Rating:
Average user rating 4.8
67

Reach of Sincerity: Episode 12

Everything is beginning to fall into place for our leading lady and leading man; what could go wrong? But just as every cloud comes with a silver lining – so the opposite seems to be true as well. As we go into the final weeks, a new problem pops up that might just break our happy couple.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

There’s big news over at the prosecution office. Se-won rings Jung-rok to warn him that Lee Gang-joon and Jung Ji-ho were meeting in secret at Macau to launder Ji-ho’s embezzlement funds through one of Gang-joon’s dummy companies.

Which is when Jung-rok notices Gang-joon’s lackey. He races back to Yoon-seo’s apartment, and saves her from the maddened Gang-joon just in time.

Gang-joon is led away in cuffs by a parade of police (plus Se-won). Well, that’s satisfying. Inside, Jung-rok assures a dazed Yoon-seo, “You can really rest easy now. He’ll never show up in front of you again.”

Gang-joon’s arrest (for stalking, drugs, and embezzlement, the busy boy) is splashed all over the news the next day. Aww, CEO Yeon and Hyuk-joon cry in each other’s arms, relieved that it’s really over and Yoon-seo won’t be misunderstood any more.

Despite not having a drama to work on, Yoon-seo shows up for her last week of work at Always Law, determined to leave on a good note. The team rally round to comfort her, offering sweet words of encouragement. Attorney Yeon speaks for all of them when he says, “Of course we worry about you. You’re like family now.”

And Jung-rok is an even brighter spot – he printed out all the lovely comments Yoon-seo’s fans were leaving. He even highlighted (in pink!) the best ones for her. He eagerly shows her a positive article – and Yoon-seo laughs when she notices that he’s liked every single nice comment left on it.

Yoon-seo thanks Jung-rok for being so considerate. In turn, Jung-rok thanks Yoon-seo for being so strong.

Yoon-seo ducks out to the roof, and tears well as she reads articles about fans calling for her comeback.

Yoon-seo’s heart has lifted, and on a walk with Jung-rok, she assures him that she really is fine. Pausing, she says there is one thing she’s worried about – and pouts, “I’m hungry. What should we eat?”

But after Yoon-seo headlined the news, her glasses aren’t fooling anyone any more – and she is soon mobbed by fans asking for photos and autographs. Jung-rok steps in, and uses his legal skills to stop them taking photos. But true fans can’t be easily stopped, and he gets pushed out of the way. Lol.

At lunch, Yoon-seo happily tells Jung-rok that she’s finally feeling like herself again, with fans responding to her online and in person.

Meanwhile, the sight of Attorney Dan (working late) throws Attorney Choi into a mess of emotions as he remembers how she saved him. Caressing a rose on his desk, Choi contemplates, “I, Choi Yoon-hyuk, am like a rose. I’m colorful and beautiful but I also have thorns. That’s why I have been searching everywhere for a woman who can embrace me.” Looking at Dan, Choi asks himself, “What should I do with you?”

Ha, Attorney Choi pricks himself on those same thorns when Dan catches him staring. Even though Dan briefly wonders if he was spying on her, she shakes it off – because she made a promise not to humiliate herself again.

So, Dan is taken aback when Choi stops her from leaving. He awkwardly asks her if she wants to go for a drink with him.

At the restaurant, it’s Choi’s turn to swoon over Dan – and how expertly she handles the fish.

Choi goes on a fishing expedition of his own, and asks if Dan has fallen for anyone recently. Dan admits that she likes someone, and Choi perks up – but wilts on hearing that she has given up since the someone clearly doesn’t like her. Choi starts to ask who it is.

Cutting him off, Dan comments that it seems like he’s drunk and leaves. Haha, Choi must really be gone, because he is even impressed by that. He’s too busy lost in his own thoughts, and doesn’t notice when Dan steals his thunder and pays. Choi races after her.

At the end of their date, Yoon-seo laments to Jung-rok that they only have one week left working together. Grabbing his hand, Yoon-seo plants a smacker on it – and looks up to see Hyuk-joon, horrified, staring right at them.

Hyuk-joon looks like his brain is about to explode when Yoon-seo confirms that she’s dating Jung-rok. Hyuk-joon pulls her inside to talk – glaring at Jung-rok the whole way.

Inside, Hyuk-joon is baffled that Yoon-seo could be dating the lawyer she hated. When Yoon-seo complains that he’s being meddlesome, Hyuk-joon exclaims, “It’s my job to be nosy!”

He whines that she needs to be careful about her image, with the public looking on now. But Yoon-seo stops him – and confesses that she likes Jung-rok a lot. Deflated, Hyuk-joon cautions her not to get caught then. And he reveals the reason he came – because writer Lee Se-jin wants to meet with Yoon-seo.

At CEO Yeon’s office the next day, Writer Lee apologizes to Yoon-seo for dropping her as the lead – and asks her sincerely to return to the drama. Yoon-seo’s face breaks into a smile, as Writer Lee explains that many investors came forward after hearing about Yoon-seo’s involvement in the drama, and the explanation of her scandal.

CEO Yeon tries to play hardball, but Yoon-seo is too overjoyed to be asked back and thwarts him. Yoon-seo says that this drama is special to her after working in a law firm, and promises to do well.

Driving her home, Hyuk-joon “compliments” Yoon-seo for not being the pitiful actress she was two years ago, begging anyone for work. Lol. As if it’s his mission to annoy her, Hyuk-joon wonders at how shocked everyone at Always Law firm will be when they find out Yoon-seo is acting again.

Yoon-seo’s biggest fear is that Jung-rok won’t forgive her for lying about why she was at Always Law – and Hyuk-joon agrees that he might even dump her. He slyly asks, “So why don’t you dump him first?” Exasperated, Yoon-seo tells Hyuk-joon this is serious. But she is spooked, and sends a message to Jung-rok asking to meet with him to tell him something important.

Poor Jung-rok really is clueless about this though – he tells the rest of the team he thinks that Yoon-seo won’t go back to acting, and will pursue a career in law.

Uh-oh. When the Always Law team head out for lunch, they get accosted by a horde of paparazzi. All of them yelling about Yoon-seo’s undercover work at the firm for a TV show. Jung-rok doesn’t have time to process, as he spots an unaware Yoon-seo from afar. He hurries over to whisk her away before the paparazzi can see.

Se-won walks with a spring in his step, triumphant from the embezzlement case. Running into Yeo-reum, he credits her with his success (because of the hug) and when she asks him to dinner, replies with a big grin, “That’s the most exciting thing I’ve heard in a while. Let’s go eat now.”

Back at Jung-rok’s apartment, Yoon-seo glumly apologizes to Jung-rok for not being able to tell him sooner. But before Yoon-seo can say anything more, Jung-rok envelops her in a hug.

He congratulates her on the drama, since he knows how much she likes acting – even if he was surprised. Jung-rok scoffs at the nonsensical idea that he wouldn’t want to see her again – and takes the day off work to spend time with her.

The rest of the Always Law team wonder at Jung-rok’s unusual request. The unusually sharp Ms. Kim wonders if he’s dating Yoon-seo since they left together holding hands – and Attorney Yeon blusters that would be ridiculous.

Au contraire, Attorney Yeon. Looking just slightly awkward, Jung-rok offers to make lunch for Yoon-seo – to her delight, from scratch. But when Jung-rok goes to look for the ingredients, he can’t find anything. A quick call to Se-won through gritted teeth confirms Se-won already ate everything. Ah, the perils of having a roommate.

But Yoon-seo doesn’t mind, and they decide to go to a market to get the ingredients. Looking through Jung-rok’s clothes for a disguise, Yoon-seo spots his lip balm – which Jung-rok hurriedly demonstrates are for his dry lips. Yoon-seo thoughtfully rubs her lips, and muses, “My lips are dry too.” Hee, she gives him a peck- for the lip balm, of course.

Yoon-seo and Jung-rok head out for their market date, messing around and eating tasty snacks. But even through the disguise, one of the stall owners recognizes Yoon-seo – but she thinks it’s because Yoon-seo stole four chickens from her, lol. Jung-rok and Yoon-seo hurry away before she can make the real connection.

Se-won finally gets his meal with Yeo-reum, in an empty little restaurant they used to visit before. Se-won can’t keep the grin off his face, and Yeo-reum looks secretly pleased as well. Just as they’re leaving, the owner recognizes them.

She guesses they aren’t dating any more, since Se-won no longer puts food on Yeo-reum’s plate. And makes it super awkward by misunderstanding – thinking that they’re now married. When Yeo-reum tries to correct her, Se-won just smiles and says he’ll do better.

Outside, Yeo-reum thanks Se-won for the trip down memory lane (and gets crankily shot down when she suggests bringing Jung-rok next time). She curiously asks how long Se-won is planning on staying with Jung-rok, when he could go back to his parents.

Frowning now, Se-won answers that he won’t go any time soon. Not after the vicious things his father said to the woman he loved. Only half-joking, Se-won wags his finger at Yeo-reum and tells her to take responsibility. And he becomes totally serious when he gently says, “I want to be with you again.”

To decide who has to do the dishes, Yoon-seo and Jung-rok play a game of jenga (with tasks on them – where can I get one?). Omg, these two are so cute – taking couple selfies, and renaming each other in their phone. Yoon-seo holds on to a wish for later. When Jung-rok loses, he looks genuinely upset about it.

Since Yoon-seo isn’t answering her phone, CEO Yeon comes looking for her at Always Law. Despite the suspicious circumstances, Attorney Yeon desperately insists she and Jung-rok aren’t dating – there was an employee vote on it and everything. CEO Yeon sighs that the public would think it was scandalous that she was dating at work. Hyuk-joon keeps quiet.

But he’s just biding his time. Hyuk-joon calls Jung-rok out to meet with him after Jung-rok drops Yoon-seo home. Eerily serious, Hyuk-joon nods sadly when Jung-rok confirms that he likes Yoon-seo a lot.

Hyuk-joon explains that he has been Yoon-seo’s manager for ten years – when she’s happy, he’s happy, and when her scandal came out, it broke his heart. Well-meaning (but utterly wrong) Hyuk-joon tells Jung-rok that Yoon-seo was able to endure the last 3 months because of her passion for acting, and desire for everyone to love her again.

Hyuk-joon sincerely asks Jung-rok to break up with Yoon-seo for her own sake. But Jung-rok answers, “Breaking up with her first… I will never do that.”

Completely oblivious, Yoon-seo tells her toy hedgehog that she doesn’t deserve someone as great as Jung-rok (yes you do!). She texts (a very conflicted) Jung-rok, “I’m happy being cast in the drama… but what makes me happier is being cast as your girlfriend.”

Jung-rok has a troubled sleep that night. In the morning, the Always Law team wonder what the heck was going on yesterday between Jung-rok and Yoon-seo, since a photo of them having lunch was snapped. Attorney Yeon pleads with Jung-rok to deny the dating rumors.

At first, Jung-rok refuses to answer – but the shocked looks on everyone’s faces makes him lie that of course he isn’t dating Yoon-seo.

He’s rocked again when Yoon-seo tells him that CEO Yeon wants to release a denial that they are dating. Yoon-seo asks if he would be upset – and hesitantly says that she wouldn’t mind if everyone knew.

But Jung-rok austerely answers that Yoon-seo should just do what her CEO tells her to. Softening slightly, he says that it would make her life easier if she lied about them dating. Neither of them look very happy right now.

Attorney Yeon has something else important to discuss with Jung-rok – which meme to use for Yoon-seo’s goodbye gift. He coos over how Yoon-seo shines when she’s acting above all else, and sadly says their time with Princess Ann (from Roman Holiday) is coming to an end.

Curious, Jung-rok asks what happens to Princess Ann – and Attorney Yeon replies that of course she goes back to being a princess. Memories of Yoon-seo describing how much she felt alive while acting run through Jung-rok’s mind. He sighs.

Aww, Always Law really did throw a goodbye bash for Yoon-seo. Attorney Yeon makes her pinky promise to come back and see them – with photo evidence as proof. But the most important person to Yoon-seo is missing – Jung-rok is apparently stuck at a client meeting.

The mood is merry as everyone celebrates Yoon-seo (apart from Attorney Yeon, who can’t control his tears). Yoon-seo tells everyone that her new show isn’t just a legal drama, but a rom-com, where the leads date through contract because they don’t know if they like each other. Attorney Dan and Attorney Choi conspicuously don’t look at each other.

But it inspires something in the romantic Attorney Dan. When Dan and Choi awkwardly meet in the hallway, Dan sees her chance – and dramatically pushes Choi up against the wall and declares, “Let’s date by a contract!”

I’m not sure who’s more shocked, Choi or Dan. But Dan doesn’t back down and says, “To be truthful, I have feelings for you. Let’s date by contract for one month.”

Hahaha, Choi starts his internal monologue again, swooning over the ‘contract’ Dan proposes. He wonders, “What a provocative woman. What should I do with you?”

Just as Yoon-seo can’t contain her disappointment about Jung-rok’s absence any more, he shows up. One smile, and all is forgiven. But he was late for good reason too – Jung-rok explains that he wanted to make his own separate goodbye party for Yoon-seo.

Jung-rok takes her to a movie theater. He tells Yoon-seo that he remembered she can’t go to movie theaters any more, so he borrowed this one, where they can watch Roman Holiday together. Aw, don’t do this Jung-rok. He can’t tear his eyes away from Yoon-seo.

After the movie, Yoon-seo happily tells Jung-rok how glad she is they could watch that movie together, even if it was their goodbye date. She corrects herself – since it’s not exactly goodbye when they’ll be seeing each other a lot anyway.

Jung-rok says, “Oh Yoon-seo.”

Sensing something is wrong, Yoon-seo nervously asks why Jung-rok is calling her by that name.

But Jung-rok doesn’t stop. He solemnly continues, “Thanks to you, I was happy. But just like that movie, you’ll go back to your world, and I’ll go back to mine. That’s what I want.”

Yoon-seo looks like the bottom fell out of her world. Afraid that she knows exactly what he’s saying, Yoon-seo asks anyway, “What do you mean?”

Jung-rok answers, “Let’s break up.”

 
COMMENTS

AHDRERKVFMVMLPRF. NO. WHY.

You know, this show really reminds me of old K-drama rom-coms – and I thought it was in a really good way. But now we’ve taken a dark turn down the noble idiocy path, and I’m remembering just how frustrating that trope is. Jung-rok, why are you doing this? Yoon-seo has already told you about a thousand different times that she’s happier with you than she has ever been. Trust her when she says that. Don’t go making unilateral decisions for her because you think you know better! At least respect Yoon-seo enough to have one measly conversation about it before you break her heart! Because, ultimately it’s her choice to take the risk with her career for love. On top of that – she has already weathered a scandal once before, and come out the other side a stronger person for it. And you even helped her do it. Why stop being the considerate, communicative person that you have already shown us you are? Especially after the uncomplicated acceptance of the ‘lie’ Yoon-seo told about why she was working at Always Law, which turned out to be a nothing problem. Jung-rok and Yoon-seo’s relationship was totally solid, because of how mature it was. Even if Yoon-seo does manage to talk some sense into Jung-rok, this was a fairly significant wobble in the way he should have handled things – and Jung-rok, you’re going to need to prove to me that you can make up for it.

I would be a lot less aggravated by this turn of events if it came from a place that Jung-rok himself didn’t want to deal with Yoon-seo’s resurgence in fame. It’s totally understandable, from the moments we saw them dealing with it in this episode, that a ‘normal’ person might find it overwhelming. Having your relationship and life scrutinized isn’t something that most people want, and Jung-rok hasn’t had to deal with any of that yet. But when it’s presented almost solely as a choice for Yoon-seo, you really need to grant her the agency she deserves. Yoon-seo is not a child to be managed (do you hear that, Hyuk-joon and CEO Yeon?) and I’m so incredibly disappointed in Jung-rok that he’s treating her this way. There hasn’t even been any concrete indication that the public would actually turn against Yoon-seo again (were there any negative comments about the leaked lunch photo?), so Jung-rok is basically acting on faith that it would happen. I’m not saying it wouldn’t – but I need more setup to buy into the idea.

I fear this is a result of the fact that there is basically no drama in this drama. For example, look how quickly the Gang-joon storyline got resolved. Not that I wanted a protracted turn to melo and tears, but I can’t be the only one who is waiting for the other shoe to drop. It just seems too pat a solution, right? I wanted to actually see Yoon-seo triumph over Gang-joon – not just get saved by Jung-rok and Se-won. That’s not the proper payoff to Yoon-seo and her development.

Part of the problem, as well, is that in the past few of weeks this show seemed to be more a legal rom-com than about an actress trying to break back into the industry. And I was content with that – but now it’s falling flat for me when I’m being told this is jeopardizing her chances of becoming a beloved actress again. I just don’t know that Yoon-seo actually wants to go back to being an actress, especially when she has consistently said she enjoys working at Always Law, and was never very good at acting to begin with. Honestly, I think she likes the recognition of doing a job well, and has mistaken public fandom for that sense of satisfaction. We’ll see how it shakes out, but the fact that I don’t know what she wants going forward doesn’t help my ambivalence to this new storyline being thrown in at the eleventh hour. And if this was deliberate, and we’re being set up for Yoon-seo’s realization that she doesn’t want to continue acting – Jung-rok had still better have a reckoning coming to him.

On the other hand, Attorney Choi and Attorney Dan’s romance shot sweetness and fun throughout. I love the fact that Choi likes Dan for exactly who she is – all the moments when he swoons are the moments when she is acting the most like herself. I’m also enjoying how ridiculous he is when it comes to the romance – his running refrain of “What do I do with you?” just kept getting funnier each time he repeated it. I don’t know, Choi – maybe you could ask her out? But I like that Dan was the one to make the first move, with the old ‘contract dating’ cliche. Her optimism in the face of all her repeated rejections is played largely for laughs, but it’s actually quite lovely as well – and now she has found the one person she doesn’t want to humiliate herself in front of, and he likes her back. She’s going to get her prince, even if he comes with some serious mommy issues. Speaking of which, we better get to meet Choi’s mom by the end of the drama.

RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , , ,

67

Required fields are marked *

the stalker arc ended... too quickly? wonder if that was on purpose (considering what's happening now in Korea). the show kept building up to this stalker arc almost every ep but we just never saw anything tangible till this week. and then... yeah. the show would have run just fine without it, even with the inclusion of it suddenly appearing and dropping off, it still would have probably worked. also, part of the first bit of the ep felt like a last episode type approach hmm (i.e.: felt like it was tying up loose ends).

that Jenga game was too funny and that aegyo... 🙈

and now I'm just.. 😓 at how everything ends. just hope this doesn't turn super melo in its last 2 weeks.

locations:

Subway: https://koreandramaland.com/listings/subway-yangcheonhyanggyo-station/

entertainment office: https://koreandramaland.com/listings/mediterium/

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't keep up with Korean news. But curious as to your statement about the stalker arc ended too quickly...what's been happening in Korea?

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Bribery, prostitution,police corruption, and idols are retiring.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

yeah.. it's been pretty hectic in South Korea the past week or so >.< here's an overview: https://www.koreaboo.com/series/burning-sun-assault-scandal/ (the chronology is from the latest news to the earliest though, so you may have to scroll much further to check out the earlier news)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

this show was doing so well in the minimal amount that it was doing but really...that was unnecessary. Maybe they just needed story to drag it out for the next two weeks dunno.

I'm thoroughly enjoying Lawyer Dan and Yoon Hyuk. they're such comic relief but also sooo adorable. their bts videos were also super adorable, rooting for them til the end!!

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm hoping the writers handle the 'noble idiocy' story as succinctly as the stalker story and the earlier court cases. By that I mean Yoon-Seo simply saying 'NO' to the breakup request.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm only accepting how this episode ended because I think it might be a misdirect and they won't actually break up. Every other time these two have faced issues, they've talked it out more or less immediately. Here's to hoping.

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Agreee 😂😂😂

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel the stalker case ended too quickly, but to think that case "to close" to the truth maybe the story got censored... considering that plot will dragging anything even the opinion of the "viral case" now... it will be safe for the plot ended that way... anyway, Jung Rok!!! what will happen to you??

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Choi's mom might be similar to Columbo's wife. Haha.

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

😂😂😂😂

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Just take my thumbs up.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Lol!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Too bad JR went the noble idiocy route. Here's to hoping the last few weeks we have will resolve itself.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

i spoiler-ed myself on the comments when the ep came out. i'm holding off watching 11-12 till i can ff to the good part which is these two just being goofy and sweet.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

same here! well.. i watched ep 11 but decided to wait on ep 12 because of spoilers that i read... here's to hoping we can catch up this week because they're back together by the end of ep13!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I as well really hate this trope. Back in the day, writer were using it constantly: let's break up for your sake (but without telling you why I am doing this). Soooo annoying. This really made me hate watching the episode...grrrrr. The only sunshine at the moment are Dan-Choi!

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

*reforms from goop puddle* Jung-reok, let's have a calm, clear-headed rational chat about this..... *eye twitches* I promise I'm not mad at you for doing something completely unnecessary.....

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am pretty sure that I will be in the minority, but I do not think that Jung-rok and Yoon-seo's relationship is all that mature. It really reads like a kdrama troupe as Jung-rok has been using things from her films to make her happy. There has been no real conflict and and no obstacles for them. The one that they would have had is Yoon-seo leaving to return to her occupation, which is acting and we saw what Jung-rok did with that, he dumped her.

Things are all well and good when you are living in your own bubble and it is sad because they are both over 30 professionals who should have some level of maturity or relationship experiences.

If you want to look at maturity, look at Se-won and Yeo-reum. Something went down ( and I pretty sure it has to do with her father) but it never stopped the feelings they have for one another. Se-won is letting her know the ball is in her court now and letting her decide.

4
20
reply

Required fields are marked *

Se-won is the most self-actualized man in the whole show. He's kind of an amazing character.

8
10
reply

Required fields are marked *

Isn't he? Self-actualized is the best way to describe him. I have been digging him since the beginning and I think that is why.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Which one is Se-won again?

1
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

Jung-rok's prosecutor roommate/wingman and Yeo-reum's longtime love.

2
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

How possible is it to just ff to Se-won's scenes, then?

1

I found the clip he's in in ep 12 and yes, we need a whole drama with him and this story line. Much more interesting than the main couple, heh.

1

@tsutsuloo Even if the last two episodes of Radiant/Light in Your Eyes is happy, humorous (I don't think it will be) I'm going to cry buckets. After that, I'll need something light like Reach of Sincerity...

1

Regarding Se-won, I went from asking, "What is the point of this character?" to "Aaaah."

5
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like to think of Se-won as the based in reality version of Jung-rok.

Smart, passionate, very good at his job, looks to use the law the right way, but is able to speak about other things besides their job and do it a way that is very personable.

5

Actually, remember that they re-cast the actor after shooting the initial scenes, so the writer could have nixed a lot of potentially problematic plot entanglements.

1

yeah I like him too!!

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

In previous K-dramas the pair could separate for YEARS, then meet again as peers (instead of the previous relationship power imbalance) then decide rationally to pursue a mature relationship. I recall how 'Pretty Noona who buys me food/Something in the rain' ended. Not only was the separation extreme (4 years, I think) the writers never really said that the couple got back together. She's still on Jeju and he still works in the states.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@larelle79 - one of the things I like most about the recaps is the comments from beanies like you who point out something that I'd missed. You are spot in about the maturity level of these two relationship-wise. I was enjoying the silliness but not thinking that really they are both babies when it comes to loving someone else. I was swayed by how much they communicated.
But your point reminds me that they may communicate, but they are still learning about themselves and each other.

So I don't think you are in the minority - you may just be more articulate explaining what I was watching but missing in the subtext.
And Se-won is pretty cool in his going after what he wants. Yeah for those two!

But it's Dani and Choi that I LOVE to watch...

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

@stpauligurl. Thank you.

Just from what we have seen alone, Jung-rok is a introvert who is a creature of habit. You can't tell me he would adjust to the invasive that is the media once their relationship goes public.

He is just not wired for that. That can be a very real problem and no amount of googly eyes can fix it.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes they are a perfect match for each other the introvert and extrovert. JR is a TOTAL introvert and I don't know how I missed that. However he is learning that it's good to have people around him (as we introverts admit now and then) and it's helping him grow.
This noble idiocy is soooooo overused!!! augugughgghghghghghhghghg

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree with everything you said but one thing. JR was using things from her interviews, not her films. Which just shows how naive he is about life outside his career. He didn't even consider that answers she gave in interviews might be part of her carefully crafted image. He could/should have asked her himself. I know he wanted to surprise her but I don't think it ever crossed his mind not to blindly believe the interviews.

Idk if it's just my love for Lee SangWoo or what but I have enjoyed their little side story. I wouldn't say it was completely mature because YeoReom seems to have pulled a bit of noble idiocy herself from SeWon's words outside the restaurant.

3
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yep, that was it. Interviews. I am thinking back to the Signal parody and thought he was watching her filmography.

I really, really, really, really want Yeo-reom to take his words to a 'I mean what I say' understanding. Too much of what is being thrown at her is for no other reason than that her father was the one that screwed up. It sucks that Se-won had to leave the Seoul office and move to the countryside, but that should not be in her lap either. He has not once said that she should be to blame for it. He is a adult and he knew his decision would have consequences.

I just adore the two of them.

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

They haven't said what her father actually did right? Did I miss it?

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

The eluded that it was something money based. I think embezzlement.

1

Se-won is a scene stealer, and I actually wish we could get more scenes with him (and Yeo-rum).

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

As much as I despise noble idiocy, I hate inconsistent character development more. For me, the appeal of Jung-rok’s and Yoon-seo’s romance comes from their mutual transparency. Their willingness to admit mistakes and ask for clarification was refreshing and organic. Whatever happens, an ideal outcome should include Yoon-seo telling people it’s one thing to manage her career and another to manage her life.

That said, this plotless show is actually pretty tight. Every character matters and, judging by the previews for Ep. 12-13, I’m looking forward to returning to the case with the developmentally disabled man.

Choi and Dan are comedy perfection. At the show’s start, I had no inkling that I fall in love with these two dorks and I’m grateful for all the chuckles I’ve shared with the So Annoying. So Handsome! Fan Club. It’s a blessing to be able to laugh in these times.

8
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

As a really early shipper of Dan-Choi, I’m ecstatic that their relationship (contract or otherwise) is just as important as the AR one leads. They are comedy gold as well. We need a spin off with these two! I’d watch it!

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

*important as the second lead couple.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

'Mutual transparency' is exactly the description I've been looking for, thank you. That's what makes their characters and their romance so endearing.
I hope this will turn out to be a misdirect, and that Yun Seo will begin the next episode by reassuring Jung Rok and dismissing the whole 'let's break up for your good' thing. They've been so good at playing with open cards with each other so far, talking about insecurities and resolving miscommunication, and growing stronger in doing so - the writers will seriously let me down if all that goes out the window this time.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

How disappointing they decided to use this "let's break up" overused trope. I was bored to tears anyway, regardless of the sugar overdose. Done with it. Surely there are some underused tropes out there somewhere.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yup, the stalker plot resolved too quickly, much like the legal cases in the beginning. Since this one was a significant part of Yoon Seo’s past, I thought the writer would have spent some more time on it.

The noble idiocy trope is so annoying. Why did they have to fall back on this overused trope?? Ughhh. It is worse in other dramas though. I’m hoping it won’t be last too long here.

The lip balm PPL scene was A++. 😘

The Choi + Dan scenes were fabulous. He was so sexy and funny during the rose scene. Loving the progress of this relationship. Definitely a much needed bright spot last week.

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

and @tsutsuloo Re the noble idiocy trope. I'd much rather see the two of them against the world than the noble idiocy trope with the two of them against each other and breaking up. In other words, I thought the stalker trope was much more interesting because it was the two of them against the bad guy.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm going to try to look at the positive, and emphasize again the kick I got out of that PPL. They took a scene that looked like PPL from a mile away and added a sweet little twist to the trope (at least I don't recall ever seeing that lip balm kiss being used). Now if only they did that with the noble idiocy trope too.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Writing this before I read the recap: JUNGROK I AM SO DISAPPOINTED IN YOU, YOU DIDN'T EVEN TRY. Your boyfriend score is now -99 points!!!

2
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ok back after reading the recap.

There are 4 more hours to this show, and I want to place my trust in this writer who has been pretty good so far. YS has been written as an actress character with surprising depth to her. There are some plot points which have not been used: her law training, the fact that she has an amazing memory, that she has grown a lot smarter/"bolder" since she was first hit with the scandal, that she is actually quite good with her EQ, that she has grown very resilient... all these are plot points to use, writer-nim! I would love to watch her NOT take JR's decision lying down and for her to plot to get her man back please, because the dude is SO WRONG.

Plus he's a hedgehog, which we can use too, to redeem this useless storyline. Can we flip this overused noble idiocy trope on its head sensibly please? With a cherry on top and a hedgehog toy on the side.

We have other unresolved bits to discuss too anyway.

1. Stalker still needs to go to court, so YS and JR will have to still meet. Excuse for quasi-dates alert!
2. Sewon please be a good roommate and wingman and please ask for a double-date to help JR out; you already know he's bad at dating!
3. CEO Yeon we need to out you as YS's fan club VP!

2
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ah, so you're one of the viewers that pays attention to the details. Does it drive you crazy when a tantalizing object or juicy character trait is just dangled before your eyes and then ... nothing? (See @cloggie's lecture on feeling cheated by unresolved scene stealers.)

I've been waiting for Yoon-seo's memory to be useful to the story beyond her ability to remember a mock trial from law school or a bunch of coffee orders!

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I've wondered about this sort of thing in kdramas - dramas should never waste time and money throwing something out there without a payoff later, as in the memory thing. But because most dramas are filmed-as-they-go and react to the audience, re-writes might leave something dangling in the air w/o the payoff.
As far as the noble idiot, doesn't the angst usually happen around episode 12-13, gets worse in 14-15 and then resolved in the last episode (unless it's so popular they drag things out for another couple episodes).

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

In this show, I'm so angry at what's been hung on the wall --
Chekhov's YS memory
Chekhov's mummy's boy mummy

And now, not to mention Chekhov's Jenga Piece of Unfulfilled Wish for YS!

(Chekhov's Gun - "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don’t put it there." https://www.nownovel.com/blog/use-chekhovs-gun/)

USE THE GUN.

0

"I fear this is a result of the fact that there is basically no drama in this drama."

THIS. I feel like the writers just tossed this into the relationship instead of exploring other actual, interesting forms of conflict. I'd love to see how Jin-rok adjusted to being in a public relationship. Or they could explore the effects that having a stalker had on Yoon-seo -- she's clearly experienced trauma, both from the stalking and being shunned. There is so much story to mine there. Resorting to this trope feels lazy.

Granted, I also feel like the stalker storyline isn't over. It ended too cleanly. It's been hinted that he has a lot of connections and between that and all the shady stuff in the prosecutors office I feel like the two parts of the story which have felt at odds are finally going to come together. I assume it'll be something like Yoon-seo holds the key to taking him down or the like and Jung-rok helps her overcome her fear or whatever.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I wonder if he wants to break up with Oh Yeon-seo, but not Jin-shim. He doesn't want to date the "celebrity". I hope that's the case and it'll be the only way I accept this break up. It's like taking 1000 steps back! They were doing so well!

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Guys, let’s just not forget that this show is based off a web-novel, and as far as I heard, there is a break-up in the novel as well. So yeah, I think they are following the novel to create climax for the whole series.

And if they do, the whole stalker thing won’t stop for probably another episode or two, or even three. Let’s sit tight and see how the remaining 4 episodes will turn out to be ^^.

Many thanks for recapping!

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Huh. I had no idea it was a web novel. The free chapters aren't translatable because the novel's app generates pictures of the text! https://page.kakao.com/home?seriesId=49293547&page=1

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oo did not realise either. It isnt available in English anywhere is it?

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Jung-rok! What are you doing?!

On the upside, Choi and Dan continue to delight! Thanks for the recap!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

My theory is, the Noble idocy thing is so that he can defend her case in court, maybe?

Maybe it will conflict of interest if they keep on dating while he represents her in court?

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

With respect to the main leadsi storyline this episode was such a disappointment from the beginning to end. The stalker issue was not used effectively since the beginning and its resolution was a big letdown. Not that I like those stories but taking that more seriously would have been 10 times better than this stupid noble idiocy line. This drama didn't have much story since the beginning but we didn't care because of the chemistry of the leads and how mature and lovely their romance was - which essentially means as soon as you separate those leads there's nothing left to watch.

I have similar problems with Yeu Reum and Se Won. They are coming back together so uneventfully that I have difficulty understanding why they split up in the first place. The problem in this show is execution. They throw out all these problems at the couples but don't resolve them in a satisfactory manner but just brush over them.

On the other hand I am loving Choi and Dan story and the fact that Choi likes Dan because he finds resemblences to his mother makes so much sense. And while under other circumstances having mommy issues would be an issue I am remembering how blunt Dan was with her comments about Choi in the beginning and would love to see her handling Choi's mum in the same manner.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

What? Why?!!!!!!!!!!!!! Noooooo! Stop, please. I really want to enjoy this drama till the last episode.
The worst part of all: he said he would never break up with her first. I was so happy until the end. I hope Yoon Seo uses her jenga wish to stop this breakup madness.
We still need an explanation for why Se won and Yeo Reum broke up in the first place.
Dan and Choi make me so happy.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Swear you cant trust men and their pretty words. Yess, Dan and Choi are saving the show atm

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yoon-seo gets the TV part she wants then disappears during production for 4 months. BAM! Welcome to the world of TV production! Up at dawn, home long after dark. Spending your free time memorizing lines or sleeping and nothing else. And lets not forget Jung-rok working typical 60 hour weeks as a lawyer. Several K-dramas have brought up the topic of 'weekend couples' where the relationship only occupies 1-2 days out of 7.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Even tough I don´t like the over used break up part, I can see how it happened. This is both first romance and therefor allot they need to learn. He need to learn how to communicate, and she need to find out where her happiness is. She is so used to her role as a an actress so she never have looked back on what she really want. So I think this gonna move her to think about this... Also I have read some part of the novel drama is based on, and if drama is following it I think we are in for some maturing for our lead in the final part of the drama :)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel your frustration on this “breakup” decision, I feel like a deflated balloon already. He thinks this will help her but it will only sadden the two of them ... and me of course *tears*

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Same as others, I couldn't bring myself to complete this episode thanks to the preview last week. Suuuuuch an unnecessary turn of events, Im quite upset by the show deciding to go this path. Yun Seo and Jung Roks sincere relationship is what we have all been rooting for, and to take that away to create really unnncessary tension, I kind of want to wring my hair.

They had better get back together by Ep 13, I do not come to this show for the drama aspect. It is funny how we have come from finding the Se Won and Yeo Reum scenes so somber and out of tone with the rest of the show to wanting to see more of them, esp now with this Noble Idiocy play with our leads.

Please go back to being mindles but sincere fluff Show!

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

You know what i was ok with this episode until the noble idiocy stuck its head in. I didn't like the way the stalker arc ended but what do i know. I didn't picture jung rok to give up so easily. The babe likes you and you're worried about been seen together?? You both went on a date and it ended well so WTF

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *