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The Liar and His Lover: Episode 12

When you rush something, a lot can go wrong. Jin-hyuk’s love of music might guide his instincts for finding exceptional talents, but his insecurities — periodically fueled by CEO Yoo — have turned him into someone who uses the people he should protect to further his own end. Even if that hurts them irreparably. With Chan-young and Han-gyul’s rivalry reaching a boiling point, Jin-hyuk’s ruthlessness might just break the band that made his label famous.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

In the corridor of the hospital, Chan-young asks Han-gyul why he can’t come between him and So-rim, when Han-gyul makes a habit of getting in his way. Han-gyul looks at him in disbelief.

When So-rim steps out of the room, Chan-young makes it clear that he’s been waiting there for hours, just to see her face. So-rim looks uncomfortably at Han-gyul at this. Soo-yeon arrives with perfect timing to break the tension and sends both boys off.

Yoo-na finds out about So-rim’s grandmother and guesses that Han-gyul must be at the hospital since he’s dating So-rim. Jin-hyuk laughs to realize that she knows about it too. Yoo-na asks nonchalantly if he’s not going to do anything about it. Jin-hyuk sees her interest, but says that while he doesn’t want to, he’ll have to separate the two for the time being to avoid a scandal.

The next morning, Soo-yeon comes into Grandma’s hospital room with an armful of snacks that Han-gyul dropped off before going to work. So-rim smiles to see that he remembered her habit of eating snacks between meals.

After taking the detour to the hospital, Han-gyul arrives a little late to band practice, and Chan-young makes a snide comment about him being distracted lately. Han-gyul asks to speak with him outside, but Chan-young challenges him on wanting to keep his relationship with So-rim a secret. In front of the band, he asks Han-gyul if he’s hiding the truth, so he can bail on So-rim when things go bad.

Han-gyul loses his temper and moves to hit Chan-young, but his band-mates catch both boys and separate them. Chan-young walks off, and In-ho goes after him. He tells Chan-young that he’s just as important to them as Han-gyul, but Chan-young doesn’t believe him, and flashes back to the day the band found out that Han-gyul won’t be performing with them. Shi-hyun had turned to him with anger and asked if he really wanted to debut by stealing someone else’s position. The hurt of that still colors how Chan-young sees them today.

Inside the band room, the boys rib Han-gyul about dating So-rim. In-ho comes in and points out that Chan-young’s reaction is natural given that he’s their producer. But Yoon wonders if Chan-young might like So-rim.

Han-gyul heads to his dad’s bar and catches sight of CEO Yoo dropping In-woo off outside. They talk with a teasing familiarity that is apparent to Han-gyul, even from across the road. After she leaves, he goes into the bar and tries to ask his dad about her. He makes a few aborted attempts, and then leaves when he can’t figure out a way to phrase his question.

Jin-woo asks Soo-yeon for his phone to take part in a live gaming event. When she looks at him suspiciously, Gyu-sun assures her that there is no girl in Jin-woo’s life. Soo-yeon gives all three their phones back temporarily to talk to their families. To So-rim, Soo-yeon says that she’s going to bed reeeally early today, so So-rim can just leave the phone outside her room once she’s done. So-rim smiles gratefully as this gives her a chance to talk to Han-gyul.

After speaking to her grandmother, So-rim calls Han-gyul up. They talk about Mush & Co.’s appearance on Musical Sketchbook, and So-rim admits that she’s worried about people disliking her performance. Han-gyul assures her that she’ll do well, reminding her to trust him. She asks to keep talking for a while, because his voice would help her sleep. So, Han-gyul spends the next few hours telling her stories from his high school days with the band.

Jin-woo finishes his game well past one in the morning and thinks of So-rim. He tries calling her, but her phone is engaged. When he peeks out at her room, the lights behind her window go off. He pouts at the engaged tone and wonders who she can be talking to this late, but So-rim is actually asleep. Han-gyul stops midway through another story to realize that his audience is no longer listening, and smiles at the phone.

He thinks of her fear for the performance ahead and how it’s been giving her nightmares and decides not to hang up. The next morning, So-rim wakes up to find him still on the line. When she calls out his name, he jerks awake from a light sleep to answer her. She asks why he didn’t disconnect, and he tells her that he planned on waking her if she had another nightmare. Gah, this boy. So-rim melts back into her pillow with a smile on her face.

When Mush & Co. reach Sole Music, So-rim gets out first and asks Gyu-sun to pull out her guitar for her. He hands it to Jin-woo with a meaningful look, clearly telling him to use the moment to be chivalrous to So-rim. But instead, So-rim and Jin-woo get into a tug-of-war over the guitar, because he refuses to hand it over to her. Then, he ends up barking at her to take his guitar too. She eyes him warily and heads inside.

But Jin-woo’s tryst with chivalry continues as he battles to open her bottles for her, then says things like, “Helping you makes me happy,” complete with a hair flip and a wink. This sends So-rim into peals of laughter, which is maybe not what he intended. Lol.

Yoo-na and Han-gyul have a meeting to decide what she’ll be singing at Musical Sketchbook. When So-rim and her friends walk by the office, it catches Han-gyul’s attention, and he stops mid-sentence to stare after her. Yoo-na knocks on the table to get him to focus again.

CEO Yoo visits Sole and watches So-rim practice. She asks her secretary to fix a lunch with Han-gyul the next day. Han-gyul is a little surprised, but when he arrives at the restaurant, CEO Yoo refuses to get to the point immediately. She just says that there’ll be another guest joining them.

She asks about his experience writing for someone outside Crude Play and comments that it’s time he was independent. Han-gyul can’t get the thought of his dad with CEO Yoo out of his head and blurts out that he doesn’t intend to keep living with his dad. Ha! Does he think she’s sounding him out as a possible stepmom?

Just then, CEO Yoo’s other guest arrives, and Han-gyul turns around to see So-rim. They eye each other with surprise, and CEO Yoo smiles to herself in satisfaction.

Jin-hyuk talks to Crude Play about the song they’ll be performing and assigns Chan-young to lead the live performance. When Chan-young says he’ll join the band during practice, Jin-hyuk tells everyone not to bother Chan-young too much, since he’ll be the only one playing live. Chan-young needs to be expressive — not accurate — in his performance, he says.

After he leaves, Chan-young tells the band sincerely that he’s never found it boring to practice with them. The other three look at each other and clearly find him adorable. Yoon pulls his cheek and tells him that though he’s cranky most of the time, he has his cute moments too. Then, the boys tease him about paying too much attention to Mush & Co. and making them jealous. (Sigh. Why can’t you guys always be like this?)

CEO Yoo observes that So-rim and Han-gyul make a pretty couple. They laugh awkwardly, but she follows that up with: “I heard that you two are a good fit musically too.” She offers them a chance to work together, explaining that she’s thinking of a collaboration between a band with her label and So-rim, for which Han-gyul can write the song.

So-rim says that she’ll have to talk to Jin-woo and Gyu-sun, but CEO Yoo asks why her friends’ opinions are important in something related to work. Han-gyul comes to her rescue by pointing out that Mush & Co. is still new, but CEO Yoo says that he knows she’ll have to make a choice one day. Her cryptic remark goes over So-rim’s head, but Han-gyul gets a thoughtful look on his face.

The two of them get back to Sole, and So-rim asks Han-gyul if CEO Yoo was serious. He tells her that if she seriously wants to stay with Mush & Co. then she should do so fearlessly, and Jin-hyuk will protect her. She asks what CEO Yoo meant by the choice she’ll have to make, and Han-gyul hesitates. Unable to tell her the truth, he says the “choice” is probably between him and Chan-young.

So-rim teases that she’s torn about that, which makes Han-gyul play at outrage. He’s waiting for the day she’ll sing his song, and she’s torn? So-rim smiles and clarifies that she’s waiting for the day he’ll write a song for just her and not Mush & Co.

When Han-gyul gets home, he gives Jin-hyuk a call. Whatever he says sends Jin-hyuk to CEO YOO, to ask why she’s interfering with a newly debuted band. CEO Yoo says that it makes no sense for a small label like Sole to handle a big band like Crude Play. She points out that her father will retire soon, and a new head will be chosen for the company. She makes it clear that he has to prove the worth of his label to her, or she’ll take it away from him.

Jin-hyuk goes straight to Han-gyul to offer him Mush & Co.’s production for a second time. Han-gyul is tempted but he remembers that So-rim said she wanted him to someday compose a song for her and not her band. He tells Jin-hyuk that he isn’t familiar enough with Mush & Co.’s style to compose for them. Jin-hyuk takes it to mean that Jin-woo and Gyu-sun aren’t good enough for him, and warns Han-gyul of playing into CEO Yoo’s hands.

He tells Han-gyul about CEO Yoo’s album offer to his father. This sends Han-gyul to the bar, where he confronts his dad about CEO Yoo. He asks why he refused to let Jin-hyuk publish the article that would reveal the truth about his stolen music. His father says that it would end up hurting a lot of people, but Han-gyul insists that his son is hurting already. His father’s songs were the first he listened to and loved. He asks In-woo to be the father he needs.

Jin-hyuk calls Soo-yeon and tells her to prepare Mush & Co. to learn a new song. The band gathers in the practice room, and Soo-yeon plays Han-Gyul’s “Waiting For You.” Soo-yeon tells them to learn the song for now, assuring them that Jin-hyuk has a plan. (But what kind of plan?)

Chan-young works on Mush & Co.’s next song, but Jin-hyuk’s words about his last composition ring in his ears: “It’s nothing special or unique.”

The trio practice the new song, and later, Jin-hyuk listens to the results in the studio. So-rim has picked up the song already, but Jin-woo and Gyu-sun still have a long way to go. Jin-hyuk comes into the recording room and assures the boys that it’s normal for them to make mistakes since there’s been too little time for them to practice.

Jin-hyuk tells them that they’ll be performing both “Shiny Boy” and “Waiting For You” on Musical Sketchbook, and lies that Han-gyul and Chan-young agreed to it. At their nervous objection that the show is just around the corner, he tells them that only So-rim will be performing live, while the boys can hand-sync to pre-recorded music.

None of them likes the idea, and So-rim says that it’s deceitful to do that. But Jin-hyuk shuts her up by pointing out that her favorite band Crude Play does the same thing. So-rim takes this hard, and when Gyu-sun says it’s too bad she can’t talk to Han-gyul, she says that it’s better this way, since she doesn’t know how to bring it up.

Jin-woo wonders if the Crude Play members feel any guilt for faking their performances, and Gyu-sun points out that they likely do it because of Jin-hyuk too. Jin-woo wonders if they’ll have to keep doing things this way.

Yoo-na visits Jin-hyuk and finds him stressed out. She asks that he try to act less tired and worried when he’s with her, and Jin-hyuk scoffs that her jealousy over Han-gyul’s new relationship causes him stress too. Yoo-na says that this must be a bad time and leaves.

As she walks out of the building, she meets Han-gyul and offers him a ride home. He tells her that he can’t ride with her and will take a cab home. Yoo-na asks if it’s because of So-rim, and Han-gyul is taken aback that she knows about them too. Ha. Yoo-na wonders if Han-gyul was always this sweet and considerate of women, and if maybe their breakup was her fault.

Han-gyul says that it wasn’t her fault; So-rim just managed to change him. He used to hide his feelings whenever he liked someone, afraid of being hurt, and pretended that music was all he needed. But So-rim brought him out of hiding. He smiles as he bids Yoo-na goodnight, and she smiles back.

Soo-yeon takes out an external hard drive from her bag and smiles as she thinks of Shi-hyun’s words to her: “It’s our music, so what’s wrong about posting it online?” She’s sitting alone in the office, and Shi-hyun uses this opportunity to come surprise her. She tries to hide the hard drive but he sees it.

Soo-yeon admits that it has all the “Real Crude Play” files that they’d uploaded to their account. She tells him that she’s been their fan since high school because they always sounded so happy when they played together. She gives him the hard drive and tells him not to give up; they’ll get to play live one day.

Shi-hyun goes home and plugs in the drive to watch the clips. He grins widely at the first video, then pauses it to go grab a drink. Chan-young comes down to the living area and sees the paused video on the laptop. He switches it on and smiles to hear his band-mates play “Peter Pan.”

But soon his smile vanishes, as his mind flashes to thoughts of Han-gyul playing with them, of Han-gyul composing and recording the song for them. When Shi-hyun gets back, Chan-young walks past him blindly, his expression lost and pained.

During stage rehearsals for Musical Sketchbook, Soo-yeon asks how a rookie band like Mush & Co. is being allowed to perform two songs, and Jin-hyuk tells her that they aren’t. They’ll only be performing one song: “Waiting For You” by Han-gyul.

The Crude Play boys head over to the TV studio where the show is recorded, and In-ho observes in the car that Chan-young looks sickly. Chan-young asks if Han-gyul will be present during the show, and they confirm that he will since Yoo-na is also performing. As his band-mates rest on the way to the show, Chan-young looks at them with an odd mix of affection and regret.

At the TV studio, Mush & Co. are informed that they’ll only be performing Han-gyul’s song. They object, saying that if they can sing one song, it should be Chan-young’s, but the producer of the show waves away their concerns. So-rim tries to protest again, but catches Jin-hyuk’s eyes and falls silent.

Crude Play arrives, and Chan-young heads over to say hello to So-rim and the boys. They notice immediately that he looks off, and he jokes that it’s because he couldn’t see her face for a while. After an awkward beat, he asks if it was a bad joke. So-rim asks again if he’s all right, reminding him that Mush & Co. is a band he’s raising.

I think she’s trying to ask him why he agreed to them singing Han-gyul’s song, but Crude Play gets called backstage, and Chan-young leaves after wishing them luck.

Yoo-na spots Han-gyul as soon as he arrives, and accompanies him to Mush & Co.’s dressing room. Han-gyul takes So-rim’s hand and asks if she’s feeling all right. Jin-woo sees this and becomes frozen with shock. Poor boy. What a time to find out that your crush is in a relationship.

So-rim is about to ask him about the song, but Jin-hyuk enters just then and sends Han-gyul off. Yoo-na wishes So-rim luck and tells her to watch her performance, since she’ll be singing Han-gyul’s song tonight. So-rim smiles awkwardly.

As Mush & Co. is announced on stage, Chan-young stands beside Han-gyul and tells him to look forward to their performance. And then, the host of the show announces the song they’ll be playing: “Waiting For You.”

As the first strains of Han-gyul’s song play, the boys look at each other. At the look of betrayal in Chan-young’s eyes, Han-gyul swears that he knew nothing about this. Chan-young turns and walks away.

CEO Yoo enters Crude Play’s dressing room and asks Jin-hyuk if he’s confident. He says that he prepared an entertaining evening. As Mush & Co.’s song starts, he tells her that Han-gyul will be managing the band from now. She’s surprised, but tempers her reaction by saying they’ll have to see how the audience reacts to the song. Jin-hyuk says confidently that it’ll be a hit.

As she turns to leave, Chan-young bursts in and rounds on Jin-hyuk. He asks why he wasn’t told, and why Jin-woo and Gyu-sun are being made to hand-sync. Jin-hyuk asks if it isn’t good for the band to sing a better song. When Chan-young protests that their debut song was his, and that it was chosen over Han-gyul’s, Jin-hyuk cuts him short.

“Do you really think you beat Han-gyul at a fair fight?” asks Jin-hyuk. “Wake up, Chan-young. You’re a bassist. You can only beat Han-gyul with your bass.” Chan-young stands, shaken, as Jin-hyuk tells him to go back to his place.

“Where is my place? Have I ever belonged anywhere?” Chan-young says as he turns and leaves, and all the Crude Play boys follow him out. CEO Yoo scoffs that that was some show, and tells him that rushing things can sometimes make him sick.

The boys catch up to Chan-young, but he begs them not to say another word. He promises to be around but wants to be left alone for now. The boys understand, but Han-gyul goes after him anyway and explains that he didn’t know about the song switch, and that he didn’t want this.

Chan-young laughs painfully and asks whose fault it is. His, for always filling in for Han-gyul? Han-gyul dismisses that as nonsense and admits that he left Crude Play because his own skills with a bass could never match up to Chan-young’s.

But the confession just angers Chan-young, as he points out that this has nothing to do with Han-gyul’s level of expertise. He asks if Han-gyul ever watched any of the “Real Crude Play” videos. The bass track they used in all the songs were all Han-gyul’s. Han-gyul looks stunned as Chan-young explains that the band didn’t use Chan-young’s bass, but the less professional one Han-gyul recorded as a guide during his composition.

“Think about what Crude Play really wants. Think about who Shi-hyun hyung, Yoon hyung, and In-ho hyung really want as their bass guitarist! Think about it.” With a defeated sigh, Chan-young turns and leaves.

When Han-gyul gets back, Yoo-na’s performance is about to start. He only has time to smile at So-rim before leaving to do a stage check. She sends Chan-young a text asking if he’s all right. As Yoo-na begins to sing, So-rim comes out to watch and looks at Han-gyul across the studio with questions in her eyes. Back in the dressing room, Crude Play’s manager runs in and announces that he can’t find Chan-young and his keys are gone.

Chan-young stands at a stairwell in the studio, ignoring calls from his band-mates. He calls So-rim, who rushes out to meet him. The producer of the show gets angry that the last performance of the night is about to be spoiled because of a missing member. That’s when CEO Yoo suggests that “K” takes Chan-young’s place on stage.

When Han-gyul protests, she tells him that a canceled performance can do a lot of damage and open the band up to scrutiny. Han-gyul gives in, but before the four boys go out on stage, he asks Jin-hyuk why he’s in such a rush. “How much do we have to give up to satisfy you?” Jin-hyuk can’t meet his eyes.

The host announces that during the final performance of the night, “K” will be filling in as bassist for Crude Play. This is received with a mix of excitement and confusion from the live audience. On stage, the boys take their places, and Han-gyul looks at his band-mates before plugging in his bass and facing the audience for his first live performance in years.

So-rim finds Chan-young and tries to take him back so he can make it to the stage. But Chan-young guesses that Han-gyul is up there already, and says that he was never meant to be Crude Play’s bassist. As the first strains of “It’s Okay” starts to play overhead, Chan-young smiles ruefully and pulls So-rim into his arms.

So-rim instinctively pushes back, but he doesn’t let go. “I wish…that at least you would choose me,” he says. On stage, the original Crude Play is reunited again.

COMMENTS

Jin-hyuk achieved a lot tonight. With one masterstroke of asinine proportions, he managed to hurt pretty much everyone involved with Crude Play and Mush & Co. Han-gyul finally returned to the stage to play with his friends… but his friends aren’t really playing, thanks to Jin-hyuk. And the way in which Han-gyul got his place ruined something his friends had looked forward to for years. Jin-hyuk also managed to take another anticipated moment away from Han-gyul, when he made So-rim sing his song under the worst circumstances. He hurt Mush & Co. too, stripping them of choice or joy in their performance, and taking away their respect for a band they all looked up to. But he delivered the cruelest hurt to Chan-young.

The most heartbreaking moment for me in this episode was when Chan-young told Han-gyul about his friends using his bass to record their videos. That killed me. Chan-young’s isolation isn’t imagined. The band does want Han-gyul to play for them. Over time, they may have accepted Chan-young as one of them, but they never stopped wanting Han-gyul back. It takes supreme self confidence to live with that knowledge and not let deep resentment build up inside you. And, as we’ve seen by now, Jin-hyuk likes to keep his artists low on self-esteem. Chan-young never had a chance.

It’s also telling that he began to watch that video with a smile on his face. He genuinely enjoyed watching his band-mates play. It was when he recognized Han-gyul’s bass that the color drained from his face. I believe that Chan-young admires the boys in his band, and given half a chance, would have become a friend to them, instead of just a co-worker. He kept that distance because he knew he hadn’t been wanted. And while the boys had since grown up and learned to care for Chan-young, he never got over that first sting of rejection. His jealousy of Han-gyul is unreasonable, but his almost manic need to belong to something or someone isn’t something logic alone can battle.

To Han-gyul’s refined musical ear, it makes sense for the most proficient to get the job. It’s what Jin-hyuk had taught him, when he questioned the decision to have professional musicians play in place of the band. So, he hadn’t really appreciated what it meant when Chan-young repeatedly told him that he was just filling in for Han-gyul. The position of a bassist in Crude Play is more than a musical spot, it’s an emotional place, filled with the love and friendship of the other boys. And Chan-young knew that he was never enough. This bitterness inside him has warped his perception of himself and his own worth, until every obstacle in the path he wants to walk down makes him feel like he’s being pitted against and compared to Han-gyul repeatedly. And in a way he is.

Jin-hyuk only allowed Chan-young to take over Mush & Co.’s production when he couldn’t get Han-gyul to do it. It was clear at the time that he was hoping that letting Chan-young take over would make Han-gyul want to do it. I’m starting to realize that Jin-hyuk isn’t a people person. When he isn’t playing the puppet-master, he has the persuasion skills of a sulky toddler. He throws tantrums, argues, and tattles. I can see why CEO Yoo has no trust in his abilities. Jin-hyuk doesn’t trust his artists or his own instincts. He hurried Crude Play’s debut and made it impossible for them to get good enough to play for their first album. Thereafter, a pattern was set. He’s doing much the same to Mush & Co. While his instincts are insightful, he often ignores them, preferring short-term wins. He crippled the growth of his best asset — Crude Play — with his need to hurry, and now he’s ended up with a band breakup that can potentially ruin his label. How blind did he have to be, not to anticipate Chan-young’s reaction?

While this episode did a really good job of pulling me back into Camp Chan-young, the boy still needs to stop acting like he can convince So-rim to like him by virtue of being insistent. She admires him, cares for him, and feels a deep loyalty towards him, but she’s also made her discomfort with his advances pretty clear. Any time he’s said or done anything that hints at romantic interest, So-rim’s lost her usual ease with him. Ignoring the evidence of her feelings, Chan-young has continued to act as if Han-gyul is somehow manipulating her emotions. I understand his wish to be chosen over Han-gyul, I do. But when a girl makes it clear that she doesn’t want your hug, Chan-young, you let her go.

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What kind of magical battery does SR's phone have, for it to last throughout the night? If I did that I would wake up to a dead phone. Also YES for another cutesy scene between SY and SH! Boy do I love that she gave him such an encouraging boost. And those half-smiles that he gives her? They're just such gems.

On Jin Hyuk: The manipulation food chain: President Yoo thinks of a scheme and pressurizes JH --> JH tries to retaliate and manipulates his artistes --> Everything blows up in a nasty way. Do I like that JH lied to Mush&Co that he had spoken to CY/HG about the song change? No. Do I understand his motivations? Yes. First President Yoo told him he fails because he just goes halfway instead of full-on businessman. He just took one step closer to becoming President Yoo, and her response? To tell him that he still isn't good enough, because he rushed things. Bearing in mind that he's shouldering the responsibility of keeping Sole Music alive, I feel really bad for JH. He's caught between a rock and a hard place, and it's so difficult for him to get anything right.

On Chanyoung: In this episode I just felt so badly for CY. And here's where I get conflicted. Ignoring the fact that he looked through someone's computer... the fact that Crude Play was still using HG's bass tracks instead of his even while they were rehearsing must have hurt. Even at that moment, they wanted HG to be part of them. I get that, and my heart hurts for him, because it's been 5 years of feeling like an outsider.

The thing is, obviously Crude Play wants HG with them. They formed the band with him. He's their best friend. But the way the industry works made them unable to debut with him, and they've been taking it in a mature way. It's a job for them. They've to be part of Crude Play without HG, whether they like it or not. Their personal emotions can't get involved. But this does not mean that they don't see CY as one of them. At the start, it was only natural for them to be resentful, but now they clearly care for him a lot. CY... CY wants something else. He wants to feel like he's needed, not a replacement. I felt so bad for him in that last scene. You could see the hurt in his eyes.

And because CY's letting all his personal emotions cloud his perspective, he's become a roiling ball of negativity that's just a ticking time bomb. I get conflicted because I know how difficult it must be for CY, but at the same time he needs to get over it, or he'll continue hurting everyone around him. You know what these guys need? To really sit down and talk it out. All the misunderstandings, the resentment, everything.

On Dad: Dad's POV is interesting - I feel like he's reached a point where it doesn't matter to him whether others want to scheme; he just wants out. We can see that HG is insistent on bringing "justice" to the situation, but to Dad, that's not important. The important thing is the number of people who...

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About the phone, the screen was probably off. It would save energy that way. My phone can last about 8-9 hours, Nexus.

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Speaking of phone, I find it cute that she saves his name as "han-kyul ssi."

I don't know why, I just find it cute.

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Just so you know, your comment is cut again.

It's going to be hard for Chan young to forget his beginning in Crude Play. The first impression is the strongest, especially since he was still young. 17? Even now, he's 22-23, which is still very young in my book.

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Oh darn, I think it's a sign that I'm just blabbing too much. Thanks for the heads up!!

I think it's because I'm probably the same age as CY... So I'm currently in that phase of life, though obviously I can't compare much to him since he's a celebrity! I do kind of get what you're saying though because I went through a lot of struggles at that age regarding cyber bullying, and a crazy low self esteem. I still remember those incidents clearly.. So I'll try mY best to be more understanding of CY. I don't dislike him or hate on him but I would like to see him at peace with himself and Crude Play. ?

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Ahh comment got cut again ?
On Dad: Dad's POV is interesting - I feel like he's reached a point where it doesn't matter to him whether others want to scheme; he just wants out. We can see that HG is insistent on bringing "justice" to the situation, but to Dad, that's not important. The important thing is the number of people who will be hurt by the news. He sees no point in revealing the truth, because total hurt > total gain. A little Utilitarianism, if you would. In that aspect, I think Dad is quite alike to SR. They both consider the people around them more than their own interests when it comes to music.

Which is why I think HG might be a little selfish in demanding that Dad release the truth just because he's hurt. Dad must have hurt a lot too, watching his songs get taken away. But he chose not to do anything about it because he thought it would be for the greater good. Dad must be in a really difficult place now, because he wants to be a good Dad for HG, but he has to face the dilemma of hurting others as well.

What a mess, indeed.
On Yoo Na: I've never been sold on JH and YN's relationship, and especially more so in this episode where she just ups and leaves when she realizes JH is in a bad mood, then rushes to offer her ex a ride home. She makes me feel like she's never learnt to love anybody except herself. I don't think she's interested in getting back with HG; she's more frustrated by the fact that he didn't love her as much. Which is why I hope that HG's explanation that it was SR who loved him first, and who taught him how to love when he was so scared will make her realize the things she could change about herself. (But then she goes ahead and tries to make SR feel bad by saying she's the "only one singing HG's song", so really, I don't think she's learnt anything.)

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I see things differently. Yoona left, not because of his bad mood, but because he was showing attitude and placating her condescendingly. I would have left the room too, if my boyfriend was using the excuse of a bad day at work to bring attitude home. She wanted sincerity and a genuine moment from Jinhyuk, and he just reduced their relationship by talking to her as if she was a pretty little thing he needs to placate.

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That's the thing about their relationship - I wonder if JH ever had anything genuine going with her. That's an interesting POV though, and I see what you mean! JH was showing attitude to her even though she was genuinely trying to reach out to him, and I see your point regarding why she would get up and leave.

Though my POV of her is based off her general actions in the past few episodes. I can't wrap my mind around what exactly she wants, but she still does give me the impression that even when she was with HG, she didn't love him that much either.

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I do believe what they have is genuine. They're just both complex people so they have a hard time trusting each other fully.

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I dont know, to me, no matter what, the truth is very important. Without the truth, everything just feels very uncertain. Even happiness.

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It may be important to HG to reveal the truth about Dad's music, and yes, I agree that the truth is important. However, in this case, what would be the point? HG for one would definitely be happy. But it would bring a scandal crashing down on President Yoo's head, on Yuseok's head, on everybody who was involved in the incident. Would that be worth it, from Dad's POV? Nope. I think he still does care about all the people he worked with in the past, and him seeking "justice" doesn't bring enough "happiness" to justify even doing such an action.

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I actually think it is mostly CEO Yoo that Dad doesn't want hurt and he is protecting her. It is also the reason JH is pushing it because he wants her to get hurt. But now HG is putting pressure as his son. What is Dad to do?

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I think this discussion about truth and happiness is interesting, especially given that lies were abound everywhere in this drama (it is called the Liar and his Lover after all). Sorim says that Hangyul lies a lot- but his lies never hurt anyone (although they have a pattern of hurting her, even if it's unintentional or in her best interest). It's a significant realization she makes, and the one that spurred Hangyul to accept his feelings for her. It appears to excuse lies that made in order to protect something you love.

However, I think the drama is actually proving over and over again that those lies just aren't worth it. All of these lies are made and basically grow out of control, and then it becomes this thing where you're now protecting the lie more than you're protecting those you intended to protect by making those lies in the first place. It also ends up hurting someone in the process, no matter what. Look at Crude Play - the fact that they don't play their own music is a lie that's grown out of control. Or Hangyul giving up his spot as bassist to protect the band-- another lie that's grown out of control. I think Sorim is an exception in this case because she's willing to believe, no matter what, that Hangyul wouldn't want to hurt her, so tries her best to understand the lies.

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Exactly. No matter how much you lie to protect something, usually, the lie ends up being revealed anyway, and the thing you wanted to protect ends up being the most damaged victim from the revelation. Even if it is not revealed, there are still victims.
Those lies have been at the cost of self-esteem, integrity, and sense of ownership of your own life. All without which, happiness cannot be achieved. Are lies really a good way to "protect" anything from harm?

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Without a sense of owning the truth, most people feel lost and confused about themselves and their own identity. I think this is why Hangyul talked about being hurt. The song that defined his childhood happiness, and his first link to music, is now a "lie."

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@boraflok lol you sound like Sorim personified.

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I would like to say Samsung magic. Their latest phones have pretty great battery life, I can't tell how much though since I have personally not put them through the Lover's Test yet.

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Or Samsung is saying, "Look this one doesn't explode even after 8 hours of using it. Buy it. Buy it, please for the love of us. We need the money lately."

But I am tempted to buy one ever since that episode where Chan Young gave them those phones.

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Samsung: We swear only cuteness will explode this time, not batteries.

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Hahaha. I bought one as soon as the episode with Chanyoung giving them phones came out. I was going to buy one anyway, but that sped things up. So far, no explosion.

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That's good news! ^__^
And, enjoy your new phone!

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I like your perspective on Jin Hyuk... I don't want to understand him any longer though. Because all of his actions stem from a selfish place. He is not doing anything for the kids, it is all for the success of his business! And yes I guess he is a businessman and so profit and success is his priority, but those kids need good guidance in their lives and he doesn't realize that he is breaking them, breaking their spirits. I am actually missing Ji Sung from Entertainer here... He was the kinda person that Crude Play and Mush & Co. need.

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I literally just watched Entertainer just coz of Ji Sung and though so many things were wrong with that Show, I loved how he embodied his role. And since, the beggining I had hopes that JH will turn out just like him. Though JH can be Ji Sung, he is clearly making all the wrong choices.

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Entertainer was almost a train- wreck but I don't think I wasted time watching it. The brother's song is still one of my favourites.

And yes, JH should be like Ji Sung! Hope he comes through though I don't see it happening now.

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Me too! The show for it's numerous flaws, did have it's brilliant moments, |re: The bro's song. What could have been, if they elminated that, oh so forced love-line.
I do have my finger's crossed in the hope that they will redeem JH. I do hate him, but don't think the Show will let me hate him for long. He is the underdog afterall!

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Agree on JinHyuk. Being stuck between hard places is tough and he's holding on by his fingertips. I do understand Yoo though. She sees his potential and wants to recruit him as her sidekick; that's a wonky perspective but an understandable one too.

Agree on CY: He's like a wounded animal looking for sanctuary and the one person he feels safe around prefers another.

On Dad: Yes, i feel like Dad is just simply tired of all the politicking and just wants to spend his life in peace but Gyulie's been so hurt he doesn't know what to do about it. :/

Such wonderfully complex characters.

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CEO Yoo is like a collector, just as Jinhyuk is. They collect talent, Jinhyuk included. Except CEO Yoo has more resources on her side to obtain the talent, so the competition is unfair that makes Jinhyuk under enough pressure to start making wrong decisions.

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I like CEO Yoo but she does lord her power over Jinhyuk a bit too much.

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¿Puede que Crude Play use el bajo de HG en vez del de CY por que el bajo de CY suena demasiado profesional para sus vídeos y no meramente por una cuestión de a quien quieren en la banda?

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I think I understood that. No idea how to reply in the same language though.

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I am sorry, it is something hard for me to write in English. I know how to read it but I am not very good with the construction of phases.

I guess we are in (or is on?) the same boat

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(I will try because I know a little spanish)

Muy posible. También creo que esa es la razón.

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Thank you for the recap!!

For peeps who are like me and cursed sky and earth when there was no preview at the end of the episode... Here it is, official one.

http://tv.naver.com/v/1638545/list/126174

It goes without saying that it contains spoiler for episode 13 (duh) at your own risk.

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Me, me!! I did that. I let out an actual scream when I realized I had to go for one whole week without a preview. Out of all the weeks!!

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I thought the world was over when there was no preview. I wanted so badly to know what happened next. Pfft.

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This week was the week where I felt the most emotionally engaged and cared the most about our characters and how they would turn out. Not a good timing.

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So true. The emotional engagement is so addictive. ^^

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There was no preview because the filming is live. They had recording for the Musical sketchbook about 1-2 days before airing date. It's super tight.

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Oh no! It says the clip isn't available in my country! Dammit:(

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OMG you're a lifesaver!! Thanks so much!!

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*off to watch!*

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I didn't understand most of the things but I had tears in my eyes when Hyun Woo was crying! Baby shouldn't cry!

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SR should comfort him the way he comforted her... he needs her support the most because based on their convo, he's still carrying the responsibility for CP, to keep the group intact...

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You are an angel sent to placate us angry drama addicts! ;)

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Seems absolutely heartbreaking but I'm so ready for all that sh!t to hit the fan! :D

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Yey, it's here!

HG's bass in the Real Crude Play videos was a heartbreaking moment for CY. For a heartbeat he had that tiny smile as he started watching the vid, which I interpreted as, fondness?

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Yes, I interpreted that smile as in "Oh, how cute, they're playing" which then transitioned to "Oh.. they're playing with HG and leaving me behind"

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Indeed! The realization added another wound to his already scarred heart. ?

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The sad thing is.. it was only once.

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Yeah, they did really good in making us be able to relate to CY... i swear all the resentment I had last episode almost vanished after this one. (Except for the last part where he "forced hug" So Rim.)

All my resentment has now be transferred back to Jin Hyuk. *urgh*

It's funny how my most hated character keeps changing every episodes. It's the first time its ever happened to me in a single drama.

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There used to be a time when I hated CEO Yoo a lot. Or Yoona.

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Yeah, I disliked how CEO Yoo did a lot of things, but she's honestly a lot more transparent with her artists about what she needs from them.

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Jinhyuk's tendency to blindside his artists needs to be curbed.

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It's because they're so excruciatingly *real* and human! That's what makes this drama so wonderful!

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Totally with you on this. I was leaving CY for good after the last episode and then the writers decided nope! We will MAKE SURE you empathize with CY. I am a bit upset with Crude Play as well. I get why they can never get close enough to CY given how he entered the band. And I blame this all on stupid Jin Hyuk-- but I feel like there are certain things the band could have done to make CY feel like he had a place in the band as well. Like telling him about their uploaded videos. Or generally being warmer to him.

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In their defense, all the boys, Chan-young included are still at that age where boys are emotionally immature and a bit stunted and dense.

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Yes, that moment was heartbreaking. :( Just when I though CY was being relegated to a one dimensional second lead, the writer hit us with all those wounded puppy Feels!

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Yes the beauty of the Show! Writers are doing a wonderful job, send us on this topsy turvy, yet delightful, roller coaster ride

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Oh can I just add that I silently went nooooo when Mush&Co took another step to becoming the next Crude Play by having KS and JW not play live. I thought it a pity that they had to do that, and that they were finally exposed to how "realistic" the industry was. They've always had this idealistic view of what it was like to be a celebrity, but the reality is starting to sink in. Especially with SR being better at singing, much like HG was better than the rest in Crude Play.

While I'm not back into Camp CY like you, I think this episode did a fantastic job at really tugging on the heartstrings and letting us into CY's world, and feeling his pain along with him. I still don't like how he's still viewing everything as a competition between him and HG, or him thinking that he can convince SR to choose him instead.

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Isn't it more like now that he has given up on Crude Play, and lost his production of Mush & Co, Sorim is the only hope he has left?

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Exactly? Even the way you say it - his "only hope left" makes it seem like everything to CY had been a competition with HG. He "lost out" to HG with Crude Play because he sees himself as a replacement. So now he's left the performance and left HG to deal with the mess. It's very unprofessional. Even though yes, I know, he was struck a huge blow and he was very hurt. Nobody is perfect and I don't expect CY to be!
He tried to manipulate the situation so that SR and Mush&Co would promise to let him produce them (though he should have known - such promises between them would hold for nothing if the CEO of the company stepped in.), so he managed to "win" HG because his song got chosen for the debut. That's why it came as an even larger shock to him that it hadn't been a fair competition.

And now that JH has thrown him over for HG in terms of Mush&Co, the only thing he has left is SR. I didn't like that last scene, where he forced a hug on her (she tried to push him away), and he still asked her if she could choose him instead. I'm not a CY hater, but... I really dislike what he's doing.

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I agree with you @lezah. He practically forced himself on SR. I was browsing on tvN's Youtube channel, and one comment there said that SR shouldn't let any man hug her because he already has a boyfriend. I just wished SR won't let another skinship moment with CY, though it wasn't intentional. It's like betraying HG's immense trust on her... Am I giving myself myself away that I am HG-SR shipper all the way? Lol.

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So true. Btw, Waiting for You was AMAZEBALLS! *___* Gyulie rulez!

Yes, I don't exactly like CY but I do feel the emotional conflict - which is the mark of a totally awesome writer!

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I honestly think it's less of a competition right now and more of Chanyoung just needs someone by his side. He honestly believes that with everyone preferring Hangyul over him, the only person left for him is Sorim, and I don't blame him for thinking that way. This ep was really Chanyoung's; the amount of hurt that was hurled towards him was too much for him to handle. The scene with him watching his bandmates play, being happy and smiling, and realizing that it was Hangyul's playing instead of his really was the tipping point. It's true; they want Hangyul back no matter how much they accepted Chanyoung. You don't need to like how he's viewing all his decisions as a competition to Hangyul (I don't think all his decisions are based off that), but you should understand it. And as for Sorim, it's clear by now that he does genuinely like her. I'm waiting to see how she reacts to his hug and eventual confession because she has the most potential to change him for the better.

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I expect her to be gentle but firm. He always knew she liked Hangyul. I bet it's the reason it never came into her thoughts that he might like her. She had been friendzoning him and treating him as a confident from the beginning, just as he has been treating her as his own confident.

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One of the things I like most about Chan Young is that he has always, always been genuinely invested in Mush&Co. So I thought it was perfectly in tune with his character that he would be upset about the song switch, but be JUST as upset by the fact that the boys were miming along to the song.

He's been down that road, he knows it's a trap, and he thought as producer he could protect them. And then he got screwed.

Seriously, Chan Young is at breaking point. He's an amazing bassist who appears to have gotten completely trapped by his company. He's aware that if Crude Play is unmasked, he's going down with the ship. He's dealt with public exposure for years, he got the worst part of every deal Han Gyeol made (though HG didn't realize that). And Jinyoung has constantly gone out of his way to undermine Chan Young and any relationship he might have with Crude Play.

When you're stuck in a trap you fight like hell to get out. Chan Young's been holding back for years, and just because he's only speaking out now doesn't mean Han Gyeol and Jin Young ever treated him well. They used him as a placeholder, even if they don't realize what they did to him.

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YES!! I can't hate Chanyoung for fighting a good fight, even belligerently and at his utmost. Like you said, he's in a trap he needs to fight his way out.

And yes, not enough people realize he got the worst part of the deal. Sure, he has fame, but out of all the Crude Play boys, he has been "used" the most.

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I like how you put it. Sometimes, people just want to assign Chanyoung just one single motivation. But this is where this drama is different, he can have multiple reasons to feel and act the way he does. Some of the reasons are legitimate, even if some of his motives are misguided.

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YES!! The first thing Chan Young blew up about was not being told Mush & Co. would perform another song, followed immediately by indignation at Gyu Sun and Jin Woo not even playing. As their producer, he cares about these kids so much. He doesn't want to see them put through what he and Crude Play were put through for five years. Chan Young knows from personal experience that once Jin Hyuk makes them hand-sync, they will never play live again.

I almost teared up at his "It's our band that we're raising together." He is not just in this for So Rim; he loves all three of them equally -- I cannot stress this enough. I'm sure he would've found some comfort, albeit less, in Gyu Sun and Jin Woo had So Rim rejected his hug.

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Shi Hyun does that every time he is on screen! ? I wonder how SY can handle all that charisma. That too for so many years!

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I know right? Maybe that's what the hanky on her hair is for: absorb all his charisma so she doesn't melt in blissful goo.

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Did anyone notice that when CP got called for rehearsal at the show and they panned to SH his eyes were glued in the direction of SY the whole time?

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I did! ^__^

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In addition, Soo Yeon discreetly waved to Shi Hyun when Crude Play took the stage for their rehearsal. Watch her as In Ho picks Chan Young up from Mush & Co. to rehearse.

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I know right! His eyes are the problem! They are mesmerizing! I am so looking forward to this actor's next roles!

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There must be a gif of him somewhere ... his eyes! I melt! When I look into his eyes, I get transported back to the 1930s! Oh wait, that's Chicago Typewriter! LOL

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Hahhahha... yes!
Also found some gifs of him.. (fair warning- music started playing in the background in the first one so if you are at work/ crowded place- take care)
http://bubbleflexe.tumblr.com/post/158842086533/sungjoo-in-the-liar-and-his-lover-episode-1

http://dramovie.tumblr.com/post/159987618876/i-have-liked-your-performance-since-high-school

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Lovely! Thank you! ^_^ Please drama gods, let SY and SH share passionate kisses! Is that even too much to ask? ?

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He's so charismatic, even though he's a total newbie! <3

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Shi hyun and soo yeon are love! ♥

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Wait till yall find out his age, compared to other casts! esp to lee hyunwoo >_< *im not going down this wreck by myself!!*

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Finally! A recap that comes when I'm online. Haha. Thank you.

Also, congratulations to our Liar and Lover family, who are currently taking all 8 places for Featured Beanies. :) The names keep changing but all of them are from TLAHL recap 7. I feel proud, even though I'm a lurker. lol.

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Haha same! Usually I read the recaps with at least 400 comments attached lol. So I was surprised to only see 28 comments and I actually let out yelp because now I can join the party!!

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Welcome to the parteeyyy

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Thank you!!
I'm having fun refreshing the page and reading all the comments! :)

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Welcome. We are all open arms here. :)

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Thanks!!

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I'm also usually late when the recaps are 200-300 comments in. This is the first time I'm in the 100~ comments.

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I came when there were just under 100 comments but got locked out of the thread and now, there are 400 comments when I get back. I could have been early, darn it.

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Yup! It came early today! I think @festerfaster read our complaints in ep 10 :P

P.S. Was I ever there? I have never seen my name!

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I've seen yours several times.

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@krahgi Yay! :D

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@obsessedmuch Yes, it doesn't show your own name. My cousin let me know that she saw my name on the featured beanie list but I've never seen my name there. I've seen your name show up as well:)

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I honestly adore all the people on this thread! Your positivity and wonderful insights make this drama such a wonderful experience to watch! <3

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I think the popularity of this show on DB is energizing @festerfaster and @sailorjumun! :D

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I wonder if the cast even cares about the popularity of a drama? I've seen some dramas who were uber popular, and still disliked by the staff. And some dramas with low comments, but lots of love from the staff. The number of comments probably doesn't matter to them.

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*if the staff, as in DB staff, not cast. Sorry about that confusion.

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They most likely care more about the quality of comments. So it depends on what the comments are. Like if the comments are full of drama and fights, that might not be something they like. But if the comments are interesting discussion, then it's fun. But then again, I'm not them so who knows.

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Totally agree with you @festerfaster! My heart ached when CY confronted HG that the band were still using HG's bass. But that soon went out of the window when he forced SR at the last part. I understand where he's coming from but forcing himself to SR won't help him in any way he wants to be accepted.

As for JH, I feel bad for him but then again, he's the reason why he's in that situation.

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If you're not talented enough, it's a problem. If you're too talented, then people like CEO Yoo either want to crush you, or crush you and tame you for their own use. Sigh.

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JH tried too hard to prove himself, and went on a shortcut by debuting Crude Play early.

He is making the same mistake with Mush & Co. As soon as he receives pressure from CEO Yoo, granted, enormous pressure to shut his label down, he goes for the shortcut. Which might work in the short run, but will crumble later on.

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Today's was Chanyoung's episode. The amount of pain hurled towards him was too much for him to handle. And you can tell that he wants to become a lot closer and really play with his bandmates, but they, despite accepting Chanyoung, still want to play with Hangyul. No one can deny that. On top of that, CEO Choi changed the song without anyone's notification so that must've stung as well. In the end, I definitely understand why Chanyoung feels like he does and why he acted the way he does. Not that I agree with all his actions and decisions, but rather, I understand. And as far as Sorim goes, he does genuinely like her, and I do think that she's the one person that can really change Chanyoung bc he truly believes that she's the only one by his side now.

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CEO Yoo drops most of her cold facade in front of HG's dad and that makes her okay in my list. At least someone can still speak sense to her, even if that person is also in the gray. I like that she's not warped through and through, she's just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to let her release his album.

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Nice reference to Notting Hill. Julia Roberts still is my crush.

What I appreciate about this drama: no big bad villain. Each "villain" has their own villain, or demons to fight. Or in CEO Yoo's case, a prince to conquer.

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It's just that CEO Yoo's scenes so far are mostly about her being snappy and cold. Imagine a scene when she's suddenly sunshine and rainbows. Although if it means we get slow-mo moments with her and In-woo with a dreamy background, I'm in! lol

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Lol, for a brief second I was like, oh no if CEO Yoo and HG's dad get together, SR and HG can't be together cause they'd be related! Then remembered it's not a makjang type of drama.

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Lol! SR is CEO Yoo's secret daughter. LOL!

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Lol! This reminds me of sassy go go which was not a makjang drama but it still had that conflict.

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@imbuk Lol at the Sassy Go Go, reference.

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Agreed! No unreasonably twisted bad-guy-cause-we-need-one, relatively speedy conflict resolution (eg So Rim and grandma in last eps, Crude Plays' internal bickerings...) and most importantly a leading lady who says what's on her mind and doesn't back down when facing a bully (how awesome was she when she told Se jung to mind her business); no wonder this has become my new crack drama :)

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"new crack drama" ? It's ending in less than 10 days though... lol.

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Yey! I heart Julia Roberts, too!

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I loved that cute moment between Inwoo and CEO Yoo, the little banter about shoes and how gentle her smile was. it just softened her whole face. I shipped them right there.

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Awww... this reference brought back so many feels! Julia Roberts was such a big girl crush at that time!

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She was my fave character this episode. She's smart, she's intimidating and she isn't afraid to get what she wants. Maybe sometimes her moves are underhanded but that's the major difference between JH and her - she's a business woman through and through (except maybe when it comes to Dad)!

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It seems that CEO Yoo's only weakness is Dad. I wonder how the show will use that.

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Maybe in her bid to find some common ground with Dad in order to have a relationship with him, she'll start to mellow up? I just don't want her to lose her business acumen.

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Man, Chan-young letting Han-gyul resume his rightful place in Crude Play had me right there.

Who knew out of all the characters, he would be the one playing Noble Idiot?

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I think break will do him more good than harm. For a person with such deep rooted issues, getting away could be a healing, and as such being around JH doesn't do anyone's ego any good .

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He should go up to where the Buddhist temples are, on one of those remote mountains. Isn't that what other Kdrama characters would do? He should contemplate, find his zen, smell the fresh mountain scent, then come back to civilization as a trained assassin. Wait, where did that come from? Sorry guys, train of thought traversing another path again.

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