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Reach of Sincerity: Episode 10

Our couple grows closer and closer, but they don’t know that danger is just around the corner for them. In more ways than one, they will have to confront their pasts – as family difficulties unexpectedly arise for Jung-rok. Sometimes all it takes is another person who cares enough to step in, to see past what you thought you knew, and come to a better understanding. But Yoon-seo’s past won’t be so easy to fight – just don’t put our lovely heroine through too much, show, okay? My heart can’t take it.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Attorney Yeon really must have a tracker on Jung-rok, because he’s waiting for him at the elevator in the morning – and just in time for Yoon-seo as well. In front of them, a couple furtively hold hands, and Attorney Yeon sighs that it must be nice to date someone at the same company.

But if that was a hint for Yoon-seo, she doesn’t pick up on it, and instead pricks his pride by asking if he isn’t married, then. Jung-rok doesn’t even try to hide his snort of laughter.

The team have a group waffle breakfast, and Jung-rok (uncharacteristically bold) winks over at Yoon-seo. Delighted, Yoon-seo winks back. She almost gets caught by Attorney Yeon, and as soon as the door is closed, Jung-rok and Yoon-seo giggle at the near miss.

Jung-rok continues to be adorable at a team lunch, surreptitiously sliding food she likes near Yoon-seo. They can barely go one minute without sending texts to each other. Jung-rok fibs that it’s for work, and makes Yoon-seo (and me) melt when he says he really really likes work.

Yoon-seo, eager to play out more drama tropes, calls Jung-rok out for a secret stairwell tryst. Jung-rok is more than happy to go along with it, especially if he gets a kiss – but eugh, someone interrupts them at the last moment.

Meanwhile, Attorney Dan’s crush on Attorney Choi is really getting to her – and he’s distracting her at work since he’s always there. When Attorney Choi overhears that she likes the ukulele, he offers to bring his in. With the most hangdog expression, Dan sighs, “I have to stop getting tangled up with him.”

Over dinner, Yoon-seo smiles that she never thought Jung-rok would be so daring in a work relationship. Aww, Jung-rok admits, “I didn’t know I had it in me either. I only did it because you like it.”

But when he adds that they have so little time left – only 1 month – Yoon-seo gets so upset that she starts cutting at nothing on her plate. To cover, Yoon-seo blusters that they never serve steaks large enough. Which results in a very cute back-and-forth as Jung-rok gives her some of his.

Yoon-seo happily tells Jung-rok, “Every day has been a joy for me lately. Having you by my side is the biggest reason.” But, Yoon-seo adds, it’s not the only reason – she also loves the work, and everyone, at Always Law. Jung-rok comments that she really is like Audrey Hepburn in ‘Roman Holiday’. In a moment of excitement, Yoon-seo blurts out that he should come to hers tomorrow to watch it.

The moment that Jung-rok accepts though, they immediately start overthinking the fact that they’ll be at her apartment together. Alone. Neither of them can pull off the cool attitude they’re going for.

At home, Jung-rok gets it in his head that he needs to bring Yoon-seo a gift tomorrow. To the internet! Which is a terrible idea, duh. Horrified at the results, Jung-rok tries to assure himself that it’s just a movie that happens to be at his girlfriend’s house.

Meanwhile, Yoon-seo fastidiously cleans and primps her apartment. Satisfied, she says, “Now it’s enough to make him think I’m a neat person.” I hear ya.

The next day, Yoon-seo and Jung-rok are an awkward bundle of nerves when he shows up (with flowers…and wine). They each take turns to get tongue-tied as they trip over their words, and worry that the other will think they’re suggesting…

To break the tension, Yoon-seo takes Jung-rok on a house tour, just as if she were showing an interviewer round. Yoon-seo explains that she loves to read – and gets humiliated when Jung-rok sticks his hand in tell-tale dust on the shelf.

Disaster strikes in the bedroom as well. Yoon-seo’s nerves get the best of her, and she starts to babble about her bed and how bouncy it is – complete with a demonstration. And then Jung-rok accidentally hits the lights off. This. Is. Great.

Meanwhile, Attorney Dan gets into a fluster when she arrives at the office (on the weekend) and Attorney Choi is there as well. Dan gets all moony, thinking it must be fate, and tries to snap herself out of it.

But Choi isn’t helping any, looking all handsome, and asking for a drink in exchange for his ukulele. Dan’s heart stops when Choi plays one last goodbye song on his ukulele. And she’s a complete goner when Choi wraps his arms around her to teach her how to hold (his) instrument.

Up on the roof, Dan plays a mournful song and wails into the wind, “Please let my love come true!”

Back at Yoon-seo’s apartment, she is mortified to learn that Hyuk-joon took her DVD player to get repaired. Now it looks like the movie was just an excuse to get Jung-rok over.

So Yoon-seo prepares the movie on her laptop instead, and Jung-rok takes the chance to look at some of her awards. Yoon-seo, a bit embarrassed, admits that they’re all popularity awards, not for acting. Jung-rok sweetly says that’s impressive, because it’s hard to make people like you, which makes Yoon-seo smile.

Still, Yoon-seo says, she thinks that she would do a good job at acting now. Before, she didn’t know what it was like to have her heart flutter. Bashful, Yoon-seo says, “Now, I think I do.”

Pleased, but oh so awkward, Jung-rok looks around and points at one of Yoon-seo’s posters and asks what drama it’s from. In disbelief, Yoon-seo answers that it was the chocolate ad that made her famous – it’s why she’s called the ‘Chocolate Fairy’.

So instead of Roman Holiday, Jung-rok and Yoon-seo watch all her old ads and photoshoots. Yoon-seo points out how pretty she looked in them – and Jung-rok agrees but says, “You look even prettier now. Sitting in front of me.” Yep, that’s my heart on the floor.

Later that night, they break out the wine (that girl loves her wine as much as I do) and Jung-rok says he’s glad they couldn’t watch the movie. He adds, “Actually, I couldn’t sleep last night. Coming to your house made me feel unsure, nervous and excited all at the same time.”

But chatting with Yoon-seo, and looking at her photos put him at ease. Beyond relieved, Yoon-seo agrees that she was nervous too (and that she loved looking at photos of herself as well, lol). Her foot goes right back in her mouth as she adds, “I couldn’t stop thinking that you and I were at my place alone. And that made me imagine so many things.” I’m sure it did, Yoon-seo.

Ahahaha, Jung-rok’s slightly stunned face is hilarious. But not for long – as he leans over and plants a kiss on Yoon-seo. He whispers, “Things like this? Or this?” And he goes in for a longer smooch. Is it hot in here, or just me?

Alone the next day, Yoon-seo is on cloud nine and wonders if this feeling of bliss no matter what you do with a person is why people get married.

But those clouds have hidden thunderstorms, as Hyuk-joon discusses with CEO Yeon that Lee Gang-joon is back in South Korea. Hyuk-joon asks Yoon-seo if anyone suspicious has been hanging round, but doesn’t tell her the real reason he is asking. Why. Wut.

And they’re right to be worried. Someone is definitely following Yoon-seo, after she drops her pen in the car park. But Yoon-seo’s no dummy, and she flashes back to Hyuk-joon’s words. She whirls on the man behind her, and demands to know why he’s following her.

He tries to get the words out that she dropped her pen. Yoon-seo misunderstands and thinks he said he’s her fan, and denies that she’s a celebrity, “I’m just a normal girl who is exceptionally pretty!”

Oh, no. Oh, no. The man – Kwon Jae-bok – heads up to Always Law, because he’s there to see his son. Jung-rok. Of course, Yoon-seo thinks that he followed her, and tries to shoo him away – but I don’t think Dad even knows who she is, and drops the pen on her desk.

Exasperated, Dad explains he’s here to see his son, Jung-rok. The penny finally drops – and Yoon-seo is absolutely horrified. When Jung-rok and Dad go into Jung-rok’s office, she beats herself up over the way she acted. Aw.

Meanwhile, Jung-rok and his father have a very stiff conversation – and Dad even complains that Jung-rok always has to have the last word. I can see where he gets it from. But when Dad starts to nitpick about Yoon-seo (with the very same complaints Jung-rok once had), Jung-rok firmly shuts him down. Bothered, Jung-rok pushes his dad to get to the point. Angry at Jung-rok’s reception, Dad flares up, “Fine. I’m sorry to disturb you at work. I’ll go take care of my own work.”

Yoon-seo comes back with coffee in time to see Dad storming out. With a worried frown, she asks Jung-rok if his dad left because of her. Jung-rok dodges the question, and reassures her, “My dad and I clash every time we see each other. There’s no need for you to be worried about it.”

Things aren’t going well for Se-won either, as the case his team are close to prosecuting is stalled by their boss, and told to wrap up quickly. Se-won accuses his boss of giving in to the powerful (and dirty) Attorney Choi Yoon-su. Backed into a corner, his boss admits that this case was more difficult than he thought – and advises Se-won that it would be better for his career to drop the issue.

Meanwhile, Jung-rok learns from his mom that Dad really did come to the office earlier for a reason. Dad revealed that the deputy mayor was embezzling funds, and was unduly suspended. Jung-rok find his dad, protest sign in hand, and ushers him to a coffee shop to talk.

Dad gruffly says that he’s glad he was suspended, since now there’s a chance the media might shine a light on his protest. Jung-rok deduces that Dad was there to ask for his help in case his employment dispute went to trial, and asks in frustration why he couldn’t just say that in the first place.

Dad points out Jung-rok didn’t even give him a chance (except for the part where he asked why you were there and you left in a huff) and Jung-rok astutely answers, “You always have a knack for making me a bad son.”

Later that night, Yoon-seo says that Dad must have felt really bad. More than that, she laments her behavior, and says, “I totally ruined making a good impression.” Taking her hand, Jung-rok tells her not to worry and comforts her, “Once people know what kind of person you are, there’s no reason why anyone wouldn’t like you.”

The next day, Yoon-seo cheerily informs Jung-rok that she has cancelled all his meetings so he can accompany his dad to his suspension hearing, as support. When that doesn’t move Jung-rok, Yoon-seo turns on the (whiny) charm and asks him to do it for her – so she won’t feel bad about her mistake yesterday. Lol. It totally works.

At the hearing, Dad greets Jung-rok brusquely, but is secretly pleased he’s there. To Jung-rok’s surprise, he notices that Dad is nervous, and comforts him about the trial. Dad accepts the traditional Korean medicine (sent by Yoon-seo) for his nerves.

After the hearing, Jung-rok calls Yoon-seo to let her know that his dad’s suspension was affirmed, and asks her to prepare the documents for a lawsuit.

Jung-rok warmly thanks her for making him come, and for sending the medicine with him – while Dad looks on from afar, a small smile on his face. Hahaha, Yoon-seo asks Jung-rok to ‘lightly’ drop it in that she was the one who sent the medicine. Job done.

Se-won is determined not to give up on the case, but it’s getting him down. Yeo-reum finds him outside, looking glum, and comforts him with some coffee. Se-won asks for a hug, and hesitantly says, “I would appreciate it… if you could console me right now.” Wordlessly, Yeo-reum leans in and pulls him close so his head rests on her shoulder.

Hard at work on his dad’s brief, Jung-rok admits to Yoon-seo that at first he thought Dad was just making a fuss – but now he agrees that it’s important to fix what’s wrong. In court, Jung-rok’s newfound respect for his father shines through, as he makes a passionate plea for justice.

After court, Jung-rok invites Yoon-seo and his dad out to lunch – remembering Yoon-seo’s fear that Dad doesn’t like her. This throws Yoon-seo into a tizzy, but she resolves to take this last chance (and even makes her lips less ‘pinku-pinku’ in preparation).

But it seems like Jung-rok is trying his best to sabotage that. He tells Yoon-seo she doesn’t need to lie if she’s bored with their conversation, and then outs all the secrets she wanted him to tell his dad to make her look better. Ignoring Yoon-seo’s increasingly flustered looks, Jung-rok tops it off by saying, “I hope you like her too…since she’s my girlfriend.”

Dad and Yoon-seo are so shocked by the abrupt confession they knock over their cutlery. Jung-rok smiles slightly as Dad and Yoon-seo commiserate over how unexpected this is, and out of character for Jung-rok. Thawing, Dad smiles, “He must like you a lot to act this way. My son will lack in a lot of areas, so please be patient with him.”

But Yoon-seo objects that Jung-rok is ‘almost perfect’ and promises to treat him well. She even throws out her classic ‘hwaiting’ fists, which Dad returns. So cute.

Afterwards, Yoon-seo tells Jung-rok she was touched he confessed to his dad. Quick to praise her back, Jung-rok says that because she cared, he and his dad became closer. He thanks her for everything, and Yoon-seo replies that she was grateful to be able to help him while working alongside him. She says, “I love everything about working at Always Law.”

Looking more than a little lovestruck, Jung-rok slides over a gift box with a necklace inside, and tells Yoon-seo he wanted to buy her something ‘just because’. They goofily grin at each other, totally lost in their own little world.

So lost, in fact, that they don’t see that someone is creepily taking photos of them on their date. Yoon-seo’s stalker Gang-joon (just go away!) flips through his extensive catalogue of Yoon-seo photos. Her every move is being documented.

Now that they’re much closer, it occurs to Yoon-seo to ask Jung-rok why he keeps calling her ‘Oh Jin-shim’. Jung-rok replies that at first, he thought Oh Yoon-seo was just her stage name – but now he likes calling her by Oh Jin-shim since no one else does. Yoon-seo thinks about it, and happily agrees that she likes that reasoning.

The mood takes a turn as Yoon-seo notices a black car dogging them, and wonders if it’s following them. To test it, Jung-rok speeds up – and the car sticks to them like glue. Jung-rok abruptly pulls a U-turn in the road.

It isn’t enough, and the black car manages to keep pace. It overtakes them, and comes to a halt, forcing Jung-rok to pump the brakes as well.

When Yoon-seo looks up, the man that she hoped she’d never see again is waiting for her – Lee Gang-joon.

Jung-rok unbuckles his belt. Yoon-seo tries to stop him and softly pleas, “Stay in the car.” But Jung-rok just pats her hand in reassurance, and gets out to confront Gang-joon.

Tone hard, Jung-rok asks, “What’s this?”

Gang-joon doesn’t reply, and looks past Jung-rok to a terrified Yoon-seo. Unable to tear her eyes away, Gang-Soon holds Yoon-seo’s gaze – until Jung-rok deliberately steps between them. Gang-joon finally looks at Jung-rok. He smirks.

 
COMMENTS

Well, well, well. We have finally arrived at the villain portion of the story, after a few creepy interludes and hints. Not that I mind that it’s taken so long – I’m smiling too much at the squee-inducing relationships that suddenly the credits roll, and I haven’t even noticed that nothing much has happened.

But now Gang-joon is here. The most infuriating thing in this episode wasn’t actually Gang-joon – let’s face it, he hasn’t done much of anything, other than look kind of menacing, I guess? Everything he has done is super creepy (and very illegal), from the photos, to chasing Yoon-seo and Jung-rok off the road – but he didn’t even utter a word, so it takes the bite out of it. I am under no illusion that Gang-joon will continue to hide in the shadows, and I’m sure that he will do something vile next week. But what actually stood out to me was Hyuk-joon and CEO Yeon’s conspiring to keep Gang-joon’s arrival from Yoon-seo. Especially Hyuk-joon, who seems to be Yoon-seo’s only true friend outside of Always Law. She can’t protect herself from dangers she doesn’t know about, Oppa! As if it wasn’t glaringly obvious before, this cosseting treatment is exactly why Yoon-seo is so naive and unprepared for a world outside of the entertainment industry. But this goes beyond not wearing the right clothes to the office, it’s making her vulnerable to real dangers.

Thankfully, Yoon-seo has Jung-rok on her side. But not in a knight in shining armor way. If I can stretch this metaphor a little more, Jung-rok isn’t the knight – he’s the squire, helping arm Yoon-seo for the battle to come. Yoon-seo has flourished so much at Always Law, from finding purpose in her work (it’s notable that she is praised for being good at her job at Always Law, when she was notoriously bad at acting) to becoming more independent and prepared. Yoon-seo has always been highly emotionally intelligent, which is why she’s so likeable and popular, but now she’s also getting the respect she craved. I hope it’s enough to confront her past ghost that has forced its way into her present. Because my heart dropped out at the look on Yoon-seo’s face when she finally saw Gang-joon. Even at just seeing him in the flesh again, Yoo Inna has sold the terror, and powerlessness, of being the object of Gang-joon’s obsession. In a twisted, horrible way, Yoon-seo’s life is like one of the dramas she channels – but it isn’t one that anyone would ever choose.

But everything else in this episode was pure joy. Jung-rok and Yoon-seo’s awkward, hilarious, swoony date was perfect. Jung-rok blundered his way round her darling apartment (yes, I wish I could live there) looking out of place and unerringly finding the one place she didn’t clean until it just felt… natural. It was a very nice touch to match his jumper to her skirt, so they looked like a perfect match sitting together. And can we talk about that kiss? I’m still not over that kiss, guys. For a guy who hasn’t dated before (as everyone loves to point out) he is a very quick study. But they weren’t the only ones going on a date – since Attorney Dan and Attorney Choi have their own delightful sub-romance playing out. Almost solely comedic, I’m still super invested in seeing the preening peacock and hopeless romantic get together – especially when it comes with ridiculous ukulele backhugs. Se-won and Yeo-reum even had their mini-coffee date, complete with a hug. Thank you, Reach for packing so much skinship into one episode.

I’m enjoying that the recent legal cases (if we have to have them) are all connected to the Always Law team. Sure, it’s totally unrealistic, but then again – what isn’t in this drama? It gives us more opportunity to spend time with our favorite characters without dragging the plot down. And this way, Yoon-seo and Jung-rok’s dad get their very own meet-cute – and highlights just how far Jung-rok has come when he leaps to Yoon-seo’s defence against the very accusations he threw at her. What is it about men in the Kwon family and judging the pinku-pinku force? They should know better, since Dad was even more quickly won round on Yoon-seo. Sounds about right to me.

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I am a puddle of goop after watching this show. How can two humans be SO CUTE together?! Looking forward to a bit more plot and conflict for our puppy lovers. But if anyone tries to hurt them, I will reform from my goop puddle and come after you!

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Puddle of goop :) This show has that ability!
I do wonder how closely they're sticking to the original webtoon. Has anyone read it?

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It's on Kakao webtoons, but I haven't read it because it looks more like a web novel than a webtoon judging from the first three free episodes https://page.kakao.com/home?seriesId=49293547&page=1

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i know right! i just melt into a grinning blob. these two :D are just...ugh.. so cute!

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Still love, love, love this.
I'm such a sucker for mature (though also innocent and sweet), healthy, swoony romance built on mutual trust and communication. It feels like a novelty in dramaland to have a couple who are just openly smitten with each other without any of the usual done-to-death plot points to create conflict or bumps in the road before they can get together. This is just two people who, very uncomplicatedly, just fall in love because they match well and enjoy each other so much, and they're up front with their feelings and talk through any insecurities immediately and resolve them. Communication, yay! Also swoony kisses, yay!
(Stalker-dude, very much nay. Go away)

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Right, communication, so very very beautiful.

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I know this is gonna be a unpopular opinion but Yoon-seo self absorption and delusion of her celebrity annoyed me this episode and Jung -rok enabling of it was no better. I was actually feeling like Jung-rok's Dad this episode and did not find what he said not wrong.

If they don't get past that, their relationship will be no different than hers with the CEO and Hyuk-joon.

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Haha, I felt the same way a little bit.

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It didn't bother me, but I did think it was weird though.

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I thought her self absorption was perfectly natural for an actress and at this point it's obviously something she'll have to overcome and change.

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I didn't wanna be harsh for entertaining that thought, but I kinda agree with you.

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I found her self-absorption quite charming in a really healthy way actually. If I had to spend 2 yrs hiding from the public and being hated online and in the press because of a false scandal, I would also be working very hard to pump up my self-esteem. Because poor thing, she went from most popular to most disliked, which must have really hurt a lot.

I find her presentation of herself very healthy - she's pretty and she's not afraid to say it, but she also knows she's not the best at acting - which she's said a number of times before too.

When I do a good piece of art, I'm quite pleased with it and I'd also be happy to say it's a good piece.

So all in all, I thought YS's self-praise was fairly healthy for someone who was nervous at having her first boyfriend over at her place "unsupervised" heehee, and also for simply calling a spade a spade.

I don't know anyone who is pretty, who does NOT know she's pretty. (No matter what One Direction sings.)

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K-dramas love to represent drama 'stars' as people who put up HUGE portraits of themselves in their living rooms, something that would be unthinkable on American TV.

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This always baffles me. Why does one need a picture of oneself that encompasses the entire wall? Then more pictures around the house.

My daughter often jokes that she's going to do that in her bedroom.

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I think they just like their pictures printed huge in Korea because their wedding pictures or some family pictures I have seen in dramas are also oversized compared to elsewhere.

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Several things:
I am always a fan of hugs, because sometimes you just need one. It doesn't need to be romantic, just comforting.

What a fabulous OTP and that kiss, hubba hubba. Very nice.

Our Dan/Choi couple, lol. After she saw those abs, she was a goner and then the ukulele. Has their ever been a sexier lesson? And then her terrible singing at the end. I live!!!

As for the stalker, I don't care that he is 2-dimensional so long as Yoon Seo beats him.

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This is the first episode of this drama I've watched...hadn't planned on following it but there was one scene that made me literally LOL and that was it. Now I have to watch from the beginning.
All males are quick studies when it comes to kissing.

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Whispers: *jooooinnn ussss!*

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Wrong genre @tsutsuloo! Romcom, not horror...

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Uri pinku pinky is so preeeeeeciousssss

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(This is what happens when tvn tries to do romcom after it built a loyal viewership base from all the dark thriller horror kdramas....)

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😂😂😂

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So much random product placement in this show. Tinder, whatever that apartment finding app was, the jewelry brand (Stone Hedge, I think it was), and also the Chinese restaurant that Yoon Seo went to with Jung Rok and his dad. Were the brands Yoon Seo advertising for real? The chocolate company, the coffee company?

Yeah, it's definitely frustrating that Yoon Seo's manager and company CEO wouldn't tell her that her stalker is back. And also Se Won not telling Jung Rok that the stalker was back. Withholding information is not protecting someone.

They mentioned that the date at Yoon Seo's house was on a Saturday, but the next day, they went to work like it was a Monday even though it was Sunday. Continuity error.

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I've never gotten the feeling that kdramas even hire a continuity director.

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Every drama has glaring continuity errors, and not just in dates or times. Like when a character is listening to someone talk and their head is tilted one way, but then the next shot it's obviously tilted another way. It happens way too often, and I try not to notice it, but it annoys me!

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So far, the PPL wasn't too bad. They didn't stick out like a sore thumb lol. The apt finder scene actually cracked me up.

But I also noticed the Saturday to Monday error. It threw me off for a moment. -_-

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I actually thought the PPL (so many of them!!) are quite well done in this show. Most of them are noticeable but not intrusive and some of them are quite self-aware and self-mocking!

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I've made PPL identification a bit of a game in my dramawatching, because I'm not familiar with some brands, and sometimes I don't quite know if something is REALLY a product or not.

1. The vacuum cleaner is a given
2. Everyone eats subway in dramaland, but this time we even got their staff involved in the story (Lawyer Dan's crush)
3. JR looking at the housing app
4. Lawyer Dan looking at the dating app
5. Everyone drinks that stick packet of ginseng
6. There'll always be jewellery!
7. And cologne and lipbalm for men
8. You will always need fried chicken! Sometimes with a song!
9. Were the macaroons a PPL?
10. In this show, everyone drives the same make of car

Have I missed any out?

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Well done, @purebristles!!

@mayhemf and @sicarius have strong suspicions that YS's fabulous shades are PPL.

Those instant coffee well stocked in the office kitchen is perfectly suited to Attorney Kwon's taste, as remarked upon I believe earlier in the series!

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I quite enjoy this directors PPLs because they are often done very funny and are somehow cutely obvious (i found the lipbalm/chok-chok/kiss conversation hilarious) - one character in a previous drama of his (BTIOFL) even wrote PPLs as a living, I think it was for that specific brand of ginseng (5.)

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You're definitely right about Volkswagen. I looked at Lee Dong Wook's Instagram and he has a post where he thanks VW.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuDLU3QHmK-/

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@kimbapnoona, those shades are definitely ppl. I forgot the name but I looked them up while watching the first ep. I didn't bother to bookmark the site because I have several things to buy for my den before I $250 shades. lol.

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Ahh thanks @kimbapnoona @mushmush @fogcity @thatstp!

So
11. coffee
12. would the "job's tears tea" count? I keep seeing it in the subs but I don't know if it's a mis-translation
13. OH YES speaking of which, that "W slimming tea" which YS tried to take a drink out of in the car while the bottle was still capped, which made JR laugh
14. Gentle Monster sunglasses, which I hear everyone wants right now, if only they didn't cost USD250. The contrast is exceptionally excruciating for me as that I've just returned from a work trip to Bangkok where (off-hours) I bought a fistful of sunglasses for about USD2 each....

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I don't think the chocolate one was real, I think the logo on the bar said Ghada, which could be based on the Ghana brand

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Yoon-seo's Ghada chocolate CF is a parody of the original Ghana chocolate CF with Lee Mi-yeon.

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Omg hahaha, I had no idea. Thanks for the info. This drama has tons of meta. Love it. :D

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Did you watch Reply 1988? Lee Mi-yeon's CF was parodied in Reply 1988, which was even more meta because Lee Mi-yeon was in the drama.

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Yes, I noticed that too. I thought it was a an error on the translations, but I thought later that it was an error from the production...really...who would make a mistake like that and let it air on tv? It was pretty noticeable to be honest.

I don't care about the villain. He is a 2-dimensional character, and that bores me to death. I love complex and well-written villains (who can surpass MISHIL???), but this villain is just a character to make the plot moving foward...that's all...

LOVE those kisses!! It was hot!!! Well, the kisses were not that hot, but the whole atmosphere, the words he said, the way he touched her face...then the kisses came...THE WHOLE THING WAS HOT!

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Is that vacuum cleaner the new Subway ? I see it in every drama I watch....

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Yes. It has a hair dryer counterpart that I haven't seen lately though.

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I don't know why but your comment made me giggle. "hair dryer counterpart"!

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Now where will they have conversations, if not Subway? And do the men use the vacuum too???

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They do ! I've seen Kang Ji-hwan diligently vacuuming his apartment.

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Yes, but Kang Ji hwan mostly does comedy...

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SeoJoon on RiaBB just vacuumed in episode 13. lol. It was so obvious it was ppl. The camera started at the roller and panned up and paused on "Dyson" for a second. I couldn't help but laugh.

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Given that they didn't show us what happened after the wine tabletop kiss, why don't we just all accept that Sunday was R21 and therefore dramaland gave us the next G-rated day? Hee hee hee...

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Brilliant!

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Oh no!!! Sunday better be R21!! I will never accept that "I gotta get up early for work" as an excuse!!! 😂😂😂

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This show's Sunday R21 episode is fan-written. :D

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🤣🤣🤣
PD-nim better not cheat us out of that scene after what he had done this to us, @purebristles!!

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/kimbapnoona/activity/736925/

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Jung Rok was killing me with all his smooth moves. Kisses every episode please??! 😍😘 Yoon Seo's place is fabulous! I love that they wore complementary outfits too.

I really enjoyed all the cute and swoony moments between our OTP, but I was anxious for the stalker chaebol to hurry up and reveal himself. The intense cliffhanger was so good and thrilling though. I hope that Yoon Seo will not become a damsel in distress. Her CEO and Hyuk Joon should have informed her right away when they knew that guy was back.

I ship Dan & Choi, but I don't want it to be a miserable one-sided love. Dan's performance on the rooftop was lovely and sad at the same time (I had hoped that Choi witnessed it). Hoping Choi will fall for her soon.

It just hit me that this is already the 10th episode. I don't want to part from our sweet couples... ;-;

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Same, I can't believe we only have 3 more weeks of this drama's cuteness. I am not ready to say goodbye to Jung Rok and Yun Seo!

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Gosh they are SO ADORABLE together!!!! Jung Rok's kiss this episode was to die for, so sensual, I do not blame Yun Seo at all for having 'bad thoughts' about being alone with Jung Rok heh. Honestly, Lee Dong Wook was always a handsome guy but he is taking swoon-worthy to another level in this drama, and it must be how his character is loosening up each episode, Jung Rok's incredible sweetness is just too much combined with Lee Dong Wook's incredible looks. How does he look better the older he gets? I still cannot believe he is 38.

Definitely agree with the point of Yoo Inna's acting being perfect in her reaction to seeing stalker chaebol guy. Yun Seo seemed frozen with real terror, but also physically frozen, and that is such a natural response to being in that kind of terrible situation. But now she has Jung Rok with her, and I hope we will get to see her stand up to him and regain herself!

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Really? He’ 38 already? It seems just like yesterday when I first saw him on My Girl. And I was instantly smitten with his good looks! My first ever Korean actor crush. My first love in korean dramaland. ❤️

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makes Yoon-seo (and me) melt when he says he really really likes work

@Helcat Actually, this was a play on words. Secretary Yang asked, "Lawyer Kwon, you sincerely (진심으로 jinshim-euro) like work, don't you?" and Jung-rok replied, "Yes, I sincerely like [it] (진심 좋아합니다 (jinshim johahapnida)," which literally means "I like Jin-shim." Yoon-seo (and I) melted because Jung-rok "thrillingly and romantically" confessed to her in front of everyone.

Jung-rok makes me cry with how touching he is. I teared up when he introduced his girlfriend to his father and when he gifted Yoon-seo the necklace. I loved every time Yoon-seo talked to Jung-rok under her breath at lunch "I said I wasn't bored and it's fun, really." I can't wait for Yoon-seo to meet Mom.

I loved Yoon-seo and Jung-rok's internal monologues during their "movie night" even more since the other person took the sexual innuendos at face value. That kiss, Jung-rok is the smoothest boyfriend.

Tinder is NOT an app to "meet friends with the same interests" unless your interest is hooking up. There are no ukulele people on Tinder.

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Yesssssss I caught that play on words. It was so sweet and exciting to see him say that in front of the others. I loved Yoon Seo's reaction, hehe.

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I caught that too! And I don't even know Korean...

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There are no ukulele people on Tinder.
Right?! Atty. Dan, you sweet summer child...

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Well.....nobody knows!! There is a fetish for EVERYTHING as long as one knows where to look!! 😱😂

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I don't blame Attorney Dan because Attorney Dan was deceived by Hae-young, but Hae-young, you sweet summer child. Those "friends" are not interested in "scuba diving" especially with a profile picture as attractive as yours.

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Tinder is definitely a "friendship app"- I say sarcastically

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i have never squealed out loud from a drama as much as this one.

i'm very looking forward to jung rok & yoon seo taking down gang joon together (maybe with a little help from their friends too...) i'm just HOPING they don't try any storyline where gang joon blackmails yoon seo into breaking up with jung rok to "protect" him. please, please don't go that route after all this character growth!

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Why did Attorney Choi give Attorney Dan the ukulele? It looked like it was precious to him. Unless he just wanted an excuse to get a drink with her.

That kiss..................

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And why did Attorney Choi give Attorney Dan the ukulele for free when he initially wanted her to buy it from him?

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He has already been handsomely rewarded by being able to give her that ukulele back hug showing her all the right finger positions!! 😂

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I'd like to think gifting the uke is an act of friendship or low-key courtship. *wiggles eyebrows*

As I noted to @sunnysaturdays, uke players are kind of compulsive about lending or gifting ukes.

I couldn't read the brand and have no idea if it's laminated, a blend or solid model. A good beginner's all-laminated body would be minimum $70 USD but the model he has looks much nicer. If it's in the middle range, a few shared meals and drinks would cover the cost.

Choi didn't give Dan any accessories such as a strap, gig bag, tuner or humidifier, which would cost an additional $80-$100. It was odd to see him gift the uke without a case—especially in the cold winter.

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Speaking as a ukulele player, it becomes a compulsive habit to share or gift ukes. It's a form of fellowship. And they're so cute! Plus, I'm hoping really wants drinks with Dan Moon Hee!

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That HUG Yeo Reum gave Se Won!! I'm melllllting

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these! two! are! such! noobs! and so utterly adorkable for each other sigh 🤩 i don't think we could all say it enough. the day spent at Yoon-seo's house is probably the most natural we've seen Jung-rok yet. amazing how he knows the law at the back of his hand... but he's still learning all about her. and the introduction to his father eek!

now.. the serious part truly begins >.<

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The whole ukulele thing was epic. So hilarious. 🤣
And, I love the winking Jung-rok.... 😍

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I love winking Jung-rok!!

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Yun-seo encouraging Jung-rok to get closer with his father was such a joy to watch. Jung-rok and his dad have really similar stubborn and uptight personalities but watching them begin to reconcile that with a touch of Yun-seo's sweetness was so heartwarming. I hope we get more family dynamics later?

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I hope we get to meet Yoon-seo's dad who was against Yoon-seo becoming an actress because he was worried she might get hurt in the harsh entertainment industry and was the reason Yoon-seo went to law school. Imagine how poor Dad must feel that his precious daughter was framed for drug use, blacklisted from the industry, and stalked by a chaebol.

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Highly unlikely that we will see his dad again as it was a guest appearance, they thanked the actor at the end of the episode but I hope I'm wrong. I thought it was odd to use a guest appearance for the lead's parent.

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I noticed that too, so I was also hoping for Yoon-seo's family to be introduced, or maybe Jung-rok's mom?

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I guess the next week will see Mr Menacing Look Villain somehow use dad's lawsuit as a threat against Kwon Jung Rok & Oh Yun Seo's love.

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But Dad works for the government, not Lee Gang-joon's Empire (jeguk) Group.

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The government can be easily bought, in dramaland.

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And in real life: Park Geun-hye; Seungri's Burning Sun.

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Could you please care to elaborate.. I read some articles online and I think they were quite misleading.. Can't believe my baby panda was involved in such crimes😭😭😭 I really really really hope he is innocent

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@swetajoshi95 - unfortunately it's not looking like Seungri is a baby panda. :(

If you want details, check out either asianjunkie or reddit. You can also just go the fanwall here on dramabeans - quite a few beanies have discussed it. Or check out this brief thread for an intro:

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/alasecond/activity/738201/

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@greenfields JJY too? 😭😭😭
I think I may actually stay away from kpop and anything related to Korea atm... too much for me to handle.. I am speechless

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Oh, wasn't Attorney Choi's jacket too big on him? He even rolled his sleeves back. It was mildly distracting during his ukulele performance.
After a closer look at the screenshot of Choi & Dan, it looks like they are still coordinating with their tweed jackets... Hee

She was flustered when she was playing the ukulele in front of him, but it seemed like she actually knew how to play it well during her performance.

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Uri Attorney Dan might be a quick learner in the musical language of love!! And we the viewers don't really know how long that ukulele lesson lasted!! 😂😂😂

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The legal cases in this series have been efficiently packaged. Telling the little stories with minimal fuss. It gives me hope that they can get through this 'villian' storyline economically too. I really don't want the next six episodes to be the hero and villain glowering at each other, like many K-dramas do. Get to the meat of the story, tell it efficiently, then resolve it satisfactorily.

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The bad thing that is I see them as Lee Dong Wook and Yoo Inna some times rather than the characters.... UGGGHH WHY SO CUTE

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They would have really cute kids.

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"Jung-rok fibs that it’s for work, and makes Yoon-seo (and me) melt when he says he really really likes work."

okay i really REALLY SWOONED when he said that. it's A VERY WITTY WORD PLAY. what attorney asked him was "..진심으로 좋아하시잖아요??" which was her asking him is if he really likes his work THAT sincerely? it reads, ".. jinshimeuro joahasijanayo?" because jin shim = 진심 = sincere. we're used to our female drama leads named after nouns, most especially good virtues right? now this romantic, sneaky boy replied, "네, 진심 좋아합니다." translates to, "yes, i like sincere(ly)" while looking at OH JIN SHIM so we been knew it's about her!!!! omg I'm waiting for that trope where the entire always teams find them out it will be too funny..

i remember one comment from a previous recap that their kisses and hugs are a bit cold and aromantic. well, it's because their characters are weird and awkward in the beginning even if they're already dating. whoa but THAT kiss just sustained my whole week. it was perfect. is this a warning that there's gonna be more where that came from that we'll see in the following eps??

also about gang joon, i said this in a comment for prev ep's recap but i agree that so far, all he is doing in this present plot line is just look menacing. yea we already established that he did bad things to her two years ago but currently, all he does is be a dark shadow. i truly wish the writers wrote his character in a way that wouldn't bore us. yoo in na did well to sell the fear she has and we're currently empathetic with her but personally I'll still be disappointed if he just becomes a stale piece of villain bread.

you know what, the moment the ointment couple hangs out with one friend that isnt a guy, there won't even need to be questions asked. that person would immediately know that they are a secret couple. atty sewon doesn't count because he already knows jung rok has a gf. ceo yeon never noticed they are a couple when he and the couple had drinks together. heck, jung rok was this close 👌 to getting found out but he didn't notice cos the males in this drama is written to be transfixed on oh yoon seo when she's in the room. i was imagining yeo reum taking one look at the ointment couple and going, "wait-you guys are DATING??!!"

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I love our ukulele couple. SOOOO cute! I hope they get a happy (and hilarious) ending.

Now that the villian is here, I assume the plot will get a bit darker. I think the CEO and the manager did not tell our goddess that the bad guy is back because she would be terrified. This guy is rich and powerful and she knows that she has little chance to do anything against him. Although now she has Always Law at her side, so I hope that will help.
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Goddamn, these two are the best part of my week. I really love how mature, yet sweet they are to each other in this relationship. What an explosive chemistry.

In the beginning, I was "worried" that Yoon-seo is just another damsel in distress and Jung-rok exists just to be her knight in shining armor, but I was proven wrong. Sure, Jung-rok is going to help her through against the villain sometime in the future, but from what I've seen so far, Yoon-seo also helps "saving" him. She helps him with his work especially during the time when emotions need to be put upfront (the ex-trainee case, the self-defense case, Ms. Yang's daughter case), and she helps him patch things up with his dad. Most importantly, ever since Yoon-seo, Jung-rok has become more laid back and obviously HAPPIER.

It's not an apple-to-apple comparison but I love how these two initiate growth and happiness in each other.

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10 episode, and we meet the real problem. I'm giggling so much for this episode.
In my opinion, Attorney Choi has feeling for Attorney Dan and that's why he is trying so much to get her attention. hehe

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But I kind of want her to grow OUT of her neediness and to either
- decide she's awesome and quirky and doesn't need a man to have fun/ shouldn't be sad without a relationship, OR
- have someone crush on her and make her feel she's wanted instead for a change.

I know it's a romcom and she's a caricature, but I kind of want my cake and eat the macaroons too...

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Hear hear, @purebristles!
Actually skip baking just pump the sugar solution directly into my vein for faster delivery!!

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What you're really eating is cotton candy.

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I’m expecting some awkward moments for Dan next week. She looks like she’s going all out to get Choi’s heart by adapting Yoon Seo’s aesthetic. Ugh. Dan is adorable just as she is so I hope they don’t drag this out.

It’s an interesting balance to be open or even seek love without being “desperate” for it. While it’s clear that Dan Moon Hee’s never had a reciprocal relationship, I wonder at Choi’s history. He’s good looking AF but was painfully cringey as he flirted with Yoon Seo. Remember “Manners. Maketh. The Man”? *shudder* His being a Mama’s Boy surely dampens many women’s ardor.

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Yes I'm with you. I want Dan to realize that she is awesome and don't need a man just to be feel "perfect".

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i also wanna comment on the ost so far. every single one is good! tvn broke the bank a bit for the drama's ost as i can see the effort for this department specially. now that the villain has appeared, i expect for pain and anguish to be injected to the story bit by bit and so a sad song will be added to the ost roster. I'm excited for that too. i wish they'd get hyolyn or sejeong as i like both so much.

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... although I'm sure we can live without Lawyer Dan's "Rooftop Love Lament (ukelele version)"...

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...when Choi wraps his arms around her to teach her how to hold (his) instrument.

There’s no double entendres in that statement at all. 😳😜

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But it's only a small ukulele.

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I think he was teaching her on an averaged-sized ukulele, right?

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We all know that the size of the instrument doesn’t matter so much as long as the strings are plucked skillfully.

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I've played the smallest and the largest and...size mattered.

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It was either a tenor or a baritone.

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I thought it was a concert uke ... It’s a little hard to tell because Choi and Dan have a significant size difference. The way his hands enveloped hers! *gulp*

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Who, me? 😉

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Personally I don't think a villain has to speak to be scary. The fact that Mr. Stalker hasn't said a word makes him that much more terrifying. Thanks for the recap!

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The Cute is perfect!!!!!
I say this every week haha!
Looking forward to the conflict next week.
The CEO should really be honest to her!

But still I live for the cute moments this perfect couple has every week.
Prediction: they will win best couple award this year!

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at the start of episode 1's end credits where I saw that Tinder sponsors this show, me: how will they PPL tinder into this show??
episode 10, me: ohhhhhhhh

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I wonder if there's anyone in Korea who doesn't know what Tinder is really for. I am imagining an ahjumma wanting to check it out after watching the drama to hook up with "scubadiving" or "ukelele" friends. LOL.

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I'm curious to hear everyone's thoughts-- do you think Yoon Seo should finish law school, and ultimately become a lawyer, or go back to acting?

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I want her back in law school!

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I want her to do writer Lee's drama and then go back to law school.

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I love this idea! It seems that she loves acting and law, but unfortunately, she's not so good at the acting

So why not go for the thing she loves and is good at lol ><

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