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It feels like everything moves at the speed of light in this show — just as one issue is handled and put to bed, another pops up and threatens to make the ladies in charge work that much harder. It doesn’t help that they’re still at each other’s throats most of the time, but things are about to change. A case of being in the wrong place at the right time shows one of the women that something she’s always believed and trusted may have been a lie all along.

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

When the weekend rolls around, Ta-mi is annoyed that Mo-gun still plans to go to his school reunion. She spots Da-in walking down the street and stops, and Da-in whispers excitedly that she’s on her way to see her first love. Ta-mi offers her a ride, and on the way, Da-in says that she hasn’t seen this guy in ten years — oh no, I see where this is going.

Ta-mi lends Da-in her earrings and jokes that she’s so pretty, she might start liking women, ha. Da-in’s eyes light up when she spots her first love heading into the restaurant, and she practically skips as she follows him. Sure enough, there’s Mo-gun sitting with the group, and he seems a little awkward when he sees her.

Ta-mi goes grocery shopping, where she sees Dong-joo, Joon-soo’s now-ex girlfriend, filming herself trying out samples for her mukbang. Dong-joo notices Ta-mi trying to ignore her and goes over to ask when she plans to break up with Mo-gun, and Ta-mi sighs, “Maybe today…” Ha!

Dong-joo tells Ta-mi in one of her backhanded compliments that she admires her, because she wants to date younger guys when she’s old, too. She says that Ta-mi could get an even younger guy than Mo-gun so she should break up with him, and when Ta-mi gets a well-timed call from the man in question, she waggles her phone in Dong-joo’s face triumphantly.

He says he wants to see her after his reunion, but Ta-mi says she’s got plans. As he’s leaving the restaurant, Da-in stops Mo-gun to ask how it was in Australia, since she hasn’t seen him since before he left. She asks to exchange numbers and keep in touch, so he gives her his business card.

Ta-mi goes to Barro, where employees are lining up in the lobby to sign a petition opposing Brian’s resignation. The interim CEO, who goes by Kevin, makes a sour face when he sees the petitioners. Later, when Ta-mi is making a presentation to the marketing team regarding the new main page layout, Kevin argues with her decision to remove a few seldom-used links from the page.

He talks down to her as if her suggestions are stupid, and it’s a miracle that Ta-mi manages to stay cool and professional. She asks respectfully if Kevin has any different ideas, but he says condescendingly to go ahead with her plans.

After the meeting, Ta-mi invites Kevin to attend the TF team’s meetings, since the new main page goes live in two weeks and having these extra meetings wastes time. He sneers that he’s not Brian and prefers doing things his own way.

Ga-kyung receives another package of photos, this time of herself and Jin-woo in the apartment he’s letting her use. She catches the courier still in the elevator and demands to know who sent him.

Joon-soo, department manager of Barro’s gaming department, loves the music to their newest game so much he twirls around giddily — until he learns that Mo-gun composed it. The rest of his team say they really like Mo-gun and want to sign a contract with him, but they forget all about Mo-gun when they see the news that their link on Barro’s main page is going to be removed, along with the Books and My Homepage links.

The TF team are happily going about their work when they’re mobbed by the employees from all three teams whose links are being cut. Ta-mi explains that this change is for Barro’s benefit, and the TF team wisely keeps quiet as the three department managers argue about which department brings in the least traffic and income.

Ga-kyung confronts the man who’s been sending her the blackmail pictures, and he says that Jin-woo has been visiting that apartment a lot lately, though they haven’t been able to get a good shot of the woman. Ga-kyung tells him to take one right now, and the man looks at the photos again and realizes that he’s made a huge mistake.

She pays him to tell her who ordered him to do this, and we see that it was Jin-woo. He’d discovered that the man was taking photos of him with other women to blackmail him, and had offered him twice his blackmail demand to continue to take pictures and send them to Ga-kyung.

The next day, Mo-gun has a cookout with his coworkers. He takes a lot of pictures, and when one friend looks through them later, he finds a photo of Ta-mi and asks about her. They wonder when he’s had time to date, but he just says that being busy is no excuse not to. Mo-gun tells them that he accepted an offer from Barro, which they’ll start working on right away.

During Ta-mi’s piano lesson, Da-in asks Ta-mi nervously if she should text her crush, and Ta-mi says she has to or nothing will happen. Da-in confesses that after the reunion, she even imagined getting married and having a kid. Da-in admits that she lost one of the earrings Ta-mi lent her, and though Ta-mi isn’t happy, she doesn’t get angry, either.

On the drama set, the lead actor loudly objects to rehearsing a scene with Ji-hwan as if it’s beneath him, but Ji-hwan lets the insult roll over him. Hyun would love to go kick that snobby actor’s ass, but Ji-hwan ushers her away from the set. He explains that the lead actor is just unhappy that Ji-hwan has more lines with his new role and is getting more attention.

Hyun offers to help Ji-hwan run lines, and the scene requires Ji-hwan’s bad-twin character to get angry and threaten the lead. Hearing him sounding so mean startles Hyun, and when Ji-hwan sees her face, he quickly hugs her and apologizes. The hug startles her even more, but she says that her surprise is just because he’s so good.

To make her feel better, Ji-hwan recites one of his nice-twin lines, a confession which ends with, “I think I like you.” That totally sends Hyun’s emotions into a tailspin, so she reminds him that she’s his fan, and that he shouldn’t do things like this or a fan could get confused. Ji-hwan says softly that he’s not sure who’s the one getting confused.

Ga-kyung receives a text from Chairwoman Jang telling her to come to lunch and implying that it’s to discuss the divorce, but when she arrives, she finds herself eating with several of Chairwoman Jang’s politician friends. Chairwoman Jang sings Ga-kyung’s praises, mentioning several times that eventually she’ll be CEO of Unicon, heavily implying that she’ll be positioned to do them favors.

Ga-kyung silently endures the meal then tries to leave, but Chairwoman Jang says she may as well give in. Ga-kyung refuses and says that the next CEO of Unicon isn’t up to Chairwoman Jang anyway. Chairwoman Jang claims she can manipulate the board of directors, but Ga-kyung says that the U.S. headquarters won’t be so easy.

She says that the only negotiation she’s interested in is hearing what Chairwoman Jang is willing to do in return for her destroying the evidence she has regarding Chairwoman Jang’s tampering. Giving a nasty laugh, Chairwoman Jang says that she won’t negotiate, and that now Ga-kyung will see the extent of the power she wields.

When Mo-gun starts his new game project, his presence at Barro creates a minor stir among the female employees. Jealous, Joon-soo tells Mo-gun to pay more attention to his music than his looks, since his looks won’t last forever. He mutters that he was pretty when he was young, too, and Mo-gun says in banmal, “You’re still pretty,” flustering Joon-soo for a second before he realizes he’s being made fun of, hee.

Mo-gun texts Ta-mi to meet up with him when he’s finished with his meeting. He runs into Hyun and asks her not to mention his Barro project to Ta-mi yet. Hyun tells him that Ta-mi hates that he went to his co-ed reunion, leaving Mo-gun feeling annoyed.

He squints at Ta-mi when she joins him and accuses her of being jealous. He says he’s angry because she showed her jealousy to someone else but not him, then orders her to show him what it looks like. Ta-mi says he’s being really weird, but he insists, then switches to sulking when she won’t do it. He leaves Ta-mi sitting there wondering what just happened.

Ta-mi confronts Hyun about telling Mo-gun she was jealous, and Hyun keeps Mo-gun’s secret about his Barro contract. Ta-mi asks what exactly she said about Mo-gun going to his reunion, and Hyun even coaches her on her facial expression at the time.

Ga-kyung drives past a coffee shop where Hyun is working, which reminds her of their school days. Once a girl had dropped an art project and Ga-kyung had accidentally stepped on it, and Hyun had come to defend Ga-kyung when the other girl yelled at her. Adult Ga-kyung smiles at Hyun and murmurs that it was nice seeing her.

In-kyung gets a call from Chairwoman Jang, and when they meet, Chairwoman Jang says that she wants In-kyung to hold Ga-kyung down. She explains that she’s not going to give Ga-kyung the divorce she wants, and tells In-kyung that if Ga-kyung stays married to Jin-woo, she’s going to make her CEO of Unicon. She warns In-kyung if Ga-kyung does get divorced, she’ll be scared of losing power when she loses KU Group’s support, and she’ll become CEO on her own.

Ta-mi has plans for the TF team to conduct interviews with other departments and come to an agreement regarding how best to showcase Barro through the main page. She sends Hyun to talk to Branding, where she ends up in an argument over which nearly identical shade of orange is perfect and which is the actual worst.

Bong-ki and Jenny talk to News, but the news director seems to think that the only important news worth reporting is the baseball scores. Ah-ra and Alex are sent to Advertising, whose director is furious at the very slight changes they want to make to the ad banner locations.

Ta-mi goes herself to talk with Kevin, who’s completely opposed to Ta-mi’s plan to highlight their Donations tab and make it more known that Barro gives back to society. He believes the main page should be dedicated to making money for Barro, and Ta-mi suddenly realizes that Kevin wants to increase Barro’s income to prove he’s a better CEO than Brian.

She says it won’t be easy when so many employees love Brian and want him back, and because Barro was heading in a positive direction under Brian’s leadership. But Kevin stands his ground and refuses Ta-mi’s request.

Ga-kyung finds herself in a disciplinary hearing, facing accusations of holding a press conference without permission and revealing trade secrets to the public. She’s informed that her misconduct is enough to justify firing her, but she’s only placed on a two-month suspension since her actions ultimately benefited Unicon.

She goes home and finds Jin-woo looking sheepish as he confesses that she caught him making dinner. She was unaware that he can cook, and he explains that he learned when he was in film school. Ga-kyung tells him that she probably needs a part-time job until she’s allowed to go back to Unicon.

She also says that she received pictures of the two of them and that she knows he had them sent. She thanks him for worrying about her but says that seeing the photos hurt, because they make her feel alone. Jin-woo apologizes for not being decent to her for the last ten years, but he promises to make up for it by granting her a divorce.

He even bought her flowers, as today is probably their last wedding anniversary. Ga-kyung asks why he got so many, and when he says that it’s to make them difficult to throw out, she almost looks amused.

Mo-gun goes to see his birth mother, a professor who he seems to have a relatively friendly relationship with. He gives her some money, saying that his business is doing well, then she turns around and gives him money, calling it an allowance. She steps away, and when her phone rings, Mo-gun sees that the caller is saved as “Son.”

He looks sad as he leaves, but a call from Ta-mi cheers him up. He goes to see her, and she greets him with a stern expression and an angry lecture for going to his coed reunion and making her jealous. When she’s done, Mo-gun doesn’t react, so she offers to try again, lol.

Mo-gun hugs her and asks to stay the night, but Ta-mi decides that she’s still mad and tells him to go home. He backhugs her (man, he’s huge), but she insists that she’s not going to change her mind. A few minutes later they’re cuddled up together, though Ta-mi is still threatening painful death on Mo-gun if he goes to another reunion (Mo-gun: “What’s a reunion?”).

Hyun eats at a restaurant that’s playing What’s Wrong With My Mother-In-Law? on the TV, and she grins as she listens to the ajummas gush over how much they love Ji-hwan’s new character. The show’s ratings are climbing steadily, also due to Ji-hwan’s newfound popularity, and Hyun couldn’t be prouder.

She texts Ji-hwan, and he calls her right back to ask if he can see her. He gives her a beautiful bag similar to one of his that she’d admired, and tells her that he’s celebrating — he’s signed with a prestigious management company. Hyun says it’s an honor for a fan to get a gift from a celebrity, and Ji-hwan wilts again at the word “fan.”

Hyun notices, so she says she’ll start acting more like a fan and stop confusing him. She offers to drive him to the set, but he already has an agency car, and they both look disappointed as he rides away.

Mo-gun tells Ta-mi more about his background, how his adoptive parents are Australians who were working at the embassy in Korea when they adopted him. He also says that he saw his birth mother today, whom his adoptive parents found her when he was twenty. He tells Ta-mi that his mother has another son, and that it upset him when he’d called her phone from his, and seen that he was saved as “Park Mo-gun, student.”

But he adds that it’s normal to be hurt by your parents, and he understands that his very existence likely hurt her when she had him at such a young age. He tells Ta-mi that people have always tried to hide their pity, so he liked it when Ta-mi cried and admitted she pitied him.

It’s Hyun’s turn for drinks with Brian, and she tells him about the opposition the TF team is getting over the main page revisions. He says that people from the other departments keep telling on the TF team to him,… he complains that he’s busier now after he resigned. He also knows about the petition to bring him back, but he doesn’t answer when Hyun says it must make him happy.

Hyun tells Brian that she wants to do something with the new main page to generate discussion, but she can’t think of anything. Brian says that an issue will present itself if the timing is right, and she recognizes it as something she can use.

Ga-kyung ends up back at Unicon when it’s discovered that the license for a web drama they’re supposed to air on their “Con TV” site wasn’t renewed. In-kyung is quick to put the entire blame on Ga-kyung, especially since it was Ta-mi’s project. The proof of whether Ta-mi was in the process of getting the license renewed would be in her email, but Ga-kyung needs Ta-mi’s consent to get into her email account.

Ta-mi is wary when Ga-kyung just tosses a consent form at her and orders her to sign it, but when she hears the reason, she says that she was in the process of extending the drama’s license terms when she left Unicon. Ga-kyung is angry that the correct documentation wasn’t filled out, but Ta-mi insists that it’s in their contract that discussing terms through email is acceptable if there’s a legitimate reason.

Ga-kyung snaps that she’s still running around cleaning up Ta-mi’s messes, blaming Ta-mi for leaving without notifying their subcontractors, but Ta-mi fires back that Ga-kyung can just deal since she fired her without cause. She says that Ga-kyung is here asking her a favor yet she’s issuing angry orders, and she wonders what’s making Ga-kyung so emotional.

Ga-kyung plays the “You don’t know my life” card, and accuses Ta-mi of clinging to her like they had some kind of special relationship. Ta-mi looks hurt, but before she can respond, another voice behind Ga-kyung says, “Do you think you’ve changed?”

It’s Hyun, who’s just witnessed the way Ga-kyung was attacking Ta-mi. She moves to Ta-mi’s side and tells Ga-kyung that she’s scared that this is who she’s been all along. This time it’s Ta-mi’s wrist she takes to pull her away from the bully.

We go back to the incident in high school, when Ga-kyung had been accused of ruining another girl’s project when the truth was that the girl dropped it. As Hyun pulls Ga-kyung away, we see the name on the other girl’s project — Bae Ta-mi.

 
COMMENTS

I’ve seen too many dramas to be shocked at the revelation that Ta-mi went to school with Ga-kyung and Hyun, but I did love that final scene for the reversal in Hyun. I had a feeling this was going to happen soon, that Ga-kyung would eventually do something in front of Hyun to make her turn her back on her. Hyun’s hot button has always been fairness, and although she’s seen Ga-kyung being mean to Ta-mi before, she didn’t like Ta-mi so she just assumed Ta-mi deserved it. Now she knows how responsible and honest Ta-mi is, and she’s seen Ga-kyung’s true face for herself. I’m not the least bit surprised that Hyun feels as though she’s finally seen Ga-kyung for who she is, and chose to take Ta-mi’s side. Ta-mi may be wrong often, but she at least admits it when she realizes, whereas Ga-kyung was deliberately blaming Ta-mi for being unprofessional when it’s not like she had the chance to wrap up every single loose end at Unicon when she was fired.

Speaking of Hyun, I haven’t talked about her and Ji-hwan much yet but that’s about to change, because oh my sweet baby kittens, how adorable are they?? Ji-hwan is just the ultimate squishy lovebug, and he so obviously adores Hyun, and it kills me the way the light in his eyes goes out every time she says she’s his fan. She definitely has feelings for him, but she’s had such bad luck in romance that she’s trying too hard to keep that line drawn between them — not to keep Ji-hwan away, but because she’s afraid it’s not real and that he only likes her because she’s his fan. Their problem is that she’s very alpha and he’s so beta, but I have a feeling that it’s going to be on Ji-hwan to step out of his comfort zone and let Hyun know how he feels.

I’m also enjoying how Ta-mi and Mo-gun’s relationship is progressing to the point that they’re admitting things like jealousy and anger. It’s adorable when Mo-gun sulks because Ta-mi won’t show him her jealousy, so that she has to go to a friend to ask exactly how she looked and sounded so she could recreate her jealous fit for him. I think that Ta-mi will be more jealous when she learns that Da-in’s first love is actually Mo-gun, and hopefully this little exercise will help them through that, too. I don’t really think that Da-in will be a genuine threat, since Mo-gun seemed awkward around her and not the least bit interested. I’m actually more worried about what it will do to Ta-mi and Da-in’s friendship.

And we’re still learning about Mo-gun and his history, which seems to be much more complicated than what we’ve seen on the surface, but it’s refreshing that he hasn’t experienced some horrific childhood trauma — he’s just a kid who was born to a young mother, who was then adopted into a loving family, yet he still has some issues from it. Most notably abandonment, as we see in how he constantly begs Ta-mi not to leave him. I just like that the show is demonstrating that you don’t have to have been through a nightmarish experience to have some lingering issues that can cause a lot of problems in your adult life.

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JI-HWAN ACTUALLY CONFESSED TO HYUN ON EPISODE 10 no one can change my mind

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He absolutely did. It was the finest delivery scene I can recall. Just perfect.

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It is the finest. I went through it as objectively as I can and putting aside my fangirling mode, I really like it. Confessions in kdramas are usually a huge thing - DRAMATIC. It can be such an overkill -the music, the camera work, the intensity in the actor's eyes etc.

This scene was so refreshing. Ji Hwan is usually shy and bashful although several times he bare his heart by dropping hints and little nuggets which Hyun side stepped. It seemed that by pretending to be Hyun's boyfriend, he 'got into the role' and confessed with confidence. Most importantly, his sincerity came through loud and clear.

When the lines are great and the acting more than delivers, who needs drama?

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this kid is an acting genius!! Also I rushed to this recap to rejoice with the Puppy Fan Club! I knew you all would be here <3

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Total agree. I'm a fan of Lee Jae Wook after this drama.

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The Puppy Fan Club will always follow Lee Jae-wook! HAHA I wouldn't be surprised if a member suddenly comments on MotA recaps for him

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#TeamPuppy here to support! hehe 🐾 reading your recap of that scene is making me emotional over them, somehow 😭

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Hyun and Ji-hwan became the highlight of this show for the #TeamPuppy and we all get emotional seeing how far they have come now so we understand how you feel!

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He actually confessed to her multiple times. No matter how I think about it I can't understand why she has been pushing him away sooo many times with the fan-actor excuse. Can someone please help me shed more light into it (than what's already in the recap). Was waiting for this recap to say it's very frustrating how many time she's been pushing him away.

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Hyun is Ji-hwan's fan and now that he is becoming big she thinks it'll be hard for him to date probably due to knetz being overly sensitive about dating news irl. Hyun and Ji-hwan actually talked about this on ep 14 but I would not discuss that here haha.

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I think Hyun is just really bad at romance. Look at her exes. It was mentioned a couple of times that Matthew wasn't the first time she got cheated on. So maybe she just doesn't know a great thing when it's in front of her? Probably also insecurities? It's like she cannot believe that he likes her. Also to be fair he always couches his confession in some kind of pretense. If I were her I'd be confused too.

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Frankly, I HOPE Morgan and Tammy break up and he starts to date Dong-joo. Because Dong-joo seems much more fun than than terminally over-thinking Tammy. Worst.girlfriend.material.EVER. Hey Tammy, if your intent is 'dating not marriage' the least you can do is to then ENJOY dating!

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I do agree with the breakup part but frankly, I either want to see him single at the end or him dating a girl that has not been introduced. Because if you are telling me the only girl options are dong-joo and the piano teacher then nooooooope! They are both not suited for him.

So I am hoping the show doesn't try forcing a pairing at the end, dong-joo is fun but not someone who can be seriously paired with Morgan and the piano teacher is just trying to prove her childish ideals about love!
Also, Tammy's intent is not 'just dating' rather it is just 'NOT getting married'. For her dating IS being married with the exception of government not meddling with her business.
In the show, you can see she doesn't just start jumping on the idea of dating a younger man because for her dating is not something trivial.
Tammy is not a bad girlfriend material, in my opinion, she is actually a very realistic girlfriend material. Tammy wants the best for Morgan and for her that's him being in a relationship which includes marriage which she cannot provide so why bother confining him with her. In this regard, she is realistic as in she doesn't want to waste both their times and avoid heartache^^

I myself like the other two relationships more in this show just because of how unrealistic they can be. I sometimes get overwhelmed with Tammy and Morgan's relationship simply because of how close to life it seems at times! But their relationship is an important part of this show narrtive ^^

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I completely agree about Ta Mi. I'm surprised that so many people don't understand the concept of being in a relationship without ever getting married. It's so common in my part of the world. The official name for it is Common Law Marriage, and it is treated like a legal marriage with minor caveats. So I understand completely what she wants.

But someone mentioned on a different thread whether marriage here also includes children for Ta Mi. Because otherwise, I don't see why the issue would have to break them up.

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Yes, the children discussion has never happened which would have been a more tension-filled conflict for both of them actually!

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It’s just a matter of perspectives, in my honest opinion. As for me, I’m positively viewing Tami’s actions. Through Lee Dong Wook’s cameo arc, I came to learn that she’s sure of how things would go if both she and Mogun don’t compromise their opinions on marriage.

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which is why I am so glad his cameo had a purpose rather than oh look its a celebrity :)

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I think that Ta-Mi and Mo-gun enjoy each other's company a lot though.

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I love this drama from the actors, witty dialogue, slice of life aspects, the look, just everything about this show. One of those rare instances where I wish there was a Season 2, so I could be with these characters a bit more.

Plot twist at the end! Ta Mi was the 'mean' girl at their school. Maybe she and Mogun can have a friends with benefits like relationship lol?

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Lol, I don't think either of them wants that kind of relationship. They both mentioned as much after their one night stand.

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*sigh* Did we really have to go the first love route with Da-in? This show has been good at avoiding cliches and subverting tropes, so I was hoping it wouldn't go there. I like the friendship between Ta-mi and Da-in, and I do not want to see another all-too-common portrayal of a female relationship going down the drain due to a guy.

Although I'm enjoying Hyun and Ji-hwan's relationship (much more than Ta-mi and Mo-gun's), I don't hold a candle to the love on the fan wall. I'm just as entertained by the weekly squeeing over their relationship as I am their relationship. And the beanie Lee Jae-wook fanbase is strong. 👍

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I absolutely agree about the Da-in part. She was my least fav character in this show and the most poorly written one.

Like, remember at their first meeting, Tammy remarks that Da-in is different (i.e didn't ask her personal qs) coz she came from abroad but guess what? that part of her character has been completely disregarded for the sake of making a cheap love rival.
I wanted to see more of her 'different opinions and actions' especially in her approach to relationships. I would have thought she would have been either more cynical or more respectful of Morgan and Tammy' s boundaries but NONE OF THAT HAPPENED.

OH NO, she just another plot device...*sigh*

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You're right, and I honestly forgot she was supposedly "different" due to living abroad. They dropped that quick. Honestly though, I find it hard to believe that Mo-gun grew up abroad--I don't see any indication of another cultural influence.

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I somehow got The impression in the first episodes that da in approached ta mi with an ulterior motive, but there’s nothing on that yet . And I’m up to speed on all eps

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Living abroad is not guaranteed that the person will be more open minded. She might have picked up some European/western habit like 'never ask about personal questions to someone you just met' but she also could be very isolated while living there.

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I am with you on the out of the blue love triangle, I liked their friendship and see no reason to have a silly trope make an unnecessary conflict out of nowhere.

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Am I the only one who finds the Ga-kyung/Jin-woo relationship the most interesting of the three?
I find myself frustrated with the fan vs interested-in-a-relationship confusion that Hyun and Ji-hwan are dealing with, especially because Hyun is usually so direct. And we get it again and again and again.
And I'm over the fish tank discussions that Ta-mi and Mo-gun regularly have. Maybe that metaphor has different connotations in Korea, but who really wants to be kept in a fish tank by another person? I appreciate that Mo-gun is interested enough in Ta-mi to be willing to take it s-l-o-w-l-y with her, but she doesn't seem to learn from the discussions they have. She changes her behavior, but not her thinking. It's frustrating.
It's obvious that Ga-kyung and Jin-woo have feelings for each other (and I love that she received surveillance photos of the two of them together!). Other than not being aware of the feelings they share, they are finely tuned to the nuances of each others behavior. She knew he was having the photos sent to her to make a case for divorce should she ever want it.
The mother-in-law is a big bonus--imagine the part as played by a man, who painted women semi-nude as a hobby and insisted that KU was the most important entity in any equation. Would we blink an eye at his behavior? Would we find him strange?
I love how this writer has reversed almost every gender stereotype. The women wield power over most men in their professional roles. The women are being pursued, not pursuing a relationship. It's a great way to get the audience to re-examine what it means to be a man or a woman in our culture.

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I really love ga kyung and Jin woo’s story. I feel like it could have potential as a drama of its own. They are a team with firmly established rules of engagement and I get the feeling that they highly respect each other. It’s actually quite lovely to watch

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I also don't like that fish and aquarium metaphors. I don't have if it has different meaning in SK, it just sounds pretentious to me.

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Yup it's an idiom in Korean I believe. To manage the fish tank is to play the field when it comes to romance.

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Or basically the same as the American term of "keeping someone on the shelf" - giving someone just enough attention to keep them interested/give them hope, just in case you later want to pick them up for real.

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Brilliant comments! So many excellent points! I agree with everything you said especially how it doesn't compute that the painfully direct Hyun is pussyfooting around her feelings with Ji Hwan. But then I remember that she was dating the Game director which made even less sense, so she must have a different personality for dating.

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The game director made no sense as a romantic interest for Hyun.

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I LOVE GK -JW's relationship. So glad you pointed this out. I just love her in general, and her flawed, pitiful but also very strong character. Beautiful to watch.

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Before dramas,
Kpop was the vehicle that got me into this vicious time sink of a hobby.

Being able to meet your idol in the flesh really does things to you.
Speechlessness, going weak in the knees.

So yes, surprisingly, I can empathise with Cha-Hyun, the way that she acts.
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As for Ta-Mi / Mo-gun,
my ex is older than me, more established than me in her career as well.

When I was chasing her,
I made it very clear that I like her and wanted to get to know her better,
but I did not want to stand in the way of her career, or make too drastic changes.

Thus I proposed that she keep me as an option, that we should only proceed if she is interested in me romantically as well.

Said relationship did not end well (maybe because I'm not as smooth and charismatic as Mo-gun haha),
but I can see why the repeated fish-tank conversations are written in.

I became quite jealous of Mo-gun actually,
that Ta-Mi became so enarmored of him and wants to protect him.

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As for Ta-Mi's thinking,
she does seem pretty set in her ways of doing things and mentality.

But if certain habits has served you well,
it's hard to change, isn't it?

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Finally,
I do agree with you.
Song Ga-kyung and her husband is the most mysterious and attention-worthy out of the three.

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I need to give a shout out to Lee Jae Wook. I love watching his face - not just because he's cute but look at all his nuances! Sometimes, I wonder if he's even acting at all. The scene where Hyun wanted to confront the mean lead actor and Ji Hwan had to bring her away to cool down - he had this mix of amusement, 'love her reaction', 'Oops! I need to get her away! 'this woman is so cute!' look pat down.

I already love Hyun to bits but watching Ji Hwan's reactions to Hyun is one of my greatest enjoyments of this show.

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I completely agree. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he is a newcomer. The way he smiled at her in that scene. My heart...........

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The subtle-ness in the acting is amazing! Every time I rewatch their scenes, I discover a new action change or emotion, same goes with Da-hee, I’ve always loved her acting!

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Lee Da Hee has grown leaps and bounds over the years. She's so comfortable in her skin now, it's a treat to watch.

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I loved her frenemy role in I Hear Your Voice.

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Loved her in IHYV!

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I LOVE YOUR INTERPRETATION! I think that's what I abstractly got from his face too but now I'm imagining these thoughts running through his head and it's just sooo cute <3 He's one of those rare actors that can really bring you into his emotion world. Sigh. I have a feeling that he's gonna wring emotions from us with future melos.

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Did Bae Ta MI, Cha Hyun and GA gyung go to the same school? Then why do they have different uniforms?

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Maybe they didnt, but they have crossed path in the past. In where I live we always have annual events for schools located in the same region like sports tournament, science competition or art festival. I think it's similar everywhere else.

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Ta-Mi went to Gyeongil Girls' High School,
11th Grade, Class 2 (1 year younger than Ga-Kyung and 1 year older than Cha-Hyun).

I went back to previous episodes (6 and 8) but the school name of Ga-Kyung and Cha-Hyun isn't mentioned.

The school crest is a red one with the Hanja for "High", so they probably went to different schools and was at the grounds for an art competition?

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I am so loving this drama! I really hope it doesn't go down the traditional, 'she has to get married to be happy' line. I am not sure what the right resolution for this is. Maybe not marriage but have babies with Mo-gun as the stay-at-home-dad?

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Hyun being afraid of who Ga-kyung really is makes my heart ache for her. As much as I love the new sismance between Tammy and Hyun, I still hope to see how they will resolve Hyun and Ga-kyung relationship.

Ji-hwan, oh, Seol Ji-hwan, just tell her how much you like her!

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I actually ache for TM and GK's broken relationship. I'm rooting for their lost friendship.

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what i'd written about ep 11:
SCARLETTTTTTT please don't do this to your actor and us 😭😭😭😭😭😭 i just about wanted to cry when Ji-hwan's face fell in disappointment when he repeated, "Fan..." how can you be so sure of where you stand between Ta-mi and Ga-gyeong, but not embrace the fluttering of your own heart 😭

bringing in Morgan's birth mom was kind of random... especially since there wasn't any indication that they had kept in touch.

and how about that last scene... who would have thought 😱😱😱 c'mon ep 12!!

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Ooof, that last scene had to hurt for Ga-kyung. I got the feeling that Hyun was her moral compass in some way and that despite how horrible she was in her life, Hyun knew the "real" her. When everyone was calling her a dog, a heartless b*tch, and whatnot, Hyun's support and friendship must have been Ga-kyung's rock in the storm. So for Hyun to choose Ta-mi over her... Yeah, that must have really hurt.

I am a little disappointed show went in the love triangle route for Tami/Mogun. Tami needs more female friends in her life and I was sad to see that one of them ended up in a love triangle with Tami unknowingly. As someone else mentioned, one more female friendship torpedoed for the love of a man. *sigh*

P.S: I love that everyone keeps going to Brian for advice. The only one who gets busier AFTER retirement.

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Contemporary romance like this is more entertaining than traditional romcoms for me.
I cannot choose favorite over the pair. All are in realistic parallel story arc which cannot be compared.
The only plot holes? that I noticed are that the spontaneity in connection. Tami knows Dain who naturally happens to be long time admirer for Mogun’s affection. Tami drives around and happens to see Ga Gyung and Hyun in early episodes. And PPLs, of course, J.Estina and that coffee/ juice franchise.

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Thanks for the recap!

I was miffed that Ga KYung had the gall to get mad at Ta Mi when she was fired so abruptly and injustly too. What time was she given to tie up her loose ends?

As much as I dislike Ga Kyung, I am still most invested in her relationship with her husband. The two of them are so careful around each other, but her husband loves her so much in his own way. It's interesting how they've been married 10 years yet still act like they're in a new relationship. The 10 years still shows sometimes though, in how well they understand each other.

Ta Mi has a battle on her hands with this new CEO. The team had it really easy with Brian. Kevin is an uncomfortable reminder that work is not always a positive, uplifting place, and bosses with their own agendas just ruin things.

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The first love coincidence was the first cliché of the drama and unexpected from this fresh writer. I am hoping it will be handled thoughtfully. I expect the lost earring to play a part as I am sure this writer would have heard of Chekhov's Gun as opposed to My Absolute Boyfriend’s writer.

I laughed so hard at Ta Mi’s attempts to recreate her jealousy for Mo Gun (and checking with Hyun how her face was at that exact moment). This is jealousy done right to hilarious effect.

Am I the only one who finds Dong-joo annoying but hilarious?

Kevin the interim CEO seems to be helicoptered in from a bad makjang to provide a stark contrast to Brian. He seems very ill fitted to Barro’s style we have seen so far.

I feel so sorry for the poor puppy Ji Hwan who has fallen so hard for Hyun and she keeps trying to draw a line by saying she is a fan.

LOL at the childhood connection and the writer continuing to give classic male-female romance scenes to the female lead trio. Ga Kyung’s nerve at blaming Ta Mi for leaving things incomplete really annoyed me so I also doubt whether she is at the redeemable stage yet. Being unfairly dismissed Ta Mi had no ethical or professional obligations left for Unicon at all. If anything will change Ga Kyung it would be Hyun’s reaction because she is the only person she has a soft side left for.

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I agree with you regarding the interim CEO. The whole time I was wondering how he ever managed to get hired at Barro.

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I love characters that are given a chance at redemption. GK may not still be there at that arc per se but she's definitely someone worth not giving up on. She's smart, quick, flawed, cruel, selfish and the only character and story line I'm the most most invested in.

TM and HY, love you girls too though, haha.

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my heart skipped a beat when Jihwan suddenly hugged Scarlett, what a smooth move from a puppy.
also, how sadly realistic is it that just when you've resigned and given up on a relationship, that's when you realize that you actually care and been cared for.

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