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You Who Forgot Poetry: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

You Who Forgot Poetry has offered a slightly uneven ride, but I find myself content with the journey and satisfied by its end.

I love that the show made us fall quietly head-over-heels for Bo-young in particular, and humanized everyone, flaws and all. It’s always been low-key, its emotions as self-contained as its characters, but that never meant you didn’t feel them, especially with the poetry which put it all into words.

 
EPISODES 15-16

The physio department is abuzz with Jae-wook being filmed for a TV show. The producers want one more therapist to join him, and he picks Bo-young. She’s super-thrilled that she’s going to be on TV (and with Jae-wook).

But of course, it’s taken away even before she starts because she’s not a full-timer. Worse, her contract is about to run out, and when it does, she’ll be out of a home as well as a job, since she lives in hospital accommodation.

Shi-won takes his mother back to the countryside, now that his wife is out of a job and looking after their twins. His mom brightly waves him goodbye, but when he comes back with something she forgot in his car, he overhears her crying over a video of the babies.

Dae-bang treats the boys to lunch on the rooftop and they try to lift Min-ho’s spirits by giving him tips on how to get over his unrequited love.

He prescribes skinship which Nam-woo reluctantly offers, bless him, but Min-ho turns down with his trademark, “I’m kidding.” IT’S YOUR LOSS, MIN-HO, MIN-HO. At least he repents being such a jerk.

Joo-yong finds out from a friend at another hospital that his mom has been hospitalized. He’s upset that she didn’t tell him, instead letting him whinge about not sending him food. He feels so ashamed that he really applies himself to studying again.

Yoon-joo finds out about a job opening at another major hospital for Bo-young. Bo-young skips a team dinner to attend the interview, but when she gets there, she finds out that the interview process is a sham as one of the interviewer’s relatives has already been promised the job.

They treat Bo-young rudely and dismissively, until she’s had enough. Channeling Jae-wook, she gives them advice and tells them not to be rude and waste other people’s time. She’s so badass, I love her!

But she has nowhere to go for the night since she’d told everyone she was going down to visit her mom, and so decides to unwind in a jjimjilbang.

But of course, disaster always comes in twelves for Bo-young: she’s robbed, leaving her without clothes or money (and also covered in a thousand eggs because she collided with the egg-dude chasing the thieves).

That’s the moment Min-ho phones her to apologize for how he treated her on the MT, and she asks him to bail her out. Once they’re home and she’s cleaned up, he wonders if she really likes Jae-wook when she can’t show him all sides of herself, as she does to him.

He finally confesses that he sincerely likes her, and can’t give up his feelings, seeing how she’s uncomfortable with Jae-wook. Unknown to them, Jae-wook overhears the conversation and leaves with Bo-young.

Jae-wook had found about the interview and that she didn’t give up the show voluntarily from Yoon-joo. He writes her a card in which he hopes he can become someone she can lean on for support.

The next day, Min-ho and Nam-ho get a visit from their professor at school, who’s checking in on them, now their training is nearly over. The prof tells Min-ho that he needs to pull his socks up when he returns, and it embarrasses Min-ho that she reveals his appalling GPA in front of Bo-young. Kinda serves you right, though!

Nam-woo tells him that nobody wants to expose their embarrassing sides to the people they love, but it finally sinks in for Min-ho when he sees a patient trying to keep her dignity in front of her partner.

Meanwhile, Jae-wook racks his brains for how to help Bo-young become more comfortable with him. Thanks to Nam-woo asking him to drop formalities with him, Jae-wook tries it out with Bo-young, speaking to her in banmal and calling her “Bo-young-ah.” Thank you god, finally!

But the team catches him, and he styles it out by calling them all by their names, too. Hahahaha, I’m laughing so hard! I love that his dorkiness admits no embarrassment.

He tries to get closer to the rest of the team over lunch as well. Though he makes a hopeless mess of it, it doesn’t faze him at all. Good for you, Dr. Ye!

He admits it to Bo-young later, and she finds his efforts so endearing that she’s decided to be more open with him from now on. He offers to use his connections to help her find a new job, but she turns him down, determined to get it on her own merit.

Elsewhere, Joo-yong can’t take Dae-bang’s indecisiveness anymore and as soon as he hears a vacancy has come up in another department, he applies for the transfer.

He gets the position, and snaps at Dae-bang he’s not at all sorry to leave him since he’s tired of his dithering. Aww, poor Dae-bang! You meanie, Joo-yong!

And he regrets it fast, after finding out that Dae-bang was originally up for the position, but pleaded on the younger man’s behalf. Joo-yong races off to find Dae-bang, and throws himself, sobbing, into his sunbae’s arms.

Clinging to him, Joo-yong tells him that he can’t be like this to anyone else, because “Only I’m your kid.” Awww. Their love story is the best one. BEST.

Min-ho gets Bo-young to repay her jjimjilbang debt by buying him food. He acknowledges her relationship with and feelings for Jae-wook, and says he wanted to leave her after making a final good memory together.

Bo-young candidly tells him that he was a jerk to her, but he became a sincere friend, and she thanks him for turning her bad memories of him into good ones.

The team says goodbye to the two trainees, and Nam-woo swears to come back, no longer intimidated by Yoon-joo and Shi-won’s “threats.” Aww.

AT LAST SOME GOOD NEWS for Bo-young, for real this time: Chief Yang announces that Bo-young really really has been made a permanent employee. Yoon-joo privately says she asked Jae-wook to do it for Bo-young as a favor. What, no!

Crestfallen, Bo-young tells Jae-wook that it should embarrass her… but instead she’s so happy that she can stay at Shinsun, because otherwise they wouldn’t be able to see each other anymore.

Jae-wook chuckles and corrects her misunderstanding: He begged the director to stop setting him up on blind dates, since he has a girlfriend. Haha! She really did get the position on her own merit, and he presents her with her certificate of appointment.

Overjoyed, she embraces him and they kiss.

We close with a reading of a poem by Oh Kyu-won, and revisit all our friends for the last time as they go about their everyday lives:

There’s nothing in a poem
Apart from what remains of our lives.
What remains of our lives always meets us
In a way that is not at all remarkable.

Though you might not wish to believe it,
It is not at all remarkable.

 
COMMENTS

With that lovely denouement, I feel like it begs for a moment of quiet to let its poetry—always the stand-in for both emotions, and life itself—sink in. This is what this show has always been about: cherishing the everyday favors, blessings, and people, who go by without remark. It’s true that the show wasn’t always subtle in delivering its messages, but this week certainly, the message itself was worth it, and the focus on the daily heroism of mothers in episode 15 was especially touching.

Looking back on it, what I love about this show is how (despite certain missteps), it respected the characters’ choices and remained true to them. Like how Bo-young chose Jae-wook, who is second lead material by every measure, and didn’t force a tropey outcome on her. That might be an equal argument for why it didn’t work for some, since some of you found Jae-wook’s characterization insufficient, and while I don’t disagree, I just like that the better man had a just ending, and that jerk-beavior wasn’t rewarded.

With its low conflict quotient, it’s not necessarily the stuff of stories. Min-ho’s writing (and hair, why did you change it, show?) could have been better, but I think overall, now that we’ve seen the conclusion, his character made sense and had a fairly consistent throughline. I’m especially glad that he was redeemed in a way that worked for me, and I’ve already imagined him into an alterna-drama without Jae-wook, where he does win Bo-young’s affections.

But in a world where this Jae-wook exists, I have to choose him, even if he is an idealized vision of the perfect boyfriend (I still can’t get over how everything Jae-wook learns about Bo-young only makes him fall for her more). The thing is, I don’t actually find him perfect, and I can see how he might be frustrating or even embarrassing, but his sincerity is everything.

He doesn’t make decisions about her or for her, he doesn’t treat her like an object; he dignifies her personhood by always treating her like a person. He doesn’t cross lines she asks him not to, and after other dramas that shall not be named, seeing a couple respect each other’s boundaries feels pretty special. You don’t want a guy to decide he knows best and take unwanted actions on his partner’s behalf. You want to know that your words matter to the other person.

It sounds on paper like all these things should be a given, but functional, healthy, respectful relationships are not even common in real life, let alone dramaland. I don’t think either of the narratives of what love is like is universal, with regards to Min-ho’s idea that love is being comfortable versus the idea that love is showing your best self. What a person’s relationship is like is such an individual thing that you can’t create a single prescription for. So even if love is like that for Min-ho and others, it doesn’t make Bo-young and Jae-wook’s less valid.

To me, their relationship actually felt a little like an old-fashioned marriage, in a good way. Even if the partners tend to behave formally with each other, their mutual understanding is deep. (I have to admit, I was afraid that we were about to leap into noble idiot territory for a while there—that seeing just how impressive Jae-wook was, Bo-young would break up with him so as not to hold him back.)

The way it wrapped up just felt genuine and real, leaving some threads unfinished, others ongoing, some roads diverging while others grew closer. It feels like a snapshot of lives in progress. I’m only a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to see the couple reveal their relationship, but other than that, my heart feels satisfied by everywhere we went with these characters.

Given the real-life context from which this drama was born, I feel like it always set out to speak directly to the viewers: about pain, about loss, about living in all our unremarkable moments with sincerity. In the beginning, I thought the “you” who forgot poetry was directed to Bo-young, but now, I believe it’s meant for us, as a heartfelt entreaty not to take our moments—or our people—for granted, and to cherish life as long as we live it.

 
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YAY! A recap!

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Overall I found "You Who Forgot Poetry/A Poem A Day" to be a sweet low stress, low angst drama. I'm always thrilled to watch a drama that lacks noble idiocy as they are so hard to come by. I really liked the pairing of Bo Young/Dr Ye, where it felt like the perfect second male lead finally wins the heroine over the man-child male lead (even though I knew that Lee Joon Hyuk was billed as the male lead). I was also satisfied with how the drama wrapped up, not everything tie up in a perfect bow but with the characters just continuing on with their lives.

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Thanks a million, Saya, for recapping!! I wasn’t as invested as others in the romance as others here, I was glad she ended up with Ye for the reasons you listed.

I personally enjoyed this drama a lot and was surprised at the mega low ratings. I guess I’ll never understand kdrama ratings.

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Thanks a million @saya for the weecaps. :)

I've pretty much said all I wanted to say on this show, except one thing: "Shalalala, my oh my, Min Ho, you should have kissed Nam Woo!"

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I demand that fan service!!! And how can anyone refuse those puckered lips? 😗

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It's over. 😢😢 This drama was so low-key and amazing I'm gonna miss it and everyone. The only thing I regret is their relationship not being exposed to everyone hahahaha. But it's all good that's where my imagination cones in. Anyways DR.YE FOREVER.

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Thank you Saya for answering Beanie’s call during our height of Bo-young craze and committed to the weecap for You Who Forgot Poetry. Your comment for this final recap perfectly encapsulates how I feel about the show if I have ways with words.

Thank you You Who Forgot Poetry for letting me experiencing my firsts in many things. It is the first drama I love that is set in a hospital. It is the first time I love a heroine who empathy cries so much. Most of all I love Beanies all the much more through the ship teasing, the alligator tending, the poetry slamming, the portmanteau constructing, and the impromptu partying. When one ship inevitably set sails, we still treat the other with much sensitivity and generosity for everyone’s feelings. I have no doubt this is the nicest web community in existence, and the funniest, and the most creative, and……

”My happiness grows with my love for you.”

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What is my own version of Poemie crazy? I was committed after watching episode 4 to host a weekly discussion on the fan wall compiling a Poemies tag list in order to call all members of the Forgotten Poet Society to arms until @saya so graciously took on the recap. I had succumbed to the Doc side with puns during the show’s run…….I believe together with all the Poemies we exhausted not only the shipping metaphors, but also Star Wars, and eventually moving into the realm of horticulture. I volunteered to be a Ye-liner spy who would engage in espionage in MinHoYoung (aka BoHo Ship) affairs and throwing occasional shipping gauntlets into the sea. I found myself sat next to the piano 11 o’clock at night adapting @outofthisworld’s limerick for a little English ditty. Most of all, I flaunted my inner perv as illustrated in the 50 Shades of Ye Veins of Unpolished Beauty.

I will remember this whole experience so fondly not only because of this lovely funny imperfect show, but because of all of you lovely funny perfect Beanies. Thank you. I am handing every Poemie a giant kimbap while fanning myself despite my hands being so heavy.

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Thank you, @saya for such a balance recap!
Two sentences you wrote caught my attention because I agree with them.
First, when you said that: "functional, healthy, respectful relationships are not even common in real life, let alone dramaland". LOL!!!!😂😂😂😂😂 Totally true!
I loved BY and JW together because they pretty much worked for me as a viewer. I understood I couldn't delve into their deeper secrets, I didn't even got to know if his mother was still alive. But within what I could see from their relationship as if I were peeving through the window... was good enough. Nice boyfriend material, Jae wook.... It worked for me. ☺😍😅

2. What you said about: "Min-ho’s idea that love is being comfortable versus the idea that love is showing your best self" really made me remember my feelings when I watch it. I had my doubts at the end of ep. 15... I won't lie. Because Min ho had a point.
But I have been in Bo young's shoes, wanting to show only my bright side to the person I like, being careful even about how I eat and the noises I could make when I eat, checking my make up every half an hour... all that. But also, being so comfortable with other people I love that I even show my bed head or talk before brushing my teeth! 😂😂😂😂
And it is all love anyways, it is just that they are different types of love, maybe also different evolutions of love.
One time I spend the night in the same hotel room with a date, kind of... But nothing happened, each one had a bed, we were visiting a place and had to sleep over, just economy, you know... And I realised that night that he snored like a thunder. 😱
From that day on, we became closer, but I never wanted to share the same room with him anymore. Of course, we have remained platonic forever, but I love him anyways, I don't know if it makes sense.
Like you said... we cannot "create a single prescription for what love means".
And Bo Young and Jae wook were like... loving each other, kind of not so deeply but going in that direction. For me it was ok, formality inclusive. I should have never doubted, for she never showed interest in Min ho as a man.

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Comfortable vs. Showing your best self... I think you're right about different evolutions to love.
In general I'm with Min Ho on this one. I understand that Bo Young and Dr. Ye have just started dating, and thus want to show each other their best selves... but then are they really trying to get to know each other? Or maybe I don't understand the whole dating game...

I suppose I can imagine Dr. Ye and Bo Young becoming more "comfortable" in the future, maybe. (In my fan fic he comes to rescue Bo Young from the Egg Yolk Apocalypse and slips and falls fantastically on his yebehind allowing Bo Young to laugh like mad).

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I get where Min-ho was coming from with the idea that you should be comfortable around those you love, but trying to show your best self to them isn't the same as changing who you are, which is the impression he seemed to get. I think most relationships probably start out that way and you become more shameless the more you get used to each other lol

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Yeah, but also in each case it is always different. Each relationship is unique and has its own shamelessness that only concern the two. Many times, it is is in a group, the you can enjoy some group embarrassment, and laugh about it.
In regard to bo young and jae wook, I understood they wanted to show their best and at the beginning all is lovey dovey... just normal thing. Min ho was expecting too much, or let's say an advanced version of their feelings in an early stage of dating and trust.
I am glad he understood at the end and let her alone. She wouldn't have liked him again anyways.

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Episode 15: Suddenly I love this show again. She's back! Dance like no one's watching, body gags, take no shit crybaby is back (her flippant interviewers almost gave me an aneurysm; you tell 'em, Bo Young!)! Ppeong-igu is back (albeit glum)! Happy-go-lucky Nam Woo is back (the light of my life)! Indecisive Dae Bang-Dae Bang hanging out with roommates Joo Yong-Joo Yong, Min Ho-Min Ho, and Nam Woo-Nam Woo is back (kyaa~ their KakaoTalk chat room name is 룸메이트 3)! Tearjerker family stories are back (throwback to my favorite Episode 6 "Family")! Tearjerker poetry is back ("I Thought It Was Okay for Mothers to Do That" is my favorite poem of this whole series)!

Suddenly I love this show again... up until the last three minutes. Dammit, I can't believe Min Ho confessed. I thought we were done with this! Just be friends!! You make such good friends!! Then when Min Ho boldly confessed in front of Dr. Ye, I cried, "Abort! Abort!" Stop texting her! Now their friendship is all ruined. It sucks how Bo Young kept avoiding him and how Min Ho kept steamrolling over her rejection and cutting her off mid-sentence. As if one mopey Nam Woo for two straight episodes weren't enough, we have to suffer through a mopey Min Ho for the finale too? I can't stand seeing Min Ho so pathetic. I know by K-logic, bangs symbolize turning over a new leaf, but please return to me forehead Jang Dong Yoon.

In my opinion, Show ended with a whimper. I will never forgive the writers for dropping Nam Woo like a hot potato. Where is his happy alligator ending? Why did they make Joo Yong hateful again!? What the hell was "I'm relieved he's not around anymore"? The "Wow, aren't you being too harsh?" doctor was me. I teared up at Joo Yong's "I'm Sunbaenim's only saekki," but there is no excuse for him to turn on wouldn't hurt a fly Dae Bang like that. How can they time skip my puppies leaving? Their farewell dinner was nothing but a flashback, and Min Ho and Nam Woo didn't even say goodbye to third Stooge Joo Yong. Did Min Ho throw away the poetry book? Did Dr. Ye find out about the missing bracelet?

Can we revisit our first lead, second lead discussion? Because I still think Min Ho is the first lead. The first lead doesn't have to get the girl. Who do you all think was the first lead in Reply 1988? To me, there is no question that Jung Pal was the first lead. Likewise, Jung Hwan's family Ra Mi Ran and Kim Sung Kyun was the main family. In You Who Forgot Poetry, I feel Dr. Ye was written in third-person, while Min Ho was written in first-person. I was simply watching Dr. Ye, but I was not feeling Dr. Ye. Whereas I was vicariously living through Min Ho's journey. Moreover, Min Ho interacted with our radiologists.

The writers unacceptably dropped the ball on Dr. Ye's character development. If I were to rank our physiotherapists in terms of their character arcs, it would be Dr. Park (who literally did a 180) >> Chief Yang =...

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If I were to rank our physiotherapists in terms of their character arcs, it would be Dr. Park (who literally did a 180) >> Chief Yang = Dr. Kim > Dr. Ye >>> Pointless Interns. It makes no sense for our lead to be second to last. Why couldn't they have spared some of Dr. Park's backstory for Dr. Ye?

In spite of that, Dr. Ye genuinely grew on me by the end of this drama as we got to learn more of his personality. His "I didn't recommend you because you're my girlfriend; I recommended you because you're the best physical therapist here" was incredibly endearing, then he topped it off with a cup of coffee and a smile. I aww'ed at his "If you feel that burdened, then there's nothing we can do." It is certainly not Dr. Ye's fault that Bo Young lied to him. I appreciate how Dr. Ye tried banmal; then when it didn't work, he went back to formal speech at his girlfriend's request. When he was caught not knowing the interns' names (who would blame him?), I immediately thought the reason why Dr. Ye refused to call Nam Woo by his name is because he doesn't know it.

Who is "You"? Who forgot poetry? My theory is Bo Young. Not that Bo Young has ever forgotten poetry because clearly she still loves poetry, but "forgot" here means "set aside." Forget your dream of becoming a poet and get a practical job as a physical therapist. I was hoping Bo Young would bond with Min Ho over both of them going into a profession not of their choosing.

While the ideal solution would be for Bo Young to become a full-time employee at Sinsun Hospital, her character growth would have had more oomph had she landed a new job at another hospital. My favorite thing about this drama is Bo Young facing adversities and rising above them. Imagine our crybaby acing her interview, and the hospital knocking down her door to offer her the job. Or imagine two hospitals fighting over our crybaby to come work for them because she's that awesome. I felt Sinsun Hospital finally offering Bo Young a full-time position was extremely anticlimactic because one, I trust Chief Yang as far as I can throw him, and two, Sinsun Hospital was the one who yanked away Bo Young's Employee of the Year award and her spot on Dr. Ye's TV program due to her contract. In addition, Bo Young said to Dr. Ye, "We won't have to date secretly within the workplace for much longer," but now they will still have to date secretly within the workplace.

Now that Bo Young's contractor position is vacant, are one of the catty interns going to take it? If so, is her intern position open for my puppy?

A big thanks for weecapping You Who Forgot Poetry, @Saya, and giving Poemies a space to both squee and vent!! It's been one helluva ride.

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I love your thoughts @panshel!
- I agree that Joo Yong going back into jerk mode was a bit shocking... but he was never really considerate of others and it ended in a hug, so I'm content.

- Dr. Park got the most character development in this whole drama. WHY?

- I agree that Bo Young seems to be the one that forgot poetry... I would have liked to see her reading or (even better) writing poetry at the end, but I admit that I also turn to poetry when I'm sad, not happy. And happy Bo Young is good enough for me.

- Bo Young getting her full-time job: I agree it was anticlimactic, and also out of the blue. It was clear there was no open position at the hospital, but suddenly it was decided she should stay, with no sort of assessment. Does this happen in RL? Maybe Chief put in a good word for her? That would be completely appropriate, and redeem him in my eyes a bit for callously dropping her from Employee of the Month and TV programme before.

- "Who was the lead" discussion: I'm probably not in a mood to objectively discuss this because I just read an interview where it's clear the writer sacrificed Min Ho's character to make Ye Liner sail. *tears out hair*

To be fair, the point of the drama was never who Bo Young would end up with... the shipping wars became a little bit too intense and even rocked the writer off her planned story, to the detriment of the drama.

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- Is your "WHY?" rhetorical, or are you asking me? If the latter, I felt Show completely humanized Dr. Park by the end. He was scum on earth in the first two and a half episodes. I know so much about Dr. Park. I have seen his wife, his twins (who I even know are sons unlike Dr. Ye), his mother, his house, and his mother's house. I have experienced Dr. Park's ups and downs of his rent being increased, his wife being laid off, and his mother being sacrificed.

- I read the aforementioned interview. Jang Dong Yoon, never work with this PD and writer again.

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Rhetorical. If show could be that generous to a secondary character it is a bit puzzling that they couldn't do it with the main guys.

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The writer didn’t do the character any justice when Min-ho went back to jerk mode. It made no sense. He terrorizes Bo-young and throws her bracelet away ?! 😒 Writer, why did you do this ?

The script had some patchy spots, however, Bo-young’s character was wonderfully brought to life by Lee Yoo-Bi. I think writer used up all their magic when they created Bo-young and were at a bit of a loss on the rest 🤔

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I was frankly pleased the uncouth juvenile 'bad boy' did NOT get the girl for once. I'm currently watching the old series 'Pasta' and OMG, the male OTP lead in that is the very worst sort of abusive misogynist (expletive). I'm not rooting for him to reform and find love, I'm rooting for her to slash his car tires!

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Pointless Interns, laziest drama characters ever. No story arc, a flat line.

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They don't even deserve for Dr. Ye to know their names.

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Thank you for thought provoking comment @panshel !

-Agree with you that Bo Young will slay if she not just staying in Shinsun Hospital. That hospital didn't deserved Bo Young after whatever they did. But again work is though and Bo Young is not a career-oriented person

-They don't even show Min Ho's proper character growth I am mad.

-I don't think Dr. Park's backstory shall be given to Dr. Ye. However, I am disappointed that Dr. Ye is too polished as a character, beside his awkwardness in non-formal situation. Dr. Ye can be someone who I 100% rooted with if he have at least one weakness (probably still feel the pain after the injury that causing him to give up in baseball, so that he can feel the same way as Prof. Kim in Ep. 13/14 (?)

-like the idea of you who forgot poetry. I also interpret that Bo Young forgets that everyone can become a poetry and write their own poem, regardless of their major in college, occupation, age, gender, etc.

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Many of your questions I raised them as well. I missed at least my alligator and the last time Nam woo would smile because at least he got bo young's position as a contractor, but instead I had to imagine that happened. 😒😖😑😒

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First of all, I have no clue why Nam Woo wants to work at Sinsun Hospital when he could work with his best friend, but if that's what my puppy wants, then that's what I want for my puppy.

I assume the career path is trainee -- intern -- contractor -- full-time employee. I doubt Nam Woo would jump two levels to Bo Young's position as a contractor, even though he is way more qualified than Worthless Interns.

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So on point, Panshel! Reply 1988 (my fave, btw) is one of the only Kdramas where I didn't know who THE guy was going to be by the halfway mark--and usually, it's much sooner. I wonder if the writers themselves weren't unsure going in who it was going to be OR perhaps, they changed their minds?

Whatever, While my heart broke for Jung Hwan (mostly because the gave him no resolution! Come on!) I didn't feel that way for Min Ho. He has a long way to go. How many times did he tell our heroine not to like him? He got his wish.

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I’m a happy Ye Liner. 😆I know this drama is not just about ship war, it gives viewers more than that. The poems recited were all on point. The values and slice-of-life portrayed in this drama are somehow relatable. I love how this drama is so chill that it doesn’t even need an antagonist character who is evil or anything. No politics in the hospital, no people fighting for power and money, just normal people who go on with their life. Back to my Ye Line, I’m actually seeing myself changing in my preference for life partner. I think if this drama were aired 5 years ago, I’d be mad at the writer for making Min Ho childish like that and would be thinking Dr Ye is such a boring guy. Idk if it’s just me getting older, or K-writers are also evolving that I love the portrayal of a nice guy as a lead rather than a bad guy (vibe) who bullies/teases the girl he’s in love with.

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Me too!!! Totally in the Ye line. Dr. Ye was always kind, respectful, intelligent, serious in his work. He has so many good qualities!!! I mean, where do you get a guy like that in the real life????

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I totally get you. Nice guys are the new bad guys.

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The final thread! ;~; ❤️ (That first screencap though! Wae! 😅)

Overall, I'm happy that I watched this sweet little show and I'm satisfied with the finale. It wasn't perfect, but this has been the most fun I've had watching a drama! Can't remember the last time I had this much fun. The Beanie experience and all the posts on the Beanie wall including the Island ones were great!! ^^ ❤️

Bo Young is seriously one of my favorite heroines everrrrr. I've only seen Lee Yu Bi in one other role that was underwhelming so I'm glad she took on this project. Definitely want to see her in more dramas.

I liked that the time jump was short in the finale. They kept the low-key, slice-of-life feel; there were no big changes/sudden moves with the characters. We still see them working at the hospital, eating out together. Min Ho and Nam Woo are young and in school so I was okay with their stories being open and uncertain. They should be focused on their studies even more now that their training period is over.

Joo Yong's character growth was a pleasant surprise. In the beginning, he was a really arrogant side character that I wasn't sure if I would care about. But his scenes with Dae Bang were awesome after the first episode. In the finale, it looked like he reverted back to being mean and snobby to Dae Bang, but I knew he had a reason for how he acted = his mother. I'm glad he told Dae Bang how he felt and that in the end, they developed a close friendship.

I’m a Ye Liner and proud of it. ^^ Ye Jae Wook and Woo Bo Young complemented each other well. I really adored both of them and they adored each other so that made me happy. I loved that they had mutual respect for each other.

Thanks Saya for the weecaps and thanks to all the Beanies who shared their thoughts on this drama.

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High five, Ye-liner!! 🙋 me too!!!

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Thanks Saya. It was a good easy watching drama for all the time. I like all the characters. Lee Jun-hyuk was great as ever! but the real new actor was Defconn. He is so funny here more than in 2 days and one night show. Hope to see him again in new drama.

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This drama was a wonderful source of korean poetry and I am so thankful for it. Some of them were subtle but so well incorporated in the story it felt like one collection. *fans away tears*
Thank you, @saya, I really enjoyed your comments. I find dr.Ye far from perfect (dimples aside) and though some character traits did not make much sense (no man understanding poetry can be this socially disabled), he did show qualities I admire in a man. Such as decisiveness, propriety, professionalism, kindness.
But this show would be nothing without Bo-young, our warmhearted fool. Though I liked all the little stories.
Cricket, cricket.

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I have to say these last episode healed my heart and gave me the ending I wanted. It might not have been a BANG! But it managed to let me know that I am sending my leads to a better place.
Jae Wook actually stole my heart because compared to what some thought about his character as being flat and not really fleshed out, I thought it was the opposite. He had been showing little of himself as the episodes passed, mostly around Bo Young. That was why she liked him, because she saw the real him just like he saw the real her.
He's an introvert but outspoken, doesn't really care about others but pays attention to their skills and potential, he also doesn't need to bring someone down to make himself feel better, even though he was the best in the department he never let it get to his head. People are used to selfish immature leads that like to show they are the best, that a lead like this strange but very refreshing. He doesn't over dramatize his feelings, except for the last episode but it was just to make his girlfriend comfortable.
Please who paid attention to his expressions at the end of episode 15? He was just calm like 'she's mine and I know it, but I won't tug it out with you just to prove my point'.
He even respected his rivals feelings, though he told him to back off he didn't say it because he felt threatened but because it is the right thing to do. And he didn't try to overkill Bo Young with affection but continued being his usual self.
If anyone paid deep attention to him, you will realise that a lot was revealed about his character as the series progressed, albeit slowly but I came to like him with each episode.
To me he fits Bo Young perfectly because there are some fundamental things that people don't get about her that he does.
Overall it was a good watch and I enjoyed my Mondays and Tuesdays because of this drama.
My love from r poems has been reignited and I think I will go back to writing my poem a day.
By by lovely drama l, you made me proud and I was never bored.
I think I wrote a lot, didn't i?

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OMG, you read my mind. Exactly how I feel towards Dr. Ye. He’s such a perfect lead guy! So caring, soft and gentle. Now, where can I find such guy in real life? Someone help this lonely girl *point to myself* out.

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Sign me up too when you find such a place. I am in desperate need!

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Heheheh! I like your handle @zitless

I agree that this show is the first time the lead feels like a 2nd lead and is quiet, introvert, almost self-effacing at times compared to his colleagues and so consistently mature and wise in his major decisions, although a dork in social relations. So refreshing and a rare or once in a life-time character to be treasured!! 😍

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I look at Dr. Ye and Bo Young and imagine them 15 years later being the married couple in 'My Ajusshi'. The uncommunicative introvert with the young vibrant wife whose being smothered by conventionality. I give them a good healthy relationship for... 3 years, tops.

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Maybe for some people Bo-young and Jae-wook weren’t the most exciting couple, but for me, they looked great together and made an adorable couple, so I'm glad they were together at the end. I like that their relationship began with admiration and mutual respect, which remained and increased as their relationship progressed. Each one was a help and support for the other, she helped him to leave behind his past and he helped her when no one recognized her dedication. Each one wanted to be better for the other, and each one recognized this effort. I think they were two cute-weirdos made for each other, and I liked that more than showing a turbulent and troubled relationship, what we saw was two people starting a relationship and being happy about it. I don’t know, but I loved that their relationship wasn’t discovered in their workplace, they were cute living their relationship in secret, in a world that was just theirs, that I was glad they were not taken out of their bubble, if their coworkers didn’t know who his girlfriend was and they bothered him, if they found out who she was, I imagine the potential annoyance.

About Jae-wook in particular, I really liked this character, I liked that he was awkward and odd, intelligent and capable in his work, calm, serious but at the same time very sweet. But mostly I loved how he treated BY, he never mistreated her, he was always good to her, he was gentle and kind, he respected what she thought and felt, and he was willing to change for her, he was aware that he lacked many things, and didn’t hesitate to try to change to make her feel comfortable, besides, he was always feeding her with new and delicious meals, just for that he deserves the prize for the best boyfriend in the world. At the end I think he was poetry for her, he was like that poetry that comforted her, and gave her strength to continue. In fact, every time he gave her those looks full of love, he reminded me a rhyme by Gustavo Afolfo Bécquer, which reads: “What is poetry? you ask, while fixing your blue pupil on mine. What is poetry! And you are asking me? Poetry...is you.” So...Ye Jae-wook you are poetry, a sweet and beautiful poem :D. Maybe she was forced to take another path different from poetry, but physiotherapy gave her this great living poem that is Jae-wook, and it's just for her.

I really liked the two actors here. I have to say that LJH is very versatile, this character is so different from the one he played in FOS, it's as if he were someone totally different, even physically he looks different, good for him, that's something very good in an actor. And... I still love his hands...

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In general, even with its flaws, this was a fun and light drama to watch, something you can enjoy if you aren't looking for a lot of action or extreme drama, something more focused on the everyday struggles, something more normal, I liked the idea that the most minimal events and feelings in life, however insignificant they seem, are inspiration for poems, and I think the show did a good job showing this with the association of poems with what happened to the characters. Sometimes it’s good to take a break from the super intrigues, complicated love triangles, big misunderstandings and tragedies that cause long and desperate separations, noble idiocy, that kind of things that usually happen in shows and end with your emotional health. I really appreciated that this time the boy who mistreated the girl didn't got her (I'm a little tired of that plot), and that the main lead, although more quiet and discreet turned out to be really wonderful with her, in fact, the best. It's a shame that they haven’t developed and shown some things better, for example, I don’t know why that funny side of the Dr. Ye wasn’t shown much more, it was priceless to see his awkwardness and oddities, he’s a cute weirdo, I felt so identified with his social skills, it was too funny when he tried to be more comfortable with others, but what he did was scare them with his behavior, even BY felt a little uncomfortable, see more scenes like that would have been interesting and hilarious. :D

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I am satisfied and unsatisfied at the same time with the ending.

Satisfied because:
- our bo youngie stood up for herself in the sham interview! You go and get em girl!
- that she didn’t waver between the two leads like it seldom happens in kdrama land
- that she got a full time job. FINALLY
- that Min Ho gave up gracefully in the end
- that Dr Ye (I still can’t call him by his name eeee!) proved that he respects and treats her like a person not an object (agree with @saya here wholeheartedly)
- the radiologists bromance! Awww!
- That LET IT BE singing! Hahahhaha

Unsatisfied because:

- Dr Ye’s family life is still a big fat mystery
- why change Min ho’s hair? Is it like a ‘new day new me’ thing?
- their relationship still remains a mystery to the others (grrr!)
- no one decided to chip in and by an alligator shirt to Nam Woo as a goodbye present! I was eagerly waiting for it to happen!

As for their formal relationship. I get it. It is still new. She still wants to show the best of herself. I am sure ina few years it will be all different and they will end up having farting competitions with each other 😂😂😂😂

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I agree with the alligator shirt for Nam Woo! Now that I’m aware of it, I’m disappointed at the writer for not making it happened.

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I know right? I was positive that he will get one from the team. Boo hoo!

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Awww that would've been so cute for the dept to buy Nam-woo a new alligator shirt. Haha and the physical therapy crew rocking the chorus (actually, not even that much lol) and nothing else of Let it Be was too funny. Like trying to sing along to K-pop only knowing a few words plus the English bits.

True! It takes time to settle into a new relationship.

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Hehe it reminded me of a Mr Beans episode where he goes to church and can only sing the word ‘hallelujah’ and then mumble the rest! Hahaha

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ALL POEMS FROM EPISODES 15-16

Transcriptions are from DramaFever's subs.

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(Ep. 15, Only Poem, 00:48:10)

“I Thought It Was Okay for Mothers to Do That,” by Shim Soon Deok.

I thought it was okay for mothers to do that.
Even if she works herself to death on the farm fields.

I thought it was okay for mothers to do that.
Even if she sits on the furnace and eats a cold bowl of rice for lunch.

I thought it was okay for mothers to do that.
Even if she does laundry with her bare hands and cold water on a winter day.

I thought it was okay for mothers to do that.
“I’m full, I’m not hungry.” Even if she starves while feeding her family.

I thought it was okay for mothers to do that.
Even if her heels are so worn out that they make noises in her blanket.

I thought it was okay for mothers to do that.
Even if her fingernails are so worn out that they can’t even be clipped.

I thought it was okay for mothers to do that.
Even if Father’s anger and our rebellion don’t phase her.

I thought it was okay for mothers to do that.
“I miss your grandmother.
I miss your grandmother.” I thought those were just complaints.

She woke up in the middle of the night and cried in silence.
When I saw that,
“Ah.” It was not okay for mothers to do that.

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The last line of that poem still hits me hard.

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Perfect Mother's Day episode.

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Gosh hades, making me cry before I go to bed... 😢 those last two verses though...

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Awe. At least it is as beautiful as it is sad.

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This one made me tear up in the end. What spoiled brats we are sometimes.

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Oh, I bawled my eyes out and had to stop this for a while. It made me wish that my sons would see what I went through to be a part of their lives growing up and know that they don't see it. We take our mothers so much for granted.
Thanks for writing this out!

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You're very welcome :)

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(Ep. 15, Song, 00:21:03)

“The Road to Seoul” by Kim Min Ki.

To the magpie that came every morning
and sang before you left.
Once I leave, come back
and comfort my parents

Who will take care of my old parents
after I leave?
Why is my trip back to Seoul so long?

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I think this is an excerpt. I could not find the original song to verify this.

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(Ep. 16, First Poem, 00:38:15)

"At Seonunsa Temple," by Choi Young Mi.

It may be hard for a flower to bloom,
but it withers away in an instant.

Without the time to take a careful look,
without the time to think of you
it withers away in an instant.

Just like when you first bloomed within my heart
I wish I could forget you just as quickly.

You smile from afar.
You go over the mountain.

It may be easy for a flower to wither
but it takes forever to forget it.
It truly takes forever.

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(Ep. 16, Final Poem, 00:59:42)

“In Yongsan” by Oh Gyu Won.

There are still old-fashioned people in this world
who believe that poems contain spectacular stories.
There’s nothing special in poems.
It only contains our lives that are the least bit spectacular.
It only contains the fantasies of people we can’t seem to abandon.

Just like how our foolishness grows inside our will and ideals.
As well as your love and trust.
As well as my morals and my certainty of them.
They’re just as uncertain as they are certain.
And on the beautiful grass
weeds grow.
What’s uncertainty and love like?

There’s nothing special in poems.
It only contains our lives which remain.
And our lives which remain
are encountered by us all the time.
In a way that is the least bit spectacular.
You may not want to believe it
but it is in no way spectacular.

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I could not find this poem on internet. Did anyone try to find it?

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Thank you @hades for yeoman service in providing us with all the poems highlighted during the run of A POEM A DAY.
In gratitude and on behalf of us all I want to present to you a copy of A Season of Good Rain.
That is the out-of-print book of poetry Bo-young was searching for and Min-ho found for her.

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Aw-shucks. You're quite welcome. I was happy to have done it.

Thanks for the copy of A Season of Good Rain. I will cherish it forever!

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This is not that amazing show but such a lovely show with lovely couple. I admit watching lots of kdrama couple is fun but in real life, some of relationship will not working in real life. I like your statement that they are like old fashion marriage. Totally true.

I'm glad I love main lead who act like second male material. I also love that we have main heroin who can move on from first love and not that the first love is everything.

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This is not that amazing show but such a lovely show with lovely couple. They are definitely one of my fav. couple in kdrama land.I admit watching lots of kdrama couple are fun but in real life, some of relationship will not working in real life. I like your statement that they are like old fashion marriage. Totally true.

I'm glad I love main lead who act like second male material. I also love that we have female lead who can move on from first love and not that the first love is everything.

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i'm not going to lie that I only got dragged into watching this show by the insane Beanie shipping war and the fun everyone was having on the Fan Walls.

While I never thought the show had a lot of depth, I found the ending perfect in a way I wasn't expecting. I loved that Bo-young's true happy ending was a full-time job she earned through hard work. And I loved that the show ended by shining a light on the poetry of the ordinary. I feel like that final beat was enough to bring the whole thing into focus in a way that was really satisfying.

Because I was never invested in any of the ships or had endowed any of the characters with my own expectations, I thought the writing was excellent. And while I would like to know what happened with various other characters, I understand this was just a slice of their life.

In the end, this was surprisingly joyful and I am glad I got dragged kicking and screaming) watched it.

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I’m glad you were here too! I have a Duct Tape at the bar for you for the road.

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Thanks! I'll drop by and pick it up. Drink-boat-driving is fine if one is doing it virtually!

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Thank you for hanging out at the island with us and inventing our infamous cocktail. Although I am as not happy as you about the writing, I also thought the final beats were lovely and pulled everything that mattered together in the end.

Until our next drama adventure! *raises glass in farewell*

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You know, a lot of people weren't happy with the character development - or perceived lack thereof. But the truth is, people don't change that easily and as romantic as people find the "changing for love" trope, that doesn't really happen in real life. When Min Ho backslid, everyone was unhappy but I thought that was evidence of far better writing than I was expecting. He was throwing tantrums only a few weeks before this and he still has a lot of growing up to do.

I always thought that Dr Ye was a better match for Bo-young because if she was with Min-ho she'd constantly be taking care of him whereas Dr Ye reciprocates her care. But I really thought the writers were going for the standard "realise you want to be with flawed man-child instead of perfect boyfriend" thing they always do. So I was grateful they didn't.

And then that ending pretty well cemented the whole notion that this show was like a book of poems - that there is poetry in the ordinary and you don't need the whole story to enjoy it.

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I’m so glad that Dr. Ye and Bo Young made it to the end. I should get my kdrama second lead intuition checked after this one. I’m still hanging out on the island for a few more weeks until I actually watch the last four eps, so anyone on the other ship may still find me at the bar making Duct Tapes and Dark and Stormies!

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Some dramas end with a proposal, but I can't think of a better send-off into happily ever after than your adoring boyfriend presenting you with a certificate of appointment to a full-time job that you totally earned through your hard work and dedication.

Overall I really enjoyed this drama. I love how Bo-young is this dorky, sweet, ray of sunshine but is also not afraid to speak out when something isn't right (that interview scene was awesome!) She's definitely one of my all time favs. I also love that we were introduced to these beautiful poems each episode and the way they were presented was really touching.

I would have loved to see more of hilariously awkward Dr. Ye and it would have been nice to have some more time devoted to the side characters instead of focusing so much on dragging out the love triangle. They introduced some interesting storylines for everone that didn't really go anywhere, like Nam-woo debt, Min-ho's conflict with his family, and Yoon-hee not telling her husband the reason for their divorce. For the most part though, what I liked best about this drama makes up for it's shortcomings.

"In the beginning, I thought the “you” who forgot poetry was directed to Bo-young, but now, I believe it’s meant for us, as a heartfelt entreaty not to take our moments—or our people—for granted, and to cherish life as long as we live it." Very nicely said! Thanks for the recaps, Saya!

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Yes, I got my man, but, even better, I got my job!

Female empowerment! Even for crybabies!

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Thank you for the final weecap saya! I'm overall satisfied with this sweet little show.
I read the interview that was posted in OT and I'm pissed with how they treated minho's character. Just because he was not supposed to get the girl( That too after reading audience's opinion) doesn't mean he has to revert back to being a jerk. I've said it before, the leads are so much more than just being defined by the person they like.
Minho didn't need boyoung for character growth. She may have been the initial reason, but he could've continued on without that motivation . There are so many other motivations in his life- needing to prove himself to his family and securing his future.
Similarly Dr.ye didn't need minho to be a jerk to make his character shine. He was already a good person from the start. He wasn't perfect- I loved that he was an awkward, bumbling mess when it came to people but he wasn't deterred by it. Also, he was a little bit too inflexible, but he also knew what was right and what wasn't and stood by his beliefs. For a moment, I thought he had gone against his principles and got boyoung the job. Thank god he stayed true to his character- he always respected and liked boyoung as a skilled colleague and therapist first. I loved their relationship- it was not exciting or squee worthy, but it was a slow burn, sublime romance, where they did everyday mundane things but just enjoyed each other's company.
I was very happy with the radiologists arc- though jooyong went on jerk mode briefly, he immediately made it upto his senior. For characters that didn't have much screentime, they've come a long way from being just tolerant of each other to very close sunbae-hoobae.
I wasn't completely satisfied with how they handled namwoo's story- he was depressed for two episodes and he suddenly became ok? I know he was motivated by his mom's text but they didn't show him making changes in his attitude accordingly. He didn't even get much screentime! But i guess they can't show us everything.
And regarding who's the lead- i honestly don't know. But I'll say what i felt- we got to see more of minho, but mostly we heard his monologues, him remembering his past and how he behaved, and his thoughts and feelings towards boyoung. But in all this he was alone, as in boyoung was either not in the frame or was doing something else. Whereas Dr.ye's story (or whatever little we saw of it) was mostly with BY. From the start, he interacted with her, came to know her as a person, made time to spend with her and ultimately came to like her. I maybe wrong or I'm not explaining myself properly, but this is what I felt.
Overall I'm happy with the show and I'm glad it gave me two leads worth rooting for. BY has become my favorite FL and Dr.Ye is going in my top 5. So thank you for this wonderful journey.

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Thank you for saying what I felt about that interview much more coherently than I could. Missed opportunities with both Min Ho and Dr. Ye. I was a neutral islander and partial to Ye Line, so it was blow to read that Dr. Ye was not considered good enough to "shine" on his own without throwing Min Ho under the bus. It totally was not necessary. Are introverts not good enough for you writer-nim? What this means, however, is that Lee Jun Hyuk must have made great efforts so that his character would make sense, and still became an endearing lead we'll remember. I salute you, sir!

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Thank you for your kind words. I'm not that good hehe.
You're right- I was angry because they felt that one character's growth should come at the expense of another. Introverts have every right to be liked too! Why did the writer feel he had to change the loveline -I'll never understand. If you wanted it to be minho you could've convinced us he was the right choice. I had already prepared myself for that outcome and was fine with it till the episode that shall not be remembered. I think that happened with R88-the writer knew who he wanted to be endgame and stuck to it despite the audience opinion. If you have an idea, convince the viewers it's the right one. Don't sacrifice a character's arc. Now I really feel bad for JDY.
I'm glad LJH played his character well despite it not being fleshed properly. He did good with whatever he was given. Considering that the writer had to change his track according to the viewers, I will say he did a very good job.

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Can we all just clap at how much effective communication there is between Dr.Ye and Bo Young

As incredulous as it sounds, couples in dramaland very rarely actually communicate and voice their feelings after listening to what the other person says. Dr Ye didn't lash out in jealousy after he realised Minho liked Bo Young but instead gave her time to figure out herself and make a decision. She immediately responded by saying that he and he only would be in her heart. All hail two-way communication 🙌 I'd take this everyday instead of incessant monologues about pining love and noble idiocy. He opened himself up through that card and they've both started improving and personalizing their relationship.

Overall while APAD didn't do anything special with the plot, at the heart lay a heart-warming, slice of life core that relished in exploring character backgrounds whilst, tying it all with poetry- the poignant, if not brilliant common thread. It may have lagged here & there (and certain themes/characters/backgrounds not explored fully) but I relished at how refreshing the romance was, it wasn't turbulent once both sides felt and admitted that the attraction was there. It was a simple, light drama that put its best foot forward once the endgame was clear and character growth was prioritised.
Wished there was an epilogue where everyone found out they were dating. I guess the 4th wall breaking in Jugglers spoiled me 😂. Dropping formalities in APAD were hilarious.

Poets, write poems about our lives that are in no way spectacular

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I absolutely loved the Dropping of formalities... couldn't stop laughing at how the therapists cringed and protested. That was one of the best humorous moments ever in this series!

And about that last poem ... it's so true, and so touching because we can own these lines too.

What remains of our lives always meets us
In a way that is not at all remarkable.

- even our ordinary, maybe boring lives, can be the stuff of poetry, ... and life is worth the living. 😃

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@growingbeautifully Exactly. The horrified faces of the doctors when he dropped the formalities was one of the best moments ever! It was the first time the revealed the Chief's first name so I was like heheehe I can feel the cringe and shock.

Some of the poems really were incredible, they definitely elevated specific moments and made them even more memorable. What could have been an ordinary scene expanded into something beautiful eg. Bo Young looking at the flower with Min Ho's poem, the mother poem, the old halmoni dragging the cart poem etc.

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I wasn't able to hang out much on DB so I missed many conversations, fanwall posts and the shipping wars. I barely caught the finale week but I'll just say I am perfectly happy with the way it ended even though the show wasn't perfect.
What I love:
1) The Poemie community on DB.
We had fun, loads of it. I wasn't able to keep up with all the activities but it was to me a reminder of why drama watching is never complete without beanies.
2) The Civil War
I've seen how downright nasty shipping wars can get. Although the ambiguity or trolling on this show never reached the levels of Reply series, there's always a possibility of things getting ugly. Leveling criticisms of Dr Ye, bemoaning the character assassination of Min Ho and wanting to choke the writer are all civil ways of letting out our frustrations.
3) Bo Young - I am hypo-allergic to most cutesy kdrama heroines especially one who has a heart of gold(BORING!) and cries easily. So it's strange how fast I took to Bo Young. It's part writing and I think largely to Yu Bi. She's just too cute and I love everything about her.
4) Dr Ye - It's strange. I wasn’t immediately besotted with him. Perhaps that’s why I was not on Ye Liner. However, he grew on me as he fell in love with Bo Young. Maybe I am now biased but I think Bo Young and Dr Ye brings out the best in each other. I love Lee Jun Hyuk since City Hunter. Actually I love him way way more than LMH. What a treat he has given to me in two consecutive dramas! – Forest of Secrets and now APAD. It’s absolutely delightful when an actor picks consecutive characters which are exact opposites.
5) Min Ho – Kudos to Jang Dong Yoon because it’s easy to hate this character. Even when Min Ho was good, he wasn’t exceptional. Thanks to Dong Yoon’s sensitive and nuanced portrayal, Min Ho came off better. People like Min Ho do exist but in dramas, I guess it would be nice to see some character development.
6) Medical drama without Emergency Room doctors and Geniuses – Thank God!
7) Alligator – R.I.P. Gone With The Wind.
8) Humor – This is my acid test. Any show that makes me laugh is a winner no matter how flawed. I give show a 5 stars rating just for this.

Finally, thank you @saya for covering this drama, @kimbapnoona for starting the ball rolling into massive fanwall posts and @wishfultoki for hosting the poetry contest and many more!

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Thanks @Saya and @outofthisworld
I second everything you've both said.

I too have not been able to hang out on DB, or watch much, but I did catch this show's finale. At times I felt as if the writing team had deliberately chosen a 'juvenile' route... writing a childlike show for a younger audience with in-your-face humour, repeated scenarios and lack of deeper character development. But the poems and little emotional moments, pulled the show up to inspiring territory, and eventhough the plot was nothing much, made each watch worth it.

It was a pleasant show to come home to at the end of a frazzled day, knowing that despite the misfortunes our heroine would encounter, she would definitely pull through with her sweetness and goodness in tact, and some good friends to help her out, plus a mature boyfriend who would always care.

Thanks to all Beanies who made watching this so much fun, for the poetry and the friendly shipping wars and good humour all around! 😄

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You Who Forgot Alligator
Gone with the Waves
Croc Family Book
Shinsun Lovers: Sunken Heart

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I liked the drama, I just didn’t watch the last three episodes, because, while Bo Young and Jae Wook make an ideal couple in real life, it does make for very boring TV. TV relationships need angst and tension to survive, even when they get together earlier in the show - good examples of this are in Five Children and Father Is Strange. Somehow, the writers were able to balance the relationship tension and still give us healthy couples to root for. Good drama, though I prefer the writers earlier work: Drinking Solo.

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I'm sorry if I'm crashing a happy party, but for me the greatness of the drama stopped the moment the Motorcycle of Doom appeared. Since that moment the show lost its spark and depth for me. The characters were not treated consistently and rightly (why were Minho and Jooyoung suddenly jerks? Why was dr Ye still so bland with no extra info about him? I also expected some deeper gestures from him...), some threads were lost (what happened to the book Minho so painfully looked for??) and the stories were abandoned (especially Nam Woo's). I also often felt manipulated as a viewer... or like watching a puppet theatre... and my heart left the show... Well, maybe no wonder if it is true that the writer was forced to change the story.

Anyway, I don't regret watching the first ten episodes. Just wish the writer could stick to the original story and keep its depth.

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Also, given the first ten episodes, I prefere Minho to Dr. Ye. And it is because Booyoung feels more genuine and herself around Minho than around Dr.Ye. (thus not because I think one guy is better than the other). But then again could be because I personally prefer equality to admiration...

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Oh, and lastly 🙂... Thank you Saya!!!

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why writernim why you changed your story midway?? anyway I want to give this writer credit for great storyline from ep 1 to 10.. hahaha I did enjoy them to be honest..but then the motorcyle of doom happened and it actually kinda made the writing felt weird and made no sense..(at least from my point of view)..
anyway I'm going to remember this drama as one of the dramas with enjoyable characters, beautiful poems, and amazing chemistry between the characters (minhoyoung of course hehe).. I'm so gonna miss namwoo, joo young and minho (my adorable three musketeers) and look forward to their next projects! may jang dong yoon get the girl next time! LOL

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Thank you @saya for all the reaps for YOU WHO FORGOT POETRY/A POEM A DAY.
I left a rather longish comment over in OPEN THREAD #552 following @fan's translation of interviews with PD Han and Lee Joon-hyuk so I won't repeat it other than this:

5. Jang Dong-yoon gave (an admittedly short) career performance as Shin Min-ho. His character had to show much more emotional range than Dr. Ye and JDY's performance was terrific, kudos to him;

I think Min-ho (his father certainly has the wherewithal) should contact Attorney Choi Kang-seok at the law firm Kang & Ham about filing a suit against either writers-nim for defamation of character or the actual driver of the Motorcycle of Doom for emotional injuries suffered.
Anyway I really enjoyed the ride with all you beanies. Thanks.

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I dont find Dr Ye (LJY) as a 2nd lead material at all. I always thought he is the 1st male lead. He has far more better credentials and experience to be the 1st male lead than JDY. I love him and his character in APAD, only if writer nim could hv expanded more writing on him rather than Min ho, then I think maybe ratings wld hv been even better. Luckily, writer nim kept the Yeline, otherwise ratings cld hv been worse.

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Aw. This week's episodes made me tear up, as did your closing paragraph. Agreed emphatically and wholeheartedly with all your comments. ❤️

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Coming here a hundred hours late but I must say @saya, thank you for the recap ofc but THANK YOU for your thoughts. You've penned down all the positive things from thus show in such a lovely way I couldn't help but smile while reading.😊
Must agree with 99% of everything you said.^^
(About you agreeing with Min ho's behaviour, I see your point but I just have other thoughts haha...nvm that😛)

So this beautiful show finally ended. Aw. I'll miss you ....

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The most charming bit was how the 'handsome male lead' turned out to be the mildest, geekiest, most awkward person on the show. Being tall with a square jaw isn't everything, apparently. But it helps get the girl.

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Just wondering if the original script called for a happy ending for min ho and woo bo young. I feel like people were rooting more for ye jae wook so the writer had to rewrite the script for this drama. I liked how it ended. It was so unexpected considering ye jae wook was the second lead.

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Thank you so much for A Poem a Day who able to accompany me in commuting between work and home. So much lessons learned and Woo Bo Young is the character who I aspired to be. People around me always called me a crybaby, but they often mock me for it. And I realize that I always being that selfish and weak crying because I was not strong enough facing little hardships, and I lack empathy towards other. And I want to be like Woo Bo Young, who has a big heart to cry for feeling the sincerity of every words or lines in poems or sad scenes on books and movies as well as to cry for other people joys and sorrows.

Thank you shows. And I am still disappointed with trashing Shin Minho's character and Jang Dongyoon's talent in acting

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I love most things about this drama: the poetry, the beautiful cinematography, the lovable characters and most of all, the fresh take on "medical dramas."

The one thing I can't love is the romantic storyline. I don't think Min-ho and Bo-young should have ended up together, because, despite the chemistry, the story doesn't lend itself well to that. It would've felt like a cheap move if Jae-wook and Bo-young's relationship ended just to the serve the plot without staying true to their characters.

However, while I love them as characters and think they're cute as a couple, I don't find them interesting. There's no conflict and ultimately, a story is only great as it's conflict. While it's nice to have a break from the angst and drama, I also know that I watch dramas partly for the angst. I'm all for healthy relationships on T.V., but I want good stories along with that.

That said, the drama redeems itself with everything else. I mean, am I the only one that replayed those poetry reading?

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Ahhhh It's weird how this drama hit me harder on my second watch. Years and years of kdrama watching and I finally found the character I resonate with the most. Watching Boyoung and her love for poetry reminded me of myself years ago and the title really spoke to me. I did forget poetry and I'm glad this drama helped me get back to it.

Dr. Ye. Omg. Now how do I find one for myself?

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Love this drama!

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