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The Liar and His Lover: Episode 9

What I’ve always liked about our hero is his refreshing self-awareness. Han-gyul is very much aware of his fatal flaw and will do his best to fix the damage it inevitably causes. It’s a tedious cycle, but he’s unwilling to disrupt the status quo – perhaps because he believes that he doomed himself to this lifestyle the second he took on the name “K.” If only he’d free himself from all of that for the one girl who sees past that name.

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

After seeing that he’s made So-rim cry (again) and that Chan-young is already comforting her, Han-gyul lets out a shaky breath before turning away. Once So-rim is all cried out, Chan-young offers to buy a cake to celebrate choosing a debut song. However, in the cake shop, Chan-young gets recognized, and So-rim sneaks outside to wait while he handles his fans.

Yoo-na calls Han-gyul out to meet. She can tell he’s in a dark mood, but she gets his attention when she says that Jin-hyuk sent her his song and that she took a liking to it. She also heard that So-rim refused to sing it. When Han-gyul says that So-rim never even had the chance to listen to his song, Yoo-na lies that So-rim did listen to it.

Stunned, Han-gyul mutters that his song must not be that great then, making Yoo-na smirk. Seeing how lenient he is with So-rim, she figures that this is the one and only girl he’d said he wanted to write songs for.

So-rim takes Chan-young to the school so they can have some peace and quiet, though they have to settle for snacks instead of cake. Still, So-rim says, they should blow out a candle, so she whips out her phone and presents a candle-blowing app. Chan-young notes her phone case sadly, but keeps a smile on his face. They blow the flame out together, and So-rim closes her eyes to make a wish while Chan-young gazes at her.

When he asks what she wished for, she answers that she hopes people like their song. Chan-young nods and then turns to her, saying that’s his wish too – to be liked. Chan-young’s obviously not talking about the song anymore, but So-rim assumes that he is. After they enjoy their snacks, Chan-young walks her home and tells her that he’s decided not to comfort her from now on: “Because it means that I showed up too late.”

Once inside, So-rim eyes the flash drive Han-gyul gave her. She sticks it in her computer and opens his song, but she still can’t bring herself to listen to it because what he said about hurting those who stick by his side still lingers in her mind. Meanwhile, Han-gyul has trouble listening to the song as well, his own mind too clouded from the night’s events.

While in a meeting the next day, Jin-hyuk receives a text from Han-gyul saying that he’s up for working with Yoo-na. He informs CEO Yoo of this, who finds the pairing a bit surprising; she’d thought Han-gyul had fallen for So-rim. And she’d been perfectly fine with that, considering that love like that would prompt great songs. All business, this lady.

Suddenly, Yoo-seok comes storming in, outraged that In-woo is refusing to play in his concert. CEO Yoo shoos Jin-hyuk away and drags Yoo-seok over to her office to continue in private, telling him to stop acting so childish.

Yoo-seok asks if she’s taking In-woo’s side because she still has feelings for him. CEO Yoo doesn’t bat an eyelash and says that she won’t show any shame if she does have feelings. And if he wants to lash out at In-woo so badly, she tells him to take it elsewhere since she’s busy. Damn. Have to admit she can be pretty badass.

Jin-hyuk talks with Yoo-na and Han-gyul and encourages them to work well together. Yoo-na insists that she wants the song Han-gyul wrote for Mush & Co., saying it gives her the feeling that it’ll please people.

Gyu-sun leaves his buddies behind to call Se-jung, making Jin-woo scoff that they’ll be meeting much prettier girls when they debut anyway. So-rim’s face falls and she wonders out loud if meeting a cooler guy would make her forget the one she likes now. Chan-young walks in, breaking her train of thought, and asks them out to lunch.

Yoo-na catches up to Han-gyul and asks him out to lunch as well, just as Chan-young and So-rim appear. They exchange friendly greetings, Yoo-na even trying to keep it casual by linking her arm with Han-gyul’s. But it only makes things awkward, and Han-gyul quickly slips out of her grasp. Yoo-na tries again by suggesting they all eat together. So-rim looks a bit unsure, so Han-gyul gives her a reassuring smile and seconds the idea.

However, lunch is only made more awkward by Yoo-na purposely doting on Han-gyul as they eat. Feeling So-rim’s eyes on her, Yoo-na then turns to her and says that Han-gyul didn’t offer up his song and that she’s the one begging for it, so she doesn’t want So-rim to misunderstand. Even so, as So-rim heads to the bathroom, she’s still feeling uneasy. When she walks out, she runs into Yoo-na, who stops her and tells her to just speak her mind.

“Why does it have to be that song?” So-rim blurts out. She rambles on that Yoo-na has everything from looks to talent, so she could have any song she wanted. Yoo-na just scoffs that So-rim is greedier than she looks. Songs grow old as time goes on, so Yoo-na wonders why So-rim would just want to let Han-gyul’s song go to waste. So-rim has no response to that.

Se-jung freaks out when she reads Gyu-sun’s group chat and learns that they’re with Chan-young (Did you seriously hack into his phone?). She runs straight to the restaurant they’re in, making sure to activate girlfriend mode when she sees Gyu-sun.

After seeing Chan-young off, Han-gyul starts to leave too, but So-rim holds him back and asks if they can talk. She apologizes for refusing his song and for wanting him to keep it from other singers as well.

He asks if it’s really okay if he gives the song to Yoo-na then. Yoo-na’s words now heavy on her mind, So-rim smiles that it is. But Han-gyul gets the wrong message and says that she must’ve disliked his song if she’s okay with giving it away.

So-rim insists that she still hasn’t listened to it, which confuses Han-gyul further. “You’re lying now too?” he asks, hurt. She starts to ask what he means, but he places a hand on her arm and urges her to head back into Sole.

From inside, Se-jung’s eyes widen when she spots So-rim with Han-gyul. She sends Gyu-sun away with an excuse and then snaps a few pictures of the two outside, a devious smile on her face. Ugh.

CEO Yoo wanders into Crude Play’s bar, where In-woo is playing. When In-woo notices her, he asks what she’s doing here (while still singing, heh). She chides him for angering Yoo-seok, saying his insufferable love for music hasn’t changed.

Even when his ex-wife remarried, she brings up, he didn’t change. In-woo leans in close and says that she hasn’t changed either – she’s still seeking him out, a part of her hoping that he hasn’t changed.

The next day, Soo-yeon announces that Mush & Co. will be holding a special showcase at their school – their first live performance. She reminds the trio that this is for their commercial contract with another company, so they absolutely must keep it a secret. They’re overjoyed to hear this news, along with the fact that Chan-young will also be there to play the bass. They tackle him with an adorable group hug.

Yoon and In-ho drag Shi-hyun all the way to the practice room so he can hash things out with Han-gyul. Han-gyul looks up at his friend with pleading eyes and admits that he’d acted harshly before because he was anxious. Shi-hyun asks why he would be anxious since he and the others are the ones who’d suffer for being fake.

“Don’t talk like that,” Han-gyul says. “Don’t talk as if we’re on different paths.” Shi-hyun demands to know how they’re on the same path when he wouldn’t even debut with them. He ran away, Shi-hyun continues, because he didn’t want to have someone else play for him.

Han-gyul recalls telling Jin-hyuk the same thing when he’d dropped out before Crude Play’s debut. Jin-hyuk had said it was Han-gyul’s songs he’d wanted, so he’d have to tell the other boys that their time was up too. Panicking, Han-gyul told him to take his songs, even if he didn’t play. “Even if that works for now, what will you do after that?” Jin-hyuk asked. “Without being a member, you think you can take responsibility for the rest of your life?”

Shi-hyun says that they’ve never been good enough for him, but Han-gyul swears that he’s never thought that way before. “Then why did you run away by yourself? You should’ve stayed with the band until the end!” Shi-hyun shouts. Chan-young and Mush & Co. freeze by the door, having just walked in. They stare in shock as Shi-hyun turns to leave.

“Fine, you’re right,” Han-gyul gets out, stopping Shi-hyun. “I might’ve run away. But I’ve never run away from you guys. I’ve always… I’ve always wanted to write songs for you.” The room falls into a dead silence, absorbing his words, as he walks past everyone. So-rim automatically goes after him, chasing him down the stairwell.

She worriedly asks if Shi-hyun was treating him badly. Han-gyul laughs, saying the others would find that funny since everything is always his fault. So-rim steps down closer with a smile and says it’s okay – if anyone messes with him, she’ll come protect him because she’s on his side. Oh, that look he gives her. He doesn’t understand why she’d do that when he’s done nothing but lie and upset her.

So-rim can’t exactly explain why herself. Beaming with certainty, she just says that she’ll like him and stay by his side no matter what. Han-gyul weakly warns her not to say that. “If I hear you say that, I’ll get too—…” He starts to get emotional and turns away, embarrassed. Before she gets a good look at his face, he quickly excuses himself.

The section chief calls Soo-yeon over to his desk, alarmed by all the comments online about Mush & Co.’s supposedly secret showcase. He scrolls down, and they both gasp at a photo of So-rim and Han-gyul with the caption: “Yoon So-rim’s boyfriend.”

Han-gyul is working on a different song for Yoo-na (oh, phew), and procrastinates by listening to “Waiting For You.” He receives a call from Jin-hyuk, who’s just seen the leaked photo. He’s annoyed that his top producer and his promising rookie are hung up on each other, but since he likes them both, he can’t do anything about it.

But if he had to choose, he’d only choose one of them – just like when Crude Play debuted. Han-gyul drops his phone, the frustration overwhelming. He struggles to hold his tears back as he finds himself falling back into this vicious cycle.

The trio get reprimanded by Soo-yeon, though they swear they didn’t tell a soul about the showcase. Jin-hyuk comes in and takes So-rim aside so they can talk privately. He asks her outright if she likes Han-gyul and upon seeing her nervous smile, he jokes that she’s in trouble if she doesn’t know how to lie about this kind of stuff.

But he’s serious when he says that he can’t allow this. So-rim blinks in surprise – she has to get his permission to feel a certain way? According to Jin-hyuk, yes. If she wants to maintain a positive image, she has to let go of everything but singing. So he orders her to clean up her feelings right away.

Sometime later, Han-gyul gets a call from So-rim, and by the sound of her voice, he can tell that’s something’s wrong. He rushes over to where she is (it kills me that he always comes running at the thought of her crying) and asks what’s going on. She repeats what Jin-hyuk told her and begs him to say it’s not true.

He looks as if he wishes he could, but instead, he says that Jin-hyuk is right. He reminds her that the music industry is tough, even if you’re willing to throw away everything that’s important to you.

For now, he tells her to let him go and focus on her debut and establishing her career. But So-rim refuses to do that – she doesn’t want their relationship to dissolve into simple greetings and passing glances in Sole.

Han-gyul sadly shakes his head, saying that it’s what he wants. Besides, he continues, since he’s giving his song to Yoo-na, they have no reason to meet anymore. Her voice desperate, So-rim says it’s okay. She wants him, not his music.

But this only seems to make him feel worse. He looks up at her intently and says, “You’re a burden to me.” He stuns her into silence as he explains how terrible and selfish he feels around her and how he hates that he keeps hurting her. He finishes by saying that this isn’t a lie, causing So-rim’s tears to fall.

So-rim trudges back home, and unable to hide her sadness, she just falls into Grandma’s arms. Han-gyul finds himself at the bar and walks in on Shi-hyun playing. He blankly says that he’s the same as Shi-hyun – he has someone who makes him feel insignificant, but he just pretended that wasn’t so. Shi-hyun merely gestures to the keyboard and says for Han-gyul to join him. Han-gyul musters a weak smile and does just that.

It’s straight back to work the next day. Han-gyul is busy recording with Yoo-na while So-rim is busy preparing for her upcoming showcase. Jin-hyuk tells Mush & Co. that their music will be available the day after the show, so this is their real debut. He tells them to give it their all. Jin-woo and Gyu-sun are ecstatic, but Chan-young notices So-rim frown and fiddle with her phone.

Chan-young presents the trio with the latest phones, insisting they’ll have to change their numbers when they become famous. So-rim reaches for her old phone to switch phone covers and deflates to see it won’t fit. Chan-young suggests she just throw it away: “Don’t focus on things that aren’t meant to fit.” Uh, dude? Changing her phone won’t change her feelings.

Jin-hyuk pops in as Yoo-na is practicing, impressed with how well the new song suits her. Still, he can tell she’s disappointed – not because she wasn’t given the song she originally wanted, but because she wasn’t able to steal the song away.

Word gets around about Yoo-na’s new song, though when So-rim hears that this new song is a ballad, it hits her that it couldn’t be the same song Han-gyul gave her. She runs over to her laptop to finally listen to the file on the flash drive.

Han-gyul’s voice reaches her ears, the lyrics pouring out all of his unsaid feelings, his unsaid fears, and how sorry he feels for being so slow as she continuously waits for him. So-rim breaks into a huge grin, his words filling her with hope again. She yanks her earphones out and hightails it out of the building. As she runs farther away from Sole, she thinks about how everyone’s been telling her that her life would change after her debut. She knows, however, that the reason her life began to change isn’t because of her debut.

She runs all the way to Crude Play’s bar hoping to find Han-gyul but winds up finding In-woo there instead. She’s amazed that they’ve been having so many coincidental encounters, but In-woo seems to think it may not be so coincidental after all. He guesses that if she knew to come to this bar, she knows the owner. When So-rim admits that she is waiting for someone, In-woo asks what she’d want to say to that person.

Han-gyul hears from the section chief that Mush & Co.’s showcase is today. He goes out to collect his thoughts when he gets a call from Dad. In-woo cuts straight to the chase and asks if he’s going to showcase. “Just go,” In-woo says. “From what she told me yesterday, you’ve upset her enough, huh?” Han-gyul can’t even answer – he’s still reeling from the fact that everyone around him seems to be connected to So-rim somehow, lol.

In-woo points out that it must be fate. But that aside, he relays what So-rim had told him last night: That Han-gyul may be a liar, but that he doesn’t lie to hurt people. Others may not know this about him, but So-rim had said that she does, which is why she likes him so much. Taking in Han-gyul’s silence, In-woo assumes his Cupid mission is complete and hangs up.

At school, So-rim spaces out and watches the cherry blossoms flutter in the wind outside. The image reminds her of Han-gyul standing beneath similar blossoms when he’d spotted her in the phone booth. She sends him a text, only one sentence long: “Even if you don’t come, I’ll be there.”

After seeing this text, Han-gyul catches the section chief and learns that So-rim’s show starts in three hours. He has to do a recording with Yoo-na and though he’s mindful of his watch, he takes his sweet time with Yoo-na until he gets the best take out of her. Once he’s satisfied, he tells Yoo-na she worked hard before running right past her and out the door. Yes! Go, go, go!

The students all file into the auditorium unaware of what’s going on, while Chan-young and Mush & Co. ready themselves on stage. So-rim is feeling her usual set of nerves, though when the curtain covering them drops and her classmates erupt into cheers, it doesn’t seem like stage fright. It’s more like she’s waiting for someone…

And in comes Han-gyul, bursting through the doors. He locks eyes with her and smiles the most relieved smile, washing away any and all fear in So-rim’s mind. She sees his lips form the word “Sing” and jumps into Mush & Co.’s upbeat debut song, “Shiny Boy.”

Oh, I love this. The lyrics are almost like a response to Han-gyul’s lyrics, telling him not to shrink away and to just confess his feelings confidently. Chan-young turns, revealing himself to the crowd, and makes the students – particularly Se-jung – go absolutely nuts. And still, throughout all the craziness, So-rim and Han-gyul only have eyes for each other.

In the back, Jin-hyuk watches the two incredulously and leaves without a word.

Happy to see her finally thriving up on stage, Han-gyul decides it’s time for him to leave. After the show ends, So-rim instantly jumps off stage and heads out to find him. She tries calling, but Han-gyul is too lost in thought as he walks along a bridge. Not too far behind, So-rim runs along the same bridge and tries his cell again.

He finally answers, apologizing, but So-rim shuts him up and tells him to just turn around. When he does, she asks why he lied about Yoo-na’s song. He apologizes again, saying he thought it’d make things easier on her. Frustrated, So-rim cries that she hates him, making him laugh. He asks her not to hate him.

“Because of you, I realized I’m lacking as a person. That my music isn’t enough and that I’m really lacking. That I need more. That you… need to stay by my side.” So-rim’s eyes widen, still craving those final words. So Han-gyul looks her in the eye and declares, “I like you, Yoon So-rim.” And that’s all she needs to hear – they meet halfway and she flies into his waiting arms.

 
COMMENTS

Well, I’d say that deserves a collective Awwwww. As well as one big hallelujah! The pure bliss on their faces during that hug was well worth all the pain and frustration of the last few episodes. Han-gyul really pissed me off last week when he tried to give her an ultimatum, but much like So-rim, I just can’t stay mad at this boy for too long. I understand why she keeps coming back to him despite all the tears she’s shed over him. He may lie to her and he may even lie to himself, but So-rim has always been able to see through him. And while I still think Chan-young would understand Han-gyul the most, it’s So-rim who wants to understand him the most. Which is why I think this romance works so well.

The only problem was that Han-gyul was so determined to sit in his own little pity party, refusing to let anyone pull him out. Because of his love for music, he’s been able to build some beautiful connections with the people around him, but there was always this detachment involved somehow – he was with them, but cut off. And he almost seemed okay with that as long as the people he loved were successful. To put it simply, he’s been the very epitome of a Noble Idiot. I admire how much he cares for everyone’s well-being, but it’s such a destructive way to handle his relationships.

Jin-hyuk has his good moments throughout the drama, but it’s been exhausting watching him stuff Han-gyul’s head with needless fear and paranoia. Sure, the man is good at his job, but after seeing another flashback to Crude Play’s pre-debut, I’m starting to realize just how much Jin-hyuk screwed Han-gyul over. He knew Han-gyul would’ve done anything to have his friends reach their dreams, and Jin-hyuk blatantly took advantage of that. When, really, what Han-gyul should’ve done was discuss the matter with the boys. He should’ve let them choose their future path together instead of shouldering all the responsibility for them. Because, frankly, he wasn’t handling that responsibility too well. He’s just one guy, after all.

Jin-hyuk’s words about his passion for hurting people has been haunting Han-gyul for some time now, so it was a major relief to have In-woo and So-rim contradict those words and encourage him to stop being so afraid and just go after what he wants. He missed his chance of holding So-rim in the beginning, but I’m glad we didn’t get that moment until the very end. Han-gyul finally had her in his arms — only this time, she cried tears of happiness rather than grief. I can’t say enough how satisfying that was. Han-gyul and So-rim have been taking baby steps this whole time – giving us a nice, slow buildup that we could savor. The big “I like you” declaration is certainly one huge step forward, but starting a real relationship while in the music industry will prove to be a challenge. As long as Han-gyul strives to be that better man he’d said he wanted to be for her, I believe they’ll make it through. He’s already off to a great start by simply accepting her heart.

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Thank you for the recap!

I appreciate that when it comes to Han Gyul, So Rim has been consistent in creating her "fate" with him. On the bridge he wonders if fate is intervening again but SR points out that she ran hard to get there, which she has been doing figuratively and physically like going to the bar hoping to see him. If she hadn't she would have never encountered his dad who in turn acted as a "fairy godfather" to help reverse the noble idiocy.

(And yes HG, it IS ludicrous that everyone around you knows So Rim. You should also know there is only one bar and one vegetable store in all of Seoul).

In the showcase and confession scenes, Lee Hyun Woo does such a great job of physically embodying HG's emotional transformation around SR. In contrast to his reconciliation scene with Shi Hyun, where feeling inferior next to someone made him depressed, later he tells SR that that same feeling makes him want to be a better person and be by her side instead. His voice was brighter and more certain, his face so open and honest. How Joy did not just melt into a puddle on that bridge I will never know.

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Well, she melted in his arms instead... *hides away*

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Lol

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Lee Hyun Woo is great! The only other thing I've seen him in was Secretly, Greatly and believe me I was enamored! He has portrayed Han Gyeol so well...I could feel his awkwardness earlier ... and how much he has emotionally opened himself up with So Rim...also I love the fact that he made up with his bandmates..I love to see them together....Further I think he is a very resolute person Once he's sure he like So Rim, he went all out with it...same for his friends....courage and there he accepts his fears...and in that it is So RIm who has changed his life much more than he has changed So Rim's

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I totally agree. . Lee hyun woo acting is really way too good that i end up wondering if i am watching the actor's personal life as a third person. . !!

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Yesss, I too loved it when SR pointed out that it wasn't fate but rather her 'hard work' which brings them together. It's so realistic, if you want something you have to work for it.

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In that scene, I also loved when she shouted that she hated him. hated him soooo much. I thought she was adorable.

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Yeah that was a bit satisfying too because she hasn't really been mad at him that much.

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I like how gentle she is as a character. I could sleep to hearing her voice speak.

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I melted in that last scene on the bridge. If I am not back by Recap #10, please know I'm probably down there in the water, all liquefied and squealing, getting tossed by the waves of giddiness. ^__^

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Oh my... you HAVE to be there for episode 10. <3

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If there is one episode people can't miss... it's that one. ;)

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Lol! Get solidified and be ready to melt again after ep 10! ?

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Lol this show has me melting over and over. Not to mention the muscle ache it gives me from smiling too wide and too much! Especially when Sorim smiles. She has a vitamin smile, indeed!

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Yes! I smile like a loony all through out the episode, every time :D

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i totally empathise with you on the muscle aches! It sorta hurts but... in a good way. HAHA

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Okaaay. I freeze myself in refrigerator so I won't melt until recap episode 10.

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Lol! It's sweltering here in my side of the world, so when you mentioned "refrigerator" I just really want to run in there literally! haha!

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Also when she asked him to turn around, it was a parallel to the phone booth scene. But they both have come a full circle from then to now. They have grown so much emotionally, that we know for certain that this is not just a random crush or fate's play, but both have struggled and got their priorities straightened. That entire sequence on the bridge was highly gratifying.

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Initially it seemed like a little girl crush but she's definitely proven her maturity. It seemed more like he was finally ready for her instead of the other way around.

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Yes, have to agree that HG was the more immature one!?

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I like how the lyrics to the Shiny Boy song matched the moment. Like the part about if you are going to confess, do it confidently which HG ended up doing on the bridge.

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foreshadowing/spoiler done right!

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I'm watching the FF and for the 1st time So-Rim looked beautiful. Reminded me of Pride and Prejudice scene. Too many of coincidence and illogical events reduce the quality of the show.

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"I appreciate that when it comes to Han Gyul, So Rim has been consistent in creating her "fate" with him. On the bridge he wonders if fate is intervening again but SR points out that she ran hard to get there, which she has been doing figuratively and physically like going to the bar hoping to see him."

I love your comment -- I was going to point it out too -- how Sorim is consistent in creating her "fate" with Hangyul. I can't help but recall even from episode 1, how her character has been written to take matters in her own hands -- such as singing his song to make him turn around when she finally sees him again to episode 3's run-about when she left cleaning and told Gyu-san how "she can't just wait to run into Hangyul coincidentally again". I love how the writer has so clearly written Sorim to be active in pursuing Hangyul or as Hangyul said, "You always ran to me first." Consistent characterization is awesome.

Speaking of melting Sorim into a puddle, I just about melted too in the lunch scene with Yoona, Mush and Co. and Chanyoung. I mean, everyone there was eating except for Hangyul and Sorim. When Hangyul just kept looking at her with THOSE puppy dog eyes and not eating, my heart was fluttering. I honestly think at that point, I was convinced Hangyul has truly fallen for Sorim. He was just gazing at her so sweetly (and sadly, I can't even when Yoona mentioned K was losing weight because he wasn't eating) and Sorim also just kept looking at him and playing with her food, that I just wanted them to make up and be happy. Glad this episode ended well with Hangyul's confession and them finally being together. All those longing stares in this episode really sold the ending because it was emotionally gratifying.

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Ahhhh that was such a satisfying episode. It's cute to see Han Gyul so happy like that and I'm just glad So Rim has finally got the confession she needed. On a side note, Se Jung is pissing me off so much, she's not even a really evil villain but it's these kinds of characters that I hate the most

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So cute. I literally cannot even! ^^

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Where is truck of doom when you need it? Grrr... that girl. I think she's an unnecessary character in the story. There's already so much going on, conflicts, antagonists and what nots. The last thing we need is an annoying bitch. I don't appreciate her at all.

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I have to disagree with that. She is the embodiment of the crazy fans, the sasaengs, of Korean entertainment industry. They are the ugly truth of being an entertainer in Korea, well anywhere actually, but it seems like sasaengs are on the extremes, so i think she's a necesarry evil. That doesn't mean I don't wanna b*tch slap her so baaad. Urgh!

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Oh.. she is necessary..
Pretty much important for every important doom events. ?
And yes, I want to poison her too.

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I'm relatively new (last 7 years or so) to K-drama watching but from what I have observed, that truck of doom is reserved purely for the heroes or loved ones of beloved characters (sit down Gyu-Seon you can't possibly love this one!), so sadly you might just see a Skecher to the face.

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"you might just see a Sketcher to the face"

loooool Nice reference to next episode

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HG's smile when he was hugging SR was just pure adorable! He looked so happy.

Agree with you on SJ. Ugh. Her scenes just make me feel so annoyed, and I wonder if there's any purpose to her at all. She just seems like an unnecessary "villain", because she just exists to take advantage of Kyusun to get closer to CY..?

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I like her presence in the show and don't think she is unnecessary! I think she's a really believable character, because when you hit the big time, there'll always be people who will want to use you for their means.

I'd categorise her in the same box as the Teacher who enabled the school band and went out of his way to pull a few strings to get JW to listen to SR and the boys. I know some teachers who really do go out of their way to look for opportunities for their students.

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I agree that she's a believable character, but I guess she just seems to annoy me, haha! Why is she in the same box as the Teacher though? In the sense that he wanted to use Mr Choi for his means? (At least Teacher's intentions came from a very good place, whereas SJ...)

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Agreed. Believable but totally annoying. It would be nice to see some redeeming qualities about her instead of her annoying machinations and manipulation. Ugh!

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There IS a purpose for her to be there. I wouldn't spoil anything, so let's just wait and see. We can curse her while we're on it though. ?

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Honestly, this should be called The Lover and Her Liar instead. Hee.

Thanks for the recap!

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Once I got over how different it was from the manga, I'm kind of glad we got to focus on how awesome Sorim is. She just shines brightly, and Hangyul is there to help her shine even more. That's what I felt this episode. In shojo, too often, the male is being portrayed as so awesome and the female lead is just there. This feels like Skip Beat instead, with a lot more emphasis on the female.

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I think of the manga as a guide.

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Yes, what I love about this adaptation is their use the manga as a guide, but with better story line / plot

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And in the manga Riko cries for every little thing, thank kdrama gods they toned it down a very tiny bit.

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Shinya was also more hateful in the manga imo.

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Shinya was downright bastard in the manga

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Shiniya, Crude Play's producer, Mari (Yoona), were all more hateful in the manga, though they were very complex at the same time.

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Riko is 16 in the manga, up until she meets Aki her life is pretty carefree and uniform (she has no panic attacks in the original). After meeting Aki she falls in love for the first time, enters the competitive showbiz world, the world of grown ups, is confronted with such feelings as insecurity, gealousy, anxiety etc. She cries often (and has every reason to do so considering all of this is new and hard for her) but snaps back quickly to her natural cheerful self using music as her happy pill. I did not feel her crying was excessive in the manga and was impressed by how easily she overcomes emotional hardships considering that teenagers in general are a very volatile and unstable bunch.

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She cries a lot, but also more stubborn. I saw her held more power to handle the more problematic Aki. If Han-Gyul is like Aki, I thought Sorim wouldn't be able to handle him. Riko even knows how to shut Aki. ?

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Doesn't that make Han-gyul perfect for Sorim though? :)

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Thanks for the recap. I swear I couldn't stop smiling for the last 10 minutes of this episode. The instrumental soundtrack in this drama is awesome, it just builds up anticipation.

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One of the main reason why I appreciate this drama, is how the music is given its own character. It might not be "alive," but it enlivens the drama and acts, sometimes as an ally and source of comfort and joy, sometimes as a foe, creating conflict between the characters and giving them grief.
It's all very well-done.

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This reminds me of literature class where we need to analyze motifs and symbols and themes. Haha.

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@The Pianoman's comment is totally something my professors would make. Haha. Strangely enough, literary analysis is not boring but interesting when korean dramas are involved. ;)

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the magic of korean dramas, making literature fun.

The Pianoman's comment on music being a character reminds me of sparknotes. Pfft.

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I know! I was like "Finally! Even if we only get a hug!" XD

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Instead of "Finally, even if we only get a hug," I was like "Oh my god oh my god, they're HUGGGING!!!" Haha.

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Admittedly, I had been bored during episode 8. That ending made it all better.

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On Han Gyul: I feel like people keep telling HG that he will only hurt others through music, until he blames himself for everything - like when he told SR that whatever happens with her/Crude Play, it's his fault anyway. Which is why I especially like the fact that she said she would always be on his side and would protect him. I thought it was a very sweet moment. On that point, I just want to hit Mr Choi. He threatened not to let Crude Play debut if HG didn't want to debut along with them, and now he's threatening to kick SR out if HG doesn't comply with producing YN's song. Is there even any wonder how HG thinks everything is always his fault?

On the confession: When HG said that he feels as though he's flawed whenever he's with SR, I just thought - perhaps whenever he's with her, he realizes how different they are. While HG is willing to let go of things just for the sake of music, SR won't let her love for music overshadow the other things that her heart wants, and I think HG realizes that and it scares him, because he can't seem to do the same thing. That said, I'm glad that HG acknowledged those flaws, and voiced it out that he does like her back, and I'm living for LHW's smiley face when he was hugging SR.

On President Yoo: I actually like that we got to see a softer side of her and that she actually cares about HG's dad. It makes her that much more humane and reminds us that even if we don't like her action sometimes, she's just another person trying to survive in the industry.

On Crude Play/Si Hyun: One thing that I appreciate the most about their friendship is that they try to patch things up quickly. I like that because it doesn't drag on with the whole "it's my fault, it's your fault, why did you say this" quarrel. I think the boys themselves know that part of the reason why their friendship is strained is because of the way the industry has shaped them, and I'm glad they try their best not to let it taint their friendship.

On Se Jeong: Poor, poor Kyu Sun. He's so besotted with her that he can't even find anything strange about her mood swings. One moment she's all sweet with him and the next moment she abruptly dismisses him. She's such a conniving little character, especially with her keyboard warrior actions that I really hope she gets discovered soon. Maybe with their new phones, she won't be able to tap into their group chat?

On Chan Young: I just had this petty thought that CY only got them new phones just because he didn't want SR to use the phone case anymore, lol!

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On Han Gyul: You're right, sometimes, knowing that there's someone there who will be on your side no matter what makes such a difference. Everyone around him has been blaming him, he needed a Sorim in his life, who is the only one who kept being on his side. It must have been such a comfort at that moment to feel loved.

On confession: I liked that his confession was the mirror opposite of what he said to her to make her give him up. I feel like both times, there was some truth in it, but he chose the truth that would make him happier and better.

Same about President Yoo.

On Crude Play: Their friendship reminds me of my own friendship. Whenever two people in our group fought, the other ones always tried to put us together and "force" us to make it up.

On Se Jeong: Fans like her are the worst. That's all I'll say.

On Chan Young: I'm pretty sure that's the reason why he got them new phones.

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I bet HG has been feeling guilty about Crude Play for all 5 years and it must have been such a comfort for someone to voice out that she would always be on his side. I hope she'll be a fantastic influence on his self esteem too.

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Off topic.. But when you mentioned '5 years' it suddenly struck me. Didn't JH say that Mush and Co is debuting late(at 19). Then CR where 16/17 when they debuted. That puts HG at what, 21/22! Interesting.

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But Crude Play debuted years before so it's possible that in the past, people didn't debut as early. In kpop, the age limit is decreasing over the years. And Sorim is a girl so maybe that's different?

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Yes to all! I particularly love how the fights among crude play members doesn't get dragged on endlessly. Their friendship is realistic and sweet!

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And they make up like real guys, just spitting out what upset them without trying to beat around the bush too much, and both parties are both reasonable with their explanations. Thank you, writer-nim.

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Yes to all of this!! And I really love what you said about Mr. Choi maybe contributing to Han-Kyeol's low self esteem (and yeah, I would call it that, even for all his geeenius songwriting and confidence there).

Everyone in this drama, President Yoo included, is quickly becoming someone I want to see have a happy ending--if only they'll realize what they've done wrong and make some changes (like Han-Kyeol has! It's possible!). Especially if In-Woo is interested in Yoo at all in return, I want her to work for a better self.

I'm hopeful Se-Jeong will be totally ousted soon too--but I'm worried for what she might do after that, if it ends in bad blood.

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I'm just waiting... waiting for the ticking time bomb that is SJ to explode.

Mr Choi has probably contributed a lot to HG's guilt issues. He manipulates feelings like a pro! (As he should be, given that he needs to be successful in this industry).

I would also like to see President Yoo get somewhat of a happy ending, because she showed a really vulnerable side in this week's episodes, though I wonder if it's possible for her to make really large changes, given that a whole company rests on her shoulders. But of course I do hope she starts to see things from a slightly different perspective and consider people over profits once in a while.

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I'd really like to have an episode go over exactly what happened in the past (although most of me says 'no!' because it would mean a break from our cute OTP. ^^) I've gathered that In-Woo was in a band with the singer who stole his music, and he knew Yoo from before, and there's a bit more that comes out next episode but I'll wait on that. I just wish I knew what happened! They're a drama in and of themselves.

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I think most of what happened in the past is explained in ep 10 no? We nearly got the whole story from what I gathered.

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@accordingtoall It's not really a spoiler, but isn't the heel story in episode 10? lol. She probably came back as CEO of a music entertainment company to help out Inwoo.

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I was squeeing for 24 hours and after episode 10 I'm squeeing until next week.

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YES, THIS. What moved me even more was how HAPPY Sorim and Hangyul looked. Hangyul was holding back his feelings for so long and Sorim had always been chasing after him -- I was so happy when he finally confessed the truth of how he really feels and they both moved forward to hug each other. Very tight if I may add. Sigh. So satisfying!

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This show gives me so many feels!! It's almost like finding myself at the beginning of my kdrama journey when I fell in love with the fuzzy cuteness! This is embodied in the show perfectly. It is becoming my guilty pleasure and I don't want it to end at all!
Also, Lee Hyun Woo and Joy have such amazing smiles that they light up my whole day!

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Uri puppies: I’m so glad these two fought, tried to be noble idiots and realized that they really wanted to give it a shot no matter what – all in the same episode!

Chan Young: I see what you’re trying to do boy, and I really don’t like it. Just keep your head down and don’t come between the OTP.

Yoona: I tried very hard to understand her – and for a moment I did (when she told Sorim that songs have a finite lifetime a whatnot). But then she acted like a meanie and I loved Jin Hyuk for calling her out on it. She was the one who left Hangyul. How come she’s low-key trying to sabotage his love life now? But then I had a looong chat with my friend and she made me realize that Yoona is probably jealous because seeing Hangyul that way with Sorim makes him realizes that he never truly loved her like that in the first place while she gave him her all. So I suppose I do understand her hang ups.

Jin Hyuk: Why you do this, Jin Hyuk-a? I know your business means a lot to you, but just let my puppies beee~

Se Jong: I need this girl to die! Just DIE! >.<

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Yeah I actually thought YN made a lot of sense when she told SR that songs have a finite lifespan. It's one thing to think of it romantically (the notion of having a song written just for you), but it's another thing when it comes to commercializing the song. It was sort of a reality check for SR. But I really dislike her other actions, since she was the one who left him. But yes, you make a lot of sense. She probably feels jealous that she could never make HG behave that way, whereas this new girl turns up and in this short span of time, she's managed to make HG do all sorts of things he never did for YN.

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Like Jinhyuk, President Yoo, Yoona is someone I have moments where I dislike, and moments where I sympathize with. It's complicated. lol

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Also Chanyoung. And sometimes Hangyul and Sorim, though I'm much much more inclined to forgive our love birds because they're so cute and good.

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Now that you've shared this, I kind of also understand where Yoona's coming from. Nonetheless, it's still horrible! To toy with people's feelings, and in that underhanded manner too. I'd rather she'd go all-out bitchy 'cause they are easier to out than the shady ones..

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"tried to be noble idiots and realized that they really wanted to give it a shot no matter what – all in the same episode!"

I really love this drama for solving their separation so quickly. And they were never really separated since they kept meeting each other up. I think things needed to be cleared up before they could truly start a relationship.

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They sort of made up halfway through the episode, then Jinhyuk made things worse, and then they made up again. lol.

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Their honesty is what makes this ship sail smoothly. <3

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Yes, I understood it as jealousy from the fact that Mush & Co are stealing her sponsorship/advertisement deals away from her, as well as everyone's attention, AND that includes Hangyul, her ex-boyfriend.

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Omo Its here ! I liiiiked this episode so much. Everyone seemed more mature and the last scene...oh i was grinning throughout! In the past episodes, I have liked Chan Young but one thing was apparent that there was no ship to sai for him and So Rim. HG and So Rim look so very cute together. and now I am plain confused as to what I wanted to say for this episode and the next. I wonder why it isn't getting the ratings.

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Awww the angst! Loved it!

1.) I think in this episode Jin Hyuk was my favorite. I know he can beat bit of a jerk but I here he acted like a reality check for everyone. When he spoke to KHG and So rim about their feelings and when he confronted Yoo Na about why she feels disappointed about her song - every time he spoke the truth everyone wanted to avoid. True, what he told so rim regarding her feelings for KHG is probably not the most agreeable thing, but it's true. They are in show biz and that's how it works.

2.) I'm so glad KHG finally realized how much so rim means to him! Aww that final scene! The lines were so cheesy I cringed. But I loved it! So sweet ?

3.) I think I loved KHG the most in this episode. I loved his broody and moody side. I feel this is when KHG reflected Aki the most. I really really liked how Aki was portrayed in the movie (although I like KHG as well) - so it was good to see a little bit of that in the drama.

4.) I really liked Yoo Na's song (more than both CY's and KHG's songs for so rim ?). I would love to hear So rim singing a ballad as well! I think it would be very fitting for her voice.

5.) Jin Woo. Aww my heart breaks for him! Can we please find a girl for him? Pretty please!

6.) Zero scenes of Shi Hyun and So Yoen. ? We want more!

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"he acted like a reality check for everyone"

That's why I can't exactly hate him.

And agree, Yoona's song is awesome. How come all the songs in this drama are so good?

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I know right? I for one am having "Shiny Boy" stuck in my head right now.

Or rather it's ? "Lala.. Shiny Boy! Lalala Misty boy!" ? since I can't remember all the lyrics ?

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I really loved Shiny Boy in this episode (it's so good!), although I actually wasn't so hot on it until I got to hear the whole thing, all put together with her band, with So-Rim singing it. The fact she was singing to Han-Kyeol probably didn't hurt, either. ^^

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I wasn't so hot on it either, but quickly got used to it because it was played during the right moments, at the school and during the hug ( and especially in episode 10). Now, I can't get it out of my head.

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are u me? I also wake up thinking about it

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I ended up buying it on iTunes. 4th one from this drama so far. Ha ha.

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I refuse to believe they are a fictional band. They said they played the instruments in the Vlive, and I loved how they harmonized with each other when Shihyun sang a bit of "Peter Pan"

http://www.vlive.tv/video/27570

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Yoon was such a dork in this episode, imitating Sorim and freaking the hell out of Inho and Lee Hyun Woo. And Seo Won throwing a fit because he was the maknae and Hyunwoo said he was youngest. And Sungjoo (Shihyun) dancing while beatboxing is so hot. Also, the boys sulking because Sungjoo couldn't choose between Uniq and Crude Play and saying Crude Play will just be a band of 4 from now on. I love these boys.

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Is the actor who plays Shi Hyun a singer? I have noticed that he raps pretty well as well? ?

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Also, Yoon was also an idol/musician in the group Lunafly. This is also his first role as an actor.

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I was amused at how you referred to all of Crude Play by their real names except Yoon (Shin Je Min) and In Ho (Jang Ki Yong).

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@Aedee ohh that's what! I thought he sang really well (on top of being SUPER cute!). Thanks very much :)

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Can someone please share a link to Yoona's song? I cannot find it anywhere! :(

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I hope they release it soon. It's so pretty.

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Agree! And I like how CEO Yoo's character is written. She's cold and blunt and I surely wouldn't want to be in her orbit, but I guess she wouldn't be CEO if her personality was softer.

To digress a bit, I love CEO Yoo's necklace! Have you guys noticed it? Is it a sparkly razor blade? Lol that's what I thought it is.

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Where is the necklace?

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When Yoo-seok barged in her office, she was wearing it. ^__^

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Yes, their tense conversations always leave me on edge. I feel bad for Jinhyuk, while at the same time, relishing CEO Yoo's ruthlessness.

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Very few dramas. This drama is good at balancing things. Sometimes, i catch myself missing a storyline, and then, the next episode, it's covered. So it makes me miss it just enough, and then I get rewarded.

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No matter what's shown in 10 episodes, I don't think Jin Hyuk is a bad person. I see him as someone who is also just surviving in the music industry and along the way he does make mistake but they're not necessarily evil. I also think the reason why he doesn't want to hand over Soo Rim to the director (in my head she's Director Queen because of Scarlet Heart tehihihi!) is because he is tryint to protect Soo Rim.. yes it's given he recognizes the talent in her and knows her market value but i still think he means well. He is protecting Soo Rim and K.

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And omg yes the Scarlet heart feels ??

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But I don't like how he let his feelings for Yoona tangle with Mush and Co.'s debut song. He should have chosen Hangyul's song. I know his intentions were to make Sorim into a daebak songwriter and trample over Chanyoung's song but Sorim is too nice to trample over anything, much less her oppa's song. That was a bad move.

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Was I the only one going Run Han Gyul Run! And then a while later, Run So Rim Run! Haha.

But it was really sweet to see them both take the initiative to chase after the other, and then we got The Confession at the end!

Plus, I was ridiculously pleased that Yoo-na isn't being written as the classic bitchy second lead plotting to destroy the OTP. When she cleared up the misunderstanding between Han Gyul and So Rim about his song I was pleasantly surprised, and again when she seemed to have some insight into exactly why she wanted Mush and Co's song so badly.

So far the show hasn't been drawing out the angst and misunderstandings and I for one and very thankful! Hope this carries on till the end!

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I think YN is like all characters in this drama, they're all complicated and not straightforward, and with irrational thoughts and emotions. Humans are naturally irrational creatures after all. But what I like about this, is how self-aware they are through it all.

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Seriously, who is the writer for this drama? I would totally watch more dramas written as well as this one.

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The writer really is the star of this show (and yes, credit to the mangaka also), followed by the music director/Sorim and and all the cast.

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But all the celebrities really carry themselves like real stars. For me this was especially true at the end when Chan Young turned to reveal himself in Mush&Co's mini-showcase. I totally bought it.

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Chanyoung and Shihyun and Yoona really carry themselves as stars.

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I was shouting "run, boy, run" my arms were swinging in haste and my legs were kicking!

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@sungjong Yeah, the actress is really gorgeous!

Yoona is a character that I have surprisingly complex feelings about. On the one hand, I liked the dose of truth she provided for So-rim this episode about feeling possessive over the song. Still, sometimes she does come off as slightly manipulative, as if she's trying to stir the pot just a little bit.

That said, the fact that she never goes out of her way to make So-rim feel inferior is definitely a step-up from most second female leads. And I love that she seems to be very passionately focused on her career.

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