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My Absolute Boyfriend: Episodes 1-2

Finally, My Absolute Boyfriend is here! This remake of a remake of a manga adaptation has been a long time in the making, but I have high hopes based on the solid casting and reliable writer and PD, and so far, the show strikes the perfect notes for me. If this show continues as sweetly as it started, we’re all in for a real treat.

 
EPISODES 1-2: “True facts”

A young woman cries, telling herself that it’s all over. She steps to a refrigerator-sized metal container and opens it, and her eyes go wide at what looks like a half-naked man inside. Fascinated, she moves closer, and raises a hand to touch the man’s face.

When she touches him, he falls forward into her arms. They twist as they fall, and the woman lands on top of the man, her lips on his. She raises up, still staring at him, as her voice says, “Meeting someone and saying goodbye can be decided by brief choices and chance. Then have we met now by chance? Or could it be fate?”

Beneath her, the man slowly opens his eyes.

Earlier, that same young woman, our heroine UHM DA-DA (Bang Minah) labors furiously in a dingy workroom with what looks like random body parts. She gets a call that someone needs more bodies, making her sneer in annoyance.

A different man stands on the spire of a church, his eyes flashing an inhuman blue, then he jumps to the ground, landing light as a feather. He busts into an underground bunker where a pretty woman is being attacked by several masked figures, and he calmly prepares to fight them — then the director yells, “Cut!”

HAHA, this is actor MA WANG-JOON (Hong Jong-hyun), a top star who’s getting annoyed with the many shooting delays today. The problem is that his costar Ruby’s schedule has been changed without notice, which is also the reason that Da-da, who is in charge of special effects for the drama, has been ordered to produce more bodies.

Da-da’s friend and employee, KYU-RI (Cha Jung-won) argues that it’s impossible to produce four dummies in ten minutes. Da-da explains that they can do it with one dummy and just have it “die” in different ways. She sends her script suggestions to the director and starts making four sets of fake blood, saying that every person’s blood looks a bit different, even though Kyu-ri argues that nobody will notice that kind of detail.

The PD gets angry when he sees Da-da’s changes, but his assistant PD says that if they don’t shoot now, they won’t be able to air this week. Da-da arrives on set with the dummy and the fake blood, and she studiously avoids looking at Wang-joon while he stares intently at her.

They resume shooting the scene where they left off, and every time Da-da steps close to apply blood to Wang-joon’s opponent, he seems a bit rattled. Da-da and her team utilize their one dummy creatively to look like several men, and the scene concludes with Wang-joon’s android character saving Ruby’s character then giving her a big dramatic kiss.

The PD tells Da-da that he heard that she inherited her studio, Real, from her famous father. He remembers her father as a legend in his field, and he asks why Da-da thought she had the right to give him a new script when even her father would never have done that when he was alive.

Da-da apologizes and says she only did it because it was an emergency, but the PD snarls at her not to damage her father’s reputation. He kicks over the bucket of fake blood, splattering it all over Da-da.

At a facility called Kronos Heaven, a man reads a children’s book to the young man we saw in the metal container. The reader, Bo-won, gets frustrated with the protagonist and asks the young man, whom he calls ZERO-NINE (Yeo Jin-gu), if he agrees. Zero-Nine says that it’s natural to want to give everything to the person you love, and when Bo-won says that love is about give and take, Zero-Nine replies, “But I was born to give love.”

Bo-won says that it’s difficult even for humans, so it will be even harder for Zero-Nine. But he tells Zero-Nine not to worry, because he’ll make sure he gets lots of love. He surreptitiously shows Zero-Nine a bedroom scene on his phone, saying that a man should be sweet during the day and sexy at night.

Bo-won quickly hides his phone when they’re joined by his boss, Director Go. He protests his innocence, only to have Zero-Nine repeat one of the lines from the scene (“Do you want to bathe together, or do you want to go to bed?” HAHA). Director Go just sighs like this happens all the time, and tells them to prepare for a test.

Bo-won gets excited, because this means Zero-Nine is going outside. Zero-Nine’s good looks and sunny smile attract a lot of female attention, and from what Bo-won and Director Go see through Zero-Nine’s eyes from a hidden location, this reaction is exactly what they want.

In Ruby’s dressing room, Wang-joon pats her shoulder familiarly and leans down like he’s going to kiss her, but instead he asks if she got plastic surgery again. He says that he knows her schedule change that caused the problems today are because she’s taking the day off to visit her regular clinic tomorrow.

He tells her not to get botox right before a shoot again, because she has no facial expressions. He says that acting isn’t about being pretty, and after he leaves, Ruby screams in frustration.

Kyu-ri is frustrated that the man she likes has changed his number again to avoid her, and Da-da’s other assistant, Yoo-jin, celebrates his success in building a small working robot arm. Yoo-jin yelps when Da-da tries to work the robot arm — understandably, as it almost immediately stops working.

Kyu-ri grumbles that Da-da is a genius when it comes to making things, but every machine she touches breaks. Da-da shoots eye-lasers at them… while putting on gloves just to use her phone, hee. Kyu-ri asks if she’s still waiting to hear from her boyfriend, and Da-da says defensively that he’s just extremely busy. Kyu-ri smirks that that’s why they’ve been dating for seven years and she’s never even met him.

The assistant PD comes in with a request from Wang-joon to remove his makeup. Da-da volunteers, and while she’s removing the green paint on Wang-joon’s neck, she says that his onscreen kiss with Ruby was too emotional for a robot. Wang-joon snaps at her to focus on her job, and she asks if he has a problem with her work.

Wang-joon complains that he doesn’t like that all Da-da did to portray his character’s anger was to paint green lines on his neck, but Da-da snaps that this is the concept they agreed on. Wang-joon tells his stylist to leave them alone, and as soon as she’s gone, they both grin. Wang-joon loudly pretends to keep yelling at Da-da while they laugh and snuggle, because Wang-joon is Da-da’s long-time secret boyfriend.

Da-da mentions an article naming Wang-joon as the most eligible bachelor, and they play-wrestle until they both fall onto the couch. Da-da mentions that they haven’t spent time alone together in a while, so Wang-joon says softly that he’s been thinking they should… break up. What?

He says that he’s tired of dating in secret, and at Da-da’s distraught expression, he laughs. She whines that she thought he was serious, but before he can say anything, his manager Yeo-woong walks in and Wang-joon dumps Da-da on the floor. He says they were just removing his makeup, but Yeo-woong knows about their relationship and isn’t convinced.

She’s here to talk about Wang-joon’s behavior in Ruby’s dressing room, which she lights into him for as soon as Da-da leaves. She tells him to get ready for tonight’s award ceremony, and when he’s alone, he seems to deflate. Da-da also feels unsettled about Wang-joon’s “joke” about breaking up.

While Zero-Nine is still doing his test, it begins to rain. He accidentally bumps into Da-da while he’s distracted by the raindrops, and he helps her pick up her things. She asks his help with something and reaches towards his hand, and from their hiding place, Bo-won squeals that this is like a scene from a movie.

But Da-da only wants Zero-Nine to stop standing on her disembodied prop hand, hee. Zero-Nine offers it to her with his foolproof charming smile, and Da-da smiles… because her bus is here. Zero-Nine frowns at Da-da’s lack of response to him, and LOL, I love this.

However, Director Go does not, and he says that Zero-Nine failed the likability test. Frustrated, Bo-won grumbles that whatever girl ends up with Zero-Nine, he hopes it’s not one like Da-da.

Da-da returns to her studio, which is also her home, and calls Wang-joon. Yeo-woong answers the call and says that she wishes Da-da and Wang-joon could go public with their relationship. She tells Da-da that Wang-joon is getting ready for an awards show and that she thinks Wang-joon will finally win Best Male Lead tonight.

Da-da heads downstairs to work on her pet project, a little model cake covered in small figures of Wang-joon as all of his drama roles. She remembers going to an amusement park with Wang-joon when he first started gaining success, dressed as a zombie bride and groom to hide his identity.

Wang-joon had asked her to marry him when he wins Best Male Lead, saying that he’ll claim her as his woman publicly. He’d bought them couple rings, but Da-da’s had been too small. She’d put it on her pinky finger, and that’s where she’s worn it for seven years, waiting for him to win that award.

Zero-Nine is also getting a cake — his first birthday cake, made of stacked chocopies with a candle stuck in the top. He takes a champagne flute filled with water and uses it to put out the candle, drenching the chocopies, and Bo-won declares that his birthday mode needs tweaking, ha.

Bo-won tells Zero-Nine that he’s completed his training, and next week he’ll be going to someone who will really love him. He says that Zero-Nine won’t remember him, but not to forget to give and receive a lot of love. Zero-Nine asks why he won’t remember Bo-won, but Bo-won just says that it’s the rules.

Bo-won is called to Director Go’s office, where he reports that Zero-Nine is ready — all that’s needed is for a destined woman to kiss him. Director Go warns him to make sure nothing goes wrong, and Bo-won notices something on his computer screen. He asks if it’s information about the woman Zero-Nine will go to, but the boss tells him to mind his own business.

Later, Bo-won hacks into Kronos Heaven’s database to see who Zero-Nine’s new owner will be. But his grin disappears when he realizes it’s Diana, a chaebol heiress who was recently involved in a rage scandal. Something about her seems to make Bo-won very nervous, and a note on her file indicates that her motives may be suspect.

Da-da uses her skills to make herself up as an elderly cleaning woman to sneak into Wang-joon’s house, and it’s not the first time. She brushes off the security guard, gets inside and takes off her makeup, then decorates Wang-joon’s living room and waits for him to come home so they can celebrate his win.

After getting rejected by Wang-joon’s cute little dog, Bbobbi, Da-da watches the highlights from the award show. We get a fun Yoon Shi-yoon cameo as last year’s winner presenting the award for Best Male Lead, and as everyone expected, Wang-joon wins for his movie “Zombie Train” (lol, a Train to Busan reference).

Da-da waits for Wang-joon to fulfill his promise to announce to the world that she’s his girl, but he just thanks his manager, Yeo-woong, and the zombies in the movie. Da-da wilts with disappointment, but Wang-joon suddenly says he forgot to mention his most important supporter — his dog, Bbobbi. Oh, you epic jerk.

It finally hits Da-da that when Wang-joon said he wanted to break up, he meant it. Adding insult to injury, Bbobbi pees on her dress.

As Wang-joon and Yeo-woong are leaving the award show venue, he’s approached by his agent, GEUM EUN-DONG (Hong Seok-cheon), who’s annoyed that he was left out of Wang-joon’s acceptance speech. Wang-joon steps away to take a call from Da-da, but he says he’s busy and hangs up on her.

Da-da tells herself not to make Wang-joon’s happy day all about herself, so she just sends him a congratulatory text. Yeo-woong notices that he looks unhappy, but he doesn’t tell her why.

Da-da cleans up the decorations she put up, but she’s still in the house when she hears Wang-joon arriving home with a crowd. She hides in the bathroom and tries to get Yeo-woong’s attention, while Wang-joon goes to his bedroom to call her, but her phone dies.

A guest wants to use the restroom, but Da-da holds the door closed until Wang-joon comes to investigate. He yanks the door open and she falls to the floor, and the reporters in the room ready their cameras for a dating scandal. Wang-joon says the first thing that comes to mind, that Da-da is his stalker, and she looks at him with an expression of utter betrayal.

At Kronos Heaven, Zero-Nine watches one of Wang-joon’s movies, a scene where he’s being a real ass to the woman who loves him. Zero-Nine shows no expression, but suddenly he puts his fist through the LCD screen, smashing Wang-joon’s face. HA, he tells Bo-won proudly that he just caught a mosquito, so Bo-won decides to adjust his arm strength a bit.

Da-da ends up at the police station, along with the pair of Wang-joon’s underwear she was clutching when she got caught. Unable to tell the truth, she just keeps quiet until the detective yells at her, demanding to know why she went into the house. She yells back, “Because I love him!”

She sobs that she just wants to enjoy a nice meal at a restaurant with Wang-joon, or watch a movie in a theater, or just walk down the street holding hands. She bursts into tears, then wails that she thought if she couldn’t have those things, she could at least have a pair of his underwear. Awww.

Wang-joon requests that Da-da be released and meets her outside the police station to offer her a ride home, but she says it’s time they break up for real. Wang-joon just says he’s sorry, though Da-da was hoping they would argue about this so that she could ask why she has to feel guilty for loving him.

Instead she just walks away, thinking that she was able to endure everything because she trusted their love, but today that trust was completely broken. She goes home and takes off her couple ring, realizing that everything eventually grows old and breaks, even her old, worn-out love.

After getting an adjustment to his arm strength, Zero-Nine apologizes to Bo-won for breaking the expensive LCD screen. Bo-won says that he’s the one who’s sorry, though he can’t say why. He tells Zero-Nine to listen carefully, then opens a sealed envelope and reads out loud the words on the card inside: night sea, wave, moonlight, cloud, butterfly.

Bo-won’s voice shakes as he finishes the sequence, and Zero-Nine powers down. Bo-won apologizes again for not being able to keep his promise, as he remembers another robot, a female-model named Zero-Seven, who was returned to Kronos Heaven after being sent to Diana.

Zero-Seven was severely damaged from being constantly abused by Diana to test her loyalty. She had been beyond repair, and they’d been forced to destroy her, but until the end, Zero-Seven would only say, “Diana is a good person.”

Bo-won had argued with Director Go about sending Zero-Nine to Diana, but Director Go had said it was the head office’s decision. Bo-won tearfully reminded Director Go that he once said Kronos Heaven is a company that makes families, friends, and lovers for robots, but Director Go only countered that their job is to make the robot the client demands.

He’d said that it’s none of their business how the client uses the product, and warned Bo-won to stop getting emotionally attached to the robots. Now, Bo-won looks incredibly sad as he packs up Zero-Nine — but thankfully, he’s not planning to deliver him to Diana.

He sneaks Zero-Nine out in the middle of the night, ignoring Director Go’s increasingly frantic calls. Director Go hacks into the van’s black box and figures out where Bo-won is, but Bo-won sees that the office is connected to his black box and has to come up with another plan on the fly.

He’s pulled over next to a warehouse that’s loading up trucks to make deliveries, and he gets an idea. By the time Director Go finds the Kronos Heaven van, the container holding Zero-Nine is gone.

Bo-won is hiding nearby, vowing that he won’t let it happen again. He pulls out a device that’s tracking Zero-Nine, and he tells the robot to stay safe and until he comes for him.

In the morning, Da-da takes delivery of what she thinks is a new dummy she ordered from the U.S. She doesn’t get a chance to inspect it before it’s time to be on the drama set, so they just wheel the whole container to the set.

Da-da sends Kyu-ri and Yoo-jin to get things ready, while she reluctantly heads to Wang-joon’s dressing room to do his makeup. She runs into Eun-dong, who tells her that Wang-joon requested a different makeup artist starting today. She heads back to the office, where she cries that it’s really over.

We’re back to where we started as Da-da opens the huge container, expecting to see her new high-tech dummy. She’s amazed at how lifelike it looks, unaware that it’s not a dummy, but Zero-Nine inside the box.

When she touches him, he tips forward, and they land on the sofa with their lips pressed together. Da-da jumps off of Zero-Nine, cringing at the accidental kiss with a dummy, as behind her, Zero-Nine powers up and gets to his feet.

All the lights come on spontaneously, and Da-da turns to see Zero-Nine gazing at her curiously. He says, “Hello, my girlfriend,” and aims a gorgeous smile at her.

 
COMMENTS

It would not be an exaggeration to say that I’ve been waiting for this show for six years, ever since I saw the Taiwanese adaptation with Jiro Wang and fell in love with the sweet robot who learned to love a human. I adored that version of the story so much that I couldn’t get into the original Japanese adaptation of the manga, so I went into the Korean remake with equal parts excitement and trepidation. Korean dramas, in my experience, tend to take the most liberties when remaking a story, and dramas today look very different than dramas did back in 2012, so I was scared that the changes would be too drastic and I wouldn’t like it.

And the changes are there, but so far, they manage to enhance the story instead of rendering it unrecognizable or unenjoyable. I actually found myself greatly appreciating rather than resenting the bigger changes, especially the fact that Da-da and Zero-Nine have briefly met before. She seems to be the only woman immune to his charms, which has already intrigued him (as much as a robot can be intrigued). His entire existence is aimed at loving and being loved, so being placed with the one woman who doesn’t immediately fall at his feet is a fun little twist, and an interesting challenge for Zero-Nine to learn about what love truly is. I also like that Da-da has a plausible explanation for Zero-Nine’s existence — she doesn’t know he’s a love-bot, as in previous incarnations of the story, she just thinks he’s a really, really advanced stunt dummy.

Another change I’m happy with is the fact that the second lead is no longer just a longtime friend with a crush on the lead girl, but an actual former lover, and a serious one at that. Wang-joon’s inevitable jealousy when he sees another man doting on Da-da will be a nice tasty bit of schadenfreude, because while I don’t blame him for breaking things off after seven years of secret dating (that’s got to be exhausting!), I do think that he did it in a really insensitive, cruel way. It will also make Da-da’s feelings towards the robot that much more complicated when she’s still hung up on her ex, but suddenly finds herself overwhelmed by someone/something who wants to give her all the love and adoration and attention she’s been denied for the past seven years.

I really enjoyed how thoughtful and heartfelt this first episode was — it’s been a long time since I saw the Taiwanese version, but my memories of it mostly consist of fluff and cuteness. And I think we’ll get that with this incarnation, but I believe that we’ll also see something very introspective and insightful, including some lessons on what it means to love and be loved. Honestly, my only disappointment in this episode is that there wasn’t much Yeo Jin-gu, but I think it was important to establish Da-da and Wang-joon’s history and their current emotional states, because that’s going to greatly inform Da-da’s reaction to her loving robot friend. Now that the set-up is mostly out of the way, we can get to the fun stuff!

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I like the first episode. I hope the show will continue the pace.
I love Yeo Jin Gu's smile, it makes him seem so innocent. I am going to check it out right now

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This wasn't on my radar because I'm not too into remakes, and *preparing to get attacked* I didn't get Yeo Jingoo's casting as the android. I mean he's got the charms, physique and acting chops, but I felt he was missing something (my image of the robot was ingrained by Jiro Wang in the Taiwanese version) until I saw the teaser.
I do appreciate the changes in the drama too because remakes do get repetitive. I think changes in remakes are okay if they don't disrupt the ambience the original gave off.
Aww Bo-won is such a softie!! Haha he gave me Second Male Lead vibes due to his caring ways and how he secretly maneuvers for Zero-Nine's well-being.
Wang-jun's characterization might spice things up because he's described as a man who is more like a robot (lol) on his poster. Maybe that's why he broke off with Da-da so cruelly, without knowing how much pain it'll cause her. I can't wait to see him riled up by Zero-Nine's presence.

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@sooyi It occurred to me, as Ma Wang Joon played the android character, that he's more robotic than Zero Nine (09 or ZN for short?). In the end of course, the human will have to learn from the robot, how to be more warm and tender in love!!!

I'm not sure yet if MWJ is not aware of how much pain he can cause. It appeared that when she was upset that he said they should break up, that he back pedaled or was about to. He may be aware of her hurt, but he may be too robotic to care or to figure out how to do the breaking up gently and with some sensitivity.

People like MWJ give robots a bad name LOL!

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Haha...It didn't occur to me but you are right, Wang Joon's drama character was more robotiic than 09!

I think Ma Wang Joon is quite aware of the pain he caused Da Da. It's not that he is robotic, I think he chose his career over her. When it came to the crunch - at the expose - he just didn't love her enough or thought how humiliated she would be.

Humans already have a bad name, we don't need robots.

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I think he knows he hurt her. Also, he has considered breaking up with her. Just that they have been together for 7 years and really found it hard to let go. He is not an evil person. Also, she has been bending over backwards to keep this relationship going with little to zero effort from him.
I really hope to see her do better in her career and don’t have to deal with such assholes in workplace stress. That director really pissed me off.

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He's not evil for sure. I hope the show makes Ma Wang Joon more layered than just another of those one dimensional jerk ex-bf. So far, Hong Jong Hyun is doing a good job, he may be doing more than scripted.

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The director had me screaming at my tv!

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What? There was a taiwanese version with Jiro Wang? How did I miss this? lol
The show looks funny. He is adorable and his cluelessness makes him even cuter. There seems to be something different with him already (smashing the tv screen and making up a lie or was there really a mosquito?).
WJ and his gigantic earring...it was such a distraction for me. I was like: why does he have that huge thing on his ear? ahahaha

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The T-drama was very good.

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絕對達令 (绝对达令) / Chueh Tui Ta Ling (Jue Dui Da Ling)
released for tv viewing in 2012 with 13 episodes on Taiwan tv station: FTV/GTV

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This is my first kdrama after a slump. Maybe I just needed something fun.

I have not watched the Japanese or the Taiwanese version. I am surprised at Zero Nine - is he supposed to be totally human like? I would appreciate if Yeo Jin Goo had displayed some instances where I am reminded he is a robot. We all know how expressive an actor he is but that might not be an advantage here. For now, I will have to overlook this in order to enjoy Zero Nine and the show and it's not difficult boy robot is cute and eager to please.

I couldn't watch Hong Jong Hyun in Mother of Mine, I much prefer him in this although he's playing a selfish character. Already, he has paved the way for Ma Wang Joon's redemption if Da Da and him were to get back together in the end.

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Yeah the robot part needs some effort on our (viewers end). He looks like a sweet neighbor guy :)

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I admit that I have a soft spot for Hong Jong Hyun...he's been described as "wooden" before, but I've always seen...something else...in him. I'm not sure why. And Yeo Jin Goo was amazing in The Crowned Clown. So I wasn't surprised that the men in this have really caught my attention. I've never seen Minah before, but she's been great so far! I am really sick of the robot stories of late, but I'll give this one a shot. I'm rooting for HJH here. I'm ALWAYS rooting for humans to end up with other humans, because falling in love with a robot is way too Pygmalion for me to get behind. But he'd have to stop being such a lousy person. On the plus side, there's lots of room for character growth for everyone in this drama, so that'll be nice to see.

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Rooting for the human too!

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Rooting for HJH too! Same soft spot and seeing something else. I think he's been selected for roles that fit his already shy personality, but my favorite role of his was His Evilness in Scarlet Heart.

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I know I should be rooting for the human too. But... my heart, it chose to care for that someone who would love me unconditionally, someone who would only care about me. It doesn’t matter if it’s a human or a robot. I have watched the Jdrama and I remember vividly that I was rooting for Night Tenjo all the way. Huhu! Sorry about this poor weak heart of mine. 😭 With that said, I am already preparing to cry loads in the end because no matter the circumstances, humans will only end up with humans.

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ah but dont forget Are You HUman TOO?

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i just miss Rin from A King Loves

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That was the perfect role for him.

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I think he's going to be good here for a lot of the same reasons, though. They are painting him as someone who has a lot more going on underneath than people see on the surface. I predict that he will excel at this again (we'll see!).

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Yes, I kind of hated that show, but I loved HJH in that role. They spent so much narrative capital trying to prove that Won was the more intelligent one, but he never seemed like it to me. Just because someone is quiet and straightforward doesn't mean they aren't as smart. Ugh, I get irritated thinking about it. Lol!

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Hes playing the character well, I just dont care for his character at the moment. I dont think he can come back from that level of betrayal of their relationship.

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I said the same thing while watching. "This is unforgivable, you can't come back from this."

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I don't think it's unforgivable, but I DEFINITELY think it would require some serious hard work on his part. Which, lets face it, in dramaland it probably won't happen.

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Oh, and I like his character. But I don't like his character. Lol! What I mean is that I think watching this character grow could be extremely fun and interesting, if they write him well. They've set him up with a lot of potential.

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Here's hoping for some growth but I like the robot so far😁

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This definitely isn't the most insightful comment... but... but... every time Minah appeared on the screen, I was thinking "what's wrong with her hair?" 😆
(Still missing Gong Shim's Wig 😆)

(And thanks LollyPip for your never-ending stream of recaps!!)

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Ha ha. That wig was epic. I just laughed thinking about Namkoong Min stepping out of the house with that wig.

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Its the scene I remember most

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I recall that at least one commentator thought that Gong Shim's wig deserved it one acting credit.

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I am not a big fan of robot dramas but his episode I liked!
Usually dramas have OTT/exaggerated scenes to show characters but I liked how real and balanced it was. I liked the female lead instantly. Even the second lead was shown as a spineless a****** rather than the unidimensional evil person. He just didn’t have the courage to acknowledge the relationship and made a horrible attempt at breaking up. And the last stalker bit was the nail in the coffin. Am glad it ended this way because the female lead should have no lingering feelings after this humiliation while he continues to be the jealous second lead who can never summon the courage nor get the girl!

Not sure how it will be once the robot turns up. The robot doesn’t looks very robot like.

Hope it’s a fun ride.

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Thanks @lollypip. I've also been waiting and wondering why this show never took off. I even saw some screenshots or clips years ago, of what I thought was supposed to be this kdrama, but with Kim Ha Neul as the Female Lead. I guess that time, it just never got made.

I'm one of the very rare viewers who's never had any special admiration for Yeo Jin Gu, but I do find him suited to this role of an innocent robot, all out to please. Somehow, though, he always looks more like a boy to me and not so much the man. I'll just have to adjust my lenses!

I like Bang Minah and her unusual raspy voice. I felt for her and with her over how badly she was treated, and am already all invested in her getting some revenge on Ma Wang Joon, once he sees how beloved she is.

The only shortcoming we will have to handle with this show, (as with most romcoms, but maybe more so with this show), is the amount of regret we will have that our guys or the guys we will meet are just so not Absolute in boyfriend-ness Heheheheh! (Well, but we are also not absolute in girlfriend-ness ... so...)

Anyway, I think I'm going to enjoy this one! 😁

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Oh yes, one thing that tickled me ... when Da Da bumped into ZN, she asked him to give her a hand. It was literal!!! He was kneeling on her dummy hand, and she wanted it back. So cute!

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The other thing that struck me about Da Da in the police station ... she forced herself to lie that she wanted at least MWJ's underwear, in order to maintain the lie that she was a stalker, to protect that lousy guy who'd betrayed her. There was so much pain in that.

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i looooove her voice lmao and her face is cuteeee

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I am soooo looking forward to the jealousy Wang joon is going to feel when he sees someone acknowledging his ex as their girlfriend proudly and repeatedly, whence never would

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Thanks for the recap. One aspect of the story sends off a warning signal to be leery of.

Diana, a chaebol heiress who was recently involved in a rage scandal. 🙄😬

Will watch next eps.

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A Yeo Jin-gu drama that makes me smile! I mean he made me smile before but with heartaches.

It's my first time watching Minah and I like her so far! Annnd so glad that Choi Sung-won (Nam Bo-won) is back to dramaland!

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It took me a while to catch the joke, but with Zero Nine (09) we have Nam Bo-Won (Number 1). Cute!

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Nicely timed joke! Didn't expect that xD

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I have had my scepticism about this drama, but after reading this recap, I think the pilot episode fare better than my scepticism. I think the background laid is quite solid; it explained why 09 end up shipped to somebody else than the "owner" plausibly and also how Da-da get her heart broken. The drama's got potential. Looking forward for the next episode.

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As I had hoped- This is a re-make of the T-Drama based upon a Japanese manga.

It is not. however, exactly identical, and in fact the story has been considerably improved from the T-drama version- and the T-Drama version was very good. There was also a J-drama version which I have not seen, but which I know was popular. In any case it is obvious that the Korean writers have put a great deal of thought into their version and I really like that. Lets hope that it can sustain this level.

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I'm enjoying this show so far and will continue watching for now, but I'm wondering if anyone else is finding the background music to be overkill? I feel like I'm watching a Korean drama but hearing a Disney cartoon. I'm going to try the next episodes with the sound turned way down, since I'm relying on the subtitles anyway.

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I think this drama would feel more exciting if there hasn't been such an influx of robot dramas in the past 1-2 years! Which is sad because this story was really the original robot-human love story

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I am going to study hell starting a drama the week before finals. That said, this has a cute set up and I like the actors, so hopefully it will be a fun ride. I am looking forward to seeing how conflicted she is about falling in love with a robot.

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I watched Zettai Kareshi when I was younger (anime & live action) & I liked it back then. I tried the first episode with Gu Hye Sun & Jiro Wang but that was around the time I was going into a prolonged drama hiatus because of residency training so I didnt get to finish it.

I dont feel so attached yet with the first 4 eps. But lately Ive been feeling a bit peckish & not finishing my dramas, ..I hope Im not dropping into a slump.
🙏🏼

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I was thinking... We are used to watch clueless heroines but it is refreshing to see a male version - I love the little details that Lollipip didn't include in the recaps - NOT a complaint but an approval on the contrary, because it proves that there are too many things to include them all in the recap!
I have a very fond memory of the J-dramas that I watched 10 years ago, and I'm optimistic that this version will be an easy and fun watch! 🤞
Oohh, and I've missed Hong Jong-hyun after the King Loves...

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I actually liked this premiere. I think I watched parts of the Taiwanese version.... I am not sure, but maybe I will enjoy this one more? I am more adapted with Korean culture (at least the one portraited in television. I know it is not real, but I am adapted to this fantasy world of dramaland

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Can I just say that after watching Minah in this, I am ALL IN. I remember seeing her in Fair Lady Kong Shim and thinking: "oh, there's definitely talent and potential here but she's very green and clearly a little bit image-conscious at times." and now, she's leaps and bounds ahead of where she was three years ago. My lady, I see how hard you've worked, how much more comfortable you seem to be in your own skin and how tuned in you are to all the actors around you. I LOVE watching female actresses grow into their own. I remember seeing it with Park Min-Young in Healer and I'm super excited to watch Minah to the same.

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I actually was not sure if I’d pick this one up, but that was a strong start and your recap has made me at least more interested than I was before the recap. I really like the male leads in this, both command the screen when they appear which I think may be all I need to make it all the way to the end! See you all around! (And I love @lollypip for picking this one up!)

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First, thank you @lollypip for the recap!

I was hesitant to watch Absolute Boyfriend after reading the comments in the previews. But reading this recap, I think the Korean adaptation of Zettai Kareshi is so far, so good. I will start watching it now.

This is from someone who watched the jdrama and loved that one to the core. I come into this with very high expectations because I don’t normally like watching remakes of the dramas I love, but the first episode opens to a strong start. So, I will pick this one up.

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wow i didnt totally like understand the premise i suppose, but this sounds really cute! i might watch i just hope and pray etc that this is the drama where minah like...kisses someone...like a real human lol

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aaaaaaaand i guess im gonna rewatch parts of gong shim LOL

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I always thought Yeo Jin Gu is miscast as the robot, but I still checked this out for Minah (she was awesome as Gong Shim).
From this week episodes, as expected, Minah is really awesome here too ( I almost cried at her breakup, and I seldom do that), still think YJG is miscast , and unexpectedly I am shipping Da Da with the second lead, he managed to add layers to his character, while the robot just gives one-dimensional cringy reactions.

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But that is because he is a robot and as for now he does things based on his training. I do hope that he will change and show some conflict the longer he stays with Da Da.

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I'm quite happy with this version.
I still love Zettai Kareshi's Night Tenjo, he was hot af and the cakes they baked made my mouth water heh. His robot antics were pobably the best among the three (as of now😬), the running gag with him always headbutting the door and his unbothered reaction was funny (coz he was so tall and it prolly really hurt). Jiro Wang also buffed up in the taiwanese version but i did kinda had a (minor) issue with Gu Hye Sun, not sure if it was the voice dubbing or her acting.
I like Jin Gu but he's the least robotic among the three that sometimes it feels more like Jong Hyun is more suited as robot. Even Aji3 had more robot tics..
But i still am liking the show so far esp. Dada's reactions. I hope the show keeps the momentum.
It actually made me realize I've seen a lot of manga adaptations from Taiwan and Japan hee

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I think his robot version is more advanced than Aji3 ahahaha...they made a perfect robot that passes as a real human. We will see how the story evolves...

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I agree! HJH seems more robotic than YJG here. Hahaha! I really love Night Tenjo and I was rooting for him till the end. I must be crazy, right? Huhu! I wish to root for the human this time around but if the series will follow the manga closely, then I will be prepared to cry loads again. Fighting Zero Nine!

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Yeah it's hard not to root for Night Tenjo. Will probably cry loads again *sigh*

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I watched the first two episodes and all I can say is boy, I’m in! Excited what this week will bring.

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