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Clean With Passion for Now: Episode 3

Our heroine finally finds a job, but working for a cleaning company doesn’t make her want to go out and celebrate with family and friends. As much as she might want to keep this temporary work arrangement hidden from others though, those pink jumpsuits just don’t lend themselves to discretion. The job isn’t easy either, but that fussy CEO of hers always seems to turn up to help out when she needs it.

 
EPISODE 3: “It starts with a kiss!”

Seon-gyeol appears stricken by the news that they’ve officially hired Oh-sol at his cleaning company. He drills Secretary Kwon about their hiring practices, but she reports that Oh-sol passed all the tests, and Secretary Kwon is quick to gush about her talents.

Seon-gyeol is reluctant, and his fears seem warranted when he enters the staff room and Oh-sol nearly mauls his face with a floor waxer. Yeong-shik saves the day with a dive for the waxer’s plug, but the new recruits still get a laugh at their CEO cowering on the floor.

Seon-gyeol composes himself and begins their orientation presentation with the question,”What does cleaning mean to you?”

After orientation, Oh-sol and Joo-yeon meet for a mini-celebration. Joo-yeon clucks over the strange fate that seems to keep bringing Oh-sol back to the guy from the accident, though she admits that Seon-gyeol is handsome.

Oh-sol scoffs and declares Seon-gyeol mentally ill, and proceeds to regale Joo-yeon with all of the ways that cleanly Seon-gyeol drove her crazy her first day.

While the girls are at the restaurant, Seon-gyeol shares his own grievances against Oh-sol with Secretary Kwon in his office. For every complaint that Seon-gyeol has about Oh-sol—she sits on the floor, she always dribbles when she drinks, she doesn’t seem to ever wash her hair—Oh-sol has her own set of complaints against him—he washes his hands constantly, he puts down a handkerchief before he sits anywhere, and he behaves like no one is clean but him.

As they each complain, the restaurant and office are shown in split screen, and in a bit of fourth wall breaking, the pair spot each other over their scenes’ edges. Seon-gyeol charges across the split screen into the bar, and he and Oh-sol tangle with one another while Secretary Kwon and Joo-yeon try to pry them apart. You know this is all their imagination, because there’s no way Seon-gyeol would willingly touch anyone in a fight. Eventually he stalks back over to his side of the frame in a huff.

At breakfast the next morning, Oh-sol’s father’s phone is ringing like crazy with congratulations for his daughter’s new job. Oh-sol hasn’t told her family what the company is, just that it’s a good company. Oh-dol has heard that Yeong-shik snagged a job at a cleaning company that pays well, and wonders if he should try to apply for part-time there.

Dad isn’t keen on that job at all, and when Oh-sol points out that he’s in that industry too, he says that’s exactly why he can’t approve of it for anyone. He wants his kids to have easy jobs without all the manual labor.

Her father’s derision is still on her mind when Oh-sol reports to her first day on the job, and she reminds herself that this is all temporary. Oh-sol and Yeong-shik are teamed up with sunbaes Dong-hyun and Jae-min, and Oh-sol is the only one who seems eager to get along in the car ride over to their first appointment.

Seon-gyeol and Secretary Kwon are already at the building the staff will be cleaning, having just finished up a pitch presentation to the company. Secretary Kwon is quick to praise him on his great work, while Seon-gyeol is modest about his efforts.

Yeong-shik is having less success in the bathroom where he attempts to plunge a clogged toilet disaster. Oh-sol hears his bellows of frustration all the way from the ladies room that she is cleaning, and she offers to just take care of the stall in the men’s room as well while Yeong-shik lurches off to dry heave.

But it’s no easier a job for Oh-sol, and her angry cries scare off a guy who comes in to use the urinal. Her screams are loud enough to reach Seon-gyeol in the building, who ducks as if a wild animal is there to attack him.

Finally, the poop goes down and Oh-sol leaves the restroom. On her way out, she spots employees at the company working together in the atrium. She can’t help but admire the scene, and pictures herself as the girl at the center of it all.

Oh-sol’s daydream is interrupted by an employee, who asks her to move so that she can get by (and calls Oh-sol an ajumma, the most ridiculously inaccurate description of Kim Yoo-jung ever). Oh-sol pulls the cleaning cart out of the way, but the woman stumbles as she passes and drops her cup and spills coffee all over the carpet.

The woman snipes for Oh-sol to clean up the spill right away, and also get her a wet wipe for her shoes, and also to wipe all these spots she missed… Oh-sol’s patience only holds out for so long, and eventually she calls the other woman an ajumma in retalliation and asks her to move aside.

As the tension between the two women ramps up, the employee’s supervisor arrives. He hears only the woman’s side of the story, and threatens to complain to Oh-sol’s CEO. Oh-sol bows her head in apology rather than causing a scene. Just as the supervisor departs, however, Seon-gyeol arrives with his trusty secretary.

He’s here not to admonish Oh-sol, but to stand up for her. He hands the wet wipe to the woman and tells her to clean this up for herself, since this area of the building isn’t covered in the cleaning company’s contract. Seon-gyeol turns to Oh-sol and tells her that she doesn’t have to apologize when something is unfair, and that they don’t have to lower themselves just because they are cleaning staff.

Oh-sol can’t help but gloat after Seon-gyeol departs, and calls the woman ajumma one last time as she saunters away, a giant grin on her face.

The cleaning crew and their CEO meet in the boardroom for a final inspection. After finding a single hair on the floor, Seon-gyeol whips out an electronic swab and tests for bacteria. After the swab reads zero, they get the okay with a smile from Secretary Kwon. They’ve passed Seon-gyeol’s demanding standards, huzzah!

Oh-sol celebrates a long day by applying pain pads outside the convenience store, and Choi Gun appears just in time to painfully rip the paper off for her. Oh-sol asks him not to tell her family about this, and when he asks if she did something bad, she retorts, “I’m not like you,” which garners Choi Gun’s signature befuddled look.

Choi Gun points out that Oh-sol is the type to act tough, but is actually vulnerable on the inside. He declares himself a very perceptive person, and Oh-sol recalls the local fortune teller at his apartment recently and asks if Choi Gun is a fortune teller too. When she asks for a prediction, Choi Gun tells her that she’ll meet an important man, tall and good-looking, to the northeast. He prods her to get a phone app to help her figure out the direction, and of course, the compass needle points directly at him, ha.

A long day of physical labor takes its toll on Oh-sol, who wakes up late the next morning. She has just enough time to pat her hair with water and grab some kimbap to go as she dashes out the door, frantically spraying dry shampoo overhead.

She just barely misses the bus, but she’s just in time to spot Seon-gyeol’s car as he starts for work. She leans in to his open car window, food stuck to her face and a bath towel still draped around her neck. Seon-gyeol’s answer to her request to carpool is to roll his windows up and drive away.

Secretary Kwon finds her boss bent over examining the greasy fingerprints on his car windows when she arrives at work. Seon-gyeol asks if women wear makeup on their hair, or if wearing a towel like a scarf is fashionable.

Secretary Kwon is confused as he walks away, but understands when Oh-sol pops up in front of her, hair dusty with unincorporated dry shampoo and a towel flung across her shoulders. Oh-sol tries to fib that she needed the towel from her workout that morning, and Secretary Kwon just laughs.

While cleaning, Oh-sol gets a chance to call Joo-yeon. Joo-yeon reminds Oh-sol not to drink too much at the company party scheduled for that evening, and then warns her that Do-jin has been asking about her and not to answer his calls.

Joo-yeon has to go, because she’s attending Oh-dol’s taekwondo competition. As soon as Oh-sol hangs up, a text from Do-jin arrives, which she promptly ignores. Meanwhile, Oh-dol easily wins his match and nods to the cheering Joo-yeon.

The company party is at a very nice sushi restaurant, complete with a separate and very neatly prepared plate for Seon-gyeol. Oh-sol tries to sit next to, and then across from, Seon-gyeol, but he lets her know he’s more comfortable with her waaaay down the table.

Oh-sol’s happy to drink and make merry with Yeong-shik, Jae-min, and Dong-hyun, but she can’t help but note Seon-gyeol’s slow and deliberate utensil cleaning routine. Likewise, Secretary Kwon praises Oh-sol’s friendly nature, but all Seon-gyeol can see is the sloppy way she eats and drinks.

Soon, everyone is smashed and running around the street. Oh-sol rejects a call from Do-jin, while the boys drunkenly wrestle one another. Secretary Kwon means to make sure everyone is taken care of, but she gets a phone call that her child is in the hospital and rushes off, just barely taking a moment to tell Dong-hyun before she leaves.

That leaves Seon-gyeol alone with a very drunk Oh-sol. She swaggers up to him and asks him to go for more drinks and food. Seon-gyeol tries to call Secretary Kwon, but Oh-sol won’t stay put and he gives reluctant chase. Oh-sol runs into a pole, stopping her, but then a couple of strange men turn up to take advantage of the drunk girl, and Seon-gyeol scares them off like a good white knight.

Seon-gyeol somehow manages to get Oh-sol into his car, his latex gloves on the entire time. He keeps trying to tilt her head back on to the part of the seat covered in plastic. His eyes widen in panic when Oh-sol asks for a plastic bag to throw up in. He tells her that she has to hold it in, no matter what, and somehow, she manages to keep from vomiting, but the vomit turns into a burp that smells just as bad. Poor Seon-gyeol heaves as he desperately rolls down the window.

Seon-gyeol finally arrives at Oh-sol’s neighborhood and walks behind her up the hill to her house. Oh-sol tries to convince Seon-gyeol to come in for more drinks, and that’s when Do-jin turns up on the street.

Do-jin grabs Oh-sol’s hand to walk her home, even against her angry protests. Seon-gyeol hesitates for a moment, and then reaches out and clasps Oh-sol’s other hand. Two men are officially fighting over Oh-sol, tug-o-war style.

Oh-dol and Choi Gun discover this scene on the street as they walk home from the store. Seon-gyeol isn’t comforted to hear Oh-sol greet “the rooftop pervert” as the boys approach, and the x-rated comics clutched in Choi Gun’s arms are not reassuring, so he blocks Choi Gun from leaning in to Oh-sol.

Seon-gyeol confirms that Oh-dol is Oh-sol’s brother, and leaves her in his care. Seon-gyeol removes his gloves, finally free, while Oh-dol waves a fist at Do-jin when his sister calls him a jerk. Oh-sol doesn’t want to let Seon-gyeol leave without a thank you though, so she blindly grabs from Oh-dol’s ddeokbokki bag.

She races back down the hill after Seon-gyeol and shoves the food into his jacket pocket before he can protest. As she scampers back home, Seon-gyeol freezes, and then reaches into his pocket. He throws the bag to the ground, not ddeokbokki, but blood sausage. The texture and smell are too much, and Seon-gyeol screams into the night sky.

The next morning, Oh-sol grins over breakfast when she hears two men were fighting over her. Choi Gun wonders where their blood sausage went, and we cut to Seon-gyeol, trying to relax after the ordeal. He listens to a guided meditation that encourages him to, “…cleanse others’ flaws, and not hate others’ faults.” But when the meditation insists that he “walk the path together,” he tries to stop the audio, and instead gets it stuck in a repeating loop.

Heading to his office, Seon-gyeol’s mind is still on blood sausage, until he discovers his mother and her boyfriend waiting for him. His mother hopes to get her boyfriend to invest in Seon-gyeol’s company, but Seon-gyeol curtly turns her down. While Seon-gyeol continues to speak with his mother, Oh-sol arrives at the entrance to his office and gapes.

Seon-gyeol’s mother begs her son to let her help him, and Seon-gyeol accuses her of “playing” at being a mom, after abandoning him in his childhood. His mother seems earnest as she shouts that she feels bad for the past and wants to make up for it, but Seon-gyeol stalks away. He’s surprised to find Oh-sol there, a witness to the argument, and Oh-sol is just able to squeak that she’s sorry about the previous night before Seon-gyeol steps into the elevator.

Oh-sol receives a text and goes to a restaurant to meet its sender, Do-jin (this guy just doesn’t know when to quit). Do-jin asks to hear about Oh-sol’s new job and tells her that he’s sad to think they’ll never talk again. Oh-sol stands firm and tells him to never contact her again. Do-jin asks if the guy from last night was her boyfriend, and Oh-sol neither denies nor confirms. With that, she asks him again to leave her alone and departs.

Seon-gyeol washes at the sinks at home, and he recalls a moment when he was a child. Geum-ja finds him in the bathroom, his face rubbed bare from washing over and over again. He tells Geum-ja that his mother promised she would come home if he stays clean.

On her walk home, Oh-sol runs into Seon-gyeol, out for an evening walk himself. Oh-sol takes the moment to explain her presence at his office and apologize for overhearing the argument. She also can’t help but mention that parents can’t always remain with their children, and that Seon-gyeol’s mother seemed to really care about him. But Seon-gyeol shuts down her advice quickly.

The next morning, Oh-sol calls Joo-yeon as she works to catch her up on the Do-jin drama. And speak of the devil, Do-jin walks by and spots Oh-sol in her Cleaning Fairy overalls. Do-jin scoffs at Oh-sol and her job. He sneers as he asks if she met her boyfriend at the cleaning company, and this time Oh-sol says yes, and that her boyfriend is the CEO. Do-jin says that he doubts a CEO would be interested in Oh-sol, and that’s when Seon-gyeol conveniently appears around the corner.

Oh-sol calls out to her “boyfriend,” and Seon-gyeol’s jaw hangs open at her greeting. Do-jin laughs at the awkwardness as Seon-gyeol pulls away at every attempt Oh-sol makes to touch him. “Let me borrow them just this once,” she says, and then before Seon-gyeol can pull away, she grabs his head in her hands and leans in for a kiss.

EPILOGUE

Over the last few days, it seems that Oh-sol’s compass has been pointing right at tall, handsome Seon-gyeol all along. First at the doorway to Seon-gyeol’s office, and later at the company party, the compass kept swinging his way. Then it’s back to the present, and the epic kiss where Oh-sol has trapped Seon-gyeol.

 
COMMENTS

Oh wow, we’re moving fast now, and somehow, we slipped into fake-relationship-for-reasons territory. You’d think with the episode title I would have expected that kiss, and yet I was still completely surprised. I’m afraid to find out how Seon-gyeol plans to disinfect his lips in the next episode.

I’m glad that the show is willing to fully break the fourth wall, because I feel like anyone coming in assuming they’d get any ounce of realism would be sorely disappointed. The split screen scene felt like the best way to communicate that things will get out of control, not everything is based in reality, and the big emotions of these two leads is going to lead to some unreliable narration as their feelings exaggerate every beat of the story.

I like that the show is willing to get a little gross, a little raunchy even, and the actors are really diving into those aspects. There is so much acting going on in both Kim Yoo-jung and Yoon Kyun-sang’s faces. The two of them get so much done in a scene with their expressions alone, and then add in the body language and there’s so much great comedy.

Oh-sol is reduced to terrifying child when drunk, which is not my favorite kind of drunk, but it feels like it plays into the bigger-than-reality world they’re living in. Not to mention that as unrealistic as it seems, it was a lot of fun to watch Oh-sol tumble around the streets. I felt like Yoon Kyung-sang had to hide a few smiles in those scenes to struggle to stay in character. I get that same feeling every time Secretary Kwon is in a scene with Oh-sol as well. Secretary Kwon is a joy and I want so much more of her encouragement and cheer.

Seon-gyeol swooped in to save the day several times in this episode, and some were more effective than others. On the one hand, his interception in the confrontation with the office worker was, while cheesy, completely rewarding to watch. Seon-gyeol is a great boss. He’s fair, he expects a lot from his employees, and he will defend them all, even if it’s their first day and they’ve previously thrown garbage all over his car and tormented him with elephant undies.

But then there’s that bit of tug-o-war over a drunken Oh-sol, and here Seon-gyeol doesn’t look any better than Do-jin. Sure, there’s a big moment here where Seon-gyeol decides to touch her hand even though all of his fear tells him not to. But still, there are too men glaring at each other while they swing a girl between them, and it’s not great at all. But let’s be clear, Do-jin is pure trash, while Seon-gyeol made a mistake while deploying his white knight instincts. I believe that he’ll do better.

It’s interesting, Seon-gyeol doesn’t seem to know what to do with other people until he has the chance to come to the rescue. As soon as Oh-sol needs some saving, his entire demeanor changes. He becomes more confident and doesn’t back down. It seems that Seon-gyeol has learned a lot about fighting injustice in his life, but just isn’t prepared to interact with other humans on a personal level yet.

At a shallow level, Seon-gyeol’s problems with his mother seem like non-issues. His mom is here now and wants a good relationship, so he should just go with it and build the relationship now. But it’s not just that Seon-gyeol’s feelings were hurt as a child. His entire way of life is established around the pain he suffered from his mother’s absence in his life. The man has installed multiple sinks and a sanitizing hallway to accommodate the effects of his childhood trauma. This doesn’t seem like something that can be fixed quickly, with a hug from Mom and a quick investment from her boyfriend.

I can’t imagine Seon-gyeol agreeing to play along with a fake relationship, not if it means hand-holding and piggyback rides and more kissing. But Do-jin seems oddly persistent about being in Oh-sol’s life, either to use her or abuse her, so Oh-sol will have to figure out a way to keep the charade up.

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Yoon kyun sang’s expressions in this episode made me burst out laughing so many times. Him and Kim Yoo Jung definitely have great bickering chemistry and her drunk scene was seriously so cute

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All hail Yoon Kyun-sang, the unexpected comedy king!

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Yees ! He surprised me again and again !

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I have no idea why he hasn't been doing comedies. I always felt like he should.

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I loved him so much in Six Flying Dragons and Rebel that I hoped his next drama would be a sageuk. I am SO glad he picked this rom-com - he's amazing as SY.

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Nope he cannot replace park seo joon judging by his visuals.

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I laughed out loud at his silly faces when the floor buffer was coming at him. I'd love to see the BTS for that. He's so cute!

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Tbh I really find it really cringe when they are kissing but the drama is really fun but no chemistry. Why did yun Gyun sang didn’t manage his weight?? Before the drama?? Or why did he even accept the drama if he is not gonna manage his weight. Tsk I feel like I couldn’t continue. His acting is good tho but he really looks old next to yoojung

Especially in that billboard kiss scene tsk I feel like I’m gonna throw up I’m just gonna continue because of the comedy (it’s just like swings and I’m bora)

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And what exactly is wrong with his weight? Or his looks anyway. He doesn't even look that old, whether he's standing next to Kim Yoo Jung or not. I think that when an actor's appearance starts to bug someone perhaps it's time to pick another show. I don't expect everyone watching this show to love eeeverything about it, but I think Yoon Kyun Sang gets way too much negative feedback just because he isn't your typical flower boy.

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Aah~ thanks ^^

I felt hurt too the first time I read the feedback from other website or instagram or anywhere else even before the drama began. As a human, Yoon Kyun Sang didn't deserve the harsh comments. But I have decided not to take them too seriously or else it will just spoil the fun

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Thanks for your comment.. When they announced the casting, I knew there must be some people who will kept talking about his weight, and I won't deny it because it's a fact. I do realize people have a standard for a perfect lead male in k-drama (for example, it’s better if they look like they come out straight from a manga), and I think it’s a part of an actor’s job to fit into that standard and satisfy the viewers.

FYI, Yoon Kyun Sang was struggling from a leg injury during/after Doubtful Victory (late 2017 to early 2018) so he couldn’t really do exercise. I just hope people's comments will motivate him to manage his health better, being slimmer is okay as long as it doesn't make him become an anorexic (like what he had gone through at around 2015) and feel unhappy.

He looks better now, have you seen his recent appearance from the press conference event? He’s doing his best now, and maybe his recent weight is his proportional body weight compared to his height. After all, he is taller than the other actors [ just FYI, around 192 cms ;) ].. I just want to suggest you to keep watching, but if you can’t handle it then it’s alright. Maybe he’s not really your type ^^

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Your comment isn't any better than commentor above, he is looking good and he shouldn't be hounded into weightloss by anonymous commenters, especially if he already has a history of an eating disorder.

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🤔 I did say he looks good the way he is now.

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He does not look overweight at all. The boy is huge! He's a giant compared to most of the other people on set. That scene when he went to eat with grandpa highlighted how large he is. He's gigantic compared to almost everyone else.

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Yes, he doesn't look overweight to me, I love him the way he was and the way he is ever since Pinocchio ! But sadly, other people who are used to see a tall and slim lead male can't really accept him the way he is.. 😓

I just try to defend him, but I won't force anyone because everyone has their own preference and I respect it

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Is he that much bigger? I haven't watched any of his dramas really so I don't know how thin he was before. He looks normal to me. He's big compared to a lot of other actors. He's one of those guys that has always looked massive to me. Yoo Yeon suk is one, and so was Kim Woo bin. They are big boys and not slight built big boys either, like Lee Su hyuk or Gang Dong won. Koreans should be allowed to have different body types without being shamed that's a fact. I love the really big boys. They make the most charming nice guys sometimes.

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I know that YKS is tall, hence him towering over even known tall cast members. But I also acknowledge that him being thicker on the waist area makes him look a bit bigger. It may be the fit of the suit.

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I really like his old appearance... the drama that he is with ha ji won. I really feel like I’m gonna skip this bc I really can’t take it maybe I’ll just wait for another drama of yoojungie. And hope she’s doesn’t get paired up again with older looking dudes tsk it’s a waste of her visual... now I know why knetz are hating on him... I just hope he will manage his weight properly on his next drama so that he won’t get criticized.

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@titups
Personally, I find YKS looking dashing and well built, not overweight.

Everyone is entitled to have his/her own preferences, but one should be conscious of the fact that voicing them has real consequences. If 1,000 or 10,000 people commented on how they find particular actors fat, these actors will undoubtedly feel the pressure to go onto these almost inhumanely restrictive diet to lose weight even when their weights are perfectly within normal range. My heart breaks for them whenever I watch BTS vids, read articles, or sometimes even in dramas about their diets before filming.😢

Even more importantly, when people (especially young girls) read or hear these types of comments, they will believe that attractiveness means being stick skinny. Unfortunately some ultimately will engage in unhealthy eating habits to lose weight and end up struggling with eating disorders for a very long time. Please be mindful that words have lots of power.

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Frakking preach

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@keiru, I was refering to this line "I just hope people's comments will motivate him to manage his health better".

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And what's wrong with that? "Manage his health better", not starving himself. I hope it will be his motivation instead of make him feeling depressed. I was already worried when people were attacking his instagram post until he chose to change his IG account into private so only fans could post comments.

I just want to point out the reality that people even criticizing him for his looks and they might saying it again in his future projects 😣

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Seriously? He could be perfectly healthy right now, but you implying he should change his looks to stop online criticism, that's not healthy, that very toxic approach.

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@shach maintain his healthyness, not change his looks, like he's doing rn

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What a pathetic statement. There is nothing about him that looks overweight. The man is over 6'2" tall and you'd have him look starved. He looks great. He towers over everyone on set. He makes his "grandpa" look like a dwarf. As for the age difference perhaps they shouldn't cast her with leading mean both in their 30's if so many people are going to be silly and juvenile about it. Are you even an adult?

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She is playing a character 4 or 5 years older than her current 19, someone that has finished college and is doing job hunting.
She didn't want to play high schoolers, but more mature roles, good for her, but the criticism because HE looks olther for a CEO are baffling.

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it's true tho... the ceo from the comics looks sharper and more handsome and thinner... knetz call him ugly because he is fat. fyi gil oh sol is 20 in the comics so kim yoo jung is just right or the role lol you kinda sound like you are blaming her?

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This is a drama, not a comic. Fyi people don't look like manhwa characters in real life.

Also, anyone calling someone ugly because they are fat (which our lead actor totally is not) needs to spend some time reflecting. That's immature.

Criticism towards plot and acting skills is one thing. Hating someone because of their looks is low. I'm all for reading different kinds of comments about story, directing and so on. It's interesting to see what other viewers think and I don't mind people disagreeing with me. But this whole "hating YKS because of his looks" is childish. If you or whoever else can't stand him why do you keep on watching this show? Or leaving malicious comments?

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Aren't all the "comics" kind of drawn thinner? I think Park Seo Joon was criticized for not looking exactly like the character he played either. They are basically just illustrations and not necessarily anatomically correct right? He's not fat by anyone's standards than internet bully's.

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Park seo joon has more sharper and he looks like the comic male lead. yung gyun sang is so far from that..... I get it he really likes to be in a romcom drama and i get it that his acting is superb but why didn't he diet before the shooting??? fucking lazy yo. And I heard that his leg injury is healed months before the drama shooting. Why didn't he exercise???? I know he have cats and need to take care of it but damn I don't know what to say.... he is not so pleasant in the eyes...

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Why are You so awful in this comment section? There is having opinion on drama and being mean for no reason and You decided to fall into latter, by attacking in very crude way lead actor look.

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In Korea highschool finishes at 20 and she has clearly finished college, so she is 24/25.
Was she a university drop out on the comics?. I don't know, and that would make her character more interesting.

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The man is NOT overweight.

No, he doesn't look like an illustration from a comic book, but then very few human beings do. What he does look like, is a tall man who happens to have not starved and exercised himself in order to attain some unreasonable expectations of beauty. I for one, am enjoying seeing a man on the screen who doesn't look like a strong wind would blow him over. If, for whatever reason, you or others don't like how he looks, then don't watch.

I cannot believe that we still judge and dismiss people based on their looks and weight, especially knowing the damage that it does not only to the person being judged, but also to others witnessing the shaming. Eating disorders can be sparked by little more than what I have read in this thread, and I'm a bit disappointed by some in the community here.

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Agreed. Agreed. Agreed.
I flipping hate this damn show but comments like this make me want to keep watching just so I can support and rave about how sexy AF YKS is exactly how he is right now.

It's kind of depressing that in our rush to stop applying double standards in the way we judge male and female public figures, we have decided to judge men more harshly rather than reassess our unrealistic standards generally.

It's so harmful to everybody and not just an actor who gets male lead roles because he is very good at what he does.

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comments like this make me want to keep watching just so I can support and rave about how sexy AF YKS is exactly how he is right now.

YES! @leetennant, I want to upvote your taste in big tall men more than once to, you know, mess with your ratio.

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I'm just resigned to 3.86 as destiny.

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@leetennant my 4.66 feels like nothing because I seem to be stuck as an Errand Boy for perpetuity.

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How do you look? I hope from your comments, you look 'pleasant in the eye'. It is people like you who pressure these idols to live unrealistic lives and commit suicide when they can't keep up any longer. Go get a life and leave this guy alone!

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We don't have to excuse anything because there's absolutely nothing wrong with his stature. If you don't like the way he looks then you can excuse yourself from the drama

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I think he's the cutest Kdrama actor going right now. Not everyone is super judgmental about a dude with a bit of a dad bod. If you don't like his looks, it's really simple...find a show with a guy you'd like to look at. Sheesh. No wonder so many of these people end up in the hospital with "exhaustion" (read: eating disorders). *sigh*

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OMG he does not have a "dad bod".

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I honestly don't think so, either, but in response to the OP, I'm conceding that he is not the skinniest dude in dramas today. But who tf cares is my point.

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I admit that in all my ranting and raving about how godawful this show is, it never occurred to me that "Yoon Kyung-sang-is old and fat" was one of the reasons.

Can you be more shallow?

For the record, Yoon Kyung-sang is one of only two Korean actors that give me legitimate feels on account of being such a cuddly gentle giant (and a damn good actor to boot). It's the sole reason I persisted with this crappy piece of nonsense to episode 3 and so far he's the only good thing about it.

But ignoring my personal feels on the issue, when will we progress past personal attacks on artists' looks instead of assessing their art? Even if Yoon Kyun-sang was old and fat - which he is not - why does that matter in the context of the story they're telling?

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I admit this drama is so-so in writing/plot but it's funny af and i really like his acting here but wewz he really looks like a governor fak can't focus on the visuals. Now i know why knetz has so much fuss about Visuals being the #1 important in kdramas lol

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The camera adds ten pounds, so Yoon Kyun Sang is likely thinner in real life.

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And.... the old line from a guest comedian on Johnny Carson
"stop eating cameras"

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I am completely shocked and appalled at this comment thread. Seriously?! YKS is over 6’2”. He’s a giant! And he looks healthy and has always had a round face. He is NOT over weight.

He’s killing it in his roll and I for one am enjoying the drama a lot. And he looks amazing in a suit.

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Almost any other kdrama actor looks like they will break if I were to hugh them a little.
Seriously, they arms are like my wrists, but I understand that the actors are choosen by agecies following trends, no real apparence of people.

That's why I'm all for diferent body tipes, like tiny, tiny D.O. or towering Yoon Kyun Sang.
And Kang Daniel was a bit of an outliner because of his face shape, but he became such a sucess that has became a trend in agencies castings.
More variety on girls too please!.

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He is perfect the way he is and there is nothing wrong with his weight. If you can't stand the drama then drop it, no one forced you to watch in the first place. It is people like you who cause actors that are already perfect the way they are to be insecure about every little thing concerning themselves

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Thanks for your recap, @abirdword. I loved it when Seon-gyeol stepped out of his half of the screen to argue with Oh-sol. And the look on his face when he found a pocket full of soondae. That ain't no "pocket full of rye," kiddo. I would have had the same reaction. Please excuse me while I retire to barf behind yon bushes.

Like you, I was not a fan of Oh-sol's (or anyone else's) drunken shenanigans, and felt as if I were seeing replays from RADIO ROMANCE. Dang, Song Geu-rim's nemesis scriptwriter Ra Ra-hee has morphed into the slob's putative future mother-in-law, while Oh-sol butts into Seon-gyeol's family matters and pontificates just like her old scriptwriter self in the earlier show. Yikes. That was one of the things that irritated me no end about Geu-rim. (But what the heck. Yoon Kyun-sang is the reason I'm watching.)

I will never get tired of Seon-gyeol's decontamination airlock to his literal "clean room" office. If anything, he should have one of those at home, too. He might also want to invest in a hazmat suit of armor while he's at it. And electrified barbed wire. You can never have too much of either when faced with an encroacher who literally knows no bounds.

The mysterious Choi Gun came off looking very naughty as he lugged home an armload of extra-trashy manhwa with Oh-dol. I'm sure there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for his being caught red-handed. They're probably Oh-dol's, and Choi Gun was literally left holding the non-existent brown-paper bag. LOL!

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I'd been enjoying the drama until the end of the episode, but I wish it didn't go the nonconsensual kiss route. The ending made me feel so uncomfortable, especially more so since the drama has done an excellent job of establishing how conscious Sun-gyul is of his personal boundaries. A forced kiss should not be the moment that sparks the romance.

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I think the word you're looking for is "sexual assault". Of her BOSS. Who's extremely mentally ill with a severe case of OCD. This show is really terrible. Like unwatchable bad. I am out.

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Somehow I don't really get Oh-sol's character. It's not Kim Yoo-jung's portrayal, it's just that Oh-sol's characterization doesn't sit well with me. I'm okay with flaws but she doesn't respect Sunkyul as much as he respects her. I don't know if it's the intention of the webtoon writer who made her this way since this is a webtoon for the female audience but I do hope we get see a development of her character.

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To be fair though, it's less of Sun-gyul respecting her and more of him wanting to keep her out of his personal space because she's dirty.

It's a credit to Yoo-jung's performance that I'm able to appreciate Oh-sol (that is until the kiss, which completely turned me off the character). Otherwise I just can't get onboard with how she conducts herself in her boss's presence, and the lack of self-awareness on her part. Case in point: she wakes up late, demands a carpool with her boss while looking like a complete wreck, and gets angry when she doesn't get it.

It's sad because I loved her during the first two episodes and enjoyed the Pride and Prejudice-ish dynamic she and Sun-gyul had.

I know that the drama is supposed to be as ridiculous as a comic, but I didn't feel the requisite zippy quality in the first two episodes to completely buy into the webtoon feel in the third. Now that it's been inserted here, it feels out of place with the slice of life-ish vibe the show had in its first week.

I stopped watching mid-episode 4 but will finish it before deciding whether to drop. As much as I love Yoo-jung, I can't stand forced kissing especially when it's framed as a cute romantic turning point.

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The scene of the drunken Oh Sol was funny even if I agree that she should have stopped drinking before this state. But even drunk, she doesn't change her mind about the jerk Do Jin and tried to get rid of him.

All in this drama is exagerated but I love it! It's fun because the actors are great to do it, they're not cringey.

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yeah, I think her being drunk make the tug-of-war moment more palatable, it was good that Yoon Kyun Sang didn't want to left her with some unknown acquaintance but feel responsible to escort her to her house, as a true crime addict I cheered for him in this moment ;)

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I love their quarreling scene, it seems fun and believable. I can sense their frustration at each other. I didn't know Yoon Kyun Sang had this kind of side XD

The scene in the car is also soo funny ! I can feel Sun Kyul's desperation between the smell in the car and the dangerous fine dust outside.

Maybe I should start to look at the northeast direction too so I can find my own tall and good-looking man ;)

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Right now this is the only drama I am really enjoying because it is so whacky. Sometimes the "dirty" set ups are just too clever.

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This poor man is never going to last day in India.

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Or the New York City subway. Unless Hercules has diverted the Hudson River to hose away a century's accumulation of stench and grime, Seon-gyeol would expire on the spot if he had to traverse the pedestrian tunnels between Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square station. "Tripping the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York" would not be much better in some areas. :-(

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ha ha.. Hudson river may not be a good idea.

I laughed at the pedestrian tunnel reference. Been ages since I have been there and am happy I dont have to go there ; )

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@mayhemf Blue Footed Booby,

It's been at least ten years since I was last in those tunnels. Their fetidly stygian horrors were an assault on the senses. But occasionally one got to hear a really good performance by street musicians. Other subway tunnels were just as awful. As for diverting the Hudson, a little Western mythology:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labours_of_Hercules#Fifth_labour:_Augean_stables

THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS (1970) may have given the impression that NYC smelled like roses except during garbage strikes. Nothing could be further from the truth. The city was often olfactory torture regardless of the season, but summer was especially bad.

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I also really didn't like the kiss at the end. Why the heck would she even care what that jerk Do Jin thinks? But my anger subsided in the next episode when she explains how humiliated she felt at that moment leading to the desperate act. The kiss was obviously obtrusive and non-consensual, but it was even worse knowing how Seon Gyeol would react. I think what we don't realize is how much we know about Seon Gyeol compared to Oh Sol. She doesn't know the backstory, or really understands the seriousness of his condition. But this is still the beginning, and both leads definitely need to grow more to understand each other.

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I feel like there are a bunch of lazy but convenient plot devices here. The kiss is one of them. (Would she ever really do that? Really? ) The idea that Mom would come home if SG just kept himself clean enough is another. (What mom, even a neglectful mom, would ever say something like that?) It's pretty clear that this writer and director aren't aiming for believable, they're playing the plot and characters to extremes for laughs.

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I don't like how she is written.
She is hairbrained, sloppy and incompetent. Allways late and without self reflection.
What does she use her time on? she doesn't do chores, or study , why does he have time for two-hour showers and she can't take a 20 min. one?.
Is she a drama adict??
IS SHE ME???

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@lucim I do not give six flying dragons,

ROFLMAO! Thank you, I needed that! My own inner slob salutes you. ;-)

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I agree on the overuse of convenient plot devices and the lazy writing really lose make some supposedly funny situations cringey for me. Starting from the first scene, why were there so many people running around with the out of control vacuum cleaner for so long when the plug is right there? As a former athlete, could she not manage physically or intellectually to push the "off" button? Why wouldn't or couldn't he pull his car to the curb when she was about to vomit? I LOLed (not in a good way) when it showed an empty street when he was swerving.

I know her character is young and this is her first job, in addition of being late and unkempt, she is also often answering personal calls while working. I wish they would show that she was on break.

I also feel extremely uncomfortable watching girls being this drunk in K-dramas. In real life without anyone watching over her, she could really get into some serious trouble with those two strangers on the street or even her jerk ex-crush. What makes it worse is that she knew she could not handle alcohol well and her friend even reminded her of that, but she still chose to do so at a work function. Ugh.

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Oh, good catch on the vacuum cleaner! You are so right!

And isn't the issue of young women getting drunk just almost universal in K-dramas? Often when the male lead can't drink at all without passing out.

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@kimbapnoona, I agree with your comments on Kdrama inebriation. I have to zone out during Kdrama drinking scenes as there is nothing funny about anyone, male or female, endangering life, limb, and sanity by getting totally plastered. I detest the social pressure to get blitzed into conformity.

"As a former athlete, could she not manage physically or intellectually to push the "off" button?"
Welcome to the world of dumb jocks. None of these dorks have ever heard of reading the directions -- or waiting to be trained in safe operating procedures. What do they think orientation is for?!

When in doubt, don't! That applies to operating machinery -- and kissing the boss who has already told you to keep your grubby distance.

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I was so distracted by the forced kiss, I forgot that one bothered me too. The drama made a big production of the company's physical fitness test only to show the winner (Oh-sol) being dragged around helplessly by a vacuum cleaner, with her more experienced sunbaes standing around uselessly.

I guess it's too much to ask for this show to be funny while still maintaining character consistency especially with the heroine.

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@newdramaaddict,

"I think what we don't realize is how much we know about Seon Gyeol compared to Oh Sol."

I've been acutely aware of Oh-sol's ignorance of her boss's back story all along. As an employee, she doesn't need to know his life history. She does need to clean up her own act and avoid sullying the company's reputation with her Public Displays of Slobbishness (PDS). Oh-sol has been told repeatedly in no uncertain terms that her appearance and hygiene (or lack thereof) are appalling to him. That's all she needs to know.

What rankles me is that her character is portrayed as an obtuse idiot with zero respect for boundaries and personal space. Why she would even dream of acting in such a way in a society so demanding of respect for one's social superiors is beyond me. Such contrived stupidity alienates me from the female lead and makes me think that she is unworthy of Seon-gyeol, who has my utmost sympathy for struggling with a serious psychological illness in a severely dysfunctional family.

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Same. I find Seon-gyeol a such a sympathetic character atm. He is appears to have struggled to constructed some sense of existence without drowning from his condition - when his emotional triggers keep threatening to bring it all down.

It wasn't just the kiss was inappropriate on so many levels. All I could think about is what that kiss would do IRL to his condition. It terrified me to think of how much damage he would do scrubbing his face once his Obsessive-compulsive disorder was fully triggered.

I cried for that sickening spiralling attack he would be compelled to do to his own body that was sure to follow.

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@SadKDramaLama,

It's a testimonial to Yoon Kyun-sang's portrayal of Seon-gyeol that so many viewers are up in arms over his mistreatment. I was so irate over Oh-sol's sexual harassment and boundary transgression that I hadn't even contemplated how he would react.

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And so ep.3 marks the end of my relationship with this show. All the nuance and emotional grounding have left the building. OS is officially a loser - not because she works for a cleaning company and is embarrassed by it. But because instead of turning her back on the douchebag not-even-ex with the deserved 'you're a jerk and your opinion of me matters less than that of a bug' she choses to lie and assault her boss as a way to save face. I knew she was clueless but the lack of self-esteem just puts me completely off the character. I am officially done.

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Oh-sol is skating on seriously thin ice with me, too, @charlieblue17 Charlie. I feel like I'm watching REVOLUTIONARY LOVE, which I had been looking forward to as Choi Siwon's comeback from military service. Alas, his character was portrayed as such a loser that I had to bail out. It was a terrible waste of a gifted actor, especially after his beautifully nuanced turn in SHE WAS PRETTY.

Since I'm watching the show for Yoon Kyun-sang, I'll stick around to see what he makes of his character. And to find out what the mysterious Choi Gun is up to.

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Same about Revolutionary Love. Was so looking forward to another performance like in She Was Pretty, and was so disappointed by the over-the-top script. This drama does seem headed down a similar path, but I do think her father and SG's secretary are good moderating characters. I also think based on ep 4 that the drama is trying to balance its ridiculous side with a serious issue involving both lead characters -- not sure how that is going to work.

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@lindag late bloomer,

I'm glad I wasn't the only one let down by REVOLUTIONARY LOVE. I really want to see Siwon back in action. I loved him to bits in HYANGDAN.

I agree that Secretary Kwon and Oh-sol's father are moderating influences, and am glad there are at least two sane adults in the drama. I'm having a hard time reconciling the serious mental health issue with all the other stuff. It feels too much like RADIO ROMANCE, which had another messed up protagonist saved by an Candy in a china shop. Show has already exceeded my toilet humor quota for the remainder of the year. Ewww. ;-)

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Radio Romance was SO disappointing. I really wanted to like it, but I gave up. Such a waste of talent.

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*lurks around reading comments, shaking her head*
Sounds like this show already has a few problems. Sad. I wanted to watch it for YKS, but now that you mention toilet humour, I remember that I already reached my quota with Waikiki. I guess that means I'm sitting this one out too.
#theneverendingslump

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It was impulse after aggreing to the ex crush fib... sometimes you just fed up with someone... yeah2 sure2... you’re right... white lies in anger could turn out to be those ‘sexual assault’ acts maybe... haha... i would be surprised if any man felt sexually attacked if they were kissed by a cute pretty girl ... haha.. but yeah in real life can report and sue (still doubt it)
It is light hearted rom com... not for deep thinkers

Some here comparing to Radio Romance?... that show failed on so many levels don’t even start

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I love the comedy and fluffiness of this drama! I take it as comedy and dont dive deeper into analyzing simply because I just want to sit back and enjoy! Both actors are portraying their characters beautifully! In a the day and age where everything is analyzed and everyone has an opinion, nothing will satisfy everyone. Bringing positive vibes!!! Can't wait until next week's episode! :) (the kiss was so cute and silly. I haven't felt this giddy in forever!)

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OS is not beyond redemption for me yet, but she's getting there. Get your act together, girlfriend. Being afraid of germs is definitely NOT worse, no matter how "rude" it makes you seem, than being gross and irresponsible at work.

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Also, yes, sexual assault. She should be called on that. NOT COOL.

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Let's admit that OS wasn't that likable in this episode, seeing her angry because her boss didn't drive her to work annoyed me and then she kissed Seon-gyeol without his consent, because she was trying to prove something(?) to her not even ex. Yeah not a good ep for Oh-Sol.
I think I should reajust my expectation with this drama and start watching it with my brain logged off.

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Park Yeon-seon should round up all our former child actors and write them a slice of life college drama.
I'm sick of seeing them waste their talents on crappy writings.

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I've given up on this drama and am now impatiently waiting for it to be over so Yoo-jung can take on another (hopefully much better written) project.

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There is Kwon Hye Ji also...

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Oh, wow, so many mean-spirited people.....

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So many bad comments regarding Kyun Sang's weight, Oh Sol's character and the show itself. Well, people have preference and I'm for one love this show soooo much. Yes, it's cliche..rich guy, poor women, fall in love..bla bla bla. The storyline might have some flaws but i don't mind. It's a Rom-Com based on webtoon and it's expected to be a little bit over the top. Some people think Oh Sol is useless, imbecile and rude. But from my POV, she's just a young gal (20 yrs old) who is still a bit loss with her life. Once a successful athlete, but now unable to get a decent job. Doing odd jobs for living, so many unsuccessful job application/interview must have taking a toll on her. Somehow, I can grasp her frustration with her life and this contribute for her no care attitude (hygiene) & drinking behavior. Sun Gyul on the other hand is a charismatic matured man, CEO, a born leader. Polar opposite characters that somehow ended with both of them to be in love. Heck..if u expected Oh Sol to be prim, proper and so capable, then we won't have Oh Sol at all..her character is written such a way to make story more interesting. Even the force kiss is acceptable. With Sun Gyul condition, they can't go the normal route. It has to be something extreme happened to Sun Gyul for him to be awaken and start to look Oh Sol in a romantic way. I applaud You Jung for slaying her role. She's so good. Kyun Sang is good too. Even though there's 12 yrs difference in age, their chemistry is so strong. I'm rooting for them. Don't even bother mentioning Kyun Sang look too old for You Jung, Even in the webtoon, they are 9 yrs apart. The CEO must be someone matured in terms of looks and not a young pretty idol looking guy.

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So because OS isn't "prim and proper," it's acceptable for her to sexually assault her boss?

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I’m not saying it’s the right thing to do. It’s understandable given that particular moment. Her ex words must hurt/embarrassed her a lot and her pride got the better of her. It’s more like an ‘impulse reaction’. She did apologised before she initiate the kiss and also afterwords. She even seen regretting her actions.

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This is a fun show, and well worth watching

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I went back to take a look at parts of this episode.

First - At first I was annoyed at how Seon-gyeol held on to her arm when Do-jin was trying to yank her away with him. But what happens next shows that he really did not want to surrender Oh-sol to a guy who is really a predator. The moment her little brother was there he made sure to place her into his care.

Seon-gyeol cannot help rescuing Oh-sol, because hse has already gotten under his skin. And this is why Secretary Kwon is so extra supportive of her. We like Secretary Kwon because she actually cares about her boss- and she can see that in Oh-sol her boss will finally have a reason to change. That kiss at the end is just the beginning of this journey.

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For every comment that telling or questioning YKS to do diet before the drama, did it ever occur to you commenters that prob the production team simply wants him to look like that?? They hv the power to require actors to fit the role to the T, why would YKS be an exception.

And I lovee him and his acting since Pinocchio, Time We Werent in Love, Six Flying Dragons, Rebel, and now this.

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