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My Ajusshi: Episode 7

As Dong-hoon starts to gain some control over his life, Ji-an’s carefully made plans are slipping out of her grasp. It’s as if they’re polar opposites who can only counterbalance each other, unable to be in the same place at the same time. When one prospers, the other declines. I wonder, if they ever find a way to help each other out, whether they can offset the balance so they can both find a better way to live.

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

After Dong-hoon crashes the camping trip, Chairman Jang talks about a TV show that just shows a bonfire burning all day. He says that the show’s ratings are actually very good, and that he’d watch it because his mind and heart go calm when he watches a fire burning.

Dong-hoon is so absorbed in watching the flames of their fire that at first, he doesn’t hear Chairman Jang ask him why he’s here. When he does, he just says dazedly that he forgot.

He thinks about earlier, when Chairman Jang had wondered out loud if Dong-hoon and Joon-youngvv knew each other well in school. Joon-young clarified that he entered college after Dong-hoon finished his military service, so they attended school together for two years.

Joon-young had said they knew each other because they were both in the Western music club. Grinning, Chairman Jang noted that that’s an unusual club, and guessed there must have been a female student that they liked in the club.

Dong-hoon and Joon-young were suddenly very absorbed with cooking dinner. Dong-hoon had gone into the tent for the salt, and behind the box of spices, he’d found a single women’s glove. He’d recognized it, and pocketed the glove before leaving the tent.

Meanwhile, Joon-young had made an excuse to go to the car, where he texted Yoon-hee to ask why her husband showed up here. Dong-hoon had come up behind him and growled ominously, “Put it down. If you call her, you’re dead.”

Now he recalls Yoon-hee coming home the other night smelling like smoke. He imagines her and Joon-young together here, alone, as Joon-young shoots nervous glances at him.

Joon-young follows Dong-hoon away from the campfire to ask if he came to scare him, or to make him look bad in front of the chairman. Dong-hoon throws down the equipment he was carrying, and as she listens in while working her part-time job, Ji-an goes on alert at the sound.

Dong-hoon says that people’s faces usually show what kind of people they are, and from the moment he saw Joon-young in college, he seemed like the type who would make others do his dirty work. He says that he hated the way Joon-young clung to him and called him “sunbae,” and that he knew he’d eventually do something like this.

He asks if Joon-young planned on firing him, making Yoon-hee divorce him, then marrying her, but he decides that Joon-young is too greedy to marry a woman from an average family. He says that he knows Joon-young and Yoon-hee have been having an affair since last Spring, and he tells Joon-young to answer all of his questions truthfully.

First, he asks if Yoon-hee knew about Joon-young’s plan to frame him with a fake bribe and get him fired. Joon-young says that at first, it wasn’t his intention to get him fired. Dong-hoon counters he knows Director Park was the original target of the bribe, but that he and Director Park both know that Joon-young used the mix-up to his advantage.

He asks again if Yoon-hee knew Joon-young was trying to get him fired, and Joon-young says that he had no choice since Dong-hoon had already received the money. Dong-hoon asks a third time if Yoon-hee knew, and when Joon-young turns away, he has his answer.

Next he wants to know if Joon-young told Yoon-hee to convince him to quit, once he figured out he couldn’t have Dong-hoon fired. Joon-young says that Yoon-hee just wanted him to leave the company without being disgraced.

Back at the campsite, Joon-young tells Chairman Jang to go home because it’s late. As he cleans up the campsite, he moves out of sight, and there’s a loud crash and Joon-young cries out.

He somehow gives himself a bad head wound, and Dong-hoon ends up driving him to the hospital. On the way, he asks why Joon-young wasn’t scared when he knew Dong-hoon was digging through his call history. Joon-young doesn’t answer, and Dong-hoon sighs that he must be in shock because everything just blew up in his face.

Joon-young ends up with stitches on his forehead, and while they wait, Dong-hoon tells him to break up with Yoon-hee, but not to tell her that he found out about the affair. He says that the moment Yoon-hee discovers that he knows, Joon-young is done. He warns Joon-young not to tell her everything and ask her to play dumb either, because after living with her for fifteen years, he’ll know.

Ji-an is at home by now, listening to their conversation as she does her chores. She sinks to the floor as Dong-hoon tells Joon-young not to mess with him at work. He says that Joon-young can fire him for legitimate reasons if they come up, but that he’s dead if Dong-hoon discovers that Joon-young fired him for any other reason.

Dong-hoon arrives home and stashes the ladies’ glove he took from the campsite under the seat of his car. At the same time, Ji-an makes her grandmother a hot water bottle and tucks it into bed with the old woman. She’s still listening as Yoon-hee asks Dong-hoon where he’s been all day, telling him that their son, Ji-seok, needs a video of him performing his special talent for a school assignment.

He ignores her and calls Ji-seok, who also tells him about the assignment. As he talks, he sees the mate to the glove he found, lying on the dresser. When he hangs up, Yoon-hee suggests he learn a simple magic trick for the assignment — anything but soccer.

Dong-hoon meets up with his brothers at Jung-hee’s bar and enlists their help. Sang-hoon whines that magic tricks aren’t really magic, but Ki-hoon compares illusions to an actor on TV who makes you cry — you know it’s not real, but you fall for it anyway.

They can’t think of anything he can do, and Jung-hee calls them pathetic for not having any talents. Sang-hoon protests that since they grew up poor, there wasn’t money for lessons or hobbies.

Dong-hoon says wryly that they have a talent for drinking, and Ki-hoon jokes that they’re so good at that, they could get international scholarships. Sang-hoon sets off on a series of drinking puns, and Ki-hoon begs Dong-hoon and Jung-hee not to laugh or he’ll never stop.

Outside, Dong-hoon teases Ki-hoon when Yu-ra, the actress who ruined his career, keeps trying to call him. Jung-hee closes up and orders the brothers to walk her home, and the fact that she even has a home is news to them (she’s been sleeping in the bar).

Ki-hoon reminds Jung-hee that she swore she wouldn’t leave Thailand until she found a good man, and she wails, “There were only monks everywhere!” LOL. Sang-hoon guffaws that she always runs into monks, and she and Dong-hoon both give Sang-hoon a weird look. Interesting.

Sang-hoon and Ki-hoon head to their mom’s, and after walking a ways with Dong-hoon, Jung-hee turns down a different street. Dong-hoon asks where she lives, but she just calls back that it’s a secret and refuses his offer to walk her home.

When she arrives home, she calls out that she’s been waiting for a customer who never shows up, so she got bored and drank. She says she doesn’t feel like washing up, but that she’ll do it anyway because she’s a clean woman, her voice sounding shaky and vulnerable. She turns on the light, and we see that she’s all alone.

The following morning at work, Joon-young texts Ji-an to leave Dong-hoon alone for now. Yoon-hee calls him from the phone booth on his primary phone, but he doesn’t answer, knowing how easily Dong-hoon figured out their system.

In the copy room, Deputy Kim nervously asks Ji-an for help when his machine gets stuck. She silently fixes the paper jam, and once she leaves, Deputy Kim asks Dong-hoon why they can’t fire her and hire someone nicer. Dong-hoon says dryly that she’s more respectful to her superiors than he is, ha.

He continues that there’s someone friendly who doesn’t do any work, but that there’s someone else who may be bitchy but takes care of someone, asking which one is truly nice. He tells Deputy Kim that Ji-an supports her grandmother, and when Deputy Kim asks how he knows, he says simply that they live in the same neighborhood.

Joon-young confirms with Director Yoon that the bribe mix-up won’t happen again, and Director Yoon tells him not to worry. Joon-young asks angrily if he’s not supposed to worry about continuing to be loved by a business that caused trouble, or if he’s not supposed to worry about how this situation has caused Dong-hoon to be noticed by Chairman Jang. He tells Director Yoon to make sure he doesn’t need to worry about him causing trouble again without permission.

As they all wait for the elevator after work, Joon-young tells Director Yoon that he can’t have dinner tonight because he has plans. Dong-hoon goes stiff, recalling that he’d invited Yoon-hee to visit Sang-hoon’s new business with him after work, but she’d said she has plans.

At the subway station, Dong-hoon catches Ji-an staring at him, but she doesn’t look away. On the train, Dong-hoon asks Ji-an if her parents are alive, curious about her grandmother living with her. Ji-an says they passed away, and that her grandmother was kicked out of the nursing home for failure to pay.

Dong-hoon points out that a granddaughter doesn’t count as immediate family, so Grandma could live in a nursing home for free since she’s disabled. She doesn’t qualify because Ji-an has an income, so he advises her to register a different address for herself, then Grandma will qualify. Ji-an just stares at him, looking amazed at this information.

When they arrive at their stop, Ji-an asks Dong-hoon to buy her food, actually looking a bit sheepish. Instead of refusing like usual, Dong-hoon says he’ll even buy her alcohol and leads her to a restaurant.

Ji-an watches Dong-hoon warily as he says he’s treating her because she deserves it. Soon she’s tucking into the food with her usual desperate gusto, and when she’s finished, she reminds him that he was worried people would learn about their eating together.

She asks if he’s okay with it now, because if anyone asks he can just say he buys her food because she’s pitiful. She tells him not to assume that nobody has ever helped her, because there have been many people who bought her food. But she says that after the fourth time, they all run away, judging her for living a life that won’t improve.

She mutters that they must have thought themselves good people, and Dong-hoon says, “They were.” He thinks four times is still a lot when many people didn’t even help her once. But he also says that he he’s not buying her food because he pities her, but to thank her.

With a sigh, Dong-hoon tells Ji-an that it was Joon-young who sent the bribe and tried to have him fired. He says that he would have been fired if she hadn’t thrown the money away, so he’s treating her to a meal. She asks why Joon-young did it, and Dong-hoon says that at their company, you don’t get fired for doing something wrong… you get fired for rubbing someone the wrong way. Ji-an asks what Dong-hoon will do now, and he says that he already told Joon-young to back off.

She says that if it were her, she’d go to Joon-young’s boss and get him fired. Dong-hoon asks if she’d feel good about screwing over a bad guy, and she fires back that he’s staying at a company where someone tried to frame and fire him. Touche.

But Dong-hoon just says that there’s probably a reason he’s suffering this particular hell, and that he can go once he’s been sufficiently punished. Ji-an says softly, “Punishment is for people who did something wrong.” She offers to kill Joon-young for Dong-hoon, and he just pours her another shot.

After their meal, Dong-hoon buys another dinner for Ji-an’s Grandma. He tells Ji-an that he saved her once, too, thinking about his request that she be hired on permanently, though he doesn’t explain. Ji-an goes home to Grandma, who thanks her for the delicious food, and Ji-an actually smiles.

In the morning, Mom tells Sang-hoon and Ki-hoon that Ae-ryun, Sang-hoon’s estranged wife, brought her kimchi for her birthday. She fusses that women Ae-ryun’s age need money more than ever, telling Sang-hoon to make more of an effort to reconcile.

She adds that she likes Ae-ryun more than she likes Yoon-hee. When Ki-hoon points out that all the money Mom gets from Dong-hoon is really from his lawyer wife, she spits that she hates anyone who’s more successful than her sons.

Yu-ra shows up unannounced at the cleaning office, and she seems genuinely impressed with the brothers’ collection of cleaning rags. I can’t decide if she’s just that innocent, or just that dim. They leave for the day, Ki-hoon ignoring the lunch she brought for him. She says she’ll see them tonight at Jung-hee’s bar, and Ki-hoon stops to order her to call Jung-hee “unni” instead of by her name.

Mom is at Jung-hee’s bar helping clean up when Jung-hee realizes that Mom is crying. Mom says that she worries about Dong-hoon, who never upsets her or asks her for anything. Jung-hee says that it’s because she likes Dong-hoon so much.

Mom tries to return the money Jung-hee sent her while she was in Thailand, but Jung-hee insists she keep it as payment for keeping up the bar while she was gone. She says that Mom treats her like a daughter, so she should accept the money as if it came from her daughter.

Joon-young visits a job site with Chairman Jang, who asks Joon-young out of nowhere if Dong-hoon has something on him that Chairman Jang should know about. Joon-young tells him that Dong-hoon found his wife’s phone number while digging through his call records and jumped to conclusions.

He says that he still keeps in touch with Yoon-hee, who was in the Western Music club with him in college. he claims that during the bribe debacle, she called him often to find out what was going on. He says that Yoon-hee never told Dong-hoon because she knows he hates Joon-young.

Chairman Jang asks why, so Joon-young blames it on being promoted over Dong-hoon. He claims he’s been understanding, but that he’s getting tired of Dong-hoon’s attitude.

Director Park calls Dong-hoon to meet with him, although he tells Dong-hoon that he’s been instructed not to talk to him. He asks who made calls to Joon-young from the pay phone, but Dong-hoon fibs that he never found out. Director Park doesn’t seem to believe him, but he asks for the call records back.

He gets angry when Dong-hoon says he destroyed them and demands that Dong-hoon give him the number from the phone booth. Dong-hoon says he’s not sure he remembers it, but he obediently enters the number into Director Park’s phone. As soon as he’s home, Dong-hoon really does destroy Joon-young’s phone records, ripping them to shreds and taking them to the dumpster.

In their apartment, Yoon-hee dances to one of Joon-young’s favorite songs then asks him to play it one more time. He does, but then he leaves, saying that he needs to go to the campgrounds for Chairman Jang.

Instead, he meets with Ji-an, who plays him her recording of Dong-hoon’s conversation with Director Park. She turns up the sound so that Joon-young can hear Dong-hoon calling to request that the pay phone be removed.

She says that he’s going to get away with it, and asks if this is the end of his plans. He orders her to keep recording Dong-hoon’s conversations, and when she balks, he gives her a fat envelope of cash and says that he’ll pay her that much every week. He asks if she heard his fight with Dong-hoon, and she sneers that it was more like listening to him get pummeled.

At Jung-hee’s bar that evening, all the guys are impressed when Yu-ra shows up and admits her feelings for Ki-hoon. She says she loves him because he’s a failure, and Ki-hoon looks like he wishes the floor would open up and swallow him.

He tells Yu-ra that every man in this room is a failure, so she must be super happy. He warns her to be careful and yells at her for calling them failures to their faces, but she insists that she genuinely respects them all.

She explains that human beings live in fear of failing, and that at first she really was happy to learn that Ki-hoon is a failure. But she was even happier to see that he’s fine, because it made her think that she can still be happy despite her own failure. She says that she likes Ki-hoon because his failure eased her mind, and aAll the guys sigh and raise their glasses to her, thinking her an angel.

Ji-an finishes up her part-time job shift to find Kwang-il and his loan shark friend waiting for her. She gives Kwang-il the cash she got from Joon-young, and he wonders where she’s getting so much money lately.

She snaps that she found a guy who’s richer and more powerful than him. He doesn’t believe her, purring menacingly that he’s curious to know what’s really going on with her.

Yu-ra is too drunk to walk home, and Ki-hoon grumps that if he piggybacks her home, she’ll ask him in and they’ll sleep together. He asks if she wants to marry him as if it’s the worst idea ever, but she just laughs at him for making such huge mental leaps.

Ji-an goes to apply for elderly care for her grandmother. She asks if it’s free, and she seems a bit stunned to learn that it is.

Director Yoon pulls Dong-hoon into his office to ask why he showed up uninvited to Chairman Jang’s campsite, assuming he did it to kiss up. Everyone can hear him scream at Dong-hoon for going over his head, and he tells Dong-hoon that he’ll never allow him to be promoted to the empty director’s seat.

When he finally gets free, Dong-hoon goes to the roof to look at the view. He calls Yoon-hee, who says again that she can’t go see his brothers’ new business. She asks if he thinks his subordinates would follow him if he quit, telling him not to be disappointed if nobody does.

He runs into Joon-young on the elevator and asks why he’s still seeing Yoon-hee. Joon-young says that he has to break up with her at the right time, telling Dong-hoon not to worry because he doesn’t feel anything for her anymore.

Dong-hoon sees red and yanks Joon-young into the elevator by the collar, dragging him up to the roof. Joon-young screams to just expose him, asking if Dong-hoon is having fun with the knowledge that he turned out to be a bad person as he predicted.

As Ji-an listens from downstairs, he says that when he met Dong-hoon, he thought of him as a guy who acts like he’s a good person and thinks that life is unfair. He accuses Dong-hoon of giving up on himself while criticizing those who were ambitious.

He snarls that if Dong-hoon had just played nice, he would have felt bad and ended things. But now he refuses to break up with Yoon-hee and invites Dong-hoon to tell everyone.

Dong-hoon just says, “Okay, let’s do that. Let’s see this through until the end! Let’s see how far I can go. I’m also curious to see just what I will do when I’m completely ruined, and what kind of person I’ll become. Let’s do it.”

Downstairs, Ji-an hears this and rushes from her desk.

Joon-young storms down to his office, ignoring another call from Yoon-hee. He texts her that he’s going to the campgrounds and not to wait for him.

Ji-an marches all the way to Yoon-hee’s office building, and she throws herself in front of Yoon-hee’s car to stop her from leaving. Nearby, Kwang-il witnesses Ji-an get hit and crumple to the pavement, and when Yoon-hee jumps out to check on her, she instantly recognizes Ji-an from the resume Joon-young was looking at.

Ji-an staggers to her feet and pulls out her phone to play the recording of her first conversation with Joon-young, when she’d asked him why he was dating a middle-aged woman. When it’s finished, she says she was curious to see what an adulteress looks like, and tells Yoon-hee to get herself together before her life is ruined.

Yoon-hee hears Joon-young saying on the recording that married women are perfect to date because they won’t tell, and she speeds to the campgrounds. She finds it abandoned and starts to sob.

Kwang-il follows Ji-an as she walks home, listening to Dong-hoon as he sits at a restaurant and orders a beer. She stops in her tracks when he asks the waiter if the pretty girl who’s always underdressed for the cold has been by, realizing that he’s waiting for her.

She starts walking again, then she runs, reaching the restaurant just as Dong-hoon is about to leave. Out of breath, she sits and tells him to have one more drink. After a while, Ji-an remembers the temp agency manager saying that Dong-hoon hired her. She asks Dong-hoon why, and he says it’s because she seems mentally strong.

He’d seen on her resume that she listed running as her special talent, and he asks her best time at 100 meters. She mumbles that she doesn’t remember, so he asks why she put it on her resume. Ji-an says, “When I’m running, I disappear. But I feel like that’s the real me.”

Dong-hoon holds out his beer, and after a moment, Ji-an clinks his glass with hers. He toasts, “Let’s be happy,” and they watch each other as they drink. It turns into an impromptu competition, and they both giggle when Dong-hoon comes up for air first.

Outside on the street, Kwang-il watches them laughing together.

COMMENTS

I’m so glad that Dong-hoon is finally speaking up and confronting Joon-young about his affair with Yoon-hee. Dong-hoon really is a nice man, truly a good person, but being a good person doesn’t mean that things don’t bother you. Bottling up his negative emotions just leads to the depression and feelings of futility that Dong-hoon has been experiencing lately, and probably for a very long time. But now he’s learning from Ji-an that you can be someone who stands up for themselves, who speaks out against those who are taking advantage of him, and still be a good person.

I really thought that Dong-hoon would keep his knowledge of Joon-young’s affair with his wife to himself for a while, but I like that he went to Joon-young about it right away. It changes everything, because now Joon-young can’t continue with his plans to get rid of Dong-hoon without potentially bringing a world of hurt down on himself. It also affects Ji-an’s plans to get paid to help Joon-young get rid of Dong-hoon, which is why I think she was initially upset listening to their conversation at the campsite. She needs that payout to get Kwang-il off her back, and now it’s anyone’s guess whether she’ll keep feeding information to Joon-young to earn the money to pay off her debt. Dong-hoon’s confronting Joon-young may have been good for him, but it carries unexpected consequences for the young woman he’s getting to know, and I really have no idea what will happen when Dong-hoon learns that Ji-an has been recording him for Joon-young’s benefit.

On a lighter note, I was initially annoyed by Yu-ra and her unrelentingly cheerful harping on Ki-hoon’s failure. But after her explanation that his failure made her like him because it made her feel better about herself, I think she’s a lot more insightful than she initially appeared. Many people say that you fall in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself, and if that’s true, then it makes total sense that Yu-ra would fall for the man who made her realize that she can still be happy even if she isn’t traditionally successful. Hopefully she’ll teach him the same thing, so he can stop being miserable that his life didn’t turn out like he wanted and start to enjoy the live he has now.

I thought that Ji-an’s change towards Dong-hoon after their heart-to-heart talk was interesting. She’s the one who said she wishes her secret could be broadcast so that everyone would know and she could stop being scared they’d find out, yet now that she and Dong-hoon know a bit more about each other, she’s prickly with him for being nicer to her. Yet at the same time, she’s volunteering information about herself and opening up to him, even though it’s backfired on her whenever she’s tried it with other people. I’m so impressed with her resilience and her willingness to keep trying to make a connection with someone, even though on the outside she still seems resistant.

And it’s so beautiful to see Ji-an opening up to Dong-hoon, even though it’s all internal at this point. You can see it in her body language, and the way she looks at him and speaks to him. She no longer has that defiant glint in her eye, and when she asks that he buy her dinner, instead of sounding like an order, it’s a request, and she even seems a bit ashamed to be asking. I think that he’s earning her respect as she secretly listens in on his life, something I bet that Ji-an hasn’t given to anyone in quite a long time. I’m curious to see which side she’ll choose, once she’s forced to make a choice between Joon-young’s money or Dong-hoon’s friendship.

 
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Thanks for the recap, @Lollypip!

THIS EPISODE WAS JUST SO DAEBAK I WANT TO FANGIRL SCREAM!!! 🤩

I will never tire of seeing Ji An run to Dong Hoon.

OMO - both Dong Hoon and Ji An smiled - and at each other! DAEBAK! Oh, the flutters! 😍😍😍

Did you notice that Dong Hoon actually referred to Ji An as the girl with the pretty face?! S-W-O-O-N! ❤️

Whenever Dong Hoon was bad-ass and told off Joon Young, my heart fluttered:

🔸🔸At the campsite when Dong Hoon told Joon Young “Put it down. If you call her, you’re dead.” LSK’s sexiness points just skyrocketed.

🔸🔸When Dong Hoon gave Joon Young such a lashing, not only recounting how he (DH) knew that JY was a terrible person even in college, but that he knows JY would never marry YH. DH even pieced together JY’s plan to get him fired and then divorced. In that scene, DH was so clear-headed and so strong/stable in his convictions…while JY looked like a wild, caged animal (destructive and unstable).

🔸🔸In the car, at the hospital: DH was totally in control, chastising JY as if he were a little boy…haha, like a sunbae. I loved it when DH reminded JY that he has lived with his wife for 15 years, so he knows when she is truly ignorant of something versus just pretending to be. Take that, JY!

🔸🔸When Dong Hoon stated matter-of-factly that he won’t let his life be ruined by Joon Young. SO - FREAKIN' - HOT. DH’s resilience and determination affected Ji An in that moment so deeply, that was amazing.

❤️ Dong Hoon OWNED Joon Young in those scenes! Even though professionally DH is lower than JY, those scenes show EXACTLY who’s boss: Dong Hoon. He schooled JY right and proper. OH - SO - SATISFYING.❤️

Have you guys noticed how Ji An looks differently at DH than she does with anyone else?

With Kwang-il, she’s still stoic and shut down. With JY she continues to wear her inscrutable mask of indifference. But with DH, Ji An lets her weariness, her uncertainty and insecurity, her vulnerability bubble up to the surface.

You know, it would be kind of cute that Ji An respects and likes Dong Hoon so much now that she offered to kill Joon Young for him…except for the fact that she has killed a man before. HAHAHA!

When Ji An told off Yoon Hee: “Ajumma. Get it together before your entire life is ruined." BRILLIANT. I could watch that all day and not be bored.

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I totally love her confrontation with Yoon-hee. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect when she ran to that hotel. But for Ji-an to give Yoon-hee a chance to do the right thing was just brilliant. Ji-an knew how much Dong-hoon still cares for his wife and his marriage, and she admires him enough to not screw Yoon-hee over at their first meeting. And I can't wait to see Yoon-hee finally looking at her affair with eyes wide open so she can understand what kind of man Joon-young truly is.

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There's a saying, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." I beg to differ. A husband's jealousy is stronger fury.

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Yes, when I saw Ji An trying to help salvage DH and YH's marriage, I thought that perhaps DH and JA's relationship might stay platonic. And I still thought it was fascinating and wonderful. But at the end of the episode...it felt intensely romantic to me! (I just wrote about just how much so down there!)

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Yes, my favorite parts are also all the scenes between LSK and the CEO. I even watched it twice back to back just to get a double dose of LSK's command over these scenes. My heart did break a little watching him sit around the camp fire being near tears while piecing everything together.

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I absolutely loved the the rooftop scenes between PDH and the CEO, where JY is screaming so measerebly while DH is listening so calmly! LSK calmness and gentleness is so sexy!! JY has been always jealous to DH, who has not been as ambitious as him and has been loved/admired by everyone around him (including YH) because of his virtuous character rather than his position or his money... DH is so lovable that even utterly jaded JA cannot avoid siding with him and rooting for him...❤️❤️❤️

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I was not expecting her to go to the wife.
Then yes....the running to him. Also her expression when he told her how to get free care for her Grandma. She is killing me in the best possible way.

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No question, she is firmly on Ajusshi's side. Girl is falling hard for him. But he is completely distracted; I don't think he even suspected that she did not just run into him at the restaurant, she literally ran towards him.

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Aw, Yoo-ra... Who knows that you'll be the one who made me cry this eps instead of Ji-an? I was afraid her explanation would sound pretentious, but it was actually very relatable. It must be a great comfort to know that becoming a failure isn't the end of your world. That you can still live your life after that and actually be happy. I'm warming up to her possible romance with Ki-hoon. There is just this sense of surreality in their interactions that it almost felt like watching 2 aliens building an absurd connection that only made sense for them. And somehow it just made it sweeter.

I think this eps is an exhilarating setup for the second half of the drama. Dong-hoon and Joon-young's antagonism to each other was so riveting to watch. Dong-hoon who kept speaking in banmal with calm, measured tone, while the CEO referred to him as 'sunbae' and talked back to him in a very agitated jondaemal. At first I thought their problem started with Yoon-hee too back in their college days. But after their confrontation, it seemed like Joon-young is more insecure and desperate to prove himself despite him having everything. And I couldn't help but think that maybe it started off as a one-sided antagonism from Joon-young while our ajusshi paid him no attention and he somehow still hold grudges over whatever-it-is that materialized in him having an affair with Yoon-hee and purposefully transferring Dong-hoon to a less influential dept.

I can't wait to see how everything will come down now that Yoon-hee and also Kwang-il started to get involved in the bigger story arc.

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Kwang-il definitely has a crush on Jian. I'm guessing he'll be the one to tip the kettle pot. This is just a theory: He'll be the one to hurt Dong Hoon and Ji an, he'll be telling the world about her murder... We'll find out soon enough and I'm excited!

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Indeed. Things just got stickier.

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Yes, made me really nervous.

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Kwang-il looked so sad while looking at Ji-An and Dong-hoon.

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I don't know whether he has romantic feelings for her mixed up with everything else in there but he is definitely obsessed with her. He resents her for killing his father but I don't think he blames her for it. His comment that he wouldn't beat up an old disabled person on his father's memorial day was very telling since that is the very act that caused Ji An to kill his father. I expected Ji An to comment on that at that time.
He is definitely very curious where she is getting the lump sums of money from, hence him starting to stalk her and see both her confrontation with Yoon Hee and dinner with Dong Hoon.
He did not believe her when she said she found someone richer and more powerful than him so part of his reaction was shock. Mistakenly he will now think she was talking about Dong Hoon. The look on his face was scary. I agree he will be the one to hurt them but I rather dread that than feel excited.

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Before the end of this episode, I did not think Kwang-Il had romantic feelings for Ji An, but at that last scene, I was shocked! It must be so complex for him. Perhaps he feels slight guilt toward what his father did to her (though he does it too, so I'm not sure that even makes sense or is right), anger toward her for what she did, perhaps some understanding, an unbreakable connection, and perhaps ownership over her as well. Very intense stuff. I like his character (not necessarily as a person I'd want to chill with) but as a very interesting facet of the story!

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I thought JY's affair with DH's wife does seems to be JY's calculated decision to have an affair with a married woman. But when I see the reaction on JY's face when their chairman mentioned that he must have a crush during his college time, I started wondering that indeed JY liked DH's wife during their college time and somehow DH knew about his feeling.

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I think I read in the character's descriptions that indeed JY, DH, and wife all went to school at the same time and both liked her. Really curious why she picked DH then.

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I always suspected that was the case. Like they have a long sticky history.

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Am glad Yu-ra did her explaining, what a lovely point of view. Reminds me of Hinata telling Naruto, I don't like you because you always succeed, but because you fail so often but always get back up again. It was lovely to see how her words just melted the room into a puddle of warmth.
Am also all for her and Ki-hoon being weird adorablobs ^^ Him forecasting their "marriage" got me all cracked up.

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Regarding their college days - whether Dong Hoon and Yoon Hee know it or not I think for Joon Young it did start with Yoon Hee. Chairman's campfire comments about the boys probably joining a music club for a girl must have a purpose. Later in his conversation with the Chairman Joon Young confirmed that back in college he and she were in the same club. I think he had a crush on her but she was with the sunbae who saw through him when he was trying to kiss up to him and his resentment multiplied. So when their paths crossed again in the company he took revenge however he could, using his work and wife. His nasty grins to Dong Hoon since the affair started show his sick satisfaction.

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Ooh, OST #4 Dear Moon by Jehwi (with lyrics by IU) was released in full earlier today. We are blessed!

I was able to take some time out to digest what makes this show so good, and I think this episode is one more proof positive of that. I'll discuss my scattered thoughts below; I apologise in advance for any errors, even as I've reviewed this to the best of my abilities, heh.

- I enjoyed the opening sequence in which Chairman Wang talks about not thinking when watching fires. It was put together very nicely and his reply ("Looks like the fire completely burned away your thoughts") when Dong-hoon claims that he'd forgotten why he'd come to the campground felt especially poignant. Soon after, Joon-young scrapes his forehead - is that a precursor for the trouble that comes his way next? - and to add insult to injury, Dong-hoon has to be the one who brings him to hospital, where he chastises him over the affair some more. This felt somewhat karmic and oddly satisfying :P I am also curious about Chairman Wang's thoughts on Joon-young as a person.

- Sang-hoon says this to Jung-hee, who hits him in response: "Did you become enemies with a monk in your past life, or something? [You're] always running into monks! ... Sorry, my bad." Later, Jung-hee whines to herself that "[she'd been] waiting for a customer *who'd never show up*". Wait, so the mystery guy whom Jung-hee desires to see fail à la Yu-ra with Ki-hoon is neither Joon-young (?!) nor Dong-hoon, but possibly Dong-hoon's good friend over at the temple? I'd be interested to see this play out, ha.

- During the subway sequence - can we please have one every episode because they're just *that* good? - Ji-an unabashedly stares at Dong-hoon, who tries to avoid it only to see her in the reflection of the panels. *cue laughter* On a more serious note, you can see that mixture of surprise towards Ji-an and disappointment in her situation when Dong-hoon says, "There was nobody to teach you things like [getting your grandmother government aid]?" This question effectively highlights how Ji-an indeed did not have anyone to help her with such crucial matters in years. I suppose that we're looking towards Dong-hoon to take up that role. I also wonder if Ji-an's previous criminal record will affect her application? I sure hope not D:

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Continued here

- Yu-ra's speech about "broken" people being happy was a nice touch; it made me care more for her as a character. I definitely agree with @gadis here. Plus, how did Ki-hoon come up with such a slippery slope of "piggybacking a woman leads to sleeping together leads to marriage"??

- Joon-young tells Ji-an to be "careful" at one point. I'm guessing he's referring to her continued wiretapping of Dong-hoon's phone? If so, he makes a valid point; much later, we see Ji-an running up to Yoon-hee's car and almost getting seriously hurt (no, really, that was extremely reckless of her) before she whips out that recording of Joon-young's remark about married women, with Gwang-il spying on her from a distance all the while. I'm unsure if Yoon-hee or Gwang-il will eventually figure out what's going on, but Ji-an will be in for a whole world of hurt if any one person learns about her huge invasion of privacy and leaks it to Dong-hoon. Joon-young may be the outsider with the most knowledge now, but he has no incentive to betray Ji-an at this time.

- Finally, I really liked how the earlier talk about Dong-hoon's "special talent" (or lack thereof) segued into his asking Ji-an about her "special talent" of running. Then I'll admit that it was *adorable* how the two kept sneaking glances at each other while competing to drink their beers bottoms-up. Gwang-il's look of sheer confusion as he stands by the window and watches this unfold is the icing on the cake. (It's just so clever how parts of this scene were shot from Gwang-il's point-of-view before he appears in close-up right at the end!) Now it is especially concerning that Gwang-il probably thinks Dong-hoon (not Joon-young) is the far richer and more powerful guy that Ji-an was referring to, and will place a target on his back. Their upcoming encounter next episode already makes me nervous...

There is far too much to unpack and praise about this drama! Looks like I'm falling down the rabbit-hole now. Dangit!

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Oh, that's a good observation about Yoon-hee. I kept thinking that the monk comment must be important (and also a sensitive subject for her), but totally forgot that they already introduced an important monk character before. We'll see where they'll take her story.

I've to say though that the scene where she pretended to be walking home with the 3 brothers, only to double back to her bar was so lonely and sad.

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is the monk they're talking about referred to the monk mom visited and Dong-hoon texted?

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Yes, we are! Dong-hoon also references him in his conversation with Ji-an early in episode 8. I hope he makes a physical appearance again soon.

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Sorry, I meant that this monk is the man whom we speak of. Wherever did my grammatical sense go?

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I wished that my pantry at the office is well stocked as DH office. I'm jealous. How Yura even managed to live in that apartment while she not working and JI live in one bedroom with her grandma. Anyway where is her friend?

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When I look into all characters here, I can see how they're actually "lonely", and all of them are struggling.

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True I'm always thinking why doesn't that girl just get another job for goodness sake?! I thought that about Park Gi Hoon too earlier in the show actually, that he should just take the work he can get at this point! So they are similar in that sense indeed!

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My assumption : Yura said her mother was third to her father, which means the father is wealthy guy. In S.K. Having more than one wife, you have to be richer than average middle class people. Explicitly publicized multiple wives cannot be easily seen in common family. Usually Chaebeol families or, wealthy idling downtown building owners maybe?? That could explain the reason she was just tottering around Ki-hoon's vicinity.

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every day...

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Did anyone else feel that this episode move so fast that if you blink you'd miss something important. There are so many threads running through, even with side characters. Aside from the big ones we have the brothers' mom worry over her middle son, the pretty bar owner and her mystery man (probably the monk), big brother and his wife, and more. Coincidentally I am watching Goblin at the same time, and while there are similarities between the two shows, the contrast is stark.

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To the beanie that posted on the fan wall about why it's called MY Ahjusshi because of Ji-an getting protective, so ON POINT!

The run she did at the end, aside from wanting to meet him, he certainly needed a drinking buddy after that confrontation with the CEO.

My heart ached for Jung Hee. That scene played out well. And there's definitely something with the monk that mom met a few episodes back and Jung Hee.

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That's a good point about her wanting to be there for Dong Hoon. I also saw it as her being very impacted when he asked for her and said she had a pretty face. She needs him too.

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They both need each other but not in a romantic way and that's why I love this friendship SO much!

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Sigh... I love this show so deeply I can’t describe it words. Who would expect that a middle aged haggard man could be so swoony? I cheered so loud for DH in this episode, at last he’s stepping up his game. I wonder when she’ll be fully on DH’s side? When she gives up working for the CEO?

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She can be more helpful with inside information if she is still "working" for the CEO.

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Indeed, this show is so riveting in an understated way. There is nothing glamorous about it. There is almost no pretty, young face, and if there is, they play damaged characters aside from the dramaland stereotypes. There is no chaebol, no grand gestures. Its dark. Its pitiful. But its so addicting. Maybe since its hard to guess whats next in the store for our chars that it make us want for more.

In a way, its so refreshing to see a truly decent middle aged man. Park Dong Hoon is the epitome of a good, straight, dependable man, who seldom whine about life and endure whatever life comes to him. Its clear esp after ep 8 how much he loves his family, and the extent he goes to protect them, and it is very clear that after his encounter with Ji An, he begins to stand up for himself and for ppl he cares more than before, which seems to infuse life to him, unlike his past, hollow self. Yes, he confronts and he gets blows and pains, but he has more determination and he continues to protect the ones he cares in his own, straight way. No wonder Ji An have a soft spot for him. He is so ordinary from a quick glance, but he is so extraordinary too esp for her.

Eager to see what happened next, and as an amateur in drama, I hv to say that writing and directing is great, and I find no weak link in acting front. Yes, LSK own this drama, but IU have improved so much and her eyes and microexpression mostly on point, Jang Ki Young is convincing as a mean but suffering loan shark, everyone so good and believable.

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Slow clap for Yu-Ra👏👏, she was the star this episode. Her monologue made me tear up, brava. Usually I hate characters like her, but she is fantastic. I really enjoy her and Ki-hoon, they are my ship for this show. He has her pegged, it was so funny when she wanted a piggy back ride to get her a little something something, but he wasn't having any of it. They are adorable and I want something to happen.

As for Ji-An and Dong Hoon, they both seem to be progressing. I'm happy Halmoni is going to get better care. Dong Hoon is finally letting out some of that simmering rage, which is healthy. He needs to talk to his wife though. I don't blame him for their cheating, but I do blame him for not communicating enough with his wife to the point that she felt she needed to go elsewhere for affection. As for Ji-An the fact that she laughed at all is progress, so huzzah.

Kwang--il on the other hand is a wildcard. His obsession/crush on Ji-An is going to cause more hurt than I think he is ready for.

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Wildcard is a great description for Kwang--il.

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Agree on DH should try harder to communicate with YH. They seem to still care so much about each other, but something prob gone wrong in the past that makes them the way they are. But DH clearly still care as well as YH.

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You know the feeling when a drama gets so good, you become afraid that the next episode might let you down? Yet, this episode exceeded my expectations and more!

There's a fine line between pretentious and artistic. I have been low key about this drama. Recently, I've been let down by a show which I initially thought was making a point and artistic but in the end, it was just a pretentious ado about nothing. This drama is undeniably artistic but not without substance.

In the hands of lesser actors, I don't think it will work at all. Just take the confrontation between cuckold husband and lover boy in this episode. I have seen this scenario countless times in kdramas but Lee Seon Kyun and Kim Young Min totally upstage any I've seen before. It's so intense yet masterfully nuanced and to the point.

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Well said! What drama let you down recently?! I'm so curious.

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Misty 🌫🌫🌫

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Does anyone know what song was playing at the end of the episode while DH and JA were drinking together in the bar?

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i want to know this, too!

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its called adult by sondia

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I think it's a song that hasn't been released yet, it's sang by a man.

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I'm still here for that last moment, for THAT SMILE.

This drama is driving me crazy.

Every time Ji An and Dong Hoon meet I get so excited that I look like a girl. It's impossible to me not beg for their pairing, but it's good enough how drama is flowing. I just love how Dong Hoon is getting Ji An's heart, because teachs me that love (deep and truly conecction, not only a romantic relationship) means more than kisses and melo-eyes.

Besides the adulterous wife, and the darn CEO ... I'm more nervous about Lee Gwang-Il's sick obsession. I know it will get worse slowly and I hope it does not drag Ji An back into the abyss.

Also, I like a lot photography since fifth chapter. It's beautiful and elegant. Every scene shine with a mix of light or dark colors, that creates an extraordinary atmosphere. You can feel the characters into them because their emotions are perceived even in the air.

Wednesday and Thursday: my favorite days of the week, watching My Ajusshi is a placer.

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At first glance, the realism puts this depressing bleak feels to the drama (it's filmed so much more at night than day). As the drama progresses, I really like how we get get to see more "light" in these people's lives. I appreciate how they view their conditions, their resolve to be optimistic in face of failures to live in the moment. It is what it is so they make the most of the situation and live on. Love the cinematography as well.

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Even in the nights scenes in Jung-hee’s bar... although JH is lonely and she has her own sad story, her existence makes the brothers’ life and other men in the neighborhood is more colorful.

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Dramabeans and girlfriday, my slide back into kdrama addiction is all your fault! After reading "What we're Watching" to catch up on what's new, I saw your take on My Ajusshi. So I tried watching. And I couldn't stop. Marathoned until this episode came out. I had to renew my Dramafever subscription!

This drama just pulled me in and I'm hooked on the realism (which i usually hate) and the feels. I can't pick one favorite thing since it's an avalanche of wonderful moments. The side characters are entertaining and have great story lines and the excitement and suspense for the main stories are definitely gripping. I can't wait for each episode to come out!

Definitely back to being a kdrama addict!

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If I had a kid instead of cats, and if the kid's school put me on the spot by telling him to get a video of some special talent of mine, the kid would be humiliated by having to show a clip of me typing a comment on Dramabeans. Then the kid would be transferred to another school. #top10reasonswhypetsarebetterthankids

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Hahahah. Great comment

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My talent = napping, so my kid would also have to transfer.

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Can eating be a talent? #catsoverkidsanyday

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Yes, I stopped to think , do I have a talent?
Yeah. No.

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OH OH OH! Let’s play a drinking game, gang! Let’s see…..
[1] Each time Lee Sun Kyun’s velvety voice causes you to think impure thoughts
[2] Each time Dong Hoon becomes all bad-ass for the sake of his family
[3] Each time Ji An runs to Dong Hoon
[4] Each time Ji An reacts emotionally to something she’s heard Dong Hoon say
[5] Each time Director Yoon does something stupid
[6] Each time Joon Young is being a sleaze
[7] Each time Sang-Hoon or Ki-Hoon do something dumb
[8] Each time Yu-Ra says she likes that Ki-Hoon is a failure

…..any other ideas? Post them here!

Who's in? :)

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On my way to buy drinks for tonight's show.

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Does this qualify as a kdrama-inspired purchase for our monthly theme?
Soju?

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Yes! Soju and makgeolli.

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@lordcobol: Ha, why not?! You should write a post given this month's theme!

Cheers! ;)

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I'm already a goner for number 1-4.
How about
[9] Each time DH lectures JA about proper adult behavior
[10] Each time Kwang Il shows up within 10 meters of Ji An
[11] Each time Yoon Hee says something unkind to DH

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@MapleSilver: #9....hahaha, YES! That is a good one!

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[12] Each time Ji An hits or kicks the printer

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Oh, that one is totally brilliant! Poor photocopier! Haha!

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Another one!

[13] Each time that guy in the office tells Dong Hoon to fire Ji An because she isn't nice.

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You're on a roll, @egads!

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[14] Each time the younger man in the office tells DH that he loves him!
I love his crew of young men!

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"Each time Lee Sun Kyun’s velvety voice causes you to think impure thoughts"

~is dead within the first ten minutes of the episode~

I may have a thing for voices...

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I’m not super into voices but I’ve been in love with LSK’s since Coffee Prince. On the CP OST they have some tracks that are just him talking. It’s amazing.

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[14] Each time they show the back of LSK's head
[15] Each time they show LSK walk away and IU follows with her gaze

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Another excellent episode. A very pivotal episode in the series for our main characters.
We know a little more about Jung Hee and possibly the stigma she may have faced being a woman in a predominantly conservative society working in the alcohol business owning a bar when she says "I'll go wash up...I am a clean woman." It didn't feel like she was simply talking about being physically clean. ‎
Dong Hoon now looks and talks to Jian out in public, not fearing what others might say about them. A huge milestone in their relationship as it shows that he wants to reach out to her to develop a bond beyond all the secrets they know of one another.
DH and Jian SMILED. The most sincere, wholehearted smile over something as little as watching for when the other person would stop drinking but failing in timing and therefore continuing to drink. That was such a pure and simple moment of happiness for those two. I adore their scenes together.
Exactly why is gwangil so upset at the thought of Jian being around another man other than him? Is he that twisted that the thought of her being happy for one moment in her life triggers him to the core? Is it because he's so unhappy that he finds comfort in her unhappiness? Ugh, I hate him so much.

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Do you think Kwang Il will ever get a redemption arc? Deep down, Ji An continues to put up with the abuse I think part is from her wanting to atone for his father's death. Has Kwang Il such a despicable person that he can't admit to his dad's role in the whole mess? His character is written so much different than others that I can't help but think the changes are coming in the second half of the drama. He's one who needs healing too.

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I really want to learn more about Jung Hee. I wonder if she is like a sister to all three brothers or she loves one of them (possibly Sang-Hoon)?! Is this only me who finds the way she glares at Sang-Hoon different?

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And he adjusted her shirt when she dressed up. Yeah, think there may be something there.

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Dong-hoon says that people’s faces usually show what kind of people they are, and from the moment he saw Joon-young in college, he seemed like the type who would make others do his dirty work.

Or, from the moment he saw his face in acting school, he seemed like the type who would get type-cast as a bad guy.

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This drama is so affecting! Initially was wary because of the heavy sounding themes and didn't think IU had what it took to pull off this kind of role. But boy was I wrong, loved this episode. DH is feeding JH literally and figuratively. Those smiles at the end melted my heart.

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DH is not just a nice guy. He has no bones of hatred in him despite being betrayed and stabbed. When he opens up his soul to JA, who is more of a sceptic, we get to understand his philosophical side, which was refreshing to JA, and the steely realist in him also broke through her. She had learnt much from her ahjussi.

When asked why she picked running as her special talent, she said that’s when she felt real or the real her.
Did her ahjussi picked that up from her panting when she came through the door?
In replied, he said, let’s be happy.
There is much to look forward to from there.

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I've always known that IU has what it takes to be a great actor with nuance and depth, if only the script allows her to.

I'm loving this drama so far, with things done right from the director, writer, actors, music,... Such a pleasure to watch a high quality drama. Makes it a bit hard for me to enjoy other dramas as much though.

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I like their relationship, and this episode proved the main reason why her character needs this ajusshi. She doesn't have parents so she never had someone to teach her the things you learn from your parents. Him telling her about the program for her grandma, she had been needlessly struggling and along came this ajusshi to help her. I am not saying that she is not capable of doing things by herself but I understood her situation because I had to rely on my parents to teach me how medical bill payments worked and how to do my taxes. Honestly I would have been lost without them. I have also learned about helpful programs through my co-workers, particularly one ajusshi who I sometimes think of as my "Manager Oh" because he had the patience to teach me when I got my first job and had no experience.
I also have to say that I hate DH's wife. If your marriage is not salvageable get a divorce, it's gross that she has a relationship with a guy who is trying to bring her husband down while she acts all innocent with DH. I was glad the JA showed her the recording, she needed a reality check.

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There is just one thing about this episode: She laughed.

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“When I’m running, I disappear. But I feel like that’s the real me.”

But Ji-an you are always running to Dong Hoon now, who sees you, the real you.

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I agree with you for the most part, but Dong Hoon hasn't seen how conniving she is. He sees and cares for her because of her plight and how she "saved" him.

But, he doesn't know she's spying on him, much less that the very man who is having an affair with his wife hired her to dig up dirt on him so CEO could fire him.

Ji An is always worried someone is going to find out about her past: killing a loan shark in self-defense, but her destructive actions towards Dong Hoon will cause a greater fall out precisely because she has started to care about him, and he's her only true friend.

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I don't know that Dong Hoon would find Ji An conniving if he knew everything. I don't find her conniving. What I see is a person who is trying to survive in very difficult circumstances and using whatever opportunity may arise to do so. I don't think that's conniving. The conniving person of the show is Joon Young who is deliberately trying to ruin Dong Hoon.
Dong Hoon already fears the horrors in Ji An's past and present. He may not agree with her actions but will see the difference between the motivations of survival versus self-gain.

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About Dong Hoon and Yoon Hee’s son
Okay, so I do have a theory about the study-abroad son. I think he’s being used as a motif to show the state of the marriage between Dong Hoon and Yoon Hee.

In the beginning two episodes, the son is only seen through pictures, and hardly mentioned - and the first two episodes show the estrangement and distance between Dong Hoon and his wife.

But, as we progress and we start to see the cracks in the affair (and now that Dong Hoon has mobilized to save his marriage) the son begins to reappear. First, he is mentioned by Ki-bum, then the parents each mention him by name - we even get to see “baby” Ji Seok in episode 6. Now it’s episode 7 and both parents talk to him on the phone, and it is obvious how much they love him. Yoon Hee is obviously very affectionate in her conversation; Dong Hoon attempts to think of an impressive “special talent” he is meant to perform for his son’s homework.

I think as the series progresses, the son might actually become more and more prominent as (I predict) Dong Hoon makes efforts to save his marriage.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the actual child actor soon-ish.

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Duh. The son is obviously a non-zero possibility of being Joon-Young's, but none of the three know. They all suspect, but won't voice it or confirm. When the kid does a DNA test, it's all going to come crashing down.

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Gah! I don't know what to say about that episode. How can they expect us not to want a romantic line between them after Dong Hoon asking about "the girl with the pretty face" and Ji An running as fast as she can to make it to him in time? And then there is the betrayed expression on Kwang Il's face watching them smile together. Did I write that right? How many times did we see them smile since the beginning of the drama? Now to seem them both smile, at the same time and when they are together? Oh, the feels.

There is of course so much more to the episode but it will take me quite a while to get over that and come to those.

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There is still so much to say about Dong Hoon and Ji An in this episode. First and foremost Dong Hoon thanked Ji An for throwing away the money and saving his job. In addition to being called a good person I don't think Ji An has been thanked for much. And then he sends her halmoni food which she appreciates so much. How can she not fall for him?
The discussion between them about people who help and people who don't was also very interesting especially juxtaposed with the greatest help Ji An ever got from anyone with Dong Hoon's advice on how to get halmoni in free care. His last word on it "There was nobody to teach you things like that?" was so sad.

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Aw, I squeed at the "pretty" ^^

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I also found Ji An wanting to quit listening to Dong Hoon's conversations interesting. The guilt must be kicking in. This signals the direction Ji An's loyalty will take when the time for the choice LollyPip mentioned comes.

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So much happened in this episode, I don't know where to start from. First there is the way Dong Hoon handled his wife's affair. How does this guys mind work? Can such a person exist? He did not betray any resentment against his wife. I don't think he is still in love with her anymore but as he said to his rival they were life companions for 15 years so despite his wife's betrayal of him he will protect her from the trash who doesn't care one whit about her. And his solution was also very elegant and sensitive, similar to the way he handled the guy who humiliated his brother in front of their mom. What a man! How can any woman not fall in love with him?
Then there is the way he handled Joon Young. It was so satisfactory to see Dong Hoon have the upper hand and call all the shots for a change. It was so hard to bear for Joon Young that he really lost it in the end.
Director Yoon is the slimiest, worst character in this drama and has as big a chip on his shoulder about Dong Hoon as Joon Young and takes every opportunity to try to humiliate him but what I find very interesting is that in a scene similar to what we have seen many times in other dramas watching him yell at Dong Hoon, as awful as the act and as lowly as the perpetrator is, did not make me lose any respect for Dong Hoon. The guy holds himself in such dignity that Director Yoon is humiliating himself rather than Dong Hoon by the way he acts.
With the gauntlet thrown and accepted in that final scene I am looking forward to the showdown between Dong Hoon and Joon Young. Dong Hoon is curious how far he will go himself but I have faith in him that despite his weaknesses and mistakes he may make along the way he will still not betray his solid core in the end.

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The showdowns between Dong Hoon and Joon Young were so awesome in this episode. Usually Joon Young is the aggravating character whose scenes bore me - his fake smiles and the lies he spun to the Chairman regarding what Dong Hoon has on him are annoying.
But for the fist time I enjoyed his scenes as Dong Hoon gained the upper hand. How many times did he tell Joon Young he's dead? I got a kick every single time:
"Put it down. If you call her, you're dead."
"The moment that Yoon Hee finds out that I know you're done for."
"And if I catch you messing with me at work, you're dead."
"If I can't do my job properly, then fire me. If I become useless to the company, then fire me. But if I find out that you've fired me for any other reason you're dead."
And then Dong Hoon dragging him up to the roof - I wondered what happened to all the cameras spying on Dong Hoon at the office. Where was one when you needed it?
As Joon Young cannot handle this treatment from Dong Hoon he became defiant and continued seeing Yoon Hee even though he asked Ji An to pull back.

On another front what does Dong Hoon think of his wife after learning that she knew her lover was trying to get him fired because of the bribe? He had called her for advice because she is a lawyer in addition to being his wife! How must he view those interactions now? I doubt learning she wanted him to quit without being disgraced is much consolation.

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The episode of course wasn't all about Dong Hoon. Ji An got her moment to shine as well. She is usually more impulsive and somewhat self-destructive so when she got furious on Dong Hoon's behalf and started running I was worried and thought "Oh, no!" I feared she might do more harm than good.
The first meeting between Ji An and Yoon Hee was interesting to watch. Seeing the true worth of Dong Hoon and Joon Young Ji An must think this woman is really stupid. She must also have some moral standards (as she called Yoon Hee "a cheating woman") even though they didn't factor in much in her decisions so far. I was wondering what she would tell Yoon Hee, didn't expect her to play a recording. When she pulled out her phone I feared she would get her to listen the conversation between Dong Hoon and Joon Young but thank god she was much smarter. I am also glad she respected Dong Hoon's wishes the way she handled this.
On the other hand, what must Yoon Hee think confronted by the murderer whom Joon Young asked her to check up on? The girl she was trying to protect Dong Hoon from. I don't know whether she knows yet that Dong Hoon and Ji An know each other, she must think Ji An's act has to do more with Joon Young than Dong Hoon. Now the ball is in Yoon Hee's court. Let's see if she will be half as smart as Dong Hoon and Ji An.
Joon Young isn't only under threat from Dong Hoon but Ji An as well. Of course he doesn't know of the level of their acquaintance yet but with all those recordings she has she is holding his balls in her hand as well. Joon Young's face when he warned her and she responded "worry about yourself" was priceless.

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After Week 2's theme of temptation and will and last week's theme of what makes a good person this episode's focus was on special talents. Prompted by Dong Hoon's son asking for a video of his father exhibiting a special talent, there were lengthy conversations between him and his wife and brothers about what he can do and what is a talent versus not culminating in the final reveal of the reason why Dong Hoon selected Ji An among the temp candidates - her special talent of running.
Dong Hoon interpreted this talent as a show of "mental strength". Ji An on the other hand says: "When I’m running, I disappear. But I feel like that’s the real me." I am not sure I understand what that means. Any ideas?
Back to Ji An's running - I don't remember who commented in the last weeks that the usually cold, uninterested Ji An for the first time ran for Dong Hoon. When she thought he gave up and wanted to die, once when he fell in the street and the other time when he was at the bridge after learning of his wife's affair.
She ran two more times in this episode, both for Dong Hoon. First she ran to Yoon Hee to tell her the truth so she can protect Dong Hoon from Joon Young, then she ran to Dong Hoon when he asked after her.

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"When I’m running, I disappear. But I feel like that’s the real me."

I think Ji-an felt insignificant in the wide world. She didn't have any meaningful relationships, aside from her grandma. She never have place to properly take root, having always move from one temporary job to another, living in a small room that didn't feel like home. She didn't have the luxury to enjoy her life, barely living from day to day to provide for her family and pay her debt.

When she run, the whole world would feel like a blur, and she would also feel like a blur, and I think that's how she sees herself. Barely existing, adrift, with no one to remember her. And that's such a sad outlook on life.

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When was the last time you saw a series when a character smiled u teared up a bit and let go off a sigh of relief.

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Maybe the thing about Dong-hoon that bugs people around him is he already found his inner peace. As in he won't let outside factors affect his happiness, coz he holds it in his own two hands and he himself decides how he wants to be happy.
Him telling Ji-an to "let's be happy" is heartwarming, such simple words but giving me all the feels. Yes please, everybody needs to be happy soon!
And omigah, Joon-young. Hats off for the actor, I guess; have often been angry at characters, but to be angry and seriously repulsed is rare! The way he turned the facts around when talking about Dong-hoon to the chairman o_O What a despicable, two-faced, smarmy bastard, ugh!
Also, how did all the ajusshi happen to hang out in Jung-hee, is there a club for has-been-executives..? ^^

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Funny, I don't see DH as having inner peace - quite the opposite. Instead, he has shut his feelings down so far that he only seems peaceful.
However, now that those feelings are beginning to become unleashed (see response to the man who was so mean to his brother) he is beginning to truly warm up to the people around him.
No, I don't see him as someone with inner peace, but instead, a man so repressed emotionally that he stopped communicating with his wife which caused her to seek an emotional connection somewhere else.
We are just halfway through so now things are going to change as he comes out of his shell.

I want to say, however (and I think I'm in the minority here) that I feel a sense of pity for the CEO. He may act like a horrible slime ball of a man, but I see such fear in his eyes so many times. I think that he is an insecure man who has done some nasty things to prop himself up. It will be interesting to see where this story goes.

Overall this is a story about so many broken and sad people who are finding their way in life with the help of each other. There isn't one character who seems completely and utterly evil but everyone is pathetic in one way or another.
LOVE this show!!!

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I don't know, sometimes I feel like all the people around him is mad on his behalf, like his office team because they feel people walk all over him, his mom because she feels his wife is being "too good" for him, and his wife because she feels he lacks ambition. But maybe Dong-hoon just knows what he wants, and he doesn't care if other think he's stupid, or weak. He wants to work peacefully to keep all buildings and the people inside it safe, he doesn't need promotion or his own company coz what he has now is enough to feed his family (and brothers), he loves his wife and want them to be together at all cost.
*putting a Yu-ra POV and trying to see him from another side* ^^
But I agree that changes should happen because he can't keep being passive and expecting things to stay the same.
It's true that CEO is a very insecure guy, and for some reason he is very fixated with Dong-hoon. Maybe that's why they end up in the same company.

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I like this drama, A LOT. Loved the way the directing focuses on the character and the background seems to fade. Very beautiful cinematography. Ji An and Dong Hoon are of course the two main stars, but my heart ached for Kwang Il. How hard it must have been for him to love a person he should have not love. And Jang Ki Yong is killing it in that role. He's amazing. With such a beautiful physique to boost. Go Ki Yong~
Oh, and I LOVED the 3 brothers relationship. Hugeee love
*finger hearts*

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- I don't understand why viewers keep wanting / insisting on a 'love' connection between DH and Ji-An. She's just a girl who has never had any parents, and all of the responsibilities without having any fun. DH is like a father-figure to this young woman, the first person who has gone out of his way to be nice, helpful and considerate to her. He is decent, not lecherous, who does not want anything from her. That's the way he is with everyone. She has her whole life ahead of her, while he is pushing 50. They are at different stages of life. Even if she likes / loves him, nothing will come of it - because she will get over it, when her situation gets better / easier.

- DH is a duty-bound guy. He fulfills all of his duties. He may hate it, suffer it, and may lament it too ('I am a building that shouldn't have been born', 'reality is hell and I am being punished') but he will do his duty. He is resilient but comes across as a wimp because he just takes the blows. He hates his work, but does not show any interest in going back to 'planning' department. He hates the way his wife conducts herself (to him and to others) but doesn't say so. She has been having an affair for a year with his boss / college junior and he didn't realize, but despite the betrayal / backstabbing wife, he does not lash out at her, and wants to stay with her because he has invested 15 years with her! He hates his life which is an unending cycle of duties, but has no initiative to change it.

- JY, (the guy playing him is a brilliant actor: rooftop scene) is right about DH - DH is a pacifist, who wants to think he is nice while suffering bad people in silence. What DH said about JY is also true but DH's own house is not in order, and he is blaming the other guy - if DH had been a wife and YH had been a man, all the viewers would have been saying YH has such a cold emotionless unreachable morose laidback wife, of course YH will feel attracted to an exciting goodlooking attentive successful person! If a wife of 15 years has been unable to see or appreciate your strengths (your purposefulness, dignity, resilience, patience), why do you want the other man to acknowledge them?

- YH is coming across more and more as an insufferable human being. She thinks she is sitting on this grand pedestal from where she can look down upon everyone in her life (including JY!!!) She is condescending, dismissive, disrespectful to everyone. I think her personality problems go deeper than just a marital issue with DH - who is an unsuccessful, uncommunicative clueless wimp. She is a nasty woman. Even with JY, when she feels betrayed, it takes her 2 seconds to cut him into 5 pieces of nothing ('you were nothing in college and everyone knew it'). She is an unhappy woman who will never find happiness. But of course DH will never leave her. Let's see if she leaves him once he becomes director!

- JY is seen as the bad guy, but he is just another upper-comer who has got hold of a...

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(contd:).......very important position without family connections which is a huge achievement in a chaebol-run country. I think he loves YH but cannot be with her because of how a scandal will taint him.

- Someone said DH will feel betrayed on the eavesdropping / wiretap by J-An - I think he'll take it in his stride, 'understanding' it, like he does everything else.

- Unfortunately, it looks more like DH and J-An will be accused of having an affair (!) by both the company AND YH. So DH will find himself in another muddle that he did not create! And provide justifications to his wife who will use it to further humiliate him!

- Kwang-il is a dangerous loose-cannon OCD boy and if he and JY hook up for revenge, all bloody hell of pretense will break loose!

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Can we please take a minute to appreciate the acting and comedic timing of the 2 brothers!! Their scene in the bar talking about their poor upbringing and Korean men drinking was spot-on hilarious, but true, with a slight hint of sadness. I repeated it several times to pick-up on all the lines and subtle nuances. I am appreciating them both more as characters and actors as the episodes progress.

I also wish that people would STOP already with the loveline between the main characters and just enjoy the overall beauty of the drama and the complexity of each character. Not all women need a man to be happy and honestly, it would be just straight up weird for PDH to get in a romantic relationship with Ji-an and I’m not referring to the age thing but to the fact that he is a married man with a son. Is there a connection? Definitely...does it need to be a romantic one?? Definitely not!! All these people crying out for a loveline should just go watch every other cliche kdrama!

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Oh my....i sooooo much agree with you.
I am still upset with her infidelity. Don't if that is something worth to forgive. But even if she leaves him anyway because she doesn't love him anymore... even if DH is the best person in the drama, these two people, and Ji ah too, the three of them don't necessarily need to have a couple in order to be relatively happy in life. I don't remember who mentioned it, but it is a matter of loving yourself. They all need to learn to love themselves.
With that, and friendship, I will be satisfied.
But this is a drama anyways. So, most likely DH will forgive his wife, she will stay with him just out of comfort; if the writers are smart they will leave Ji Ah alone, and life carries on.
But yes, I am also not necessarily shipping DH and JA. Same as you, not because of age gap, but because he is married with a son. The son is important, although he is offscreen 😂😂

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This drama is super freakin' awesome!!!

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They could have been titled it “an upright man” but it would hv been less alluring.
The central character come across as someone with good sense and very forgiving in those he trusts. When asked to describe his Wife, he praised her for being an “amazing woman”(ignoring her infidelity).

And she is, if I may write in defence of DH. For most of us, infidelity is an unforgivable sin and anyone who trespasses on a sacred vow warrants outrage,wrath and even revenge. But in DH’s world, misconduct is just part of a process to betterment. He is convinced his Wife is fundamentally a good person but flawed like humans should. Yes, there are issues in their relationship which may have resulted in self doubts and for some, they could slide into wrongful escapism or even indulge in fantasies. I like to believe DH is a very patient man and has tremendous faith in the human spirit to recover, especially of his loved ones. To that end, against the better judgment of most betrayed and wronged, he felt the need to protect his wife from further humiliation and told JY to back off instead. There will be those who would prefer a good dose of hard hitting reality and more then willing to accept the full consequences of stark exposure but for a rare gem like DH, he is convinced that his faith in his wife will reap better dividend than cold justice. As things turned out, life has a way of teaching her a REY painful lesson, in her case, humiliation.

She is a lawyer. The writers could turn her into a heroine(inflicting a painful lesson on JY for viewers to cheer on) of not a scorned lover but one who had recovered/healed and had discovered a renewed love and appreciation for her wise husband.

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Can someone please enlighten me.. i have no problem initially, but somehow while watching this week's episodes i keep thinking 'Why did dong hoon feel so miserable with life actually? Before he found out about his wife's scandal. His wife said that he only thinks about his family. Has he been supporting his family? What i think the problem that the main leads in this drama have is actually communication. Speak up, let it out! I can kind of understand Ji an. But dong hoon and his brothers have the leisure to drink everyday, they are not that poor so why were they so miserable. Dong hoon spending time with them everyday like that is not helping them. Help them to find jobs, go for caunseling whatsoever. And i despise wives sleeping with another man. If you love your marriage, try all means to make it work, if cant stand already then just divorce. Sorry for ranting. This is actually the only drama that i currently keep looking forward to and i still do. Its just that i start to get irritated. Its starting to feel unrealistic and purposely trying to make every character miserable.

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See my comment above. It's because among the love triangle, nobody's sure who's the father of Yoon-Hee's son. This goes back to a time even before the more recent adultery.

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if im not wrong, i think it's called dear moon, but it's not yet released

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It depends on what you get in your box of chocolate. Rules in life are just guide and if blindly followed, will plunge you further down the pit.

A little optimism and faith..a little courage in the line of the constellations may just produce the right script in your life.

Yoon Hee felt she was in a trial. When asked whether she had lost..she, in deep reflection, replied...i’ll win

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Thank you @Lollypip for your recaps and insightful comments! I stumbled upon this site and now visit it often. This is my lifeline to this drama while I wait for new episodes.
I've waited 7 episodes to comment. I've waited until I saw something I really wanted to see and that is Ji An smiled! That stony face actually smiled! And Dong Hoon smiled! That somber face showed a rare smile. Then stony face and somber face laughed together. Wow, wow, wow.
Now I don't like what might happen now that Kwang-il saw this but it was a great moment anyhow. You can see how Dong Hoon cares for his son by how quickly he called him once he got home. Also, I think Ji an looked a bit worried at her part-time job when she heard DH telling JY to stop messing with him at work and that he won't allow himself to be fired in this way was because it must have felt a bit like DH was speaking directly to her about stop messing with him and don't get him fired. I haven't seen ep 8 yet. I'm waiting a bit so I have fewer days to wait for ep 9. You guys are great!

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This drama charges me with an overload of emotions to the extent that I couldn't express.. I have watched both ep 7&8 together so I was totally nervous the following day after watching them.. I think I should see apsychiatrist hahaha😂😂😂
Anyway, I liked the confrontation between DH& JY very much but I was stunned by the decision of DH to continue with his wife.. I actually can't understand that infidelity could be absolved.
I was hurt for kwang il when he watched jian and Dong hoon.
I liked the motion of the camera at the scene where jian was running towards Donghoon and Kwang il tracking her.
I also liked the scene between jian and Yoonhee, I want more scenes between them, I guess they will be interesting.
Agreat episode.

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This was my favorite episode so far.

I love how, though we'd expect Dong Hoon to seem like the pathetic one in the situation when he discovers the affair, his actions and attitude turn Joon Young into the humiliated and pathetic one. It's still a terrible situation, but somehow feels very good/avenging.

I am really enjoying the brothers now. Back in the beginning of the series until they bought the business, I wasn't appreciating their roles enough. But now I am all in with the rest of ya, and think it really adds to the depth of the story.

That last scene...Wow. All he had to do was casually ask for her, mentioning she had a pretty face, and she was completely done. And so was I! Such a simple phrase after seven entire episodes, and I was struck thinking it was one of the most intensely romantic moments I've ever seen in K-drama. The tone and story building in this drama are remarkable.

With every word he speaks and action he makes, I think Dong Hoon becomes more admirable, impressive, and attractive to not only Ji An, but certainly to us as well. His character is such a strong and steady man, but constantly surprising as well.

Gosh this is good stuff!

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On a fundamental level, this is a strange show. It's pensive and melancholic and a little weird but in the kind of way that people are a little weird. It's grim and there's very little joy in it but the tone and lack of joy is presented in a way that makes it analogous to the disappointments and mindless drudgery of middle-age.

It's brilliant but at the same time it's off balance in a way I'm struggling to enunciate. I guess it's as off balance as the main relationship is off balance. It's as off balance as middle-age is because it's that point when you realise that life is not what you thought it was going to be. It's off balance in a way that's almost mesmerising.

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And now I am feeling all sorts of imbalanced. I am not 100% sure what you are saying, but I love it! This show just evokes all kinds of feelings in me.

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I'm not 100% sure either. But I think it's like that feeling you get at certain points in your life when you look around and go, " How did I get here ???".

Like life is a series of surreal diversions down dead-end streets? But when you see the other people zipping past it seems like everyone else is on a highway?

This show is entirely about encapsulating that feeling. Except in this version one of the people has wiretapped one of the other people and is learning that everyone else is also just doing wheelies in their cul-de-sac wondering how life led them there and how on Earth they get out.

Maybe.

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