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Romance Is a Bonus Book: Episode 15

Love isn’t just about grand gestures. A lot of it lies in the little things. Like being there when someone needs you, no matter what. It’s not always easy, but I guess if it was, it wouldn’t be love.

 
EPISODE 15:”Even Without You Telling Me, I Should Have Known”

Having discovered Author Kang’s things in Eun-ho’s attic, Dan-yi leafs through handwritten notes. As she reads, Dan-yi learns that Author Kang was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and that Eun-ho had persistently cared for him.

Author Kang describes considering Eun-ho like his son and begging Eun-ho to ensure that he die as a brilliant writer rather than a weak man with no memory. Eun-ho had agreed and has been caring for Author Kang in secret ever since.

Dan-yi starts to cry as she realizes how hard things must’ve been for Eun-ho. Remembering how he’d told her that all he’d needed was Dan-yi to be on his side, she cries harder. She now realizes the weight of those words and that she can’t go back in time to comfort him.

Returning home, Eun-ho finds Dan-yi sniffling in the attic and confirms that he’s been caring for Author Kang. Wiping her tears, Eun-ho tells her that he’s okay, because he considered it his responsibility.

“Even without you telling me, I should’ve known,” Dan-yi sobs into his embrace, “But I had no idea. I’m sorry, Eun-ho.” Meanwhile, Ji-yul shows Hae-rin The Heroes manuscript.

Having calmed down, Dan-yi admits she’s upset thinking about the burden Eun-ho’s carried alone for so long. Eun-ho lays his head on Dan-yi’s lap and thinks they should sleep upstairs tonight.

Sobering, he asks her to tell him he did the right thing. “I know you, Eun-ho,” Dan-yi says, “You must’ve agonized over it hundreds of times, trying to figure out what’s best for Mr. Kang. You did the right thing.”

Cake in hand, Ji-hong pays a visit to a coworker whose birthday is today. Oblivious to the coworker’s discomfort, Ji-hong invites himself inside. Just as he thinks the shoe in the entryway look familiar, Yeong-ah bounces around a corner.

Ji-hong’s guess that she’s also paying their coworker a birthday call trails off as he notices their awkward reactions and he asks Yeong-ah when she got here. “Yesterday,” Yeong-ah deadpans.

Ji-hong chases after her and Yeong-ah points out she’d told him she was seeing someone. Ji-hong balks that she’d slept with a coworker and Yeong-ah snaps that she and Ji-hong had been coworkers too.

“Our case is different!” Ji-hong cries. Yeong-ah scoffs that they were nothing special, but Ji-hong pouts that they were. Despite his protests, Yeong-ah gets in her car and drives away, leaving him crying in the street.

That night, Eun-ho thinks back to the promise he’d made to Author Kang as he lies next to Dan-yi in the attic. His phone rings with a call from Hae-rin and he caresses a sleeping Dan-yi’s cheek before leaving to take it.

Hae-rin informs him about the manuscript and they meet in person. Handing Eun-ho a copy, Hae-rin says she already discovered the phone number and address attached to the manuscript were fake, but is unsure of the email address.

She’s read the manuscript and thinks either Author Kang has resurfaced, or someone is copying his style. Hae-rin recalls joining Gyeoroo because of its ownership over Author Kang’s publishing rights, but had soon realized no one would discuss it.

Hae-rin wonders if being a founding member, Eun-ho knows who received Author Kang’s declaration of retirement. He only answers that he’ll review the manuscript and they’ll talk tomorrow.

At home, Eun-ho reads the manuscript and then sends an email to the address provided, asking for the writer to call him to schedule a meeting. Seo-joon promptly responds that Eun-ho has likely already figured out he only plans to correspond via email.

He gives Eun-ho a week to decide whether or not to publish the novel. Sitting back, Seo-joon muses that Eun-ho knows he’s not Author Kang. He’s sure, however, that Eun-ho knows where Author Kang is and what he’s up to.

The next morning, Eun-ho informs Hae-rin about the email and she wonders if it really is Author Kang. Eun-ho suggests they keep looking into it and urges her to keep the manuscript secret until then.

Hae-rin meets with Ji-yul in the breakroom to tell her to keep quiet, but Ji-yul focuses on the fact that Hae-rin seemingly passed the job over to Eun-ho. Ji-yul argues she should’ve been allowed to edit the manuscript, and points out her recent hard work.

Pouting, she asks if rookies aren’t allowed to edit for famous writers. Hae-rin gently reminds her that a different name was listed as the author so they need to vet it carefully. She assures Ji-yul that she’ll find a better manuscript.

At work, Dan-yi fibs to another caller that the president isn’t in–even though he’s sitting 10 feet away–and her coworker notes that’s the fifth call today from someone demanding pay. The president calls Dan-yi over and praises her marketing proposal…

However, it’s too pricey, so Dan-yi agrees to write up a low-budget one instead. Dan-yi also suggests they rethink the book they’re planning to publish, since there’s nothing interesting or unique about it.

The president’s wife snaps that the similarities between this book and other works just proves that it’s popular. Dan-yi bites her tongue and returns to her desk.

Her frustration melts away when she receives a text from Eun-ho, inviting her on a library date after work. They giggle as they roam the shelves and Eun-ho loads Dan-yi up with books. After working for a bit, Eun-ho motions for Dan-yi to meet him behind a bookshelf and they kiss.

Walking home, Eun-ho says he’d noticed Dan-yi carries around the poetry collection in her bag. She grins and starts reciting her favorite poem, “Because of You,” and Eun-ho finishes it. He notices Dan-yi staring at him and warns he’ll kiss her here in the middle of the street if she doesn’t stop.

Dan-yi gives him a quick kiss on the mouth and laughs that he should just do it, then. She walks off and Eun-ho chases after her, asking for her to give him the chance to do it properly.

On the bus home, Ji-yul whines to Hoon about having Author Kang’s manuscript taken away. He’s only half-listening as he scrolls through a dating app. Ji-yul watches as Hoon makes a match and then suddenly stops the bus to get off.

Failing to hold Hoon back, Ji-yul is forced to wait until the next stop to get off. Leaping off the bus, she kicks off her shoes and screams for Hoon to wait for her as she tears up the sidewalk.

Meanwhile, Hoon is stricken by a sudden heart spasm, startling the girl he’s eating with. He tells her he’s suddenly feeling anxious, unaware that Ji-yul is making crazy eyes through the window behind him.

Hoon excuses himself and Ji-yul slides into his vacated seat to inform the girl that she’s Hoon’s roommate. Confused, the girl asks, “So?” and Ji-yul barks a laugh. She snaps that she’s living with Hoon.

The girl is clearly uncomfortable as Ji-yul warns her to keep what she’d said in mind. Hoon returns from the bathroom and Ji-yul leaves before he can spot her. She pauses again outside the window, though, to give the girl one last dose of crazy eyes before walking away.

Hoon sits down and gushes he’s thrilled to work with people in the same field. He asks when he can join the study group (oh noes!) and the girl blurts that he can’t. At Hoon’s confusion, she explains that his scary roommate just came in and threw a fit.

Back at the apartment, Ji-yul freaks out over her own outburst. She vehemently rejects the implication that she likes Hoon, but when he bursts into the apartment her heart beats wildly.

Hoon demands to know why she flipped out and cries that it’s really hard to find a marketer living nearby. Ji-yul realizes it was a professional meeting and her terror immediately turns to joy. Poor Hoon isn’t sure what to make of her sudden giggling, and begs her to stop.

Meanwhile, Hae-rin is still working on the manuscript at the office and can’t shake the feeling she’s read it before.

The next morning Hoon and Ji-yul note that the winner of the company’s idea competition with be announced in a week. As they try to sneek peeks at the founding members’ assessments, Jae-min attempts to consult with Director Ko but she shuts him down in honor of fairness.

Ji-hong corners Yeong-ah to pester her yet again about the other morning’s incident. He reasons that she must’ve just been there to wish a coworker happy birthday and Yeong-ah breezily tells him to think whatever he likes.

When Ji-hong asks her again to deny it, Yeong-ah muses that she thinks she actually needs three men: a funny guy, a rich guy, and a guy who’s “good.” Ji-hong laughs nervously that she must be bluffing but after Yeong-ah is gone, he mutters that he’s gonna kill that coworker. Hee.

At home, Eun-ho is also in the midst of judging and gives full marks to a proposal, wondering if it’s Dan-yi’s. The person in question hovers at the doorway, trying to squint at his writing but is quickly caught.

Eun-ho jokingly reprimands her and Dan-yi argues she was just bringing him a drink. They do a cute high-five and he sends her away so he can finish evaluating.

The announcement day arrives and everyone unanimously agrees on one proposal. Eun-ho inputs the entry number to reveal the winner and his eyes widen. He suddenly excuses himself, claiming to need coffee. The others gather around the laptop and blink in shock… while in the break room Eun-ho imitates Dan-yi’s power dance.Ha!

The winner is Dan-yi and while Eun-ho is ecstatic, the rest of the founding members worry about how to resolve this pickle. Ji-hong wonders if they have to pick someone else and Yeong-ah laments they can’t rehire Dan-yi…

Meanwhile, Dan-yi is baffled at the poor translation on a book to be published. She soon realizes that the mistranslations were even copy and pasted from other books. When the president returns, Dan-yi informs him of the problem.

The president argues that it’s too hard to start over now. She asks about the people that worked hard for the book and the translators whose work was stolen, but the president just snaps at her get back to work.

Hoping to prompt a response on the results, Hoon and Ji-yul mention the competition loudly, only to be ignored. Jae-min gripes that had he not made the competition open to every employee, he wouldn’t be in such a mess now.

Since Eun-ho is gone, Jae-min accosts Director Ko and demands what they should do about Dan-yi, essentially announcing her as the winner to the rest of the office.

Hae-rin, Hoon, and Ji-yul break out into huge grins. Director Ko points out they have a special recruitment policy. Astonished, Jae-min wonders if they can do that. “Why are you asking me?” Director Ko smiles, “It’s in the regulations.”

As Dan-yi sits at her desk and stares at the poorly translated book, she flashes back to her time at Gyeoroo and how much everyone there loved the books they published. Steeling her resolve, she submits her letter of resignation.

The president balks, but Dan-yi insists that it’s unfair to the people that worked hard for the books, the readers that will unknowingly buy the books, and the trees that sacrificed themselves to print the books. Her coworker offers her a light clap and thumbs up and Dan-yi returns a weak smile.

As soon as she’s outside, however, Dan-yi curses her temper for leaving her unemployed again. A dramatic wind blows and Dan-yi turns to see Jae-min strutting her way in his founder’s jacket. He grandly introduces himself and declares he’s there to scout her for his company.

Dan-yi is stunned, but her eyes take on a cunning glint and fibs that she’s actually doing quite well in her current job. Jae-min increases his salary offer and says that this time she’s not a contract employee, but full-time marketer. Dan-yi breaks into a grin and they happily high-five each other. So cute.

Seo-joon eats with his mother and she pesters him about the “tall woman” he’d been dating. Seo-joon admits it’s over and mom sighs that he must’ve just let her go. Seo-joon asks if that’s why she gave birth without telling “him,” but mom just smiles that she got Seo-joon out of it.

That evening Hae-rin works late trying to decipher The Heroes mystery. Song-yi (the employee that passed the buck to Dan-yi over the mishandling of a writer’s terminated contract) discovers the damning notice while cleaning her desk.

Panicked, Song-yi attempts to shred the evidence but is caught by Director Ko. Realizing that Dan-yi was unfairly blamed which lead to her resignation, Director Ko is furious and orders Hae-rin to make sure Song-yi files a report on the incident.

Song-yi whimpers that she really believed she’d asked Dan-yi to do it and points out at least Dan-yi was hired back. Seeing the shredder, Hae-rin’s memory is triggered and she rushes back to her desk.

Recalling the papers she’d pieced together at Seo-joon’s, Hae-rin finds an identical passage in The Heroes and realizes he’s the one that sent in the manuscript. She rushes out, dialing Seo-joon’s number before deciding she should inform Eun-ho first.

Unfortunately, Eun-ho is busy washing dishes with Dan-yi and it goes unanswered. Dan-yi excitedly reports that she returns to work tomorrow. She asks if Eun-ho wants to go somewhere over the weekend, but he’s visiting Author Kang.

Dan-yi admits something has been bothering her about Author Kang’s journals. He’d mentioned his son visiting him and Dan-yi thinks Author Kang might’ve confused Eun-ho with his real son.

Eun-ho agrees he’d found it strange–especially since he hadn’t visited Author Kang on the day in question–but points out Author Kang often mixed up dates and time.

The doorbell rings and when Dan-yi sees Hae-rin on the camera, she attempts to hide. Eun-ho assures her Hae-rin already knows and buzzes her in. Hae-rin smiles brightly at Da-yi and says she’s happy to hear Dan-yi will be returning to work.

Turning to Eun-ho, she demands why he didn’t answer his phone. Dan-yi runs off to find where he’d misplaced it as Hae-rin reveals the writer of The Heroes to be Seo-joon. Dan-yi returns with the phone, but Eun-ho stops her from retreating.

Eun-ho and Hae-rin fill Dan-yi in on The Heroes manuscript and that Seo-joon seems to have authored it. Dan-yi gasps and adds that Seo-joon’s birthday is April 23rd, just like the title of Author Kang’s final work.

Dan-yi thinks Seo-joon is the son Author Kang mentioned.Hae-rin points out Author Kang has always lived alone and realizes Eun-ho and Dan-yi know something. Eun-ho and Dan-yi exchange a look, but we don’t get to hear what they say.

Afterwards, Eun-ho frowns at the manuscript and calls Seo-joon. He asks Seo-joon to meet and Seo-joon flashes back to standing outside Author Kang’s house when he was a high school student, begging Author Kang to help his mother. He’d walked away as Author Kang had opened the door and looked helplessly after him.

Seo-joon is surprised at the bar Eun-ho chose, but Eun-ho says he’d gone there often with Author Kang. Sliding over The Heroes manuscript, Eun-ho says he figured Seo-joon would be interested as a fan of Author Kang. Seo-joon asks if Author Kang wrote the novel, but Eun-ho disagrees.

He says no one would write a full-length novel simply for being a fan and calls Seo-joon out as the author. “Shall I let you in on a secret?” Eun-ho asks, “The secret behind the title of Mr. Kang’s last novel, April 23?”

 
COMMENTS

I have to admit that going into this final week, I was prepared to have to restrain my rage when it came down to the comments. With the way this writer loves to punish Dan-yi, I was sure we were headed for an emotional fiasco before we were allowed our happy ending. I haven’t seen the finale yet, so perhaps it’ll yet tug some heartstrings, but this has probably been the most satisfactory hour for me this entire run.

The mystery in this show has been the bane of my existence from day one, so I’m thrilled to finally have it (nearly) resolved. There had been hints that Eun-ho might not actually Author Kang’s son so I’m not really surprised by the revelation, but it speaks so much more to Eun-ho’s devotion to Author Kang when he had no ingrained responsibility towards him… rather he just respected and loved him so much that he took on the burden of protecting Author Kang and his secret, even from his most important person, and despite all the harsh criticisms that have followed.

I would’ve liked to have seen more of that bond beforehand, since all of Eun-ho’s scenes with Author Kang up to this point have lacked any sort of emotional punch. We barely knew who this man was, only that lots of people liked his books. So it was hard to feel much of anything when we saw him wasting away in a bed, or Eun-ho sobbing at the prospect that he might die soon. I wanted to care, but the show never gave me enough to do so.

The one (and possibly only thing) I felt really worked with the “mystery” was Seo-joon. His motives were always a little suspect and his pleasant smile made it hard to know what he was thinking. That’s probably why I enjoy him with Hae-rin so much. Because around her, he’s more expressive, be it laughing, sighing, or downright annoyed grimacing, she managed to evoke a strong enough response in him that it broke through his pleasant mask.

But apart from the mystery, we had a few other loose ends to tie up. Dan-yi’s resignation from Gyeoroo was beyond upsetting, even after it was clarified that she’d fully intended to stick it out. I’d been so disappointed in Song-yi, thinking that she’d deliberately pushed the fault on Dan-yi because she was an easy scapegoat so it’s nice to know that she at least hadn’t done it with malice, only fear. She claims she’d truly believed she’d passed it on to Dan-yi so it’s possible to forgive her up to there, but to then try and destroy evidence that proved Dan-yi was innocent (even though Dan-yi had been hired back) was pretty crappy and I appreciated how furious Director Ko was on Dan-yi’s behalf.

Director Ko has come such a long way and I really do adore her. I like all the women at Gyeoroo (although, perhaps not Song-yi too much at the moment), and I hope there’s a little more female bonding in the finale because I came for the noona romance, but stayed for the lovely female friendships that formed over the course of the show.

Which isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy the romance, which was especially cute this episode. One thing I definitely appreciated is that there was no breakup. I’m always bummed when a couple finally gets together only to spend the majority of the remaining episodes separated due to some (often unnecessary) fallout. It wouldn’t make sense with a couple like Dan-yi and Eun-ho, who trust each other so implicitly and are bonded so strongly, but all the same I am grateful to spend this time on sneaky library kisses.

Despite the many couples throughout this drama, the most entertaining by far is Ji-yul and Hoon. Ji-yul has grown so much from the start of the show and while she still has a long way to go, she has great mentors like Dan-yi and Hae-rin to guide her. Her growing maturity is opening her eyes to what a great guy Hoon really is and after all he’s put up with, I’m glad she’s finally returning his affections… although from her crazed episode with the girl she’d thought he was dating, I’m not sure he’s entirely prepared for what he signed up for.

Romance Is a Bonus Book is not without its flaws, but the journey with these zany characters and their mission to bring good books to the world is a journey I was glad to take. Regardless of the outcome, it’s been a fun ride.

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This drama is Beautiful and I am happy I was able to find this book ,read it and savor every moment. It made me cry ,laugh, blush and giggle like a teen ,and lest I forget, it made me swoon.
Although some has already mentioned not being comfortable about the absence of the daughter, but after watching the final episode, I realised, this is not a drama about a "mother" or her relationship with her daughter. This is a drama about a "woman" , a woman trying to find her identity away from her husband n daughter and wanting this doesn't make her less of a mother to her daughter.
If we could all remember how ecstatic she was when she told Eun ho how happy she was to hear people call her by her name and not by her daughter or husband's name?
This drama sum it all up, that as women ,no matter what we have gone through or still going through, we should never forget who we are as an individual, away from work ,from family. Before our family or work ,we are first of all an individual, a woman , who is capable of over coming anything and we should always and always love ourselves first.
Like the president said........you can love your work but your work will never love you back. A big thank you to the recappers.....kamsamida.
Oh and I need another drama with just Haerin n seo joon.

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I wonder if Dir. Ko knew how sleezy the little publisher was when she suggested it to Dan-yi. Now that we know it doesn't seem like Ko's finest hour.

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hmm, I'd thought about that too. for all of her righteous actions and going by the book, the very fact that Director Ko had introduced such a place to Dan-i really was quite questionable!

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I also wondered why Director Ko recommended DY that place. Maybe because he focused on that after a year, DY could be recruited again at the publisher?
I remember the EH conversation with the CEO of the employee who rested from work one year to get trained and then go back to the publisher to aspire to a better position.

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I believe it was one of the only places Dan-yi could have gotten employment. I don't think it was malicious on Ko's part. I think it was more, "this is the last possibilities open to you. Just stay here until you get some 'experience' and then a better opportunity will open up."

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Yes, that makes a lot of sense. Maybe that's why he warned DY that it would not be easy for her.

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Yes, that's what I think. I doubt Director Ko knew much about the unethical practices, but just that this was a very small publishing company that was afloat and had a position available that would fill in the gap in Dan-i's resume. And she specifically told Dan-i the job would suck, but that she should stay for one year and then move on to a bigger, better firm.

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I found this episode pretty disappointing.

Eun Ho thought that maybe the Writer Kang could have a real son but he didn't try to find his family and let them pass time with him. He knew that Writer Kang was confused.

I thought Ji Yul was evolving but in this episode I didn't like how she acted. She knows that she was bad abd the fact she started to take things seriously doesn't give the knowledge to edit the book of the star of the compagny...

The story of Dani was so predictable... When they waited for the name of the author of the best proposition, it was the opposite of thrilling. I'm happy that she can have a new and clean start. No more lies ( they still don't know for her couple...) about her CV and she can do the job she likes. But all the way to end here was not very well writting.

The love story never interested me, but I liked the rest. Now, I can't really count on that either...

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I do not see the behavior of EunHo questionable at all, at least for me. I think there are several elements to consider.
First, it seems that he was only 22 years old when he had to assume this responsibility of caring for a sick person (even very young to assume such a burden). The problem was not to attend to someone who was sick, but to the conditions that the ill writer imposed on EunHo. How to deal with that? It is not easy to make a famous person disappear from nothing.
The second point to point out is closely related to the first: how could he look for the existence of a son of the author without raising suspicion? He already suffered for being interrogated before the disappearance of the author (remember all the rumors that Ji Seo Joon mentioned to EunHo in their meeting at the cafe)
For EunHo, the task was not easy: he had to take care of the dignity of the writer or the way in which the writer felt that his dignity or his history should be treated.

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Well, just sharing my thoughts a bit. EH could not possibility be able to look for the author's real son cos the author did not even know he has a son until the son show up 1 day and there is no other clue the author left behind except he wrote a little note that his son visited him. Once EH piece together the info on SJ birthdate, SJ's hero novel he got SJ admit that SJ is not just a fan of author Kang. The way EH brought SJ to author Kang is admirable - it shows EH's intergrity n warmest.

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Honestly what I found weird was that the writer didn't write SJ's name but just his birthday and that he came. It really doesn't make sense, I think that is the first thought that I would have if I were in that situation. Things could have gone easily if that happened. EW would then have a name to look for.

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All in all I thought this was a pretty disappointing episode. Dan-yi finally, truly feels like the Mary Sue/Candy character that everyone has been calling her from the beginning.
In the early episodes I believed in her struggle and that she was trying her hardest and life just kept kicking her in the teeth. This episode, with her quitting her job--I understand why she did it. But this is not the woman that we were introduced to at the beginning of the drama. And the only thing that has changed is she has a boyfriend now.
But, that doesnt seem to matter. There was a hand-waved loophole that allowed them to hire Dan-yi back. Im glad that Dan-yi has her happy ending. It just seems...unearned, I guess.

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At this point in her life, she can afford to quit a job and thank God for that. Also, I'm glad that we finish this show with Dan-i not being the same woman. Having a boyfriend is not the only thing that changed: she has new friends and a job that she wants to do, just not with that publishing company.

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Thank you @sunny for the recap, and it was definitely a FUN ride (just wait for the finale).

And now for my take on the episode:
o Eun-Ho❤️ - In that one simple text, we see the subtle changes in EH and DYs relationship... with DY updating how EH is saved in her phone.
o I love Gyeoroo! - I love the contest, their rules, and even how the founders choose the winners! And I am so glad SY was reprimanded for what happened.
o EH's power dance! I was cringing and lauging at the same time 😂 And I loved how proud EH was of DY, saying he knew she will leave with a 🎉!
o For the first time in this drama, I enjoyed JY and Hoon! So funny how she was ignored by Hoon and how she reacted to his "Tinder" date hehehe
o The salary negotiation! DY quickly realized what was happening and smartly used her "small" company as a bargaining tool.

And... And.. I will refrain from adding more ☺️ I realized my comments become loooong posts because, as Sunny said, RIABB is not without its flaws, but there is a LOT to love!

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In total agreement, RIABB offers many things to love.
I loved seeing the heart next to the name of EH on DY's phone. That caused me to sketch a wide involuntary smile on my face hehe

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I love this drama to pieces. All the side characters are fully realized, and a big part of the journey has been just watching each of them struggle and grow. I love how the publishing company is a weird little family, and the work itself is such a big part of the drama, not just a backdrop. I am sad it's over.

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Me too. I feel like a part of me is Gyeoroo publishing company already. Sad it’s over. Really.

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"I feel sorry for the paper and the trees." - that's the quote of episode 15 for me!

agree that there's too many things going on at once in this episode - shall we count the ways? author Kang's back story, "The Heroes" manuscript appearing at Gyeoroo, the crappy excuse of a publishing co, Park Hoon/Ji-yul, Team Leader Hong/Seo, the idea competition, Song-i's mistake... yikes.

also, I was quite surprised that Song-i was 'surprised' to find the document among her things. because her reaction when she'd blamed Dan-i was not one of innocent "but I'd told you about this..."; it was more of a "sorry Dan-i, but you're just a contract worker and I wanna keep my job" type reflex. so the fact that she was 'surprised' to find that contract termination notice among her things? sorry, writers (or maybe even the actress herself). i wish it was kinda segued better than that =\ (they probably just wanted to find some way to add the shredder back in as a link to Seo-jun's past actions).

that said, it seems like the final episode will be a calm conclusion to everything. just my hunch!

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Seo-joon's meal with his mom: Woonsan Korean Restaurant - https://koreandramaland.com/listings/woonsan-korean-restaurant/

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Song-I was a character that surprised me. I did not expect this kind of reaction on your part.
First blaming DY for not sending the document and insisting on blaming the error on DY. I could not help comparing it with the totally different reaction of SHR, who assumed the error of OJY.
What if it was an accusation without malice on the part of Song-I, because he rushed to want to defend his position again when he wanted to crush the evidence that the mistake was hers and not DY's? She made the same mistake twice.

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it could have been an accusation without malice.. just that her expression made it seem like she was knowingly trying to cover up for her own mistake, instead of being sure that she'd asked DY to carry out the task! in any case, hope she'll spend the rest of her career making it up to DY... she's fortunate that DY is so magnanimous and forgiving!

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I agree that maybe she can confuse us with her expression the first time. But I was referring to his second mistake, when he tried to destroy the papers in the shredder. That second action is what most made me doubt. Yes, he was lucky that KDY is a generous person.

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ah yes! of course >.< that was just silly. but a very human response as well...

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Too many emotions and thoughts about this drama... But lemme just say this: Has anyone else squealed at Lee Jong Seok's acting during this show? I mean not that he wasn't amazing before, but just somehow I could see the actual, genuine fanboying underneath that acting whenever he's around Lee Na Young and that was one of the major reasons I love this drama. Maybe he's gotten just that good at acting but oh plz, let a girl dream a little ;P

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Yes, the acting or the real ‘fanboying’ is believable. I love both leads. They’re believable.

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It was a pleasure to see the performance of LJS before LNY. The way his eyes shone when he asked kisses on the cheek in exchange for his help or his daring smiles or smiles of satisfaction when he managed to capture the attention of his noona was one of the most beautiful things in this show.
Both were wonderfully cute when they were together.

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It's like Nam Joo Hyuk in Weightlifting Fairy, sometimes you can't tell if they're still acting or just being themselves.

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hehe totally agree with you.

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YUS!! I squealed when I found out that one of their kisses was actually improvised XDD

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Personally, I felt like this was an adult series fairly free of some of the more obvious makjang and cliches. I loved the book references and while things did seem to go a bit easy on our female protagonist, all in all I have found it to be a satisfying series to watch.

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I really like the drama but I think that it somehow "jumped the shark" a couple of episodes back.
At the beginning DY's situation was depicted in a way that was believable (struggle to go back to work, divorce, kid abroad etc) but after she got the job at the publishing house it all seemed super easy. Even after she resigned all seemed easy compared to before. Director Ko helped her find a job (even if it was awful), her romantic life was amazing, author Kang's mystery was resolved quite "easily". In my opinion it was all just too sugar-coated. I loved the romantic bits and also the other couples but it all seemed too easy...
There was no real conflict anymore.

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I am happy to join this conversation again after an unwanted absence. That said, I can only say that I love this show! It was a different drama than I imagined, I must admit that, but even so, it was not disappointing at all.
It is a drama that I plan to see a couple of times more to extract all the positive things that he transmitted to me.

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I don't know why but it was sooo addicting! I find myself rewatching scenes after every ep. (and signing up here to actually comment 😅)
My friend says it's because of LJS but I don't think so, maaaaybe he plays a MAJOR part, but I wasn't that way with his other dramas!

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This drama is a precious and invaluable jewel. And not only for the great performance of LJS (although it is the drama in which I feel I saw less time on the screen for LJS hehe) but for the dialogues so deep and respectful. Because of the way the problems were treated. It was as if the message of the drama was this: we all have problems, but we do not focus on the pain, we cry a little to alleviate our anguish, but we do not immerse ourselves in it, but let's see the positive way of facing it. .

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"although it is the drama in which I feel I saw less time on the screen for LJS hehe"

True! That was my reaction in the first ep, and I suspect it was probably the reason why some lost interest 😂

BUT, all of his scenes were great, even those where he only said a few lines, he'll tug at your heart.

As you can see, I'm a LJS fan 😂

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I too feel this is one of the dramas he’s done where he takes abit of a backseat, but it’s still beautiful nonetheless because a drama doesn’t have to centre around 1 or 2 persons to be great. The whole ensemble made up this amazing show, and I’m glad that this was his last show before he enlisted. It was warm, heartfelt, and dare I say, probably the best character to date he’s ever played. It’s no wonder everyone who watched the show wanted a Cha Eun Ho in their lives 😂

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Kdfanz In the comments of the Knetizen this was the complaint that was repeated, the low presence of LJS and EunDan in the show.
But I think this is what most made me appreciate LJS. He focused on leaving a drama with a warm message before leaving a drama that focused more on him.

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I'm sorry, the previous answer was for kdragon 😊
and for Kdfanz, I also feel that this is one of his best characters for me. I would also like a CEH in my life.

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Kdfanz Yes! We all need a EH 😊 Even LJS knows how "perfect" EH was hehehe

To those who dropped RIABB, they all missed.. and I agree, probably LJS's best character to date.

And yes, it made me admire LJS more as an actor too! I think it also took a lot of pressure off of him, not being THE main actor/actress in the series (LNY being the more seasoned actor) . Maybe that's why he seemed more relaxed as EH.

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I love your interpretation of the show’s message. Sometimes, we are too focused on our problems, too much and too deep to realize other sides of them or other people around you. We sometimes or many times tend to forget that we all humans and there are always problems everywhere. All we have to do is to try to cope with them. If we can’t, it’s nothing serious or pitiful to ask for help. I think we’re created together to be together. And yes, I DO ❤️ the show.

Thank you show. You’ve been amazing. And thank you for letting me know that “a good book may not be able to change the world but it will leave a warm feeling inside your heart. Just like a good person.” And thanks for, unbelievably, making me read books again.

😊❤️🙏

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Thank you! And I also liked your comment! 💕 It's like you said, we need to face the problems. Even in several epilogues, this idea stands out. We need the help of others to get ahead, and the others also need our help. "Loving is what makes us beautiful."

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I feel like at this point, Dan-yi had forgotten her daughter, Jaeyi.

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The writer forgot about her as well. Really, if this is how she was going to be treated was it really necessary that Dan Yi had a daughter? Wouldn't losing her house and being unemployed at the beginning of the show be sufficient to put her in the same pickle? There could have been another reason why she needed money urgently besides her daughters' school.

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I have very little interest in children, so not having the daughter around was fine with me.

So, why even put the daughter in the drama?

The answer is obvious: the sole reason Dan-i had a huge gap in her resume, and thus was dismissed when she went to job interviews, was because she quit her job to stay home and raise her daughter. Repeat: she didn't become unemployed for a decade because she got married, but because she chose to be a stay-at-home mom for her kid. It's a choice I can't ever imagine making, but that a lot of women do make.

So, for that reason, the daughter's existence was necessary to the central plot, and to Dan-i's struggles to re-enter the job force after leaving a very successful marketing career to stay at home for many years. That's what the story was about, and not about a mother-daughter relationship.

This was an enjoyable drama, but not one that will ever be at the top of my list of great dramas. But I certainly have zero problem with the way the daughter's presence was extremely limited, for the reasons above.

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I'm not exactly sure, but don't mothers usually will asked about their children's opinion of having step-father? I mean she is dating Eunho, Jaeyi probably knew him as Uncle since birth, suddenly he's going to be her step-father. I think on Danyi side, she's too chill over the issue. I know it is about her, but being a mother is about her as well. Her struggle is too weak tbh.

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Dating isn’t marriage, so Eun-Ho wasn’t at any time a “step father” in this drama.

The entire drama takes place in 6 months, and Dan-I and Eun-Ho are only dating at the end of that period. There was nothing unrealistic about Dan-I not talking to her 12 year old daughter about her casual dates (with Sri-Joon), and her romantic relationship with Eun-Ho was new.

But as previously noted, the daughter was only relevant to explain the gap in Dani-i’s work history and why she was so desperate to get a job. She was irrelevant for any other reason, and it was a smart decision to keep her time in the story to a minimum, as otherwise it would have distracted from the story about this 6 month period in Dani-i’s life, when she is dealing with The difficulty of getting back into the workforce, and recognizing her best friend as the love of her life.

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It's not due to my interest in children or mother-daughter relationships that I find this a major weakness in this drama. I have many people around me who have children from previous relationships and I have seen that whether the new partner gets along with the children can make or break a relationship. So ignoring this thorny issue seems to me of taking the easy way out and making the story unrealistic.

But you are right about the reason why the daughter had to exist. She disappeared for so long that I forgot why she existed in the first place which takes me to my original point of view that she was just used as a plot device which always reduces quality.

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No, it doesn’t. Just as author Kang had a limited role, mostly as the background story of Eun-ho’s career and other life choices, the daughter was only relevant for the background story of where Dan-i was at the beginning of this 6 month period of her life.

I applaud the writer for not wasting screen time on info that is completely unnecessary to the story that is being told. That is actually one of my biggest complaints about these dramas, and I have rarely seen one that I didn’t think would be better if it had been pared down to focus on the storyline. The worst offenders seem to be the ones that add episodes because they get high ratings. Those often turn to crap with poorly written, irrelevant filler scenes and subplots.

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I feel that the writer suddenly remember Jaeyi on the last episode, trying to add her in to the family tree but it felt like both Danyi and Eunho are being too oblivious. Over the time, Danyi lost her essence of being a mother. I mean, she can get back up on being a career woman but she can't change back to the fact that she is a mother. Idk it just feels weird, the only thing she struggles is having career gap. Realistically, being a mother would have her think about her daughter all the time, usually when you divorced, won't your daughter be your driving force in everyday life? The writer is too focus on the romance comedy, she forgot it's a drama.

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I liked the way Hae-Rin reacted (that is, the fact that she didn't overreacted) finding DY at EH's home, and I continue liking the way the divorced couple is described.
But, probably for the first time, I found the episode a little boring. DY's job problem was resolved too simply, and, as Sunny wrote, Kang's story wasn't prepared well during other episodes to make me care for it.

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I had a hard time watching this episode. I was bored throughout and found myself sleeping and waking up so many times. It's a shame because I truly did appreciate it since the beginning, it was on the way to become one of my fave romance noona drama. But the writer really let me down especially with the Author Kang mystery that I dont find a bit interesting. I would have appreciated just focusing more on the side characters like Dir Ko, the divorced couple, even DH and EU, whom we've only seen in good and happy moments. It would have been richer and more interesting. Now i have a hard time picking up the finale episode.

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Hello, is there an english version of the poetry book that Dan Yi carries around? What is the title and author's name? I would like to read it too. :)

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