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The Third Charm: Episode 7

The big shot doctor has been a bit of a question mark the past few episodes. While his initial role in our lead couple’s lovers’ quarrel was unintentional, he starts trying to take advantage of what could possibly be an open window. However, our two lovebirds finally put some effort into fixing their mistakes and closing that window.

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

Ho-chul steps into Joon-young and Young-jae’s argument, suggesting that Joon-young let them finish their meal. Seeing Joon-young’s expression, Young-jae thanks Ho-chul for joining her, giving him his cue to leave. After taking one last look at Joon-young, he does.

A little calmer now, Joon-young turns back to Young-jae and continues where he left off: “Young-jae, it’s not that I don’t trust you. I do. I know that you didn’t have dinner with [Ho-chul] because you like him, and I know that you have zero interest in him.” What he doesn’t know is why she would do this on her birthday, an important event.

Young-jae replies that she did it out of anger. She’d made this restaurant reservation with him in mind, but she couldn’t understand why he couldn’t even call on a day he thinks is so “important.” He doesn’t know what to say to that.

They go their separate ways, the conversation still heavy on their minds. When Joon-young arrives home, Ri-won sees right through him and notes that those in love are always asking for more when they should just appreciate the love they have.

Meanwhile, Soo-jae can tell Young-jae is upset too, and he tries to explain that all men can be this way. She needs to know that when men get petty or jealous, sometimes they may need a reassuring hug and sometimes they may need their space.

The next day, Joon-young’s team notices that he’s in his serious mode again. Officer Jung is worried that he might’ve been dumped, and the other two officers are worried that their celebratory dinner will never happen.

Joon-young stands up, looking determined, and gives his team the money to go out. He then leaves, saying he has personal matters to attend to.

At the hair salon, a gangster is creating a ruckus because his stylist got his expensive shirt all wet. Young-jae steps up to apologize and offer compensation, but the gangster and his buddy dismiss her and start knocking things over.

Joon-young drives to the salon, arriving just as Ho-chul is leaving his office. They’re exchanging wary glances when they hear the commotion in the salon and run towards it. Joon-young announces that he’s an officer, which only peeves the gangster even more. He shoves Joon-young back, making Young-jae panic. However, Joon-young easily kicks the guy down and handcuffs him, while Ho-chul holds the other gangster back. Crisis averted.

To thank them, Joo-ran and Young-jae take the boys out for dinner. Sensing the tension at the table, Joo-ran drags Young-jae to the bathroom. Umm, I’m not sure if leaving the boys alone is a good idea…

Ho-chul, ever respectful, apologizes for the misunderstanding last night, but Joon-young doesn’t think it was a misunderstanding at all. He wants to know what Ho-chul’s motive is. Ho-chul drops the smile and chugs a glass of beer before declaring that he likes Young-jae.

He also says that it’s a one-sided thing, as if that will lessen the blow. Joon-young is stunned that Ho-chul would say such a thing to someone’s boyfriend, and Ho-chul responds that it’s his way of not being cowardly.

Speechless, Joon-young chugs his own glass of beer. Then, as if trying to one-up each other, they go back and forth with their drinks. Young-jae and Joo-ran watch from afar, with Joo-ran admiring the handsome plastic surgeon.

Young-jae chides her friend for assuming she’s playing the field and defends Joon-young. “If you love him that much,” Joo-ran says, “why aren’t you making up? You just have to apologize first.” Young-jae nods in agreement.

Joo-ran leaves Young-jae alone with the boys, who are totally wasted at this point. Ho-chul rambles on about the health benefits of chili peppers, making Joon-young chomp one down to prove a point.

Young-jae freaks out and asks if he’s okay, to which he slurs that he’s fine. But just seconds later, his face turns red and he passes out right there, lol. They take him to the hospital, where the doctor is shocked that such a reaction came from a pepper.

Joon-young wakes up to Young-jae’s worried face, and he’s embarrassed to learn that he fainted. Ho-chul is there too, though Joon-young ignores him and his diagnosis and turns the other way.

Though Young-jae looks like she has more to say, Joon-young says that he has to leave and walks past her.

It’s a busy day at the station, and a female police officer looks intimidated as she enters the violent crimes unit. This is MIN SE-EUN (Kim Yoon-hye) from the public service unit, and she’s here to see Joon-young.

Se-eun timidly tells Joon-young that she’s here to deliver a hit-and-run case, and she notices that his desk is decorated with neatly-arranged sticky notes and succulents. When she returns to her station, we see that her desk is decorated the same way.

Later, Joon-young tries to catch Young-jae at home, with Soo-jae opening the door before he can ring the bell. Since Young-jae isn’t home yet, Soo-jae treats Joon-young to some soju and asks for advice on his screenplay.

Soo-jae explains that his protagonist “Cop A” didn’t call his girlfriend on her birthday and as a result, she ended up with another man. He looks at Joon-young expectantly, saying that he’s stuck on why the protagonist won’t apologize to his girlfriend.

Joon-young can see where this is leading, but he just downs glass after glass of soju until he’s even drunker than he was last night.

Since it’s nearing the time for Young-jae to come home, Joon-young slurs that he best be on his way. He waves off Soo-jae’s offer to stay and stumbles on out the door.

The next thing he knows, he’s waking up with a killer headache, no memory whatsoever, and right back on Young-jae’s couch. Ha, this is a familiar sight.

Soo-jae wheels over, equally confused as to how Joon-young ended up here again. He offers Joon-young his special coffee, saying that something must’ve happened for Joon-young to want to forget.

As Young-jae is working, she remembers what happened when she got home that night. Joon-young had wobbled out of the apartment, grumbling that he’d never forgive Young-jae. But when he saw her, he immediately cried her name and hugged her.

He said that he wasn’t going to apologize, but he wanted to tell her how much he loves her. He’d been declaring his love so loudly that Young-jae had to bring him inside and get him settled on the couch.

Joon-young mumbled an apology in his sleep, and in return, Young-jae had said, “I’m sorry too. I’m sorry for the mix-up, I’m sorry for not being understanding, and I’m sorry for not apologizing sooner.” Young-jae smiles now at the memory.

At his office, Ho-chul is surprised to get a visit from his ex-wife Eun-soo. She acts casual and friendly, while he still seems pretty awkward in her presence. But the reason she came was to let him know that she’s attending their friend’s wedding with “that person.” She asks if he’s seeing anyone, and he shakily replies that he is. She’s glad to hear that, hoping he can introduce her at the wedding.

Sang-hyun goes shopping with his (sort of) girlfriend, though he reacts badly when she reveals that her parents know about them and want to meet him. When she wanders off, he sighs that he’ll have to break it off. And later, he starts ignoring her calls.

Young-jae and Joo-ran have their students go through a styling test, but one student named Noo-ri ends up failing. Young-jae is strict in lecturing her, saying she’ll have to work hard to compensate for not attending college.

When Young-jae gets home, she finds a gift waiting for her on her bed, with an apology note signed “Your petty boyfriend.” Young-jae opens the late birthday present, a necklace, and sends a bunch of pictures of her modeling it to Joon-young.

Seeing how they then talk on the phone all giggly, I’d say all is forgiven. After hanging up, Young-jae gets another call and answers thinking that it’s Joon-young. But it’s Ho-chul, who correctly guesses that the couple made up.

Even knowing that, Ho-chul asks if she’s free tomorrow. Young-jae tells him that she already has plans, and she also doesn’t want to upset Joon-young any further. Atta girl.

So Ho-chul attends his friend’s wedding alone, bummed over Young-jae’s rejection. But, as it turns out, Young-jae’s plans were business at the wedding. The two bump into each other right before the ex-wife Eun-soo shows up with her new boyfriend.

They all greet each other, Young-jae politely going along with it. Afterwards, Young-jae realizes that Ho-chul had meant to use her to avoid his ex-wife’s pity. He explains that when he’d gotten married, his work got in the way of him being a proper husband. Young-jae understands, and she’s glad to hear that he recognizes his mistakes from the marriage.

They stop to watch a street performer, and Ho-chul says that the song is “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge. He knows the song because Eun-soo had wanted him to sing it at their wedding. He’d been too embarrassed to sing, but he now regrets it. He sits down, and Young-jae follows suit, swaying to the music and clapping along. Ho-chul watches her with a smile.

The next morning, Young-jae wakes up late and panics since today is her big interview with Cosmo Magazine. She gets a call from Joon-young as she hurries to get ready, declining his offer for a ride since the subway is faster.

She rushes out the door, nearly colliding with a guy on a motorbike. It’s Joon-young, who borrowed Officer Lee’s bike to get her in on time. She’s delighted he did this and straps in for the ride.

As they take off, Young-jae holding Joon-young close, she narrates, “I may be nothing, but when I’m with Joon-young, I become a special person. That’s why I’m the happiest person right now.”

They get caught in traffic and notice other motorbikes zigzagging their way through. Young-jae urges him to do the same, but he’s more worried about the possible penalties. He kisses her hand and promises they’ll still be on time.

They finally get to the studio and say their goodbyes and I love you’s, with a few more kisses. Damn, I keep forgetting how freaking cute they can be.

At home, Soo-jae is calling every movie production company he can, asking what they thought about his screenplay. He receives excuse after excuse until one person says that they never got the story. Lighting up with hope, he offers to bring another copy.

Once at the company, the person Soo-jae talked to promises he’ll consider the screenplay. However, Soo-jae notices that there is a copy of the screenplay already on his desk, covered in cup ramen stains. Feeling defeated, Soo-jae takes both copies with him and heads on home.

Young-jae gets all dolled up for her photoshoot, which she quickly learns has a “sexy” concept. She’s feeling pretty awkward in her sexy attire, and it takes her a while to feel comfortable in front of the camera, but she eventually loosens up and starts having fun with it.

Meanwhile, Joon-young is back in his good mood, naturally changing his attitude at the station. His teammates assume that everything’s good in his love life now, though they wonder how long these mood swings will last.

The public service unit joins them at lunch, and Officer Jung notices that both Joon-young and timid Se-eun pour water into their soup to make it less salty. Jung says that marriages are better when the couples have similar tastes, and Officer Gong (who’s been flirting with Se-eun) huffs that it’s no big deal.

Joon-young finds their similar tastes amusing and merely laughs it off, but Se-eun is looking at him in a very admiring way.

Back at the magazine shoot, Young-jae is nearing the end of her interview. The reporter asks her about hair trends, and she responds that she believes in people doing what’s best for them rather than following trends.

The reporter thinks this correlates to dating and asks if she and her boyfriend match each other well. Young-jae laughs that they don’t.

After a long day, Young-jae returns to her dressing room and checks her phone. She finds a string of encouraging texts from Joon-young, making her smile.

Joon-young then calls to ask how today went, and she tells him all about it. They’re both smiling like fools in love as Young-jae once again narrates that she feels more special with Joon-young.

The narration is wistful as she wonders why she wasn’t able to express her gratitude for all of these comfortable, everyday things.

 
COMMENTS

Not gonna lie; I was totally expecting a breakup this episode, followed by a time jump. But I’m more than pleased with the actual outcome. The way Joon-young and Young-jae eventually came to forgive each other felt real and organic. No matter how angry they were, it didn’t change the way they feel about each other. And that simple fact is what helped them take the small steps forward to reconcile.

That last bit of Young-jae’s narration was pretty foreboding, though. I wonder if all of the narration thus far has been from present-day Young-jae and Joon-young, because up until now, I’ve been assuming it was the 2013 versions of them. Even though they were able to patch things up this time around, there’s still this dark cloud over their heads warning them that this won’t last. It could be their friends and everyone else around them saying that similarities keep couples together, or the universe itself providing two perfectly compatible alternatives (Ho-chul and Se-eun). That kind of weight is a lot to handle, even if Young-jae and Joon-young do have confidence in their relationship.

I’m not crazy about the show adding the Se-eun character this late in the game (I guess So-hee is just gone now?), but I do like that she evens things out by making this love triangle a love square. And she seems completely harmless compared to Ho-chul. I don’t think Ho-chul is some evil manipulator, but the way he’s acting still gets under my skin. The wedding invite was clearly about his ex-wife and not Young-jae, which makes me wonder if all of this is actually about the ex-wife and how the divorce affected him. He talked about the mistakes he’d made while married, about the regret he’d felt since then, and it all ended with that last look at Young-jae. Like he was thinking that he wouldn’t let embarrassment, or whatever, stop him from getting the girl. Even if the “whatever” is, ahem, her boyfriend.

On paper, yes, Young-jae and Ho-chul would be a good match and Joon-young and Se-eun would be a good match. But, at the end of the day, the heart wants what it wants. Young-jae and Joon-young aren’t necessarily in love because of how many of their traits match up. They’re in love with each other’s charms, the things that make them special, like her being outspoken and him being a goody-two-shoes. We’ve seen that their charms can annoy each other, but in this episode, we’ve seen that they can, in fact, work things out peacefully. For Joon-young’s sake, I hope this continues, because I don’t know how long he can hold his Beer King title.

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😭😭😭 Where can I watch this drama?

Thank you for the recap @helcat

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Embrace the dark side!

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I'm scared 😩 and so is my pc 😣

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Kdramas have taught us to never be afraid, to be risky and take the leap, to meet your oppa on the other side 😂

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Or as the the former legal-now shut-down supplier of K-dramas site once said, "Seize the Oppatunity!"

#DramaFeverNoMore

All signs and comments are pointing me towards that direction. #At&tTruckof Doom

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Unfortunately it will have to be the not so legal sites.

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I believe this drama is called The Third Charm because it's referring to how JY and YJ's relationship is sort of like a "third charm" of theirs. Like how @helcat mentioned, JY and YJ each have their charms that the other has fallen in love with, but in the end, what makes them stay together is a third charm that wasn't supposed to work out -- their relationship. I hope the drama continues to show how our lovely couple works through their problems with understanding, continuously building up their Third Charm. Because no matter what, they'll always be so in love .

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@sukstan sukbaenim,

I like your interpretation of the title and its significance. ;-)

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I like young jae, no doubt about it;
however, i have this feeling that i'll get attached with se-eun's character in a few days time. Might as well prepare myself for a second lead syndrome.

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Thanks for an excellent recap, @sailorjumun
The show sure showed us!!Here we all were anticipating an angsty breakup and the show goes and reconciles them 😅
Despite their many problems it reminded us that when they work ,they really do shine bright.
Man the inevitable break up is gonna sting even more after the B-roll of the good times.
Kinda thrown by the addition of another female lead,but althings considered,it might make sense for both of them to date people they are theoretically more compatible with.Waiting to see more of Se-eun's personality.
No-chul is still a big no no in my books.Last hour,he was almost taking advantage of YJ's emotional vulnerability to score a non-date.This time he showed disrespect for their relationship by trying to get her to go another date while knowing that it makes her partner uncomfortable.Ugh

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Soo-Jae continues to break my heart.He is such a good oppa and an around decent human being.But he just isn't catching a break.Really hope he ends up writing a popular serial killer movie before the show ends.Hwaiting!!

Speaking of siblings,Ri-won continues to be an unlikely source of wisdom and this time oppa seems to have registered some of her wise words?

Don't really get what Sang Hyun's deal is?He seems to have a decent gf this time around who isn't after his money,but from the looks of it,he is gonna mess that up soon.

Officer Gong and Joo-ran continual quest for love is kinda refreshing.Hope they find what they are looking for soon.

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Se-eun and her potted plants are so cute! I don't think I'll be able to root against her for getting in-between our main couple.

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I know, right! As much as I like Young-jae, I think it'll be good for her to understand some of the hurt Joon-young has felt in regard to Ho-chul, whom I can't stand. He is very handsome, but is slimy for the way he keeps getting in between the main leads. Se-eun, on the other hand, seems like a genuinely nice person.

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I very much agree. It's nice to see a second (er, third?) female lead with a different personality.

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That guy is gonna die of liver disease if he keeps up this extreme drinking habit.

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The Camera pointing at her shoes as the sneakers where kept aside for the high heels for told the next break up....

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I noticed that there seemed to be some importance on the sneakers kept aside. I just wasn't quite sure what it was trying to say. I like your take on it. Young-jae likes to receive attention and is more oriented towards financial success than Joon-young. So, who knows? Maybe it's a sign that she will leave him behind for a more lucrative career or status.

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After the interview she probably got scouted by some international bigwig who made her the offer of her dreams but the catch is it's abroad. Thus the second breakup. Joon Young will probably not want to hold her back from her lifelong dream. Big bro already made a foreboding statement when he sold his coffee truck about love and letting go.

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@ Kelly-k,

Besides the usual "if you give your lover shoes, they'll run away from you" trope, I see additional shoe symbolism. The sneakers are Young-jae's couple shoes. They have no place in a fashion shoot that is work related. I think they also signal just how comfortable Young-jae feels when she is around Joon-young. Her killer heels may be fashionable, but they hurt like hell after a while. Just like a pair of well-broken-in shoes, you never notice just how comfortable a relationship is until you're no longer in it.

Interestingly, in 100 DAYS MY PRINCE last week, Hong-shim tossed the plum blossom shoes that Won-deok had bought for her after she found out that he was the amnesiac Seja, and their relationship was doomed. But then she recalled how he had come back to her from his trip to Hanyang (which she was afraid he would not do), and the first thing he did was kiss her. And later he told her that he would marry her after he met her Orabeoni and got his blessing, and would continue to live his fake identity -- because he wanted to be with her. With that, she looked around in the undergrowth until she found the shoes that he had bought to protect her feet. Every step in them was a reminder of him and how he had come to cherish her.

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SIGH. i still don't know why they are together. Break up grow up and move to the next season, ha.

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The story arc of how similar people will be more compatible reminds me of Ho Rang and Won Seok's relationship in Because this is my First Life😊 They are complete opposites, yes, but their charms and quirks are what made them fall in love with each other and hopefully they'll realize that the 3rd time around? (Because the show is kinda foreshadowing another break-up). With regard to the sneakers, I wasn't sure what that meant but as other beanies have mentioned, YJ might get an opportunity that JY can't handle and they have to separate.. it's sad that they can't work it out in their present state😔 But as this show has been portraying their growth and awareness like any other couple, they need to so some more maturing before they can be together without insecurities or doubts😁

I do feel like the doctor is a bit shady.. they made him like a good rival at the start but as this episode showed, he's not a 2nd male lead syndrome potential😜

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Thank you for recapping, @sailorjumun!

This is probably an unpopular interpretation of plastic surgeon Choi Ho-chul's character and motivations, but here goes nothing:

After listening to the song that his wife asked him to sing at their wedding (which I've posted on my fan wall http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/632090/, and which I had never heard before), I've come to the conclusion that Ho-chul truly regrets the dissolution of their marriage, and in fact still carries a torch for her. I get a sense that he wishes he could have been as independent-minded as Young-jae (i.e., unselfconscious about what other people would think of his singing), and as capable as she is in expressing her love for her jealously insecure boyfriend. What Doc doesn't know is that Young-jae tells everyone else how she feels about Joon-young, but even now often neglects to tell Joon-young himself. I got the impression that Ho-chul would love to get back together with his ex-wife, but now that she is in another relationship, he considers it an impossibility.

When I listened to the lyrics of “Come What May,” I gained a different perspective on Ho-chul's character. He admitted to Young-jae that back then, work was the root cause of the relationship's failure. His wife asked him to publicly declare his love for her in the same way that Joon-young has wanted Young-jae to tell him where he stands and to reassure him. Even now, Ho-chul has practically no social life outside of work, aside from hanging out with Young-jae once in a while. I bet that if Ho-chul thought he had even a snowball's chance in Hell of reconciling with his wife, he would go running.

I do not blame Ho-chul for asking Young-jae to accompany him to a social occasion that would be awkward to attend alone. His desire to avoid being an object of pity echoes Young-jae's identical attitude from back in high school. If anyone could understand his motivation, it would be her.

/rant on

Joon-young has told Young-jae that he needs reassurance that she reciprocates his feelings -- which she STILL fails to do when it matters the most. She still expects him to read her mind. Dang it, she waited until Joon-young was again out cold on her sofa to tell him how she felt, and that really made me angry. He tries so hard at every turn to tell her in word and deed how he feels about her. And she still fails to speak up at crucial times. Okay, maybe she wasn't about to waste her precious breath on speaking to an incoherently drunk person. But he's not just any incoherently drunk person. Has it ever crossed her mind that he's gotten drunk as a skunk because her refusal to communicate in a timely fashion breaks his tender heart? If she doesn't say it so he can hear it, it doesn't count.

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Thank you, Soo-jae Orabeoni, for trying to clue your little sister in as to how men feel, and how they express their feelings. Your own sorrows and role in the family have prevented you from telling her how you really feel, but maybe it's about time she found out. Will we ever see you two having a true heart-to-heart? If she doesn't hear it from you, who else could possibly get through to her?

As for his conversation with Joon-young about his sister's problematic birthday dinner, I loved how Soo-jae broached the subject. His dramaturgical analysis of the situation was nicely done. But he kindly let Joon-young know that he wanted to hear his side of the story. That was sweet.

I felt really bad for aspiring screenwriter Soo-jae. Finding his script used as a trivet covered in food spills was a bummer. I hope that he belongs to a support group of drama writers with whom he can compare notes and commiserate. He would find out that he's not alone, which is an important consideration for a housebound person. Speaking of which, is anyone else feeling uncomfortable that the elevator in his apartment building is still out of order? I know you're not supposed to use an elevator in the event of fire. How the heck would he be able to evacuate?! After his accident, I had assumed that they would move into a ground-floor apartment somewhere. But they didn't. I hope to heck that this is not foreshadowing, dang it!

There seems to be more to Joon-young's buddy Sang-hyun than meets the eye. His reluctance to commit to relationships strikes me as fallout in response to his father's playboy behavior.

As for Officer Se-eun, she reminds me quite a bit of another diffident policewoman, Yoon Na-young of LIFE ON MARS (at least at the beginning of the series). I loved Na-young's quiet competence, and hope that Se-eun has a similar arc. I cracked up when I saw her take a closer look at Joon-young's desk replete with potted plants and neatly-written sticky notes. Who would have thought the intrepid chief of his Violent Crimes team would be such a cream-filled neat freak. Well, he is into law and order in a big way. LOL!

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100% with you on YJ dropping the ball in reassuring JY this time around.You could tell she felt regretful of her mis-steps and was even ownibg upto it,but it's a cop out if the other party isn't awake/lucid enough to hear and acknowledge you,YJ.Her blink-and u-miss I love you when JY comes to her rescue just ain't gonna cut it.
Still not feeling No chul though. I'm all for shooting your shot,but it shouldn't be by disrespecting your crush's current relationship.yeah it is completely human to want to save face in front of ur ex ,but he still shouldn't have asked YJ when he knows she s going through relationship issues that are partly due to him. he also seems to idealize his romantic partners.Didn't he say he fell in love with his wife when she was a cellist but was surprised that she wanted to be a home maker after marriage.And then the relationship soured coz he never had enough time for her.Sounds like those two didn't communicate some basic tenets of marriage before getting hitched.And now he has fallen for another girl who seems cool and independent and is great at her job.Seems like a pattern ,may be.

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At the beginning I thought the romance was rushed and didn't like the show so much. I was about to drop it but now that they are dealing with deeper issues I'm suddenly hooked.
Everything feels so relatable now, I like how they portray the evolution of a relationship. The insecurities, having to choose between professional success and love life, manipulation, unrequited feelings...all this is so relatable, and I'm getting attached to the characters. I also like the main couple, how they are nice people but with flaws that get in the way of their love. I see the next breakup coming and can't wait to see how they will meet for the 3rd time being more mature and able to work out their differences in order to be together. I'm rooting for them, they make a cute couple. 😊

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Thanks for the recap, sailorjumun. That fainting after eating pepper scene was funny. I am really jealous of the way young jae is so comfortable in her skin that she doesn't seem validation from other people. Though this drama feels a little slow because it's mostly character driven, I like that it shows things that a lot of other dramas just gloss over.

I think young jae acknowledges that they are different. I am not sure if joon young realizes it yet. I feel like he is still under blissful ignorance and just doing all the things he thinks a boyfriend ought to do. Does anybody else feel this way?

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"Though Young-jae looks like she has more to say, Joon-young says that he has to leave and walks past her."

Why oh why..?? Sometimes you have to face something that scared you the most. But JY, why you leave her??

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Maybe because he's the one who has always been chasing after her? And it's high time for her to exert herself and make the effort to seek him out instead of relying on him to read her mind. Or maybe he couldn't take it any longer, and had to just stop for the time being. He could have left because he didn't want to say something he would regret. Sorry if I sound a little cranky. Young-jae is in my Kdrama doghouse. ;-)

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Maybe he was just plain in a place where he had too much and nothing more to say. Kind of like how I'm starting to feel about this drama, to be honest.

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"... Young-jae had said, “I’m sorry too. I’m sorry for the mix-up, I’m sorry for not being understanding, and I’m sorry for not apologizing sooner.”

It's not fair, YJ! You have to say it when JY awake.. Umm.. JY, you too!

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Not sure how much longer I'll be watching this drama. After SKJ's turn in AYHT I was really hopeful that his next piece would hold me just as much.

I like Joon-Young. He's flawed and sometimes annoying but I like him as a character even so. Young-Jae not so much. Maybe I'm too harsh on her sometimes purely because she's not the kind of person I get along with. Let me put it this way, because I'm tired and not good with words tonight: I am not an expressive person. I'm bad at small talk because I simply don't care about it, and I'm only good at emoting if I'm angry. But other humans need these things sometimes. They need small talk, or little expressions of emotion, even if it's the tiniest smile. I'm not obligated to do it, but I do it anyway, because I want to function well with others. At the very least, if I verbally communicate something important, I try to make sure to do so when the recipient is conscious *sigh*

Young-Jae's been doing much better, but I still feel like ultimately she and Joon-Young are ships passing in the night. When it's good, it's great. When it's bad, it gets glossed over instead of addressed. They're both guilty of this. I felt like their last blow-up just sort of...dissipated, and they went back to the same-old same-old.

I dislike Ho-Chul more and more. I don't care either way about the second female lead except to roll my eyes at the cliche. Got lots in common with Joon-Young, including career? Check! Will probably express the behaviours and openness he hasn't been getting elsewhere just to really draw the line in the sand? Check!

Why...are second leads even necessary in this drama? Like, these two have enough drama and trouble without any help whatsoever. I would find this so much more interesting if the drama focused in on that with a microscope without resorting to love triangles or squares.

I'd love it if, during the next breakup, the two leads experienced new relationships which helped them both to grow up more. But this drama and jealousy because of second leads who just happen to have qualities that either match well with the main leads or which complement their qualities...it's making these episodes a slog for me. I'm even catching myself skipping through Ho-Chul's scenes because I find him unbearable.

Know what I wanna see more of? Soo-Jae. He's a voice of understanding and reason, and his struggles are painful and real. He's keeping a lot of feelings suppressed and it makes me worry about him so much. I have a bad feeling that his hardships are only just beginning.

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"Why...are second leads even necessary in this drama? Like, these two have enough drama and trouble without any help whatsoever. I would find this so much more interesting if the drama focused in on that with a microscope without resorting to love triangles or squares."

That's the bane of virtually all kdrama IMO. That and because the second leads never actually make much sense. As if one lead and one second lead, totally opposed in every way possible somehow have an identical taste in guys/girls – I'm not talking visual attraction, I'm talking once you scratch surface and start seeing more of that person and getting insight into who they are. But second leads are usually all about "this is the person I picked and even if they get married and have triplets with their soulmate or become serial murderers, nothing is going to change my 'love' for them because I have an inherent right to this person and everyone else is wrong". *massive eyeroll*

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I would love it too, if they experience the new relationship, before they meet again... It's Abit rare in kdrama. Why not right? I doubt they will go there though.

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@ Alex,

I completely agree with you about Soo-jae Orabeoni. We don't know squat about the circumstances of his construction accident. I love the fact that he hits it off so well with Joon-young, and that the relationship is reciprocal. When the romance goes sideways, the guys and their bromance are going to suffer even worse. Unless they get real and decide to remain friends even if it looks as if they'll never be brothers-in-law. That in itself would be a tremendous feat in a Kdrama.

I want to see them both ask -- and answer -- the question, "Who are you to me," and truthfully answer, "My friend who is like a brother to me." Because that's how I'm beginning to see them. They both need male bonding in their lives, especially Joon-young, who has grown up henpecked by Mom and Sis. At least Soo-jae remembers Dad, and worked with older guys who would have been father and uncle figures, so he knows the drill.

As for effective verbal communications (or written ones, in this case), it makes a huge difference when the speaker/writer makes an effort to ensure that the intended recipient actually receives and understands the message. That means clearly expressing complete ideas, and not glossing over anything.

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