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Coffee House: Page 16

All right, we’re in our last week! Last week was a hectic mess and I fell behind on recaps, but I’m hoping that this week will be much more productive. It’s been a fun ride but I’m ready for this one to wrap up and make way for some new, potentially fun dramas that are on the horizon. (And there are a LOT on the horizon.)

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PAGE 16 RECAP

After recalling her embarrassing drunken behavior, Seung-yeon frets that evening — to call Jin-soo, or not to call? She had apologized for kissing him twice, only to be corrected — it was actually six times. Mortified to be facing him (and her transgressions), she had grabbed her phone from his grasp and tried to escape. Unfortunately, he’d grabbed onto her bag, and she’d had to forgo her bag in order to run away.

Just then, the phone rings, and she jumps in fright to see that it’s Jin-soo. She can’t bring herself to answer the call, so she foists that job on her brother, who says that she’s out and takes a message. Too bad he’s none too bright, because he mumbles, “Noona, give me a pen,” alerting Jin-soo to her lame attempt to avoid him.

Jin-soo leaves the message that if she wants to recover her bag, she will have to bring by a set of documents tomorrow. Among the papers are an explanation for her behavior and a “contract relinquishing one’s body.” The implication is that he wouldn’t be held liable for her safety (it’s not a sexual thing, but rather a danger issue), and she finds this particularly mean of him.

That night, Jin-soo looks over at Seung-yeon’s notebook, trying to ignore it at first and then giving in to his curiosity. As he flips through her notes for a novel idea, he is unexpectedly entertained — they make him laugh, and then, accordingly, a solemn part draws him into a pensive mood.

An excerpt:

Seung-yeon’s notes: Faraway (far away is good!), across the Pacific Ocean (the sea embraces dreams), in the Galapagos archipelago where Darwin’s theory of evolution was born…

After hearing about Jin-soo’s ring purchase, Ji-won puts two and two together, and this puts him into an uncharacteristically somber mood. When he visits Eun-young, he does so without his usual cheesy moves, and he asks her if Jin-soo said “anything particular” to her recently. He’s testing to see how much she knows, while she’s feeling guilty about keeping that whole I-love-Jin-soo-romantically-but-chose-you-because-I-can’t-be-with-him thing a secret. She says no, and Ji-won accepts that with some relief.

The next day, Seung-yeon drops by with the requested (demanded) documents. Jin-soo is out for a morning jog, so she goes inside to wait when a button pops off her shirt. Naturally she must fix it. And naturally Jin-soo must walk in upon her. So saith the Kdrama Comedy Laws.

What I love about this very cliched scenario, however, is Jin-soo’s reaction. Not just the girlish scream he emits, but the way he screams in supposed shock as he takes a closer look (men!). I wonder if he’d blame that on manly instinct too, like he blamed his phone-booth kiss.

Then he turns away rubbing his face in an “Oh, my eyes!” gesture. (A couple seconds and one long stare too late to be convincing, as far as I’m concerned.)

Jin-soo explains why he wanted those documents from her, saying that she’s done pretty well for herself in attracting men, like Dong-wook (who’s now wealthy). How does he know she’s not a gold-digger? This isn’t all an elaborate ploy to get at his money, right? He’s not being entirely serious, again having some fun at Seung-yeon’s expense, but she still finds this unfair and excessive. Especially with him demanding she give up rights over her body — what horrible things does he have in mind?

At that, Jin-soo says she’s got it all backward — the contract is for HER to give up any claim to HIS body. Basically, it’s to keep him “safe” from her unwanted advances, and now Seung-yeon glares at him even more at this unfair charge.

In annoyance, Seung-yeon signs the contract. Jin-soo retrieves her belongings to return to her, but pauses at the sight of her notes. Making the excuse that he just “happened” to see them accidentally, he starts to say he read her idea, and Seung-yeon gets defensive, anticipating that he’ll tear her to shreds.

True to her expectation, he does knock it as shoddily written — but he adds that the idea is good. He finds her concept fresh and entertaining, which is hugely exciting for her to hear. She explains that she thought her idea was pretty good too, but didn’t have the confidence to show it to anyone.

Jin-soo wipes that huge smile from her face with his next statement, which is to offer to buy the idea from her. He explains that even if her idea is sound, she’s still so lacking as a writer that she wouldn’t be able to do it justice till she was forty, at least. He’d be able to take the idea and turn it into a bestseller by next year. Plus, she doesn’t have the time or luxury to travel to the Galapagos Island, whereas he could leave tomorrow.

He offers her 10 million won (approximately $8,000), then ups that to 50 million when she balks ($40,000). Seung-yeon says haltingly that even if it takes her years, she wants to give it a try. Finally, he offers 100 million won ($80,000).

Seung-yeon bursts out that it doesn’t matter, she still wants to keep the idea. She reminds him that he’d told her that being foolish (foolishly stubborn) was her one strength, and that she might succeed if she used that as a guiding principle in her life.

Mention of his old words brings him up short, as he had no idea she’d hold his words so close. He backs down, while Seung-yeon bursts out that of course she would — aside from him, nobody else in her life would bother to give her life advice. He may not remember his words because he’s so cocky and well-off on his own, “But I’ll remember those words all my life and use them as my life’s goals. Don’t make me disappointed in you!”

He accepts her refusal, but says wryly that for a person who supposedly “respects” him so much, she sure was forward in forcing a kiss (or six) upon him. She retorts that that was because she’s foolish — she’s dumb that way, and can’t “act” like she likes somebody without actually developing those feelings.

This abrupt confessions surprises both, and she realizes what she has admitted. Embarrassed, she dashes out, then chides herself for being that frank with Jin-soo.

Time for some Dong-wook interaction, but alas, I fear this will not end well for him. Today is Seung-yeon’s birthday, and she doesn’t have anything planned other than a family dinner (and Grandma would rather she partied with friends — or a guy — instead). Dong-wook offers to buy her a birthday meal, which surprises Seung-yeon because he’d remembered her birthday after all these years. Alas, her surprise comes without any hint of romantic interest, so Dong-wook’s excitement when she agrees to dinner is sad to behold.

Especially since it is quickly dashed. Jin-soo pulls up in his car and tells Seung-yeon he sent her a text message about a birthday dinner. Immediately she perks up and joins Jin-soo, leaving Dong-wook with a perfunctory apology.

However, to her dismay she learns that Jin-soo’s text was about Ji-won’s birthday party — Jin-soo has no idea today is her birthday. He’s just using her as his fake date for the gathering, and she tries to hide her disappointment.

They arrive at the dinner late — purposely, to avoid as much of the tedious festivities as possibly — although still early enough to be forced to sit through most of the evening’s plans.

Eun-young and Ji-won look pretty happy together, and Jin-soo remains quiet for much of the proceedings. He excuses himself and kills time outside in the hallway for much of the party, preferring to remain at a distance.

He runs into Eun-young in the hall, who requests that he remain out of the room for a while. It’s out of bashfulness, because she’s prepared a gift for Ji-won and it’s pretty cheesy so she’d rather not leave herself open for that embarrassment. Jin-soo’s perfectly content to oblige.

The gift turns out to be a magic show with basic tricks, like producing a rose out of a handkerchief. However, this little demonstration is surprisingly moving for Ji-won, who had requested the magic show but never in a million years thought she would actually indulge him.

In response, he unveils a surprise of his own, and grabs Eun-young for a dance as a violinist enters the room, playing that famous tango song, “Por Una Cabeza” from Scent of a Woman. Oh, are we ignoring the fact that this song is obviously a duet while the lone violinist plays an impossible range of notes all by her lonesome? Okay, I guess we are. Would it really have cost you that much more to get a second extra to fake playing the violin?

Ji-won dips Eun-soo in an exaggerated backbend, and Jin-soo picks this very moment to step back inside the room. The sight makes him turn around and head back outside, where Seung-yeon finds him.

Jin-soo is just biding his time until the evening is over, so when he comes back inside he asks if things are over yet. Apologetically, Eun-young mouths that no, Ji-won is doing a treasure hunt to find his birthday gift, and Jin-soo heads back outside.

Ji-won jokingly turns to Seung-yeon to ask if she’s hiding his gift, and she laughingly protests. But he notices her ring, and can’t resist testing out his hunch yet again. He asks when she got the ring, and this unexpected question leaves her stammering for an explanation. She says that Jin-soo gave it to her a month ago in Japan, and that’s a direct contradiction of what he knows — that Jin-soo bought it right after he came back to Korea.

He doesn’t press her beyond that, but Eun-young sees that Seung-yeon is rattled by the question. She sends her an understanding glance, and indicates the ring — it’s a subtle acknowledgment that she knows the ring story is fake and is offering her sympathies.

At the end of the night, Ji-won finds Jin-soo in the hallway, and finally decides how he’ll react. He sits him down for a talk and addresses the issue plainly. (Thanks be! I was afraid they’d draw this out in an extended sequence of angst, with him trying to trap everyone in a lie. It speaks well of Ji-won that he’s being forthright about this.)

Ji-won informs Jin-soo of what he knows, and how he guessed that the ring was for Eun-young. Jin-soo can’t find a way to lie his way out, so he comes clean and admits the truth, although he covers up Eun-young’s part in this and says that she doesn’t know. I suppose you could interpret this in a negative light, but it’s really to preserve Eun-young and Ji-won’s happiness. All dinner long, he has been seeing how content they look together, and it’s easier for Ji-won to think he’s the only one who realizes how Jin-soo feels about Eun-young.

Ji-won explains that he’s very happy these days. Life is good. The first time he was engaged, he and Eun-young had fought all the time, but now they’ve mellowed out. They don’t fight these days — they’ve learned to give and take, and be comfortable.

Ji-won loses a few points with his next statement, but I can’t hold it against him too much as he asks Jin-soo to leave before the wedding. He understands why he came, but now with things the way they are, Jin-soo has nothing to gain by staying her. And Ji-won would feel better not to have him around on his wedding day.

Jin-soo’s hurt is apparent, and even despite his disappointment over losing Eun-young, it means something to be there at her wedding, as she asked him to do. But Ji-won suggests that they both stop upsetting Eun-young now, and makes this request. Jin-soo says, “If you ask, I should go.” He agrees to look into airline flights tomorrow.

This weighs heavily on Jin-soo, who returns to the party in something of a daze. When he enters the room, Eun-young gives Jin-soo a friendly smile, not noticing anything amiss.

His attention is distracted by Seung-yeon’s phone, which lights up with a text message. She’s away from her seat so he looks at the messages — which are all happy birthday messages from her friends.

When it’s time for last words, the other friends pressure him into giving the speech. So he rises, starting out with flowery words. But his words grow more serious as he starts talking about how seeing such people harboring hopes and dreams about protecting what is important to them makes him wish for their wishes to come true.

Something in the way he delivers these words makes the easy smile fade from Eun-young’s face, and she starts to look at him with a stricken expression — perhaps she realizes that this is goodbye, for real. He looks straight at Eun-young and tells her, “I hope you’ll be happy.”

Excusing himself to go to the bathroom, Jin-soo walks out the building instead and leaves alone. Meanwhile, tears start to collect in Eun-young’s eyes as she senses that something is amiss.

As the other party guests filter out, Eun-young looks around for Jin-soo, but by now he’s gone. She finds Seung-yeon waiting alone, and feels apologetic toward her but unable to do anything to fix it. Eun-young says, “I’m sorry, it’s my fault.”

They don’t address the situation directly, but it’s enough to tip Seung-yeon off that Eun-young knows everything and that their dating is a sham. Seung-yeon wonders why Jin-soo bothered with the act if she already knew.

There’s no reason to indicate that Jin-soo will come back for her but Seung-yeon waits, clinging to the belief that he will. It’s her foolish stubbornness kicking in, and even though she doesn’t seem 100% sure he’ll arrive, she stays on the sidewalk anyway.

And sure enough, after some time he pulls up to the curb. She doesn’t hassle him for leaving her behind, and plays down her wait as a short one. As he drops her off, he asks when the first radio guest spot happens, and she tells him that it’s on Saturday.

Seung-yeon finds a curious object in her pocket — a fountain pen with the message HAPPY BIRTHDAY written on it. That explains the awkward moment in the car when he’d suddenly leaned into her — knowing Jin-soo, he couldn’t just give her a simple present but had to sneak it to her to save face.

Excited, Seung-yeon immediately calls Jin-soo to thank him. She’s in cheery spirits, so it takes a moment for her to register his serious, heavy mood as he tells her to never sell her Galapagos idea, and to protect her goal to publish it at age forty, no matter how much money someone offers: “Having something you have to protect is an incredible fortune.”

She starts to understand that he’s saying goodbye as he releases her from the fake-dating agreement, and apologizes for skipping out on the radio guest spot. He promises to repay her some other way.

Seung-yeon cries out that he can’t do this, that he promised to appear, bitterly disappointed. He starts to wave that aside and wrap up the call, but she interrupts, and asks why he came to Korea — why did he fake the relationship? Why bother making her sign the contract? Didn’t he come here with something to protect of his own? He must have a reason for his behavior, even if she doesn’t understand it — so how can he just leave like that? She declares that she has something else to protect other than her novel idea:

Seung-yeon: “You may be difficult to please and constantly lie and not see me as a woman and treat me badly. But in the end your words are right and you’re someone I respect — I want to protect that faith in you.”

Seung-yeon insists that she’ll have faith in him and urges him to make the Saturday radio spot.

When Saturday comes, her co-workers are in emergency mode because nobody believes he’ll make it. They assume that he has already left the country and assemble to come up with a backup plan. Seung-yeon is the lone dissenter who insists upon waiting, certain that she is right and that he will come.

Eun-young hears that the writer’s workshop has been emptied and realizes that Jin-soo has left again. She calls Seung-yeon in miserable spirits, blaming herself for pushing him away by asking too much of him and apologizing to Seung-yeon for the trouble this has caused her.

Seung-yeon sticks to her belief that he will arrive, and there’s an interesting directorial moment as she looks down the hallway at the sound of footsteps. At first the images are the same on both sides of the split screen, but then the reactions diverge — the one on the right continues to look blankly down the hallway, but the one on the left focuses in on an approaching figure. Initially this choice confused me, but now it seems to be the director’s way of showing the two sides of Seung-yeon in this moment. Disappointment mixing with hope, dejection and surprise.

Next thing we know, Jin-soo is calling Ji-won, who is happy to hear from him — at least, until Jin-soo clarifies that he’s calling from Seoul. That makes Ji-won’s face fall as he registers the significance of that, and Jin-soo tells him that he’s sorry he couldn’t obey Ji-won’s request, and although he understands how he feels, “There’s something I have to protect, too.”

Ji-won asks cautiously, “What… are you protecting?” Jin-soo answers, “A lot of things. One by one.”
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With that, he hangs up the phone and the camera pulls back — he’s in the radio station, about to begin his guest spot

The screen splits four ways this time, to show us Ji-won furrowing his brow in frustration, Eun-young crying out of guilt and remorse, Seung-yeon cheering Jin-soo on, thrilled that her faith in him was not unfounded, and Jin-soo readying to “protect” the first of his goals (that being Seung-yeon’s unwavering trust in him).

 
COMMENTS

Okay, this episode brought me back to the conviction that Eun-young and Jin-soo will have a happy ending. At the end of the previous episode I was thinking an open ending wouldn’t be so bad — and I’d still accept one — but in this episode, Eun-young is jolted out of her conviction that this is the life she wants.

I still believe that there’s far more to marriage and commitment than a romantic compatibility, which makes her engagement to Ji-won understandable. Like Ji-won says, they’ve all grown up and mellowed out, and he’s very content with this life. Eun-young also seems content with her compromise — and it IS a compromise — until she’s faced with the prospect that she hurt Jin-soo again.

The fact that Ji-won finds out the truth works for this line of thinking, because at this point he’s the one who has the best chance of letting go and allowing the two lovers to be together. I feel like there’s too much hurt and history for any two out of these three to be in a relationship without the third one’s blessing — which is why both Eun-young and Ji-won were relieved when Jin-soo seemingly approved. I think that allowed Eun-young to continue, until it became clear how much he’s hurt by it and that throws her into emotional disarray. So in a similar way, I think an Eun-young/Jin-soo pairing requires Ji-won’s approval. Ultimately.

I have to say that one of the things I like about Coffee House is how very flawed the characters are while still being very likable. The incident with Seung-yeon’s Galapagos Island story is one such example, because frankly I thought Jin-soo was an ass for trying to buy it from her. He didn’t force her and he wasn’t being unfair or sneaky about it so there’s no illegal shenanigans going on, but as her mentor and (sometimes) role model, it almost feels like an abuse of trust. So that wasn’t his most shining moment.

But that is a necessary beat, and Seung-yeon’s refusal actually teaches him something important, something that recharges him at the end of the episode. That there are some things worth protecting. And that he has something worth protecting, too. When he was giving the birthday speech, he spoke as though he were the odd man out, that everyone else had something beautiful worth protecting. He echoes that sentiment when saying his goodbyes to Seung-yeon, acting like she’s blessed for having something whereas he doesn’t.

But she reminds him that he does, too, and I love that his flawed moment earlier on turns into a teaching moment. The drama isn’t afraid to make its hero less than perfect, and allows him to make big epiphanies about his own shortcomings, which I appreciate.

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Oh I forgot something. It's not that i don't care for the characters, they're great so life-like (if you know what i mean). It's that they all have flaws as javabeans said, "pros and cons" and those pros and cons could fit well with another character's pros and cons. Like JS's sort-of "woe-is-me" outlook can be matched with SY's child-like wisdom or JW's it-wasn't-my-fault to EY's "that's bulls***" or SY's naivety to JS's quick wit/thinking. SY's cuteness to DW's cuteness......ok i know that that one is a bit ify but what can i say they're cute together!

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It feels to me as if SY is his soulmate where as EY is his lover.

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hmmm i didn't think jin-soo was serious when he was trying to buy the manuscript from seung-yeon. i figured right off the start that he was doing it to tease her or test her reaction. even if he HAD bought it, i don't think he would have used it. it would have been rather like him to send the script back to seung-yeon in some crazy outlandish fashion. hehe

i have to say, i didn't think i'd grow to like seung-yeon's character as much as i do, and i think ham eun jung is absolutely charming now. but the drama wasn't really a hit with me personally... like you also said, i'm ready to move on. i think it was partly the world cup that messed it up (and messed it up royallyyy for bad guy) and was the reason that i just couldn't get into this one. bad guy sucks me in despite its flaws- this one i couldn't feel that way. the angst also got a bit overplayed for me, and didn't seem to be keeping in tone with the drama when i was expecting a comedy series. something was definitely off balance. and i always feel a detachment towards park shi-yeon. she's definitely not a bad actor compared to some out there, but she doesn't really draw me in.

kang ji hwan though is a charmer!! i've only seen him in level 7 servant and some of capital scandal, but he's great at straight-faced comic acting... i love girlish hysterical laughter too haha

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Thank you very much for your recap, JB.

My heart nearly cropped after seeing ep. 15. I cried happily at the end of ep. 16 when EUNSOO again has the hope of happy ending.

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I actually sympathize with JW in this episode. I mean, what does he really know about what's going on between JS and EY? He wants to protect what he currently has with EY; for him they're happy, that's what he sees, and that's what matters.

Jung Woong In is perfectly cast for the role (actually, they all are). He was a perfect d-bag in the previous episodes, but after the big revelation his reaction was priceless and since then on, the hurt, the anger were played out really well by him.

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@52 Maddy
I totally agree!

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SPOILER::::

happy ending :)

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Didn't you just read javabeans' comment on spoilers?

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I agree with your commentary in its entirety! Well said. I love how flaw and real the characters are, and how easily we can relate to them. It's just so different from your standard kdrama.

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Love reading your insights as usual JB, especially the part about JinSoo's reaction to the 'rough draft'. I immediately thought he was testing her, but I think he was genuinely interested in buying it as well as a sign of respect from one writer to another since we all know he could've just adapt the idea without her knowing. And the grown-up talk between Jin Soo and Ji Won made me feel proud of them somehow. Finally, they've out grown silly fist-fight disputes and learned to settle things man to man. The turning point for this drama going downhill was probably this episode for me. Well, it was kind of like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. And now with the ending which was a little predictable to me considering all the crazy ideas I had about potential twists and all, I too am ready to move on to the next new drama. Am looking forward to the last two recaps and what new dramas you'll decide to recap soon!

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Pardon my typo:
The turning point FROM this drama going downhill was probably this episode for me.

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The last two episode was a bunch of crap. It was rushed and so unbelievable! In my opinion, he ended up with the wrong girl.

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This drama really knows how to make characters so lovable and relatable. Just brings a smile to my face. Oh and this is my first time posting so I just want to say that I've become a real follower and fan of this site. Thanks for all the detailed recaps javabean. Can't wait for your final thoughts on episode 17 and 18.

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I think JS has been holding back from fighting for EY because EY told him to let her continue to live on with her current life and marriage. However the secretary had prob jolt him back to reality that he cannot keep escaping and running away from his promises and people who care about him!

So I hope that EY knowing how much she missed him when she thot he had let again, will realise she still love him and hopefully the senior JW will retreat from the marriage himself! Well its just my own wishful thinking!

I dun think JS will fall for SY, because he never saw her romantically. But I think He respected Sy's out of the blue widsom in saying things that no one else has ever said to him. So it opens up his thinking.

Again, i just hope for Ey/JS ending...and SY giving a chance to DW... : )

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No offense to everyone but this is a bad drama i have ever seen..from the beginning i am rooting for the writer and the assistant not the chief...but it really sucks...kind of lame..after all those love you hate you scenes..it's sickening...well this drama is not really good...for me...

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lol. I can't wait to read the comments from the ep 18 recap. It should be filled with people lamenting about how they hate this drama. LOL.

And for sure, JS wasn't trying to get SY's plot. I am certain of it. It should be made clear in a future episode. lol. Just had to repeat myself there.

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it would have been so much better if everyone watched it in one go, instead of in installments. ;) it would have made the plot so much easier to understand, but all in all, I LOVE IT. it's an entirely new way of doing kdrama. It's not common in tv but this kind of plot is just the kind of book plot you don't find that often but, if you're a real bookworm, any romantic would really love.

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good good good..simply super ...cant wait to see the ending ...

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I just finished watching the drama...and no I won't mention anything about the ending. Just a few thoughts...I really wish they had stuck with its original title "Page One". "Coffee House" just didn't seem to quite capture the essence of the story IMO. Overall, I enjoyed watching the drama and all of the characters. I espcially liked the scenes with Kang Ji-hwan and Ham Eun Jeong. I think she did great for her acting debut and really look forward to seeing her more!! I'm curious to what you (JB) will think about the ending. So far we've been on the same "page" so I wonder what your thoughts will be! :)

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Apologies to those who are bothered by and don’t like this long writing. Despite feeling guilty for doing it I also feel somewhat guilty if I just quit without finishing what I started.

JB thanks a lot for your recap and for letting me doing this. I know you’ve heard it so many times before but I still want to say it: Can’t thank you enough for having this wonderful site. You’re awesome!

Jin Soo part Six:

He knows he’s a little bit crazy. He’s done many crazy things before but posing as a sexy handsome man on the stairs is definitely his first. Luckily he doesn’t have to wait long. That silly head of hers slowly appears as she cautiously creeps up the stairs. When she saw his seductive and mellow smile she smiled back happily. Really!

He should’ve known that she wouldn’t have enough sense to understand the scale of her offense. Now that the chicken has come it’s time for slaughter! But he doesn’t consider the fact that despite her limited brain power SY is quite good when it comes to self preservation. With a quick jump and a hard jerk she’s succeeded in grabbing her phone back leaving him sitting on his ass on the stairs with her bag.

The whole thing is so absurd and silly. But he’s looking forward to all the pleasures he’ll get at her expense. She may run and hide from him but she could never run from herself. The way she called him then hung up then asked her equally not so bright brother to answer the phone when he called her back speaks volume of her state of mind.

But when he gets the chance to look into that not too bright mind of her he’s more than surprised. Her writing is so raw and unstructured that its bizarreness has becomes captivating. Her ignorant has turned some facts into hilarious jokes. It’s one of the worse writings he’s ever read. She would humiliate him if other people learn that she’s his secretary once. They would assume that she also learns how to write like that from him! But on the other hand she has put and combined so many strange things into one of the most interesting stories he’s ever read.

He almost forgets about her writing when she finally gathers up enough courage to face him only to be found by him with her cloth off. He just loves it! Now he could accuse her of not only destroying the chastity of his lips but also the purity of his eyes!

And she actually signed that letter to never touch his body ever again! Who will buy that story except her of course. But despite her unbelievable stupidity and gullibility she proved that she’s actually smart enough by refusing to sell her plot no matter how much money he offered. However, the reason she doesn’t want to sell her plot has nothing to do with intelligence. She refuses his offer because he told her she could be a writer someday!

He was speechless and quite frankly very surprised when she told him how much value she put into all the things he told her. And by the fact that despite all his tortures, teasing and craziness she actually respects him a lot. That he’s her role model! Him?! She must be really crazy.

When he reminded her that if she respected him so much like she said she was she shouldn’t have kissed him in the first place she once again surprised or shocked him to be exact with her answer that she liked him. He never saw that coming!

He feels grateful to her for what happened two years ago. He also feels proud for what she’s accomplished for herself and that means he has considered her an important person in his life. He who never feels attachment for anything has accepted this not too bright girl as his ‘protégée’. It means he cares for her a lot. He likes her a lot. But his liking and caring are not the same liking with what she told him. He never feels that way for her. Not even once.

She entertains and amuses him. She makes him laugh with her silliness. Yes, she makes him happy. But not the way a woman makes a man happy. Not the way Eun Young makes him happy. He’s happy just by knowing that she exists. He’s happy when he doesn’t even see her. Just by knowing that there’s her somewhere. Whenever he’s in her vicinity his heart fills with such joy that it doesn’t really matter that she doesn’t even know how much he really loves her or that he couldn’t have her. Eun Young makes him happy just by doing nothing at all but exists.

For her sake he hopes SY could stop her feelings from blossoming into love. He hopes it’s nothing more than a crush for a good looking teacher or for an incredibly famous author. He really wishes that whatever she feels for him would do her no harm.

She looked the same when he picked her up to JW’s birthday. Hopefully her liking him is more of a crush that most girls used to have at least once for their role model. There’s a handsome and now rich DW who’s always waiting for her to be seen. They would be perfect for each other.

Seeing Eun Young all smiling and dancing with JW is painful. They too look perfect. Although only on the surface. But still they look good together. He’s actually very grateful when Eun Young asked him to stay outside. If it’s up to him he doesn’t want to be here at all.

And he’s right for not wanting to be here. He never thought that he would ever feel less than a man when he has to face JW. But that’s how he felt when JW asked him to talk privately and confronted him about Eun Young. He couldn’t even call him bastard when he asked him to leave immediately and not to attend his wedding at all.

Despite his desires to leave Eun Young wants him to be there. It matters to her that he’s there at her wedding. It would hurt her tremendously if he once again leaves her just like that. But he really has no choice. He understands JW’s request. He understands his anxiety.

Saying goodbye to Eun Young while wishing her to be happy is hard. It’s harder because he has no means to ascertain that she’ll be really happy. How could she be when he suspects that she loves him too and that’s why she needs to know that he’s happy with her wedding. When he disappears she would understand what that means. That he still loves her and could never be happy without her.

But when he called SY to say good bye she reminded him of his reason for coming back. She has a very good insight when it comes to what really matters in one’s life. His not too bright former secretary has once again managed to get his gratitude. He’s forever grateful to her.

JW might not like this. But he doesn’t care. He promised himself never to runaway again from Eun Young. And he’s going to keep his promise no matter what. He’ll fight for her no matter what. There’s no way he’ll let her spend the rest of her life with JW when the one who loves her more than anything else is him!

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Thank you for the recap!

"But that is a necessary beat, and Seung-yeon’s refusal actually teaches him something important, something that recharges him at the end of the episode. That there are some things worth protecting. And that he has something worth protecting, too." ---> What a great explanation! I was totally pissed that Jinsoo offered to buy Seung-yeon's idea from her, but you made it all better =D

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nice recap again. everyone is flawed in one way or another, and it's the interactions that one makes which allows him to learn what he's missing.

i like the angst that still exists between the characters and i love them all really. even the director lol.

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I think Jin soo likes Seung yeon as a younger sister. He has things to teach her, he tortures her with a gleeful smile and he genuinely enjoys her company. This episode really brought that out for me.

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Since there has never been any romantic interest from JS towards SY I don't consider them a couple. JS/ES have history and I wish there could have been more background on their earlier relationship. The drama gave us all the hints of their love connection throughout the episodes whenever the music played in their scenes. Bittersweet longing and their deep personal understanding for one another's feelings made this drama addictive. KJH & PSY have amazing screen chemistry and I enjoyed HEJ in the later episodes. She was a little too ditzy in the earlier episodes.

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