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One Spring Night: Episodes 21-22

It’s nice when families come together, except when it’s your dad and your ex-boyfriend plotting your life without your input. While the full truth of our lead couple’s relationship isn’t out yet, the dad-ex-boyfriend duo’s unwillingness to accept reality keeps pushing everyone to the edge of that truth, a truth they’re not quite ready to share with everyone. But never fear, our sweet pharmacist gets time with his fiery librarian to grow their relationship in between all the moments of playing phone tag and trying to keep ahead of the opposition. Because while everyone else might have their doubts, these two are growing confident that they’ll be able to weather whatever comes at them.

 
EPISODE 21

Heading up to her apartment with Ji-ho, Jung-in slows when she spots her father standing in front of her door. Jung-in attempts to introduce Ji-ho, but Dad just gruffly barks for her to open the door and let him in. Ji-ho tries next, gently suggesting that he can introduce himself officially another time. Dad continues to ignore him and demand to be let inside, so eventually Ji-ho backs up to leave the two of them.

Dad sits down on the couch and beckons for his daughter to join him, but Jung-in tells him to give her a moment and darts back out to the hall to catch Ji-ho before he leaves. But she just misses the elevator as it closes, and by the time she reaches the street, Ji-ho is gone.

Back upstairs, Dad half-heartedly asks what Ji-ho does for a living, and Jung-in asks when they can have a formal introduction so that Ji-ho can say for himself. “Just end it,” is Dad’s response. When Jung-in says they’ve barely just started, Dad asks if that’s why everyone else already knows all about the two of them.

Jung-in is angry now, and shoots back that just because her dad is older doesn’t mean that he should ignore and dismiss young people. She asks Dad how he would feel if someone treated her that way, and then confirms that Chairman Kwon ignored her just this way for four years.

Speaking of Chairman Kwon, he’s busy looking through the spy photos he’s got an investigator taking of his son. The chairman seems concerned that Ki-seok doesn’t seem to be meeting anyone, not even Jung-in. The chairman orders the investigator to focus on Jung-in now.

And Ki-seok is indeed alone at home with a beer, talking with his older brother who lives in America. His brother mentions that he heard that Ki-seok is getting married finally, and Ki-seok doesn’t quite confirm or deny, but instead asks how his brother managed to get married when their father was against it. His brother says that he was able to do it when their mother was still alive, and apologizes for not being there to help Ki-seok out. Ki-seok’s brother advises that he marry Jung-in quickly, even if he’s tired of her, because other men will find her attractive. Indeed they will.

After fleeing Jung-in’s, Ji-ho heads to his parents’ home. His mother tries to speak with him, but Ji-ho just heads directly to his son’s room to cuddle the sleeping boy.

Back to Jung-in’s apartment, Dad manages to coax Jung-in to the coach and apologizes. But then he asks her what she plans to do with Ki-seok now, and Dad doesn’t accept her answer when she says that she broke up with him already. He tells Jung-in that she can’t decide that alone, not while Ki-seok still loves her. Sigh.

Dad continues on, begging his daughter to stay with Ki-seok so that she doesn’t let her family down. He says that Chairman Kwon may have acted coldly before, but he made a mistake and has changed his mind. And then the real truth comes out, as Dad sinks to his knees: Dad begs Jung-in to stay with Ki-seok, to make sure he still gets that job Chairman Kwon offered to him after retirement. Jung-in pulls away from her father, just as the door opens and Jae-in arrives home.

Jae-in darts behind the foyer wall and whispers at her sister, just to make sure that Dad hasn’t heard the big single-parent news yet. Jung-in reassures her that she still hasn’t told him, and Jae-in turns to greet her dad with a sweet smile. But Dad just ignores his youngest daughter and leaves. Jung-in starts to tell her father the big Ji-ho news, but Jae-in hushes her sister and follows her dad out the door.

Ji-ho’s dad returns home and finds his son curled up in bed next to Eun-woo. Ji-ho’s phone is buzzing on the table, and Dad wakes Ji-ho up to take the call. It’s Jung-in of course, who has been calling repeatedly, worried that Ji-ho was angry.

Ji-ho asks why she’s speaking so quietly when her father has left already, and it turns out it’s because Jung-in has hurried out to Ji-ho’s apartment, and is now trying to creep away quietly since he’s at his parent’s house. Ji-ho smiles, and hands over his door code so that Jung-in can wait for him inside. Ah, I’m swooning for both of them.

Jung-in pauses in front of Ji-ho’s door for a moment to breathe in the moment, and then enters the apartment. She peeks into Ji-ho’s bedroom, where she finds a family portrait of him and Eun-woo on the nightstand.

Ji-ho grins broadly in the taxi when Jung-in texts to ask if she can make herself a bowl of ramyun (is that innuendo?). By the time the taxi finally arrives, Ji-ho bounds to the stairwell and charges up. But instead of entering his own passcode, he rings the intercom instead.

Jung-in, mid-bite of ramen, has a sly smile on her face as she answers back through the intercom speaker, “Who is it?”

“Jung-in’s boyfriend,” Ji-ho grins, and Jung-in retorts, “I have a lover, but not a boyfriend.” When Ji-ho’s smile drops, she muses about how easy he is to tease. Ji-ho enters and moves in for a kiss.

Jung-in returns to her ramyun while Ji-ho tries to hide his laundy, though Jung-in says she’s seen everything already, ha. Jung-in spots a book on Ji-ho’s table that she also owns, and asks Ji-ho to read a passage she likes aloud, in his “lovely voice.” Ji-ho smiles at the compliment and begins to read:

When we fall in love, must we get into it knowing whether it will be fruitful or not? Can we approach love in that manner? We mustn’t. We cannot be calculating in any aspect, because, after all, we love who we love. When one falls in love, it just happens. That’s all there is to it. So let’s not wallow in despair, restrain our feelings, or smother the light…”

He continues on, until Jung-in cuts him off at the end, filling it in herself: “And simply say, ‘Thank you God, I’m in love.'”

The two walk outside together now, and Jung-in admits that her earlier confidence in her ability to protect Ji-ho completely is already wavering. She warns that she might be the person who ends up hurting Ji-ho the most, and Ji-ho makes her promise that she won’t use that worry as an excuse to break up with him (yes! Call out that noble idiocy before it ever gets started!).

They smile as they walk, and Jung-in says that she thinks the two of them are very compatible. Ji-ho asks if it’s because they’re so different, and Jung-in pretends to pout as she asks if he’s insinuating that she’s ill-tempered. She asks him, “Don’t you think we’ll be able to get through everything together?” Ji-ho doesn’t answer with anything other than a smile, and she pokes at him to try to get an answer as they laugh.

The next morning, Ki-seok has nothing interesting to report from his weekend. When he hears that Hyun-soo played basketball, he immediately asks why he wasn’t invited, and Hyun-soo soothes that he was just playing by himself, not with the team. As everyone crowds into the elevator, Hyun-soo chooses to wait for the next one, Ki-seok’s steady gaze on him.

As soon as the doors close, Hyun-soo’s phone buzzes with a text from Ki-seok asking to meet upstairs. In the meeting room, Ki-seok tells Hyun-soo not to act so distantly towards him. Hyun-soo protests that he’s trying to be considerate, and Ki-seok responds that his efforts are just offending him instead.

At the school, the Dads meet together again. Jung-in’s Dad reassures the chairman that Jung-in is definitely not seeing anyone else, and tries to suggest that the rumors sprang up around guys at her college reunion meetups. Chairman Kwon seems doubtful but says that he’s sure they’ll figure things out then, but Dad has another proposal: why not arrange the wedding for them?

At lunchtime, Ji-ho runs to meet Jung-in at a Quiznos on her day off. But instead of subjecting us to the ambiance-deficient store, Ji-ho asks Jung-in to join him outside for lunch in a park. It’s a beautiful day, and Ji-ho confesses that he’d always wanted to have lunch with the person he loves in a park. Jung-in’s missed romantic opportunity is a walk in an alley after a rain, and Ji-ho says that they can probably make that happen someday.

Jung-in leans back, eyes closed, to enjoy the spring breeze, and Ji-ho snaps a photo of her. He sends it to her, and then teases her when she admires herself. “I guess you think you’re very pretty.”

Jung-in turns to him and asks him to agree to whatever she’s going to ask next. Eventually Ji-ho agrees, and Jung-in requests to go somewhere fun with Eun-woo soon. Of course, Ji-ho seems taken down by emotions, and Jung-in remarks with a smile that he’s so easy to upset. Ji-ho smiles, and from across the park, a camera shutter snaps, as the chairman’s detective captures the two sitting together.

EPISODE 22

Jae-in stops by Young-jae’s apartment building to pick him up. While there, she asks how much the rent is, since she assumes she and Jung-in will be kicked out of their place soon by her dad. Jae-in asks what Ji-ho’s parents are like, and Young-jae nods that they’re both very nice.

Ki-seok stops by for a meal with his dad and to apologize for his drunken phone call from a few nights ago. The chairman wants to know if she’s seeing someone else, and then continues that if it’s nothing serious, Ki-seok shouldn’t nag her about it and instead focus on a wedding date, especially since Jung-in’s dad has brought it up.

Chairman Kwon is surprised when his son is still there waiting for him after he emerges from cleaning up, and Ki-seok reassures his dad that Jung-in isn’t seeing anyone else. His dad nods and tells him to not give up until he can walk away without regrets.

Meanwhile, Ji-ho is also visiting his dad, though he spends his visit helping set up online banking for his father. Dad finally sees the money Ji-ho transferred for the stolen alcohol, and Dad giggles that with advance warning he’ll pick up some snacks for the next time.

Ji-ho’s mom comes in then with the laundry, but Ji-ho is pulled away by Eun-woo, who says that Jung-in is calling. Mom notes the name of the library on one of Eun-woo’s books and watches her son solemnly.

Ji-ho sits with Eun-woo on his bed while they video chat with Jung-in. Eun-woo shares that he made a pinwheel for Jung-in at kindergarten and Jung-in asks him to bring it to her the next time they see one another. Jung-in even calls Jae-in over to say hello to Eun-woo, who gasps at how “large” she is when she gets a little too close to the camera. Haha. Jung-in collapses into giggles.

At Seo-in’s, she sits with her mother, books about becoming a mother on the counter. Now that Mom knows about Seo-in’s pregnancy, she begs her daughter to stay with Shi-hoon. Seo-in tells her mother that she fears for her life if she stays with Shi-hoon, and that she needs to stay alive for the child. Mom doesn’t get how literal Seo-in means this, so Seo-in retrieves her binder of bruises and shows her mother all the harm Shi-hoon has inflicted.

Mom flips through only a few pages, and that’s enough for her. Mom stands, determined to find Shi-hoon, while Seo-in begs her mother to let her handle it. She clutches at her mother, and the two of them curl up into sobs.

Jung-in meets with Young-joo for a coffee, and to tell her friend that she’s planning on telling her father about Eun-woo. Young-joo is conflicted. Not only does she believe that Jung-in’s father will be angry, but she worries about her friend instantly becoming a mom if she were to consider marrying Ji-ho. But Jung-in doesn’t waver at that thought.

At the office, Ki-seok gets a call, and it seems that Jung-in’s father is reaching out to meet. It’s confirmed when Ji-ho calls Jung-in and reports that Hyun-soo overheard the conversation. Ji-ho is worried that Ki-seok will tell Jung-in’s dad about Eun-woo before he himself gets a chance to do it.

Young-joo watches her friend pace, and approaches to see what’s going on. Once she hears about Ki-seok, she agrees that it’s the right move to tell Jung-in’s dad before anyone else gets the chance.

Ji-ho’s back on the phone, and apologizes for disagreeing. Still, he says that he’d prefer to tell Jung-in about everything himself, since he’s not ashamed of who he is. Jung-in compliments his confidence, and he smiles. But Ji-ho is also growing impatient with Ki-seok, since he understands that Ki-seok’s issue is with him and not really with Jung-in.

While those two do their best to manage this situation, Jung-in’s mom has made her way to Shi-hoon’s clinic. She doesn’t allow the receptionists to give him any warning and instead heads back to his office. Shi-hoon is surprised to see his mother-in-law, and maybe even moreso when she greets him with a slap across the face. She delivers a second slap, and let’s Shi-hoon know that she’ll kill him if he ever lays a hand on her daughter again. A smirk crosses Shi-hoon’s face, and Mom goes ballistic, striking him over and over again until she’s exhausted.

Mom retreats to Seo-in’s apartment, where she tries to distract herself with food prep. But as she stirs the rice and closes the containers, the tears start to fall, and she’s overcome with sobs.

When Seo-in returns home, the apartment is empty, but there are flowers in vase. On her bed, Seo-in finds a bouquet and a box with a pair of baby shoes inside. A note from Mom reads, “You’re already a tremendous mother.”

Jung-in ducks out of work with somewhere to go. Is it to meet Ji-ho? It seems the answer is no, since Ji-ho calls her to see where she is. He asks if she’s planning to intervene in Ki-seok’s meeting with her father, and Jung-in refuses to answer one way or another, and Ji-ho heads out for dinner with Hyun-soo, Young-jae, and Jae-in.

Ki-seok and Dad sit down for their meal. There’s brief small talk, but then Dad goes forth and says, “I hear Jung-in is cheating on you.”

Meanwhile, Hyun-soo can’t help but note that Ji-ho is drinking soda instead of beer with his chicken, and doesn’t believe Ji-ho when he says nothing is wrong. Through their banter, Ji-ho asks Jae-in if she has any tips for being good to Jung-in. Jae-in turns the topic to her father, and laments that he won’t even acknowledge her right now since she messed up at school.

Back to Ki-seok, and he leans forward to ask Dad if Jung-in has told him the entire story. But when Dad seems confused, instead of tattling on Ji-ho and his son, Ki-seok denies that Jung-in is seeing anyone else at all. Both of them know that this isn’t true, but they both smile and nod and call it all nonsense.

With that settled, Dad brings up wedding planning, and Ki-seok asks Dad if he would be willing to set the date on their behalf. Dad chuckles and tells Ki-seok that he’s very much like the chairman.

Where is Jung-in if not here disrupting this nefarious plotting? She’s standing outside the gates of a stately home, one that I can only assume belongs to Chairman Kwon.

And indeed, the chairman sits inside, reviewing the photos of Jung-in and Ji-ho together that his detective has delivered. A maid arrives to announce Jung-in’s arrival, and Jung-in passes through the gates, looking up to the entrance.

 
COMMENTS

I really have no clue what Jung-in’s plan is here. Is she forming her own alliances within the Kwon family to stand against Ki-seok and her father? If so, I kind of love the idea that she can use the chairman’s admiration to sabotage this undesirable union. If he’ll go along with it. It’s a great moment to leave us on, because I cannot even begin to guess how this will go down.

And as for that other alliance, man. The moment that Ki-seok and Jung-in’s dad smiled at one another at the lie they were telling themselves, ugh. It hurts the most because they both know they’re lying. They aren’t in denial or confused; they both are willing themselves to completely remove Ji-ho’s existence from their consciousnesses, and they only grow more confident when they see someone else is willing to play along.

Even if Jung-in doesn’t manage to win Chairman Kwon over, she and Ji-ho have a network of allies to help them out, and I loved that they now feel comfortable warning one another about Ki-seok’s machinations. In any other show, Jung-in would have found out about Ki-seok’s meeting with her dad through some high drama way. Maybe Ki-seok would call and taunt her about it, or she’d see them on the street and confront them in a rage. But instead, Ji-ho looks out for Jung-in. He’s got intel from his friends, and he passes it along. He also trusts her to take care of things when she says she will. It doesn’t mean he isn’t uneasy about it. The guy is drinking PPL soda instead of beer with his chicken–he’s prepared to dash off in a moment’s notice if things go south.

We get plenty of time amidst all this mess to enjoy this relationship as it grows. One thing I love about so many scenes are the full building shots we get to see and how that communicates the emotions of the scene. We are well acquainted with Ji-ho’s building, but I loved the shot of the elevators in Jung-in’s building this time around as well when Jung-in chased after Ji-ho after her dad showed up. The building was a little maze meant to keep distance between the two, and I love how the camera pulls way back to let us see it all.

And in contrast we see their reunion in Ji-ho’s building, where we travel a familiar ascent to his floor. All the lights turn on and light his way, guiding his path back to Jung-in, who is even closer, having crossed his doorway and into his private life.

The scene that stole the entire episode though has got to be Jung-in’s mom crying as she makes food for her oldest daughter Seo-in. It was so simple but the emotions were there in every small movement. The urge to take care of her oldest daughter in a way that she hasn’t done in a while, the one thing that she might feel in control of in the situation. I totally teared up.

It feels like we’re going to see Ji-ho meet the family soon to reveal his supposedly terrible past. It’s hard to imagine anything actually coming between Ji-ho and Jung-in though as we watch them build their foundation. They both don’t care what anyone else thinks about their lives and their relationship together. They want their families to accept things, but I feel like even if Jung-in’s dad never accepts Ji-ho, he would be okay with that, as long as he knew that Jung-in was okay with that risk too. Then again, Ji-ho’s face was not a determined one as Jae-in discussed her own tenuous terms she’s on with her father.

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I'm so happy that her mother knows the truth about Seo In and her son-in-law. It was very sad to see her understanding that her daughter was abused and she couldn't protect her. When she went and saw him, I wanted her to hit him where it hurts! Not the arms... Now I'm waiting for the sisters to know the truth. Seo In deserves to be surrounded by people who loves her!

Ki Seok and the father are so pathetic. How can you plan for a wedding without one of the spouse O_O Honestly, I would threaten Ki Seok to humiliate him publicly if he doesn't stop. It's sad because I don't think he's so bad, it's just he lost his common sense for now.

Jung In and Jiho's moments are so cute and emotional. I love how they told to each other everything. I love how they tease each other too :p

The cutest moments : Jiho sleeping with this son. They looks so cute together. Eun Woo on the phone telling that Jae In is big :D

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For me, the whole arc with the mother and Seo-in was my favourite part of this episode. It was so beautifully written. I wanted to strangle Mum when she was talking about how Seo-in had to put up with her husband if a baby was involved. But then when she found out the truth and turned on a dime it was magic.

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Jung-In’s dad is just shameless! He’s willing to sell her off just for his retirement. Straight down, worst Kdrama dad I’ve encountered so far.

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Agreed. Even W's "No Face" dad was better than Jung-in's dad. After a bit, I couldn't watch that scene where he sat in her house and tried to get to agree to marry Ki-seok. It was so frustrating, and I was actually in real life, getting so angry.

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My blood was boiling, and I wanted to scream that if you like him so much marry him yourself and storm out of the house, the last I would see of him for the next few months! It was just too much for me.

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If there's 1 thing this writer-director duo excel at, it's how to write the parents' character so well that the audience hate them! I write this in admiration as the mum in Pretty Noona completely ruined it for me, and I'm scared where this Dad-Ki Seok alliance is going.

It's been such a great drama up until now!

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Fantastic thoughts, abirdword, particularly on the building shots. I love the nuanced shots peppered throughout this show. I similarly felt gleeful in calling out the noble idiocy that has been played to death in so many shows haha. The level of disrespect from Jung In’s dad and Ki-Seok is utterly disgusting. Those very emotional moments with Jung In’s mum and Seo-in tore at my heartstrings and I teared up plenty. I see many attempts at brave moments between our lead couple. I can’t wait to see the next synopsis and your thoughts on the same. The next episode blew me away and I’ll keep a lid on my pithy comments till then :)

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Agreed re: @abirdword's comments. The significance of the building shots didn't resonate until I read those thoughts. Spot on.

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I think my heart broke into multiple pieces when truth about Seo-In marriage was out in open to her mother. I could see anguish in her mother's eye, of how she (her mother) couldn't see through her daughter's pain. I could see Seo-In's pain of being silent for so long. That moment when her mother decorated her house, to show her that she doesn't need a husband to feel special or to be a mother. More than Ji-Ho and Jung-In i loved their mother! That's why all the sisters are so strong headed! It's their mother ...

That's why I love this Korean drama (trust me in recent years I have given up on many dramas because of lack of plot line and predictability)

Last drama I loved was tunnel 😆😆
I had started to like pretty Noona who buys me food ... But then towards the end director disappointed me

This drama though a bit predictable has real life situations and emotions attached to it!

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This drama never fails to make me smile and then make me cry too. That scene with their mom slapping si hoon was so satisfying. Actually it is not enough. The scene where seo in sees the note from her mom, it made me cry. I really hope jeong in and jae in knows too so they can beat si hoon to the fullest, girl power. Eun woo was so cute talking with her future mother. He is really fond of jeong in. Scenes of JI and JH are lovable, simple holding hands, walking but makes me smile. This drama gives me a lot of emotions and i am loving it. We have a father that is really disgusting but i am sure if the lee sisters and their mom will unite, he will never win. The next episode was just great too. Thanks for the wonderful recap:)

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This episode was emotionally draining! I was super wrecked, angry and tired by the end of it.
My favourite moments was when seo-in saw the baby shoes and card from her mother but her house still is so dark.
On the other hand our couple's scene have shifted to daylight, meeting during day at park. Also the meeting with friends was in full light, unlike never before.

The cutest moment was jae-in being called big by Eun-u.

And the most anger inducing moment was the meeting of delusionals: dad (both of them) and Ki-seok, I find it super pathetic what they all are plotting and I just want to tell them to get married to each other (Jung in dad and Ki Seok, they match to iota)

Another cute moment was Ji ho and his dad NH bank app PPL, it was kind of like I don't want to leave that dad! Can Jung hi meet him and get all the dad love just from him and forget her own dad?

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Thank you @ abirdword for the recap and for sharing your thoughts and observations. The visual storytelling of this show is remarkable. The writer and director team knows exactly how to bring out the emotions for each scene, love how they balance out the dark and serious tones with lighthearted moments. Brilliant and excellent work from everyone.

I have no doubt now about JiHo and JungIn’s feelings for each other. They have started a strong foundation on respecting each other and being truthful from the beginning. With just 2 more weeks to go, I’m just curious now about how the writer will resolve JungIn’s dad and GiSeok issue. I also hope SeoIn gets a proper closure, preferably with ShiHoon behind bars. I think SeoIn and JiHo, inspite of their situations, will be the beacon of light for everyone.

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I like your last sentence a lot. I’m eager to see Seo In and Ji Ho rising to the occasion - personally, I guess this eagerness stems from seeing 2 more (for the lack of a better word) “docile” characters, taking the difficult paths and risk to fight for their respective happiness.

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I'm curious about the reaction of Seo In and Jung In's mother when she will know about Jiho. One of her daughter will have to face a difficult situation. So will she be against Jiho because she doesn't want Jung In in a complicated relationship too? Or she will respect Jiho because Seo In and him are in the same situation.

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That’s a good point. I think she will be surprised about it at first. But I think she will be more accepting of JiHo because of SeoIn.

At the start of this episode, JungIn told her Dad something about “other people treating your child that way”, referring to how Chairman Kwon treated her in the past four years. I think Mom will come to this realization as well. Mom and her daughters have the same kind of principles. It’s the Dad who has medieval mind.

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At least that’s what I wish to happen. I think writer-nim was intentional with the plot she wrote for SeoIn having a parallel to JiHo’s story. So far, she has been consistent with her character development. I think SeoIn and JiHo’s characters were intended for a paradigm shift in Korean society. GiSeok’s character looks good on the outside. He seems like the ideal man that society upholds. Yet upon looking closely, JiHo has more depth to his character than meets the eye. On the other hand, SeoIn seemingly has the “perfect life” — respectable job, good family and husband. This will shatter the public’s perception once truth is revealed.

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Whilst the fact that Seo-in's situation is likely to mirror Ji-ho's, and so the mother might realise the considerable prejudice of that situation, I also think that she will realise that it is important for her Jung-in to make her own decisions.
Seo-in's family wanted her to marry Shi-hon, and look what happened to her. So I think the sheer guilt of the 'bad decision' that was made with respect to the selection of Seo-in's husband will give Mom 'cause for pause'

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I think if she was against Jung In-Jiho relationship, it would not be because of Jiho but more that she want an easy relationship for her daughter. Jung In will be "jugded" because of her choice and maybe her mother will want to protect her from that.
But I agree it looks like she won't judge Jiho for being a single father.

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I have a question yet again.. in the last episode or so Ji Ho and Jung In have started calling each other more casually (by dropping the -shi) behind their names. And then they revert to calling each other politely with honorifics again. Culture wise, anybody care to explain? Thanks!

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In this context, there's nothing much to explain. It's like calling your spouse honey one week and then reverting back to his/her name another week or calling him/her something else another time.

They just flip flop through the different "respect-levels" but it's clear that they respect and adore each other very much. Their actions speak more than whatever comes out of their mouths.

The textbook consensus is that "Jeondaetmal" or "respectful speech" is for people you don't know and Banmal crashes the invisible wall and is for people whom you are close to, but actually, in real life, very loving couples sometimes still constantly use respectful speech between them like Song IlGook and his wife do just because they like how it reminds them to be respectful to each other or whatever. When it comes to close relationships, everything's just interchangeable.

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Thank you!

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I am from South Korea and to me it seems like as they met in their mid 30s, they are more used to using honorifics with anyone they encounter - like neighbors, customers, colleagues, etc - except for the ones they have bonded with since young.

So it may be a bit awkward to suddenly drop all the formality and behaving entirely differently around someone over night.

Instead, they are making the transition more gradually. They are at a stage where they mix the two forms of speech even in one conversation.

As to calling each other by their names dropping -ssi sometimes, I think they did it playfully. Or in a situation where they wanted to make a bigger impact like how you would call someone by their full name in English.

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Thank you! Your explanation makes me understand it a lot better now.

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Thanks for such a great recap and comments you made. I have been watching this drama and I am also so much in awe of the development of the story and the scenes. Beautifully made. Naturally acted. I love Han Ji Min. I also like how Ji-ho confidently shows his love and fearless side to Jeong-in and to Ki-seok and even Jeong-in's dad. I always look forward to Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Agree, I am in awe of Han Ji Min, and v pleased to see Jung Hae In’s improved acting, he truly managed to match up to Han Ji Min’s acting chops - esp with repeated views, I could see the body language, the eye gestures, etc, in sharper detail. Perhaps I’m biased, but kudos to the other actors/actresses for being able to show the selfish/darker sides of the human character so well. It is not easy to delve into the complexities and difficult “grey” areas of human relationships on-screen. I see many dramas portraying innocent love, revenge, greed, in a fairly one-dimensional way. But to show empathy, forgiveness, guilt, shame, and/or bravery in a multi-faceted way in one individual character, that’s not easy. I guess I am being particularly poignant because of my own struggles in my past relationships, having to own up to selfish and bad behaviours.

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That great attention to detail acting, that is what i love about han ji min. Those changes in her facial expressions, those expressive eyes, perfect. JHI is also doing his share. HJM is on a roll. This is her third drama that i loved even though she only have limited scenes in dazzling. Wait and miss baek too. Great actress indeed.

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Ki-Seok, Father and Ki-Seok are all peas in the same pod. Their actions & motivations may be different, but they are the same. They all think they are superior to women, treat them like objects/commodities and disrespect them. They think they are doing women favors by making decisions for them.
Actually, I don't hate the father as much as Ki-Seok and now even Chairman Kwon. I was neutral about Kwon until he ordered a tail after Jung-In. Isn't that illegal?
Father - I know he is a scum, but atleast he is her father. She can fight him, argue with him, get mad at him and deal with him. They have a life long relationship. But Ki-Seok and Kwon have no business in interfering in her life. Ki-Seok is the worst. I can't wait for him downfall.

On the brighter side, how adorable are our couple! I love how Ji-Ho is now wearing light color shirts and the lighting is bright and cheery. It shows how much light has come into his life. From living in his own shell/world, now he is experiencing a beautiful love. Am glad Ji-Ho did not look very offended by her dad ignoring him. I hope these two stick together even if parents don't approve.

EunWoo - he is so adorable. I love how he warmed up to Jung-In and instinctively knew his father likes her too.

SeoIn & mother - ok, they broke my heart. Am glad mom knows and now the whole 'single parent' takes a new meaning because your child is involved.

Off to watching the next episode! been savoring it.

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I can't deal with all these abusive male villains. On the one hand, we've got the Principal Lee/Ki-seok/Chairman Kwon triangle of emotional abuse. On the other, there's Shi-hoon, who is the worst of them all, and I think it's pretty clear that he hasn't hit rock bottom yet... 'cause once he does... somebody's going to be dead. It's only a matter of time before he snaps, I think. I don't want to think about it, but it feels kind of inevitable - especially with the show being over the halfway mark.

As for our lovely lovely lovebirds... *Sigh* They're just amazing. Their moments together, as everyone is saying, are pure bliss. I especially love how they're still skirting that line between being completely comfortable with each other, but still a bit shy. They can banter and tease and call each other out, but are still easing into being physically comfortable around each other. It's that mishmash of awkwardness and confidence that makes them all the more endearing to watch.

Can't wait for the next recap - those next episodes were mega intense.

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@theTINYL, definitely agree.

With respect to the lovebirds, I absolutely love them (!), and how the writer has been developing their relationship. I think whatever shyness they may still have with each other comes from the fact that they are not fully free to openly explore and nurture their relationship.

So, when there might be a hesitancy in Jung-in and Ji-ho's interaction or action, which is not necessarily because they are unsure of the other person, but instead, they have been trying to be considerate of everyone else around them (family, friends, etc.) who might be affected or concerned about their relationship.

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“...not necessarily because they are unsure of the other person, but instead, they have been trying to be considerate of everyone else around them (family, friends, etc.) who might be affected”

This is why I love this show so much. Morals and values are depicted by the lead characters but not in a preachy way. The heroine is fierce and knows what she wants but she is not mean and tries not to step on anyone’s toes. It’s a delicate balance between respecting cultural norms and standing her ground. As much as I love strong and powerful female characters. I can’t stand them being mean, inconsiderate, manipulative, disrespectful etc

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@Mei: "As much as I love strong and powerful female characters. I can’t stand them being mean, inconsiderate, manipulative, disrespectful etc" ... I definitely agree

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Both fathers and Ki-seok made me so angry this episode. They're just getting more and more delusional as their goals get further away. Jeong-in is merely a tool for their greed and male egos, which is infuriating. I'm just glad Jeong-in and Ji-ho both speak their minds and aren't easily intimidated. Although I think they're still being too nice about it all. Unless you shut it down entirely, leaving no room for dispute, men like that will keep pushing. They aren't going to suddenly start respecting Jeong-in's agency.

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I am so infuriated with Jung-in's father. Gi-seok annoys me, but honestly, I find his actions somewhat realistic for a desperate guy who cannot understand how she would choose someone who he deems "inferior." Her father though...all he cares about is his social standing and his retirement that he's willing to sacrifice his daughters' happiness for it. It confounds me. How can a father be so selfish? If it was coming from a place of love - like maybe he's worried that she's throwing her safe future away or that he wants to be able to continue providing for his family - I can maybe understand him a little bit better. But none of those motivations are shown! I just see selfishness.

The one bright spot of her family is the strong bond between the women, which is so incredibly supportive and beautiful. The love between them for one another makes their scenes together some of my favorites (second to the cuteness between Jung-in and Ji-ho of course). The scene between the mom and Seo-in was heartbreaking. To see the proof of her daughter being abused was so devastating to the mother, and of course it would be. To see her baby being treated so terribly? And knowing that they pushed her into the marriage (mostly her husband, but still) is something that weighs heavily on her. I really want to see them all band together and just leave these trash men.

All these Jung-in and Ji-ho moments are making my heart ready to burst. I can't handle this love between them, and not just that, but how it's portrayed so realistically and genuinely on the screen. The writer is showing the growth of their relationship so freaking well, and I really hope that it continues. Please don't let us down, Writer-nim! Some of my favorite moments were Jung-in's phone call with Eun-woo (and her kicking Jae-in away LMAO) and their lunch on the park bench. I want to see 50 more scenes of Jung-in being a thug, please xD

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YES x 100000000000 to Thuglife Jung-in.

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I would really love that too. As YJ said, jae in is also a bully lol. Definitely it runs in the family. Seo in should have it in her and she definitely needs to master that so she can fight the scumbag SH.

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Well said! I laughed so much at the kicking scene...

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Is anyone as really curious as I am about the book Ji-ho reading? Does anyone know the title?

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Well, in the back half of this drama I finally feel like this couple actually have a relationship so that helps. It's a comfortable, understated almost lived-in one that's somehow domestic but innocent at the same time. And for once the lack of sex works for me. It makes a lot of sense that a woman who just got out of a long-term relationship and a single father wouldn't rush into bed together.

But, holy hell, this could end badly. I often feel with nascent relationships in melodramas that it really couldn't withstand the pressure put on it by society and family. But unlike the average fantasy we get sold, this writer lives for verisimilitude (sometimes more than I'd like) so I can see those cracks forming because of this pressure.

They frankly just haven't dated long enough.

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