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The Third Charm: Episode 8

If there’s one thing that this show stands by, it’s that there is no right or wrong side. There is only his side and her side, our side and their side, and so on. However, these characters are so stuck in their own worlds that they fail to think how the people around them are feeling. Whether it be with our lead couple, the family or the friends, everyone gets a chance to view the other side this episode. The consequences are necessary, but they’re certainly not pretty.

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

Officer Jung and Officer Lee discover that the perpetrator in the recent hit-and-run case is actually an underling to Snakehead, a wanted man for assault and many other crimes.

They try to tell their other teammates, but Joon-young is busy talking to Young-jae on the phone and Officer Gong is busy trying to woo Se-eun with chocolates. Jung sighs that cops obsessed with their girlfriends were only supposed to exist in dramas, lol. He yells at them to focus on the matter at hand.

They interrogate the underling for information, but he’s hesitant to speak. Sensing that the guy is loyal to his boss, Joon-young goes for mind games instead. He tells the underling to really consider what would be best for his boss in this situation.

Officer Gong later complains that Joon-young is playing it too nice when they should be more threatening. Either way, considering how scared the underling was, it seems like Snakehead’s case will be a lot to handle.

Afterwards, Joon-young meets up with Young-jae to eat one of her favorite foods, spicy chicken feet. She’s happy to finally be able to do this with him, and he’s happy to oblige, though he still has to rinse the spice off. They spend the rest of their time chatting and holding hands like the good ol’ days.

Sang-hyun hangs out with a different woman, and when they drive back, they’re stopped by his last girlfriend Soo-ah. He reluctantly gets out to talk to her and learns that she’s upset that he hasn’t been answering her calls.

In that charming tone of his, Sang-hyun says that she’s too sincere when it comes to dating. He then says that she’s a great girl who’s sure to find a great guy, but he’s not that guy. So he returns to his car and drives off with his new girlfriend, leaving Soo-ah crying in the street.

The magazine issue with Young-jae’s interview comes out, and everyone at the salon admires her modelling skills. However, when Joon-young gets ahold of the issue, he’s overcome with shock. His teammates snatch the magazine from him and, to his horror, gawk at his girlfriend’s sexy photos.

Joon-young calls Young-jae right away, asking how she could go along with that kind of concept. She thinks he’s just being his usual sensitive self, making him blurt out that it might as well have been a porn shoot. Ack! Not good, sir.

He slaps a hand over his mouth, realizing what he said, but it’s too late. Young-jae hangs up, annoyed.

To cool off, she goes to her favorite ddeokbokki place. She notices Ho-chul sitting inside, smiling at his phone, and she peeks over his shoulder to see the pictures from her photoshoot. “What are you doing?” she asks, making him jump.

Young-jae reveals that Joon-young thought the pictures were too racy, and Ho-chul assures her that she totally killed it. Beaming, she buys him coffee for making her day. She also thanks him for the talk about regretting opportunities; if it weren’t for him, she might’ve never done the shoot.

While working on his script, Soo-jae hears someone at the door. It takes him a while to answer, so he misses the delivery person who’d left a sack of rice. He struggles to get the sack onto his lap, but persists until he’s able to bring it inside. Young-jae then calls to let him know about the delivery, and when he tells her he already got it, she chides him for straining himself.

She ends the call, and Soo-jae just sits there as he tries to hold his tears back. He wheels himself into the bathroom to wash off, showing more emotional strain than physical this time.

Joo-ran is still seeing Pretty Boy (whose name is Chul-nam) and readies for their date at her apartment. She greets him happily when he arrives, though her enthusiasm sinks when she sees that he’s brought his pup Princess.

After they have dinner, Joo-ran and Chul-nam get comfy on the couch and start making out. Naturally, Princess starts getting upset, so Joo-ran rushes Chul-nam to the bedroom (but not without sticking her tongue out at the dog).

To drown out Princess’s cries, Joo-ran blasts loud hip-hop music, which Chul-nam strangely likes. They continue kissing as Princess whines on the other side of the door. This has to be the weirdest love triangle ever, but I’m kind of digging it.

Joon-young comes home to find Dad lying on the couch, and he seeks Mom to figure out what happened. She tells him that Dad got jealous when she sang karaoke with another teacher.

Joon-young pouts and says that Dad’s feelings were just hurt and the reason behind that isn’t something she can decide. She looks at him incredulously and replies, “Please stop taking after your dad.” Hahaha.

Joon-young goes out to join Dad, luring him off the couch with some ramen. He asks Dad if seeing Mom with other men still bothers him, to which Dad replies that it does. At that, Joon-young wonders why he had to take after Dad so much.

At Young-jae’s, she’s patching up Soo-jae’s sore shoulders as he looks through her magazine issue. She’s surprised when big bro has the same reaction as Joon-young; it makes her reconsider Joon-young’s point of view.

The following day, Young-jae gets ready to deliver lunch to Joon-young, though Joo-ran doesn’t understand why she still puts up with him. Young-jae insists that his jealous and nitpicky ways are his charm.

She surprises Joon-young at the station with pizza, but he and his team are already on their way out with a lead on their case. Still, they’re more than happy to accept the food. Young-jae cutely tells Joon-young that she missed him, and he kisses her hand in return.

Joon-young’s team visit a delivery girl who’s attended to Snakehead and his gang at a pool hall. However, the team won’t be able to sneak in since they’re recognizable. With no other choice, they recruit Se-eun to pose as a delivery girl and confirm Snakehead’s identity.

Later, the officers surround the pool hall to cover Se-eun. Before the operation begins, Joon-young calls Young-jae and admits that he’s a little nervous. To calm him down, she brings up something she’d never told him: her lost sketchbook.

She’d known that only he could’ve mailed it to her. And considering how he’d returned that along with her backpack and hairstyling products years ago, he’s always finding the precious things she’s lost. “So don’t get hurt,” she concludes. “If I lose something again, you have to find it for me.” Joon-young smiles ear-to-ear and says that he loves her before hanging up.

Joon-young then explains the plan to Se-eun, giving her pepper spray and a pair of handcuffs just in case. Since she’s still a newbie, Joon-young takes her hand and shows her how to use the cuffs. Officer Gong takes her other hand and swears that he’ll sacrifice his life for her if the situation calls for it. Knowing the officers have her back, Se-eun cautiously enters the pool hall.

Once inside, Se-eun is greeted by an underling, who then guides her to a back room so she can deliver coffee to the boss. She starts shaking as she realizes that it is indeed Snakehead.

She quickly serves his coffee and excuses herself to the bathroom. Hiding out in a stall, she calls Joon-young and confirms that they have the right guy. He tells her to stay where she is until his team make the arrest.

Taking a deep breath, Se-eun hangs up and exits the stall. Someone slams the door shut behind her and she whirls around to face a very annoyed Snakehead. He corners her, saying the bitter coffee gave away that she was a cop.

The other police officers burst into the pool hall, demanding to know where the boss is. They push past a few underlings until the struggle turns into a full on brawl.

Snakehead is still in the bathroom, threatening Se-eun with a broken toothbrush, when he hears the commotion outside. He then drags her out of there and heads for the exit.

Joon-young sees Snakehead trying to escape with Se-eun and chases after them. He stops them on the staircase and seeing the sharp tool by Se-eun’s neck, he tries to reason with Snakehead.

It gives Se-eun enough time to reach into her purse, whip out her pepper spray and get Snakehead right in the eyes. He lurches back, releasing her and making her lose her footing.

Joon-young passes Snakehead escaping out the back door to grab Se-eun. They go tumbling down the stairs, Joon-young taking most of the blow. Se-eun then panics to see that he’s bleeding and unconscious.

They’re taken to a hospital, Joon-young with a concussion and Se-eun with a hurt ankle. Joon-young ends up getting more visitors than he could care for, his teammates and parents showering him with food.

Everyone eventually leaves, and he thinks it’s finally safe to rest until Sang-hyun and Ri-won make an entrance. He lies in his bed, growing more and more irritated as Ri-won makes snarky comments and Sang-hyun flirts with his nurse. He has to walk them out to make them leave.

At home, Young-jae is reviewing Soo-jae’s screenplay when she gets a call from Ho-chul. She hesitates but answers anyway, agreeing to meet with him. As she makes her way outside, she recalls all the times Ho-chul hinted at his crush on her and wonders how she should approach rejecting him. “I should end this now,” she thinks.

She finds Ho-chul outside sitting behind a mike and asks what he’s doing. Seeing her, he clears his throat and eases into the song “Come What May.” A crowd gathers around Young-jae, but Ho-chul only has eyes for her. She watches him sing the entire song, looking conflicted.

Sang-hyun is admiring another woman at the bar, and Ri-won warns him that he’s going to get himself hurt one day. And, like clockwork, a burly man comes into the bar demanding for Sang-hyun. The man punches him to the ground, confusing the heck out of him. He’s struggling to get away from the guy when Soo-ah runs in and tells her brother to stop.

Soo-ah sits Sang-hyun down and apologizes. She admits that the day he dumped her, she was stressed and took a bunch of sleeping pills. Her brother took it the wrong way and decided to take his anger out here. Sang-hyun is shocked as she promises to compensate for the damages and leaves.

Sang-hyun doesn’t understand why Soo-ah was so heartbroken; all his other breakups went smoothly. Ri-won stops her cleaning and demands for his phone, calling several of his exes so they can take a listen. They’re either raging mad or terribly depressed, which Sang-hyun didn’t expect at all.

“We can get compensated for what can be compensated,” Ri-won states. “But a person’s heart isn’t like that. Once it’s ruined, it’s hard to recover from.” She thinks Sang-hyun is totally in the wrong, but this is just the way he is. She stops talking when she realizes that he’s crying, and she pats him on the shoulder in comfort.

After Ho-chul’s surprise performance, Young-jae congratulates him for being able to sing the song for himself. However, he tells her that he had practiced really hard to sing it for her. She doesn’t get the chance to answer because her phone rings. Ho-chul knowingly leaves her alone to take the call.

Joon-young reveals that he’s been hospitalized and though he insists that he’s not badly hurt, Young-jae is filled with worry. She gets into a cab to see him, and she suddenly remembers every sweet thing Joon-young has said and done for her.

At the hospital, someone walks into Joon-young’s room as he’s dozing off. He smiles, assuming it’s Young-jae, only to sit up when he sees that it’s Se-eun on crutches. She wants to apologize for getting him injured, but he, of course, doesn’t blame her.

The two go up to the rooftop to share some peaches, and they agree that white peaches are better than the yellow ones. They also discover that they have many other similar traits like their hatred for spicy food.

Young-jae reaches the hospital but finds Joon-young’s bed empty. She goes through the halls looking for him, finally locating him on the roof. She stops by the entrance, taken aback by seeing him with another woman.

Joon-young and Se-eun get up to leave, but Se-eun’s foot gives out. Joon-young kneels down to examine it, Young-jae watching from afar the whole time.

 
COMMENTS

This could get real repetitive real fast. The way I see it, the reversal at the end can go one of two ways: it could backtrack to episode 4 and get us on that roller coaster of jealousy again, or it could initiate what I think could be potential character growth. I sense (or at least hope) that it will be the latter since it looked like Young-jae was in the middle of a breakthrough. It’s possible that she’s gotten so used to Joon-young and the way he cares for her that she’s been desensitized to it all. If she loses something, it’s natural for him to find it. If she has a hard day, it’s natural for him to make it better. And it’s only now occurring to her much of an imbalance that puts on their relationship.

At the same time, Joon-young got to take a good hard look on what his future with Young-jae could be. His parents are pretty much the older versions of him and Young-jae, and though they’re in a committed marriage, they still exhibit problems that younger couples endure. Basically, Mom is queen and Dad is seriously whipped. If things haven’t changed for them, things may never change for our lead couple. The thought did scare him a bit, as it should, but he also recognizes that his parents are still together for a reason.

It could be tempting to have two other suitors that match them perfectly, but Young-jae and Joon-young have shown nothing but disinterest so far. They’re more interested in Ho-chul and Se-eun as friends, as equals that they can occasionally relate to. Now that I think about it, they could really use a Ho-chul and a Se-eun in their lives. They shouldn’t have to think that their significant other is the only one they can do things with. In fact, that’s what friends are for—to do the things and say the things that significant others may not be able to. This would be great if Ho-chul and Se-eun didn’t have obvious feelings involved.

The other storylines are shaping up nicely as well. Joo-ran’s husband hunt was juvenile and, frankly, pitiful to watch for a while, but the addition of Chul-nam and his other half Princess is actually pretty hilarious. I’d like to see the more dramatic side of this, though, since it’s been solely comedic up until now. She’s said before that she’s desperate for a husband because she wants to have a baby, which tells me that she’s dealing with a lot of loneliness. Then there’s Sang-hyun, another person dealing with loneliness in a completely different way. He’d been annoying me lately (he was so sweet in the college flashbacks), so I’m glad that Ri-won gave him a big wakeup call. I think Sang-hyun and a number of other characters need to realize that carrying someone’s feelings in their hands also means protecting them.

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I'm getting a little bored with this show, but I've decided to stick with it and give it the benefit of the doubt.
Hopefully the last "try" when they meet again (assuming that they will break up and meet again once more, right?) will win me over a little more.
I still enjoy both of their acting and the chemistry between them, but the problems in their relationship, although realistic, are starting to frustrate me and bore me. JY is still immature, overly jealous and petty (though the fact that he has realised this is a good sign), and YJ continues to take JY and his feelings for granted. You're right that she's gotten so used to his attention that she no longer appreciates him, which isn't fair, even if he isn't in the right either. And then the big thing - they don't talk to each other about any of this, or anything else really, like adults and it annoys me so much.
They have to grow up soon if I'm going to keep with this show until the end.

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Min Woo Hyuk.. where have you been? Hahaha.. Pardon me. I always falling in love with actor who can sing. So happy that finally he (I mean Ho-Chul) can express his feeling through singing, eventhough to not so right person for me. He should sing Come What May to his previous (now ex) wife, right?
YJ, remember.. You have to tell him what you want to say. Don't get swoon by his voice. Just me is enough.
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Thank you for the recap @sailorjumun! :)

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I found joon young's family quirks interesting in the beginning. But, now I feel like they need to show this guy more love. His dad would sulk if mom stays with her injured son, that's a little too much. The sister's dynamics with sang hyun is great but with joon young, I am not sure. Maybe saying "come back soon so that you can cook for mom and dad" is her way of saying "get well soon". Either way I think joon young requires someone who wouldn't mind showing him some explicit love right now. The way he does for young jae.

But, that phone conversation before catching snakehead was wonderful! These conversations make me root for them more rather than cheesy ones. Also, soo jae deserves the best arc that there is!

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Part 1 of 2

Thanks for your recap and commentary, @sailorjumun. I laughed my butt off at the catfight between Joo-ran and the Princess of Pomerania. Especially when Joo-ran stuck her tongue out at her rival.

Prediction: The little diva ankle-biter is going to ravish every pair of shoes within reach while Daddy is canoodling with his two-legged girlfriend. And that may not be all. The entire apartment is fair game. It reminds me of an editorial comment one of my girlfriend's cats made after a new beau (who turned out to be a cad) stayed over for the first time. Said feline peed all over the pillow he had used. Animals tell it like it is, although Gongju is too darned possessive for her fluffy little britches.

I love the parallel between the Princess of Pomerania and Joon-young when he blurts out his reaction to Young-jae's photo spread in Cosmopolitan, making it sound like a Playboy centerfold. I love it even more that Orabeoni has the same reaction, although he phrases it more diplomatically. Hallelujah! Finally the Heavens send Mr. Picky some backup. All his life, women have been belittling and ignoring him. But when Orabeoni speaks, even Young-jae listens. Finally Joon-young gets a word in edge-wise. I don't care if he goes overboard. Maybe that's the kind of bombshell he has to drop to even get heard, although absolutely no forethought was involved in this case. LOL!

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Part 2 of 2

Further proof that Joon-young is not alone in his opinion: http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/633127/

Thoughts on Ho-chul from ep. 7, posted late:
http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/10/the-third-charm-episode-7/#comment-3327348

I got a bit carried away in What We're Watching, which includes ep. 8 developments. I posted my update so late that it did not let too many cats out of the bag, I hope. ;-)
http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/10/team-dramabeans-what-were-watching-126/#comment-3326907

You know, just as I was beginning to warm up to Young-jae, she goes and does it again. She waits until Joon-young calls just before going on his raid, and only then finally admits after lo these many years that she knew all along that he's the one who retrieved her lost hair design portfolio from the subway and anonymously had it delivered to her. Not to mention his returning her backpack of hair styling utensils, which we never saw her thank him for doing before telling him to get lost. She has the nerve to tell him not to get hurt – otherwise who will find her lost stuff for her? She makes him sound like her very own private St. Anthony, patron saint of finding lost objects. Grrrr! And Joon-young is sappy enough to take it as a compliment. Please get a life, dude.

The whole scene angered me yet again on his behalf. She has never thanked him for saving her sorry butt, nor for various other thoughtful things he has gone out of his way to do for her. She must be a geologist, the way she takes him for granite.

It peeved me even more when he ate the darned chicken feet (albeit with the hot sauce washed off) with her. She gets to live her mealtime fantasies, but what about him? He's been Mr. Accommodating for so long that I wonder if he truly knows his own likes and dislikes. I recall only too well how she shot down every one of the activities he had planned back when he was in college. It was her way or the highway, and I think that she really has not changed very much. Neither has he. They've merely reached a different equilibrium, which could be knocked into a cocked hat at a moment's notice when the shoe is on the other foot in another work-related meltdown. I agree with our intrepid recapper that his parents' lopsided marriage looks like the Ghost of Relationship Future if Joon-young and Young-jae don't make significant changes in their individual and collective behaviors and attitudes.

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I kinda like the song in last scene in epi 8.the hip hop kind . when she sees kang joon his bf with another girl. Do anyone knows its title.??

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I know what you're talking about. It sounds amazing and I keep replaying that 20 seconds just to hear it. It'll come out soon I hope, *fingers crossed*

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I'm sorry but I'm not a fan of Ho Chul because he is somehow flirting with Young Jae knowing that she has a boyfriend😳 I don't know what YJ is thinking when he saw JY with another girl but I hope it's enlightenment and awareness of what JY feels when she's with Ho Chul!

I feel like it has the same pattern in Because this is my First Life where they will both realize that despite their differences, they really love each other enough to stay together😊 Just as Ho Rang became more humbled and was okay in living with Won Seok's parents house, maybe YJ will step up more in their relationship.

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I guess we shall see what happens, the back & forth is a bit tedious for me. I know I said this in last episodes recap, but please break up and grow up.

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I've only been reading the recaps and not watching the drama itself. I'm simply waiting for a breakup.

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Just based on what we know about Se-eun, she would be an ideal match for JY. The same can’t be said for Ho-chul and YJ, and that’s what made JY’s jealousy frustrating more than anything: there’s nothing there. As we circle to YJ, her fear and jealousy will be stronger, because it’s rooted in some truth.

It’s been stated numerous times how opposite YJ and JY are, but until Se-eun, there hasn’t been actual foil to unpack that statement. YJ hasn’t had a reason to question herself in relation to compatibility with JY. With Se-eun in the picture, I think we’ll get into how there has to be more than love to sustain a relationship. It’s a foundation, not all there is.

It always surprises me when the repetitive comment comes up. Just because we’ve seen an emotion displayed once doesn’t mean it is the definitive expression of said emotion. How YJ expresses jealousy will be different to JY. Their reactions will be different. And the result will be different.

As Third Charm progresses, I am reminded of my Kdrama first, My Name Is Kim Sam Soon. I couldn’t believe it would take 24 episodes to tell a romantic coming-of-age/existential 30s story, but I ended up mainlining MNIKSS in 24 hours. It’s dramas like that, and like this, that are our best examinations of connection, intimacy, and living. I appreciate it.

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I have decided that I would much prefer to see a thriller/horror where SKJ is the cop lead. The scenes where he plays cop and gets in on the action are the scenes where I finally start to come out of my coma. Actually, who else thinks he'd make a fantastic bad guy? Someone please deliver me an SKJ psychopath drama pronto.

This story has lost a lot of my attention span. I skip through Sang-Hyun, Joo-Ran and Ho-Chul's scenes and find that I lost nothing of value when I look over these recaps later. Oops.

Joon-Young's moment with his parents was bittersweet. To me, they seem like a couple hovering on the edge of misery and instability. Their relationship does not seem equal to me at all, and if they're meant to represent the future of Joon-Young and Young-Jae, I can't say I look forward to that future.

Soo-Jae continues to be my favourite. I'm really, really worried about him. That ominous elevator being out of order, his struggles and his silent suffering. He's a voice of reason to the main leads, and has the potential to be the best masculine influence in Joon-Young's life, but I don't think he realises the value that he has anymore.

There's something really deeply broken about Soo-Jae, and while he's doing his best, there are scenes - like him lifting the delivery in with great effort - that make me feel like I'm watching him slowly drowning. It's a disturbing, voyeuristic feeling that chills me. I really hope it's just my empathy and not me picking up on some subtle foreshadowing that the worst is still to come.

While the scenes he still has with Young-Jae are sweet, they don't have the same touching and warm dynamic that they had in the first two episodes. Their relationship has definitely changed on some level, and for me that's the real interest and tragedy outside of Joon-Young's cop moments.

Please, please don't let anything bad happen to Soo-Jae, writers! He's suffered enough, and he's got such a great heart. He deserves so much more.

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Yess. I love Soo Jae's scene also. It's truly real and heartbreaking. His story seems to me is depiction of reality when someone facing disability. I just can't help but teat up.

And ditto I suddenly wake up when they Are doing stakeout. Lmaooo. Kang Jun will be deliver in a bad guy roles... Didn't expect he can be manly and charismatic in a action scene. .

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I KEEP SAYING THAT! His face is just way too suitable for a bad guy! I want that more than him being a main character. A murderous psychopath! A vampire! A Grim Reaper! Anything! Gimme!

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ASkskshgsdgllgf a vampire. I'm usually more for werewolf stories but SKJ as a vampire would give me new lease on life. He'd probably be a great grim reaper too, but Lee Dong Wook set the bar pretty high :p

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SKJ did play a greyish guy(atleast initially) in Cheese in the Trap and it was a good look on him.Ofc the drama turned into a hot mess before that went anywhere 😬 but totally would watch him taking on a darker role.

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CITT was my first SKJ experience! I found him not a bad guy at all, I actually thought he was a great guy in it, but he'd made terrible decisions whilst trying to distance himself from Jung's family which included getting involved with some of the wrong people.

I guess my biggest complaint about him was that he could be immature and impulsive, but I don't consider those to be end-of-the-world traits and still liked him far more than Jung himself, though it's debatable on whether In-Ho and Seol would have lasted if she'd chosen him.

I found him to be more grey in Cunning Single Lady/Sly and Single. He turned from puppy dog to viper because he couldn't take no for an answer, which I guess was meant to make him look enamoured and persuasive but instead made him come across like a pushy stalker.

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Oh I completely forgot he was in sly and single.Did drop that around 10-11ep mark so I have only seen his puppy love there.
CITT is his only role that actually seemed to have registered with me.I preferred him over the main guy too although they both were dragging down Sell in my opinion.I remember his turn in CITT being mysterious initially (or am I confusing it with some other show) but then being softened by Devil's friendship.Weren't we supposed to doubt his intentions with the lead guy's family for the first few episodes🤔

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Meant to write 'Seol'-not sell and surely not devil. 😌

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I don't blame you for dropping it - I only watched to the end because it was like trainwreck viewing re: SKJ's character. I didn't like either of the main leads.

YES! I felt both of them were issues for Seol, even though I preferred In-Ho more. I felt like Seol, being super responsible and suffering under the weight of others, might have easily become too responsible for In-Ho, who was too hands-off in many areas of his life (e.g. his handling of his sister, where he'd prefer to let her wheedle money from him and then he'd blame Jung instead of realising that his sister is a professional leech).

In-Ho was mysterious at first and I think they managed to present him as a homeless thug type for the first two episodes. But when he met up with Jung in episode 2, the teary-eyed conversation painted him as Jung's victim very quickly, which went a long way to making In-Ho more sympathetic and Jung look even worse.

Honestly, I'd love to know someone like In-Ho but only as a loyal friend. I feel like a lot of the ways in which he looked good as a SL love interest were because he was contrasted with Jung, who looked creepy. I prefer him to Jung, but I'm not sure he would have been 'better' for Seol.

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Well... He was a bad guy as human Nam Shin in AYHT. In conclusion he is a jerk lmaooo

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Ah so we all agree-Bring on the 'bad' SKJ 😉.

If this drama turns tedious may be we can have an amnesia plot where JY turns dark with an inexplicable vengeance for hair dressers and plastic surgeons!

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He was so complicated as human!Nam Sin - SKJ really did an incredible job in that drama. I never hated h!NS so much as felt sorry for him, even while wanting him to get a face full of karma. He's a prime example of how abuse goes in cycles, and I found him really sad and compelling even while desperately wanting him to do some jail time for strangling people.

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I've said this before that I'm not watching the drama, just keeping tabs on the recaps. But I like the look of this episode. Soo Jae is turning into my favorite (and most pitiful) character. But what happened to his girlfriend? I was hoping for a beautiful marriage :(
JY and YJ's romance bores me with is why I'm not watching it. But I really like how YJ is slowly waking up. JY? Not quite yet it seems.
It's interesting how Sang Chul just assumes that his girlfriends are fine after his breakups. I got angry but then yeah. He needs to learn that people can't just be thrown away like that. (This is partly why I do not like the concept of dating and will never do so; willy nilly breakups and heartaches)
Okay... I should get back to studying.

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Thanks for another insightful recap, @sailorjumun Your intro sums up what I feel about this drama.Super glad it is taking it's time while presenting both sides of the story.Ofc I can see how this could quickly turn tedious but so far I am enjoying their thoughtful treatment.
Highlights
*Joo-ran's quest for love is certainly veering into bizare avenues but out of all the love connections,this is quickly becoming the triangle I am anxious for 😁
*Soo Jae's journey is fascinating and I hope the show continues to look unflinchingly at how disabilities affect self and how we interact with our near and dear ones.
*YJ's moment of reckoning is coming soon.It was good to have her constantly acknowledge to herself how JY makes her feel special and then suddenly be faced with her JY being sweet with someone else.Will it trigger her fight and flight response or will she actually stand and finally work for her relationship🤔
*Lastly the best moment of the show so far-😍Cheesy egg ramyun😍.how long has this been a thing and how am I only now waking upto it now.

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"YJ's moment of reckoning is coming soon.It was good to have her constantly acknowledge to herself how JY makes her feel special and then suddenly be faced with her JY being sweet with someone else"

I wonder if this is something the show might address. I don't think Joon-Young spends enough time around both Young-Jae and other women (their groups seem pretty separate and he hasn't spent a lot of on-screen time around her friends or co-workers) for her to see how he treats others. Maybe she got this sense that his kindness was 'all for her' and is now seeing that it's literally who he is. Would she feel like the relationship is less special to her now? What a horrible thought.

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What Young Jae witnessed at the hospital is a replay of what Joon Young witnessed at the fashion show. Now that she has put herself in his shoes, perhaps she would be more understanding of how Joon Young felt at that time. And hopefully, her being at the receiving end will also help her put aside her jealousy and take the whole situation lightly. Am I making sense?

However on another note, she mentioned that the care and concern Joon Young showers her makes her feel special. Would she now feel un-special because it seems he shows the same attention to others as well?

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"She’s said before that she’s desperate for a husband because she wants to have a baby, which tells me that she’s dealing with a lot of loneliness." This is an interesting bit of insight. Thanks!

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