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Clean With Passion for Now: Episode 5

As our leads encounter each other more and more, our cleaning company CEO’s sharp attitude towards his untidy employee doesn’t last long. Though the two aren’t exactly friendly, our CEO finds himself wondering what exactly his recent uncharacteristic behavior might mean. We also learn a little more about our rooftop pervert. He may be around for more than just hanging out in tracksuits and reading x-rated manhwa as it seems he has a more significant connection to the Gil family than they realize.

 
EPISODE 5: “Sweet and Tangy Yogurt”

Seon-gyeol dismisses Oh-sol from his sight and his company, but not before getting some jabs in about how she’s dressed up to attract the attention of the company’s clients, ouch.

Oh-sol limps away to the columbarium to pay her respects to her mother. She tries to keep up a strong front, but can’t help but cry. She laments her abandoned sports career and even says something that suggests that Oh-sol’s mother died while trying to retrieve one of Oh-sol’s medals… but Oh-sol stops when she spots a yogurt drink stuffed into one of the flower pots for her mother.

She runs outside to look for the person who left it behind, but she just misses Mr. Choi, who slinks behind a column nearby. He’s traded his tracksuit in for a real suit for the day.

Oh-sol eventually makes her way up those steep stairs towards her neighborhood, but she has to give her injured foot a break at the top. Mr. Choi follows shortly after her and sits beside her, both of them admiring each other’s unusually nice clothing choices. Oh-sol grabs for Mr. Choi Gun’s, hoping for food, only to find a pile of yogurt drinks. He shrugs that he suffers from severe constipation and she grimaces, ha.

Mr. Choi says that he heard it was the anniversary of her mother’s death from Mr. Gil, and he offers her a yogurt from his bag. But Oh-sol holds up the one she’s already half-finished with, and shares memories of her mother, and how her mom always made her feel better with a yogurt drink. Oh-sol says that to her, a yogurt drink is comfort. And this specific yogurt she’s drinking today, and the others that have mysteriously turned up at her mother’s grave for the last six years, also bring her comfort.

Back at the Clean With Passion office, Secretary Kwon manages to purchase a replacement of the rare figure for their client, and then she shares with Seon-gyeol that this day is the anniversary of Oh-sol’s mother’s death. Seon-gyeol takes that new information back home with him, and though he tries to relax, all he can hear is his insensitive comments about Oh-sol’s attire. After some nudging from vacuum Geum-ja, Seon-gyeol decides that he has to go talk to Oh-sol.

Oh-sol and Mr. Choi make their way home together. When Mr. Choi notices Oh-sol’s limp, he immediately offers another piggyback ride. But sober Oh-sol is less inclined to take him up on the offer, and now she’s feeling a little embarrassed about sharing her feelings about her mother earlier. Mr. Choi thinks her backpedaling is cute, but their moment is interrupted when Seon-gyeol appears on the road.

He’s a little concerned to see the neighborhood pervert walking with Oh-sol, but Mr. Choi goes on ahead while Oh-sol stays behind to talk with Seon-gyeol. They find a bench nearby, and after a few false starts, Seon-gyeol eeks out an apology to Oh-sol and tells her to report to her job tomorrow. He even asks about her injury, which she promises is fine.

Seon-gyeol pretends to depart, but he finds himself watching her from behind a tree while Oh-sol feeds a local stray cat. He smiles giddily as he looks on.

The angry client seems satisfied when the replacement action figure arrives, but now it’s Seon-gyeol’s turn to ask for the video of the accident from the client’s security cameras. Seon-gyeol says that they’re considering pressing charges for the injury his employee sustained during the incident. The client begs for forgiveness, and Seon-gyeol tells him that he needs to apologize to his employee, not him.

So the client finds himself on his knees pleading for forgiveness from Oh-sol next, who ushers him back up from the floor and accepts the apology.

The Cleaning Fairies work outside, mystified by Seon-gyeol’s erratic behavior towards Oh-sol. Oh-sol’s injury seems to be doing better, as she stands atop a tall ladder and cleans a clock in the plaza.

Seon-gyeol walks past with Secretary Kwon, who comments on Oh-sol’s recovery. As Oh-sol enthuses about her health, she loses her balance on the ladder and begins to fall. Without a second thought, Seon-gyeol lunges and catches her in his arms.

Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol stare into each other’s faces in shock, but Seon-gyeol remains standing without a negative reaction to Oh-sol. His mind immediately goes to his phone conversation with his new psychiatrist, who is officially revealed to be Mr. Choi, or Dr. Daniel Choi, as his medical license reads. Dr. Choi’s diagnosis is acute stress disorder at first, but then he suggests that it’s perhaps love sickness that Seon-gyeol is suffering, and that it might even help diminish his OCD symptoms.

Seon-gyeol realizes that he’s still holding Oh-sol and sets her down at last, and that’s when her dirty cleaning rag falls from the ladder and lands right on his face. It takes just a minute to register it, and then Seon-gyeol faints to the ground.

After work, the cleaning gang grab some snacks at a convenience store together. Jae-min explains Seon-gyeol’s phobia to Oh-sol, and then proceeds to tell her the rumors he’s heard, like that Seon-gyeol used post-it notes to demand that school awards be delivered to his house so he didn’t have to touch them, or that he came out of the womb asking if the scissors were sanitized first.

But as Yeong-shik and Dong-hyun join them at the table, Jae-min wonders how a germaphobe could catch someone like Oh-sol without having any issues. He starts to suggest that there’s a love connection, but he leans in close enough to get a whiff of Oh-sol’s unwashed hair and immediately waves off any such ideas.

The unconscious Seon-gyeol wakes up at home in bed. He’s grateful that Secretary Kwon took him here instead of the hospital, until he sees that his mother is present as well. Seon-gyeol does his best to usher his mother out as soon as possible, but Secretary Kwon slips and mentions Seon-gyeol catching Oh-sol in his arms before Mom is out the door.

The next morning, Oh-sol tells Joo-yeon about the fall and Seon-gyeol’s collapse. Joo-yeon says that Oh-sol’s boss is like a saint if he’s willing to catch Oh-sol even with his condition.

Oh-sol stops short as a car cuts off her path across the road. Seon-gyeol’s mother’s secretary pops out and escorts Oh-sol into the car and off to a cafe. Seon-gyeol’s mom is “disguised” in a pair of dark shades, but Oh-sol recognizes her right away. Mom refuses to say anything directly to Oh-sol, instead whispering to Secretary Kim, but eventually gives up when Oh-sol wins her over with compliments.

Meanwhile, Seon-gyeol walks to work, his hand wrapped from his fall, and spots Secretary Kim on the street. He’s surprised to see the secretary so early in the morning, and asks what he’s doing.

Inside, Seon-gyeol’s mother admits to Oh-sol that she was worried about a girl that could affect her son, but seeing Oh-sol, she says she’s no longer concerned. Oh-sol eventually gets her meaning and takes offense at the insinuation. Just as Seon-gyeol enters the cafe, Oh-sol exclaims, “Is it against the rules for Mr. Jang to like me?”

Mom turns to fuss over her son, but takes a moment to apologize to Oh-sol and warn her against dating anyone as intolerable as her son. As they see Seon-gyeol’s mother off, Seon-gyeol points out that now Oh-sol will be late to work, and no, he will absolutely not give her a ride.

Oh-sol tries to argue that it’s his mother’s fault that she’s running late, but when she sees his bandaged hand she stops arguing and thanks him for his help instead. Seon-gyeol starts to ask if he can test something and reaches out his hand to her, but Oh-sol’s bus appears, and she darts off in an effort to make it to work on time.

At work, Secretary Kwon notes Seon-gyeol’s bandaged hand and tells him she’s impressed. He assumes she means that he’s still at work, but she means that he jumped in to save Oh-sol even though he knew he might be injured. Seon-gyeol smiles, and shrugs that he is just a great CEO, after all.

While Oh-sol and Dong-hyun are working outside, Oh-sol spots her father in the parking lot and cowers behind a dumpster to hide from him. Dong-hyun accepts the card that her father hands to him, and Oh-sol crawls back out once he’s gone. The card is for a car washing service that he’s advertises, and Oh-sol sighs.

Seon-gyeol’s back on the phone with his new doctor Mr. Choi. Seon-gyeol wants to know if it’s possible for his symptoms to suddenly disappear, since he was able to hold a sweaty, gross girl in his arms, but Mr. Choi is skeptical. He suggests testing the theory and tells Seon-gyeol to try to touch something owned by someone other than the girl.

So Seon-gyeol’s off to the work lounge to touch all of the coffee mugs. He passes over the mugs labeled “Actor Hwang” and “Mr. Hopeless Romantic” and settles over one labeled “The Love” (playing on the similar-sounding Korean word for “dirty”). The cleaning crew return just then, so Seon-gyeol grabs the mug and hides around the corner of the room.

When Oh-sol gets up to make some coffee, she discovers her mug is missing (of course it was hers). She almost finds her hidden CEO, but turns back at the last second. But then Yeong-shik gets up for a drink, and the cap to his bottle drops on the floor and rolls directly in front of a crouched Seon-gyeol.

They both scream as their eyes meet, and Seon-gyeol does his best to turn the tables on everyone else and shouts about how dirty the employee lounge is. He’s still got the mug clutched in his hands, and he does his best to scurry out with it behind his back, even dodging Secretary Kwon in the hall.

Meanwhile, Mr. Choi is out and about, peeking in the window of one of his patient’s homes. He turns away at first, but at last the fortune teller opens the door and welcomes him inside. She makes him some instant coffee, which he immediately points out is bad for her insomnia.

The woman laments that she feels bad about receiving his treatment for free, but Mr. Choi persists that he wants to help her. She looks up at him and tells him that it might be time that he gets over “that accident” as well. Mr. Choi pretends not to know what she means, but the woman shakes her head and says that it wasn’t his fault that her home collapsed.

She goes on to say that Mr. Choi has been looking after all of the victims of the accident, even after he became a doctor. She then asks if he’s finally found the girl he told her changed his life. He nods that he has found her, and that she seems stronger than he expected.

At the end of the day, Oh-sol receives a text from her brother to pick up some chicken on her way home. She heads towards the shops, but when she spots a sign for beef leg bone that promotes bone health, she stops in there instead.

Oh-dol whines when he sees that his sister has no chicken for him, while her father asks if the beef bone is for him. Oh-sol avoids answering by asking about the car washing card. She says that she found it while on an errand from her office, and her dad says that he needs something to keep busy. She tries to remind him that she’s working now for the family, but Dad of course isn’t listening.

He instead lures her over to the kimchi pancakes he’s made, though he failed to pick up makgeolli to go with them. Dad suggests she take some pancakes over to Mr. Choi, since he helped make the business cards, so Oh-sol heads up to the rooftop with a plate.

Mr. Choi’s not inside, but he sneaks up on Oh-sol as she tries to peer through his windows. He’s delighted to see the pancakes, though he thinks they should definitely get some makgeolli, so the two retrieve some and sit down on the rooftop to eat and drink while they gaze up at the night sky.

Oh-sol asks about Mr. Choi’s family, and he replies that he’s old enough to live without their help. Oh-sol responds that you’re never too old to lean on your family when you need them. Mr. Choi points out that the two of them are practically family, and again brings up the fact that they basically sleep under the same roof.

Oh-sol offers to swap secrets, and confesses that she works at a cleaning company. Mr. Choi teases her, asking if that’s actually a secret. Oh-sol says that while her father wouldn’t approve, she actually likes the work.

Now it’s Mr. Choi’s turn to share a secret, and his is that there’s someone who he likes. She asks if he’s confessed yet, and he says that he’s being cautious and waiting for the right time. But he says that she’s a very pretty and bright person, someone he wants to protect.

Once Oh-sol’s gone to bed, Mr. Choi’s thoughts drift back to the first time that he met Oh-sol, before he became a tenant in their building. He was working as a construction worker at the site where Oh-sol’s mother was protesting, when a young Oh-sol offered him a yogurt drink. She tells him that her mother told her to not be unkind to the workers who were working against their will. She smiles broadly at him, and then dashes away to her mother’s side. Returning from his thoughts, Mr. Choi drinks a yogurt drink from the fridge.

As for Seon-gyeol’s evening, he spends it in front of his television with “The Love”‘s mug sitting in front of him. A documentary about love comes on, and Seon-gyeol scoffs when the host suggests that love can start when you believe that a person can do something others can’t.

But as the documentary goes on, it seems like it’s speaking directly to Seon-gyeol, chanting over and over, “You are in love now,” and then the host slowly turns into a smiling Oh-sol, who makes finger hearts at Seon-gyeol.

The next morning, Oh-sol is up early enough to wash her hair. Meanwhile, Seon-gyeol has been tossing and turning all night with his thoughts, and the alarm clock goes off way too early for him.

He staggers into the office, still caught up in his denial of the documentary. It seems that everyone in the office saw the documentary, but Seon-gyeol is not interested in discussing it at all. He instead starts spraying his disinfectant spray on every surface, and claims that the office needs a deep cleaning.

Oh-sol arrives at the office, a bag in her hand and hair freshly washed and combed. She leans in to speak to Seon-gyeol, but when he turns to face her, all he can see is his delusion of her smiling and holding up finger hearts. So he attacks with his disinfectant, spraying it frantically into her face.

 
COMMENTS

I’m afraid that I must disagree with the good Dr. Daniel Choi-I don’t see how we’re supposed to believe that the feelings that Seon-gyeol is experiencing are love sickness. Of course, Mr. Choi doesn’t have all the details that we do, so he’s allowed a stab in the dark about the situation, but I can say with certainty that I haven’t seen anything yet between Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol that resembles romance.

I’d hoped that we would circle around a growing attraction between them as Seon-gyeol had opportunities to see Oh-sol’s good qualities and see that in spite of her haphazard appearance, she is someone who is good for him. But we’ve seen way more incidents where she stumbles and gets in his way than we have of her being awesome. Seon-gyeol has been given many chances to prove his worth as a human through his interactions with his staff and especially Oh-sol, but Oh-sol hasn’t had the same opportunity to shine in front of him and demonstrate her own merits. So what is it about her that Seon-gyeol suddenly finds attractive? I just don’t believe that witnessing a girl feed a stray cat is enough for a guy like Seon-gyeol to suddenly fall in love. It feels like the show wants to rush through the adjustment of Seon-gyeol just feeling comfortable with another human, and instead went straight for the romance without any sweet moments to scaffold that transition.

I feel bad, because I want the main couple to find a love connection, but the writing just isn’t giving them the chance currently. They need some quieter moments together where they get the chance to work together, rather than Seon-gyeol constantly saving Oh-sol or tolerating some mishap she’s fallen into.

The thing is that I like Oh-sol’s messiness when it’s just about her being a bit careless about her appearance. I feel a kinship with someone who doesn’t care about what others think about how she looks or where she chooses to focus her energy. But I’m not as fond of this attitude when it plays out as negligence at her job, and that unfortunately seems to be the driving force behind any of her interactions with Seon-gyeol.

I do suspect that she’s carrying bone broth soup in that bag, made especially for Seon-gyeol, so perhaps we still have time to build some touching moments in before we go full speed one-sided love.

Meanwhile, the budding friendship between Oh-sol and Mr. Choi the piggyback king is happening naturally, easily, and in a way that I really enjoy. He takes a lot of unfair (though not mean-spirited) abuse from just about everyone with a shrug and a smile, and he knows how to be there for someone naturally without making it a big deal.

I like the idea that Oh-sol is someone whom Mr. Choi admired when they were younger, and he still admires her for the same plucky resilience. He may have expected to see someone much less put together than Oh-sol when he finally sought her out, but it seems like he’s pleased to see that there are some things that even the darkest moments can’t touch. It sounds like he’s been making the rounds with all of the people who were affected by the accident that took Oh-sol’s mother’s life, and the trauma that he’s seen left him unprepared to find her still living life with a bright smile. I think they’ve got a great opportunity to reveal Mr. Choi’s backstory very naturally by bringing in his pro bono patients that he’s been listening to for years, and I’m looking forward to see it develop.

It’s interesting that Mr. Choi behaves as though he and Oh-sol have been close for a while, longer than Oh-sol is aware of anyway. He refers to her as “our” Oh-sol, and likes to bring up that they’re all sleeping under the same roof. While Mr. Choi may be making up for his part in the building accident to the other affected individuals, it feels like he’s taking some solace in his proximity to Oh-sol, someone he’s obviously been thinking about for years.

All the same, I don’t feel like these are romantic feelings he’s harboring, or at least, that’s not all to what Mr. Choi feels. I get the sense that he takes strength from seeing her, especially when she keep persevering despite setbacks. And even if he’s stuck as the second lead in the end, you know he’ll support her happiness above all else until the end.

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I agree with you. It seems that Seon-Gyeol only started getting attracted to Oh Sol because she kissed him (something I'm still put off by but I decide to overlook because these leads are cute).
However, I do believe that «being attracted» or «falling in love» with someone can help treat a type of anxiety disorder. I learned in school that OCD is a type of anxiety disorder, and while the optimal treatment is therapy + medication (if therapy is not enough), there are studies that prove that falling in love can actual cure anxiety or depression (better than therapy!) My point being, I wish there was more tact and time spent on them falling in love and working together on their problems, but this drama is not here for realism. So I guess I'll just sit back and enjoy (?) the ride.

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@justme, I suspect that the mechanism by which falling in love might remedy anxiety/OCD is that it could trigger secretion of oxytocin and/or endorphins. Pheromones could also come into play, such as the ones used to calm anxious cats, although I don't know whether something similar exists in humans. At any rate, endogenous biochemicals might do the trick. I'm not a biochemist, so this is rampant speculation on my part. ;-)

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"Seon-gyeol pretends to depart, but he finds himself watching her from behind a tree while Oh-sol feeds a local stray cat. He smiles giddily as he looks on."

That's just YKS looking at the cat. 😻

Looks like you're developing SLS along with the rest of us, abirdword.

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"That's just YKS looking at the cat. 😻"

ROFLMAO. Thank you, @blnmom. I'm having flashbacks to 3 MEALS A DAY. ;-)

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Yes I thought that too “nah he just want to go snuggle the kitty”

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I love Oh-sol and Mr. Choi's relationship more than Oh-sol and Seon-gyeol's because their moments together have more depth and are built on experiences from their pasts that made them who they are in the present (unlike the leads whose relationship were built on embarrassing moments and accidents).

How can this show make the female lead and the second lead have more story than the lead couple they were advertising and still not expect us to develop Second Lead Syndrome?

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Ikr.. i hit the SLS immediately once i started ep 1 (that scene with Choi Gun in towels 😜) and who should i put the blame on? 😜

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I'm enjoying this drama despite the flaws. No idea why. I dropped Mama Fairy two episodes ago. I dropped the very depressing Fluttering Warning a couple of weeks ago. I never got past episode 5 of the Lee Je hoon drama. I don't know why I like this one better for some unknown reason.

I do want to thank whoever that was last week who suggested that Yoon Kyun sang was fat. A couple of us gave her a hard time about it. It was a pretty shallow comment but I'm sure the korean audience weren't giving him a pass for having that big old ba-donk-a-donk butt. I honestly didn't notice that the man was all that fat. Until she pointed it out. So this week all I could do was look for signs that the boy was tubby. He is kinda on the thick side. I don't think we'll be getting a shower scene in this one anyway. I want to thank whoever that was for making my viewing experience just that much more obsessive and judgmental. I might not have noticed there was no chemistry between them this week because I was on love handle watch. Jeez.

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LOL i didnt even notice hes fat, i think he looks so fine that way .. so that size is overweight in Korea?

Then most of us are not fit to live in S.Korea 😭

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Oh lordy no! I don't think he's FAT! I think he's a lot "thicker" than usual that's all. I know most of us aren't fit to live in SK.

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As long as I can remember, YKS has never had a shower scene in his drama, even in Rebel they covered up most of his body with a good amount of steam 😂 the fans know Yoon Kyun Sang and abs in one sentence are just weird.. It's other cast's job and chance to show off their abs..

Most k-drama viewers are so used to a tall, slim, broad shoulder, sharp nose, sharp jaw line, sweet dimple, and a mega watt smile as their perfect lead male 😉

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I haven't watched all his dramas but it really did give me heartburn to have someone suggest he shouldn't have signed up for the drama if he wasn't willing to diet first. Geez.

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Thank you for the recap!

I would definitely like to see more connection between our CEO and Oh Sol, but I did like their chat in an earlier ep when she was melancholy with her markers, and then remarked that he was hurt too… a moment of these very different people recognizing their mutual hurt and humanity. So I can see how that, along with the physical interaction he never gets, sparked something. But agreed the people want more!

The love triangle is well done in that I feel for both of them, and tilt back and forth between preferences. (In this ep I was all 'Pick Choi, are you demented?!' and then in the next one I felt differently!) I like the camaraderie for one pair, and the awkwardness of the other. Choi COULD be the kind of second lead who drives me crazy, like Shin Woo did in You're Beautiful back many a year ago (sorry any fans!), by being the guy who always hangs back and doesn't DO things. Of course, in both cases, she'll go for the (intensely weird) guy who she's interacting with more. But Choi's backstory actually explains why he isn't acting… the guy who seems to be providing counselling for people involved in a tragedy in which he was just a worker (not, as the psychic points out to him, his fault)… he's clearly carrying a whole load of guilt over many people, including Oh Sol and her mother, and by extension her family. When you feel super guilty, you don't feel you have the right to ask for things for yourself. You hang around trying to make up for the guilt--free counselling, handing out business cards, piggybacks for the drunk!--but by not putting yourself out there as someone saying 'I'm hurt too, help me' you miss out. Which is kind of neat: I'm not annoyed by him acting like a second lead when I see why he is, and that makes me feel sympathetic. Plus, Song Jae Rim is winsome. (All three of them are in different ways, though the age gap is sometimes uncomfy.)

I typed quite a bit when what I'm mainly enjoying is the zany lighthearted charm...

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First, just once can dramaland have a psychiatrist that doesn't have a major conflict of interest in treating their patient?

Second, despite my aforesaid reservations, I have a wee case of second-lead-syndrome. Mostly because I find Dr. Choi's track suit collection amazing. I mean, he's cute too with his yogurt and all, but I have mad respect for someone so committed to comfortable fashion.

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I'm enjoying how they have interwoven Choi's character into Oh-sol's past. However, their shared past cements him into Second Lead territory. Though I'm hopeful that what he feels is more of an intense gratitude towards Oh-Sol rather than love. While he may like her he doesn't necessarily need to be romantically linked to her.

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Thanks for your recap, @abirdword. I agree with you that the budding relationship between the cleaner and her boss is unconvincing. Show has done such a good job pushing their incompatibility that I just cannot buy it.

On the other hand, I did enjoy getting some insight into the mysterious Mr. Dr. Choi. I'm really curious as to how a construction worker managed to become a shrink, and study in the US no less. Do I smell a birth secret? Whatever his deal, my hat is off to him for ministering to victims of the building collapse.

Seon-gyeol's mother is a 24-karat piece of work, which should not come as a surprise when one considers who her father is. Her stalking of Oh-sol was ridiculous. The best part of the whole scenario was the affable Secretary Kim's explaining her refusal to speak directly to Oh-sol as his boss's strategy to intimidate her. Out of the mouths of babes. It made her look like such a poseur.

I'm not sure how Yoon Kyun-sang managed to scrunch himself into such a little ball when he hid in the break room, but it was impressive. The look on his face when Seon-gyeol locked eyes with Yeong-shik was priceless.

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Speaking of Sun Kyul's mom, I think Mae Hwa does care about Sun Kyul's well-being, and it seems like Sun Kyul does feeI a little bit sorry to his mother..

And the cafe scene, I was worried she might become a typical ruthless (future 😊) mother-in-law, but I'm glad that she is quick to realize her mistake and apologize to Oh Sol, and she even wish Oh Sol to meet a kind man.. Imo she is a nice and overall a goofy person 😁 but not really a good mom

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I really want to say that I love how good of a person Seung-Gyul is. He’s definitely not perfect, but he tries really hard to do the right think and I admire that out ML actually acknowledges his wrong doing and apologizes. He also really cares about his employees and his company and I just LOVE that. Definitely no SLS here. He’s got such a good heart and he’s so caring.

I also don’t believe that he’s “in love” with her or even attracted. I think that he is mostly just fascinated with her and her lifestyle and wants to know why he was able to just touch her with no bad reaction. I really hope that it just doesn’t jump to love and we get some sweet moment where they come to like one another.

I KNEW that Mr Choi had to be that famous dr. I love it. Really hoping that we get to see some therapy and him helping Seung-gyul through his OCD rather than ramble on about how it’s love. SG really needs therapy along with his potential new love. Here’s hoping the drama does it right.

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I don't agree. You can see that Oh Sol is a good person, she works hard, she's making friend easily. She doesn't have to show her good sides to Seon Gyol. When his own issues can make him difficult to understand and make him kind of cold, so we need to know that he's not total jerk.
Oh Sol shook up the perfect world of Seon Gyol and he's realizing that he can handle it. Each time, he comes out stronger.

For Dr. Choi, I like their conversations but it's kind of creepy that he knows her for a long time now and he didn't tell her. I understand that he didn't say his feelings, but the fact that he saw her every year and he came live in their rooftop, it's kind of of weird. But you can see that he really cares for her.

I like the friendship between the coworkers :)

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When they showed Dr.Choi backstory with O-Sol, it gives stalker vibe, I don't like it, that she keeps following her family and they don't have idea.

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@shach, I found it a bit stalkerish, too. I do get more of a sense that Dr. Choi appreciated that Oh-sol's mother was kind to him and the other construction workers. She seems to have made a big impression on him that he has observed her memorial day (along with the other victims') ever since. It makes me wonder what the deal is with his own family. Might he be the (illegitimate?) son of Seon-gyeol's late specialist?

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It would be different if he do it from afar, but basically living with them and not disclosing that connection, when they already talked to him about her, he is lying to them and I wouldn't be okay with that whatever noble intentions were behind.
I think he was student at that time working part time, and interaction Oh-sol mom and grief of families victims led him to become M.D.

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This episode debunked my internal theory that Dr. Choi was her mother’s younger brother that O Sol just never met. Maybe because he went to America or something. But seeing he was a college student when she was in high school? Late middle school. He is not that much older than her. I’m going to guess he was working part time to pay student loans and then went to residency in America.

Ughh Song Jae Rim, I was all for the daddy long legs character. Now idk if it will be romance but you sure are making a good second lead case for yourself caring for O Sol that way. Plus all the sad looks, I just want to give you a hug and say it’s ok.

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@uyentruong CoffeeMD,

You may actually be onto something. I've been wondering if Dr. Choi Gun/Daniel might not be an illegitimate half-brother or even young uncle of Seon-gyeol by Grandpa.

In order for Dr. Choi to have become a shrink, didn't he first have to become an MD, and then specialize in psychiatry? Was he some kind of child geeenius a la Doogie Howser, M.D. or Dr. Han Jin-woo (GOD'S QUIZ)? How would he ever have had time to work a construction job while in medical school? Or was his construction job actually some kind of field work?

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That’s an interesting theory too @pakalanapikake! I was thinking he was O Sol’s uncle, but didn’t think about him being related to sung Kyeol. Do you think he is younger than Sung Kyeol? He seems older to me or at least the same age.

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@uyentruong CoffeeMD,

I think Dr. Choi would have to be older simply to have gotten his MD and then gone on to become a psychiatrist on top of that -- and completed his residencies, etc.

I looked around online to see if I could find ages for the characters, but aside from Oh-sol, who is 20 in the webcomic, no dice. I could have sworn that I read somewhere that Grandpa is 72. Dr. Choi wasn't in the original story, so I guess anything goes. ;-)

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Ok yes, I agree with that. Korea medical school may be different than in America’s. A lot of people enter medicine their first year of college in other countries. So I do think he is older than both O sol and Sung Kyeol, but maybe not that much older. I am not sure how Korea really does it. To be accepted to train in America though means he’s super smart!

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I always think the moment Seongyeol falling for ohsol is far before the kissing accident. When he met drunken Oh sol in front of convinience store, both of them at their lowest point of vulnerability. And the empathy she gives him even when she is drunk after seeing his scar and her words too it, "You're hurt too" touched him deeply. His expression changed and he even seem wanting to cry. And that is the start of him falling for her.

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People fall in love for silly reasons. I think it's quite believable that he fall in love after the kiss scene. It's probably an early stage of love..the attraction..the denial..the thumping of heart. When is the last time he touch another human being? Probably his nanny during his younger days. He don't even have dating experience (Proven by what his mother said on earlier episode..Why can't he date, why can't he get married like normal person). He tried blind dates but naahhh it's not working out. Heck..i think he never even being in love. OS action had disrupted his normal routine and being sooo inexperience in love, the kiss thing could triggered his feelings. OS basically came and shakes his world.

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I'm glad Oh Sol realized her huge mistake for almost killing a free-germ man, now I hope she will be more cautious at what she does around Sun Kyul (though we won't have a fun story without her clumsy act and Sun Kyul's hilarious reaction 😁)

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