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Boyfriend: Episode 11

These two just get cute and cuter, and if they don’t stop soon, my head is going to explode. Things have been quiet lately, so they’re all caught up in their romance and letting their guard down. That could turn out to be a fatal mistake as new opposition pops up from unexpected directions, and they’re going to need to be on their toes to keep ahead of this game they would rather not play.

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

Jin-hyuk and Soo-hyun spend a day in Cuba just enjoying their time together, playing on the beach and dancing along with street performers and being very much in love. Jin-hyuk adorably nods off at the airport, and Soo-hyun teases him that she knew a guy once who refused her offer of a ticket upgrade.

She says he can refuse again if he wants then heads to her own business class ticket, but this time Jin-hyuk follows her. He throws an arm around her shoulder and tells her to take him with her, so cute.

Back at work, Soo-hyun is happy to see that Jin-hyuk has earned his way back to the Seoul hotel as “the face of Donghwa.” The PR team is (mostly) thrilled to have him back, and when he gets a break, he texts Soo-hyun to joke that she should welcome him back personally. She just sends back a cheeky congratulations text, making him pout.

She invites him to her office and he declares it too formal, but he also says that he can’t leave the building with her on his first day. He gives her directions to “a place only employees know about.” She says she knows every inch of the hotel, but Jin-hyuk bets dinner that she doesn’t.

When she arrives at the recently reconstructed storage area, Soo-hyun has to admit that Jin-hyuk won the bet. Jin-hyuk stares at her expectantly like he wants some lovin’, but Soo-hyun says she has to go back to work now, making him pout. She says there’s nothing for them to do here anyway, but Jin-hyuk slowly backs her into the wall and croons that this is what office romances are for.

He’s arguing that nobody ever comes here just as they hear someone approaching. Soo-hyun shoves him into a closet just in time, lies to the janitorial employee about why she’s here, and leaves. Han-gil calls Jin-hyuk while he’s still stuck in the closet (“Did you go back to Sokcho??”), but the janitor lady sees him leaving sheepishly and mutters to herself that those were the good ol’ days, HA.

Director Choi receives a text from Woo-seok containing the video of him and Manager Lee pressuring that employee to send the email to Cuba that nearly blew up all of Soo-hyun’s plans. He calls Woo-seok to see what he wants, and Woo-seok invites him to to speak in person.

After work, Driver Nam jokes to Soo-hyun that they should both move to Hongdae-dong — she’d be closer to Jin-hyuk, and he’d be further from Director Kim, lol. She laughs, then says that she needs to find out who was behind that malicious email, but she doesn’t want to go to the police and have the Cuban hotel become a big news topic. She says that she needs his help, and Driver Nam doesn’t hesitate to offer to do anything she needs.

Director Choi admits to Woo-seok that he was surprised to get that video, and Woo-seok retorts that he was surprised Director Choi would go that far. He says that he suspects his mother would be furious to learn that it’s on record, so Director Choi asks what he wants. Woo-seok says that he doesn’t intend to get Director Choi in trouble, he just needs his help with something and thought the video would be good “incentive.”

He says that he’ll keep quiet about the video, but that Director Choi should ask Chairwoman Kim what she has planned — whether she’ll protect him, or blame him for everything. He suspects it’s the latter, and he says they can talk about it after Director Choi has that conversation with his mother. He warns Director Choi not to mention the video or he’ll immediately forward it to Soo-hyun.

Jin-hyuk gets together with Hye-in, Jin-myung, and Dae-chan for a celebratory “our buddy is back” drinks. They decide to have a little birthday party for Jin-hyuk and Jin-myung’s mother — Jin-hyuk offers to give Mom his hotel vouchers, and says they can eat at the hotel, too.

Growing concerned about the articles regarding Jin-hyuk and Soo-hyun, Jin-hyuk’s dad takes him to lunch. He tells Jin-hyuk that he and Mom know about Soo-hyun, and Jin-hyuk apologizes for not telling them sooner. Dad mentions that Soo-hyun is rich and famous, and he says he trusts Jin-hyuk, but…

Jin-hyuk interrupts to tell his father that he wants to see how far this thing with Soo-hyun can go. Dad asks, what if it goes wrong, but he concedes that worrying about the future isn’t sincere when two people love each other. He says that he just wanted to talk to Jin-hyuk so he could decide whether to support him or be against him, and Jin-hyuk gently asks for his support.

Driver Nam has lunch with an old investigator friend, and he asks him to get the phone records for a certain number. As a side issue, he asks what would happen if he beat up a friend’s cheating husband, and when the investigator says he’d be arrested, Driver Nam is all Cool, good to know…

Speaking of whom, Director Kim worries that her daughter Ji-woo will get criticized for having a divorced mother. Ji-woo calls her dad strange, cheating on such a beautiful woman as her mom, and she says sweetly that she wants to grow up to be cool and have a good job like Director Kim.

Soo-hyun remembers that the playground in Hongdae-dong is about to be sold. She calls Jin-hyuk to pay up on her lost bet and buy him dinner, and they meet at the playground. Jin-hyuk jokes that he was worried she’d forget, since this is the only way they can see each other, complaining that he misses her constantly.

Soo-hyun admits that she wanted to see the playground one last time so she used the excuse of buying him dinner, sighing dramatically that he doesn’t understand how she feels (about him). She tells Jin-hyuk that the garden in Cuba made her think of this playground and how meaningful it is to him, saddened by how he’ll feel when it’s gone.

He says that Samuel, the Cuban garden’s owner, said that his love affair with his wife started and finished in that garden. He admits that it’s disappointing to think of the playground being gone, but he can let go knowing that he started his own love here.

He stays crouched in front of Soo-hyun for a while, gently pushing her on the swing with a hand on her knee and gazing up at her adoringly. She asks if his legs hurt, and he stands with a groan, whining that she’s great at ruining romantic moments, hee. Soo-hyun suggests they go to Dae-chan’s place to eat, but Jin-hyuk has another idea.

Meanwhile, Woo-seok gets in his car with a bouquet of flowers and a fancy bottle of wine, and he texts Soo-hyun to ask if she can see him. She’s having too much fun eating udon with Jin-hyuk at a pojangmacha to even see his text.

Jin-hyuk gets curious when Soo-hyun orders soju, having never seen her drunk. Jin-hyuk doesn’t drink, offering to drive Soo-hyun home later, even though she mopes that it’s no fun getting drunk alone.

Soo-hyun slurs to Jin-hyuk that she’s soooo happy these days, way happier than him, because he takes her to eat foods she’s never had before. Jin-hyuk declares Soo-hyun even cuter when she’s drunk, and she says proudly that she’s a very cute person, people just don’t know it.

Growing a little more serious, Soo-hyun says again that she’s very happy that Jin-hyuk is by her side, and he says he’s happy too, making her tear up a little. She confesses in a wobbly voice that she wakes every morning wondering if she only dreamed him, and it scares her that he might disappear.

Jin-hyuk asks why he would disappear, but Soo-hyun says that he might be taken away from her like the friends her mother chased away. Taking this very seriously, Jin-hyuk says, “Soo-hyun-sshi, I have a set of coordinates now. My place is a one-meter perimeter around you. That’s where I’ll always be.”

She says that’s nice with a grateful little smile, then adds, a bit annoyed, “Don’t you think a meter is too far away?” So Jin-hyuk leans closer until his face is only inches from hers, and she declares it perfect.

Soo-hyun fights Jin-hyuk later as he takes off her coat and puts her to bed. He finally gets her tucked in and smiles down at her, then kisses her forehead and cheek, reluctant to leave her.

Soo-hyun wakes with a monster headache and a spotty memory of the night before. Mostly she recalls force-feeding and manhandling “Our Jin-hyukkie,” and she cringes in horror.

She takes a call from Jin-hyuk, and he sings the lyrics to “Drunken Confession” down the phone at her (aww, his voice is so sweet). Right when he gets to the big climax, Jin-myung bursts into Jin-hyuk’s room belting out the song and Jin-hyuk quickly hangs up, lol.

Director Choi goes to Chairwoman Kim as advised, admitting that he’s worried about what will happen when Soo-hyun finds out who was behind the attempted sabotage. Woo-seok was right about his mother, who acts mystified, as if she has no idea what Director Choi is talking about.

He goes back to Woo-seok, who can tell by his expression exactly what happened. Knowing he has the upper hand, he instructs Director Choi to procure shares of Donghwa for him until he holds more than Soo-hyun. Once he has them, he says he plans to hold a special shareholders’ meeting, because Donghwa has gotten too big for Soo-hyun to handle alone.

He’s not planning to remove Soo-hyun, but he tells Director Choi that he wants to create a co-CEO position for himself. Dammit, I knew this would happen.

Secretary Jang lurks outside Dae-chan’s restaurant for half an hour until he finally goes out to bring her inside. He feeds her hot soup to warm up, and when a customer asks if she’s Dae-chan’s girlfriend (probably due to the huge goofy grin on his face), Secretary Jang quickly says she’s just a customer.

Jin-myung bounces over, and she tells him to stop calling her Secretary Jang. He says he doesn’t know her name, and Dae-chan practically sing-songs, “Jang Mi-jin!” She gets huffy when the guys tease her and stands to leave, so Dae-chan grabs her wrist, making her protest loudly.

Without missing a beat, Dae-chan quips, “Then can I hold your hand?” and Secretary Jang can’t help but marvel that he’s a secret playboy. Dae-chan catches her calling him by name, and it makes him so happy that he orders a bottle of soju.

Soo-hyun’s dad visits her at work to ask for the use of a private room. He tells her that it’s an important meeting, but nothing for her to worry about. He meets with Congressman Lee, the leader of the opposing party, to discuss a party merger in the hopes that a larger, stronger party will have a better chance of winning the election.

In exchange, Soo-hyun’s dad offers to drop out of the election and support Congressman Lee’s candidacy. Congressman Lee asks him what’s the catch, and Soo-hyun’s dad says that he wouldn’t win anyway, so he’s negotiating for Congressman Lee to protect his party’s ideals.

At the same time, Woo-seok approaches his uncle, one of Donghwa’s directors, to ask for his help convincing the directors to make him co-CEO. His uncle says that he’s only here out of guilt — he convinced Soo-hyun’s father to marry Soo-hyun to Woo-seok by promising him that Woo-seok would protect Soo-hyun from his mother.

He says that he can’t even look Soo-hyun’s father in the face now, because Woo-seok let him down. Woo-seok says that he’s desperate to get into Donghwa, but his uncle tells him to give up, because this hotel means too much to Soo-hyun.

On his way out, Soo-hyun’s dad invites Driver Nam to lunch. They run into Jin-hyuk, and Driver Nam tells Dad, “This is the guy” before introducing him. Driver Nam invites Jin-hyuk to eat with him, and Woo-seok comes by just as Jin-hyuk is respectfully declining due to work.

At the end of the day, Jin-hyuk goes shopping for a necklace for his mother’s birthday gift, and he thinks about Soo-hyun’s confession that she’s always scared she’ll lose him.

Jin-hyuk takes Soo-hyun on a date, where he teaches her how to take good photographs. As they walk, he talks about the book he was reading on the day they met in Cuba. In it, a poet writes a letter which he buried under a metasequoia tree, and later, someone digs it up to deliver it to its recipient… and the story stops there.

He’s curious about what was in that letter, and Soo-hyun quotes him, “I learned how to love through textbooks.” Cheeky. She wonders why the poet didn’t deliver the letter himself, and when Jin-hyuk tells her that he was dying, she pouts that he’s bringing the mood down.

He argues that true love doesn’t disappear just because the person does. He says he should do something to cheer her up, and he takes her hand and puts it in his coat pocket. She pulls out a plastic film case with something in it, and opens it to find a matching pair of couple rings. Swooooon.

Soo-hyun gives Jin-hyuk a bright smile, feeling much happier now. Jin-hyuk puts her ring on and promises to upgrade them every year, feeling sorry that they’re not as nice as her other jewelry. Soo-hyun agrees, making Jin-hyuk a little sad, but then she holds up her hand and chirps, “This one is the most beautiful.”

Jin-hyuk tells her, “My heart is full of you. Unlike the friends you used to like, I can’t go far away or disappear. All I think about is you. Until the day you take your last breath, I’ll be by your side.” Soo-hyun steps into his arms, then puts his ring on his finger, and they take a picture of their hands together.

Jin-hyuk’s mom is feeling depressed on her birthday since nobody has mentioned it, not even her usually thoughtful son. Dad closes the store and tells her that Jin-hyuk wants them to come to the hotel for lunch, and sweet Mom is so relieved that Jin-hyuk came through.

It’s Mom’s first time in such a fancy hotel, and she doesn’t hide her excitement. She and Dad run into Soo-hyun in the elevator and, unaware of who they are, she gives them directions to the restaurant. Mom belatedly recognizes Soo-hyun from the news articles, but she doesn’t say anything. Soo-hyun watches from a short distance as Jin-hyuk greets his parents with hugs, then turns away.

While they eat, Jin-hyuk gives his mom the necklace, earning a baleful glare from Dad (who didn’t get her anything, ha). They’re all surprised when Soo-hyun’s assistant brings a bottle of wine as a gift from Soo-hyun, and Mom confesses that she’s never had real wine before.

The assistant reports to Soo-hyun that he gave them the wine as instructed, but that they refused her offer to use the other hotel facilities. She figures out that they probably feel overwhelmed, so she nixes his suggestion to upgrade their room for the night.

Woo-seok is in his office, stewing over seeing Jin-hyuk invited to lunch by Soo-hyun’s father, when Secretary Kim comes to ask if he really intends to go through with his plan to become CEO of Donghwa. Woo-seok says he does, and he tells Secretary Kim to use his personal funds to buy the Donghwa shares.

Jin-hyuk’s dad is preoccupied when they get to their hotel room, and Mom admits that she feels uncomfortable about Jin-hyuk’s relationship with Soo-hyun. Dad defends Jin-hyuk and Soo-hyun, then he tells Mom to rest while he goes out for some air.

As he walks home, Jin-hyuk calls Soo-hyun to thank her for sending the wine to his mom today. She notes that his family looks happy and comfortable, unlike hers. Jin-hyuk says it feels weird to be going home to an empty house, and asks if Soo-hyun gets lonely doing it every night.

There’s a knock on Soo-hyun’s office door, so she hangs up, and Jin-hyuk keeps walking. Woo-seok gets out of his car where he’s been waiting and calls to him, and when he sees Woo-seok, Jin-hyuk gets that wary, almost angry look on his face again.

He asks Woo-seok why he’s here, and Woo-seok says, “It’s because of the woman that I fell for at first sight, and am still in love with.”

Soo-hyun’s assistant leads her late-night visitor into Soo-hyun’s office — Jin-hyuk’s father.

 
COMMENTS

I really hope that Dad isn’t there to try and talk Soo-hyun out of dating Jin-hyuk, because these poor kids already have enough to handle with Soo-hyun’s and Woo-seok’s parents on their asses. At least Dad’s there out of love and concern, but Soo-hyun and Jin-hyuk are two grown, mature adults who are in love, who have already been through hardships and vowed not to let it tear them apart. What can Dad say that will make them change their minds? I just want Jin-hyuk to shout at everyone to leave them alone and let them succeed or crash on their own — he’s way too old for Mommy and Daddy to be sticking their noses into his personal life. Even if they’re trying to keep him from getting hurt, well… getting hurt is a part of life. You can’t shield your children forever, and you certainly can’t — and shouldn’t — still be trying to shield them after they’re well into adulthood.

I’ve said it before, but each episode does such a beautiful job showing how the difference in Soo-hyun and Jin-hyuk’s age and social/financial status is a complete non-issue for them both. Most shows would lean hard on that issue to drive the conflict, but even their detractors are more concerned about other issues besides their age gap and income, which is nice (for certain values of “nice”). Neither Soo-hyun nor Jin-hyuk seem to give a toss about any of that, and I’m particularly impressed that Jin-hyuk isn’t threatened by Soo-hyun’s beauty or money or social status. He’s not a beta male at all, but he’s content to be her satellite, to just be near her and support her and love her. He’s not ashamed that he can’t afford to pay for fancy dates and he doesn’t feel emasculated when she pays. He’s actually perfect for a strong independent woman like Soo-hyun, because he’ll never resent her for making more money than him or her authority over him at work, or even the fact that most people will see her as “above” him in status.

And similarly, Soo-hyun doesn’t look down on Jin-hyuk in the slightest for his humble background or lack of money. She doesn’t mind, and in fact initiates, doing simple things like eating at pojangmachas and hanging out with Jin-hyuk’s friends over moon snails. She even lists them among the things that make her so happy that she cries, which no doubt makes Jin-hyuk feel as though his world is valued and appreciated by her. And the one time he does show some insecurity over not being able to afford nicer couple rings, Soo-hyun quickly puts that to rest by declaring his ring her favorite of all her jewelry. But mostly I love that all these things just happen without needing discussion or confirmation that they’re both cool with the way things are, because they just understand each other that well.

As for Woo-seok, I still feel bad for him, but he’s drifting into unhealthy territory and it’s time for him to stop or things are going to get very bad. He knows about Jin-hyuk, he knows that Soo-hyun is willing to risk her reputation and her career over him. For pete’s sake, Woo-seok has even helped them a few times from behind the scenes. I don’t even fault him for trying to get Soo-hyun back, because he can see her relationship with Jin-hyuk progressing and knows that his window of opportunity is closing. I don’t begrudge him one last Hail Mary attempt. What I do mind is that Soo-hyun made it clear that they’re not going to get back together, but he’s not listening. It’s what I’ve been fearing — that Woo-seok is letting Soo-hyun’s rejection turn him bitter and vindictive, so that he’s done a complete 180 from telling his mother that Soo-hyun is perfectly capable of running Donghwa, to planning to take it away from her himself. I suppose there’s a slight chance that he wants to become CEO only to stop his mother from taking the hotel away from Soo-hyun as per the morality clause in their divorce, but the way Woo-seok is acting lately, I no longer trust his motives to be good ones.

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“My heart is full of you. Unlike the friends you used to like, I can’t go far away or disappear. All I think about is you. Until the day you take your last breath, I’ll be by your side.”

Who is cutting Onions here?
Ah JH, the man that you are. I felt so sorry for SH while she was spilling her thoughts & fears about people leaving her.
JH gave her the ring as a way to assure her that he's going nowhere and he's there to stay. I love the symbolism of it all.

As for WS, the sooner he let's go, the better for everyone.
When he was stalking SH (when JH drove his drunk gf home) & said JH was taking time in SH's home. I was so upset. Why would he do that? WS is sick for doing that.

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I loved this drama! Enjoyed every moment and am glad this isin't that typical melodrama where it gets depressing and frustrating.

I love how they gave less screen time to evil moms and other supporting casts.

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This drama is as sweet as sugar! Watching it makes me feel a complete roller coaster of emotions:
- Vicariously living through their joys and happiness as a couple
- Feeling ridiculously alone and single
- Coming to terms with the fact that I'm going to be alone forever LOL
My coworkers were watching me watch this drama and were very confused as to whether I was watching a romcom or a tragedy HAHA

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Hahaha we can all relate to that hotel custodial ahjumma on some level! 😂

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I teared up a bit, or maybe more than a bit when JinHyuk serenaded SooHyun over the phone! I need PBG's version of this song :(

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... we got all swoony with JH's singing on the phone, but then suddenly Jin-myung opened the door and sang along, LoL...

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LOL at Jin-myung spoiling the solo concert, that's a golden comedic moment!

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I enjoyed the brothers' relationship. Despite they're so different each other and how their parents love to tease their differences, they're so sweet. Jin-myung always calm down his mother & tells her not to worry when she started that something is going on with Jin-Hyuk...

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That drunk scene was cute AF!!! I hope I was the not the only one who was disappointed that there was no ‘morning after’ scene after that epic balcony scene. Hehe. But I know they are moving at a leisurely pace :)

WS is basically the ‘man who knows what is good for you, even if you dont’ guy. Dude she said over and over again that she is not into you so just STOP!

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Once again I loved the reciprocity of the drunk scene. That each moment between the two of them is repeated later in the drama but with the roles reversed. In this case, it was her drunk and him sober. She was essentially given permission to lose control in a safe space and without judgement and it mirrored the earlier scene of his (adorable) drunkenness.

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Carrot is the new squid! 🥕=🦑

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I fell asleep during her drunk scene and thought it safe to skip..now i have to rewatch

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This episode was chez sweet. The colors of Cuba and the cinematography there are so eye-catching that they both look more alive, younger, happier! Then back in Seoul, they’re more drab, depressing, weightier. Ugh, just move to Cuba already. I’m sure you don’t need any money to live there. They can open up a photography studio or small hotel business there. But his parents have to come with them too!

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This would be my solution if I were Soohyun. Cut ALL ties with Taegyeong group, get a job elsewhere, or if I'm blacklisted, move to another country. But I guess it depends how attached she is to Donghwa.

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These two would be happy anywhere in the world. Come live next door to me. My hubby will cook and I'll introduce them to everyone they would need to set up any livelihood! I'm sure Jin-hyuk can get a loan just by flashing that face of his around. Soo-hyun too.

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(Seriously, the house next door is for sale.)

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I get it but she worked so so hard for Donghwa! It is hers and hers only from all the hard work that went behind it. Why would she give it up?

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This somewhat touches on my issues with the corporate shenanigans, which I will save for next episode's recap. Namely that they - and most of the things that happened around those shenanigans in episode 12 - don't make much sense to me.

Namely that I don't know how or in what way the hotel could be said to be "hers" at all.

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My question exactly! Is the divorcement settlement just giving her the CEO position? She certainly doesn't seem to own the majority of the shares.

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She received it as her alimony so it is hers! She made it what it is today. She expanded it to Cuba. Her in laws are perhaps minority share holders.

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I was thinking she WAS the majority share holder but she didn't have 51 until WS bought a bunch of shares and became either the owner or close to it? Either way it was indeed stupid to get the hotel but not the certainty that it would always be hers, though certainly not as stupid as accepting a completely subjective clause that says it could be taken from her if she behaved badly.

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Ohh Ally, I wish you knew what you are saying about not needing money to live in Cuba! 😂😩😥😑
I have a friend living there. Her rent is 50 bucks (for a room, since she is not Cuban), but her salary is less than 30 bucks!
You can guess she has even asked me to send her money, because otherwise...
Cuba is wonderful to visit, and they offer a pretty nice service to foreigners, it is also very safe. But to live there, man you need money. More than in any other country in the world.
You don't have money, you will never even been able to eat fruits, they are just too expensive. And with fruits I am giving you a little example...
Cuba is tough.

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Off-topic, but I saw this comment on the Beanies page & couldn't help adding: the world is tough. You need money to live no matter where you are. 😩
*goes back to lurking*

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Cuba is tough indeed.

As for fruits, sometimes they are too expensive, sometimes there are no fruits. Or sometimes there are, but they are rotting because they are not supposed to be used. Or they are selling only rotting fruit.

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<Ugh, just move to Cuba already. I’m sure you don’t need any money to live there. They can open up a photography studio or small hotel business there.

As colorful as it may look on your screen, Cuba is not an easy place to live at all. You can't just open a business there, not even as a local. Privately owned businesses were not possible for a long time, now some are possible but restricted. A photography study would make no money in Cuba and as non-Cubans they can't own property. And any hotel or hostel they do run also requires a license which are restricted too. I guess they could waltz in their with money, but it's still going to be complicated (and slow) to set up anything in Cuba and it will also be hard to live there, even with money.

Internet is still scarce (well, 3G now works and some households now have internet connections, though I'm sure it's still super slow and expensive).
There are also food shortages in Cuba. Right now there is no flour, which means no bread (I am wondering about pizza and pasta, not sure).

I'm actually going to Cuba this week, I'll let you know how it is. But I'm still packing snacks, a couple rolls of toilet paper and any essentials (contact lens solution, sunscreen, etc) because... Cuba is beautiful but complicated.

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Thanks for the enlightenment. I was half being serious with this statement. Only recently has the US begun trading again with Cuba, and lifting the embargo will hopefully translate to more wealth to that country in the future. For now, tourism may be their most dominant export, which this show has capitalized upon.

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"Jin-hyuk stares at her expectantly like he wants some lovin’" HA!
Seriously, the way he looked at her in that basement.. ooh boy. I wouldn't be able to resist hehe.

And that drunk scene? Totally second whoever said it was cute AF above in the comments. On top of being wickedly funny, she's also terribly cute.

Also, I'd like to reiterate how much I LOVE this couple. In every episode, I could weep at their open and honest dynamic. Such a healthy practice, all other k-drama couples should take note.

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HA indeed!
The way he eyeballed her curled my toes...and my socks!

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Thanks for the recapping!
This was one of the best episode so far!

Some random thoughts:

- I didn't expect other scenes set in Cuba... really beautiful;

- hope WS won't mess too much with those shares and there won't be too much angst (please, please, please!);

- that confession of drunk SH was heartbreaking...

- for a second I pitied Director Choi. Only for a sec. Naaa, I was joking!

- I loved the fact that SH said that the ring was his most beautiful jewel, reassuring JH about her feelings for him and the fact that she doesn't mind his different social status.

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Thanks for the very nice recap!
The only thing I can say is that I have rewatched this episode multiple times already. Just to improve my mood when people were being mean or problems were dragging me down. That is the most unexpected gift of this show. Encounter soothes my soul; the same way sitting on an empty beach or reading poetry would...

I usually do not rewatch beloved dramas because I’m scared they'll feel differently second time round and that it will destroy the magic. I have no such concern for Encounter - it’s an instant classic. I’ll happily turn to it whenever I’m in the mood to quiet down. I’ll likely also crave burnt honey ice cream whenever I think about it. 🙂

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Me too i keep rewatch..especially the balcony part hehe love them both.it ok tp ship them right hehe 💗💗

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I hope we get a happy end, so that we can re watch it later from beginning to end... on a nice vacations inside the house because we don't have money to travel!!!! LOL... then we can go in between Cuba and South Korea... happy.

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I have watched TV series from years, but this is the first time I keep rewatch and rewatch scenes or full episodes - skipping the mums-. As you wrote, this drama has an incredible soothing effect.

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*rewatching

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it happens to me too

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You recap so many drama Lollypip...where are the others? JB,GF,mary,laica,etc? Are they not in DB anymore?

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Okay, what exactly is Woo Suk's deal? He's coming over as conflicted to me over here, he's not sure of what he feels, I think.
It's obvious his mom is just looking to get a rise out of him every time she mentions So Hyun's name with a "I'm going to/not going to".
Her "going too's" are halfhearted, if she really wanted the hotel, she would have gotten it by now.

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Ugh. Almost everything about this episode was a bore, with more stilted, fake-sounding (and/or nauseatingly "cutesy") dialogue between Ji-hyuk and Soo-hyun, and much to my disappointment, Woo-seok is apparently going to go full-on Evil Ex, making the plot even more boring than I already thought it was.

So, Soo-hyun is the CEO of the hotel, but had no control over Ji-hyuk getting transferred to a front desk job at the remote resort hotel, and now has no control over him coming back to the PR department at the main hotel? So who exactly made that decision? Are we supposed to believe that Evil Ex MIL did it? I suppose that now that she's decided to destroy Soo-hyun instead of bring her back into the family, she could not care less about the relationship now, but I can't see her doing anything that either Soo-hyun or Ji-hyuk would appreciate or benefit from.

I did love the dinner conversation between Director Kim and her daughter, though. It sounded realistic and healthy, and it was nice to see a daughter who sees her mother as smart, successful and someone she wants to emulate. It makes the ridiculousness of SH's and WS's Evil Mothers from Hell, and the blandness of Ji-Hyuk's subservient, insecure, uninteresting mother, even more apparent (which may have been the intent, since virtually all of the supposed "deep meaning/symbolism" is so heavy handed). Still, this relationship seemed realistic, which was refreshing, and I've liked Secretary Kim's daughter in both of the scenes we've seen her.

Also, three cheers for any scene with Dae-chan and Secretary Jang and the development of their prickly romance. They're cute.

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about the staff transfer.. I do think Soo-hyun as CEO have an authority to cancel any transfer. She did asked Jin-Hyuk if he wants her to cancel the transfer to Sokcho.. but Jin-Hyuk is the one who opposed the idea. He wants to show people that he will come back to main hotel by his own efforts. That's why she did not do anything about it.

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Also, about his coming back to the main hotel...
Well, it was not really explained who approved his transfer back, but it seemed to be a procedure where she didn't have much to do.
I don't find unrealistic that a CEO doesn't have much "power" over a relocation of an employee, because that is why you have human resources department in all big companies. Of course a CEO can talk to his/her human resources manager and tell, I need this person here or there, in or out... I suppose that is perfectly possible, but I wouldn't be surprised companies have strict procedures to handle personal, and it can be seen as corruption if the CEO intervene, even if he/she is the CEO.
On the other hand, the focus of this writer is not politics whether inside or outside the hotel. The focus of telling this story is the love story. It is our OTP and what they have together in regard mostly to their feelings, and the challenges they have to face in order to be together. For the writer, it was not important to tell how JH came back to Seoul, but that he came back.
All dramas cut short different type of information, because there not enough "space" in the story to tell everything, so I understand writers who put it simply, because we also don't necessarily need to know this hotel bureaucracy, in order to enjoy the story.
You could say it is unrealistic, but I would say no, it was simply unclear or not fully explained. Let them be. 😉

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In my organisation, HR movements are proposed, justified and submitted to the head of the organisation for approval by the HR department. I doubt a ceo would have time to micromanage the movement of each employee especially if the headcount numbers in the thousands (very likely for service industry organisations). If HR gave a valid reason on paper for the move (even though us viewers know otherwise), her coming down to oppose the move of one staff would seem like she were favouring the guy, and in any case he was the one who did not want her to do so. So I agree it wasn't unrealistic but perhaps not clear who ordered the move.

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...he talks about the book he was reading on the day they met in Cuba. In it, a poet writes a letter which he buried under a metasequoia tree, and later, someone digs it up to deliver it to its recipient
...She wonders why the poet didn’t deliver the letter himself, and when Jin-hyuk tells her that he was dying, she pouts that he’s bringing the mood down. He argues that true love doesn’t disappear just because the person does.

This had better not be foreshadowing of a Time Jump or untimely death. My loins are girded for a table flip as it is.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot be scarred (although in a different way) after what Pretty Noona did to me last year!!!!
If this happens, I will seriously shove carrots down the drama's imaginary throat.

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Same here. Yet, I am kind of preparing myself for disappointment, because no one can be that happy. Not in a drama, let alone in real life!
Sorry for expecting bad news 😐
I feel sorry and scared for myself too 😥

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I was scared about that story, too. Why did he mention it? If he wanted to reassure her about his love, it was not the right way...

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This drama for me is a masterpiece in giving you different heart fluttering emotions! Thumbs-up to Song Hye kyo and Park Bo Gum for accepting this simple story because they made this simple story a standout with their outstanding natural portrayals of the characters in the story!👏🏻 They're really not a Hallyu for nothing! Great performances, great cinematography and kudos to the director! 😍❤️

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If you don't mind me asking, what's a Hallyu?

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I do love your comments, @LollyPip on how they don't even care about their differences in age and income. Cuz it's so true and I feel as comfortable about them as they are.

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I really love this drama but I’m starting to feel a bit...bored?

The romance has already peaked but all the scheming of the people around them seems so...uninteresting?

Don’t know what happened to me why my view about it changed. I feel like they are stretching the villain’s plotline now to 4 more episodes when they could’ve wrapped everything up in 2. Unless I am missing something

On the other hand, I also feel that once this end I’d be thinking, “That’s it?” It would be nice to flesh out all the side characters but 4 episodes is just too short and contrived IMO

I know I’m not making any sense but I just wanted to lay it out here

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Instead, I think the main protagonists are great, but also the secondary ones. It reminds me of a movie from a few years ago that told many stories of love. Well, if Encounter were a two-hour movie, I would have liked to see another 32, since it's a 16-episode drama, I wish there were many more, because I can not do without Jin and Soo, the their relationship is sweet, wonderfully exciting and they are morbidly curious about every aspect that concerns them. The antagonists are not evil witches, unrealistic, or black knights, they are hard women and made bad by a life without emotions, weak and inept men. Then there are the secondary characters, men and women who seek the love to escape the loneliness that I think is the evil of this society. In a word: a masterpiece!

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Yeah, I am not on the 'Mind Your Business' bandwagon with Jin hyuk's parents or Dad going to speak with Soo Hyun in her office.

This is a couple who watched their son be exposed and later destroyed in the press that lead to a job transfer they know was bogus. Knowing what they now about Soo Hyun and her former in laws, I thought they have shown quite a bit of restraint on this subject. Dad never would have approached Soo Hyun if she did not make the first move.

So yeah, he has some things to say ( he has already said them to Jin hyuk's) but he is not going to be cruel.

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This drama is getting cute as hell, I'm here for the over the top love declarations and the happy teary eyes.

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I think I became addicted to this drama ... Never a love story told in a series was so romantic and sweet, in fact I think that Encounter is not just a serie in episodes, but a film in episodes.
I am so enthusiastic about this Drama that after his end for a while I think I will refrain from seeing other drama, for fear of being disappointed. The problem is that I loved the Korean dramas just for their style of telling the stories in a light, poetic way, bod actors.ut in this period, unfortunately, they following too much the wake of those Americans: fantasy, horror, romcom, noir. So they are losing their identity. If I want to see a fantasy or a horror, forgive my sincerity, I prefer the American ones. If I want to hear screams and screams, in the tv drama in my country I find as many as I want. But if I need to cure the soul, then I'm looking for drama like Encounter. One last word on the extraordinary television chemistry of the two protagonists: if she were not married, I would say that they really seem in love. They're two damn good actors. Ep 11 and then 12, are very beautiful, real cinematographic art!

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Ive read 40 recaps on this site and countless comments and this is my first reply ever. I can not agree more with this!!!! You are SPOT ON! Please Korea, don't loose your identity trying to be like the West! Your identity is beautiful and unique. I personally can't watch anything 'English' now lol The acting looks terrible, the story lines are so much more self centred (like one person saving the world) and quite frankly (IMO), the cast are not as beautiful ;))

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What an amazing episode. Drunk scene was very cute and adorable. But I'm getting these vibes that Jh will go somewhere or dissappear from the way Sh was saying while she was drunk and when Jh was telling her story about that terminally ill poet and when she took out the bottel I almost had a geart attack, I thought it was Jh's medicine XD

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Coming in a bit late on this episode.
I was *bored*. My boredom threshold is quite high but it still managed to bore me. We assume they finally consummated the relationship (which in K-drama romance universe usually means 'they did it once'). But even that was lackluster.
Its boring because the couple has no real chemistry. Other TV couples I could watch eat ramyun for half an episode and be fascinated, but not this couple. You get the impression after they've finished expressing their undying love they frankly don't have much else to talk about.

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