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Radiant Office: Episode 10

A secret as big as Ho-won’s could never be kept secret forever, and her most recent collapse brings the situation to an inevitable crossroads. Meanwhile, the power players at Hauline are getting ready for a coup, and who will win is anyone’s guess. There’s a massive shakeup in the works, and everything could change as a new player officially enters the game.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Hyun and Woo-jin arrive at the hospital only seconds apart, but they don’t actually see each other. Hyun rushes to a different section of the hospital while Woo-jin follows the gurney carrying Ho-won.

In her unconscious state, Ho-won relives the happiest days of her life, working at Hauline. She thinks of them as her last curse and her first gift from an unjust life, a time when she learned to say what’s on her mind and met people who would laugh and cry with her. She imagines seeing Woo-jin waiting for her with a smile, and she runs into his arms. She thanks him and says goodbye.

When she wakes, she finds Woo-jin waiting anxiously at her bedside. He tells her that the doctors have run every possible test, and that the results will be in soon. Ho-won confesses that the real reason she hasn’t come to the hospital yet is because she was afraid, and that everything else was just an excuse.

She says that she was scared that if she knew when and how she would die, then she wouldn’t be able to do the things she wanted to do. She continues that at first, she wanted to show the world what she could do, but after a while she realized that showing herself was more important. She starts to cry as she tells Woo-jin that she doesn’t want to die, because there’s so much she still wants to do.

Hyun is actually at the hospital to see his father, Chairman Seo, who’s had some sort of collapse. He tells someone on the phone to come when they can, then he says to his unconscious father that in the end, he’s the only one at his side.

The doctor arrives with Ho-won’s test results, confirming that she’s been in a lot of pain and having stomach troubles. Ho-won clutches Woo-jin’s hand as her fear intensifies. As the doctor is about to reveal her diagnosis, Ho-won claps her hands over her ears, too afraid to listen. All she hears is the doctor’s muffled voice as he gives Woo-jin the information, then leaves Woo-jin to deliver the news.

He tells Ho-won that she needs to have surgery in the morning, and she asks nervously if the surgery will extend her life. With a completely straight face, Woo-jin says that she has… gallstones. I knew it! She’s not dying at all.

Woo-jin is annoyed at all the fuss Ho-won made over refusing to get checked out, when all along it was just gallstones. He tells Ho-won that she should be embarrassed for not coming to the hospital sooner, and she bursts into tears.

She blubbers her thanks, hysterically promising to live life to the fullest. Woo-jin can’t help but smile at Ho-won’s dramatic wailing, patting her on the back indulgently.

Later, Woo-jin goes to the lobby to handle some business, and Hyun sees him there. He says that the chairman has had a turn for the worse, and that he’s sure there are some at Hauline who are glad. He tells Woo-jin of Chairman Seo’s tendency to categorize people as profits or losses, including his own children. Woo-jin guesses they aren’t on good terms, and when Hyun asks, he says that his relationship with his own father is simple but loving.

Remembering their tense lunch when Hyun had accused Woo-jin of being jealous of his power, Woo-jin says pointedly that his father doesn’t care if his son has power, only that he’s happy. He takes his leave, and Hyun watches him go with an unreadable expression on his face.

Ho-won calls Ki-taek to give her friends the news that she’s not dying. The boys are beside themselves with relief, and they hug each other tearfully right in the middle of the office. Yong-jae sees them and jumps to conclusions, ha.

Manager Park is one of those who’s happy to hear of the chairman’s collapse, since he’s anticipating his own advancement when Hyun takes over. CEO Han berates him for looking so happy when things aren’t going well with their plans to get rid of the marketing team. They marvel at Woo-jin’s continued success, wondering again if there’s someone higher-up backing him.

It’s interesting that the camera cuts to Woo-jin and Gu-dong in Woo-jin’s office just then, considering that Gu-dong is one of Chairman Seo’s oldest friends. Gu-dong tells Woo-jin that he needs to win Hauline’s Employee of the Year award, as previous winners have all gone on to be very successful within the company.

Manager Park also learns that Woo-jin is up for the award and has a tantrum in his office. He rants that launching a new product line isn’t so impressive, then he takes offense when Suk-kyung says that Woo-jin did a great job with the Hauliz launch. He can’t stand the idea of Woo-jin gaining the prestige and influence the award would bestow if he won, and he swears to make sure Woo-jin doesn’t win, no matter what.

Ki-taek and Kang-ho sneak into the hospital to visit Ho-won, avoiding capture by lurking behind a sign (they’re afraid of being caught and forced to pay their past-due bills). Ho-won belatedly realizes that she’s going to have to pay her previous bill, but Kang-ho says that he’ll take care of it with the money he saved for her to see a doctor when they thought she was dying. (Okay, how sweet is he?)

Ho-won is humbled and grateful, and they think back to when they first met, when they’d all tried to kill themselves for different reasons. They cry together, remembering how hopeless they’d all felt that night. The guys grumble, knowing now that the adage about hard work always paying off only works in children’s stories.

Ho-won tells the boys not to be so negative, because they’re actually very blessed. She reminds them that they have jobs now, so they should focus on working hard. Kang-ho wonders who the doctor could have been taking about that day in the emergency room if it wasn’t one of them, and Ki-taek sniffles that there must have been another patient. Oh, I sincerely hope that’s true.

Ho-won walks the boys out, and Kang-ho offers to visit after her surgery tomorrow. Ho-won gets weirdly twitchy and tells them not to come. Ki-taek asks if she’s expecting someone else only to scoff at her weak denial. Ever the oppa, Ki-taek tells Ho-won that she needs to clean up the mess she left at the office by quitting in a fit of anger, then they head back to work.

As soon as they’re gone, Hyun sees Ho-won, and they find a place to talk. Hyun gently fusses at Ho-won for not telling him she was sick, but she says that he’s already doing a lot to help her.

Hyun mentions seeing Woo-jin and wonders why he didn’t say he was here for her. Ho-won defensively fibs that he actually came to see someone else and stopped by to see her, but she seems bothered that Woo-jin didn’t mention her.

As they chat, Woo-jin spots them from a distance away, having come back to visit Ho-won again after work. He watches them sadly, then he decides not to interrupt and leaves.

But later, Ho-won finds the large care package Woo-jin left in her room, and she goes searching all over the hospital for him. Just when she’s ready to give up, Woo-jin calls her name, and for a moment Ho-won looks like she could cry because he stayed.

They go back to Ho-won’s room, where she admits that she’s uncomfortable being alone. Woo-jin offers to stay with her, so Ho-won decides to clear something up. She asks about the time she got fired (HA, Woo-jin’s all “Which time, it’s confusing”) for sending out that email, wanting to know if Woo-jin voted to fire her or keep her.

Woo-jin offers to tell her if she answers a question for him first. He asks if she tried to kill herself after the Dongki Food interview because of him, saying that he saw her that night on the news. Ho-won admits that she made a bad decision because she felt like she was out of hope.

Woo-jin says that that sounds like silly whining to him, but the way he says it is actually very kind. Ho-won agrees, though she says that that day began a miracle for her because it led to her getting a job and meeting good people (she punctuates this last bit with a pointed look at Woo-jin).

With a kind smile, Woo-jin says he hopes she learned that you have to be alive to receive miracles. Ho-won agrees that she regrets trying to end her life, and she tells Woo-jin about the ajumma who gave them free rice and told them that there isn’t that much to life. She says that now she understands that each day is special, and Woo-jin gifts her with the most beautiful smile.

After Ho-won falls asleep, Woo-jin gently tucks her in and checks her temperature with his fingertips. He smooths her hair off her face, then drives home thinking about her words about each day being special.

Ho-won wakes later to find a sticky note on her forehead, with just a circle drawn on it — proof that Woo-jin voted to keep her at Hauline. She flails happily, then sends him a text thanking him. Woo-jin dithers over how to answer her, and Ho-won eventually gets a message that he’ll take her home after her surgery tomorrow. She collapses with bliss, thinking that the real miracle starts today.

In the morning, Woo-jin calls Ho-won to check on her, but Hyun answers her phone and says she’s in surgery. Woo-jin asks Hyun to take care of Ho-won, but Hyun snaps sarcastically that he certainly takes good care of his employees before hanging up on him.

Woo-jin presents his ideas for their latest product line to the company executives, who look pleased at his performance. But it makes Manager Park even more anxious that Woo-jin may win the Employee of the Year award. He orders Suk-kyung to write a detailed report listing everything the marketing team screwed up while releasing Hauliz and to emphasize how the sales team saved the launch.

After the meeting, Woo-jin tells Gu-dong that he’s leaving on time today for once, because he has plans. They’re stopped by someone named Mr. Lee from the audit department, who has some questions for Woo-jin.

Woo-jin learns that he’s been accused of taking bribes, and he’s thoroughly offended that he’s being questioned when the accusations haven’t even been investigated yet. Mr. Lee explains that according to his accuser, Woo-jin hasn’t received his end of the deals yet, which is why they’re asking him now.

When he asks what exactly he’s being accused of, Mr. Lee says that they have information that he was given money and a luxury watch from a subcontractor. Woo-jin wants to know where this information originated from, but we don’t hear Mr. Lee’s answer.

Yong-jae runs into Ki-taek and Kang-ho having ramyun at the convenience store and offers to buy them something more nutritious. After they choose their items, he realizes he forgot his wallet at the office, so he tells Kang-ho to pay now, and he’ll repay him later.

Then Yong-jae takes everything he picked out, leaving the boys with one bag of snacks. Lucky for the guys, the store owner says he still owes them (from his thug daughter roughing them up) and offers to let them pick out more. Kang-ho takes him up on it, but all Ki-taek chooses is a simple pack of boiled eggs.

Suk-kyung and Ji-na have dinner at a fancy restaurant, where Ji-na admits her surprise when Suk-kyung went to work under Manager Park. She says that she’s always looked up to Suk-kyung, but watching her has taught Ji-na that being capable isn’t enough to get ahead at Hauline.

Suk-kyung apologizes for not being a better role model and asks after Ji-na’s boyfriend. She’s shocked when Ji-na admits they broke up, since she’d always said she loved how focused he was on her, and Ji-na admits that was part of the reason for the breakup.

Suk-kyung says that that’s the sort of man Ji-na should marry, and that expecting both halves of a couple to have equal social status is unrealistic. She tells Ji-na that it’s good to have a husband who supports her while she builds her career.

Back at the office, Ji-na finds a small pack of boiled eggs and a drink on her desk. She freezes, remembering a time when Ki-taek had brought her this exact lunch and listened to her complain about her boss. He’d been happy that she liked eggs since they were all he could afford, and back then, Ji-na had been happy just to be with him.

When Woo-jin never shows up after her surgery, Ho-won realizes that she may have to get herself home. She calls Ki-taek to ask if Woo-jin is in the office, but Ki-taek says that nobody’s seen him all day.

Woo-jin is speeding home as fast as he can to open several packages he received but hasn’t had time to unpack. Two hold nothing of interest, but the third contains a fancy watch — the very watch he’s being accused of taking as a bribe.

Ho-won waits in her hospital room until she’s told she has to leave, so she dejectedly picks up her things. A knock on the door has her turning with an expectant smile, but the smile fades when she doesn’t see Woo-jin, but Hyun.

Hyun gives her a ride home and offers to walk her upstairs, but Ho-won declines his offer. He wishes for her to get better soon so they can have ddukbokki again.

Ho-won tells Hyun that he’s the best doctor she’s ever met. Hyun responds cryptically that she’s naïve and trusts people too easily. He asks her to remember that she said that if he ever does anything that hurts her, and not to think he’s a bad person.

Ho-won sits in her room frowning at the text from Woo-jin, which promised he’d pick her up after her surgery. She suddenly jumps up and hurries all the way to his building, but she stops without going up to his apartment. She stands outside for a while, then turns to go home.

Woo-jin tries to call Ho-won, but she left her phone at home. He goes to his balcony and sees her shuffling away, so he goes down to follow her. He nearly goes to her once when she winces in pain from her surgical site, but he holds back and just trails her all the way back to her building, watching until she’s safe inside.

The following morning, Woo-jin gets a call from the audit department letting him know that he’s on final notice, and to stay at home until he hears from them.

Ho-won is nervous to go into the office again after her outburst, but Gu-dong sweetly welcomes her back. Ji-na is a bit cold, probably because Ki-taek is hovering over Ho-won’s shoulder, and she’s definitely not happy to hear that they live in the same neighborhood now.

Despite being told to stay home, Woo-jin shows up at the audit department with the bribe watch in hand. He slams it onto the desk and says that it was delivered to him without his knowledge. The audit employee calls security to forcibly remove Woo-jin from the building, but Mr. Lee frantically orders them to stop.

He apologizes profusely to Woo-jin, explaining that they just learned that a subcontractor with a grudge tried to set him up. Woo-jin is incensed that they put him through all this without checking the facts first.

He goes back to the office, where he’s surprised to see Ho-won back at work already. He finds Hyun waiting for him in his office and learns that Hyun is responsible for his being exonerated regarding the bribe.

Hyun says that he just used this situation to remind Woo-jin that he can help him whenever he needs it. He says that he believes Woo-jin is innocent, but he asks if Woo-jin can say the same of others. Hyun tells Woo-jin that he just wants his help, not to compete against him.

In return for getting Woo-jin out of this jam, he asks for Woo-jin’s help with something else. Woo-jin agrees that this isn’t competition, but he feels like Hyun is grooming him for something. He asks what Hyun really wants, so Hyun says that he wants to run the company, and he needs someone to support him.

At lunch, Yong-jae tells Ji-na the latest gossip — that Hyun is Chairman Seo’s son. At the next table, Ho-won and Ki-taek both listen in wide-eyed shock. Eventually, Ho-won speaks up to say that she doesn’t think it’s true.

Later, Hyun sits by his father’s bedside at the hospital, thinking about Woo-jin’s adamant refusal to help him. He’d said he has no interest in taking sides, but that he’ll remember Hyun’s “gift.” Hyun smiles to himself and tells the unconscious Chairman Seo that he chose the right person.

In his office, Woo-jin stews over Hyun’s audacity. A screech from Yong-jae alerts him to the announcement of the Employee of the Year, which turns out to be a member of the design team.

The sales and marketing teams get a bonus for their hard work launching Hauliz, though the three temps are disappointed to learn that they weren’t included in the bonuses. Later, Ho-won sighs that she’s probably not getting the permanent job either, because she’s made so many mistakes.

As Ho-won and Ki-taek work late that night, Woo-jin gives them each a box containing their own business cards. They’re both touched and grateful, and they exchange business cards just because they’re adorable like that.

They arrive at work the next morning full of enthusiasm, but they hardly get in the building before they notice a crowd gathered around the television in the lobby. They’re watching an author being interviewed about his book, and they recognize Hyun as the author.

He’s talking about how they all came into the ER after their suicide attempts, then later all three interviewed for his father’s company, so he made sure they got the jobs. The three stare as Hyun talks about being the son of the chairman, then Ho-won turns to see Hyun himself walking into the lobby.

Hyun stops to say hello to Ho-won, Ki-taek, and Kang-ho, but all they can do is gape at him in disbelief.

 
COMMENTS

Okay, I take back everything I just said about Hyun being a fundamentally nice guy. He just pretty much erased all the good feelings I’ve been having about him, and now I’m ready to smack him. He’s been deceiving Ho-won for weeks by not telling her that he’s the doctor who revived her after she fell into the river, and that he wrote about her and her friends in a book without their permission or knowledge. Not to mention that he’s the heir of the company where she works, and that he pulled strings to get them their jobs. It’s going to break Ho-won’s heart when she learns that the only reason she was hired at Hauline is because the owner’s son felt sorry for her. Hyun could have told Ho-won any of this at any time and she probably would have forgiven him. But he didn’t, not even when he knew that he was going to hurt her soon.

Hyun is an interesting character, but I don’t really understand what he’s up to — he says that he wants to run the company, but it wasn’t that long ago that he was telling his father that he had no interest in business or competing with his mysterious brother. Now he’s put all of his focus into Hauline, though we’ve been given no idea why Hyun changed his mind or when. At times he seems like a sweet guy, then at others he’s downright sinister, and he never gives a clue as to what his motivation is. He clearly has a plan for Woo-jin, but what is he doing with Ho-won? Sure, he shows up occasionally and takes her out to eat, but he hasn’t shown any real interest in her beyond the occasional conversation.

I’m so glad that Ji-na is finally seeing Ki-taek for the treasure he is and that she’s realizing that his worth as a partner has nothing to do with his earning potential. I can understand how she fell into the trap of thinking that the man in a relationship should have a steady career and bring in lots of money, but I loved Suk-kyung’s point too. She had the husband with the strong work ethic and the well-paying job, but that’s cold comfort when you’re basically raising a child alone while your husband works late every night.

I’m glad that Suk-kyung pointed out to Ji-na that a man whose priority is to love and support her is perfect for women like them, women who have their own drive to succeed in their careers. Ji-na could pursue her ambition in her business while always having the security of knowing that Ki-taek is right there with her, taking care of her and loving her. Ki-taek is a born nurturer, and though he may never have a fancy job title or be able to buy her expensive gifts, he would spend his life making sure Ji-na always felt loved and safe.

And speaking of relationships, as much as I’ve enjoyed the slow burn of Woo-jin and Ho-won’s growing friendship, seeing them acknowledge (even if just to themselves) their mutual attraction is even better. As I said before, it’s grown so naturally that it feels completely inevitable that they would shift from friendly to romantic feelings, and I can only imagine how sweet they’ll be when they finally admit it to each other. I adore the way Woo-jin fusses over Ho-won these days and how he still gives her the honest truth without sugarcoating when she’s wrong about something, but now he does it with a gentleness that proves he only intends to help. And Ho-won takes his advice in the way it’s meant, as genuine concern for her well-being and desire to see her succeed. When these two finally get together, their foundation of respect and caring will be so solid that they’re going to be practically unbreakable.

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AHH i am so happy Ho Won's not sick!! But more importantly, I AM SO READY FOR MY SHIP TO SAIL! Can't wait to see Ho Won and Woo jin to finally get together!

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Am super happy too! Was watching raw and thinking it really is terminal, until the music change and realized I have been trolled by Woo-jin's poker face...

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Yeah i felt the same. I was so worried because of the episode preview ? I did suspect they were trolling us since episode 1 but you never know right?!

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Yes! Ahoy, matey, we are about to cast off for woobie romance, at long last! I've been enjoying the slow build up, but now that it's here I want it all!

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I'm still upset that they copped out on Her being terminally ill and having to actually fight to live for once. But I suppose her having gallstones and getting surgery for that will have to do...

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For her not to be deathly ill completely negates all of her character growth. It's just such a HUGE COP OUT!! Let her be sick, make her fight for her life for once! She finally cares about happiness, now I need to see her face her mortality in a healthy way and STRIVE TO LIVE. Make her go through treatments, make her be proactive about living, not just resigned to it. I need my suicidal girl to grow her lady parts and WOMAN UP!!
For her to NOT be sick just pisses me off because they took the little bitch's way out. She didn't even go to the hospital of her own volition.
I have never been so upset that a main character ISN'T terminally ill before.

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For her not to be deathly ill completely negates all of her character growth. It's just such a HUGE COP OUT!! Let her be sick, make her fight for her life for once!

I think her relationship, or lack thereof, with Hyun and her like/love of Woo-Jin will be her raison d'être now that she is no longer terminal. That would suck because it goes back to the old drama tropes for female characters. Sooo many times they give us the promise of a strong female lead only to find out later that there are strings attached--all pun intended. The other aspect of your point regarding her health is that sometimes when people think that they are ill and then find out otherwise, they fall back into the same old habits. While it might not happen that way here, it does cheapen the whole experience. There are many people who don't address their illnesses or find out if they are indeed ill for similar reasons to Ho Won. This could have been a real teachable moment that oftentimes it is better to get diagnosed early and that way the chances of survival may increase--depending on the diagnosis etc. That was one of the good things about Jealousy Incarnate. We don't have to see her character die. As you said, it would have been interesting to see her fight for her life more.

I need my suicidal girl to grow her lady parts and WOMAN UP!!

I think she might have been more resolute in her confession had she been terminal. Maybe not, but I just want to see that little fireball stay bright.

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I don't agree. If she is truly ill, then we have to attribute all her actions to that of someone who realized she had nothing to lose. We have already seen how Ho Won under the impression of being terminally ill, did things she would otherwise not to, stood up to wrongdoings and spoke her mind. Now, it will be interesting to see if she still possess the courage to do so.
I feel that the message behind the drama is about living life to the fullest, doing extraordinary things and yet find happiness in the most mundane. In short, it is not about dying, it's about living.

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I think the sad part would be if after this scare, Ho Won goes back to whining whenever she faces an obstacle or fails to find happiness.

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I'm more like, did you see the way Woo-jin's squeezed her hand right back? ^^ A cat would be nice, am quite confused as to why he didn't just say hi, plus the black hoodie kinda scare me for a minute...

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Just for a second, I thought the man in the black hoodie was the villain from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. Then I realized it was WJ.

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The way he followed her reminded me more of Introverted Boss.

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THE black hoodie!!! A fashion must-have for neighborhood serial killers. Coordi-noona should have given him a differently colored one.

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This is the standard outfit for lead guys who are like heroes for e.g. in Healer and also for the antagonist serial killer in all crime kdrama. Lol

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Awww, the hug dream scene gave me all sort of warm fuzzies, plus she woke up to find him next to her, double aaawww. Loved all the hospital scenes between these two, the hand squeeze, and how Woo-jin just plopped himself next to Ho-won; they're so comfortable being with each other.
Am glad Hyun is finally showing his true colors, am fed up already with him being manipulating and cryptic. If he is using our suicide squad as a way to force Woo-jin's hand somehow, he really doesn't deserve Ho-won's admiration. Not sure what he planned, but damn, now the whole Hauline will see our earnest & capable three people as a charity case T_T Somehow feel he'll be more at home in Whisper instead of this show...

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And thank you LollyPip for the quick recap, you're such a dedicated recapper *clap hands*

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He will look like a lamb next to those people. Haha

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Yea, he'll have to start at noob level there ^^

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I think my favourite moment of this episode was when she slipped her hand into his when the doctor was in the room. That was so cute. And the way Woo Jin looks at her - he always looks so happy when he's with her. It's the only time he smiles and its so adorable.
I'm curious to see how Ho Won's attitude changes now that she knows shes not sick. I think that a lot of the times she's been outspoken have been with the backdrop of her dying (ie it doesn't really matter if she gets fired because shes going to die soon anyways). I'm curious if she'll continue to be so outspoken..
I also really am rooting for Ji Na to get back with Ki Taek. At first I really didn't like her - she was rude and nasty. But I understand her a lot better now that they've revealed more about her. I get her reasoning for breaking up with him and now she's beginning to see what she lost and regret it. I really hope she can apologize before it's too late.
It's also kind of funny to see how she interprets Ki Taek's relationship with Ho Won. She's clearly jealous of the way he treats her, even though she is completely misunderstanding their friendship

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Also why didn't Woo Jin just text her that he couldnt pick her up. Even if he texted her after the fact. Instead he just acted like nothing happened..isn't that just confusing and disappointing to Ho Won?

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I have a feeling he's the one who asked the doc to pick her up ?

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Did Kang Ho/Ki Taek said that Woo Jin wasn't in the office the entire day? I think he was stuck in the audit investigation. It seemed like he tried calling her on his way back home but his phone was flat. When he reached home, he called her and that's when he saw her from his balcony.

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I mean "Didn't Kang Ho..."

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yah!! i felt the exact same way! he could have just texted her. a simple one would have been fine

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Favorite scenes;
1. When HW realize WJ is still there at the hospital. The relief on her face and the expression when she faced him gave me all the feels. It was sooo beautiful!
2. When WJ let HW call Mr. Park, Mr. jerk. That was super cute!!! ( Actually that whole conversation was soo good)
3. The sticky note!!!!
4. WJ quietly following HW. That was such a lovely moment. I love that WJ isn't pushing for anything and rather let things flow naturally.

These two are ❤️

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Those were some nice moments. In fact I'd call them radiant . . .

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Yes indeed! ?

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I'm worries about KT too. What was it about him not looking good (healthwise) and having pains ? Is Show just trying to troll us or is he really sick ?..........

The business card gift was so touching. How I wish that KH would also get one.........

The cliffhanger at the end of the epsidoe was a bit confusing: I think the Trio heard that Hyun was the chairman's son. But did they hear the bits about themselves, and how they got the job? I guess we'll know for sure in the next episode..........

I'm loving the progress of the OTP relationship. It does feel natural. I love how caring WJ is towards HW, but not totally gaga (yet) over her (for ex, he was preoccupied enough by the bribery incident -which was understanding- to miss picking HW up). Maybe soon, once Hyun gets more into the picture?

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This drama does such a fantastic job of constructing endings that make you excitedly wonder what will happen next!

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Iam really loving the transformation in Woo Jin. And the way he silently watches over Ho Won, so cute.

Hyun's identity feels like it got reviewed sooner than i expected. I wonder what he's up to.

Oh, and this episode felt short

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This episode showed me why I liked this show so much. I love my ship my ship is amazing. Any scenes with Ho-Woon and Woo-Jin together made my heart just burst. Even the dream sequence, I watched that in the middle of class and my friend needed to calm me down because I was screaming so much. And I always find it cute when he didn't know what to text back, and she was all fidgeting wanting to know what he was going to say. And Hyun...OH BOY... I haven't really trusted him since the beginning. He always seemed like a shady character, and now his true colors are showing and I can't wait to see what Ho-Won does. And Ji-Na... oh poor girl. She is now started to regret what she gave up more and more in Ki-Taek. I'm now kind of getting behind her character. I love how this show can get me to cheer for characters I wouldn't usually like. I hope everything goes well for the last 3 weeks...wait only 3 weeks? WHHHHYYYY?????????

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Just marathoned this drama up to the latest episode and I must say, I love it so much! There is something about the characters and their dynamics with each other that I truly adore. It's not perfect plot-wise but it has a heart and soul that people can't help but relate to the characters. So excited to watch the next episode. Can't wait!

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Thanks for the recap!

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Great recap as always!

But I think the Seo Yongjae is referring to during lunch is Woojin, not Hyun, and that's why Howon tried to clear it up, but knowing that it's Woojin's personal information, she didn't elaborate further on why she was so sure Woojin isn't the Chairman's son.

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Yeah I thought it was Woo Jin he was referring to as well. It would make more sense since Youngjae and co. haven't had AS many dealings with Hyun as #Team Eun Jang Do has.

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wait yeah i thought it was woojin they were talking about. Because it seemed to me that Ho Won was going to say "he's not the chairmans son because I've met Woo Jin's dad" but then she stopped herself because she knew that woudl start rumours...but maybe I totally misinterpreted that scene

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Yes, that's how I saw the scene as well. I don't think you're mistaken.

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yeah. me too. i was definitely sure that i heard Bower said 'Seo Woojin bujang-nim'

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"They’re both touched and grateful, and they exchange business cards just because they’re adorable like that." Awww, thanks for the lovely recap, lollypip. I tried watching the first episode of this drama when it came out, but it didn't pull me in. Since, i also work in an office setting, i thought its enough that i see it everyday in real life and decided not to watch. But, one day I was curious as to what was happening and ended up reading the recaps. Now I am content just reading the recaps. So, thank you.

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The show is rather slow but I watch it show only for the lead couple. Sometimes it's good to see slow and simmering love story. It builds up the excitement. I hope the final admittance of their feelings for each other is really explosive so that it justifies the wait. :)

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Hyun strikes me just as a really lonely guy – apparently he has everything (you know, the kind of guy Jina would consider perfect), but actually he's got nothing, no father-son relationship, no other family, no friends and no life either. So he plays around with his power and with people and their life's, grasping at straws. But really he doesn't get it. I don't know what his intention is (tbh, I found him a not-very-interesting-or-nice character from the start), I'm not convinced there's any that's compelling. I'm not sure I care either. If he had actually paid attention to our lovely suicide squad, he could have learned something about having real friends...

Woo-jin said very true words when he explained the relationship he had with his father – conversations over nothing more but "How are you?" and "Did you eat?", yet showing affection and not caring at all about power, money, position. Woo-jin is a successful, hardworking guy, but only because he enjoys his work, not the power that comes with it. I'm sure he'd walk away in a second if needed, and settle quietly in the countryside too. He was as much at ease there as in any high-strung office.

Loving how Woo-jin and Ho-won are developing a friendship before a relationship – such a solid base that is being built here. You can tell they're comfortable (and natural!) with each other, and it's great. Not something you see often in kdramas!

Jina is becoming nicer (though I had to laugh when she said Suk-kyung was her role model -- umm, Suk-kyung doesn't sit on her behind, trying to do as little as possible other than checking her make-up in the handmirror). I still don't want Jina and Kitae to get back together. They broke up. Relationship over, the end. It would be cliché for them to get back together, and more interesting for her (and Kitae) just to learn their lessons, as one does in life: for her to realise that a high-paid job isn't everything, and for him, to have developed a backbone.

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I agree with your take on Hyun. I don't see him as an evil chaebol heir or planning some big plot to usurp power. He caught this lucky break because his favored brother didn't care about the business and his father fell ill. Otherwise, he's got only Manager Park and that one publicity stunt with the book. He has a love hate relationship with his father. He wants to be his own man and yet he does everything he can to prove himself to Dad. I find it incredible that he set up a hospital to show off to his father and shut it down the moment he decides he can take over Hauline.

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I don't really see him as having Manager Park – he's essentially 'bought' the guy and is no friend or business colleague. Just someone who uses any way he can to climb the ladder & he'd drop Hyun in a blink if someone more powerful came along.

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I didn't mean he found someone loyal, just a pawn in his 'grand' scheme which I don't think is that grand anyway.

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In the beginning, I just couldn't see how the romance would work. Sure, kdramas have couples who bicker, fight and are each other's worst enemies until one day, they fall in love. Most turned out contrived but this drama is different. The way they make the most unlikely couple - Ho Won & Woo Jin fall in love with each other so believable.

The writer has done a remarkable job with Woo Jin. I can't help comparing him with Seo Hyun. While the doctor was all smiles and charisma, Woo Jin was as prickly as a hedgehog. While doc hides the truth from Ho Won, Woo Jin has always been honest(his fault was being too brutally honest). Instead of being overtly caring like Seo Hyun, Woo Jin is the one who truly cares for Ho Won.

Lollypip is right, we just need them to acknowledge their feelings and attraction towards each other. Can't wait for the romance to rev up!

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I think it'll be quite funny when they acknowledge their feelings – Woo-jin stressing over what kind of message to write on the phone was a good indicator that he's totally out of his depth when it comes to dating.

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Unfortunately we've run out of episodes

before we can see them together.

I having a sneaking suspicion that this is going Missing 9 way

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How so? There are still 6 episodes left. Plenty of time for our leads to get together. And at this point, there's not actually much left to do in that department anyway since there's already a nice little friendship there. The writers have chosen to drive the romance with little moments rather than really grand ones, so it might seem like nothing is happening, but stuff is happening. It's just been a little bit more subtle than in other dramas. We're definitely going to see them together, so don't give up hope yet.

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This drama is giving me life right now. It's so incredibly relatable, and I love our Three Amigos so much. I just want them to all get happy endings, cause they deserve it.

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What is it? Dr Seo turned into the bad guy? Ewww I hate this kinda twisted plot.

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He's been the bad guy the whole drama. It's just in the open now for everyone to see.

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The good thing about having a shady second lead is that you focus only on the main lead and his growth. So, thank you Dr. Cutie for always being shady in my eyes and making it easier for me to root for Woo-jin's adorkableness.

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"At lunch, Yong-jae tells Ji-na the latest gossip — that Hyun is Chairman Seo’s son. At the next table, Ho-won and Ki-taek both listen in wide-eyed shock. Eventually, Ho-won speaks up to say that she doesn’t think it’s true."

I think they are talking abt Seo Woo Jin here and not Seo Hyun.....

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thanks for the recap. I was under the impression that they were saying Woo Jin was the Chairman's son and that's what Ho Won was denying since of course, she had met Woo Jin's father. But that's not what was important to me.

I continue to love how our 3 friends have grown in their friendship and in their personal growth. You can now tell that they'll go out on a limb for each other, a tough life is a lot easier when it's shared. *sniff* Sorry there, was wiping my eyes a bit, cutting an onion.

Also, love the main couple's slowly growing relationship. Woo Jin is totally in love with Ho Won but he doesn't even know it yet. He seems to be telling himself, "here's an interesting girl with more of a story than I originally thought", yet doesn't realize he actually likes that girl. Ho Won's character as well, is so deep. The thoughts she has are so profound that they should really be advice for everyone. I like how the writer brings you into the story without you knowing, and it actually gives you strength, or at the very least, elicits some emotion.

The only thing I'm a bit confused about, like the recapper said, is what is Dr. Seo's motivation exactly. I can't believe that his character would be so simple while we have 6 others with such depth. Manager Park is of course mildly complex and Director Han is just selfish boss used to nepotism, and Yong Jae is just a shallow individual who thinks way too highly of himself. I hope that he'll one day learn that what you sow is what you reap, and wonder why he can't get a girlfriend. Our 3 friends have already learned that lesson and in a lot of ways are far more mature than Yong Jae.

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I agree with you Ho Won's thoughts are rather deep and it is nice to hear it out aloud her laments of youth and the cut throat working culture in Korea. Glad my cable provider is able to provide accurate translation/subtitles.

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I haven't trusted Hyun from the beginning; he always made my hackles rise. I think @meowingme mentioned this a little as well, but my biggest concern right now is that Hyun is gonna use the Suicide Squad (namely Ho Won) in some way to get at Woo Jin.
Of course, like everyone else, I'm not 100% sure as to WHY he'd want to do that, but I'm worried nonetheless.
And why he keeps calling what we assume is his brother, but talks about Woo Jin as if he's the one being groomed for the company? Je suis confus, show!
... On a completely different note, I miss HW in her dusty pink suit, she really suited it. Please come back pink suit!!! Thanks for the recap LollyPip! :D

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I think Chairman Seo already knows that hyung doesn't want to inherit the company so he's grooming WooJin for the position. That's probably why Hyun "hates" WJ because his father trusts a stranger more than his own son.

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Woojin looked so cute when he couldnt think of something to reply to her ^_^

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My first time watching this in full - usually I'm just reading recaps. Love all of Ho-won's interactions with Woo-jin, they're so adorable together! Love that hug scene in the dream, that she took his hand and he squeezed it back, that he brought a care package and stayed to chat with her. I hope they find out about each other's feelings soon so they can be cute together.

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Hi @junny! I haven't seen you in drama thread for the longest time :D Glad to know you are enjoying this as well.

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Hi @outofthisworld, nice to see you here. I have only been following two dramas lately (Bong-soon and Whisper), but will now add Radiant Office to the pile, hehe. Ha Suk-jin's smile is irresistible!

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He's my latest fave :D just discovered him last year.

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OMG! Loved this episode! Im sooo shipping this couple. Slow built up romance is believable, natural and intense at the same time :)

About the doc. I still think he is good. I think it was WJ who asked him to come clean with the trio, especially HW, if he wanted his support in taking over the company.

Thanks for the recap!

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The only way Hyun's arc makes sense to me is if on the night the suicide squad acted there was a fourth John Doe, the terminal patient, and that ends up being the mysterious perfect brother. Like Hyun's in his own separate melo and it just occasionally nudges into ours, because of proximity. His brother wants his illness kept secret from Dad, but wants still wants Hyun and dad to make up and be a family, so he wants Hyun to take over the company so dad will acknowledge him in the only way dad can. That's why Hyun wants bro to live with him. Why he's closing the business he just started, and must have been planning on for forever, AND leaving medicine, something that take a long time and dedication to do, to run a furniture company. Any other reasoning feels like it would be nonsense for drama's sake at this point.

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I doubt it is going to be so complicated. I don't follow your reasoning for Hyun. I think Hyun's brother is just not interested in the business and determined not to follow his father's footsteps. This means that Dad is a failure in his relationship with both sons. He didn't even know that his favorite successor has no desire to take over the business.
Hyun on the other hand wants Hauline but not because he's interested in the business but as a way of proving himself to Dad that he is the worthier son. In his drive to achieve this goal, he is willing to make use of people and abuse his power.

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I'm personally hoping that the reason he wants to take over is for the sake of his brother who doesn't want the company. But for some reason, he has to make himself look like a bad guy. Maybe so dad won't hate the 'perfect son.' It's probably not a logical explanation, but it's the only thing short of Hyun just being evil that makes any sense to me.

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If I didn't know better, I would think that Koreans are made of steel. Ho-won just had her gall bladder removed (according to the translations on my screen), and she went home the very same day! Even if she just had her gall stones removed, she should have stayed at least a night for the medical staff to monitor her progress. Then she climbed 3 flights of stairs to her apartment carrying her bags. And on the same night took a run in the neighbourhood to Woo-jin"s apartment, and then walked back to her's. AND returned to work the next day! Wow!

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According to this http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/laparoscopic-gallbladder-surgery-for-gallstones
you can have it as an outpatient operation and discharged same day. But I guess too, Koreans or for drama sake Ho Won is made of steel. She is temporary worker after all, and we have seen these people are expected to work or resign if they fall too sick.

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I had mine done more than 10 years ago and I stayed a night just erring on the cautionary side. Maybe the procedure has improved that much so that even a night's stay is no longer necessary. The recovery is quite painless if the surgery is a laparoscopic one. I just felt some tingling and mild pain at the site of surgery. Nothing that would need more than a couple of paracetamols.
However, I do find the returning to work that quickly a bit of a stretch. Who knows, maybe that is how they do it in Korea?

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if they just dissipate them with a lazer, you can leave in a few hours, but seems like she still had a cut? or maybe no. I wish we had reason for swimming suit then we´d know what type of operation it was (and what a weird reason to want someone to wear a swimsuit?)

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YAYYY! so happy for Ho-Won and Woo-Jin! Been waiting for an episode like this forever!

And I cannot agree more on your comments! I started out liking Hyun cos he was kind and gentle but you're right! He is turning more into a sinister and I feel like smacking him too! hahaha!

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YAYY! So happy and so much feels for Ho-Won and Woo Jin this week! Been waiting for an episode like this forever! Really loved the way they interacted and how they subtly get to know each other more.

I also couldn't agree more on your comment about Hyun. I started out liking him cos he seemed kind and helpful and I cannot help but also think that he's turning more into a sinister! I wanna smack him too!

Now I cannot wait for next week's episode of Radiant Office!

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Now I feel awful for the trio as Seo Hyun just almost outed them as the new hires he hired by feeling pity and sorry for them. He had many times to say who he really was. Really hate it when someone do not fully disclose themselves. I would think he has a reason as the Chairman appear to keep this family out of the business community knowledge so Seo Hyun is just practicing what he learned from his father.

Other than the office drama which I still like, as how can you truly decipher a working place that is dynamic.

It is unlike medical and law programs where you know there are sets of laws and ways these two professions can professionally do their work, and as Kdrama watchers we always roll our eyes at the inaccuracies.

Romance part, yes slow burn, and I will write in all my post loving Go Ah Sung again. Wish I had fully watched her previous drama, Heard Through the Grapevine.

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I love how the main couple romance developing slowly and smoothly but steady. The only thing that i don't like about this episode is... No preview. Well it's pain to wait for a week ? as always

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When I watch this show, I sometimes wonder who the real main villain is. Sometimes I think it's Dr. Seo (although he was a possible love interest) or is it Manager Park or is it the incompetent sexist traditionalist? This episode makes it more up in the air because of the ending, but I think the main bad guy is Manager Park and the CEO because of their corruption. Considering what's going on politically in South Korea, I think those two are the main villains. I think that Dr. Seo, while he did wrong, will come around and see the error of his ways. He, at least, is not explicitly corrupt. He just takes advantage of negative situations.

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@LollyPip, thanks for the speedy recaps and hanging in there with this not so popular show.

I might be one of the few, but I really don't care that much for a Woo Jin and Ho Won pairing. I value her three musketeer relationship more.

Is it me or so Ha Suk Jin look younger, brighter, and smaller/leaner in this show. I don't know if it's the haircut or what.

I like that his ass character is a bit different in this show, however, K-Dramas really piss me off when jack asses don't really get their due. In this case it's different, but when Woo Jin was feeling guilty about how he treated Ho Won in the beginning and that may have contributed to her actions, they just put everything on Ho Won. Woo Jin wasn't pensive or contrite after his absolution. I don't know what it is with asses being treated with kid gloves in drama land.

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it is just that his suits are better fitted.

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This has been one of the best episodes yet. But I'm hoping even better is coming (crossing my fingers for a kiss next week!) But I do have to say that I'm ready for the mystery around Hyun to open up, mainly because it confuses me. I know it's because I have to rely on subtitles and can't give the screen my full attention.

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So glad that she's not dying *sigh in relief*

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The past few episodes of Radiant office gave me the feeling akin to my bladder bursting with no bathroom in sight. Having my bladder now figuratively relieved read Eun ha won is not dying ......Seo woojin likes her ? I can now concentrate on other dramas. I don't care for the chaebol heir plot . Can wait for next Wed peacefully

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3 moments that I found special in this episode.

1 Ha won holding woojin like he's her security blanket. So precious !

2 woojin tucking her in and hair brushing.

3 Ha won' s cute flailing and that feet tapping thing she does while waiting for his text. It's Adorable !

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It's cute that Howon acknowledges her feelings for Woojin. Woojin is yet to realize it, I think. But that's fine. This boat is sailing slow & steady.
Hyun though - such a puzzle and I don't even know what he wants which is so frustrating. I can see what he's doing, but nothing about why!!!! I hope things actually make sense when revealed.
On a side note, with the new American tv show "Thirteen Reasons Why" gaining popularity nowadays, I have to say as a reader of the book from tons of years ago, I was quite disappointed in how the character chose suicide due to problems that weren't really that big of a deal when considering the magnitude of other things. That book left a bitter taste for my optimistic heart. So I'm glad that, when that character chose death, Howon got the opportunity to learn to appreciate life. You only see miracles when you're alive!

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Although I am still waiting for Woo-jin's apology for not picking her up at the hospital, I am also very happy to know that the ship is about to sail. I loved that the progression was so natural.

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I wonder if Seo Hyun was actually doing an experiment on the Trio when they eavesdropped him in the ER. They were all trying to kill themselves, and failed at it at the very same day- even I admit that they are a curious case and would love to interview them about what drives them to do that. Once he found out that they were applying for Hauline, he continued his observation on how human reacts to such kind of news- whether it pushes them to live or the other way around. He keeps hovering around Ho Won to see whether his hypothesis changes or not. It doesn't hurt either if in the end the Trio help him to drive Woo Jin up the wall. If that's the reason, I guess Dr Smooth Face is indeed suffering from psychopatic behavior. Such a waste of a good-looking face.

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My favorite thing about "terminally ill" stories - either series or book, is that the characters will work their best to live to the fullest with no regrets, and to make every second is a gift.

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Once again, another fantastic episode. Love that Ji-Na is starting to appreciate what a gem Ki-Taek is. I like Woo-Jin and Dr. Seo but I love Ki-Taek. He's soo sweet, respectful, kind, thoughtful, and very caring. He's the oppa that I want. Cant wait for ep 11 and 12.

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finally a drama where the office folks aren´t just comic relief. Ji Na and Suk Kyung are such interesting people. and their story empowers both women that conctentrate on self-realization, and also men who dont meet the stereotype that society has of men. The one that has been left a bit one-dimensional is actually Yong-Jae. He´s an opportunist, but they should make him a bit more edgy.

I knew she was not terminal. Now I hope Ki-Taek isn´t either.

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Thanks for the recap, really enjoy this drama, at first I thought it will be boring, but it's not. Can't wait to see ho won and woo jin together

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