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Romance Is a Bonus Book: Episode 10

Just in time to derail our hero’s love confession, an accident drags him away from home, leaving our heroine to dwell on her changing heart. Eun-ho thinks he understands the world he returns to, but Dan-yi’s perspective may have changed more than he could have anticipated.

 
EPISODE 10

Dan-yi treks home, so caught up at the thought of her “change of heart,” she doesn’t realize Seo-joon is trying to walk her home. He trails behind her all the way to the gate until Dan-yi finally sees him. He’s quick to forgive Dan-yi’s preoccupation, and lifts his hand for a high five to celebrate that they’ll be seeing more of each other now that he’s working with Gyeoroo. Seo-joon closes his fingers around Dan-yi’s as she hits the high five, and he smiles that he got a quick hand hold.

Eun-ho is gone when Dan-yi enters, so she places the shirt she bought for him in his room. But then she remembers the fuss Eun-ho made earlier about the puffy jacket she’d bought for him when he was in high school, and with the realization of what exactly he was hinting at, she tucks the shirt away in his closet.

After being rejected by Eun-ho, Hae-rin retreats to her parents’ restaurant. They’ve got their over-cooked dumplings to share as a family, but her parents’ good cheer evaporates as Hae-rin begins to cry. “I get rejected by guys all the time… because you only give me overcooked dumplings.”

As soon as Hae-rin’s mom hears rejection, she’s on her feet ready to fight Eun-ho. She jostles Hae-rin’s dad to rise and fight too, though he looks a little less reluctant to go to war, ha. Hae-rin splutters that the over-cooked dumplings still taste good though, and the family sits together in commiseration.

Back at the house, Dan-yi finds the necklace and flowers meant for her, but still no Eun-ho. Eun-ho, meanwhile, is at the house where Author Kang is tucked away. He ignores all of Dan-yi’s texts as he cares for the man’s wounds and watches over him. Dan-yi stays up late, worrying and wondering about Eun-ho.

Early the next morning, Hoon and Ji-yul take the bus together to the office after a long night working at the warehouse. Ji-yul seems ready to give in and start dating again, but Hoon tells her to stay strong and pays her fare for the bus.

Dan-yi’s concern grows when there’s no Eun-ho at the office either. Eun-ho continues to ignore her texts as he meets with a doctor for Author Kang. The doctor tells him that the injuries aren’t too serious, and that Eun-ho is better for the author than his own family.

Back at the office, Dan-yi keeps busy, and asks Ji-hong where they keep the fanmail for Author Kang. Ji-hong directs her to the meeting room, where they have a box overflowing with fan letters (I wonder if there are earnest ones from a young Seo-joon in there?)

When Dan-yi returns, the office schedule has been updated, and Eun-ho’s status is listed as out of office for personal reasons. Dan-yi wonders who updated it, and it turns out Jae-min threw the status on there before leaving the office himself. Jae-min travels to check in on Eun-ho, who continues to ignore Dan-yi’s incoming text blasts as he watches over his father.

Back at the office, Hoon and Ji-yul are late and a meeting is about to start. Everyone is pretty understanding, considering the late night they know they had at the warehouse, so they head in to the meeting without them. Except Hoon and Ji-yul did make it into the office, they’re just asleep in the middle of the meeting table, ha. Dan-yi asks if they should set up in a different room, but Director Ko vetos that and they proceed with their meeting, all the while Hoon and Ji-yul remain asleep on the table.

By the end of the meeting, everyone’s having fun trying to slam their books and folders down the hardest, and when the director finally exits the room, Ji-yul and Hoon scramble up.

Dan-yi pulls Yeong-ah aside after the meeting with a suggestion for the launch party they are preparing for Author Yoo’s book. She offers to find an acoustic guitarist for a small book concert, and Yeong-ah likes the idea. They both salute to each other as friends, and Director Ko scoffs at them.

The director retreats to her office, where her phone assistant hears her and asks if she doesn’t have any friends. Director Ko retorts that indeed, she doesn’t have any friends, and that yes, she would like lunch recommendations for only one, ha.

Another night arrives, and Eun-ho remains by Author Kang’s side. He reads to the man and continues to ignore texts.

It’s been three days that Eun-ho has been missing, and Dan-yi asks Seo-joon on their reading date if he knows any cops. She’s distracted when she sees that Seo-joon is crying as he reads the manuscript for Author Yoo’s book. Dan-yi grabs it from him to see which part touched him, and then nods, saying that it will only get sadder.

Dan-yi’s texts become more and more urgent, but Eun-ho remains by his father’s side. Finally, as she rides home from another day at work, Dan-yi sends a text, asking Eun-ho to just send an exclamation mark to confirm that he’s alive. She smiles when she gets a single “!” back, followed by, “I guess you miss me a lot. I came home an hour ago.”

Dan-yi races home, ready to remind Eun-ho how hard she can punch, but her enthusiasm diminishes when she sees that Eun-ho is sick with a fever. Eun-ho tells her that he’s relieved that he’s sick, so that her focus is on him and not on the necklace and flowers he left behind for her. Dan-yi wants to go make some soup for him, but Eun-ho grabs her hand and drags her back, asking if she’ll stay by him until he falls back asleep.

When Eun-ho wakes up later, Dan-yi is making soup for him. As they sit, Dan-yi asks why Eun-ho told her he didn’t like her. Eun-ho replies that he thought it would be better if she didn’t know. When she asks when he started liking her, he tells her he’s not sure, just like it’s hard to tell when one season ends and the next starts.

Eun-ho looks at the expression on Dan-yi’s face, and says that this is the reason he didn’t want to tell her at all. She retorts that he should have kept it to himself then, but Eun-ho points out that she had him against the wall with her questions. Eun-ho tells her that he’s going to keep living as he always has, giving her gifts and taking care of her, all while they both date others. He says that she can date Seo-joon if she wants, and he won’t be sad or lonely. After having his say, Eun-ho heads back to bed for more rest, leaving Dan-yi with her head in her hands.

In his room, Eun-ho receives a call from drunk Hae-rin. She’s in his neighborhood, at the udon restaurant, and eager to let him know both how happy she is that he finally answered and sad and angry she is to have been dumped. This isn’t just Eun-ho’s neighborhood though, and soon a certain princeling and his faithful dog companion mosey up next to the restaurant window.

Seo-joon waves at her, and Hae-rin ducks her head when she spots him. She gives a hasty retreat on the phone and hangs up, just in time for Seo-joon to call her. He says that he can’t come in, but offers to walk with her and talk. Hae-rin’s not up for the offer, but Seo-joon sends a text to let the offer remain standing and waggles his fingers for her to call him.

At work the next day, Dan-yi delivers a copy of the new book, with revision sticker, to Jae-min. As Dan-yi hands out the book, everyone can’t help but notice the way the sticker takes away from the production value of the book. Hae-rin’s anger bubbles over again, and she beckons for Ji-yul to follow her into the meeting room.

Dan-yi is happy to see Eun-ho back at work. Ji-hong cuts his finger, and Dan-yi is quick to deliver a bandage for the cut. She smiles that she always has them on her, since her heels are often in pain.

In the meeting room, Hae-rin unleashes her frustration on Ji-yul until Eun-ho interrupts and sends her to prepare for their upcoming meeting with Seo-joon. Ji-yul awaits admonishment from Eun-ho as well, but instead of yelling he sits her down and hands her a list of books about editing to study. Eun-ho explains that all editors make mistakes, but it’s also true that all editors feel terrible about their mistakes, because they care so much about their work and the final product that so many others work on with them. Eun-ho gives Ji-yul a month to do some studying and try to live up to the job expectations.

Once back at her desk, Ji-yul overhears everyone and how hard they work, and how much additional work they’re all doing to help recover from the mistake, and the shame finally starts to sink in.

Meanwhile, Hoon and another new employee head out to try to promote the book at bookstores. They scramble to position the book in a more prominent spot on shelves, and convince the book clerk to go along with it.

In the afternoon, Seo-joon arrives at Gyeoroo bearing coffee for the editing team, as well as one for Dan-yi. Dan-yi has just stepped out for a meeting to snag a classical guitarist (cameo by musician Jo Jung-chi) for the book launch party, so he places the cup on her desk for her.

In the meeting, Hae-rin begins to detail her ideas for the book design, but Seo-joon is quick to interrupt her and shoot down all the concepts she has in mind. Uh oh.

Out in the common office space, Dan-yi returns and finds all of her coworkers crowded around, eager to hear how she knows Seo-joon. Dan-yi just smiles and nods about it, but then everyone begins to gossip about how they’ve heard that Seo-joon is notoriously difficult to work with, and has earned the nickname “Mr. Pretentious.”

Back in the meeting, the mood sours more and more as Seo-joon announces that he plans to use an oriental painting for the cover, and Hae-rin is immediately not on-board with the idea. Seo-joon goes on and on, jumping from accusing Gyeoroo of not wanting to take interesting risks to insinuating that Hae-rin is closed-minded for thinking of Oriental painting as old-fashioned.

Meanwhile, Eun-ho is doing his best to keep both of their tempers at a reasonable level and not laugh at the both of them. Hae-rin is ready to call the meeting done, and speaks over Seo-joon to tell Eun-ho how difficult the new book designer is to work with. Not to be outdone, Seo-joon tells Eun-ho that it would be easier if he could work with another editor.

And then Seo-joon pulls out the sample ideas he’s assembled, and Hae-rin can’t help but cover over to look, and she likes what she sees right away. All the drama is gone, as the pair look over his ideas together, united in their protectiveness for the book. Eun-ho just sits back and smiles at the two of them.

As he leaves the meeting, Seo-joon spots Dan-yi and asks if she’d like to join him for dinner. Eun-ho tries to interfere by suggesting that Seo-joon go out to dinner with him and Hae-rin to celebrate their successful first meeting, and it backfires when Seo-joon just invites Dan-yi along to that.

Seo-joon has arranged for dinner at the tiny restaurant in the neighborhood, and he’s going to be cooking their meal. Seo-joon is entirely focused on Dan-yi–he’s made all her favorite things, and serves everything to her first. Eun-ho’s face twists in annoyance, and only sours further when Seo-joon asks about the guy Hae-rin hoped to meet on the snowy day, and she announces that she was dumped.

As Seo-joon and Hae-rin banter goodnaturedly, Dan-yi can’t help but think about Eun-ho and his confession. And when Seo-joon cuts his finger while cooking, it’s Hae-rin who jumps to help him, not Dan-yi. Eun-ho’s face begins to change as he remembers earlier, when Dan-yi gave Ji-hong a bandage. He knows now that she has bandages on her, but has chosen not to help Seo-joon. Smug delight replaces Eun-ho’s misery as they eat.

Eun-ho offers to walk Hae-rin to a taxi while Seo-joon walks Dan-yi home. Seo-joon asks Dan-yi if it wouldn’t be better to let everyone at Gyeoroo know they live together, but she admits that would also mean telling everyone they’ve known each other for a while, and she’s not ready for that. Feeling bad about earlier, Dan-yi pulls out a bandage for Seo-joon’s finger. He smiles and thanks her, unaware of what it was that made Dan-yi “forget” about it earlier.

When Dan-yi arrives home, Eun-ho is waiting for her in the garden, shit-eating grin still on his face. “Did you have fun on your date?” he smarms sarcastically at her.

Officially with the upperhand, Eun-ho asks why Dan-yi didn’t give Seo-joon a bandage, and tells her if she feels bad about Eun-ho being okay with her dating someone else, she should just feel it. Eun-ho smiles, and tells Dan-yi there are days, like today, where he finds it hard to hold back.

“What are you holding back?” she asks, and after a moment, Eun-ho leans in and surprises her with a kiss.

 
COMMENTS

Ah, it’s too bad. After gathering great momentum following a streak of excellent episodes, this week was a bit of a stumble. It feels like they just weren’t ready for the shifting balance of power between Dan-yi and Eun-ho, and so we were held hostage by fevers and ignored texts while they gave the relationship breathing room and tried to further the mystery.

Unfortunately, the scenes where Eun-ho cared for his father fell flat for me, probably because the man seemed less like a father and more like an unconscious man in a bed. Because we haven’t met Author Kang before, it was difficult to mourn what kind of man he was before he became ill. And because he didn’t interact at all with Eun-ho for the entire episode, it’s hard to feel anything about the interactions other than apathy. The man seemed more prop than someone in Eun-ho’s life. At one point Eun-ho just sat there trimming his fingernails, and it felt like he could have been pruning a plant for all the emotional impact it had. I’m not completely disillusioned by this father story line, but I do feel like this was not the right way to introduce this dynamic.

I am glad, however, that some of our time spent in limbo was dedicated to the blossoming relationship between Seo-joon and Hae-rin. These two have met their match at last, and I’m excited for them. And I don’t think Hae-rin’s parents would hate a guy who is a great cook.

Seo-joon looks a little desperate at times now, smiling and begging women everywhere to just please call him, haha. It makes me feel better about his inevitable breakup with Dan-yi though, because he doesn’t seem so invested in her as much as he does getting someone to pay attention to him. I’m surprised he remained interested in her through this week’s episode, when she was markedly distant.

Of course, I could be ignoring all of the bonding time these two are supposedly having off-screen. The show is so bored with Seo-joon and Dan-yi’s non-chemistry, it’s even given up on showing us anymore of their morning and evening dates. I thought the writers had somehow just completely forgotten about them, but they made sure to have Seo-joon mention it to let us know they continue. In any other show, I would be dying to know how these dates were going, but I’m confident that they’re pretty but boring, and definitely not worth the wasted air time.

The hour was saved in the end though, as Eun-ho finally gained awareness that the game changed, and it was in his favor now. From sulky to gloating, I loved the shift in the restaurant as Eun-ho picked up on what Dan-yi’s long silences were about. So cocky, he was able to tease her about her “date” in the garden, and then went in for that kiss.

From Dan-yi’s reaction, it looks like she’s going to try to deny it a bit more, but that’s okay. That just means that next week I’ll get the hijinks I was hoping for, with Eun-ho preening about in triumph while Dan-yi blushes and makes miserable efforts to deny her feelings.

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I thought the mystery about writer Kang will vanish but not at all. Is really Eun Ho's father? Because the Dr said Eun Ho was better than his children.

Hae Rin's family was so cute in this episode! I really loved this scene! I really liked the scene when she loved Seo Joon's design ideas. She's very passionate in her job.

For Eun Ho and Dani, I still can't feel anything. I think they played the card "he's my little bro" too long. She never showed anything and now I can't feel her change of emotions for him.

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in previous episodes, (can't remember which) it mentions that Eun Ho, His father died

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I don't remember anyone saying EunHo's father died. They said his mom died.

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His stepfather died and his mom did not help him get his inheritance. That is what was discussed in previous episodes

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I rewatched it. The translation I watched DanI said that her and her father helped EunHo get his inheritance from his stepfather after his mom died.

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Thank you for clarifying for me

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I wondered if I was the only one that caught this. My thought was that maybe Seo Joon is the biological son looking for his dad and maybe Eun Ho was a student who was took the place of the biological son. Like, maybe Author Kang missed out on so much of Seo Joon's life that when he met and taught Eun Ho, he used him as a surrogate son.

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I was thinking something along the same line. The EunHo is either a surrogate son or just the illegitimate son that the father didn't acknowledge until the end.

The only thing that has me thinking he is a bio-son is the rights to Kang's books. Why hasn't his family put up a fight for the rights? Those rights bring in a lot of money. The only logical explanation is EunHo is illegitimate and the family isn't fighting it to keep it a secret/make up for Kang not being in EunHo's life. Now, I say logical explanation which means it is probably wrong. There aren't many times when dramas have been logical.

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True...they don't want to make it public because maybe EH would be entitled to more. I assume author kang made quite a lot of money back in his day and the family must be well off. EH (and I think SJ as well) is an illegitimate son and he decided to help author kang because as a fellow author he understands that he does not want his literary legacy linked to his sickness.

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I think both are author kang's sons. EH is the older one and SJ the younger. But I think author kang also has an official family with children that did not care about him. Maybe he was never present because he was too busy writing and that is why they are not taking care of him. EH is but I think his motive is not based on love for his father but more out of respect of a fellow writer.

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If he has two illegitimate sons in addition to legitimate kids no wonder his family isn't taking care of him! I think he was a student who loved him like a father (his real father is dead ad his stepfather tried to steal his inheritance so he must have been in need of a father figure) and if the writer is disillusioned by his family he may have treated Eun Ho like his son. I think he wasn't given the write to the books, the publishing company was and it may have been on condition that they donate the proceedings.

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*right* to his books... I so want an edit button!

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I am not sure about that...the rights I think were signed over to EH and he decided to give them to the company and donate the money to charity. The question is if that was part of the deal or if he does not want to have them/the money because it comes from someone that never cared about him?

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My current theory is that EH is an illegitimate son, SJ too, but it's not widely known even to the doctor. So to him it looks like this unrelated person the guardian of his patient.

Do we know if Author Kang has any living relatives?

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Yes we do because the author's caretaker told Eun Ho you are better than his family.

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I assume he does otherwise the people would not be so surprised that he gave the rights to his books to the publishing company, no? I mean, if he had no family people would not be so surprised that the rights went to a company, no? Plus what the doc said as well.

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I am not at all invested in the father track. Hope they have something worthwhile there. I will pass all comments until then.

I really liked their honest conversation (Eun Ho's confession) - Him being poetic about it, she feeling sad and conflicted not knowing how to react or what to say, he being concerned that she may be uncomfortable and asking her to go about her life.. And what really touched me was at the end of it, he says he is going to bed and asks her to put back his bowl. That to me said everything - we might have crossed a boundary, but nothing will change what we currently have.

I look forward to how Dan-Yi handles this. Whether she can change the way she looks at him or whether she chooses to keep things status-quo. I am fine with both. Because, no matter what Dan-Yi decides their equation wont change.

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For the father track, I think the drama may tackle intellectual property rights, which are very important in publishing.

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Great. That will be very interesting!
But didn’t the author give his rights to the publishing company? May be he didn’t use a lawyer.

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That's what I assume, especially because Seo-joon seems very interested in how Eun-ho's publishing company got the rights to Author Kang's books.

I am very much interested in that story line as well, and am looking forward to finding out more about Eun-ho's family background, especially since it seems that his mother was apparently married to someone who tried to cheat Eun-ho of his inheritance.

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Just dropping by to profess my love for LJS 💗, he's so sweet. The scene in the restaurant where he figured out Dan-Yi's thoughts was too cute for words. Then later the kiss, and the sneak peeks from the preview promise a lot of heart fluttering moments next week. I'm prepared to see Dan-Yi trying to deny her feelings and getting lots of teasing from his side. The side characters are also entertaining and their stories full of heart. This is not a groundbreaking show but it's a very pleasant watch.

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LJS is at his best in this drama. ❤️

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I agree. He is really fantastic in this role. Everyone is very good, actually.

The only one of LJS's dramas that I struggled with was I Can Hear Your Voice, because I disliked the entire romance aspect. I thought it was creepy and gross that a 28 year old lawyer was dating a high school senior, and the drama went out of its way to ensure that LJS's character looked his age, with his school uniform and backpack. The only reason I went back and finished ICHYV, after dropping it 4 or 5 episodes in - is that I loved every other LJS drama so much, and enjoy him as an actor so much, that I wanted to see everything he was in.

In this drama, the age difference is only 5 years, but that's a huge difference when they are 33 and 37 than when they were in school. Dan-i is in high school when Eun-ho is in middle school, and would have probably been finishing, or even completely finished with, college by the time he started high school. She's married with a child by the time he's in college (if the daughter is 12, that means Dan-i had her at age 25, so she was pregnant and having a baby when Eun-ho was 19 and 20).

Even if Eun-ho, like LJS's character in ICHYV, had a crush on Dan-i back when he was in middle school, and it continued through his high school, college and post college years, it doesn't seem as if he ever let himself think about it being a potential romantic relationship until he found out she was divorced. (Question - I seem to recall that Jae-min approached Eun-ho about starting the publishing company when Eun-ho was still in high school. If that's true, did Eun-ho even go to college? Surely he did, although I don't recall it being mentioned. We know he had the web novels when he was in high school, but I got the impression from the doctor's comments in episode 10 that author Kang was Eun-ho's college professor. Guess it could have been high school teacher. Or, if Eun-ho is really Kang's biological son, which I'm very uncertain is the case, maybe the doctor hasn't been told that because it's a secret.

Anyway, I agree with what Seo-joon said when talking about books; the book you read at age 10 has a different meaning when you read it as an adult. As a lifelong, chronic bookwork, I know this is true. I can think of books I read when I was 11 or 12, and although I sensed certain things, I didn't really recognize what I was reading until much later. One example I can think of is Gone With the Wind. The first time I read it I was 9, and I cried when the horse died! I didn't have a single clue about the meaning of the whole, "Scarlet in her bed, humming and smiling to herself, the morning after the night Rhett sweeps her off her feet and forcibly carries her upstairs to her bedroom."

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Just dropping by to say that the kiss was so cute.

I agree that this episode was a bit of a mess though. Also, Seo Joon and Hae Rin have way more chemistry than he and Dani ever did. Sail, second ship, sail!

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I actually really like Seo-joon, and have from the beginning. I never thought he was creepy or stalkery. But I never shipped him and Dan-i, and I think that SJ and Hae-rin have tons of chemistry, and look great together.

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I generally find him annoying and in the way, but Ji Seo Jun is literally me when it comes to design and art pfffffft. (Also I love the Oriental Painting Cover idea.)

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The caring for his father scene fell flat for me, too. If there ever was a time or flashbacks in the way of filling in the story, this was it. But it didn't happen. I did have a favorite scene, though - it was mostly her uncharming expression - when Ha-rin said "that's my charm" to Seo-joon's comment about her fiery temper. And, of course, Eun-ho's open satisfaction about Dan-yi not offering Seo-joon a Band-aid. But, I agree that overall, the pace better pick up some way some how and fast!

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The toe-nail clipping scene touched me a lot. I suppose because my mother was in a coma for about three months before she died and i remember that. I wonder if it's one of those scenes which only resonate with folks with sick or dying family members. Some scenes can touch a lot of people but certain scenes connect with those audience members who have had to deal with dementia, coma, or even being the only one to visit a sick friend or family member. I felt hero's isolation of course and wondered why our hero didn't tell Dani all this. That bothered me, since these two supposedly share their hearts with each other but here we see that in their worst crises they didn't want to hurt the other person by sharing bad news. Which makes one wonder about that stiff-upper-lip thing.

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Hi Carole, Your comments made me realize something: I was looking at the father/son scene in terms of advancing the story (which I do a lot when I watching K-dramas), and not for the sentiments it may have been meaning to relay. Hmmm, did i rush through those scenes without savoring the tenderness and the unspoken story behind it in favor for wanting to them to "show" us something new? Thanks for a perspective that goes a little deeper . . .

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I think maybe this drama is all about the unspoken loving things that we do for those we love. Like that Japanese quote: "The snow is beautiful."

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Very true, Carole.

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I'm so sorry for your loss.

While I agree that most of this father track fell flat because of the lack of background story, the nail clipping scene did stick with me too, for a slightly different reason. It made me think of all the times I sneakily trim my baby girl's nails when she's asleep. Something so mundane, but I always did it with love and care. Those quiet moments I will always treasure. So while I didn't understand the isolation side quite as much as you, I did feel the heart in this small gesture.

Wonderful how the same scene can be perceived so differently to each of us.

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I was also touched with the nail clipping scene since I do that for my parents. Glad someone pointed that out.

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I'm not so much as enamored by this otp, as I am by eunho and dani as characters. So even though this pairing doesn't necessarily incite sparks or red hot passion (not yet at least), as most great otps usually do, their decades long friendship and the obvious mutual love and respect really makes me root for them.

i also always think i can't love lee jong suk any more than i already do, and he just goes and stars in a new drama. man, it's going to be a long 2 years without him in dramaland.

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Yeah.. will miss him!

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Seo-joon cuts his finger while cooking

Of course. He's a kdrama person. They injure their fingers so much I don't hardly know how to attack...

1: What have they got against their fingers?
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2: Convenience stores should sell Kevlar-armor finger gloves.
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3: Kdrama restaurants should should just list blood as an ingredient.

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On the upside colds very rarely last more than 24 hours and instead of becoming a disgusting snot monster you're just pale and have a bit of a fever.

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May be it is a cultural thing.

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Romance is a bonus book is well written, well acted, well directed and well produced. I just love this show so much. It is a light hearted and a healing drama. It is so simple and yet so endearing. I have watched all the episodes million times on Netflix. I hope most of my subscription fee will go to this show, which is the only way I can tangibly profess my gratitude to all those who made this show possible.

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I can't agree with you more. I love your choice of words 'a healing drama,' I think this show definitely is.

I really can't see how this can be improved in my eyes. I guess the pace and certain plots, characters cannot be everyone's cup of tea, but for me it is. I normally don't watch any drama's episodes more than once, but I just saw this ep the second time on Netflix in whole, without skipping any scene. I guess that shows how much I love the show.

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Agreed! It's actually a drama that exists for us to just enjoy... Not too much thinking or making difficult prediction... :)

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Me too, I rewatched episodes multiple times. Don't remember doing it for other dramas. 🤔

What I do wonder is IF I would have given this drama a chance if it weren't for LJS (and LNY) ... I'm thinking no... because I had a hard time finishing the I Need Romance series from the same writer. I think the main + second lead actors there just didn't cut it for me.

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Same boat with you.. I love the unique “making book” concept, the warm ideal workplace different people are treated like family, and the beautiful dialogues.

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I actually liked this ep better than ep9.. 🤔

-> Again, great scenes with LNY and LJS! I just love their chemistry! For me, all their scenes made sense, even the abrupt switch from serious conversations to sudden bickering (and giving another a whack - - I'm talking about you DY 😂) given their history.
---> DY worrying about EH and quickly switching to a noona-teaching-her-dongsaeng a lesson.. Hehehe
---> EH explaining his feelings, and DY finally "getting it". No comedy here.
---> "Why would I risk my life for love? "
EH is such a mature and logical male lead! 👏👏👏

-> Loved the parents 👫... So hilarious that even when they were "hating" on EH, the father was sort of pointing out EH'S good points hahaha

-> SJ and HR... They are truly better off with each other. SJ was intrigued by DY almost at first sight.. without knowing anything about her. HR looked up to EH as a mentor, she couldv'e been doubly enamored with EH because of that. But SJ and HR are actually getting to know each other... which is probably a better foundation for a relationship. I think that is what the drama is trying to show.

> I was actually pleasantly surpised that they continued to address JY's mistake with EH explaining to that yes, eventhough sometimes an editor makes a mistake, they feel ashamed after. And that she needs to think about her position if it is what she really wants. Who would've thought we'll get mentor and workplace lessons here. 😊 I want a mentor like EH! 😁

-> And finally.. Did anyone think a band-aid would trigger EH to make that move.. Finally moving out of the friendzone??? Even if they showed the "almost kiss" during previews, I was still squealing when he actually kissed her 😂😂😂 And LJS!!! Such a GREAT actor, that even in only a few minutes, we are inside his head and get why he did what he did!
So simple, so pure, so ❤️❤️❤️.

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Loved the scene with Hae Rin's parents too. So supportive! Especially mom when she said that they gave him (EH) too many kimchis already. Hahaha

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Forgot to mention the kimchi... 😂

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👍👍👏👏

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Hmmm it was interesting to see more of the writer Kang's issues (though we don't yet know what the exact issue is explicitly.

I like the Seo Joon Hae Rin pairing more and more now.
Also officially on the tertiary couple ship! The meeting while they were still sleeping on the office table was hilarious!

honestly I did expect to see more of the DanYi Seo Joon relationship before the main couple got together. But oh well.

I must say, being a lover of books, this drama is showing me a lot in terms of details on the 'making of' of a book that I hasn't thought of before!

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Thanks for the recap @abirdword! A couple of thoughts:
That pink plaid coat!!! It is gorgeous and looks so warm! These folks must have huge closets just for their coats.

Dan-Yi is uncertain and I wonder now if she still thinks that Eun Ho knows her too well so how in the world could he love her? Her ego and self-worth took quite a beating with that ex for 11 years, and she is just now feeling a sense of accomplishment and worth at work.
How could her "best friend like her when he knows here inside and out, and knows how imperfect she is?" - is kind of how I'm seeing her cluelessness.
Dan-Yi is still discovering ways that she can be loved and how much she deserves to be love. Now she will learn that it's okay to love someone herself - especially someone she has loved for a long time.

But overall I'm just enjoying the show. Would love to know more of the backstory of the old man AND if her daughter will ever come home.
oh well, few dramas are as perfect like My Ahjussi.

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I can't believe we are already at episode 10!

I'm really liking the second leads and their blossoming relationship, they could be cute together.

About the main couple, I'm curious about the development of their relationship, but every time an episode ends, it seems that I find out more about DY's feelings and thoughts from the phrases in that kind of "epilogue" than from acting and events.

I hope the Kang situation won't take too much space in the story, there are just many irons in the fire without it.

I can't say I'm loving the show, but I like it, and above all its representation of different kinds of relationship.

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"About the main couple, I'm curious about the development of their relationship, but every time an episode ends, it seems that I find out more about DY's feelings and thoughts from the phrases in that kind of "epilogue" than from acting and events."

This was my complaint since the beginning. Anything that is not "acted" and "shown" in he episode but just "told" afterwards don't feel part of the story for me.

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So, I'm not the one @moonbean

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Thanks @abirdword.
The hilarity in this show is amazing. I was more amused than sad with Hae Rin's diatribe over over-cooked dumplings and how she blamed them for being rejected, and the meeting around the sleeping couple while everyone remained deadpan, had me under my table LOL.

Seo Joon is interesting. He could have just passed by Hae Rin at the restaurant, since she was not yet a 'friend' but someone to work with, but he stood outside to watch her and offer a friendly shoulder.

The mystery remains about why he has a specially locked room storing Writer Kang's work and notes on him. Is being related to Writer Kang such a secret for everyone related to him? If the reason the show gives does not warrant such cloak and dagger shenanigans, I will be somewhat annoyed.

I'm glad to see that Eun Ho's hopes are now ignited and am rooting for him all the way. I'm all game to see Dan-i discover her true feelings with shock and start to crumble in the face of Eun Ho's forward movement.

I'm hoping for more softening of Dir Ko in the next episodes. I want the more senior girls team to get together again!

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I also agree that the father/mentor route is kinda out of place and this show is already great even without the father mystery. I found myself fast forwarding through those scenes.

We could use more Seo Jun - Hae Rin scene in lieu of those though. Squeee ~~~

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Intellectual property rights are very important in publishing. The show may just tackle this issue.

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I don't know how to explain about this show... it is light and breezy but it is not hooking. I think that is because the relationship of the OTP is moving at a snail's pace, and we're already at ep 10. I just don't see how there will be enough time to show her genuinely falling for him.

Anyways I continue to enjoy this show, and I hope the last 6 eps prove me wrong, and make up for the slowness of the first 10 eps.

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I was doing a rewatch of this episode when the recap popped up. I was watching it with my mom when she voiced everything I was thinking about HaeRin. She really let her own feelings blindside her to all the signals EunHo was giving her regarding how he feels. She said herself that he never answered her calls or texts after work. She really believed he never saw her letters when he's an avid reader? I guess it could lost in translation but she kept saying he dumped her. Can't be dumped when you weren't together.

The silver lining in that whole fiasco was HaeRin's parents. Her mom was so cute taking her side. Those are the things you remember throughout your life.

I laughed during the book cover design meeting. HaeRin and Seojoon really do have chemistry.

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From her point of view her secret crush dumped her. It's because he was aware of her feelings for quite a while but never said anything, so she is making him responsible for her heartbreak. A bit childish but it is one way for her to get over it.

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This isn't the first time I heard a Korean drama equating getting rejected by being dumped. I don't know if it is due to the language or culture.

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In that scene Hae-rin's mum reminded me Oh Hae-Young's mum from Oh Hae-Young again.

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Yes! When she took off her cardigan, it totally reminded me of Oh Hae Young's mom getting undressed to fight!

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I think what I like best about this drama is that I like the whole drama. There isnt a single character or plot that I don't like or think about fast forwarding through. When Im watching I'm just as investing in the Hoon/Ji-Yul relationship as I am in the otp. Im disappointed when we don't see and spend time with every character, because I genuinely enjoy them all. I like how full the drama feels. There are so many dramas that I've watched that I was there for the otp, or I loved all of it except for this one thing that I had to ff through because good night sweet potato I just could not. I dont have any of that here.

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Lee Jong-suk and Lee Na-young have no sexual chemistry. I get why Eun-ho has been in love with his noona since he was 11, but I cannot picture Dan-yi falling for her dongsaeng (she even saves his number as "dongsaeng"). A relationship between them is just not believable.

I love how Eun-ho still humors Hae-rin even after rejecting her. Like his letter, his phone call was oh-so sweet. "You're right. I am a bastard, aren't I? Are you with anyone? I hope you are." In comes Seo-joon who is even sweeter. "Do you need a friend? I can take my dog home and come back."

Hae-rin acted unprofessional in their meeting. You hired Seo-joon as the book designer; let him design. Why are you dismissing his professional opinion? Thanks a bunch for recapping, @abirdword!

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Oh I so love love love this show.

I don't know but this episode is my fav. I really love every bit of it. I love how Park Hoon and Ji yul slept on the table while the team held the meeting, and that they pretended to be asleep throughout the whole meeting because they were afraid of having to face Ms.Go. I love LNY since I think she is so charming that I can't held back but falling in love with her (character) if I were Eun ho or Seo Joon. She is just so adorable and charming in every possible way. I love her oversize clothes. Her style shows who she is and is consistent with her personality. I love the Gyeoroo publishing company team, the atmosphere is good there. I love love love Hae rin, she just rocks and so genuinely true to herself.

For LJS, I can't feel his chemistry with anyone (I watched IHYV and When You Were Sleeping) besides LNY here. It explains to me well that he used to tell the media that she is his ideal type, because I can just feel his love towards Dan-i. I really think that this is the first time I can feel that he can actually love someone in the dramas. I really am invested in their relationship. Just a tiny think that I think it's quite unfair for Kang Dan-i is that when Eun ho knows that Dan-i might have a change of heart, he begins to be quite cocky and shows cute, yet devilishly arrogant yet subtle facial expressions of being chosen and a winner in this love relationship. I can't help but feel pity for Seo joon. hehehe

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"because I can just feel his love towards Dan-i"
--- Agreed... Though I think he is holding back because LNY is married😉.
Imagine if she wasn't 😂.

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This is my first LNY drama and I have completely fallen in love with her! I just love seeing her expressions. She has this really charming way of speaking. She's a delight to watch!

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I wonder if the way author kang was introduced mirrors his real life relationship with EH. The doctor said that EH is better than his children so I assume even the doc is not aware that EH is kang's son. In my opinion EH is the product of kang's extra marital affair and that he never really had a relationship with him. He was chosen only because he is an author himself and because of his love for books. His mission was saving the books author kang wrote and keep them free of being linked to his sickness. And in order to do so he agreed to keep the secret. So maybe his relationship with author kang does not involve anything else but their shared love for books.
And since the author has one secret son, he could have 2...SJ is probably his half brother. That would explain why he is so obsessed in finding author kang.

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I found the opening scene of the episode very symbolic. The fate of this relationship is that Seo Joon is invisible to Dan Yi. Whether she realizes or not her mind was always preoccupied with Eun Ho even before he made is confession and that’s why he keeps talking about Eun Ho to Seo Joon.

I love love love Hae Rin’s family. They are absolutely hilarious.

I think this show’s biggest weakness is the way they are handling author Kang’s story. I wrote at the time of the big reveal that “he is my father” wasn’t at all impactful. Now, in the same blasé manner we learn that he is not Eun Ho’s father after all (I am confused, is he his father or is he not? The subs I read implied he was his teacher).

Hoon and Ji Yul sleeping on the table during the meeting had me in stitches. Nice to see Ji Yul finally showing some interest in her job.

I didn’t like the show’s ambiguity about the bandaid. Did Dan Yi genuinely forget because she was thinking about Eun Ho or did she not want to give it to Seo Joon in front of Eun Ho?

As much as I love Hae Rin and Seo Joon together Eun Ho and Dan Yi are only marginally better than Dan Yi and Seo Joon. The best part of a noona romance for me is the noona’s futile attempts to resist the feelings she is having. But Dan Yi is so out of touch with her feelings that she doesn’t have a clue what she is feeling for whom and that really is running the romance for me. Eun Ho is singlehandedly carrying the emotional weight of that relationship.

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This is not a regular Noona romance. The two characters are actually only five years apart in age. So this is really a kinda-sorta noona romance. The issues are real, but do not dominate the story. And we really have multiple love stories going on.

Is Author Kang Eun-ho's father? I am not sure either, but we do know that they do not share a family name. "Actual children" could refer to legitimate children who are actually on the family register. Or maybe Author Kang is just his teacher. Either way the way his story is being handled is simply dumb.

Dan-yi did not forget the bandaids - she did not want to shake up Eunho. Contrast that with the way that Hae-rin leapt to her feet to go to Seo-joon's aid. Her subconscious is already seeing him as someone who is important to her personally.

Hoon and Ji-yul sleeping together on the table was fun- and maybe a foreshadowing. But I agree with you about how great it was to see Ji-yul look around her at what everyone was doing and really start to notice things. We forget that she got her job in part because of her good grades- she is not actually stupid, but rather her mother's smothering had suppressed her natural intelligence and made her seem like an airhead. Now that she is paying attention we may see something different from her.

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Hmm. I wasn’t a huge fan of this episode or the last because I think the focus on romance has hit some false notes for me. I like Seo-jin and Hae-rin together, but I have mixed feelings about the way Hae-rin’s irrational moments are played for laughs. I may be in the minority, but the way she sobbed in front of her parents felt fake and exaggerated for comic relief. I enjoyed her book meeting with Seo-jin, but her initial reaction to his idea was also over-the-top. Her sudden change of heart was funny, but I worry they’re turning her into an unstable joke for laughs, and I have mixed feelings about that. Part of me is amused because she has chemistry with Seo-jin. Part of me is a bit put-off because I would rather see them bond as compatible professionals. Do we even need mature female characters if we’re still going to reenact the old trope in which the sophisticated male is inexplicably charmed by the zany female’s childishness?

Similarly, Eun-ho is somehow portrayed as having a more mature understanding of love, despite Dan-yi’s role as the older divorcee with a child. She has been in a long-term relationship, but she must learn how to love from Eun-ho, who’s main romance is an enduring childhood crush. Eun-ho’s devotion and maturity are also inconsistent. Despite his drunken trips to her house, a year went by before he realized she was divorced. I question the wisdom of suddenly confessing romantic feelings for a friend who is still reeling from a bad divorce and relying on him for housing, as well. Both leading men seem childish when their jealousy is on full display, but I tend to think that may be because the creators do not know how to depict romantic relationships in a more mature way. I’m not sure.

Anyway, if we’re going to spend so much time on romance, I’d love to understand why Dan-yi is the way she is beyond her marital problems. We know that she had reservations about marrying her husband, so why did she feel she had no other options? Why was she a bully as a child, and what was her relationship with her family members? How will her daughter react to Eun-ho, and will she eventually play a role in this drama?

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> but the way she sobbed in front of her parents felt fake

I thought so too, and with most of HR scenes... But for me, it might be more due to the acting/execution of the actress. Others seem to like her character.. so maybe it's just me.

HR's best scenes so far was with EH when she read his rejection letter.

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I like HR, but I agree there was overacting in this episode.

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I totally agree with you. Also, I really HATED the fact that he said he wasn't going to force his feelings onto her (yay!) but then did precisely that by planting one on her without her permission (boo!). I mean, it was initially a step in the right direction for a kdrama, but then they took two steps back. The fact that he clearly KNOWS that doing that is wrong but did it anyway made it even worse for me.

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Anyone else notice the orange cat running into Eunho's yard at the beginning when SJ and Dani were outside his house?
I thought it would vital to the plot but I think it was just a random cat hahaha.

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I thought I imagined that, and had to go back to make sure it happened for real, lol.

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I saw that too ..

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LOL.. everyone looked at the cat too. am guessing the cat did a unintended cameo and they continued shooting.

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I fully expect the cat to come back next episode, possibly to break the tension from the kiss. Every small detail in this show has been shown for a reason.

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I really love this show. I like the way the hero looks at the heroine. Am not sure how long it'll take our heroine to fully fall in love with him. Right now she so wants to prove herself in life and she's been only a mother and a rejected wife for a while. So it's hard for her to see herself as sexy, esp to a kid who she always thought of as a....kid. They may or may not have chemistry now but to me, this is a bit like the relationship between the OTP in EVER NIGHT. Romance is just a supplement in two ways. First, it's a supplement to a valid life. Secondly it's a supplement to a good relationship. If you can get along, care for each other, understand each other and have sex once in a while...it's the most important thing.

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I have been watching korean dramas for more than ten years. In that time, I don't recall any lead female actress wear such over sized clothes. Usually the leads wear the latest styles and at least appear feminine. Dan-yi's clothes make her look like a cartoon character. She is attractive but the clothes just seem wrong. Are her clothes trendy in Korea?

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I am seeing baggier pants in the stores but, no, overall I don't think her style is a trend. The only thing I can think of is she is wearing her mom clothes from back in the day or else she bought some seriously ugly stuff at that boutique in an earlier episode.

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I loved this episode! Finally, the straightforward confession. It was done in a calm, unassuming manner. And the kiss!

I think episode 9/10 had a lot to live up to, after an amazing episode 8. It isn’t a problem though, because I felt that the show is still amazing and doesn’t take away any of the charm it has rightfully deserve despite not being as wonderful as episode 8.

What I love the most about RIABB is that it is a healing Rom Com. I’m actually glad that LJS and LNY decided to do this instead of a fluffy romcom. This is so much more thoughtful, so poetic, so calming and fits both their images.

Another point about RIABB is that it has standout moments in almost every episode (for me at least)!

Eg. (Not listing them all because it’s just too long)

Ep 4: when they were staring at the moon
Ep 8: The subtle snow confession scene
Ep 9: HR’s rejection letter and Dani’s book analogy of Eun Ho
Ep 10: The confession and the restaurant dinner scene

I’ve watched a few other works from the same writer and she definitely is consistent with a realistic and non-fan service (Because i think a lot of romcom kdramas do that) approach to love. However this time it feels different. The previous ones INR, Discovery of Love had quite a lot of brashness and indecisiveness and arguments happening between the characters, which was quite tiring to watch honestly. This one instead is filled with characters who are considerate, genuinely kind and passionate. I never realized how healing it can be to watch a show with no malice haha. Flaws yes, they are human afterall but no malice!

Can’t wait to watch the final 6 episodes. I have a feeling it may be slightly rushed as they have so many loose ends to tie, but it has already cemented its place as one of my fav romcoms of all time.

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The scenes where Eunho was with his father were largely a waste. That time could have been better spent on the rest of the story.

I thought these two episodes were actually effective in showing us the profound shifts in the relationships. Not just Dan-yi and Eunho but even more Hae-rin and Seo-yoon. We see them truly starting to get under each other's skin.

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I really dislike the Author Kang arc.

"The man seemed more prop than someone in Eun-ho’s life."

Can't agree with this more.
As I mentioned before in previous episode recap, it just made EH look shallow, that he is living such a cheerful life when the father/mentor is sick somewhere. It made all the three days attentive caring looks fake. If the drama has inserted some scenes of Author Kang with EH somewhere along the way, this arc won't seem so jarring.

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I am enjoying this drama, good pacing, lots of happening, fun, warm n poetic. EH's facial expressions was priceless - frozen sad afraid n walk back to the house his knee gave way - haha...thats so funny he got busted bt Dani straight forward question. I like the way EH wrote his letter to HR, saying positive things about her rather than negative that's what rejection always do. I like the way EH using the seasons to describe when he started to like dani. I like it his philosophy that he is not in pain or suffering while letting Dani like whoever she wants - he is not possessive. I like Dani straight forward character, i laugh that sje camnot catch the hint with park hoon in the lift - it's so me. I like EH talk with the girl, very calm n setting practical ways for her to discover the attitude of doing the work. I like it that park hoon reason that he should not spend on cab most guys will do it to get the girl. Better not to treat the girl like princess n suffer - that is not love. I like HR outspoken n great negotiations skills. I believe author kang is the link between EH and SJ. SJ i think is looking into intellectual property rights which he thinks geroyo got them n lock up author kang. SJ chart has a missing link n that cd be EH who was given the rights. Hence the room with author kang material are lock. Author kang cd have help SJ when he had tp stop school to look after his mother when she was sick n author must have become an important person to SJ. I believe EH is author Kang son but he divorce the wife n never got to see EH till much later. Tonight there be more revelations and i am looking forward to it unfolding. I like it that the drama did not drag. I watch 1 drama, the whole episode was to steal when to steal how to steal who to seal a dead corpse. I drop the drama.
I kept rewatching Romance is a bonus book - its poetic n makes me feel good.

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Does someone know the song at the end of the episode? I tried looking for it but I couldn’t :(

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Author Kang as a prop? No, I don't think so. I've just check, the actor who plays Author Kang, one of his last outings is being Ae-shin grandfather in «Mr. Sunshine». I don't think they need such an able actor to be a prop?

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can someone tell me what song was used on the first part of episode 9? it’s also used on the last part of episode 8.

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I'm slowly catching up, I'm determined to finish this.
Let's get it otp & second otp!

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