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Clean With Passion for Now: Episode 14

Now that our CEO and his former housekeeper are officially dating, Seon-gyeol wants to be the best person that he can be for Oh-sol’s sake. Buoyed by her love and encouragement, he’s ready to tackle his mysophobia and for the first time in his life, Seon-gyeol is hopeful about his future. Oh-sol is just as excited to challenge herself but an unsettling revelation could change everything for everyone.

  
EPISODE 14: “You make me want to be a better man”

Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol are back in the kitchen the morning after their kissing marathon, this time for a cozy breakfast. Seon-gyeol laughs when Oh-sol ends up with a milk mustache and under the guise of inspecting her face, he surprises her with a quick kiss and calls her cute. Their happy morning comes to an abrupt halt when Oh-sol gets a text from Oh-dol, “You’re dead meat now.”

Oh-sol gasps that she forgot to call her father and soon she’s hurrying out the door. Seon-gyeol offers to drive Oh-sol home, but she reminds him that she’ll be in more trouble if her father finds out that they were together.

Oh-sol enters her house very quietly and runs into Oh-dol, who clucks that she didn’t come home or call. When she asks about their father, Oh-dol motions towards the kitchen just as he whacks the head off of a fish with a cleaver.

Oh-sol’s father points the cleaver at her and growls, “Where on earth did you sleep last night?” As soon as Oh-sol answers that she spent the night with Joo-yeon, Oh-dol has her on the phone to confirm Oh-sol’s story, which she does flawlessly. After Oh-dol hangs up, their father bellows, “What’s your cell phone for,” and storms off. Oh-dol warns his sister, “Come to your senses…You’re so out of it these days because of your boyfriend.”

Oh-sol calls Seon-gyeol with an update as he arrives at work and he praises Joo-yeon’s quick wittedness. Thinking that he’s alone, Seon-gyeol sends Oh-sol a kiss over the phone and Dong-hyun, Jae-min and Yeong-shik witness the whole thing. Dong-hyun beams, but Jae-min cringes while Yeong-shik’s skin crawls.

Mr. Choi visits a colleague at her hospital and is offered a position if he decides to stay in Korea. Mr. Choi politely declines and as he says goodbye, he sees Chairman Cha and asks his friend for a favor.

Oh-sol meets with Joo-yeon, who wants details about her night with Seon-gyeol, but all she’s told is, “…what you’re thinking did not happen.” After thanking Joo-yeon for her help, Oh-sol sees Oh-dol’s prized pin on Joo-yeon’s purse. Joo-yeon fibs that Oh-dol dropped it and that she’s keeping it safe until she can return it. She avoids more questions by reminding Oh-sol that she’s running late and soon her friend is off to meet Seon-gyeol.

Seon-gyeol arrives at the park and finds Oh-sol digging in the sand with some children who are looking for a lost tooth. It reminds him of their childhood and when Oh-sol catches Seon-gyeol staring at her, he tells her about the girl who flicked her booger into his mouth. His story reminds Oh-sol that the exact same thing happened to her when her booger flew into the mouth of a boy with shiny, enamel shoes. When Oh-sol asks, “Do you know what happened next,” Seon-gyeol answers, “He passed out?”

Oh-sol recalls that the boy was completely smitten with her. He returned to the park every day but never talked to her and Oh-sol guesses that he must have been shy, but Seon-gyeol suggests he was scared. When he asks Oh-sol, “How is your doll doing? That dirty baby doll you used to carry on your back,” she finally realizes that the boy with the shiny shoes was the young Seon-gyeol.

Once she’s home, Oh-sol retrieves her doll and giggles that she and Seon-gyeol must be destined for each other. She snaps a selfie with her doll and sends it to Seon-gyeol with the message, “The booger girl is going to bed. Goodnight, the enamel-shoes boy.” As Geum-ja whizzes around, Seon-gyeol hugs a pillow and yells out, “Gil Oh-sol is so cute!”

In the morning, Oh-sol decides to clean her room and finds a photo of her mother under her bed. When Mr. Choi walks in, Oh-sol’s father and brother hide behind him, unsettled by Oh-sol’s cleaning frenzy.

Oh-sol has fun washing her comforter in a tub of soapy water and she stomps out the dirt while Mr. Choi provides hot water. He tells Oh-sol that it makes him happy to see her smile and confesses, “I hope you will always smile like today.”

When Oh-sol asks why he told her that, Mr. Choi reminds her that all relationships have their challenges. Mr. Choi counsels, “No matter what is awaiting you, always stay strong. That’s my advice.”

Mr. Choi suggests something to drink and while in his kitchen, Oh-sol sees some receipts for flowers and yogurt purchased near her mother’s resting place. When questioned about them, Mr. Choi claims that her father must have left them behind.

That night, Oh-sol sits in her clean room and tells Seon-gyeol over the phone that she never knew that cleaning could feel so rewarding. Oh-sol tells him, “After meeting you, I think I changed a lot. For the better.” When Oh-sol sees the photo of her mother, she mentions that Seon-gyeol’s mother is afraid to visit him and suggests that he should visit her for a change.

Seon-gyeol does just that and surprises his mother at her boutique. After he compliments the store, Mae-hwa explains that she designed the space herself and when he agrees to look at more of her designs, he discovers the photo of a t-shirt printed with his childish drawing. Geum-ja sent it to his mother when she lived in the States and Mae-hwa shares how thankful she was to know that he was growing up well.

Mae-hwa offers to ask her boyfriend, Chairman Yang, to disinfect his resort so that Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol can schedule a visit. She’s surprised when Seon-gyeol confesses that he can only see Oh-sol at his house.

The next time Oh-sol visits Seon-gyeol, she casually mentions his visit with his mother. Seon-gyeol admits that he went to see her because Oh-sol asked him to, embarrassed when she rewards him with a pat on the bottom and gushes, “Great job, Mr. Jang.”

Oh-sol gasps when she sees an ad for the movie, Be With You, and she momentarily forgets about Seon-gyeol’s condition when she asks to see it with him. Seon-gyeol insists that he wants to see the movie too and suggests going to the theater together.

Oh-sol arrives at a movie theater and finds its lobby empty. When Seon-gyeol joins her, he explains that he’s early because he was already in the area. Seon-gyeol suggests popcorn and after Oh-sol heads to the concessions area, he stealthily speaks into a microphone, “Dong-hyun, Yeong-shik, get ready.”

After two masked employees serve them refreshments, Seon-gyeol alerts Jae-min via his hidden microphone. As they make their way through the lobby, Oh-sol mentions that one of the weird employees sounded just like Yeong-shik. A masked Jae-min takes their tickets and excitedly exclaims, “I hope you lovebirds enjoy your movie and have a great time,” and then he mutters to Oh-sol, “Did you wash your hair?”

The theater is empty and Seon-gyeol explains that a group reservation cancelled at the last minute. During the movie, Oh-sol catches Seon-gyeol staring at her and gives him a kiss on the cheek. In the dark theater, Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol snuggle together and enjoy the movie.

On the drive home, Seon-gyeol gushes about how much he enjoyed the huge screen. Oh-sol suggests a baseball game or concert next and Seon-gyeol stammers that he’ll do whatever she wants. Oh-sol explains how thankful she is for their date but she imagines that it was hard on the cleaning team.

Surprised that Oh-sol knew what was going on, Seon-gyeol learns what tipped her off — the theater was empty on a weekend and there was the tell-tale scent of disinfectant. Seon-gyeol explains that he just wanted to go on an “ordinary” date just as they drive past a beautifully lit park filled with couples, and he sees what an ordinary date looks like. Oh-sol assures him, “The fact that I have you by my side like this makes me so happy,” but Seon-gyeol looks sad.

Mr. Choi sits with Seon-gyeol in his office at Cleaning Fairy and exclaims, “My gosh, how romantic. You rented the entire theater for your date?” What really impresses Mr. Choi is that Seon-gyeol asked to see him.

Seon-gyeol inquires about the treatment plan for his mysophobia and confesses to Mr. Choi, “…I find it uncomfortable. These days, especially. The fact that I’m different from others…I’ve never felt like this before.” When Mr. Choi asks what’s changed, Seon-gyeol mentions Oh-sol, “I want to change for her.”

Mr. Choi alarms Seon-gyeol when he leans close to ask, “…can I…assume that you’re mentally ready to do anything and everything I ask you to do?” When Seon-gyeol agrees, Mr. Choi is ready to begin treatment immediately.

Soon, Seon-gyeol and Mr. Choi are outfitted in matching parkas, traveling somewhere together in Seon-gyeol’s car, arguing about his plastic seat covers. When Seon-gyeol asks about their destination, Mr. Choi explains that they’re going somewhere for “training”.

Oh-sol’s father isn’t thrilled when she joins him to wash a fussy client’s car, until he sees her work. Done for the day, father and daughter go out for dinner where Oh-sol’s father mentions how much Oh-sol has changed since she started dating Seon-gyeol, and that it makes him both happy and relieved.

When Oh-sol’s father asks about her plans, Oh-sol proposes helping him wash cars while she figures out what she wants to do. After she quit hurdles, Oh-sol only cared about earning enough money for a decent life, but now she wants to find the right path for herself.

Oh-sol’s father gets emotional, “If your mom heard that, she’d be so happy for you.” When Oh-sol shares that is feels as if her mother intervened to resolve Oh-dol’s issue, she suddenly remembers the receipts from Mr. Choi’s place. But Oh-sol’s father hasn’t been to visit her mother lately and the flowers and yogurt mean nothing to him.

Mr. Choi has taken Seon-gyeol to a campground where the two of them are to spend the nignt, but the bugs and cold are too much and Seon-gyeol asks to go home. All Mr. Choi has to do is mention Oh-sol to get Seon-gyeol to stay. Mr. Choi tells Seon-gyeol that he seems like a nice guy who won’t make him regret giving up on Oh-sol.

Mr. Choi is suddenly serious when he asks Seon-gyeol, “Please protect Oh-sol no matter what. I think all will be fine if you don’t give up.” Seon-gyeol assures Mr. Choi, “I’ll be sure to protect Oh-sol and keep her safe at all times. That’s why I’m here now.”

Chairman Cha meets with Secretary Kwon and asks for the list of the disciplinary committee members. Instead, Secretary Kwon explains that she can no longer work for Chairman Cha and asks him to stop meddling in the disciplinary hearing and to leave Oh-sol’s family alone.

Chairman Cha wants to know why he wasn’t told that Oh-sol’s mother was one of the victims in the redevelopment accident and assures Secretary Kwon, “I’ll protect Seon-gyeol in my own way.”

Joo-yeon meets with Oh-dol on the eve of his disciplinary hearing to return his pin and outline what it would take for her to consider dating him, “The first medal you win after the disciplinary committee. I want that.” When Joo-yeon clarifies that she’ll only accept a gold medal, an inspired Oh-dol runs to his taekwondo team and yells, “I’ll win a gold medal!”

Oh-sol is at a study center when Seon-gyeol texts her to look out the window. A balloon bouquet floats up with sweet messages, “I love you, Oh-sol. You’re the only one…Let’s walk together. We’ll always be together.” Giggling, Oh-sol answers her phone and runs to the lobby where she finds Seon-gyeol.

Oh-sol notices that Seon-gyeol is gloveless and he admits to opening the door with his bare hands, thanks to some special training. When she asks if he’s all right, Seon-gyeol’s discomfort becomes more pronounced and Oh-sol pulls him outside. There she finds even more balloons and tiny lights on the ground, some in the form a heart.

Seon-gyeol wants to wash his hands, but Oh-sol places them on her face and shares how proud she is of him and gives him a quick kiss. Surrounded by balloons, Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol kiss each other sweetly, as if they’re the only two people in the world.

Secretary Kwon is surprised when Mr. Choi thanks her for the missing security camera footage. He questions her relationship with Chairman Cha and learns that because of her son, Secretary Kwon’s intent was to help Seon-gyeol. But she admits that she misjudged the situation and only made things worse for Seon-gyeol.

Secretary Kwon warns that Oh-dol’s disciplinary hearing won’t go well because Chairman Cha knows about Oh-sol’s mother. He’s determined to end the relationship between Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol and he’ll use her family to get his way.

Mr. Choi pays a surprise visit to Chairman Cha, who admits that he’s dying with no more that three months to live and that he’s kept it a secret to protect his company. When asked if he intends to blackmail Chairman Cha, Mr. Choi warns him to leave Oh-sol’s family alone.

Mr. Choi points out that because of Chairman Cha’s poor judgement, four people died in the redevelopment accident, including Oh-sol’s mother, and now he’s targeting her family. Mr. Choi promises, “To stop you, I’d do something even worse than blackmailing.”

Seon-gyeol checks in with Oh-sol in the morning and when she expresses confidence that Oh-dol’s hearing will have a good outcome, he suggests celebrating later. When it starts to rain, Oh-sol has to hang up to bring in the laundry.

When Oh-sol gets to the rooftop, Mr. Choi appears with an umbrella and tells her that he took care of the laundry. He fixes her a hot drink inside his place, surprised that Oh-sol isn’t at Oh-dol’s hearing, but Oh-dol didn’t want her there.

Oh-sol brings up the receipts that Mr. Choi claimed belonged to her father and asks if he’s the one who left the yogurt for her. Mr. Choi admits the truth and when he explains that she once gave him some yogurt, a flashback revisits the day that they met. Mr. Choi confesses that her yogurt comforted him, “I received solace but you didn’t.”

Mr. Choi explains that after the redevelopment tragedy, Oh-sol’s family was always in his thoughts. Oh-sol doesn’t answer when Mr. Choi tells her, “I want to stay with Mr. Gil, you, and Oh-dol. I know I won’t be much help, but can I stay here like this…I want to help.”

Oh-dol and his father are shocked when the disciplinary committee imposes a one year suspension on Oh-dol. As they walk through the building, Oh-dol and his father overhear some men discuss the case and learn that Seon-gyeol is Chairman Cha’s grandson.

Oh-sol returns to her room and she pauses when she sees the plant that Mr. Choi gave her. She’s about to go out when her father and Oh-dol return and she’s confused when her brother pushes past her without a word.

Oh-sol’s father is crying when he asks Oh-sol why she had to date the grandson from the family responsible for her mother’s death. Oh-sol is stunned to learn about Seon-gyeol’s connection to AG Group as her father explains what happened, “Not only did they kill your mom, but now they’re trying to ruin your brother’s life as well.” Oh-sol is speechless while Mr. Choi silently takes in the scene.

At home, Seon-gyeol has a cake and the necklace the he bought for Oh-sol ready. When he hears her come in, Seon-gyeol greets Oh-sol with the gift hidden behind his back, alarmed to find her soaking wet. Seon-gyeol tries to get her to come inside when Oh-sol announces that she wants to break up, but she pushes him away and the necklace falls on the floor.

Seon-gyeol can’t understand when Oh-sol repeats that she wants to break up and he asks what he did wrong. Oh-sol tells Seon-gyeol, “You did nothing wrong…I just got sick of everything. I can’t even stand the sight of you. Let’s end it here,” and then she walks out. Once Oh-sol returns to her bedroom, she drops to the floor and sobs inconsolably.

Unable to reach Oh-sol the next day, Seon-gyeol leaves a message asking to talk but she deletes it after listening to it. She closes her eyes and recalls how her father was thrown to the ground after he called Chairman Cha a murderer at the site of the redevelopment accident. Surrounded by a hostile crowd, Chairman Cha retreated after giving Oh-sol and her father a cold, hard look.

Oh-sol is in bed when her father announces that he’s going to work. Out on the street, he finds a worried Seon-gyeol and coldly tells him, “Do not come here ever again. You’d better stay far away from Oh-sol.”

Mr. Choi returns home just after Oh-sol’s father leaves and he takes Seon-gyeol to a nearby spot to talk. Seon-gyeol explains that he’s been trying to reach Oh-sol for days and asks Mr. Choi if she’s sick. Mr. Choi answers that Oh-sol is struggling with something difficult and suggests that even if it’s hard on Seon-gyeol, he should give her more time.

Seon-gyeol just wants to understand what happened and when a haggard-looking Oh-sol walks by, he runs to her side. Oh-sol stares at Seon-gyeol silently for a long time before turning around and walking away.

  
COMMENTS

So much cuteness, so much skinship, only to have to endure the cruelest of break ups. I think this episode might be more aptly titled “You make me want to hurt myself” because that’s pretty much how I felt when it ended.

That’s an unusual response for me to have after so many good performances, especially from Yoon Gyun-sang, Song Jae-rim and Kim Won-hae. I could watch Seon-gyeol and Mr. Choi bicker all day long and the scenes of them together helped to lessen the sting of the heartbreak to come. Yoon Gyun-sang has made me care so much for an eccentric, fussy CEO who’s also a kind and caring man. Song Jae-rim as Mr. Choi has practically erased my memories of the messy Our Gab-soon, which also featured our Secretary Kwon (Yoo-sun). His Mr. Choi is mysterious because I still can’t decide if he’s completely given up on Oh-sol, which leaves me guessing. Kim Won-hae, what can I say, that knife work with the cleaver was both scary and impressive. He’s laughed, cried and yelled through one scene after another as one of the most realistic patriarchs I’ve ever seen.

Even so, this episode was a huge disappointment for me because when Oh-sol learned the truth about Seon-gyeol and broke up with him, she was deliberately cruel in the way that she went about it. I can’t be convinced that she ever really loved him when she told him, “I can’t even stand the sight of you.” Whoa. This is a man who’s been emotionally traumatized from a young age who just had a recent breakthrough in his recovery.

And what was behind that breakthrough? Seon-gyeol’s desire to become emotionally healthy so that he can share “ordinary” experiences with Oh-sol, to be the best man that he can be, for her. And what was the reason for Oh-sol’s harsh treatment of Seon-gyeol? The one thing that he can never hope to change, his DNA. Seon-gyeol is guilty of being the grandson of Chairman Cha, who does bear all the responsibility for what happened to Oh-sol’s mother and for what’s happening to Oh-dol. But even though Oh-sol and her family were shocked to learn about Seon-gyeol’s connection to Chairman Cha, he’s as much a victim of his grandfather as they are. Oh-sol’s rejection of Seon-gyeol is exactly what Chairman Cha wanted and the fact that she breaks up with him, after deciding that they were destined to be together, makes no sense.

I don’t mean to minimize how much Oh-sol’s family has and continues to suffer, but why do they have to hurt Seon-gyeol intentionally? Don’t they bear some responsibility for knowing everything that they can about Chairman Cha, especially with the internet and social media at their fingertips? Oh-sol sat across a table from Chairman Cha when he warned her not to date Seon-gyeol and I’m supposed to believe that she didn’t know who he was? And what about Mr. Choi and Secretary Kwon? They certainly knew the truth yet said nothing, guaranteeing maximum devastation for both Seon-gyeol and Oh-sol.

My worry is that Oh-sol and her family will never be able to accept Seon-gyeol again because he can never overcome the fact that his grandfather was responsible for the death of Oh-sol’s mother. If that’s true, is there any hope of a satisfying ending for Seon-gyeol, or is he destined to overcome yet another traumatic event?

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I don't have anything to say about this episode except: Ugh

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Oh My God finally the recap is here.. thank you! I couldn't wait to boast about how pretty this episode is.. (at least the first 45 minutes of it)

I looove the sight of happy Seon-Gyeol! So many dimples appearances!! The balloon kisses were so sweet. Their eyes were sparkling with loves.

Don't want to talk about the dive now. Will keep it for the next episode recap. For now I stick to lovely moments of Seon-Gyeol and Oh-Sol.

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I understand why O Sol want to break up but I think she really had to find another excuse for it like she's dating Dr. Choi. She chose the most cruel excuse. I don't think she wanted to hurt him but the excuse to be efficient.

I'm angry against Dr. Choi, he always knew all the story and kept it for him. It could prepare the both of them, warn them but he did nothing expect waiting. As a doctor, I understand he can't be active in the life of his patient, but he's not really a real doctor with Seon-gyeol from the start so he had oppoturnities. The same with O Sol, he could tell her all the truth about the grandfather, let her prepare her family for the news because it's not the fault of Seon-gyeol. I don't like how in Korea, they condemn all the family when one people done wrong and the rest is innocent.

But the scene with the balloons was very cute :D

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O Sol should have been honest with him and told him it's because of her mom's death that she wants to break up. Her reason for breaking up is valid and she has the right to do so but it's not fair to leave Seon-gyeol in the dark like that. It's especially messed up because she knows his issues with abandonment and she still lets him think it's his fault again instead of just explaining why they can no longer be together.

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I agree that Oh Sol should have been honest up front about the reason for breaking up. And I agree with Kurama that she was probably cruel in order to make the break up more effective and efficient. But if she really loves him she would not be so cruel. And it would be difficult to imagine any way she could have been more cruel to him. This is not just about it being ethically or morally wrong. It is about the total destruction of trust.

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Yes! Gapdol was the worst character ever, and Mr. Choi is miles better. He might be my favorite character in this show. Good for SJR.

I think Kim Wonhae was in Nanta, so he knows how to use that knife! He did some fancy knife work in Chief Kim, I think.

This ep was delightful until the breakup, and then I turned it off, and I didn't watch ep 15. I'll pick it up again at 16. Some shows do angst better than others, but this doesn't seem like something I can watch without throwing my computer across the room.

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I'm glad the angst didn't kick in until the end of the episode because one episode of is more than enough. So far if one doesn't think too deep about it this has been a cute, enjoyable watch. I hope we go back to cute quick in episode 16 because the show is better when it focuses on our two leads and the Cleaning Fairies friends rather than the grandpa drama

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I hated this episode and the next one, which is even worse. And I really do not think the writers have handled this consistently or well.

For instance: Oh Sol and her father hold Grandfather solely responsible for her mother's death. But he is not. He is indeed responsible for taking an unreasonable risk which backfired. And people were killed as a result. But Oh Sol's mother also took an unreasonable risk (to go back for Oh Sol's medals) and she died as a result. Oh Sol's mother is equally responsible for her own death.

Do not get me wrong- Grandfather is an awful person. He had hurt his daughter and his grandson long before this and no doubt had behaved ruthlessly many other times. Perhaps that is the problem here: It is very easy to put all of the responsibility on the shoulders of someone like him. He made a bad mistake, but he did not intentionally murder anyone. Part of his problem is that he resents the fact that he is being treated as a murderer, rather than as someone who badly miscalculated a risk but never intended harm.

And I realize that there is some Korean cultural thing going on with 'holding the family responsible'. But surely that has to be tempered with some common sense. To me the logical resolution would be for both families to finally recognize that there was equal responsibility for the tragic death. And then to recognize that if Seon-gyul and Oh Sol marry that this would actually ameliorate some of the effects of that death.

Perhaps the thing that I dislike the most about both episode 14 and 15 is just how small, blind and prejudiced it makes Oh Sol's father look. We already knew that Chairman Cha lived at that level, but did the writers really have to diminish her dad to that level too? For the first time I actually find myself disliking him. He used to be a sympathetic character- now he is just hurting his daughter in a way that is little different than the way that Seon-gyul's grandfather has hurt people.

And why hasn't Dr. Choi been a little more proactive? He made the correct decision to give up on Oh Sol- is he so weak that he could not stick to his guns? He knew about this and could have prepared them for it- and did not.

The writers have dug themselves a huge hole. Can they give us a plausible way out- in a single final episode? I hope so. So far I had really liked this show, but now I am not so sure.

For those with a weak stomach I am actually going to suggest that you skip episode 15 and just read the recap- things actually get worse.

Here's hoping for a positively miraculous episode 16.

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This show has been a tremendous disappointment to me after what I consider to be a strong beginning, particularly for what SHOULD be a light, fluffy rom-com. First and foremost, Yoon Kyunsang, Song Jae-rim, and Kim Won-hae are ALL way too good for this show. Actually, so is most of the rest of the cast, though those three are my favorites. They are playing their parts with more nuance and care than this writing deserves, and at this point, what I want more than anything is for them to break the fourth wall and address the audience directly with their own concerns, or at the very least, roll their eyes at the stupid, stupid dialogue they are forced to endure while playing these parts.

And yes, I've seen the next episode, and it gets so much worse, and the fact that Yoon Kyunsang didn't storm out in a frustrated rage when being forced to endure the upcoming major event [I won't insert spoiler, though I suspect most people reading this have already seen it and know what I mean] is a feat of such awe-inspiring self-control that I am considering sending him a gift for his cats, or maybe even another cat to love on, because I'm certain whatever he is getting paid to do this show, it isn't anywhere NEAR what he deserves.

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I suspect that Yoon Kyunsong has enough cats already.

I agree that all three are playing their parts with true professionalism. As are many of the other characters as well. Kim Hye-Eun, who plays Mae-wha, Seon-gyul's mother, is absolutely perfect in her portrayal of a woman whose father never let her grow up- but who is now striving so hard to become the mother that her son needs.

Truly the writers are the problem here. The last time that I saw writers mess up this badly was "Shy Boss".

Good acting can only carry a show so far.

What we hope for in a drama is when good writing is matched with good acting. This is what we got in "My, ID is Gangnam Beauty". Even better is when we get great writing that is matched with good actors who truly rise to the occasion and do full justice with that writing (and the show has a wonderful sound track as well): That was the miracle that we got with "Because This is Our First Life."

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I agree. Even about the cats. (I was just being silly...)

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YES!!! I always forget to call out Kim Hey-Eun...I just ADORE her.

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She really is a great actress.

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This drama is so very bad. There was a cute idea in the set-up for this drama and the first few episodes were pleasant enough but it has completely deteriorated episode after episode.

A romantic comedy or romantic drama or melodrama or coming of age drama or workplace comedy or forced cohabitation comedy (or whatever the heck this drama is supposed to be because who even knows anymore) should not feel like such a chore to watch and that's what this drama has felt like for weeks now. Confused directing, abysmal writing, crap editing, cliche heaped upon cliche and the romance remains a damp squib no matter how many kiss scenes and cringemaking 'cute' scenes they try to force onscreen.

All the actors are making a valiant effort but there's not much you can do with material like this. Particularly feel sorry for Song Jae Rim who feels wasted in this drama. Kim Yoo-jung is one of my favourite actresses but this drivel is just a complete waste of her abilities. What a disappointment for her comeback drama.

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This episode was SO cute and then they hit us with that awful ending, having seen ep 15 I don't think OhSol even blames SG at all and she's just doing it for her family. Both her dad and brother are so controlling of her life, I kinda get her dad bc well he is her dad lol but her brother omg I cannot stand him anymore.
In ep 15 when she was still trying to get another appeal or w/e so HE can go back to doing sports, the way he talked to her was SO rude and the implication she was only doing it to date SG again ugh like she broke up with him FOR you, let her live!! It's crazy to me how in SK they place such importance to age but apparently this annoying brat dgaf about it.

Anyways now that that's out of the way, on to SG! Ugh my poor son, I don't think I've ever felt this bad about a male lead before, like he had his whole world crashing down in a matter of days. The break up (that was blamed on his mental issue :( ), his grandpa's secret investment, his family's involvement on OS's mom death, and what was probably the worst - the betrayal of Secretary Kwon. I have no idea how they're gonna fix this mess in just one episode but they better give SG the happy ending he deserves!
Also lol as a sidenote, I'm very disappointed that throughout the 2 episodes no one told the grandfather to hurry up and die already which is what I yell at my screen everytime he shows up

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While I agree that Grandpa dying might have been useful 6 episodes ago I am afraid that now he has to stay alive for those last 3 months just to help clean up the mess.

The one thing that no one seems to guess is that Chairman Cha's investment in Cleaning Fairy was not done to torture SG but in fact for an entirely rational reason: So that SG could learn how to run a company- and do it with exposing SG to potential losses if SG screwed up. Now that Grandfather has literally run out of time he has to close the training down, and hopes that his grandson will understand that he needs to come in and take over SG industries. Grandfather's delusions about these things are in fact rooted in panic. He is desperate to tie up loose ends before he dies- so desperate that he is unable to think rationally.

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A lot of people are talking about bad writing. I won't call it like that, I mean it's a romcom inspired by a webtoon. So it's not the kind of drama where I have some expectations in the scenario. It's more a drama where the couple is the strong point of the story. But all "the mother's death caused by the grandfather" drama is known since pretty much the start of the drama. So it was more a question about when and how things will become ugly. But it was not a surprise and it didn't come from nowhere at least.

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My motherly love for Kim Yoo Jung makes me

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My heart ache,,to see her doing kiss scene like real adult..
She's big girl now.. ㅠ.ㅠ

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I'm angry with the writers for making Oh Sol behave like this. I've liked her from the start, but this episode and the next she was cruel and deeply unlikable in a way that is not at all justified by the fact that she was hurting.
One thing is breaking up with Seon Gyeol because being with him was too hard, which I can understand and forgive even if I don't like it. But I don't know if I can ever forgive her for being so cruel about it, especially when she knows that Seon Gyeol hasn't done anything to deserve that kind of treatment except, apparently, being someone's grandson.
And yet she purposely hits him right where it hurts the most, doesn't explain herself, leaves him thinking he did something wrong and watches him break apart completely because of it. He doesn't deserve any of it at all (but he does deserve an explanation, which she apparently doesn't think she owe him), and she KNOWS that but does it anyway.
Lads, I'm so mad about it, I haven't been this disappointed in a character in a long time.

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Thanks for the recap!
Yes there was so much good going for this drama and they turned a fluffy rom com into this...
Kudos to the actors for giving it a little more nuance and gravitas...
When Daddy gil told jsk not to see his Daughter... I liked that he lowered his voice...rather than yelled at him which would be the usual Kdrama way of dealing with a separation trope...it made it gentler and more in keeping with his original character...he knows it’s hard on his Daughter and jsk...he also knows it’s not either of their faults....just bad coincidence...given that he has just found out...he’s still processing his emotions and hopefully will still support his Daughter just like he did when he first found out about her cleaning job...
I didn’t like the direction of 14/15 as I felt it really was too much angst and then to try to tie it up in the end in one episode...who knows...maybe they’ll surprise me...
Actually love the lead couple up until the break up...
Hope it’ll be unicorn and rainbows in the end...

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Poor Seon Kyeol 😥

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Thanks teriyaki for the caps

Well... what can I say besides it is all spiralling out of control and it really sucks. Personally i have enjoyed the development of SK and OS’s relationship and their natural chemistry has definitely added to their passionate relationship but making OS breaking up the way she did, just didn’t make any sense to me. It is like she got possessed by some demon and became someone else overnight. It really felt like her character was just thrown under the bus by the writers to kickstart a drama that should have pointed its ugly head quite a while ago. I just don’t get why OS who is supposedly totally in love can just switch because it is the right thing to do by her family. She finally found happiness again in the arms of SK and she just threw everything away in a split second without a question ???... And why not giving an explanation to SK ? The all thing didn’t feel right but I suppose they needed the drama to develop rather quickly since we are coming to the end of the series and those issues were always there to begin with but never addressed. I am actually completely done with Dr Choi. I liked him at the beginning and his character seemed full of promises and mysteries but what we got at the end was not much, I am afraid.... The guy knew all along that SK and OS’s relationship was doomed by this heavy secret that none of them were aware of and he did absolutely nothing except advising OS to be strong and SK to never give up ... He has his nose in everyone’s pies but hasn’t addressed anything to really help the situation for anyone. He says he wants to protect OS ( he said it enough times thanks) so why did he watch her crash against her inevitable fate ? Not sure her family would look at him in the same light if they were aware of what he knew all along. But I suppose it will never come to light because there is only one episode to go after all. Secretary Kwon has also been a disappointment but I actually can sympathise with her situation and I feel she has done more to help as she is discovering the truth than Choi bothered. I feel it is a shame things are going this way , I have enjoyed everyone’s acting specially YKS and KYJ but certain characters development are definitely lacking. On a “funny"note, I have realised that the dialogue that OS is using now like “ I cannot stand the sight of you” used to be sentences SK threw at her when he was harshly judging her at the beginning . The dialogue is just so repetitive and not particularly creative.... And yeah, episode 15 makes you want to throw up ... really disappointed :(

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🎥🎈😘

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I don't know what's there to talk about anymore 😂

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