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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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Can anyone tell me the music when the grandfather was sleeping, 35:00 mn of this episode ?

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I don't know the name of the instrumental violin music that was playing on the radio when the old codger went to sleep.

But the piece before it is "Saddle the Wind" by Lou Christie, which is on my fan wall. ;-)

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Thank you , if by any chance you'll get to know the violon piece name please share it ~~

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I'm not feeling how this PD is treating KSH. First the water, now the clothes. Now she's wearing sneakers in the snow. Even the best Radio Romance not going to heal her from the pneumonia they seem determined determined for her to catch.

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Thanks for your recap and comments, LollyPip.

I suspect that the inscrutable PD Lee is doing 2 things:

1) Pushing Geu-rim to hone her writing so that it sounds natural, like a conversation with the listener. He gave her that clue about reading her script aloud. I was surprised when she admitted she didn't do so already.

It's possible that some of what she's written comes across as pontificating. She has to find her voice as a writer who paints pictures with words, so the listener can engage their mind's eye. For a great example, see my fan wall for a couple of air checks of Jean Shepherd. Not only is he a terrific story teller, but his conversational -- and even conspiratorial -- tone made him feel like an old friend with a wacky sense of humor, as well as thoughtfulness. He was one of my inspirations to become radioactive.

It also occurs to me that Geu-rim has been so focused on becoming a writer that she has ignored the other third of her team: the DJ. Right off the bat she told Su-ho what she has wanted to say for years in her first script. That left him completely out of the equation. It was an imposition of something as foreign as anything his stepmom had ever forced on him. She doesn't know Su-ho, and he doesn't know her. Until there is a meeting of the minds, she won't know what is apropos for him. She has to put herself in his shoes. Until she does, whatever she writes for him will not ring true.

I think what she really needs to do is become both a writer and DJ herself. Then her voice will be authentically hers. To me it sounds kind of weird to be a talking head for someone else's creative ideas. Chalk it up to having been a freeform jock on college radio stations starting in the mid-70s. DJs had carte blanche to air anything as long as the Federal Communications Commission allowed it. I realize that Geu-rim works at a more mainstream broadcasting outlet than student FM radio, and in a different country (and time) to boot.

2) PD Lee is goading Geu-rim to stand up for herself and tell him to his face to go to hell, in a nice way. She's too accommodating (e.g., she put positive spin on all 4 of Su-ho's contract demands; that was surrender, not negotiation between equals). She's too damned nice to people who are jerks. She has not yet learned the fine are of firing a warning shot across the bow. I think she's getting a bit closer because of the professional manner in which she expressed her displeasure to Su-ho about his switching scripts.

I think what PD Lee is aiming for is her expanding her own range of expression, which is one of Su-ho's tasks as well. She's got a long-suffering, downtrodden mindset. That's her default setting. She needs to learn how to rebut bullies and asshats in their own language so that they can understand -- while not sinking to their level.

If she wants people to stop treating her like a doormat, she has to get up off the floor.

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Agreed! Do we know the writer of this drama from anywhere else? Will they be able to show growth in these characters or take the easy-tropey road, and do a disservice to the set up?

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Per GirlFriday in Premiere Watch:

"The scriptwriter is new and PD Moon Jun-ha has done some drama specials (Hair Show, Pianist), so that’s not much to go on."

I guess we'll have to keep our fingers crossed that the drama writer is better than the radio writer, Chingu. ;-)

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Yeah, that’s what I thought. We could either get 👏,🤷🏻‍♀️, or 🤦🏻‍♀️. I guess we’ll be have to 🤞🏼and 🙏🏼 to the kdramaverse they don’t disappoint.

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I wanted to like this show more than I currently do. :/ This is one of those love triangles I could do without, and I could definitely do with less d***-waving between Soo Ho and PD Lee (the drinking scene at the beginning of this ep. irritated me, especially because Geu RIm barely got a word in). I'm actually starting to be here more for Jason and Joon Woo than the main characters, lol.

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su-ho's acting is pretty on point but he kinda lacks the x-factor..
I think that can be easily improved if he buffed up..

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I think there are a lot of k-drama clichés in this drama :
- They know each other since childhood
-Accident of car (truck in this case)
-Mean rich guy falls in love with the innocent girl
-The villain writer against the new one (after ToL and BTIMFL, at least it's not the same actress :p)
-The love triangle ( I hope the character of Yuna won't be added to it)
-Stuck on island
-The mean stepmother

I hope they won't add amnesia to the story !

For now, I just watch it for Kwak Dong Yeon, his character is very funny :)

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You left out Ye Olde Birth Secrets trope (we don't know who Su-ho's birth mother is/was, nor do we know anything about Geu-rim's father). ;-)

At least we've been spared the Lingering Fatal Illness, Evil Chaebols, Treasonous Politicians, and Corrupt Police. ;-)

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There is only 4 episodes for now. We don't know yet. Maybe the author can add other big clichés :p

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We have evil chaebols. Also Philandering Husband, Grasping Mother-in-Law, and Fake Marriage.

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Ah, the bittersweet Family Assortment. ;-)

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This show is cliché city, but I can't stay away.

I'm a big fan of Yoon Doo-joon, although I've never seen him in anything but "Splish Splash Love." I find it funny that he looks like a total alpha, and then he opens his mouth – his voice is soft and tends to peter out at the end of his sentences. It adds an interesting dimension to him. And of course, he's a very good actor. He smolders here, which helps when I'm getting frustrated with his standard-issue-K-drama-jerk character. Seriously, show, that's so 2009.

I've always thought Yoon Park was cute (never seen him in anything before), but with the facial hair for this role, I am completely sold. I can't even question anything the character is doing. He smiles and I forget everything else. I'm sorry.

Intellectually I agreed with those who thought that Kim So-hyun was too young to be acting opposite Yoon Doo-joon, but viscerally I never felt it was a big deal, because to me all these beautiful young things seem like they're the same age. Kim So-hyun gives her usual workmanlike performance here. I like her well enough and am rooting for her character, in a general way.

Jason is adequate as a character, but there's something lacking in the execution. Maybe Kwak Dong-yeon isn't naturally the ebullient type? His great big smiles don't seem to reach his eyes. He ought to take a leaf or two out of Yoon Park's book of crinkly-eyed smiles (squee).

So much for calling Su-ho out on his lack of professionalism. So that planning meeting just went to hell, and that was the end of it? No follow-up, no checking in with your great big star before zero hour?

I thought the bereaved father was disturbing. I would find that kind of hovering intrusive even from my own parent, and I wouldn't humor it in a stranger, dementia or no dementia.

Not sure that "inshallah" said with a namaskar is entirely appropriate, but as I'm neither Hindu nor Muslim, I'll leave any commenting about that to those in the know.

I really, really, really do not think we need a subplot with Writer Ra. Really. There is nothing lamer than women tearing other women down, especially in a professional setting. Can't the truck of doom get her?

I laughed at the truck of doom.

I also laugh whenever Su-ho gets jealous. Mostly I laugh whenever a cliché rears its head, which means I laugh a lot when watching this show. In these trying times, I consider that a good thing.

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So good to see you here, Chingu! I recently caught up with the first 4 episodes after getting off to a late start.

I hadn't realized that Yoon Doo-joon was in SPLISH SPLASH LOVE. Back when I saw it, I was probably still watching only sageuks. Time for a rewatch! About a year ago Hubby started watching LET'S EAT 1, and I'd occasionally sneak a peek while live-watching and kibitzing on the recap threads, so I didn't watch it from the start. Later I avidly devoured season 2 with my girl Seo Hyun-jin, and totally became a YDJ fangirl of the insurance salesman whose hobby is eating and blogging about it. (Now that I think of it, SHJ may have ended up with chef Jung-sun in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE as an homage to the earlier show.) The food pron is hilariously spectacular. As is the blissing out while savoring every morsel. In LET'S EAT, the romance is with the food. You haven't lived until you see YDJ wax poetic over the perfection of an entree. It might be a good antidote to the 2009 tsundere male lead syndrome you're experiencing. ;-)

Apropos of the Truck Of Doom, I just saw a doozy this morning in the drama special ARIDONG LAST COWBOY. It has to be one of the most unique hybrid Kdramas I've ever seen, with echoes of the ramen-cognoscenti Japanese truckers in TAMPOPO. Yang Taek-jo looks like a Korean Roy Rogers, and has a lovely voice as he sings along with a vintage horse opera. It looks as if the show was turned into a feature-length movie called THE CHASE that premiered in November, 2017.

I fully agree with you about sic'ing the Truck Of Doom on Writer Ra, and nominate the taciturn blue flatbed from ARIDONG LAST COWBOY for the job. I've already exceeded my quota of backstabbing senior drama writers in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE and BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST. Ra reeks of mean-spirited jealousy and high-test inferiority. Please just go away. You are the real life equivalent of dead air.

I like Jason as a character, but can't suspend my disbelief that he's old enough to be a full-blown physician. (Er, is he supposed to be another precocious geeenius?)

Despite the clichés, I'm enjoying RADIO ROMANCE and just hanging loose until I see more back story on the main characters.

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Chingu, it's great to see you here! I see from your comments that radio is a medium close to your heart. I look forward to hearing your thoughts as this show develops.

I've been planning to watch "Let's Eat" for years. Your recommendation is just what I need to finally put those plans into action, especially as we wait for more "Radio Romance."

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@lindl,

All I can say is, "Bon appetit!" to your embarking on the LET'S EAT franchise. ;-)

On my fan wall I've been posting tidbits from some of the radio shows and personalities I grew up listening to.

I've been wondering what happened to RADIO ROMANCE this week. Has it been preempted for the duration of the Winter Olympics?

My first Kdrama live-watching experience was daily drama THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG. Late in its run it was drastically interrupted by the Sochi Olympics, and it drove me bonkers. I've learned my lesson, and will not have a meltdown over preemptions. But it would be nice to know in advance what to expect about scheduling.

Looking forward to comparing notes when RADIO ROMANCE returns. For the time being, it's dead air. :-(

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Don't worry, both episodes will air today! I'll get the recaps out as fast as I can :)

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Aw, gee, LollyPip, thanks for letting us know about the schedule change. You're jjang!

Take your time with the recaps. Whenever you get to them is fine by me. ;-)

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"I really, really, really do not think we need a subplot with Writer Ra. Really. There is nothing lamer than women tearing other women down, especially in a professional setting. Can't the truck of doom get her?"

I fast forwarded those bits. I mean, it's episode 4 and I'm already fast forwarding. It's just such a tired way to shoehorn in some conflict. I mean, is this radio show really such a huge threat to Su-Ho's career that a busy head of an agency has time to engineer the downfall of some random writer? Get a hobby!

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Ugh. I can't even. He hurt her so badly. The reason seems to be he's scared to get close because he feels she will get hurt, like his friend from the past. I'm pretty sure that's why he ran away on the island. Ironically, pulling away from someone because you're scared of hurting them hurts them as badly as them getting hurt from you later. On her first day, with her first big script, her dream, he shattered that. If the show doesn't give that back to her, I'm going to be really mad.

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And with episode 4 we're squarely back into familiar territory in a way that feels a bit tired.

I'm starting to worry that the childhood "trauma" is that both he and his friend had a crush on her and fought about it and then he got hit by a truck because he was chasing after him. Which... literally has nothing to do with her. Nothing.

All the scenes between PD Lee and Su-Ho in this reminded me of that line I heard in a show once where a woman said to two guys who were dick-swinging like this, "Please stop fighting over your territory which, to be clear, is not me".

I have to admit, I wish I'd seen this before I watched INAR. All of male lead's self-imposed-isolation-due-to-childhoold-trauma was just treated so much better in that show, both in terms of the script and the direction.

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You're just a biased old person at this point. This drama is far from being a cliche. Its much deeper than INAR could ever hope to be!

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