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Reach of Sincerity: Episode 7

Our attorney’s lack of dating experience puts him at a serious disadvantage with an actress whose head is filled with romantic expectations, thanks to all of her dramas. Jung-rok quickly figures out that he needs to pursue his starlet-turned-secretary with more fervor, or risk seeing their relationship fizzle before it even gets started, because while Yoon-seo has many wonderful qualities, patience isn’t one of them.

 
EPISODE 7: “Jung-rok’s confession”

Just after Jung-rok places Yoon-seo’s hand into his pocket and confesses that she’s special, an important call interrupts him. Later, Jung-rok texts Yoon-seo, “You should get some rest for tomorrow,” and of course she reads more into it than she should and squeals, “My gosh…He’ll ask me out tomorrow.”

When Yoon-seo gets to the office in the morning, she’s greeted by a huge arrangement of flowers. Yoon-seo eagerly reads the card but realizes that they were sent to Jung-rok by the women’s organization that helped Im Yoon-hee. Upon his return, Jung-rok matter-of-factly explains, “I don’t like flowers, so I put them here for you to enjoy,” and before he can say anything else, Hye-young calls them to a meeting.

Jung-rok is about to brief the team on a case when a photo of Yoon-seo appears on the screen. Confused, Attorney Dan asks, “What crime did she commit,” and Jung-rok dramatically explains, “She…stole my heart…Jin-shim, will you go out with me?” Moved, Yoon-seo jumps up and holds out her arms, “Take me. Put me in cuffs.”

Attorney Yeon breaks Yoon-seo’s spell when he asks, “What are you doing?” Yoon-seo looks up and gasps at what was actually a photo of a man. Embarrassed, she announces that Jung-rok will surely send that man to prison and sits down, only to discover that her chair rolled away. After the meeting, Yoon-seo returns to her desk and tells herself to play hard-to-get until Jung-rok makes his move.

At quitting time, Yoon-seo sees Jung-rok sending her a finger heart and sends him two hearts of her own, but he was only cleaning a smudge on his window. Jung-rok informs her that he’ll be filing a complaint with the cleaning crew and then bids Yoon-seo good night. When she realizes that Jung-rok has no plans to ask her for a date, Yoon-seo walks out with her shoulders slumped in disappointment.

At home, Yoon-seo again pledges to play hard-to-get. She relaxes with a glass of wine and vows, “I’ll nonchalantly wait for him.”

Jung-rok is at home when a now-drunk Yoon-seo calls, “I’ve been going insane waiting for you to ask me out.” Yoon-seo announces that she’ll make the first move, but suddenly bashful, all she can do is whisper, “I like you, Mr. Kwon.” Yoon-seo admits that’s what she promised to tell Jung-rok someday.

Yoon-seo leans on her huge teddy bear (who cuts in with “I love you!”) and sweetly admits that Jung-rok now has a place in her heart. Then she starts to cry, “…I waited all day for you to say something else. But how could you humiliate me like that?” Suddenly angry, Yoon-seo yells into her phone, “I’m Oh Yoon-seo! Mr. Kwon, you’re so mean,” and hangs up.

Jung-rok walks into his kitchen where he helps himself to the beer in Se-won’s hand before presenting a “client’s” dilemma — a man told a woman that he has feelings for her and expected to take things slowly, but the woman became angry when he didn’t make another move. Jung-rok wants to knows if the man is at fault but gets annoyed when Se-won laughs about his “client”.

Before Jung-rok can walk away, Se-won announces his decision, “It’s not the man’s fault,” but he ends up siding with the woman. Se-won uses the workings of a trial to get Jung-rok to understand that his “client’s” declaration was incomplete, leaving the woman confused.

Back in his office, Jung-rok tries to text Yoon-seo but nothing sounds right, so he settles on, “…let’s meet tomorrow and talk.” Se-won walks in and suggests that the “client” should bring a gift when he asks for a date, “Going empty-handed when he asks her out is like going to a trial without any evidence.” After Se-won leaves, Jung-rok sends his text but Yoon-seo is already sound asleep on her couch.

In the morning, Yoon-seo sees Jung-rok’s text and remembers her drunken confession, convinced that Jung-rok will tell her, “Let’s never see each other again.” Hyuk-joon arrives to drive her to work but Yoon-seo asks for a white envelope — for her letter of resignation, and whimpers that she can’t go to work anymore.

When Jung-rok arrives at the office, Attorney Yeon informs him that Yoon-seo won’t be in because of a personal matter. Jung-rok is silent as everyone discusses what a dedicated employee Yoon-seo has turned out to be, especially Ms. Yang and Mr. Lee.

Attorney Yeon notices Jung-rok’s expression and tries to figure out if something happened between them. He wonders, “What if it turns out these two were dating or something,” and when Jung-rok walks off without a word, Attorney Yeon explains he was just joking.

In his office, Jung-rok remembers Se-won’s advice to prepare a gift before asking for a date and an online search for, “Things Oh Yoon-seo likes,” unearths an old interview. Yoon-seo chose her favorite restaurant for the interview, one that serves chicken feet, and described her ideal man, someone who could touch her heart, perhaps with a handwritten letter. Jung-rok looks concerned once he hears about the letter.

CEO Yeon arrives at Yoon-seo’s apartment where Hyuk-joon warns that he doesn’t think that Yoon-seo will change her mind. CEO Yeon assures Hyuk-joon that he can get Yoon-seo back to work since no one’s better at handling her than he is.

CEO finds Yoon-seo in bed and when she insists that she can’t return to the law firm, he agrees, “You should quit.” When Hyuk-joon reminds him that Writer Lee won’t give Yoon-seo the part, CEO Yeon argues she’ll be more suitable to play a bored, jobless woman after years at home.

Instead of falling for CEO Yeon’s reverse psychology tricks, Yoon-seo confesses that she’s so annoyed that she wants to kick him out. When CEO Yeon teases, “…you’ve become quick-witted after all the socializing,” Yoon-seo hits him and then walks out to get some fresh air. CEO Yeon advises a worried Hyuk-joon, “Let’s just see what happens.”

Jung-rok shops for stationery and chooses something pink covered with hearts. He settles down at a cafe to write a letter but it sounds like a court document, “Therefore, I, Kwon Jung-rok, request you, Oh Jin-shim, to officially go out with me.” He runs his hands through his hair in frustration and then has to ignore the stares of some curious women to try again.

Yeo-reum winces in pain as she reads online reports that Im Yoon-hee turned out to be a victim. She doesn’t join her coworkers for lunch and when Se-won sees them in the cafeteria and asks about Yeo-reum, he’s alarmed to hear that she hasn’t been eating.

Covered by a hoodie and a mask, Yoon-seo ducks into her favorite restaurant for chicken feet. When Jung-rok walks in and calls out her name, “Jin-shim,” she realizes that only one person calls her that and runs away, stopping only when he grabs her by her hood.

They sit on a bench together where Jung-rok asks Yoon-seo why she ran away and why she didn’t come to work. Yoon-seo admits that she’s embarrassed but Jung-rok tells her that he’s the one who should be embarrassed since he didn’t ask her out first.

Jung-rok hands Yoon-seo an envelope and reminds her about the interview where she mentioned a handwritten letter. When an excited Yoon-seo opens it in front of him, Jung-rok panics and heads back to his car to wait.

Yoon-seo reads Jung-rok’s letter, “Let’s start dating,” and runs after Jung-rok to give him a back hug and her answer, “Yes, I’d love to! Let’s date!” Jung-rok can’t hide his grin when he faces Yoon-seo, “Thank you for accepting my proposal,” and she’s just as happy, “Thank you for finally telling me.”

Yoon-seo stares at Jung-rok’s letter all the way back to her place and offers to change quickly so they can return to the office together. Jung-rok convinces Yoon-seo to take the rest of the day off and they both smile shyly when he suggests, “We should go on a date since it’s our first day as a couple.”

Yeo-reum’s boss blames her for the fallout after losing the Im Yoon-hee case. He accuses Yeo-reum of a shoddy investigation and grumbles that the case should have gone to Prosecutor Im after all.

As Yeo-reum leaves, she experiences more stomach pain but has to pull herself together when Prosecutor Im approaches. He calls Yeo-reum sloppy for failing to discover Im Yoon-hee’s innocence. Yeo-reum reminds Prosecutor Im that Im Yoon-hee covered up a crime and gets reprimanded for her insolence.

Jung-rok runs into Yeo-reum and is alarmed because she’s clearly not well. Tortured because she missed Soo-myeong’s involvement in Im Yoon-hee’s case, even though Jung-rok caught it, Yeo-reum promises that they’ll talk another time and then suddenly collapses.

At the ER, Jung-rok learns that Yeo-reum is suffering from stress-induced gastritis. He tries to call Se-won but can’t reach him. Since it’s almost time for their date, Jung-rok has to call Yoon-seo to let her know about Yeo-reum’s emergency and he reluctantly cancels their plans because he has yet to meet with a client.

Yeo-reum is surprised when she opens her eyes and sees Se-won. She asks, “What are you doing here,” and Se-won tells hers, “I could ask you the same thing.” After she’s discharged, an upset Se-won reminds Yeo-reum that she can’t allow her cases to bother her so much.

Yeo-reum confesses that she can’t stand the fact that she collapsed because of a case and she hates that Se-won saw her in that state. Se-won recalls when Yeo-reum was honest with him and could laugh and cry freely. Yeo-reum starts to cry and Se-won holds her as she sobs into his shoulder.

It’s late when Jung-rok’s meeting is over and he calls Yoon-seo to invite her for tea. Knowing that he’s had a long day, Yoon-seo urges Jung-rok to go home instead, but before they hang up, she asks for another chance at their first day as a couple. After they make plans to try again the next day, Yoon-seo stares at Jung-rok’s letter and pledges, “Alright, let’s start dating properly from tomorrow.”

Their day gets off to a bad start when Attorney Yeon announces that Yoon-seo has been temporarily assigned to work with Attorney Choi. Yoon-seo protests that Jung-rok needs her but he surprises her and agrees to Attorney Yeon’s plan.

Once they’re gone, Attorney Yeon calls his cousin to report that he split up Yoon-seo and Jung-rok, as requested. Because Hyuk-joon reported that Yoon-seo and Jung-rok don’t get along, CEO Yeon wants them kept apart from now on.

Attorney Dan ends a phone call with her newest crush just as Yoon-seo walks into the kitchen. Attorney Dan is about to tell Yoon-seo all about him until she remembers that she imposed a moratorium on any more of Yoon-seo’s advice after the courier incident.

Yoon-seo apologizes for her part in that fiasco but insists that sometimes her advice works. When Yoon-seo mentions that a couple from her dating show got married, Attorney Dan changes her tune and tells Yoon-seo all about the owner of the cafe across the street. Upset because he cancelled their date the night before, Attorney Dan laments, “it seems like I’m always the one nagging and wanting to meet.”

Yoon-seo nods in agreement, “Me too,” but then clarifies, “…if I was in your situation, I’d feel really upset too.” Attorney Dan teases that she almost thought that Yoon-seo was dating someone.

Jung-rok walks out of his office to speak with Yoon-seo but she’s not there. He glances over at Attorney Choi’s office in time to see her report for her new assignment. Attorney Choi hands Yoon-seo his schedule and she immediately recognizes the name of an actress that she worked with. To maintain Yoon-seo’s secret, Attorney Choi advises her to step out before the actress’ appointment.

When Yoon-seo seems upset that Hwang Yeon-du could be getting divorced, Attorney Choi assumes that they must be close, but Yoon-seo calls her an archenemy. Her eyes snap in anger when she remembers Hwang Yeon-du’s antics — the actress insisted on higher heels than Yoon-seo, even if she couldn’t even stand up properly in a scene, and demanded more lighting.

Angry, Attorney Choi offers to turn Hwang Yeon-du away but Yoon-seo reminds him that he’s a professional. Attorney Choi promises to act like a robot that has no feelings around Hwang Yeon-du and gets a laugh out of Yoon-seo when he practices his robot moves.

Hwang Yeon-du has already arrived for her appointment so Yoon-seo runs into Jung-rok’s office. She hides behind Jung-rok and explains that another actress just walked in and even though he offers to close his blinds, Yoon-seo decides it would be safer if she left.

Yoon-seo manages to sneak out but Hwang Yeon-du has to run back to the bathroom for her missing wallet and the two women run into each other by the elevator. Hwang Yeon-du pulls off Yoon-seo’s scarf and glasses to confirm her identity, forcing Yoon-seo to pretend that she’s a client. Hwang Yeon-du loudly exclaims that Yoon-seo must be in legal trouble again and feigns concern.

Yoon-seo asks Hwang Yeon-du if she’s a client as well but the actress brags that her life couldn’t be better, thanks to her happy marriage to a wealthy husband. Hwang Yeon-du claims that she’s there to buy the building but doesn’t want to boast about her great life, since Yoon-seo has obviously hit rock bottom. Hwang Yeon-do replaces Yoon-seo’s scarf so that she won’t be recognized by reporters, but then asks, “Or do the reporters not care about you anymore?”

That night on the drive home, Yoon-seo unloads on Jung-rok about all of the terrible things that Hwang Yeon-du did to her — such as taking the dress that she’d chosen for an awards ceremony and stealing a lead role by offering to do it for less money.

Yoon-seo wonders if it’s too late to file a lawsuit over the lost role and Jung-rok tells her that Hwang Yeon-du didn’t break the law, she just negotiated a better deal. Jung-rok’s explanation infuriates Yoon-seo, who complains that she doesn’t want legal guidance from her boyfriend.

Jung-rok realizes too late that he blew it when Yoon-seo insists that she’d take his side, no matter what, and there’s a definite chill when she concludes, “But you must not feel that way.” When Jung-rok stops in front of her complex, Yoon-seo tells him, “I’m really sorry to say this, but I don’t want today to be our first day either.” Later, Jung-rok is troubled when he thinks about all of the ways that he disappointed Yoon-seo over the past two days.

It’s late when Yoon-seo’s doorbell rings and she’s surprised to see Jung-rok, who asks her for a date. When Yoon-seo meets him outside, Jung-rok explains, “I really didn’t think we should delay another day. I don’t want to put it off anymore. Let’s make today our first day.”

Jung-rok takes Yoon-seo to an observatory, the only place open at that hour that’s special yet not crowded. As soon as Yoon-seo gazes up through the observatory, she sees a shooting star, disappointed when she realizes that Jung-rok missed it.

Yoon-seo calls Jung-rok slow, which he admits to, but he’s talking about the fact that he’s not very good at dating. Jung-rok admits, “I tend to be slow…However, I’ll take steps towards you at my own pace…Slowly, but for a long time.”

Yoon-seo is touched by Jung-rok’s words but she wants to know, “Do you like me?” When Jung-rok doesn’t answer, Yoon-seo turns away, but he pulls her into a hug and confesses, “I like you, Jin-shim. A lot.” Under the stars, Yoon-seo and Jung-rok hug one another and smile happily.

 
COMMENTS

Those meddlesome cousins, completely clueless about what’s really going on between Yoon-seo and Jung-rok. And they’re not the only ones! No one in the office has caught on, even after Yoon-seo almost went too far when she was sympathizing with Attorney Dan. The only one who may have an inkling is Hye-young, but she obviously hasn’t shared any suspicions with anyone. I can’t wait to see how everyone at Always Law reacts when they learn that Jung-rok and Yoon-seo are dating, Attorney Yeon and Attorney Choi are sure to be heartbroken.

Yoon-seo has to be the most adorable drunk that ever was, and as much as I fear for the health of her liver, her drunken escapades have been both entertaining and insightful. This episode was no different, but it was a marvel to watch Yoon-seo switch from dreamily confessing her feelings, to crying over her disappointment and then angrily scolding the object of her affection before hanging up, all in a matter of seconds! Poor Jung-rok, what has he gotten himself into?

To be perfectly honest, Yoon-seo and Jung-rok are pretty well matched, even if she is a bit of an emotional tornado. Neither one of them has any real dating experience, they’re both warm-hearted people, and they’ve come to develop a great deal of respect for one another. Jung-rok really demonstrates his worthiness as a boyfriend when he goes out of his way to communicate with Yoon-seo the way that she wants, which is very different from than anything that he’s used to. That makes each of his admissions of affection even more meaningful, especially his confession and hug at the observatory. The more that Jung-rok opens up to Yoon-seo, the easier it gets, but he still has a long way to go.

As part of Jung-rok’s romantic journey towards Yoon-seo, we were treated to not one, but two hugs in this episode, including a back hug. It was appropriate that Yoon-seo was the one to hug Jung-rok first, she could hardly contain her feelings after reading his valiant attempt at a handwritten letter. Ha! It’s turning out to be their pattern, Yoon-seo races ahead first with Jung-rok always a few paces behind her. But he does catch up, and more importantly, he wants to, because even though he hasn’t said it in words, Yoon-seo has found a place in his heart as well. Now all we’re missing is a kiss between these two.

I can’t put my finger on the continued appeal of Reach of Sincerity, so I’ve decided to just enjoy the experience. I’ve seen plenty of romantic comedies in my day, but this one has been such a feel-good experience that I know I’ll revisit it when I need something uplifting in my life. Of course, the magical pairing of the two leads has proven to be irresistible and I’m so grateful that Yoo Inna and Lee Dong-wook were reunited for this drama. I’ll confess that I’m one of those people who didn’t see The Lonely Shining Goblin, thanks to my aversion to dramas with ghosts, so I wasn’t prepared for their incredible chemistry and flawless timing. Yoo Inna and Lee Dong-wook are so much fun to watch and I find myself grinning and laughing out loud in every episode, they are just that good.

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I haven't seen a lot of romantic comedy Kdramas (mostly cuz I avoid them), but I'm glad I'm watching this one cuz Oh Jin Shim is such a lovable dork.

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The secondhans embarrassment from all the situations that OJS gets herself into so TOO REAL.

Everything is too real in this drama! The swooning expectations when you have a HINT that your crush likes you, the sad sad face that you have when the next interaction with them lets you down -- did you guys catch the cute sound effects when OJS gave one last lingering look to KJR before leaving the office? SO CUTE THE SOUND GUYS!

All the sounds have been so cute, with the pops for the finger hearts, the meow cat sounds, and all sorts of other little touches... I hope the crew is having as much fun as we are watching this show.

Episode 8 recap QUICK BEFORE I EXPLODE!

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Moved, Yoon-seo jumps up and holds out her arms, “Take me. Put me in cuffs.”

Rawwwwwrrrr

Life-sentence me, JR-ssi!!! The assault of your hidden smiles have blinded me. I am your willing victim of you grand larcenying my heart!! 😻🙀🙀😻

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What a beautiful way to end such a satisfying episode!
JR cannot bear to disappoint YS once more and let another day go by without being their Day One. He shows up at her place while she missing him, and takes her to such a thoughtful place for their late night date (this appeals to my inner nerdom in such a sublime way.)

He knows that it has been difficult for YS to see her former nemesis that day, but it was even harder for her when he did not react negatively to her new assignment which pains her (how swoony though that it was reveal later that he was really just doing what he thought she needed.)

He apologizes for being slow, and asks for her forgiveness that it will take him a while at his pace to get close to her. But when his girl works up the courage to ask him to be open with his feelings toward her, he takes the leap and meets her where she wants him to be.

I love him. I love her. I love them together.

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They're going to be one of my favorite couple of all time.

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I didn't expect the title "Reach of Sincerity" will ring so true for not just our OTP, but all the main characters in the show (well, the SFL Prosecutor I am assuming will slow get there.)

JR and YS are not just sincere, they are honest and open with their feelings. The difference is that they move at varying pace. Watching them learning and evolving for each other is so satisfying.

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When the picture first came up, I thought, what's Jung-rok been up to?! And then he started speaking... Poor Oh Jin Shim. She's got it bad.

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LDW's whole delivery of that imaginary confession is just......I can't deal......🤣🤣🤣

Again, credit to the PD-nim and the Sound Editor-nim for using Mozart Requiem's dies irae to accompany the scene. Perfect!

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I've been watching this scene 20 times and still laughing 🤣🤣

Poor Oh Jin-shim... But I had been in her situation. Not that bad but still embarrassing. in college one day after class I talked with my professor and I called him with my crush's name. He was confused, and my friends who still in the room at the time ROTFL.

Maybe that's why I love OJS, she has traits and qualities that I can relate with.

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🤣 Did you try to explain to your professor about the name, @manohira?

For such a goddess and fashionista, YS is incredibly down to earth, adorably awkward, and endearingly petty.

That scene though, after all that and then missing the chair when she sat herself back down was the embarrassment cherry on top! 😂

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Nope 😄, I just finished whatever I was talking about and bolted out. Oh Jin-shim was a lot better in handling it until she fell off the chair 😄

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It really was! The things you do when your head is lost in the clouds, or more accurately, thoughts of your crush! This drama really captures that!

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The amount of communication between our two leads is my absolute favorite thing. It is so very very refreshing when the lead couple communications and ends any misunderstandings right away. My God, just, yessss.

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I also like their level of self-awareness: YS is aware that she’s spent most of her life acting out drama scenes and that’s skewing her expectations, and JR is aware that his personality means what he intends to express is not necessarily coming through. YS’s ability to laughingly brush off the stuff she got wrong, and JR’s ability to analyze his behavior and even ask for outside help is a huge plus.

Speaking of outside help? JR would be screwed without Se Won. I love their relationship - it’s just the right blend of brothers/classmates, with that flavor of “We’ve known each other forever and will be friends until one of us dies, so now we just have emotional shorthand”. Se Won knows exactly what’s going on, but he also knows exactly how JR needs to hear his answer, and also knows how far to push or tease. But it’s all so casual and I really do love it.

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Well said.

I liked how she resolves the Oppa misunderstanding too. She clearly states that they should not have such misunderstandings. So quick and so honest.

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Jin shim gives me acute second hand embarrassment. But I can’t look away. I cringe with her. I die with her and then squee for them. They’re so cuuuuutttte. I can’t even.....! Jr is too cute too. Love when he realises he unwittingly upset her. You can Alamo’s see the lightbulb going on in his head. Im

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Just when I thought there couldn't be anything better than that adorable drunk confession, Jung Rok gives her a handwritten letter confession.
That entire sequence was adorable!

The inner astrophysicist in me squealed in happiness that their first date was at an observatory! (I am going to visit that observatory when I move to Korea! you know 'for research' ;) )

I think the main appeal for this show for me is definitely the impeccable chemistry between Yoo In Na and Lee Dong Wook. Their on screen presence is enough to make me start writing wonderful meet cute scenarios, but somehow it is never over-the-top cheesy to make you cringe in a bad way.

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I think my favorite part of this episode was the realistic misunderstandings, which can happen to anyone when getting into a new relationship. There’s a lot of defining of terms and figuring out the other person’s love language (for YS it’s apparently words, written and otherwise, for JR I think it’s quality time and actions).

Also waiting elegantly for the person you’re pretty sure already confessed but they need to put it more bluntly so you can be a couple.

Also Second ML Se Won is a great wing man “either flowers or something small and sparkly” YES PUT A RING ON IT JR

Also JR’s first draft

Also the struggle of wanting the perfect Day 1, but not wanting to seem too needy

Also JR’s little half smile when he answered YS’ drunk phone call, andwhen he watched YS’ interview and the host said her type was handsome (and cough when she denied it), and his answering hand waving in the car. Now he just needs to show up with flowers wearing pink (Bubblegum showed us LDW Can pull off pink coats magnificently)

Also... I’ll stop here hehe ~

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Also, instead of taking SW's advice to get something small and sparkly, he decides to do research of what she really wants -hand-written letter with a side of chicken feet!!!! *swoons*

Also despite how much YS probably wants to see him more than anything in the world when he suggests to get together for tea (*coughs, hopefully JRl tea not special GR tea), she chooses to be considerate knowing that he had a really long day.

Also....please keep going......I need more of your "also"s so I can stop mine 😂

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Food is definitely the way to a girls heart! Many years ago my husband picked me up after a rubbish day at work and I howled and raged about sexism and unfairness and didn’t realise he was headed to my favourite snack place. I did feel better afterwards 😂😂

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I really was touched when she declined their day one day late night tea date, putting him first. That was extremely thoughtful of her.

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I know, it was much more thoughtful than I honestly expected after how badly she failed at “elegantly waiting” for him earlier in the episode hehe.

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Gosh a handwritten letter accompanied by food from a girl’s favorite place? How much better can it get??

Also, I’m at work now, so I’ll have to stop thinking up swoony alsos 😅😘

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😂Thinking about this week's episodes is how I got through the latter half of my work week!!

#swoonyalsosFTW

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Was it just me or anyone else found his first draft of legal love letter more honest and touching. I wish he had given that :). It had his personality in it.

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*raises hand*
I do find the first draft both hilarious and equally endearing. He is professing his love in a language that he is well-versed in and for a man who has not had much experience in the romance department, it makes total sense that this is the de-facto style of writing!

I certainly have never swooned so hard by legalese!!

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YES!! I totally agree, his first letter would have worked better on me 😂

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Kdrama female leads drunk are mostly a miss for me. Exaggerated and not funny at all but Yoo In Na/Oh Jin Shim hits the right notes. Her drunken mode is actually her true self - uninhabited and speaks her mind.

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They are too cute. All of them. That is all. 😍

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This show is hitting the bull's-eye for me on both the rom- and -com fronts.

Romance-wise, the OTP had me smiling so much, but I think Jung-rok had the edge for me in this episode. The amount of research and effort that went into his confession (although, that resulting one-sentence letter, pfft!). He may be a novice, but he's super teachable and he's acing it all the way. He may seem occasionally disgruntled to be sharing his flat but you can tell that he'd be lost without Se-won priceless coaching sessions.

The hilarious scenes were also plenty and brilliant. The imaginary PowerPoint confession scene had me in stitches. I don't know how the actors kept straight faces. Especially LJW, with those words coming out of his mouth. And then the chair rolled away. 😂😂😂😂

Attorney Choi's robot was so unexpected but true to type. I think the actor is a comedic genius. They all are in this cast, tbf.

And then the competitive actress did an oh-so-natural looking but back-breaking kiss scene in ten inch heels. Just so funny!

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The CEO's poker face! I love it!
ITA with all the actors are really good in comedy.

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Attorney Choi's robot was so unexpected but true to type.

I love, love, love that scene so much and lost count how many times I replayed and chortled at Lawyer Choi's robot. His delighted expression at making Yoon Seo laugh was perfect—who doesn't thrill at making your crush laugh?

I'm totally crushing on this dork. And Ep. 8 sealed the deal. My ship has sailed.

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Se Won is absolutely the MVP in this. It’s like he’s JR’s normal human friend who proves that JR is not only capable of having long term friendships, but also is his low-key wingman and an observable model that JR can study and learn from. And I LOVE that they basically just describe each other as annoying and that Se Won’s advice doesn’t come in serious counseling sessions, but more like Se Won finds this entire situation so hilarious that he has to involve himself so he can enjoy it too. Less “I must help JR win this girl he likes”, more “this is wild, if I hint him in the right direction what is this robot even going to do with that information? I can’t wait to see!”

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And I do love the running gag of Jung-rok always grumbling about when Se-won is going to find a new place and Se-won telling him to stop bragging about his house.
I was reading comments on another site that it's because in this reincarnation, he finally gets his own house! (the Grim Reaper had to scrimp and save to even pay rent)

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In the 2014 K-drama 'My Secret Hotel' Yoo In-na has a drunk scene in an early episode that's very much like this one where she drunkenly begs her boss to marry her.

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Observatory PPL?
(They are perhaps unhappy that they are not crowded?)

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This episode was so much fun!
Can this show be any sweeter than sugar, honey, or marshmallow?

The antics by the actress (looking for a divorce) was hilarious: the scene with the super high heels? LOL ... For a second, I was actually wondering if she had no problem crying because of all the reflectors probably blinding her with light.

Aww, I'm going to rewatch this week's episodes. They were that cringe worthy but in a good way !

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I love them.

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YIN is just so, so adorable in this. Those drunken outbursts give me life. It's easy to see why Jung Rok likes her so much and why she has endeared herself so much to the Always Law Firm crew.

It's super hilarious though how Yoon Seo is referred to us, "my goddess, your goddess, the universe's goddess, Oh Yoon Seo!" It never fails to crack me up.

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In this episode I felt like nothing much happened? I mean, I loved the fluff and the cuteness, and Jung-rok and Yoon-seo are beyond adorable, but... nothing happened! 😫 There was little plot development beyond a romance level, and it'd be good if this were JUST a romance show, but I don't think that's all it's supposed to be. The two side characters continue to make me wonder what their purposes are, beyond Se-won giving Jung-rok some MUCH needed dating advice and Yeo-reum having a sour (but I guess, justified, given her asshole of a colleague) expression on her face.

The CEO of the law firm and his cousin just kill me with all their assumptions LOL. They're well-meaning but hilariously wrong all the time.

On Jung-rok: Oh, he's sweet. In a relationship, it must be frustrating if both are on different train tracks, and a lack of communication has made me tear my hair out many times in different dramas. I think it's lovely that he took the time to reflect on the things that were going wrong, and I was immensely touched by his little speech that he was slow, but he was going to move toward her, at his own pace, for a long, long time. Aww, that man is here to stay! Side note though - I'm so NOT used to see JR so smiley and awkward and adorable. Kim Woo-bin-Grim Reaper vibes all over again!

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Loved this episode so much, especially the scene with the confession note and back hug! They are the cutest couple ever ☺️

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If a guy I liked said “I tend to be slow…However, I’ll take steps towards you at my own pace…Slowly, but for a long time.” to me I'd probably start crying.

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The observatory First Day date is one of the swooniest I have seen for a while. Not just what JR says to her but also how the entire episode (the drunk dialing, the embarrassment morning after, the hero seeking out the heroine when she is missing in action, the hand-written confession letter, the disappointment and the postponement of Day One, JR comes to her door wanting to make her happy, JR thoughtfully finding a perfect location for a late night date) builds it up to that moment just makes it so emotionally satisfying!

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That just says so much about how worthwhile the person finds you.

JR might not be squealing like YS, but this episode he showed us how very much he cares for and considers her.

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is it a pattern for jung rok to always chase and/or tackle someone in the recent episodes?

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He's slow, remember? Gotta find SOME method of keeping up.

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This was the funniest episode so far with:
- Yoon Seo’s daydreams (that powerpoint presentation - ROTFL)
- The transition from I'll be patient to the drunken confession was brilliant
- Her CEO's reverse psychology and how for the first time it actually backfired
- Her past and present scenes with her archenemy
- The oblivious cousins' misguided attempts to separate the couple
- Jun Rok's draft confession letter attempts

So the comedy was done right and the romantic part didn't lack either. I just love Yoon Seo so much and Jun Rok is really sweet.... but it's clear that this is the calm before the storm, the leads brought together so sweetly before their upcoming trials and tribulations.

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Puahahaha that last screenshot is gold! That chasing scene was hilarious!

I have no coherent words about this show, bc I'm still internally squeeing. It's so CUTE. All of it! 😭💖✨💫💞
If the second-half is as good as the first, then Reach for Sincerity belongs in unicorns-and-rainbows-and-cotton candy heaven! ⛅🌈

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Somebody helps!
The photoreceptors of my eyes only see pink at the moment!!!! 👀

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The real question I really want the drama to address is if the law firm is located right next building to a hospital? If yes, this hospital has a tremendously busy emergency room. Could it be possible that JR has a twin brother who works there and continuously engages in a battle of wits with the hospital's administrator? 🚑🚑🚑🚑🚑

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Such a great episode! Love these two so much! Thanks for the recap!

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Ive read Dramabeans for years, have commented as an unregistered guest many a time. However, this is the first time a drama has induced me to register as a user. I want to be able to share in this journey of watching this drama with all of the fellow Beanies, I've been loving the comments so far and can't wait to join in.

I'm going through what is one of the most emotionally unsteady times of my life, experiencing heartbreak for the first time and in terrible intensity. I have been feeling in shatters, have felt that pain of my heart feeling like its cutting up into shards. Getting up, getting to chores, getting to work, its been beyond difficult to fulfil on the duties of everyday life.

This drama has saved me. Its saving me during this time of incredible turmoil. Watching Jung Rok communicate with Yun Seo, watching him reflect on his actions and strive to better them to reach a better stage in their sparkling new relationship, it made me reflect on how its ok to aspire for that. Thats what we all deserve, a man who is willing to communicate and understand you. Watching this incredibly lovely couple fall in love, two incredibly nice and genuine characters, is such a joyful experience.

I feel so lighthearted after watching each episode, and I feel there is a lot to take away from the character of Jung Rok. I have never seen a Kdrama hero who was so genuinely nice, caring, and calm. There is not hot-tempered Goo Jun Pyo-esque wooing, nor Mr Darcy's vein of arrogant brooding. As much as I enjoy the former personalities, Jung Rok is definitely a character that topples them all, his kindness, persistence, and most importantly, willingness in the effort to communicate.

I do agree that it is unlike any other drama I have come across in all my years of drama watching. There is something incredibly sweet, genuine, and real about the chemistry that abounds in this drama between these characters. The screen lights up each time they are together, and it is a balm to my broken heart and tattered feelings each time Jung Rok and Yun Seo take sweet steps towards each other. Its teaching me to accept that perhaps its ok for me to deserve this level of open communication too, and to hope there is will someone as kind and reflective as Jung Rok waiting out there.

Would certainly not mind if he were as handsome as Lee Dongwook looks in this drama:P

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I hope you find someone like that. You deserve it and you will get through this.

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Thats incredibly sweet, thank you!

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Also Jung-Rok's line about walking towards her slowly but for a long time hit me hard, because I kind of thought of Wang Yeo (Goblin) and Sunny all of a sudden.

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I want to watch more dramas, but I don’t because I don’t have the patience to sit down and watch a one-hour episode. 하지만 이 드라마를 보기로 해서 정말 행복했어요. 그것은 매우 마음이 따뜻해서 귀에서 귀로 미소를 짓게 한대요. At first, I was confused by this title because I knew it as “Touch Your Heart” and didn’t know it had more than one title. 이 드라마의 첫 회부터 나는 그들이 함께 하기를 기다릴 수 없었어요. It’s so cute to see them catching up to each other’s pace since they’re both inexperienced when it comes to love and dating. Since they are now finally dating, I can’t wait to see how they’ll act with each other without holding back or being awkward. 나는 귀여움 과부하로 죽을지도 모른다. I can’t wait to finish this drama but at the same time I don’t want to finish it! 이런 드라마를 더 많이 찾을 수 있었으면 좋겠어요.

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