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Temperature of Love: Episodes 17-18

I’ve been on pins and needles, anticipating the fallout from what happened last week. At first life seems to be business as usual, but although the clouds may look innocent for now, they’re definitely rumbling a warning, and I just hope our couple is ready to run for cover when the storm breaks.

 
EPISODE 17 RECAP

After Hyun-soo confesses her love to Jung-sun, they head back to their hotel hand-in-hand. Hyun-soo breaks contact when they reach their hallway, wary about being seen by the surveillance cameras, sheepishly calling it an occupational hazard.

Jung-sun thinks for a second, then he takes her hand again and waves it at the camera with a big fat grin on his face. He jokes that he’s leaving evidence, and Hyun-soo laughs and goes along with him.

Meanwhile, Jung-woo drives himself home, after seeing Jung-sun and Hyun-soo together and obviously in love. He thinks about how both Jung-sun and Hyun-soo had each confided in him about the person they loved. It never occurred to Jung-woo that they were speaking of each other.

At Hyun-soo’s door, Jung-sun asks if she wants to sleep together. She agrees, but adorably, they each go to their own hotel rooms and simply go to bed at the same time. Kyung whines at Hyun-soo for not spending any time with her today, and Hyun-soo begs her to let her sleep right now, calling today the best day of her life.

Back home, Kyung and Hyun-soo have a lazy day together, sitting around watching movies in their pajamas. Hyun-soo gets a surprise text from Jung-sun asking her to come outside, so she scrambles to get pretty while Kyung quickly cleans up. But Jung-sun just leaves after dropping off a lunchbox, which is full of Hyun-soo’s favorite spicy ddukbokki and handmade teddy bear caramels to give her energy.

Jung-sun bikes back to Good Soup, where Hyun-soo pops out and surprises him, having taken a taxi there. She pouts at him for not staying so that she could see him, and he offers her a ride home on his bike. Hyun-soo shyly declines, but he just says, “Okay bye,” so she grabs onto his bike to stop him and accuses him of playing hard to get.

Hyun-soo hops on for that ride, and on the way home she tells Jung-sun that she’s meeting with Jung-woo today. She holds on tight, making them both smile as they remember their first bike ride together, and how they’d hit a bump and she’d been forced to grab him.

Later that day at Good Soup, a customer orders her meal without nuts due to an allergy. Jung-sun and cook Ha-sung take particular care to keep her plate separate, but maknae Min-ho accidentally moves the plate before the course is served and the customer is given the wrong dish.

When Hyun-soo arrives at Jung-woo’s office, he gives no obvious indication that anything is wrong, though he does seem quieter than usual. He says that he wants to produce her first script, Nice Soup Does Not Answer The Phone, and Hyun-soo is pleased and honored.

She’s taken aback for a moment when Jung-woo tells her that Hong-ah will be using her old studio, but she quickly recovers and says that she can write at home until they get organized. The news that Hong-ah will be writing for Unruly Detectives is harder to swallow, but Hyun-soo remains professional and says that Hong-ah will be a great help to the writing team.

Jung-woo can see that Hyun-soo is rattled, and he justifies his decision to hire Hong-ah by saying that they can’t let Unruly Detectives fail. Hyun-soo asks him not to let Hong-ah use her original storyline for the remaining episodes, and when Jung-woo says that’s up to Hong-ah, Hyun-soo decides to talk to her personally.

Hyun-soo thanks Jung-woo for continuing to work hard while she was taking time off, promising to repay him by writing a great script. She runs into Hong-ah on her way out of the building, and Hong-ah chirps that she’s here to sign her contract.

Jung-sun’s customer begins to react to the nuts in her meal, scratching red welts on her skin and gasping for air. Her husband calls for help, and when Jung-sun runs out to see what’s wrong, the husband grabs him and accuses him of trying to kill his wife. Jung-sun stays calm and drives the woman to the hospital himself.

Hong-ah rejoins Hyun-soo at a coffee shop in a bright mood, and Hyun-soo calls Hong-ah strange because she only remembers the things she wants to remember. Hong-ah says that she’ll understand if Hyun-soo’s seeing things in a negative light because of her situation, but Hyun-soo counters that her perspective is just fine.

She tells Hong-ah not to borrow anything from her finished scripts for Unruly Detectives, and Hong-ah argues that Hyun-soo isn’t the only one who could think of those plot points. But Hyun-soo warns her that it’s all copyrighted, and she has evidence that she sent Hong-ah her scripts, so she’d win in court if it came to that.

Hong-ah hits where it hurts, saying that Jung-woo will be affected if Unruly Detectives doesn’t do well, and it almost works on Hyun-soo. But she says that thinking of Hong-ah makes her even more determined, because of the way Hong-ah treated her on the day she quit.

She brings up the lies Hong-ah said about Jung-sun, and when Hong-ah seems not to remember, Hyun-soo reminds her that she called him a playboy who was romancing all the ladies in France, and that he’d flirted with Hong-ah when they first met. Hong-ah has the nerve to claim that she doesn’t remember saying those things.

Hyun-soo says softly that she used to like and value Hong-ah, so much that she believed what she said about Jung-sun and took him lightly even though she loved him, but even then she wanted to be understanding, because Hong-ah kept losing writing competitions. Hong-ah admits she was jealous, and that her hatred of her jealousy turned into hatred of herself, then she hated Hyun-soo even more for making her hate herself.

Incredulous, Hyun-soo says that Hong-ah could have just avoided seeing her, but Hong-ah says that staying away only made her more curious. She adds that she won’t have such conflicts now that things are better for her, as if she expects Hyun-soo to just forget everything that’s happened, but Hyun-soo is too aghast to respond.

Joon-ha is loitering around Kyung again, lazing on Hyun-soo’s couch and complaining that he’s hungry and demanding boiled eggs. Kyung gets up to get him some food while he tells her that his mother made him a dozen boiled eggs before she left him. She asks why he’d tell her something like that, and he admits that pity is great for picking up women, and Kyung gapes at him.

When Hyun-soo finally gets home, Joon-ha begs her to let him direct her next drama. In private, Kyung argues that Joon-ha’s style is all wrong for her drama, saying that her melodrama will become a thriller and everyone’s faces will be lit in green, hee. Joon-ha pouts but doesn’t take no for an answer.

Over ramyun and Jung-sun’s ddukbokki leftovers, Joon-ha continues to tease Kyung, and Hyun-soo giggles that he does it because her reactions are funny. She asks Joon-ha why he wants to direct this drama, and he says it’s because it’s unique with a sad ending. He protests when Hyun-soo tells him she’s going to change it to a happy ending.

Jung-sun is still in the hospital with his customer, and he’s relieved when the doctor says she’ll make a full recovery. Her husband blames this oversight on Jung-sun’s success from being on television, and he says that they liked the restaurant better before.

During the kitchen team’s meal break, Ha-sung insists that he kept the allergic customer’s plate separate, as he was told. Jung-sun says that as the chef, everything that happens in the kitchen is ultimately his fault. But he also says that they need to figure out what happened so that it never occurs again.

Min-ho sheepishly confesses that he unknowingly moved the plate, and Jung-sun pinpoints this as a communication problem. He tells the team to look each other in the eyes when communicating, no matter how busy they are.

Jung-sun is scheduled to appear on the cooking show again, as the winner of the previous episode. But, taking to heart the husband’s comment that they liked the restaurant better before he got famous, he calls the show and asks to be removed as a contestant.

Hyun-soo is disappointed again when Jung-sun doesn’t answer her text right away, asking what he’s up to. When he finally does, she says she needs to tell him something, and goes to his place to talk in person. She brings a gift, a nice pair of running shoes, and says that even though there’s a belief that giving someone a pair of shoes will make them run from you, she bought these for him to run to her.

He tries one on at her request, thanking her for the shoes and for making him feel better on a difficult day. He says he can’t tell her what happened yet, so Hyun-soo tells him her news first. She shows him the script for Nice Soup Does Not Answer The Phone, and he recognizes Nice Soup as himself. Jung-sun says that he doesn’t like the title because it feels like it will have a sad ending.

The doorbell gets their attention, and Jung-sun tells Hyun-soo that it’s his mother. She gasps in horror, and when he asks why, she says she wants his mom to like her. Jung-sun says that she doesn’t have to act a certain way to force someone to like her, not even his mother.

He unlocks the door, and his mom walks in without even noticing Hyun-soo. When she finally sees her, and the fact that Jung-sun is wearing two different shoes, she immediately guesses that Hyun-soo gave him a gift. Hyun-soo tries to leave, but Jung-sun’s mom demands an introduction, apparently forgetting that they met five years ago.

Both women stare at Jung-sun when he introduces Hyun-soo as his girlfriend. Hyun-soo says hello, and when his mother comments that she already said that, Jung-sun says, “Mom, you know my personality, right?” It makes his mother behave and she invites Hyun-soo to have a cup of tea while Jung-sun goes back to work.

 
EPISODE 18 RECAP

Jung-woo gets the news from the TV station that Jung-sun is trying to quit the cooking show. He promises to look into it, and he’s told in no uncertain terms to make sure Jung-sun does the show. His secretary reminds him that he’s having dinner at Good Soup with CP Yoo, and he tells her to invite Hong-ah and Director Min, as well.

Over tea, Jung-sun’s mother says Hyun-soo looks familiar, and Hyun-soo reminds her that they met five years ago. Just like last time, Jung-sun’s mother zeroes in on the fact that Hyun-soo is older than her son (making sure to comment that she looks far older than her age), though this time she seems to approve, saying that she only dates younger men herself.

She even likes Hyun-soo’s honesty about her unstable career, and the fact that her parents are both grade school teachers. She suggests that they be friends, then she drags Hyun-soo to Good Soup to meet her boyfriend, Daniel, who also takes a shine to her.

Hyun-soo runs into Jung-woo on her way out, who offers to walk her home. But the walk is silent and awkward as Jung-woo thinks about seeing Hyun-soo with Jung-sun. Hyun-soo can sense something is off, and when they reach her home, she says she has something to tell Jung-woo.

He asks if it’s personal or business, and Hyun-soo says it’s personal. Jung-woo says suddenly, “Don’t say it,” and he turns and walks away.

He goes back to Good Soup, where Jung-sun joins him on the roof for a beer. Jung-woo thinks about how he thought Jung-sun’s family name, Ohn, was a sign that they were meant to work together, but out loud he simply mentions Jung-sun’s attempt to leave the cooking show.

He knows about the woman’s allergic reaction, guessing the two events are related, but he tells Jung-sun to do the show anyway. Jung-sun says that while he was driving that woman to the hospital, he kept thinking to himself that this isn’t how it’s supposed to be, and he refuses to do the show.

Jung-woo tells him it’s too soon to rest on his laurels and that he needs the show, but Jung-sun asserts that that’s why he won’t do it—because going slowly is the right way. Jung-woo grumbles that Jung-sun will do whatever he wants in the end, asking, “Then why do you need me?” He reminds Jung-sun that he may be the owner of Good Soup, but that he can still remove him from that place.

Unafraid, Jung-sun says that that’s why he’s making these changes, and asks Jung-woo to trust him like he did in the beginning. Jung-woo grows thoughtful and doesn’t give a definite answer.

Jung-sun spends the next morning at the gym, while Jung-woo takes his frustrations out at the batting cage. The moment Hyun-soo wakes she texts Jung-sun, and later Kyung finds her frowning at her phone, since he hasn’t responded.

She tells Kyung that they’re going to begin working on the new drama today, so Kyung makes herself some breakfast. Hyun-soo notices that she’s eating boiled eggs, and reminds Kyung that she’s always hated them before. Hee.

Hyun-soo grumbles at Jung-sun’s text when he finally responds (he always gives literal answers when she asks what he’s doing, like saying he’s drinking water or getting changed, lol). Kyung teases Hyun-soo for being so obvious about how much she likes Jung-sun, and Hyun-soo can’t deny it.

She says that Kyung should date, but Kyung laments the fact that there’s a distinct lack of men like Jung-sun. Hyun-soo tells her to back off her man, and they both gasp dramatically that Hyun-soo is so far gone on him.

The doorbell rings and Kyung jumps up, hoping that it’s Jung-sun, but she wilts when she sees Joon-ha waving at her over the intercom. She asks Hyun-soo if he’s homeless or something, and Hyun-soo says he has no one waiting for him at his place.

Jung-woo is waiting when Jung-sun arrives back home, and he demands breakfast. Jung-sun makes soup up in his apartment, saying that he likes making soup because someone he knows likes it, so he’s gotten a lot of practice. Jung-woo knows exactly who he’s talking about, remembering that Hyun-soo couldn’t eat soup because it made her so emotional.

Over breakfast, he asks if Jung-sun has ever learned something new, and suddenly felt like all the pieces of a puzzle were coming together. Jung-sun knows what he means, so Jung-woo continues, asking if he would give up if he found out that the woman he liked, liked another man.

Jung-sun says that he would give it his all to the end. Jung-woo asks what he’d do if he were the other man, and Jung-sun says his answer wouldn’t change. He asks if it wouldn’t be the same for Jung-woo, and after a long, searching look, Jung-woo says he’s the same.

He announces that he’s proposing next week, and to Jung-sun, it sounds like good news. Jung-sun says that he’ll prepare everything well so that even if the lady likes someone else, Jung-woo will be the star on that night.

Hyun-soo texts Jung-sun to ask for an interview, as research for her drama. But he doesn’t answer quickly, and instead she gets a text from Jung-woo asking what she’s doing. She says she’s researching, and he consoles himself that at least she’s not with her boyfriend. When Jung-sun finally responds, she and Kyung leap up and head to Good Soup.

After seeing what Director Min’s writing team has done with Unruly Detectives, Hong-ah tells Jung-woo that she’s changed her mind about being involved. He easily agrees to get her off the project. When she says she’s glad she decided to work with him, he comments that he’d like to feel the same about her, and asks her to make that happen.

Out of nowhere, Hong-ah tells Jung-woo that she knows he likes Hyun-soo. She asks why he hasn’t made a move in five years, asking if he even knows who his rival is, but Jung-woo warns that she’s pushing him too far and advises her to keep this kind of drama confined to her writing.

That evening, Jung-woo cooks for himself in the fully stocked kitchen in his office. He broods over Hong-ah’s questioning why he hasn’t made a move on Hyun-soo, then suddenly storms out.

After the restaurant closes, Hyun-soo meets with Jung-sun on the roof. She asks if her frequent texting annoys him, and he grins, aware that she waits anxiously for his replies. She tells him that when she texts, “What are you doing,” what she really means is, “I miss you.”

She asks why he never asks what she’s doing, admitting that she constantly wonders about him. Jung-sun wraps his arms around her waist and pulls her in close, saying that she should’ve told him sooner that that’s what her texts meant and that he would’ve asked too.

Hyun-soo notices the long scar on Jung-sun’s arm and the tattoo next to it, which seems to echo the scar but also spells out “salt.” She asks permission to touch his scar, asking if it hurt and how it happened.

Jung-sun tells her that it hurt a lot, but that he got it while training to be a chef. She asks about the tattoo, and in answer Jung-sun says that salt helps you taste other flavors as well. She calls salt a good flavor, if it brings other tastes to life instead of trying to live on its own.

He grows thoughtful and tells Hyun-soo that when his parents divorced, he moved to France with his mother. He admits that it was hard and he was lonely, but he didn’t let it break him. He stops, noticing the tears welling in Hyun-soo’s eyes.

She denies crying, and Jung-sun leans forward to kiss the tears away. Hyun-soo admits that she wants to kiss him, and she says that he can dodge her kiss if he’s not interested, mimicking his words from when he first kissed her. She leans in, and he leans to meet her… then turns his head away at the last second.

They both laugh, and Jung-sun says that back then, he was really scared she would dodge him and happy that she didn’t. He says they can kiss now, asking if she wants the teenage version, the 20s version, or the 30s version. Hyun-soo says she wants all three, and a refrigerator kiss as well.

Wrapped in each other’s arms, they stumble their way into the kitchen, starting with the innocent teenage kisses. They work their way through the 20s kisses pretty quickly, moving on to the serious 30s kisses as Jung-sun lowers Hyun-soo backwards onto the counter.

Later, they sit in the walk-in fridge with a warm cup of tea, sharing a blanket and even more kisses.

 
COMMENTS

Awww, I’ve been hoping for some more kisses between Hyun-soo and Jung-sun, and boy, did they deliver! But it feels like the calm before the storm, and that something is about to blow up in their faces—something named Jung-woo. You know he’s not going to let Hyun-soo just get away like that, not after basically considering her his for the last five years, and I found his too-calm demeanor unsettling throughout this entire episode. He was just a bit too composed, and it worries me even more than if he’d blown up and gone off the deep end right after seeing Hyun-soo and Jung-sun together.

It would have been bad enough if Jung-woo had lost his temper, but his going about his business like normal, and even drinking with Jung-sun and walking Hyun-soo home yet keeping his emotional distance felt ominous to me. Then when he warned Jung-sun that he has the power to remove him from his position, it felt like he wasn’t just talking about the restaurant anymore. I’m scared that Jung-woo is about to start making demands and threatening consequences if Hyun-soo and Jung-sun don’t break up so he can have Hyun-soo, and unfortunately he’s in a position to ruin both of them professionally. I can only hope that Jung-woo’s affection for Jung-sun has him playing fair, but the way he’s maneuvered Jung-sun into saying that he’d fight for his love, I have a feeling that he won’t.

I really appreciate that this drama makes an effort to avoid common tropes, or if they must be used, then they’re used in an unusual way. The broken friendship between Hyun-soo and Hong-ah is a good example, because it’s not just two friends fighting over a man. Yes, it is about Jung-sun, and Hong-ah’s jealousy that he loves Hyun-soo and not her. But it’s equally about Hong-ah’s jealousy of Hyun-soo’s professional success, and how she feels that she deserves the same recognition as Hyun-soo because she’s worked just as hard.

I actually respect Hong-ah’s work ethic, and I have no doubt that she’s put in as much blood, sweat, and tears into writing her scripts as Hyun-soo has hers. But what Hong-ah doesn’t seem to understand is that success isn’t just about hours logged in front of the keyboard. It’s also about talent and creative ability, and what the audience wants at that point in time. Right now, Hyun-soo is producing creative stories that interest the audience, while Hong-ah took a bit longer to write something production-worthy. But even though Hong-ah finally won a contest, she’s so entrenched in her jealousy by now that she’s not capable of friendship with Hyun-soo anymore, even though she claims that’s what she wants.

I’m a little worried about all the mentions of Hyun-soo’s drama, Nice Soup Does Not Answer The Phone, having a sad ending. Temperature of Love doesn’t feel like a show that will end sadly, but every time someone mentions that Hyun-soo’s new drama may end sadly, I get scared. I’m taking heart from Hyun-soo’s assertion that she plans to change the ending to a happy one, so I’m going to hold her to that. Don’t make me go through all this just to watch Hyun-soo and Jung-sun break up in the end!

 
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Oh my goodness! I think I almost lost my voice from all the screaming that those last 5 min induced. The chemistry of this OTP is ELECTRIC!

But I'm too busy to write a coherent review today, so I'll just list some of my highlights.
1. That "salt" tattoo totally makes Jung-sun a hundred times hotter
2. I also loved all those cute faces he kept giving Hyun-soo. It gave him a boyish charm (how is he cute AND hot?)
3. For what it's worth, I admire the level of self-control that Jung-woo showed in this episode. Even though he was clearly seething underneath. (I thought he'd go all psycho on us)
4. This feels like the calm before the storm. I can't believe JW still plans on going through with the proposal! Has he reached the limits of his rationality?
5. I don't know what to make of Hong-ah anymore. She's seeming less 2D as the episodes pass. She's shameless but self-aware.

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On #1 and #2: A big, resounding AMEN TO THAT, SISTER!

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Did anybody else's heart jumped when Jung-sun suggested that they sleep together? I was just all OMG YES DO IIIIT, only to die from laughing at myself because I expected too much too soon! I was rewarded at the end though, that little makeout session was 🔥. Those 30s kisses were everything I wanted (and yes, I want more). #noshame

I want to rant about Jung-woo and his delusions - but I would also like to end on a good note because I'm super happy with this episode. So I'll just say how I love that everyone's freaking out and screencapping like crazy! You guys rock and I love being able to fangirl with you! 👊🏼

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JS's "sleep together" moment was hilarious, after the heart jumping!

But so in character = asking for first kiss, with option to back out.
Respectful of HS's feelings, as always.

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I didn't laugh, I just sort of rolled my eyes. Here's two people. he's nearly thirty and she's well past that, and as so often happens in Kdramas they act like teenagers. At least they started acting more realistically by the end of the episode.

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Thanks for the recap! First off, THAT KISS. A small, contrary part of me (the part that’s worked in a professional kitchen for years) was like “Unsanitary!” but the rest of me was just screaming incoherently so it evened out. The chemistry between our leads is insane, but we already knew that!

One of my favorite parts of this episode was when Hyun-soo confronted Hong-ah. I love how gracefully she stands up for herself, and I admit, it felt good to see Hong-ah be taken down a notch. It turns out I don’t mind meddling second leads when the main leads stand up to them consistently.

And finally, I am still loving Kyung. Her side plot could easily be boring and trivial but I am eating it up.

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It turns out I don’t mind meddling second leads when the main leads stand up to them consistently.
I think you hit it! One of the reasons I couldn't stand the sister in "Rooftop Prince" was exactly because all the female lead did was believe her and look hurt and confused whenever she betrayed her. I couldn't even enjoy her as an antagonist because a good antagonist makes an impact and gets away with it by their own strength. She just did petty stuff, got caught and got away with it because the people that caught her were idiots. Heck, just the second female lead in Seven-Days Queen was hard to follow, because literally every. Single. Thing she did up until the very last episode did nothing good, and at worst got people killed, and yet I never felt like people really held her accounted to that properly. You don't need to punish mean/negative characters, but having the universe achknowledge their bad behavior goes a long way.

Hong-ah, on the other hand, is not even trying to be subtle, and she gets caught, and she is not forgiven and her bad deeds are not forgotten. Thus, even if she is not punished, at least she is tolerable to watch because even being petty, people around her are aware that she is not up to any good.

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@russe,

I was thinking the exact same thing re: kitchen sanitation. You're not the only one. I fully expect he sanitized the counter top later. ;-)

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I've dropped this show...Am I crazy to just tune in and watch them kiss?

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Okay, this is bad. Why did I go and check out the height of my kitchen top?

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Thank you for being open about your "bad". Rather than height, I was contemplating whether I had too little (or was it too much?) countertop space in my kitchen. The conclusion in the end was that I just needed more Jung-sun.

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"They work their way through the 20s kisses pretty quickly, moving on to the serious 30s kisses..."

I feel like watching sport commentary--not a bad thing though
[I mean it's rare in drama, right? Not to mention that it looks natural and NOT awkward at all. So, well done, Yang Se jong & Seo Hyun jin]

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Also, I feel bad for Kim Jae wook...
Ajusshi, my heart ache for you #KimJaeWookforLeadRole2017

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And now I cannot get Howard Cosell's voice out of my head as he calls the play-by-play.

Or maybe New York Yankees shortstop & announcer Phil Rizzuto calling the plays in "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" is more apropos, starting @3:35. ;-)

Meat Loaf (& voice of Ellen Foley): "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" (Bat Out of Hell LP, 1976) MV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C11MzbEcHlw

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I am loving this show!

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Totally LOVING this show!

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I'm not watching the drama at the moment but I'm definitely going to go back to watch that one scene of them kissing. Hehehehehehe. Honestly, Jung-woo worries me. A man that has planned his marriage to a woman who isn't dating him and who has let him know she's not interested in so many words lives his life in illusions and now that his illusions have shattered, it looks like he would go out to hurt our two lovers all the while convincing himself that he has the right to seeing that he's always wanted to marry Hyun-soo. It sucks because I know this drama has the feel of Coffee Prince and I had been hoping that even if we had the annoying second female lead in Hong-ah (who still has me wanting to hit my head against a wall), I had hoped that Jung-woo would at least have some more self respect and be the friend our leads needs. But honestly at this point, I just want him to do his worse and who knows maybe this will be final push he needs to see himself through the viewers eyes and realize that just because you put your life on hold for a girl, doesn't mean you have any hold on said girl.

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I really like Kim Jae-wook and all, but Jung-woo has turned out to be the worst of what I hate in a guy (even though he's charismatic and confindent).

Like you said: Just because you put your life on hold for a girl, doesn't mean you have any hold on said girl.

I hate that he feels self-entitled to Hyun-soo's love. She doesn't owe him that sort of affection and she's made it clear about how she feels.

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I guess they really are going with the sweet natured guy with a dark side who doesn't understand that no means no. And it sucks because I love Kim Jae-wook as well and urgh! I just need him getting a lead role in a drama and not having to be the weird creepy guy who doesn't understand the word 'no'

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One reason I anticipated watching this drama was my love for the female lead in Oh Hae Young, a drama I thoroughly enjoyed, however, I am having to convince myself to continue watching this show week after week. While it is improving for me now (mainly because of my growing affection for the main couple and their chemistry), at one point I actually felt the show was boring. I, too, really like Jung Woo's character, but am dismayed at the hints that he will become the male version of Hong Ah. Manipulative, delusional second leads and over the top chaebol mothers are my two least favorite kdrama tropes. They're much to stale and predictable unless they are put in their places promptly by strong-willed leads and rendered harmless and funny a good writer. I worry about having 22 Episodes left to explore what has already been explored too many times before.

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Thanks LollyPip! That was the sweetest "Shall we sleep together" scene ever! And one I can totally can get behind LOL!

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I was a bit disappointed tbh. It's not that I wanted to see them have sex or something but we are all adults here. Its not like the drama was/would be sensationalising anything by them saying that or actually hooking up. It happens in real life. Aish, sometimes dramas are hit or mostly miss with this kind or stuff.

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On the contrary with me, I love they are taking steps slowly. Not every couple will go to sleep so fast, true they are adults, but not all adult relationships need that kind of sleep together so soon.

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I agree. TBH, I was surprised when he said that. But the point I was trying to make is that you rarely see them sleeping together 'quickly' in k-drama land. It always seems very chaste. The show seems to break the mold in so many ways. That's why it was a disappointment for me.

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Disappointing maybe, I like how the show did it. I am sure though let-down, we all laughed.

It's totally in keeping with JS's character. From holding his breath asking for permission for first kiss.

They sure made up for it though :P ... covering all bases teens - > 30s - > Refrigerator kissing.

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Disappointing maybe, I like how the show did it. I am sure though let-down, we all laughed.

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Sayonara, Temperature of Love.

You have lost your spark, in my eyes …
You were pensive, yet witty and upbeat; slow yet fast …
Now you're dragging your lines …
Repeating your scenes …
Relying on your Golden Age episodes to save your present ones …

I promised myself that if I ever pressed fast-forward on you, I would think twice before continuing on this journey with you.

I guess I'll find out how your destiny went through recaps.

It pains me but, sayonara. (╥﹏╥)

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I haven't given up yet but I did keep fast-forwarding. I am really liking Because This Is My First Life, and I realized that my interest in Temperature of Love just doesn't compare any more. These episodes were all about laying groundwork. I'm waiting for something to happen....

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I, too, am loving Because This is My First Life! After squealing through episode 3 and 4 last night, I immediately compared my reaction to watching episodes of it (and While You Were Sleeping) versus watching episodes of Temperature of Love. So far, ToL simply does not thrill me or leave me hanging on the edge of my seat waiting for the next episodes!

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I too wanted to fast forward many of the scenes. These were two veerrryyyy slow episodes and I'm losing interest sadly. Instead, I've fallen for Because this is my First Life which is a lot more fun to watch.
I'll keep reading the recaps. Not sure I can watch Jung Woo go to the dark side. He is so gorgeous that I watch the show for him. sigh.....
Thanks for the fast recaps @lollypip!

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i actually understand and relate about everything u said but this drama is the type of drama tht the story line and plot wont going anywhere.. the one who save this drama is the actors, the lead chemistry and their dialogue.. its not my kind of drama tbh.. i will dropped if its not for yang sejong i like him so much

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Completely agree...this drama lost its steam...it started off exciting and I FF most of the scenes....even though the kiss scene was good...rest of the story is lame...Jung Woo is completely delusional and his character should be more perceptive...jealous gf trope been used is lam as well...least glad that HS confronted her...I don't know how this how is going to turn out 22 (Dramafever has them in 30 min increments, so it could be 11 more 60 min episodes) more episodes when they already confessed, it would have made sense to make this into a movie not a series...

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Why do the second leads have to be so old school second leady?

Jung-woo is crossing over and embracing the crazy 😩😩😩😩
Why can't he just go meet some other women with a kind heart? He needs a warm hug before his heart freezes over.

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IKR? I felt that Writer-nim has used up the trope subversion quota for our lead couple and has none left for our second leads.

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Exactly (which seems odd). It's almost as if there are two different writers at the helm: the writer for the leads, and the writer for the secondary leads. One is progressive and the other is locked in tradition.

I really love all four actors. I wish the second leads had better material to work with though.
Still love most of the dialogue though.

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I don’t know anything about classifying the kisses as teens, 20’s, or 30s since the concept of time has been obliterated along with my neocortex....

Apologies for blending my two favorite Mon-Tues dramas together....grateful for Because This Is My First Life serving as my desert course after this spicy hot episode!

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ROFL re: neocortex!

I'm enjoying both shows, along with 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL, so Mon./Tues. live-watching has become quite a temporal challenge. I'll have to start moving at light speed for time dilation to kick in. It's the only way I'll be able to watch all three shows and read the recaps in a timely fashion. ;-)

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Apparently my inferior frontal gyri is also not working properly. I meant to say that my neocortex was obliterated by the impact of these hot kisses!

I am enjoying 20CB&G too! The new Mon-Tues line-up is indeed testing my live-watching stamina. Where is a time traveler on these 2 days when I need one to hitch a ride?

@pakalanapikake hwaiting!👊

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Dang! I just hit upon our solution, @Kimbap! We merely have to clone ourselves so we can parallel-process our live-watching.

I'll also need solid-state RAM in my noggin. Defragging isn't enough these days. ;-)

Hwaiting, Kimbap!

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Mind blown.....is that what Yang Se-jong wanted to teach us all along? Is Jung-sun really just one of the clones from Duel? 😱

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Bingo, @Kimbap!

Jung-sun is really Clone #3 from DUEL. So now all he has to do is summon his homicidal brother's Clone #2.1 for the showdown with Jung-woo's long-lost identical twin, Mo Tae-goo -- who at last report was on ice in a looney bin for the criminally insane.

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its so sad how this show lost that factor that made me crazy for it every week. gonna stick to recaps and maybe just watch the final episode.

Goodbye TOL .

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@lollypip. I swear we generally think along the same lines and it’s not just this drama alone. My first comment to start of for this week was, I feel like the writer is going out of her way to avoid the typical drama trope traps. Then you go

I really appreciate that this drama makes an effort to avoid common tropes, or if they must be used, then they’re used in an unusual way.

When I read that I literally screamed in glee.

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He thinks about how both Jung-sun and Hyun-soo had each confided in him about the person they loved. It never occurred to Jung-woo that they were speaking of each other.

When you put it that way, makes me feel better.
2. With the displays of the Hyun-soo’s (photographic?) memory, I sure hope Jung-sun doesn’t mess up too badly as a boyfriend/husband—I really want to see them get married for some reason. I don’t think Jung-sun might believe in marriage—neither do I really—but it would be nice to see.
3. So happy that Hyun-soo finally called out Hong-ah. Hong-ah is seriously manipulative and twisted.
4. I wonder when it will finally hit Kyung and Joon-ha likes her.
5. Could a Jung-sun actually exist in real life? I mean, the guy even in his faults comes off as too perfect. Well, not too perfect, but you get my meaning. He’s made many good decisions/calls thus far. I also loved his strength in his conversation with Jung-woo when he said that he was quitting the cooking competition.
6. I felt really badly Jung-sun with the whole nut allergy issue. Yes, it’s ultimately his fault, but he made sure to communicate properly with his staff. It highlights well how hectic it can be when their are a lot of orders coming in. This is the risk you take doing this style of cooking though. When it comes to the food, this show does the best job I’ve seen thus far in showing the value of cooking technique, plating, ingredients, etc.
7. One of my absolute favourite aspects of this episode was the texting and the meaning behind it. Most k-dramas approach texting in an admittedly good way when you get to see conversations happen BUT we don’t always see/receive/read/respond to texts right away. I love the context they put it in as well like Jung-sun being in the gym or at the hospital. I also really love the double entendre behind what are you doing because in many ways, it really does mean that you miss/want to see the person. It was also so relatable when Hyung-soo says that she didn’t want to be an annoyance. And finally, the reversal of the communication phone v text and how you could apply it to Nice Soup Does Not Answer The Phone.
8. As a chef and an avid runner, those shoes made so much sense.
9. I loved the little quip Jung-sun made to his mother when she started her nonsense. I also loved how he treated Hyun-soo’s initial nervousness.
10. Jung-woo and Hyun-soo’s walk home, oh dear.
11. Jung-sun and Hyun-soo had better have a happy ending. We had better not...

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...get too much torture in the future either.
12. That Jung-woo trap when you was asking Jung-sun what he would do. Aish.

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... Aish indeed. He's so broody. Hating the ominous vibes from:
1) JW who's dead set on proposing as compensation to his 5-yr wait - to a woman he's never dated, and never even had any hope with
2) That 2x reference to the "sad ending" for Kind Soup - fr JS, and fr Director who wants to keep it that way.

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You mentioned a lot of moments that I liked too. So glad that Hyun Soo confronted Hong Ah. It also didn't turn out to be a huge, messy catfight. After seeing Hong Ah's response, I'm hoping she'll get rid of her jealousy and focus on her career instead of trying to go after Jung Sun.

I really love watching Jung Sun cook too. He looks so natural and I love seeing the different dishes. Those teddy bear caramels! ❤

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Am I too deep into Jung-Sun to loose my breath over his shoulders, when he was hugging her in the kitchen (when they knocked over some things~)... his giggle there... and the way he was looking at her in between the kisses tripled the butterflies in my stomach...

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Seems like many have dropped this show, but it is weird I'm still loving this show and also loving the other two shows on M/T except This Life is Our First which I decided to saw spoilers only on IG instead of really following it.

I have seen Hong-ah in new light -shameless and self-aware which is unique. Jung-woo is a fool, that's it. Like Hong-ah said "What have you done in the past 5 years? "

I started to love Jung-swoon's mother. She is not just a typical mother, although it's true some of her actions and way of thinking are questionable.

Anyway,I can't stop loving our OTP each day. I keep being afraid each time I was about to start new epi, because I keep thinking what happen if I start to lose my interest. But thankfully so far no. I found this drama is beautiful so far. It gives me a romance that I love.

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Anyway,I can't stop loving our OTP each day. I keep being afraid each time I was about to start new epi, because I keep thinking what happen if I start to lose my interest. But thankfully so far no. I found this drama is beautiful so far. It gives me a romance that I love.

This is me as well pretty much. But my fear usually kicks in mid episode as I'm usually giddy when the episode starts. Actually, I was thinking about this earlier today. What if the temperature of my love for this show fluctuates. It's a long run at 20 (40) episodes and I was thinking given the quick pacing in the first half, how are they going to sustain everything in the second half!? Time skips? Marriage? Career? Whatever it is, they already put us through the ringer in one sense in the first half, so this relationship had better go not through the spit and make up phase (again) especially given the way they've treated misunderstandings up until now.

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@Sera The Ms Temper,

Leave it to Diva Mom to show up out of the blue and crash the party. I really liked how this time Jung-sun's admonishment immediately put an end to Mom's catty remarks.

I'm really not into revenge dramas, so I'm getting nervous as to the second half of the show. It would be refreshing if the show dodges yet another trope.

I can't help but wonder what Jung-woo has up his sleeve for his engagement dinner. I have a feeling that it's going to blow up in his face. He should already know that Hyun-soo is capable of sticking to her guns. Oh, right. He's totally clueless that the other party in a marriage might actually have their own thoughts, desires, and preferences...

Maybe he'll turn his attention to the cutthroat Hong-ah, whom he earlier admired for her drive and determination to succeed as a writer. But even he deserves better than to end up with Hong-ah. If he could get over himself, he'd do much better with the kind and decent Kyung. (But Joon-ha has his eye on her, so good luck to that.)

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I don't find it weird at all for loving this drama. We're different and can have our own taste and preference. As long as you enjoy the drama, you should not be affected by others' negative remarks or even ratings. I know my own taste and my own feelings. I was grinning from ear to ear watching the latest episodes and feeling so happy that night. If others find it a torture to watch, they should not watch or even read recaps. You have to be happy watching a drama.

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Totally agree with you..
Thank you for saying this..

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A little bummed that some viewers have dropped the show and the ratings have dropped some, but it is what it is. Again, this episode felt like the calm before the storm. It had the same feeling as the previous one. I was antsy to see Jung Woo’s rage. He made me nervous with how calm he was. But the show gave us some time with the love birds and their renewed romance. Their kiss scene was so cute then hot.

It is unbelievable that Jung Woo is still going through the proposal!! He is delusional, my goodness.

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As delusional as HA. So all that brooding observation and clinical detachment meant twistedness, not more mature clarity. SIGH. Proposal with no dating, and with no signals at all from the other party that she's remotely interested. In fact, all he got was a WALL each and every time he even tried get personal. No Thanks to devil's advocate HA for goading, and egging him on too, as to what he's done so far = this means action ... like a proposal ring of course! Can these deluded two end up together alrdy?!!

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Well, this drama had lost its sparks on me last week, but I think this episode is slightly better than last week. But I still find myself doing something else through some scenes, because this drama is quite slow and nothing much happened actually in one episode. I kinda expected that this trend would happen again with this writer, as I felt the same way as I feel right now when I watched Doctors, High Society and One Warm Word, which is that I'm starting to lose interest in the drama as the second half enters. This writer is popular in making the first few episodes super intense and interesting, but stays stagnant at one point until the end: anti-climax, nothing much happened throughout the drama though it's 20 episodes drama and there's no humor to keep you entertain at all. But I still finish most of her dramas (can't finish 'Can We Get Married?' ) , but then I'd question myself why do I try so hard finishing her drama? So let's see if I can keep watching this drama until the end for all the main leads' sake. Fighting writer-nim, I'm still giving you the benefit of the doubt; I believe that you'll give something different this time.

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All I will say is that YSJ really came out of nowhere for me, and now suddenly he is one of the actors I really like! He is a really good and natural actor. Gah, I love JS's personality, he is a mix of cold/calm and warm/sweet. This also is SHJ's best character, because she is less messed up here and sweeter than her previous characters. When they are together it is magic.

I loved the kisses this episode (and I hope we get more kisses in upcoming eps!), but the black and white effect is starting to make me uneasy because it feels like their moments are memories, in preparation for a sad ending. Please let HS/JS end up together!

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Yeah!! The black and white transitions are really giving me the chills!! While I'm happy to see their reunion and how they finally can be happily together... each time the frame freezes monochrome.. I'm like.... nooo!!! 😱😱 And the foreboding just becomes more blatant with the script puns... am I gonna cry a river soon?.... omg. I'm so with jongsun on this... I dun like the title..... kind soup must continue to pick up his phone!! 🤣

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The blatant product placement tho ...

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it makes me LOL how the camera zooms in on the Estee Lauder logo on the makeup compact

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I got a little vertigo from that zoom. But it still wasn't as bad as the closeups in MOON LOVERS. ;-)

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“Can we sleep together?”

I expected but got trolled instead. Lol. Mean writers. But I watched their well done kissing scene with a grin on my face. So cute. ^^

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Psst, Chef. Wrong adverb. You meant "simultaneously." Same time, not same place. ;-)

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I'm still loving this drama. I feel that its realistic because honestly there can't be something exciting and new happening each episode. Like others viewers have said this episode did feel like the calm before the storm. I still can't wrap my head around the fact that Jungwoo is going to get upset and mean over this situation because it would seem out of his character that we've seen so far although I will admit that we haven't really gotten to know his character. I still love the scenes with Hyunsoo and Jungsun because they are so cute together.

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i love how this drama is slow and similar to life every one might have. nothing so dramatic happen but when you stop and look back you see so many things have changed. and i should mention when they were kissing i smiled like an idiot whole time, the boy is so natural and i love seo hyun jin kissing scene in this drama much more.

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QUESTION:

QUESTION:
Did it cross anyone's mind at all; that between (passionate) 30s kitchen counter Kiss = > (aftermath) Refrigerator Kiss, .... that ahem they might have gone several steps further in between? :tongue:

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If case there's anyone out there who hasn't seen this BTS of Hyunsoo saying 'I love you' to Jungsun, go check it out here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpgCC_JLHNM

It's too much for Yang Sejong to take and he...well...you'll see. And then you'll get lightheaded.

You're welcome!

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@ys,

Thanks for the link. You mean @2:52, right?

Life imitates art, and vice versa. No wonder that scene in the shelter of the banyan left us viewers swooning. It seems to have had a similar effect on the leading man, too. ;-)

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Swoon!

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OMG they made a BTS of this episode. Most of the commenters say that watching it soothed their anger about the preemption. Boy howdy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCo7AoBLMzo

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Thanks for your recap and comments, LollyPip.

It was a long time coming, but it was worth the wait to see Hyun-soo quietly take Hong-ah to task for her backstabbing -- and continuing flippant refusal to be honest about it. Way to pin her ears back in a mature and civilized manner. Hong-ah's pretzel logic as she recounted her tortured (and self-centered) path to success as a writer left me as gobsmacked as Hyun-soo. The delusion is strong in this one -- who's as out of touch as Jung-woo.

Later, when Hong-ah asked Jung-woo to take her off UNRULY DETECTIVES because Director Min's writers had screwed up the plot too much, she was back to her old tricks. She probably wanted to bail on the show because Hyun-soo had told her not to use anything from her copyrighted scripts. This lying leopard will never change her spots.

What I couldn't figure out was why Jung-woo let Hong-ah off the hook so quickly and easily. It seems as if he's willing to lose his entire investment in UNRULY DETECTIVES. Is he looking for ammo so he can ruin Hyun-soo's reputation and career?

Yes, Jung-woo's non-reaction is worrisome. He seems to be working himself into a tizzy. And then, without fail, Hong-ah starts needling him about wasting five years doing nothing to win over the object of his affections. Don't tell me she's got him in her sights -- as a means to exacting revenge upon Hyun-soo for being too good a writer, and upon Jung-sun for spurning her.

I can't help but wonder what is up with Won-joon vis-à-vis Hong-ah. Nothing seems to be happening on that front. Heck, we've barely seen him at all.

All the machinations by Hong-ah and Jung-woo stand in stark contrast to the open and honest -- if sometimes delayed -- communications between the chef and his favorite dramatist. When Hyun-soo tells him the true meaning of her frequent queries into what he is doing, it was great to watch his wheels turn. His eyes clearly show the light bulb going off. His dodging her kiss to make her laugh demonstrates how comfortable and secure he has become with her. Although we were trolled but good when he asks it she wants to sleep with him (cue “Dreaming as One” by Richie Havens, on my fan wall), they make up for it during their later smoochfest at Good Soup.

I really liked the twist on the old shoe-buying trope. Hyun-soo specifically says she got them for Jung-sun so he will come running to her. (Is this a tip of the gat to Crown Prince Myongnong's buying shoes for Seolnan, only to have her run away repeatedly in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK-HYANG?)

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Love your comments! Despite her "pretzel logic" Hong-ah's self-awareness made her a little more palatable earlier this episode, and then she had to fan Jung-woo's jealousy....ugh...

I wish that Won-joon would get himself out of his infatuation over a woman who is definitely not worthy of him. How about dating the sommelier who seems to be a total pro and have her head on straight, or just channel his energy and creativity completely to his life's dream to become an innovative chef?

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Aw, thanks, @Kimbap! ;-)

With Hong-ah, all I can say is, "Old habits die hard." She cannot refrain from stirring someone else's pot. Mainly because she really doesn't have a life of her own.

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I just want to poke Hong Ah's eyes out when she was playing love advocate to Jung Woo, egging him on to still pursue Hyun Soon knowing that Hyun Soon and Jung Sun are a couple now. This makes nonsensical her earlier confession to Hyun Soo - that she was mad at herself for being jealous of Hyun Soo. I thought she would change for the better after that, being aware that her anger was misdirected towards Hyundai Soon.

Alas nope, she's still malicious towards Hyun Soo. My view of her is even worse than before as now I know she's fully aware of the unreasonableness of her actions. That's why I want to poke out her eyes.😡

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Just when we think Hongah couldn't get any worse, the writer takes her character to another level of awful. She's getting set up as the reason for Hyunsoo rejecting Jungsun 5 years ago, and for triggering Jungwoo.

But Hyunsoo was cautious and ambivalent from the start before Hongah lied to her about Jungsun's character. And Jungwoo was brooding and thinking and probably planning something before Hongah challenged him to take action.

What's next? Is she going to go full-on psycho? It's getting so bad, I'm starting to feel sorry for her.

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The sad(?) part of this scenario is that, despite Hong-ah's jealous meddling 5 years earlier, it didn't have as much of an impact on Hyun-soo's relationship with Jung-sun as she might have deludedly hoped. She did not have as much influence on Hyun-soo as she liked to think.

I agree that Hyun-soo was cautious and ambivalent from the get-go, and Jung-woo was already unrequitedly obsessed.

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Re: food allergies, I have a nasty one that manifested out of the blue. Anaphylaxis is no joke. Thus I was surprised that neither the customer nor the restaurant first aid kit had OTC antihistamine on hand for just such an emergency, as my physician advised. If the diner had such a serious allergy she should have had epinephrin with her. When your airways are closing, 911 / 119 may take too long to arrive.

While I was glad to see the post-game analysis to determine how the diner got the wrong salad, all I could do was shake my head when I saw the two virtually-identical containers of virtually-identical glop. (I just hope they weren't cross-contaminated later by someone swapping the lids.) Since there was apparently no way to tell them apart visually, Jung-sun would have done well to taste-test or sniff-test the problematic ingredient before sending the dish out, just to be sure.

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This is where I was screaming, “Where’s your epinephrine, lady?!?!?” I’ll get too upset if I go into anymore about the cross contact, identical containers, identical bowls—they should have put it in a different colored or shaped bowl—as it could have been mixed up at any point between the transfer from the kitchen to the customer as well. My heart rate started going up when the hostess mentioned nut allergies.

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Lollypip, thank you so much for recapping the episode so quickly!!! The recaps help with certain things that get lost in translation for me and I eagerly look for the recap after each ep!

I just love the OTP in this drama. Both HS and JS have no qualms with voicing their thoughts and feelings to each other. What I love about these characters is their honesty with each other which differentiates their relationship from any other on the show (I love JW, but the depth of communication between HS and JW is just not there..). Also there is none of the typical misunderstandings that happens in other kdramas here and I appreciate that. I truly hope that continues throughout the series. I expect that there is going to be some major drama w/ JW/JA and that will challenge the relationship with our OTP, but I would like to see them face them head on together.

There is also massive amounts of chemistry (I think i squee-d during the last 5 minutes of the ep!!!!)---I know relationships in kdramas are normally pretty chaste, but would love to see this couple take it to the next level as what could be expected in real life.

Another plus for this drama...JS's full lips...alternates between sweet and boyish and sexy in the drop of a hat...whew!

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FYI: EP 19 & 20 are delayed to next week.
They were replaced by a live baseball game.
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Many thanks for that news, @loveblossom!

It must be playoff season in Korea. I don't pay much attention to baseball, but did notice that the World Series starts a week from today. ;-)

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Doggone it, way to kill the momentum. Now the timing of subsequent episodes will be out of whack. Rats!

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Even next week I heard only one episode will be aired to give way to baseball game,,,gosh!

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This is actually good news for me, so I can actually watch the other Mon-Tues dramas on!

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Your glass is truly half full. ;-)

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I’m an optimist, through and though!

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Thanks for the update, @jusyed!

Only one episode next week means that the proper cliffhanger rhythms will be restored the following week. I can live with that. ;-)

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I love the OTP, but I also love Kim Jae Wook. I kept yelling at my screen, 'Don't be evil!' 'don't be a bad guy!'

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This show is still my light watch after a busy day. Didn’t think I’d have to lecture the tv about epinephrine autoinjectors after work, but I’m glad those scenes were short and didn’t drag out the plot. I just want more of our OTP! I want another weekend vacation, just them, no one else. Is that selfish of me?

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First, i wont dropped this show because it's Kim Jae Wook (because i'm mostly FF to watch just Jung Woo part). He's already gone long from small screen that i definitely watch everyshow he was in. But, seriously his character likely to be slapped in needed for him to be awake from his delulu mind!! why the writer makes his character so poor written. At first, Park Jung Woo is a charismatic, sexy, and cool one. then the writer makes him soo pitiful, tired, and delusional one?!!
Why the second lead needed if they just makes Jungsun and Hyunsoo bound stronger by just they're having each other. it seems like the show don't care anymore about the second lead. and i'm so dissappointed!! I'll still trying to figure out how the writer will do about Park Jung Woo, because my biased heart can't dropped this show just for Kim Jae Wook.

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So love this episode 💞 Hope the next one won’t be too predictable too. Give us more of the beautiful love and chemistry please. I really hate having to watch a romance kept too short while the suffering gets too long. Let the bad people not win over the good ones.

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