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Radio Romance: Episode 6

Ah, friendship, isn’t it grand… or not. With PD Lee in charge, Su-ho is finding himself doing all sorts of things he doesn’t want to do for this radio show, and he’s bound by his promise to give it a month before quitting. Hopefully though, the lessons he’s learning will convince him that he has more to offer the world besides a pretty face and a fake smile.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

After Geu-rim’s tutoring session, she nods off on the desk in DJ Moon’s booth, and Su-ho watches her sleep. When she wakes, he says to her, “I’m curious about you.”

But before he can say anything else, Assistant PD Hoon-jung and Writer Ra’s PD Seung-soo enter the studio. Su-ho and Geu-rim dive under the desk and listen as Seung-soo orders Hoon-jung to hand over all of his show’s plans, and although Hoon-jung refuses, he admits that he’s unhappy working for PD Lee.

He asks Seung-soo why he didn’t recruit him to his team, pouting that he liked doing little to no work for Seung-soo. They go into the booth intending to retrieve PD Lee’s cue sheet, only to find Su-ho and Geu-rim innocently discussing their upcoming show, ha.

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Peek-a-boo

 

Hoon-jung is a little snitch — he tattles to Geu-rim’s girlfriends that she and Su-ho worked all night at the station. They all assume something is going on between those two, and Tornado is particularly annoyed.

Since both shows have aired their first episodes, Station Manager Kang calls the leaders in to reveal which show earned the most listeners. He’s tickled at the high number of listeners the top show gained, and congratulates… PD Lee. PD Lee rubs it in that he won the coveted Sunday time slot, and announces that his show will be using DJ Moon’s booth from now on.

Over lunch, Geu-rim asks Su-ho what he meant when he said he’s curious about her, making him cough nervously. He can’t figure out how to answer, but he’s saved by PD Lee, who wedges himself between them and helps himself to Geu-rim’s sandwich. She complains that he’s always doing that, and when he goes for another bite, Su-ho grabs his face and feeds him his own lunch.

PD Lee decides they’re going somewhere today and Su-ho tries to decline, but PD Lee says they need him to procure a sponsor. The “sponsor” turns out to be DJ Moon, who refuses to let them use his studio and fusses at Geu-rim for bringing Su-ho to try to convince him.

They all make good arguments, such as Su-ho getting coaching from DJ Moon and being able to play his own music, which the other studio isn’t set up for. Geu-rim is particularly shameless, saying that if they use his booth, it means she’s succeeded.

DJ Moon notices that Su-ho isn’t speaking and asks why. Su-ho says that he doesn’t care because all booths are the same. Everyone winces, but DJ Moon shocks them by saying he’ll let them use his booth.

He adds a condition — that Su-ho go hiking with him every day so he can show him that not all booths are the same. PD Lee and Hoon-jung get the giggles, but Geu-rim is annoyed. She follows DJ Moon outside to whine that he asked Su-ho go hiking, since it’s something he only does with close friends, and DJ Moon’s explanation is, “Well, he’s cute!” Can’t argue with the man.

PD Lee informs Su-ho that there’s another sponsor they need to see today. Su-ho wants to go home, so PD Lee challenges him to a contest — whoever tosses their paper cup into a trash can first gets to decide. Su-ho can’t resist a chance to show up PD Lee, but he loses the toss.

PD Lee leads the team to a basement apartment where a scientist lives and works. The scientist makes skincare products, but he explains that he’s in so much debt that he can barely afford to eat. The final straw was when his girlfriend broke up with him, and he nearly smashed his equipment in frustration.

But instead, he wrote to the radio show, telling them that he’s out of research money and about to shut down. PD Lee says that they’ll buy his products and market them on the air, giving Su-ho all the credit.

Elsewhere, Jason gives a lecture using Su-ho as his patient example. He doesn’t say his name, but he talks about Su-ho’s insomnia and refusal to seek therapy. He says that his patient only engages in shallow relationships because he fears showing anyone his true self. But he adds that there’s been a change recently, as he’s met someone who leads him to make different choices.

Joon-woo reports to Su-ho’s mother that Su-ho seems pretty enmeshed with the radio team these days. He starts to say that Su-ho may be opening his heart to someone, but Mom interrupts and dismisses him.

As he’s leaving, Joon-woo overhears her talking on the phone to someone, and she mentions Tae-ri’s name. She’s sent Tae-ri to a club to see an executive, hoping to nab an advertisement job, but he insults her by saying that she’s not good enough. She insults his receding hairline and calls him a loser.

He slaps her and yanks her by the hair, but luckily Joon-woo walks in before things can get any worse. He pulls Tae-ri out to the hall, and when he sees that she was truly scared, he marches right back in. He bows and apologizes to the executive, then offers to pour him a drink with a positively shark-like smile.

As the man drinks, Joon-woo asks if he’ll hire Tae-ri for the commercial. He says he won’t, and Joon-woo asks why the man hit Tae-ri, his voice rising to a yell. He picks up the bottle of liquor threateningly, but he controls himself, pours the jerk another drink, and leaves.

Tae-ri stops him when he’d walk right past her, and she asks him for something. It’s unclear, but it sounds like Joon-woo has some evidence against her that he’s willing to trade in return for Tae-ri using Su-ho.

Su-ho is dropped off at home, and Geu-rim gives him a written copy of the next script. PD Lee tells Geu-rim they need to go, planning to work at the studio all night. Su-ho takes offense to PD Lee calling Geu-rim “Maknae” again, but PD Lee says that she’ll always be “Maknae” to him, especially since the real maknae (the assistant writer) seems to have quit.

He mentions that Su-ho treats Geu-rim like a maknae, the way he ignores her scripts and makes her do errands. He wishes Su-ho goodnight, mentioning that he’ll be with Geu-rim all night. Annoyed, Su-ho calls Geu-rim over and tells her he has a photo shoot in the morning, then invokes the fourth clause in their contract — that she’ll do everything he says.

He says he needs her to drive him tomorrow so that he’s not late for the show, so she has to go home and rest. HA, I love that he’s using their contract to keep her away from PD Lee.

While preparing for their show, Seung-soo wonders out loud why JH Entertainment is sponsoring their show instead of Su-ho’s. Afraid of being caught, Writer Ra snaps at him to concentrate on the show.

Still cranky, she accuses Geu-rim of mocking her when she wishes her luck with her show today. She asks what Geu-rim does on the team when Su-ho’s people write the script, and says nastily that they didn’t get top ratings because of her.

Her words haunt Geu-rim that night, but she finds her note with DJ Moon’s advice that failures can become hits, and it gives her an idea.

She calls Su-ho, who still has her phone, and he says haltingly that he didn’t get to study her script enough to use it for the show tomorrow. She’s just happy that he actually read it, and she tells him that she hopes to one day write a script that he’ll use. She says that they need to talk often so that she knows what he’d want to say.

Su-ho is surprised that she’s not upset that he isn’t using her script. Geu-rim admits that it’s upsetting, but she says that she’s more upset with herself than with him. She changes the subject and asks why he doesn’t carry a phone, and Su-ho says he has nobody to call, and that there’s nobody who would call him.

That’s so sad, but Geu-rim just scoffs and lists PD Lee, his manager, and herself that he could call, and says that she would call him whenever she got stuck writing. He asks her if she going to call him every day if he gets a phone, but instead of sounding annoyed, he actually sounds a bit hopeful.

The photo shoot the next day is a couple shoot with Su-ho and his most recent drama costar, Da-seul. As soon as they get a break, Su-ho goes looking for Geu-rim, and he finds her in the car. Aw, he even brought her lunch, but she says she has to run a quick errand and leaves him standing there alone. HAHA.

Geu-rim goes to a little country school to speak to a teacher who wrote to the show about a boy named Sang-gu. Student numbers have been dwindling and the school is shutting down, and Sang-gu is the only child graduating this year. Geu-rim goes looking for Sang-gu and finds him on the playground alone, but he tells her to get lost.

She thinks he’s throwing a tantrum because he doesn’t want to graduate, but he says it’s none of her business and yells again for her to go away. He reminds her of Su-ho telling her to go away and she wonders if it’s a defense mechanism.

She asks Sang-gu’s teacher, who tells her that he had a friend named Gyo-min who was supposed to graduate with Sang-gu. Gyo-min got sick and went to Seoul for treatment, but the teacher didn’t want to upset the children so she didn’t tell them that he died. Only now, Sang-gu is refusing to graduate without his friend.

Tae-ri crashes Su-ho’s photo shoot and demands to replace Da-seul, and ugh, she’s even wearing the exact same dress. Apparently Su-ho’s mother ordered the switch, and this time Da-seul doesn’t take Tae-ri’s pushiness so easily. They end up in a physical fight, and Su-ho walks right past them without bothering to break them up.

He calls his mother, who says that she’s doing this because he insisted on doing the radio show. She’s meeting with the director of the documentary on their family, and she tells him that Su-ho will easily comply with his schedule regardless of the radio show, and signs the contract.

Su-ho is forced to pose for photos with Tae-ri, but he ignores her between sessions. She calls him out on it, but he just tells her to please ignore him as well. When she says they need to get along, he retorts that he’s a good enough actor to pull it off. Ouch, burn.

On her way to pick up Su-ho, Geu-rim calls Station Manager Kang to reassure him that they’ll be back in time for the show. Meanwhile, PD Lee sets up a little table with the scientist’s skincare products, trying to ignore Seung-soo needling him about not having any guests again.

He tells Seung-soo not to rely on idols and gifts but to focus on the true value of radio. Seung-soo says angrily that they need to draw in younger listeners to ensure the future of radio. PD Lee admits that he’s right, surprising Seung-soo.

When Geu-rim arrives to pick up Su-ho, she tells him to hurry because the forecast is predicting heavy snow and traffic delays. They end up in completely stopped traffic behind an accident, and when Geu-rim calls PD Lee, Station Manager Kang takes the phone to yell at her for not making a backup recording for these situations.

While he’s busy panicking, PD Lee calmly arranges for the show to be broadcast remotely. He tells Geu-rim to quickly re-write the script and get herself and Su-ho to a nearby radio station, and he’ll run things from their station. But she has a different idea, and she makes a quick U-turn and heads back to the elementary school.

When they get there, PD Lee tells Geu-rim that she’s in charge and asks to speak to Su-ho. He asks Su-ho to treat Geu-rim like a main writer today, and Su-ho promises not to make any mistakes.

Seeing Geu-rim shivering in the cold, Su-ho gives her his scarf again. But this time he puts it on her himself and says that he’ll do whatever she tells him in order to make this work. He asks what she needs from him, and Geu-rim earnestly asks for his help with something.

She only has an hour to write a script about the school’s final graduation, so she needs Su-ho to interview Sang-gu, the lone graduate. She says that they’ll probably get along because Sang-gu is a lot like him, and when Su-ho witnesses the boy angrily tear down the graduation banner and push his classmate, he gets what she means.

He follows Sang-gu to another classroom, and the boy is surprised when Su-ho doesn’t stop him from hurling a plant out the window. Su-ho follows him as he stomps all the way home, still carrying the plant. Su-ho snaps at him, and Su-ho quips that he really is like himself, ha.

Sang-gu yells at Su-ho to get lost, and Su-ho asks if he said that to his friend, too, pushing him away because he was upset that he was leaving. Sang-gu thinks of the last time he saw Gyo-min, when he’d cried as he told his friend to go away. He asks how Su-ho knew, and Su-ho just says that he understands. He tells Sang-gu that his friend isn’t ever coming back.

Geu-rim gets the equipment ready, and Su-ho returns, reporting that Sang-gu said he’d come on his own. He asks Geu-rim to show him her script and looks it over, but only minutes before they’re to go on air, the teacher runs in saying that Sang-gu asked her for Gyo-min’s address in Seoul then disappeared.

Su-ho and Geu-rim search the school for Sang-gu, and Su-ho finally finds him outside, sitting alone and flicking a flashlight off and on. It reminds Su-ho of how he lies awake at night, clicking his lamp off and on for company.

Su-ho apologizes to Sang-gu for what he said, but he also says that sometimes, people may really want to come back, but they can’t. He continues, “Someone told me this a long time ago: ‘Just because you’re not crying doesn’t mean you’re not sad. Just because you’re smiling doesn’t mean you’re happy.’”

He tells Sang-gu that if he continues holding in his tears, he’ll become like him. Sang-gu tells Su-ho that Gyo-min promised to return from Seoul in time for graduation. “He told me to wait. He promised! But I told him to go, I told him I wouldn’t wait. That’s what I said. I feel like he’s not returning because I told him to leave.” Aww, sweet boy.

He says that he’s waiting for Gyo-min to tell him if he should keep waiting, or if he should graduate. Su-ho offers to help him ask his friend himself, through the radio, where Gyo-min will be listening.

He and Sang-gu arrive back at the school just in time to make it on the air. Su-ho has Sang-gu tell his story, and how he’s been signaling his friend so that he can apologize for telling him to leave when he actually wanted to beg him to stay.

With Geu-rim prompting him, Su-ho asks Sang-gu if he has anything else he wants to say. Sang-gu pleads for someone to help keep his school from closing, because if he graduates and the school is gone, his friend has nowhere to come back to.

The program ends with the other students singing a goodbye song, and everyone looks touched as they listen. Only Su-ho’s mother appears annoyed, and Writer Ra screams out loud, knowing that she’ll never beat the listener numbers this broadcast will generate.

During the song, Geu-rim tells Su-ho that he doesn’t have to follow her script for the ending. She explains that they worked on this show together, so he should say what he wants.

He goes very still, remembering a young girl who once hugged him and told him that just because he wasn’t crying didn’t mean he wasn’t sad, and that smiling didn’t mean he was happy. He signs off with those words, watching Geu-rim the entire time.

Back at the station, PD Lee and Hoon-jung quietly celebrate a successful broadcast. But Drought, who’s monitoring the message boards, alerts PD Lee to one post that declares, “Ji Su-ho is a murderer!” Hoon-jung hands over a stack of postcards that arrived recently, all of them saying the same thing in different styles and lettering.

The scene switches to Jason, who’s talking to someone we don’t see. He says that he has a patient who will soon be getting into a relationship he’s never experienced. He laughs and says that he’s looking forward to the patient’s reaction, looking slightly unhinged. What was that?

After the show, Geu-rim asks Sang-gu when he and Su-ho got so close. Sang-gu tells her that Su-ho said they were alike, and that he has someone he doesn’t want to leave, and someone he told to leave. He wonders if Su-ho is also waiting for someone who won’t come back.

Su-ho returns and congratulates Sang-gu on his graduation. Sang-gu asks where Su-ho hung his graduation certificate, but Su-ho says he doesn’t have one. We see a crypt, in which lies an urn labeled with the name Woo Ji-woo, next to photos of Su-ho’s friend who was in the accident. Behind the urn is Su-ho’s graduation certificate.

Someone approaches, and although we don’t see their face, it looks like Joon-woo.

Su-ho follows Geu-rim as she runs out into the snow. She surprises him by whirling around and hugging him, and she tells him that today was the first step of her dream to have her words read live on the radio. She asks Su-ho where he heard the words he said in his closing, because it’s her favorite line, and she thinks they have something in common.

Su-ho remembers meeting Geu-rim as kids, when he’d found her at the hospital, wearing a mask over her eyes and trying to walk with a cane. They’d spent a lot of time together, but Su-ho only saw Geu-rim without the mask once, when he caught her napping on a bench one day.

On a different day, he’d told Geu-rim that he once suffered a fever for three days, but neither of his parents noticed. He’d laughed and said it was funny, but Geu-rim had disagreed.

She’d hugged him and told him something that she once heard on the radio — that just because you’re not crying doesn’t mean you aren’t sad, and smiling doesn’t mean you’re happy.

Back in the present, Su-ho asks, “Song Geu-rim, don’t you remember me?” He puts a hand over her eyes, leans in, and kisses her. We see that one day, when Geu-rim was still wearing her mask, young Su-ho had kissed her then, too.

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Close your eyes, I’m about to kiss you

 
COMMENTS

Yes, kiss!! Actually, two wonderfully sweet, meaningful kisses. I wasn’t expecting a kiss this early, but I’m not mad about it, either. Su-ho has been having a harder and harder time hiding his feelings for Geu-rim (the boy practically has hearts for eyes when he looks at her), so I’m not really surprised that he finally gave in, and using it as a reminder of their childhood romance was so beautiful. I’m also happy about this development because this episode really emphasized how smitten Su-ho is with Geu-rim, and how utterly, completely unaffected she is by him. His star power doesn’t impress her because she doesn’t watch television, and he literally has zero game because he’s probably spent his life avoiding any emotional entanglements. So Su-ho was going to have to do or say something that would leave no doubt in her mind of his feelings, and I’m thinking this kiss will quite handily accomplish that.

I also got my wish to see more of their backstory, and now it makes sense why Geu-rim doesn’t remember Su-ho — she never saw his face. I’m guessing that they met while her mother and his friend Ji-woo were both in the hospital, and that Geu-rim was trying to experience her what mother’s world would be like after her eye surgery. It’s no wonder that Geu-rim made such a strong impression on Su-ho, since she was there for him at a time in his life when he was losing someone very important to him. We know that Joon-woo wasn’t there, although it’s possible he was related to Ji-woo (brothers maybe, given their similar names) and that he was suffering as well. And knowing Su-ho’s parents, I doubt they even cared about what was happening.

But Geu-rim showed Su-ho love and kindness at the time when he needed it the most, which probably changed his life. My theory is that he followed her around for a while after that, explaining the scenes we’ve seen where he watched her but she didn’t notice him. He remembered their connection and probably hoped that somehow, Geu-rim would instinctively know who he was. But she didn’t, so Su-ho probably started feeling resentful, and that’s why he’s been so cold towards her in the present. It’s not fair to Geu-rim, but Su-ho isn’t exactly emotionally healthy, so it wouldn’t surprise me to discover that I’m close to the truth.

It was so good to see that when he wants to, Su-ho can be a good teammate to Geu-rim. I think that it was for him to learn that it’s okay to turn over control to someone else and trust them to make sure nothing bad happens. I’m also impressed with the level of self-awareness that Su-ho showed when talking to little Sang-gu. He hasn’t previously been very open to acknowledging his own faults, so to see himself in the angry boy was a lot more insightful than I expected of Su-ho at this point. He knew why Sang-gu told his friend to go away, afraid of showing his fear at the thought of losing him. But the best part was that he sincerely apologized for saying the wrong thing. Su-ho showed a lot of compassion and understanding with the little boy, and I hope that it will open him up to giving himself that same compassion.

But can we talk about Jason for a moment? Did anyone else get a very creepy vibe from his short appearance in this episode? The timing was ominous, coming right after the reveal that someone is accusing Su-ho of being a murderer, and that laugh looked practically demented. I’m scared now that Jason is up to no good, though I can’t for the life of me figure out what would explain it if Jason was out for some sort of revenge. I’m so torn, because I liked Jason as a character and I don’t want to see him go to the dark side, but I can’t deny that I’m intrigued by the idea of seeing Kwak Dong-yeon playing a psycho role. Either way, it will be interesting to see where the show goes with this.

 
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Thanks, @Lollypip for the recap!

IS JASON EVIL?! That cackle sounded super creepy given the anonymous listener who wrote repeatedly “Ji Soo Ho is a murderer” in the previous scene. This makes me sad.

I’m sure everyone figured that the way Ji Soo Ho would (eventually) heal is through a collaboration between him and Geu Rim on radio scripts so he could finally say what he has bottled up inside all these years, but I thought it was well-crafted how the story eased into this by having him deal with the young boy who suffered similarly to him. It was believable, logical, and poignant.

I do like the recurring debate between PD Lee Kang and Soo Ho about one another’s treatment of Geu-RIm. Of course, it would be BETTER if both of them didn’t refer to her or treat her as a maknae, but I think it highlights a problem generally that we are more likely to see the same faults we are guilty of in others even when it takes on a different form. Both of them are guilty of treating Geu-Rim with a lack of respect. But, I have to hand it to PD Lee Kang, he asked Soo Ho to support Geu-Rim when they had to do the mobile broadcast.

The Kiss: hmm….don’t know how I feel about it. I don’t think it was set up as well as the school boy/Ji Soo Ho’s relationship. Of course, the sweetness of the kiss comes through interspersing the modern timeline with Ji Soo Ho’s memories. But, in a sense, Geu Rim hasn’t had a chance to connect the dots before he kisses her. I feel like it robs her of the romantic and nostalgia thrill of reuniting with her childhood first love. I wonder how she will react.

Man, that Nam Da-reum who plays the young Ji Soo Ho….such a smooth operator, especially in the kiss scene with the young Song Geu-Rim! #cuties

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re: Jason--The ridiculous music made me think that it's just his zany sense of humor. Like he is legitimately happy that Su Ho is finally going to make some changes. It's the writing being a little clever.

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I agree with you on Jason. Since we the other party of the conversation, I think that it was a red herring. Jason is a crackpot, just the context made it sound sooo creapy.

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Since we don´t see the other party, of course...

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Thanks for your thoughts! I’m just reading the recaps for now, with the thought of binge watching later. 😉

Jason has been my favorite so far, so I’m hoping he is lovable at his core, though I’m also a fan of making a more complex character of his bubbly nature.

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I never liked Jason as much as some Beanies did. He was too pushy moving in at the start, so it wouldn't surprise me if he's up to no good.

Besides..... "Jason". Haven't I heard that name somewhere? Some movie series?

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@lordcobol, LOL.....nice.

I liked him well enough, except I felt he was a bit over-the-top. It felt fake. But, his concern for Ji Soo Hoo seemed real.

But, after this episode, I'd be just as happy to have him as a villain. It would make the earlier scenes more realistic if he were acting because he seemed fake.

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Dream High, perhaps? 2PM's Wooyoung's character is called Jason.

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Jason Voorhees?

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Bingo! (I said movie series, not kdrama series). Pineapplegongzhu understands.

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@Jason, knowing how this show has so many genre, are we heading for a noir now? XD

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Damnit show! I liked the zaniness of Jason and you're making him evil.

Show...I don't want to have words with you, but listen here. Our poor hero is already stuck in a tower of evil and selfishness surrounded by everyone in his life. Now the *ONE* guy who seemed to be a guiding light is gonna turn out to be dead lights in a swamp? Throw our hero a freaking bone!

Show....show. I'm gonna give you the benefit of the doubt. So don't make me come over there.

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Though I do not agree with his methods as a clinician, I truly believed that he cared for Suho. But he is now evil, tada! Way go disappoint us. Lol. Everyone’s out for Suho’s blood.

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One the one hand, I thought the show was flipping his relationships by making us question Jason while redeeming PD Lee (although they haven't done the latter very well).

But Jason being some sort of sociopath just doesn't jive with what we've seen of him. Everything he's done so far has been genuinely helpful. I guess we'll see where they take it.

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I love that Jason's 30-second appearance in this episode may have generated more of a buzz than our OTP's first kiss, lololol. That being said, you can't do this to us! Jason's energy was so wonderfully refreshing, and now he might be plotting something sinister?! T___T I do agree, though, that it would be fascinating to make his character more complex and to see Kwak Dong Yeon play a villain (if my heart can take it).

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Maybe Jason is talking with PD LEE? I just skip scene when watching this episode.

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PD Lee kang calling Geu-rim as newbie and the objection of it by Su-ho came to a good cause. Su-ho took Geu-rim seriously as a main writer.
I'm liking the competitiveness in Su-ho's nature and PD Lee kang triggers this at appropriate moment.
I'm sure Jason has it's own evil motive. I feel may be he's related to Ji-woo and feels Su-ho is responsible for his death but I'm sure at the end we will see his progress as a character too.
I'm liking the acting of teenage Su-ho too.
I don't feel much about the kiss but it was right for the moment may be Geu-rim will start remembering about Su-ho or at least will have a thought of doubt.

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No actually i feel Su ho's obstruction is because that sound so close (the relationship), not as a writer this is what i feel.. C'mon already that poor guy is afraid to keep close relationship with anybody now if we show even Jason as a devil person, he will break.. as i can see the space he has given to Jason is something different from what he was giving ppl around him before Geu Rim's entry in his life.. remember the ep when he barged in his house and Su ho didnt resist??

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Ha never thought I would enjoy watching two man child fighting so pettily!
why does this show treat women so poorly? No matter how I don't care about tae ri yet,she didn't deserve that! I dunno what's going through the writer's mind.
Finally this episode helped me to warm up to JSH- it's a start but it's good. The way he was able to get through to the kid because he saw himself in the kid was so heart wrenching. When he said-'don't hold back your tears or you will end up like me'-I felt so sad for JSH.
Finally the kiss-don't get me wrong, but are they still uncomfortable showing these two kiss? I thought korea already treats her as an adult? so why was it shot like that? I actually went and watched her kiss scenes with YSH and taecyeon(yeah I'm crazy) and both were better than this. If they are not comfortable showing it then don't make them.There have been so many shows where a hug will equally suffice,especially with the chemistry these two have.Just my opinion.

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Did he not try to remind her of the first kiss? No seduction, just impatience.

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The kiss was a recreation of their first kiss as children so it won't be hot and heavy. It was a perfect kiss in a perfect setting and I loved it! Haven't seen a better first kiss in a long time. Remember Me kiss was really well done.

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Agreed to your point on treatment of women in this Kdrama, but i dont feel anything odd when it comes to the chemistry between Su-Ho & Geu Rim.. I expected the kiss scene but the one in Radio Booth not so fast or in a rush manner in this way..

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I feel like at the moment we're supposed to dislike the way both of them treat her (I hope so anyway). Su-Ho's treatment of her is way better than PD Lee though. He needs to read a #metoo twitter feed some time. That touching is not right.

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Oh my goodness! This drama! This episode!! Straight to the heart, that's what this is. Beautifully acted, delicately written, intriguingly complex, yet simple at the same time - this drama has grabbed my heart in a BIG way. I've waited, hoping since the end of the exquisite Just Between Lovers that another sensitive drama would come along and here it is. 2018 may, indeed, overcome the doldrums of 2017 drama-land if this is any indication. I had to replay that last scene five times.

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Jason.....I'm thinking maybe he was waiting for Su ho to finally feel something or care about someone so he can take his revenge...maybe it has to do with his friend that died???

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That scene of SH flicking his light on and off whilst in bed was so heartbreaking, poor child I just wanna give him a break. I hope Jason is not evil coz SH seems to trust him, I don't think the boy can handle bng heartbroken by someone close to him... I feel like he'll combust... I can't wait for next episode... but there was no preview 😢😢😢

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While episode 5 fell a little flat for me, this episode turned it right around and got me very interested in the drama.
I expected some adorably funny bromance from Jason; but murder?? Intriguing.
While Su Ho's mom seems like a great negative character who could make the plot more interesting, Tae Ri is getting on my nerves with the amount of rudeness she keeps dishing out. It makes it hard to feel properly sorry for how badly she was treated by the executives.

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Exactly, we know Taeri is in desperate situation but there's no need for her to act so rude to her hoobaes and stealing other's jobs. She acts like she's the victim at times but then flips switch to enemy mode.

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Thanks again for this recap @Lollypip! This has got to be my favourite episode so far and I got the exact same thoughts as you hahaha.

I know it’s supposed to be a biggie, that the two leads got their first kiss and yes I did melt at that but I think for me, the kiss shared by the younger versions of the leads got me so much more. It was just so so sweet really:> That young actor who played teenage Soo-ho, props to him for flashing out the intensity of the emotions so well! I was very impressed when he hid his heartbreak behind a fake laugh only for young Geu-Rim to call him out on it just like she did a few episodes ago.

I think Jason’s departure from Soo-ho’s home was very abrupt and rather suspicious. I mean, when he first arrived with his bags, he was so insistent that he would stick to Soo-ho like glue. Then all of a sudden, he does a complete turn-around and wants to “play hard to get”? I think not. And honestly, the scenes he appeared in this episode was kindaaa incriminating in a sense (by design really). He talked about his “friend’s” condition clinically as part of a presentation (isn’t this a breach of confidentiality? and trust, for that matter) and later on, privately with someone else in a rather maniacal manner. I don’t think Jason’s the one who wrote the creepy notes but it definitely looks like the show’s pointing us towards that direction.

Another thing is, is it me or is Manager-nim sealed up even tighter than Soo-ho? He bends his neck to Bossmother and plays nice but at times, like with the mean advertising executives for instance, he shows that he keeps alotttt of intense emotions bottled up in there. It would be interesting to see whether this is his personality or something he has cultivated. Especially since we have yet to see a younger version of Manager-nim!

Loved this episode over all, it was far lighter and sweeter. And Geu-Rim’s favourite line “That you are not crying, doesn’t mean you are not sad. Just as when you are smiling, doesn’t mean you are happy” is something that will stay with me for a long time as well. It’s nice to see little bite-sized pieces of comfort and heart transmitted through the radio:)

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Oh and also, a stand-out moment for me was during the radio broadcast when Geu-Rim told Soo-ho to forget the script and go with his own words:’)

I think this might just be the first time someone else has displayed that level of trust in him. That he won’t make a mistake on air and let it “harm them” as Bossmother has drummed into him so many times.

Geu-Rim showed that even with her career at stake, she trusted him. And that’s quite precious

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But then he responded by using her words so that made it even better.

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Ya me too.. i find that line really touchy.. it brings tears.. Ah.. that letter/remarks i also doubt Tae Ri... can be a possibility...

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I totally cried during that broadcast. If it had been real, I would have sent that school all my money.

As much of a brat as Tae-Ri was in her scene with Da-Seul, I have to admit that I loved that little eyebrow raise she did during their confrontation. I so wish I could do that.

Finally, does anyone else hate the tactic so many Kdramas use of showing going in for the kiss, hug, or other affectionate moments from a dozen different angles? I just find it so cheesy and it takes me out of the moment. This ep did it like several times and it drove me nuts!

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I can honestly say I HATE how they do that. It doesn't matter what drama, from the most serious and modern to the most old school, they ALWAYS do that. Where did this trend start? I don't need to see a kiss or a hug or whatever in 87 angles. Just give me one nice angle, maybe a close up and a wide, but if I want to replay it I can do it myself.

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I do not mind the angles alone, but do they need to also repeat the scene gazillion times?

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That way i really saw this My Only Love song that kdrama's kiss scene is gud..

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At least it's a kiss. I've seen Taiwanese dramas where they do it for a hand tap.

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I kept on waiting for Jason to appear in this episode, but by the time his scene came up, I was so taken aback that I had to pause the episode and stare at his almost manic mid-laugh on my screen, wide-eyed and very confused. WHAT IS HAPPENING.

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That was my reaction exactly. What is happening. Jason was always a little unhinged but this was just weird and so over the top it was funny.

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This was the best episode yet. I was struck by the fact that what is almost always the impetus for Su Ho to show his true self is when he is needed to help someone. Times when Geu Rim was in the lake or being harassed, when Mom needed a ride home, and now when this little boy and also Geu Rim needed him. I find that really moving and compelling, as it shows his underlying compassion and kindness. His walls seem to go up when he feels people are trying to use him or manipulate him, but they crumble right down when he sees someone in need.

The kiss really surprised me. Su Ho comes off superficially as a bit of a pushover to his mom, and he does often seem very afraid underneath all of his walls, but he has this real solid courage and a strong sense of self, even though he chooses to hide that self out of self-preservation. So it was nice to see him take that leap. It does seem a little early, and I can see him doing it and then pretending like it meant nothing or pulling back, so I'm curious to see how they handle it in the next episodes.

Also looking forward to Geu Rim's reaction to the kiss. I feel like she's been getting inklings that there is something strange going on, and was just on the cusp of realizing that Su Ho may have feelings for her. I am not sure what she'll think of it, whether it will be off-putting to her or scary or what. Can't wait to find out more.

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This is the first episode I really enjoyed. I still don't like how both male leads treat Geu Rim and I feel like Su Ho's character is a bit cliched but this episode drew me in.

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I keep thinking I loved this episode, but actually what I loved was everything that had to do with the school broadcast. I loved the way we learned more about Su-ho through his conversations with Sang-gu. I loved the way Su-ho worked together with Geu-rim to pull off the broadcast. I loved the way he used her words from long ago to close the broadcast. The scenes with the children were very poignant, and so were the scenes of Su-ho and Geu-rim as children. And best of all, I was so happy that Su-ho finally asked, "Do you really not remember me?" And tried to refresh her memory with a kiss like the one he gave her years ago. Well done, Show!!

Still, two things really bothered me. One was the "murderer" stuff. Give me a break! How can he be a murderer when it was his friend who ran out into the street and got hit by a truck? That's just artificial and twisted. Also, why is this only coming up now in connection with is radio show? That makes me think evil stepmom is behind it. The other thing that bothered me was the Jason moment at the end. Me too, @lollypip -- I also think that was disturbing and out of character.

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Actually, there was one other thing that bothered me. I think they put too much makeup on YDJ's face most of the time. When they panned in for the kiss, his makeup looked so heavy and thick. When he was talking on the phone with her the night before the school broadcast he looked much more natural.

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Unlike many Korean actors, his skin has a darker tone. I actually like his skin tone since I find it no reason to have paler skin with make up and vitamin C infused IV etc for Asian male. So his skin having a whitish cast does not look good at all.

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My God! Just popping in to say that the header pic with Yoon Park and his beard and goatee. Who have thought I'd ever love a goatee in this life? He just draws me and it looks like his character will be quirky too. I can't wait to start watching this drama!

Bye!

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Wow Daebak.. I really like the conversation between Ji Soo & Junior Ji Soo.. Perfect hit...

Also i feel some darkness behind Jason's smile, is it only me??

Rest comments will post after reading the recap..:P

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There were some really beautiful moments in this one and and not just in the writing or the acting. The cinematography is thoughtful too. I’m partial to red, so that scene with Su-Ho placing the red scarf around Geu-Rim outside with that lovely gray backdrop stood out to me. And kid actors, by God, I fall for them every time and cry like I’m a baby myself. Very well done. I hope to see more little moments like this, where Su-Ho is able to give meaningful advice to not only this guest, but mirrors it to himself. And I’ll just mention Nam De-Reum’s first on screen kiss. So freakin’ sweet. Hopefully, she consented! Lol!

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The recurring motifs of Sight, Blindness and Vulnerabilities
I like how Show is expressing different forms of sight and blindness. There is the constant juxtaposition between what is “seen”, a person’s façade (how a character manages his or her image) and the underlying truth.

Ji Soo Ho cannot “see” into himself, he is disconnected from recognizing his own emotions. He wants a quick fix to his insomnia so he can continue working. However, Jason pinpoints what he considers to be a deeper problem: depression. It’s irrelevant whether Jason is correct in his diagnosis. The important thing is that Jason wants to “see” past Soo Ho’s symptoms (i.e. insomnia) to locate the root problem.

I find it fascinating that even young Ji Soo Ho had difficulties relating to people but was trying to reach out. He admired and coveted Song Geu-Rim from afar. However, the times they actually connected were when she was blindfolded (I assume to understand her mother’s blindness). When she couldn’t “see” him, he felt safe enough to confide in her…even kiss her! Young Soo-Ho wanted the intimacy that comes with vulnerability and connection, but already feared to be “seen”.

Both Jason and Geu-Rim can see the truth when Ji Soo Ho is hiding behind a fake smile. While the rest of the world is happy to exploit him as an idol or ideal son so long as he doesn’t “go off script”, neither Jason nor Geu-Rim is fooled. Because both can see past Soo Ho’s fake smile, I think this ups the stakes because they want to relate to the REAL Soo Ho, not the idol, actor, or perfect son. I suppose that is the tension that haunts all public figures…desperately wanting to be loved for who one really is, but forced to assume the façade that everyone would love. There’s the twin fear of either being rejected or never fully known/loved.

Of course, the actual blind character in this show is Geu-Rim’s mother, but I love how she isn’t a victim. She works, she keeps positive but remains realistic. Geu-Rim must have learned her truthfulness from her mother, as evident in episode 5 when her mother knew Geu-Rim was truly disappointed that Soo-Ho didn’t use her script. I love how the natural assumption is that Geu-Rim’s mother is at a disadvantage because she cannot “see”, but actually, she sees so very well: she knows when her daughter is hurting, and she recognizes Soo-Ho from his voice.

Ji Soo Ho could “see" the younger version of himself in that little boy, and warned that if he didn’t change, he would end up like Ji Soo Ho. I find this so encouraging because Ji Soo Ho is not beyond redemption if he can recognize himself in the little boy, and wishes to help him avoid the same fate. It means Soo Ho is cognizant of his predicament, and he’s not content to be as he has always been.

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Just to finish my thoughts:

He realizes he has a problem, and that is very hopeful. It means he wants to change, and I have no doubt he will change for the better.

Another interesting motif that keeps popping up is how Geu-Rim’s vulnerability allows for Soo-Ho to be vulnerable. We’ve already seen several instances when she has fallen asleep - in flashback on the bus or in some school(?) hallway - at the grieving/delusional dad on the island - in the radio station. Each time it allows Soo-Ho to enjoy her company, free to gaze upon her, which allows his own heart to open up in secret. But, the radio station was the most poignant because in a fleeting moment he could say what was in his heart the whole time: he is curious about her. She fascinates and draws him into her sphere. He feels compelled by her.

Part of Ji Soo Ho’s carefully crafted façade is not only due to his mother, the master at image management, but is revealed through the fact that he can’t go “off script” easily. And, because of that, it is hard for him to express his true thoughts and feelings. It is interesting, then, that live radio being as unpredictable as it is, will be the medium through which he will heal. I suppose someone who can think fast on one’s feet can deal with the uncertainties while remaining comfortably hidden - but Ji Soo Ho seems so trapped in his controlled-veneer that he cannot be spontaneous. I think it is also telling that if he is more comfortable when he doesn’t feel “seen” (like when Geu-Rim was blindfolded) it allowed him to open up - therefore radio will also allow that illusion of hiddenness enough to give him the freedom of expression.

I like this show.

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I like the concept of radio being the place he can simultaneously hide and therefore feel free to open up ~ it’s an interesting interpretation of radio versus television. You can’t fake smile when no one can see you.

I think you have an interesting analysis, and it’s a neat point that the blind character is the one who sees everyone most clearly.

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@hotcocoagirl, @pineapplegongzhu,

I like the concept of radio being the place he can simultaneously hide and therefore feel free to open up ~ it’s an interesting interpretation of radio versus television. You can’t fake smile when no one can see you.

As someone who did radio for a decade, I'll admit that the visual anonymity of the medium was a relief for a shy person like myself. But it would be a mistake to assume that what you hear on the radio is any more real than what you see on television -- or in real life. We each have our public persona. Don't kid yourself for one second that the fake smile automagically disappears behind a mic. The listener just can't see it. ;-)

If a smile is faked and there's no one there to see it, does that make it real?

No.

In my experience, it is possible to reveal personal bits of oneself while sitting in a darkened studio behind a mic. But they're only fragmentary "fingers pointing at the moon." That is one of the beguiling lures of radio: an illusion of intimacy. I've bought into the illusion myself, only to learn later that the reality was far different from the image that came across the airwaves. When a radio host says something touching, inspiring, or insightful, it's not the whole story, and you're only catching a glimpse that that person (or their writer) is allowing you to see. It may be great radio. But that doesn't make it real life, any more than a good Kdrama is. Nonetheless, we can discern nuggets of wisdom in both.

There is no hiding anywhere for actor Ji Su-ho precisely because he is already a famous public figure before he begins his stint as a DJ. It was entirely different for someone like myself, just one of countless ordinary college students who became broadcasters, often because of our love of music. You wouldn't have known us from Adam.

There's a parallel between radio and the medium through which we are communicating here at DramaBeans. We're all sitting at our keyboards, adding our two cents' worth from the peanut gallery. If it were even possible for us to walk down the same street, we wouldn't be able to recognize each other visually (aside from our "Kdrama Addicts Anonymous" gear!) unless we've seen blog posts with photos. We certainly wouldn't be able to recognize each other's voices, aside from Javabeans, GirlFriday, and maybe a few Minions. While there is no real anonymity on the interwebs when it comes to true names, back in the day there used to be far more anonymity behind an FM mic. Only the people who knew you in real life would know your voice and your face as well as your true name.

As for Geu-rim's Mom, the reason why she sees everyone so clearly is because she listens. She actively listens not only to what is being said, but to what goes unstated. She is attuned to the quality of voice. The eyes may be the windows of the soul, but for Mom, it's the voice.

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Thank you for adding your perspective ~ radio is a medium through which we present ourselves like any other, be it video, social media, writing, etc. What you said reminds me of talking on the phone (which I do a lot), and how even in that one on one conversation you can still conceal yourself in a way you couldn’t in real life ~ you can’t hide behind a fake smile, but no one can see your clenched fist, your tired eyes, that you are forcing your voice to sound happy or normal or whatever that other person is wanting from you.

Anyways, I enjoy these anonymous conversations in the peanut gallery 😅🤗🥜

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Thanks for your comments, @PakalanaPikake!

The advantage Geu-Rim’s mother has in her blindness is obviously her heightened sense of hearing, coupled with a strong perceptive ability to listen for cues, both verbal and non-verbal. I’m glad you mentioned that since your clarification would be helpful to those who would be unable to ascertain that my discussion about her “sight” is in reference to her listening ability.

My post was mainly focused on how the characters in the radio booth are affected by the “visual anonymity” (as you so nicely phrased it), not necessarily a comment on how “real” or comprehensively truthful they are being, much less how they are perceived by the public. I agree that any mass communication gives a false sense of intimacy, but then again, isn’t that the appeal? If a show is unable to resonant and connect with their target audience, it would quickly lose them.

Doubtless your 10 years of radio experience makes watching this drama about a radio program more informed, but I don’t think anyone expects this Kdrama reflects the “reality" of radio (nor does it mean to). After all, it is also a contrived story with specific ideas, themes, and narratives it wishes to tell. It would be foolish to assume people would liken this to documentary on radio (which, frankly, would also curate information). In which case, the question of whether, in reality, radio affords more “truth” or “reality” in comparison to another medium is completely irrelevant. The point is in this Kdrama the radio allows for the character Su-Ho a sense of safety in order to articulate his suppressed thoughts and feelings in a way he isn’t able to when he is in front of a camera.

Hopefully, I’m being clear. Try to remember, we’re talking about a fictitious story, not the reality of whether radio affords more or less truthfulness.

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I agree with all of this and I like how you expressed it.

There's also an ongoing theme of people being damaged when their loved one's leave. The father on the island, Su Ho and now this young boy. Each of them are looking for somebody that will never return. The way they all used light in the darkness to search for that person was great too. The old man shining a torch in Soo Ho's face, Soo Ho flicking his lamp on and off and the boy with his flashlight.

Considering this is episode 6, this could be a really great show. I've been a bit judgement of it because it followed INAR and that was such an amazing drama. I'm starting to think I've been a bit harsh on it.

Because of how strong some of the writing has been, I'm starting to think that things like the men's treatment of Geu Rim is deliberate. I hope they address it because she's not property.

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I'm pretty sure that creepy Jason bit was fake. It seemed to me that he might be trying to plan something in order to bring Geu rim and Su ho closer since he'd already mentioned that it was an important relationship that was causing Su ho to change. And the 'playing hard to get' from the last ep was probably because he's hiding the fact that he's treating Su ho as a case study.

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Jason is such a diva. I bet that you are right and it was all for show.

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I have a feeling it's just to throw us off. My money is on the manager sending the notes.

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When do we get more Su-ho and (Geu-rim's) mom?

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That kiss really came out of nowhere and left absolutely no impression on me. Way too early for any serious skinship for them. He could have just stopped at covering GR's eyes, that was pretty romantic. Sigh.

Am I correct in assuming that he tripped her at the party cause she failed to recognize him?? Like... she was basically blind every time they talked?? Su-ho is so petty I can't...

I hate to admit that the kid's story and my trash son relating to him on so many levels really got me. I teared up a little and the children started to sing and immediately ruined this for me. I really hate children's choirs.

Wait, did I say /son/? No, I refuse to care about anyone besides Geu-rim in this drama cause it always leaves me disappointed. I won't let it hurt me with its lost potential! I object! Leave me alone!

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Doo-joon will pull you in without you really noticing it. Before this drama started, I was like, I’ll watch this because Doo-joon is like my little bother, affable, friendly, fun, and not sexy in any way. Now, I’m like, WTH are you doing to me with those stares, your banmal, your retrained and soft sexy voice? Then I heard him sing. I’m trash for him now. Sheesh...again.

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I don't find the actor attractive at all tbh I just find myself wanting to wrap SH up in like a mountain of blankets, give him a cup of hot chocolate and have a serious talk about emotional trauma and therapy.
I relate though. Yoo Seung-ho was my sunshine son until The Kiss and now he's... definitely not my son. cough.

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Do we need to give some sacrifice to the writer to not ruin this show? I can prepare Subway wrapper, I know it's a holy item in dramaland. XD

But seriously, I've watched so many dramas, and this drama stands out the most in playing with my heart, dammit. T_T

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I choked at the subway wrapper I'm now dead
this drama is annoying me like Temperature of Love. it would take so little to make me fall for it completely! it has so many elements I adore, so many lovely scenes that are just ruined by shitty makjang cliches... sigh. I shall persevere.

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Ughh, don’t remind me about TOL. Such great actors, so much promise, I had to drop it and am still bitter about this. Radio Romance is different though. It’s like the makjang is so in-your-face and you see it a mile away, so you forgive it almost immediately. It’s not really trying to be anything else. TOL was trying so hard NOT to be with all that wonderful dialogue, but ended up there anyway and it was way to frustrating to see.

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I finished all 20/40 episodes of Temperature of Love and at the same time all 20/40 episodes of Hospital Ship in order to keep my record of start a series and finish a series in tact. I am going to be much more careful in the future before starting another one.

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@bong-soo, I dropped Hospital Ship too. 😆 I’m a serial dropper, it seems.

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The kiss came out of nowehere but it was beuatiful and nostalgic in every way and was a significant plot point in their relationship both in the past and present. It was not just romantic but meant as a trigger since a first kiss one that no one ever forgets.

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cool but it was only nostalgic for one of them. at this point she's shown ZERO romantic attraction in his direction, she's fully work oriented. it was obviously nonconsentual and I'm not here for this.
if a guy I kinda hung out with 10 years ago and failed to recognize kissed me out of nowhere I'd slap him like a fool he is.

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She did hug him so that's not zero romantic interest. She may not remember him but she's got some sort of feelings for him.

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are you Freud or am I really not allowed to hug my father now

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A convenient plot turning point with no sensible ground, that is. There must other ways to make her remember that first kiss, yes? Idk, maybe letting her answer his question before jumping her is an option too, don’t you think? Or talk like normal people do. Here is a convenient plot, how about telling her that his closing remarks was the same words she told him a million eras ago?

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It was great to finally see professional behaviour and a good team co-operation when the crisis came.

And I generally enjoyed the old school story.

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It seems Geu-rim's mom could see until her surgery.
So what kind of eye surgery was it, and was it botched? Or is there actually some kind of surgery that makes you blind?

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Maybe Geu Rim was originally the blind one and her mom gave her her eyes?

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I thought the same thing but we did have a flashback in the bus where the mom still wearing her eye bandage but Geurim was perfectly fine, so I guess that's not possible? Since both of them ought to have eye operation around the same time.

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I don't think Geu Rim was blind as she mentioned to Soo Ho that she stopped watching tv since 14 y/o after her mum's eye surgery. I'm guessing her mum's surgery was not successful and she ended up blind and not recover.

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maybe the surgery was for like some kind of brain tumor?

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Perhaps she had brain surgery for a tumor and blindness was a potential complication they were prepared to accept.

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I've been wondering about Mom's eye surgery, too. For glaucoma, maybe? It may not have succeeded in lowering intraocular pressure, and permanent damage to the optic nerve could not be stopped. My grandmother had the condition, but it was managed with medication.

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Ha Joon aka Secretary/Spy Kim Joon Woo really looks like an long lost older brother of Park Bo Gum for real...:lol:

If Geu Rim was indeed blind/or pretending for her mom when young for than span moment it's understandable why she doesn't know him...Doubt he really tell her his full name and after we could see from the flashbacks he never showed himself to her,just observed her from a distance alone or with his friend...She might remember that boy when she was younger if some memories are triggered somehow , it's still possible, but to know it's him it's kinda hard and irrealistic...Curious if she'll freak out about the kiss...I guess it will be awkward afterwards for sure...The unromantic part of me would have slapped him really hard after!

Can't believe Doc Friend is a twisted/psycho dude out to harm SuHo....More likely i bet is related to the friend that died and in twisted ways wanting revenge or worse,for his study research....Still,didn't expect this twist but very disappointed that the sole person who he actually kinda trusts is doing something like that to him,poor guy,at least from now on he'll have rally genuine people who will be by his side...

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I finally feel like we are getting somewhere now with this show.

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I really did enjoy how cautiously Suho is opening up to Geu-rim and even PD Lee. Though he is right that in order for people to start showing respect to Geu-rim as the main writer, PD Lee needs to start giving her the same respect. I understand that he calls he Maknae affectionately but he does need to start taking her opinions into consideration before jumping on anyone else for not treating her right.

Also yes I did get major major creeps from the Jason scene, but me and @greenfields @azzo1 have already gone deep into figuring this out lol. I am hoping he's not psycho but it would be interesting to see Kwak Dong Yeon playing a villian. I think he's gonna be pretty good at it, basing it on that laugh.

The little boy's story was touching and lol it was funny when Suho realized the little boy was a mini him, but I didn't like the way he pushed his classmate and was being rude to those older than him! I don't know if it was just me but I found this episode a bit forced and contrived.

But those kisses!! Yes to more kisses. Also I think PD Lee purposely eggs on Suho now whenever he's telling him that Geu-rim's gonna be with him at night lol. I don't like that hint of foreboding they gave with Geu-rim's friends especially Tornado.

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip.

1. I'm so disappointed with Geurim's friends, I thought their friendship is deep enough to trust her. Now they even talking behind her, even go as far as thinking that Geurim sleeps with Sooho, girl, what? And what's the deal with Tornado? Urgh.

2. LOL at DJ Moon falling for Sooho. Aren't we all? XD

3. Well, the pettiness between PD Lee and Sooho is toned down a bit so I'm happy. It's okay for them to be childish, just don't drag Geurim along, humph.

4. Step-mom is so evil for sending Taeri to the shady executives, but Taeri is at fault too. She's basically playing with fire by blackmailing wrong people. I know she's desperate to get a job but she's basically harming other people, that physical fight with Da-seul when Da-seul is not a fault and constant need to make Sooho acknowledge her.

5. Sooho is selling the boyfriend-look so well, especially during the scene where he's talking on the phone with Geurim. That baby blue shirt with black round neck t-shirt underneath, who's the stylist? <3. Swoon.

6. I'm so glad that Sooho softens up so much in this episode. He basically does many things that he's not used to; going with Geurim's script, talking to the little boy. It's funny because it's a normal thing for normal people but because Sooho is so used to have this big wall around him, this is a big step for him.

7. Evil step-mom is at it again, Sooho will surely be so mad at her for approving him for the reality show without his consent. Will this be the last straw for Sooho?

8. Yeah, not feeling the kiss, I think there are so many ways to make Geurim remembers Sooho but then perhaps Sooho is too frustrated because she's so clueless. Gurl, how can you forget the boy? Sigh. I know she couldn't see when she met him but she did hug, talk and even had a kiss. Anyway, rather than the kiss, I'm falling for his question, "You really dont remember me?" Urgh, that calm voice with a hopeful look. Sigh.

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Thanks for reminding me, @noobita. A am mad at Geu-rims friends, how can they turn on her so easily? So, they are assistent writers because she was promoted? Phlease!

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Ikr? I do not understand the logic in that. LOL. Tornado body checking GR on her way out and wondering what’s up with the contract, like girl! What’s with the quick change of heart?

I am putting this show on hold because my overmodulation and overanalysis every episode is grating on my nerves too. LOL. I really wanna watch and enjoy this. I will binge the rest of it when this ends.

*back to winter hibernation

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nooo I'll miss your comments don't leave me alone with this :(((

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I will miss all your comments here too, chingu-ya! 😭

But I am angry at myself like, why can’t you just close off your brain and enjoy YDJ’s pretty and melt at his gaze, you lowly viewer! Off with my head! Hahaha.

I can enjoy this show more if I know where this writer is going, something I will only find out at the end. ☹️

But who knows if my curiousity will get the better of me again. I am too simple for complicated and sophisticated plots anyway. Just bring me the pretty then I’ll watch. Lol.

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"I am too simple for complicated and sophisticated plots anyway..." Dunno, you might overestimate the sophistication. I'll give it one more week.

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They had a thing that obviously led to a kiss. Then she just forgot this child star? LOL. Like kissing is the only way to make remember. Ask her, talk to her. You were blindfolded, we talked, we hugged, we kissed, how hard could that be? But he decides to kiss her and all memories will flood in her head now like magic. Did this guy really assume an adult female haven’t kissed another guy since their teen kiss? He might be right but I think that’s naive of him to assume. What if she remembers another guy’s kiss? LOL. 😂😂

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He's just recreating a kiss to revive a moment that she seems to have forgotten. It's sensible in many ways and beautiful as well.

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A random kiss from a jerk is nothing beautiful. That’s harrassment. Power dynamics.

We just tend to take it as magically beautiful because they are this show’s leads and they are supposed to fall in love, get married, have babies and puppies, then live happily ever after.

But in reality, there are many other ways to make her remember that moment, yes?

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He's far from being a jerk. He has shown interest in learning more about the radio, warmed up to her, helped her successfully complete a live show but most importantly he is the first person to read her script. There is no power dynamics over here. Geurim has shown affection for Suho many times by calling him and asking him to get a cell phone or trying to warn him about the live show. She likes him inher own way and he may not conciously know this yet but he can feel it unconciously. Relationships of love are complicated and don't centre around power dynamics but affection. They have strong affection for each other and the kiss was well done. Its not a fantasy but a desperate plea to be remembered.

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In agreement with @zyx and @noobita re that kiss. Out of the blue, completely uncalled for like that, in a rare moment of professional success for Geu Rim. :( I didn't think of it as being even remotely beautiful.

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A desperate move is when all other methods of getting remembered have failed. He has not tried those. All he’s been doing is gaze at her. Talking to her, asking her, explaining maybe? He went straight for an uncalled for kiss. There is no proper build up to that kiss either.

As much as I like leads smooching, this kiss didn’t make sense. It’s a convenient plot device to jump start their adult romance. Checking on someone over the phone does not automatically mean affection. She cares, more professionally and a little about him as a person. She’s been calling him a jerk this whole time, he’s been making her job difficult and life difficult. Helping him improve his radio work is being professional, his performance could make or break the whole show. Warning him about the live show is part of her job, that wasn’t affection. She’s been with him this whole time all because she’s doing her job. No hint of anything personal affection YET.

A random kiss by the DJ she’s been running after who also happens to be the nation’s best star, who controls every aspect of her job, who made her sign a slave contract, is power dynamics.

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Suho has the mental age of a 10 year old so its desperate by his standards. The kiss came at the right time and moment and was the best closing kiss in a kdrama. I don't understand the constant need of some people to over analyse everything just to make nonsense reasons to drag this drama down. It make you look stupid.

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Since his kisses were business, he might hope it is the same with her. Naive, that is what he is.

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@noobita
And I thought I was the only one who swooned at the baby blue shirt ensemble when he was talking to Geu rim on the phone. His hair was softer too without the gelled-up look. It was just perfect with the starry-like music they added to this scene.

I couldn't agree less about Geu rim's friends. What's up with Tornado? I expected her to be more understanding than that as someone who supposed to be older than Geu rim. Well at least I'm comforted by Drought who is more supportive. I don't really enjoy the scenes with Geu rim's friends except for the one on the 1st episode. I dont know about future episodes, but so far they don't add value to the show given they were introduced with nicknames and all I expected so much more.

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Ikr, Sooho looks so dreamy in that scene. Sigh.

Yep, after all the effort in introducing the quartet and their nickname, I thought we will get awesome friendship/sis-mance.
Agree, only Drought that is always on Geurim's side.

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I was still hesitant about this drama until the moment Geu-rim called Su-ho. That conversation tugged at my heart where Su-ho shared his desire (and vulnerability) for a connection with her and was more swoon worthy than any kiss could be @ this point.
"If I had a cell phone, would you call me everyday?" ...

Of course Geu-rim is oblivious. I might need to step in for her...Su-ho, what's your number?...haha

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So, how possible is my theory, that Geu-rim mistook Su-ho for his friend and thought that he is dead all these years?

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I like this theory! If Geu-Rim thinks that Woo Ji-woo was Su-ho, it wouldn't even occur to her to find any kind of resemblance between the young So-hu and the grown-up one.

It might also explain why Su-Ho has a chip on his shoulder about Geu-Rim and ignored his friend the day he died. Maybe Geu-Rim mistook Ji-woo for young So-Hu and kissed Ji-woo in front of So-Hu.

Then, So-Hu runs out of anger and betrayal, Ji-woo finds him and tries to follow him...then gets killed by the Truck of Doom.

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I totally forgot Jason was called Jason (I've been referring him as doctor friend) but seriously...his random outburst totally threw me off. I really like him and Soo Ho so I really don't want their bromance to fail. But damn would it be crazy if it turns out Jason has been plotting against Soo Ho all this time by getting close to him as revenge. *shivers*

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that kiss will the the trigger for the avalanche of memories that will come flooding in. BET YOU THAT DOLLAR that this is going to be FUN...

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Write a comment...
the scenes of Sangu and JSH flicking lights made me feel bad for them. it felt an SOS message, and they were asking for someone's help. A kiss at episode 6? that was fast for the pace at which these leads are going.... not that I'm complaining though.
I really really love Jason, I am hoping that the writers don't make him evil, but if they do and he pulls the role well then my love for him may just increase.
am I the only one who feels like Taeri would end up with the manager?

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The lengths this show goes to to set up a situation where Su-ho knows Geu-rim but she doesn't know him...
There are so many things in this drama that are just wrong. The wrist grabbing and shoving, that stupid stupid car chase, various ways of using and abusing alcohol, male pissing contests, and now they are putting a semi-traumatized griefing child live on air because it makes for such a good story! Where your ethics at, radio people? I worry we might reach a point where there is more that annoys me than things I enjoy about the show :(
That young actor playing Sang-gu though! He made me cry...

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The wrist grab is a kdrama classic and I have to admit I love it. A romance drama without wrist grabs never feels complete to me. I'm a sucker for old-fashioned tropes. Male pissing contests are something that I see everyday working in a male centric environment and I've always found it funny and not excalty annoying or horrible because men have such low self esteem to begin and then they act like kids most of the time. The child story I really liked and radio shows in my country always have sob stories like that so I thought it was realistic if nothing else. Human stories are always nice to see and I like a cathartic cry.

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YDJ's is easy on the eye, but is anyone else in love with his voice? I noticed it in "Let's Eat 2", but I could listen to him talk all day and I can't say that for most actors. He is doing a great job in this role. Only reason why I am watching.

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I really like his voice in this song. This song is Japanese and it got an unusual style for Beast song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvTf30PZ1tE

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Interesting! I knew he was in a group (one of the reasons he doesn’t do many dramas?) , but I don’t follow kpop much. Thanks for sharing. :)

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Omg! I'm in love with his speaking voice rather than his singing voice which is good too. His speaking voice is so unique. I find it really sexy.

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We’ve got a Healer kiss! 😍

Was it Nam Dareum’s first kiss?! He lost his first kiss on TV. LOL. He’s only 15/16. Maybe they allowed it because the girl is also a teen. This boy is on a roll.

They obviously had something back in their teenage years, they even kissed, but GR doesn’t remember this child star, why? Is she intentionally throwing him off because she must’ve thought he does not remember her because of his celebrity status? Or was she blind then that’s why she does not recognize him? Then mom gave GR her eyes, idk. Blindfoled GR could just be trying to live out her mom’s life to understand the disability better.

But whatever, they kissed and I am not really that hard to please even if I have a lot of gripe about this show. Lol.

He kept dragging her everywhere just to keep her away from spending a minute with PD Kang. He’d tie her up by his waist if he could. GR left his ass on the side of the road holding the lunches he brought for her, and she drove away in HIS car. That was so funny. His star butt cannot believe he just got ditched. LOL.

The sandwich jealous-sharing between these three was funny. Petty Suho, I wanna see you every minute. Huddled together in a tiny bench, they’re starting to look like a real team. They can take on the world together now, yay!

Senior DJ and GR relationship is so cute. I live for the love-hate bromance between Suho and Crazy Gang. Jason would be very jealous of this. LOL. Jason, however, may not be the bestfriend we thought him to be. Or are they trying to throw us off? Hmmm, curious curious. Why is everyone out for Suho’s blood? Stepmom, manager(maybe?), Taeri, Jason(maybe?).

Maybe this is just due to a difference in perspective, but why did the teacher think she should drag her lie about the friend? If he only knew, the poor boy wouldn’t have acted out and feeling tortured while waiting for a dead friend. I think he should have been given the chance to grieve properly. They are letting him believe that he pushed his friend away. That’s a tremendous internal struggle for a young boy waiting for someone and being sorry for what he said in the past. Poor boy.

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My theory about the blindfolded Geu-rim:
—Mother is blinded by an unknown reason (maybe retinoblastoma or something cancerous).
—Geu-rim is empathetic at heart and puts herself in her mother’s shoes at the hospital. She goes as far as to make a commitment to never take off that blindfold while she’s awake as long as her mother is in the hospital.
—Su-Ho is there coincidentally at the same time when his friend is also admitted for a yet unknown reason.
—He “runs into” this blindfolded girl and introduces himself, but uses his friend’s name instead (who is not an actor) so he doesn’t get fount out.
—She never sees him or knows his real name.
— Geu-rim meets this friend when he has recovered (and she and her mom are now at home and she doesn’t wear the blindfold anymore) and is already smitten with him because she thinks he’s Su-Ho. Both boys were there when she was playing in the snow with those younger kids in the flashback in episode 1. Maybe that kid asked her to go out for ice cream or something. And Su-Ho lets him because he’s been trained to not interact with others due to his celebrity.
—Maybe Su-Ho gets jealous but bottles everything up and only because Geu-rim was initially blindfolded did he open up to her, because he was anonymous.
—Therefore, he ignores the kid after that kid comes back from taking her out, but who probably told Geu-rim that she was mistaken about Su-Ho’s identity and was going to tell Su-Ho that she really likes him and he should go meet her at the ice cream parlor.
—However, Su-Ho just ignores him as he’s been trained to do instead of talking and confronting him, and then we know the tragic ending to that scene.
—And then we shake our heads 🤦🏻‍♀️in unison, because how tropey can you get—TOD and all?!?

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"My theory about the blindfolded Geu-rim:
—Mother is blinded by an unknown reason (maybe retinoblastoma or something cancerous)." -- Or some other degenerative eye disease. Yes!!
—"Geu-rim is empathetic at heart and puts herself in her mother’s shoes at the hospital. " -- Yes!! She's trying to find out what it's going to be like for her mother, so she can understand and help her.
—"Su-Ho is there coincidentally at the same time when his friend is also admitted for a yet unknown reason." -- like maybe a head injury from the accident??
—"He runs into this blindfolded girl" -- and falls for her, but introduces himself only as Su-ho??? That seems more likely to me. Or even if he gave his full name, would she necessarily connect him with the famous child actor?
And then his friend dies and his stepmom takes him away again from the ordinary people who could tarnish his image.
One thing this scenario doesn't explain is how he knows where Geu-rim lives.

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There’s that bus scene where she falls asleep and he gets out of his seat and offers his shoulder. She never sees him, but gets off the bus at her house, which he notices and remembers.

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Best episode so far and I am enjoying the comments.
1. This episode reconfirms something I have felt for awhile. I am in awe of some of the performances I have seen from child actors in kdramas and I mean young child actors. The boy who portrayed Sang-gu was wonderful. I am thinking of performances in Pride and Prejudice, I Remember You, and Defendant and I am sure there are many others. I don't know how a Director works with a child to get a certain performance but also at the the same time make sure the child is not emotionally harmed. I am assuming that a child would never be put in physical danger.
2. What about the "Ji Soo-ho is a murderer" postcards? Several of these cards arrive and PD Lee is never informed never mind Station Manager Kang. Just an "Oh by the way". I thought that was weird.

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Total agreement about child actors. They cry on a dime and then I’m a blubbering mess. These kids are something else. I’m sure they get a little backstory. I saw a behind the scenes of Goblin where Gong Yoo was coaching a child actor through a scene, gently and full of patience, and got the most amazing response from him. Which is why Gong Yoo will forever be on a pedestal for me. He basically said that the sadness he should be feeling is as if everyone in the world that he loved is gone and he would be totally alone. He didn’t need to cry, just understand and feel the desperation of that. But it was the way he said it that made it memorable. The kid just started crying right then and there and that’s the take that’s in the drama.

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Ufff... So many things happened in this episode.. Well to start with good things
1. I really like the childish things in this drama, like, the PD Lee & Su Ho's scenes (sandwich/, Geu Rim's & DJ Moon's scene (hiking), Su Ho & Geu Rim's scene as well (morning dive & during that lunch break).
2. I feel Su Ho's Manager has feelings for Tae Ri.. & i feel the evidence they are talking about is somehow related to Jason..
3. Ok now coming to plot, initially i thought it was Joon Woo who met with an accident and thank god he is alive but that isnt the case, is it?? Again, even if suppose the one who's been killed in that accident is his brother, he seems to be calm and quite affectionate, when he is with Su Ho i feel even him to some or large extent expect Su ho to live happily..
4. Why is it Su Ho's mom gives in for Tae Ri most of the time i dont understand the gap here
5. Ah also i like the conversation later with Geu Rim & Junior Su Ho..

after reading your comment i feel i am really bad at noticing things.. i really liked it when you explained the little thing of Geu Rim's awareness about Su Ho's popularity: His star power doesn’t impress her because she doesn’t watch television, and he literally has zero game because he’s probably spent his life avoiding any emotional entanglements..

Thanks @Lollypip..

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On #4, the answer seems to be blackmail. Stepmom cares more about her image than anything, and Tae-ri has some info that could damage Su-ho's image, and by extension Stepmom's image. It's cheaper to give in to Tae-ri than fight her.

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I can't explain how much I love this show. Its so simple and heartfelt but never shallow and Geu-rims note on failures from the older DJ was the best life lesson I've heard in a long time. A beautiful drama through and through. The kiss was perfect even though I wasn't expecting it I loved it when it happened.

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One more thing.. I am eagerly waiting for the ratings for PD Lee's team and the reaction of Su Ho's mother... on that ratings.. and that devil competitor writer of Geu Rim...

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Radio Romance. Eps 5-6. Clearly Ji Soo Ho & Song Geu Rim don't need to sleep. Normal K-drama characters are super productive people with extra long days, but Ji Soo Ho & Song Geu Rim are SuperHuman.

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Geu-rim's so-called friends. Ayayayay. What the heck?

WTF Plot Twist: Jason isn't real. He is just a figment of Su-ho's imagination à la Paul Bettany's character in A Beautiful Mind. He used to be Su-ho's only confidant, but now that there are real people to whom Su-ho can confide in he is no longer needed which puts his very existence in jeopardy. Hahahahaha! :D

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Whoa! What an interesting thought! I think it's probably beyond the plot of a Kdrama, but a very cool and interesting thought.

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Not to put a damper but Manager Kim was with Soo-ho when Dr. J arrived at SH's place and he offered to get rid of him (thinking he was a fan). If Dr. J turns out to be a problem (and I hope not!) Manager Kim may still have to take care of him.

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And Geu-rim also saw him and spoke to him on the phone when she was trying to reach Su-ho.

Still a really cool idea even if it's not the reality here.

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Ok, first let me tell you, the song that came to my mind when Ji Soo ho was looking at Guerim when she was sleeping at the radio station, was Masters sun ost, ' Crazy of you'. I swear, he seriously is crazily in LOVE with her.

Ok, why does Jin tae ri calls Joon-woo ' AJHUSSI"? I mean, is he that OLD? That kind shocked me. I love that scene when he went inside and threatened those people while pouring the drink. The actor playing 'Joon woo' has amazing screen presence. Is he a newbie actor?

So wait, Geurim was blind before in her teens? Did i miss anything or? So no wonder he is smitten over Geurim. They already had a past,where he remembers who she is.

So Jason is a grey character. He may not be pure evil, but he is a mysterious one.

PD Lee and Ji Soo ho scenes are hilarious. Love them together

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Thanks for your recap and comments, LollyPip!

In the first scene with Doc Jason, he's participating in grand rounds with colleagues and medical students. I have no clue what the heck he's up to in that second scene. We have no idea what his Korean name is, so I can't help but wonder if he might be related to dead friend Woo Ji-Woo. (I suspect that Su-ho's adult supervision Kim Joon-hoo could be related to the deceased, despite the different surnames.)

Come to think of it, we don't know squat about Su-ho's birth mother, so it's possible that he could have sibling(s) he knows nothing about. How young was he when he entered Dad's household? We don't know that, either.

I felt really bad for little Sang-gu. Teacher lied about Gyo-min's death in a misguided effort to protect him and his classmates from one of life's inescapable truths. I sure hope that someone leveled with Gyo-min himself. All too often, there's a conspiracy of silence when it comes to acknowledging impending death. How many goodbyes have been left unsaid and fences gone unmended because of the taboo against talking about it?

The scene in the columbarium showing Su-ho's diploma in Woo Ji-woo's niche was touching. Manager Kim Joon-hoo's visit makes me wonder how he fits into the picture.

Now we know why Geu-rim doesn't remember or recognize Su-ho: she couldn't see him. That didn't stop her from giving him a hug and an encouraging mantra that he still remembers. I'm looking forward to seeing her reaction to that smooch he gave her in the hospital chapel. It might shed additional light on her memories, or lack of them.

As for that mantra, I wonder how long it will take Su-ho to put 2+2 together and realize that Geu-rim heard it from DJ Moon. I have a feeling it will occur during one of those hikes he promised to accompany sunbae on.

Former child actress Tae-ri is a piece of work, but in many ways she's a female parallel to Su-ho. Her aggressiveness strikes me as overcompensation. Perhaps she's over a barrel the same way Su-ho is being exploited. Or maybe her acting really isn't that great, and she's defensive about it. In some ways, she and Writer Ra are also quite similar. Both are high-handed harridans – the question is, what made them that way? Workplace sexism is a good place to start, but we may be in for more back stories. I'm all for making these characters more than cardboard stereotypes.

One thing that really infuriated me was watching Su-ho's stepmother using his chop to sign the contract to film the documentary. It reminds me of the exploitation of child actors in Hollywood during the '30s and '40s. I can't wait for her dirty laundry to become common gossip – and for Su-ho to get recourse, such as suing her for embezzlement, misappropriation, and/or malfeasance, in addition to mental cruelty. Grrr.

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Hi PakalanaPikake. I am enjoying your comments.
Re your last paragraph. Did (evil) stepmother actually
sign Soo-ho's name to that contract right in front of whoever that was, the director? Why does she have his seal?

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Sorry too quick.
I thought she was putting her own name to the contract.

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I assumed that as entertainment company president, she's represented Su-ho since he was a kiddie. He's well past the age of majority, but she's never relinquished his seal.

It makes me want to throw something. Grrr.

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Finally YDJ has black hair in ep 7!!!

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I'm not feeling particularly verbose this afternoon so all I'll say is that I found the radio programme a little manipulative and I loved the kiss. For a man who's never been taught to express his emotions, of course he's going to do it finally through action. He's clearly been wanting to ask her why she doesn't remember him for a while - I suspect that's why he tripped her - and now he's finally found the courage to do it. And that courage came from her utter sincerity and emotional honesty.

Also, if I see another drama where they kiss in episode 11 I may throw something.

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