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My Absolute Boyfriend: Episodes 21-22

Every time our heroine and her robotic suitor seem to solve one problem, another two crop up to plague them even further. Just when they seem to have neutralized the threat to Young-gu, an almost-forgotten danger returns to remind them not to let their guard down. It’s difficult to determine which is the more immediate issue, but one thing’s for sure — they’de better not let their guard down, or they could be split up forever.

 
EPISODES 21-22 RECAP

Da-da storms into Diana’s estate to try and stop Young-gu from following Diana to Switzerland and be reprogrammed. She tells him that she has feelings for him, but he rejects her. But as they drive away, the rain triggers memories of him and Da-da together, and reminds Young-gu who he is.

He jumps out of the car and finds Da-da stumbling down the road, heartbroken. He tells her that he remembers her, calling her “Girlfriend” again. He says that he’s not acting on his programming anymore, then says he loves her, and kisses her. Da-da sobs that she never thought she’d see him again, then passes out in Young-gu’s arms.

Meanwhile, Bo-won is dragged out of Diana’s house and told that Young-gu already left with Diana. He’s still there when a furious Diana returns home without Young-gu and instructs Director Park to call Kronos Heaven and tell them that her “toy” ran away.

Young-gu and Da-da walk home, Da-da insisting that she’s fine now. A street light comes on over their heads, and Da-da says that her dad always told her that meant it’s time to go home, because someone is waiting for you. Young-gu hoists her onto his back, saying that he can get them home faster than they can walk together.

Diana demands to know how her robot disobeyed her direct command and ran off on his own to find his old girlfriend. In-hyuk says that he should have lost his previous data when Diana reset him, and he wonders if this is related to Bo-won’s claim that Young-gu was developing actual emotions. Diana wants to know what he means, so Director Go does some damage control and tells Diana that it’s nonsense, but she doesn’t look convinced.

When she’s alone, Da-da smiles into her mirror, shyly remembering Young-gu’s kiss. She finds that he’s prepared a huge meal for her, though he admits sadly that he had to order it because there was no food in the house. She tells him he did well and lets him feed her, and Young-gu says that he has a weird full feeling in his stomach even though he didn’t eat.

Da-da says that’s called “happiness,” the same kind of happiness mentioned in his book “The Happy Prince.” She says she wants to make that prince even happier, then yawns and ruins the moment, hee. Young-gu tucks her into bed while Da-da complains that she wants to talk with him some more, and as she nods off, Young-gu thanks her for coming for him and saying she likes him.

Hearing a weird noise, Young-gu finds Bo-won stuck in a closet, ha. Bo-won hugs him, relieved that he’s back to himself, then gives him a checkup to see why his didn’t lose his data regarding Da-da when he was reset. Young-gu says it was because of Da-da, who reminded him of who he is.

Bo-won is also concerned that going against his programming is putting intense stress on Young-gu’s physics engine, though Young-gu reassures him that he’s fine (but the buzzing in his chest…). Bo-won’s other concern is the fact that, if Diana comes for Young-gu, Kronos Heaven is obligated to make sure he goes with her.

Da-da wakes from a nightmare about the several times Young-gu rejected her, she can’t find Young-gu. When he walks in after a trip to the store, she hugs his neck, relieved that he didn’t leave her again.

He gives her a disapproving glare and takes her ring out of his pocket, and she weakly explains that she threw it away because he left with Diana. He cracks a smile and puts it back on her finger, promising not to leave again.

They go to their “star-watching” spot to look at the city lights, and Da-da says that she imagines them as being left on because the occupant is waiting for someone. She tells Young-gu that he taught her that warm feeling, and that when she was by herself, she felt all alone in the world.

Da-da asks Young-gu how long they can stay together, then apologizes for asking him to stay with her when she can’t protect him. Young-gu tells her that at Kronos Heaven, he watched lots of dramas and movies, but there was one often-repeated line he never understood: “I’m letting you go because I love you.”

He says that now he knows that it means you love the person enough to not want them to be hurt. He tells Da-da not to feel sorry or struggle, and that he won’t blame her for any decision she makes because being happy with her now is enough.

Bo-won reports to Director Go that Young-gu remembers everything about Da-da. He says that Young-gu is no longer the robot they made, and that he’s defying their mechanism and making one of his own, so they no longer have any control over him — nor should they.

Director Go says that Diana won’t accept that, and Bo-won argues that that’s why they need to protect Young-gu. He asks Director Go to turn over all their data on Young-gu to the head office and let them run diagnostics, which might lead to the head office agreeing that Young-gu shouldn’t go back to Diana.

At the same time, Da-da and Young-gu return home to find Diana waiting in the studio to take back her “toy.” Da-da tells her not to call Young-gu that, but Diana says that it’s ridiculous for Da-da to have feelings for a machine.

Da-da retorts that Diana has no right to abuse him, and she refuses to give Young-gu to her. Diana orders her men to bring Young-gu with them even if they have to break him. Director Go and Bo-won arrive, having been alerted to the problem, and Director Go tells Diana that recovery of robots is Kronos Heaven’s job.

Diana tells her men to grab Young-gu anyway, but Young-gu fights back. He doesn’t notice Diana wrenching Da-da’s arm painfully until she orders him to stop, and she threatens to crush Da-da’s wrist with her own robotic hand if Young-gu doesn’t come quietly.

Young-gu growls that she’ll pay if she harms Da-da, but Diana tightens her grip, and at Da-da’s cries of pain, Young-gu agrees to do as she says. He tells her not to worry, but Director Go tells Diana that the head office won’t sit for this. She repeats that she paid for him so he’s her property.

Desperate, Da-da blurts out, “I’ll pay for him. If this is how you do things, whether he costs ten or a hundred million, I’ll do whatever it takes to buy him!” Young-gu breaks free and tries to go to her, but Diana grabs him, screaming that he’s her toy. Young-gu says, “No. From beginning to end, I was never yours. You have no right to be loved by anyone.” Oooh, ouch. True, but ouch.

Back at Kronos Heaven, Director Go tells Bo-won not to get too excited. Bo-won argues that Young-gu is an important research case, and that his unusual behaviors only occur when he’s with Da-da, so they can benefit by leaving him with her and studying him. He even thinks that they should give Da-da a discount, since technically, Young-gu is glitched.

Young-gu is beyond excited at the idea of Da-da buying him, but she bursts into tears, wondering what on Earth she was thinking, offering to pay ten million dollars. Young-gu promises to work and pitch in for his own cost, but Da-da starts wailing again.

Grinning, Young-gu hugs her and says they can talk this over with Bo-won tomorrow. He swings her up in a princess carry and takes her to her room, then lies down on the bed with her and gives her that look. He says they should sleep together now that Da-da confessed, and she stammers that they haven’t signed any official paperwork yet (and lol, her voice goes up several octaves when Young-gu inches a bit closer).

Young-gu agrees to wait until the papers are signed, and he leaves Da-da with a racing heart. She hugs her little Young-gu stand-in, giggling madly, and gets caught when Young-gu hears and check on her. HAHA, he closes the door as slowly as possible, and even smacks his face into the door frame. They’re so cute.

In his Love Room, Young-gu unpacks the box where Da-da stored his things. He finds his A++ sticker, which Da-da gave him as a sign of her approval, and tucks it into his pocket. He also finds the phone that Wang-joon gave him when he was his manager, and he listens to Wang-joon’s last message where he’d gotten upset that Young-gu stopped showing up for work.

The next day is the first day of shooting for the second season of Doctor AlphaGo. Young-gu walks into Wang-joon’s dressing room to apologize for disappearing, saying that an issue came up, and Wang-joon sneers that his “issue” was another woman.

Young-gu says that he wasn’t himself at the clothing store, but Wang-joon doesn’t care. He warns Young-gu not to play with Da-da or hurt her, especially after he lectured Wang-joon on how a boyfriend doesn’t hurt his girlfriend. He officially fires Young-gu, so Young-gu leaves.

He worries how he’s going to earn money to help Da-da pay for him, and once again he overhears someone having a convenient conversation. This time it’s the assistant PD, who’s just learned that Wang-joon’s stunt double is seriously ill. HAHA, I love it.

Bo-won shows up at Da-da’s studio with a contract for Young-gu’s purchase. He offers her a ninety-percent discount with a seventy-year payment plan, with two conditions — first, she has to share her and Young-gu’s emotional data with Kronos Heaven, and second, if people find out that Young-gu is a robot, he’ll be taken from her and sent to the head office.

Da-da worries that it’s still a lot of money, and the idea of people studying her emotions bothers her. But Bo-won says it’s better than returning Young-gu to Diana, so Da-da grits her teeth and applies her thumbprint to the contract.

Predictably, Diana doesn’t take well to the news that Da-da is now Young-gu’s owner. She warns Director Go that he’ll regret making her his enemy, but Director Go explains that since people almost found out that Young-gu is a robot, the company has decided that Diana breached their contract. He tells Diana that Young-gu is a special robot who controls himself instead of being controlled by humans.

Once he’s gone, Diana summons Director Park and tells her to get the Kronos Heaven head office on the phone. She wants them to send her a new “toy” — the sturdiest one they have. She slashes her painting of Young-gu, snarling that if she can’t have him, nobody can.

Kyu-ri and Yoo-jin show up for work while Bo-won is still at the studio, and Kyu-ri screams at the sight of Bo-won (she thinks he assaulted her at the sauna). Bo-won is still pretty smitten even though he got slapped, and he gives Da-da a huge Go with it wink then introduces himself as Real’s new employee.

Anticipating the PD’s demands ahead of time, Da-da has Yoo-jin and Bo-won model both styles of android makeup she designed for Wang-joon’s character. The PD reluctantly admits that she’s a troublemaker but does good work, and makes a quick decision.

Da-da gets ten years scared off her life when a guy in a crow mask grabs her — HAHA, it’s only Young-gu, who tells her with a grin that he’s been hired as a stuntman provided he does well today. She guesses that he got fired as Wang-joon’s manager, but she just tells him to be careful, and he’s moved by her concern.

Young-gu knows that Da-da signed his purchase contract and asks if this means they can sleep together tonight. RAWR. Da-da says a bit too casually that yes, people do sleep at night, but Young-gu just gives her a saucy wink.

Wang-joon finds Da-da and asks her in private if she’s really dating Young-gu now. She confirms it, though she’s unable to explain why Wang-joon saw Young-gu with another woman at a hotel. She just tells Wang-joon that she hopes they can keep things professional on set to avoid rumors that might hurt Wang-joon’s career.

In Da-da’s on-set studio, Yoo-jin and Bo-won nerd out together over their mutual love for robots. Yoo-jin shows Bo-won the little robot arm he made that Da-da broke, and it only takes Bo-won seconds to pinpoint the coding errors and fix the robot, earning Yoo-jin’s everlasting admiration.

Bo-won tries to similarly charm Kyu-ri by helping her carry a heavy bucket, but it hurts his hand and he drops it, splashing fake blood all over Kyu-ri. She screams at him for ruining her new pants, and Yoo-jin muses that Bo-won is all brains and no brawn.

While getting the mop, Bo-won runs into Yeo-woong, who says shyly that this is an interesting connection. Bo-won says it’s not connection, it’s just coincidence, and shushes her when she mentions their accidental kiss.

While filming a fight scene with Young-gu, Wang-joon gets a little too aggressive and actually cuts Young-gu with his prop sword. The PD praises Wang-joon for being passionate about this second season, but Wang-joon is confused — why didn’t Young-gu bleed?

Eun-dong shows up on set to hand out sandwiches to the cast and crew, and he gives Da-da one to take to Wang-joon. Luckily Da-da notices that he chooses one with peanut butter, and which Wang-joon is allergic to. Eun-dong asks how she knows so she says it’s her job to know the actors’ allergies, expressing surprise that Eun-dong didn’t know.

Eun-dong plays the doting CEO when Wang-joon arrives, but Wang-joon knocks the sandwich from his hand and tells him to leave. He refuses to do the interview that Eun-dong set up, and announces that Eun-dong is no longer the president of his agency.

Later in the dressing room, Wang-joon tells Eun-dong that his attempts to pretend nothing happened won’t work. Eun-dong reminds Wang-joon that he signed a contract that said he’s an affiliated actor of Eun-dong’s company for the duration of Doctor AlphaGo Season Two, which means Eun-dong is in charge of him until the drama wraps.

Wang-joon mentions the dead flower boxes, and Eun-dong taunts Wang-joon to go tell everyone he threatened him — but if Wang-joon does that, he’ll spill the reason he threatened him, and the seven years’ worth of Wang-joon’s weaknesses that he’s been saving up. Wang-joon says that it would be worth his career to see Eun-dong go down, but after he storms out, Eun-dong says that he’ll get rid of Da-da before that happens.

Someone sneaks into the on-set studio, breaks into Da-da’s toolkit, and mixes some kind of powder into a jar of lotion. Da-da sees someone slink out of the studio, but she’s stopped by the assistant PD and loses track of them.

Young-gu excitedly tells Bo-won that he’s going to shower even more affection on Da-da now that he officially belongs to her. But Bo-won tells him to play a little hard-to-get and hold back on his urges, and that it would be best to maintain a bit of distance from her in public because of the second condition of the contract.

Young-gu grows worried at the thought of never seeing Da-da again, and Bo-won assures him that he’s working at Real in part to make sure that doesn’t happen. He advises Young-gu to quit his job as a stuntman before someone figures out about him, neither of them realizing that Wang-joon is standing nearby and heard every word.

Da-da goes to Wang-joon’s dressing room to prep his makeup, and Yeo-woong asks if she’s really dating Young-gu now. She admits that she feels sorry for Wang-joon after they dated for so long, reminding Da-da that Wang-joon originally hid their relationship because he didn’t want people to think she was getting work because of their connection.

She says that they would have gone public from the start if they’d know Eun-dong would cause such problems, unaware that Da-da doesn’t know Eun-dong is the source of the threats. While doing Wang-joon’s makeup, Da-da asks him why he didn’t tell her Eun-dong sent the flower boxes and apologizes for thinking badly of him.

She says maybe she didn’t know him as well as she thought, and he asks if she knows Young-gu well. She says honestly that she knows everything about Young-gu because he tells her everything that’s on his mind. Wang-joon says softly, “I can do that, too. I can show you and everyone what you, Uhm Da-da, mean to me. I can do that now.”

When she’s finished applying Wang-joon’s prosthetic, Da-da goes to check in on Young-gu, who acts strangely nervous when she reaches to adjust his costume. The assistant PD calls Da-da back to Wang-joon’s dressing room, where he’s developed a horrible, painful blister under the prosthetic.

He’s taken to the hospital, and Yeo-woong returns later to tell everyone that Wang-joon had an acute allergic reaction to the makeup. Strangely, traces of peanuts were detected under the prosthetic, and he won’t be able to shoot until he recovers.

Da-da says that’s impossible — there are no peanuts in the products she uses. Eun-dong walks over and slaps her across the face, yelling at her for harming his actor, but just as things start to look very bad, Wang-joon walks in. He stands glaring at Da-da… then takes her in his arms, shocking the entire cast and crew.

 
COMMENTS

Well, that was bold. I see what Wang-joon is trying to do — he’s hoping that if his and Da-da’s relationship is no longer a secret, then Eun-dong will be forced to draw back his claws, because the thing he’s trying to prevent is a done deal. But we’re not dealing with a regular disgruntled CEO — Eun-dong is unstable and dangerous, and I’m sure this is just going to make things worse.

I feel a lot better about Young-gu as a boyfriend for Da-da now that we know that his “feelings” — as far as a robot can have them — are genuine and not something he was programmed for. His programming compelled the behavior of a loving, attentive boyfriend, but not the actual desire to love and be loved, which is why I felt weird about them being together for a long time. But now that Young-gu is essentially re-writing his own programming to include the feelings and not just the actions, I’m not conflicted about their romance anymore. I mean, I could quibble about small issues in the storytelling (and the fact that more recent shows have done it better), but this is a fantasy story based on an almost fifteen-year-old manga, so I’ve decided to just enjoy My Absolute Boyfriend for the fluffy bit of fun that it is.

I knew that Eun-dong would pop up again, and while I find him annoying at best, I’m glad that Wang-joon has something to think about other than pining for Da-da. It was careless of Wang-joon to assume that just telling him to stop would solve the problem, because Eun-dong already hired someone to harm Da-da at least once, proving that he’s not just making threats but is willing to follow through on them. Now he’s lost his big star anyway, so he’s going to escalate the threats and attempts to harm Da-da… and he’s even deliberately dosed Wang-joon with an allergen that could have killed him. As a character, Eun-dong is a little too mustache-twirly for my taste, but he’s a serious and immediate threat, and if Wang-joon is smart he won’t let his guard down for a minute.

In fact, I’d love to see Young-gu and Wang-joon develop a friendship, even if (or maybe especially if) it’s a begrudging one, and team up to protect Da-da from Eun-dong and Young-gu himself from Diana. If nothing else, they have something important in common — they both care for Da-da and desire her happiness and safety. It would be fun to see them become grumpy yet determined allies against anyone trying to harm Da-da, and I’d particularly like to see Wang-joon learn Young-gu’s secret and help keep Diana from getting her claws into him. But Eun-dong seems a more immediate concern at the moment, especially since he’s directly attacking Wang-joon and trying to place the blame on Da-da. I don’t understand why he’s willing to lose the commodity he claims he’s doing all this to keep — peanut allergies can be deadly — but he’s dangerous, and it’s going to take more than Wang-joon’s refusal to go along with him to make him stop.

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I worry that we keep going back to that children's book. It seems like a sad foreshadowing of not good things to come.

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That wink! *fans self* I don't know how Da Da can resist. Yeo Jin Goo can really be too charming. Haha! I worry that Young Gu is receiving love advise from Bo Won. It's like the blind leading the blind.

I think it's too late for Wang Joon to overturn what's been happening between Young Gu and Da Da. It's a bitter pill to swallow but he has to accept that he missed his chance.

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I keep forgetting Young Gu is a robot until this episode reminded me that Zero Nine is developing feelings.

As far back as I remember, Young Gu has been showing very explicit human emotions. He had looked pensive, dejected, hurt, jealous and even depressed! These all happened before his heart started buzzing, which the show is using as a sign of change in his program and also him developing emotions.

Because the show started with Young Gu behaving exactly like a human as far as outward expressions convey, our journey with Zero Nine has been rather flat. I have already taken him from the start as a machine who is not only programmed to love but is truly in love with Da Da(if there’s such a thing as robot love).

Never mind about Young Gu, I am also perplexed at Da Da’s sudden change. I guess having nearly lost Young Gu to crazy Diana made her realize how she felt for Young Gu but the execution is very clumsy. It’s akin to see someone lose her mind. Convincing your audience that romantic love between a human and robot is never easy so they should have tried to make this as organic as possible. As it is now, Da Da and Young Gu’s interactions are so awkward and juvenile. So much that I was weirded out by the sleeping together suggestion.

While I do not advocate Da Da and Wang Joon to get back together again, why is everyone demanding that Wang Joon give up Da Da wholeheartedly to Young Gu and disappear from her life? He has no right to expect forgiveness but he can surely hope for it. Da Da just needs to stand fast and tell him like what Yeon Seo did in Angel’s Last Mission – Even if I do not end up with the robot, I will never be with you. Eventually Wang Joon should get it, at least I hope he does!

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Weirded out is right. I find it distasteful somehow when intimacy is suggested between Da Da and YG.

You've said what I think and I've already said what I think in OT, so I'll rest quietly and read the comments. 😁

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@growingbeautifully were you weirded out by the fact that Young Gu is a robot or weirded out because the two are too juvenile?

For me, it was the latter. If there's chemistry, I'd have to pinch myself for shipping robot love.

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Here we go again...
I was weirded out by both. But tell me, should I stop watching? I would love to see a logical conclusion and ending to the dramedy, not contrived or something to please fangirls.

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On the other hand, I have an announcement. For the first time ever in a drama, I didn't fast forward through the secondary characters, they were so well written and developed. I even liked the bad guy. I finally finished The Legends with Xu Kai. What an awesome demoness too. (Sorry, I couldn't wait til Friday). The last half especially was really good.

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Where are you at? If you are all caught up, there's still 2 more weeks to go. I can't even tell if I will still watch because it looks like they will make Wang Joon an idiot who threatens to expose Young Gu and just can't get it that Da Da isn't going back to him.

It's actually better for me if Da Da ends up with Young Gu. I feel that she has no more love for Wang Joon. So it might not be logical as you'd like but for me, that's the best for the three characters.

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If she ends up with robot 9 then she's an idiot. I heard in the other versions it's a "sad" ending. Boo-hoo.

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@linda-palapala

Finding alternatives to human companionship is understandable. There are many who will vouch that having a pet like a dog is better than a partner.

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^^^^ THIS SO MUCH

After getting divorced and dating some real "winners," I much prefer Lolly and Pippin's company! I heard a great quote recently: "Better to have loved and lost than to be stuck with him for the rest of your life!" LOL

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I was weirded out by how they or he in particular looks too young still, and yes by how they behave as juveniles, by the fact that I was not convinced of their attachment and definitely because he's not human but a robot. When Diana called him her toy ... 'sex toy' came to mind and felt so wrong.

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@outofthisworld I have to agree, I much prefer my cats. But they're better than dogs because dogs are too much like men: too needy, lick your face, are rough to the touch, etc. At least cats are more independent, soft to the touch, cuddly, etc.

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Haha...I know of cat owners who swear cats are better than dogs. At the moment, I don't have any but I certainly would like to at some point in the future.

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@outofthisworld If you loved soft cuddly teddy bears as a child, that's how you know you're a cat person.
spoiler-ish: Just ff to the end of latest ep preview...as I stated before, bye-bye.

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Every week I read your comments and they express exactly, what I'm thinking. You are right, Yong-gu's development of feeling seems flat, because he was never even robotic in the first place. He always clearly had emotions.
I find myself watching this drama, because I like the cast and the directing is quite nice, but then I get so dissapointed and need to go to dramabeans to vent my frustrations :-D

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If they "sleep" together, it's game over, bye.

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That will be a first in kdrama or any drama. Actually is there a show where human sleeps with a robot?

Come to think of it, it's actually more possible than a robot falling in love with a human.

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My husband is currently watching a British show called Humans and in today's episode the the parents just discovered that their teenage son slept with a "synth". Having said that I think there are real sexbots in that show but this one was more like a housemaid bot.

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I suppose that's a step up from an inflatable doll.

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Humans is such a fantastic show. I'm really annoyed they've cancelled it.

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Come to think of it, if the robot has human emotions he can't just have all the good ones like happiness, he also has to have negative emotions like jealousy and anger. Otherwise, he doesn't really possess human emotions.

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Young Gu exhibited all these emotions as far back as I can remember. In fact he looks so incredibly sad that I'm sure we are heading towards a huge makjang end.

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In Star Trek Next Gen Data sleeps with at least one of the crew members.

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Yeah that show was 20 years ago and dealt with some of these things way better.

For a start, the female crew member he slept with wanted to have sex with him because he was a robot. She'd had such terrible experiences with men growing up that the fact he was a robot was why she wanted to have sex with him.

They also followed it up a few seasons later where another crew member got a crush on him and wanted to date him. And they tried it but it didn't work because he just wasn't capable of giving her what she needed emotionally. Being kind, considerate and good company wasn't enough for a relationship to work. She needed something from him he simply wasn't able to give.

But in both cases (and in small chunks of an episode of merely 40 minutes), they showed clearly why somebody would want to date or sleep with an android but also why he was incapable of a deeper connection necessary.

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Wow, that's so long ago.

From @leetennant description, it sounds like they tackled issues which I wanted to see - can a relationship with a robot work? If they do it right, they don't need villians like Diana, just focus on the development of Young Gu and Da Da's relationship

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@jessicab @leetennant @outofthisworld @linda-palapala

Another more recent example I just remembered is from The Orville where Isaac, a Kaylon desribed as a synthetic, mechanical lifeform and looks like a metal robot like C3PO dated and eventually slept with a crew member. Not having really watched the show I don't know how it ended (it was again one of my husband's shows which I am invariably exposed to with one eye and ear unless I have my headphones watching my Kdramas - at the moment he is watching another episode of Humans). My impression was they explored the issues and problems but I don't think the resolution would be palatable to everyone here. The woman he slept with has two sons and at some point they were all treating the robot as a potential future father!

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I take it back - I can't stop watching.

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Here's how my ending would go: Zero-9 is showing negative human emotions and starts destroying inanimate objects. He tells Da Da he wants just the two of them to be together. She says yes, I wish Wang Joon would just go away. 9 thinks hey, I can make that happen. He sneaks up on Wang Joon at night and strangles him when nobody's watching. The next day the cops arrest the CEO thinking he did it. Last scene is Zero-9 and Da Da driving off into the sunset, he's smiling because she doesn't have to worry about Wang Joon any more and he's made her happy. She's smiling because she has no clue.

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@growingbeautifully @moonbean @outofthisworld See above for my own ending.

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Muahahaha! Evil twist @linda-palapala LOL. I'd actually want to watch this. 🙃

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Did you read the fangirls' mind? Everyone wants to kill Wang Joon, LOL! He's a hindrance to the OTP's happily ever after.

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Everyone might want to kill Wang Joon, but if that happens, I want the robot to be evil.

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I don’t know where they are going with this and I don’t know what story they still have left to tell for 4 more weeks. I expected they were going to go somewhere with Diana’s backstory because there is no one who needs love more than Diana in the show but they made Young Gu turn and tell Diana she doesn’t deserve to be loved. To me that was the lowest moment of the show. Yes, she is an awful person but she is not vicious, she is just deeply disturbed and emotionally unstable. She needs treatment. You do not tell such a person they do not deserve love. Unfortunately the writing is so bad and lacking in nuance that Diana is painted as a completely evil villain despite her harrowing backstory.

I can’t stand Eun Dong (I love your description of him @LollyPip – “mustache-twirly”. LOL). He should be in jail. I also find the director who is constantly needling Da Da very annoying.

This drama only works when there’s comedy and so far the only comedy happened when Young Gu and Wang Joon are competing – Young Gu as Wang joon’s manager or stuntman. So I would welcome a grudging partnership. The romance itself still feels extremely hallow for me.

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I was wondering do you mean hallow or hollow but I think both works. Although Young Gu is constantly making bedroom eyes and asking to have sex with Da Da, everything else is so chaste.

The drama has been cut so I think we are only left with two weeks.

Diana is inconsistent. She seems evil but there were some moments where there seemed a flicker of humanity within her. I think it's the acting. So far, the character is more of a caricature.

The drama is cartoonish so it is best when there's comedy. However, even those moments are few and far between.

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Wait, what?? The drama has been cut? I'll bet that means a happier ending...

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The drama was entirely pre-produced so I don't know how it could have been cut or when it was cut.

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I am still seeing episode count of 20 but there aren't enough weeks between this and the announced start of the next drama to fit in what's left. I don't know what that means???

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Me either? The show is 20 eps and it's completely preproduced.

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I can't remember which channel/drama but I remember they broadcast 4 60-minute episodes of a drama in a week once to finish it by a certain date. It would be less work than trying to reedit finished episodes - especially for such a low-rated drama.

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I know - it's 40 1/2 hour episodes and I just watched ep 30. I'll get 31-32 tomorrow, next week 33-34, 35-36 and the last week 37-38, 39-40.

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Oh, and I don't know if they gave up on their Monday-Tuesday slot but there are no dramas airing there at the moment so they can just broadcast it Monday through Thursday. LOL.

I am watching some really old shows at the moment and seeing how much broadcasting changed in time. Some shows broadcast 3 times a week Monday-Wednesday back in the day.

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Sorry, it's a typo. Meant to be hollow. I am not talking about chaste (thank God it is because following from the above discussion the sex talk is weirding me out as well!) and juvenile but more like your comment number 3, I don't buy either Young Gu or Da Da's feelings. That's why I am weirded out. I had no problem whatsoever in Are You Human Too as I was convinced those two had feelings towards each other.

Oh I am glad it is shortened, I am still seeing and episode count of 20 in some places so I wasn't sure.

I agree that there isn't much of the comedy that made this show rather a chore to watch. If it was at least more funny it would be more bearable. As it is there is no logic, there is no comedy, there is inconsistent or misdirected acting and the cute doesn't feel cute to me as I am not convinced by the romance.

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I am watching Are You Human, at episode 12/36. Seo Kang Joon was really good in his acting as a human-like robot. So much nuances. I went into it with a critical eye, ready to dissect his performance. I think the actor acting as a robot sets the tone for the drama. I never thought that way until this show.

I can't fully described it but Nam Shin III's innocence is different from Young Gu's. There are many times when Young Gu looks perplexed, bewildered or confused and you can tell the difference just as you would a human. For Nam Shin III, there's a look that Seo Kang Joon does which perfectly conveys his robot understanding is limited. I'd crudely call it a blank look.
He also has this open smile which is as close as I would imagine how a human robot would smile. So far, I am impressed.

I haven't reached the stage of wanting NS3 and So Bong together, I highly doubt I will but NS3 is absolutely adorable.

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Whether you support the romance or not, at least he made a fan out of you for his robotic character. Romance aside they had were both fiercely protective of each other that made you see they care deeply for each other.

I am glad you are enjoying it. I agree on Seo Kang Joon's robot expressions. You could tell he is not getting something (I would almost call a puzzled look) but nothing beyond that.

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Thank you for sharing the story in AYHT in the last recap. I had mistaken it for a robot romance but it's more interesting than that.

Even though I am not shipping NS3 and So Bong now, I am vested in their friendship. That never happened in this show. This drama feels like a skit to me which is fine if done well. In Woohoo Waikiki S1, it was over the top wacky. I think My Absolute Boyfriend should have made up their mind whether to be a comedy or a more thought provoking drama. As it is now, it's neither.

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I loved Seo Kang Joon as the robot but the 2nd half of the drama was ruined for me as they made the human so evil (til the end). And the ending was just too cheesy, imo.

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Enjoy ayht! Couple last episodes are not the strongest but it is still worth to watch to see how robot drama should be done. I don’t know if we ever going to see better robot portrayal than NamShin III.

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Guys, lets not spoiler people by talking about the ending of dramas they've just picked up.

#justafriendlyrequest

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Just jumping in to disagree that Diana isn't vicious - she destroyed one robot just to test its loyalty, and she STABBED her own maid! She's dangerously disturbed.

That said, I'd like to see her have a turnaround. I don't know why, but I feel like, if she could find someone who genuinely cared for her and who wasn't just loyal out of fear, it would make a big difference in her life. Not sure we'll get that, though.

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I should have chosen my words more carefully, I am having difficulty describing Diana owing to what @outofthisworld calls inconsistent.

What I meant was that she is not your typical evil villain who does evil for its own sake or to hurt others (this was the vicious comment) or to gain power etc. The key as you said is that she is disturbed. She has serious mental issues and needs treatment. So she is lashing out. It doesn't justify what she is doing but I think she is unable to judge her own actions at this point. Typical of children growing up in violent environments not thinking twice about committing violent acts (I am thinking City of God here) Diana's life was forsaken so easily when she was a child that she doesn't value life. She thinks nothing of breaking a toy or torturing her maids (physically and mentally). She is constantly testing everyone's loyalty. I think the most interesting point of this show as a robot drama was this point. Once can prefer a robot to a human for a variety of reasons, Diana's reason was to make sure of their loyalty which is a very interesting aspect to pursue, but they totally wasted this idea by turning her into a caricature villain and getting the male lead to tell her she doesn't deserve love. To me a robot who can say that totally missed the point of love, so how can he be in love?

As you say, they hinted at the fact that actually all Diana needs is some genuine love but somehow abandoned that idea along the way. If it was for something better I wouldn't have complained as much but this show really disappointed me.

I feel like we are giving the show more discussion and time than its writer. I also think we won't be getting what we should from the ending. But at least I will have an extra bean to give to some of the better shows at the end of the year!

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This show is a big, hot mess, but like a trainwreck, I can't completely look away. I still like Wang Joon. To me, he's the only one thinking properly. I can't get behind robot romance!!! I do hate that he dismisses Dada's explicit feelings, though. He doesn't deserve her, but he's the most believable character in this show. Well, him and his manager.

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Wang Joon is used as a voice of reason and raises pertinent questions about the practicality of Da Da romancing a robot. I rather prefer these to come from Da Da herself.

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Coming from Da Da? That ain't gonna happen. Not in this drama. Unless she gets smacked on the head and has an epiphany. There's one scene in the latest episode that I'd really really like to explore, but they won't go there (and it isn't about a bedroom either, something far more dangerous and sinister.)

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Which scene?

About Da Da and Young Gu's relationship, I wonder if it's because they didn't spend enough time to develop it. It feels weird that suddenly Da Da is all serious and dead set on Young Gu and not thinking about anything else. Maybe it's a rebound syndrome.

In any case, I have a huge hunch that it won't end well. I do not know how the other versions ended but there's growing emphasis on Young Gu's "Dicky Ticker"(Monsieur Alphonse in Allo Allo). Having watched years of kdramas, I am betting on a terminal illness trope. Yes! You read right. Terminal Illness in A Robot Romance.

I can even write a weekend makjang drama with this. Young Gu needs a new "heart" - eh....a piece of very expensive state of the art technology. Da Da cannot afford it and is forced to turn to Diana. And what does Diana demand? Not Young Gu but Da Da's hand! *gasp!*

Aren't you glad I am not a writer?

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He's headed for a heart attack, for sure. "It won't end well..." uhm, if they don't end up together that's good ending as far as I'm concerned.
I like your weekend makjang idea - what's wrong with us?

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@outofthisworld My mind keeps thinking of possibilities...the latest being they're going to have to replace his heart, ya' know, like a heart transplant, only the heart is going to be a real heart (maybe Wang Joon's) so he can be a real human with real emotions.
If nothing else, this drama is fascinating.

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@linda-palapala That's absolutely macabre!

I don't know about fascinating but increasingly, I feel like I am watching a sitcom on Disney Channel.

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So I didn't come back to this page for a few days, and reading all of these comments is KILLING ME!!! I love all the beanies. Just saying. :)

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On the other hand, it could end up being as vapid as it's been so far.

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In the original Japanese version, the robot guy somehow looked a bit robotic. I think that they mede him look/behave like that on purpose. The viewers clearly identified him as a robot who developed human feelings and fell in love . This process made the viewers more sympathetic towards their love in a very unrealistic setting.
In this version, however, YG does not look like a robot, he is human in every possible way thus the reality that he is actually a robot makes us more confused and creep me out. YG looks juvinile made me feel uneasy as well.

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