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Revolutionary Love: Episode 2

This show can be silly and the humor fairly broad, but today we actually get a plot! A real, honest-to-goodness trajectory with motivations and goals, which is more than I had been expecting or hoping of this show. I’d thought there was enough feel-good comedy to carry me through this marshmallow of a show, plot or no, but now that we’re also shown some direction, I’m not letting them take that back.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Hyuk’s words about falling in love with Joon haunt Je-hoon’s sleep—he keeps seeing Hyuk’s face in his mind, declaring her the woman of his fate, and it taunts him. Je-hoon snaps awake to find that it’s morning, and Hyuk is nowhere to be seen.

Hyuk chows down on breakfast, eating with Joon on the rooftop, and happily agrees to a refill (for a fee, of course). He chuckles to himself at the “paradise” he finds himself un, here with the woman of his fate and his only childhood friend in the same place.

Je-hoon storms up to the rooftop and glares daggers at Hyuk, who smiles innocently back at him. Still playing the part of the stranger, Hyuk thanks Je-hoon for putting him up for the night and enjoys using the word “friend” pointedly, and also drags out his polite jondae word endings so that they sound tacked-on. Which, of course, they are.

Je-hoon tells his “guest” that the considerate thing would be to tell him where he’s going and to clean up his bedding. He insists on it being done now, and Hyuk amiably agrees, getting up to head downstairs.

Just then, Joon, who’s watching the news on her phone, exclaims, “Did your company chairman’s son get in trouble again?” The airplane situation is blowing up in the media, and Joon tsk-tsks to hear about how money was used to hush up the incident.

The boys trade panicked looks, and Joon sighs that Je-hoon will be busy cleaning up after the “chaebol lout,” and that makes Hyuk freeze in shock. Aw, is it sadder that he’s hurt to be called that, or that he has no idea why anyone would call him that?

Joon continues her rant, saying that privileged rich kids should be grateful for their situations in life rather than causing trouble, and that people like that are deep-rooted evils who should be erased from the world. She makes angry slashes with her chopsticks, saying that if he showed up in front of her right now, he’d be dead. Hyuk gulps. She adds that Je-hoon’s bad, too, for using money to fix the punk’s problems, and that she’s tempted to report him to the media. Je-hoon surprises her by snapping at her to do as she wants.

Hyuk is so stunned by her description of him as a churlish lout and has to be pulled away by his friend. He decides that he can’t have Joon operating under the tragic “misunderstanding” that he’s some kind of degenerate and vows to correct it straightaway. Je-hoon, however, tells him sternly to not make things worse and just return to his hotel suite and stay there.

Je-hoon leaves for work, and Hyuk sits down to mull over his problem. He decides that he has to prove that he isn’t some kind of deep-rooted evil.

At a Gangsu Group executive meeting, the air is thick with tension over their current crisis. The conglomerate runs multiple companies, from home shopping to food, each run by a Byun sibling, and consumer response has been harsh all around.

Hyuk’s aunt snaps at the chairman (her brother) to keep his son in line, and then also at another president (her other brother) for chastising her, until it’s a full-on sibling bickering war. Finally, the chairman slams his fist down and yells at the room to make plans, not have a family squabble.

The doors burst open, and Hyuk comes striding in with purpose, declaring that he has a plan, and comes before his father.

The chairman asks skeptically what kind of plan he could have, and Hyuk replies that he will turn himself in to the authorities, accept his punishment, and explain the situation to keep the company from receiving censure. He bows low and asks to be allowed to handle it.

But his father tells him flatly, “Don’t. I don’t need you to surrender or any of that, so just do nothing.” Hyuk starts to protest, and his father delivers a thunderous slap to the face. The chairman asks, “Who the hell are you to explain anything? Who would believe what you say? Don’t say anything, and don’t do anything! Just do as you’re told, and quietly hunch down.”

Hyuk tries to say that he should fix the problem he created, but his father slaps his other cheek and asks if Hyuk knows how much financial damage he caused. Hyuk says that part of the accusations are unjust, but Dad hits him a third time, this time knocking him to the ground.

He starts kicking him, too, stomping on him violently while the rest of the room sits there uncomfortably.

Je-hoon hears of Hyuk’s appearance and races toward the conference room. Hyuk, slumped on the ground being trampled, recites another poem (Park Hyo-geun’s “Of Wounds”):

All wounds are like flowers,
the color of flowers
The more the blood flows
the scent of flowers remains
The scent spreads inside the person,
and in their heart is a large wound
a well-ripened wound
which smells of flowers.

Growing increasingly enraged, Chairman Byun screams for Hyuk to die and grabs a heavy metal chair. As he raises it above his head, Je-hoon reaches the room and rushes forward, blocking the chairman with arms outstretched.

The chairman calms at the interruption, and from the floor, Hyuk smiles up at his friend. The chairman barks at Je-hoon to take Hyuk and hide him away—out of sight, unreachable, unseeable. He stomps out, and the meeting disperses.

Hyung Woo-sung steps over to look down at Hyuk, bloodied on the ground, and just sighs as he walks away. Okay hyung, you go on the shit list now.

When it’s just the two of them left, Hyuk calls up to Je-hoon, “My friend.” He laughs off his pain, saying this is nothing, and even quips that his father’s fists have weakened, which is why he’s switched to using his feet. Je-hoon looks more upset than Hyuk does, and he helps him to his feet.

Joon drops by Je-hoon’s office again to pass out drinks, though she finds his desk empty. For the second time today, she gets a call from her mother, whom she seems to be ignoring.

Je-hoon tends to the cuts on Hyuk’s face and asks why he came here. Hyuk says he wanted to prove that he isn’t the punk Joon thinks he is. Je-hoon assures him that his brother worked to keep him from being arrested, and that he’ll get off with probation. He tells him to take the car that’s been prepared for him and avoid the reporters.

Hyuk asks if there’s really nothing he can do of his own accord. Je-hoon just hands him a new phone and puts a cap on his head. As they walk off together, they spot Joon in the distance, being pushed out of the office by an irritated manager.

Even as she’s being told to go away, she tries to sell her juice to the man, reminding him that he enjoyed her freebies earlier. Fed up, he grabs her bag and upends it onto the floor, sending juice cartons flying everywhere, and demands that security be called.

The exchange angers both Hyuk and Je-hoon, but while Je-hoon just stands there clenching his fist, Hyuk steps forward and helps collect juice cartons. Joon’s startled to see him, but he tells her to wait, then goes off after the man, delivering one juice carton to his desk.

The man barks, “What the hell–!” before looking up to recognize the chairman’s son. Hyuk tells him to just buy the juice, since the vendor is just trying to make an honest living, and the man readily agrees.

Just then, Joon slaps a hand on the back of Hyuk’s head and forces him into a deep bow, apologizing to the man. HA! She pulls Hyuk aside wearing her frowniest face, tsking disapprovingly.

The astonished employee gets on his phone to spread the news that the infamous son has made an appearance. Je-hoon swipes the phone before he uploads the message, warning him not to spread rumors.

Joon chastises Hyuk for trying to strong-arm a customer into a purchase, telling him that’s not how sales works. Then she registers the bruises and cuts on Hyuk’s face, and asks what happened.

He starts to explain that his father works here, and when she asks which department, he replies vaguely that he’s sort of all around. She guesses he means janitorial or security, and Hyuk lets her believe that his father works in security. She assumes that Dad was so disappointed that Hyuk got fired from the hotel that he hit him.

Hyuk concedes, “I am a son who’s only ever disappointed him.” Then Je-hoon calls to tell him to return to the hotel, and he starts to head off—but Joon grabs him at the last second and cites a sum for a day’s wages.

Je-hoon takes a private meeting with his prosecutor sunbae, both of them in damage-control mode. The media has caught wind of the incident and the cover-up, but they both agree that it would be much worse if they discovered any more—particularly the prosecutor’s involvement. So while Je-hoon asks if the leak came from the prosecutor’s office, he believes the prosecutor’s denial when he points out that they have more to lose.

The prosecutor adds that in his experience, incidents like this come from the inside, and that the enemy could be closer than expected.

Je-hoon takes this information to Woo-sung, and checks that hyung made sure to keep that USB file carefully under wraps. Woo-sung assures him that he put it in his safe immediately, and tells Je-hoon to check that the flight attendant is keeping her mouth shut. Asked where Hyuk is now, Je-hoon says he’s probably back at the hotel.

But nope, Hyuk is at a construction site with Joon. He breaks the fourth wall to mouth at the camera incredulously, “What’s going on?”

He tries to protest, but Joon pays him no mind and introduces him to her fellow construction workers. The ajusshis feel up his muscles and find them lacking, which piques his pride and prompts Hyuk to flex. Joon leaves Hyuk to her team’s care, and overrides his protests by reminding him that this is a way for him to earn money right away.

So Hyuk finds himself loaded up with bricks and pipes and dirt, staggering across the site all day. Finally he declares that he can’t continue, just as Joon calls out to him from above and cheers him on.

Hyuk slips away to call in an SOS to Je-hoon, begging to be saved from this “hell.” He explains how he got stuck here by following Joon, but cuts the call short when he’s caught by his coworker, who scolds him for shirking his work and points to Joon nearby, working hard as usual.

At the sight of her, Hyuk’s face breaks into a lovesick grin. He sees poetry in her every movement, and thinks, “Joonie, everything you do is beautiful…”

Je-hoon goes to the airport to meet the flight attendant from Hyuk’s incident, HA YEON-HEE (Kim Ye-won). She takes offense to his questions about the leaked video and the implication that she was the source, and says she’s trying hard to forget the encounter. Yeon-hee asks him not to seek her out again, warning that she can break the contract that bought her silence.

Je-hoon tells her she may be approached by the media, and tells her not to give any interviews or say anything. He warns that they can just as easily break their agreement if she violates the contract.

At the end of the workday, Hyuk is so exhausted that he can barely move. Joon shows him the cash he earned today, which makes him happy—but then she deducts every little fee and claims half the bills for herself. Hyuk stares at his paltry earnings, registering that he worked all day for this.

That night, flight attendant Yeon-hee pulls her suitcase along, heading toward an apartment building, drinking soju out of a bottle through a straw.

As they walk home, Joon asks Hyuk if he’s called his father yet. Hyuk keeps it vague but alludes to them having a bad relationship, and Joon urges him to treat him well while he’s still alive, because it won’t matter when he’s gone. He asks about her father, and she says that he was an ordinary father, kind but timid. Mom found that frustrating, but Joon says he was the best father to her. She explains that he was hurt by the world, and starts to say, “That’s why I…”

Hyuk stops her suddenly, before she steps on dandelions growing through a crack in the street. He pulls them up and blows on the seeds, sending them flying through the air.

He explains how he always feels the urge to blow on dandelion flowers: “It feels like a wounded soul is flying freely somewhere.” When the seeds take root elsewhere, it can forget its painful past.

Je-hoon arrives at his building, and his face darkens to see Hyuk still with Joon. He asks what Hyuk is still doing here, and Joon explains that they’re working together and asks Je-hoon to put him up again. Je-hoon refuses, so Joon offers her place—she can sleep with a friend on the third floor—and suggests a small fee to cover the cost. Hyuk happily agrees and counts out the cash.

Next thing we know, Je-hoon is shoving him into his apartment instead, while Hyuk cries that he already paid. Heh.

Joon’s mother calls again, and after considering it, she rejects the call. Noticing a bit of dandelion fluff on her sleeve, she pulls it off and blows it into the wind. Then she turns, and starts in surprise to find someone else on the rooftop—flight attendant Yeon-hee, sipping her soju. Ah, so she’s the third-floor friend.

Joon joins her for a drink (pouring herself a tiny capful of soju, heh), and guesses that Yeon-hee has something on her mind. Yeon-hee brings up the chaebol airplane incident and admits that the flight attendant being manhandled in the video is actually her.

Meanwhile, Hyuk stares at one of his hard-earned bills and tells Je-hoon that this is the first money he’s ever earned with his own efforts. He decides he’ll keep it as his lucky bill rather than spend it.

Je-hoon tells him that most people can’t keep as mementoes the cash they work so hard to earn, because they have to spend it to live. Hyuk notes that, then his eyes fly open with new understanding. He exclaims, “Hell Joseon!” and says that he feels like Neo who’s just swallowed the red pill, because “the Matrix I’ve lived in has just shattered.”

He credits his “woman of fate” for being the one to give him this pill of truth, and gets up to have a drink with Joon. Je-hoon vetoes that plan, so Hyuk says that while Je-hoon is 99 percent an excellent friend, he is 1 percent flawed, being way too stuffy and uptight. That seems really generous to me.

Up on the rooftop, Yeon-hee is three sheets to the wind as Joon reads through the contract she signed agreeing to keep the airline incident quiet. Yeon-hee says she didn’t want to sign, but her superiors ordered her to.

Joon is appalled to see Je-hoon’s business card attached to the contract, and Yeon-hee adds that he even sought her out today to threaten her and accuse her of leaking the video. Fuming, Joon vows to kill him and gets up to confront Je-hoon.

That’s when Hyuk bounds up to the rooftop, calling Joon’s name and clamoring for a drink. Yeon-hee squints at Hyuk and seems to recognize him, and when she gets up, the soju bottle falls from her hand. It rolls right into Hyuk’s path, and when he steps on it, he goes flying into the air, arms flailing.

Joon does a Matrix-style backbend out of his path, which sends him barreling straight for Yeon-hee…’s chest. He knocks her down and lands on top of her, and when they both register what’s happened, they erupt into screams.

Je-hoon arrives on the rooftop just in time to take in the situation, and Hyuk swears this was an accident. Glaring at Hyuk, Yeon-hee declares that he’s him—that third-generation chaebol bastard.

Those words fill the night air, then land on top of Hyuk’s head like a damning label. Hyuk swears he’s not that guy, rather pathetically.

Joon asks incredulously if he’s that chaebol, and Yeon-hee wails that he is. Hyuk begs her to believe him, but she tells him to shut up and clocks him in the face. He goes down like a rock.

Across town, Hyuk’s mother bolts up in bed, having dreamed a bad dream about Hyuk. Dad tells her it was a nonsense dream, but she decides to return to the fortuneteller-guru for help.

Joon asks Je-hoon if this is really the chaebol he works for, and Je-hoon confirms it. Now she’s furious at both of them for lying to her, and when Hyuk tells her it all started with a tiny misunderstanding back at the hotel, she’s reminded all over again how far back his lies go.

Hyuk tries to explain that she has the wrong idea of his chaebol self, and that he really isn’t that much of a bastard. But at that, Yeon-hee breaks a soju bottle and holds up the jagged side like a weapon, advancing on the guys.

Joon tells the guys to kneel and apologize to Yeon-hee, and Hyuk goes down in a flash and apologizes. But Je-hoon balks, saying he did nothing wrong.

So Yeon-hee takes the agreement she signed and rips it to shreds, then throws them at Je-hoon. He snaps that she can’t do this after accepting the compensation money, so Yeon-hee grabs cash from the drink box and flings it at him. Je-hoon just keeps pouring fuel on that fire, asking angrily why she took the money in the first place.

Joon pulls out her phone to report them both to the police, and while Hyuk pleads for her not to, Je-hoon challenges her to go ahead—and then threatens to name her as an accomplice, saying that he’ll tell them she knew who Hyuk was and harbored him willingly. Wow, you’re just digging that grave deeper.

But then Yeon-hee falls over unconscious, and Joon rushes to her side. Hyuk offers to help but gets ordered to stay away and called a pervert. Joon’s words sting.

Hyuk asks Je-hoon he provoked Joon, because she might really report them. Hyuk says he’s okay with being taken into custody, but Je-hoon will find himself in trouble at the office. Je-hoon says that the worst thing that could happen is being fired, sighing that he’s tired of being responsible for all of Hyuk’s messes.

“Now I want to see what happens to my life if I let you go,” Je-hoon says. Hyuk hangs his head and searches for words, and says that he knows he’s caused his friend a lot of grief, but they should ride this crisis out together. Je-hoon just rolls over in bed and turns his back.

Joon carries Yoon-hee inside, fuming over the two guys: one a pervert, one heartless. She balks at the idea that they’re her friends, and although her mind briefly flashes to the dandelion-blowing moment with Hyuk, that’s cut short when Yeon-hee kicks her in her sleep.

Hyuk heads upstairs and hesitates outside Joon’s door, just as she steps outside. He starts in on the explanations, apologizing for not telling her who he was and accepting responsibility for his wrongs. Still, he wants to correct the misconception that he’s a pervert and reminds her that the soju bottle was the reason he fell. She calls them cheap excuses, and says that he’d better apologize to Yeon-hee before she stops considering him a pervert.

As she turns to leave, Hyuk gets down on his knees and swears not to move until she forgives him. “Whatever,” she mutters, and heads off.

Joon is busy distributing cards for her designated driving gig when her mother texts her asking for a call. Joon asks what the matter is, and Mom writes back, “Do you… have any money?”

So Joon picks up the phone and asks indignantly what it is this time. Apparently Mom asks for money frequently, and Joon snaps that if Mom threw away her daughter to marry again and have a new family, she should have at least lived well.

Joon exclaims, “I’m struggling to live too! I’m having a really hard time!” Her hand drops, and we see that she was yelling into the phone without calling.

As Joon blinks back tears, she flashes back to when she was young, and had come home from school to find her mother yelling at her father for being excessively loyal to his company, only to be let go without warning. Mom had cried at the unjustness of it all, while Dad just sighed.

Joon picks up a customer at a restaurant and drives him home, while in the backseat his girlfriend says sympathetically that he must be struggling after his brother kicked up such a fuss and then disappeared. Aha, the passenger is Woo-sung, and he says he’s not worried because it’ll all be settled tomorrow. The girlfriend asks if Gangsu Group will be his now, and Joon starts in recognition.

Woo-sung warns her to watch what she says, but the girlfriend assures him that she knows the driver, who wouldn’t be able to work for the company if they gossiped about their passengers. All Woo-sung says is that his plan doesn’t exactly involve voluntary surrender.

On the rooftop, Hyuk remains kneeling despite complaining about the cold, telling himself he has to stay out here to prove his sincerity. Then lightning flashes and thunder booms, and he bellows Joon’s name into the sky.

By morning, the rain has stopped and Hyuk is huddled over on the rooftop, asleep. Je-hoon kicks him awake and tells him to go to the hotel, but Hyuk swears he’ll stay till Joon returns. Frustrated, Je-hoon tells him, “If you’re going to be so stubborn, you may as well cut all ties with me.” When Je-hoon barks at him to get up, this time he does.

Joon thinks of Hyuk’s description of his relationship with his father, and remembers how she’d sobbed when her father died. She ends up calling her mother for real this time, though we don’t catch the conversation.

Later that morning, Joon arrives for her drink delivery job at Je-hoon’s office, and he pulls her aside to ask if she really means to report them. She asks how much hush money he’d give, since she could use some extra cash. He points out that she’s not the injured party and doesn’t have a reason to intervene, and she retorts that there’s justice and the social good.

Je-hoon says that this is why people need to take the standard path—because living in instable conditions for too long makes them disgruntled with society. I keep thinking he hits bottom, but then he keep digging new bottom. Joon just offers to share the story of a runaway chaebol getting caught by a disgruntled part-timer with the reporters surrounding the building.

Je-hoon asks if she’s serious about the part where she needs money. The question gives Joon pause, and she realizes, “You’re not on the same side.” He’s confused by that—but ahh, she thinks he’s in league with the hyung.

She shares what she overheard Woo-sung saying last night, and asks what he thinks Woo-sung’s plan is. Je-hoon remembers the prosecutor’s tip that often the enemy is on the inside.

At the hotel, a police officer inquires into Hyuk sightings, and Manager Lee Yoon-ji nervously lies that she hasn’t seen him. The officer informs her of a report that Hyuk was recently kicked out of this hotel, but that makes her remember Je-hoon’s reaction earlier, when he insinuated that the chairman would be very displeased to hear how she treated a VIP.

She swears that they’ve never kicked anyone out here, just as Hyuk walks right up to the front desk next to them. The clerks’ eyes widen in recognition, and the manager sweats, hoping the officer doesn’t notice.

Je-hoon drives himself and Joon to the hotel, recalling the prosecutor’s warning of possible police involvement. So when he sees Hyuk in the lobby with a police officer nearby, his main concern is getting Hyuk out of there before the officer recognizes him.

The cop compares Hyuk to the picture, though admittedly he doesn’t have the bleached hair or vampire complexion today, so the dots haven’t been fully connected yet.

Hyuk heads off with his room key, and the officer starts to follow—so the manager throws a vase in his path, making him stop to catch it. It buys just enough time for Hyuk to walk away to the elevators, but the officer remains determined to check with him anyway.

Je-hoon doesn’t make it to Hyuk’s elevator in time, and neither does the officer. The officer waits for the next elevator while Je-hoon takes the stairs, and they arrive within moments of each other. Je-hoon ducks out of sight and tries to figure out how to get to Hyuk unseen.

All the while, Hyuk remains unaware of all the activity around him, and settles into his room.

Suddenly, a maid’s cart goes rolling by, and Je-hoon is startled to see Joon pushing it, dressed in her housekeeping uniform. She tells Je-hoon to get the car ready while she escorts Hyuk out.

Hyuk lies in bed thinking this can’t be the end with Joon, just as the doorbell rings—on the other side, Joon rings the bell insistently as the officer gets closer and closer to the door. Je-hoon calls and tells him to open the door, and Hyuk is astonished to see Joon standing there. She pushes her way in, and they shut the door before the officer sees anything.

Joon orders Hyuk to climb into the cart, while Je-hoon explains that the police have caught on that he’s staying here. Hyuk is touched at the idea that Joon came to help him, though she snaps that she just came for the money.

Hyuk’s mother hears from the fortuneteller that there’s a woman in the picture. The fortuneteller says that he has the fate of Ondal—a reference to the folktale fool who married a princess and, through her efforts, became a decent man. In short: Hyuk needs this woman to make a decent man of him. And in fact, the fortuneteller assures Mom that she’s already quite near.

Back in the hotel room, Joon states that she will be paid a large sum in exchange for helping him escape. From the look of surprise on Je-hoon’s face, I’m guessing she’s making this up on the fly, but it seems to be fine by Hyuk, who agrees to the deal.

He adds a condition of his own, that Joon stay with him until he returns home. He says he’s effectively a fugitive now, and it’ll be less scary with her at his side. He offers her the salary of a Gangsu Group secretary, and names her working hours as from the morning when he opens his eyes to the night when he closes them.

Over the phone, Je-hoon protests this turn in the discussion, but nobody hears him. Joon negotiates her hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. instead, with no personal conversations, no personal errands, and no friendly behavior. Hyuk pouts, but agrees to the terms.

He calls today their Day 1, and they shake on it.

COMMENTS

Ha, so Hyuk is Ondal the Fool, is he? That’s so fitting that I don’t know why I didn’t see it before. In a nutshell: The princess Pyeonggang married Ondal the Fool after she insisted her father honor his words (he’d threatened to marry her off to the fool when she was younger). Ondal was scorned for being a poor idiot, but Pyeonggang became a hard-working and thoughtful wife to him and, eventually, guided him into learning martial arts and becoming a skilled soldier.

I like this setup a lot, because it captures what I find sweet about Hyuk’s character, despite the fact that it sure sounds like he’s lived a reckless and ill-considered life. We can’t blame everything on bad luck or see him as a victim, because he does have a hand in his mistakes. But I believe him when he feels painted with the wrong brush—he’s a spoiled chaebol, but he’s not a malicious one. He’s not like those amoral villains of thrillers like Veteran or Remember—Son’s war who literally get away with murder, and he’s not as bad as the real-life chaebol in the nut-rage incident. He is misunderstood, but within a limit.

So I can appreciate the characterization of him as a fool who doesn’t know any better—not that that excuses him—who learns through a tough-minded woman how to be the good person he is underneath all the embarrassing outbursts. And while he has a tendency to be overly dramatic, it’s significant that he can actually see the world differently now, after just one small taste of hard work. His eyes are opened, and hopefully that guides him on a brighter path.

I still find Je-hoon to be more interesting in theory than in reality, but I can at least believe that he does care about Hyuk, even if he doesn’t show it. He seems like the kind of person who says the exact opposite of what he means, who can’t say a nice thing if his life depended on it, even if he really did want to say the nice thing. He carries too much baggage and too big an inferiority complex to be able to do that, I think. But when Hyuk was beaten, and his brother didn’t even look worried, and nobody said anything but Je-hoon, who put himself in the line of fire—okay, he won some points with me there. He seems to embody the concept of loving someone (even if it’s counter to his intention) without really liking them.

So while the story still feels a little flatter than I’d like and the comedy a titch overdone, I’m very glad to see things moving so quickly. Who knew she’d find out so soon about his true identity? I’d expected the show to milk that scenario for a few more episodes at least, so when they outed his identity and let the shit hit the fan with Joon, I was happy to be taken by surprise. It’s sort of like being taken on a brisk, refreshing ride that whisks around bends before you see what’s next, which I find more appealing than rides where you can see the road ahead for miles.

I also feel relieved that this is a show that’s got a good-natured tone and two really appealing characters driving the romance at the center. More than the loveline, even, I’m drawn to Hyuk’s growth story at the core, and feel like Siwon has enough nuance to make that journey compelling. You can already seem glimpses of Hyuk’s more somber, thoughtful nature behind the whiny facade, and that will be a major source of gratification, I suspect. I hope.

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Tall guys and [possible] bromance.
Hmmm...

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I legit cheered when the truth about Hyuk's Chaebol roots came out. It would have been real stupid for them to have continued with the facade considering the myriad of news reports and the fact that Hyuk's face was splattered all over the screens that Joon would have been a particular level of dense not to figure it out so yay for the truth.

Wow and wow hyung. I can't believe you are being such an asshole. Especially because of wealth and power. Wow. I actually thought he was more like the brother in heirs (sorry I can't remember the guy's name. My brain had me forget everything about the drama for self-preservation purposes), who was cold towards his younger brother but still loved him anyway. That he was the one manipulating behind the scenes and trying to trip poor Hyuk up is so infuriating that it is one more reason I am waiting for Hyuk to have his complete Ondal transformation and show up his brother that he is just as smart and can do an even better job.

One more thing. I love the mother. The father however can rot in hell. i can't believe the level of abuse he is raining down on his son. Wow. Keeping my fingers crossed that Joon lights into him one day soon because something tells me that her new duties will give her a front seat view into not only the good parts of Hyuk's character but also how much of an asshole his father is.

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If I could upvote your comment ten times! I seriously didn't think that the hyung would play so dirty. In that way, the hyung in heirs was way better. And I think Joon is already falling for him. I sensed it when she looked at him with this look when he was blowing the dandelion away.

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Hyung's just like their father. They are both big bullies in a way, picking on people below them out of their insecurities, and I can't wait for both of them to get their comeuppance and not in the typical kdrama way of everything is all forgiven and they live happily ever after. This story reeks of years of abuse and something has me thinking that the reason why Hyuk turned out the way he did was a means of self preservation (he's jolly and basically a fool to protect himself and keep from being totally destroyed by the callousness of his family). And yeah, I agree. Joon is soooo totally falling for him. Hehehehehehe. I'm looking forward to when things kick off completely for them cuz it would definitely be a joy to watch.

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I think Joon will start finding similarities with her dearly departed dad and Hyuk. Joon describes her dad as someone who was too kind and sensitive and had so much love that he had been taken advantage upon. I shed a few tears for Joon when she was crying over the death (suicide?) of her dad.

I love the mix of over the top humor and heart pinching moments that we got from the second episode.

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Oh yeah. The second episode definitely cemented my love for the show and the characters, and I was already in love with them as it was. Hehehehehe. I really do feel sorry about her dad but I think you're right. There are close similarities between Hyuk and what we've seen of her dad: both are men with two big a heart and a wealth of compassion who got trampled on by a world that believes that a man's softness is his weakness and everyone has to be hard and brittle.

I also love the humour and the heart within the episode and I hope the writer and pd continue balancing both because this drama is fast becoming a favourite.

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Choi Jun Hyuk... at least he is more decent there since he made the sacrifice... I agree on the father though I wonder what made him change from the loving father when Hyuk was younger, another big brother set up perhaps?

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Byun Hyuk is Meme worthy LMAO

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Omg yes! He has a Jim Carrey elasticity to his face. So funny

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Maybe I'm in the minority here but I'm not a fan of Siwon's Jim Carrey-ness. IMO the storyline could do without such over-the-top facial expressions.

But I'll continue tuning in.

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they should have just told hyuk about the situation. he gets into trouble because he is reckless, and uninformed... because people keep thinking it isn't important to tell him stuff that concern his life.

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Just when he's ready to take responsibility for his mistakes, Dad tells him to shut up and do nothing while beating him up.

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His family already has hyung as Crown Prince. He's the heir, and Hyuk is the spare. It's reminiscent of Chae-kyung in SEVEN DAY QUEEN being left in the boondocks to grow up far away from the dangers of court. Unfortuately, by taking this tack, her parents deprived her of an opportunity to develop street smarts while she was young, and that got her into trouble on more than one occasion. I think that something similar has been happening with Hyuk. Plus, because he has Je-hoon cleaning up after his disasters and running interference, he has not had to personally encounter the consequences of his actions. Since meeting Joon, he'll be getting a crash course in Real Life 101.

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Sometimes I found Je-hoon's expression is hard to read, a little bit unconvincing.. or is it just me?

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I think that mysteriousness suits his character well. But, one may even argue that he lacks as an actor, but I think he is well into the character. He must've suppressed him self quite a lot as he took abuse from his employer and everyone else saw it as a duty.

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Aside from friendship, I thought he was doing it for hopes that he will end up on top though Hyuk whether together or alone through him.

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Yes, it was mentioned that providing adult supervision to Hyuk is part of Je-hoon's career path to what he hopes will be the top.

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Maybe that's why he keeps shooting himself in the foot. He reads people so badly he never would have survived in his job if he'd always been that way. Antagonizing Joon and the stewardess the way he was, He seems to be begging to have it all blow up in his face. I don't know if they awkwardly wrote it in to make Joon suspect he's on hyungs side, or it's his characters attempt to get his burdensome job as "fixer" taken away. He obviously hates his life. It makes me wonder what he hopes to attain long term. He obviously isn't going to ride Byun-hyuks coattails to the top..because the man at the top hates Byun-hyuk. So unless gets over his issues and quits fixing Byun-hyuks mistakes and starts helping Byun-hyuk fix himself he's going nowhere.

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I guess the reason why Jae-hoon never left the company was so he could protect Hyuk. I guess his love for his bro is deeper than I thought. I just wish he would talk to Hyuk about how he feels instead of keeping all inside and being passive-aggressive to him.

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Now that you mentioned it, I think that's possible. But, i think he might have another reason behind it since he seems like he's sick of taking care of byun hyuk. I know he's a soft person inside though he seems rough on the outside. But, all that abuse he endured can't be because of his love for his friend. And, just as a fact, I think byun hyuk values their friendship more than Jae Hoon.

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This drama is my favorite among the new releases, it's a stress relief pill, i am loving Siwon and his hilarious expressions.

It's so funny how the characters in dramaland are all connected somehow, joon dad worked in hyuk's dad company, JH is childhood friend for huyuk and Joon neighbor, the flight attendant is Joon friend ( how JH didnt know that she was his neighbor and Joon's friend!).

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Totally! I expect certain number of coincidences since it is Kdrama after all and there is the preoccupation of people or events which are “fated”, but my eyes were rolling to the back of my cranium when Joon just happened to be the designated driver for Woo-sung and his girl friend and conveniently overhearing his scheme. It makes me feel like this is lazy writing.

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She must have drove for him a few times before but nothing clicked until now that she knows Hyuk. We will never know.

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Not really lazy writing...... kdrama writing. It must take effort to line up so many one-in-a-million coincidences.

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Is it possible that the flight attendant is the kind of friend that comes at night and leaves in the morning? And if she is free the whole day, she might prefer to stay indoor while Joon away doing part-time works all day long? Hence why JH don't know her as Joon friend.

About Joon overheard that conversation, I think it can't be helped. If the writer drops the bomb about Hyuk real identity in this episode, the writer also need to make Joon back to his side in this episode as well, because if not, everyone are against him and that is sad 😭.

I fell like I'm giving excuses on behalf of the writer. 😅 But, that helps me to move on. 😁

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I too was a bit puzzled when Jae Hoon didn't recognize her as his neighbour. To add into your list of excuses, maybe she's only visiting Joon? That's a bit flimsy isn't it?

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Jae Hoon does seem the type not to involve himself with extraneous people and would probably not make eye contact with his neighbors. He criticizes Joon for involving herself with strangers. He is even reluctant to associate with her. Before Hyuk got involved, i imagine Joon was always the one to initiate casual conversation.

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Lol, i don't mind giving the writer excuses, i am enjoying the drama despite the flaws I don't expect it to be perfect, i hope it keeps the fun.

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Whatever works, lol. I agree that Byun-hyuk needs Someone on his side. I'm glad they didn't drag out his mystery to long. The longer they waited the harder it would be for Joon to forgive him, and he obviously needs her in his life.

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Actually I did my best to forget allll those "coincidences. Too much even for drama land.

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I love the first 2 episodes of Revolutionary Love. I've always had a soft spot for Choi Siwon even though I see all the overacting and the exaggerated cute. He's the only man-child I have a crush on in Kdrama Land. I dunno...he's just really whack and I love it!

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I had to stop watching after seeing Hyuk's father beat him up in the boardroom. I've noticed that this director often shows scenes of extreme family conflict/ abuse, but for me it's jarring, especially in a show that is supposed to be a comedy. I love the main actors, but not the story.

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That scene was too much. Forgive me, as I am new to all of this and I know it's dramaland, but is that type of abuse normal in Korean families? I see a lot of smacking each other upside the head and we don't do that where I come from!

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Exactly! I'm sorry to say these koreans and please correct me if I'm wrong. I think bullying and abusing is a bit normal in Korea compared to the other countries. And I'm not saying this from dramas, but from real life incidents.

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And this is the second currently airing weekend drama with an outright abusive father - the other one being the heroine’s dad in “Man Who Sets the Table” (and that show seem to take far too lightly the character’s ongoing emotional abuse of his wife and daughter).

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There's also the mentally abusive father in 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL, as well as the male chauvinist pig dad in BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST. And another in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE.

Yikes! We're sorrounded!

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I cannot speak for Korean culture since I'm not Korean, but in cultures where respect for elders is paramount, parents can get away with close to murder in the name of discipline. Some people don't know where to draw the line. In America, you can't cane your child because it's seen as child abuse, in Africa, especially we're I'm from in Africa, no one gives a shit. Well, things are probably changing now. You hear a lot of Africans joke about how mom came at you with her wooden spoon or how dad came at you with his belt, shoe, or whatever else he could fine. Notice how no one did a thing while dad was kicking Hyuk until he raised a chair and almost smashed it on his son. They didn't think it was a big deal considering everything Hyuk is supposedly guilty of.

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it's very very rare you see any children/adults being reprimanded here in Denmark (I came from NYC where that type of behavior isn't really acceptable, but you still see it on the street). It kills me when NO ONE does anything - I know it's a show but good gawd, I would have the cops, child protective services on speed dial!

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It was hard to watch because it is very realistic. Especially when the other shareholders (who also happen to be Hyuk's aunties and uncles) turned their faces away like "yeah, he deserves to be punished because he's been bad". Some people take the saying "spare the rod and spoil the child" to the extreme.

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My sentiments exactly although I was initially reluctant to post anything about it in case it offends anyone. I was very disturbed by that scene. Is that level of abuse acceptable in Korea? Also the scene where Joon was thrown out of the office and her stuff got kicked around.

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--" He seems like the kind of person who says the exact opposite of what he
means, who can’t say a nice thing if his life depended on it, even if he really did want to say the nice thing. He carries too much baggage and too big an inferiority complex to be able to do that, I think. But when Hyuk was
beaten, and his brother didn’t even look worried, and nobody said anything but Je-hoon, who put himself in the line of fire—okay, he won some points with me there. He seems to embody the concept of loving
someone (even if it’s counter to his intention) without really liking them."--

I second all this especially the last paragraph ... I might not be sure of any think , but am sure he loves his best friend without liking him (hyuk) very much ...

The defining moment was him ruuning an stepping in front of dad ( not even hyuk's family members tried to stop dad) and when he threatened to cut ties with hyuk , how fast he(hyuk) obeyed JH...

To me he is the most interesting character , or better yet the character who has me over analysing...

Am I the only one who is annoyed that it was really an accident and everyone is over reacting ...

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I too have been there. So, I really know how it feels like. The reason why hyuk is being so naive and stupidly happy is because that is his way of protecting him self. For me, it was the other way around. I started isolating myself and eventually I had no friends. While this might sound funny to some people, dramas saved me. When I thought that I've forgotten how to laugh, dramas made me laugh. And it teached me how to be strong.

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I have been there too. My mother actually accused me of provoking dad to be angry and my father never felt remorse about his abusive ways. My friends told me I set up a wall when others approach me, which I think is just normal to be careful with people whom I don't trust yet. I get startled often just because people get too close to me on the street or on public transport.

The heroes and heroines in dramas resonate with the fighter for justice in me ^^" Watching a drama character struggling free from a dysfunctional family is inspiring and cathartic for me. I hope dramas give strength to you too.

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Hyuk is indeed placating an out of control abuser. Playing the fool is an adaptation to his unhealthy family. Too bad he can't just run away from home and be done with them. On the other hand, running away would just be a "geographical cure." I have a feeling that with Joon now in the mix, Hyuk and Je-hoon will both be turning and successfully facing their demons.

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Hehe. Got my Mom hooked on this yesterday. She loves Siwon a lot even before this so she was excited when I told her he's got a new drama.

Anyway, seriously, Dad? You beat your own son like that in front of everyone? And nobody reports it? And why does Hyung hate Hyuk so much? I wonder if there's more to it than just inheriting the company for himself.

I'm also surprised that Joon found out this early into the show but I like it. There won't be any noble idiocy (hopefully) regarding him being a chaebol and her being an ordinary part timer.

So excited for the next episodes. Thanks, javabeans!

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I'm wondering if Hyuk's mom might be wife #2. Perhaps there was a divorce, hence his rivalry with a younger sibling, who may turn out to be a half-sibling.

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Owww good point. That makes sense.

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I keep thinking about playing a drinking game where one takes a shot every time Gong Myung clenches his fist (including his younger self)! 🍶

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Lol. We'd all be drunk.

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Yes, I ship him with the air hostess too. Even though I know I shouldn't because she probably hates him to the point of wanting to kill him. But, Kim Yewon needs to get hers.

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Nice analysis. I thought the drama is more than what it looks like because on a closer look, there is so much going on with the characters. I believe and hope that Joon will also learn things from Hyuk. She's badass and all that but there is a side to the story that she does not know anything about. She can talk all she wants but she does not understand what kind of life a chaebol has. This is now where Jehoon comes in because he has an idea of what both worlds look like. They can all help each other grow and I hope they do by the end of the show.

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I think you are correct that Joon will have a learning trajectory as well. Like the netcitizens being quick to judge and condemn based on a limited view of a person or situation. People and situations are usually much more complex than what may be assumed from a tweet or a video clip. Unfortunately it is true what Hyuk’s father said. Due to all his prior mini scandals Hyuk had no credibility in the bank to give any weight to the explanations he wanted to give. It would have been meaningless as his image as a spoiled, unresponsible lout was firmly in the public’s mind.

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Awkwardly, I'm not feeling this show. I wanted to! I love almost everyone in it! But it feels really shallow to me, to the point that it's almost paint-by-numbers.

Too slapsticky. If it hits a groove where Siwon is able to be more serious (like when his "She Was Pretty" character was mellow), I'll probably pay more attention. But right now... Not doing it for me, I'm in a much more "This Is Our First Life"/"Temperature of Love" kind of mood.

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Ok, I cried at that scene after Hyuk was beaten up by his dad. 😭 Because although Je-hoon was there for Hyuk, I’m not yet too sure if he’s doing this as a friend or as someone getting paid to clean up Hyuk’s mess.

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Thanks JB!

I am relieved that Hyuk is not a dummy or overly naive. I was so going to be annoyed if he was going to be too long a man-child and if he kept getting away with stuff because of being a doofus. However, he is instead, a smart, thinking individual with a sense of decency and a desire to make things right (although that has some self-interest in it as well, since he wants Joon's good opinion).

He is definitely a character I want to root for and his growth is already assured. I'm also quite hooked by Je Hoon's possible trajectory. He has displayed both the loyal dog and the rebellious minion personalities as he vacillates. I'd like to see if hanging out with an ever improving Hyuk also helps Je Hoon to ultimately choose self-respect and uprightness. He really should just let Hyuk go as his charge and just keep him as a friend (if that's possible). They would be the best of good friends if not for the role Je Hoon has chosen to play. Sadly, he also seems to be the only friend Hyuk has, and they do seem to value each other.

I'd like to see a happier, less embittered Je Hoon and some awesome bromance by the end of this show. 😄

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Okay so I wasn't sure if I was going to line this up with all the other dramas I'm watching but this recap got me all curious. Will line up the first two episodes and see how it goes!

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You'll not regret it!:)

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I feel some kind of revelation after Ondal name being mentioned. 'Ah, so that's why he is so frustatingly 'stupid'..'

And about Hyuk's father, I do think he loves Hyuk in his crazy way. When Je hoon stopping him from hitting Hyuk with chair, I see some relieved expression in Hyuk's father's face. Like: thank you for stopping me hurting my son. Or maybe I was just imagining things

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Yay for Joon and Hyuk team up ahahaha. Why do I feel something bad happened to Joon's Dad. Maybe he became a scapegoat for the company. Just my hunch.

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I could only watch this drama on Monday night, since it'd be subs in the morning in my country timezone. With this drama, I'd say I look forward to go home on Monday evenings after work to watch this drama and it's totally worth it! I was laughing like hell. Hyuk is like a lost puppy and only found home when he's by Joon's side. I can't wait to see the cliche-ness of the average girl working as the caretaker of the chaebol. This will be good!

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Can't wait to see Hyuk following Joon like a puppy from Day 1 onwards...hahaha. Bring on ep 3!

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Excuse my cultural ignorance but is it really okay in Korea for a parent to beat their child bloody and then just toss them on the street? Art often imitates life and there are several dramas (RL, Strongest Deliveryman, Cheer Up) where a father just wails on his son.

The reasoning always baffles me: Dad beats son for misbehaving and making the company/family/organization look bad. BUT Dad's okay with dumping beaten and battered son right outside the front door of the aforementioned company/family home/organization where any media could get a wonderful photo of the abuse?

Can someone please shed some light on this?

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I also questioned the same thing when I watched that scene. I was like, are all the directors and shareholders there okay with the President of the conglomerate abusing his own son in the meeting room? I just can't tolerate violence, so if I were to be one of the investors, I'd might consider taking back my investments because that so-called President is not competent enough to lead his own family and teach his son in correct manner. I'd say to myself, "no wonder that kid is so mischievous, this is how his dad treated him."

Another thing that I find weird is when the Chief Section threw away Joon's drinks. Like, I know you want her out, but heck, if you ruined someone else products, aren't you supposed to pay for it? It'd be so much easier to just call the security first, rather than throw away her stuff and expect her to leave immediately.

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I am enraged on Hyuk's behalf at his father. All he's done in the present timeline is abuse Hyuk or Je Hoon, for a split second there I really thought he would smash that chair on them. Does he even realize that he could have killed them with that? All it takes is a hit in a fragile spot and the results could be disastrous? Does he realize that kicking his son and hitting him in a blinding rage makes him look like a maniac? ugh I hate family violence so much!! I hope that this issue is addressed properly and the Hyuk doesn't let it slide and become buddy buddy with his dad at the end.

I find it so jarring that when Hyuk was small the dad hugged him and carried him off but now he's just abusing him physically, emotionally and mentally. I am sad and glad that Hyuk's coping mechanism is to smile and play the fool, and not someone who hides everything and feels bitter about his treatment and who will end up shooting people when he reaches his breaking point. I was thinking maybe it makes ALL the difference in the world that Je Hoon is there suffering with him as well, and so as not to add to Je Hoon's already sufficient worries and workload he tries to play off the hurt with a smile. I think that Hyuk was sorrier and more hurt when Je Hoon was hurt by his dad than when he himself was hit. I am a little reminded of the book The Whipping Boy because of that scenario.

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Yes, I hate this plot point/cliche in the drama. This made me wonder why Je Hoon at least, doesn't sue the father? He could get millions. Which makes me wonder if they have laws there that allow the employee to sue the employer for abuse?

I can understand the father's outrage at Hyuk (since from the father's perspective Hyuk sexually assaulted a flight attendant, but we know he just tripped), but it seems that the father has been harsh and distant with Hyuk before any of that happened. It seems to me that the father has left Hyuk clueless to flounder by himself, and then he blames him when he gets into trouble. This also begs the question as to why Hyuk isn't working at the company? That would've kept him busy and in line and helped him to grow (like his older brother - who by the way seems to be conspiring against Hyuk).

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I do like the use of the poetry voice overs. At first I thought it a bit affected, but then during the beating scene in the boardroom, i found it poignant. It gives a sense of gravitas to Hyuk, that he has a depth of feeling and a poetic way of seeing the world that no one in his life has ever appreciated or would even value if they knew in the world he has lived in.

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I did not get into this drama until the 'abuse' part came up. It was heart breaking and at the same time revealing his character - an emotionally sensitive soul completely wrecked with bad upbringing. His rebelling is just his way to escape reality.
I also liked that they did not stretch the identity part - it would have made the female lead stupid.
I hope she remains a strong independent character - liking it so far.
And look forward to see more depth to his character - and would not mind watching him punch his dad back ; )

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Thanks for your recap and comments, @javabeans!

I can see that there's plenty of backstory to explore with respect to the three main characters. Perhaps hyung has been undermining Hyuk his whole life, and is plotting to have his younger brother disowned. I do find Dad to be horrid, with the aunts and uncles all chips off the same obnoxious chaebol block.

Thanks for pointing out Hyuk's parallel with Ondal the Fool. And thank you to MY ONLY LOVE SONG for introducing me to Ondal and his path to becoming a hero. (Does that mean that faithful steed Boong Boong is waiting in the wings?!)

Je-hoon is shaping up to be a flawed and conflicted brother of another mother. He strikes me as a realist who has know since he was a little kid that he's from the wrong side of the tracks. He's gotten warped by the toxic if rarified environment in which he grew up on the outside looking in.

Joon is nothing if not admirable in her methodically organized way of surviving and even thriving in Hell Joseon. Thriving may not be quite the right word at this time. But she knows what her own bottom line is, and sticks to her guns. As the Beatles so memorably sang, money can't buy love -- nor can it buy self-respect. I love her for refusing to cave in to demands to sell out by those who have already drunk the Faustian Kool-Aid. Here's hoping that she inoculates Je-hoon as well as Hyuk with her subversive outlook.

And by the way, I love that Joon works construction! I took a year of metal shop in high school in lieu of home economics. There's nothing like the exhilaration of learning to weld, do sand casting, or operate power tools. I've followed up with carpentry courses over the years. I know why Joon likes working with her hands. It's enormously empowering to have something physical to show for one's work, especially when you've designed it yourself and brought it into manifestation on the material plane.

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I am starting to warm up to Je-hoon even though he's a jerk that doesn't deserve it. You can't really say he envys his friends life (too much) because he sees the cost that comes with that privilege. His father may be disappointing but at least he's not a ragey monster prone to beating people up when he's angry. He needs to learn that if its impossible for him to say anything good to just keep his mouth shut. I guess the rest of Byun-hyuks family was so hateful and cruel in their disregard of that vicious beating that Je-hoons intervention made me like him despite myself.

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I wanted so badly for someone, anyone to film that beating and leak it to the media. It would be great to see that CEO have to "hunch down and hide" out of everyone's sight.

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Technically speaking, this drama has many of the clichés that I dislike. However by the end of episode 2, I was thoroughly intrigued, because the drama is taking a direction not seen before. I also am finding humor to be similar to that of SWDBS, in that it is very slap/stick and over-the-top but keeps me laughing.

Siwon is very good looking and manly, so even in the childish/goofy scenes he still has a manly aura. I would normally find this type of character annoying, instead BH comes off as likable and interesting. He is also a ball of contradictions. At times I am convinced that he’s a clueless clown/fool, and at others it clearly seems like he is pretending and that there is more to him (especially when he propositioned the heroine to stay by his side at the end of ep 2). I really hope that his character will have depth, and some unexpected twists.

Kang Sora’s character feels very down to earth and natural. Even though her character is feisty she doesn’t come off as annoying. I hope that just as we see BH grow as a character, we also get to see her stop having to work 200 part-time jobs and instead living happily at BH’s side towards the end. Dramas rarely show us that portion of the story in these types of setups, but I hope that this one will.

I really think that this drama is being held up in part by the cast (especially the H/h) being so fitting for their roles, and having screen presence. I also really hope that it will be fresh, despite the cliches. So for now, I will be watching more of this.

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Ackkk, I had a whole comment full of...well, comments, but I lost it so I'm just going to the most important one:

"Ondal was scorned for being a poor idiot, but Pyeonggang became a hard-working and thoughtful wife to him and, eventually, guided him into learning martial arts and becoming a skilled soldier."

- Yesss, I adore this set-up too!! It actually kind of reminds me of the early eps of Delightful Girl Choon-hyang with this bent, except HE'S the one in love first. It's fantastic.

I'll be honest, I'm having a weird experience with this show overall still, because I have a bunch of little things that bother me, but also a lot I really, really love so far. It's actually quite refreshing and fast-paced, despite some of the familiar elements. I think, with the right execution, this show could go some awesome places.

I'm just hoping we'll move away from the pervert misunderstanding soon, since I think I'm finding the overly comedic tone + the overall handling of the conflict to be a bit disconcerting. The actors definitely sell me on the comedy, but I'm still left with something bothering me. I definitely take it to heart that Hyuk offered to turn himself in and that's what means the most to me. But I still want Yeon-hee to get as much consideration as Joon when it comes to actually resolving the misunderstanding on a personal level. So I'm hopeful that the first step next episode will be resolving that for all parties involved, even if there's still going to be trouble from public sentiment.

Thanks for the recap!

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Also remember that Hyuk knelt before Yeon Hee to ask forgiveness (which also gave him bonus points from me). However I agree with you about the disconcerting feeling, and I think that is because the topic itself is a serious one, and yet here it is presented as a funny misunderstanding. So I guess that's why while its funny, it feels a bit weird. But yes, I too hope that it gets wrapped up soon.

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I am actually not expecting much from this drama but the leads had me glued to it.

Siwon, Kang Sora and Gong Myung played their respective roles well and wanting me to see how their characyers will transform and as the drama unfolds...

And all three actors are so good looking doesn't hurt haha.

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"He seems to embody the concept of loving someone (even if it’s counter to his intention) without really liking them." Wise words indeed. One of the best lessons I got from my best friend was that LOVE IS A DECISION. As long as you do your best for someone's growth and happiness you can be sad at that person, really mad at her/him, and you can feel wathever you feel. The actions are the ones that defines you.

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Ouch! The dad should be force to attend 'Extreme Anger Management Bootcamp'...poor son😓

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Ouch! The dad should be forced to attend 'Extreme Anger Management BootCamp & How To Be A Good Gentle Dad Rehab Program'...poor son😓

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I gotta start this off by saying I REALLY wanted to like this show - I genuinely was hoping for a light rom-com to bolster a less-than-stellar summer of k-dramas.

I know it's not fair to judge a k-drama by the cultural/social/political events of the US, but when that's the context I'm watching a show in, it's hard for my opinions of one to not be shaped by the other. With everything going on here, I'm having a really hard time with the joking manner that the editor/director handled Yeon-hee's reaction to being sexually harassed. Yes, we know that Hyuk didn't MEAN to harass her, but that doesn't matter - she feels harassed, her personal space was violated, and her silence was bought with a harsh NDA and money by those in power who can't give a second thought to how she has been hurt (sound familiar?). And all the while a jaunty tune plays in the background, and it's decided that it would be SO funny to have the "hero" sexually harass her again, from her perspective. But apparently it's okay, because she's drunk and he doesn't mean it.

There are other ways the show could've made Hyuk look like a rich lout with an innocent streak without victimizing one of the female characters. It's 2017. Let's try harder.

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THANK YOU for saying what I wanted to say, saved me from having to rant again. I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt very offended with what they did to Yeon-hee. I hated the fact that the same boob-grabbing move was shown not once but TWICE, and presented as a joke. It's a simple misunderstanding, if you like. The problem here was that in both times Yeon-hee was clearly very uncomfortable with the "unintentional" sexual harrassment (yeah, tell that to the victims) when in real life, this would have been the excuses given by male perpetrators ("I didn't mean it!!"). I hated episode 2.

I thought dramaland has moved on from such stupid slapstick trope, considering the fact that Witch's Court has tried to tackle and perhaps show light to sexual harrassment cases so people can understand them better, and Park Yeon-seon handled victim blaming so beautifully in Age of Youth 2. Two steps forward, one step backwards thanks to Revolutionary Love. I've dropped this drama, not even Choi Si-won and Kang So-ra can save this sinking ship. The writing is terrible and I foresee it will only get worse from here. I'll see myself out.

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I agree with you here. I hate that scene also. Oh god i want to smack the hero after that.

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This recap gives Je Hoon such a bad rep... smh... I suspect the reason why Je hoon has held on for so long to a job that is killing him is to protect Hyuk, and maybe also, for his dad? I suspect the show will reveal the reason in time, but for now I won’t be too hasty in judging him until I understand his full story.

Otherwise why would he bend over backwards to protect Hyuk from his diabolical hyung and his evil dad? I like the shenanigans in this drama, but Hyuk is too naive to be real, even as a sheltered chaebol’s son.

I’m also shipping Je hoon with flight attendant friend, there seemed to be sparks flying between them when they spoke st the airport.

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Did kang so ra do something to her face ? I find trouble recognizing her , she looks so different from what I remember her

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She lost her weigh...& a little of her chubby cheek 😊...
When the last time u see her?....at her wgm era?..."dream high" drama?...
She lost her weigh since "uggly alert" drama (after wgm/dh)....
& until now she maintain her weigh with diet & sport (ballet etc).
If u see her "uggly alert" pict, u wont see a difference...instead she more thin than now 😅.

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Hyuk looks innocent , naive and silly but I feel he's not as fool as he seems, I feel he's hiding something. I'm really looking forward to this drama, and hope there will be a surprise in the next episode

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Ok watched ep 2!

Waiting eagerly for ep 3, the start of Hyuk and Joon Day One!

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i didnt like the hitting scene too. everyone just letting dad hit his son and not intervening or even saying anything, thankfully jehoon managed to arrive in time. i'm in the minority or maybe the only one who is not warming up to hyuk's character yet. I keep comparing him to jingyu, the 2nd chaebol son in the strongest deliveryman. Jingyu's character is one of the best chaebol characters i've seen as of recent in a kdrama. Jingyu caused trouble but he had no 'jehoon' figure to come running to clean his mess. Jingyu was whacked by his father with a golf club! and had to be dragged out of the building as he couldnt walk. He was even disowned. as both these characters are chaebols and SD just finished, i cant resist comparing them 😏.
i really hope these extreme abuse scenes are only in dramas and maybe exagerated. it hurts to think that these scenarios might/could/had happen in real life. huhu

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So far, my favouite scenes are all with Lee Yoon Ji.
Is too much going on in one episode? There is a certain point when it feels like I've been watching the episode for 2 hours already, then I check and I'm only 40 minutes in... If it feels like two episodes took forever to watch, what will happen as the drama goes on?
I was looking forward to this drama but now I'm considering dropping it :\

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LOVE IT!!!
I think I can overcome my drama slump with this!

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