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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

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Let’s Eat 3: At this point Yoon Doo-joon has already reported for army duty, so whatever’s in the can is what we get. Aaaaah, stress! Two final episodes filmed in two days to close out the season and the franchise in a satisfying way is a tall order, even under the best of conditions, so I’m definitely on pins and needles to see how it came out. I guess all we can do now is hope and pray and make sacrifices to the drama gods. Now’s the time to collect on those good karma points, people. I swear it’s for a good cause! I can’t leave this five-year-long franchise on a bad note!

Mr. Sunshine: I really had to push myself to catch up on this show, and I think it’s because the moments I like are too few, sandwiched between long interludes involving talking heads. I get sucked in any time Kim Min-jung, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Yeon-seok, or Byun Yo-han are onscreen… which I know is technically a good portion of the main cast. It’s just that their scenes are surrounded by kings and ambassadors talking in futile circles about a situation that’s politically doomed, which is pretty disheartening. Could we maybe just make the Righteous Army a little more proactive? More swords and guns and fewer secret documents, please. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

Thirty But Seventeen: Now that I’m caught up again, I’m upset about only getting one episode a week during the Asian Games, especially at this point in the story. The fluttery feelings are all over the place for all three sides of our love triangle, and I love watching Chan and Woo-jin grow protective of Seo-ri, while still supporting her tentative steps into adulthood. I just like what this drama has to say about growing up—that we all do it at our own pace, and nobody ever truly feels like they’re doing this adulthood thing right. Sometimes, it’s just nice to hear somebody say it.

 

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Let’s Eat 3: Our household has been a fan of Yoon Doo-joon since Splish Splash Love, which I let my kids watch earlier this year. Since then, my husband and I picked up the Let’s Eat series in sequential order, and my 8-year-old daughter would cutely proclaim, “Hey, it’s Sejong the Great!” any time she caught us watching the show. We quickly binged the first two seasons and happily embarked on the third in real time, but the early developments of Season 3 were like a punch to the gut—we had finished Let’s Eat 2 merely a week before the start of Let’s Eat 3, and had gotten highly attached to the characters of the second season. I have to give the show credit though: At the start of each new season I stubbornly insist that I won’t enjoy the cast or chemistry as much as the last one, but it never fails that come finale time, I’m rooting for all of the new people (or old friends) that have come into Gu Dae-young’s life. Let’s Eat 3 is different in tone from the other two, and they thankfully removed the jarring mystery/thriller elements of previous seasons, but they significantly upped the angst! At first I wanted it to harken back to a lighthearted show with gratuitous food porn, but I’ve come to appreciate getting to know an older and wiser Dae-young, and Baek Jin-hee is perfectly cast as Ji-woo. Now if only life wasn’t imitating art and the show didn’t have to end early—Mondays and Tuesdays have been bright spots for us, but next week will be bittersweet.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: Can you believe I actually calendared the release of this on Netflix? I had enjoyed Jenny Han’s breezy and fun young adult novels (I first heard of them here!) and I watched hoping the film would do justice to the book (which I often find isn’t the case). I’m happy to report that the small screen version was just as fun as the novel, with cute, relatable characters falling in puppy love in a sweet, cotton candy watch.

 
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Due to the end of two of my favorite spectacular shows, Life on Mars and Are You Human Too?, my drama-watching week was spent with cute and fluffy dramas that will at least put something on the gaps left by these shows.

Thirty But Seventeen: We only got an hour of this fun show for this week and it is seriously not enough to fill my hunger for this sweet fluffy drama that has the right amount of romance, comedy, and drama. I've had my heart crying for Chan but my heart is also cheering for our leads. Who would've thought that reunions would be this cute? I love Hee-soo the most in this episode especially when she said that "No one ever feels like an adult."

My ID is Gangnam Beauty: I really appreciate how the show added what Mi-rae's family had to go through with her plastic surgery. The way Mi-rae's mom supported her decision and how her Dad accepts her now for who she has become was so satisfying to watch. Her family is definitely one of the best families in Dramaland. I also liked how the show decided to change the timeline of events and the way it presented us how Kyung-seok and his mom's relationship was resolved. The relationships in this show are progressing now and Kyung-seok and Mi-rae should really just date each other already.

Produce 48: I don't even recall how many times my heart broke when I was streaming last night's episode. No one is safe in this competition and I am just wishing, hoping, and praying that my faves get into the final 12. I reaaally don't like how Mnet is editing the trainees for drama and to make them look bad for ratings. Really glad it's going to end next week and my heart can finally be at peace whatever the results may be (or not, just like last year).

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My mom, who has been working all day at the office, has magically found the time for kdramas and has been watching non-stop. Here's what she is watching/have watched this week:

You Who Forgot Poetry: "Wow Bo-young is so funny and embarrassing I like her," is what my mom told me while she was watching the first episode. She also told me that she can relate with Nam-woo's alligator saga because she also has her one and only alligator shirt. Mom was Ye Line all the waaaaay the moment she saw Dr. Ye.

Because This Life is Our First: "There is something with Lee Min-ki that makes me like him although he is really not my type in terms of visuals." Okay, here's another person under the spell of Lee Min-ki's charisma. Mom didn't sleep just to finish this one. Did she regret it? NO!

Buam-dong Revenge Club: At first my mom was like: "Why are you making me watch women my age get their revenge." But after finishing the show she was like: "Okay this show is really great my friends and I should also make a Revenge Club." lmao

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Just seeing Because This Life is Our First made me smile. Loved that show. I think it was the first one I watched live.
It's fun you and your mom have shows to watch and enjoy together.

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My mom is not a fan of live watching but she was the reason I've started watching dramas with English subtitles back when You're Beautiful finished airing! She's a huuuge romcom fan so she really enjoys kdramas!

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She picked the very best with Because This Life is Our First. I consider that show to be the very best drama in any language of all time- I actually think it matches the best of Shakespeare. There is just so much there in its insights into human nature, plus the acting, direction and even the perfect soundtrack did full justice to the truly great writing. It may not be perfect (there was no need for the couple to separate for a while) but it came close.

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I also agree that while the show may not be perfect, I also love BTLIOF so much as a whole so I was really glad my mom did not sleep (she was really proud of it) just to finish the show!

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I completely agree with you. Because This Life is Our First gave me empathy for introverts and also convinced me that, as one astute Viki commenter said, Lee Minki really is like a sexy grasshopper. It stands with Reply 1988 as my favorite drama of all time.

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This was actually Lee Min-Ki's first role since returning from military service. It is clear that he hasn't lost his touch, although it has to have helped to have Jung So-Min to work with.

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I love your mom. (And I'm jeaaaaalous I wish I can convince mine to watch kdramas.)

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I am hoping that you'll also be able to convince your mom to watch kdramas in the future! One of the reasons why my mom is binge-watching Korean dramas (again) is due to the stagnating drama quality here in our country. (and also for the cute flower boys, who doesn't love them?)

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"Stagnating" is a very polite way of describing drama here now. As an old sailor I could think of much more colorful descriptions, none of them suitable for publication.

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She says she doesn't want to watch K-dramas because she'll have to read subtitles but she only ever watches English shows near midnight at zero volume and relies on subtitles T_____T I'm always peeking at the tv with a hurt look every time she does that hahaha

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I would love to be able to discover Because This Time is My First Time again! What I mean is, wish I could rediscover Because This Life is Our First again and again, and Lee Min-ki again and again. Love your mom!

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I would love to discover the show again, too! First time I saw Lee Min-ki in a drama and I became in love so I really understand what you (and my mom) has been feeling!

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Lee Min-ki was in a dramedy with Chae Rim a while back - waaay back. It was Dalja's Spring and it made me like him so much.

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Lee Min-Ki is a truly outstanding actor. Yet (and in opposition to the actual title of one of his previous drama's) he is no flower boy. He has a very manly visage and bearing that really sets him apart from most young male Korean actors - you could picture him on a battlefield wearing a helmet with Captains bars. It was a stroke of brilliance pair him with Jung So-min in BTLOF not only because of her tremendous talent but because of her extremely womanly appearance- that visual pairing added even more texture to an already great drama. And, if it sounds like I am gushing it is because she is in fact my favorite actress.

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I would love to join your mom's revenge club. Tell her I also lost sleep over BTLIOF and am a hard Ye-Liner if she requires credentials.

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She'll be really glad to have you in her club, fellow Ye-Liner!

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I was really into Poetry at first but then found the comments on DB more entertaining than the drama (I'm one of the few meek self-flagellators who fell for the frenemy character instead of Dr. Ye...)

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I'm still slightly bitter.

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Even as a Ye-Liner, I feel the writer treated Min-ho abominably.

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This is a good idea! I'm going to start sharing my mom's opinions too :)

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You really should! Drama-watching is fun with family members and sharing it is just part of the fun, too!

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Family relationship on My ID is Gangnam Beauty is ♥️ Except for the dad which I really hope he doesn’t get any redemption at all, I’m glad that they’re all turning a new leaf and putting all the issues aside. Super excited and can’t wait for the in-laws to meet, not gonna lie! 😏

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I think Mi-rae's mom would instantly click with Kyung-seol's mom! And imagine what happens if Mi-rae's dad meets Kyung-seok. I also would like the show to make Kyung-seok's Dad not redeemable (at least not now). Soo-ah seriously needs to get a taste of her own medicine and all the other mean characters in the show.

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You are talking about Kyung-Seol's dad. Mi Rae's dad is a total sweetheart. He was (justifiably) angry about plastic surgery being done without his knowledge and behind his back- but he is man enough to get over it and has forgiven his wife and daughter. In fact. one of the most touching scenes in Episode 9 is the moment he makes this clear.

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Yes! I was talking about Kyungsuk's dad. Sorry I should have made that clear. I looooove Mirae's parents, they're adorable and it's hard not to love them especially when you see how proud they are with Mirae. Totally loved that scene where they visited Mirae at work.

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Waah, I haven't watched ep 11 of PD48. I have been avoiding instagram to shield any spoilers. My pick are still on top 30, but I guess some of them might won't be able to get into top 20. I think I have to prepare a huge box of tissue when I watch it tomorrow 😣

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Some of my initial picks were all gone now (I still miss Jurina) so I only have 4 picks now (thankfully, they're still on top 20) but seeing some of the girls get eliminated makes me sad too. This show has been playing with my heart since day 1. Ugh.

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My ID is Gangnam Beauty Episode 9 💓💓

I have so much emotions for this drama, I`ll try to be coherent in writing what my thoughts are for this episode.

As expected this episode focuses more on Kyungsuk's individual growth as he steps out of his comfort zone. Being adult and living in real world is hard. I do miss my high school/uni life, and would like to go back to that time for once when I wasn't fully responsible for own living and I had my folks sheltering all my needs (and wants too). I`m glad that even though Kyungsuk was so desperate to save himself, he didn't do it at somebody's expense. It was very tempting to turn a blind eye and accept the job that would feed him, but he regained his equilibrium and walked out of the situation while he still could.

I love Kyungsuk and his mom's scenes too and so happy they`re patching things up. When tears were welling up in Kyungsuk's eyes..... I... I was the same.

And Mirae and Kyungsuk - 😍😍 I`d be writing a novel if I had to say more, so I`ll just mention my "top" favourite scene in this episode (cuz all of them are my faves, lol). When Kyungsuk waited for Mirae by the stairs and gave her hangover pills.... She had such a cute smile taking in the pills cuz boi friend was so thoughtful. ☺️ He is her hangover/happy pill! Also thanks to mommy for giving him some cash and be this thoughtful!

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Okay I lied. Let me just talk about one more favourite scene of mine from this episode. Lol. I loved that moment Mirae chose to seat next to Kyungsuk after he offered it, and that smile he gave that she didn’t see. Mirae’s busy with her inner struggle with Kyungsuk sending all these signals to her. I wish she could have seen how happy he was to be sitting next to her. That was so precious. It’s very trivial thing, really, but it made him happy.

And sorry one more! Lol When he got the cash from his mom, the first thing he bought was bus pass 😭😭😭 Like what’s the point of living close to her when he can’t take this damn bus ride with her 🤣

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I'm so tempted to make an account just to jump on the Gangnam Beauty club here and discuss with you guys every week. This show is my happy pill at the moment.
I don't know why, but in the scene where KS tells MR to sit down next to him, all I see is Eun and Jung Boon smile knowingly in the background. They represent all of us :D

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Feel free to jump in anytime! I am in dire need to talk to people about how awesome and beautiful this drama is. Super glad I’ve found fellow beanies here to spazz with and the more we talk about it the merrier! ☺️☺️

Yeeeep! Definitely Saw that too! They look so happy and excited for Mirae. Look at how Jong Bong tucked the seat next to her back in. 😏 I’m really happy that Mirae is surrounded with very positive people now in her uni life. She really deserves it.

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I meant surrounded by very positive people regardless some toxic people still loiter around. But it wasn’t as suffocating as before in her middle/high school.

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I was delighted to see that we get to focus on KS's struggles of becoming an adult in episode 9. I was dreading last week about all the scenes KS and SA might have together if he works in the coffee shop with her so I was thrilled that not only it is not going to happen, that scene led us to glimpse of the goodness of his character.

It was absolutely hilarious that KS struggled so much internally about picking up that coin in front of the convenience store! 😂 Is this a problem that I feel absolutely no shame for doing so irl?

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I honestly can’t get over that 100 won scene. Like nobody is looking, so just pick it up and get your food! 😂😂 but i guess he’s still too prideful to do it. Lol. That moment when a penny could save your life.

Yes really appreciated that scene. He really looked like he would do anything just to earn money to the point he would hang with Soo Ah. Soo Ah’s deal to him was very tempting. But hearing the employees dread being sacked snapped him back to reality. Thank goodness for those employees talking about it! They don’t lose their jobs and Kyungsuk stood firm for himself. It was a win win situation. Loved it. And also liked how he called out Soo Ah on the fact that she knew somebody would get sacked in his place but still went ahead and did it just to earn his attention. No girl, you ain’t winning him that way.

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That coin money seduction with Kyung Seok was so intense. The hurt was visible in his eyes. :D

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and when he walked over it.......it must have been the most painful feeling at that moment 😅 boy learning this hard way.

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I feel so much joy seeing MR feeling so happy witnessing KS and his mom's thawing relationship both during dinner and in the apartment. She was not only drunk on somaek and soju, she was truly on an empathy high for the people who are becoming integral to her life.

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Very true. I love how she witnessed them patch things up cuz she was there, saw it herself how broken they both were for being estranged and now they’re there, happy and content.

Also lemme take this moment to mention Mirae’s side of the family which I’m hoping Kyungsuk to meet soon! Now my answer as to why he didn’t look too freaked out that Mirae was in Woo Young’s house. And that’s because Woo Young’s “running into” her parents in the neighbourhood was more of a shocker to him! 😂😂 I also love that scene when Kyungsuk’s eyes scanned Mirae’s home. He was observing and taking in what he’s seeing.

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Loved that scene. His first glimpse of Mi-Rae's personal space. He quietly scanned her area.

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@mayhemf he looked really curious. Hope next time he comes in, It will be because Mirae invited him over.

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Did you notice that KY's mom also scanned MR's apartment after handing the bag to Hyun-Jung? I guess both the curiosity gene & the high tolerance gene were passed down to KS!

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@kimbapnoona The mother and son are two peas in a pod!!
- both drink like a fish
- both have a way with words (loved how she used the same technique on KS, which he used on MR - "you didn't deny it either")
- both are fiercely independent
- both of them carry themselves in a cool/classy way.

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@mayhemf @kimbapnoona really a great thing Kyungsuk inherited these traits of him from his mom. And I honestly don’t see any trace of his father in him which is awesome. I can’t honestly wait to see them hang out more often.

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Every episode I spazz about the openness of KS and MR's communication, and ep 9 keeps on giving us more of that crack! I love that conversation when KS bumps into MR (who was of course thinking about him) by the stairs, he decides to ask her flat out if she likes Woo-young (and awwww that little disappointed look when she denies that she is waiting for him despite muttering his name .)

I also love that he immediately told the mom that they could have that dinner NOW. But I actually don't think it is necessarily that he wants to spend more time with MR, but that uri boy who is broke is just really hungry 😂😂😂 (and yes thank you Show for giving us the sight of KS stuffing his face with jjajiangmien!!

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LMAOOOOO and the final blow to him was that one word... NEVER. 💔 😂 I love Mirae thinking out loud. How occupied must her brain been with Kyungsuk🤣

That one was pure gold. I love how the mom was so cool about offering to eat out. It’s like she’s still giving Kyungsuk that space, not forcing herself to her. But boi was so starving, he needed to take that offer now! 😂😂 if they only knew what he’s gone through the first few days of his move out...... “Life of a 20 year old” indeed 😂

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Oh yeah, he needed food. Lots of it. Plus some Soju!!
Am glad he was hungry that he broke the awkwardness and volunteered to join them!

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@mayhemf @kimbapnoona never had noodles and Soju tasted so good until that night for him. He’s been alcohol deprived 😂😂

Also I know we’ve mentioned this before, but I really like Mom and Mirae hanging out and finding that common interest. Mom did pick up Mirae at her place to hang with her, and not to see Kyungsuk. So she just told him they’d eat later cuz today was when she hangs with Mirae! You can tell how genuine she is with her friendship with Mirae.

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@13infamyss I think she wanted to meet Mirae because she likes her, but also she wanted to know if Kyung-Seok was doing fine after moving out. She wanted to check on him via her. But she didn't think our boy will volunteer!!

I find it funny that KS is curious about every relationship - he even wanted to know whats the deal between his mother and MR!! He is such a newbie in 'people skills'

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Love KS! He has a great moral compass. It feels like he has been sleep walking through his life since his mom left, and now he is finally waking up and living again after meeting MR and his mom again. I love how awkward he is but also direct. I appreciate this drama so much! No dragging things out 2-3 episodes when a simple direct question will do.

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He must have been heartbroken when his mom abandoned him. It must have been so hard given his age, looks like he was kinda close to her too. He chose to cover his sadness by being indifferent. In spite of that, am so proud that he grew up to be such a warm and caring person, not use that as an excuse to be a dickhead/hateful person.

I love the 'no extended angst' so far. Hope they stick to that.

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Exactly! He is obviously a warm person look how he has been taking care of his little sister. Sigh, I can already tell KS is ruining me for other k-drama male leads, “KS would never have fallen for evil 2nd female lead’s tricks...KS would have asked female lead directly if she likes the second male lead...”etc etc. :)

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@sparky we are doomed!!

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@sparky @mayhemf 😂 yep indeed doomed. We need more male leads who can see through people’s BS and call them out for it. Also now that I remember, I don’t think Kyungsuk has ever called Soo Ah with her name 🤔🤔 Nor has the name “Soo Ah” came out of his mouth. Well, He def has no reason to call her with her name, so let’s keep it that way.......

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@sparky @mayhemf yeeeep!!! I agree with everything you both said. Despite growing up under his father’s care, he grew up to be a good man. He appears to be cold, but if he likes you and you have a deep understanding level with him, he’s a heartwarming kid. Im sure his mom is proud of what he’s become of.

There’s never dull moments in this drama so far. And I was very worried at first that things might have been moving way too fast, but nope, things get tidied up real well. The drama is following its own pace without being too fast or being too slow.

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I also laughing in that 100 won scene😂 the problem is that why he still looks so cool even with having that dilemma.

Thank God that Kyungseok didn't have work with Sooah, otherwise he will feel depressed from messing the lattes, constantly bothered by Sooah's existence, and getting far away from Mirae

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Yes I would like to see that him writing wrong names, adding too much sugar, switching the name of coffee😂 luckily he works in interior company

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Kyungsuk is a wall, only him can keep his cool while experiencing probably the biggest dilemma of his youth. I remember again Mirae's comments how everything about him is photoshoot-like.

You know what they say, When one door closes, another opens ^^. He hit a jackpot again with this new job hahaha. And it seems like the store pays really well! Look at the satisfaction on their faces seeing their paycheques - that is so me every twice in a month! lol

@therevels @mintkiri LOOOOL messing the lattes. yeep we have so little faith in him. I was actually shook to see him with gloves on and washing dishes! LIKE WHUT. careful there!

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I agree with Mirae saying that his life is like a photoshoot - there are published version and not good version. But recently he starts showing his not good version LOL.

I also being like NO when he starts scrubbing the dishes😂😂

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@13infamyss, @mayhemf, @therevels, @mintkiri, @sparky
I find it a really interesting that Writer-nim chose interior design showroom to be their place of work where they themselves are perhaps part of the display and looks of the merchandise would be what draw people into the room first.

In any case I don't know how this show just gives me such continuous dopamine shots....last week I was dreading all the scenes KS would have together with SA if they worked together, was happy in ep 9 to find out that they won't, and ep 10 I get all these OTP scenes because now THEY work together......lord save me!!! 😭

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@13infamyss, @mayhemf, @therevels, @mintkiri, @sparky @kimbapnoona @chandler

Am not sure where the show is going with its opinion of 'beauty' standards.
If Kyunk-Seok and Mi-Rae got this job because of their looks, doesn't it defeat the purpose? In fact, I would have liked them reject Kyung-Seok or put him on probation. I wish the show focussed on showing that looks is one thing, but some jobs require more skills than looks. I wanted them to do a good job because they had the 'brains' - I mean, both are intelligent and study well and are probably suited for product sales. I wish the show had showed some 'real' world problems even people with good looks face. Or did I miss something there? Or may be we will get to it? If Soo-Ah joins the same store, but does a bad job due to lack of skills I will be satisfied ; )

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@kimbapnoona yep, that is ironic part. And I think that's most likely why they got the job too despite the absurd schedule restrictions they've imposed on the manager. He knows these two are keepers.

It's amazing. I love their work setting. They look so adult in their uniforms. They go to work, have meal breaks, and get off work at the same time. I could not be happier as a shipper.

My top favourite (cuz once again all of them are my faves!) has got to be that scene where Kyungsuk said - I don't know about crying tears of joy, but I am happy I met you again - That was everything. Coming high from his reconciliation with his mom, he randomly blurted out about tears of joy. Last time, in their nice and quiet conversation (ep 8), he said thank you to her without really explaining what he was thanking her for. Now, he's gotten more explicit on what his thoughts are - she makes him happy.

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SQUEEEEEEEE
I cry tears of joy reading all of your comments......this is not helping me to maintain my own image when I do this in public 🤣, @13infamyss!!

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@mayhemf I think that's the point they're trying to get across. Even if you preach, people will still use their personal judgement on you. Take an example the LGBT community. They're much vocal now and we are welcoming more the idea of equality, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to the individual's perspective of it. Especially in Korea where looks get you somewhere. Kyungsuk got it way easier - he got the looks and the connections. If it weren't for Mirae's recommendation, he wouldn't have gotten the job. It's the norm of our society, not just in Korea too.

Looks and connections aside, they got the job at nobody's expense. Nobody got sacked in favour of them. In this day and age, you always just pick the lesser of the two evils.

I would like to see that too. Another thing that this drama could try send the message - that looks and connections may get you somewhere but hat's not everything. That Kyungsuk and Mirae are hard working kids and are dead serious in getting this job. That their co-workers who are judging them now will see past their beauty and look at them as serious employees. Welps, hopefully we can see that sometime too.

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hehehehehe we're all in this together @kimbapnoona ship is sailing, and we're enjoying the great cruising with some cocktails and wines. I love our ship!

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" Especially in Korea where looks get you somewhere. "
May be i personally haven't see this in where i grew up or where i live. I understand importance of connections. Or May be because I am in technology field where brains trumps all. I didn't think you can get someplace because you are beautiful. Or may be am like Kyunk-SEok totally indifferent and have been oblivious all my life!!!!😱

"That their co-workers who are judging them now will see past their beauty and look at them as serious employees"
yes please. I need that. I need to believe there is sanity in this world.

So no preview this week, which is a good thing. Hope they don't cancel any shows due to the games.

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@mayhemf god! I think I`ll lose it if any of the episodes are postponed next week end. No, they can't do this to us TT_______TT My ID is Gangnam Beauty airs at 11pm, so hopefully there's no more games being aired live around that time?

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Ahhhh! @mayhemf this just clicked me now. Yes, Korea is really heavy on appearance. Their resumes require you attach your picture on it! I`m pretty sure we've seen those in other dramas.

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@13infamyss ok, am losing it. Resume needs pictures? Wow!!

So the society sets a high beauty standard and when you go meet those standards you are judged.
Darn.

No wonder their skincare is so famous and I see so many actors with flawless skin. Even actors who are in their 40/50s!

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@mayhemf Yes, here's the latest news I can find so far regarding Korea's job application system and the reality people face that might lead them to PS http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-south-korea-image-2017-story.html and I quote -"The group argued that appearance matters in the workplace"

It's disturbing and corrupted how much potential employers need to know about you and your personal background that are totally not related to work and skill before you even got hired. I guess I shouldn't say that when it's not the culture I grew accustomed too, but I can just imagine how unfairly the system is in the job application process.

My ID is Gangnam Beauty really aims to attack the "norm" in Korea, and sadly the reality they're living in is not an overnight fix.

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@13infamyss @kimbapnoona
Can we please take a moment to acknowledge how awesome Woo-Young is. He is such a natural mentor!
The way he understood Kyung-Seok - by offering him food on move-in day, calling him from cafeteria for lunch next day. He just can't be indifferent to people.
He truly deserves happiness and love.
I just feel he is too senior and very mature and thats why he is a misfit when it comes to KS/MR. May be if he had met Mi-Rae after 4/5 years when she was more adult he had a chance.

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I really love this drama version of Woo Young and really appreciate how much of a great help he’s been with Kyungsuk. He clearly knew he was receiving the short end of the stick in this cohabition, but he still welcomed Kyungsuk in his space. And he keeps repeating - okay we’ll eat together but this is one time only........but they had meal together twice!!!!! And he even brought Kyungsuk some soju home!!! Had he not run into Mirae and Kyungsuk’s Mom, he and Kyungsuk would have had a nice night drinking too! Like!!!!!!! He’s really a great senior and it’s no wonder people respect him. Kyungsuk, despite his petty jealousy, respects him too and looks up to him. Notice he calls him “Hyung” now - at the stairs scene with Mirae. It used to be just a “sunbae” now And you can really see how Kyungsuk warmed up to him. Now he’s got 2 hyungs, both are broke too, but still don’t fail to look after him!

He really deserves his own happiness and well, he has 2 great girls are eyeing him so if feelings for Mirae arent working out to well, there will be someone out there much deserving of his affection.♥️

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HE had me when he came home with a bottle of Soju for KS. oh, I missed the “Hyung”. Will catch it during my rewatch.

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sigh. That is so me right now. Constantly rewatching ep 9 until ep 10 subs are out 😭😭😭

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Yes to literally e-ve-ry-thing you have said about Woo-young, @mayhemf and @13infamyss!
I love this character, and am glad that the writer did not make him oblivious to KS's crush on MR.

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I really wonder when he said Kyungsuk’s crushing on someone he actually meant Mirae????

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Okay, I've added it, dropped it, last week added it again because of everyone's love on this site, dropped it again because there are too many other things to watch, but will all the love and comments today, I will add it again and this time not drop it! Thank all ya'll

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Watching Ep 10 now....... fml first 3 minutes already killed me. And that darn episode title was the final blow. TT________TT I keep replying it and can't move past the episode title........

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So good! The scene between KS and his mom. 😭😭😭😭😭

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Loved ep 10, but unfortunately had to say I felt uncomfortable watching Kyungsuk and Soo Ah have lunch together. I felt like eating with her was out of his character and shouldn't have happened even if it was meant to make Mirae jealous. Even if Kyungsuk toned down with Soo Ah in this drama, there's really no reason for them to have meals together and talk about mundane things. He was never comfortable with Soo Ah and he was never curious of whatever stuff she's blabbing. Oh wells!

Soooo it didn't actually hit me that his mom never knew that the reason why the kids hated her. I was under the impression she knew her ex-husband told them about her having an affair, so it was nice that's finally out in the open and cleared it up. Now where did Kyunghee seek refuge? It was heartbreaking to see her lash out to her mom over a misunderstanding caused by their dad. Hope she`ll get to live with her mom this time and fix their relationship.

And yesss so proud of our girl again for standing up for herself and for saying no to Soo Ah's "favour". I was so worried she would give in just like what happened in the webtoon. But nope, we fast forwarded that scene and went straight to Soo Ah finally revealing her true colours! Amazing, can't wait how this will unfold. This part of the webtoon hasn't been translated yet, so I`m really curious how this will go down.

And where is my rain scene?????? TT_______TT

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The way I read the scene, it wasn’t to make MA jealous?? KS was reluctant to have lunch w SA but only did it because she begged him to make up for him saving the group after she lost the homework??? I was worried about the lunch scenes after the preview too, but we should have more faith cuz he pretty much called out SA on her manipulations the entire time.

Yes, to last part!! Those chapters in the webtoon dragged and I am glad she said no too.

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@sparky oppps sorry, I meant to say the writing of the drama itself was making Kyungsuk and Soo Ah get together as a ploy to make Mirae jealous. Not that Kyungsuk will purposely do this to Mirae, cuz he def won't. But I was just saying it was the drama writer who's somehow steering Kyungsuk's character off a bit just so she/he can have a scene where Mirae catches them together. I just felt like that cafeteria scene was too forced and out of Kyungsuk's character.

Unlike the restaurant scene with Mirae and Woo young - That scene makes sense cuz they do look like 2 people who would go on a lunch together.

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I think he refused the lunch offer couple of times and didn’t care for her. But looks like she kept following him and just sat down with him. He doesn’t usually stop anyone from doing. What they want. He ignores.
He never answered her questions. True to his character. Only time he spoke was to call out her inconsistent stories. He knows she is lying.
I think he toned down with her after the misunderstanding of the lost phone. And now that he is close to MiRae he doesn’t seem to bothered by her.
That’s how I saw that scene.
I think it ended up making him more jealous than her :)

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@mayhemf thanks! I guess I could see it that way too. That he basically just doesn't care if he was being followed or not - it just happened that it was Soo Ah who followed him to eat at the cafeteria. Like how Ye Na ate with him in Ep 2. I was just sooooo bothered by it, but yeah if I looked at it that way, I think I can let that scene go.........

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Just finished Ep 10. Sunbae is no less. These 2 are so petty. MEN!!

I can’t tell if it’s Hyung or Woo Young. Sounds the same to my non-Korean ear : )

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I should have said BOYS!!

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Yeppp! this episode definitely solidified my gut feeling that Woo Young knew about Kyungsuk's interest in Mirae. When he said stay focused in the lab, I was like, gaaah! he knows!

YES OMG, BOYS... WHY SO PETTY. I couldn't stand their bickering and that arm wrestle. But I thought it was honestly cute that Kyungsuk straight up copied Woo Young with the toothbrush phrase to his baby sister! He's learning well from the great Woo Young.

Regarding Hyung/Woo Young - since Kyungsuk is younger than Woo Young, he can't really call Woo Young just by his name alone. There has to be an attached title whenever he mentions Woo Young. It's either Woo Young-Hyung or Woo Young-sunbae. Mirae still calls him Woo Young-sunbae. At the stairs scene, you will hear Kyungsuk naming Woo Young in 3 syllables - so it's "Woo-Young-hyung". Also, at the bbq scene in this episode, when the girls were talking about how great the beef was, and Woo young was like, "It's good, right? Eat up." Kyungsuk was like "Why does hyung ("wae hyung") act like you were treating them?" hahahah hope this makes sense!

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Oh, I thought he kinda knew from the time KS invited himself to his house warming party. And the way he walk to MR. and MR friend telling him about KS remembering her from middle school etc.

Thanks for the clarification. Makes sense.

LOVED the brush your tooth scene. He realizes that Sunbae is a much better person than he is, which is what makes him more jealous. He really is a worthy competitor.

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In episode 10 I cannot be happier how this bromance is shaping up.....so petty (mostly on KS's part) and so caring (mostly WY) 😆
It is also great that KS can see now how much hyung is helping him in this new chapter of his life and I died seeing WY's annoyed look when KS smugly told him that he has good memories.

What I find refreshing is that they are both aware the they like the same girl but each is making effort in his own way to earn MR's affection. Our girl deserves to all the love in the world!

Oh how awesome was that sincere compliment from WY and the "so what?" comment which probably helped MR more than he realized!

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@kimbapnoona
"so petty (mostly on KS's part) and so caring (mostly WY)"
No, I think our Sunbae was equally petty.
1) Calls out KS begging for a place to stay in front of MR
2) Points out his stamina etc in arm wrestling. Harps after he loses!
3) Asks him to wash blankets so he doesn't spend time with MR

these 2!!

"Oh how awesome was that sincere compliment from WY and the "so what?" comment which probably helped MR more than he realized!"
when was this?

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HAHAHAHA you are absolutely right @mayhemf! I think I have not yet re-watched these past 2 episodes enough.....that and there are just so many delightful moments to remember and talk about them all!!

I was referring to MR and WY's ramen lunch when WY complimented her looks and she was embarrassed by it because she had plastic surgery. I believe WY just untied a little knot in MR's heart with that "so what" comment.

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@kimbapnoona @mayhemf LMAO yes, I do agree that they're equally petty. It's amazing how Kyungsuk brought out the pettiness in Woo Young. I bet he's been trying to appear mature and all that cuz he's the sunbae and really life has made him that way too (too broke to be joking), but this dongsaeng tho. lol He's petty but caring - no wonder Kyungsuk is very comfortable with him and can joke around him. I can't deal with that fight over who's eating mom's food and who's washing the blankets. lol. Honestly mom has 5 year old sons.

and yes, that was good point @kimbapnoona. Although I`m not in total favour of Woo young having an interest in Mirae (cuz boi is gonna be hurtin so bad I don't want to see it), I kinda like the idea that they're making their own great efforts in impressing Mirae (darn, Kyungsuk cutting up meat suddenly popped in my brain while I was typing this, so here I am mentioning it!).

It looks like a healthy competition so far, so I`m gonna say for now, I'm liking what I`m seeing too - that Mirae is getting all sorts of love and attention from them.

I think... I honestly don't remember and perhaps I`m just making this up...lol.. but I think the difference between Kyungsuk and Woo Young is that Woo Young straight up tells Mirae that she's pretty through and through. She only gets to hear this from Woo Young. I don't think it's something she will hear from Kyungsuk cuz he never saw her that way. (though he did say she was cute and funny). He's said it before that he's not attracted to things like beauty. She's not pretty nor ugly in his eyes, she's just Mirae in his eyes. So this is where I think I`m making it up, lol, but I don't remember in the webtoon Kyungsuk ever said she's pretty. He blushes whenever he sees her, but he never said it out loud that she's pretty. I don't think. He's got his own reasons for not saying that and I think.... the drama will mention it too.

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@13infamyss @kimbapnoona
I have a big problem with dramas where men tell women 'I like you because you are pretty' and then the girl gushes. If anyone told me they liked me because i was pretty I would be insulted!

So, in that way I look forward to Kyung-Seok's thoughts on why he likes her.

Woo-Young: Even though he told her she is pretty and that it did not matter that she went under the knife, you could see that for Mi-Rae it did not make her happy. She is still conflicted on how to react to being called pretty. I like that she suddenly did not jump into the beauty-wagon but still cares for her old self and doesn't want to hurt her old self.

Kyunk_seok seems to be naturally drawn to genuine people. Both Woo Young and MiRae are genuine people. They are not phony. They don't say things they don't mean, They don't do nice things expecting something in return. They don't manipulate people. They don't make other people uncomfortable just to meet their agendas. He definitely seems to be drawn towards this.
Probably why he liked our Berlin Hyung too. He was also a genuine person.
He has zero tolerance to hypocrisy! I love that about him.

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@mayhemf
It also irks me to no end that in K-dramas when I hear men saying "I like you because you are pretty" but it seems to be so ingrained in the culture that we also often see women asking men if they think they are pretty as if it is the precursor stage of romance. But in this particular scene with WY I feel it is a meaningful comment to MR. WY's "so what" is prompting MR to accept her own choice and its consequences of getting plastic surgery and embrace the person she is now. And yes! This show ultimately is about MR's own inner struggles to accept who she is so I can understand fully why she is conflicted about what WY says.

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@mayhemf @kimbapnoona I didn't have a problem with Woo Young in ep 10 when he said Mirae was pretty. I thought that was nice of him to try boost her confidence over her face. And that was the first time he actually said out loud his interest in her and that he finds her really pretty. But if I start hearing it ten million times (like he did in the webtoon), I`m gonna lose my wits end too. Hope that doesn't happen, but I thought about it - what would Woo Young be if he doesn't do this. His intentions for Mirae are genuine - it's just that he and Kyungsuk's perspectives differ and this is where they always clash.

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@kimbapnoona @13infamyss
I felt a bit uneasy that he(Woo Young) had that conversation with Mirae.
I am very conflicted about this. Him being a teacher and directly teaching her a class.
I wish the show had him as a senior only and not TA.
The more I dwell on it the more it bothers me.

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@mayhemf @kimbapnoona I am conflicted too at the fact that they added TA as a character description for Woo Young. I wanted to brush off this fact, and I was trying not to see it that he's hitting on a student, but I really don't want him, being a TA, to come back and bite Mirae. I don't want unnecessary conflict, like, Mirae is getting favours in the chem dept because the TA has hots for her. This did not happen in the webtoon, so let's not add this in the drama. I just hope whatever I`m dreading is baseless and never gonna happen. -_____-

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My favorite line of episode 10 is from KS: "I hated you, but now I just want all of us stop hurting."
What a incredibly brave decision to make, to say farewell to the painful past and welcome the life ahead, with whom he called for the first time, eomma.

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For reals. Beautiful scene esp when his eyes were welling up. I will fight anyone who says this guy can’t act!

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Yep! One of my favourites too. Was really moved when he called her mom. Can't wait to see she and Kyunghee reconcile too.

Also it's absolutely cute how she legit wants to follow her kid around lol. I get that she missed out on dropping him off and picking him up wherever he goes, but hahahahah I was just cracking when she kept offering to be the chaperone and son just wants to be alone with his girl. Mommy at its finest.

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@13infamyss like mother like son. She is doing exactly what he does with MiRae. Follow around and make excuses to hang out :)

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That was a beautiful reconciliation.
Again, mother did the right thing by coming and clarifying that she left them but not for a man.
Straight shooters!!
I think she made a mistake with the daughter. She should have met her with her brother. She is too young.
Am worried for her now. Where did she runaway to?

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@mayhemf LMAO. Oh dear, now Kyungsuk you know the feeling. I can't get over the the look he sends his mom's way. Like - Stop offering! We're having lunch together and we're going home together. hahaha. And look at her showing up unannounced at the store and all giddy to catch them working together.

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It warms my heart to finally see Mi-Rae smiling next to him and letting her guard down for a change! More smiling & happy Mi-Rae next to Kyung-Seok pretty please.❤
Kyung Seok's attempts to impress her and his jealousy are hysterical and adorable.
I didn't see this coming I swear, I laughed hard when he said "then you can call me oppa too."
I loved the last scene where Mi-Rae finally realized and was vocal about her thoughts to Soo-Ah. She's finally finding her own confidence and standing up for herself. So proud of her.
Go Mi-Rae, No backing down.
Mi Rae, nope there's nothing wrong with you liking Kyung-Seok and yes, YES HE TOTALLY HAS FEELINGS FOR YOU!!!
They can't leave us hanging without a preview, after that wonderful scene that I wasn't expecting. How am I going to last an entire week?

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The previous preview had some umbrella scene which didn’t make it in 9/10.
In a way am glad there is no preview. I can focus on work :)

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Haha same feeling here about the lack of preview!

I just love love how happy (and perhaps smitten) MR looks witnessing what a caring oppa KS is for his sister. No matter how much she comments on him looking like a pictorial, seeing KS's true kind self I believe is what will ultimately make her fall in love with him in the end.

When the scene of MR and SA came on, I was at first lamenting why the show couldn't just let us end with that sweet scene of our OTP, but I was so glad to see MR's final realization about SA and standing up for herself. It propelled the story forward and gives much needed weight to the week's episodes.

Cannot wait for this week's episodes and our conversations!

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Siiiiiiigh :( :( :( :( I'm supposed to be getting ready for work now, but here I am browsing dramabeans looking for you guys! TT______TT

I wish I had Mirae and Kyungsuk's enthusiasm to go to work.......

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"No matter how much she comments on him looking like a pictorial, seeing KS's true kind self I believe is what will ultimately make her fall in love with him in the end."
cannot agree more. She clearly is seeing sides of him that no one is privy to. She saw how he worked on mending his relationship with his mother. She sees how caring he can be- with his sister (cutting up her meat) or getting her hangover pills. Also, how willing he is to learn new things and stand on his own feet.

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@13infamyss @kimbapnoona I use my morning commute time for dramabeans chat!
And i totally copied Mi-Rae and used a face mask sheet last night in prep for work.. LOL

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@kimbapnoona Yes on Mirae full-on elated watching Oppa-dongsaeng relationship unfold before her. Him cutting up/sharing food with her and her looking so unfazed by it - this is a usual thing for them. I think she looks much happier seeing this than the mom-son's reconciliation. It's a side of Kyungsuk that surprised Mirae, and it warmed her so much that he's so thoughtful when it comes to his sister. She's seen a lot of of couldn't-care-less side of Kyungsuk, and this "picturesque" looks so new and refreshing to her. She can't help but fall more... I feel her.

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😂😂😂 Dramas change lives yo!
I somehow know if you get your own personal stalker teen on the bus you are perfectly able to handle it on your own, @mayhemf!

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@kimbapnoona @mayhemf @13infamyss
I loved Kyung-Seok and Kyng-Hee scenes and together (Especially after I celebrated a festival called "Rakshabandhan" with my brother on sunday https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raksha_Bandhan )
I love how Mi-Rae was smitten by Kyung-Seok and that too not for his looks but as a person.
I liked that he had cut meat for his sister and not for Mi-Rae or else some rom-coms makes sure where the lead will cut the meat for girls -__-
I hate Soo-Ah someone should make her realize that Kyung-Seok atleast has not fallen for Mi-Rae coz of her beauty.
I love how Woo-Young and Kyung-Seok get jealous.*__*

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@mimu1234
This might be the very first time I love seeing a guy is cutting up the meat for someone.....because he is doing it for his little sister! The gesture is so sweet here, like how he probably took care of her growing up without their mom and most likely a pretty absent father.

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I do not like Soo-Ah but also find her to be frustrating. She is obviously isolated and in trouble but has great natural beauty that she could be using to attract people and build all kinds of friendships- instead she is Losing Friends and Alienating People (my favorite Simon Pegg movie). If she needs to snatch a rich guy there are plenty there at that school. Instead she seems fixated on making everyone miserable. Which means that instead of building a future for herself she is self-destructing. As much as I dislike her she strikes me as more tragic than evil. My other frustration is the unworked love quadrangle- perhaps it is missing from the webtoon? But Mi Rae's friend Oh Hyun-Jung has a total crush on Woo-Young. If Woo-Young had a lick of sense he would realize that Hyun-Jung is absolutely adorable- and smart too. The story is clearly set up for that but so far, no dice. What gives here writers?

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@kimbapnoona Exactly the same. Here I liked coz he was doing for his sister which seemed sweet as he was looking after her.
Some writers should learn. :D

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@oldawyer I hate Soo-Ah, Her prettiness is with her nasty attitude. Can I say she's tragically evil? Manipulating each and every person according to her own needs.
I totally agree with you that she's self destructing. I don't feel she has anything except her prettiness. Not even her friend likes her for attitude.
Though I don't want a redemption for her but still she's just 20 and I don't want her to manipulate people through out her life.
I totally agree about the quadrangle atleast the writer should show that Woo-Young and Oh Hyun-jung (She's really adorable^^) are spending time. I don't want at the end for him to suddenly have a realization that he likes her. But, I'm liking Woo-Young's and Kyung-Seok's jealousy and showmanship. :D

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@oldawyer @mimu1234 I would agree with Mimu on that she's tragically evil. I call Mirae and Kyungsuk's mom's background tragic. Ep 9 tested Kyungsuk's moral. Where he would stand at the lowest point in his life. He was desperate to make a living to the point of associating himself to that girl he couldn't stand, but when he found out that him landing a job would be at someone's expense, it was like he was splashed by water in the face. It wasn't technically a crime to steal someone's job (hey, we gotta do what we gotta do), but it felt morally wrong, both he and Soo Ah knew that, but it was only Kyungsuk who pointed that out. Soo Ah perhaps didn't see that as a big deal as she's been doing it all her life - raise herself above others by hurting them, intentionally or not. It's survival of the fittest for her. She doesn't give room for sympathy and it's most likely because that's the environment she grew up in. In what little we saw of her background, there's no nuclear family (yet) and there's only grandmother whom she seemed to detest, in her life. She has no true friends she can share her misery with. Even that girl who follows her around uni, she buids a wall between them. It's sad, but it's the path she chose as a result of whatever her background was.

At the last scene, when she stood at a higher step than Mirae, it was a deliberate move to show Mirae is beneath her and she stands above others

Another thing - Whenever Mirae and Kyungsuk are together, she was always from afar, observing. She didn't see up close their relationship until that scene in Ep 10. There was no room for her in that big, wide, open space that Mirae and Kyungsuk were in - she needed to get herself out of there. Mirae and Kyungsuk did not mean to alienate her, but that's just how it is when they're together. There's an invisible wall. When Mirae enters Kyungsuk's vision, she's all he sees and wants to grab her attention in any way he could. Mirae tried to get Soo Ah in too, but in the end her focus remained fixated on Kyungsuk. Soo Ah flipped and started questioning "Why? It's weird. Why?" It was a first. She hasn't seen a relationship like that so strong that she cannot penetrate. She needed to attack in another way to hit where it supposed to hurt. Tell Mirae what she honestly sees her as - a bug that she needs to crash.

Tagging @kimbapnoona and @mayhemf in case you want to pitch something in too!

RE - Woo Youn and Hyun Jung. I am not sure where the story is heading in regards to this two. Hyun Jung was not a character in the webtoon. I root for her happiness too and I enjoy how genuine her relationship is with Mirae. So hopefully we would get to see more of them. I mean I`m not really particular interested in them getting together. If they do, great, if not, that's okay too. I just want them both to be happy too even if Kyungsuk and Mirae are not involved.

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That scene has no real significance other than the driver assumed Kyung Seok's father was lying about buying the bag for Kyung Hee and was really going to give it to his ex-wife.

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Ahhhh thx that’s what I thought too. This is when i really miss recaps. :)

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Yep as @panshel mentioned. The purse and getting her computer back were his bribes to her kid to ensure she does not meet her mother. Shows how much he doesn't know his kids at all. I barely saw Kyunghee in the drama, but even I know that the most expensive purple purse isn't her thing.

Augh my eyes rolled so far back into my head at the father scene. He shows no remorse and it's not like I`m expecting anything else either, so it would be great to see him less often from here on.

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You just basically write all of my feelings there, @13infamyss ! Ep.9 is definitely Kyungseok's story, which I am glad that the drama decides to write about it. From someone who doesn't worry about price to having dilemma whether he should steal a penny on the street😂

I also love that Mirae unconciously became the glue to this mother and son relationship, from having a dinner to her being drunk. During the dinner, Kyungseok may think that he need to take the opportunity for free food, but taking Mirae home is what her mom decide to also have that moment with Kyungseok, argh, I can't contain my feelings.

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I swear Ms. Na is the biggest KS-MR shipper! Best wingwoman ever.

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That look on her face seeing them arguing cutely in the middle of street... She knows. LOL. And another look on her face when son reasoned out that she didn't have to drop them off. HAH. No, mommy needs to see all this.

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Yep, struggle was very real for him in Ep 9. But I wholeheartedly agreed with @mayhemf comment further down below that even if he seriously has less to zero experience in life, but he's no spoiled brat. "You reason with him, he adapts". Loved that statement cuz it's so true.

Speaking of family,,,,, can we actually talk about how our..... at least my heart broke when Mirae's folks got soo excited hearing Mirae is a "Gangnam Beauty"???? Like that was sooo tragic. They all want the best for their kid, but TT_____TT I honestly don't know if I wanted them to know the true meaning of Gangnam beauty. I want them to know just so they can't proudly tell that to Mirae or anyone else, but at the same time I don't want them to cuz it will break their hearts. Who seriously wants to hear their own child is being bullied/frown upon.

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That was sad. Her parents are so naive. I wish they don’t know. What’s the point.
As long as MiRae faces these criticisms head on and doesn’t let it get to her am fine with it.

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@mayhemf @oldawyer hope they’ll be sheltered from all hurt. And that they don’t say anything about how their daughter is a gangnam beauty in public. Please drama gods let this beautiful family be protected at all costs. 🙏

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Only these dorks could make throwing/sorting trash look romantic. They make me feel so giddy! I don’t even hold back with my squeals. I’d end up combusting if I do. And the OSTs are 😍!

I love how thoughtful KS is, but I also love how petty a jealous KS could be.

SA, on the other hand, I roll my eyes so hard I could literally see my brain. 🙄😏

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I`m a mess in my own room. Watching the episodes in the evening - slapping my bed so hard, rolling on my bed cuz sometimes its cheesy cute, squealing, hyperventilating, spazzing, you name it. Good thing my bf has his own world with the tv downstairs cuz he'd be hard judging. lol

I gotta give Soo Ah a credit though when she told off that guy taking pictures of her without permission. I know she was pissed at that time that's why she lash out at him. But these are the moments when her true colours show, when she's pissed. Anyways back to eye rolling at Soo Ah - the end scene, that was delivered good. I was so ticked off reading it on the webtoon, and now that I got to watch and hear her say it, yep, Joo Woo Ri nailed it.

It's interesting to see how shallow Soo Ah is at the end of the day, her world only revolved around being a natural beauty. In her one dimension world, if you take that out, she is nothing. Mirae and Kyungsuk are slowly growing individually, stepping out of their shells, seeing for themselves that everything is not black and white. Your one trait doesn't define you, but it's a combination of everything you are or will become. Oh wells, hope she learns this the hard way, without really involving Mirae and Kyungsuk..... I could wish. hah

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I finally cheered when the real SooAh came out. It was time. I think she was being pushed to the edge by Kyung-Seok. He was not giving her any room. Probably in her entire life she hasn’t faced this kind of rejection.
I want MiRae to retain her dignity but still tell her to stay away. Gal, if you like someone you have to make an effort to make them like you. Not go via a friend. It’s a basic no-no.
I think SooAh is the catalyst that will make MiRae face her feelings for Kyung-Seok.
She is rejecting his advances only because he is so handsome and admired by everyone. She either thinks she doesn’t deserve him or she genuinely wants to not date a super-handsome guy and call attention to herself. I see her point. After being bullied for looks all her life she just wants a normal live, a normal love. Not something that gets people attention - whether positive or negative.

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I cheered when MR told SA when she asked for her help with KS that "I don't think it's something I can help you with" and MR was able to tell SA her realization about SA's true self.

I thought MR's comment of wanting to date just an average guy. It is totally understandable and when the time comes I know she will be brave to accept KS's feelings, but I thought it is almost like a twisted but hilarious form of reverse discrimination! 😆

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@kimbapnoona @mayhemf It's actually quite funny. When her best girlfriend asked her what her type was, she basically listed everything opposite of Kyungsuk. But come following morning, she's back in trance and be like - "ahhh~ he's handsome again today." LOL.

I knew how her self-esteem would be her biggest enemy in coming to accept that she likes Kyungsuk or accepting Kyungsuk. But gurl, so glad when she internally thought, "why am I not allowed to like Kyungsuk?!" when Soo Ah's verbally attacked her that there's no way she liked Kyungsuk. She has a hard time fighting her own inner battle, but when she's faced with external conflicts, her confidence comes back up. She has no problem standing up for herself now, but I think at this point, it's the demons within her that's stopping her for being completely happy.

****Hopefully this isn't much of a spoiler,,,, but PLEASE DON'T READ beyond this point if you want to avoid webtoon spoilers******* Mirae told everyone when they asked what her type is that she's not into handsome guys. That's basically what Kyungsuk's inner struggle was as it's pretty much a rejection when he hadn't even confessed yet. While he was realizing the biggest rejection of his life, Mirae continued on "In the first place, why would a handsome guy like me? What would people think?". Kyungsuk snapped and furrowed his brows at Mirae asking -"What would they think???" Kyungsuk has witnessed so many times her low self esteem, and hopefully they show this scene in the drama too cuz it looks epic and so moving. Because of this, he is insecure too cuz he technically failed Mirae's main criteria of her type. **END OF SPOILERS**

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Wow I would love to see KS uttering that line in the drama, @13infamyss!
I really do appreciate all of your insights and sharing such delicious knowledge regarding the webtoon!! It makes the watch even more interesting and appreciate all the wonderful changes that the show has made to tell the story in a different medium.

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@13infamyss
Thanks for the webtoon details. I too look forward to seeing it in the drama.

I also want the drama to show that Kyung_seok appreciates Mi-Rae for her other qualities. and vice-versa.

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@mayhemf @kimbapnoona No problem! Glad to know you guys didn't mind reading some spoilers. ^_^ It might be totally different from the drama, but I`m really hoping they add in this scene. My heart literally stopped when Kyungsuk sank in how deep Mirae's wounds were.

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I think that I am more than half way in love with Kyungsuk's mom. But as for his dad- I am actually disappointed in the caricature which the writers have made of the guy. It is the same feeling I had with the lawyer brother in Father I'll Take Care of You- there was no way that he could even be a bad lawyer. There is also no way that Kyung-Suk's dad is a successful politician. I have known several politician's - one of them in a part of the Leadership of Congress. Not one of them was so utterly self-absorbed, rigid, or clueless as Kyung-Suk's dad. If a politician's children have a complaint it is almost always the lack of time with their parent, not that he is a control freak. A politician simply does not have the time to be a control freak.

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