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Radio Romance: Episode 5

Look at those aggressive smiles! Today’s episode lightens things up a bit as Su-ho learns how different radio is from television and movies. A lesson comes from a very unexpected source, taking Su-ho by surprise just when he thinks he’s in control. The trick will be getting him to acknowledge that he’s got a lot to learn and to accept help, which won’t be easy with his prodigious pride getting in the way.

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

After recording the disappointing first episode where Su-ho didn’t read Geu-rim’s script, PD Lee offers to take Geu-rim to his hideout and cheer her up. He doesn’t take no for an answer, but before she gets into his car, Su-ho steps in front of her. He says he needs to talk to Geu-rim, but PD Lee tells him to talk to him instead.

Geu-rim tries to say she’ll talk to Su-ho, only for PD Lee to cut her off. Su-ho says that he did the show as they agreed, and that he’ll do it this way again, accusing the both of them of being too emotional.

Geu-rim tries to calm the guys down, but PD Lee pushes her and she falls. The guys each hold out a hand to help her up, but Geu-rim gets up on her own and snaps that she’s leaving. Su-ho tries to stop her, but she stomps off grumbling that she’s the one who’s supposed to be angry.

A group of fans spot Su-ho, so he suggests to PD Lee that they go somewhere private to talk. PD Lee teases Su-ho for being so conscious of his image, but Su-ho just tells him to follow him to his house. As they drive, Su-ho gets annoyed when PD Lee pulls alongside him, so he starts speeding and weaving dangerously between cars.

At home, Geu-rim tells her mother that the show they recorded will be on in three days. She brags about how much everyone loved her script, not wanting Mom to know the truth, but Mom knows that Geu-rim is just pretending to be okay. Caught, Geu-rim confesses that her script was replaced. Mom says that these things happen in order for us to grow, which cheers up Geu-rim a little.

PD Lee makes himself at home at Su-ho’s place, and he says that today’s show was boring. Su-ho asks if they ever plan to do video recordings, and PD Lee quips that Su-ho must not be confident with just audio. That looks like it hits a nerve with Su-ho.

He asks for the list of star guests so he can review it with his team. But PD Lee says that they already have Ji Su-ho and have no plans for other guests. He tells Su-ho that he wants to know his ideas, not those of his team.

PD Lee tells Su-ho that he deleted the entire recording from tonight, and that he’ll keep deleting shows if Su-ho keeps doing whatever he wants. With a big grin, he pulls a bottle of soju from his backpack and offers Su-ho a drink.

Worried, Geu-rim group-chats her friends. Monsoon sends her a video clip of PD Lee blowing up at a DJ, tying him up and threatening to split him like a wishbone. The next day, he’d thrown himself in front of the DJ’s car, refusing to leave until he agreed not to quit.

PD Lee cuts open an apple and offers half to Su-ho (HAHA, like he’s offering half an apology – the words for “apple” and “apology” are homonyms), but Su-ho just stares at him. PD Lee asks why Su-ho hasn’t threatened to quit, and Su-ho says serenely that he’s not a quitter, and that he’s never lost in his life.

But he adds that he can’t work with PD Lee, so one of them needs to quit. PD Lee just mentions his ridiculous contract with Geu-rim, but Su-ho says that she agreed to it. PD Lee says that Su-ho must always honor what he signs, then, and Su-ho agrees. PD Lee offers him another shot, asking if he’s going to lie again about not drinking.

At the same time, Writer Ra and her PD, Seung-soo, discuss their show that will be competing with PD Lee’s. Seung-soo is upset that Writer Ra accepted sponsorship by Su-ho’s mother and JH Entertainment, but she reminds him that they used to have to beg for sponsors. She snaps that she’s never lost a fight, and that she refuses to lose to Geu-rim.

Before long, both PD Lee and Su-ho are cheerfully three sheets to the wind. PD Lee brags about how many DJs have quit because of him, and Su-ho brags that many PDs have quit because of him. PD Lee slurs that Su-ho’s team sucks and knows nothing about radio, but Su-ho retorts that PD Lee’s proposal was equally awful.

They state again that neither of them has ever lost, then break out in adorable giggles. The serious drinking starts, each trying to drink the other under the table.

In the morning, Geu-rim and the rest of the team are worried when they can’t reach PD Lee. Geu-rim looks over website postings for segment ideas, but assistant PD Hoon-jung tells her that there’s no point to working so hard when Su-ho’s staff will just turn their ideas down.

From the doorway, PD Lee hears them and shines his penlight right at Geu-rim’s face until she notices him. He forbids them to go home until they come up with something Su-ho will accept.

At lunch, Hoon-jung gripes that PD Lee’s “namaste” act was all a fake. The assistant writer tearfully whines that she wants to quit, and Geu-rim pats her reassuringly. She sighs, wondering what on earth happened with Su-ho last night.

Su-ho wakes to find Joon-woo ringing his doorbell. He’s brought Su-ho’s mom, who sees the evidence of Su-ho and PD Lee’s bender and asks how much changing Su-ho plans to do. She says she came to remind him not to let his decision to do the radio show hurt her in any way. He dismisses her and tells Joon-woo to drive him to the station today.

He leaves to get ready, and his mother asks Joon-woo if he discussed Tae-ri with Station Manager Kang. He says that he did, and that the station manager agreed.

They’ve arranged to have Tae-ri as a guest on Writer Ra’s show, which has secured a top idol named Jay as the DJ. The news is a shock to everyone, and Writer Ra asks Station Manager Kang why they’ve got a has-been as a guest. Station Manager Kang makes it clear that this was Su-ho’s mother’s idea.

Tae-ri isn’t happy either, having expected to be on Su-ho’s show. She pulls Jay aside to intimidate her, and she makes the poor girl take a picture with her and posts it online.

Geu-rim spots them and runs over to meet Tae-ri, delighting Tae-ri by mentioning her child-acting award. She agrees to a picture with Geu-rim, and she’s so happy to be recognized that she even offers Geu-rim her phone number. She perks up when Geu-rim takes a call from PD Lee and mentions Su-ho’s name.

Geu-rim runs off to stop PD Lee and Su-ho from ripping each other’s arms off with a “friendly” handshake. She hustles them to the studio, and on the way she tries to say something to Su-ho, but a brandished fist from PD Lee stops her.

They start the show, and Su-ho takes a question from a listener whose strict father won’t allow her to go on an overnight trip with her boyfriend. Su-ho handles the call well, until the young woman’s father grabs the phone and starts screaming at Su-ho. PD Lee leans forward, looking amused as Su-ho completely locks up.

Geu-rim messages Su-ho to explain that they’re on the radio, but the father curses at him and tells him to stop calling his daughter. PD Lee cracks up, laughing hysterically as Su-ho flounders helplessly.

Unfortunately, this time the show is live, only nobody told Su-ho. He asks PD Lee to stop recording and start over, which goes out live on the air. Everyone in the studio frantically gestures to Su-ho to stop talking, all except for PD Lee, who takes notes in a little book.

Geu-rim messages Su-ho that they’re live, but that just makes things worse. He freezes entirely, unable to speak even when Geu-rim tells him to follow the script. He calls for a music break, and when PD Lee plays a song, he comes to the studio to ask what’s happening.

They all tell him to just keep doing the show, which he does reluctantly. But when the song is over, he can’t think of a thing to say, and the dreaded seven seconds’ delay ticks away. Su-ho looks lost, and when the time is up, PD Lee puts on another song. Station Manager Kang runs into the studio and lets loose a primal scream, then points silently at Geu-rim.

The news that Su-ho didn’t know his show was live is already hitting the internet by the time the show is over. He angrily reminds PD Lee that he wasn’t going to do any live shows, but PD Lee shows him the contract he signed with Geu-rim, which has been changed. When PD Lee got Su-ho drunk last night, he’d made Su-ho write on the contract that he’ll do live shows.

Station Manager Kang is furious that they put Su-ho live on the air without his knowledge, and he rakes Geu-rim over the coals. He finally relaxes, guessing that this was PD Lee’s idea, but he asks Geu-rim if Su-ho will forgive her for this.

PD Lee was even smart enough to film Su-ho signing the contract, and he shows Su-ho the video. He tells Su-ho that since he didn’t share his strategy (of switching scripts) for the first show, that he decided to do the same. He warns Su-ho not to annoy him in his studio again, and Su-ho fires back another warning: “If you damage my career out of stubbornness, I’ll murder you.”

Joon-woo corners PD Lee and asks if he embarrassed Su-ho on purpose. PD Lee says that they just came to an agreement, but Joon-woo informs him that he needs to find a different agreement. PD Lee deletes the video of Su-ho, but when Joon-woo leaves, he grumbles that he’ll just restore it.

Station Manager Kang orders Geu-rim to record a backlog of shows to use in case of accidents, and to go make Su-ho feel better. She finds Su-ho in the parking garage and apologizes, saying that she tried to tell him the show was live, but PD Lee stopped her.

Su-ho recalls the item in their contract saying that he can quit at any time, but he says he intends to give it a month as he promised. Nervous about losing another DJ, Geu-rim gives him her cell phone and asks him to pick up when she calls. Su-ho leaves with Joon-woo, taking her phone with him.

Seeing the articles about today’s incident, Su-ho’s mother orders everyone on his planning team fired. She blows up at Su-ho’s father, asking if he’s going to let his son keep doing things like this, then calls Writer Ra to tell her to show her her very best with her radio show.

Su-ho goes home and looks for Jason, but his room is empty. He’s left a note saying that he’s waiting for the day when Su-ho will talk to him seriously, and that he’s playing hard to get now. Su-ho lies in bed, bothered by today’s events. He picks up Geu-rim’s phone, noticing that her screensaver is a picture of everyone (except for Su-ho) taken on their island trip.

The next day, Writer Ra asks Geu-rim’s friends if they’re angry that they’re not main writers yet, when all Geu-rim had to do for the job was win over some guy. They weren’t upset before, but they are now, and Tornado even gives Geu-rim the cold shoulder when she passes her.

She’s here on Writer Ra’s summons, and Writer Ra asks her to do a job that the others were supposed to do. It’s insulting now that Geu-rim is a main writer, and Geu-rim looks uncomfortable.

Su-ho sits up reading the netizen’s comments about his show, which are universally negative. He answers when Jason calls Geu-rim’s phone, and Jason says that he’s worried about Su-ho, thinking he’s talking to Geu-rim. He’s shocked when Su-ho says he’s fine, and he quickly hangs up, ha.

Not only is Writer Ra’s request to Geu-rim insulting in general, but she sends her out to advertise for her show, which is even worse. But Geu-rim does a good job, dressing up and cheerfully passing out prizes to listeners who answer the questions that DJ Jay asks on the air. Tae-ri interrupts the show with a question about her acting award, making everyone in the studio cringe in annoyance (she calls herself and Su-ho the Yeo Jin-gu and Kim So-hyun of their time, lol).

Geu-rim’s friends go drinking, and Tornado blames Geu-rim for the fact that they’re still not main writers. Drought feels a bit bad that Geu-rim is out doing their job right now, but Monsoon mentions that Geu-rim seems to have a connection with JH Entertainment. Tornado looks thoughtful and asks if the others have seen the contract Geu-rim signed with Su-ho.

After the show, Geu-rim goes back to the station and heads to her hideout. As she snacks on the red bean fish pastry a listener gave to her, DJ Moon joins her and asks why she’s sulking. She tells him she’s confused because she’s a main writer, but she’s not allowed to do the show with her writing, and the other writers are acting distant.

DJ Moon leads Geu-rim back to his studio, where she says that she’d be inspired if she could write in here. She cutely hints that it would be nice if her team could do their show in his studio, but he ignores her and asks if she listened to his show yesterday, joking that she’s a bad fan for being too busy.

He tells her how Post-It notes were actually a failed product that became a hit. He tells Geu-rim to keep throwing herself at failures so that she can turn them into hits, giving her a big thumbs-up in support.

Still reading comments about his show, Su-ho is heartened to see that some of them still like him and plan to listen again. But he sees an article about a collaboration, which sends him rushing out the door.

Tae-ri barges in on Su-ho’s mother’s private shopping session, only to be pointedly ignored. She grabs a dress right out of Su-ho’s mother’s hands and asks her to buy it for her, and she’s pleasantly surprised when Mom says that the clothes she’s chosen are a gift.

Su-ho arrives at his parent’s home to ask about the collaboration news, and finds his mother preparing a meal for the director in question. She says to quit the radio show, and when his father joins them, he whispers to Su-ho that the reality show will only take a month. Oh, that’s what this is about.

A phone rings, and Su-ho’s parents are surprised when he pulls Geu-rim’s phone out of his pocket, since he famously refuses to carry one. He picks up, and his expression instantly turns to alarm. He runs out of the house without a word, leaving his mother furious enough to shatter a glass against the wall.

He finds Geu-rim’s mother on the street where her purse was snatched, and he says he’s Geu-rim’s friend and gives her a ride home. She asks if he heard Geu-rim’s show and says that Ji Su-ho was cute, though she’s heard he’s a real jerk. Ha, his face.

Su-ho follows her into the house and trails after her, trying to offer help as she makes dinner. But she’s very capable, and she confesses that she only pretended she needed help up the stairs because she wanted to feed him.

As Mom deftly makes dinner, she tells Su-ho that she can tell that he’s kind from his wonderful voice. She urges him to sit and eat, which he does, seeming touched.

Geu-rim arrives home, and Su-ho motions for her not to give his identity away. But of course Mom already knows who he is, and she jokes that she made friends with the jerk, ha. Su-ho doesn’t say a word, he just eats and watches as Geu-rim dotes on her mother.

He’s not very happy to see PD Lee come in asking for dinner, but the four eat in an awkward truce for Mom’s sake. Su-ho side-eyes PD Lee when he tells Mom not to call him “PD-nim” because they’re like family, but he keeps silent.

After dinner, PD Lee invites everyone to his place for tea. Su-ho asks if they’ll be live again tomorrow, and PD Lee says they will, anticipating a lot of listeners. When Su-ho threatens to quit, PD Lee says that he doesn’t have the nerve to inconvenience others when he’s made a promise.

Annoyed, Su-ho reminds PD Lee of his promise to quit if Su-ho doesn’t like the proposal, and that he can leave after a month if he wants. PD Lee waters a plant that he calls “Su-ho-yah,” telling it to watch its temper so it can grow.

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Tonight you’re with me

 
Geu-rim returns with the script and Su-ho’s scarf that he lent her on the island. PD Lee starts to say that he and Geu-rim will work on the script tonight, but Su-ho interrupts. He turns to Geu-rim’s mom, haltingly calling her “Mother,” and asks if he can borrow Geu-rim.

He takes Geu-rim back to the radio station, admitting that he’s worried about tomorrow and asking Geu-rim to teach him. He’s so polite and humble that she agrees. She takes him to her office first and explains how radio waves work, and Su-ho pays close attention, though at times he seems distracted as he looks at Geu-rim.

Next she shows him around DJ Moon’s studio, particularly the wall covered in postcards and pictures from Geu-rim. She tells Su-ho that her mother had eye surgery when Geu-rim was fourteen, and that she hasn’t watched television since then because she didn’t want to laugh or cry while seeing a world her mother couldn’t see.

Instead, she says that the radio was always on so that she could listen to the world her mother was hearing. She fell in love with radio, and the stories she heard there. Su-ho listens then walks away, and we see that on the wall is a photo of his younger self with his friend who was in the accident. Interesting.

They sit, and Geu-rim explains that while on the air, seven seconds of silence is considered an accident. She counts off seven seconds to show Su-ho how long it feels, and he never takes his eyes off her the entire time. She knows that he saw her latest script, and she’s satisfied just to hear that he read it.

Later, she falls asleep for a few minutes on the desk, and Su-ho takes advantage of the chance to study her face. When Geu-rim wakes, she finds him still looking at her. She looks back questioningly, and Su-ho says softly, “I’m curious about you.”

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I’m curious about you

 
COMMENTS

Oh, I like this softer side of Su-ho, very much. He had a huge change of attitude during this episode. He’s so hard to read, and it’s easy to say that his interest in Geu-rim prompted his willingness to be more flexible, but I don’t think that’s all that is influencing him. I want to believe that the boundaries that PD Lee set made an impression on Su-ho because they were for the good of the show and not for any personal benefit (like when his mother tells him what to do), and that Su-ho somehow responded to that. And every time I start to think that maybe Su-ho is just an irredeemable jerk, he does something like running to Geu-rim’s mother’s rescue. I think that she also had something to do with Su-ho’s sudden change, the way she saw right through to his kind heart. Su-ho treated Geu-rim’s mother with more respect and deference than I’ve seen him do with anyone, which shows me that there is a willing, humble spirit inside him somewhere.

On the other hand, I’m not at all pleased with the way PD Lee treats Geu-rim — yes, he’s giving her the chance of a lifetime to be a head writer, but he consistently ignores her wishes, talks over her, or just plain doesn’t let her talk. I don’t think he does it on purpose, it’s just another symptom of his anger issues, but that doesn’t make it okay. Seeing him push Geu-rim to the ground made me so angry that I was actually angry at Geu-rim for not blowing up at both jerks. I get that PD Lee and Su-ho are in some sort of testosterone-fueled face-off, but that’s no excuse for disregarding Geu-rim when she has something to say. I’m frankly surprised that she takes it from PD Lee, when she doesn’t let Su-ho do those things to her. I can only imagine that it’s because PD Lee is her boss and Su-ho isn’t, but I can’t wait for the day that Geu-rim has enough and tells PD Lee to stop pushing her around.

I’m oddly happy that Su-ho’s inability to speak when under pressure has more to do with his learned psychological issues than just a simple personality quirk. Character-wise it makes him much more interesting, and it gives him a starting point from which to improve. He’s been forbidden to have his own feelings and opinions for years, so it’s no surprise that he freezes up when faced with conflict, because silence is probably the only thing that’s kept him safe for most of his life. You could see the panic in his eyes when the caller yelled at him, and you could even see him trying to retreat emotionally, but he couldn’t because he was on the spot. I think radio will be good for him, because it will teach him to speak up when confronted instead of just turning turtle and hiding inside his safe little shell.

But he is pushing back against his mother already, and Geu-rim is definitely the reason for Su-ho’s newfound rebellion — from what I’ve seen, he’s always had a fighting spirit, but he’s kept it tamped down for the sake of peace and to avoid losing battles with his mother. I’m still very curious why Geu-rim’s presence is sparking his fighting spirit, because it’s obvious that Su-ho knows exactly why, though Geu-rim doesn’t have a clue. I love that she’s not Su-ho’s weak spot, but a source of strength, even if she doesn’t realize it. And it was really sweet when Su-ho met Geu-rim’s mom and got a glimpse of what a real family looks like. He softened up a lot, and even started to act like a real boy by asking for help. I liked the glimpse of the good person he will be once he’s free of his toxic family.

I really hope that we get some more of Su-ho and Geu-rim’s back story filled in soon. All we’ve gotten is glimpses and hints that Su-ho knew Geu-rim when they were kids, but tonight’s episode seemed to imply that Geu-rim also knew Su-ho, since his photograph was on DJ Moon’s wall with the rest of her postcards. I’m not keen on stories that throw in a childhood connection just to prove that the couple are fated, but occasionally a drama manages to weave the past and present together in a way that helps tell the entire story. I have a feeling that this will be one of those shows. We need to know more about Geu-rim and Su-ho’s history in order to understand them now, particularly in Su-ho’s case, since his memories of Geu-rim seem to be the only bright spot in his life as well as the source of some lingering anger towards her. It’s still very early in the show’s run, but I’m anxious to learn more.

 
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Thanks, @Lollypip for the recap!

This is pretty awful of me to say, but I actually found the “measuring contest” in this episode pretty hilarious. Men are so weird.

The last scene with them in Moon Seong-Woo’s radio broadcasting room: THE LIGHT! THE CINEMATOGRAPHY! The warmth in that scene made it so lovely! Geu Rim teaching Soo Ho about broadcasting, but really she’s sharing her love with him, was so perfect. No wonder he was so enchanted.

I loved how honest he was at the very end, when he said he was curious about her. It was so beautiful to get a glimpse into his vulnerability and honesty - something he hasn’t been for most of the previous episodes, it was quite affecting.

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When he looked at her in that room, there was real love in his eyes. He's had this childhood crush and this interest before, but it was the first time I've thought, "Well, he's a goner."

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The way Soo Ho stares at Geu Rim just melts my heart!!! Who’s with me? 😍

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AYE!

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YDJ officially has 'the' eyes to make you melt

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Why am I still watching this? Usually I'm very forgiving of cliches and tropes but this is too much! Why does everyone treat SGR so poorly and I mean EVERYONE! The most ridiculous part-they disrespect her but expect others not to.I mean look at yourself first! I want her to assert herself especially to that head writer. I swear I'll pull out her hair if I ever meet her. But I can't stop watching. Why- YDJ of course. Why are you like this but I can't hate you? Stop staring at her like that! Make up your mind show so that I can too. Who am I kidding anyway? I will still watch this..SIGH

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I get really annoyed when female characters are doormats, and it's frustrating to see the PD and the other lead writer treat her disrespectfully and have her not stand up for herself. My hope is that this is to leave her some room to grow, and that as she gains confidence she will be able to learn to stand up for herself.

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My thoughts exactly. Watching Geu-rim act like such a doormat is pegging my meters. I'll cease ranting before I overmodulate. ;-)

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Don’t even get us started with the doormat heroine. I am trying really hard to ‘let many things go’ so I can go on enjoying the show. I am just sailing, sailing, sailing. Going with the wind where it takes me to. Or stare at YDJ’s eyes and melt at his gaze. LOL.

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The music they played wen Geu-rim returned from being Santa was this super dramatic/intense violin thing that was supposed to make the viewer feel for her, but I was SO angry at her for letting that witch use her at her leisure that I laughed instead. Frustration is an understatement!

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I don't agree that she let her self be used in any way. SGR doesn't want to distance herself from her colleagues and nothing has implied that she didn't respect or like her superior. Getting chewed out by your superior is normal and expected. In a culture based on hierarchy standing up to your boss makes no sense if you want to keep your job. I thought what SGR did was practical and sensible and I would have done the same. Be the bigger person at all times no matter how awful others are. It's what I'm taught as well.

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"Why- YDJ of course. Why are you like this but I can't hate you? Stop staring at her like that! Make up your mind show so that I can too. Who am I kidding anyway? I will still watch this..SIGH"

Amen to all you said above. Hahaha!
I think I'm more forgiving because it's Doo-joon and I can't stop watching. If it weren't for the two leads I think I'd have stopped at ep 1. Lol! They make it worth it, even if we have to ignore or (most of the time) want to tear our hair out.

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I don't think she's being a doormat though? She can't actually scream at her boss and she can't scream at a writer who has more experience than her. I mean, that's not how Korean culture works in my understanding. She does assert herself but I feel like she knows the boundaries she can and cannot cross. I appreciate the realism of this. How many times have you wanted to scream at a superior and had to bite your tongue?

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I agree, it's because of Korean work culture. She did voice her opinion/ frustration to Sooho but when it comes to PD Lee, Manager Kang and Writer Ra who holds seniority card, she tends to be lenient and dutiful.

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I find it frustrating because we see Geu Rim fluctuating between an outspoken person with unique ideas that she's not afraid to express... and the doormat that gets stepped on every time Soo Ho and PD Lee need to let off some testosterone, which has been approximately every other scene so far. It's not cute. Also, PD Lee is really getting on my nerves. He's so obnoxious; being great at what you do doesn't mean you get away with being a terrible human being. And while it makes sense for Geu Rim to hesitate with pushing back at her superior in the workplace, can't she at least tell him to respect her personal space and, Idk, NOT eat her food??? The food thing was so invasive to me.

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Thank you @Lollypip for your recap:)

I enjoyed this episode, it really softened up Soo-ho’s character. Instead of him being expressionless and stoic, we see more of his real emotions- the panic when he realised the show was live, the sense of feeling touched when he saw the bond between Geu-Rim and her mother.

That was something that interested me as well. That he was quite ready to address Geu-Rim’s mother as “Mother” when we’ve yet to hear him address his bossmother as such (correct me if I’m wrong!). And the contrast between both dining scenes was quite poignant- the staged feel of the posh dinner with everyone dressed up formally and the homely feel in Geu-Rim’s home.

Geu-Rim’s spirit was also shining bright this episode. I really felt for her, the way she had to accept Writer La’s last-minute request even though she didn’t have to (by right). And even though it wasn’t something she was happy about, she still donned that cute little christmas costume and handed out presents cheerfully. Doing something you don’t want to is tough. But I think what’s admirable about Geu-Rim is that she not only goes about her duties, but that she gives it her best. And by the end of that tiring day, a pancake shaped like a fish warmed her like nothing else did.

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I haven't started watching RR but that featured photo above! I SHIP IT hahaha

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Would watch a show that is just Su-ho and mom being best friends.

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yesssssss!!

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Moments that stood out for me:

Mom's response to Su-ho rejecting Geu-rim's script. How cool was that? Instead of helping her daughter wallow, she encouraged her to bounce back and do better. No wonder Geu-rim has been able to handle Su-ho's hurtful behavior up until now.

PD Lee deleting the first taped session. Yes!

DJ Moon and the story of the Post-It note, a failed product that became a hit. He and Mom are on the same page here.

Su-ho finally getting the courage to talk honestly with Geu-rim. I'm pretty sure this opening line, "I'm curious about you," is the beginning of the conversation that comes at the end of the next episode.

Can't wait for the next recap!

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i just needed to say this: i noticed that whenever song geu rim is emphasising something, she makes a hand gesture that seems like sign language! and i thought this was such detail placed into the character. kudos to kim so hyun ((though its so jarring to me that she used to be a child actor and now she HAS a child actor, haha)) she has really developed into a great actress :-)

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I don't understand, how does sign language come into play?

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This episode is better than last, but it still frustrates me in so many ways. The swoony moments aren't enough to tamp down the ragey bits. I do think even watching with my 2010 drama glasses on, the main source of my annoyance is really that I love YDJ so much that I keep thinking that he deserves a better script. Justice!

Instead of dwelling too much on the nonsensical elements, I would just want to ask the show to remove farting sound effect in the comical music track permanently.

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Guys I am dead. This episode and the next one OMG. Shookt and still gathering my thoughts thank you Lollypip 💕🤗

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Eagerly waiting for the next recap! Thanks for this one @lollypip

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I totally agree with @lollypip . It was SO NOT COOL when PD Lee pushed Geu-rim and she fell down, I was like nuh-uh man. I like you but that like is going to fade real quick if you don't stop being shitty to Geu-rim.
I do love this new soft side of Su-ho as well, it makes me want to just give him a big hug and tell him everything will be okay ( and makes me want to take him away from his toxic parents. They're some of the worst I've seen so far his year). But I love that one of the first people he actually showed respect and humbleness to without faking or prompting from someone else, was to Geu-rim's mother. It was just really sweet.

Also that soft "I'm curious about you" <3.

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I didn't see the episode, but did PD Lee even apologize before offering her a hand? I am glad she refused his help.

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No he didn't apologize, and that made me even angrier. Me too I'm glad she walked away from both of them, because they need to learn how to treat her right.

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Su Ho is becoming more and more likeable. I'm liking the chemistry between him and Geu Rim. I loved that she ignored both the outstretched arms and picked herself up!

The constant friction between PD Lee and Su Ho kind of annoyed me this episode. Somehow it felt contrived and forced. I also wish Geu Rim would stand up to Writer Ra.

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I have to agree with you. I felt that seemed forced too. They are supposed to be PD and DJ working together and not trying to compete against each other every step of the way. It's way too unbelievable. I also didn't like how PD Kang got Su ho to sign the contract again over alcohol no less. It wasn't even funny but it was played for laughs.

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Yeah, it's not funny, because why would a contract signed when you are drunk, especially proved with video footage, be valid? I would think it could be easily challenged. Although, it would make Suho look foolish, I suppose.

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I agree. I doubt it would have any legal bindings whatsoever.

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Exactly, Sooho didn't even remember he signed it.

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I don't think it was played for laughs. I saw it as PD Lee strikes back for what Suho did to them last time (disrespect to the team and reading his own script). He also needed to balance the power. And also perhaps to show Suho how ridiculous Suho's original contract is...

I had more problems with the unexpected live sending... but then again I think it was a lesson from PD Lee to say look, we need to work as a team....

Btw, I like Yoon Park in this...and he is clearly enjoying the role :--)

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So these two shitheads decide to put other people’s lives in danger by driving dangerously, swerving on the road at fast speed, because they cannot agree on how to do their jobs? Are they having their own Olympics? Is the drunk contract even valid?

But here I am, still watching the show. LOL.

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I totally agree about the driving like maniacs. I've seen it in a couple of shows in the past few months, and I can't stand it.

Reckless, aggressive driving is one of my pet peeves, along with woodworkers who don't wear eye protection while operating power saws. For crying out loud, Show! Get a grip! Set a good example!

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With all the eyewitnesses on the road/ roadside, I'm surprised Sooho is not in any headlines. Do your job, Dispatch!

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LOVE—the pissing contest/budding bromance between PD-nim and DJ-nim, mom’s immediate digs at Su-ho and saying he’s kind underneath that jerk-exterior, love omma in general, love the soft banmal in the radio booth from Su-ho (honestly, my heart skipped a beat), love his longing looks, love PD’s cheekiness. Doon-Joo is killing it as is Yoon Park (his smiling eyes, agh, I can’t handle them)!

HATE— the physical harshness to women in general in this whole series.

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i'm just gonna leave it here, because i couldn't not think about this song when he said "궁금해" ♥♥♥
BEAST/HIGHLIGHT - Curious (궁금해) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQQWQNOTRs0&feature=youtu.be

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Deabak, that’s a sexy song! I just might have to watch “Highlight” now.

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And I’ve just re-emerged from watching a million Beast/Highlight videos on YouTube. It’s like I’m a teenager again. Sheesh.

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HAHAHAHA! Welcome to out world, Ally!
The first thing I did after watching the 1st ep of RR was rewatching all their weekly idol episodes...
Aren't they cute, though? I've always felt like a teenager since I'm older than all of them and yet I squee everytime I see their videos *sigh*

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What’s crazy is that at least two of them are really good actors too. Those entertainment mills in Korea churn these guys out like Kit Kats on an assembly line. And they’re all so freakin’ talented and are work horses. And now, my inner ahjumma is sad for them. I can totally see Doo-joon drawing from experience when he plays this part. I almost wonder if there is any transference going on here.

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It's definitely scary! I'm never gonna get over the fact that companies recruit 11-13 year olds and shape them as they wish to later throw them into that crazy showbiz world. I'm not a mother (nor plan to be one) but it baffles me when I see parents working hard or pushing their children to become idols/actors.
I'm happy with Highlight starting their own company, though! They now have absolute control over what they want to do, how, and when!

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Every once in a while they have a slow groove song like this and Doojoon just sounds fantastic in them. Other ones are Beast's 눈을 감아도 (Close My Eyes) and Highlight - 위험해 (Dangerous). I wish he'd release a solo track!

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This show is just my cup of tea--the imperfect parts don't bother me and I really like the characters and the use of radio as a backdrop.

This episode really was a turning point for Su-ho. Non-Mom said it well when she saw the alcohol and asked Su-ho how much he was trying to change--she senses there's something brewing, her control slipping. These radio-loving people are starting to wear Su-ho down, hurrah! Meeting Mom was really important for him--I loved seeing how he enjoyed the warmth of that environment. He seemed especially smitten after that.

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I can see the coming confession, "Geurim, I love you, and I love your mom more." ^^

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Thanks for the recap Lollypip!

I have to agree with you that PD Kang being plain rude, ignoring AND pushing Geu-rim to the ground angers me so much. I do not get what his deal is. I don't feel like he even likes Geu-rim at all. I had hoped his character would be quirky and easy to like, but it's the total opposite for me. He has serious anger management issues. Yoon Park is doing a great job, though it's a pity I can't like him here.

And while Su Ho can be considered a jerk by many people (me included, at times) I can still see his kindness underneath all his other closed off expressions. His gazes show that he truly cares and feels for Geu-rim and it helps a LOT that he's being played by Doo-joon because it just seems more swoony then it should've, when he gazes at her like that.
And his confession at the end was soooooo cuteee! 😍😍😍

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I believe he is a kind person who doesn’t know how to channel it. His red-rimmed eyes, red hair, and red suit just seemed to match perfectly when he was sitting at home across PD Lee. And when he gazes at GR with that kind of longingness, so swoony! 😍😍😍

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His swoony gazes are sooo obvious to us so I don't get how Geu-rim can't see it!! She's been warming up to him but I don't think she likes him yet...

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Agreed! I can't seem to like PDnim either...also, it bothers me how fake his laughter sounds/seems

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All I know is Yura, who plays Tae-Ri is killing it, because she makes me hate her sooo much! The way she is playing this one character really makes me believe that this is at LEAST 50% right on the nose of actresses behind the scenes. I think I love her because she makes me HATE her. 😁

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The writer of this drama is really trying their hardest to check off every drama cliche there is on the list and for some reason I find that hilarious and want to continue watching to see what else they cover.

I'm still not sure what I am watching but the show is light hearted (despite the mum scenes) so I don't have to take it seriously which is good. The doctor friend is hilarious and Soo Ho's stares are swoony. I'll probably watch this to the end just for those reasons.

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He’s curious how she turned into a poodle! HAHAHA.

I feel really bad for him because he looks like a deer caught on headlights and a fish inside an aquarium, but it feels satisfying to finally see him at least lose his cool and shitty attitude just this once. He feels more human at that moment. I want him to grow and find his real self during these live shows.

Crazy Gang is indeed CRAZY. Did a live show. Changed to a yogi to pour tea. Named his guardian angel succulent, Suho, then passive-aggressively talked to it. LOL.

Omma and GR should just adopt these two stupid shitheads and turn them into decent human beings. The four of them eating together feels really warm and family-like, it will do so much good for Suho to be always around someone like omma. It is true that kindness brings out kindness in others. GR omma though: “I became best friends with the jerk.” HA!

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Oh, yes, please! If they could adopt them for at least a week!

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The stark contrast between his and GR’s family is so apparent. Celebrity stepmom’s lavish meal versus GR omma’s simple table. And yet, Suho could comfortably put numerous spoonfuls of rice into his mouth in front of a woman he just met a few hours ago. I like it that he’s able to let his guard down, even called her ‘ommoni/omma’ and asked to be with GR. One week stay with them will help heal this broken boy.

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Thanks for this fast recap, LollyPip! I understand some things better after reading this! Like the half apple meaning and the not-sharing of strategy.

I'm never fond of office politics in K-dramas. Sometimes it seems abusive to me, and I don't think I can take it if I'm in those situations but I suppose people just "swallow" it coz they have to earn a living.

I caught Let's Eat over the weekend. Yoon Doo Joon talks so much there but he hardly opens his mouth here that I can't even see his teeth when he speaks! Kinda makes me wonder if he still has those big uneven teeth. (ok, sorry if I'm being crazy! Just that some celebrities did some teeth correction that I thought they kinda lost the original charm.)

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Yes. he still has the crooked teeth, and he'd better not EVER fix them!

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I totally agree with you. I think that DJ's charm is that he looks very natural. I was watching a Beast show( burning beast? is it correct?) and he was telling that he did not like his eyes when he was young. But he did not make his eyes double eye lids... stays as he was... I cannot imagine him with double eye lids, somehow it is not fitting for him and it would lose his eye charm!
His teeth are not perfect at all, I think he has overbite but that is also his charm.

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I think I hate PD Lee more than anyone in this drama at this point. yes, even more than my twin (Suho). he's supposed to come off as quirky and fun (I guess) but to me he's just mentally unstable. I hate that he touches Geu-rim like they're friends and I hate that he eats her food like they're lovers and I hate that he talks over her and pushed her without apologizing and UGH he's her boss she can't even react properly

the only person I ship GR with it that girl who gave her fish-shaped bread. quality human right there.

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PD Lee is too damn handsy and treats her like a minion. He is supposedly giving her the big break, but doesn't actually give any constructive instructions or criticism. He's not charming or quirky, he's a manipulative jerk.

"the only person I ship GR with it that girl who gave her fish-shaped bread. quality human right there"

LOL, and you're right.

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I couldn’t agree with you more!

I would not let someone I just met or I work with for only a few months, who also disappeared on me before he could train me properly, then reappear to take credit for my progress, keep on touching me like that.

Although I do not really like people who seems to easily touch others or acknowledge personal boundaries and personal space, I initially took the way he’s treating her as ‘brotherly’. It wasn’t too much back then and they were not showing anything sexual or physical harassment.

I have many close male friends and these things are normal for us, but they are not my coworkers, not my senior, and definitely not overnight, a month, or a year to develop that kind of closeness. I grew up with those male friends, we’re essentially siblings.

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It’s like writer based them on the only two males s/he met ever and they happen to be the touchy creepy and an emotionally tortured star. LOL. She has yet to meet the other types.

There are others who find this type of contact normal, but there those who are also repulsed by it. In this case, it’s not working quite right because it doesn’t make sense.

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All I can think is that we still don't know much about PD Lee's early life or how he came to be involved in radio. I'm willing to concede that he may have been dropped on his noggin when he was an infant. That would explain a lot. ;-)

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everything I hate about this drama would be so easy to fix it's infuriating!!!

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They might be? But show isn’t letting us know, why? Lol. He just moved in downstairs and just conveniently went inside GR’s kitchen to ask for soup and share dinner? He’s either a childhood bestfriend or just plain intrusive trespasser.

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He seems really good at getting good ratings and creating a good radio program, I wanna know more about him too to understand where he’s coming from.

With his anger management issues, shit-eating grin, unstable mental state, and some unethical behavior, that’s highly likely. That’s the only explanation I am willing to accept. Lol.

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That answers the question then. He’s a rude instrusive trespasser. Lol

Maybe show will suddenly turn its sails later? Idk, I am just finding excuses for myself, mostly to justify me watching. I’ve used up all the YDJ’s swoony gazes excuse, though that’s maybe really why I am still here than the plot. Lol.

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Also, I think there's a loophole with PD Lee-Geurim setup. There's a flashback that PD Lee was angry at the writer and he scolded Geurim for doing an errand when it's not even her job, so somehow Geurim should've known about him eventhough she's not working for him. So it's a wonder at the present, only now Geurim knows the craziness of him.

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The softer side of Soo Ho makes me squee with delight on each scene. I like how he sincerely help Geu rim's mom without a second thought. Calling her "mother" and wholeheartedly enjoying the food she dishes out when we see on the previous episodes that he always refuse offers of food or drinks and that he doesn't eat with the staff in between shoots through his manager's comments. I am loving this side of Soo ho and I can't wait to see more sweet interactions between him, Geu rim and her mum. Maybe through this he can finally feel a mother's love unlike his crappy fake family. Our poor boy needs it.

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Thanks for your rapid recap and commentary, LollyPip! ;-)

As I suspected, Su-ho is not a jerk who is beyond redemption, and there seems to be a method to PD Lee's madness. I've known a few radio types as nutty as he is. He is a kindred spirit of Dr. Johnny Fever of WKRP IN CINCINNATI. I used to be on the air after a guy like him.

PD Lee was playing hardball when he let Su-ho go into the studio thinking he was recording a show that would be edited before broadcast. I cringed through the whole fiasco with the irate father on the phone. In the US, you're supposed to inform callers that they're on the air. (The same applies when a phone conversation is being recorded.) It was a dirty trick of dubious legality, but it did achieve Lee's objective of getting Su-ho's attention. I almost get the feeling that he's playing “good cop, bad cop” – all by himself. LOL.

That 7 seconds of radio silence is known as “dead air.”

Yeah, it's really unprofessional to let that occur. It's mortifying. So if you're all by your lonesome on the graveyard shift and you need to sprint to the rest room, put on “Green Grass and High Tides” or a nice Buxtehude trio sonata. Or a whole side of Frampton Comes Alive. ;-)

My comments on dead air, and the BTS stuff that can lead to it:
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/392280/

I've also posted items of radio station trivia and RADIO ROMANCE background music on my fan wall.

There are worse things than dead air, such as allowing obscenity to be broadcast, which is why a 7-second delay is used for call-in shows. In the US, the station can be fined, and the guilty party usually gets fired. “Shock jocks” such as Howard Stern have made a career of pushing the boundaries of acceptable speech. Stand-up comedian and satirist George Carlin's 1972 schtick on 7 words that cannot be said on TV is hilarious – and raunchy. You've been warned. Here's some background on a court case that was triggered by it when a man driving with his young son heard it played on a radio station:

“Looking back: George Carlin and the Supreme Court”
https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/george-carlin-and-the-supreme-court-36-years-later

The transmitter suddenly conking out is a lot more serious (and expensive!) than 7 seconds of dead air. That's why chief engineers are on-call 24/7/365.

Overmodulation is bad news, too. Pegging (aka pinning) the Vu meter so the indicator stays in the red due to excessive volume will distort the signal and sound bad to listeners – as well as advertisers paying for air time. It will also interfere with other stations' signals, which riles their management and listeners, and leads to complaints to the Federal Communications Commission. On the other hand, undermodulation means the signal will be too weak to properly blanket its designated coverage area. Your own listeners, advertisers, and management will be unhappy.

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"As I suspected, Su-ho is not a jerk who is beyond redemption, and there seems to be a method to PD Lee's madness." -- Yes! If Su-ho were a jerk beyond redemption, we wouldn't have a show worth watching. I love how the next episode takes on that issue. And I also feel like PD Lee's behavior is a persona he uses to get people to do what he wants, and that we still don't know what he really wants or why, but it's not just random, there's a plan and a reason.

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@lindag,

I have a hunch that PD Lee can spot potential in a person, and is highly motivated to do something creative with it. Maybe he's been searching for playmates for years, and has finally assembled the kernel of a team that can help him bring to life his vision for a radio renaissance in the 21st Century. I'm not sure whether he's acting as a sculptor himself who will chisel away at the stumbling blocks that have hindered Su-ho's and Geu-rim's growth and progress -- or whether he's going to be motivating them to free themselves to grow into their full potential.

I sat up and took notice when PD Lee told Su-ho in all seriousness at his tea party, "You were born to DJ live." Then he proceeded to bust his chops, and tell him about his plant namesake who is the "guardian angel" of their show. He proceeded to advise the plant to control its temper so it could grown large. This is exactly what Su-ho had to do to survive with the losers he's been saddled with as pseudo-parents. (I loved the rest of that scene when Su-ho asked Mom if he can borrow her daughter. The look of delighted surprise on Mom's face was so cute.)

Although Lee seems to be an antagonist to both his DJ and his writer, I sense that he's delivering an idiosyncratic form of tough love tailored to the specific needs of each.

I think it's important to listen to the tone that Lee sets with the opening song. "Count On Me" by Bruno Mars is an interesting choice for Su-ho's show. With imagery of a two-way street, the song is a paean to interdependence. Although at this time it doesn't look as if PD Lee is doing anything to help Su-ho and Geu-rim -- while giving them both a pain in the butt -- I can see glimmers of how they are inspiring him to pursue his own vision of radio. He's so unafraid to think outside the box, there's no box. Which is why it is so difficult for everyone to deal with him. He's way ahead of the curve, and needs to find a way to pluck his wild and crazy brainchild out of the ether and ground it in reality. That's where Su-ho, who has been emotionally imprisoned in his stepmother's rice chest, and Geu-rim, who has been hampered by her inability to stand up for herself, come in.

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I always fall for actors/characters rather than a "show." Sure RR is predictable and ugh so many cliches, but YDJ/SH had me from the first stare. Shrug.

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My k-drama catnip is definitely when leads with poor familial situations spend time with another character's family and see what a supportive and loving family is like. And I lol'ed at Geu rim's mother saying that she became friends with 'the jerk'.

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I was tickled to see that Geu-rim is enamored of the propagation of medium wave radio waves across great distances over the horizon when they reflect off the ionophere's Kennelly–Heaviside layer.

I mentioned this in an earlier recap comment.
http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/02/radio-romance-episode-4/#comment-3189603

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first INAR with quantum entanglement and now RR with this... is it fashionable for kdrama writers to get a degree in physics these days or 😂

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We also had another shopping mall that collapsed in MAD DOG due to resonance. ;-)

Good question about physics tropes in Kdrama. Forget birth secrets and time travel. We can just blame everything on Schroedinger's Cat. ;-)

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I'm uncertain about whether we can or can't blame everything on Schrodinger's Cat.

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Heisenberg, is that you?

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We can know where the show is now or where it's going but not both - and I think that's my biggest problem with it.

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I know I am slow but did mom really have her purse snatched or was it a ploy for her to meet Soo-ho? If it was only a ploy she would of had to have known that Geu-rim gave SH her phone. If it had been an actual purse snatching presumably mom would have been helped by the police and bystanders.
Also, getting Soo-ho drunk--not a good idea. If someone indicates that they don't drink alcohol, there may be a reason for it.
That being said, I enjoyed this episode.

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@marcusnyc20,

What an interesting idea! I like it. I could just see Mom pulling a fast one to finagle the boys into behaving. I totally believed her when she said that she asked Su-ho to help her up the stairs "so she could hold his hand and feed him." Shades of Gang-doo and Yong-pal Grandma in JUST BETWEEN LOVERS... or Han Gyul and his grandma in COFFEE PRINCE. ;-)

How much do you want to bet that Mom suggested to Geu-rim that she lend her cellphone to Su-ho?

Another thought crossed my mind today. Given the pair's devotion to DJ Moon's program, I think it's possible that Mom and the DJ might end up together. It would be about time.

While I'm at it, should I go out on a limb and posit that PD Lee is Stepmom's child she gave up for adoption when she married Su-ho's father? That would make uri PD and Su-ho step-brothers. Hehehe. ;-)

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@vivanesca,

We haven't seen Su-ho take any meds in a while, so maybe he's been off antidepressants and sleeping pills for a spell.

Or maybe it was just time for the bromantic bonding-while-wasted trope. ;-)

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I feel like its been pushed.. though i like the kiss scenes during the beginning stages of drama.. but it seems as though the love or kiss scenes in here is been pushed.. i am not sure why but i felt this ep is quite dragging.. PD's and JSH's contract deal as a result of previous day's party was gud but again i still feel some gap in here.. Not sure why..

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I loved all the scenes and the pacing so I have no idea what you're talking about. Maybe you're just in a bad space.

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What is Suho's mother's problem anw?? Why is she keep pushing her son around and her fixation on doing the reality show?? The show needs to give her reasons for her behavior and hopefully this is not just a cliche evil-future mother in law who hates her son's gf...

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It's not as shallow as hating Geurim for being Sooho's gf (and it's not even true), it's because ever since Geurim appears, Sooho starts to show his rebellious side more apparent. Hence, it tampers with her plan to do the variety show for fake "perfect family" since Sooho refused to join and decided to do a radio show instead. Basically she's trying hard to build her legacy but with her troublesome husband and uncooperative son, she becomes mad. And she's also a manipulative evil person.

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Really liked seeing this sweet side of Su-ho's personality 😍

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At this point, I just want to have a deep talk with the writer and the director to get a grip, to make this show more balanced, I mean it's already 6 episodes this week and somehow we are still debating whether some of them are good or not, because of the shaky characters setup.

And I somehow want to slap myself because no matter how crappy the plot is, I can't help but to stay, because of the goddamn Doojoon's eyes and the perseverance of Geurim in securing her career as the newbie writer. I root for her so bad that I want to slap Writer Ra for being the reason Geurim's friends start to have wrong impression of her.

But aren't the quartet close enough to know Writer Ra's shady evil side? Why a sudden change? I'm so mad at Geurim's friends to easily change except for that one friend, Drought, that stick to her side.

I'm not a fan of PD Lee's way to do his job. How dare he shoved Geurim. And the contract signed while Sooho being drunk, is it even valid? PD Lee clearly takes advantage of the situation. And I know Sooho is the one that makes the contract very biased to his side but at least he gave the contract to Geurim while both of them were sober and Geurim even showed the agreement to PD Lee and he said just to accept it as long as Sooho agreed to be their DJ. Right now it's just both of them being childish in proving their power while Geurim is stuck between them which makes me so frustrated.

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I'm writing in frustration towards PD Lee and I forgot to thank @LollyPip for the recap, silly me!! Thanks for the recap LollyPip <3.

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What friends? These people are not friends. Friends don't behave this way.

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Really hoping that Kim So Hyun isn't getting confined to another doormat heroine role here. Ruler was enough. :/

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She's far from being a doormat. SGR is spunky and outspoken but also knows how to be respectful and dutiful. Normal people don't just sass for no reason. They need to have good reason to bite back. Disrespect is not acceptable in Korean culture especially from females.

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I agree that SGR is spunky and outspoken, but we've rarely seen this side of her whenever the leading men are involved. Her character has consistently faded into the background or literally walked out of a scene whenever the guys are going at it again, usually over something that involves her. And yes, PD Lee is her boss and there's a certain amount of respect needed there, but he doesn't have the license to be so dismissive of her on all the levels that he has been. Also, I didn't mean that SGR needs to be excessively sassy. I think she's been given plenty of reason to bite back and just hasn't been. And that's the issue I have.

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Was a bit meh about this episode until Tae-ri calls herself and Su-ho the Yeo Jin-gu and Kim So-hyun of her time. Ha!

As far as I can tell, the "irredeemable jerk" of this show is PD Lee, not Soo Ho. What he did to Soo Ho in this episode was inexcusable.

I've pretty well felt this way about Soo Ho since day 1. He's rude and abrupt but I've never seen him do anything that bad. Everybody wants something from him and then they get mad when he wants some say in it. They drag him into the middle of nowhere and then have a tantrum when he wants to leave. They stalk him until he agrees to do the radio show and then are outraged he wants some say in how it's done.

The only thing he did that was outright wrong was using a different script after Geu Rim told him how much having her script used meant to her. He should have told her he was using a different one.

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I literally had to stop after the first 5 minutes. Ugh, one of my pet peeves in kdrama is how they always treat the girl like a standpost. "Stay out of it." And then pushing her?! Tf? She's a big girl, she can handle herself, since it is /her/ business as well as yours. And just because you're having a macho stand down does not mean you manhandle and swing around the girl as if you're fighting over a toy.

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Does anybody know the name of the song that was playing in the car when Soo Ho was driving Geu RIm's mom home? It sounds really familiar but I can't seem to pinpoint what it is.

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