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Radio Romance: Episode 2

Now that the story is set and our characters are in place, it’s time for the fireworks to begin. Su-ho and Geu-rim are the perfect example of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object, but eventually, one of them is going to win. Frankly, my money is on the irresistible force, because I don’t think the immovable object enjoys their inertia nearly as much as they think they do.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Su-ho watches as Geu-rim takes one last fall into the lake, and he starts to worry when she doesn’t quickly surface. Just as he looks like he may dive in after her, she finally pulls herself out of the water, noticing that he’s standing there staring at her.

Su-ho remembers a day years ago, when he and a friend had watched a younger Geu-rim playing in the snow with a group of smaller kids.

Geu-rim awkwardly limps away, with Su-ho watching her go but not following. Once she’s back in her own clothing, she sits and checks her ankle, which seems to be getting worse. Su-ho suddenly appears and pulls her to her feet, and he grumpily offers her a ride home as repayment for her stunt work, since he refuses to ever do radio work. But wait, did he skip his CF shoot for her?

She declines his offer and walks away, but Su-ho can’t stand to watch her limping anymore. He grabs her and tosses her over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes, depositing her in his car and fastening her seat belt before she can react.

Of course, Geu-rim being Geu-rim, she just frees herself again and asks Su-ho if it’s radio he hates, or her. On a roll, she also asks if he tripped her on purpose at that party four years ago and why he keeps picking fights with her. Su-ho listens patiently until she runs out of steam, then he shoves her back in the car, refastens her seat belt, and locks the door this time. HA.

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What did I ever do to you?

 

Su-ho ignores Geu-rim’s complaining during the drive, and she’s shocked when he pulls up to her home without being told where she lives. He doesn’t say how he knew where to go, but the threat of being carried again sends Geu-rim slamming out of the car and limping home with as much dignity as she can muster.

When he arrives at his own house, Su-ho is annoyed to see JOON-WOO (who I thought was his manager, but isn’t exactly) waiting, furious that Su-ho left the set without telling him. Su-ho ignores his ranting and just tells him to go. The doorbell rings and Joon-woo offers to get rid of the guy at the door, thinking he’s a weird fan, and he’s surprised when Su-ho lets the man inside.

Joon-woo finally leaves, glaring at JASON (Kwak Dong-yeon) on his way out, who quips that he’s Su-ho’s manager. Jason is actually an old friend of Su-ho’s who’s recently graduated with top honors from medical school. Su-ho sighs and rolls his eyes when Jason tells him with a grin that he’s planning on living here for now.

Geu-rim sits up late that night, stewing over Su-ho’s rude treatment of her.

As it turns out, Su-ho was right about Joon-woo being a spy for his mother. He reports to her that Geu-rim is trying to recruit Su-ho for her radio show, and the fact that Su-ho skipped his CF shoot to drive Geu-rim home. She criticizes Joon-woo when he says that Su-ho may be interested in doing the radio show, calling him a constant disappointment.

She dismisses him to handle a text from JIN TAE-RI (Girl’s Day’s Yura), a former child star, who wants to know if there’s an update on a contract that somehow involves Su-ho. She’s apparently quite the handful, as she makes unreasonable demands of her hairdresser and shoots eye daggers when Su-ho’s current costar Da-seul walks by all dressed up for a formal event.

Tae-ri follows Da-seul out to the hall to berate her for not greeting her as her sunbae, earning a grudging nod. Tae-ri fondles a lock of Da-seul’s hair and threatens to pull it out of she fails to greet her properly again.

Geu-rim meets with PD Lee at the station, where he shows her into a long-neglected storage room filled with old, dusty equipment. He informs her that this is their office now, but she admits that she’s still working on getting Su-ho to DJ their show.

She pleads a very good case for hiring a different actor for their DJ, but PD Lee is just all, “So Su-ho said no?” LOL. Geu-rim whines that Su-ho is totally crazy, but PD Lee assures her that he’s even more crazy.

He does agree that Su-ho is probably the last person who would do radio, but he thinks that that’s exactly why she should convince him. He says there’s another reason he wants Su-ho, but he won’t tell her what it is until after she recruits him.

Geu-rim lingers in a radio booth, looking at a wall covered with letters and postcards to the DJ. There’s even a photo of herself and her mother before she lost her sight, and a postcard she herself once wrote to the radio DJ she idolizes. HA, he’s standing right behind her, and he grouches at her to leave since she’s been fired.

His name is MOON SUNG-WOO (Yoon Joo-sang), and he and Geu-rim are obviously very fond of one another. Geu-rim asks for tips on how to convince someone to become a radio DJ, buttering him up by saying that she went into radio because of him.

As Geu-rim tells DJ Moon how much he inspired her, it suddenly hits her—she was inspired not by strategy, but by sincerity. She bounces out excitedly to enact her plan.

Su-ho’s mother calls him to her office and offers to fire Joon-woo and hire him a secretary instead. She takes it as a win when Su-ho doesn’t answer, then presents him with a contract for a documentary about their family. Su-ho gapes incredulously as she says that their family can make money just by breathing.

He refuses to participate and stands to leave, but his mother stops him. She mentions that it’s his birthday soon and gives him a plaid scarf, wrapping it around his neck herself when he doesn’t take it.

She tells him, “Son, didn’t I tell you? What you’re good at, what you’re bad at, and what you just do… even breathing could harm me.” By the bleak look on Su-ho’s face, you’d think she was slipping a noose around his neck.

When his mother says sweetly that she’ll set up a meeting with the documentary director, he rips off the scarf. He repeats that he won’t do it, adding, “I don’t think I can smile in front of the cameras 24 hours a day.” He carelessly drops the scarf on the floor before leaving.

We flash back to one of Su-ho’s birthdays, when he was around eight years old. His mother had given him a birthday gift – a plaid scarf. Little Su-ho had beamed happily as she wrapped it around his neck, and she’d told him that she had something to say to him on his birthday: “You are not my son. So what you’re good at, what you’re bad at, what you just do, and even your breathing… make sure none of it bothers me.” The scariest part is the lovely smile on her face as she devastates the little boy.

That night Su-ho can’t fall asleep, so he goes to Jason’s room to ask for sleeping pills. Rocking out to music as he unpacks, Jason refuses to prescribe Su-ho anything without a consultation.

Su-ho says he needs them for insomnia caused by his crazy schedule, but Jason says that actually, it’s depression. He tells Su-ho that he’ll be happy to prescribe him medication if he ever cries, but instead of showing real emotions, he always just wears that fake smile.

The next day, Geu-rim tries calling JH Entertainment (Su-ho’s agency, owned by his mother) to arrange a meeting, but she’s firmly rebuffed. She looks at her tablet thoughtfully, getting another idea. Later, she shows up in the JH Entertainment building to ask for a meeting in person.

She’s unsuccessful this time, too, but fortunately for her—and unfortunately for him—Su-ho wanders by and spots her. He grabs Geu-rim’s wrist and drags her out of the building, and they end up in his car with her driving him home. He tells her that he’ll listen to her pitch only as long as the drive lasts, but instead of talking, she hands him her tablet and asks him to look at it.

Su-ho asks sarcastically about her biggest show and her writing awards, knowing that she doesn’t have any. They hit a speedbump, and Su-ho’s hand flies out to stop Geu-rim from hitting the steering wheel. They stare at each other for a long, charged moment, until he finally moves his hand.

When they arrive, Su-ho says that she’s had her chance to convince him to do the show and failed. Geu-rim lists his numerous accomplishments and says that even though he’s popular and successful, he’s going down the wrong path. She encourages him to take off the mask and show people who he really is.

Su-ho does seem to be listening, but he doesn’t say anything in response. Geu-rim asks him to just watch the video on the tablet and listen to the radio for one hour, then take five days to think it over. But Su-ho grows angry and reminds her that he already said he’d never do radio, ordering her not to show up in front of him again.

He’s even upset that she made him be mean about it, saying that he was trying to let her down nicely. He makes his decision very clear: “Stop getting up in my face. Stop showing up, okay? I’ll never go on the radio.”

But rather than being discouraged, Geu-rim’s temper flares. She asks if Su-ho has ever even been inside a radio booth, and she vows to show him how radio can change his life. To do that, she’ll have to keep following him around, so she cheerfully hands him the tablet and says that she’ll be seeing him every day from now on. HA, his face.

Once she’s gone, Su-ho goes inside and turns on the tablet’s screen. He sees that there’s a video, but he doesn’t play it.

Geu-rim reports back to her friends about Su-ho’s disrespect of radio, and they know her well enough to know that she probably lit him up one side and down the other. She insists that she was only showing her sincerity, heh. Drought thinks she should beg Writer Ra for a job on her next show, but Geu-rim snarls that she can’t let Su-ho off that easily.

Jason resorts to stealing Su-ho’s script to lure him to the dinner table, where he says that he’s made foods that will help Su-ho sleep. Su-ho just wants sleeping pills, complaining that he’ll be exhausted on the set tomorrow if he can’t sleep tonight. Jason just says that he’d be glad to see Su-ho get sleepy.

Instead of drugs, Jason advises Su-ho to tell him how he feels. Su-ho scoffs, saying that he called Jason here because he already knows about his problems, but Jason asks how he can possibly know without being told. Su-ho storms off, leaving Jason grumbling that he failed again.

Su-ho’s parents have dinner together, Mom complaining that her husband ignores her calls, and him telling her that she’s looking old lately. Damn. Su-ho’s mom tells her husband that she can overlook his affairs with starlets but to please keep his hands off the staff, aware that he’s been sleeping with his stylist.

When he asks why she’s in such a bad mood, she tells him that Su-ho (“your son”) has been acting strange. She says that they need to bring Su-ho back to heel if he wants to keep living as he is now, adding on a cryptic, “I’m sure you know what I mean.” She tells Su-ho’s father to move back into the house for now, even allowing him to bring his lover along if he wishes.

Jason tags along with Su-ho on his way to the set the next morning, determined to stick closely to Su-ho. Su-ho can’t focus, remembering Geu-rim’s promise to see him daily. He’s distracted when another actor, JIN-SOO (Ji Il-joo), bounds over to ask about the pretty writer who acted as stunt double for the main actress.

Jin-soo decides that they should invite her to the get-together after filming tonight, curious if she’s as enthusiastic about alcohol as she is about casting Su-ho on her radio show. Later Su-ho overhears Jin-soo discussing Geu-rim with the assistant director, and it seems to annoy him.

Geu-rim tells her mother about Su-ho over breakfast, and Mom is as supportive as ever. She tells her daughter not to give up no matter what, renewing Geu-rim’s determination. When she gets the call inviting her to come out with the crew, she asks if Su-ho will be there, and she agrees to come along when she’s told that he will.

Back on the set, Joon-woo glares at Jason and demands to know who he is and why he’s following Su-ho. Jason says he’s Su-ho’s manager, but Joon-woo fires back that he’s Su-ho’s manager. Busted, Jason confesses that he’s an old school friend who’s in a “secret relationship” with Su-ho, ha.

Su-ho leaves early, declining the invitation to go drinking even when Jin-soo tells him that Geu-rim will be there. Interestingly, Jin-soo seems irritated when Geu-rim shows up at the party and asks after Su-ho.

On the drive home, Jason is eaten up by curiosity over this writer everyone is talking about, but neither Su-ho nor Joon-woo will enlighten him. He pitches a cute little fit, but he gives up when he gets no reaction.

Geu-rim pours her famous soju bombs for the cast and makes them all promise to guest on her new radio show. Jin-soo pours her drink after drink, promising that Su-ho will arrive soon and pushing her to keep drinking even after she’s had too much. I don’t think I like him.

Geu-rim staggers out into the hallway and slides down the wall, berating herself for not being able to hold her liquor. She tries to get up, but she falls again, and she hears someone walking up behind her before everything goes black.

She wakes up the next morning in bed, but to her dismay, it’s not her bed. She slowly remembers what happened the night before—Jin-soo had found her on the floor and asked her to leave with him, and he’d helped her to her feet. Someone else had approached them, but Geu-rim’s vision was too blurry to make out their face.

As she tries to remember who the second person was, she’s startled to see Su-ho standing over her. She asks him what happened last night after Jin-soo helped her stand, wondering how on earth she ended up in Su-ho’s bed. Su-ho just heads for the bathroom to shower, and he asks Geu-rim blandly if she plans to join him.

Try as she might, Geu-rim can’t remember how she got here, and she wails at Su-ho to come out and tell her what happened. He hears her and opens the door in his bathrobe, nodding to her filthy clothes and asking if she wants to shower. She suddenly remembers something else from last night—throwing up all over Su-ho’s pants. Ew.

The doorbell rings, and when Su-ho sees that it’s his mother at the door, he turns to Geu-rim to say, “Writer Song, should I do the radio show? Then do something for me.” He greets his mother, and she informs him that he’ll have to move home next month when the documentary starts filming.

He reminds her that he smiled and said he wouldn’t do it, but his mother says in a warning tone that she smiled and said he will. Su-ho wonders out loud if his father’s lover will also be in the documentary. He tells his mother that he’s thinking of doing a radio show, and that in fact, he was just discussing it with the show’s writer.

She goes inside to confront Geu-rim, and her sharp eyes take in Su-ho’s bathrobe and the rumpled bedsheets, and she connects the dots. She asks how long he plans to play on the radio, and how long he plans to play with Geu-rim. Su-ho just says he’s not sure.

His mother comments to Geu-rim that she’s apparently good at casting celebrities, insinuating that Geu-rim offers the guests sexual favors. She leaves, and Geu-rim demands that Su-ho explain why he didn’t correct her. He says that all she needs to know is that it got her what she wanted—him on her radio show.

Geu-rim yells at Su-ho for using her in his fight against his mother, making her look easy and using her show to manipulate her. He smiles and says that she’s free to turn him down, but the sight of his fake smile only makes her angrier.

Giving him a look of utter disgust, she says, “Ji Su-ho-sshi, why are you smiling right now? This isn’t funny. Why do you keep fake smiling at me?” He lets the smile drop and asks her to leave, which she does without another word.

As he watches her from his window, Jason joins him and guesses that she must be that writer everyone is talking about. He tells Su-ho to do the radio show, excited to see him showing some emotion.

Later, Su-ho notices that Geu-rim left her purse behind. He finds the old postcard that she wrote to DJ Moon and reads it, then he watches the video she made for him on her tablet. In the video, she shows him around the radio station, talking about how DJ Moon inspired her to become a radio writer.

She shows Su-ho her “hideout,” a room at the top of the building where she can look out over the entire city. She admits that she’s not a good writer yet, but she says that she’ll bow to him gratefully if he agrees to let his voice read her words to the world.

At the station, Geu-rim watches DJ Moon working on his show. He gives her an adorable grin, and all of her recent struggles seem to hit her all at once, making her tear up.

Station Manager Kang calls her to his office immediately, and she can hear him yelling at PD Lee about her through the door. When she goes in, he’s beside himself at the idea of her being a main writer, and he refuses to let PD Lee say a word.

He asks Geu-rim if she really thinks she can be a main writer, and he tells PD Lee to hire Writer Ra, but PD Lee insists that he’ll be hiring Geu-rim. Station Manager Kang says that she can be the main writer if Su-ho is the DJ, certain that that will never happen. Angry now, PD Lee declares that Geu-rim is his main writer even if Su-ho doesn’t sign on.

Writer Ra corners Geu-rim in the hall and tells her that there’s no way she’ll ever be a main writer. She scoffs that Geu-rim should know her limitations, and as she continues to spout insults, Geu-rim’s head hangs lower and lower. Writer Ra yells that Geu-rim has more chance of being a main writer than Su-ho has of becoming a DJ, but she’s surprised to hear a voice call out, “I’ll do it, the radio show.”

Geu-rim looks up to see Su-ho standing right there, and he says again that he’ll do the show. He walks over and takes her wrist, pulling her away from Writer Ra.

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Let’s do radio

 
COMMENTS

Okay, finally Su-ho did something for the right reasons! I knew he had it in him, and it’s been so frustrating to watch him deny his own nice instincts. But Geu-rim was right that sincerity could win him over when nothing else could, and although it took him a while to get there, I’m happy that Su-ho is doing the show at least in part because Geu-rim found a way to appeal to his softer side.

I really liked Geu-rim after the first episode, but honestly, Su-ho made a bigger first impression on my just simply by being more tragic. But after the second episode, I find myself really appreciating Geu-rim a lot more. She’s just so outspoken and honest without ever sliding into rudeness or disrespect, and I love how, no matter what’s happening she insists on being respected. She does everything with a no-holds-barred approach, charging in without fear and just getting things done. She makes an effort to understand and connect with people, which is exactly the skill that Su-ho lacks. I can’t wait to see him cave in the face of Geu-rim’s tenacity.

I was initially confused by Su-ho’s conflicting reactions to Geu-rim, but I think I understand him better now. Aside from strongly suspecting that something happened back when they were young, I think that Su-ho doesn’t want to like Geu-rim but he can’t help it, and he can sense that her bull-in-a-china-shop approach to life threatens to burst the safe little bubble he’s constructed around himself. I suspected that he’d been abused in some way while growing up, because his tendency to shut down emotionally when confronted is a pretty classic red flag. I’m looking forward to Geu-rim teaching him that it’s not only okay to say what he’s thinking, but that it’s safe, and that he doesn’t have to hold onto his emotions so tightly.

His deciding to do the radio show is a good start—normally I’d find it odd for someone to make such a commitment just to stick it to their mother, but in Su-ho’s case, he really needs to start asserting himself and his own wishes. I have no doubt that his mother will make his life a living hell for this act of rebellion, but I truly believe that Su-ho is just beginning the process of breaking away from a lifelong abuser, so this is something he really needs to do. I’m also starting to think that Su-ho’s inability to perform without a script (that I’m sure we’ll see once he gets into the studio) isn’t just an odd quirk, but an actual symptom of his abusive upbringing. He can’t show his own emotions, so he uses his acting to express himself instead.

Not that it makes what he did to Geu-rim okay, basically using her as a weapon against his mother and tarnishing her reputation in the process. Su-ho may have a distressing inability to access his own emotions, but he’s also unable (or unwilling) to empathize with others, so I’m sure he meant it when he said to Geu-rim that it doesn’t matter what his mother thinks about her, since she’s getting what she wants out of it. But Geu-rim has already shown that her pride isn’t an acceptable trade-off for a job, so I don’t blame her for being furious at him for that. And the really crappy thing is that Su-ho knows (or thinks) that Geu-rim needs him more than He needs her, which puts him at an unfair advantage, and which he completely exploited.

So for a lot of reasons, I’m really glad we have the character of Jason added into the mix (and not just because Kwak Dong-yeon is awesome). Jason is the only person that Su-ho can truly call a friend, and he’s not scared to stand up to Su-ho, even if he’s kind of goofy about it. He’s probably also the only person who knows what Su-ho has really been through, and I find it interesting that he and Geu-rim are the only two people who can tell that Su-ho’s smile is fake, and who feel comfortable standing up to him. The character of Jason has an interesting way of humanizing Su-ho for the audience by making him seem less of a jerk by choice. He highlights that Su-ho just a guy who’s depressed and needs to realize that he has feelings, and that those feelings are perfectly normal. I hope the show continues to explore Su-ho’s depression and Jason’s urging him to get treatment, because it’s been a while since we’ve seen an obviously depressed drama character getting proper psychiatric treatment for their depression instead of just counting on love to cure them.

 
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On board this one! And can’t help but marvel at those perfect eyebrows in this recap’s cover photo 😂

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Right? I keep staring at how perfect they are...so jealous!

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I mean, I can't even do that on my own brows. This is why I love my kdrama Oppas. 😂😂😂

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I've got the hair and lips covered. You've got the eyebrows! LOL....I see we'll have fun with this show!

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I've been to busy staring at his lips to notice.

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Thanks LollyPip for the recap. It's wonderful and gives many insights that I have overlook while watching this drama.

Having watched episode 2, here’s my thoughts:
1. Man, all these kdramalands’ characters are wayyy to hung up on their 1st love, it’s like the 1st love is a type of a unicorn that must be protected and preserved until you die. And here I am, loveless and happy and content with my life and my 1st love already got married and have a family and we meet annually at school reunion, talking happily without any feeling whatsoever (we were not a couple, it’s just me who had a one-sided crush, lol XD).

2. Woot, woot, finally, a heroin who is unfazed while the hero is doing that classic/ cliché move “imma buckle your seatbelt because that’s what hero do.” Brownie points for Geurim-sshi. Not a fan of the scene hero forcefully dragging/ lifting the heroin though. Can we drop this, it’s 2018 for God’s sake.

3. Sooho-sshi’s words of I’m-doing-this-while-smiling starts to make me feel nervous, I wonder what he’s gonna do when he’s really angry. *cold sweats (-_-“). Also Yoon Doojoon is really good in showing emotion through his eyes, whether that longing-smouldery-broody looks or leave-while-I'm-being-nice cold stares.

4. A handsome quack doctor who knows how to cook appears! Count me in!

5. A classic bitchy second heroin appears! I’m out!

6. Gosh, sunbae-hoobae culture is so scary.

7. Stepmom is too controlling of Sooho’s life, no wonder it’s so hard for him, heck I would feel so suffocated if every second of my life is being reported. His manager is just one of stepmom’s puppet, poor Sooho, there’s no way out.

8. Geurim-sshi, why don’t you be professional and just make an appointment instead of crashing at his company and expect to meet the busiest star easily. Ah, I see, so she’s not allowed to even arrange a meeting, poor powerless worker, I feel you, Geurim-ah. Let’s do our best in this cruel world! T__T. Oh look! It’s Sooho! And he’s not busy! Annnd here we go with the trope of the century, grabbing her wrist (hey, It’s slow-mo, with 5 or 6 camera angles, is it supposed to be romantic?swoony? ) and she gets dragged, again. (-_-). Gosh, and here I thought Geurim will fight and be feisty. Sigh.

9. Geurim/ Kim Sohyun is driving a car, eventhough it’s just acting. Sniff. My baby is a grown up. T__T. And yay, a character who occasionally glance at side mirror and rear-view mirror, and talk while not looking at the passenger. I can relate. This is how a driving scene should be done, not longingly looking at your lover while driving.

10. Huh, a sudden road bump and that obligatory protective arm scene. Lol XD. This drama is doing all the cliché in kdramaland book.

11. This show is really worrying me in terms of promoting alcoholism in every episode.

12. Aigoo, Oh Jinsoo actor is so sketchy, why is this actor always do this typecast work, but then I guess he’s good at this. I loathe him in Age of Youth...

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13. I thought Geurim knows how to take care of herself in the dirty entertainment world. Writer-nim, let’s not go towards shallow plot, shall we? Surprise, Sooho appeared! Yay to damsel in distress trope, again. Sigh.

14. Man, most of the adults in this drama really got some serious problem in communication. What’s with all this emotional shouting at workplace. Reminds me of my old workplace, crazy stuff, emotional-draining and stress-inducing. Can’t they just say solve the problem and talk about it in cool and calm manner like Sooho’s stepmom? (eventhough she’s so cold and cunning)

15. Writer Ra is really annoying. Let’s not go to makjang route.

16. It’s the end scene, c’mon Geurim, just defend yourself, talk back to that woman, and be feisty, let’s be awesome like Ji-a, Pi or Ri-el. Oh look, Sooho appeared again! Randomly but to be expected. Damsel-in-distress trope, again! Wrist-grabbing, again!

I wonder how many cliché trope scenes will be played out over and over again in future episodes and I can say I’m not eager for them at all. Why writer-nim why. After watching INAR where all the female characters got backbone and knows how to take care of themselves, to go back into kdramaland and watch this usual cliché Candy seems a bit too disappointing. And while I like the songs/ OST, I’m not feeling the sound effect/ background music used, it feels like amateur-ish? But anyway I will give this drama 2 more weeks and see how it goes.

However, after reading Lollypip's recap, especially the bit about Geurim She’s just so outspoken and honest without ever sliding into rudeness or disrespect, and I love how, no matter what’s happening she insists on being respected.I momentarily forgot that she's just being respectful to her senior even though Writer Ra is so rude, it's the work culture there, despite her feisty nature. Btw, I appreciate she called out Sooho's fake-smiling. That's the moment that I like the most in this episode.

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@noobita Thanks for this thorough assessment. I agree on many points. But #11 really bothered me, especially because of young age of the actress. OK, as an actress she does her work very well - I don't feel that she is just out of school and pretending to be a writer. But those several drinking scenes really bothered me. Especially in the current times when nearly every month there are news about allegations of woman been sexually assaulted, used or raped ...
And second aspect, as you said in point #13 if Geurim knows how to take care of herself how come she is so careless that gets so drunk to the level of blacking out?
In general, I liked first episodes (if I try to ignore #5; #6 #14; #15 and all the alcohol stuff) but, yes, there are some gaping inconsistencies in the writing ...
I am really hoping that it will get better (at least not worst...)
BTW, why do they always need a bitchy second heroin????

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ha, ha... I made the same typo for "heroine" ...
apologies to everyone :)

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I did too, must be the autocorrect. Although, I didn’t think I typed heroine that much! Lol!

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I'm actually thinking that Oh Jin Soo may have drugged her drink. Coz she herself said that she is not the type to b drunk over a few soju bombs, it hurts her pride. So Oh Jin Soo 'helping' her there may be more an attempt of sexual assault, thwart by su ho.
They just skipped that scene over and cut over to Su ho's home the next morning. But I presume they will probably address this again few episodes later. Maybe as a troupe for female lead to get to know the more protective gentlemanly good side of the male lead.

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Yes, I need to remind myself many times that KSH is already 20 (Korean age) and struggle to separate her real self and acting since she just turned 20 this year but then need to act with alcohol drinks like all adults do, my protective heart is bleeding, sobs.
But those several drinking scenes really bothered me. Especially in the current times when nearly every month there are news about allegations of woman been sexually assaulted, used or raped ... yes this, which reminds me of a scene in Age of Youth 2 where Eunjae's friend fell for Jongyeol-sunbae because he protected freshman girls from drunken sunbae, I mean isn't that supposed to be a normal thing to do? Seems like there's so many disgusting crusty ass try to take advantage of drunk people that it's became a unique and heroic thing to not to.
Ditto at inconsistent writing.

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So it would be quite a proof of bad manners from me if I suggested a drinking game, right? One shot for every trope/ cliché used in every episode.
I will refrain then. Me and my dirty mind. Well, I was 20 some time ago so. I'll reflect and come back with better ideas next time.

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I don't understand why Writer chick keeps telling GeuRim that her writing is terrible. Have they ever tried her lines out? There are different writing styles for different DJs. GeuRim's style might have made the spoiled idol stay a little longer. I wanted GeuRim to calmly refuse to be on babysitting duty. "That is not in my job description." She's an assistant writer not a p.a.
That culture of I'm your superior/elder so you can never say or point out that I'm wrong or look me in my eyes is very toxic.

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Right. I suspect that her writing is probably quite good, and Writer Ra is threatened by it, so she keeps insisting that it's bad--and since she's the established "expert" writer, everyone takes what she says as if its the truth.

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Agree, but check spelling of "heroine"

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Guh, thank you for the correction, I'll reflect and come back with better spelling. XD

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I smirked at #10 really. Is that some kind of a kdrama gentleman reflex? Hahaha

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I don't understand this gentleman reflex at all, between accidentally touching the chest area or the arm safely landed at shoulder area or it could end up smacking the throat. XD

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Ha, ha... Yes, I always thought that we have safety belts to protect drivers / passengers in such occasions. Apparently, I have been wrong… I need K-drama hero to sit next to me and protect me with his hand across my chest when unexpected braking or bums on the road!

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hehehe i know right? fwiw, i think its something that parents (and grandparents) do, because back in the day, seatbelts didn't lock or weren't mandatory. and then kids learn it from their parents. my grandmother STILL does it to this day when she's driving one us (all adults) around <3

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There's actually a hilarious Seinfeld episode where Frank Costanza dates his first love, a woman from Korea, and he stops short with her in the car. Her response was nothing like Geu-rim's!

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Poor Ji Il Joo! I think he actually played a nice character in the recent Temperature of Love, but yeah his Age of Youth and Suspicious Partner characters were memorably creepy and dangerous.

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Yeah, he pretty nailed it in creepy department but I like him as that chirpy dramatic friend in Weighlifting Fairy Kim Bokjoo.

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I think you missed the most important thing!
A leading lady NOT breaking down into near death because she got touched by the dreaded bringer of illness...water.

Do you know how many times I've rolled my eyes at a female lead who walked out into the rain for like 5 seconds then the next day was like fighting for her life? Thank you drama for skipping over this truly ridiculous trope.

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Ah yes, the infamous water scene. XD Yes it's a wonder she's not sick because the water surely is icy cold there during this time.

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Did they not use a body double for KSH?!😉

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Yes they did, but on another day. Both the stunt double and KSH had to do the water scene. I hope they’re both taking good care of themselves!! Working conditions in Asia -.-

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Re: #10 - but I do that all the time, though. Whether I'm the driver or passenger. I also tend to grab whoever I'm with's arm and steer them when we cross roads.

Apparently, I'm a K-drama hero! XD

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OMO! Noobita...lots of culture shaming going on here. Korean drama comes from Korea not America. We have our own american tropes: kissing here starts with lots of 'chewing-face' & then straight to as much skin-sex (as opposed to Korean 'skin-ship') as the censors will allow. Korean culture doesn't require that for their drama to be romantic or interesting (yet). Our heroes too have been clichés for awhile as well: Dexter as a serial killer, Breaking Bad's teacher turned drug-lord, Mob gangster Tony of the Sopranos. I'm sure there are commentors out there in our global 'e-verse' who think that all Americans are drug addicted, gun carrying sex-fiends from watching our tv shows. I switched to Korean dramas because I was tired & demoralized by my own cultures clichés as well as the never-ending seasons that kept their army of writers dragging out more & more plot devices to keep their characters changing partners, jobs or schemes. I so enjoy the story arc that kdramas present us in 16-20 episodes--(or even 50 if the story is a weekend drama in which we have so many more characters from the start.) So just tossing in my own thoughts....about your points:
#1 I'm fine if someone's 'first love' becomes the 'sand-in-the-oyster' for someone's psyche and ultimately goads them into dealing with other wounds they've picked up in life. Geu Rim is definitely his bit of sand...and hopefully will end up being his pearl.
#3 "gosh sunbae/hoobae culture is scary". Deferring to your senior or elder might seem harsh, but so are the american internship programs in our office culture. There's always a junior around on the bottom of the ladder who gets the grunt jobs. On the other side of that, if you've been to Korea you'll notice the manners & politeness toward older people & family members as well as the respect shown to a person's work position. Not much of that is left over here. Korea's history and present day political tensions are much much different from ours. The confucian basis for keeping order and protecting the family has developed a strong social & closely-connected society with life 'tropes' that we can't understand or appreciate.
#2 #8 #10 Yes. We definitely disagree on belt buckling, the wrist-grab and the protective arm reflex. I'm unapologetic about this because this is a story, not real life. I like the Alpha male as well as the Beta. Sooho is defintely beginning as an Alpha and because of Geu Rim's healing powers, he'll be acting all Beta-like by the end. Otherwise our k-dramas would have to be even shorter because there'd be absolutely no story-tension beween our lead's characters.
#12 As for drinking. The drama isn't promoting it...just reflecting it. Then again, wasn't Dexter promoting serial killing, Breaking Bad promoting drugs... or Sex in the City both drinking & sex?
Again, another trope that's not fun to watch for me either...yet so far...after three years of dedicated watching...doesn't...

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I wasn't expecting much from this show, but it has caught my attention and I am totally on board. I can't wait for the bromance between Su Ho and PD Lee (and even Jason). Also for Geu Rim to slap some sense into Su Ho's b****h of a mum.

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does anyone know the song played in the beginning (flashback from when they were kids)?

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가리워진 길 Hidden Path. I love this song especially Ra.D's version.

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Really a fan of the drama’s soundtrack so far. Really helps to set the mood and tone!

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Being radio, I’m expecting some epic music!

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Really a fan of the drama’s soundtrack so far. Really helps to set the mood and tone!

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Yay, you're back online! I hope it was just regular server maintenance and not something bigger.

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May not just be Dramabeans. There are reports that backbone provider Level3 has been having lots of problems since early this morning. Everybody whose ISP goes thru them might have issues.
FWIW, DB has been up an down for me several times today.

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Gosh! It was so frustrating to not have DB at my fingertips yesterday. On the plus (?) side, realised my addiction to the website and the community!!!

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Yes, all of this, LollyPip! I, too, am looking forward to frat-boy-turned-live-in-psychiatrist-best friend to add some depth and sympathy to So-Ho’s character. I’m sure they grew up with each other and I sincerely hope that the medical advice he gives is sound throughout the remainder of the drama. I’m checking off my makjang requirements as I watch this though:
1. Tsundere lead ✅
2. Plucky heroine ✅
3. Selfish, emotionally abusive mother ✅ with unavailable father✅
4. Nice, emotionally stable and available second lead✅
5. First love/childhood fated love✅
6. Live-in bromance ✅
7. Noble idiocy —most likely

And some others! I also like the girl gang, the supportive mother of the heroine, and the slip into sageuk. I hope we see more of that. So, so looking forward to the rest of this and looking forward to wanting to throw his mother off a cliff—his family better go down in flames—except Si-ho, please protect my puppy, thanks.

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Soo-Ho, Su-Ho, not Si-Ho or So-ho. Stupid American phones. Lol.

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I just hope that they wanted to use all the cliches and get rid of them and never use them again. Overdoing it makes it riddiculous.

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I'm hoping there's a point to it all as well. And I hope they shatter all of them through the drama.

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4. Nice, emotionally stable and available second lead✅

YES 🙇 🙇 🙇 I want more of his crazy antics.

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You are not my son

So what is he, a Robot??

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Her own little money-making machine. I

With all the riches and glories these people have, they can’t even bring up a child without harming them. Tsk!

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When she told him he's not her son, I gasped. It was on his BIRTHDAY with a SMILE on her face. Dang, she's cold. No wonder he's all screwed up.

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i was like damn way to forever ruin his birthday. that was totally coldblooded

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Already hooked. This drama is nothing like I was expecting. Lots of things set up int these first 2 episodes that have me looking forward to the rest of the show.

Just please don't turn Kim So-hyun's character into the girl that has to have everything explained to her. Let her be a girl of action!

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This drama it's still not my thing and I don't know why!!!!!

I'll watch two more episodes and I'll decide whether it's worth it or not...

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Sorry, I was lying. I do know why I don't like it. There are many things that bother me, but I'll give it a chance anyway

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I know that Geurim is Sooho's first love. But Geurim doesn't remember him and even now they barely know each other. For me it doesn't make sense that a top star would carelessly behaved like that. For example, how Sooho dragged Geurim so easily in front of everyone, how Sooho made her his driver, or how Sooho drove her home himself. On top of that, Sooho saved drunk Geurim by bringing her into his house. If I work for Dispatch, I'll definitely take some pics of them lol
For now, I'll watch maybe 2 or 4 more episodes. If the plot continues to be cliche I'll drop it despite Nam Dareum being young Doojoon :(

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Excited to see Kwak Dong-yeon as the larger than life doctor friend. What a great part! He adds so much to each scene that he's in. Such a lively counterpart to Su-ho and his locked-down emotions. He and Geu-rim are going to make a great team for helping Su-ho open up to be his real self.

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This show is fun so far, but I really wish kdramas would stop romanticising the wrist grab. Like, she's not a rag doll, stop dragging her around. Also, her hand is right. there.
I'm kind of worried that there going to use that final scene as a sort of redemption for Su-Ho's bs with his mum, and completely brush over it next week like, "Look how heroic he is, oh my! ... What previous manipulative behaviour? Where? Who?" Nah, he's going to need to do a helluva lot better to get back into my good books.

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"triple asshat level" -- ROFLMAO!

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The relationship between Su-ho's parents is totally messed up. I noticed Su-ho’s current costar Da-seul (who was hinted at sleeping with his dad), was wearing the same jewelry set that Su-ho's father gave his wife for her birthday. When Su-ho has no parents to look to for support, what is he supposed to do?

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Being exploited should not an absolute excuse.

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I am not saying it is an excuse for his behavior, just that it makes sense he has issues. I really hope we see actual character growth from him as he interacts with others. And the change needs to start relatively soon, I don't like him too much right now. I was mostly surprised to see the detail in setting up how much his father is a bad character as well, without less interaction between the two.

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You are right. Since he´s all kinds of cliched, his growth will be tremendous for sure.
Having such a toxic wife and mother, can´t even imagine that.

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The other thing I really noticed was the colors they are using for Su-ho. His hair is such an artifical shade of red-orange, his eyes are rimmed with red, he wears stark colors. I'm guessing by the end of the drama he will have a different hair color, softer eyes, and softer textures and colors to his clothing. Interested to see whether that actually happens....

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You're right, his look is kind of harsh and artificial. I bet you're also right that it will change.

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It’s like a botched home box color especially when it gets hit by the sun or lighting. 😂

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I really appreciate that Yoon Doo-joon is not afraid to look like he is actually an insomniac. We can see sleep deprivation causes dark circles under his eyes and bloodshot eyes.

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His hair cracks me up when he's in his sageuk garb. His wig topknot is black but the hair on the bottom is bright orange-red, ha.

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It is slightly possible I wouldn't be this annoyed with this drama if it wasn't basically my rebound, but gosh I hate Suho. I hate him and his cliche dArK aNd DaMaGEd behavior so much! I was disappointed with how thoughtlessly the tropes I dislike were used (especially the 'heroine gets drunk and has to spend the night at Male Lead's house' one, its 2018 can we see some variety? why didn't he just take her home, what a creep). It doesnt matter from how many cliche situations he saves her or how many times you say he's depressed, he's such a jerk! I know the show acknowledges it, but not enough.
also you can't make me sit through makjang, drama, no matter how pretty our Rain Cloud looks (I'm in love).

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"why didn't he just take her home"
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My gripe in the getting drunk category is the irresponsibility from all parties involved.

1. Supporting actor preying on the desperate writer. For sure the show will show hero sort of punch him or glare at him while taking the heroine, but come on.

2. Heroine continuously taking shots, even to the point of incoherence.

3. Out of all the people present, no one bothered to intervene with the continued shots.

4. No one bothered to go with her considering how hammered she already is.

5. Hero knows her address but didn’t bring her home. Her mom might worry? But he made her stay out all night and made her sleep in his bed, no mother would appreciate that.

I don’t necessarily hate Suho but I think the show could do better in their characterization of him. I will even try to justify his actions because I don’t agree to most he’s done so far, but I hope we see some improvements soon. 🤞

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I am really crossing my fingers on how they tackle depression. I hope they do it right! With all the recent events linked to mental illness and among celebrities, I am expecting it would catapult the issue forward.

So far they are not really using it as an excuse but rather an explanation to his seclusion and lack of sleep. If I have a family like his, depression and anxiety would probably be the last of my problem. This is a very good chance for social awareness about mental illness.

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Ji Il-joo shows up in yet another drama as a guy to despise.

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But what makes him better than that actor though? They are all strangers to her. While Suho’s not preying on her, taking a very drunk woman home with him. His actions are still considered preying. We just tend to lessen the severity of it because he is this show’s hero and we are supposed to take it as his ‘heroic’ act of saving her.

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Bringing her to his home. I guess one option would have been to bring her passed out to her own home, rang the bell and said to her blind Mom, "here, she's all yours". In reality that might of been the correct thing to do, nevertheless he decided to bring her to his place and let her sleep it off. He did the best he could at that moment. I am giving him some slack on this one.

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I was shocked but impressed with Yura's acting. I hope this stays a likable drama.

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Wouldn't it be a nice kick in the teeth if his mom turns out to be blind??
What do we know about Geu-rim's dad??
(With all the other tricks nd tropes, what's one more?)

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Thank you for the recap. 😊
Can't wait for the radio show to start as it'll surely bring some comedy with it 😁

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I am loving all the characters, and hoping that Su-ho will be doing less manhandling with Gue-rim. Wrist-grabbing and tossing the girl over the shoulder against her will is so 2010!

I wish we had more Yoon Park this episode, but seeing Kwak Dong-yeon being hilarious is such a treat!

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The display of unnessary, unwelcome skinship could strike some people the wrong way. He touched her body and thrown her over his shoulder, while she was protesting. He’s the hero, but what happened to respecting her private space and her body? Imagine it being done by a different person.

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I agree, she did tell him off. She was actively protesting his actions. He, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to recognize the importance of it. No matter how much as woman imposes the need for other people to respect her space, it remains futile if it falls on deaf ears and inconsiderate minds.

I’m sure that’s part of the show’s intent to portray the contrast in his behavior later. They are just overusing this trend. Wrist grab, shoulder carry, etc.

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I'm liking this drama despite all its cliches! It's nice and entertaining. Also, both our leads are such good actors, and I love their chemistry!
Was I the only one having a hard time recognizing Kwak Do-yeong?? When he first showed up I was like 'oh...where have I seen him before?', but let it pass until he was rocking out to RATM and had to look him up...WOW! What a surprise...he looks so much older than he actually is (or is it just me?)
I, being the oblivious ball of obliviousness that I am, commented on Geu-rim actually getting out of the car on the comments of the previous chapter *sigh* , but I have to repeat here that it was a wonderful change to see the heroine not mesmerized by a guy fastening her seatbelt...really, really loved that!
I didn't know Su-ho wasn't capable of performing without a script (I didn't know anything about this drama other than Doojoon being in it) but it totally makes sense after what his stepmother told him (also, I thought the scarf was the exact same one he got as a kid, am I wrong?) He's had to calculate his every move since he was a kid to not bother his parents, and he's always been told what he can and can't do...I'm pretty sure not even he knows his real self since he's probably always portraying his public persona (unless he's with Jason, which I love!) I don't think he even realized he was fake-smiling when asking Geu-rim to leave...I loved that she called him on it!
Anyways...I had so many things to say, but already forgot half of them lol I just hope the drama continues being entertaining!

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I like this so far, much more than I thought I would. I HATE Su-ho's mother. People like her deserve NO respect? How can she say those things to her son? And where is his dad in all this? What does he do? Does he act the same way to Su-ho? Maybe Su-ho is the son of a mistress, but his "mom" raised him as her own to avoid a scandel? I have so many questions!

But Geu-rim is adorable and her mom is awesome!

Thanks for the recap!

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Wow, Su-ho's mom is a scary woman and controlling. No wonder poor Su-ho turned out this way. I love how Geu-rim takes no bullshit from him though. Sure her pride might get scuffed, but not her self-respect and I admire that SO MUCH.

Also, I'm wondering the same thing as Geu-rim, umm how on earth did Su-ho know where she lived?? Has he been keeping track of her over the years? Does Geu-rim know him too but has amnesia or something? And I felt like the person Su-ho was standing next to in the flashback was Geu-Rim's mom, because they had sunglasses on and a patient uniform I think.
Guys, I think the second lead syndrome is gonna be strong with this one TT__TT. what do I do?? The way PD Lee keeps teasing and defending her is adorable.
Who else cheered *cough* SQUEELED* cough* when Su-ho came at the end and was all like Let's do the radio. I was like BOO YAH in your face writer.

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I thought it was a scene from Soo-ho's high school days and the boy next to him was the now Dr. Jason.
Still early days in the drama. Also I noticed the look SH gave the Evil Step Mother (I am assuming-maybe wrong) when she suggested firing Manager Jun-woo. Notwithstanding the bickering SH feels something for this guy.

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I think they crossed paths at a hospital when they were young, but the impression Geu-rim had on Su-ho was much more significant than the impression he had on her. It seems like he envies aspects of her and while being attracted to those aspects, resents the attraction. Perhaps she was visiting her mother at the hospital over a period of time and he saw their interaction. She has a warm, loving relationship with her mother and despite tough breaks in life, has a up beat, joyful personality. People are attracted to and resent what they lack in their own lives.

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That's a really good thought train. It could be totally plausible.

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Yes! Someone listed what was on my mind. Esp 14, 15, 16...gahh all! And I'll add another one or two.

17. Why does Sooho have red hair while he is filming a sageuk?! When he was in the sageuk garb, his upper coif was black with bits of red hair at the bottom. Shouldn't all actors filming a sageuk be required to dye their hair black for authenticity's sake?

18. Why does Geurim bother to recruit someone who is so reluctant to be in radio so that she can babysit and coddle him again like how it was with the previous kid who quit?! Does she have a masochistic complex?

It's not good when a show makes me question so many things in the first 2 episodes alone. I want to watch something where I am drawn in and believe (no matter how absurd), without question (or at least this much jarring question). It jolts me out of the world that they are trying to build and makes it hard to be invested.

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#18: She was told by PD Lee that he would hire her as the main writer if she could rope in Su Ho.

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Havent started watching this drama yet but wanted to leave my mark :). Also look at those gorgeous damn eyebrows :O

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I liked the first episode as it exceeded my expectations and had a lot of great characters (Geu-rim, Geu-rim's mom, Geu-rim's friends, and PD Lee - whom I just ADORE). It also felt a bit effortless. I enjoy cliches, but episode 2 felt too heavyhanded with them. I'm also a little fed up with Suho.

But I still really want to continue it for the characters that I do like! My favorite moment in ep 2 is actually PD Lee declaring Geu-rim as his choice of main writer, even if she couldn't get Suho to do the show.

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While watching the first episode, I wished the male lead will the easy on the eye Kwak Dong-yeon. Hah, he appeared as the easy going friend. Ah ok, i thought, the male lead is okay after all. Agree with the kdrama cliches. What bothers me is that they want to establish that our female lead is already an adult and the way they show it, tada, alcohol. That's not good. Then it got me thinking, how do we show being an adult? Based on my interaction with my kids at the cusp of their 20s, they speak with resolve, get challenged, and manuever their way around it, rant with friends (over a meal), then firmer resolve. i guess it is not so dramatic acted out. But please, alcohol is just not it. alcohol as PPL not cool at all.

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I’m on board! I even am enjoying the classics Kdrama tropes. Also Doo-joon 😍😍😍😍. He’s so broody and I can imagine many longing gazes in our future.

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Can I just say, I adore Jason! He is so quirky and I love how he doesn’t let SH get away with anything and calls him on his BS.

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Thank you @lollypip for a fast recap as usual :)

By the way, anyone knows the song's being played when Geu-rim came out the water? The song sounded so familiar, but I couldn't recall. Thank you! :)

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ong originally by Yoo Jae Ha - Because I love you

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sorry i mean Yoo Jae Ha - Road

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Thank youuu :)

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Here it is with subtitles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b51-Yt-SWAE

This seems to be a nice use of music to enhance the back story.

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Hi@PakalanaPikake. Good to see you. Are going to watch Radio Romance? I enjoyed the run of Mad Dog. This will be different but there should be a lot of music.
I am sure there are a bunch of us following RR with absolutely no knowledge of Korean pop music. We will need all the help we can get. I noticed there already there have been several requests to identify music.
Jump on board. The train is just pulling out of the station and it is not too late. I would love your take on the lead characters especially the evil Mom.

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* waves to @marcusnyc20 *

Glad to catch up with a fellow Mad Doggie. ;-)

I'm planning to tune in to RADIO ROMANCE. Have nearly finished MAWANG / THE LUCIFER and MONEY FLOWER, two epic revenge dramas with great music, and could stand some sweetness and light. Omo! It sounds as if we're in for another HellMom. I'm [email protected]@king at you, TEMPERATURE OF LOVE and MONEY FLOWER. Lee Mi-sook has been terrific in that kind of role in both shows. Here's hoping that RADIO ROMANCE's maternal harridan doesn't overmodulate too much. I hate it when they pin the meters with their shrieks. ;-)

I'm afraid I can't help much with Kpop, unless the titles and artists are translated into English. My background is in vintage American music (with Hawaiian and a skosh of Europop and Krautrock). See my fan wall for background music from LINGERIE GIRLS' GENERATION.

I'll dust off my analyst's couch and see if I can figure out what makes the characters tick. Yoon Doo-joon was great in both seasons of LET'S EAT -- and looks positively fetching in hanbok. I'm anticipating some entertaining sageuk-within-a-drama action as in MY ONLY LOVE SONG. ;-)

Thanks for asking! ;-)

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Thank you! :)

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I was hesitant going in due to the age gap, but I love both of these actors individually so I had to check it out (I mean..if you've seen my cover photo, you know)! They are a charming pair and I'm interested to see where this goes.

Rather than the age gap, what is with the excessive wrist grabbing!? It's 2018 dramaland, I thought we were done with this. I hope this will be the extent of it because I would hate if our supposedly plucky, determined female lead was turned into just a love interested to be dragged around. Another thing that I disliked was the drinking scene in this episode. I hated the way she kept drinking until she couldn't walk, how she seemed so willing to drink more as a way to prove herself/win people over, the super creepy guy trying to get her drunk and that NO ONE out of that group of people tried to help her. Similarly, the way she interacted with the main writer left something to be desired. I'm curious about what is so bad about her writing and also why is it her fault if some flaky idol who always gets drunk bails all the time. For a "plucky heroine" I certainly wish she would stand up and look out for herself more.

My favourite part of this drama so far has to be Kwak Dong-yeon. I didn't know he would be in the drama, as I was distracted by our lead actors who I love. But his character has been a pleasant surprise and I'm enjoying how they seem to be trying to address depression as an actual illness. The most progressive part of the show given the rest (see above).

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I want to think that the overly used wrist grabbing by Soo-ho is because as a kid, this was done to him repeatedly (and I can't say I've never grabbed my kids by the wrists when they were not going where I needed them to be and dragged them out of the candy isle) and it's the only way he knows to get her to go where he wants her to go. He's emotionally stunted and can't use his words, in other words, so he has to be physical. Also, when he does this, he's not really touching her skin, but just her clothes, which is not as intimate as holding hands. I bet the day that he actually grabs her by her hand will the swooniest moment ever.

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Thanks for the comment. That's a very interesting point about the wrist grabbing that I didn't even think about but really fits based on what we know about the character thus far. It's true, I might have grabbed the wrist of a family or friend to lead them somewhere, usually when they don't listen to my words the first time. But he does seem rather inept at expressing himself. I think I was just struck by how often the wrist grab happened in the first two episodes and how our female lead kind of just follows him?

I think he's pretty swoony as is (perhaps why our girl follows him so easily, ah I'm biased), but I'm definitely looking forward to something more mutual and intimate as we progress.

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Although I’ve never been grabbed by the wrist by a guy, being purposefully taken by the hand and lead somewhere by a guy has happened and that first time it was the swooniest moment I can remember (and no, it wasn’t my husband—🤫).

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“when he does this, he's not really touching her skin, but just her clothes”

It’s like saying the shooter will not be held liable because it was the bullet that killed the victim. That kind of logic, questionable.

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‘He’s not really touching her skin.’

It’s like saying the shooter will not be held liable because it was the bullet that killed the victim. What kind of logic is that?

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While Yoon Doo Joon is (unsurprisingly) heart-fluttering, I can't help but wish he and Kwak Dong Yeon would have switched roles. Besides the fact that Kwak Dong Yeon is long overdue for a lead role, the age gap between Kim So Hyun would be no more, and what 21-year-old is a doctor?

I don't like how they played the morning after. Geu Rim was almost raped by a scumbag, yet she nonchalantly dismisses waking up in a stranger's bed as a dream and proceeds to fall back asleep. I kept waiting for Su Ho to pop in with "I'll do it" as Geu Rim was humiliated in Station Manager Kang's office, then unnecessarily berated in public by Writer Ra. Not only did he not disappoint, but he pulled her away again by the wrist. I have a feeling Geu Rim's hideout is going to become their special place.

Thanks a bunch for the recap, @LollyPip!

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Haa! I think Su-ho's mom keeps abusing him because he's the son of one of the mistress. Her mom uses him to milk him up, providing money for her to buy luxury items. That filthy dad also doesn't do anything to help Su-ho. Pity him. So much sadness in his eyes. Their family is so messed up.

P/s: casting Yoon Do Joon as the main is really a good choice. I've always see him playing a goofy roles but in this drama, he's really good in potraying the character. Look at his eyes, I keep falling into it😍😍😍😍😍

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did expect to be really into this drama, just watched it on a whim and here i am. its been a while since i've seen doojoon from splish splash love but wow im impressed with him playing this character. must say it really is all about the eyes with him, with the way he stares, im not sure if its intentional or not, his eyes being red but it works for his character. i also have to give props to sohyun she is pulling of her character who im instantly connected to.anyways im looking forward to next week.

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... because it’s been a while since we’ve seen an obviously depressed drama character getting proper psychiatric treatment for their depression instead of just counting on love to cure them.

Yes, show. Please do this right. 🙇

I have to say, I also felt uncomfortable with some scenes that other beanies pointed out. I hope they address this issue by having SGR call him out on his behavior. She's already did it with "drop your smile, this is not funny" scene. I look forward to her journey of reforming JSH's character.

His disagreeable behavior aside, I'm surprised at how well YDJ is acting his damaged character. I totally buy the emotionally-abused arc the show is going for. Ugh. it's those expressive eyes of his and oh~so perfect eyebrows XD

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When I watched the whole family setup, especially that bit with cold, manipulating mom, I couldn't help but be curious if @pakalanapikake is watching this. *waves* HIIIIII! I enjoyed reading your comment/s about the family stuff in Temperature of Love and thought you'd have a feast with the family dynamic here. Heeh. Is this drama your cup of tea?

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* waves back at @chakhanseupeu *

Aw, shucks! Thanks for thinking of me. ;-)

I haven't tuned in yet, but after reading the first recap, I think I just might. Speaking of psychological stuff, I'm in the midst of watching MAWANG (THE DEVIL / THE LUCIFER; 2007), an epic study of revenge, as is MONEY FLOWER, which winds up this weekend. Jang Hyuk has been terrific in the latter. DOUBTFUL VICTORY just finished. I think that leaves only HWAYUGI, which I'm enjoying.

I loved Yoon Doo-joon in LET'S EAT 2, and have to say that he looks positively fetching in hanbok in the screencaps. The prospect of a sageuk within a drama is very appealing.

FWIW: I was a disc jockey in college FM radio back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Scriptwriters? We didn't have scripts. It was freeform seat-of-the-pants -- without a 7-second delay. ;-)

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I haven't tuned in yet...
Oh! Radio pun XD I'm now officially a fan <3

I've caught glimpses of your discussion about MAWANG and concluded that I need to be in a certain mood to watch something that heavy. I'm glad you guys brought up the discussion thread though~! I'll keep ninja-ing in the thread post XD

OOOOOH that sounds so cool *A* I guess that explains the awesome playlists you got on your fanwall? Heeh. This drama is indeed perfect for you! I hope you join us soon~!

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@chakhanseupeu,

No applause, just throw money! You'll be sorry you encouraged my puns when I segue into RADIO ROMANCE. ;-)

I just finished MAWANG episode 18 of 20, and it's been great. You do have to be in a certain frame of mind to deal with the darkness. It's so good I think I'll have to watch RESURRECTION, which was made by the same team, IIRC. I've concluded that Jang Do-han of LOOKOUT is Oh Seung-ha v2.0, and have put a link to my post on the subject on my fan wall.

If you're tempted to watch MAWANG, KBS World TV has it listed under THE LUCIFER on its YouTube channel. The subtitles are great and make viewing very enjoyable. Today is Groundhog Day, and the daylight is noticeably longer, which has perked me up. It has also helped put me in the mood to ponder the nature of revenge in this gripping morality tale.

The current MAWANG discussion started during the last few recaps for BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST. A couple of us noticed worrisome behavior on the part of Ji-ho that triggered severe misgivings about the character -- and rendered the canonical ending unpalatable and illogical. The family dysfunction so effectively portrayed in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE turned that show's finale into an illogical letdown, too. After that one-two punch, I was in a funk, and took a breather before dipping my big toe into MAWANG. Considering that cause and effect (karma) is a major theme, I'm expecting a high body count by the end of the finale. There is not even a hint that the drama will pull any punches. It feels like a nice, juicy Shakespearean tragedy. ;-)

You're right about the music on my fan wall. I won't be much help with Kpop, however. My tastes run to OSTs and older Korean popular music (folk, rock, ballads, trot, and MISS GRANNY's OST) from the 70s to mid-2000s or so. I'm a sucker for traditional music and instruments, especially in sageuk OSTs.

I'm of the same vintage as LINGERIE GIRLS' GENERATION, and grew up with the Brill Building and Motown, the British Invasion, Disco Madness, country rock, punk, and New Wave. Until I found WNEW-FM in NYC in college, I tuned to WABC-AM for Top 40. WOR-AM had excellent hosts as well as the inimitable Jean Shepherd and the hilarious Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding (see fan wall).

I was "radioactive" for about 10 years in college and after graduation. I also moonlighted on a commercial AM station for about two years, which mainly involved airing prerecorded programming (and a remote live church service on Sundays) while riding herd on the transmitter. That was when you needed to pass an exam to get an FCC 3rd-class radiotelephone operator's license that qualified you to monitor the equipment and keep the logs under the supervision of a first-class engineer.

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Thank you for the advice about streaming MAWANG. I'll keep it in mind.

Ji-ho, man, I didn't have enough patience to analyze her character. I couldn't deal with her mind games so I forced myself to ignore her character's behavior and solely focus on Se-hee's happiness. TEMPERATURE OF LOVE will always have a special place in my heart despite what happened to the storyline halfway the show.

Thank you for sharing bits about your "radioactive" days. Ah, that sounds like a really exciting college experience! Although I enjoyed watching random radio broadcasts in my uni days, I didn't have the guts to join something like this. I was better off as a silent admirer of DJs XD

And oh, I can't wait for your radio puns once you join the discussion <3

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Yoo hoo, @chakhanseupeu!

I just watched ep. 2. Not much to report at this time. Su-ho's family looks well and truly screwed up, and neither parent is behind the door. From what I gather, he's his father's son by another woman, and has been begrudgingly allowed to live in the same household by Evil Stepmother. I'll wait to see what unfolds with his back story. ;-)

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KSH turns adult 5 mins ago and she's on the role of drinking of (supposedly have sex). She looks older with straight hair than curly hair, the way she dresses is not helping, I just keep thinking she is a kid running in a world full of adult. And the idol calls her nunna.

I think Nam Ji Hyun would fit this role better.

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we're all weirded out by a teenager mixing drinks/pissed drunk. h/e i think it's realistic in korea. I remember when the movie "Twenty" with Kim Woo Bin/Kang Ha Neul came out, and it showed alot of college excessive drinking games. I asked my korean friend why the movie had great viewership. i couldn't quite see the appeal - storyline wise. She said, 'this is how college was, and this is how I learned to drink alot - games at college initiation parties. I can consume alot today bec I built up tolerance back then". I think that's why the movie did so well in the box office, bec young K adults could relate that this is what they did in their early days of adulthood. drink their way beyond their limits, and stumble home.

So Kim So Hyun around so much alcohol would be acceptable, plus she's playing a 26 year old. It is also korean after hours work culture -- to be plastered, in order to maintain your profile as a "team" player. every drama has a drunk person being thrown into a cab after a work event. multiple rounds of bar hopping. And that's why her character does it, to gain favor, to suck up to stars/pds, for future guests on her shows. (even though it seems like a bad choice if you don't want to be assaulted afterwards?? and even though the entertainment business seems seedy.) yuck. korean audience would think nothing about the drunkenness to gain acceptance and popularity with the group they are trying to get into.

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Weeewwww. Did not expect to enjoy this drama as much as I do! They really did a good job of luring me in by the first episode, and I'm starting to get invested in the characters now.

Also KSH's curls are actually kinda cute! I need to find a tutorial for them now haha

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Had this tab open for a day now and completely forgot to comment!

Thank you for the recap Lollypip :)

I didn't like ep2 as much as ep1, what with so many of the kdrama tropes being used in the most non- ironic way. But even tropes done right sometimes work so I am gonna continue with the drama..

What convinced me to stay with the show, other than the lure of actors, was that moment when Geu Rim asked Su- ho why he had that fake smile plastered on his face and Su-ho instantly drops it and asks her to leave. That was some brilliant and subtle acting by Doojoon and also assured me that Geu-rim wouldn't take Su-ho's shit passively..

Looking forward to next week's eps now :D

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Actually seeing the posters i didnt like the lead but now i like him.. Its good to see the romance from the beginning..

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+ The thumbnail is from one of my favourite scenes. Why is this guy so hot!
+ That "mother" is so freaking messed up.
+ I really hope Jason is actually impactful in the grand scheme of things.
+ Why is it that sunbae writers are so messed up toward their hoobaes?
+ Really want to know why PD Lee is so adamant on working with Geu-rim.
+ Why is Doojoon so cute?

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Can we talk about Su-ho's smile? Not the actor's, not how great it is, silly! ---the meaning behind it. His go-to line seems to be "I smiled when I said that"---he says that a few times before his mom flips it on him (telling him that SHE smiled when she told him "you will"). Then Geu-rim calls him out for fake smiling and he drops it. I'm really interested in watching how the smile theme develops. For a man who's clearly dealing with some intense mental health issues (depression, abuse, etc), believing that if he is smiling everything should fall into place "safely" (a view, I'm sure, his fake mom reinforced). But anyway I'm really interested in watching his emotional development along these lines.

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two other thoughts--- (1) When he tosses her into the car--and she GETS OUT!: This was one of my favorite moments. I get SUPER annoyed when heroines in dramas just submit to things they've just objected to--and often it does seem to involve being pushed into a car. YOU ARE A FREE AGENT YOU CAN GET OUT IF YOU WANT. So I LOVED that GR jumped back out and lit into him. Granted, she ends up back in the car, because plotlines and romantic tension and I know I know, but still -- the small resistance was gold to me.

When Su-ho's mom tells him ON HIS TINY ADORABLE SELF'S BIRTHDAY that he's not really her son: this has to go on my list of most heart-wrenching moments in a drama (and I just finished JBL, so that's saying something).

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Is it kinda mean to say that this is the first show in which I like Yoon Park? Ok, I warmed up to him in The Package. But, he was a difficult watch in some of the earlier shows.

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It's not mean at all! Sometimes an actor's role (or roles) just make us feel a lot. And sometimes those emotions are negative. Hehe~ have you seen Age of Youth though? It's hard to hate anyone on that show.

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Aww thanks! I really did not like him in Introvert Boss. I am usually good about separating the actor from the character. So, I was certain that it's 'cos he just gives this uncomfortable, awkward vibe. But yeah, he's probably just a fab actor!! :) I haven't watched Age of Youth yet. I should get on with it!

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So excited to see Kwak Dong Yeon again! I've never seen him play such a lively character before, and I love that he gets to smile so much in this role. He's such a versatile actor. Can't wait for the day he finally gets cast as a lead.

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I don't know guys, this drama has a messy beginning.
We get it, nailing a first episode just right is hard, verra verra hard (←yeah, that was intentional)
But I'm missing something here, cliques regardless, I feel as if we were overloaded with redundant characters in the first episode, that kind the writer keeps around and only remembers when she wants to rock the boat.
That flashback at episode one was what led me to episode two, I was like “there's got to be more where that came from" cause I wanted to see the whole story. I wish the writer had gone for a She Was Pretty kinda beginning, they nailed that one! (right?)
Doctor side kick is cool tho, if the writer plans a love triangle, I can bet he'll be involved.
And I just have to say this, like, is drinking the ONLY THING TO DO AT NIGHT when an xter is stressed/emotional?
So here we are in episode two with half baked xters. I hope the writer doesn't mess this up because this show has promise if played right.
Sticking around for a couple of more episodes *dear heavens please save this show...*

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I don't know guys, this drama has a messy beginning.
We get it, nailing a first episode just right is hard, verra verra hard (←yeah, that was intentional)
But I'm missing something here, cliques regardless, I feel as if we were overloaded with redundant characters in the first episode, that kind the writer keeps around and only remembers when she wants to rock the boat.
That flashback at episode one was what led me to episode two, I was like “there's got to be more where that came from" cause I wanted to see the whole story. I wish the writer had gone for a She Was Pretty kinda beginning, they nailed that one! (right?)
Doctor side kick is cool tho, if the writer plans a love triangle, I can bet he'll be involved.
And I just have to say this, like, is drinking the ONLY THING TO DO AT NIGHT when an xter is stressed/emotional?
So here we are in episode two with half baked xters. I hope the writer doesn't mess this up because this show has promise if played right.
Sticking around for a couple of more episodes *dear heavens please save this show...*

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I love Su-ho. But. Enough with the wrist grabs. It is so overdone.

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i can buy into KSH's acting but i can't buy into her role
she just looks too much like a kid even though she tries hard to look older and mature, her face is just too cute

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