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Let’s Eat 2: Episode 1

Get those taste-buds ready, because it’s time for the new season of Let’s Eat, the show where no matter how much you eat, you’ll be hungry once you see all the yummy food that’s so lovingly described and so passionately consumed. Also on the menu are a whole new crop of characters, each one quirky in their own ways. But just like before, it looks like it’s up to Dae-young to turn these solitary neighbors into a family.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

In the wee hours of the morning, a fishing boat captain yells at his crew. As the other men scurry about the boat, one man smiles grimly as he sharpens his knife. He turns to slowly and menacingly approaches the captain, blade shining in the moonlight. Creepy.

The captain yells at the knife-wielding man to start steaming the squid, and from the side of the boat, GOO DAE-YOUNG (Yoon Doo-joon) pauses in the midst of tossing his cookies to protest that the best way to eat freshly caught squid isn’t steamed, but raw. He didn’t come all this way to endure sea-sickness for nothin’. The cook aka knife-man cheerfully says he’ll prepare it right now, and Dae-young gleefully slurps down his freshly prepared sashimi.

Lawyer Oh and Manager Choi (who viewers will remember from the first season) read through Dae-young’s squid sashimi post (complete with his trademark pic of an empty bowl), and Manager Choi wonders if he’s just going to travel the country, eating everywhere.

Lawyer Oh starts to cry as she says it’s been so hard for Dae-young since he was sued by a restaurant for his poor review of the food and then was beat-up by the husband of one of Dae-young’s potential insurance clients because he thought his wife was having an affair with Dae-young (which wasn’t true, although not for the lack of his wife trying).

Manager Choi sighs that it seems like it’s been hard for Dae-young ever since he and Soo-kyung broke up. No, say it isn’t so! Lawyer Oh asks him why they broke up and Manager Choi leans in conspiratorially, about to tell her, but is interrupted by a phone call from his wife. Turning back to the computer, Lawyer Oh pouts that she hopes Dae-young will come back to Seoul soon.

For right now, he’s busy driving around the country, and he finally ends up in Sejong City. As he walks along looking for a good real estate agent, he weeds out the ones that have cheap rental postings up just to lure you in, or new offices that won’t have many listings. He zeros in on the one where all the neighborhood ahjummas are hanging out, knowing it will have what he’s looking for.

The estate agent ahjumma cheerfully shows him to a room that she insists will be perfect for him, and as she rattles off all the benefits, he counters that he probably won’t need it for the full year. She tries to sell him on the fact that his neighbors are quiet, but he says that makes him anxious he’ll be too loud.

Her pleasant saleswomen façade drops as she says they should speak plainly, and he asks that the rental price be lowered. But the landlord won’t allow that, and she offers instead to waive her commission fee. As they sign the rental papers, Dae-young begs one more time that she try to convince the landlord to lower the cost of the monthly rent, but she says that’s impossible — the landlord would never agree. That’s because she’s the landlord. Ha!

Dae-young meets up with his friend and fellow insurance man, IM TAEK-SOO (Kim Hee-won), who greets him happily. He’s surprised that Dae-young chose to relocate here, and agrees to take him to lunch at the best restaurant he knows.

Over lunch, it becomes clear why Dae-young moved — ever since the government moved it’s base of operations, more single people live here, which means there’s a better chance for him to sell more insurance. He’s planning to make enough in commission to move back to Seoul in six months.

But the food at this restaurant isn’t that great, and Dae-young wonders why Taek-soo thinks this is such a special place. Taek-soo smiles and points out that all the staff are beautiful young women — for him, being pleasing to the eye is more important than being pleasing to the stomach.

As Dae-young moves into his new apartment, he gets his first glimpses of his neighbors. First the grandma who lives downstairs (and who barely acknowledges him). Next, his neighbor across the hall, BAEK SOO-JI (Seo Hyun-jin), who gasps and slams the door in his face. The landlord apologizes, saying she just keeps to herself.

Dae-young takes out the trash and sees the cute little pup the grandma had been feeding earlier, and is obviously the Barassi stand-in for this season. Before he returns to his apartment, Dae-young stops to formally introduce himself to the grandma, immediately charming his way into her apartment by giving her rice cakes and then pouring the heavy bag of rice into her storage container.

She invites him to share in the rice cakes with her, and he continues to be his charming self as we learn that her name is Lee Jeom-yi, she has two grandchildren, and she’s happy to live alone after taking care of her family for so long because she can do whatever she wants, when she wants. Including deciding whether or not to cook.

They head out to have lunch together, and as they leave the apartment, the rest of his boxes arrive. It’s just his clothes and he drops them off at the local dry cleaners. Aw, it’s nice to know that his habit of using the dry cleaners as his personal closet isn’t just limited to Seoul.

When he returns home, he’s pleased that he’s won over the grandma, so now he just needs to win over the girl across the hall. Speak of the devil — the doorbell rings, and it’s Soo-ji, who orders him to follow her. He’s proud that he sorted out his recycling (which is definite growth from the first season), but Soo-ji pulls out the staple from the box and points out the aluminum cap on the soju bottle, telling him that metal needs to be separated.

It looks like living next to Soo-ji isn’t exactly going to be sunshine and roses, as she continually pesters him about small infractions, such as parking an inch over the line or singing loudly in his shower (pffft, it’s “12:30” by Beast. Oh, the meta). Dae-young tries to counter that the TV in the downstairs apartment is much louder, but Soo-ji excuses it because the grandma is hard of hearing.

Frustrated, Dae-young wonders why she’s being so difficult just with him, but then grins as he decides that she must actually like him.

The next morning, as Soo-ji walks to work, she practically floats on all the delicious scents coming from each house. She can pinpoint exactly what kind of meal it is just by smell, and as she’s trying to keep from drooling, Dae-young appears, asking if she’s had breakfast. When she walks off, ignoring him, he decides it’s proof that she must really like him. Of course.

Dae-young is confident he can sweet-talk his way into the large government building so he can get more clients and earn back his “Insurance King” crown. The security guard immediately kicks him out, wise to his ways. Dae-young tries all his charming tricks (and even just tries running past), but that security guard isn’t falling for it. As he’s walking away, Dae-young observes the guard greet Soo-ji and wave her on in.

She’s there to meet with public official LEE SANG-WOO (Kwon Yul) and HONG IN-AH (Jo Eun-ji). Seems like Soo-ji has a bit of a crush on the no-nonsense Sang-woo, based on the way she gazes at him while he flips through the project she submitted.

When In-ah notes that Soo-ji’s schedule seems pretty open, she’s sighs that she’s jealous of freelancers who have time to do whatever they want, suggesting that they should go out for drinks sometime. Soo-ji perks up a bit at this, no doubt because of the chance to spend more time with Sang-woo.

Oblivious to the women’s conversation around him, Sang-woo says the project looks good and they can meet again next week. But he refers to her as “Writer Park,” much to Soo-ji’s dismay and In-ah’s amusement. In-ah laughingly corrects him, wondering how he could still get it wrong after all this time — it’s “Writer Baek.” Clearly he’s the kind of a guy who can’t be bothered to remember a name when the person doesn’t matter to him. But the joke’s on her when he gets her name wrong, too.

It’s payday at one of Soo-ji’s jobs, but she’s stunned when she’s handed a gift box of dried seaweed instead of cash. Turns out that’s how the company was paid to sponsor a seaweed promotion, and they don’t have any money to pay her otherwise. At home, she cries as she eats her rice and seaweed, unable to afford anything else.

Sang-woo leaves work and drives home to his large, fancy, and very empty apartment where there’s no one to greet him but the Roomba. He grabs his bike and heads out for a ride.

The landlord and Grandma argue over her feeding the stray (but oh-so adorable) dog. Dae-young walks up, and when he asks what kind of writing Soo-ji does at the government building, the women are surprised to learn she works there. Dae-young decides that it’s not right that neighbors don’t know each other very well, suggesting they all have dinner together.

When he rings the doorbell to her apartment, asking if she’ll join him, Soo-ji immediately declines and shuts the door. But as soon as he offers to pay, she opens it up again, all smiles. Can she choose the restaurant?

Soo-ji selects a Chinese restaurant, and all the neighbors settle in at the large round table. The landlord also brings along her son, who ignores them all to play on his phone. Dae-young tries to continue to charm Soo-ji and figure out what exactly she does at the government building, but she ignores him to place her order.

She rattles of a long list of all the entrees and the women are amazed that she’ll be able to eat it all. Now’s the time to start salivating as we see the food being prepared, and as the meal is laid out for them, Soo-ji just watches while everyone happily chows down.

The landlord and grandma ask about what she does at the government building, and she’s surprised to learn they know about her job there, but admits that she writes about events for the Department of Travel and Tourism. When Dae-young reaches for the sauce to pour on the fried pork, a horrified Soo-ji stops him. The sauce will make the fried pork soggy, which is an insult to fried food.

Dae-Young goes into foodie-mode as he explains that the historical purpose of adding the sauce to the fried food was to make it softer, and that’s traditionally how one should eat it. But Soo-ji counters that, in modern day, the sauce is on the side since Chinese food is mostly delivered, and it keeps it from getting soggy. It’s better to dip it to retain the crunch factor.

She wins that argument, and begins eating with gusto. So does everyone else, and Dae-young silently protests as he pours his sauce over his fried pork instead of dipping it. Everyone’s full from their expansive meal (and expensive meal, as Dae-young blanches when he sees the menu prices), but Soo-ji orders cold jellyfish salad as a palate cleanser. Everyone watches in amazement as she happily slurps it down.

Grandma wonders how she can eat so much and stay so thin. Those words strike a chord, and Soo-ji forces a polite smile, agreeing that it’s time to go.

The ladies (and son) all thank Dae-young for dinner, and he tries to discretely ask how much the bill was, nearly passing out when he finds out that it’s $670. Yikes. As he pulls out his wallet, the cashier says he doesn’t have to pay: the restaurant is having their 10th anniversary celebration, and he’s the 100th customer that night. So it’s free!

Dae-young is relieved and delighted, saying that if it weren’t for Soo-ji deciding to order another dish, he would have only been the 99th customer. He’s elated by his good luck, so Soo-ji suggests going for another round, but the other women need to get home.

Just the two of them now, Dae-young offers to buy her spicy rice cakes. Instead, she grabs him by the collar, insisting that he’s been pretending not to know all along, hasn’t he? He was no idea what she’s talking about, and she rattles off her name, name of her grade school, and class year. Surprised, he says that he was in that class, too. Wait, isn’t she Baek “Dwae-ji” (“Pig”)?

Yes, she shouts. That’s her. Baek “Pig.” In a flashback, we see the adorable fifth-grade Dae-young defend the bullied and overweight fifth-grade Soo-ji. She had thought they were close friends, and would eat plate after plate of spicy rice cakes at Dae-young’s mother’s café. When she learned that her beloved Dae-young was transferring schools, she felt that the world was ending.

She went to deliver a letter expressing her feelings to him, but when she overheard Dae-young reassure his mother that he’ll make new friends and bring them over to her café to buy food, she realized he was just using her and her appetite.

Grown-up Soo-ji growls that ever since that day, the smell of spicy rice cakes makes her sick. Dae-young pulls her in for a hug, delighted that he lives next door to an old friend. She pushes him away, still furious at how much he hurt her when they was younger. He explains that he didn’t mean it that way, and marvels that she’s lost so much weight.

She angrily tells him that she was so traumatized that she gained even more weight and was afraid to leave the house for years. The only way she lost the weight was by going on a strict diet and — well, why does he need to know? When he tries to compliment her on how pretty she is now, she warns him that she’ll be getting her revenge, and then kicks him in the shins before walking away.

When she arrives home, she clutches her bloated stomach, wondering why she ate so much. She was only planning to order a lot of expensive food and then not eat it, just to make him pay, but instead she ended up eating it all.

As she sprawls out on the floor, she calculates all the calories she ate that night. Gasping at the realization that she consumed over 5,000 calories in one meal, she hurries outside to work them off with her jump rope.

Dae-young hears the noise and leans out the window, learning that she picked the expensive restaurant on purpose. He chides her for her habit of talking to herself, but he agrees it’s normal for someone who’s lived by themselves for a long time. She refuses to engage with him, and he continues to chatter on, speculating that she must exercise a lot, especially if she lost all that weight. That much stress on her joints isn’t healthy.

She cuts him off, telling him she doesn’t want his insurance pitch, and tries to throw the jump rope at him, but it only falls back in her face. Annoyed, she says that her life has become a disaster ever since he moved in, and yells a him to get down there. She’s ready to take him on, but he wisely stays up in his room.

Epilogue: While Dae-young sleeps, someone crouches down outside his door in the middle of the night, peering through the mail slot.

COMMENTS

I loved the first season. As in, love loved it. I was super wary when I learned that there would be a second season but the only original cast member would be Yoon Doo-joon, because the primary reason I loved the original season was for all the characters, especially Lee Soo-kyung. So I watched this first episode with a very cautious and cynical eye, already deciding in my mind that there’s no possible way it could live up to the original.

But I have to grudgingly admit that it’s won me over. I genuinely enjoyed it, despite myself, and while I still miss all the cast from the previous season, I’m slowly accepting that everyone in this second season seems like they could be a lot of fun, too. Or at least people I could start to care about like I did the previous cast. I suppose if you had to just keep one character from the first season, Dae-young is definitely the one to keep (although yay for finding a cute new pup to replace that Barassi-shaped hole), and I appreciate that Yoon Doo-joon has effortlessly fallen back into the role, so much so that I routinely forget that he’s an idol (except when the show cheekily decides to remind me).

Another reason I was originally so resistant to this new season was because I just couldn’t fathom Dae-young being part of another love triangle. Dae-young and Soo-kyung are meant to be together, and to have them break up just for the sake of creating a story for another season just doesn’t seem worth it. Which is why, I’ll admit, I’m blindly hoping that the break-up was just a misunderstanding and we’ll have a surprise cameo at the end where Dae-young and Soo-kyung get back together, revealing that his stint in Sejong was just to pad his savings account for the wedding. Hey, a girl can dream.

But I have fallen for Soo-ji and her prickly ways, and I like the fact we get to learn more about Dae-young’s past through her (which is something I was very curious about in the original season). It’ll be interesting to see the dynamic between the gourmet Dae-young and the recovering gourmand Soo-ji, even without getting into their past history.

Considering Kwak Yul is billed as one of the leads, it’s a pity we only got a brief glimpse of Sang-woo, but I’m sure we’ll discover what secrets he’s hiding, too. Maybe he’s a fitness freak the same way Soo-jin has had to be. At the very least, I hope Soo-jin shares her weight-loss secrets, because I just know from experience that seeing all the delicious food every week will make me want to raid my fridge, even if I’ve just eaten dinner.

My only true complaint is that they’ve added back my least favorite component of the original season — the “mystery” aspect. I didn’t really care for the whodunnit the original time around as it felt unnecessary, and so when that epilogue appeared, I sighed in annoyance. Perhaps it’ll be revealed that it’s nothing serious, or perhaps we’ll learn the downstairs Grandma was murdered or kidnapped. It does seem like we’re set up for something, especially since the show keeps dropping hints about Taek-soo being in the Investigation Unit of the insurance company and was originally a detective.

Even with these misgivings, I did really enjoy the first episode, which fills me with hope for the rest of the show. Since this is really just a look at the first episode (no guarantee of further recaps, sorry!), I will admit that while I’m hesitant to suggest that Let’s Eat 2 will capture the magic of the first season, it seems like it will be a fun and entertaining drama that will be wholly enjoyable on its own, even for those (or especially for those!) who never saw the original season.

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The food........
*drooling*

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True, the new season opener was rather slow and tentative. But the new set of oddballs that this episode introduces is tantalizing. It sure won't be the same old, same old that the three networks churn out without fail.

I have great expectations.

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Do you think the stray dog was a cameo by Vara-sshi but with a new hair cut?

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That dog is too smart and too good-looking to be a stray. It'd have been picked up right away. And it does look much like Vara-sshi. Smart of the PD team to have included it.

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Definitely Barassi with a haircut. I own a pom and that's how he looks after getting a haircut (from fluffy Barassi season 1 to stray dog season 2). You can see the face is exactly the same! Not sure why people keep insisting it's a different dog..

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Not that anyone will see this a year and a half later . . . But we don't want it to be the same dog because that means Soo Young dumped Dae Young, married someone else, and abandoned Barassi to fend for himself on the streets of a strange city.

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Or Barassi got bored of city life and ran away, pretending to be a stray so he can meet new friends. :D

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Omg! I'm so happy to see this recap! I can't read it yet... Still waiting to watch the first 2 episodes when they're fully subbed.

But I hope Let's Eat 2 will continue to be recapped here... ^-^

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Thank you for this recap too! :)

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I have only one word.... CAMEO

Followed by....make it happen!

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Ep 1 gives us more backstory on the chars than the early eps of Season 1. Hence it seems slow.
The writer char doesn't come off very well at first, but then neither did Noona in Season 1, who was very suspecting and unfriendly in the beginning.

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I marathoned the first season before the second one started because so many people seemed to love it so much and I didn't want to go into the second season completely blind, so maybe I'm not as attached to the show as the ones who watched it in real time because I wasn't as sceptical about a second season. In fact, I was looking forward to it.
I liked the first season and I enjoyed the first two episodes of the second season, too, even though I just watched the raws and understood maybe 25% of the dialogue.

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I just skimmed through the first episode. I'm not sure if I will be watching this season. One of the main reasons why I loved season 1 was Lee Soo Kyung, the food, and how she made the food look soo delicious with her eating style. The way Seo Hyun Jin eats doesn't make me crave the food that much. Lol. Kinda disappointed. Btw, I didn't finish season 1 either. After LSK and DY got together, I lost interest. I liked her and the attorney together. But all the food/eating scenes were great!

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yeah, I have to admit I'm not completely sold on this because Seo Hyun Jin does not eat with so much gusto and enjoyment. Lee Soo Kyung just had this WAY. I guess it's part of the story, though, because Seo Hyun Jin seems to have this complicated relationship with food. I was about to say that maybe it's also because the food is different, too, but then I realized that I don't think ANY of the characters make the food look craveable, unlike the characters in the first one. Boo.

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I agree, Lee Soo Kyung was excellent at making me hungry but the new girl is only "good." It feels like she's holding back when she's eating.

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I disagree. I loved her guilty love relationship with food so that comes across perfectly in how she eats.

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Thank you for the recap!

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Omg! How can our thinking be so similar? I was totally..ehm blindly.. hoping that Lee Soo Kyung will make a cameo and be together with Dae Young.

That's not to say I don't like this one, everyone is different and I like their personalities. Poor guy who doesn't like being alone at house (turns on the tv) is so me that I can relate. But... I feel guilty for forgetting LSK haha

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Something tells me that they're not gonna tell us why he and Soo-kyung broke up. It's be like a painful running gag.
The next time someone asks, a truck's gonna drive by or something lol.

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odilettante ~

Thanks for the recap. I was heartbroken to learn that Lee Soo-kyung wasn't coming back. Her reactions to the food were practically orgasmic for the first couple episodes. Where is LSK hiding at ? I'd love to see her in another comedy.

I plan on watching episode 2 this weekend. I enjoyed episode 1. I do appreciate the two episodes a week vs the one a week from season 1.

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Didn't know you could sue someone for giving a bad review.

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Even though this show is a not so subtle plot by thevKorean government to get us all to save our hard earned money to go to Korea, for the sole purpose of eating Korean food, I'm probably still going to be tuning in.
The only thing I'm disappointed in is that they didn't use the ost from season one. Is there a more glorious foodie anthem?!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vYmPRA07g6I

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Yes, that was the only disappointment for this episode. The OST is not as catchy.

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I loved the Season 1 theme song. The new one is bland.

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They can totally make a lot of seasons with GDY traveling around Korea to find people who live alone to sell insurance too. The season can be about his 6 months at each place xD

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Sorry, but this drama without Soo Kyung is not as good. I really wish they dont put him with another woman, and his ex shows up in the middle of the drama!

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Isn't Soo-ji's diet is that she only eat one meal a day? That's not very good.

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Though I liked Dae Young, I wished Soo Kyung with the lawyer together. The lawyer really fell for her though his attitude was very childish towards his love. so I will watch this season as a stand alone show.

I also noticed that girls nowadays are a tad skinny,,, they seem to care for their looks too much that they often are on diet modes. I hope that this show shows a light that girls should enjoy their meals without calculating calories they eat.

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So happy. So happy with the start of season 2. Some old characters make an appearance . Barasshi is back. GDY is the same GDY in character as well as behavioral traits.

Love, love!!!

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OK. One reason I adore Soo-ji, is that she's a real woman - she worries about her weight.

It always irked me that the characters in kdramas would eat and eat and never work out but are still able to retain their petite and svelte figures.

At least now, we have someone who counts calories, worries about her weight, works out and is trying her damnedest to remain slim - just like the rest of us. LOL!

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I agree...I am loving Soo-ji. The character and the actress. People need to give it a chance.

In the first episode, I wasn't sold but by the end, I was liking it despite being really upset at her at one point. Now after finishing episode 3, I think I may end up liking it more than the first one.

With her, even though she may have achieved some kind of goal, it's interesting how she still struggles with insecurities...like we all do. Even when someone is able to completely transform themselves, they can still be just as insecure as they were before. I appreciate that they at least deal with that.

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yeah, i absolutely agree!!!
she's amazing actress, she plays her role in a reality one.
i love the new characters and plot.
more power Soo ji, keep the power flow. god bless Su Baek Young! haha

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One of the reasons I stopped watching most Hollywood TV series is because I hated how the multi-season approach would destroy the characters I loved just so they could keep the show going.

We invested so much in Yoon Doo-joon and Lee Soo-kyung's characters that I just don't have it in me to watch this.

I really hope it bombs so multi-seasons can stop.

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Woah the kdrama is still at the beginning but it already broke the 2 mark rating! I enjoyed the first season (and gained 2 kgs) so I'll make sure to check this season out too! (And gain another 2kgs or more..)

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I totally agree with some of the comments. I was rooting for the lawyer and the main actress to end up together because they had a history. The lawyer was trying so hard to win her over even by trying to get rid of his fears of dogs. The main actress already fell I love 3 times by being a fan and perhaps she needed something different in a man. I am 3 episodes away from finishing the first season but now I am not sure if I want to finish it.

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I loved Season 1 of Let's Eat, however, the cast change up and plot of Season 2 is too big of a bite for me to swallow. So much so, that I probably won't even finish watching Season 2. (WARNING: INCLUDES SPOILERS)

What really grinds my gears about Season 2 was the decision to not include MOST of my favorite characters, including Ms. Lee, Jin-ya and Vara and some of my not favorite, but still admirable characters that I grew to love: all of Ms. Lee's quirky co-workers, who appear in Episode 1 of Season 2, to never be seen again.

Instead of continuing the plot of Season 1, which ends with Dae-Young and Ms. Lee in a relationship, before even getting to the good stuff, Ms. Lee is replaced by another main female role of a girl who went to elementary school with Dae-Young in Season 2. This plot twist seemed odd: first the unexplained breakup of Mr. Lee and Mr. Koo; secondly, Mr. Koo moves from Seoul to another part of the country, which is disappointing because the food and restaurants in the show are all based around Seoul, which further disconnects Season 2 from Season 1.

My third biggest complaint is this new dog that isnt nearly as cute or personable as Vara. You can't just put a new puppy in the show and expect the viewers to go "Aww, yay! another cute dog!" NO NO NO Vara was probably just as important to Season 1 as any other character. It goes without saying that the pairing of Ms. Lee and Vara was something that made me fall in love with Season 1. Without that...Watching Season 2 makes me feel depressed and empty inside without all of my favorite characters.

4th complaint: the food is not nearly as appetizing.... Perhaps without Ms. Lee and her quirky, cute way of huffing down too-hot, steaming bites of Korean food made me so used to it that watching another female character eat just isn't the same. The filming and presentations of the food isn't as good either....

Which makes me get to the point that Season 2 is a watered-down, crappy, and lazy version of Season 1 (sorry to all the new actors is Season 2, its not your fault because you didn't write or cast Season 2).

Can I just vent this and say HOW CAN THE WRITER BE SO LAZY THAT IN SEASON 2 THE CHARACTER THAT THE NEW FEMALE ROLE WANTS TO DATE IS HER BOSS, WHOSE NAME IS MR. LEE. This pissed me off because, just like you cant swap out a Pomeranian for Akita, you can't swap out Ms. Lee for a Mr. Lee. Again, another example of laziness in a situation where apples can't be oranges.

WTF is up with that laziness? In fact, this is not even the worst of it.

Basically, the entire story is the same. Dae Young tries to help a girl get with her boss. In one situation (Season 1) girl does not like boss but boss likes girl. In Season 2, girl like boss, but boss does not like the girl. In both Seasons the girl ends up falling for Dae-Young.

In conclusion, I am very disappointed by the lack of creativity and the discontinuance of both the storyline (a.k.a. relationship...

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I hate that season 2 started by cutting off the previous "world" too. The new gang just doesn't seem as quirky or likable as the previous one. I like S2's actress more in real life and in other works, but the way the love triangle progressed in S2 made me hate on her character. Hahaha Maybe it's a matter of what you watched first. A lot of people who saw S2 before S1 disliked S1. I'm always floored to hear that because S1 just seemed more fun and fresh for the reasons you mentioned. I guess I'll never understand unless I wipe both seasons from my mind and watch again with S2 first.

By the way, I read somewhere that they used the same dog in S1 and S2, just gave it a different haircut. But in S2 it's not that huge of a character.

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That's a really good point: I feel like if I had watched S2 first, I wouldn't be so against it. Now I'm curious to find out more. This encourages me to watch S2 in its entirety. The whole thing about the dog is that like someone said in another comment is that a woman abandoned her dog when she got married. I just don't think Soo-kyung's character would have done that (especially intentionally) unless it was by accident. It could very well be the same dog and that opens up a whole other conversation that makes me dream of S3. Would Dae-Young find and return Vara to Soo-kyung if it is him? I also noticed that the dog does not play a big part so far in S2. What makes me miss Vara is S1 is that he was critical to getting all the characters to bond (on the elevator when he gets into Dae-Young's trash is their first main interaction ) in many occasions.

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Oh no, it wasn't the same character. It's just the same dog actor. Unless they would slip in a connection in S3. But I'm not holding my breath because Let's Eat sucks with continuity hehe

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