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The Liar and His Lover: Episode 6

The price of a lie is high, especially when the one you want to protect is the one it hurts the most. As Han-gyul realizes the harm his deception has done, it’s his turn to hold on as So-rim pulls away from him. Now that the one real thing between them — his music — has become the source of So-rim’s torment, Han-gyul has to find a way to show her that he’s still the guy who promised to always be her champion.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

So-rim asks Han-gyul why he lied when he’s really Crude Play’s K. His song plays behind them, emphasizing his lie.

Han-gyul begins to apologize, but So-rim says that she’s always loved K’s music and it’s a dream come true to meet him. But tears stream down her face as she wonders why she’s so sad when she should be feeling happy.

Han-gyul asks for a moment to explain himself, but So-rim refuses to listen. As he presses, Chan-young steps between them and pushes Han-gyul back. “Stop playing with her,” he growls at Han-gyul before offering So-rim a ride back home.

Once they are in the car, Chan-young tells So-rim that if she goes home right away, Han-gyul will find her. Instead, he drives her to an empty music bar to give So-rim time to collect herself. He apologizes for springing the news on her without considering her feelings and admits that he was afraid she would choose Han-gyul over him.

To distract her, he tells her about discovering his love for the bass guitar here, and how his classically trained parents disapproved. So-rim knows the story and adds that he used to play the violin. Chan-young is sweetly pleased to find that So-rim is a fan of his playing.

He picks up a guitar and offers to do a duet with her. As they sing “Flying Duck” together, So-rim’s happy smile makes a comeback. Later, Chan-young drops her off at her house, and Han-gyul — who had been waiting for her — watches So-rim bid Chan-young a smiling goodnight.

Once So-rim goes into the house, Chan-young turns and notices Han-gyul, having known he’d be there. He offers him a ride home, but Han-gyul just wants to know if So-rim is all right. Chan-young admits that though she’s smiling now, he doesn’t know how she’s feeling inside.

Then with his friendliest smile on, Chan-young tells Han-gyul to stop confusing So-rim unless he reciprocates her feelings. Han-gyul tells him to stay out of it, but Chan-young simply points out how his behavior can only end up hurting So-rim, especially at such a crucial point in her career.

He drives away, leaving a thoughtful Han-gyul looking up at So-rim’s house. Inside, So-rim listens to Crude Play’s version of “It’s Okay” again, as the newly released song begins to top the charts.

The next day, Shi-hyun corners Soo-yeon in a corridor and asks why she’s avoiding him. She bluntly tells him to delete his “Real Crude Play” account, pointing out how much trouble they can get into. Shi-hyun tells her the punishment for cyber bullying, which makes Soo-yeon scoff that she’s not the one posting the mean comments.

Shi-hyun defends the band’s decision to put their own music out there, but Soo-yeon just asks if Han-gyul knows. When he asks her not to tell Han-gyul, she nods to herself and walks away.

On the bus ride to their “level testing,” So-rim asks her friends if they knew about Han-gyul’s identity. Their overdone reaction gives them away, and So-rim calls herself a fool for not knowing. Jin-woo asks her if she’s stopped liking Han-gyul now, hope in his voice. Much to his disappointment, she just says that Han-gyul must have had a reason for lying, and she’ll give him a chance to explain.

Before the “level testing” begins, Jin-hyuk wishes the trio luck, but he also tells So-rim not to do too good a job. The other trainees waiting for their turn pass a few snide remarks about So-rim and the boys. Overhearing them, So-rim’s stress begins to rise, and she gets up to find the washroom.

CEO Yoo meets Han-gyul in the hallway and asks about Yoo-na. He tells her that they aren’t together anymore. So, when Yoo-na finds them walking towards her and greets CEO Yoo, the older woman doesn’t pass up the chance to make a barbed comment about it.

As CEO Yoo leaves, Yoo-na holds Han-gyul back to ask what he told the woman. So-rim turns a corner and nearly runs into them. She backs up quickly, but can’t help overhearing Yoo-na ask about the song he wrote for her. Han-gyul points out that they lyrics aren’t about her, but Yoo-na counters that he wrote the song while thinking about her.

Yoo-na tells Han-gyul that she may have wronged him, but every time he loses something, he gains music. So, she can’t feel too apologetic. So-rim clasps her hand over her mouth as tears drip down her face.

CEO Yoo enters the auditorium as the performers get ready. She asks Jin-hyuk if he’s hiding away all his talented trainees, and he promises that his newest recruits will be performing as well. She also mentions a rumor and asks if Jin-hyuk was careful about keeping the fired guitar player quiet (the one Han-gyul clashed with).

So-rim arrives a little late, but she gets up on the stage and smiles at her grandmother’s encouraging face. It begins well, with So-rim singing confidently and the boys playing well. The other trainees begin to look worried as they listen to her clear voice, and CEO Yoo watches her intently.

Han-gyul comes into to hear her too, and Jin-hyuk smiles to himself when he sees him. Unfortunately, So-rim catches sight of Han-gyul too, and she stutters to a stop. The boys bring the song to an end, and So-rim leaves the stage. As Han-gyul follows her out, Jin-hyuk realizes that they might know each other.

Han-gyul catches up to So-rim and asks if she’s all right. She shrugs him off and tells him that she’s not any of his concern. Hurt and angry, she points out that he never wanted to have anything to do with her and that she was the one to hold on to him.

Then, her face crumples as she admits that she knows that he’d written “It’s Okay” for another woman, and now she feels ashamed that she liked him because of that song. Before Han-gyul can say anything, she runs away.

The second group of trainee girls is performing on stage, and CEO Yoo admits that they’re pretty good. She offers to take So-rim and the boys off his hands since they are pretty terrible. Jin-hyuk can’t even claim that they were the ones he wanted to protect after their dismal performance.

Back at home, So-rim vengefully draws a bubble on K’s Crude Play poster and writes “I’m a jerk” in it with white marker. She laughs hysterically over it until her eyes fall on the dress Yoo-na had lent her. She puts it in a bag, then decides to practice singing. But she starts crying when she realizes that Han-gyul’s song is still stuck in her head.

As he travels back home that night, Han-gyul keeps thinking about So-rim saying that his song had been for another woman.

The next day, So-rim takes the dress back to Yoo-na, still dressed in her school uniform. She thanks her solemnly, then says, “I feel so small in front of you.” Yoo-na looks at her in confusion, but So-rim leaves quickly. It’s then that Yoo-na remembers the schoolgirl Han-gyul had met outside Sole Music.

Jin-hyuk talks to Chan-young about So-rim’s performance issues. Chan-young lies that she doesn’t have stage fright and must have been nervous, but Jin-hyuk isn’t reassured. He tells Chan-young to give up producing the band right now and focus on Crude Play. Chan-young looks crushed. Poor guy.

The Crude Play boys are over-straining themselves with practice. Yoon and In-ho wonder when they’ll be good enough to play their music live, while Shi-hyun scrolls down the negative comments on their videos. He turns to them with a smile though, and they decide to practice one more time before calling it quits for the day.

The showcase for Crude Play’s next album goes well, and everyone in Sole Music goes out for a celebratory dinner. So-rim and the boys sit one table away from Han-gyul and the gang. Jin-woo grumbles that Han-gyul is following them everywhere, until Gyu-sun points out that it’s the other way around. Heh.

Yoo-na arrives to much applause from the crew, but as soon as she approaches their table, Han-gyul gets up to leave. Shi-hyun follows him out and finds a slightly tipsy Han-gyul sitting outside, playing a game on his phone.

He figures out that Han-gyul is upset about So-rim and asks if it’s about the song. Han-gyul whines that it’s unfair that she’s holding it against him, since the song was the result of past feelings. “It’s just a song, not a documentary!” he complains to Shi-hyun. But then he defeats his argument by admitting that the song is also his story.

Inside the restaurant, So-rim’s friends press her to go talk to Yoo-na. She looks over and her eyes meet Yoo-na’s. They nod politely at each other, and Jin-hyuk marks the strain between them.

Shi-hyun laughs at Han-gyul’s conundrum and tells him to just tell So-rim what she wants to hear. But Han-gyul is determined not to lie any more — not even about the smallest things. He swears he won’t give up on So-rim now. Shi-hyun pats his head, saying that he’s impressed. Pfft.

In-woo arrives at Sole Music, and CEO Yoo meets him in the lobby. She’s frustrated that he doesn’t seem remotely angry at his song-stealing bandmate, and In-woo laughs that she’s uncharacteristically informal around him. She claims that there’s no point in being polite to him.

CEO Yoo asks if Han-gyul knows that he’s come back, and In-woo admits that he doesn’t. Then he tells her that his son terrifies him more than anyone else. She asks him to decide if he’s going to be Yoo-seok’s session musician and to inform her soon, since his indecision is hurting his son’s career.

Han-gyul arrives during So-rim’s practice session with the boys. He’s greeted coldly by Jin-woo and So-rim, with only Gyu-sun willing to accept the box of ice cream he brought as a gift. He offers to help the band practice in Chan-young’s absence, but So-rim refuses to sing in front of “K.”

Soo-yeon follows Han-gyul out and asks about the tension between him and So-rim. He admits that they argued, but then asks why Soo-yeon is being so formal with him. He teases her about being formal with Shi-hyun too, and Soo-yeon thinks back to Shi-hyun’s plea to not tell Han-gyul about the videos.

Han-gyul changes subjects and asks how the band’s debut is coming along. Soo-yeon tells him that things are uncertain since they’re preparing for a TV show now.

This propels Han-gyul to go confront Jin-hyuk about sending the band off on a survival show on TV. He points out that Jin-hyuk had recruited the Bong Trio to debut them, not throw them away on a show where the winners and losers have already been decided.

Jin-hyuk stops pretending that this was part of the plan and admits that it was CEO Yoo’s decision. As Han-gyul gets more worked up, Jin-hyuk points out that it’s not his place to take up the band’s cause, when even Chan-young isn’t here to defend them.

The trio get their intros recorded for the TV show in their school’s classroom. Snooty classmate SE-JUNG smugly shows pictures from Crude Play’s showcase to her classmates, insinuating that Gyu-sun had told her about Bong Trio’s debut long before the rest of the class knew.

Han-gyul arrives during yet another session, and Jin-woo wonders how he knows their schedule so well. Jin-hyuk is recording So-rim for the show, and his directions to her make it pretty clear that he’s trying to diminish the power of her voice. Han-gyul can only listen to it for a bit before asking Jin-hyuk what he’s doing.

Jin-hyuk sends Soo-yeon and the technician out of the room and turns the mic off. So-rim and the boys can only see Jin-hyuk and Han-gyul arguing without knowing why their practice is being interrupted. Han-gyul asks to arrange the song for them, but Jin-hyuk wants to know what’s going on between So-rim and him.

Han-gyul says that he doesn’t want So-rim hurt and reminds Jin-hyuk that he’d promised to help this band grow. Jin-hyuk says that he hasn’t given up, but Han-gyul asks for proof. He pleads with Jin-hyuk not to let the young band become a laughingstock by making them lip sync to a bad song on live TV.

He leaves, and So-rim goes after him. Not knowing what the discussion had been about, she grabs his arm and asks him why he keeps trying to get involved in her life. He reminds her that he’d always been honest to her with his music and just wants to be close to her again.

So-rim says that she doesn’t know if anything between them was real. Realizing how much his song was tormenting her, he promises to write her a different song, just for her. But So-rim cries that she can’t push his song away, just as she can’t push her feelings for him away.

Jin-hyuk listens to So-rim’s recording for the show and sighs. The plan is to have the band lip sync to it on stage, since they’re assuming they’ll be cut in the first round. But Han-gyul’s words bother Jin-hyuk, and he calls up Chan-young to ask if the band should sing the song live tomorrow.

Chan-young is against it, and Jin-hyuk asks if he’s worried about So-rim’s stage fright. Chan-young doesn’t deny it, and instead, says that it’s better to have them do a forgettable lip sync than be remembered for a terrible stage performance.

He’s sitting in a car with the other Crude Play members as he says this, and his words seem to strike each bandmate where it hurts. Their expressions tighten, but none of them say a word. Ouch.

That night, Han-gyul thinks of So-rim and pulls up his guitar to rework the song allotted to them by CEO Yoo. They can’t change the song, but he can make it sound better.

The next day, Jin-hyuk and CEO Yoo arrive at the TV station at the same time. She asks why he’s bothering to be present for a band that’ll get eliminated immediately and advises him not to care so deeply for everyone in his company.

Chan-young finds time from his own performance to visit So-rim and the boys before their show. So-rim smiles to see him but her eyes keep scanning the crowded dressing room for someone else.

Han-gyul is running late, but he reaches the TV station and bursts in on the group with pen drive in hand. As Jin-hyuk takes him aside, Han-gyul offers him the rearranged song. He asks the band to listen to the song, confident that So-rim will pick up the new arrangement quickly. He asks that he be allowed to play the keyboard and turns to ask Chan-young to take up the bass.

Chan-young scoffs at him and says that this last-minute change will only shake the band’s confidence. The trio looks uncertainly between them, but then Jin-hyuk speaks up. He agrees with Han-gyul that the band is in a bad shape and will only be a laughingstock if they lip sync to the pre-recorded song. He asks the three if they want to try showing these people what they’re really capable of. So-rim looks up at Han-gyul as everyone waits for her decision.

Jin-hyuk visits the TV station producers in their control room to exchange small talk as he runs a quick eye over the devices in the room. What are you up to?

As the band from CEO Yoo’s own company begins to perform, Han-gyul pulls So-rim away from her friends. He tells her that she’s wrong if she thinks everything between them was a lie. He says that he’s changed since he met her and won’t give up trying to get close to her again. “I’ll prove to you that you and I were not a lie,” he promises. Awwww.

She tries to pull away, but he catches her arms and tells her that she’ll do well today. They stare at each other for a long beat, then Han-gyul notices the noise-canceling earphone in So-rim’s ears. He smiles self-deprecatingly and walks away to get ready for their turn. So-rim stares after him. I think she heard you, anyway.

On the other side of the stage, Han-gyul takes of his jacket and starts to put in his earphones when Chan-young comes out with a bass guitar. He calls Han-gyul a “stuck up jerk,” but Han-gyul cheerfully puts an arm around his shoulder, pleased that he’s given in.

Han-young assures Chan-young that So-rim won’t fail — he knows her, and she knows his music. Chan-young says that he will never go against So-rim’s decision, but he adds that this is a one-off: Eventually, So-rim will sing his music, not Han-gyul’s.

As the performance winds down, Jin-hyuk quietly disengages a plug in the control room. So, when the Bong Trio are announced and take their place, the technicians switch the pre-recorded music on, but nothing comes out.

As everyone panics and tries to figure out what’s going on, Han-gyul whispers, “Sing. Sing, Yoon So-rim.” Surrounded by chaos, So-rim’s world falls silent, and she takes a deep breath.

 
COMMENTS

I knew there was good in Jin-hyuk, I knew it! It might only be a good that wants to profit from So-rim’s talent, but he’s putting his neck out to help a rookie band when he knows that CEO Yoo won’t forgive the interference with her plans. I’m convinced that he really does care about helping So-rim’s band grow, and that his business sense hasn’t yet killed off his love of music.

What a beautiful way to end an episode. It’s frustratingly tantalizing, especially after So-rim’s earlier debacle on stage, but finally, a really good cliffhanger. If there was one complaint I had about this show, it was the choppy editing that kept interfering with the flow of the story. That seems to have smoothed out a lot this week, and I really enjoyed being able to watch the story move without absurd cuts confusing me.

The good thing is, the show has us properly invested in all the story lines now. Even the ones that had started on wobbly legs initially have found firm footing. The shakiest of the subplots was Han-gyul’s relationship with his bandmates, which seemed too hostile to be have any friendly feelings left. Yet it soon became apparent that the anger between the friends was an old thing by now, and it was rooted in the truth of Han-gyul’s words. As musicians, Shi-hyun, In-ho, and Yoon lacked the talent that Chan-young had. And though it was hard for them to face it, they had been working hard to improve themselves. Without support or encouragement, they keep practicing so that they can play their own songs live on stage one day, as every musicians dreams of doing. Their earnestness and hope is touching, and I badly want them to get their day on the stage — as they rightfully should have, long ago.

Joy keeps surprising me. She sold me on So-rim’s heartbreak, even when I didn’t understand why she was so upset. Like Han-gyul, I kept thinking that the song was written before Han-gyul knew So-rim, so why does it matter that it was created with Yoo-na in mind? But by the end of the episode, So-rim had convinced me that it mattered. It may not make sense to me, but to a teenaged girl who’d just realized that her first love had loved another woman, it’s a heartbreaking discovery.

And that’s what I love about this show. It hasn’t tried to make us forget how young So-rim is. As Chan-young (correctly) pointed out to Han-gyul, she’s too young to be her crush’s object of attention and not feel hope that he’ll return her feelings. So, when he asked Han-gyul to stop, I was on-board with his argument. Han-gyul isn’t someone who needs the blind adoration of a fan to boost his ego. He spent time with So-rim because he liked her. He may have valued her for her voice at first, but he clearly cares about her emotions by now. So while I didn’t want Han-gyul to back off, I did think he needed his behavior pointed out to him so he could analyze his own feelings. They were apparent to everyone but him, but isn’t that always the case?

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Shi Hyun and Soo Yeon have sizzling chemistry. Forget So Rim's male harem, they are my new favorite ship. It didn't dawn on me that the reason Soo Yeon was able to recognize Real Crude Play was because she went to high school with them. And apparently is older since Shi Hyun calls her "sunbae"? How adorable was he waving at her in the audience? I love how loyal Shi Hyun is. He doesn't need extra practice since he doesn't play an instrument onstage and he's got the vocals down pat, but he practices anyways for Yoon and In Ho's sakes. Nobody can tell Crude Play is hand-syncing from that close?

I sympathize with Chan Young, but that boy has no respect for Han Gyul. His "Should I take you home too, Hyung? Do you want a ride?" was so patronizing. Makes me wonder if Han Gyul really didn't hear Chan Young cursing him out, or was only pretending not to hear. Crude Play's awkward van ride home was unintentional comedy. I cackled when Chan Young nonchalantly smiled at Yoon who turned back around in his seat and smiled to himself.

While I understand why So Rim was crushed to overhear I'm Okay was written for Yoo Na, I believe she should have expected it once she found out Han Gyul was K. K writing masterpieces every time he breaks up with his girlfriends is basic knowledge every Crude Play fan ought to know. The band talked about it in an interview, and So Rim even knew Chan Young's life story as a fan. What the heck is Bong Trio? Don't tell me they changed Mush & Co.'s name.

Thank you, Show, for finally releasing Crude Play's songs, but can you please release Crude Play's MVs as well? The ones that play on the jumbotrons featuring Masked K and the boys singing with vintage microphones. I'm dying to know which member sings which part. As expected, Peter Pan is a jam and I'm Okay a bona fide masterpiece I play on repeat. I'm so happy for Crude Play and Han Gyul for achieving an all-kill upon release. I'm becoming as huge of a Crude Play fan as So Rim is.

Many thanks for the recap, festerfaster!

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Wait, I never thought the fact that K write a good song every time he breaks up is common knowledge to fans. It's only a common knowledge among Crude Play, ergo, his friends.

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Well, we know they made the interview, but either the interview hasn't aired yet, and the clip Crude Play sent K was just footage they had before the airing occured, or Sorim didn't see the interview yet.

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"Nobody can tell Crude Play is hand-syncing from that close?"

Haha I know right? How does that even work?
*I'm hitting the drums ever so slightly so it looks like I'm playing but just enough so as to not interfere with the recording ?*

Kidding aside though, I am totally loving this show. And agreed on Bong Trio for the band name. Why not Mush & Co., Show? Why???

Thanks festerfaster for the recap! And I just gotta say I quite like your upload sched with SailorJumun for this show. Though we don't get to spaz about the show right away after airing, the excitement definitely doesn't get tempered later in the week judging by the no. of comments on recaps. If anything, this just makes the wait for new episodes actually enjoyable.

Also loved Jin Woo reacting to Chan Young and So Rim smiling at each other there at end. He's like, "oh man not you too!" Bahaha
http://i.imgur.com/cNmIhry.gif

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Poor Jinwoo. He can't take a break, nor stands a chance before he even ever had the occasion to try. One is a genius bassist she's a fan of, the other is a genius composer she fell in love at first sight with.

He's the Junghwan of Liar.

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It got me worried too--their band name. But I saw a fan taken picture yesterday that they'll debut as Mush&Co. I guess the Bong Trio was for the survival show only.

I love Joy in this episode. Especially her crazy scene. The emotions were raw.

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It's crazy how close to the airing date the filming is. There were some fantaken pictures of scenes I saw aired during the week they were taken.

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That explains A LOT about the editing. I almost died of laughter when i realised people were disappearing from frames that they were in just one cut ago

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Shihyun occasionally plays the guitar on stage as well.

I thought Crude Play only handsynced occasionally? The session musicians played for the official CD recordings, but then everything else, they try to play live. Like they play live for concerts and such because it's harder to determine quality from those. Which is why they were so offended when Hangyul suggested they handsynced when they said they had no time to practice.

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Shi Hyun does play the guitar but not for this comeback.

According to In Ho, besides Chan Young, Crude Play has never played live. "It's already been five years. When will we be able to play our music on the stage?" They practice like crazy because they want to play live so bad. They were offended when Han Gyul insisted they didn't need to learn the song because they would look like fools onstage hand-syncing off-beat. I think the assumption is as soon as they play live, they'll get caught because they're that bad.

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I had a good laugh when their song debuted at no.1 on the "Lemon" chart, as a parody of the Melon chart.

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Shi Hyun and Soo Yeon's chemistry is hawt. That interaction they had was filled with so much tension, like he knew she liked him and was daring her to get closer, so sad that she turned away.

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Sooyeon can't stand a chance against Shihyun, he's on to her hahahaha.

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OMG yessssss I thought I was the only one seeing the sparks fly between the two of them! I'm just dying to know more and see more of the dynamics between the two of them! At first i thought she was just another bumbling shy assistant having a crush on this big superstar, but from her interactions with Shi-hyun and Han-gyeol where she's completely confident and assertive, and how they call her sunbae, i got really confused and curious now. Plus how she flips back to the fumbling after the confrontation with Shihyun when he catches her watching the Crude Play comeback rehearsal added on to the confusion. Is this how its supposed to be or it is inconsistent characterisation? But anyway I just want to see more of strong, assertive Soo-yeon!

I have feeling that Shi-hyun and Soo-yeon might have been in a relationship before or been in that fuzzy grey area though... judging from Han-gyeol's comment that she used to closer to Shihyun.

Either way its really sweet how she told Shi-hyun that she doesn't think their real music is that bad! The Crude Play boys have been working so hard against all the prejudice against their music, so it's great that there's at least that one person out there who knows their true abilities AND is still rooting for them. This girl definitely wins the best fan of the year award! (Did anyone else notice how happy she looks whenever she's watching the Crude Play boys perform!)

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Phew, i made it on time before the update. Anyone knows when exactly it'll take place?

At first, I wondered why the likes of Choi Min Soo, Lee Jun Jin and Im Ye Jin would be willing to take part in a teen high school romance. I partly understood for Choi Min Soo, because he loves music so much, and even for Im Ye Jin, since she played mom a lot in dramas. But not so much Lee Jun Jin.

After watching 6 episodes of this, I get it. It's a really good drama, with well-fleshed character, and it feels fresh, despite the unoriginal premise.

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Sorry, wrong reply. Whoops.

To make it up, my reply to your comment:

I don't think it's inconsistent characterization. I think she acts like a sunbae when she's with the boys, but secretly, she harbors a crush on Shi Hyun and admires their music as a fan, hence the fangirling behind their backs. She's most likely too embarrassed to admit to them about her fangirling, especially since they've known each other for a long time, and she had always acted as their tough sunbae. It's hard to change how you act with people.

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I do agree with what you've said, the characters, even small periphery ones are fleshed out more than they usually are, which is why I think so many of us, like festerfaster, are watching this for the entire cast. The pacing so far has been just right as well though the editing really needs to tighten up.

Im Ye Jin though, as much as I love her in her roles, I still feel was miscast. She is waaaaaay too young to be a grandma of a highschooler. She must have been what, 18 when she gave birth to Sorim's mom/dad, and subsequently Sorim's mom/dad must have had to be 20-22 as well.

Hmmm you do have a point about Sooyeon! But that would be even cuter though haha how she's embarrassed about her fangirling

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I think the screenwriter is new, which might explain the careful planning of the plot lines for characters.

+ she has the manga as basis

About Lim Ye-jin, it will probably make sense to you that she personally requested to be in this drama and wasn't casted. Since she's a big name, they probably didn't want to refuse her.

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From the convos between Shihyun/Sooyeon, and Sooyeon/K, looks like K and Shihyun were in a school band together, and Sooyeon were their sunbae. She probably was a secret fan of theirs, and maybe even went to work as a rookie assistant at Sole N just because of her crush on Shihyun? And K even said she used to be closer to Shihyun, so maybe she was part of their band club or school fanclub?

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Based on manga, Sooyeon is their classmates in high school
Shihyun is such popular boy in HS, he like to tease Sooyeon (he likes her - typical manga).
But, sooyeon likes hangyul (admire him-I think. Because there was a scene in manga, that she was crying while listened Hangyul's song), and Shihyun know this.

Sorry if there is a mistake, and I'm not sure if the drama is 100% follow the manga version

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Thanks for the insight! Very interesting. Looks like the drama will make it that Sooyeon had a crush on Shi-hyun instead, which I don't mind. We have enough complications already with Yoona and Chanyoung and Jinwoo. lmao.

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I'll again compare it to the manga. In the manga Riko (Sorim), due to some misunderstanding, initially thought that Aki (Hangyul) is a NEET (he did not consider his hobby - songwriting - that was making him lots of money, real work, and said he doesn't have a job) and a virgin (when asked by one of her bandmates if he ever had a girlfriend, he hesitated and said not really. Mari was an idol and had to keep her relashionships secret to avoid scandals, plus she was evasive with him and didn't formally promise him anything so he was unsure whether he could call her his girlfriend). Riko was ok with the NEET part (she was already thinking of employing him at her family's vegetable shop), and was thrilled with him being a virgin (hence the title of the manga "She loves lies (/the lie?) too much" - either referring to this particular lie, or to the whole "do you believe in love at first sight" pick-up line that he used randomly on her - by the way, she replied yes, surprising him, she had just fallen for him when she heard him humming his new song). So when she found out that he was no virgin, his ex-girlfriend was a gorgeous idol and that the song that made her fall for him at first sight/hearing and held such a special meaning for her was the outpouring of his love and grief for another woman, and she (Riko) was thrown the pick-up line just because she happened to be there on the bridge at that particular moment when he was desperate to forget Mari, and it could have been anybody in her place, she was obviously devastated.

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Sorry for the grammatical mistakes, I wish there was an option to go back and edit the text.

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Maybe it's in the new features for the comments...

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Nice, thank you for sharing! I find it interesting how similar yet different the manga and drama sound. It looks like the drama is doing its own things, but retaining some stuff from the manga.

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Here is that scene where she finds out about Aki/Hangyul = K in the manga.

I think the drama did a good job remaking it

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http://i.imgur.com/G31jImz.jpg

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Here is that scene in the manga where Riko/Sorim discovers Aki/Hangyul's true identity.

The drama did a good job remaking it I think.

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Ooh. Looks like they recreated the emotions Sorim felt fairly well. She doesn't blame him but cries.

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You made a point. So Rim probably suffers more because she can't, or doesn't want to blame him. Since she can't blame him, she's putting all the frustrations on herself, which is why she feels inadequate and miserable. Hopefully, Han Gyul put his point across at the end of the episode and she feels better.

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I found out sooyeon is played by an actress who is also a rookie. She has only been in one drama before, and in a minor role at that. I knew shihyun was a newbie actor, but didn't bother finding out about sooyeon. it's surprising how many rookies there are in this drama, and all doing a good job.

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Just popping by to say I cannot get this song out of my head!

Chan Young is really just like Han Gyul with his jerk-like attitude towards fellow musicians... that phone conversation in the van was just ugh.

The Crude Play boys are fast becoming my favourite trio in the show. They really care for each other in a way I fail to see between Sorim and her two friends (she's left them on stage how many times now? with no sense of responsibility or even 'I'm sorry'?). Cliffhanger killed me: this time she MUST sing or I will flip the switchboard.

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Haha me too! I kept having the song in my head the whole of yesterday and I caught myself humming to it randomly.

It took 8 hours of sleep but I think the song it finally gone.....

괜찮아...

Nope. It's back! ?

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does that mean it's ok in korean? I tried google translate... lol

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Re: song. This is the most addicting OST I have heard in a very long time.

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Almost paradise~~~~~~~~~~

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That song will never die. Along with Love is the Moment and You are my Destiny.

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The songs in this drama are like the ones in You're Beautiful OST. It's believable that they could be hits, in the dramaworld, at least.

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Oh god. It's back in my head again. Curse it.

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rather than addicting, I would say it makes me happy whenever it crops up in my mind, which is about 5-10 times a day.

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Have you watched "Shut Up: Flower Boy Band"? It was one of tvN's original shows and was so good. The main song was also an ear worm.

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Same sentiments! I was just complaining on the Open Thread that both Chan Young and Sorim need some major work on their team spirit!

Sorim needs to apologise to her friends who have only been worried about her after she leaves them high-and-dry. Or maybe is this done on purpose, because Jinwoo and Gyoosun both know that they're riding on Sorim's talent? Either way if she screws our two puppies (not to mention Chanyoung and Hangyeol too this time) over again I'll be flipping out right alongside you. Though judging from the preview that seems thankfully unlikely.

Chanyoung on the other hand needs to up his EQ. Doesn’t he see that while he’s railing on about Han-gyeol making him feel small, he’s doing the exact same thing to the Crude Play boys, with his innate talent as a musician? How the Crude Play boys said they didn't want to be a burden to him when they stayed back for extra practice for the Crude Play comeback performance killed me. And all Chanyoung could say is "okay" and walk off.

And yes that phone call with CEO Choi in the van where all the Crude Play boys could hear him loud and clear was really insensitive! And I think he honestly has no clue how cruel he can be. At least Hangyeol is 100% aware of the pain he puts others through, though I don't approve of that either.

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And all Chanyoung could say is "okay" and walk off.

I interpreted that scene differently: Chan Young actually looked upset when Crude Play said he didn't have to stay, as if they wanted to practice without him. It was just like that time when Chan Young saw Han Gyul playing with them. So when Chan Young said "okay" and walked off, he was really saying, "Okay, then I'll leave you guys alone." He has always felt like an outsider in their group.

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I'll add that he is most likely super busy and lacking sleep as an idol. I don't blame him for not wanting to waste any time he doesn't have on something he doesn't need.

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Re: Cliffhanger...I was holding my breath and clenching my fist...I was like, "Sing, just sing!!!!" And then the drama ended....wow, I almost chucked my laptop away! *LOL* But it was a good cliffhanger that made me really look forward to Monday, just because the next episode episode will be aired by then.

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Like I know she's going to sing (well, she better) but it still keeps me on edge. about 48-72 hours left. ;)

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What i really like about the show is that everyone has their own thing. The characters don't feel like extras just facilitating the leads. Everyone is like a main character in their own story, just not this story. It's really refreshing. I think the directing and acting is really helping the feeling

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All the storylines are compelling to me. The young ones brings me back to school days, and the older ones carry their scenes with weight and nuance so I don't get bored.

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I used to skip scenes like I usually do because I'm watching too many dramas. But then, I went back and rewatched all of them because I realized I enjoyed all the characters.

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I must make some fashion commentary:

First, the outfit HG had on in the beginning of 6 (and end of 5) reminds me of bad guido dad fashion.

Second, I loved SR's little red number. Adorbs.

Now I must say something about Chan Young's snail song. Why is everyone saying it's a terrible song?! I LIKE IT! Anyone????

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Chan Young's song hasn't been heard yet. The song people have been saying is terrible is a real korean song WHO entertainment have chosen for Sorim to sing at the TV show.

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For the fashion, I loved Sorim's beret. And I personally want the clothes she's wearing at home, they look so comfy, especially those wide cotton stripe pj bottoms.

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Yes that red number was hoot-worthy! Also, I've been crushing on HG's clothes for a while now, I loved the lether jacket he wore, it looked distractingly good on him <3 ! I particularly liked his blue checked shirt and that mustard yellowish jacket he was wearing in the beginning of 5th Ep., that combination did wonders to him!

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I wasn't the only one to notice the black jacket :D The leather jacket emphasized the width of his shoulders, that was a nice one.

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Hangyul's fashion kinda makes him look young to me...IMHO. Those fluffy oversized sweaters make him look puppy-ish, like squish, squish cutie-pie! Except maybe when he was wearing the leather jacket, he actually looks younger than Chanyoung, LOL.

And Chanyoung looks sizzling hot, his outfits are on point -- the red jacket was very rockstar-ish.

Anybody noticed the couple looks for Chanyoung and Sorim? Like in the first scene -- black and white outfits with hints of yellow?

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I must be HG's biased, because I saw couple looks between SR & HG but failed to notice the other couple's couple look. Haha.

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Ahhh this episode made my heart ache. I love how HG had to grovel!! But I want him to grovel moreee now!! GO SO RIM!!

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This episode made me discover Joy's acting potential. There were several moments where her inexperienced really showed, and her acting looked like she was forcing herself, but for the first time, there were also several moments where she really impressed me with how natural and nuanced she made it seem.

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Yes! After defending Joy's acting last week, I do have to admit that, she was really put on the test this episode. She couldn't pull off the emotionally demanding scenes very well. But, in some less demanding scenes she did a splendid job. She definitely needs to work on her acting, but I am not too bothered about it as the Show is giving me so much to love about.

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Actually, there were a few demanding scenes where I thought she pulled of really well. Other demanding scenes, not so much, but some were well-done imo.

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Her sorrow feels genuine to me, even though she doesn't have much acting experience. I don't feel with her the disconnect I was feeling when watching Suzy cry in some highly emotional Uncontrollably Fond scenes.

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I think it helps that we could connect with her character during other moments, so sorrow moments too. Like when she's just angry or upset (not crying, she's does well)

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Oh well, I got the impression Sorim cried more often in Liar and His Lover than Lee Dong Wook cried as the Grim Reaper in Goblin. I'll cut her some slack if it sometimes is a little unnatural.

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My fave scene this episode was when So Rim explained to Han Gyul that it didn't matter that he was wiling to write another song for her - which was SO DOUCHY of him (but I will forgive him because he's still a little obtuse about his feelings. I loved how she totally broke down and told him it crushed her because that song now belonged to some OTHER girl. Gosh it was so raw watching HG realize that all this time SR thought of it as THEIR song. T___T

So much emotion packed in such a small moment!

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I don't think of it as douchy of it, more like a guy who is desperate to fix the problem but doesn't know how to because like for typical guys, the female mind is a mystery. He interpreted her words as that she was sad he wrote the song for another girl, so in his mind, he was like ok, if that song doesn't work for you, then I'll write another song just for you. He didn't get that to her, it was THE song.

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YES, he was so unintentionally douchy that it broke my heart! So RAW! SO CUTE AND ADORABLE AND PRECIOUS! I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH!

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Haha. I'm not sure what is so adorable and precious, but your enthusiasm is infectious.

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Yes, the problem to her, was that song was irreplaceable, and now, it has broken her heart, and is itself irreparably tainted in her mind. This is the reason why she's so broken-hearted.

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Well it sounds like he's been dumped a lot, and each dumping leads to a hit songs and it sounds like Crude Play has been pretty successful off those songs...so he is probably just awful at relationships.

Plus So Rim's reaction to learning the song's origins is so right for being a naive high schooler; I can awkwardly remember being a college freshman crushing on an upperclassman who apparently had ex-girlfriends and soon-to-be girlfriends all over campus and that his interactions with me were more coincidental.

But he is definitely learning from his failures with Yoona which I cannot wait to see more of.

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I could see how he would be genuinely puzzled, because I would be, too. He is a professional musician, and ALL musicians use their emotions and experiences to fuel their creations. The song he wrote is not anyone else's but his own, based on his experiences and feelings, produced and arranged for his group. I found her reaction to be really immature and unprofessional, but then that's what she is, just a high school girl, so it made perfect sense for her. I sure hope she grows up soon, though.

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Is this the last recap before we switch to the new commenting system?

I don't like to login or register, so hopefully, I'll be able to comment in the next recap too. :)

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About this episode. It broke my heart, because I understood exactly how heartbroken her poor little heart must have felt. I was the same once upon ago. Where everything was the best in the world, and where everything was the most terrible thing to happen ever.

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Yes, I remember that time. I was either 14 or 15, and I was looking forward to watching the next episode of Buffy all week long. Then, my father told me to go home (where we didn't have a television set) early and sleep, and I sobbed, yes, sobbed, all the way home. Back then, we didn't have DVR, if you wanted to rewatch a missed episode, you had to either watch a re-run (I was at school), or tape it. I felt absolutely genuinely devastated that I couldn't watch the next episode of Buffy. And no, contrary to what it seems, I wasn't a brat. I was actually quite a good docile daughter, Buffy aside. Thinking back, I wonder at how much a television show affected me. Pfft.

So when I see So-rim crying because of a song and boy, I don't wonder at it. I didn't fall in love at her age, but I had it even worse. Pfft.

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Bong Trio is cute, but they really aren't going to keep Mush & Co's name are they?
Now I am sad... :(

And to think that Inex would make an appearance now.. it is safe to say that Shibaken would not be taking part in the story, huh?

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about the name, there is a spoiler picture of filming circulating around so we get to know more about the name.

and well, we have 10 episodes left, who knows about what storylines will pop up? :)

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For me, the way I see it, Sorim was heartbroken because:

- she really really loved the song, and since she connects music to people, that song made her love Hangyul. and she didn't just love the song, she loved it 100%.
- finding out that he wrote that song for another girl, not just another girl, but a sexy, beautiful, famous star. This made her feel insecure and small.
- that takes away the pure feeling of love she had for the song, she can't love it the same way anymore, because now, it reminds her of the painful fact that he wrote it out of love for someone else, but that someone else is so pretty it makes her feel small
- what breaks her heart even more, is that as she tries to forget the song and stop liking it, she realizes she can neither forget it, nor stop liking it, and by extension, she can neither forget Hangyul, nor stop liking him

and that is the reason why her poor heart is broken. She's trying to forget, but she can't.

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The way I see it, it's like finding out your first crush is dating someone else, or that you celebrity crush has done something wrong, or that the song you loved is plagiarized, or that your parents lied.

It's the shock of finding out for the first time that what you loved unconditionally was a fabrication of your own fantasy, and that it's not as pure as your love for it was.

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When I found out Tom Welling had a wife....

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Mine was when Wang Lee Hom got married. And Go Soo.

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When Jimmy Lin got married. He was my childhood crush. RIP my feels

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I didn't cry yet, but when I hear So Ji Sub is going to get married, I will cry inside a little, and congratulate him on the outside a lot.

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All this discussion made me think of this fangirl's reaction to Lee Junki dating news with Hyebin. lol
https://twitter.com/Koreaboo/status/849226185460523008

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She’s trying to forget, but she can’t.

Exactly. I love how rational Sorim is. She's not a whiny little brat imo. She's trying to do what she thinks is right, she's trying to forgive and to forget, because rationally, she's aware at how silly and small her "love" is. She knows to Hangyul, she's just a silly schoolgirl with a crush, and Yoona coming into play only acerbated that fact even further.
The problem is, dealing with feelings, especially strong unadulterated feelings you feel at that age, is not as easy as what her minds tell her she should do.

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Add to the list, the fact that, she also feels that everything he told her could have been a lie.Honestly, that is a lot of emotions for a 19 year old who has largely been sheltered to comprehend.
That scene in the Green Room, when SR kept looking out for HG also spoke about how she is just waiting for HG to come and prove that he really cares. And right then when he comes to her and says that he will prove to her that they were not a lie, is exactly what she needed to hear.

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yes, she's 19/18.. and what she feels for hangyul is first time feeling, harder to deal with because first time.

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I didn't realize So-rim is quite sheltered until you pointed it out, because of the fact that she's an orphan and getting bullied by that teacher at school, but yes, you're right. She's quite sheltered. Her grandma and her schoolmates are poor preparation for the people in the entertainment industry. Even her fellow trainees were gossiping behind her back. tsk tsk.

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Oh god, I swooned so hard when he basically told her that he was going to prove that those feelings were not just her imagination.

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I loved how Sorim expresses herself. She never shrinks away from her feelings and tells it like it is, whether it's expressing how happy she is, or how much she loves, or whether it's expressing how heartbroken she is, and the reason why. It leaves no room for misunderstanding her. Well, it minimizes the risk for it. Hangyul can be pretty clueless about girls.

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This is why I love her. She may be innocent and all, but her raw honesty breaks down walls, and issues don't get dragged for too long. Also, SR doesn't remain depressed too long. She picks herself up despite the overwhelming emotional firsts she's experiencing. As many have pointed out, the painful revelations are too much for someone young and sheltered. But she goes through the grief without creating a pity party.

That said, I can't wait for HG to work his way back into SR. ^_^

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Well, she has it bad for him, so he should be able to work his way back soon enough ^__^

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Yea, her straightforwardness, besides her dorkiness, makes her one of the most likable female leads.

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So let me get this straight, the reason why CEO is so antagonistic towards Jinhyuk, is because her father is the chairman, and favored Jinhyuk by giving him a sub-label in the company, and CEO Yoo is jealous?

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Maybe, Chairman sees JH as a possible candidate to take over WHO Ent. in the long run ? This sub-label could be a testing ground for JH's leadership abilities and Crude Play's success, maybe has made CEO Yoo resent him as she is threatened by him. Cause, CEO Yoo, definitely does not look like a lady who likes to loose. Maybe, I have watched too many Kdramas, but it is always fun to speculate !

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Haha. Good theory. Speaking of CEO Yoo, I love the actress who plays her. She makes it so easy to dislike CEO Yoo with her passive aggressive show of power. She's a total bully, but acted subtly it makes her scenes delicious to watch.

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Yes! I loved her in Jealousy Incarnate too. She was so bi**chy to JH, but somehow made it maddeningly low key. Also, loved how she immediately turned into a schoolgirl when she saw HG's dad. She plays her scenes very well.

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Her scenes with Han-gyul's dad are what is making her more sympathetic to me, that I don't hate her yet. Even if I'm pretty sure she'll screw everybody over in the next few episodes. And yes, her mom-mance in JI was the best.

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We got glimpse of crudeplay's past already, but I want to know more about Sorim and her friends, how they bonded together and all?

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I felt like the way she grabbed his shoulder is a reverse-gender wrist grab ;)

Wasn't Sorim and her friends friends since they were 6? They sang together, no? And Gyu-sun's mom has a little shop right accross from Sorim's grandmother's shop.

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I yelled "U go girl" when she grabbed his shoulder and turned him around. She might be cute and adorable, but she's not a meek little mouse, that Yoon So-rim.

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I automatically read "U go girl" as "U go, Glenn Coco!" rofl

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Someone remembers Mean girls! Classic.

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Best worst cliffhanger evaaaar.

I kept thinking, don't you DARE stop where I think you're going to stop, don't do it, don't do it, DONT DO IT!!!

And they still did it. They still ended it there. sd;flkjsdfl;jksd;fj

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Oh me too! I was clicking on the screen to see how much longer the episode had and swearing to myself (and the show).

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Well, the next episode is almost there. We don't have to wait anymore!

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I must reiterate that I love how this drama looks.

It's light and easy on the eyes, but not bland.

It's vibrant yet soft and fluffy looking at the same time. Just like So Rim in fact. I don't think it's a coincidence.

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Yes, Yoona was saying that she was tired about waiting for Hangyul to express his feelings out loud. So how come with Sorim he's been expressing himself really well? lmao.

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because he doesn't want to hurt Sorim. Even Chanyoung felt bad about hurting Sorim. Sorim makes every weak, which I really love. ;)

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Nobody wants Sorim hurt. Watching her cry on the screen, I dying to do anything to make it better for her. I'm not blaming Han gyul for trying more than he has ever done and do his best, just so that she doesn't hurt anymore.

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This episode's writing really impressed me.

I like how clear the drama shows that music is the unifying factor. You can just TELL that music is like the #1 priority for almost everyone in this drama.

There are some other dramas about either music or other passions the characters have, and you go... ok, but show it to me, don't just tell me that they're passionate about it.

In this drama, like you can tell their lives revolves around music. Even Jin-hyuk cares about the music, and has an ear for it, even if he has business in mind.

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I feel like the writer themselves is mature. She writes the character in a way that makes them seem reasonable, because of how self-aware they are. Like they're able to rationalize and realize how irrational their feelings are. I feel like the writer has to be fairly rational person herself to be able to write characters like that.

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YES! I was ready to hate Chan-Young last episode, but his apology deflated all my anger. He was very mature about it.

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I like that you can't full on hate any character in this drama, because of how complex they are made out to be. Good writing. And good acting. And good directing too, for good measure XD

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I don't have the subs either, but I interpreted it from what Han-gyul said to Shi-hyun. He might have wrote the song inspired from his feelings for Yoona, but the song itself is not a documentary, ergo, his lyrics were probably embellished or made up to sound better.

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Ah! That makes sense. Kamsamnida

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I think the lyrics might be on Youtube.

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If my memory serves me correctly, he originally had the lyrics written out (which was sad and based on his breakup), but So-rim wrote a different version of the lyrics. The only part that is the same is the bit that she knew from his recording in her phone. I vaguely remember Han-gyul looking at the lyrics she wrote (she included it with the thumbdrive in the cute envelope) and smiling, which suggests he decided to use it over his own.

In the studio, Yoo-na only listened to the start of the chorus, which was the part that Han-gyul himself wrote. Even if you don't look at the lyrics for Crude Play's version of the song, you might be able to notice a modulation from a sad mood to a happier tone in the middle.

And this is why I especially applaud the show in this aspect, just like what SailorJumun said in her comments for Ep5. The writing really unravelled a lot of nuances from just this one song: it was originally a sad memory for Han-gyul, but So-rim's unexpected appearance turned it into hope.

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Happy that the recaps are up before the db migration starts. Hope that all the happy bubbles, unicorns and rainbows will migrate well to the brand new tlahl thread at the new site.

As always, thanks festerfaster and SailorJumun for the awesome recaps.

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I'm nervous about the transition, honestly.

I discovered about dramabeans through a privacy/security forum, so if I have to register to comment, or if I can be tracked, I wouldn't be able to comment any longer.

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Are you from China tiff ?

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I come from the same forum. We're of multiple nationalities, basically people who don't want to be traced back. Hyperlinks are forbidden, but even if they work, our ID, IP, and other information such as the origin source forum itself cannot be traced back.

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I really love how balanced So-rim is as a character. She's really bright and pure and innocent, blablabla... BUT, she's not meek or overly sweet it becomes too much. I erally love the fact that when she's unhappy, it shows on her face, and she has that "no-nonsense" "i won't take your bullshit" "I'm not impressed" face done really well.

She might like him, but she won't let anything she doesn't like get away with it.

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She's not making it easy for Hangyul for sure. If you look at the screencap fasterfester took, you could tell how genuinely upset she is, like she's so genuinely done with him.

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I just wanted to formally declare I am addicted to this show, it's totally my guilty pleasure drama of the moment now! ?

Is it bad that I don't really think that much about it, and I don't have very much to say, except that omo I love Hangyeol's character (plus he is cute!) and I ship him and So Rim so much! ❤

Loving the angst as much as I love the charged moments between them. Gimme MORE! Please! Monday come soon!

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Oh I get you. I have a low-key addiction for this drama. In that it doesn't make me lose my mind, but somehow, still make me crazily anticipate the next episode, and get excited as well.

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It's my guilty pleasure too. I don't care how people call it cheesy, it's pushing all the right happy buttons.

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For a drama people keep calling cheesy, there's barely any actual cheesy dialogue. Or maybe they flew over my head.

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It's not that cheesy, honestly. I've seen corny, and this is barely it.

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It's more cute than cheesy. It's very thoughtfully written to feel cheesy.

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Agree! I've been a fan of HG since I watched him in Secretly, Greatly. So I'm happy to see him in a drama where he shines!

And yes, the production struck gold with LHW and Joy! Such wonderful chemistry, indeed!

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Equator Man. He was good in that too.

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Ooh!!! Thank you for the recommendation! I should watch it! ^_^

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Equator Man has him only for the childhood portion, so watch just those episodes if you only watch it for him. Though the later episodes are good too.

I didn't watch this drama God of Study, but according to Joy, she became his fan during that drama. :D

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I like that Solim actively tried to distance herself from Hangyul once she realized she was in deeper than she would like. Of course, the attempt itself isn't hugely successful, but the fact that she tried makes me like her even more.

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I know people don't like CY. However, I loved that little bromance moment at the end between him and HG. You could tell the camaraderie they have between them when CY called HG a crazy bastard. It's almost affectionate.

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I loved it too. Bromance for the win. It's clear they like each other, even if they butt heads all the time.

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They're frenemies. ^___^ They're friendly with each other, but there's that rivalry going on as well.

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I've gotta hand it to Joy. I know actors, legitimate only-actors, who ahve more trouble giving life to their characters than Joy has for her first role.

She makes me really relate to Sorim, it's like I'm watching my little sis, or my little niece in her love story.

My favorite scene in this episode was when she sang at the evaluation. The first part. I believed how lively her stage was, which is not an easy thing to do. It could have looked over-the-top if exaggerated, but instead, it looked like she gained confidence and was having a good time on stage.

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I don't want to name any names... I will resist. Yes, I will resist.

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Anybody else feeling really bad for the Crude Play boys? They practice more than anybody, but their skills are still not enough, and they even get hate comments on the video they upload. And yet, they still continue to practice, just for the love of it.
That's some dedication right there.

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I feel bad too. They try so hard, but there's barely any comments, and there are even hate comments.

Any theory as to who would write those comments?

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I surely hope it's not Chanyoung!

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Jin-hyuk then?

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CEO Yoo mentioned to Jin-hyuk to make sure the guitarist they hired and fired a few weeks ago doesn't "talk." I think it's him who started to leave nasty comments... I could be wrong. But the fact that he was brought back up these episodes later makes me think there's going to be some arc involving him.

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Oh god. You're making me realllly anxious. It seems like CEO Yoo and the reporter are in cahoots, or that CEO Yoo knows something we don't. I'm afraid she even knows about Yoona and Jinhyuk dating.