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Radio Romance: Episode 15

Radio Romance’s penultimate episode delivers all the cute couple moments we could ever want, as well as a lot of answers to the questions that have been burning in our minds for weeks. But as secrets are brought into the light, the consequences must be dealt with, and it’s those consequences that pose the most danger to Su-ho’s newfound happiness with Geu-rim. We can only hope that their love is strong enough to withstand what’s to come.

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

Su-ho comes home to find Geu-rim waiting for him, and he gives her a relieved hug. She asks him to explain why he told her his name was Woo Ji-woo when they first met, and at first he can’t say anything.

Finally Geu-rim says that she remembers there was another boy at the hospital, and she asks if that was Ji-woo. Su-ho works up the courage to tell her that Ji-woo died when he was sixteen “…because of me.”

We see it all play out as Su-ho explains that he met Ji-woo in the hospital. Ji-woo was terminally ill, but Su-ho describes him as strong and cheerful, and how he’d lived an amazingly happy life. The boys had followed Geu-rim around with lovestruck expressions, though Su-ho had kept his feelings from his friend.

Ji-woo had entered a music contest, and had decided to confess to Geu-rim after the semi-finals. When Geu-rim learns that Ji-woo liked her, she asks Su-ho who she used to talk to in the hallways. He says it was him, and that he didn’t let her remove her blindfold because he was scared.

He tells her about impulsively following her home one day and seeing where she lived, after which he started approaching her without Ji-woo knowing. Su-ho confesses that he was too scared to tell Ji-woo he was seeing Geu-rim, but that Ji-woo caught them kissing that day.

But Ji-woo had still texted Su-ho asking him to come watch him perform at the music contest, so Su-ho planned to go. Then he’d bumped into Geu-rim there, and he’d chickened out and run away.

Unfortunately, Su-ho ran into Ji-woo on his way to the competition, and when Ji-woo saw him across the street, Su-ho had turned and walked away. Ji-woo had followed him, and had accidentally walked into the path of the truck that killed him.

Su-ho tries to tell Geu-rim, “He died because of me,” but he can’t say the words. He admits that he didn’t even go to Ji-woo’s funeral — he just slept for weeks, and that’s when he began having trouble sleeping. He tells Geu-rim that he never wanted to see her again, but that when he eventually did, he couldn’t stay away from her.

Geu-rim quietly listens to Su-ho’s story, then leans over to hug him, murmuring sympathetically that she must have reminded him of Ji-woo all this time. Su-ho hesitantly asks if Geu-rim is okay with him after hearing everything. She just says, “You’re Su-ho, and Ji-woo was a friend that you loved. Right now, it’s Su-ho that I love.”

Over at his parents’ house, Su-ho’s mother warns his father to be prepared for Su-ho’s birthday party, since the press will be there. He’s pretty confident, until he gets a text from Da-seul threatening to tell the world that his family is fake.

Su-ho’s mother snaps that she’s done cleaning up after him, so he can just handle this himself. Dad tries to blame Mom for provoking Da-seul, and Mom shoots him the most perfect You have GOT to be kidding me face.

She reminds him that he brought Su-ho home on the same day she miscarried their baby, fighting back the tears in her voice as she says that everything is over if the press finds out. Gathering her composure, she tells Dad to make sure Su-ho shows up at the party tomorrow.

While Geu-rim frowns at the contents of Su-ho’s fridge, Su-ho tells his father over the phone that he’s not going to the party. He hangs up, and Geu-rim wishes him a happy birthday since it’s after midnight. Her bright smile coaxes a grumpy, reluctant smile from him.

She stays the night, but Su-ho lies in bed gulping and staring at the ceiling, ha. Geu-rim chatters at him until he finally snaps at her to shush. She teases him for being shy, so he flips over to face her. He drifts off holding her hand, and Geu-rim stays up for a long time, just looking at his beautiful sleeping face.

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Happy birthday

 

In the morning, Su-ho’s father tries in vain to reach his son while Mom sets up the party venue. Suddenly Da-seul walks in, and she pitches her voice loud enough for Mom to hear her as she notes that they’re having fun after throwing her off a cliff.

She walks right up to Mom and says that since she’s powerful enough to cancel a press conference, then Da-seul plans to follow her around and pester her. She has the nerve to address Mom by name as she tells them both that she’s going to reveal her affair with Dad and the fact of their fake family, since she has nothing to lose.

Geu-rim calls her mom to ask for her seaweed soup recipe. Mom immediately guesses it’s for Su-ho, and Geu-rim looks hilariously guilty. She goes to wake Su-ho, who graces her with an angelic smile when she’s the first thing he sees on his birthday morning. She asks what he wants to do today, and he says that he just wants to spend the day with her, being lazy.

Geu-rim coaxes Su-ho to the kitchen for seaweed soup and birthday cake. She tells him that she felt like a celebrity because she had to hide her face to get the cake, promising to get Su-ho a gift later, while he struggles not to bust out laughing. Geu-rim asks accusingly why he’s smiling, so he tries and fails to look innocent.

He tastes her soup and makes noises like it’s not good. Geu-rim stomps to his end of the table, snapping at him not to eat it, but he snakes an arm around her waist and pulls her in close. Gah, the way he looks at her just kills me. He says he doesn’t need a gift, and she snuggles him happily.

Su-ho’s mother has been trying to call him from his party, where the room is full of reporters and fans. But he doesn’t answer, so she’s forced to tell the party guests that he won’t be there and play a video of him thanking his fans.

Meanwhile, Su-ho and Geu-rim brush their teeth together, and Geu-rim jokes that it feels like a scene from a drama. Su-ho grows serious and says he has a gift for her, then takes her to his room and gives her the box of letters from Ji-woo that he never delivered.

Back when Ji-woo first began asking Su-ho to deliver the letters to Geu-rim, he’d started out delivering them as asked. But eventually he stopped, and kept the letters himself. By the time Ji-woo gave him that last letter, Su-ho had a whole drawer full of them.

Geu-rim looks at the letters, then she asks Su-ho if he ever read them, and he nods that he didn’t. She tells him that they’re addressed to her, but they’re actually for him. She hands the letters to him, and he reads:

Hi, Su-ho. You must be surprised to see that I’m writing to you in my letter to Geu-rim. It’s because I know that you started to like her so much that you haven’t been giving her my letters. That’s why I decided to write to you instead. I wonder when you’ll actually read these?

Did you confess to Geu-rim today? It’s all over your face that you like her. I hope that you and Geu-rim, the people I like most, will be happy together. I don’t know when you’ll read this, but I hope you’ll always be happy even if I’m gone.

Su-ho is dazed by the letter, and Geu-rim jokes that she feels like she’s intruding on Su-ho and Ji-woo’s love. She says softly that Ji-woo gave Su-ho a wonderful birthday gift.

Joon-woo is with Tae-ri, who complains that he’s not taking her to Su-ho’s party. Joon-woo seems annoyed that she forgot what she said when she was drunk (when she’d asked why he hasn’t ever confessed his feelings to her), but he grumpily offers to listen if she wants to talk.

She starts to keep walking, but she’s nearly bowled over by a man on a bike. Joon-woo swoops her out of harm’s way, and when she gets over the shock of being in his arms, she jumps back. Joon-woo fusses at Tae-ri for falling off her high heels, and she snaps that he must like her if he held her that way.

She asks him again to be her manager, but he grumbles that he’s not nice to her because he wants to be her manager. HA, he’s so annoyed that she’s not catching his hints. But Tae-ri tells Joon-woo that if he won’t be her manager, then he may as well be her boyfriend.

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She demands an answer, upset that he’s kept his feelings bottled up for years. In response, Joon-woo grabs her and kisses her, then leans back to gauge her reaction. She doesn’t object, so he goes in for a more thorough kiss. Finally!

Su-ho is ready to go on his birthday date with Geu-rim, but she tells him sheepishly that PD Lee called, and they need to go to the radio station to record a show. He’s grouchy on the drive, but when Geu-rim points out that recording in advance means more time for dates later, Su-ho can’t hide his happy grin. HA, he’s so easy to please.

They record the show, which is all about being free to love the person you love. After the show, PD Lee asks to speak to Su-ho privately, but Joon-woo runs in to get Su-ho and take him home. On the way, he tells Su-ho that his absence from the party is causing some media speculation.

He adds that he’s worried because he can’t reach Su-ho’s mother. Joon-woo also tells Su-ho that he thought Jason seemed strange so he did some digging, and found that he’s reporting to Mom.

Jason happens to be meeting with Mom right now, laughing at the way Su-ho’s missing his own party reflects the general messed-up state of the family. He says that the video of Su-ho felt fake, too, but Mom just glares at him.

He tells her of his confrontation with Su-ho at the columbarium, and how Su-ho got angry and hit him. He says that he saw the real Su-ho, which is why he accepted her request. But Mom retorts incredulously, “I asked you to make Su-ho sane. Do you realize you’re making him a mess?”

Jason seems surprised that she’s not happy with Su-ho’s progress. Mom tells him to go back to the house and report back on things like Su-ho’s schedule, how he’s feeling, and what he’s thinking.

After Joon-woo’s tip-off, Su-ho goes to Jason’s room, where he finds another stack of threatening postcards and Jason’s report on him. When Jason comes home, he finds Su-ho waiting for him. He at least looks ashamed of himself as Su-ho accuses him of using him as a case study and reporting everything to his mother.

Su-ho asks angrily if Jason is finished studying him, and when Jason asks him to stay calm, he wonders if that’s another emotion Jason is studying. He asks what Jason’s intent was in leaving the postcards and case study for him to find, but he doesn’t let him answer. He tells Jason, “What you did to me wasn’t treatment, but a wound. You gave me a new wound.”

Jason tries to defend himself, saying that Su-ho wouldn’t open his heart to anyone, but Su-ho lunges and grabs him. He asks why Jason thinks he’s angry now, then answers his own question: “I’m angry because the first person I considered a real friend after Ji-woo, you… you… you did this to me.” He tells Jason to leave his house immediately.

Da-seul follows through on her threat to talk to the press about Su-ho’s family. She even recorded her confrontation with Su-ho’s parents, and soon everyone is watching her interview that Su-ho’s family isn’t as perfect as they pretend to be.

Worried, Geu-rim calls Su-ho to tell him about the article. He goes to her house, where she lends him Plant Su-ho for support. Su-ho says that he envies Geu-rim for having a cheerful and warm mother, but she says he’s also cheerful and warm, and that he loves his mother.

She tells Su-ho that he shows his true feelings when he’s with someone he loves. She says she’s watched him with his mother, and that she’s sure his mother knows how he feels.

Su-ho goes back to PD Lee to tell him that he’ll be holding a press conference tomorrow to address the rumors about his family. He says that he wanted to tell PD Lee first in case it affects the radio show. PD Lee wishes him luck and says that he and Geu-rim will wait in the booth until he comes back.

When he goes to his parents’ house, Su-ho finds his mother morosely watching Da-seul’s interview. He tells her that he’ll fix everything: “If we have any chance to be a bit happier, this is it.”

He goes home to find his father getting drunk on wine. Su-ho pleads with his dad to go home and be with Mom, and to think of her first just this once. Dad whines that Mom never lets him close, and he looks shocked when Su-ho tells him that she’s a wreck whenever he’s with one of his women.

The next morning, Su-ho heads to the press conference. Just before he goes in, Mom stops him to ask what he’s planning to do, but he just squeezes her hand and walks past her. Joon-woo and Mom are there as expected, and so is Jason, all of them looking concerned.

Su-ho takes the podium, where he tells the curious reporters the truth: that his family is a fake. He admits that they manipulated the public sentiment, and benefited by using the family brand for their businesses. He also confesses that he’s not his mother’s biological son, and in the audience, his mother wilts.

But he’s not finished — he continues that this knowledge was traumatic when he was young, and that he feels like his existence hurt his family. He says that the lies his parents told were all for him, and that if he hadn’t been born, those lies wouldn’t have been necessary.

He says, “However, my mother raised me as her son until now. She may not be my real mother, but she did her best to bring me here. Honestly, I don’t know what a real mom is like since I never had one. But if you call someone who is with her child every moment of her life a mother, then Nam Joo-ha is my mother.”

Su-ho looks out into the audience at his mother, and she looks back at him with something that looks like pride and love.

On the set, Tae-ri hears a rumor that Su-ho will be removed from the drama because of his family’s lies. She snarls at the offenders that all families are like that, asking how perfect their families are. She snaps that her own parents cheated and got a divorce, furiously inviting them to criticize her father for leaving her at a young age.

She calls Joon-woo later, crying and wanting to see Su-ho. He reminds her that Su-ho won’t want to see her after she threatened him with the recording, and she wails that she would never have actually done it. She says she didn’t know how much Su-ho was hurting, feeling remorseful at how she made things worse. I love that Joon-woo doesn’t even acknowledge her histrionics — he’s going to be so good for her.

Geu-rim watches the press conference from home, and she calls Su-ho that evening. He’s hiding out at Joon-woo’s place, and he tells her that he’s fine as long as he has her. They hang up, but neither of them looks as okay as they say they are.

The next day, Station Manager Kang asks PD Lee if he plans to keep Su-ho as his DJ, considering all the scandalous news reports and rumors of lawsuits. PD Lee quips that it’s fine, because everyone is asleep at 4 a.m. anyway, ha. He says they all have family problems, and Su-ho is still the same guy he was yesterday.

The drama producers feel differently — they inform Su-ho that he’s being removed from the drama. They demand that he repay them for the damages, surprised when he easily agrees. They don’t notice his tiny smile, happy that he doesn’t have to do the drama anymore.

He heads to his parents’ house to find his father drunk again and his mother suggesting divorce. His father slurs that Geu-rim will be haunted by this scandal for the rest of her life, asking if Su-ho is okay with that. It hits a nerve, and when Geu-rim calls him later, Su-ho doesn’t answer.

She calls Joon-woo, who tells her that Su-ho won’t be home for a while. She calls Su-ho again, and this time he answers, but he lies that he’s at Joon-woo’s house. He’s actually at the overlook where Geu-rim first hugged him, and he says he can’t see her today.

After they hang up, Su-ho stands looking at the view for a very long time. After a while, Geu-rim walks up behind him and grabs him in a backhug, asking cheekily if this is where Joon-woo lives. She knows that Su-ho didn’t come to her because he was worried if she could be happy with him.

But she tells Su-ho that she decided to hold onto him anyway, just like he decided when it hurt to be with her because of Ji-woo. She says she’s not the kind of person who will only stick around when things are going well, and Su-ho finally turns to face her.

Geu-rim takes his face in his hands and says, “Whoever you are, I will stay by your side.” She kisses him, and Su-ho looks at her like she’s his whole world. He pulls her closer and kisses her back, and they stay that way for a very long time.

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Running to be with you

 

COMMENTS

Now that we know the whole story behind Ji-woo’s death, it’s no wonder that Su-ho was still traumatized by it so many years later. Not only did he betray his friend by liking the girl he liked, he using his name to spend time with her, and got caught kissing her. Then Ji-woo still forgave him, and still wanted him to come to his competition. But Su-ho was too ashamed to face his friend, and because of that, Ji-woo died too early. It’s no wonder that Su-ho’s never felt safe enough to make another friend or date anyone, since the one time he tried that, it ended in tragedy.

But to find out now that Ji-woo knew all along, and that he still loved Su-ho and wanted him and Geu-rim to be happy, must give Su-ho such mixed feelings. On the one hand, he can let go of his guilt and self-loathing and know that Ji-woo understood that Su-ho had a future where he only had a few years left. But on the other hand, Su-ho wasted so many years that he could have spent with Geu-rim, because he didn’t read those letters. But they were so young, so it’s possible that they wouldn’t have stayed together even if Su-ho had read the letters. Even though it meant that Su-ho had to suffer for a while, this way they were able to confirm their love as adults and will probably have a more sure future together.

I knew that Geu-rim would handle Su-ho’s confession well, but she was so impressive — she never even blinked an eye. She understood immediately that it was never Ji-woo she liked back when they were kids, but that it was always Su-ho. And she doesn’t blame Su-ho for what really boiled down to a tragic accident, or for not telling her sooner. It was so sweet when he asked if she was okay after hearing his story, and she was just, “Why wouldn’t I be?” Su-ho’s been so busy slaying his dragons that Geu-rim knows that it wasn’t the right time for him to tell her the truth. I just love that she’s so unflinchingly open with her feelings and that she doesn’t expect Su-ho to be anything but who he is right now.

Speaking of their relationship, this may seem like a strange thing to be happy about, but I love that this show doesn’t skimp on the kisses, and that we even got a bed scene, innocent though it was. I’ve seen so many prudish portrayals of supposedly adult relationships in dramaland, and I’d worried that this would be a show where we got maybe one wide-eyed kiss and that would be it, mostly due to Kim So-hyun’s real-life age. So I’m enjoying very much that the writer has made the characters their own people, and is treating Geu-rim and Su-ho as the adults they are (and in that context, the chaste overnight scene still makes sense, since Su-ho has admitted that he hasn’t dated at all as an adult). I just like to see my drama characters behaving in realistic ways, so seeing these two being so affectionate with each other, sharing kisses that actually look like kisses and struggling with their desire for each other, just makes me superficially happy.

This episode finally made Jason’s intentions clear, which is a relief because I’ve gone back and forth so many times with him, I have whiplash. I think that his intentions were good, but he used some potentially harmful techniques on Su-ho without his knowledge or permission, so that even though Su-ho did make some breakthroughs, Jason only ended up damaging their friendship in the end. Jason forgot to honor his patient’s trust, both in his choice of treatments and in his betrayal by reporting to Su-ho’s mother, and I don’t blame Su-ho for kicking him out. I still hope they can reconcile because I’ve always felt that Jason genuinely cares for Su-ho, but he’s got a whole lot of apologizing to do first.

I’m surprised by the way Su-ho’s mother has become sympathetic, after all she’s done. I truly considered her one of the most heartless of antagonists, but the narrative was subtly turned around until we realized that her iron grip on Su-ho isn’t because she hates him for being her husband’s out-of-wedlock child, but because she had no control over her philandering husband. I still think that the way she told young Su-ho that he wasn’t her son was unforgivable, and none of it excuses the way she controlled every aspect of his life for decades. And I don’t believe she had Su-ho’s well-being at heart by hiring Jason supposedly to help him, because she wasn’t ever interested in Su-ho’s happiness and only wanted to know his whereabouts and plans. But it’s obvious that Su-ho loves her very much (he wouldn’t be so destroyed by her if he didn’t love her), and that she loves him in her own way. I hope they ditch Selfish Cheater Dad and find a way to rewrite their relationship, and figure out how to express their love in healthier ways.

 
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Overall, a good episode. Geu-rim has turned out to be one of the better k-drama h. However, I am not on-board with the "redemption" of the step-mother as a cheating husband doesn't negate a years of cruel and indifferent treatment towards the H. I'm also not on-board with the redemption of Tae-ri as I believe she would have betrayed the H if she thought I would have advanced her career.

The best thing about this drama has always been the H/h romance and the childhood flashback.

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I also really liked that this was one of those rare k-dramas that managed avoided noble idiocy. Not many manage to do that.

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Just here for taeri and JoonWoo, that’s all that matters.

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WOW, JI WOO’S LETTER! Oooooh, the feels!

Well, if that doesn’t pull your heart strings, I don’t know what will. What a wonderful friendship that even in the midst of betrayal, Ji Woo magnanimously wished Geu-Rim and Su-Ho well. He saw not only Su-Ho’s growing attraction to Geu-Rim, but even knew about his betrayal, and yet forgave him and wished him the best. What a true friend.

Geu-Rim was, as usual, so insightful and mature about it: saying she felt she had intruded into the relationship between Su-Ho and Ji-Woo. <3

WOW, SU-HO’S DEFENSE OF HIS MOTHER MORE feels!

I was expecting him to defend her at the press conference, but it was nonetheless touching to see how it affected her so deeply. She has had to endure such pain and betrayal in secrecy for so long, it was lovely to see him repay, acknowledge, and vindicate her as a son. I found his tribute to her very touching given that he has suffered by her hand. But, I think it’s because he realizes both of them have been hurt by his father’s irresponsible actions.

The episodes continue to have really slow pacing problems. I suspect it’s because the story is too thin as it is written. This is a shame because there are so many tangential stories that would make the main plot line richer:

(1) we never explored how Su-Ho and Jason became friends,

(2) we never got to see how Su-Ho’s father and wife went from marrying one another to this estranged relationship.

(3) We don’t really understand the motivation for Su-Ho’s father’s action, and his utter inability to see his responsibility in making his family so miserable. He’s like a child who never grew up.

Those would have been equally interesting storylines which never materialised. Another avenue could have been Geu-Rim’s adjustment to dating an idol - lots of fodder there one could write about. But, I think what is most disappointing is that the best scenes were the ones when Su-Ho was on the radio, interacting with his guests (the children).

Oh, Jason’s still around……..aaaaaaand his character really doesn’t make any sense now. *yawn*

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I haven't seen the episode yet. But, if this was the big reveal about Jason... yes, what's the point of this character!!?!

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The whole thing has be so anaemic that I kind of don't care that the characters don't make sense. There's this thing in kdramas where all the protagonists get forgiven in episode 15 regardless of how badly they've behaved. They clearly want Su-Ho's father to be forgiven as well because "divorce is bad" or something. Divorce would have been the best thing to happen to this family. And Jason is suddenly not so bad and Tae-ri regrets everything. Whatever.

At least it's not as bad as e.g. Shopping King Louis where the guy who tried to murder him starts crying and begging forgiveness because he "never really meant to hurt him" and we're supposed to forget that he ordered his murder not once but twice.

I could write something about the irony of a show about cutting through superficial facades being in the end a superficial façade but I can't be bothered.

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Aww woo ji woo is so sweet he’s not real! Him forgiving su ho and writing him that letter is just... my heart’s melting. Su ho is blessed to have people around him who loves him for who he is.

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But how much trouble would it have saved if Ji-woo had just told Soo-ho he was ok with Soo-ho like GR, instead of writing it in a letter that might not be read for years.

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That's too logical, @lordcobol. We're in Dramaland, after all. Such a situation would deprive us of feels, and angst and plot....... :P ;)

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Yeah I actually felt like that wasn't a heartwarming moment but just made Soo-hu feel worse.

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Because it would betray the fact that he's sweet that way. Romantic even. After all, if he didn't die, I bet he would be a musician and such people as well as artists, poets, writers...are like that.

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I can see why Kim So Hyun wanted to take this role. While she was in Ruler, her heroine was helpless kind of girl. She was as if wall flower and I hated it. She was wasted in Ruler. She must have craved to play a girl who has a heart and tenacious and spunky when she needs to be.
The drama follows some Kdrama tropes but never ends how it is supposed to end with cliche, ie she offers to cook and instead of doing a fab job with her chef like cooking skills, it turned out that she is a terrible cook.
It's pity because the writing could have been better. But I am satisfied with the slow- burning -not- so -complicated- romance drama.

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When I read your comment, I was like oh that makes sense on why KSH picked this project. I saw Ruler as well and while she did a good job with what she had, her character was frustrating that I focused all my attention to the mainlead. But in RR, I am really loving Geu-rim and have been rooting for her in her career and in her love life. I sometimes get distracted by the main lead, but I'm watching for both of them and not just one.

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Yes, even if I do like Ruler but GeuRim is waaaayyy a better character. Despite the rating, i'm glad she take this drama.

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Hi joy. Interesting that after Mask (AGB Nielson Nationwide Average rating12.4% for the series) both Yoo Seung-ho (INAR-3.22%) and Kim So-hyun (RR-3.9%) acted in contemporary romantic dramas
that were not ratings winners. Nevertheless I think both actors can be proud of their work in each series.

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Agree, this was a really good role for her after Ruler. I was so disappointed with how her character was written there - kept waiting for the original strong female character to come back but alas, she disappeared into thin air.

Radio Romance gave us many cute OTP moments (*squee* YDJ) but ultimately I will remember it for Song Geu Rim, who was sassy, unwavering in her loyalty to Ji Su Ho, and an all-round well balanced female lead. She was such a relatable character, like someone I would come across in my everyday life.

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This was such a good drama for KSH as an actor. She played her role with so much maturity and subtely that its hard to believe she's only 18. I think she's made great headway as an actress in her career and I appreciate her endless persistence to be a better actor. All she needs now is just 1 solid drama with consistent writing to set the stage.

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I really enjoyed this penultimate episode. We got lots of cute! Plus, we got answers and poignant moments. I'm going into the last episode hoping that it all gets wrapped up well. I think we didn't see Lee PD enough in this episode so I'm sure he will be prominent in the last because I really like the bromance/frenemy vibe he had with Su-ho. It would be nice for Su-ho to start having new good friends like Ji-woo.

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I don't know if I should be happy or sad to know that Ji Woo knew about So Hoo's crush. I mean, in real life, if it happened to me, I'd blame myself even more. But yea, drama is drama.
I forgot about this doubt the moment we got to the last part of the episode. Hehe

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What a beautiful, strong willed, independent, intelligent and understanding heroine. Geu-Rim's character is a rare find in dramaland.

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Literally the only thing in this show I've found compelling overall. The whole thing has been quite anaemic for me but she is such a great character. Just so mature, calm, rational and kind.

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Its a rare character for a korean drama and I'm mighty impressed by her. I always liked her but now I have new found admiration for her.

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Geu-rim walks up behind him and grabs him in a backhug

Be careful. How many tv shows and movies have there been where someone looks like someone else? Be embarrassing grab the wrong guy. Sadly, I don't look at all like any k-star from any angle.

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lololol this has happened to me twice in my life XD the first time I was 8 and like I usually did I walked away from my parents because I saw something I liked and then I lost my way around the store and from afar I saw my dad by the CD section and ran all the way to him and hugged him from behind and shouted "Daddy!" and then the guy turned around and lo' and behold it wasn't my dad, just someone with the same jacket XD. It was so embarrassing, I ran away hahaha.

The second time was at school. I am two and half years older than my younger sister so I usually took time from my break to walk to her grade's lunch table and see if she was alright, and as a habit i usually came from behind covered her eyes and kissed her on the cheek because I knew she hated the sibling affection in public hahaha. Then one day she and her best friend traded hair ties and bows and I ended up doing that to her best friend, again it was embarrassing but this time I just pretended nothing had happened and just asked her friend about my little sister's whereabouts XD.

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She starts to keep walking, but she’s nearly bowled over by a man on a bike. Joon-woo swoops her out of harm’s way, and

Ah, the old bicycle/motorcycle/car of matchmaking. If they had more of them in real life, Korea wouldn't have such a low birth rate.

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Or is it that in real life people aren't being swooped out of harm's way? If you're taken out by the truck of doom baby-making is off the table. So really, dramas might be some sort of public service announcement showing the people of Korea how to swoop and save.

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The "Korean Swoop and Save" technique should be taught in schools sorta like the Heimlich maneuver.

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It could be taught alongside the Legally Blonde "Bend and Snap"

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Or maybe a public service announcement on how to RUN when a honking truck of doom is bearing down upon you. Instead of trying to stare it down. O-O

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@crazyjason Well, don't go trying to teach too much all at once. Actually moving yourself out of the way of a moving vehicle is an advanced skill. Baby steps.

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Indeed

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I actually do know someone who met her husband this way. She was on vacation, he pulled her out of the way of a speeding car, and they got married a few months later :)

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A Cupid Bike right after the Truck of Doom and before the Dead Fish Kiss. I was rolling my eyes so hard and that was before the EPIC light back touch and brotherly pecks highlighted by the three-angle technique. Parts of this episode were so bad.

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The three angle editing was so overdone as to be laughable. Were they trying to stretch for time because of lack of content?

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so freakin true! lowest birthrate in the OECD could be fixed simply if real life were like the dramas.

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Except the part where in kdramas they keep the clothes on when they hop into bed. That can't help the birthrate.

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Well, you never know. I saw Bride of the Century.

Both bride and groom were fully and completely clothed, including jewelry, for the wedding night. Still fully and completely clothed, including jewelry, when they woke up the morning after.

And there was still a baby 10 months later.

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LOL what is this random convo?

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The random convos are what make Beanies my favorite people on the internet.

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To add to the random convo, I just watched Fifty Shades of Grey for the first time a couple of weeks ago at the insistence of my co-worker. He totally did the "Swoop and Save" and I thought he must watched K-dramas. Lol.

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This episode was cute and frustration-free due to the focus on our OTP. I was a bit anxious about Geu Rim’s reaction to the truth and wondered if the writer was gonna to make it overly dramatic/angsty in the last hour. However, Geu Rim’s reaction was completely in line with her reasonable, solid character.

Ji Woo’s letters to Su Ho!! That was a pleasant surprise.
Made me tear up, that precious boy.

Su Ho’s father is still pathetic as ever, but I felt a little more sympathy towards his mother this time. She just seemed tired of fighting with his father. She was losing control and seemed to give up. I’d like to see her and Su Ho get past the scandal and change their relationship towards a healthier one.

That last scene. Su Ho’s eyes. His intense stare always gets me!

Just realized that Writer Ra never appeared during this episode. She wasn’t missed.

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I didn't even realize that (about Writer Ra); definitely baggage, that one.

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I think this episode was the best of all the ones aired till now. I loved the back story and how the two leads handled the situation. SuHo told her everything when GeuRim asked him about JiWoo. She also did not react like a typical kdrama heroine.
That being said, I found the romance scenes bit weird to my taste. It's probably because I know the actress's age and I had always found her doing younger roles. Also, in this drama, I found she was potrayed as a girl who was way too good to be true. I want her to take up a little meaner roles. I had loved her acting in rooftop prince. If I remember correctly, she also was just a little mean in I Hear Your Voice.

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And one of her was a bit mean in School 2015, at least at first, at least on the surface.

What put her on the map for me was in Missing You where kids were giving her a murder's daughter, but one time she went full on threatening/murderess to scare them.

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I have not yet watched those two dramas yet. Missing you is on my list. It has a great cast.
I do hope KSH takes grey-shaded roles in future.

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I wouldn't recommend Missing You, especially after everyone grows up. Javabeans rated it an "F".
School, on the other hand....

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Oh. Thanks for the tip :)

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I've seen her be a bit mean in most of her roles and the latest one was in While You Were Sleeping. She has a mean streak or bratiness about her. Which is why I find her role here so different and it really is one of my favorite female kdrama character. The way she was portrayed by KSY, the little nuances, were so perfect.

Usually the writer needs to give the heroine a quirky trait or make use of the hero's infatuation to endear the heroine to the audience. But it was not necessary here. I like her from what I see of her as a person. Does she seem too perfect to be true? Maybe to some, but she is not without fault or weaknesses (doormat, can't cook, can't write well). I love that despite her optimism and forgiving nature, KSH never portrays her as naive.

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That's what I feel too. She has many weaknesses and she is at times naive but not to the extent that it bothers me. I mean I might be that level of naive as well for all I know. Its the level that most people are. I didn't understand the obsession of some people wanting her to be aggressive to her bosses. I mean if I got a job I loved and wanted my whole life I'd do everything in my power to keep it even if it means to be a bit of a doormat. Quitting every job just because your boss is a pain would leave us all unemployed with an endless stack of unpaid bills. I liked that she adjusted to her surroundings without entirely giving up her self respect. That's not being a doormat its called survival.

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TRASH. That's what this dad is. His character is so cowardly and one of the most despicable ones I've seen lately in dramaland. Even though Su-ho's mom was totally wrong to let Su-ho know he wasn't her son the way she did, I feel like she loves Su-ho in her own way, and if maybe her husband hadn't been constantly cheating, she would have been much different in her affections.

All I want now is is for Su-ho and his mom to kick the dad out and live together getting to know each other better (I want a situation like Marriage Not Dating to happen).

Manager Hyung and Tae-Ri's kiss was HOT. I want kisses like that for our main leads. I still think Tae-Ri is a brat and am not very fond of her at all, but sighh what can I do if that's who Manager Hyung wants.

One question is left. Is Ji-woo alive and who is it? Hmmm. Hold on that's two questions lol.

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Omg, I did not see the Manager Hyung and Tae Ri kiss coming and I squealed so loud I surprised myself because I had not even know I wanted that to happen. But it was HOT and done so spontaneously. Did I mention it was HOT? Phew....

I doubt Ji Woo is still alive. I've always known that storyline was just as straight forward as they made it out to be and was trolling everyone with the Jason and PD Lee thread. I'm glad there was no "not-really-dead" re-appearance or far-fetched revelation.

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That kiss was HOT LOL. I am really liking the actor playing Manager Hyung. Me too, dude I didn't even realize this was the second to last episode hahaha. They don't have time to bring out any reveals.

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Ji Woo! Too adorable. They've made me officially want a surprise-ji-woo-is-alive twist. Even if it doesn't end up making all the sense...

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I would have enjoyed how delightfully anti-climactic this was - and all because of Geu Rim just being awesome throughout - but I was too distracted by the awful clichéd directing. A Truck of Doom, a Cupid Bike and a Dead Fish Kiss all within 20 minutes of each other? Every hand-hold, brotherly peck and hug repeated three times as though it was EPIC? It was super distracting.

After this show has finished, I may forget it ever existed. How pedestrian in the end.

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I hate the 3 view, repeated kisses. That was distracting. Just kiss and do it well already. With that said, which writer was at the helm today, chingu?

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Writer zzzzzz....

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😂 I did feel there were some sweet moments In this one. It was more emotionally satisfying overall than the previous few episodes, even with the obvious wheel-o’-tropes.

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I feel a lot of the more meaningful metaphors and imagery have left completely but this was still writer 1, clichés notwithstanding.

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Geu Rim was completely awesome and mature, loving and understanding. She was so well grounded and self assured that she handled everything with complete grace. But where in the world does such a perfect person exist? I can only conclude that she is either an angel or an alien.
Which is my problem with her character. She is too perfect.

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I disagree. She tries to deal with conflict by sliding through it and that's why her career stalled. She has actually had an arc because she started the show as a determined people-pleaser who wanted everyone to like her and so responded to conflict by ignoring it. She's gotten far more comfortable with criticism and is not scared to have people dislike her, which has been important for her in dealing with Su-Ho's fan nonsense.

If there's a problem it's that all of this has been done in broad strokes and shorthand, which is the biggest problem for the writing of the show.

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I do agree with you that she did grow more of a backbone in dealing with people, but her responses were so perfect. It seemed like she never said the wrong thing at the wrong time. She was so even keeled. While I admire that in a person, its hard to believe that she never had any crazy moments.

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I do want to add that KSH playing such a mature character was pretty amazing. Most of the time, she was able to convince me that she was older and wiser than her 18 years.

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I agree. Regardless of the quality of the show, I understand why she wanted to take this part.

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I'm sad that SGR will be one of the more underrated female characters but I'm glad KSH took this role.

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Nice and warm episode. WJW letter bring my eyes teary. Who would know that he knew all along thar SuHo start to like GeuRim and even gave them blessing.
I really like GeuRim character here, she really didn't sway even for a little. She stayed true to her character throughout the drama.
And there's no "I will leave you because it is better for you" moment in this drama.
And the kiss, finally a real kiss! Kim SoHyun did well for her first time. Best thing in this episode lol.

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Nice and warm episode. WJW letter bring my eyes teary. Who would know that he knew all along thar SuHo start to like GeuRim and even gave them blessing.
I really like GeuRim character here, she really didn't sway even for a little. She stayed true to her character throughout the drama.
And there's no "I will leave you because it is better for you" moment in this drama.
And the kiss, finally a real kiss! Kim SoHyun did well for her first time. Best thing in this episode lol.

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You know, Radio Romance reminds a lot of Oh My Venus, where the two main characters came together out of sheer coincidence and ended up being each others person. I loved OMV because there was no shitty ass love triangle or things that would make you go 'aagghhh' at the writers, the main conflict was within the main character, and I feel that Radio Romance is the same, we could have had so many angsty moments, with unnecessary things, and yet we didn't. I liked this drama, do I think the writing could have been better? sure, but it was a nice script and I would like to follow this writer in their next drama. I also felt like a proud mama at the end of this episode! You go KSH!! You go! The kiss was led by Doojoon but I don't care, she managed to look nice and do the job! Listen, I was just so happy to no see her static, i hate when lady leads do that, IT IS UNNERVING

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Yes, I was just thinking that throughout the show, there were many parts where the couple could have gone angsty or noble idiot and I was holding my breath going “oh nooo...”. But our couple never went there, so towards the last few episodes I had a lot more faith in the writer and could watch the show without that anxiety. For an old school drama with bicycle troupe (I actually liked this one, call me a sucker lol), the writer knew what to avoid. I would also argue that the pacing was good and childhood reveal was well thoughtout. The chemistry between the young actors and our main leads played a big part as well!

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I finally got my adorable Doo-joon wish and went to sleep happy. Nothing else really matters to me anymore. And Nam Da-reum flashback was just the cherry on top.

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That twist on Ji woo's letter made me tear up😭😭😭

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I am sorry but Dr. Jason does not get a pass on his despicable behavior towards Soo-ho.
Remember, JH ( that is Mom) paid for his medical training. She wanted a return on her investment.
I propose sending Dr. Jason to work for a couple of years in the prison in Cross where Dr. Kang In-gyu (Go Kyung-pyo) went seeking revenge. He can reflect on his actions and the Hippocratic Oath. Then again maybe Doctors in Korea don't take the HO.

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"Then again maybe Doctors in Korea don't take the HO." Is that is a bit too rich to make such a statement?

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Hi zitaliam. Sorry for the offense. Post made with tongue firmly in cheek. Lesson learned. I have to be careful not to paint with the broad brush.

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I'm just going to react to the story, because I stopped watching this drama ages ago. Even Yoon Park with facial hair was not enough to make me soldier through episodes of bad writing.

I actually liked that Su-ho showed compassion for his mother and that it seems like this debacle for their family will constitute a fresh start. Maybe I'm just biased because I like the actress playing Su-ho's mother, but I'm glad that this dysfunctional family just might get a chance to be happy after all.

I also like that the show doesn't let Jason off the hook. A resounding yes to Su-ho's "You gave me a new wound." Su-ho's mother has been a bad mother all this time, but it could be argued, as it can be argued of many bad parents, that she simply didn't know better. (That doesn't excuse bad parenting, of course.) But Jason is a professional – trained and certified – and he knew what he was doing when he acted unethically towards his patient. He didn't just fail to protect Su-ho – protection being his first duty – he actively hurt him. So much for "do no harm." (I'm a nurse, so I feel strongly about this.) I like that the show didn't gloss over that.

Thank you, Geu-rim, for not going down the noble-idiot path. I lost interest in the childhood backstory as soon as it was established that Su-ho knew Geu-rim from before.

And thank you, show, for no Writer Ra this episode.

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Personally, I'm not happy with the progression of Mom and Suho's relationship. I think it must be a trope in k-drama because the forgiveness and acceptance of abusive parents is something I see quite often? Imo, it's a terrible message to send. Her love (debatable. btw) does not negate the harm she has done to her child. In reality, a lot of abusive parents love their kids... People are complicated, yes. It doesn't change what she did, like at all.

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