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One Spring Night: Episodes 19-20

As our pharmacist and librarian quietly date, her ex-boyfriend takes measures to keep her in his life. Our new couple is trapped in an unhappy love triangle of sorts but it’s clear that ex-boyfriend Ki-seok cares more about staking a claim to “his” woman than Jung-in’s actual happiness. But Jung-in is no longer diminished like she was with Ki-seok, and with her new love by her side, she’s finding her way back to being the strong-willed girl that she once was. Jung-in’s going to need every ounce of strength that she can muster to break the last of her ties to Ki-seok, who is prepared to do anything to make her his wife.

 
EPISODE 19

After catching Jung-in with Ji-ho outside of the restaurant, Ki-seok accuses Jung-in of ghosting him but she’s the one who feels invisible because he won’t accept their break up. Ki-seok can’t understand why Jung-in agreed to meet with his father and he finally learns that Jung-in told Chairman Kwon that she has no intention of marrying Ki-seok. Ki-seok turns his anger towards Ji-ho, “And that prick’s your success story?”

Ji-ho charges at Ki-seok but Jung-in steps between them to prevent a fight. While Ki-seok’s friend holds him back, Ji-ho hands his keys to Jung-in and asks her to wait in the car. After she leaves, Ki-seok’s friend keeps the two men apart.

Later, Ji-ho drives Jung-in home while Ki-seok drinks with his friend. Ji-ho pulls over and tells Jung-in about how hard it was for him after Eun-woo’s mother left.

At first, Ji-ho was angry and then worried. Ji-ho had no idea how to raise a month-old baby by himself and considered giving Eun-woo up for adoption. In time, Ji-ho realized that Eun-woo’s mother must have felt just as overwhelmed as he did and his heart began to heal.

Ji-ho asked Jung-in to take things slowly to allow Ki-seok time to accept the break up. Jung-in argues that makes them look like cheaters and adds, “I can’t sit by and take it while others trample on my feelings and decisions. I’d rather face it and let it shatter than avoid the situation.”

If that’s true, Ji-ho doesn’t understand why Jung-in came between him and Ki-seok. Jung-in was embarrassed to have two men fighting over her as if she was some kind of princess. Ji-ho checks to see if Jung-in has to work the next day and starts the car.

Jae-in walks outside of Jung-in’s apartment building to meet Young-jae. When Jae-in sees his arm behind his back, she warns, “Don’t tell me you bought me flowers.” Young-jae presents a modest bouquet but it does nothing to thaw Jae-in’s coldness.

Young-jae apologizes for overreacting to Ki-seok’s accusations and Jae-in almost smiles when he confesses that he wants to clear the air. Jae-in invites Young-jae upstairs for tea but he’s reluctant after what happened after his first visit. Young-jae follows Jae-in inside after she informs him that she knows all about Ji-ho.

In the apartment, Young-jae asks about Jung-in’s whereabouts and learns that she’s with Ji-ho. Jae-in peppers Young-jae with questions about Ji-ho’s son, “Is his son something to be ashamed of? Why hide the truth? You don’t have to, you know.” When Young-jae asks if Jung-in can be with Ji-ho, Jae-in replies, “Love isn’t something you can control.”

Ji-ho turns on a light inside his parents’ store and Jung-in looks around. When Ji-ho speaks well of his parents, Jung-in calls him a good son but he protests that he’s caused them too much trouble.

Jung-in sits down and admits that the shop feels familiar, just like the pharmacy. Now that Jung-in thinks about it, she realizes that Ji-ho never felt like a stranger but he reminds her that she was drunk when they met. When Ji-ho gets up to make some coffee, Jung-in mentions that a drink would be better and Ji-ho produces a bottle of soju.

A drunk Ki-seok insists that he was a good boyfriend. He can’t understand why Jung-in would chose Ji-ho instead of him and rants, “In what way is Ji-ho better than me…He’s a nobody, you know…He’s nothing compared to me.”

When his friend leaves for the bathroom, Ki-seok calls his father and demands to know, “Why didn’t you tell me what Jung-in told you?” Ki-seok confesses that he feels like a fool but Chairman Kwon just urges his drunk son to go home. Ki-seok complains that he grew up knowing that his father was embarrassed to have him for a son.

Chairman Kwon interrupts, “You always twist things and let sarcasm take over…You’re not levelheaded enough to marry anyone.” Ki-seok vows to marry Jung-in, “…no matter what,” and hangs up.

Jung-in and Ji-ho sip their soju while she explains that she doesn’t want to feel guilty anymore. Ji-ho is sure that Ki-seok feels humiliated because Jung-in chose him instead of Ki-seok.

Jung-in has something that she wants Ji-ho to take to heart. She promises to call Ji-ho out whenever she’s unhappy with him but if he acts as if he’s walking on eggshells around her, she’ll kick him to the curb. Ji-ho takes Jung-in’s hand and answers her with a quick kiss.

Ji-ho’s father walks outside and sees the light on in the store. He stumbles back in shock at the sight of Ji-ho and Jung-in and when his wife comes looking for him, Ji-ho’s father pushes her back inside.

After taking a taxi back to Jung-in’s neighborhood, Ji-ho and Jung-in enjoy a nighttime stroll. In the park, Jung-in walks with her eyes closed and Ji-ho stands with his arms open to hug her when she walks into them. They walk late into the night holding hands and enjoying one another’s company.

Jung-in’s mother meets Jae-in at the library to ask about the man that Jung-in is seeing. Jae-in pretends that she doesn’t know much and encourages her mother to ask Jung-in since they’re at her workplace.

Mom wants details before Principal Lee finds out, otherwise she can’t help Jung-in. All Jae-in will say is that the man is a pharmacist and the same age as Jung-in. Jae-in ends the questions by announcing that she’s hungry and walks away with Mom close behind.

During lunch, Mom can’t stop thinking about Jung-in and Jae-in comes to her sister’s defense, “Just let her be. Jung-in always knows what she’s doing.” Mom points out that Jung-in doesn’t usually hide things from her, which is why she’s so concerned. Mom surprises Jae-in when she admits that she won’t allow Jung-in to make a bad choice.

After lunch, Jae-in and Young-jae are back to eating whenever they get together, this time it’s ice cream. When Jae-in tells him about her hot tempered father, Young-jae asks if he’s violent. Young-jae tries to laugh it off when Jae-in guesses that he’s more worried about himself than Ji-ho.

Ki-seok calls Jung-in while she and Young-joo are picking up lunch for the office. Jung-in ignores the call and Young-joo notices that the heart emoji that was once next to Ki-seok’s name is now gone. Young-joo also notices the dinosaur sticker on Jung-in’s phone and when Jung-in confesses that it’s from Ji-ho’s son, Young-joo realizes the truth about those missing childrens’ books.

When Ki-seok’s call to Jung-in goes unanswered, he calls Seo-in and asks to meet.

EPISODE 20

As she’s about to leave for the day, Pharmacist Wang takes Ji-ho’s phone when she catches him sending money. Ji-ho has to explain that he’s reimbursing his father for some soju but he still gets a lecture, “Never lend money to anyone even if it’s a close friend.” Hyun-soo walks in while Pharmacist Wang explains that’s why she doesn’t like any of Ji-ho’s friends.

Over dinner, Hyun-soo complains about Ki-seok and when Ji-ho advises him to be understanding, Hyun-soo realizes that Ji-ho and Jung-in are really seeing each other.

Ki-seok meets Seo-in for coffee and she assumes that he’s there to discuss Shi-hoon’s loan. When Ki-seok explains that he already told Shi-hoon that his loan wasn’t approved, she realizes that Ki-seok wants to talk about Jung-in.

Seo-in reminds Ki-seok that Jung-in doesn’t like anyone interfering in her personal matters but he insists that he has no choice. After describing his relationship with Jung-in as “rocky”, Ki-seok manages to admit, “She has feelings for someone, another guy.”

Surprised that Seo-in already knows about the other man, Ki-seok drops his bomb, “The man she’s seeing has a son. He’s a single dad.” Ki-seok tells a stunned Seo-in, “She’s not in her right mind. I can’t let her be.”

Jung-in and Ha-rin are eating dinner at Young-joo’s place when Seo-in texts Jung-in that she met with Ki-seok earlier. Ji-ho arrives home just as Jung-in runs out of his building.

At a restaurant, Ki-seok drinks alone and stares at his phone, waiting for Jung-in’s call. On the drive to Seo-in’s place, Jung-in clutches her phone anxiously and Ji-ho takes her hand to give it a reassuring squeeze. Before Jung-in goes inside to see Seo-in, Ji-ho comforts her with a hug.

Jung-in starts by explaining to Seo-in that she never intended to get involved with Ji-ho, even if she and Ki-seok broke up. However, Jung-in couldn’t forget Ji-ho, “I realized that I kept looking for him. Even though he kept pushing me away, I clung to him more.”

When Seo-in is about to point out why Ji-ho isn’t suitable, Jung-in adds, “It’s Eun-woo. That’s his son’s name.” Jung-in isn’t sure if it’s because she likes kids in general or Eun-woo in particular, but she does know, “I adore Eun-woo.”

Jung-in is surprised when she looks up and sees Seo-in’s face wet with tears. Seo-in explains that she’s crying out of shame because she’s pregnant and had decided to give her baby away. Both sisters are crying when Jung-in hugs Seo-in and tells her that she’ll be a great mother.

Seo-in and Jung-in walk outside together and run into Ji-ho, who couldn’t bring himself to leave. Jung-in teases that he wanted to see a news anchor and asks, “Is she prettier than me?”

Ji-ho is embarrassed when Jung-in tricks him into admitting that he’s never told her that she’s pretty, only that he loves her. Once they’re alone in his car, Jung-in tries to get Ji-ho to tell her that she’s pretty but he jokes, “It’s getting late. Let’s go.”

At home, Jung-in gets ready for bed while Jae-in rants about Ki-seok’s latest move, “I didn’t think Ki-seok would stoop this low. He’s as much of a loser as Shi-hoon is. Why didn’t he just tell Mom or Dad?” Jae-in urges Jung-in to confront Ki-seok but Jung-in points out that’s what he wants. Jung-in figures that Ki-seok must be surprised that she hasn’t called him yet.

Jae-in worries that Ki-seok will go to their parents next and Jung-in decides to talk to them first. When Jae-in frets about how they will react, Jung-in assures her sister that she’s prepared for the worst-case scenario.

During his morning drive to work, Chairman Kwon studies photos of Ki-seok at the bar and at the cafe with Seo-in. Chairman Kwon calls Principal Lee and invites him to lunch but he already has plans.

After a customer leaves, Pharmacist Wang complains that she’s busier now that Ji-ho has a girlfriend. Ji-ho emerges from the back room to protest but Pharmacist Wang takes the opportunity to ask him for the chance to meet with Jung-in.

Jung-in finds Young-joo after getting Ji-ho’s invitation to meet with him and Pharmacist Wang. When asked to tag along, Young-joo protests, “I never said I support this,” and Jung-in scolds that she could use the support.

Young-joo reminds Jung-in that she has yet to meet Ji-ho’s parents but figures that they’ll be better than Ki-seok’s parents. Jung-in recalls how miserable she was thanks to Ki-seok’s parents and worries, “Ji-ho will have it a lot tougher, right?”

Jung-in helps Ha-rin set up for her first book club and she’s extra nervous because it’s for kids. Ha-rin has learned, “They (kids) don’t want you to hate them, so they don’t say anything even if they don’t like you.” Jung-in wonders aloud, “That means they can pretend they like you when they don’t.”

At their store, Ji-ho’s mother searches for a dust mask for her husband. She finds the bottle of soju and when Ji-ho’s father admits that he had a shot the other day, she shows him the almost empty bottle. Ji-ho smiles at work when his father texts, “Best of luck.”

Ki-seok lashes out at Hyun-soo at work and then storms out of the office. Ki-seok calls Shi-hoon, who guesses that he wants to talks about Jung-in. Shi-hoon knows that his father-in-law has been worried about their marriage issue.

After eating lunch alone, Principal Lee tries to pay his bill but learns that Chairman Kwon took care of it when he left earlier When he gets back to school, Principal Lee thanks Chairman Kwon and explains that his lunch plans were cancelled at the last minute.

Principal Lee is caught by surprise when Chairman Kwon informs him that Jung-in is seeing another man. Chairman Kwon admits that during his meeting with Jung-in, she confessed that she didn’t want to marry Ki-seok. Principal Lee tells Chairman Kwon that young people don’t believe in marriage anymore and denies that Jung-in is seeing anyone else, “She’d never do such a thing.”

Over chicken and beer, Pharmacist Wang can’t wait to tell Jung-in that Ji-ho lends money to friends and pays for everything whenever he’s out with someone. When Ji-ho tries to deny it, Jung-in tells him, “Be quiet.”

When Pharmacist Wang shares that girls get gifts for their birthday and Christmas if they mention it to Ji-ho, Young-joo exclaims, “Goodness. Just call it quits.” Jung-in slams down her glass and assures Pharmacist Wang that she’ll correct Ji-ho’s troublesome ways.

Over dinner, Shi-hoon asks Ki-seok about his marriage plans and wonders why he and Jung-in have no passion. Ki-seok changes the subject and offers to give Shi-hoon a personal loan since the bank turned Shi-hoon down.

Shi-hoon doesn’t want the loan or Ki-seok’s money because Seo-in threatened to divorce him if he borrows any money. As the voice of experience, Shi-hoon advises Ki-seok, “When you’re married, you have to obey your wife.”

Back at the chicken restaurant, it’s Young-joo’s turn to talk about Jung-in. Once Young-joo was sick but all Jung-in did was watch a movie and drink beer. Pharmacist Wang tells Ji-ho that Jung-in must not be the affectionate type.

Jung-in asks Ji-ho if he still likes her even though she’s not affectionate and he puts her worries to rest, “It’s fine because I’m affectionate.” Their companions are flabbergasted when Jung-in and Ji-ho smile at each other and clink their glasses.

After announcing to his wife that he needs some fresh air, Principal Lee ends up at Jung-in’s door but no one is home. Down on the street, Jung-in and Ji-ho exit a taxi and say their good-byes at the elevator. At the last minute, Ji-ho jumps into the elevator with Jung-in and they walk happily to Jung-in’s place holding hands, until they see Principal Lee.

 
COMMENTS

This drama! One minute I’m smiling like a fool and the next minute I want to fight with Ki-seok myself. I just want to savor the deepening relationship between Jung-in and Ji-ho, but Ki-seok won’t let me!

Jung-in’s blossoming love for Ji-ho has breathed new life into her. Jung-in must have had to numb her emotions over time to stay with Ki-seok, which is why she rarely smiled and seemed so dull. With Ji-ho, Jung-in smiles and laughs easily and her stiffness has been replaced with a relaxed confidence. When I see Jung-in and Ji-ho together, I think of the saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” because they are so much better together than they were before they met.

I’m convinced that Ki-seok recognizes the powerful synergy between Jung-in and Ji-ho and resents it, because he brought nothing like that out in Jung-in. No, instead Ki-seok wasted Jung-in’s time and never recognized her worth until she wanted to break up and by then it was too late. In contrast, Ji-ho cherished Jung-in from the beginning and recognizes that he wants her to be the last woman in his life. Ki-seok’s eyes opened too late and he’s bitter because he squandered his chance.

It’s that bitterness that fuels Ki-seok’s efforts to tear Jung-in and Ji-ho apart and sentence her to a loveless marriage with him. Seriously, does Ki-seok honestly believe that Jung-in will marry him? Especially after interfering in her life? Ki-seok is so determined to win, with marriage to Jung-in as the prize, that he hasn’t stopped to think what will happen after that.

Ki-seok is trying to bring Jung-in’s family over to his side, which is just reprehensible. While Ki-seok didn’t succeed with Seo-in, whose pregnancy gives a different perspective to Ji-ho’s situation, he’s sure to find success with her parents, especially with Jung-in’s father. Expecting your daughter to marry someone to enhance a career and solidify ties with the Kwon family is exploitation, plain and simple. I believe that if Principal Lee makes that demand of Jung-in, she’s prepared to cut ties with him forever. While that would be painful, at least Jung-in can count on her sisters to stand by her, no matter what. The strong bond of the Lee sisters is proving to be one of the strengths of One Spring Night.


At the center of the turmoil is Eun-woo, an innocent child who doesn’t deserve all of the animosity that his very existence produces. That’s why Ji-ho didn’t think that Ki-seok was good enough for Jung-in, because by looking down on Ji-ho, he looks down on Eun-woo too. As fiercely protective as Jung-in promises to be for Ji-ho, she’s sure to be even more protective of Eun-woo and I think that will bond her even more to Ji-ho. Because Jung-in and Ji-ho are in for a fight, not only for their future, but for Eun-woo’s as well.

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I really think someone should help shi hoon he has mental problems he loves his wife but his problem with his family or other factors made him out of control and because he hits seo in we just ignore him and blame him for everything pitiful guy in the other hand jung in should give some time and then start a new relationship I know jo ho was the reason that her heart start beating again but leaving one guy without proper ending and start anew is not right

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Honestly, once you hit your partner, you’re pretty much done. Any goodwill you’ve built up and any consideration you might get is completely squandered unless you apologize and prove through actions that you will never, ever do it again. And even then you may not get a second chance. People who beat their wives have crossed a pretty bright line.

As for Ki Seok... Jung In broke up with him. It’s not an agreement, it’s unilateral. You can’t continue dating if one of you doesn’t want to date; the relationship is over when one of you says it’s over. Would it be safer for Jung In to space out her relationships? Probably, yes - but I’m not the biggest fan of coddling men’s emotions regarding issues that no longer have anything to do with them.

When I say “safer” I mean literally, SAFER. Women get killed by guys who won’t accept a breakup. Is that fair? Nope. Is a woman like Jung In likely to accept that she should put her life on hold so her ex can get through his tantrum? Also no.

Once you break up with someone you’re a free agent and can date whoever you want, it’s perfectly “right” and you’re not responsible for coddling your ex. What’s troubling is that men internalize this idea that they have a “right” to some sort of hold on a woman for an unspecified duration after a relationship is over, and if they don’t get it, some of them get nasty and violent. Currently, Ki Seok is exploring option 1.

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Gi-seok has become pathetic. He is using his relationship like a contest to prove his worth. It has nothing to do with Jong-in and everything to do with his own personal demons.

Beyond that, he is fighting dirty. He is going to her family and friends, trying to bring pressure to bear. Thank goodness it doesn't look like this will work on the women in the family. Her older sister is particularly sensitive to this as she can see her own possible outcast status if she divorces while she is pregnant.

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Very well written Comments, TeriYaki.
It is so nice to see both Jiho and Jungin so alive and smiling.

And I believe Jungin will fight for Eunwoo with all her tigeress might...

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Agreed. Excellent summary and comments @teriyaki

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All the dialogues are so great, I want to comment all of them :D

My favourite scene was Jung In and her sister. I think very interesting tha when Jung In said Eunwo's name, it wasn't anymore an issue or a parasite but just a kid who really exist and deserves happiness. I really hope that Seo In will be able to divorce and be a single mother. I don't want her to stay married because of the child.

I'm sad for Ki Seok. He wants so much the recognition of his father and seems very lonely. But the way he acts is very pathetic. Forcing a woman to marry him won't make his father to be proud of him. His father seems more open minded than his son and Principal Lee.

I love every moments between Jung In and Jiho!

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I liked that too. Everyone keep talking about the kid, the kid. By saying his name out loud, Jung In is forcing people to acknowledge that "this kid" is a human being who deserves as much respect as everyone else.

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Yesssss! I also think she's letting those around her realize that she's not just in it for Ji-ho, but that Eun-u is as much a point of interest and love in that relationship. I think it may be easy for her friends/family to assume she's in over her head and hasn't given any thought to being a potential step-mom, just to being in a new romance. To me, this scene establishes that she has given it thought and is ready to go all-in.

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This 'One Spring Night' highlights well the acting talents of Ji-ho. More than in other series where he acts, in this one, he seems to be at the top of his game. Apart from the excellent acting of the two main characters Jung In and Ji-ho, the screenwriter is also exceptional. In fact, in the series, there are some romantic lines which are deeper than what one finds in Shakespeare 'Romeo & Juliet".

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I loved that scene too. She made it clear that he is not a taboo subject and deserves as much love and respect as any other being.

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That was a great scene. Just the simple act of saying Eun-u's name had such impact. I'm glad Jeong-in and Eun-u have already started to bond, and Jeong-in is clearly already getting protective.

And the bond between the sisters is lovely; it's nice to see how much they care for and respect each other. I'm glad that both of her sisters are in the know now and are supportive of her decision.

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I am convinced Jung-in and Ji-ho can overcome all obstacles together. All that is, except for the return of Eun-woo's birth mother. I bet this show is saving that for the very end. If Eun-woo's birth mother is now back and ready to take responsibility for the boy, wouldn't it be best for Ji-ho to be with her? After all, no one will love the child like his birth mum. -- is what Asian cultures think. It's so stupid, but it's a thing and that's a conflict I'm not looking forward to seeing.

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As an adopted child myself, I found the idea that a birth mum is better than a adoptive one very stupid (I have no issue with my birth mum and I don't know her, it's just that my adoptive parents showed me that blood is not necessary in a relationship). If the birth mum is ready to be a real mother, why not. But she will have to accept that Jiho is dicting the rules. And he's not a part of the package.

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I was thinking about that as well. I don’t think the birth mother will pose a problem within JiHo’s family as I think the mere fact that she abandoned her child means she is not welcome anymore to be a part of the family. And seeing how JungIn and EunWoo has formed a bond and fondness for each other makes it a bit harder for the Mother to impose herself. However, I am not sure about legal rights in Korea. Could she still force herself to win legally? I really hope not.

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Recalling a scene in an earlier episode, I gathered that the birth mother had been keeping in touch with Ji-ho's mother. If that is indeed the case, she (the birth mother) could argue that she has been keeping tabs on Eun-woo, and realised how wrong it was to run away, but now wants to be part of his life... etc...
Like most of you, I am sure that this issue is coming, and I am already getting concerned...

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Where did you get this clue? I thought they could not find the mother even after searching.

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From what I understood, when Ji-ho had searched for her soon after she had left, he could not find her, and it seemed that she had left the country. However, a few episodes ago, there was a brief scene with Ji-ho's parents at the laundry and (I think) his father asked his mother whether she had heard from Eun-woo's mother...
I found the question odd, and even the entire scene a bit out of left field (as if it was just dropped in without being fully connected to what was going on at the time), because like you, I thought they could not find her... So I have kept the scene in the back of my mind, and expect that it will become important soon...

So, although Ji-ho could not find Eun-woo's birth mother after months of looking, that scene suggested to me that there might still be a connection between her and Ji-ho's family.

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Good recall @ luminus
This show has so many hidden clues in the dialogues. Now I’m seriously concerned what’s going to revealed to us. JiHo doesn’t really talk much about the birth mom. There is an air of mystery surrounding what happened. Even JiHo’s friends clam up when he gives them that look. Like he didn’t really have a proper closure from that chapter in his life. I hope it doesn’t mean he still has feelings for her.

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@Mei, I definitely agree that Ji-ho has not had proper closure from that chapter in his life. From what was said in this episode and previous ones, Eun-woo's birth mother disappeared abruptly about a month after Eun-woo was born, which is why Ji-ho was frantically searching for her, to no avail. And it seems he has not seen nor heard from her since she left

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I suspect the birth mum would show up but my ideal ending would be for Ji Ho and Jung In to show their strength as a couple and to hold on tight to their love. At least based on what has been shown so far, Jung In has shown such affinity for Eun-woo and I believe her protectiveness for Eun-woo would come through soon. I’m sure Ji Ho would be able to see that and know that Jung In has what it takes to be the right one for him and his son (well, one can dream haha)...

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I always assumed the birth mother would show up in the story as a test for JH. Is he really over her (it took him so long to start dating again)? Or will he make the same mistake and take her back for the sake of his son?

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I disagree. even if she returns, she can try to be his mother (providing Eun Woo warms up to her) but she cannot win back Ji-Ho's heart. If Eun-Woo warms up to Jung-In and finds comfort and love in this new family, he is not going to start loving his biological mother right away. It will only make it difficult for the kid at this age to accept that he has 2 mother like figure in his life. I sincerely hope the drama doesn't go there.

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I seriously hope it doesn't go that route, but I've been worried it will since the beginning. There are enough interesting conflicts and issues to explore here without adding that melodrama to the mix.

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I have a terrible dread that Ki Seok’s final card will be bringing back Eun Woo’s mom. He’s got the resources to find her, and he’s probably got the money to fund a custody dispute, if the mom wanted Eun Woo back.

If he’s already willing to target Ji Ho’s friends and try to manipulate Jung In’s family, the last real lever he has left to him is getting at them through Eun Woo. And damage to Eun Woo is probably the one thing that could make Ji Ho disrupt this relationship; I don’t even think Jung In would be mad at him for it, she’d be completely horrified.

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I'm hoping the show doesn't go there? She's been gone this long, why would she come back now and want to get back together? I feel like that's something that only happens in dramas...
... *realises she's watching a drama*...

Still, that's the plot of History 2 Right or Wrong except in that case the single father had moved on with a man so that was a whole 'nother can of worms.

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Haha you're making it through this show at top speed! :) Yeah, I mean, the drama has avoided this type of frustrating makjang trope for 10 episodes already, but it IS a K-drama and one of the dangers of live-watching is that things can go arwy before you know it.

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Thank you TeriYaki for the recap and your comments. I enjoyed reading it.

Possibly one good thing KiSeok did this episode was revealing to SeoIn regarding EunWoo. SeoIn’s conversation with JungIn afterwards made her realize the damage she was about to do concerning her pregnancy. And unknowingly even made her into an ally for JiHo, ha!

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Thank you for the well-said comments, TeriYaki! I adore this episode - I saw so many glimpses of backdrop to the characters’ respective stories. I feel that Jung In is trying to figure out what she wants from her relationship with Ji Ho and to improve what she lacked in terms of communication with her previous relationship with Ki-seok. I cannot wait for the upcoming episodes :)

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This! JungIn reveals something about herself to JiHo almost each time they meet. At first I thought it was a little off-putting when she did it the first time they got together for coffee. But now I realize she just wants to show JiHo her true self and accept her for who she is. Something she never received from KiSeok who always put her down or tried to change her that she lost her identity in the course of their relationship. No wonder she looked so dull and lifeless with him.

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@Mei I agree, but I am not sure – and certainly by the end of their relationship – that Jung-in really cared to reveal or share her true self with Gi-seok.

My impression is that because she and Gi-seok dated without any specific objective, they were not mindful of how they treated each other in their relationship. Gi-seok took Jung-in for granted and disregarded her feelings; whilst Jung-in let a lot of things slide that she should perhaps should not have allowed, and allowed the relationship to continue when she should have kicked Gi-Seok to the curb ages ago.

On the other hand, and from the outset there has been an honesty and vulnerability between Ji-ho and Jung-in. Also, since Ji-ho believes that Jung-in will be the last woman in his life, there is a sense that he is being especially careful in how he approaches his relationship with Jung-in. For her part, Jung-in is very protective of Ji-ho, especially with respect to untangling herself from Gi-Seok, and people's opinion of him.

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Very well said. I love how honest and open JungIn and JiHo are with each other. Both of their past experiences contributed to a better perspective and understanding of their present situation. Most of all, I like how sensitive and considerate they are towards one another.

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I like analysing the flaws, in particular in Jung In, and those comments from Jung In in the laundry shop caught me off guard. I’m pleasantly surprised at how the writer has done better (at least for now) than in Something in the Rain (I’ll be livid if I experience another series which disappoint me to my guts like Game of Thrones lol). I’ve watched all the episodes repeatedly, and am fascinated by self-discovery, guilt, shame, the depth of the inner conflicts, obfuscated by the local taboos and culture, which all play out wonderfully due to strength of the acting. And the male lead’s acting in this series is more captivating than that in Something in the Rain

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@J77
Couldn’t agree more. Jung Hae In slays in this role. And maybe I’m biased because this show is so good, he has better chemistry with Han Ji Min too.

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@jemy1977 I don't think it's necessarly better written. It's just for this time the writter chose different characters. In Something in the Rain, Jin Ah starts to care about herself only when she met Joon Hee. The both characters were immature. They tried to protect the other by hidding facts. It was a very different relationship. But their scenes were really beautiful more passionate and I really loved how they filmed their intimacy.

But it's why I love Jung In and Jiho in this drama because they tell to each other all their feelings. It's a very different relationship. They're mature, they know what they want or don't want. They have a strength that was lacking in Jin Ah-Jung Hee couple but they're more cautious and slow.

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I wonder if her early comments are due to a variety of factors like Jung In having no initial expectations of her first encounters with Ji Ho, coupled with Ji Ho’s overall demeanour (he exuded a sense of maturity and level-headedness, albeit shy).

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Hmmm, @ Kurama, I’m not sure I feel the same on your comments regarding the writing of Something in the Rain. I felt that the later episodes were disappointing, but to each his/ her own :) Admittedly I may be biased as I personally prefer Jung In’s character - feisty, resolute when she has made her mind, and can admit to her mistakes and flaws when she has sufficiently ruminated.

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I think Pretty Noona was very realistic. People don't change so easily. She tried a lot and failed a lot. With time and the good person, she finaly could become stronger. In sexual harassment cases, I think how they told this was pretty realistic even if it was so frustrating to see. But it made think a lot about her female coworkers who "betrayed" her because they're scared.
I don't think I could respect my mother if she shows so much lack of respect towards people I love. Jin Ah was very too kind with her mother but it's another culture.

For me, it's important that the story make me feel emotions and make me think about culture, my choices, etc. The both dramas did that for now.

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Pretty Noona has its own merits. I guess the plot and characters just didn’t go the way the audience expected. The female character came off as “weak” because she was too kind. If that makes sense. In contrast, here we have a fierce and feisty heroine who dares to defy social prejudices and her family’s expectations. Will be interesting to see whether she stands her ground.

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My favorite part of the episode was when Seo In felt shame, because I understand part of it is the cultural norm to not like unmarried single parents, but when she understood that although being a single parent sucks it isn't the end all be all. It was important for her to know she would be loved regardless. She now has a bond with Ji-Ho that she didn't know she needed. Both Shi Hoon and Gi Seok can go jump off a cliff, what trash people. Their need to control because of inadequacies and insecurities is dangerous and disturbing. They both need severe psychiatric care. Also I just love Jae In. Her relationship with Ji-Ho's friend is just so normal.

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I love how she sees through him like when he was aksing if her father was the violent type :D

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Thank you for the wonderful recap. This drama is surprising me with each episode. I love how JI confessed with SI, it's lovely. JI is finally getting her own self back. And she needs all the strength as it will not be easy. But for now i will enjoy how their love evolves with eun u. It's Monday, only 2 days to go. This is the only drama that has made me this addicted and watching each episodes and i don't get tired. Such a wonderful drama. Casts and everything is top notched.

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Can we have one episode without these scums - father, Ki-Seok, Shi-Woon. Just the gals.

Ki-Seok - I get it, your father did not treat you with the respect you deserved. But shouldn't you instead fight for those rights and not become like your father. Jung-In is not an object you can possess. What is the point? You want to marry her and divorce her in 2 years? What are you even thinking. And why aren't his so called friends (drinking buddies) telling him to think straight. Am so pissed!

I love the moments of warmth when the sisters meet or Ji-Ho with Wang pharmacist. These are such warm and gentle souls. I just want them to go somewhere and live happily.

Now that the father has seen, I guess s*** will hit the ceiling fan next week. And I am not looking forward to it. I see Jung-In transform into her old self (which we kept hearing about) and hope that is enough for her to fight off all these scums.
And Ji-Ho, please don't think its cowardly to stand behind a woman. Some battles, we need to fight for ourselves. Just be understanding of Jung-In.

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I bet Ki-seok's friend was thinking twice about that phone call, wasn't he?

What did he think was going to happen?

Ki- seok was not going to spend all that time talking about only himself and just trash talking anyone and everyone.

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Yeah, I thought Ki-soek's buddy looked pretty annoyed at KS's ugly pride and going on and on about how he's better. I'm not sure his "friends" really like him all that much. He did dump them for "better" folks at work, after all.

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And in this particular situation, it would have cost that friend not a dime to mind his business.

And you know Ki seok was expecting dude to just sit there and trash talk Ji ho (a man he has never met) and praise Ki seok to high heaven.

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yeah, the so-called friend did hesitate calling him and regretted it. He had no reason to call him. It did not look like he was close with his friends. he always acted like everything was fine with him and going well. In his head a problem means, he failed.
He went on and on about things he did for her and what was wrong with Ji-Ho. Not once he mentioned love or losing a love.

Yeah, all his friends keep a respectful distance. He doesn't have a single soul he can lean on. He is so delusional. When he spoke to his dad, for a moment I felt for him and then he went on about how people respect him in the society, his social standing etc. He has no frigging clue does he?

He has built a world around himself and refuses to see the reality. His downfall is going to be really bad.

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He probably didn't know about the breakup and called him thinking his girlfriend was cheating. And then suddenly realised what was really going on and seriously regretted it.

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Yeah Gi-seok is a jerk that looks down on everyone around him. And at this point it does feel like- come on dude, just back off. But I really appreciate that this drama also highlights the complicated relationship he has with his father. I almost feel like that is what's driving Gi-seok's actions. He's been denying his own self for so long- giving up music to be respectable in his father's eyes. It was really sad that Gi-seok had to say himself "Hey dad, yeah you think I'm pathetic. but there are people that respect me at work and stuff, yunno?" I felt for him a little at that. And the fact that his father keeps emphasizing that Jung-in is too good for him, he needs to step up his game, etc. I feel like Gi-seok sees marrying Jung-in as a reflection of his own self-worth. Getting the girl means he'll finally be "good enough".

Also the fact that he's given up his own passion just to be "respectable" in society. From his perspective, some unmarried guy with a son is just swooping in to steal his girl? Yeah, that's gotta hurt, and it seems that no one is on his side, not even his own father. Not saying that Gi-seok is justified, no way. He's acting like a loser right now. But I can see where he's coming from and at least feel that he's a pitiable character. I hope he cleans up his act and just stops. Hey, maybe stop defining yourself on your father's terms. Let Jung-in go and just really go for music instead.

Sidenote: Jae-In and Young-jae's interactions though, LOL. her speaking bluntly and to the point, and him fumbling around with those flowers. I live for these small moments ^^

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Is it Wednesday yet?

*I love this show, in case you did not figure it by now, I need to say it again*

Thank you Teri Gali for the recap.
I am waiting to see what happens with the father meet up! And also picnic with Eun-ho!

I loved the scene of seo-in secretly admiring her own younger sister and her new boyfriend. FIGHTING seo-in!!! Though I feel sad that the baby will not have a father but I hope that the baby will receive a lot of love from his awesome mom and emo and samchun. (?).

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Oh god autocorrect: thank you TeriYaki!
(*Too ashamed, sulks in corner)

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I have been obsessing where I have seen Shi hoon before. Like, I know he from a series I had watched before.

He was the mole for Hyun soo in Heartless City. Dude just knows how the play swarmy.

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Oh I have not seen that show! And him as well in no show before.
How is that show?

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Heartless City is the BEST !!!! Beautiful people saying and doing stupid things. Seriously, the dialogue and plot is not the best but good lord that cast is gorgeous.

This is the series that introduced me to Jung Kyung ho and Yoon Hyun min. The bromance to end all bromances.

It is on Viki right now and if you are down for commercials, I recommend it.

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Okay I will try this show (*I have Viki subscription and I hope I don't hit the regional restriction wall)

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He was the boyfriend of Son Ye Jin in Pretty Noona in the 2 last episodes too. He was a jerk too :p

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That's right!!!!

Also Jae in was in Pretty Noona as well.

I keep trying to forget the back 8 of those episodes.

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Aiyaaa!!! Tsk tsk!!! (Wait why does it not say so on his asianwiki profile)

But the amount of cast repeat by this director is something! Also most of the senior cast was there as well in secret love affair as well.

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He didn't have a lot of scenes in my memories. One was the wedding scene and the other one was a date (restaurant and car).

For the cast, I guess when the PD says he wants to act with you again, you don't say no :D

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Gi seok has never valued Jeong in. He has taken her and their relationship for granted. Now he knows how lonely his life is without her. But it is already too late, he needs to accept the truth. It is a hard truth that we can only know the value of a person once they are gone. He will only do stupid things that will make JI realize more that the best thing that she has done is being done with him. Om my this weeks episodes will be exciting. And i can't wait!!!!

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Great recap @teriyaki and I appreciate the insightful comments!

There were so many great mini moments in this episode, among the tasty morsels of drama, of course.

Every moment with the sisters is top notch. And Momma Lee - I'm actually so impressed at how different a character she is from her Mom persona in Pretty Noona. I was worried at first that she'd be a one-trick pony, but she's absolutely nailing the subtle subversion despite being shackled with the "Back in our day..." marital norms.

I'm also still quietly, secretly hoping Chairman Kwon baffles everyone and makes up for his stubborn old-timey dad routine by flipping the script, siding 100% with Jung-In and giving his son a much-needed severe talking to. I just feel like he's got an Ace up his sleeve for some reason - though realistically, he's probably just naturally cagey. (I realize this probably won't happen, but... a gal can dream...)

Aside from all JI/JH scenes, I loved the meeting of the friends over beers with Pharmacist Wang and Young-joo. Priceless.

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Funny how you mention tasty morsels when just last night I thought of how this show resembled a buffet table that we can’t get enough of LOL Seriously, so many good things and so much to reflect on, this show.

Mommy Lee or Gil Hae Yeon as I discovered is a versatile actress. After seeing her in SITR, she turned in a different characterization as well for her role in Encounter as Park Bo Gum’s mature family friend.

And YES, would love more chicken and beer scenes with Pharmacist Wang and friends. They add color and depth.

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I loved how their friends just spilled all their defauts :D

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I cant watch this show until July 12 according to Netflix in my area so I'm just reading the recaps for now but I have to comment on the mother.

Everyone is saying how great her character is compared to her mom part in Pretty Noona. All I could think was that she must have made a deal with the writer and the director to get a redemption on the mom part because she was such a horrendous mother in Pretty Noona. She was vilified all up and down in the comments. I'm just glad when I do get to see the show that she becomes a loving human. She was a bit too much to handle in Pretty Noona. Would def make me run away from home.

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Hey thanks soo much for the recap!! Hooked to this K drama 🥰 Can anyone tell me which song is it when Jiho and JI are smiling and walking at night? Just can't find that song anywhere

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I’m assuming it’s the 5th song on the end credits, Spring Waltz by Carla Bruni. I’m not usually up to date with song releases. For this show, they seem to be released every Wednesday.

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Mei’s right. The song’s out now on iTunes :)

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I have been watching this on Netflix in Canada and and I really want to like it but almost every character is weak and pathetic. Ji-ho and his father seem like a good characters but every other male character is a whiny loser.

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Started this a few days ago and caught up till this episode.

I love that the drama seems slow but it’s not? I can’t put my finger into it but there’s that sense that nothing much is happening but actually there’s lots? Maybe because I watched 5 episodes straight and kept everything to myself to not wake everyone on the plane 😂 and no internet to post my reactions!

I’ve been reading comments and liking every comment out there 😅 don’t be too surprised

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