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Boyfriend: Episode 6

It’s to be expected that the closer our cute couple grows, the more aggressive their enemies become, but that doesn’t make it any easier to watch. Luckily, Jin-hyuk’s example is beginning to give Soo-hyun courage, and she’s growing more confident in her ability to stand up against those who would prefer she remain meek and obedient. The tension is building until something is bound to snap, and if she’s lucky, that “something” might just be Soo-hyun’s willingness to let others control her life for one more minute.

  
EPISODE 6 RECAP

After mutually agreeing to see where their feelings take them, neither Jin-hyuk nor Soo-hyun are sure what to do next. Jin-hyuk invites Soo-hyun for a romantic ride on his bike, and he puts his gloves on her cold hands. He says her small hands are cute, and she tells him that if he keeps calling her cute, she might start to think it’s true.

Jin-hyuk jumps on his bike and coaxes Soo-hyun to sit behind him, firmly wrapping her arms around his waist. They both grin wildly as he pedals to nowhere, just enjoying each other’s company.

They stop at a small coffee shop, where Jin-hyuk buys a little cake to celebrate their “some” relationship status. He removes the two Christmas ornaments from the top of the cake and suggests they each take one as a keepsake.

He mentions that Soo-hyun has never worn the lipstick he got her and asks if she doesn’t like it, but she says that it seems more like a Spring color. Jin-hyuk says that now that they’ve ridden a bike and are having coffee together, it’s Spring for them.

Later, they both end up putting their Christmas ornaments next to the shoes they’ve saved from their meeting in Cuba. They also decide to change each other’s contact info in their phones — Jin-hyuk tries out an informal “Soo-hyun” but decides it’s too soon and goes back to “Director”, while Soo-hyun bites the bullet with “Jin-hyuk.”

Woo-seok calls out Director Choi, his mother’s mole at Donghwa Hotel, to ask about the rumors. He barely holds in his temper as Director Choi criticizes Soo-hyun for being too soft, then says in a tightly controlled voice that Soo-hyun may seem cold, but she has a warm heart.

He asks, oh-so-sweetly, why Director Choi confronted Soo-hyun in front of so many employees, and Director Choi belatedly realizes that he’s not here for an anti-Soo-hyun gossip session. He says that Soo-hyun keeps avoiding him, but Woo-seok reminds him that Soo-hyun is not his friend.

He tells Director Choi that companies usually give hotels to the eldest son, which would make him Soo-hyun’s replacement if Soo-hyun is kicked out. But he says that Soo-hyun made Donghwa Hotel successful, so it wouldn’t be right to take it from her.

He says that he doesn’t deserve the hotel — and neither does Director Choi. Director Choi claims that he has no such aspirations, and Woo-seok’s smile is positively predatory.

The next morning, Soo-hyun decides to wear the lipstick from Jin-hyuk after all. As she’s heading into work, she spots Jin-hyuk nearby zipping up his tie, and even Driver Nam sees Jin-hyuk and gets a giggle out of his zipper tie.

The HR team is busy working on the opening for the Sokcho hotel, and Manager Lee volunteers Jin-hyuk to handle the celebrities. Han-gil points out that that’s the most difficult job and Jin-hyuk is very new, but Jin-hyuk says he’d like to try, and Eun-jin (the office flirt) is assigned to help him.

Jin-hyuk’s friend, the tea shop ajumma, invites him to bring Soo-hyun over to try out a new tea. Soo-hyun smiles at his texted invitation, but she replies that she has another commitment, so he says they can go another day.

At Dae-chan’s restaurant, Jin-myung says that he hopes his brother and Soo-hyun end up together, and they both agree that Soo-hyun is awfully pretty. Dae-chan comments that there’s something wrong with Secretary Jang, but Jin-myung says that she’s cuter and a better catch than him (Dae-chan: “Hey, I have a knife in my hand…”).

Jin-myung has been flipping through the dating app, and he shows Dae-chan the profile of a woman that he thinks is perfect for him. She’s got her face covered with a scarf in her profile picture, and a note saying that she’s got high standards, which Dae-chan finds rude but Jin-myung takes as confidence. Jin-myung sends the woman a message on Dae-chan’s behalf, and of course, it’s Secretary Jang.

Director Kim brings a report to Soo-hyun on how the event planning is going. She asks whether she should invite Chairwoman Kim, and Soo-hyun tells her to send an invitation to her, and to Woo-seok as well.

Her mother literally shoves her way into Soo-hyun’s office, visibly upset. She tells Soo-hyun that the way she envisions a hotel before she builds it is the same way her mother envisions being the wife of the prime minister. She warns that anyone who gets in the way of her vision will pay, even her own child.

Soo-hyun ducks her head and lowers her eyes like an obedient child, but when her mother stops talking, she says, “You’re my parent. You’re my mom and I’m your daughter.” Her mother growls that value is more important to her than being related.

Jin-hyuk happens to be leaving work at the same time as Soo-hyun, but they only get a chance to nod at each other before Soo-hyun drives away. Jin-hyuk notices that something seems off with Soo-hyun, so he texts her that she looks prettier than a model wearing the lipstick he gave her.

Director Choi arranges for Jin-hyuk to be invited to the Sokcho hotel opening as a reporter, planning to make Soo-hyun explain herself in front of everyone. Manager Lee worries that humiliating Soo-hyun could harm her father’s candidacy, but Director Choi only cares about his own advancement.

At a meeting regarding the new hotel in Cuba, the architect that’s doing the renovations suggests that they get rid of the garden in the middle of the building. But Soo-hyun tells her not to touch it, believing that the garden is the soul of the hotel.

On her way back, she stops to pick up something at her tailor’s, and she buys a tie for Jin-hyuk while she’s there. As she waits for it to be gift-wrapped, she hears Woo-seok’s voice behind her, saying that he wants to wear a certain suit this weekend to impress a woman.

He sees her and comes over to ask if she heard anything. She just says no and walks out, but he cheers up when the saleswoman tells him that Soo-hyun bought a tie for a man.

Jin-hyuk visits the tea shop ajumma and tells her shyly that he and Soo-hyun are in a “some” relationship. Ajumma says that she didn’t recognize Soo-hyun at first, but she knows now that Soo-hyun is Jin-hyuk’s CEO, and she seems concerned about whether or not they can have a normal relationship.

Jin-hyuk says that he’s willing to take the risk, because whenever Soo-hyun smiles, it makes him happy. Ajumma comments that this doesn’t seem casual for him, and Jin-hyuk looks surprised, then grows thoughtful.

Driver Nam wants to pick up Jin-hyuk and have a soju with him, and he asks Soo-hyun why she’s being so careful, because it’s okay to spend time with people who make you happy. He declines a call from Director Kim, but Soo-hyun says that she’s been stressed with the Sokcho hotel opening and needs to relax.

She drives to the tea shop after all, then just sits in her car, unable to go inside. Jin-hyuk finds her with her head on her wheel, and he knocks on the window, scaring her to death. He invites her inside for tea, but instead she suggests they go for a walk.

As they walk, Jin-hyuk gives Soo-hyun his scarf, which she says smells nice. She asks how he’s doing with the hotel opening and asks if it’s difficult inviting celebrities, but he says it will all work out. He asks her how he made the Donghwa Hotel a success in such a short time, and she says that she recruited top talent from hotels around the world, and used what she learned of other top hotels as a model for Donghwa.

Since she clearly knows how to take risks, Jin-hyuk asks why she’s so hesitant with him. She says she’s not sure, and he makes a face and keeps walking. But she catches up and slides her hand through his arm, and Jin-hyuk, thrilled, adjusts her grip until they’re holding hands. Awww, they’re so happy.

When they get back to the car, Soo-hyun gives Jin-hyuk the tie, fibbing that it came with a gift for her father. Jin-hyuk looks like he might explode from the pleasure of getting a gift from her. He says that nobody’s ever given him a tie before, and Soo-hyun admits that she’s never given one, either. At home later, Jin-hyuk googles how to tie a necktie, and practices in the mirror.

Driver Nam takes Soo-hyun’s advice and meets Director Kim for drinks, and she tells him about the picture she saw of her husband with another woman. Driver Nam offers to beat her husband to a pulp since her brother isn’t here to do it. Director Kim grumbles that her brother was weak and died, but Driver Nam disagrees, saying that her brother was the best of them.

Director Choi runs into Woo-seok at the driving range, and he gloats that the HR team is having trouble getting celebrities to attend the new hotel opening because they’re afraid of Taekyung Group. Woo-seok doesn’t comment, but he looks disturbed.

It’s true that Jin-hyuk is having trouble, so he visits an entertainmeent company in person, but he’s left to wait in the lobby for hours. Finally an assistant tells him that the actor is busy that day, so he heads back to the hotel to regroup.

The entire office is shocked to see Woo-seok walk in and offer to help with their celebrity problem. He asks Jin-hyuk for the invitation list, and Manager Lee grabs it from Jin-hyuk to hand it over. Woo-seok says that he knows most of them and tells Jin-hyuk (who has no clue who he is) that he’ll handle it.

Jin-hyuk asks who that guy was, and Eun-jin tells him that Woo-seok is Soo-hyun’s ex-husband. Director Kim chastises Manager Lee angrily for giving Woo-seok the list without her permission.

Soo-hyun takes the other gift she bought (a sweater) to her father, who tells her that he’s heard what’s going on from Driver Nam. He asks if she’s okay, then says that it’s one thing if Jin-hyuk is someone important, but if this is all just happening by chance, then it hurts him to see her the center of gossip.

Soo-hyun just says she’s used to people being overly interested in her life, but she reassures her dad that it’s not his fault. She invites him to the hotel opening in Sokcho, but he says a politician would only ruin the mood and promises to visit later.

Back at work, Hye-in pulls Jin-hyuk aside to warn him that Woo-seok and his mother are scary people, but Jin-hyuk just says that no matter how big they are, he’s still himself. Hye-in says that there’s a rumor that they’re eyeing the hotel, so Soo-hyun can’t afford to make them angry.

She asks if Soo-hyun will have his back, and he grows serious, not liking the question. Jin-hyuk listens and thanks her for her concern, then goes back to work.

On the day of the hotel opening, Soo-hyun’s mother orders her husband to go with her, but he stubbornly reads his paper. She grabs it and crumples it into a ball, warning him to get up before she does something worse.

Chairwoman Kim is offended when Soo-hyun isn’t there waiting to greet her the moment she steps out of her car, as if she has nothing else to do. She’s preparing to start the event, but when she runs into Jin-hyuk in a hallway, she notices that he’s not wearing the tie she got him (and she admits that it actually wasn’t free).

He pulls it from his pocket, confessing that he can’t figure out how to tie it. Soo-hyun takes it and puts it on him herself, making him puff up happily at the intimate gesture. Soo-hyun tells him to wipe the grin off his face, but Jin-hyuk just giggles that he can’t, hee.

Nearby, Woo-seok sees them smiling at each other, and he turns and walks away.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony goes off without a hitch, and afterward, Woo-seok finds Jin-hyuk taking photos in one of the hotel rooms. He comments on Jin-hyuk’s tie, saying that the person who gave it to Jin-hyuk has good taste, then he leaves again.

Chairwoman Kim sits down with Soo-hyun’s father to discuss the merging of political parties. He tells her that it won’t happen because their values are too different, and Chairwoman Kim accuses him of using Taekyung Group then not following through on his promises.

She obliquely threatens him, mentioning information that she has on him and the “vulgar” gossip about Soo-hyun. She says that he and Soo-hyun need to get back in their places, but Soo-hyun’s father asks her to refer to Soo-hyun by her proper title and not her name.

Chairwoman Kim purrs that family should be close, but Dad reminds her that they haven’t been family in years. She says firmly that he’ll go back to where he belongs soon and they’ll be close like family again, but he tells her not to be so sure about that.

In a bad mood now, Chairwoman Kim finds Jin-hyuk in the lobby and decides to talk to him. She says he’s better looking in person, then asks nastily if Soo-hyun was lonely. Jin-hyuk just politely tells her that he has to work, but she forbids him to leave her presence without permission, accusing him of acting out because he’s close to Soo-hyun.

Something in Jin-hyuk’s expression goes hard, and he turns back just as Soo-hyun and Secretary Jang come around the corner. Soo-hyun hears him tell Chairwoman Kim that he thought he’d learned everything, but he missed the manual on how to treat VIP guests. He apologizes if he offended her and bows, and Secretary Jang stops Soo-hyun from getting involved as Chairwoman Kim lets out a dark laugh.

She says that she can see why Soo-hyun fell for Jin-hyuk, asking where he found the manual that taught him how to seduce rich, lonely women. Secretary Jang leads a distraught Soo-hyun away, so she doesn’t hear him say that he doesn’t need such a manual and offer to show Chairwoman Kim to her seat.

Chairwoman Kim mentions the saying about a dog chasing a chicken in vain. She says darkly that dogs that don’t know their place lose everything they have and starve to death. Woo-seok finds them then, and he tells his mother that she’s needed elsewhere, interrupting the tense exchange.

Shaken, Jin-hyuk takes a moment to calm down, suddenly understanding Soo-hyun’s reluctance to get close to him a lot more clearly. Hye-in finds him, having witnessed the whole confrontation, and he’s visibly shocked and upset that Soo-hyun had to live for so long being treated that way.

Later there’s a press conference, where Soo-hyun answers questions about the hotel in Sokcho and the one she’s planning in Cuba. Jin-hyuk stands with the rest of the photographers, so he’s there when one reporter asks Soo-hyun about the rumor that she’s been dating.

He wants an official statement from her on the subject, but she says that it’s not an appropriate subject for this event. The reporter ignores her and asks if it’s true that the man is actually a stalker.

Soo-hyun looks at Jin-hyuk, who smiles and nods as if to convey that whatever she says, he won’t hold it against her. He starts to leave to take the pressure off, and she remembers him asking her what kind of relationship they have.

In a clear voice, Soo-hyun says, “We’re in a ‘some’ relationship.” Jin-hyuk freezes and turns back to look at her in shock, and he sees her looking right back at him, smiling.

  
COMMENTS

I love that Soo-hyun finally took this step to announce their relationship status, because until now, her relationship with Jin-hyuk has been all about him taking the risks and her following along complacently. Which has been fine until now, since she’s so inexperienced at showing her true self to anyone. It makes sense that she needed to be led into this, or she would have just given up on it like she’s done with every other personal relationship in her life. But after that confrontation with Chairwoman Kim, Jin-hyuk needed reassurance of Soo-hyun’s feelings for him, and you could see how much it meant to him for Soo-hyun to announce to the world that they’re dating.

But aside from the big dramatic gesture, I love how the tiniest things seem so important to Jin-hyuk, which also makes sense now that we know Soo-hyun better. He’s bowled over by something as simple as her meeting him for tea or holding onto his arm because he understands the amount of courage those gestures cost her. Soo-hyun is fighting against a lifetime of conditioning and social pressure in order to simply sit with him in a car, and he knows full well how significant it is for her to even admit that she likes him to herself, much less to everyone she knows, friend and enemy alike. It’s so sweet how Jin-hyuk reacts to each tiny moment like it’s a big one — his inability to control his face when Soo-hyun was tying his tie was adorable — and it really proves how sincere his feelings are for her.

I continue to find Woo-seok a fascinating character, the way he supports Soo-hyun from the wings with not just his mother, but her other detractors, too. Even though you can tell that it hurts him to see her with Jin-hyuk, he cares about her and respects her enough to help her fight her battles even if she may never know it. And if he did manufacture an affair to let her out of their marriage, I can understand why he did it now that we know more about Soo-hyun herself — she’d been too conditioned to obedience by her mother have asked for a divorce no matter how miserable she was, and she would have fought Woo-seok’s request for a divorce under any other circumstances. By throwing himself under the bus and making himself the bad guy, Woo-seok could let Soo-hyun out of a situation that made her miserable, and make sure she was well provided for by giving her the hotel as compensation. I still worry that jealousy and rejection may get the better of him and that he might turn against Soo-hyun and Jin-hyuk, but for now he does seem to be trying to accept the situation graciously and do what he can to support and even help Soo-hyun. So I’m giving Woo-seok the benefit of the doubt unless and until he does something to lose my trust.

I’m scared that Jin-hyuk may try to play the Noble Idiot now that he’s seen the true horror of what Soo-hyun has gone through at the hands of her former mother-in-law, so it’s good timing that Soo-hyun is finally making an effort to take charge of her own life. Jin-hyuk may seem perfect, but he’s still young and he’s never inexperienced cruelty like Chairwoman Kim is capable of, so I wouldn’t blame him if he thought that letting Soo-hyun go would be the right thing to do for her. I have a feeling that their roles are about to switch, and that it will be Jin-hyuk who soon needs coaxing and convincing. I’m looking forward to seeing Soo-hyun grow more confident, and to her being the one that reminds Jin-hyuk that what’s important isn’t money or power, but the genuine love of a true heart.

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@christina41218
Did you notice that SH's earrings this ep?

As the pressure mounted on her, the earrings became even more obvious and heavier chains on our Rapunzel.

I love the details in this drama.

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i love these characters so much, and this show is so gorgeous to watch—but i wish more *was happening.* the slowness is getting a little uninspiring now. i’m sticking with the show, but it doesn’t (yet?) have the energy, the pull, the draw, i was hoping for.

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I still really like the show, but at times it is a bit slow, especially the parts with the secondary characters. I don't care at all about the developing loveline between SH's secretary and that tavern owner. Nor do I care about the discussions between SH's driver and his sister.

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Try to look at it as a mean to balance the show. If it were all about out lead characters, what they think, what they do in their daily life with details... maybe you would get bored. Side characters give you a pause on our leads, and I think it is important they have their own little space in the show with their own problems.
Many times I am upset about secondary characters being no more than gossips talking about the main characters or side kicks backing them up... nothing totally wrong about it, if done with creativity or if it's useful to the plot, but most of the time, that is not the case and their scenes are fillers. Whereas here, I feel some side characters look real, having their own life, and that is good.

Additionally, I give you an example of too much OTP,-"fan service"-screening time that didn't work at least in a couple of episodes of a show (sorry for the critic but...): Pretty noona.
Even though I loved the couple, and by that time (episodes 5 and 6 I think) I didn't know the drama would turn up to be a failure, I was tired of too much otp scenes, too much skinship and too much the same song.
So in conclusion: side characters are needed😂
Sorry for my long answer... 🙄

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Oh definitely lol. Most drama writers tend to make the side characters so boring! But in Boyfriend, I really want to know more about Dir. Kim and her cheating hubby and her poor older brother. I want to know if Secretary Jang is going to end up liking Daechan Hyung despite herself or not.

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Here is a small list of dramas where I feel side characters are great:
My Ajusshi
Mother
Just between lovers
Weightlifting Fairy KBJ
13 but 17
I am not a robot
20th century boy and girl
Prison playbook
Your house helper

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I got quite a bit bored that 6th episode. But I also appreciate it - From the earlier admission in ep 5, that they should say they're in the pre dating phase (what is that?), it was a slow and contemplative build up to Soo Hyun's announcement. The most significant scene I think was Soo Hyun being lead away from the confirmation between Jin Hyuk and ex Mother In Law. Soo Hyun realised that she needs to step up if she wants to keep the boy.

Or was it slow? Haha I think she settled into it very quickly tbh, it's just that the depiction of it was slow and almost boring.

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The pre dating phase, I think that's the subbers way of translating the 'some' relationship because writing 'some' would be confusing. I've always thought that Koreans call it 'some' because there's something more than just a friendship but not enough to call it an official relationship. Explanation got to long but I found this that explains it better T_T and it's more detailed >.<

https://asiaanonymous.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/youre-not-my-girlfriend-youre-just-my-some-investigation-of-the-trending-korean-dating-keyword-some/

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Thank you! That makes sense. Though what a thing to declare so publically. Lol

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True! Considering she's like a celebrity maybe it's a big deal? But we don't see articles on soompi about celebrities having a 'some' HAHA

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My subs had her calling it the "flirting phase" which makes more sense!

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That does. Though that's an interesting official phrase hahaha

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For what I have seen, their status translates the best as "dating" since they are not official boyfriend&girlfriend yet. I was very confused by the wording too.

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In my culture we use dating for official boyfriend-girlfriend. 😢But it makes sense to look at it from your perspective. I kinda get it now . Thanks. :)

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"Flirting" sounds not as serious I think, and they are not yet "dating" to be confirmed as boyfriend or girlfriend... She just announced that JH is not a stalker or a gold digger, because she is interested in him and decides to learn more of him. How about "We are seeing each other", "We are getting to know each other to prepare, expecting to enter an official dating relationship"... ? I know it might sound too long, but that's how I sum up this "SOME" phase.

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"Ssum" stage or pre-dating stage means both parties have a mutual understanding about their feelings for each other without the usual rules and responsibilities of an actual boyfriend or girlfriend.

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Love the slow burn of how the relationship is going, especially knowing Soo Hyun’s situation. Everything is new to her and it is exhilarating to watch her finally be the woman she wants to be. Jin Hyuk is so patient with her, which shows how mature and genuine he is.

Love the two leads’ portrayal of the story! Can’t wait for next week! ❤️

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Encounter once again delivered. Ep6 is just wonderfully written and execution was on point. Loving our OTP and the supporting cast.
PD and production crew did a great job making this drama aesthetically pleasing and making the story flow enjoyable and heartbreaking.
Again art work is just beautiful

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Its rare to see a drama so confident of its story.

Such masterful pacing. It allowed us to gently roll as the pressure slowly and then when it wanted to make us experience...it kicked us hard.

It blindsided us as much as it would JH...we felt as assaulted in that moment as he would. WOW>

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The artworks at the beginning and end are indeed so beautiful. I love that it's a metaphor of what the leads are currently going through. The artwork shows both male and female characters on a boat, traversing a stormy sea. I like that in it, the female character is in front, seemingly unafraid of the strong waves ahead, with the male character in the back, calmly steering and supporting the boat.

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I thought this was another great episode. Yes, it dragged a bit but the sum of its parts is great overall

Heart fluttering scenes aside, I think the most significant scene was when CSH saw JH being humiliated and served hot tea by her ex MIL. I just love how her initial instinct was to intervene and go up against he ex MIL in that situation which is contradictory to how docile she was in her presence during previous meetings. It goes to show that she’s seriously growing some strength as a character

Had Secretary Jang not stop her I wonder how that scene would play out but then again, Secretary Jang stopping her was probably one of the catalyst she needed to finally admit to the whole world that she is dating. And yes, there is nothing wrong with that! I’m curious to see what moves will the villains do next. My money is on that they will put pressure on JH.

It would be a nice change of pace for his character as we’ll see how he’ll handle it

Solid drama so far. I am impressed

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I’m worried the crazy witches will turn to JH’s family. They will use any means possible to rear them apart.

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SH has started the hot war and now all bets are off.

However, she is not weaponless. Now her father has shifted allegiances he would no longer be interested in her going back to that family.

Its going to get interesting.

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Its also going to be scary...Can his world "relationships" resist a world dominated by "value".

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I think we've already seen the hint in the ending of ep4/beginning of ep5, that as long as SooHyun stays firm in her belief in relationships in and of themselves, as opposed to the value that other people can bring to her, then all the problems that JinHyuk may have can have a positive resolution. It's entirely possible that SooHyun may have more allies than we have been shown. Surely there must be other people who supported her hotel venture that are not being controlled by TaeKyung Group...

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Yes, I predict this too. They will probably sabotage their family business!

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First time to comment here just because this show is so damn special! It's my current favorite show and I'm not even a big fan of PBG and SHK. I am completely smitten with the slow burn love story of Soo Hyun and Jin Hyuk! Love how Soo Hyun has become brave and daring, I think she got that from Jin Hyuk. I know the usual comment with this drama is that it's boring but given their background especially Soo Hyun's who has always been restricted from really living her life, the slow burn type of romance makes more sense and makes this story even sweeter and more meaningful. I also love how the ex hubby is helping Soo Hyun without her knowing it which shows that he truly loves her. I hope we see flashbacks of their marriage cause I wanna see why he "cheated" and asked for a divorce despite his feelings for her. I suspect he only pretended to cheat to take off the burden of divorce from Soo Hyun but I'm wondering why he didn't strive to win her affections while they were married? Or maybe he did but when he realized how miserable she was he couldn't take it anymore. That's why even if it kills him to see her with another man he's letting them be cause he can see that she's happy with Jin Hyuk. I hope he continues to be nice cause I'm scared that he will eventually try to take Soo Hyun from Jin Hyuk! Can't wait for next week because of the preview! You go, girl!

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I’m praying WS won’t turn into an evil second lead because

1) I really like the actor.
2) They would waste his potential as an interesting character and instead turn him into a cliché scheming second lead.

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I hope so too. WS would be a much more interesting and compelling character if he continues to be supportive of SH. While I love JH and think he's more compatible with SH as he just *gets* her, I find my heart breaking everytime WS continues to pine for SH and performs knight in shining armor duties for her without letting her know. WS is entering my pantheon of second leads which currently has Taeseok from Autumn in My Heart (officially the reason I got into kdramas), Youngdo from The Heirs, and Rin from The King Loves.

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At first I thought he was going to reprise the sleazy womanizer from Money Flower. I am surprised and happy that they decided to go a different way with it.

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I don't know if he could fake cheat with the same person for 4 years, but I also think his heart isn't in that second relationship. It's not what he portrayed it to be when they divorced - an "I can't live without her" type thing.

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I am also interested to see what Wooseok ends up doing. In this ep he tried to intimidate Jinhyuk in the office, but then he saved Jinhyuk from his mom. He’s fighting with himself, his inherent good nature against his jealousy.

The whole zipper tie thing is so cute. I almost bought a pack of them on amazon, except I don’t know anyone who wears ties.

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I still can't warm up to PB character, the acting is still wobbly and he isn't selling his drama age convincingly, it was mistake on writers part to age because this character doesn't act like someone almost 30 yrs old.
I actually don't mind the slow burn of a pace and truly enjoy watching Soo Hyun starting to blossom, SHK really must connected with her because she nailed it to every expression. I'm curious about her father he doesn't seem that oblivious to his wife and SooHyun's MIL scheming but it doesn't look like he ever did anything to help his daughter.

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I agree with your assessment of PBG’s portrayal, and I’ve always been a big fan of his acting. Something feels a little off here. There are ways to act joyful and carefree without exaggerated mannerisms.

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I don't think that way about his acting, but seriously they should've made Jin Hyuk younger.

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I would love if his drama age match his real life age, because it would make the way he act more natural, right now he is way too childish and immature for someone who supposed to be 29. A lot of beanies cooes over his "innocence" and young age but by the age of 30 people already are plenty experienced.

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Context your statement: the achievement of 30 years does not necessarily coincide with the maturation and emotional growth, personal and professional. There are many thirty age men that show to be superficial, frivolous, inconclusive, without values... Jin shows that he is different: he is idealistic, but determined, he knows what he wants: he is very intelligent and acute. I was struck by the answer he gave to her ex-mother-in-law: he did not give in to provocation: he showed courage and cold blood ... I think it is questionable to criticize him just because he does not has the peculiarities that we think should have for his age: he is a free spirit, it is not labelable ... I was lucky enough to run into a man with these characteristics ... so it exists ... It is not unrealistic...he's my husband

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This is also South Korea, where children still live with their parents until they start their own families. Also, in real life, my brother is “inexperienced” and handsome and probably somewhat naive and he’s in his 30’s. Now, dating a girl in her early 20’s, and finally it’s serious—he just moved out of my parent’s house to live in the same city she is in. Some people are just this innocent.

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Interesting discussion here. I have to agree a lot with @Marta and Ally. In my culture, 28 old men are still very much immature and lacking. They may have finished college but not yet settled in a good position, unless they have money and connections. Jin hyunk comes from a modest household... I find it perfectly realistic he still lives with his parents... (being independent cost lots of money)!!!
Also he is mature and yet playful and cheerful... I don't see how a person cannot be like that.
And in regard to his mannerisms or facial expressions, which seems to be exaggerated... I don't know. I am over 30 and I am like that. I get that comment very often, that I have lots of expressions and I suppose some even don't like me because of it... I am very transparent and have not much of tact when I give my opinion about stuffs... some even may hate me because of that, but then again... I am like that. I cannot just please everybody😂😂😂

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How different is the perception that each of us has of what he sees ... I see in his acting much spontaneity: his expressions are disarming, his talkative eyes are real. I do not understand these objections ... Perhaps to fully savor his acting we should abandon the idea of ​​what we would like he do or how we would like his character to be.

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To each her own :) For each of his previous roles, PBG has always managed to masterfully immerse me into his character’s emotional landscape. This is the first time I find part of his acting actually distracting me from the essence of his character.

But I’d be happy just watching PBG peel linoleum, so the above observations is only a minor inconvenience, won’t keep me from supporting his show.

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I think her father needs to grow a backbone when it comes to fighting his wife. He didn’t look like a total doormat when he spoke with Chairwoman Kim but he complied when his wife forced him to attend the opening ceremony.

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Seeing that his wife was in such a nasty mood he might have attended to protect his daughter.

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Agree, I can't see Jin Hyuk as a 28 yr old. I blame direction and writing here, they are trying to show how cheerful and idealistic he is at every opportunity, and sometimes this doesn't ring true.
Like the tie scene (which I was waiting for, thinking that it would be hot, ha!). It's nice to see that he's as cute as a basket of puppies, but that's not how you behave when you are in this situation. If the person that makes my heart beat fast enough to risk my job was going to tie something around my neck I would be breathless and excited, not laughing without control. Maybe it is because I have never met someone so cheerful, LOL 😂. But Jin Hyuk's cheerfulness and happiness are so impenetrable to very big and real life problems that if feels unrealistic. He's been already threatened by the conglomerate chairwoman. I understand that if you are an optimistic in love you can decide to go against everyone and everything, but it would affect you to some extent, isn't it? He was only concerned about how much Soo Hyun had suffered...that's nice but I can't buy his reaction. It's like this show wants to give the audience a Mr. Perfect to swoon over, but they went too far.

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He did not laugh without control, he was excited. I do not think it's abnormal that a young man of 29 does not know how to wear a tie by himself, my husband has twice as much and I have to put it on him. Men are sometimes a little clumsy, but this is also the charm of his character, I have enough of the cliché of the serious man, strong and sure of himself

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I was not complaining about him not knowing how to do the knot, the thing I was trying to explain is that I don't see growing tension or chemistry between them. He could have been giggling exactly the same if Mr. Nam would have made the knot for him. So for that scene in particular I found that all the giggling was not helping to convey their feelings. If I add this to the fact that he's been threatened by a very powerful person (one that can ruin not only your job but also your future jobs and your family business) and only seemed to care about how much Soo Hyun had suffered...yes, Jin Hyuk comes across as unrealistic and childish sometimes. So even if I like this show and I love PBG, there are some details here that lessen a bit my enjoyment of this drama.

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His reaction is more true and credible than many others: since there is not yet a certain intimacy between them, not to make her uncomfortable, he adopted this apparently playful attitude: I adore him.

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Last episode they showed how stressed out he was about his coworkers reaction to the relationship. There have been several scenes of him looking serious and concerned about the consequences for both of them.

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I think we'll get to the point where JinHyuk will realize that his family is at stake, eventually. But I doubt it will happen until HyeIn gets the chance to tell him about how TaeKyung Group approached her and offered her the chance to write that nasty article on the message board.

The writer did set this up, though. She painted JinHyuk as a person who is primarily bookish and introverted, who "doesn't care much about other people's lives". A guy like that probably has no concept of the nasty things people at SooHyun's level do to each other (in the universe of the show I mean).

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ahah thinks that I find PBG (I think I'll see his previous works) and his character full of facets, perfect as it should be ... It can not be that for now, because it comes from a different world and is in a young idealist who has never had anything to do before with the ugliness of cynical people who lives only for the money and the power... Slowly she will learn to face them, but now he is almost amazed and too worried about her ...

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If you haven’t yet watch “I Remember You” aka “Hello Monster”. It stars another of my faves Seo InGuk but it also shows a different side of PBG’s acting.

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I understand that a 28-year-old man can not be idealistic, can not be joyous or playful, can not be sensitive. Also it is preferable he not to smiles and do not loves poetry because otherwise it could not be considered a man, but only an inconsistent being. Excuse me, but in all sincerity I think Jin is a real man because he manages to give birth to a smile on his woman's lips, because he is giving her hope, self-confidence ... I consider BG's acting very solid: he and this character have many sides in common: therefore he is very natural in acting. In this phase of the drama his character, who is a normal boy, is serene, loved by family and friends and is experiencing love: sorry, but in all honesty, at present I do not see why he should be desperate and sad. .. surely in the course of time he will evolve with the evolution of the love story: I can not wait to dive into a new episode ... he and she are fantastic together because they are l 'one half of the other's apple: they complement each other

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Literally no one in this comment thread even imply that JH isn't "real man", people are just not convinced by the way PB portrait JH character, and that is just it, nothing really personal.

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I think Marta is saying (And correct me if I’m wrong, Marta) is that men like this are real and do exist. Not that people are attacking his masculinity.

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Ok!🤗

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I struggled to get through episode 3 and finally decided to give up on the drama. I believe the reason was PBG and his portrayal of the character. There were things I liked about the drama, especially the scenes in Cuba, but that didn't really include the characters. Honest and truly, I did not like the frequent presence of PBG's smile. The more I saw it the more I found it irritating and fake. (It doesn't help that I used to know someone with a similar frequent smile that was almost never genuinely from the heart) I did try to imagine several other actors in place of PBG and think Choi Min Ho for instance, or Seo Kang Joon, Lee Hyun Woo, Lee Jung Suk, or Kim So Hyun might have done well with this character. I apologize to all you PBG fans out there who probably have your fists clenched as you read this, but that smile just does the opposite to me as to what it does for you.

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I admit I almost dropped this drama because of the same reason. I wonder how much of it is the director’s preference though. PBG has always been on point in previous dramas.

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I dropped Moonlight Drawn by Clouds because of Park Bo Gum and the lead female partly because of that smile, but mostly because I really cringed at the relationship between the two. At times it felt like a boy and his pet or a boy and his little sibling. The interactions were so saccharin and overly "sweet" that they were distasteful. But I loved Park Bo Gum in "Hello Monster." He did a terrific job as a psycho serial killer. The smiles seemed to fit that character better. And yes, I would imagine you are right that the director's preference has a lot to do with how PBG plays the character.

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The romance in MDBC was too saccharine for me too, but i still loved PBG’s portrayal in there (minus the sappy lines, but that’s not his fault). Every time the camera was on him, the countless number of micro expressions that flashed across his face was just amazing to watch.

PBG does really well with complex, layered characters with dueling dispositions (Min the innocent serial killer, Taek the iron fist hidden in velvet gloves, the Crown Prince who is at once sassy, petty yet cunning and strategic). It’s ironic that his most wobbly performance to date is a character who is actually most like him in real life. Maybe it’s a problem with the script - the character isn’t fleshed out enough to use PBG to his potential?

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Have not seen Hello Monster but might check it out now just to see PBG's smile in a manner befitting the role... right now all the smiling just seems soooooo awkward. After reading your comment I understand now why it makes me so uncomfortable bc he looks kind of like a psycho killer....
The smile is all in the mouth the eyes are kinda blank without any intensity or sparkle 😬😬😬😬

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@feh Oh, I didn't really mean that his smile looked like a psycho-killers smile. ha ha ha, although I hunted for a youtube video to show you a clip from Hello Monster/I Remember You and ran across this one of Park Bo Gums genuine smile which to me is much different than many of the smiles in Boyfriend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8q6GxZDkME Sorry, I couldn't find any videos with Park Bo Gum with that smile he used in the film. It seems they cut off the scene right before the smile. Ah well, the link I did put in is entertaining and does show Park Bo Gum's real smile and laugh.

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I also love PBG in Hello Monster, i really wish he will accept more "challenging" roles. I love the way his eyes switches from angelic to devilish look. But i still love this drama anyway. Hehe.

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@zzthorn Don’t apologize. I’m PB fan and think the character doesn’t suit him. They way it’s written doesn’t allow him to act, his role is to be cute, dashing and supportive of the heroine. I stated on previous thread that this role is a disservice to him as an actor. Unfortunately, with dozens and dozens of new handsome actors coming in, Kdrama industry is seriously overcrowded, and lead actors don’t have much of a choice in the script. If he passes on an easily popular drama like Boyfriend, other offers might come after a few years, and public will fall in love with other’s pretty smile. He needs more complex roles and dramas to make the impression as an actor, not just a pretty boy. But these are not easy to come by, and there is a long line of established, older actors who will get such roles before it’s offered to him.

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I'd just like to comment that you are totally entitled to your opinion, but that as we go forward in the drama, JinHyuk's character is grinning less and less? So if the perfect white teeth on display 24/7 were really what put you off, then maybe give it another try? :)

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I also thought he smiled too much.
But then, as the show progressed, I understood the reason. He's a man ready to smile, she's a woman who never smiles. And, as the show progresses (I've watched up to 8 and it confirms this), we see her starting to smile, while he's smiling less, because his naive stance is shaken by the realization of the dirty world of the rich and powerful.
Very often k-drama writers and directors make characters' traits exaggerated in the beginning, so that they will have a longer arc of change. For instance, a cold and mean male lead who treats the girl like a dirty rag and then grows to adore her, ready sacrifice his life for her.
Yes, I understand the reasons, but if this is overdone, it annoys the viewers because the character is so unlikeable and exaggerated like a caricature, that there is the risk that some viewers will give up!

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@irmar Such a nice detail to pick up.
It took me until ep07 to realise the significance of the replay of the opening montage (ep01) where the camera shows us her distressed eyes (not the back of her head) while she sits watching the sun set.

I couldn't figure out why they played the same footage from behind and looking at her face. Until I it finally hit me - that is her realising the realities of that life and her smile in the sunset is her casting that life off.

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I fond Woo Seok fascinating and I really think he deserved a second chance. I'm also sure he fabricated that other woman story so Soo Huyn would be free but since he loves her all of this is hard on him.

I like Jin Hyuk and I think it's good that Soo Hyun likes him back but I can't help but think that she May be Better with Woo Seok if he can free himself from his mother and the two of the start fresh... But it may unfair for Jin Hyuk...

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I actually think Woo Seok is the most fascinating and nuanced character after SooHyun. I am going out on a limb here but I would love to see them reunite, that would be a great twist.

Not that jH and SH arent selling the romance but there isnt enough there to believe whatever they have will surpass their obstacles.

Clearly SH was hurt by the whole divorce, yes she does try to be indifferent towards him but also, she isnt and wasnt indifferent to the whole affair (if there ever was one). I like to think she did have some feeling for him.

I just find the whole unraveling of their relationship more interesting overall than JH and SH. Almost as if JH is the appetizer and WS is the entree...

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While this will be a VERY interesting twist, can you imagine the backlash it will get from the viewers? Lol

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I wouldn’t mind the ex-couple being reunited either. Ex-husband clearly still harbors deep affection for her, and I feel that it is a more substantive love than what JH can offer at this point. Not to trivialize JH’s feelings, but he is so young, less experienced, and has known her for all of 1 month.

I still root for JH, but he has such a breezy, laissez faire attitude to life that I feel like even if this romance doesn’t work out, he would recover with his optimistic paradigm intact. Especially with that speech about how even fleeting encounters are meaningful and worthwhile.

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his deep affection did not bring her so much happiness when it was time

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Very true! That’s why JH is perfect for her at this point in her life, to help her find her moment of truth. Ex-husband also needs to mature, to learn to speak SH’s love language and love her the way she needs to be loved, not just the way he wants to show it.

There is almost zero chances of the writer pairing SH up with the second lead :) but this is one of those rare instances where I don’t think it’s a bad alternate ending once both characters have had some personal growth.

For JH, he already has sincerity in spades, what he needs is to gain some hard life experiences to match her maturity level. In ep 5, his response to a stressful situation that his own actions caused (deciding to play hooky and run away from it instead of taking responsibility) really highlighted for me how I’ll-equipped he currently is to be her partner in her harsh world. But I trust the upcoming angst and suffering will mature JH and make him more compatible with her in this area.

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Wow. You have such a great way with words.
..."I do not think it's a question of maturity but of aridity. Her ex could not give her what she needs because he does not have it himself"...

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is the most ambiguous character, of course, but the scene in which he looked at the phone to look for a sentence struck me, he is dry. JIN HYUK gave it to her in no time. more than what he was able to give her throughout the wedding

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two years have passed since the divorce, she suffered so much. now it's not his time anymore, I think she will be happy only if she hangs a suitcase and goes away with her Jin Hyuk everywhere as long as far away from those people

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Yes I wouldn’t be surprised if they move to Cuba to escape the politics and chaebol prison

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Absurd: he is responsible, with his mother and her parents, for the unhappiness of Soo huyn. .. their marriage should never have been celebrated. His repentance is delayed and innappropriate: if he wants to free his conscience, he should leave her free to live her life ...

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Woo-seok couldn’t protect his wife from his mother. He lost his chance.

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Woo Seok really did have an affair. Remember in ep. 2? when he has a 4 year anniversary dinner with her? That woman very much thinks they are in a real relationship and is wondering why they aren't getting married. So, this is a messy situation. He may have done it as a way to release SH from their marriage but also because he was equally miserable being married to someone who didn't love him or have affection for him.

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After watching the preview for next week I think it will be Jin Hyuk's turn to be pressured? I hope he doesn't go the Noble Idiot route cause clearly, for the first time in her life Soo Hyun wants to fight for her heart and her freedom. Since they can't affect her anymore, I think the villains of this show will target Jin Hyuk now and will try to make him feel that he will only destroy Soo Hyun's life if he doesn't leave her alone. I'm not looking forward to the episode where Jin Hyuk and Soo Hyun's evil mom meet! She's toxic and it's honestly disgusting how she doesn't even treat Soo Hyun like her daughter. I hope she realizes her mistakes soon. She's too blinded by her ambition. As for Soo Hyun, I'm so happy that she has finally decided to take control of her life! She is learning to stand up for herself after being oppressed and miserable for so long and it's so beautiful to watch! You can tell that she is deeply into Jin Hyuk and I dare say he's her first love! Love how she made bold moves in this episode like admitting that they're dating and how she initiated the skinship between them during their walk. She deserves all the happiness in the world!

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Does anyone know what's Soo Hyun's age in this drama? Jin Hyuk is 29 right? I think it's his smile that makes him look way younger than Soo Hyun which is why some viewers are uncomfortable that he smiles often cause it makes him look younger than his age

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Secretary Jang is 35, so Soo Hyun is probably the same age, since I think they were classmates back in school?

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Thanks for the info. Wow, is a 6 year age gap really taboo in Korea? Cause in my honest opinion that's not even a big age gap... I have a 6 year age gap with my partner (I'm the younger one) and it was never really a big deal. But I guess it can be taboo in Korea and it doesn't help that Soo Hyun is a rich, influential person while Jin Hyuk is your average cute puppy next door lol

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I have a feeling maybe the 12 year age gap between the lead actors is the main taboo?

Then again, in Memories of the Alhambra, the girl is 27 and the guy is in his mid to late 3”s and twice divorced. And in Cleaning with Passion, Kim Yoo Jung is 19 and I think her leading man is in his early 30s? So there’s definitely a double standard...

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Sorry I wasn’t clear, I didn’t mean an issue in the drama, I meant in real life :) There seemed to have been a lot of unease and negativity when this pairing was announced, with much attention on the age gap between the actors. And also the fact that PBG is close friends with SHK’s husband.

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Hyun Bin is twice divorced? Has he even married once? (Funnily, he’s SHK’s last publicly known, serious celebrity relationship before her marriage.)

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Even if PBG is close friends with SHK’s husband, that doesn't mean he/they cannot play being in love for the drama, that is why they are actors!!!!!
And they don't need skinship either to convince us they are in love... my best example is always LSK and LJE in my Ajusshi... They barely touch each other throughout the 16 episodes and yet, they made us believe the transcendent love they felt for each other (polemic aside wether it was platonic or not from his side).

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It’s a double standard. Soohyun is still a beautiful woman so it is reasonable for a younger guy to fall for her. No one has these complaints about wrinkled men depicted in relationships with fresh faced 25 year old women.

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That restrained giddiness on JH’s face when she is tying his tie is the most adorable reaction ever. PBG knows he’s cute and he’s totally working it. I find myself grinning ear to ear almost the entire time every episode.

The script is surprisingly not bad, given the writer’s dubious track record. A small pet peeve is that we are still relying SO much on accidental meetings to drive the plot forward. Understandable for the pilot, but now that we’re 6 episodes in, that’s just a bit of lazy writing. JH happens to run into SH at the bridge, ex-husband happens to see her at the store, then also happens to walk by right when she’s tying JH’s tie... 😣 Is that why the title is Encounter? Almost everything is a convenient chance encounter that either resolves the episode’s conflict or introduces the next plot point?

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I’m capping my limit at this episode lol

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As long as it’s not one of them accidentally tripping and having a chance encounter with the other person’s lips, I’d love it! 😋

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I find Woo-seok an interesting character and do wish that jealousy won't get the better of him. Also this is my first drama with the actor and his eyes when acting speaks a lot.

I was anxiously grinning (if that feeling exists) during the tie scene because drama universe won't let it be unseen by other characters, lo and behold, Woo-seok was there.

Applause to Dad for walking out of that conversation with the Chairwoman Kim!

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I suspect you may have misread the politics (Think Sageuk not modern).

He had already moved allegiances and now dismisses both women on this issue (his wife and Chairwoman Kim).

His wife is now out on a limb as domestic political world no longer aligns with external politics. KDramas are full of examples of what happens to women in this scenario.

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When I re-watched the scene where her mother rips up the news paper, the father is actually not looking beaten down. Once you know what is at play after theChairwoman Kim I think he is actually dismissing her totally and plotting.

Matriarchs are rulers of the domestic world ...only as long as it does not interfere with external politics.

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I love that so far, I have zero idea on what Woo Seok's intention towards Jin Hyuk is, good or bad. He may be jealous, but to me he's acting like he simply has neutral curiosity towards JH. He's clearly not a bad guy and he's been supporting SH more than once now. So, I do hope he won't become an enemy to JH.
Jin Hyuk has the mind of a child. I mean that in the best possible way. He finds joy and pleasure in the simplest things. The way he speaks is childlike. He's naive tho he's not at all dumb. He looks like he has a super huge crush on Soo Hyun (or ya know, fanboying) instead being deep IN LOVE with her (if you know what I mean); he looks at her with childlike wonder and awe. Surely he's gonna grow a lot more as the drama goes on, but for now his overjoyed reactions for the little things make me smile and I hope we'll see more of that.

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That is why they are in a "some" relationship and not yet dating ir deeple in love or burn with passion.
I think this is consistent with how you start falling for someone in real life... more or less, if you are lucky enough to have your second other in the same page at the same time, just how it is happening to them.
I also like that he said to her first, that their relationship was ambiguous, and then he ask, even with little of caution, how about they agree to be in a some relationship, because he knew she was feeling the same in her own way...
I think that was very mature of him, and honest and well done... He didn't say he was in love, he said he missed her or he wanted to be significant in her life.
He is so open, but in a very simple and nice way. 🙂
I really like him too. 😍

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SH has turned the tables on the mothers…and her own mother is now in a dangerous position.

While we were all looking at the romance, she lobed a political grenade and only a few see its full ramifications. I suspect the drama is about to level up now as SH uses the falling out of the families as her break for freedom.

There were so many clues that SH was fully aware her father’s cooling on Taegyeong—only to be confirmed in the discussion where he gave his approval. Now she can play the factions off against each other. I knew a battle with the mothers was coming but I hadn’t picked that JH was not just her ally but also her weapon.

Wow, once Rapunzel loses her hair she is so much more interesting.

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I really like your political interpretation of the drama!

As much as I am really not a fan of SooHyun's father (from what we've seen, he allowed his daughter to sacrifice everything in the face of his ambition to amass political power-- though I do wonder if perhaps SooHyun also believed in the goal? After all Dir. Kim said that Mgr Nam, her brother, and SooHyun's dad were like the Avengers once...), I do like how father and daughter are at least on the same wavelength. Once she obliquely confirmed that JinHyuk wasn't a passing connection, dad was ready to draw his line in the sand and throw off TaeKyung Group.

In a way, SooHyun has given her dad the ammunition he needs to make an appeal to the public. He, as you say, was already souring on the connection to TaeKyung. By potentially(?) falling in love with an "everyman" that neither WooSeok nor his mother have been able to find any dirt on, SooHyun's dad can appeal to public opinion as a father who just wants his daughter to be happy. He can paint TaeKyung group as an aggressor who not only doesn't fit his politics (I think the drama is heavily hinting that her dad and his friends were supporters of the underdog) but is trying to steal his child's second chance at happiness and her livelihood.

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@naomi123

I think the drama's political undercurrents are potentially really dark. JH isn't just entangled with wealthy families...these are political heavy weights and they play for keeps. .

I am so loving the writer's merging of such a soft romance with the realities of what the world of princess fairytales would actually be.

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I, too, am wondering whether or not Boyfriend will take a much more serious turn in the remaining episodes. The seeds are already planted in the form of SooHyun's parents and mother in law, AND I can totally envision the mothers taking it upon themselves to really ruin JinHyuk's reputation, if it meant that they could put SooHyun back in her place. As well, since the chairwoman is hinting that she has dirt on SooHyun's dad, it's possible that he may be as ineffectual and powerless as he's been made out to be.

Also, unless I'm mistaken, the director is the same one who helmed Yongpal (another noona romance/chaebol political drama) and The K2 (the one everyone thought was a noona romance until the writer got mad lol and was also a chaebol political drama). In Yongpal at least, the OTP ended up together after a lot of nonsense, which makes me think that Boyfriend will take a similar route. With the exception that instead of the female character being the one to "give it all up" and choose love, it may be the male character instead.

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Love this drama. It’s heart fluttering, artistic and full of meaning (from the art to the prejudice against woman that it’s fighting). I also love PBG’s smiles...I thought it was appropriate given the character. Looking forward for ep 7!

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@christina41218
Did you notice that SH's earrings this ep?

As the pressure mounted on her, the earrings became even more obvious and heavier chains on our Rapunzel.

I love the details in this drama.

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And love the acting of Parl Bo Gum. His character is perfect. His dignity as strong with Mrs. Kim, this is incredible in a young man and has also shown so much manhood for worry about her and not that for himself. I do not believe he think it's better that she is alone because he realized how much she suffered in those years. Now, would not hurt a bit of jealousy now and a little more passion. It was not appropriate in the first phase, but now she needs to try all aspects of a healthy relationship. and I do not mean only sex. Or is it still a pre-relationship? But is it a Korean way to say that they are still in flirtation?

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My dear alma74, I agree with you!

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hi~ i'd just like to point out that it's the PR team and not the HR team! i work in PR and do very different things from HR haha

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That makes more sense. I was so confused how promoting the new hotel could be Human Resources work.

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I love this drama especially for the character played by PBG: in his simplicity and genuineness I find him so very special: he represents that spur of freedom, going against the current, breaking with the conventions; he's research, discovery and appreciation of the value inherent in small gestures, in everyday life. I find that Pbg interprets it masterfully: he is a great one to make the incarnation of purity and normality credible without being cloying and obvious: it is not obvious and ordinary to be able to conquer, support, encourage, taking from the great book of idealism, of positivity and of the smile that not everyone can read and understand the meanings. Pbg is very natural in manifesting himself in this character, whose smile represents the difference compared to a world that does not admit nuances in which she, the former husband etc. are imprisoned; he represents the lighthouse to follow to get out of the darkness of social, cultural and family limits ... to not drown. He is a serene boy, who comes from a peaceful environment, where he received love and consideration: to please you more, maybe should the author have to build a boy with existential problems, perhaps a victim of bullying when he was child ? Absurd: contrasts prevail in the drama and he is the alternative to dark colors. His smile is contagious: it is the end and the means: he
choses to be important for her, he decided to want to see her smile: smile as a metaphor for the conquest of freedom, obtained by facing without giving up: smile as a metaphor of strength and commitment. Even if this character had been characterized by a certain underlying drama, he could not have been the stimulus for the female protagonist to regain her dreams, her freedom and to experience the carefreeness of her youth. She would not let herself be captured by him. I appreciate the author's choice to have placed the age of the male character over 28 years: an age in which we try to be projected towards the future looking for a job (but it is not the general rule) but that is youth anyway: want to experience, try ... fall in love ... it's fun! she really need play, joy ... when I see him smile, I melt: I think I'm the one who forgets problems or feels encouraged to face them. I think that the character of Pbg is underestimated: I adore him and I am convinced that, evolving their relationship, he will surprise us more and more. Therefore, I am sure that the author will give him more space that until now has been mainly occupied by her inner conflict: this was necessary to trace the lines of the possible evolution of the story. In all sincerity there is no other actor who could have interpreted this character except him. I have greatly appreciated his choice to play this character because he is not the usual man with a past of suffering behind him, for which he immediately feels a certain sympathy and comes out the spirit of suffraggetta that justifies the actions that are also...

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Thank you! I don't think he is "naive" in the sense of being oblivious. Jh, under it all, has a very acute sense of exactly what is going on. In his daily life, he does bring forth maybe "too much" positivity but that's because he desperately wants to break through to Sh- to give him a chance, give their relationship a chance, give herself a chance. He needs to be the pillar of strength if he wants them to go forward at all, because he knows how reticent and cautiously SH has been living her life. And when he does get through to her-his smile, it brings me so much joy. It is truly a play of contrasts, just with the male in the role of the ingenue. Maybe predictable why it is not so popular since it is a rare characteristic in male leads, but I enjoy it thoroughly.

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I agree with you...I love your comment❣👏

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@marta123

Beautiful comment.

The other element about his full-time caring for people he meets is that in a Kdrama world dominated by “value” the only way for his “relationship” world to survive is for it to grow larger.

Our scholar who sells vegetables will always come to the aid of “lost puppy” souls. It is others faith in the certainty of his behavior is why his friends and community will always protect him. Its like they mediate the world and form a ring around him…and create a safe space for them all to inhabit – but he is their touchstone.

It’s like a metaphorical walled garden.

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I love your comment

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It seems your comment was incomplete, but I appreciated everything you said, mostly this line: smile as a metaphor for the conquest of freedom. Totally agree.
I have been following the discussion about his "smile and smiling too much". I don't get why someone would drop this show because the actor smiles a lot. Is it that we are living in such a horrible world that whenever you see someone smiling you feel the need to back off? Lunanic, wacko on my way... oh no, please God help me!!!😱
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
I live somewhere in Europe, here people smile very... rarely😒 and it makes me I want to fly away to an island or Africa!!!!!!!!!
I think to be able to smile is the most simple and immediate sign of openness a person can give. (I am sorry for my bad English).
Soo hyun is called the ice princess, but it doesn't totally suit her. True, she doesn't smile that much and when she does (without Jin hyunk), it is even a sad smile or a very tiny smile, but I realize she doesn't necessarily look bitter toward life, she has been just restrained and that is why she doesn't smile much, living surrounded or controlled by such people. Like she says: she is good in holding on stuffs. Totally restrained.
I predict she will still change more and I trust this actress to show body language that indicates this openness Jin hyunk and his family can show her how it is. Oh... I am dying to have her meet his family!🙂☺😊😀

Meanwhile I am the contrary to those who dropped the show because of Bogummy's smiles. I am drawn to his character because of his smile and being open with his feelings. I want to be more like that, but not only life has been hard on me, but I live here and people around me, even at work or the neighbors...They just don't inspire me at all😂😂😂😂
That may be also the reason why I need my daily doses of fiction. Reality sucks😂😓😂
Sorry for giving personal details.

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Hey! That’s alright. I agree with you on people dropping this artistically done drama because of the lead smiling a lot when he is suppose to be an optimistic and the kind of person who loves life itself. Yeah, he does smile a lot but not the anime-style, over-the-top feels.

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On the contrary... his smiles are very genuine and diverse. I have been re watching the first episodes and I simply like him every time more because his body language in combination with the context he is in and the dialogs, everything feels very genuine. Even, when she was asked if he was a stalker, he said to her, it is ok, let them think that way, I don't mind, and he smiled again a little bit, but it was a fraction of a sad smile and also to give her courage, and she understood (and we understood) only by looking at him!
It seems simple, but I suppose it is not. I am not an actress, but I think it is not that easy to communicate so much only with your face (including your lips and the different curve of different types of smile).

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RIP Zipper Ties 😭😭😭
I will miss the swoosh swoosh.

I thought the Writer invented this brilliant thing until looking it up on the interweb and it is a REAL!!! 🤣
Here is a YT transcript for how to use a zipper tide:
"All zipper ties come pre-tied with a perfect knot. All YOU have to do is to flip the latch back up and then you can adjust the tie up *swooshes* and down *swooshes* simply by pulling on it. Once the tie is at the desired position, simply flip the latch back down and it is locked in place securely. Look! You have a perfect tie each and every single time."

I wonder if JH watched this video before putting on his zipper tie for the first time.

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Oh, dear girl, my son has been wearing zipper ties since he was a toddler! Lol. I must admit I had a good laugh when I first saw it on PBG!

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That zipper :D Addictive as bubble wrap.

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Watching this episode:
- jin-Hyuk's naivete reminds me of Yoo Ah-in's characer in "Secret Love Affair." He might be naive, but he's pure and honest. That what has melt Oh Hae-won. While in Jin-Hyuk, it's not only his honesty with his feeling that melts Soo-Hyun, but he's also sweet and treated Soo-hyun with respects. A simple gesture that Soo-Hyun has rarely got from anyone.
- How could both Moms do such a thing???!!
- I love how Jin-Hyuk and Soo-hyun took turn of doing something. It's JH who lent Soo-Hyun his shoulder in Cuba, then it's SH's for JH in Seokcho. After JH admitted to be the ramyeon guy in the company's lobby, it's Soo-Hyun's turn to admit their some relationship. With Soo-Hyun's stepping up, I hope that she began to take control her own life. It must be suffocating living with control from others. Poor Soo-Hyun, even if she's filthy rich and pretty...

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👏👏👏👏❣

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Can I just indulge in the significance of the scenes involving that tie?

Scene 1: buying the tie—In and of itself, it was simple, and Soo-Hyun tries to make it less significant, making the shop girl actually choose one for her.
Scene 2: ex-husband asks shop girl about the tie—He’s curious as to what she bought there, and we see the significance of what she bought through him, who correctly assumes it’s for Jin-Hyuk and not her father as the girl had thought.
Scene 3: the presentation of the gift—the significance builds even more, as Jin-Hyuk beams when she gives it to him, and the lines they exhange here are meaningful—that he’s never received a gift of a tie, and she’s never given one either. (Really, not even to her ex-husband? What wife hasn’t given a tie to her husband? It’s not that significant of a gift in most peopl’s lives—see Scene 1.) So we see how deep she does like him, and the tie becomes a “first” for both of them—we know Koreans and the importance of their “first” times, don’t we?
Scene 4: Jin-Hyuk leaning to tie his new tie—Park Bo-gum pretending to learn how to tie a tie was awesome! I was writhing in delight! He couldn’t wait to wear it. Unlike her hesitation with the lipstick, he’s ready to dive in head first in this relationship, and show her that this gift is deeply meaningful and he’s proud of it.
Scene 4: going to work with a different tie—Now, I thought the production made a mistake here because the tie was different from the ties he had worn to work prior but it wasn’t the tie she had bought. Surely, he would have learned to tie it overnight? And as Woo-Seok measures him with his eyes, he gets a glimpse of that “wrong” tie, compliments him on it, assuming it’s the tie Soo-Hyun had bought. While I scream at the screen, “It’s a different tie!”
Scene 5a: switching ties—Then when Soo-hyun catches him without it on, she chides him for not wearing the tie she bought him. When in reality, it’s close to him, in his jacket’s breast pocket, but he’s still not confident to tie it so that it looks right.
Scene 5b: tieing the tie— Jin-Hyuk is literally tickled pink when Soo-hyun drapes the tie around him and starts tieing it. It was adorable, and I’m glad the director didn’t go overtly sexual with this because as intimate as this was, their relationship is not even close to being there yet.
Scene 5b: Woo-seok walking by—The significance of the tie gesture is not lost on Woo-Seok and although (we assume) he had bought an entirely new suit for the opening, he now understands that her eyes are only on Jin-Hyuk. And, again, we glean greater significance in his response to the situation. This actor is good. He didn’t say a word and I felt his dejection with a hint of jealousy.
Scene 7: the confrontation—Woo-seok goes out of his way to find Jin-hyuk, and goes out of his way to discuss that tie. I liked what Jin-hyuk says here, that he’s not refined enough to pick out such a lovely tie, and then what...

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...Woo-Seok replies, that whoever did has great taste, complimenting Soo-Hyun in the process. Which leaves Jin-Hyuk wondering what Woo-Seok knows. And us wondering what he’ll do. Will he be an obstructionist or an ally?

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Just my measly thoughts on an insignificantly significant gift

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i think the lipstick and tie are both intimate gifts for their gender and symbolize their growing closeness, concretely, given they are so heady with ideals, words and chance meetings. its a way to bring their relationship out in the world yet knowing these are ordinaty, but meaningful items for them. they keep the other objects secret, ie shoes and owl, now ornaments. tho i worry about the ppl overbleed though, the maxim coffee!

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I love your comment!

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thanks!

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This was beautiful ally! This is the exact difference between people enjoying the drama and those that aren't. Nearly every exchange between the leads, the artwork, the cinematography, the music choices - and their various inferences can be dissected, combined and savoured. There's a lot of nuance behind this show, and I'm happily spilling my heart over it at soompi. Boring? I have not been more engaged by a drama in nearly an year. I think it commands a lot of emotional awareness to appreciate it.

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👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏❣❣❣❣❣❣

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@ally-le
What if the tying of the tie is political as well as romantic.
- It's Hotel opening day
- SH chose not to greet the mother in-law (huge affront)
- SH would only have time for essential activities
- SH knew the father had shifted allegiances (and probably knew of the father / mother In-law's meeting)
- He was already wearing a tie...so it itself was not essential...However, if she suspected fireworks, it IS ESSENTIAL to bolster JH for what may come.

Also, SH may have known Woo-Seek was approaching (we only know Woo-Seek was unaware).

I don't think it also being political diminishes the romance in any way. Two people sharing secret signals and aware of the others needs, even in battle.

That is some good loving right there and I am sure we could all use a good dose of that IRL.

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Thank you! @ally-le Good job!
You show us what it takes to be an analytical audience. Paying attention to the details.
I am sure the pd, the writer and the actors are also discussing the message they want to convey with those details, and we have been in dramaland long enough to know that even the worst drama rely once in a while in symbolism because it is part of the Asian mindset and mentality.
Let's hope this drama will keep subverting old tropes and giving us meaningful little details that will make us squeeze jummily! 😊

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Slow- moving?
I think there is nothing in this show flowing slowly. In only a couple weeks a character that is defined as introvert and conservative lived through many things and moved continuously at least one step further:

First episode: They met in Cuba, in the same night just after a couple of hours their initial contact she had dinner with him and then she danced with him.
Second episode: She saw him as a newly recruited inexperienced employee in her hotel, didn’t get annoyed of it, she went to the park in his neighborhood, encountered with him, played on a claw machine. Just that weekend she had ramyun with him out.
Third episode: Immediately after having ramyun together they experienced a paparazzi issue, they somehow spent two days in the country by playing on the beach, talking peacefully, trying to get used to the word ‘we’ for defining them.
Fourth episode: Again, only after a couple days she let him help her during a small accident she lived, she accepted his somehow intimate birthday gift. They went through another gossip case; this time it was internal. She bravely accepted his lead in handling the next shock of that internal gossip, in front of a large crowd.
Fifth episode: Following that incident, the two went out together from the hotel, spent some ‘tete a tete’ time in a familiar tea house, talk about their probable relationship. Next day they made a plan, left their offices in the afternoon and shared some cozy time. Although she rejected his dinner proposal, she couldn’t do it and they were together in the evening as well. In that particular night, just after a couple of hours they said goodnight each other, they ended up in the same place, naming their connection as ‘a relationship which is in the prologue stage’.
Sixth episode: Same night. They made their first hand in hand walk together. Next day she was defeating a cruel question in a crowded press conference by accepting that she is in an early stage relationship with him.

Slow pace? A timid, slow woman? For someone coming from that background she is extremely courageous and fast in her actions. No doubt that she has her hesitations and fears but those points don’t stop her from going forward, on the contrary of common Korean drama patterns.

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I completely agree, there is nothing slow here. The effort that goes in all those decisions and it takes a lot of time to stop and think. I am proud of her.

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Perhaps there are expectations related to the intimate relationship? In some dramas they immediately kiss and the relationship languishes and sleeps after. In fact, everything runs fast between them, like a thunderbolt, in real life certain stories proceed for years before evolving and start as simple friendships. But Jin Hyuk is passionate not just intellectual, he wants her. He decided.

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