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I’m Not a Robot: Episodes 29-30

Aji-3 proves that she’s more that just a robot as her deep learning enables her to interact with all types of people. No one crosses her path without making a very powerful connection and the Santa Maria team is overwhelmed by the power of her friendship. Meanwhile, Min-kyu and Jia settle into a comfortable coexistence, and along with the Santa Maria team, they face an unknown but exhilarating future.

 
EPISODE 29: “Aji-3 disappeared?”

A familiar little robot greets Min-kyu when he gets home but he doesn’t look happy to see the Santa Maria team in his kitchen with Jia. The team notices him and Baek-gyun explains, “We will be moving out tomorrow. We won’t be seeing each other again, so I suggested we eat together one last time.”

The team is disappointed when Min-kyu asks them to be sure clean up before they leave and retreats to his bedroom. He’s angry how easily Baek-gyun blurted out that they’ll never see each other again.

Once everybody is seated, Jia breaks the ice when she points out that this time she can eat with them. She offers Min-kyu a dish that she made at home and when he pronounces it good, the other men dig in and immediately regret it.

Min-kyu takes another bite and when Jia asks if it’s good, he grunts in agreement but adds, “I’ll do the cooking from now on.” Everyone laughs and Ssan-ip asks about Min-kyu’s condition and learns that he’s improving.

Hok-tal recalls the time that Min-kyu invited them for dinner, which Baek-gyun knows nothing about it since he wasn’t there and Min-kyu pretends not to remember. Hok-tal shares that Min-kyu didn’t know their names so he referred to them by number. Baek-gyun marvels how far Min-kyu has come since then.

Hok-tal explains to Min-kyu that they decided to give him Beetle. Ssan-ip adds that they never gave him anything and thought the little robot would make a good friend. Baek-gyun admits that Beetle isn’t Aji-3, but hopes that it will be good company.

The mood becomes serious when Ssan-ip tells Min-kyu, “I’m really sorry. When we leave, I hope you forget all bad memories and remember only the good memories.” When Min-kyu says nothing, Jia takes his hand and he finally speaks, “What am I supposed to do if that breaks…throw it away at a junk shop?”

The team is aghast at the thought and when Hok-tal suggests that it’s time for them to go, Min-kyu tells them, “Just stay here.” When Min-kyu complains, “Why are you trying to go outside when it’s this cold? Just stay here at my house,” everyone smiles. The emotionally charged atmosphere is suddenly festive and Beetle has hearts in his eyes.

Left alone in her box, Aji-3 stares out the opening while Martin’s words that she’s to become the world’s most dangerous weapon are at odds with what the Santa Maria team taught her — that she’s to live with humans as a friend and become like family.

Hok-tal and Ssan-ip are sound asleep when Min-kyu tucks them into his bed and he notices the tears in Ssan-ip’s eyes as he mutters, “I’m sorry, Aji-3.” Min-kyu finds Jia asleep on the couch and sits down to gaze at her. He sees her bandaged hands and tenderly kisses the gash that she received during his angry outburst. When he brushes the hair from her face, she wakes up and sees that he’s sad.

Min-kyu claims that he’s happy but Jia points to his head and instructs, “Remember how I look and feel right now. It upsets me when you lie to me.” Min-kyu admits that he’s sad because the Santa Maria team lost Aji-3.

Jia opens her arms wide and Min-kyu finds refuge for his heavy heart. She tells him, “I know very well that you tried everything you could today to protect Aji-3.” Min-kyu holds her tightly as she promises, “Wherever you may be, I’ll always be by your side.” Jia pats his back and assures Min-kyu, “You did well.”

Baek-gyun finds Pi in the barn, crying in front of Aji-3’s empty charging station. She apologizes when she sees Baek-gyun, but he consoles her as the two of them stare at Aji-3’s empty chair and mourn her loss.

Min-kyu pulls away from Jia to announce his intention to fight for Aji-3 until the contract is signed and Jia happily replies, “That’s more like you.” Min-kyu checks his phone and sees another email from Madame X about the reinvestigation into Chairman Park’s death and excitedly exclaims that he just found a way to recover Aji-3.

Min-kyu grins at Jia as she drives and when a taxi cuts in front of them, she instinctively throws out a protective arm. He looks happy with her gesture and she wonders, “Did you get butterflies?” When they arrive at a restaurant Min-kyu kisses her cheek before he leaves.

Inside, Min-kyu finds a woman who was sent by Madame X. (The same woman that Butler Sung was seen with in Episode 21. Hmmmm.)

Madame X’s go-between informs Min-kyu that Martin is wanted by Interpol for a long list of crimes such as murder and fraud, but they’ve never been able to make a solid case against him. The woman notes that Jang Doo-sam will enter Interpol’s witness protection program if he turns over his evidence.

During the night, our bumbling detectives park outside of Min-kyu’s estate where Curly pledges to stay until he sees her.

The next day, Min-kyu and Jin-bae wait to meet Jang Doo-sam at a coffee shop, unsure if he’ll show up. Surprised to see Jia in Min-kyu’s car, Jin-bae asks when she became his driver but Min-kyu fidgets uncomfortably. He’s rescued when Jang Doo-sam shows up and Jin-bae suddenly has to explain Interpol’s plan to him.

Min-kyu delivers a heartfelt message to Jang Doo-sam that he understands what he’s gone through to stay alive, “You can’t trust anyone. You can’t be sure if you’re with someone who’ll help or not. You don’t want to live like that, but you know of no other way.” Min-kyu pledges to help him find a better way to live.

Min-kyu’s appeal works because Jin-bae hand delivers the recording to a police detective and begs, “Can you do it before 2 p.m.?”

It’s tense in the lab as the Santa Maria team waits for news. Baek-gyun gets a call and everyone looks relieved when he asks, “You did it?”

Jia weaves expertly through traffic as Min-kyu finishes his call to Baek-gyun, “Now, the problem is getting there before the signing ceremony…I’ll call you as soon as I find Aji-3.”

Before Chairman Hwang and Martin can sign the contract, Min-kyu barges in and ends all ties with Martin’s company. Chairman Hwang reminds Min-kyu, “It’s all over,” only to be told, “You’re right. It’s all over. For you.” Chairman Hwang is arrested for the murder of Daeyang’s Chairman Park and the police ask to question Martin as a witness.

Martin’s men refuse and as he walks out, he and Min-kyu exchange glares. As he’s led away, Chairman Hwang pauses to threaten Min-kyu, “Things will get worse,” but Min-kyu replies evenly, “No. This is it.” When he looks at Jia, she gives him an enthusiastic thumbs up and Min-kyu responds with a thumbs up of his own until Jin-bae delivers a look of disapproval.

We finally catch up to the end of the previous hour when Dr. Casey discovers that Aji-3 is gone and bellows in anger.

Still in KM’s board room, a stunned Director Yoon hears from one of his men that Aji-3 is missing. When he demands to know, “Where did Aji-3 go,” Min-kyu overhears him and informs Baek-gyun that their robot is gone.

Alone in the city, Aji-3 tells herself to go home but without her GPS, she has no idea where that is.

Martin returns to his hotel room and rants that he’s worried since he confessed to the murder of Chairman Park in front of Aji-3. Dr. Casey’s solution is to have her memory completely erased.

Aji-3 attracts attention as she wanders through the city in her thin, pink dress. She recalls Min-kyu’s description that it felt as if he was in a forest when he found himself surrounded by people for the first time and she wants to touch them, just like he did, but they keep their distance.

Hok-tal and Ssan-ip see CCTV footage that shows Aji-3 left the building on her own. They call Baek-gyun and Pi, who figure that she can’t be far. Min-kyu and Jia drive slowly as they scan the sidewalks while Director Yoon’s man does the same thing.

Aji-3 sits on a bench that’s occupied by a disheveled man. He tells her it’s cramped and sends her away but Aji-3 tells him it’s designed for three people. When he insists it’s too cramped for him, she scoots over a few inches.

The man asks, “Aren’t you scared of me?” but Aji-3 assures him,”No matter how you look, you are all humans to me.” When he asks her to hold his hand, she ignores that it’s dirty and tells him, “You have a beautiful hand.” She takes the man’s hand but he pulls it away.

The man asks Aji-3 where she’s headed and she tells him she’s going home to her friends and family, the place where she can recharge herself. The man encourages Aji-3 to go home so that she doesn’t end up like him and when she asks what that means, he confesses, “There is no one waiting for me. No one is interested in me either.” Aji-3 tells him, “I am interested in you. What kind of person are you?”

The man doesn’t know how to answer, so he rummages in his jacket and pulls out a stack of cards. He hands her one and tells her, “Take this to pay for the bus…Get going. Your family must be worried.”

Chairman Hwang refuses to cooperate so the detective plays Jang Doo-sam’s recording, but it doesn’t change his mind. Yoo-chul and Director Yoon meet with Martin, who orders them to recover Aji-3 or destroy her so that no one else can have her. To make sure that they cooperate, Martin warns Yoo-chul, “I know that Hwang acquired those shares illegally. I was the one who gave him the money to do it. Which means, if you don’t do what I tell you to do, your father will be the one to get hurt.”

Once they’re alone in the car, Yoo-chul asks if his father murdered Chairman Park. Director Yoon admits that Martin killed him but there’s no way to prove it, so Chairman Hwang ignored the crime to get money for the stock purchases. Director Yoon wants Martin to leave the country and Chairman Hwang to get acquitted, but they need Director Yeh’s help.

When Min-kyu worries that they may not find Aji-3 before Martin’s men, Jia shares that she thinks Aji-3 is on her way home.

Director Yoon’s man sees Aji-3 just as she enters an electronics store. She uses a display computer to find the bus that will take her to Min-kyu’s house and is gone by the time Director Yoon’s man shows up. He sees her search results and runs out.

Aji-3 boards her bus where a weary woman sits next to her and falls asleep. Her head drops onto Aji-3’s shoulder and she pats the woman’s arm and tells her, “You tried really hard.” Her next companion is a little girl who can’t manage to get a straw into her drink. Aji-3 helps her and then pats the girl’s head and tells her, “You’re pretty.”

Jin-bae waits for news of Aji-3 at CCTV central and informs Baek-gyun when he learns that she’s on a bus. Aji-3 gets off the bus and walks away just as a very disappointed Curly drives by and complains that he didn’t get to see her.

When Curly sees Aji-3 on the sidewalk, he turns around and stops the van next to her. He and Brains jump out to ask where she’s going and when she tells them, “Home,” they offer her a ride. As soon as she’s in their van, cars with Dr. Casey and Director Yoon’s men box them in.

Surrounded, Curly and Brains panic, but promise Aji-3 that they’ll protect her. They calm down when she gently grasps their hands.


EPISODE 30: “Goodbye, Aji-3”

Curly and Brains brace themselves as Director Yoon’s men prepare to break the van’s windows, but the police arrive just in time. Baek-gyun and Pi pull up just when Hok-tal and Ssan-ip arrive in a taxi and the worried team is reunited with Aji-3. She looks into their worried faces as Baek-gyun announces, “Let’s go home.”

Curly asks Brains if he thinks Aji-3 will remember him and when he’s told, “She’s a robot, so she’ll remember you forever,” he confesses, “I’m happy.” The two men drive away with contented smiles on their faces.

Back in the lab, Aji-3 shares that she met lots of people and Baek-gyun instructs her to make a backup file of her day. When Jia asks if she’s happy to be home, Aji-3 answers, “I need to be charged.”

Hok-tal insists that they check to make sure that Aji-3 is all right and tells her one of his corny jokes, which she remembers perfectly. Everyone laughs as Aji-3 takes in the team’s happy faces.

Exhausted from the day’s events, Min-kyu and Jia collapse on his couch. Min-kyu laughs to himself and when Jia asks why, he admits that he’s happy because Aji-3 is back with the Santa Maria team and Jia is with him.

Min-kyu settles his head onto Jia’s lap and compliments her driving, so she offers to help if he needs anything else. Min-kyu becomes serious and urges Jia, “Do whatever you want. Make what you want to make. I want to be the first one to see it.”

Jia reminds Min-kyu, “You’re still not safe to go outside by yourself, so I’ll…” but he stops her. They stare at each other a little too deeply and Jia suddenly shoves Pretty One into Min-kyu’s hands and tells him to spend time with her because she has to leave.

When Min-kyu asks why Jia can’t stay with him, she explains that it’s his place so he asks, “Can’t it be your place as well?” They laugh over the question until Min-kyu decides that he’s hungry and begs cutely for Jia to cook for him. (Best aegyo, ever.)

Jia prepares a familiar looking version of kimbap and explains that she first made it when she was young. Min-kyu remembers Dong-hyun’s story about her aunt’s rice balls and puts two and two together.

Jia offers Min-kyu a taste of her dish but he laughs happily over his discovery, which he insists is a secret. Min-kyu does confess, “I just found out who my guardian angel was,” and pulls Jia in for a (very) passionate kiss.

Director Yoon visits Chairman Hwang in prison to divulge that Yoo-chul knows about his association with Martin, but assures him that he doesn’t know everything. Chairman Hwang asks Director Yoon to work together with with Director Yeh to get him acquitted.

Director Yoon’s meeting with Director Yeh doesn’t go well, so he offers a gift from Chairman Hwang, all the shares from the borrowed accounts now belong to Ri-el. He explains that Chairman Hwang wants him to become the new director, but first Min-kyu must be dismissed. Director Yeh knows that Min-kyu would always pose a threat to his position and wants to use his illness to ruin him.

Director Yeh looks up at a disappointed Ri-el, who overheard his comments. He follows her and explains, “One’s misfortune sometimes becomes another person’s opportunity. What you need at a time like that is the courage to go with it.” Ri-el can’t believe that her father thinks she’d be happy but he assures her, “Everything passes.”

Yoo-chul sits alone in his car and consoles himself with the fact that at least his father didn’t kill someone. He gets a call from Ri-el, who tells him that Min-kyu has a terrible illness that their fathers plan to exploit.

Yoo-chul turns his father’s office upside down and when he forces a locked drawer open, he find a USB. It contains footage of Min-kyu gasping for breath during a severe allergic reaction and is accompanied by a document that proves Ri-el was telling the truth.

Pi does some shopping and ends up in a salon to have her hair straightened. Meanwhile, Baek-gyun is at work in the barn and opens one of Aji-3’s files and smiles.

At her coffee shop, Sun-hye gives Hok-tal a tarot card lesson and gifts him with the “lover” card. He accepts it and they share a meaningful look, only to be interrupted by Ssan-ip, “I’m right here. Respect my existence.” He complains that he regrets that he fell asleep back then and when Hok-tal looks happily at his “lover” card, Ssan-ip announces that he’s lonely.

When Pi walks into the shop, Sun-hye and Ssan-ip compliment her new look but Hok-tal doesn’t recognize her. Pi’s personality hasn’t changed and Hok-tal recoils in shock when he realizes that it’s her.

Ssan-ip wonders if ash blue hair would improve his mood and asks Hok-tal to join him. He glances at Sun-hye, who discreetly shakes her head, and turns down Ssan-ip’s suggestion. That makes Ssan-ip even more unhappy because Hok-tal used to do whatever he wanted.

Ssan-ip guesses that Sun-hye has something to do with the change in Hok-tal and is annoyed when they shrug off his accusation. He begs them to be nice to him, especially on a day like this, and when Hok-tal asks if it’s a special day, Ssan-ip huffily replies, “Fine, don’t do anything. I’ll just get angry if you do something.”

When Baek-gyun joins them, Ssan-ip and Hok-tal touch their hair to signal that there’s something different about Pi. Their gestures become more exaggerated when Baek-gyun doesn’t notice a thing until he guesses that they have itchy scalps. (Oh my gosh, this is so funny!) Sun-hye looks at him in disbelief and comments dryly, “You’re made for each other.”

Baek-gyun sends Ssan-ip out of town to buy some parts and then he and Pi walk around by themselves. He mentions that Pi looks different and decides that her eyes are bigger. Pi admits that she’s not wearing her glasses but then Baek-gyun realizes that her hair is different too. Pi confesses that she had it straightened and asks if it looks weird but Baek-gyun tells her, “No, it doesn’t look weird,” and she smiles at his almost compliment.

Min-kyu reports to Dr. Oh that he’s ventured out on his own without Jia. His test results are good and Dr. Oh is confident that he’ll be able to handle everyday life, but Min-kyu jokes that’s impossible. When Min-kyu hangs up there’s a new email from Madame X about the emergency board meeting to discuss his dismissal.

Ssan-ip returns to the barn and finds it empty so he ends up at Min-kyu’s darkened house and wonders where everyone went. He mutters, “They’re all so mean. How could they? It’s my birthday.” As soon as he complains, “No one cares,” Min-kyu pops out with a flashlight pointed at his face.

Ssan-ip jumps back in fear as Min-kyu wishes him, “Happy birthday,” and soon everyone is singing as the girls carry out his cake. Ssan-ip chides them for the childish surprise party but dissolves into tears of happiness. Before he blows out his candles he yells out his wish, “Let’s all live together.”

Everyone sits down to eat, with Ssan-ip at the head of the table. Min-kyu presents his gift and Ssan-ip is surprised to find it’s citron bread. Jia and Min-kyu explain that they heard Ssan-ip cries whenever he eats that bread and sure enough, as soon as he takes a nibble, he’s blubbering again.

Baek-gyun asks if he should make Ssan-ip cry even more and produces a USB with video of Aji-3’s outing. Soon, everyone is absorbed by Aji-3’s interactions during her outing and the video ends when the relieved Santa Maria team is reunited with her.

Everyone is speechless with wonder as Baek-gyun concludes that Aji-3 exceeded their expectations. He announces, “It’s heartbreaking, but as promised, I think it’s time to change Aji-3’s face…and delete every video, including the private ones, she took of Min-kyu and Jia.” Baek-gyun pledges to use what they learned from Aji-3 on their next robot and invites everyone to say goodbye to her.

The camera focuses on Aji-3 as each member of the Santa Maria team delivers a message. Baek-gyun promises that her learned patterns will live forever while Pi apologizes for sending her to Martin. Hok-tal vows to tell their next robot about Aji-3 so that she doesn’t disappear. Ssan-ip confides that he knows he was her favorite and promises, “I will remember you, Aji-3.” Everybody whispers, “Goodbye, Aji-3,” as we see her for the last time. (Now I’m blubbering like Ssan-ip.)

Min-kyu delivers a USB with video of Martin’s confession to Madame X’s go-between and she assures him that Interpol will protect Jang Doo-sam.

Director Yoon has reporters on standby and Director Yeh instructs him to leak the evidence of Min-kyu’s condition after the emergency meeting.

Min-kyu drives alone while the board meeting convenes with Director Yeh, Yoo-chul and Ri-el in attendance.

Min-kyu pauses in front of a set of doors to compose himself. He grabs the handle with his gloved hand and with Jin-bae by his side, he faces a roomful of reporters and photographers to announce, “I’m KM Financial’s director Kim Min-kyu. I suffer from an allergy to humans.”

COMMENTS

Wow, wow and WOW! This hour may very well become one of my all time favorites. Min-kyu repaired his relationship with the Santa Maria team right off the bat and I finally felt like I could breathe again. What followed was some of the most meaningful dialog that I’ve heard in a long time because it explored what makes us human and how every encounter can have tremendous impact. That message has been out there all along due to Min-kyu’s debilitating condition, but the idea is brought to fruition as Aji-3 interacts with people all by herself. She illustrates how words and actions matter deeply, even when they seem small and insignificant. That’s powerful stuff, especially coming from a romantic comedy.

The bumbling detectives delivered an emotional punch that surprised me. I expected them to mistakenly kidnap Jia instead of Aji-3 at some point but I never imagined that they would become Aji-3’s top fans. Curly was forever changed by his encounter with Aji-3 and even Brains was happier because he met her. It was such a good use of minor characters who became more than comic relief in the end.

If we look back at the main characters’ lives from the beginning until now, the transformation is stunning and parallels what Aji-3’s deep learning exercises accomplished. Each character existed in some degree of isolation and as they’ve struggled to open their hearts to each other, they’ve been transformed into better versions of themselves. Min-kyu still pouts, Pi is still bossy, Ssan-ip cries over citron bread etc., but they’ve learned to connect on a deeper level and that’s clear when they see the video of Aji-3’s solo outing. What impresses them is that she connects with people one by one, wholly in the present and focused on the one person in front of her. To some degree, Min-kyu, Jia, Sun-hye and the Santa Maria team have learned that as well, so Aji-3’s experiences resonate with them.

What makes it possible for Aji-3 to connect with others is a firm understanding of what she was created for, to be a friend to humans and become like family. That kind of clarity also touches every character and brings their lives into focus. Ri-el realizes that she’s nothing like her father and hopefully Yoo-chul will come to the same conclusion. The way that Jia, Baek-gyun and the Santa Maria team betrayed Min-kyu taught them how important trust is between people and in the end they’re as changed by Min-kyu as he is by them. Aji-3 encapsulates all of their personal growth thanks to Jia, whose assignment to help a robot learn about relationships taught her so much.

Sometimes, the penultimate hours are my favorite in a drama and that could happen with I’m Not a Robot. There were cute exchanges between Min-kyu and Jia, not to mention that incredible kiss, the reunion of Aji-3 with the Santa Maria team, heartfelt goodbyes and the capture of the bad guys. All of that and there’s still another hour to spend with such endearing characters. I’m beyond thrilled with the consistency of the writing and the performances and I will never forget the amazing chemistry between Yoo Seung-ho and Chae Soo-bin. Jia’s words suit this drama perfectly, “You did well.”

 
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this was exactly what I hoped from this drama, the question of whether AI is able to develop sort of a self-awareness and even a certain kind of personality.

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Yes, you did well, Show! There are so many things that I love about this episode, so many things to list and amongst them:
- the repaired relationship between Min Kyu and the Santa Maria team
- the aegyo 😍
- the kiss 🔥
- Aji3 solo adventure - touching people's life in small but significant ways
- Ji-Ah being a badass driver - there's a reason she is my #1 girl crush
- Min Kyu connecting the dots when he heard about Ji-Ah rice ball story
- Dumb and Dumber not that dumb
- Ri-El being awesome as always
- did I mention the aegyo?

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You forgot the making of this kiss. That was hotter🔥🔥🔥

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Duh! Of course! I'm an ahjumma with kids and I still blush like mad when I watched that BTS - is it hot in the room ***fan self***

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I thought everyone was exaggerating because no way a BTS can be hotter than the actual scene, right? WRONG!

But what really finished me off was the bit where they just got an NG but kept holding on to each other anyway (in other NG takes for that scene she steps away from him/the counter...not this time though).

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I still giggle like a madwoman every single time I remember that kiss.

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I screammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Thats one hell of a kiss

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Well, now he KNOWS for sure he isn't going to stop breathing and die if he kisses her, so all tentativeness/hesitation is gone and he can kiss her the way he really wants to.

(But I also liked the meteor shower kiss because it was literally him risking his life to kiss her because not kissing her at that moment would feel worse).

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THAT KISS. /floored #nowordsleft

And awww, no more Aji-3? Poor baby, it's no nice to see her out in the world and learning after she decided (as a beanie put it last ep) 'eh the new owners suck, I'm going home'.

Also I love how hilariously awkward it is between Jin-bae and Min-kyu when they realise Min-kyu is seeing his sister.

(btw this is CSB's third drama in one year with really intense kiss scenes, is she this generation's Yoon Eun Hye?)

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A lurker here, first time to comment:
I would like to thank you TeriYaki for a great recap, reliving a great episode indeed. Like you, I am amazed by the emotional connection Aji-3 has for humans and I believe Jia being her remote avatar helped her in her deep learning of emotions since friend mode was because of Jia. All in all, I am happy with this episode and most especially our cute couple interactions.

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Hello there! *waves hand*
Hope you visit often and enjoy the bliss of DB as much as we do!

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I lost the capacity to think coherently because of that kiss. asdfghjklqwrytt. Oh.My.Lord. I mean, if I had misgivings about this drama, that kiss made me throw it all out the window. Lol!

Oh, I just remembered, someone pointed out in the comments for Ep. 26 that when Jia got a cut on the back of her hand from the glass shard, it somewhat represented her heart and how it bled from seeing Minkyu hurt. With that in mind, I found it really sweet when he kissed that hand in this episode.💕 It was one of this hour’s great moments along with Seung-ho’s aegyo and of course, that kiss.❤

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All I can say is DAMN THAT KISS WAS HOT. For a first timer in dating, Min Kyu sure knows how to make it steamy. I guess all those years of drama/movie watching paid off. Hahahahaha....

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Well he learned from Kang Chul after all hahaha

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LMAO yes, he's got great reference XD

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Hahaha, no Kocowa video of the kiss? I agree, the replays would likely kill the server. And us.
Every interaction between Min-kyu and Jia that happens in the car ends up being my favorite, they're just so cute in contained spaces. My heart totally fluttered.

I enjoyed that Aji3 finally got her time to shine. I love callbacks and throwbacks and references more than anything in TV and the way they used some precious interactions of MK and Jia in Aji's scenes was very well-done and subtle. I liked how we got to see how connected our side and main characters are through her.

And can I just say how impressed by CSB I am? She did her absolute best as a robot and every iteration of Jia, she made them all unique, with little quirks and speech patterns and body language. She's such a versatile actress!

And uh, can we not talk about that kiss? I'm still blushing like a schoolgirl! Every MK and Jia scene makes me turn into a radioactive pile of fulfilled hopes and dreams, I'm a mess

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Another mess here 👋

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I was reading some of the Korean comments under the making kiss video posted on Naver, and there were three categories of comments. The first and most liked were "Oh, Yoo Seung-ho is a total adult now", then "Isn't that a real kiss?" which didn't get as many upvotes. The most disliked comments were the "Oh my God, just date already!" comments which made me sad for some reason.

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knetizents are the saltiest people on the internet so I'm not bothered :)

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CSB is amazing. I love her and have loved almost everything she's been in so far.

And that kiss! Some were a little disappointed the tree kiss was so innocent (I mean I get it if you're going to die at least die with passion) but I'm sure they more than made up for that.

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There is a behind-the scenes video up on Youtube of the filming of that kiss scene. It goes on for much longer and is much hotter than is in the episode.

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I really loved that sequence of Aji3 interacting with and touching the lives of the people that she encountered on her way to coming back home. I was prepared for the last two episodes to just be fillers and full of fan service but that sequence was really a nice touch and just so moving. It is, at least to me, very ET-like. I love how it feels like a fairy tale, with love and empathy at its core, despite being in sci-fi territory. It was really touching. And yes, Chae Soo Bin, ran away with my heart again in that sequence. She is so good.

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Aji3 interacting with humans was the most I cried in this episode. Chae Soo-bin does such a fantastic job in this show with all the characters she's playing, I can't believe there were actually people who considered her a bad actress. Seriously, they should come out cause I just wanna talk.
Also, one of my favourite things about our OTP, other than their fantastic chemistry, is their conversations. They always have the best conversations, not afraid to bare all their emotions because they know that the other person would listen and truly understand them. I also loved that little kiss Min-kyu placed on Ji-ah's bandaged hand. I kept waiting for him to notice her hand and say something, but that kiss was louder and more heartfelt than any words he could have said.

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“that kiss was louder and more heartfelt than any words he could have said”

❤️ I couldn’t have said it better! It was so tender and sweet and sincere and... so Min-kyu. Gah. They are love honestly.

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Chae Soo Bin is amazing. She's essentially playing three characters, and it's extremely clear which one she's playing in each moment (as Jia acting as Aji-3 is very different from both Aji-3 and real Jia). They each have their own charm and she sells it so well.

And of course her chemistry with Yoo Seung Ho is off the charts.

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I couldn't agree with you more.
I was so impressed with Chae Soo-Bin(and yes, Yoo Seung-Ho too, of course!) after watching the first two episodes of "I'm Not a Robot", that I started filling my waiting periods('til the next wave of 4 episodes) by watching other dramas that CSB starred or co-starred in. "Sassy Go Go/Cheer Up"(wow, she was so good as the antagonist, especially when everything came crashing down for her!), "Strongest Delivery Man", and even the long family drama, "Bluebird's House"(wasn't my favorite family drama, but once again CSB showed her strong acting chops). Now that "INaR" is over(*sigh*), I'll start watching "Thief".
Imho, CSB is one of the best young female actresses in kdramas today, and I look forward to watching her in her future projects.

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Sassy Go Go is such a great drama, with an amazing cast.

I loved that even though CSB played the antagonist, the story still treated her sympathetically and not as someone who was hateful for the sake of being hateful. And she had such great chemistry with Jung Eunji, it's my first time seeing girls have that kind of intense chemistry every time they share a scene. I also loved her scenes with Ji Soo.

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Even if Bluebird isn't 'your favorite family drama' is it watchable? I'm considering watching it, but not if it ends up being a /complete/ trainwreck, as it's a lot of episodes.

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"Bluebird's House" is definitely watchable. It's not a complete train wreck by any stretch. I just felt they could have given more to the romantic relationships. But still very watchable. ;)

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I've been promoting this every chance I get lol but watch CSB also in "If We Were A Season". It is just one episode, around 1hr long, and the subbed version is already on KBS' official Youtube channel. Both she and her co-star, Jang Dong Yoon, are fantastic in it and the first love story is very well done.

CSB is three out of three for me so far in those that I have seen her in (loved her also in Sassy Go Go). I'm picking up Strongest Deliveryman next.

When people ask me who my favorite Korean actress is, my ready answer would be Jeon Ji Hyun. I'd give her name in a heart beat. I now include CSB in that "hallowed" list lol. I can rattle off more favorite characters in dramas/movies than favorite actress/actor. And those characters I tend to like are those that I relate with because I have so much in common with them, either personality and/or situation-wise. I really like JJH for making me feel so much for her characters that I have very little in common with. She just brings this certain magic in any role. I like CSB for the same reasons that I like JJH.

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@doublefault—I glimpsed the real Kim Min-Kyu (Ssanip) in If We Were a Season too! I've added it to my YouTube watch list.

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The scene that most got to me in Strongest Deliverman was when Kang-Soo is telling Dan-ah how he marvels at her staying in a job that other women could only last a week due the oppressive sexual harassment. You could seen Dan-ah's tough facade just crumble at those words. No dialog but heartbreaking.

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I really enjoyed this episode but in some way it also felt too easy, like the happy resolution mattered more than the way we arrived at it. Examples:
- how the cops and the Santa Maria team showed up conveniently at the right time. How did they know to be there?
- how Martin, who desperately wants Aji-3 for his client and who has been built up as someone who never forgives/forgets, plus is a murderer, arsonist and international criminal, just walks out of the story after Hwang's arrest.

This episode also left me with lots of questions, including:
- who is Madame X after all? Butler Sung?
- how did Aji-3 get out of the locked case? Yoo Chul?
- what else did Chairman Hwang do that he doesn't want his son to find out?
Maybe I'm missing something?

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For q3~I think it was MK's illness and how to use it for his dismissal, because the video that YC has does not include his allergic reaction episode.

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I also kept pondering those first two questions for a little while, but just like @Astrid, I also lost the capacity of thinking in a coherent way after that hot kitchen kiss... I don't care anymore. LOL 😂

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Glad to know I wasn't the only one! 😂

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For the first question, I think it might have been Jin-bae who let everyone know where Aji3 was since he was the first one who saw her on the CCTV.
I also think Butler Sung might be Madame X or the lady herself is Madame X and she was pretending she wasn't so she doesn't get outed.
All your questions kept playing in my mind as I watched this week's episodes too but I guess we're not going to get answers to them.

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I was thinking the lady herself could be Madame X - but then there is no explanation for her whatsoever, since we have no idea what her connection is to the Kim family.
At least Butler Sung has a connection.

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... It makes me think of the scenes in Temperature of Love where the writers were getting angry with the directors for changing their script on the fly. In general, the directing was very good, but it looks like there were some disconnects.

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I am joining this thread with this questions.

How come Aji 3 was sent to Martin as the deal was interrupted by Min-Kyu? Very unclear!

The end of the season 1 especially the last 3 episodes, I felt botched. As you stated above.

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I had so many things to say (as usual) about this episode. It was amazing and all that... but I saw the BTS for the kiss. And honest to heavens I've never been huge on what happens bts, but that's just woah man. I think my brain went through an absolute meltdown. Dayuuum. I'm still trying to get back my senses and be coherent so bear with this.

I LOVE the last OST. It's basically a song written for Min-kyu and what his heart truly feels. Basically it's perfection. There's a particular line right at the end of the song that just GOT to me ~ "Your world, for bringing it to me, because it's you, I'm thankful" ~ it may sound so generic but it really made me a bit teary eyed. Seeing Santa Maria team desperately trying to make Min-kyu food, their tearful goodbyes, their gift and Min-kyu's subsequent forgiveness - that line really defines what Jia means to Min-kyu. Jia brought to him not only all her love, compassion and warmth; she brought to him her world. Min-kyu's world was isolation, work where everyone ran away from him, a friend's betrayal and a first love who really existed only in his mind.

Jia brought her world to him, and in it he found family. People who care for him, who sacrifices for him, people who understand him and love him. Above it all, she taught him that despite his fear of betrayal, it's worth taking the risk because the reward of allowing someone in could be much bigger than the pain they can cause. That dinner scene was so precious, lovely and simply poignant. She's his guardian angel in every sense of the word. And the OST really drove that point. I love it!

Anyway, moving on, I honestly adored that couch hug scene. Gah the chemistry is honestly something to behold. Even in their most regular couply moments, there's an air of intensity and sincerity. I also loved Min-kyu's aegyo 😂 YSH has a way of being super subtle with everything in this drama. When he's angry, you can feel the coldness even when his face looks calm. When he's hurt, you can see his pain even when he tries to cover it with anger. Even with his aegyo, by being OTT, he could've made me cringe (like he was in RL lol) but instead I was like Staph! That's too much for me to handle, staph!

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And that kiss... I mean yea. I can't even think straight after seeing the BTS. There's too much sexual tension or whatever you can call it between two actors acting. Honestly when I first saw the scene it was absolutely awesome. Emotions were perfect, the lead up to it was adorable. Min-kyu just kept discovering a thousand versions of her and kept getting fascinated by each. It was so cute and the kiss was absolute rawr too! But then BTS happened and it went from rawrrr, to absolute RAWWWRRR. Damn 😂

I don't like shipping real life because that goes nowhere. But this time there's too much happening in that kitchen. Sexual tension was so thick, the sharpest knife would probably break in half before denting it 😂 I've followed YSH for so long he's definitely not always this forthcoming or even... happy? He's always so shy or reserved and really keeps somewhat of an arm's length with costars. So seeing him so flirty(?) and excited and it looking so mutual(?) from both sides really messes with my mind. But I realize they are actors and it's their lives and all that rubbish 😂 I'm slapping myself out of all these thoughts, I swears.

Other things happened in this episode... yes. Aji-3. I fist pumped when she was being so awesomely smart. I cried when they said their goodbyes to her. I wish they kept her face, but I can see why the writer chose this path so I respect the intention.

I'm having 1st degree separation anxiety. It's not pretty. It really really isn't. If anyone needs me, I'm at some corner of an alley crying. I'm not ready for this to end. Can't wait for next week's episodes! And the week after that and then after that... What? Lalalalalala can't hear anyone......

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All of the above but get out of my denial corner, it's getting crowded in here! Maybe if I moved my altars of adoration for CSB and YSH made of what used to be my heart... but nah, don't touch those!
So excited for the next season!

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I was there first! You’re the one trying to butt in my corner where I can’t move a millimeter! My denial is not even a denial, that’s how much denial I’m in lol.

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It's super adorable how much Minkyu is fascinated by Jia. I think he described getting to know her in an earlier episode as like peeling an onion in that there are so many layers to her. 😅 Every new discovery makes him fall in love with Jia even more.

YSH, in interviews, when asked to talk about CSB, often describes her as "cute" and seems to really find her adorable. I also don't like shipping costars in real life but it is impossible not to with YSH and CSB. The chemistry between these two is just electric, really.

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It’s rare to find a person who loves literally everything about you even when he didn’t initially know it was you at all! That’s real emotions and there’s a feeling of fate involved. Yet it feels like it’s all their own choices too. I love that kind of story telling. The writer really has a grasp on how she wrote Min-kyu and Jia and I’m very thankful for that.

As for the shipping - I genuinely don’t do it. I totally saw NJH-LSK coming from miles away and I tried not to join that ship either. But the BTS honestly makes it hard. Because YSH is a bit obvious lol. He said once that he misses her when she’s not around. And it was clearly said from a sincere POV rather than to attract attention. They’re really shippable!

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"YSH is a bit obvious" omg you ARE further gone than me lmao! If it was anyone else, like literally anyone else, I would have agreed but he's a reaaaally good actor and his eyes are so expressive I don't trust him lol... I hate wishful thinking but I hope we did see him lower his guard is some of the bts moments. I'm breathless from sighing so much but SIGH they were so GOOD togetherrrrrrr

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Oh I’m gone alright. No point denying now 😂

But no more seriously, I don’t mean I think they’re dating or anything like that. What I was trying to say was that he’s not trying to hide or kinda mask his reactions. Sometimes in BTS, actors don’t like to show too much of themselves so after they hear ‘cut’ there’s still this guarded reaction. I just felt that wasn’t there which is what I mean say lol.

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I know what you meant, I'm sure you're not a delulu shipper (yet) but since they both knew they were being filmed I'm just... eh, I don't know, YSH seems like a very private person so I think he'd be conscious enough to hide his, uh, feelings. I hope he wasn't just being friendly but

oh wow this is the WORST, I feel so stupid even talking about it what he might be feeling! HOW do people do this?? people who write fics about celebrities, how do you not die of cringe? I'm dying I just want them to hang out until they die u-u like even as friends, like Sung-kyung and Jong-suk! I want friendship cameos!

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@Mandy yeah I don't think they are dating or anything but it definitely feels like at least he has a little crush on her and uses that in his performance. Which is just being a smart actor.

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@liquidsoap I'm starting to know how you feel, like of course he knows there's no real privacy on the set, he's been filmed since he was a child BUT he keeps doing stuff here that he doesn't do on other dramas? How to just ignore that?

I try to calm myself by remembering CSB is rumoured to have a boyfriend (a baseball player iirc) , or at least she was six months ago.

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Shipping is fun in dramas because it's fictional. But when it comes to real life, it's so odd because they are real people who we know absolutely nothing about. We don't know who they really are, what they really feel or how they really think. So when I see real shipping madness like Khuntoria or things like that, it baffles me.

But in this case, I'm genuinely a bit taken in by the BTS. It's similar to what I felt for NJH-LSK (I keep harping this lol) except I'm a bit more invested due to Min-kyu and Jia being fresh and YSH always seeming so introverted. It's nice to see him so openly happy so maybe that's also why I feel a bit differently and really want this to be a possibility. Still, jokes aside, it's their lives and if they're happy and doing awesome cute dramas (or sageuk) then I'm happy.

If it's together in a sageuk, I'll probably DIE.

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@mandy I actually started sketching a scene combining YSH and CSB's looks from their respective sageuk performances and I gotta tell you we're not ready and never will be, god. I haven't seen Ruler, but CSB was so pretty I rooted for her and together they... ruin me
I'm just trying to be realistic, honestly. It's fun to think about them together, but I don't wanna be disappointed when either of them announces they're in a relationship with someone. And if I want to follow their careers I need to get used to seeing them being cute with other actors and it's hard enough already lol

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@teacakes oh gosh my heart skipped a beat at the thought of YSH harboring a one-sided crush lol I need to stop thinking about them it's painful
the denial corner is now a cruise??? btw I keep wondering why you're unregistered, I'd shower you with likes!

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@liquidsoap have you seen Rebel?! I loved CSB there. And imagine her and YSH in an actually good sageuk together, all the potential for intense looks and burning repressed passion, it would be perfect for them.

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Also I am unregistered because I know that if I was registered, especially for this drama, I would fall down a hole of fanwalls and Tilda-cursing and never emerge, ha.

One-sided crush or no, I just love this performance and everything that went into it, and I'm so proud of him. I said a while ago that his romantic chemistry with his leading ladies could be a bit lacking, I love that we now have this as proof positive he's an excellent romantic leading man too.

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@teacakes I respect your maturity but also onE OF US, ONE OF US!
I actually fell for CSB in Moonlight drawn by clouds (she was a picture of such elegance and grace I just... woah) but I so am going to watch Rebel... once I get over INAR even slightly. now seeing her without YSH is unbearable and vice versa.
"intense looks and burning repressed passion" I hate you. wow. I'm so full of want I could rival YSH's... wait, no, don't go down that rabbit hole, brain!

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One other couple that I continue to ship in real life is Yoona and Hong Jong Hyun, who starred in The King Loves. There is also this romantic tension to them that is so palpable in bts and interviews with them together, very similar to what I saw between YSH and CSB. (And I agree that YSH is a bit more obvious, lol.) Even until now, HJH talks about Yoona in interviews (that she's his ideal type!). Yoona is a bit more reserved as kpop fans can be very rabid and venomous. I wonder if YSH and CSB will also continue talking about each other after. Hmmm.

However, there's also Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae, who I also liked together in bts and interviews, as they are just so close to and comfortable with each other, but nothing happened in real life. Sigh. (And is CSB still seeing the baseball player?)

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I haven’t seen that drama with Yoona so I wouldn’t be able to tell. Though I don’t believe for a moment that LDW-LDH didn’t date. That wasn’t just maybe, I thought their BTS in hotel king was so blatantly a couple that no one ever doubted it. We’ll never know what happened but I’d be genuinely shocked if they really weren’t dating back them. And I’m not even a shipper whatsoever. I just thought it was that obvious. Lol it’s such a coincidence because I mentioned them in one of my comments here just now too!

About CSB and the baseball player - I honestly didn’t even hear about it until now. Let’s wait and watch. The way I see it, YSH is the one who’s more obvious (or lack of subtlety which is hilariously the exact opposite of his acting persona 😂). But it’s definitely mutual. Whether or not it’s dating or just very good friendship is up in the air lol.

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@liquidsoap I know how you feel lol. When you get a couple like this, it's only natural to want to see them together in other things, it's too bad kdramas rarely repeat pairings and even if they do it takes years for the second project. But a sageuk would be perfect for them, they're both good at the technical stuff like pronunciation etc too.

@DoubleFault @Mandy - it was only a rumour about this baseball player named Gu Ja Wook that kept getting mentioned in the comments of her articles around I think Rebel ending? And that was more than six months ago, who knows if it's even still a thing now? And yeah, LDW-LDH had incredible chemistry, I shipped her My Girl character with Lee Jun Ki but I still can't deny it.

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@teacakes I saw an article about CSB and Gu Ja Wook dated July 2015. CSB's management company immediately denied the rumours but the report said that they were seen holding hands. And I wouldn't blame them for issuing a denial as CSB was just starting back then. So if he is still being mentioned around the time that Rebel aired, looks like they really dated or still dating. (Gu Ja Wook is not so bad actually. He kinda looks like a cross between Song Il Gook and Lee Jung Shin. )

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@DoubleFault - oh it was from that long ago? I always feel sad thinking about how easily a thing as ordinary as dating can interfere with the careers/public perception of Korean celebrities, especially rising young actresses - her management did the right thing for the sake of her career but it sucks anyway. (Also yes, he is really handsome, if I wasn't in delusional INAR shipping land right now I would think he and CSB must have made a very good-looking couple).

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@liquidsoap now you put images in my head, YSH and CSB pairing in sageuk! Oh, someone please make that happen! 😻 I didn't watch Rebel 'cause I'm not a fan of the male lead, and I dropped Ruler half-way through when it was obvious that the story rapidly turned into a train-wreck. But I remember CSB was so pretty in her sageuk garb in Moonlight, and her performance there was so notable that I kept an eye on her ever since. If there is ever a good sageuk with these two together, I'll definitely watch it even if it's a sad, sad love story like Seven Days Queen 😄

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Yeah, I've never been big on BTS scenes or videos, either. But I saw quite a lot of mentions for this one, so I looked it up. And boy, all I can say is that I have to concur with all the comments lol 😄 The BTS is definitely even better than the actual scene in the drama.

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Right? I loved the scene. Then the BTS ceremoniously spoiled it. Ugh. Lol.

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So completely agree with you on the kiss! Arghhh so so good!

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I really thought everyone was exaggerating about the bts of the kitchen kiss...until I watched it and came to the part where they got an NG and instead of stepping away from each other, they freaking keep holding on to each other even after the PD yelled Cut so you definitely know it wasn't part of the scene. This isn't common among costars, right?

(this is at about 1.37 of the bts if anyone needs to see)

Move over, people in the delusion ship, I'm coming on board!

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Yea no that really was the one thing that threw me off. The fact that he held her and that she knew instinctively to do the same instead of move away. It's probably the thing that made the BTS very shippable lol. Everyone in YT were also talking about that. And the ending. Where he looked a bit breathless and almost pulled out of the moment. I dunno, actors can just get carried away sometimes so it's possibly that. But something in that specific BTS really made me think they might be another LSK-NJH or Song-song. These people are actors tho, so it might just be really good acting. Which obviously they are so so capable of!

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Honestly it didn't even feel conscious, but what really killed me was the little sway in place.

You say NJH-LSK, I say Lee Jong Seok-Park Shin Hye (he had a really obvious crush on her during Pinocchio). I mean, there are plenty of couples whose chemistry I love who don't give off that vibe bts even when they are being playful or flirty (Yoon Kyun Sang, for instance, is nothing like this with CSB in Rebel) but when they do, it's hard for shipper radar not to go off lol.

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Yea that sway and the patting her back really set me off. I had to pause and rewind 😂 but the hug itself really got me initially because it was super instinctive for both.

I didn’t see Pinocchio live and neither did I see the BTS but I should check it out now lol. But yes 100% agreed on that. There are couples that obviously get along so well in RL. Like LDW-JRW, LSG-HJW, JGS-PSH. They’re all obviously super close but I never thought for a moment it was more. Then there’s LDW-LDH, NJH-LSK who looked like the real deal.

Bts is interesting in general. You see their real life personalities even if they try to shield it. Some do better at hiding than others. But in this instance it seemed like they weren’t trying to hide it... which is probably what threw me off completely lol.

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I get that acting isn't like other professions, they deal in creating the impression of intimacy so that hug might not mean what a shipper would want it to mean/might just be them taking a little beyond Cut to snap out of the scene, and having the kind of comfort level where that's ok between them. I get that! (or I try to get that anyway, I don't want to be one of those people who thinks actors are catching real feelings from every friendly gesture).

But it looks so good, part of me just wants to cut+paste the entire bts footage into the kitchen scene.

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Talking about being too obvious... YSH himself even felt hot after one of the NGs in that kiss bts! 😂
So there’s no way I would not join the delusional shippers...

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What I really loved about that BTS footage was the bit before they actually started shooting, where YSH and CSB are discussing this scene and the positions and making sure the other would feel comfortable doing it.

There was such obvious professional and/or personal trust between the two of them.

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It was such an all around great environment. Even the PD kept taking in their comments and allowing them to sort of decide the scene and how to interpret it. Which really helps their acting honestly. It's such a great team environment and I'm not only talking about the Kiss BTS but rather everything I've seen. They look like a happy crew.

In Ruler for example, I honestly didn't feel the actors were comfortable with the PD. The PD was so top-down he directed every single thing down to hand movement. It was not only awkward to watch but also hampered the acting of someone as amazing as YSH. That drama had its flaws but it was really down to directing and writing that sinked it.

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Yeah it was apparently their idea for Min-kyu to be perched on the counter. Which initially cane out as 'let's have Jia lift Min-kyu up on the counter lol'. It's too cute.

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Thank you! I found it! :)

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I'm really curious... Is YSH really not as comfortable in previous dramas' behind the scenes as he is in INAR? This is the first time I've watched him in a drama and I'm now a fan, and it's so hard not to ship them irl, it's driving me crazeh!

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Thank you very very much for the recap, @teriyaki. You said everything I thought with your comments. Oh my! This episode was the best for me.
I feel I have wish Aji3 fans actually to bring her to Minkyu's house and that there would have been some persecution and capturing the bad guys in front of the house, for at least curly and the other one would have had a little bit more time to interact with her and we would have been another minute worried for her. Sounds masochist from my side?? I just think of the overall thrilling of the finale.
Just finding them so quickly, also Dr. Hong and Pi and the whole team was too easy. Let alone solving the case with sr. Martin.
Anyway, it was still super fun to watch, and I even rewatched the kitchen kiss because it was amazing!!

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I may be over-reading this but I think that the sentence “You did well.” was one of the most thoughtful and intentional dialogue that the scriptwriter included. I say this because this drama wasn’t pre-produced, and that sentence seemed really apt given the recent cases of k-idols suffering from depression and losing their lives to suicide.

This series reminds me a lot of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. It challenges all the social norms in the right way, and is so important especially for a young audience.

It’s okay for a man to be vulnerable and cry. It’s okay for a woman to be an inventor and create and have her works valued. It’s okay for a woman to be a scientist. It’s okay to be hurt. It’s okay to apologise, and to show that you care. But it’s never okay to let words go unspoken and concern concealed, just because of pride and assumptions.

This series really touches the heart and illustrates the complexities of being human. It’s so much about resilience, bravery, identity, and compassionate love. And the title is brilliant - “I’m not a robot” - because the above qualities are what makes one human.

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Thank you so much for this amazing comment. I have to admit I was feeling a little let down by these episodes: not because the show isn't amazing but because I had thought they were going to deal in a more meaty way with Aji3.

I had felt that they dropped the thematic ball a little to deal with minor character conflicts and the OTP and this is one of my biggest issues with kdramas generally. If anything, INAR suffered from being too unexpectedly brilliant and iconoclastic and I spent this episode realising I had been watching a kdrama after all.

But - and this is a huge but - your comment reminded me that the core of this show was always human emotion. That their establishing 'house of cards' metaphor was about the feelings of the people involved. If this show was ultimately about destroying the walls we build to let the sunlight in, then this episode did that. It may have seemed bit light but sunshine is.

So thank you for such an insightful comment.

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I third that!
Thank you both, Sue and ChinguMode for your beautiful comments.
Essentially, this drama had Heart and told the story in a relatable way. Wonderfully acted by the whole team from those behind the scenes, director and actors. Subtle nuanced acting and story telling, reminding us of what makes us human and the beautiful side of being human and being able to be better .

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im dying to know how the hell Aji-3 escaped!!!! and was Madame X Butler sung all along? If so, how did butler sung know so much insider information??

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Me too. I never think the writer and PD forgot them. It can't be possible. Does the writer want that just as MK does not know who Madam X is, the viewers also remain unknown to Madam X? ㅠㅠ Why does she refuse to let us know?

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I found this odd. So many loose ends were tied up that leaving this question unanswered was a big hole for me. Not that "who is Madame X?" was one of the show's main plot points. It's no "who killed Laura Palmer?" But by leaving it dangling, it implies even the *writers* don't know who Madame X is. While Butler Sung may have been involved (and clearly was) he would not have had access to the kind of information Madame X did. And he wouldn't have needed to offer that advice anonymously either. I found this a little weird.

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Wow! That's an intense kiss, every time I replayed this scene felt like walking into a private moment.... so I looked for the BTS hahahaha
I'm genuily surprised with this story, I was in for the quirky characters and the evident setup of the robot/human interactions and mix ups, I also expected more scenes with Aji3 but I just realized that the show is I am NOT a robot so humans and human relationships were the main core of the story all along (it really took me 15 hours to understand this).
Humans are social beings and TeriYaki is right, every interaction, even the small ones can touch a person's life, wherever it comes from. I guess I've watched stories such as in Black Mirror (which I love) many times that I never thought that AI could be positive if used appropiately to help people to bond.
I'm gonna miss my pretty ones.
Thanks for the recap TY!

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Thanks for the recap @Teriyaki and I really liked your take on the subtleties of how Aji-3 helped the team.

But I was really left wishing for
1) a bit less subtlety. It would have been great if Aji-3 CLEARLY decided she didn't want to be a weapon or be owned. And even better if Aji-3 was (perhaps in Ep12-13) more directly responsible for MK to resolve his attitude towards Jia.
2) Pity that Aji-3 was reset. It would have been so nice if the Santa Maria team discovered that Aji-3's deep learning has almost reached the state of awareness/choice. And the perfect "ending" for Aji-3 would have been for them to protect her "memories" in a private file that only Aji-3 and not even the Santa Maria team could access. In fact, if they had a change of appearance, it would have been a fantastic opportunity for a guest cameo - hmmm...anyone wants to take a stab at who they'd want to be the upgraded face of Aji-3?

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I don't like the whole reset and face-change, but look at it this way: the reset is the robot equivalent of a human getting total amnesia. Combine amnesia with a whole new face and how could they resist? It's a kdrama.

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"And the perfect "ending" for Aji-3 would have been for them to protect her "memories" in a private file that only Aji-3 and not even the Santa Maria team could access."
Wow! I'm rendered speechless. And tear ducts reopened. Is this really your idea,or was it used elsewhere before? Nonetheless, thanks for the momentary imagery of a most perfect burial. And it's not even for the memories of a real person!
*goes to the corner and resumes weeping*

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I was totally convinced that the upgraded face was going to be prof Baek-gyun's own face, because a few episodes earlier he'd said it was going to be really good looking or something like that.

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Thank you @teriyaki. Love the recap and especially the comments. The underlying message stayed on point throughout the run of the show: we all need connection and imperfect as we may be we are better together. You did well, Show. Really.

About Aji3: while the need to change the robot's face and erase MK and Jia's personal memories was always clear to me, as the only ethical thing to do, now that it's actually happening I am sad. Aji3 now feels like yet another member of this quirky family. I wish they'd just kept her around (w. new face but memories mostly intact)... I suppose my feelings are proof that their experiment did in the end work.

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Very well stated.
While I think we all understood and agreed with the reasons behind Baek-gyun's decision to change the robot's face and to completely wipe any and all memories of Jia and MK, it was very sad to watch the scene showing Aji3 in standby mode while each team member said his/her farewell to "her".

Watching it immediately brought me back to the times when we had to help put our cherished dog or cat down. I'm not comparing Aji3 to an animal pet, of course, but the farewell scene was very much akin to that moment when we would say our last goodbyes to our treasured furry family member.

An awful lot of credit goes to the very talented Chae Soo-Bin, for her ability to give life and spirit to Aji3. It was amazing watching her play Aji3, Jia impersonating Aji3, and Jia. Three separate and distinct roles, and she knocked each one out of the park.
While watching the show on a certain site that allows timed comments, it was both entertaining and head shaking to see the critical comments about how terrible Jia was while trying to pretend she was a robot...like it was a reflection of how mediocre CSB was as an actress playing that role. To me, it was perfect in how imperfect it was. In contrast, when CSB was portraying Aji3, her physical movements and gestures, and her delivery while speaking...she was really quite convincing as a robot with AI.

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I love this series. I absolutely loved how the love-story plot ended in episode 27 - because after that kiss, those two were never going to be apart, there were going to be no misunderstandings, no evil in-laws and nobody was going to die.

That was such a refreshing change from how it's done in many other dramas, where - after Noble Idiocy - the main character would have struggled alone to beat his enemies and illness. Then he would have to run to the airport, meet the girl just in time, they'd kiss & The End.

Not here. Because of how they plotted it, in the last episodes we had our leads Do Stuff Together! And not just kisses & fluff, but actual important stuff.

That said: did something happen with the editing of the last two episodes? There were a couple of things that felt really weird. For example, MK gets an email for an emergency board meeting and then... he throws a birthday party?? That didn't make any sense. Surely those scenes should have been the other way round? Party first, emergency email second.

It made me wonder if they ran out of time, which is why we're left with open questions about Aji3's escape and the corporate stuff. Still, it's just a minor quibble.

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Totally agree with your point on the plot. It was nicely done!

And yes, I too felt that editing in the last episodes was a bit off. Must have been a timing issue. But as you said, a minor quibble 😄

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Tend to agree with you. I'd guess that the production team had some choices to make during the live shoot process (not preproduced, I think?)

Going by fan response and probably a desire not to over-play the certain areas (assuming that it would be a turn off for a large part of their audience) it seems they decided to highlight the romantic plots and close out the robot, corporate affair, madame X plots fairly quickly and not always gracefully.

I believe INAR isn't a ratings hit in Korea so they probably felt that they had to react to whatever popular feedback they had just to be safe.

It was choppy, some parts felt rushed or incomplete, and certain portions in the past few episodes felt overlong to me. Certain scenes could have been removed (most of the Curly and the Brain scenes, Jia going to hospital or HJ delivering baby) as they were not really relevant to the final story.

This director also seems to have a habit of introducing an ending scene and using the first 5 minutes (or more!) of the subsequent episode in a mini-flashback reveal. I felt this was a bit overused.

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Safe to say now I'm OBSESSED with YSH's arms. Those veins 😭

Also, can we have YSH and CSB dating in real life please? Why waste all that burning chemistry, right? Righttt?

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He has such manly arms *A* ugh, I'm also obsessed with his hands. Ahhh~ I spent too much time just starting at them ;;

Hear! Hear! I'd love to see them dating irl, too. The aegyo scene felt soooo natural omg and the way Jia reacted to everything he said/did felt so real <3

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I know right!! And the BTS just killed me. They looked Soo adorable and cute while shooting that scene. 😍 And YSH looked super flustered after the kiss. 😆

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YSH's hands on CSB's back ....I nearly died.

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Yess! I was more caught up by his hands than the actual kiss 😂

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What impresses them is that she connects with people one by one, wholly in the present and focused on the one person in front of her.

Aji-3 ;A; Yes, this is one of her best qualities. And isn't this what most people crave for (myself included, ofc) in life ? To be given full attention by the person in front of them? Ah, she really is the best companion through and through.

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Thank you, @teriyaki for your hard work in recapping INAR. I had a blast reading your thoughts each recap. Thank you! Thank you! Jia's words suit you, too, You did well~ <3

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Yeah, seconding this. Thank you, TeriYaki!

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Thank you to all! I appreciate the encouragement and want you to know that it was a privilege to recap this drama. I am now an official fan of Yoo Seung-ho and Chae Soo-bin.

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The aeygo and chemistry are out of this world 😍

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Aji-333333!!!!!! *weeps aloud*
After ALL that self adventure and learning and everything, this is what was waiting for you in the store! T0T
(I think I should be more realistic and see things as they are,really. Shame on me. At my age)
Considering "real" things;
Why Pi !!!! *weeps once again*
I'm mourning the loss of your pretty curls! Ok, you're still pretty with straight hair, but the specs...0.0 Don't tell me you've been wearing them until now as a fashion statement?? (Crazy side thought: what if Baek-gyun thinks to straighten his hair and dump his glasses too ;-) )

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Satisfaction is this drama. Also that kiss, HOT FIRE!!

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I'm going to miss you, Aji-3!
*sobs in the corner*

It's amazing how a drama and its characters are able to touch people's lives not only in Dramaland, but also in real life. The characters of this drama are so well written and they are amazing in their own ways (Except for Tilda. Score you, Tilda). It's actually sad that the Santa Maria Team had to say goodbye to Aji-3, who felt like their child at home. (If only they could keep her, ugh, the feels).

P.S. Can we also talk about that kiss? MK is hungry for Ji-a! HAHAHAHA
P.P.S. TELL ME I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HAD TO PLAY THE BTS OF THE KISS SCENE OVER AND OVER AGAIN

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I believe about 100 of the views for the making video came from me alone. I generally stay away from making videos because I find that it takes away the magic of the scene for me. But, the making of the kiss was like one million times hotter than the actual kiss that we got, and totally agree to Yoo Seung-ho trying to devour Chae Soo-bin's lips. Like goodness, calm down man!

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It's hotter because the bts didn't cut away to a dozen angles and just let us have an uninterrupted minute of Min-kyu and Jia making out.

/swoon

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Also what is up here, I keep getting cloudflare errors while trying to post comments.

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I had the same case when watching BTS videos of couples that I like in a drama (BTLIOF, AOY2, etc.).

I have to agree that the BTS is waaaaaay hotter than the actual scene and I had to laugh and squeeee when they had to stop. My inside self was screaming, "Yoo Seung-ho, calm down! Our hearts won't be able to take it!"

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Actually, I kinda got disgusted after about... 5 seconds. It was very, very, VERY, very... passionate. Dang, YSH, I've never seen this side of ya. I'm not big on romance (what am I doing here, then??) so I mostly looked away, wondering when it'll be over. (Close your mouths, would ya?!)

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Reading this recap just turned me into a blubbering mess.
Oh show, how I love you so!

I'm glad Aji-3 ended up being more than just a plot device and got this episode to shine in, to really show us how far we've come and how much she's learned just from seeing our favourite characters interact.

It's the perfect way to wrap up this show, and far more interesting than the corporate shenanigans. The things Aji-3 has learned do reflect how our characters have grown, as TeriYaki points out, and I'm happy to leave them like this fully trusting they'll go on to live beautiful lives, all together forever.

Oh who am I kidding I am never going to be happy leaving these characters. DON'T GO I'M NOT READY.

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Oh, but the kiss was hot! Temperature in the room went up instantly or was it just me, hahaha.
I was ignoring the Bts of that kiss constantly on my feeds coz it could have been faked by just angles so I don't want to destroy the illusion. But curiousity got the best of me, omerhgad! That was real and raw! I couldn't blink, I think I stopped breathing,too, hahaha... I remember how it was to be kissed like that and you guys didn't feel anything, at all? Yoo Seung Ho kissed her like his life depended on it and thank drama heavens, this girl Chae Soo Bin understands that she needs to respond to that kiss. God help us if that was Park Shin Hye, heehee..
Whew, damn, I gotta see that again.
There are a lot of kissing in kdramas nowadays but some are so awkward to watch coz I can tell they are fakin so if I look away coz it's so awkward to watch the kiss scene, that's a fail. Or if I'm so unaffected then that wasn't a good kiss, I usually just roll my eyes, next!..

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Yeah I've seen a lot of kdrama kisses, even passionate ones including from these two actors with other costars but this bts was something else. Either they're MUCH better actors than even our fangirl hearts knew, or they're really catching feelings there. I mean, even 'passionate' kisses can sometimes look choreographed and contrived but this....looked like the real deal, albeit with dozens of people watching and a PD choregraphing every move.

I really did think everyone was just being typical shippers when you guys insisted the bts looked like there were actual feelings there but then I saw 1.37 of the bts and now I repent, beanies were not lying or exaggerating! The way YSH looks at/behaves around CSB reminds me a lot of the way Lee Jong Seok was with Park Shin Hye during Pinocchio bts.

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I thought it was clear they both got a bit carried away with that full on make out session? When the PD yelled cut, they both looked so embarrassed. Specially YSH who just could not look up at all. It is all fun and games until they kept pulling each other closer and closer in the kiss and the intensity kept topping itself up 10 notches each time. Dunno if they are dating and would not be surprised if they are or not either. There is definitely a physical attraction between them, emotional, I dunno. But when Sunhye said chemistry and sexual tension in moments, she obviously meant this.

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"Best aegyo, ever." HAHAAAHAHA I've seen the BTS for that scene and it looked like YSH absolutely despised acting it out. XD It's okay, Seung Ho, ssi, it was cute!

The thing about Min Kyu is that even though he doesn't forgive easily, all people need to do is be honest, apologize and give him time. If he cares about them, he'd warm up. Even though he uses every ounce of his willpower to dodge the "I forgive you" words.

Annyong... Aj- Aji3... *wailing like a madman* We'll miss you so much!! Saranghae, Aji3! I love how during her interactions with human, she copies Jia's and Min Kyu's actions. "You did well," she got input from Jia and the head pat + "You're pretty," she got input from MK. As annoying as that duo is, they were adorable, hahaha. It was truly a wonderful experience, seeing this AI robot out in the world, spreading kindness and care. The deep-learning worked perfectly.

When they got her back in the lab, all of them together, I was thinking, "This. Aji3's family." Four scientist, an AI robot, an inventor and a rich dude. Beautiful. [I imagined a scene where MK freaks out having Jia and Aji3 in the same room, but nah, didn't happen]

I am so glad Ssanip got the spotlight he deserves, I felt like he doesn't get enough attention. He's the softest one of them all, and here's proof. Aww, so adorable. Can they all live together in MK's massive mansion, PLEASEEEEEEE?

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I don't think he despised it. I think he was a bit stressed over it tho 😂 because he felt he was embarrassing himself. But in the end, he looked like he had fun and kept adlibbing a bit more. It was cute.

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Yeah, he seemed stress XD it's not like him to act aegyo haha

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Yes, great episode and great show. But I can’t give it my unqualified love because of how they dealt with Aji3.i just find it so strange that this entire amazing arc about Aji3’s self determination ended with her being scrapped and replaced. Thematically and metaphorically I’ve loved everything these writers have done but this had me stumped.

‘Save Aji3 so we can scrap and upgrade her’ just bemuses me. I’ve been chanting ‘Kaja jib-e’ all week because it was just this amazing statement of freedom and autonomy. I found it depressing that what awaited her at home was being treated as an object as well.

Afterwards I thought that maybe the writers were saying ‘see, there is a difference between women and objects’ and Aji3 was their statement on that. I just found it a bit sad.

The rest was lovely, there’s no argument from me on that.

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Thank you so much for the recaps and comments, @teriyaki! I agree with you that this hour is one of the best of many dramas. Loved it!

I'm not sure I understand why AG3 had to be erased, though. Given a new face, OK, but why erased? I must have missed something again.

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Thank you for the recap. There were so many moments to like about this episode. One was the viewing of AG3's adventure. The colors of the room muted as the colors in AG3's world remained bright & vivid, really putting the spotlight on her. Using skills & behaviors that she learned from each of them, at that moment she reflected some of the most honest and raw emotions of her "family". They were able to see the best of themselves. At the end of the video I sat amazed, and in unison with SunHye said "wow".
Another thought is about Pi, although I don't necessarily feel she needed to straighten her hair, I do think her seeing all of the strong beautiful women around her boosted her confidence level. She is NOT one of the guys, shes a beautiful intelligent woman and it's ok to look & feel that way. It's ok to ask for what you want, even if it's to date [lol, thanks again, SunHye].

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Lurker here but I just need to express my feels for this show before I explode. Lol. I absolutely love this show! I’m normally impressed with Bad Guys/Signal/Circle like dramas but IANAR made me lol, cry buckets and giddy like a teenager. Such a feel good show but with a lovely message. I initially thought this will be a sci-fi leaning story but YSH and CSB’s chemistry was off the charts, it reminded me of my first love with all the intensity of loving and getting hurt for the first time. Oh and that kiss, I suddenly missed my hubby! Raise your hand if you had flashbacks of being kissed that way after watching the BTS? Lol. I feel like I shouldn’t watch such an intimate moment but also can’t look away.

Thank you IANAR cast and crew! I will miss your show! Will be looking forward to future YSH and CSB projects too!

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Same here! I like romcoms in general, but I won't say I'm a dedicated fan to this genre, only a selected few have made it to my favorite list, and those usually are the dramas with what I call 'added value'. Bad Guys/Signal/Forest of Secrets' type of dramas are usually more up my alley, and good sageuks or comedies. I usually watch romcoms when I need something light to relax my brain and I initially had some trepidation to start watching this one 'cos I normally really don't like robot/AI theme, even for Hollywood movies. But I decided to give this one a try 'cause I love YSH and CSB, and then was also delightfully surprised to find out that Eom Ki Joon is also starring (he's my favorite villain, if there is ever such a thing Lol 😄), and he actually played a good guy this time, hah! And the story soon enough sucked me in. There were moments when this reminded me of Coffee Prince (my first K-drama love), where both the male characters thought they fell in love with someone or in this case 'something' they should not, the inner struggle, the pain, the heartbreak. And the allusion to the Velveteen Rabbit story was apt. This is a warm show with a lovely message, not just romance, but also familial love and friendship.

That BTS is just whewww 😅😅 I had to glance away more than once 'cause I felt like intruding a couple's private moment. Lol.

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I'm once again amazed how heartfelt and fun and romantic this show has been for starting with what seemed like such a bizarre premise.

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What a satisfying drama. I love it. Funny and weird with great romance. I thought the supporting leads had great stories too. Because of that kiss bts, I ship the leads so badly. Just date secretly for a while!

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What I love about Jia and MinKyu's relationship is that it takes so little persuading for each of them to show/tell what it is that's bothering the other person (and the way they do it is just too darn cute) and how Min Kyu is handling all the aegyo perfectly.

I'm so glad that Yoo Seung Ho decided to take on this role it was such a perfect medium for him to practice his aegyo and be able to break our hearts with his tears.

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This episode definitely made up for all the heartbreak we had to suffer to get here, but hey, for that kiss? Totally worth it. Yoo Seung Ho and Chae Soo Bin are truly incredible actors, with an even better chemistry. Hope to see them reunite soon; can't believe this show is already coming to an end.

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Without a doubt on my top 5 dramas ever....!! I will miss this show like hell..... tomorrow I will marathon this from chapter 1....just because I'm not prepared to let go..... I cry like hell when everyone says there goodbyes to A-ji 3..... really... how can I say goodbye to all of the characters I cared for the las 2 months...they are like family..so well outlined and written they were....and they grow in front of me..I was so proud with KMH for all his maturity in forgiveness...
I have so many things to say y about the good writing, about all I felt..
But I feel short of words........
I loved you show!! So much more than I thought....

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i'll post my other comments about these eps later cuz still studying. But for now...

THAT FREAKING KISS WAS BJFBFJFFMDNDNND. OH MY GOSH NOW THAT IS A KISSING SCENE. TIL NOW, IT STILL MAKES ME SMILE INSTANTLY WHENEVER I THINK ABOUT THAT WHOLE SCENE FROM THEM BEING CUTE IN THE COUCH TO THAT KISS.

Not to mention the bts. The sounds......... 😶

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Watching a drama couple hold hands had never been so warm to me.
Everytime Ji Ah reached for his hand, its a reminder that he is not by himself anymore, they got this together. That's why this "You're my guardian angel" sound so authentic.
For me, she was not his cure. She's her guardian, like a mother who holds her daughter's hands as she teach her to take her own step. Someone who will say "you did well" even though you fall because she knew better that you did your best.
Everytime you will think of that someone, whatever you do or wherever you are, you know they're there, cheering you up.

For Ji Ah, that someone is her father. while for Min Kyu, who lost his guardian angels at a young age, that's Ji Ah.

Their silent moments are also my favorite.

When he kissed her bandaged hand and stares at her with those soft eyes. (Ugh,
have mercy on me, his eyes are too deep I feel like drowning)

When he buried his face on her neck like its his fortress. His arms wrapped around her & his hands caressing her shoulder, consuming her warmth. Her gentle pat and 'you did well' are all what it takes for this angelic face to feel rested and calmed.

I'm sure you have read this countless times but I will make you read it again,
Seung ho & Soo Bin's chemistry are off the charts. Their romantic scenes resonates rawness to me.
Im not into romance stories , I tend to avoid heavy ones with exemption of my biases because I can't miss their drama.
Im a fan of both YSH & CSB and that made me not think twice to check this out despite the theme. And thank goodness.. I think my romance drama-watching experience have been revived. I'm helplessly on the verge of wanting these two to be together for real and the comments here about their off cam interactions are srsly not helping.

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Great episodes. Thank you @TeriYaki for all your recaps. Just about everything has been said and thanks for all the beanie comments.
I will comment again after the final two episodes but I think this series was the perfect 16/32 episode series. I enjoyed the Aji-3 sequence (once again Chae Soo-bin was excellent) and I also like that Ssanip (Kim Min-kyu in real life) received a little bit more screen time. In some ways he has been almost as emotional as the leads.
I can't say enough about Yoo Seung-ho's and Chae Soo-bin's performances in this series.

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My favorite part about this episode was how the robot showed more humanity than the average human. It really resonated. <3

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Thanks for the great recap!

But... there’s 2 more episodes left!! 31 & 32 provide amazing closure to everything!

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im feeling things becaause Aji 3 is like Jia and Minkyu\s child omg omg omg i cant icant too cute omg

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I loved everything about this episode EXCEPT when Pi straightened her hair & then got noticed by Baek Gyun. They could have just given her a better curly style instead of implying that straight hair makes someone prettier/more attractive/more noticeable as a woman. Sorry, that just irked me, :\

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Wonderful recap. I’ve really enjoyed how you see and appreciate the underlying messages in this story.

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The last capture of the recap kills me! Jia and Min-kyu in an embrace of solace. How gentle and sweet they found each other's arms to go through storms, to become the other's power in life. I'm so happy Min-kyu finally found a shoulder to rest and I love this side of their relationship so much.

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Is there a recap for the final 2 episodes?!! I’m not ready for the recaps to be over!! :( Pleade tell me I’m looking in the wrong place!!

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