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Reach of Sincerity: Episode 9

Our couple enjoys their own private world as they get to know one another better, oblivious to any threats to their happiness. Jung-rok and Yoon-seo have the law firm to thank for their unlikely pairing but all of that will change with the end of Yoon-seo’s assignment, which is quickly approaching. But that’s not the only wrinkle in their future, because someone dangerous from Yoon-seo’s past has returned and is ready to make his presence known.

 
EPISODE 9: “A special date”

Jung-rok meets a new client who’s been the target of malicious comments, the owner of a macaron shop. The client confesses that he has a newfound respect for celebrities who must deal with vicious comments all the time. Suddenly, the client points out that Jung-rok’s secretary must really like macarons as Yoon-seo inspects his selection.

On the drive back to the office, Yoon-seo holds a box of macarons that she’s to sample to determine if any of the harsh comments are deserved. When Yoon-seo reads the label on one of the macarons, “A taste that calls for a kiss…,” she’s reminded of Jung-rok’s kiss and has to calm herself.

At the office, Yoon-seo shares the macarons with Hye-young, Mr. Lee and Ms. Yang. When Ms. Yang offers Yoon-seo the “A taste that calls for a kiss” macaron, Yoon-seo overreacts when she protests, “…I don’t want to kiss anyone.”

With all of the “kiss” references, Yoon-seo misunderstands Jung-rok’s announcement, “From now on, I’m not going to ask.” It’s close to what he said when they kissed so Yoon-seo assumes that Jung-rok intends to kiss her, but he just meant that he’ll no longer check her work. Flustered, Yoon-seo escapes to the kitchen to clear her head so that she can focus on work, not that amazing kiss.

Yoon-seo hands Jung-rok copies of the malicious comments made against the macaron client and confesses that some of her vicious comments still haunt her. Curious, Jung-rok looks up Yoon-seo’s comments and then storms out of his office to announce, “I’m pressing charges.”

Yoon-seo smiles when she sees that Jung-rok is outraged on her behalf and he promises, “From now on, what’s your business is my business.” Yoon-seo insists that she’s fine and places her hands on Jung-rok’s shoulders reassuringly, which is how Attorney Dan finds them when she barges in.

Yoon-seo shoves Jung-rok away and shouts as if they’re in the middle of an argument. Attorney Dan apologizes and once she’s gone, Yoon-seo checks on Jung-rok, who compliments her quick thinking and her strength. Heh.

On the drive home, Jung-rok raises the issue that negative comments are part of an actor’s life. Yoon-seo insists that her good experiences outweighed the bad ones and that she found her work gratifying. Yoon-seo knows that Jung-rok can’t appreciate what she’s talking about since he’s never seen any of her dramas.

An incoming call interrupts them and Jung-rok promises to send a document as soon as he returns to the office. Yoon-seo questions why he left if he has to return, touched when Jung-rok confesses, “I wanted to give you a ride home.”

Jung-rok works late into the night, but takes a break to look up Yoon-seo’s favorite role. He watches scenes from her dramas and chuckles at Yoon-seo’s bad acting but finds himself mesmerized by her red carpet appearance. Jung-rok then gazes at Yoon-seo’s face during one of her commercials and confesses, “I miss her,” and rests his head in his hand just as she does in the ad.

Jung-rok is surprised when Yoon-seo walks in with a late-night snack and explains, “…I missed you.” It’s Yoon-seo’s turn to be surprised when Jung-rok thanks her with another kiss.

Yoon-seo wonders what Jung-rok was watching and he admits that he was sampling her work and emphasizes that she looked amazing. Yoon-seo admits that she’s not a good actress but knows that she’s not that bad either. Jung-rok encourages her to ignore her negative comments since they’re not true and Yoon-seo urges him to give those comments a thumbs down whenever he sees them.

Jung-rok stares at Yoon-seo thoughtfully, “I wonder how much you were hurt in order to become this composed” Jung-rok hugs Yoon-seo and adds, “I know you went through some hard times. I’m happy that you overcame it.”

At the office, Ms. Yang invites Yoon-seo to join them for lunch, but she decides to wait for Jung-rok. While the gang is at lunch, Attorney Yeon and Attorney Choi argue over the dumplings. Attorney Yeon wants one of Attorney Choi’s dumplings but is told, “It tastes too great to give up on.” His words remind Attorney Dan of the confrontation with the cafe owner and when she looks up at Attorney Choi, she remembers his abs.

Forgetting herself, Attorney Dan raises her hand to her face and gushes, “Oh gosh.” Caught, Attorney Dan looks up wide-eyed, but Attorney Yeon decides that she must have a toothache. Despite Dan’s protests, everyone urges her to see a dentist right away. Poor Dan!

Yoon-seo fantasies of yummy food go poof when Jung-rok calls to let her know that he won’t be able to have lunch with her.

Yeo-reum returns to her office after lunch and finds a tumbler on her desk with a note from Se-won, “I heard dandelion tea is good for gastritis.” She smiles at a second note underneath, “By the way, when are you going to pay me back?”

Se-won reviews a case with Prosecutor Kim and explains that he once worked with the culprit’s attorney, a former prosecutor who now does the dirty work for large companies. Prosecutor Kim is curious when Se-won smiles at a text but her face falls when she learns that it’s from Yeo-reum. Se-won makes it clear that Yeo-reum is the only woman that he’s interested in and warns Prosecutor Kim not to cross the line.

Yoon-seo’s stomach growls when she brings Jung-rok a file because she never ate lunch. Yoon-seo reminds Jung-rok that as a celebrity, she never learned how to eat alone and she’s delighted when he suggests going out to eat.

Yoon-seo isn’t so delighted when Jung-rok takes her to a one-person restaurant where all of the seats are separated by partitions. He announces it the perfect place for Yoon-seo to learn to eat alone.

With lots of patience and encouragement from Jung-rok (and in spite of her cute pouts), Yoon-seo finally manages to eat alone and she asks Jung-rok to capture the momentous occasion with a photo. Yoon-seo hands over her phone with a request, “Make it look like a paparazzi photo if you can.” Yoon-seo poses cutely while Jung-rok snaps away and he can’t help but grin as she eats.

Mr. Lee and Ms. Yang run into each other at the bus stop and when Ms. Yang falls asleep on the ride home, Mr. Lee remembers the first time that he saw her. Mr. Lee noticed Ms. Yang when she almost fell off of her seat after dozing off and he recognized her as soon as he arrived for his first day of work at the law firm.

Mr. Lee soon learned that Ms. Yang was a single mother and remembers her smiling at a cute photo of her daughter. Mr. Lee realizes that’s probably when he started to like Ms. Yang, because he’d hoped that her life was filled with happiness. Thanks to Mr. Lee, Ms. Yang wakes up in time to get off at her stop but when she gets home, she finds her daughter sitting in the dark.

After dinner, Jung-rok parks in front of Yoon-seo’s complex where she gives him a boyfriend score of 99 out of 100. Of course Jung-rok wants to know why he lost one point, so Yoon-seo explains that it’s because of the formal way that he talks to her.

Yoon-seo wants Jung-rok to act more comfortably with her, like he is around Se-won and Yeo-reum. In the end, Yoon-seo agrees when Jung-rok argues that such a noticable change might cause suspicion at work.

At the mention of work, Jung-rok asks if Yoon-seo plans to study law once she leaves the firm. Before she can answer, Hyuk-joon knocks on her window and Yoon-seo jumps out of the car in surprise. Hyuk-joon warns Yoon-seo about paparazzi while she pushes him inside, after sweetly telling Jung-rok, “Mr. Kwon, I hope you go home safely.”

Inside, Yoon-seo explains to Hyuk-joon that she wants to tell Jung-rok the real reason for her assignment at the law firm. He reminds her that in order to protect Writer Lee’s project, no one else can know. When she’s alone, Yoon-seo worries that Jung-rok will feel betrayed once he finds out the truth.

At home, Jung-rok heads for his office and uses a photo of Yoon-seo on his phone to practice greeting her casually. When Se-won walks in and teases, “It must be love,” Jung-rok checks online for apartments that would suit him.

The next day, Hye-young shows Attorney Dan and Yoon-seo a disturbing video of some middle school girls bullying another girl. At the same time, Ms. Yang get a call notifying her that her daughter is at the police station.

A detective shows Ms. Yang the same video that Hye-young showed Yoon-seo. Ms. Yang’s daughter, Jin-yi, insists that she isn’t the girl in the video even though the victim and the other bullies identified her as the assailant.

The victim’s mother walks in and accuses Jin-yi of stealing money as well. When Jin-yi insists that she’s innocent, the mother calls her a liar, but Ms. Yang defends her daughter. Ms. Yang points out that the face of the attacker wasn’t captured by the video and adds that her daughter doesn’t own a down jacket like the one worn by the attacker.

Jung-rok overhears Attorney Yeon speak with Ms. Yang on the phone and guesses that she’s in trouble. Attorney Yeon explains that Jin-yi may have been framed and asks Jung-rok for his help, surprised when he readily agrees.

Later, when Ms. Yang puts some clothes away in Jin-yi’s room, she finds the down jacket. Ms. Yang tries to call Jin-yi on the way to her academy and arrives in time to see her push another girl to the ground.

The next day, Attorney Yeon tries to lift Ms. Yang’s spirits with news that Jung-rok has accepted the case. When Jung-rok mentions that Jin-yi was framed, Ms. Yang has to admit that she might be guilty and breaks down, “I guess I didn’t raise her right.”

Yoon-seo sits down for a private chat with Ms. Yang and learns that Jin-yi won’t tell her mother where she got the jacket. Convinced that her daughter bought it with stolen money, Ms. Yang is devastated by the thought that her daughter is a bully.

Attorney Yeon and Mr. Lee watch the video with Jung-rok and he summarizes their dilemma — Ms. Yang now believes that her daughter is the girl in the jacket but Jin-yi denies it. Jung-rok notes that parents are too emotional to be objective, making it even more important to focus on the facts.

Mr. Lee and Yoon-seo interview Jin-yi outside of her school and the girl insists that she’s innocent. When Mr. Lee asks why she was identified as the culprit, Jin-yi refuses to answer any of his questions. When she walks away, Mr. Lee runs after Jin-yi to invite her to join him for tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes).

Mr. Lee finds Yoon-seo when he returns to the office and reports that Jin-yi had nothing more to say. Mr. Lee speculates that Jin-yi may have been threatened just as Jung-rok joins them and explains that victims who don’t talk have either been threatened or want to protect their assailant.

Jung-rok informs them that he checked the school’s CCTV footage with Ms. Yang and discovered another incident involving the girl in the jacket. It was the same girl that Jin-yi pushed outside of the academy.

It turns out that the girl was once a close friend of Jin-yi’s, who borrowed her jacket the day of the assault. When the video when viral, Jin-yi’s childhood friend framed her to avoid getting caught. Now that the real attacker’s identity has been confirmed with video evidence, Jin-yi has been cleared.

Troubled, Mr. Lee finds Ms. Yang to explain, “I promised Jin-yi that I’d keep this a secret. But I think you should know.” As Ms. Yang walks home, she thinks about what Mr. Lee had to say, “It turns out, Jin-yi sometimes met with her dad.”

Ms. Yang arrives at her complex in time to witness Jin-yi tearfully tell her father that she can’t meet him anymore. We see in flashback that Mr. Lee explained that Jin-yi’s father bought her the down jacket but Jin-yi didn’t want her mother to find out, which is why she kept it a secret.

Ms. Yang finds Jin-yi and admits that she saw her meet her father. Jin-yi apologizes for seeing him behind her back, knowing that he hurt her, but Ms. Yang is sorrier for not realizing how much Jin-yi needed her father and for not believing her. Jin-yi and her mother reconcile and it’s a happy day when they hand out cookies to everyone at the firm as thanks for the help with Jin-yi’s case.

Hyuk-joon meets with CEO Yeon and assures him that Yoon-seo isn’t having anymore problems with Jung-rok. They’re excited when the secretary delivers a gift for Yoon-seo, since she hasn’t received one in so long. CEO Yeon and Hyuk-joon are shaken when they see that it’s the same plant that Lee Gang-joon used to send to Yoon-seo.

Meanwhile, Lee Gang-joon arrives at the airport and ignores a company briefing to study a photo of Yoon-seo and Jung-rok, telling himself, “I guess she’s doing well.”

In his office, Jung-rok catches Yoon-seo staring at him so she explains that she had no idea that being an attorney was so cool, even though she went to law school. Yoon-seo only went to law school because her father insisted on it before he’d consent to her career as an actress, certain that she’d never get accepted. Even though she wasn’t good at studying, Yoon-seo got in thanks to her excellent memory, but now she regrets quitting.

Believing that she came to the firm to learn more about the law, Jung-rok assures Yoon-seo, “It’s not too late. If you wish to study law, I’ll help you out.” They’re interrupted when Attorney Yeon invites them out for drinks in appreciation for helping Ms. Yang.

Yoon-seo accepts but once Attorney Yeon is gone, she confesses that she’s not feeling well. Jung-rok offers to drink on her behalf and when Yoon-seo asks if he can hold his liquor, he admits, “I have never gotten drunk in my entire life.”

Jung-rok ends up drunk for the first time and wants to discuss philosophy and law with Attorney Yeon, who wonders, “How is that you’re boring even when you’re drunk?”

When Yoon-seo asks if Jung-rok is always like that, Attorney Yeon confirms that he’s never seen him drunk before. Jung-rok explains that he drank more that usual because Yoon-seo wasn’t feeling well.

When Jung-rok takes a bathroom break, Attorney Yeon acknowledges that he must really care about Yoon-seo and believes that Jung-rok will be sad when she leaves. Attorney Yeon can’t believe that Yoon-seo only has one month left at the firm, “We only just said hello, but you’ll be leaving soon.”

While in the bathroom, Yoon-seo gets a text from Ms. Yang thanking her for her help. Ms. Yang adds that she and Jin-yi promised to never have secrets between them, “We felt that those closest shouldn’t keep such things.”

Yoon-seo sits outside with Jung-rok while he sobers up and teases him about being such a serious drunk. She happy that she got to see another side of him and Jung-rok is happy that he saw Yoon-seo’s adorable side as an actress.

Ms. Yang’s words weigh heavily on Yoon-seo though, so she confesses, “There are things I still haven’t told you.” Yoon-seo struggles to explain without betraying her secret but finally gives up and suggests going back inside.

Jung-rok stops Yoon-seo to tell her that it’s all right if there’s something that she can’t tell him. He hugs her and then stands back and speaks comfortably, “I like you, Jin-sim. I’ve thought about it, and I don’t want a point deducted.” Jung-rok hugs Yoon-seo again and they both look so happy, unaware that Lee Gang-joon is watching them from a car nearby.

 
COMMENTS

Here we go, Yoon-seo’s chaebol stalker is back and it doesn’t look as if he’s lost interest in Yoon-seo at all after that chilling cliffhanger. Lee Gang-joon sent his calling card to CEO Yeon, so he’s essentially announced that he intends to pick up where he left off as far as Yoon-seo is concerned. Even though he’s ready to exert his power over Yoon-seo once again, she’s not the same person that Lee Gang-joon intimidated in the past. As we saw when Yoon-seo stood up to CEO Yeon in episode 7, she’s not as naive as she used to be thanks to her work at the law firm. Plus, Yoon-seo now has a very capable and devoted ally in Jung-rok and the other friends that she’s made at Always Law.

The bond between Yoon-seo and Jung-rok strengthens the more that they get to know each other and Se-won is probably right when he teases his “roommate” that it’s love. Jung-rok wants Yoon-seo to be the best person that she can be, which is why he coached her on how to eat alone. How cute was that? Their bond needs to be unbreakable in order for Jung-rok to successfully help Yoon-seo fight back against Lee Gang-joon and restore her reputation and career. However, it’s beginning to look as if Yoon-seo will be tempted by the road that she chose not to travel and I’m curious about what she’ll pursue once her three month assignment comes to an end. While Yoon-seo enjoyed her acting career, it never impacted people’s lives the way that Jung-rok’s does, which is why she has so much respect for his accomplishments. Will it be enough for Yoon-seo to return to a career where she just has to be pretty, or does she want to pursue something more meaningful? I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Yoon-seo proves herself a capable actress with Writer Lee’s drama, only to walk away from her career to study law. Whatever path Yoon-seo decides to take, Jung-rok is sure to be by her side.

I have to confess, I just love the quirky bunch at Always Law, who are consistently obtuse when it comes to recognizing what’s going on within their walls. No one has picked up on Attorney Dan’s crush on Attorney Choi, even though she’s given away ample clues. A toothache! How about Mr. Lee’s years-long crush on Ms. Yang? He didn’t seem to realize his own feelings until Hye-young mentioned it. Even worse, no one suspects that there’s anything more than a professional relationship between Jung-rok and Yoon-seo, mostly because he’s so cranky, but how many times has she overreacted about dating and kisses? No one has noticed how much Jung-rok has loosened up since Yoon-seo started to work for him. The entire team is adorably dorky and it’s so much fun to watch them stumble around the truth.

So far, Reach of Sincerity has been a light and fun drama, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t given me something to think about. It’s interesting that Yoon-seo’s hiatus has lasted two years, which is slightly longer than the time that young male actors are away when they fulfill their mandatory military responsibilities. It even approximates the break that some actresses take to have a baby. Two years is a long time in the competitive entertainment industry, where the world rushes ahead without you. It’s why young actors and idols pack their resumes before military duty, so that there’s enough momentum to sustain their careers until they can work again. Career breaks are a very real challenge, but they also offer opportunities to rethink your life and to be more deliberate going forward. I think that’s what’s in store for Yoon-seo and it’s a worthy subject to address.

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i dropped this because i was watching trap and i couldn't wrap my mind around switching my brain to a totally different track (i was gonna finish it later.) i was also incredibly irritated at the clothing choices and how men perceived her. HOWEVER, i love yoo in na anyways and it's such a cute show. i'm gonna pick it back up again but the warmth that seems to be favored in the works of the people who made touch your heart is so beautiful. i saw the caps and immediately just got happy again. they're like unbearably cute.

one thing i am so appreciative of in the drama (my little feminist bothers aside) is how much she's grown and how she is actually such an independent kind PLEASANT human being. and she definitely has trauma that would "sully" her but she's like the girl you would undeniably want as a best friend and if jung rok ever did anything to her you'd beat him up.

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I love this show and their relationship is so fabulous, and should be kdrama goals for all dramas. That being said, doesn't this chaebol have handlers, why are they not stopping him, isn't this why he was sent to the states in the first place? Someone is driving him around while he is stalking her, that is crazy,

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Some of the previous comments mentioned that this stalker subplot was introduced too late in the story for the audience to care. And the fact that it's been on the back-burner until epi 10 certainly speaks to that. I'm not sure if the writer will even try to redeem the stalker ... I look forward to seeing how Yeon Seo will defend herself with Jung Rok being her backup this time. While it's great for LDW to save the day, I'd prefer for Yeon Seo to step up.

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I loved the Signal parody!! After DOTS and Signal, I'm totally hoping the show could work in a Goblin flashback ... and have Yeon-Seo will reunite with her "Goblin" co-star in the upcoming legal drama. Is that too much to ask for in a drama? :P

Another highlight for me from this episode was when Jung Rok knew Yeon-Seo had another secret and told her it's okay. He probably thought she was referencing the drug scandal. That's a testament to their strong bond and the chemistry between YIN & LDW sells this well. I'm not sure if Jung Rok will be mad about her hiding the fact that she was preparing for a drama ... as a lawyer, I'm think he'd appreciate the spirit of honoring a non-disclosure agreement.

I have to say I'm quite surprised at how much I like this show ... I thought the drama would just be fluffy but I'm really enjoying how Jung-Rok's sincerity contrasts Yeon-Seo's. Their personalities couldn't be more opposite but it's their heartfelt sincere interactions that get through to each other.

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I’m so waiting for a Goblin meta-reference! There have been so many times where it could’ve been worked in: the chicken feet restaurant could have worked in a “Sunny” reference. Attorney Choi and Jung-Rok could have rocked the long coat model walk so many times coming out of those court rooms! Well, still waiting...

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"Another highlight for me from this episode was when Jung Rok knew Yeon-Seo had another secret and told her it's okay."
I loved that scene. And I doubt that he'd be angry if she ever revealed the truth about why she came to work there.

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Actually when JR told YS that it's okay about her secret, and she didn't have to tell him -- in all honestly, my thoughts immediately jumped to his role as a lawyer, and that he must know she could possibly have a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) on something or other. Remember, the interns also had to sign an NDA before they worked at the firm, so has already been introduced in the storyverse.

I'm also saying this because this particular show has been VERY good with not using the typical "dragging out the misunderstanding" trope to cause dramatic tension - (1) JR was upfront about his dislike of YS, and then he also very clearly made a 180deg change at the end of Epi2 when he said sorry for his misperception, and to restart their relationship as Lawyer-Secretary; (2) SW and JR and YR are (fairly) clear about their old love triangle; (3) SW and YR have made it (fairly) clear that they still sort of like each other - YR shooting down Prosecutor Kim's "request" to try to date SW, and SW shooting Prosecutor Kim's "pursuit" of him by saying he only has eyes for YR; (4) JR going to that company dinner and asking to clarify why YS was angry at him (when he went out for pasta with YR without her); (5) YS being very upfront about her lack of acting skills....

So I'm hoping that this drama doesn't take YS's "hiding" about her drama role and makes it into a big issue; there is truly a confidentiality clause that she signed (on paper or verbally) which needs to be upheld (for her sake I hope it was on paper, because the author could still give it away if not!)

I feel this whole drama takes a very healthy approach to laying things out in the open and letting the issues air and breathe, which is really refreshing to see. I hope to see more such writing; JR and YS and everyone just makes this universe so real! (sometimes too real!)

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Am I the only one who thinks that when Yeon-Seo talks about "day one" in their relationship, she is soooooooo like Sunny?
I'm enjoying this show more than I hoped; I am watching it because I haven't managed to get over Goblin (haha), and so far I think the whole show is a massive fan service for Sunny-Grim Reaper fans :)

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Hehe agree on the Goblin fan service! I did get Goblin and also Queen In-Hyun's Man feels when I watched Reach of Sincerity.

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Can I just say that this show is so good that I’m rationing my time with it so I don’t finish the episodes too quickly? Because that’s what I’m doing. I still have 1/2 of episode 10 to finish, so likely won’t be joining you all next recap! I have nothing intelligent to say otherwise, so I’ll just be reading everyone else’s compliments and upvoting everything!

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I do the same!! I haven't started epi 10 yet :D
Partly because of withdrawal if I finish the week's episodes too fast and partly because of the side effects of this show: squealing and laughing out loud (need to find the right time and not disturb my family members).

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I also tend to ration out the dramas that I really want to enjoy! I'm currently doing that with RBB, and although I feel behind with the DB community, I'll watch the episodes at a time when I need the joy in my life.

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Isn't this just this chaser we needed after Mr Ajusshi? 😉

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Absolutely!!! I started Radiant, but it was way too melo after MA, so stopped. This one, however, has the lovey-dovey sweetness that kdramas are known for.

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This show delights me ways I never imagined. All week I would find myself chuckling at random memories of this week’s episodes. (He … ha, ha … flicked the dumpling off his boss’s spoon! ha, ha, ha!) If the main romance is a confection, then the supporting cast balances the sweet with just the right amount of tart.

It’s no secret that I adore Dan Moon Hee and delight in growing attraction to Choi Yoon Hyuk, a man Jung Rok once described as “frivolous.” I just don’t want it to be one-sided love and I don’t want to see Dan change into something else in order to be considered conventionally attractive.

My joy in this show has been doubled the So Annoying. So Handsome! fan club (credit to @coffeprince4eva for the club name). We are devoted to the Dan/Choi Ship and support our darling knuckleheads with keen interest.

A note about their age difference. As you know, actress Park Kyung Hye is 26 and Shim Hyung Tak is 41. According to TVN’s character page, their characters, however, are slightly closer in age. Dan is 29 to Choi’s 37.

I confess to dreading the upcoming creepy chaebol stalker arc. As @kaycee (caffeinlover) noted upthread, I hope that Yeon Seo is able to step up. I don’t expect her to be bo staff-wielding kick-ass girl but I look forward to her increased mental strength; she’s not alone!

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That dumpling scene was hilarious, Lawyer Choi is such a petty man-boy, but his antics are so ridiculously cute! The supporting cast on this drama are definitely a great addition to the main romantic storyline!

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Hee hee. One of the guilty pleasures of watching kdramas is reveling in bad behavior. In the real world, I wouldn't tolerate Choi's man-boy pettiness for an instant. But on screen, he's scrumptious.😜

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I want to see his mom on screen please, and have him be totally mummy's boy in front of everyone.

That might turn Attorney Dan completely off him.

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I hadn't thought of it before but now that you put it into my mind I really want to see this! Please, please make it happen Dramagods.

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I'm a sicker for sob stories involving mothers so I cried big fat tears when Ms Yang and her daughter has a talk on the swings. And Mr Lee is such a big softie.

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Can I just be shallow for a second and say that Jung-rok's kiss in his office this episode was wonderful. Lee Dong-wook is so gentle!!

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Gentle was great, but I really liked the fact that his character has grown from being a crankypants to someone who basically has found the freedom to act on positive impulses - "this girl just read my mind; she's the girl of my/everyone's dreams, and she's just come by because she missed me, and came with food because she's considerate and thought I might be hungry, and I was also missing her right at this moment, and I just have to kiss her now and there's no rational argument why not..."

I like how he's only smiley with her and still crankypants to everyone else.

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You've put into words what I couldn't pinpoint about that scene. I see now that Jung-rok has grown a tremendous amount in sensitivity and emotional maturity since he started dating Yun-seo, and that kiss embodied that growth!

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Just to add to this: “And no one has EVER come to my office in the middle of the night because they cared for me and I have all these FEELINGS welling up inside of me and so I am compelled to kiss her!”

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Hye-young knows. She is the office in the know person. And she is smart enough not to start gossip or stir up trouble in that environment. When it all comes out in the open, she will be the only one not surprised, and not just about YS and JR.

So, when someone is not interested in someone, they just say it flat out like Se-won told Prosecutor Kim. They was no ruffling of hair, or light flirting or dinner or drinks or words that gave hope. He shut it down. So it can be done and said.

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I think so too, that she knows. From the start, you can see she's the official gossip from the office. I love it!

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I LOVE the fact that she knows. And is keeping it to herself like a decent person!

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I'm kind of confused about what the Korean population prefers. I know that my preferences coincide with a lot of viewers here on DB. It baffles me how WWWSK got so much higher ratings than this gem. (not that WWWSK was not good, but you know...) I feel a little bit disappointed on behalf of the TYH cast and crew because they've done such a wonderful job creating this masterpiece, but I feel that it isn't being appreciated enough by Korea. While ratings obviously do not denote a drama's value, it definitely does affect other aspects like cast's morale, etc...
on a side note, after watching the BTS of this drama, I wouldn't be surprised if YIN and LDW were actually dating because they have such explosive chemistry HAHA

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yeah i am also sad that this drama is not getting high ratings, cause i m in love with it =D
i have stopped watching k-dramas for 2 years but this drama made me come back. after this i'm going to watch goblin which is jung rok and jin shim's past lives keke

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Oh, you should!!! I’m half thinking of doing a rewatch myself! It’s a masterpiece! And read the recaps and comments. I gleaned do much and appreciated the show 100x more because if it!

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Thats devastating to hear, there is so much heart in this drama, I have not seen the likes of this in a romantic comedy before, its the perfect break from real life. It does seem true that Korean preferences and international viewers do not always align, I wonder what it is though as well, and I hope the crew and drama knows they're getting extra love and support from their international fans out here

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Well, it looks like DB was some connection to that world with the private interviews we are getting. So, I have a feeling they know at least a little!

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Yoo Inna is so good looking it is almost offensive.

Yes, I think that is my only comment!

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If I was a poet I’d write odes to her hair. I can’t bear to look at my own mop after each weeks episodes 🙄

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I love your name!

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I enjoy this show so much, even though I'm a little scared that the stalker storyline will end up making it feel disjointed if it isn't done right. It's been a lighthearted, adorable show so far, and if it turns too dark too quickly it will feel like we've been thrown off course I think.

I'll still watch though, because I love Yun Seo and Jung Rok so much. SO MUCH.

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I dunno. Many people across the internet seem to think this is just a shallow, silly drama with lots of fluff but nothing else. Basically, an empty, pretty shell. Not that it's not like it because of it, but I cannot quite agree with this sentiment.

While I do think this is a very light-hearted drama, obviously, nor does it tackle serious issues very deeply even though it briefly touches upon some (domestic violence, school bullying etc.), the relationship between Jung-rok and Yun-seo is one of the most mature ones I've ever seen in kdrama. I would say it does not serve as a relationship goal to kdramas only; it should be a relationship goal to _real life_ relationships.

Because, just look at these two! They actually talk about their issues and their feelings instead of jumping into conclusions and drowning into misunderstandings. They take time to find out what the other person likes and attempt to provide it. When a problem arises, they immediately go to the other and raise the issue. And, they are both willing to listen and evolve. Jung-rok especially, I admire his ability to ask and take in advice and then modify his actions accordingly. He's not a doormat, he knows, for example, that he is slower in his feelings than Yun-seo but that's the thing, he TELLS her that. So that she doesn't have to guess and worry.

Seriously, couples in real life should take note.

Also. They are so awfully cute and adorable together that I just can't. I can't! My brain just melts into pink, puffy mush when I watch this drama.

(Also, yes, I ship lawyers Dan & Choi. Of course I do!)

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You’ve succinctly summarized what many of us like about their relationship. It is based on communication (wow, fancy that) and active listening (what a novel idea). Which is very lacking in common kdramas. You don’t need a lot of misunderstandings to build a relationship. Actually, that usually is what tears them apart. You don’t need a lot of drama for the sake of drama to make a good show either. I enjoy nice people being nice to each other. Real life has enough drama thank-you-very-much.

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Exactly this yea. Going through turmoil and being in a limbo of has this relationship ended or not right now, I feel so comforted by watching the open, honest communication that Jung Rok and Yun Seo are sharing, its so realistic and yet so ideal

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I'm so relieved the drama has maintained its lightness through this episode continuing on from last week, where we were steamrollered in fluff and cuteness. The clues of what to come and Yun Seo's past are definitely weaving some dark threads into it, but who else melted when Jung Rok assured her she need not tell him all but he would nevertheless be by her side?

And his drunk personality had me rolling, he is such a straight laced guy, but he is so sincere and sweet, I feel like I am watching my list of what makes a perfect man literally come alive through Jung Rok's actions. How can it get more ideal than a kind, sweet, sensitive guy who openly communicates and assures Yun Seo of his affections, but also strives to help her become a better version of herself, that too with such patience and support? Is it too much to have this now be the ideal standard I aspire for in real life?

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I've heard somewhere you can only have two qualities from three most wanted qualities in a man which are wealth, look and faithfulness. If he's handsome and wealthy, then don't expect him to be faithful. If he's handsome and faithful, then he's most likely poor. In real life a guy like Jung-rok doesn't have his apartment and drive his car. He's also probably doesn't look like Lee Dong-wok.

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That is totally not true. You CAN have all three. I promise.

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I guess you would have to define “wealth” to me.

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Financially wealthy, has a lot of money and other assets.

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And “a lot of money” would be defined as....because I think wealth can be measured several ways. And it depends on where you live and how you live that defines wealth:

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I agree. Basically the man can give the woman security financially. Maybe it translates as she doesn't have to worry about debts and mortgage or he can take her traveling around the world or he can make her lives in the best location in the city or other things.

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Oo, interesting. I'd settle for handsome and faithful in that case:P

Seriously though, its his intense sincerity and kindness towards her, as well as honest communication his thoughts to her that are the qualities Im loving and respect so much of this character, Yun Seo is a lucky woman

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I'm really loving YS's character, and I totally want to be BFFs with her in real life. She's such a good person! Always so considerate and thinking about others.

I am also looking forward to YS AND JR figuring out what she wants to do after she completes her 3 months temping at Always Law firm. She's already established that she has an excellent memory, which I think is a plot device (surely she will have to testify to something with the stalker chaebol), BUT would be awesome if it could translate also to: getting great grades in law school.

Plus, it would prob endear JR to YS's dad lol.

I think that going to law school AND occasionally filming dramas would be a good approach to ease into school again if YS wanted to transition to law. And I feel with YS's very personable character, she would be a great help - as she has already been - as a paralegal, and as someone who helps investigate the cases.

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She really is! Ive always loved Yoo Inna and hoped she would make it big since seeing her on Secret Garden (also still feel satisfied knowing I KNEW Jong Seok would go on to become a huge star as well), and her character here is so sweet. Like another comment had mentioned before, Yun Seo's character in the hands of another character might have turned me off completely, I can't stand aeygyo most of the time as well, its incredibly cringey and just odd, I can't fathom how being childlike in that sense could be attractive to adults. That being said, the type of aeygyo Yoo Inna infuses in this character is so heartwarming and cute, no wonder Jung Rok is smitten!

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Yoo Inna is about the only actress who could pull this off, I agree with you. Watching her makes me realize I don't have one aegyo bone in my body 🤣

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Olé !

lol at the funny sound effects like the olé on reference to Attorney Choi's abs... or the background ambulance sirens after each time our heroine goes through an embarrassing or disappointing moment.

I'm pretty sure the CEO of the firm is aware of the recent crush of Attorney Dan on Attorney Choi. If not, I think he'll figure it out soon.

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Can I just say that attorneys Choi and dan are a ship I never knew I needed! But after his hero moment in the previous episode I can’t have hearts in my eyes either. Poor ms dan is a goner!!

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"I have never gotten drunk in my entire life." Famous last words. LOL.

I thought he was going to blurt out to his boss that they are dating. But he is sweet to her even when he is drunk.

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Hobbes. I died at that!!!!

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He just can't help himself, drunk or not he's SUCH a good time 😆

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I love the PPL with the app to help his roommate find a house... it was perfectly positioned

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It was one of the most genius PPL I've seen recently! It was so in character, it was perfect!

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my heart expanded and burst with happiness. jung rok appreciates jin shim AS SHE IS. yes, she isnt great at her acting skills. yes, she's a bit of a klutz. he knew she's still keeping a few secrets from him about herself but he's OKAY with it. how many people in real life would just ask and ask you questions about yourself not because they care, but just simply because they're curious. yet-jungrok is here with his lovable slow technique of falling in love but with a big understanding heart. at first, this drama would make you think it's just a cliche rom com with a bubbly female lead character and a cold handsone male lead character but it's actually proving us wrong as it goes on. it's different and refreshing and fun yet still tugs at our heartstrings. and oh jin shim tearing up a little when jungrok said those words ... i felt that 💕💕💕

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I love them both. They seem like polar opposites but they are both such lovely warm caring people. And so understanding too!

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Such a lovely episode on the whole but that ending sent a chill through me. We've had a light and fluffy drama so far but the way ahead looks considerably darker. Thanks for the recap!

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I’d like to take this time to give props to Attorney Yeon. We all know he can be a goof, but a really caring one he is! We got to see a little bit of his somber side when he initiated a taskforce to help Ms. Yang in her time of need. What a great boss!

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It makes me so happy to read many of the remarks here. They reflect how I feel about this drama. It's nothing earth shattering...not a SKY Castle or My Ahjusshi, etc. It's just ...Lovely! It's such a nice break from all the tension (which I certainly LOVE) that darker or more intense dramas have. And it is done so prettily! They are sweet together and what an unusual delight to have such a warm, healthy, fun, loving relationship to immerse myself into. I look forward to every episode for it happiness quotient that just makes my day!

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we've got a huggerrrrr on our hands (well, in Yoon-seo's embrace, more like!) 😍

kinda thought this episode went a little too fast - mostly with Jin-yi's case, but guess it's good that it got cleared up quite quickly? and drunk Jung-rok still makes so much legal sense.. it's incredible haha.

i'm really quite fascinated with the way that Jung-rok approaches 'couplehood'/togetherness. with him, it really seems like a stroll, as opposed to a sprint. and interesting how he told Yoon-seo that "it's okay" that she has something to hide; however, i'd like to think that it sets the basis for Yoon-seo to open up to him at her own time, instead of rushing her to tell him - back to the trust part, i guess.

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I have to say I love ABSOLUTELY LOVE the cute sweet little noises Yoon Seo does 😍😍😍

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