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Radio Romance: Episode 14

Radio has changed Su-ho’s life in more ways than he ever expected, changing him as a person in the process. Su-ho’s new attitude towards life is changing the people around him as well, mostly for the better. But he still has a huge secret that he’s hiding, and once he’s forced to tell the whole truth, he may lose everything he’s worked so hard to gain.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

Against PD Lee’s advice, Su-ho shows up at the studio just as Geu-rim is losing her courage to face his angry fans. He takes her by the hand and leads her through the crowd, leaving PD Lee trailing behind them.

They go to the hideout, where Geu-rim says that she used to come here when she needed to cry. But this is where Su-ho said he would do the radio show, and where he told her he likes her. Su-ho asks worriedly if she’s scared because of him. She says that it’s not difficult to like him, but that she’s not sure what’s best for him.

Su-ho tells Geu-rim, “I like you a lot. You know that, right? That’s why I thought of ways to protect you until I had a headache. I just want to hold your hand wherever we go, like today. This is the first time in my life, so I will protect you no matter what. Just trust me, hold my hand, and walk with me.”

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I just want to hold your hand

 

He says that he knows he’s pressuring her, but Geu-rim just steps closer and takes his hand. She tells him, “I’d love to. I want to hold your hand and go everywhere with you, too. Because I like you a lot.” Aww, they’re so sweet.

They head to the studio, and the team discusses whether to do a live show tonight. They don’t have a script, and even Geu-rim thinks a recorded show is a good idea. PD Lee anticipates a lot of articles about the two of them, so Su-ho says he’ll do the show live.

Today Su-ho sits in the booth alone, with Geu-rim staying outside with PD Lee. Joon-woo checks that Su-ho will be okay taking calls without a script. Su-ho wonders if callers will ask if he really likes Geu-rim, but he says he’ll be fine.

The show goes well, and nobody asks about Su-ho and Geu-rim’s relationship. One caller tells Su-ho about his years of bullying in school, and how he’s still scared to leave the house every day. Su-ho tells him that he understands, because he starting acting very young so he never went to school much, and he doesn’t even have a diploma.

He says that he knows what it’s like not to sleep well, and the caller seems to feel better from having someone understand.

During the music break, Geu-rim goes into the booth to say that Su-ho’s doing great without a script. He says that he feels energized by doing radio with her, and she tells him there’s one last caller.

The caller lies about her reason for calling, and when she’s on the air, she admits that she’s the president of his fan club and that she’s angry. Su-ho asks if he’s not allowed to date, and the fan is taken aback. She says that the fan club already knew he was dating Geu-rim, but they also want to protect him.

Su-ho says that he started liking someone and wanted to just enjoy it without thinking too much. He asks, “Why must I be sorry for liking someone? You might think I’m selfish, but it’s the first time in my life. So I decided to just like her.”

The fan asks what he’ll do if his fans leave him, and he admits that he would be sad, “But I’ll still try to keep on liking her.”

Su-ho’s mother was listening to the show, and his answer to the last caller spurs her to action. She makes a call and tells whoever it is to make Su-ho come home.

Su-ho apologizes to PD Lee, explaining that that was his first real answer to a caller. PD Lee doesn’t answer, but he keeps Geu-rim behind to ask her something, not as her boss or a guy who likes her, but because he’s worried.

He warns that she’ll go through a lot because of Su-ho, and asks if she’s still going to do this. She nods yes, and PD Lee complains that they’re driving him crazy.

Su-ho leads Geu-rim by the hand back out through the mob of angry fans. Behind them, PD Lee barks out a loud, “HEY!!” and the fans stop and stare at him. He calls out the ones who have been badmouthing and threatening Geu-rim, demanding to know what school they go to. HA, they look terrified.

At the car, Joon-woo warns Su-ho to go home right away because his mother is calling. First he takes Geu-rim home, where they find another crowd of protesters waiting outside. PD Lee comes to Su-ho’s window to say that he probably shouldn’t be seen here.

Jason laughs to Su-ho’s mother that they never expected Su-ho to make his love life public. When Su-ho arrives home, his mother asks if he really plans to date publicly. He scoffs, knowing that she’s the one who leaked the pictures, but he admits that he’s relieved.

in his room, he finds another postcard accusing him of killing Ji-woo. Jason joins him, saying that he came here to see Su-ho cry, but Geu-rim has made a lot of other changes in him. He asks why Su-ho won’t talk to him about the Ji-woo from the cards.

In the living room, Mom tells Joon-woo to come back to JH Entertainment, but he’s not interested in reporting Su-ho’s every move anymore. He says that he used to think that was the best way to protect Su-ho, but he was wrong.

He follows Jason upstairs, where he catches Jason in the act of scratching out another postcard. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. When Jason tries to claim that it was mailed to the house, Joon-woo shoots him the glare of doom and storms out, taking the card with him.

Geu-rim makes eggs for PD Lee, who won’t get out of her house even when she complains that she’s exhausted. He just says that’s what she gets for dating a top star, and suggests they get some work done.

In her room, Geu-rim shakes her head at her crowd of anti-fans still camped out in front of the building. She sits down to write, but instead she pulls up the scandal article and reads the comments. Ack, never read the comments!

One comment wonders how she managed to seduce Su-ho in one month, and Geu-rim grumbles that it’s been a lot longer than that. She takes out her box of letters from Ji-woo and reads them, still under the mistaken impression that they’re from Su-ho.

Su-ho’s mother finds her husband at the driving range and pulls him aside, accusing him of hiding while Su-ho quits the company. She says that Su-ho is like his father, prioritizing a woman over everything, though at least he sticks to one woman.

Su-ho’s dad snaps that she treated Su-ho like a product, but she argues that she made him who he is. She says that without a contract with Su-ho, there’s nothing connecting him to her. She tells his dad to do something, because without Su-ho, she won’t put up with him anymore.

At the end of the day’s drama shoot, Joon-woo asks Su-ho how long he’s known Jason, and when they met. He says that Jason is weird, and keeps asking Joon-woo about Ji-woo. Tae-ri interrupts, demanding they drive her home, and the men just sigh.

At the same time, Monsoon and Drought are at Geu-rim’s house, pouting at her for not telling them about dating Su-ho. Drought asks if they began going out when she started wearing skirts and lipstick, but Geu-rim confides that Su-ho is actually her first love from childhood.

Su-ho calls, and Drought and Monsoon freak completely out. Geu-rim shushes them and answers, and Su-ho tells her not to read the articles. Geu-rim complains that she looks ugly in the pictures, but Su-ho argues that she looks pretty, and Drought and Monsoon squeal loud enough to wake the dead.

Monsoon snatches the phone to teasingly accuse Su-ho of seducing Geu-rim. She grabs it back and explains sheepishly that her friends are drinking at her house. Then she hears Tae-ri’s voice calling Su-ho’s name, and she goes from sorry to annoyed in about half a second.

Su-ho guiltily admits that they’re at a bar, but he drops his guilt when he hears PD Lee walk into Geu-rim’s house. HA, this is hilarious. Geu-rim and Su-ho snap at each other to have fun drinking with their “friends,” and hang up.

Being a smart man, Su-ho tells Joon-woo and Tae-ri that he has to go. Tae-ri slurs that she’s been acting the way she has around him because he’s the only one she could latch onto. She apologizes for the recording and for being mean, though she says that she didn’t have a choice.

She asks if Su-ho still hates her, and he says he does, for slapping Geu-rim. Tae-ri huffs that Geu-rim stole the dating rumor she wanted, pouting that she’s jealous. Joon-woo looks stung by that, and he tries to follow Su-ho out, but Su-ho tells him to stay and take care of Tae-ri.

Geu-rim’s friends eventually leave, but PD Lee tries to stay, saying that he and Geu-rim need to have a meeting. Geu-rim knows that Su-ho is probably on his way and literally shoves PD Lee out the door. Su-ho is already outside, but he can’t get out of his car for the group of anti-fans blocking the building.

Joon-woo asks Tae-ri why she’s acting up when she got the leading role she’s always wanted. She tells him again that she wants to hire him as her manager, and he asks why she keeps talking to him. She says that he’s the only person who listens when she talks.

She says sadly that both of her parents got remarried and left her, reminding him of the day he drove her to see her mother and her fiance. She admits that she talks so much because if she stops talking, she’ll start crying. She asks Joon-woo why he won’t confess his feelings for her, but he doesn’t say a word.

Later that night, Geu-rim hears a noise in the living room. She peeks out of her room and sees what looks like one of the anti-fans sneaking around the house. She starts to call Su-ho, but changes her mind and calls PD Lee instead.

Soon she hears him yelling at the anti-fans that he called the cops, and the girl leaves Geu-rim’s place. PD Lee chastises the anti-fans when they admit that they’re camped out here to keep Su-ho and Geu-rim from seeing each other.

He takes the four worst girls to the restaurant and buys them dinner, telling them to eat and go home. He says that he understands how they feel, because when he was young and his celebrity crush started dating, he cried for three days. But he also tells them that he owns this building, and that if he sees them here again, he’ll take legal action.

Geu-rim and Su-ho take advantage of the clear street to sneak away together in his car. Geu-rim jokes that she feels like she’s dating a top star now, when it just felt like she was dating an oppa before. Su-ho lights up like a Christmas tree, asking gleefully if he’s her oppa now, and Geu-rim nervously changes the subject, hee.

Su-ho mentions that he heard about the break-in, and he complains that he’s tired of apologizing. Geu-rim tells him that he doesn’t have to, and he takes her hand gratefully.

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Did you just call me oppa?

 

They end up by the river, where Geu-rim looks at the script for Su-ho’s drama. She complains that there are too many kissing scenes, making him smile at her jealousy again. He says there’s a kiss scene scheduled for tomorrow, and Geu-rim rolls her eyes, grumbling that he must enjoy them.

She asks how many kissing scenes he’s done, and Su-ho guesses that in all his dramas and movies combined, it’s around a thousand. He asks how many kisses she’s had, and he gets cranky when she says she’s not sure. Geu-rim sneers that he’s kissed a thousand girls, but Su-ho points out that he had to do it for work, while she chose to kiss a bunch of guys. Fair point.

He goes on and on about how terrible she is, so Geu-rim shuts him up with a kiss. He blinks in surprise, then leans in for another kiss. They grin at each other, having totally forgotten whatever they were fighting about.

When Su-ho takes Geu-rim home, she tells him that she read the letters he sent her twelve years ago. She promises to tease him with them later, but Su-ho goes blank, like he just shut down. Geu-rim asks him why he changed his name from Woo Ji-woo to Ji Su-ho, but he says they’ll talk later.

The next day, Geu-rim overhears some writers gossiping about her, and she tells them that it hurts. What’s worse is that Writer Ra witnesses the confrontation. She finds Geu-rim later and tells her she’s surrounded by bad luck, which Geu-rim also says hurts to hear.

Writer Ra offers her some advice, saying that it’s true that she doesn’t deserve to date Ji Su-ho. She says that there’s nothing left after the breakup when you date a celebrity, but that once Geu-rim’s experienced such a deep relationship, her writing may improve, just like hers did.

Later, an annoyed Writer Ra slumps into a chair next to Seung-soo and complains that she wants to curse out Geu-rim, but hearing everyone else curse out Geu-rim really annoys her.

Geu-rim gets a call to meet up with Su-ho’s dad that evening. He tells her that he and Su-ho aren’t close, but that he listens to the radio show and thinks Su-ho is good.

He asks if Geu-rim likes Su-ho and she nods, but Dad says casually that they’ll break up soon because love is powerless. He tells Geu-rim that its fine to have some fun then break up, but if they insist that it’s true love, then they should break up now.

Geu-rim addresses him as “Father,” and she says that Su-ho knows how powerful love is. She says that she’s met both of Su-ho’s parents, and she thinks that Su-ho doesn’t want to break his real family, but create a real family. Dad just reminds her that tomorrow is Su-ho’s birthday, adding that Geu-rim seems like a good person.

When Geu-rim’s mom arrives home, she overhears the anti-fans saying nasty things about her daughter. A couple of them sneer that Geu-rim stole “their” man, and Mom loses her cool.

Geu-rim is called to the police station, where the anti-fans lie that her mother hit them. She takes Mom home and apologizes, but Mom thanks her for giving her the chance to get in a fight again, ha.

Su-ho is distracted as he drives, thinking about Geu-rim’s mention of Ji-woo’s letters. He imagines Ji-woo stepping in front of his car, and he brakes to a halt, shaken.

Geu-rim and PD Lee spend the evening working at his place. Geu-rim flips through a book and finds a couple of the postcards declaring that Su-ho killed Woo Ji-woo. PD Lee explains that they’ve been coming to the studio for a while.

When Su-ho gets home, he goes to Jason’s room, where Jason quickly shuts down whatever he was typing and invites Su-ho to tell him about Ji-woo. Su-ho says that Jason was right — he wasn’t diagnosed with amnesia when he was young, but depression.

A flashback takes us back twelve years, when a young Su-ho was already learning to shut down his emotions. One night he’d overheard his parents arguing about his father’s infidelities, and how his mother had promised to take care of Su-ho. He’d gone to his room and taken a handful of sleeping pills, then laid down to wait for everything to go away. He’d woken up in the hospital, alone.

One day a boy his age had bumped him away from a window, complaining cheerfully that Su-ho was blocking his view. Su-ho had looked to see that the boy was smiling at young Geu-rim in the courtyard, playing with some younger children.

Back in the present, Jason notes that Su-ho met Ji-woo before he met Geu-rim. He asks how they became close, and Su-ho remembers that Ji-woo had just plopped down on Su-ho’s bed, tossed an arm over his shoulder, and asked Su-ho about himself. Starved of affection, Su-ho had looked at Ji-woo like he was an angel.

The boys had become friends, and Ji-woo had told Su-ho that he would die before he reached the age of twenty, so he’d decided to have three times more fun than other people. He’d admitted there was a girl he liked, and the boys often watched Geu-rim from a distance.

Once, they’d found her asleep on a sofa in the hospital hallway. Ji-woo had covered her with his jacket, and Su-ho, not to be outdone, had draped his scarf over her. He’d seen her wearing the jacket and scarf often after that.

Jason asks Su-ho if he’s told Geu-rim that he’s not Woo Ji-woo. Su-ho’s silence answers the question, and Jason asks why he’s still letting Geu-rim think that he’s Ji-woo. He says that Geu-rim likes him because she believes he’s Ji-woo, and he asks when Su-ho plans to tell her the truth.

Su-ho sits on his bed that night beside the latest postcard. The return address is the columbarium where Ji-woo’s ashes are stored. Su-ho falls asleep and dreams of Ji-woo’s accident, and when he wakes, he grabs the postcard and rushes out of the house.

Upstairs, Jason gets a call from Geu-rim. She reminds him that he once said that Su-ho was Woo Ji-woo, and asks him why the postcards say that Su-ho killed Ji-woo. Jason tells her to ask Su-ho himself and hangs up on her.

At the columbarium, Su-ho stands in front of Ji-woo’s urn, looking at the pictures of his old friend. He remembers that Ji-woo had vowed to kiss Geu-rim before he died, and he even had a plan. He was entering a singing contest, and after the finals, he intended to confess his feelings to Geu-rim.

He’d invited Su-ho, but outside the venue, Geu-rim had shown up and crashed into him. She hadn’t recognized him, and Su-ho had run off alone. Later that day, he’d kissed Geu-rim (who’d been wearing the mask over her eyes again) in the hospital chapel.

Ji-woo had walked in and seen Su-ho kissing the girl he liked. He’d stared in disbelief, and Su-ho had looked ashamed.

As Su-ho remembers betraying his only friend, Jason walks in and joins him. Su-ho isn’t surprised, and he asks if Jason sent those postcards to make him come here, already knowing the answer. Jason replies that he’s wondered many times how Su-ho would look standing in front of Ji-woo, and what he’d say to him.

He sees Su-ho’s stricken face and grins, and he seems a bit manic as he asks how the words “Ji Su-ho is a murderer” made him feel. Su-ho grabs Jason’s collar, which just delights Jason even more, and when Su-ho punches him in the face, Jason can’t hide his excitement at Su-ho’s emotional reactions.

Worried about Su-ho, Geu-rim goes to his house. She calls Joon-woo, concerned that reporters may show up. Joon-woo lets her inside, and she tells him that she can’t reach Su-ho or Jason.

She asks how long Joon-woo’s been Su-ho’s manager, and he says he started when Su-ho was in middle school. She starts to ask him something else, but she changes her mind and says she’ll ask Su-ho himself. She waits, remembering the first time she and Su-ho met and everything that happened between them, up to the day she finally recognized the adult Su-ho as her first love.

Eventually Su-ho comes home, and as soon as he sees Geu-rim, he grabs her in a hug and holds on tight. She asks what it means that he killed Ji-woo, and why he told her he was Ji-woo. Su-ho loosens his hug to look her in the eyes.

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You’re not who I thought you were

 

COMMENTS

Finally we know the truth about what happened all those years ago. Somehow it never occurred to me that Su-ho was at the hospital because he himself had been admitted. But now we know that he tried to commit suicide, and that he met Ji-woo in the hospital. Ji-woo basically saved Su-ho’s life by caring about him for himself and not because he was famous, and by showing him that there are things that make life worth living. So it’s no wonder that Su-ho feels so much guilt for betraying Ji-woo and using his identity to spend time with Geu-rim, and getting her to like him instead. He ruined the one friendship he ever had, hurting the very person who gave him a reason to live again. Su-ho even robbed Ji-woo of the one thing he wanted to do before he died. It’s no wonder Su-ho spent his adult life working so hard at not forming any connections with anyone.

The flashback scene was so painful, but also sweet, because it explained some little moments between Su-ho and Geu-rim that seemed so meaningful to Su-ho, but we didn’t know why at the time. Now I understand why he was so annoyed by PD Lee covering Geu-rim with a blanket at the hospital, and why he was so adamant that she wear the blanket from him, instead. It also makes sense now why Su-ho seemed nervous about giving Geu-rim his scarf — he’d given her his scarf when they were kids, and she’d kept wearing it. Now I think that these moments when adult Su-ho seemed so inexplicably nervous were because he was hoping they would jog Geu-rim’s memory and she would remember him.

I do believe that Su-ho’s feelings for Geu-rim are real and genuine, and that he truly regrets what happened in the past. His on-air declaration of his feelings for Geu-rim was the swooniest thing he’s done so far. He risked losing all of his fans and risked his career, but his statement made it clear that he prioritizes Geu-rim and their happiness together over all of that. I was worried again in this episode that something would happen to make one of them change their minds about sticking together no matter what, but I really should have trusted them more. They both know the value of what they’ve found, and although Geu-rim is shaken at times by the reality of dating a top star, she hasn’t wavered one bit. I only hope she remembers that when she learns what really happened back when they first met, and how it all turned out.

Is anybody really surprised that Jason was behind the postcards all along? He’s been acting so suspicious, and he’s way too interested in Su-ho’s past. As much as I hoped that I was wrong about him, it’s obvious that he’s up to something. I think that that Jason may somehow be connected to Ji-woo, and that he’s been planning this for a long time, whatever “this” is. But I’m not completely confident that he’s out for revenge, because Jason seems to be having way too much fun with it, and he mostly just seems interested in seeing Su-ho get emotional. What worries me is his reason why. Regardless, Jason has a lot of secrets, but I guess the show is going to make us wait until the very end to discover them.

I have a crazy theory about Ji-woo that could be way way off, but now that we know more about him, I’m starting to think there may be something to it — what if PD Lee is Ji-woo, who somehow survived both his accident and his illness? It’s a long shot, since Ji-woo was supposed to die young anyway, but I think there’s a good chance it’s true. PD Lee has a lot of the same mannerisms as Ji-woo, such as his bouncy, boisterous personality, his habit of throwing his arm around Su-ho’s shoulders, and the way they both covered Geu-rim with a blanket at the hospital. They even wear the same sunglasses, and they both peer over the top of them at people the same way. PD Lee has said that he spent a lot of time in the hospital when he was younger, and he’s made a few comments that sound like he knew Su-ho before the radio show. Plus there’s his mostly unexplained insistence that Geu-rim and Su-ho both be involved with his show. And not least, there’s PD Lee’s crush on Geu-rim, which nearly perfectly mirrors Ji-woo’s crush on her. Both of them had feelings for her but were afraid to tell her, which resulted in them waiting too long and giving Su-ho an opening to swoop in. Again, I could be completely wrong, but somehow it all makes sense.

I understand why Su-ho is reluctant to tell Geu-rim what really happened back when they were kids, but I think it’s time that he came clean. I’m sure that he’s scared that when Geu-rim finds out that he hid the letters from Ji-woo and pretended to be him, that she’s going to be furious. Su-ho knows that Geu-rim’s first love isn’t really him, but an amalgam of him and the Ji-woo from the letters (I’m guessing the ones she has are from before Su-ho entered the picture). he’s likely scared that her feelings for him will change when she learns that Ji-woo was an entirely different boy. Not only that, but Su-ho is going to have to tell her about his betrayal of Ji-woo, and Ji-woo’s death, which is a conversation I’m not looking forward to witnessing.

 
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I wish wish wish we'd known this sooner. The show lost me a few weeks ago because character motivations were so inexplicable. Thank you for the recaps; I will read them to see how it wraps up.

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Me too, I'm only reading the recaps now, because it seems more interesting in written. For some reason, this week I have lost motivation to watch the show. Knowing their motivations sooner would have made me more attached to them and root for them more. For some reason, I dont dislike the character's, and I get what they feel, but *something* is off about this show. Probably the writing and pacing.

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I think the writer is more interested in setting up a "gotcha" than just telling a good story.

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That sounds harsh and sort of judgy about the writer's motivations (which I cannot know, of course) , but I can't think why else this information would be withheld.

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I'm gonna call it. Who knows if I'm right.

New writer, nice idea, but still learning and not very polished (hey, she's Geu Rim!). So there a lot of other people involved in the show with an opinion on how it needs to go. I feel - in fact I've typed this about five times now - that there's another show in this waiting to get out that's more innovative, interesting and far more charming. But it's dragged down with a whole heap of tropes probably thrown in by a network exec or producer who thought the show had to have conflict of the "scheming woman" variety.

Basically, the show's all over the place. That alone suggests that somebody (maybe more than one person) has come along and inserted stuff in the script later.

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😂 at your multiple-writer theory! What are we up to now? 4? 5?

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Idk about the number of writers (maybe 2-3) but for SURE, there is someone revising the whole thing like @leetennant suggests

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If I had to add a "boring and slow" to my original 3 then we're up to 4. But it feels more like one writer who's being over-edited now.

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Well now I'm confused. Your theory on PD being Jiwoo makes perfect sense, but also Jason somehow avenging Jiwoo's death seems like what's happening with him. If PD is not Jiwoo, why was he insisting that Suho do the radio show at the beginning? But if he is Jiwoo, why is Jason being so crazy? If he's Jiwoo's brother or something, wouldn't he know Jiwoo is still alive? I had to look up the wiki again to make sure the drama is really 16 episodes. So for sure next week we'll find out the answers... right?

Besides all that, I'm liking the star dating storyline. I'm sure at least a lot of Highlight fans are watching this and will start to realize that they should just let their idols date without making their lives miserable. Although Kikwang did a short drama with the same premise, not sure if that helped.

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Lollypip's theory does make a lot of sense. Another thing that connects them is that Woo Ji-woo was carrying around his guitar on his back, and PD Lee also has scenes where he's carrying all his stuff on his back. It would explain his insistence on getting Su-ho on his show, and having Song Geu-rim be the one to recruit him (too much coincidence there). But there are two things it doesn't explain:
- whose ashes are in the columbarium?
- and why would PD Lee have changed his name?
Also, he seemed surprised earlier to find out that there had been an accident in front of the building.

One thing that would be really great if PD Lee = Woo Ji-woo would be that Su-ho could apologize, and PD Lee could forgive him. What a relief that would be!

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That's the one thing that's holding me back from thinking that PD Lee or Jason are Woo Ji Woo. Who's in the columbarium? Would Ji Woo have gone so far as to fake his death, especially at such a young age?

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- whose ashes are in the columbarium?

Jimmy Hoffa?

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ROFLMAO!!!!! You sure he's not wearing cement overshoes in the Jersey Meadows?

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General Grant?

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@lindag,

- whose ashes are in the columbarium?
- and why would PD Lee have changed his name?

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Perhaps the urn in the columbarium is empty, and the whole thing was faked by Ms. Nam to convince Su-ho that his friend is dead as part of her isolate-to-control campaign. If he thought Ji-woo were dead, he wouldn't bother to look for him.

Re: PD Lee's surprise at an accident having occurred in front of the building, that could be Ms. Nam's manipulation and misdirection in action. Two accidents may have been purposely conflated, and PD Lee remembers his having happened elsewhere.

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Given Su-ho's father's proclivities, could Ji-woo have been a half-brother to Su-ho -- whose own birth name we've never heard? The boys may have hit it off because of the old "blood calls to blood" trope. Maybe Su-ho has more half-siblings. We've never heard Jason's Korean name, either. It has bugged me from the very beginning. I consider him another potential (half-)sibling.

As noted in ep. 13 recap comments on PD Lee's surname, he may have adopted a stage name. Why? Might he had been scouted by JH Entertainment or some other talent agency?

Potential explanation for Su-ho's shanghaiing of Geu-rim

He may have taken Ji-woo's statement that he was going to make himself known to the girl after the singing competition to mean that he'd do it if he won. Another contestant won, so Su-ho might have thought she was fair game. I chalk it up to his inexperience with having friends, and possibly the emergence of a competitive streak he never knew he had. In the present, he and PD Lee continue to test each other's mettle.

A modest proposal that Geu-rim retain her marbles

I just hope that amidst all these revelations, Geu-rim retains her brains and self-determination. I'll be hopping mad if she turns into a lobotomized shrinking violet. Given all the cutesy romantic stuff, it would probably be an unpopular scenario if Geu-rim were to be angry as hell at Su-ho for fooling her, but I think she has the right to be royally pissed off. If she tells both guys to take a hike, the two long-lost buddies could bury the hatchet and resume their earlier bromance while Geu-rim moves to another station and becomes an award-winning radio scriptwriter at last. Har!

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And what does Joon-woo know, and where/how does he fit in?

Jason seems like a character who lost his way from another show. His manic intensity made him lovable at first, but just weird and scary now. Maybe he is another half-sib who wants to help at the same time that he is enjoying wreaking havoc.

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Eureka! You just reminded me that Ms. Nam broke up Su-ho and Geu-rim when they were in the hospital. What better way to make Geu-rim give up contacting the boy she knows as Woo Ji-woo than to fake his death. Ms. Nam probably knew that Su-ho was using his friend's name in his dealings with her. How deviously brilliant. Not to mention sick.

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So then she might have offered to pay for his life-saving surgery and medical treatment if he would disappear and take on a new identity?? How devious is that!!

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'Cause I'm a little slow when it comes to devious twists, it only just occurred to me that they could have faked the accident!!! He walked right in front of that truck, and the truck screeched to a stop - maybe it was all a set-up. That would explain why PD Lee feels a little guilty toward Su-ho now, like it's his turn to make things right.

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And it would open the door to a revelation scene where Su-ho is being confronted by the media about being a "murderer" (bogus even if Ji-woo did die), and PD Lee saves the day by saying, "I didn't die! I'm alive!!" Teary reunion and mutual forgiveness, clearing the way for Su-ho and Geu-rim to be together with PD Lee's reluctant blessing.

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ROFLMAO!!!

Brava, @lindag! You painted a great scenario! I'd wondered about that possibility as well, but you thought of the mechanism whereby Woo Ji-woo morphs into Lee Kang. Brilliant! ;-)

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I’ve had the same theory about PD being Ji Woo from the beginning, although the columbarium threw me for a minute. I agree that it could totally make sense for evil stepmom to have faked Ji Woo’s death just to keep Soo Ho under her thumb.

I waffle back and forth on Jason. But I can’t help but think writer-nim is only trying to make us think he is a bad guy. I think he sent the cards to shake Soo Ho up and get him to deal with the issues/emotions he has stuffed down for so long. Because making peace with himself is the only way Soo Ho will truly break free and be independent from his awful family.(especially is Jason figured out that Mom faked Ji Woo’s death.) So of course he would be happy for Soo Ho to get upset - and would even be willing to provoke Soo ho enough to take a punch to the face. Anything to get him to face his true emotions.

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Great defense of weirdly maniacal Doc Jason, @bigmomma12345!

Doc Jason is lancing a family's huge, festering emotional boil, and it will be extremely messy -- and very public -- when it pops. It's not just Su-ho's hidden truth. It's the entire dysfunctional family system that has entrapped all of them.

For the life of me, I cannot imagine why Ms. Nam released those photos of Su-ho and Geu-rim smooching in the snowy schoolyard. She must have thought she could shame them into silence somehow. Which is pathetically absurd. All she did was shoot her own company in the foot. If she has investors, they'll be calling for her resignation for destroying shareholder value. Duh!

It's been said that "You're only as sick as your deepest secret." True healing cannot proceed until the poison is expelled. Hats off to Jason for getting the ball rolling with his postcard campaign. Here's hoping the Knetizens go crazy with it and ramp up public opinion on the subject. This will be so satisfying when the lid finally blows. ;-)

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I agree. Jason isn’t truly diabolical. He’s using a technique called flooding to get his patient to a place of catharsis. I think it’s dangerous, though, because his patient still has signs of depression and likely can revert back to that place of suicidality that he was at in his youth, but for a different reason. He’s never mourned the loss of his friend, probably. And has never dealt with the guilt of betraying him and not getting closure of forgiveness which he desperately needs. So, I still don’t like how Jason is portrayed here, being a psychiatrist, it’s not the most ethical thing that he’s doing. He definitely has on ulterior motive for his actions.

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@ally-le March 14, 2018 at 9:44 PM

I agree that what Jason is doing is dangerous, and hope to heck that he's got a supervisor working with him. Perhaps a best-case scenario would have him collaborating with a very much alive Woo Ji-woo who's waiting in the wings to address the guilt and betrayal issues at the appropriate time. (Assuming he is alive after all. If he really is dead because of the accident, then the consequences have to be faced. On the other hand, he could have survived the accident, only to succumb to the medical condition that was eventually going to kill him.)

The thought occurs to me that Geu-rim's presence (and her Mom's!) in his life may provide the kind of emotional support that he was lacking when he tried to kill himself when he was in middle school. If it's time for Su-ho to confront his demons, he's got a couple of compassionate and understanding people who care about him deeply. And that can make all the difference in the world.

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I googled flooding as refered to by @ally and it is a psychological therapy used to treat phobias. Confront your worse fear to deal with it and move past its hold on you. I think Jason is more than alittle too caught up in his case study, but i do think he wants to help Soo Ho. The only time Jason showed anger was when Soo Ho left the island without telling anyone-avoidance behavior again.

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I am a Highlight fan. In fact, I am much older and the only Kpop I like is Highlight. Having said that, I love to see the members are happy and date girls. My son is younger than them but he dates a lot and enjoys his youth. I wish the same for them. Somehow hiding GF/BF sounds a bit shady yet under the crazy fans, one cannot reveal their GF/BF. They must sacrifice their life for fame a lot!

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we’re on the same boat! am rooting for dear Dujun even if the plot twist & turn 360... he should be dating in real life too and should have more intimate (or seems like sensual momenys) in here... praying hard he’ll get special (sexy) gift for SH birthday next week!

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I didn't expect the mystery of this drama to interest me, I was kinda here for cute romance. But now, Jason is reminding me of Park Bo-gum's character in I Remember You, which has my attention on this side plot. I just hope that with the remaining episodes we get sufficient explanations and lots of cute fluff!

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But PBG's character was more compelling, his reasons also. Plus it was revealed quite early so we had more time to understand him. But here they are playing their cards close to their chest even now. So I can't understand his motivations. It's almost the finale- so many mysteries to solve still!

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I just thought the two characters were similar. The shows are not comparable at all, but the similar characterization made me enjoy the side plot a little more. This show really is banking on how cute the two leads are together, because a lot of the other characters feel a little underdeveloped. If this had been a ten-episode drama and cut out a lot of the extra plot points it would maybe be better and suffer less from distracting elements that don't relate to the overall story.

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Wow I read up about sasaeng fans and was truly scared by some of the stories. Although they didn't show much, but the girl entering GR's house scared the living daylights of me. I'm not even this scared at horror or crime dramas heh. And the way they treated her mother,it's not acceptable.

I think SH's mom really loves SH. The way she stormed off saying that without the contract, there's nothing connecting the two of them and also how she won't put up with dad anymore,makes me think that way. But seriously stop barging into his house, just tear up the damn contract, divorce your useless hubby and become a real mom to him. I have a feeling that despite all the hurt he has been meted out by her, he still loves her and if they both drop all the facade,it can become a very strong relationship.

I feel even more sad about PD Lee today. He stayed back to keep the fans at bay repeatedly, stayed at her house during breakfast I think to protect her, bought her some time to sneak off by taking the fangirls for food. I hope you're not Ji woo,because that will be the most heartbreaking ever. Although I admit, Lollypip's deductions are convincing.
I still don't know what's up with Jason. What are you upto dude?

I'm facing whiplash with all the last second turnaround in everyone's personalities. When did SH's father become so affected by someone's words? When GR said that SH wanted to create a real family- his expression made a complete U-turn. Also Writer Ra- finally giving GR some proper advice and (somewhat) standing up for her when others said they were jealous of her, even though the fans were disrupting her life.
Tae ri too- all these other, nicer sides are in my opinion too late. Why can't the writers create lovable Second FL too? They put all their heart into developing the main FL, the second ML, then spare some for the main ML. The second FL always gets the short end of the stick. I have seen so many older dramas following this pattern. But now even the
first ML is developed almost as much as the second ML. What about SFL- I know you people are capable of that: there are plenty of examples-BTIOFL, JBL, INAR(though I haven't watched it completely),GBC etc.
Ok this was a very long rant.

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Thanks for the recap, @lollypip!

This episode was both awesome and infuriating at the same time.

It was awesome because Show is at its best when (1) Su-Ho continues to mature and come into his own, (2) when PD Lee Kang does something unexpected, crazy but awesome, (3) when Geu-Rim is given the chance to connect with someone - in this case, Su-Ho's father, (4) whenever there is a flashback scene because actor who plays Su-Ho's younger self is DAEBAK!

It's wonderful to see Su-Ho grow a backbone and see that his world doesn't fall apart when he is himself. He was able to defend his relationship to his fan club president. (What is it with fangirls in Korean dramas who think they have a right to dictate to their idol who he should date?!) I'm looking at you, LJG fans..... I loved that he knew Not-Mommy-Dearest was blackmailing him...but that the one thing he feared: letting go of that perfect idol facade would break him - didn't.

HAHAHAHA...only PD Lee Kang would think about yelling at fans and then taking them out to dinner. Madness and genius really do seem to go hand-in-hand.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED Geu-Rim's conversation with Su-Ho's father. It gave both of them a chance (and the audience a chance) to see their philosophy on love and power, their relationship to each other, and what happens when they come into conflict with one another. Su-Ho's father's position is rather cynical - although I suspect he thinks himself "realistic". Thumbs up to Geu-Rim not being intimidated by him, and standing her ground - explaining how she believes love is powerful, and how she AND Su-Ho believe that. You go, girl!

The flashback was awesome....I missed the actor who played young Su-Ho. He is just so good! The childhood friendship, first love and betrayal was quite difficult to watch - OoOOOooH, the feels! It was also helpful, although I would have appreciated this perhaps about 2-3 episodes earlier.

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Nam da-reum playing young Suho! I don’t usually remember the young actors but his performance in this show and Just between lovers were really outstanding. Agree that he’s daebak and I’ll be looking out for his future projects!

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Whoops! Hit "send" too soon. Just to finish my other thoughts:

The episode was infuriating because it had a remarkably slow pace to it, to the point of being boring even though each individual scene was quite good. Somehow, they didn't allow for the sum of the parts to really make a coherent episode.

Other thoughts::

Jason is either crazy or evil. And sadly, I'm not sure I care anymore.

Writer La somehow redeemed herself in my eyes when she defended Geu-Rim.

It was actually really painful to watch Geu-Rim's blind mother have to face irate (and frankly, irrational) fans. They were just so disrespectful of her, their obsession with Ji Su Ho blinding them to appropriate and respectful behavior.....I just can't. I wanted to tear out their hair.

The little jealous tiffs between Su-Ho and Geu-Rim...I guess this time it was about kisses...was actually kind of cute. =^.^=

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I really enjoyed this week's episodes of Radio Romance and am finding the backstory to be very interesting.

While I like your theory about PD Lee being Ji-Woo I struggle to think of a valid reason why he and his family would fake his death. I hadn't noticed the similarities between PD Lee and Ji-Woo until you pointed them out but it does make me suspect that they are related somehow. Also, I hope there is a good reason for what Jason is doing. I had thought that he might be a friend or relative of Ji-Woo but now with the similarities between PD Lee and Ji-Woo that seems like too much of a coincidence.

As it relates to the H's step-mother and Tae-ri, both in my opinion are beyond redemption so I'm not buying the drama's whitewashing of their actions. Also, I'm confused about the step-mother indicating that she fears losing the H due to the termination of the contract, especially since I have never seen any indication that she cares for the H as anything other than a money machine. If she had ever treated him as a real mother, with love, she wouldn't have this worry.

Overall, I continue to enjoy this drama (or at least the H/h portion of the show) and will miss it when it wraps up next week.

But please, no noble idiocy or breakups in the final episodes.

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Thanks for your recap and comments, LollyPip!

You and I are on the same page with regard to Ji-woo's potential identity.

http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/03/radio-romance-episode-13/#comment-3211412

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.

If Ji-woo really did survive his childhood illness, it could be that medicine improved in time to discover an effective treatment. It's also possible that he had been misdiagnosed.

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Yay! With more people are on board this crazy theory and coming up with different possibilities of how Woo Ji Woo could have survived the accident, this theory seems v plausible. 🤣

Now that we’re told what a sweet kid Woo ji woo was, being Suho’s only friend and waking him up from his depressed self, I really hope he’s PD Lee!

1) It would tie very nicely with PD Lee’s act of bringing Suho to radio. Looks like an accidental outcome of his crazy act but he’s saving Suho from insomnia and depression once again.

2) This is the only way Suho can be free of his guilt and get his childhood buddy back! I love their frienemism!

3) Woo ji woo has to live beyond 20 years old and grow up to be a crazy-nom like PD Lee. Ashes in the urn be fake!

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You’re all cray-cray! 😜🤣🙄 I can’t accept this. But maybe the writer is crazy too; after all, PD Lee isn’t called “Crazy Gang”’ for nothing.

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I hope PD Lee is WJW for the simple reason that this drama has been mediocre but that would make it genuinely bad. Like, crazy bad. Like, Blood-level bad. Like "you thought you were watching the world's most boring rom-com but now everybody is an alien and the final scene is heading back to their home planet" level of bad. I kind of hope this show ends up being that bad.

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🤣🤣🤣 Don’t do this! Doo-joon is just too precious! But if he was an alien, that would explain how mesmerized I’ve been this entire time. Certainly, a more evolved species could have this much control over my life right now. 😂 👽

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Yoo hoo! Paging Ed Wood.

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I have a papier-mache ball here somewhere...

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@ally-le arch 14, 2018 at 6:40 PM

You're right. But it's actually an evil plot by the mind-controlling Lortonoi. See details in Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers by Harry Harrison.

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@leetennant March 14, 2018 at 8:06 PM

And I have a hubcap from an Edsel. We're in business!

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If after all this PD Lee is not WJW (and WJW is really dead), I might throw a chair or do a hwayugi table split at the writer 🤣. Reader throwing a tantrum here lol.

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Paging Geu-rim. Beanie in need of a hug! :-)

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Yup, and we have so much good company. ;-)

With apologies to the Osmond Brothers, we've jumped off the Cliff of Non-Doom and are now doggie-paddling around "Down by the Crazy Gang" -- har!

It's on my fan wall.

Last one is is a rotten egg. ;-)

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The rabid fangirls' persecution of Geu-rim was bad enough. Their horrid treatment of Geu-rim's mother was beyond the pale. I'll never understand such a mindset. -- I practically cheered when Su-ho told the president of his fan club to butt out of his private life when she lied her way onto his radio show to confront him.

What concerned me even more was Geu-rim's response to hearing an intruder in the apartment. Before she hustled him out, PD Lee had told her to secure the premises. So did she ignore him and leave the front door unlocked (!), or did someone actually break and enter? She should have called the cops. I know that she had been asleep and wasn't thinking straight. But those jerks had been disturbing the peace and should have at least been hauled to the hoosegow.

PD Lee sure had a unique way of making the fangirls see reason. He let them off with a warning shot across the bow, and promised to call the police if they returned. It seems to have worked.

PS: I just realized a few more clues that Woo Ji-woo is indeed alive and well as PD Lee: His statement in the hospital to Soo-ho that since he wasn't going to live to be 20, he was going to have three times as much fun as possible and not burden himself with regrets. I think that's a big clue as to why his adult self conceded romantic defeat as readily as he did. -- Plus PD Lee still has a blast in his daily life as a "wild and crazy guy," and doesn't give a rat's petoot what other people think of him.

Isn't it interesting that the show's second remote broadcast was from the very hospital where the romantic rivalry had occurred 12 years earlier? Talk about returning to the scene of the crime! And the guest was a 16-year-old girl who only had a few months to live.

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Here's a wild theory: What if Lee Gang is not Woo Ji-woo, but the recipient of the latter's heart from a transplant? Say, LG spent lots of time in the hospital due to heart problems, then WJW passed away in that unfortunate accident and LG got his heart!

This might explain the pair's similar mannerisms and LG's attraction towards Geu-rim, for example. However, if this were true, it'd feel out of left field and it'd be ripping off Bubbly Lovely/Love is Drop by Drop (2016), so I'm not very willing to buy into this completely D:

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I like it! A variation on THE SPRING DAY OF MY LIFE, in which Kam Woo-sung meets the recipient of his late wife's heart.

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Oh my gosh, that would be so hilariously awesome. Please let that be true!

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The layers of meta possibilities are growing by such leaps and bounds that they'll soon develop their own gravitational field. ;-)

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I guess this is why people GRAVITATE to fan fiction...

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Transplants do not work like this. If this was true, the drama would stop being mediocre and just be really bad...

...So I kind of hope it's true.

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From your lips to Writer-nim's ear. ;-)

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Well, in Bubbly Lovely it turned out that the male lead resembled the female lead's deceased husband so much precisely because of the heart transplant he'd received... This may not work in real life, but it's definitely plausible in the land of (outrageous) K-drama :P

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Woah, I like this episode a lot. Start from Su Ho and Geu Rim conversation in the beginning, Geu Rim and Su Ho dad scenes, and the childhood story were so touching! Oh, and those kiss in the car of course lol.
@LollyPip, your theory about Ji Woo and Lee Gang make me gasp. It fits well in every aspect! But somehow I wishhhhh that won't come true. I can't imagine Lee Gang to come into their love story once again, not after those confession.
I'm not really surprised about Jason as well since he's behaving so suspicious. But the way I see it when they meet at the end, it was Jason who seems sick. He's like a total psycho!

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I'm so glad we finally got to see some of the things that happened twelve years ago. It was so nice to see that Ji-woo reached out to poor Su-ho first and became his only friend when he really needed someone, but so heartbreaking to know that Su-ho feels guilty because he betrayed his only friend and is now dating that same girl. If @lollypip's and other beanie's theory comes true that Ji-woo is PD Lee or still alive, I am all for it. He looks like an awesome guy that would forgive Su-ho and root for him, seeing that in one of the flashbacks after seeing him kiss Geu-rim he still smiled and waved at him when crossing the street after his performance. If all this is true, I can see that it would fit well in the story.
I still have so many questions though and I hope they get answered. Like how Jason and CEO Nam met? Jason was always shady and he mentioned that JH put him through college and that he knows Su-ho since high school, so when did the spying start and why is he all kinds of weird? Both Jason and CEO Nam sometimes give off vibes that they really do care for Su-ho, but still there are things that need to be uncovered.
Geu-rim and Su-ho are too cute, so hopefully they get over this revelation quickly. Knowing Geu-rim, she will probably be shocked, will need to think about it and walk it off, and then face Su-ho again. She will probably realize that although her first love is a mix of a young Su-ho and Ji-woo's letters, the person she really loves is the present Su-ho. Well, at least I hope that is how it goes!

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Along with the crazy fans trying to stop someone from dating, I don't understand when someone is told they don't "deserve" to date another person. Like, why the hell not?!! What makes him/her better than the other person? Money isn't everything to everyone so what's the big deal? I swear I yell at my tv everytime this is said. Being a celebrity or heir to a fortune doesn't make you better than the average person. UGH.

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Ack, never read the comments!

Except on Dramabeans

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Feels like the drama is dragging out the past issue and I’m not sure if the writer will resolve it well. My apprehension kept growing while I was waiting for Geu Rim to find out the truth. Just when she had an inkling of it, the episode ends! C’mon….

And I’m not surprised Su Ho is having WJW nightmares. I’m just surprised that he hadn’t been conflicted with guilt earlier. Was he too caught up in getting Geu Rim’s recognition and then her love? I can kinda, sorta see him desperately wanting to hold on to Geu Rim and wanting her to reciprocate his feelings. But he really should have laid out the whole truth at the beginning.

Whoa, LollyPip brought up a lot of similarities between Woo Ji Woo and PD Lee. I hadn’t thought of that possibility. I was leaning towards Jason being a brother/cousin/relative to Ji Woo or something after watching this episode. I still have no idea what he’s planning to do to Su Ho now. Ji Woo’s death was not Su Ho’s fault.

Geu Rim had to face Su Ho’s mom last time and now she met his father one-on-one. Of course, she was awesome. It feels like the “bad” characters in this show are becoming subdued, not so threatening anymore.

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You know, as much as I like the idea of theories and stuff, having PD Lee being Woo Ji Woo is sick, especially because here we have SooHo feeling guilty, filled with remorse..like, his character just gets to suffer over the dead of a person that ins't even death???? I understand teaching people a lesson, but he wasn't an adult when the whole thing happened, he was acting like a child, you know? And I don't think he even intended to ever have anything with SGR had JiWoo not died like that, so I just, I consider PD Lee being WJW a sick thing to do, like 'haha suffer and think you killed me because you stole my crush when we were 15' I just no, is he really that immature??? Heck, PD Lee even had like, 4 years worth of SGR to tell her 'hey i like you'... And if it turns out to be true, well count me angry at the writer.
Also, we talk about Jason?, ma child, you're the one who needs a doctor, whats with finding pain in others people's suffering, which, once again, were the doings of a first love born in the adolescent years. Revenge for what? The people at fault are the truck driver and WJW, because honey, you look at both sides of the street before you cross.

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WTH?!? Again, not watched this yet, but http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/03/radio-romance-episode-13/#comment-3211305
thought the PD Lee was Woo-Jin too. I scoffed at first, but now LollyPip is on board this crazy train too! 🤪 Ok, this back story has me officially calling foul if that’s the case.

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But Nam De-reum, he’s the only reason I’m even paying attention to that story.

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Nam De-reum has been great. But he really reminds me more of a young Lee Gang than a young Su-ho.

Lee Ui-woong plays Woo Ji-woo, but that's all the info AsianWiki has on him.

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So far, this drama kind of impressed me, completely exceeded my expectations in some aspects. I mean, every other drama I'd watch would make such a big deal of most situations that were resolved smoothly here. I really appreciate the trust and the communication that's going on between Geu-rim and Su-ho. They genuinely care about their relationship AND THEY TALK THINGS OUT. Seems normal, but KDramas made me used to...other things.

And this to say, I really. really. r e a l l y wish that they talk it out calmly this time as well. I mean, sure, it's a delicate matter. And it is painful. But Geu-rim was not *completely* deceived either; all the moments she had with 'Ji-woo' in the hospital were actually with Su-ho. From a certain point of view, he only used his friend's name - and I am sure he did not truly expect it to turn this bad. He was a child. He was a child in need of affection, experiencing his first love, for heaven's sake!! Although I understand it really was a bad moment to discover it for Ji-woo, and a strong punch into his heart. Not surprising that it left Su-ho so scarred.

But does Geu-rim not like the present Su-ho? She said it herself, when she discovered that he was (supposed to be) her first love; something along the lines 'do you expect me to suddenly fall for you' (not exactly this, I know, but fair enough). It will be a big and painful revelation, but I hope the writers' will keep up the quality of the relationship and will not try to overdramatise this matter just for the usual 'drama just before the end' structure... I'm trying my best to trust them!!

Thank you so much for the recap; although I watch the episodes as soon as they are released with subtitles, I really enjoy reading through the recaps and your comments!!

P.S. As much as your theory could make sense and would be interesting, we only got 2 hours left until the end, and I think it would be too much to take in,, even though it's a very good idea, I don't know if I could truly appreciate it if it was revealed to be true... ugh...

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wow, if PD Lee is Ji-woo, then he gets the award for the most tight-lipped person in the world... he could have told GR long time ago before SH reappeared... I am only staying for the cute faces, the writing of this drama is all over the place... Jason is creepy, the writer is trying to infuse suspense in his character but he is becoming a total turn-off. Only 2 more episodes to go... Thanks LollyPip for the recaps :-)

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One more thing to add to the “PD Lee is Ji Woo”argument - Ji Woo’s hat. Haven’t we seen PD Lee wearing a hat like that quite a few times?

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Ever since Joon-woo became Su-ho's manager, I'm getting more attracted to him! He just seems more manly compared to the earlier episodes. It could be because of the change in his hairstyle too! :D

PD Lee is just so sweet in this episode and Geu-rim's mom is so supercool.

Oh, sometimes Seung-soo (Writer Ra's partner) also gave me Ji-sung's vibes... (Ji-sung, as in Lee Bo-young's hubby)

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Seung-soo is actually a pretty decent guy who used to be married to obnoxious Writer Ra. He still hasn't escaped her gravity well. How he ever ended up with her if beyond me.

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Maybe Lee Gang is Ji Woo but has amnesia (another classic kdrama trope) due to the accident?

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I don't think he currently has amnesia. If he does, it hasn't been apparent to me.

One of the things that had been confusing me was Su-ho's rubbing his right temple because of headaches. That made me suspect that Nam Da-reum was playing Woo Ji-woo, but that's not right because young Su-ho was given the letters to deliver that we've seen in his possession as an adult.

I suspect that Su-ho's right temporal headaches are psychosomatic or sympathetic, and trace back to seeing Ji-woo's head bleeding on the pavement. (The knit cap was a great hiding place for fake blood.)

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As much I earlier thought PD Lee is JW... I’ll go with JW is non-existence anymore and the plot deals with other current issues... yup was thinking about the temple headaches might be something bad that SH been hiding (perhaps terminal - that would be super sad) and his nightmare being chased and bleeding head is yet to be addressed. Plus next episode is SH birthday... what a bad idea to have to break a hidden truth to GR. After the revelation I hope GR forgives and stays the night with birthday boy!

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I'm convinced that Jason is a desperate doctoral student of psychology who is doing some experimental therapy on Su ho. (I can't believe he's actually a doctor.) He figured he would try his accusational letter therapy on him in an attempt to bust through Su ho's emotional walls. He's trying to get his paper published hence the reason he seems deranged.

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Oh, great. Jason as a mad scientist! That explains a lot. ;-)

Seriously though, that's a good hypothesis. Or wouldn't he be a psychiatrist? He's got an MD. (And I'll get a hernia from suspending my disbelief!)

When we'd earlier seen him addressing his colleagues in an auditorium, I had assumed it was during grand rounds.

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I dunno.. It's such a looong shot that PD Lee = Ji woo but their mannerisms surely makes you think so. We haven't heard his reason as to why it had to be Suho who DJs his show, but he seemed sincerely curious about the accident (he even called Jinwoo to ask about it) so I'm not on board this theory. But it is a k-drama.. so anything could happen, I guess lol

and Jason! what is up with him.. I'm kinda thinking he's half-sib with Jiwoo and is out for sorta-revenge while also just enjoying the chaos he's creating with Suho's surroundings.

Can't wait til next week's episodes to wrap things up.

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Yeah, I'd also thought that Jason could be related to Ji-woo. We've never seen his Korean name, so anything goes.

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He could even be his full brother for all we know. And that may be why Su-ho put up with Jason and let Jason get in his face, when he wouldn't let anyone else in.

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I can definitely see that scenario as a possibility.

Now we have to hang by our thumbs until Monday. ;-)

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Yup. I also think this scenario is highly possible, since as you mentioned we don't know Jason's Korean name.

Need Monday to come faster now :)

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Wondering if Jason is just using a very unconventional strategy to get JS to overcome his trauma. He needs to address his feelings and not bottle it all up. I really hope it will not end up with Mom being a good person, with her hiring Jason to help JS and being just misunderstood. That would annoy me a lot.

I am a bit confused by the past flashbacks. JS was delivering the letters at the beginning but then stopped when he realised that he was in love with GR and stopped doing so? And when they finally met he said his name was JW or that is what she assumed and he just never corrected her about it? He was a famous child actor so maybe he could not use his name because of the rules mom imposed on him?

I think he feels more guilty for the accident than about the stealing the girl. Looks like JW was still his friend or at least wanted still to meet with him, maybe to sort out the GR issue? But JS was not courageous enough to face him so he run away which led JW to get run over by the truck.

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If Ms. Nam is suddenly revealed to be misunderstood, I'll be royally peeved.

It's not clear to me when Su-ho stopped delivering Ji-woo's letters to Geu-rim, but I think your assumption is correct.

Yes, I had assumed from the beginning that Su-ho used Woo Ji-woo's name when talking with Geu-rim because he had to maintain his anonymity as a famous child star.

You might be right about Su-ho's feeling more guilty about his friend's death than his own duplicity in rustling the object of Ji-woo's secret affection.

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I really love the twisty theory that PD Lee is Ji Woo but has anyone thought about Jason being Ji Woo? I've thought that for some time now. I agree that Su Ho's mother might have set up the accident and death but I think Jason keeps reporting to her because he is Ji Woo and he and the mother REALLY want to save Su Ho and make him well again so they're both pushing him to emotional extremes to see if they can break his mental impasse. Just a thought. The last two episodes have a lot of 'splainin' to do!!

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If Jason really were the musician formerly known as Woo Ji-woo, that might explain why Ms. Nam paid for him to attend medical school. I've thought about it as a possibility. But Jason said he met Su-ho in high school. I would think that Su-ho would be able to recognize his old buddy from middle school.

I agree, Writer-nim has a lot of explaining to do, and a gazillion loose ends to tie up in the last two episodes.

It would blow my mind if Ms. Nam has been treating Su-ho so miserably for so many years "for his own good." I have major issues with that. Check out Swiss psychiatrist Alice Miller's books Thou Shalt Not Be Aware and For Your Own Good on abusive child-rearing practices. They will curl your toes.

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I was on a trip so I was out of kdrama contact for awhile. I watched episodes 13 and 14 tonight (Sunday). I am looking forward to see how the various story lines come together in this weeks finale.
@lollypip Thanks so much for your recaps and your PD Lee is Ji-woo theory is very interesting. I am not sure that I am sold on it but you could be right. I enjoyed all the beanie comments on this episode.
I believe Ji-woo died in the accident which is what is was.
One of the questions that needs to be answered is why young Soo-ho
had turned around and started walking away from Ji-woo. If I recall JW had smiled and waved to him. This is presumably after he had walked in on the kissing episode. A lot of things need to be explained including what Dr. J has been up to. I had bad vibes about this guy almost from the beginning. I also remember a scene where Jun-woo had paid a visit to the ashes of JW at the columbarium by himself.
Then again Jun-woo had refused SH's cell phone calls on the day of the accident.

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Ok I just feel like this is what I'm thinking and it needs to be said at least once and I haven't seen anyone else say it so here goes: It really seems to me that Jason is a psychopath (or maybe just a sociopath) because he seems to show some pretty classic behavior- acting a certain way or doing things just to watch someone's emotions unfold without any empathy or sense of how it will hurt them. Watching Suho go from very emotionless to very emotional, it's like he's watching a great movie. It's entertainment to him. He also studied psychology so he knows all the little ins and outs of what makes people tick. That's just what seems the most likely to me. Anyone else see that?

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