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Chocolate: Episode 3

Just when you thought things couldn’t get more complicated. Our chef was so sure that moving to Greece would fix everything, for her and for everyone else, but thanks to one bowl of dumpling stew, she’s right back to where she started. She’s already thinking of running away again, but maybe it’s time she stop running and start facing her problems head-on.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

On a plane to Greece, Kang thinks back to hanging out with Min-sung back when he was dating Cha-young. Min-sung wanted Kang to try her food and fall in love with it just as he did. “If you ever fall for Cha-young,” Min-sung joked, “swallow your feelings. I don’t want to be in a love triangle with you.” Uhhh…

Kang explores Greece, and we see him and Cha-young walking the same paths but at different times. He finally finds the restaurant she works at and learns from her co-worker that she’s participating in a cooking contest. Kang goes to said contest and watches her, remembering how distraught Min-sung had been when she’d broken up with him. Min-sung suspected that she liked someone else, making Kang furious.

To Cha-young’s horror, Kang raises his hand when the announcer asks for volunteer judges. He reaches her table, his gaze cold, and tries her dish, while she falls into a memory. Min-sung hadn’t been able to make their movie date, so Cha-young watched the movie with Kang.

Exhausted, Kang kept dozing off until he passed out on her shoulder. That’s when she decided to go to Greece. “I keep falling for him,” she thought. “And missing him. So I’m going to a place where I’ll never see him.” She looks up at Kang now as he thanks her for the food, emotionless, and moves on.

Cha-young ends up as a finalist, but she’s too focused on Kang to care. She’s thinking about the last time she saw him, when he’d confronted her at a bus stop. He’d asked over and over if she ever really loved Min-sung, and all she could say was that she liked someone else.

The announcer asks Kang what he thought of Cha-young’s dish, and Kang looks right at her as he answers. He calls her cooking methods daring and sexy, “but also conniving and heartless.”

He reveals that the base of her dish was actually the Korean-style beef bone soup and that her poor execution of that deserves the subtraction of 50 points. The crowd, as well as the other judges, erupt into critical whispers. Cha-young holds Kang’s gaze, hurt but helpless.

Afterwards, Tae-hyun is cursing Kang for making them lose (unaware Kang is his sis’s first love). Cha-young just sighs and wonders where she should run away to now. Meanwhile, Kang calls Min-sung to check up on him and lies that he’s in China for business.

Back at work, Cha-young soon finds out that Kang isn’t finished with her. He comes as a customer and asks for dumpling stew, which she must decline since the restaurant only serves Italian cuisine. To butter up the manager, Kang orders two bottles of their most expensive wine. And with that, Cha-young has no choice.

Cha-young tells Kang to wait until after closing. By the time she’s hard at work on the stew, Kang walks in and asks if she’s even curious about Min-sung. Frustrated, Cha-young snaps that she has no responsibility over a relationship that ended four years ago.

Kang tells her to forget the stew and starts to walk away, only to turn back. “[Min-sung] is on his deathbed, saying that he wants to eat your dumpling stew one last time,” he seethes. “So I came all the way here like a madman. But I don’t want the last meal of his life to be made by a woman like you.” Ouch, I felt that.

Kang ignores Cha-young’s tear-filled eyes and walks away — straight into Tae-hyun. Still upset, and seemingly drunk, Tae-hyun recognizes Kang and demands to know why he ruined his sister’s chance in the contest. Cha-young comes out and tries to hold Tae-hyun back, making Kang assume that he’s her boyfriend.

Tae-hyun slurs that Kang should call his mom and ask for help, unknowingly hitting a nerve. Kang punches him, sending him to the ground, and Cha-young yelps. Kang walks off, flinging Tae-hyun to the ground again when he tries to cling on. Cha-young rushes out to catch him but stops when she hears him on the phone with Min-sung. She looks on sadly as he tells his friend to pick a different last meal.

The next day, a tired Cha-young goes out to an abandoned building (from the first episode) and looks out at the water. Behind her, Kang sees her but says nothing and goes on his way.

Kang returns to Korea, welcomed by his grandmother’s wrath: a teacup thrown at his head. Apparently, the doctor who was supposed to operate on Min-sung was the son of an important sponsor.

The doctor scoffs that Kang couldn’t even save his friend, and Grandma apologizes by saying that Kang was raised by an incompetent mother. Grandma orders Kang to beg for forgiveness. We don’t get to see if he does, but he leaves with a bitter expression on his face.

Kang visits Min-sung in the hospice, delivering dumpling stews from the best restaurants he could find. Min-sung appreciates Kang’s efforts, but after one bite, he can’t eat anymore. “You should’ve tried Cha-young’s stew,” Min-sung says. “If you had, you wouldn’t be able to eat just anyone else’s.”

It turns out that Cha-young has returned to Korea, too. She calls Min-sung’s law firm to ask where he is and then travels all the way to the hospice. However, once she reaches his door, she’s too scared to go inside.

She heads back outside, ready to leave, when she hears Kang’s voice behind her. She quickly picks up a nearby basin and holds it over her head to hide. Once he’s gone, the hospice’s cook snatches the basin from her and, mistaking her for a new employee, orders her to peel the onions.

Instead of setting the cook straight, Cha-young stays and peels onions, crying, all evening long. The cook eventually stops her, knowing she wasn’t the real employee, and asks why she silently did as she was told. Before Cha-young can answer, the cook invites her over for dinner.

The cook takes her to her restaurant (she volunteers at the hospice once a week) and presents a full spread of food. But Ajumma keeps coming out with more rice, forgetting that she’d already brought it.

Alarmed, Ajumma asks how many times she came out. Cha-young smiles and lies that she’d asked for two bowls of rice. A few moments later, Cha-young watches with concern as Ajumma gets another customer and freezes, having completely forgotten her own recipes.

At the hospital, Kang tries to enter the OR but is stopped by security. His uncle Seung-hoon pops in and explains that this is his punishment for disrespecting their sponsor’s son.

Around the corner, Joon stands by and overhears his dad tell Kang that all of his surgeries will be carried out by other doctors. Really? Really? Dad talks about these patients like they’re freaking chess pieces.

Then, when Kang pulls into the family home, he sees the kind housekeeper waiting outside with his suitcases. On top of being kicked out of work, Grandma also wants him kicked out of the house for a while.

Resigned, Kang asks that the housekeeper bring him a box from his room. She retrieves it, and he smiles to see a childhood photo and his mom’s journal for recipes. He flashes back to when he was a kid, some time after his mom passed.

The housekeeper had wondered why he was storing the journal away when he wanted to become a chef. “I don’t want to be a chef,” he’d answered. “I’ll become a doctor. I have to become a better doctor than Joon.” Present-day Kang flips through the journal’s pages until he lands on one particular recipe — dumpling stew.

Back at the ajumma’s restaurant, Cha-young has taken over cooking duty. Ajumma asks where she works and, hearing she came from Greece, then asks what she’s doing here in Korea. Cha-young smiles and says that she’s here to cook for someone. From there, she revisits the hospice and runs into Min-sung’s father.

Cha-young asks Dad (not knowing who he is) if she can use the kitchen, but Dad informs her that someone’s already using it. When she heads inside and finds the kitchen, she discovers that that someone is Kang.

Cha-young lingers by the door, unsure of what to do, while inside, a determined Kang works on his dumplings. But then Kang gets a phone call from Seung-hoon saying they need him for an emergency surgery.

Apparently, a chairman — and close friend of Grandma’s — collapsed and his chance of survival is slim. Once at the hospital and all suited up, Kang learns that the patient was initially Joon’s. This tells Kang that Seung-hoon is just using this chance to make him look bad.

Seung-hoon rushes to his son’s office, finding him suited up as well, and asks what he thinks he’s doing. Joon insists that he must operate on his patient, but Dad presses that he should stick to his story of being out of town.

Joon sighs, saying that Dad needs to stop with the cheating. He’s already told him time and time again that he can beat Kang. “Why don’t you believe me?!” he demands. Besides, doesn’t Dad realize that if Kang succeeds, it would make Joon look bad?

Still, nothing gets through to Dad. He stutters that Joon can go to the OR as long as he makes up some excuse as to why he can’t operate. Joon, nearly crying from frustration, pulls himself together and joins Kang and his team, stating he’s there as backup.

Joon’s excuse is that he had a couple of drinks, but Kang sees right through that. “You’re not, by any chance, lying to avoid the surgery?” Kang asks. Seeing the fear in Joon’s eyes, Kang encourages him to do the surgery himself.

Joon hesitates before accepting the scalpel and taking Kang’s place. But right off the bat, Joon goes into a direct clipping, which Kang warns is dangerous due to the patient’s condition and old age.

Joons snaps at Kang to stand back, so he does. Kang quietly watches the procedure until Joon accidentally snips at something, causing serious bleeding. With the patient close to cardiac arrest, Kang orders Joon to switch out.

Still in shock, Joon stays where he is and tells Kang to get out. Kang pushes Joon aside, saying that if he wants the chairman to live, then he should get out. As Kang and the team scramble to stop the bleeding, Joon stands in the back, utterly defeated. When the patient’s vitals return to normal, the whole room lets out a sigh of relief. Joon, however, whips off his gloves and wordlessly exits the OR.

Thankfully, Kang comes out of the surgery successful. He later calls Min-sung to confirm their fishing plans, but he’s interrupted with news of nine emergency patients from a bus crashing into a truck. He rushes to the ER, where it’s total chaos, and tosses out orders before getting ready for multiple surgeries. He tells a disappointed but understanding Min-sung to wait for him — he’ll make their fishing date no matter what.

Meanwhile, Cha-young had been in the hospice’s kitchen all night finishing what Kang started. Once her dumpling stew is complete, she finds Min-sung’s fiancee In-ju and passes it along to her.

In-ju sadly reveals that Min-sung was presented with dumpling stew from various restaurants but hasn’t been able to eat any of it. Cha-young smiles and tells her that Kang made the food himself. “Please tell Min-sung to enjoy the meal,” she says. “And that Dr. Lee Kang put in his best effort to make it.”

In-ju delivers the food to Min-sung, telling him exactly what Cha-young said. Min-sung is a bit hesitant, but with one bite, his entire face lights up. He looks out the window, out where Cha-young now stands. Though it’s unclear if he can actually see her, he knowingly smiles.

Outside, Cha-young silently cries as she looks up at the hospice, thinking, “I’m sorry. I’m really sorry.”

Hours later, Kang trudges back into his office, completely wiped out. And looking at his clock, he’s already missed his fishing date with Min-sung. He tries Min-sung’s cell, but there’s no answer. Oh no. Don’t tell me…

Seconds later, his phone starts ringing, but it’s not Min-sung. “Kang,” Min-sung’s dad sighs. “Min-sung is gone.” Min-sung had waited at the fishing spot and passed soon after, Dad explains. At that, Kang is stunned into silence, his eyes filling with tears.

 
COMMENTS

What a tragedy to have lost the sweet Min-sung so soon. The character was such a bright light in our hero’s dark world, and I was expecting to enjoy him and the bromance a little bit longer. What makes it worse is that Kang is sure to feel guilty for being too busy to see him. Still, Min-sung’s death, while sad, was a beautiful one. Even with all the best food in the world, nothing beat the taste of Cha-young’s dumpling stew. I’m not sure how much Min-sung knew of Cha-young and Kang, or if he knew at all, but the whole thing with the stew seemed entirely personal to him. I doubt Min-sung was still hung up on Cha-young; there just wasn’t any closure. And the stew, which signified the taste of home for him, was the closure he needed before passing on.

But going back to Kang — I did not like him at all in the first half of this episode. I understood where he was coming from, but it didn’t make the viewing process any easier. He purposely brought Cha-young out to publicly embarrass her and then pretty much harassed her at work. (I will say, however, that Tae-hyun kind of had that punch comin’.) Like his family, he used his money and power to get what he wanted. Because yeah, he was technically looking out for his best friend, but he was also conducting his own personal revenge. On someone he, frankly, doesn’t know at all. I knew that it was too soon for Cha-young to tell the truth, but seeing her so hurt, I wanted her to explain herself anyway. After all, from Kang’s perspective, she’s not exactly making herself look good.

Moving forward, I’m not sure how our couple will get from point A, where we are now, to point B, when we saw them being all heart-eyed in the premiere’s opening. Things are far too complicated, with Min-sung stuck in the middle of them even after death. It’s going to take a lot of rebuilding just to become friends, but it’s best they start somewhere. And it might be best for them to start anew. I’d really love for Kang to warm up to Cha-young without actually knowing their connected pasts. I wouldn’t want him to look at her as someone to pity, and I certainly wouldn’t want him to look at her as Min-sung’s ex-girlfriend forever.

This episode also reminded me why I struggle with medical dramas. I don’t handle the theme of corruption well (it makes my blood boil), especially in a hospital setting. We have powerful people who view the medical field as one huge bank account, and who spend most of their time trying to fill it. Then for people like Joon and his parents, it’s a freaking competition. The patient on the table becomes an object, a prop essentially, and it frustrates the hell out of me. Even Kang, who sort of has his heart in the right place, frustrates me since he doesn’t actually want to be there. That has to be a problem, right?

In my head, people who don’t want to be doctors probably shouldn’t be doctors. And now that we know that Kang is sticking it out to prove himself, as well as his mom, it just doesn’t feel right. I’m hoping that with Min-sung’s death, Kang will remember his friend’s advice of retrieving his old dream. He’s lived in torment for so long, though, that his mindset will be hard to change. Joon, too, is proving to be a tough nut to crack, but he’s showing improvement. But Joon’s parents? And Grandma? They’re lost causes. Which is why I fear that Kang may never get the approval he so desperately wants.

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Thank you @sailorjumun for the speedy recap!! This was a difficult watch on many levels, mostly for the reasons you've listed. The story itself isn't as engrossing as I'd hoped, it's the actors that have me coming back.

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Kang was a jerk! Cha Young did what she had to do. She was in love with someone else, so the only thing she could do was to break up with Min Sung. It was the best for the both of them. Kang doesn't have a word to say in this relationship. I don't understand the way he acts with his family and in the hospital. He let them manipulate him when he could say no.

The death of Min Sun is really sad, Cha Young and Kang need him as a friend. He was so nice and warm. 😭

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Minsung means more than a friend to Kang. I think he just reacted what any true friend would. He’s the kind of friend who would travel across the globe for someone who hurt his friend because his friend requested him to. And he’s in for a shock when he finds out the reason behind Cha Young’s action.

As for staying on at the hospital, it might have to do about honoring his Mom. If he left, that family would never let him go without scoffing at him and his mom’s memory for the rest of his life.

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I agree with you on these points. Not to say that my opinions are right, but I think the way Kang acted I was able to feel it trying to imagine I was in his position. People would react irrationally sometimes, especially when they are angry, mad or vengeful.

I also think that the reason he has stayed with this family for a very long time is to beat them, for the sole reason of beating: to show that he can beat them, people who never regarded his mother as a family member. I think once he succeeds this, he would go back to being a cook and be himself again. That way, I think, he will feel at ease with himself for not betraying his mom.

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I reread my comment and it looks like I’m condoning his actions which wasn’t what I was trying to convey. I was trying to empathize with what Kang must’ve been going through — he was hurting for his friend, he also feels the pain since he knows how deeply Minsung felt and on top of that he’s about to lose a really good friend soon. So yeah, while all those emotions are valid. He’ll still need to go through some transformation for his behavior. I can’t wait for him to find out who Cha Young is. But before that happens, I would concur with SailorJumun that they start anew and for Kang to warm up to Cha Young first for who she is in the present. Kang has no idea Cha Young is the young girl he met as a kid. But I’d like to think that memory of a girl who cried out of happiness from having tasted a satisfying meal would have stayed with him too. It was probably one of the few good moments he had as a child with his mom before his world turned upside down.

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He's sad I understand that but her reasons to break up were valid and he had no right to judge her and messed her professional life. She didn't have to justify her actions to him. The only one who could do it, it would have been Minsung and they broke up four years ago...

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He’s gonna want to kick his own ass at some point, for sure. And as I’ve mentioned, he’ll need some transformation for his behavior. It’s actually a bit funny to me that he seems angrier than Minsung was about their breakup.

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Yes, I think this is all about his grief for his friend (and really only family after his mom died). Sure, it's inappropriate, but bereaved people often behave irrationally and inappropriately.

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Among all the tropes used in this drama, the one I dislike the most is the rich family that thinks they can buy everything and everyone with money, and that people different from them are just garbage.
And the way hospitals work in some shows makes me get so mad!!

Now that sweet Min-sung is dead, I hope Joon will have more screen time and above all, that he won't be the bad guy of the story.

Unfortunately, so far I don't feel the connection and the chemistry between the leads.

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I'm not sure why I am watching this show. I like aspects of it, but other parts are incredibly tropey and cliche. Parts of it also just don't make sense either. I'm going to continue watching, but honestly I don't know why. I hope it gets better because it is pretty slow. I also hope she doesn't bring up the childhood connection before they fall in love.

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After watching the episode 4, I feel like the story will really start at the episode 5... It was like a very long intro.

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I agree. I think it’s gonna tone down somewhat by Episode 5 and focus on the main leads interactions. They threw in all the tropes and cliches early on there can’t be anymore of it down the road, can it? 😅

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gahh, i hope you're right. i was thinking that if this is the amt of tropes they can shove at us in 4 episodes, i can't imagine how much more they'd be able to do by the series end.

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While I’m sad the very sweet Min-sung has died, I am glad they did not drag that out and wring every tragic tear possible from his illness and pain. I can’t say I’m enjoying this drama exactly, but for now I am using it to make myself continue watching something with painful feels. That said, this episode felt much better out together than the first time, or maybe I’m settling into the style of storytelling, and it continues to be visually quite lovely.

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*than the first two episodes

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I love the drama until now (ep 4). I know people keep complaining about the slow and long intro, but I believe this early 4 episodes are very important so at least LK will know MCY better and fall in love with her without needing to know that she was the girl in his past and develop the sense of pity towards her like you said.
IMO HJW and YKS's chemistry is undeniable, but HJW's chemistry with JSJ is strong too, and I can feel it everytime they are together in a scene. And I really love MCY and KMS screen time, it was so sweet. HJW is indeed the queen of chemistry.
Please support the drama, it is the best korean melo drama I've ever seen.

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Slow? Well, my friends, this is a melodrama, and also a Lee Kyung-hee drama, the legendary writer who created such tragic, classic melodramas like I am Sorry I Love You, Thank You, Will it Snow for Christmas, and A Love to Kill. So, if the genre (or the writer) is not your cup of tea, please just don't bother watching it.

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This writer created MiSa?! No wonder it's so slow. MiSa ending was so...hmmmm..tragic. Thank You was also by this writer? I liked little Bom, GHJ and SSR in that drama. They could have been a happy family if not for SSR's mother meddling and also SSR's useless ego with his friends when he was young. Pfft. He really liked her, she like him, he even wrote a diary about liking her and it all ended in shambles. Sigh. His fiancee was super sweet though. Best 2nd female lead everrrrr. Haha.

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The more I think, the more I realize how ridiculous the plot is yet I am watching it for the reasons I have mentioned before. Again lots of shouting at the screen at the characters. The brother is just too much. And wow the grandmother and Joon's father are just ugh. And I agree that those who don't want to be doctor shouldn't be doctors. Also while it's sad that Min Sung died, it wasn't unexpected at all that it would happen so soon.

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Anyone else surprised at the fact that the actor who is the sweet Minseong also played the terrorist who hijacked the plane in Vagabond. His name is Teo Yoo. I just looked him up and so surprised to find out the cold-blooded killer in the other drama its the little puppy in love in this one. Such a sweet and poignant character! Bravo to Teo Yoo, whose transformation is as drastic as Lee Jae Wook in MOA and Search www.

In another note, I was looking forward to this drama from earlier this year and it does not disappoint. Love every bit so far and hope the OST come out soon!

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Hahaha. I knew it from the beginning of Vagabond, that he is Yoo Teo and he's also Ragaz in Arthdal. He has a slew of memorable characters in 2019. Maybe he'll get a lead character soon, he has the charisma and looks.

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There are already 3 OSTs. I’ve posted them on my wall.

I didn’t watch Vagabond long enough so the actor didn’t really register with me. He plays adorable very well here.

Speaking of MoA, did anyone notice Cha Young’s brother was Hyun Bin’s secretary there?

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I noticed that too! But I also hought he might be a doppelganger hahaha. Some Korean actors have similar faces. I've mixed up several actors before 😂

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Thanks so much @mei geu-rae. I kept checking but missed OST3. Really enjoyed that song. Looking forward to other songs as well.

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The best role of Min Jin-Woong (Cha Young's brother) was in Let's drink/Drinking Solo. He played a teacher.

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Aww... I thought he looked very familiar, but couldn't really recall from where I've seen him. So MoA it is then! Thx!

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He died at the fishing spot? Not right after he ate dumpling soup?! I missed the fishing plans and thought he died right after eating dumplings.

I watched *cough* ffwd *cough* 3 episodes just to see how Yoo Teo dies. While I am bummed he died too soon, he was super adorable and remembering some of his scenes put a smile on my face. He was a bit of light in this very grim drama. Everyone is just sadface, while Yoo Teo beams in most his scenes.

Till the next drama Yoo Teo! Till the next drama that you don't die~ hua3

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This show is all kinds of ridiculous. But.I.Cant.Stop.Watching. I’m in the mood for melo and so far this is hitting in all the right feels for me. I’m just gonna shut the sensible part of my brain moving forward.

My only hope is that no one else dies in the drama! Taking away Minsung was heartbreaking. He was the only bright spot for Kang. The only one who can make him smile and made him feel alive. Right now, Kang is barely surviving in a cruel world. It’s sad to see that cheerful kid grow up into someone different. The moments that had a reflection of the kid he used to be was when he was with Minsung.

Looking at the bright side, all these upheavals are providing the actors to showcase their acting depth. And they are nailing it. I’m already invested in the leads and I feel for what they are going through.

I like dramas with characters that go through growth developments and transformation. And there is aplenty here for everyone. From both the leads and even Lee Joon. I think he is also just unfortunate to grow up in a dysfunctional family. I hope the writer doesn’t turn him into an all-out villain. The real villains for now are his family. They are responsible for putting him and Kang against each other.

The food scenes though are oh so delicious! There must be a warning notice for those who are on a diet. Do not watch.

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Haha you pretty much said everything I want to say. The first few episodes are full of hurting (death, debt, war, bombing, dysfunctional family, lots of dreams, what else can it be) so I'm expecting the upcoming part are full of healing. Of course the tears will still be there but for me a true drama is one which brings hope in the midst of despair.

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You spoke my mind. Really. Period.

I know there are a lot of typical drama tropes and so on, but I just can't stop watching. I saw a comment of a Beanie here that this little show showcased all the classic drama tropes (very fast, say within the first two episodes), but in a very .. how can I say, beautiful manner. As the temperature is falling now and I'm in the mood for something a little bit melo, Chocolate is a cup of hot chocolate for me, and it's just so perfect for this time of the year.

And yes, I agree that I'll have to convince the logical part of my brain to stop working when I watch this show. It may take an hour a day, two times a week holidays starting from now. And ofc the time is fixed.

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I hate the way the writer wrote Kang's character. I wanted to give up watching it but I am a fan of HJW.

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I am not ready to give up on this one yet. I feel like somewhere in all this is the possibility of a jewel of a show. They need to lay off the trauma, we have enough for three dramas, a dial up the humor and whimsy a bit. I know it is a Melo, but if it goes anymore down this path it will be farce. Also, the actors are so strong they can really bring some nuances and depth to more quieter scenes.
Please Show let the healing begin.

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There has been about ten dramas worth of trauma in the first two weeks of airing. The actors are doing a good job of not wallowing in it, but seriously can we have something, anything, good happen?

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Agreed and there are 12 more episodes left...

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I hope so. As a viewer I'll just become immune if the tragedies keep piling up.

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I was thinking about the same thing. I know this is a melo, but can we have something good happen soon? Or anything that can make the leads (and me) happy? I am running out of my tissues already. Haha

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Yoon Kye-sang is such a talented actor.

He made me care about Kang, his exhaustion, his anger, his pain. I just want to hug him and tell him eveything's gonna be ok.

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and tell him never do surgery on ANYONE after being injured in an auto accident - while still profusely bleeding after self-administering staples...

BRAIN SURGERY, at that....
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😂 looking at how annoyingly stubborn he is, he's not gonna listen to whatever we say. Haha

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Thanks for the recap! And you've hit on why I struggle with medical dramas too.

Min-sung's death affected me more than I had expected. :*( From how insistent he was about Cha Young's dumpling stew - so insistent that Kang flew all the way to Greece to get it- I had guessed he was trying to get Cha Young and Kang to cross paths. I think he associated Cha Young and her restaurant with the miracle of Kang surviving. Maybe he was hoping for another miracle for Kang.

Melodramas aren't really my thing, but there is something about this one that makes me feel invested in it and in Cha Young and Kang finally finding happiness, particularly Kang because that dude is annoyingly determined to live passively in unhappiness. Cha Young's got it right. If you need to run away, run away to a beautiful place and get bit of happiness while you're at it. And she was able to do it while her brother is probably bleeding her bank account dry.

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...particularly Kang because that dude is annoyingly determined to live passively in unhappiness...

I read this in your comment and I couldn't help myself laughed out a bit. You got it so right! Wow... just wow.

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Ive been giving virtual slaps to his uncle/aunt/grandma throught the 4 eps. Family doctor villain is on top of my list of dislikes now. But I'm still watching this one

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I know life is short and I shouldn’t spend my time on watching something with so many flaws and my time is not the only thing I’m trading. In that 60+ minutes my eyesight, sanity and my heart are engaged too and I’d love to know it is worth it but I’m not going to drop it. I want to see more of Cha Young’s heartbreaking moments looking at her love in silence.
I want to see more of Yoon Kye Sang who I missed to the point I wanted to go back and watch Who Are You?. I want to hear the OST “Always Be Here” again♥️

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Honestly, with all the horrible traumatic tropes stuffed in the first 4 episodes, I can’t think of any others that can be squeezed in. With that done, I am watching with earnest belief that the love story will finally kickstart from ep 5 - and the preview (if of any worth) is pointing to that direction. It will make the watch all worthwhile with such a compelling couple that’s meant together for good!

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Amnesia. There's always amnesia. With all the brain surgery it's only a matter of time till we get amnesia.

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There’s the false amnesia already

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Thanks for the recap @sailorjumun! Any way you can go back and edit to add the chocolate tag to the article? Epi 3 is not showing in the dropdown list/ recap list because the tag is missing.

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Fixed! Thanks for letting me know ^_~

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RIP min sung.... You will be missed.... I'm just going to ignore all the medical malpractice and the willful ignorance of ethics in this drama... Coz I didn't see a single doc in this show... Who has taken their oath seriously.. 😕

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Ok, sure, it's a little OTT, but I'm totally feeling the melo on this one. I think the writing is actually pretty subtle by melo standards, and I love the cast. I'm even hoping the jerk cousin gets some kind of clue by the end of it all. I'm pretty much a sucker for grief stories and this one is rolling full steam ahead.

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I like the treatment of the story. The characters are so real and so are their feelings. Arent we all horrible to some people at some points because of biases? I wish characters like Kang would pursue happiness more often.
I am dying to see the next episode. Ep5 preview hints at the set up being complete and us seeing the actual story/intersctions, less flashbacks. Yay!
I will dissest the series once it is complete. Right now am too into it.
Ohhh and I dont think it is a medical drama... hospital is just a setting. And episode 1, first sequence realization will happen around episode 8. Because he goes looking for her and their story begins then and that is definitely after our leads have moved from A to B to C!

I have a question about episode 4 so waiting for the update. And i look forward to Kang eating the humble pie.

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I'm waiting for the disaster connection between Cha Young and Joon. I think Joon is deeply scared too--will Kang, Cha Young and Joon heal each other? BTW I do wish various Kdrama pages could spell the character's names the same way.

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Do you think the woman who gave Cha Young chocolate might be Kang's mum? That's where I'm headed.

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Absolutely--what I'm waiting for is the reactions when Kang finds out.

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I am absolutely in love with this drama... its those old slow burn kind of dramas where it makes you cry your eyes out just cause the story is so damn heartbreaking. everytime kang and CH come face to face I get this sinking feeling...
i feel bad for both that their lives had to go so much trauma but hoping both together can find their happiness... thanks for the recap.

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