactly what gets people on the same page in the real world - just stupid things you say to each other until you realize that that person is the only person you want to tell everything, even the stupid things.

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Yes! In real life every conversation isn't profound.

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Absolutely. That felt so natural to me. Plus the way they were both talking in hushed voices, almost like a bedroom voice, it really freaked me out (in the best way). To me it was just the right amount of intimacy to level up from the comfortable stage they're at. Really I can watch those two be that way forever.

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I KNOW. I hardly ever see conversations like that in a Korean drama.

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I know right! I'm glad I wasn't alone in that feeling. I actually felt like it was not part of the script and they were just adlib-ing? Or am I just blinded by my love for their natural banter? hahah...

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Me too. I keep screaming PD you- job very well done.
Sometimes i heart those simple conversations more than the cliche fall in your arms routine. JH and BK can still carry on the conversation and enjoy each other's company, they lie there naturally and cmfortably, notice the stars, she notice his nose bridge, he said shes pretty- how sweet.

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Yes, that struck me too about whether the dialogue was scripted or ad-libbed. I am already dreading the end of this show. Love the ensemble cast and how even in the limited amount, every character has a sense of depth. You might not know their whole story, but there is an obvious sense of personality.

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This. Definitely one of my favourite moments in the episode. I loved that the writer didn't pull an "oh my god he's touching me i'm so flustered" moment - despite their proximity, they were super comfortable with each other, and their inane conversation just felt so natural and organic.

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am i too bad if i want shi-ho to see all the romance scenes between our main couple? it was like i want to push her on her limit to stop herself from chasing joon-hyung. i want to slap it on her face that she needs to move on and joon-hyung is not like someone who will get back on her. (not in this lifetime) i think im really too bad to think of this way because it will only drive her to do crazy and wicked stuffs. but still! i want to see her jealous. ha-ha-ha

i just cant wait to see joon hyung and bok joo dating, i think it will be an epic date. it will not be a fancy-dating-high-end-finesse dates. see? their first date is eating street foods which is so adorable and refreshing to watch!

btw, thank you for the recap lollypip. i cant sleep without reading your comment in every episodes.

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Thank you MBC, for keeping the WED-THU shows so cute.

I'm so in love with all these characters, that I just can't get enough of them!

Joon-hyung is the sweetest thing, and he is so love in love and doesn't even know it!

And Bok-joo is one of the most interesting heroine I've seen in a while.

Kudos to Lee Sung-Kyung who is proving herself a great lead actress indeed!

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"Joon-hyung goes home for a home-cooked meal, and watches his aunt and uncle as they lovingly bicker. Aww, no wonder he’s so comfortable bickering with Bok-ju."

So apt!

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I'm struggling hard with Shi-ho. I know she is on the tip of a mental breakdown but she is just being so nasty. I want her to realize she is doing nothing but hurting herself and the ones around her. She needs help. I wish her coach was more invested in her well-being not just her performance. And tbh I understand her to a certain degree. When life is spinning far out of control and you feel like you have to grab on to something, ANYTHING to ground you. Heck, I'VE been there. That is me now. But her desperately holding on to Joon-hyung or hurting Bok-ju because she deems her an obstacle to her happiness is not the answer. Poor girl. I really hope the show does right by her character. I would hate to see her become another generic second lead.

And dang it Bok-ju. Stop lying girl. I was disappointed that she lied to Jae-yi again. This was the perfect opportunity to come clean. I'm glad she got caught. It's way too complicated to keep up a farce like that. Especially since she is friends with his cousin. I knew she was going to get caught. Glad it was this episode. While the hide Bok-ju hijinks were hilarious, her friends don't need to be enabling her.

One last thing, I need more Bok-ju and Joon-hyung cuddle time on the rooftop. That was freaking adorable and my favorite highlight of this episode. Well, next to Bok-ju and her friends epic makeup session. That was awesome! I love that trio!

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Shi Ho needs psychiatric help immediately. She has eating disorder, and she's emotionally unstable. For typical female antagonist, I will just wish a truck of doom will strike them, but for Shi Ho, I really want her to seek for help. She is going to destroy herself eventually before she is able to achieve whatever she wants to.

And oh my, our leads are just so cute. <3 Can't wait for next two episodes to squeal at our leads.

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I agree! She needs help! She looks so pale and so thin, any more weight loss and BokJoo might be able to toss her across the room with a tiny nudge. Im half afraid she might kill herself, actually. ? I think its her face and her eyes. So sunken.

As for our main couple, squishy-squishy bunkbed cuddle-cuddle ?

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I agree, before this episode I just hated her, but now I'm worried for her.

Worried for the actress too, I can respect her commitment to her craft, but this kind of weight loss is not healthy :( And it especially pains me because she's been one of the actresses that wasn't stick skinny and looked healthy before. I hope this doesn't cause problems for her health.

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Hi,

does anyone know the song that coach choi was singing while she was drunk, was it made up or an actual song?

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it's called "Love, about the loneliness of it(Sa-rang, geu sseul sseu ham ae dae ha yeo" by the singer Yang Hee-Eun. Yoon Min-Soo(from Vibe) sang it on the show "I am a Singer" too.

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Thanks a lot :)

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yes, that's the one!

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This episode swoooooonfest.

I like how Joon Hyung like he was Bok Joo's girlfriend. Worrying about her, cleaning after her, that fear when he's late on that movie date and THAT HUG.

I just don't get Bok Joo. How can she be unaffected when her goodlooking friend just want to hug her close and told her she's pretty. If it were me. I would've passed out. ?

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She never find joon young good looking (or atractive). From the 1st episode she always say "the girls say hes handsome" (or something like that)

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He's growing on her though. That high nose bridge comment is code for "You're actually kind of good-looking, now I'm taking a closer look..."

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Ditto! When you start noticing small things on a person's face, you are already starting to look closely at that person, it's always a start and you notice more. Like mannerisms, expressions. Ahh, we're almost there Bok Joo-yah, just hold on a little Joon Hyung-gie~~

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Agreed! She's on her way to him. I can't wait~

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I totally agree. It's also easier to remain unaffected when you attribute all those things (the compliment, the hug, the caring) to him just being a good friend and nothing more (she makes it pretty obvious that she doesn't believe she's his type or that he would ever go for her). It's only when you start looking at this in a romantic light that you start getting the feels.

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Now all we need is one Kim Bok Joo light bulb moment complete with either that hilariously loveable look of surprise on her face or have her feelings rush toward the surface while something symbolic happens in the background. I'll take both in either order. Or heck, Show can execute this another (better) way. I'll take it aaalll. The show has pretty much hit all the right notes for me so far in bringing out a great mix of comedy and cuteness between our leads. Who knew Nam Joo Hyuk could be so funny? And better yet--he brings out an even funnier Lee Sung Kyung. I love it!

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agree agree. i thk BJ looks at him like her gal pals. so she doesnt thk of anythg between them romantically and she doesnt thk he will thk of them romantically since she has declared to Shi ho she is not JH's cup of tea.
I love that its great friendship that they started off on. love it. love it.

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Have you ever been in love?
If you're in love with someone, all the rest of the people of that sex are just invisible to you, they are just "persons", not men (or women). Even if the most gorgeous guy comes by, and someone points him out, you'll have a quick look, will maybe say "Yeah, I suppose he's ok" and then boredly look away, because only your beloved is interesting to you.

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I'm really enjoying this series so far. The writer of the show manages to tell a familiar story without being overly precious and makes her characters feel like real people.

Not that I advocate violence, but I loved when Bok Ju knocked Shi Ho down. It was such an honest reaction.

Thank you for the recap!! :)

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Question, did anyone else notice that Bokju and Joon Hyung's shoes look almost exactly the same?

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is it bad that i look forward to thursdays so much? so i can binge watch these 2 episodes of weightlifting fairy? :D

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What kind of fascinates me in this storyline is that Joon-hyun's aunt and uncle still presume that Joon-hyun belives that it's his mother who sends all those things (and Joon-hyun himself even believed it until just few years back!). Nobody wonders why in the time of social media, emails and PHONES his mother keeps sending postcards (not even letters but POSTCARDS!!? it's not like she's on holiday for crying put loud, she bloody moved away) she didn't call once to hear her son's voice, didn't send any photos and during that bloody long time since she left she didn't bother to come even once to visit her son or god forbid invite him to visit her - I know that Canada is not particularly round the corner but it's not fu*king Mars either. It amazes me that Joon-hyun even belived it for so long. You're super sweet and all, mate, but sometimes you're suprisingly slow...

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THANK YOU. That subplot just beggars belief. (Tangential but related, I wish dramas would drop that trope where one half of a couple goes abroad and never stays in touch – "Oh My Ghostess," "Beautiful Gong-shim," even the Japanese drama "Pride" are some examples.)

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That's a kdrama rule though, if separation occurs technology does not exist. It's easy enough to explain it, you see, these characters are not actually going abroad - they are cryogenically frozen in an all automated underground storehouse system where they stay in their temporary glass coffins until needed again.

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i'd like to think it's part of denial. he probably subconsciously knew that his mother had abandoned him as he grew older, but denial and fear of abandonment made him refuse to accept that fact and ended up convincing himself that she's not really leaving him etc, until the proof otherwise were too great to deny. psyche can be a powerful thing

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I also thought the exact same thing!

Let's say that sometimes if you desperately want to believe a lie, you make yourself believe it against all logic, because the truth may be too hurtful.

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I am loving this show - the friendship between the OTP is pretty much exactly what I had hoped for going into the show. I think both leads are killing it especially in scenes where they are together. Great chemistry!

Can we also just address how awesome it is that we have a hero who is getting therapy and following through with his treatments and basically addressing mental health seriously? I love how earnestly JH listens to the doctor.

Finally, re: Coach Choi's "date"...more than the lipstick what was sadder / more endearing to me was that she had a blob of bb cream on her forehead when she was hastily patting it on. It was such an endearing detail and highlighted her internal struggle to pretend to treat the date casually but the truth was written literally as clearly as the day on her forehead. Except the head of course coach (to stay consistent with his character) didn't notice haha.

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I agree that it's awesome how Joon Hyun is seeing therapist and he's not particularly ashamed by it or sees it as something terrible. And I'm glad it didn't take multiple personality disorder or something worse for him to to start seeing therapist.

He's just really nice, sane lead, who's mostly in tune with his emotions.

I really wish for Bok Joo to start showing interest in him, not as a love interest, but as a person. Their friendship seems slightly one sided, she's still not trying to understand him.

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I agree, it's great that mental-health treatment is taken seriously in this drama. Am just a bit concerned that the therapist seems to do too much talking and not enough listening. I'm a conflict-resolution practitioner and a health professional. In both fields, we are trained to guide clients in finding their way to their own (re)solutions and not imposing answers on them ourselves. Besides, this actor will never convince me that he's not a power-hungry politician out to murder unutterably handsome manga characters!

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I meant manhwa characters, of course, but anyone who gets my initial allusion already knows that :)

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Must be because I'm just really not familiar with psychology and alike...but it always drives me insane when American shows show psychology session and the doctor always says "and how do you feel about that?" and offers nothing more. That would've driven me bonkers, cause if that's the only thing the doctor can say, it would've been easier talking to my friends and find solutions with them instead.

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It's not as it seems. It's not just "How do you feel about that?" The therapist makes the patient start to talk (just like his/her friends would) but then subtly makes the right sort of relevant and pivotal questions to lead the patient to discover more, to bypass the unimportant details and to dig deeper to find the important truths.
It's a little bit like the method used by the Greek philosopher Socrates, as showin in the Platonic Dialogues. By questions, he made the other person reach the conclusion.
But it's a whole skill to ask the right questions which will lead to what's important. It's a whole skill not to impose your own opinions on the patient, to be completely non-judgemental and neutral (something that friends, being human, have difficulty doing). The friends are good as a shoulder to cry on and talk talk talk, and this is great. But as advice goes, they might be right or wrong, you can't be sure that they will have grasped all the facets of the question and give you really wise advice. Always being on your side feels warm and fuzzy: "Oh, how right you are, this guy is a jerk" or "yeah, totally, your parents are tyrants indeed" or "This boss is hateful", they are not helping you. But sometimes it's not the boyfriend's fault, the parents' fault or the bosses fault. Sometimes it's your fault. Or nobody's fault, but you have some trauma you have to overcome.
A professional is good because he/she has no feelings for you. He/she doesn't love you or hate you, but on the other hand he/she has seen or read about many such cases, so he can help, sometimes more than people who do love you.
When you need love, go to them, it's invaluable. But when you want to find out about yourself and heal yourself, the psy is a better option than your mom or your bestie.

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I agree! I've trained as a therapist, and it drives me crazy when the therapist imposes their own view versus letting the client speak.

And I can't help but see him as the bad guy too.

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Honestly, Bok Joo reminds me so much of myself when I was younger that it's almost embarrassing. I know what it's like to keep secrets from your friends, only to have the truth inevitably come out and become more dramatic than it would have been if you had just told them what was going on in the first place. I know exactly what it feels like to have an unrequited love for someone who is completely out of your reach but gives you just enough to keep you hanging on nonetheless. And, most strikingly, I remember what it's like to have that one guy friend who, for some reason, you feel completely comfortable with, whether you're talking about your problems or "joking" about being attracted to one another, though it's only in hindsight that you realize that one (if not both) of you had feelings for the other.

That's why I love this show so much — it's so real. I can relate to Bok Joo on so many levels, even when she's completely making a fool of herself, and it makes me love her for it.

That being said, I can't wait to watch her realize her feelings for Joon Hyun, because you know that boy is in deep already.

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I totally agree, I can also relate to all three of the things you mentioned. it's what makes this so much more than just a fluff drama. Love it so much!

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I really like the trajectory of our OTP. Slowly but surely, they are becoming boyfriend/girlfriend without even noticing it. It would be nice to see them come to that realization and not make a big fuss about it. Just a nice PDA moment to seal the deal, hopefully in front of Shi Ho.

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I watched this episode raw and muted, but I got a hunch that Bok Joo will sing BigBang's.

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We're only halfway through but I want to rewatch already.

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Me too! And I haven't even seen all the episodes yet.

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May the brother wars begin.

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Me during the entire bunk-bed scene: "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"

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Right there with you!

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i love everything about this show. i love Nan Hee confession about she hasn't been kissed and the way Bok Joo and Seon Ok look at each other telepathically saying they haven't been kissed either cracked me up. i love their friendship. and i love Joon Hyung. i love how he wrapped his arm on Bok Joo. i love how long his leg and how it fell from the bunk bed. his my newest Oppa Long Legs. *heartheart

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I really love that the show is taking it's time in making Bok Joo fall for Joon Hyung, it just wouldn't feel right is she falls right away when the Jae Yi arc is not yet completed. This slow burn is oh so good! Hang in ther Joon Hyunggie, Bok Joo will come around, in the meantime, continue being awesome adorable puppy that you are. Wow, Nam Joo Hyuk is really bringing his A game in this show isn't he? I wonder how large was Ji Soo's influence on that or is it just YG acting classes is really great. Because Sung Kyung is really good too. Is it just me or whenever she cries, I just unconsciously tear up too. She just cries her heart out without worrying if she still looks good, which is all us in real life, and for that enough girl, I totally respect you!

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I also love the way BJ and JH develop their feeling. BJ is someone that did not fall for a guy because of his look. Even with Dr.Joeng she also fall for his kindness. For JH, it's seems like now he is the one she will call when has sth. in her mind to speak and talk to someone. That's touching!

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"Is it just me or whenever she cries, I just unconsciously tear up too."

*HIGH FIVE* :D :D :D

It gets really embarrassing when there are other people in the room while I watch this drama then LSK cries. But she's so relatable and endearing you really can't help but cry with her.

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I know right! The girls in the rooftop while LSK is crying ang I'm also crying, then our office lights turns on (that means lunch break is over) and I'm like, Damn, how do I explain this?.. Hahah..

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This isn't really relevant to the story, but does "motel" have a kind of love hotel connotation or is it... just a motel?

Ah, I live for the little glances and I can't wait for more.

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Yeah, it definitely has that implication, which is why Seon-ok was embarrassed to tel her friends the truth.

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I've just started watching this show, and it's so cute! I love everything about it (except Shi-ho).

Such a great point about how they're already basically a couple and they don't know it - Shi-ho has certainy noticed and that's why she's so salty. Despite her increasing desperate and almost unhinged antics, I really appreciate how consistent Joon-hyung has been with telling her no. I can't count how many otherwise reasonable kdrama heroes have fallen victim to this weird non-existent obligation to be there for their psycho ex/listen to her demands. (Let's face it, it's usually just a way for a lazy writer to create more conflict. An unfortunate one that only makes us lose faith in the hero.) It's really a testament to the writing in this drama that it doesn't fall back on those lazy tropes and gives us characters who are consistent and logical in their behaviour. And it makes us root for the hero and heroine to get together, because I can respect Joon-hyung so much more because of the way he deals with Shi-ho. It also makes for a more interesting trajectory for Shi-ho, because as hateful as she is, at least this makes her behaviour about her own struggles and issues and gives her her own story, rather than just making her a plot device to cause misunderstandings between the OTP.

One of my favourite things about this episode was the blow-up and make-up between the three friends. I appreciate so much how this show doesn't put romance on a pedestal that makes all other relationships somehow inferior or less important. Because friendships and family relationships are just as moving and essential (sometimes even more so) than romantic love.

I still love Bok-ju to pieces, but I agree, Lollypip, I was disappointed in her for continuing the lie to Jae-yi, despite all the lessons I had hoped she learned after the truth came out. I really hope we see some growth from her next week, and I'm glad we have the exposure of her lies to Jae-yi because I think that will be the catalyst she needs, both to mature a bit and to start to get over him so she can make room in her heart for Joon-hyung. And then we can stop getting those heartbreaking looks from our poor puppy whenever Bok-ju sighs over his hyung.

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+1 totally agree!

Love this show so much! Thanks for the quick recap Lollypip!

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+1 definitely!! i'm so glad we've been given such an amazing, heartwarming friendship between these three girls, and that it's one of the foundations of the drama.

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Everything is great roght now and I absolutely love it..but I want writer to elaborate more about joon hyung emotional issues and put more focus on opening him up and how to deal with it..he is still bottling up.. he needs to speak with his aunt and uncle.. be more honest with bok joo..and I hope she would deal with his problems sincerely like he has been doing uptill now.

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I think Show is on it's way there, but the Hyung arc must end first. They need to clear Bok Joo out of her first love first. That way when Joon Hyung's mother arc comes, since Joon Hyung would need more from Bok Joo emotionally, and I mean more than frienship, Bok Joo can meet him eye to eye in that aspect without it seeming like pity or him being a rebound. I guess my point really is that Bok Joo needs to be as invested to Joon Hyung as Joon Hyung is already in her.

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thank you for the recap!! :)
I loved how Bok Joo trusted Joon Hyung on her secrets again even though her friends are in the loop about her crush on hyung now (I'm happy they solved their problem and are back to be best friends again!! :D ) but it was him who she felt confortable the most and that she can say her mind and what she feels without hiding or pretty them!! and they are so cute going in dates without realizing yet!! give me more please!! squeeeeeeeeeee
Shi Ho's mother i wrong to burden her daughter the way she's doing and wanting to live her dreams in her daughter's but still for me that doesn't justifie Shi Ho's shameless and remorseless acts toward Joon Hyung and Bok Joo and I was so happy when she saw them back from their "date" bickering cutely ( ^__^ ) realising who he had a promise with when he left her after dropping her from the hospital!! :D

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I want to add that I really hope Joon Hyung follow his therapist's advise and stop holding everything in!! I know that his aunt and uncle have good intentiens but they need to stop sending him these gifts as if it was from his mother!! I just want them to address the matter and solve it once and for all!! seeing him holding himself from showing his pain from them is so heartbreaking!! :'(

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Am I the only one who's distracted with Shi-ho's face? Sorry but is she considered as beautiful in Korea?

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I don't know about how she is considered in Korea (though I side-eye Korean beauty standards on a regular basis anyway) but I actually think it's the extreme weight loss. I thought she was gorgeous in a girl-next-door way in Plus Nine Boys, but here I agree, she just looks malnourished. I really hope she did it for the role and she goes back to how she was before after this show is over.

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In the drama, JH's rival said she is supposed to be the most beautiful in their school. But I'm quite bothered by how she looks too. I think it's because the others all look cute, bright, cheerful and youthful while there seems to be a dark cloud hanging over her. She is very skinny, her eyes are sunken, she looks gaunt and unhealthy - which I guess is quite true to her character as an overly-pressured stressed gymnast? Overall, she looks weary and way older than the other characters.

I googled her and she doesn't look like that in her normal pictures. Maybe she lost a lot of weight for the role.

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I just realized why he could not make up his mind with Shi-ho because when she left him she blame him for her failure. Such a poor boy.

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Nam Joo Hyuk your puppy dog eyes in the beginning scene are KILLING ME. WAH

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I don't know if anyone has mentioned this already but I'm totally shipping the coach with the uncle of BJ anyone else in this ship? I love how JH is not overbearing but sweet and although very obvious to everyone one else I can see how BJ is not seeing his true feelings. Their friendship is essential and I want BJ to be his support system too. I hope next coming episode we see her doing more of the listening. Those sweet moments were so subtle but memorable because they're so comfortable with each other. It really feels like they could be an old married couple. Can't wait forBJ to realize that the guy who loves her for her is one of her best friends. And he's hot! lol I do feel for SS,she needs a support system like BJ. The stark difference in how there was no one for SS with the divorced parents news vs BJ and the weight loss secret shows why SS is so alone and brutal in her stacks towards BJ. I don't think she has ever had an emotional support system quite strong enough. she had JH but she took him for granted.i think he sees hers now as a pitful person and that sad. I want her to get better and make GOOD friends. Maybe BJ and her swag friends can do the trick. Till next week! Thank you for the recap! All the comments are so insightful and right on the nail!!!

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Maybe because I'm also catching up with "My Wife is Having an Affair," but I also don't like that coach is crushing on the professor. I want her with uncle!

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Well, the professor has a wife, so it wasn't meant to be anyway.

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I definitely ship her with the uncle too!

Some people commented on viki that the professor is actually divorced already, but when his ex-wife calls him, he still comes running or something. I can't remember a scene showing this specifically, but, if that's the case, I don't fault her for crushing on the professor.

I just want her with the uncle anyway, lol. They give me so much life.

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Hee I'm totally aboard this Coach Choi + Uncle ship. I was plenty happy shipping Bok Ju with Joon Hyun, nice to root for another couple too. I see this somewhat love triangle with professor, coach, uncle mirroring the one BJ has with the Doctor and JH. Coach acts herself around the uncle like how BJ is with JH. I think Professor will end up getting back with his wife. The Coach crushes on the professor for now but she is better matched with Uncle and end up with him, just as we all know Bok Ju will end up with Joon Hyun :)

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I love this show so much. The three musketeers were so cute together with their yelling, confessions and makeup. Nan Hee and her bodywave/hairwave in the karaoke screen had me cracking up so hard. They are always so cute and protective of each other which is swag.

Shi-Ho needs medical help. I feel like she is on the verge of a mental breakdown with everything going on around her. Her character is so pitiful but like Joon-Hyung said (how can he be so wise sometimes and so silly?) she needs to learn to stand on her own and stop blaming other people for her mistake. Hope she learns how to move on soon because our puppy has moved on.

Joon-hyung is such a sweatheart. He tries so hard to make BJ smile. When he finally realizes his feelings, I can totally see him indulging in some hilarious jealous antics to get her attention. Am thankful for Shi-Ho because all of her jealousy is only bringing our swag couple closer together. still waiting for the virus kiss. haha.

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Does anyone know the songs the girls were singing a the noraebang?! They sound 90s-ish so I really want think know!!

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The karaoke songs..?
First one is though I loved you by Kim kwang seok( actual song is a little slow)
Second one : I have no idea..
Third one: fantastic baby by Big Bang

i also want to know the second one

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이정현 (Lee JungHyun) - 와 (Wa) is the second song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sXo4ArTPmQ

I knew I heard it somewhere before but from 1999....damn...

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I don't think there's anything else I can add to this that Hasn't been said! I typically watch dramas as an escape, but I am drawn to this show because of how realistic it is. (And it makes me miss my college days,) It reminds me a lot of my own experiences, and being so head over heels that you pretend to be or like whatever that person would be attracted to. Always a bad idea. The progression of kbj and jh's ship is slow and steady, which makes it so much sweeter. Like others have said it kills me when they show him looking at her so longingly, especially since he has to bottle his feelings.
I hope that as our lovely main leads get closer that family( bok joos dad) or athletic obligations don't break them apart. I want to believe that the only roadblock will be Shi-ho just being more evil but you all know how kdramas love their angst and conflict. :/

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Agree that this drama is so realistic.

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The actress playing Seon Ok is darn good. Her screen prescence is phenomenal. Props to Kyung Soo Jin also for making me feel sorry for Shi Oh rather than hating her. Or maybe I just have something for Shi's here and in LOTBS.

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I too like the actor playing Seon Ok. The trio fighting and making up with tears reminded me of my friendship. And unlike others I too don't hate Shi Oh (even though what she did to Bok joo is wrong, she is aware of the mistake and feels guilty which is enough to humanise a person.)

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Help at around 20:30 there is a song playing in the background. I hear dance and baby a lot. I want to find the song. Please if you know this song let me know.

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That is embarrassingly easy: Big Bang, "Fantastic Baby"

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Here I was thinking there is no single Kdrama/Kpop fan left on this earth that does not know this song and I feel so happy when someone asks what is that song for a BB song!!

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I do know Big Bang. It's not fantastic baby. They did sing fantastic baby at karaoke. I'm asking about the background song while they're eating. It's before karaoke its also really hard to shazam or soundhound because of the music being so much quieter than their conversation.

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it's Bewhy- Day Day

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The scene where Bok-ju was hiding from Jae-yi in the clinic with panic all over her face really struck a cord in me. She looked just like I did in eighth grade when I had a huge year-long crush on a high school oppa at youth group. Sounds really dumb, but until now I'd watched her crush in an amused way, and all of a sudden I realized how relatable and realistic it actually was. I haven't had a crush in a while, so I'd forgetten how life-or-death it felt like. Gah, I feel for her.

Also, does anyone see a possible Coach Choi-Uncle Daeho thing in the future, or is it just me?

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YES I ship Coach Choi-Uncle Daeho so much hahaha

Also love the starting to date / kind of dating without even realizing your dating situation with Bok-joo and Joon Hyung here. So real...

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This drama makes me overshare. When I was in my pre-university year (it is like the 11th year of school), I had a crush on a leader of a band in my college. I joined that band because I wanted to be close to him. I behaved cooler than I was, lied a lot to get his attention - primarily just behaved like a juvenile. I do not think he noticed me a lot but I don't think I cared much.

Till my mom found out that I was not studying when I was supposed to and spending time hanging out with this band. You have not seen a more angry mother. Considering she sacrificed a lot for me to be in college and I was known to be a top grader till then, I could understand why she was mad.

She created a scene in a band practice one day and I stopped going to school for a month because I was embarassed and felt humiliated.

What saved me from really ruining myself over a crush was my friends at that time. They knew about my crush and sympathized with me.

I am so glad my mom intervened and my life was back on its course very soon after that.

Despite how hard it got for a while after the incident, I still remember the feelings I went through when I had the crush, how brilliant everything was, how guilty I felt but still so happy etc etc. I would never give up that experience for anything in the world. If I have to ever repeat those years, I would still do the same. It was perhaps he best and the worst emotional swings I ever had.

That is why, when I watch this drama, I keep seeing myself in her experiences and I get overemotional. I love this drama so much. I love every character so much.

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