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One Spring Night: Episodes 15-16

The emotional turmoil for our conflicted librarian has reached its breaking point, and she finds herself rashly following her heart, knowing full well that her actions will cause affliction and shame. Fortunately, she’s not distressing alone, as her love interest, the pharmacist, also musters up the courage to take a step towards her. He’s learning to be unapologetic about his feelings and circumstance, and that he also deserves a chance at love.

  
EPISODE 15 RECAP

Jung-in meets with Chairman Kwon and confesses that she does not plan on marrying his son, Ki-seok. She explains that she’d asked to meet without Ki-seok because he would have blamed himself for her reluctance. She says that it’s not all his fault. “We both failed each other,” she admits.

After Chairman Kwon leaves, he regretfully tells Jung-in that he met her too late. A man of pride, he says no more and leaves.

When Jung-in returns to the library, she finds Eun-woo crying for his dad while other mothers try to comfort him. When he recognizes Jung-in, he calls out to her, “Teacher!” He hugs her tight, and Ji-ho enters the library soon after.

Eun-woo finally stops crying in his dad’s arms, and Ji-ho sheepishly explains to Jung-in that he momentarily stepped out because Eun-woo seemed fine playing with the other kids. Jung-in gives him a stern glare but lightens up at Ji-ho’s guilty look.

After Eun-woo returns to playing with the other children, Jung-in scolds Ji-ho for not watching his son. Ji-ho sulks and admits that he’s a lacking father, and Jung-in grins at Ji-ho’s moping. Ji-ho asks why she’s at the library on her day off, and Jung-in deduces that he visited the library today to avoid her. Jung-in admits that it was a nice surprise to see him at the library and says that he doesn’t need to try so hard to avoid her because she’s comfortable having him around.

When Jung-in enters the office, Young-joo looks surprised to see her on her day off. Jung-in says that she needed Young-joo to help with her troubles. Young-joo informs Jung-in that the pharmacist is at the library and commends him for spending his day off with his nephew. Jung-in silently stares at her friend and decides not to clarify the father-son relationship.

Jung-in tells Young-joo that she’s concerned about the backlash after shutting down the marriage option to Chairman Kwon. She wonders how her relationship with Ki-seok disintegrated, and Young-joo counsels that a long-term relationship has a blindspot — the moment you grow remiss, your breakup begins. Jung-in laughs at her hypocritical self after realizing that she just scolded someone for being negligent.

As Eun-woo munches on pastries, he admits to Ji-ho that he thought that his dad abandoned him, and Ji-ho looks guilty. But Eun-woo adds that he wasn’t scared because Teacher was there. Ji-ho smiles and asks why Eun-woo likes Teacher. Eun-woo responds that Teacher is kind, and Ji-ho admits that he likes her for the same reason.

Principal Lee tries to head out to check on Jung-in’s meeting with Chairman Kwon, but Mom pulls him back. She takes his phone and threatens to call Chairman Kwon to defend her daughter, but Principal Lee stops her. Mom tells her husband to prioritize their family over his superior, but this is his way of prioritizing family. He knows how tough Chairman Kwon’s resolve is and fears that one misstep will ruin Jung-in’s chances at marriage.

Chairman Kwon meets with Ki-seok and praises Jung-in for her maturity. He acknowledges that she’s a rare catch and won’t be persuaded easily, so he advises Ki-seok to play the long game to win Jung-in over. After Chairman Kwon leaves, Ki-seok looks at his recently purchased proposal ring and ponders his next steps.

Meanwhile, Jung-in stays at the library and watches Ji-ho reading to Eun-woo from afar. As she heads back to her office, she receives a call from Ki-seok, who seems happy about her meeting with his father. After she hangs up, she expresses her frustrations to Young-joo about Ki-seok’s unexpected sweetness when she expected and wanted rage. Young-joo interprets Ki-seok’s response as his way of forcing this relationship to continue.

Then, Jung-in receives a message from Ji-ho notifying her that he’s going to leave soon. She rushes out to gather more books to give to Eun-woo, but she’s interrupted by a text from Ki-seok, informing her that he’s almost at the library. She rushes to meet with Ji-ho to tell him.

After motioning Ji-ho out of the children’s room, Jung-in urgently tells him that Ki-seok is on his way to the library. Ji-ho’s smile immediately drops. She points him to another exit to avoid confrontation with Ki-seok, but Ji-ho refuses to run away in shame, especially with Eun-woo. He defensively says that he won’t allow anyone to be ashamed of or hurt Eun-woo.

Ji-ho goes back to fetch Eun-woo and walks past Jung-in to the main entrance. Then, Eun-woo runs back and hands Jung-in a half-used sheet of dinosaur stickers. Aw, that’s Eun-woo sharing a part of his heart. Jung-in looks conflicted and apologetic, with tears brimming her eyes.

As Ji-ho leaves the library with Eun-woo, they run into Ki-seok. With a hint of suspicion, Ki-seok notes that he saw Ji-ho in the area last time and says that his girlfriend works at this library. Ji-ho says that he knew about Jung-in and explains that he came for the good children’s room.

Ki-seok seems to swallow his suspicions and gives Eun-woo some pocket money, which Ji-ho tries to stop. Ji-ho looks extra guilty as he’s forced to politely accept the money for Eun-woo. In the car, Eun-woo asks if they can buy enough donkkaseu for the both of them with this money. Aw, so cute.

When Ki-seok enters the library, he finds teary Jung-in ready to storm out. He worries about her emotional state and tries to calm her down. She looks at Ki-seok and apologizes before running out of the library after Ji-ho.

Jung-in just misses Ji-ho as he drives away, and Ki-seok runs after her. She looks dispirited with the stickers in her hand, and when she turns around, she sees Ki-seok. His defeated face says it all, and he gets into his car without saying a word to her.

As Ji-ho drives, he smiles at Eun-woo, but he looks concerned. In the parking lot, Jung-in continues to cry through her conflicted and now unveiled emotions.

Hyun-soo meets up with Young-jae for dinner and asks about Jae-in. Young-jae says that he ended things with her, and Hyun-soo approves because he thinks that it’s best to stay away from the sisters. Hyun-soo tries to convince himself that Ji-ho is going through a phase — that he’s mistaking kindness for interest — but Young-jae laughs at Hyun-soo’s forced reasoning. They both know that Ji-ho is someone who sees things through once he puts his mind to it.

Young-jae says that Ki-seok shouldn’t cling to someone whose feelings have changed, but Hyun-soo fears that Ki-seok won’t act rationally after losing his girlfriend to someone else. Hyun-soo suggests that they invite Ji-ho to join them, but Young-jae says that Ji-ho went to the library with Eun-woo. Hyun-soo gapes at Ji-ho’s audacity to openly meet with Jung-in now and calls him crazy.

Hyun-soo wonders what’s giving Ji-ho this courage, and Young-jae answers that it’s the mutual trust between Ji-ho and Jung-in. Hyun-soo wonders what this means, and Young-jae tells his dim friend that it’s obviously love.

At the library office, Young-joo tries to comfort Jung-in as she cries. She says that Ki-seok was bound to find out about Jung-in’s change of heart soon, though he probably feels conned because he found out on the day that she met his father. Young-joo then criticizes Ji-ho for bringing his nephew to the library to make an excuse to see Jung-in, and Jung-in finally corrects her — it’s his son, not his nephew.

Young-joo gasps that the pharmacist is a married man, but Jung-in clarifies that he’s a single father. Jung-in reiterates that she wasn’t confident about pursuing this relationship, and Young-joo tries to wrap her head around this new information.

At home, Ji-ho eats dinner with his parents and drinks soju. Mom asks if something is wrong, and Ji-ho responds by offering to meet the woman that Mom was going to introduce him to. Mom presumes that something’s not going well with the woman he likes, and Dad encourages Ji-ho to follow his heart.

Discouraged, Ji-ho says that the woman he has feelings for may not like a person like him. Mom assumes that his counterpart would have similar scars and argues that Ji-ho has everything: smarts, looks, and a good job. Ji-ho interprets Mom’s assumption about scars as a requirement for him to only meet anyone in a similar circumstance, meaning Eun-woo.

Mom asserts that it would be shameful of them to expect otherwise, but then she realizes that Ji-ho may have feelings for a person who hasn’t been married nor has kids. She says that it’s unfair to ask an inexperienced counterpart to understand his circumstance, but Dad stops her. He trusts Ji-ho to use good judgment and decide what’s best.

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

Jae-in meets her older sister Seo-in at work, and she immediately turns around when she sees Shi-hoon walking towards them. He’s on his way to his recording, and he looks surprised to see Jae-in back in the country. Not fond of Shi-hoon, she formally greets him but nothing else.

Shi-hoon invites Jae-in to come to their apartment when Jung-in and Ki-seok come over, and with a threatening look, he tells Seo-in that he’ll see her at home. Seo-in says that Jae-in will be staying at their apartment because Jung-in has been complaining, and Jae-in plays along. Shi-hoon feigns an open welcome to stay. After he leaves, Jae-in asks what’s up them, and Seo-in shares that they’re getting divorced.

Seo-in requests that Jae-in stay at her apartment because while processing the divorce, she and Shi-hoon are currently separated. She explains that Shi-hoon occasionally causes a drunken scene, and Jae-in accepts her role as that buffer.

Jae-in notes that Shi-hoon doesn’t seem to know about Ki-seok and Jung-in’s rocky relationship, and Seo-in presumes that Ki-seok didn’t make it known. Seo-in wonders if she should meet with Jung-in, but Jae-in advises against it because Jung-in’s life is in chaos. Hearing this, Seo-in suggests that Jae-in stay with Jung-in for the time being, and she’ll deal with Shi-hoon alone.

At work, Hyun-soo approaches a deflated Ki-seok and asks if he’s okay. Ki-seok looks at him silently and goes to the stairwell, where he anguishes over his broken relationship. At the school, Principal Lee bows to Chairman Kwon when he enters, and Chairman Kwon silently acknowledges him.

Seeing Chairman Kwon’s cryptic behavior, Principal Lee calls Jung-in, but she ignores the call from her dad. While working, she opens her desk drawer and sees the dinosaur stickers from Eun-woo. Jung-in ponders what she should do next.

Pharmacist Wang starts to leave work, but she turns back to counsel Ji-ho through his distress. She reminds him that he admitted that he would regret not pursuing his feelings, but Ji-ho explains that Eun-woo is part of his hesitation.

Pharmacist Wang says that children hate hearing that their parents sacrificed everything for them and argues that Eun-woo won’t appreciate that his father gave up his dating life for him. She calls him foolish for using Eun-woo as an excuse, but Ji-ho says that his mother told him that he shouldn’t even consider dating someone outside his circumstance.

Scoffing at Ji-ho’s obedience, Pharmacist Wang encourages him to just go for it. Even if he fails, he might as well try instead of wallowing in regret later. Ji-ho says that Jung-in is too precious to approach recklessly. Done with Ji-ho’s discouragement, Pharmacist Wang sarcastically wishes him bad luck and she walks out.

Ki-seok stops by a bar, where he meets with old music friends. They ask about his girlfriend and remind him that they’re singing at his wedding. His friends try to get him to play, but Ki-seok only strums a chord before they all get to drinking.

One of Ki-seok’s friends finds him brooding outside and knows that he stopped by because he’s upset about something. Ki-seok denies it, so his friend jokingly asks if he regrets giving up music. His friend says that their music friend group is proud of his successes, and Ki-seok smiles at the small encouragement.

At home, Mom talks with Jung-in over the phone about her marriage rejection confession to Chairman Kwon. She quickly hangs up when her husband returns, and she carefully asks him about Chairman Kwon’s response. He’s upset that Chairman Kwon would barely look at him and blames Jung-in for it.

Mom fudges the truth and says that Jung-in told Chairman Kwon that she’s not interested in marriage immediately, and Principal Lee erupts in anger. He orders his wife to stay out of Jung-in’s marriage plans and storms out. Mom sits on the bed and hangs her head in defeat.

Jae-in asks Jung-in when she plans to sort out her relationships. Jung-in admits that she’s scared that Ji-ho won’t answer her calls and that Ki-seok will. Although she’s prepared to be cursed out by Ki-seok, she didn’t expect their long-term relationship to end this way. Jae-in disagrees and says that a relationship only truly ends when both parties see each other’s unbeknownst lowest points.

Jae-in advises Jung-in to prioritize Ji-ho, since he’s probably hurt and deserves an apology. Jung-in agrees, but she’s afraid that her apology will mark the end of their relationship. Then, Jung-in receives a call from Ji-ho to meet.

Ji-ho meets Jung-in outside her apartment building and suggests that they walk to the park from last time. She silently walks with him, and they take a seat on the bench with some space between them. Jung-in cautiously asks why he came to see her, and Ji-ho says that he didn’t have a particular reason. He confesses, “I missed you.”

Jung-in doesn’t believe him and tells him to say what he really means. She knows that he’s mad at him, and Ji-ho acknowledges that he was. But he was afraid that Jung-in would use that excuse to run away from him. She tells him to stop teasing him, but Ji-ho insists that he’s being sincere.

Then, he jokes that he should just meet another woman, and Jung-in looks a bit hurt. He’s amused that she believes his jokes as sincere, and she calls him mean. Ji-ho says that he’s decided not to torment himself about whether he deserves to pursue Jung-in. Whether she comes to him or not, he’s determined to just love. He confesses, “It turns out that Yoo Ji-ho loves Lee Jung-in.”

Jung-in gets teary-eyed, and Ji-ho teases her for crying again. Looking more relaxed, Jung-in takes a step toward him and shows him the dinosaur sticker on her phone. Ji-ho looks touched and sits down — now his turn to be teary-eyed. Jung-in crouches down and looks at him affectionately. She smiles at him, and he gratefully smiles back.

After confessing their honest feelings to each other, the two spend the evening together, walking through the neighborhood side by side.

At work, Ki-seok receives a call from Shi-hoon, but he ignores it. Shi-hoon meets with Seo-in and asks to borrow money for his dental office expansion. Seo-in glares at him and says that it’s not her business, since they’re getting divorced.

Shi-hoon asserts that he’ll never divorce her and tells her to stop trying. He assures her that he’ll pay her back with the loan that Ki-seok is helping him get, to which Seo-in calls him crazy. She holds her head in slight dizziness, and Shi-hoon worriedly asks what’s wrong. She simply warns him not to engage with her family and walks off.

Jae-in urgently meets with Jung-in in the middle of her workday because she’s scared that Seo-in is pregnant. Seo-in asked Jae-in to get a pregnancy test for her, but Jae-in is too scared to go alone. Jung-in looks anxious and asks her coworker to grab her things from the office so that she can sneak out early.

Seo-in arrives in her car to pick up her sisters, and she asks Jung-in to drive because she’s too dizzy. In the car, the sisters worry about Seo-in’s health, and Seo-in assures them that she’ll go to the doctor to check for other issues, if it’s not pregnancy. Jung-in tells Seo-in to take Jae-in with her for the checkup, and Jae-in quips that she shouldn’t have returned from Paris.

Seo-in warns Jung-in that Shi-hoon is attempting to get a loan through Ki-seok, and Jae-in reveals that Jung-in is breaking up with Ki-seok. This is news to Seo-in, and she emphasizes caution about Shi-hoon further complicating Jung-in’s relationship. Jung-in understands her sister’s words of caution. Then, Seo-in suggests that they all eat some good food, and the sisters excitedly agree.

While eating PPL Quiznos, Hyun-soo asks Ji-ho if he’s been caught by Ki-seok. Ji-ho shakes his head and confirms that Jung-in hasn’t told him anything. Hyun-soo can’t figure out why Ki-seok has been so cold to him lately, and he wonders if it’s because of Nam Shi-hoon. He pieces together that Shi-hoon is Ki-seok’s future brother-in-law, who’s married to the famous announcer Lee Seo-in.

Young-jae buries his head into his face when he realizes that Seo-in is Jae-in’s older sister because he had previously dismissed Seo-in as not his type. Hyun-soo explains to Ji-ho that Shi-hoon had been pestering Ki-seok about granting his loan application, even though he doesn’t qualify. Hyun-soo doesn’t understand why Ki-seok wouldn’t just explain the situation to Shi-hoon.

Young-jae thinks that Ki-seok may have picked up on Ji-ho and Jung-in’s relationship. He infers that something must have caused a shift in Ki-seok’s relationship with his future brother-in-law. Ji-ho takes in this information with concern.

Attempting to confirm his suspicions, Ki-seok camps out in front of Ji-ho’s pharmacy. As Ji-ho and his friends head out, Hyun-soo receives a text from Ki-seok asking for Ji-ho’s address. He shows the message to Ji-ho, who looks convinced that he’s being sniffed out.

When Ki-seok arrives at Ji-ho’s apartment building, Young-joo notices him there and quickly calls Jung-in to notify her. Jung-in thinks that Ki-seok is there to meet with Ji-ho, so she immediately calls Ji-ho to warn him. But Ji-ho already knows and has braced himself for the confrontation. Jung-in offers to head over to face Ki-seok, but Ji-ho wants to confront Ki-seok on his own.

Ji-ho asks Jung-in’s permission to tell Ki-seok the full truth, and Jung-in agrees with his plan. He tells her not to worry, and Jung-in says that it’s impossible not to worry. He jokingly tells her to worry then, and he assures her that he’s fine. Jung-in apologizes, and Ji-ho lightheartedly asks if she’s apologizing for liking him. He promises to call her afterward, and after she hangs up, he nervously lets out a deep breath.

When Jung-in returns to her sisters, she tells Jae-in that Ki-seok is waiting to meet with Ji-ho. Jae-in seems amused at this fast development and wonders if they’ll get into a fight. Jae-in fills in Seo-in about Jung-in’s latest crush and asks Jung-in if she plans on getting involved. Seo-in advises against this, since Jung-in’s presence wouldn’t help resolve anything.

Jung-in blames herself for being too rash and getting caught by Ki-seok. She knew the truth would come out eventually, but now wasn’t the right time. After loitering in front of Ji-ho’s apartment building, Ki-seok heads back into his car. But then, Ji-ho arrives and approaches Ki-seok, ready to own the truth.

  
COMMENTS

I’m ready for this confrontation to happen, and while it does seem ill-timed, there’s no good time to tell someone that you’re in love with their girlfriend. Ki-seok hasn’t proven himself a bad partner, but he’s becoming desperate to keep Jung-in in his life, which will likely result in some pathetic attempts to earn her affection. It’s far too late for him to win back her heart, though his father seems to think otherwise. She’s already abandoned their relationship emotionally, and if Jae-in’s words about seeing each other’s rock bottom rings true, I don’t think he’ll be able to keep his dignity intact through this breakup.

I hate how Chairman Kwon and Ki-seok are both forcing this relationship on Jung-in, even though she’s made it clear that she wants out. Their sense of entitlement and total dismissal of Jung-in’s assertion enrages me. They live within a traditional patriarchal mindset — as does Jung-in’s father –and Jung-in does not thrive in this environment. It’s infuriating to watch how the females need to navigate these insecure male voices, but it’s also empowering to see that they refuse to demurely obey. Within tradition and the suffocating patriarchy, they’re finding their way out.

I’m terrified of Shi-hoon, and I want Seo-in to get complete revenge against this perpetrator. The sisters know that something is wrong with Seo-in and Shi-hoon’s relationship, that he’s a dangerous man, but I don’t know to what extent they know about her abuse. I want Shi-hoon to experience a living hell, with the sisters damning him to the justice he deserves. The Lee sisters are strong and fiercely protective of each other, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they annihilate Shi-hoon.

Of the sisters, I’m a fan of Jae-in and her wit about life. She frequently reminds Jung-in that she’s in deep shit, but she also provides a levity and rationality that allows Jung-in to deal with her evolving emotions in stride. Jae-in is to Jung-in as Pharmacist Wang is to Ji-ho, and I appreciate that both of our hesitant lovers have a support system that encourages them to follow their hearts. Pharmacist Wang is the enabler we all need in our lives, and I admire her tough love approach. She encourages Ji-ho to know his worth, value his feelings, and just take a shot at love. She’s a true friend that pushes Ji-ho to be his best self, and I’m enjoying how he’s coming out of the shell that he forced himself to hide in.

One thing I particularly enjoy about this show is the intentional slow pacing. There’s the obvious slow motion that explicitly slows down the pace of the show, but I notice that the pace is also set by subtle storytelling. Certain moments intentionally lack dialogue because they’re showing us — not telling us — the story. I think the slower pacing also allows the show to milk the emotional capacity of our actors, especially Han Ji-min, who does a great job with expressing the difficult restraint with overwhelming emotions. While certain moments are skipped over and others are lengthened, the show also does a good job of smoothing out that imbalance and knowing which moments deserve more fleshed out emotions, like the evening park scene. While this was only a pinch-hit recap for me, I’ll surely be tuning in until the end, hoping for a happy ending for our single father/pharmacist and dinosaur-loving librarian.

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I wait anxiously for this show every week now. I can hardly wait to see how this confrontation is going to unfold. I keep thinking that Ki-Seok gave up his passion in life. She must have seen something in him originally, but that something is lost. I suspect it is the fire he had when he was pursuing music, but in bowing to his father's vision for his life, he has lost the spark that attracted her in the first place.

While losing her seems inevitable, it would be nice to see him return to his more passionate self. I see it lurking around the edges, but time will tell.

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This drama is killing me. There is not much going on but all the dialogues are great and make me feel so many emotions.

Library : I'm not sure that Jung In is the right person to do morals to Ji Ho about Eun Woo but she was not complety wrong. Like Jiho was right to not hide from Ki Seok with his son. His son deserves better. I love every scene between the father and his son. They're so cute together.

Hyun-soo and Young-jae : I love how Young Jae explains love to Hyun Soo. When he realizes that he said to Jae In that her sister was his ideal, it was so funny :D

I like the fact we see KI Seok's scenes without Jung In, he's a character in its own right and not just the villain ex-boyfriend. We can see that he lost between Jung In and his father. He doesn't really know who is and what he really wants. I hope he will be able to have a real closure and find hapiness too. His father is very frustrating, he judged Jung In without knowing her and now he does, he doesn't respect her choice.

Seo In is frustrating too. I just want her to tell all the truth to her sisters! She needs them and they are here for her. I hope for her she's not pregnant.

I'm happy that Jung In and Jiho are ready now to assume their feelings and to share them. The scene with the dino was so touching. Jung Hae In is my favourite actor in my current dramas. The way he acts Jiho is really perfect.

I'm happy that the truth is out. It's more healthy for their relationship even if they will have to fight for it now.

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One Spring Night is taking all the right turns, this drama's vibe is just my style. Perfect for a rainy day watch curled up with coffee and a blanket.

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Hear, hear! It's honestly sad Pretty Noona came first and burned so many viewers, or I'm sure we'd have a few more Beanies watching this.

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Must admit I was one of those who got burned by Pretty Noona hehe.. But I tried to watch this because of Han Ji-min (couldn't get enough of her after Light in Your Eyes) and now this drama is one of the few dramas that's stuck in my mind. The slow pace is perfect to balance the other current dramas that I'm watching.

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I just love this drama. Can't concentrate on other dramas as my mind is just all this. I love the slow burn type of story telling. Waiting is getting harder every week. I bet this week will be the turning point. And i can't wait. Seeing JH and JI follow their hearts will be so rewarding. I need wed and thurs to come faster. Thank you for the wonderful recap. Just in time before this week's episodes.

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I have a hard time waiting as well, so I play the ost endlessly!!

I can't get enough of Rachael Yamagatas song 'No Direction'. It is such a perfect song for when you hit those pivotal moments in life.

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Ha, it's why even though I started watching late I'm not rushing to catch up. Waiting is painful. That and it's pretty emotionally intense so I watch a few episodes, but then will put on some fluffy Taiwanese drama for change of pace.

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I just love this episode! And I'm glad that Jung-in finally "broke-down" and gathered all her courages to step in... And Ji-ho has finally smiled. Gosh, I could imagine his life, with the burden in his heart... His life is super sad. No wonder his mother cried (of happiness) when her mother knew that he likes a woman... :(

I love the three sisters: when they're together or when they're as a lone character, and similar to @dramalama, Jae-in is my favourite character since the first episode. Jae-in is spontaneous with her feeling and everything she does, like "let's think about the consequence later.." as well as she's rational. Is it because she is the maknae? While Jung-in, she's honest, stone-headed, and rational, but she needs to time to think quite a while to measure the good and bad consequences. As for Seo-in, I think because she's the first born, she wants to give a good example to her sisters... and it's quite hard... She didn't tell anyone in the beginning if her marriage with Si-hoo is in a bad term, and she might possible in the abuse relationship. I wish Jae-in just moves in with her, for her safety.

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I was just screaming (in my head of course) "Nooo, Jae In you have to move in with her!!! Protect your sister and hit her husband for me!!".

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IKR, but I believe her family will protect her (the mother and the sisters at least). I was happy when in the previous episode the mother has "cornered" Si-hoo, and threatened him not to do anything with Seo-in.

Seo-in decision to quit her job, study, and divorce is her way to being away from Si-hoo... But if she's really pregnant, then things will be a little complicated.

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However, I think the mother and sisters have no real power, ....it's all in the hands of the guys, as Shi hoon keeps saying. His scary look in the elevator tells me that his conditioned respect for the mother is barely holding.

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To be honest, I'm scared of Si-hoon myself.. That guy is capable of doing anything... He almost abused Seo-in the in clinic... :(

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Re. Clinic; Seo in didn't really need meds, she just wanted to make sure there would be another body around for protection against Shi hoon. He is very careful (so far)

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Jae In is my favorite character. I just wanted to say that.

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The inference is that despite being separated Shi-hoon barges into the apartment to sexually assault Seo-in. That is why she wants/needs her sister to move into with her. That is why she fears an unwanted pregnancy since a child would trap her with him forever. That is why she wants to flee the country even though it means giving up her career and family because Shi-hoon refuses to give her a divorce.

Chairman Kwon's action was genius reverse psychology. He likes Jung In's independence and honesty about marriage to his son. By giving his approval of her knowing that she will reject his son's proposal, he is setting up his own son for the bitter heartbreak with Jung In so he could move on to a more suitable marriage candidate.

Jung In and Ji Ho's relationship is still stuck in neutral. Jung In seems to have fallen more for Ji Ho's son as she constantly corrects his behavior as a parent. This is a dangerous friction point between the two; to be closer to the adorable little boy she has to accept the selfish and immature behavior of the father.

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I don't agree that Chairman Kwon is using reverse psychology on his son and setting him up for failure. I think he holds Jeong-in in high regard, and thinks that she would be a really good match for his son. That is why he acknowledged that Jeong-in will not come willingly to marriage, and encouraged his son, essentially, that he has to wear her down – play the long game...

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I like the logic behind welh's argument but don't agree either. I think the Chairman regrets not meeting her sooner because he thinks she'll be a good daughter in law. He counselled his son to move cautiously and think long-term so they can bring her round.

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I adore this show. My only gripe so far is that though Jung-in and Ji-ho are being bold, and professing their undying love for one another, they haven't even kissed yet. While sex is ofc different from love, and I do understand Jung-in still hasn't broken off with Ki-soek fully, neither of them is of the LGBTQIA orientations, and so I wish they'd kissed at least in this 8th episode. "Sexual incompatibility is a real thing guys", someone please tell them that.

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It doesn't bother me. I saw a lot of comment they don't like Jung In because she is cheating when she did nothing (serious) with Ji Ho for me. So it seems normal they take their time.

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Re: cheating. At this point it's no longer cheating, I think. Jung-in informed Ki-seok of her wish to break up with him before agreeing to start something with Ji-ho. That Ki-seok isn't accepting it is a problem, but also why should she put her life on hold because of it.

But if one looks at it as cheating, then I would say has done something very serious. This is not a casual affair based on a few kisses or lust. She's in love.

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She has done*

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Ki Seok never listenned. She asked for a break, he gave her vitamins, she said she didn't want to marry, for him it can wait, she broke up, he bought a ring...

So she has the right to fall in love with Ji Ho for me.

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yup. and the timing for where they're headed according to the previews for the next ep is, I, think exactly right. had they taken it to the next level before this it would still have been a leeeetle ambiguous on whether that was cheating but after these many tries and ways of rejection, if giseok still thinks he's in a relationship, that's all on him.

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They're both sexually experienced, so I'm not worried about the possibility of incompatibility, as they'd themselves recognize if there was an issue.
Also, their chemistry is palpable😎

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I love that we're here discussion drama characters' sexual compatibility. Only on dramabeans. ^^

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Discussing* seriously my autocorrect today!

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Yes, of course!

That's 'cause we are all fascinated by the infinite permutations of human interaction; why else would we be here totally gobsmacked by the productions of other countries?!

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When she cried in front of his door, he said he had to restrain himself to hug her. I'm pretty sure it's not a question about lack of envy but mutual respect towards each other.

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You can have great chemistry and not have sexual compatibility.
I speak from personal disappointed experience.

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I know it's a cultural thing but I don't see them as having a relationship at all and find it odd that they keep talking as though they do. During this episode, I kept imagining that when they finally get together it'd be hilarious if they find they don't "work".

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HAHAHA no I mean, it might indeed be a cultural thing, because I did see them as being in a relationship; but the sexual compatibility is a real point. I mean, even in ep 8 (15-16), after that nice walk and discussion, they didn't kiss. It'd be hilarious if they don't "work" after that - and like you say above, it IS entirely possible.

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Ah man, the stress! I guess if our protags can deal with it, i can. But i hate when folks guilt other folks into doing the wrong thing. It's a powerful tool for the patriarchal male. Thanks for the recap.

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my one quibble though is that jung in could have been more forceful in her last attempt at breaking up, since she knows how dense giseok is being and her friend and sister have been telling her that he won't let go easily as well. it seems like even though she knows it's not the only reason for their breakup, she's still holding back due to her guilt at falling in love with someone else. i'm not saying a woman has to be forceful or loud and only then she means what she says but sometimes i just want to shake giseok so hard like GET A GRIP READ THE ROOM i wish jung in did that 😅 perhaps that side of her may come out in the next episodes...

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Oh my heart broke for Seo-in. I thought we witnessed the aftermath of her separated husband trashing their apartment and ripping up divorce papers, but were we instead seeing the aftermath of a sexual assault? It makes my stomach churn to imagine her life and the fear she must feel. For a moment I entertained the thought that the baby might be the product of an affair. Her male co-anchor said something about a scandal rumor involving Seo-in... Was she starting to see someone else? A baby born from cheating seems better for Seo-in, but I'm pretty sure her conservative society would eat her alive for that.

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Assault by husband did occur to me. But in terms of time, unless this is just the last of a string of assaults, it's too soon for her to be considering being pregnant.

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It's the moment when he put his watch back on, that made me think that it was definitely assault.

However, I didn't think it was necessarily sexual assault plus it would be too soon for a pregnancy test for that particular incident. However, she did have that stomach-turning set of photos of her bruises which she was clearly collecting as evidence for an upcoming divorce court appearance, so the sexual assault could have happened months earlier.

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Yeah, the watch thing. I thought he'd taken it off to hit her. This guys been a selfish abuser for a long time, so who knows how many times he's bullied his way back into her apartment.

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OK, that's the thing... I've been having a hard time telling just how much time is passing in the drama. I get the feeling sometimes that more time is passing than we're being shown. I thought someone said that the thing (friendship/flirtation) between Ji-ho and Jung-in has been going for a couple of months now. Either way, we are aware that that incident is not the only time he's barged into her home and assaulted her physically.

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The scene that really stuck out to me this time round was when Ji-Ho got mad on Eun-Woo's behalf. He never really got mad at Jung-In before and kept saying that she could step all over his feelings and he'd still stick around. But hurting Eun-Woo is too far.

Then coming out and having Ki-Seok stuff money into Eun-Woo's pocket. I can just imagine the indignation and complicated feelings Ji-Ho would feel at that. I really wished they explored that a bit more. I really liked having that moment just really hit Jung-In. I just feel like she hadn't realized just how strongly she cared about Ji-Ho's feelings until seeing him getting furious for the first time. She just was so concerned with Ki-Seok finding out but at that moment she just didn't care and ran after Ji-Ho! I was like- cheering so hard lol. She was so stressed about contacting him and how to apologize. I wished we'd taken a moment to see her say sorry about the situation. But Ji-Ho just had to come in and be like- "it's all good, man. I just want to see you." Like- let her apologize. She was in the wrong.

Also can we just appreciate how cute our baby boy Eun-Woo is. When he handed her dinosaur stickers I was crying. He's so adorable. I want to buy him all the tonkatsu in the world~

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I absolutely love the relationship between Jung-in and Eun-woo! (And of course between the boy and his father). He, Eun-woo is just as enthralled with Jeong-in as his father!
I even have to wonder whether the Eun-woo/Jung-in bond will feature more prominently in future episodes.

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Thank you for the recommendation guys!! I love it.. just finished binge watching the 8 episodes.. it was a good Weekend.
Can't wait for the confrontation

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Being pretty new to k-dramas (maybe about the last 6 months or so?) I’m sure there’s a bunch of stuff I’m not picking up on, but either way… This drama is everything. EVERYTHING.

I could watch Jung Hae-Jin emote all day, all night. That scene in the park? Where Ji-Ho gets just the tiniest bit choked up as he’s telling Jung-In he loves her? I died. Whenever Ji-Ho flips through a range of emotions, or changes his temperamental trajectory – like that scene in the car with Ki-seok a few episodes ago, when his eyes got slightly dark and stormy at Jung-In for saying she was going to hang up – oh. Man. *fangirl session over*

I would love for the Lee sisters and their Mom to band together to give Shi-hoon his comeuppance. Badass b*tches need to stick together! Granted, I realize, it’s not that kind of show. But I do feel like we’re being set up for some bigger turmoil relating to Seo-In/Shi-hoon that may take over as main plot from the OTP romance. Could be interesting.

As much as Ki-seok is annoying as hell, I do feel for the guy more now than at the beginning for some reason. Probably because he just doesn’t have a clue and it feels like it’s not entirely his fault? He needs to give Sting a good listen to: If you love somebody, set them free. He clearly loves nobody more than himself. That being said, I’m finding him increasingly more attractive than I did at the beginning, too. Maybe because he’s appearing in more casual clothes? Did they give him a haircut somewhere in there?

Wednesday can’t show up soon enough. Great recap @dramallama!

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Welcome to drama world \o/

Jung Hae In is killing it! It's hard to not swoon too much :p

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So very, very hard. Sigh.

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Welcome!! @thetinyl Arent kdramas wonderful!? Btw, I felt the same when I started Secret Love Affair, an earlier work from this director. I KNEW I was missing a lot of the subtleties, and recaps weren't available, so I actually paused it for a year or two.

Historically Dramabeans doesn't recap this director, Pretty Noona was the first complete recap and people were disappointed as they expected a charming lighthearted romance ....so not Ahn Pan seok's thing!!!!) I am so glad they're doing One Spring Night- thank you, recappers😘😘😘

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Oh, good point! Secret Love Affair was one of my first Kdramas and I was hooked! @thetinyl you should check that one out! I think it's still on Netflix in the States. This director has a way of really bringing out the nuances in the actors' expressions and letting you see it rather than telling you how they feel.

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Oooh! Interesting. Didn't realize it was the same director. I think I saw that one in my recommended somewhere. Thanks for the tip @csmith.

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Netflix loves to change titles, and I think it's just called Secret Affair on there. Just FYI. I hope you love it!

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Haha I'm finding him more attractive too. I hope he owns his own identity. Especially if that identity is 'sexy guitarist' 😆

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this is merely an act of betrayal...no matter how much the writer decorates it with hues of frustration and disappointment and how horrible partner sj is....it is an act of BETRAYAL...the relation bet a man and a woman is just beyond what is depicted here...the sense of committment is the final juice of this relation..they should accept eachother as a pack of both upside and downsides...and they would grow throughout the whole story...what was meant to be achieved through marriage...not just dumping one bcz you are no more as deeeeeply in love as the first day or the relation is no more "a rush of adrenaline"...feel desperate bcz it seems (as i read the comments)we readily accept what we are exposed to ...good job the production team :((
everyone seems to have overcome the immorality lying in the situation... and this wouldn't be the end...we accept an imaginary lifestyle in drama...but it tragically and dramatically shapes our everyday life

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They're not married. She doesn't love him anymore. Why should she stay with a man she doesn't love anymore? What's the point?

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She's told him she wants to break up three times now. Everyone acting as though it's a process is what's annoying me more. And the whole thing is mirrored with her sister's divorce. It's a cultural statement about how difficult it is for women to demand self-determination in their relationships with men.

She's told her parents, him three times, his father, all their friends. But everyone still says he's her boyfriend and he even bought a damn wedding ring. No wonder she told Ji-ho she needed time to work things out. At this rate, she could die of old age before she's free of him and she's not even married.

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It was getting harder to like Jeong-In. She is too selfish and self-centered. I was glad the scene happened with his little boy (even though it broke my heart and made me so mad at the same time). I hope it helps her realize that Ji-ho has a lot on the line too. His little boy’s feelings and attachments. I would have been so mad that she was trying to boot me and my child out the back door. Ji-ho let her off too easy. Sorry. I am just wondering if it had been her with the child in the show if everyone would be this considerate of Ji-ho acting the way she is. That’s my only issue with the drama so far. Maybe this will be explored more as the drama unfolds. I hope so....right now it feels like it’s all about how she feels.

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Amo essa série, so que demora demais são só 2 capítulos por sabado, fico a semana inteira Anvisa esperando o sabado para assistir, onde posso assistir sem ser netflix

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