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Name That Drama: Coffee marathons and lie detectors

 
Ready for another round of drama-sleuthing? Help out your fellow Beanies or use this form to send in your own questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.
 

  1. Studies show studying coffee can keep you awake

    I was having a hard time remembering this drama I watched several years ago. All I remember was that a female character has just gotten a job in a coffee shop. She’s familiarizing herself with the different kinds of coffee so she tastes them all in order to memorize each one. She couldn’t seem to get herself to sleep sometime later because of all the caffeine she has taken in. hahaahaha.

     

  2. Suicide squad

    This is newer, 2016/2017, and the title of it is on the tip of my tongue, but danged if I can get it out. Basically three young folks are struggling with finding employment. They find themselves on a bridge together, get hospitalized together, go to supper together, then get hired together. They have a kind of jerk boss who’s new to the company, but he seems to have a soft spot for them for all the mistakes he lets them get away with. The main female character thinks she has a terminal illness. At one point, she’s at the hospital for it and she and mean-ish boss have a cute conversation wherein she refers to another supervisor as something like “dog manager,” looks sheepishly at mean-ish boss, who doesn’t correct or scold her, just repeats it with a little smile. There’s a lot of other little stories throughout, but if you’ve seen it, you’ll definitely know what it is from that. You guys, this show was so cute and I cheered so hard for these struggling kids and I would love to revisit it. Please please please put a name to it for me.

     

  3. Kid exchange

    Hello! The little I remember from this drama isn’t alot to go on but it’s something ๐Ÿ™‚ Its probably a weekend drama and is about a family who raised a girl that they found and while the father treats her nicely the mother uses her to do all sorts of work. Then her biological family finds her but the mother tells them that her own child is the missing daughter. I remember a scene a little late in the show when the truth came out, the girl refused to go to her biological family because she feels like the adoptive family is her family but the mother is mean to her to try to force her to go. I thought it was My Golden Life but it wasn’t that one so I thought I would try my luck here!

     

  4. Name that lie detector

    My friend asked me about this particular scene in a drama/movie and I’m not sure if I just don’t remember or I haven’t watched it in the first place. In the story, the male lead was a “human lie detector” –he would always able to tell if someone’s lying to him as he could feel it in some ways. This particular scene happened on his wedding day, the male lead and the female lead were about to get married. But the bride suddenly called off the wedding. She told the groom “I don’t love you anymore!!” She was actually lying (being a noble idiot, I guess), but the male lead couldn’t sense anything at all, therefore he was shocked as he thought she was telling the truth. But what actually happened is that he had lost the ability of being a human lie detector, –he could no longer detect lies. I don’t know the reason. My friend also doesn’t remember it. That’s all she’s got!

    Now I’ve seen numerous dramas and movies about the characters being able to detect someone’s lying, but I don’t remember this particular scene. Please help my friend (and me) find this drama. Thank you!

     

  5. A safe VR game

    I can’t get this scene out of my head. There’s a very stressed and sad girl so a guy takes her to a VR game room instead of the usual arcade games. They wear a huge VR helmet and they’re trying to cross a narrow beam on top of a very tall building. I can’t recall if he’s the lead or just a friend or a sidekick. It’s not Memories of the Alhambra because the VR game is just harmless fun and not that realistic.

     

Thanks for playing, everyone — till next time!

 
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I think the 1st drama is from C-drama, Ode to Joy. One of the female leads started working at a coffee shop and she had to memorize the coffee name by smell and taste. Iโ€™m very sure of the 2nd drama, it is from Radiance Office. The 3 suicide midgets are Go Ah Sung, Hoya, and i forgot the other one meanwhile the cute manager who has soft for them is Ha Seok Jin. I will never get it wrong ^^

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No. 3 of the trio was played by Lee Dong-hwi who I see is in the Korean blockbuster film EXTREME JOB. I still have a chance of catching it locally.

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Yes! #1 is from Ode to Joy.

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While we are at it, help me to guess this drama. The description is a bit vague but I hope you guys may help me solve this mystery.

It was an old drama that I watch in 2004-2009. I think it is C-drama, but it is absolutely not K-drama. The story is about a school boy that like a same age girl. The girl did well in school so he studied really hard to be at par. The girl didn't know about his feeling and she was in love with another guy. She somehow got her heart broken and cannot do well in exam. The guy switch their exam papers. She got good result, went into good university and they met again as adult. Another clue, the guy lives in the same house with his extended family when he was young.

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#2 is Radiant Office that I literally just watched.
It is a very underrated drama

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No one except the people who watched it know how good it is, it flew over everyone's heads ๐Ÿ˜‚

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It was good and funny.

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Yes. RO. This is the first NTD that I was able to answer a query. Made my day!

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LoL, me too... :))

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Adding to my list!

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You won't regret it. It doesn't have the strongest final episode but it's a lovely little drama.

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I skipped it because of the terminal-illness plot. Is it safe to watch?

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It is most definitely safe to watch. Watch it!

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Thanks! Terminal illness is just such a bummer :-p . But if if is a hilarious misunderstanding/miracle cure plot, I'll give it a try. :-)

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Lie detector is The Fox's Summer Chinese drama.

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1st could be coffee prince

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Nope Go Eun-chan never have sleep problem ๐Ÿ˜„

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A safe VR game
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Number 2 is radiant office, I really enjoyed watching that.

Number 3, could it be a tale of two sisters? I feel like it is one of Lee yubi's dramas, maybe twinkle twinkle?

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Twinkle Twinkle was the first one that came to my mind when reading #3. However, when I looked up the synopsis to refresh my memory, it didn't really match. Only that there were babies switched at birth, one of them being poor and one rich.

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Yeah I read the synopsis again and it didn't seem right. I do think this is from a show that aired around 2009-12 .
If only I had written a list of every show I watched, so frustrating!

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1. Coffee Prince?
2. This one is absolutely definitely Radiant Office, there's nothing like it! ๐Ÿ˜‚
5. Your Honour? Protect the Boss?

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5. Your Honor looks like the drama.

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No. 5. YH was one of my favorites last year. How come an arcade scene doesnโ€™t ring a bell with me? Wow. My memory must be shot.

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But it was so cute! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Ditto. Ditto. Ditto.

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I have seen number five but I'm pretty sure I never watch Your Honor. In which episode is that scene?

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I'm starting to wonder if #5 is Mystery Queen 2... have you seen that?

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But it doesn't exist.

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It most definitely does not.

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No I haven't seen mystery queen 2. I thought it was Matrimonial Chaos, but I think I'm wrong.

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They played that VR game in Bad Papa too, but it was the three stooges that played it.

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@mary So VR-game has been another trope in kdrama. I love matrimonial chaos but not at level of remember all the plot and dialogue like Coffee Prince. Iirc, hwiroo and the younger guy playing VR game.

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I confess I loved MC but don't remember the VR scene hehe... I can imagine Hwi-roo enjoying the heck out of that game though.

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It's after the couple get together, they go to play in an arcade and so some VR afterwards. Bless her, Lee Yoo-young gets scared so Yoon Shi-yoon gets her a hug! ๐Ÿ˜†

It's not as dramatic as the description sounds, though.

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Not Coffee Prince for sure!

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#1: Coffee House

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#3 - Is it 'Hide and Seek'?

#5 - Safe VR game. Those things exist?

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Number 5 is giving me flashbacks to a... Strawberry cake...? The girl was trying to put strawberries on a cake at the end of a beam on top of a tall building...? This is so weird but I think I am clearly remembering this...

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I've seen something similar, but it's not a drama. It's a KBS program promoting Seoul called Seoul In-Stars, hosted by actress Park Eun Hye. In episode 7, she tried a VR game where she was at some very high and had to retrieve donuts at the end of the beam (something like that).

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Hmm.. but I haven't seen that program.

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You can search for it in youtube with this: kbs seoul in stars ep 7

It's in the 25th min or so.

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Hum, #3 could it be a Chinese drama with Victoria f(x). โ€œWhen love walked inโ€

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Hi! I feel like #3 is glass slipper. 2002 drama

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I have very recently watched Glass Slippers and it is fairly different. There is a stepfather in the adopted family who lusts after and attacks the lead. It is definitely not a family she would choose to stay with.

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Me! Me! I know no 5!
It's a scene from Matrimonial Chaos, the girl played by Bae Doona.

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Was there a strawberry cake involved??

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Yes, you're right Bae Doona played the VR game, walking on a high beam, aiming for what look like a strawberry cake. I've just spent 6 minutes scrolling through episodes and scenes, at it was in Episode 6(on the 16 episode/hourly count), at the 36:00 minute onwards. That scene was after Bae Doona throw away her comic/sketches, and her crush saw her. He then takes her on a bike ride and the VR playroom afterwards to cheer her up.

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Thank you! This was bugging me to no end! Now I can sleep at night!

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You're welcome. Sleep tight!

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...as long as you don't try every kind of coffee, anyway.

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You're a hero XD

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Thank you, my lady... ;)

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Ikr! I remember it's from Matrimonial Chaos, she went with that young guy who had a crush on hwiroo.

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... which is the same guy who played that book cover design in Romance is a Bonus Book, right?

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Yes that guy!

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The first time I saw Hwi Ha-joon is in "My Golden Life" where he as a douchebag driver the youngest daughter in the Choi Family. He really had a few episodes, but I can't forget him with the scene where he's covering the lady from the water throwing to her....

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#3 reminds me "I Summon You, Gold" ...

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2. Radiant Office - girl and two boys , hoya right
3. lol.. isn't that Autumn (Song hye kyo, won bin, and the black guy) but steopmom loved her adopted daughter until real daughter turned up

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I wonder if #3 is Her Legend. I do remember an orphaned girl living with her working class uncle and aunt. The aunt was extremely mean to her (the verbal abuse of the child was very shocking and I have loathed that actress ever since), favoring her own daughter. The rich family came to get her after finding about about her existence. The aunt substituted her own daughter to give her a chance to study overseas. They both end up working in the same purse design company as adults.

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#3 could be You're the Best, Lee Soon Shin (w IU as title lead, co-lead Jo Jung-suk!), family drama in 2013. The dynamics are a little different: the adoptive mom was really nice to the daughter until the bio mom showed up; then what you describe fits pretty well.

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#3 is pretty common but it might have been a Chinese drama called When Love Walked In ็ˆฑๆƒ…้—ฏ่ฟ›้—จ with f(x) Victoria.

#4 is also a Chinese drama called Fox Summer ็‹็‹ธ็š„ๅคๅคฉ. The female lead is a blatant liar and the male lead is a human lie detector with OCD also.

Yes I have been watching a lot of chinese dramas

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Is the 3rd one Youโ€™re the best lee soon shin starring IU and Jo Jung Seok?

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#3 May Queen, Kim Jae Won as the male lead. I forgot who was the female lead, but Kim Yoo-jung played her younger version of the femae lead.

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Number 3 sounds so familiar but I can't remember who was acting in it or the title... I remember the girl that was sent to live with the rich family being rather lanky and so annoying...

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Sounds like Her Legend

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#3 reminds me of Jang Bori is Here.

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I haven't seen it but based on the synopsis it looks right.

โ€œCan a long-lost daughter find happiness when she is reunited with her parents after 20 years?โ€ In a complicated twist, a young woman from a wealthy family goes missing and is raised by a foster mom instead of her own parents. Meanwhile, her wealthy family adopts a girl to overcome the loss of their daughter. The tensions that arise when the daughter finds her real family results in a journey of understanding and forgiveness.

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Rare that I get to contribute to NTD, I'm glad!

No 2. it's funny that I have neither watched the drama nor read the recap, but I was immediately convinced drama 2 was Radiant Office

3. Sounds very much like Her Legend. My first Makjang. Ah, good times. I liked it, I remember being very frustrated with the scheming step-mother and the daughter switch. After making the daughter's life miserable. They worked in the same company that made purses

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