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I’m Not a Robot: Episodes 27-28

I love everything about this show. So often, romance and resolutions are delivered to us in broad sweeps, but I always love most the ones that are told in the tiny micro-strokes where every word, look, and breath matters. Though there’s still trouble on the horizon for our friends, the end is in sight, and I fully expect it to be everything we ever wanted.

 
Episode 27: “I really need you”

At Sun-hye’s coffee shop, Aji-3 stands suddenly on hearing news about the meteor shower that night. She tells Sun-hye that she has to go there to keep a promise with her friend, but Sun-hye thinks her friend will be meeting someone else. “Who?” Aji-3 asks.

Min-kyu touches his heart lamp on. Across town, Jia bolts up when her one lights up, and rushes out into a taxi. Min-kyu can’t find her when he reaches the hilltop, but just as he gives up, they come face-to-face with each other, Jia’s eyes shining with desperate hope.

He asks her, a little sharply, what she wanted to say. She doesn’t know where to start, so he suggests the beginning: “From the day you entered my house.” But Jia tells him that that wasn’t their beginning. “The first time you met me was not as a robot, but as a person,” she reveals.

Ssan-ip helps a limping Hok-tal into a chair at Sun-hye’s, having failed to catch up to Min-kyu. “Will we be able to see Brother even once to apologize to him properly?” Ssan-ip asks, choked up. Comforting him, Hok-tal replies that it’s really up to Min-kyu.

Min-kyu’s flabbergasted to learn that Jia was President Jo. “But I talked to you so many times, how would I not kno—” he starts, but then remembers details like how fauxbot Jia inexplicably knew that his unopened package contained his necklace. It all seems terribly obvious to him in hindsight.

“Do you… remember now?” Jia asks cautiously. He recalls that he was on the phone to President Jo while Aji-3 was being delivered, and she explains that she talked to him from inside the box—thus her total shock when she saw him moments later.

Min-kyu just can’t get his head around it, and says half to himself that Baek-gyun told him it was Friend Mode. “But you believed that,” Jia says apologetically, explaining that he’d made it up to cover her mistakes. She admits that she was amazed that he bought it, and he cringes in embarrassment.

“What about the fart?” he accuses suddenly, remembering that occasion. She hangs her head. Oh my god, I’m laughing so much, I think I’m going to die. “You must have thought I was so dumb,” he says bleakly.

“You… believe me now, right?” she asks. “I can’t believe myself for believing you were a robot,” he moans, dropping to a bench. She agrees, but he cuts her off. “That’s it! No further!” he warns through gritted teeth. Too much honesty? Hee.

Pi returns to Sun-hye’s café after signing a lease for a new warehouse, and tells the others that they’ll move in as soon as Aji-3’s been sent to Martin. The thought of parting from their robot saddens the three scientists.

Jia confesses one more thing: that she stole from Min-kyu. “What are you, an onion?!” he asks, astonished that new stuff just keeps coming out. She quickly explains that it was the beef he’d already thrown away. “It looked delicious,” she explains.

His face softens and he starts to laugh. Aww. But when Jia laughs too, he scowls. He softens again, wondering how she endured it all that time when he was eating and she couldn’t. Smiling, she says she really, really loved his food on the island.

She has nothing else to confess, but Min-kyu has one last question: “Who’s Hong-joo?” HA.

Elsewhere, as Jin-bae and Baek-gyun stake out Jang Doo-sam, Baek-gyun asks why Jin-bae’s not angry with him. Jin-bae says that a lawyer sees both sides, and so he sees that although they started off wrongly, they became sincere over time.

But a person’s sincerity proves itself in crisis, he tells Baek-gyun, “Thus, the key to solving this situation isn’t only in Kim Min-kyu’s hands.” He advises that they each take responsibility as far as their sincerity takes them.

Min-kyu asks Jia what her first impression of him was. “A totally obnoxious jerk,” Jia replies candidly, “And then… a crazy psycho.” He’s struck speechless when she asks how a man who has a hierarchy among his electrical appliances could possibly look normal to her.

But at some point, she says, she began to feel for him, and the things he said began to sound more sad than strange.

“And so, the more I saw you and the more I got to know you, the more my heart ached. I began to wish for your happiness, and I wanted to do everything I could to make you so,” she says softly.

Holding her gaze, Min-kyu tells her to sit by him because he can’t hear her (yeah, right). She leaves her bench for his, and he says, “Tell me again, from the beginning.”

Director Yeh tells Ri-el that according to her wishes, he’s cancelled her marriage to Min-kyu—Yoo-chul suits her much better, he says, especially since he’s about to take over Min-kyu’s position.

Speaking of the devils, Chairman Hwang and Yoo-chul join them for dinner, the chairman chortling that she should really be calling him “Father-in-law” now. Ugh. Stunned, Ri-el excuses herself. Yoo-chul follows her out and she turns on him.

“You’re just like them,” she says, though he insists that he had no idea about this, either. “I can’t believe your words anymore,” Ri-el tells him. Turning heel, she leaves Yoo-chul alone in the hallway.

Min-kyu asks Jia if he ever made her heart flutter. Smiling shyly, she eventually admits that her heart fluttered every morning she went to meet him. Remembering how joyful he’d been after she saved him, she says she realized how earnest his wish was for her to recognize him no matter how he appeared.

She tells him how happy she was whenever he patted her head, though she hated it at first. He reaches out to her now, but stops short of touching her. Pulling up her hood, Jia takes his hand in her gloved one and brings it to rest on her covered head.

Pi asks Sun-hye why she doesn’t have a boyfriend, and Sun-hye explains that all the men she’s dated shone like stars at first, but then turned out to be rocks. Busy darning his trousers, Hok-tal says in his laconic way that humans are apparently made of stardust to begin with: “If there are stars inside me, why look for them elsewhere?”

“Shall we date?” Sun-hye finally proposes. Hok-tal agrees even before he knows what he’s saying, but then he stares at her in shock, and Pi stares in awe.

Jia tells Min-kyu how sorry she was that she couldn’t say anything to him on the day of the reset. “You had a really hard time, didn’t you?” Min-kyu asks. She assures him that she was able to bear it. Oh, Jia.

She recounts how afraid she was that he would discover her secret the night in the boathouse. “But because I could see your face, because I could hear your voice, I was so happy,” she says, “I should have told you the truth even then. I’m truly sorry.”

At that, Min-kyu draws in close to Jia, almost kissing her, but he stops a mere breath away. She opens her eyes to see him pull back and refuse to meet her eyes. Saying nothing, she pulls up his hood. After wrapping him up securely, she snuggles up to him and says, “The thing I want to say the most to you, I’ll say it now.”

But Min-kyu stops her, saying he wants to keep that last gift unopened. Stepping away, he thanks her for turning their time together into beautiful memories. “Just with those memories, I think I can live out the rest of my life well,” he tells her.

Explaining that he might never be able to touch her again, he says he can’t drag her into the life he’s had to live for the last fifteen years. He regrets that he can’t watch the meteor shower with her, since that would be one memory too painful, “So our memories together… end here.”

“Goodbye, Aji-3. Goodbye, Jo Jia,” he says. But he’s only taken a few steps when Jia tells him to stop right there.

“The person who gave me the love I always yearned for was you,” she cries out. “And so the person I missed each and every day… that was you. It’s not that I’m someone you need. I’m the one who needs you, so much. Because you’re the person I’ve been looking for all this time, that one person I’ve been waiting for.”

He turns slowly back to her, and she at last tells him what she’s wanted to say to him since the day of the reset: “I love you.”

Min-kyu lets out a deep breath. In a few strides, he closes the distance between them, and this time, there’s no hesitation as he takes her face between his hands and kisses her.

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The one person I’ve been waiting for my whole life
 

His wrist monitor remains calm, and when they both see that he’s totally fine, they bubble up with happy laughter.

They miss the meteor shower, which disappoints Jia because she wanted to make a wish. Smiling at her, Min-kyu says his wish just came true. “What was it?” Ji asks playfully, and he wraps her up in his arms in reply. Oh you adorable eskimos, finally.

 
Episode 28: “Just a product owned by a man”

Ssan-ip wakes up and asks what he missed. You missed everything, Ssan-ip! Pi tells him to go back to sleep. Meanwhile, Hok-tal and Sun-hye enjoy a sort-of date just outside, and she confirms that today is their day one.

Jia’s fallen asleep in Min-kyu’s car for their trip back in the morning. Smiling at their twined hands, he goes to get them coffee. He doesn’t think anything of it when his hand brushes the barista’s, but his wrist monitor starts beeping dangerously on his way back.

To his shock, his allergy rises, and he looks over to Jia, still sleeping in the car… and the numbers start to fall. She wakes at his return, and they beam at each other in happiness.

He finally drops her off home (after circling the block five times, lol) but is unwilling to part with her so soon, and thus ensues the world’s most adorable round of, “You go first”/”No, you!” Once inside, Jia throws herself onto her bed in a fit of giggling squee, to the astonishment of her sister-in-law and niece.

Chairman Hwang and Yoo-chul meet with Martin. Chairman Hwang promises Aji-3’s delivery the following day and the foreigner sneers threateningly that they’re lucky—people don’t get away with breaking promises to him.

Baek-gyun finally catches Jang Doo-sam, and they relocate to the van to talk. Baek-gyun tells him how they’re about to lose all their work—late Chairman Park’s dream—to Martin, and pleads with Jang to help them.

Jang reveals that Daeyang’s Chairman Park’s death was no accident. A flashback shows Jang in hospital where Chairman Hwang paid him off after the incident. “You didn’t see anything,” he’d told Jang, adding that only his silence would keep him and his family alive.

Jang has a recording, but he tells them that he needs time to think.

Elsewhere, Yoo-chul confronts Director Yoon and asks him if his father killed Chairman Park. Yoon tries to change the subject to Min-kyu’s impending dismissal, but Yoo-chul is concerned that Min-kyu will find Jang Doo-sam first.

Min-kyu tries to muster up the courage to call Jin-bae, but flails over how he treated him in the past. “Why did you live like that, Kim Min-kyu?” he wails. He finds out that Jin-bae’s on his way to court to file the lawsuits against Jia and the Santa Maria team.

Min-kyu anxiously tells him to drop them—yes, all of them—and tells Jin-bae to come see him right now… and then rephrases it to a respectful request to please visit him. Hahahaha.

After he hangs up, a little shellshocked, he wonders, “Ah… what’s this? This strange feeling I’m experiencing for the first time in my life?” Sweet child, it’s the loving caress of humble pie.

Dr. Oh tells Min-kyu that he may not experience a total cure—his condition will likely depend on his emotional state. He also advises Min-kyu take care since, worryingly, his current medicines aren’t working very well anymore.

The doc also asks if he’s going to reconcile with the Santa Maria team too, observing that they were truly worried for him.

Jin-bae arrives and Min-kyu awkwardly invites him to sit. Jin-bae perches nervously on the edge of a chair until Min-kyu begs him to just sit normally. Nervous himself, Min-kyu tells Jin-bae that he did nothing wrong and so he won’t be accepting his resignation.

“I trust you,” he says. Jin-bae urges him not to, saying that people change. “Still, I’ll trust you,” Min-kyu affirms. When Jin-bae mentions Jia, Min-kyu blurts out that he likes her, very much, and asks whether that would be a problem in the relationship between them.

“Not right now,” a dazed Jin-bae replies. They get to business then, and Jin-bae updates him on the Martin situation, and reports that they weren’t able to convince Jang Doo-sam.

The Santa Maria team gathers around Aji-3 for their final goodbyes, and tell her she’ll be happy with her new master. The robot computes their sad faces and observes that they’re telling her a lie to make her happy.

Martin’s henchman, a guy called Dr. Casey, arrives to collect Aji-3. He leers at the robot, looking forward to taking her apart. “Don’t even think about touching her before signing the contract,” Baek-gyun warns angrily.

Min-kyu finally reads the team’s handwritten affidavits, starting with Ssan-ip’s. Addressed to “brother,” Ssan-ip writes that Jia was innocent and blames himself for clinging to her. Just then, Butler Sung calls out to him that there’s a hubbub at the barn.

By the time he reaches it, Aji-3 is gone. Distraught, he asks Baek-gyun how he could let go of his life’s work so easily. Min-kyu cries out that he should have found any other way—what happened to all the nerve and daring with which they deceived him?

They apologize, and Pi says he knows why they did it. Min-kyu grows increasingly upset, and Baek-gyun cuts in harshly. He says Min-kyu has no idea what it’s like to be skewered by a vicious media.

“It’s being forever branded. No matter how sincerely you speak, nobody listens,” Baek-gyun says passionately, “We don’t want to see the rest of your life ruined like that.”

Min-kyu stares at him, full of emotion. There’s no sting left when he chokes out, “Did anyone ask you to do that?”

Dr. Casey reports to Martin that Aji-3’s learning ability is spectacular. Dr. Casey tells her she’ll be a military robot, and the world’s most dangerous weapon. What? NO!

“Am I not supposed to live with humans?” Aji-3 asks in flawless English. “You’re just a product, owned by a man,” Dr. Casey says. “This man,” smirks Martin, indicating himself.

Yoo-chul comes to take the robot back until the signing tomorrow. Dr. Casey wants to take out the GPS first so she can’t be tracked. I hate that they refer to her as “it.”

Min-kyu calls Jia and she answers sleepily. Cradling Pretty the Plushie (AKA his Jia-avatar), he laughs a little over how she really was President Jo, and guesses that must be why talking to her felt so familiar. They make plans to meet later, as Min-kyu has something to do first.

He meets Baek-gyun with an unspoken question. Baek-gyun explains that Jia was his first love, but they broke up suddenly. In giving Aji-3 Jia’s face, he had tried to find the answer why.

“I found the answer, and I came to understand Jia. More importantly, I came to know myself better. Like this, a chapter of my life has come to a close,” he says, mustering a smile. With true affection, he tells Min-kyu that he and Jia are really lovely together.

He wanted to tell Min-kyu the truth sooner, too, but kept losing the opportunity. “It seems that with one moment of hesitation, the decisive moments pass by,” he says ruefully.

Min-kyu tells him he cancelled the lawsuit, and promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to prevent losing Aji-3. “It’s not because I’ve forgiven you,” he says. “It’s for the sake of KM Group.” Nobody believes you, Min-kyu!

Min-kyu visits Chairman Hwang with the offer to step down from his position. In exchange, he asks him to sell Santa Maria to him. Chairman Hwang smirks that with his condition, Min-kyu’s on the way out anyway.

Afterwards, Yoo-chul asks Min-kyu why on earth he’s trying to bail out the people who backstabbed him, when he can’t even forgive Yoo-chul for something that happened fifteen years ago.

Min-kyu replies that they’re worth it: “Listen well, Yoo-chul. For my sake, those people gave up everything they had. You and your father would never understand that.”

He meets Director Yeh next, and asks for his support against the sale of the robotics team at the board meeting tomorrow. “Ri-el will soon be marrying Yoo-chul. That’s my answer,” says the director coldly.

Director Yeh then informs Ri-el that her marriage with Yoo-chul will take place once the contract with Martin is signed. She can’t believe the way he’s treating her, and is downright disturbed by his about-face to Min-kyu.

Elsewhere, a reporter receives an article draft with a headline dubbing someone mentally ill for mistaking a human for a robot. He expects it to be a sensation, and tells the sender he’s ready to release it at any time.

While Min-kyu drives, his phone pings with a reply from Madame X about reinvestigating Chairman Park’s death. Oo, tell me the tables are about to turn.

The next morning, Dr. Casey unlocks Aji-3’s box, and roars in shock to find it empty. YES! I KNEW IT!!

Aji-3 walks down a busy street, taking in her surroundings. “Let’s go home,” she says.

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COMMENTS

What a great ending. I had a feeling we were about to see Aji-3 come into her own, and man do I love it. It’s been foreshadowed for a few weeks that Aji-3 had a mind of her own, and while on the one hand, it scares me a little, on the other, I think we’ve gotten enough inklings that there’s more “humanity” in her than we ever suspected, which makes her the perfect foil for these human-trash villains. That’s also why the Santa Maria team’s goodbyes to her are particularly poignant, because for all that she’s a robot, they see her as a friend and one of their own.

I admit that at first I hated Min-kyu for lashing out at Jia last episode, but I get that he said all those jagged things to hurt her because he was hurt (and forgiving is hard). It’s not okay, but it’s very human of him. It’s bad enough to be sliced open like that to Jia and the team, with all his deepest, most painful secrets and feelings on public display, but add to that his worst enemies? That’s not a simple violation, it’s a really terrible one. As much as I hurt for Jia, I could understand where his anger came from, even though she unfairly bore the brunt of it.

I did get mad all over again when he didn’t let her speak when she asked to that time, but I’m just so happy about how this writer addresses these imbalances and transgressions. Min-kyu redeems himself by asking her this episode, in an implicit acknowledgement of his earlier refusal. And so finally, it’s Jia’s turn to unwind all the words she’s held in. I find it so sweet and wrenching that Min-kyu has to draw them out of her, one candid confession at a time.

His determination to listen to the bitter end, while entertaining, is also deeply touching, because here is a truth about Min-kyu: He’s always shown openness to being told otherwise, and easily takes the advice of others (even if few dare to give it). While he might not necessarily be a good listener, he really thinks about what people say to him and comes to sound conclusions. I strongly dispute the opinion that he’s not smart: What he lacks is experience, not intelligence, and that’s usually what’s at the root of his mistakes, including mistaking a human for a robot (though that was compounded by a really unusual set of circumstances).

As for Jia, fill this space with happy sighs for our brilliant, take-no-prisoners girl. I was grinning like a loon when she revealed herself as President Jo, and I knew it was really, irrevocably game over when he called her to sit next to him—that’s the moment his forgiveness is complete. What worked best about Jia’s catalogue of confessions is that each one acts to bring their relationship further into balance. All this time, Jia’s had full knowledge of his feelings, but has herself been a closed book. Every word she gives him salves something in his wounded, hungry heart, and I find her confessions nothing less than an exquisite verbal love letter.

What I love—what I find most remarkable about the way this show is written, and that this week’s episodes prove more than ever—is that it never glosses over its conflicts or issues. Even when things have become impossibly snarled, it looks them straight in the eye and sets to untangling them in a sensitive, human way that is all raw emotional realism, even in this most unrealistic of scenarios. I did question whether the couple’s reconciliation came too quickly, and while that may be true, it certainly didn’t come easily.

There are two main reasons it was possible so quickly. First, remember Min-kyu’s certainty that the robot had feelings for him, too? Even when he thought she was a robot, he instinctively felt the truth of Jia’s feelings, and I think that’s held true throughout this crisis, despite his harsh accusations. All it took (apart from the real talk from Sun-hye) to send him running to her was a moment’s solid evidence. The second reason is my favorite though. I was so ready to flip when Min-kyu went all noble fool on her, but our Jia did not let that fly for a second. On the one hand, you’ve got Min-kyu who’s just delivered this dramatic, poetic farewell that is genuinely painful, and then it’s immediately undercut by Jia saying, no you freaking don’t. If that’s not the best of tragicomedy, I don’t know what is.

But what I really, really love about how that moment ended is that he pretty much decided to kiss her even if it killed him, and that’s not a metaphor. It was literally the hill he chose to die on. I wasn’t surprised at the mild return of his allergy later (I think Min-kyu expected to be cured after he was able to kiss and touch Jia without reaction), which seems like a realistic outcome to me. I think the kiss was possible in the first place because his trust in Jia was so completely restored. I’m just excited that Min-kyu’s growing so much emotionally, and discovering that there’s much more available to him in the world of feeling than toughness and vulnerability, or trust and mistrust. After living in a black-and-white world for so long, he’s now being forced to admit nuance.

What’s stuck to me throughout writing this recap, though, are Jin-bae’s words to go as far as your sincerity takes you, because we see every character acting in that way. Min-kyu finally feels the truth of the Santa Maria team’s feelings not just in the scale of their sacrifice, but in their defence of it. It’s because of that that he’s able to put everything he has on the line for them. I love that we’re finally able to understand why the breach between Min-kyu and Yoo-chul was never healed, and it’s so simple: Yoo-chul never said sorry. He expects to be understood and forgiven, he excuses himself for having been too young to understand, but he never makes an explicit apology even now, which is a sharp contrast to Jia and the Santa Maria team. All of them sincerely apologized, and all of them went out of their way to make it up to him—as far as their sincerity took them, which was basically all the way.

With what that last mail from Madame X hints, I have a good feeling about next week. Now that all the important relationships have found their resolution, I fully expect to see some heart-exploding teamwork where Min-kyu is saved, Aji-3 is saved, Santa Maria is saved, Pi asks Baek-gyun out, and everyone lives happily ever after in Min-kyu’s enormous house. Now excuse me while I go sing “Morning Has Broken” until I go hoarse.

 
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Memorable moments:

Aji3 suddenly stood up to go to her friend. Like she’s sleepwalking. 😂

Truth out in the open. Including who really farted. 😸

Non-touch head stroking and hand holding.

The almost kiss then he backed out.

Honest conversation that quickly resolved the misunderstanding. Very rare in dramaland. I was preparing myself for an airport drama.😄

Her confession that led to THE KISS! It wasn’t a dead fish kiss, yay! It could have been done better but it was far from bad. I can’t be choosy, I am just happy they did not drag this.

JA-MK hugging i their fur coats, they look like fluffy kittens.

I feel giddy from their giddiness too.

MK’s awkward phone call to Jinbae.

Jinbae sitting on the armchair. I spurted my drink from that bit. 😂

Sokhye’s nonchalant proposal. I, however, didn’t appreciate that she picked on Pi’s curls. Even if she said Pi already looks good, she followed it up saying she’d look better with straight hair. Pi could use some comb and taming oil, yes, but straightening her hair is not necessary. Enough with this type of cliche makeover already, please writers? Prettify her with her natural curls, dear drama gods! 👏

Aji3 knew they are lying to her. She then ran away at end of the episode. The way she says “Kaja, let’s go home.” CSB is so cute. I was initially excited like she’s a lost puppy going home to his/her hooman. I was like yes, go back home! Those evils bastards will dismember you. But Aji3’s blank face also creeped me out. I watched Black Mirror a few days ago.🙀

Overall, I am happy. I am just waiting for the big goodbye and big reconciliation/reuniting at the ending episodes.

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Exactly! Hahaa
I was fully prepared for airport drama too.

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Especially when Sokhye mentioned Australia last episode. That’s always a precursor to airport drama.😄

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If this post were a gif it would be Jia’s silly pirouette. Thanks for the recap, @saya !

Turns out that I don’t have that much to say this time round.

The reconciliation was perfect: heartfelt, sweet without being saccharine, with a healthy dose of funny.
I was grinning from ear to ear all ep.27 which left little room for deep thoughts.

IMO, MK had forgiven her the moment he figured out that she cared (last ep, umbrellas). When he called her out it was with no agenda, just because he needed to see her. To fill the awkward silence he asked her what was it that she needed to tell him so badly as to tolerate his outbursts. The rest is history.

I was not surprised that MK decided to give her up because of his illness, since he had done just the same with RE. But of course Jia is not RE and that makes all the difference.
Hearing her "I love you" was more than enough to change his mind. "If I touch her, there’s a good chance I’ll have an allergic reaction” vs. "if I don’t kiss this woman right now my heart is for sure going to explode.” - the only rational answer is the hell with caution. And, if nothing else, MK is very good at math. 😛

The fact that MK gave up his job (and pride) to protect SM was such a huge step. Also, when Jia’s brother told MK not to trust him too much because there are no 100% guarantees and MK replied that he chooses to trust him regardless and that he’ll take responsibility for the consequences… ♥ You’ve grown up so beautifully uri MK-ya …

Another highlight: YC's petulant how can you give up the company for those people who swindled you when you could not look past one mistake I made when I was a kid. YC so desperately wants that forgiveness too. That plus the fact that RE is mad at him should be more than enough to push him back on the good guys side.

Most of the series Aji3 was sitting in the background mostly unnoticed so I had given up on the AI taking center stage in the show, but this episode Aji3 starts doing her own thing and I absolutely love it. Unexpected present that. So excited to see how it pans out.

Last week… let’s make it an extra good one. 😃

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Aji 3 was present the entire time as well during Jia and Min-kyu's interactions. I'm sure she picked up some things. Plus she's learned so much from her creators who love her dearly. This robot is not going to stand for anything less than the existence the santa maria team envisioned for her, and I love it.

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About the heart lamps, I'm not going to lie, I thought it was one of the most useless inventions because if you miss someone, you can always call them on the phone. However, I just realized that it's much more than that. A lot of times, pride stops you from picking up the phone. And even if you do pick it up on a whim, words might be hard to say or you end up saying the wrong things. However, once you touch the lamp, even if it's on a whim, your sincere feelings are already conveyed.

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With words it's sometimes hard to convey what you're saying, but that lamp lighting up says and makes you feel so much more than words ever could in that instant.

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I thought so too in the beginning. But when I realize the true meaning of it, the silent way of telling the other person you miss them or thought of them even when you are far or mad, that lamp is used well in this drama. Also, it does not pressure the person to respond right away like a phone call or text. Perfect way to give them space and time, but connection is still there.

And I laughed so hard when I saw that lamp existed in real life. Saw a photo of it on IG and fans were having a blast about it. 😄

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@abcde Can you give me the link? I would like to buy a set as I am not the type to call or text just to say I miss you or anything.

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Found this: https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/long-distance-touch-lamp

It is called Filimin Long Distance Touch Lamp. Works just like Jia’s lamp, but they are not heart-shaped. ☹️

An IG account called halffling posted a heart-shaped lamp, identical to Jia’s, but apparently they turn on separately, she just answered the question a few days ago. She bought it from Daiso. When I saw her post the lamp 2 weeks ago, my heart skipped a bit. I had a huge grin on my face because her caption says, “sees one episode of INAR”. Then people flocked her account wanting where to buy the lamp. Hahaha

Another IG account called oh.mystore.id is selling the heart-shaped lamp but has no description if it works like Jia’s.

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Now, where to buy those heart lamps? I want one haha

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@amyam, please see my reply to posting just above yours in this same thread. It is about the lamp. I am afraid it might bug people if I post identical info. ✌️

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@zyx thanks for sharing the link above! 😊😊

I saw LED heart lamps on ebay, but i dont think its touch-linked to other lamps!

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PS: can we have MK and Jia’s niece hang out? pretty please

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This show is so cute.
I'll miss it, and after next week there'll be no new MBC drama for a while 😢😢

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I went hoarse squealing at the screen. I scared my cat but it was so worth it LOL

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I need to second your squeeeeee. This ep was worth all the wait.

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I love that there are no easy answers in this drama. Min Kyu's illness is back and his doctor (who I totally agree from last posts gets a "terrible drama doctor award") said like many long term illnesses, he should develop a relationship with it. The drama shows such a real life, non-drama response to his illness.

The drama gave the same real life treatment with repairing relations with Santa Monica. Min kyu is slowly moving forward with renewed trust, but very cautiously and only after great sacrifice by the team.

The fantastic premises is nicely anchored by realism on the emotional side.

Plus I LOVE how amazing all the women (+ woman robot) are in this drama!

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Yessss! This drama kinda puts women as an essential issue.

1. A woman's real figure is used to model a robot.
2. Ri El looks like an object for her Dad and YC.
Buuuuttttt.....
All the characterizations of women in IANAR are beautifully written.
1. JI AH: A smart inventor with persistence and determination. This is my first time watching a character of inventor.
2. PI: A smart researcher, a professor-to-be, being able to fix a broken car.
3. RI EL: A classy woman who fights against her Dad's will.
4. SUN HYE: A bold woman asking out a man first for dating, running a coffe shop, a life coach.
5. MADAM-X: (I believe madam X is a woman as well) an informant for MK.

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I luuuurrrveeee this week's episodes especially ep. 27. That lovely honest talk is so exciting to watch. If in the warehouse MK told her everything, in ep
27, it was Ji Ah's turn. And to know that it was ended with such a beautiful-meteor-shower kiss... uuggghhhh I lost words. *repeat mode: on* 😍😍

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Thanks @saya. Reading this recap puts a huge big happy grin on my face again. I loved so many things about this episode. Of course I loved MK and Jia in their meteor shower. I loved cringing in second-hand embarrassment for MK when he was handing over the juice. I loved Sun-hye asking Hok-tal out sooooo casually that he agreed even before he really knew what was happening. And I totally loved loved Jia's coat. It's a combination between a parka and a blue kitten.

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These episodes gave me allllll the butterflies, how can two people be so cute!?!?

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@sayaDayum thank you for your heartfelt, beautiful, funny recap. I love this show but watching live with all y'alls makes it a brilliant experience.

Questions
1) Who is Madame X? Rooting for Butler Sung.
2) Will we see Ji-ah as a fauxbot again? Perhaps side-by-side the real Aji 3?
3) Is there a smile more brilliant and heart-flipping than Yoo Seung-Ho's?

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I have an answer for #3: Nope. I always joke that Park Bo-gum's smile could light an entire city and now I'm convinced that Yoo Seung-ho's could light an entire continent AND eradicate the world of all pain and suffering.

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YSH destroyed my every top list including Most Radiant Smile. I'm sorry, Nam Ji‑hyun, I'm sure you get it.

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When he smiles he can do all of the above and more.

When he's mad, he can set the world on fire. The coldness is chilling, the anger is burning.

When he's upset, he can make it rain. The tears and his eyes ~ it can take away happiness from the happiest moment ever recorded.

I'm not even trying to be poetic here. He makes me feel all sorts of emotions, its driving me a bit nuts lol

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"its driving me a bit nuts" hahahahahah I don't know what you're talking about how weird *photos of YSH fall out of my every pocket* wait no this isn't what it looks li-

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There was a scene where Butler Sung was walking down the street with an unknown woman. (As Baek Gyun is coming out of a coffee shop where he met Yoo Chul - he catches sight of them across the street.) I'm guessing that woman was Madame X. But there's definitely more to Butler Sung than meets the eye.

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I feel that Yeo Jin Gu's smile deserves an honorable mention.

But right now Kim Min Kyu is winning - I was right there with Jia when she was taken aback by the fact that a guy could smile like that. It's blinding.

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1) Yes! Who is she? Butler Sung is literally the only male character I will accept as Madame X. I admit that I'm hoping, given the show's awesomeness toward women (as noted in a previous comment) that it's an actual woman. But since I can't think of any other women character it could be, I'd be happy with the dear butler.

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I have been waiting for Aji-3 the robot to actually play a role in the story for quite some time. I am anticipating an interesting turn as this story wraps up.

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I can't wait to see what happens with Aji-3 - I totally didn't see that coming. I usually don't scream during shows, but I couldn't help myself at that last scene with her walking on her own!!!!!

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I have a feeling that Yoo Chul set her free. Even she couldn't get out of a locked case. And he needs to do something to redeem himself with Ri El and to get out of his father's control. Especially if he knows his father killed Chairman Park. I think we're about to see Yoo Chul grow up.

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Oh that would be so nice!!! What a great surmise @latebloomer! I'd really want redemption for Yoo Chul. He has a lousy father as a role model. Maybe Ri El's rejection has got him to finally decide in action and not just in words for Min Kyu.

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Something else Aji-3 could do - if they do have the hearing to try to kick out MK as incompetent, Aji-3 and Ji A could show up identically dressed, so they can see how hard it would be to pick which one was the robot. Just maybe. Or maybe not....

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oh that would be great! especially because the "girls" have become similar and some things from Ji A have really stuck with Aji3

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I pretty much love everything on this episode.
* Min Kyu and Jia on that hill confessing their hearts out
* That Kiss! And beautiful scenery!
* The Santa Maria team sacrificing everything for MK
* Ssan-ip, Hoktal, BaekGyun and Pi
* Sun Hye and her talk with MK
* MK all awkward with Jo Jin Bae. And his confession on how he likes his sister.
* Sun Hye and Hoktal
* MK and Jia's cute scenes and that last one when MK took her home. How much they delayed their goodbye
* Ri El being badass and telling off Yoo Cheol.
* Aji 3 being self-aware and her adventure going home
* Min Kyu and Jia being all cutesy

I just want a good takedown of all the baddies, A great wrap up for our faves, Madame X reveal, Utter destruction for CEO Hwang and Director Yeh, Yoo Cheol realizing his mistakes, Ri El be badass with someone who deserves her, extended cute scenes between Minkyu and Jia, and resolution for Aji3's self awareness.

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YAY @saya, you managed to complete the recap and Show saved us all from turning into zombies. I think I pretty much said everything on my fanwall about these two episodes so all that is left is the wait for the finale. Don't disappoint us Show.

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I know right? XD I think the fanwall flailing was the saving of me this week!

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Hopefully we can make it to the end in one piece.

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I have a stupid grin plastered on my face since watching this episode last Friday night. They're finally together! I just love the honest and candid conversation that Minkyu and Jia had and how they reconciled after. It was indeed sweet but not too saccharine, heartfelt, and sprinkled with a lot of humor (I really LOL'd when Jia told MK how she couldn't believe that Minkyu still didn't discover that she wasn't a robot despite the many giveaways and how she initially considered him a crazy psycho, hee). I hope they make the corporate maneuvering at least exciting next week as these will take time away from Minkyu and Jia together.

I know I've been saying this every week but the chemistry between YSH and CSB is just on another level. Whether bickering, acting cute, crying their hearts out, saying their saranghaes or just being together in one screen, they just pull you into their world and make you go through the same set of emotions that they are going through. I'm really glad that they took these roles.

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When I watch dramas in public, I do not even try to refrain myself from grinning. I know people think I am nuts but I am enjoying something here, take your eyes off of my stupid grinning face. 😝

This show, however, when I realize it will be fuzzy and cute, I ran home to watch it so that I can fully express all the giddiness without inhibitions. And also freely talk to my screen because apparently psycho for us drama fans is the new kind of normal. 😂😂

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I think anyone else playing these two would just not have felt the same. The character and life they bring to their characters and their chemistry together is unique in its own way, and other actors would have made for a different drama.

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True! CSB is so pretty and cute. Very good actress ever since. YSH is so cute even when he’s mad and plays angst really well. He grew up in front of the camera, lol, who am I kidding? Bring them together, viola! We have an excellent drama.

Great chemistry is a very important factor to make a good drama. I mean, we’ve seen both of them paired with other actors. But this pairing just works so well.

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Looking back at early DB feedback on the show's initial casting woes, there was a lot of concern about the show's quality—particularly when Dongha turned down an opportunity for his first lead. Now it's impossible to imagine anybody else in these roles.

YSH says yes http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/09/yoo-seung-ho-may-fall-in-love-with-an-android-in-mbcs-im-not-a-robot/

Dongha says no thanks and chooses a much worse show http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/09/dongha-passes-on-mbcs-im-not-a-robot-hwang-seung-eon-offered-second-lead-role/

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is it bad that I wish Dongha had agreed? I know I would never be this deep if it wasn't for YSH. like, look at me. 95% of my activity is happening now, my account is from April '17 and I've been watching dramas since Feb '16. it's like... how am I supposed to live now? knowing that there will never be another drama with YSH and CSB?
it's like eating from the tree of knowledge, like I guess it's cool being an emotional wreck but I kind of miss just chilling in the Garden.

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Aww. Who knows? CSB and YSH might reunite again a la Lee Dong Wook-Lee Da Hae or Jeon Ji Hyun-Kim So Hyun. Or they might date each other in real life a la the Song-Song couple or Ahn Jae Hyun-Gu Hye Sun. 😉

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Them dating has a higher probability of happening if this was a KBS drama. I wish they would be part of the perhaps 3% of MBC couples that actually get together, but I doubt it.

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Meanwhile, reactions to Chae Soo Bin confirming (spoiler: "ugh, three dramas in one year? I'm sick of seeing her already, her acting isn't lead role level, Koreans are criticising her too [lies], how dare you point out the double standard between reactions to her and male actors doing the same thing, it's whataboutism!"). And this is about a talented and already proven actress.

http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/09/yoo-seung-ho-may-fall-in-love-with-an-android-in-mbcs-im-not-a-robot/

http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/08/chae-soo-bin-and-dongha-up-for-lead-roles-in-mbcs-im-not-a-robot/

I noticed not a single one of those usernames is showing themselves in the comments of the recaps btw. Not so brave now that it turns out that both YSH and CSB are so loved as Min-kyu and Jia.

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Reading the comments in those articles is actually hilarious. This show might not be a ratings hit but it’s getting an immense amount of love from those who do watch it and Yoo Seung-ho and Chae Soo-bin are awesome together. People worried about his ability to do rom-com for nothing!

Just goes to show you should never judge a drama before it airs.

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I really think it was just a matter of finding the right costar, and he's magic then. Even the best actor can't do much with a not-very-good costar.

The drama's ratings were affected by the MBC strike and its genre (romcom and not thriller or melo etc) not really being a ratings magnet but I hope that doesn't affect YSH and CSB's careers going forward, I hope they still get good offers because boy do they deserve it! They deserve all the praise they've been getting too.

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I highly doubt it would affect their careers at all. Everyone has ratings failure at least once or twice in their careers unless you're Kim Soo-hyun. Yoo Seung-ho is so well known and popular and so loved in Korea, he'll probably have tons of offers like three week ago. Plus he just soundly proved he can even do romance which is probably the only legit question mark in his acting range.

And Chae Soo-bin is such a new actress and has already established herself as a leading lady. She has such a bright future and I can't imagine this drama will change that at all. In fact, it will probably boost her resume that she's able to carry two different characters so perfectly.

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@Mandy I really hope you are right! I also hope they're getting a little comment love in Korea too and it's not one of those things that's only loved here (like Liar and His lover etc). I'm not too worried about YSH, he's already a star who's been established for a while and highly beloved in Korea plus his talent is never in question (seriously - melo, sageuk, thrillers, negative roles and now romcoms, what can't he do?) it's CSB I feel a little more worry for since she's still so new. But like you said, pulling off playing two characters is no mean feat so I hope someone took notice.

They really do have incredible chemistry though, it's such a shame kdramas don't tend to repeat pairings. It doesn't even have to be a romcom, get them a good sageuk or a melo and let them around each other and it would be amazing.

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I agree with @mandy on CSB. As a new actress, I'm amazed by her choice of dramas and roles. There's a conscious effort from her and her management to not to be stereotyped into certain roles. To me, she is somewhat like Seo In Guk in this regard. I've also watched a couple of CSB's tv guestings in the past and she is just a sweetheart. She is charming, seems very passionate about her craft, and has a good sense of humor.

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I admit I was one of those who doubted CSB then and am so ashamed of myself. I am eating my words now. She is absolutely fantastic. So well matched with YSH. I can't imagine anyone else in this role.

I also went on record to say this is my fav OTP of all time (after watching just 2 episodes), as well as the best drama of 2017 & 2018 (<-- I don't care that it's only Jan).

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No hard feelings, friend, it takes a big heart to admit being wrong (but this is a good thing to be wrong about, no?).

I admit, even I'm surprised by how well she matches with Yoo Seung Ho, I thought they'll be cute but this is something special.

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That conversation nearly killed me, though. Especially after he had all the facts out of the way and was so, so clearly fishing for the truth of her feelings about him. He wants so badly to be told that she loves him too, that his feelings weren't one-sided even if (he thinks) he can never touch her or kiss her again now that he knows she's human.

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The long dialogue between out two leads in these two episodes was one of the best romantic scenes I have ever seen in Kdrama

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My weekly I Am Not a Robot essay:

Today's subject is the commodifying of women through the characters of Ji A, Aji3 and Ri El and the various attempts by all three of our female leads to attain self-determination in a hyper-patriarchal culture.

Aji3 is, of course, a simulacrum of a women who is literally being bartered over: sold and traded and threatened with physical harm. In this episode, she gets told outright her job is to be owned by a man and to do what she's told. She then breaks free and heads home.

Ri El is the real woman. The one who is definitely 'not a robot'. And she is fighting against *the exact same thing that Aji3 is* - despite being a human being. I have to repeat that because it's a really important point. Ri El as the "real" human woman in this text is being treated exactly the same way as the literal object, Aji3. And she's also tired of it and also fighting back.

What's most interesting here is JiA. She has been both human and object throughout this whole thing and she's the only one who's truly attained her autonomy. Therefore her happiness becomes the happiness of all women because it's a happiness built on being allowed to be completely herself. She is, as she's said from the beginning, not a robot.

The End

+yes this is crossposted

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It's pretty sad that an object - a robot - and a human being need to fight against the exact same issues.

And it's a recurring trope in so many shows as well, which makes Ri-el, who just shuts everything down immediately, such a refreshing character. We need more of these in dramaland to show that that is a 'normal' reaction rather than begrudgingly going along.

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Brilliant essay @leetennant -- reminds me of this article I meant to share back at the beginning, about why AI robots always have female personas: https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/artificial-intelligence-should-transform-our-lives-not-reduce-women-to-robots-1.676297

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Miniture AI robots are actually helping to keep elderly Japanese drivers safe in their cars, as major aid to focus and attention.They (elderly) are having spectacular accidents. Sadly though, they don't look half so pretty as Jai A, Aj3 but they are kawaii.

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And we should not forget how Baekhyun creepily designed a robot in replica of his ex. Is that obsession? Many also perceived it as his means of controlling a person who left him by designing a robot that responds to his beck and call.

Though treated with love and care, Aji3 was designed to follow orders and commands. So when they’ve decided to turn her into a man, I was sort of relieved the show is considering changing genders rather than changing her face but she remains a woman.

With modern AI, majority of the robots designed and on the media are women too. Which I always wonder if women are really relegated to doing assisting jobs. I do not know how to phrase this better, I hope you get what I mean when I say assist. Like AI will make a good assistant or secretary. Personal assistants like Siri, Alexa, Google, and even GPS even have a default woman’s voice.

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Not that I am looking down on assistant jobs because these people are really good in their jobs. But in this modern times, gender should not be the determining factor on who’s doing this job and that job. That women does assisting jobs while men are the bosses. Reality, however, is that women are still fighting for equality. So I am not that surprised. I am intrigued why writers, especially women, do not take advantage of an opportunity to show this dilemma or issue in their dramas.

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This show barely made it to 4%....

Meanwhile Jugglers nearly reached 10%. And that show is literally about women finding happiness while fulfilling their natural role of serving men.

I'm just putting that out there without further comment.

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The rooftop meeting among secretaries, they were all women! Not a single man at all.

Even with doing the job women are being relegated to, they are making it really hard for them to balance life, dating, and keeping the job. 🤔

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@luzirania, Correct. That is why we always get those kinds of shows. Very disappointing.

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OMG, @leetennant, Accurate!!!! You are my favorite person lol

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Make MK 2.0! 🙀

That would be awesome.

Instead of changing Aji3, replicate her program and develop an MK robot. I wanna keep Aji3 because she’s so adorable, please? I mean, MK is filthy rich. Creating these robots will also bring him tons of money. It’s a good investment. Win win! 😝

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Okay now I need this to happen. But its not even about investments and success or anything.

I just LOVE the idea of the new MK Robot being friends with Aji-3 and all that. Like, if Aji-3 indeed can have feelings or at least make decisions for herself, then she can have a love life too. Or something. With Robot Min-kyu. He can be called Kyu-3. Lol, excuse the madness, I'm a little drunk I think.

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@mandy, They can call him anything they want but we need a robot MK! Hahaha

I will be doing DO’s ritual in the show Be Positive for the next following days to make robot MK a reality!

And a loveline between Aji3 and MK3 would be awesome. But we might asking too much so let’s backtrack a little bit. Compromise is have their individual existence, but a long interaction between them is a must. Yes! Or just have them do house chores together. MK3 picks up packages, Jia3 cleans counters. We just need them around our two main leads. Please drama gods. 👏

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This whole thing is such an odd but amazing ending honestly. When Min-kyu and Jia have parties at home, their guests will be helped around by their robots who look exactly like them. OR - when Min-kyu and Jia feels lazy to go to work, they can send Kyu-3 and Aji-3 to work. Too many possibilities. I need this in my life, like yesterday.

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@Mandy, I feel you! With so much possibilities, we just need the avatar robots to happen. I am crossing my fingers on this.🤞 hahaha why are we fueling our own insanity? 😂

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I believe in this idea so much. If it doesn't happen, I'm going to sue the writer for giving us the idea to have this idea. If it wasn't for her idea of changing Aji-3's face then we wouldn't have this idea. I'm suing her for emotional and mental stress. And I'm not pulling a Min-kyu on her. Unless she one-ups us.

I'm also 5 soju bottles down in case someone's wondering. I'm usually not this insane. I swears! 😂

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Cant wait to find out what happens to Aji-3. I hope she can live with Min- kyu and Ji A in their happily ever after. That or work with the Santa Maria team with their robotic research! I hope they can all work together!

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Right? I had that impression too. With women developing a stronger will to do what they want, men create an alternate universe with robots they can control. Lol

And how creepy is that? That’s my face and body you used without my permission. On a robot that says ‘i love you master’. What in the what? Hahaha

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He created an android version of his ex who greets him with "I love you, master"?

Understanding her was not his greater priority. But I have to give him credit for his character growth. He's had more growth as a character than Min Kyu and that's saying something.

This is a guy who started off the show with "this is my dumb ex" and "this is my obedient android girlfriend". And now he's saying things like, "Leave it to Jia, she'll handle it," and "don't underestimate your sister, she's really smart".

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Well said, @leetennant. As someone who was complicit in Santa Maria's deceptions, where does Pi fit in this scenario?

Your point about the hyper-patriarchal culture is painfully apt in Aji 3's case because Martin wants to convert her into a tool of war.

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You know, I don't know what to do with Pi because she's a respected scientist but wants to be noticed "as a woman". I didn't really pay much attention to her in the first watch because I didn't find her as inserting as Jia or Ri El but I find her more interesting on the second watch. I did feel the show has something to say here about a woman needing to be "one of the boys" to succeed in science but it meant she came across as a bit needy in regards to the Professor.

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I feel so bad for Ri el. She is a grown confident woman and every men in her life is trying to manipulate her to get ahead in their careers. Urgh. If it was me, I would kick them all at the curbs and go on with my life. No more toxic relationships.

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Your comparison between Aji-3 and Ri-el had me slapping my forehead over not having seen it, myself. Of course! I disagree about Jia, though (slightly). There seems to be an *unintended* subtext in her story about an independent woman finding liberation through objectification by a man. She came to enjoy being patted on the head by her 'master'. That's surely NOT the narrative they were attempting to give but the impression hangs in the air uncomfortably.

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You make a really good point about Jia. I admit there are some elements of that. It's not just that Jia was both human and object: I noted in an comment on an earlier episode that in some respects she found the objectification liberating. The umbrella kiss in particular would not have happened if she couldn't hid behind the Aji3 persona. I don't have a conclusion about it yet, I think that would require an actual essay. But it is there.

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In the last few months, I been watching lots of korean drama, after my ist KDrama which is BOG, this drama is really interesting, it might not do well in the ratings in korean but as an international viewer (Nigeria), I think it will do well in international ratings if anything like that

PS: my favourite scene is the awkward discussion btw Mk and Jia brother, really funny that I had 2 watch over and over agin.

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I won't tell you just how many times exactly I've seen this episode because I'm embarrassed (double digits) (I KNOW, SHUT UP) but I still wanted to read your take on it, @saya cause I appreciate you.

YSH's comedic timing in this episode was off the charts with his pained, embarrassed expressions. 'Be honest! Wait, no, not that honest!' And his eagerness to listen to Jia's retelling of their story was matched only by his eagerness to tell it himself before. 'One more time!' Baby, stop breaking my heart in such delightful ways!

MK finally finding out about Prez Jo was the highlight of my life and everything I ever wanted since I've started watching this drama. Him slowly warming up to Jia, slooowly letting her back in into her heart... and Jia's calm and careful words... CSB was so cute and graceful and adorable and then her desperate confession ruined me completely, I... loved all of it. So much. 'How can a guy even smile like that' UGH STAHP. I'm 80% sure MK wanted to get closure, not a girlfriend out of this night, but how can you resist her? Impossible. They're both so gross. I love them.

I could talk about e27 for ages, every time I even think about it my chest feels like it's filled with light. Like I swallowed a sun. Gosh. I'm not ready for my break-up with this precious show.

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When I see shows like this, I'm reminded that television could be the ultimate art form if we did it properly. So far it's been masterful. If they screw the ending....

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Yes to all of this.

I've been obsessed with this episode since it aired and I just love their entire conversation and their faces and their fluffy eskimo hoods and everything.

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at first I was like 'pft you can't make me sad if you're wearing this' and then, as always... hoods shouldn't make people feel feelings is all I'm sayin

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@liquidsoap: 'like I swallowed a sun' is my new favourite phrase! And yes, I did too with this episode :)

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There is no better way to explain it. Everything is warm and shiny and happy and fluffy.

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and too much! it's like my chest is not wide enough for my love-brimming heart!

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- no kidding! my very first line up top originally was, 'This isn't the dawn that comes after darkness, this is the land of eternal sunshine, where none shall sorrow forevermore.' But it was too spoilery (and longwinded XD) so I changed it XD

- he still doesn't know she's Dong-hyun's aunt and maker of the rice ball! I was so sure he was about to find out when he dropped her home, but he didn't!

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You should’ve made that the intro! It’s adorable and I would’ve squealed lol.

And they’re 1:1 now. Jia doesn’t know he knows about the umbrella. And he doesn’t know she’s the rice ball cook. Even after discovering three whole versions of her (Aji-3, Hong-joo and President Jo) we have two more to go. How crazy awesome is that?

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I'm so excited for her to see his locker full of her inventions, lol! and I'm barely alive with excitement for when they finally talk about that kiss. best gift for last indeed.

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The guy is her #1 fan in every which way that word has meaning. He loves every version of her - even the non human one - he loves her food no matter how simple it is to his extravagant ones. He loves her inventions no matter what they are. He trusts her brother, admires the father she always talked about, even likes her niece! Like, the guys world revolves around her. It's so adorable!

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That's going to be such a lovely revelation. I remember laughing so hard when Dong Hyun immediately said "my aunt doesn't have a boyfriend" 2.5 seconds after Min Kyu took off his mask in the cafe (because he's sooo freaking attractive) and she already shipped them in her head. She knows her aunt is so happy and wait till she finds out the source of her happiness!!!

Aside from that, Min Kyu will probably fall in love with her even more when he realizes the story was about her. I seriously love that he fell for all the different versions of Ji A, it's just so lovely. Ah this drama made me so so so happy (this week), I love it!!!!

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I love love that 'desperate' confession.
When she ordered him, 'Yah! Stand right there!" *YOU GO GIRL!*
I imagined her eye-rolling because this man didn't get it -
When he tried to touch her head but stopped himself, she put on the hood and let him touch her. When he stopped again from kissing her, she puts on his hood and lean on him. It is her way of showing *not just saying* that she doesn't care whether they can't be physical or not, because they can always find another way to work things out between them. *SHE'S INVENTOR JO! Yo know!*

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yes! I love how she just kept finding ways to work around his illness! just like with the egg in a box!

it was heartbreaking and heartwarming (INAR in 3 words...) how she had to spell it out for him in the end. I understand his frustration with being unable to touch her properly, but I wonder what his reasoning was. did he truly lost control and just shrugged his life away? why? because she said she loved him or because she called him her One Person? he indirectly said that so many ways already before - especially since he remembers what she said about "the guy who made her think she's not worthless". was saying it out loud that important?

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I think he didn't think, and his heart just took over and that was that.

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hmmmm you mean people don't overanalyze their every move before they make it? sounds fake but ok

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I know right? (how do I install that kill-switch into *my* brain?)

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I agree with @saya I think that was pure impulse.

I think what really got to him wasn't even the I Love You - it was the ~ it's not that you need me, it's that I need you ~ that really made him snap out of whatever noble idiocy he was trying. He knows how hard those 15 years were for him, and he didn't want her to go through it for his sake. He needs her of course, but he felt like she could be better off without him. So the moment she tells him that this isn't just about what he needs, it's about her too - he finally let go of the burden he feels he's being to her. It's every noble idiot's moment of epiphany lol. Just that it happened 10 seconds after the sacrifice started lol

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I'm obviously not complaining, but personally I would just love to dig into YSH's brain and find out what he thought was happening in Min-kyu's head as he turned around. he seems like the kind of actor who knows what kind of toothpaste his character uses. if I had a bucket list, one of the things I'd love to do would be to kidnap him and make him walk me through each line of the script.
I've never been mentally healthier, thank you for asking.

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Stop being so funny everyone, I'm trying to go to bed XD

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@vivanesca

Best comment of the day. I’m howling. 😂

And YSH is in fact super detailed. I remember in IMY days he tries so hard to understand Harry and gave it his all but couldn’t related to the character. He’s the kind of actor that probably knows his character’s brain better than the writer. I’d kidnap him too... I just don’t need reasons for that. One day of his company and lifetime imprisonment (not in his heart but in literal jail) is all good by me. 😂

I never claimed to be saner than you.

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@mandy
like I said, I just see him as a very good actor. I would take no pleasure from practicing bondage on him. if anything, I'd sacrifice myself for the sake of a good old academic discussion. to be honest I barely even see him as a man so I don't know what you're implying.

was IMY that bad? I was tempted to watch it because of that cane he was sporting. because I was curious as to how he dealt with it as an actor. not because he looked sexy with it or smth. nope. definitely.

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“I barely even see him as a man”

LMAO Talk about denial of the highest order. You’re worse than Min-kyu. Damn. I’d like to recommend Dr. Oh in order to cure your psychological issues. He’ll refer you to someone and leave that someone to somehow find a way and cure you. You can thank me later!

And the answer to your question. Yes, it was that bad lol. It was a cry fest. Angst and I get along real well actually, but the angst in that drama was borderline nonsensical. His character was so likeable then turned to a psycho one random day lol. He was fantastic. Even his cane was fantastic. But nothing else was. Is it worth watching for sexiness alone? Yes. Is that what you claim you’d be watching it for? No. Does it help you gain back sanity? Definitely not.

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@mandy
see, if you were paying attention to the actual story instead of supposedly pretty faces, you'd know that doctor Oh is an allergist, not a psychologist, and wouldn't be able to help me even if I was in denial about anything. and I am not.

I do not watch shows for """sexiness""" thank you, but if his acting was impressive, I'm willing to give it a chance. it's not like I can focus on any story besides INAR now, anyway. but do tell, how often was the cane involved? was it used as a walking aid or a menacing "I'm evil look there's a sword or a snake or both inside" prop more? was he using it often? I'm asking for acting appreciation reasons.

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"if you were paying attention to the actual story instead of supposedly pretty faces"

Why do you choose to accuse me for things I don't do? Why do you live your life like that? I always concentrate. I totally knew Dr. Oh was just an allergist. That was just... a... typo. Yea. It was a typo. I'm sure you've done those before!

His acting is always impressive no matter what role. But even more so because he was better than the lead. SO much better. Chemistry was okay but it's not CSB level. Not even a 10% of it lol. There was a huge age gap. Now for the cane you're oh-so-interested about (slightly obsessed, may I add) - it's no snake prop 😂 it's a legit necessity. He can't walk without it and there's some really fantastic scenes with him and his cane just struggling to get through the room etc. They (YSH+Cane) had intense chemistry. It had the power to burn the screen - and the story (though that didn't need YSH's help) - to shreds. Hope your "acting appreciation reasons" are satisfied.

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@mandy typo. sure. right. your dirty mind is a typo.

so anyway woudl you say he had a rather tight grip on that cane most of the time? like were there lots of close-ups of his hands maybe? hands can say so much about a man's acting.

Jesus I'm done I'm laughing so hard I can barely write these words goodbyeee 😂😂😂

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@vivanesca @mandy I think I burst my appendix from laughing so hard, dear God.

I’m sending you both my hospital bills. And Yoo Seung-ho.

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FOR CLARIFICATION I AM SENDING YOO SEUNG-HO MY HOSPITAL BILLS, NOT SENDING YOU YOO SEUNG-HO

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@mindy by god, yes please send me YSH 😂😂😂

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Too late, @mandy. @vivanesca wants him 3-day express at the latest.

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@vivanesca

Tell me. Should I laugh in hysterics? Or cringe? Or walk away from embarrassment? Or reply to that comment?

Obviously I chose the last but that was a rhetorical question anyway 😂 And I am inclined to answer your increasingly 'detailed' question: I'm very certain the PD was not obsessed (at least to the extent with which 'someone' is) with his hands or his cane. You can take that as you will 😂

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@vivanesca I’m torn because on one hand you deserve Yoo Seung-ho much more than me because your love is much more passionate. On the other hand if I was in a situation where I was capable of sending Yoo Seung-ho to anyone you can bet I’d keep him to myself instead sorry.

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thanks for making sure she stays true to her word, @crysta, I'll invite you to one of our acting lessons in return 😂😂 make sure he brings the cane with him @mindy 😂😂

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It's not mature to break promises. Aji-3 wouldn't approve of this behaviour. You promised a Yoo Seung-ho, I better be receiving one. I'm okay to take your hospital bills as well if that's the price I need to pay. I just hear my wallet crying somewhere but my heart only has limited space so... 😂

@crysta

Thanks for the support. I'll share some of his fuzzy sweaters with you as appreciation.

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for the record I hate all of you, if my mental health is Johnny then you're all Tildas. yes, I went there.
I'm an intellectual what have you done with this comment section what even is this thread 😂

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@vivanesca Ah, but that’s the magic of Dramabeans. Discussions can go from deep, analytical discussion on a show’s central themes to talking about Yoo Seung-ho’s nosehairs in 0.2 seconds and no one bats an eye.

Not that we have been talking about his nosehairs. It’s just an example.

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@mandy so I'm the weird one for asking innocent questions about portraying a character with a physical disability and then there's this weirdo @mindy who remembered that YSH has nosehairs and nobody bats an eye?? DISCRIMINATION

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@vivanesca @mindy

Honest talks - you're all weird. I'm the only sane one around here. And I've been batting my eye since this conversation started, just FYI 😂

One is 'innocently' obsessed with his hands and his cane. The other one is obsessed with his perfectly innocent nose hairs. Like... where is Dr. Oh's psychiatrist contact when you need it? Or maybe he doesn't have one? Well, your all doomed now.

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"I never claimed to be saner than you." @mandy
cool, cool cool cool... so we can all start doubting your every word now. interesting.......

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😂 I changed my mind when I saw the insanity escalating. What can I say? I realized I might just be sane when compared to others around here 😂

Staph. This is not debatable.

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"It was literally the hill he chose to die on"

What a beautiful turn of phrase, @saya. That's so true.

Can I just say how much I love that Jia and Min Kyu had this problem, sat down and talked it out and then got back together? No noble idiocy or pettiness or vindictiveness. They were just so mature and honest about the whole thing. Like much of this show, it was just so refreshing.

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There was a short bout of attempt at noble idiocy when he decided he didn't want her to suffer with him due to his illness, but at least he told her what he was doing so Jia could instantly shut him down.

My favourite shows are always the ones where characters openly communicate and leave little space for misunderstandings once an issue arises.

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I was gonna post a comment solely on how lovely @saya phrased it, it made me feel feelings. 'life's not worth living if I don't get to kiss you now' is the dumbest thing that made me weep since that video where a raccoon doesn't understand how cotton candy and water work. so dumb. like, you could argue that because her confession made him certain of her love, he was less certain that he was going to die, but... ugh way to risk everything Jia fought for.
gosh I'm so glad they just dealt with all of it like adults.

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A video where a raccoon doesn't understand how cotton candy and water work?

That sounds sad. Poor raccoon.

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he learned not to 'wash' on his third try but I was hormonal and it made me tear up 😟

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I actually went and looked it up and the poor thing was so confused .

I was so happy they kept giving him some and he got to eat it in the end.

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*googles racoon cotton candy water*. That was borderline sadistic. I couldn't watch it to the end.

It reminds me of the one with the monkey and the seeds in the hole and they designed the hole so he could put his hand into it to get the seeds but once he made a fist with the seeds in it he couldn't get his hand out.

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I posted this on my fanwall already, about that scene:

even if I die
I’m going to kiss you
because it will be enough
for my whole life

— Min-kyu

though he never says those words

it's all over his face

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It literally could've been the kiss of death. 😅

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Now that you’ve mentioned it, somebody will also have to do an episode of an In Defense Of: Noble Idiocy.

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Can’t wait for next week! *squeeeeeeeee*

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He forgave her so soon? I guess the writer realised that she stretched the "fool KMK" track too long and they have to get together ASAP so all the subplots can be tied before the show's end.

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Why would he stay angry about her destroying his house of cards when it let the sunlight in?

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Because rule in dramaland is to drag the angst til the last episode where JA is in the airport. MK runs from one end to the other looking for her with phone in his ears calling her. He turns around and see JA. He runs to her, hugs her, then happy ever after. No talking, just hug. Because drama.😂

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dear god I actually shivered with disgust. praise the writer, no airports on the horizon.

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You speak too soon my friend. Don’t get your hopes up too soon. The writer is doing really well, but workings behind the scene could change this show any minute. The preview showed something about goodbye. That could be turned into an aiport drama. Because rules in drama land. Hahaha

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there was enough separation. No more goodbyes! Unless Ri-el and Yoo-chul decide to emigrate to America far away from their fathers. That's fine.

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@saturtledaisy that's an airport scene I could get behind.

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Could we end up with a love triangle between Min Gyu, Ji Ah, and Aji-3?

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Aji is aware that she isn't able of being in love, she said it directly to Min-kyu. she chingu-zoned him.

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