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Temperature of Love: Episodes 11-12

Jung-sun and Hyun-soo are like a pair of magnets, unable to resist each other’s pull no matter how determined they may be. Not that they’re actually that determined—neither of them seems to object to the frequency with which they keep running into each other. In fact, I’m beginning to suspect that their encounters aren’t all that accidental, and that someone may have been planning this all along.

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

We go back in time again, to Jung-woo’s confession to Hyun-soo. As we watch the sweet moments that Jung-sun and Hyun-soo shared, we hear her telling Jung-woo that she’s not happy even though she won the writing contest, because she realized too late that she loved someone, but he left.

After his confession, Jung-woo drives Hyun-soo home and asks what the man she loves does for a living, then immediately chastises himself for asking. Hyun-soo offers a meek apology, but Jung-woo says not to be sorry because that would mean this is the end. He tells her not to be scared, because he won’t make her uncomfortable.

He turns up the radio, which is playing Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, the song Hyun-soo played for Jung-sun when she turned him down. Jung-woo seems to sense Hyun-soo’s discomfort and starts to turn the music down, but she stops him. Their hands touch, which just adds another level of awkwardness to the moment.

That night, Jung-woo looks out his penthouse window, flipping his old pocket watch and thinking about Joon-ha telling him that Hyun-soo is very rational about love. He’d said that Hyun-soo wants to marry a man who respects her, and advised Jung-woo to win her trust.

A few months later, Hyun-soo asks Jung-woo why he never offered to contract her as a scriptwriter. He says sadly that she has many agencies who would want her and she feels uncomfortable with him, but she reminds him that he promised not to make her uncomfortable. Jung-woo cracks a tiny grin, and Hyun-soo excitedly points out how sexy his lopsided smile is.

It cheers him up, and he offers her a contract right then, which she accepts without hesitation. He tells her not to worry about making money, but to write what she wants to write.

Not long after, Jung-woo goes to Paris, where he meets up with Jung-sun. Jung-sun tells Jung-woo about his plans to graduate school and work for two years before going home, making Jung-woo ask if he even has time to date.

Jung-sun turns the question on him, and Jung-woo sighs that he was rejected recently. Jung-sun sympathizes, saying that before he left for Paris he was rejected by a woman who put work before love. Jung-woo is impressed by the lady’s ambition, so Jung-sun says that he plans to find her when he gets back to Korea, offering to introduce her to Jung-woo.

Jung-woo jokes that he might steal her away, but Jung-sun says that he wouldn’t allow that, adding that she’s dating someone else anyway and might marry the guy. Jung-woo looks wounded on Jung-sun’s behalf, and the two friends toast as Jung-sun says in voiceover that he never guessed that they were talking about the same woman. He asks himself, “If I’d known this first, would I have been able to calm his rage a bit? I still wonder.”

We come back to the present and rejoin Hyun-soo as she demands for the director of her drama to be replaced. They bicker until CP Yoo shouts at them to just deal with it, fed up with their fighting. He informs them that if the ratings drop again, they’re both out.

After running their hearts out, Jung-sun and his chefs flop on the grass, dreaming of chicken and beer. Suddenly, a deliveryman shows up with chicken right on cue, followed by Jung-woo.

While the guys play soccer, Jung-woo notes that Jung-sun seems very attached to his staff, and Jung-sun notes that Jung-woo seems to always keep people at a distance. Jung-woo says he’s been hurt a lot in the past, and Jung-sun says it’s an honor to be one of people he keeps close. Jung-woo warns him good-naturedly not to let him down, because then he really won’t be letting anyone close anymore. He tells Jung-sun that a spot just opened up on a cooking competition show, and he’ll be taking the place of a chef who can’t compete.

Hyun-soo sits in a tense stare-down with Director Min, and eventually she asks if there’s any way they can come to an agreement. Director Min says that the only agreement he’s interested in is the one in which she listens to him.

Swallowing her irritation, she says that all she wants is some respect, admitting that he’s very good at fixing script problems on the fly. But he just says angrily that he’s going to film this week’s episodes exactly as written and see what happens to the ratings.

On her way home, Hyun-soo gives in and calls Jung-sun. But he left his phone at home, making her wonder if he’s ignoring her to pay her back for not answering his call. When Jung-sun gets home and sees the unidentified number, he can’t help but smile, knowing exactly who called.

He calls back, putting on a stern voice as he asks how she got his number. She confesses that Won-joon gave it to her, then tells him about her fight with Director Min. Still playing it cool, he says that he doesn’t know anything about her business, and when she asks him to just listen, he grumbles that that’s difficult because he’s a man and his instinct is to solve problems.

Hyun-soo laughs at him and says she’ll tell a girl about it instead. He ends the call, but not before telling her not to skip meals when she’s working, which has Hyun-soo grinning and telling herself that he’s flirting with her.

She decides to flirt back, and sends him a little note asking, “Will you solve it for me?” It works like a charm, and the following morning they’re out bright and early running together.

Out of shape, Hyun-soo gasps that she’s going to work after their run. Jung-sun says that filming a drama looks like a lot of hard work from what he saw, and she asks if he was surprised to learn that she was the writer of the drama he filmed the scene for. When he freezes up, unable to think of a quick answer, she figures out that he knew before he agreed to do the scene.

When Hyun-soo needs to take a break, Jung-sun nags that she never changes, making her pout that she wants to be someone who betters herself constantly. He says it must be hard to be a writer and constantly have to get higher ratings, but Hyun-soo says she’s not after fame or high ratings; she just wants her dramas to help people get through their day with a little happiness.

Jung-sun calls that a lie, because if it were true then she wouldn’t be struggling. Hyun-soo pouts that he’s gotten prickly, but Jung-sun says he’s always been like this, adding, “Have some interest in me.” Hyun-soo is taken aback, and Jung-sun just runs ahead without her.

In another part of the park, Won-joon gathers the chefs together for some team-bonding jogging time. They run into Jung-sun and Hyun-soo, and Won-joon introduces Hyun-soo as the writer of Unruly Detectives, which impresses the guys.

They all go for lunch, where the boys immediately start shipping Jung-sun and Hyun-soo. Ha-sung wonders what the deal is with Jung-sun and Hong-ah, but perceptive maknae Min-ho says confidently that there’s nothing between them, so Ha-sung sets his sights on Hong-ah himself.

The normally taciturn Kyung-soo practically gushes over Hyun-soo as they eat, as he’s a big fan of her drama. Hyun-soo seems comfortable with Jung-sun’s coworkers, and he definitely notices how well she fits in.

Hyun-soo’s assistant writer Kyung calls Hong-ah when she doesn’t show up for work, saying that they ought to be there to support Hyun-soo even though there isn’t much for them to do. Hong-ah says she’ll come in once she runs an errand, though she refuses to tell Kyung what she’s up to.

Joon-ha is with Kyung, playing video games on his computer, and he charms her into making him some food. She complains the entire time, slapping her own hands for giving in to him, while he beams at her like she’s the cutest thing ever.

She says he has bad taste in women, mentioning his ex-wife, then feels guilty when his face falls. She offers to make him an egg, unaware that he’s just upset because his video game character was killed, ha.

Hong-ah goes to see Jung-woo and gives him the scripts she wrote for a daily drama, which she’s submitted to a writing contest. She practically orders him to produce the drama, saying that she’s a faster writer than Hyun-soo, and her story is more interesting.

Jung-woo chides Hong-ah for putting Hyun-soo down to make herself look better. But she says she’s doing it on purpose, because most people show their best sides when they want to impress someone, so she decided to do the opposite to prove how motivated she is to succeed. Jung-woo says it certainly made an impression, and he agrees to read her scripts.

Jung-sun arrives home after filming his scene for Hyun-soo’s drama to find Won-joon reading about the actress who’ll be judging him on the cooking show. He asks Won-joon to put together a list of dishes she likes so he can prepare for the show.

Won-joon asks if Jung-sun and Hyun-soo are dating, but Jung-sun says that he’s focusing on Good Soup. Won-joon asks what happens if Hyun-soo gets away, and Jung-sun says she got away once already, “So I’m not going to start things easily this time.”

Jung-sun’s mother shows up at Good Soup with her artist boyfriend Daniel, and Jung-sun meets with them up on the roof. Daniel says that Jung-sun will be famous once he goes on TV since he’s young and handsome like he was in his youth, and of course his mother takes credit for his good looks.

Daniel thanks Jung-sun for sending donations to his exhibits, but Jung-sun goes silent, having done no such thing. His mother nervously tells Daniel to drop the subject, and Daniel figures out that the money must be coming from her.

She admits to Daniel that the money comes from Jung-woo, justifying it by saying that Jung-sun and Jung-woo are practically brothers so it’s the same thing. But Daniel is embarrassed that she would arrange something like that behind his back, and he stomps off in a snit. She rolls her eyes and sighs at what she puts up with to be with a man.

Jung-sun’s mother goes back inside, where he silently points her back upstairs to yell at her in private. He says that he only knows of one place where she’d get money, but she lies shamelessly, claiming that the money came from Daniel.

Jung-sun asks why she even needs a man, and why she can’t just live alone. His mother says that she doesn’t want to—Jung-sun won’t live with her, but men are different because they love her, at least for a little while, and at a very hot temperature at that. He says she’ll get burned, but she says men and women live together based on the short time when they were hot. “All relationships fall flat. But with a man, for a time, things are hot,” she says.

Seeing that this conversation is a dead end, Jung-sun asks again where she got the money. She insists that she didn’t borrow it from anyone, indignantly asking him why he can’t trust her.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

When Hong-ah finally shows up to work, she brings a skincare gift for Hyun-soo, quipping with thinly veiled animosity that Hyun-soo shouldn’t let her skin get bad just because her drama is failing. Damn. She asks Hyun-soo to take her off the assistant writers’ credits for the drama, and though Kyung objects, Hyun-soo easily agrees.

When Hong-ah offers to buy dinner for them to eat while they watch today’s episode, Kyung thinks something good must have happened to her. But Hyun-soo says that Hong-ah always spends money when something bad happens, and she offers to buy instead.

They settle in to watch the show, which is the episode Jung-sun appears in. The main character is chased through the mall by a gang, but he stops in front of Jung-sun while he cooks, moved by his statement that the dish he’s cooking reminds him of his mother.

The character’s pause allows the gang to catch up with him, but he manages to break away and lead them out of the mall and… to a beach? In the middle of the city? Even Kyung wonders how they suddenly got to the beach, as the main character takes on the entire gang alone, and the episode ends on a cliffhanger.

Hyun-soo tosses and turns all night, worried about the episode’s ratings. She goes online and just happens to see Jung-sun’s supportive message, and though she doesn’t know it’s from him, she gains a tiny bit of courage from it.

In the morning, Director Min sends Hyun-soo the ratings then calls her to say “I told you so,” because the ratings dropped when he shot scenes exactly as she wrote them, then went up for the ending fight scene that he changed. Jung-woo calls Hyun-soo later, and when she apologizes that he’ll probably lose money because of her, he tells her to think of herself first.

She thanks Jung-woo in a quiet voice and then admits that she’s scared, and he asks if she’s being a woman to him right now, eager to accept it if she is. She quickly says no. He tells her to keep looking ahead so that she can get up when she falls, which chokes her up.

Kyung worries about Hyun-soo when she sees the ratings, and Hong-ah adds that Hyun-soo will end up taking the fall because she made a public scene on the set. Hyun-soo arrives at work, deflated and tired, so Kyung gets her some tea.

Hong-ah gets a call, and her eyes go wide when she learns that she’s won the drama contest she entered. Hyun-soo is genuinely happy for her, though Kyung is a bit jealous, so Hyun-soo starts to explain that writing competitions are as much luck as talent, trying to encourage her. Hong-ah interrupts to bark at Hyun-soo to focus on congratulating her, feeling that she’s belittling her hard work by calling it luck.

Hong-ah leaves to spread her good news, stopping to thank Hyun-soo for letting her go since it’s such an important day for her despite what Hyun-soo is going through. Hyun-soo says that’s why she likes Hong-ah, and that she would’ve felt bad if her misfortune had dampened her happiness.

Hong-ah goes to Good Soup first, but Won-joon tells her that Jung-sun is filming his competition show today. He walks her out, and he’s thrilled for her when she tells him that she won the contest. He spins her around, then tells her cheerfully to be a nice person now, hee.

Hong-ah calls Jung-sun as he’s preparing for the show. His congratulations is a lot cooler than Won-joon’s, so she demands that he treat her to a meal later. Jung-sun agrees and then steps into the green room, where he’s stunned to see that his old boss, Chef Lee, will be his opponent on the show.

CP Yoo visits Hyun-soo and tells her that he’s going to hire a second writer. He asks her for recommendations, and she promises to give it some thought. The situation is only getting worse on the drama set, with the lead actor now refusing to shoot his scenes.

The actress who’s judging the cooking show (cameo by Choi Hwa-jung), asks the chefs to make a bouillabaisse, a French seafood stew, wanting to be reminded of her honeymoon in France. The host tastes the two dishes, clearly favoring the one made by Jung-sun’s old boss. Jung-sun looks disappointed, but he keeps working, dropping a steak in a hot water bath to cook.

But a cameraman accidentally kicks the power off to the water bath, so that when he’s ready to plate the meat, it’s still raw. With only a few minutes left, Jung-sun scrambles to complete his dish, while Chef Lee finishes with time to spare. Jung-sun barely manages to hit the bell just as his time is up.

The actress tastes Chef Lee’s dish first, and she praises it lavishly. Next she tries Jung-sun’s dish, and she makes an odd face when she tastes it. The host says that Chef Lee used to be Jung-sun’s teacher, but Chef Lee clarifies that Jung-sun was just his line cook.

The actress is asked to make her decision, but we don’t see who she chooses. Later, as Jung-sun is cleaning up, she approaches him to say that while Chef Lee’s food tasted better, Jung-sun’s made her happy, as though she were young again and with her husband in Paris. Jung-sun thanks her, saying that that’s why he cooks, and that’s when we see the winning pin on his shirt.

Jung-sun runs into Jung-woo on his way out, and Jung-woo congratulates him on his win. When Jung-sun asks about Unruly Detectives, Jung-woo tells him that the studio wants to add a new writer, and he’s on his way to drag the leading actor back on set, even if he has to beat him up to do it.

He brings up Hyun-soo and how she and Jung-sun seemed close, saying offhandedly that it would be nice if Jung-sun cooked her something to cheer her up, thinking that’s the last thing he’d do.

Hong-ah is at Good Soup waiting for Jung-sun to treat her to her congratulatory meal, but he calls to say that something came up and he can’t make it. He says he’ll make it up to her later, but she just asks who he’s going to see instead.

Jung-sun arrives at Hyun-soo’s place, where she’s waiting outside for him. They greet each other shyly then go inside, where she spills the tea she’s trying to serve him. She protests when Jung-sun offers to clean up, but he tells her to let the person who’s better at the job do it, and to stick to what she’s good at.

Hyun-soo relents, sitting heavily and muttering that she doesn’t think she’s good at anything. In a faraway voice, she says that writing is what she does best, but look how that turned out. Jung-sun gives her that look of his, then reaches out to grasp her hand, and Hyun-soo starts to cry as she admits that she’s scared.

Jung-sun wipes her tear away with his thumb, and Hyun-soo leans into his hand for just a moment before pulling it away. She laughs at herself wryly for acting like a woman so that he’ll console her, and without a word, Jung-sun stands and scoops her into his arms.

He carries her to the couch and lays her down, bringing their faces close together, and their world goes black and white. They freeze for a long moment, their eyes never wavering from each other, and the color comes rushing back. Jung-sun asks Hyun-soo, “Are you scared?”

Outside, Hong-ah walks up the stairs to Hyun-soo’s apartment and reaches up to ring the doorbell.

 
COMMENTS

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it many times, but this couple has some serious chemistry. I almost don’t even notice when they have a charged scene but no kiss, because the energy between them is so intense whenever they get close, they may as well be kissing. I love how drawn they are to each other, both emotionally and physically, as though they genuinely can’t help but end up together over and over because anything else would be an insult to Fate.

Not that it’s entirely up to chance, because I’m now fully convinced that Jung-sun has been planning to get Hyun-soo back all along. I had hoped that he was playing hard-to-get on purpose, but hearing him tell Jung-woo in Paris that he planned to find the woman he loved when he came back to Korea just confirmed it, at least for me. He always intended to get her back. And normally I don’t approve of playing games, but I think that Jung-sun is mostly just playing it smart—he knows Hyun-soo, and he knows that she doesn’t value things that come too easily. He was too easy when they first met, wearing his heart on his sleeve, so now he’s forcing her to see the value of his feelings by holding them back a bit.

But it’s cute how he’s not really doing a very good job of it, and even Hyun-soo knows it. Jung-sun gave himself away when he rejected her on the rooftop, then turned right around and offered to make her breakfast, then later when he told her not to skip meals. Hyun-soo knows that he shows affection by feeding people, so his concern about her eating was a dead giveaway. And that little smile when Jung-sun saw that Hyun-soo had called him just killed me dead, plus the fact that he called her right back. But the biggest giveaway is his utter weakness in the face of her tears, which pretty much melted him on the spot.

I didn’t think that Hong-ah could get much worse, and when she won the contest I actually assumed for a few seconds that she might even let go of some of her jealousy and resentment of Hyun-soo. But then she got all snippy when Hyun-soo and Kyung didn’t give her enough attention, and even though I do think she had a point about Hyun-soo devaluing her win in an attempt to make Kyung feel better, she did it in a really childish, “Hey, this is MY moment, pay attention to MEEE” way. She’s just incapable of seeing the world in any way except the way that she wants it to be, and it’s that complete lack of empathy that’s going to cause a lot of problems down the road.

I just love how this show takes things we’re used to seeing in dramas and uses them in unexpected ways, creating a very unique feel to the events. I’ve talked about the way that important emotional scenes are marked, not by musical cues, but by a moment of slow motion black-and-white, and the way flashbacks are used to add extra information that gives the audience deeper insight into the characters and their motivations. But I also appreciate how voiceovers are being used to introduce a vague sense of foreboding, as if everything between these friends is about to go horribly wrong.

In the previous episode, Hyun-soo said in voiceover that she didn’t initially know why Hong-ah began to hate her, but that she would learn why in time. While she was saying this, we were treated to a montage of happy moments between the two friends, before their feelings for Jung-sun started coming between them. Then the show did it again in this episode, showing us the friendly times between Jung-sun and Jung-woo, while Jung-sun talks about whether he could have calmed Jung-woo’s rage if he’d known sooner that they loved the same woman. Both of these moments, showing us happy scenes while telling us that things are about to explode, make me more than a little concerned about the friendships and whether they’ll be able to survive Jung-sun and Hyun-soo’s romance. Not only would it be terribly sad to see them both lose a close friend, but the last thing they need as they fall in love again is the complication of knowing that their love is hurting people they care about.

 
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I'm excited to see how Jung-sun and Hyun-soo's different trajectories in their career will help them reconnect this time around, instead of driving them further apart like how it was 5 years ago. I'm afraid though of what will happen with the bromance between Jung-won and Jung-sun - they're overdue a revelation and Jung-won won't like it one bit. I hope the Good Soup guys won't suffer the fallout, but I won't be surprised if that's exactly what's going to happen. Jung-won doesn't seem like the type of guy who would take losing in stride.

My fangirl heart keeps wishing there'd be more skinship next week (lol sorry not sorry) - I loved that bit where the scene turned black and white and there was just pure silence. Like the whole world stopped, and there was no one else but the two of them.

I know that Hong-ah is being used as a cliched plot device but can we please have less of her in this drama? It looks like next week we're in for back-to-back confrontations between her and Jung-sun, and between her and Hyun-soo, so okay, I'll give her that much. But she needs to grow up and get a grip on reality - that insecurity and inferiority complex is doing no one good. I wish the writer thought of giving us a more fleshed out second lead, someone more than petty, underhanded tactics and a bunch of insecurities.

The other side characters are much more fun to watch - especially Won-joo and the Good Soup dudes! Love that they're shipping Jung-sun and Hyun-soo, teehee. I can def do away without the mom and her boytoy though.

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I agree - I love this drama, but I love it even more when we aren't focusing on Hong-ah. I feel like she doesn't really have any sympathetic qualities (at least that we know of yet) to make her actions seem compelling. I can understand why she's behaving the way she does, but I would prefer to care about her and her actions instead of just having her there to move the plot forward.

All the other characters in this drama (aside from Jung-sun's mom, who I pretend doesn't exist haha) are so delightful that Hong-ah's antics don't distract me too much!

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I also wanted more skinship, so I'm sorry not sorry, too. I think those black and white moments are gorgeous.

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Thank you for the recap @Lollypip 😃.
I was relieved with Hyun Soo voiceover in ep9-10, but Jung Sun voiceover in this ep is heartbreaking , just how wrong will things go between them to use "rage" to describe it 😟. Like you said "Not only would it be terribly sad to see them both lose a close friend, but the last thing they need as they fall in love again is the complication of knowing that their love is hurting people they care about. " this voiceover is such a huge dark cloud coming and we still have Mother and Hong Ah to deal with (I need Lee Yu Ri "Inner Peace" 😤), aigoo Hyun Soo and Jung Sun getting back won't be easy 😢.
Regarding the leads chemistry : wow it always surprises me and I fully enjoy it hahaha 😍 .

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I like your username 😍 I started watching detective Conan around 6 years back and m still following it

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I feel like this voiceover was more heart-rending because we still like Jung-woo. With the previous foreshadowing voiceover, it was about Hong-ah, and I couldn't care less about her widdle feewings being hurt because she doesn't care about hurting others. Hong-ah is the younger version of Icky Mom, and I don't want another one of her around our OTP.

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I don't think heart is ready for the broken bromance between Jung-sun and Jung-woo. Can it just not come? Can't they do a voice over where JS is all like, "just kidding!"

Still loving the mood and feel of this drama. The pacing is slow , yet it never feels boring or lacking (slight disclaimer, I do fast forward through mom and some of Hong Ah).

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I am also unprepared. Like, the differences between my Jung Sun-Hyun Woo flail and my Jung Sun-Jung Woo flail are non existent now. That bromance might as well be my second ship.

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Jungsun and Jungwoo are definitely definitely my second ship. Might even be my first ship!

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U CAN FEEL SO MUCH TENSION BETWEEN THESE 2 GUYS!! SAME WITH THE 2 LEADS!! I just feel so much chemistry in general with the whole cast like these are real people with real lives and relationships

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Ah, so I'm not alone in my flailing for both ships. 😂

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This show is one example of how great a drama becomes when the writing and directing complement each other (which I know is the opposite of whats happening in the show at the moment :P). I gotta admit, things move quite slowly with mostly just conversations but the directing is what makes this show great.

Hong Ah is really not a friend worth keeping which makes me less sympathetic towards the girls' friendship whereas Jung Sun and Jung Woo's bromance is awesome, so the loss of that friendship would be heartbreaking once Jung Woo finds out.

I absolutely LOVE the chemistry between the two leads and think Jung Sun deserves to play hard-to-get. I also like how they have both drawn lines with the second leads, especially Jung Sun who makes it absolutely clear that he's not interested in Hong Ah. I really pity Won Joon though, how he can be so nice despite knowing about Hong Ah's feelings towards Jung Sun all these years.

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I feel like the difference in friendship is what bums me out the most. It feels so typical to have the second female lead (which rarely is a female lead and more just a rival/antagonist) be somewhat friendly but jealous and go downright nuclear when the protagonist loves the same boy, no matter who liked who first or, you know, who the boy likes. While the second male lead, who sometimes feels like a second lead all together ("Beautiful Gong-Shim" comes to mind, where the title character was almost an afterthought), is often very sweet and caring, and his relationship with the male lead is either good friendship or laughably macho-rivals, which most often turn into begrudging friendship at the end. As you said, the girls' friendship won't be missed because Hong-ah isn't a friend or a support character, she's a rival, an antagonist, whereas the boys' friendship is strong and you rue the day it breaks apart.

There are times I wish someone would take dramas and just change the genders around, or at least have a petty friend-but-not-really-friend boy and a female bromance that people almost ship more than the main pairing.

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It’s almost like writers have never had a healthy female relationship. I’m so on board about switching genders around. When was the last time I ever heard of two girls fighting over the same guy in real life—especially between friends?!? Never. In my life. Did I end up dating a guy one of my girlfriends dumped after they broke up? Maybe, but that’s another story—and a pretty good one 😜. Imagine a Caucasian Kim Jae Wook who is a drummer in a band. I digress. Anyway, I wouldn’t be where I am without supportive girlfriends, especially in navigating love and boys. Why don’t our kdrama heroines have this?

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Yeah, I think that is why I really appreciated the friendship between San and Dan in The King Loves. San obviously appreciated having a female friend, and Dan was just lovely. And when Dan got jealous, she hated that part of her and was shocked at herself when she let that jealousy get the best of her. In the end they got through it and became true sisters. (I got to be honest, I was more invested in the girls' friendship than the boys', even if theirs was compelling as well. I just need som galfriend angst!)

If Hong-ah's story was something like Dan's, that she got jealous and knew it was an issue, but appreciated how Hyun-soo accepted her and was patient with her bad habits, until Hong-ah realized those habits of petty jealousy had finally gotten over the line but there was no turning back, I think I would have been more open about their friendship and how the OTP will hurt their closest friends. But for now, I feel like Hong-ah isn't a friend the OTP will hurt as much as a rival who pretends to be nice until it doesn't benefit her, and that's just not interesting, for me at least.

Now, I personally do hope Jung-woo will turn dark as well and become more manipulative and possessive, because just like I'm tired of the supposed second female lead becoming a petty rival, I'm also tired of the second male lead being such a nice guy I feel bad when he isn't chosen by the girl. That and my guilty pleasure is seeing these possessive subtly bad guys manipulating the leads and see how they get away from it. I just hope, since the drama is doing a good job staying fairly realistic and mature about drama-matters, that they won't fall into that hole.

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In this case the writer's previous drama (High Society) has a strong female friendship between the first lead (UEE) and second lead (Im Jiyeon). Although they love the same men, the second lead is supportive and I love their friendship more than the boys. So I don' t think the reason is because writers don't have a healthy female friendship, they jjst choose not to write it in their drama.

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It is mostly just a joke, like how people say "it's like men have never seen a woman before!". Obviously they have seen a woman, but sometimes they act like they never have. I agree that most writers just choose not to write it, and I guess it just bugs me because, maybe I'm just unlucky, but I find often way more dramas where the girls become rivals while the boys are or become friends. So many dramas that pit the girls against each other over a boy, and while I know it is just as damaging to have boys fight over a girl without thinking of asking HER about it, it just feels different about the broken girlfriendships. Maybe because I myself am more afraid of losing my girl friends, but I also value them too much to let a boy or something like that part us, so seeing so many dramas where the girls break up over it feeds my fear of that happening. Especially when the girl rival rarely seems to regret it, which feed again my fear that my own galfriends never really care for me as much as I do.

Thank you for telling me about High Society, though, I will be sure to check it out one day! ^^

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the one (okay, maybe two) saving grace about jo boa's character is that 1) she's acted by jo boa, and i have an inexplicable soft spot for jo boa, and 2) so far, the drama hasn't given her an inch with her backstabbing. jung-sun has firmly and repeatedly drawn the line between them, and has, without fail, put hyun-soo above hong-ah, no matter how hard hong-ah has pestered him in the past. and hong-ah's lie about hyun-soo's boyfriend was resolved between jung-sun and hyun-soo almost immediately, without any third party intervention. i really hope this trend continues, because nothing is more frustrating than having a 2D, cliche female second lead's machinations become a vehicle for conflict for the OTP. :(

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I just finish ep 12 and immediately check on Db. What a coincidence (is it?) to see the recap is HERE!
I know I will naturally, wholeheartedly agree with Lollypip about that ultra powerful electricity, I mean chemistry between the two leads.
Btw, why does that last "Are you scared?" sound sexy to me. As if he knew for sure that they would be drawn to each other (look at that close proximity!) and, perhaps, kiss? And, start a relationship?. "Hyun Soo, are you scared of those possibilities?"
I AM NOT, if that question is directed to me.

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sure. i cannot with the way jungsun stares/glances hyunsoo. so much love and tenderness. he is so sweet im developing tooth decay..

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Me: *calmly watching the last minutes of the show*
What could possibly go wrong?

Also: *sees a doorbell*
Oooh, shit is about to get real!

On the other hand:
I like that running is still an ongoing theme in the show. Because that's how our OTP first met, it feels somehow meaningful. And the fact that they are running together again feels like they are allowing themselves to have a second chance.

And omo, the Good Soup family is growing on me. The maknae is so cute, and the waitress is intriguing. (have to learn their names)

Lastly, am I the only one who thinks that Hyun-soo actually suspects something is going on with Hong-ah? I think she understands the nuance in the jabs that Hong-ah always directs at her, she can see the hostility, but she's just confused about the reason.

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I honest-to-god hope she knows. I'm sure she does. She is aware that something is going on, but they have been friends for years so she is afraid to ask and find a stranger before her. So she tries to be a good friend and hope that whatever Hong-ah is angry about will go away with kindness, until Hon-ah is the one to declare them done.

I really wish that could have been used to make me care more about their friendship. With the boys, I am afraid for the day their friendship breaks because we see how they appreciate each other. With the girls, I wish we could then too, but there isn't much of a friendship to miss because she isn't being a friend right now. I hope maybe she will go back and forth, that she hates how she is jealous of Hyun-soo and she is thankful of her friend's patience and acceptance of her bad habits. But then she realizes Hyun-soo and Jung-sun are back together, and that was the line. Because I want to miss the girls' friendship just as much as I'll miss the boys'.

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I've never wished for doorbells to not work before but then I saw this episode...this drama is making me wish for weird things...lol

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I wish for crueler things......for someone to electrify the heck out of that door bell. Maybe it will shock the pettiness out of her system.

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Lol that was funny hahaaha😂

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Trust me, kimbap's comments are always funny! 🤣😎👍

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Oooh, an electrified, zappy doorbell? Where may I find one of those? This needs to be a thing.

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My inner introvert is saying doesn't everyone pretend they're not home when they don't want to answer the door? There's no rule that says you have to answer the door (according to me 😜)

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Yes but the sound of the bell or knock would have interrupted the potential kiss.

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Hong Ah is really getting into my nerves. I might just have to skip scenes she's on. And oh my gosh that prologue. I am now getting anxious as to how this bromance will be affected when they both realize they like the same girl. And that drama they are producing. I LOLed at the mall-to-beach chasing scene. No wonder they are getting low ratings.

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The mall chase/fight is on the original script but the chase to the beach and fight is the director's idea. The irony is that the rating peak on the beach fighting and drop before that. That's why the director won and said i told you so. Hyun Soo's assistant writer said the beach scene didn't make sense but somehow viewers like it. This drama writer is probably trying to tell us that there could be many factors to the rise and fall of ratings but sometimes hard to gauge viewer‘s personal preference, even scenes that don't make sense can garner higher viewerships.

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It actually feels stupid (I mean as a viewer I feel stupid that some random inconsistent scene increases ratings). So I wonder what really induced an increase of ratings: is it the fighting or the location? If it's the fighting then for the consistency of the show it would be better to have it in the street no?

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I totally understand where you are coming from,
my personal take is that while Hong An's character seems without merit and totally irredeemable

but if we try and spare a thought standing in in her shoes, her close friend who is supposedly her inferior in every way, won the competition first, is getting all the exceptional men around them feeling head over heels over her.

It does not excuse 100% of her behaviour, but her reward (if she wins) is landing one of the exceptional men.

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I don't think Jung-Sun is playing hard to get. I think he is establishing that he is a 'man' now and wants her to respect him. Earlier, he was this boy who was just offering his heart without any inhibitions. He doesn't want her to see him that way anymore. You notice how he emphasis the 'man'/'real man' a few times. I guess Hyun-soo will learn to lean on to him eventually, which she has never done before (atleast not voluntarily). She made the first move in getting his phone number, calling him and meeting him, which he clearly appreciates. I think by now he should be sure of her deep feelings for him (if that's what he was confirming).

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Talking about phone number, when I saw Hyun Soo's was not saved under her name, I was like, okay he really didn't look for her number. But turned out, it was much better, he memorized it. Oh, my heart. What a sweet guy.

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it didnt come to my mind before you mention it .really sweet guy

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There are so many possible interpretations regarding actions in this show it's kinda mind boggling.

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5 years after, he still memorised her number. <3

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I think he is trying to establish a subtle dominance, as you described it. I also think the main reason he rejected her in Monday's ep, is because he wants to make sure that she will not put anything before their relationship (her work) like she did before. Basically he doesn't want to jump into a relationship with her again, unless he is sure that she will not run or prioritize anything above their relationship. I guess he wants to be the first in her heart and life :)

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I like JS's certainty that his gut is right when he fell in love that first night jogging/finding their way from being lost with HS. He's been nothing but committed to her.

1. He left abruptly - but in honour of her consistent wishes that she did not want to take things further, and that she would not wait for him, and that she favoured clean and complete breakups.

2. He had plans to get her back when he was in Paris - he articulated this to JW when he visited a few months after JS left for Paris (I estimate JW's visit as ~6-9mths after JS left.)

3. He comes home and sets up a restaurant naming it after the soup which HS said was her favourite dish - I know it was his original chatroom screen name, but the duality gives JS plausible deniability and a ready defence if people ask.

4. Similarly, he agrees to go on the cooking show "for his team" - but we also know he knew HS was the writer before he signed up. Again, plausible deniability that he didn't sign up to see her again... a defence mechanism maybe even to himself.

I really do think JS has been prepping different parts of his HS recipe for a long, long time.

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Please don't ring that doorbell Hong-ah, chaebal! Idc how low you will get (no I care actually but let's talk about it later) , but please don't ruin their moments!

" Are you scared ?" Why it sounds sooo sexy. How do you think she will answer?

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My wish when Hong-ah ring the bell..

JS : Are you expecting someone to come? *while looking at HS*

HS : No. I don't..

JS : So do you want to open the door? *puppy eyes*

HS : I don't have to..

*suddenly Hong-ah calls Jung-soon, Jung-soon immediately turned off his phone and says it's a spam. He also asks for Hyun-soo's phone and turns it off.

JS : I don't want anyone to interrupt us. Now, can we continue what we were doing? Are you scared?...

Sorry Hong-ah, no room for you!

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ㅋㅋㅋ I like that Sunbae 😄 , now let's see if the staff read dramabeans just like School 2017 staff did 😜

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Did the School 2017 peeps really read DB posts!? Was that drama pre-produced, I can't remember.

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It was a joke between Beanies because some of the things we hoped for and talked about on fan wall or recaps happened in the drama afterwards :) .
http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/08/school-2017-episode-13/#comment-3032933

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Hahaha yes! Let's wait if they actually been lurking in DB! 😆

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Please submit your script! Perfect scene

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Awww no! Not the bromance! I appreciated Hyun-soo's voice-over about Hong-ah because it lets us know she's not oblivious to her true character, and Hong-ah is so already so terrible I don't really think I'll be surprised by anything bad she does in the future. Jung-woo though...I love him and will probably be heartbroken if his character takes a turn for the worst.

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Thanks for the recap @Lollypip. I swear, you make the stuff I miss and misinterpret, fill in the gaps and make sense:

1. The prologue for episode 11. Are we really going to be in for that rough a ride? Please don’t tell me he will collaborate with Hong-ah.
2. The sets chosen and set design are really beautiful and well done.
3. At first Eps 9+10 Jung-sun really confused me here. I know we say one thing and do/feel another. We also don’t tell people like friends the full truth sometimes. But now I get it. He got most of his feeling for the past 5 years off his chest and left the door cracked open. Thankfully Hyung-soo kept at it and we are where we are now. At least that’s what I thought until reading @Lollypip’s analysis.
4. These characters are really well written and the show really lives up to its name.
5. The PPL is getting a bit much. Another Subway, now Nescafe—which was admittedly kinda funny/cute—and this face serum thing.
6. When the cooking competition came up, I had both former boss Chef Lee and former idiot sous chef in mind right away. Admittedly, I was thinking it would have been sous chef way more for some reason.
7. The cooking competition was nerve recking and fantastically/executed. Yang Se-jong is absolutely selling it as an experienced chef. His nervousness had me worried and freaking out. The host tasting and commenting on the not yet completed dishes really pissed me off—bias and unintended bias is real. That stupid camera man went and messed him up. Thankfully, skill and quick thinking saved the day.
8. Actress judge's (Choi Hwa-jung) giggle had me freaking out again. I knew it could have been either really good or really bad. I was ecstatic that it was the former.
9. If he didn’t win let alone finish, that would have been disastrous. They really played the stakes well here.
10. Well Chef Lee made himself look like a total idiot. You got beat by your former “line cook” Chef!
11. What I absolutely love about Jung-woo is that he is a hustler—and not in the pejorative sense. He puts in the work and the time himself to get things done and I respect that.
12. That’s what’s annoying me a bit though. We don’t get to see Hyun-soo in the same hardworking professional light as we do Jung-sun and Jung-woo. Those two live and breathe their jobs. It would be great if we could get more scenes like the one in the library or even some brain storming stuff. Something that would sell her current set back more.
13. Hong-ah. Dear, sweet Hong-ah. I’m pretty sure everyone else will talk about this exemplary human being. The one thing I would say though is that taking her name off the script to avoid the backlash of the show’s ratings was smart and messed up.

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@hades,

#13. -- Thanks for that. Of course Hong-ah wanted her name removed from the script. A rat abandoning a sinking ship.

I'm hoping that the show's new writer helps Hyun-soo turn the show around to make it a bona fide hit. Meaning that Hong-ah bailed out on a winner when the chips were down.

What concerns me is the identity of the new writer. I would think an established professional would be sought out -- but if they're really good, they're probably already booked up. Will a new writer be joining the cast?

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I think bringing on an 'established professional' might do more harm than good, at least to Hyun-soo's reputation.

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The fact that they're bringing in another writer at all is egg on her face. It's still better than being fired, I guess.

I seem to recall hearing about "script doctors" somewhere. Is that what CP Yoo is intending? With the ratings at rock bottom, would he take a chance on a writer who is not a known quantity?

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Writer-nim Park fits the bill, and more controversy to meander through for Hyun Soo if she comes back in the picture. Also, everyone notice that these two were also adversaries turned friends in Let’s Eat 2? SHJ also played a writer in that too, and Writer Park was the landlady. I hope they reconcile here and Writer Park lends some of her expertise and experience to pull the show out of the doldrums.

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@Ally,

Dang! Thanks for pointing that out.

I didn't recognize Hwang Suk-jung as landlady Kim Mi-ran in LET'S EAT 2. Oh, this is just too meta for words. Granted, I only got up to episode 7, and haven't watched LE2 since early August. (Will rectify that today!)

Ah, the good old "eating of humble pie" stage of character-building is about to commence. Just when it seems that Hyun-soo has at long last stood up for herself, it blows up in her face, the same way it does when she demands CP Yoo replace PD Min. The universe is giving her one more AFOG (Another F'ing Opportunity for Growth). It's also doing the same for Writer Park, and giving her a chance to redeem herself.

Here's the parallel to Chef Lee's crappy treatment of Jung-sun. Now I'm wondering if there will be a reconciliation between mentor and his "line cook." If things go sideways with Jung-woo and Jung-sun is kicked out of Good Soup... yikes... Jung-sun was very complimentary about his old teacher when speaking with the actress client on the cooking show. He knows enough to not burn bridges publicly. But would he pragmatically work for the guy again if he suddenly found himself out of his restaurant and his job?

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I thought the same thing. But I don't think Hong-ah has enough experience.

On the other hand, Jung-woo is going to read her script, and may like it. But I simply cannot imagine him suggesting she work with Hyun-soo after Hong-ah has just told him she wants to crush her "friend."

(All bets are off after he learns about Hyun-soo and Jung-soo.)

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Really like the pacing of this drama, just like savoring the flirty food served specially for me by Jung-sun. I'm just amazed at how Ms Seo Hyun-jin can show an electrifying chemistry with all of her on-screen partners. Thank you team Temperature of Love for making me warm inside every Mondays and Tuesdays. God bless your show.

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“If I’d known this first, would I have been able to calm his rage a bit? I still wonder.”

Who else is on pins and needles to see Jung-Woo going off the deep end for love??? 🙋🏻 And he wins the smoldering-on-screen award this week. Damn, boy, I need a cold shower.

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Jung-woo's actions will have far reaching ramifications for our OTP both as a couple and in their careers. This drama is 20 eps long. The possibilities are scary to think about.

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Ugh, I am. I got tense the moment Jung Sun used the strong word rage. I'm scared about how Jung Woo will change. Everything so far is pleasant and light. The bromance is sweet. I don't want the angst to be overwhelming.

I've already seen Kim Jae Wook play a psychopath so I can easily imagine him going crazy and violent here.

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I wonder how he’ll play this differently from his Voice character. I mean, I doubt he’ll start killing people. He’s so mild mannered now that it will be too stark of a contrast. I have faith Kim Jae Wook will do him justice. I just want to comfort him. Calm him. He just looked so lonely. It’ll be okay, Jung Woo!

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Yesss. I would love for him to find someone else. I had hoped Hong Ah would be the one before this show started. But now…well, you know. XP Her character doesn’t have any likable qualities right now.

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"Rage" is the operative word, and it gives me the willies.

I took it as foreshadowing when in a discussion of staff cutbacks someone (Won-joon?) said that Jung-woo would keep Jung-sun and lay off junior kitchen staff if Good Soup is still in the red at the end of its first year.

But in the event of a romantic meltdown, all bets are off -- and Jung-sun might have to walk the plank, becoming homeless in the process. (Will he camp out at Hyun-soo's while she lives at the office? Heh. More likely he'd crash with Won-joon.)

However it goes down, the ramifications bum me out for our kitchen team. ;-(

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AHH i both love and hate the beginning voiceovers - i love hearing the future selves of the characters reflect on what's happening in the present (it's a really nice touch to the overall tone of the drama), but i hate how ominous the foreshadowing is, omg. jung-sun's making it sound like he and jung-won won't ever talk to each other again LOL. :(

it's also kinda interesting (and a little sad) how the drama seems to draw subtle comparisons between hong-ah and hyun-soo - for instance, when Good Soup's waitress pours water for hyun-soo in an earlier episode, hyun-soo makes eye contact and says thank you, but when the waitress pours water for hong-ah in this episode, hong-ah doesn't say anything, and the scene makes a point to emphasise how the waitress looks a little peeved. it's almost like hyun-soo's already gotten the Good Soup's family's tacit approval LOL.

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Thank you @lollypip for the recaps. For years, after watching kdrama I would always check the recaps back at dramabeans idk but certainly these recaps add more depths to my understanding of the stories. You guys are awesome in deciphering things hahaha 😆 I feel as if I am upgrading my dimensioal view on things 😎

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I officially have a second lead syndrome,Jong won sitting on his pent house window in casual wear killed me, I had to wake up to write this comment.
Jung sun and his boys messing around is jst so cool, I could watch them all day without getting bored.
On a side note, i'm the type to always look for other couples in a drama and I won't mind hyun soo assistant writer and Jong won little brother.
And please writer is don't touch d bromance pls pls pls

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Kim Jae Wook brooding in pj’s. I never knew I needed this in my life, until just now.

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And I'm having flashbacks to Angel brooding over Buffy, and later, over Los Angeles. ;-)

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I am gonna ignore hong A and every bullshit about her and just focous on my OTP if not I may drop this drama can't stand how she is one dimension typical second lead.

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My heart goes to Jung woo 😢😢. It's not that I don't like Jung sun and Hyun soo, I love them and their chemistry very much.

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Not the bromance please. Hong-ah on the other hand is a snake friend and I really hope for Hyun-soo to figure her out sooner rather than later.

What I wouldn’t do have a boss as cool as Jung-woo. 😊

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Jung-woo warns him good-naturedly not to let him down, because then he really won’t be letting anyone close anymore.

I scared of this 😣
Save the bromance, pleaseee

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Woah! That is some serious chemistry! Somebody lend me a matchstick. We should just set the house on fire! Lol.

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The b/w in this episode 12 was consistent with the others in marking an important and/or charged moment. But why in yesterday's episode 11 did they b/w Hyunsoo trying to catch Jungsun driving past her?

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Hmmm, that kind of works. But I wish they chose a different moment. For instance during the rooftop talk, or when Jungsun opened the cooler door.

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Maybe that car-chase with JS inside is totally a literal statement of how HS now has to do the running first, 2nd time around.

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Jung-woo would never get Hyun Soo cause he is completely in friend zone with the business involved. it's pity because Kim jaewok is a very good actor in particular when he was given a character with edge. Jung woo is too gentleman for Kim Jaewok to shine in the role. But I do pray that Jung woo will not end up with Hong-ah. He is too nice for her and Hong -ah is too manipulative and bitchy for him. Won-joon is also too good for Hing-ah. The boys need to stay away from Hong-ah.

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You pinpointed something I fear about. I want no one from this drama to end up with Hong Ah. She's so selfish and everyone else is just so nice

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Hong-ah may just be the character most in need of growth and redemption. Perhaps her transformation into a decent human being (after properly stewing in her own juices) will be a significant subplot. ;-)

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"But it’s cute how he’s not really doing a very good job of it, and even Hyun-soo knows it." - I immediately laughed when I saw this. Hahaha. When ur really concerned u just can't hide it. Really.

I'm worried too about the brotherly friendship of Jung-woo and Jung-sun . On how it may fall because of their love for Hyun-soo. But I guess there's a way hopefully since boys rules is that they do not tend to fight for a certain girl. Right?

Sometimes I have a feeling too that some scenes of Hyun-soo as a writer were the struggles of the writernin. Hihihi. Now I know how hard it is to make a drama. And that the relationship of the PD. Writer. Actors and staff is really important. It is valuable more than the ratings and fame and profit.😊😊

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This show is great and all, but I feel like the lack of an awesome female friendship is a really big loss. I mean, you girls can love each other AND love the same guy, can't you? Other dramas have done that - She Was Pretty is a good example. Lucky Romance also had adorable friendships, although the friend wasn't exactly a second lead.

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Other dramas have these friendships, doesn't mean that this drama has to follow. It's better to see a flawed character than to see a flawless character, hence there's a story to tell and to redeem oneself from the wrongdoings. Jealousy or envy is an emotion or behaviour which exist in everyone and it depends on the intensity once triggered.

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Maybe not all friendships have to be awesome. Quiet and steadfast means a lot more in my book. I see assistant writer Kyung as a true friend to Hyun-soo. She is kind, thoughtful, supportive, and competent. She is low-key, like Hyun-soo -- not imperiously demanding of attention like walking black hole Hong-ah.

I mean, you girls can love each other AND love the same guy, can't you?

Maybe some women can, but I never could. As soon as I found out a girlfriend had her eye on one of our male colleagues before I'd worked up the guts to make a move, I would defer and friendzone him. No way was I going to stab my friend in the back. Ever. But maybe that's just me. ;-)

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No, it’s me too. ☺️

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Can I just say that while I am not addicted to this drama as a whole (though I enjoy it a lot), I am addicted to the H/h's scenes together! Their scenes together are magic! What a strong chemistry. The scene when he carried her in this ep (made me want to squee), and the cooler scene in yesterday's ep, were the highlights of both this week's eps. I can't wait to watch more! This drama has really grown on me, and I like it more with ever new ep. I just need more H/h scenes :)

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Thanks for the recap! I have to say, the chemistry between our three leads is so great, it almost feels like watching three separate dramas: Jung-sun and Hyun-soo have their intense chemistry, Jung-sun and Jung-woo have their awesome friendship/bromance, and Hyun-soo and Jung-woo have such a nice, easy-going chemistry as well. I feel that I like things as they are now a little too much, since we all know from the voice-overs that crap is gonna hit the fan soon enough. Fingers crossed that I will make it through, haha.

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There is something about this drama that makes it special. I appreciate how it doesn't blatantly show us things like the scene where Jungsun won the cooking contest. They don't show us the actual scene that selects him as a winner but with a close up to the pin on this shirt. I also loved when the scene went black and white when Jungsun and Hyunsoo were having a moment. Those little things appeal so visually to me as a viewer and I love every one of those moments. I am falling more and more in love with this drama.

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I’ve always been sucked into dramas that are visually compelling and this one different than anything I’ve seen in my short kdrama watching experience. I LOVE how time slows down when the black and white scenes occur and the B&W itself is ingenious. It just gives it more depth and I swear my heart stops in the meantime.

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I thought I had given up on the comments at Dramabeans but this drama has pulled me back in. I am absolutely loving this drama! 😍

The otp is dramaland perfection! Nothing more to say about them that hasn't already been said.

Hong Ah is an absolute bitch. There is nothing I hate more than fake friends.

Just the possibility of Jung Sun and Jung Woo no longer being friends is heartbreaking. I'm dreading the day it happens.

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The unsolved mystery of the cameraman, "accident" and raw steak.

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So did the cooking contest turn out to be "Actress Who Eats Rare Steak"?!

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You are wondering whether their love for the guy will hurt the close friendship between Hyeon Su and the snake girl? But the snake girl already showed that she is not a real friend when she got jealous and mean after Hyeon Su won the drama contest. Before she even knew about the guy. Since that moment, the friendship went down the drain, and the snake girl did many snake things to harm her so-called friend. Calling Jeong Seon a playboy, saying that he flirted with her when they first met, then going to the guy and saying that Hyeon Su has a boyfriend and she's even thinking of marrying.
I mean, things are really clear by now. "Worrying" about the loss of their "friendship" is something that belongs to episode 2 or 3, not to this point of the story.

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Not to mention bad-mouthing her "friend" to the company CEO, and also saying nothing but negative things to her "friend" at a time when she needed comfort.
Until now Hyeon Su doesn't know about the things her "friend" did, so the next thing is for her to become aware of them. Then the relationship will be officially over.

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I felt like this week's episodes were a bit slow...even though we had some progress...

Another thing I that bothers me is the bromance. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE bromances, but I'm a little confused at how their bromance grew so deep. I get that maybe they became closer throughout the time skip, but a part of me is still not convinced because they were literally just strangers and Jung Woo was all about business. So, I still don't really buy it and still feel a little iffy about their cheeky interactions with each other or how involved they are in each other's lives, but maybe we might see more glimpse of the pasts. I guess I should just enjoy it while it lasts...

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My thoughts on the bromance. Jung Woo started "pursuing" Jung Sun when he has a liking to his cooking. He offered to start a business with Jung Sun but Jung Sun rejected him a couple of times. Jung Woo is determined to get what he wants eventually and seems to like these challenges and have shown initial interest on Hyun Soo for the same. We also saw JW gifted JS truffles and JW believed that the name of his company has the name On which is also JS' surname, is not just a simple coincidence. JW invited JS to his house and we could see that they can get along very well. I don't think JW has given up hope of starting up a business with JS, hence he still keep in touch with him while JS was in Paris, the next we knew JW catched up with JS in Paris. After the time skip, we know that JW and JS are already business partners for 8 months. During this period, i won't be surprised that their bromance has deepened.

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Nooo, not the bromance!!! It has almost as much chemistry as the OTP, dammit, don't ruin it!

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I bet Hong A won the open call for scriptwriters using one of Hyun-Soo's scripts... LOL

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Ughh yes the preview! This reminds me of Chicago Typewriter where Kwak Si -yang's character stole Yoo Ah-in manuscript and published it by using his name!

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Gee, that thought never crossed my mind. But if Hong-ah has bombed out on all her previous attempts...

What would be really swift is her showing the winning script to Jung-woo -- who recognizes it as one Hyun-soo had already showed him. ;-)

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Yeah it could be true because in the next episode preview there is this scene where Hyun Soo stressing over something she had written lost. If that so, Hong Ah is definitely a living demon.

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"Hyun-soo knows that he shows affection by feeding people, so his concern about her eating was a dead giveaway."
Jung-sun shows his affection in exactly the same way that I do! And I really think there should be a sixth love language - giving food ❤️

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It's interesting how we get to see a parallel between Jung Sun/Won Joon & Hyun Soo/Hong Ah. Although Won Joon is working under Jung Sun and they both are aiming to be chefs, there is a supportive friendship unlike the one between Hyun Soo and Hong Ah.

I truly, truly hope that Hong Ah can get all her confrontation and rage out next week so that everyone can call her out and force her to grow up. But given that voiceover... it doesn't seem like it 😔

On another note, Kim Jae Wook has got some mad papi vibes going on 😍

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Maybe it is because I'm not a big fan of Kim Jae-wook or it is me who is not always suffering SLS that I see no room for Jung-woo at all. He is clearly friendzoned in this drama from the start, Hyun-soo clearly never gave him any hope. It's already for 5 years, why not just moved on? He gave signs that he has some obsessive traits in my eyes. Hong-ah is clearly one-dimensional so it's easy to read her character but I don't trust Jung-woo either. He seems to be more than just a supporting friend, for now his motive to be all supportive for Hyun-soo because he wants to gain her trust. I hope I'll be proven wrong later, but I don't think he is that nice too.

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Yoo hoo, Sera!

Did you see my reply to you post in Open Thread #519 re: SHJ/Kang Ha-neul sageuk? Found it for you. ;-)

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I didn't. You found it? Thanks! Will check it now ❤

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Roger that! ;-)

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Wow, i like your thought... it was my thought as well.
I know that Hong Ah will never affect the relationship of OTP (OnSoo) much, as we can see everyone already against her action... she clearly one side here, like she only has her own problem.
Not like Jung Woo...he is so calm in action, but i can see his ambition toward Hyun Soo. He is the one who handle many things, like Jung Sun's mom who used him, he holds Good Soup as CEO (which Good Soup is one of Jung Sun's care about).
It will be big problem if Jung Woo explode after know the truth.

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Thanks for recapping, LollyPip!

While watching the episode, I was going batty trying to figure out who was speaking in one of the voice overs. Joon-ha. No wonder I didn't recognize his voice.

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am i the only one getting annoyed by hong-ah? what a spoil lady and so childish.. from the 1st episode, it is totally clear that hong-ah & Hyun-soo relations is totaly fake..
i should say, i love the best friend relationship in She Was Pretty, between Min Ha Ri and Kim Hye Jin.. hong-ah really get on my nerve.. especially looking how she treat won-joon,,, that guy deserve a better woman than hong-ah..

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Thank you, @Lollypip, you are still super fast, and I cannot keep up with these recaps! I just finished these two episodes and a couple things stood out to me.

-- These Subway PPL's are KILLING ME. Chefs, and especially those French Chefs, would NEVER EAT SUBWAY. My husband refuses and he's just an amateur chef. But there they are, in a mediocre sandwich shop, when they have a 5-star restaurant full of amazing food that they could whip up in no time flat. They could probably make a flatbread, pancetta and pate sandwich with baby sprouts which would be so much more appetizing--hmmm, I have my lunch planned now. Actually Jung-sun probably would have planned ahead and made something before they went out and brought it with them. He's that thoughtful with food and I was sorely disappointed that he did not.

-- Now to the superficial: I'm thinking that if Jung-Sun and Jung-Woo were serious about getting this restaurant off the ground in the past 8 months, they would have had an advertising series showcasing the hot chef and sous-chefs. Half-naked. Cooking. And now, as you're imagining the magazine spreads--You're welcome.

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Ah, the wasted opportunities for playing soccer and jogging around in the summer heat in shorts and singlets, then repairing to an open fire where a nice ratatouille simmers. Grilling seafood al fresco on the beach after emerging from a swim like Venus on the half-shell. Oh, wait. With two cute cats. Cute cats would definitely sell Good Soup. Forget dripping hunks. ;-)

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Subway may be a mysterious choice, but I have chef friends who love Mcdonalds. *shrugs*

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It just occurred to me that Hong-ah is a truly gifted dramatist. Look at the "faithless friend" character she has devised. Granted, she hasn't written it down in the form of a script. She just improvises it every day. All she has to do is writer up her real life as a script and she could easily win a contest with her makjang potboiler. ;-)

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I've been pondering just how the revelation of Hyun-soo's relationship with Jung-sun to Jung-woo is going to play out. Jung-sun speaks of rage in his voice over, but there's no indication of whom the target is. It may be that Hyun-soo will be the object of Jung-woo's wrath. He'd asked her the profession of the man who was still in her heart, and she dodged the question.

Had she replied truthfully in that moment, before Jung-woo put his own heart on hold for five long years, he might have been able to rationally avert major heartache. He's always struck me as being logical and reasonable. Now I'm thinking that he might terminate her contract.

Another possibility: In Paris, Jung-sun had truthfully told hyung that he'd been dumped before he returned to the City of Light, and that he intended to look up his old flame when he got back to Korea, even if she was seeing a wealthy older guy and likely to marry him. He'd also stated that his (technically not an) ex rejected him in favor of her career. At some point, Jung-woo may finally put two and two together. (Could it be in the plot of Hong-ah's contest-winning daily drama script?!)

I would think that hyung would recognize that Jung-sun's relationship with Hyun-soo predated his own, and that it was truly unfinished business.

The bottom line: The disinformation Hong-ah spread about Hyun-soo turned out to be a lot less harmless than she claimed to Won-joon.

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Jung-woo cracks a tiny grin, and Hyun-soo excitedly points out how sexy his lopsided smile is.

Did anyone else feel as if Hyun-soo were sending a mixed message to Jung-woo during this scene? I cringed a bit. It is the last thing I would say to someone I was actively discouraging from courting me.

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I was confused too but I can feel her effort a bit in trying to encouraging Jung woo. She feels she owns him something and she appreciates his support to her but definitely she knows she does not love him.

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This is the 4nd drama i have seen.takes me 3 day to watch it.still confusing!!.couldn't found last episode english version yet.bt i like the story & like the Hyun Soo character most.

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I tested searching for Seo Hyun Jin and Yang Se Jong on this page and found that no one mentions in their comments the actor/actress names as they usually do in other drama recap.
Everyone totally drawn into the drama's stories and even forgot the actors/actresses, meaning a success to the drama...

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I love her stranghths and weak moments in the face of so much pressure. The cinematography is very contemplative of these human moments. Society always tells us we should aim to be better and only those moments deserve to be shared and celebrated but it's these moments that we should also charish too. The love is so subtle but sweet and I love it! I don't want an over the top man, but one who supports me with action. I love SHJ for all the little emotions she displays. It's hard to be a 21st century woman we're we want to succeed and not be shown as frail woman. But I like the balance. Even if his comment about want to solve her issues was not just man thing. He came and that's what matters. Fighting Temperature of Love!

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Thnk for recapping TOL @lollypip and for THIS "I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it many times, but this couple has some serious chemistry."

I thought I was crazy because other people with whom I comment this drama, say the opposite, that hey don't see/feel chemistry between these leads and I'm like "Are you watching the same drama as me?" I loooove when they're together because there's so much tension between them, it's like they really like each other (they remind me a bit of NJH and LSK in WFKBJ, because they look so natural), I mean these scene and the fridge scene OMG!!! They don't need to kiss. It's there.

Some people don't like this drama, because they don't see like what the plot is about. But to me it's a drama about life, growing up, following your dreams no matter your age or backgrounds (like doc Won Joon giving up to be a cook). I loved how Jung Sun turned down HS, because it's a bit insulting from her to assume that he's just going to take her back just by saying I like you,and I always did, but at the same time he lets her know that she just has to get him back which it's fair since she was not sure of her feeling towards him until she knew he left.

that part when screen goes from color to B&W I love it, it makes it feel more intimate and make you focus in their expressions.

I do want a bit more conflict maybe Hong ah showing a lot more her true colors and Hyun soo seeing it, one thing that I like is that there's no way Jung Sun is going to believe her lies again and Jung woo knows what she's like.

And I also want to see when JS and Jw realize that they're in love with the same woman. Jw has worked hard to gain her trust and being a friend and supportive, but he already knows that she fell hard for another man and has seen her suffering for losing him. I still think it will take its toll in this beautiful bromance we have.

I am loving this show, the reality in it makes it feel so warm, the chemistry between leads and JW is awesome, and to me it's a fresh drama to watch after bitting my nails over Save Me and other stronger emotional rollercoaster dramas that were on air recently .

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There's an adult, sophisticated quality to this drama which I really enjoy and which reminds me of some of my favorite TVN shows. Kind of a slow, deep delving into character, too. Kim Jae-Wook is sooo attractive, ever since the first time I saw him in Marry Me, Mary. Hopefully some day he'll get the girl, although I'm totally onboard with Jung-Sun.

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This show just melts my heart... the main couple's chemistry is out of this world... my heart goes crazy every time they are close...

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