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Reach of Sincerity: Episode 2

Opposites clash today, as our passionate leading lady runs headfirst into our stoic hero (or doesn’t, as the case may be) and a half-baked revenge plot is hatched. I’m enjoying the show’s light touch with comedy, and of course, both our leads are very likeable. This strikes me as an affable, if not inspired, rom-com with its deliberately silly premise, quirky side characters, and a classic clash of wills between our leads. All the pieces are there for a fun time – now we just have to see where the chips will fall!

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Her pride hurt at Jung-rok’s assertion that he isn’t interested in her, Yoon-seo spits back that women don’t like men with such bad personalities. Unfazed, Jung-rok tells her not to worry, since he will never ask her to like him – and adds that he doesn’t have time anyway, since he has to find the document that she, Jin-shim, lost.

Incredulous, Yoon-seo can only sputter, “I said it’s Oh Yoon-seo!”

Yoon-seo storms out of the office and all the way up to the rooftop, where she dramatically screams out, “Kwon Jung-rok, you jerk!” Yoon-seo consoles herself with the sentiment from Gone With the Wind that tomorrow is another day… before hustling back down because it’s so cold outside.

Jung-rok’s hunt for the important document is interrupted by fellow lawyer Choi Yoon-hyuk, who wonders if their bosses made a mistake pairing the beautiful and smart Yoon-seo with Jung-rok – since she’s a much better fit for his perfection, ha.

Attorney Choi nonchalantly hands Jung-rok the very file he was looking for, and makes an oily apology about being too busy to tell Jung-rok. Jung-rok looks over at a scowling Yoon-seo, and sighs.

Before he leaves, Jung-rok makes a formal apology to Yoon-seo for blaming the lost file on her, when Attorney Choi had it all along. Yoon-seo’s mood shifts as she realizes it wasn’t her fault, and fires back that an apology isn’t enough when the pain was already inflicted.

Satisfied with herself, Yoon-seo advises “Be thankful, not cranky, if I clean the desk.” Immediately, Jung-rok corrects her – he doesn’t want her to touch his carefully organized desk again, leaving Yoon-seo confused about his ‘apology.’

On his way out, Jung-rok bumps into Attorney Yeon, who tells Jung-rok that Yoon-seo’s welcome celebration is that evening. Although Jung-rok claims to be too busy, Attorney Yeon’s words that Yoon-seo would miss him make him pause.

At a meeting within the department for prosecution, Yeo-reum questions a colleague’s hunch that a woman may have murdered her two husbands. However, she is stopped in her tracks by the news that Kim Se-won, Lee Sang-woo, is coming back. Her boss warns her not to make an embarrassing scene again.

And who should Yeo-reum run into in the elevator but Se-won himself. The atmosphere is tense as they exchange small talk. Yeo-reum is tongue-tied, and stops herself from saying more as Se-won leaves.

Yoon-seo’s manager, Hyuk-joon, frets about Yoon-seo drinking at the party, but Yoon-seo is confident and jokingly asks if he thinks she’ll fall in love. She promises, “I’m Oh Yoon-seo. I’m going to be elegant and stay aloof, so don’t worry.”

Cut to: Yoon-seo slamming down another drink, and slurring to the team that she just wants to do well.

Still cut up about Jung-rok, she complains that she was just trying to help… and falls asleep after asking where he is. The team look on askance, and Attorney Choi takes the chance to make another pitch to Attorney Yeon that Yoon-seo would really be better off with him.

Attorney Dan mutters that Attorney Choi just wants to date Yoon-seo, and he readily agrees, ha. When Attorney Yeon tries to warn him away from Yoon-seo, Attorney Choi even starts to list off his good qualities (and Attorney Dan gets in another good burn about his mama boy tendencies).

Attorney Yeon assures the team that he will take care of any trouble brewing between Yoon-seo and Jung-rok – and at Jung-rok’s name, Yoon-seo wakes right up and drunkenly spins round looking for him.

Jung-rok’s not there, of course, because he’s busy with a client – though he does sneak a glance at his watch as the client rambles on and politely excuses himself. He arrives at the bar just in time for Yoon-seo to stumble out and spot him. Delighted, since she has sooo much that she wants to say to him, Yoon-seo (unconvincingly) denies being drunk, and takes a step towards Jung-rok.

Jung-rok steps out of the way of Yoon-seo’s accusing finger – but unfortunately, her momentum keeps Yoon-seo going and the team can only watch in horror as she falls onto the floor.

Baffled, and too drunk to make sense of what happened, Yoon-seo looks up at Jung-rok and pitifully asks, “Did you just push me?”

Jung-rok’s night doesn’t get any better, when he makes it home and finds Se-won waiting on his doorstep, looking for a place to stay until he can find an apartment of his own. Resigned, Jung-rok lets him up.

Se-won makes himself at home, but his good mood fleetingly disappears as he recalls his encounter with Yeo-reum earlier. Jung-rok scoffs that he should have expected that, and rubs his eyes in frustration when Se-won half-jokingly asks if he can just live here, and helps himself to a beer.

Sobering up, Yoon-seo wails in embarrassment over her behaviour, and glares at Hyuk-joon when he points out that Jung-rok didn’t actually push her. He quickly back-pedals and offers to take revenge on Jung-rok for not catching her.

But Yoon-seo is determined to do that herself — and her big idea is to become the perfect secretary, so that when she quits in 3 months, he will miss her and ‘cry a river’. Oh please, girl. Hyuk-joon mutters that Yoon-seo sounds more like an ex than an employee.

The next day, Yoon-seo’s plan to sneak into the office early and avoid her co-workers is dashed, as everyone is already there.

To make matters worse, co-worker Hae-young recounts every excruciating detail for the benefit of their colleague who missed it. And when Attorney Dan helpfully re-enacts it, Yoon-seo’s humiliation is complete. Yoon-seo runs off to hide in the office.

Jung-rok is having a hard time himself, as Attorney Yeon berates him for dodging Yoon-seo, and laments that she might just quit. Jung-rok intently asks if that’s a real option, but Attorney Yeon just whines at him to be nice to her.

The whole office gets in on the guilt-tripping, popping out to lay it on thickly as Jung-rok heads to his office. Where he is greeted by an eerily professional Yoon-seo.

Except her mask slips almost immediately when Jung-rok tells her off for drinking too much, rather than apologizing, ha. She fires back that he committed an act of involuntary criminal battery because he neglected to help a vulnerable adult from falling. She look so pleased with herself, I’m dying.

Jung-rok simply rebuts that she knew her alcohol limits and blew past them, so she was at fault by willfully negligent. Yoon-seo glares at his retreating back.

At his new job, Se-won gets stuck in with a case. He catches a glimpse of Yeo-reum and stares longingly at her, but ruffles a few feathers among his new colleagues with his brusque manner.

Committed to her new plan of becoming the best secretary ever, Yoon-seo takes Jung-rok by surprise when she ably figures out the phone system. Yoon-seo makes sure to give Jung-rok a big smile, and confuses him even more by being so agreeable about taking care of her own lunch…

…which really means that her put-upon manager Hyuk-joon will take care of it. CEO Yeon fondly says that Yoon-seo looks so pretty when she eats, and reminisces that it was what drew him to her in the first place.

In flashback, we see a bedraggled CEO Yeon doubting his ability to even be an entertainment manager — when he spotted Yoon-seo chowing down on some street food. The heavens parted as soft backlighting bathed Yoon-seo, and Yeon immediately put her in a chocolate ad which made her famous.

Tears dramatically welling, CEO Yeon vows to Hyuk-joon, “I will see my Yoon-seo rise again.” He comes back down with a bump as Hyuk-joon suggests that CEO Yeon may be going through the male menopause if he can’t control his emotions.

Poor Yoon-seo feels too embarrassed to eat with her work colleagues, and slurps down her lunch in Hyuk-joon’s car. She ducks down even further when she spots Jung-rok, and quickly explains to Hyuk-joon that her perfect secretary image would take a dent if he saw her ‘inelegantly’ eating lunch in a car. Hyuk-joon can’t get over how good-looking Jung-rok is, to Yoon-seo’s ire.

Jung-rok overhears from the team that Yoon-seo doesn’t like to eat alone, and perhaps feeling responsible, asks Yoon-seo out to have pho with him. Having already gobbled some down, Yoon-seo declines but after Jung-rok leaves, pouts that he should have asked her earlier.

Sitting by himself at a cafe, Attorney Choi watches as Attorney Dan applies lipstick before she enters. She is clearly smitten with the waiter, which makes it even harder to watch when he asks if he can call her ‘auntie’ … and she turns around to find that Attorney Choi saw it all.

Humiliated, Attorney Dan dashes out – with Attorney Choi in hot pursuit to rub it in. Gleeful, Attorney Choi consoles her that she’ll fall in love again soon, because she’s a hopeless romantic. He recoils slightly as Attorney Dan turns dagger-eyes on him and runs off.

Determined to become indispensable to Jung-rok, Yoon-seo won’t take no for an answer when he rejects coffee, and hurries off.

Unfortunately, just outside the break room, her shoulders drop as she overhears Attorney Dan and Hae-young discussing her scandal. Yoon-seo interrupts, but pretends she didn’t hear anything and laughs with the two women. Jung-rok silently watches from afar.

Later that night, Hyuk-joon drives a crestfallen Yoon-seo home, who insists that she’s fine, really. Yoon-seo forces a smile, and recounts her multiple acts of revenge that day – like photocopying, making coffee, and managing the phones. Some revenge.

Hyuk-joon breaks the news to Yoon-seo that he won’t be able to drive her tomorrow – but lies and tells her it’s because he will be doing reserve army training, when really he will be taking care of Yoon-seo’s more popular hoobae. Aw, don’t lie.

Already at the apartment, Se-won greets Jung-rok with a homemade meal, in an attempt to prove how good a roommate he is. Jung-rok sighs and tells him to find a place soon, and warns Se-won that he won’t be there as a shoulder to cry on for Yeo-reum. When Se-won tries to cajole him be saying that Yeo-reum likes him, Jung-rok flatly says that she would have picked him from the start if that was true. Se-won asks Jung-rok not to be so inflexible.

Although Jung-rok walks off, Se-won’s words affect him – and he thinks back to Yoon-seo and her efforts. Perhaps he is more affected by her than wants to be.

The next day, Yoon-seo drives with panache, pouting and flicking the wheel with ease… except she’s actually stationary in the driveway, trying to pump herself up. The reality of driving is very different, as she crawls along the streets, hunched behind the wheel.

One particularly irate driver slams on his brakes just outside the law offices to confront her, and Yoon-seo bumps into the back of his car. Yoon-seo’s mind immediately conjures up horror images of a ‘reckless driving’ scandal.

The driver gets increasingly aggressive, as Yoon-seo cringes away – until Jung-rok grabs his arm. Jung-rok lays down the law, as he threatens the driver with reckless driving and road rage. The driver tries to bluster that they should just reach a settlement then, but Jung-rok is firm, “No. Let’s do this by the law. Because I like the law.”

Afterwards, Yoon-seo stares at Jung-rok in wonder, and he can’t help but notice. At his concern, Yoon-seo bashfully smiles that she really doesn’t need to go to the hospital, and cutely promises to pay him back by working really hard today.

Attorney Yeon interrupts the sweet moment and shimmies his way between the pair. Totally shameless, Attorney Yeon tells Jung-rok that he should be smiling every morning when he sees the lovely Yoon-seo.

When Jung-rok walks off, Attorney Yeon warmly tells Yoon-seo to come to him any time if Jung-rok makes her life difficult. He is left confused when Yoon-seo smiles that Jung-rok just might be a better person than she thought.

Enthused, Yoon-seo promises to do well when Jung-rok tasks her with a legal research job. She returns to Jung-rok with less cases than she had hoped for, but adds that she remembered hearing about a U.S. case on the same subject from her semester at law school.

Yoon-seo underplays her good memory as no big deal, but Jung-rok sincerely tells her that it is (aww) and thanks her for her help. Yoon-seo leaves with a huge beam on her face.

Still trying to impress Jung-rok, Yoon-seo worries over whether she should leave the office when Jung-rok looks set to continue for a while. As night falls, Jung-rok realizes how late it really is… and heads out to find Yoon-seo asleep at her desk.

Of course, Yoon-seo wakes up claiming that she was just going over Jung-rok’s schedule in her head. She is taken aback when Jung-rok suggests they go for dinner together. Suspicious, she wonders why Jung-rok has been so kind to her today — helping her with the driver, giving her important work to do, and now asking her to dinner.

Turning huge eyes on Jung-rok, Yoon-seo jumps to the wrong conclusion, “No way! I’m getting fired, aren’t I?”

Jung-rok rolls his eyes and assures Yoon-seo that it’s nothing like that. He really just wants to have a meal with her.

Jung-rok takes Yoon-seo to a completely dead restaurant. He states that the food here isn’t very good, but since he knows that Yoon-seo doesn’t like busy places, this was perfect. Yoon-seo can even take her sunglasses off since there is no-one around.

Yoon-seo spies a familiar face on the wall, and launches into the speech from the advert she was in (which goes down like a lead balloon). She cracks open a bottle of soju and asks, “I can drink a lot tonight, right?”

Jung-rok is less than impressed, and notes that she seems to drink a lot. Yoon-seo answers, “I drank a lot at my welcome party because I was in a bad mood. I’m drinking tonight… because I’m in a good mood.”

Her good mood doesn’t last long though. A worker comes into the restaurant and pulls down Yoon-seo’s adverts to replace them with posters of their new model. With her back to the worker, Yoon-seo tries not to let Jung-rok see how affected she is and quips, “It’s a good thing we’re sitting like this. It would have been awkward if he recognized me.”

Jung-rok sees right through her, and astutely answers, “You’re a much tougher person than I thought, Oh Jin-shim.”

Yoon-seo matter-of-factly explains that she’s had to become this way after working in her industry for so long. She’s used to people telling lies, and gossiping about her. Yoon-seo candidly admits, “It would be a lie if I say I’m totally okay with it though.” Jung-rok looks thoughtful.

Outside, Jung-rok stops Yoon-seo from leaving and tells her that he did initially think of her as a burden because she was going to leave soon. Now, though, he wants to give her a chance. With a small smile, Jung-rok solemnly says, “Let’s start again from the beginning.”

Delighted, Yoon-seo claps her hands and promises to do her very best. She skips towards his outstretched hand… and her high heels catch on the pavement. Yoon-seo stumbles towards Jung-rok – but this time he catches her in his arms.

Looking down at her shocked face, Jung-rok says, “I didn’t dodge this time.”

 
COMMENTS

Ha, how cute. This show isn’t lighting me on fire yet, but it’s certainly a warm and fun way to spend in the evening.

This kind of show lives or dies on the chemistry of its two leads. I think everyone and their mother has probably seen Goblin by now, so we all knew that was never going to be a problem with Yoo Inna and Lee Dong-wook. I just hope that the drama does it justice. Unfortunately, I don’t think that the character of Jung-rok plays to Lee Dong-wook’s strengths. I have always been more drawn to him in offbeat roles (I must be one of the only people who watched all of Iron Man, just because of it) but Jung-rok is disappointingly stiff right now. He’s just a good guy who loves his work too much. I’ll be happily proved wrong, because I would love some weird, but as it stands I’m far more invested in Yoon-seo and her story. I’m willing to admit that part of that is probably also because I can see that Jung-rok is (or was) going to get bogged down in a love triangle with Se-won and Yeo-reum.

However, a larger part of it is because Yoo Inna is just so damn adorable. Yoon-seo could be such an annoying diva (and okay, kind of is), but Yoo is so natural and likeable, and imbues Yoon-seo with a charm and innocence that she gets away with it. For example, Yoon-seo definitely should not have blamed Jung-rok for her fall – but her melodramatic, hilariously bad, revenge plan had me in stitches instead of feeling aggrieved. And claiming, with a straight face, that making coffee and working the phones was all part of her master revenge plan took it over the top into wonderfully farcical territory. I’m actually disappointed that Yoon-seo might already be over her revenge plan if more moments like that are sacrificed – but then again, she runs so fiery that I could see it becoming a running joke every time Jung-rok irritates her.

And on the other hand, Yoon-seo seems to be so genuine about wanting to do a good job, and fit in with the office staff, that she earns a lot of good will for her more childish antics. She became a star at a young age, and such a long time ago, that she just doesn’t know how to navigate more average experiences. In fact, it makes a lot of sense that Yoon-seo reacts so dramatically to everything. She may not be naturally high-strung, but we have already seen how passionate she is, and over-the-top acting has been her normal for years. She may still be channeling the characters she played, with her more vulnerable moments peeking through and showing us the caring person that lies beneath the star.

I’m glad to say that the rest of the drama looks to be a fun and light watch as well, which is just what I need. I’m especially looking forward to watching Lawyer Choi and Lawyer Dan together, who are at each other’s throats so often that they have to be destined for romance – right? Or the funny President Yeon, who is blatantly on Team Yoon-seo, and throws bags at his employees just to make a point. The whole law firm is populated with comedic potential, which makes this a show I could enjoy hanging out with, even if it doesn’t seem to be interested in offering anything new.

I am surprised at just how quickly the romance seems to be kicking in though. Yoon-seo and Jung-rok are already gravitating towards each other, Jung-rok in a characteristically quieter way, and Yoon-seo flipping so quickly that I’m not convinced it will last. But whether it’s their bickering, or more meaningful moments of connection, I’m here to see where this relationship goes.

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I'm really enjoying this drama, Yoo InNa is killing it! She's just so adorable and I love how determined her character is. I love all the side characters at the office and I find JungRok's seriousness so funny lol
The only thing I don't like is JR's friends, the girl and the guy that just returned (I forgot their names sorry!). Like I can't bring myself to care about them, they just feel so disconnected from the rest of the characters, but hopefully that'll change.

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It's probably because they're 'normal' compared to the other characters. They were introduced in a serious manner. We'll probably see more character traits in the future episodes.

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You make a good point there. Which tells me that they will be important to the central story. At this point they have to be disconnected- they are not a part of the law office nor Yoon-seo's talent agency. But they will be a big part of the story- of that I am sure. I do not think that they were simply tacked on to the story- I think that they have important roles both in resolving the mystery of Yoon-seo's scandal and in the romantic story as well. I think that they were introduced seriously so that we would take them seriously.

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Yeah, the tone is so different it almost feels like I'm watching a different drama

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Isn't the girl JR's ex or ex-onesided love? Did I read/misinterpret the convo between JR and his guy-friend at his apartment? I thought she chose the friend not JR.

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Ok, I read down thread, that is what happened. Nice to know I wasn't mistaken.

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Can you blame her....????

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HAHAHAAA!!! Well Idk. I love LDW too.

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Yoo In A is frakking hilarious and I am not supposed to judge or write about shows before the fourth episode but she just IS.

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I DIED at her ‘bad acting’ scene! She is a hoot!!!

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That scene was great! She really nailed it.

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I’d just like to point out that Attorney Choi was not sitting at any old cafe. It was SUBWAY. Best Subway PPL I’ve seen in a while. 😂 Superficial note: Mamma’s boy is very handsome.

I love how Yoon Seo imagined herself as a fast driver but in reality she drives at a snail’s pace. No surprise since she’s been driven around since she was 15.

I am excited that the leads might get to work on a case together next episode. OTP teamwork is my catnip. Thanks for the recap @helcat!

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I did not know that Romantic Lawyer Shim Hyng Tak was going to be in this, it made me cheer when he showed up in the office! He's played a sexy lawyer with various degrees of smarm in Let's Eat 1 and Divorce Lawyer in Love and most recently a smarmy company VP in Tale of a Nice Witch, so he can definitely deliver his character.

Still. The way he lasciviously tore off a corner of his sandwich and then shot a *single* eyebrow at Lawyer Dan was impressive. I howled with laughter.

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I liked him in Divorce Lawyer in Love. He played a super nice guy second lead there.

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I had no plans to watch this show whatsoever. I never watched Goblin (not interested either), and I haven't seen these actors, except for Yoo in na in "my love from the stars" where she is just bland... But anyway, here I am... I kind of watched the first two episodes fast forwarding the songs and at least two characters that I found boring and the show is ok, not good not yet bad.

I don't particularly like lee dong wook, he seems stiff even in the real life and his character is a little bit meh up to this point, like Helcat said just a normal guy, workaholic and strict.
Oh, but I really truly like Yoo In na's character. She is funny, honest and simple. I like how she is so resilient and focused. I am also surprised she has skills (good memory) she can use in her new job. She definitively isn't a stupid vain girl who only can act (pretty bad, by the way) and go shopping... She is more than a stereotypical clumsy candy girl and I love that.
I also like her oppa! He is totally fun and very protective in a good way. I like how he is always taking her side.

And finally: secondary characters (coworkers for instance) are ok, but I don't particularly feel attracted to them. This team makes me remember co-workers in WWWSK... they were kind of filling, and here too.
I get bored with filling characters because they are forgettable.

But let's see what happens. Maybe I won't watch because I will be on a trip with not much internet for over a month and I want to focus in something different, but I may read the recaps.

Greetings to you all, beanies!!!🙋

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If you haven't seen Yoo In-Na in Queen In-hyun's Man, do yourself a favor.

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Oh yeah Queen In-Hyun's Man was good! Yoo Inna had great chemistry with the male lead (they actually dated irl after the drama ended as well) and plot-wise, it was definitely one of the better time-travel dramas 👍

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That drama is on my list. I really want to watch it. Thanks for remind me. I will, when I have more time. 🙋

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Yes! And Queen In-hyun's Man is just a solid, smart show regardless!

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Time travel done right.

Yoo In-Na !

The writer of W & Alhambra when she doesn't lose control :)

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Right! I still can't wrap my head around the fact that QIHM and W / MOA had the same writer! She is capable of writing a good romance and creating rich parallel universes that make sense. But somehow W lost consistency in the second half and the romance was lacking in MOA.

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He wasn't as stiff with Kim Sun Ah in The Scent of woman 😉. It's my crack drama - anytime there's nothing to watch and I feel little bit down and emotional, it's my perfect remedy. But I'm kind of wierd...

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Then I'm kind of weird too. I rewatch Scent of a Woman every five dramas or so...

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Goblin is one of the true great Kdrama's. You should see it.

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Dont know... I don't like the actor that much. Coffee prince guy. I know all the beanies love him, but I don't really like him. Also, Goblin's premise... is like weird for my taste. But thanks! Maybe one day, so that I can judge by myself. 🤓

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I do not particularly like this actor either. I like the lead actor in Goblin much better- but you want to watch Goblin because it is a drama that really faces some of the great questions in human life. (and death, and God, etc.). It is the drama equivalent of Great Literature.

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Again: I appreciate a lot your suggestion, but I don't think I will like it. I am a Bible student. Not only as such, but as a western person, I am always not very satisfied with the Korean perspective of the spiritual realm, maybe @ally-le can explain to me whether in Goblin it is Confucianism or whatever else, but I think they believe in reencarnation? I can't agree with this idea, and for me it doesn't represent the God of the Holy Bible...
Soo... at least with Goblin, I pass... 😅

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@javinne, I did watch most of Goblin. It had some wonderful moments, mainly the bromance between the Goblin and the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong-wook's character), and some more questionable moments, like the romance between high school girl and much older "man." From a Christian perspective, you're probably right to avoid it. One moment that I had a really hard time with was when the Goblin made a gratuitous disparaging remark about Christ. The plot could easily have done without that remark, so it seemed all the more insulting, and left a bad taste in my mouth about the whole production.

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@javinne GOBLIN would have been okay if I could think of it as fantasy (I love magic and stuff but in alternate worlds, not this one). However, the drama set one scene in a church, as if the Goblin and Christ are both members of the same mythology. And that didn't sit well with me.

I actually like Yoo Inna best in SECRET GARDEN. She plays Ha Ji Won's bestie. She looked great there. She's become slimmer now (so imagine my horror that her manager wants her to lose 10kg!.

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Thank you, @lindag. I am not closed minded or fanatic, but still... I keep watch on my selection of entertainment or whatever material I fill my mind with. I read philosophy and psychology as well...
But then again, there are certain things I don't need. With your remark, I am even more convinced I don't need to watch goblin. Even without offending Christ, which I don't accept, still, the plot is not attractive for me.
Thanks for your info.

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@wishfultoki... thank you for telling me that. See?? It is for me another reason why not to watch Goblin😅
I also like fantasy and I am ok with fantasy world like my girlfriend is a Guhmino... But I don't like Goblin style...

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We pretty much have the same thoughts about the first two episode of this drama. I did watch Goblin (or part of it) and wasn't blown away by the Sunny and Reaper couple so there's that. I've seen Lee Dong Wook in several dramas and have never been particularly impressed; I do like Yoo In na and her character in this drama even though she's typecast.

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In Goblin Lee Dong-wook was basically playing the role as silent film star Buster Keaton. It wasn't til the very end where he got to play past and future reincarnations of himself that he was allowed to emote.

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Upvote for the Buster Keaton mention. Those big soulful eyes... Still, he always managed to break my heart even though he didn't say a word.

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Don't watch Goblin. I'm still pissed I finished it. Gong Yoo has my love, but it dwindled a little bit after that drama because it was soo very terrible. That being said I so agree about Yoo In Naw's character. Episode 1 was iffy, but episode 2 has brought it home. I am liking this drama.

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This is the 4th show I've seen Yoo In-na in; the 3rd time I've seen her playing an actress and the 3rd time she has struck me as super ditzy. So, type-cast, but it works and I'll keep coming back for more.

BTW, I also watch all of Blade Man.

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I think that the difference is that this time she is the lead actress in a comedy. And she is doing great.

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I tried and failed, so have to commend you for completing Blade Man...

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Blade Man was... if there was ever the quintessential kdrama where the writer had a FANTASTIC idea to explore a particular theme and wrote a series of amazing episodes that explored that theme in a brilliant way and then went nowhere in the back half, spiralling down into painful mediocrity while you collected small items to progressively throw at the screen - that would be Blade Man. How did something so interesting get so horribly pointless?

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I embrace the weird, but I couldn't get over the dead past love who isn't dead at all...
Hope your screen survived ^^

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If it survived Big and Black it can survive anything.

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This episode is as comedic as the 1st and I'm loving it! Everything about it is just over the top and ridiculous. I also like how Yoo In Na's character deals with her dying(?) fame, from being gossiped to facing the harsh reality that the public is moving on. It's nice to see at least one serious aspect of her character.

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It feels karmic. She played the antagonist in Greatest Love to Gyong Ho Jin's washed up scandal-plagued star, and now she's in the same position!

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Thanks for the recap @Helcat. I did watch all of Blade Man and liked Lee Dong Wook in it.

I liked his character even more in this episode where he showed his willingness to apologize make amends when he found out he was wrong, his ability to see Yoon Seo’s situation and sympathize with her, his thoughtfulness regarding her discarded poster and his penetration to see her real self. But I agree that Lee Dong Wook is too stiff in this role.

I am not at all interested in the secondary couple yet. They seem to be tacked onto the story as an afterthought. I hope they will be integrated to the story soon, otherwise the urge to fastforward is very strong.

Isn’t the chocolate ad that made Yoon Seo famous a spoof of a real ad? I remember it being copied in another drama before but can’t place the details.

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I can't help but compare Lee Dong Wook's role here to his lawyer role in Partner. There he played more of a playboy and made more use of his comedic skills. But there are still glimpses here, like his unjustly accused expression when he let Yoon Seo fall and everyone looked at him (reminiscent of My Girl).

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The chocolate ad was also copied in reply 1988 with dukseon imagining it with sunwoo while junghwan with her.

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Thanks! That was it.

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That’s my main complaint right now, that Lee Dong Wook is too stiff ~

I’ve been a fan of his for years, my favorite is prolly Wild Romance where he is the egotistical baseball player and really got to show off his comedy skills. I’m hoping we get to see more quirks of his lawyer as the show goes on ~

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I want Jung rok to be Jin Shim's closet fanboy so bad... Maybe this cld be the secret the other attorney is holding over him.. 😂😂😂

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This show doesn't work if he is. The secret was apparently some sort of 'incident'.

In fact, it is actually important that our Lawyer Kwon is not swept up in fandom of any sort. Instead he is a very serious man with a good heart and a stiff, prickly exterior to protect it. But he is also a man of principle who keeps his eyes on those things that actually objectively matter. He is a feet firmly planted on the ground and his head absolutely never in the clouds. In short- he is a perfect match for Yoon-soo, because he is exactly what she needs. And as the drama unfolds we will see that he discovers that she is exactly what he needs if he is ever to open up and live a full life.

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Seeing the lead couple bickering is fun, but I'm a little afraid if the writer can put more layers on this familiar plot or it will be quite predictable. My recent experience with My Strange Hero is like that. I like that drama from the first episode, the tone, the characters, the set-up. But then everything is quite obvious, central conflict is quite weak and predictable. So I'm crossing my fingers with this show now because I love Yoo Inna so much in Queen In-huyn's man.

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Do not worry- we have already been given at least a few initial layers between Yoon-seo's scandal and the past history of Lawyer Kwon and the two prosecutors.

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I'm wondering when the conflict, the second lead, or the villain will pop up. So far we've got two episodes of character introduction. I'm coincidentally trying to make it through 'Devilish Joy' (Viki title), another tale of a 30-something once-famous actress in disgrace. That series has TOO MUCH villain in it for my taste.

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This show is hilarious.

I am finding the early setup so meta about Yoo Inna's type casting and the affects of her "adjustments" on her screen presence.

The writer is playing it up all the way.

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I think the stiffness we see in Jung-rok will slowly disappear the more time spends with his secretary. It might be a defence mechanism. It looks like that in the past he had a crush on his friend but she chose the other guy so maybe after that he just buried himself in work to avoid getting hurt again? I mean...he needs to have a backstory as well at some point.
I find the disgraced celebrity angle quite interesting. I assume it must be hard for celebs to get replaced and forgotten.
Yoon Seo is smarter than people think. Getting into law school is not an easy task. I really liked the fact that she is not the usual pretty girl that has no clue. Ok, she was struggling with some bits at the start but the fact that she managed to do the research he asked her for was rewarding to watch.

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It's like they're peeling an onion and it's being progressively revealed how capable she really is. They kind of went overboard with the vitamin count in that opening gag, but I noticed how self-aware she was when she didn't deny that she was a bad actor and coasting on her looks (and didn't seem to mind), she really cranked through the office self-training, there was early mention of her law school stint but now it seems she was probably a pretty good student. It's not so much that she's been hiding her intelligence all this time as it's been underutilized and underappreciated, and the first person to notice (and say it) really is Jung-rok.

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Lol. True. She knew she was not even a good actress, but who cares? She is pretty, she knew her business.
That part actually reminded me of the Chinese version of "My love from the stars": My amazing boyfriend. There, the actress is a second rated actress who always gets second lead characters, but she is best friend with the first class actress who is prettier than her! So refreshing! It is the only Chinese drama I could watch time after time without feeling tired.

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Yes you are probably right. Her intelligence was never challenged and the only time she used her skills was when learning and remembering her lines.
She did help the CEO to get financial stability so I assume she was ok being cast only for being pretty as it would help the CEO who probably helped her out as well somehow (maybe he gave her a job when she was kicked out from law school, so he was her anchor in a time of need).

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Yoon-soo is probably smarter than she looks- but she has not had to use those smarts for years. So the vitamin gag is not so much about her being fundamentally stupid as simply that she did not have to use her brain and got out of the habit. But later, when she is challenged we do see her using her head- her brain may be a little rusty but perhaps part of the story is about her finding that part of herself again.

The writers will, hopefully, give us more of his backstory in the next couple of episodes.

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That hair reminds me of the front gate of my house, a closed and impenetrable fortress. I have this urge to part it in the middle, and let in sunlight and fresh air. Perhaps they should have called this show Touch Your Head instead.

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HAHAHHAHAHHA! Every single effing time!!!! I used to have bangs in one point in my life and it takes getting used to! Unless you are hiding a huge pimple on your forehead I see no reason to rock a hairstyle like that.

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Ha! Man bangs!

I didn't even know man bangs they were a thing—and that I disliked them—until I started watching K-dramas. My problem with full curtain man bangs is that they mask foreheads and eyebrows—the zone so critical to expressing emotions.

Solid bangs stopping just short of the eyebrows are just as terrifying—think Three Stooges' Moe Howard.

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Agree with the bangs above the brows. Those annoy me to death.

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Agree with both points. #releasetheforehead

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I’ve loved yoo inna since queen Inhyun. I really like the contrast of he’s softer than he looks and she’s tougher than she looks. It’ll be so interesting to watch their romance develop. This show is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I know that there have ben much better scripted and directed shows but this is the one that makes me look forward to the next episode.

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Eeeee I quite like this drama. It's not really hitting the "amazing" level yet for me, but I signed up for a cute, fluffy and warm show that won't take much brain cells to watch, and I hope that's what I get. One thing though is I really love how LDW and YIN are portraying their characters.

On Jung-rok: Oh man, those eyes. Lee Dong-wook could make anything look like a sorrowful teddy bear. Jung-rok's a nice guy. He's prickly, but he's all bark and no bite, even allowing his friend to move in without notice.

I like how he actually thought about it when his co-workers all accused him of being mean, because I'm sure he never intended to. Like the CEO said, normal people might catch the falling girl/bag, but I think JR's just not too bothered about the people around him (not in a mean way). I think it's sweet how he thought about it, and he tried to see that YS was putting in effort, and he decided to reciprocate. You can tell he's just darned thoughtful, from the sushi in E1, to choosing an empty restaurant. And the way his smile was so awkward and earnest at the end as he awkwardly stuck out his hand? So precious. It's like JR didn't know how to be nice and felt so strange doing such actions, and it was adorable how YS reacted.

On Yoon-seo: Aww, YIN is adorable in this, like I knew she would be. I like how YS is really quite strong, like JR said. She has this never-give-up attitude, and she's so bright and spunky. I found myself smiling like JR when she was so pleased and excited to start anew with him. And I think she's well on her way to getting past his prickly exterior. Cute.

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I agree with all of this ~ JR and YS are both very strong and earnest people. I think that’s what is going to really attract them too each other, that they are each hard working and above board individuals ☺️

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Yoon Seo being all bashful after Jung Rok actually complimented her was the cutest thing. ❤️

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Having seen him on Roommate I know Lee Dong-Wook is an incredibly hardworking actor and an extremely nice guy in real life. I'm always happy to see him get work. However, he does have a tendency to play *stiff and angry* the same way and he gets a lot of characters that use that schtick. Hotel King, Blade Man (I also watched the whole thing, even though the "guest" actress and her storyline completely took over the last 1/3 of the show), and other things I've seen him in all have him start acting that way. I think with Goblin he managed to tone it down to "really fussy" from the get go but if you're familiar with his work you could probably see that was in his usual wheelhouse. I just think that he tends to need a couple episodes to settle into his character and really figure out what he wants to do and I don't think that's unusual (I mean think about Hwang Jung-Eum -- she screams for the first couple episodes of pretty much every show she's in). So, I'm looking forward to how the characters are in a couple episodes.

By the way if you like Yoo Inna and haven't seen My Secret Hotel you should definitely check that out for a breezy low budget comedy murder mystery that also features Namgoong Min (who has a ~shower scene~) and Jin Yi-Han (now known as Kim Ji-Han).

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I loved him on Roommate. (ohemgee, is it another DramaFever casualty? Say it ain't so!!! 😭😭😭) I always laughed when Jung OK called him ugly.

Couldn't bring myself to watch Blade Man but I enjoyed Hotel King.

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I agree with you on LDW ~ my first drama with him was Wild Romance, where he got to show his comedic side, so I know he has range that he doesn’t get to use often. Fingers crossed JR can get some quirks to him, like Reaper in Goblin did, to help him stand out from his other characters.

I’m putting My Secret Hotel on my watch list, thanks!

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Thank you for the recap, Teriyaki. I think that the reason we have not yet warmed up to Lawyer Kwon’s character is that we still know very little about him. Almost the entire focus of the first two episodes was on Oh Yoon-seo the actress. What we know about Kwon Jung-rok is that he is dedicated to his work, and that he has high expectations for himself- but that he does not demand as much of others. We have only been given hints about his past while we have been given a lot if information about our bad actress. Let us hope that we get to learn about his story in the next episodes.

We know a little more about him from what we have seen: We see Lawyer Kwon sprang to the defense of Oh Yoon-seo when she had her car accident. We see him accommodate his friend (with suitable protests) who has decided to camp out on him. He is earnest but serious when he counsels his clients. What these things tell us is that he is tough on the outside but really a marshmallow on the inside. His stiff, prickly persona is a defense against people taking advantage of his kind nature.

The only thing that we may know about Lawyer Kwon's past is that it appears that he once competed for the affections of the pretty prosecutor Yoo Yeo-reum with his best friend the now returned prosecutor Kim Se-won- and lost. Yoo Yeo-reum was later dumped but has not gotten over Se-won, who has just decided to camp out in Jung-rok's home. But we also know that our pretty prosecutor may have also decided that she should have chosen Lawyer Kwon instead. So instead of a malicious, greedy or vain second female lead we have a deeply conflicted one- someone we can actually like and even empathize with. If so then this is both unique in K-drama’s and frankly a very good thing- we can even like this lady.

Obviously, I am thinking that this story gives both a second male and female lead in the form of the two prosecutors. This would generate a lot of comedy. What would tie all four together will be how the four main characters get to the bottom of how our actress’s scandal actually occurred and who was responsible for framing her. We shall see if I am right.

If I am right then what we will have is not a love triangle but a love quadrangle.

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I love this set-up of them going into her scandal! Didn't occur to me at all, but now that you've pointed it out - I'll be disappointed if the story doesn't go there.

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I think that it has to do exactly that. Because that is what would tie our actress, Lawyer Kwon and our two prosecutors together. Without that the two prosecutors have no place in this story.

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At the beginning of the drama, both of our OTP was at the court at the same time. I wondered how their path crossed and whether the scandal involved Jung-rok in his professional capacity...

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It did not involve Lawyer Kwon at all, apparently it involved a Chaebol heir and allegations of drug use by our actress. Lawyer Kwon was not even aware of it until now.

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I just get the...feels for Lee Sang-woo.

I can't quite put my finger on it but...whew.

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Have to say, he looks gorgeous in that tosca coat ^^

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DOESN'T HE !!!

*clears throat* I mean....whatever.

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😂😂😂

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You read my mind.

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Yoo In-na was in 'My Love from the Star' with Jun Ji-Hyun six year ago and now is basically playing Jun's flaky diva-in-decline role. Except Ms. Yoo isn't quite the malevolent narcissist that Jun's character was. She may be dumb as a post but she's not cruel.

I'd complain about this drama but I'm coming off a wave of depressing humorless dramas about child abuse, murder and dysfuntional families. I need something light. I don't have a clue what the plot is, though, and where the conflict will come from.

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I am loving this so far!

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Thanks for the recap!

I have NO TIME to be watching a drama, but I somehow found myself disregarding homework and sleep to watch these first two episodes. It's cute, it's funny, it's easy to watch, I'm sold.

I love Yoo In Na in this, she's going all out and she's amazing. I have a feeling she's having a lot of fun in this role.

Lee Dong Wook is... just as I expected him. He does this same type of character a lot--because he's pretty good at it. I like the ensemble characters, though I have no real feelings about the second couple, they're still too detached from the rest of what we're seeing.

Favorite moments thus far:
-All the CF parodies, they have me ROLLING
-Jong Rok's wtf faces whenever this happens
-The return of S U B W A Y

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Jung Rok's reactions to her CF reenactments are honestly priceless.

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I didn't particularly like or finish Goblin, but I remember liking their scenes together, so I ended up giving this a try. I'm enjoying it so far; breezy and lighthearted with good comedic timing and a lovable female lead who may be more competent than she seems. I hope they will deliver an actual plot though, because I can never finish shows that just turn into full on fluff-fests.

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Show, you make my heart flutter... Am really anticipating the next episodes, please, please be good till the end! Like @helcat, am surprised but happy that it doesn't take long for Jung-rok to thaw. "I didn't dodge this time" should go to the annals of squeeworthy quotes!
Love the ensemble cast and the weird pairings, especially Attorney Dan whose mission seems to be blurting out the uncomfortable truth about everyone. Manager-oppa and his "supportive" words continues to be a source of joy (except when he lied).
Since the romance starts early, is show planning to throw a bunch of obstacles for our OTP..? Despite dreading that, am hoping so much that the romance will be a straight up 2 couples instead of love triangle (or quadrangle), coz the second leads seem to be caught up in their own story.

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The second leads do have their own unhappy past story- and in that story our female lead chose the other guy over Lawyer Kwon- and had it blow up in her face. So while she still has feelings for our second male lead she also now has real regrets- she chose the wrong guy- which is why she now has eyes for Lawyer Kwon as our story begins. This is why she could be such a great female second lead: She is actually a sympathetic character instead of a manipulative conniver. Our hearts can naturally go out to her and we appreciate the quandary that she is now in.

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I like your analysis more than what I've seen of the character so far. I did feel sorry for her because it seems her relationship+break-up was the talk of the prosecution office. She was the only woman sitting at that table and I was upset for her when they brought up her failed relationship and told her not to get emotional just because that the guy is back in town.

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It actually made me angry too. We do not know much about her yet but she seems to be a decent and thoughtful person. The break up was traumatic for her and obviously there was a scene.

However, this scene was part of why I think we will have a love quadrangle. Pretty Prosecutor actually has incentives to pursue Lawyer Kwon which go beyond the feeling that she may have made the wrong choice before. First, this way she can demonstrate to her office that she is not carrying a torch for her old flame. Second, revenge: So she can throw it in the face of Prosecutor Kim. If Prosecutor Kim wants her back he is going to have to do a lot of groveling, crawling, etc. to win her back- all the while thinking that he has to compete with Lawyer Kwon. This is classic comedy stuff, even perhaps to the point of slapstick.

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I like the pacing of the drama. They don't prolong matters. Oh yeon seo bad acting was spot on. I was horrified by it. I want to see lee dong wook with another hair style. I'm done with bangs

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I don’t expect the drama to be meaty because the webtoons, it’s especially true for the romance one, rarely like that. After watching the first two eps, the drama is like what I have expected but surprisingly it has those moments that made me felt her (YIN) character. For now, I really enjoy the actors comedic chops and the assemble. Hope the drama will bring in the fun.

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It's a little slow getting off the ground but it's not off putting. I can give it a couple more episodes. I like the cast.

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Does any one know the name of the song that plays at 37:20 when Attorney Choi is at the cafe ??

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This drama is one of my recent favorites. I like thar Jung Rok isn't your usually cold-hearted lead. He's serious, yes, but the poor dude really just wants to finish his work. He really is caring, and I like that they hinted at the from the very beginning when he broung Yoon Seo something to eat. I also LOVE Yoon Seo. What an adorable, naive, but hard-working girl.
I'm all caught up on this drama, but just found out Dramabeans was doing recaps so of course I had to read them all lol

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