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Radio Romance: Episode 7

As pressure from the outside wars with Su-ho’s own desires, he’s swiftly approaching a breaking point. It’s starting to become obvious that he won’t be able to maintain his carefully cultivated facade for much longer, and the only question is when he’ll blow, and in what way. Hopefully he’s learning enough about himself to do it in a constructive way, but I’m not convinced he’s had enough time to know how to assert himself without hurting others in the process.

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

Excited after the first radio show where her words were read on the air, Geu-rim hugs Su-ho. She asks where he heard the words he quoted during his closing (“Just because you’re not crying doesn’t mean you’re not sad. Smiling doesn’t mean you’re happy”), and he remembers a much younger Geu-rim saying those words to him.

He asks Geu-rim if she doesn’t remember him, then he puts his hand over her eyes and kisses her. It’s a perfect echo of their first kiss years ago, when Su-ho had kissed Geu-rim while she was wearing a mask over her eyes. But this time, Geu-rim pushes Su-ho away, and they both stand there just feeling weird.

Geu-rim misunderstands, and she apologizes for giving Su-ho the wrong idea by hugging him. She assumes that he just got carried away by the excitement and the beautiful, snowy evening, but Su-ho says that’s not it. He admits that he’s not sure why he kissed her, but that he can’t stop thinking about her, so he got curious.

Her phone rings, interrupting Su-ho’s almost-confession. It’s PD Lee calling to check up on things, and when he offers to come pick them up, Su-ho snatches the phone from Geu-rim and says he’ll drive.

The ride back to the city is super awkward, with Geu-rim trying to ask what he was about to say, and Su-ho randomly flailing (honking the horn, hitting the blinker, turning on the radio) to stop her from talking. Outside her house, Su-ho says that he’ll say it now, then just utters a string of “uhs” and “ohs.”

Geu-rim snaps that he hasn’t said anything intelligible in hours, so Su-ho is all Fine, I’ll say it!, but he just starts stammering again. Eventually he says that he needs more time to prepare for what he wants to say and kicks Geu-rim out of the car. They both stay up that night, unable to sleep.

The next day, Jason arrives home to find Su-ho deep in thought. Su-ho asks if it’s possible to entirely forget a person, but Jason says he needs more details. Su-ho starts to walk away, but he stops short when Jason says that it’s possible to forget someone when that person wasn’t very important.

He asks how Jason explains the things he did without realizing, meaning the kiss, but he’s unwilling to tell Jason what things he’s talking about. Jason wonders if maybe he’s starting to understand what he needs in life.

He gives Su-ho the same three pieces of advice he gives his patients: Don’t switch your days and nights, don’t grieve alone, and don’t worry about things that have no resolution. He tells Su-ho to stop worrying and do whatever he wants.

At the station, Geu-rim is quiet and preoccupied. PD Lee shows her his “Su-ho” plant, which he’s left on her desk, telling her to let Plant Su-ho be her guardian. He gently fusses at her for hanging up on him last night, asking if something happened with Su-ho, but Geu-rim just shrugs noncommittally.

In the hallway, she overhears her friend Monsoon discussing last night’s show with some junior writers, saying that she only became a main writer because of Su-ho. Geu-rim approaches and says that she’s really happy about her first show, adding that Su-ho is really difficult to work with. Monsoon mouths a tiny “Sorry.”

Su-ho (with new dark hair!) joins his mother at the opening of an art gallery. Mom gets cranky when an interviewer asks Su-ho about his radio gig, but he interrupts to smoothly answer the woman’s question.

Later, Mom pulls him aside to tell him not to come to these things if he’s going to just say whatever he wants. Su-ho takes her up on it, telling her to clear his schedule so he can focus on radio, and she asks who influenced him in this decision. He refuses to answer, but she guesses it was Geu-rim.

Geu-rim is still distracted when PD Lee takes her to a street cart for ddukbokki. He notices that her mind seems elsewhere and asks about today’s script, and when she shows it to him, he tells her to think about the people they met today and what story she wants to tell them.

Geu-rim asks why he hired her as his main writer, and he understands that she’s also asking why he made recruiting Su-ho a condition of the job. He says he was testing her to see how far she’d go, and whether she’d give up. He admits that he would have worked with her even if she’d failed to recruit Su-ho, since he never expected her to convince Su-ho anyway.

Su-ho goes to the station, internally practicing what he’s going to say to Geu-rim. It all flies right out of his head when he comes face-to-face with her and PD Lee. PD Lee invites Su-ho to coffee with them, and Su-ho frowns when Geu-rim seems familiar with PD Lee’s preferences, and again when PD Lee holds the door for Geu-rim then lets it close in Su-ho’s face, ha.

As they walk, PD Lee asks Su-ho if it was exciting to do a radio show without a script. He demands that Geu-rim hand over her drink, but she tells him to get his own this time, and Su-ho thinks proudly to himself, “Well done!”

He asks to speak to her privately, but before he can say a word, Geu-rim says that she wants to see him and talk to him every day, so she’d like if he didn’t approach her in that way again. She still blames herself for being excited and giving him the wrong idea, and she worries that it will be uncomfortable.

But instead of accepting something he disagrees with, Su-ho takes Jason’s advice and says what he wants to say. He tells Geu-rim that when he told her she made him uncomfortable, she kept following him around anyway, so he doesn’t care if what he feels now makes her uncomfortable.

In addition, he tells Geu-rim to talk directly to him from now on, instead of communicating through his manager. She points out that he doesn’t have a phone, just as her own phone chimes with a call from PD Lee. Su-ho snaps that PD Lee is always calling her, and when she answers, he walks away angrily.

Hee, he goes to buy a cell phone that very night, but he hesitates when it’s time to fill out the paperwork. He calls Jun-woo to buy the phone for him, and he’s barely left the store before he’s dialing Geu-rim’s number then chickening out on hitting “send.”

He does call her once he gets home, claiming to need her help with her script and saying that she needs to come to his house since he’s so famous and all. When he hangs, up, Jason wanders downstairs and goes bug-eyed at the caterers Su-ho hired to make dinner. Su-ho insists that Geu-rim is only coming over to work, but Jason doesn’t buy that for a second.

He heads back upstairs to compose an email reporting on Su-ho. He describes Su-ho’s displays of jealousy, inconsistency between his words and actions, and use of the contract to keep Geu-rim close. As soon as he sends it, he takes a call, addressing the caller as “Director.”

Geu-rim brings over a handwritten copy of the script, which Su-ho praises after reading over it, and Geu-rim says that PD Lee taught her how to write radio scripts. Su-ho asks how long they’ve been close, and he barks at her when she says it’s been since she was the maknae on his show. He tells her not to use that word anymore.

Geu-rim notes that he’s speaking banmal, but Su-ho says he’s always spoken banmal with her. When she asks, “Always?,” he tells her to forget it if she doesn’t remember. He asks what kind of person PD Lee is, justifying his curiosity by saying that the PD and the DJ should be close for the show to do well.

Geu-rim says that PD Lee has won two broadcasting awards, which makes Su-ho snap that he won twenty awards just last year. She adds that every show PD Lee has worked on has been a hit, and Su-ho says that he was the youngest actor to ever win Best Actor at Cannes. LOL, he’s so childish.

After she snaps at him for his tone, Su-ho turns his attention back to the script. He says that he likes her closing statement, then notices a sticky note that says, “P.S. Ji Su-ho-sshi, thank you for reading this.” He asks her to put a P.S. in her next script too, which is just adorable.

He finally asks if she’s hungry and serves the very fancy dinner, admitting that he had it catered. But they barely get a few bites before Su-ho’s mother walks in on them, followed by a sorry-looking Jason.

Nervous, Geu-rim says they were just working. Su-ho’s mom tells her that Su-ho’s time is much too valuable to waste on a radio show, but Su-ho interrupts her. Jason grins a little at his show of rebellion when Su-ho’s mom tells Geu-rim to leave, and Su-ho says that he would rather she left.

She stares, incredulous, and Su-ho points out that he smiled when he asked her to leave. She still doesn’t move, so Su-ho offers to take Geu-rim home. Outside, Geu-rim says she’ll get herself home, but she goes when Su-ho says he would rather not go back into that house.

As he drives, Su-ho can tell that Geu-rim is curious about something, but she says that she knows he won’t want to answer. When he pulls up to her house, she asks if she can say something to him just because she cares. She advises him not to be so bitter and resentful all the time, because it hurts others, but it hurts him as well.

Su-ho scoffs with a wry grin, but Geu-rim tells him that it’s nothing to smile about. Hearing the same words she spoke to him when they were young, Su-ho asks how it’s possible that she hasn’t changed at all. In his mind, he adds, “When I’ve changed so much…”

Growing thoughtful, Geu-rim asks tentatively, “Su-ho-sshi… have we met before?” He doesn’t answer.

Tae-ri goes to see Jun-woo and threatens to go up to his apartment and get something that she wants from him. She says she’s not asking for it for free, offering to date him secretly, shrugging when he tells her to shut her mouth.

She meets Su-ho’s mother for dinner, and Mom asks her what she’ll gain from continuing to push Tae-ri into the spotlight. Before she answers, Da-seul, Su-ho’s recent costar and his father’s mistress, enters the dining room.

She says that her upcoming dramas and CFs have fired her, and she glares at Tae-ri, having learned that Tae-ri will be taking her place. She drops to her knees in front of Su-ho’s mother, but Mom just collects Tae-ri and walks out. She tells Tae-ri that she’s not giving her a chance because of her threats, and orders her to start a rumor of a romantic scandal with Su-ho.

Geu-rim’s mother tells her daughter that she recognized Su-ho’s closing statement from their school broadcast, which Geu-rim used to say when Mom had her eye surgery. Geu-rim remembers that back then, she’d taken a workshop to experience her mother’s disability, and had met the friend she used to listen to the radio with.

In flashback, we see that she almost took her mask off once, but Su-ho had asked her to just remember him like this. He would visit his friend Ji-woo and they both would watch Geu-rim from a distance. Geu-rim nods, remembering his name: “Woo Ji-woo, the boy without a face.” Wait, did she think Su-ho was Ji-woo?

Geu-rim finds a keepsake box in her room, which is filled with photos and letters. She opens one and reads it:

Hi, Song Geu-rim, it’s me, Ji-woo. I should introduce myself first, but I’m embarrassed to start talking when you don’t know me. I usually don’t get shy in front of girls. From someone who is still shy, Woo Ji-woo.

Geu-rim thinks about that boy, wondering whatever happened to him. Su-ho has a similar box, also filled with letters, but his are addressed to “My muse, Song Geu-rim.”

The next day, Writer Ra offers to look over Geu-rim’s script so that she won’t be embarrassed to show it to Su-ho. Geu-rim says that he’s reading her scripts now, and that he has her only copy. I don’t like the sly look on Writer Ra’s face right now.

Sitting in DJ Moon’s studio, Su-ho reads Geu-rim’s script, occasionally looking up at the pictures of her on the wall. Writer Ra comes in, pretending to be surprised to see him as she introduces herself. He says cheerfully that he remembers her from the time she told Geu-rim she’d never win him over, and that he’d never be a DJ. LOL, burn.

He steps out to take a call, leaving Writer Ra alone in the booth with the only copy of Geu-rim’s script. Writer Ra calls someone and tells them to come quick.

Su-ho finds Geu-rim and PD Lee in their office, planning to have Sang-gu, the little boy they interviewed at the school, call in to the show. Su-ho is nervous to talk to him without a script, but Geu-rim says Sang-gu isn’t a stranger. PD Lee promises to make sure nothing goes wrong, so Su-ho asks if he can have Geu-rim in the booth with him during the broadcast.

When it’s almost air time, Su-ho can’t seem to take his eyes off Geu-rim, and it’s so cute how his gaze skitters away whenever she catches him looking. To cover, he complains that her script doesn’t sound like the way he talks, but she says that they can’t exactly write things like “Stop talking! Get lost!” into the show, hee. At his sheepish expression, she says to just read the script today, and she’ll pay more attention to his speaking style from now on.

The show starts, and Su-ho opens his script, only to find it full of blank pages. Grrrr, Writer Ra! Geu-rim sees the empty script and begins to panic, while everyone in the booth (including Jun-woo and Jason) wonder what’s going on.

PD Lee unknowingly opens Su-ho’s mic, and Su-ho calmly begins to recite the script perfectly. At the first music break, Su-ho tells Geu-rim that he memorized her script, seeming surprised at her surprise.

At the same time, Su-ho’s mother receives an envelope full of photos of Su-ho kissing Geu-rim.

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Su-ho memorizes Geu-rim’s words

 

As the show continues, Geu-rim feeds Su-ho answers to listeners’ questions by writing on her tablet. The time comes to take Sang-gu’s call, and Su-ho accidentally slips and says that they’ve heard from many viewers, then quickly corrects himself to “listeners.” Sang-gu is eager to hear whether Su-ho talked to the person he told to go away, and everyone in the booth waits anxiously for his answer, which we don’t hear.

As soon as the show is over, Drought pulls Geu-rim to where Writer Ra is passing out copies of Geu-rim’s handwritten script to the junior writers, using it as a lesson in what not to do. PD Lee and Su-ho wander by just as Writer Ra chastises Geu-rim for being careless.

PD Lee storms over to demand they give him the copies. Furious, he asks Geu-rim if she’s an idiot, but not for only having one copy of her script. He says that she’s Writer Ra’s equal, and with a pointed glare in Writer Ra’s direction, he tells Geu-rim, “As my writer, if you take treatment like that, I’ll kill you.”

While Jun-woo drives, Su-ho asks Jason why, if it’s a man’s duty to protect a woman when she’s in danger, she would seem touched when he scolds her instead. Jason guesses he’s talking about Geu-rim and asks how Su-ho “helps” her, and he says that he once got rid of a drunkard for her.

He tells Jason how he was rude to her afterward, and Jason shakes his head in disbelief. Su-ho wonders why he tripped her that time several years ago, but Jason just asks incredulously, “Seriously, how old are you??” That’s what I’m saying.

PD Lee finds Geu-rim in the office and tells her that if her feeling are hurt, she needs to stop acting like a maknae. He mentions that Su-ho’s been dragging her around a lot and says that’s a good thing between a writer and a DJ, but he warns her not to get dragged around as a woman.

Geu-rim surprises Writer Ra and Seung-soo by plunking herself down at their table at a restaurant and ordering one of everything. She drinks with them, then asks Writer Ra why she doesn’t like her when she did everything she asked as her assistant.

Writer Ra just glares, so Geu-rim says that she never taught her anything, blaming her for the fact that she’s still not a good writer. She says drunkenly that she didn’t like or respect Writer Ra, but she always considered her a sunbae and did everything she wanted in the hopes that she’d treat Geu-rim like a hoobae someday.

We see a flashback to a few months ago, when Seung-soo had asked Writer Ra to stop treating Geu-rim like an errand girl. He’d accused her of keeping Geu-rim ignorant so that she’d never be promoted, unaware that Geu-rim overheard every word.

After Geu-rim leaves, Writer Ra whines that she hates Geu-rim, blaming her fr the fact that she treats her badly because she never stands up for herself. Seung-soo dryly calls Writer Ra a terrible human being and they start to bicker about why they divorced, which explains a lot about their relationship.

The next morning, Su-ho learns that his mother is planning a dating scandal between him and Tae-ri when she orders him to attend a party Tae-ri’s throwing tonight. He refuses, and he asks Jun-woo how long he knew about this, upset that Jun-woo would sit back when he’s liked Tae-ri for years.

He says that it’s time for he and Jun-woo to part ways, since all Jun-woo has ever done is monitor him. Jun-woo seems genuinely upset, but Su-ho remembers the day of Ji-woo’s accident when he’d tried to call Jun-woo over and over, only to arrive home to find Jun-woo reporting to his mother that he’d deliberately ignored Su-ho’s calls.

Tae-ri’s party is full of reporters and sycophants, but she notices that Geu-rim isn’t there even though she personally invited her. She calls Geu-rim and wheedles her into coming, pouting that she doesn’t have many friends.

Su-ho is also trying to call Geu-rim, and when she doesn’t answer, he starts texting her over and over. He’s so cute.

As soon as Geu-rim arrives at her party, Tae-ri makes sure to mention that Su-ho will be there later. Geu-rim’s phone lights up with a call from Su-ho, so she quickly stuffs it in her bag. But Tae-ri already saw who it was, and she demands Su-ho’s number and calls him to tell him that Geu-rim is at her party.

After, she asks Geu-rim if Su-ho ever talks about her. Geu-rim ignores another call from Su-ho, and Tae-ri scoots in close to tell her that she and Su-ho are dating. This time when her phone rings, Geu-rim excuses herself.

She carries her buzzing phone out to the hallway, where Su-ho walks up and catches her not answering. He asks why, when she was the one who told him to get a phone, but she just puts the phone to her ear.

Su-ho tells her to follow him, and he leads her to an empty room. He says there’s something he’s been wanting to tell her since the night he kissed her, and he’s ready to say it now: “I like you.”

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I like you

 
COMMENTS

Look at that, some straight-up honesty! I’m so proud of Su-ho for pushing past his fears and saying what he wants to say. That’s not easy for anyone to do, much less for a man who’s spent his whole life wearing a persona and only speaking the words others write for him. Even though he’s also displaying some pretty petty jealousy in the process, it’s good that he’s not bottling up his feelings anymore. He’s been stewing over Geu-rim not remembering him for ages, so I’m glad he finally said something, even if he didn’t mention that they’ve met before. I have a feeling that that conversation will be much more emotional and meaningful for them both, because we know that, at least for Su-ho, there’s a lot of baggage tied up in that time of their lives.

It finally makes sense now, why Su-ho is upset that Geu-rim doesn’t seem to remember him. She does, but she thinks that the boy she spent time with, and the boy who sent her the love letter, are the same boy. Apparently Su-ho and Ji-woo both developed crushes on her when they all were spending time at the same hospital. Su-ho, already famous, didn’t want her to see his face because he just wanted her to like him as himself. And Ji-woo reached out and admitted his feelings for her, although he never spoke to her in person. It’s understandable that Geu-rim would assume the letters were from the same boy she had made friends with, and since she had the name of Ji-woo, it would never occur to her that there were actually two boys who liked her.

I’m still unclear on the timeline, because it seems obvious that Su-ho would have met Geu-rim while visiting Ji-woo in the hospital after his accident. But Ji-woo died, so did he take a turn for the worse after meeting Geu-rim? The pictures next to his urn show that he was still quite young when he died, and Su-ho gave Ji-woo his high school diploma because Ji-woo never got one of his own. So I’m guessing that he was getting better, but then something happened and he didn’t survive.

But back to the confession — Su-ho is finally listening to Jason’s advice and coming out of his shell, and I love it! Who could have guessed there was a sassy little smartmouth under all that grump? He’s a quick thinker, and great at the insulting compliment, which just proves my suspicions that he’s actually a lot smarter than he lets on. I don’t blame his mother for being afraid that he’ll fight for his independence — she’s probably well aware that if she loses her grip on him, he’ll crush her. But right now I’m just proud of Su-ho for saying the things he’s been wanting to say to Jun-woo for so long, even if those things are angry and resentful. I don’t really understand why Jun-woo seems so hurt when he’s been reporting on Su-ho since they were young, but I actually like how this show slowly teases out information instead of throwing it all out in big dramatic reveals, so I’ll wait patiently until everything is explained.

I’m still conflicted over Jason, and what his true motive is. He does seem to care about Su-ho, and his advice to him is always spot-on and helpful in a way that pushes Su-ho past his comfort zones. But he’s also up to something behind the scenes, and I only hope that whatever it is isn’t harmful to Su-ho. He’s had enough betrayal, between Jun-woo and his mother, and even what he feels as betrayal by Geu-rim for not remembering him. He doesn’t need the one friend he’s trusted enough to open up with, to be using him, too.

 
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OMO! Ji Soo Ho texts like a needy girlfriend! He could really use a Cyrano. Loverboy ain’t got game.

That being said: mad memorization skillz!

Is Jason evil, is he not?! I don’t know! However, when Ji Soo Ho recounts his past interactions with Song Geu-Rim to Jason, his exasperation is hilarious.

I can’t tell if I like Yoon Doo Joon’s hairstyle change. At least his eyes don’t look red anymore, but the black hair makes him look washed out.

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You know, I'm not exactly sure what is so wrong about texting like a needy girlfriend? Like, friends text all the time, why is it crazy if it's a romantic relationship? (Your comment just made me curious about the stereotype...)

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Hey @hotcocoagirl! I think I characterise neediness when a lot of the texting is a monologue, in rapid succession. It seems to point at desperation or loneliness. Friends can be needy as well.

I think what doesn’t make it neediness is when there is a natural and mutual flow to the conversation. Like, you might text the person something you find really interesting (not an emergency), but you have a life outside of that person, so if he or she doesn’t get back to you for a few hours....no big deal. Conversely, you text and the person responds but it’s such an interesting topic, you text for an hour! But, the key is that it is a conversation, not a monologue “Hey. Where are you? What are you doing? Why don’t you pick up your phone? Text me!”

I think Soo Ho’s texting serves two purposes: a bit of a joke since it’s a “gender reversal” but also it showcases his loneliness and isolation.

In the texting scenes, he doesn’t even give Geu-Rim time to respond! He just fires off a lot of questions.

To be fair, I probably act like a needy girlfriend when I message you and Amy about Kdrama!! Hahaha!

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Ah, I can accept that definition!
But I barely squeak by as a non needy girlfriend to my friends, since I have several friends I love dearly but whom never answer their phones, so our chat history is totally one sided. 😅
I guess it’s bad when someone is demanding a response, like Su-ho? I agree the humor is there, it just made me question the stereotype 🤓😉😝

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I really like this point! As someone who's be guilty of doing the same typecast I have to admit you make a very good point about stereotype :)

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Jason is turning out to be a lot more intriguing than just a fun sidekick playing Cupid. I like this development for his character and KDY is hitting it out of the ball park with his performance.

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It's 4.19 AM. Here I am commenting on a Radio Romance recap dreaming to have the first comment ... I enjoyed this episode and the next one even more. Jealous Suho is my favorite! Sorry I am too tired to write a real comment. Also thank you for the recap Lollipop :)

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I am second TT

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Can relates!

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Right on time: Su-ho starts getting real and his hair goes from brassy fake to natural tones.

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I think that maybe Suho used the red hair as a small rebellion since it was all the control he'd have with his stepmother. Now that he's pushed to stand up for what he wants, he won't need to try and do little things like that. Cue hair change!

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Also, he looks more like his younger self with the black hair which I think he's trying to revert back to slowly but surely. Even though she never saw his face, she might start unconsciously remembering him as he slowly reverts back to his younger self in his mannerisms, etc.

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That's an interesting point about Suho using the hair for rebellion. That means he's been wanting to break free for a long time. Does that mean he hasn't had the will power but courage to change? Not can't but won't because fear?

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From the temporary to the permanent.

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Next change: showing that gorgeous forehead!

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Yes! I want to see his sleek hair again!

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Would love for that happen!

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Ok, seems I`m alone in loving his previous hair color! that` was unique and matched with his character. #sigh

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Nope, you are not alone. But I do see how the show is using his hair as a reflection of what he reveals about himself. The red was a disguise of sorts, whereas the return to black hair is a return to self.

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Its a smart yet subtle way of showing that he's starting to change. One the many reasons I love this show. They never overdo anything.

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This show is so variable for me. That episode it really gripped me. I was finally on board with it, I was really looking forward to this week. And then this episode lost it for me again. I just don't understand the motivations of half the people around our main couple. Nothing is more boring than the scheeemmmiiinnnngggg. The whole thing falls flat once we cut away from Soo Ho and Geu Rim and so most of this fell flat for me.

I feel like there's a really great show in here wanting to get out but somebody decided it had to have an antagonist and so we have three poorly-drawn, one-dimensional women running around being evil for 'reasons'.

Since these episodes were played back to back, I will admit I enjoyed episode 8 a lot more. This show can reel me back in when it loses me, I admit that.

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I admit that I forward most of the scenes were the main lead's are not there as well.... :/

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There's a lot of cute from our leads and a lot of really great acting as well. But I feel like they're all whiteboard characters. Like the writers haven't gotten past the character outlines they wrote on the whiteboard. And when it comes to the supporting cast, this is really stark.

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I don't know what part of this drama you find variable because it just seems to get better with every episode. The relationships get deeper and the characters become more and more expressive. It's not just cutie leads but every character has a dimension.

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"So we have three poorly-drawn, one-dimensional women running around being evil for 'reasons'."

Yes. This. I do feel like in 7 and 8 there are more moments of vulnerability and depth to Tae-Ri so that she's not running around in full on bitch mode 24/7. And also a little bit of the same for NotMom and Writer Lady, but it's like they'll throw in a more nuanced scene and then ten minutes later they need some conflict so they're all back to being evil, petty bitches. Even Geu-Rim's friends can turn on a dime if someone needs a backstabbing.

PD and Geu-rim are fun characters and acted well, but they haven't changed much yet, and Su-ho's changes seem to have come too easily. So I'm still not sure about the main characterizations. Except Jason. He's awesome. But I think that's just cause of Kwak Dong-Yeon.

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Jason so far is the only character that feels like he's three-dimensional just because I'm not sure what's going on with him. But the rest are so shallow. Geu Rim's "friends" are not her friends at all. I don't know why they gave them nicknames and had a 'friends circle' at the beginning when they have the same personality and that personality is 'bitchy'.

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Yeah, I don't get that either! I thought the girl friend circle was going to be a main feature, and was excited for the womance, but I can't even remember their names or who is who at this point.

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And Monsoon totally confuses me. With a friend like her, who needs Evil Step-mom and Tae-ri?

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There was never an indication of the friends circle being critical to the plot or story but I do agree they could have more dimensions on that.

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I haven't seen ep.8 yet, so maybe it will improve... but I was disappointed this episode went back to scheeeeeeming instead of focusing on the radio show. I really liked the old school story and thought they would now have every episode an interesting story and through the people they meet for making their broadcast they would learn and become closer (not only the leads, but the whole team). I also miss those little details about how radio works.

And btw, where is the promised hiking with the old DJ?? Such a missed chance for Suho to have a great mentor...

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To be honest I'm never bored watching this drama because its always spinning in way I don't find predicable. I can't agree about there being three one-dimensional women because Taeri has very good reasons for actions and she's always been clear about using Suho because she's afraid of being has been. She's still living in her child actor glory days and the fear that the glory of those days has almost completely dissappered scares her and we can see that in all her actions.

Step-mom is controlling and just down right crazy but I don't find her one dimensional. It seems like she's suffering from her own insecurities about not being able to keep a faithful husband and micro-managing Suho to build the image of a perfect family which she maybe secretly desires is perhaps the only 'accomplishment' she's ever had in her life. The fear of that one thing might slip away from her is the motivation behind her actions.

Writer La is neurotic and unsympathetic as a person and I actually like they made a female character like that instead of a male character. She revels in other peoples failure because they make her feel more superior. She's used to cutting people down maybe as a defense mechanism.

I find all the female characters in this show to be refreshing and interesting which is why I never understood why people are calling them tropes when they just feel like regular people to me just wrapped in shiny kdrama packaging.

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I'm so glad you're enjoying this! It's always wonderful when you find something you can look forward to each week. Because of that, I'm not going to outline all the reasons I dislike their writing of (particularly female) characters in this show. All I'll say is that I disagree and leave it at that.

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What romance drama in Korea has good writing! And why would you expect extremely well written female characters from a misogynist Society? The drama giving their female characters layers is a big deal in itself. At least this drama has more depth than any other youth romance drama in recent years.

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Oh! Never thought of the female characters from that perspective. This is an interesting analysis!

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I'm not sure where you're coming from but I didn't see any scheming in the show. I wouldn't call the mother scheming, isn't she just plain old controlling? She's a bit crazy I think but maybe she has issues we don't know about yet. It's already a great show actually. I'm more surprised that a show as typical as this can have this many layers and mysteries.

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Alternate timeline: First the hospital, then the accident. Both boys like Geu Rim, which upsets Su Ho, so he ignores Ji Woo in the street, and then Ji Woo dies. Gives Su Ho reason to feel guilty/conflicted/angry re Geu Rim, too. And himself, of course.

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Good theory, I like it. Ji Woo didn't look terribly injured or ill in the hospital flashbacks.

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No spoilers please! I'll get episode 8 out ASAP and we can discuss it then :)

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@lollypip, thank you SO SO SO much for recapping this! And also Waikiki! You’re probably only getting paid in literally peanuts, but we appreciate it!

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Interesting cause in the first episode or second episode it showed Suho and Jiwoo watching her so I wonder if that was the case. Maybe it's why Jason considers him a murderer cause Jiwoo died 'arguing' with him

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When did Jason call him a murderer? We don't know who sent those postcards or posted those messages online... that said, what happened to that storyline!

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It looks like we'll get more of that in episode 9. What is the mystery behind those letters? Could it be that sneaky reporter from episode 2?

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Umm remember episode 6 he was talking to someone about someone calling them a murderer and then he laughed all crazy like

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Ah, I just remember that laugh. Didn't pay much attention to the dialogue.

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Yes, I also think this timeline more likely. The boys could have met at the hospital. Perhaps Su Ho was being evaluated for insomia, while Ji Woo had something more serious going in with his brain as he was wearing a knit cap in all the clips.

I think it is interesting how significant this encounter with Geu Rim was to him, that he isn’t quite rational about it. He expected her to remember him even though she didn’t know his name or face? Given the absence of positive emotional support in his life at that time, her impact became over-exaggerated. She was focused on her mother’s recovery at that time, so only has a mild memory of a sweet, brief crush.
It reminds me a bit of I Need Romance 3, where the main characters’ memories of their past together were completely different.
We remember best what is important to us emotionally at that moment in time. We also tend to revisit good memories when we need solance and that can lead to unconscious editing and over emphasizing of those special ones.

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An *extreme* cynic might say that Su-ho offed Ji-woo to get rid of the competition for Geu-rim. But I wouldn't :)
PS: haven't watched 8 yet, but I'm pretty sure I'm safe, spoiler-wise.

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This JW mystery has me completely intrigued. I like that they are (very) slowly peeling away the back story but I'm starting to get impatient. I'd like a explanation soon.

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I love this series and eagerly anticipate it every week, but could someone PLEASE fix GR's hair? It's a bit hard to believe in the love triangle when she looks either like a 12 yr old or a poodle. Or a 12 yr old poodle? All I could see in ep8 was that funny wispy fringe.

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Yes, please fix.
I remember a while back (maybe Bring It On Ghost era) somebody complained that KSH's hair was always the same show after show. But that that style fits her, and this style.....

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the prejudice against curly hair...sheesh!

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Not so much the curliness, but the fact that it makes her look so immature.

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When Jason asked Su-ho, "Seriously, how old are you?" I thought, "Someone should ask Writer Ra that!!" ..... what with her swiping other people's work like she's in high school.

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I thought that about all the boys in this drama too. They’re acting like 12 year olds around Seu-rim. Everyone’s mental age is like 12-13 in this. Mom’s jealousy and vindictiveness, dad’s playboy attitude, PD Lee’s handiness, Su-ho’s emotional stuntedness, not to mention Tei-ri. It’s like they never made it past the 8th grade.

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Yes, yes and yes.

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Finally! hair change! does it coincide with the fact that he's shedding his mask? I think it looks waaaayyy more natural than the red hair so I gladly welcome it. Next episode *really* is the best. I didn't interpret the Soo Ho and the Ji Woo as different boys I just though Soo Ho used Ji Woo's name when he wrote the letters. Boy @lollypip's make muuuuucch more sense.

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I love watching the flashback scenes. Which makes me want to watch Nam DaReum and Kim SoHyun in a drama where they are the love interest in the same timeline.

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Maybe a noona romance in 5 or so years!

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Where do I sign up for this?

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Oh, that would be SO fab!!

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That already sounds like a great show!

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What petition do we need to start for this to happen?

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I’m hooked. Sorry, but I am. Can I articulate why? I’ll try.

1. Jason’s clearly a double or triple agent. He’s there to be the live-in psychiatrist, but obviously needs a research project to get published (or whatever reason I wonder), and he’s reporting to CEO-mother, but I think he does have Su-ho’s best interests at heart and is manipulating everything around him to get him to explode. Kind of like immersion by fire to get him to break down, only to build him back up. His character is the most intriguing to me. Probably because I’m looking at my hubby when I see him, who is the most calculating person but looks like and acts like a clubbing frat boy (and he was). I was impressed with his three-fold advice to his patients. Well-done writer-nim.

2. Mr. Kim, the other friend, cares for Su-ho too but is employed by his mother, which is a HIGE conflict of interest. I don’t know if he thinks he’s being helpful, but if he is, he’s been the poorest friend ever for the past 12 years. And maybe that’s why every time I see him I feel sorry for him. His face is so blank yet so tortured at the same time. And maybe because he is guilt-ridden for being such a horrible friend that he will end up on Su-ho ‘s side. So, another character arc I’m looking forward to.

3. PD Lee acts like Seu-rim’s Annoying older brother. And that’s what I think he is, continuously chiding and torturing our poor writer. I just want to slap him half the time, and the other half I want to squeeze him , because his face is just so squishy when he smiles.

4. Seu-rim, clueless girl, I’m not anuing you this episode. But adding that heart post-it PD was just melt-worthy. I can see why Su-Ho would keep asking for those. It’s like when my kids find a note in their lunchbox from me or their dad. Warm and fuzzies all over. And his reaction! Bless @azzo1 for making a gif of this!
4. I already know where Su-Ho has been and where he is going thanks to my kdrama kindergarten education, and I feel we all do here, so I’m just at going to say, I might just die before this drama is over if you keep looking as Sue-Rim that way.

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Corrections: HUGE, analyzing, P.S., 5. (Typing on a phone while running and listening to Highlight. 🙄)

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His face is so blank yet so tortured at the same time.

What an apt description of Junwoo, I agree.

5. How the hell KSH able to stay calm and be so pro when I hardly survive looking at Doojoon's gazes, I need oxygen XD

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@ally-le, I’m totally with you. This drama is like crack (although not entirely sure why).

1. I’m going to wildly speculate Jason is a double agent for Soo Ho’s dad, but his NotMom thinks he’s working for her.

2. Kim Ji Soo: I don’t think the actor is very good. I think he’s supposed to be stoic/tormented, but he just has a deadpan expression and blank eyes.

4. What does “anuing” mean?

5. Oh wait, I do know why this show is like crack: Yoon Doo Joon’s longing looks at Geu-Rim. Ha!

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It's damn cracky and I'm completely hooked as well. I'm not sure what specific thing I like about the show which makes me think I just love the overall package which this show is. The cast performance especially really draws me in.

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"since she had the name of Ji-woo, it would never occur to her that there were actually two boys who liked her"

Wild theory here, but what if there was only one? What if for some wack-a-doo reason there was an identity swap? What if Su-ho was really Ji-woo, and the real Su-ho died, and crazyass Mom couldn't let a little thing like death ruin the family image?

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In another show that may seem to unlikely but I really wouldn't put anything past that woman

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First of all, I love this. I feel like the boys from Waikiki watching their daily drama and screaming at THE TWIST.

But what about the birthday scene?--when she was like "I'm not your mom, blow out your candles!" He was younger than Su-ho from the hospital. And wasn't he already in dramas at that point, and well known?

Still, I'd roll with it, cause if Jason can be an evil mastermind, anything can happen.

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True, the birthday scene puts a wrench in my wacky theory. But that family is seriously twisted and I can't wait for Su-ho to blow it wide open. I do hope Jason is really on his side though.

Haha, the Waikiki boys would love a twist like this, and baby Sol would give them a look of disdain.

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LOL about the Waikiki boys (that's only if baby Sol allows them to change the channel, of course).

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My heart beats, "Dujun... Dujun...Dujun..." LOL.

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Writer Ma is a perfect example of awful seniors. I think she knows Geu-rim us a much better writer than her that's why's she's such a bitter person.

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Another thing, why is poor Suho surrounded by such awful people?? His parents, to his manager, to Taeri. Everyone's betraying and using him so far. If Jason does too that's just too much.

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Ikr, no wonder he struggles to open up to people.

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Nice to see su ho finally start to open up..he's too cute in all his petty jealousy and childish antics. He's just adorable around GR. I applaud GR to survive such an onslaught of those GAZES.
On a different note I'm falling for YDJ's voice .It's just so different? I don't know..I've never been affected by someone's voice like this.

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Woooah I thought it's just me. I didn't know it was possible to obsess over someone's voice

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I can watch an entire episode of Ji Soo texting Geu Rim impatiently!

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Thank you for the recap Lollypip. I love that your comments focus on Sooho's growth in this episode because oh boy he's taking a giant step and I'm proud of him. And how precious is he when he starts to open up to Junwoo about his feeling. Guhhh.

1. Can I just say I love the scenery at that football field. Such contrast, white snow and a dark sky. Welp, can't help but to get carried away, like Geurim said.
2. I start to hold my frustration every time Sooho starts to being bitter because as much as I want him to take a step forward, I often forgot that he's been controlled almost his entire life, like what Lollypip had pointed out. It's not easy to break out of the shell when you grow up in a manipulative environment and unable to trust anyone.
3. Sorry, but isn't it a basic survival skill to always always make a copy of your work in case something terrible happen? Sure Geurim loves to do her script by hand but can't she photocopy it? Also, no curse words in this world is enough to describe my feeling to Writer Ra. She's so toxic and sadly people like her exist in real life. And I'm thankful of Drought's existence, what a precious gem.
4. Dr. Jason is back in the house yo! I love his advice to his patients, I think those are something that depressive people often struggle with; insomnia, tend to bear the pain alone and anxious about the future and overthinking about the past. I can relate. But, he's in the grey area now. For now I just imagine he's channeling some makjang character he saw in tv show (like Junki in Waikiki XD). Because he seems evil but he does show some genuine concern to Sooho.
5. But man what the hell is that dangly thingy on Dr. Jason's spectacle chain? Am I missing something that is considered a fashion in eyeglasses world?
6. That "Sooho" plant is so adorable. I wonder what kind of plant is that? It looks like from a mint family, but I don't think it is. Hurm.
7. I'm kinda sad that there is no fellow female that can give moral support for Geurim. I know she has her mom, but I think at least at her workplace, she needs one too. Yea, there is positive sides in working with all males, but there are certain thing that it's only comfortable to talk to people of your gender. And yeah, I'm pretending she didn't have that quartet club because at this point, only Drought is nice to her. Urgh.
8.Jealous-curious-I'm-trying-hard-to-not-look-too-obvious Sooho is adorable. Hee.
9. The more I look at Manager Junwoo, the more I see a mix of Park Bogum-Yoo Ah In-Junho. I need some slap, I guess I'm sleepy. XD
10. Knowing how crazy some viewers are, why this show doesn't blur out the phone numbers? Also, how adorable is Sooho, he even remembers Geurim's number, what?
11. Is it just me that think there's a progress in dialogue? It's still cheesy but I love that the characters say what's on my mind. Geurim said sorry and explained to Sooho for hugging him suddenly, Geurim said she's uncomfortable...

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....and Sooho called her out he's uncomfortable too when she followed him around. It feels like the writer finally become aware (?) of what would viewers think in certain situation.
12. Related to 11, I love everytime Sooho and Geurim talk to each other. I love Geurim always calls out Sooho for being bitter and hurting others.
13. Stepmom: Geurim, please leave. Sooho: I'd rather you leave instead. Oh, you won't? Fine I leave. lololll. But oh no, the food,glorious food, don't waste 'em T_T.
14. I've yet to warm up to PD Lee, but I appreciate that he always on Geurim's side all this time. He's the one that accept her as a writer even though her "writing" is terrible and he's also the one that demanded Geurim to stop running errands for others few years ago. He's talks harshly but he cares.
15. How heartbreaking is the scene when Geurim pours her heart out to Writer Ra for her unfair treatment. Finally. I do want Geurim to yell at that bitch but she's too nice, sigh. Judging by Writer Ra reaction, she won't change. What do you expect? And no, don't try to redeem her with tragic-sob-story later, let's just keep her that way, you know there are toxic people who is just toxic. Also, just like Sooho in this episode, Geurim starts to grow some backbone. Go, go, my baby Geurim T_T.
16. That slight flabbergasted look on Junwoo when Sooho knew Junwoo liked Taeri for years, lol. Also, I laughed way too much when Sooho said to part ways with Junwoo, suddenly it looks like a scene where a couple is breaking up.
17. Taeri is a tool. A manipulative bitchy tool. Whatever.

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@noobita,

5. But man what the hell is that dangly thingy on Dr. Jason's spectacle chain? Am I missing something that is considered a fashion in eyeglasses world?

ROFLMAO!

I wondered about that too. It reminds me of all the stuff people used to have dangling off their cellphones. Looks like a small feather to me. Is he using his glasses as a dream catcher or something?

Or maybe it's a fishing lure. ;-)

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An accessory, dream-catcher, fishing bait, what a multifunction magical tool, I'm intrigued XD

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Shouldn't stealing the script just before a live show be a firing offense??
I'm going to assume that it's a plot hole and they hoped we wouldn't notice. They need evil writer around to do more evil things for the leads to overcome.
The alternative, that it isn't a firing offense in Korea (perhaps because she's a senior or because office politics are like that) is just too depressing.

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I don't think it was proven at any point that she stole it. Besides writer La can just claim she found the script lying somewhere and was appalled at the careless of Geurim. Seniority means more in Korea than actual ethics.

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Thanks @lollypip for the recap!

Soo Ho's smitten look is more evident in this episode. Loving his smiles and sweet-stealing glances in the studio booth after he got geu rim to sit next to him on the pretext of guiding him. Amazingly cute with the black hair style although I was really into his red tinted hair with his red eyes and all.

He's opening up to Jason and I fear for the hurt he would have to face if Jason turns out a villain. I am wishing for writer nyims to please make Jason a good friend which he can rely on all the way and those suspicious scenes of Jason is only created to throw us off.

As much as I hate stepmum I was hoping for a little bit more side story to tell us how she had become evil. Perhaps to give us an indication if there is ever a chance of redemption or otherwise. Frankly, I feel that soo ho's dad is the real vermin that drove stepmum to create the whole facade for fear of looking weak and poor soo ho has to pay for their insecurities.

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I liked how they used Suho's acting background. That he memorized the script. Though... somebody should teach Geurim how to use a copy machine (and don't tell me that the PD doesn't need a copy of the script as well).

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I agree, it's a nice touch that Su-ho memorized his lines for the show. I didn't foresee that way of saving the day. ;-)

Great catch re: script -- and what about the music cues?!

Geu-rim, please use a spill-proof cup in the studio. Sheesh. This scene made her look so incompetent for someone who's supposedly been in radio for 5 years.

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The wash of realization that came over me when I saw that scene where he just started talking was so good. I was like, “Of course he would have memorized it!” Then I was like, AWWWWWE, that’s more than sweet that he memorized everything she wrote. No doubt so that he can reflect on those words when he’s in his bed, not sleeping. I wanted to hug him, right then and there. 🤗

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Haha.. I agree. The handwritten script with no photocopies for PD or team seems too far fetched to me... and how come no one reprimanded Writer la for stealing the script under soo ho's nose? Isn't it too obvious and unprofessional? Even PD Lee didn't address it directly to writer la when he was scolding geu rim even though Geu rim wasn't the one who was careless with it.

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But that's the point that Writer La was trying to make was that Geurim was an idiot for only having one copy and not photo copying it. I think they were trying to associate its importance to a music cue sheet. You don't disrespect your cue sheet similarly you should not disrespect your script.

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Music question:

At about 13:50 when Geu-rim and PD Lee are riding in the orange taxi and Lee is asking the cabbie why he listens to radio, a song with a female vocal is playing. It has an Oriental motif. I feel as if I've heard this song somewhere before. Is it from an OST?

Thanks!

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Thank you @lollypip ..nice for me to have comments on one drama that i started to watch. Surprisingly i loved SH's hair colour but i can see why the new dark colour would start indicating he is changing and becoming healthier and more authentic. So i definitely encourage the drama gods to do the same for GR and show a bit of style ..she was such a beautiful child , what happened lol ? i do expect in the next 8 episodes that her style will evolve..i hope . I am a 100% PD Lee fan in this drama and i hope that he will continue to show bromance and brotherly love to SH and GR ..i like to think of him as their fairy godfather *hehe

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But but..I like GR style. Isn't it really cool & chic? Is it just me?

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What's with his hair??? PLEASE, stylists, give DooJoon good hair.

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I am also confused about the hospital scenes and Ji-woo's accident.
Actually the "hospital" looks more like a rehab facility to me.
It is possible Ji-woo was in this rehab facility at the same time Geu-rim's mom was there adjusting to being sightless. Was he here after the accident and recuperating?
I went back to scene at the beginning where Soo-ho and Ji-woo are watching Geu-rim play in the snow. Initially I thought that had been SH and a young Dr. J but I was mistaken. That scene must have been at the rehab facility because there were wheelchairs nearby and JW was in hospital garb and a white cap. SH and JW watched GR from the window so they must have talked about her.
The scene on the bus where SH moved over next to GR. Was that during her mom's stay at the rehab hospital?
Ji-woo's date of death on his urn is 2006-02-25.
Random thoughts here. Perhaps Soo-ho argued with Ji-woo over Geu-rim. He obvious has terrible guilt. I hope Dr. J is not a bad guy.
Manager Kim is also carrying a load of guilt.

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Why do I get the impression that it is difficult to get a mobile phone in Korea? This is the nth drama that I've seen where buying a mobile phone in Korea is almost like buying a car (actually, they make it look like buying a mobile phone is more difficult than buying a car). Can't they just buy a sim card, buy a mobile phone, pop the sim in and voilà welcome to the 21st century?

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I believe he called Jun-woo to buy the phone because he's a celebrity. Having his name on a phone would open him up to harassment by "fans."

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I really like this point! As someone who's be guilty of doing the same typecast have to admit you make a very good point about stereotype :)

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New beanie here to join the delightful ride which this drama is turning out to be. Just going to weigh in on this episode and all the things I loved about it.

1. SH memorizing the script made me squeel. It was logical because he's an actor so it's second nature for him to do that but I think he was also emotionally invested in it because GR wrote it.
2. PD LK standing up for GR in the most direct way possible. He's not just mad at the other writers but at GR as well for being too soft.
3. GR standing up for herself to that mean writer in her own way. The consistency about GR is her sincerity in app things she does and even approaches petty jealousy with sincere reproach instead of getting mad.
4. GR standing up against LK stealing her food always. You go girl.
5. That confession. Cue endless squeals.

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This drama always has good stories to tell.

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This drama just gets better and better and better every episode. It's a pity that I'm only watching it now but better late than never, right? Thank you for the recap! (i swear i can't watch any drama without watching recaps all at once haha)

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anyone know that song that plays in the background when Geu-rim is drinking with Writer Ra and Seung-soo

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