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Radio Romance: Episode 4

As the first day of the radio show grows closer, Su-ho is being pushed outside of his safe little comfort zone. His natural instinct is to push back, but that’s not easy to do when he’s feeling himself pulled closer and closer to Geu-rim. The more she confides in him, the harder he’s finding it to maintain his emotional distance, and sooner or later something’s gotta give.

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

PD Lee insults Su-ho until he joins him and Geu-rim at a restaurant. His behavior has Su-ho stating that he’s worried about doing the radio show with PD Lee in charge, and he asks if he should just quit. But PD Lee bursts out laughing and apologizes, claiming that he was testing Su-ho to see if he’s capable of getting angry.

Geu-rim tries to get the guys to stop, but PD Lee talks over her, bringing up the contract that Su-ho wrote. He praises Su-ho’s interest in his script and his guests, than asks if he interpreted that correctly.

He stops Geu-rim in the middle of drinking a shot, finishing it himself, as Su-ho glares daggers again at PD Lee’s familiarity with her. This time when PD Lee suggests a group planning meeting, Su-ho agrees.

He hesitates when PD Lee adds that it will be an overnight trip, but the possibility of PD Lee and Geu-rim spending time alone together changes his mind. He’s even more unhappy to learn that PD Lee and Geu-rim live so close together and are going to pull an all-nighter, but PD Lee blames Su-ho’s high demands regarding his script.

Su-ho asks why PD Lee keeps calling Geu-rim “Maknae” when she’s the main writer. PD Lee just says, “She’ll always be a maknae to me,” then heads for home.

Geu-rim hangs back to make sure Su-ho is okay to drive, but he reminds her that while she had one and a half shots, he didn’t drink. She reassures him that PD Lee may seem odd, but he’s actually very talented. Su-ho just snaps at her to shut his car door.

Jason is beyond excited about the overnight trip, insisting that he needs to go along to stay close to Su-ho, and adding that he wants to get to know Geu-rim better. He marvels that she’s even getting him to go on a trip, and Su-ho stomps off to his bedroom, hee.

Su-ho lies awake that night as usual, his thoughts filled with PD Lee and his disturbing familiarity with Geu-rim. HA, he can’t stand the idea of them spending the night together, even if it’s just for work.

In the morning, Geu-rim is astounded at the amount of luggage Su-ho and Jason are planning to bring on the trip. Su-ho tries to take his own car, but Geu-rim overrides him and drives him and Jason herself. Su-ho repeatedly asks where they’re going, but Geu-rim cutely avoids answering.

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An unexpected island adventure

 
They end up at a ferry dock, where PD Lee and the rest of the team greet them with cute signs. Su-ho is distinctly unamused. Geu-rim brings him seasickness medicine on the ferry, noting his pale face, and he says he’s okay but takes the medicine. On the other hand, PD Lee is sick as a dog, and Su-ho frowns as Geu-rim pats his back and pricks his finger to settle his stomach.

Su-ho’s parents stand for photos at an event for a purse manufacturer, while nearby, actress Da-seul (Su-ho’s current costar and his father’s current mistress) poses alone with a fancy bag. Su-ho’s mother notices former child actress Tae-ri talking to a reporter and glances to Joon-woo, his cue to break up the conversation.

Tae-ri is actually doing a decent job deflecting Reporter Ahn’s questions about Su-ho and his family. Joon-woo tells Reporter Ahn to ask him his questions, so Reporter Ahn asks why Su-ho never comes to events, implying that there’s trouble brewing in the family.

Joon-woo warns that if Reporter Ahn writes stories based on rumors, he’ll fall hard again, and asks if they’ll have to break his remaining wing. Reporter Ahn just laughs and says that there must be a big secret.

Su-ho’s parents end up in the same elevator with Da-seul. So awkward. Su-ho’s mom asks Da-seul how she likes working with Su-ho, then invites her to dinner with her and her husband sometime soon. She exits the elevator, leaving Da-seul freaking out and her husband shrugging helplessly.

She goes back to the event to pose for more photos alone. Tae-ri joins her uninvited, and as the confused reporters take more pictures, she tells Su-ho’s mom under her breath that Reporter Ahn keeps asking why Su-ho isn’t at events lately and if they have a “show window” family. She mentions that it would make things awkward if she said anything, and asks when she’ll be working with Su-ho again.

Su-ho is currently whining as the team waits for the bus to pick them up from the ferry. PD Lee explains that there’s only one ferry, but a bus every two hours, advising Su-ho to learn to wait patiently with everyone else.

They have to walk a short way after the bus ride, and everyone enjoys it except Su-ho, of course. Even when they stop for snacks and a splash in the ocean, Su-ho never cracks a smile, and when a spontaneous snowball fight breaks out, he snarls at anyone who dares to throw one at him.

He’s definitely not pleased with the traditional-style house they’ll be staying in, nor the fact that he has to share a room with the other guys. Almost as soon as they arrive, Geu-rim wails that she left her laptop, which contains the script and all their research materials, on the ferry.

She tells everyone to start without her and heads back to the dock to get it, hitching a ride with a tractor driver since there are no taxis. She’s surprised when Su-ho hops onto the tractor with her, and he says that he saw her leave her laptop bag on the ferry. He doesn’t explain, only saying that he’s following her because he’s going home.

As they ride, Su-ho notices Geu-rim trying to warm her cold hands. He starts to give her his scarf several times but keeps chickening out. They hit a bump at one point, and he reflexively reaches out to steady Geu-rim, causing them both to feel a moment of awkwardness.

Su-ho’s mom is cranky after the event, and upset that Joon-woo can’t find Su-ho. She orders him to keep an eye on Tae-ri and report back if he learns anything interesting. Once he’s gone, she tells her assistant that if they can’t make Su-ho quit radio, then they’ll have to make Geu-rim quit her job. Having heard about the radio show competition, she decides to start with Writer Ra.

Writer Ra and Seung-soo are going through Geu-rim’s office while she’s gone, and Writer Ra asks Seung-soo if he has any ideas for their show concept or DJ. He says he doesn’t and snaps at her to speak to him respectfully, so she slaps on a pained smile and suggests they try to get along.

While Geu-rim rescues her laptop, Su-ho tries to get a ferry off the island, only to learn that there really is only one a day. They wait for the bus again, and Geu-rim tells Su-ho that every script she’s ever written is on her laptop.

She notices that he didn’t bring his bag and assumes that he wasn’t really planning on leaving, but that he came because he was worried about her. Of course, Su-ho denies it.

They sit apart on the bus, and Geu-rim guesses that it’s been a while since Su-ho rode the bus. He remembers a bus ride when he’d sat across from a younger Geu-rim just like this, watching her draw pictures in the condensation on the windows. She’d fallen asleep and he’d slid over to her seat, grinning to himself when her head rested on his shoulder.

Back in the present, Geu-rim says happily that the radio is slow, just like this bus and the sunset outside. She catches Su-ho looking at her, and he quickly shutters the soft look in his eyes and turns back to his window.

It soon turns dark outside, and Geu-rim asks the bus driver when they’ll get to their stop. Unfortunately they took the wrong bus, and are now on the complete opposite side of the island. They get off in the middle of nowhere and Su-ho starts to complain, but he stops himself when he sees how worried Geu-rim is.

He finally whips off his scarf and hands it to her irritably. She takes the scarf and steps away to call PD Lee, but she turns back at a loud yelp from Su-ho. She finds him sitting on the ground, an upset ajusshi leaning over him repeating, “You came, you finally came.” The ajusshi starts to cry on Su-ho’s shoulder, obviously mistaking him for someone else.

Ajusshi takes them back to his house, where Su-ho finds a photo of him with a younger man — probably his son, the person who disappeared. Geu-rim calls PD Lee to tell him what happened, but when she starts to tell him where they are, Su-ho comes running out intending to leave.

Ajusshi brings a tray of food and yells that Su-ho can’t leave. He physically drags Su-ho back inside and feeds him chicken soup, which Su-ho only takes after a nervous glance at Geu-rim. Geu-rim gets her hand slapped when she reaches towards the food, ha.

She asks if Su-ho looks like Ajusshi’s son, but Ajusshi insists that he actually is his son. He asks if she’s his son’s girlfriend, and Su-ho gives her this look when she says she’s not. She goes outside to call PD Lee again, telling him that they’ll have to stay the night and apologizing for ruining the meeting.

Tae-ri goes clubbing that night, and she allows a random guy to dance up to her. He starts to put his hands on her, but Joon-woo shows up out of nowhere to grab the offending hand and crush it. He pulls Tae-ri off the dance floor and reminds her that she’s a star and needs to protect her image.

She asks when Joon-woo will grant her favor, but he says he’s Su-ho’s manager, so his job is to fight for Su-ho, not himself. Tae-ri quips that he’s some manager, when he doesn’t even know where his actor is right now and even abandoned him twelve years ago.

At bedtime Ajusshi pulls out a large stack of postcards. He says that he writes postcards to radio shows trying to find his son, and that these are the ones he hasn’t sent yet. He sits Su-ho down and asks him to read the cards. Su-ho is alarmed when Geu-rim leaves them alone, but she just grins at his pleas for her to stay.

Su-ho lies awake after Ajusshi falls asleep, and eventually he gets up and goes outside. He finds Geu-rim on the porch working on her laptop, having been chased out of her room by a roach, ha. She cheekily asks Su-ho to catch the roach for her, laughing at his horrified refusal.

She says she’s working on the opening script for his first show and asks him to read it. He sits next to her and sees the show title, “Ji Su-ho’s Radio Romance.” Geu-rim tells him that she’s always dreamed of the first day her DJ reads her script on the air, excited that the day is almost here.

She’s been listening to the radio while she works, and when her favorite song comes on, she shares her blanket with Su-ho and settles in to listen. Su-ho stares at Geu-rim for a long time, and she tells him that she loves it when someone requests a song she’s been wanting to hear. She smiles at him, and Su-ho can’t look away.

On the other side of the island, Jason misunderstands PD Lee and gives him his business card, when he was actually asking about Su-ho. Jason turns the question around on him, asking why PD Lee cast Su-ho when he has no idea what kind of person he is. PD Lee says he’s counting on God’s will, then invites Jason to join them in the booth as their confidential therapist.

Still outside, Geu-rim nods off and her head falls on Su-ho’s shoulder. He carries her into the main room and makes a bed for her beside his. He faces her so he can watch her sleep, and a few moments later, she turns to face him in her sleep. Just like that, Su-ho closes his eyes and falls asleep.

He dreams of one day when he was a kid, when he’d seen a friend waving to him from across the street. But instead of being happy, he’d turned and walked away. The friend started to follow, and he’d walked right in front of a truck.

Su-ho had turned to see his friend on the ground, bleeding from a head wound. As the emergency vehicles arrived, Su-ho had used his cell phone to call Joon-woo, shaking and crying when there was no answer.

Su-ho wakes from his dream, and the first thing he sees is Geu-rim’s sleeping face, but he’s gone by the time she wakes in the morning. She meets the rest of the team at the ferry dock, and since the ferry hasn’t left yet, they figure that Su-ho must still be on the island.

But he’s already almost home, having called Joon-woo to get him. Joon-woo notes that even without his own phone, Su-ho still remembers his number, and Su-ho says softly, “How could I forget? I called you dozens of times that day.”

Dropping Su-ho off at his house, Joon-woo says that if Su-ho still blames him, he’ll quit. Su-ho asks if Joon-woo really wants to quit, and when Joon-woo hesitates, Su-ho knows that he doesn’t.

He goes inside to find his agency writing team waiting for him. He asks for half an hour before their meeting, and goes to his room. He remembers seeing Geu-rim when she was a kid, singing along with her earbuds at the bus stop while he and his friend watched. He thinks of the night before, when she’d fallen asleep on his shoulder, then he’d fallen asleep looking at her face.

Su-ho’s mother meets with Writer Ra to extent her support, offering to supply her with a DJ, guests, or even sponsors for her radio show. She says she’ll give Writer Ra anything she needs, so long as she gets Geu-rim to quit within a month. Writer Ra thinks about it, but not for very long.

In the meeting with his writers, Su-ho is given a list of mistakes and problems he may face during the radio show, along with their script for his first episode. Jason bursts in and says that even though he knew Su-ho would do this, it still makes him mad to see it.

He yells at Su-ho for leaving the island alone and making him worry, but Su-ho completely ignores him. Jason spits that this is the first time he ever wished Su-ho carried a cell phone, then he storms up to his room.

He calls Geu-rim to tell her that Su-ho got home safely. Relieved, she asks Jason to make sure Su-ho sees the script she sent him, then she collapses in bed and smiles happily.

The last few days before the show’s first episode fly by quickly in a flurry of script revisions, as Geu-rim worries at Su-ho’s conspicuous absence. Jason tries to ask Su-ho why he isn’t keeping in contact with Geu-rim, but Su-ho stubbornly refuses to even acknowledge the question.

Finally it’s time to record the first show, and the team sits through a long-winded speech by Station Manager Kang (which Geu-rim translates for PD Lee as “get good ratings or you’re dead,” ha). Afterward, PD Lee asks Geu-rim if she’s nervous about her first show, and she admits that she is.

PD Lee says that there are three types of writers — those who write well, those with good ideas, and those who are good at getting guests. He says he’s never met a writer that could do all three, but he believes that she’ll be the first.

Su-ho arrives right on time and wades through a crowd of screaming fans. He’s calm and professional as he enters the recording booth, and he catches Geu-rim’s eye for just a moment before he begins.

Everything seems to be going well until Su-ho starts to talk, and within a few words, it becomes obvious that he’s not reading Geu-rim’s script. The team knows right away that he’s had a different script written for him, but there’s nothing they can do until he’s finished recording the opening comments.

Everyone else is fooled, except for Writer Ra, who grabs Geu-rim’s script from her hands and sneers at it. Geu-rim looks over at Su-ho, catching him watching her, but he quickly drops his eyes.

When he’s finished recording, he gives Geu-rim and PD Lee all the credit, but Geu-rim can hardly look at him anymore. PD Lee bursts into wild laughter, shaking Su-ho’s hand and saying sarcastically that he did great. Su-ho looks at Geu-rim one last time, seeming almost to feel bad this time, then he leaves.

He sends Joon-woo home, and Geu-rim catches up to him while he’s still in the lobby. She tells him that she was worried when he left the island without a word to anyone. She says sadly that she thought they’d gotten close, but the Su-ho she saw today is a different person.

Su-ho has trouble looking at Geu-rim as she asks if he’s aware that she sent him fifteen different versions of her opening comments, knowing that he didn’t even open her emails. She says that it’s up to him if he wants to say the words she wrote, but she asks, “Shouldn’t you at least read it first before making that decision?”

Su-ho never says a word, and when he finally looks at her, Geu-rim walks away. As she walks home later, she doesn’t see Su-ho still sitting in his car. He watches as PD Lee grabs her, knowing that she’s planning to drink soju alone tonight, and leads her to his car instead.

Geu-rim reluctantly starts to get in his car, but she suddenly finds Su-ho standing in her way. He stops Geu-rim with a look, as PD Lee turns to see them staring into each other’s eyes.

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COMMENTS

Wow. I’m not really surprised that Su-ho went through with his plan to read his own script on the show, but after Geu-rim told him how much it meant to her to have her words read on the radio, I am surprised at how little shame he showed over it. It was extra-low of him not to even give PD Lee and Geu-rim a heads-up — not only did he betray Geu-rim’s trust, but he humiliated her in front of her colleagues, her boss, and worst of all, her rival. They were just beginning to find a little bit of non-adversarial space between them to form a bit of trust, and now that’s all gone. I think Su-ho is about to learn a huge lesson in what it feels like to hurt someone you actually care about, and he’s going to have to work pretty hard to regain Geu-rim’s trust again.

Backing up a bit, I’m glad that Su-ho got a look at the way radio touches people in a very real and personal way. As an actor, he no doubt views radio as a boring and outdated performance medium, so it was good for him to meet a man to whom radio is not only his sole connection to the outside word, but his only hope of finding his lost son. Of course, Su-ho is still too self-absorbed to understand the lesson now. But I fully expect the lesson to connect later, when he’s not in such a state of survival mode and has gotten free of his mother more than he is now.

I’m really curious about what Su-ho’s dream meant, where his friend was hit by the truck. At first I thought that the friend was Joon-woo and that he survived the accident, but based on Tae-ri’s comment about Joon-woo abandoning Su-ho, I suspect it was a different friend and that Su-ho still resents Joon-woo for not answering when he tried to call him. It would begin to explain their strained relationship now, and the fact that Su-ho refuses to carry a cell phone. The boys both had phones in their hands when they saw each other, and Su-ho seemed further traumatized when he couldn’t reach Joon-woo. Now as adults, Su-ho clearly cares about Joon-woo because he asked his mother to give him a job and didn’t take her up on her offer to fire him. But whatever happened between them, it obviously still hasn’t been resolved.

I’m also interested in how Su-ho was able to see Geu-rim so often when they were kids, but she never seemed to see him. We’ve experienced three of his memories of her now, and he seemed quite taken with her (no doubt he thinks of her as his first love), but she never noticed him at all. If Su-ho was a child star, how was he out alone so often that he saw Geu-rim all over town, and how did she never recognize him? What was it about her that captivated him to the point that he still remembers her in such vivid detail? And why does he seem angered whenever he sees her now? His first encounter with her as adults (that we know of), he tripped her and sneered as she sprawled on the floor, and he’s questioned her morals more than once. While he’s definitely still entranced by her, he’s also pretty hostile, so I don’t think it’s as simple as him encountering his first love from childhood.

Obviously, I find Su-ho a much more fascinating character than Geu-rim, simply because he’s so complex and he’s hiding such an interesting past. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like Geu-rim, because I do — I appreciate that she’s not just a prop for the leading man to focus his attention on, but a strong young woman with well-formed opinions and an interesting past of her own. Her mother’s blindness has shaped her whole life, but in a positive way, leading her to a career that she finds meaningful and fulfilling. She experiences the world in a unique way because she’s been forced to see things for more than simple face value. And I absolutely adore that she thwarts Su-ho’s attempts to railroad and bully her at every turn, calling him out immediately when he’s being boorish or when he’s trying to use that fake smile of his to manipulate her.

Su-ho and Geu-rim are the very definition of the phrase “opposites attract,” but I think they can be good for each other once Su-ho starts to relax enough to think of how his words and actions affect others. Geu-rim can teach him that, but first he has to feel safe around her, and he’s just done enough damage that she won’t feel safe around him for quite a while. But they both need each other, if for very different reasons, and I think it will be fun to watch them growing closer once they stop seeing each other as the enemy.

 
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This episode disturbed me. I can't quite put my finger on it.

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There were some strange disconnects that need to be explained, like why they went to the island only to spend most of their time with this man whose son had died; why he went with his own script when he seems to care about her and knew how much it would hurt; why he can't apologize but still thinks he can stop her from leaving with PD Lee....

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Guesses:
1.They will circle back to the old man (and the letters he wrote for his son), and that'd be their big hit.
2. He is distance-ing himself because of that accident - thinks people close to him die? his friend also seems to have been around when he was teen-crushing on SGR
3. Because he is a K-drama male lead.

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I take Number 3 for the answer!

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Number 3 explains everything

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This episode was very good!

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Thanks for the recap, @lollypip!

How CUTE is Su-Ho’s bus flashback when Geu-Rim rested on him, and he was smiling happily to himself?

Several scenes to/on the island were well-directed to convey Su-Ho’s stoic isolation. When he refused to admit he was seasick, only to see PD Lee Kang’s overt seasickness elicit Geu-Rim’s care, was spot on. The island montage with everyone following PD Lee Kang and frolicking was an effective way to underscore how closed off Su-Ho is from people.

I can’t help but wonder if chess master PD Lee Kang knows Su-Ho’s secret sweet spot for Geu-Rim because he always seems to incite Su-Ho’s jealousy at precisely the right moment in order to manipulate Su-Ho into doing what he wants.

I also love how Su-Ho called out PD Lee Kang for addressing Geu-Rim as “Newbie” when she is the main writer. I liked how Su-Ho implicitly requested that Geu-Rim be respected. But, I also loved how PD Lee Kang told Geu-Rim privately that she would be the first “triple threat” writer he has worked with. Awww.

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+100 for this comment!

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Can I just say WHAT IS UP WITH DOO-JOON’S RED EYES? Was it intentional, to hint at a sickness/impending problem? If yes, couldn’t perhaps Kwak Dong Yeon go like, “Hey, you’re not looking so good...” If no, how cruel of a director/makeup artist would you have to be to allow your star actor to keep filming with obviously irritated and tired eyes :( Please don’t sabotage my beloved Doojoon, show!

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Omg! Glad to see I am not the only one bothered by his red eyes. I kept wondering if he had any sleep at all while filming. I do hope it's for story purpose though, it would be too heartbreaking to discover it's all due to no rest...it's barely the beginning of the drama!

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Lol, came here to see if anyone else would mention his eyes, too! It was so obvious and throughout all the eps that I was wondering, "Is this some kind of new kbeauty trend??"

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I am hoping his red eyes would be related to his insomnia in the show; hence, it is just makeup/intentional. If so, then yes, doc friend is incompetent not to get alarmed by the severe chronic bloodshot eyes.

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I've seen Yoon Doo-joon in everything he's done since Let's Eat - he just naturally has sort of bloodshot eyes. I don't think it's something anyone is doing for character purposes, it's just his eyes.

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Oh, interesting. It is quite alarming since they look irritated. But I don’t think the show would go on without making sure everyone is okay. I guess he should be fine. Might need some eye drops to soothe the extra redness, but it is good to know he is overall okay.

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Dying his hair red seems to have accentuated it, so it still could be for character purposes.

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But can we talk about all the acting he's doing with his eyes alone?! Yoon Doo-joon is saying soooo much without saying one word with those eyes and intense gazes.

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His eyes gets red easily especially when he's tired and when it's cold.

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Is PD Lee the teen friend (hit by the Truck of Doom)?

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I don't think so, but could it be Jason?

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On episode 3 it said that PD Lee is 32 years old if I'm not mistaken. If he is the teen friend it means Sun-ho and Geun-rim are also around this age and it doesn't make any sense.

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This being a K drama, all characters have like 2 degrees of separation. He is probably the older brother of the boy who was hit by the truck. He seemed to want Sun ho on his show, but never to have met him before. I think Sun ho and Geun rin are in their middle 20’s as she has been working for 5 years post college.

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I guess so. I also think PD is the brother of the boy who was hit by the truck.

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I wonder if PD Lee is an older brother of the teen friend. The teen friend was killed but through his talk about SH, PD kind of knew him( but not to be introduced to each other)? PD seems to know SH somehow.

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sorry I did not know Kbaswithneko's comment. Her and my guess are same. I am still sleepy so I skipped many listed comment accidentally. I MUST wake up!!

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I don't understand why the main writer feels so intimidated by geu rim..acc to her she's a terrible writer..then why does she have to resort to such low tactics as going through her office to search her work? Doesn't she have the confidence that she can put up a good fight. .especially if she thinks she's superior? It's a pretty one dimensional character. .

This is the first time where I felt that PD Lee has some feelings for geu rim...He kept saying he was worried for her over the phone and the next day on the ferry. ..and how his face fell when she just kept asking where suho is...also his expression at the end when those two were looking at each other. ..

I have a doubt- if it's a prerecorded show why did it say on air?
Also they keep referring to him as a DJ. ..isn't it RJ? I'm not very familiar with the terms so..

P.S-Suho watching sherlock!

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Omg someone else noticed! Love that show ^.^

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I don’t understand how Su-ho got off the island if there was only one a day and he wasn’t on the one the others took. Did he spend an extra night there?

It starts to feel that the writing is a little lazy.

I really also don’t understand step mom’s logic that if she cannot persuade Su-Jo to quit radio, the next best thing is to destroy the head writer’s career? Should we just credit this to the fact that she is eeeeevil?

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I guess the step mom believes Geu-rim is the reason why Su-ho decided to go to the radio thus the logic is: make the reason go away and there will be no Su-ho on air.

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Stepmom is complicated.

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I assumed that since he has access to Su-ho's money, Joon-woo probably chartered a private boat.

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Hehe, I like your theory @lollypip! But this makes Su-ho even more of a jerk for not inviting the staff (or at least Geu-rim) to join him on the private chartered boat.

Redeem yourself STAT, Su-ho, preferably the very next episode!

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Do you reckon they were recording the show. And that's why it said 'on air'? But really, it does seem weird.
Also Su Ho came in a van. But then, gets into his car right after he tells the manager to leave on his own. That was some quick service!

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The "on air" sign might be there because it is live but Su-ho doesn't know and believes it is prerecorded as he requested.

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Ooooh, they are being tricksy then! I hope that this is addressed next week or soon-ish.

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When he stipulates in the contract that the shows are prerecorded, wouldn't one of the reasons being that he would be able to do multiple takes or participate in the editing process during in the post-productions? It seems like he just left after the show wrapped up.

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I think these illogical moments fall into the same category as Su-ho getting off the island when the ferry only runs once a day and the rest of them are on that once-a-day boat. Seems like someone either didn't care or didn't do their job smoothing out these details.

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he's a super star, and he (and his agency) has clearly some money, so he could have used a private plane/helicopter/boat ?

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Yea, I was wondering about the car as well.

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The on-air signs are really reminders for people around the studio to watch their volume because someone is taping a show. It’s not necessarily because it’s a live broadcast.

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Because she sees the potential in GR but she hates to admit it because of ego. GR will also be the first to have all three skills mastered. She knows if given the chance, GR will easily make her bite the dust.

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That writer chic is weird!

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@superwhopotterlock,

I have a doubt- if it's a prerecorded show why did it say on air?
Also they keep referring to him as a DJ. ..isn't it RJ? I'm not very familiar with the terms so.

The ON AIR sign probably comes on when a microphone is live, whether for broadcasting or recording. Or the announcer flips a switch when they first enter the studio, and manually turns it off when finished.

Audio monitors outside the studio would normally play whatever was being aired. All you had to do was listen -- and look through the window to catch the announcer's eye before barging in.

Similarly, studio telephones are equipped with lights that flash when they ring so the sound doesn't get picked up by a live mic (pronounced "mike").

@ally-le, I never thought about this before: How are the Surgery In Progress lamps outside of hospital operating rooms activated?

One station I worked at had a recording studio the size of a 6-ft. x 6-ft. windowless closet that had a lightbulb outside the door -- much like a confessional -- to warn when a mic was live.

I don't think any of the 4 bare-bones stations I worked on used an ON AIR sign. You just had to pay attention before opening the control room door.

I'd have felt like I'd died and gone to heaven if I'd worked in such spacious, deluxe facilities.

DJ = "disc jockey" or "deejay," originally, a radio announcer who plays recorded music (vinyl records aka discs, platters, LPs, 45s, 78s, and later, prerecorded tape [reel-to-reel, cassettes, and cartridges], along with compact discs and other digital media) -- as opposed to a talk show host, newscaster, sportscaster, etc. A jockey controls a racehorse, and a disc jockey controls the turntables and microphone(s). They might also be responsible for monitoring the transmitter, maintaining its logs, and ensuring its operation within spec, but that depends on the station.

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Her character is annoyingly one dimensional. I think the idea is that she's no good at talent scouting or coming up with new ideas so she needs to keep Geu Rim down. If Geu Rim gets promoted, she won't be able to use her talent scouting skills anymore. I'm finding this show's antagonists quite badly written.

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Thanks for your recap @lollypip !

The way this episode ended made me feel so sad for Geu-rim. Even though I too, expected Su-ho to still use the script his agency writers prepared, I thought he might reconsider after that night with Geu-rim when she was so hopeful and excited about her script being read on air for the first time. That first day of broadcasting wasn't just a first for him, it was for her (to a greater extent in terms of meaningfulness) as well and I'm disappointed she didn't get that recognition. When Writer La sneered after knowing Su-ho wasn't reading Geu-rim's script, that was another stab in the heart for me. It was humiliating, that the guest she invited didn't even have the trust and respect for her to read her script:/ But props to Kim So Hyun's acting here! The disappointment and heartbreak as she heard him give voice to a script passed off as hers was on-point!

That flashback scene with his friend being knocked down was puzzling. Every flashback seems to give us more questions than answers. Like, who was that kid? Why did Su-ho walk away from him when they were right across each other? And what was his manager's role in all of this? His manager seems to have a history with Little Miss Pompous as well.

And the last scene hmm was it jealousy that made Su-ho stop Geu-rim from leaving with PD Lee or was it something else (ahem an apology, you owe her and the entire team that!)?

I can't wait for the next episode!!

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The backstory is being doled out in tiny morsels to intrigue us. So many directions in which to go. Hopefully it will not be down a well worn path.
Was it the same boy he was with at the hospital? Was he trying to shake him so as to privately enjoy a plan to cross paths with his crush? We don’t know if he ever openly approached her back then. Did he think of him as his rival? Was he trying to keep his crush a secret from his controlling mother?
So many questions and so long until Monday!

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Thanks for the awesome recap @lollypip. I really love this show. I love both the leads--Su-ho with all his mystery and secrets (which are starting to unravel slowly and I'm here for it), and Geu-rim with her spunk, grit, and gumption. She's my kind of heroine for sure. I'm totally obsessed with the theme around Su-ho's smile right now. He hasn't smiled at GR since she told him off for giving her a (fake) smile a couple episodes ago (and he promised not to give it to her anymore), but he clearly uses his smile as a weapon/defense against a lot. Even the new script he read was about smiling. So it's interesting to me to see that while he can't quite understand his feelings about GR and the radio, he does seem to be resisting his usual MO of being fake. It's a fascinating character emotional arc to me, and I hope we get to see it fully developed.

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The script switch was low, but I was even more furious at Su Ho for stepping in to try and stop her from going out with PD Lee afterwards. He has no right to do that, after what he did to her. He's so presumptuous and self-involved. I hope she tells him to take a hike and goes out to have a nice drink with PD Lee.

I love that instead of coming out and screaming at him (like I expected) she was just like "Dude, that was super rude" and was professional and calm about it. It hit him harder because of that. He is really going to come to regret that move.

I do find Su Ho really interesting, as he seems to have crafted so many personas--he's got his public smiley nice actor persona, his personal gruff/asshole persona--none of them are his real self. And he seems to just default to one of these personas without even really thinking about it. His real self is the one we see in those off moments where he thinks no one is watching. Yoon Doo-joon is doing such a nice job of showing all of this without much expression, and with making us sympathize with him even while he's being a Grade A Jerk.

The first line of this drama was about how everyone is someone's first love, even if they don't realize it. And they were hinting at Geu-rim being his first love even though she doesn't realize it. Geu-rim was able to get through his walls by being genuine with him, and I think that's what's going to allow him to finally trust someone enough to give his heart out. Looking forward to that!

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You are so right about all of these points! I only realized about the "first love" opener when I went back and skimmed through the first episode last night.

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Agreed, I thought her tone perfect for that confrontation. The softness slipped under his guard and the firmness packed a punch.

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Yeah, she did well. He half-expected her to confront him immediately after, as he was looking back after stepping out of the studio. Glad that she was such a pro about it!

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That was a very well done scene! It packed all the right punches. He looked every bit the jerk he had been.

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You're right. I just find that a bit clichéd. This show came too soon after INAR where these themes were examined in a much-better way and with a male lead that wasn't such a douche.

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That male lead was just dumb not so much better than being a douche.

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I havent got a chance to watch this ep. Huhu busy at work is killing me.

Reading recap about Geu-rim never notice Su-ho from the beginning makes me think: everyone used to be someone’s first love! It’s warm my little single-(forever) heart. 😅😅

Im not sure why i really like this drama. But i can keep watching it, im quite curious about how long Su-ho have been observed Geu-rim. When the their story actually started. Who was the boy next to young Su-ho. Who actually PD Lee, it looks like he connects with the boy.

Hopefully i can watch it today :(

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Makes me wonder if I was someone’s first love or if that someone continued keeping tabs on me. Because what happens if I happen to fall in love with a different person, but my childhood love got held up somewhere with something? Is he gonna end up forever alone since childhood love supposed to be the only acceptable thing in dramas? HAHAHA

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Or what if he didn’t happen to meet her again? Is he gonna be alone forever? Or if he’s keeping tabs on her, ain’t that kinda creepy? 😂

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This drama has strong pull effect! Can't help but watch!

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I don't like Su-ho getting all possessive over Gue-rim.. if he's so concerned about that why doesn't he seem to care about her respect and opinions? He takes one step forward and then four steps backward😥😕

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I like Su-ho but this episode makes me wonder the reason I like him is mostly because I love YDJ. I need the show to start giving me reasons to like his character or understand more the reason of his possessive and rude behaviors toward Geu-rim.

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What is even more terrible is his possessiveness does not add up. Possessive physically(?), but could care less hurting or humiliating GR. I mean, wtf is that? Does not want anyone touching her, but he would easily betray her without second thoughts or remorse. Really Suho? What’s your agenda, man?

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I wonder if actors do the same thing we do and wonder what the heck is going on with their characters. I’m sure they do. Doo-joon, don’t keep us in the dark. You’re too good to be this guy.

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Agree. Characterization, plot holes, quite jarring transition of scenes, more jarring introduction of new scenes and storylines. Get it together, show, please? We’re staying, promise! Hahaha

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I actually liked him before this episode. I didn't have a problem with some of the behaviour he displayed. Yes he was a bit abrupt but her behaviour has been over-the-line as well.

PD Lee's attitude towards her is borderline sexual harassment. You can see she's not entirely comfortable with him touching her the way he does. I had interpreted Su-Ho's attitude as a dislike of her being made uncomfortable by his manhandling.

This episode was the first one where it was made clear that he's just jealous and possessive and he has zero right to act on those feelings. Zero. The mutual dick swinging was really annoying. I now officially don't ship her with anybody and think she should discover the delights of celibacy.

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I just need the past story to be completed, Su-Ho is a complex character that has many layers to open, his past, his feeling, his save zone and all of the things that made him looks like this. He looks like he want to step forward but too afraid to start it, or don't know how to starte it. He is afraid to hurt someone again.

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*He is afraid to hurt someone again.*
But he is awfully pretty good at it and does it without restraint.

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I think that maybe is easier to make someone hate him and stay away from him. He still feeling guilty about the past....

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Maybe the chicken soup guy really is Suho's dad, or grandfather. It's better than what he has now, anyway.

Show is starting to pile on the questions, which LollyPip listed in her comments. I'm most curious about who the guitar-playing ToD victim is.

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Is the script switch a conscious test/distancing mechanism intended to push Geu-rim away deliberately, or is Su-ho reacting subconsciously as an abuse victim, instinctively testing the limits of Geu-rim's relational fortitude before trusting her?

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If it's the second, that'd be really interesting. Either way, my heart (literally - for realz) ached during that entire radio scene. Him stealing glances at SGR knowing how painful it would be for her... of course, KSH played her part oh so beautifully.
And, then I felt so bad for PD Lee too.

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I've seen abused kids purposefully be horrible to people they desperately want to trust so that they either can prove that person safe or have a good excuse to close off completely.

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Pretty sure you are correct. Common for abused victims. That process is typically not fun nor pretty and viewers will have a hard time watching him do it before the storm settles down. In the end, I hope it pays off.

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Thanks @LollyPip for awesome recap.

“ And why does he seem angered whenever he sees her now? ”

- I think she is totally forgot about him. Maybe something had happened in the past between them. She maybe did something wrong-doing to him and should apologize to him. But then again, because she forgot everything so that make him even angry. That’s why his behaviors towards her like that. Love is caring for each other even when you’re angry.

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Chronology and questions:

- little Su-ho getting a scarf for his birthday and a verbal slap in the face from smiling stepmom (adoptive mom?) - How did she come into his life and where is his real mom? Is his dad his real dad? Or did they adopt him for show?

- teenage Su-ho riding a bus alone with Geu-rim in her school uniform. If he was a child actor (per his childhood actress "friend") and is living with evil stepmom at this point, how does he get to do such an ordinary thing? Wouldn't he be driving to some Boys-Over-Flowers exclusive school in a chauffeured limo?

- teenage Su-ho turning away from his friend across the street - Why? And after the accident, why is he just standing there helplessly? His mother has already appointed Joon-woo to monitor him - why is Joon-woo blowing him off at this moment and is this the betrayal what's-her-name referred to?

- (I think) teenage Su-ho in a field with the recovering friend from the accident, watching Geu-rim play with smaller kids - if she didn't wake up and find him next to her on the bus, at least she had to notice him now. So why doesn't she remember him or why doesn't she connect the boy she knew then with Su-ho? (Please don't tell me she has amnesia!!) Is this how Su-ho knows where she lives? And who is this other kid with a hat anyway? Is he any connection to PD Lee?

Waiting for you to untangle these mysteries for me, Show!

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I assume the kid with Su-ho when he was watching Geu-rim playing with the kids was Jason. The kid was dressed pretty flashy, which seems to be Jason's trademark.

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That's an interesting thought about the Ahjussi and the radio, @lollypip. When he found them out in the middle of nowhere, the encounter seemed kind of random, other than to allow him to spend a little time with her alone and to show us some flashbacks. But the whole planning meeting fell by the wayside....so, that didn't matter? It was a little strange how they glossed over that.

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I don't know if I've ever been so disappointed in a hero as I was when Su-ho ignored Geu-rim's script. So so so disrespectful to her. I had to remind myself several times already that Su-ho also saved Geu-rim from being raped by his fellow actor.

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One moment that I just loved - when PD Lee draped his arm over her shoulder and told Su-ho that if he couldn't make it to the overnight, they would go alone. He knew exactly what he was doing. So what I want to know is, how did he know to push that button? He keeps taunting Su-ho that he and Geu-rim will be alone together. Does he know that she's Su-ho's first love? Is that why he had her recruit Su-ho in the first place? Is he really looking to put together an amazing radio show or does he have some other agenda involving those two, based on something that happened in the past?

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I would love if PD Lee has brotherly affections for SGR. I am not-so-secretly shipping him and Jason - they'd be crazy fun together! Their namaste-ing and inshallah-ing was sweet.

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OMG...this is the best, I'm SO on board!

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His gaze😍

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Wow what a jerk... I hate him... to the core when he went with his own script ignoring her script.. atleast have some courtesy man.. pls dont come up with love later if you are going to treat her this way.. i like if guys initiate things.. i dont know somehow i am disappointed with his attitude in this episode..

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I'm also noticing all the scarves.... His hateful scarf presents from his stepmom. His green scarf that he hesitated and hesitated and finally gave her. The boys in the field watching Geu-rim are bundled up in scarves. Even the pitiful Ahjussi has an interesting scarf.

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The Ahjussi is wearing a long thick garter stitch scarf, and one thing I've noticed is when PD Lee wears a scarf it is a short thin garter stitch scarf. I noticed PD Lee's scarves because they are the type beginning knitters make--and it just stood out to me.

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A fellow knitter?! 😮😁 love how you paid attention to the details there!

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I am always drawn to the knitwear. Scarves are rampant in winter Kdramas, and So Ji Sub will always have a place in my heart for knitting that pink (oh man was that pink) scarf in Oh My Venus. Oh, and who can forget Ahjumma in Healer? She is life goals.

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*knitter solidarity high-five*

I love finding knitwear in dramas. I also noticed all the handknit scarves in this one!

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I would say we need a knitting corner here, but I know where the kdrama knitters hang, so it's all good.

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1st love theory:

I think So-Hu only ever coveted Geu-Rim from afar. I don't think he ever approached her.

The boy with the white hat and pompom was also standing next to So-Hu in his first flashback (I think). My guess is that white-hat-pompom boy is So-Hu's friend who also noticed Geu-Rim, but he actually made a move whereas So-Hu couldn't (hence the laser beam death glare to any potential suitors). Said friend probably did something innocuous like helping her when she fell, or joking with her with an arm slung around her shoulder.

That may explain why So-Hu ignored him on the day of the accident. He felt betrayed by his friend, and upset that Geu-Rim never noticed him. But, when his friend had that accident, he felt guilty for causing his friend to cross the road/get into the accident...so now he transfers his guilt onto annoyance at Geu-Rim.

At first I thought that guy with the white hat might be Jason, which would explain why So-Hu keeps him around even when Jason can be a bit much. But, Jason doesn't recognize Geu-Rim; and when Jason gave Geu-Rim his mobile number, So-Hu didn't react much except the intense gaze (a bit too mild - oddly enough - if Jason and Geu-Rim had been an item in the past).

Anyway, wild speculation is fun!

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you know i was thinking along similar lines and then I convinced myself that his major issues couldn't be so simple (idiotic) :P

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ah, but he clearly feels guilty about his friend's death ... and that's a pretty big deal. also, he appears to have been betrayed by Joon Woo and presumably his family at the same time. so, that's a pretty dark story there.

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That was what I speculated too.

His friend seemed to have liked geurim also. Something must have happened at the day of the accident between the friend and geurim thus suho was mad. And like you said, guilt; suhi wants to like geurim, but then he distances himself. This is the cause of his insomnia and depression, plus his family issues and work life.

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1. I felt bad for Soo-ho during that snowball fight. Jason, of course, could read him well and knew he actually wanted to be part of it as well, but he couldn't actually do it because of his image…poor guy (this actually reminded me of when I was a teenager, angry at the world, and my family-who are all goofballs-would be doing something really fun, but I would just sit in a corner and sulk because that was the image I wanted to portray *sigh*)

2. So this is why she doesn't react to him, it was a one-sided crush and he actually never even spoke to her!

3. The story with the ahjussi KILLED me, I was ready to start crying when he showed them the amount of postcards he wrote…

4. Still think there’s some history between Joon-woo and Tae-ri!

5. Please make Jason the confidential therapist of the show! I think he’d be fantastic on radio <3

6. The friend I’d thought was Jason on the flashback on episode 1 turned out to be another victim of the freaking ToD…I was not expecting that, but now that I think about it, this writer is following the book of clichés to a T so…I should’ve been prepared lol. So apparently what happened is that Soo-ho was, for some Geu-rim-related reason, jealous of this friend, ignored him, the friend chased after him, got hit by the ToD, Soo-ho lives with the guilt til this day...? I remember that on the first flashback there was a wheelchair somewhere so I'm not sure if the ToD's victim actually died, but a death would make sense if we look at Soo-ho's state of mind

7. I wanna punch writer Ra so badly. Hate her. I love how she's all "you're a trash writer" but at the same time is all over the place trying to figure out how to be better than Geu-rim.

8. Soo-ho is not only a major ass but a coward one at that. I'm sure he purposely didn’t read the scripts Geu-rim sent him because then he wouldn't have been able to make this douche move. It didn't really surprise me, but ugh, the frustration. I must say I was happy when it seemed as if he felt like crap. I'm also really happy at how Geu-rim confronted him...being calm and collected was definitely not what he was expecting and it probably made a bigger impression on him.

9. Wasn't expecting Soo-ho to go after Geu-rim at the end, that caught me by surprise. I hope she puts him in his place once again.

This is so long, I'm sorry lol

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6. It still could be Jason. It might explain why Su-ho allows him to take liberties he doesn't allow anyone else, and also why Jason is so determined to help him heal.

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But then it wouldn't make sense for him not to recognize Geu-rim, I think...I mean, if he also saw her when he was with Soo-ho, why does one know who she is but not the other?

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Still recovering from the head injury? I don't know. I hope there will be a logical answer. We already are finding out that there are slips in logic here, like how he got off the island without taking the ferry.

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When I saw everything happen I was like 'OH, JASON WAS TEMPORARILY BLIND AND THIS IS WHY HE DOESN'T RECOGNIZE HER!!' but then again, it didn't make sense because he wasn't blind before haha
And yeah! I was wondering about that too, but thought they probably have a helicopter or something that belongs to the company...I guess we'll never know!

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4. I think there is a possible love line here as hinted by the show.
7. I agree. What was that writer doing there in the first place? She has no right to belittle anyone even less her own ex- assistant.
8. I wanted to jump into my laptop and throw every thing in front of me at him when he did not read from the script GR wrote. Can we change the genre to a revenge drama? I want a real good one pulled by GR.
9. It appalled me! I was reminded of the song Hot n'cold by Katy Perry, it fits this guy so well. This guy is almost shameless.

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Hahahaha I was screaming at my screen so loud my mom came into my room to tell me I should stop watching "those Korean soap operas" ^^

And right??!! Appalled is the right word! I mean, I know he's all damaged and stuff, but make up your mind! Also, wasn't he the one who asked her if she had no honor after writer Ra yelled at her? *sigh*

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2. Yep, he's invisible to her, lol XD

6. At first, my drama-filled brain thought the friend is his imaginary friend but then the accident happened, welp, scratch that XD. From the flashback it seems like he did survive the accident, could it be he is Sooho's brother from his real mom? And perhaps his guilt got to do with his stepmom, because stepmom did warn him about his any decision will affect people around him. Perhaps this friend is forcibly separated from him with the cliche go-to-US-to-study trope XD

7. Tell me about it, how dare she went to Geurim's workplace and it looks like she wanted to find something that could ruin Geurim, a script, maybe? Urghh. She's so insecure.

9. I mean, dude, you've no right to be jealous/stop her after what you've done.

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Uh, I'm a bit confused with the chronology of the flashbacks, whether the wheelchair-and-snow scene first, or the accident first, hence why I thought the friend survived.

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Waaah...an imaginary friend would've been too much for my poor brain lol!
A half-brother could make sense, yeah, although the did look to be the same age *wonders*
And I'm also confused about the time frame! I'm guessing(hoping) that the 1st flashback was after the accident and that the kid managed to survive...but I guess we still have a few episodes to go before we find out!

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If there was just one ship in a day, how on the earth did that manager get him out of the island, did they airlift him? I am really curious to know.

The script switch was really low. I understand that he is just trying to rebel against his mom and so he doesn't care about the meaning the radio has for GR but still he is so thoughtless and at this point even hopelessly a jerk. Is he new to his mom game? Did he not know the consequences his rebel action would have from his mom? She will make GR life harder anyways he doesn't need to add more insult and humiliation to it.
Apparently he is petty and has a sense of self entitlement. I am clearly not impressed by his character but on the side note the actor pulls its off real well.

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Petty is the word I'd use to describe him, yeah! But I must say I do like Soo-ho. Not him as a person, but as a character...I think he's interesting and I can't wait to see each layer being peeled off

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I don't hate the lead just yet, but he's really making it hard for him to be likeable. What right does he have to be jealous of people touching Geu-rim or be worried with what she does with her time with PD-lee when he disrespected her in front of all her colleagues?

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I loved the pettiness Su-ho showed when he told Geu-rim that she left her bag on the ferry cause she was too been busy taking care of / pricking PD Lee's thumb. LOL.

He is whiplash boy right now. In seconds, alternates between hot and cold. Gets super annoyed and fixated when another man gets into the Geu-rim space bubble, but then like an asshole reads his own script (specially after calling out PD Lee on calling her Maknae when she is a main writer).

I am patiently waiting for a genuine smile from Su-ho. He is so perpetually miserable, as a viewer, it makes me feel for the character.

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He's a walking oxymoron! But I agree, I also feel for him. I think that when he allows himself a smile is when Geu-rim is gonna fall for him (Oh! I just had a You're Beautiful flashback!)

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I'm so confused about Joon-woo. Some of what the characters say suggests he was Su-Ho's manager 12 years ago- but he looks way too young for that. How old is he supposed to be?

I thought maybe they were brother's in the beginning, I don't know why. Maybe because evil step-mom seemed to get to Joon-Woo so much.

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Me too! But, maybe he was not a manager at that time. More of a mommy-sponsored friend at the time maybe?

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I think the mommy-sponsored part accounts for some of the hostility, like the crack Su-ho made about him reporting to evil mom about how many pages he had read in his script. And part of it apparently comes from the betrayal that was mentioned. And part of it comes from being ignored the day of the accident, when he really needed someone - not sure if that is the same as the betrayal.

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According to the Radio Romance entry in Wikipedia in this series:
1. Soo-ho is 28 years old (Actor Yoon Doo-joon is 28 years old in real life).
2. Jun-woo is 33 years old (Actor Song Ha Joon is 30 years old in real life).
So if we go back to the incident from 12 years ago SH would have been 16 and JW would have been 21. I am assuming the incident is the accident of the boy with the instrument so I think 16 is about the right age for SH. What kind of responsibility would a 21 year old non-family member have for a 16 year old?

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PD Lee is my man lol....i loved the way he is going for optimal input from both SH and SGR . SH my god how did you survive on your own with the monster of a step-mama and delinquent father ..in an make believe industry no less.

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Jesus there's a difference between being a noble idiot by (I guess) pushing someone away cause you're not good enough / bad for them / did something bad in the past (?) AND being a grade A asshole. Su-ho just might be the most repulsive lead I've seen. Especially after he approached her by the car. At least let the girl drink in peace! Let her have some dignity! Hope Geu-rim rips his head off.
15 emails! Probably double the rewrites!!! My master thesis won't get that many, holy shit. I'd kill him. I'd get inside that radio booth and tear his throat open with my bare teeth after the first sentence.

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PD Lee believes in Geu-rim's potential as a writer but he does not seem to be a good mentor. I wouldn't be able to appreciate someone who tells me to re-write again and again without a hint of why he finds it unsatisfactory (okay, I just have to ignore this and keep thinking that this part isn't all that interesting so the show edits out those moments.)

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I know! You can't just keep telling her she's a bad writer. Is her style too flowery? Is it unoriginal? Bland?
Does it lack emotions? Should it rhyme? What kind of bad is it???

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THANK YOU.
Seriously, they already completely brushed away what happened with his mom (she had to clear it up, and he had the gall to pout about her saying she'd "never fall for him") and now he's continuing on his rampage of assholery. So far, their relationship is so toxic, that I'm struggling to decide whether to continue with the show. To be so selfish and manipulative and straight-up lacking in empathy... we're supposed to root for this guy?? Sorry, but whatever terrible experiences he may have had in the past, does not excuse his abusive behaviour towards Geu-Rim in the present.

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If Geu-rim is so good at getting hard-to-get guests, maybe she can bring in ToD to explain how he's always just out for a pleasant ride on a nice sunny day then those stupid humans keep running in front of him to ruin his day (and his bumper). Get him to rant about about how they made him do it and shouldn't blame him and should know their place. You know, on the sidewalk.

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I'm dying hahahaha
"Do you think you've been wrongly pegged as a villain when all you ever do is follow the road?"

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😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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This is so funny!

I also squealed clapping my hands like ‘yes, boy, your cameo is quite early!’

No matter how they use TOD, I’d be its number one fan. LOL

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I think in the law it is said that every person is entitled to a defense. Regarding the so called "Truck of Doom" in this episode I think the truck may be entitled to a defense. What happened in this episode was not a classic kdrama TOD scenario. In this episode what occurred when the truck impacted the young man crossing the street was an accident.
The driver immediately attended to the victim.
The defense rests.

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Correct! Definitely not TOD’s fault. If a person crosses a highway or a busy street without looking left and right and just decides to step onto oncoming traffic, that person would surely get hit. I mean, it’s not like TOD has an automatic braking system like BMW, Tesla, Ford, etc. Even if it does, it requires a certain time to decelerate and completely stop especially when it is driving at a faster speed. TOD could sue this show’s writer for libel and slander. LOL

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Plus the impactee jaywalked. He wasn't at a crosswalk.

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I really hate victim-blaming, but when a person is so stupid to step onto oncoming traffic without looking, also jaywalked, what are we supposed to say right? Very bad writing, show.

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@abcde February 8, 2018 at 5:24 PM

Darwinian evolution ain't over yet. ;-)

I don't think the writing is bad. Alas, it is realistic. Cut the kid some slack. We don't yet know the reason why he was trying so hard to catch up with Su-ho. It may have been a lot more compelling than his simply being so mesmerized by a smartphone that he walks into a tree or falls down a manhole because he's not paying attention.

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An overuse of dumb character-crossing-without-looking is lazy, bad writing. It is realistic, but writer is using it for convenience.

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I really think that Su-Ho is guilt ridden by his friend's death(?) Because clearly, the friend was being hit when he followed Su-Ho. That was the reason why he avoid being attached to people around him, to avoid being hurt. That flash back really clear up the reason why Su-Ho is being what he is now.

Well, he's not some heartless jackass, that's for sure. Just... Sad ? I suppose? He's guard himself from everyone. And well, the reason why he abandoned Guerim's script? Well, he's not attaching himself to her, because reading her script meaning that they're building some sort of bond.

And actually, the whole plot reminds me of Uncontrollably Fond minus the cancer. Well, just a thought.

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TOD, you’re doing amazing sweetie. LOL.

Suho-ssi, you are a different species of pathetic asshole. Left without notice, didn’t read even one of the million versions of her script, has the gall to stop her from getting into Crazy Gang’s car. He better do a backflip from the rooftop of his agency or cry tears of blood before she agrees to date him later.

For an idol, Yura’s dancing was waving her hands over her head. Lol

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haha! Oh I want to see the back flip (I can't stand anymore crying people so I will pass on that) and then we can decide if we will allow him to date her later.

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The writing is far from perfect in this drama but there is something about the main leads that keeps me watching.

Everyone is speculating about Suho's feelings for Geu-Rim so I will join the party. (Ha.) I feel like he and his friend both liked her and the day of the incident they were both going to meet/approach her. Or maybe one of them was not supposed to which may explain why Suho got angry and turned back. His friend's death in a twisted way is due to his feelings for Geu-rim which is why he won't let himself approach her and is trying to fight his attraction--not very well. He is super stalkery, knowing where she lives and what she looks like.

But I feel like I can't fault him on the way he expresses these feelings--he has no idea how to love. His perceptions of love are majorly skewed thanks to his stepmom and the philanderer dad. I found his dream sequence in the first episode to be particularly fascinating as well. I feel like his entire life is a show, each moment a construct, every emotion artificial. That's why Jason worries and for good reason. We have only too recently experienced the tragedy rocking the Korean entertainment world.

I do think Suho's life is going to fall apart soon simply because he will realize his feelings and feel every single one of them only too acutely.

I did hate him particularly at the end when he didn't read Geu-rim's words. As a writer, I know how devastating the feeling would be. But I really do love the way Geu-rim's character is portrayed. Apart from that one moment at the airport, Geu-rim has maintained a professionalism that not many Kdrama leads show.

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I had to stop this episode when they brought in the dad missing his son. That's so SAD. And he somehow just snuck away in the morning. Poor Ahjussi, heart crushed again. Would it have been better if he never thought his son returned? As I am currently looking for a light, uplifting watch, I had to drop for a second. I'll keep watching though, if only to see cheerful Geurim win everyone over with her passion.

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So,i havent watched the show yet.I am a little bothered by the age difference.Would you guys recommend regardless?

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age diff is the least of this shows problems so go ahead

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You know, I actually dislike the way PD Lee treats Geu Rim? like, he acts like an overly friendly boss, I know he is her senior and everything, but too touchy for my liking lol.

I think Soo Ho does not know how to act outside the character he created to survive around his mother, like, he looked so lost in that house with the old man who thought he was his son, he kept looking at GeuRim for an answer, as if he didn't know the minimum of sympathy, this kid never learnt how to actually be a human being.

I also hope they make him likable tbh, right now his behavior is borderline stalkerish (creeping on GeuRim as teen much?) I like his crush on her, but I need actual decency to root for the boy, that said I'm not rooting for the PD either lmao, he is a teacher kinda figure to me, and I just cannot see him with GeuRim, here's hoping for some good development.

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Much that I have grown fond of PD Lee and appreciate some of his gestures, I agree with your assessment. That’s a whole lot of touching that goes on and, clearly, SGR is not comfortable with this over-familiarity. And, the show makes it look ok because this is the classic female lead-protective second lead relationship.

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I feel like PD Lee is doing this just to get on Soo Ho's nerves. PD is very passive aggressive with Soo Ho and from the preview I get some definite animosity directed at Soo Ho. PD said he would tell Geu Rim the 2nd reason he wanted to recruit Soo Ho to the show, so I'm very interested to hear what that is. I definitely think he recruited Gue Rim with a not quite so innocent intent.
As for the ToD victim, he's wearing the same white hat as the friend in episode 1 so I think they are the same. Also, does it seem like the friend is wearing a hospital outfit in ep. 1? Maybe that takes place after the accident? And maybe that friend was not supposed to be there at that time which is why Soo Ho turns away not knowing how to react?
I think that Soo Ho definitely likes Gue Rim, but maybe she rejected his friend (not him) and is hostile towards her at times.
I definitely think that that reading the other script was Soo Ho's way of distancing himself from Gue Rim. It wasn't meant to be mean, just a protection mechanism for himself. Maybe I'm too sympathetic (or empathetic) to his character, but I don't see Soo Ho as a bad guy. He just has a lot of pain and guilt he needs to work through to heal.

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PD Lee's behaviour is borderline sexual harassment. And he strikes me as one of those men who keeps it just on the border so she's perpetually uncomfortable but is never able to speak up about it. Between him and Su-Ho, Su-Ho treats her better. IMHO.

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His dead friend is her brother!!!

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If we're really, really lucky, Su-ho stopped Geu-rim & PD Lee from leaving to tell them to come back inside and record the right script...

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I like this theory.

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Ohhhhhh.....I could get behind this theory!

I am also holding back from getting too excited because it might be too early for his redemption. I think thay are saving the haraboji story for that purpose.

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Wouldn't that be great!! But I think the preview had a shot of the two men facing off and Geu-rim landing on her back in the parking lot.

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You... become the new writer, NOW.

No, but really... that would be the only thing to redeem that SOB Su-ho right now. He really, really messed up. I really felt for Geu-rim at the end. And she held herself admirably. If it had been me, my temper would have gone full Crazy Kang on him.

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I feel sympathy for Soo Ho, the man has serious issues.
1. Inability to interact comfortably with people - he's been so closed off to the world - from being a star and his mother has him on tight leash and he's watched 24-7 in everything he says and does. He whole life is a farce and ongoing drama of infinite episodes.
2. I get that his defence mechanism is to stay closed off because he does not know how to trust people around him. If he stays aloof, then people will not have expectations of him and he won't need to feel vulnerable. His mom wiped the joy from him on his birthday - how do you recover from that.
3. I think he unconsciously becomes softer and more accessible when he's around SGR. So much that he's willing to listen to her, sit with her and takes his time to be around her. He is so relaxed that he actually manages to sleep. And then - the nightmare.
4. I think the nightmare made him aware that he was softening around the edges around SGR. So he decided to run. Literally. From the island and also by distancing himself from SGR - she said he was not contactable prior to recording.
5. The script. Twofold reasons. I do think that he used his own script because that has been his 'fortress', safety zone all this while. Remember he is feeling vulnerable and he is fighting to keep his walls up. Which leads me to SGR's script. I feel he just refuses to have any connection to her for fear of letting his guard drop further and so he reacted by completely shutting her off. NOT condoning nor saying he is right.
6. Is there hope to be had by him approaching her first? Apologies, explanations? I hope she shuts him down and denies him for now. Let him stew!

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Nice analysis! It makes a lot of sense when you lay it out like that. I wish the drama had been able to convey it without needing an explanation. Maybe Geu-rim is close to the writer's heart because she also is a newbie?

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Quick observation and comment. At this point in the story Soo-ho says he is a teetotaler. However, at the beginning of the episode in the restaurant, I noticed an ad on the wall to the left and behind of Geu-rim that looked to me a lot like Soo-ho holding up a green soju bottle.
Meeting the Adjusshi/father on the island. Very sad. That story line is going to unfold. SH experienced what true fatherly love is like and that had to have an impact on him. Maybe he will use his connections to find the missing son, who knows?
I enjoyed the fact that the boys were watching Sherlock in English.
Dr. Jason likes his popcorn. I am sure his story is going to be developed.

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I searched all the comments to see if anyone else noticed them watching Sherlock!!! I had to replay it to make sure I was hearing correctly. 😂😆

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Hi @umbrellaman. So Sherlock Holmes had his Dr. Watson. Our SH has his Dr. Jason.
There have been some comments about Dr. Jason treating SH's red eyes etc. I think Dr. J is very observant of his friend/patient.
(I remember some of the beanies during INAR were not to pleased with the care Min-kyu received from his personal physician Dr. Oh. They were tough on that guy.)

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I like the idea of Jason being his Dr. Watson!

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Thank you , thank you ! not only for the recap but also your comment, which is exactly what i am thinking and what i am feeling. I really love those dramas that are only based only on good dialogue and complexity of the character, without big busting of special effects or complicated plots, without thousands of characters .... i am loving this drama , and i look forward to your comments :-) thanks again!

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Thank you LollyPip for the recap. <3

I love the scenery for the winter scenes at the port and the sunset, so pretty, guh.

"The stranded and stayed at an old man's who is missing his son" plot is a bit too reach-y for me, it's bizarre and weird, and the old man comes across as pushy and unsafe, not heartbreaking. I do get that the scenes try to make viewers sympathize with him, with the postcards and radio (that's a lot of postcards!) but uhh I would never stay at stranger's house who mistaken me as his son. Perhaps if they went with the plot "stayed at a small inn whose owner is missing his son", now that's acceptable.

Somehow, Taeri and Manager ahjusshi look pretty good together.

Now that stepmom starts being evil and manipulative again, with Writer Ra, I can't wait for next episodes. I hope less Candy moment because I want Geurim to fight for her own right. Or better, Geurim and Sooho working together/ protect each other to fight both devils, win-win.

I do think he's a jerk for not using Geurim's script (how hearbreaking was that, it's her first own show T_T) but then he already stated his rule in the contract, no.2: He gets final say on the script and guests. Geurim should've known and expected that.

I think Su-ho is about to learn a huge lesson in what it feels like to hurt someone you actually care about...

Yep, can't wait to see how he's gonna redeem himself.

About the phone, it does give a trauma to Sooho hence his refusal to own one, but I also think it's sort of a reminder to people around him, how they always complain it's hard to reach him without a phone, to make them feel the same way he was, hopeless and in despair when he needed people the most during that time.

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That's an interesting point about the phone. I thought he was being strange on the phone at the end of ep. 3 because the last time he saw her, she said she would never ever ever fall for him. I thought he just shut down after that. But maybe you're right, maybe it wasn't that at all. Maybe it was because he has this intense thing about phones.

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hi sorry can you tell me what the title song after ji soo ho on air in radio?

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I think it's maroon 5-nothing lasts forever.

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I posted two songs on my fan wall for ep. 04.

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Honestly, during this episode, Su-ho really pushed my buttons. He totally betrayed them by leaving the island without a word (which is wrong on so many levels); but worse when he read that new script without even a flinch. By the end, when he was there in his car, I couldn't help but think "ugh, just get lost." That moment he shut the car door before Geu-rim could get in, I actually screamed it. Serves him right, being his favorite words.

Instead of making my heart beat (like, say, Jun-ho in Just between lovers... who kept making my heart go absolutely wild since the first episode), Su-ho makes me confrontational. I just can't like Su-ho as a character. Doo-joonie is doing a brilliant job, but the character itself is really dislikable. His only saving graces right now are Jason (who is a bundle of yesness) and his younger self (that young actor really steals a scene, don't he?). I just hope the following episodes slowly soften him. Geu-rim might be forgiving, but I don't like anyone treating my girl like trash when she's a total badass.

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Nam De Reum—remember that name, he’s plays the younger version of everyone, and he’s amazing. He’s won a couple young actor awards already. I’m watching his career with interest. I first saw and took note of him in Goblin when he shares a scene in Canada with Gong Yoo, but he’s been around forever. Recently, he’s been in The King Loves and While You Were Sleeping.

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He was in Just Between Lovers as the younger version of Lee Gang doo, and was memorable there as well.

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i liked him entourage.. plays himself.. and basically a pompus, arrogant guy who knows women fall for him left, right, center.. it was funny to watch him give tough time to the signal detective guy who plays manager in entourage

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Thanks for reminding me of his name!! And yes, I remember seeing him in Goblin and in Just Between Lovers. Not only is he incredibly handsome, even if he says very few lines, he manages to really captivate a viewer. I can't wait to see him more often as he grows as an actor.

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Young Bang-won and Boon-yi!!! :)

At any rate, that was a really low blow from Su-ho. Looking at the story, I am not quite sure where to put the line on these kinds of people—I sympathise with them since I too suffer from anxiety and depression, yet dragging other people into your mess, particularly those who are only there to do their jobs is highly unprofessional. I've encountered people like that in real life, and they actually make really toxic co-workers—they are the kind who either cause others to resign from their jobs, get reassigned themselves to other places (particularly if the job they hold is a crucial one and their contracts are binding), or the whole department/team to be in disarray and the whole workplace to be a suffocating space of disgruntled and depressed workers despite everyone retaining their jobs. Most of the time, they actually do not realise that what they do is disruptive and disrespectful to other people, and that is when it is a real pity; at times, they do yet they just do not see the point in doing otherwise since they have been so used to doing things their way that they do not bother in trying to change their ways, and that's when it is infuriating. I'm trying to see his point from the perspective of someone who enjoys working alone and who is a control freak (me)—working in a team, although nightmarish at worst, is quite beneficial for a particular type of work. Su-ho knows that what he did was shite, otherwise he wouldn't feel as such, yet he still did it—it was the pinnacle of unprofessionalism I daresay, he knows it is yet he still carried on with it. And he called himself a pro. :) Unknowingly, he is playing into his mother's schemes without even her lifting a finger.

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