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Romance Is a Bonus Book: Episode 5

Our heroine picks up steam around the office and shows the resident “fussy witch” that she’s not giving up or giving in. That’s not to say there aren’t hiccups along the way, but Dan-yi’s perseverance and positive attitude have a way of drawing support from those around her.

 
EPISODE 5: “I’m Curious About My Feelings, Too”

Gyeoroo Publishing encourages all employees to participate in marketing via social media. Dan-yi posts about the books getting shredded and vows to work hard so as not to be ashamed when she looks at trees. Thinking of the night before, Eun-ho writes a quote about the moon, while Hae-rin corrects everyone else’s grammar. President Kim contributes with his cringeworthy dramatic flair, resulting in everyone blocking him. Meanwhile, Director Ko boasts a refined lifestyle despite her messy apartment.

Taking note of an upcoming marketing meeting, Dan-yi gets a copy of the book from Eun-ho so she can come up with ideas. Eun-ho is surprised she’s willing to try again after Director Ko burned her last time, but Dan-yi insists she’s not afraid.

Director Ko meets with some friends and despite her disinterested expression, rubs her ring finger as the women chatter about their families. The women suddenly halt their conversation, pointedly declaring it rude to talk about husbands and children when Director Ko has neither.

The jab is not lost on Director Ko, who points out with three houses and a prestigious job, she has no need to feel jealous. As she saunters off to pay the bill, the other women huff and vow not to invite her anymore.

Meanwhile, Dan-yi pesters Eun-ho to give her some hints over PPL Subway sandwiches, and pouts when he calls that cheating.

As she finishes setting up for the meeting, Dan-yi receives a text from Eun-ho. He tells her that while Team Leader Seo is in charge of marketing, Director Ko started out as a marketer and as such the women often clash. Eun-ho advises Dan-yi to strike when the battle reaches its boiling point.

As the team members file into the meeting, Dan-yi stops Director Ko to ask if she can sit in, suggesting the experience will help her assist everyone better. Director Ko starts to protest, but President Kim overhears and allows it.

The meeting kicks off to inquiries about recruiting Seo-joon. Eun-ho admits it was a bust and everyone assumes President Kim’s extravagant personality is to blame. At the same time, Seo-joon is at the bookstore purchasing severely damaged books to keep them from being shredded. As he’s leaving, he overhears some customers complaining about Gyeoroo’s success after gaining the missing writer’s publishing rights.

President Kim and Eun-ho are tight-lipped about why the meeting with Seo-joon went awry, so discussion shifts to the number of copies to publish. Without Seo-joon’s cover design to bolster sales, the initial plan for 10,000 copies is cut in half. Rookie Ji-yul interrupts to clarify what they’re talking about and her ignorance raises eyebrows.

Looking at Eun-ho, President Kim wonders who hired her and is taken aback when Eun-ho silently responds that it was President Kim’s decision. Stunned, he mentally questions if Eun-ho can hear his thoughts (aww, I Hear Your Voice references!), but Eun-ho ignores him and brings the meeting back to order.

The marketing team wants to promote the book with a web comic summary of the plot, but Director Ko instantly shoots it down, pointing out it’ll take too much time. Instead, she wants to focus on online marketing, but Team Leader Seo argues that it’s risky to ignore offline marketing.

The fighting escalates and President Kim asks if anyone else has a suggestion. Dan-yi chimes in, much to Director Ko’s chagrin. Eun-ho suggests they hear her out, and Dan-yi pulls up a presentation on the projector.

She points out that there’s a fine line between over-marketing and making people sick of the book, and under-marketing where everyone forgets about it. Since the author is an unknown rookie and they don’t have a clear selling point, Dan-yi suggests creating intrigue by keeping those things a mystery.

By wrapping the book and not revealing the author, title, nor the plot synopsis, Dan-yi wants to create the feeling of buying a gift for oneself. Director Ko disagrees that anyone would buy something without knowing what it is, and Eun-ho points out they’ll know it’s a book. Hee.

President Kim likes the confident message of releasing something without revealing anything. Since people don’t know the author and they can easily remove the wrapping if the idea flops, it’s a low-risk endeavor with a potential to be reused on future releases if it succeeds. President Kim assigns the planning to Hae-rin and Dan-yi and ends the meeting. Everyone congratulates Dan-yi, save for Director Ko, who slams her books on her desk upon returning to her office.

That evening, Hae-rin runs into Eun-ho at the company library and excitedly discusses the new project. He smiles as she praises Dan-yi’s presentation and motions for her to come closer. Hae-rin braces herself to get flicked on the forehead, but Eun-ho just ruffles her hair.

“You’re pretty amazing,” he tells her, referring to her push to publish this book despite Eun-ho’s reservations about the author’s lack of foundation. As a reward, Eun-ho agrees to buy her dinner and Hae-rin excitedly chooses a place.

As he gathers his things, Eun-ho receives a text fro Dan-yi, asking if he’ll be home late. She’s planning to get dinner and offers to bring him some, but Eun-ho tells her to wait and he’ll join her.

He finds Hae-rin already waiting at his car and asks for a rain check, admitting something came up. Hiding her disappointment, Hae-rin sends him off before returning to the office.

At the restaurant, Dan-yi gushes how happy she is to eat out after work and asks Eun-ho about Hae-rin. He describes her as competent and one who separates business and personal life. Dan-yi points out Hae-rin’s stern handling of Ji-yul and Eun-ho remarks she’s lucky to have Hae-rin’ns guidance.

Dan-yi guesses Eun-ho is dating Hae-rin, citing the red bra, but Eun-ho easily denies it. Dan-yi’s theories about Eun-ho’s love life fall apart and she wonders where he goes when he’s drunk and why Hae-rin’s clothes were at his house.

Eun-ho explains Hae-rin shows up at his place whenever she’s drunk to vent about work and boyfriends. “To her, I’m just a senior at work whom she respects,” he says, “And to me, she’s just a cute junior.” Dan-yi accepts his explanation and Eun-ho adds that she should mind her own business since she doesn’t care about his love life, anyhow.

Eun-ho goes to pay the bill and the owner guesses that Eun-ho and Dan-yi must be siblings (after hearing Eun-ho address Dan-yi as “noona”), admitting she’d thought they were dating since they’re so close. Eun-ho replies that they aren’t siblings, turning and calling Dan-yi by her first name on his way out.

Dan-yi checks her bank account on the way home and balks to find a deposit from her Dong-min. Eun-ho innocently guesses it’s alimony, and asks if Dong-min didn’t call. Dan-yi grumbles that he won’t even call their daughter.

There is, however, an email claiming things have been hectic and the money is her alimony. Dan-yi guesses he must feel sorry towards their daughter, and Eun-ho asks why Dan-yi fell in love with him in the first place. Dan-yi admits even she isn’t sure.

Dan-yi “I don’t think I’ve ever thought about love in-depth. From the moment I met him, he was fun to be around, and he was good to me. Back then, I was foolish enough to think that was love.”

Dan-yi tells Eun-ho that now it seems boring, but at least her feelings were sincere. Eun-ho concludes that she’s never actually been in love and Dan-yi says that it doesn’t matter since “It’s all over for me now.”

Changing the subject, Dan-yi suggests they go somewhere for the weekend since she got paid. Cue the cutest date ever as Eun-ho easily slips his hand into Dan-yi’s as they walk the streets. After visiting a food stall, they take a break at a pub and Dan-yi wins at darts. Next they catch a performance at a swanky jazz club where Eun-ho knows the pianist, until finally stopping to watch a street performance on the way home.

Eun-ho notices Dan-yi rubbing her hands together and slips one into his pocket. Her hand is still there as they walk home and Dan-yi declares she wants to buy Eun-ho a gift with her paycheck, urging him to think of something nice.

Eun-ho recalls Dan-yi bought him a coat with her very first paycheck, asking why she did that. Dan-yi doesn’t understand his question, pointing out it was natural to give him a coat when it was cold. Eun-ho argues that other people were cold, wanting to know why she gave him one specifically.

Dan-yi repeats her answer. Annoyed, Eun-ho drops her hand and tells her to forget it. “You know,” she tells him, “there are times when you act like a wacko.” Eun-ho agrees and Dan-yi wonders if he’s drunk. She asks if he’ll go the the house of the girl he likes again and wants to know who it is, if not Hae-rin.

Eun-ho snaps she doesn’t know the girl and Dan-yi whines that he’s ruining a nice day by picking a fight. Eun-ho pouts that she’s the one that ruined it. Dan-yi snatches up his hand with a smile and when Eun-ho asks why, Dan-yi points out they’ve been holding hands nearly all day.

The next day, Hae-rin looks over the proofreading she’d assigned Ji-yul and slams the document onto her desk. Hae-rin demands to know why Ji-yul used whiteout to edit the manuscript and Ji-yul squeaks that she thought it would look nicer. Ji-hong and Eun-ho jump to diffuse the situation. Unfortunately, just then a new chair is delivered to Ji-yul’s desk from her mother.

With a sigh, Hae-rin calls Dan-yi for a planning meeting. The two women find they share similar ideas and get along easily. Director Ko sees them laughing together as she walks by and immediately afterwards calls Dan-yi into her office. She reminds Dan-yi to focus on her real job (as a Task Force member) and sends her to do errands… and then more errands, calling constantly to assign more tasks.

Dan-yi’s phone buzzes and she takes a deep calming breath, reminding herself that she’s not a troublemaker anymore. Luckily, it’s only a message from Hae-rin about their project and Dan-yi smiles. She sends a reply just as her phone rings with yet another call from Director Ko.

The next day, Dan-yi and Hae-rin are discussing how to wrap the books when a fax comes in from the book’s author, Park Jeong-sik, terminating his contract. Dan-yi brings the fax to Eun-ho and he runs out with her and Hae-rin to meet Writer Park directly. The rest of the office is outraged and Director Ko snidely remarks that maybe he didn’t like their marketing plan.

In the car, Dan-yi asks what this means and Eun-ho and Hae-rin explain that it puts them in a tight spot, since they can’t ask the writer to pay back the resources they’ve already invested, nor can they cancel the publishing. The only solution is to change the author’s mind.

The arrive at a cabin and Hae-rin leaps out of the car, Eun-ho right on her heels. Dan-yi pleads with them to calm down as Hae-rin beats on the door, screaming for Writer Park to open up. Eun-ho lets her go but when Hae-rin starts kicking the door, Dan-yi pulls them both away to attempt a gentle approach. The owner appears to tell them no one is home and Eun-ho admits to Dan-yi he already knew since there was no car when they pulled up. Hee.

The owner doesn’t know when Writer Park will be back, so the trio take turns snapping photos and texting Writer Park that they’re waiting for him. When night falls and the three are shivering in front of a fire, the owner reminds them they could come inside, but Hae-rin makes him swear to tell Writer Park they waited all night in the cold.

Dan-yi wonders aloud if all authors are crazy, or just this one and it’s at that moment Writer Park arrives. Despite the frantic pleas of the trio, Writer Park locks himself into his cabin and they’re forced to spend the night in the car. The following morning, they wake just in time to catch Writer Park speeding away.

They wait at a nearby cafe, in hopes that Writer Park will agree to show up. Eun-ho answers a call from President Kim and steps outside to answer it just as Writer Park walks up. Although he addresses the president, Eun-ho speaks to Writer Park, revealing that he too was nervous when his first book was published, worried that his talent wasn’t enough.

President Kim snaps that he called to talk about their sales figures, but Eun-ho hangs up. Writer Park agrees that had been worrying his novel was garbage and would be twice the disappointment when marketed as a “gift to oneself.”

Eun-ho tells him bluntly that it’s unlikely the book will sell more than 3,000 copies. Writer Park laughs that if it’s only 3,000 people reading, he can write whatever and the humiliation will be minimal before it’s forgotten. “However,” Eun-ho continues, “we’re enamored by your writing, so we’ll do our best to sell it.”

Writer Park thanks him, and says that he needs to apologize to Hae-rin, who supported him, and Dan-yi, whose words comforted him. A flashback reveals that last night while Eun-ho and Hae-rin slept, Dan-yi knocked on the cabin door. Although Writer Park didn’t answer, Dan-yi told him how she quit her job to raise her child. After a 7 year break, she thought that she could do her best for anyone that hired her.

But upon finally getting hired by Gyeoroo, she worried whether she could do well. Those fears disappeared as soon as she started working, however, and she was only left with the will to do better. She told him his book was truly great and that she wanted it to be published so many people could read it.

Writer Park had then opened the door and asked Dan-yi to explain exactly what she liked about the book. In the present, he tells Eun-ho that Dan-yi had actually read his book many times and had memorized her favorite quotes. It inspired him to get a haircut this morning and return with a fresh mindset.

Driving back, Eun-ho smiles as he watches Dan-yi sleep on Hae-rin’s shoulder in the rearview mirror.

Dan-yi and Hae-rin sit alone in the office, marveling at the now published book. Hae-rin wants to celebrate and Dan-yi pulls out her phone for a picture, while Hae-rin retrieves some drinks from her secret stash.

Eun-ho sees the picture Dan-yi posts of the celebration and smiles. He’s at his ex-girlfriend’s shop to pick up a purse for Dan-yi. She sighs that he was always busy when they dated, but he ran over when he heard she had the bag. Eun-ho claims he was in the area, but his ex is no fool and urges Eun-ho to just tell Dan-yi that he likes her.

Meanwhile, Dan-yi observes that Hae-rin really loves her job. Hae-rin laughs that since she’s unlucky in love, she’s poured everything into work. Dan-yi doesn’t believe it, thinking Hae-rin worthy of nabbing any man she chooses, but Hae-rin sighs that the guy she likes doesn’t even know she likes him, let alone returns her feelings.

At the shop, Eun-ho doesn’t respond. “You love Dan-yi,” his ex repeats, “Am I wrong?” Eun-ho agrees that thinks he does. Hae-rin tells Dan-yi the guy she likes goes over to a woman’s house every time he drinks, because he misses her and Dan-yi realizes she’s talking about Eun-ho. Hae-rin continues that’s why she started going to Eun-ho’s when she’s drunk, hoping to convey her feelings through the gesture.

Eun-ho tells his ex that he’s happy when Dan-yi smiles, and his heart breaks when she cries. “I miss her when she’s not with me,” he says, “If that’s love, I guess I love her then.” However, Eun-ho continues, he’s unsure whether that feeling is as a friend or as a man.

His ex notes his caution is out-of-character, and Eun-ho agrees. He wants to be absolutely sure of his feelings, as well as Dan-yi’s, and wants to wait for the day she feels the same as him. “She’s not someone I can easily date and break up with. To me, Dan-yi is that important to me.”

That night, Eun-ho waits for Dan-yi to return home, but when she gets there, Hae-rin is already standing outside the gate. Dan-yi ducks quickly out of sight as Hae-rin rings the bell and Eun-ho lets her in. Unable to return home, Dan-yi sits at the bus stop, sighing she has nowhere to go again, just as Seo-joon steps off the bus and greets her cheerfully.

 
COMMENTS

Ah, the impeccable timing of the second lead unicorn! We better start seeing more of Seo-joon soon if he’s supposed to have any sort of meaningful impact beyond convenient plot facilitation. He pops up so briefly, introduces a few mysteries, throws his adorable smile around, and then we don’t see him again until the next episode. I like Seo-joon, but it’s such a mild feeling that I feel disappointed. This show has been so great with fleshing out its side characters as well as the leads, that it feels Seo-joon is the only one left out. I’m sure it’s an attempt to fuel the mystery with his locked doors and the missing author, but at this point, I want answers solely because questions were posed, rather than actually caring why. It’s almost like a different drama bleeding in because none of those things have a significant impact on the main story just yet. The company can survive without Seo-joon’s talents, Eun-ho isn’t even aware of the connection with Dan-yi for jealousy antics–nor are her feelings towards Seo-joon anything to be jealous about–and the missing author is such a background feature that I literally need reminders like the gossip at the bookstore to even think about it.

I have such mixed feelings about Director Ko. I don’t like that she bullies Dan-yi. It’s a petty reaction to her own insecurities, but I appreciate that hole in Director Ko’s armor. It’s proof that in the end she’s not a robot and has feelings just like everyone else, despite her best efforts to hide them. Having chosen to give up personal relationships in pursuit of her career, it’s understandable Director Ko would be uncomfortable with Dan-yi, who is achieving success in both. For Director Ko, it’s one or the other, and yet Dan-yi is forging relationships with her colleagues as well as proving herself capable of inventive work contributions. Dan-yi contradicts Director Ko’s carefully crafted worldview, and as we saw when she met up with her “friends,” Director Ko relies on that belief to reassure herself that her life is just as meaningful as those around her. This hour we were given more glimpses into Director Ko’s true personality. She’s awkward and lonely and sees her work as her only validation. When the other women chatted about their husbands and children, Director Ko was painfully aware for her bare ring finger. The way that the women backhandedly rubbed it in was their insecurities towards Director Ko’s success and her retaliation only completed the vicious cycle. This psychology also explains why she’d be driven to take the credit for Dan-yi’s idea. In her mind, she has to constantly maintain this perfectionist persona she’s created for fear of losing the only thing she feels identifies her. I may not like her actions, but I can at least understand Director Ko’s motivations and that makes me so hopeful for her growth into realizing that she doesn’t have to be the best in order to matter.

Like episode 4, I feel like not a lot happened plot-wise, but you’ll never hear me complain about character-driven episodes when they’re done so well. Hae-rin is fast becoming my favorite character and I’m finding myself even more invested in the friendship blossoming between her and Dan-yi than the romance. Because while I’m looking forward to Eun-ho and Dan-yi’s progress, I would still be perfectly happy if they remained friends that are closer than siblings, but less than lovers. On the other hand, I’m going to be heartbroken if Dan-yi and Hae-rin are put at odds over their relationships with Eun-ho. It’s a tough dynamic because at the end of the day, no one is at fault. Hae-rin’s crush on Eun-ho is totally valid, but in no way can compete with Eun-ho’s decades of devotion towards Dan-yi. So strong are his feelings, he can’t even recognize Hae-rin’s hints. Meanwhile, Dan-yi is privy to both ends of that crush and when she realizes that Eun-ho’s affections lie with her (and that she could possibly be in love with him), it’s going to be problematic.It’s possible Dan-yi might try to step aside, both because she likes Hae-rin and she thinks herself past the point of love–but even if she chooses to follow her own heart, it’s an unfortunate situation because not everyone can be happy. Whatever the romantic outcome, there will be collateral damage.

But speaking of the romance, we had a bit more development and I appreciate how naturally it’s playing out. Eun-ho’s confession to his ex was so bittersweet because he knows he loves Dan-yi, but is unsure in what capacity. She’s always been the one person he couldn’t stand to lose and that explains why he’s never dared to cross the line before. It makes sense to me now, why Eun-ho didn’t say anything, even after Dan-yi ran away from her wedding. Eun-ho loves Dan-yi more than anything or anyone and is petrified of upsetting that balance. Because if his feelings aren’t romantic or Dan-yi doesn’t feel the same way, they’d never be able to regain their current close relationship.

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Eunho is like the second male lead of days gone by - when he would do all sorts of things for the female lead behind her back and without her knowing, so she'd but of course develop feelings for the male lead.

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That's so so true and I didn't think of that until you said it!
He's the guy I always wished the girl would end up with.

Maybe that's why I like this drama so much now.

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I really dont think Ko/Go(?) Is jealous or threatened by Danyi at all. I dont think she sees it as personal. Danyi is her assistant...and that's it. Actually I'm not even sure she is an assistant.
At least I hope that is not what the writers intend.
I didnt notice her rubbing her ring finger, probably missed it. I just loved that they were bragging about spouse or parents achievements and she got to be all "Actually I buy my own shit."
Years ago I remember seeing Naomi Campbell on Letterman and she was sporting a massive diamond. He asked her what man gave it to her (or some form of that) and she laughed and said something like "Dave you know I can buy my own diamonds"

Now i find nothing wrong with stay at home moms or dads. That is huge work. I just get annoyed that a woman cant be seen as being fulfilled by if she doesn't have that or that she gave something up.

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+1000, totally agree, I commented on that below. I totally did miss that she was rubbing her ring finger. I was very happy at her come back that she owns three houses that she bought herself, by working hard. I hate that our society validates women only in relation to men or children. No, a woman can be happy, is allowed to love her job, is allowed to be alone, without a husband or children, and not be lonely and have a meaningful life.

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I have watched episode 5 and 6, and I still do not think that Director Ko has a problem with Dan-yi, I believe it is work-related. For her, work is a system, every piece plays a role and must stick to it. She has immersed herself so much in her work that the synergy should be respected and Dan-yi zeal is seen as interference.

I don't think the show is doing her a disservice. It is just showing events from Dan-yi and Eun-ho's perspective. She is called the "First Witch" and we all know there is no smoke without fire. I believe that she would love a family and a child and that's only human Three houses empty is no fun. Look at Dan-yi she had family and all that but when she was called by her name rather mummy or honey, it gave more substance to her existence. I think rather than an evil/angel connection , they are parallels or mirror images and have lots to learn from each other.
I wish they develop a beautiful relationship though what Mrs Ko did in ep 6 unnerves till date.

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Concerning Eun-ho and Dan-yi, I really don't know if I want their relationship to change. It is so perfect. It is so comfortable. Dan-yi holds the cards and for some reason I think that when she figures out Eun-ho's feeling she won't help but reciprocate. Every gesture will have a new meaning and that will be the game changer. I can't waiiit!!!!

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Unpopular opinion, BUT I don't hate Director Ko! She's a badass at work who Gets. It. Done.

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I think you'll fine this is less unpopular than you realise. I feel like the show is doing Director Ko a great disservice. Apart from the apparent theft of Dani's ideas, I haven't seen her do anything particularly wrong (I don't want to step on next episode's revelations either but episode 6 re-enforced this for me).

I think it does the writer no credit to portray the only unmarried, childless career woman on the show as a humourless bitter harridan in need of love. It's sexist and regressive.

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I'm hoping the writer will turn this around -- into a sort of play on the audience's preconceived notions, maybe. like a "you thought she was so bad, but why did you assume that?"

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Regressive is a perfect description, I agree^^

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I don't hate her either but I'm unsure if her problem with Dany is because she's believes there's a proper way to do things at work and she's annoyed that Dany keeps trying to do someone else's job or if something else is going on.

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I don't like Ko. She is very petty with DanI. I know it's because she sees DanI as someone not qualified to have any input but, as DanI and EunHo said, how else will a person grow? I can't wait for the day when they all find out she has a degree and used to be in marketing.

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She is extremely petty and I am shocked that people want this woman to be a mentor to Dan-i. What is so special about Dan-i that she will break pattern (do you see her mentoring, offering constructive feedback or even civil with any other woman in the office) and do that.

Stop treating Dan-i with kid gloves or as a child. She is a damn near 40 year old woman who has live a life that has involved a marketing career, marriage, divorce and a child. Dan-i has been out of line on several occasions and she needs to be called on it and this protective shield that needs to form around her is BS.

Just. Stop.

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i think this show is doing Ko a disservice in some ways, but i also agree that she is being incredibly petty. (i won't give details because i can't remember if they are from Ep 5 or 6.) I think as a professional woman, she deserves more credit from the writer -- not to be painted in such a harsh light. But she can be professional and content with her life as it is, without being petty. The petty I cannot handle.

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I am really loving how this drama is playing out.. and yes, plot-wise nothing much happened but no complaints from me either. 😁

Everything just... happens. We don't notice it but we get something about the publishing industry and how it is waning down, about how authors and first books are created, about working after a career break, about friendships and love and .. a lot more! They're carefully intertwined with the ❤️square that is slowly unfolding.

I'm not sure if I'm just putting too much into it but I think it's all part of the writer, director and actors' plan, that even if nothing much is happening, we are so invested in their lives. The hour just passed by so fast!

I think it is a testament to great acting by both LNY and LJS. I read somewhere that the production staff are praising the leads' performances.

Special mention to the supporting cast whose characters are slowly being incorporated to the story. In their promos, the cast seems like an odd mix but now, they all fit just fine.

And lastly, I think the ex-gf will continue to play a role as a sort of bff to EH. It would be nice to hear EH's thoughts through his conversations with her. 😁

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I like you point that Eon-ho's ex-girlfriend plays a valuable role as a sounding board. You are right.

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It is interesting how Eun-Ho can have such an amicable and honest relationship with the fashion clothing ex-gf yet in epi 1 or 2, another ex-gf lashed out and threw water onto EH.
I do find it refreshing that the writer is giving Eun-Ho a lot of awareness of his feelings towards Dan-Yi instead of playing the denial card.

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the ex that threw water at him technically cheated on him by going out on blind dates and getting engaged. Early in the show they wanted us to think Eun-ho was a player because that is how Dan-yi sees him, then we find out that he has a good relationship with his other ex and the bra belonged to his drunk coworker.

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Just read an
article about the actress/model who played the ex-gf... She's a NZ/KR model. Lucky her, got pretty good exposure with LJS.

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HaeRin lost her chance. Instead of leaving notes hoping he would see them she should have confessed her feelings and let the chips fall where they may. I feel bad because I like her. Can't blame EunHo. I'm sure he is aware but is definitely keeping her in the friend category.

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In a way, she is doing this for the same reason that Eun-ho feels that he cannot simply charge ahead with Dan-yi. She does not want to lose him as a friend if the romance does not work out. Ein-ho is too important to her just as Dan-yi is too important to Eunho. So she keeps leaving notes and dropping hints in the hope that he will reciprocate. It is possible that she already understands that Eun-ho is unavailable romantically, but she keeps hoping that will change. The truth is that Hae-rin did not lose her chance because she never had a chance. It is tragic and one's heart just goes out to this character.

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You can't compare the two friendships. EunHo has known DanI practically his whole life. Same can't be said for HaeRin. She's been writing him notes about how she likes him so she isn't afraid to lose his friendship. She's afraid to tell him face to face.

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It's interesting that Eun-ho seems to not have a clue about Hae-rin's feelings towards him. I almost find it a bit difficult to believe but ok, I'll go with it. Just as it was mentioned in the recap, perhaps Eun-ho's just so enamored with Dan-yi that it's rendered him unable to see what's really going on with those around him. Whatever the situation is, I do hope he realizes what's going on with Hae-rin. Hae-rin is a great gal and they both need to clarify things.

Thanks for the recap!

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He may have blind spot for that unconsciously because he don't want any changes in his relationship with Hae Rin.

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@shach This is certainly a possibility. I don't think he'd want to lose Hae-rin as a friend.

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I think the joke is on Eun Ho that he cannot see Hae Rin's feelings because he never looked at her that way when he is constantly frustrated that Dan Yi cannot see his feelings for her. I think that parallel is intentional on the writer's part. It is sometimes difficult to see someone's feelings for you that may be obvious to outsiders when you friendzoned them and view your relationship with them in a very specific way.

And whenever Eun Ho realizes Hae Rin's feelings and they clear the air she will get hurt. As opposed to the second male lead, Hae Rin has no chance with Eun Ho whatsoever.

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@moonbeam It is unfortunate that Hae-rin's feelings are going to be hurt, but there's just no way around that. I know she still has her hopes up, but I'm hoping that she will take the sad news well.

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I'm waiting for the inevitable scene where Hae-Rin sees Eun Ho and Dany outside of work and they're acting like their usual couple on a date selves.

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" they're acting like their usual couple on a date selves."

Lol...yes. NOT like siblings at all.

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I really like Hae-Rin and already feel bad about her upcoming heartbreak... :-(

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honestly, everyone on this show seems incredibly obtuse when it comes to recognizing that someone likes them. i love this show, but this part is testing my patience.

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I laughed so hard at the I Hear Your Voice reference. But based on how close they are, I think Eun-ho doesn't need to have mind reading ability to know what's in CEO mind.

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THIS. I thought that “ you can read my mind” scene was a reference to one of LJS work. How can i forget IHYV? Haha.

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Eun-ho explains Hae-rin shows up at his place whenever she’s drunk to vent about work and boyfriends. “To her, I’m just a senior at work whom she respects,”

Ladies, help he out here. Do you always take your bra off when drunk and venting? To a senior whom you respect? Is that a thing?

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No. No it is not. Eun ho is not stupid, he knows and you cannot convience me otherwise that he doesn't.

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I was assuming that when she turned up drunk she stayed over and was keeping clothes there for when she did.

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He said it only happened once and told her to keep what was there at his place if she did it again. No wonder the girl has hope. Then to put them in a bag and return them. It reads like he is toying with her and it is not cool.

It is a mirror of what happened with him and Dan-i in the past and for someone who is suppose to be so smart, he sure is dumb.

Either that or he is a douchebag.

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That is to say, I thought she slept over and left some clothes there (including her bra) and he said "oh just keep them here in case you stay over again". Which, where I'm from wouldn't be a big deal. But from what I understand about how Koreans treat their home versus public lives, is a big deal there.

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But, honestly, a lot of the writing is like this. On the surface you go, "oh okay" but when you think about it for a moment you realise it doesn't make much sense. They needed the bra on his drying rack to symbolise a whole heap of things and to provide a misdirect and so you just have to go with it.

I would, frankly, take off my bra to go to sleep. Yes.

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Did he say it only happened once? I have to watch it again. I thought it was implied that it had happened a few times.

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I don't remember myself. But they don't mean she only came to his house drunk once. Just that she slept over once.

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It is probably not a thing.

Just guessing.

I also think that Eun-ho knows that Hae-rin has a crush on him- but he cannot reciprocate because his heart was lost to Dan-yi long ago- even if he is still really unable to admit it. So he has deliberately friend-zoned her with the hope that she will eventually find a worthy man who can truly love her back. He is not doing this out of cruelty- he actually does value Hae-rin as a good friend, and he wants it to stay that way.

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She never should have gone to his house. I mean, she doesn't have other friends she can talk to. EunHo should have shut her down the next morning. "I know you were drunk but you can't come here to stay the night anymore."

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RIGHT ???!!!

And the optics are horrible because technically, he is her boss.

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yes it is very irresponsible to show up at your supervisor's house drunk and then leave your underwear there. They both should be mortified.

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honestly, it's making me question the writing. like, i get that we were initially supposed to view Eun-ho as a player, and then OH WAIT HE REALLY ONLY LOVES DANI. that girl was just drunk and crashed at his place. it's sloppy writing. and its unrealistic.

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There's an episode of "Friends" where Rachel takes of her bra off while still wearing the rest of her clothes. I have become a master at this skill, and I employ said skill at any given time, all while looking like a perfectly prude and decent woman - ESPECIALLY after a long day at work. lol. No one needs to know that these puppies are now free. LOL.
#freethenipples

Maybe Hae-Rin just need to know how to stow away said bra better, that's all. tee hee

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I am feeling President Kim in his sweater.

I am feeling President Kim. Period.

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he is an unexpected source of joy to me in this show, its true.

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The sweater/glasses combo in the opening scene.

HUBBA HUBBA !!!!

And yes, I would like to be his friend on social media. Man, those people crazy for not wanting to do it.

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Thank you for the recap, Sunny. And I believe that you are spot on when talking about what motivates Director Ko. And you may ask why is she so threatened by Dan-yi? Because she is perceptive enough to see that Dan-yi is far more capable and knowledgeable than Dan-yi's abbreviated resume suggested.

As far as the absence of Seo-joon from this episode it is really very simple: He was simply not a part of this story. This episode was a stand alone episode with a specific story about a new book and a new author. That is why there is also nothing about Writer Kang either- he was also not part of this particular story.

I think that this episode served some specific character purposes that are important to the plot in the long run: First, to some extent it is Director Ko who will serve as a nemesis for Dan-yi. Second, we see Dan-yi earning some respect with her suggestion and her people skills when dealing with the rookie author. Third, and most important, is the developing friendship between Dan-yi and Hae-rin- to the point where we see them playing together on the beach.

This looks to be a very rare drama where we get Second Lead Syndrome over the female second lead, as opposed to the male one. The truth is that most of us are completely on the fence when it comes to Seo-joon. I do not think any of us feel that way about Hae-rin. She may be tough on the new hires but, honestly, that is what they need.

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Hae-Rin is such a loveable 2nd female lead !

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Thanks Sunny!
I find this show both amusing and full of feeling. Something or other will make me laugh. This time it's President Kim's 'luckyboy' being blocked by everyone on SNS and his tantrum over it. ... And oh dear Ji Yul and her incorrigible mother! LOL. I'm trying to hire staff now and I cringe at the thought of mistakenly hiring someone as clueless is Ji Yul. Pres. Kim is such a dunce in hiring!

I'm also all in for the warm girlfriend relationship between Hae Rin and Dan-I. I'm thinking that both of them will be a more mature than rivals in other shows, in how to deal with the fallout of the love triangle. *fingers crossed!*

I'm also somwhat invested in the growth of icy Dir Ko. I'll really enjoy watching her thaw and gain some friends. She's too closed off and rigid, failing to see the wider picture of how valuable each person can be for the company, when given a chance to shine. She might be a good mentor if she could loosen up a lot. Instead of only fault-finding, she needs to be more positive and also note the good that others do.

It will be interesting to see if and how the 3 ladies of marketing Icy Ko, TL Seo and Dan-I might work together to pull off great marketing coups.

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I'm surprised no one mentioned their Subway moment ... It's such obvious PPL but LJS and LNY's chemistry is really natural! I really love moments like that in this drama :D
But am I the only one that finds it weird for them to hold hands during their "hangout" / "date" ...? I get that they're super close and comfortable with each other but still, a noona and dongsaeng holding hands when they're not boyfriend/girlfriend seems like fanservice that came too early in the drama to me ... my two cents :)

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I said something about it on my wall. Either she is really oblivious or brother-sister relationships mean something different to her. lol. I don't know of any siblings that look like a couple while they're out for the day.

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It's a cringy moment for me too. One simply don't hold hands in such a way, even with real brothers. And is really asking for trouble if behave in such a way with any close friends. The girl has too be really dense not to notice the guy likes her, but then we are in Dramaland, so I don't question the logic and just enjoy the ride !

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I would spend whole days holding hands with my brothers.
Of course they're 12 years older than me and I stopped after about 10 but,.... Oh look, it was weird.

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Honestly between this episode and the next, I'm starting to wonder if the writer has ever met actual people before.

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I still holding one of my brother hand in my late 20' and leaning on him when I'm tired, sleepy or anything, but not with the other brother I have. It just the comfort feeling and the affection that grow up since long ago. So I feel that is natural for them to be like that.

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At some point in time both my brothers have been mistaken for my S/O even though we're just like getting lunch or something and there is no hand holding lmao. It doesn't even have to be weird for people to think it is.

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This is my theory (I should stop doing this else I might get disappointed if it's not what I thought it was or not better than my theory 😅)...

I noticed EH has several times called DY "dummy"... so I am thinking she is one of those people who are often oblivious or "zoned out". I do know some people who are like this.

I think EH is "testing the waters" to check if DY feels the same way. Remember he told his new "bff" he needs to know if DY feels the same. So it makes sense why they do not look like "just friends" maybe because of EH's actions (and how he looks at DY). DY, on the other hand, is not picking up on this.. and since they are so comfortable with each other, she doesn't t think much of it. EH sulks and looks disappointed when DY doesn't show any signs of feeling the same way. (Note the time they were holding hands and he purposely let it go when DY cannot give the answer he was expecting when asked why she bought EH a jacket with her first paycheck.)

About it being just fanservice.. it is possible but I doubt it because of the age difference of the actors. How viewers will feel about this couple was not yet confirmed. Though that's just how I think 😁

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I think at this point of her life, Dan-yi thinks that no one could fall in love with her, but she likes spending time with Eun-ho, and she allows herself to do things such holding his hands because she can't imagine that he has romantic feelings towards her.

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I think you are absolutely correct. She is still figuring out how to love and value herself as a woman.

It isn't that she is a dummy, but that who could possibly love her- a mere mother and an older woman at that?
I look forward to her coming to the realization that she IS worthy of love - just because she is who she is.

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This! I wait for this, too. It will be satisfiying to see.

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the only time it makes sense for friends to hold hands is if they are in a crowded area, or sometimes at night as a safety thing

these two held hands for most of the day

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EunHo even put her hand in his pocket. That is not normal.

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I love how cool Eun Ho's ex is.

And I already feel terrible for Hae rin (definitely sister/hoobae zoned by Eun Ho) because I like her character so much. I hope they don't do the crazy second female lead route on her in the later episodes.

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I agree. She is soo sweet but in my opinion this will be another example of thinking of being in love but in the end she will realise it is just a crush and not love with the big L. Just like DY was explaining to EH when he asked her if she has been in love with her ex husband.

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I think director Ko is not aware that DY is divorced, has her kid in boarding school etc. She is bullying her because she thinks DY has it all but sooner or later she will find out that DY gave up a lot just to be able to have a job and her personal life is in shatters.
The comic relief we get from Ji-yul and the other guy is just hilarious. Luckyboy as well is so funny and different from the usual boss.

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I see no evidence she's "bullying" her at all. Let's ignore the stealing ideas things for a moment because we're pretending we haven't seen episode 6, most of what she's said has been "do the job you were hired for, please".

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I'd not say bullying but she is being petty to her, she is threatened by Dani for reasons we don't know yet. I still believe she stole the title idea, that notepad was just decoy, please, it would be too much of a coincidence. She gives her simple tasks that could be done by third parties to make her feel replaceable, a common low level employee. She was very frustrated Dani came with the concept of marketing for the new book. She is actually saying do the job you were hired for and nothing else please so I don't have to envy your ideas.

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Yes maybe bullying is a bit much but DY is a task team member and she should be doing tasks related to the job and not running personal errands for the director.
I just think director Ko does not want to see someone have it all (job, family, success)

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An episode about love and communicating love and (not) realizing one is loved… From Eun Ho who wants to prompt his noona to examine their relationship and come to the conclusion that she likes him back to Eun Ho’s ex advising him that his subtle hints won’t do, he needs to directly tell Dan Yi he likes her to Hae Rin who emulated Eun Ho’s drunk behaviour to give him a hint regarding her feelings… But so far Dan Yi is cluess not only to her own feelings but to Eun Ho’s as well, and she stated she doesn’t even know what love really is, so it makes sense that she is unable to recognize it even though it is staring her in the face. But Eun Ho isn’t much better and has no idea Hae Rin has been crushing on him for years. The way he blew her off to run to Dan Yi showed that. I understand Eun Ho’s caution in not wanting to mess up the relationship he has with Dan Yi but he made his feelings so obvious before that “I am not sure of my feelings” doesn’t make sense to me.

I am glad Dan Yi and Hae Rin got an opportunity to work together and bond as I wished before romantic entanglements drive a wedge between them but if the three of them spend more time together Hae Rin will notice Eun Ho’s feelings that Dan Yi is unable to see. On the other hand, Dan Yi now knows of Hae Rin’s crush. I hope she doesn’t meddle. It will hurt everyone involved.

Director Ko is not the first witch but a bitch…. I hate her with a passion after her vindictive and obstructive treatment of Dan Yi and attempts to fill up her time with meaningless menial errands so she won’t have time to do anything meaningful.

The more I see of Eun Ho’s ex the more I like her.

I loved the nod to IHYV and the silent conversation between Eun Ho and President Kim cracked me up.

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I took the "I'm not sure of my feelings" more to mean he's not sure his romantic feelings are worth jeopardizing the lifelong friendship they have had. That he is in love with Dani has probably been clear to him his entire life. He just needs to assess and decide if he can live with the fallout, if she never reciprocates.

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After this episode I understand why both don't want to examine their feelings: their relatioship is just so beautiful that it would be too painful to lose it.
I say "both" because at the end of the episode we found out that even Dan-yi has some undefined feelings towards Eun-ho that go beyond friendship, even if I don't think that at this point she is as in love as he is.

Human relationship in this show are really beautifully depicted.

Speaking about the second lead... what was that scene of he buying damaged books? (If it wasn't in this episode, sorry, it's hard to separate events from one episode and the next).
Was it to assure us that he isn't as creepy as he seemed in some other scenes?

That scene with Director Kim and his "telepathy" was really hilarious!

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Oh, I forget to mention the beautiful scene where Dan-Yi and Hae-rin play on the beach.
It isn't beautiful only because we can see the blossom of their friendship, but to me it was surprising and somewhat consolatory seeing two adults that allow themselves to play. And it's ok to other adults watching.

It's the second time (the first was in Boyfriend) that I see a scene like this, and it's beautiful because a lot of time adults are supposed to be only serious, to work hard, to "make sacrifices", as if they aren't allow to feel the simple joy that comes from playing on the beach with a friend.

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Adakah aplikasi untuk mengakses darabeans.com dengan lebih simpel?

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I think Director Ko doesn't have any personal reason to act like this. It's just that Dani is in the "carryall" task and she's expecting from her this kind of taskes. It's a professionnal place and she's not here to help people to accomplish their dreams or to give them self developping.

The "date" was pretty awkward for me. But the scene when he asked about her first paycheck reminded me so much the scene in Dawseon's Creek when Pacey asked why Joey called him to pick her up (yep it was my favourite teen show :p).

I like the friendship between Dani and Hae Rin, I hope it will last. Eugene Jung was a good second lead in 30 but 17, so I hope it will the same in this drama :)

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She is being petty because it was pointed out that they usually use a service. Having DanI take her clothes to the cleaners is something for a personal assistant which is not what DanI is. She was also so mad that DanI's idea was used she threw down her stuff on the desk. All that points to pettiness.

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I liked this episode, and I am okay with the pace so far. All characters so far have grabbed my interest and I am interested in seeing more of them. I particularly enjoyed seeing more of Director Ko, and I like her character. The scene with her friends, I would have to disagree with @sunny' s analysis. That scene rather than making me think Dir Ko needed reassurance in herself that "her life was meaningful", or that she is "lonely and awkward ", I was over the moon when she retorted that she owns three houses and does not need a husband to get her what she worked hard and got herself. Society has a way of making marriage and kids be the ultimate accomplishment for women, when in reality it is not. Some women could be perfectly fine and enjoy their alone time without their lives being less meaningful or without feeling lonely. It is okay for women to love their jobs and expect that they get validated for the work they do or the position they are in. It is also okay for women to have a messy home without it telling anything about that woman, lol. I am hoping for a character growth that would portray Dr. Ko coming to term with the fact that although she is very good at her job, other people can be good too. She has to work toward not feeling threatened by someone with potential and redirect that feeling toward helping out others to become like her, like a true mentor would.

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This show has been one of the most underrated gems! So far, it's just pure joy to watch. Honestly, I started out without much expectations (due to the bland synopsis), however it's becoming one of my favorite slice of life dramas of all time.

I remember when the show was promoted, the whole crew said that this would be a very warm drama during the cold winter period, and they were literally spot-on! Watching this show really feels like drinking hot cocoa on a winter day. There is so much joy and warmth overflowing/radiating from the show. After every episode, I love how there are always some wonderfully sweet moments to reminisce, some meaningful liness uttered to ponder upon, some valuable lesson in life to learn!

A few things to note:
1. While some may feel uncertain and apprehensive about how the best friends-like dynamics between EunHo and Dani can turn into romance, I think it's entirely realistic that such a situation can and often happens in real life. Frankly, if the writer is able to help them transition well, it would be a very beautiful story to see! So far, I have not seen any dramas which has fully fleshed out the struggles and sensitivities of best friends-turned-lovers before (if anyone knows, do let me know! Would love to watch.) As much as Seo Joon is charming and bold, I still have a soft spot for EunHo and Dani and feel that nothing really beats the kind of love and care they have had for each other all these years.

2. I hope the writer will not make both EunHo and Dani date the other two second leads first before coming to the realization that they actually are in love with each other! While it is understandable that the second leads will add tension to their relationship, I think going against a conventional trope would mean allowing them to honestly explore their feelings for each other instead of having to discover it through the presence of obstacles. Although I think it's unlikely as we're talking about K dramas LOL.

3. This show has me invested in all the side characters as well, each an every single one of them are so endearing and you see their character growth arc.

4. Both LJS and LNY are truly the shining stars of this drama. LJS really fits the role that you wonder if EunHo is him or if he is EunHo! His acting has been alot more measured and mature in this series, a testament to his growth as an actor. LNY on the other hand has such a wide-range of acting skills from showcasing grief to child-like innocence, it's no wonder that she's always been cited as one of the greatest actress. Her acting is truly effortless and relatable, and she needs to get more credit for it than she's currently getting!

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What is the title of the song where Dan-yi and Hae-rin while eun ho driving, thanks

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Could anyone tell the title of the song when they are coming back from the beach in the car

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What song starts playing at the end of the meeting after Dan-i shows her marketing idea?? IM TRYING SO HARD TO FIND IT AND I CANT! It's sung in english but I'm not sure if it's the original. Can someone please help!?

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Vim parar aqui procurando esta música também, esta dificil encontrar.

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