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Because This Life Is Our First: Episode 1

Quirky romantic comedy Because This Life Is Our First premiered this week on tvN, and since this first episode was all setup, it’s a relatively contained affair. I fully expect us to jump headfirst into cohabitation hijinks and wackiness very soon, but for now, we spend some time with our heroine and get a sense of what it feels like to abruptly find yourself embarking on a new chapter in your life and looking for a new home.

 
Episode 1: “Because this is my first time turning thirty”

We open on September 17, 1996, where a chorus of children sing happy birthday. A young girl sits alone at the table, surrounded by a feast of birthday foods and cake, watching television. Aw, the birthday song is coming from the television, and the characters in the show urge their friend to blow out her birthday candles, while the young girl watches intently.

Over the scene, our heroine’s voice narrates:

“At the age of nine, I learned something new: Before blowing out the candles, you should make a wish first. However, in our patriarchal house … there’s no way a daughter would have a chance to make a wish.”

Year after year, the girl’s younger brother blows out her candles before she gets a chance to make her wish, and her father obliviously stabs his spoon into the soft cake and shovels it into his mouth.

Fast-forward to 2007, when our heroine, YOON JI-HO (Jung So-min), finally gets to make her first birthday wish as she turns twenty. Her best friends, WOO SU-JI (Esom) and YANG HO-RANG (Kim Ga-eun), finish singing the birthday song, as Ji-ho tells us the one wish she’s made every year since that day: “Please help me become an excellent writer.”

We jump forward once more to the present day as Ji-ho furiously types on her laptop, having actually become a writer as she always hoped.

Alas, it looks like things aren’t going quite the way Ji-ho imagined for herself: She’s writing a script for a dramatic, makjang-esque scene (cameos by Yoon Doo-joon and Yoon So-hee).

For a moment, it looks like things are about to get hot and heavy, until Yoon Doo-joon reaches behind Yoon So-hee to grab… a packet of red ginseng. Womp, womp.

Ji-ho explains that she’s been working as an assistant writer for the past five years on various melodramas, and her chief responsibility is to write all those reviled PPL scenes. Haha! That’s hilarious.

Cue a montage of Ji-ho’s penned scenes, where the characters blantly use sponsored products, and the subsequent reactions of the viewers as those awkward scenes jarringly eject them from the show’s enchantment.

After crossing off the final sponsored product on her list, Ji-ho throws her list in the air and declares that she’s free. With her suitcase packed, Ji-ho visits the head writer, who finishes a call with the drama’s director where she argues that the excessive PPL wasn’t her fault.

Ji-ho bids the head writer farewell to head home now that the drama is wrapping up. Things become awkward quickly when it becomes clear that the head writer knows nothing about Ji-ho, even after working together for years.

On her way home, her friend Su-ji calls, and Ji-ho cheerily tells her friend her grand plans for relaxing when she gets home. Su-ji warns Ji-ho not to take Ho-rang’s call since it seems that she’s gotten into another fight with her boyfriend, and doing so will result in listening to a long rant.

Inside, Ji-ho’s apartment has become a total mess under the care of her younger brother, JI-SEOK. He blasts loud music in his room, and as Ji-ho tidies the place up, her shouts to him fall on deaf ears.

Despite Su-ji’s warning, Ji-ho answers Ho-rang’s call when it comes, doing laundry while listening patiently to her friend’s romantic woes. She finds a sexy lace bra in the mix, but doesn’t recognize it as one of hers. Oh no, don’t tell me…

She yells at her brother through his door again, scolding him for his mess, until finally, after repeatedly being ignored, she opens the door and finds her brother NAKED, and definitely not alone.

Ji-ho sprints out of the apartment in search of a portal back in time, and her brother chases after her, desperate to explain himself.

She trips, and he rushes to her side, concerned. She tries to get him to leave (telling him to go back and “finish up,” LOL), unable to meet his eyes, but surprisingly Ji-seok tells her to come back to the house to meet the girl.

Her eyes bulge at the idea of speaking with someone whose birthday suit she’s accidentally seen, but when she tries to worm out of it, little bro informs Ji-ho that the girl lives with them because she’s HIS WIFE. Oh, and she’s pregnant. Omg, this is a case for Maury.

Amid her mental breakdown, Ji-ho tells us heartbreakingly that no one seems to realize it’s her thirtieth birthday. Aw.

Some time later, in their now cleaned apartment, Mom and Dad join the kids (and new addition, EUN-SOL) for dinner. Eun-sol acts cutely to Ji-ho’s father, but surprisingly Ji-ho’s rigid and stern father reciprocates the affection, to Ji-ho’s vexation.

Dad notes Ji-ho’s glaring, clears his throat, then launches into a speech about how, now that they’re all family the kids need to get along, and live together harmoniously.

Brother and sister exclaim in horror at the thought of living together. They argue against the edict, but Dad angrily offers no solution.

Ji-ho meets up with friends Su-ji and Ho-rang, seeking advice on her latest problem. Despite paying for all the utilities and the deposit, unfortunately, because of her family’s old-fashioned and patriarchal ways, the house is registered under her brother’s name, and Ji-ho has no legal right to it. Moreover, now that Ji-seok has a baby on the way, Dad will definitely side with him.

Su-ji (unhelpfully) suggests Ji-ho get pregnant tonight as well to strengthen her bid for rights to the house. But Ji-ho reeeally would not like to think about sex for the next thousand years, since she’s still haunted by her brother’s X-rated activities, and definitely won’t be able to live with the couple now.

At a nearby table, our hero, NAM SE-HEE (Lee Min-ki) calmly tells his roommate that it’s time to move out of his house. The roommate is outraged, so Se-hee pulls out their lease, and notifies him that he did not follow his three cardinal rules: 1) Do all house chores, 2) take out the recycling weekly, and 3) feed the cat.

The roommate decides to cut his losses, but demands Se-hee give him back his rent for the month. Se-hee very calmly lists the roommate’s recent drunken transgressions (kicking in the gate, eating the cat’s tuna, peeing into the refrigerator). Se-hee was supposedly out on a business trip, but was actually sleeping in his room and called the police on him.

Later, their mutual acquaintance (and the CEO of the tech company Se-hee works for), MA SANG-GU (Park Byung-eun), tries to persuade Se-hee to reconsider. He’d been the one to introduce the roommate to Se-hee and vouches for his character. But Se-hee isn’t interested, and also can’t work late on their super important project either, because he needs to take out the recycling and feed his cat.

Ji-ho makes her way home, but before going inside, practices her speech to assert herself as the rightful and hard-earned owner of the house. Su-ji’s fiery image pops into Ji-ho’s head, urging Ji-ho to fight for her rights.

Flowing with liquid courage, Ji-ho makes her grand entrance and begins to make her announcement, but is immediately upstaged by her sister-in-law, who tells her father that she’s just learned that they’re expecting a boy. Nail, meet coffin. Ji-ho can kiss her leverage good-bye.

Meanwhile, Ho-rang tries to convince Su-ji to go for a second round as they leave the bar. Su-ji tells Ho-rang to stop acting out of character and call her boyfriend already like she clearly wants to, but Ho-rang insists that they’re done for good this time, since he hasn’t called in three days.

Su-ji turns Ho-rang’s head around so she can see that her boyfriend, SHIM WON-SEOK (Kim Min-seok), is waiting nearby for her. Won-seok smiles when he sees Ho-rang, but she just pouts. Huh, I think I mini-swooned from the look he gave her. That was unexpected.

In her room, Ji-ho accepts her fate and starts looking for rooms to rent. Her mom enters, and wordlessly places a bowl of seaweed soup down. Although clearly moved, Ji-ho pretends that she totally forgot about her birthday, then eats gratefully.

Out in the living room, Dad and the young couple are still hooting and hollering in glee over the grandson, and Mom just throws them a side-eye from Ji-ho’s room, since Ji-seok was supposed to get a job, not a baby. Ha.

Ji-ho is resigned to the new development, so Mom sneaks her an envelope of money for the deposit to her new room. She tells Ji-ho to keep it between them since it’s money she’s secretly saved over the years.

Mom leaves, and Ji-ho cries as she watches her go, thinking lovingly how Mom has always been on her side. But when she takes a look at the money (which isn’t woefully short of a deposit), she thinks to herself exasperatedly that the problem is that Mom knows nothing about the world.

The next day she goes to the bank for a loan, but is rejected since her employment is unstable and credit not so great. She tells the clerk the titles of some dramas she’s written, as if it’ll prove she’s creditworthy, but it isn’t enough. Next, she goes to a realtor, but all the rooms she’s shown in her price range are definitely uninhabitable.

CEO Sang-gu holds a company meeting, and is baffled when Se-hee informs Sang-gu that he isn’t done with his work yet, on an update of their latest software. He states matter-of-factly that there is too much work to do to finish before he leaves.

Dumbfounded, Sang-gu tries to explain to Se-hee that he should probably stay overtime to accommodate his workload, but Se-hee doesn’t even entertain the idea. Another colleague, Bo-mi, wonders if Se-hee’s been scouted by another company (to account for his behavior). But it’s not that—Se-hee just needs to feed his cat, and recycle.

Sang-gu speaks with Se-hee separately and tries to reason with him. He knows that Se-hee is pissed because of the terrible housemate he introduced to him, but asks Se-hee to try and separate work and personal matters.

Se-hee mentions that the first condition they established for Se-hee working at Sang-gu’s company was: “The company can’t break the algorithms of my life.” For Se-hee, having his roommate leave (which he blames on Sang-gu) has disrupted his lifestyle pattern, and until it’s restored, Se-hee can’t work overtime.

Therefore, Sang-gu resolves to find a new roommate for Se-hee.

Ji-ho gets word from Ho-rang about a living situation that doesn’t require a deposit; Ho-rang heard about it via boyfriend Won-seok, who knows CEO Sang-gu from school. Hilariously, Ho-rang assumes that the landlord, Se-hee, is a woman—note that Se-hee is traditionally feminine name, while Ji-ho is traditionally more masculine.

Ho-rang mentions that Se-hee has all these crazy rules and seems a bit crazy, but Ji-ho assures her friend that she understands crazy since all her scriptwriter bosses were way worse.

Ji-ho congratulates Ho-rang on making up with her boyfriend, and Ho-rang acts as though she generously forgave him. But when she gleefully begins to describe Won-seok’s improved tactics in the bedroom, Ji-ho recoils and begs for mercy.

Little bro and Eun-sol surprise Ji-ho with a (belated) birthday cake as she’s packing up to leave. Ji-ho humors them by blowing out the candles, but then grumpily wishes to be a snail in her next life so she’ll never be kicked out of her own house.

Eun-sol follows Ji-ho out to try and placate her, stating that she would be cool with Ji-ho living with them, but Ji-ho replies that if they lived together she’ll almost certainly be regulated to their scullery maid and free babysitter, always being at their disposal. She asks Eun-sol not to turn her into the bad guy, then gives her some spending money to eat the food she wants and to pay her father’s hospital bills.

Ji-ho arrives at Se-hee’s apartment while he’s at work, and they correspond through text, where Se-hee outlines his three rules again. (Awww, that cat is so cute!) He also mentions a one-week probational period before they can proceed with an official contract.

Ji-ho discusses the odd new roommate with Su-ji, and how they’ve yet to meet given Se-hee’s busy schedule. Ji-ho is fine with everything, and shows Su-ji a photo of her roommate—it’s a company picture, and they naturally assume that Bo-mi, the lone woman at Sang-gu’s tech company, is her roommate. Ji-ho adds that Se-hee was born in 1980, and remarks how Bo-mi looks so young.

Se-hee receives a text from Ji-ho, and mentally reads her messages in a male voice. He searches for Ji-ho on social media, but pulls up the wrong (male) profile.

When he returns home very late that night, he finds a note from Ji-ho explaining all the chores she completed, as well as some extra tasks like cooking up a cat snack. He seems impressed with her thoroughness and settles down to pet his cat, named Cat, noting that it seems particularly happy today.

The next morning, the roommates wake at two totally different times, and completely miss one another. They remain connected only by their separate interactions with Cat, and various post-it notes. After their week of no-contact but problem-free living, Se-hee suggests drafting a contract. They agree to meet at lunchtime, with Ji-ho dropping by Se-hee’s company.

Sang-gu asks about the new roommate and whether he should find another. Se-hee states, “No. I like [him] a lot.” Heads swivel in surprise at that unprecedented statement.

Sang-gu marvels at hearing Se-hee use an adverb for the first time to describe a person. Bo-mi points out that Se-hee has used them before, often to describe Sang-gu’s flaws, lol.

Bo-mi heads downstairs to check on their order of sandwiches, which is late to arrive.

Ji-ho runs into Bo-mi in the lobby, and mistakenly believes she’s the roommate. She offers Bo-mi a bag of sandwiches she brought as a gift for her team, but Bo-mi mistakenly believes that she’s the delivery person who’s late with their company order.

Suddenly, Ji-ho finds herself apologizing to Bo-mi for being late, but also trying to be friendly to Bo-mi, who couldn’t be more weirded out by Ji-ho over familiarity (by delivery standards).

Se-hee bumps into Ji-ho as she leaves, then ends up waiting for her for a while. Upstairs, the team chomps on Ji-ho’s sandwiches, and Se-hee returns to his desk to find Ji-ho’s roommate contract on his desk.

Se-hee finds the situation a bit strange, but doesn’t linger too long on it. And when Ji-ho texts Se-hee that she’ll be coming home late that night, Se-hee says that she needn’t report such things to him.

Ji-ho concludes that Se-hee is a nonchalant person, which doesn’t seem so out of line with the person she met in the lobby. Meanwhile, Se-hee clicks on Ji-ho’s profile picture icon in their chat, and it’s a photo cheering on her favorite soccer team.

The photo reinforces his assumption that Ji-ho is a guy, though he looks quizzically at the pink sticky note Ji-ho included. He asks Bo-mi if men these days like the color pink. Bo-mi replies that the times have changed and colors are no longer limited to certain genders.

Ji-ho arrives at her drama’s wrap-up party (dressed to the nines and hair freshly set), and is enthusiastically greeted by the assistant director, Yong-seok. Their banter is clearly flirtatious, and the head writer tells them to get together already.

Ji-ho plays off the attention as if she has no idea what the head writer is talking about, but grins widely to herself.

Se-hee’s team successfully completes their update then goes out for drinks (coincidentally in the same building where Ji-ho’s wrap party is taking place). Sang-gu praises his team for all their hard work, just before some employees hurry back to report a Yoon So-hee sighting from Ji-ho’s wrap party.

Se-hee has never heard of the actress and asks who she is, to the group’s utter disbelief.

In the hall, Yong-seok (after chatting with Yoon So-hee) calls out to Ji-ho and thanks her for working hard to make up for his flaws. She teases him, since he’s never expressed his gratitude before, then he grows thoughtful and says that he has something to tell her.

However, right before he speaks, Se-hee suddenly interrupts them on his way by.

Ji-ho capitalizes on the interruption to excuse herself in order to gather her nerves and prepare herself for Yong-seok’s confession.

Just outside the door, she gets some fresh air and finds Se-hee sitting nearby watching a soccer game on his phone. She can’t help sneaking a peek at his screen then suddenly shouts in disapproval when one of the players from her favorite team misses the goal.

The noise startles Se-hee, and so Ji-ho apologizes and then starts rambling some facts about the team’s last game. She senses that she’s making things awkward and begins to leave until Se-hee calls her back, asking if she’s a fan.

They watch the game together on her phone, and Se-hee tells Ji-ho about all the stats he’s gathered and organized on the team, to her amazement.

They hear Yong-seok talking on the phone close by, and Se-hee tells her to go to be her boyfriend. Ji-ho corrects him and says they aren’t dating yet, but admits that he almost asked her out earlier, before she ran out because she was too nervous.

Se-hee listens to her talk patiently, even as she realizes she’s spilling her guts out to a total stranger. He compliments Yong-seok’s looks, but then only scores him as a seven out of ten. Haha.

She claims that he’s at least a nine, then begins dreamily listing all of Yong-seok’s positive attributes, just as So-hee appears, and Yong-seok embraces her. Well, can’t say I didn’t see that coming.

Ji-ho returns to her table, armed with the crushing revelation, though she puts on a convincing cheerful face. She thinks to herself:

“Come to think of it, I’ve never been a striker in my life. I’ve always defended myself, and stepped back at the right timing. I have neither the courage to take the ball nor the ability to avoid it. I’m an amateur defender.”

Later as she’s waiting for the bus to go home, Yong-seok texts Ji-ho that he’s dating someone, which is what he’d meant to tell her earlier. Ji-ho writes back with fake excitement.

Se-hee heads to the same bus stop while on the phone with Sang-gu, but decides aloud to take the subway when he sees Ji-ho. She calls after him and asks him to please just take the bus so that she’ll feel less embarrassed about him witnessing her situation.

He asks pointedly if she would really feel less embarrassed if he were around, but she readily admits that she won’t. Kindly, he reasons that they’ll likely never meet again since Se-hee rarely goes anywhere except home and work, and encourages her not to feel embarrassed.

She amends that she’s not embarrassed because of him, but because of herself—because she wasn’t able to differentiate love from kindness even at her age.

Se-hee remarks that her framing her humiliation relative to her age is “the limit of [her] neocortex.” He explains that the neocortex is responsible for things like the concept of time, and subsequently age. Unlike humans, cats do not possess a neocortex, and therefore never experience boredom or depression even if their lives are the same every day.

He adds poetically, “Cats have neither a future nor a past,” and only humans lock themselves in time.

His words resonate with her and she thinks, “It was odd. His strange words comforted me more than anything else that day.”

She starts to ask for his name, then supposes that it’s best not to exchange names. She comments that she received comfort from someone she’ll never see again, but he replies that it’s because they won’t see each other again that she found comfort in it.

She thanks him for telling her about the neocortex and offhandedly calls this life a bit ruined. He replies, “Going through this life is the first time for all of us anyway.”

His statement prompts something within her, this idea that you only live once. So, in the spur of the moment, she acts on the impulse and steps forward, planting a kiss on Se-hee’s lips.

She hurries onto the bus, and thinks to herself how long the day was: leaving the place that was home for the last five years, ending her three-year crush, kissing a man she’d just met.

Once home, she thinks, “This is not how I imagined my thirties, but considering it’s my first time, it’s not so bad. It’s like the man I’ll never see again said—we are all living this life for the first time.”

 
COMMENTS

I really needed that kiss to happen at the end, because throughout this episode I had this niggling feeling that something is missing here. Overall, I liked this episode, but I do feel like the show played it very safe, and was at times going through the motions in order to set us up for the events to come, instead of establishing a strong (and original) narrative identity and style. I think the directorial voice(/sounds) could be a lot stronger in this type of drama, but I’m not necessarily opposed to what transpired because it puts a lot on the actors to tell the story, and these two can deliver when it counts.

The themes introduced thus far aren’t particularly new or original, but I’m reserving judgment until after I watch a little more and see how Se-hee and Ji-ho interact more, because I think that’s where a lot of the show’s originality lies. I do like that right off the bat Ji-ho was able to see Se-hee’s sweet and considerate side, since it’s clear that he isn’t exactly known for these qualities by those around him, and she may need to remember these moments in the days to come.

I suppose my initial, almost tepid reaction has a lot to do with the mismanagement of my expectation levels, and presuming that this show would be VERY offbeat, when it turns out it’s only somewhat offbeat. A lot of that will rely on Se-hee and seeing how far he’ll go to make Ji-ho’s life a living nightmare, but I did not mind the more contemplative approach we took today, since Ji-ho is the lens through which we are experiencing the majority (or at least half) of this story, so it’s good to get a firm grasp on where she is emotionally at the beginning.

That said, I’m not particularly interested in any of the side characters yet, given that we know very little about all of them, but I think there’s some potential here. Little bro’s wife had this strange look in her eyes at one point, so I feel like she’s one to watch out for in terms of hidden motives, but there were two instances involving side characters, where I sat up in my seat and felt like I was paying attention: the first was when Cat (missed opportunity with the name here though) showed up (can you blame me? He/she is so darn cute), and the second was when Kim Min-seok showed up for that split second.

They may both very well be accessing the same part of my brain that perks up at the sight of cuteness, but I felt this unexpected jolt when Won-seok smiled at Ho-rang that verged into the swooning territory. However, the feeling was so brief, I’m not really sure what to make of it, and am kind of itching to see the next episode to get a better understanding of what that reaction was all about. What I liked most about that moment was that the character didn’t say anything, as if he knew that the act itself is what counts.

All in all, this wasn’t my favorite first episode ever, but I am very excited for Ji-ho and Se-hee to to find out that they’re roomies and see whatever hilarity that ensues. Onward!

 
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I caught this show in the spur of the moment because I've been trying to get out of my drama drought... and I'm pleased to say that I decently like it so far! I haven't watched Jung So-min since Playful Kiss, and wow, it's been a great many years, hasn't it...

I like the premise, which is that they thought each other was the opposite gender, which is just hilarious. I also like the meta-dramas, "Binggu's Love" and another one that I think refers to Hogu's Love and Flower Boy Ramen Shop right? 😂 Gotta say though, that the whole "assistant writer" PLUS the senior writer being the same actress in Temperature of Love,... really reminds me of that show.

On Ji-Ho: Ji-ho should know, as a writer, that you should NEVER kiss a stranger, because you're going to end up either being their colleague/neighbour/housemate, in this case, LOL. Things like that will come bite you back in the ass, gurl! So far, she's relatable and I like her personality.

Overall, I think it'd be fun to watch Ji-ho slowly break past Se-hee's robotic exterior. It's one of my drama catnips to watch an unfeeling person fall for someone who's all warm and cheery, and I hope this is going to be a hilarious ride.

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Same!

I find Ji Ho relatable too. She's immediately likeable as a character. She's gentle but not candy.

Same drama catnip! Looking forward to that progression.

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She's gentle and has a good head on her shoulders and she does the household chores so well. I immediately liked her!

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Is it weird that part of the reason why I really like Ji Ho is how awesome of a roommate she is. I find her ability to do household chores and respect house rules refreshing. I also like how she has a different schedule. An ideal roommate situation .

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We have similar catnips! I hope to see Se-Hee fall for Ji-Ho first so we can see a robot malfunction to his feelings XD It'll be such an interesting watch

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I really wish Se-hee will fall for her first too. 🙏

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I love Ji-ho so much.

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Me too! I came for Lee Minki, but I am falling in love with Ji Ho's character off the bat. Though they are completely different personalities, there is an Amelie-esque charm to Ji-ho, I don't know why.

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And here I found Se-Hee relatable ( minus the cat, though).

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I find both of them so relatable, which is why I'm loving this show so far. Part of my personality is the over-giver, and the other side is the leave-me-alone-I-can't-take-people. They are the opposite reaction to the same thing--dealing with other people's demands.

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Try to watch her drama with Lee Kwang Soo The sound of your heart eventhough it's short but it was so so funny like my stomach hurts because of laughing so hard :D

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So I'm guessing you're not a fan of family dramas then? Because Jung Somin was on Father is Strange and that is one drama I think everyone should check out.

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Is Hwang Suk-Jung playing the same head writer in this as Temperature of Love! :D

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Hahaha I do think so. The two universes are already connected by this common character in my head! :D

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In the scene where Se-Hee asked Ji-Ho if she is Arsenal fan his eyes looked like he just saw his perfect girl.

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Oh and in this drama I can't shake the feeling that Lee min Ki somehow looks like a cat, I don't know why I think that, maybe because of his eyes?

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YES! Especially in a scene in E2 when he wakes up and the light shines on his eyes... they turn all golden-green. Perfect cat eyes!

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He reminds me of a cat too ! His eyes, behavior and expressions are very cat-like.

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I totally agree!!! Loved that connection.

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“Because This is My First Life” seems to me to be the unofficial Korean remake of the Japanese drama “Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu”. This is not evident from the drama descriptions available at the usual websites, but the vibe that these dramas give off is very very similar. The Japanese drama “Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu” was based on a manga of the same title. However, the Korean drama “Because This is My First Life” does not mention that manga in its description. So, there is no “acknowledged” link between the two dramas. I could be totally wrong with this comparison, it is really too early to tell. I am very interested to read what others think of my assertion.

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I got NigeHaji vibes especially in the 2nd episode. I hope it will be as sweet.

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Omg!!! I thought the EXACT same thing...and episode 2 totally clinched it for me. If so, I'm totally thrilled. I loved the offbeat yet gentle tone of Nigeru - it was unique and so enjoyable to watch. I'm hoping this is a Korean Nigeru...

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"We married as a job!" [i.e. “Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu”] was excellent. I was waiting for these characters to dance at the end of the episode. Sadly they did not. There are two things that have me especially excited about it.

The first is that they do not seem to be too similar. The broad outline is the similar, but the characters and setting are different. I love that they are both soccer [i.e. football] fanatics for the same team. The Japanese drama did not have that detail and it adds so much.

The second is the Japanese drama was 11 hour long episodes while the Korean drama is 16 hour long episodes. Hopefully, the writers will make good use of those extra 5 hours. I expect richer, deeper character development and more story.

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And adding the kitty was PURE genius!

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wow, I also feel the same
the offbeat comedy is really similar, how the character intertwined, how she can manage to be inside his algorithm, how he is not a chaebol it just uncanny when you think it as a remake.

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he may not be a chaebol but he is certainly super rich.. daddy has lot of money..

But yeah.. it reads that japanese drama all over

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Wow! I came here to decide whether to watch this show or not, and your comment has made my decision for me. "Nigeru..." is one of the few shows I've finished in the last year, including waiting anxiously for every episode and scrambling to track down subs. Thanks!

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I believe this drama has the potential to be better. The leads are both soccer [i.e. football] fanatics for the same club, the kitty and 16 hours vs 11 hours [11 vs 16 episodes]. By giving the male lead a helpless kitten that he is extremely attached too, we already know him to be a caring person. It took several episodes for that revelation in the Japanese drama. This drama seems to have more little details that can make all the difference.

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Gosh, this will be one of my favorite dramas ever if it's better than We Married as a Job. I loved that little corky drama. As funny and as much as I enjoyed it, I would have relished more character depth and development.

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Completely agree. I saw the long preview and decided I HAD to try this show and I wasn't disappointed.
I just hope they can continue with Se-Hee being so gruff and robotic for a few episodes so we can enjoy watching him flail and flounder about as he falls for Ji-Ho who is a sweet as she is gorgeous!
Thanks for recapping this @murasakami!

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Yes!

I do think it feels different in tone and setting – it's not Japanese quirky (and with every character having loveable quirks) and I don't think it's going to have the amazing level of social critique that NigeHaji had, in fact, in many ways it's very Korean style. Se Hee may be considered an oddity by his co-workers but he's still a handsome, tall man that everyone will swoon over – Hiramasa was a super-orindary looking nerd that no one would give a second glance, plus he didn't know how to interact with people, while Se-hee gives the impression that he has some sort of 'power' over them.

Still, I actually really like it so far – I don't mind that it's doing it's own thing compared to NigeHaji. Hopefully, we'll come out with two excellent dramas that are losely connected in the end (I'm keeping my fingers crossed for no love triangle).

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I would love it if this was a Korean version of NigeHaji. I actually watched that J-drama, which is unusual, as the Japanese aesthetic/sensibility/humor doesn't resonate with me. It if this drama could use the extra 5 hours effectively, oh, there's so much potential! Now you might have gotten my hopes up...

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I understand completely, even as good as it was Nigeru... sometimes felt like a Japanese game show. I avoid Japanese game shows like the plague. The most exciting change for me is that male lead in Nigeru... was kind of two dimensional. He was never as fully developed as the female lead. That underdevelopment, I found somewhat disappointing. There are already so many vehicles in this drama to fully develop Se Hee that I am ecstatic. Kitty, soccer [i.e. football] fanaticism and interesting [dysfunctional?] parents are going to peel back his protective layers and give us a peek inside. The best part is that sharing something as small as a sports team can lead to people falling in love. A dose of reality and plenty of Subway sandwiches never hurt a Korean drama before, I think. Heck, in K2 Subway sandwiches brought about World Peace!

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Agree. By episode 2, I thought this was the official remake of "Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu" but I guess it's the unofficial version. I actually like this version more than the Japanese. I love the tonality and characters more, especially Ji Hyo. I love how relatable she is and how I can connect and feel for her. In the Japanese version, although I like it, I actually thought it was just okay and nothing special. Although this drama has only air 2 episodes, I'm already rooting hard for this couple and this drama. Plus, I really like the side characters, especially Ji Hyo's friends. I'm looking forward to their love stories too.

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Yep, there are some small details that feel a carbon copy of Nigeru. And in episode 2 it's more evident. It's a bit strange that they do not acknowledge the inspiration, but whatever. I'm not complaining, I might like this version more. Not sure if I will like Jung So Min as much as Aragaki Yui, but the plot feels improved so far, and they added the kitty. 🐈

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I thought I'd die when I heard "Eureka" right at the moment when Ji-ho caught her brother doing what he was doing. So funny 😂

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I actually really like it very much! I loved how they took things slowly in this first episode. I loved the contemplative side of it. I loved seeing their chemistry and how they so easily connected and fell into place with each other just by watching a game.

This was a set-up episode and things do get A LOT more quick in pace next episode. I'm super excited for the next recaps! Onward!

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Me too. I mean don't get me wrong I love funny bickering, but I love it more when the leads are actually nice to each other. I find it easier to believe they could end up falling in love while with bickering couples, I always fear they're going to go into "how can they be happy together when they hate each other this much" territory.

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I love love love that they were nice to each other, that they liked doing the same kind of things, and that they could actually hold a conversation well, that they could be a comfort to each other without going overboard.

I like this because this makes me feel like they'd actually realistically last longer in the relationship compared to other drama couples who feel like they'd end it a week after they got together just because they fight so much.

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I love that she already feels like she can talk to him. I mean who would go on about a crush to a complete stranger, especially another guy?? She hasn't even told her friends (from what we can see) about her crush and subsequent letdown. I think she's just naturally comfortable with him even though she's embarrassed later. I also think he's naturally drawn to listen to her. I feel like he's a guy who wouldn't particularly take the time to care about someone else's problems, especially a stranger's, but he genuinely gives an open ear to her and takes the time to respond appropriately.

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Isn't that refreshing? Only recently I was trying to think of a drama (other than fated childhood friends or similar) where the OTP didn't meet by getting in each other's hairs and starting out by hating each other (usually for no good reason at all, I mean – why instantly assume the worst about a stranger and make no attempts to talk like, you know, sane adults to clear up potential misunderstandings?).

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That contemplative side of Ji-Ho really draws me in, which I think is lacking in 'Temperature of Love''s writer-wannabes. Here, I believe Ji-Ho has the make of a writer. Her monologues (so far) are moving and her struggles feel real.

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I was not going to watch this but I have to watch it because of Yoon Doo-joon. When can he come back to a dramaland?, not just a cameo!
I know he has been busy with preparing for a comeback(Highlight). But but but,,, I am losing patience.

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Much like @murasakimi, I didn't think too much of episode 1 either, and reserved judgment for episode 2. Which turned out to be a good decision. Episode 2 gets better. So, to anyone on the fence - I'd say you should definitely give it a try.

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Drama slump: Ended!!!!!!!!! Thank you Lee Min-ki and Jung So-min!!!

Doojoon was so funny! The whole scene was hilarious. Is this why PPL scenes always feel so out of place and disjointed? Cuz some assistant writer is tasked with plugging them in willy nilly? Hahaha.

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Me too! If all PPL were like this, I would not mind one bit.

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The scooter was so unexpected!! I busted out laughing. I loved how they both did all the PPLs totally exaggerated. It was perfect. Hahahaha

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The choclate.. when its time to kiss.. that's geniuos

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My kids thought I went crazy because I laughed so loud at the PPL scene.

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I wouldn't be surprised if they required Because this life is our first's writer to put all those PPL's in one episode... and she did, in a weird and hilarious way.

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I can totally imagine the assistant writer thinking , "Meh. We have a ton of PPL to do.. Why not kill two birds with one stone and lessen my work by having all the PPL in this episode alone??"

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I can't stop thinking about how many assistant writers are suffering because of PPL and Subway in particular lol

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I'm thinking of how many actors had to eat Subway sandwiches... (not that I think they'd complain, I personally think they're quite tasty LOL).

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All this time I've been wondering how Subway tastes like thanks to all of those PPL. When I visited KL 2 months ago I told my friends who live there that trying it is one of my bucket list, they were so excited to get me to try it 😃 I also think it's tasty when I finally tried it. Ahhhh now I'm craving for it 😂

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I'm curious about the whole using an assistant writer to write PPL scenes thing- is that a real thing?

I wonder if the PPL scenes were stuff they really had to do PPLs for so the writer just had fun with it. Reminds me of the tv series, Community, where they devoted a whole episode to Subway.

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I've been commenting too much:

To anyone, GIVE IT A TRY! Watch til episode 2! Drama has so much potential.

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And I watched the second ep three times already yesterday. I guess I will watch the forth and fifth today. 🙌

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If only i didn't have so much work to do, i'd do the same! Rewatch to the nth power!

But all I can do right now is stalk dramabeans comments and wait impatiently for the next episode. Life.

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It's okay. Save the best for later. The wait will pay you back 💪😆

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I've been waiting for this thank you murasakimi.

This is not bad for a first episode I enjoyed it.

Now let me gush about how handsome Lee min ki is. His character is quite weird and robotic but still I'm loving it.

Jung somin is killing this role!! she's so good! I love her character.

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I loved that rare little smile he gave at the end. Made it completely believable that Ji-ho would kiss him, lol!

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I agree, normally I would cringe at a kiss between strangers, but it felt like the natural next step for her. Not many characters/actresses could have pulled it off

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I think, Se-hee's smile would be something extremely expensive in this drama but Ji-ho would be the one that could afford it.

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I can relate to some of Ji-ho's personal struggles, so it meant a lot to hear Se-hee doling out some much-needed life advice at the bus stop. We're all struggling to figure it out one way or another and it's okay to be not so hard on ourselves.

TLDR; Remember the neocortex story. Be like the Kitty. 😂

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Totally can relate! 😂😂😭😭😭

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Oh my goodness yes! The neocortex story was weird but oh so comforting. I would kiss him too just for telling me that story.

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I loved that neocortex story. And how it was such a comfort to her.

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I love this! Back to Dramaland! Thanks for the recap, your comments had me snickering all the way through. Wonder what Maury is up to these days...

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I actually really loved the first episode!! Yes it was clearly just a setup, but I like that the characters are a bit different, even if it's going for the cohabitation trope. I like that the heroine has a head on her shoulders, and is smart and accomplished, not a candy. And Se-Hee is so delightfully weird, but not a bad person. I also like that their meet-cute wasn't a bickering misunderstanding, but bonding over a shared interest and having a nice conversation. We didn't spend much time on the side characters but I like what I see so far, especially in Esom's character, the company CEO, and the pink-loving coworker.

Also - can I just say that it's nice to see a show that treats sex between adults like a normal thing?

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This.

1. Not a chaebol, or super-rich in sight. Only (some, ordinarily) wealthy people.

2. No witches or crazy women written solely for the purpose of being the competition for the male lead. Every woman on the show has good qualities that were exhibited in the first episode (even the head writer seems decent enough at the wrap party). No token female characters, and they display modern points of view (have sex, have lives, pink is not a woman's color and a woman can dress how she likes).

3. People have lives! Where they clean houses, and do laundry, and see their families, and go to work, and stay overtime, and go to office parties, and meet friends, and deal with shitty coworkers, and don't take phone calls and leave in the middle of work days because someone 'has something to tell you'.

4. Reverse co-habitation trope: normally, the leads are forced together by some ridiculous unbreakable contract or something and hate each other and bicker, but they (mostly) choose the situation themselves, found out that they are hilariously compatible, and are freaked out by that, and not because they hate each other.

5. Also, it is apparent that that house is not the only place in Seoul available to live, nor is Ji Ho the only person in existence who needs a roommate.

6. Passes the Bechmel test about 1,000 times. Ji Ho is reasonable, easy to relate to and very likeable. Her friends are supportive and were actually given personalities. Ji Ho's mom has a mind of her own and is supportive. Even Bomi was given personality traits and an ability to tell off her male coworkers, and we've seen all these characters on screen for less than five minutes.

7. Having watched episode 2, I feel like the writer is almost talking to the audience and telling her own story.

Really, really refreshing.

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"4. Reverse co-habitation trope: normally, the leads are forced together by some ridiculous unbreakable contract or something and hate each other and bicker, but they (mostly) choose the situation themselves, found out that they are hilariously compatible, and are freaked out by that, and not because they hate each other."

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Couldn't have said it better!

"pink is not a woman's color"

- After setting up the gender misunderstanding this episode based on their names and hobbies, I was definitely impressed when they undercut that by having the leads approach every clue that might confirm their housemate's actual sex (e.g. the pink note) with a more progressive mindset (that inevitably kept them in the dark for longer, hehe). Definitely very fresh and had me enjoying the initial misunderstanding much more.

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I think it's lost but when Bo Mi says, "I wear a dress to remind you all I'm a woman" it was classic. Bo Mi is the only woman in an e-commerce company. That's like a double negative and for her to be smart, witty, and capable of handling her business is amazing. She's a huge nod to all the women in tech.

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Indeed! Totally agree with all your summery.
It feels so refreshing to get this set up in our drama-slump. Something that enjoyable to watch, with easy to relate set-up, and also relatable characters.
It has a strong 'k-drama' feel but it's definitely not something we used to get recently. Even the breaking-heart moments with her family are done in a way that doesn't make us getting outburst rage but naturally siding her with our pure sympathy instead. I'm getting tired to get angry for a drama. It's like, 'ah, I feel you, Ji-ho-ya' and done, that's enough, not to the level when you're getting so much energy to crush your laptop. At least, Ji-ho has Soo-ji to do so. So, it's pleasant to just stay still, watch and enjoy what they offer.

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4. I appreciate that they are adults to each other ~ no need to be weird, just polite strangers who accidentally caught a moment of each other's lives. Well, polite until she kissed him. I really feel like they have great chemistry as friends already, which is great to see where they might go relationship wise.

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I liked the first two eps of this show more than I thought I would! The writing is solid and feels fresh. However the male lead and female lead just don’t fit together for some reason. Both are doing well in his/her respective roles (especially the female lead, she is very good), but together they just don’t meld. This makes me wish they had cast a different actor for the male lead. The kiss was SO awkward, that it made me wish that they wouldn’t include a kiss so early in the drama if they can’t do it properly. However despite the flaws, I am going to watch more of this drama, and hope that some chemistry will bloom between the H/h.

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The kiss was supposed to be awkward. I think this is going to be a slowburn kind of romance, but once they're on the same page I have no doubt their chemistry will shine.

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This is how I feel too. I can't help but think the show is purposely setting up a sort of non-chemistry between the two so that it's actually believable that they would decide to coexist with each other. The kiss is actually meant to make them feel confident that there could never possibly be any sparks between them.

The character is obviously adverse to romance so I don't think LMK's doing anything wrong here. It should change after their lives and perspectives tangle more and that's what I'm looking forward to.

It will be interesting to see whether the leads will develop more chemistry when the right time comes. But, for now, I love the more companionate feeling between them, which offers a stability that they both seem to be needing right now.

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I will keep myself hopeful! I guess we'll have to wait and see, and hopefully we'll see chemistry and good kisses (also I hope they change his goofy hairstyle, and brush his hair to the side or back). Your explanation made some sense, but I still cringe just thinking of that non-kiss.

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I thought i am the only one who doesn't like the male lead and wished for another actor, I don't like them together too, i love Jung So min but LMK doesn't do for me I don't find him likable I can't pinpoint the reason, maybe because his character is supposed to be wired and stiff, she had a great chemistry with her all co- stars before except this one.
But I'll keep watching since I enjoyed the first episode, maybe i will get used to him, it's my first time watching him.

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really.. infact he is new for me.. but he is the one who got me hooked.. because he pulled the character well.. did not turn SH into as arse or a snob.. he has handled it so wonderfully..

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Lee Minki is an incredible actor to watch, you will see. I actually love that they don't physically look compatible, that he's not attractive, and that he's weird and eccentric. I really do think it's purposeful and your reaction is what he (and the writer/director) may be going for. It makes LMK and JSM's gravitation and connection to each other so much more inconceivable and oh so interesting! And like everyone is saying, it feels true to life and very refreshing (compared to dramas where a beautiful person falls in love with another beautiful person - though the character may not be written as a beautiful person).

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<The kiss was SO awkward

Stranger (who is probably somewhat tipsy too) kisses you on the street out of the blue. You: an odd guy, who very likely has zero sexual, romantic or relationship experience (the handsome looks are deceiving – that's just shiny Korean dramas not being able to cast someone more ordinary looking).

How could it have been anything other than awkward? Why should it have been anything other than awkward? Agree with the others, it's going to be a slowburn romance. They are starting as very compatible roommates, building friendship... romance and chemistry will follow. In fact, that's like the best way to have a relationship – it's one that will last because it has a solid foundation!

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I think the show only got me interested towards the later half of the episode and I'm not that invested in the other characters yet. Save for Yoon Do-joon's hilarious cameo scenes. The last scene at the bus stop, especially Soo-hee delivering the title line, moved me (almost to tears) because earlier today I found myself feeling a little blue and wondering what am I doing with my life. *pats own head* It's okay, this life is our first.

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<especially Soo-hee delivering the title line, moved me (almost to tears)

Right? I really like that line.... It's very true and surprisingly profound (and comforting) when you think about it.

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I did the same thing to myself! I watched the first episode coincidently right after I submitted an important proposal for my job. I couldn't sleep and eat well in the last two weeks and got even more nervous after submitting it. The main leads' last conversation was like a rain I've been waiting during my mental drought. I was so thankful for the comfort and encouragement the show delivers. We all need these good lines once in a while to cheer ourselves up. I'll definitely stick with this show from now on!

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I guess it got lost in the writer's mind

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Where's Strongest Deliveryman when we need them?

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Ha!

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OR.. Yj wen to buy the sandwiches.. and while waiting for her order was talking on the phone.. mentioned the address.. and the sandwich shop owner's bulb enlightened when she heard the address..So she gave the sandwiches to yj for free and asked her to deliver :)

Win wIn

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who dwells on stuff like that.😃

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Maybe they did delivery the sandwiches. We just didn't see it. I think the staff got double meal for the lunch. But just shrug off the reason, I mean what else you can do after getting double sandwiches if not eat it. Don't ask why. Ha! It's easier to think like that for my brain.

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Subway overstretched themselves and failed to deliver their sandwiches to set on time. :P

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The premise of this drama is quite similar to a recent j-dorama I watched. A marriage of convenience for an out of luck girl and an overtly sensible guy. Sadly I forgot the name of the j-dorama.

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Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu. We were discussing abive how excited that this seems like a korean version of Nigeru :D

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I think I will check it out while waiting for Monday next week. 2 episodes in and I'm already liking this drama. I hope it won't disappoint.

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Thanks for the recap!

I like it so far! Laugh-out-loud funny, but heartwarming at the right moments. This is one misunderstanding that I wouldn’t mind lasting a little longer, because wow was it hilarious. And Sae-hee’s adorable cat is the cherry on top - no wonder he’s so obsessed with it.

JSM is really knocking it out of the park with Ji-ho. There’s so many little quirks to her character that make Ji-ho seem so realistic while also being very likeable.

The outstanding moments of this episode to me were the interactions between our girl trio (Esom has been a personal fave since White Christmas), and the scenes from Ji-ho’s melodrama - they literally made me wheeze. I didn’t necessarily feel romantic sparks between JSM and LMK but there’s still time for that. Let the hijinks begin!

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I really like this drama so far. Even though it has the thing I hate most, love the son like he's a king while treating the daughter like she's his servant. I mean they aren't mutually exclusive. I know a son is important in a lot of cultures but that doesn't mean you have to make your daughter subservient. Outside of that, so far, liking everyone in their roles. I could watch Lee MinKi and Jung SoMin in anything. The side characters have been set up nicely. Hopefully they'll continue to flesh out just as well.

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this drama has the Jdrama tone, like the muted sound for a funny moment, the slice of life that cut right to the point, the friends' assembly and good coworker, the weird parents that the lead had already move on , like they don't resent them or anything big for now. It means the conflict gonna be made because they made, love it.

The friend doesn't have a drama early on and their life isn't as miserable as it needed but gosh this is cute and lovely.

Overall I love the 1st ep, is just so good. Also it did remind me of We got married as a job/NigeHaji
I wish I can write more but that's all for now, I can't spend too much time on DB, sorry

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* It means the conflict gonna be make because they meet, love it.

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Glad i’m not the only one that thinks this way ☝🏼

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I thought it was a solid premiere. I had zero expectations going in, and I love the contemplative tone they took with it. I find Ji-Ho likable and Se-hee weird in a very interesting way. The cat is cute, and I actually love that it's named Cat. I like the CEO and am interested in his relationship with Se-hee. I also like Bo-mi and found her interactions with Se-hee and the CEO amusing. I have a feeling Su-ji will be a lot of fun.

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Tottenham fans won't like this drama, fam.

Jokes aside, Jung So Min is so lovely..

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And neither Chelsea fans. Se-Hee disqualifies one former house-mate for being a Chelsea fan, among others.

Tis football references tickle me a lot actually (like the "offside kiss" in episode 2). The moment I decided to follow the drama no matter what was when Se-Hee asks, "are you an Arsenal fan?" straight to the camera... and I raised a hand and shouted, "yeah! I am!"

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A variation of "Do you like Messi?"

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In this case though, I like it that it's not used a pick-up line.
The girl and the boy know and love their football.

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Haha.... I love they add football as their hobby. It's relate to me so much

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It's gonna be a whirlwind for Se-Hee. I'm looking forward to how Ji-ho would break his perfectly-figured-out life

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I might win the wrath of some beanies...but to me, Ji-ho looks like Suzy and Se-hee reminds me of Lee Seung-gi

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With you re Suzy.... no special opinion on the guys.

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because this show is all kinds of fantastic.. rock solid opening and first week (although can't help remember that japanese drama where lady gets fired from job and takes up cleaning lady's job and well the owner of the family loves it :) and they get married.. economics of household chores)

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ME 2! I got strong vibe from that drama. 🖐🏻 It’s Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu!

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https://youtu.be/Dhy-5Cq5r3c- sound of your heart. if you havent see it please do. it stars the actress in this drama.

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Looking at the similarities of current/recent shows, was there maybe a Writer's Guild meeting where some thought the theme of the season should be Struggles of an Assistant Writer (Temperature of Love) but others thought it should be Struggles of a Woman in Male-Dominated Society (Girls Generation 1979)? Is this episode a compromise? Copycat?? Coincidence???

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So true.... like there is a season where all the drama seems to be time travel... then mythology... and now... writers? maybe they held a meeting and each one put their suggested theme in a bowl and the one picked will be the theme for that season. sounds crazy... but seems so true?Huh?

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I agree with "the struggles of assistant writers and/or new writers". The proof lies in the fact that we have the same actress as the head writer/teacher making life difficult for the two heroines in both dramas! lol

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Competition, I think. 'My drama can do the portrayal of an (assistant) writer better that yours' dig at the profession?

These "themes" in Korean dramas are like seasonal flu. They come and go depending on the resistance level. "Prosecutors" and "Writers" are just the latest variants.

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I had the greatest feeling of satisfaction after watching this episode. I thought it was lovely. I am now a fan of Jung So Mi. (My first time seeing her).

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These lead characters are both so interesting. I sincerely appreciate how Ji-ho seems assured of her self-worth. Even if she is evaluating her life because she turned 30, and it is not what she might have expected or hoped for when she was younger, she still has hope and is not placing ridiculous pressure on herself. And Se-hee, who seems so stiff, and comes off as self-absorbed, but cares about those around him. How much he cares for his cat is a sign of how much love he has to give to others, even if he is a little standoffish.

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After watching episodes 1 and 2,, i got strong vibe from Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu.... is it just me? It’s quite similar premises with different problems. Love this drama tho’ 🤗🤗

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The cat is named Kitty, just like mine! 😂

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perhaps .... one of the characters actually IS the cat ... maybe Min Seok is also a cat... what if we have an undercover cat here...

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While I had pretty positive feelings throughout this episode, it is definitely the second episode that really shows off the strengths this show has going for it, especially with the off-kilter, refreshing dynamic between the two leads.

I still quite enjoyed this outing though, because it got me thinking pretty deeply about it. Probably because I felt some serious promise by the end and had already taken a liking to the characters from the beginning.

The humor isn't over-the-top and suits the more contemplative tone. And I didn't mind the slow set-up this episode as much because it gave pretty good context for our character's actions. I enjoyed how their moving in together happened with little drama. It off-set the typicality of the premise a bit, because the approach had just enough bits of clever logic to it to make it believable. That and I appreciate how well the arrangement works for them before the revelation comes in to tangle everything.

While they clearly have clashing mentalities, I think this episode already shows that they will be able to coexist. So I'm not really expecting or hoping for Se-hee "to make Ji-ho’s life a living nightmare", at least not at first and not to that degree. The leads seem like pretty reasonable people, despite their eccentricities. There's still a lot I want to learn about Se-hee, as we are not given a look into much of his past yet. But I liked the surprising sensitivity he displayed at the end, despite his more robotic, reserved tendencies.

Rather than the kiss, it was a combination of three things at the end of this episode that took me from pretty interested to modestly excited for this:

1. The way the leads interacted, which showed how two people with very different personalities don't have to get off on the wrong foot. Their first meeting didn't shy away from displaying how they would realistically have some difficulty getting along, but also quickly had them connecting over certain commonalities between them. They have an understated, awkward sort of chemistry that's perfect for this set-up.

2. Ji-ho's inner monologue right at the end resonated with me pretty deeply. I appreciate these surprising moments of insight and depth. This particular admission on her part engaged me in her struggle to take more risks in life, even if it culminated in her getting way too caught up in the moment, haha.

3. His cat-inspired wisdom! I mean, he doesn't just revolve his life around feeding his cat, he gives life advice that way! I LOVE THIS. His words to her in this moment were so surprisingly comforting. I felt like the sentiment they expressed was really refreshing and necessary for people to hear so that they never feel discouraged about missing their chance in life and instead focus on the chances they can take each day. I just loved how they incorporated cats into the writing in such a meaningful way and that's what really had me impressed this episode.

Thanks for the...

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...lol, cut off again!

Thanks for the recap @murasakimi!

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FINALLY, Lee Min Ki is in a drama!!!!
so happy to see him in a comedy *still shudders from memory of Monster* -- have loved all of his work in chungmuro, his role in Dalja's Spring *swoons* and his cameo in Shut Up Flower Boys... can't get enough of him...

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I got the vibe of Nigeru wa haji especially in episode 2 where she does all the chores, the male lead is a programmer and only thinks based on logic and data, also married involved but this one adds more details to Sehee cause he is so open of what he feels, think and not timid like Hiramasa, also he loves his cat so much that the cat's food matter than health insurance lol.. based on the preview we will see some love confession.. i hope it'll go well..

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Like it. There’s no better icebreaker or an intro into a romcom than a kiss right away and with a stranger no less.

Seems the male lead is very much on a spectrum (I don’t want to label him since I’m no doctor and would be incorrect) but he’s more into the thinking, judging, logical spectrum. While she’s more empathetic and intuitive.

I suspect that besides football/soccer, our dear couple will find that they have a lot more in common. I’m fascinated by the characters and can’t wait to find out more about them. Their friends are an interesting bunch as well.

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@adal1, I had the same thought about Se-hee being "spectrum-y." I have mixed feelings about this approach because it's a trope I normally find beyond tedious (techy=aspergers-type). Fortunately, the show seems intent on messing with our expectations.

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Unlike @murasakimi, I actually love the first episode. After struggling so long watching k-drama again (I couldn't finish what I've started watching) this drama cure me from that swamp called drama slump

I love that the tone is muted. It feels more realistic that way, that our everyday's life is simple and almost has no dramatic element. There's no bickering as well for the leads, that they conversed like normal people do, which makes it so interesting and real to me. The friends are also felt real because it feels like I'm looking at myself talking with my friends

The thing that I love the most would be Jiho's life, 30 years old woman with a job but not financially struggling that she has to work like several jobs in a day to make ends meet (that a lot of korean drama use for dramatic element). Se hee's life is also simple and the way he interacts with his other colleagues are amusing yet so everyday-like

I love first episode and I only have good things to say about this drama. I hope next episode would be great as well

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It is!
I like the very real feel to it. Most dramas don't address the fact that men or women with stable jobs and very few wants still have a huge struggle to make ends meet. Thats the norm not the exception in the real world.

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The female friendships are so real. Her two friends reminded me of two other friends I have.

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I like Jung So Min's character. Good choice for Lee Min Ki's comeback drama. Some of TVN's rom-com drama is really something. They know how to make good rom-com's

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I liked it. I kind of enjoyed the quiet tone and liked the visual aspects.

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I simply could not get into this drama. Tried 2 or 3 times. But when I saw your review of Ep 1 decided to read the recap. By the time you got to the scene at the bar/restaurant where they meet and he's watching football it sounded interesting enough to ff to that scene - and I loved it til the end. I love the characters, which is why I watch any drama. I like the pacing, the thoughts, her character and his cold nature, which I'm sure there's a reason for that will be covered later. So glad I read your recap. Thanks! Just what I needed to get over TKIL.

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Watched both episodes and I really enjoyed the show. JSM is gorgeous and a very natural actress and i am so glad to see LMK back on our screen.This show reminded me of the japnese show "we married as a job". The premise is similar but the main charecter there was a quirky with a capital Q.

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Well this drama and it's recaps got me so excited I almost forgot a new WYWS is out tonight.

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Ditto. To think that I've been itching for a new WYWS ep since last week. What a possibly good drama foes, right? Or maybe just me and this Lee Min-ki in a drama drought ending. Hahaha!

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I checked this on a whim because my sister already downloaded this, and it's actually really good. It has one of the more memorable opening scene (Ha! That meta insight on overflowed PPL in drama was just too funny). I like this new trend in dramaland that put a spotlight on healthy female friendship. Maybe it's finally time to say goodbye to bitchy second lead. Yay!!

I love the unusual connection between our lead. Those post-it are beyond adorable. And hopefully it would become one of the deciding factor for both of them to keep being housemate when the truth finally come to light. For now, I'll just enjoy more of their odd conversation and impulsive kiss(es).

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Yes! Time for realistic and healthy female friendships!

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You're watching this too!

The female friendship got me to watch this drama and it didn't disappoint. I seriously could see myself as Jiho talking to my friends

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the Latest eps of ToL remind me of this drama's PPL meta. Hong ah takes a vitamin to keep her skin healthy before starting her battle *checked!
Hyun Soo's somewhat-trying-to-be-natural explanation about the feature of THAT app *checked!
And, Don't forget Nes*afe to release the stress of main lead *checked!
DO I need to honorably mention Subway as a way to build the bridge to Jung Sun's heart?

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I like it, it seems slow paced but since it was the first episode i didn't mind, plus i really like the lead characters which it's rare for me at first episodes go... and i hope this keeps my interest since i've been dropping so many dramas lately.

Thanks for the recap!

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I like it! I think the ist 2 episodes were solid. I hope it will be as good or better than LUTYN.

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Somehow I like this drama more than Temperature of Love. It is simple, silent, straightforward, and pleasant in a way that they always give one key takeaway every episode. It made me feel secure, in a way. It is nicely shot, too.

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I actually really liked this one!! Been in a bit of a drama slump, and this one got my interest. I don't normally find LeeMinKi very attractive, but he's got a certain charm to him. I'm sure his attractiveness will go up as the show continues on. Can't wait for new episodes to come out!

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I like this show so far, it's very easy to watch. That being said tho, my blood boiled when I realized Ji Ho paid for all the housing costs, but the brother gets to keep it WTFFFFF like nooo.

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I am entertained by this show, and many of the characters are quite cute and interesting. I love Jung So min but she's really really attractive. I mean if I found out she was my roommate well, I'd have no problems with her, but I get it, it's a drama and he's a fussbudget. In fact the show reminds me of Full House. There are a lot of differences between the two dramas, but I really get that type of vibe. I also like that since it's a cable show, it's allowed to be a bit more risque, LOL.

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The closeups of Jung So Min makes me go *heart eyes*

I agree she's so attractive

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