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Clean With Passion for Now: Episode 6

Our germaphobe lead can’t seem to accept that there’s something special about Oh-sol, so he alternates between getting closer to her and pushing her away. Oh-sol may be the sweet and optimistic type, but she has her limits. Will their budding connection fizzle out before it has a chance to grow?

 
EPISODE 6: “Because we don’t know ourselves”

After Seon-gyeol’s sanitizer attack, Jae-min tries make sense of his boss’ behavior. He points out to Dong-hyun and Yeong-shik that Seon-gyeol was able to catch a contaminated employee with his bare hands, but sprayed her with sanitizer after she had just washed her hair.

Dong-hyun and Jae-min look doubtful when Yeong-shik suggests that Seon-gyeol is attracted to Oh-sol. Jae-min scoffs at the idea and assures his friends, “There’s no way he likes her.”

In the privacy of Seon-gyeol’s office, Secretary Kwon demands, “Apologize to her immediately.” When Seon-gyeol balks, Secretary Kwon points out that even her young son knows enough to apologize when he’s hurt someone.

Secretary Kwon ends up apologizing to Oh-sol on Seon-gyeol’s behalf and mentions his mysophobia. Seon-gyeol walks by just when Secretary Kwon asks for Oh-sol’s understanding and overhears Oh-sol answer that she likes him and considers him a good person.

Seon-gyeol runs off just before Oh-sol asks Secretary Kwon to give him her homemade soup. Secretary Kwon urges Oh-sol, “You should give it to him directly. That would be better.”

That night, a freshly showered Seon-gyeol stares into the mirror and his heart pounds as he recalls Oh-sol’s admission that she likes him. When his doorbell rings, Seon-gyeol walks to the security camera in his robe, surprised to see Oh-sol at his door.

After a long delay, Seon-gyeol finally opens the door, now dressed. Oh-sol awkwardly explains that she brought soup but decides to leave when Seon-gyeol says nothing. Seon-gyeol suddenly blurts, “I like you too,” and then quickly explains that he was talking about the soup.

Inside over tea, Oh-sol comments that it must be difficult to clean such a big house. Seon-gyeol explains that a housekeeper cleans when he’s away, since he prefers to be alone when he’s at home. When Oh-sol reflexively scoots away, Seon-gyeol tries to put her at ease, “Make yourself at home…I have to disinfect the whole place after you leave anyway, so just sit comfortably.”

After another long silence, Oh-sol reminds Seon-gyeol, “…you said you have something to tell me.” Seon-gyeol apologizes not only for the sanitizer attack, but for taking so long to apologize. Oh-sol brightly suggests that they should consider things even between them since she’s made her share of mistakes as well.

Seon-gyeol smiles in relief, until he catches Oh-sol looking at him. Suddenly self-conscious, Seon-gyeol gulps his tea but has to spit out the too-hot liquid. Seon-gyeol announces the need to change his clothes but Oh-sol tells him not to worry since she’s about to leave. Seon-gyeol explains that the mess bothers him, which prompts Oh-sol to comment that is must be hard to maintain a strict level of cleanliness at home and at work.

Seon-gyeol wonders, “Do I seem fussy to you?” Oh-sol admits that’s what she thought when she first met him, until she realized that there are reasons for his behavior. Oh-sol then explains her own habits — busy with so many part-time jobs, she considered showers a luxury and preferred extra sleep over washing her hair.

Oh-sol concludes, “Everyone has a story, you know.” She changes the subject by complimenting Seon-gyeol’s hair, which is unwaxed and down. Announcing that it’s time for her to go, Oh-sol insists on washing the mugs before she leaves.

Oh-sol sends Seon-gyeol to change and he makes it all the way to his closet before remembering that Oh-sol’s bright red mug is on his kitchen counter. While she searches for dish soap, Seon-gyeol makes a dash for the kitchen while shouting, “Stop!”

Seon-gyeol pretends that he returned to tell Oh-sol that the water has been cut off. Oh-sol asks how Seon-gyeol managed to wash his hair, surprised when he answers, “I used bottled water,” and when the washer chimes, he explains, “Bottled water.” Oh-sol wonders if she should use bottled water to wash the cups but Seon-gyeol pushes her out the door.

Alone, Seong-gyeol stares at Oh-sol’s mug and his tea-stained bandages and announces that he’s going crazy. Meanwhile, Mr. Choi calls the U.S. to access Seon-gyeol’s patient file and his online bio confirms that he’s a psychiatrist.

Seon-gyeol sits down to eat as Geum-ja vacuums nearby and admits that it’s been ages since he ate at home. When he tastes Oh-sol’s soup, Seon-gyeol smiles and announces, “It tastes good.”

Dong-hyun has a rare day off, leaving Jae-min in charge. He chides Yeong-shik for texting Eun-hee, “You get turned down every time, but you never seem to give up.” When Jae-min sees Dong-hyun and Eun-hee inside a restaurant, he tries to send Yeong-shik away.

Yeong-shik sees the pair and rushes inside, just in time to hear Eun-hee tell Dong-hyun, “I just don’t like him.” He signals for Dong-hyun to stay quiet and hears what else Eun-hee has to say, “You can tell me all the nice things about him you want, but I won’t change my mind. I’m not interested.”

Oh-sol walks up several flights of stairs as she insists over the phone that she can clean a small apartment by herself. The client is on his way out when Oh-sol arrives, but he pauses long enough to check her out. Inside the apartment there are photos of half dressed women in suggestive poses, their faces cropped out, with stockings and magazines strewn all over the bedroom floor.

Eun-hee apologizes to Yeong-shik for not being honest with him, but it’s Yeong-shik who’s sorry, “I only cared about my feelings and made you uncomfortable.” When Yeong-shik turns away, Eun-hee tells him, “That uniform looks great on you. Just as great as a taekwondo uniform.”

Dong-hyun finds Yeong-shik sitting alone at a bus stop. Yeong-shik admits that he knew that Eun-hee didn’t like him, but he’d hoped to win her over with his persistence. It’s what he learned in taekwondo, but he realizes that endurance won’t change someone’s feelings.

Yeong-shik’s mouth quivers when he explains that Eun-hee isn’t the kind to badmouth others. Yeong-shik holds back tears as he blames his short temper for his embarrassment, sorry that he barged into the restaurant. Dong-hyun finally speaks, “I envy you. For being so pure-minded. I envy that innocent side of yours.” When the bus arrives, Dong-hyun gets on it, leaving behind a thoughtful Yeong-shik.

Inside an apartment, Jae-min talks to his mother on the phone, “I’m almost finished up here, so don’t worry…” After he hangs up, Jae-min tackles a very messy apartment.

Yeong-shik is still at the bus stop when heavy rain starts to fall. Dong-hyun watches the rain out of a bus window as he makes his way to a hospital, while Seon-gyeol shows up at work with his hair down.

Seon-gyeol absentmindedly agrees that Oh-sol is ready for a solo assignment during Secretary Kwon’s update, but something about the location stops him in his tracks. Seon-gyeol asks for the company’s blacklisted clients and checks the list when he gets to his office.

Seopn-gyeol is alarmed to see Oh-sol’s client on that list for sexually harassing a female employee the previous year. Seon-gyeol tries to call Oh-sol but she doesn’t hear her phone because of the vacuum cleaner. (Eww! Her phone is on the nightstand next to stacks of condoms.) Seon-gyeol wastes no time and races out of his office.

The lights go out while Oh-sol cleans more stockings and condom packets from under the bed. She hears the door beep as the code is entered and is surprised to see the client home early.

Seon-gyeol keeps trying to call Oh-sol as he drives to her location. Frustrated, he pulls off his bandage and stretches his injured hand. Once he arrives, Seon-gyeol runs up the stairs in the rain and is soaked by the time he reaches the client’s apartment.

Seon-gyeol frantically pounds on the door while yelling out for Oh-sol and when the client opens it with his shirt unbuttoned, Seon-gyeol pushes him inside and punches him in the mouth. Seon-gyeol searches the apartment for Oh-sol, relieved when she returns from taking out the trash.

Seon-gyeol drives in silence while Oh-sol insists that she can take the bus home. When Oh-sol notices that Seon-gyeol’s hand is bleeding, she asks him to make a stop. Outside of a convenience store, Seon-gyeol’s heart pounds while Oh-sol holds his hand to bandage his cut.

When Oh-sol backs away, Seon-gyeol asks, “Ms. Gil. Can you give me your hand…I just have to check something.” Oh-sol wipes her hand on her coat and then extends her hand, which Seon-gyeol manages to grasp in spite of his pounding heart.

Seon-gyeol stares at their locked hands and when Oh-sol tries to withdraw her hand, he pulls her into a kiss. That’s when Mr. Choi walks around the corner and witnesses the scene.

Later, Mr. Choi reads Seon-gyeol’s file and makes an important connection, “He said there’s only one person he can touch. Gil Oh-sol was that person?” Mr. Choi sees the name, Cha Seok-hwan, and after some research, he makes another connection, Seon-gyeol is the grandson of AG Group’s Chairman Cha.

In bed, Oh-sol relives her second kiss with Seon-gyeol, alarmed that she closed her eyes. Oh-sol sits up in excitement when it occurs to her that Seon-gyeol might actually like her.

In the morning, Oh-dol yells through the bathroom door in desperation, “I’m about to poop!” The commotion brings out his father, who panics when he learns that Oh-sol has been in the bathroom for an hour, “We need an ambulance. Call an ambulance now! No, should we call the police first?”

Oh-sol opens the door just as her father and brother are about to force it open. Oh-sol’s father jumps back in shock when he realizes that Oh-sol showered. In her room, Oh-sol takes extra care getting dressed and her father and brother peek in just as she takes a final look in her mirror. Oh-sol’s father thinks she must be sick, but Oh-dol suggests that Oh-sol is seeing someone.

When Mr. Choi walks in, Oh-dol announces, “I think my sister is seeing someone,” and Mr. Choi watches Oh-sol with interest as she preens on her way out the door. Oh-dol tsks, “Gosh, I feel sorry for that guy…Oh-sol of all girls,” but Mr. Choi doesn’t look amused.

At work, Jae-min and Yeong-shik see a news report about the arrest of a serial sex offender, who turns out to be Oh-sol’s pervy client. At home, Seon-gyeol finishes dressing for work, his hair combed back again, distracted by the memory of holding Oh-sol’s hand and kissing her.

At the company, Secretary Kwon commends Seon-gyeol for finding Oh-sol before the sex offender harmed her, but he’s so distracted that he doesn’t hear a word she says. When Seon-gyeol explains that he has a lot on his mind, Secretary Kwon offers, “If you ever need my help, feel free to let me know. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you.”

Oh-sol is in the bathroom when two employees walk in wondering about the identity of the employee that Seon-gyeol saved. Oh-sol thinks to herself, “It’s me, you silly girls.”

Jae-min teases Oh-sol about her frilly blouse and lipstick but their playful banter ends when they see a depressed Yeong-shik. Jae-min explains that Yeong-shik is wallowing because his years-long crush just came to an end.

The team greets Seon-gyeol, who only has eyes for Oh-sol. She calls his name before he walks away and smiles at him with softly puckered lips. Seon-gyeol’s mouth turns up in a smile until he catches himself and orders, “Wipe that surface again.” Oh-sol laughs when he leaves and wonders, “Is he feeling shy in front of other people?”

During a competition, Oh-dol glances at his coach and recalls his tip, “A coach from Hanguk University is here…Show him everything you have.” Oh-dol manages to win the match while two men take notes.

Seon-gyeol can’t decide what to text to Oh-sol, who happens to walk by, arms weighed down with boxes. When Oh-sol stumbles, Seon-gyeol reaches for her, but Jae-min gets to her first and playfully smells her hair to see if she washed it.

Jae-min has his arm across Oh-sol’s shoulders when they greet Seon-gyeol. Annoyed, Seon-gyeol points out Jae-min’s dirty nails and then advises Oh-sol to carry only what she can manage.

Seon-gyeol’s cheeks turn bright red when he walks away. Jae-min complains that he can’t tell if Seon-gyeol is worried or angry but when he sees Oh-sol’s flushed cheeks, he checks her forehead to see if she’s sick. Hidden behind a wall, Seon-gyeol’s eyes flash with jealousy and he mutters, “I should have fired him that day.”

Oh-sol tells Joo-yeon about the kiss over lunch, but it takes some convincing to get her to believe that Seon-gyeol kissed Oh-sol this time around. Joo-yeon assumes that Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol are dating but Oh-sol suddenly realizes that nothing was said about that.

Oh-sol sits in the employee lounge and recalls Joo-yeon’s advice to clarify her situation with Seon-gyeol, or risk being used like she was with Do-jin. Oh-sol texts Seon-gyeol, asking to meet, but he replies that he’s out of the office and asks if they can meet in the evening. When Jae-min informs Oh-sol that the team is taking Yeong-shik out for drinks, she texts, “It’s not urgent, so I’ll just ask you next time.”

It turns out that Seon-gyeol is at the hospital visiting his grandfather. Chairman Cha is just as prickly as ever, but when Seon-gyeol needs to leave for a meeting, he snaps, “Why don’t you stop playing with that silly cleaning agency of yours and come work at a real company now?”

Seon-gyeol reminds his grandfather of his refusal to turn over his company to someone with a flaw. His grandfather orders Seon-gyeol to fix it, otherwise he’ll never be able to live as a normal person and date and get married.

Seon-gyeol explains that he doesn’t date because of his mother, who’s dated one man after another his entire life. Seon-gyeol reminds Chairman Cha that he’s too flawed to marry anyway, and argues that means that his grandfather can’t die. Seon-gyeol is on his way out when his mother and her boyfriend arrive. Seon-gyeol refuses to shake the boyfriend’s hand and Chairman Cha spurns him as well.

It’s torture for Jae-min, Dong-hyun and Oh-sol as Yeong-shik shrieks through one sad song after another at a noraebang. Dong-hyun gets called away because of his grandmother and when he goes to tuck her in, she reaches for his hand.

Seon-gyeol meets with his mother, not happy that she’s dating a gangster, only to be reminded that Chairman Yang is in the resort business; the gangster was a different man she’d dated. When his mother claims, “This is really my last time,” Seon-gyeol reminds Mae-hwa that’s what she always says.

Seong-gyeol remembers how his mother paraded one man after another in front of him, asking him to be nice to each potential father, while not knowing his real father. Mae-hwa argues that her feeling were always sincere, which Seon-gyeol confesses he found pathetic. Seon-gyeol walks away only to have his mother yell at him that he should date, but he spurns her, explaining, “I don’t want to become a laughingstock like you.”

On the walk home, Oh-sol grumbles that Seon-gyeol hasn’t contacted her at all, just as they run into each other. They go for coffee and after futile attempts at small talk, Oh-sol asks to talk about what happened. Seon-gyeol tries to avoid her, “I’m sorry, but I’m not in the mood to talk about it. Let’s talk another time.”

Before Seon-gyeol can leave, Oh-sol argues that he should say something about their kiss. Seon-gyeol asks if Oh-sol expects him to ask her to be his girlfriend and bluntly explains, “I have no interest in dating. Right now, I don’t want to date anyone.” In spite of the hurt look on Oh-sol’s face, Seon-gyeol asks, “Is that enough of an answer for you?” and walks away.

 
COMMENTS

That second kiss between Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol proves that she is somehow different since he can now manage to touch her without fainting. Seon-gyeol can also stand to have Oh-sol in his house and eat the soup that she prepared for him. Those are all huge strides for Seon-gyeol, but after an ill-timed encounter with his mother, he’s not interested in dating anyone.

Seon-gyeol is always either hot or cold when it come to Oh-sol and by the end of this episode, he’s most definitely cold, thanks to more emotional trauma from his childhood. This time, it’s because of his mother’s dating history and the revolving door of boyfriends that he witnessed growing up. Mae-hwa admits that she hopes for the best in all of her relationships, convinced that each one will be the one that lasts. While she throws herself into every relationship with sincerity, Seon-gyeol has to live with the shame that he has no father and the embarrassment that his mother behaves like a perpetual teenager. For Seon-gyeol, dating means nothing but disappointment and he wants nothing to do with it.

I’m actually happy to see that Seon-gyeol isn’t ready to date yet, because I haven’t seen any convincing evidence that Oh-sol is attracted to him. It’s obvious that she’s enjoying his attention, but I don’t ever sense that her heart pounds for Seon-gyeol the way that his pounds for her. I get the feeling that she’s flattered to have someone like Seon-gyeol interested in her after her humiliating, one-sided crush on Do-jin, but that’s not enough for a relationship. The push/pull that Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol have between them may be amusing, but it’s getting them nowhere.

That doesn’t mean that there isn’t something between them. Oh-sol has an uncanny ability to emotionally connect with Seon-gyeol because of her insights into his psyche. She realized how tiring it must be for Seon-gyeol to live with his condition and maintain his house and company according to his impossible standards. He gulped down that hot tea because he was self-conscious — Oh-sol saw the real Seon-gyeol and she didn’t criticize him or ridicule him. Seon-gyeol is so used to being judged harshly that it must be intriguing to meet someone who doesn’t react that way. That’s what sets Oh-sol apart, but will her insight lead to romance?

There was so much romantic disillusionment in this episode that needs to be worked through before the main couple can move forward. It’s not what I expected after that second kiss, but it’s an opportunity for Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol to grow up and hopefully come back together a bit older and wiser, ready for a real relationship. Because isn’t that what Seon-gyeol truly longs for, in spite of his denials? And who better to have a relationship with than the one girl who can break through Seon-gyeol’s barriers?

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When Oh-dol was kicking that guy's ass in the taekwondo competition, all I could think of was Don't Think, Feel!!

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Wow.. I didn't even realize the recap was out. Instagram has taken over my mind, and I melted from that kiss ! 😆

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Also, we got a character development from Oh Sol and Sun Kyul after all.. There we go, letting them know each other bit by bit, just like that 😊

Aah~ next week feels too long..

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Ohsol and Seongyeol are cute together. The scene with the mug and 'bottled water' was so funny.

I'm really interested in Choi Gun's backstory, and how he'll react now that he knows Seongyeol is competition for the love of his life. I wish I could google spoilers, but since he wasn't in the original webtoon, I'll just have to wait and see what happens!

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Hahaha~ yes so much drama for a cute little mug 😂

It's the first time Sun Kyul had ever invited/letting someone else, other than Secretary Kwon or his mom, into his house right? And it's no less than his secret crush ! 😁 He even lied to her so it must be quite a nightmare for him

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Timing sucks >_<
If they would have this discussion not just after his meeting with his mother, it could have been better...

The mother = issues to date
The grandfather = I guess it will be responsible in the Oh Sol's mother death.

They will have a lot of ambushes before to date quietly :(

I like how the coworkers have their own stories too :)

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With the way his grandpa and his mother treat him, no wonder he grows up with a mindset like that.. Why is it so important to date and get married when Sun Kyul's mental health is still so far from normal? And they even demand him to just casually fix it as if it can be cured in just one night.. 😔 Now I hate them for being such a horrible family..

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Agreed. Poor Seon-gyeol has a lot of years worth of hurt and pain to overcome before he can better himself and commit to being with someone.

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I agree with you about the family's unrealistic and even delusional expectations for Sun-kyeol. Even worse is their refusal to acknowledge their responsibility for his condition.

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@keiru,

Seon-gyeol's mother and grandfather remind me of On Joon-young's family of origin in THE THIRD CHARM. His sister torments him and his parents take him and his cooking and housekeeping for granted -- oh, and he's super-organized to the point of appearing OCD himself.

"Why is it so important to date and get married when Sun Kyul's mental health is still so far from normal?"

Seon-gyeol is supposed to be filial, and that means listening to his elders -- and producing an heir to carry on the family name. After what his mother and grandfather have subjected him to, he doesn't owe them anything in my book. Let them stew in their chaebol juices. Harumpf!

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This episode made me think why Kim yoo jung picked up this drama. I am finding it boring now. The storyline pisses me. Kim yoo jung could have chosen better script.

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Well that's how you feel and it's fine. Meanwhile, I still enjoy the drama a lot 😂

Dramaland would have been a boring place if everyone has the same preference anyway 😉

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There are not a lot of dramas with 20 years old lead character. As an actress, she's good in the comedy and serious scenes. There are not so much actors who have the good timing for comedy. She's killing all her scenes for me.

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Both leads are great with comedic facial expressions. While some of the tropes used are sometimes annoying, the lead's acting and storyline keep me coming back!

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I agree. The female lead is nailing it perfectly. The male lead is much older- but playing a younger man very well. At times he seems even younger than his co-star.

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I find this drama is fun . The characteristics of OhSol can be played well by Kim Yoo-jung . Jovial , happy go lucky type of young lady .... suits yoojung !
Hopefully it gets better the coming episode .... fighting CWPFN 💪🏼

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Thank you so much for the recaps Teriyaki :) I have only found them out today and It has been a joy to read them.
I personally love this romcom , specially the lead . I wasn’t sure initially that Kim yoo young and Yoon Kyun sang would actually suit but I have been completely won over by their acting and chemistry. I am really enjoying their disfunctional characters as well as their vulnerabilities.
Loved how Oh Sol has unwillingly softened a few of Seon Gyeol’s walls and it was actually quite sweet to see him more open to the woman than preoccupied by the amount of contamination she was bringing with her 🤣. I don’t believe they are in love at this stage but I totally think they have developed an inexplicable attraction for one another which seems to confuse them both lol.
Although OhSol was out of line for kissing her boss, she definetly woke up the man who was sleeping in Seon Gyeol. I am interested to see how he is going to open to her in the future since his OCD is quite deeply rooted and won’t be easy to overcome . I am also ok with them not entering a relationship yet. I don’t think either of them have thought this far anyway. Oh Sol questioning Seon Gyeol about the kiss was triggered by her best friend rather than her own reflection on the event. They feel to me like they are discovering each other little by little without really questionning what the thing between them actually is. Dr Choi has talked about lovesickness and Seon Gyeol has experienced fluttering moments near Oh Sol but his inexperience in the love department hasn’t helped him to recognise what his feelings for her actually really meant . Having said that, I also think he is more into her right now than she is into him but i find it quite normal since our CEO has had a strong contradicting behaviour towards Oh Sol , saving her one day while qualifying her of gross and repulsive the next. Despite this, she seems to have developed a certain level of care for him with bringing him bone soup to help him back to health and how she is now paying attention to all things that could potentially upset him and his OCD. I loved their second kiss although Seon Gyeol initiated it more by curiosity at first but it is clear he ended up loosing himself into it and enjoying it. Oh Sol seemed to have followed the same path , although she was surprised by his bold move initially. His last words in this episode were harsh but I don’t think he was trying to be mean or hurt her feelings but of course, it is what he ends up doing. Now I cannot wait for Monday and see how all this is going to work out in episode 7. 👌😊

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I think if Oh-sol's best friend hadn't mentioned anything Oh-sol and Seon-gyeol would have just entered a flirting stage that would have at least lasted one episode.

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I agree. They would have just continued how they were until they got to a more serious stage. To be honest, I find Oh Sol best friend to not be the best love guru although she means well. I mean buying an underwear to a guy you have had just a crush on was way too much for me. People only do that when they are already in a serious relationship lol

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Lol! That's right! I completely forgot about her telling Oh-sol to buy underwear for her crush. That was such poor advice!

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I agree with the idea that Oh-sol is not in love with him at this point. And I think it would be too soon for her.

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@zazoured,

Thanks for pointing out that Oh-sol's best buddy Joo-yeon is a fount of dubious advice, not only about underwear. LOL.

Your comments make it easier for me to buy the burgeoning romance between the neatnik and the slob. Thanks. ;-)

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Thank you @teriyaki for your wonderful recap. I liked your insight on how Oh-sol currently is just feeling "flattered to have someone like Seon-gyeol interested in her." I agree that she is not quite at the same stage as Seon-gyeol. He has been developing feelings for her and getting out of his comfort zone for her while she just started seeing him as a potential partner after the second kiss.

This show continues to make me laugh (not as much as the first episode) and I find the characters endearing. Oh-sol is a very kind person and seems to be the type of person that will always help someone in need. Not very different from Seon-gyeol. His condition and defenses is what keeps him from being able to be viewed, by most people, as warm and caring as Oh-sol.

On a side note, i really like how Yeon-shik didn't get upset with Eun-hee and was able to recognize that he had put himself in that situation. He demonstrated a lot of maturity. I'm liking the budding friendships between the Cleaning Fairies.

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Yeon-shik showed real growth over his rejection by Eun-hee. I just hope that he doesn’t think that he somehow now has to change who he is. I hope that someone will take the time to tell him that just because Eun-hee was not looking for a simple basic man like him that all other women would be the same way. Eun-Hee is a sample of one- and that is statistically useless. The truth is that to some other woman a simple man might be a godsend.

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Yeon-shik appeared to be a bit of a hot-head at the beginning of the series but he has displayed a kind and nurturing side to him as we continue to learn more about him. I liked how Dong Hyun said he envied him for being pure minded (I prefer TeriYaki's translation over the subs I read). Since he has been growing an admiration for Dong Hyun I think those words will help him understand the value in who he is.

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I appreciate each little screen time of the cleaning fairy boys..

Dong Hyun subjectivelly can be seen as the most handsome and a definite heart throb, but I think Jae Min and Yong Shik have their own unique feature and personality to carry their own stories too 😊

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Me too! I felt Jae Min might cause some trouble at first, but I'm liking his interactions with Oh-sol and the fact that he tried to prevent Yeon-shik from getting emotionally hurt.

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I was a little miffed with Sun-gyeol. First he kisses Oh-sol and then as the episode ends he tells her that he has no interest in dating anyone. He has some truly serious mental issues, and we have to make real allowance for that, but it was still really jarring.

And yet- once again in this episode he rushes to save her- and is incredibly jealous as well. It is a real mess. But maybe that is the point- someone with serious psychological problems is simply going to create and be a mess. Even love is not going to be a magic wand that cures him. At best it can only be the motivation for seeking help and doing those things that will allow him to ameliorate his condition.

So maybe this story is a little more realistic about facing the issues of mental illness.

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Because.. Of course we need a mellow scene after all the fluffy kiss and cute jealousy 😫

I'm glad Oh Sol fires back at Sun Kyul in the next episode at least.. Girl shouldn't be a weak-hearted person after the harsh rejection 😎

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I agree. If there is to be a real love then they both need to be honest with each other- and that includes a response like the one that you describe. She needs to let him know that he hurt her.

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I think it makes more sense to develop their story slowly . Sun Gyeol lives and is comfortable in a disinfected world and that makes him a prisoner of his mental trauma. When he rejects Oh Sol after kissing her, I don’t think he realises that he will probably suffer more from it because it is one thing to be against relationships but it is another to get rid of feelings you already have and have no control over. Since he has never experienced it yet, he hasn’t thought the all thing through, and as usual , he bluntly claim his truth about relationships without taking into account the depth of his feelings for Ohsol. We all know he is going to regret it and yes, I cannot wait for Oh Sol to show him that his actions will be followed by heavy consequences.

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"Disinfected world." Love how you phrased that.

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" At best it [love] can only be the motivation for seeking help and doing those things that will allow him to ameliorate his condition."

Yes! Seon-gyeol's has worked his life around his traumas and condition. He hasn't really faced them. Oh-sol can't "fix" him nor should she be expected to. His growing affection for her can be what motivates him to face his demons. Based on what we know of her character she will gladly support him throughout the healing process.

I'm glad Choi is in the picture but hope he doesn't get reduced to adversary. The show would benefit from having Choi actually help Seon-gyeol and lessen the stigma around mental illness and receiving treatment.

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I hope you are right about that. As Dr. Daniel Choi- the Psychiatrist, he could have a major positive impact. Which is why he is probably the true second lead here- one of the themes would be his own conflict between his desire for Oh-sol versus his need to help his patient.

After all, what sort of K-drama rom-com would this be without a love triangle or even quadrangle.

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Lol, yes, I guess it wouldn't be a kdrama without at least a love triangle. But, it's not too absurd to hope Dr. Choi serves a larger purpose than just second lead, right? Would love for this drama to address the importance of seeking help and have Seon-gyeol go through some real sessions. It was one of the things I appreciated from 30 but 17 when the male lead was shown seeing his psychiatrist/psychologist.

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@julyrox,

In OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN, there were some very good scenes of Park Do-kyung's sessions with his psychiatrists to figure out what was going on with his premonitions of death. They were done well, and even quite touching. Inappropriate Psychiatrist and Dr. Yoda really made an effort to help him with the metaphysics.

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@pakalanapikake
I keep hearing good things about that drama and I think I might just have to add it to my ever growing list of dramas to watch.
By the way, I think you had mentioned Live as a good drama to watch (during our discussion of Shin Dong-wook) and want to say THANK YOU. I'm on the second episode and see myself binging a few more tonight.

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@julyrox its official im a kdrama addict
December 22, 2018 at 8:46 PM

I'm so glad you're enjoying LIVE. ;-) It is a great show with a lot of heart. Brace yourself for uncomfortably realistic slices of life in Hell Joseon -- it's worth it. The camaraderie and growth arcs are satisfying.

The only other cops that can match them this season are the crew in LIFE ON MARS -- and detectives Oh Bong-sam in ROOM NO. 9, and the detectives of GOD'S QUIZ: REBOOT: Kang Kyung-hee, Lim Si-hyun, and Nam Sang-bok [the last played by Kim Ki-doo, one of the MovieSound guys in OHYA, and Won-deok's buddy in 100 DAYS MY PRINCE; another MovieSound tech played Seja's eunuch in 100DMP and one of Chan's rowers in THIRTY BUT SEVENTEEN].

OHYA was my first DB live-watch, and also my first DB recapping experience. Be aware that the OTP comes across as pretty screwy in the beginning, so you might have to hang on until they become sympathetic. OTOH, there are many very funny scenes. Plus the ambient sound (and music) in the show is terrific. The use of flashbacks and premonitions ties in with Mugyo (native Korean shamanism) -- which is discussed at length in the recap comments. The shrinks are great. Dr. Yoda turns up on the rooftop and at the hospital as barking mad "Dr." Baek in CLEAN WITH PASSION FOR NOW. -- Seo Hyun-jin was my initial reason for watching, but I became a bona fide Eric fangirl in the course of the show, and later watched a bunch of his earlier works. Great supporting cast.

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@pakalanapikake
Live has caused me to get teary-eyed and flat out cry in some instances. Such a good show! Life on Mars is on my to watch list. I skimmed through a few recaps while it aired and was intrigued but had too much on my plate at the time.

Thanks for the tip on OHYA. I remember seeing a clip for it and wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but it keeps coming up for me, so it may just be time to give it a try!

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Saw on @maknaecloud_ ig that doctor Choi is going to be straight forward with Oh Sol and tell her his feelings in episode 7 . So it looks like we are going to deal with a triangle romance from next week ! Sun Gyeol will have to definitely pump up his game because right now, Doctor Choi looks like the better option

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Ugh! I haven't seen the preview but am really hoping they handle the love triangle effectively without forgetting the fact that Dr. Choi is starting to help Seon-gyeol with his condition.

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Completely agree ! I am kind of annoyed that Choi won’t be the trusted councillor I wanted him to be. Sun Gyeol is his client and it is his duty to help him out. We all know Choi saw them kissing and is aware they are interested in each other so for him to be so direct about his feelings for Oh Sol shortly after feels a bit irresponsible. Anyway, I think what is going to be important to him in the end, is Oh Sol’s happiness even if it means he will have to loose her to someone else. Well , I suppose we will have to wait and see lol

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I agree it is irresponsible. He waited so long and now that he knows that there might be something going on with Seon-gyeol ans Oh-sol he decides to say something. I do think at the end he will choose her happiness even if it's not with him. Although I'm glad Dr. Choi got his feelings off his chest, I would much have preferred him just being a fairy godmother of sorts for the couple.

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Actually Dr. Choi has only known Oh-sol for a very short time- really only a few days longer than Seon-gyol. He just moved into the upstairs room a short time ago.

And it is not as if Oh-sol doesn't have a cute friend to introduce him to.

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@oldawyer I guess I'm going off by the fact that he's been leaving yogurt drinks at her mother's columbarium for a few years now and has held a secret crush for her for quite some time.

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I have to correct myself on this point- I forgot that he briefly met her in the aftermath of the construction collapse- and that it was her kindness that inspired him to take the professional path that he did. Which is why he leaves yoghurt for her mother at the columbarium. But this is still not the same as saying that he has simply been waiting around for her. And really, that one brief interaction, even if it was very meaningful, does not create a long standing relationship.

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From what I remember, Dr Choi himself said to Oh sol while exchanging secrets that he has liked someone and has been watching her for a long time but it had never been the right timing . That is when oh sol told him she knew how he felt since she had a crush on a guy for 3 years . We all know Choi was talking about Oh sol , I mean he didn’t move to their rooftop by accident. He has had a crush on her all this time. He also lied about only knowing of her mum’s anniversary on the day she went... Oh Sol confessed to him that someone has left yogurt every time for 6 Years !.

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@zazoured Thanks for clarifying that! I knew he had indirectly mentioned his crush on her, but I couldn't recall the exact conversation.

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as a woman I find the script and the male characters too rugged, chauvinist. I'm sorry she's being treated like that. I love the romanticism e the flirting, here I don't find it

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Rooftop time here!!!!!

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Rooftop team here!

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Thanks for your recap, @teriyaki. This episode felt like a "sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander" interlude, especially when Seon-gyeol kissed Oh-sol. Maybe now she'll have an inkling of how he felt to be ambushed by her the first time. When she took him to task for not wanting to talk about it, I thought she had some nerve. She used Seon-gyeol to save face in front of her cad of a crush. At least was conducting scientific research into his ability to touch another human barehanded.

I was surprised at how she showed up without warning at his front door so late at night. Really? And then to barge into the kitchen to wash the dishes despite his protests. That struck me as rude, too.

Did my eyes deceive me, or is Dong-hyun's grandma Geum-ja?! Is that how he met Seon-gyeol and came to work for Cleaning Fairy? Does Seon-gyeol even know that she's still alive?

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