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Fox Bride Star: Episodes 13-14

Our two protagonists are turning out to be one of the sweetest drama couples I’ve seen in along time, and they aren’t even a couple yet! They still have a lot to work out, individually and with each other, but there’s an understanding there that laces all of their interactions with an extra layer of meaning, which just makes them that much more interesting to watch. You can see where this will end, but the journey is the best part.

 
EPISODE 13: :A secret I can’t tell, a secret I can tell”

Soo-yeon sees Yeo-reum sitting alone with her luggage, and he invites her to stay the night at his place in the employee housing. She hesitantly follows him home, where they’re both immediately struck with a bad case of awkward.

Soo-yeon points out the bathroom and Yeo-reum says she’s happy to sleep in the living room. He shuffles off to his bedroom and she collapses onto the couch, then she pops back up intending to sneak out. Soo-yeon catches her at it, so Yeo-reum admits that this feels like a bad idea.

She adds that she hopes there’s no misunderstanding, because unlike him, she can’t start liking someone in only three seconds. Soo-yeon asks if he’s being dumped, but Yeo-reum clarifies that she’s just saying she needs time to like someone. Soo-yeon takes that as a solid “maybe,” and he’s happy when she admits that it means he still has a chance.

He tells Yeo-reum to stay, promising not to misunderstand and think this means they’re dating. He makes kimchi stew while she watches, breaking into a huge smile where she can’t see.

Over drinks, Seo-koon gets a chance to ask In-woo the story between him and Soo-yeon, telling him that Soo-yeon said that they were brothers once, and that he liked In-woo best of anyone. She informs a silent In-woo that Soo-yeon wanted to quit, but she dragged him to Terminal Two, meaning he’s there because of her, not him.

In-woo says that everyone has a jinx, and Soo-yeon is his — everything gets messed up when Soo-yeon is nearby. He tells Seo-koon that Soo-yeon isn’t the only one who got hurt twelve years ago, but he doesn’t go into detail.

Soo-yeon watches Yeo-reum shyly as she eats, taking in her pleased expression when she tastes his cooking. She jokes that it’s not fair that he’s smart and a great cook, making him smile again.

She coughs, and they both reach for a water glass, freezing when their hands touch. It reminds Yeo-reum that Soo-yeon flung away her hand when she felt his prosthetic, but this time he just gently pulls away. He thinks about a conversation he had with Bartender Jang about his arm — Bartender Jang had asked when Soo-yeon would tell Yeo-reum the truth, and he’d said he didn’t plan to, because he wants to hide it forever.

As they eat, Yeo-reum narrates that she had many questions, but she didn’t ask any of them. Soo-yeon’s voice tells us that he wanted to spend more time with Yeo-reum as if nothing was wrong.

In the morning, Yeo-reum wakes to the sound of loud voices, and she whines, “Aww, let me sleeeep!” before remembering that she’s at Soo-yeon’s place. Soo-yeon went to work early, but he made Yeo-reum breakfast and left a note telling her to leave her suitcases at his place, and she can pick them up after work.

Soo-yeon went in early to meet with Team Leader Choi, who wants to talk about his prosthetic after In-woo’s challenge of whether it’s safe to have it in the airport. He asks Soo-yeon to prove it’s safe, saying that it will be an issue if he refuses. Soo-yeon says it’s an invasion of privacy, but Team Leader Choi tells him that objecting will only attract more attention. He gives Soo-yeon a week to either prove it’s safe, or quit.

When Yeo-reum leaves for work, she runs right into Young-joo, who’s also moving into employee housing, in Soo-yeon’s building. Yeo-reum nervously stammers that she was staying with a friend before moving into employee housing herself today, and Young-joo is curious who the friend is, since she’ll be their neighbor.

When Yeo-reum gets to work, Soo-yeon is nowhere to be seen. Yeo-reum is told by a coworker that he hasn’t arrived yet. Talking to herself, she nearly gives away that she was at Soo-yeon’s place this morning, so she stammers that he texted her and scoots away.

She sends Soo-yeon a worried text, so he heads towards the office, and on the way he runs across In-woo. After a short glare-off, Soo-yeon walks right past In-woo without a word. In-woo makes a call to have the homeless people hanging out in the airport removed in anticipation of an inspection, and one man who appears homeless seems to take interest in his conversation.

Yeo-reum meets Soo-yeon at the elevator and drags him off to a storeroom so they can talk privately (seriously, his amused grins at her antics are going to kill me). She tells him that Young-joo is moving into his building, and that she saw Yeo-reum leaving his place this morning.

Soo-yeon doesn’t see the problem, but Yeo-reum is afraid of what people might say if they thought they were dating. She explains that when dating rumors circulate, it’s always the woman who ends up shamed. She says that people’s stares can hurt, assuming he doesn’t know about that, but she couldn’t be more wrong.

He asks how she knows about it, so she tells him that people were prejudiced against her because of what happened to her family. She asks him to help her avoid it happening again, so he promises to think of a way to deal with Young-joo. He asks sweetly if she ate breakfast and whether she slept well, and the soft look in his eyes makes her shy.

After Yeo-reum leaves, Soo-yeon hears something fall to the ground nearby. He follows the noise, and when he leans over to pick up the object, someone slips out the door behind him. Uh-oh. He rushes back to the office to see if anyone looks suspicious, but everyone seems to be acting perfectly normally.

Soo-yeon and Yeo-reum are ordered to help prepare for today’s inspection of the terminal. Seo-koon asks Manager Gong about their staff lounge, but Young-ran is claiming that her department needs that space for a new store and tells Seo-koon to find another place. Seo-koon agrees that profit is important, but so is giving employees a place to rest.

Young-ran and Seo-koon continue their argument over the space in front of In-woo, who says it’s not decided yet, so they demand that In-woo make a decision immediately. He says that he’ll review their information and make a decision before the inspection.

Young-ran orders her employee to write up the numbers on potential profit, but Seo-koon decides to make a personal presentation instead. She chooses Soo-yeon to give the presentation since he chose the space, and when he says that he’ll only make things worse, she tells him to do it anyway.

On her way to help get ready for the inspection, Yeo-reum spots Young-joo and looks worried. Maybe she should be worried about the coworker who overheard her mumbling to herself earlier, who gives her a look behind her back in the elevator.

The security team gear up for the removal of the homeless people, with Dae-ki telling them to be persuasive rather than forceful. It goes well for the most part, though Yeo-reum keeps staring at Young-joo worriedly. From a distance, the possibly homeless man who overheard In-woo’s phone conversation watches the proceedings.

EPISODE 14 RECAP

During a break, Yeo-reum hands out bottles of water, and her eyes go huge when Young-joo asks where Soo-yeon is (so do Dae-ki’s — aww, somebody’s jealous!). Young-joo says she just always sees them together, and Yeo-reum denies it, a little too forcefully.

Belatedly, Yeo-reum realizes that she’s made a spectacle of herself in front of everyone. Nobody says anything, but the suspicious coworker smirks to himself.

Yeo-reum finds a quiet spot to be alone, near the man who’s been watching her all afternoon. He notes that she makes mistakes because she’s too sensitive to what others think, and when she asks who he is, he tells her not to ask or she’ll get hurt. He mutters that she has a good soul but bad luck when it comes to parents, somehow aware that she was hurt by her parents when she was young.

Young-ran’s employee gives In-woo the numbers she prepared, and Soo-yeon approaches to give his presentation, looking like he’d rather be anywhere else. He unrolls a detailed drawing he’s made of the terminal, showing that the area Seo-koon wants for the lounge is removed from the other stores, which would make it difficult for the passengers to find if it were a retail place.

Yeo-reum takes the mysterious man for ice cream and asks if he has some sort of mystic power. He says he did study them for fun once, but that his true area of study is psychology. He says that he guessed that her parents neglected or abandoned her by the way she cares about others’ opinions, and when he sees her expression, he congratulates himself for nailing it.

He tells Yeo-reum that she puts up a wall because she’s scared people will disregard her. He says she just needs to be honest, and to accept those who like her, while disregarding those who don’t.

Eun-seob invites Yeo-reum to lunch, and while he’s waiting, he overhears some employees gossiping that Yeo-reum and Soo-yeon are dating. They joke that they can see why Yeo-reum likes Soo-yeon, but that all she has going for her are her looks. Eun-seob interrupts to politely ask which jerk is spreading such a rumor.

Of course, it’s Mr. Nosy from Yeo-reum’s office who’s gleefully telling everyone about the latest dating scandal. The rumor eventually makes its way to Manager Gong and Seo-koon.

Yeo-reum notices that Soo-yeon skipped lunch, so she brings him a coffee to thank him for her latte this morning. His grateful smile is gorgeous, but it doesn’t last long as Manager Gong comes in crooning about love. He crows that he heard they’re dating and that Yeo-reum spent the night at Soo-yeon’s place, making so much noise that the entire office hears.

Yeo-reum runs off, furious, to find Young-joo. She goes after Young-joo with guns blazing, accusing her of starting the rumor when she knows how much such rumors can harm another woman. She doesn’t believe Young-joo when she says she didn’t start any rumor, and that she didn’t even know it was Soo-yeon’s house Yeo-reum was leaving this morning.

Young-joo finally convinces her, which just confuses Yeo-reum more, wondering who could have told everyone. Dae-ki hangs outside the door while they argue, and eventually Soo-yeon finds them. He literally yanks Yeo-reum out of the room to tell her that someone overheard them in the storage room.

He apologizes for not telling her sooner, and steps towards her, possibly to comfort her. But she reels back from him and he stops cold, and lets her walk away when she says she needs to be alone.

Seo-koon is furious with In-woo when he decides to grant the space she wanted for an employee lounge to Young-ran for another store. She accuses In-woo of playing favorites against her and Soo-yeon, disbelieving that he made the decision purely for business reasons.

When she informs her team, Manager Gong turns on Soo-yeon, saying that his presentation must have been terrible to lose against Young-ran’s plain document. He continues that Soo-yeon is only successful in love, adding that Yeo-reum should try working harder instead of beguiling new employees.

Soo-yeon remembers how worried Yeo-reum was that people would look down on her, and he thinks that it’s because he’s experienced that first hand, her words hurt all the more because she was right. He speaks up, admitting that he didn’t do his job well, but that that’s all it was. He snaps at Manager Gong for bringing an innocent person into it, and when Manager Gong yells at him for being insubordinate, Seo-koon tells Manager Gong to stop.

She’s so mad that she offers to let the two fight it out like men. Manager Gong sits down, and Soo-yeon starts to leave to do his rounds. But he turns back to tell everyone that Yeo-reum didn’t do anything, and that he likes her, but it’s a one-sided thing.

This time he’s the one looking for Yeo-reum as she cries in a storage room. Soo-yeon finds the door locked, and in his worry and frustration, he twists the handle right off the door. Team Leader Choi is nearby and sees this, but he leaves Soo-yeon alone.

At the end of the work day, the guy who spread the rumors gets a strange call — a voice warns that if he spreads rumors again, he’ll tell all of his secrets. Ah, it’s Eun-seob, who tells him to apologize to Yeo-reum and Soo-yeon, then he’ll reveal himself and apologize for this call.

Young-ran makes a point to simper on the phone to her husband that something good happened at work, right in front of Seo-koon. After she brags about having a family to go home to and leaves, Team Leader Lee kindly tells Seo-koon not to wear herself out working.

Soo-yeon arrives home to find Yeo-reum outside his building, waiting to pick up her luggage. He invites her in, but instead, she asks him to bring her things out. When he does, he asks if she’s okay, but she says sadly that she wants to erase everything that happened today.

She blames herself for being careless and acting foolishly, and admits that she just wants to hide away somewhere. Soo-yeon asks to see her address and he’ll help her find her new place, gently insisting that it’s easy to get lost in all these buildings when she tries to decline.

Upstairs in her new digs, Young-joo admires her sparkling-clean place and makes herself a nice steak to celebrate, wondering when her new roommate will show up. Downstairs, Soo-yeon goes still when he sees Yeo-reum’s new address and realizes that she’s moving into his building… oh boy, she’s going to be Young-joo’s roommate!

Horrified, Yeo-reum actually tries to run away, but Soo-yeon manages to stop her. He asks what she’s so scared of, but she wails that she’s embarrassed, not scared. Soo-yeon asks if she’s embarrassed that he likes her, and that finally slows her down.

She admits, “It’s me. I’m embarrassed about myself.” Quietly, Soo-yeon tells her, “There’s no such thing as a coincidence. Everything happens for a reason. Looking back, today will have become a meaningful day.” It’s the exact thing her father used to tell her, and she asks him how he knows that phrase.

Soo-yeon sweetly tells her to stop being embarrassed and go inside, but Yeo-reum stops him. She asks, “By chance… do you know my father?” From Soo-yeon’s perspective. We see again the day he tried to throw himself down the stairs, and earlier when he and In-woo ate together before the accident. It was Yeo-reum’s father who served them their meal, and later saved Soo-yeon from ending his life.

In answer to her question, Soo-yeon tells Yeo-reum, “Yes, I do know him.”

 
COMMENTS

I never in a million years expected that Yeo-reum would end up living in Soo-yeon’s building! This is going to be so much fun, especially with her living with Young-joo — you can see that the two women have a lot of friendship potential, though right now they’re like oil and water. But they’ll be good for each other… Yeo-reum can teach Young-joo to be more friendly, and Young-joo can be an example for Yeo-reum of how not to care so much what people think of her. Not to mention that Soo-yeon lives in the very same building, which is just going to push him and Yeo-reum together more often, and hopefully give us a lot of out-of-the-office cuteness to enjoy.

Soo-yeon and Yeo-reum are just too cute for words together, and Soo-yeon’s little micro-expressions over Yeo-reum are going to make my heart explode, I swear. He’s smiling more and more often, particularly when he thinks she’s being overly dramatic, but I also love the way he becomes all sweetness and concern whenever he realizes that her worries are founded in past mistreatment. He’s good at talking Yeo-reum through her freak-outs while never making her feel like her emotions are wrong. His crush is perfect because he doesn’t see Yeo-reum as perfect, and he never indulges her histrionics, but he takes her more valid worries utterly seriously — in other words, he doesn’t put Yeo-reum on a pedestal. He sees her as realistically flawed and sometimes so wrong that she needs to be corrected. He’s not afraid to be the one doing the correcting, but you can tell that he also finds her unbearably cute a lot of the time.

And I made a sound I’m sure only dogs can hear when Yeo-reum pretty much confessed that she’ll come to like Soo-yeon in the same way he likes her, given time. His face barely changed, but you could see the hope light up his eyes when she asked for his patience until she comes around. I actually think that Yeo-reum likes Soo-yeon more than she realizes, it’s just that she’s got so many other things to worry about right now that she doesn’t have time to examine those feelings right now. But just asking for time was a huge admission, and I loved the honesty in that conversation, and how Soo-yeon promised not to misunderstand or get ahead of himself. Hooray for open communication!

Then on the opposite end of the communication spectrum, there’s In-woo… it really bothered me, the way that In-woo called Soo-yeon his jinx, as if Soo-yeon is the reason bad things happen to him. The way I see it, Soo-yeon’s accident happened because of In-woo’s shady past, and if anything blows up now that they’re working together, it will be because of In-woo’s terrible attitude. It’s not fair to blame Soo-yeon for those things when they aren’t even coincidental, but a direct result of In-woo’s bad decision-making skills. He acts out because he has a grudge against Soo-yeon, then when things go wrong, he blames Soo-yeon… but if he would just act like a decent human being in the first place, those bad things might not happen at all.

I really like how this show tackles interesting social issues without beating the audience over the head with them… an episode about an employee losing their temper with a customer turns out to really be about sexual harassment, or a dating scandal becomes a gentle lesson on how women are looked down upon in office relationship situations. Poor Yeo-reum, as a young, pretty woman trying to support herself in the working world, runs across these situations often (and I wish I could say they’re blown out of proportion, but sadly, they aren’t), and it’s no wonder she fights so hard against the prejudiced attitudes against women in the workplace. And as a disabled man, Soo-yeon hides his limitations in an attempt to avoid the same things that Yeo-reum struggles against, which gives them something really meaningful in common. I really like how these topics are addressed but never feel heavy-handed, so that the takeaway from each episode isn’t primarily that we’ve been given a lecture, but the focus still sits squarely on Soo-yeon’s issues and his and Yeo-reum’s growing feelings for each other.

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Truly enjoying it! Keep it up, Show!!

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@lollypip thank you for the wonderful recaps (:

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I just loved the summary, it just perfectly summed up how i felt about this episode. I just love hoe subtle and calm but very powerful of a drama "where stars land/fox bride star" is.

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I swear having only one episode of this a show this week was torture!!! more out-of-airport hijinks!!! more girlmance!!!

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I was so disappointed on Monday to find out the show was preempted. It has become what I look forward to watch and decompress after a long day at work. I'm excited for Yeo-reum and Young-joo living together and the potential friendship that will develop. Young-joo has developed a genuine interest on Yeo-reum. Hopefully Yeo-reum's unwarranted outburst won't strain their relationship for too long.

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you've expressed exactly what I couldn't find the words to say. hahahaha Like an interpreter. Couldn't agree more!

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Hahaha, thanks. Although, I must say, your post expresses exactly what I was feeling as I was watching the episode! Especially the use of all the exclamation marks!

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It might be a very simple thing, but this drama always reminded me to be a good person. We never know which of the things we said will lift or ruin the other person's day. And most of the time, it's always the smallest thing we said or did without thinking. Just like Yeo-reum's unexpected question "You didn't know that other people's gaze can hurt you, right?" to Soo-yeon. Or Asisten Manager Nam and Manager Gong's "I heard that..." It might felt like nothing when we said that, but this drama reminded me that we never knew how it would affect the other person.

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This couple really is turning out to be one of my faves, even though HYR (the heroine) is a drama queen, she remains cute. I still like her even if I feel frustrated with some of her actions. The hero is dreamy so far. I love how he is so calm/strong, and yet sensitive to HYR's insecurities, and so patient with her. Anyways I look forward to see where this unique show will go.

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I can't stand her on first few episodes but now I kinda of accepting her character and begin to like her for the way she is. Soo-yeon is golden, love how tender and calm he is. His gaze, his voice, everything!

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I wish the writers had taken as much care with creating Yeo-reum as they have so obviously put into Soo-yeon

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but i think they really have put in a lot of care creating yeo-reum -- her character growth is more stunning than soo-yeon's IMO and her character sheds light on what it's like working as a woman in korea. her annoying character in the beginning is like a lot of young women in korea, as it's hard to survive in any industry with fierce personalities.

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I love that Yeo Reum knew exactly would happen if that information spread, and she articulated her concern clearly and accurately, and then the show didn’t shy away from the fact that SHE WAS RIGHT. That wasn’t paranoia, that was something every young woman knows and expends a lot of energy avoiding.

I’m happy no one brushed that off and that the show validated it.

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I seiously want to bitch-slap Manager Gong this episode. What he said about Yeo-reum beguiling Soo-yeon is totally uncalled for! I am surprised Seo-koon didnt shut him down the moment he said those words.

This ep add another mystery, this time about Yeo-room and her family. What actually happened to make her care so much about how other people see her, almost to a debilitating level at times. Like she fears it so much that once her insecurity resurface that’s the only thing in her mind sending her scattered left and right.

Soo-yeon and his crush is just so squee-worthy. He was all depressed after talking with Team Leader Choi, but the moment he saw Yeo-reum you can see clearly how his eyes just lit with happiness just by being in her presence. And dear lord, the way he asked her whether she has breakfast and slept well made my heart almost burst. Lee je hoon should stop playing with my heart. Wait, please continue to do so.

I hope sbs wont ruin it for us next week by cancelling without notice again (crossing fingers). I need my 2 hours fix of Lee je hoon and chae soo bin being adorable together.

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I like this drama but some of the characters are frustrating. Yeo Reum is too rash at this point for me to find her likeable. I'm sure I'll be able to forgive this character flaw, but at the moment it's just UGH. And I want to slap Manager Gong. Those types of personality just wouldn't click with me.

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Team Leader Choi does not have to be this invasive. He can right up a report and I honestly believe it will be taken at face value as he is compentent at his job. He went from this is a intrusion in the leaders meeting to threatening Soo-yeon's job.

I get you have a job to do but your curiosity and the entitlement of it should not come at a subordinate's job.

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The dude needs karma to bite him in the ass. Pardon the language.

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Thanks @lollypip. I feel that I want to take time out to slowly watch and savour this show and all the little moments of Soo Yeon. I don't know how he manages to do it, but by remaining truthful, calm, stoic and mostly undramatic (or rather un-melodramatic) Soo Yeon has become such a sympathetic character and earned so much goodwill from us viewers. I want watch and to catch every little moment when he isn't troubled but happy. 😋

I face palm at Yeo Reum who keeps causing trouble for herself by being so unlike Soo Yeon and Young Joo. She only had to be still to not have anyone notice anything, but she can't seem to help her nervousness or control her reactions. Girl is still growing after all. She continually succeeds in drawing attention to the very things she wants to hide. What a predicament to be one's own worst enemy! 😞

Still she is a sympathetic character and not totally without awareness. I'm glad that she admitted to Soo Yeon that she'd made mistakes, being "careless and acting foolishly". I hope that means she'll be more circumspect in a similar circumstance and not exhibit her insecurities for all to see. More, I hope that she realises no one really notices and so that she does not need to be super sensitive. That she can train herself to have some presence of mind, so that when 'caught', she does not go into scatterbrained mode, but can remain calm.

I agree that Young Joo, the contradiction of Yeo Reum, will be a good influence on Yeo Reum and vice versa. That's one girlfriendship pairing that will be fun to watch.

I've been feeling strongly that in the corporate world, the term 'insubordination' needs to be properly defined and that those who misuse it should be called out for it. For too long it's been quietly accepted (even Seo Koon did not outright say that what Soo Yeon said to Gong was not insubordination) in the corporate world, as if the ones above have the right to abuse verbally and physically others in the workplace, in front of others and never have to face redress over this abusive behaviour. 😒

Soo Yeon calmly telling Gong that he had no call to blame Yeo Reum for the failure to get the space was stating a fact and was not insubordination. Politely correcting the superior's words that irresponsibly besmirch another's good name is not insubordination. And neither is standing up for one's rights and position when these are being overridden.

It's beyond annoying that characters like Gong are allowed to bandy that term 'insubordination' around at will and invalidly to justify his speaking carelessly and meanly about any subordinate without consequences. I was hoping that Seo Koon would call him out on it and not just suggest the guys have a man-to-man fight (we know who'd win … and would that also be considered insurbordination?)

Now I just need to find the time to rewatch this episode!!! 😉

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One thing I really like about Yeo Reum, is that after the initial ruckus over Soo Yeon actually being her hoobae, she now sees him as capable, smart, great in many things and has changed her attitude to look up to him. Now she finds he even can cook well. 😉 What a nice boost to Soo Yeon's self esteem, after the hurtful, entitled attitude of In Woo.

The latter has a lot of growing to do as well. Continually blaming Soo Yeon is a cop out. As the older hyung that he once was, knowing how the younger man had looked up to him, he should have figured out how much of his own troubles that he had brought upon himself. 😒 (I see a similarity with Yeo Reum here but on a totally different scale).

I like also the similarity that @lollypip has pointed out between Yeo Reum and Soo Yeon. Both are aware of their weaknesses/disabilities and desirous of hiding them from the eyes of others. 😍 They are soulmates who will have true empathy and compassion when confronted by each other's mistakes. 😄

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They are already so understanding of each other even before they fully understand what the other has to go through. I can't wait to see how they will be when they finally decide to share more about their hurtful secret with each other.

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@gadis
The secrets I'd like revealed:
- Yeo Reum's family situation and how come dad had the Fox Bride Star bar-cafe and now Bartender Jang is there.
- Bartender Jang and his history with Soo Yeon (guesswork is that YR's dad and Jang are friends and Jang continued the bar for YR's dad and continued to help SY as well).
- Less interested in this ... what did In Woo do in his youth to get into trouble and how did he end up in the airport as manager even above Seo Koon.
- What is the history of Seo Koon with In Woo and Team Leader Choi. Did Choi have a relationship with Seo Koon and In Woo interfered?

I'm looking forward to the awkward pairing of Young Joo and Dae Ki, as well as of course the girls Young Joo and Yeo Reum becoming friends. If YR and SY's relationship starts with some shared understanding, YR and Young Joo will be the opposite ie no understanding ... it will be a hoot!!!

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Yeo Reum's conversation with the homeless man was great. He was probably the one who managed to sneak into the store room (to sleep?) and who heard her conversation with Soo Yeon. What a hoot that he made so many guesses before he got anything right and still applauded himself. She hesitated when he said that she had been neglected or abandoned by her parents. She's on good terms with her mum, so I'm wondering where this part comes in.

His advice to Yeo Reum about how to live was sound enough, I guess. He notes that she's too concerned about the opinions of others, she smiles to hide the emotions that she does not want to display and she's afraid of being disregarded. What she should do is be honest about what she likes and dislikes (speak up for herself, which is really easier said than done) and accept the one who likes her without reservation (or fear of being hurt), and ignore those who don't like her. Nice advice for all of us to live by ... again not easy, but is pretty sound.

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It IS easier said than done. But we often need to be reminded about that.

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"Making sounds only dogs can hear" is the alternative title for this drama

I also had some whistling squeals throughout this episode, and I may be biased but this ep was like a 10/10 LJH scale would recommend

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I adore our leads. And I think I'm having an unhealthy obsession with Lee Je-hoon's lips. But the real question for me is: where is Dad? I assumed he died because he didn't seem like the kind of person to walk out on his family, but they haven't actually said he died so I wonder where he is if he's alive.
And I can't get over how much Nam Da-reum looks like a younger Lee Je-hoon. NDR has played the younger version of many actors but never has he resembled the older version of the character so much. And NDR is so talented, I'm just waiting for him to be the lead.

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Was this preempted? There should be episodes 15 & 16, right? Right?
I like this drama A LOT!
The artistic direction is right on point with the mood of the show.
The protagonists (+ their chemistry) and supporting cast... strong.
And the story... grasps me every time.

Crossing my fingers it continues so!

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I heard that they only aired one hour this week because a baseball game ate into the other episode's schedule(?)

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Why do networks not live by the motto: Dramas over Sportsball?

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My only disappointment with this episode was the the Judo fight between Young-joo and Dae-ki wasn't nearly long enough. Not because I wanted him to win but because I ship them way too much.

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We all ship them. I hope that the writers give them an opportunity to move their story forwad.

It may turn out that one of the things that Young-joo will get out of being roomies (and eventually besties) with Yeo-reum is simply having a friend who can clue her in on just how good Dae Ki would be for her. And Lollypip is right in saying that Young-Joo can learn how to be friendlier from Yeo-reum. In time Young-Joo will learn that she does not have to be tough all the time- and that being truly feminine at the appropriate time is another way to be truly strong. It is not that Young-joo needs to change- she dos not- she is great as a woman who is both strong and beautiful. Rather, she will simply be discovering another side of who she already is, but which she currently feels she has to repress.

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This continues to be my favorite show.

These episodes had a transitional feeling to them. It raised questions and provided answers- that raised more questions. Yeo-reum’s father is a bartender- but also a genius inventor? And he is alive- so what is her parents’s story that leaves her so insecure- and why are they are not together?

Yeo-reum is going to be Young-Joo’s roommate- this is going to be a whole lot of fun.

In-Woo’s answer to why he dislikes Soo-yeon is just so irrational that it exposes just how deeply sick he is- so how is this going to work out? I am looking for some truly bizarre behavior from him. LollyPip is right in pointing out that In-Woo’s reasoning- if you can call it that- is really all about trying to shift responsibility for his situation from himself and his previous bad decisions and acts and place the blame on Soo-yeon by naming him his ‘jinx’. This is how a criminal thinks and justifies his or her actions. In-woo may now occupy a respectable position but he still sees the world like a criminal.

But the thing we love most is the romance between Yeo-reum and Soo-yeon. And that did move forward in this episode: Not only has Soo-yeon confessed to Yeo-reum, but he has now let his co-workers know about it as well. And Soo-yeon is absolutely right to notice that the one thing Yeo-reum absolutely did not do was close the door on a future for them.

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I admired Soo-yeon for confessing to his co-workers about his crush on Yeo-rum and admitting that it's one sided. Soo-yeon is such a good person. He is patient, understanding, and empathetic. He really listens to Yeo-reum and doesn't, at least for now, misinterpret her. I loved how he noticed that Yeo-reum didn't completely turn him down. And I loved it even more that Yeo-reum was honest and stated it takes her time to like someone. It was such a refreshing answer and gives their growing relationship such substance and gravitas.

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Thanks for the recap! My comment might be a downer, so skip if you love this show.

What's irritating me the most right now, is how the majority of the adults in this drama seem like immature high schoolers. I only like one character and only a couple others have caught my interest (though only slightly).

Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying this. But I feel like there are just so many issues I have to gloss over to enjoy it sometimes. I did think episode 14 was great. Soo-yeon's infatuation with Yeo-reum is so cute to watch. And now I'm pretty excited to see what happened to her dad.

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I agree with you.

I actually don't find the handling of the subject matters to be a "subtle lesson" at all. While I agree that the point that is being made is true, I do feel virtually every single character over(re)acts to everything. Yes, there was someone that spread gossip, but Yoo-reum herself contributed significantly to rumours spreading – her initial reaction to Young-joo simply asking "Where's Soo-yeon?" blew things out of proportion and basically declared to those 10 something co-workers listening that she liked Soo-yeong, making herself the source of the gossip. Her second confrontation with Young-joo was hardly better – accusing the girl of not confirming facts when she hadn't done that herself IN FRONT OF AN OPEN DOOR (more people to can hear you! Do you want a megaphone?). And then she seemingly spent the day moping in the storage room rather than working? I am not surprised that the whole airport knew by the end of the day (though I'm not convinced that the whole airport really cares at all).

This is not defend anyone who did gossip (I find it hard to believe people don't just roll their eyes – especially that Seo-koon didn't, when she was told the "info"), but it weakened the lesson for me of the harm people can suffer from gossip.

As for Manager Gong, his utterly immature and unprofessional outbursts make me think that the whole department is in a mess. I'm sure everyone will be besties by the end of the drama, but if there is a co-worker that repeatedly rants like that, blames subordinates when they have done no wrong, verbally bullies people *in front of everyone*, etc. than there's a serious issue in the work culture. Which, truth be told, there is in Korea, but what happens in reality then is that this issue doesn't get resolved (because it doesn't have to do with Manager Gong not liking two of his subordinates, it has to do with a work culture permitting bullying) and people quit or even commit suicide.

Bottom line, the issues are real, but the way they are handled in the drama is overly dramatic and not all that realistic.

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Surprisingly for me, this show turned out something to anticipate each week for. Must be for LJH. CSB is pleasantly competent in this role. I wonder why there was not much explanation on the mother and why YR did not even schedule a visit to her. Is the mother a medical doctor working in Africa? And the father a medical wonder boy? That must explain some of YR's insecurities. There is just not enough backstory on her. Thanks, lollypop for this recap.

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Hi My dear @merry
Those are interesting ideas ... mum did come in from Africa. Parents being away a lot could have given Yeo Reum as a child, a sense of being abandoned. Even when mum saw her, it was only for a few minutes and then mum went off by herself without even having a meal with her daughter. So neglect and abandonment from a child's point of view is possibly valid.

We definitely need more backstory to appreciate YR's attitude and great neediness when it comes to being noticed, acknowledged, approved and not bad-mouthed or frowned upon. 😃

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Thank you for the theories! She may feel like she was abandoned since childhood, and people may look down on her since she didn't pursue medical career unlike her parents and it took her three times to be accepted in Incheon Airport

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Tbh I hate the editing in this episode since the transition mostly OTT, the lightning looks too yellow for my liking, and too much narration.

But I mostly agree with @lollypip that Soo-yeon and Yeo-reum's relationship are so healthy that there is no give and take but give and give, that they always bring the best of each other. And I love for some potential girlfriendship💛

People like In-woo, Manager Gong, and Manager Heo need to reflect upon themselves.
And also since the writer is the one who wrote RDTK I feel like the characters in here and RDTK are very similar.

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Never expected this drama to be the first to be watched every week with so many others on my plate. While, I cannot say I am becoming fans of the actors I will say this particular story just gels so well with all aspects of the production.

All the words ring true in the Korean society and to an extend Asian society. Do hope the upcoming episodes keep up the momentum regardless of the life shooting expectations.

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Would someone please explain In-Woo to me?

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@evan85 LookieLooWho
It seems that In Woo was a step-brother to Soo Yeon. Their parents got married and maybe separated. Not entirely sure but this is the gist of it. So they were 'brothers'.

Soo Yeon may have hero worshipped In Woo and followed him around quite a bit, but In Woo was in bad company and tried to get SY to stop following him.

The backstory tells us about how the accident takes place and how In Woo ran away instead of helping SY. Now driven by guilt and goodness knows what other ideas he may have, In Woo thinks that SY is at the airport and T2 because he's still following him, and he cannot bear not knowing how the kid he left to die is looking just fine. He's also blaming SY as a jinx for any unfortunate circumstance he may face. The problem really rests in In Woo, who thinks he's the centre of SY's universe and who has a bad attitude of entitlement, where he assumes that what he wants to know he must find out.

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My concern with In Woo is exactly as you stated. Really, the character is as pointless as No Face in W. He's there simply because the writer thinks you must have a villain. Conflict in this drama could exist with the characters going through their daily lives. An actual tangible villain seems unnecessary.

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@evan85
It's true that he is not an absolute requirement for this show. I can imagine the series going perfectly well as a slice of life drama of characters and their managers, overcoming the hurdles of their own self-worth or of obstacles put in their paths by their environment and bosses/colleagues.

The writer(s) has (have) decided, however, that Soo Yeon's current woundedness inspite of his physical healing, should be framed against a backstory of an eager youth who had been badly hurt by a beloved hyung. Therefore, we (the viewers) anticipate that there will be some kind of arc in which the relevant characters figure themselves out and grow and the 'family' relationships might be re-established.

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Thanks for the recap @lollypip.
" His crush is perfect because he doesn’t see Yeo-reum as perfect, and he never indulges her histrionics, but he takes her more valid worries utterly seriously — in other words, he doesn’t put Yeo-reum on a pedestal. "

This is what makes their relationship so lovely. He sees Yeo-reum as she truly is. There isn't a veil covering his eyes. He cares about her deeply, but acknowledges to her when her behavior is uncalled for. A relationship in which one person is viewed on a pedestal is unbalanced and inhibits personal growth for both the individuals involved.

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I am so glad that Seo-yoon answered Yeo-reum's question about knowing her father truthfully. I was thinking this is it man, get it right.
FBS has turned into a fine drama. Plenty of story lines left to play out.
I think Seo-koon's relationship with Seo-yoon goes back to the time of his injury or his recovery.

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I had no idea Soo Yeon lives in employee housing. In retrospect, this was straight-up shortsighted of them. Of course someone would catch her (even if not Young Joo) because employees live in employee housing. Besides, Yeo Reum has no one to blame but herself for blabbing to Assistant Manager Nam, "When I woke up, he said he already left for work."

This could have all been avoided had Yeo Reum gone home to Mom's or stayed at Eun Seob's place. If the culprit were Assistant Manager Nam who overheard Yeo Reum and Soo Yeon in the storage room, Eun Seob's I Know What You Did Last Summer is an empty threat. What is he going to expose when there is nothing to expose?

How could Yeo Reum accuse Young Joo, of all people, of spreading the rumors? That girl would never. Yeo Reum ought to know her better than that. Is Yeo Reum that directionally-challenged that she can't find her own building when she's standing right in front of it? How come Yeo Reum and Young Joo have a roommate when Soo Yeon lives by himself?

Even though Team Leader Yang accused In Woo of being unprofessional, ten times out of ten, a profit-generating store takes precedence over a staff lounge. Thanks a bunch for your recap, @LollyPip!

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Thanks for the recap! at first I'm a bit frustrated about Yeo-reum but now I'm beginning to understand her. I never knew that I'll be swooning on Soo-yeon's collected character. Thanks for that pic, I can see heart shapes on Soo-yeon's eyes. hehe!

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