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One Spring Night: Episodes 9-10

So many feelings. Our young pharmacist does his best to bury his deep inside, while our librarian starts to realize that holding them back is what has been making her miserable all along. But holding back or moving forward, everyone is consumed with the ache of distance as they try to sort everything out. Except for maybe our pharmacist’s rival Ki-seok. That guy has plenty of angst to contend with as well in this hour, but his is more about avoidance than any realizations.

 
EPISODE 9

Sitting in the car, Ji-ho promises Jung-in that he won’t let her see his feelings, just as long as he can still see her. Jung-in scoffs that the idea of him watching her secretly is ridiculous, but as she keeps talking, it sounds like her real issue is that she wants to know that Ji-ho is admiring her. Not just that, but Jung-in asks if she should get Ji-ho’s permission so that she can watch him in secret as well, basically admitting that she’s drawn to him just as much as he is to her.

She calls him selfish, and Ji-ho asks if he should allow himself to be truly selfish. But Jung-in squashes the rising emotions with a firm “no.” Ji-ho rolls out of the car and leans against his car, taking a breath of the night air to calm down.

Meanwhile, Ki-seok is still out with the guys and gives Jung-in a call. She’s his number one on speed dial, but she doesn’t pick up his call.

Ji-ho drives Jung-in home, and as they arrive, Ji-ho says that they should end things there. Jung-in presses him on it, how she’s not going to buy his lie that this is all his fault for falling for her fleeting feelings too fast.

At their home, Jung-in’s parents argue as they get into bed. Dad insists that putting pressure on Jung-in is the right thing to do, while Mom stands firm in her defence of her daughter and her right to make her own decisions.

The next day, Jung-in catches her Mom on the way out of her calligraphy class. While Mom defended her the night before, she still plays cold towards her daughter until Jung-in apologizes for hiding Jae-in’s return. As they sit together in an empty auditorium in the school building, Mom shares that Seo-in also got upset during a recent visit. Jung-in quickly asks what Seo-in had to say, but diverts her eyes when Mom asks if she knows something.

Jung-in asks her mother what kind of guy she should marry. Mom asks about Ki-seok, and says that it’s not easy to sever such a bond with someone you’ve known for so long. Even so, Mom’s words are that you can’t control what the heart wants.

As the week continues, Jung-in and her colleagues continue to prep for the upcoming book event and are working on a theme. Jung-in suddenly blurts, “Unexpectedly You,” and presents it as a way to encourage new participants who may have shied away from the event previously. Jung-in starts to back down on the concept, but Young-joo and Ha-rin love the idea.

While Jung-in is having creative breakthroughs at work, others are having less success. Ji-ho seems more and more consumed by his frustration while he works, and Seo-in turns down the offer for a new show. Her boss can’t understand why she wouldn’t go for it, and Seo-in manages to stay firmly silent as he badgers her with questions.

Meanwhile, Shi-hoon has found his new, larger dental office. He’s excited that all the equipment in the office will come with it, and brushes aside the real estate agent’s efforts to warn him that because this is a new building, the rent will be very costly. Shi-hoon just wants to know when he can sign the lease.

After work, Ki-seok and Jung-in go out for dinner together, and Jung-in asks if Ki-seok has seen Shi-hoon recently. When Ki-seok mentions the loan, Jung-in tells him to stay away from Shi-hoon and find an excuse to deny the loan. She won’t elaborate on why though, so of course Ki-seok mentions that Shi-hoon said that he would support their marriage.

It is definitely the wrong thing to say, and Jung-in gives him a hard stare. Ki-seok presses, and Jung-in asks what his parents think about them getting married. Ki-seok asks if she’ll accept his proposal if he gets that all straightened out, and Jung-in asks if he just doesn’t want to lose this argument. Ki-seok retorts that it’s not like Jung-in lets him win all the time anyway. Jung-in says that she dreads spending time with Ki-seok lately, because it always turns into a fight, and she blames herself for it.

Jung-in waits outside as Ki-seok pays the bill, and Ki-seok walks past her without a glance as he tells her to get in the car. Now Jung-in is angry, and she lets all of the pent-up anger out. She yells at Ki-seok about how she knows his parents don’t approve of her, and how frustrated she is that while Ki-seok knows this, he just ignores how that might make her feel.

Jung-in says she’s never pestered him to get married, and she hoped only that he would understand her and her feelings. Ki-seok tries to comfort Jung-in, but she’s too riled up and walks home by herself.

And now it’s time for a misery montage! The night hasn’t ended well for anyone really, and we see Jung-in curled on her couch, Ki-seok in his car still outside the restaurant, and Ji-ho in his apartment wrestling with his thoughts.

At the pharmacy the next morning, Ji-ho is thrown by a woman asking for hangover medicine. All he can think about is his first encounter with Jung-in, and his fellow pharmacist has to take over while he heads to the back room the gather himself. His older coworker Pharmacist Wang arrives with a bag of clothes for Eun-woo. She asks about the girl Ji-ho is obviously pining over, and he tells her that he ended it, because “he was too good for her.” Pharmacist Wang gives him a playful slap to the shoulder and sends him back out front.

At the school, Jung-in’s dad is busy slashing the budget for books and other “unnecessary” things when Chairman Kwon turns up. The chairman inquires after Jung-in’s library job, and then asks what Jung-in is good at. Dad vaguely boasts that Jung-in is good at a lot of things, but the chairman seems pretty unconvinced.

They take this conversation to lunch, but first Chairman Kwon fields a call from his son, telling Ki-seok to hurry up and get married. Once the chairman ends the call, Dad continues to praise Jung-in and says that she’s very loyal and would never betray anyone. The chairman warns Dad not to trust her just because she’s his daughter.

Meanwhile, Jung-in and Young-joo with coffee in the library stacks, and Jung-in quietly announces, “I’m going to break up with Ki-seok.” Young-joo is stunned that Jung-in’s feelings for the pharmacist are that strong.

Young-joo says that Jung-in won’t be able to break up with Ki-seok, because Ki-seok won’t let her. She says that maybe if there wasn’t another guy, it would just fade away. But with a third-party, it will become about winning and pride. Jung-in says that while she does like Ji-ho, she’s not sure if she has a chance with him either. Young-joo asks her to explain, and Jung-in promises to do so later, with a sigh.

EPISODE 10

Ji-ho’s parents are busy at their business, though Mom may be more preoccupied with setting Ji-ho up with their single mom neighbor than she is with laundry. The bus arrives with Eun-woo, who asks about when his dad will be around so they can go to the library again. Mom presses about what’s at the library, and Eun-woo admits that there’s a teacher there who knows his dad.

Ji-ho is out for chicken and beer with Hyun-soo, the conversation about dating and work. Hyun-soo brings up how attractive Ki-seok’s girlfriend is again, and then says that he heard they’re getting married, but he doesn’t think Ki-seok actually wants to. Ji-ho’s hackles raise as he gets defensive. “Why are they still together then? And what does that make her?” Hyun-soo doesn’t get why Ji-ho is so interested, and segues on to mention that he can’t get ahold of their friend Young-jae. Ji-ho tells Hyun-soo to leave the guy alone while he studies.

Cut to Young-jae, who is indeed busy studying eating dinner with Jae-in. He asks Jae-in what she plans to do when she eventually has to find a job, and Jae-in lists her many capabilities, including French, English, and piano.

On the tv overhead, Seo-in’s news program comes on, and Jae-in asks Young-jae what he thinks of the newscaster. She’s immediately sulky when Young-jae says that Seo-in is his ideal type, sophisticated and elegant. Jae-in huffs over to get the bill.

Outside, Young-jae finally checks his phone and sees all the messages from Hyun-soo. Jae-in wants to join him and Ji-ho for drinks, but Young-jae is worried they’ll speculate that they’re more than just friends. Jae-in swears that she’ll profess that she’s there to see Ji-ho, but Young-jae says he’s pretty sure that the guy has fallen hard for someone else already.

So Jae-in goes home instead, and promptly reports this news of a mysterious love interest to Jung-in, who is picking at her late dinner. Jung-in slips up and asks Jae-in why she’s so interested in “Ji-ho shi,” and Jae-in notes the unexpected familiarity. Jung-in diverts the conversation by warning Jae-in to behave, and Jae-in growls over her shoulder that she misses her fearless sister.

Ki-seok meets with Shi-hoon to relay the news that his loan has been denied. Shi-hoon is all smiles, telling Ki-seok that it’s no big deal, he can just afford to do it in cash. Ha. But then Shi-hoon starts back with his intentions to support Ki-seok and Jung-in’s marriage, and it’s clear that the latest confrontation with Jung-in is on his mind as Ki-seok pulls the paperwork back and offers to take another look at it.

After Ki-seok walks Shi-hoon to his car, he receives a text from Jung-in. “We need to talk,” it reads, and Ki-seok curses to himself as he walks back inside. Yeah, need-to-talk texts are never good.

Seo-in arrives at Shi-hoon’s dental office at closing time. The receptionists are on their way out, and Seo-in asks one of the girls to pick up some stomach medicine for her. Once they’re gone, Seo-in heads back to Shi-hoon’s office and throws his mail on the desk in front of him. She tells him to hurry up and take care of his loan, and demands his legal seal so that she can sell the apartment. Shi-hoon rises to strike Seo-in, and she runs for the doors. He pursues her and grabs her, but they’re interrupted by the receptionist returning with Seo-in’s medicine, thank goodness.

The workday is ending for Jung-in as well. She checks her texts and sees that Ki-seok is avoiding the conversation that she wants to have. Young-joo wishes her friend luck. But Jung-in is tired of waiting, and so she calls Ji-ho on her way out. But Ji-ho is busy with laundry at home and doesn’t pick up.

Jung-in heads to his building, seeing the lights on in his apartment. She calls again, but no answer. And so she climbs the stairs of the building, the overhead fluorescents lighting the way as she climbs to Ji-ho’s front door.

Ji-ho comes out to talk to her in the hallway. He asks if something happened, and she asks him if she’s the only one having a hard time with this. She asks if she’s annoying, and Ji-ho gruffly says, “Yes, you are.” He goes on, saying that they should just be strangers to one another, and Jung-in reaches out and silences him, her hand pressed against his mouth.

She starts to cry as she pulls her hand away, and Ji-ho shifts uncomfortably before suggesting that they go get something to eat.

They head to a nearby restaurant and are seated even though it’s closing time. Ji-ho recommends what’s good, but Jung-in notes that he’s not eating. Ji-ho admits that he’s actually already had dinner. Jung-in continues to badger him, asking if she’s a loser and a burden to him, and Ji-ho agrees, though it’s clear there’s no heart in it, only restraint.

Jung-in asks if the coffee shop they went to previously is still open, and Ji-ho asks, “Aren’t you going home?” Jung-in gives him a sideways look as she asks if she can stay at his place if the answer is no.

They sit across from one another at the coffee shop now. Jung-in persists with her line of questions and Ji-ho holds his front, asking why Jung-in can’t understand that this entire evening is torture for him. Jung-in asks why she should care. But it seems more flirty than anything else, and when Ji-ho calls her mean, she says that he’ll be seeing it a lot more now that her true troublemaker self has resurfaced. Ji-ho asks her to please help him be strong and not selfish, and when Jung-in asks why, he answers that she’s too good for him, which gives her pause.

In the end, Ji-ho drives Jung-in home. As she walks away, Ji-ho can’t help but watch her. Then he folds over on his car, bracing himself against his emotions. Just at that moment though, Jae-in and Young-jae arrive and ask what Ji-ho is doing in the neighborhood.

Jung-in is so distracted inside, she misses the elevator and has to call for it again. While she waits, Jae-in catches up and mentions that she saw Ji-ho outside and wanted to invite Young-jae in, but she knew her sister wouldn’t like it. Jung-in says that she’s not so uptight, and so Jae-in skips off to invite both men up for a drink.

This sends Jung-in racing to her apartment, desperate to clean and hide away things before everyone gets upstairs. She picks up the framed picture of her and Ki-seok, and then flips it over, ha. Jae-in leads the guys upstairs, but isn’t impressed with Jung-in’s offer of tea. It seems that Jung-in polished off all the booze in the house, so Jae-in grabs Young-jae and they head out to get more alcohol, leaving Ji-ho and Jung-in alone.

The two can’t help but laugh at the ridiculousness of it all, but their smiles fade slowly as Jung-in’s phone begins to buzz on the table. It’s clear that it must be Ki-seok, and Jung-in answers it, her eyes not straying from Ji-ho.

Ki-seok asks what she wanted to talk about. “Let’s break up,” she says, and Ji-ho looks at her, his eyes wide.

  
COMMENTS

The buzz of a vibrating phone ringing phone has never been so ominous. I was filled simultaneously with so much hope and dread, and I was so pleased to see that rather than letting it kill the revived mood, Jung-in moved forward and stuck to her plan. We’ve been hearing so much about the fearless Jung-in who doesn’t back down from what she wants. And I think we’ve seen the first real move towards that true self right here.

Or perhaps her fight with Ki-seok outside the restaurant was the first hint that a big change was brewing for Jung-in. Her go-to so far has been the meaningful stare, so I was startled to see her yelling so emotionally in the street. I think Ki-seok was too, because he moved immediately to comfort rather than to fight back. But was Jung-in’s explosion at Ki-seok rooted in real feelings, or is this an excuse, a front to cover up the other things? I’ve kind of believed that Jung-in didn’t really care about what Ki-seok’s parents thought of her, but perhaps that is part of the mask she’s been wearing all this time, and we’re seeing feelings that have been festering for years. It’s interesting because honestly, I’m not sure that I see Chairman Kwon as opposed to Jung-in as a daughter-in-law. He doesn’t necessarily see it as advantageous and would probably be a terribly condescending in-law, but really I just get the impression that the guy just wants his son married.

It makes you wonder what Jung-in found appealing in a boring life for so long. Her sister calls her fearless, her mother tells stories of hunger strikes. It’s seeming more and more like Jung-in’s “I don’t like adventure” line is a lie. So how did she get here? Did it happen naturally, some sort of life entrophy that got her here? Did something happen when she and Ki-seok met, that made her want to settle into dullness?

I can’t help but think about Ki-seok’s dad’s comment, about how Ki-seok quit music when he met Jung-in. It feels like this relationship has sucked the creativity right out of the pair, possibly from the very start. Because Jung-in isn’t just experiencing changes in her romantic feelings. She’s also experiencing a creative revival at work, and her friends are noticing the positive changes in her as well. It’s seeming more and more like these two, individually, are not bland or boring at all. But their union has somehow fostered this dull, sepia existence for them.

And oh Ki-seok, actively avoiding what he knows is coming. I think he was hoping that Jung-in would just be too tired to break up with him if he called late enough in the evening. I appreciate though that while Ki-seok won’t admit himself that he doesn’t want to get married, at least his friends recognize it. They only see the surface of things, but Ki-seok can’t even get himself to that point quite yet.

On to other disintegrating relationships, I’m so proud of Seo-in in this episode. Seo-in wore battle armor to her confrontation with Shi-hoon, and I loved it. She’s ususally dressed in soft whites and pastels for work, so I screamed in joy when I saw her in that dark power suit at the dental office. And while it didn’t stop Shi-hoon’s bad behavior, because honestly nothing short of prison is going to stop this jerk, it still gave Seo-in the courage to face him anyway.

I’m also glad that Seo-in stood up for herself and didn’t take the new job assignment. Society may see this as weakness, as letting things get in her way. But I see it as her standing up to the world’s expectations, and recognizing that success and happiness aren’t just measured in workplace ascension. It’s not that Seo-in doesn’t want this show. It’s that she knows that she has too much on her plate already, and she knows that she needs to put her safety first.

And then there’s Jae-in. I’ve been thinking about Jae-in for a while, probably because I know so many Jae-in’s. They’re talented and friendly with so many people, and that puts people at ease. But I’m worried that Jae-in might have a hard time recognizing the value she has if she isn’t in a relationship. She had a long list of talents to tell Young-jae about, but then she immediately focused the conversation on her desirability, and felt like she was seen as less than her upstanding sister. It feels like as much as she is a free spirit, she might need the attention from Young-jae too much. We’ll have to wait and see how far we take Jae-in’s story, but I think the happiest ending might be for Jae-in to find a fulfilling job and not be so concerned with the men in her life and their validation.

The beginning of the episode starts with Ji-ho’s promise that he won’t let Jung-in see him watching her, and he ultimately holds that promise up. He stays strong against all of her efforts… right up until she turns her back on him to go inside her building. And then it’s here, where Ji-ho’s face softens as he watches her, letting out just a little bit of his emotions. He can’t help indulge in them, but he’s determined not to interfere with Jung-in’s life.

Thankfully, it’s officially too late for that. Jung-in has made her first bold move, and I can only assume that Ki-seok’s response will be to drive over to Jung-in’s apartment as quickly as he can so that they can talk in person. Jae-in and Young-jae will be totally oblivious and eagerly welcome Ki-seok in and then… I can only imagine. I really have no clue whether we’ll introduce Ji-ho as a known rival so soon, or if we’ll let it build slowly. But eventually we’re going to get a really intense game of basketball, right?

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All of these repressed feelings better explode into some truly passionate kisses later on this show, or I'll feel cheated.

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Am with u on that

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Ha ha. So much feels it’s pouring out of the television.
It feels like a storm is coming too.

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I've been kind of worried that it'll be less passionate than SITR because it's on a major network instead of jTBC... I want explosive kisses!

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It's almost stupid how in love I am with Jung Hae-In, but he can seriously do no wrong in my book.
I love his acting, I love how emotions are clear as day on his face but in a subtle and real way. I love his eyes and his /looks/, you know, those times when he's just gazing at her. I love his puppy smiles, I love his character's earnestness and sweetness, I love his chemistry with any co-star he's ever had, I even love his hair.

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LOL. 😍

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Jung Hae In does this helpless, yearning lost puppy look so beautifully 2 dramas in a row. Somebody better give him a different kind of role soon otherwise he's going to be stereotyped.

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He is seriously sweet, isn't he?

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was anyone as shook as I was at the ending of this episode? because she dropped the "let's break up" bomb and when ji-ho shifted forward towards her and she stepped back- I was like screaminggg lolll.

cheating is wrong on all levels, so I hope she makes a clean break with ki-seok soon. but it's so hard not to want her and ji-ho to be together like- right now! I've been pretty deeply invested so far, but this episode really set the bar for me.

everytime ki-seok calls I'm like- ughhh what a moment ruiner. it's hard to be on his side when yeah- he literally drains the life right out of jung-in. ofc I'm biased towards ji-ho at this point also because we don't see the past details of her seven year relationship or the great parts of it. we only see it disintegrating while her interactions with ji-ho is so cute and refreshing! but I really appreciated seeing her break down in front of ki-seok and talk about how he's deliberately ignoring her feelings, and how much it hurts her. I want to tap into more of that, please. we see so much of her holding herself back and being frustrated, but I want to see her let herself be emotional and break down exactly what's wrong with the relationship.

also, the sisters are great. i love both of them but shi-hoon is so so awful. I'm so tense and afraid for seo-in everytime she interacts with him. please please take a person with you always for your own safety??? he needs to be out of her life like- yesterday.

jae-in is a breath of fresh air. charming and just straight-up says what's on her mind. I like that her older sisters are exasperated with her, but also give her allowance money and let her live in the apartment. more sister interactions please.

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I thought Seo-in was so clever having her husband's office worker go and buy her medicine so that she'd return to the office. It's like she knew she'd need another person to show up in a few minutes to stop things from escalating.

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I absolutely agree.

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@abirdword Thanks!
I think it was a smart and deliberate move of Seo In's to get the receptionist to buy her medicine. She knew that left alone with Shi Hoon, she'd be a target and a victim, but having the receptionist come back as audience would stop him and give her company to leave the office with. She really should only ever meet him in a place with other people. That's one sick man. He does not seem to be living in his reality.

Shi Hoon talks like everything is fine, like he has unlimited funds and like his family is in tact, when it's the opposite. He has never shown worry or an awareness of just how bad his situation is. His attitude is that of a bully who boasts, while he manipulates those he wants to use, like Ki Seok and his in-laws.

I really wish there was enough social support for the abused spouse (usually wives but sometimes husbands) so that they don't feel the need to hide the abuse, as if they are to blame. Seo In needs to find a way to out Shi Hoon for what he is, so that she gets help. Also, he too probably needs help/therapy. I don't think he's even mentally well.

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Well it depends on the society how they view a woman who is divorced! The show very well highlights how image conscious Korean society is. Thus making it difficult for victims of domestic abuse to seek help or even tell anyone.

I wish Seo-In would carry a bat with her, so next time he tries to hurt her ... She hurts him back!
Also in Shi-hoon case it's not that he is not mentally stable, it's just his ego is too big to accept his failures. We saw it when he was talking to the real estate guy, how he was trying to be dominating! Same goes in his wife's case. He can't digest his wife is successful. Such men ... I just have no words

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There is a name for such mental illness.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder

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Thanks @kittywong46 kw02! I wanted to look it up but didn't have the time. 😄

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You are welcome =)

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I was thinking this, too! He's a classic narcissist.

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He and Giseok are.

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I agree with the pressure society and the even the workplace can exert - which is why I think Seo In turned down the new work opportunity. She was being offered the job because she has a nice clean image that would appeal to the audience... but Seo In intends to end her marriage, she know that her 'clean image' will be sullied very soon, and she might even end up being fired from that new show.

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This guy. I want someone to beat the crap out of him.
I really wish she would seek help. Tell someone. At least her sisters. Get some support and find a way out.
The fact that she doesn’t even tell her family is so disturbing. Does she think the family will value her social standing more than her safety?
This is crazy.
And to think Ki-Seoul fell for that manipulation. Really dude? You want to focus on that guy and not the woman who is involved in the marriage?
Clearly shows how he is the same as her father. doesn’t respect her wishes but will do things to get them to do what he desires.

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Thanks for the recap @abirdword!
I don't know what it is about this drama, but it has fully sunk its hooks into me and I eagerly (obsessively) wait for Wednesday and Thursday for my next dose of this drug. The long, long simmer may be a put off for some, but I'm kind of relishing in it. Here's hoping that it all pays off in the end.

One thing that I really appreciate about the drama so far is that it really is not afraid to write the characters realistically. Jung-in isn't perfect, and I love her for that. She can be selfish, she can seem sporadic, but I relate to this so strongly. Emotions ruin logic, through and through. She knows that this is irrational, that if she goes to Ji-ho, it's high risk (but also high reward!!), and that's just so much uncertainty to introduce into her admittedly staid life. Yet at the same time, she knows she's being unfair to Ji-ho. In a way, she's keeping him on the hook but I genuinely don't believe it's some kind of power move on her end. It's that she feels so much, that she cannot help but to express it, in ways that keep him hanging on.
I am PRAYING for this break up to happen soon, so we can deal with the fallout faster and get to some happy relationship times before the inevitable Eun-woo mother drama comes up.

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Very well written 😁 I can't wait for next week...

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Thank you @abirdword for the excellent recaps. I second the other commenters on the juggernaut effect this show has on my feelings. Its a tribute to the genius of a director that he can take what appears to be a simple story on the surface and open it to reveal a boiling sea of emotional choices.

I've become completely invested in Ji ho and Jung in. With each interaction they brilliantly demonstrate why they belong together.
Btw, I am madly in love with their banter.

As far as Ki seok is concerned, I don't see any obligation for Jung in; it seems clear to me that they both used each other as protection from the machinations of their fathers.

As for Ki seok, actions will always speak loudest, so, in the immortal words of Beyonce, if he liked it, he shoulda put a ring on it! This last ditch effort is pitiful

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If he never intended to marry why did he suddenly pop that question. Was he testing if that’s what she wants or is it to please his father.
Why now?
It did look like they were content with just having dinner and meeting occasionally. Didn’t look like either of them wanted marriage.

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Only thing I dread in Kdramas is that they try to bring unnecessary elements as obstacles. I would will give up on the writer of this show if they bring in Eun-U's mother and try to meddle with the main couple. Like one being a noble idiot and what not!

Hopefully, unlike Pretty Noona series, the couple will stay together despite parents objecting to it!

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Oh yes. I hope she doesn’t return.

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Thanks for the recap! I watched this without subtitles cause I had some issues with my Netflix account and I'm relieved to see I've mostly understood it correctly. I'm bringing up the without subtitles part because as Jung In and Ji Ho talk while having coffee they slip into banmal as if giving in to their closeness and suddenly switch back to formal speech as if they realised they have to hold back and it was so well done, it stayed with me for a long time. Not sure I would have caught it if I were reading subs but it's the small details like this that really make the show for me.

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Lovely to know

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Will go rewatch this scene. It did sound like they were comfortable but didn’t realize until you mentioned.

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also, I was so relieved to hear another song in this episode but then they had to play it 10 times in just this episode T_T
I really wish the soundtrack was handled differently.

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I agree. The songs themselves are so good and move the plot along, but when they are played over and over again they become annoying.

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This being a kdrama, will the show ever address whether the romantic tension is partly from her being 'unavailable'? As it is the case with most cheating situations. She is cheating since emotional cheating counts as so. I think i am in the minority where I cant really invest in the story due to the cheating and lying elements. Yes, the couple has become boring and seemed to be sucked out of any passion but this is normal for some couples. I really hope they address this instead of using a young handsome pharmacist as the catalyst for breaking up.

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I hate how Ki seok dad acts all superior and condescending around Jung In dad and how Jung In dad sucks up to Ki seok dad.

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Thank you for the wonderful recap. I am falling head over heels for this drama. It is just so addicting and engaging that you will really ask for more. We are only on episode 5 but i can't wait to see more of jung in and ji ho. Their sexual tension is just so hard to ignore. Just that scene of covering ji ho's mouth is just electrifying lol. And i will really feel cheated too if there will be no passionate kisses. Sometimes the feeling is just by looking in each others eyes these two wants to grab each other. Their chemistry is just so good. I hope this continues. A big improvement from SITR.

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"...he was hoping that Jung-in would just be too tired to break up with him if he called late enough in the evening."

Ki Seok's passivity says all about his relationship with Jung In. I agree with the comments above that Ki Seok does not like Jung In enough to marry her. His unwillingness to let go is mostly because of his pride.

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Yes. She is the pretty/qualified girlfriend he wants to have and show off. He is comfortable with her but doesn’t love her.
His pride is what is going to get in our couples way. Losing your girlfriend to a junior who is a single father. He is going to lose his effing mind.

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I think the PD and writer started this series at the mid-point of Pretty Noona. Noona started off with an firework explosion of passion between the leads to only have it fade out to the point where the OTP began to run away and hide from their problems. In Spring Night, the leads initial spark has yet to even create a steady flame. There is no romance just self-doubt. The leads know about their problems but refuse to do any strong action to solve them. They are even holding back getting to know each other.

Jung-in appears to be a dull person. She lives a dull and repetitive life. Was she always this way? However, she also appears to be a coiled snake ready to lash out then retreat back to the status quo. When at the library she lectured Ji-Ho on how he treated his son, which I found unacceptable that a single stranger tell a parent how to raise his son. But when she can be in control of her situation, she never commits to her position. She says "let's break up" to her boyfriend instead of "I am breaking up with you." The former leaves a bridge for reconciliation while the latter burns that bridge. The writer has her in the same basic position as SYJ in Noona: is she more comfortable mired in the quicksand of her present fate than risking what she has to dramatically change her life for an unknown destiny?

I also do not know whether Ji-Ho has ever gotten over his baby momma. All we really know is that she left him. His father has asked his mother if she had heard from her, but mom brushes it off to try to arrange a meeting with another single parent to avoid the stigma of Ji-Ho's dating status. No doubt Ji-Ho's ex will return just after Jung-In makes the final break with her boyfriend to start a full relationship with Ji-Ho.

The pace of the show has been very slow. There has not been a lot of foundational reasons why Jung-In and Ji-Ho should become a couple. All they have in common so far is that each of them is unhappy in their present situations. If they even think they can make each other happy, they know that would make more people around them unhappy. That is why both are trapped in the present.

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Let's break up is how you say "I am breaking up with you," in Korean. I have only ever heard it as "let's break up." Splitting English words on Korean dialog can lead to misunderstanding.

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OK, but in the context of the further story line, she did not make a clean break as she continued to take his calls and meetings. She won't completely end the relationship unless it is mutual, which he is strongly against. If she really wanted it over, she could.

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I agree completely. I don't understand why after saying, let's break up, she would still receive him in her house, sends him off, etc. etc. It's like, she still wants to hold on to him. Aww.

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I doubt anybody ends a long-term relationship with one short conversation over the phone.

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I like your summary, but I do think the chairman is against the marriage. He has dropped about a million hints that he would be happy as hell if they didn't marry. He even offered the Dad a position and immediately implied that it was an offer that didn't seem to depend on marriage. I thought that was his way of saying, "Don't push the marriage just to push yourself forward. I will take care of you without that."

I thought So-In didn't take the job offer because it would increase scrutiny on her and there would be a huge backlash when her divorce was discovered. Her job is incompatible with divorce, so she has to choose one or the other.

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Yes to all of the above. The chairman has made it very clear that Jung in is the non-preferred choice for marriage. Also, I understood him to say that he let the relationship stand (temporarily) because it distracted Ki seok away from music.

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Yes. I don’t see him as a bad guy either. The father. He just thinks this marriage won’t be a great business deal. But if the son truly loves her that he can’t live without her he will be fine with it. Father is testing to see if the son truly loves her.
I do like the father son relationship

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Yeah. And at the last part, it was like he was accepting the relationship that he told his son to bring Jung-in over. Problem is, we would say, how will they break up then?

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And the money. Douchecanoe would bleed her dry.

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I like Jung In's character but she's kind of unfair with Ki Seok. I think she always tried to reach Ki Seok's limits but he's the type to be passive like with his father. He doesn't like the confrontation. At the opposite, Ji Ho is very honest with her, he told her that she's selfish, she's a burden, etc. I think she needs someone who can "handle" her.
Their interactions are so good between their honesty, their emotions and they still can laugh between all of that. Every look, smile, teardrop make me feel so many emotions.
I don't like the father and Shi Hoon use the marriage of two people to get what they want. Ki Seok is stupid, everyone is tell him that Shi Hoon is not reliable, but he can't say no.
It's sad to see Seo In handle the situation alone. She is surrounded by people who cares. Her sisters can help her.

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Agreed, I sometimes don’t get why Jung-In has to sulk with Ki-Seok all.the.time. He makes an effort to cheer her up or get closer but she rarely reciprocates. Hope she follows through with the break up.

And yes I hope Ki-Seok doesn’t help Shi Hoon get a loan. Would be such a pity to see him make a huge mistake like that, when he seems like a ernest worker.

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It's one of those dramas with so much happening despite nothing really *happening*

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My favorite kind!!

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Thanks @abirdword and the team at Dramabeans for these recaps!

I find them very useful, especially since although I have been studying Korean, as a westerner, I think it is easy to miss (subtle) changes in tone, body language, or even in cultural context, which are included in the recaps, and adds more dimension to my understanding of what is transpiring in an episode.

So far, I am very invested in this show because it seems very honest and raw. So I hope that OTP end up together in the end, and the restraint they have showing so far will all be worth it... ahem... passionate kisses please!

As a few people have mentioned, it is likely that the baby momma will return - that seemingly off the cuff remark by Ji-ho's suggests that the mother has been keeping in touch. Also, the drama cannot be on Jung-in's side alone, and it will be interesting to see the extent to which Ji-ho is truly over her, and how he navigates that.

I also want to add that I don't Ki-seok is an innocent victim here. I think he has been using Jung-in...

From what has been revealed so far, he was a musician - a life that his parents disapproved of, which abandoned that to become a banker - of which his parents approve. I think that Ki-seok's relationship with Jung-in might have been to defy his parents, and a means of having some control of his life – which may be why as @abirdword noted, the relationship seemed to have sucked the excitement/life out of the couple.

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I admit I don't respond as well to people have intense conversations about a relationship they've never had. These two people haven't spent any real time together and any time they did spend together was talking about how they shouldn't be spending time together. So I found their dinner conversation a little annoying. There was something melodramatic and attention-seeking, in particular, about her.

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