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Reach of Sincerity: Episode 5

Our actress is fighting a losing battle to keep her feelings under control and Jung-rok finds himself amused, frustrated and confused by Yoon-seo’s antics, but never bored. Faced with one of the toughest legal challenges of his career, complicated even more when an old friend gets in his way, Yoon-seo senses that what Jung-rok needs most is her support and encouragement. Well, if there’s one thing Yoon-seo knows how to do, it’s how to stay optimistic.

 
EPISODE 5: “Murder or self-defense”

After the flurry of texts from the night before, Yoon-seo is greeted in the morning with another text from Jung-rok. He has a morning meeting and Yoon-seo reminds him to bundle up and giggles when Jung-rok texts back, “You should bundle up too.” Later, as she admires her pink coat, Yoon-seo gets an idea.

Attorney Yeon and Jung-rok inevitably end up on the elevator together and the CEO teases that the firm may snag a huge case. Jung-rok is curious enough to ask for details but Attorney Yeon can’t talk about it, however he does announce a team dinner for that night, which Jung-rok ignores.

Inspired by her pink coat, Yoon-seo decorated her office with pink accessories (everywhere). Jung-rok carefully suggests that a law office shouldn’t be pink, but Yoon-seo defends her right to the pursuit of happiness, so he relents. However, her argument doesn’t apply to Jung-rok’s office and Yoon-seo removes all of her pink touches, except for some heart-shaped sticky notes.

It isn’t long before Jung-rok has to use one of those notes to leave a message for Yoon-seo. She replies with a heart-shaped note of her own and they happily exchange notes all morning long.

Attorney Dan calls for a courier from the company where her crush works and while she waits, she plays, “Does he like me? Does he not,” as she eats the sections of a tangerine. Yoon-seo walks in just in time to announce, “He likes you!” Even though Yoon-seo has never had a boyfriend and admits that her experience is limited to a dating show that she once hosted, she’s caught up in Attorney Dan’s excitement.

Yoon-seo joins Jung-rok when he appears in court and later asks what made him become an attorney, especially when his friends became prosecutors. She’s surprised by his answer, “Attorneys make more money.”

Jung-rok and Yoon-seo are on their way to lunch until Yeo-reum intercepts them, in spite of Yoon-seo’s best efforts to keep them apart, “A UFO!” Yeo-reum invites Jung-rok for pasta to discuss a confidential matter, so Yoon-seo has to return to the office alone and pouts, “Do you know how much I like pasta?”

Yeo-reum asked to meet Jung-rok to discuss the Im Yoon-hee case — should the woman be charged with murder or was it an act of self-defense? After turning down a quick cup of coffee with Yeo-reum, Jung-rok races back to the office to invite Yoon-seo to lunch before his break is over.

Yoon-seo just confiscated Jung-rok’s heart-shaped notes, which she claims he no longer deserves, and glares at him. When Jung-rok asks why she’s looking at him that way, Yoon-seo snaps, “I…have blazing eyes,” and stomps out.

When the courier arrives, Attorney Dan confesses that she likes him and wants to date, but he asks for time to think about it — like ten years!

On his way to a meeting, Jung-rok notices how dejected Yoon-seo looks and asks if she’s angry with him. Yoon-seo won’t discuss it but she does have a question — which movie did he enjoy more, Avatar in 2009, or the movie that they watched the week before.

Jung-rok doesn’t catch on that what Yoon-seo really wants to know is whose company he preferred, Yeo-reum’s or hers. Jung-rok admits that he enjoyed both movies, for different reasons, surprised when Yoon-seo explodes, “You’re so mean, Mr. Kwon!”

After his meeting, Jung-rok texts some instructions to Yoon-seo who answers him with a simple text shorthand, “o o” (basically the Korean equivalent of responding to a text by just writing, “k”). Later that night, when the law team meets for dinner, Jung-rok is already seated at their table.

Over drinks, Yoon-seo only looks at Jung-rok to glare at him. When Attorney Dan gulps down her drink, Hye-young whispers that she was rejected again, which Attorney Choi cracks has become a weekly event. Attorney Yeon has to know why Jung-rok decided to join them and everyone jumps to the wrong (maybe not) conclusion when he confesses that he wanted to see Yoon-seo.

Jung-rok clears up the misunderstandings when he explains that Yoon-seo is angry with him and he wants to know why. Believing Yoon-seo’s claim that she’s not upset about lunch, Jung-rok suggests that maybe it’s because he didn’t let her decorate his office in pink or that he assigned too much work with the sticky notes.

Upset that everyone now knows what goes on in their office, Yoon-seo makes up the excuse that she was cranky because she was hungry and stiffly apologizes to Jung-rok. Attorney Yeon calls for them to clink their glasses and when a relieved Jung-rok raises his glass, Yoon-seo has to force herself to do the same.

On the way back from the bathroom, Jung-rok discovers that a drunk Yoon-seo has been waiting for him. She scolds him for handling a personal issue as if it was a trial but Jung-rok argues that at least they resolved their issue.

Jung-rok is surprised to learn that nothing’s been resolved, unsure what to say when Yoon-seo glares at him and demands, “Why did you eat pasta without me?” Jung-rok offers to take her for pasta the next day but Yoon-seo starts to cry, “Why did you have pasta with someone else?”

As soon as Jung-rok gets home, Se-won mentions his pasta lunch with Yeo-reum. Jung-rok can’t understand what’s so special about pasta until Se-won confesses that he’s jealous because the girl he likes had pasta with someone else. Understanding finally dawns on Jung-rok, who asks, “If someone gets angry at you for eating pasta with someone else, does that mean that person likes you?” (Give that man a prize!)

On her morning ride to work, Yoon-seo suggests a trip to the beach and Hyuk-joon guesses that she got drunk again. When he presses her for details, Yoon-seo yells at him to leave her alone.

At work, Yoon-seo tries to explain to Jung-rok that she was jealous when he had pasta with someone else because she felt left out. After all they time they’ve spent together, Yoon-seo thinks of Jung-rok as her best friend at work, which is why she reacted so strongly and she asks him to forget the whole thing. Hye-young interrupts to announce that Attorney Yeon needs to meet with Jung-rok.

Attorney Yeon proudly hands Jung-rok the Im Yoon-hee case, disappointed when he turns it down. Jung-rok suggests that the CEO should take it, now that he’s not busy with television shows, which reminds Attorney Yeon of all his negative comments. It turns out that Jung-rok can’t turn down the case because he was hand-picked by a women’s organization to represent Im Yoon-hee.

Jung-rok asks Yoon-seo to begin research for Im Yoon-hee’s case. She’s confident that Jung-rok will prove that Im Yoon-hee acted in self-defense, but he has to explain how difficult that is. The most important factor in a self-defense case is that the victim can’t use greater force than what is used against them, even to save their life. Since the Supreme Court consistently rules against cases of self-defense, Jung-rok is at a huge disadvantage.

When Attorney Yeon summons Jung-rok again, he assumes the CEO wants an update on the case but he asks for help picking out a tie for a television interview. It seems his absence from television was short-lived, with a television crew scheduled to arrive the next day for an interview. Attorney Yeon suddenly remembers Yoon-seo and decides to find a spot where she can spend the day, away from the crew.

When Jung-rok runs into Yoon-seo, he invites her to join him at the detention center the following day. Yoon-seo can’t contain her excitement at the thought of a long drive with Jung-rok and that night she frets over the right outfit and applies a face mask.

In the morning, Yoon-seo gets ready for work with an extra spring in her step and happily prepares lunch boxes. On the drive to the detention center, Jung-rok learns that his visit has been delayed and suggests stopping for lunch. Yoon-seo announces that she prepared a lunch and confesses that it’s been her dream to eat somewhere outside with a nice view.

Jung-rok finds a large park for lunch and even though Yoon-seo changes her mind after a cold gust of wind, he insists that he can brave the cold for her dream. Awww. Jung-rok is pleasantly surprised by Yoon-seo’s lunch, but she’s more than capable thanks to her training for a role as a Korean chef.

Jung-rok guesses that her work must have been interesting and Yoon-seo admits, “Back then, I was really happy.” After a second gust of wind, Yoon-seo insists, “Let’s go inside. If you catch a cold or something, it’s my loss,” and then quickly adds, “If you catch a cold…it’s an extremely huge loss for our law firm.”

On the walk to the car, Jung-rok urges Yoon-seo to warm her hands and when he mentions pockets, Yoon-seo gratefully places her hand in his pocket just as he points to her coat. Yoon-seo moves her hands to her pockets and walks away in embarrassment and when Jung-rok catches up to her, she hurries away.

In the cafeteria, Se-won and Prosecutor Lee are at a table when Yeo-reum walks in. Prosecutor Lee mentions that Prosecutor Im must be making Yeo-reum’s life difficult because he wanted the Im Yoon-hee case.

As if on cue, Prosecutor Im points out that Se-won and Prosecutor Lee make the perfect couple, “The son of a hospital owner and a daughter of a Blue House official.” After lunch, Prosecutor Im jumps into Yeo-reum’s elevator and gets more pointed, “Don’t Se-won and that newbie look good together…better than the son of a hospital owner and a daughter of a fraud suspect.”

Prosecutor Im knows that Se-won was sent to the countryside after he failed to indict Yeo-reum’s father for fraud. He reminds Yeo-reum that the only reason she was assigned the Im Yoon-hee case is because she’s a woman and predicts that no matter what she does, she’ll never be more than an ordinary prosecutor.

At the detention center, Jung-rok urges Yoon-seo to stay in the car, out of the cold, “If you catch a cold, it’s a loss for me as well.” When he goes into the detention center, Yoon-seo twirls happily at the thought that Jung-rok is worried about her.

Jung-rok meets with Im Yoon-hee, who can’t make eye contact and nods when asked if she killed her husband. After Jung-rok explains that a history of domestic violence isn’t enough to win her case, Im Yoon-hee looks up and asks, “Should I have died instead?”

After his meeting, Yoon-seo can see that Jung-rok is more conflicted that ever and promises to find a breakthrough in the case on the drive home. Instead, she falls asleep and Jung-rok thoughtfully lowers her visor and turns down the radio.

Yoon-seo opens her eyes to find that they’re parked in front of her home. Yoon-seo asks if anything happened while she was asleep and Jung-rok mentions that all she did was snore. When Yoon-seo protests that she doesn’t snore, Jung-rok asks, “…is snoring that big of a deal?”

Yoon-seo blurts out, “Of course. I only want you to think I’m pretty…,” and trails off when she realizes how it sounds. Yoon-seo feebly laughs off her comment but once she’s alone, she scolds herself, “Why would I say something like that?”

Before he drives away, Jung-rok calls Mr. Lee, who has a report on Im Yoon-hee ready by morning. Mr. Lee reports that Im Yoon-hee had an abusive father and that her mother ran away, but Jung-rok is particularly interested to hear that she once worked in insurance.

Back in Jung-rok’s office, Yoon-seo learns that a ruling of accidental death just became harder to win thanks to the client’s background in insurance. Yoon-seo mentions that she once played a psychotherapist and learned that women who remain in abusive relationships are psychologically damaged. Jung-rok tells her he already ordered a psychiatric evaluation just as he gets a call from Yeo-reum.

Yeo-reum angrily confronts Jung-rok about representing Im Yoon-hee, but he reminds her that it’s unethical to refuse a client’s request for defense. Jung-rok is determined to discover what really happened and defend his client to the best of his ability and explains, “That’s my job.” Yeo-reum vows, “She’ll never be…acquitted. Because that’s my job.”

On the first day of the trial, Yeo-reum tells the court that because the victim was stabbed in a vital spot, his death can’t be considered accidental and charges Im Yoon-hee with murder. Jung-rok argues that Im Yoon-hee’s injuries were too severe to leave her capable of a targeted attack and asks for her acquittal based on self-defense.

When questioned by Jung-rok, Im Yoon-hee confirms that her mother ran away in the middle of a beating, “She probably just wanted to stay alive.” After Jung-rok explains to the court that his client experienced a lifetime of abuse at the hands of her father and husbands, he calls on a psychiatrist to testify.

The psychiatrist explains that children raised in an abusive environment know nothing else and a vicious cycle is created when they choose partners who continue that abuse. Because of Im Yoon-hee’s early abuse, the psychiatrist concluded that she wasn’t in her right mind at the time of the fatal incident.

When Yeo-reum questions Im Yoon-hee, she submits the insurance policies that belonged to her father and first husband. Yeu-reum then verifies that Im Yoon-hee’s second husband had life insurance as well and the courtroom gasps when they hear the amount — $4.94 million.

After the trial, Se-won overhears Yeo-reum confront Jung-rok, “I won’t let you win with an insanity plea, so don’t even bother trying.” When she walks away, Se-won stops her, “Why are you obsessed with this case?” Yeo-reum tells him, “You were born with a silver spoon, so you’ll never understand.”

A subdued Yoon-seo returns to the law firm and fields questions about the trial. She explains that Jung-rok made a strong case for insanity until the victim’s insurance policy was introduced. Hye-young worries that losing this case will hurt Jung-rok’s career, which he happens to overhear.

Yoon-seo offers Jung-rok some encouragement, “I think that you’ll win this case.” She tells Jung-rok that good attorneys should be warm-hearted, like him, and confesses, “There was a time when I felt like I was alone in this world…Back then, if I had someone like you in my life, it would’ve been better.” Yoon-seo assures Jung-rok that she believes in him and cheers him up with a “fighting” gesture.

It’s late when Jung-rok looks up and sees Yoon-seo still at her desk. She’s pleased when he invites her to join him for dinner.

As they walk down the street, Jung-rok tells Yoon-seo that he became a defense attorney because he wanted to help people, not punish them. Jung-rok explains what moved him to tell the truth, “Because what you said made me want to be honest. Thank you for saying that you believe in me. Also, if there comes a time when you feel like you’re alone in this world..I’ll be there for you.”

Moved, Yoon-seo confesses that one day she’ll share her feelings from that moment. She’s taken by surprise when Jung-rok asks, “Ms. Oh Jin-shim. Do you like me?”

 
COMMENTS

I’m waiting for the appeal of Reach of Sincerity to wear off, but I’m still fully smitten by the charm of our lead couple, in fact, I fall harder each week. I adore each of Yoon-seo’s foot-stomps, pouts, twirls, waves, smiles and blazing glares. Even better are Jung-rok’s reactions, because he never knows which of Yoon-seo’s personalities will be waiting for him when he walks through his door. He’s turned out to be amazingly patient, which can mean only one thing, Yoon-seo’s crush isn’t so one-sided.

It’s been a sweet journey so far as we watch these two very different individuals get to know each other and face their deepening feelings. It’s been obvious for some time where Yoon-seo’s heart has been headed, not only because she’s such an open book, but because we see everything from her perspective. Less obvious are Jung-rok’s feelings, because he’s naturally more reserved, plus there is the fact that Yoon-seo works for him. But the more time that Jung-rok spends with Yoon-seo out of the office, the more his actions convey what might be going on in his head and in his heart.

It’s been hinted that Yeo-reum chose Se-won over Jung-rok in their university days. While Jung-rok may have harbored lingering feelings for Yeo-reum, it’s pretty safe to say that they’ve gone up in pink smoke now that Yoon-seo is around. When Yeo-reum forced Jung-rok to take that pasta detour instead of having lunch with Yoon-seo, he didn’t look too happy, but more telling, he turned down the chance to get coffee so that he could race back to Yoon-seo. Add to that his determination to make Yoon-seo’s outdoor picnic dream come true in spite of the cold, not waking her when she fell asleep… The evidence is adding up, even as Jung-rok suspects that the reason for Yoon-seo’s jealous reaction to his lunch with Yeo-reum is the same as Se-won’s. Jung-rok hasn’t distanced himself from Yoon-seo now that he suspects that she has feelings for him, which suggests that perhaps he returns them? I can’t wait to see these two grow closer because so far, it’s been darn cute.

As I was watching this week’s case of murder or self-defense, I was trying to think how it affected Yoon-seo, because so far, each case has touched on her own personal experiences. When Jung-rok was explaining the conditions that must be met to successfully claim self-defense, I was suddenly very worried for Yoon-seo. My fear is that this case foreshadows future events for our plucky actress and her ace attorney. That would mean a dark turn for our couple that I don’t think I want to see, because their love story is just beginning and that’s what I look forward to each week.

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it's getting better!

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We need some theories why nobody recognizes Yoon-seo on the street. Either sunglasses and a scarf are the world's best disguise, or people think 'that anonymous person sure looks a lot like Yoon-seo!', or people are much more polite and discreet when they spot celebrities than you'd expect, or perhaps Yoon-seo is just not as famous as she imagines she is.

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It gets worse, she’s now only in a pair of fake glasses, LOL. My only theory is that...

Well this is a korean drama. 😉

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My theory is that a lot of people can’t recognize or spot celebrities on public (just like me) unless it’s someone they are following closely or somebody pointed it out. It happened to me one time, an actor was having a cup of coffee at the cafe we passed by. I can’t recognize him because he looked very different in person. If I wasn’t told he was THAT actor, I wouldn’t really know.

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Yoo In-na recently said she enjoyed vacationing in the US because (1) nobody recognized her on the street as a celebrity, and (2) Americans tended to mistake the 36 year old actress for a high schooler. She also claimed Americans would mistake her buddy IU for a middle-schooler!

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It's all the reasons listed, plus:
1: With all the cosmetic surgery, they all look pretty and kinda similar.
2: The story doesn't need the distraction of bunches of people recognizing her every week, so they have to just punt.

FWIW, I once passed with a few feet of a guy who looked kinda like a certain
celebrity when I was entering a mall and he was exiting. I thought to myself, "That clown is trying so hard to look like so-and-so, but not doing very well."

Then I got to the bookstore and saw that so-and-so had just been having a signing.

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Ha! This reminded me of the time Charlie Chaplin entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest and came in fifth!

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One of the reasons must be she is out of the public eye since her scandal (was it two years ago?) Fame these days is very fickle and not as lasting as it used to be. The more mediums there are to be famous in the more celebrities there are and those who aren't constantly in the public eye tend to get forgotten.

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i guess if she was prancing out and about 3 months after her scandal, she would really be spotted easily. but this was 2 years after she was last seen by the public.. the public's minds works that way i guess. they forgot about her existence already and focused on others now.

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I am not too sure, I'll have to do further investigations but I have a suspicion her scarf and sunglasses are bought from the same store that Clark Kent and Miley Stuart buy their outfits.

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Why is Yoo In-na so cute? Weh weh weh??? *puts palms on cheeks*

In the hands of any lesser actor, the character Yonn-seo could easily be cloying and even annoying. But no. She is just lovable. Her pettiness is adorable, ditziness is charming, her self-absorption amusing. I don't think I have ever been so charmed by such a girly girl character!

And yes, as I have commented in Lee Dong-wook's Actor Highlight, his melo eyes are designed to be the perfect makjang sockets, but he is maximizing their "eyecting" potential to such great comedic effect here.

I enjoy everyone so much in the law firm. I ship Attorney Choi and Attorney Dan HARD. I cannot stop think about how wacky their children will be (but also worry about their well beings growing under these parents 😆.)

And most surprisingly, I am actually genuinely interested in the legal cases here -mostly looking forward to how the writer will bring all these cases together for what's coming for our OTP.

Give me plot, but keep letting us eat the fluffy cake please!!!

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“…is snoring that big of a deal?”

Okay, we have seen many perfect (too perfect?) male leads in dramas. But this is my kind of dreamy.

Girls, you will understand when you get to eunni's age.

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That's a good point about the legal cases. I found myself thinking "that's interesting" when Jung Rok argued about what constitutes fraud, or explained the legal definition of self defense the supreme court's rulings, and even when Yoon Seo brought up the case she remembered in law school. On the other hand, they're the only ones, so I can't tell that anyone else in the show knows anything about the law.

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😆 CEO Yeon certainly doesn't seem like he does at least on TV!

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🤣🤣 that was embarrassingly hilarious

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I need more Attorney Choi and Attorney in this drama. 😆

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*Attorney Dan. (This show gets me excited and I end up writing silly comments with lots of typos.)

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Why haven't I noticed Park Kyung-Hye who plays Attorney Dan before? Her eyes area amazing!!

A mama's boy paired with a woman who hopelessly, perpetually falls in love.....just love them!!

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I had a tiny bit of whiplash because she was the weirdo teacher with a crush on her nerdy colleague a few weeks ago in MY STRANGE HERO. Needless to say she got what she wanted.
It is going to be hilarious when she falls for mama’s boy... but it would be hilarious if he falls for her first? Either way, I’m firmly sitting on that ship and waiting for it to sail 😂

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I so want to see that she becomes a badass in court and/or lives out a thug private life!! 🤣

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He should definitely fall first and she shouldn't notice him for a while. As she tends to fall in love so quickly this would be the most comedic way (and what he deserves for his meanness - somehow whatever she says comes across as blunt and honest but he is mean)

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I want him to fall first! because her being in love with him will just stroke his ego, but we need to see him floored by her!

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I love her putdowns and glares. She is the second source of most of my laughs in this drama.

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I love her striking face. In a world of surgically enhanced and vaguely similar faces, hers is unique.

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Same here. I'm writing steamy fan fiction in my head for those two nerdballs.

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Hehe in my mind @tsutsuloo, his mother is just as goofy but rather exasperated with her son's intense dependency, rather than the typical K-drama kimchi slap deserving evil mother-in-law who thinks no woman is good enough for her adeul!

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Now, you both need to write up your fan fictions!

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😂 I've been curious about "kimchi slap" and finally just googled it. Gobsmacked when I saw this: https://youtu.be/jj6BBcCG2zA

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I have never been more happy to eat fluffy cake in my entire life

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Omg! This show is all kinds of adorable!!! I also ship the two bickering lawyers. Yoo Inna is outdoing herself every episode. The tangerine scene was so freakin’ cute!

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Every episode, I am amazed at how Yoo Inna is managing to make me NOT hate her cuteness and aegyo - I normally cringe a little when I see it being acted out. But for some reason, her portrayal of Oh YeonSoo is NOT making my hair stand, and is in fact making me love YeonSoo a lot more.

I think it's a testament to Yoo Inna's research that she's tapped into the "jinshim"/"sincerity" aspect of the character to mitigate the possible portrayal of a cutesy/airhead character.

I cannot wait for her to be instrumental to whatever case is coming up:
1. her excellent memory/memorization skills will come in handy for sure,
2. her experience as an actress having done other character research will give her multiple perspectives on any case,
3. her contacts in the entertainment industry will open different doors.

4. What she will not be able to do, at least in line with the story so far, is act. What I'd like to see is for her to own that flaw, and then subvert it - pretend to act while telling the truth, so it looks like an act since she's such a bad actress.

I spend waaaaay too much time thinking on this single drama when it's just fluff. WHY.

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Yoo-inna is doing a great job at not making me find her character annoying. I think unlike other actors Yoo-Inna has been able to portray a level of subtle depth to her character that does not make her naive or stupid ... just someone who is picking herself off the ground with a positive outlook

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I am also amazed at how Yoo Inna is managing to make me NOT hate her cuteness and aegyo. It's usually like nails on a chalk board to me and has caused me to drop dramas in the past.

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Ooooh ~ I love number 4! I hope that happens ^_^

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What I like about this show so far:
1. YIN’s portrayal of Oh Yeon Seo - in the hands of another actor, I may intensely dislike the character and find her grating and cringe-inducing but because it’s YIN, I can’t help but root for her - she is magical, I tell you
2. The partnership between Jung Rok and Yeon Seo - I love how they help and support each other, after the initial rocky start
3. The sweet chemistry between the two of them
4. How Jung Rok starting to let his guard down around her - he smiles more, becomes less stiff coz you know, resistance is futile right? 🤣🤣
5. No irritating male/female second lead or love triangle/square or do I speak too soon? (please don’t jinx it, please don’t 🙏🏼)

Episode 5 is my favourite to-date. It was such a giggle-fest for me, I was even giddy with excitement. I’m so glad I didn’t give up after watching the first 2 episodes because I felt the episodes got better, I connected with it more and thus, I enjoy watching them much more than I expected.

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Cannot wait heading Squeeville for the Gigglefest next week to get my fluffy pinku pinku cotton candy!!

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Me too, me too 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️

Psst...every time I heard pinku pinku, I giggled like a child 😄😄

This show will be the death of me....death by diabetes-inducing cuteness

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Lol, I thought I was the only one who had massive giggles when seeing LDW's straight face repeating "pinku pinku" ... death by sweet cuteness for all!

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YES! I kept wondering WHY say it twice ! Isn't one pinku enough Lee Dong wook ?!😂 luff him

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I *guess* (not knowing Korean) the repeating "pinku pinku" makes it like "very pink" or "pink all over the place".

But, isn't there another word for "pink" besides "pinku" ?

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My cheeks hurt from smiling so much in this episode. Really loving the easy chemistry between YIN and LDW.

YIN in particular has been golden in this role. I love how she mixes comedy with heart pinching moments, especially during the picnic scene, when she was recounting the time that she was happy.

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This may not be a prefect drama but honestly, even the top notch ones can't please everyone.
All I can say is this drama has regularly become my little warm bowl of comfort soup in a place dealing with record cold, snow and storms, often overcast for days and basically a whole lot of winter gloom. So I guess they found me, a part of their target audience and I couldn't be more pleased.

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Ugh Yoo In Na is just SO cute, I melt everytime she does something and the ship is starting to sail! Her jealousy burst was so cute and funny but I truly felt for her when JR wanted to talk about it in front of everyone, he's just so clueless lol
I'm actually enjoying the legal cases so I hope they keep them interesting, tho I was a little disappointed they wrapped up this one so fast, they've been mentioning since the first/2nd ep so I thought once the trial started it would take them at least 4 eps and we would get to see our favorite duo do some investigating on their own.

Attorney Dan and Attorney Choi have got to be my favorite side characters and that ship is going hard lol I can't wait for them realize they like each other I'm sure it's gonna be so fun, sadly the JR's friends still don't interest me so I just started ff'ing their scenes. OH! and I found it a bit hypocritical of YR to yell at JR bc he took the case she's also working on as if she basically didn't do the same to her sunbae? so she should be more understanding of how sometimes you don't have a choice and it's also just a job, I mean they work on opposite sides I can't believe it never occurred to her that she'd have to against JR sometime and that she can't separate work from personal but anyways I can't stand her and her ex and they just bore me to death ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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I do not think that the case of the woman who stabbed her husband has been wrapped up at all. stay tuned.

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I was delighted that Yoon-seo blurted out the real reason why she was upset about pasta (rather who he had pasta with) when she was tipsy even if she tried to negate her words the next morning!

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Yeah the episode really gets better each week, it's just the right drama to go to each week if you won't use your brain much when watching it. Also the quite balanced seriousness and fluff make it a nice drama

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THAT HAND IN POCKET MOVE, Y’ALL. Yoon-seo, I saw what you did there, you sneaky thing. 😂 I can’t believe she actually thought he meant his pocket rather than her own.

On Yoon-seo: I think YIN is a goddess because she manages to make this role cute instead of cringey. YS is the sweetest, and what she lacks in worldly experience, she makes up in leaps and bounds with her enthusiasm and her warm heart. Sure, she’s petty, and she’s being deliciously jealous over pasta (I’m rubbing my hands in glee) (also I’ve been to that pasta place and the pasta IS good), but when the time calls for it, she warm-heartedly reassures JR on his decisions, his character, and supports him in what he does.

On Jung-rok: Eh, was his character meant to have a crush on Yeo-reum? It’s not really looking that way to me. She seems just like a buddy to him, and I’m kinda glad he took the case anyway. Look it’s work, and while I can understand why YR wouldn’t be happy about it, I’m not the greatest fan of her pissy reaction. Anyway - I’m living for all his little smirks when YS isn’t looking. Things like waiting in the far while she sleeps, and putting the shade down to block the sunlight... giving her the car keys... he’s just so NICE. It’s all in the little things, and while JR may not be the most romantic fellow around he’s definitely got me enraptured.

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I totally agree with your assessment of JR. I felt that his actions were borne out of thoughtfulness and kindness, rather than trying to be romantic or to win her over. He is generally a nice guy (albeit a very reserved person), which is such a welcome relief when compared to the many a**hat male leads populating the drama universe. And the best part is, he is not a chaebol, just a regular guy who is good at his profession and expects the same level of professionalism from others.

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It's great that the second male lead is written as a chaebol ("the son of a hospital owner and a daughter of a Blue House official") who is bunking with JR.

We don't know much about him yet, but I am relieved that he is not annoying, and I am relived that it does not seem like the obligatory love triangle is of the distant past and will not be between our OTP.

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*that it does seem like*

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Cheers to the non love triangle in the present 🍻 - let’s hope that this will become a popular trend in kdrama. There are more than one woman and one man in Korea that you don’t have to fight over the same one. “Not interested in me? Fine, I’ll move on... life is too short for me to moon over someone who doesn’t feel the same”, right? Right?

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Disagree.
At the rate our adorkable hero is developing I am ready to fight tooth and nail with anyone who comes between me and uri Whiteboard!!

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@kimbapnoona

But kimbap unni, does Whiteboard feel the same way like you do? If he does, I will fight alongside you against those who dare to come between the two of you ⚔️ 🗡

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Hahaha @suriyana-shah,
I forgot about first rule of Oppa Fight Club, which is that Oppa is for all of us to share.
And also to talk about.
A lot.
Incessantly.
Like what I am doing right now.

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As this show has progressed, I have had to revise my opinion as to the two second lead prosecutors. This is not a love quadrangle nor even a love triangle. Instead we have two separate love stories. W-In this episode we learned that Se-won is the son of a hospital director- and that Yoo Yeo-reum, our pretty prosecutor, is the daughter of a man who was a high government official. Her father was accused of fraud, but never convicted. Se-won was the prosecutor who withdrew the charges – and for this he was exiled. He broke up with Yoo Yeo-reum either because he wanted her to be free to find someone else or because his family could no longer approve of Yoo Yeo-reum as a daughter in law (or both). This explains why he is camping out on his best friend- he has had to forgo his financial ties to his family. He comes from riches but he now has only his salary. If I am right then Se-won must truly love Yoo Yeo-reum a very great deal.

As for our main couple- The sweet journey continues. This show keeps getting better and sweeter even as we all know that the other shoe is bound to drop soon.

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I think they will be a good help to Yoon Seo once her case will reopen and netizens will go witch-hunting on her.

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There are some class issues at play here but we've been given so little backstory about Yoo Yeo Reum. YYR seems like someone who's always had to fight against sexism and the culture's fixation on status. She's woefully underwritten.

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the logical part of my brain, fighting for consciousness: This is the 2019 remix of You Who Came From The Stars and What's Wrong With Secretary Kim!!!

the rest of my brain, my heart and my soul: HEHE FLUFFE

...no but seriosuly this is so good. getting better and better. what a fun experience to watch their story

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Speaking of You Who Came From the Star, I also wish that someone would do a detailed fashion review of Yoon Seo's wardrobe and makeup from Touch Your Heart. I covet many of her outfits, especially those scarves. (YIN was also so chic in YWCFS, I liked many of the Moschino pieces that she wore in that drama. Style-wise, Yoo Se-Mi, looked fab. It's just that Cheon Song-Yi was just on another level.)

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Yoo In Na's wardrobe was fabulous in the otherwise awful My secret Hotel as well.

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exactly!! both her wardrobe from YWCFS and here is what YIN deserves.

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I was going to list all my favorite moments in this episode, but it just kept getting longer, and longer, and my laziness kept growing, and growing...
So I decided to just say, I’m charmed, I’m enreptured by this silly sweet couple. And now I’m going to rewatch the episode.

Also, I took Beanie advice and baked fresh cookies, and made myself milky tea before wrapping myself in a blanket to watch this episode. I think I shall do the same each week, because that is exactly the atmosphere this show calls for. 🥰🥰🥰

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That sounds like an amazing evening.

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Amongst all these happy comments, let me be the lone dissenting voice. That post it scene made me cringe. =.= And pretty much ruined the episode for me. I fast forwarded to get an idea of what happened then went to ep 6.

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Awwww those post-its are like manifestations of texts with heart emojis, delivered in physical forms! 😆

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The amount of post-it they used is ridiculous for (less than) half a day’s work though 🤣🤣

But I love their neat handwriting - mine would normally be chicken scratch and super untidy on post-it

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Wait, what? You pass cute post-its to a otherworldly handsome co-worker all day too at your job? So jelly!! 🤣

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Ehhh.... doesn’t everyone do that at work? So only me and Yoon Seo? 🤣🤣

No need to be jelly, my bosses were old farts and no where that handsome as JR, hence the chicken scratch handwriting
😆😆

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Lol, I pass post it’s to coworkers all the time. But they aren’t heart shaped. Because everyone is petty enough as it is here without adding the ability to use physical emojis.

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😂😂😂😂
*Pinku pinku finger hearts for you kimbap!*

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I have very unfeminine taste and used to roll my eyes at grown up women who decorate their desktop, car and home with pink fluff. I also cannot stand actresses who act cute and play ditzy characters. But I LOVE Oh Yoon Seo and more so, Yoo In Na!

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I had a flatmate and workmate, who became like a little sister to me, oh she loved pink!!! I couldn't understand the desire of pink in girls - I like old english rose pink, but before I knew her I had horror of pink colour. Now, I understand where it comes from but find it annoying that it's hard to get for little girls something other than pink coloured stuff. Not every little girl desires to be a barbie doll...

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Hehee, you just had to capture that particular scene as the first screenshot eh? 😂 I was cringing so hard. Poor girl. XP

I love Yoon Seo. Her cuteness and enthusiasm makes her so endearing. Despite what she has been through, she's still has a positive and kind demeanor and she's determined to get her career back on track. This might be my favorite Yoo Inna role yet if the show and her character development stays good until the end.

The words of encouragement she offered to Jung Rok was surprisingly touching to me. It was such a sincere moment. (Omg 진심! lol) It didn't feel cheesy or forced at all. And it gave some insight into her feelings during the past scandal.

My love for Yoon Seo is great, but Jung Rok is getting some too, haha. He's awesome in his own, quiet way. So thoughtful and patient.

The legal scenes and the weekly cases have held my attention well. Good to see Jung Rok in the courtroom. (The case was more interesting in the next episode.)

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locations for ep 5!

— Company dinner: Mercato Y [메르카토와이] https://koreandramaland.com/listings/mercato-y/

— Discussing a case: Artinus Farmer’s Table [파머스테이블] https://koreandramaland.com/listings/artinus-farmers-table/

— Visiting a suspect: Jangheung Prison Set [장흥교도소 세트장] https://koreandramaland.com/listings/jangheung-prison-set-%ec%9e%a5%ed%9d%a5%ea%b5%90%eb%8f%84%ec%86%8c-%ec%84%b8%ed%8a%b8%ec%9e%a5/

— Driving past: Gyeonggi English Village -- Paju Camp https://koreandramaland.com/listings/changeup-campus-paju-camp/

(we've also tracked down the Arboretum!)

also, our man Jung-rok is a saint.... having to deal with Yoon-seo's meltdowns and tantrums and mood swings. all that would probably gotten her a less-than-stellar appraisal and maybe even a warning letter or two in real life! though yes, she is childish as she said she is... but when she's serious and sincere, that is truly what wins us all over.

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I don't know if it is necessarily the case of "opposites attract", but their opposite personalities certainly balance each other out so beautifully!!

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Poor attorney Dan! The courier guy could've let her down gently. It was a bit too harsh. The others joke around that she will fall for someone else again, but I think it's actually a good thing. She doesn't Dwell on the negatives and just moves on. Or maybe I'm the only one who feels that way. Either way, I hope he and attorney Choi have more screentime- their scenes crack me up 😁

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The Chansung cameo was fantastic! I really felt for Attorney Dan but that exchange was hilarious:
"I don't think I will be hungry tomorrow" (huhu)
"It's being released tomorrow" (you lying bastard!)
"About 10 years" (awwww gurl, you deserve better 😭)

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Episode 3 was a low point for me but the show's entertainment value has risen in later episodes. I didn't expect the trial stuff to get the strongest, most thought-out storyline so that was a pleasant surprise. I almost wish in the planning phase they had chucked the 'fading actress in hiding' trope and just made it about a lawyer and his plucky assistant. Which I guess was the premise of 'Suspicious Partner'.

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Or Lee Dong Wook's other lawyer series, Partner (which I liked a lot).

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I LOVE Partner! Partner is one of the rare shows that never feels dated.

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It's an interesting contrast to this series: instead of a stiff, professional lawyer, in Partner he's an immature, playboy lawyer (but still pretty competent).

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Yes, here, fully smitten too! Am surprised there's still no appearance of Yoon-seo's stalker after the disturbing reveal last episode, but I'll take all the fluff of the budding romance, thank you! After the pocket incident, when she ran and he gave a little chase, I pretty much dissolved into giggles; how can they be so cuteee!
Am even happier that the romance looks like more or less split into 2 separate couples. Still dunno how to feel about the second couple coz so far their characters feels kinda pasted on our OTP's lives (to create jealousy and provide the truth about pasta ^^) Yeo-reum confuses me, I sympathise with her but also found her prickliness annoying...

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I think they are saving the stalker storyline for the climax of the drama...

And I also have very little interest for the second leads (partly because I don't find Yeo Reum's acting very natural.)

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Yea, I guess resolving stalker case will be the boss battle for our OTP!

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The way people get so upset, you'd almost think eating pasta was like coming over for ramen :)

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😂🤣😂

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😂😂😂

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Pasta is worse than ramen, you know, since in the western culture the general attitude toward noodles is more open.

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That pink work station remind me about another pink loving person Elle woods from legally blonde 👛 I think in some way Elle and Yoon seo is similar to each other in being ditzy but heartwarming person that is straight forward. They also hard working that put their everything into what they sett their mind to do. If yoon seo ever gonna start wanting to start up again law school I think she gonna be an unorthodox lawyer (like Elle), but also a good one i think... She do care for people and her fast thinking and memory gonna make her a fantastic lawyer I think. I don´t know why but I really wonder about this consider she never was a good actress and maybe want to start another road. I can see her doing this her life rolle before ending her acting carrier and start something new.

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I love the character Yeon Soo and Yoo In Na’s interpretation of her to bits. She is as hilarious as Cheon Song Yi albeit in her own unique charming way. I could just rewatch this for her character alone.

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This episode has some really great scenes and fresh ideas (well, as far as I know since I haven't seen them in dramas I've watched).

1. The leads exchanging heart-shaped pink notes containing very mundane work-related sentences looking like as if they're exchanging love notes.

2. The like-me-not using tangerines

3. The meta in the warm your hands in pocket scene. Haha... I knew YS would put her hand in his pocket as the scene was unfolding, and I was cringing with her.

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They're sooooo sweet!!
When they saved the heart-shaped notes in their drawers instead of throwing them away, they were so cute!

And I'm loving JR's kindness! A kind hero is way better than a rude one.

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I really want Yoon-seo makes some kind of arts and crafts project out of those post-its as a tribute to their love!! Maybe a pinku pinku Jung-rok paper mache statue? 😆

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No one's talked about this yet so I wanted to bring it up...

Did anyone else notice JR's kindness towards his boss? The scene where the boss asked him if he should wear the bow or tie, which was portrayed as ridiculous because JR was so busy and JR still humoured him + sat down and asked his boss if going on TV again was a good idea. Also, as JR left he casually mentioned he was craving coffee and his boss asked for a cup too... wasn't that JR's way of asking his boss if he wanted coffee too? idk, I thought it was so sweet and shows how kind JR truly is, even with people whom he supposedly gets frustrated with sometimes. or maybe I'm just infatuated with him, heheh.

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Same here, jinvincible, same.
JR is just a really adorkable, sweet, and considerate person toward everyone.

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Oh, their bromance is so sweet! I love how JR is honest, but almost dead pan joking with his boss, like when he asks him if he's stalking him at the elevators?

The CEO can seem silly, but they both obviously have respect and love for each other. It's funny that the others at the office see JR as cold, when it seems more that he is honest to a fault, and smiles easily when he sees a reason.

... okay, so I'm infatuated too... ^_^

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lol aww! our couple is so cute!! i think yoo inna and lee dong wok picked a perfect follow up drama to goblin to star in together

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i have to say yo inna has this way of portraying characters who can be annoying by script and turning them into super adorable, not-annoying-at-all characters!

like in queen in hyun's man, i remember people commenting that her character can actually be seen as quite annoying, but the way yoo inna portrayed it, it made her likeable. i totally feel the same way for the character yoo seo!

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Totally! We the viewers are like YIN's manager in QIHM.....her action sometimes can feel frustrating but we cannot help but love her all the same!

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I am in love with this show! Thanks for the recap!

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I'm enjoying this drama a lot. I don't think I've seen Lee Dong-wook in anything else before this (at least, not that I remember), but I really like the quiet intensity of his performance. And Yoo Inna is absolutely perfectly cast as well. Together, they're just friggin' adorable.

I am very pleasantly surprised at the type of "hero" Jung-rok is turning out to be. At first I thought he was gnna be the typical cold-hearted asshole stereotype, but as Yoon-seo herself points out: his gooey center is not that well hidden. He's a good guy, and while he can be pretty tactless sometimes (see: him asking Yoon-seo what was wrong in front of all their colleagues), it's not out of a desire to humiliate or pressure her. He genuinely wanted to talk through the issue with her, and I can only applaud the wish for honest communication!

The court case is pretty intense...there's obviously more to it than meets the eye.

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Not watching, but when I saw 100 comments I thought ooh, there must be a lot of complaining...oh, no, nothing but worshipful fans. Gosh darn it, now I have to add it to my watch list and catch up. See ya' later.

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dear lord... normally, I would be so exasperated at a female lead like this. But Yoo In Na is doing such an amazing job!!! She is just too adorable!!! I absolutely love her talking to her mirror every once in a while! and the scenes where she sways, and smiles goofily at everything Jung Rok does is so cute its making me feel so *kilig*! also, coincidentally, I have a similar necklace! the one she wore for their "drive". lol. I got so excited seeing it.

But anyway, I still can't empathize with whatever is going on with Jung-Rok's prosecutor friends, although I like Se Won because of his interaction with Jung-Rok and how he makes Jung-Rok somewhat aware of what Yoon Seo is doing. I'm so excited for this series and what happens next! off to the next episode I go!

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