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The Liar and His Lover: Episode 13

These kids just can’t catch a break. When scandals break out, they’re usually nothing but online articles that we can exit out of. But for those involved, it’s not something they can simply escape. It completely consumes them and makes them feel as if it’s the end of the world. As Crude Play and Mush & Co. face what seems like the worst possible situation, we have certain friends come together and, as expected, certain friends shrink farther away – perhaps a little too far.

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

Han-gyul turns to the audience, completely unmasked and vulnerable, as the orginial Crude Play performs for the very first time. Outside, Chan-young and So-rim hear them start playing “It’s Okay.” So-rim moves to walk back when Chan-young grabs her into a tight hug and asks her if she could just choose him. Unsure of what else to do, So-rim just stands there as he holds her.

The audience seems to be responding to the performance well, but the boys seem completely sapped of energy. From backstage, CEO Yoo mutters to Jin-hyuk that she can see why Han-gyul left the band – when it comes to the bass, Chan-young truly is superior. Jin-hyuk gives her the exact same look of annoyance that’s on my face right now.

Chan-young releases So-rim, only to pull her away so they can talk. So-rim finally speaks up and says that if they’re going to talk, she’s going to take them to her favorite place, just as he took her to his favorite place before. As she gets into the elevator, Chan-young smiles with hope.

After the performance, the boys immediately get back to trying to reach Chan-young. Han-gyul numbly walks by them and asks Gyu-sun and Jin-woo where So-rim went. Gyu-sun hesitates at first, but decides to show him the text he just received from So-rim saying that she’s with Chan-young.

Thrown into a sudden panic, Han-gyul flies out of there and takes the first taxi he sees to Sole Music. He goes crazy running all over the company and calling So-rim’s phone, but to no avail.

Back at the Musical Sketchbook venue, the sly Reporter Choi eavesdrops on Jin-hyuk’s conversation with the team leader and deducts that K wasn’t originally supposed to perform. The reporter calls his boss to confirm that he has a new story. Gah! Too many things are happening at once, I can’t take this.

It turns out that So-rim’s special place was Grandma’s house. Grandma is delighted to have her back home and surprised to see that she’s also brought a celebrity. Chan-young seems a bit uncomfortable at first, but he complies when So-rim and Grandma insist that he stay for dinner.

So-rim notices her missed calls from Han-gyul and softly says “I’m sorry” before throwing another worried look toward Chan-young’s direction. But it looks like Han-gyul has already figured out where she must be as he runs out of Sole.

Once dinner is set, So-rim keeps the compliments for Chan-young coming, subtly urging Grandma to do the same. But when Grandma asks why she calls him “Chan-young Oppa” and Han-gyul “Han-gyul-ssi” (the former being the more affectionate term), So-rim notices Chan-young tense up.

“Because Chan-young Oppa is my idol,” she responds carefully. “He’s someone I’ve always respected and someone I’m happy to be next to.” Awww. That’s sweet, but I’m pretty sure she just idol-zoned him.

Grandma asks about Han-gyul, and So-rim starts to say something but stops herself and instead says that he’s just a guy. But Chan-young smiles to himself, knowing better.

Just then, the doorbell rings, and they’re all surprised to see Han-gyul, out of breath. Before Chan-young can try to leave, Han-gyul quickly feigns hunger and sits them all back down. He looks at Chan-young from across the table, a quiet apology in his eyes.

Afterward, Han-gyul finds Chan-young in So-rim’s room, messing with her Chan-young plushie. He asks Han-gyul if being on stage was exactly how he’d imagined it and if he’d finally found the real Crude Play’s sound. Behind them, So-rim listens in.

“You said that Crude Play was my band,” Han-gyul says, placing a hand on Chan-young’s arm. “But when making our music, you were always there. I wrote it with the sound of your bass in mind.” Chan-young finally cracks a genuine smile and sadly places his plushie on So-rim’s bed.

Soo-yeon comes by to bring So-rim back to the dorms. She’s upset that So-rim took Chan-young home whilst in the middle of a scandal, but So-rim murmurs that she had no choice – she didn’t want to hear what Chan-young had tried to say earlier. Meanwhile, Chan-young gets the rest of the boys to the bar to apologize for bailing and to make an announcement: “I want to take a break from Crude Play.”

The boys try to convince him that he made a simple mistake, but Chan-young shakes his head, saying it was completely intentional. And for the first time in his career, it felt like he was able to make his own choice. Smiling at Han-gyul, he admits that he’s always felt like a replacement. Shi-hyun cuts in that they’ve never thought of him that way, and Chan-young says that he knows. He’d stuck around all this time because all of them – including Han-gyul – weren’t actually bad guys.

However, Chan-young says, that just made him greedier. If anything, it only deepened his desire for his position in the band to feel more real. But now, he’s decided that he doesn’t want his feelings to ruin the band or their music, so he begs them to let him go. Oh, that hurts. But I’m so proud of this boy right now.

The next day, Jin-hyuk is overcome with stress as he looks over all the new articles about the performance. The public has figured out that K is the same boy in the pictures that Se-jung leaked, and it’s only made So-rim’s so-called love triangle scandal worse. If that wasn’t already enough, Chan-young comes in to tell Jin-hyuk about his plans to take a break.

Surprisingly, Jin-hyuk’s entire business façade fades away. He apologizes to Chan-young, admitting that he’d been impatient because CEO Yoo had threatened to steal So-rim away.

Chan-young reminds Jin-hyuk that he was “impatient” back when he pushed him into Crude Play as well – because he’d been in a hurry to release Han-gyul’s music. Chan-young had understood him back then, but he asks what his excuse is now. “I don’t think it’s because of music,” he says pointedly. As Chan-young walks out, Jin-hyuk remembers Han-gyul asking how much they had to give up for him to be satisfied.

Han-gyul stops Chan-young as he tries to head out with his bass guitar. He’s reluctant to let Chan-young leave, but he’s unsure of what to say.

Finally, he asks if things might’ve been different between them if they’d met when he was already a producer and Chan-young was already a bassist. (Gah. Come on, don’t make me cry!) “No,” Chan-young answers. “It would’ve been the same. Because either way, we both would’ve met So-rim.” As a matter of fact, he continues, he’s off to see So-rim right now to tell her something.

It’s late by the time Chan-young reaches So-rim’s dorm, though So-rim is glad to see that he’s okay. Getting straight to the point, he guesses that she brought him to her house last night to keep his mouth shut. He starts to say that he likes her, only to pause at her discomfort. He smiles and decides that if she really doesn’t want to hear it, he won’t say anything. Instead, he tells her that it’s not her fault. She doesn’t understand what he’s referring to, but he doesn’t elaborate.

However, So-rim does find out the next day when news of Chan-young’s break from band activities comes out. She remembers his words last night, but the guilt is still written all over her face.

When Mush & Co. head over to Sole, they freeze at the sight of the company’s outer wall – it’s completely covered with death threats from fans, who are blaming So-rim for Chan-young’s break.

Soo-yeon urges the trio inside so she and other crew members can take care of the wall. Han-gyul comes up in the middle of their cleaning, horrified by all the harsh comments. Taking in his expression, Soo-yeon grabs So-rim again so that she and Han-gyul can have a few moments alone.

When Han-gyul asks if she’s okay, So-rim starts to lie and then admits that she’s not. But she’s starting to get used to it. He takes her hand and changes the subject to Chan-young – what did he tell her at her dorm? When she hesitates, Han-gyul tells her not to worry, since he has no intentions of ever letting her go.

She smiles and says that it’s not that: “He told me that it isn’t my fault… But I’m not so sure it isn’t.” Realizing what she means, Han-gyul lowers her head to his shoulder and assures her that it really isn’t her fault. She accepts his comfort, but she wonders why everything has to be so hard. She thought that if she could just pursue her dreams with her friends, she’d be happy.

Han-gyul and Shi-hyun head to the studio to talk – not realizing that Jin-hyuk is listening in the back – since both of them are concerned now that Chan-young has decided to leave Crude Play’s dorm as well. Yoo-na comes in to interrupt, having just seen the online comments about So-rim. She suggests to Han-gyul that if he wants the scandal to go away, they could tell the press that they’re dating instead. Laughing at his bewilderment, she insists she’s just trying to help him.

At that, Shi-hyun smirks and figures that she’s trying to use him. Han-gyul stops him there and tells Yoo-na that he doesn’t want to cover up the scandal like that, not when he knows So-rim wouldn’t like it. Hoping she understands, he takes his leave.

However, Shi-hyun holds Yoo-na back, sarcastically saying that if she wants to be on the news so badly, she could just ask a certain handsome vocalist. When she scoffs in his face, he says that that would be better than telling the press she’s dating a much older CEO. (Oh snap! Shots fired.) Yoo-na fumes that she’s doing this for music – making Jin-hyuk flinch in the back – but Shi-hyun merely tells her to stop bothering Han-gyul.

While at her desk, a certain headline catches Soo-yeon’s eye. She clicks on it to reveal an entire post comparing the leaked video of In-ho playing to the anonymous “Real Crude Play” videos. The fan who posted this is blatantly outing the band for using session musicians, and everyone – including Mush & Co. – see it all over the internet.

Crude Play is immediately brought in to Sole Music (and we see that their van is covered with markings like “Traitors” and “Get lost”). Inside, CEO Yoo has them watch the news report analyzing the details of the videos, making In-ho in particular look away in shame. She then declares that they’re going to deny the accusations.

Yoon argues that it wouldn’t be right since they’d just have to continue lying about their performances. But CEO Yoo shuts him up by asking why he debuted in the first place then – they could’ve declined their offer and started over on their own.

“Yes, I know,” Yoo turns to the rest of them. “You want to blame the adults here. You want to ask why we made you do all these things. But think carefully. Aren’t you the ones who made this choice?”

She’s sure that the boys thought they could figure it all out after they hit it big, but she tells them point-blank that they debuted the wrong way. And now it’s too late to regret it. She says this staring right at Han-gyul and Jin-hyuk, who both look absolutely crushed by her words.

Jin-hyuk goes after CEO Yoo as she leaves, telling her that she didn’t have to be so harsh on the boys. Yoo sighs in frustration, reminding him that he often switches between acting like a musician and a businessman. If he doesn’t stick to one route, she says, he could destroy the boys.

Back inside, the boys reassure Chan-young that he won’t be affected like the rest of them. They were afraid something like this might happen, so they made sure to keep his bass out of the anonymous videos. Wait. What??

Chan-young and Han-gyul look up in surprise, both of them realizing that Chan-young’s assumptions about the videos had been wrong all along. In-ho wonders if their fans will ever trust them again, but none of them are able to respond.

The next morning, Jin-hyuk meets with some reporters to make a statement. He says that the boys in the video are Crude Play and that the performance was different because they were doing a sound check. But he’s thrown back when one reporter suggests that the band play live at their upcoming press conference. CEO Yoo takes the reins on this one and smiles that the band will do just that.

The boys are obviously apprehensive about the idea, but Jin-hyuk promises to have them covered. And thankfully, Chan-young agrees to perform with them. Han-gyul says that he’ll be there too, but Shi-hyun doesn’t want that since it only concerns the band.

“That doesn’t matter,” Han-gyul persists. “I don’t want you guys taking the responsibility alone.” Before an argument ensues, Chan-young pulls Han-gyul out and tells him to let the boys do what they want.

Han-gyul insists that he can’t run away again, but Chan-young agrees with Shi-hyun – he’s not a part of this. Han-gyul and Chan-young never faked anything, so neither of them can truly understand what the others are going through. If Han-gyul said he did, it would only be a lie.

Chan-young heads back inside, leaving Han-gyul looking more lost than ever. He thinks back to things the boys have said, starting to think that he might not understand their feelings after all.

He then thinks of So-rim and gets the sudden urge to see her. He finds her in the empty concert hall, sitting by herself. When she sees him, she stands up to take the microphone and starts singing “It’s Okay” for him.

He takes a seat in front of her and tries to smile at her comforting gesture, but instead, it makes his eyes well up with tears.

So-rim immediately stops and sits down next to him, making him face her. Knowing she’s seen the news by now, he apologizes for keeping yet another secret from her. She asks if Jin-hyuk forced the boys to fake their playing, and Han-gyul is ashamed to say that they did it because he thought they could achieve their dreams that way.

He thought he could take care of his friends by writing them good songs, but in the end, he only hindered them from practicing and doing the thing they love. “I thought that was my way of being responsible for my friends,” he says, his voice shaking. “What should I have done, So-rim-ah? You’ve always caught me when I did something foolish. What is it that I can do for them now?”

So-rim doesn’t know what to say. She stands up to hold him as he cries, looking as if she so wishes she could somehow find the right words.

In-woo finds CEO Yoo still stressing over the many scandals she now has over her head. For once, In-woo skips his sarcastic comments and says that she should’ve never made the boys fake their playing. She’s taken aback by this, so she changes the subject to his new album.

But that’s the reason why In-woo is here: He’s decided that he doesn’t want to release an album after all. Yoo assumes that he’s rejecting the offer because of Han-gyul, but In-woo insists that he’s rejecting because it’s what he wants.

After he leaves, In-woo tries and fails to reach Han-gyul. He is happy, however, to see So-rim sitting outside. He’s amused by her surprise to be running into him “coincidentally” again, saying that it’s starting to become their thing. When he asks why she looks so down, she answers that the boy she likes had something bad happen to him and that she had no idea what to say to him.

In-woo smiles before asking if she wants to see his son’s photo. When he hands over his phone, So-rim’s eyes are as big as saucers. She stares at the photo of Han-gyul completely shell-shocked, especially since they don’t resemble each other. In-woo’s glad to see that she’s not mad. He explains that he just had so much fun making his son jealous, hee.

Crude Play practices “In Your Eyes” (since it’s the song they all know best), as well as the speech that they’ll be giving at the press conference. Shi-hyun gets through most of the lines, but pauses when he reaches the line that says they did nothing that they’re ashamed of. Sensing the boys’ uneasiness, Jin-hyuk calls it a day. Before they leave, he tells them not to worry since it’ll all pass. Shi-hyun gives him one last incredulous look.

Han-gyul stays behind to ask Jin-hyuk if he remembers what he said when they first met – that if they live their lives making music, skills don’t matter. Back then, Han-gyul had asked what does matter, to which Jin-hyuk replied for him to figure it out. Han-gyul admits that even now, he hasn’t quite figured it out. Jin-hyuk starts to say that it’s the money, but Han-gyul disagrees. He thinks that what matters is just living a life making music.

Shi-hyun joins Chan-young outside and sincerely apologizes for the things he said when Chan-young became a part of the band. Chan-young smiles and teases him for suddenly getting all emotional on him.

Han-gyul broods in the studio, remembering Shi-hyun’s face as he struggled to read the apology statement. He puts his headphones on and opens up “In Your Eyes,” the song bringing back memories to when they were just four carefree high school boys.

In the practice room, In-ho is also brooding as he sits in front of his drum set. Yoon comes in and suggests they practice together.

In-ho is curious if Yoon is nervous about the press conference. Yoon says he isn’t, but he did decide that after the press conference, he’s going to play for himself. He doesn’t care if it takes forever for them to release another album. Smiling, he tells In-ho that as a friend, he has to follow suit. They grin at each other and get to practicing.

At the same time, Han-gyul starts messing around with the track on his computer. He gives it a rest well after dark and when he heads out, he notices that In-ho is still in Sole. He calls out to him and In-ho quickly hides away what looks like… medicine? Boy, what are you doing?

In-ho says that he’s going out for a drive, so Han-gyul asks if they can go together and talk like they always used to. “Sorry,” In-ho says eerily. “I don’t think I can do that.” He makes up an excuse that he’s going to see his mother in Incheon. Han-gyul nods and starts to leave when In-ho reaches out to grasp onto his arm. “Han-gyul-ah, it’ll all turn out okay, right?” he asks.

Han-gyul assures him that of course it will. But the question seems to follow Han-gyul home; he tosses and turns in bed, whimpering, “I’m sorry, you guys” in his sleep. He wakes up in a cold sweat, only to get a frantic call from Shi-hyun. He tells Han-gyul to get to the hospital right away – In-ho has been in a car accident.

 
COMMENTS

In-ho, nooo! Augh, it’s like these kids are purposely trying to make my blood pressure shoot sky-high. The easygoing drummer has shown signs of an increase in stress and anxiety, so I guess it wasn’t long before we saw him crack too. As was established, everyone here has their own problems, and they instinctively repress them, thinking their issues are small compared to those around them. But at the same time, they feel it so much that it’s all they can focus on.

I love that Liar has continued to make Sole Music the sole (har) entity that connects all of these characters while still giving us so much variety as to what bothers them. The drama doesn’t hold back on hurting them, and though it’s hard to watch, I appreciate how far it’s willing to go to represent the harsh reality of being a celebrity. Last week, I wanted to give everyone a hug, and now this week, I want to throw them all in a bubble and protect them from the outside world. If only it could be that easy.

I was genuinely nervous for Chan-young when he left the Musical Sketchbook performance – for a second, I thought he was contemplating suicide – but then it dawned on me what he was trying to do for Han-gyul and the boys, and my heart broke for about the hundredth time. When Han-gyul had his turnaround in Episode 9, it was like releasing the biggest sigh of relief, and I love that we had a very similar yet very different payoff with Chan-young here. Both boys needed little pushes of encouragement here and there from those around them, but when it came to making that final decision, they had to make it on their own. And I’m proud of Chan-young for finally deciding to take So-rim’s feelings into account and not make her uncomfortable by confessing. I feel like he’s finally respecting the fact that she has a boyfriend, and for that, I can finally respect him.

I think Chan-young will be working on his self-confidence for a while – it’s a process, as it is with everyone – but it was so great to see him start by opening up to the boys and releasing what must’ve been years’ worth of pent-up anger. I think it’s clear that he’s always liked Han-gyul, but all of his negative feelings toward him just happened to outweigh the positive. At least now, I see a chance for Chan-young to let the positive back in.

We’ve had Han-gyul’s turnaround and Chan-young’s turnaround thus far, so it’s about time we also get Jin-hyuk’s. All three have been equally frustrating, but we’ve held on to all of them throughout the entire drama because they showed a vulnerability and an endearing ignorance that grounded them into reality. It’s even more interesting with Jin-hyuk, since he’s the bigshot CEO. In this episode, he was truly surprised to see what this business has done to him. Surely, he must’ve been as passionate about music as Han-gyul and his friends when he was their age. But like Chan-young mentioned, Jin-hyuk has seemed to have lost that passion. Once you enter the industry, “working for the music” and “working for the money” start to blur together, as we’ve seen with people like In-woo. I wonder if Han-gyul’s last words to Jin-hyuk will help him see a little more clearly.

Our Crude Play boys have dealt with many years of manipulation, but things are about to change now that that’s led to someone actually getting hurt. Whether or not it was intentional on In-ho’s part, things have to change before it gets any worse. Han-gyul has made so much progress up until now, but I can see him start to bottle up that guilt again. He took responsibility for the band when they got signed, and it saddens me that he feels like he has to continue doing that now. I don’t think he’s regressing, per se; his past experiences have just wired him to think that way. It’s another ongoing process is all.

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Yay First

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Okay yeah ..so there ends the happy part...maybe I needed this after two episodes of endless heartbreak. I don't know who to blame or take out my anger on for all the shit everyone was going through.... I felt bad for real Crude Play, for Chan Young, for Han Gyul, So Rim and Jin Hyuk...but who takes the cake for the worst heartbreak of all it's Jin Woo...maybe it's the next episode ..but I don't think I have the heart to read the next recap . At the end, I just wanted for these little boys and girls to go for a group hug.

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Aw, I'm gonna miss you if I don't see you in the next recap. I always see your name in most recaps. lol.

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hahaha..maybe you will...Dramabeans is like therapy..

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I was refreshing for the nth time still without this recap, and when it finally showed up, 35 comments have been logged already!!! Wow, the love we Beanies give to this show. ?

Just like what SailorJumun wrote above, I would also like these kids to live inside a bubble until this storm called entertainment world ceases. ?

And aw, please be back for ep 14 recap. ☺️

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70 comments for me. It's like Beanies are all refreshing and waiting for the recap to come out and then all comment at once. lol

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Lol! I wonder how fast these other Beanies are at typing? Or perhaps their comments are already typed in a notepad and copied & pasted here as soon as the recap's out. Lol!

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Some of the comments are probably pre-typed. I very much appreciate it, it makes their comments so coherent and easy to read. It's something I like about Dramabeans. The commenters are so thoughtful and even prepare their thoughts thoughtfully.

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@klurker I rarely type my comments ahead of time, but sometimes, when I have so much to say, and I don't want to forget anything important, I type it out first on a doc. This drama has so much going on, it's no wonder people have so much to talk about it they need to type it out first. It's a testament to how rich in material this drama has.

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It makes me wonder with all the lengthy, thoughtful responses and the fast flood of comments about the demographic of people on Dramabeans (age? job? time-zone?). Recaps are often posted either when I'm sleeping (I have a grandma's bedtime since I graduated uni and started working full-time) or when I'm at work (like right now, I'm taking a break). That 9-5 life! Usually I have to come back to a post much later to write out a nice long comment because I don't have time. Or I don't write one at all. D: I love reading of yours though!

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@dooleygongshil I read somewhere (either recap or Open Thread) that several Liar and Lover fans on Dramabeans were working mothers (doctors, lawyers, etc.) as well as students, so it's really amazing to me that this drama can draw them out from their work or family life. Perhaps it's a good distraction for them? Or nice break from their stressful or daily lives? I'm a lurker myself, so I understand what you mean about not writing a comment at all. But sometimes, it just feels nice to leave a trace of yourself in such an exciting part of the drama history. It's not often a drama like this comes by.

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@hamlukan true! That and to make sure the notes stay safe when dododo1818 (aka error 504) decides to show up after we hit enter. Lol ?

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363 comments for me!! I am way late!

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Technically, you're almost 150 comments early. ;)

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qEzUoLQ1Y0A . So here comes the heartbreak ost. Joy has suchan amazing voice

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Beautiful.

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Just thought I'd share this, since you might not be aware of the "No Firsts"-policy:
http://www.dramabeans.com/about/commenting-policy/

Back on track, there really is SO much heartbreak in this week's eps. I felt so bad for pretty much everyone, except CEO Yoo. She's the only one completely in charge of her own fate, free to pull the strings all over the place and be the coldhearted puppeteer. On the other hand, she does have a point in some of the things she said in the next ep (I think that's the one at least lol). She's all business and somehow you can rely on that and know that she'd at least never do anything to hurt the agency, if not her artists. Not that that makes me root for her :P

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Well, I wasn't exactly cutting the line...but got it! No 'firsts' comments any more:P Thanks buddy

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It was just a friendly reminder, so that the site doesn't suddenly go crazy with "first", "second" and "third"s hehe ^^ Thank you for not taking offense :D

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I think most people get excited to be early because for myself, by the time I get to the recap, there's like hundreds of comments. lol

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lol I just realized that CEO Yoo is that friend we all have who grew up in a glitzy environment and who we occasionally hate for not understanding our romantic/dramatic/emotional struggles. But then, she's also that one consistent person who will not tolerate our drama and will gladly slap reality on us without batting an eyelash. ?

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it's the kind of friend we need in time of crisis, in other words.

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Oh my why can I relate to this on a very personal level. We all have a CEO Yoo around don't we.

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We all have one and I think we've all had to play the role at some point too.

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@kayak I don't think I've ever had the guts to play that role to anyone except maybe my brother. I'm too weak to say stuff like that, which is why I admire CEO Yoo for laying it down straight.

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Aw @omavalle. I can be the introvert too but in some situations you just look around and think you're gonna have to be the one to step it up. :) We have all been there.

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Lol, I'm the CEO Yoo in my family and friends circle. Being the oldest of my siblings and the most seemingly level-headed of my friends, seemingly because I lose my shit sometimes, it does take its toll. I wonder if CEO Yoo ever has moments of wanting to give up.

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The second half would be me. I didn't grow up in a glitzy environment, but if any of y'all need a slap back to reality, I'd be happy to oblige! :D

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lol. Noted.

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lol @Jig I'll keep that in mind when I need some slappin' back to reality. ?

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Oh crap!! I am the CEO Yoo kinda person amongst my friends and family often stating the cold hard facts about their situations ...
I can't help it, I just don't want the people I care about to keep dwelling in their misery or I just want to pull them out of the mess they get into.

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Now when you put it like this.... it actually makes sense. I can say I was guilty of this in the past but I think I'm better now, well I try to be better. Plus, I agree, we all have a Ms. Yoo in our life in a sense! ??

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Chan Young grew up so much today. It was very symbolic when he set his Crude Play doll on So Rim's bed. Not in a romantic way, but in symbolizing his inevitable departure from Crude Play. "Naega neo... (joahaeyo)." I'm really glad there was no confession. I love how everyone on this show is so perceptive -- Han Gyul knew Chan Young liked So Rim; So Rim knew Chan Young liked her; and Chan Young knew So Rim didn't want him to confess. So Rim may not have known all along, but she sensed it right away as soon as he hugged her. I love non-oblivious heroines. She idol-zoned him.

My favorite scene was Shi Hyun's heartfelt apology to Chan Young. Shi Hyun needed to say it, and Chan Young needed to hear it. It was touching how all of Crude Play acted so careful around Chan Young today. "You're coming back, right?" Chan Young finding out the real reason why Crude Play didn't use his bass track was because they didn't want to implicate him was a sobering moment. He looked like he regretted everything he had done. Yoon's little kick at Chan Young's foot was cute. It is sweet how So Rim has her own problems, yet she still worries about Han Gyul and Crude Play. I admire how she accepts that she can't change what fans think of her. I know Chan Young needs to deal with his demons, but can't he at least issue a statement to soothe his fans? "I am NOT dating Mush & Co.'s Yoon So Rim. Please STOP defacing our Sole Music building." Though fans are just going to chalk it up to Oppa being forced to say that.

How much does Crude Play suck at playing their own instruments? Even untalented Jin Woo and Gyu Sun were allowed to play live, and they weren't ridiculed by the public. It all boils down to Crude Play being marketed wrong from day one. Instead of being promoted as "a genius! band with a genius! producer," their concept should have been "a kkotminam band with a genius! bassist and a genius! producer." Then the public would've never expected perfection. Though Han Gyul still would've, which will always be the obstacle in their friendship. Is In Ho taking drugs?! Don't leave him alone, Han Gyul! At least now we know another member owns a car. I was starting to think only Chan Young could drive.

These composer boys are ruining Mush & Co. I regrettably do not like Waiting for You or Shiny Boy. Waiting for You is too repetitive with no climax. What was the public's reaction to the song after Mush & Co.'s Music Sketchbook performance? Or are fans boycotting it over So Rim's scandal? I'm forever bitter Joy is the only person who gets MVs. Four out of five Joy songs have MVs with the exception of Shiny Boy (story of Chan Young's life). I'm equally bitter Shiny Boy and Waiting for You were attributed to Joy and not Mush & Co. Like, why is Crude Play, Crude Play, but Mush & Co., Joy? As if Jin Woo and Gyu Sun aren't ignored enough.

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True, he was so sorted. Maybe I even teared up a little for him. His rapport with rest of the members improved drastically.. and the maturity that he and HG displayed..commendable. I just hope now the stand up together in support for the rest of the guys who are facing such testing times

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I would've never expected him to apologize to Chan Young, but in hindsight, I can certainly understand why Jin Hyuk did what he did. Many thanks for the recap, @SailorJumun!

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"It's not your fault"

Most heartbreaking and romantic words this episode.

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He knew she would blame herself for being the cause of their rift. T___T

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YES. He just...gets a A+++++ for everything this episode, but especially that. Because she definitely needed those words more than anything else.

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So I know So-rim assumed he was saying his leaving was not her fault, but I thought maybe he meant him having feelings for her was not her fault. Maybe he meant both?

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I ansolutely agree! When he said this, I couldn't understand/explain what I felt. I was proud of him, and it was a mix of joy (no pun intended), pride, warmth, awe, and like, "aww, baby boooy, come here, I'm gonna give you a hug, come here" moment!

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I've never really checked out the OSTs of this drama - interesting that you mention only Joy is in the MVs. Could it be because JW and KS aren't really the "main characters"? I find that even in the script, the plot focuses more on Crude Play and it's problems, and HG and SR and their problems, and then SR's problems with knowing that her friends aren't good enough for the company to want them. As much as their friendship is important to her I feel like JW and KS have always taken a bit of a backseat in the plot - as though KS were only a plot device for SJ to appear and go down the scandal plot by having her leak the photos.

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New and last soundtrack folks. Or last new soundtrack.
"Waiting for you"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QKi4e8PFuE

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Also for the last time, the official playlist of the soundtrack:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcOf-jV0-p1hXIwN1GYLXwLxrDCG1U00q

I'm going to miss posting these. It was a worthy soundtrack.

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There's going to be a lot of last everything. It's been the last filming today for TLAHL.

They filmed their last scene today. I'm going to cry.

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@Syeida I'm not ready.

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@hamlukan since Day 1 i have been preparing to accept the ending for TLAHL... but all the preparations were nil now that the actual thing happens. Oh well. :(

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I must admit, I didn't love Waiting for You as much as the other OSTs. Its my least favorite and I was disappointed that it was the last soundtrack for TLAHL whose OSTs I just adored. So I'm very glad to share the good news that there will be one last OST to be released -- its Joy's version of "The Road to Me" (her solo audition song at ep.3). Wooohoo! 

News link -- > https://www.instagram.com/p/BTsQWGwAbRS/

The lyrics are lovely too, there's this part in the song that fits Sorim and Hangyul so well, "Even if everything else changes, with this heart, I will love you".. AWWWW ❤❤❤

Here's a link to the lyrics and translation for your enjoyment and our mutal anticipation for the release: https://www.instagram.com/p/BTseBpBlVKD/

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Yes..I was thinking the same about CY...why doesn't he make a statement about all the scandals he is being implicated in. They are destroying Mush and Co and So Rim even before they make a name for themselves..

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They made statements before, it's just the fans believe what they want to believe.

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So much like real life and fandoms don't you think?

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Oh, yes! I love how this drama didn't shy away from the harsh reality of obsessed fans, or even of spectators who knew nothing about the truth. I also try to imagine what I might've thought if SR was really someone who debuted with those scandals on her heels. Without knowing her in person, I might also be guilty of judging her already, of subconsciously thinking how rude she was for fooling around with two guys.

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Yes, and not just fandoms but also how real people deal with any truth they don't want to know.

@klurker Sadly, I think I would be guilty of judging just the same. Giving people the benefit of the doubt is not as easy as it sounds.

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@Sixfoxes true! ? Miyan-he to all the entertainers wrongly accused.

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Totally... after watching this and Chicago Typewriter, I really always take what I read in the media with a huge bag of salt- people can spin the story any way they like! Only the people involved will ever know the truth.
Let's all try to judge less so we ourselves will be judged less too. And give those poor celebrities some privacy :)

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Yes. Let's always be slow in our judgement of anyone. I hate it when other are quick to glorify celebs and then as quick to hate them. For me it takes a lot of warming up to genuinely like a person and even then, this Show has made me realise how many times celebs or even people around us by heresay or situational factors. Life lessons these are.

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@Dramaninja and a lot of it is image-management. Hiding your true self constantly in front of the video is not easy, but it can be done. However, over time, it's possible for the truth to unveil itself. But that truth can also be how the public view you with prejudice, and then fit the truth to their view. It's so complicated.

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@GedSkaiKru Methinks (at least in the Hallyu-Kpop scene) that the word "scandal" is a kind of Konglish in that the mere act of being caught in a date is labeled a 'scandal' in Korea. This despite the two parties being single and adults. I also can't understand how it can be a scandal at all. Lol

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I don't understand how loving each other can be treated as if it was as sensitive an issue as committing something clandestine. It baffles me that society is okay with stifling the act of love between anyone.

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Yes, you summed it up perfectly. Chanyoung was once again the main recipient of character growth today. I was honestly expecting a little more arguments and time in his pain, but this works as well. I was honestly surprised when he chose not to confess. Sometimes, not confessing is harder than confessing. And all 3 of them knew. Hangyul, through Chanyoung's looks and actions, knew he liked Sorim, and Sorim, right after the hug and his words, knew he liked her as well. He made the painful, but right decision. But both his pride, insecurities, and his feelings for Sorim are all a process, and while they won't dissapear right away, if he works on it, it'll be better. But dang, Chanyoung's scenes with Sorim really impressed me today.

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Writer-nim actually surprised me on this. I was half-expecting CY to go the usual route of confessing, begging, and stalking SR, but when he chose to put a lid on his feelings, I was blown away. That was mature and intuitive of him. ?

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I replayed that dinner scene in Sorim's house a lot for Chanyoung's little understanding smile after Sorim friendzoned (or should I say idol-zoned him) to her grandmother when she explained how different Chanyoung was from Hangyul. Like when she said she wished he would stay by her side with no change, it was both sad and I felt proud of him for realizing it so quickly.

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Agreed. I was giddy with excitement when I realised we weren't going down the usual route! I fully expected more angst from Chan young...but we didn't get that, thankfully! And the fact that he didn't even confess to So rim? That scene was just bittersweet. He knew So rim didn't want to hear it, so he simply backed off. He couldn't have been more gentlemanly!

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I am thinking it the other way. Maybe there's not much time to actually tackle CY's bottled up feelings because of the many issues that the show must clear, most especially Crude Play's fake playing. I am concerned how writer-nim will tie the loose ends given that it's only 2 eps left without the feeling of being rushed. Anyway, i have a big faith to this show's production. If i can raise 100 thumbs up for this show, i will. Okay im exaggerating. *runs into the corner*

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@wheeza if the show just left the CY-SR romance part the way it is, I would be satisfied and find closure from the scenes we have already. But if they decide to add something else, I wouldn't mind either. So no matter how the show decides to go, I'll be up for it.

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Just reading this made my eyes a little sweaty because I really loved this scene too and I was going through the comments and @klurker, @boraflok, & @ravennightstar's comments got to me! *dangit* "painful, but right decision, it definitely wasn't an easy one and a "first option" action point but again, it was the right thing to do. Oh, my heart.

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Hehe, I wish I had the chance to "idol zone" my idols (though I don't know if I could turn them down, personally)

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I think it would be easier than you think. We as fans generally puff them up so much that, I possibly couldn't imagine the let down we would feel. So many fans and hate to deal with too. Idol-zoning is much easier on the heart and psyche.
But ya this would be in a alternate reality, where I might even have a teeny possiblity of them giving me a second glance. Heh.

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I've heard cases of celebrities dating or marrying their fans, so anything is possible.

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I've met some of my country's stars I've liked IRL at random points. I never felt like going upto them for a selfie or an autograph, even when they were staring right at me.
A kdrama star on the other hand might just bring out the fan in me. *fingers crossed*

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I thought the reason for the songs being attributed to joy is because she really sang it while the boys did not participate in the actual recording (session musicians did that). As for crude play songs, that's because they all had song lines and participated in the song. It's the fair thing to do and is probably the industry's rules

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Yes, and that industry rule is known as Royalty. Joy is paid for every downloads or streaming of the song. If it is labelled as Much & Co, all 3 of them will be paid and that isn't fair, since Joy is the only person who's really working at it.

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Well, to be fair, Joy did the singing in all of those songs attributed to her. You can't hear Song Kang or Park Jinhyuk sing or rap, and they most probably didn't play the instruments either. Crude Play was attributed as a whole as well because it's not just Sungjoo (who plays Shihyun) who sings, the other members sing/rap in the songs as well.

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With you & your thoughts @panshel! Absolutely agree with you in everything except the MVs cos I didn't know about it. Haha. But everythingn you said were on point and I also agree with @sailorjumun - " Last week, I wanted to give everyone a hug, and now this week, I want to throw them all in a bubble and protect them from the outside world. If only it could be that easy."

I really loved the Chan-young that I saw in this episode. It's like he grew so much from the previous episode to this one and things were clearer for almost everyone! I love this drama so much and I still can't believe it's almost finale! And can i just say, last night when I saw this, it only had 50+ comments, when I refreshed it this morning, 200+, and then about an hour ago, 400+ hahaha. You Beanies rock! So much love for this show, indeed!

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Oh Chan Young....
I was always so mad at him for constantly blaming Han Gyeol for every bad things that kept happening to him. #TeamHanGyeol. But now I can proudly admit that I am starting to like Chan Young after this episodes. These people, things would've solved earlier if anyone of them could've spoken up and be truthful! But there won't be a drama if drama is that realistic, right? Chan Young does look like he is becoming a new person after this episode, and he looks brighter. I wish nothing but only good things happening for him. Go Chan Young!

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lol. that's okay. There's going to be hundreds of comments if we go by past recaps. So not bad.

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This episode, I feel like the characters had to face up to their own actions and the consequences, think about how the lies over the past 5 years have snowballed into the results today, and then make a decision on how they were going to continue. My mind is a bit of a mess after the episode (so many thoughts, no way to condense them properly) so forgive me if my comment makes no sense today.

On Chan Young: I'm just glad that he owned up to the fact that his negativity was hurting everyone else, even if I think he didn't show that much remorse for his irresponsible actions last episode, which in a way contributed to a lot of the negative press. When Yoon said that they hadn't used his bass track because they didn't want to implicate him, I too was surprised. I think CY is realizing how much he misunderstood his hyungs because he was too embroiled in his own negativity and this (along with SH's apology) is a step in healing his feelings. I'm all for CY facing up to his problems and growing out of them, so this was all good for me. I'm also happy that he respected SR and chose not to confess to her, which shows that he did genuinely care for her.

On President Yoo: I thought what she said made a lot of sense. It had been Crude Play's decision to debut even if they couldn't play live, so in a sense, they have nobody to blame. They can be "self-righteous" now and insist on telling the truth, but the fact is they made the decision themselves and it snowballed. And if they do reveal the truth now, it would be "irresponsible" in a certain sense, because so many depend on them for their payroll. It's kind of like lies to cover more lies, that were used to cover lies... And the fear of being found out is eating them inside out, but the guilt of ruining it all for everyone stops them from telling the truth. The thing is though, that they had been so young back then - the thought of being able to debut and live their dreams had probably overshadowed anything else. How can we blame them for that?

On Crude Play: That said, I did silently cheer for Yoon when he said he would never hand-sync again even if it took him 10 years. It's not a huge gesture, but it's the start to making right the lies they've been telling. I'm not sure if it's realistic (would your company let you stay inactive without bringing in profits?), but my heart's rooting for the boys. I wonder if Inho feels extra guilty because it was his drumming clip that got exposed. He seems the most worried about the live performance and something about him driving to Incheon was really fishy.

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On Han Gyul: We already know why HG has always felt guilty. He made the decision that he thought would be best for his friends,agreeing to debut when they were not ready, but realizes it was selfish to do that just for his music. And watching his friends in pain now from the scandals makes it worse. It's interesting because SR has faced/will face the same problem - she thought that debuting together as Mush&Co would be best even if she was the only "genuine" one, but watching Crude Play now, she must be feeling worried about her decision as well.

On Yoo Na: I for one, like SH, do not believe that she's only in it for the music and not popularity. Without popularity, you would be nowhere and your music wouldn't have a chance to be heard. It's only realistic. Remember how worried she was when she was losing popularity/her CF deals?

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Is it me or does Yoona wanting to help Hangyul out with the scandal isn't only because she wants to helpt Hangyul out, but also because she wants to help Jinhyuk and his company? i don't know why, I just feel like that's also it.

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I just see an opportunist in her today, unless ofcouse the writer surprises me yet again.

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@kzebal it sure does. Thank you for bringing YN out of the darkside for me. But still I'm totally not onboard with her plan, it is flawed and wrong. If CY's fan's are as venomous, then YN dating K, would have no impact on SR's image, because then they would might think that SR is trying to break YN(another beloved celeb) and K apart. Coz, I don't see how HG and SR will ever come out later and say that they are dating without another messier uproar. Maybe YN did have good intentions, but it could snowball in the long run.

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@Moriaelini But when had she tried to win HG back? She dumped him, and was only interested in him afterwards as her producer and ex-boyfriend. She felt jealous of how Sorim was able to change him the way she couldn't, but that was more about her pride than romantic jealousy.

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That was supposed to be this emoji: ? lol

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@hamlukan yes! I think many of us get this error bug after hitting the send button. I don't really know when it'll happen so I try to type quickly (as if that stops the bug!) lol!

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The sad time when I hear Sung Joo sing more in CP than I have from Uniq in years.

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Makes two of us! I never once fast-forwarded because I might miss some details!

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I see people who say they fast-forward this drama, and I'm like whyyyyy?

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This was the episode that distinguishes itself from being labeled as a youth drama. I was amazed with how the writer pulled it off, having all the issues front and center in one episode. The writer even included that confrontation of SH and Yoona. That's some balls there.

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Yeah, I have some major respect going on right now. I know she adapted this, but to write such a satisfying drama, even when there are inevitable differences from the source material, that is truly impressive.

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There is little here that resembles the source material. The main themes remained, however the dialogs, the logical flow of events, even the characters of the heroes (except for Sorim) are changed. The drama has its sweet moments, but I think the manga is infinitely better, with dialogs that I remember even after many years. You applaud the writer, but I think she has done a poor job, considering the great potential of the manga. I understand the need to change some things to make it more believable as a drama, more appropriate to the audience, but not to the point were you change 99 %. This is worse than what they did with Cheese in the Trap, at least there the first half of the drama resembled the original.

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@dara but why does it need to resemble the original. The author wrote it for a different audience at a different time. We are getting a unique story, that is refreshing and something that has not been already done and loved by many. I haven't read the manga, but I have come across many manga readers who appreciate bith these works for their individuality when they see it as separate works. Just my opinion.

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@Dara oh, welcome back! I didn't see your posts for a long time and just assumed you dropped the drama. I remember you always used to explain to us how the manga went compared to the drama.

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DramaNinja, I don't know where this comment will land but i'll try anyway..."but why does it need to resemble the original" - the dialogs in the manga are so interesting and original, that I don't understand why they had to replace them with ones that are rather boring and uninspired. As I said, I understand the necessity to change some things when adapting the material to the screen, I think the first part of Cheese in the Trap was great at it, it was not identical, but pretty close to the webtoon. I'm ok with Riko (Sorim) being 18 instead of 16, with Shun (Shi-hyun) being cute instead of drop dead gorgeous and extremely cool, even with replacing Riko's parents with a grandmother, though Riko's dad in the manga was comedic gold. I understand the need to somewhat tone down the mature content for the younger audience of the kdrama (No need to show Aki and Mari in bed together, for example). But to leave only the basic themes and some of the character's complexity (which are still addictive hence the great number of comments here) and to replace almost everything else with flat, clichee lines? Why would you do it? I honestly don't understant. Plus changes to the characters that are breaking the logical flow of the story, making hard to understand why one would act this way (HG acting like a jerk towards his friends telling them to fake playing the instruments when he himself carries the same trauma and complex of inferiority? Why was it needed to make HG a genius producer, mashing his character with that of Jin-hyuk? Was him being a genius songwriter, like in the manga, not enough? In order to appear in a kdrama as the main hero, you need to be a double genius now?) etc.

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I was about to sleep, but then I saw your comment so here I am.
I loved CITT the webtoon and was pretty sad that the drama derailed, as it not make sense after a point.
But here though I have not read the manga, I will still try..
•Dialouges are unispired and boring? Well I beg to differ. Maybe it was poetic in the manga. But interactions here have a very slice of life feel. Which I love.
• SR being 18 is a must. Or else all you could read in this comment section, including from me would be that it is weird. Maybe I would have even dropped this Show. Also, SH baybee is smoking hot. We have different tastes in men.
•Cliche? What cliche? And you know my heart already aches and hurts with all the emotions that pile up watching each episode. I and many others probably wouldn't be able to take on more complexity from a 16 episode(only ?) drama. Plus whatever plot point they have introduced they have done complete justice to it.
•Didn't HG explain in this very episode why he asked his friends to fake play instruments or was it the next? I'm kinda sleepy.
•He is a brilliant music Producer who also writes great songs. AR Rehman an Oscar winning Music director from my place does the same. Not improbable. And JH is more like a manager and a producer in the sense that he produces the band and not it's music. They are two different things.
I might seem overly diffensive, but I am just stating facts as I see them. ?

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The dialogues from the manga are not poetic:), I'd say they are closer to the style of the manga Nana in originality than to the other more typical shojo mangas. By clichees I didn't mean the complexity of events, they kept them in the drama, rather the lines spoken by the characters, which are in their majority different from the manga. And some make HG sound whiny, where Aki was not. In the manga Aki was a genius songwriter who had a dream to play simple, unpretentious songs with his friends in a band. He was not hoping for or expecting the huge success that came to them almost imediately and was conflicted about it. He was just starting his producer career and it is not impossible to say that he would probably be very good at it. However the genius producer who contributed to their success, had a talent at finding musical talents and was manipulating unscrupulousy those around him was Jin-Hyuk. They both have already very complex characters, so there was no need to mash up their traits and create illogical behaviour. As for Shun/Shi-hyun, Shun is colder and cooler (though his devotion to Aki is undeniable), but that is probably harder to play. Even the Shun from the jmovie was rather cute than cool. Shi-hyun reminds me more of the Shun from the jmovie than Shun from the manga. As for Riko, as I said, I'm ok with her being 18 in the drama, it doesn't create that much controversy and doesn't change much the flow of the story.

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@Dara, Hi! I read the manga although I dropped it because the scanlations were slow. I do see where you are coming from, however, I don't think that the Drama is any less a gem than the Manga. People have different preferences and to push your opinion that the Manga is infinitely better to people who haven't read it is kind of, sorry for this, not nice.
If I am going to be blunt, I prefer the Drama, yes, I am not the best person to give this opinion because I didn't even finish the Manga.

The things I like that deviated though:
*HanGyeol is getting out of his cocoon thinking for himself instead of Aki always bottling things up only to 'cause misunderstandings left and right and for Shun to have to always give him advice.
*I love that HanGyeol clearly draws the line on Yoona, whereas there was this one time when Mari was wrecked during her live performance, Aki actually went home with her and played the piano for her, when he was already dating Riko! What?
*In the Drama, Soorim is always at the top of HanGyeol's priorities, now, I think even more than his music, whereas in the Manga Aki let's Riko go home with Shinya because he was so busy writing songs. Okay, that is probably ideal in shoujo manga standard, but in real life I'd kick his ass for neglecting me like that. Sorry.
*JinHyuk is a lot more relatable, I do question his tendency to manipulate but he has potential for change, whereas Takagi is soooo creepy, he took advantage of Mari and made her his lover even while married and have kids, why? Because he knew how damaged Mari was and then if that's not enough, she set him up with Aki so Aki could write about love *shivers*
*Yoona is not downright hateable, I don't like her but I don't want to shove her in a wall, but Mari, she had a rough start, I get it, but she's so mental. She won't make up her mind, she doesn't want to lose Takagi because he's the first one to acknowledge her but also doesn't want to let go of Aki because she wants him and she feels insecure about Riko's age.
Sorry, I need to end this post because I don't to sound like I'm slandering the Manga. ?

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@ged-casinillo Oh well, you officially put me off ever reading the manga. Lol. It sounds a bit messed up for my taste.

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GedSkyKru, to each his own, I guess. I already said here before that the manga, in some aspects, is much darker than the drama. I was not creeped out by the producer Takagi, who, having a wife and child, was sleeping with the idol Mari. I've seen enough of such types in real life so it doesn't shock me. The same with manipulative people. The mangaka, to her credit, doesn't seek excuses for their behaviour, just shows us their character and is letting us be the judge. For Aki and his cocoon, being sometimes a blockhead and insensitive to others is part of his character. Like having a better insight is part of Rico and Shun's characters. These are traits of their personality, how can one change them at will? Riko and Shun both accept and love Aki as he is, even though it is frustrating for them at times (well, they are also not perfect, so it goes both ways). The same goes for the fact that Aki tends to space out whenever inspiration hits him, forgeting to eat and sleep for days. It goes together with his genius talent, take that away and Aki will not be Aki. Riko understood that and was not complaining, after all, she fell for him because of his talent for music. If Aki one day lost his obsession with music and focused only on prioritising his girlfriend, would she still love him as much? As for Aki going to Yoona when she was having a mental breakdown, well he did not go to cheat on Riko, he went to help a person he used to love in the past who was going through a very hard time, after being begged by Takagi. A noble idiocy, especially considering how hurt he was by her cheating, but it shows his good heart and his willingness to forgive. Sorim did a similar thing in the drama, taking CH to console him when Aki was playing on the stage in his place. That being said, the manga is not perfect and has its own annoing moments, but I was still extremely excited when I read that a drama will be filmed based on it. When I finally saw the drama, my excitement kind of went down. Maybe If I hadn't read the manga, I would have reacted differently? Who knows.

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I love dramas that stays true to original writing. Giving into fans demand rarely works. Almost all of them fail.

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If they give into fans' demand, almost all of them fail. i forgot to write some part haha

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Agree! I've been reiterating this point since the previous episodes. I look forward to this writer's future projects. Or past projects? I wonder if he/she is a newbie or a veteran.

Anyhow, it's not easy to pull off a youth drama that balances naivete and reality, but this one manages to confront the darker issues without losing the essence of what's it like to be young and carefree.

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I don't know if she's a newbie or not, but if you watch the Vlive press conference video, the director said she was a young writer.

And your second paragraph <3 You put it so well. The balance between the light mood of youth, and the pain it brings is done so well, we get the best of both world.

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Yes! I wasn't sure at first, but every week they manage to get better and better. The growth and fleshing out of issues with the characters has been so great. Chan-young being the perfect example. I know most of us not too long ago were annoyed at his behaviour, but how they showed his growth and maturity was really great and thoughtful. Some shows would have had a weird, illogical jump/ change in behavior to move the plot. But his growth made sense. You can see how he got from point A to point B. That's what makes it so much more powerful.

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Chanyoung is not the most likable character, but he's one of the more compellingly complex ones.

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Agree

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Me too. 14 episodes and not a dull moment.

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There were only plushie doll moments. Lol!

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Good one. :)

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The brewing storms have arrived. I miss the breezy romantic stuff.

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The misty boys have become drenched in a torrential downpour.

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