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Radio Romance: Episode 3

Unfortunately for Geu-rim, it’s starting to look like convincing Su-ho to be on her radio show was the easy part of this job. She’s got angry executives, jealous rivals, and one very odd PD to deal with, on top of the fact that her new DJ is opposing her wishes at every turn. What’s it going to take to get everyone working together as a team?

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

Writer Ra corners Geu-rim and begins berating her about what a bad writer she is, and how she’ll never be a main writer on a radio show. She says that a top star like Ji Su-ho would never agree to work with her, but Su-ho shows up and declares, “I’ll do it. The radio show.”

He pulls Geu-rim away from the gathering crowd, but as soon as they’re alone she frees her hand and asks him what he’s doing. Instead of answering, he asks her why she just stood there and didn’t fight back. Geu-rim says sarcastically that she must have no self-esteem, which is why she followed him around after everything he did.

She turns on her heel and goes right back, but Writer Ra and the onlookers are gone. Her friend Drought says that she saw both Writer Ra and Su-ho looking upset. Geu-rim wants to talk about it over a beer, but Drought has too much work and tells her to text her the details.

Geu-rim buys some beers and goes upstairs to her “hideout,” where she finds Su-ho looking at the view of the city. She asks if he watched her video and he says no, which she knows is a lie or he wouldn’t have known about this spot.

Geu-rim cracks open a beer and drinks it as she muses that she keeps showing Su-ho the worst side of herself. She admits that she was embarrassed while on the drama set, his home turf. But she says that radio is her home, and she’s every bit as embarrassed now.

She asks him to leave, then laughs wryly at herself for using his favorite line. Su-ho asks Geu-rim if she’s crying, and she hotly denies it even with tears in her eyes.

He asks her, “If I promise to be on the radio, will you stop crying?” Awww, that’s oddly sweet, even though he seems annoyed. He tells her to come to his house tomorrow to sign the contract.

He goes home and ignores Jason as he bounces in circles around him, then suddenly rounds on him to ask why he agreed to do the radio show. Jason asks if it’s because of Geu-rim, and he sees right through Su-ho’s too-quick denial, thrilled to see Su-ho react emotionally. He jokes that it took Geu-rim only days to do what he’s been trying to do for months, ha.

The next day, Station Manager Kang can hardly believe that Geu-rim talked Su-ho into being on their show. He gives her the contract and tells her to go get Su-ho’s signature immediately and he’ll consider letting her be main writer. When PD Lee moves to go with her, Station Manager Kang orders him to stay.

Geu-rim loses her nerve at Su-ho’s front gate, retreating to her car to talk herself into facing him. She she remembers his sneer when he tripped her at that party, and his nasty comments in the elevator with drunk idol Mi-nu, but she tells herself that he was actually apologizing at the party and to just forget the elevator.

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She goes back to ring the bell, but the gate opens automatically so she lets herself in. She finally faces Su-ho, who somehow manages to look both bored and amused at the same time, and reminds him that he’ll have to be at the station for two hours every single day of the year. She adds that they’re probably not offering him enough in pay, but she thanks him anyway.

She gets ready to go over the contract, but he slides her one of his own, with his own conditions. First, he will only do recorded shows, never live. Second, he gets final say on the script and guests. Third, he can quit whenever he wants, and last, Geu-rim has to do everything he says. HAHA.

He firmly counters all of her objections, and when she asks him to just try it for a year, he only agrees to one month. She’s particularly dismayed by the clause that she has to to everything he says, so Su-ho tells her that she can think about it and call him later.

Since Su-ho doesn’t own a phone, Jason cheerfully offers Geu-rim his number. While they’re standing close to each other exchanging contact info, Su-ho’s eyes grow sharp as he watches them like a hawk. After Geu-rim leaves, Jason squeals happily at the idea of watching Su-ho and Geu-rim interacting together. LOL, he ships them so hard.

Geu-rim takes Su-ho’s conditions back to PD Lee, but he’s already anticipating Su-ho’s demands and quickly agrees to them. He praises Geu-rim for winning Su-ho over, and pronounces her his main writer for managing the impossible.

He makes a proposal to Station Manager Kang, that instead of a daily show, he airs a show three days a week. Writer Ra and her PD, Seung-soo, will air a show the other three days, and the show with the higher ratings gets the time slot on Sunday. He argues that the innovative competition will be good for the ailing medium of radio.

Seung-soo follows PD Lee out of the meeting to confront him, feeling as though this is PD Lee’s way of looking down on him. PD Lee gets a fierce expression on his face, but he insists that this is just a friendly competition, and he invites Seung-soo to beat him just once. Oooo, gauntlet thrown.

On the set of Su-ho’s sageuk, Su-ho and his costar, Jin-soo, film a fierce sword battle, ending with Su-ho leveling his sword at Jin-soo’s throat. Being on his knees in front of Su-ho reminds Jin-soo of the night he tried to take the very drunk Geu-rim home from the bar.

Su-ho had shown up and kicked him square in the chest, knocking him to the floor and catching Geu-rim as she passed out. Jin-soo had threatened to call the reporters on Su-ho, who just calmly offered to call the police. He’d told Jin-soo that if he tries anything like this again, he’ll kill him.

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But when the scene is over, Su-ho helps Jin-soo to his feet and gives him a seemingly friendly smile.

In her office, Geu-rim writes down reasons that Su-ho’s demands could work in their favor. Recorded shows will avoid the potential turmoil of live shows. Su-ho choosing the guests will mean lots of top stars. Su-ho’s ability to quit any time will be good motivation to make sure he never wants to. As for Geu-rim being obligated to do everything Su-ho says, well, listening carefully is a good skill in any relationship.

She calls Jason, who shoots cheeky little grins at Su-ho while Geu-rim tells him that they agree to Su-ho’s terms. They make arrangements to schedule a meeting with Station Manager Kang, while Su-ho starts to get twitchy.

First, Su-ho has his agency writers brief him on PD Lee, who has a perfect record for producing top-rated shows and has won several awards. Two years ago he was forced to take a sabbatical due to his hot temper.

Next they go over Geu-rim, who is listed as a writer although no examples of her writing can be found. She’s known for getting guests who are notoriously difficult to secure, but otherwise they know nothing about her, which makes them nervous. Su-ho tells his writers that he’ll do the show with the script they write for him.

He’s summoned to his mother’s office, where actress Tae-ri is begging her for a guest spot on Su-ho’s radio show. She and Su-ho won awards together as child actors, and she thinks that a reunion show could bring her back into the spotlight. She trades on the fact that she was the first to bring Su-ho’s mom photos of her husband with Su-ho’s current costar.

No newcomer to this game, Su-ho’s mom asks Tae-ri if all she wants is a guest slot on Su-ho’s show, and Tae-ri agrees that this is just the beginning. She runs into Su-ho and his not-exactly-manager Joon-woo on her way out, but Su-ho ignores her and goes inside. So does Joon-woo, but Tae-ri stops him to ask for a favor.

Surprisingly, Su-ho’s mother agrees that he should do the radio show, but in return, she wants him to participate in the documentary about their family. When he stands to leave, she reminds Su-ho that a lot of lives depend on his decision. He agrees, but he says that that’s why he needs to do the radio show.

The day arrives for Su-ho to sign the contract, and when he, Joon-woo, and Jason show up at the station, they create a stir among the female employees (and some of the men, hee) as Geu-rim leads them to Station Manager Kang’s office. All of the radio executives are here, and Su-ho awkwardly accepts Station Manager Kang’s weird hug.

He surprises everyone by saying that he wants to sign the contract alone with Geu-rim, making a big deal about how moved he was by her passion for radio. He and Geu-rim end up in her dusty office, where he asks for the script a week in advance. Geu-rim tries to explain that radio doesn’t work that way, but Su-ho invokes item four of his contract — that she has to do everything he says.

He tells her that it’s not a threat, it’s just that he’s unfamiliar with radio and there are a lot of people who monitor what he says in public. Geu-rim is forced to agree, and they sign the contract.

PD Lee joins them and the guys introduce themselves (“I’m Lee Kang.” “I’m Ji Su-ho.” “I’m the PD.” “I’m Ji Su-ho.” “I won two broadcasting awards.” “I’m Ji Su-ho.” LOL). PD Lee asks Su-ho to make some time this weekend to discuss the show, slinging an arm casually around Geu-rim’s shoulders.

Su-ho’s eyes immediately zero in on PD Lee’s hand where it rests on Geu-rim’s shoulder, and he declines the request. Geu-rim chases Su-ho outside to thank him, promising to make this a positive experience for him.

Back inside, she runs into Writer Ra, who demands to see Su-ho’s contract. She mentions their upcoming show battle, scoffing like she’s insulted to be compared to Geu-rim, but Geu-rim just says that she’s going to try her best and excuses herself to get to work.

PD Lee goes looking for an assistant director, but nobody at the station wants to work with him. Eventually he finds HOON-JUNG asleep on his desk, and he literally drags the poor kid into a meeting, giving him no choice. He lays out his rules for their show: Don’t copy other shows, don’t use music to fill time, and don’t ignore listener’s comments.

Next PD Lee and Geu-rim interview for an assistant writer, hiring the first woman who answers PD Lee’s odd questions correctly. The new team of four goes out for drinks, where PD Lee criticizes them mercilessly. He tells Hoon-jung that he’s terrible at communicating, calls Geu-rim a bad writer and a troublemaker, and threatens the new assistant writer that she’d better not slack off.

But then he says that they all have experience with messing up, so they should all survive together. With a great big grin, he adds, “If you can’t do your part in my booth, I’ll kill you with my bare hands.” He says that they may not win, but they should put up a good fight, and they toast.

Geu-rim arrives home later to find her mom has planned a little party with the neighbors, celebrating Geu-rim’s promotion to head writer. They go for a walk, where Geu-rim describes the starless night and large full moon. Her mom asks how it feels to finally realize her dream, and Geu-rim says it hasn’t sunk in yet, but she vows to work hard to make a radio show that Mom will listen to every day.

The next morning, Geu-rim is called to the JH Entertainment building to meet with Su-ho’s mother. Mom informs Geu-rim that her company has its own contracts, instructing her to read and sign the one she’s giving her. It’s huge, and Su-ho’s mother specifically reminds Geu-rim to send the scripts in advance so they can review them.

Su-ho joins them uninvited and snatches the contract from Geu-rim’s hands. He tells Geu-rim that the script is to be sent only to him, and that guests will be chosen only by him, countering his mother’s requirements.

Changing the subject, Su-ho’s mother asks Geu-rim about her writing awards, and when Geu-rim admits she has none, Mom says that’s a concern. She’s also worried about possible dating rumors, and afraid that she’ll find Geu-rim in Su-ho’s house again.

Geu-rim assures her that will never ever happen, because she’d never fall for a guy like Su-ho. HA, his face. Mom asks what she means, so Geu-rim explains that they’re complete opposites. She quickly leaves, taking the contract with her.

Back at the station, Writer Ra and Seung-soo discuss whether they want to get involved in this strange competition. Writer Ra clocks that Seung-soo is intimidated by PD Lee, prompting Seung-soo to sneer that Writer Ra will have a hard time doing a show without Geu-rim to get the guests.

Writer Ra cuts him off and says they’ll do the show, practically threatening Seung-soo to do well. He just tells her to make sure he doesn’t lose to PD Lee again.

That night, Geu-rim falls asleep at her desk. She suffers a nightmare in which she’s a Joseon peasant, wailing to landowner Su-ho that a one-month land lease isn’t long enough for a successful harvest. He just says that’s not his problem, so she can have the land for a month, or get lost.

Her dream changes, and now Geu-rim is writing for a demanding lady, Su-ho’s mother, while she slices rice cakes. No matter how fast Geu-rim writes, she can’t produce the required pages before the rice cakes are cut, and she fails. An avalanche of contracts wakes her with a start, and she finds PD Lee packing up his things, having found a place to live.

Geu-rim gets home to find PD Lee arriving at the same time — HA, he’s renting a room in her building. He says that now they can spend all day and night working, and when Geu-rim balks, he reminds her that PDs and writers are supposed to work together very closely.

She recalls a day two years ago when she’d been on his team, and she’d brought back lunch and found PD Lee yelling at his main writer for breaking his rules (ignoring listeners and copying other programs). Geu-rim had gotten caught in the crossfire, with PD Lee screaming at her for running errands instead of writing.

But what Geu-rim remembers most is that PD Lee was the first person to ever call her a writer. Now he tells her to call Su-ho to come prepare for the show, and not to take no for an answer. She rings up Jason, who says that Su-ho is working out, so she tells him she’ll call back soon.

After Su-ho’s intense martial arts workout, Jason brings him the phone when Geu-rim calls. She tells him to come out for a planning meeting with her and PD Lee, and when he claims to be busy, Jason snatches away the phone and tattles that he’s lying, hee. Su-ho grabs the phone back and says he can’t go, but this time PD Lee swipes Geu-rim’s phone to call Su-ho out for being unprofessional.

He needles Su-ho into showing up, and when he does, PD Lee affably explains that he was only rude to make Su-ho come out. Su-ho says he’s never been out this late, making PD Lee tease him, but Su-ho says he didn’t come to fight. He also refuses to drink, although he doesn’t want to tell PD Lee why.

Frustrated, Su-ho threatens to leave if PD Lee is just going to mess round, but PD Lee tells him firmly, “You can’t.” Geu-rim tries to diffuse the tension, but PD Lee says that he’s just trying to get close to his new DJ. Su-ho calls him untrustworthy and says he’s afraid PD Lee will cause trouble and leave again. Oh, ouch.

PD Lee drapes an arm around Geu-rim again and asks if Su-ho researched her, too. Su-ho shoots laser-eyes at PD Lee’s arm, but he snaps out of it and asks what of it. PD Lee flashes a thumbs-up and a goofy grin, and he calls it an honor that Su-ho chose them. Geu-rim leans away and wonders what’s up with him.

Su-ho confesses that he did look them up, but that PD Lee had nothing to do with his decision to do the radio show. That appears to hurt PD Lee’s pride, and now Geu-rim is wondering what’s wrong with Su-ho. Su-ho says that he’s concerned now (that he’s met PD Lee), and he asks, “So, should I quit?”

 
COMMENTS

It’s so interesting, what happens to Su-ho’s expression whenever anyone touches Geu-rim. He did it when Mi-nu was leaning on her in the elevator, and he does it when PD Lee touches her, just glaring at the offending body part as if he’s trying to telepathically will it to explode. It seems like more than normal leading-man jealousy, because Su-ho is certainly denying any interest he’s feeling in Geu-rim at this point, but he just turns so immediately intense whenever she’s touched. There’s got to be more to it.

As far as PD Lee goes, I find him quite a contradiction. Generally I like second leads as characters because they make me wish things were different and they had a chance at the girl. But PD Lee is very pushy and insulting despite his recent quest for inner peace, and although he’s the only person who believes Geu-rim can be a writer, he’s also extremely bossy and dismissive of her. Right now I don’t see anything between them, but we’ve been told to expect a love triangle, and for once I wish that weren’t the case. PD Lee is going to make Geu-rim miserable, living in the same building, but at least seeing them together so much will force Su-ho to face his growing attraction to Geu-rim.

It seems like lately there’s been a string of drama villains recently who were mostly bark and very little bite, which is fine and even funny when you’re watching a rom-com but not so great when your story really needs an antagonist with teeth. Thankfully, I think that Su-ho’s mom will turn out to be a serious threat, both to Su-ho personally, and to him and Geu-rim professionally. She’s determined to do whatever it takes to control Su-ho, using him as a pawn to make herself and her family look good and thus rendering herself even more successful. She’s got power, money, and the connections that could ruin Su-ho and Geu-rim with just a word from her, but even worse, she has the cold-hearted ruthlessness to actually do it. And that’s just with what little we know of her right now — she displays a lot of the behaviors of classic abusers, so I have a feeling we’ll learn that she’s much, much worse than what we already know.

I’m already impressed with how much Su-ho pushes back against his mother, given that she’s probably controlled and manipulated every aspect of his life for his entire life. Oddly, he’s picked up a lot of her mannerisms, such as her blank way of speaking, her iron control of her emotions, her habit of ignoring anything she doesn’t want to hear, and that creepy, meaningless smile. Getting out from under thumb isn’t going to be easy when Su-ho’s coping mechanism is to be just like her. It helps that he doesn’t seem afraid of her, which is frankly incredible… but it also worries me because I’m scared that Su-ho’s not really aware of what she’s capable of, having never seriously gone up against her before.

I do think that DJing the radio show will be good for Su-ho, and not just because it’s something he’s trying to do on his own without his mother dictating every bit of it. PD Lee is already doing a great job with holding Su-ho accountable for behaving like a professional, and making him take responsibility for his decisions and actions instead of just letting his agency take care of everything when things get tough. Likewise, Geu-rim will hold Su-ho accountable for behaving like a decent human being — I love how she loudly and aggressively objects whenever he treats her disrespectfully, whether it be yanking her around by the wrist or just smiling without meaning it. Between those two, and Jason keeping an eye on Su-ho’s emotional stability, I think he’s going to turn out just fine… whether he likes it or not.

I’ve mostly focused on the serious issues that Radio Romance is tackling, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention all of the cute and funny moments the show delivers as well. As I said before, I absolutely love Jason and his Tigger-like approach to almost everything. Even though Su-ho hardly reacts to the things happening around him, Jason makes up for it by over-reacting, and I love watching his face whenever he gets a whiff of something juicy going down. The developing rivalry between Jason and Joon-woo looks like it could be really cute, too, with all the who’s-the-manager tiffs they get into. Geu-rim and her mother are just the sweetest things together. And the short glance we got at the new team members has me looking forward to getting to know them better. The show does a great job of playing the serious and the light-hearted off of each other, so that neither takes over and the overall tone is very balanced. Let’s hope it can manage not to get bogged down in the drama as the story progresses!

 
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All I can say is that my love for Yoon park keeps increasing with each episode....I just keep waiting for him to appear on my screen.....

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I love that now we see glimpses of PD Lee's inner struggles of trying to remain calm and keep up an easy going vibe because of his past anger management issues.

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Yea I like that too.......

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Thank you, Lollypip, for the excellent recap!

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Agreed: Jason's character brings so much to the table. The Su-ho-at-home scenes would be as blank as his expression without Jason. I'm loving this aspect of the story, and it points to some thoughtful writing.

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Tigger is such a perfect description for him! He's so bouncy and loveable! He brings so much energy to his scenes.

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So far, I'm liking this drama. Am waiting for the backstory since it seems he remembers her but she doesn't seem to remember him.

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Worried about how so far the writing is not quite tight and the actors end up have to do all the heavy lifting. (Great job to the actors!) I hate to compare dramas but having just watched I Am Not A Robot—which was almost perfect in its lines!—I find Radio Romance’s script a bit elementary thus necessitating scenes of more talking to get the point across. I’m sorry to be negative but I have the highest of hopes for the cast! It’s only episode 3 and I remain hopeful <3

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I personally felt that INAR lost a lot of its steam halfway through even though I really enjoyed it at the start (not hating on it!) and I'm somehow sensing a lot of similarities. Both male leads are... emotionally stunted, if I can put it that way. MK lived in solitude for so many years and never learnt to deal with humans. SH learnt to keep such an iron control over all his emotions that he's essentially a walking, fake-smiling robot. It'll be fun to see him crack as well, heh.

I hope this show will turn out well! The actors are doing great so far.

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I'm with you about the lines. Somehow the dialogues seem cheesy and childish, almost artificial at times. Me too, am holding on because of the casts.

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I agree with you that the writing is not quite tight for 'Radio Romance", but I am enjoying it a lot more than "I'm Not a Robot" where the story's premise was so ridiculous as to prevent me from being able to suspend my disbelief.

With "Radio Romance", I feel like the writer is using a lot of cliche elements but putting them in a fresh setting. I wish that the male lead's hangups didn't have to do with his messed up/controlling family (a bit of creativity here was needed). But yes the story feels shaky, even though the acting is good (especially KSH), so I will keep my hopes up.

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I'm here for the laser beam eyes he gets when a male touches her.

Sidenote: Is his hair color making his eyes look extra red? It's an odd color to begin with. I hope it gets changed soon.

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I think the hair color underscores the inherent fakeness to his public persona. Perhaps it will change as he does...?

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I hope so. It's making the whites of his eyes look like he been hittin the pipe.

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He's got insomnia, so I'm guessing that anything that makes his eyes look red and baggy is what the stylist is aiming for.

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Exactly what I think!! I'm hoping for a hair color change soon

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Wow you analyzed why they dyed his hair colour red! I honestly think it's just a stunt to make the actor look younger.

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Oh! Does he need to look younger? I actually don't know how old he is.

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I'm guessing around ten years older than the lead actress. But she has such a cute baby face... Idk im trying to justify the bad-color.

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Wait. Duh. He has insomnia. Not sure why I forgot that. His eyes are distracting.

Funnily enough I didn't pay attention to this guy or group when they were big. I missed out.

The hair color still needs to go tho.

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Well his "new" group is Highlight XD the whole team is hilarious, you should watch their episode on Weekly Idol

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It's not late to check out Highlight or Beast. The members are great.They did not come from a big agency so so far they managed to survive in the vicious industry (they left the previous agency and set up their agency) say something about them.

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I miss his sleek hair style in Let's Eat. Oh well its not Let's Eat.

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I think they make his eyes red intentionally to shows up that Suho doesn't sleep well

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My sister doesn't really watch dramas but sometimes I force her and we saw episode 1 together. She could not stop fixating on Doojoon's red hair and his hair part. She hated it. She has seen his Lets Eat and regular Beast/Highlight hair and he is always dark haired/ hair off forehead. So we were talking about how his hair will change as his character get softer. Will probably go to a brown. I am not holding my breath for hair off his forehead cause I know from experience, when hero turns fluffy = honey wavy hair on his forehead.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed how bloodshot his eyes look. I didn't know if that was on purpose or not. His ridiculous hair color is making YDJ look terrible (and normally he's an attractive actor), so I am hoping that it's just something they are using right now to emphasize his 'fakeness' and that it becomes more normal as the show goes on.

I'm with you on the 'laser beam eyes'. I definitely am curious about the reason for that.

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I was watching out for your recap cos I watched it, loved it and wanted to see someone else's insights hee.

Good point on how Su-ho picked up on a lot of his mother's mannerisms, I didnt notice that but now that you mentioned it, it does become more apparent! It seems like his father played a less important role in his 'upbringing' (perhaps too busy playing around?) but it would be good to see him step in since we have had hints Su-ho's his illegitimate (or fake legitimate rather) son with a mistress.

But yes, I wonder if anyone character in the drama noticed the laser lights Su-ho shoots whenever someone touches Geu-rim.

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KDY as Jason is literally my crack every episode. He's so flamboyant and I love his scenes!

The fact that he's allowed to move in and speak like that to SH speaks volumes about their relationship and that's one thing I'm really curious about.

I'm also curious as to why SH immediately tenses whenever she gets touched. I'd call it jealousy, but that doesn't seem to make much sense because it's a bit intense. They definitely have a backstory, but I'm curious as to why GR doesn't remember him at all. Was he just a silent observer, and they never actually knew each other? What happened?

Aaaaand for every assistant writer we have a nasty writer belittling her. (See: BTLIOF) I feel sad if assistant writers all have to go through such things! I wonder if writers put such mean writers in as a little snort to the writers who used to belittle them (if such things really happened).

I imagine that SH had to pick up a lot of his mother's mannerisms to survive. The blank smile, the control over emotions... those things are great in the face of media and fame. They have a perfect reputation! I am quite hyped to see how GR and Jason and the others shake him up a little. As Jason says... it makes my heart flutter just to think about all the expressions he will have from now on!

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I agree with everything you said - but why is everyone calling her his mother? She's the classic evil stepmother. She could be right out of a fairy tale, except that instead of Cinderella or Snow White we have Su-ho.

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Oh gosh SH as Cinderella... now I have an odd mental image. 😂

I just used the term “mother” for convenience’s sake! Especially since she’s outwardly his mother; only us viewers know the truth they hinted at. She probably “adopted” SH as her real son on paper.

I wonder why his parents even got married in the first place though. Or maybe the mother was childless and their relationship soured. I’m going off tangent here. 😅

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No, he's not Cinderella, he's definitely the handsome prince, but he's the one with the issues to overcome instead of the poor downtrodden heroine.

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As much as I hate Writer La, this is not the first drama that makes the Main Writer as the bad one. Thanks for mentioning "Because This is My First Life." Is it really necessary to make the Main Writer as the bad ones? As far as episode 3, I identify some villain characters: The Mother, Writer La, another PD, and Jang Tae-ri.

By the way, I also sense that something is also off between Suho and his Manager. Why is the Manager face always tensed up.

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Before she became hypercritical Writer Ra, Kim Hye-eun played casino Chairman Shin's obnoxious daughter who helped frame Kim Sabu in ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM, and was also in SECRET LOVE AFFAIR.

Hwang Suk-jung played the awful senior writer in BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST, and earlier played the Evil Head Writer in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE, in which she behaved even worse. (She was terrific as musician Wolhamae in REBEL, and as the fashionista editor in SHE WAS PRETTY.)

Needless to say, I've had my fill of bitchy, jealous, backstabbing senior writers in Kdramas.

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Thanks so much for the speedy recap, @lollypip!

I have to admit that the only reason I started this series is because Lollypip did such a great job recapping and noticing subtle emotions that I definitely would have missed without her pointing them out. It made me appreciate the show so much.

I think Geu-Rim definitely has a handful of villains, and prima donnas *cough* both male Yoons *cough*, which makes it an exciting and challenging mix. But, I also love that she has full support from her mother and her 3 Scooby-friends (Tornado, Drought, and Monsoon).

I'm actually looking forward to the love triangle, although I'd say PD Lee Kang is an unusual second lead because he not only SEES people's potential, but he's unwilling to let them take an easy way out - he forces people to live out their potential. His way seems abrasive, but I'm guessing it's going to be effective.

I do love Geu-Rim for so many reasons, but she has to grow just like our male lead, but just in a different way. Part of that, I assume, will be channeling her strength of empathizing with people, and describing things in vivid detail but in a catchy and concise way necessary for radio scripts.

It's obvious that Su-ho's demands are to ensure that he remains comfortably in charge of his image - however unhealthy that is for his emotional well-being - but I guess that's the challenge the radio, Geu-Rim and PD Lee Kang will bring to his life: to learn how to express his true self freely with confidence that he isn't alone in his suffering, and to know he is safe to do so with them (and the public).

I actually feel sorry for Ju-ho's stepmom. Sure, she's a villain, and she'll be a great villain...but she will give Ju-ho a glimpse of who he will become if he doesn't change his ways. This is a woman who has given up on love, and decided that power and image are the things to fill the emptiness and loneliness she feels. She's actually tragic. She doesn't believe in love anymore (who can blame her with a husband like that!).

I'm excited for the next episode!!

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Last paragraph spelling mistake: Ju-ho = Su-ho. Whoops!

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Do you think PD Lee Kang is going to be part of the love triangle? I was thinking he's more like the puppetmaster, throwing them together for some reason he knows and we don't. Something to do with the past. But I was thinking Jason is more likely to be the other person in the love triangle, if there is one.

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@lindag - Oh, good point. I would be more than happy to have Jason as the third point in the love triangle. I guess I just assumed PD Lee Kang was the third point because he looks casted as the second lead. But, you're right, he's much more of a puppet master than anything.

Although, who knows? Su-Ho seems ready to take down anyone who touches Geu-Rim, so I feel as if there is no reason for a second lead since our male lead is already in jealousy territory.

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Ikr, LollyPip's recap manages to change my view and appreciate the show more. At first watch I thought this drama is quite shallow, then I read the recap and then realize there's a lot of points that I missed out and now I start to enjoy and pay attention to any actions in this drama.

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I also feel that so far this drama seems taking this too shallow, too many cliches. Actors are doing their best but source material in many ways is so outdated - rich boy with childhood trauma; first love (or something like that); workplace abuse; twisted family; b* 2nd lead; too simplistic approach to mental illness...
I am waiting Geu-Rim to stand up for herself and be with more self respect but it is not happening. Also, I do not see much of professionalism from her...
Disappointing so far ...

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Yes, the casts really hard-carried this show.

I am waiting Geu-Rim to stand up for herself...

Same thought, I do think she's spunky when she's with Sooho, that's a good sign, now she just need to grow some backbone especially towards Writer Ra.

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I'm actually cautiously excited about this drama. This was a good episode. The doctor brings out the human element in Su-ho and as longs as his depression isn't "cured" by Geu-rim I'm good.
So far Kim So Hyun is carrying this drama for me. Su-ho's gaze may be intense and his pleasant, calculated expression is a part of his character, but it still makes his scenes bland in comparison. I'm seeing a lot of potential in him in the future, however, as Geu-rim and him have palpable chemistry.
Please don't make me regret writing this after they make use of that dumb slave contract...

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We might be too quick to diagnose him with depression because of his insomnia, tragic ubringing, and unhealthy family dynamics, but it could be possible that this person is just really reclusive brought about by his upbringing and lifestyle. Also influenced by his friend’s constant nagging for a talk therapy, we assume he’s automatically sick.

Aside from insomnia and constant irritability, he lacks all other presenting signs of clinical depression:

1. Insomnia—yes.
2. Irritability—maybe he’s just an asshole like majority of the heroes in dramas?
3. Diminished pleasure—he’s hard to please, many people share the same attitude.
4. Lack of interests—he’s into acting and even radio show.
5. Feeling of worthlessness—he thinks so highly of himself actually. Even have the will to rebel against stepmom.
6. Fatigue—very active all throughout.
7. Unintentional weight loss
8. Impaired ability to concentrate—none, except for when he’s around GR.
9. Recurring thoughts of suicide, self-harm or ideation—none.
10. Risk factors—evil stepmom, stressful job(?), no family hx of mental illness.

Looking at him, he’s most likely to have anxiety disorder than depression, but it’s possible he has both. But who knows, it’s not like I have sat down with him for a formal consult. LOL.

If I were the show, I will not have bouncing puppy, Jason, hog Suho just to get a session. That is too controversial for a doctor/clinician to do. I’m guessing because he’s a friend? Either way, I am ok with it because it’s cute and also good for Suho to have someone around him who actually cares for his wellbeing.

Nor tackle depression if they only show medication-induced sleep as their primary symptom to diagnose him then miraculously get healed by GM. That could irk many people.

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I also feel uneasy by the doctor=friend talking about treating SH... How old & experienced his friend is a doctor ? Does he have a license? the drama is showing these things too simplistic. Not everyone who just graduated from medical university can perform surgery; the same - not everyone after graduation can treat mental patients ...
Especially difficult if you are a friend or family member - in most cases you can't help...this is not how it works...
Especially after reading online Jonghyun's suicide note and his reference to his doctor (which seemed to indicated very unprofessional treatment by his doctor!) these small things irritate and don't sit well for me ...
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True. It’s very unfair to the real patients who are experiencing and suffering from the harrowing symptoms of any mental health issues. If his chief complaint is difficulty falling asleep, why is the show insinuating depression without any other symptoms? They are not educating the viewers properly. They just missed the chance for an increased social awareness in this. They are also fueling the social stigma against patients or anyone who takes medications. It is actually very beneficial for the general public to recognize actual symptoms and provide proper help and assistance for a loved one with the illness.

And who keeps getting his prescription refilled? Why does that doctor keeps refilling his prescription without any routine visits? Someone’s gonna a lose a license. LOL. Is it prescription or just OTC sleeping aid like melatonin? Did his doc try any other techniques, alternative medicine or non-pharma intervention; ie. sleep therapy or sleep restriction therapy, relaxation therapy, yoga, acupunture, massage, avoiding stimulant foods and drinks like coffee and sugar, sleep hygiene therapy, developing good sleep habits, warm milk, etc.? Prescription meds are always the last resort if anything else fail. Most sleeping aids are highly addicting; thus, docs are wary in prescribing them or warn patients of potential dependence.

Jason said he found a new way to cure Suho. 🤦‍♀️ Even getting approved for any proposal would take months/years and multiple revisions. And he just suddenly developed a new way to treat a mental health issue right after graduation. And he’s testing his cure on his friend? I know everyone in dramas are geniuses, but hmmmm.... 🤔

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At this point, I think his friend is more to moral support than as doctor/ therapist(?). A person with depression at times is in sensitive state, so I'm really side-eyeing his chirpy approach, but like you said, we were quick to assume Sooho has depression, perhaps it's a recent thing for him to be in this state, perhaps it's pre-depression symptoms, coupled with his stress due to his stepmom and his celebrity life.

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I think that was the show’s intent, but they had Jason wanting to sit down for a consult at any turn. Lol.

They’ve changed this in the latter episodes, which eventually made him the moral support or just a friend to hang out with, and number one supporter of the couple. Though he complained that GR ‘cured’ or made Suho show emotion in just a few days, he’s admitting his incompetence as a doctor who actually stayed with the patient to try to treat him. Lol.

I am hoping they better not go there about depression if they cannot do it right. It could also be PTSD for seeing someone die (not sure about that story yet). He has nightmares, hence the insomnia or not getting enough of it. Oh well, let’s not get too serious about it. The show wants to entertain us and sometimes we just need to take it as it is, as long as it doesn’t cause any harm.

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I'm not a psychologist but I am depressed and I do see a lot of myself in him. We might just be similar in terms of personality (type A for Asshole) but he has trouble sleeping, doesn't seem to be interested in anything (he's GOOD at acting, doesn't mean he likes it) and lives in extreme emotional inertia. He bottles up his feelings and makes impulsive decisions. He obsesses over his past. He keeps himself occupied at all times (which is typical for idols but also for everyone with high-functioning depression). There's a lot of potential here, I hope there's more to it than just love -> forgiveness -> happiness

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I love Jason SO much! The contrast between him and Soo-ho is so lovely, I can't wait for them to have a serious conversation about Soo-ho's state of mind. He's definitely my favorite character right now <3
I think Doojoon is a fantastic actor, he expresses so much with just his eyes...I absolutely loved that as soon as the director yelled 'cut' after that sword scene, he immediately changed his expression (and started to actually act!). Not to mention how he dug holes with his eyes everytime PD Lee touched Geu-rim's shoulder (I'm with you on this, Lollypip! There's gotta be something more there)
I also really, really love Geu-rim's positive nature...that scene in which she counters each clause of the contract with something positive was definitely one of my favorites. It's such a difficult thing, to be positive, yet she manages to always look for the bright side of things <3
After last episode I thought that there was something going on with Soo-ho and alcohol, but after this episode I think it's confirmed. I wonder if it's something health-related or if something happened with it when he was a child.
Also, am I the only one who felt there was something else going on between manager-not-manager Joon-woo and Tae-ri? I felt like there's some history there.
Anyways...so many cliches, and I almost feel like I know everything's that gonna happen, but I'm really, really enjoying it!

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I found it so strange that she called him ahjusshi and I thought so too... from what I saw in today’s episode (no spoilers as to what happened) they definitely have a back story. Is this a cultural difference, calling people ahjusshi just to be snarky to them? 😂

I kind of like how we’re wondering if everything happened when he was young because so far his character is one big cliche of the male lead with a tortured, horrifying past. Not that I’m mad about it, but still. 😂

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Ahhh! I still have to wait about 4 hours for it to be available with subs, but we can talk about this theory in the next recap! From what I've experienced, ahjussi is sometimes used like that, yes!
And lol I know...we're imagining such a terrible childhood for him, but I mean....that scarf scene was pretty awful!

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"After last episode I thought that there was something going on with Soo-ho and alcohol, but after this episode I think it's confirmed."

It may be that Su-ho doesn't touch alcohol because he had been taking sleeping pills nightly until he ran out. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, as are barbiturates. Taking the two together is a recipe for death or a persistent vegetative state.

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Oh, you're right, he can't mix pills and alcohol, that's a nice theory, yeah!
After watching ep 4, though, I think that his deal with alcohol is that he can't control himself as he always does if he's drunk so he prefers to avoid it. He can't keep up his facade under the influence!

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@natzillagorilla,

Su-ho's unwillingness to risk loss of control also crossed my mind. I suspect that's part and parcel of Mom's enforced perfectionism.

It seems that there is quite a bit of social tolerance for otherwise offensive behavior and speech when it is done under the influence of alcohol. I recall hearing many years ago that in Japan inebriation provides an opportunity to vent over what could not otherwise be expressed in public -- or in front of one's boss. I can't help but wonder if that might be the case in Korea as well.

A similar dynamic was at work in Europe in the old days during certain festivals when people from the lower classes wearing masks could say things that would normally have gotten them killed. Call it a social relief valve.

As for combining booze and downers, when Karen Ann Quinlan did that in New Jersey in 1975, it not only resulted in family tragedy, but a landmark case that went all the way to the NJ Supreme Court over the "right to die." The young woman in question was in a persistent vegetative state and lived for another 9 years after being taken off a ventilator.

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For sure! He hasn't been allowed to be himself since he was little and he is super in control of his actions (except when he's with GR lol) so alcohol would definitely mess that up.
I hadn't heard about that thing in Japan, but I lived there for a couple of months and I was really surprised by how they changed when they were drinking alcohol so it doesn't surprise me...
And I hadn't heard about Karen Quinlan, but that is such a sad story :/

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Wow, this is a weird coincidence. I read this comment right as I was doing a reading for my Health Care Ethics class that mentioned Karen Anne Quinlan!

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@mindy February 8, 2018 at 9:54 AM

Synchronicity strikes again! You never know what you'll read on DramaBeans. It is germane to the discussion.

Karen Ann Quinlan was a few years older than me, and lived a few towns away. It was a horrible case. Her family went on to establish a hospice.

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Really like the acting in this drama.. especially the lead actors ❤

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Holy wow, that sageuk fight scene! I’ve never watched a non-fusion sageuk, but if Doojoon ever does one, I’m watching for sure.

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Cool... i was waiting for this recap.. Did you guys see that self consoling dialog.. Su ho if i can come to hotel with writer than i will be fine with it.. SGR: will forget that thing.. Hahahahaha ROFL.. Also i just love the way his eyes roll whenever he sees PD nim places his hand in SGR's shoulder.. This ep had many scenes which made me LOL.. rest of the comments will be followed after reading the recap.. kekekeke.. just love his romance.. i feel they are perfectly fine as a pair.. i can feel the romance in the air..

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I think one of the things that makes the age difference work is that her character is emotionally healthy, while his is damaged and vulnerable. She can bounce back from all kinds of bad situations.

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I dont see the age gap at all.. nevertheless they are good in anything they do..

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Can I just say how much I'm loving Yoon Doojoon's portrayal of Suho in this? He's absolutely slaying this role for me.
Having watched the Let's Eat seasons and Splash Splash love, I wasn't sure he could totally sell such a serious character at first. Also I'm a fan of his group Highlight, so I know well how loud and silly he is in real life.
Suho on the other hand, has such calculated expressions and so many bottled emotions and I can't help being so impressed with those subtle touches Doojoon's putting into his character. I agree that the character is a little bland but I think that's totally on purpose. I'm sure Geurim will help loosen him up.
But Suho's blood shot eyes are are a bit jarring. How did they even make them like that? Hope Doojoon's not harming himself for it.

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I've been rewatching Beast/Highlight appareances in varieties since last week just because the Doojoon/Soo-ho contrast is awesome!

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I'm so glad. I've reading news about a lot of people now becoming Highlight fans because of Yoon Doojoon and it makes me so happy. It'd be great if you could check out their music too. They're silly guys but have really great songs.

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Oh, I've been a fan for *years*!! I meant that I found the difference between DJ and SH so funny, I went back to rewatching many of their interviews just for comparison's sake ^^
I too am glad Highlight has been gaining momentum because of DJ, I hope this means Yoseobie's mini album will be a total success <3

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A little bit of Dae Young, the deft fast talker, came out during the scene at this house over the contracts.

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LollyPip, thank you for the recap. (n_n)

1) I'm pretty sure alcohol drink is the main sponsor. Also it saddens me that because of the stressful life there, the only way to survive is to just suck it up and depends on alcohol.

2) I like that this drama try to tackle serious issues; the depression, toxic work culture, controlling big agency, but the tone is a bit a jarring, at times it is cartoonish, sometimes finger-biting nervousness. I feel like I'm on a bumpy roller-coaster ride. It is still early, I know, I hope it will set on the right balanced tone sooner.

3) I love that Soo-ho found Geurim's secret hideout. Hee~

4) Sunny-energetic-chirpy-cheeky quack doctor is draining my introverst-self. But I guess he is necessary for Sooho to open up. I'm grinning when he's so happy when Sooho did that outburst of emotion. XD And he's such a sadist #teamschadenfreude, lol.

5) Manager Kang's character is really annoying, he likes to repeat his words, tend to let emotion take over him, a kind of human I tend to avoid in real life. Also, I realize kdrama characters love to repeatedly ask, "What do you mean by that?" "Can you repeat that?""What are you doing?"

6) Crazy PD Lee really living up to his nickname. I feel like walking on an eggshell every time he or the stepmom appears. Geurim has it tough.

7) I don't know where this show gonna go, makjang or light-hearted, but I wish Writer Ra won't be that malicious and go as far as to ruin Geurim's career. I hope the program battle will be a productive one where both sides win and learn something.

8) Sooho's conciousness every time a guy get too close to Geurim is delightful. XD Also, is that a hint of jealousy? I'm all for a hero's subtle display of attraction/ affection. Just don't be possesive, please. Yoon freaking Doojoon and his emotive eyes can take my bank account and my precious chocolate cake!

9) It must be tiring to do drama within drama scenes, plus it's a sageuk, gosh, the need to change all the attires, camerawork, dialogues. Hey, the fighting scene is not bad, now I want to watch this Rainy Day drama.

10) Didn't expect for Sooho to kick Jinsoo to protect Geurim but then sometimes you need physical force to warn people to stop doing harmful things (it's basically an attempted rape). It's not his usual self to be so aggressive. I hope that will not be his way to show protective side in the future, I'm not a fan of violence. I'm all for tormented hero, not a jerk tormented hero.*coughBOF/Heirs*cough.

11) FSL is a sly fox but at least straight-forward. Please, don't be one-dimensional. I appreciate Ri-el so much. Sigh.

12) I'm all about professionalism, so I'm on Sooho's side. Also totally agree with LollyPip about PD Lee.

As far as PD Lee goes, I find him quite a contradiction.

PD Lee's way to get close to Sooho is not pro at all, with his inconsiderate and obnoxious actions, and he is disrupting...

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... disrupting Sooho's routine, calling him out at night to meet. Pfft, don't call that rude attitude as a an effort to make people open up. Also, what's with expectation "working out of work time=being pro". Nope.

13) Regarding to ep 1, Sooho's nightmare, he's being strangled and bleeding and the director didn't say "cut", I hope it's purely a dream, not a flashback and a sign of his stepmom's instruction, you know, as a warning to Sooho to not go against her.

14) Sooho's all-smile public persona is way too different to his real-self, I'm so taken-aback.

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Oddly, he’s picked up a lot of her mannerisms...

Poor Sooho, he must've been through a lot and feels like at dead-end, that the only way to cope is to counter-attack with the same way his stepmom treat him.

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@noobita I am happy to read that on may of the points you listed I am in agreement with you ...
I am not the only one who have some difficulties to accept / like some elements of the show ...

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Thanks @snifs. Yep, I'm trying hard to accept some of the scenes too, Lollypip's recap helps a lot, good enough for me to be patient. XD

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I didn't want to start this show, but I got drawn into it because the clips were so funny. I can't quite put my finger on what I like about it now, but I couldn't wait for this episode to come out, and I enjoyed it so much. Somehow the warmth and humor outweigh all the negative elements, and even moments that are predictable or cliche somehow don't manage to drag the show down. After I finished the episode and the preview for today, I was in such a good mood, I wish I could bottle that feeling. Can't wait to see what they're up to today!

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Thanks for re-capping this for us @lollypip

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I have a theory why his Sageuk allows for Su-ho's hair color to remain red.

In this historical drama Su-ho is a time traveler from 2017 who has a special ability to transport himself back to Joseon via bodies of water. When he does he sees the princess and rescues her when she falls into the pond on a freezing day, because, you know, symbolism, and also, meta. When he is in Joseon he wears a top knot wig like Kim Boong-Do of Queen In-hyun's Man after he chops his hair off in the modern day period.

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In the scene of Su-ho's costar refusing to fall into the water, the instrumental "My Man Kim Boong-do" from QUEEN IN-HYUN'S MAN (OST track 9, starting at about :00:30) plays.

It's posted on my fan wall, along with a couple of pieces of BGM from ep. 04.

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OMG for real? That's fantastic, show. On a rainy day his love is waiting for him in a phone booth....

PakalanaPikake, when I read that you were a DJ it all made sense to me! I am continually impressed by your musical knowledge.

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@kimbapnoona,

Oops!! I realize I goofed. I got the instrumental confused with "Lovers" “비익련리” (Bi-ik-ryun-ri), another OST with hageum and piano from CHUNO / THE SLAVE HUNTERS. I've posted it to my fan wall. Sorry about that! My ear -- and memory -- are NOT infallible. ;-)

FWIW, I had been reminded of QUEEN IN-HYUN'S MAN a couple of days ago by the guest article on OTPs, and had just posted a couple of the OSTs on my fan wall. -- I was close, but no cigar.

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa! ;-)

LOL! Good catch with the RAINY DAY title and the phone booth in the rain scene in QIHM. ;-)

But the sword fight with the veiled woman really looks like a spoof of DUELIST. Or maybe DAMO, which had more obvious wire fu than the film. Ha Ji-won played Damo Namsoon in both productions. Her sword tangos with Sad Eyes are simply exquisite -- no doubt because she and Kang Dong-won learned to tango for the movie. ;-)

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I'm loving this show, and I can't wait for everyone's relationships to start developing. Especially Su-ho, who's going to be the little baby duckling in all aspects of life as in learning to do things on his own instead of having his agency do them.

As for Su-ho's mother, I think PD Lee will put up a good fight for her in the future, as he doesn't really seem to care about industry politics etc.

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"I’m Lee Kang.” “I’m Ji Su-ho.” “I’m the PD.” “I’m Ji Su-ho.” “I won two broadcasting awards.” “I’m Ji Su-ho". Big LOL....
He just want people to know him as the simple Ji Su-ho. I doubt that Su-ho growing inferiority from his self that sometime he just do anything to keep busier.

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I thought the joke was he is so well known, he needs no other introduction. A fact he is well aware of and willing to use for an easy win in the male pissing contest with the PD. He has earned his status through popularity of his work, which is also the measure of success the PD is subjected to.

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I predict i'm gonna adore the bikering relationship between Lee Kang and Su Ho...I already love Lee Kang and somehow on total opposites they are both people i can't read and it is fun...Also,those daggers that fly left and right from Su Ho's eyes towards Lee Kang's hand is hilarious or any man that dares to start skinship with our cutie maknae jajja

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I’m so not used to seeing Geu Rim in this hairstyle. It’s very distracting :(

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yeah i agree with you! I dont like her hair, and it doesnt look natural either. why did they make it like that? To get her in to the character better ? to make her look older?

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The most important question is, who opened the door for Geu-rim?
I am 100% convinced Su-ho was just waiting for her and got fed up and just opened it before she pressed the bell. :D

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Was he there the whole time watching her doubting herself? Is that why he was so amused when she came in?

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I didn't like Su-ho's 'swoony' drama moves with Geu-rim and after that epic save at the end of ep.2 it backfired on him. Lol, I just love how Geu-rim has normal life reactions - she doesn't get what it means and doesn't swoon. I get that Su-ho has limited life experience but he is so contradictory I keep scratching my head sometimes. But it's still fun.

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Finally! Some comedy! Hahahah! How about that Joseon era bit then? Huhuho! *clears throat*
Mama Terror is coming out really nicely too, eh?
What's the deal between Ji Soo's manager and Blackmail Actress? I feel a love-spurned under current right there!
But seriously, what's with the fast forwards and obvious cuts? I the only one who saw that? With the way they're being pushed around, definitely something will happen between Geu Reum and the doctor guy. Hmmmm...
Otherwise I had a silly smile throughout ep3.
Ep4 (the feels in here man!) was like an alpha male war ground, between PDnim and Ji Soo, bets to see who wins out last, anyone?
I love Geu Reum's laugh! #SnowWars
I was right about the redundant xters, wasn't I?
Show is saved tho! *grooving to OST chicken dance..

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Whatever is going on with him as far as his memories and conflicted feelings for Geu-rim, there's no doubt that he just withdrew into himself after she said she would Never Ever Ever fall for someone like him. For the rest of the episode, he was absolutely cold.

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Withdrawal? Not the withdrawal maybe something else. Have you seen ep4?

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I was giggling hard everytime his laser beam eyes came out whenever another men put their hands on Geol Rim.

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ok i will watch anything for kim so hyun

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The lead is a mystery. We all know that he likes SGR. His attiitude is just so bad. Even if he is cold to other people he should at least show emotions when talking to jason

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i dunno abt all of you but whenever there is flashback on their part i just like the teen actor who play suho..his face so angelic...he is going to be big in next 10 or 5 years 😘😘😘
#pardonthisajuma

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I know, right? The kid has played a few younger version of star actors too. While You Were Sleeping ; The King Loves; And Now this, check out his Wikipedia page, it's a whole resume in there. This guy is a Park Bo-gum in the making if I may say so myself...

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What if the plot twist is that Geu Rim and Su Ho are actually siblings? All those laser beams are him being secretly brotherly protective?

#nopleaseno

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@Lollypip: you really know something!! the writer of this story will be stuck with AW, by reading your comments on the story.. seriously noting these many things esp Su ho getting the habit of his fake mother or PD making Su ho take his own responsibility.. Wow Daebak.. i actually didnt even think that level.. let me know if you write any story of yours i would love to read them..

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Hi @KF I agree with you completely. Thanks @Lollypip for the great recaps. You are getting the recaps out very quickly without sacrificing your analysis so we (beanie/readers) are going to have to be on our toes.
It seems that a lot of us following RR also followed INAR. On a practical level during the run of INAR we usually had several days between an episode airing and recaps. We are going to have to keep it together during this series. That being said I haven't followed how the Olympics will impact the regular schedule. I would assume a great deal like the last Presidential election in Korea.

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I guess it's just me but I don't feel the chemistry between the two leads..they're good actors and all but I have yet to feel the spark between the two of them.

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Thanks for your recap and comments, LollyPip!

I was distressed to discover that Su-ho's Mommy Dearest, Nam Joo-Ha, used to be Jung Jun-hyuk's gym teacher mom in HIGH KICK! 2 THROUGH THE ROOF. She treated bumbling hubby Jung Bo-Suk in an obnoxious and high-handed manner. It is clear that her pathology has escalated since then. And it's no wonder! She's a chip off the old block. Look at her father, scheming school lunch mogul Lee Soon-Jae, who has since morphed into a truly evil chaebol founder in MONEY FLOWER. I'm beginning to suspect that his reprehensible daughter-in-law, Jung Mal-ran (with the emphasis on the mal -- bad), is Su-ho's murderously sociopathic auntie who shares cookie recipes and brainwashing tips with his stepmom. * shudder *

Whew! Had to get that off my chest.

PD Lee is indeed a cypher. He insults everyone, and is a master of button-pushing. It'll be interesting to find out what his deal is. His ready acceptance of Su-ho's contract stipulations instantly raised my suspicions.

I agree that Geu-rim and her Mom are as cute as buttons. Doc Jason is shaping up to be a lot of fun, too. Geu-rim's meteorological buddies (Tornado, Monsoon, and Drought) are giving off a 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL vibe. Here's hoping that Monsoon's former identity as Ms. Bong the fortuneteller in TWO COPS will stand Raincloud in good stead. ;-)

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I love everything about this show!

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I thought not much happened in this episode but it was sweet in many ways. I love how the casts gel together in this drama. Its rare to see such a good cast in one place.

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Overall I think this was a better episode than episode 2. Just when I was getting bored with how familiar all this is, the second male lead gets the cohabitation plotline. Since he was first introduced, PD Lee has been walking eyesore of racism but now we realise he's also paternalistic and controlling. The way he treats Geu-rim is borderline sexual harassment. She's clearly not comfortable with it. I got the impression that Su-ho is angrier at her being uncomfortable than with another man touching her and that's what has (so far) won me over with his character. It's not possessiveness he's feeling, it's concern for her wellbeing.

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Does anyone know what the name of the song is playing when Geu-Rim goes to his house to sign the contract but she hesitates and goes back into her car? The song is stuck in my head but I have no way in finding out who sings it!

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I want to know the same thing! Can’t get it out of my head either!

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