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Radio Romance: Episode 12

It’s time for Su-ho to prove that he can follow through on the promises he’s made, both to others and to himself. It’s going to take a lot of courage and belief in himself, but thankfully, he’s not alone anymore. Hopefully he understands that, and has learned enough to trust and lean on others for support, otherwise everything he’s gone through will be for nothing.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Su-ho asks Geu-rim to stay the night with him, and she retreats to the bathroom to rant that he’s lost his damn mind. She can’t come up with an excuse for why she can’t stay, so she says that she has to get her skincare products (because that’s what’s important when a sexy man asks you to spend the night with him).

She barely makes it to the hall before she hears Writer Ra and Seung-soo, who seemed to be planning a romantic evening of their own before seeing Geu-rim in the hotel and stalking her upstairs. Geu-rim leaps back into Su-ho’s room to wait for them to leave, whining that she might actually have to spend the night (Su-ho: “You said you’d stay with me…” Awww.)

Things get even worse when Joon-woo calls to warn Su-ho that Tae-ri is on her way up. I love how annoyed Su-ho looks at having his romantic night interrupted. He walks Geu-rim out, but Tae-ri finds them in the hall at the same time as Writer Ra and Seung-soo spot them and hide around a corner.

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Seeing her exiting the hotel room with Su-ho, Tae-ri laughs derisively at Geu-rim. Su-ho tries to lead Geu-rim away, but Tae-ri slaps her as she passes. Su-ho takes Geu-rim’s hand, but she pulls away to confront Tae-ri.

She says that she pities Tae-ri, but she won’t let her be rude to her because of Su-ho anymore. Tae-ri scoffs and pulls out the recorder she stole from Joon-woo, threatening to play it for Geu-rim and expose Su-ho’s lies. But Joon-woo arrives and swoops in, grabbing Tae-ri before she can play the recording.

Since Su-ho doesn’t know anything about the recording, Tae-ri plays it for him in private. He hears himself telling Joon-woo that he’s not really his mother’s son. Tae-ri says that she’s thinking of playing it during an interview or giving it to a reporter, but Su-ho just says he’d be thankful if she did.

He leaves with Geu-rim, and Joon-woo confronts Tae-ri. Looking disgusted, Joon-woo says that he didn’t move the recorder after she discovered its hiding place because he trusted her. She asks if he was testing her, but he roars furiously, “I was testing myself!” He takes a deep breath, then tells her that she’s taken everything she can get from him, so he doesn’t want to see her again.

By the time they get to Geu-rim’s house, Su-ho looks more regretful than angry, and Geu-rim quips that there are a lot of obstacles to dating him. She gives him the car keys back and says she can’t accept the car, but that if he’s driving, she’ll ride with him. Su-ho offers her a sad little, “I’m sorry,” cupping her face with his hand where Tae-ri slapped her, but she reassures him that he’s got nothing to be sorry for.

In the morning, PD Lee goes back to SM Kang to fight to get his show back. He asks why they’re caving to pressure from JH Entertainment and asks if SM Kang has no power, and gets a baleful look in return. PD Lee warns that they’ll lose all their shows if they keep doing this, then vows to take care of this himself.

He sends a message to all of his production director friends, asking for gossip on JH Entertainment’s stars. He finds out some juicy info, including that the DJ who’s taking over their time slot is thinking of leaving JH for a different agency.

Later he meets up with Geu-rim, who thinks they should tell Su-ho that the real reason their show was canceled was because of threats from JH Entertainment. PD Lee talks her into giving him time to make a plan first, saying that he’ll be responsible since they’re his team.

Geu-rim texts Su-ho, who texts back that he’s on his way to see her. Joon-woo tells him that the drama production company has agreed to adjust the overseas shoots and consider pre-producing the show, on the condition that Su-ho agrees to star in their next drama as well. He asks if it’s worth all this when a drama only takes four months to shoot, and Su-ho says that he wants to make it work.

Joon-woo starts to say something about Tae-ri and the recorder, but Su-ho isn’t listening anymore, having gotten an “I miss you” text from Geu-rim that turned his brain to mush. I’d say he’s like a boy experiencing his first crush, if that weren’t literally true.

Meanwhile, PD Lee approaches Su-ho’s mother again, presenting her with a dossier he’s written up listing all of her stars’ secrets. He says he hates this sort of thing, but that he’ll do whatever it takes when she’s threatening the thing he loves.

He proceeds to make a huge spectacle of himself, talking about JH Entertainment’s abuse of power on social media and leading protests demanding they apologize. Su-ho sees him protesting at the JH building that he won’t ever have JH stars on his show, and wonders what it’s about.

Geu-rim hangs out at the studio with her friend Drought, who asks about PD Lee’s protests, but Geu-rim says she’s not sure what’s going on. Tae-ri enters the studio and trades barbs with Geu-rim, while Writer Ra and Seung-soo watch from the booth. Surprisingly, Writer Ra roots for Geu-rim, seeming to admire her stubborn spirit.

It’s Su-ho’s turn to visit SM Kang, wanting to know the real reason their show was pulled and why PD Lee is protesting at JH Entertainment. SM Kang tells him the truth — that his mother ordered them to break up the team because of Su-ho’s schedule. Su-ho thinks about how both Geu-rim and PD Lee lied to him, and his expression goes dark.

Tae-ri asks Geu-rim if she’s curious about Su-ho’s secret, but Geu-rim says that she’ll ask Su-ho himself if she has any questions. She asks for an apology for Tae-ri slapping her, but Su-ho shows up to pull her away before they can finish talking.

In her office, he asks if she has something to tell him. She’s not sure what he means, and he grows frustrated then blurts out, “You got fired from the radio job you love because of me.” He asks why she didn’t tell him, saying that he always finds out about himself through the news.

Geu-rim tries to explain that they didn’t want to hurt his feelings and that they’re working on a plan, but Su-ho asks what they can possibly do. When PD Lee shows up, Su-ho turns on him, saying that he believed him when he said they were a team. PD Lee says they are a team, and apologizes if Su-ho felt foolish.

He explains that he was protecting Su-ho, but Su-ho snaps that he’s in no position to protect him. With one last glare at Geu-rim, he leaves. She follows him to the parking lot, where he vows to get her dream job back, since he’s the only one who can.

Su-ho’s mother gets a report from her lackey that the information PD Lee compiled is all true. He says there’s also a rumor circulating about her family, and that Da-seul, her husband’s mistress, is about to hold a press conference. She heads to the press conference, where she gloats to Da-seul that not one single reporter showed up and warns Da-seul not to try anything like this again.

She heads home to find Su-ho waiting for her. He asks why she hates the radio show, and when she says it doesn’t make money, he counters that that’s why he agreed to do the well-paying drama. He admits that he likes his luxurious life too, but that this is the first time he’s ever asked her to let him do something. He says sadly that she ruined it, so he’s leaving the company.

His father stumbles home drunk and tries to hug his wife, who shoves him to the floor. He appeals to Su-ho, asking him to come home since his mother is so uneasy. Su-ho says that that’s his father’s fault, and his mother screams at her husband for doing this on the same day she had to stop his mistress’s press conference.

Su-ho’s father slurs that she’s always saying that she lost everything because of Su-ho, but that she also gained all this because of him. Su-ho screams at him to stop, and says that it’s time for him to stop lying to people and cut ties with this family. He says that either his mother can set him free or he can do it himself, and his father smacks him hard across the face. His mother hits his father back, and Su-ho turns and walks out.

He sits in his car, wanting to call Geu-rim but turning on the radio instead. He hears the DJ who took his place, and we see that PD Lee is in the booth during the show, taking pictures of everything and talking loudly about posting them online.

Su-ho goes back to the station to see SM Kang about his show. He asks what SM Kang’s personal opinion would be if he said he wants to continue the radio show, and SM Kang says that of course he would want Su-ho back. Su-ho tells him that he’ll handle his mother and keep doing the radio show.

On his way out, PD Lee stops him and says they need to talk. Su-ho agrees, but only to talk to him alone, without Geu-rim. PD Lee admits that he would have been more honest if he’d known Su-ho would be so upset, but that he didn’t want his DJ to be hurt.

Su-ho says that he’s tired of finding out about his schedule on the news. He reminds PD Lee that he once accused Su-ho of living his life according to a script, but that he just treated him the exact same way as his mother (by making decisions for him). He says that he won’t live by PD Lee’s script either, and that he’ll resolve this himself.

Geu-rim camps out in front of Su-ho’s house waiting for him to come home. PD Lee calls and she asks how their talk went, but he’s just concerned that she’s sitting out in the cold.

He heads to the restaurant near their building where Jason is waiting for him. He’s in no mood for Jason’s cryptic quips, so Jason asks if he’s still getting postcards about Su-ho and whether Su-ho knows about them. PD Lee just says that he should be asking Su-ho about that.

Jason asks if PD Lee looked into the events the postcards refer to, but PD Lee only stares at his suspiciously. Jason says he has a lot of questions for Geu-rim too, primarily about why Su-ho only responds to her, but again PD Lee glowers and doesn’t respond.

Su-ho waits outside Joon-woo’s building, ignoring Geu-rim’s calls. When Joon-woo joins him, he says that he wants to learn how to protect what he likes, since the more he tries to protect it, the worse things get. Joon-woo laughs and says that if he knew, he wouldn’t be the way he is.

He brings up the recording that Tae-ri stole. Su-ho asks why that was recorded in the first place, so Joon-woo reminds Su-ho that he used to help him memorize his lines when he was younger. He says that they would record those sessions, and that the conversation about his family just happened to be recorded one day. Whew, that’s so much more innocent than what I’d feared.

Geu-rim is still waiting when Su-ho finally arrives home. She says she’s been there for three and a half hours and asks him to talk to her. She tells him that she came to him because she knows he feels bad for hurting her feelings, and she didn’t want him to be alone.

When he doesn’t answer, she asks if he hates her that much. Su-ho confesses that he’s scared she’ll either leave him, or that she’ll stay and be miserable because of him. He says sadly that she lost her job because of him, but she corrects him — she became a main writer because of him, and she lost her job because of his mother.

He’s confused, so she continues that she knows he’s trying to protect the radio show. Su-ho asks for her hands, and when she offers them, he wraps them around his neck and sinks into her arms. So sweet.

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He takes her inside and cooks her some eggs, explaining sheepishly that it’s the only thing he can cook. Geu-rim says she’ll make him something, and comes back later with burnt toast. Jason comes in, surprised to see Geu-rim, and Su-ho brandishes the toast like he’s been betrayed, hee.

SM Kang calls PD Lee to tell him that they need to talk about his conversation with Su-ho. PD Lee is waiting when Su-ho drives Geu-rim home, and after Su-ho leaves, PD Lee scolds Geu-rim for always following Su-ho around. She confesses that it’s not because he’s her DJ, but because she likes him.

The following day, Su-ho meets with his mother to tell her that he’s signed a new contract for the drama that accommodates his radio schedule. He also tells her that he knows of her agreement with the radio station to cancel his show, but that she can stop now, because he’s leaving JH Entertainment.

He tells her that despite what she thought, he meant every word he’s said. Before he leaves, he says that if she ever wants to negotiate with him again, then she’ll undo what she did to get the radio station to cut him.

At the station, SM Kang tells his boss that he’s reinstating Su-ho’s show. He worries about how to get their time slot back, but PD Lee says that they’ll take the 4 o’clock show — 4 a.m., that is.

Geu-rim gets to tell Su-ho the good news, adding in a surprise hug. She says that she knows this is his doing, then sighs that they won’t be sleeping much from now on. Su-ho gapes to hear that his new time slot is in the wee hours of the morning.

They go back to the station, where Su-ho states firmly that he can’t do it, because “I’m Ji Su-ho.” He says he’ll discuss this with SM Kang, but PD Lee tells him to stop being arrogant. He says that things like time slot, theme, and even the DJ’s script are his job, and that he won’t give in.

Su-ho counters that his world has rules, and doing a radio show at a time when nobody listens could be a serious blow to his career. PD Lee says that they’ll just do it without him, and Su-ho storms out.

He goes straight home, where he finds one of the threatening postcards on a table that says, “Murderer Ji Su-ho, remember March 2006!” He goes to his closet and takes out a box filled with unopened letters, all addressed, “To my muse, Geu-rim. From the ever-shy Woo Ji-woo.”

Jason takes another report to Su-ho’s mother, this one full of information about how he met Geu-rim twelve years ago. He asks her if that was around the same time that Su-ho tried to commit suicide, and he doesn’t believe her obviously rehearsed answer that he only suffered from exhaustion. `

Su-ho suffers a nightmare that night, remembering his friend, Ji-woo, in the hospital. Ji-woo had given him a letter to pass to Geu-rim, saying that it was the last one, because if he won the last round of something (a music competition? He’s holding a guitar) then he’ll tell Geu-rim everything himself. Ji-woo had taken the letter, but instead of giving it to Geu-rim, he’d hidden it along with all the other letters Ji-woo wrote to her.

Su-ho’s dream ends with a replay of Ji-woo’s terrible accident, and he wakes with a start. Geu-rim calls and asks him to go on a date with her, even though it’s the middle of the night. He goes, although the air is strained between them.

She takes him to ride the bus, ignoring his silence to ask if he’s ever ridden the bus at this hour. She laughs to be sitting here with a top star, and she takes his hand in hers. As they sit, people get on the bus, and Su-ho tries to pull his hand free but Geu-rim just holds on tighter.

When they get back to his house, Geu-rim asks him sweetly to do the 4 a.m. show. She says that she’s not sure when it started, but now she can’t imagine working with any other DJ but him. He snaps that she wouldn’t ask this if she knew how scary it is for him, and she admits that she’s also scared. But she adds, “I want to believe in your voice and give it a shot.”

She goes to the station and starts writing, hoping that Su-ho will show up for their first show. She puts a note on her script like Su-ho once requested, that says, “P.S. Ji Su-ho’s voice that I want to hear at 4 a.m.” Underneath is another note saying, “I want to hear it alone.”

Later, PD Lee finds her asleep on her desk beside the finished script. He waits until she wakes, then teases her that the script must be amazing since she slept for three hours. She goes to wash up and he checks the script, his face falling when he sees her note for Su-ho.

Half an hour before the show, Su-ho still hasn’t shown up and he’s not answering Geu-rim’s calls. PD Lee uses Geu-rim’s phone to leave him a message: “Su-ho-sshi, I know how you felt when you agreed to do the show. I also know the responsibility you felt. I’ll be waiting.”

The team get ready for the show, still trying to reach Su-ho with no luck. He walks in with only a few minutes to spare and doesn’t say a word to anyone, just sits and starts the show. At the first music break, he finally glances at Geu-rim, and she says that she knew he would come.

After the show, PD Lee chides Su-ho for his late entrance, and Geu-rim promises to give him a wake-up call from now on. Su-ho leads Geu-rim out to his car, and when she asks what they should do, he says they’ll talk while they drive.

But before she gets in, PD Lee steps in and shuts the car door. He turns to Geu-rim, looking as if he has something to say.

 
COMMENTS

Okay, I like PD Lee (now that he keeps his hands to himself), and I think that his feelings for Geu-rim are genuine. But it’s way too late in the game for him to be doing this, if he’s about to do what I think he’s about to do. He promised Su-ho that he would back off if Geu-rim ever said she likes Su-ho back, and she said exactly those words to him in this episode. Sir, that’s your cue to accept that you missed your chance, and let the lady make her own choice.

We got a bit more information about Su-ho’s past in this episode, which managed to fill in some blank spots. I guessed right, that Ji-woo had a crush on Geu-rim at the same time as Su-ho, but I never imagined that Su-ho wasn’t giving Geu-rim the letters from Ji-woo. Obviously she got at least one, but Su-ho seems to have kept most of them. I’m not surprised to learn that he tried to commit suicide, and I’m assuming that it’s because he felt that he betrayed his best friend while his only other friend, Joon-woo, let him flounder alone. I’m still unsure whether Ji-woo was in the hospital for something else and his accident happened later, or if he was there because of his accident and died of complications. I suspect the former, but regardless, it’s clear that Su-ho met Geu-rim while visiting Ji-woo and also developed feelings for her, to the point that he interfered with Ji-woo’s courting of her from afar.

I thought it was good that Su-ho backed off of Geu-rim a bit in this episode, even if it was because he was upset with her. It gave her a chance to come to him, which I think he needed as reassurance that she’s with him because she cares about him, and not because he’s concocting ridiculous contracts and setting up bogus situations in order to see her. I don’t think that Su-ho means to be overbearing and controlling, but it’s all he knows about relationships. Not that it makes his constant calls and orders okay, but it does explain that this isn’t the way Su-ho would be if he knew better. Geu-rim is giving him the opportunity to learn and do better.

I’m glad that when Su-ho avoided her, Geu-rim was able to show Su-ho that he can relax and trust her, because she’s not going anywhere. I do think that Su-ho’s behavior has been problematic in the past, and that if he weren’t making an effort to change, Geu-rim would be justified in running for the hills. But she understands him, and she knows that his behavior isn’t acceptable, and I love that she hasn’t made a big deal out of it or started fights over the way he’s treated her. She’s just avoiding his bad behavior and rewarding his acceptable behavior, and it’s working.

What makes Su-ho more than just a grouchy, arrogant ass is the fact that he does, eventually, give in and change. He may not like it, and he may go kicking and screaming, but when he’s wrong, he caves every single time. He’ll even confess the truth to Geu-rim later, like that he only wrote that contract because he wanted to be near her but he couldn’t admit it. That shows me that he knows that he’s behaving badly, and that he’s fully aware of the real reasons for his tantrums. That awareness is what makes him redeemable, and more than just a controlling stuck-up star. The trick is getting him to the part where he gives in, and luckily Geu-rim has enough patience and understanding to wait until he gets there.

I do have a tendency to talk about Su-ho much more than Geu-rim, except in terms of how she affects him. I’ve been wondering why, and I think it’s because Geu-rim came into the story, and Su-ho’s life, already a grounded, rational, emotionally healthy person. She doesn’t need to change or grow much, because she’s naturally centered in a way that’s rare to see in drama characters. I like her character a lot, and I think that Kim So-hyun plays her so that she doesn’t come across as boring or naïve. I particularly liked her appeal to Su-ho late in the episode, when instead of cajoling him into doing the 4 a.m. show, she took him out to show him how many people are still up and living their lives at that time of the night. Then she told him that the radio show has become about more than just being a main writer for her, but now it’s about doing it with him. She was letting him know in a roundabout way that his presence has become necessary to her feeling fulfilled in her career, because she can no longer imagine doing it without him. I hope Su-ho understands that she was giving him a huge gift in that moment — the knowledge that he’s become an integral part of her dream.

I’m incredibly impressed with all of the actors’ performances, and the way that the actors manage to convey their struggles and inner conflicts without having to make it obvious. I love that moment when a character who previously seemed cold, unfeeling, and antisocial shows just a simple flicker of the eyes or slump of the shoulders and you realize that whoa, you’ve been all wrong about them and they’re really lashing out because they’re wounded. That moment of insight is such a satisfying feeling as an audience member, and brings you that much closer to the characters because you feel like you personally figured out what make them tick. Su-ho is the most obvious example of this, but I’ve felt that instant of understanding for other characters, most notably PD Lee and Joon-woo. Even Jason is not what he seems on the surface, though in a very different way from the others. I really commend the actors for the subtlety they give their characters, and the writer and director for drawing out something special from each of them.

 
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If you’d told me 12 episodes ago that they couldn’t build an entire show around the exciting plot point of whether SuHo would or would not be doing a radio show in any given episode... I would have agreed with you and probably watched something else.

I love the actors, I love the performances but is this really the whole show?

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Hahahaha I think Su Ho's growth - represented by his struggle to continue with the radio show, i.e. stick to his choice - is the most interesting plot point happening! And I don't mean that the romance or other plot points are boring, I just mean that this is the most interesting.

Admittedly, I'm watching the show via recaps. I read the recap and watch the scenes that interest me. Thanks to db I've discovered this in-between way of watching Shows that I would have otherwise dropped. *is aware of the contradiction between paras 1 & 2 of this comment*

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his choice = something of his own choosing and not decided for him for him by his 'mom'

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LOL.

But honestly if I want to watch a show about a traumatised man-child learning how to human then I can watch every other kdrama ever written.

It had some really interesting points to make earlier on about facades and the radio being a symbol for seeing through those facades. Now it’s just ‘I want to do radio/you can’t do radio/Pd Lee and SuHo measure each other’s penises/man-pain eyes/Jason being vaguely crazy/somebody has poignant scene with SuHo’s mother’ end of episode.

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😂😂 I really tried my best in the first 3-4 episodes to look at all the positive sides of this drama and anticipating all the potential of what depth of seeing vs. hearing can bring, then I tried really hard to just enjoy the petty jealousy trying to keep my brained turned off, then I did the best I could trying not to feel annoyed thinking about all that petty jealousy starting to feel more like a pissing contest, then I realized watching dramas really shouldn't be such hard work. Sigh....

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hmm.. i really don't care whats happening.. plot is paper thin as well.. KSH is alright..

but him and his puppy eyes :)

this is the first time when eye candy doesn't let the drama become a bore ..

(not that cast ain't good.. even supporting character actors are good.. but plot is zilch)

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KSH is not just alright she's amazing. The drama is warm & likeable in my opinion.

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sure.. your opinion

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i think deep inside, Su Ho is "loved" by CEO Nam and viceversa. The sad thing is that we're in episode 12 and it's still very deep inside. What are they waiting for? The last 2 episodes?

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i agree... njh is also a victim.. he does things without asking question because he realizes what his father and his existence puts NJH through..

NJH while started off with hating.. but he has become the reason she lives for.. and his quiet support to her .. at some level has made his way into her heart.. but she is too proud to accept it.. and too insecured to let him get away..

one of the most b'ful moments.. when she waited at his home sleeping on the sofa.. and he called her ommoni.. and then ofcourse this episode when she slapped daddy for slapping So hoo

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My favorite scenes are the ones with Suho's family, even though they're painful. The whole "I hate you/I love you" dynamics are interesting.

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The first ten mins are so well done... (I am yet to watch much of the rest.) Poor Su ho flailing, and then eventually giving up to take Geu Rim home after being ****blocked by the world and their cousin is hilarious; writer Ra and Seung-soo are 'dumb and dumber' in that scene, almost adorable; the intensity of Tae-Ri's desperation and Joon-Woo's end of patience; and, the steady anchor that is Geu-Rim.

I prioritize Waikiki over Radio Romance these days because I need those easy laughs... but still very invested in this show. Here's hoping for many happy endings!

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I love Waikiki but I can only do small doses. The secondhand embarrassment is strong with that one.

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True that! But, they leave me wanting more :) I have found the episodes to be such stress-busters. (There's also the relief that it's not me and my friends ;) )

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I second that Geu Rim came already a grounded, relatively down-to-earth character. I notice how different GR is written given her mother's situation compared to, say, the gal with the deaf father in Jugglers or the gal in Because This is Our First Life. Here it's much more like - ok, mom's blind and we're doing the best we can. Not rich but we're getting by and moving on with our lives.

On a random note, I've watched so many dramas about writers that I wonder if k-drama writers got together and are venting over their lot in life. BTIOFL, Temperature of Love, this one and I feel I've seen another as well. So I loved the scene where PD wants all the inside scoop on JH from his friends...I'd love to be a part of that group chat.

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Wow, Show you went there. You made Su-Ho behave like a guy in a hotel room alone with the girl he likes would. . And let's be honest, for like 5 episodes it's been written all over his face whenever he shoots those bedroom eyes at her. I was surprised, but it was actually kind of a refreshing take. Most rom-coms make sex between the characters either nonexistent or filmed through a pastel colored dreamy lens. Here, it's two people dealing with the awkwardness of moving into a new territory in their relationship.

I have to say, Geu-rim dealt with it in a nice way. She likes Su-ho, but she's not ready to take the next step with him yet. So even as she tried to find a way out of it, she tried to do it in a way that didn't hurt him. And for his part, though he did everything he could to take away any excuse she had for leaving, he didn't try wrist grab her to stay either.

I know this development kinda weirds people out because of the actors age gap, but in order for me to watch this drama I really have to 'just watch' this drama for the characters, and not so much the actors. If that makes sense.

As for the rest of the episode, there is so much happening outside of the OTP story line. With only four episodes left, will they be able to resolve them all? There's still PD Lee, Jason, CEO Mom, Su-Ho's dad, and the impeding truth about the truck of doom.

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IKR! I could not believe the show actually dared to go that route but I am impressed and liked that they did it! I was actually the majority who thought that he did not allude to sex but more like he only wanted to spend time with her (as what countless other Kdramas have taught me). But the way it was filmed, when Geurim opened the bathroom door and Suho was standing there with the double bed in the background, there was no mistaking what his real intention was.

And I do agree, once I let go of the age difference (and it was easily done because KSH makes Geurim so believable), it was just watching the progression of two characters in a show.

I did not realize it was a 16 episode show though (hey, they stretched Black Knight for 20 episodes!) and hence did not see the urgency of resolving the plot points. In fact, I was thinking I could watch a few more episodes of them just being.

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You know KSH has actually done a similar scene before in Suspicious Housekeeper. Her BF in that drama was SKJ who wanted to have sex with her. It was actually said in so many words in fact it was KSH who said it. So I'm not surprised she had a scene like this again. I love this girl because she actually becomes her character in every drama which is why I wasn't wierded out then nor this time.

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It's refreshing to see that the show actually went there. I guess for older couple (in which case I believe they are closer to 30), relationship progression is at high speed. Most of them are very sure what they want. Typically the man would ask to visit the partner's parents with the intention to introduce himself. Along the way, there would be a few days of vacation (like Suho asking her to stay the night, not necessary for sex but companionship) & marriage comes even as fast as 6 months or so. Am speaking from experience from friends and myself, yes we were not young when we got married. There weren't things like couple rings, 100 days celeb, push pull stuff, etc, just straight to the point... So I can relate what Suho is doing. Won't be surprised if Suho is going to propose before the show ends. ☺

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That press conference where nobody showed up.... I've seen it before at least once in other kdramas, but does that ever actually happen? Normally I wouldn't believe it, but there have been other hard-to-accept drama themes that turn out to have a basis in fact.

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And why do I suspect what they are showing is how they date and how DJing in radio is perceived.

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I just wish some of the female characters were not quite so hateful/stereotypical drama villainesses. Jin Tae Ri, Nam Joo Ha and Ra Ra Hee, I'd like to sit them down for some counselling and say please try and be just a bit nicer to our leads.

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This show SUCKS big time. What made the production think that this is an acceptable way to tell a story? Is this all they could come up with? Edit, re-edit, re-shoot, rewrite. Story might have some potential. Execution, waste of investment.

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I hope we will get to see Su-ho's reaction to the post-it message Geu-rim left on the most recent script. I imagine it as turning his brain to goo.

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This episode wasn't as warm and fuzzy and goofy as the previous one but still, I liked it a lot.
Geu-rim is old enough to be my granddaughter, but watching her confront So Hoo and tell him what she felt made me think when I grow up I want to be as self-possessed, centered and positive as she is. I love how they are writing her character as a strong woman right out of the box.
So Hoo is amazing with how he conveys his feelings with his eyes only. He is a great actor, and kudos to the directing to get such depth of character out of all the cast.
Thanks for the fast recap Lollypip!

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The acting to a great extent compliments the soft and subtle writing in this drama. A lot of people seem to focused on some grand, over the top plot that has big reveals or something. They are really missing out on the little little details in this drama about just being a better person. If we see SH in the first episode and we see him now its been a big growth for his character. Its not that he's done 180 and stopped being his previous self entirely but he has improved. If character development isn't plot development the I don't know what is.

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I like your comments, LollyPip. I focus on Su Ho a lot (and not just because it’s Doojoon lol). His character is the one going through major changes & obstacles. Geu Rim is a good, steady character. I like that she remains mature in her ways. Like how she responded back to Tae Ri and didn’t resort to mean remarks or physical violence. She was clever when she showed Su Ho a peek into the 4 AM life when they were on the bus too. She wasn’t too pushy and overbearing.

It looked so painful when Su Ho got slapped by his father. My heart broke for him during that awful scene. It was intriguing seeing his mother lose her temper and retaliate on his behalf. She uses Su Ho for business, but she may actually care for him. It’s not that apparent since she keeps a rigid mask on most of the time. His father’s side/thoughts are barely shown. Does his father love him at all or feel any remorse?

Eeek… I didn’t think Su Ho had actually blocked his friend’s attempts of affection to Geu Rim. I’m curious why he isn’t feeling guilty towards dating her now. Hmm… their past is still a little jumbled up. I’m not sure if Geu Rim knew Woo Ji Woo that well. She received at least one or a few letters from him. She doesn’t know that Su Ho and WJW are two separate guys.

Didn’t like the cliffhanger. I only like PD Lee as a sunbae and friend to Geu Rim. Feels like there are a lot of plot points that needs to be tackled and resolved.

I really want to see their show become a bit hit and brighten people’s mornings! More radio show please and less politics.

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man this drama is soooo draggy... the storytelling of this episode can be summarized in a few minutes.... but when I have a slight thought of turning my computer off, YDJ shows up with his cutest face & I stay bcoz of him (and KSH)... hahaha.... PD Lee and Jason are also very cute. This drama is full of visuals but no plot... lol...

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Its not draggy at all. Its slow because its based on character revelations not plot revelations. Don't focus only on cute look at the message this drama is trying to send. The romance is only a small part of the entire drama.

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I already know the message, it is not too complicated to guess. All k-dramas are the same. If I don't focus on the cute, I would have stopped watching a few episodes back....

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@lollypip recaps and comments are so spot on...I'm convinced that other than SGR, she fully understands JSH... I am really enjoying this drama...the way its written...the way actors played their roles...I am a huge KSH fan and have discovered YDJ through this drama...this drama isn't perfect but it certainly is comforting and something I would rewatch all over again just like Go back couple and Fight for my way...I particularly find it odd that some who have not found this drama interesting still waste their time to comment...✌✌✌

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I was one of the people who hated this drama at the start and loathed YDJ and his strawberry red hair. But over time, I just grew to love this show and its characters so much (KSH is just sooo good here) and I have totally warmed to YDJ, something which I thought was impossible, after trying and failing to warm up to KRW in Black Knight.

And you are right, I watched the repeats of the show and it still feels watchable and comforting.

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Yea I was going to say, rather than finding this drama boring, i want to applaud the writer for making it simple and comforting. No unnecessary and over-the-top plots to distract us from the romance, just 2 person who like each other and are being v firm about it.

I was wondering how did i come so far into this show with so little and yet not think that its insufficient. I find myself rooting for every battle our characters are fighting for and being invested in what they do. What i appreciate, is probably its simplicity.

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Yes! The romance is sooo good in this drama that it makes me stay episode after episode. I like the main characters a lot so all the unnecessary stuff is just blocked out of vision.

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Look, PD Lee is getting on my nerves right now, unless he knows about SooHo being in the hospital and has any sorts of grudge towards him over Ji-Woo, and like wants to tell SGR and what no, he has no business going after her LIKE AT ALL, he trashed her a lot in the past, never made a move and NOW NOW is that he wants to go after her? f- off. I need closure on the whole Ji Woo-Jason, and Mom like, give me resolution so I can enjoy the romance.

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If I watched kdramas for a sensible plot, I would have stopped watching them years ago. That being said, I am watching this one for the very human story of growth & healing and finding those relationships in life that make us better humans. I appreciate how each actor makes each character relatable even if I don't agree with their actions. The casting was well done.
One of my favorite things things episode was how PD Lee did "crazy" things to try to keep his team together. It makes me wonder about his past "crazy" antics if they weren't to protect something he cared about too. His character finally intrigues me which is good timing as I suspect what's coming next.

@lollypip Thanks for a fantastic recap and analysis! Spot on!

My only wish for the drama is too include more scenes with Su-ho and Geu-rim's mom. Those two together make me happy.

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Yeah, but his behaviour makes no sense. Like in this episode: it's not as though he went in there and said "we'll even do 4am, please reinstate us". They'd already caved and reinstated them. There was no reason they wouldn't cave on 6pm as well. But he suggested 4am? Why?

It's like he deliberately did it just to upset Su Ho. And it's a bad career move. Their show is about telling real people's stories on radio, getting "behind the facade". But he's going to be doing it at a time when almost nobody is going to be able to be a guest? His logic is... not human people logic.

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His logic never is...haha....even when we know he is trying to protect his team, he goes about it in a "crazy" way. I definitely see how it can be annoying and frustrating for viewers. I can get past it and enjoy what the character is suppose to represent because I choose to ignore the somewhat glaring mistakes. :-)

I think PD Lee's character is a mashup of second lead, Puck, older brother thrown together with a healthy dose of irrational eccentricities. I think the actor is doing a pretty good job making the character relatable with what he has been given.

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I don’t know why he picked 4 a.m. but I wonder if (or maybe hope that) there is something more to PD Lee and what he is doing. I mean, I can kind of see him forcing Su Ho to do the new show at a time when Su Ho can:

1. Explore his role and discover his radio personality during a time when the audience is smaller and he has less worry about upsetting his larger fan base if he makes a mistake and
2. Lose some of his “because I am Su Ho” pride/attitude/facade. Su Ho has had to be famous, fake-smile, never make a mistake that would hurt Mommy Dearest, Su Ho most of his life. But now, with the help of SGR, PD Lee, and the radio program, he is breaking through that facade. It seems like it would be safer (and humbling) to do so during off hours than during prime time.

Just my thought.

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I like it! I hope you are right.

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I think you're right on both counts.

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Thank you for the recap @lollypip!!! I swear, you have a way analyzing and interpreting things I just never realized. Love your comments in the end (are you a writer in real life?) Tbh, I would've dropped the show a long time ago, but something about these characters make me continue watching it or it's just guilt that I'm not finishing something I've started.

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Dude, no wonder Su-ho feels guilty! He never gave Geu-rim the letters that were meant for her!! and we know right now that Geu-rim thinks it was him who had written her the letter she got, not the actual Ji-woo. When is this backstory gonna come to light??

Tae-rim is a bitch. A massive one. I don't understand her deal, or is it as simple as using people who she has connections to for her own fame? But when she slapped Geu-rim I was pissed.

Su-ho's mom took a really interesting turn in this episode and it was captivating to watch her. To me, it seems like she genuinely does care for Su-ho at moments, but because she's so stuck in her obsessive controlling behavior, it comes off differently most of the time. But I do sympathize with the positions she's in. And I cheered for her waay to loudly when she slapped Su-ho's dad after he slapped Su-ho. It was awesome.

P.S. Manager hyung is really handsome.

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Yes, the plot is dragging a bit but I do enjoy it. It's cute. GR reminds me a bit of Jo Ji a in I'm not a robot who 'heals people'. She is gentle and effective. SH needs a hug so she hugs him. I'm not sure that the plot does centre around the radio show is on/off, but rather that we are following SH's story. And is 4am a problem for an insomniac?

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Ha, that's what I said. You're up anyway, might as well do a radio show.

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Actually its his ego which is the problem. Top Star Ji Su Ho doing a radio show no one will listen to. I think the's what his major issue with time slot was.

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On a complete side note, I am loving the music in the show.

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I love this show, or more specifically, these characters (and the actors bringing them to life).

I wish we could see more of SGR’s mom. I love her outlook, grace, and wisdom. But is anyone else besides me worried about Mom living in a place with that outdoor, narrow, winding staircase? Or does she live downstairs and only SGR’s room is upstairs? I have fretted about this the entire show! 😂😂

I wonder if we are going to learn that PD Lee is somehow related (or at least knowledgeable) about the whole accident 12 years earlier. Maybe not, but some of his reactions and comments have been cryptic in a way that has made me wonder. On a side note, I really love how Yoon Park is playing PD Lee. The way he carries himself as this character is so animated and funny. When he gets that little head-bob/wiggle going with his goofy grin, it just cracks me up. I’ve seen him in a couple other shows but this character is so different and I enjoy his performance very much.

Finally, I still cannot figure out how I feel about Jason and what his role really in all of this really is. And what is Joon Woo’s relationship to Su Ho’s mom? Why was he reporting to her 12 years ago and not taking Su Ho’s phone calls that day?

I really hope we are going to get answers. (After Hwayugi, you will have to forgive me for being anxious about getting a clean and complete tying-up of loose ends...)

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Just a theory that pop in my head since I am very curious of Jason. Is there possibility that Jason could be the living Ji-woo. I mean given how Su-ho character from beginning, it is nearly impossible for anyone to get close to him yet there is Jason who is friend with him. How?

And then there is the fact that Jason education is care for by Su-ho mother. Given how his mother is, who does thing for a benefit. How did she know Jason and why did she paid for her education?

I mean we do have scene that show that Ji-woo was killed but it could be a possibility that his death was made as a cover up given how powerful Su-ho mother is. That Ji-woo may have been hit and was seriously injured. Su-ho had panicked and thought the worse that Ji-woo had died but maybe he was just severe injured.

And with Su-ho mother covering it up, maybe Ji-woo took on a different identity which could explain why she funded his education, explain his connection to Su-ho and family. Like Jason has this care for Su-ho but at the same time, there is a mystery to him (I still feel that he is the writer of the postcard). Maybe there is a love-hate between Jason and Su-ho (if Jason is truly Ji-woo, discovering that Su-ho had hidden his letter to Geurim and never gave it to her).

Just crazy theory. Too much makjang drama in my life that this theory pop up in my head. HAHA!

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That's an interesting idea about Jason.

I've actually been thinking that the person known as Su-ho might actually be Ji-woo, who had a nasty head injury in the accident. That might account for Su-ho's right temple hurting him at times.

Or maybe Ji-woo survived, and grew up to become PD Lee (although I thought he's supposed to be older than Su-ho).

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In the hands of another cast, this drama certainly would have been a bore. There isn't much going on in the plot right now in the traditional sense of "plots", but I find myself following the characters really closely. I love how most of the characters are doing more than just saying their lines. JSH, SGR and the mother in particular have managed to create a certain depth in their characters that has kept me interested thus far.

That being said, I don't know how much longer the drama can rely solely on the actor's skills to keep viewers interested. Let's get the storyline moving, please!

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Whoa LollyPip thats some well-thought out beautifully articulated analyses right there. Thanks for that really enjoyed reading. Provided some perspective for someone watching the show kinda skimming around appreciating the romance and cute but getting irritated with Soo-ho’s bitchyness.

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Thanks for your recap, LollyPip! I've been waiting for Su-ho to wake up, smell the coffee, and leave JH Entertainment. I loved the look on Ms. Nam's face when it finally registered that he'd fired her – and why. Even if she has some sort of deeply-buried love for him, in my book, it's too little, too late. I just hope that Geu-rim doesn't try to pull some kind of goody-two-shoes reconciliation number on Su-ho. Her Mom is a wonderful human being. His family is toxic, and like Chef Jung-sun in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE, he needs to remove himself from their presence. They've abused him his whole life.

I agree with you about the drama's focus on Su-ho's character development. He's been making huge strides forward from his arrested adolescence. (In contrast, Geu-rim had her biggest growing pains when her father died and Mom lost her eyesight. Not that life is a bed of roses now, but she's already grown into a down-to-earth, decent human being.) The latest wrinkles -- that Su-ho deliberately withheld his friend's letters to Geu-rim, and that he attempted to commit suicide -- have got my sixth sense tingling again. Did he try to kill himself after Ji-woo's fatal accident, or was that the reason for his hospitalization in the first place? Does the suicide attempt have something to do with his painful right temple?

Regarding Ji-woo's winning the last round of something, I couldn't help but think it might actually have to do with getting through the last round of chemotherapy. On the other hand, I'm having flashbacks to SHUT UP FLOWER BOY BAND with Ji-woo's addressing his notes to “my Muse,” so it really could refer to a songwriting contest.

All along, I've suspected that there's a hidden identity or two lurking in the background. Is PD Lee actually Ji-woo's hyung who was aware of his sibling's crush, learned of his friend's duplicity, and is out for revenge?

It sounded from General Manager Kang's conversation with PD Lee that he himself had been a DJ who lost his show and has been stuck in management ever since. Speaking of announcers, whatever happened to DJ Moon? He's been conspicuous by his absence.

PD Lee seems to be messing with Su-ho by accepting the 4-6AM slot. On the other hand, it also struck me as realistic. I've been in that position myself. The only way to get on the air was to do 3-6AM, but once my foot was in the door, I had a better shot at a more convenient time later. It wouldn't surprise me if PD Lee is banking on Su-ho's existing fans to complain about his being banished to an ungodly hour. He may also be waiting to see the listenership figures for the next ratings sweep. Maybe the new guy in Su-ho's old time slot will bomb out. Considering the team behind him, that's a distinct possibility.

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I liked how Geu-rim demonstrated to Su-ho just how big a potential audience he'd have at that hour. Depending on the length of one's commute, 4-6AM could easily be drive time for a lot of folks. I also liked how PD Lee programmed hip hop to help the early birds wake up. And I suspect that he was thinking of his deal with Geu-rim to do a show with listeners rather than celebrity guests.

In the wee hours, there's more opportunity to experiment, too. One of America's most celebrated disc jockeys, Allison Steele, The Nightbird, made her name on the graveyard shift at WNEW-FM in New York.

“I thought there must be a lot of people ... that need something to relate to in the middle of the night, and if I could create some kind of camaraderie, a relationship between myself and the rest of the night people, then it would be more than just music.”[2]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alison_Steele#cite_note-FOOTNOTESterling2005363-2

Allison Steele, WNEW-FM, New York
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocvrdHhhNLE

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hrrrr.... the devil Jason ah??? That curiosity he has about those letters and he is more curious to know the reaction of Soo ho.. Is mom really a devil what he his father saying and whats that his wife stops him from??

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PD Lee getting petty and jealous now is just waaaaaaaaaayyyy too late in the game. Okay, so we suspect that he likes Geurim but for 11 episodes it was shown as in a oppa-dongsaeng kind of love..? Sooho clearly says he likes Geurim multiple times to him and all this time he was just like "meh", never really doing any actions to explicitly woo her. But then Geurim says she likes Sooho back, and suddenly PD Lee doesn't accept this..? Come on. She already made up her mind, dude.

Also, Jason. I need to know what is the deal with him. Urgh.. can't wait til next week!

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You know, I don’t think PD Lee is going to confess to Geu Rim at the start of the next episode. Instead, what I suspect he’ll do is (ab)use his position as their superior to tell them they can’t date while they work together, giving them some BS excuse about it compromising the integrity of the radio show, blah, blah, blah.

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So happy that we're finally seeing Geu Rim's spunk shine through full-force; now if only the boys would stop excluding her from conversations that directly involve her personal/professional lives... Baby steps.

And I cheered when Joon Woo cut ties with Tae Ri. Proud of oppa~

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Late to this recap, but catching up in real life beans falling behind in k-drama life. I can totally relate to the urgency of getting a relationship off the ground as Su-Ho is desperately trying to do. This is someone who has liked the same girl for almost 15 years, and started liking her when he was a hormonal teenager. Of course he’s thought about sex, probably hundreds of times with said girl. However, the girl has only started to maybe like you. How do you bridge that chasm in one night? Like the majority of males, you ask for sex, or at least something close to it. Whether or not they have actual intercourse is less important than having a connection physically which is the fastest way to get a relationship sailing. At this point they’ve barely even kissed or “made out” and she doesn’t even answer his calls. This is a sticking point with me. People are talking about him being possessive and maybe he is a little, but it’s just plain rude to not answer when you can or call people back when you can’t, or text them that you’re busy.

Su-Ho is emotionally very fragile. He has had no healthy, genuine relationships his his entire life. He needs constant reinforcement that his relationship with Geu-Rim is real. He NEEDS to see her and hear her voice. It’s the only calming presence in his messed up, dysfunctional life. She’s the ONLY one he can talk to and be honest with. I can totally see how betrayed he felt when no one told him the reason that the show was cancelled. No one has ever been honest with him. His supposed friends are lackeys for his mother and for the organization. His parents care less about him than their own image and selfish desires.

Is he high maintenance? Absolutely! But he is amazingly thoughtful and considerate as well. Those note-filled gifts were adorable. He just needs some gentle training and a better psychiatrist than what Jason is amounting up to. There’s a whole paragraph I can write about how disappointed I am in this character right now! How can a physician who took the Hippocratic oath be so shady and just a non-influencer in his patient’s illness? But life calls, I’ll see you in the next recap!

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i started this kdrama when it started and i was waiting every week for new episodes but after ep 11 i seriously dropped it,, it became so slow and boring sO IM JUST HERE READING THE RECAPS

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