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Reach of Sincerity: Episode 1

The popular second leads from The Lonely Shining Goblin reunite, this time as the leads, in a tale of two people from completely different worlds — a popular actress who’s experiencing a slump and an accomplished attorney. Before she can embark on her comeback, our actress is forced into real life research for a role and finds herself working for the one man who isn’t at all impressed by her résumé. With everything to lose, our actress must confront her many shortcomings in order to secure her second chance.

 
EPISODE 1: “Yoon-seo goes to a law firm”

The Seoul morning commute is underway and an attorney reaches the courthouse just as a celebrity, OH YOON-SEO (Yoo Inna), arrives. Reporters shout questions about her alleged drug abuse as she silently plows through the throng.

A television show about forgotten celebrities discusses Oh Yoon-seo, who was once popular all over Asia — until her drug scandal. Even though she tested negative and was cleared in court, Yoon-seo’s reputation suffered.

Yoon-seo stares at a handful of pills while the program plays on her television at home. Yoon-seo’s manager, Hyuk-joon, knocks the pills from her hand as he yells, “Don’t do this!” He argues that just because Yoon-seo has no money, no friends, and even gained weight, she shouldn’t do anything drastic.

After Yoon-seo explains that they’re vitamins, Hyuk-joon has to point out that the correct dosage is one each day. When Yoon-seo asks the reason for his visit, Hyuk-joon remembers her new headshots, but she doesn’t see the point of them since she can’t get work.

Yoon-seo sees a script on her table, Love Hurts, and teases that Hyuk-joon used the headshots as an excuse to surprise her. Hyuk-joon is forced to snatch the script away and he answers Yoon-seo’s excited questions with an evasive, “It’s none of your business.” Annoyed, Yoon-seo pretends that she’s no longer interested.

When Hyuk-joon relaxes, Yoon-seo grabs the script and locks herself in her bathroom to read the set-up, “A professional merger and acquisitions attorney goes to the Middle East on vacation and ends up falling in love with a military judicial officer.”

Yoon-seo imagines that her head scarf flies off when an incoming helicopter lands (a nod to Descended From the Sun). A man wearing aviators (cameo by Jang Ki-yong) returns Yoon-seo’s scarf and suddenly, we’re returned to her bathroom as Yoon-seo acts out each role herself.

When Yoon-seo reads that the female lead is kidnapped by terrorists, she envisions a dramatic rescue by the hero. After shooting all of the machine-gun toting terrorists with one gun, her hero frees Yoon-seo and when they kiss, she puckers up for a rolled up towel. In the end, Yoon-seo takes a bullet that’s intended for her man and she sways in her bathroom as she utters, “I love you,” and dies. When Yoon-seo opens her eyes, she tells herself, “This is it.”

Yoon-seo returns the script and announces that she’s perfect for the female lead. Hyuk-joon tries to scale back Yoon-seo’s enthusiasm and explains that the project may never get made because of the expense and the lengthy shoot abroad, a condition that the actress in consideration refused. Yoon-seo explains that’s why she’s perfect, she’s willing to go abroad and accept a lower fee. Since she knows the writer, Yoon-seo calls her for a meeting.

Yoon-seo and Hyuk-joon meet with writer Lee Se-jin, who explains that someone with a bad reputation and who can’t act, isn’t suitable for the lead. Yoon-seo takes the criticisms in stride and assures Writer Lee that at least she’ll create buzz. When Yoon-seo starts to whine, Writer Lee agrees to accept her, with one condition.

Yoon-seo sits in the office of CEO Yeon Joon-seok and rejects that condition — working in an actual law firm. Hyuk-joon suggests that Yoon-seo should think of it as acting class but she protests that she’s a veteran actress.

Yoon-seo argues that she succeeded because of her looks, not her acting ability, yet she’s shocked when CEO Yeon absentmindedly agrees, “Yes, you’re famous for your bad acting.” To redeem himself, CEO Yeon barks that Yoon-seo won’t accept the series but she gets nervous when the two men argue about her bleak prospects after two years without work. When CEO Yeon orders Hyuk-joon to reject the offer, Yoon-seo stops him.

Yoon-seo mumbles, “I’ll do it,” and when CEO Yeon asks her to repeat herself, she blurts out, “I’ll give the field education a try.” CEO Yeon reminds Yoon-seo that she has to work at a law firm for three months and when he pulls out his phone, he warns Yoon-seo that she can’t change her mind.

ATTORNEY YEON JOON-GYU (Oh Jung-se) argues that a law firm isn’t an acting academy and threatens to hang up until he hears the name, Oh Yoon-seo. Attorney Yeon arranges to have her start the next day and promises his most competent attorney. Once he hangs up, Attorney Yeon paces excitedly and practices how he’ll introduce himself.

Attorney Yeon has to decide who to pair Yoon-seo with and peeks in on his expert in civil lawsuits, attorney Dan Moon-hee, but decides that she’s too timid. He next checks in on the divorce lawyer, ATTORNEY CHOI YOON-HYUK (Shim Hyung-tak), but when he answers a call from his mother while with a client, Attorney Yeon rejects the unmarried mama’s boy. He jumps when the receptionist at his elbow conspiratorially agrees and runs off when she asks, “By the way, who is Yoon-seo?”

When Attorney Yeon approaches the empty office of PARTNER KWON JUNG-ROK (Lee Dong-wook), we witness Jung-rok’s skill in the courtroom as he wins a complicated case. When Attorney Yeon reminds himself that Jung-rok is the star of the firm, he’s startled again by the receptionist, who has silently reappeared and guesses that the decision’s been made.

When Jung-rok returns to the law offices, the receptionist wastes no time in congratulating him. Jung-rok sits in Attorney Yeon’s office and listens impatiently as the CEO does his best to talk his ace attorney into accepting Yoon-seo as his secretary. Jung-rok won’t be swayed, even when Attorney Yeon explains that his cousin is the CEO of Yoon-seo’s agency, who turned to him in desperation.

Jung-rok is about to walk out when Attorney Yeon suddenly remembers, “Five years ago. I don’t know why I was so nosy.” Jung-rok demands to know how long Attorney Yeon plans to bring that up and he confesses, “Until Yoon-seo comes to work.” Defeated, Jung-rok sits down with Attorney Yeon, who promises a double bonus for Jung-rok’s efforts.

Hyuk-joon and Yoon-seo scour her closet for something that says “trendy,” not “failed celebrity”. Yoon-seo assures a worried Hyuk-joon that she can manage on her own but he reminds her that she can’t even eat alone.

In the morning, Attorney Yeon arrives at work with a skip in his step and a bouquet in hand, dressed like a celebrity himself. The staff is speechless when he walks in and after a reminder for everyone to act normally, the receptionist points out that Attorney Yeon is the only one not acting normally.

When Jung-rok arrives, he ignores everyone and walks straight to his office. There, he researches Yoon-seo, whose real name is Oh Jin-shim, and recalls the one condition that he made of Attorney Yeon — if Yoon-seo wants to quit, Attorney Yeon can’t stop her. Jung-rok leans back in his chair and sighs when he sees that it’s already 10:00.

Attorney Yeon hovers near the reception desk and fusses that he should have picked up Yoon-seo. The receptionist is appalled when Attorney Yeon practices numerous cool poses but he’s flustered when she announces, “Ms. Oh is here.”

Yoon-seo exits the elevator in an outfit that’s completely inappropriate for the office — a mini-dress, high-heeled booties and sunglasses. Attorney Choi greets Yoon-seo enthusiastically while the women are…less exuberant.

Yoon-seo introduces herself to the staff and asks for patience, forcing Attorney Dan to bite her lip when Attorney Choi gushes, “A pretty lady like you deserves all the patience in the world.” Yoon-seo guesses that Attorney Choi must be the CEO until Attorney Yeon presents his bouquet and explains that he bought it with his own money. Yoon-seo promises to work hard and holds up the flowers as if posing for an ad.

Jung-rok ignores Yoon-seo’s outstretched hand when she introduces herself, so she grabs his laptop and reenacts her commercial to jog his memory. When he doesn’t respond, Yoon-seo gives his sofa and the bottled water the same treatment, but all Jung-rok has to say is , “When are you going to stop?”

Jung-rok addresses Yoon-seo as Ms. Oh Jin-shim, and reviews his rules — she’s not to be tardy or work overtime, since he expects capable people to complete their work during working hours. Yoon-seo is puzzled when Jung-rok refers to her as his “secretary” and then laughs that must be her storyline. After Jung-rok determines that Yoon-seo has no experience as a secretary or with a law firm, they agree that her extensive experience with the phone qualifies her to transfer his calls.

At her desk, Yoon-seo finds a note, “I hope you enjoy your time with Attorney Kwon.” She writes, “Okay,” and poses for a selfie with the note that she sends to CEO Yeon and Hyuk-joon, who are at the agency.

Hyuk-joon praises CEO Yeon for sticking with Yoon-seo and he agrees that he’s a real humanitarian. CEO Yeon asks why Yoon-seo’s dress looks tight and when Hyuk-joon mentions that she’s been eating more lately, he’s told to put Yoon-seo on a diet to lose 10 kilograms (22 pounds). Yikes!

Yoon-seo answers the phone but can’t figure out how to get the receiver to Jung-rok’s office, forcing him to use her phone. When he learns that Yoon-seo has no idea how to forward calls, Jung-rok explains that he’ll answer the calls from now on.

Later, Jung-rok hands Yoon-seo a stack of papers for copies but they fall all over the floor. Yoon-seo can’t pick them up modestly in her short dress so Jung-rok has to pick them up himself and he decides that she should just relax.

When Yoon-seo goes to the employee lounge for water, Attorney Yeon hands her a bottle and suggests lunch at a Japanese restaurant, to the delight of the other employees. Everyone steps out for lunch except Yoon-seo, who decided to eat with Jung-rok on her first day. Instead of the Japanese restaurant, Attorney Yeon wants kimchi stew and Attorney Dan mentions a place nearby where the part-timer who’s her current crush works.

When Yoon-seo’s stomach growls, she knocks on Jung-rok’s door and reminds him that she can’t go to crowded restaurants. Jung-rok has plans and when he tells her to eat lunch alone, Yoon-seo protests that she’s already the subject of gossip thanks to her scandal and can’t be seen eating alone. Jung-rok suggests ordering in and when he walks out, Yoon-seo asks herself, “Did he really leave? Without me?”

Over lunch, the office manager mentions how unusual it is for a celebrity to end up at a law firm and the receptionist mentions that Yoon-seo majored in law. She suggests that Yoon-seo wanted to return to the field and Attorney Yeon nervously agrees, “That’s the reason. What else could it be?”

Yoon-seo makes herself some tea in the office kitchen and senses that she’s not alone. Yoon-seo gasps at the sight of a strange man in the office, who identifies himself as Lee Doo-seob. Yoon-seo imagines him walking towards her menacingly until everyone returns from lunch and introduces Mr. Lee as the firm’s paralegal. When Attorney Choi notices Yoon-seo’s tea, he insists that a caramel macchiato suits her better and offers her his cup, making an impression on Mr. Lee.

Jung-rok thinks about Yoon-seo when he passes a restaurant. He returns to the office with a takeout meal just as laughter erupts from his office. Yoon-seo is surrounded by staff and the office manager tells Jung-rok it’s a pity that he didn’t end up with a more experienced secretary.

Mr. Lee walks up to the office manager with a “caramel arigato” that he suddenly doesn’t want anymore. His hand is trembling but when she takes the cup, Mr. Lee smiles.

Attorney Choi flirts with Yoon-seo and hints that he’s finally met a nice woman. She laughs off the suggestion and everyone joins in until Jung-rok enters. Attorney Yeon is right behind him with coffee, contributing to the party-like atmosphere. Jung-rok rolls his eyes when he sees his CEO’s fancy coat and then stares at Attorney Yeon until he waves everyone away.

Yoon-seo asks, “What shall I do in the afternoon?” and is offended when Jung-rok suggests that she can drink coffee with her fans, just not in his office. Yoon-seo follows Jung-rok to his desk to ask if she did something wrong. She points out that she didn’t even eat while she waited for him but he’s mad at her.

Jung-rok asks Yoon-seo not to distract those who are serious about their work and she resents his assertion that she’s not serious about being a secretary. Jung-rok points to her attire and reminds Yoon-seo that she was also late. He advises Yoon-seo that if she wants to be taken seriously, she needs to start by dressing properly.

Yoon-seo escapes to the women’s restroom and screams, after checking that she’s alone of course. Yoon-seo rants that if she’d known she’d been hired as a secretary, she would have dressed differently, and she arrived at 10:00 just like Hyuk-joon instructed.

Yoon-seo returns to Jung-rok’s office and overhears him talking on the phone, “She won’t even last a week.” She heads for his door but Jung-rok kicks it closed and continues, “Simply put, she’s hopeless.” Yoon-seo assumes Jung-rok’s talking about her, but he’s actually talking with an old friend about a case. Yoon-seo glares at Jung-rok as he grabs what he needs for court and when she asks to talk, he tells her that she can go home at 6:00.

On the drive home, Yoon-seo complains about Jung-rok and concludes that he must hate her, but Hyuk-joon suggests maybe he just hates women. When Yoon-seo threatens to quit, Hyuk-joon tries to talk her out of it but she’s determined. A shoot that’s in progress forces them to stop and Yoon-seo stares at the actors. She looks thoughtful and when she returns home, Yoon-seo stares at her larger than life portrait.

Yoon-seo remembers a red carpet appearance and as cameras flashed, she smiled and waved. Yoon-seo is actually watching a recording of that night and with a sigh, she tells her image, “You look pretty, Oh Yoon-seo.”

Next, Yoon-seo watches a scene from one of her dramas, featuring the leading man of her imagination from Love Hurts. His acting only highlights how bad of an actress Yoon-seo was (so bad) and when a tear trails down his cheek, she sobs on her couch.

In the morning, Hyuk-joon discovers that Yeon-seo slept at her desk, unusual since she’s never been in her office before. Yoon-seo runs out yelling, “I’m late,” when she learns that it’s 7:30 and Hyuk-joon is surprised to see that she not only researched the duties of a legal secretary, she took notes.

When Hyuk-joon drops her off at the law firm, Yoon-seo scurries inside and races past everyone on the way to Jung-rok’s office where she triumphantly declares, “I’m not late.”

Jung-rok meets with a friend to discuss her case, and she mentions his new secretary, whom she heard all about from Attorney Choi. Jung-rok’s friend asks what it’s like to work with the goddess of the Korean Wave, but Jung-rok can’t find the words.

Yoon-seo walks into the office kitchen and greets Ms. Yang, who shares how shocked she was to learn she’s been hired after getting expelled from law school. Yoon-seo clarifies that it was her decision to quit school.

Ms. Yang explains that a legal secretary is like an attorney’s partner and advises Yoon-seo to work harder to help Jung-rok. Understanding registers on Yoon-seo’s face and Ms. Yang is speechless when she’s compared to a character in the American drama, Madman, who’s like an older sister.

Yoon-seo teaches herself how to forward calls and checks it off her list. Next, Yoon-seo learns how to use the copy machine, thanks to the receptionist, and prepares for her next task.

While waiting for an elevator, Attorney Yeon informs Jung-rok that Yoon-seo’s welcome party is that night. Jung-rok has a meeting, but Attorney Yeon argues that it will end early and besides, Jung-rok never drinks. When Jung-rok suggests that he might get drunk, Attorney Yeon supports the move since the team likes him better that way.

Yoon-seo stands and greets Jung-rok with a smile and then conspicuously calls attention to her clothes. After Jung-rok tells her, “You look very neat and tidy today,” Yoon-seo follows him into his office to proudly point out that she tidied up his desk.

Upset, Jung-rok explains that his desk may have looked messy but he has a system and now his trial reports are all mixed up. When Jung-rok reminds Yoon-seo that he told her that she could just rest, she argues that even though she may not know much, she’s willing to learn.

Jung-rok dismisses Yoon-seo but she has a question, “Do you perhaps hate women?” Jung-rok closes the gap between them to give his answer, “I like women. I like them a lot…It’s just that I’m not at all interested in you.”

 
COMMENTS

What a snappy introduction to this hotly anticipated drama! At first glance, we’re dealing with a blend of two approaches, the “fish out to water” and “opposites attract” scenarios. Yoon-seo uses her vivid imagination and her grasp of storylines to make sense of the world, which some members of her new circle at the law firm find confusing and silly. While Attorney Yeon and Attorney Choi fall over themselves to impress Yoon-seo, Jung-rok and the women in the office treat her as if she’s some kind of alien, which of course she is. There’s no commonality between the staff in the office and a celebrity like Yoon-seo, the goddess of the Korean wave. This disconnect promises to be both fun and poignant.

I’m stunned by Yoo Inna’s embodiment of Oh Yoon-seo. Almost immediately, I’d completely forgotten about every one of her other roles. Yoo Inna disappears as we meet Yoon-seo, a woman/child who’s incredibly perceptive, and probably very intelligent, but she’s been stunted by a lifestyle that makes her appear spoiled, lazy and a bit dumb. But Yoon-seo couldn’t have been so successful if all of that is true, and she demonstrates amazing instincts when she talks her way into the female lead of Love Hurts. Yoon-seo finds the smallest of cracks, both with Hyuk-joon and Writer Lee, to launch her comeback with a drama that jumped at her from the pages. It’s this new air of optimism that guides Yoon-seo to the law firm, where she lands with a thud, thanks to a legal hotshot who’s a star in his own right.

It’s a thrill to see Lee Dong-wook as the lead in a romantic comedy. At least I hope that Reach of Sincerity is a romantic comedy, but you can never be too sure until the ending credits of the final episode. Thanks to those woeful eyes, Lee Dong-wook has suffered much in one role after another, and something light-hearted is way overdue. He’s definitely meant to provide a serious, stoic contrast to Yoon-seo’s drama, but a cold, standoffish Jung-rok can mean only one thing, he’s sure to experience a heartwarming thaw thanks to Yoon-seo. But how does a lawyer of his caliber navigate an association with a celebrity who has a drug scandal in her past? By getting to the bottom of what triggered Yoon-seo’s downward spiral.

That mystery intrigues me, especially after learning that CEO Yeon has kept Yoon-seo as a client even though she’s brought in no money for two years. Hmmm. Was Yoon-seo sacrificed to protect someone, and if so, who? Yoon-seo’s drug scandal isn’t the only problem that she has to manage. Ms. Yang made sure to mention her alleged expulsion from college, after pretending to be friendly with that offer of coffee. Yoon-seo needs to watch her back around Ms. Yang, who uses her smiles to hide her claws. At times, Yoon-seo seems naive, but she’s sure to have learned at thing or two about handling territorial women as an actress, so I’m guessing that Ms. Yang has met her match in Jung-rok’s latest secretary. Which brings up another question, who was the predecessor that left that note on Yoon-seo’s desk? But the greatest mystery of all has to be, what does Attorney Yeon know about Jung-rok?

There’s no doubt that Lee Dong-wook and Yoo Inna have romantic chemistry, but for now, they’re fun to watch as they irritate the heck out of each other. Yoon-seo is used to being liked, and she’s bothered that Jung-rok clearly doesn’t like her and doesn’t expect her to contribute in any way in his world. And I think that’s where we’re going to see a transformation, because I believe that Yoon-seo is actually very capable, it’s just never been necessary before. She brings a unique perspective to the law firm and I expect that her insights, as silly as they may seem, will end up becoming useful, maybe even welcomed. For now, Yoon-seo and Jung-rok have a lot to learn, about each other and about themselves, and that journey is what we’re all looking forward to.

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Thanks for the recap Teriyaki!

I really enjoyed the opening episode - I have a tendency to get bored and fast forward through the introductory episode, but I ended up sitting and watching this one in full. ^^

That being said, I'm cautiously optimistic. So far this show seems like a classic and clichéd romcom - but with excellent leads who share an undeniable chemistry. It's got the elements needed to make it work, but can they hold on for the 16 ep run?

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I agree that the first episode hit the ground running- we do not have to spend the first two episodes just getting the background filled in, and hoping that we will eventually get the story moving forward.

What I noticed was how much comedy- and a little pathos- was actually found in the first episode.

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Thank you for the recap!

I was hoping to catch this recap and I came back to DB after a long hiatus just for this. I was a huge Goblin fan back in 2016 and one of my most distinct memories is watching the last episode while painting my nails for the 2017 Lunar New Year celebration, and crying over Sunny and Yeo yet being unable to wipe my face because of my wet nails. LOL. I was super psyched to watch this show, yet had to tamper down my excitement because I find that being overly excited tends to lead to disappointment.

I like the DOTS parody and the cute cameo by Jang Ki-young. And I rewatched Sunny and Yeo's last scene in Goblin as an actress and cop, and this is literally the story of their next life together. If only Gong-yoo could make a cameo appearance!

On Yoon-seo: At first I was a little turned off by her high-pitched voice and horrifying acting. I thought Yoo In-na was better at acting than that. But thank god I realized it was all part of the character. I think I can forgive YS's vapidness because it seems as though she's just been very sheltered and isn't stupid. (I mean, she got into law school, that must mean something right?) Plus, she's enthusiastic to learn and eager to do a good job - she learnt how to transfer calls and photocopy things. She's definitely just a little bubble-brained because of her background as an actress that got signed at a young age. In fact she kind of reminds me of Cheon Song-yi from My Love From the Stars? I like her, and I can't wait for her to be good at her job and kick ass and be sassy. Maybe we can have her help to solve cases?

On Jung-rok: Oh, thank goodness he isn't stuck-up and mean, because I've moved on from those types of characters. I think from his small actions (like buying the sushi), you can tell he's not mean or hard-hearted. Rather, he just doesn't have the time to fawn over an actress, nor is he really interested in teaching someone who is only there temporarily. He's a bit prickly and stuffy (just like his character in Goblin, argh, those memories) but he's just such a softie on the inside that I really like him. I'm already at E2 and it's so clear that he's a nice person who doesn't know how to be nice because he's so used to being grumpy. And it's ADORABLE. He reminds me of myself because I am the same way - grumpy and prickly, LOL. I love him already. Then again, I was pretty sure I would love him no matter what. I'm kinda biased.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I like the different personalities we have in the office as well. But I’m trying not to get my hopes tooooooo high up. I just want it to be a cute, touching and warm rom com that I will enjoy for 16 episodes. Please, no melo.

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Isn't it a testament to Yoo In na's GOOD acting that she can deliberately act badly? I think she's deliberately acting slightly horrifying here for the character like you said hahaha

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Lol IKR! In the scene where she was remembering her old drama, I was like "Good Lord! She sucks at this " how does a good actress act bad? Truly amazing 😂

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Yes that’s exactly what’s I meant! Like when I realized OYS was meant to be a horrifying actress, I was like... welp. YIN makes it so convincing. Especially when she was watching the old drama with Jang Ki-young and fake-crying. I was like... make it stop, someone. 😂 she’s brilliant!

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The DOTS parody and Jang Ki Young cameos had me ROLLING. She was so good at being bad hahah

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The moment I saw those moments I wanted some behind-the-scenes clips. 😂

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What got me was not just acting badly but her fondly remembering her bad acting. Now that’s acting!

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Yes, it takes real talent to portray 'bad actress'. Yoo In Na's performance is top notch.

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The thing that ticked me the most was simply watching In-na's character *pretending to type*. It takes special talent to make it look like you've never touched a keyboard before.

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Hi, lezah *waves* Good to see you here. 😁😁😁😁

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Good to be back!! Though unfortunately not for very long, but I still enjoy seeing Beanies who used to be around back when I was much more active. <3

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I think that you have really nailed the character of Lawyer Kwon Jung-rok. His cold, prickly persona is really a defense mechanism to prevent people from taking advantage of his true nature.

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Yesss I think it's quite clear to me from E2 onward.. he'd be much taken advantage of if he were nicer! Especially when people called him out for being mean and you could just see his internal struggles on his face because he probably didn't think he was being mean/didn't want to be mean? Just shows what a softie he is on the inside.

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I liked the fact that he is clearly kind from the firts episode, and we don't have to wait for episodes and episodes to see this aspects of his personality (that we know well he has).

Yoo In-na really shines here. She's hilariuos and adorable, I saw her only in Goblin and didn't know she could be so good in a comedy.

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It really looks like she is a natural comedic actress. That actually requires more talent than any other kind of acting. I have only seen her in "Goblin" and "One More Happy Ending" (which I watched because it had Jang Na Ra in it). Yoo In Na has become another one of my favorite actresses and this comedy really shows us why she should be.

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I agree, I've enjoyed her previous work (although not as much when she's playing a jealous rival), but this role looks like it was made for her. This character could easily be annoying, but she plays it so effortlessly and with such likability. Kind of reminds me of the old screwball comedy legends like Carole Lombard.

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In fact I was thinking the same thing- this has that old fashioned screwball comedy feeling to it- which is so great and so rare. I was thinking Barbara Stanwyck or Katherine Hepburn but maybe Carole Lombard is really the most comparable actress after all. In any case The character set-up here is somewhat like the two leads in "Bringing Up Baby" - the free spirited woman, who is actually smarter than she appears, and the starchy, prickly but brilliant man who is a star in his profession, but seems not know a lot about the world outside of it (although he actually is not that clueless either). I think that Yoo In Na is the full equal of Katherine Hepburn but that just leaves us with one question: Can Lee Dong-Wook match Cary Grant at his finest?

Screw ball comedies are part of that branch of comedy known as the Farce: The best, funniest and greatest comedies of all, when they are done right. The writers are quite brave in attempting a farce (if that is what they are doing) and I think that we should cheer them on and hope that they succeed.

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Oh, you got my favorites! Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby, Stanwyck in The Lady Eve, and I was thinking Lombard in My Man Godfrey.

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“she learnt how to transfer calls and photocopy things”. When I read this I realized that this might not be praiseworthy. Others might say that’s the minimum things that she should know if she worked as a secretary. But I remind myself, the effort that counts and doing photocopying isn’t that easy. Ji-an in My Ahjusshi needs to give that photocopy machine some good old kicks to make it works and that machine is in a top company. Trust me, handling photocopy machine is never an easy experience.

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Law firm ceo and mama boys are the true lead of this drama. I hope they show them more

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I started watching this because Yoo Inna is amazing, and I'm not disappointed! As we will see more in episode 2, Oh Yoon-seo is incredibly perceptive and capable of maneuvering the social minefield that comes with being a celebrity. I hope this drama keeps up with its momentum.

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Girrrlllll, what took you so long ?! I've been waiting to hear someone's take on this drama. One, I'm enjoying YINs character, surprisingly. She's leaves in her own bubble and is pretty clueless about life in general but she isn't stuck up of self absorbed. Can't wait to see her growth into a esponsible adult who lives in the real world
LDWs character...first thank God he's im a rom-com! I needed it plus he isn't an ass, "rude and arrogant but soft on the inside ". From the get go we can see he isn't that type and that's a relief. I haven't watched goblin but their chemistry is clearly very tangible and I'm expecting to have my fair share of squeels along the way.

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Yoo In-na is hilariously cute and she nailed that CFs 😍. If Oh Yoon-seo starred in youtube ads, I promise I won’t skip them whenever I listen to kpop.

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I laughed a great deal. Especially at the DOTS parody. I reallly really wish Kdrama writers learned the difference between naïveté and stupidity. (Only the writer in Shopping King Louis got the difference)Not knowing you take 1 pill instead of 30 is stupid, just stupid. That is my only negative about the show.

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I too loved the parody (except why isn't Yoo-seo in uniform- isn't she playing a Judge Advocate?).

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I was about to complain about it, how am I suppose to believe in hidden intelligence of someone like that.

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Right? If that’s not stupid I don’t know what is. If they said that’s a pack of breath mints, not vitamins, I’ll buy it. The writer is dumb and thinks viewers are too.

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Almost every example of her being divorced from reality or airhead was actually her being dumber than dumb, and that's on writer, and that doesn't look good for this drama future, there is only so much good actors can make of stinky script.

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I agree doubly with this. There are ways to write characters who are innocent of the world, but she is also an actress, even if a bad one. There is no way you don't know you only take one or two pills. Breath mints would have made more sense, but even that is kind of dumb, but is far and away more believable than vitamins. Finally most actors do a little research before a roll that fact that she was so against it is very odd. Haha, rant over.

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I saw an interview where IU was asked what first drew her to her best friend Yoo In-na. IU answered the moment was when she realized just what an *idiot* In-na was. I suspect Ms. Yoo in 'leaning in' on some of her own goofy personal traits a little.

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I love Yoo In Na and I think she should get more leading roles. She is very pretty and can act her socks off and it’s a mystery to me that she is passed over for many popular but can-barely-act ladies in Kdramaland. She cracked me up with her foot acting and fantasies in the bathroom and then acting out every single one of her CFs for her new bosses benefit (for once the product placement wasn’t misplaced or annoying). Yoon Seo’s determination to do a good job reminds me of Dan Yi’s return to work. I like her character very much already. Although she acts like a clueless celebrity who thinks everyone should recognize her she is not full of herself, she treats everyone with respect and she is warm and genuine.

Although his acting isn’t on par to hers I do like Lee Dong Wook very much as well and they make a great pair. If only I could wipe out his lipstick and tousle his hair so I can see his eyebrows. This is the hair style I hate the most in Kdrama men. I’m glad Jung Rok was thoughtful enough to bring her lunch as I don’t want and Kdramaland doesn’t need another jerky male lead. I am curious about the happenings of 5 years ago that he was blackmailed with to take on Yoon Seo as his secretary and I do like the fact that he calls her by her real name rather than her stage name. If I am not mistaken her real name means “sincerity” of the drama’s title and we may hope that by treating her like any other person he may bring out the real Yoon Seo to the front and also see through the celebrity persona into the real her.

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yup, he was standoffish and strict but for a reason. Also he's not jerk enough that he is so irredeemable in my eyes that when he falls in love with the girl, I'd hate it.

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If this drama keeps up this level I do not believe that Yoo In Na will have any trouble in the future landing leading lady roles.

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Thank you for the excellent recap, @Teriyaki!

Although it is full of clichés, I’m really liking Touch Your Heart! I think I’ve needed some good fluff, and this fits the bill perfectly. I love that YIN’s character’s willingness to learn, her unabashed self-love, her direct way of speaking, and her lack of conceit. It’s delicious! Combined with LDW’s tired-and-annoyed-for-good-reason character, who clearly has a heart and isn’t a tsundere by a long shot... so much fun. *crosses fingers and hopes that it’ll be good all the way through*

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the premiere episode was a pleasant one with the introductions all in place. One thing i love from this PD is his ensemble cast of characters who have their own quirks and charms to make the show fun. Needless to say Yoo Inna and Lee dong Wooks chemistry still shine in this one and i like their rocky starting which could lead to a cute mutual friendship once they let go of the prejudices against each other. I didn't know i needed to see Lee Dong Wook as a tsundere character coz it suits him really well.

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I love it! I love it! I love it! These two just....I’ve not watched any dramas for a few months now because, well, life, but I’ve been looking forward to this one and so pleased ep 1 didn’t disappoint. Looking forward to ep 2 recap to squee more and share thoughts with fellow beanies.

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I stated on the 'What are you watching?' section that this show reminds me of 'What's wrong with Secretary Kim?'. Its insubstantial fluff and fan servicing buoyed by one of the two leads being charismatic. 'Reach of Sincerity' has the advantage, though, in that our expectations are so low already that it will never disappoint us. Turn off your brain and just enjoy the show for what it is.

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This is the same PD from BTIOFL and Secretary Kim, so it has a similar style. I love this PD’s sense of comedy but I’m wary because
1) I’ve been forever scarred by the angst towards the end of BTIOFL
2) Secretary Kim was completely insubstantial.
So, keeping expectations low for this one is a wise attitude I think.

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Oh! It took me a moment to decipher 'BTLIOFL'. I really liked that series, even the ending! Maybe this series has some hope, after all.

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Secretary Kim had insubstantial plot, like all rom-coms, but at least the characters weren’t stupid. They were all competent with a weird knack here or there. So far the female lead is weird and stupid.

In all my kdrama experience I know that great PD’s can’t save bad screenplays.

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loving it so far!! quite a few laugh out loud moments - and yes, couldn't agree more on the bad acting scene haha. so bad, it was good. although was a little =\ that Jung-rok kept belittling Yoon-seo. she was kinda trying at the tasks, but no one taught her anything (i mean, you don't go to a new workplace already knowing how to work the phone system? though it doesn't warrant her either trying to literally pass the phone over....). so i sort of agree with her little rant about someone needing to teach her stuff.

locations:

Yoon-seo's house: https://koreandramaland.com/listings/hyosung-village/
Always Law Firm (building): https://koreandramaland.com/listings/korea-listed-companies-association-building/
where Jung-rok goes to court: https://koreandramaland.com/listings/seoul-central-district-court/
White Birch Story Tea House (seen in opening credits): https://koreandramaland.com/listings/white-birch-story-tea-house-%ec%9e%90%ec%9e%91%eb%82%98%eb%ac%b4%ec%9d%b4%ec%95%bc%ea%b8%b0/

we're tracking locations here: https://koreandramaland.com/jobs/?search_keywords=%22touch+your+heart%22&submit= - more to come!

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thank you so much for this info! i was able to go to some of the places of the coffee prince including the coffee shop and it was so fun! if only i could get over there again i would check out some of these too like the white birch story tea house~

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most welcome! and yes - there are so many drama sites to visit :) we add locations every day, so hopefully we have more places that you'd like to visit in future!

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This show gives me so many good feelings, and I really love the pacing in this first episode. We got Oh Yun-seo to the law firm and introduced to Jung-rok really quickly, and then it was just cuteness from there! Hopefully, this one can be my new pocket of fluff every week!

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The office workers are a hoot! I loved their interactions with each other. The atmosphere is not at all like how I imagined a law office to be. But then maybe they decided to keep it light since this drama is very light and easy to watch.
The cameo by JKY was lovely.
I also love how much YS's manager cares for her.
I'm not sure if attorney Kwon knows about the real reason of YS joining their firm. Because she seemed surprised when he referred to her as his secretary.
Overall the first episode was fun. I laughed at so many instances. It's a good start.

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the manager is one of the many good things I love about the show.

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I love the cast. However I’m sorry to say, that’s all I can love.

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Agree. I find it unwatchable.
May be time to grow out of kdrama

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Just rom-com. I’m fine w Kdrama 😂

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Which do you prefer, a promising drama that disappoints you half way through (there have been SO MANY lately), or a 'This could only improve from this point' drama that will never get an worse than it started?

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I’d rather bet on something promising. The latter will waste my hope AND time.

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Agree, Yoo Inna was a hoot and half, but the show writing isn't that good and cracks start showing already, so I give up in the middle of second episode.

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We can expect to see at the end of the show

1. A confident Yoon seo becoming a proper lawyer, her true calling.

2. Lee Dong wook's forehead. His fringe is a metaphor for his closed-up personality; love will open up his forehead.

3. Relationships between the office workers, specifically, the mama's boy and the hilarious woman who keeps saying all the wrong things about him.

4. A cameo by me, an electrifying one, either as Lee Dong wook's electric shaver, or Yoo Inna's hair dryer.

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Love will open up his forehead ------ i can't 😂😂😂😂

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I cracked up at LDW forehead 😂😂😂
I love them but I wish he would stop putting lipstick
His natural look in real life show roommate is fantastic why does he have to put makeup in dramas ??

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Laughed at the forehead 😂😂

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You forgot the mandatory one (or three) year separation in episode 15 where they finally reunite as equals, not as squabbling boss and employee. I think I could write generic K-dramas, myself!

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Yes, we (or at least me) love to see his forehead. Or is it me try to deny that I don’t like his haircut?

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Your cameo as an automated shower would be nice as well.

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When a cameo ( Jang Ki-yong) is the best thing about your episode, that is not good. At all.

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I watched the first ep. just for Jang Ki-Yong.

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*The scene the cameo was in* rather than the cameo itself was the best scene for me. I found the spoof itself funny and for me any good-looking actor (famous or otherwise) would do (I am not one of those who is already captivated by him. Need to see him more to decide). What made this scene best for me was You In Na, her fantasies, and her foot acting there. So to me, that scene was a credit to the drama not to the cameo.

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ah, the recap is finally here, a space for me to spazz over how much I love reach of sincerity. 😆😆😆

I love all the characters from the manager oppa to the ceo of the law firm who holds a weakness of jung-rok that made him have yun seo as his secretary.

also the fact that even though yun seo's character is air headed at times, she actually can be pretty intelligent if she wants to, love the scene where she learns to forward calls and masters the copy machine 😍 I think my heart melted faster than jung rok whenever yun seo finds small happiness in accomplishing little things 😆😍

hopefully we get more backstory from jung rok because right now yun seo has all my attention

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When she checked off her learn-how-to-forward-calls task, I was thinking I still don’t know how to do that!

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hahaha, same!

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Thanks for the recap @teriyaki. I enjoyed this episode and was ROFL over the cameos and meta. That Michael Bublé song at the beginning gave it real Hallmark movie feel. “I just haven’t met you yet.” 😂

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it's light, it's fluffy, my expectations aren't super high, and I AM HERE FOR IT. this is going to be my mindless-fun drama, i just know it. and i'm super excited about it, tbh. just planning to enjoy this for what it is, and let it make me smile as much as it has been doing so far.

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Thank you for the recap, Teriyaki. I also found your comments at the end particularly perceptive. I also think that our ‘bad actress’ was sacrificed to protect someone else. Resolving that mystery will be a big part of the story.

After watching the first two episodes I am loving it. It is a rom-com but the emphasis is on the comedy.

Would it be amiss to point out that at least one of the minor characters, attorney Dan Moon-hee, is played by Park Kyung-Hye, who was also in “Goblin”? .

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This drama is so much better watched than read. Yes, they employ a lot of campy tropes but the effects were HILARIOUS. Also, YIN's charm and effervescence cannot be effectively captured with a screen cap. I'm also looking forward to see what LDW can do with his character because Grim Reaper was such an outstanding performance that Jungrok pales in comparison.

I suppose my perception is tinted with nostalgia as well since photocopying and forwarding calls were the first things I was taught to do as an intern in a small law firm! If anything, this drama is at least realistic in portraying the work done in a law firm hahahha

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Yes, when I was clerking at a law firm while still in Law Schol my very first task was making copies. I still remember that copier (it was gigantic).

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Solid first episode, and second episode as well.
I really like Lawyer Kwon's character and how, while he's strict and serious, he's not cruel or hot-headed, instead he's honest and fair and completely willing to apologize if he was wrong. That's a great quality. He's hardworking and also obviously considerate and kind, even to the people he doesn't particularly like (or doesn't like yet).
I love him. He's a softie on the inside, I can tell.

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Touch your heart is great. They made a parody of descendants of the sun. That brought tears into my eyes. The Ost alone ah......memories

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Found my drama crack!! YAY

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i love it! course i love lee dong wook and yoo inna. man, this is my new crack after TLE! it is fun! i could just look at dong wook's eyes forever.

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I'm still reserving judgment on this one and hoping yoo Inna's character is deliberately obtuse and will improve. She reminded me of her queen inhyun man's character. Also, I wondered if she was referring to Mad Men and head secretary Joan Holloway telling the younger secretaries what to do. It felt like my American life colliding with my kdrama side life, haha, or the other way around.

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Yes, that actually was a Mad Men reference (which s why no one at the office got it).

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I love this drama! This is as good as I imagined with lee Dong Wook and Yoo Inna on the road. I hope Moonbean can be like Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde!

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After twenty-five minutes I asked myself "What is this? Can it be the drama that I have been looking forward to watching for so many weeks?"
First half was really hard to watch for me.
I do love the leads, however, that doesn't help to feel disappointed with the script. Still, I can say that the second episode was somehow better.

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Just came here to say to all Goblin fans: they totally did this on purpose, but remember the last episode where (SPOILER) Sunny and Reaper were reincarnated as an actress and big shot lawyer who fall in love? And now they're starring in this show as exactly that. Makes my heart warm since I don't think they got as much screen time as they deserved in Goblin <3 :)

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I am in love with the drama and it's leads!

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