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Radio Romance: Episode 13

It’s an awful rule of life that often, just as things seem like they’re working out, something will happen to bring it all crashing down. Su-ho and Geu-rim have fought hard to get where they are, both personally and professionally, but those who are working against them aren’t ready to give up yet.

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

PD Lee stops Geu-rim from getting into Su-ho’s car, and when Su-ho objects, PD Lee claims it’s about work. Su-ho looks ready to argue, but Geu-rim asks him to wait for her in the car.

In the stairwell, PD Lee gives Geu-rim the saddest look. He remembers sitting here with her years ago while she sobbed, upset that she was scolded for being a bad writer. She’d yelled at him for always following her around and teasing her, and he’d giggled that he just thinks she’s cute.

After he’d gotten in trouble, they’d also talked together here. Geu-rim asked why he hit that DJ, and PD Lee said that he was tired of watching the DJ acting offensively towards her. He’d told her to just work on her writing while he was gone, promising to make her the main writer on his new show when he returned.

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Am I too late?

 

In the present, he says that he was going to wait until she became a writer, but that it’s not easy. Geu-rim asks what he means, and he says, “I wanted you to notice me. I was standing by to look mature, but it was a bad decision.”

She’s still confused, and he huffs that he can’t believe he likes someone so clueless, and asks if it’s too late. He looks so vulnerable as he admits that this will probably make things harder on her, “But it’s not easy for me to see you walk away holding someone else’s hand.”

He says he didn’t want to pressure her, but that while he was waiting for her to see him, Su-ho happened. Geu-rim goes back to Su-ho and says that she has something she needs to do, and that she’ll tell him about it later.

Up in the studio, PD Lee sits nervously. The door opens, but it’s Su-ho who comes in, glaring accusingly. He asks if PD Lee confessed to Geu-rim, and PD Lee admits it.

Geu-rim walks until morning, thinking about all the things PD Lee has said and done over the years, seeing them in a different light. What looked like mentorship and friendliness now takes on an entirely new meaning.

Su-ho arrives home to find Jason and Joon-woo waiting for him, and Jason asks if he saw the postcard on his desk. He asks why the card calls him a murderer, but Su-ho just says they can talk later, and goes to his room.

Alarmed by the postcard, Joon-woo demands an explanation. Jason tells him how they started coming to the radio station, but now they’re being delivered to the house. He asks Joon-woo what happened twelve years ago, but Joon-woo is rightfully mistrustful.

Seung-soo and Writer Ra complain that they’re still getting worse ratings than PD Lee’s 4 a.m. show, loudly blaming each other for their failure. PD Lee overhears them talking about Geu-rim being at the hotel with Su-ho, and he warns them never to mention it out loud again.

Su-ho isn’t the slightest bit surprised that Tae-ri landed the lead female role in his drama after all. Mom says she had to do it after hearing the recording of Su-ho saying she’s not his real mother.

She adds that she wants him to sign a contract with her. Su-ho refuses, saying there’s no need since he’s getting what he wants (the radio show) in return for doing the drama.

PD Lee bursts into the office to ask Geu-rim angrily about the rumor that she went to a hotel with Su-ho. He says that the hotel isn’t the problem, since they’re adults, but he’s upset that she was careless enough to be seen. Geu-rim argues that she also went to a hotel to fetch the idol, Mi-nu, but PD Lee snaps that it’s not remotely the same thing.

Tae-ri is excited to be starring in a passionate romance with Su-ho, since he’ll have to be in love with her. He says blandly that he can do it, since he was even able to act in love with his own father’s mistress. HA, burn.

That evening, Su-ho’s father comes home with expensive gifts for his wife, but she sneers that he should give them to Da-seul. He tells her they broke up, but she says that reporters keep calling about rumors that Ji Su-ho’s family is having problems.

Mom yells that Tae-ri is blackmailing them, so they can’t just do their usual media management. Dad promises to bring Su-ho home.

Su-ho dreams about Ji-woo and Geu-rim that night, and the dream turns into a nightmare where he witnesses Ji-woo’s death again. Joon-woo wakes him, and Su-ho tells him that now that he’s happy with Geu-rim, he keeps dreaming about Ji-woo. He asks, “Why did this happen?” but Joon-woo doesn’t have an answer.

On the drama set, Tae-ri saunters over to Joon-woo during a break to ask if he likes being able to see her every day. Joon-woo just taps on his phone, then walks away as if she’s not there.

Geu-rim calls her mom to check in, and Mom asks cheekily who she likes better, Mom or Su-ho. She calls Geu-rim a liar when she says it’s Mom, so Geu-rim admits the truth. She says that PD Lee teaches her and takes care of her, asking, “So why do I like Su-ho more?”

PD Lee picks up Su-ho for their show tonight, and on the way he apologizes to Su-ho for last night. He admits that he was very thankful when Su-ho said he’d keep doing the radio show. Su-ho asks if that’s why PD Lee picked the 4 a.m time slot.

PD Lee says that he thought that was the only time Su-ho wouldn’t have to constantly check his schedules and feel bad if they overlapped. He says he knows they’ll be tired, but that they also won’t have to worry about ratings.

Su-ho points out that PD Lee always skips the things that should be said, and talks about things he shouldn’t, asking how he thinks Geu-rim is feeling. Su-ho says that she likes and trusts PD Lee, and that PD Lee was selfish because after his confession, she’ll feel uncomfortable in the booth.

PD Lee looks guilty, but he fires back at Su-ho, asking why he’s dating Geu-rim and taking her to hotels. He asks how Su-ho thinks the rumors will affect her, and in the booth that night, Su-ho is quiet and subdued around Geu-rim.

When he reads her script, it’s all about not wanting to lose someone who’s precious to you. Su-ho and PD Lee both understand who she was writing about.

After the show, PD Lee holds Geu-rim back again to discuss her script. He criticizes it, but she just asks if he can make some time to listen to her. They go to his favorite cozy bar, where he asks if she’s going to reject someone as awesome as he is.

She tells him that he’s been there during all of her important professional moments, and was even the first person to call her a writer. He made her a main writer after she was fired, and let her write real scripts.

She says that she doesn’t want to say she’s sorry, and that it’s difficult and painful to reject his feelings. Instead she thanks him, and she starts to say she likes someone else. But PD Lee interrupts her and says he already knows, and that he also knew he’d be rejected.

Tae-ri waits for Joon-woo to come home, and she stands directly in his path. She holds out some money and says she wants to hire him as her manager. Joon-woo remembers her doing this once before, and she’d had him drive her to have coffee with her mother and her new fiance.

Joon-woo had watched from outside as Tae-ri told her mother to get married and not to worry about her, pointing out her fancy van and handsome manager as proof that she’d be okay. But after, she’d cried her heart out with only Joon-woo there to see.

She tries the same trick now, hoping to hire Joon-woo as her manager for real this time. He just walks around her and goes inside, leaving her screaming outside.

Su-ho calls Geu-rim to his house to say that he knows PD Lee confessed to her, too antsy to wait to find out what she said in response. She tells him that she thanked PD Lee for liking her, but that she couldn’t like him back because she likes Su-ho.

He relaxes, though he says that he wishes she wouldn’t see PD Lee anymore. But he adds that he knows he can’t ask that of her since PD Lee means a lot to her. He even admits that he wants to like PD Lee, but he can’t, and he asks for Geu-rim’s understanding.

She smiles and notes that he’s matured a lot lately. Su-ho grumps that he’s only honest about his feelings around her, because he doesn’t need to pretend to be nice with her. Then he whines loudly, “I’m jealous because he confessed to you!” LOL.

Over coffee with Su-ho’s mother, PD Lee backhandedly thanks her for their show doing well, since she “let them” take a break from their first show. In a harder tone, he says that they don’t need her so-called help anymore.

Standing in Su-ho’s bedroom doorway, Geu-rim tells him that he should knock when he enters someone else’s world. He knocks on the wall but replies that he doesn’t want to enter her world. She says they can leave the door open and talk from their individual worlds.

Su-ho reaches out and pulls Geu-rim through the doorway onto his side. Inches apart, he murmurs, “Now what will you do? You came from your world into mine.” They stand that way for a long time, neither moving or speaking.

And then Geu-rim breaks away, shuddering that his drama script is way too cheesy. HAHA, they were practicing lines? Geu-rim complains that he’s probably used to doing things like this with actresses, and filmed tons of kissing scenes.

Su-ho grins down at her, enjoying her show of jealousy. Geu-rim protests that she’s not the slightest bit jealous, she just thinks the drama has too many hugging scenes. Su-ho gives her the most innocent, wide-eyed expression as he agrees with her that actors often end up dating after being in a drama together… I’m dying here.

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Who’s jealous? Me?

 

Geu-rim haughtily informs him that she doesn’t like him very much today, hee. She starts to flounce home, but Su-ho surprise-kisses her on the cheek. He asks if she’s still jealous, trying not to laugh at her too-emphatic denial. He tells her, “Don’t be, because I want to do all sorts of things with you.” RAWR.

Just when it looks like things might heat up, Geu-rim remembers that they have to go to work. Su-ho notes that it’s nice doing the show late at night, because he gets to play with her all night first. Someone’s awfully flirty today.

When they get to the station, PD Lee chastises Su-ho for not greeting him, and Su-ho argues that people will think they’re close. They bicker over whether Su-ho is a big enough star for that attitude, until Geu-rim urges them to get to work.

During the show, a man calls in to talk about how he recently became homeless. He scoffs that Su-ho probably doesn’t know how that feels, and the more Su-ho tries to say that he also has problems, the angrier the caller gets. Finally he hangs up with a slam, and the whole team sit stunned, unsure of what to say.

After the show, PD Lee tells Su-ho that he can’t let callers make him emotional. Su-ho says that it’s not all his fault, accusing PD Lee of not screening callers properly. He adds that he knows these things will happen, but that hearing callers say those things hurts his feelings.

He and Geu-rim watch the sunrise from her hideout upstairs. Geu-rim says that the caller was probably just lonely and crying for help, and she asks Su-ho to be understanding and let it go. He wonders how she’ll comfort him, and she slides her hand into his with a smile.

The next day, Tae-ri brings coffee and treats to Writer Ra and Seung-soo, then announces that she won’t be doing their radio show anymore because of the drama. Writer Ra protests that Su-ho manages it, but Tae-ri just snaps that she’s not Su-ho.

Su-ho gets a visit from his father, who’s never even been to his house before. He says that he’s heard about Su-ho dating the radio show writer, and as the dating expert, he tells Su-ho that there are lots of other women.

Su-ho interrupts to ask if Dad settled things with Da-seul, and when Dad looks guilty, Su-ho asks him to stop. Growing upset, he asks how many “mothers” he’s had, blaming Dad for the way that he and his mom are.

Dad grabs him and roars that he’s the reason he lives as Ji Su-ho, but Su-ho replies, with tears in his eyes, that he doesn’t want to live as Ji Su-ho anymore. He asks if Dad likes living this way, then tells him to leave.

Meanwhile, Su-ho’s mother recieves official notification that Su-ho is terminating his contract with JH Entertainment. She calls him, and when he doesn’t answer, she storms out of the house.

Word starts to get out at the radio station that Geu-rim is dating Su-ho. Writer Ra answers a call from Su-ho’s mother and tells her that Su-ho is dating Geu-rim. She even reveals that she saw them together at a hotel, and Mom, who’s making the call from Su-ho’s bedroom (so creepy), gets an idea.

While she’s there, Jason shows her the postcard accusing Su-ho of murder. He says that Joon-woo doesn’t know much about that day, and Su-ho refuses to talk about it. Jason tells Mom gleefully that back then, both Su-ho and Ji-woo liked the same girl: Geu-rim.

Mom calls Geu-rim, and when they meet up, she offers her a job working for JH Entertainment. Geu-rim is confused at why they would make her such a lucrative offer when she’s still green, and she respectfully declines.

Later, Su-ho texts that he’ll be at her house in thirty minutes for a date. Geu-rim starts to refuse on general don’t-be-so-bossy principle, then she changes her mind and gets dressed up instead. But when she goes downstairs, she finds PD Lee, worried and insisting on talking to her immediately.

He’s hesitant to upset her, but he says he wants her to be prepared, then shows her a scandal article about Su-ho kissing her that night at the school. Her phone starts lighting up with calls from reporters, so she turns it off.

Su-ho is in the car with Joon-woo when he sees the article, and he makes Joon-woo drive him straight to Geu-rim’s home. There’s already a crowd of reporters there, but Joon-woo still has to beg Su-ho not to go, arguing that it will make things worse for Geu-rim.

Su-ho spends the evening lying in bed, sleeplessly flicking his light on and off like he used to do. Geu-rim can’t sleep either, so she calls Su-ho to tell him that they’re going to play a recording tomorrow instead of a live show. Su-ho apologizes profusely for putting her through this, but she says that it’s not his fault.

She sighs that every time they try to go on a date, something happens. Su-ho promises to take care of things, but he doesn’t have a good answer when Geu-rim asks how he’ll manage that. They agree to sleep tonight, and talk tomorrow.

Before they hang up, Geu-rim tells Su-ho about his mother’s job offer today. He starts to apologize again, but she says that it was actually a good thing.

The following day, there’s a crowd of Su-ho’s fans outside the radio station holding signs protesting his and Geu-rim’s relationship. Everyone is talking about them inside, too, and PD Lee blows up when he hears two interns gossiping.

He drives Geu-rim home, where Su-ho is waiting. Geu-rim smiles at him, but he throws her words back at her, asking why she’s smiling when this isn’t funny. Frustrated, he tells her, “Just curse at me, tell me to get lost, or tell me to put everything back. Just get mad at me. Make me apologize.”

But Geu-rim says that she’s okay, and she takes him to PD Lee’s room to eat. PD Lee complains that he got rejected and now has to serve them their last meal together. Su-ho asks what he means by that, so PD Lee asks if their love is so amazing that Su-ho would let Geu-rim be hurt this way.

Once he’s gone, Geu-rim quips that she finally got to see the true worth of a top star. Su-ho promises again to take care of this, and he asks her to trust him and wait even though he knows it’s selfish.

He leaves a while later, but PD Lee is waiting to talk to him. Su-ho says that he’ll be there tomorrow for the radio show, adding that he’s worried for Geu-rim. PD Lee says that if Su-ho truly cares for Geu-rim, then he’ll protect her. But he adds that the most harmful thing to Geu-rim is Su-ho himself, and he says that if Su-ho really wants to protect her, he’ll stay away from her and the radio show for a while.

Early in the morning, PD Lee heads out to work and finds Geu-rim waiting to ride with him. He tells her to stay home and rest, but she argues that she has nothing to hide from and that she wants to work, even if they play a recording.

The protesters are still there when they arrive, and although Geu-rim tries to be brave, she stops before reaching the crowd. But then Su-ho steps up on her other side, with Joon-woo right behind him. YES!

Su-ho tells Geu-rim to lift her head, and he takes her hand in his. He gives her a long look, then leads her towards the crowd, and they fight their way through with Joon-woo’s help.

They don’t even notice that they left PD Lee behind.

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Lift your head and hold my hand

 

COMMENTS

That was so awesome. I thought for sure we were headed into unnecessary forced separation territory, but I should have known that Su-ho wouldn’t hide from a dating scandal, even when everyone else is telling him to back off. There’s no way he’d accept a breakup, not after everything he’s been through to finally be with Geu-rim, and certainly for nothing so trivial (in his mind) as objecting fans. I don’t fully understand why everyone just assumed that Su-ho and Geu-rim would break up, since it’s not like top stars never date or get married, but I did have a few minutes of worry that the show was going to separate our couple just when they’re finally happy together. But Su-ho has had too many years of wearing a mask for the public, so I’m proud of him for deciding to fight for what he wants, no matter what anyone thinks.

But it was so sad to see PD Lee left behind like that, even if it was mostly of his own doing. I wish we’d known, like, six episodes ago, that the whole reason for PD Lee’s hiatus was because he hit a DJ for disrespecting Geu-rim. It makes sense now why he was so bothered by Su-ho, since he’d already seen one DJ making unwelcome passes at Geu-rim. It would have explained his behavior towards both Geu-rim and Su-ho and I would have cut him more slack, instead of just forming an opinion of him as being inappropriately protective of Geu-rim and inexplicably hostile towards Su-ho. It also would have explained his determination to make Geu-rim his main writer, when there was no real reason for his adamant insistence that it’s her or no show. I’m glad there’s a reasonable explanation for the way he’s acted, I just wish the answers had been there sooner so that we could have understood him better.

I do feel bad that PD Lee waited so long to tell Geu-rim how he feels, because I believe that if he’d spoken out sooner, he could have had a real chance with her. It’s awful to witness his regret that he didn’t step forward sooner, especially since his actions were out of respect for her, but they still resulted in him losing her. But it is good to know that he’s been making purposeful decisions and that he’s not as “crazy” as everyone calls him, such as his decision to do the radio show in the middle of the night because he knew it would make it easier for Su-ho to be their DJ, as well as free them all up to worry about ratings less and just concentrate on making a good show. It’s just a major fault of his, that he doesn’t tell people these things when they might actually make a difference –– Su-ho nailed it when he said that PD Lee doesn’t say the things that need to be said until it’s too late, or worse, when they’ll only make things difficult for the other person.

I was very proud of Su-ho today, for at least recognizing that he can’t tell Geu-rim what to do, or not to be around someone she admires and respects. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that she’s being open about her feelings for him now, so he’s not so insecure. Su-ho doesn’t hide his own emotions — in fact, he blurts them out to everyone these days, whether they want to hear it or not — so I expect that he’ll keep telling Geu-rim how he feels. I’m just glad that he knows that, while he can vent and admit jealousy all he likes, but he can’t actually expect Geu-rim to do what he says.

The positive side of all this is that, as Su-ho gets more in touch with his emotions and becomes more outspoken about them, he’s also starting to ask for what he needs. He tells Geu-rim when he feels insecure and just needs to see her or get a hug. He speaks up when he feels that PD Lee is unfairly blaming him for an angry caller. And because he’s comfortable speaking the negative things out loud, he’s also letting his fun side peek out. He’s growing more playful and relaxed, which is really cute, especially with all of his “I want to do stuff with you” comments (and nothing you say will convince me he’s talking about playing cards!). It’s adorable that he even told Geu-rim that she’s the only one that’s going to see his nicer side, the side that wants to like PD Lee, because I have a feeling that that won’t last long. I think that, the happier he gets, the more people are going to get to suffer the annoyance of Su-ho in a good mood.

This episode really solidified what it is that I love about Geu-rim. She’s not a character that we got to watch grow and change (because as I said before, she didn’t need to), so it took me a while to understand her purpose in the story. She’s so gentle and lovable, and although she’s far from perfect, it’s easy to see why both men love her. They live chaotic, whirlwind lives (for different reasons), and Geu-rim is like a grounding force they can hold onto and know that no matter what happens, she’ll be there. In particular, I thought she dealt with PD Lee’s confession perfectly, letting him know that, while she’s in love with someone else, he’s still an important and crucial part of her life.

 
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I am glad PD Lee's actions were not explained earlier and we were left to wonder if he was a real psycho. That was part of his unassuming charm and besides, anyone can tell he has feelings for her from the beginning. How great was her speech to just thank him for confessing his feelings instead of saying sorry she couldn't accept them.

Now that I am so fulfilled by the relationship and romance, I am finally curious enough to want to know the back story and what happened with Woo Jiwoo, Jason, etc.

Oh, and showing Taeri actually has a soul? Too little, too late. I can't even care or excuse her behaviour thus far.

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I am in love with the way Su-ho just keeps getting more and more blatant with Geu-rim about how much he loves her. It is almost as if he cannot stop himself, because after hiding all his emotions for so long, she was the reason the dam broke, and now he just instinctively wants to share everything with her. It is really great to watch, and each time it happens, the swoon factor multiplies by three!

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okay guys even after seeing so k dramas I seriously have this doubt, why does people get angry when their favorite idol or actor dates?
what is wrong in that, common is it really like that in korea or does dramas exaggerate it.

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The answer is in the name itself. They're idols - they're placed on very high pedestals and expected to be perfect and live only for the fans who put them there in the first place.

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It's funny right, though idols they are still humans. hope people keep that in mind.

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It’s the same way in which there’s a general idea that one direction fans get outraged when the members date. Some fans definitely do take extreme measures, and they’re the ones who’re the most public about it. In Korea, there’s a specific name to the culture: sasaeng. But again, there are way more people in Korea than just the sasaengs. Every country has crazy fan girls. So yeah, there definitely is a kind of crazy fandom in Korea specifically tailored for Korea’s brand of pop culture, and I’ve seen it firsthand, but the majority of Korea isn’t like that.

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The majority of korea is not like that, it sounds good to hear chingu 😊

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Yeah I don't get it either although I've watched enough Korean tv now that I know that it's a "thing". That's why everybody raved about Reply 1997 but I couldn't stand it. I found nothing familiar in the 19 year old female lead's behaviour - other than my 14 year old niece's obsession with One Direction that she grew out of by 16.

But then I actually watch the show itself and feel like it's pandering to the same issues it's critiquing and it annoys me. Why was a brotherly peck on the check treated like a romantic declaration in this? They showed it THREE TIMES like it was this BIG DEAL. And then at the same time they have a plotline about a grown-ass man going, "Yeah I kissed somebody. Who cares?"

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You are cent percent right, it really annoys when the show pictures it.

Especially when the persons assures that he will take care of things, it's just sounds stupid.

Why can't these people draw a clear line between their professional and personal lives.

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Have you seen instagram accounts dedicated to korean idols? Some fans are possesive AF!! Idols are theirs and sometimes i feel like a certain group of fans treat their fave idols as 'object'. Whenever there are posts/photos of their idol oppas interacting with a girl (hugging, shake hands, have a friendly eye contact), even if the girl is an interviewer/host.. They will immediately go to the girl's social media account and bash her, screaming for her to stay away from their oppas. Scary!!
I remember reading that the late Jong hyun from Shinee had to cry and begged on his knees to the fans for forgiveness cause he dated shin se kyung. Fans can make an idol rise to stardom and also make him/her fall. So yeah... Idols in korea have to live for the fans and for the fans only

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I don't know much about K-pop, but I know a few boy bands like EXO and shinee.
About jong-hyun, ah yes for the time being it was all about him, people expressed their deep condolence but strangely I felt sorry for him. Though they were expressing their love for him it was tiring.
There were clippings showing how his family and friends cried at his funeral, at a certain point it really irritated me a lot. Just give them a break, they have lost someone close to their heart but there was no privacy, to even cry their heart out.
And about actors or idols who apologize for loving someone, why is he doing it. I really wish to blame them, they did nothing wrong,
why are they apologising? They should stop doing those things it looks childish and meaningless.

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All the fuss about Su-ho dating Geu-rim reminds me --- how much fuss will there be when Kim So-hyun is seen dating ?
I have this vision of someone offering some guy an envelope of cash to go away, with a full glass of water at the ready.

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It sounds funny but at the same time scary.

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Even a rumor would might cause public outrage but your scenario made me ROFL!

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Just how long is this show...? I feel like the drama could have been 6 episodes long and nothing would've been lost

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I agree. I'm weirdly into this show because i think the characters are great--and I like the chemistry between the leads...but this is a case of Bad Writing if ever i saw one. the characters can't seem to get the lines they need to carry this and i feel like no one is all that compelling anymore. Even Jason has lost his luster. I mean even CEO Nam is less interesting than she was. It feels like the writer had a good idea but not enough power to carry it through in a strong way. Which is unfortunate because the premise was cute, the casting is GREAT...its just that the writing itself falls way flat for me. (also do things seem like they're falling through the cracks? GR relationship with her friends...where did that go? Her mom is basically not present now. Jason's weirdness was foreshadowed but never followed up on in depth...it feels like a lot of balls got dropped and I cant tell what they were replaced with). That being said, I tune in every week and I think the leads are too cute. so....

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Yes.. the writing seems horribly chunky. It's as if one minute the writers realised: "oh we haven't talked about Taeri in a while", then the next: "oh we forgot to mention Lee Kang PD crush on GR the entire drama let's do it in 20 minutes", and before the end of the episode: "yes the back story let's just have one or two conversations about it I hope our viewers are still interested". Dramaland has seen way better writing.

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haha yes exactly this!!

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I don't agree with this. If anything, I like the character developments here in this drama. And supporting characters are not supposed to outshine the main cast. They're there to support the story. The pacing is slow yes. But not that slow that it makes you feel bored. It builds up the story slowly but surely. I'm not sure what your criteria is for a great writing but I havent noticed any plotholes in this drama. Unlike *cough* A Korean Odyssey *cough*

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I think this is fair. The pacing is slower than I'm used to, for sure. You're totally right in saying that it's not boring---I watch these episodes as soon as they're up on Viki, so there's something compelling. I just wish it felt a little more "together" somehow. But maybe its partly the pacing, as you said.

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I was considering this the other day but I don't agree. I mean, I'm loving the Taiwanese drama My Dear Boy and almost nothing happens in that. The pacing is even slower. But I care about the characters and want to watch their slices of life because the writing is so good. This isn't about the pacing, it's about mediocre writing.

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LIFE has taken over. So, looks like I will have to follow the show now only through recaps. But with @lollypip at the helm, that's just fine! Off to read.

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I'm conflicted! I guessed that PD Lee liked GR from as early as episode 3( the overnight trip). But hearing him confess-I don't know what to say. While I think he was right in saying it and letting go, I also can't help but agree with SH- that it will make her uncomfortable when she already likes someone else and it's too little,too late. But I loved how GR handled the proposal. And PD Lee to handle the rejection.

I was happy with how SH behaved today with GR. He didn't force answers from her(atleast not to that extent) and gave her time to sort out her feelings. Also when he said he can't force GR and Lee not to hang out together just cos he doesn't like it and he respects Lee and also understands the bond he and GR share. When he started initially I really thought he was going to impose on her, but thankfully he didn't.
The entire scene after that was too cute. GR getting all jealous and SH being adorable and flirty. As lollypip said-I was dying there.

Did anyone notice that HIGHLIGHT's song was playing in the background when tae ri and SH met up? Having not heard many songs,I was so happy to recognise it. I had just heard it a few days back.
I think SH's mom leaked the photos herself after GR declined the offer to work for her. And his father is the worst.

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I’m listening to Highlight now while reading this recap! I haven’t seen the episode yet, so will look forward to this!

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I laughed when I heard the song. It’s Plz Don’t Be Sad in English but basically translates to Don’t Frown, which Doojoon was doing all through that scene.

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CURIOUS is currently playing on my playlist, which I can’t disassociate from this show now.

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When I was falling into insomnia, 'Midnight-星を数える夜’ from Beast( former Highlight) saved me!

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I haven’t seen this episode yet, as I usually watch both back-to-back later in the week, but OMG! I’m going to love it based on the recap. I never thought this show would EVER take the forced separation/Noble idiocy route, even if it seems to like a lot of tropiness. Su-Ho has finally achieved freedom and independence from his family and more importantly his own carefully crafted public personae, so it makes sense for him to start living his life by his own rules. I just want more of him and Geu-rim together now. And when are we going to get the rest of the back story? It’s been dragging on forever.

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FOR. EV. ER. seriously. when do we find out more?

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Geurim wins for most graceful rejection of kdrama history. Bravo! If only life were this well-scripted.

I'm surprised she's a bad writer; Geurim has a lot of life experience for her years to draw on so I'd expect good stories.

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I'm really curious how they are going to wrap everything up because we have a huge Ji-woo mystery to uncover! I like when dramas hold back information for the purpose of the story, but I also really want to know now, hehe. I am so glad that Su-ho showed up at the end. For someone who hasn't really dated, he is so swoony and like Geu-rim said, he is maturing pretty quickly. That drama line reading scene was so funny and even though it was a bit cheesy, I guess that's what I like because I had flutters, lol.

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I really liked the scene with Suho and his dad. I’m glad he recognizes the real culprit for the dysfunction in his family is definitely the dad.

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At this stage, I'm pretty bored with this but I really love any scenes with Suho and his family. When his Dad came around to give him a "man-to-man" talk about women, the minute he started I knew it would go bad. As if Suho wants the advice of that sleaze!

I realised a few episodes ago what his mother's behaviour reminds me of. It reminds me of teenagers. You know when they go through that phase where they're total little brats. And part of it is testing the boundaries of their worlds and finding their independence but part of it is about reassuring themselves that when they go out into the world their parents won't abandon them. It's as though they're saying "If I behave this badly and you still don't leave me then I know everything will be okay".

Suho's mother's behaviour is exactly like that. She loves him to death. But she's been so hurt and humiliated and I feel like every time she lashes out at SuHo she's been testing him to make sure he won't leave. Except she's the parent, not the child so of course he's going to leave the nest. That's what kids do.

I like this interpretation because it means there's a detente here. It's not about winning, it's about them being able to be family without all this contract nonsense.

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This drama is starting to make me feel like how I felt watching 20th Century Boy and Girl. Simple, cute, and comforting shows. That’s not really a bad thing (not crack dramas though). Low on the angst level too. So far, Su Ho and Geu Rim have handled every obstacle well and haven’t let anything stop them from seeing each other. But I’m a little anxious that the truth about the past will be the biggest issue for them.

I was proud of Geu Rim and how she gently rejected PD Lee. She was also great during her meeting with Su Ho’s mother. I continue to be impressed by her.

I think it would have been better if PD Lee’s affection/flashback scenes with Geu Rim had been revealed earlier. Maybe he would have had more of a chance. Too late now.

Tae Ri’s past scene was nice. She was cute back then. But this was also a bit too late. I don’t like her current personality. She hasn’t done anything now that makes me care for her.

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I feel this is more like Love Rain for me, without the forced separation, that is. 20th Century was an easier watch for me than this one. I have a nagging sense of doom for some reason. Maybe it’s Jason that is giving me these psychopathic vibes. Or the mysterious post-card-author. Just solve the mystery already, so I can have more cute! 😆

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Ah I haven't seen that one. 20th Century was more fun/entertaining with the girlfriends' hangouts and stuff too. :) RR is lacking in that dept. All the cuteness is coming from the OTP actually.

Jason is lurking in the background. I wish he had more screentime because he is still an interesting, vague character. Is he or isn't he evil? xD

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I think I'm in the minority that I didn't like Lee Gang in this episode. It's fine about him confessing to Geu Rim. But the way he talked to Su Ho for not meeting Geu Rim over those angry fans, and his 'last meal' comment is just eww.
I don't hate Lee Gang as a character, but I just cant get myself to sympathize over him losing Geu Rim. Well, maybe it's just me loving our OTP a little too much! lol
Oh, and that last scene is just daebak. I'm glad Geu Rim got Su Ho besides her at that moment.

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Me too. His advice was so biased. All the time I was thinking - but that benefits you though.

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He's paternalistic and controlling and has been since day 1. I still like him but not as a romantic possibility. But then when this show started everyone was talking about how terrible Su Ho's behaviour was and I thought he wasn't behaving that badly. It was PD Lim I thought was being a jackass.

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Glad I'm not the only one here! Yes, it feels like he got another purpose behind that lame advice lol.

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The reason why I read the recap was to skip watching the show, can't concentrate when I do, it's a bit boring for me. I think Tae Ri is even more interesting, maybe she's got a crush on the manager and vice versa and that's something. Geurim and Suho and Namaste is just ho-hum. But since I want to finish this even by just reading recaps since ep 11, have to forge on. Doc Jason is also annoying, sometimes I can't tell if he is really being a friend or simply malicious. What a waste of talent of Kwak Dong Yeon. Stepmom is also so uptight like she's holding a fart in a crowded room. For the facade of a model family, she's putting up the whole show, oh, yeah, for business. She should just get a divorce.

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Still don't like PD Lee though. Very unprofessional while telling others to be professional

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Did everyone just take a maturity pill this episode or what?!

Everyone acted so reasonable and mature about relationship problems this episode, especially Su-Ho and PD Lee!! Geu-Rim let down PD Lee very gently. PD Lee was able to handle the rejection gracefully. Su-Ho was able to express his jealousy, insecurity but also his desire to respect Geu-Rim's relationship to PD Lee even after his confession. So much maturity, are we still in dramaland?!

Actually, Su-Ho took a maturity pill, PD Lee took an honesty/normal pill, and Geu-Rim took a jealousy pill (for once! Ha!).

Also, Su-Ho's waist grab during the scene where they are practicing lines? RAWR Reminds me of Lee Joon Gi in Moonlovers as 4th Prince Wang So always waist-grabbing IU. Double rawr!

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Hehe, you and your waist grabs ~ no drama is ever more than a couple steps from discussing Lee Joon Gi for you, is it?

And I’m disappointed @pineapplegongzhu
You’re so late to comment ~ usually you’re first. 😉

... I realize that above comment makes me sound like a stalker. I only meant that look out for your comments here because you are simultaneously extremely enthusiastic and highly analytical, so usually it’s a good read haha

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LOL, I adore you @hotcocoagirl! Hehe, I was at a friend's house today, so missed Lollypop posting. Besides, it's better to be magnanimous and allow others to be #1 post.

HAHAHA....re: LJG, what can I say? I'm a fool for him, like all the rest of his fans.

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You’re so magnanimous, giving up your #1 spot @pineapplegongzhu
I’m glad to hear that friends are more important than your spot.

We are all fools, that’s what leads us here to DB 😜💃🏻🤗

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Suho keeps climbing in to my Fav Drama Character's list. I love seeing his character evolve each and every episode. He just keeps getting cuter and cuter.

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And Doo-joon knows exactly what he’s doing, and I’m enthralled. I’ve been waiting all drama for the flip to adorable. Please give me more adorable! *grabby hands* (I was able to just finish this episode!)

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What's the point of Tae-ri again? I keep reading the recaps waiting for her character to make sense, but I am still waiting.

She is like a piece of hair on a bowl of soup. I just want to remove it.

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That ending *SWOON*. I had a lot to say about this episode but I think I'll just leave it at this. You know sometimes you can't be bothered writing it all out? lol, that's what I'm feeling right now.

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I would normally watch k-dramas as soon as the final episode has been shown, but with Radio Romance I watch it every week, anticipating its next episodes. I've always admired Kim So-Hyun and now I am a Yoon Doo Joon fan too. Will binge-watch his other k-dramas.

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Sounds like a great plan! He’s good in everything he’s in. Have fun!

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Anyone thinks that Lee gang PD-nim is Woo Ji woo? Or am i slow on the uptake. 🙈

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I've been thinking that, but cannot imagine how that could be true -- unless someone went to great lengths to fake his death and his final resting place, and to give him a new identity. Ms. Nam might be just the kind of stage mother to utterly dominate her "son's" life by depriving him of every single friend.

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I think this idea was planted in my head since the first episode when suho flashed back to his childhood days and woo ji woo was next to him wearing the lee gang style sunglasses. You can see a blurred version of it in the link.

http://d263ao8qih4miy.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Radio01-00682.jpg

Lee gang himself said that he has spent a long time in hospital when he was young.

Also when Jason and mum spoke about the incident 12 years back, they seems to share some secrets which we do not know of.

But I agree with you that I don’t know how or why he would fake his death and use a new identity. 🤔 Maybe Ms Nam is behind it like you said and we wont be surprised.

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But then at least Mrs. Nam would recognize him.

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Good point. Maybe we really are being trolled.

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I forgot that Lee Gang had said he'd spent a lot of time in the hospital when he was young. Like you, I'd gotten a subliminal vibe that he was one of the two boys. We know who was supposed to deliver the love letters (and still has some of them), so that leaves Woo Ji-woo as PD Lee's potential younger self.

Maybe we're being trolled, and the real PD Lee was in a different hospital, and Woo Ji-woo really was a third party.

On the other hand, Ji-woo was a musician, and it wouldn't surprise me if he went into radio because of his love of music. He may very well have assumed a stage name for reasons of privacy. (I was surprised to learn that one of my colleagues used a stage name. It had never occurred to me to do so. She had been in commercial radio longer than me and helped me get my first and only paying gig. That was well before the internet and social media.)

I also recall the conspiratorial looks between Jason and Ms. Nam when they spoke of the incident 12 years earlier. Curious and curiouser.

Now that I think of it, the 16-year-old girl who only has a few more months to live may have been foreshadowing of a twist regarding Ji-woo. I'll keep mum until the ep. 14 recap is posted.

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Now that I think about it, I did think that the PD had an ulterior motive when he made Geu-rim recruit Su-Ho and his reason that he told her later seemed like cop-out when he just said, “I just wanted to see if you could do it.” I thought it was because he knew their connection from the past. I didn’t make the jump that he would be Woo Ji-Woo though. But what you’ve said does give me good for thought. Maybe it’s PD Lee sending all those postcards!

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@ally , ep14 would answer part of what you think! I really hope woo ji woo is PD and that he didn’t really die!

@pakalanapikake , I wonder though if lee gang is woo ji woo (maybe woo ji woo is a stage name??) why didn’t he become a musician in the end. 🤔 Haha

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@delphy March 14, 2018 at 6:24 AM

If Woo Ji-woo survived, he may well have become a professional musician. But that doesn't mean he would have stayed one. It's a tough way to make a living, and touring takes a huge toll on family life. Like so many people in the arts, musicians often have to have day jobs to pay the bills.

Also, he was only in middle school back then. He may have continued to play guitar as a hobby after developing other interests. I don't recall seeing a guitar in PD Lee's apartment, but that doesn't mean anything. He could have quit playing at some point.

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That's exactly what I've been thinking all along. Perhaps that's why PD Lee wanted to meet up with Su-ho in the first place -- so he could say "Neener, neener, I got Geu-rim despite your evil machinations." But it blew up in his face because the timing was off owing to Geu-rim's obtuseness.

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Okay.. I have to admit PD's confession scene got to me. When his lips quivered just a little bit after confessing just made the scene seem so sincere and showed how nervous/regretful he was.

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My heart goes out to him, as well. Oooohhoho. He was just so transparent that time that I can't actually believe how GR never did notice him even once. If only I could have him. HAHAHA, had he confessed to me, we'd be married by now (because I'm a sucker for second male leads like him!!!). 😂😂😂😂😂

He has issues, all right, but who doesn't? Ohhh, if only he could be mine. *Siiiiiiiigggggghh*😞😞😞😞😞😞😞

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I go green everytime SH says something along the lines "I want to do things with you". I go like 'I VOLUNTEER'. Heeeeeeh. HAHAHAHA. Is it too early to ask KSH for a real adult kiss? Those pecks are just a bit lacking. Nyahahaha. I think my poor heart can handle a little more flirting from the OTP. 😳😳😳😳

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Thanks for your recap and commentary, LollyPip!

We finally got to learn something about PD Lee and Tae-ri. With both of them, it feels like too little, too late. PD Lee reminds me in some ways of Woo Ji-woo, although shyness is not what has held him back from telling Geu-rim he's interested in her. He noticed her abilities as an assistant (e.g., wrangling intransigent deejays, securing guests) and her potential as a writer, which has been taking longer to develop than he expected. Most importantly, there has been a method to his professional madness after all. I like the revelation that he was avoiding putting pressure on Geu-rim, and standing by until she found her own voice as a writer. Alas, it turned out to be a recipe for “nice lunatics finish last.”

In Tae-ri's case, the eleventh-hour revelation of her back story is pretty pointless. If she weren't in the show at all, it wouldn't have made a difference. She's just one more raucous twit in a chorus of obnoxious characters. Instead of wasting time on them, I would much rather have seen more of Geu-rim's Mom.

I think the drama would have been far better if it had fewer non-essential side characters such as Tae-ri and Geu-rim's posse of writer “friends” who gossip behind her back. Writer Ra could have been dispensed with. She should have been fired for the unprofessional things she's done.

Doc Jason still looks deranged. Are we going to find out that he's Ji-woo's long-lost brother or something?

What has really been bothering me all along, however, is the underhanded way in which Su-ho deliberately withheld Woo Ji-woo's letters to Geu-rim. How is she going to feel when she learns that Su-ho is not the boy she fell in love with because he wrote her such wonderful letters back in middle school? Granted, the letter writer is only half of the persona she thinks she knows. She actually did hang out with Su-ho, and got her first kiss from him.

I hope that Writer-nim doesn't wimp out and turn Geu-rim's brain to mush so that she gives Su-ho a free pass when the shoe drops. Sure, she knows what a crappy childhood he had. And yes, he was young and immature then. I have a hard time imagining that Geu-rim is going to be happy about being fooled and manipulated. How is she going to feel when she learns of the letter writer's fate, and Su-ho's role in it?

As adorable as all the burgeoning mushiness between the OTP has been of late, I'm steeling myself against the moment when the truth comes out.

The interlude of Geu-rim and Su-ho enacting a scene from his drama was hilarious. It really had me going until she started commenting on how many “unnecessary” kissing scenes were in the script. Seeing the usually level-headed writer turn green-eyed was cute – but the subtle flickers of amusement and flirtation that flitted across Yoon Doo-joon's face as she did so were priceless.

PS: Why didn't Su-ho change his door code?!

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I’m thinking Jason let her in. And I think Su-Ho still loves his not-mom, and it looks like she steals away to his house when things get too heavy at her own. So maybe that’s why he hasn’t changed the code.

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Thanks for your plausible explanations as to how she got in. I can buy them, and had forgotten that Jason could have let her in.

One of my biggest pet peeves is the old Unchanged Lock & Easily-Guessed Door Code Trope. It makes me want to throw something every time a home is invaded by a malevolent character who is persona non grata.

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That would be awesome if they replaced Tae-ri with Geu-rim's mother. But dramas hardly ever give place to people with disabilities, no matter how great a character they are.

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Anybody else notice that in the stairwell flashbacks Geu-rim had her now-current hair instead of the old frizz?

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I just want to comment that I'm majorly impressed by the acting of everyone in this drama every episode. I never thought either of the leads would be able to do justice to their characters because its not the kind of roles they usually do but I underestimated them. They actually have me invested in their characters even while the plot keeps thinning out.

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