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Radio Romance: Episode 10

Su-ho really does seem to be enjoying the radio show these days, and he even gives Geu-rim some good advice about her writing. He’s still encountering a lot of opposition, but he’s discovering for himself what he wants to do, and rather than discourage him, those outside pressures only serve to convince him that he’s tired of living for others.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

After Geu-rim witnesses Su-ho’s mother slapping his father’s mistress, she apologizes to Su-ho for not understanding him better when they were kids. She says that she knows that he’s saying the most when he’s not speaking at all, and that it makes her want to give him a hug. She does, and he lets himself cry on her shoulder.

He kicks himself for it after he gets home, and he’s surprised to find his mother sleeping on his couch. She doesn’t know where his father is, and Su-ho comments that every time something happens in their family, he and Mom are the ones left behind. Mom tries to ask if he was with Geu-rim, but Su-ho just tells her to leave once she’s rested.

He goes to his room and calls Geu-rim, who hesitates before answering. She jokes that she thinks her hands are the reason she keeps hugging him, and Su-ho deadpans that she was like that twelve years ago, too. Unwilling to let her off the hook, he asks why she does it, so she compares him to a shivering puppy, ha.

Su-ho says that he called Geu-rim to thank her for hugging him. She tells him to stop thinking and get some sleep, and after they hang up, they both wonder what’s wrong with them.

The next day, Su-ho’s mother holds a meeting at KBC, where she threaten to withdraw all of JH Entertainment’s stars from KBC shows unless they let Su-ho out of his contract for the radio show. Station Manager Kang asks if they can pre-record Su-ho’s radio shows instead, but Mom refuses, saying that he’ll be too busy with his next drama.

Next, Mom visits Writer Ra, who complains that their idol DJ isn’t showing up for their shows anymore. Mom just notes that Writer Ra stopped reporting to her on Geu-rim, and asks why she should help when Writer Ra isn’t holding up her end of their bargain to get rid of Geu-rim.

Su-ho cooks a simple, clumsy breakfast for Jason, then informs him that he cried. Jason is thrilled and proud to hear it, and he says that the person Su-ho cried in front of makes a difference, because it means that that person understands him.

Su-ho loiters outside Geu-rim’s building, and when she comes downstairs, he makes her drive him to the station. Only, once he gets her in the car, he tells her to take him home instead. When she gets mad at him for making her late to work, he tells her to borrow his car today, and by the way there’s a gift for her in the back seat. Hey, when did he get so cute?

When she finally gets to the station, Geu-rim calls Su-ho to come get his car back. He tells her he’s too busy and to just borrow it for now. Did he… just give her a car?

She shows PD Lee her next script, which he says is terrible. He tells Geu-rim that she quotes books too much instead of writing her own thoughts. He refuses to accept excuses, reminding Geu-rim that he gets rid of writers who make excuses, and says that her career will be over if she becomes a lazy writer.

Su-ho walks in on Hoon-jung complaining to a buddy over the phone about him again, and he asks about a video that Hoon-jung mentioned. It’s a video that PD Lee recorded of Geu-rim, who’d obviously had too much to drink. PD Lee asked her what kind of radio she wants to make, and Su-ho turns up the volume to hear her answer: “I don’t want to do a show about celebrities. I want to do a show where the listeners are the stars of the show.”

PD Lee gets in the video to promise on camera that he’ll produce that show and make Geu-rim his main writer. The video ends just as PD Lee whispers something to Geu-rim, and Su-ho goes nuts when he can’t hear what he says.

Geu-rim and PD Lee walk in on Su-ho, who looks pretty guilty, ha. In private, Geu-rim asks Su-ho how he has so much free time lately, and he says that he’s just following her advice that a writer and DJ should live in sync. He asks her what PD Lee said to her in that video, but an employee catches them together so he doesn’t get his answer.

She says that she can’t talk now, because she has to rewrite her script. Su-ho has a flash of jealousy, asking if radio is all she cares about. Geu-rim complains that he keeps showing up everywhere and distracting her, and she gives him the car key back as she leaves.

Meanwhile, PD Lee reads an old news article about a teenager who was killed in a car accident outside the KBC building (Ji-woo’s accident from years ago). Hoon-jung wonders if Su-ho was involved and if JH Entertainment manipulated the media reports, and PD Lee makes a call to Joon-woo.

Unhappy at the lack of results from her efforts to blackmail Su-ho’s mother, Tae-ri confronts her. Mom says that Su-ho will be in the drama, but that he’s refused to act with Tae-ri. She asks what Tae-ri did to make Su-ho so adamantly against working with her, but Tae-ri just storms out. She tries to call both Su-ho and Joon-woo, but neither answers.

At the same time, Joon-woo is meeting with PD Lee, who asks if he’s been Su-ho’s manager since the year of Ji-woo’s accident. Joon-woo ignores the question and says that Su-ho will be in a drama soon, so he won’t be able to continue the radio show. PD Lee asks if Su-ho said himself that it’s a done deal.

Su-ho approaches DJ Moon to ask him some questions about radio, and how to be a good DJ. DJ Moon thinks that Su-ho is really here to ask about Geu-rim, and that he’s doing this whole radio thing because he likes her. Ha, Su-ho doesn’t even deny it.

DJ Moon sighs that radio is just like life… when you’re on the radio, you show your listeners everything, and trust in them. In return, the listeners will trust you. He gives Su-ho a stack of papers, saying that they’ll make Geu-rim fall for him.

Su-ho asks if it’s normal for a writer to be together all day with their DJ in order to write. DJ Moon chuckles that his wife is a writer that he used to work with, and ended up marrying. Su-ho looks adorably hopeful, and DJ Moon gives him a cheeky wink.

After the news from Joon-woo, PD Lee asks Su-ho if it’s true that he’s leaving the radio show to do a drama. Su-ho gives him a firm “no,” so PD Lee says that he’ll trust him.

Tae-ri tries to call Joon-woo again while sitting outside his apartment building. He comes outside, and she screams at him for ignoring her calls. They end up at a bar, where Joon-woo tells Tae-ri that it’s her fault that Su-ho’s mother didn’t put her in Su-ho’s next drama.

She whines that she wants to act, but she doesn’t want to have to get a sponsor (usually a rich man who expects payment in physical favors) so she had no choice but to try blackmail. Joon-woo says sadly that he’s powerless to help her, and that he would have stopped her if he could have. Tae-ri snaps accusingly that he has the recording of Su-ho saying that his “mother” isn’t his real mother.

As Su-ho grows annoyed again at Geu-rim’s failure to answer his calls, Geu-rim meets with PD Lee to show him her revised script. She’s written an opening about how dramas have their characters meet for the first time in interesting ways, but that regular people can have such meetings, too. She explains that it’s about the people you meet in your life, but PD Lee says that it’s unclear.

He tells Geu-rim why he hired her in the first place — a few years ago, he’d been napping in the sun outside the station and overheard her on the phone describing the sky to her mother. She’d repeated something her mother often says: “I should enjoy one thing a day that I can’t buy with money.”

PD Lee had been moved by her words, and he says now that he wants to be moved by her writing. He says that Geu-rim talks as if she’s painting, so she should try writing her emotions the same way. She begins that night by writing about the times she’s hugged Su-ho, exploring what it means when you hug someone.

She calls Su-ho, and he finds her in her hideaway, looking over the city. She says she has something to tell him, but he complains that she always wants to talk here. She counters that he always wants her to come to his place when they aren’t even dating.

Su-ho has an easy answer for that: “We can just date. Go out with me. Date me.” He steps close and tells Geu-rim again that he likes her, making her grumble that he’s starting to get to her. He smiles at that, and asks if she dislikes him. Geu-rim mutters that she doesn’t not like him, which is good enough for now.

He takes her to his house, where she teases him for bringing her here just for ramyun. Su-ho falls back on his usual excuse of being too famous to go out, and Geu-rim asks if he’s always dated at home and in cars. He chokes, then admits that Geu-rim is the only girl he’s ever dated. Awww.

Jason meets with Su-ho’s mother again, who complains that there’s nothing about Geu-rim in his report. She hands Jason an envelope of money and asks if Su-ho has mentioned the drama, and he says that he’s looking forward to the emotions Su-ho will display when he discovers that his mother still expects him to do it.

Su-ho’s dad bursts in, furious at his wife for slapping Da-seul when she’s been threatening him. Mom informs Dad that he got himself into this mess, and Jason decides it’s a good time to leave. But he pauses in the hallway, listening as Su-ho’s mother screams that her husband has hurt her enough with Su-ho.

After dinner, Su-ho gives Geu-rim the papers that he got from DJ Moon and asks when his script will be finished. She tells him that PD Lee told her to write about her feelings, but admits that all she could think about all day was Su-ho, silly things like how many doors there are to get into his house.

She adds that she’s been wondering why she hugged him twice, so she thought that seeing him would help her figure it out. Su-ho jokes that they ended up on a date instead, and he states confidently that he thinks she likes him. Geu-rim’s lack of denial is a pretty clear answer, so Su-ho tells her to write the script using that feeling. He asks her to go on a date with him after the show tomorrow, and Geu-rim smiles.

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All dolled up for date night

 

She shows up the next day, dressed to the nines with new, sleek hair. Drought asks if she’s dating, and when Geu-rim asks if it’s obvious that she dressed up, she says that it’s extremely obvious, hee. She asks who it is, but before Geu-rim can whisper the answer in her ear, PD Lee pops up and scares all three of them half to death.

He takes Geu-rim to Station Manager Kang, who asks about Su-ho, relieved to hear that he says he’s doing the radio show. His own superiors have told him that if Su-ho leaves the show, then he’s to get rid of the rest of the team as well.

As soon as Su-ho arrives at the radio station, his mother calls to summon him to her office, reminding him of meetings and work he’s behind on. He interrupts, repeating that he wants to take a break. He goes inside to find PD Lee and Geu-rim with their heads together over her script, so he yanks PD Lee away and demands a private discussion.

They go to the roof, where Su-ho tells PD Lee for the umpteenth time to stop touching Geu-rim’s shoulder and calling her “Maknae.” In fact, he orders PD Lee not to even make eye contact, ha. PD Lee says that he’s been treating Geu-rim like a real writer for a while now, and with a mischievous grin, he notes that Su-ho only said not to touch her shoulder.

The team convenes to discuss the last month’s shows, and PD Lee says that while the broadcasts from the school and the hospital were successful, they were unplanned. He tells them that he wants to plan something new, which Geu-rim understands to mean that they’re having a meeting after the show, and Su-ho thinks Hey, what about my date?

PD Lee tells Su-ho that he wants him to be more involved, to which Su-ho retorts that he’s doing the best he can. They bicker about exactly how much would constitute “enough effort” on Su-ho’s part, as Geu-rim and Hoon-jung try not to roll their eyes right out of their heads.

When it’s time for the show, Su-ho seems touched that Geu-rim’s script is about him. She wrote, “Hugging a person is a way of inviting that person into my world. It’s hoping you forget your sadness in my arms… it’s hoping you stop crying in my arms.”

The show goes smoothly, and one female listener calls in to chirp that she’s a fan of Su-ho’s. She says that today is her birthday, and asks him to say “I love you” to her for her birthday. Su-ho suddenly looks very uncomfortable.

The fan begs and cajoles, but Su-ho looks like he’s really struggling to say the words. Geu-rim nods encouragingly, and he never takes his eyes off hers as he stammers, “I lo… I l-love you.” There’s a long moment as Su-ho and Geu-rim stare at each other.

Eventually Su-ho recovers and continues the show, and as he reads Geu-rim’s words about what a hug means to her out loud, she’s reminded of all the times she’s hugged him and how they each meant something different. Once the show is over, they head out together for their date, but PD Lee bounces after them to invite them to eat.

Su-ho says he’s got plans, but when PD Lee turns to Geu-rim, she just looks guilty. Su-ho is upset that she’s choosing to stay and work instead of go out with him, but he gives her the key to the car back, telling her to go home to sleep no matter how late it is. Geu-rim refuses the use of the car, which just makes Su-ho more upset.

He seems hurt to learn that she didn’t even open the gifts he left in the car for her, and he insists that what he gives her isn’t a burden, but his heart. He asks why she didn’t even bother to look at them, and Geu-rim apologizes, saying that she didn’t think of it that way.

She promises to open them, which deflates Su-ho’s anger. Geu-rim asks him to take her on a date tomorrow instead, saying, “I want to go on a date with you.” That’s enough to put him in a good mood again, and he even does a happy fist-pump once he’s alone.

He goes to meet with Joon-woo, who tells him of his mother’s plan to force him to do the drama. Joon-woo alerts Su-ho that there will be an official announcement that he’s starring in the drama tomorrow, and he stops Su-ho from driving off in anger, offering to drive him instead.

Su-ho goes to Mom’s house, where he yells that she’s not listening when he says he’s not doing this drama. He spits that she must think he’ll obey since he always has before, but he firmly refuses this time.

Mom claims that she doesn’t want to do this, and she shows him the photos she has of him kissing Geu-rim after the remote broadcast at the school. She won’t tell Su-ho who took the pictures, only saying that if he doesn’t behave then Geu-rim will suffer.

Mom reminds Su-ho that she stopped things the first time, and he recites, “If you want to protect Song Geu-rim, do as I say.” Mom tells Su-ho not to ignore the weight of the life he chose.

The next day, Hoon-jung overhears rumors that Su-ho is leaving their show and their team will be disbanded. He runs into the office to gasp the news to PD Lee and Geu-rim, who both look shocked.

Just before the press conference for the drama, Su-ho asks Joon-woo for help. PD Lee bursts in demanding to know why Su-ho is breaking his word, saying that he regrets ever starting the radio show with Su-ho. He spits that Su-ho is just living a script that others write for him.

Geu-rim worries as she watches Su-ho at the press conference on her laptop. She texts him, asking if he’s really quitting radio, but gets no answer. When PD Lee returns, all he says is that they don’t need Su-ho.

She’s still at the station late that night when Su-ho starts trying to call her. She goes up to her hideaway, where Su-ho finds her. He whirls her around and hugs her, reminding her of her promise not to ignore his calls anymore. Still holding her, he tells Geu-rim that he knows what she wants to say, and how she felt as she’s been waiting for him.

He says that she’s thinking that he’s quitting the radio show, and hating him for it. But he looks her in the eye and tells her, “I’ll do it, I’ll keep doing it with you. You just have to trust me.” On the verge of tears, Geu-rim says that she wants to, and Su-ho replies simply, “Then trust me.”

He leans down to kiss her, and this time, Geu-rim kisses him back.

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Sealed with a kiss

 

COMMENTS

Now that was a well-timed kiss. I thought that the first time Su-ho kissed Geu-rim (well, the first time as adults) wasn’t so much a romantic moment, as a desperate measure to encourage her to remember hi. But this kiss was was a pure, uncomplicated, and most importantly, mutual confirmation of their feelings for each other. Geu-rim has agreed to date Su-ho, and she’s admitted her feelings for him (albeit in a sideways sort of way), but she was losing faith in him because of the rumors that he planned to leave the show to do that drama. Not being a man of words, I thought it was the right time for Su-ho to show her how he feels. He can say “I like you” over and over again, but sometimes you have to take action to let a person know that you’re sincere. A kiss won’t prove that he’s going to stay in radio with Geu-rim, but it will help her understand that Su-ho means to stay by her side no matter what that entails.

I have to stop here to indulge my excitement that Su-ho told Geu-rim he loves her! Okay, maybe not directly, but they were looking right at each other, and his nerves and the look in his eyes plainly showed that he was saying the words to her. From the way he was acting, I’m guessing that that was the first time he’s said those words to anyone in his life, and that the fact that he was technically saying it to a listener is what enabled him to force the words out. I loved the way he and Geu-rim got all shy after that, averting their eyes and smiling to themselves. Oh yes, they both know exactly what he meant, and it was wonderful that it didn’t make Geu-rim back away at all. She enjoyed hearing Su-ho say those words. And it’s nice timing for it to happen after they mutually decided to date, because it always bothers me when one half of a couple confesses to being that serious before the other has figured out if they even like the person.

I haven’t mentioned Jason in a while because I was hoping we’d get some more information on him, but it looks like we’ll be waiting a bit longer. All we really know is that he says he’s known Su-ho since high school, and that JH Entertainment put him through medical school. In return, he’s paid to keep Mom apprised of Su-ho’s activities and who he’s spending time with. Jason does seem to enjoy seeing Su-ho’s progression as he becomes more independent, but he also gives Mom detailed reports on Su-ho’s progress. That sounds like a lot, but it doesn’t tell us whose side Jason is on and whether he has Su-ho’s well-being at heart. I really don’t think I’ll be able to stand it if Jason turns out to be working against Su-ho.

It’s strange, because he seems to be genuinely happy whenever Su-ho makes a breakthrough, he actively urges Su-ho to pursue a relationship with Geu-rim even though he knows that Su-ho’s mother hates her and her influence on him, and his advice is always sound and professional. I’m bothered that he’s still taking money from Mom, because that could indicate some pretty bad motivations. But I want to believe that he’s only reporting to Su-ho’s mother because he has to, since she put him through school, but that he’s also doing everything he can to help Su-ho get healthy and break away from his toxic family. In fact, based on the things he says to Su-ho’s mother, I think he’s even hoping that her recently escalated manipulations will spur Su-ho to rebel even harder, and if that’s the case, then he’s doing a good job playing both sides for Su-ho’s ultimate benefit. I’m just worried because Jason also has moments where he seems to take pleasure in Su-ho’s pain, but I can’t tell if he’s enjoying the fact that Su-ho is struggling, or just gleefully anticipating the fireworks that will happen when Su-ho and his mother have their inevitable showdown.

On the other hand, now that Joon-woo isn’t under Mom’s influence anymore, he seems to be fully coming around to Su-ho’s side. It’s obvious that he’s always cared deeply for Su-ho, but that he’s always felt obligated to obey Mom’s wishes, since she was his employer. I’m still not entirely sure where Joon-woo fits into the events of Ji-woo’s death, because he deliberately ignored Su-ho’s calls the day of the accident, but he also visits Ji-woo’s ashes and seems to have cared for the boy. The one time they discussed it, Joon-woo seemed to regret his actions back then, even while still acting as a spy for Mom in the present. But now he’s actually helping Su-ho out by giving him a heads-up about his mother’s plans, and I hope that they can mend their friendship and stop fighting the love they clearly feel for each other.

We have a lot of heavy issues to deal with in the near future, and I’m most concerned about how Su-ho plans to keep his promise to Geu-rim to keep doing the radio show, while also protecting her by obeying his mother’s orders to do the drama. He keeps saying to trust him, so I hope he knows what he’s doing. But for now, I’m just going to bask in the sweetness that is Su-ho and Geu-rim’s new relationship, and enjoy how cute and off-balance Su-ho is as he navigates through his very first romance.

 
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Thanks for the recap, @Lollypip!

I can’t decide which scene affected me the most during this episode:

[1] When Soo Ho remarked how he and his “mother” were always the two left behind to clean up after his father

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[2] When Soo Ho stumbled over saying “I love you” to Geu-Rim over the radio.

Both were so poignant. I think I preferred them even to the kiss at the end of the episode (although won’t complain about YDJ kisses).

I think the Show’s writer must be given some due credit on how he (or she?) weaves together the character arcs and plots seamlessly. Both stories involving children who reflected Soo Ho’s own struggles and pain were masterfully written and executed. The children’s stories would have been strong enough on their own, but the fact that they are used to bring forth Soo Ho’s own pain made it even richer.

Has anyone noticed that with Ji Soo Ho’s family, they are most honest in an elevator? In this tiny box where (presumably) there are no “cameras”, they feel the confining freedom to be themselves. They express either their pain, their real thoughts, or even their snark in the elevators. I felt Not-Mommy-Dearest’s meltdown in the elevator in Episode 9 was actually more relieving than anything. It was also really tragic and sad, but I felt relieved for her to express her pain and hurt at her husband’s betrayal.

About Jason.....I like it when he's being sincere. The "happiness" over-acting in order to show that he's being a double agent is wearing. I adore him, but he's so much sexier when he's being serious....and forthright.

This show keeps getting better and better!

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Sorry, a couple of thoughts I missed before…

[A] I like the less frizzy version of Geu-Rim’s hair. She looks more mature.

[B] I found the little ramyun date at Soo Ho’s place so CUTE! When he responded to her question about his past lovers, and he said she was his one and only (love), I about died. Why does such a confession (when true) evoke so much emotion?? There is something so utterly romantic about being someone’s one and only love…it’s breathtaking.

[C] DJ Moon’s not-so-subtle and a tad-more-subtle encouragements to Soo Ho were freakin’ adorable!! What a good mentor!

[D] $10 says that Not-Mommy-Dearest took the incriminating photos to strong arm Soo Ho into whatever she wants.

[E] I really loved the flashback to when PD Lee Kang realized Geu-Rim’s potential as a writer through her conversation with her mother. That scene was so beautifully shot, and well-written to explain how PD Lee could see Geu-Rim’s talent. I really do feel that his attraction to her is more about her talent than actual romantic love for her. I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was in love with her as well, but I would argue his love (and talent) for radio would naturally gravitate him towards people who share his love and talent for that medium of communication.

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Again, I swear this show has three writers. This is writer 2 who also wrote episode 8. Last episode was writer 1 and episode 7 was written by writer 3.

I prefer writer 1.

Jason is starting to exhibit sociopathic tendencies. I'm in two minds as to whether the writing of his character is really uneven or if 'sociopath' is their intention. Because if he is a sociopath then that would explain why he has three faces.

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Now that you mention it, it's true. Different episodes seem to have different styles.

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Then there's writer 4, my more-evil-twin, who would have had Geu-rim pay someone to call in and ask Soo-ho to say he loved her.

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@ChinguMode: If you were to divide up all the episodes which have aired, which ones are from Writer1 vs. Writer2 and Writer3?

So, to recap what you've already said:

Writer1: ep 9 & 10
Writer2: ep 8
Writer3: ep 7

So, who did episodes 1-6? I'm eager to hear your thoughts!

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I'm not sure about 1-5. I'd need to rewatch them. But episode 6 was definitely Writer 1.

Writer 1 - 6&9
Writer 2 - 8&10
Writer 3: 7

Writer 1 is the one incorporating the more-profound themes and nuanced characterisation. Writer 2 is lighter and more rom com, still with good characterisation but pulling back on the themes. Writer 3 is flat and one-dimensional.

I'd like to give them credit and say there is one writer and that is Writer 1. Sometimes you have executive producers and network execs fiddling with their work. That's what happened with Black and its awful ending.

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I completely disagree. I think this show has far more consistency than say Korean Odessey which I know has 2 writers but it feels like they have 18, one for every episode. This show makes extra effort to connect all the dots that we've been seeing since episode 1. The story always moves forward instead of always going round in circles.

Jason is someone we don't know yet & that's the point. He's someone we have to make the effort to understand just like Mother who has more dimensions than she was given credit for.

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Well, that's a Hong Sisters show so (a) I'm not watching and (b) if you told me it was variable, I'd 110% believe you.

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Why so.. Though i felt not all of their works are good few are really great.. Hwayugi is really good..

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I'm waiting for Hwayugi to finish to see what people think of the ending.

I can give or take several of the Hong Sisters elements (the vaguely-disturbing OTP, the always bitchy female second leads) but the thing I can't forgive is the way they treat their central conflict. They have these interesting, complex conflicts at the core of their shows and then around episode14 (or equivalent) they pretend that conflict doesn't exist and then go round and round in circles going nowhere, throwing in a time jump at the end and then telling you their conflict was resolved offscreen.

I have never seen a Hong Sisters show that didn't do this. And I'm sitting there wondering why on Earth I watched 20 hours of a show that literally went nowhere and was ultimately about nothing.

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I don't think Jason is a sociopath. To me he comes off as one of those insanely practical people who can compartmentalize well. Someone who can see the reality of a situation, accept that and react accordingly. I don't see him as having 3 different faces--they all seem genuine to me. Most people have different sides of themselves they show at work, home, with family, etc. I think he can be taking advantage of getting a free education, fulfilling his obligation to Mom, fascinated by Su Ho in a clinical way and care about Su Ho as a friend all at once. He seems to have accepted the fact that at some point Su Ho will find out he's been feeding info to Mom, and I can see him owning up to it and not making it a big dramatic thing. Also, I'm not convinced he's not feeding fake info to Mom. He's a darn interesting character regardless.

I didn't like this as much as 9, but more than 7 and 8. So maybe this writer was 2.5? This show is at its best when the drama of the team is interwoven with the radio program and the greater themes, that's for sure.

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I don't know. Laughing at somebody's pain is pretty sociopathic. When he was sniggering at Su-Ho's mother and her conversation with his father, that came across as sociopathic. It reminded me of that bizarre breakout scene they had in an earlier episode where he was laughing maniacally at Su-Ho's upcoming emotional breakdown.

If he was sociopathic, it would explain a lot. Doesn't mean he's evil, either. A lack of empathy and an enjoyment of moving people around like chess pieces doesn't necessarily mean he's a toxic person. If anything, he's mostly giving Su-Ho good advice. He's just not entirely doing it for Su-Ho's wellbeing.

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But I don't think he was laughing at anyone just pretending to.

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He was in the hallway by himself and clearly gaining enjoyment from her pain.

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If you didn't love Su-Ho being a bumbling 13 year-old boy following around his crush, you may want to check your pulse. You might be dead inside.

This drama should really be called 'Su-Ho Comes of Age.' That's exactly what he is, a child in a grown man's body finally getting the courage to grow up.

I love this because this seems to the complete role reversal of the genre. Most K-drama's are about 'a bright and happy girl who hides all her worries behind her smiles'. Then you have some chaebol that comes along and gives her the verification that 'yes she is worth more'. (Which I usually hate. These 'bright girls' should already KNOW they are worth gold.) Here, though it's Su-Ho who needs Geu-rim to get his 'verification'. He's the male version of Rapunzel trapped in a tower and needs his 'Prince' Geu-rim to save him.

And I have to say I really like how they wrote this heroine. She DOESN'T need saving. At the time the drama begins, her biggest dragon to slay is a awful co-worker, not her life. She is stable in her home life. She's had real hardships in life and is not letting that hold her back. She had a dream career that she chased after is and doing it. Kudos to the staff for that.

I have to say, though I should hate Mom CEO more, I can't help but feel a little pity for her. After a bad day, she didn't go home, she went to Su-Ho's house where she would feel most safe and at peace. I really hope they turn their relationship around.

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Cold, lonely chaebol who pushes people away because he's learned not to trust anybody is fixed by warm-hearted poor girl?
No.
So far, so kdrama.
It's the actors that are selling this and the fact that, every now and then, the show has something beautiful to say about stripping away facades to get to know the world from the inside out. Every now and then.

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Yes, and writing seems uneven (as you said above). They put the needs of the relationship ahead of character consistency, like:

Mom says that Su-ho will be in the drama, but that he’s refused to act with Tae-ri.

But since when did she care what he refused to do? The story needs Tae-ri to be bummed out more than it needs step-mom to be logical.

But it's got Kim So-hyun, so all is forgiven.

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How do you quote someone with that bar, @Lord Cobol?

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Put it inside

<blockquote>Applebutts are awesome</blockquote>

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Lol mary, you won't miss a chance to mention applebutt would you..

Sorry pineapplegongzhu, I meant to reply mary

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Mom wasn't respecting Su-ho's wishes. She's a mercenary with other people's feelings.

She was just using Su-ho's wishes as an excuse to punish Tae-ri. She has absolutely no intention of helping Tae-ri unless Tae-ri first produces the results she wants.

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I don't understand why you even watch this drama when you are clearly biased. I know you're comparing this to that Robot drama but I've seen both and this one is actually better written and the characters here have more depth. The romance and acting is more nuanced as well. The dialogues and life lessons in this drama are actually the best you can get from a Kdrama which is not written by Noh Hee Kyung. For a newbie I have to say this writer is very talented.

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Haha, I love how you worded that! I find the reversal you posit interesting, I hadn't thought about it in that way. I do think we see a lot of prickly chaebols in dramas, so this does feel familiar. That said, in most other dramas they don't delve as deeply (or at all) into WHY the hero is that way. This drama has shown us some complex events and emotions that make Su Ho who he is, and they also tie in back nicely with the themes of the drama, so it feels a lot more compelling. Also, YDJ is giving such a layered, nuanced performance that you feel Su-Ho is a real person rather than an archetype. So the more I watch this show the less it feels like a worn trope.

I am so with you on Geu rim. I find it wonderful how balanced she is about all this. She's got an attractive top star confessing his feelings for her, and while she clearly is affected and is thinking deeply about it, she still focuses on her work and goes about her day. She doesn't need him to be happy or fulfilled, even though being with him can give her a greater measure of both those. She has never once considered that she is unworthy of him. I loved their honesty this episode, and was surprised (in a good way) how both their declarations of feelings have been so not dramatic, and yet still moving.

I have to admit, when Su Ho called her "Mom" in that sweet way, and she paused and got this sad look on her face I had such a hard time hating her. She's done some awful things, but she and Su Ho are so alike--both showing a cold and strong face to the world while seeming so sad and scared underneath. I think she's taking out her anger and hurt from the husband onto the son, which is cruel, but makes me think of you take that all away she really does care about Su Ho. I would give mad props to this show if they turned that relationship around. Su Ho clearly, despite it all, genuinely loves her. Maybe he can help her like Geu Rum is helping him.

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Geu Rim is not the candy but Su Ho in strange reversed way. It feels that way to me.

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Can confirm, am dead, because he's too much for my heart to handle XD

About Geurim didn't need saving. I agree, although I had my doubts in earlier episodes where most beanies is just as frustrated as I am. Thing is, she did go through Candy route at times, but then she stand up foe herself, like, okay, she got wrist-grabbed, but she did called out Sooho and asked to let her go. And every time she's being wronged, she will ask for explanation, rather than just accept it all.

About EvilMom, yeah, I softened up a bit when she fell asleep at Sooho's house. Most people who has their guard/ wall too high, will only loosen up with people or at place that they are most comfortable with, just like cats.

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I feel this week the show didn't really progress... (Besides Geurim reciprocating his feelings, but even at that, I feel his love for her is much more than hers for him). :/ Hoping for more action next week. This show also feels more like romance than a comedy to me (not a complaint, just an observation).

Also, no new OST from this show this week?

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Justme, who cares whether there is progress or zilch. It's not the best show around but I can spend all the time looking & grinning at cute manly Suho & Lee Gang and Geurim 'what the..' reaction when these two man-boys meet up. I love their heights, there is something very attractive about two equally tall man-boys similar to their needs to out-do each other..

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It's been a good show with lots of character development for a long time so I don't understand the criticism people are coming up with just for the sake of criticism.

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I completely agree with you. There's too many passive-aggressive comments from people who clearly don't like the drama but are trying to be 'mature' about it by 'giving it a chance'. Its not at all a bad drama & has many likeable points. I wish some people would try to focus on those nice points & just comment about that instead.

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This was a response to momosa but it goes to all the comments I suppose.

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I like that in these comments we can discuss all aspects of a drama, even parts we don't like. It makes the conversation more engaging. I love delving into why I did or didn't like a drama, analyzing it on many levels and hearing what others think. I would hate to see that go away in an effort to focus just on the good things. There can be a balance of both.

I understand the frustration when people say negative things about a drama you like--I have felt the same for other dramas. But instead of asking people not to express their opinions on a drama, posting a counter-argument or counter-opinion both respects the other person and allows you to express yourself. I've seen you and others do this really well in other posts and think it was a valuable contribution even if we did disagree.

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@momosa @saya @ultramafic @kamla I sincerely hope I didn't hurt anyone's feelings! It definitely was not my intention. I like to nitpick but it doesn't mean I dislike the show. (it's just nitpicking and bringing up a conversation, I do it with ALL the shows I watch, even my top favorites. I thought this was the point of the comment section). I like the slow pacing, and the general feel to the show. Like I mentioned elsewhere, it relaxes me after a long day (like more so than other shows, its almost therapeutic). Also, I am not watching for the sake of watching... otherwise I wouldn't be commenting here :P

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@JustMe: you mentioned something I noticed myself. So Ho is definitely in love with Geu-Rim, but I don't sense the same level of attachment or emotion from her. Outside of him being her first love, I think her emotions could be categorized as sympathetic or compassionate. But, what exactly has Soo Ho done to make her fall in love with him? For at least the first 5 episodes, he was a total pain. Even now, he makes her late for work by forcing her to be his chauffeur! ;) Hehe!

That being said, I actually like the pacing of the show. It takes its time to develop the characters appropriately. It may not be flashing or create big leaps, but (generally) I find the characters' progression "realistic" (well, as realistic as a drama can get).

Also, I have no clue why, but I find this drama ADDICTIVE AS CRACK!!! It must be the Yoon Doo Joon longing gaze effect. Can that be called an effect? A drug? I don't know!

I find myself itching with impatience for next week's episodes, but the increasing fear of its imminent ending is also on the rise in my heart. What to do?! Must - have - another - hit - of - Radio Romance - NOW!! NOOOOOOWWWW!!

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I always get uncomfortable when the infatuation or love per say is unequal. This drama definitely has a different feel than other romantic comedies. I dont find myself itching for the next episode, but watching it, sets my mind at ease. Like its so relaxing (such a different vibe from KBS's previous drama, Jugglers)

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I have to agree about not always understanding where Geu Rim stands in the love story. This episode she came out & said she's distracted because she's always thinking about him. A line I had come to believe is only reserved for male leads. Ha. However I'm not sure if she's in love already or slowly falling in love with him because of his vulnerability. That said I'm always glad to see a male lead being a headless chicken in love while the female lead is cool about the thing like its no big deal. This is basically because the notion is that women love more & fall first. It's a stereotype I dislike which is why the reversal feels interesting.

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I almost wrote an OTP post on the LOOK--the "longing gaze" as you call it. It's there in all the most sizzling OTPs , and it really does draw you in like a drug. And good lord, Yoon Doo Joon does one of the most heart-palpitating versions I've seen in many moons.

Love is really just compassion after all, right? Once she was able to see his pain and the softer sides of him it makes sense that she would develop some sort of feelings for him. And, let's be real, Su Ho is an attractive man. Put it all together and I see where her "not dislike" comes from.

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@justme, sorry, just want to point out that the tagged saya's name is not the right saya, I think unregistered user don't have the tagged name in the list. Hee, I made the same mistake last week with that name. Sorry again, I hope you're not angry. >_<

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of course not hahahah! Oops! I didn't know. There's no editing option here either. I'll be more careful onwards

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Sorry about the username. I asked if I should change it but didn't get a response thus decided to keep it.

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The confusion is because the original Saya is a recapper here on Dramabeans :) (and she did respond in a different conversation thread) Maybe you could just add some initials or something so that you can still call yourself "saya," but it's different enough so that people don't confuse you for one of our recappers?

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Ok then I'll just add another letter. Less confusing.

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Hey Justme, all is well. Thanks and let's watch RR and talk again next week.

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SuHo becomes so cute in this ep.

Suho thought during team meeting just makes my day: ”hey, what about my date?”, “what about our date?” 😂😂😂

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And his fistpump! I could finally see that Doojoon was in there, saying Nice! like he always does.

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That's the real Doojoon!

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That internal monologue was funny.

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Favorite scene: DJ Moon encouraging Su-ho to pursue Geu-Rim. It’s like the father he never had reaffirming him and his decisions! And the confidence that Su-ho beams afterwards is more than precious. I want to high-five the both of them.

I totally rolled my eyes and said, “Noble idiocy so soon?” when CEO mom tried to blackmail Su-ho into breaking up with Geu-rim and the radio show with that photo and then practically jumped for joy when he came back to Geu-rim. And the kids was well-timed, for absolutely sure.

The “s-sae-sae-saeranghae”was well, well, well done, but it wasn’t just Geu-rim and Su-ho who knew who that was directed towards, PD Lee had the most annoyed/dejected look I’ve ever seen from a would-be second lead. That would be more than rough—to work with your one-sided love who loves the person you recruited. And he should know a little about Karma.

This show is all about Su-ho and I’m perfectly fine with this. I haven’t said much about Geu-rim but as someone already mentioned, she’s already a mature character, and wholly supportive. Kim So-Hyun is amazing, as usual. I’d say more if she wasn’t.

Bring it on CEO mom, poor excuse for a dad, and tragic childhood revelations. I want to see these two navigate these waters together, supporting each other, and trusting each other. Noble idiocy need not apply.

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DJ Moon giving a pep talk to Su-ho DJ to DJ about winning over their beloved writers heart. Am I the only one that swooned on that? It was very cute.

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I actually enjoy the pacing of this show. I feel like I learn 1 new thing about Soo Ho each episode.

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I like the pace too. It’s just right. The dialogue doesn’t get bogged down. There’s lots of it, but it seems really natural.

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I agree. Instead of an over the top rom/com - and I like those too - this is more a slice of life romance drama. I do know that not everyone is happy with the pacing but it is working for me.

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Me too! Pacing is just right!

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Me too. I think character development IS plot development in emotionally driven dramas.

And absolutely love the soundrack. So beautiful.

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Agree about the pacing too as it's just right for this kind of slow burn drama.

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I never mind shows that take their time, especially if we delve into deep characterizations and it's shot well. This show has good cinematography and a nice OST, and I appreciate the moments they let the characters or drama breath. I feel like we're clipping at a nice pace. Didn't realize people thought it was moving slowly...

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THE CUTENESS OMG THE OVERWHELMING CUTENESS!! THE KISSES AND THE HUGS!! These puppies are so in love it's adorable to watch. I love how they're both on the same page and that they always make sure the other knows what's going on.

Ok PD Lee definitely knows he's igniting Su-ho's jealousy lol, there's no other reason for that much skinship in front of Su-ho otherwise. I love the reason he chose Geu-rim to be his main writer. It was actually so simple.

I have to admit I felt bad for Su-ho's mom at the scene where she was at his house after fighting with Su-ho's dad. She's a victim too sighhh. But she's also become emotionally warped.

Dj Moon's scene with Su-ho is cute. The way Su-ho became hopeful after he found out Dj Moon's wife was his writer too. Why is he becoming more adorable??

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Oh! And Su-ho's frustration at not hearing what PD Lee said at the end of the video LOL, and his guilty look when PD Lee and Geu-rim walked in HAHAHA.

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He gives Su-ho a stack of papers, saying that they’ll make Geu-rim fall for him.

I don't recall what they looked like, and I don't want to know what they are. It's too much fun to imagine a stack of deeds to properties in Gangnam -- hey, if a car doesn't work... In most shows that would at least win over the potential mother-in-law.

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I like how this drama took somewhat standard romance tropes and still made it work for me. The kid connection somehow works in this drama where I tend to really dislike it in others.

Instead of being just evil, the stepmom has some nuance and there is room, so far anyway, for sympathy. We see that Soo Ho sees her as a victim as well.

The 2nd female lead isn't obsessively in love with Soo Ho but rather just wants to use him to get ahead. And again there is room for sympathy with her "I don't want to use a sponsor" to get a part. (I mean is that what I think it means....eeeew.)

I love the 2nd male lead who I'm not convinced has love in his heart for Geu Rim. I like how he's a tough mentor with her and expects the best from her. His character isn't an open book like the usual 2nd leads are. I still am unsure how he feels about a lot of stuff and I like that. Namaste.

I think what I like about Geu Rim is that she seems like someone I would know. In my early k-drama days, I just didn't get the over the top sassy, or over the top sweet girl next door with a huge dash of timid that seemed almost like caricatures. I think Geu Rim is a sweet gal and I think she can be sassy and go get her DJ when she needs to; it just isn't so overboard generally. I know this leaves her not being the most exciting character but she's relateable and I like that.

Soo Ho isn't the chaebol ass and not quite the tsundere but prickly and somewhat clueless and depressed. That's a lot to work with and the actor is doing well. So I look forward to this little romance drama that I had little expectations for other than being happy it wasn't in a hospital setting.

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I know what you mean about “hospital setting” but the smarta** in me would say that so far half of this drama is set in a hospital. 😅

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Well said. I feel so much worry at times that the tropes will become too tropey and overtake the show, but I am happy to be surprised, and have been. The more episodes I see, the more I feel like you do.

Case in point is Second Lead. I was so disappointed when I thought they were going full blown love triangle, but it's clear to me he doesn't like her "as a woman" as they say. I had a best friend who is male, and we both felt only friendship, but when he started seriously dating a girl I felt such sadness and loss and concern for him that I may as well have been. I see the same thing in the reactions of PD Lee. A mix of protectiveness, jealousy, sadness, etc.

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After Suho's mother threatened Geurim, I was screaming that he was going to go the route that leads in this situation usually take, which is not discussing it with anyone and just making the decision themselves, hurting the one they're trying to protect. So I was very pleased that he asked Joo Won to help him at the end and told Geu rim to trust him. Although he could have told her and PD Lee earlier so that they didn't have to go through the hurt.

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I am also pleased to see ex-Manager Kim (he always calls him hyung) back on the scene. There are emotions between those two that have to be worked out and healed. Hopefully he will continue to have SH's back. He has his hands full with Tae-ri.
The situation with Dr. Jason on the other hand could end in a disaster. More so for Dr. J. How can he possibly explain what he has been up to. Soo-ho will feel it was a total betrayal. That is unless he already knows the situation between Dr. J and the CEO.
Soo-ho has to come to some closure to what happened to Ji Woo and that will also involve Jun-woo. Gue-rim will be there for him when that comes about.
It is so nice to see Soo-ho smiling. The scene between SH and DJ Sung-woo was beautiful. It was like having a conversation with the father he never had.

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Thank you for your recaps and one random thought: I just want to suggest a spin-off with PD Lee and Dong-ah from Wild Romance http://www.dramabeans.com/2011/12/im-joo-euns-stills-for-wild-romance/
Seriously, these are by far my most favourite supporting characters in my entire Kdrama world and I would die to watch their story. This would be a match made in heaven. I have waited for y e a r s to find the perfect match for Dong-ah. PD Lee it is. Please 🙏 Kdrama gods. Make this come true.

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Support 100%!!

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Now, two of us makes a solid fanbase, right ;)

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I really love the consistency of Suho's character. Every time he does something petty or immature - I find myself thinking "Oh, that's SO Suho of him!" and I love that.

I also have a strong reaction whenever he gets yelled at. When PD Lee approached him right before the press conference - my head was kinda on PD Lee's side but my heart was like "Stop yelling at the damaged boy!"

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It's sweet watching Su Ho's reactions to his experiences surrounding his first love. He looked so pure and almost childlike. Like when he hesitantly said "I love you." out loud. It looked like it was the first time he had ever said that. And his face when DJ Moon talked about his wife being a writer when they met and fall in love.

I'm glad Su Ho's character did not remain a cold-hearted, prickly guy. The wall he put up before faded so fast the moment he started opening up to Geu Rim and spending time with her. His love for her is so obvious and I just like how he is completely focused on her and their relationship. I was a bit worried that he would go all noble idiot with the conflicting drama and radio schedule until we got to the last scene. I hope he has a good solution.

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Thank you for the recap, LollyPip.

Su-ho was so adorable this episode, the hopeful look he gave DJ Moon, him confessing that Geu-rim is the only girl he's ever dated, his "what about our date" and that fist-pump, just so so adorable!

I was scared he was going to take the noble idiocy route and I'm so relieved that he didn't. I'm not sure how he is planning to keep his promise to Geu-rim since the press conference for the new drama already happened, the announcement is already made, how he is going to get himself out of it, but I trust him to, how can I not when he said it that sincerely! It really hurt when PD Lee went to him and said that his life too was scripted, it broke my heart because he couldn't say anything to that!

I hate his not-mom but I kind of felt for her when Su-ho came home and found her on his couch, I think she is the one person who could actually understand Su-ho better than anyone, she knows how it feels to be left behind, thrown! Su-ho's dad has done it to her and to Su-ho, they're both really hurt and broken!

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As far as suho is concerned, I think he'll have to fly back and forth between his shoot and the radio station. I'm just trying not to think of the toll it'll take on his health.

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I'm wondering if they're going to go on the road with the radio show, or try to incorporate the drama somehow. They do their best when on the road so I'm down! I swung from thinking he'd stand up to NotMom and do the show no matter what, to thinking he'd caved and being frustrated, to being so relieved when he was like "Nah, I got this girl." It was handled nicely.

More and more I want him and NotMom to reconcile. That would be such a compassionate turn for the drama to take. I like how the actress is handling NotMom--even from the beginning you could see the cracks in her, and they widen more with each episode. If she just ends up being an evil meddler that will be so much less impactful.

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I don't know if I'm right but don't radio waves have a radius around which they are audible?Since he'll be shooting in a different country..I doubt they can do the show on the road...unless ofc anything is possible since its a drama. But you're right.suho does great when the show is on the road.

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@superwhopotterlock March 1, 2018 at 7:08 PM

If Su-ho were to do the show in a foreign country, he'd be doing a remote broadcast. Somehow the signal has to get from the remote location to the main studio in Seoul, and from there to the transmitter. Back in the day it was done over telephone lines, but satellite phone and wireless are other possibilities. The needed communication link will add to the production costs, as will travel and lodging expenses for needed staff. I can just see General Manager having a hairy canary over that. ;-)

Re: your question, the transmitter itself has a broadcast radius that is determined by the licensed power rating of the signal. Within that broadcast radius, topography influences signal quality and coverage. For example, mountains, hills, and valleys can block listeners' reception of signals.

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You're most welcome, SWPL! ;-)

It's easily technically feasible to do a remote broadcast, but not necessarily economically feasible, depending on the budget. The show doesn't seem to have commercial sponsors, which would be one way of defraying the added production costs. If he's out of the country for months, that's going to be a costly proposition.

I'm more concerned with tight filming schedules. When would Su-ho have time to do even a pre-recorded show, what with the need to act, rehearse, eat, sleep, etc., etc.? And if he's filming in a different time zone, that adds more complexity.

I think this scheduling conflict is where push will finally come to shove. Perhaps he will blow the whistle and reveal that he himself only found out about the drama contract after Stepmother in essence forged his signature. Su-ho should be old enough to manage his own affairs, but Ms. Nam continues to keep him under her thumb. His compliance with her BS is enabling her to be a terrible human being. I can't wait for him to vote with his feet. Or tell her, in the words of American film mogul Samuel Goldwyn, "Include me out." ;-)

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Did they have KSH gain weight for the show to make her look older or is this a medical issue? After the water scene in freezing temperatures I thought anything was possible--including injections of some kind. But the hands also look swollen.

I watched Page Turner, they didn't look like that.

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Yes, KSH does look like she gained weight. Now that you mention about that, I also wonder if they make her gain weight or perhaps her face looks swollen due to cold weather? Btw, I wonder what do you mean by "injections of some kind"?

Anyway, she used to gain weight when she was on break last year, but back to looking thinner and prettier by end of the year. Since she's looking a bit puffy now, I hope haters won't find a way to bash her. It's pathetic seeing how haters bashing her look especially her bangs and forehead, because they certainly can't criticize her acting at all.
Hope she will take a long break to rest and focus her study as she will be studying in Hanyang University soon. I feel bad seeing her swollen hand. Girl, please have a break and rest well.

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Suho just keeps getting cuter and cuter by each episode. In this episode when he lightens up like a xmas tree when DJ Moon says his wife is a writer.... so darn adorable.

I think this was the episode where Suho had a lot to talk about. He kept talking rather than being silent or just staring daggers at whoever was on the other end. And I loved the 'talkative' Suho...

I wish he would become a non stop chatter box because as I said he too adorable when he just let himself be. Can't wait for next week!!

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YDJ and KSH are bringing it!! Omg these two are soooo cute.
I've watched that "Just date me" scene over and over and oooover <3 YDJ's eye expressions just gets me all tingly.

On another note.. stylist team please don't put precious KSH in MINI SKIRTS and slit skirts. Ugh. It's still bleeping cold in Korea. You can see how cold she was at the hug scene in the beginning of this ep :(

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I think they both must be very cold. Heard the temp is below freezing. This reminds me of when Shin Mina had to shoot a summer scene in extreme winter for Oh My Venus. Actresses always have it worse.

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I wonder why SH is not telling GR how Mrs. Nam is manipulating everything he does. Does he feel some loyalty to her / his family to still not spill all the beans with the girl he loves? This would help her to understand and have more faith in him, no?
Jason as well seems to be loyal to both sides. Happy to help SH to get out of his shell but also paying back his debt to JH entertainment.
Wonder if he is the one putting the rumours regarding the accident and SH online. Is this his plan to wreck all of SH's walls to free him of all guilt?

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That's a good theory about Jason. Break all this walls or more like force him out of hiding by any means possible. Is that why he's encouraging his love line with GR? Is she just another pawn for him to force SH out of his shell?

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I think Sooho knows Geurim is completely aware about Sooho's mom, and Sooho is more like the type that "well, if you already know", he will not talk about it. Plus, he's been in his wall since child and no one to trust. Geurim's insecurity probably comes from unpredictable nature of Sooho and we all know only now he's starts to open up to Geurim so perhaps it will take some time for him to tell her everything.

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What about this little revelation: "Mom reminds Su-ho that she stopped things the first time, and he recites, 'If you want to protect Song Geu-rim, do as I say.' "

So she broke up his friendship/crush back in the hospital days by threatening to do something to Geu-rim back then.

What I am waiting for at the end of this show: Su-ho to do a radio show on finding the first person to really care about him back in the hospital days, and how she brought him to radio now, and how that has changed his life. And then for him to propose on air. (Because what's left? He already told her he loves her.)

What I am afraid of in between: His not-mom hurting Geu-rim. Geu-rim finding out about the real Woo Ji-woo and this hurting her relationship with Su-ho. Tae-ri, Writer Ra, and Geu-rim's not-so-loyal friends doing something to get Geu-rim publicly humiliated and/or fired.

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One thing I'm really looking forward to is Su Ho developing a true love for radio. He's getting there, and they're showing that progression, but I do think DJ Moon is right in that Su Ho wants to love radio because Geu Rim loves it and he loves Geu Rim. Can't wait for that moment when he makes the connection himself--that will be special.

Also interested in what Geu Rim said to PD Lee in the drunk tape -- that she wants to do a show where the listeners are the stars. Will be cool to see how she can incorporate that more into Su Ho's Radio Romance.

There are so many little conflicts between the characters, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they develop and resolve. I hope they keep away from the bigger machinations (like the writer trying to sabotage the broadcast or these big corporate moves) and focus on the interpersonal drama, cause there's so much there!

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip ( ̄∇ ̄)

1. EvilMom starts to feel humanized and more fleshed out in this episode although she still continue with her controlling antics.

2. Jin Taeri is that person that tries to do bad things but still has her own moral code, I'm conflicted. But yeah, blackmailing is not good at all. Anyway, her words that she wants to succeed without having a sponsor makes me sigh, because I know it's really hard. And poor Junwoo for admitting he's powerless and unable to help her.

3. Finally, we have a scene where PD Lee and Geurim sit down and discuss her writing. And we got to know why PD Lee hired her as the writer.

4. Sooho: Do I get to you now?
Me: Noooooo, don't say that with those eyes and that honey-like low-sleepy voice, you swoony little muffin, urghhh ԅ(¯﹃¯ԅ)
Plus, they're at Geurim's precious little hideout, I love this scene so much.

5. Serious-Jason is why I like his character in MDBC. Hurm, still not sure which side he's on, but if I was him, I will still take the money and perhaps share it with Sooho XD. I think EvilMom should get the counselling session with Jason too.

6. I think that woman in love is really pretty, either she dress up or not, it's like she's glowing. Just like pregnant woman. And yeah Geurim in this episode is glowing. But Sooho though, with that suit. Why so cute these two. Sigh.

7. Just like Sooho starts to open up to Geurim, I hope he can do so with PD Lee too. I know it is Sooho's default mode when he just stay quiet when PD Lee confronts him about the drama. But yeah, he now wears his emotion on his face rather than smiling and reply in calm manner, and that's a progress.

8. That kiss is everything. ✿♥‿♥✿

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Great thoughts! I’m sure my eyes turned into little hearts while reading your description of Su-Ho in #4. That slow sleepy voice dipped in honey is the perfect description.

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Thanks for the great read Lollypip! Your analysis was very insightful and well written 😊

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I really like when Ji Soo puts effort to be with her,stay with her and not leave her at any cost.. Not sure what help he has asked him Hyung but that was way too good.. That hug in the last scene.. ahhh...

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Ah wonderful writing..

Many cute scenes this week... DJ Moon & JI Soo's conversation Jason & Ji Soo's Breakfast, Ji Soo & Geu Rim (I Love you scene, a last hug scene, car scene, everything was so cute). Ji soo & PD, when i think again i feel PD lee is also supportive towards bringing in Ji Soo's true nature.. Joon Woo i really like him as a character/Hyung.. More scenes of them pls..

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Joon Woo is another unexplored character. Why was he paying respects to the dead boy who might be Woo Ji Woo? What does he know about the accident?

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First time posting here...been a "silent" beanie for quite sometime...I am really enjoying this show... I love how the character development each episode...the chemistry of KSH and YDJ is something...and thru this drama...I've come to know Beast and Highlight😊😊😊

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This drama really knows how to tug at the heartstring! Every episode is good!

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I miss this beautiful gem of a drama!

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