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Clean With Passion for Now: Episode 13

Now that our CEO and his favorite housekeeper are officially a couple, Oh-sol struggles with the secrets that she’s been keeping from him. As she moves forward and begins to be more honest, the solutions to her problems seem to fall right into her lap. Things can’t be that easy, but for now we can take some time to let our new couple get to know one another.

  
EPISODE 13: “I will be your shoulder to lean on”

As Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol kiss, Oh-sol promises to remain by Seon-gyeol’s side, always. And apparently, that means sitting outside the bathroom door as Seon-gyeol showers later. Oh-sol plays along with Seon-gyeol’s demands, but steps away when she hears the laundry buzzer. She’s gone long enough that Seon-gyeol is out of the shower immediately, his hair not even dry as he seeks out Oh-sol.

Oh-sol shoves him back to the bathroom to dry his hair and resumes her post outside the door. While she’s waiting, Mr. Choi calls to check in on the situation. Mr. Choi reassures Oh-sol that he covered for her with her dad, and tells her to take care of Seon-gyeol. As Mr. Choi hangs up, he spots Secretary Kwon sitting inside a cafe.

Oh-sol prepares breakfast for Seon-gyeol, who is only too eager to play up his helplessness for the attention. He tells Oh-sol that he’s too weak to hold his own spoon, and then as she offers him a spoonful, he gasps that it’s too hot. When she stands up to get him water, he pulls her into his lap, ha.

Their cute cuddling is interrupted by Geum-ja the vacuum, who bumps into their bunny-slippered feet over and over again. As Oh-sol moves back to her seat, she asks about the story behind Geum-ja, and Seon-gyeol shares that it’s the only thing he has left that reminds him of his former nanny. Oh-sol nods that she understands why he went through such trouble to find it, and Seon-gyeol smiles that Geum-ja also helped the two of them meet, aww.

Oh-sol takes the opportunity to ask what Seon-gyeol likes about her, since she recognizes that they are both very different. Seon-gyeol asks if she recalls the first time she came over to his house. She’d told him that she understood that he must have his reasons for behaving the way he does, and Seon-gyeol appreciated that for once someone understood him. He liked that he didn’t feel wrong, just different, and that Oh-sol had recognized that.

Meanwhile, Mr. Choi joins Secretary Kwon at the cafe and reveals his knowledge of the accident and how Seon-gyeol’s grandfather is connected to Oh-sol’s mother’s death. It seems that Secretary Kwon was unaware until her recent deep dive into Oh-sol’s background, and she confirms that she hasn’t told Chairman Cha yet. She worries that if the truth is revealed, both Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol would be hurt by it.

Back at the apartment, Oh-sol tries to step out for a bit, but Seon-gyeol has called in sick for work and doesn’t want to leave her side. After some brief whining, Seon-gyeol drives Oh-sol to her destination–the columbarium to pay respect to her mother.

Suddenly, a child jumps into the road ahead of them to grab their ball. Seon-gyeol swerves, and everyone is uninjured, but his car has crashed into large piles of trash, ha. Seon-gyeol refuses to turn back though, and he flags down a taxi. Before he’s willing to climb inside, however, he sprays down the back. As the taxi moves down the road, Seon-gyeol’s hand touches the seat in front of him, and their taxi ride comes to an end.

Oh-sol’s last resort is the bus, and she tells Seon-gyeol to just call Secretary Kwon and head home. But he’s not ready to leave her side, and eventually climbs onto the bus. After paying his fare with a huge bill and getting a pile of coins in change, Seon-gyeol stumbles to Oh-sol and clings to her shoulders as they ride.

Oh-sol looks pretty uncomfortable, but Seon-gyeol can’t grab a handle for himself (he’s forgotten his gloves), and he can’t stomach the idea of sitting in a seat. Even so, it almost looks like they’ll manage the ride, until a gaggle of excited hiking ajummas board and begin to gush over the handsome young man on the bus. With that, Oh-sol and Seon-gyeol flee the bus, walking their only option left.

As the pair strolls down the street, Seon-gyeol jumps when he thinks he sees a bug on his shoulder. Oh-sol peels the sprig from a nearby tree off of him, and then points out that bugs aren’t dirty. She realizes that Seon-gyeol doesn’t think bugs are dirty, he’s just scared of them, and she can’t help but tease him all the way to the columbarium.

They finally arrive before her mother’s memorial, and Seon-gyeol introduces himself as Oh-sol’s boyfriend. He leaves her alone to for a private moment, and Oh-sol speaks to her mother, telling her that she would have loved Seon-gyeol if she could have met him. Her thoughts move to Oh-dol and what her decision to date Seon-gyeol might do to his future.

Afterwards she joins Seon-gyeol on a bench as the sun begins to set. Seon-gyeol says that Oh-sol must take after her mother, beautiful inside and out. Oh-sol returns that Seon-gyeol also takes after his own mother–he seems cold at first, but is kind-hearted and thoughtful. Seon-gyeol has a hard time seeing his mother like that, especially after the recent misguided party thrown in his home.

Oh-sol asks Seon-gyeol not to hold a grudge, and he agrees, since Mom’s meddling officially brought the two of them together. He laments that his mother and grandfather have always been meddling, and it’s never done anything to help his phobia. As they sit together, Seon-gyeol smiles as he celebrates all his new experiences he’s had just in this day alone with Oh-sol. But once they return home, Oh-sol keeps herself awake into the night with her thoughts.

The next day, Seon-gyeol is dancing on air happy as he reports back to work. Meanwhile, Oh-sol meets with Secretary Kwon to officially withdraw from the efforts to cure Seon-gyeol. She tells Secretary Kwon that she doesn’t believe curing Seon-gyeol is something that she could ever do, and it’s not what Seon-gyeol wants for himself. She also doesn’t want to keep fooling Seon-gyeol any longer, and tells Secretary Kwon about the chairman’s stipulation against any romance. Secretary Kwon asks about Oh-dol, but Oh-sol says that she’ll find another way to help him.

When Seon-gyeol returns home, he finds Oh-sol waiting with her suitcase packed. She’s moving back home, and Seon-gyeol stammers as he tries to figure out what has happened. Oh-sol reassures him that nothing’s wrong, but that she wants a chance to start over with him. Seon-gyeol’s still baffled by this and tries to ask about the problem that required Oh-sol to stay at his apartment. Oh-sol tells him that she’s moving out to resolve that very problem, and that she’ll tell him everything once it’s resolved.

Secretary Kwon meets with Chairman Cha, and withholds the new information she’s discovered about Oh-sol. She instead asks why he made Oh-sol promise not to date his grandson, and the chairman explains that she isn’t a good fit for his heir to the company.

She reports that Oh-sol has quit her job as phobia cure, and Chairman Cha immediately demands that Secretary Kwon find “suitable” people to place on Oh-dol’s disciplinary committee (oh no).

When Oh-sol returns home, her family assumes she’s been fired again. Dad takes the lead and gets meat for dinner for everyone, and doesn’t even demand to know why Oh-sol left her job.

After dinner, Oh-sol and Oh-dol sit together in her room, and she tells her brother she’s sorry that she couldn’t help him with the assault charges. Oh-dol tells her he was glad she was out of the house, because he didn’t want her to worry and sacrifice for him anymore. He tells her that he just wants her to figure out what she wants to do now.

The next morning, Oh-sol runs into Mr. Choi on the way out. She says that she wants to check on what’s going to happen to Oh-dol. Mr. Choi tells her that he thinks she made the right choice to leave Seon-gyeol’s apartment, and that Oh-dol wouldn’t want that kind of help.

Speaking of Seon-gyeol, he sits at his kitchen table while Oh-sol places a breakfast before him… but of course, he’s daydreaming it all, since we know Oh-sol is busy with her own concerns. The vision evaporates in front of him, leaving him with just a cup of coffee and an empty seat across from him.

Seon-gyeol tries to call Oh-sol once he’s at work, but Oh-sol is busy meeting with Oh-dol’s coach and ends the call quickly. Secretary Kwon stops in to check on Seon-gyeol, and he sighs that liking someone is so lonely. He starts to say that he’s started seeing someone, but then quickly replaces himself in the story with his Minnesota friend.

Back at the school, Oh-dol’s coach explains that the school has submitted a petition on behalf of Oh-dol, but that’s all they’ve been able to do. Coach says that finding a witness would help the situation, but so far no one has come forward.

Oh-dol calls Young-shik to touch base, and all the other Cleaning Fairy boys discover what Oh-sol has been worried about. Seon-gyeol overhears the conversation as well, and demands to know what they mean by a disciplinary committee.

Oh-sol attempts to pass out fliers on the street looking for a witness, but most people can’t be bothered. As she crouches down to pick up a flier from the ground, Seon-gyeol arrives. He scoffs that he’s hurt that this is the secret she couldn’t tell him, and soon the Fairy Cleaning boys appear with buckets of flowers to hand out along with the fliers. Seon-gyeol smiles now and says that this is the method he used to build up his company when he first started out, aww.

Everyone works hard to hand out the fliers, while Secretary Kwon lurks in her car nearby, a usb key in her hands. But by the end of the day they still haven’t found a witness. Jae-min jumps up to give Oh-sol a hug, and his accompanying proclamation that he “loves” Oh-sol doesn’t sit well with Seon-gyeol, who pulls Jae-min off her by the hair. Seon-gyeol knows that Oh-sol hasn’t told anyone about their relationship though, so he instead says that Jae-min’s behavior could be construed as sexual harassment.

The boys leave first, and Seon-gyeol hopes that Oh-sol can linger a little longer with him, since he’s missed her all day. Oh-sol asks him to come closer, and then closer still, until she snuggles deeply into his arms. Seon-gyeol is nervous about being seen at first, but he calms when he sees that Oh-sol isn’t concerned.

As Seon-gyeol walks Oh-sol home, he asks her if she didn’t want to date because she was so worried about her brother. Oh-sol starts to tell him that there was another reason, but she’s interrupted by a call from Joo-yeon, who tells Oh-sol they’ve found a solution to Oh-dol’s problem.

Oh-sol hurries home with Seon-gyeol at her side, where she learns that someone dropped the missing security tape footage off at their doorstep (hmmm, I wonder what usb-carrying individual could have done that…) Once the initial celebrating has calmed, and Dad wonders what brings Oh-sol’s former boss to their home.

They sit Dad down to share the news that Oh-sol and Seon-gyeol are dating, and even then the man can’t keep the juice from spilling out of his mouth when they tell him. Joo-yeon gives Seon-gyeol a “bravo,” while Oh-dol looks dubious about it all. And Mr. Choi can’t help but tease Seon-gyeol and tells him there’s a bug on the floor to make him yelp, ha.

Seon-gyeol stays for dinner, which his OCD is so not ready for. Oh-sol does her best to cover for Seon-gyeol with each new gross offer from her Dad, but he tries valiantly to take a piece of dripping chicken from Dad’s hands. At the last minute, Mr. Choi swoops in and steals it from him, and Dad praises Mr. Choi for being such a good eater (haha, I love Mr. Choi beating Seon-gyeol at the best son-in-law contest).

Seon-gyeol says goodbye to everyone after dinner, though his farewell to Mr. Choi is decidedly colder. Dad wonders how the two know each other, and when Mr. Choi says that he recognizes him from the one time Seon-gyeol walked Oh-sol home, he gets more praise from Dad for having such sharp eyes. Dad says that someone like Mr. Choi should have become a judge, or lawyer, or… doctor, bwahaha.

As Oh-sol walks Seon-gyeol down the road, Oh-dol turns to Mr. Choi and tells him that he’s on his side. Mr. Choi pretends not to know what he means, but Oh-dol says that he’s not that oblivious.

Meanwhile, Seon-gyeol hesitates to part with Oh-sol, and suggests that she come over for some ramyun. It seems like Seon-gyeol isn’t quite aware of what that offer actually insinuates, though Oh-sol seems to register it and then quickly dismiss it. She declines, but she does give Seon-gyeol a smile when she calls him “oppa” for the first time.

The next day, Young-shik and Oh-dol are hopeful about the upcoming disciplinary committee, but Oh-dol’s good mood sours when he spots Joo-yeon in a cafe, on a date with another guy. Oh-dol leaves Young-shik behind to go confront her, and soon he’s dragging Joo-yeon out of the cafe with him (ick Oh-dol, this is not a good look…)

He demands that Joo-yeon stop going on dates with these losers, and declares that now she’s his. He rips the Korean flag pin from his jacket and gives it to her, and tells her that he’ll ask her out if he makes the national team. He places his coat over her shoulders, commenting on her inappropriate clothing again, and darts off. Joo-yeon starts to smile as he walks off, and he shoots her a look over his shoulder as he whoops from the adrenaline of the moment.

Meanwhile, Oh-sol visits Seon-gyeol’s mother to share the news. As Mom tries to catch up, Oh-sol just barrels ahead, thanking her for helping them get together and asking if she can start calling her “Mother.” Once Mom finally catches up though, she’s all giddy giggles.

And while Oh-sol tells Seon-gyeol’s mother the news, Seon-gyeol comes clean with Secretary Kwon about his “friend” in Minnesota. He laughs about the deceit, until Secretary Kwon deadpans that she knew it was him all along. She congratulates him and Oh-sol, surprising him again with how much she already knows.

The Fairy Cleaning crew is the final stop, and Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol tell them their news together. Everyone except Dong-hyun are shocked, and Seon-gyeol warns Jae-min not to get near Oh-sol. And now that everyone knows, Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol head out for a date at the Han River.

Seon-gyeol tries to remain relaxed, but he’s easily spooked by children and a barking corgi. Seon-gyeol is determined to stick it out and go on this date with her, but Oh-sol gives him an out and suggests that they go back to his place for ramyun. At the mention of ramyun, fireworks explode behind Seon-gyeol, ha, but once they’re back at his place, it’s actual ramyun that he places before Oh-sol.

As Oh-sol eats, she asks if Seon-gyeol would want to go to the movie theater on a date, but quickly realizes how stressful that would be for him and instead suggests a movie at his place. They settle into the couch together with some beers, but the steamy scenes in the movie and all that ramyun innuendo has Oh-sol nervous, especially when Seon-gyeol suggests that she could stay the night. In her own room, he clarifies.

Oh-sol springs up to leave and rushes out the door. But she can’t bring herself to leave, and as she turns around to face the door again, Seon-gyeol swings it open, surprised to see her still. “I’ll stay over tonight,” she tells him, and gives him a peck on the mouth. Their kisses become longer, and Seon-gyeol hoists her up into his arms and sets her down on the kitchen counter, both wrapped in each others arms.

  
COMMENTS

Well, I know what I would assume happened next in any other drama after such a lengthy make-out session, but am I supposed to assume the same thing about mysophobic Seon-gyeol? He’s so new to this whole dating thing, it’s difficult to imagine, and yet, that scene was steamy and intimate and pretty convincing, so I guess we’ll see in the next episode.

I love how Seon-gyeol’s limitations drive these two into such intimate activities right away as they officially start dating. I mean, they’ve been making breakfast for one another for who knows how long now, so why bother with a movie date when you can move directly to Netflix and chill? I love how oblivious Seon-gyeol is to his ramyun innuendos, or at least, I think he is, and the ambiguity in that is also pretty charming and fun. I also appreciate how Oh-sol is willing to go along with things, knowing he’s not completely aware of what he’s insinuating, or if he is aware, it’s clear that she’s also interested.

I was hoping for a great date episode, and I think this is as close as we can get for these two for now. Even though a montage of aquarium and river and movie dates is what I really want to see, I also love how Oh-sol likes Seon-gyeol even if he doesn’t want to participate in those things. It’s not about him not being ready, it’s about her accepting him for who he is without any requirements to change.

I loved that Seon-gyeol shared that with her, the fact that she’s been understanding of his situation from the very beginning, and never once demanded that he change for her or for anyone else. After spending his whole life with his family trying to cure him, it makes so much sense that he falls for the one person who is perfectly fine with who he is.

With the information about Oh-sol’s mother’s death and Seon-gyeol’s grandfather’s involvement starting to spread, it can’t be long before this joyful bubble bursts. But the question now is who will tell the happy couple first–will it be Mr. Choi, concerned by their developing feelings, or will it be Secretary Kwon, who is starting to realize that Chairman Cha does not have Seon-gyeol’s best interests at heart (how on earth did she not know that from the start?!). Or, will Chairman Cha be the one to break the news, if he manages to figure it out on his own? It would be a quick solution to causing trouble in the relationship, and his goal of the moment seems to be to cause Oh-sol as much pain as possible. I’m not looking forward to whatever he’s schemed up for Oh-dol’s disciplinary committee.

I want to be onboard with the newly budding romance between Joo-yeon and Oh-dol, but I need Oh-dol to stop acting like such a jerk first. None of his moves have been endearing or romantic. From shaming Joo-yeon for wearing a short skirt to dragging her out of a date against her will, he’s not scoring any points in his favor as far as I’m concerned, and I really wish that Joo-yeon hadn’t given his behavior a smile. The kid is under a lot of stress, sure, but I need a little less “you’re mine” and a little more cute from this boy.

I was so glad when Seon-gyeol found out about Oh-dol’s situation and came to help Oh-sol with the Fairy Cleaning boys. It hopefully demonstrates to Oh-sol that being honest is the best way to get help, and will make things easier when it comes time to tell Seon-gyeol about the way that his grandfather has been trying to use her. Seon-gyeol has been so good at being understanding, so I’m hopeful that he’ll be able to forgive her for participating in it.

As we near the end, I wonder what Oh-sol will want to do with her life. Her brother and father keep asking her to do what she loves, but I can’t think of anything she’s loved more than working alongside the Cleaning Fairy boys. Selfishly, I just want to keep the cute work family together forever, but we’ll have to see if they can stand by each other until the end.

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OH MYYYY... the last scene took for almost 3 minutes on screen 😜😜😜😜

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Am I alone in hoping that things progressed from there?

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Definitely not alone.

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you're not alone.. hoping the same thing... but I guess what happens after the last scene won't show in our screen, LoL.

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It would be pretty normal after this scene :p

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That kiss was probably the most cutest and most natural scene I’ve seen in a while. The way they were smiling at each other the entire time was so adorable. Kim Yoo Jung and Yoon Kyun Sang really are comfortable with each other which allows them to have such good chemistry.

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Watched almost all BTS scenes. They're super cute and comfortable to each other. I think Yoo-joong is really good at getting a long with any fellow actors....

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From what I understand, both of them are.

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Thanks for the recap @abirdword!
This. This is what I want in a drama - honest communication, honest feelings and lots of cute!
These two are adorable together. The scene with the fireworks going off behind his head when she agreed to go to his place was such a great place.
yes - this is my happy place on Monday nights.

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I literally LOL'd when the fireworks popped up. Dying!!!

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I don't know why I'm hooked on this drama. It's like instant ramen: I know it's terrible, I can make or find better options, and I can tell you 100 reasons why this stuff is crap, but... I STILL LIKE IT.

I guess I like how the lead actor isn't perfect. He's got neurosis, but not in the "Secretary Kim" kind of neurosis. Park Seo Joon is Park Seo Joon, and he got over his childhood trauma really quickly in that show. Here, he's a sweet guy next door who looks perfectly ordinary and is kinda sorta (okay, a LOT) terrified but struggles to change for the woman he loves. That's real, and that's Me. I can relate to that. The line about how he fell in love with her because she was the only person who understood him -- OMG, that gave me all sorts of feels.

That being said, I hate this mother-being-killed-by-accident backstory. I think the real drama here is the internal struggle: overcoming deep phobias on his end, learning to trust and open up on hers. She's a sweet girlfriend, I'll give her that, but she's always putting other people (her dad, her brother, and now her boyfriend's phobias) over herself. I would REALLY love a drama that builds on that internal conflict instead of playing the "Scheming Rich Relative" plot twist. Especially when you've got two strong actors who can show emotional development with their facial expressions. I'll be very disappointed if the next few episodes are just about evil family vs. true love, instead of "how will this relationship help me grow up."

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He is growing up- a lot. When he arrived to hand out roses with his cleaning crew you could see that he is even starting to think about how he can make O Sol's life better- and help her. He is pushing his limits. I think that this drama is in fact a good drama.

As for the back story- it is there to add dramatic tension.

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Hi OldLawyer, i really enjoy and appreciate all your insightful comments on CWPFN! They are thoughtful and encouraging. Indeed it is a good and healing drama.

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I totally agree with you about her lack (in a certain sense) of character development. I wish this dead mother story wasn't happening. It reminds me of the ex-fiance's return in Witch's Romance, in a certain way. Every time it comes up, it brings the energy of the whole drama down, and it prevents the growth of an already tenuous relationship, despite the fact that the relationship it is thwarting is the one we're here to see. I am seriously hoping the writers surprise me here. I think it might be too much to ask, though...

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I love this show. I love it I love it I love it! It’s so refreshing and wonderful having a couple that communicates and is honest with each other.

I swooned so hard when SK told OS why he likes her. Finally a real and perfect reason other than “you’re sweet and pretty”. She accepts him for him and doesn’t need to “fix” him to love him. She accepts all of him, and his issues. Which is how it should be! He wouldn’t be who he is without all his baggage. Now, if everyone would also start respecting him and his wishes we would be set.

I’m so happy that I stuck out and watched this drama. It was rocky at first, but once it settled into its groove, everything fell into place perfectly. It’s so refreshing, like a breath of fresh air, and a couple who is honest and supports each other.

Now, where is my bts of that epic kiss JTBC! You owe us for all the cancelled broadcasts!

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I looove it too! Thank you for describing it beautifully. This show is a romcom with sincerity as the baseline between Seon-Gyeol and Oh-Sol i.e. how they overcome challenges by accepting and understanding each other's weakness.

I am not bothered by external threats and just take them as side stories such as grandpa, mom's death, Oh-Dol's case, age gap or whatsoever.

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That 'oppa' scene was sooooooo cute! I was dying of cuteness overload. I guess the next 2 episodes will be the your-grandpa-killed-my-mom angst, and then the cute will be back. I can wait, if they ever stop pre-empting this for sports.

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Yes, the delays have been really annoying

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I liked how they mix his phobia and the story like the scene in the bus, the walk in the park, it's cute to see this big teddy bear hidding behind O Sol :p They are too cute :)

For the last scene, 3 minutes for a kissing scene must be a record in kdrama :p I guess they needed to be forgiven for the only one episode this week. I was pretty surprised how it felt very cute, steamy and natural in the same time.

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This is my favorite show right now. And far more realistic in the way that relationship's really develop. Both of them are learning to bend and adjust to each other. Oh-sol does not feel that she has to change or cure Seon-gyol- that is the real reason she moves out. So that they can start over.

While I am no psychologist I do not think that Seon-gyol's phobia is curable in the sense that one day he is sick and the next he is well. But it can be ameliorated. And, if he has Oh-sol with him it will gradually fade away to nearly nothing- in say 30 years or so.

I hope that Secretary Kwon will not be hurt by her betrayal of the Grandfather. At least now we know whose side she is really on.

And the meeting between Mae-wha and O Sol was just precious. Mae-wha was so obviously delighted when she realized what it really meant when O Sol called her 'mother'.

Grandfather is now fairly isolated- Mae-wha is now behind the OTP, and Secretary Kwon always was- in fact her plan was really a form of match making. So grandfather may strike a few blows and make everyone miserable for while. But did anyone note his admission in this episode that he is running out of time?

And on top of that how about looking at the construction accident where O Sol's mother died from a different angle? Instead of 'plot twist that can be used to try to break up our couple' why not see it another way: Grandfather owes a huge moral or karmic debt to O Sol's family. A debt he can pay by making O Sol also part of his family.

So, here is what I think could happen. Chairman Cha must be confronted and made to choose his highest priority- including a reminder that in the little time left he simply has no choice anyway, he has to go with what is most important. And that is getting his grandson to come into the company, learn it and take over. Seon-gyol can charge a very high price for that indeed: He will do that only if he gets to marry O Sol. As for O Sol being 'suitable' - with Mae-wha's help she can learn to become suitable- she can teach her daughter-in-law how to dress, how to act in various settings, etc. Mae-wha would probably love it- and in a way she herself would finally get to grow up, as she is finally allowed to be a mother to her son. I am not saying that this is what the writers will do or what they have in mind, but it is a resolution which makes sense, particularly when one considers that without O Sol it is unlikely that Seon-gyol could even really function in a normal fashion in that different setting.

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YES to Mae-wha and O Sol! She is my favorite mother-in-law character ever.

i'm guessing the biggest obstacle will O Sol's father, and O Sol's loyalty to her family and the fact she already feels partially guilty for her mom's death (because her mom went back to get the medals -- that's why she even quit sports).

savoring the cuteness of this week's episode because I just KNOW the next few episodes will be angsty.

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That implied sex scene was delightfully (and fittingly) awkward. I don't know if they meant it to be, but it SO worked. :) I've been annoyed at YKS's portrayal the last couple of episodes, but he brought it back here, and I'm sure he'll be relieved to know that I've forgiven him. (Kidding, kidding)

I am not looking forward to the dead mother backstory reveal. No matter what it turns out to be, at this point it's unnecessary. There's more than enough material to go with for three more episodes. I have a feeling this is going to be a kdrama trope-filled last minute tying up of the loose ends, and that's really too bad. If it's NOT, I'll forgive the whole drama. Again, I'm SURE they will be relieved. :D

I have to admit, I REALLY tried, but I still find this pairing creepy. He's just so much older than her, I see it in their faces, and no matter how hard I try, I can't unsee it. Their very good acting performance does a lot to make it sort of okay, but then they do a close up of him followed by a close up of her, and...it's just so obvious. I say this with sadness because I really want to like them as a pair. Actually, I DO like them as a pair, just not a romantic one. I cringe and think about my teenaged daughter dating a 30+ year old, and I'm like NOPE. Ah, well. I'm committed to see this through to the end now.

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Dreading the dead-mother-backstory reveal too. Sigh.

I know what you mean about the pairing. It did feel awkward at the start, but I tell myself O Sol is wiser for her years because of what she went through, and Seon-Gyol's phobia makes him emotionally younger. Snaps to his acting for bringing that vulnerability into his facial expressions and gestures. There are moments when he still looks like a lost, lonely little boy.

For me, the most awkward scenes is when they force this big, older guy do too much cutesy, clingy stuff. Is the director trying to downplay the age difference by making him act like he's 10? That bathroom scene where he makes O Sol wait for him by the door until he finishes his two-hour shower was just too much. And I never was a fan of Aegyo, but making a 30+ guy do it is just cringeworthy.

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The actor himself is like a big cuddly child, so I don't think his character is much of a stretch (though, yes, that scene by the bathroom was too much). He's not at all a 31-year-old stoic, brooding guy, he's a kid at heart. And she's mature and more experienced in the field, so that sort of levels out the playing field - he's older, but she's the sunbae. And if you watch the bts you'll see that both Kyun Sang and Yoo-Jung are very playful, joke-y and comfortable with each other. They're obviously good friends and they're very compatible, so the age difference really doesn't bother me, on-screen or off.

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Just to make it clear, I don't ship them romantically off-screen, I just enjoy their friendship. But since they're clearly both completely comfortable with their roles and with each other, and the age gap between their characters is not as big as in real life, the on-screen romance doesn't bother me at all. If they seemed uncomfortable while filming it then I'd find it icky, but they just look like they're having fun with it. :)

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You can give me all of the reasons in the world why watching a 30-something year old man-child with a 19 year old acting prodigy shouldn't give me the heebee jeebees, and I'll still be bothered by it. Intellectually, I agree with you, but emotionally I just can't.

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She’s a consenting adult so it doesn’t bother me. All of these kinds of scenes, would have to have been approved by her since she’s so young. If you have ever watched the bts, YKS is very respectful of her as his senior in acting and her age. They are very comfortable and trust me, if she didn’t want to do these mature scenes, they wouldn’t be in the drama.

Yes, it is uncomfortable because of the age gap, but would you be uncomfortable if they were swapped? Just something to think about.

As always, we all have a difference of opinion. It doesn’t personally bother me at all. I think he doesn’t even look like he’s 30 and she acts very mature for her age. If she’s ok with it, I think the viewers should be as well.

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"YKS is very respectful of her as his senior in acting and her age."

The fun part is that he isn't! 😄 He has been acting for 7 years, and she for 15 years!! Of course I don't know if he has had a career in theatre before that.

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You read that incorrectly.

“YKS is very respectfulful of her as [she is] his senior in acting and of her age”

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OH right! 😅 My bad. I beg pardon.

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It’s ok! I probably should have written as that the first time. I always forget there many non native English speakers. I’m glad I could clarify 😊

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Age gaps like that bother me in either direction, but only when you have someone as young as her. If she were 25 and he 37, I wouldn't care.

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To clarify why it bothers me, I've heard actors (as they got older) lament the way they were sort of compelled to act in roles that were more mature than they really were ready for early in their careers (generally before the age of 25). It's actually quite common for them to regret those choices. Because of that, it's just something I can't pretend NOT to know. And I think about the nineteen year olds that I know, and I am CERTAIN they would not be able to negotiate that themselves. Yes, she's technically a consenting adult, but that does not automatically translate into someone who has the wherewithal to stand up for herself in a contract negotiation situation. Maybe SHE can, I don't know. But I'll never be able to watch something like this without that knowledge coloring my thoughts.

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I am sure that she is fine. Shes been in the business for 15 years, and I'm sure that its in her contract what she and her agency would allow. Maybe when she is older she would feel that way. Also remember that in MDBC, was very innocent and there were only a couple kiss scenes. I don't know how much her agency pressures her to take roles, but I think that, seeing she isn't a newbie, that she wouldn't have taken that role if she didn't want to. She is transitioning from child to adult roles, so its natural that seeing her playing an adult now would be hard. We should trust her and her agency to make the correct decisions for what work is right for her. :)

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Honestly, I don't care because each people is different about how they feel about their own body, the maturity, the skinship, etc. In this case, KYJ never showed disconfort, all their scenes felt pretty natural. For me, the complicated thing was not the age gap but the height one.
But for Radio Romance, I never could feel chemistry in the couple, because Kim So Hyun never could make me forget that she was not as old as her character and all her intimate scenes were showing that the writer/PD were trying to be careful about it.

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I didn't mean to imply that YKS is anything other than a complete gentleman. I'm sure he is.

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If you haven't, you should check out some of the BTS. They are very comfortable and have a lot of fun on set.

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Our actress is not portraying a nineteen year old. In this story her character is more like 23. Given the fact that she has spent 15 years before the camera- literally 3 quarters of her life- she should be treated as the veteran that she is- and as someone who is more than capable of handling any situation that arises on the set. It is a big mistake to get hung up on age- in fact, if we have a problem in our era it is that we are extending adolescence into the 20s. 2oo plus years ago Horatio Nelson sailed his outnumbered fleet to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Some of the senior officers on his battleships were only nineteen years old- I am not talking about midshipmen, I am talking about senior lieutenants who were second in command of a 74 gun ship of the line. In terms of maturity from life experience and training Kim You-jung is much more like one of Nelson's nineteen year old lieutenants than like a typical college freshman of today.

She is doing a wonderful job of portraying an older woman- but that is totally to be expected from a veteran actress.

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I so agree with you! It's a love story betwen two adults Seon-Gyeol and Oh-Sol, and I take it as that.
And apart from love story, so many historical characters had taken the throne, led wars, etc. before they reached 20

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I'm just saying, in the preview for episode 14 there's a clip of Oh Sol kissing Seon Gyeol, and she's wearing his shirt (or what looks like it at least). You know, in case anyone was still wondering what happened after the epic countertop kiss scene. Just here to help.

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Think you- I appreciate it.

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I meant Thank you- and I went back and looked- you are right. I also saw that this will be the episode where her dad finds out about the link between Seon-gyul's family and his wife's death. I guess it had to show up sometime.

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Yeah, we all knew that whole plot point was going to come back to create drama eventually

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When i heard I'm too tired to lift the spoon? In my mind i said oh sol to give him straw😂😂😂then when he pulled her to his laps i laughed and said he's too smooth😆😆. Then the robot vacuum cleaner interrupted their about to kiss and he said geum ja ssi. Can't you see you're interrupting🤣🤣🤣. She stood up from his laps and the robot vacuum cleaner left😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣. The robot vacuum cleaner is like a chaperone 😆😆.
Gosh this episode feels so good. When he sprayed that thing inside the taxi i couldn't stop laughing🤣🤣. They are so adorable. oppa ??👌👌oppa is going home. His smile was sooooo cute . You can spend the night here and she looked at the tv😂😂. You guys should just kiss and save yourself from regretting it all night amd don't tell me they want to do what i think they want to do😮😮😮 and why are they just smiling like idiots😁😁 and tell me they didnt spend 4 minutes kissing😎😎. KIM YOO JUNG You're a queen. You must kiss like this in upcoming dramas o. And before i get over excited KYJ is legally and adult right???And YOON KYUN SANG i never knew you could kiss like this o. 👌👌I've never seen you kiss before . 👌👌

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This episode is a win and the biggest winner is Seon-Gyeol! There's big move in the story as the couple now have accepted each other's feeling, and let people around them know about it openly, and the people accepted the news hapily and be supportive about it!

I know next episode they will show us the other people who are not happy about (od man) but luckily Tuesday was pre-empted for football LOL ... so we can enjoy the rest of the week with the sweet lovey dovey moment while it last!

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Anyone else find her butt position when sitting on the counter (almost painfully) weird? No? just me? Ok😅

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I can't be bothered by age gap since both are adults in the story.

I was once madly in love with someone 20 years older than me. Once you experience love with a man who was much mature than you, and being embraced in big, wide shoulder, its hard to fall with someone with less age or smaller size.. just saying ;-)

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I was with a man who was 16 years older than me, which is one of the reasons I have a problem with this. Lol! Oh well. I'm still watching because I love the actors in it, even if I find their romance a little cringe-worthy.

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This is the exact example of what Oh-sol said, that everyone has their own reason :-)
It's not a matter of wright or wrong, just difference (in this case, different experiences result in different views), and we just have to recognize that.

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The moment she wrapped her arms around Seon-Gyeol INSIDE his coat and laid her head on his chest took me to beautiful memory of how peaceful it feels ♡♡

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Oh my.. It's the second time I forgot to come to the recap 😣

The last scene was such an unexpected bomb for my poor heart and everyone was going crazy because of them 😆 I've done enough fangirling activities in other places so I don't know what to say here anymore 😂

I reaaaaally enjoy solkyul cute dating scene ❤

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Oh my, all those oppa jokes! 😁😊

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Oppa jokes and ramyeon innuendo. This episode is just perfect 😄😄

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Thank you for your recap, which I think is more interesting than the drama itself. For me the forced cohabitation has definitely marked the beginning of my disenchantment of the couple. It did not bother me the difference in age, or the lack of homogeneity in the physical appearance (as curious as she sometimes seemed uglier to fill the gap), I bothered the way an adult man treated on a young woman forced to work for him. A man in love should respect his woman, even more so if there's a working relationship, not push her into a corner, pick her up..and so even the scenes of kisses have taken on a negative value in my eyes. I turned off all contact after the scene in the kitchen. She is adult, of course, but she is very young. Those scenes, that lustful expression in his face, were not necessary. I found more passionate and erotic scenes of other drama that I do not name in which a gaze was enough to make the electricity feel. I honestly do not know if the actors could have done better given the circumstances. KHJ's talent is under-utilized. It's clear that they wanted to force the intimacy among them even in the Bts, but because try to conquer adolescents with hormones in turmoil or adults in search of emotions, through kisses and intimacy or allusions of sexual relations instead of improve the dialogues, the the psychological aspects, the interactions between them and between the other actors? I can not find an answer. I believe I will see the end through your recaps.

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wow that last kiss scene was so long LOL
and felt awkward watching it knowing about the age gap.....

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