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Triple: Episode 8

Somebody commented (sorry, I forget who) in a previous post that this is a drama whose flavor gets lost in the retelling, and to an extent I’ve got to agree. Well, all dramas lose something in the recapping process — there’s no way mere words can equal acting, filming, music, and mood — but Triple is one of those that is especially dependent on execution. Like an indie movie. So I hope you’d judge this drama for what it is after you’ve seen it — it really is much better that way.

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EPISODE 8: “Injury”

Episode 8 opens with the theme of the day, as Haru narrates that one injury can lose an athlete her career, or require a long recovery period before she can jump again.

An injured Haru is taken to the hospital. Hwal bursts in and has to be told to leave the room while Haru is under examination; Haru keeps her face averted. He waits anxiously outside with Su-in and Hyun-tae for the results.

This collision of physical and mental pain has her directing her emotional outburst at Hwal: Hyun-tae offers to drive Su-in’s car back so the others can go together, but Haru pulls back and says she’d rather go with Hyun-tae. Hwal knows that Haru’s reaction is because of her feelings for him, but he doesn’t have the patience for her protests and picks her up to put her inside the car.

I think there were comments that blamed Haru for acting immaturely here, but I don’t know, I sympathize quite strongly with her. She’s an eighteen-year-old girl (which would make her seventeen by Western standards) who has just been injured, is scared that she’ll never skate again, and is being treated like a child by the person she likes (ostensibly her first love).

I find Haru’s reaction really realistic, to the extent where I was a bit angry with Hwal for putting her into the car — he knows Haru has feelings for him and that alone should make physical contact a particularly touchy issue, pardon the pun. She’s feeling raw and vulnerable, and Hwal just picks her up and deposits her in the car. (A guy who forcibly exerts his wishes without regard for the girl’s feelings would infuriate me.)

Hyun-tae is the odd one out in this situation, having less of a claim to either Haru or Su-in, and therefore he comes home separately. As he mopes, Hae-yoon seems to take a sympathetic line… until he pantses (pants?) him, yanking down his sweats and telling him to get his act together. HA. Thank goodness Hae-yoon isn’t just The Voice, but also the Voice of Reason.

Back at the hospital, Su-in and Hwal speak with the doctor and are told that Haru has had a weak knee ever since the car accident five years ago. Haru has never shown signs of pain, and Hwal frustratedly says that she should have spoken up if she was hurting. Su-in blames herself, thinking that Haru was particularly stressed out over the music glitch.

When they tell Haru her diagnosis — it’s mostly inflammation and she is prescribed rest — she perks up because she doesn’t think it’s serious. She wants to head back to practice immediately, which sparks Hwal’s temper because he feels she’s being foolish and stubborn.

During the drive home, Su-in makes an attempt at a friendly gesture by suggesting they all go out to eat. Haru turns her down, preferring to go home; her resentment is left unspoken but fills the air with tension.

In contrast, Haru brightens to her normal upbeat self when greeting Hae-yoon and Hyun-tae. While Hwal is partly to blame for Haru’s coolness to him, I think he feels left out by the slight — as though he had taken her sunny attitude for granted and now misses it. Not that he’d ever admit that.

But once in her own room, Haru takes down her Euro-Asia skating poster and lets herself cry.

Hye-jin surprises Su-in by showing up unannounced at her house and asking her to be her coach again. If Su-in agrees, Hye-jin is sure she can persuade her mother to agree. The request takes Su-in by surprise and she asks, “Didn’t you hate training with me?”

Hye-jin had done well at the competition without Su-in, but she feels the difference with a new coach and replies, “You’re right, I was really annoyed and I hated you a lot, but I don’t think there’s anyone who’s as good as you. So much that it’s embarrassing. Please make me into a much better skater than I am now.”

The next morning, Hae-yoon goes looking for Haru to announce breakfast, but finds that she’s gone. She has gone to the ice rink alone, and skates around the empty rink.

When she comes home, she finds Hyun-tae in the yard and wonders how he’s handling the fact that the person he likes likes someone else: “Don’t you want to split them apart?” He says yes, but advises her not to give her coach a hard time, even if she’s hurting.

She jokes that Hyun-tae’s a fool, and he concedes, “Well, people in love are fools. Haru, you’re a fool.” Haru teases back, “Oppa, you’re a fool too.”

Hae-yoon chides her gently for leaving the house without notice. Hwal is less gentle; he glowers and scolds her, saying that she worried them by slipping away. Haru retorts, “Since when did you worry like that?”

This sparks a more serious argument, and he yells that she’s not supposed to skate. Defiantly, she throws back at him the words he’d once said to her: “It’s none of your business so butt out.”

(Again, I can see where some might see Haru as a brat here, but I cheered her on in this exchange.)

Haru continues to ignore the recommendation to rest and shows up at the ice rink again, surprising Su-in and Hye-jin. Frustrated with her stubbornness, Su-in pulls her aside and instructs her to keep off the ice until she gives her consent. Haru protests — she’s fine, so why can’t she skate?

Haru seems shaken when Su-in tells her heatedly that she might put herself at risk for good, but she gets on the ice anyway (with tears in her eyes).

Unable to get through to Haru, Su-in calls Hwal, who is in a celebratory meeting with the Bok Man Chicken president. Tonight is the premiere of their commercial, and they have gathered in the office to watch it during the 9pm news hour. Hwal hesitates when he sees the call, but this is an important moment and he puts the phone away.

Su-in tries Hyun-tae next, who steps aside to take the call. Hearing the problem, he excuses himself from the gathering and heads over to the rink, where he assures Su-in that he’ll get Haru off the ice.

The guys face a problem when the ad doesn’t air in the news hour, so Hwal assures them that they must have meant the ad would show in the post-news slot. So they wait another hour, but still no ad airs. Hae-yoon gets on the phone to see what happened, but the president exhibits his indignation by pouring a bottle of beer over Hwal’s head.

Hyun-tae’s method of getting Haru off the ice is hardly subtle, but therein lies its effectiveness. He falls purposely, exaggerating his groans of pain. Hyun-tae tells Haru sympathetically that he understands that she’s pushed herself into a corner with her pride and can’t back down now, even though she wants to. After all, she’s been on the ice for hours, and she must be tired.

He leans in and says conspiratorially, “In times like this, just pretend you’re beat. Watch.” Then Hyun-tae makes a big show of saying he wants to continue skating, making it seem like Haru is insisting that he stop because he’s hurt. He pretends that Haru is steering him off the ice and then “concedes” that they can both stop because he’s not up for it.

When they arrive home that night, Hyun-tae tells Hwal, “You should answer your phone.” Then he reconsiders, “No, don’t.”

Hwal looks at his call log, finding it full of missed calls from Su-in, and calls back. She explains what happened, and asks him not to get upset with Hyun-tae since he helped.

Although Haru and Hyun-tae don’t have any romantic chemistry going on, I really like their interactions together, since they seem to understand each other. Take this scene when Hyun-tae shows Haru a mock presentation of her skating career on the blackboard, tracing the trajectory of her injuries.

When the graph is done, it resembles a skate, and he asks, “Do you remember every moment when you hit the very bottom?” (She answers no.) He continues, “Aren’t you just one moment in that graph now?” It’s a nice way of getting his point across as he reminds her that her injuries are just one moment, but that it’s important to take care of herself now.

Haru goes to Su-in, but rather than treating her with surliness like last time, now she is contrite as she admits that she was afraid when she fell. She’d worked so hard to resume her skating that she feared that if she stopped, even for a short while, she might not be able to find her way back.

Su-in suggests that Haru take a break to be with her family for a while. Haru says, “I was punished. I think that’s why I was hurt. I destroyed that CD. I’m sorry.” Su-in is baffled at why Haru would do that, but Haru keeps her head down regretfully.

Having failed in their last attempt to show their chicken ad, the Bond Factory guys again convene in the Bok Man president’s office to screen the finished product. The mood is tense as they anxiously await the president’s reaction, which is — thankfully! — pleased. He thanks them for a job well done, and they sigh in relief.

In a good mood from that success, Hae-yoon goes to Sang-hee’s bar, where Jae-wook (a hockey player) makes him think of Haru. He asks, “When athletes get injured, do they get depressed? Do they suddenly get angry or upset, like they’d want to die?” Jae-wook responds that he’d rather get revenge than die, which amuses Hae-yoon.

Feeling generous, Hae-yoon tells Jae-wook to move back in, knowing he’s roaming around without a permanent place to live. Jae-wook declines, saying he prefers the jimjilbang (public sauna), but Hae-yoon chides him for being foolish and tells him to move back. Sang-hee looks at him, touched at his thoughtfulness because she wanted to say the same thing but had been holding back.

And then she wonders, “Wait. This is my place, so why do I have to get your permission?” She turns to Jae-wook and tells him, “Sleep here, with MY permission.” It’s cute.

That night, Haru looks past the closet separating her room from Hwal’s and calls over tentatively, “Can I go over to you?” It’s nice how such a simple statement carries a clear double meaning, which you can read in Hwal’s (amusingly) alarmed expression.

Haru makes her way to his room, and when she stops in front of him, she raises a hand to his face. Uncomfortable, he holds her hand to pull it away, and she asks, “What should I do? Can I really go?” She’s referring to the suggestion to go back down to her father’s house, and Hwal advises her to take some time to recover and work things over in her mind (as in, to get over her feelings for him).

She’s not sure she can get over her feelings and says, “Words like ‘You’ll forget in time’ or ‘Later on, you’ll be able to talk about this with a smile’ all seem like a lie.” Still, she’s going to give it a try because she agrees to return home tomorrow. Haru hugs him and apologizes for acting like a brat.

The next morning, Haru leaves the house, driven by Hae-yoon who jokingly tells her that if she doesn’t return, he’ll kidnap her back. As she goes, Hwal calls Haru’s father to let him know that Haru has had a minor injury and is on her way down for a temporary stay.

I like that Hwal calls from Haru’s empty room, and that he feels her absence but can’t quite bring himself to see her off with friendliness like Hae-yoon or Hyun-tae. They’ve always been the affectionate big brothers to her so they can tease her now, but Hwal has difficulty overcoming his own gruff nature. (And Lee Jung-jae does such a great job showing that conflict naturally within the character.)

Back after winning the gold medal, Poong-ho bursts into the rink looking for Haru, only to hear that she’s been injured and went back to her father’s house. Alarmed, he pesters Hye-jin for details, causing her to snap in annoyance, “If you want to know, ask her yourself!”

He does just that, making his way to Haru’s family home, and the adorable thing is how he keeps his gold medal out even though it’s raining and he’s wearing a plastic parka.

It’s also hilarious how quickly and eagerly Poong-ho prostrates himself on the floor as he greets Haru’s father and Coach Nam, then joins them for dinner (keeping the medal on). When asked about it, he puts it on Haru and announces that it’s a gift for her, since he promised to win it on her behalf.

The adults laugh in amusement as Poong-ho continues in his childlike courtship. He says things like, “Promise me that you won’t ever get hurt again, and I promise not to leave your side ever again.” Haru’s reaction is to point out that he can’t go to overseas meets anymore, then, and he corrects her: “No, I’ll take you with me in my bag.”

Haru may not be happy to see Poong-ho, but let it be noted that her protests are fairly weak. (While she used to shove him aside in annoyance, now her reaction is more like an eye-roll.)

He prods her, “Tell me the truth, you’re glad I’m here, right?” He sets out their schedule for the next day, starting with a morning jog and training session. As promised, he wakes Haru up early (with Wal) and drags her along for a jog.

I admit the editing is pretty abrupt as the puppy runs into the street just as an incoming truck screeches to a halt. Shaken, they rush over, and Poong-ho keeps Haru away from the sight — his solemn reaction scares her and tells her everything she needs to know.

Hyun-tae drops by the rink, this time to let her know that Haru has gone home. While I wouldn’t say she’s glad to see him, at least by now she’s no longer upset at his constant appearances, and she feels grateful for his help in managing Haru.

Their conversation is interrupted by a phone call from the hospital that sends her into a panic over her mother’s health. Hyun-tae guesses the nature of the call and offers a ride on his motorcycle — it’s rush hour, so car traffic will be bad.

She arrives at the hospital to find that her mother has lost consciousness and is hooked up to a respirator. Su-in calls Hwal in tears, and he agrees to come out right away. All the while, Hyun-tae keeps a respectful distance, quietly offering her a seat and a drink.

(I think the point is that Hyun-tae is always there, anticipating her needs while Hwal is far away. When Hwal decided — however reluctantly — not to pick up her phone call, Hyun-tae answered his phone and came out to save the day. I don’t think the point has been handled particularly skillfully, though, because it’s not like Hwal is away out of disinterest or lack of concern — the circumstances have just placed Hyun-tae closer.)

Following the car accident, Poong-ho and Haru dig a grave in the backyard and give Wal a funeral. (I wonder if this is a symbolic gesture for her feelings for Hwal?)

Poong-ho apologizes for dragging her along on the run, while Haru says she’d like to meet Wal again in the next life. She wonders sadly, “Am I not supposed to like someone? If I like something, why does it leave so quickly?”

Poong-ho guesses (not that it’s much of a guess), “You like somebody, don’t you? And you’re having a hard time because of that?”

He pulls her to him in a hug. Haru balks at first, but she makes no move to push him away or leave as he continues:

Poong-ho: “It doesn’t matter to me who you like. Right now is what’s most important to me. I want to do everything without regrets. I won’t give up on you. Don’t talk about next lives or the next chance or whatever. What’s most important to you right now is skating. Focus on skating. I’ll protect you.”

Now that Sang-hee’s relationship with Hae-yoon is on solid ground, she wants to make some kind of gesture, and asks Jae-wook what guys like. His fantasy involves a woman waking him up and cooing that breakfast is ready, dressed as Catwoman; imo it’s kind of lame, but it’s worth it to see Sang-hee dressed (kind of) as a cat that night, sneaking to Hae-yoon’s room by way of the roof. She grunts and awkwardly makes her way into the room, which is cute for its unromantic-ness.

And then, when she drops inside the window, it’s the wrong room. HAHA. She’s climbed into Haru’s empty room, so she creeps along until she enters Hae-yoon’s.

She wakes him up, and as he mutters groggily, she announces cheerily, “Jo-kun! This is a dream.”

While he’s still grumpily waking up, she kisses his forehead and tells him, “You’ve been upset a lot because of me, but I’m so thankful that you were patient and stayed with me. Who else would put up with me? Let’s live happily for a long, long time. Jo-kun, you’re the best.”

At that, he has to burst out laughing. A little while later, he looks over at her while she’s sound asleep, and thanks her for putting up with his temper. He asks, knowing she can’t hear, “Should we live together?”

When Su-in’s mother wakes up, she speaks alone with Hwal for a moment, telling him that he’s the only person Su-in has. She asks him to be accepting of Su-in and to stay with her.

(Dying mother’s deathbed request = not burdensome, no not at ALL!)

That evening, as Hwal walks around deep in thought, he takes out Haru’s trampoline on a whim and starts to jump on it. His phone rings, and he answers — it’s Haru.

She tells him, “Like you said, I’ve worked things out. I’m only going to think about skating now. Can I come back to Seoul?”

It’s my inference that Hwal is relieved that (1) Haru is speaking to him normally again, and (2) that she’s returning, but with his reticent nature he doesn’t tell her that. He answers that she can do whatever she wants because it doesn’t matter to him, but his words have no bite to them, so Haru understands that he’s okay with it.

Haru’s narration: “When you pass through a dark, difficult tunnel, the most important attitude to have is composure. Get rid of impatience, and when you’re facing difficult moments, at some point the end of the tunnel will appear. And if you’re a little lucky, you might be able to see a beautiful clear sky.”

 
COMMENTS

I must confess that the level of disgust leveled by some at the Haru-Hwal storyline has me perplexed. Maybe I don’t feel that disgust because it has never been my opinion that these two are being paired together for an eventual relationship. I say this without knowing any particular spoilers, but based on Lee Jung-jae’s comments in a recent interview, I really don’t think the series is going there.

Even if they did go there, I’m not against the pairing, age gap be damned. I just don’t think it will happen. For one, the romantic feelings are entirely on Haru’s side — and who among us has not felt an adolescent crush on somebody much older? One of my first celebrity crushes was in fact on Lee Jung-jae, soon followed by Keanu Reeves back in his Speed days (hey, he was hot) — and he was probably more than double my age at that point. For that matter, how many of the fans who have actor-crushes on Kang Ji-hwan (32) or Song Seung-heon (32) or Jang Dong-gun (37) or Lee Byung-heon (39) are in their teens? Is that creepy too, or just part of teenage emotions?

Triple is laying out Haru’s feelings for Hwal, not pushing us to accept them as right or wrong. I find it similar to Jung Il-woo and Seo Min-jung in High Kick — he was the rebellious high school student, she was his sweet, well-meaning teacher — and no way that was going to happen, but I thrilled at every development just the same. It also has shades of the pseudo-romantic connection in Lost in Translation or Beautiful Girls — at best, there may be romance in the moment but not a realistic future.

As to the other charge, that Haru is behaving like a brat — well, she is. But I don’t find her any less likable for it, and actually identify with her a lot. Maybe I feel a bias because I think I’d react in a similar way, but I can see things from her point of view. She’s not blaming Hwal for not liking her back — she’s trying to figure out how to deal with her feelings and feels hurt when Hwal (inadvertently, or unknowingly) disregards her for someone else. She’s trying to keep to herself and Hwal doesn’t let her (with his hot temper, he’s the type to confront), and it’s when he pushes her that she acts out. If he’d left her alone, she’d brood quietly, out of his way.

When she does snap at him — like when she retorts for him to mind his own business — I think she has a legitimate point. Hwal has treated her like a dispensable being, and we see that he’s growing fond of her but he isn’t willing to admit it just yet, so in that respect he has been taking her cheerfulness and attention for granted. (By “taking for granted” I’m referring to the way Haru looks after Hwal, not just in doing house chores but in the way she goes out of her way to be solicitous and thoughtful.)

Despite all this, I don’t dislike Hwal, and I think he’s caught in a truly difficult spot. I appreciate that Hwal is put into an awkward position, because he doesn’t want to encourage her feelings, but he also doesn’t want to hurt her unduly with a harsh rejection. Yet while this is all initiated by Haru, I don’t see the conflict as purely the result of a bratty girl throwing a silly tantrum, either. It’s more complicated than that, as is the case with messy human emotions.

 
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I wish they didn't kill the dog. Anyway, growing up is just messy you like a person that you shouldn't, you fall for guys that looking back years later you ask yourself "what the hell?!!" then you laugh it off and get a little kick in remembering. First love is a roller coaster of emotions everyone is entitled to the experience.

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So funny how people are desperately trying to find some sort of social flaw on Haru's love for Hwal. What does "like a biological brother" even mean? You guys should seriously go back and see the first episode to understand how Haru initially viewed Hwal. I mean what little sister sends her brother HOMEMADE chocolates on WHITE DAY (on friggin White Day people). Haru clearly felt something for Hwal before they met.

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but that can be seen as a little sister being attached to her big brother, you know, like a cute little girl thing. like when a baby sister says when she grows up she wants to marry her big brother.

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hi javabeans! thanks 4 d recaps... i just find it a little strange that you can relate to haru's brattiness (i'm sorry i'm one of those getting extremely irritated at her character lately) but couldn't find any semblance of empathy for d lead character in my sweet seoul. i was just thinking that if u found haru's reaction to her current situation a bit natural, i think d character's confusion/indecision in my sweet seoul was even more understandable, yet you scorned her at every (well not really...) opportunity... but everybody's entitled to their opinions right???

keep up d good work :)

P.S. is it just only me who thinks haru looks so much like lee yeon hee...

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@jamie, I don't think it's strange at all, actually -- those two characters are in exceedingly different positions. I've already ranted at length about Eun-soo in My Sweet Seoul, so I'll just describe it briefly here:

Haru is conflicted, and acting out of frustration. She likes Hwal, and both wants to be with him and is afraid of losing him. I'd venture to guess she's also somewhat afraid of her own feelings and the depth of them, because she's trying to cope but finds it difficult to. She's 18 and encountering her "first love" experience.

Eun-soo was a selfish, self-centered flighty grown woman who, at 31, was a career woman with a solid life and lots of romantic experience. She was also hurting both of the men who were vowing devotion to her. She lied to them, sneaked around, and got pissy when her affectionate boyfriend didn't do as she wanted or was not as matured in life experience as she wanted -- which she knew going in and which they should have worked around as reasonable adults.

Very different scenarios, I think!

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This talk of disgust over a possible Hwal and Haru ending made me post in here. I just can't fathom the way people think that Haru's love is questionable or inappropriate. Javabeans was right when she said that we all had crushes on someone double our age. Stepbrother - biological brother. There is a huge difference people! That is why the word was invented because there is such a thing as stepsiblings!

Age difference?! Think of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, McSteamy and McDreamy in Gray's Anatomy, Tom Cruise, geez, there are still plenty out there!

Free your minds!

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Stepsiblings become lovers just doesn't sound good to me. Some might find it normal and absolutely fine & wonderful, but some people just couldn't stomach it. Nobody needs to force anybody to accept one way or the other.

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Hey thanks for writing the synopsis, since I am not in Korea and not able to watch the show. I think you run a great blog site.

Of all the cast of triple, I am only fond of Yoon kye sang and at the way the plot develops, I am not sure if the ratings will be heading anywhere. sad, sad.

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"As to the other charge, that Haru is behaving like a brat — well, she is. But I don’t find her any less likable for it, and actually identify with her a lot."

this was actually one of my biggest annoyances with the past few episodes of triple, but when i stopped to think about how goshdarn annoying she was with her brattiness, i realized how realistic her reactions and behavior were. like, it's not atypical or over the top, it's just how many young girls would react especially when it's their first time falling in "love." and i think that that's what's so great about this drama. the magic of it is in its simplicity and normality. sure, there are some atypical things that happen, but for the most part...it's pretty darn simple and just natural...whether we're talking about the actors' acting, the plot, even the filmography [has anyone else noticed the super simple fade in-fade out transitions from one scene to the next?]

i don't know if i'm necessarily disgusted by the haru&&shin-hwal love line. it's more like, it doesn't seem right. not so much right as in what's morally right, but more with what feels right. i feel the same way about the hyun tae&&soo-in love line as i do about the line haru&&shin-hwal love line. personally, i think shin hwal should be with soo-in, not just because they're already married, but because there's really something, though hard to see, worthwhile there or so i feel.

p.s. so did not read your comment two or so posts before javabeans...so i was kind of repetitive.

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@ jamie, I don't find any resemblence between Haru and Eunsoo from My Sweet Seoul, either. I think Haru is rather determined and direct than confused. And she's honest, unlike Eunsoo, who's somewhat... calculating and deceiving. That Eunsoo character was so selfish in how she acted around the two men and how she reacted to her mother's decision to get divorced etc. To me she was the 2nd most unlikable lead female character in Korean dramas (1st one's Sujeong in What Happened in Bally)

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For me what's gonna happen of their different perspective life ,the worst for me
that i cannot take of the love sequel about step brother and step sister romance.
Which is so much awkward to think and what will gonna say with all your both
parent's and ralative.Eventhough you have no blood related but for the fact that
you have some memories together with your both parents getting married, just
like what they made decision ,means you accept that you are sibling.Then trea-
ting and supporting each other but not lovers...my gosh! for sure if they intend
this kind of story , well it's up to you on how you take it and no matter what will gonna happen next .And you don't even care and the important for you is your
feeling right? HARU, HYUNTAE AND POONGHOO are the most challenging that
pushing themselves to conquer their love in satisfying human needs in love and
belongingness .In hyuntae's part, it is to express an intemacy to oppossite sex
but HARU & POONG HO here i think puppy love !! and it's natural to this age to
have a crush.But a lot of couples half of their age maybe the writer follow the trend nowadays.

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First of all thanks java
So this means, that when she is a little girl does she have already know
about crushes thing? for how many years they don't even seen each other
meaning her feeling will not surpass.well, i can't argue but i'm entertain this
drama especially yoon kye sang is one of the important here to watch.

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First I would like to sat that I love Hyun Tae!! He is the reason I have not lost all hope in this show.
Second: Ummm, I am all for the first love thing and thinking that it is cute to actually think that you can have your first love but that is your Oppa! Not a boo Oppa, but a Big Brother Oppa, and I do not care that she is young; you are old enough to know that this is weird. If they end up together I am going to be really disappointed.
And not to mention the fact that she is 18 and he is 34... He was already in High School (according to western time sequence of schooling) when she was coming out of the womb! Not that I am wishing for her to get with Poong Hoo (but yeah, I do want them to be together) but I need Shin to get back with his wife and for her to be a great skater! That is all I want for this show.

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The fact is when you feel at the moment in your teenage crushes is natural but expressing it to the person sure you'll embarass.If you have face to express your
feeling or courage and not afraid what's the consequences you received. But the
HARU here blurt out her feeling even there's no motive towards the guy unlike in
who are you the guy is always following to the teenage girl not knowing that's the father.In triple exactly hwal is a married man, stepsibling and the treatment is just like his little sister .I can't imagine how is going on but i will continue to patronize this drama until the end. Because the intensity of the cast are all good and a lot of actors have been good in their previous craft.

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I don't know if it is the acting or Haru's crying (she has been crying alot ever since she professed her love) that makes this show feels abit draggy. Nonetheless I see a lot of similarities with Coffee Prince (like Hwal driving alone) and I love the music, the way it shot. But having watched 10 episodes, I am quite sick of the show and would really like to see more skating, instead of unrequited love.

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When I was 19 I dated a 35 year old man. People get together not because they "look good together" or are of similar ages and outlooks, but they are bringing different things to the pairing that the other person wants.Hwal and Haru's relationship seems believable to me. She has disarming optimism and youthful exuberance which Hwal seems to really lack and he has maturity and groundedness (and is sexy and experienced which seems a big plus!).

The man in my youthful relationship taught me about music in a way that changed my entire life for the better. He was older and knew a lot I didn't. And of course it wouldn't/didn't last and it did really piss me off when he treated me like a kid.

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I don't think she CLEARLY felt something for him if she was going around telling others that Hwal was her BIOLOGICAL brother. By stating that, she sets the foundation for a sibling relationship between herself and Hwal, not an "I-really-like-this-guy-I-hope-he-likes-me-back" type of relationship.

Maybe one of the reasons why Triple isn't doing so well is because some people are turned off by the sibling issue.

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the age difference isnt what bothers me about hwal and haru. i myself have dated older and its fine. but the fact that she is 17 and he is 34 rather than say.... her being 20 and him being 37 is weird. she hasnt finished school yet and so it just seems gross in that way. like a high schooler dating an guy whose getting close to 40, ya kno?

but i love their characters and im hoping for good things to come in this drama :)

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I agree with Javabeans comments about Hary X Hwal and i'm more irritated with people saying they would stop watching Triple if Haru and Hwal get together o_O;;

i'm loving the drama so far, thanks Javabeans^_^

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yah!!! sure so boring to watch and i don't like the romance of brother and sister
i want to express my feeling if their more scene in hwal and haru i fast forward
it in my internet ,i can't understand maybe our culture and tradition
sorry!!! in ep. 13 stop to watch cuz i know and read the ending.

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The Hwal and Haru relationship would have been more acceptable if they had cast a more mauture looking 18 yr old. I mean come on Haru could pass for a 13yrs old. The whole thing looks perverted. The two just don't match and I don't think I will enjoy watching Haru and Hwal Kiss (ewww). I won't feel the romance they are trying to portray. One Fine Day is built on the same storyline but you actually find yourself in favour of the non blood related sibling relationship.

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