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Boyfriend: Episode 3

A breaking scandal makes a complicated situation even more complicated, creating a rift between two people who were just getting to know one another. Soo-hyun gets pressure from all sides to break things off with Jin-hyuk – she’ll have to decide if his companionship is worth risking everything she’s worked so hard to achieve.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

When Soo-hyun negotiated the terms of her divorce from her husband, Woo-seok, all she’d asked for as alimony was an almost-bankrupt hotel. Chairwoman Kim, Soo-hyun’s mother-in-law, had liked the idea of getting away so cheaply, but she’d added a clause that Soo-hyun would be obligated to attend any family events Chairwoman Kim summoned her to.

Soo-hyun had easily agreed, though she’d asked for clarification of one of the clauses. Chairwoman Kim had explained that Soo-hyun must never behave in a way that would harm her family’s reputation even after the divorce.

In the present, Chairwoman Kim visits Soo-hyun in her office. She immediately brings up the morality clause in Soo-hyun’s divorce agreement, angry about the scandal in the news of Soo-hyun having been photographed with a younger man.

Soo-hyun tells Chairwoman Kim that she didn’t violate the morality clause — she simply had lunch with someone she owed a favor. Chairwoman Kim pulls out an entire dossier she’s built on Jin-hyuk, and she says that regardless of the truth, it’s shameful that Soo-hyun, daughter-in-law of the Taekyung Group, got involved in scandalous gossip.

Soo-hyun argues that she’s no longer Chairwoman Kim’s daughter-in-law, but Chairwoman Kim sneers that a divorce doesn’t mean their families have completely cut ties and reminds her how her father got where he is today, running for prime minister. She says that Soo-hyun will be a member of the Taekyung family until she dies.

Just before she leaves, she accuses Soo-hyun of hiring Jin-hyuk for his looks. She warns Soo-hyun to fire him, or else she’ll invoke the morality clause in her divorce contract and revoke Soo-hyun’s ownership of her hotel.

Over in Hongdae-dong, Jin-hyuk’s friend Hye-in meets him at the playground to confirm that it was him in the scandal articles with Soo-hyun. He doesn’t deny it, telling her how they met in Cuba and that it was coincidence that he got the job at Donghwa Hotel.

She doesn’t understand how they ended up eating ramyun at a rest stop together, but Jin-hyuk just says that the articles got it all wrong. He’s worried whether Soo-hyun is okay, but Hye-in snaps that Soo-hyun is used to living under a media microscope, so he should be worried for himself.

That evening, Chairwoman Kim calls the editor of a newspaper where her company advertises to thank him for doing a good job on the article about Soo-hyun. Wow, did she orchestrate this to get the hotel back from Soo-hyun now that it’s doing well?

She gets a report from her employee, Director Choi, on the reaction of Donghwa Hotel employees to the scandal. He reports that Soo-hyun isn’t saying anything to defend herself, but that she generally treats her staff so well that they are just writing it off as gossip. He says that she even won her bid for the hotel in Cuba, and that she’s too well-liked and respected for one article to do much damage.

Chairwoman Kim muses that she’ll have to work a little harder to make Soo-hyun quit. She says that Soo-hyun’s place is at home supporting Woo-seok, and she promises Director Choi that he’ll be in charge of Donghwa Hotel once Soo-hyun steps down.

The following day, Soo-hyun’s mother forces her way into Soo-hyun’s office, angry that Soo-hyun refused to answer her calls yesterday. Soo-hyun says she’s sick of talking about this and that her mother could have just ignored it until it blows over, but her mom says she and Chairwoman Kim plan to make Jin-hyuk out to be a stalker in order to salvage Soo-hyun’s reputation.

Soo-hyun naturally objects to that, knowing that Jin-hyuk is a good, kind person. Her mother says that if Soo-hyun just sits back and runs the business, then Chairwoman Kim will take her back and she can remarry Woo-seok. She has the nerve to tell Soo-hyun to apologize to Woo-seok for this scandal, when he’s the one who asked for the divorce because he fell for another woman.

Soo-hyun says that she was sold off once by her mother, and that she won’t be sold a second time. Her mother warns that it will be Soo-hyun’s fault if her father loses out on his dream to be president, but Soo-hyun snaps that that’s her mother’s dream. Her mom just tells her that her father can’t get the presidency without the Taekyung Group, so Soo-hyun will be remarrying Woo-seok.

On his way in to work, Jin-hyuk counts the building’s floors to find Soo-hyun’s office from the outside and wish her “fighting” from a distance.

Soo-hyun meets with Woo-seok to discuss how his mother is trying to make Jin-hyuk out to be a stalker and get him fired. She asks him why he never married Soo-ah, the girl he divorced her for. He asks if she’s bothered that he’s still single, but she says she doesn’t care, only that she doesn’t like the talk of them reconciling.

Instead of taking her seriously, Woo-seok is amused that she had a ramyun date at a rest stop, so she warns him not to be flippant. He promises to do his best to put the brakes on his mother, agreeing that Jin-hyuk hasn’t done anything wrong, though he’s not convinced that it’s as innocent as Soo-hyun claims.

But he says he can’t do anything about the plans for them to remarry, adding that neither of them has ever had any real control over their lives. Soo-hyun tells him that that makes no sense but that she’ll trust him, and leaves. He says out loud to nobody, “When will I become a man who makes sense to you? If I tell my mother how I truly feel, it will become harder for you.”

Driver Nam and Director Kim have another convenience store beer after work. Driver Nam thinks that Soo-hyun’s father must be worried about her, but Director Kim grumbles that he’s terrible for using his daughter for political gain. Driver Nam, Congressman Cha, and Director Kim’s brother used to be reporters together, and Director Kim talks wistfully of the old days when they were like the Avengers.

With a sigh, Director Kim admits that she hired a private detective to follow her husband, who she thinks is cheating. The thought of it upsets Driver Nam so much that he stops eating his ramyun and stalks off.

The next morning, Jin-hyuk’s younger brother JIN-MYUNG (Pyo Ji-hoon/P.O. of Block B) shocks the family by showing up unexpectedly after being discharged from his army duty. Hilariously, there’s not enough breakfast for him, and Mom wails that next time he should tell her when he’s discharged.

When Jin-myung hears that his big brother got a fancy new job, he hits him up for money. Dad tells Jin-myung that he expects him to work in the store, and he angles for a raise, making Mom quip that she hopes he has a second son exactly like himself someday.

Soo-hyun learns that some art that was supposed to arrive for an exhibit isn’t coming, and Secretary Jang can’t reach the artist. It’s a huge blow, because they’ve been planning this exhibit for two years. Secretary Jang says that she thinks Chairwoman Kim is behind the artist’s sudden disappearance, and Soo-hyun decides to visit the artist in person and find out what’s going on.

She passes Jin-hyuk in the lobby on her way out of the office, and she barely gives him a nod. He gets that worried look on his face again, and Hye-in growls at him to mind his own business. Driver Nam invites Jin-hyuk to lunch later, and although he watches Jin-hyuk closely, he barely mentions Soo-hyun.

The missing artist is on a trip according to his assistant, but Soo-hyun senses that she’s not getting the truth. She tells Secretary Jang that she’s going to stay in the area for a few days in the hopes that he returns, looking forward to taking a little break from work.

Woo-seok talks to his mother about Soo-hyun, as he promised, asking her to leave Jin-hyuk alone. He argues that it could make the scandal worse if Jin-hyuk is made out as a stalker and fired, but Chairwoman Kim just says he’s a nobody who doesn’t matter. She says that she finds Soo-hyun arrogant, and hopes that this knocks her off her high horse.

She tells Woo-seok that it’s already settled that he and Soo-hyun will remarry, but he refuses. His mother correctly guesses that he hasn’t remarried because he’s been hoping Soo-hyun would come back to him. She asks why he’s willing to let that hope go, so Woo-seok says that forcing Soo-hyun back would be pointless.

Chairwoman Kim claims that she doesn’t want to force Soo-hyun back because she’d only sulk. She wants to make her come back on her own by proving that she’s not the hotshot she thinks she is, and that she’s better off as Woo-seok’s obedient wife.

She says that once Soo-hyun’s hotel is gone, she’ll soon come crawling back to Woo-seok. In a hard voice, Woo-seok tells his mother to leave Donghwa Hotel alone.

The hotel where Soo-hyun decides to stay for the weekend hasn’t opened yet, but she says that she likes the quiet atmosphere. In her room, she turns on the TV only to see reporters discussing her scandal, so she turns it right back off again.

She calls her father to apologize for the problems this scandal will cause his campaign, but he apologizes for making her live in the spotlight. He tells her sweetly not to worry about him and just to take care of herself.

Secretary Jang sends Driver Nam to take Soo-hyun a suitcase of her things, and he takes it upon himself to call Jin-hyuk and say they need to take a little business trip. Soo-hyun is out taking a walk when they arrive at her hotel, so Driver Nam leaves Jin-hyuk to wait for her while he runs a personal errand.

Jin-hyuk heads down to the beach to take some photos, and when Soo-hyun spots him there, he’s obviously thrilled to see her. Soo-hyun says that Jin-hyuk must be shocked by the news articles about them, but Jin-hyuk says he’s mostly shocked by people’s mean comments about her.

He gives her a copy of the photo he took of her, saying that she’s much prettier in person, along with a book of poetry that he likes. Soo-hyun notes that he’s very well-read, and he explains that he spent a lot of time alone as a kid since his parents worked their store, so he’d kill time at the library.

Driver Nam calls Soo-hyun to say that he’ll be a while, so Jin-hyuk suggests they go for a drive. As they drive along the coast, Soo-hyun notes that Jin-hyuk speaks in a unique way, probably because he reads a lot. She says a little sadly that she thinks the food they ate in Cuba was better because they were in Cuba, but Jin-hyuk grins that that’s nonsense.

They stop for coffee and potato rice cakes, which they both say their fathers love. Jin-hyuk jokes that they have a lot in common, but Soo-hyun says that’s going a bit far just for some rice cakes, so he cheerfully takes it back. He tries a rice cake and says that it’s his first time having them, then gives Soo-hyun a little scare by saying, “It’s our Day One…” but he means him and the rice cakes, ha.

He mentions that she and Driver Nam seem close, so she tells him that Driver Nam and her father used to work together at a broadcasting station. She says he’s someone both she and her father trust, unaware that instead of helping a friend like he claims, he’s currently sleeping in a restaurant after enjoying a huge meal.

Driver Nam finally wakes and calls Soo-hyun to ask if she enjoyed her time with Jin-hyuk… oops, he means he’s sorry for making them wait so long. They happen to be close enough to see him, and Soo-hyun gives him the stink-eye until he confesses that he just ate dinner.

Woo-seok wants to buy a dress that someone has already put on hold, so he purchases several dresses for the store manager in exchange for selling him the one he wants. He calls Secretary Jang, who says that Soo-hyun is in Sokcho on business and warns him not to go there.

Driver Nam tricks Jin-hyuk and Soo-hyun into playing a game on the beach, where you put a stick in a pile of sand them take turns scooping sand until the stick falls. While they play, he calls Soo-hyun’s father to report that she seems to be doing well in the wake of the scandal.

Her dad says that when Soo-hyun was little, she always wanted Driver Nam when she was upset. But as he watches Soo-hyun and Jin-hyuk playing like children in the sand, Driver Nam grins that he doesn’t think he’ll be the one she looks to for consolation anymore.

Jin-myung whines his way into a job at Jin-hyuk’s friend Dae-chan’s restaurant, ignoring Dae-chan whenever he tries to fire him. Hye-in comes looking for Jin-hyuk, and she frowns when she hears that he’s supposedly on a business trip. Jin-myung agrees that it’s weird and wonders if Jin-hyuk has a girlfriend, and Dae-chan jokes that Jin-hyuk only dates books.

Driver Nam offers to stay with Soo-hyun until she finds the artist, but she says she’s already sent food to his house for his father’s memorial day tomorrow. Jin-hyuk tentatively asks if he should stay, then retracts the offer at a sharp look from Driver Nam. Soo-hyun says she’s fine alone.

Driver Nam takes her sleeping pills, leaving her only one just in case. Jin-hyuk suggests she listen to the radio to help her sleep, and she dismisses both of them.

Jin-hyuk seems down on the drive back to the city, so Driver Nam tells him not to worry about Soo-hyun, who’s used to being alone. Jin-hyuk wonders if she’s alone because she likes it, or if she just doesn’t have a choice.

He gets home around 3 a.m., turns down bouncy Jin-myung’s offer of ramyun, and goes to bed listening to the radio. The DJ plays a song for a caller who said they were lonely, and Jin-hyuk perks up to hear Si Llego a Besarte by Omara Portuondo — the song he had Soo-hyun listen to by the ocean in Cuba.

He correctly guesses that it’s Soo-hyun, who’s still awake and reading the book of poetry he left her. She reads his favorite poem, which says:

There are roads I want to take when I’m told not to.
There are people I want to see when we agreed not to.
There are things I want to do more when I’m told not to.
That is life and yearning.
That is you.

Jin-hyuk pounds on Dae-chan’s door until he wakes up and lends Jin-hyuk his truck. He drives all the way back to Sokcho, where Soo-hyun finally fell asleep on the sofa. He fidgets nervously as he waits for her to open the door, and when she does, he looks like he has no idea what to do now.

When Soo-hyun asks why he came back, he blurts out that there’s a hangover soup restaurant nearby that he wanted to try. He seems to realize how transparent he’s being and ducks his head, missing Soo-hyun’s knowing smile.

When she agrees to eat with him, he looks so relieved, awww. Soo-hyun insists on riding in the battered old truck, and Jin-hyuk jumps in first then offers her a gentlemanly arm to climb in.

As they leave the hotel parking garage, they pass Woo-seok on his way in. He learns that Soo-hyun must be out and goes looking for her.

Soo-hyun tries the soup and tells Jin-hyuk that it’s not good enough for her to understand why he came all this way. She asks why he really came, so he confesses that he heard the music they listened to together on the radio. He asks her straight out, “What should our relationship be?”

She hesitates, then says that they’re just employer and employee. Jin-hyuk nods, disappointed, and says that he also thought about why he was traveling so far to see the CEO of his company, when he’s normally so responsible. He admits that their relationship seemed unclear, but that truthfully, he missed her.

 
COMMENTS

So far I’ve been able to believe that what Soo-hyun and Jin-hyuk feel for each other is nothing more than a sort of instant friendship and caring brought on by their shared experience in Cuba, and that it’s mostly been platonic. I don’t think that either of them were expecting or even wanting something more complicated than temporary companionship. But as soon as Jin-hyuk realized the depth of Soo-hyun’s loneliness, I think it got a lot more serious for him. If what’s happening is romantic, it’s still very early, but there’s an undeniable connection between them that seems deeper than romance — as if they’re kindred souls who just took a while to find each other.

It was so sad to see Soo-hyun pulling back from Jin-hyuk when they finally spent some time together after the scandal broke, when you know it’s mostly because she worries about dragging him into her problems. And I liked that Jin-hyuk had kept a respectful distance until then, understanding that he needed to wait to hear from her first, and only running into her when they both got tricked by Driver Nam. In fact, so far this show seems to use a lot of familiar tropes, but executes them in unusual ways — the accidental meeting that’s orchestrated by a well-meaning father figure, the gender-reversal of the chaebol/Candy dynamic, the still-hung-up ex who actually opposes his overbearing mother’s plan to reunite him with the heroine.

Soo-hyun is particularly fascinating to me, because despite her cold-chaebol outward appearance, she’s obviously a warm, thoughtful person, and I’m so glad that her employees know this about her. Despite being surrounded by luxury, she’s not too good to ride in an old taxi or a van covered in restaurant advertisements, or to be seen with a man in beat-up sneakers. She genuinely seem to enjoy these experiences and even seeks them out when she lets herself relax, which you can see Jin-hyuk loves about her. He’s constantly taking her for humble food in humble restaurants, and I like that he seems to feel it an honor to introduce her to these simple things instead of being ashamed that it’s all he can afford.

Speaking of interesting characters — at first I thought that Woo-seok was going to be a typical spoiled chaebol who’s only concerned with getting what he wants, but after this episode, I think he’s a lot more complicated than that. His comment that he and Soo-hyun have never been allowed to live their own lives was very telling… I get the sense that he’s probably very smart and capable, but that he’s given up on making his own decisions because of his overbearing mother. When Woo-seok said that things would be harder for Soo-hyun if she knew how he truly feels, I guessed before his mother confirmed it that he’s still in love with Soo-hyun, which would definitely make it harder for Soo-hyun to be independent if she knew. I’ll bet that he never married his mistress because he still loves Soo-hyun, though it’s still unclear why he asked for the divorce in the first place. After Soo-hyun and Jin-hyuk themselves, I’m the most eager to learn more about Woo-seok, because I have a feeling that he’s much more than he appears. So far he’s on Soo-hyun’s side, but I’m scared that once he realizes that Jin-hyuk is a real threat, that could change.

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Loving this drama so far!! The chemistry is 100% there and I'm all for a slow burn!!!

The ex husband has been giving me 2nd lead syndrome already. I feel bad but as you said, hopefully he doesn't turn once he realizes Jin Hyuk is a real threat

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Something tells me when push comes to shove, he can be his mother's son when needed.

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Fml I really really hate to admit but yes ep 3 in and I’m having a second lead syndrome too. When he told Soo Hyun, “I don’t know a lot about you. I didn’t know you could be eccentric and eat ramyeon at a rest stop!” I ached. He was shaking - was it his voice or eyes that was/were shaking incredulously at the fact that Soo Hyun showed an expression he hasn’t seen before with another man? I needed to rewatch this scene again tonight.

He keeps giving all these signs that perhaps he “cheated” and gave her her divorce cuz he knows she was not happy. That scene with him and the fiancée last week wasn’t really promising for both of them. Fiancée was like - it’s been 4 years.... and he was like - has it been really? It’s like he’s with her for Soo Hyun’s sake. And when he told his mom off Soo Hyun - I was done. If his jealously doesn’t get the best of him, I might legit have a serious case of second lead syndrome.....

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tbh I really like the ex husband's acting too more than the two leads and he has more chemistry with hye gyo.

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I kinda think that he actually didn't cheat on his wife and that he's paying the girl to act (fake love contract) as a way to give his wife a way out and keep his mother at bay. The way I read the scene with the girl at the restaurant was her asking how long were they going to keep the act up. What's fueling my guess is the fact that the girl has not called or interacted or sought him out beyond that one restaurant scene. And both of them seemed distant and formal with each other in that scene as well, even though they were supposedly together for 4 years.

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Agree!

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Nice theory - yeah maybe the fiancee wants out too, and instead I interpreted her tone as like a plea to Woo Seok to marry her now.

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This is a good theory! They were at the restaurant to celebrate their 4 years "together", and then there were 4 years since he had divorced. So I thought that his affair should have lasted a while before he divorced, i.e. the two time intervals should have been different. I don't think he divorced instantly, as soon as he got a mistress. Also, for two persons who had been together for 4 years, their interactions at the restaurant seemed very cold.

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I loved him in familiar wife. So happy to see him play a complex character here too. It almost looks like he let her go because she was so miserable in the marriage.
Will have to see what really happened.
Yet to watch ep 4

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This is my first time seeing him and I see potential in him. Right now, he's giving me dilemma that if he's going to be that kind of second lead who's so nice and secretly loving in the background, I cannot.....

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He is doing a great job acting acting as the jealous still in love with ex ex. He sucked me in, half empathising half loathing him. But a guy like this is never a good thing for a monogamous relationship. In real life, I will stay clear away from having a relationship with him.

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Nam ajusshi is awesome. I loved that he arranged a lil time together for Soohyeon and Jinhyuk. This drama just continues to be beautiful. I am really enjoying the flow and pace of the romance and the story.

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When he said he was there because his missed her, I sqeeeeeeeeddddd. Just wonderful.

And I too am ready for the backstory on the divorce because the ex is nothing like I expect. It makes me wonder if he stayed with his now gf to save face once the affair was found out. Or if it was a relationship but a one night stand and the gf was like, no, we are gonna be together.

So many questions.

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I actually think WS is paying the mistress to keep up a facade and that he didn’t cheat on SH at all. The mistress asked him how long she had to keep doing this while he looked utterly uninterested in her.

It looks like to me WS only made up a scandal, so he could let SH walk away from his insane family. He saw how his mother treated SH and thought the only way out is a divorce. SH could have never walked away from that family just because she wanted to. WS needed to create a valid reason (adultery) for SH to file for a divorce that couldn’t be overlooked by the court. He thought he was giving her the freedom to finally live her own life but unfortunately underestimated his batshit crazy mother.

The only thing I can’t figure out is why he didn’t try harder to win SH’s heart if he truly loved her....

Also I might be developing a SLS. I already liked Jang Seung Ho in Familiar Wife... but he truly breaks my heart in this one.

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Good theory. But to incur the wrath of his mother to do that, that is flipping extreme considering what was in her divorce/alimony decree.

I was wondering how much he knew what was in it considering he was not there to sign it.

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This is exactly what I thought! I feel for him in this too, because he'll never be able to escape his mother. And YES, Jang Seung Ho is incredible.

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I too think the same. But really batshit crazy is the right word for that mother.
What’s with these crazy contract clauses. Is it even legal???

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Right. I didn't want to dive into that discussion over the contract cuz like, it just doesn't make sense to me that she didn't come with a lawyer to discuss this contract she signed. It's very makjang to me that I don't want to talk about it.

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I suspect maybe he divorced just to spite his mother, but too early to tell.

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Strangely enough, I'm developing SLS. I find Woo-seok character very interesting and ripe with drama and development. In a way, I think that I would probably like a story about Woo-seok and Soo-hyun finding ways to be themselves better, then the current story.

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Yes! He did mention to her that both of them had something in common: controlling mothers. I don't for a single moment believe that they married for love.

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I’m having SLS too. But we know that it wont be for long because i’m sure writer-nim will make the character crazy stupid. Lol.

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Still have not made up my mind on this one. EP3 was a bit slow, and I am not sure I want to see this go down the romance road. CEO seems to be less than happy, but also seems at this point to make up her mind on what to do. Her mother is a conniving snake. Have not seen enough of her father to have an opinion. I wish the kid would stop with the toothy smile/grin so much, it's getting old.

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Yeah ep 3 kind of like made me step back abit from the highs I got from ep 2. Like @lollypip said it checked off some, if not all, familiar troupes and tbh this feels very outdated but setting is very modern, if that make sense? However i didn’t drop midway through and I want to see how ep 4 will play out tonight sooooo I guess something in this drama is still making me stick with it and wish it will give me something more other than the usual troupes.

I honestly do not mind Jin Hyuk wide grin - i admit its not quite realistic for a 30-year old but hey it’s to each their own personality, I guess. Perhaps his Uber bright personality is what Soo Hyun needed in her dark world. I’m actually not surprised if she’s attracted to him, he’s extrovert and pushes her to come out of her shell (ie. convinced her to have a drive around the town rather than sit and wait at her hotel, which really what her plan was)

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I made up my mind. It's boring. The whole mothers story line is ridiculous, excessive and not remotely interesting. The ex husband makes no sense to me (he cheated on her! Now the show wants to be present him as "caring" for his ex-wife. Did he fake the affair to protect his ex-wife? Sorry, but that's a pretty lame and twisted way of caring for your wife, because you'll be hurting her along the way. And not give her any agency in the whole process either. Plus, she was still forced to sign a ridiculous divorce contract and the ex-MIL is still treating her atrociously).

And, PBG's character is too perfect. He's like "the ideal boyfriend", no flaw at all.

If you take out the mothers' scheming, there's actually no story since Jin Hyuk will do everything for her and can already read her needs and moods to a T (there's no obstacle to them having a perfect relationship). And the mothers' scheming – the only obstacle that can provide plot for a significant number of episodes – is not remotely interesting.

Much of the praise of this drama seems to be that PBG is pretty and smiling beautifully and that SHG is beautiful. But I'm seeing no substance, lots of clichés, and only ok acting. I'm expecting this to go downhill further only – nothing fresh here, nothing to hook me, unless I wanted to watch for the "pretty" only (which, personally, I don't). So, I am giving up.

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Wow! You are really hard to please. I wonder what was your opinion about dramas like "Mother" or "My Ajusshi"...
Anyway, I will tell you something in defense of this drama: the cinematography is very well done, the music (at least most of it) is also very beautiful. At least these two features are pretty good.

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Yes, well, I want well-written drama with substance.

Haven't watched "Mother" and watched "My Ajusshi" to up to ep. 6 – need to get back to it, as I did like what I saw. "Misaeng" and "Secret Forest" set the bar for me.

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I finished Misaeng just yesterday! Wow... It was awesome. My Ajusshi ist also that level. I haven't watched Forest of Secret yet.

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I was thinking the mothers are a bit over too but I try to remember I live in a different culture, maybe it's possible for them to be so controlling over there?

About the ex I think we still don't know their history, it seems he still likes her and possibly faked an affair to receive the blame for the divorce and let her walk away. Also, if she never really cared for him she wouldn't be hurt by the affair.

I don't think PBG is so ideal, he comes across as a bit childish sometimes and a bit naive. Besides their different place in status makes it complicated for her.

About the story, if you take out the moms you still have a character who has been playing by the rules and denying her own wishes for quite some time, and the whole battle between public demands and personal lives is an interesting theme for dramas because their media makes so many mistakes being too judgemental about the private life of people.

Anyway I don't believe I'm kind of defending the drama because I thought ep 1 and 2 had some pretty cheesy lines and artificial situations but I thought 3 and 4 improved a lot, so there it is. :)

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After watching EP4 I am inclined to agree with you at least somewhat. All the good stuff was in EP1 and 2. And yeah, that whole cheating thing just goes away because he is a nice guy. Nope Nope Nope.

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I should note that I count two half hour episodes as one.

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The ex-husband... I don't get people thinking he's a "nice" guy who is just doing his best to protect SH.

Ummm...

Why did he marry her to begin with? Because it was an arranged marriage and he didn't care for her at first? Because surely he knows that his mother's way of behaving will happen with *any* woman he marries? Does that mean he's ok with his mother's abuse towards a woman he's married to that he doesn't care for? How can you willing bring any person into this family, knowing they'll be treated atrociously no matter what?

And how did divorcing her help? Does he think SH felt good being cheated on, even if it was fake? Did she get any choice? And how much is she better off now? She's just a tiny bit less under his mother's thumb and was forced to sign a ridiculous contract that he could have fought against. Again, it's not like WS was clueless about what his mother is like and how she treats anyone – that's been his entire life. And, if he's so dead set on protecting SH, why didn’t he go all the way and marry the girlfriend, because that should shift the mother’s attention more towards that woman and away from SH? (Though, again, so it’s again ok to hurt another woman, for the sake of protecting SH?)

If he really cared, he would break off with his family, not use/hurt other people to ‘protect’ SH, but actually fight to establish a life of his own. Yes, he'd have a hard time and likely end up poor, but I'm not sympathetic to his self-pity that he's just "stuck" in this non-life that he doesn't think he has any say in or his supposed "care" for his ex-wife.

Though I guess, kudos to the writer for the new form noble idiocy?

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The main characters together are boring (just sweet doesn't work for me) and that is a problem for a drama that needs to keep me invested for the next 12 hours. On top of that, the pacing is slow with lots of fillers and characters I'm not invested in. And I KNOW that Woo-seok has no chance even for a friendship or an ally, so the drama gets one more episode from me to peak my interest.

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I am about where you are. Will give it one more week of episodes, but getting this feeling that once again a plot line that could have been great was ruined by putting in so much superfluous stuff.

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I honestly don't know how I feel about this show. I love both of the lead actors, and I'm beginning to be very interested in our second lead (and Driver Nam <3)...but I can't get my head into the pacing. It feels too slow in some ways, but also too fast--like so much cute this early. Maybe that's why I'm getting weird Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food and Totally Disappoints Me After Like 8 Episodes vibes?

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Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food and Totally Disappoints Me After Like 8 Episodes vibes

LOL! It's comments like yours that has completely put me off giving that show a go 😂

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the first half is worth it. it's so so SO cute. but stop while you're ahead, for sure :D

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OMG...I was totally going to say I was getting Pretty Noona vibes from this but you beat me to it!

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And yet, this drama is way more elegant than pretty noona, and I don't say it because Soo-hyun is a chaebol's daughter or CEO of a company, for me, it has to do with the dialogs and the choose of music and the cinematography. The use of lights and colors... The moral of our leads.

In pretty noona, she had a boyfriend whom she used to sleep with who was a cheater, and her mom was trash, also in the way she spoke. Jina basically had no personality, she and Joon hee went to sleep together like in episode 5 already, and there were screams and rubbish with the sexual harassment in the office that by the way didn't get solved at all.
Here, the two mothers suck, but at least they try to be elegant, nevertheless evil and stupid, I know.
But they pretend to be "better" because they are rich. 😒

And I don't think Soo-hyun and Jin-hyuk will be the type of couple who will have sex throughout this drama. It doesn't look like this type of writing. (Although of course, it will be implicit at the end if they get married, but that will be another story!😉)
For me, it looks like a love story, like deeply falling in love, and like Lollypip says, the union of kindred spirits. In pretty noona, I remember we kept on asking ourselves why Joon hee feel in love with Jin-a. It was like, really... She didn't gave us reasons...

I am also not sure if this drama will disappoint us after ep 8 like pretty noona did even before episode 8, but, except that we really have here a noona romance, this one doesn't give me the "pretty noona" vibe. As I said, it is more elegant, slick and so far a little bit more decent in the morals they are showing (at least our leads).

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i agree with you, actually. i think you've described the strengths of this show really well. i can't pinpoint why im getting the vibe i am---not because of quality, though, you're totally right. this show is so elegant (great word) and the production is so gorgeous--i think its just the pacing. and its only Ep3, so maybe that will change.

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But I think a slow pace is needed here, precisely because of the poetry and music and this melancholic mood they want to show, which is a main feature of Soo-hyun's personality.
Still, of course, we will have to see what happens. 😉

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I love Woo Seok after this episode! It was always going to happen because I love the actor, but I was really surprised in a good way when it was revealed that he truly cared for Soo Hyun and didn't want his mom controlling her. I also think, like many others, that he faked the affair in the first place so that she could leave him without guilt and with the hotel. I'm a bit worried that Jin Hyuk's presence will make him vengeful, but I'll have faith for now.

As for our lead couple, they are so sweet together I just want to pinch their cheeks. It's nice how smoothly and slowly their feelings have transitioned into romance, because what they are is exactly what you said: kindred spirits seeking each other out in whatever form they can. Driver Nam's happiness at seeing Soo Hyun happy was also incredibly moving. I'm loving how much good-hearted characters there are in this drama, even as the two or three "evil" ones are causing more than enough chaos lol.

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They are sweet together. I loved their time on the beach playing with sand - such child thing to do, but Soo Hyun was genuinely happy. And that made me happy.

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I was thinking the same thing about the whole affair thing. If that's true, than Woo Seok is a way better man than we first thought.

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Believe it or not, this drama is my first Bogummy outing, and I think I finally get what all the hype is about - boy, he fine. It's definitely a face you'd want to help sell a million skin brightening serums (and teeth that belong in a whitening toothpaste ad 😂). There's just this easy, breeziness about him that makes him so easy to watch.

However, I'm yet to be convinced by his acting - it's probably unfair of me as I have no point of reference, but his 'look at me, I'm a cute puppy!' act is getting on my nerves. It'd be more believable if his character was in his early 20s, but for a supposed 29-year-old, I'm not buying it.

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Hmm. About his acting, he's almost not 'acting' at all. That's how Bogummy is in real life, and he's 25. No reason to think that'd change in 4 years.

I agree with you, though, I found him more compelling in I Remember You where he played someone far from his real personality, and in Moonlight where he was a bit of a jerk and badass. But I think when the inevitable angst comes in this drama, we'll see what he can really do, so I'm looking forward to the angst for once!

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@blnmom I agree with you on the other two shows so I hope you are right about this show. I hope the script is just off because he's not acting 29 AND SHK is acting more like a 50 year old character. The contrast is too glaring.

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I don't get why in the world that the ex mother-in-law is holding on to Soo Hyun! She can pick and choose anyone. Why her? Just leave her alone!

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Spite, Pride, Control. Having a Prime Minster In Law sure as hell helps to be a more garbage person.

Something tells me she is not afraid to get her hands dirty.

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Yep. Legit reminds me of those news on how the former lady president of South Korea was being controlled by her advisor(?). She had a heavy influence on the president's decision and practically run the country for her. Bet this was what ex-mother-in-law would be if Soo Hyun remarries and her father becomes the president.

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Her father needs to do something drastic to free his daughter. It’s insane.
The mother, mother in law etc. why are there’s dramas making such vicious female characters. It’s awful.

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trust me, you can find those vicious female character in real life too. lol, my own mom is very similar to soohyun's mom. mad controling like that, with some sharp tounge too.

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1. I really like the quality of light in this drama. Each shot is framed so beautifully, and so many of them are really spare and uncluttered.

2. When Mother-in-law threatened Soo-hyun at the beginning, I think there was more to her threat than we know. She said (I believe), "You will lose everything, and you know what that means...." I won't be surprised if there is a child that Soo-hyun would lose visitation rights to. One of the paintings she was sitting in front of was of a little girl.

3. Yay for Secretary Jang and Driver Nam! SH needs friends like them in her corner!

4. Really, what is driving Mother-in-law to persecute SH like this? And isn't minion Choi just such a scumbag?

5. The saddest thing so far was hearing WS say, "When did we ever have what you could call a life?"

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6. Her father seems to be on her side in spirit, but not willing to lift a finger to help her or himself. I wonder why? He used to be a reporter, and now he can't stand up to his wife? What's the backstory on that?

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Yeah I`m kind of disappointed with her father - like, he didn't want to give her ring to check up on her cuz he didn't know how she was? Was this exchange somehow lost in translation cuz I don't get what other way he would know her well being other than give her a ring. He had to wait until she did. Anyways, it really seems like Soo Hyun cares for him so much and she keeps everything in more because of him.

Speaking of reporters - we are getting more and more scenes between her driver and that team manager in Jin Hyuk's department. I wonder what's the significance of their scenes together. I hope they're not just fillers, cuz tbh, I couldn't care less if her husband is cheating on her or not.

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I think the past has something to do with her father being this way.
I hope they tie it back.
Otherwise I would rather not watch Nam driver and the lady having ramen often :)

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Driver Nam and the manager go way back to before SH's dad was anybody special, when Driver Nam, Dad, and the manager's brother were reporters together.

I think if her husband is really cheating on her, she will finally see Driver Nam as the guy who has always been there for her. He deserves a happy ending too.

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#5 - was that the reason why he let her go, so that at least one of them could have a life?

No matter how much I`m having second lead syndrome because of him, I just don't think they`ll be happy together - from that line alone they're both too lonely to be together and seem stuck in one place. What Soo Hyun needs is someone to help her get out of that cage she`s in. But Woo Seok is in a very same condition as her.

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Soo-hyun needs to start a new business using money from the success of her divorce hotel business then give back the divorce hotel to the MIL and physically leave this crazy world of hers.

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She is savvy, knows English and has money! Just run to US or Europe or even Cuba and live!
I can't stand this crazy mother/mother-in-law business.

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She knows English but dang, I wish SHK had practiced those lines a few hundred more times before filming that speech in Cuba scene. I had to twist my ears to figure out what she said.

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@maestroca @mayhemf Sadly, her father is tying her down. I think she couldn't care less of her mother, but it's her father that she has filial duties with.

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Guess I am too selfish to understand these 'filial' business. How can you make someone happy if you are not happy yourself.
if she left the country with some false pretension then reporters wont get to gossip feed about her and her father can go about his business.
I am watching this drama hoping to see her 'breaking free' and making her own choices for happiness.
so I dont have First lead or SLS. All i want is her freedom and happiness.

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Loved this drama! Fairytale illustration at the start seems to summarise the episode. Its slow but i loved it that way.

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This drama is odd, but sooo friggin' interesting at the same time. The characters seem multidimensional. We've gotten quite a bit in 3 episodes compared to you average drama.

I really like the ending of this episode. Simply put, he missed her. He wanted to be around her. A logical drama explanation of a sometimes illogical emotion.

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Thanks for the quick recap. I really do like the pace of the show. Song Hye Kyo's acting is so nuanced and with depth.

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This is definitely her best performance so far... she conveyes sadness and loneliness so beautifully... not to mention she’s breathtakingly gorgeous!

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It will be of no surprise that I’m in love with everything in this show. Now, I still think Pretty Noona had a better opening 3 episodes (can anyone forget the under-the-table skinship?) but no one pulls off pensive and ardent sincerity like Park Bo-gum. No one. The CEO who is still her parent’s daughter and her ex-husband’s ex-wife is more true in Asia than here in the US. Even though she is rich and powerful, she is still has no independence and no freedom. Damn filial piety and patriarchal societies. She is the most compelling character so far, and her stepping on eggshells all her life will definitely make for a cathartic scene down the road when she breaks free from all societal chains. I hope Song Hye-go delivers. Because I’m pretty sure Park Bo-gum will break my stupid heart well before that happens. And she needs to fix him and me in the process!

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His smiles cured my hand instantly in one night 😂😂

I'm curious about the father, he seems nice and sorry about his daughter's life. Having mr. Nam to be her guardian might be his way to protect his daughter. It was shown that the mother is the ambitious one to get into blue house. I'll be waiting for the daddy - daughter feel good interaction later on

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So glad your hand is bettter and even more glad you’re commenting here! But yes, his smile could cure diseases, I’m certain of it.

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Would just like to say that I managed to enjoy this episode by pressing ff button whenever either one of the revolting mom showed up...

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Oh, I need to try this.

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I thought I'd mostly be annoyed by the psycho mothers but instead I was pleasantly surprised (don't get me wrong - they are bff in sociopathy but that does not distract as much as i thought from the good bits).

This show paints a nuanced picture emotional beats. This episode the key emotion was 'yearning' and it was present in so many different shapes and sizes - from SH's longing for all the things she is not allowed to have (being carefree as the little girl in the painting), to JH counting floors up to her window, to WS faking casualness while trying to please a woman who never sees him, or JM showing up to her friend's restaurant just in case she'd bump into her 'best friend'. But it's not enough to hope for something to happen - you have to actively go for it. SH's ex loses out because he spent years dancing around the subject but never had the courage to openly express his feelings. JH is such a breath of fresh air because once he identifies his yearning for what it is he is willing to put himself out there; be completely vulnerable. SH is stunned and moved to tears because in her world of masks and control freaks this is the first time someone dares to be this open. This was all quite lovely done.

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My heart broke for WS though when he googled, while about to write a note, how to express his feelings without "burdening" the other person. They were married for a year but are not just quite compatible, despite how much WS seems to care for SH. It's quite telling how Secretary Jang tells WS off not to interhere if he cannot protect SH. Which appears to be WS' main regret.

And then contrast that to JH who has no inhibitions in expressing his feelings towards SH and who is willing to do everything to protect her and make her happy.

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I think Woo-seok never stopped loving Soo-Hyun. He pretended to be in love with someone else to give Soo-Hyun a reason to leave him. He saw how suffocated Soo-Hyun was under his mother’s thumb and it hurt him to see that. 🤯

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Yup @labeatnik1 This was exactly what I was positing (below). 😉

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BORING is the only word that comes to mind with this show

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I agree with you only for this episode tho.

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Wow, boy. That was quick. But seriously, there's nothing I love more that the stage where a man and a woman are just good friends with no intention of being more when it comes to a romance story. It's light, sweet and painless. Until someone confesses and sparks up emotional conflict.
I expected more... trouble. After the scandal. I expected Jin Hyuk's life to be somewhat ruined and reporters attacking Soo Hyun or whatever. But I'm glad that hasn't happened (yet?) cuz that's just frustrating for me.
She has not one, but TWO evil mothers. Dang.

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I loved the latter half of this episode so much. Bogum's expressions conveyed "that feeling" so well... of that initial curiosity, interest about their wellbeing, being despondent to see them left alone, so much so that it overwhelms your own tiredness and make you drive all the way to see them. And they just had to include one of the most touching poems ever- "yearning," which is at the heart of cha soo hyuns life. Who knew shots of shoes could be so intimate? And that haunting ost at the end. Wow.

I know this is a melodrama, so I'm tucking in for the rough ride ahead. But I'm so glad this is the drama that finally made me end my kdrama hiatus of over an year.

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I was a little bit disapointed by the acting of SHG. I couldn't feel her anger will all the mother-in-law issue. I understand she can't react because of the "blackmail" (I'm curious what secrets the mother-in-law knows about the father), but I wanted to feel that she's angry and frustrated.

I'm curious about the ex-husband. He has feelings for her and care about her so what happended ?

If PBG has only two suits, he could sell his coats to buy another suit.

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I wonder how much his white parka costs 😂😂😂 Looks quite expensive and I bet it’s going to be sold out soon.

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LOL! I'm going to a colder country for a vacation, looks a bit too warm but such a nice creamy white!

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...and his fuzzy sweaters.

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It's already being sold though lol. He wore that one in Hyori's homestay season 2 if you're watching that show. The brand is Eider and he is the model for the brand. And yes, the price is the bomb.

The suits are from TNGT, he is also the endorser for the brand. Such a great PPL but i love it lol

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I think she's mostly sad and resigned after suffering that type of life for so long. So for me it makes sense that she's kind of passive now.
But at some point I expect her to feel a wake up call; that she needs to fight for her happiness if she wants to have some...

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Yes, but they filmed her reacting to the words of her ex mother-in-law.

My issue with the SHG or her character, it's the gap between what is happening or what is said about the character and the SHG's acting. I don't know if it's writing, the directing or the acting, but I never saw her as an ice princess or it looks like she should be a little bit anger but nothing...

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Maybe because it's not first time her mil pull something like that? And she seems very protective of her father, he give me the feel of this type of man who everyone feels sorry for, because he has harpy for wife but it's actually ok with giving all the power to the wife and have her taking all the blame.

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Boy got balls!!

This comment applies to both ep 3 and 4.

I acknowledge that this drama is indeed a bit boring, but i love the slow burn, and i loooove both of the leads. It may not be a perfect drama but it makes me feel giddy and happy.

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Oh he got some giant sized super iron fortified balls.
The sensitive-bookwarm vibes he'd been showing off never prepared me for the last scene in ep 4. Hm!

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This drama is really something else. It can be boring yet very interesting at the same time. What I don’t get is, this is supposed to be a love story between 2 ppl, why did it suddenly become a love square where the main guy’s best friend which is a girl has special feelings for him when the main guy is slowly finding himself falling in love with the female lead. To top it off, the female lead’s ex hubby is still in love with her ?? 😂😂😂 Btw, Park Bogum’s smile is really infectious & every time i watch every of his scenes I smile like a crazy person 😅

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I think the love square is standard kdrama. Gotta put hurdles in there somehow.

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I'm interested in SooHyun character, she so self assured it's rare in dramaland. but I'm suprised with PB acting, there are moments when he is all over the place, like I must check myself mentally that he is 30 in this drama, because the way he is presented feels more like someone 20 yrs old, I wonder if it's director fault or if he don't have grasp on his character yet.
I don't like scheming cheabols plot, because already mother in law is show as so omnipotent that our leads don't have a chance with her, which will lead to some convoluted storytelling.

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I like PBG but I agree, maybe it's the director's request? It's like he is extra cheerful, when he could use a bit more subtlety, but I think he is getting better each episode.

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It seems his cheeriness doesn't fit the situation. In this regard, ep 1 was a bit off, ep 2 was good, ep 3 is just way off so I feel like I'm on a roller coaster ride in the acting department.

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Omo, it's P.O again as the mischievous straight-out-of-the-army younger brother! I had to rewind it to ensure I wasn't watching Fluttering Alert by accident, haha!

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@Guanlinnie Those were my thoughts too!

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Aaah, this show truly puts me in a romantic mood.
It's so wonderfully unhurried and it fills me with calm; like watching the sea or the stars, or enjoying a glass of wine, or taking a stroll outside.

I feel like I'm simultaneously falling in love, as our couple's feelings grow.
The acting, directing and cinematography are in perfect tune, and it translates into a really beautiful product.

More please!

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Well, I need a driver Nam in my life that will set me up on dates with cute guys. The story is a bit too fairy tail for my taste, but I'm still enjoying it, and the interactions of the two leads.
I'm also feeling that PBG's talent is a bit wasted in these episodes, just being cute. I'm looking forward to his character to face more conflict so we can see other sides of Jin Hyuk and not only the happy and adorable.

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Yee I think the writer is wanting this to have that fairy tale quality as she have reference to different fairytales like cinderella, snow white, sleeping beauty and Rapunzel. Not saying it is wrong for you to not like that!

I think and hope like you that we gonna se him flexing his acting muscle as the story progressing :)

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Thanks @lollypip. I guess I'll never understand the chaebol need to totally control and micromanage the life of the next generation, as if it was a matter of life and death. They seem to have no concept of what being a loving parent is.

I feel strongly for Soo Hyun that she (and her rather sweet husband) never really had a life of their own. I'm guessing that he engineered the 'affair' so as to allow her to get a divorce, and so that she could be free of his mother. Only , it did not turn out that way, (much to my horror, not just Soo Hyun's) and it seems that she's as much under ex-in-law control as ever.

I'm wondering if this show can have a happy ending. I'm not even sure what constitutes a happy ending for Soo Hyun. Even if she gave up everything and ran off to the ends of the earth, I'm thinking her in-laws will never let it go. I kind of wish she'd like her husband more and be happy with him, but then she'd have to remain an obedient puppet all her life.

I agree that the tropes are many, but that they are well used in this story. They feel fresh and organic, not just pushed into the plot to fulfil the required quota of tropes. I like how the good people are really down-to-earth sensible and ok, and not over reactive or silly. Although peopled by characters that could be caricatures, most of them come off as relatable and likable, and the OTP relationship feels well grounded.

I'm extremely glad to be liking this show, after my initial fears. 😆

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>I'm guessing that he engineered the 'affair' so as to allow her to get a divorce

Many people seem to be guessing the same, but why isn't he more resentful towards his mother if that's what happened? I'm thinking it was a bit more complex, perhaps she was always very cold to him and he felt that was the easier way for both of them. Later maybe he regretted and decided to try to get back together.

I'd say this show will almost certainly have a happy ending, the moms are too crazy to win in dramaland. :)

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@lixie Heheheh! That's a nice assurance to have or I'll be dreading 'wasting' 16 hours on this show. Not sure I want another sad ending.

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This week's episodes were okay for me, but the anticipation for the coming episodes is not that strong like what I felt for the first week. I just don't get the in law's motives for scheming and making Soo hyun's life difficult. I just can't understand her. Rich people are too hard for me to comprehend.

I'm still enjoying the show mainly because of the leads but I don't know how long I could last because from what I see the show's gonna be just that same 'ol kdrama. I was expecting a much more poignant story where in you can feel and emphatize with all the characters not just the leads. Maybe I expected too much because I unexpectedly watched (just to ease my excitement for Boyfriend's coming eps) this on going J-drama with a noona romance (but much more controversial). I was just impressed with how they beautifully and carefully executed the budding attraction of the leads and no one's a true villain, just society's rule and norm. But I'm still gonna keep my hopes up for the show still have a number episodes to prove itself.

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I love your Username :) Would like to travel to Vietnam soon to see them bioluminscent plankton at night.

Feeling kind of the same for ep 3 after so much build up and cutesy moments from eps 1&2. I just have a sad hunch though that I maybe weeping not only for the 2 leads but also for the ex husband and the girl best friend as climax ensues. They have such lonely, longing eyes. I hope they would not turn into villains but at the same time if they won’t, they’d be left miserable :(

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I loved Something in the rain/Noona who buys me food wher etge main couple had the same age difference and they had to overcome all the prejudice from family, friends and society. But I still enjoy this drama as well (for now) as it adds the additional layer of being a ceo and coming from a prominent family. Yes, it is difficult to relate to her life but I really hope to see her break the chains that hold her down and see how the story can evolve from there. What jdrama did you watch? Title please!

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I guessing the drama referred to is "Chugakusei Nikki"!

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Park Bo-Gum! The lines in this drama are absolutely heartwarming, have we ever had it so good, I wonder?
Ex-husband is definitely a contender, there is letting go, and then there is giving up on you, the latter can never be mistaken for the former!
This drama is a keeper.

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@ryanglass I do like the script too ... were there any lines that you liked in particular?

Also, there seems to be a thing about having poetry in shows nowadays. Is this the 4th show these 2 years that there's poetry and it matters?

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Oh yes.
It's the way he says things she never expects.
“Today is our first day..” OMGosh! And then pretends an interest in snacks. (I've heard that line many times, but it's different here)
“I missed you...” It was unexpected.
That Poem was absolutely a confession and an encouragement for her to persue her dreams.
I haven't noticed, but you could be right and poetry themed drama's are gaining a foothold..
I think this drama is giving us the familiar but in a different and surprising manner...what do you say?

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@ryanglass

giving us the familiar but in a different and surprising manner...

Yup, I don't want to include spoilers, but I know that Ep 4 had a trope reversal that made me laugh out loud. I kept saying that I feared this kind of romance would just be full of cliches, but the way they are done here is fine. I'm told that tropes are useful shorthand for viewers to know what's happening without too much 'explanation' and can be well used, so shows do not need to avoid tropes, just use them appropriately or as in this case, with a fresh touch to them. I'm therefore liking this show more than I expected, which is always great for a jaded drama-watcher like myself. 😆

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trust me, you can find those vicious female character in real life too. lol, my own mom is very similar to soohyun's mom. mad controling like that, with some sharp tounge too.

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I really didn't think this drama could become more trite and formulaic and then we get episode 3. Then along comes the Korean version of the teddy bear Ko Chang Seok to play cupid. A not so chance encounter and an ex still in love with her. The best thing about episode 3 is the introduction of Jang Seun jo as a foil. I loved him in Money Flower. I'm glad to see him here. I might end up liking him better than Park Bo gum's character.

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I am also very interested in their backstory. I am surprised that the mother even allowed a divorce. WS must have had a very convincing argument. Maybe he realised only afterwards that he was in love with SH? Wonder if they ever loved each other or if they got married only because the elders decided this for them.
The contract with that clause is just crazy.

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@tesshan I had the impression that it was Woo Seok who initiated the divorce, claiming that he had another woman. He seems to have a bit more sway with his mum than poor SH. So mummy dearest got her contract all prepared to enslave SH to the family forever.

I can't understand this. I guess it's just power play ... just because she can. There are other ways to collaborate with the Presidential family and marriage is hardly the best way too. *face palm*

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I remember SH asking WS in an earlier episode why he still wasn't married after pleading with her to divorce, since he had already met the supposed "love of his life". After ep3, could it mean that WS asked for a divorce, to set the love of his life free?

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@doublefault Yes, I believe that, that's all WS could do for SH. He couldn't entirely protect her from his mother, but could let her get away. However that backfired on them. SH never knew how her husband actually felt about her. Sad. They might have found a way to 'escape' if they had joined forces against the mums.

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I thought as well but it makes no sense. I don't think the mother would agree to a divorce just because he wants it. It would be bad pr for the company. SH mom said she needs to apologise to him so I wonder if he actually really met someone he fell for briefly and wanted a divorce and she took the blame for it all to help him. And now that he does not have her he realises that he has feelings for her (the classic rich boy realising he wants the toy back after he dumped it)? Otherwise why start to buy her gifts etc if he divorced her to set her free. In Korea marriage is still a powerful tool to get to positions of power. SH was a good match because her dad was mayor of Seoul and that is why the mother agreed to the marriage.

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Everybody's already speaking up my mind but I just want to know the english song that was played in Episode 1 when Jin Hyuk waiting for Soo Hyun at the cafe in Cuba, and also in this episode when Jin Hyuk went strolling the beach taking pictures and met Soo Hyun.

Trying shazam, soundhound and other things but to no avail. Will tvN release it? I saw 2 OSTs have been released but both are korean songs. 😭😭😭

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