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Ho-gu’s Love: Episode 10

The baby finally invades Kang-chul’s space and I couldn’t be happier, although Ho-gu might be the happiest of all. It’s a lucky baby who gets these three to dote on him all day, but when you’re the World’s Cutest Baby, who wouldn’t want to dote on you? Let’s not forget that he’s being adopted soon, though — which is the best thing for everyone, because then they can go back to their normal lives. Because that is what everyone really wants, isn’t it? Well, everyone besides Ho-gu, of course.

EPISODE 10 RECAP

Tenth Foolish Act: “Let’s take good care of our belly button.”

Kang-chul pins Ho-gu to the wall and tells him that he’s going to finally see this through. Rawr. Do-hee pounds on the locked door, shouting at Kang-chul to talk to her instead of Ho-gu, but Kang-chul is desperate to finally get an answer and end the confusion: just who, exactly, does Ho-gu like? Is it Do-hee? Ho-gu admits that he does indeed like Do-hee.

Stunned, Kang-chul reels back, wondering how that’s even possible. Ho-gu knows he shouldn’t have those feelings, either — especially because of Kang-chul. Even so, he still likes Do-hee. With a pained expression, Kang-chul quietly asks: “Do you like Do-hee… more than me?”

Outside, Do-hee is ready to break down the door, but Kang-chul suddenly emerges. He brushes her off when she asks him to talk in private, and she follows him to his car, asking him what he and Ho-gu talked about. In his room, Ho-gu reaches for the baby rattle Kang-chul left behind, and then picks up the four-leaf clover that fell to the floor.

Kang-chul tries to walk away from Do-hee, telling her he’s not going to waste his time with this anymore, but there’s no dramatic escape for him since his car is blocked in. He pounds on the window of a van to get the guys inside to move it — uh-oh, it looks like they’re reporters on a stake-out.

The reporter feigns surprise at running into Do-hee, who furtively takes off her “disguise” (aka her pair of oversized glasses) and genially greets him, pretending to also be surprised at their meeting like this. He pleasantly agrees it must be fate, but zeros in on the baby she’s holding.

She lies that it’s a friend’s baby, and when the reporter “jokingly” asks if it’s actually hers instead, she smoothly denies it. He asks what the baby’s name is, and she falters for a moment. Kang-chul watches in worry, knowing she hasn’t named him yet. But she quickly reassures the reporter that he has a name — she sees one of Ho-gu’s stray kittens he’s named, and uses the kitten’s name for inspiration. “His name is Geum-dong.”

To confirm that she’s telling the truth, Ho-gu comes running up, shouting “Geum-dong!” He gathers up the baby, telling Do-hee she can leave now, and then hands “Geum-dong” over to his “father,” Kang-chul. He literally shoves Kang-chul and the baby into Kang-chul’s car as he babbles to the reporter about how they have to take care of the baby now.

He drives off with Kang-chul and the baby, and Kang-chul is just as concerned as I am about Ho-gu’s terrible driving skills. But a nervous Ho-gu reassures Kang-chul that he does, indeed, have his driver’s license. As he switches on the windshield wipers instead of the turn indicator, he adds that this is only the other time he’s been behind the wheel since he took the driving test.

Somehow the guys make it safely to Kang-chul’s parking garage. Kang-chul is surprised to find out that the reporters have been following Do-hee for awhile, and that’s why she went to Ho-gu’s house. When Do-hee calls, Kang-chul snatches the phone from Ho-gu, demanding to know why she’s wandering around when reporters are stalking her. And what the hell is that awful smell?

That would be a poopy diaper, and Ho-gu carries the baby into Kang-chul’s apartment so he can change it. But Mr. Neat-freak Kang-chul tries to keep Ho-gu from setting the baby down on any of the furniture, worried about the poop getting on his pristine sofa. Affronted that Kang-chul is more worried about poop than the welfare of the baby, Ho-gu breezes by and sets about changing the diaper on Kang-chul’s bed (much to Kang-chul’s horror).

Coach is relieved to find out that the reporters didn’t learn anything. Besides, they won’t have to worry about hiding out for too much longer — he found a couple who will adopt Do-hee’s baby, but they want to pick him up today. She’s surprised at how sudden it is, but for Coach, it’s not soon enough.

They arrive at Kang-chul’s apartment, where Ho-gu is happily cuddling with the baby and an irritated Kang-chul is busy changing his soiled bed linens. Coach is impressed with the apartment, and Kang-chul proudly puffs up when Ho-gu happily explains that Kang-chul is a successful lawyer — and the father of Do-hee’s baby.

Them’s fightin’ words, and Coach grabs Kang-chul by the lapels as he yells at him, blaming him for this mess. Kang-chul tries to explain that he’s not the father, and Do-hee steps up to intervene, also yelling at Coach that Kang-chul isn’t the father. Ho-gu kicks back on the sofa with the baby, watching them with a satisfied look on his face.

Ho-gu’s family watches a drama on TV, and the lines are eerily close to the ones that Ho-kyung had used with Kang-chul earlier. She cringes as she realizes how desperate she sounded. Mom scoffs that the drama is boring — they always make the girl a single mother who has to raise a child. Hey, now. They’re not all boring.

But Mom’s already switched to the news where there’s a report on Do-hee. Mom remarks that she looks exactly like Ho-gu’s girlfriend, which surprises Dad because she’s so pretty and Ho-gu is, well, Ho-gu. Ho-kyung is more surprised to discover that Ho-gu has a girlfriend in the first place.

Coach and Ho-gu glower at Kang-chul as Do-hee fixes up the scrapes Coach gave him during their tussel. Kang-chul slinks down into his seat as Do-hee yells at them, reminding them that she’s already told them he’s not the father. Coach doesn’t care, though — after the baby gets picked by his adoptive parents, Coach is going to interrogate Kang-chul, anyway.

Ho-gu is a little shocked to realize that baby is leaving tonight. Kang-chul doesn’t understand why the adoptive parents have to come to his apartment, of all places, but Coach explains it’s the only place that works, since Do-hee’s still in hiding. Fine, then — but they can only sit where Kang-chul allows them to sit, and they’re not allowed to touch any of his trophies. Coach: “That just makes me want to touch them even more.”

Ho-kyung sneaks into Ho-gu’s room and rifles through his things. She finds the box that Ho-gu keeps his precious momentos from that night in Yeosu, as well as the baby rattle Kang-chul left behind.

At the studio, Chung-jae tries to butter up Tae-hee in order to find out who the father of Do-hee’s baby is, but Tae-hee insists he doesn’t know. The suggestion that Ho-gu might be the father is immediately dismissed, but at that moment, they receive a message from Ho-kyung, demanding they explain why Do-hee is now dating Ho-gu.

Kang-chul tries to go about his normal life, but his new house guests are disrupting his flow. He finds Coach sprawled on the sofa, idly playing a video game on his phone, and Ho-gu on the bed with the baby. When he reminds Ho-gu that he didn’t give Ho-gu permission to be on the bed, Ho-gu pouts that the sofa is too small for him to lie down with Geum-dong. His lip wobbles as he says it’s the last time he’ll get to see the baby, and Kang-chul clutches at his suddenly pounding heart.

Flustered, he allows Ho-gu to stay on the bed, provided he doesn’t change any more poopy diapers on it. When he heads into the restroom to calm his pounding heart, he’s startled to find Do-hee curled up in his bathtub. She sadly tells him that she wishes she could give her baby a proper bath before he’s adopted.

Kang-chul tries to ignore her, but once sad-puppy-face Ho-gu appears to make the same wish, he doesn’t stand a chance against them. He says they can give the baby a bath — just don’t let him pee in the tub. Kang-chul tries to distract himself with his work, but he’s still clutching his heart as he remembers Ho-gu’s answer to his “Do you like Do-hee more than me?” question.

Ho-gu couldn’t answer that, because how can he know? He can’t possibly compare the feelings people have for each other — it’s different for each individual. Once again the men continue their cross-talk, as Kang-chul thinks Ho-gu means he loves both Do-hee and Kang-chul, but Ho-gu thinks Kang-chul is asking if he likes Do-hee more than Kang-chul likes her.

When Kang-chul tells him that it’s abnormal (as in, it’s abnormal to him for a man to be equally in love with a man and a woman), Ho-gu admits that he knows it’s strange that he’s squeezing in between them (as in, he’s interfering in what he assumes is the relationship between Kang-chul and Do-hee). But even so, he has to do it so he can see the baby. Kang-chul: “A man, a woman, and now a baby?” He throws the four-leaf clover on the floor, telling Ho-gu he refuses to be a part of this confusing mess anymore.

Shaking off the memory of that conversation, Kang-chul focuses once more on his work. Meanwhile, Do-hee and Ho-gu give the baby a bath. Eeep, that’s a huge tub with a lot of water in it for such a little baby.

They gently wash the baby, being careful not to disturb the remaining bit of the umbilical cord still attached to him. Do-hee sighs, sad that she won’t be able to see it fall off before the baby leaves. Kang-chul peeks in on his way to refill his espresso, but the next thing he knows, he’s helping bathe the baby, too.

Ho-kyung lays out the evidence that Do-hee was the girl Ho-gu had a fling with, and Tae-hee continues to profusely deny that they’re dating. When she asks if the thing with her brother petered out because of Kang-chul, Tae-hee gasps that she figured it out (and Chung-jae just wants to know who Kang-chul is, ha!). She downs another shot of soju as she contemplates what Kang-chul, Do-hee, and her brother are up to.

Still washing the cutest baby ever, that’s what. Ho-gu and Do-hee are delighted when the tiny bit of umbilical falls off the baby’s belly button as Kang-chul washes it, but Kang-chul freaks out and tries to put it back, worried that the baby will be without a belly button the rest of his life.

Do-hee and Ho-gu explain that it’s supposed to fall off, and she takes it from him, gently wrapping it up in a cloth so that Geum-dong’s new parents can keep it. They dress the baby on Kang-chul’s bed, pointedly explaining that they can’t add the baby powder so it won’t make a mess.

But Kang-chul is wrapped around their fingers now, and despite his initial protests, he insists they put it on. He’s just going to change the sheets, anyway, so it doesn’t matter if they make a mess. Yeah, because changing the linens a few times a day is just what you do, eh? The cute domestic moment is soon cut short when Coach tells Do-hee that CEO Park wants to see her.

She leaves the baby with Ho-gu, and he coos over Geum-dong as Kang-chul pretends to not care. But Kang-chul watches as Ho-gu shows Geum-dong the “belly button” that fell off. He explains that if you cry and laugh, it will fall off, and then when it falls off, the belly button needs to be carefully disinfected. Ho-gu starts to cry because he won’t be around to disinfect it for Geum-dong — instead his adoptive parents will be the ones to take care of it. The doorbell rings and Ho-gu goes to answer it, thinking it’s Do-hee returning from her meeting. Instead, it’s Coach with the adoptive parents.

Do-hee’s still in her meeting with CEO Park and the rest of the board of directors who are there to cancel Do-hee’s contract and replace her with Sung-shil, her rival. But CEO Park is one tough cookie, and asks someone to convince her why it’s a good idea to get rid of Do-hee. When someone brings up the rumor about the baby, she point-blank asks Do-hee if she had a baby.

Pausing a moment, Do-hee looks her straight in the eye and calmly answers, “No.” That’s enough evidence for CEO Park, and she chides everyone for believing rumors over the word of one of their athletes. She cooly tells the board that if it turns out the rumor is true, she’ll resign as CEO.

Do-hee meets with CEO Park privately in her office, humbly apologizing for putting her in a difficult position and offering to take full responsibility. But that’s not what CEO Park wanted to talk to her about, and Do-hee desperately tells her that she’ll work four times as hard and make it to the Olympics and win the gold medal.

When CEO Park gives her a hug, Do-hee starts to cry. “Don’t you want to know what I’ve been up to?” But CEO Park tells her that it doesn’t matter what she did — she’s back now. That’s all that counts.

Coach explains to the adoptive parents that the baby’s mother attends one of Korea’s best colleges and accidentally got pregnant with her boyfriend, who’s studying for the civil service exam. Of course. In private, Coach explains that he’s just trying to keep Do-hee’s identity as the mother a secret, as well as make the baby appear more appealing by having smart biological parents. When they find out that Geum-dong is a boy, the adoptive parents aren’t so sure they want him because they were expecting a girl.

Ho-gu sends an urgent text to Do-hee, telling her to hurry back. He’s got a bad feeling about the parents, but Coach sends him off to get a teddy bear so the baby will have something to remember them by. He runs into Do-hee just arriving at the apartment, and it’s too late — the adoptive parents have already left with Geum-dong.

Do-hee fights to keep her expression neutral as she agrees with Coach that it was best that Geum-dong left before she returned — it’s easier that way. Ho-gu spots something in the trash and digs it out before rushing back out the door. He runs through the streets, looking everywhere for Geum-dong while Coach, Do-hee, and Kang-chul sit silently in the apartment, each lost in their own thoughts.

Coach tries to ask how it went at the meeting, and Do-hee tells him she starts training again tomorrow. Ho-gu returns just as she’s forcefully rattling off the regimen Coach will need to put her on. Ho-gu’s still worried about Geum-dong because he doesn’t trust the adoptive parents, and Do-hee cooly asks if he wants to bring Geum-dong back — it’s easiest to have a baby adopted when he’s still a newborn, you know. Ho-gu says it isn’t that, but Do-hee stands and turns to face him.

Her voice rising in emotion, she asks what will happen if they bring him back and can’t find someone to adopt him. Who will take care of him? Will Ho-gu decide to sacrifice her life and her dreams so he can save Geum-dong’s?

But Ho-gu shouts that they left behind the belly button. He breaks down into sobs, explaining that he gave it to them to take careful care of since it belongs to Geum-dong, but they threw it away. He shows it to Do-hee, and she slowly turns around and sinks back down on the sofa.

Ho-gu falls to the floor, weeping. Do-hee silently cries, her face still turned away. The happy times they shared during Geum-dong’s bath are now just a memory.

COMMENTS

Oooof. As gut-wrenching as those final few minutes were, all I can think of is how great this episode was. I feel like the writer must be reading my comments, because this had everything I’ve been wanting from this show — namely, a cute baby who totally messes up Kang-chul’s perfect apartment, Do-hee getting a chance to live her life again and pursue her dreams for gold, and everyone living as one big happy family under one roof. Then there’s the surprise bonus of the intriguing CEO Park. I’m pretty sure she knows what’s really been going on, and while I can’t get a definite read on exactly what her motivations are regarding Do-hee (is Do-hee just a commodity to her? Or is there some genuine affection?), I’m super happy that the show has added another interesting female character.

Also: who’s the pushover now, huh? I was a little confused at first when the standard “My name is” voice-over at the beginning sounded like it said “Byun Ho-gu,” but now it makes sense. Because he is a hogu — a fool and a pushover, especially whenever Ho-gu starts to pout and Do-hee gives him those big ol’ puppy eyes. Those two have him whipped.

And I couldn’t be happier, because it means I get Nanny Ho-gu and his BFF Do-hee as they tease and torment Kang-chul (who is actually a big ol’ softie) and everyone takes care of adorable baby Geum-dong. It’s only a matter of time before Detective Ho-kyung joins them, too. Of course, that does mean that Ho-gu and Kang-chul will finally have to realize that they’ve been having conversations about two completely different topics all this time. I’m curious to see how the other will take it, once Ho-gu realizes that Kang-chul is in love with “him” and Kang-chul realizes that Ho-gu is in love with Do-hee. But at the moment, I’m happy to see that Kang-chul’s pristine walls are starting to crumble.

I just wish that we could extend the “everyone living together under one roof” trope a little longer. My heart ached at the end of the episode when the shot focused on the empty tub. The loss of Geum-dong isn’t just about the loss of Do-hee’s flesh-and-blood — it’s also about the joy and camaraderie and sense of family. I don’t think Kang-chul’s apartment has ever experienced such laughter and messiness, so I can only imagine that, for once, it actually started to feel like a real “home.” You can sever your ties to family, like you can sever an umbilical cord, and as you grow up, it will fall away, gradually forgotten. But the scar always remains and marks you as human.

Yes, what I want most of all is for all these characters to find their home and their humanity in each other. And to get baby Geum-dong back, ASAP, because as much as Ho-gu can annoy me with his interfering ways, he’s not alone with the “these two are bad news” vibe when it comes to the adoptive parents. But if in the meantime we get an episode or two of Do-hee figuring out what it means to pursue a lifelong dream of winning a gold medal when a part of you also wishes you could make room for the lost “gold-bronze” (“geum-dong”) baby, then I’m happy to wait for his return.

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Seriously. That ending left me in tears.

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This was actually my least favorite episode. Hogu was more annoying than endearing and it felt a bit slow. But I still can't wait for the next episode!

As for kangchul, I really want to see what his reaction to finding about the real Hogu. I don't he has to be gay just for the sake of having a gay character. I think Kangchuls feelings are genuine and he loves "Hogu" in his past memory for being that awesome person who spent the whole day with him. It didn't matter what gender that person was, he just loved that person. And I think if he finds out that Hokyung is the real Kanchul, I just see him being flustered and surprised that he was chasing the wrong person.

Why do people have to be so black or white with their feelings? That he should be gay just to make a statement on tv who has to be gay til the end just because nobody wants some coffee prince shenanigans. honestly, kangchul loves "Hogu" for who that person is - gender didn't matter. So whether Kangchul being straight or gay or bi shouldn't matter. As long as endgame is someone he loves. And if it's Hokyung, than so be it!

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This episode had the most heart and the character development and the comedic bits were hilarious. The scene where Hogu was jealously staring at Dohee/BKC when she was putting the band-aid on him had me in tears (the coach's glaring didn't help). Then when BKC tried to get Dohee to convince Hogu that he wasn't the father, and she would speak to Hogu in baby-talk that BKC wasn't the father with Hogu not believing a single bit was great.

And despite the amazing scenes and writing in BKC's room, Ho Kyung had some development where she finds out that BKC/DDH/Hogu all know each other and so next weeks hijinks are gonna be great. Not to mention that ending...poor baby

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That's an interesting take because to me his interest in Ho Gu was clear before he spent the day with Ho Kyung. Since he thought he was spending time with Ho Gu he let himself be out in those situations. If he knew it was Ho Kyung the day would have gone entirely different right.

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I've only been following the recaps and will watch when it's all out but I agree. Wasn't KC already aware of HG? But I'm not sure he even knew HK existed.
Plus, he saw HG in the campus even after the day spent with HK and have had interactions now years later. So he's seen his behavior, personality etc and his heart flutters when HG looks at him or gets teary ( as recapped above) so I think he likes this HG and not just the person he thought as HG he spent that day with all those years ago.
Maybe that day just made him sit up and pay attention like fate giving him a push.
I know the show will eventually turn it into KC and HK if I'm reading the summary plot right, but it might actually be more interesting to just have KC be in love with HG and let the consequences fall where they will. Sometimes you lose in love but grow a lot.

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KC was aware of HG before the day he spent his time with HK because he always saw him daily as the errand boy and get bullied. But the fact that HG lacked a spine, KC didn't care about him. Imo at least.

On the day he spent time with HK, he was shocked to see HG actually retaliate but he still didn't want to spend the day with HG but due to HK's words he went with her. Because he was spoiled, he became completely dependent. And by the end of the day, it's because of HK's brave and cool character he was reliant on her.

Which is why that yes, KC knew HG before he met HK. But it was HK's personality (which is different than HG's) that made KC rely and open up. And don't forget, he ignored HG after the kiss so he never cleared up the fact that HG is still Hogu and not the fighting martial arts non scaredy cat person he was crying to save him when he was alone on the swings.

In fact, even when HG did speak up to KC in recent events, he doesn't have this enfluence on KC the way HK does to take risks and change. KC was able to do new things because of HK and because HK also taunted him and told him not to be alone in life when she asked him to date her. When he decided to go on the bus, he also remembered HKs words.

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This got cut off...

But in the end, KC never got to spend time with HG after the kiss so his heart beats when he sees HG because he doesn't know HG. He avoided him all this time..

The KC that he knows is *not* and nowhere near the HG that he recalls. His memory of HG that he spent the day with is not the same version of present day HG that he sees. And it seems important to him that the version of HG h likes is not errand boy HG but the brave on as he considers that one day important. But that's just my viewpoint :)

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@Biscuit Yes, fair point. This is kinda what I find interesting and confusing at the same time. He saw HG around school after that day and obviously HG did not act like the person he spent the day with. Would he have then considered it as unusual behavior? He might have tried to ignore HG after the kiss but I doubt he succeeded esp after he got the four leaf clover which I think he got after that day (is this right?). Do you base your feelings on one unusual day though it isn't how you saw the person behave all other days? HG does influence how he behaves in their current interactions, not directly but pushing him to react like when he came to see HG to clarify matters or even when he asked point blank who he likes, or when he allowed them to stay at his place.
I'm curious how the show will progress with this arc. It makes you think, how do you fall in love, what makes you fall or who do you fall for - a memory or the person?
I am really curious how KC will react once he knows who he really spent that day with.

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oh and forgot to add,
Would the bigger blow be when KC discovers who he spent the day with or when he finds out why HG really gave him the clover? that it wasn't from HG to him but HG trying to "help" DH.

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Are you psychic? Because this is exactly what I was thinking.

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This show has got some kind of love triangle going, and I can't get enough of it. I had the wrong idea about Kang Chul's character at the beginning, he seemed like a complete ass. The thing I was not taking into account was his profession he is a lawyer, during the courtroom scene he was doing his job advocating for his client. Granted he was smarmy and disgusting in his cross examination of the witness but he was winning the case for his client. Now we all have a better understanding of just who he is and what he has been carrying around with him for years. I find it interesting that although he thinks he is gay he has never tried getting involved with another man. Behind or underneath the exterior of the buttoned up lawyer he is a complete marshmallow at least where Ho Gu and Do Hee are concerned.

I love Uee, I have enjoyed her work since she was that awful, awful character in "You're Beautiful". I knew then that she was a talented actress because I wanted to kill her character. Do Hee has a lot of layers mostly hidden by her tough shell but we keep getting these glimpses of vulnerability that make the audience want to know more about her.

Choi Woo Shik's portrayal of Ho Gu is right on the money, he makes you love Ho Gu even when he is interfering in everything. I really cannot wait for it to dawn on him that Kang Chul has had a crush on him for years that is going to blow his mind.

I just love this drama, I haven't been this anxious for new episodes in I don't know how long. I also love reading the recaps because some of the scenes are just too funny. Thanks!!!

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Thanks for the bright recap for my current favorite show.

I don't know why, exactly, but I fell in love right away with the story telling elements.

I love the "I don't think that means what you think it means" confusion. It is always my favorite in films and TV. It's like the black and blue or white and gold dress. People really can see and hear the EXACT same sounds, but interpret them based on how they perceive them.

As far as KC, I think that it isn't his sexuality that is in question, and he doesn't seem to identify as gay or straight or anything. He just loves HG. It's tricky and we could read all kinds of implications into his feelings, but I don't think that is what the show has in mind. I think they are asking, HOW do you love? vs WHO do you love?
Is it unconditionally? Do you involve your reason, or just listen to your heart? Do you judge, or just accept the person - faults and all?

ISL wins for most willing to be made a fool of, he really is playing the Hogu to the hilt. I only know him as an actor rather than a singer, and he has always been good in his supporting roles. I absolutely love his delivery and his confusion, and his perfectness that you know will disintegrate before his eyes. I can't wait!

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I know you know I meant ISO, not ISL. :)

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Love.
I love every min of this show.

Some ppl were complaining in the previous ep that Hogu is too meddling. Well, he is the one who has been helping DH take care of the baby. In helping, he comes to care about the baby, a lot. But just look at that (first) baby. If I were helping look after him, I'd have a difficult time letting go of him too. Right now, he just wants to be sure that the baby goes to good adoptive parents. Coach and DH is just giving him away to the 1st couple that walk in. Seriously, I tried to interview multiple families before I had to give my dog away when I returned to grad school, so would one do less for a baby?

There was also complaint that the writer is deliberately playing w us using a misunderstanding. Of course (s)he is. This show, the part of it that is comedy, is based on Misunderstanding:
KC thinking the person he's been feeling an attachment to is Hogu, and now the misunderstanding is perpetuated in their crosstalk, owing to their assumptions and perceptions. Sure it's all exaggerated for the drama, that's why there is drama.

Tho DH said multiple times that KC was not the dad, but she did say it in a short, offhand kind of way w/o explaining what Hogu heard at her hospital bed. How could she? She didn't know he heard sthg. So Hogu and Coach just assume that she's protecting KC out of her undying love for him. It's plausible.

Anyway, I love this show for its lightness, its quirkiness, and its heart. People were saying that Kim Eun Sook's dramas have no heart (w which I disagree). Now here is one that is all heart.

Just let Ho K hook up w KC already.

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Huh? This is written by Yoon Nan-Joong based on a manhwa by Yoo Hyun-Sook. What's Kim Eun Sook got to do with this?

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My bad. ? Not related at all.

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+1 with everything you said, except for KES part :) I'm with odilettante, when she said despite how this episode breaks her heart, it's also written so incredibly well. Thank you for including my favorite scene in the end! That frame with all three of them doting over the baby is beautiful.

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I didn't think that HG was interfering. I really think that he just began to love the baby more than DH. Sure he still cares for her, but as we got to this episode he began to put the baby's needs first, which was probably why he was so insistent with BKC being the dad, he wants GD to have both his bio parents and be still able to see him even if DH doesn't end up with him.

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Except that BKC isn't GD's bio dad. Which Hogu has been told explicitly and several times, but blatantly disregards.

It's also not for Hogu to decide who the baby's family is, what should be done with him, nor does he have any right to see the baby regardless of how much attachment he feels.

It's, frankly, none of his business – even if he means well.

The only thing I can see as justifiable in his actions is raising his concerns at the end – but that's more so because the coach, Kang-chul and Ho-gu should all have stepped in the moment that couple started fighting about the gender of the baby in front of them. (That scene is to me like if you see a family abusing their child on the street. You don't just merrily walk on, but you either speak up/step in and/or call the police. But you then don't go on to decide the abused child's future custody arrangements.)

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I think HoGu would have said something if he had had the chance. But the coach got him out of there on purpose. I more annoyed at the coach than anyone else, because he has been a father figure for her for many years but was only thinking of her career and reputation. He can't see what this will do to DoHe. It is obvious she doesn't want to give up the baby, but feels she has no choice because aside from HoGu she gets no support.

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Yes, the coach got him out there because he probably worried Hogu would do something. I do think Ho-gu could have spoken up earlier already (with Kang-chul, I'm not surprised he didn't nothing given his self-centred cluelessness about the world), but I'm fuming mad at the coach especially and the way the whole adoption scene was presented by the show (they did not need a go-behind-your-back twist, they did not need the adoptive parents to be extreme in such a manner for Do-hee to come to realise she wants to keep the baby).

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I see HoGu as Jiminy Cricket. He is DoHe's conscience, helping our wooden puppet DoHe learn how to accept her feelings and become human along the way. As she makes choices based on other people's expectations and not what she really wants, he is there to remind her that it is okay to be selfish and follow your heart.

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It's okay for him to remind her and be his conscience (to a degree) – but at the moment he's pushing her to make a choice based on his expectations (which currently stands at keep the baby and make a happily family with Kang-chul because Ho-gu has decided Kang-chul is the father and that Do-hee likes Kang-chul no matter what although neither is true).

I'm all for him to support her, including by criticising directly her about various things (because good friends will point out our weaknesses and flaws) but ultimately he doesn't get to make choices for her. Because you support your friend no matter what, not only if they do what you want them to do.

Who is Jiminy Cricket?

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*her conscience (sorry!)

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Jiminy Cricket was in Disney's Pinnochio. He acts as Pinnochio's good friend and conscience as he learns how to be human.

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I actually empathise with Hogu and his meddling ways because in reality he just doesn't know any better.

Like Hogu, I was raised in a sheltered family where my parents got on famously and I believed that every child should have what I have and no less.

I learned the hard way that trying to "help" people like Hogu is trying only gets you hurt but obviously Hogu won't cuz it's a drama. ?

But in his defense, he just loves Geum Dongie and Dohee so much he wants them to have a life like his. Nothing wrong with that!

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sigh.. now I find Hogu a bit annoying.

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I also want all three of them to live together under one roof with Geum-dong. Ugh, this show is adorable to the highest level.

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I was almost ready to give up on this show. After episode 4, I only watched it raw, not bothering to watch the subbed videos. I decided to give it another shot after listening to Kyuhyun's OST and this episode is exactly what I wanted. Kang Chul's character was so annoying when he first got introduced and it only went downhill after that. Now that it's been revealed that he;s not the father, his character became this person who's even more of a pushover than Ho-gu and he;s adorable! OMG. I just can't when both Ho-gu and Do-hee were trying to make him do things and he just melted into a puddle and gave in. I hope it continues to be like this. Please, drama. I gave you a second chance. Don't fail me. Thanks for the recaps!

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This was mostly a good episode, but I was a little distracted by the grossness of waving around the fallen off belly button. It kind of killed the emotional seriousness of the scene for me. But I get why he was holding on to it.

I am worried about who the real dad of the baby is. If we want out who it was in the last episode I think that will spoil the reveal if Kang Chul is really not the father. After all I think we have only really met two men in Do Hee's life, the coach and Kang Chul. So I hope we find out soon and that it isn't some peripheral character we meet at the last moment.

I love the sweatpants and big glasses Ho-Kyung wears, her character is kind of stealing the show. I always look forward to her scenes.

Lastly, the President of the agency is interesting. I wonder if she knows what Do Hee is going through because she experienced itself and had to give up her baby awhile ago. Or was herself adopted. I am sure we will find out.

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I hope that we will never find out who the biological father is; that Ho Gu will step forward and say that he is the father. As far as who loves the baby, he IS the father.

He can use the timing of their trip as "proof".

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Baby Daddy might end up being a cameo from some hot young actor... Dohee's true love who died in a tragic accident.. I'm just spitballin' here!

On a more serious note, I have been thinking about that nasty BKC court scene where he won against the single mom who was fighting the company who fired her for having a baby. Do you think they will tie that back with BKC defending dohee in court if she happens to be in a similar baby situation. Or maybe I am reading too much into it.

Shallow note, never thought Im Seulong was hot. But wow, getting those bangs off your face does wonders for you Seulong!

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Thank you for the recap @Odilettante!

After all the things, you have said, which I agree with 200%, I just want to add one more thing-

I could watch Kang-chul and Ho-gu taking care of the baby all day.

I know, the drama won't take that turn, but I can wish, can't I?

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Most commenting here might be (just on assumption) Westerners or Western born Asian who are individualistic and independent in nature.
I don't find Hogu interfering in an odd way at all like many are complaining. He's been with DoHee since day one and is more emotionally attached with the baby than she is. It is but natural or Hogu as a friend as a person who's been with DoHee during her most crucial moment to be concern and "meddle". It is same like how our society is. Even the neigbourhood Aunt and Uncle has say in our family or personal matters. This is a close society and it is common for people here to be concern and show concern for other to this extend. I would have done the same if DoHee was my best friend.
Also Hogu's intervention is important for the story to develop further. He is the one who is going to raise the baby (by the rumour and a guess) so it is important to show him concern for the baby to this extend. He is suppose to bring the baby back and bring the best out of Dohee. Dohee has a repressed character who suppresses her emotions and tries to be pragmatic but it is HoGu who is going to make her more humane and make her realize love for herself, for the baby and for others as well. Hogu's "meddling" is very important for the character and story development.

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I totally can relate to Hogu's feeling with the baby. Maybe because there is a lot of nosy extend family around me.
They're annoying but they will never leave us alone, no matter what.

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Agreed. Ho Gu's meddlesome but not annoying. I could also feel his pain when the baby's going to be adopted by those "weird" parents. I also grew up with my aunties and uncles that at some point I felt i have so many different sets of parents but it never felt like I'm they're taking the responsibility from my biological parents.

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Very good point indeed.

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More emotionally attached than the mother who carried the baby for nine months? Yeah, okay. Hogu's entire stance is incredibly sexist and selfish. He thinks he knows more than Do Hee about her life and her child. Just because Do Hee is a character who's reserved doesn't mean she is less emotionally attached to her own child. She's suffering far more and is doing the best she can for her own child. Raising him as a single mother isn't the best thing for the baby in Korean society. And Hogu's is insufferable with his assumptions.

But as I said in episode 9, I'm dropping this show b/c it's not worth hating the main character.

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I grew up in a society where aunts and uncles have a say in a child's upbringing, and I still think Ho Gu overstepped his bounds with regards to Geum Dongie's father. He is not related to Do Hee in any way, he had one kind-of-but-not-really date with her six months ago. He may have been there when the baby was born and he may have helped her hide from the reporters, but that is what any good friend would have done, except Do Hee doesn't have any good friends. The things he's done for her so far, do not give him the right to decide what she should do for her. She and Kang Chul stated several times, very clearly, that Kang Chul wasn't the father, and yet, Ho Gu insists on believing that he is, just because they dated in high school and he saw Do Hee look at Kang Chul like she liked him. In high school, six years ago.
I agree Ho Gu's naive and that is one of his charms, but there is a difference between naivety and pig-headedness.

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<The things he’s done for her so far, do not give him the right to decide what she should do for her.

That's my issue with it.

And agree with the rest of your post.

I'm all for a village raising a baby, and for large families supporting each other and share responsibilities to raise a child, but denying the mother a choice and voice and making decisions for her that she wants to (and can and should) make herself is overstepping boundaries. With the pigheadnesses, the next step would be for Hogu to insist that Do-hee and Kang-chul get married – it won't get to that, of course, because hopefully the whole father-issue and who likes whom in which kind of way will be cleared up within the next episode or two...

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But then, this is also a helpless human-being they are dealing with. The way the coach jumped at the first couple who offered was VERY irresponsible -- especially when there were so many red flags in that entire meeting. The recap doesn't even begin to describe how off the scene felt.

In a way, both of the characters have their shoddy way of doing it. But, Hogu's mind was a little more in the right place. In the bath scene, you could really see Hogu beginning to come to terms with the adoption route when they were talking about the unbilical cord after it fell off. When you think about it, he just didn't have enough time to fully accept the situation...

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I thought about that too gosh and started to get annoyed. It is pig-headedness. Thank you for the new vocab.

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as you say this episode are perfect i laughed a lot and also cry a lot.every time i said and i will repeat it again uee acting is the best

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Kang Chul is getting more and more awesome with each episode.
I think his assiness is like a defense mechanism, where when he gets flustered and doesn't know what to do, his default is to be as a big a jerk as possible. He seems to be getting over that, though, and it'll be hugely entertaining to see how much more like a teddy bear he gets the more he is around Ho Gu and Do Hee, and maybe even Ho Kyung. He's lived such an isolated life so far, that he seems to lost the knack for normal human interaction (if he ever had it in the first place). I'm glad that he seems to be thawing now that he's around all these warm people.

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The ending of this episode was so heart-wrenching for me; I think the actors really nailed it. Ho Gu expressing his grief fully, openly and honestly, the way he always has. Do Hee trying to convince Ho Gu that this is for the best, though really, it's herself she's trying to convince. Unlike Ho Gu, she tries to restrain her grief. Kang Chul feeling conflicted and confusingly invested in this alien situation he's been dragged into. Bravo.

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I was surprised that CEO Park was a woman. I had assumed the CEO was a man and therefore another baby daddy candidate.
Actually she is a very strong mother figure for Do Hee. I couldn't forget the look on Do Hee's face when she promised to win a gold medal. She desperately wants the approval of CEO Park. And the hug to me gave me a strong mother/daughter vibe meaning I hope the CEO truly has Do Hee's best interest at heart and is not manipulating her for the company's gain. She is a huge motivator but also she intensifies the conflict of Baby/No Baby.

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I love this show so much but... sometimes I just lost my patience to Hogoo's prolonged belief that Kang Chul is the father even though they have denied it again and again. And come on, as someone who couldn't even predict someone's pregnancy after 'the thing inside me' talks can be that creative??? Just to hold on his belief that someone else is the father when he is not???
Also, the last scene of Hogoo's cry over the belly button was supposed to be cute. However, I just don't like it that they (drama people) tend to postpone a talk and cry first and then wait and then say that the adoptive parents were weird and then wait and then AT LAST said his reasoning. Like, whew. Quite tiring isnt it.
But no worries, this drama still becomes one of those that wins my heart.

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