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Fluttering Alert: Episode 1

The new rom-com on the block, Fluttering Alert, opens with a breezy and lighthearted introduction to our naïve heroine and our jaded hero who are at odds when it comes to love. We learn more about our leads individually and why they view love from such opposite perspectives. Our soon-to-be contract dating partners could not be more different from each other, but that clash promises an entertaining illustration of their potential for love.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

Renowned actress YOON YOO-JUNG (Yoon Eun-hye) tearfully accepts the best actress award at an international film festival, and fans eagerly await her arrival at the airport. A man in sunglasses, who we’ll later know as CHA WOO-HYUN (Chun Jung-myung), passes by Yoo-jung and her supposed boyfriend as they’re being photographed covertly by a paparazzo.

Woo-hyun pushes through the cheering crowd of fans upon exiting the gate, where his mother is waiting with flowers to congratulate him for his award. As she admires her son’s award, Woo-hyun asks about her fifth honeymoon, and Mom says that it was wonderful. He hopes that this is her last marriage and notes that her new husband is only nine years older than him.

Mom belatedly realizes the age gap between her husband and son compared to her twelve-year age gap with her husband, and she explains that it’s because she had Woo-hyun when she was 21. Woo-hyun asks if she regrets having him, and Mom assures him that he’s the best thing that’s happened to her.

Mom hands Woo-hyun a change of clothes to return to work at the hospital, and Woo-hyun suspects that she brought the change of clothes to make him go on a blind date again. He warns Mom that he won’t see her again if she sets up another blind date.

Superstar actress Yoo-jung hugs her supposed boyfriend and throws him finger hearts before jumping into her van to lounge. Her manager and agency CEO, HAN JAE-KYUNG (Han Go-eun), scolds her unattractive lounging posture and suspects that Yoo-jung is dating her costar, Hwang Jae-min.

Jae-kyung warns Yoo-jung about the rumors about Jae-min — a chaebol heir who bought his way into the industry and seduces rich women for their money. Yoo-jung insists that they’re false rumors and unconvincingly agrees to stay away from Jae-min.

Lo and behold, Jae-min smooches another woman, who gifts him with a fancy car for his birthday. The woman, Representative Lee, recognizes her dermatologist Woo-hyun in the parking garage and introduces Jae-min as her boyfriend. Woo-hyun’s mom recognizes him as a celebrity, and Woo-hyun recognizes him from the airport flirting with Yoo-jung. But Woo-hyun turns a blind eye and reminds Representative Lee of their appointment later that day.

In the van, Yoo-jung complains that Jae-kyung is a helicopter manager, still checking her phone and spying on her through staff. Jae-kyung claims that her strictness allowed Yoo-jung to become a first-love icon without a single scandal, but Yoo-jung argues that she needs dating experience to be a rom-com queen. Jae-kyung remains resolute in her disapproval of Jae-min, much to Yoo-jung’s annoyance.

As Mom drives Woo-hyun to work, she suggests that he find someone he’s interested in among his patients. Woo-hyun refuses to meet his patients outside of work, but Mom insists that he find someone and allow his father to support him.

Woo-hyun’s expression turns cold and says that he has no father. Despite Mom’s forgiveness of the extenuating circumstances, he doesn’t understand his father’s sudden appearance in his life after thirty years. Mom changes the subject to her moving day, and Woo-hyun nags her about not checking the house in person yet. Woo-hyun offers to check the house himself later that day.

As Mom drops off Woo-hyun, she tells him that she referred a VIP patient to him and tells him to treat her well. Woo-hyun has plenty of VIP clients and asks Mom not to refer any patients in the future. As he enters the building, Woo-hyun glances at the fire extinguishers.

The VIP patient is hotel executive Kang Hye-joo, and she introduces herself to Woo-hyun as his blind date. Woo-hyun notes that she must be in a rush to get married, but she clarifies that she needs to marry Woo-hyun. Their conversation is interrupted by an urgent patient, who spilled boiling water on her leg, and Woo-hyun orders his appointments to be pushed back to treat this patient.

VIP Patient is pissed that Woo-hyun would disregard her, and she demands to meet up the next day. As Woo-hyun escorts the injured patient to his treatment room, he tells VIP to not waste her time and suggests that she look for someone else.

Woo-hyun treats the burn injury and orders the nurse to hospitalize the student for the day. The student patient worries about the hospital bill, but Woo-hyun assures her that he’ll give her a big student discount. Woo-hyun says that the quick treatment of the minor burn will ensure good results, but the student worries about burn scars impeding her dream of becoming an actress.

Woo-hyun shows the student his leg and points to his arm and face to prove that his burn scars have faded away. He assures her of his skills to treat her burn and asks who her favorite actress is. The student tells him that it’s Yoon Yoo-jung.

As Jae-kyung massages Yoo-jung’s fatigued shoulders from her busy schedule, Yoo-jung jerks away in pain. Jae-kyung finds injuries on her shoulder, and Yoo-jung says that it must be from her wire action scene. Jae-kyung books an appointment at the hospital and suggests that Yoo-jung get some skin care treatment while she’s there.

Other clients take photos of Yoo-jung in the lobby of the dermatology office, and the receptionist offers a special discount for her. They refuse the discount, and Yoo-jung overhears the receptionist then demand full payment from the burn patient’s mother, who asks to run home for her wallet.

Yoo-jung offers to pay, and the mother recognizes Yoo-jung as her daughter’s favorite actress. Though she appreciates Yoo-jung’s generosity, the mother insists on paying for her daughter’s hospital fees and heads home to retrieve her wallet. Despite the mother’s insistence, Yoo-jung pays for the student’s bill anyway.

When Woo-hyun tries to pay the student’s bill, the receptionist explains that Yoo-jung already paid. He doesn’t recognize Yoo-jung, and the receptionist shows him the news of her award. He seems grateful for her random act of kindness.

As Yoo-jung heads to her appointment, she overhears two clients gossiping about her. They mock the claims that she has no dating experience and discuss the rumors that her costars dump her after a month because they get sick of her. Yoo-jung just barely stops herself from interrupting the conversation.

After Yoo-jung receives treatment on her shoulder, she reflects on her dating experience — all of which lasted less than 100 days. Her disappointment quickly dissipates at a message from Jae-min asking to meet that night. She anticipates a celebration of their 100 days of dating and revels in this relationship with her perfect match.

Yoo-jung overhears an argument between Woo-hyun and his colleague about the chances of a patient’s melanoma. Woo-hyun eventually wins over his colleague by risking his career on the need for cancer testing before further laser treatment, and Yoo-jung likes his conviction. Before she leaves, Yoo-jung books an appointment with Woo-hyun and leaves to giddily answer a call from Jae-min.

Over wine, Yoo-jung tells Jae-min about her wish to announce their marriage in celebration of their 100 days of dating, and Jae-min chokes on his wine. Yoo-jung pretends she was joking and suggests that they disclose their relationship instead.

Jae-min tries to convince Yoo-jung that her top star status will suffer, but Yoo-jung expresses her desire to marry quickly and have a family, since her mother died early. Knowing this, Jae-min can’t get himself to tell Yoo-jung the truth and pretends to accept Yoo-jung’s affection.

At home, Mom scolds Woo-hyun for ruining the blind date with the VIP patient. She suggests that Woo-hyun marry the VIP patient and go to his father, but Woo-hyun rejects the existence of a father whether on paper or in his heart. He refuses to enjoy President Cha’s luxuries and despises the idea of being among cruel and foul people.

Mom pleads for Woo-hyun to follow her wish to allow her to live at ease, but Woo-hyun derides that — Mom never ceased to live as she wished because of him. Mom wants Woo-hyun to live and love with his father’s money and power, and Woo-hyun can’t understand Mom’s insistence on love, considering all the pain she endured as a result.

Despite the pain, Mom claims that love never failed to make her heart flutter and says that you only age when your heart doesn’t flutter. She asks that he meet VIP Patient a few times, but Woo-hyun ignores her request and asks for the moving documents to check on the house. Woo-hyun suspects that Mom wants him to meet VIP Patient because she’s somehow linked to President Cha, and Mom sheepishly denies this.

As two paparazzi set up their cameras pointed at Jae-min’s apartment, Yoo-jung gives Jae-min her gift in celebration of their 100 day anniversary. He looks visibly disappointed when he finds a watch in the box, though he pretends to like it. Jae-min compares the car keys to the watch, and it seems clear what he values more. They’re interrupted by the doorbell, and Yoo-jung runs into hiding.

Jae-min opens the door for Woo-hyun, who’s come to check out the apartment, and it seems that Woo-hyun recognizes him. As Jae-min shows Woo-hyun the apartment, Yoo-jung hides behind the curtain, and the paparazzi get their money shot.

The next morning, Yoo-jung clings onto Jae-min as he drives and asks him to pull over because she’s not feeling well after last night’s wine. While she runs into the convenience store, a police car catches Jae-min parked illegally and orders him to move out of the street. Woo-hyun then pulls into the same spot and runs into the convenience store to get tissues for his nosebleed.

Yoo-jung gets into the parked car, assuming that it belongs to Jae-min, and she wonders where Jae-min went. Woo-hyun exits the convenience store to find a stranger in the passenger seat and double-checks his license plate. Fearing that Woo-hyun is a stalker, Yoo-jung puts on her sunglasses and locks the car door, prompting Woo-hyun to take pictures of the stranger in his car.

Addressing Yoo-jung as a car thief, Woo-hyun shows her a message on his phone, warning her to get out immediately. Yoo-jung is bewildered by Woo-hyun’s accusation, as he threatens to call the police if she doesn’t exit on the count of five. As Woo-hyun counts down with his hand, Yoo-jung looks around the car and finds unfamiliar fire blankets and fire extinguishers. She finally realizes she’s in the wrong car and gets out.

Woo-hyun grabs her and accuses her of being car thief. Yoo-jung shakes herself out of his grip and explains that she mistook his car as hers. When asked why she locked the door, Yoo-jung explains that she thought he was a stalker, as her circumstances warrant these concerns. She reveals her face, and Woo-hyun recognizes her from the news article that his receptionist showed him.

Yoo-jung apologizes and notes that he must be surprised to see someone in real life that he’s only seen onscreen. He pretends not to know her, and when Yoo-jung poses in front of her poster on the convenience store, Woo-hyun misidentifies her as a singer.

Jae-min returns in his car, and Yoo-jung points at the same car to prove her confusion. In apology, she offers to provide fifty autographs, but Woo-hyun declines the autographs from someone he doesn’t know. Paparazzi snap photos of this interaction, as Yoo-jung and Woo-hyun part ways.

In his car, Woo-hyun notes that he wanted to meet Yoo-jung because she seemed like a good person and seems amused at their first meeting while Yoo-jung wonders what Woo-hyun does for a living to not know her.

Woo-hyun notices guards on the first floor of the hospital and suspects an unwelcome guest. President Cha greets Woo-hyun in his office, and Woo-hyun reminds him that he doesn’t want his father meddling in his life. President Cha disregards Woo-hyun’s cold demeanor and demands that Woo-hyun marry VIP client Kang Hye-joo, as her status will sufficiently cover his birth secret and be good for business.

Woo-hyun rejects President Cha as his father and refuses to inherit the company as his bloodline, so President Cha tells him to enter the company as an heir, not a son. He doesn’t trust the company in the hands of Woo-hyun’s older brother, who has too many flaws.

President Cha refuses to give up on Woo-hyun and says that Woo-hyun can never defeat him. Woo-hyun disagrees and asserts that he has nothing to lose or fear, so he could be scarier and stronger than his father. President Cha likes Woo-hyun’s fierceness and walks out in approval.

The paparazzo reporter, JOO MINA (Lee Hye-ran) proudly presents her photos to her superior and prepares an exclusive article on Yoo-jung’s first scandal. But while going through the photos again, she notices Woo-hyun also captured at the airport, apartment, and convenience store.

Woo-hyun calls Mom and refuses to talk to her anymore because of her involvement with President Cha. The receptionist asks what to do with VIP client Hye-joo, and he orders that they cancel all her appointments. He says that he’ll be meeting her directly.

Manager Jae-kyung storms into Yoo-jung’s makeup room for a private conversation on her secretly dating Jae-min. She justifies her meddling by claiming that Yoo-jung has become too large of a star to manage herself, and Yoo-jung bluntly acknowledges that people’s livelihood depend on her every move.

Jae-kyung argues that now is not the time and Jae-min is not the person to date. She says that Yoo-jung’s desire to date is fooling her into thinking that she loves Jae-min, who will devalue Yoo-jung’s worth and make her life difficult. But Yoo-jung asks Jae-kyung to trust her this one time, since she’s followed everything Jae-kyung wanted for the past ten years. All she wants is to date Jae-min publicly.

Before her shoot, Yoo-jung runs lines with her friend SUNG HOON (Joo Woo-jae), who congratulates her signing onto a new Hollywood movie. He remembers that Yoo-jung persuaded him to become an actor, and Yoo-jung warns him not to reveal anything about her early days, as she’s worked hard to build her angel-like image.

Yoo-jung shoots a tearful break-up scene with Jae-min, and the staff applaud their chemistry. Then, the scandal article drops, and the staff murmur about the news. Sung Hoon pulls Yoo-jung aside and reminds her to keep a straight face regardless of how happy she is. He can only imagine what Jae-kyung is dealing with now.

At the office, Jae-kyung calmly calls for an urgent meeting and orders that all company representatives deny the scandal. She cancels everything on Yoo-jung’s schedule for the next few days and orders an investigation on Jae-min’s side to check if they spilled the scandal for their benefit.

While returning in her van, Yoo-jung expresses approval of her first scandal, as it makes her seem more human. She correctly guesses reporter Joo Mina as the culprit and praises her for reaping the benefits of her thorough stalking. Fans have already gathered at the company and her house, so they redirect elsewhere to meet with Jae-kyung.

Jae-kyung suspects that Yoo-jung pushed for the scandal, but Sung Hoon tries to assure Jae-kyung by insisting that Yoo-jung was shocked by the article as well. Yoo-jung wants to acknowledge the dating rumors, but Jae-kyung won’t allow it. She plans on covering it up as a misunderstanding from Jae-min as the two costars grew closer throughout filming. Yoo-jung threatens to give up acting if she releases that explanation.

Frustrated, Jae-kyung can’t understand why Yoo-jung would risk everything for Jae-min and says that they’ll release an official statement after discussion with Jae-min’s company. That night, Yoo-jung tries to call Jae-min, but he doesn’t answer her calls.

On set the next day, Yoo-jung asks why Jae-min didn’t pick up her calls, and he coldly says that he didn’t want to talk to her. She assumes he was overwhelmed, but Jae-min holds up the car keys to show that Yoo-jung can’t give him what he wants. Jae-min clearly states that he wants to end this relationship and warns her not to make a fool of herself, but Yoo-jung doesn’t take him seriously.

Jae-kyung has a private conversation with Yoo-jung to explain that the two companies have confirmed their denial of the dating rumors. Jae-kyung says that Jae-min told his company that the rumors were completely false, but Yoo-jung presumes that he was pressured to lie. Jae-kyung insists that Yoo-jung deny these rumors, in accordance with the company’s stance.

At the press conference for their movie, the reporters ask if the dating rumors are true, and Yoo-jung mouths an apology to Jae-kyung before making her statement. She tells the reporters that she’s met a man fated to be with her. The reporter asks for clarification on whether that man is Jae-min, but before Yoo-jung can confirm, the reporters are distracted by another scandal.

The reporters turn their attention to Jae-min and ask about the news of his marriage plans with Representative Lee. Yoo-jung looks to Jae-min in shock and remains speechless at the reporter’s follow-up question about who her fated man could be.

 
COMMENTS

This show flew under my radar, and I’m glad I found it to be pleasantly entertaining and amusing. It does feel like a cookie-cutter rom-com drama, as it meets many cliché checkpoints. Family problems, check. Clueless heroine, check. Bad first impressions, check. Despite this, I found the characters likeable and the clichés harmless in the storytelling. There’s nothing wrong with a conventional rom-com as long as it executes its elements well and doesn’t become too vapid. This first episode was a nice swift introduction to our characters, and I like how I was pulled right into the reality of their world.

I think this was a good choice as a comeback drama for Yoon Eun-hye after her bizarre plagiarism incident, as it capitalizes on Yoon’s fortes as an actress. Though I’m not particularly a fan of the clueless and naïve aspect of her character, I think Yoon Eun-hye is great at making that contrived innocence feel more amusing. She has an ability to make characters feel more natural and relatable because her acting doesn’t feel so calculated, and I hope that her character continues to be the fun counterpart to the suffocating cynicism of Chun Jung-myung‘s character.

Overall, I like the pairing, and I’m looking forward to how the dating contract precipitates with the contributions of the supporting characters. I don’t foresee this show getting too dramatic, which could be a refreshing break from some currently airing shows that have dipped into their melancholy plot points. I think that the breezy tone of the show will remain the primary draw to the show, and I may check in occasionally for that breath of fresh air.

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The 1st week was fun watch of 15 minutes out of 2 hours.
Yoon Eun Hye's voice looked quite different and i can't quite say what's wrong with her face. The guy isn't like the one mentioned in the description of the show and for good Heroine isn't spoiled brat.
Fun time pass if it was only a 15minutes per episode drama.

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Yoon Eun-hye has a health condition (edema I think it's called) that causes her face to swell painfully. Due to this, she's constantly had to dispel rumors of plastic surgery. I think age made her voice raspy (?)

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I'm glad I don't have to age in public's eyes especially in S. Korea. It must be terrible for her to read all the comments about her face every time she appears.

Doesn't anyone know what ageing is? Some people have facial structures that hold up better against gravity better, some less. YEH unfortunately belongs to the latter category but she's still beautiful -as long as no one expects her to look like a 20 year old!

About her voice, I have no idea what is the cause but I can quite assuredly say it's not age. She's 34, not 84! I should be croaking like some old toad now if that's how things work.

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Good point!

No croaking like an old toad yet, for me.

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Edema would be a symptom and i don't think the face is affected much actually (more to the extremities) - i think some people have faces that age better and/or take fillers etc more "naturally" based on original structure...

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Symptoms of medical conditions vary, and facial swelling can be a side effect of medication taken for many different issues. To be honest, whether or not she has had plastic surgery, or has the misfortune to have a condition that causes her face to be a bit puffy is not really any of my business, and I think the lighting and makeup are the villains here.

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Yes, the low budget production is awful. The make up is terrible and her face looks too shiny. I blame the lights and make up artist.

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Maybe it’s angioedema—I’m just guessing, though.

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I researched and it can affect the eye area, cheeks and lips. based on this link https://www.pikbee.com/media/BnhYqpFhDGA

I feel terrible for her cause her face is important in her profession, so it sucks for her to have to deal with something that can't be hidden. She said her edema is in the severe stage.

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she has severe edema here's the link to know more about her symptoms https://www.pikbee.com/media/BnhYqpFhDGA

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Thanks @dramallama. I'm glad to see a recap for this show.

As far a 1st episodes go, I didn't really think this one impressed me. It introduced us to the main 2 and a few side characters, and the premise is one that I like, however the look of the show and even how Yoo Jung is dressed and made up, is strangely unflattering. The colour applied to her seems off. Too yellow? And her hairstyle too flat. After seeing so many kdramas where actresses look effortlessly great, it's odd to see a top star actress looking so unattractive. Even her manager looks better than her. I hope that this means the show can't go anywhere in the looks department but up.

Chun Jung Myung is thankfully just fine as Woo Hyun. It will be great to see the couple hijinks of strangers forced to become a couple, especially with a no nonsense character ike Woo Hyun.

I hope that this show is indeed a good comeback work for YEH. I'll be watching at least the first few episodes with fingers crossed!

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Chun Jung Myung is playing his usual adorable self. Love him to pieces. As for the rest - meh.

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Part of the problem is that they keep putting lipstick on Yoo Jung. She has beautiful lips that actually look better without it. This was also true when she was the female lead in 'Lie To Me". I would also point out that her manager is stunningly beautiful. I remember that actress from "I am a Flower Too".

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Pardon Me, I meant the actress Yoon Eun-hye, who plays the part of Yoo Jung.

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We watched a different show because this was a absolute mess and ep 2 was no better.

Too much, too many, too everything and not one thing was gelling.

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I kinda thought ep 2 was even worse. I ff until CJM appears. The exposition in ep 1 was "in your face" wasn't it? They didn't even bother couching exposition into normal conversation. Plus, they didn't need the exposition since everything was been there, done that in every non-creative drama ever. Too bad for the actors.
Uh, I'm still gonna watch for CJM though.

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Agree on CJM. He seems to be the only adult in this series and his life is gonna become comedic fodder or just messy with literally everyone around him.

It is just nothing to look forward to.

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Yeh face seem so weird didn't enjoy this drama tbh I haven't enjoyed anything with yeh since coffee prince

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I think I'm gonna be the dissenting voice here but...

Don't get me wrong, this drama is BONKERS and the writing is kind of a hot mess, but somehow I find it kind of...charming?

I think it's the easy relationship between the leads that endeared this to me. The writing is clumsy but the acting is spot on. Like, when there was the mix-up with the cars and she genuinely apologizes and he is not a total d*** about it? Unheard of. I think this stuff gets highlighted more in the second episode. These are two adults who respect each other as adults. I mean, there's also a lot that is cringey and bad and it's riddled with cliches, but the characters are interesting and that kept me watching. I like the president and the journalist and how they are not the usual cliches. I love that they are both just looking out for the female lead's best interests. I'm not gonna be giving this my full attention, but it's certainly not the worst thing I've ever seen. I'm hoping it'll be some nice fluff for the weekends to turn my brain off and watch.

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I'll grant it does/might have possibilities. Watching with a skeptical eye (and for Chun Jung Myeong).

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I don't expect the writing to get better, but if they play the character relationships out right I won't be mad at it. I can overlook bad writing and cliches if the acting and directing are good enough. Also, I went in with very low expectations (for the plot, not the acting) so that may be part of it for me.

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The first ten minutes of this drama almost caused me to turn away. Granted, I didn't have high hopes for this drama, but wanted to give the two main leads a chance since I've liked some of their previous works. Although, I found myself fast-forwarding some parts I found the two main characters charming after their initial cringe-worthy introductions. As much as I don't want to add another drama to my current watch list, I see myself tuning in for at least a few more episodes.

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I'm with you here, @snarkyjellyfish. Overall, I find the show weirdly charming—mostly due to the general niceness of the leads. The show's plot isn't original in the least but I enjoy the positive family/work dynamics amongst our leads' support network.

I've only watched K-dramas for about a year now so I'm unfamiliar with the work of Yoon Eun Hye and Chun Jung Myung. I gather they're seasoned actors and I'm appreciating how they're revealing their character's good hearts and playfulness.

My fave scene from Ep. 2 was their shared breakfast after Yoo-jung's drunken "break-in." I think I fell in love with her when Yoo-jung bobbled with delight, knowing that Woo-hyun knew her real identity.

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Yoon Eun-hye will forever be in my good graces because she was in my first drama (Coffee Prince) and I really loved Chun Jung-myung in Heart to Heart.

But more than that, they just play off one another really well. I loved the breakfast scene, but more than that, I loved the scene where she found out he was the doctor she overheard. They just have this very comfortable dynamic that leads to a sort of natural chemistry. Not necessarily sizzling but rather it's sweet and lowkey. As long as the chaebol shenanigans don't get out of hand I don't really have any issues with the cliches.

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Your comment just made me realize that they've both given their most memorable performances in dramas from the same PD! I know Cheese in the Trap put that director in everyone's bad graces, but I'd still kill for her to be directing this instead. She's really great at elevating the source material and getting the best performances.

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Agreed - while I still take issue with the final third of CiTT, that PD really does have a magic touch. I always forget that she did Heart to Heart.

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I am with you on this one @snarkyjellyfish.

I like the fact that the drama is easy to watch and I particularly enjoy the conversations between the main leads because they give you a very warm feeling when they are together. The conversation during breakfast, at the carpark and the rooftop are my fav scenes; they are so comfortable and natural with each other, he could joke with her just like an old friend.

I am actually looking forward to the next episode even though i know where the story is going .. I want to see more of YYJ interactions with CWH ..

I am so glad @dramallama did a review for this drama. It helps to make the wait a little more bearable. Thanks!

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I'm with you Snarkyjellyfish. The production is a mess, but the core of the two main leads gives me hope that maybe it will settle into something more watchable.

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Hahaha, yessss. I completely agree with everyone here.

Messy, low-rent, cliche. It's all those things, and yet, I still find it weirdly enjoyable. Ya know, in a classic, somewhat cringey sort of way.

The set-up was awkward and even the performances felt off at first, but starting after the ep 2 sleepover things started to really click between the leads for me. On a purely shallow note, it was the post-drunk, morning-after raccoon-eye makeup that looked the most natural on Yoon Eun-hye to me. Haha, maybe she just finally looked completely like herself again? I also think because under the deliberate mess, there was less oily foundation. This happened to coincide with her also feeling more natural in the role, along with Chun Jung-myung.

I much preferred the second episode. It flowed a bit better and the interactions between the leads felt genuine, which is pretty much all I ask of a classic contract romance. These two proved again that they're really good at charming, down-to-earth characters and I'm already enjoying the growing sense of companionship between them.

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I think there can be something comforting in the predictable? Like, the saving grace of this show is the acting. We know how the story will play out, but it's not a trainwreck by any means. The classics and cliches live on and are repeated over and over for a reason. It's really the interpretation of those things that matters in storytelling.

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All the flaws made my heart ache for YEH. She deserves better script, better make up, better ... better.. better.
But No matter what, I’ll watch it till the end for my fav girl’s sake.❤️ I owe her because there were many great moments in my Kdrama-watching-life that she made me laugh, cry, fall in love,.. 🥀

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What even is that glittering eye shadow atrocity covering her beautiful eyes 😤.It's a testament to her acting skills that she still managed to hook me in by middle of ep1-2.Will give it few more episodes but YEH totally deserves better.

Meanwhile I am kinda digging the CEO's lewks.What's going on Drama Lords 😕

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Well, if we are going to count the flaws, “what the **** is this?”s, “why did they do it to her?”s, “ o my god, why?”s, etc this drama will give us a long list but let’s not do that.
I’m gonna watch and whenever sth disappointing comes up I’m gonna ignore and tell myself “ marina, remember YEH is here after five years”.
Yeah, CEO’s look is what we wanted for EH but sigh☹️

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Hugs @marina @ashes2ashes
Thanks marina for voicing my sentiment. I'm also here for Yoon Eun-hye. I'll keep watching until the final episode. I hope this drama will open more doors for YEH.

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O dear, you have no idea how happy I am to see there is another person who is supporting Eun-hye unconditionally.💜❤️
I hope the same. Hope she gets noticed again.

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Thanks for supporting yeh drama i always like her no matter what...

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I am too! I love her!

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You are not alone @marina! I have been waiting for YEH's comeback and I am glad she did something light. She is still beautiful though she is not styled that prettily. :-)

So will watch this till the end..

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Glad to hear it^_^
I agree. Although her make up and style isn't what is expected nowadays and it looks like it belongs to mid 2000s, she is still so beautiful😚
We support her✌

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I have like Eun-Hye since I saw her in "lie to Me". And I wish the make-up people would buy a clue and stop putting lipstick on her. She looks far better when she does not have any on.

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Yeah, the make up artist needs to quit!! Ridiculous eyeshadows, lipstick,..
She looks great without all of them. Why did they do it to her:/

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The lipstick makes you only notice her lips, not anything else. So distracting.

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Yeahhhh, most if the time I’m staring at her lips but well, I have no complaints 😂

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Me too
I love her & CJM unconditionally and will watch anything for them
Hope the drama be a blast please dramagods

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They made my girl look like a tired hot mess!!! I’ll still watch it though because of my Eun Chan...

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Did I love it? No. Will I continue to watch? Yes. I believe it is mentioned above, but there is a general kindness to the characters that is insanely rare in kdramas. Her apologies are genuine, her compassion is genuine. There is nothing contrived about the characters at all. It is riddled with cliches, but that is okay. This will be a breezy drama and I am A-okay with that.

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YEH finally able to delurk me from my Kdrama slump. But after 10 minutes... duh! I am utterly stunned of her choice of script. I think, it is time for her to change her agent. She's been in hot mess dramas for years already! For her, I'll try to stay and watch it. Just like L2M, IMY etc.

Thanks for the recap @dramallama!

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Hmm...interesting. with my FF button, this drama may be doable. If i can FF thru devilish joy certainly this one.

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Lol, you’re living up to your name

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I didn't like much the first two episodes. I was a little bored and I found myself reading memes on facebook several times through the episodes. Aldo, the low budget production is a little annoying. I didn't feel the chemistry between the leads yet. I'll give it another week, and then I'll decide.

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I agree that the chemistry was not there until just a very slight hint at the end of the second episode. But I think that the first two episodes were simply about laying the groundwork for the plot.

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I actually think ep2 flows better than ep1. Ep1 was abit awkward. Her voice is a bit crackling .. not her normal sounding voice, I am thinking it could be because she is sick ... let's see if she sound like this through the whole show ... face wise, she is okay for me, looked the same, except at times abit tired looking. The production is definitely low budget compared to normal kdrama .. the guy is cuter in motions than on photos.

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Wow, what a pleasant surprise! I didn’t expect DB to do a recap of YEH’s new drama, thanks @dramallama (I hope you continue to recap this, please! Thank you, again. 😉). Unlike most of the comments here, I really loved and enjoyed watching the first two episodes (esp. the second one). It was an easy, breazy watch. Great to see YEH back in K-Drama land, it was like she never left (at least for me). Love her in this genre and I’m so glad she picked a rom-com for her return. I enjoyed watching this episode and I loved the pairing of YEH & CJM. I already see chemistry between them. Can’t wait for episode 2 recap here, because I loved and enjoyed watching it more. Also, looking forward to the “contract relationship” part of the upcoming episodes! 🤗😁

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Glad to see another one who enjoyed the show as much as I enjoyed it. Agree!RomCom for YEH! 😊

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Thanks @scarlet0729 😊 It’s good to see a few here that actually liked and enjoyed watching this k-drama series without criticizing too much and nitpicking YEH’s looks and outfits. She actually looks great in this series, but whatever...she can’t help the way she looks (even though she looks great, in my opinion) and can’t please everyone. I’d say, if she isn’t your cup of tea, simply do not sip (or you’ll get burn 😜😁😉). Simple as that. Her new show is very good (thus far), if only others here would give it a chance. It’s fun, lighter, and easy-breazy (not like all those melo-dramas that’s been recap more here on DB) to watch. It’s getting better too after episode 2. Episodes 3 & 4 (especially today’s Episode 4) are so good! I’m loving and enjoying watching this rom-com more and more with every new episode (even the raw ones...can’t wait for the Eng subs for Episode 4!! 😍👍🏻🤗). Looking forward to next week’s episodes too!! 🤗🙌🏻

P.S. I hope @dramallama will continue to recap episodes for this one because the episodes are getting better and better! Please! 🙏🏻🤞🏻😉 Waiting for episode 2 recap... 😁

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I like this show. One of its alternative titles could have been “The Man Who Would not be Chaebol”, because his father has now decided that our male lead- his illegitimate son- is the man who must succeed him at the head of his conglomerate as his legitimate son is a complete chowderhead. Woo-hyun on the other hand is an award-winning dermatologist- he is smart, capable and competent and if he wanted to run a corporate conglomerate he undoubtedly would be every bit as good as his dad, maybe even better. Too bad dad neglected Woo-hyun and his mom for thirty years because Woo-hyun is so resentful of his father that he denies him entirely and refuses to play along even though his mom wants him to do it so that he will ascend to his rightful place in the universe.

One of the things that I like about the show is that it uses lots of clichés but handles them differently. For instance, when he meets with his father, President Cha, he fiercely resists both the idea of taking over the company and of marrying Kang Hye-joo, his father’s choice. So far, so cliché. But it is father’s demeanor and approach which completely departs from the usual K-drama tropes. He listens to his son calmly- disagrees with him politely- and never loses his temper. He acknowledges the wrongs done to his son and notes that what he proposes would go a long ways towards making amends. He does not yell, get angry or even threaten- although he does note that his son cannot beat him. When his son stoutly disagrees with him he is actually pleased- for all the son has done is proven that his son is tough enough for the job.

Most drama’s have no clue as to the real motivations of the great entrepreneurs. The best that I have ever seen was from the movie Sabrina- where Linus has been asked why he keeps building new business when he is clearly wealthy enough. “Because I see that some thing could be, and I make it happen. And suddenly men who never had a dime now have a dollar, and children who used to run barefoot now wear shows”. Linus is actually motivated by an artistic urge to create- and by the good he knows he does for people through the act of creation. President Cha no doubt loves Woo-hyun’s brother very much- but what will happen to his ten thousand employees if he passes the business on to him? Disaster. And so he is turning to his illegitimate other son, who could do the job very well. At the same time, he accepts that Woo-hyun’s anger towards him is quite well founded. He did not become wealthy by being a fool. He knows that he deserves his son's anger- but he will not back down because of it- because he is determined not to fail his people.

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I so agree with your comments. I want to see how their upside-down trope-laden journey will get us to the end.

Will our ML eventually wear the chaebol mantle without taking, for e.g. the 'outgoing chairman contracts terminal cancer' route? Will we avoid that whole long term best friend turned annoying 2nd male lead? At this stage I'm looking forward to it all!

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Thank you for your addition to my thoughts. So far I think that the writers are looking for an unusually balanced plot- Both our male lead and the chairman are shown as people who are imperfect, stubborn and yet sympathetic. We have a set-up where neither may get what they truly want. The chairman no doubt wanted his oldest son to replace him and to inherit from him. The best that he can do now is hand him a substantial trust (voting rights in the company stock not included) and he now has to hand much of the wealth and all of the control to someone else. In this case at least he has another son, but remember this- even if he gets male lead to replace him that result is at best a partial win.

Meanwhile, our male lead very selfishly just wants to continue treating skin problems while completely disregarding the welfare of the chairman's ten thousand employees who are hoping for things to turn out well. To put it bluntly, our male lead is kind in his individual dealings, but he is no hero. He is no villain either. Some sort of "chairman has cancer" resolution would be a kind of dramatic cheating: A cop-out which would avoid really exploring a truly wonderful dramatic set up. You are right in thinking that it would be a huge disappointment.

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I wasn't the least bit interested in this Show, but your comments have put it on my to-watch list!

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I don't know... I expected Devilish Joy and OCN romance quality and something easy for watching before I go to sleep.... thus I'm not disappointed, I guess 😂😂
(That doesn't mean I don't wish for a better written show for the main actors...)

As some commenters already mentioned the good parts are the normal conversations between the leads... and it somehow reminds me of That Fool (Accidental Couple)... a show I highly recommend!! 😍

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I liked Devilish Joy, but I love this drama and the remake of One Percent Of Something more. These two (“1% of Something” and “Fluttering Alert”) are little rom-com gems. The leads are great in this drama though, as they are both likable, honest, and sincere. No annoying and typical arrogant male lead. Love that they have mutual understanding and respect each other even when they’re fake dating. YEH & CJM are just so cute and adorable as Yoon Yoo Jung & Cha Woo Hyun ❤️😍😉 Can’t wait to see this week’s episodes!! 😂

Btw, thanks for That Fool (Accidental Couple) drama recommendation! I binged-watch it in a day 😳😁 and enjoyed watching it. Though I must say, I ❤️ the Fluttering Alert couple more! They’re more convincing and realistic couple compare to That Fool couple (I felt sorry for the nice guy, male lead there and didn’t really like the female lead character’s attitude towards him for the most part...that’s why I like YEH’s YYJ character more, she’s more likable, honest, appreciative, sincere, and respectful to the male lead even before they started a contract relationship).

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First thing on my mind.. She chose this to make a comeback??
I like romantic comedy, more over if it cheesy. But really I just hope he doesn't have daddy issue. Can't they make him more interesting than chaebol illegitimate child with daddy, step-mom issue??

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I found the third episode the most enjoyable so far.

Heart to Heart is one of my favourite rom coms, thanks to this male lead, and I'm really liking the totally different, almost subtle way he plays his role in this drama.

I hope the show continues on an upward trajectory.

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Given that this show is becoming way more than it first seemed to be I truly hope that we will get more recaps.

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I know, right? Where’s Episode 2 Recap? 🤨 4 Episodes have already aired and two new ones coming this week. Still no recap here for Ep 2. ☹️😢 Meanwhile, other dramas here get top priories with fast recaps after recaps. Even “Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter” drama, which started a week after this drama already had two episode recaps (+ a recap pic at the bottom before it even got a recap), but this drama gets ignored. I wonder why. Does DB staff dislike YEH that much that even news of this drama was so late to be posted here? 🤔 It would be nice if there’s more recaps for this drama here...unless @dramallama lost interest of this drama after seeing one episode (which is sad, because this little rom-com drama, while not as big as the others here, it’s actually doing very well ratings-wise on it’s late 11 pm Wed/Thurs time slot, and the episodes gets better and better...) or has too many dramas to recap?! 🙁 Hopefully, it’s the latter...if not...oh, well...at least an episode one recap was started here...Thankfully, there’s a thread forum for this drama at Soompi and else where to read others’ thoughts and opinions about this drama, which for the most part were really good and positive compared to here... 🤷🏻‍♀️ Anyway, I still hope to see/read recaps cont. for this drama here. Will keep checking here for it. 🙏🏻🤞🏻

P.S. I loved when this site did a full recap of another little rom-com gem, “One Percent of Something” (which aired in the same network as this drama).

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Fluttering Alert isn't on the DB recap schedule; check the thumbnails in this site's footer. But I appreciate the Episode 1 recap. If you love the show (as I do), please gush about it on this page.

Earlier in 2018, DB fans added over 2,400 posts to the Just Between Lovers preview post and over 1,600 Lawless Attorney posts to the role-offered-to-Lee Jun-ki page. Neither show was formally recapped so the preview posts were a workaround for fans.

At the moment, I'm also enjoying packmule3's thoughtful and funny themed posts about Fluttering Alert at bitchesoverdramas dot com.

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It is a shame that it is not being fully re-capped- after episode 4 it is now clear that there is a lot more to this show than we first thought.

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True that! I quite like our OTP here; both are mature, respectful of each other and have an easy banter.. I hope they continue to be a refreshing take on OTPs amidst a minefield of dramaland tropes.

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Thank you for sharing such a fun resource, I really enjoyed packmule3's posts!

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@tsutsuloo I noticed and figured out that there’s no more recap for this drama after episodes 5 & 6 aired since other dramas get recaps faster after their episode airing. Not too mention, there’s no thumbnail image of this drama at the bottom footer of this site. Though it’s interesting that this drama appears on the weekly schedule, but not on their recap schedule. Oh, well...whatever, at least an episode 1 recap was posted here, so we have at least this post to come to back to and discuss this drama in general here. It’s just a shame that this site didn’t continue recapping this (for at least 1 or 2 more episodes) ‘cause this drama gets better and better in every episode especially for our OTP. ❤️😍😉 Good thing there’s a thread about this drama at Soompi’s Forum. 😉

Anyway, thanks for the link of packmule3’s insightful recaps of this drama at bitchesoverdramas! They are fun to read! I couldn’t agree with her more about our fun OTP’s moments 😍 about this drama. 😁😎👍🏻

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packmule3's awesome, isn't she? She's witty AF and makes the show a lot of fun to watch.

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After watching episode 5 I am in it for the long haul. I'll check back to see if others are commenting about the show here.

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I have now watched five episodes. This show keeps getting better. I loved the hospital scene where we see that Woo-hyun has fallen asleep with his face on the bed next to Yoo Jung- and their hands are just slightly touching. Instead of getting his burn treated he stayed by her all night.

On the other hand the idea that Kang Hye-joo could get her company to cancel Yoo-jungs contracts- and then make Yoo jung pay for it is a serious misrepresentation of the law of contracts- even in Korea. If that one goes to trial it is Ms. Kang's companies that will pay damages- and attorney's fees on top of it. Try explaining that to the Chairman Ms Kang.

It must be a bit of a gamble for DB to decide which shows to re-cap. There was not even a first episode recap of "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" and yet that show was one of the biggest sleeper hits of this year- and had a lot of discussion on DB. This show may turn out the same way- but at least we got one re-cap.

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I'm so glad you thought that contract business was unbelievable too. I just kept saying there's no way they can cancel her contracts and make her pay the penalty even with a morality clause.

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You know what...screw it. I'll comment alone. 😜

I like that Woo Hyun is not backing down from that manipulative biatch Hye Joo. Meanwhile, his mother is despicable. Why would you fake an illness to force your son to marry for a position he doesn't even want?

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Dramamama logic is a mysterious force of extreme irrationality.

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My word of the day! Hee!

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That mother of his. Words fail me. She saw her son's accident on the NEWS and still felt right about lying on that hospital bed. His doctor friend as well. I was thinking he should be struck off (I think my autocorrect wanted me to type 'struck by lightning' 😀).

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Well, now we know where the future noble idiocy will come from. Yoo Jung's father saved Woo Hyun from the fire that it seems they both were in together some kind of way.

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Hi @thatstp. What noble idiocy are you predicting?

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Hey @tsutsuloo 😊. I have a feeling some kind of way Woo Hyun will blame himself for either Yoo Jung getting injured in that fire or maybe her mother dying in it. I can't recall at this moment if they said how her mother died. He'll blame himself and probably almost marry that witch Hye Joo.

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Ah ... I hope that won't be the case! One thing our OTP has going for them is their willingness to pause, listen and talk to one another. Fingers crossed that open communication will mitigate noble idiocy! ;)

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I have now watched all six episodes currently available. We really could use a Wee-cap of this show. But I at least have some observations.

First – our leads kissed, but Cha Woo Hyun was still under the influence of anesthesia – or was he really? At the end of the episode Yoon Yo-Jung finally gets her answer (in vino veritas) – Woo Hyun firmly stating that he could not kiss someone he had no feelings for. Its not quite a confession, but it is an admission that he has real feelings towards her. And he also notes that their relationship is no longer entirely fake.

Second- If Woo-hyun’s mother is awful his half-brother’s mother is at least as bad, maybe worse. You can argue that both mothers are championing their sons. Both are really acting for themselves- Woo-hyun’s mom from greed and Mrs. Cha, Se Hyeon’s mom, from pride. Both are delusional- Woo-Hyun’s mom because she believes that she can force her son to do her bidding. But Se Hyeon’s mom is even more delusional, because at this point there is no way that Se Hyeons can take his father’s place- the stockholders will simply not permit it, and no director will vote to forward his nomination to the stockholders. As Chairman Cha points out to her it was already a dubious proposition given Cha Se Hyeon’s womanizing, gambling, drunk driving and drug charges. But now Se Hyeon is being investigated for stock manipulation and fraud. Any director voting for him would probably face legal liability. And Mrs. Cha grew up in a Chaebol family- she should know these things. Her refusal to face these objective facts is almost terrifying- this is a lady who has lost touch with reality.

Chairman Cha gets upset when he finds out that Woo-hyun was stabbed. But this not because he cares about him, but because someone messed with his possession. Neither of them was ever really a part of the other’s life so he cannot have a normal father’s feelings towards his son. I would feel sorry for Chairman Cha except that his situation is of his own making- He married to advance his business and, apparently, had almost as little to do with Se Hyeon as he did with Woo-hyun. However, it appears that he is now about to seize Yoo Jung’s company in order to extort compliance from Woo-hyun- so I will not feel too sorry for him.

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@oldawyerIn vino veritas is my phrase of the day. Thank you.

I'm not sure Woo-Hyun's mother is driven by greed. I think she's a childish narcissist who has never really thought much about anyone outside of her own self-interests. She loves her son but not in a way that considers his happiness. Perhaps she's driven by guilt and thinks that legally placing Woo-Hyun into his birth father's family will correct decades of hurt from the Chairman's neglect and her own ineptitude.

The fake cancer shtick makes me queasy and, as ridiculous as that storyline is, it reveals her profound inability to respect her son's autonomy.

I don't know what to think of Se-Hyeon's mother and I'm curious if she'll be end up being an ally to the OTP—even if her end goal is to preserve her son's inheritance. It's a bitter pill to be married for over 30 decades to such an awful man and she stuck it out to guarantee her son's succession. All her suffering is for naught if the Chairman throws away their son.

Thankfully, the conglomerate shenanigans don't detract from Woo-Hyun and Yoo-Jung's love story. I just adore them and would be quite content with a web series that just showed them hanging out in the kitchen cooking, eating, and laughing together. With genuine, fully awake kisses. ;)

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I doubt our male lead was under the influence. I think he saw that teardrop when she kissed him back and had an 'oops, I've crossed a line' moment which he covered up with an appropriately-timed faint.

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Heh. I think @oldlawyer's in vino veritas applies to the hospital kiss scene too but I agree that Woo-Hyun was aware of his actions as they happened. Anesthesia just loosened him up. ;)

An aside: I've seen my husband after general anesthesia and it's hilarious how "alert" he tries to be. Our hospital is strict about out-patients after sedation—even light sedation where you're not fully asleep; you can't even take the bus by yourself after a colonoscopy.

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Strangely, I look forward to this drama the most each week. It's also looking aesthetically better as the episodes go on. I hope it keeps improving.

The 'let's figure out how you feel by making you jealous' scenes were funny, but served to reveal THAT about the FL's bestie that we'd avoided so far. Sigh.

I'm also curious as to whether/when the half brother will arrive and what he'll bring to the mix. He's certainly taking up a whole lot of the drama for a character we've never seen, or is he presently incarcerated?

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I wholeheartedly relish each coming episode. It's one of those stealthily good shows. Forget the production values (which aren't as horrible as the doubters made it out be) and stay for the lurve.

It's hard to get a complete list of the entire cast. For example, neither AsianWiki nor MyDramaList list the actor portraying Woo-Hyun's cute-and-committing-medical-fraud-doctor friend. And the half-brother Se-Hyeon isn't listed either.

If this show were an out-and-out melodrama, Se-Hyeon would be a scene chewing key character for sure.

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Unless he is the masked attacker (my hypothesis) Se-Hyeon is almost not a part of the story as a character- he is more of a prop.

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I like your theory. I'm also curious about his identity.

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I have a feeling that the masked attacker is actually the fake-gay bestfriend; and that he is secretly the obsessive stalker.

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Omo! That would be an interesting plot twist!

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This is looking more probable by the episode. Of all the characters, he's the one I haven't liked seeing on my screen from the beginning. I kept hoping I might warm to him, but the way he wormed his way into her life, if topped by him being the stalker might even put him ahead of Ms Kang in my 'KMT at the screen' characters.

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Episode 7 had some wonderful moments as Woo-Hyun and Yoo-jung come to see that they are a real couple who love being together. Woo-hyun learns that his mom has been faking her illness – and disowns her, but Yoo-jung talks him into forgiving her. They have done some very significant couple things- she has even taken him to see her mother’s grave.

But, of course, there is trouble in paradise. Kang Hye-Joo has put her cards on the table with Han Jae-kyun, the President of Yoo-jung’s company: As long as Yoo-jung is with Woo-hyun, they will be in trouble from Kang Industries. At least Jae-kyun now knows that Woo-hyun is more than he seems to be- and now also realizes that she has now made a deal with his father’s conglomerate. She makes a business decision to publicly end the “Milk” couple’s relationship. It would have been good to inform them of this before they got to read about it on a billboard. So, I am now waiting for the subtitles to episode 8 to see what happens next.

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I was slightly annoyed, wondering what was taking so long for the subs of ep 8, and then I remembered that it was Thanksgiving. Now I imagine all the subbers having a lovely turkey dinner with their families and I can definitely wait a couple of days.

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The one drawback to Viki is that subs are done by volunteers. But it is also their strength. I have seen a drama on DVD that I had previously seen on Viki- and the 'professional' subs were nowhere near as good. The Viki volunteer subbers often understand the context and connotation of what they are subbing better. So it is worth the wait, even though it is sometimes frustrating.

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My feelings for Ep. 7-8 are a little more subdued because of the chaebol shenanigans but I'm relieved beyond words that Mom has finally come clean about her fraud.

I wouldn't surprise me if the parents (even the Kang CEO) all end up surprising us. The elders are trapped by social conventions, pride and avarice—my hope is that they'll recognize the kids need not be burdened by the same obligations. It would be quite satisfying if all the "kids" (our OTP, crazy Kang and WH's step-brother) to finally have true understanding with their respective parents.

For all the complaints about the story's "simplicity" and tropes, there's no denying the freshness of the OTP's relationship. To hell with noble idiocy! It will not stand!

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I am not sure if we will really even see Woo-hyun's half brother. I love your description Hye-joo as "Crazy Kang"- because she is so clearly deeply obsessed even to the point on insanity. She does not even stop to consider what kind of marriage she would be getting herself into- nor that it would be one she could not easily leave. It would be a living hell- not just for Woo-hyun but likely even more for her. She is essentially equivalent to Captain Ahab pursuing the whale in Moby Dick- and that did not turn out so well for Captain Ahab nor the people who were with him.

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Captain Ahab

Ha! At first I thought Kang Hye-Joo was driven by the need to be fully accepted by her chaebol family but her role as the choix du roi takes away the value she accrued from her actual work. On my "boiling rabbits" scale of obsessive women, Krazy Kang* is reaching "10" pretty fast.

*What do you think of the extra K. Too much?😛

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I like the extra K- it is so corporate (think Krispy Kreme).

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BTS from the Hospital Kiss posted on s**mpi. And yes, it was as awkward as it looks. Yoon Yoo Jung actually massages Chun Jung-Myung's neck in the second clip:
https://forums.soompi.com/en/topic/420260-current-drama-2018-fluttering-warning-love-watch-%EC%84%A4%EB%A0%98%EC%A3%BC%EC%9D%98%EB%B3%B4-wed-thu-2300-kst/?do=findComment&comment=21318518

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I will sure to do so- I am just waiting for the subtitles to be completed on Viki.

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I watched Episode 8 when it was only 93% subtitled. It reveals a lot about many of the characters in this story. There are many dramas where we see an idiotic noble separation. I would suggest that the separation that Woo-hyun attempts here is noble but not idiotic given the situation with Woo-hyuns family. It is actually very rational that he should try to do this. Of course, he really can’t quite bring himself to really separate- because Yoo-jung and he are now truly attached to each other.

It has probably occurred to nearly everyone by now that it might have made sense for Kang Hye-Joo to marry Cha Se-hyeon instead of Cha Woo-hyun (BTW- notice his family name- whatever else his father did not do for him our main lead is in fact registered as being a member of the Cha family). If she were to marry Se-hyeon that would mean that Chairman Cha would in effect be agreeing to Ms. Kang taking his place- and he cannot trust her (and shouldn’t). Also, Ms. Kang is not stupid- a husband like Se-hyeon has too much baggage – he would be a serious drag on her ambitions.

There is a further wrinkle to this story- one that makes Ko Kyung-eun’s plans even more difficult: We finally get to hear from Woo-hyun's half brother Se-hyeon himself as he talks to his mother. It turns out that he has no more interest in running Choego Group than his half brother does. Earlier in the episode we heard Ms. Kang talk about Chairman Cha’s brothers- who might oppose Hyun-woo taking over (hence he would need the Kang Industries Biotech company as leverage- or, more accurately, Ms. Kang would, as she clearly wants to be the one running things). They would certainly oppose Se-hyeon and would be successful given the things he has done- which is probably why he did them, as a very successful form of rebellion. No wonder Chairman Cha wants Woo-Hyun. It turns out that even Se-hyeon wants Woo-hyun to take over. This eliminates Se-hyeon as the stalker/attacker.

It interesting to hear Ko Kyung-eun say that the real battle was between herself and her husband, Chairman Cha.

And, finally, the cliff-hanger at the end. Yoo-jung is finally going to get to hear about Woo-hyun’s father and, presumably, the plan to marry him off to Ms. Kang. But now I have to wait six days for the next episode.

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Re: Se-hyeon. What you said. I was really not expecting that. So, this now means it's the war of the chaebol parents vs the children (leaving out our annoying Ms Kang, of course).

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I too assumed that the half-brother was actually interested in the job despite his screw ups. It was a major surprise to me too.

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Thank you, @oldawyer, for your analysis of Cha Se-Hyeon's rebellion and Ms. Kang's strategic plans.

Se-hyeon is already married; he was never an option for Kang. That's what made the fake story Ms. Kang planted about Yoo-Jung's "affair" with him so scandalous. (Ep. 3, 18:26)**

I think you're right about the real battle being between Madame Ko and her husband, the Chairman. And what she actually says to Woo-Hyun at the gallery is, "Kang Kye-Joo was never your opponent from the very beginning. She was mine." (Ep. 8, 52:07).

I give the show credit for giving Kang Hye-Joo more backstory. This is a life and death battle for her; she's fighting for legitimacy and power of her own.

The scene between Kang Hye-Joo and WH's mother was chilling as it lays out Kang's own childhood trauma and internalized self-loathing:

Ms. Kang: Do you wish for your son to live a a person with no father, siblings, background, or roots because of you, Mother?

Mom: What do you mean, no roots? How could you talk like that?

Ms. Kang: I heard this countless times as I was growing up. The mother who gave birth to me, so that I wouldn't hear things like that, tried to commit suicide and even decided to immigrate. So they sent me to Father's house.

Terrifying.

**Since Woo-Hyun and Yoo-Jung weren't officially a fake couple at the time the story dropped, it seems that Ms. Kang just randomly choose YJ to further taint Se-hyeon's reputation. It's one of the unlikely coincidences of this fated love.

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I forgot about Se-hyeon already being married- you are right, there was that 'scandal'. But I do remember that Ms. Kang chose YJ- mostly because she had already hinted at a relationship in public. That it otherwise was a coincidence.

This conversation also shows one one the striking differences between Ms. Kang and Woo-hyun- they are both illegitimate but Ms. Kang was actually raised by her father - and absorbed his attitudes as a result.

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Ms. Kang was actually raised by her father - and absorbed his attitudes

Good point! She absorbed his attitudes and no love.

Gosh, even though WH's mom has been an imperfect mother, she does love him. And he has had other positive influences in his life. We don't know how long her first marriage before getting widowed but WH still maintained contact with his step-brother. Maybe that brother, idiot that is, influenced WH's choice to go to med school. (I just can't imagine that goofball getting board certified though, let alone graduating med school.)

And there's "Father," the fireman who rescued him. Oh man, I cannot wait until WH and YJ figure out their connection through Dad. Hee!

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It will be Fun indeed when our OTP figures that out- and awkward too.

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@tsutsuloo I also forgot that the earlier 'scandal' with the married man was with SY.

I was also thinking about how much of an influence YJ's dad must have had on Woo-hyun's life. Speaking of, even her younger brother doesn't know WH's connection and already calls him hyung. That reveal will be something!

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@oldawyer @tsutsuloo @dramafan12 I find to my delight that many of us are watching this show with a degree of enjoyment not normally reserved for a low production value show.

Episode 8 had as it's best act, Yoo Jeong's taking the initiative to call the hospital to enlist the help of Woo Hyun's friends, and it worked! I do so love it when the female lead (and not just the 2nd lead, 3rd wheel) steps up to the plate and hits a homerun. Because she got help and engineered that meeting, our couple had time to iron out how much they had grown to care for each other. I liked that Woo Hyun admits feeling more for her as each day passes.

The drive-in scary movie date was a nice surprise. I liked how WH was enjoying watching YJ's scared reactions more than the movie itself. His amusement and enjoyment of her discomfort was very genuine. This, is the reason why couples go on scary movie dates. 😜

I was amused by YJ's pretence at reading a boring business book (and forgot that she had her bluetooth handsfree in her ear!) ... if WH really does what he says and reads the same book, she'll have to read it too. I was thinking he'd heard her talking to herself and was just calling her bluff. LOL. So cute!

I'm a bit confused about that conversation they OTP had ... YJ says she's not afraid of the chaebol daughter's family and that she won't destroy her career as an actress. Could he have told her about Kang Hye Joo and yet not revealed that he too is an unwilling chaebol's son? From the ending where he ran to stop Hye Joo from revealing this, (I'm guessing), this seems to be the case? 😉

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@growingbeautifully I laughed so hard at the friends' attempts at subtle matchmaking. They were so ridiculously clumsy and WH just looked bemused! 😂😂

One thing I've noticed about this show is the thinking scenes. Every time we're see each of the characters take the time to think, they act, dare I say, rationally. Even when WH decided to cut off contact (brief as that was, thankfully), we could see why he did what he did. It was more evident when he took the time to respond to his mum's deception. I really felt that scene was long as I watched at the time, but every word he said to her felt thought out and consequently, was more impactful.

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Thank you for pointing out the fact that our 2 leads actually think about things before acting or speaking. I realize that this is part of the charm of this show now that you mention it. I now see that an underlying theme of this show is people who take time to think versus people who do not.

For instance, ten years ago Yoo-jung's guy friend made a spur of the moment decision to get close to her by telling her he was gay. Sung Hoon has been trapped in the friend zone ever since. Even worse- he cannot even date another girl. Failure to think has cost him a lot.

But ultimately Sung Hoon's failure to think pales compared to the spur of the moment decision made by Kang Hye-joo. She just overheard WH talking on the phone with his mom- and immediately, without thinking, hatched her plan. Consider this- Daddy may not have shown her much love but he made sure that she went to the best schools- where she studied very hard and learned a lot because she wanted to please Daddy. Kang Hye Joo is very smart, highly capable and beautiful (with perfect skin according to WH- and he's a Dermatologist). Yet she did not stop to think before deciding that he path to ultimate success would be through marrying WH. She assumed that she could force that to happen.
If she were to succeed that marriage would make the marriage of Chairman Cha and Ko Kyung-eun look like a love fest. Fortunately for her it will not succeed- and she will fail, which will be the luckiest thing that ever happened to her.

So, this drama actually has a moral: People who take time to think are ultimately happier than those who do not. Thank you for pointing this out.

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@oldawyer What lovely, fresh insight! I do love it when an 'ordinary' looking show that does not promise grand, intellectual stimulation, can still through being discussed and analysed, give us much insight and appreciation.

Although I'm not entirely sure that the writer deliberately wrote with this premise in mind, I'm happy to embrace it as a good theme for this show.

For those like Reporter Joo and CEO Han who have to keep thinking one step ahead of their rivals and other trouble-makers, I hope it also holds true, and that they can outsmart the childish machinations of Chaebols and Co.

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@oldawyer—Dayum, I love how you've framed Sung-hoon's self-imposed friend-zoning. What a blunder. Like Mom's fake cancer.

In addition to taking time to think, thinking about other people withou making unilateral decisions seems to be an important point as well.

Woo-Hyun had Yoo-Jung's interests at heart when he agreed to CEO Han's directive to break up with YJ but he erred in not consulting her. I hope they'll continue as equal decision-makers as they prepare for the upcoming battle.

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Every time we're see each of the characters take the time to think, they act, dare I say, rationally.

Oh my God, yes. I know dramas aren't real life but it's so exasperating when characters are utterly lacking in emotional intelligence.

It takes courage be vulnerable and to forgive. It warms my heart to see our OTP take good counsel from each other and their network.

And it's hella fun to see how the show subverts the tropes that matter.

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It really is fun to see the subversion of tropes- just as you say.

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I loved both of those scenes too. And you are right about our female lead's initiative.

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Re-watching Ep 4 - Random thoughts...

WH thought that his Chaebol father had engineered his murder and attempted to cover it up with a fire. In a previous episode, Yoo Jung had said they would surely have met before.

Conjecture then - In the fire that Yoo Jung lost her mother, Woo Hyun had also been present. YJ's father, being a fireman had come to rescue, but he had saved Woo Hyun instead. Maybe not knowing that in the same fire was his wife and daughter. From that day, her father wracked by guilt allowed his daughter to blame him for years without talking it out. He 'lost' a daugther but gained a son in Woo Hyun.

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I have been thinking the same thing. Of course, these facts, if true, will be what really tests our OTP's relationship- and may lead to the traditional separation which is backed into almost every kdrama rom-com (and many rom-coms from other countries as well). If so, we will hope that their friends and family can come through for them.

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@growingbeautifully—When Yoo-Jung said they'd met before, I thought she presenting herself as someone who wasn't a complete stranger because of her acting and modeling. (Ep. 2, 34:15)

Yoo-Jung: We met at the convenience store. If you think back, I'm someone whom you probably saw as someone else. I'm someone impossible to not know. So, let's eat together.

But now that you say this, I'm wondering if the show will insert the old "met-as-kids" trope. That will be two sips of your wine if they do! 😉

Your conjecture is intriguing. I agree that it feels like their fires happened around the same time, when Yoo-Jung was 8 and Woo-Hyun was 10.

YJ has said the fire happened at her family home and WH is certain his father's family tried to kill him with fire. Was it the same fire? It's unlikely the children lived in the same neighborhood. Or was it two simultaneous fires in different parts of the city—placing YJ's dad far away from his own family?

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Episode 9 was interesting but also frustrating. At the beginning of this episode we see that Woo-hyun has managed to keep his paternity a secret from Yoo-jung. This is not just a sour note to me but is inconsistent with the characters of our main leads who have respected and trusted each other until now. It is a jarring note- by not telling her what she is actually up against Woo-hyun is showing her great disrespect. He is kidding himself if he thinks that he is somehow protecting her by doing this. And time has run out for this- the families are about to announce his engagement to Kang Hye-Joo- and he has been informed of this by Ms. Kang. Is he so blind as to not understand that the entire country is about to find out who his father is?

The warning that Ko Kyung-eun gave to Kang Hye-Joo was phrased as a question: “Have you ever thought what it would be like to live your whole life with a man whose heart belongs to some other woman?” Ko Kyung-eun assures her that it is the worst. This was not a threat- it is simply the truth. Of course she then follows that up with an implied threat to exposed her mother’s past (Ms. Kang’s mother was “in adult entertainment”). And Ms. Kang should heed that threat- because Kyung-eun is just as much like Captain Ahab is she is: Obsessed with the idea that somehow her son can still succeed his father, even though Se Hyeon has already made that impossible. She does not realize that she has already been defeated not by Ms. Kang or Woo-hyun, but by her own son Se Hyeon.

What was really fun was watching Chairman Cha explain that Ms. Kang will have to deal with Kyung-eun on her own- he cannot interfere. Further, if she joins his family then she will be in that fight for the rest of her life. If she is unable to fight she will not survive in his family.

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I enjoyed the scene between the Chairman (a really awful man, I’m not sorry to say) and Ms Kang for a change. I think this visit to the chairman's office (which she seems to swan in and out of as though she already owns the place) was the first time I saw her unnerved, not just by the conversation with her prospective step-mother in law, but also the person she'd expected to back her all the way.

She must be really gutsy to insist on entering that household.

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Yes, Ms Kang was truly disconcerted. It even appeared that she was having second thoughts.

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*sigh*

I share @oldawyer's sentiments about finding Ep. 9 (and 10) being interesting and frustrating. The Chairman is a peculiar combination of passive and sadistic; I can imagine Kang Hye-Joo's shock. Does she really want to marry into this madhouse?

The oceanside date delivered on the fluttery promises of Viki's highlight reel and I'm steeling myself for the heartache that follows.

Next week had better be better. Honestly, once a show starts showing more flashbacks than live scenes, I find myself edging towards the door.

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I do not think that the Chairman is truly sadistic. I do think that he has to be sure that Kang Hye Joo is tough enough for the task she is taking on. And remember this- neither he nor has wife can afford to appear to be fighting each other- ultimately that would cost both of them their positions. He may not be sadistic but he is certainly amoral- and so is his wife.

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Amoral? Fair argument. Maybe the only thing anyone in that family agrees on is that all's fair in love and war. And they're always at war.

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I feel exactly the same way about this week's episodes. I could barely bring myself to get through episode 10 what with all the flashbacks and general moping around by the characters.

Please come back to your senses next week, Show.

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Okay, episode 7 again confirmed that this show is at its most enjoyable when the OTP share the screen. I loved everything about their beach outing, from the preparation—her packing, his shopping—to their activities. The bit about size 44 was hilarious! And then she went and said one of my least favourite Kdrama phrases: ‘tell me tomorrow’. Gah!

I've been wondering why Seong Hoon decided to potentially sabotage his years of friendship by confessing at this stage, although how he planned to eventually dig himself out of that mess is still a mystery. I think he's been sure all along that Yoo Joon wasn't completely invested in her previous relationships. Woo-hyun is clearly the real deal and SH now needs to put his stake in the ground. Ten years, too late. I shook my head when he spouted that stuff about YJ gaining a lifelong bestie/boyfriend.

@oldawyer The whole grounding and confiscation of YJ’s devices had me gritting my teeth. I tried really hard to see things from the CEO’s perspective, but she needs to get other clients instead of locking down her ‘cash cow’. Especially since YJ is actually a shareholder in the company. YJ’s responding by swinging from starvation to binge-eating was amusing. I loved how she caved in once she knew WY had supplied the feast on the table.

That detective-fanboy was so cute.

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I meant episode nine.

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I hated the confiscation of her devices as well. It was beyond high handed.

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Episode 10 was marred by the departure of the supporting actor who played Yoo-jung’s little brother- and this meant adding a lot of flashbacks. But at the same time those flashbacks did help us understand why Woo-Hyun has finally decided to abandon his passive life – where he essentially hid out from the world in his medical practice- and is now going to fight for the woman he loves. I am actually looking forward to the final six episodes.

Kang Hye-joo is an important secondary character- and a true antagonist. She is not even the primary antagonist- that distinction may belong to Chairman Cha and perhaps earlier the Chairman's wife Ko Kyung-eun. At least her desperation is understandable. It is the Chairman's wife who is completely off the charts psycho: Completely unable to see that her own son, and not the people she is at war with, has already rendered her cause hopeless.

I love this show because it is departing from many of the normal tropes for kdrama and is handing us a story that has some Shakespearean elements- like characters who are falling victim to their own character flaws- including Kang Hye-joo- whose flaws we now understand. The good news for her is that she will fail- and, although she will not understand it at that time, this will actually be a happy ending for her and, just possibly, free her from many of her bad ideas.

Kang Hye-joo is not a second lead. There is no second female lead in Fluttering alert- and not a real second male lead either, just a guy who would like to be but is really another antagonist (and now the only suspect for stalker/attacker). Part of the reason this show can be different is that it draws its story from a Web novel- "Seolremjoouibo" by Seo Han-Kyeol, published from December 5, 2016 to March 24, 2017 via shiftbooks.yes24.com. Perhaps staying true to the novel means we can have a rom-com with no second leads.

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I'm enjoying the show, flaws and all because of the lovely leads. Love your reference to Shakespeare. Gimme flawed but redeemable characters any day!

[spoiler about one difference from the web novel]

Last month I scanned first six (free) chapters of the web novel via Google Translate. As you know, machine translation is like reading through a drunk blender.

Our drama sets up YJ and WH as complete strangers with a faaaated connection. From what I could glean from barely comprehensible machine translation, the novel's protagonists both cherish the memory of a 15-day chaste but passionate first love, experienced as 17-year-olds. And neither saw their first loves ever again ... until their fateful meeting as 34-year-olds? Or maybe not. Because Google Translate. (Plus, the 6th chapter ends when the nasty boyfriend receives his expensive watch from Yoo-Jung so I have no idea how the novel's protagonists actually meet.) 😜

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Machine translations are awful- because machines cannot grasp connotation and context, which means that the translator is essentially rolling the dice on which of several possible meanings to assign to a given word.

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Episode 11 had too much time with PO, who plays the little brother, seeming to need to tell everyone in the world that he is leaving. His clumsy attempt to reconcile his father and sister was simply awkward. Way too much time was spent trying to fill the void left behind when the secondary romance got ripped out of the story. Finally we had some drama at the end when Kang Hye-Joo and Yoo -jung face each other- in wedding dresses. Kang Hye-Joo simply cannot resist lying to our lady about who picked her dress- and then trying to start a catfight- and then Woo-hyun gets punched out by Yoo-jung's jealous 'friend'- who then pulls her out of the building where she was scheduled to do a shoot. Apparently half of our characters now have to go totally psychotic? I hate seeing this show so damaged by the departure of a relatively minor character. I can only guess that the writers were simply creatively up to the task of filling that gap.

For instance- Ko Kyung-eun has dug into Kang Hye-Joo's background- and found seriously damaging dirt. Real blockbuster stuff. Why has she not provided this material to Woo-hyun by now?

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That wedding dress push-pull was odd--the whole scene was. What was the ex-best friend doing there after being effectively side-lined by YJ? If he did have cause, it would have been helpful to see what it was after he 'rescued' her. NGL, I scolded him in my mind when he turned up.

The assistants just stood around watching their top star get injured and I can't even reconcile this WH & YJ with the smiling, feisty cuties from the early episodes. Like you, @oldawyer, I keep asking why we should accept the way these characters are behaving.

I agree that our mains should have struck back at least once or twice by now. They've basically been on the run from KHJ all this while. They should at least try taking her on using their collective wits. These are intelligent people. Let them work together for a change.

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The reason our main leads have not really been able to strike back is that ammunition has been withheld. Ko Kyung-eun said she would help Woo-hyun- and now has the weapon to do so- why not give the information to him? We shall see.

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Thoughts on Episode 12-
There was still too much wasted screen time. I understand that the writers are in a different position when doing an adaptation of a web novel- and then have a portion of that story torn away. But they do appear to have made some adjustments.
First, Kang Hye-joo, a beautiful, smart and intelligent woman, is now running in full Shakespearean tragedy mode. Nothing demonstrates the blindness of her ambition better than the wedding dress which she has chosen- it is all wrong for her- but she blames the seamstress for this rather than acknowledging that she was way too casual in picking it. If she really cared about how she would look- especially to the groom- she would have gotten advice and taken care to pick one that suited her body and face. In the right dress Kang Hye-joo would be absolutely stunning. But instead she treated the dress was just another detail on the punchcard of her project, which just happens to include a wedding.

Second, Kang Hye-joo, again like King Lear or some other Shakespearean figure has made a massive blunder: She went behind Chairman Cha’s back and persuaded (bullied) the Chairman’s investment director to pull Choego group’s investment in Yoo-jung’s company. This she did in a fit of pique after the encounter at the dress shop. Chairman Cha had promised her 2 things: First, that he would deliver his son for the wedding. Second, that he would control Yoo-jung. How was he going to do that second thing? Through that investment, of course. That was the leash on our sweet little puppy of a girl. Yank the investment and what do you have? That sweet puppy has just been turned into a cornered she-wolf and that is not a step towards achieving your goals Ms. Kang. Even worse, now people are thinking that she may have been behind the stabbing of President Han. She is not, but given her actions who could blame them?

Ms. Kang has simply lost it. She sees Yoo-jung as her main enemy when that is really Ko Kyung-eun. And that is her biggest blunder.

But I have to ask if there has not also been a change to the back story. We have been told that Woo-hyun thinks that his father tried to do him in. Which never made any sense, because Chairman Cha would have valued having him as a ‘spare” heir (and now actually needs him to fill those shoes). Then perhaps is was Ko Kyung-eun, Mrs. Cha, who tried to have him bumped off. But the flashback makes it clear that the fire was an accident- caused by Woo-hyun himself, when he threw burning paper into a trash can which had something highly flammable in it. True, Ko Kyung-eun then proceeded to rescue her son while leaving him to die but that was a spur of the moment decision, not a pre-planned action.

It would make sense to alter the back story in order to get our main story back on track, if that is what is need to remove the places where little brother was a part of future plot devices. Just a hypothesis.

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This story has finally gotten back on track, still a little rough around the edges, but now moving forward to the final challenges for our couple. And the rings are back on their fingers. In this episode we see that much has been revealed- and much has changed:

Kang Hye-joo’s plans have backfired, just as I expected- and Chairman Cha has cancelled the wedding with her father’s consent. Her daddy has also cancelled her big promotion. She is still pursuing Woo-hyun who has become the object of her obsession. She is now about to release the fake relationship story and the fact that it was to cover up the fact that Yoo-jung was dating Jae-min who then had dumped her. She is perfectly aware that this will hurt Woo-hun- and by extension Chairman Cha, but somehow believes that this will fix everything and put her plans back on track. Her personal tragedy could well be titled the Fall of Kang Hye-joo.

At least Kang Hye-joo does not have to die. Daddy is just going to ship her abroad- hopefully to Paris.

Woo-hyun now knows that the fireman who rescued him is the father of Yoo-jung- and Yoo-jung knows this as well. This will be the other big test of their bond.

While the Fall of Kang Hye-joo was no shock- and has not yet been completed- the biggest surprise in this episode was the Humbling of Ko Kyung-eun- and the revelation of the real truth about The Fire. It was really started by his half-brother Se-hyeon because he was angry and jealous that Chairman Cha appeared to love Woo-hyun more. It was not in fact intended to hurt a specific person, just a general “I’m mad so I am burning this whole place down”. Ko Kyung-eun even apologizes for leaving Woo-hyun behind and offers to accept and support him if he will come into the company to help his brother.

It turns out that the building he has just received is not from Chairman Cha but is in fact from his half-brother- as an apology and amends for what happened back then. Which means that if Woo-hyun wants to keep on being a good guy he actually cannot give the building back- he must gracefully accept the gift.

But to me the most encouraging thing is that we are beginning to see the return of thoughtfulness in our leads. This quality was the unique side of this show for the entire first nine episodes that gave it a life and charm that far exceeded most dramas. For the next 3 episodes we simply had brooding and flashbacks while the writers struggled to fill the gap created by the sudden departure of Yoo-jung's younger brother. The story has now been put back on track.

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Even though the show has a lot of recovering to do, this episode was definitely streets ahead of the previous four. I don't think there was even a flashback in sight.

Kang Hye-joo is a delusional young lady, and watching her lose all her support and status filled me with equal measures of glee and pity. She REALLY needs someone to love her, poor thing. You do have to give her her props, though - she's not going down without a fight. Sigh.

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Maybe she will finally find true love in Paris. Or wherever Daddy sends her.

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She'll end up managing the duty-free shop at the Busan airport.😂

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Hahaha! That would be such a fitting come down for uri Kang Hye-joo!

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@oldawyer + @dramafan12 Now that uri Milk Couple is back together, it's easier for me to enjoy watching Kang Hye-Joo implode. The backstory Hye-Joo shared with WH's mother (mother's attempted suicide and eventual emigration) barely hints at the depths of her suffering but it's enough to know it's tragic.

I enjoy a taste of Schadenfreude as much as the next gal and the evolution of the parents has also been interesting. But it's my dose of love-induced oxytocin triggered by WH+YJ that makes me stick with the show. The core romance is central to show's charm but the past couple weeks squandered much of the audience's precarious good will towards this show.

I'm looking forward to next week's conclusion. I fully expect another dramatic dump of some sort of tragedy but I will forgive everything if the Milk Couple triumph in the end.

Then I'll place a stack of Quiznos on my drama altar to ask for Chung Jung-Myung and Yoon Eun-Hye to paired again in another (better) drama.

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I agree with another pairing of this couple. One of the charms of this show has been the way that their romance has been so honest. And I love that she proposes to him at the end of episode 14- and that that is the cliff hanger for this week.

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Oops, I just realised I never finished watching episode 14 (Viki eked out the subs on this one) and missed YJ's proposal! It was done well and with little fanfare, as is typical of our milk couple. They enjoy being with each other, and the progression of their relationship (I'm going to delete episodes 9-12 from my recollection of the drama) has been sweetly natural.

Here's hoping for a lovely finish and, as you and @oldawyer have said, a more watchable pairing of these two. They really work well as a couple, much like the Cunning Single Lady/Fates and Furies leads.

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Cunning Single lady was great

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Final thoughts after watching episodes 15 and 16. We got some warm fuzzy images in the last 2 episodes but in the end the writers could not save this show from the effects of PO’s sudden departure. Perhaps this shows an inherent difficulty with a show which has been adapted from a novel. What if a character and story arc which was integral to the main plot is suddenly ripped away by the departure of the actor who was not a lead character but one who’s character was important to the threads of the main plot? The writers desperately tried to piece a story back together but in the end we were left with a pile of inconsistencies and incoherence. The two leads did their best but it was obvious to me that towards the end of the last episodes even they could see that the cause had become hopeless.

It would be easy to blame the writers, but I do not. There is a great deal of difference between writing an original screenplay as opposed to adapting an existing novel. To ask a writer to suddenly throw out what were almost certainly completed or nearly scripts for the second half of the drama- and suddenly, at the drop of a hat, write an original screenplay as an extension of the first half of the drama, with almost no time to do it, would have taken a degree of talent and skill that simply may not be possible even for the greatest screenwriters of all time.

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@oldawyer @tsutsuloo @dramafan12 @thatstp
Episodes 14-16 thoughts

I read enough here and there to know to avoid Episodes 11-13. 😁 I may have watched just a smidgen but I was really busy preparing for and then going on vacation. In any case, I did do a binge watch only of Episodes 14-16 and was pleased with what I saw.

Show has definitely improved. Even the sets look better and Yoo Jung's makeup too! 😉

One of the best parts is that the couple finally are given a lot of screen time together, not just mooning at each other, (which I'm glad there was little of) but really conversing seriously and sincerely about the stuff of relationships and family life that really matters. This was so refreshing.

The other best part is that practically everyone is given growth and change. We only need to pity Hye Joo who remained a flat, one-note character … but at least she was consistent! It would have been too much to ask that she too got some nice resolution to tie up the ending super neatly.

As it was, having a wedding and a half with 12 months' more time in between to add to/devise their wedding vows probably worked to the good of our couple. They decided on short and to the point and I applaud that! They have been time-tested and we are assured that they will work out the kinks in couplehood that are bound to show up. 😌

We all know this was a show beset with 'no good'(s) at the start, however it had heart. It gave emphasis not just to romance but to love and forgiveness in family life. It showed what destruction resentment, greed and selfishness spawns and how these are resolved with right thinking, repentance, patience, forgiveness and much love. I never expected to be teary-eyed in this drama watch, however I was affected by the scenes of Yoo Jung with her dad and even one of the last scenes with her Unni, the ever beautiful Han Jae Kyung. The feels managed to reach right to my heart.

This shows what good actors can do even with very little to work with, and though at times greatly wanting, the later episodes gave some of the best conversations ever in kdrama, so all the more did I find those scenes moving.

I'm pleased that I decided to watch the end of this show and to have seen that it became so much better than it's beginnings. Given a more experienced production team in the back end and a few more experienced actors in the front, it would have reached it's potential of being an inspiring and heart-warming show, that we'd recommend to all.

I'm grateful too to all of you for your comments and reviews. It's been fun reading you! 😃

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Well-said. It was a healing romance and, as a relative noob to k-dramas, I'm delighted to have discovered Yoon Eun Hye and Chun Jung Myung. They're so gifted and I hope they'll continue to flourish.

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