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Clean With Passion for Now: Episode 15

Nothing’s worse than not knowing what you’ve done wrong, except maybe learning that it’s the actions of your selfish family members and friends that have completely ruined your life. Our poor CEO’s whole world comes toppling down thanks to his grandfather, and there’s only so much that Seon-gyeol can do to try to reverse the ill effects. Meanwhile, those impacted by the chairman’s machinations struggle with the decision to keep fighting or to lie down and quit.

  
EPISODE 15: “When I madly want to hug you”

As Seon-gyeol talks with Mr. Choi, he spots Oh-sol at last and demands to know what he’s done to upset her and her entire family. Mr. Choi asks them to take their time talking and makes his exit. Oh-sol sits with Seon-gyeol but offers him no further explanation than she’s already given, that she’s tired of everything. She stands to leave, but Seon-gyeol pulls her back.

“What if I won’t break up with you?” he asks her, and Seon-gyeol says that he doesn’t believe that Oh-sol means what she’s saying. But Oh-sol tells him to believe whatever he wants and walks away.

Mr. Choi’s prepared food for Oh-sol, but she complains that she has no appetite. Mr. Choi pivots to the topic of Oh-dol’s hearing. Oh-sol is surprised to hear that they can apply for a retrial, and then she receives a call from the coach to let her know that Oh-dol is skipping school.

Instead of school, Oh-dol goes to Cleaning Fairy and tries to pass Yeong-shik as he demands to see Seon-gyeol. Seon-gyeol arrives to work, and now Oh-dol demands that Seon-gyeol help him visit Chairman Cha in person.

By the time Seon-gyeol arrives at his grandfather’s home, he’s learned all about his grandfather’s interference in Oh-dol’s trial. Chairman Cha tries to redirect the blame onto Seon-gyeol for making him interfere in Oh-sol’s family’s lives once they started dating, but Seon-gyeol isn’t fooled by any of that. But Chairman Cha strikes with the one piece of information Seon-gyeol still lacks–Oh-sol’s mother’s death and AG’s responsibility in it.

This throws Seon-gyeol, and as he drives home, he recalls six years earlier when he visited a memorial for the victims of the accident. Though he doesn’t notice her, Oh-sol is camped out at the memorial, and watches as Seon-gyeol places a white rose on the table in front of the victim’s portraits. In the present, Seon-gyeol’s emotions overwhelm him and he pulls over on the side of the road.

Oh-dol finally turns up at home after Oh-sol and Mr. Choi have spent the day looking for him. But when Oh-sol brings up the retrial, Oh-dol tells her that he’s given up. Mr. Choi hasn’t given up yet though, and he gets a list of names from Secretary Kwon of all the people Chairman Cha stacked on Oh-dol’s disciplinary committee.

Mr. Choi has submitted the request for retrial, and he now walks with Oh-sol, trying to reassure her that everything will be fine. Oh-sol tells him that she has to go to work, and he’s surprised and concerned to hear it. He hopes she isn’t working herself too hard, Oh-sol thanks him for supporting her and heads to work at a bbq restaurant.

It isn’t long before the Cleaning Fairy crew turns up, and Oh-sol joins them after her shift. From them, she learns that Oh-dol visited Cleaning Fairy looking for Seon-gyeol, and also that Seon-gyeol isn’t doing so great, acting distracted and falling down stairs. She surprises them with the news that they’ve broken up.

Oh-sol doesn’t notice that Seon-gyeol is close by, and he trails after her on her walk home. He sees her trip on a piece of loose pavement and stops below a streetlight that goes out as he watches her climb the hill into her neighborhood.

And then a day later, Oh-sol walks the same path, but now there are workers repairing that piece of pavement where she tripped. From the bus window, Oh-sol’s eyes lock on Seon-gyeol for a brief moment, who stands outside as the bus passes. Mr. Choi meets Oh-sol at the bus, and she notes that the broken streetlight is now working again as they walk home. Mr. Choi says that someone must have reported it (hmmm, I wonder who…)

But while Seon-gyeol takes care of Oh-sol, he’s not doing such a great job taking care of himself. As he signs a contact with clients, they can’t help but notice that Seon-gyeol’s gloves are clotting with blood. Seon-gyeol is back to washing his hands obsessively, and Secretary Kwon calls Seon-gyeol’s mother to let her know about the escalating concerns. Mom lets Chairman Cha know that she fully intends to blame him if anything happens to Seon-gyeol.

Seon-gyeol finds Mr. Choi waiting for him when he gets home. Mr. Choi wants to continue treatment, but Seon-gyeol tells him that he wants to quit, and that he doesn’t see why he would need to get better anymore.

While Mr. Choi tries to help Seon-gyeol directly, Seon-gyeol’s mother reaches out to Oh-sol. Mom asks her to see Seon-gyeol just once, but Oh-sol stands firm. She says that Seon-gyeol isn’t weak and that he’ll get over everything with time.

Back at Seon-gyeol’s place, Mr. Choi prepares a sedative and hand ointment for Seon-gyeol. He’s even got a pack of batteries for his clock, which Mr. Choi noted isn’t running anymore, though Seon-gyeol just tells him to go.

Outside, Mr. Choi runs into Oh-sol. She wants to know how Seon-gyeol is doing, and Mr. Choi promises that he’s watching over him. Oh-sol drops her head into her hands, and Mr. Choi wraps his arm around her to comfort her.

Mr. Choi thinks about that intimate moment as he tries to sleep that night, and later discusses his conflicting feelings with his fortune teller client. He tells her that he feels pathetic, because one of his first thoughts was whether he should try to approach Oh-sol again romantically. His client reminds him that he’s still human, and that he’s cared about Oh-sol for a very long time. Mr. Choi understands though, that it’s Seon-gyeol Oh-sol wants to see, not him.

Chairman Cha studies his brain scan images before arriving at Cleaning Fairy. He’s here with his usual pitch for Seon-gyeol to leave his business behind and take over AG Group, and Seon-gyeol of course declines. But there’s yet another reveal–it seems that Chairman Cha is one of the major investors in Cleaning Fairy (oh no).

Seon-gyeol suffers another blow as he learns that Secretary Kwon knew about AG Group’s investments and kept it a secret from him, and that she’s been working on the chairman’s behalf as well. Seon-gyeol can barely look at her as he dismisses her, and then swipes everything off of his desk in anger. His raw hands begin to bleed.

Repercussions move swiftly, as Dong-hyun calls Oh-sol to let her know that there’s a board meeting to potentially remove Seon-gyeol from his role as CEO.

Seon-gyeol’s emotions overwhelm him again as he drives home as he thinks of Secretary Kwon’s betrayal and Oh-sol’s rejection, his hand wrapped and bleeding, until the truck of doom is right in front of him. Seon-gyeol’s windshield shatters on impact, and he’s rushed to the hospital.

Mr. Choi tells Oh-sol about Seon-gyeol’s accident, and though she tries to not care, she’s soon running for the hospital. Chairman Cha stands between her and Seon-gyeol’s room, and he tries to intimidate her into leaving.

Oh-sol stands strong against him as she places the blame for everyone’s suffering on the chairman. Oh-sol joins the unconscious Seon-gyeol in his hospital room.

Oh-sol isn’t the only one placing the blame on Chairman Cha, as Seon-gyeol’s mother makes sure to let her father know that he is at fault for everything before she too rushes for the hospital. Meanwhile, Secretary Kwon arrives at Seon-gyeol’s room, but she stays out of the room when she spots Oh-sol by his bedside.

Oh-sol soon joins her in the hallway, and Secretary Kwon admits her deceits to Oh-sol and the regret she now feels. She confirms that more than half of Cleaning Fairy is owned by AG Group and that Seon-gyeol will be removed from his own company.

Oh-sol leans over to kiss Seon-gyeol. His eyes open, and he’s surprised to see Oh-sol returned to him. He wakes up in his bed at home, Oh-sol now nowhere to be found. He looks for her and calls out, but he can’t find her. And as this dream fades, Seon-gyeol wakes up for real in his hospital bed, a tear trailing down his cheek. His mother is there with him and runs over when he wakes up, doctors following shortly. But Seon-gyeol struggles to escape them all and try to find Oh-sol.

Secretary Kwon is next to arrive to see her old boss awake after his week in a coma. He asks her about the company, and her silence is enough of an answer for Seon-gyeol. He asks her to leave, since they no longer work together. Secretary Kwon retreats to her car to cry, and her son passes a tissue to her from the backseat.

In Seon-gyeol’s hospital room, his mom tells him that Oh-sol visited him every day this week while he was in a coma. But at Oh-sol’s home, she overhears Mr. Choi and her dad talking about how Seon-gyeol has woken up. While Seon-gyeol paces at the hospital, hoping that Oh-sol will visit, she remains at home.

Mr. Choi spots Oh-sol while she does laundry and asks about her absence at the hospital. She says that she’s glad that he’s awake, but that she worries what her father must feel when he sees her go to see him.

Seon-gyeol’s mother comes to tell him the doctors will release him, but Seon-gyeol’s hospital bed is already empty. He finds his grandfather and tells the man to leave Oh-sol’s family alone. The chairman is surprised Seon-gyeol isn’t here to talk about the dissolution of his company. Seon-gyeol says that he thought that just once, his grandfather might grant him a request without any conditions on it.

Seon-gyeol lays the blame for the accident on his grandfather, and this seems to strike something vulnerable in the chairman. He retorts that it was an accident and that nothing could be done about it, but Seon-gyeol insists that it was his fault. He asks again for his grandfather to leave Oh-sol’s family alone as his last chance to be forgiven for his mistakes, and leaves the chairman blinking in the bright sun.

At Oh-sol’s home, she argues with Oh-dol about the upcoming retrial. He asks if she’s doing all this out of guilt and her desire to start dating Seon-gyeol again. Oh-sol says that she may feel guilty, but that she won’t see Seon-gyeol again, ever. She says she feels like a coward for giving up her dreams, but that she wants to try hard to fight for his.

Seon-gyeol makes an effort to help with the retrial as well, as he meets with an official and shows the list of names that are related to AG Group. The official sounds doubtful about the evidence, but Seon-gyeol promises him that it will all prove true.

On his way out of the court, Seon-gyeol runs into Oh-sol, who is there to deliver the retrial documents. They greet one another awkwardly, as Seon-gyeol says that he’s here to help any way that he can. Instead of fighting to win Oh-sol back, Seon-gyeol just thanks her for the moments that they shared. Oh-sol reaches out to shake his hand in goodbye, and that’s when she notices his cracked, peeling hands. He holds them close to his body, unable to reach up and take her hands in his own. Oh-sol turns her back on him and walks away, her face collapsing into sobs.

  
COMMENTS

I guess I have to finally admit that Seon-gyeol’s grandfather is just an asshole. I wanted to believe that Chairman Cha had some realistic (but still evil) ulterior motives that would be revealed in the end, but it seems the dude just sucks and enjoys chaos.

It felt like the same confrontation kept happening over and over again with Chairman Cha for the entire hour, with scenes of general angst mixed into the in between. Oh-sol blamed him, Seon-gyeol’s mom blamed him at least twice, and Seon-gyeol had plenty of confrontations in just this episode, and yet, has anything actually changed? The chairman has burned the whole house down, but he still won’t get what he wants in the end. I’m not sure where we’re supposed to go from here with him, and all I can imagine now is just waiting for him to die (which feels very morbid, even when it’s a supreme jerk).

I’m a little sad that this will be my last recap for this show, just because it felt like a waste. Everything’s all in position for the finale, but none of what happened was enjoyable or even all that relevant to the paper-thin issues the characters are supposed to be facing. This cast has been so good at the fun and sweet humor, that this episode felt like they’d been vacuumed up into an alternate universe of pain, and no one was enjoying it.

But even with all these misgivings, I’m still in it for the finale, because we know once these two finally do reunite, it’s going to be so epically adorable. Just… gotta get through the angst.

I feel like Seon-gyeol’s mom has been all over the map throughout the episodes, but I’m grateful for her here in the end. If Chairman Cha is the bad intention trying to fix Seon-gyeol for ultimately selfish reasons, Seon-gyeol’s mom is the force of good, often making bad decisions in the how of everything, but her reasons why are ultimately in the right place. I’m glad she was able to give Seon-gyeol the knowledge that Oh-sol visited him, because even if he believes that they can never be together, knowing that she still cares is a more honest and caring goodbye.

I want to root for Secretary Kwon again but I mean, it’s Episode 15. It took too long for her to realize that manipulating her boss as a sort of experiment was going to hurt him in the end. I think that the show has done a great job of showing that the more selfishly that others try to intervene with Seon-gyeol, the worse his phobia becomes. It takes a person who is willing to love him as he is to make him want to try to change his behavior. I would really be fine if by the next episode, Seon-gyeol still has some hangups, but is otherwise just happy in his relationship with Oh-sol.

I didn’t expect to tear up in this episode, just because everything feels like it’s been coming for too long, but the moment where Secretary Kwon confirmed that AG had basically killed Seon-gyeol’s company stole a tear from me. Through all the other troubles, Cleaning Fairy has been our constant, something that I didn’t think we could lose. Oh how wrong I was. But we know how loyal the Cleaning Fairy boys are, even Jae-min I suspect, so I think that no matter what, Seon-gyeol will be able to start again.

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It's too heartwrenching.
I cried buckets for poor Seon-Gyeol.. still feeling down.. will write more comments tomorrow

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This is part of what I wrote on another post -- How cruel is life towards Seon-Gyeol! After being born without father and separated from his mothers, raised by a nanny, forced to live abroad, after returning he's been deceived by the the person he trust... and found out his "success" is conspired by grandpa. It's so heartwrenching seeing Seon-Gyeol giving in to Oh-Sol' requests. His only love, the only peraon who understood him. He gives in but I hope he doesn't give up.

But now he's back to his old self.. and the goodbye.. I bawled. I watch this drama to entertain my tired soul but I bawled. Poor baby boy. My eyes are as swollen as Seon-Gyeol's and Oh-Sol's.
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Yes, the most heartwrenching part is seeing Seon-Gyeol self abusing himself... and not even dare to show his hands for a last handshake with the one he loves.

I hope they will give him the most rewarding happy ending he deserves so much. Bring back the love he desperately needs. I'm still optimistic. This is a romcom anyway.

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Agree. That episode is like watching a puppy getting kicked around.

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This is the worst show I have ever made it all the way through. I keep watching because the cast deserves an audience for their performances. But once this is over, they need to destroy the evidence that this show ever existed.

I've seen people excuse the excruciating writing as a result of this show being adapted from a webtoon. My response to that is two words: creative license. If you can't adapt and make changes from the original material, why bother remake it in the first place?

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I agree with you about the writing. If all of this was in the webtoon then I am not sure how it ever got picked to be a drama. But if it was then some changes should have been made. I know that changes were made to "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim?" and that the show was much better for it.

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This! The drama is just a mess.

The webtoon can't be blamed as from what I understand it isn't that close to the webtoon anyway. A lot of things have been changed from the webtoon like details of Oh Sol's background as she is an orphan in the webtoon; Oh Sol has a trauma and anxiety of her own about clean spaces but in the drama it's all about the male lead's manpain; Song Jae Rim's character didn't exist in the original webtoon; the love triangle was with another Cleaning Fairy (San Ha). They took creative license in those areas so that's no excuse for this basement level writing and directing.

I wonder if the actors will even bother to do post-drama interviews for this nonsense.

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why do you think the cast deserves something more? She proved to be a mediocre actress and he could not be the romantic protagonist. Making a drama of only kisses with two good and beautiful actors of the same age already would have been a mess, so...... what's on your mind?

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I think YKS and SJR in particular are better actors than this drama required them to be. They were also the most interesting characters. This drama didn't need to go the route of trope-laden love-fest...there were plenty of other tacks to take.

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Yoon Kyun Sang was great in this episode, I really felt how Seon-gyeol was lonely and hurt. He lost all he cared for :( The betrayal from Secretary Kwon was the worst.

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Oh-sol's family is even worse than the grandpa. At least the grandpa is forthright in his evilness. He has been openly trying to control SG this whole time, but OS's family is emotionally manipulative while acting as if it's just "fate" that is keeping the otp apart. I wanted to strangle her dad and her brother so bad. She's sacrificed everything for them because the dad is incompetent yet they still blame her for everything and refuse to ever think of her happiness first. OS has always made her family the first priority in her life (even though they don't deserve that kind of devotion at the moment), so I get why she is running but it's about time she takes happiness in her own hands.

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You are absolutely right about her family. What do she do to deserve such a family. You know how we hear that expression "You must have saved the country in a prior life?" Maybe Oh Sol betrayed her country in a prior life?

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Most disappointed in her lack of character development. She actually regressed. She had MORE spirit and sense at the start of the drama.

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Right! And the sad thing is that it wasn't because of the love interest. That at least is a dumb trope I'm used to, but he was actually making her stronger. They're relationship was so refreshing, but then her horrible family made her cower more and more. Just arg.

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My poor puppy SG. I wanted to give him a big hug this whole episode. He’s been nothing but considerate and respectful of everyone, and they all just put him down and he’s the one who loses everything. I’m glad OS apologized and realized how much she cares about SG but she is devoted to her family. I want to slap her less. But I understand her perspective. I just with this mindset of blaming the family for crimes of their parents/grandparents would stop.

OS’s family is the absolute worst. Worse than Chairman Cha IMO. He was always like that and he will continue to be so. But her family are all just selfish and keep abusing OS and her devotion. They don’t care about her happiness one bit.

Here’s hoping next ep OS and SG run away and live happily ever after alone with a couple of fat babies. They both deserve it. And everyone else gets run over by a truck of doom.

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I'm so mad my dudes. Fuming. Also crying.

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You should be- it is all perfectly appropriate.

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Thankyou for the re-cap, Abirdword. At least you got to recap the far happier episode 13.

For anyone who, like me, watched this episode I am truly sorry for your pain. This episode was pure pain, perhaps the most painful episode I have ever watched in a kdrama. If you are simply reading the recap and plan to simply wait for episode 16- and watch that- that is a good plan. Do that- you really should.

Very seldom do feel a need to describe what I hated most about an episode but this one is a clear exception:

First, Oh Sol, while crying over an unconscious Seon-gyul pledges that she did not really mean to break up with him. But when he does wake up she goes back on that promise.

Second, Secretary Kwan could at least explain the circumstances which were the reason for her working for Chairman Cha- but she does not.

Third, Oh Sol's father has descended to the same level as Seon-gyul's grandfather- he is hurting his daughter by deliberately driving her away from Seon-gyul (just as grandfather once drove away Seon-gyul's father). Why? Over his insistence that Chairman Cha killed his wife. He forgets that if his wife had not decided to run back in to get Oh Sol's athletic medals she would still be alive. The chairman does bear very real responsibility for what happened- but Oh Sol's mother was equally responsible. His unwillingness to see this- and to see that his deliberate tunnel vision is deeply hurting his child is no different than the Chairman's obstinate certitudes. Oh Sol's father places greater importance on hating the Chairman than he does on his own daughter's happiness. He used to be a sympathetic character- but now I actually dislike him.

Fourth: Grandfather's shuttering of Cleaning Fairy. This makes no sense, except as it shows Chairman Cha's desperation. He is out of time. He does this to try to force his grandson to take over AG Industries. It was not his original plan to shut down Cleaning Fairy (unless it was unprofitable of course). If Cleaning Fairy is in profit then closing it means that AG Industries takes a stupid and unnecessary loss. His purpose in funding Cleaning Fairy was actually logical and even benign: It was a way for his grandson to learn how to run a company. Under his original plan, if Cleaning Fairy were profitable it would simply have been recognized as an official subsidiary of AG Industries- rather than an unofficial one. His illness has forced him (in his mind at least) to take drastic but necessary (to his way of thinking) action- and probably incur a significant loss as a result.

Those who are crying for Seon-gyul are right: He has been betrayed by everyone who means anything to him. He is very badly hurt. But there was one single exception and bright spot in all of this, although he probably cannot see this right now. Twice in this episode Mae-wha has confronted her father, Chairman Cha, over what he has done- and demanded that he take steps to fix things...

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I exceeded the word limit- I meant to point out that Mae-wha has also tried to get Oh Sol back with her son, because she can see how good that is for her son (and she also likes Oh Sol as well). Mae-wha has finally grownup and has now become a real mother for her son.

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Somehow she's become the best parental figure although she had such a rocky start.

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SG's company isn't dissolved, he's just fired from being CEO. They can vote for someone else to take over.

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Yoon Kyun Sang has been great at portraying Seon -Gyeol, I believed his pain this episode. For the next episode I want to see O Sol being the one to go to him because I always felt Seon-Gyeol loved her more than she loved him.

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Thanks for recapping...
Yes it was traumatic and only recently managed to watch it...still ffed the end of 14...felt like her dad and OD were thuggish post trial and honestly I love the OTP and could not stand the pain...
Think they were so sweet a couple that the imminent separation was really too much for me to bear...and I watch makjang sageuks so my pain tolerance is usually high...
But SG was such a softie and to have his world crashing down....if anything the coma was almost a resting period compared to the emotional pain he was going through.
Am not sure why they made Os's character in that way... but it's not unfamiliar in k drama....
Hoping they do have a good finale... I hate it when they try to tie up all the loose ends in like 5 mins...hope the pdnim won't waste the cute chemistry we've seen so far

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-I guess I have to finally admit that Seon-gyeol’s grandfather is just an asshole-

Already jumped on this train eps ago! the man is pure evil

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So should I just skip this episode and watch the finale... ? Cos it sounds like it...

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Your heart and your soul will thank for doing so.

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Cool! I will do that then. One less episode of something to watch anyway.

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I would suggest to watch it.. It's sad but it is part of the story. And like Kurama said, the acting is great. I cried with him.

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Him = Seon-Gyeol

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It depends. YKS's acting is great. And it will make the final more beautiful, won't it? :p

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We all certainly hope so.

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I'm an optimistic person :D

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He needs better roles in shows with better writers.

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he is not able to play the leading actor

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Finally... Comments that aren't as bad as I thought it would be...

I've been reading comments from different website and one of them had so much negativity about the lead actor and actress.. saying they have bad chemistry. But i don't think so.. It was maddening to see those comments..

The frustration of how Oh-sol decided to just break-up and a series of lying to Seon-gyeol.. I think it's a very logical/human move... I tried to put myself in their shoes... Having to love your mum so much.. how would you not hate the person that killed her... and in this case, the 'murder's' family member. It must be super confusing for Oh-sol.. Moreover, she love her family so much, thinking that loving Seon-gyeol might cause hurt to her dad and bro, she decided to give up. HOW CAN ANYONE BLAME THIS? HOW? The comments i read it's like saying as if they don't need to love their mum like this. Blaming Oh-sol for breaking up is so kdrama-ish way.. bla bla.

Another thing.. Why is everyone trying to avoid telling Seon-gyeol the truth? Tell me, anyone.. Humans aren't ready for any truth. And no one wanna be the bad guy that break all that bad news. For Oh-sol, it's extra difficult, imagine you have to say, your granddad killed my mum, i am confuse, let's break-up.. And having Oh-sol to lie about how she's tired of him is hurtful but i guess it's the easiest for her.. (which is a bad decision altogether)..

What I want to say is I think the story is alright.. There's nothing wrong with the actors and actresses at all.. It must be frustrating to see all bad things happened in one episode.. but yo.. let's recognise the writer's effort. I felt that whatever presented were well-thought of.. they don't just write it like that for no reason.. And yo.. don't drag any actor or actresses down just because of that 1 episode... Sigh.

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I just want to declare my view:
CWPFN IS NOT A BAD DRAMA!

Geez I've been watching dramas since 2006 and have sen tonnes of BAD dramas but I must say CWPFN is not one of them!!

Sad episode is part of the story, crying buckets is part of the enjoyment. I love this drama for its sweetness and lovey dovey but I also accept the heartwrenching part of it. It's part of their journey and will make the happy ending (finger crossed) more meaningful.

I love the couple, their eyes emit sincere love to each other. I love Seon-Gyeol and looove YKS potrayal of his character. Can't wait for the final episode tonight.

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I have been one of the most vocal people on here about the bad writing, so I feel the need to respond to this. Actually, I want to amend something...it's not so much that it's BAD writing. It's worse...it's LAZY writing. My reasons are this:

1. TOO MANY TROPES. There is plenty of material for sturm und drang in this drama with the original basic premise...the story suffered because dead mother, meddling grandfather, third wheel romantic rivalry, childhood connection, and (because apparently they literally wanted EVERY KDRAMA TROPE EVER in this drama) a last minute truck of doom.

2. Instead of taking an opportunity to make a broader social point about how people with mental illnesses are treated (and there are a TON of avenues they could have chosen to pursue here), they decided to make it all about SK's mounting traumas and pain. Look, backstory is somewhat interesting, but it only can carry a story so far.

3. Misuse of a great supporting cast. These people could've made substantive contributions to the narrative, but instead were relegated to being props in SK and OS's story. I'm not saying that isn't somewhat necessary...this is about SK and OS, after all, but when you have a strong cast, it's simply lazy not to use them.

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I think we get different impressions because I watch this drama for pure entertainment as romcom, as my relief from works and daily life routines, so I don't really squeeze my brain watching it (there were some other times when I watch drama and digest it deeply but not romcoms like this one).

I expect some nonsense in story lines and I just go along with that.. since the acting, the scenes are enjoyable and serve the purpose for me.

In fact I replay selected scenes and certain episodes including their BTS during the week, while waiting for new episodes to air.

The scenes tug at my heart strings and for that I will not say it is a bad drama.

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I sort of agree with you on this. A lot of the individual scenes I enjoy very much. But for some reason (I don't know much about writing) the drama as a whole doesn't hold together for me. It might be that this sort of stuff works a lot better in webtoon format, but with real people in real time, everything seems inconsistent. I don't know how to explain it better than that.

I felt the same about Secretary Kim. After the drama started, I read the webtoon (for spoilers) and was riveted by it, but when played out in the drama, it was... not as good.

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I agree completely. This show made me so mad by how sloppy this drama is. The real mess that needed to be clean up with passion is the writer.

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I find the writing particularly offensive because they had Yoon Kyun Sang and Song Jae Rim. YKS is exceptional. He has such emotional range and depth. He's pulling out all the stops, and the writing is failing him. And SJR has basically been treated like a prop...inserted whenever they don't know how to propel the main couple forward in their relationship through a natural progression of events (and part of this is necessary BECAUSE of all of the tropey hurdles they have created...and yes, I talked about hurdles on purpose in a punny way).

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Yes it's lazy writing but frankly I don't think this drama promoted itself as being more than fluff so for me it fits the bill though I've seen way better.... and way worse this year... I'm looking at you "What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?" which got LOTS of undeserved hype as far as I'm concerned. The last three episodes felt sluggish to me but still better than the one I previously mentioned . Being cute is great but when nothing is moving forward it's pure boredom...

This being said, I personally just turn my brain on the "off" mode and I'm able to enjoy myself. The only character I just can't stand is Oh Dol whose hotheadedness, stubbornness AND selfishness is through the roof. Well at least he's honest and doesn't steal money like in some dramas, that would have been the worst package... Geez.
What infuriates me is that Oh Sol as an older sister never puts him back in his place when he's shouting at her. Are you seriously a responsible older sister? That's also your job to put him back in his place. There's a hierarchy among siblings especially with their supposed age gap. Hell, I'm three years older than mine and I can tell you even if he doesn't agree with what I do, my little brother would NEVER EVER talk to me like that.
Fortunately he doesn't have lots of screen time ( also, are we supposed to root for his romance because nope, no guy is giving me orders and talking to me with that tone.. Frankly it's not charming AT ALL.)

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I agree with that to some extent, I guess I just wish that if they were using the theme of mental illness, something I closely relate to and identify with, that they would be significantly more responsible with it. I'm not surprised that they aren't, necessarily, but they started down the path of questioning whether or not someone like SK even NEEDS to change, and then...they just didn't follow through.

I didn't like Secretary Kim either!!! For many of the same reasons. She wants independence!!! Oh, I guess a boyfriend is just as good. Grrr...

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It isn't bad. It's just a missed opportunity to be great. That acting and BTS chemistry was all buried under very disappointing plot development. It's like you got Gordon Ramsey to make you dinner, and you just asked for a salad.

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@bluekitchen on the contrary, I think the bts were used to show the chemistry that is not there, a fiction in fiction, with him pretending to be young and she, she does not know what. Ugly. Because the director and the writer is interested only in chemistry to show the kisses in a different light. But they failed. They maked a little nauseous to me.

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I watched this episode twice, the second time only to take screenshots (although it's hard 😭), and then I just rewatched their behind the scene video of balloon kiss for the nth time to patch my bleeding heart. The cuteness has warmed my heart ❤ their bts is more healing than the drama 😆

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KYJ hiding from the cold in the coat of YKS was very cute :D

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Thanks for recapping, abirdword! I'm sorry this one is your last for this drama, too. I didn't want to watch this ep until I read the recap, and now it's confirmed that I'll just skip this one and watch the finale. I'm ready for the epic adorableness!

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You’ll be disappointed by how brief the cuteness is in the last episode :/

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It’s really unbelievable, some of the commentators here must be die hard fans of one of the actors or has horrendous taste in dramas. Because this show is trash overall. A drama having some good scenes does not translate “good” drama. This show literally used every dumb plot device in drama history and they didn’t even execute it effectively.

Even k-netizen don’t like this drama through their reviews and the last episode got a dismal 1.5. That’s almost unheard of for a cable drama nowadays. Getting a 1 Point Something was considered good in the old days when cable dramas were new.

I’m so sad that KYJ chose this as her comeback drama. I liked her after moonlight but now I’m losing interest in her future works. I thought two year break she would deliver something special but sadly no. So disappointed. And her appearance in the two movies she did after moonlight was also disappointing. It was so mediocre.
Either she got to choose better roles or fire her agent.

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Or maybe just not the same taste than you?

For the ratings, they had 2-3% but because of the football, they postponed several times the episodes. It always has a bad effect on drama's ratings. Encounter had the same problem.

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Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

We are here to express our views on an episode of a drama. We can't expect all to have the same impression.

We don't know each other in real life. No need to belittle others that have different views, different reasons, different purposes.

To each their own.

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I am also expressing my opinion on those who love this drama. Dramabean isn’t even going to recap the last episode and that means something lol I can judge someone actions but I’m not going to judge someone negatively on looks and background.

@kurama even with the breaks, the ratings were consistently going down. But ratings do not always translate into quality but in this case it is perfect representation. Ep 14-16 was so painfully awful

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No, the ratings were pretty stable until Christmas, around 3%. They postponed during 2 weeks and then the ratings gone down.

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If the show was good, it would had gone back up after the drop in ratings due to the break.

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Just because the recap isn’t posted doesn’t mean they won’t recap the last episode. Sometimes it takes a few days to get the recap posted.

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Drama bean just stated in this recap that they are dropping the show and not recapping the last episode

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@pranksalot8, it's this particular recapper's last recap of the show. There are two staffers writing recaps, so there will be one for episode 16.

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@egads thank you for correcting me

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To each their own. Just because you don’t like something give you the right to talk bad about the people who likes this show.

You’re not even discussing the drama. Just here to cause problems. Just move along if you have issues with it.

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Sorry that’s not true. My posts talks about the show as well. Point out to the post when I solely criticize other viewers. I critique the show alongside the viewers that like it.

Don’t tell me you never understood why certain people like certain things even though you personally think it’s bad.

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No I don’t understand but they are perfectly entitled to like what they like and I’m not going to judge them. Everyone has different tastes and that’s what makes us all unique.

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You know, it does not surprise me that some fans may like it, but I think it's mostly ks fans, his first romantic role with lots of kisses. I imagine this liked less to yj fans: her first adult role reduced to a "toy" housekeeper. The BTS show two colleagues , chemistry is something else.I do not know why your agency underestimates her so, after the success of the previous drama she should have had more bargaining power. It is degrading. I hope she have more opportunities in the future.

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Coming late to the party because 'VIKI'.
The posters who hate this series so much, I wonder which series you DID like. It might help me understand your oddly savage reaction to this series which faithfully follows all the K-drama tropes seen in a dozen similar series. How can you hate this while loving 'I'm Not A Robot' which is basically the same plot with some minor changes of 'MacGuffins'.

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