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Radio Romance: Episode 16 (Final)

With Geu-rim for love and support, Su-ho has managed to take control of his life. In turn, he’s helped her realize her own dreams, and now they can move forward together with nothing in their way. Life is never perfect, but so long as they have each other, they’ll never lack for love.

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

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Sleep with me

 

Geu-rim and Su-ho walk together, and Geu-rim asks if he’s ever walked hand-in-hand with anyone this way. He says she’s the first, and that she’s also the first person he cried with. She tells him that he can crash at her place while the reporters are camping out at his house, but when he worries about reporters stalking her, too, she thinks of another place he can sleep.

She takes him to the sleeping room at the radio station and says that she can work on the script while he rests. He’s not content with that, so he convinces her to stay with him. They snuggle up in the same bed, and when Geu-rim reassures Su-ho that she won’t be fired if they’re caught, he asks her to sleep here until the show starts.

When PD Lee arrives at the booth, he asks if Su-ho is okay after his dramatic press conference. They decide to do the show live, though PD Lee says that Su-ho will have to lead since they have nothing planned. Like a pro, Su-ho just says that’s radio.

PD Lee admits that when they first started, he just wanted to benefit from Su-ho’s popularity. But now his popularity and image don’t matter, and he just likes Su-ho for who he is. Awww. And HA, Su-ho just asks dryly, “Why are you telling me this?”

When they’re on the air, Su-ho openly addresses the fact that people are talking about him and his family lately. He says that coming clean has given him peace of mind, and that since he took off his mask, he’s been doing things he’s never done before.

Inspired by Geu-rim’s questions earlier, he continues that it’s his first time loving someone, and his first time being loved. He also cried and laughed for the first time, and slept deeply for the first time. It was his first time being brave for someone, and his first time learning that when someone hugs you, they’re willing to embrace your life.

He concludes, “That’s why I want to say this for the first time. I’m also willing to embrace her life.” He looks over at Geu-rim, and she smiles.

Jason is leaving the house when Su-ho comes home, and they sit to talk. Jason explains that he was worried about Su-ho’s fake smiles, and he wanted to free him from his past and help him feel real emotions. He says that he thought Su-ho should face his trauma, and that he genuinely wanted to help as his friend and doctor.

But he continues that what Su-ho really needed was sympathy, like Geu-rim offers him. He apologizes, and Su-ho says that he can go. Before he does, Jason adds that Su-ho’s mother felt the same way — that she just wanted to know the real Su-ho, and to understand him.

SM Kang brings PD Lee in for a meeting, but PD Lee already knows that the Korea Communications Commission is upset that Su-ho spoke about his personal issue on-air. He offers to do meet with them, and SM Kang advises him to just stay calm and be respectful. I have a bad feeling about this.

Su-ho goes to see his mother, who’s finally presented her no-good philandering husband with divorce papers. Su-ho says that he knows it must have been difficult for her to look at him all these years, but he’s thought about why she never threw him away, but instead turned him into the celebrity he is now.

Mom remembers that she told him he wasn’t her son on his birthday. She admits that after saying that, she lived in pain every day, but he still called her his mother. She says that no matter how much she denies it, he’s always there, and she gives him a tiny, hopeful smile.

Not long after, PD Lee turns heads at the station when he struts by in a suit, on his way to talk to the Korea Communications Committee — damn, he cleans up nice. Before he goes, Geu-rim questions him about it, and he says that their program has caused a lot of trouble. He tells her to focus on her writing, then leaves, because PFFT, Su-ho is lurking behind a pillar glaring at him again.

He breaks his promise to remain calm when the committee accuses him of planning broadcast accidents to make his show more exciting. PD Lee rants that they know nothing about radio so they should just keep their mouths shut. Yikes.

Geu-rim can’t focus on her writing that afternoon, which worries Su-ho. He hovers so much that she finally snaps at him and retreats to the bedroom for some peace. Su-ho hates being left out, so he makes her one of his sad egg rolls, then a plate of fruit, trying to get up the nerve to go in and see her.

Her anguished wail finally has him rushing in to see what’s wrong. Geu-rim gives him the saddest puppydog face as she shows him that her laptop died, deleting all of her work. He promises to fix it, but when he comes home later from the repair shop, his expression is morose. She says she can just rewrite everything, but then Su-ho grins and says he fixed it. Aww, he’s so happy that he got to come to her rescue.

PD Lee goes back to SM Kang, who’s beside himself — the committee is demanding he fire PD Lee. SM Kang managed to commute it into another extended leave of absence, but so long as Geu-rim, Su-ho, and Hoon-jung still have their jobs, PD Lee is happy. He asks if he can do one last show for closure.

Of course, the others aren’t happy about this, but there’s nothing they can do. PD Lee says they’ll be getting a new PD after today, and they head to the booth for his final show. While they’re prepping, Su-ho catches PD Lee grinning at him several times, and he looks utterly creeped out, hee.

Su-ho reads Geu-rim’s script, which brings to mind everything they’ve gone through together: “They were all necessary moments. Even when I cried, laughed, was in pain, and was sad, they were all moments necessary to me. If all of these moments were necessary to make me who I am right now, then I’ll enjoy my happiness here, with these people.”

At the end of the broadcast, Su-ho goes off-script to announce that it’s their PD’s last day. He says that they aren’t close, and the PD is strange, but that he’s sad that it’s their final show together. He dedicates their last song to PD Lee (appropriately titled “Go”).

Geu-rim and PD Lee share one last stairwell conversation, where Geu-rim cries over his leaving again. He says that her writing today was good, and that he’s always been able to feel her love for others in her writing, which is why he insisted on her as his main writer.

Geu-rim tearfully admits that she liked it when he called her “Maknae” and yelled at her, and she thanks him for turning her into a good writer. PD Lee replies that he didn’t make her into anything — she just became a good writer.

That evening, Tae-ri cooks for Joon-woo for the first time, but he just stares blankly at the food. Then he smiles at her and says he’s afraid to waste it, but he finally tries it. It turns out she’s a pretty good cook, having had a lot of time to practice during her years of not acting.

Su-ho goes to Geu-rim’s for dinner with her and her mother. Mom rats out Geu-rim for bragging about Su-ho’s good looks, saying that they make a cute couple. As they start to eat, mom asks Su-ho if she can call him “son-in-law,” giving him a choking fit, hee. But he says shyly that he plans to take Geu-rim (Geu-rim: “Take me where??”) and he looks happy when Mom calls him “son-in-law” again.

Geu-rim tells her mother sadly that PD Lee is leaving again, and later, in her room, Su-ho asks jealously if she still likes PD Lee so much. He wants to know if PD Lee comes into her bedroom, and she assures him that he’s the only man who’s allowed in here.

There’s a knock at the door, and when Geu-rim answers, PD Lee waltzes in like he’s done it a thousand times. HA, Su-ho’s face. PD Lee drops off some books for Geu-rim, and invites them out for one last drink together.

He gets pretty drunk and proceeds to remind Su-ho and Geu-rim of how awful they were to each other at first. He tells Su-ho that Geu-rim is annoying, but Su-ho argues that she’s not annoying at all. Then PD Lee informs Geu-rim that Su-ho is stiff and emotionless, and she says she likes him anyway. LOL, Su-ho’s facial expression goes That’s right! Wait, what?

Su-ho is surprised to learn that PD Lee is leaving for Tibet tomorrow. PD Lee leaves Su-ho a message from the airport, saying that Su-ho will always be his DJ, and expressing disappointment that he never got to hear Su-ho say, “My PD is Lee Kang.”

Su-ho listens to his message, and he bitches about how annoying PD Lee is all the way to the airport. When he finds him, he complains that PD Lee isn’t his first love, to make him come running like this. OMG, this is the cutest thing.

He barks angrily, “Fine, you’re my PD!” Both men admit that this is super-cringy, then they’re all gruff again (“I said go!” “Fine, I’m going!”). PD Lee gives Su-ho the keys to the building where Geu-rim lives, tells Su-ho to use those keys to protect Geu-rim, then he leaves.

As Geu-rim waits for Su-ho at the studio, she peruses DJ Moon’s wall of postcards, and she finds a picture of young Su-ho with his friend Ji-woo. She asks DJ Moon about it, and he remembers Ji-woo, who made it to the finals of the radio station’s singing contest.

Seung-soo and Writer Ra discuss the fact that PD Lee is gone. Writer Ra asks with feigned disinterest how Seung-soo’s recent blind date went, and he admits he didn’t go. He asks about the flickering lightbulb that Writer Ra keeps complaining about, and she stammers that it’s always flickering and invites him over tonight to fix it. Yeah, I never believed they were talking about an actual lightbulb.

When Su-ho arrives, Geu-rim shows him Ji-woo’s picture on DJ Moon’s wall. She marvels that all this time they’ve been doing radio together, Ji-woo was with them, listening. DJ Moon gives Su-ho a recording of Ji-woo calling in to his show. He remembers that Ji-woo had a voice that could make your heart ache, but that he never showed up to the finals.

They play the recording, and Su-ho remembers being there with Ji-woo as he’d excitedly told DJ Moon that he liked a girl who listened to DJ Moon’s show. He’d promised to confess to the girl if he won, and Su-ho had held the phone up for Ji-woo as he sang. The song was about someone searching for his love, and it brings back happy memories of Ji-woo as Su-ho listens.

Next Su-ho takes Geu-rim to Ji-woo’s resting place, where she thanks Ji-woo for liking her, and for introducing her to Su-ho. They go walking, and Su-ho reminds Geu-rim that she still owes him a wish, and that she’s not allowed to refuse.

That night, Geu-rim sits in bed next to Su-ho, working on a script about love. She writes: “Because of love, we get broader, crumble, shrink, become satisfied, become weak, and become strong. Because it’s not complete, and because it’s not perfect, we cry, and make the person we love cry. Perhaps love is something you have to do even if you fail. Today, I love yet again.”

She looks down at Su-ho, who’s dreaming about Ji-woo again. But instead of a nightmare, this dream is a happy one, where he plays again with his friend. Geu-rim wonders what has Su-ho smiling as he sleeps, and calls him cute.

Three months later.

Geu-rim and Hoon-jung face off with Writer Ra and Seung-soo, Geu-rim telling off Writer Ra for copying her show. Writer Ra grumbles that Geu-rim is awfully full of herself, and Geu-rim proudly points out that she’s the main writer of a prime time show now.

Su-ho is busy with his acting schedule, and he’s also letting his mother manage his career again. But now she defends his decision to do a lot of shows in the public eye, arguing that an actor needs to be accessible to his fans.

They have dinner with Geu-rim for Mom’s birthday, and Mom affects her old judgmental attitude as she reminds Geu-rim that she promised she would never, ever get romantically involved with Su-ho. Geu-rim replies cheerfully that everyone says things they don’t mean, and she asks Mom to accept her. Mom tries to keep from smiling, but she’s obviously charmed.

Later, Su-ho brings Geu-rim some medicine for the indigestion brought on by dealing with Mom. He offers to prick her finger, but she chickens out when he confesses that he’s never done it before. He complains that she did this for PD Lee when he was seasick, obviously still wildly jealous.

Geu-rim runs from him, but Su-ho catches her, then grows serious and tells her that he wants to marry her. Geu-rim blinks up at him in surprise, as he says, “I want to prick your finger for you, and chase you as you run away. That’s how I want to live. With you, forever.” Geu-rim just stares, but she doesn’t give him an answer.

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I want to marry you

 

Tae-ri and Joon-woo have a very loud, very public argument, which ends in Tae-ri threatening to break up. She’s angry that Joon-woo doesn’t want her to go to a friend’s birthday party, but he snarls that that “friend” is a guy who confessed to her, and who she went clubbing with.

Tae-ri screams again that if he can’t trust her, she’ll just break up with him. Joon-woo calls her bluff and walks away.

After Su-ho’s semi-proposal, Geu-rim heads home to find Hoon-jung waiting for her. Over drinks, he begs her to ask Su-ho to guest on their show because they need the ratings, but she doesn’t want to do it.

She caves and calls Su-ho, but when she asks him to guest on the show, he fires back, “What about my proposal?” Geu-rim says she doesn’t know, so Su-ho snaps, “I don’t know, either!” and hangs up on her. Ha, he’s so petty.

Later, an interview for Su-ho’s next drama is interrupted by a sudden rainstorm. Su-ho starts to lead his costar to a dry spot, but a voice barks his name and he sees Geu-rim standing there, glaring at him. He releases his costar and joins Geu-rim under her umbrella.

Geu-rim asks Su-ho again to guest on her show, and he asks her again if she’ll marry him. He tells her what an attentive, affectionate husband he’ll be, but she’s still not convinced. Su-ho asks if she likes him or hates him, and she finally relents. They kiss behind the umbrella as the whole interview crew snicker.

Tae-ri intercepts Joon-woo on his way home, angry that he hasn’t called her even though he said he wouldn’t. He turns back to his car, but when Tae-ri shrieks that he’d better not leave, he turns and hands her a ring. She’s not mollified, saying that her mother got three of these and she’s single anyway, so Joon-woo leads her up to his apartment.

There are candles and balloons everywhere, and Joon-woo says he wanted to do this big, but they can’t go anywhere without being seen. He offers to be Tae-ri’s manager for the rest of her life, and she falls into his arms.

Su-ho has special plans for an evening with Geu-rim, but they’re interrupted by a call from her latest spoiled-rotten idol DJ. They take a detour to meet with him at a pojangmacha, where the DJ complains that his singing career may be over and the radio show is humiliating. Su-ho starts to object, but Geu-rim takes over.

She tells the idol DJ that she once worked with a DJ who wrote a slave contract giving him control over her, and that he made her do everything for him, then didn’t even read her script on-air. The idol DJ says that the guy sounds like a huge jerk, and Geu-rim agrees that he was. PWAHAHA, the best part of this scene is Su-ho’s incredulous expressions.

But Geu-rim also says that the DJ did his best on the radio show, no matter what. She adds that writers feel lucky to meet a DJ like that, and she asks the idol to be that kind of DJ.

Of course, he doesn’t even show up the next day, forcing Geu-rim to fill in for him. Annoyed, she says on-air that she doesn’t believe that he’s sick, and she threatens to go catch him herself. She snaps at Hoon-jung during a music break, and he snaps back that it’s no good having a top star boyfriend if she can’t get him to guest DJ.

Su-ho walks in just in time to help, though he and Geu-rim are still irritated with each other. He looks over her script and pronounces it lacking, accusing her of writing things that sound like she likes the DJ. He starts to walk out, but Geu-rim yanks him right back into the booth.

She pulls him into the corner where Hoon-jung can’t see, and asks what he wants. He says simply, “You,” and kisses her. He tells her to make some time later, because he needs to propose to her.

He sits down and starts the show like nothing ever happened, then accidentally says the name of his old show, ha. He quickly recovers, but instead of reading Geu-rim’s script, he starts to ad-lib.

Geu-rim gapes at him as he finally says the words she always wanted to hear on a show of hers: “If you are outside right now, please look up at the sky. It’s time for the blue sky to turn red. This beautiful sky is ours, so go and love someone.”

After the show, they go up to their hideout. Geu-rim asks Su-ho how he remembered those words, and he says that of course he remembers, because she became a radio writer just to hear them. He continues that a lot has happened between them in a short time, then without fanfare, he slips a ring onto her finger.

Holding her hand, he asks, “Walk with me from now on. Hold my hand, and cry only in front of me.” He says he wants to use his last wish, so Geu-rim asks what it is.

Su-ho kisses her, and as she smiles up at him, he says, “I’ll do that forever.”

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A wish for infinite kisses

 

COMMENTS

Aw, I just loved getting to see Su-ho and Geu-rim’s “normally ever after,” where life isn’t so perfect and you bicker and get irritated with each other, and sometimes you just hate each other’s faces. It makes sense that they didn’t skip off into an unrealistically blissful future — they just continue on as we all do, doing the best they can. True romance isn’t always being in perfect sync, but fighting and criticizing and sometimes just needing space, but continuing to choose each other each and every day. What keeps Su-ho and Geu-rim real, as Geu-rim wrote, is that no matter what happens, they’ll always choose each other.

This show was strongly character-driven, which is something I very much enjoy, even when the basic plot remains simple. I loved the explorations of the different players and what motivated them, and the way the characters grew and changed throughout the show. Su-ho was fascinating from the beginning, but I also loved PD Lee and his quirky personality, Jason’s wrong yet well-meaning attempts to help Su-ho access his feelings, and Joon-woo’s painful yet steadfast loyalty to the boy he once betrayed. Su-ho’s mother was a great example of a woman put in the worst of circumstances, who made all the wrong decisions, and deeply regretted her actions (and she was so beautifully acted by Oh Hyun-kyung). Even Tae-ri was interesting, although annoying, and I think it’s great that she found the one guy who wouldn’t put up with her shenanigans or condone her bad behavior. Not everyone’s journey was finished at the end of the show, and that’s how it should be — we all grow and change through all points of our lives.

I appreciate how realistic this drama was about what it’s like to want something badly, but to not necessarily get what you want. Su-ho had always come across professional success pretty easily. But when things didn’t work out, it was healthy for Su-ho to experience what it’s like to actually struggle for what he wants, which was what made it possible for him to fight for the one thing that mattered the most — Geu-rim. My favorite thing about Geu-rim as a heroine is that she responded to situations like a mature adult, which is a breath of fresh air. It didn’t give her much of an arc in terms of learning and growing, but I think we got plenty of that with Su-ho. This was really Su-ho’s story, and his character was so broken that he needed a woman who was already just fine the way she was to understand and support him. I had faith that Kim So-hyun could play this role well, but even I was impressed with the mature air she brought to Geu-rim.

I know that many may disagree with Su-ho’s decision to forgive to his mother, but I think it’s a sign of how far he’s come and how much Geu-rim has positively influenced him. Forgiveness isn’t for the person who wronged you — it’s for yourself, so you can move on without holding onto old, harmful emotions. Su-ho forgiving his mother doesn’t mean that the things she did were okay, it just means that Su-ho chooses to understand how she must have felt, losing her own child then raising the child her husband had with one of his mistresses. It must have been very difficult to love that child, yet she still raised him, gave him a career, and made decisions she believed were in the best interest of the family. She admitted she was wrong and suffered for it, so Su-ho decided to release the negative and focus on the fact that she did the best she could under the circumstances. He chose compassion over anger and resentment, and that’s always a good thing. In this case it spurred his mother to change for the better, but even if it hadn’t, Su-ho was right to forgive her.

One thing I really loved about Radio Romance was that it never tried to be anything it wasn’t — it promised a solid little love story, and it completely delivered. Su-ho and Geu-rim are now one of my favorite drama couples for the fact that they just loved each other no matter what happened, and they never let things like parental or societal pressure keep them apart. It was never even a question — when problems popped up, they just carried on, with no noble idiocy or wavering about whether they could make it. Su-ho’s emotional issues were a surprise that weren’t even hinted at in the pre-show promos, and I thought that his phobias were handled respectfully and with sensitivity. He wasn’t even “healed by love” — although Geu-rim was there to support him and give guidance when needed, and her example definitely influenced his ultimate decision to forgive those who harmed him, he did all his own healing.

Radio Romance had some fundamental issues, such as some pretty glaring continuity problems, occasional clunky writing, disappearing characters and situations (Whatever happened to Tornado and her growing jealousy? And DJ Moon’s daily hikes?), and a tendency to lean on too-familiar tropes to tell the story. But I feel that those problems are somewhat excusable for a green writer, and that what the writer got right, they got very, very right. The characters were wonderful from the start… they always felt like real people, with real motivations and valid explanations for their behavior. The childhood backstory was never presented as “they met as kids, therefore Fate,” but served as a strong foundation for Su-ho and Geu-rim to build their new relationship on. You could even tell that the writer tried to give the tropes a twist whenever possible. I definitely think that this was a solid first attempt for this writer, and I look forward to their future work.

 
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My favorite thing about this couple is the look they each get on their face when they are annoyed with the other. It kinda reads as "I cannot believe I love this person, but I really do, don't I?" It is a great bit of acting on both parts, and it was what sold the couple to me. So flaws and all, I enjoyed watching this couple have their romance.

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Hope they continue their relationship in real life. They made a very cute couple. Just like Song-Song couple in Descendants of the Sun.

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if wishes were to get true.. i think marriages would happen and break after every drama :P

But this couple was definitely the USP of the drama

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Thank you so much, LollyPip, for all the recaps, and I loved your commentary. I agree with your assessment of the writer -- there were some issues but overall very nice, especially in the writing of Geurim.

I don't always agree with the redemption of villains in dramas, but in this case I liked the redemption of Suho's mother. Her treatment of young Suho was terrible, but as Suho grew up it's apparent that he was aware of what caused it -- the actions of his narcissistic father -- so he chose to forgive. I'm glad that they chose to move on without the father's toxicity in their lives.

PD Lee and Suho's scene at the airport was super cute. Too bad there wasn't more of this bromance before this last episode!

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I agree re: bromance. Also, the redemption especially post the elevator scene with the meltdown.

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Fuihhhh..... Can I ship this OTP? YDJ and KSH chemistry is the best so far. YDJ always be himself, in radio romance, in Lets eat 1&2, in variety show and as leader of highlight, he is delivering the same feeling, not like to act to be other people, thats why I really like him.
KSH look so mature and with her talent, she can give her best in any project.

Radio Romance may be lack in many things and too simple for many Drama-lovers, even me. But I still wait to watch this drama before read the recap, I still wait the sub to be available. Why? Idk, may be I'm agree with LollyPip notesthat this drama has strongly character driven. All character is lovely and I can relate it.

Thanks @LollyPip for continue to recap and not giving up on this drama.

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As always, thanks for recapping this, LollyPip!!

My favorite moment from this episode would have to be when JSH and his mother were on good terms again. Although she was manipulative, she still loved him in her own way. And that was evident after his speech at the press conference, which was also touching.

This drama was far from perfect and I almost dropped it because the plot of JSH doing the radio or not became utterly repetitive and stretched out for far too long. But I just couldn’t because I loved the main couple so much. It was really nice to see how JSH and SGR overcame the many obstacles to their relationship, and how JSH especially matured and grew as a character. I’ll definitely miss seeing jealous and petty Su-ho on screen though! And props to Doojoon and KSH for portraying their characters in such a lovely way; I will definitely miss this couple ;__;

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Well, cute show, not too bad, but I'd give it a B. It's a darn good thing they had such good actors because the leads picked this show up and set it on their shoulders and carried it the whole way. The writing really was clunky and it felt like the writer just didn't know how to wrap things up with any kind of flourish. It just sort of ... ran until it stopped. The scene at the airport saying bye to the PD was good but if you told me the actors got fed up and improved it I'd believe you.

Jason was a problem. He was clearly set up to be someone with a vengeance angle, and making him the younger brother of the guy who actually died would have been good. One really good angry argument about how his brother got killed and then resolving it would have been a wonderful climax. He didn't need to be a psycho killer just someone blaming and hurt too. Instead it was all, "Well I was just trying to spook you a litttle - for medical reasons!" Argh no, so bad. The actor CLEARLY thought he was going to be a Bad Guy and way overplayed it, resulting in a mixed message for us viewers. Again, sloppy writing and that's on the writer and the PD.

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Thank you, @lollypip for your hard work in this! I really enjoyed this last episode, I wish I could just be a fly on the wall and watch Su-Ho and Geu-Rim just walking together holding hands for the rest of their lives and seeing their wonderful expressions looking at each other. I wasn’t invested with the side characters for more of this. Jason turned out worthless. *grrrr, I’m glaring at you, writer-nim* But, all in all, a sweet ending and I’m left satisfied.

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Despite its flaws I enjoyed the show though it's just cos of the main couple. I couldn't care less about the redemption of the other ppl like taeri, writer Ra or even SH's mom. The biggest disappointment was Jason. Plus the departure of Lee was in my opinion , unnecessary. Only consolation, he wasn't jiwoo. Or else I would've felt terrible.
I wish they had focused more or equally on the RADIO part of the title instead of the ROMANCE part. Not that I mind. SH and GR got me through the show. I liked it while it lasted but not sure whether I'll remember it. But YDJ definitely got a new fan.

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Doo-joon is so crazy affable, isn’t he? How can he be just so damn likable? I’m almost annoyed at the fact I like him this much! The early episodes where RADIO was the center of the story was where this show truly shined, I totally agree. And I’m so glad nothing really came about the Ji-Woo mystery people were convinced of. Phew! So glad no aliens were part of the finale as well.

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I was thinking it would have been cool if PD Lee = Woo Jiwoo = alien. Maybe next drama.

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Yoon Park as another alien in a second season of Circle?!? Yes!

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When did she star straightening her hair i liked it better curly

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Prior-episode plot-hole alert (?). Ji-woo was saying that he would tell Geu-rim he liked her after he won the finals "tomorrow". But didn't he die on the day of the finals? And hadn't he already started writing letters to Soo-ho before then saying he hoped Soo-ho & Geu-rim would be happy together? Wouldn't confessing have interfered with their happiness? Or did he write those letters after he was dead??

Also, I thought step-mom's turnaround was not very believable.

Tae-ri: if her mom was divorced 3 times, maybe that's where she got her fantastic personality and dating skills from (?)

Oh, well, most of us were in it for the acting/characters, not the plot.

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I think Ji-woo was still planning to confess because, even though he knew Geu-rim liked Su-ho and had already written Su-ho the letters, he had vowed to live his life three times harder than healthy people. So even if he knew he had no chance, he still wanted to tell her how he felt, because she might literally be the only girl he ever liked.

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Or maybe between the time he got to the finals and the phone call to the radio station, he figured out the truth, but kept puting on an act in front of Su-ho to avoid confrontation. Then on the day of the finals, he had probably decided to tell Geu-rim that it was Su-ho that liked her. He was probably a romantic and wanted to introduce them officially, which is why he was insistent that Su-ho come see him there. He was happy to see Su-ho before the untimely TOD incident. I’m sure he had a plan to get them together.

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Yeah that Ji-woo timeline made no sense.

I previously said that Soo-hu's Mum was behaving like a teenager and so I bought her turnaround. But it wasn't well executed. All the precursers were there in her characterisation and interpretation but so little time was spent on it that it ended up in magic wand territory.

I still don't get the point of Tae-ri, narratively speaking, and couldn't understand why so much time was spent on her in the finale.

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I found the whole flashback timeline somewhat murky. Did it occur over a few weeks? Months? Was Soo-ho in the hospital for that entire length of time? He indicated he was in for depression, did he try to commit suicide as alluded to one time? Also, Ji-woo seemed kinda spry for someone who had been in the hospital for 6 year and was considered terminal (and he was certainly free to come and go as he pleased). I assumed that Ji-woo died on the way to the finals, after having seen Soo-ho kiss Geu-rim the day before. But who knows.

I agree that the step-mom's turn around seemed odd, especially after the way she had treated the H his entire life but then I was following this drama solely for Soo-ho and Geu-rim and didn't really care about a lot of the other characters.

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I think my favorite moment in the finale was Suho finally having happy dreams about Ji Woo instead of nightmares. #allthetears

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Omg, excellent point! I totally didn't catch that at the time. I did want to capture sleeping Su Ho's face though. He looked happy and peaceful.

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Thank you for all the great recaps, @lollypip! Love what you said about Su Ho’s forgiveness towards his mother and your overall review of this drama. I had forgotten that the scriptwriter was new.

I wonder if PD Lee had other reasons for leaving the show and taking a break. I wonder if he wanted some time away from seeing Su Ho and Geu Rim’s budding relationship. Or if he wanted to let his hoobaes grow up by themselves a little. Hoon Jung taking charge as the main PD. Geu Rim is an experienced main writer now, more stern when she needs to be.

It was good that Jason got his chance to confess his thoughts to Su Ho and apologized. I liked that they haven’t made up yet too. I didn’t care much for him and the other side characters, but I wish Su Ho had another true friend.

The final scenes with Tae Ri and Joon Woo were not compelling. It was the typical, happy kdrama ending for the secondary romances. Actually, their overall relationship was not well-developed. I don’t know what Joon Woo sees in her. He was cute with his proposal, sure, but their relationship doesn’t seem healthy.

Su Ho and Geu Rim are seriously my favorite thing about this drama. They always had me grinning at their cute couple moments. There were SO many kisses! Not gonna bother counting, haha I liked the innocent and sweet pecks instead of something steamy. It fit just right at this point in their relationship. It was worth watching this drama for Doojoon’s and Kim So Hyun’s acting.

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I actually liked Tae-ri’s and Joon-woo’s relationship. He’s much older than her and more mature emotionally as well. She never had a real father figure and I think her temper tantrums reflect that. He’s so even tempered that he fits her histrionic temper perfectly and doesn’t even bat an eye. She’s a great cook, and thoughtful when she wants to be. She’s fierce and loyal, so those are qualities that will carry their relationship as well. She needs a really patient older man to help guide her and help her mature. They’re actually a perfect match. Any other guy would fight constantly with her.

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You brought up a lot of good points about Tae Ri. Joon Woo definitely has a lot of patience. I see now that he would be her rock like how Geu Rim was to Su Ho in the beginning.

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Tae-ri is like one of my SILs and Joon-Woo is like her husband. She’s emotional and strong-willed, but amazingly sensitive, thoughtful, and loyal as well.

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My only quibble with this relationship is that I wish we had seen more of it and its development. I needed more backstory I think. Joon-woo, like Jason, was a character I wanted to understand better. The actors did a good job making us see a depth to their motivations towards Su-ho, but the writer didn't give us the much to really understand why they felt as they did.

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Thank you, @lollypip, for recapping this drama so beautifully! I actually started reading the recaps first and then halfway started watching the show because I remembered how much I enjoyed reading them. In the end, I enjoyed watching the drama purely for the romance aspect so I wasn't disappointed in the end. Both Doo-jun and Kim So-hyun were fantastic and I look forward to there future projects!😀

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This drama has always been about the characters. Especially the leads. They were awesome, both individually and together.

I know people complain about the lack of story, repetitive storyline etc. etc. but what stood out for me was the Su ho and Geu Rim and how both of them navigated all the problems hand in hand. They were completely opposite but so in synch and perfect together. Suho character evolved in-front of us whereas GeuRim was just the same person we seen since the 1st episode. And yes, this was truly Suho's story and everyone around him was swimming around in his fish bowl.

This drama was never that deep to begin with, (when was the last time a romantic drama went deep? can't recall) but it was sweet and light and just something that I was in a mood for and the drama delivered. No noble idiocy for once. Which is so common in all romantic kdrama's that took me by surprise.
Suho was soo cute, that he is one of my fav lead character's and Geu Rim... that rare kdrama female character who was sensible, mature and realistic for once. Together one of my fav couples.

Thanks for the recap @lollypip.

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PD Lee should try this scruffy look again next time, instead of the usual clean shaven guy that he is, gives him more character and less like a pasty vampire venturing out in the day. And maybe he can buff himself a bit, he would really look so good with some weight. I think this drama is a bit too sappy for me and yes, SuHo/DooJoon looking like a constipated vampire like all the time turns me off. In real life, in whatever situation, neither would be attracted to each other, hee. And this drama wasted the talent of Kwak Dong Yeon, but it is work so ‘guess he can’t be picky.
Yey, for Taeri and JoonWon, was rooting for them the whole time. It is good that all Girl’s Day members can hv an acting career should they decide to disband someday. So who is the better actress among the four? Let’s exclude SooJin unnie, the eldest member coz she is nice and somewhat ok as an actress. Aming the three younger ones, I’d say Minah (Beautiful Gong Shim) but she can a lil beachy sometimes. Yura is good, too. Hyeri is mediocre but she’s got a nice attitude so she gets a lot of projects, pretty popular, too.
Oh, we strayed too far. This drama I just watched as filler and I got bored around ep 10 , I just read the recaps here.

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I have been hesitant to criticise anyone's Oppa but I found Yoon Doo-joon to be underwhelming throughout this. Almost the entirety of the Korean film industry is about emotionally-stunted man-children learning to human and as a consequence he has about 10 other actors in the last year alone interpreting this exact part. I found him unimpressive and a bit bland.

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It's all good! I have enough affection for all things Doo-joon to make up for it! (As evidenced by the fact I STILL have my Beast/Highlight playlist on repeat in my car, on my phone, in my office, etc...) I'll see you soon on a mutual recap in the future!

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I discovered beast/highlight because of this show! YDJ is amazing!

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I thought I was the only one who found him bland.

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I looooove Doojoon but I agree that this role didn't use him nearly as well as in the Let's Eat series. I liked his angst and hopelessness in the family scenes here, but wish his character had been written more animated once he and Geurim got together.

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I hope for a better written character for Doo Joon's next drama project.RaRo was underwhelming,especially when I compare YDJ's past characters' developments from Iris S2, Splish Splash Love and LE series.

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No worries, you criticized his performance without being mean, or getting personal like others.

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I liked him in his past drama, but if anything this drama made me changed my opinion about his acting. He has the meatier and complex role among the main casts, but he was underperformed. His role and bland performance was my main reason to drop this drama before and only came back for the last several episodes to see how it goes. Kim So-hyun unfortunately was too underused, too bad her last two drama didn't do any justice for her. Put Kim So-hyun in his role, we might get a magnificient performance. I'm not saying he isn't a good actor, but he is still limited imo. There's nothing wrong to pick roles he could do. Not every actor must have impressive acting, but at least there should be consistency in performance, which sadly I failed to find him here. Anyway I hope he will take Let's Eat 3 if he isn't going to be enlisted soon, to erase my bad memory of him here.

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I agree. KSH's chemistry with him made it passable at best. I did remember him being more memorable in Splish Splash Love as a more expressively written character. It's too bad that the story itself is sort of one-note as well. Not too much twists and turns to keep viewers interested. I feel sorry for KSH who's continually getting middle-ground work when she can really portray some very complex and twisted characters. At least her role is better written this time, and it's solid work that she needs under her belt for better leads in the future.

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I felt sorry for KDY too. I thought he did very well in Moonlight and was looking forward to him playing a really different role. I wanted— no, desperately needed— his character to be more developed here. I wish these writers would spend time thinking about all their characters, how they all mature, what their ulterior motives are, why they act like they do. Instead, I’m left scratching my head and saying, “What was the point?”

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I agree with LollyPip's conclusions on this drama. I really enjoyed it though I'm finding I am often a fan of the no-drama-dramas. If I have one minor complaint, I wish they hadn't gone with the late love triangle though it was handled well and didn't take much time. He was a great mentor for her, and I would have been happy with it staying at that level.

Though I've branched out to all genres, it's these romance dramas that brought me to k-drama so I'm glad they can still produce an enjoyable one now and again. Oh, and also really enjoyed the music.

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The problem with a character-driven show is that it should be character driven. I say this with a certain amount of deliberate sarcasm because where this show repeatedly fell down was in trying to paste standard kdrama clichés and one-dimensional antagonists (for CONFLICT) on top of a charming little love story. Pared down to 12 episodes with time spent mostly on the character's stories, this would have been a charming and heartwarming show.
Unfortunately, it fell well short of that.

KSH was fantastic though. Her Song Geu Rim was one of the most original characters in kdrama. But apart from that, this was in the end less than the sum of its parts.

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This is my fourth drama with KSH, and honestly, I have liked all of them, even Ruler, I loved Ruler, with shitty writing and everything lmao. Radio Romance goes down the list of favorite dramas I've watched alongside Oh My Venus, It's Okay, that's love and Master's Sun. I just love doramas that focus on building something good to remember and not shit shows that never deliver. SGR! JSH! I will miss you!

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I'm so glad so glad there are people out there who liked Ruler! It wasn't perfect but it wasn't all bad! The acting was great & I liked the otp chemistry for that drama. Plus the ending was perfect. I've also enjoyed all of KSH's drama choices till now. They go across genres in a good way.

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Thanks for the recap, @lollypip!

Welp, we got a sweet ending. I can't say this will be my favorite rom-com drama, but I'll cut the new writer some slack. Honestly, it was Yoon Doo Joon who kept me tuned in each week.

I do think there were many great storylines which never got told, but oh well.

Till next time, Beanies!

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I loved everthing about this drama and am very willing to overlook its flaws. The best bit for me wasn't anything particularly touching though, it was SH glaring from behind the post in this episode!!

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Thank you @lollypip for all your work recapping this series. I enjoyed Radio Romance. Kudos to Yoon Doo-joon and Kim So-hyun. This was my first time seeing YDJ in a series and he has a new fan. I never saw KSh's Geu-rim as an 18 year old.
I agree LollyPip with your comments about the series especially about the performance of Oh Hyun-kyung as Soo-ho's Mother. This was the my first time seeing her work also. She handled a tough role beautifully.
I remember that many beanies thought the elevator scene was a turning point for her character.
It been a fun ride.

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Lollypip,
Thank you for the summary. Your commentary is always spot on! This drama is character-driven. I have a love-hate relationship with the writer of this drama. As much as I hate the drama plot; that is repetitive and draggy, I love how each character was written (except for jason) and allow us to connect and understand the reasoning of the characters' behavior. The writer also writes many beautiful lines, to the extent that I almost want to copy and quote everything like what Guerim did with PD Lee's words.

I would've dropped this drama long time ago, but Yoon Dujun is what keep me watching this drama. I never knew him nor Kim Sohyun before, but YDJ plays his character brilliantly. His face expression may be stoic, but he delivers his emotion through his eyes, through his smirks, through his gestures. As this drama revolves around Ji Su Ho, YDJ plays the role in a multi-dimensional way. I believe he will be a really great actor in the future.

As Geu Rim, KSH gives justice on it. But I don't think she is fit to act in a romantic drama just yet. Maybe in the next 2-3 years? Having said that, she makes a good pair with YDJ. Their on-screen chemistry was so good that I enjoyed watching them together.

I guess this will be the drama that i'll watch again, after reply 1988.

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I think she's very fit for romance dramas, radio romance is the best proof of that. She carried that character perfectly. Not to mention the chemistry was off the charts the entire time.

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that airport bromance scene between Suho and Lee Gang😊😊😊 and Suho's proposal😊😊😊

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I love Sohyun/Doojun & RR. Our couple is sweet & talented. And I love very much LollyPip's thoughts, recaps, comments here. You are a wonderful intelligent writer. Thank you very much.

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Thankyou @lollypip for recapping this drama till the end. This have become on of my favorites drama. Light and warm story, and most importanlty I loved the chemistry between DoJoon and SoHyun so muchhh. I didn't see the age gap at all in SuHo and GeuRim. They are just perfect for each other. I hope I can see them together more in the future. Surely I will miss our SuHo Geurim now that it ends.

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Thank you Lollypip for the recaps, I not only anticipated new episodes each week but also your recaps!

I’m glad they didn’t go the makjang route and turns out there were no secret siblings or revenge plot lol Jason was just a bit cray in his own way.

I also appreciated how Sooho forgave his mother, we’ve been suspecting that deep down they do have some sort of affection towards one another and Mom just needed a “slap in the face” gesture from Sooho to realise this.

All in all I enjoyed this drama, cast were awesome, usual tropes were there but they were cute and didn’t bother the plot or character.

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Was just here for the romance and it delivered. already missing their cute interactions *cries*

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Despite its many weaknesses I just loved this drama because of the interactions between its two leads. I will gladly watch it again for the way Ji Soo-ho looked at Song Geu-rim. Well, maybe I should not wait and I should watch it again right away.

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I’m going to miss this show! YDJ was a revelation! I’m off to watch let’s eat s1 and 2 and splash splash love for my YDJ fix lol.

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Thank you for your consistently thoughtful recaps, LollyPip! I was never really able to get on board with this show, but your weekly comments made me dislike it way less than I'm sure I would have. 😅

There's nothing wrong with a simple plot, if that's what we're set up for. But when you start off with life philosophies centered on the medium of radio AND drop a ton of ambiguous flashbacks hinting at a complicated backstory, we end up expecting complexity. Which is why it's disappointing when that's not what we get. I can see the emotional value of the true backstory of Soo Ho and Ji Woo, but I was honestly dissatisfied that the identity switch didn't involve something more along the lines of what everyone was theorizing earlier. I had the gears going for a couple weeks trying to figure out the mystery that the writers kept building up, and then it felt like all that brain power was wasted, lol. The other part of the show that turned out to be disappointingly simple was Jason. I was so looking forward to watching Kwak Dong Yeon tackle a complex gray character, which he's more than capable of doing well, but his character became so 2D in the end. Then again, I think a lot of us agree that a number of fantastic actors/actresses were underutilized in this show.

And just to be petty for a sec... I was glad to see mah boy Joon Woo happy and completely indifferent to his girlfriend's hysterics, but I'll never understand what he sees in Tae Ri. Like, boy, if you're ever looking for a new job, you're always welcome to become my new life manager. 😉

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It really was a nice little love story. No real major drama. I love the main couple and PD Lee was awesome as well.
I did not like the way the mother turned soft though. I suspected all along that she sent Jason there to get SH to get over his trauma but I also prefer strong evil characters to stay that way until the end.

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Thanks for the recaps for "Radio Romance" and agree with LollyPip's comments.
The show has its flaws, but the positive aspects far outweighed those issues for me. It was so refreshing to see a couple that communicates! The couple faced their obstacles bravely and honestly. I appreciate how the writer created Geu-rim's character. Geu-rim was strong, supportive, insightful and compassionate, straight-forward, and loving. Su-ho is a very interesting man and it was gratifying to see him 'bloom' as a person (I think Yoon Doo-joon delivered a very thoughtful and sensitive performance -- although at one point he seemed to briefly channel my favorite fast-talking foodie Goo Dae-young). Su-ho endured so many hardships yet was able with his own determination, motivated largely by his love for Geu-rim, take steps to right the wrongs and put his life on the path he wanted to walk. I especially appreciate the forgiveness that was shown to his mother and the healing of their relationship.
I'm glad Yoon Doo-joon and Kim So-hyun were chosen to portray Su-ho and Geu-rim. And as LollyPip wrote, I'm also looking forward to another story from the writer of "Radio Romance".

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I have to admit Radio Romance lost me around episode 10. Perhaps because it was more and more Romance than Radio... 😉
I couldn't decide whether to ff towards the end or drop it entirely... but then I got this brilliant idea to read LollyPip's recaps and watch only what sounded interesting (= our radio couple). So... thank you LollyPip for your hard work which enabled me to finish the drama... sort of...

I still think it was a pity they didn't use the radio more... and wouldn't it be more interesting if the Mom's obsession with Suho's schedules was explained by her fear that he could attempt suicide again?

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