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Ho-gu’s Love: Episode 8

We’re halfway through the show, and our characters are finally beginning to crack around the edges. Well, if they even have edges to begin with — I’m pretty sure Ho-gu is just one giant ball of fluff. That’s probably a good thing, because it’s hard to get too annoyed with a squishy puppy even when he runs full-steam ahead, trying to right wrongs that appear to be based on erroneous assumptions.

EPISODE 8 RECAP

Eighth Foolish Act: “Let’s abstain from being physically affectionate in front of the house”

Kang-chul is surprised to see Ho-gu barge into his office, yet he cooly pulls himself together to greet him. In return, Ho-gu is surprised that Kang-chul remembers him, but Kang-chul thinks to himself, “How could I forget you?” and then pulls his hand away like it’s on fire when he realizes how long he’s been gripping Ho-gu’s hand.

Ho-gu has something to tell him about “what happened that night,” and a worried Kang-chul kicks his staff out of his office so they can talk in private. As Ho-gu glares at him, asking him if he’s afraid of other people finding out about “that night” (he’s referring to when he overheard Do-hee and Kang-chul talking at the hospital about “that night,” which Ho-gu interpreted to mean when they had sex), but Kang-chul’s actually worried about him remembering “that night” six years ago, when they “kissed.”

They cross-talk past each other, and Ho-gu becomes irate when a bewildered Kang-chul refuses to take responsibility for his actions “that night.” It wasn’t his fault — he wasn’t the one who started it. Ho-gu lunges for him, rarin’ for a fight, but Kang-chul spins out of the way, telling he won’t be fooled again (worried about another kiss, eh?).

Ho-gu’s fighting abilities seem to only destroy the office, though. Kang-chul tries to reassure Ho-gu that it meant nothing to him (to be kissed by “Ho-gu”) — there were no emotions attached, which to Ho-gu sounds like it means that sleeping with Do-hee meant nothing to Kang-chul. As Ho-gu scrambles back on his feet to continue his one-man fight, he sees the four-leaf clover that had fallen to the floor, and stops.

Quietly, he asks Kang-chul if he’s kept it all this time, and a frantic Kang-chul shouts that it means nothing to him. Panicking, he punches Ho-gu in the face, knocking him out and giving him a bloody nose.

At a pharmacy, Tae-hee cleans up Kang-chul’s bloody nose, asking why that jerk Kang-chul hit him. Ho-gu says it’s because of the four-leaf clover.

Flashback to high school, where Ho-gu nervously waits outside the sports center for Do-hee, the infamous comic of her in his hand. She ignores him as he follows her like a lost puppy until she finally spins around, telling him if he’s there to apologize for the comic, then forget about it.

All she wants to do is forget the comic ever happened and not have to deal with a guy like him. She orders him to leave her alone. But Ho-gu can’t forget about her, and later that night as he remembers watching her swim, he starts a new drawing. The next morning, he waits nervously at school, practicing what he’ll say to Do-hee when he gives the sketch book to her.

That’s when he notices her slipping the four-leaf clover into the book she returns to Kang-chul, which promptly falls out as Kang-chul walks away. Which is when he rushes up to return it to Kang-chul.

In the present, Ho-gu slowly walks back to the hotel, Do-hee’s baby in his arms. He thinks about the fact that Kang-chul has kept that clover all these years — which must mean that he still cares for Do-hee.

When Ho-gu returns with the baby, Do-hee furiously demands to know where he’s been all day, since she couldn’t get in touch with him. He smiles a little at the thought that she was worried about him, but she insists she was just worried about the baby. She notices the cotton swabs sticking out from his nose, and he stammers out that he just fell down. But she’s not buying it, and she narrows her eyes as Ho-gul nervously gulps, telling him that it looks like he actually… picks his nose? Hahaha!

Gong-mi thinks Ho-gu and Tae-hee must be related to the single mother case Kang-chul has been working (because they had the baby with them), and is ready to report them to the police, but Kang-chul tells her not to. In fact, he begs her not to mention them to anyone ever again. When he dismisses her for the day, she hands him the four-leaf clover that she found on the floor. He stares at it, remembering that day when “Ho-gu” kissed him.

In a flashback, a dazed high school student Kang-chul slowly walks home, only to be met with a slipper to the head as soon as he enters the door. Dad is furious that his son skipped school and smells like alcohol. He’s ready to bring a beat-down, but Mom throws her wine in Kang-chul’s face, calmly telling him to go focus on his English studies. Well, that’s one way to diffuse the situation.

For the next month, Kang-chul tries to avoid Ho-gu as he studies for his exams, and it almost works — he almost forgets about what happened that night, until Ho-gu runs up to him with the four-leaf clover. In his voiceover, Kang-chul says he was relieved that he didn’t react and that, afterwards, Ho-gu “pretended” he didn’t know Kang-chul, but he seems slightly disappointed that Ho-gu doesn’t acknowledge him when he passes by.

In the present-day, Kang-chul wonders why Ho-gu would show up now, all these years later, demanding he take responsibility for that night. Take responsibility for what, he wonders, as he throws the four-leaf clover into the trashcan and leaves his office — only to come back a minute later, stomping his feet in frustration as he retrieves the four-leaf clover from the trash.

On the motel rooftop, Do-hee reminds Ho-gu that he promised to return her silver medal to her. He digs it out of his pocket to hand it over, but she tells him he can keep it — it’s her way of repaying him for all he’s done for her. Ho-gu insists that he can’t keep it, but she reassures him that she’s going to win a gold medal instead.

Ho-gu reassures her that he doesn’t look down on her for having a kid — how could he, after having seen what it takes to give birth? He does wonder who will watch the baby when she’s swimming, though — Coach, perhaps. Do-hee tells him that her baby’s adoptive parents will take care of him. Ho-gu stares at her, stunned, but she just smiles, avoiding his gaze as she returns to her room.

When Ho-gu returns as well, he worries about all the heavy, greasy food that Coach has been buying for Do-hee. As a new mother, she needs to be careful about her stomach, and tells Coach she should eat things like seaweed soup. In the bathroom, Do-hee clutches her side in pain. Oh no.

Ho-kyung sits despondently on her bed in her, remembering her drunken encounter with Do-hee. With her messy hair and in her old tracksuit, she asks Dad if she’s pretty, and he carefully answers that she looks “comfortable.” Sad, she says that Do-hee must have thought she was a beggar. Dad tries to reassure that maybe she just appeared to be homeless, instead. Oh, Papa Kang, I lub you.

Ho-gu’s up early that morning, much to Mom’s surprise. He tells her he’s making breakfast because Dad’s busy, but Mom notes that he’s making seaweed soup, wondering if someone just had a baby. She points at Ho-gu: “You’re dating someone, aren’t you? And that woman has…” Ho-gu trembles until Mom finishes her sentence “…a birthday today.” Phew.

As Ho-kyung picks at her breakfast, she admits that she ran into the last person who should have seen her like this (and ew, she admits to not washing her tracksuit for three weeks). Mom thinks it must be a guy she likes, but Ho-kyung says it’s worse — it was that guy’s ex-girlfriend. I love that everyone’s horrified on her behalf. What a great family.

While he’s hanging up his laundry, Ho-gu sighs over the fact that Do-hee is putting her baby up for adoption, also remembering that Kang-chul asked him why he needed to take responsibility. Ho-kyung also sighs as she hangs up her laundry, remembering that Kang-chul said she was the second prettiest person he’d ever met.

She asks Ho-gu what it means if a man calls you pretty, but only the “second prettiest,” and Ho-gu says that it must mean the man likes the prettiest one more. When he finds out this is about “that blind date guy,” he tells her that she seems to like him, so she should call him. She sighs that all her dating books tell her not to appear too interested if she wants a second date.

Ho-gu says that she shouldn’t hold back. In art school, he’d carefully hoarded his paint, afraid to use too much of it — but in the end it dried up and he had to throw it out before it was even halfway used. So, too, is the heart — it will dry up if it isn’t used. In a moment a sincere sibling affection, Ho-kyung says that he should do the same, but Ho-gu just smiles, telling her that he was already going to.

Tae-hee and Chung-jae read through all the netizen comments on their final webtoon chapter, frowning at all the ones that say it’s the worst thing ever, and giddily laughing at the ones that say it’s a work of art. Chung-jae tries to reassure himself that even though their readers leave negative comments, they are still generous with their star ratings — except the ratings have dropped to 5.5 out of 10. Yikes.

As he melodramatically flops back in his chair, Chung-jae wonders how small-time artists like themselves can survive in this corporate world. But as soon as the phone rings, he scrambles to answer it — it’s their manager, and when he hangs up the phone, he tells Tae-hee to put away his work. Because they’re going out for dinner in celebration of getting a second season! Yay!

Elated, they call Ho-gu to tell him the good news, telling him to meet them at the squid restaurant. I’m surprised Ho-gu is even allowed to go back there, but he agrees, except he has to stop somewhere first.

Ho-kyung arrives at the restaurant, having been invited to celebrate with them because she helped by cursing them out and motivating them. Ha! Tae-hee asks her how her blind date went, and she moans that she can’t figure out the perfect way to text him. She ignores a mildly jealous Chung-jae when Tae-hee takes her phone to show her what kind of text would make him happy to get from a girl. Ho-kyung scoffs at it, but when Chung-jae distracts her, she accidentally hits “send.” Whoops.

She immediately calls Gong-mi to get her to delete it without him seeing, but for once, Gong-mi is not the keeper of Kang-chul’s many phones — instead, he’s working at home today. When the text goes through, he reads it: “Kang-chul-ssi, I miss you. Bbuing bbuing!” No time to think about it, though, because his housekeeper tells him he has a visitor.

It’s none other than Ho-gu, carrying a giant bundle. He slowly unwraps it, all the while very seriously telling Kang-chul that the only way for them to be happy is if Kang-chul sacrifices himself. Kang-chul hits the deck, yelling for his housekeeper to save herself, believing that the pot Ho-gu opens contains a bomb. Instead, it’s just the seaweed soup for Do-hee.

Ho-gu insists that he take it do Do-hee, which totally confuses Kang-chul, since it has nothing to do with him. When Kang-chul asks him why he should be curious about how she and the baby are doing, Ho-gu bursts out that it’s because Kang-chul is the father. He entreats Kang-chul to take the seaweed soup and make up with Do-hee so she doesn’t have to put the baby up for adoption.

He gets up to leave, admitting that this isn’t really his business, but he just had to ask Kang-chul for this one favor. Ho-gu adds that Kang-chul mustn’t just forget Do-hee. A thoroughly bewildered Kang-chul watches him go.

On the bus ride home, Ho-gu stands to allow a mother with a small child have his seat. He repeats to himself that Kang-chul can’t forget Do-hee — after all, he’s her first love and her baby-daddy. As he sadly walks home, he wonders what she sees in Kang-chul, though. In Ho-gu’s eyes, he’s just bad luck.

Coach is waiting for him with the baby, and tells Ho-gu that reporters have figured out where Do-hee has been hiding. He needs to leave the baby with Ho-gu for a while, and as Coach gets ready to leave, he notes that Ho-gu’s basement room is nice and cozy — a perfect place to hide. I’m sure bars on the window help in that assessment.

As Ho-gu happily babysits, Kang-chul sits alone in his giant apartment, piecing together Ho-gu’s various visits: the punch in the elevator; the fight in his office; leaving behind the seaweed soup. He wonders if it’s all because of Do-hee, and when he remembers the kiss with “Ho-gu,” he slams down the lid to the soup pot, insisting it can’t be that.

Do-hee lurks outside of Ho-gu’s house, ducking around the corner when she sees Ho-kyung walk up. Ho-kyung is once again tipsy, and as she stumbles in, she sees her old shoes in the trash bin — the same shoes that Kang-chul had tied for “Ho-gu.” Furious that her dad was going to throw them out because they’re old and worn, she yells at him, wondering if he’d like it if she threw out a memory as well — like his old love letters or wedding ring. She gets reprimanded by Mom, though — no one talks smack to her honey while she’s around!

Do-hee can only find Ho-gu’s room after she calls him to come get her, and when she’s getting ready to leave with her baby, she echoes Coach’s words, saying that his room is nice and cozy. She and Ho-gu both add at the same time that it’s a good place to hide. Methinks Coach was planting some seeds, because Ho-gu invites her to stay the night, saying it’s too late to find a hotel room.

He gets an extra set of blankets from Ho-kyung and makes up the bed. When he says that he’ll sleep at Tae-hee’s place, Do-hee tells him it’s so late, so he should just sleep here. He adorably fails at nonchalance as he tries to protest, but once he sees that Do-hee’s set up a spot next to the bed for him, he settles in.

Do-hee gently pats her baby as they try to fall asleep, but Ho-gu can’t bear the silence and turns on the radio. Lee Juck and Jung-in’s “Before Sunrise” plays, and just as he’s about to switch it off because it hits a little too close to home, Do-hee sleepily thanks him for that night in Yeosu. He also thanks her for that night, because of her, he had fun and was happy.

She asks him if she remembers it correctly, that they said they had no thought of dating each other. Ho-gu gulps and quietly admits that’s true. Rolling over, half-asleep, she says it’s a relief, because she feels like she’s becoming more of a jerk lately. Then Ho-gu says that he had no desire to date her — because when he was with her, he just wanted to love her. That’s all he wanted to do.

Memories of their happy night in Yeonsu fill Do-hee’s mind. She steps out, telling Ho-gu she needs to use the restroom. After she leaves, Ho-gu kicks himself for his cheesy words, but when he hears Do-hee sobbing outside the window, he gets up and goes to her.

Crouching next to the wall, Do-hee cries her eyes out, and Ho-gu asks if she’s okay — is she crying because she couldn’t find the bathroom? Is she’s hurt anywhere — is it her stomach? But she just tells him to shut up as she continues to wail. Ho-gu gently holds her and she rests her head on his chest while she sobs.

Kang-chul arrives at that moment with the bundle of seaweed soup Ho-gu left with him, and when he sees Ho-gu holding Do-hee, he drops the pot, spilling soup all over the ground.

COMMENTS

Now that we’re halfway through, I’ve finally settled into the pacing and format of the show. There are layers to all our characters’ backstories and motivations, and I’m content to let the show take its sweet time in revealing everything. In a way, it almost feels a little more realistic, because when you first meet someone, you don’t immediately know about their past and their internal dialogues. So it makes sense that for someone as open and easy-going as Ho-gu would have his story revealed first. He’s not someone who really has any deep dark secrets.

Of the rest of the gang, Do-hee’s backstory is still the most mysterious — but that’s also just how she is. Her personal life is personal and she keeps her cards close to her chest. So even though I’m curious about why she doesn’t have any family (except for maybe Coach, who seems to be the only parental figure she has), or why for so long the only thing that’s ever mattered in her life was winning a gold medal, or who the baby’s father is, I’m not annoyed that the show hasn’t revealed everything yet. The production team seems to have put a lot of thought into how much they’ll peel back at any given moment, and I’m happy to trust them, since this show has been such a pleasant journey so far.

But I do feel like I need to address the “baby-daddy” angle for a brief moment, since from the beginning I never really trusted the clues the show gave us that pointed to Kang-chul. Oh, sure, I was willing to entertain the idea, because that’s obviously what the show wanted us to think — at least at first. But it just seemed too obvious in the beginning, and then it didn’t seem like it fit once the show got rolling and we learned more about Kang-chul. Although, I can’t wait to see the look on Ho-gu’s face when he eventually finds out that Kang-chul had nothing to do with Do-hee’s pregnancy.

Because Kang-chul is not the father, and I’m 100% sure he and Do-hee never had sex. Which led to a lot of confusion on my part, especially when reading everyone’s comments about the show and finding out how many people are adamantly convinced he is and they did. I’ve since discovered that at least one subbing site translated that hospital scene in episode 5 to explicitly say that Do-hee had asked Kang-chul to use a condom, and he refused because he doesn’t use condoms — never has, never will. But the reality is that the actual conversation is very, very vague. My bet is that what they’re really talking about has something to do with Do-hee’s contract with her agency, or some legal way to make sure the baby’s father is never discovered, or something related to the fact he’s a lawyer.

Maybe that’s why I don’t really hate him, despite the crappy comments he made in earlier episodes. In fact, I’m surprised by how much I’ve been enjoying Im Seul-ong the past few episodes. I hadn’t been sold on his acting ability up until he was able to flex his comedic muscles, and now I can’t get enough of his surprised, panicked faces.

That’s also why I also am still totally onboard Ho-kyung trying to mess with him, because while I think their relationship will be a bit of a disaster, I’m curious to know how he’ll handle the discovery that the “Ho-gu” he kissed was actually a girl. I’m hoping the show will handle it in a newer, more open-minded way than the standard “OMG! I’m not really gay, thank goodness!” freak-out that most male leads go through when they realize the boy they’re in love with is actually a girl. I have too much faith in this show to go through yet another reveal like that again.

Overall, despite the odd misstep or two, this show has managed to pleasantly surprise me by being so incredibly delightful. I consider it to be immensely watchable — I don’t feel that my intelligence is insulted; I care about the characters; the humor makes me genuinely laugh; and the heart-warming moments are sincere. While I’m more interested in seeing everyone live happily-ever-after by becoming each other’s friends and family, the chemistry between the leads satisfies me. I can believe that their slow path to romance is natural and organic, and will feel earned in the end.

Then again, we are only halfway, and who knows what will happen next.

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I liked Seulong since Mandate of Heaven and I'm really loving him here. For some reason he reminds me of Lee Joon and sometimes I mistake one for the other.

Ho Gu as always, just wins my heart. When he thought she was crying because she couldn't find the bathroom....lol...that was too hilarious and so him.

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Thank you so much once again for the recap! I agree with pretty much everything you said. Also I know iv sent a message to that site about their subtitles saying that the show is supposed to be a bit ambiguous and the subtitles aren't reflecting that and that viewers are going to be super confused later. Hopefully other people mentioned it as well. They said they'd review it, but who knows. I 100% agree that they never had a relationship and the viewers are just misreading the scene just like our beloved HoGu.

I'm also super surprised by I'm Seulong in this. I've never seen him act but I've seen him sing and do interviews/shows for 2am and...he never seemed particularly funny but I think he's nailing his role.

Actually I really love the acting from almost everyone. I'm a litt eh on UEE but I think it more her role than her. Everyone else gets really funny moments. And I'm loving Choi Woo Shik too - I was so happy he got a lead and it fits him so well.

And I know it's entirely not in the cards but I kind of wish Ho-Kyung ended up with Tae-Hee. Yes, I'm odd. I'm also over first kisses/loves being "the one".

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<Ho-Kyung ended up with Tae-Hee

No, I'm with you there. She's comfy around him and those other boys, not the "pretend" persona she constructs otherwise.

The I-kissed-a-boy-but-actually-it's-a-girl-so-it's-all-good-in-the-end (esp if it's a first kiss, as you say) is getting very old.

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I’m a litt eh on UEE but I think it more her role than her.

Are there any other actresses that you picture playing Do Do-Hee or come to mind besides Uee?

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No, but I'm not honestly that great with knowing actresses yet.

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Huh, I actually was not paying attention and I guess I never caught the fact that there was a mistranslation because in the subs I read, it did say she asked him to use a condom. That throws a wrench into things, and also may serve as a s;light contradiction to a point raised up in the ep 7 recap, that KBC probably isn't gay. if he never had sexual relations with Dohee wouldn't that affirm that he is gay or at least is seriously questioning his sexuality? I guess technically he isn't but idk...that's a pretty complicated slope to ponder.

Overall, I'm satisfied with the pacing of the drama because like you said, it's rather realistic in the fact that it's slow and everyone isn't pouring out there hearts and secrets right away. Really curious about Dohee's background as well and and wondering how things will pan out with Hogu. That was a really brave confession from him at the end, can't wait until next week!

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I am also enjoying watching Im Seul-ong's Kang Byun-chul. I have seen him before in a couple of other shows and he has always be forgettable. It would be nice if the drama didn't define the sexuality piece for Byung-chul. Some people are vague. Maybe he is demisexual or asexual. Who knows. But that might be too much to expect. I am pretty sure, they will have to put his orientation question to bed one way or the other.

I love Ho-gu so much. He is such a sweet dumdum sometimes. When Do-hee was crying outside and he was like "Are you crying cause you cant find the bathroom? or are you still constipated".. I just about died laughing!

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umm Byun Kang-chul.. its 2:30 pm brain at work (or not at work)

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Question!: This show has talked about condoms a lot, but what about that other form of contraception, i.e., the pill? I'm curious if anyone has statistics on the use of both (condoms, the pill) in South Korea. For some reason, I've been getting the vibe that condom usage isn't as prevalent among Korean men as among Western men, and the pill even less so for women. Anyone have statistics to either gainsay or confirm this?

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I believe adultery was illegal in Korea until this year. when the law was overturned stocks for condoms went up. Providing contraception to unmarried women could have been seen as aiding in a crime.

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Adultery is still illegal. It's just not a crime. Read here for more-

http://klawguru.com/2015/02/26/adultery-no-longer-a-crime-in-korea/

The criminalization of adultery in Korea was originally a feminist reform designed to give women legal recourse against cheating spouses. So trying to view the situation from a Western feminist lens of patriarchy trying to restrict women's sexuality is, at best, misleading.

As for the OP's question in regards to birth control- unfortunately such statistics are difficult to come by. This is why you frequently see expat-managed blogs use such dubious information as online surveys.

While the allegation that Korean men/women don't use condoms is a common one, I've yet to see anyone directly compare Korean condom rates to those of any other country. Personally, I suspect condom usage rates in Korea are low- but the devil in the details is that they tend to be low everywhere. Condoms just aren't popular because stopping a minute to put one on "spoils the mood". And also can be seen as presumptuous. This isn't just a Korean thing- it's important to remember for the sake of these discussions that not everyone has taken Women's Studies classes.

Korean women do tend not to use OC, but this isn't because of patriarchy. The Korean government widely promoted IUDs during the sixties and seventies, so that's the more publically well-known option. IUDs require relatively little maintenance and don't have hormonal side effects- so from that perspective, I imagine most Korean women would be hard-pressed to see OC as a significant improvement.

Beyond that, the ease with which abortions can be acquired in South Korea also make that a highly viable option for birth control, especially among socially conservative women who don't make a habit of sleeping around. So, in summary, while many women's Korea are fascinating and complicated, they really can't be boiled down to a simple dichotomy of being superior/inferior to Western norms.

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Your comment reminded me of an article that I had stumbled upon a few months back. The main article is about abortion in South Korea, but the 2nd section discusses stigma on oral contraceptive use

The article is a little old but it's the most recent thing that I've seen

http://voicesinbioethics.org/2013/10/14/abortion-south-korea/

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I love Hogu. (And the baby.)

I'm not, at all, fond of the Kang-chul-thinks-he-likes-Hogu twist because:

a) it's just too unconvincing that he confused Ho-kyung for Ho-gu (you'd have to give me identical twins for that, but to spend the day with someone and not notice the skirt, difference in height, tone of voice and different demeanour, etc. – I just don't buy it)
b) we've had enough genderbender love confusions. Either give me a gay character with a real (if unrequited) crush or just leave them out entirely.

Pretty certain Kang-chul isn't the dad either. I'm worried now they'll throw us some strange "actually Ho-gu is the Dad except that he doesn't remember" twist, which I'd hate as well.

Also, occurred to me that Kang-chul is in fact the most immature, incompetent, and naive one in this tale – not Hogu! Kang-chul may be a success story on paper/by profession but that's it. What a waste of seaweed soup – just because he sees the guy he thinks he likes hugging an obviously very distressed person.

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but but but
a) you don't even need a set of twins to make a sister dress up as her brother for people can't differentiate them (in one sight, of course) the story here tells that HK and HG are sort of look alike paternal twins, HK wearing HG uniform (thus no skirt for the day), and the fact that KC never talk to HG before that he didn't know how HG's voice sounds. i found this part is quite convincing.

i actually agree with you that KC is the most immature one in this story.

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Meh, I think I'm going with it for the sake of the story, which I'm enjoying.

a) I can believe that Kang-chul and Ho-gu aren't close. At all. Kang-chul has observed him from afar, and maybe spoken to him a couple of times, but he wouldn't necessarily remember exactly how tall he is, and how deep his voice is. They're supposed to be teenagers anyway, and some boys don't sound "manly" yet. Haha.

b) This I can agree with wholeheartedly. And I really hope the writers can end this in a way that satisfies me. Because like odilettante said, the "I’m not really gay, thank goodness!" thing is tired.

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I almost screamed when I saw the seaweed soup fall. It really was a waste.

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You forgot the best part of the episode when HoGu says his room is safe because "absolutely nothing has happened there in 25 years" and DoHee cracks up laughing....it was so great!

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That was pretty funny...!

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That was funny, but my favorite moment was when Ho-gu turned to the baby and said, 'That was cheesy, wasn't it?" How CUTE!

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I skipped this show cos I wasn't drawn to the actors. Then I heard good things abt it and was too bored, so I gave it a try. Finished 8 eps in 2 days, and am loving it!

Choi Woo Shik is just perfect for this role. It feels like it has been written for him. It is also refreshing to see a guy who looks like a cute normal kid after seeing all those god-like faces in KDs, not that I'm complaining about that.

Uee also looks different from b4, maybe cos she has lost some wt. She has a roundish face, which the camera tends to exaggerate. In the process, her eyes look less huge too.

Some complain above that lawyer guy kissing a guy who actually is a girl is feeling old. Somehow in this show I find it fitting n endearing. It's not a show that takes itself seriously, and neither do I. It is a lot of funny, warm moments, of youth, friendship, growing up, and finding love.

I'm thankful that it gives me enjoyable after the void left by Healer. KMHM is the other one that is saving me from being in a dark hole.

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I'm more curious about the fact that kang chul's heart only beats for ho gu. Does an individual's fluttering heart change when you find out the person you fell in love with is actually another person?

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Thanks for the recap on this lovely show.
Im Seul-ong has always been one of my fav faces on the TV, I am glad he gets to play an interesting character.

KC did not say condom. In the ep 7 recap, Nina said this:

Although they use the word condom in the English subtitles, what Kangchul literally says when he’s with Do Hee in the hospital is “that thing” which could be a euphemism for condom (as Hogu hears it) but isn’t necessarily. And if you consider the fact that “use” and “write” are homophones in Korean, the meaning becomes much more difficult to decipher. Here’s what it’s like with the double meaning.

DDH:That day I asked you to use that thing but you refused // That day I asked you to write that but you refused.

KC: So you’re saying this is all my fault? I don’t use those things, I never have, I never will // So you’re saying this is all my fault? I don’t write those things, I never have, I never will.

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thanks for the translation, now I understand where there could be a lot of confusion between what was said and what they actually meant.

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When Doo-hee visited her agency with her Coach she acted funny for a sec when the head of the agency was mentioned. I can't recall it exactly except I thought oh my I bet that is the baby's father. Just a hunch. I am enjoying this show. Thanks for the recaps.

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*Do-hee

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**spoiler??**
I read an article that the PD (he did Full House) said he is discussing with the writer if they will follow the webtoon where she was raped because it is sensitive issue. Hope I didn't read right.

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Kang Chul was aware of Ho Gu and spent that day together thinking it was him (which it was in the webtoon but whatever) and the 4 Clover incident sticks with him because of Ho Gu. Honestly if he finds out the one day was spent with Ho Kyung he might be more upset that he had less interaction with Ho Gu than he thought...might get angry at Ho Kyung for not being Ho Gu

Messy

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I hope we see Do Hee's & Ho Kyung's perspective on their side of the story! I'm so curious about it!

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Yeah! I'm really curious as to why Ho Kyung wore Ho Gu's nametag/uniform that day! I wonder if she even realised that KC thought she was a boy all day??

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Thanks for the recap. Really enjoying the show. It has its funny moments. Ho-kyung's inadvertent text, lol. Not the sophisticated man killer persona she tries to portray. I am surprised that Do- hee didn't ask Ho-gu who Ho-kyung was after their encounter. Guess we'll get to that this week.

I liked Gong-mis reaction to Ho-gu's compliment. Lol Hair flip. Like totally. SK Valley Girl.

Enjoying the acting.UEE looked radiant Just the right amount of blush on her cheeks. Do-hee is finally letting down some of her defenses. Ho-gu works up to his confession. The baby is so cute, cuter than the IHITTG baby. Looking forward to the next episode.

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Thanks for the recap Odilettante. Choi Woo-Sik and Im Seul-ong are both doing a bang up job in the acting department.
Thank goodness Do-hee’s newborn baby no longer has to live/stay in a motel.
Blink and you might have missed it. Yay, a nice shout-out about Ho-gu attending art school.

(and ew, she admits to not washing her tracksuit for three weeks)...
Hard to miss Ho-kyung sporting the same tracksuit she fell down in outside while drunk and was still wearing as she laid around moping in her bed.

What is it with kdramas and other examples like this? Particularly not wearing disposable sanitary gloves when one is digging through the trash. Long for it to be the norm in kdramas to show more of the public health practices and safeguards that improve the health of all people in a community — hand hygiene (handwashing) & glove use.

"I’ve since discovered that at least one subbing site translated that hospital scene in episode 5 to explicitly say that Do-hee had asked Kang-chul to use a condom, and he refused because he doesn’t use condoms — never has, never will. But the reality is that the actual conversation is very, very vague. My bet is that what they’re really talking about has something to do with Do-hee’s contract with her agency, or some legal way to make sure the baby’s father is never discovered, or something related to the fact he’s a lawyer. "

Is the lost in translation culprit subbing site DramaFever?

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This one got to be the CUTEST Prettiest baby ever! I long for more close-ups of the baby.

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Besides the scenes with Ho-Gu's family, the one-on-one time that Ho-Gu gets to spends with the baby are some of the best & cutest moments in the show.

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Is the baby a relative or brother of the one in Emergency Couple? Because their eyes (and even the thick, out-of-control hair) are very similar.

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SO glad I'm not the only one who thinks the same thing! The baby is going to grow up to be a really pretty girl :D

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It's supposed to be a boy?

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I'm not sure but isn't Kangchul's dad the president of Do hee's agency? I'm starting to have this bad feeling, but I'm too grossed out to think that Kang chul's dad could be the baby-daddy 0_0

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No, the names of the president and of Kang Chul's dad are different.

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Phew! I see, thanks for that :)

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My immediate thought of watching the flashback of KC coming home to furious parents was, 'Ah, so that's why he follows rules to a T.' I like that layer to his back story because it defines so much of who he is as an adult. Of course I don't agree with his behavior in the court room, but I see why he (may not necessarily believe) but strictly follows 'society’s proper order'.

If going outside of that system or being different means a strong backlash and/or punishment, then from his experience, it's easier to conform to society's expectations.

No wonder he's so fascinated with HG and HK; they're basically a different species. They live and express themselves openly and freely without self-restraint, the complete opposite of who he is.

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I love the honest emotions of this show. I am not even trying to be so critical about it maybe because, like you said, it peels back the character slowly and we get to know them as we go through each episode. And I love every character in this show. A lot of people reacted to Kang-chul's "misogynist" comment on women a few episodes ago, but he's still fine, I guess (or maybe that's just the Philosophy major in me). I mean, I've heard a lot of people (both boys and girls) say way worse than what he said right there so maybe that's the reason why I'm not thrown after that court trial.

I'm most interested in how Ho-gu and Do-hee will fall in love? Ho-gu's confession at the end was unexpected, really, but it was sweet enough to reel me in. Yay for this show <3

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So much love for this show!! <3

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Thanks for the recap! This show is just so cute and delightful :D

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Thanks for the recap! The show is zany and funny! Totally my new crack! I really like Seu-Long's acting too. Never expected him to be good (just cause I've never watched any shows with him in them). His mortified expressions are total win haha. I think I've never laughed this much in a show since Marriage Not Dating heh :)

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Eu fiquei feliz por ter encontrado esse blog e ter descoberto tanta gente que está acompanhando esse show [e gostando tanto quanto eu]. Li os comentários e, - graças ao moderador - não tombei com nenhum spoiler. Voltando um pouco, o advogado louco não é um personagem tão ruim assim [ok, ele fez comentários execráveis em episódios passados]. BTW, gostei da forma caricata com que pintaram o personagem [dando atitudes idiotas a quem já é idiota]. Mas eu, meio que comecei a torcer pelo novo casal (episódio 7).

Tem tanta coisa que amo nesse show que não saberia por onde começar.

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I watched the drama with the subs in question but the moment HG reacted I thought it's not what it seems after all he did walk in after the conversation started and it didn't have to be about KC and DH, and for some reason I don't think KC and DH ever dated it's just a rumor and everyone believed it.

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Ho Gu is just so stinkin' adorable. When I watch him, I get the same feeling you'd get looking at the world's cutest, fluffiest puppy.

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Ok..i am a latecomer to this drama.. just finish the marathon. heh. i must admit, i am a bit skeptical about this drama..the teasers..the posters..make me think this drama is kinda full of slapsticks and toilet humour. not the kind of drama that i would like to watch..my mistake(just like i did with misaeng..). i like choi woo sik since his 'shut up family' days..he's a bread shuttle boy too in that series(i got this weakness for these poor kids).

ahem. i was surprised to find myself enjoying this sweet drama..even the funny scenes, no matter how silly. HG may seems like a loser but he's one of the few gentlemen left in this world.. (seriously, how many men willing to give pregnant women, old folks, the disabled and moms with babies their seats nowadays?). and what's admirable about him is that he's willing to set aside his feelings just for the sake of his friend's happiness. i would really love to have a friend like him.

as for KC(i like seulong here), he's as clueless as HG! both have that same "HUH?" face when it comes to the matters of the hearts(ok..girls!). and i, too believed, that he's not the baby's daddy. there are little clues here and there that make me doubt he's the one. i mean, after falling for "HG" six years ago, he admits that he can never have any other relationships with any woman..and i don't think DH would jeopardize her career and her mission to win the gold medal by carelessly going into an intimate relationship.

whatever it is, i can't wait to see how the story goes next. the sweet, tender moment in HG's bedroom gives me the fuzzy feelings and i am so glad that i give this drama a chance.

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"At a pharmacy, Tae-hee cleans up Kang-chul’s bloody nose, asking why that jerk Kang-chul hit him. Ho-gu says it’s because of the four-leaf clover."

Isn't it supposed to be cleaning up Ho-gu's nose and not Kang-chul?

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Kang Ho-gu infuriates me with his presumptuousness. He's always making assumptions and being a nuisance to others.

Skipping work and having the galls to ask for child care days off? Wouldn't his truancy alone justify firing him? And bringing the baby to work without pre-approval? Seriously? Or is this a cultural thing in South Korea?

Also, barging into other people's workplaces in the middle of their meeting? Wtf? Can't he get arrested or sued for trespassing? So inconsiderate.

Do-hee freaking told Ho-gu that Byun-chul's not the father. Why can't he just register that?

I'm just so infuriated whenever Ho-gu opens his mouth or does something. I feel like I can only be invested in his sister's plotline.

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I totally can see how this drama was adapted from a webtoon! It actually made me feel like reading it haha. maybe i'll try for the first time when this drama ends.
I think it's believable that Kangchul mistook them?? I guess you have to imagine them really being twins.
Oh well, not caring much about small details. Enjoying this light drama though!

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Even tho the translation I read implied him talking about condoms, knowing how some sentences in Korean can be ambiguous/vague and seeing how nitpicky kang chul was, I was like "no waaay" since the beginning.. Its more like he knows about the baby daddy in some way -and maybe the other 2 old classmates that received the text too(?)- and Do hee decided to ask for help...
its nice to see Ho kyung, who swears shes the queen of dating, not knowing what to say or do to make Kang chul have a second date with her! she clearly likes him even when she says shell get revenge and those old sneakers confirm it! why she didnt approach him and make him know She was the "Hogu" he knew, is a mystery

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