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The Producers: Episode 6

Aw, our clueless maknae is starting to wise up and learn the ropes, and this makes for some moments of hilarity as he figures out how to play the game everyone else knows how to play, as well as moments of bonding and sweetness. A lot of relationships take strides forward, though an important one hits the skids, and our characters have to learn how to clean up the aftermath of their emotional accidents.

 
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EPISODE 6: “Understanding broadcast accidents”

Seung-chan asks Joon-mo whether he remembers Ye-jin’s drunken words the other night. Joon-mo thinks, “Of course I do, why wouldn’t I remember—that accident.” He explains that accidents arise after three factors provoke it, and that night Ye-jin got upset (at being embarrassed over the Cindy incident), she drank on an empty stomach, and Joon-mo felt the urge to drink.

We jump back to the events of that night, after Ye-jin passes out at the pojangmacha. Joon-mo carries her home on piggyback, and Seung-chan zigzags tipsily behind him while admonishing Joon-mo not to zigzag so much. God I love drunk Seung-chan. He insists on seeing them home, while staggering off at intervals to fall down and puke into bushes.

Joon-mo looks after Ye-jin that night, then tells us that after spending the night in confusion, he decided to forget the accident, which would allow them all to return as things were. “But of all things, this kid had to remember everything.”

Back to their confrontation, where Seung-chan says that he finds Joon-mo’s actions cowardly, because even if you edit things out, the original content exists somewhere. Joon-mo continues the metaphor, saying that it’s up to the tape’s owner to decide what to do with that original, whether it be saving it or getting rid of it.

Seung-chan replies that Joon-mo must have never experienced a one-sided love, because if he knew how it felt to like someone and be unable to give up, he’d never be able to pretend not to know Ye-jin’s feelings. Joon-mo tells him he ought to be a prosecutor instead of a PD, but Seung-chan counters that his role in this case is as witness, with a duty to tell the whole truth to Ye-jin.

Joon-mo picks up on Seung-chan’s answer, in siding with Ye-jin, but breaks the moment by reminding them they have to go edit. Not a metaphor this time, since they have an episode to get out.

Back in the editing bay, Seung-chan delivers iced coffee to Joon-mo, then waits with anticipation for him to take a sip. Joon-mo’s face screws up in disgust, and Seung-chan hides a smile before pretending with a totally innocent face that he thought Joon-mo requested tons of syrup, rather than none at all. HAHA. He’s finally using his clueless reputation to his advantage, the wily little nerd.

Then when Joon-mo chuckles over a funny clip, Seung-chan hides his own laugh to say blandly that it’s kind of old-fashioned and obvious.

Joon-mo doesn’t buy Seung-chan’s innocent act and calls him a terrible liar, and Seung-chan just silently gets up and leaves the room. He calls Ye-jin to meet outside her building, and tells her that Joon-mo was assuredly drunk and doesn’t recall her confession.

Ye-jin brightens in relief, and when she admits to feeling embarrassed to have him know all this, Seung-chan tells her that liking somebody isn’t anything to be embarrassed about. She explains how her apartment came to be Joon-mo’s apartment, and they realize they’d both grown up here, playing on this playground.

In a flashback to 1997, we see Ye-jin crying on the same swing set, with Joon-mo sitting next to her. She’s upset about having to leave Seoul and giving up her apartment to Joon-mo’s family, though she’s touched when Joon-mo cradles her head and pats her shoulder, telling her not to cry.

In the present, Ye-jin ruefully notes that she’s confiding a lot in Seung-chan, and he looks pleased at that, reminding her that she can talk to him whenever she wants. She ruffles his hair affectionately, which makes him even more bashful.

Ye-jin’s the one who points out that his phone’s been ringing all this while, and it’s only now that Seung-chan notices and hurriedly assures Joon-mo he’s on his way back. He dashes off, then returns to give Ye-jin a bow before running off again. And that’s when she finally changes his saved ID in her phone log, from “Door Dent” to his actual name.

Brownnosing PD Hong-soon spies Office Nazi driving in a fancy convertible and fixates on how she can afford the car. He wonders whether she’s siphoning office supply money to fund her lifestyle (which would take her a hundred years to amass that amount, Joon-mo points out) or blackmailing higher-ups. Ye-jin asks if he likes her, tired of hearing about this for days on end.

Hong-soon asks Ye-jin for her help on a special broadcast he’s putting together of KBS Big Show, a music concert program. The special features families of politicians and bigshots as guests, and he’s got his eye on sucking up to the VIPs and asks Ye-jin to manage the stage performances (which she points out is his job).

Cindy is slated to perform and hears that this program often uses PDs from other shows, which makes her wonder whether any 1N2D PDs might be working there. Her manager oppa guesses she means Umbrella PD, and for one hot second she looks alarmed that he knows about her interest—until he declares that she must be worried Seung-chan will muck things up.

He’s about to make the demand to keep Seung-chan far away from the show when Cindy snaps at oppa to stop reading extra meaning into her words, to which he points out that she’d ordered him to read more the last time.

In anticipation of their new season’s premiere, the 1N2D team makes a pool betting on their first episode’s ratings. They range from 7 percent (pessimistic, but certainly not likely to happen, says CP Kim) to 15 percent (overly optimistic, though it makes them all feel good), until Seung-chan offers up a precise 6.8 percent prediction with all the research to back it up. It kills the mood, though not as much as Joon-mo assuring his team that he has a really good feeling about this season—strangely, his optimism puts his team in panic mode.

The FD explains to Seung-chan that Joon-mo has a reputation for jinxed predictions—if he thinks something will be great, it’ll tank, and vice versa. Flashback to Joon-mo insisting everything we know to be false: that Lee Seung-gi should only sing and not do variety, that Suzy is the least appealing of her group, and that Norazo will be the face of Hallyu. He’s so reliably wrong that managers go to him for his opinions—and then do the opposite. (Ha, it’s running joke on the real 1N2D that Cha Tae-hyun has terrible luck, always guessing the exact opposite of what’s true, to comical results.)

Showtime. Seung-chan’s family welcomes him home as they all sit around waiting for the show to come on. CP Kim, on the other hand, has to actually beg his daughter to turn the station from competitor show Running Man to 1N2D instead.

Seung-chan’s parents are excitable and enthusiastic, though as the show goes on, the mood grows quieter and quieter—they don’t quite see the appeal of the show and Dad wonders, “Why do they sound the laughing noises when things aren’t funny?” Seung-chan: “It’s supposed to be funny…”

Then the show airs the bit of Seung-chan and Cindy hiking through the woods, him catching her when she trips, and him bending down to tie her shoelace. It’s a lovely romantic moment and Cindy smiles to watch it—although it puts Seung-chan’s family in an uproar that some hussy who dances in her underwear would dare make their precious son stoop to tie her shoe.

Joon-mo and Ye-jin watch together, and she comments that Seung-chan looks good onscreen, and manly—a remark that Joon-mo doesn’t appreciate. But a bigger problem strikes when a mistaken caption comes onscreen, labeling their location with the wrong province name. Eek!

Ye-jin steps aside to take a call from Joon-mo’s mother, who asks her to make sure Joon-mo makes his blind date with the prosecutor’s daughter. He’d missed the first one and is refusing to go to the rescheduled date (to Ye-jin’s pleasure), and when Mom threatens to barge into his home herself to see about his hidden woman, she hastily promises to do what she can.

The caption error is going to be a headache to deal with, and Joon-mo’s already dreading the fallout. Ye-jin tries cheering Joon-mo up, then broaches the topic of his date—but before she can say much, he tells her he already went on it. Huh.

She looks him face to face while he studiously avoids meeting her eye, and she calls him out on the lie. It makes her conclude that he heard her confession after all, and he’s drawing the line between them. He insists she has it wrong, calling her confession an accident—and if he acknowledged it, things could get awkward between them. “We’re good right now,” he says. “It’s comfortable.”

Disappointed, she just agrees and says she caused the accident and apologizes for the inconvenience. “You’re right, it was an accident. I didn’t mean it,” she says. “But strangely, right now I’m a lot more embarrassed and hurt than when I’ve been dumped by someone. You did this.”

She retreats to her room and buries herself under the covers, and Joon-mo can’t do anything but feel terrible.

Ratings are posted at the office, and turns out, Seung-chan was right on the money. He wins the pool and everyone hands him cash, which doesn’t make him feel any better—especially when Joon-mo pettily pays him in singles. He compliments Seung-chan’s foresight sarcastically, and word spreads quickly about his supposed clairvoyance.

Seung-chan’s broadcast appearance makes the Office Nazi look at him differently, too, and when he goes to her desk on an errand, she hands him a ream of paper he didn’t even ask for. “Keep it, and use as needed,” she says breathily. Omg, that’s hilarious. Then she asks him about her future, hoping he can read her fortune.

Joon-mo is taken to task for the caption accident, and stays late writing a report of how the accident came to pass, and how the critical issue with accidents is how you handle the aftermath. He looks over at Ye-jin, wondering what to do with both accidents.

Seung-chan catches up to Ye-jin as she’s heading home, bounding up to her wearing a huge smile. He makes up the excuse of wanting meat for dinner to invite her along, and buys expensive beef that he grills for her. She tells him that Joon-mo heard her confession after all, and when he asks what she likes about Joon-mo, she sighs that she doesn’t know. She asks him what he liked about his sunbae, and he thinks it over: “She’s pretty… and… she’s pretty.”

Ye-jin figures that men just need women to be pretty, and says wistfully that to Joon-mo, she must be a comfortable longtime buddy: “I must not be pretty to him.” Seung-chan blurts, “You’re pretty.” She looks up in surprise, and he repeats, “You’re pretty too.” Aw, so sweet. It makes her smile, though she just takes the kind words as evidence of his improved social skills.

Joon-mo sits around waiting for Ye-jin to come home, visibly disappointed when it’s kid bro Ye-joon instead. Ye-joon guesses that they fought and offers up the information that Ye-jin’s looking into month-to-month housing, and does his Cupid thing by trying to make it seem like part of a dating game power play so Joon-mo can step in and dissuade her. But when he does ask Ye-jin about it, he finds that she’s serious, and that moving out is her method of cleaning up her “accident.”

Hurt, he tells her to do whatever she wants, which he seems to regret right away. But she leaves the apartment and spends the night at her office rather than coming back home.

In the morning, the bratty writer is first in and sees Ye-jin sleeping in a chair, and offers her something to cover up with. It’s a grudgingly nice gesture from the rude upstart… until she drops a towel over Ye-jin’s face, saying she’ll want to cover that up. God. Why are you still employed anywhere? I don’t get her, but I hate her. Learn manners and get off my lawn!

It’s the day of the Big Show taping, and Ye-jin gets her crew in place, which includes Seung-chan on standby duty, making sure all the performers have everything they need.

Cindy arrives in the parking lot, and runs into Lee Seung-gi, playing a hilarious version of himself that may very well be true, where he’s super nice and helpful, but mostly because that’s his established image and he’s in too deep to risk damaging it. He adds that he’s envious of Cindy for being able to get angry and act out whenever she wants, since that fits her bratty image.

Cindy rolls her eyes and wonders why he went for the perfect boy-next-door image in the first place. Seung-gi says you don’t know what’ll stick when you debut, so you just go with what works. He admits that it’s stressful keeping it up all the time, but whispers a secret: There’s a special group of celebrities with good images, which includes Yoo Jae-suk (national MC known for being awesome) and Sean of Jinusean (famously philanthropic with his wife, Jung Hye-young).

Cindy asks how that gathering helps relieve stress, and Seung-gi says they compete with things like community service and donations. LOL. That’s awesome and hysterical. You guys would relieve stress by doing more good deeds. Then Seung-gi rushes off to help a boy who tripped and makes a photo op of it.

Cindy watches Seung-gi’s display shaking her head, but when it’s time to ready for her performance, she wants to change her image up this time, ditching the strong, sexy look for a softer, cuter one. She asks her manager if the PDs will be by to check on her before the show, and oppa is proud to inform her that he told them to leave her alone today. She glares, and he asks, “Was that… not right?”

He fixes things by bungling them again, naturally, and sends Ye-jin in to check on her, having demanded the PD in charge to come in person. Cindy says very casually that she only meant for minor checks, which could fall to a lower PD, and Ye-jin’s happy to call in Seung-chan instead.

Cindy sits up straighter when he enters, and perks up visibly as Ye-jin informs her that Seung-chan will be going through all the pre-show checks with her.

As Ye-jin and Seung-chan leave the dressing room, Seung-gi grabs her from behind in a bear hug, and they have an enthusiastic reunion that sours the expression on Seung-chan’s face. Ah, I love when he’s jealous.

It says something about Seung-chan’s improvement in feigning innocence that I’m not entirely sure he’s being serious when he says that he didn’t know Seung-gi was a singer, and brings up one of the dramas he did AGES ago (rather than, say, any of the huge hits in the meantime) which his mother loved, and then gets his character’s name wrong to boot.

Ye-jin jumps in to sing Seung-gi’s praises, but in the process inadvertently ruffles Seung-gi’s feathers by getting his song titles wrong. Ha, Seung-gi is unexpectedly sensitive about this, correcting her minor errors (“Marry Me” instead of “Will You Marry Me,” for instance). They head off for coffee together and leave him behind, sulking.

Cindy smiles at Seung-chan as they head off to the stage together, and her manager and stylist are absolutely floored: “Did she just… smile? Not sneer, or snort, but just smile?”

Seung-chan gets Cindy miked up for her performance, and she stands frozen with heart pounding as he leans close to affix her mic pack. Then he apologizes for the discourtesy before leaning in even closer, brushing her hair aside, and fixing the earpiece that’s slipped. It’s a wonder she doesn’t melt right into the floor.

Next he ushers her to the lift to rehearse her entrance, offering her a hand, which she clasps, and then grabbing her arms to steady himself when the lift lurches. All the while Cindy clenches her fists tightly, trying to act cool on the surface while he remains oblivious.

CP Kim and Hong-soon stuff themselves on their lunch break, only to run into the station director on their way back, who suggests lunch. Both of them are ever keen to seize opportunities to get in with their superiors, so they uneasily agree to another lunch, though CP Kim is the smarter of the two brownnosers and excuses himself to check on the show, earning extra points for his dedication.

Ye-jin is onstage preparing for the show when a mechanized platform begins moving onto the stage. She calls over to Cindy, who’s standing in the middle of the stage with eyes closed, listening to something, and when she sees that Cindy isn’t aware that she’s in the platform’s path, she rushes forward to shove her out of the way. In the process, Ye-jin gets hit with the platform and falls with a thud.

Seung-chan hears of the accident and races for the hospital, where he asks about the KBS accident. He’s directed to an area, but to his surprise, it’s Cindy lying in the hospital bed. He asks for Ye-jin, but Cindy doesn’t know where she went.

Turns out Ye-jin got up from being hit, only to see that she’d shoved Cindy into the lift pit, hurting her ankle. He finds Ye-jin in the waiting area nursing a bruised arm, and she’s defensive about being hurt too. Seung-chan is so relieved she’s okay that he just smiles doofily while she complains about Cindy getting all the medical attention while she has to wait.

Joon-mo is out with his team scouting locations when a message pings in Hong-soon’s chat room. He ignores it, thinking it more nonsense, so it takes a while for him to actually read it. (In typical Hong-soon fashion, he makes the accident announcement all about his hardship in directing the show alone.)

Ye-jin and Seung-chan head to check on Cindy, having heard that the doctors recommended a minimum four-day stay in the hospital. They encounter a wall of Cindy’s oppa fans outside her wing, who hear that they’re PDs and ask for information—is it true somebody pushed Cindy onstage? Ye-jin gulps and says she knows nothing, and when the oppas recognize Seung-chan from 1N2D, she hurriedly pushes him along before they get caught up by the fanboys.

Ye-jin approaches cautiously, but Cindy’s surprisingly reasonable about the accident, saying that she knows it wasn’t intentional and that she doesn’t blame them. She even says it afforded her a rare chance to sleep more than three hours, and will consider it a nice break.

CEO Byun is of a different mind entirely, though, and arrives in high dudgeon, slapping the manager oppa for letting this happen. Then she turns to Cindy oozing premeditated concern, saying how of course her injury is most important, and she worked so hard to cancel all Cindy’s engagements for the day, but she absolutely must make her Japan event in two days because the breach fee is so high.

Ye-jin balks at this disregard of doctor’s orders, and Seung-chan chimes in with his own protests. Together, the two defend Cindy’s right to rest, citing potential legal ramifications if she insists despite the medical diagnosis.

Then as they leave Cindy’s wing, they see the wall of fanboys outside and Ye-jin grabs Seung-chan’s hand tightly. He smiles bashfully the whole time, as Ye-jin pulls him past the fans’ clutches.

Meanwhile, Joon-mo hurries back to Seoul, receiving no answer on Ye-jin’s phone and getting stuck in bad traffic. Cindy listens dully as CEO Byun presses her to make all her engagements, Hong-soon bemoans his bad luck at actually having to direct his show (instead of hobnobbing with the VIP guests), and Ye-joon looks for new apartments while wishing they could stay here.

A look at Chapter 6 gives us the lesson for today, regarding broadcast accidents: “No matter how much you reflect on it, it’ll happen again.”

Cindy’s manager oppa trembles in the aftermath of being slapped, while Cindy cries to herself in her hospital bed.

Joon-mo pulls up to the hospital just as Ye-jin walks out with Seung-chan, and in his great relief to see her in safe health, he does his usual (wrong) thing and covers it up by picking on her. He asks after Cindy instead, blaming her for the accident and clucking that he knew she’d get into trouble. Aw, don’t you rub salt in the wound!

So when he tries to check on her arm injury, a stung Ye-jin recoils and says she’s sorry for hurting his cast member and making his life difficult.

She walks off crying, and Seung-chan finds her and silently hands her a handkerchief. She asks why he’s always around to see her making mistakes and asks to be left alone.

“Sunbae,” he says seriously. “I’m sorry too. I think I’m about to cause an accident.”

Then he steps forward to cradle her head and hold her to him, in a position that echoes teenage Joon-mo.

 
EPILOGUE

Seung-gi surprises Ye-jin backstage, and while he’s heaping on the compliments, Seung-chan watches sourly and trudges off feeling jealous. But then he spies Seung-gi’s name on the dressing room door, takes a furtive look around, and whips out a pen.

He scribbles furiously for a while, and then the door opens and Seung-gi steps out. He greets Seung-chan with alacrity, then bounds off to do more good deeds for a passing writer. And Seung-chan looks back at his graffiti with a satisfied smile: Instead of reading “Lee Seung-gi nim,” it now just reads “Lee Seung-gi.” Oooooh, that’ll show him!

 
COMMENTS

I love Seung-chan so much, in all of his iterations, and it’s no wonder that Kim Soo-hyun has another hit on his hands. How is it that every project he does is a career-making one? Some of this must be attributed to luck and good fortune and good projects, but at this rate, his amazing success rate really has to point to his talent. I know he’s acting, particularly since he’s played such a wide range of personality types at this point, but his Seung-chan feels completely real and in the moment, which is a huge part of the reason he’s so compelling. My admiration may be for Kim Soo-hyun the actor, but all of my sympathies and emotional investment is with Seung-chan the character.

I love that Seung-chan is childishly petty while at the same time conveying a wisdom that speaks of greater maturity. His juvenile pranks in earlier episodes regarding his noona crush were funny as comic beats on their own, but the show has tapped into something even better by repeating that dynamic with Ye-jin as the cause, because I care about her (and his crush on her) in a way that I didn’t care about his noona. And now that he’s cluing in (a little bit, and in pieces) to how to be sarcastic or roundabout or doubletalking, and gets to use his reputation as a clueless kid as his shield. It’s the best thing to see him learning how to say the opposite of what he means, and dishing things back to Joon-mo.

Of course, when it really matters he’s the most honest and stiffly principled of everyone, so I’m glad that this foray into sarcasm and passive-aggressiveness isn’t, say, tainting his eternal soul. He’s straightforward in an admirable way, which contrasts with Joon-mo’s passivity.

Granted, Joon-mo is the one who acts more like a normal person, with all of a normal person’s attendant insecurities, fears, and defensiveness. I’m mad at Joon-mo right now and reserve the right to hold today’s episode against him for a good long while (okay, at least another episode or two), but I totally understand his reactions. Seung-chan had it right by calling him cowardly, but it’s not more cowardly than the average person trying to protect themselves and fearing rocking the boat—better to hold onto the thing you want than to dare hope for the moon, isn’t it?

It’s the classic underachiever’s dilemma, where trying to protect yourself actually ensures yourself against the one thing that would make all that pain worth it. But in this mode, you’re more about hedging your bets and hanging on to what you have than venturing out into the unknown. It’s ironic that his comment about editing was all about giving up something good to hold onto something better, because from the perspective of us, the omniscient viewer, the “something better” would be to have Ye-jin’s love, which is what they both want. But from his limited perspective, he can’t know that, and so for him something better is the bird in the hand, not the two in the bush.

I’m not sure where things are headed for Cindy, but I really like the way the show depicts her budding feelings—it’s all in the sidelong glances and hopeful looks, and what’s not said rather than what is. When we’re in her point of view, all time slows to a crawl and every one of Seung-chan’s movements is magnified in glorious slo-mo… and then we cut over to him and he’s going about his business briskly, not noticing that this very small touch, interaction, or look is a momentous thing to her. It’s so reminiscent of a youthful crush, and makes me thrill a little for her while also feeling pre-emptive pity for the fact that it’s all unreciprocated.

I suppose the romantic feelings are unreciprocated for Seung-chan too, but that dynamic feels different to me, because you can see that he’s becoming an important person to Ye-jin. She may not love him, but he’s definitely a comforting presence, particularly since her supposed best friend is actively inflicting wounds now. (Seriously, Joon-mo. You’re on my shit list for the week.)

I don’t know yet how I want this romantic tangle to work out, because I like Ye-jin and Seung-chan so much that I want both of them to get what their hearts want, but those things are at odds with each other. But maybe the important thing isn’t their romantic roles for each other but their friendship ones, where she’s a guiding hand in his career struggles and he’s a spot of comfort in hers.

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So rooting for Baek Seung Chan and Ye Ji ~~~ thank you for the recap!

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lol OMG I forgot to say how much I'm loco Seung Chan hahaha!!' ❤️❤️❤️

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LOVINGGGGGGGG** smh

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me too me too!!

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Me tooo.....!

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me too

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I really am too deep inside, no matter how much I love Cindy. This drama is just messing with my head!

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no pls no.

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mee tooo!! ... but not as decided yet. maybe in next week i'll be super sure xD

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I bet one hundred buck that YJ will realize then that SC has feeling for her and will overact. like trying to ignore to taking some distance.. i can almost imagine it.. :( it's the only way they can open way for SC x Cindy.

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Not the only way. Cos JM might just be jealous enough to take his head out of his ass long enough to recognise and declare his feelings for YJ, which is what she wants.

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Ye Jin's love for Joon Mo is too powerful that i bet will hurt Seung Chan's feelings for her,poor Seung Chan but it's the perfect chance for Cindy to make more obvious moves about her feelings for him and not just suppressing it deep inside..I am really rooting for Cin-Chan couple...
We're aware that Cindy has an image of an ice princess because of her past difficulties but because of Seung Chan she is finally breaking down her wall bit by bit so if the writer doesn't give her Seung Chan it will be just too painful,i mean her character is pitiful enough from the beginning and it's not right that it will be to the end..Cin-Chan Couple fighting!!

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+2!

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Sooo rooting for SC and YJ!! <3 them!!

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No please no

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my shipper heart screamed YESSS yet a tiny voice from my logical mind keeps holding back. lol, cause the hints are there, i just want to ignore it. But rn i'll just be happy because SC likes YJ. He's hurt just by looking at her being hurt and every little thing he does for her, every time he just smiles to her nagging. I can watch it all day without getting bored lol we don't know what will happen but rn i'll just take what they give and hope for the best.

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I also root for Baek Seung Chan and Ye Ji....love their interaction and can feel their chemistry.

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i love bsc and Ye jin... she isnt that old and to be honest she looks good with BSC...i will ship for them...i really love them and cindy can have Jon Moo,.. hahah :P and kim soo hyun looks good with any actress he plays with...guys dont be harsh to Gong Hyo Gin...she is doing what she has been told by Director.. i genuinely think that they will end up together and the fresh memories from the episode 3.....i really ship for them ..just my opinion :)

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love producer :)

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same here..seung chan and ye ji fighting!!!

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Gosh, forgive me, but when SC and Cindy were going up on the lift and being in front of the lights all I could think of was, "FORESHADOWING PLEASE???" Haha. Who says a star can't be with a PD? Julia Roberts did it with her cameraman and as far as I know they're still together. I just want these two dorks to find each other in the last 6 episodes.

Of course, though, JM and YJ remain the superior OTP for me. 20 years of friendship with underlying feelings is hard to beat, especially since dramas tend to put great importance on them as well as First Loves. Who knows though, the writer might write another noona romance like her previous hit but I really hope she'd make two different relationships out of this one. I'm such a sucker for best friends falling in love and Notting Hill type tropes!

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Yeah, JM and YJ are who I'm rooting for too. To be honest, I don't particularly feel SC with anyone. I love him, but I really feel like what I want for him is to make some good friends and have a good start on his career. I think he'll have no problem finding someone right for him, but what he's missing from is life are really friends/mentors. But obviously I know they won't leave him solo considering who he's playing and the plethora of pissed fangirls.

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That stage lift scene could be a metaphor for Cindy's feelings as well. On the lift BSC says "Is it supposed to shake? Isn't it broken?" and Cindy says "It's originally supposed to shake."
That could be interpreted as Cindy's heart because she's never given herself the chance to feel these sort of emotions, that is, before she met BSC.

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I really really agree with JB! It seems I've said this in every episode and yet, I also feel I haven't said it enough; Kim Soo-hyun is just absolutely phenomenal here, his acting is a little genius. Seung-chan's lines are great to me since I love frank people, but its the way it is delivered that always reels me in. In the first scene with Joon-mo, even if Seung-chan continued to call out on his mistakes, there wasn't a moment when I felt he was being disrespectful. Instead, it was just raw honesty and sincerity. I'm really taken by how much detail and thought Kim Soo-hyun puts onto Seung-chan's every move. Even just minor things like fiddling with his hands, biting his lips or the way he smiles when with family vs. with his crush. He truly does deserve all the success and accolades he gets for everything he does. The effort just shines along with the talent and that counts for so much to me.

Before this drama, I've never been more neutral on which girl should get the guy! I'm loving both Ye-jin and Cindy's relationship with Seung-chan although the more they develop his liking for Ye-jin, the more I'm drawn into them. I love the friendship they share which is believable, sincere and really worth rooting for to turn into something deeper. Its feels like they sorta need each other to heal in some ways, and I ship that a lot if I were honest with myself. Ye-jin craves for the love and care that Seung-chan gives her very openly so I can really see her falling in love with him. But on the flip side, I love Cindy just as much with her vulnerability and childlike innocence. I feel so sorry for her and the kind of life she lives. Surely Seung-chan would be the guy to bring her out of that darkness. Which is why its all so conflicting for me. I wish I could divide him into half so both my girls would be happy.

Joon-mo is so disappointing that I don't even feel like talking about him or caring for him any longer. As for the cameo, Seung-gi was hilarious! But while I'm sure Seung-gi is actually just that nice in real life, I do think there's some truth behind the burden of keeping a good image. So his exaggerated helpfulness/control was too funny and even better was Seung-chan's ridiculously petty revenge. This kid really cracks me up with his vengeful streaks. He just doesn't know how to let things go lol.

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Joon Mo is ridiculous. He has been residing in my shit list since the drama started and it looks like he'll remain there for the entire drama. Ye Jin is not any better in my books but its credit to Seung Chan that I care for her now. I hope he ends up with who he loves whether that is eventually Cindy or remains to be Ye Jin.

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Joon-mo is a well written character and CTH is absolutely killing it in portraying JM.

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I agree, as much as I love Seung-chan, it's Joon-mo that I find myself rooting for. Even when he does behave like a shit, I find him utterly relatable - the kind that puts his foot in his mouth but regrets it soon afterwards only to dig his grave that little bit deeper. The important thing is, is that he's not unaffected, and that he ultimately cares. He's going to have to work at it though, and I look forward to when he does say the right thing at the right time, cause I love his friendship with Ye-jin, and the sparks of it being much more seriously gets me feeling giddy.

Seung-chan is just gold whichever way they take his character. I like that he plays the voice of reason, and is able to console and offer words of wisdom to both Joon-mo and Re-jin. And I love that his growing affections for Re-jin is driving him to fight his own corner, but at the same time, he doesn't allow his selfishness to cloud his better judgement or turn it into foul play. He might be petty, but he sure doesn't wish harm on anybody.

And the fact that he looks up to Joon-mo and is always looking to appease him, albeit grudgingly, makes me feel that in the long run, Seung chan will end up playing cupid between the two sunbaes that he so looks up to. Seriously, I'm loving all of their interactions!

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Yes, in your opinion.

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The Producers finally hits ALL the right notes for me in this ep! And mostly it's bcos of Kim Soo Hyun's acting. It is funny mostly bcos of his deadpan face and Seung Chan's behavioural traits, like revenge, like being exact at rating forecast. The other actors are of course great, but their chars. are older and more jaded at work and at love.

I've stuck w it for so long only bcos of the cast. The heroine has been an annoying char. in everything she says and does. But she finally softens and we get to see what she means behind what she says. She can be with Joon Mo, whom she loves; it's only that he hasn't owned up to it yet. The kid has a crush, but what does he know about women as convoluted as Ye Jin?

Cindy steals my heart cos that poor girl has been working hard and isolated since she was 13. Finally she sees sb who is earnest and kind....I don't suppose she has ever met anyone like that in her field, in her entire life. I really hope she gets to have a nice little romance with Seung Chan. It'll do her tremendous good. Or else her world is a very cold and calculating one. She doesn't get to eat or even sleep for 3 hours straight w/o an accident for crying out loud!

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People want characters to be too nice or lacking in flaws - which frankly, makes them boring and makes for boring TV.

YJ is the funniest character (despite KSH's deadpan delivery) and her flaws is what makes her interesting.

JM is doing what he's doing not be he's simply an a-hole, but b/c he has real fears and doesn't yet have the courage to face them (his character, being more on the cowardly side).

He cares deeply for YJ, but he doesn't know how to show it since he fears that it would affect the lifelong friendship.

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I agree with that. Perfect characters do not make for an interesting watch.

And you can't demand that characters be three-dimensional - which inevitably means they will have flaws - and then get mad at the fact that they sometimes do things driven by those character flaws. Whether it's Joon-mo's passiveness, or Ye-jin's pride, or Seung-chan's naivete or Cindy's diva attitude, those things ultimately contribute to driving their actions and making for an interesting story.

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Yes, completely agree! I'm loving all the characters because of their flawed nature; it's their interactions with one another that makes them confront those flaws. Definitely makes the drama a lot more enjoyable to watch.

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You guys are expressing your love for YJ, NOT replying to my comment. So.

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@KDaddict - Actually, we're replying to and agreeing with bd5's comment.

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You said everything that I had in mind.

Plus:
I am now even admiring the Office Nazi. Gosh.... she's not only beautiful but she has a wonderful shape! If I were a man, I would definitely fall for her! :D :D
I love the way she delivers her lines, the way she looks at other characters with her sideway glance, her sexy husky voice.... and now she's even kind to my Seung Chan... awww.... :D :D :D

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Just saw an interesting comment on netizenbuzz and I'm now curious. If Joonmo was played by Jo In Sung, which ship would you prefer?

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Err, I am clearly seeing what you're trying to imply *rolls eyes*

But firstly I dont like JIS and have a huge allergy of him. Second, even if Joon-mo was played by Won Bin, I'd still prefer Seung-chan and Ye-jin over Joon-mo and Ye-jin because I don't care for Joon-mo - the character (nothing whatsoever to do with the actor).

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Seriously why do ppl think the reason some dont ship YJ with JM is because he's played by someone not as attractive as KSH? Its so immature. I like CTH enough, but he has NO chemistry with GHJ whereas KSH does. Also, to me YJ-SC matches so much more.

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Pfft, I think Cha Tae-hyun looks great!! He's gotten more handsome with age! And (from my view at least) he has bags of chemistry with Gong-hyo Jin's character, be it as friends, or something more.

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I actually think CTH fits the char more, in his very laid back approach to life, with his lazy-hazy, devil can care attitude. JM is also shown as sb who is not good at his job, vey bad actually, always being chewed out by his boss, always in trouble w the KCC, and getting no respect from his co-workers and subordinates. It is believable that such a person is not decisive in his love life too. In short, he basically has his head in his ass, which is why most viewers here say they don't like him.

I can Not see Jo In Sung playing such a char convincingly. But the pt is YJ loves him, and has loved him for years, and he loves her too, so I think they will be happy together. CTH is playing this role perfectly.

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Yeah.. cannot think of any other actor perfect for JM.. or did CTH made JM?

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Ikr....... He is totally slaying this role it got me thinking that he was seriously born for this role ! True... No other actor is perfect for JM , and in a bigger scale , no other actor is perfect for every character in this show

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Actually, when I see JM, I see CTH as the character he played (I forgot the name) in The Sassy Girl. The facial expression, the intonation, the exasperation....totally the same..

JIS as JM..? I don't think he suits the character... well maybe because I've never seen him in anything other than as a romantic hunk.

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I actually think CTH is super attractive. I watched It's Okay It's Love - Jo In Sung is handsome too, but CTH has that super manly and not overtly confident vibe to him. Granted, he owns the scenes he's in so I find him much more appealing.

I think it's pretty ridiculous when you try to say that CTH is the reason why most people are shipping Ye Jin and Seung Chan. It's all about character development - CTH is playing his character to the tee, and I think he has awesome chemistry with GHJ as well. We'll see in the end who Ye Jin will end up with, but we shouldn't be basing it off of the attractiveness of the male lead...

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God, I couldn't agree with you more. The only scenes I'm 100% looking forward to seeing are when CTH and GHJ interacted with each other. Freaking hell! I love them separately but seeing them playing their characters so charmingly with tons of chemistry made me ship them together as well.
The way people praised KSH and said how he carried the show made me dislike him. Haizz. Give credit where it's due. *sideeye*. For me SC is not someone I feel for at all, while JM and YJ together share something so intimate and closer to my heart.
Btw, CTH is super adorable and natural in his art. He played JM so perfectly just as i expected. GHJ is very charming as always. I'm so happy these two got a chance to work together because i thought they have such similar acting styles the way they get into their characters. Anyways <3. I hope they are the end game couple!

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We praised Kim Soo Hyun and saying he's the one carrying the show is because that's what we believe in and I can see that most of the comments here are agreeing with me as well. We are giving credit to where its due...and that's to Kim Soo Hyun. You can believe in anything that you want because you're entitle to do so but please don't say that other people's choice are wrong and yours is right.

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If you only knew. KSH got lots of people waiting to hate on him and rip him apart with a single mistake so they could take him down. If KSH in the slightest did not give justice to BSC character, he would be receiving so much hate right now. I can assure you that. But since he acted BSC really well even his haters cannot bash his acting. The best they can do is say that he was just okay and hate on him on different things.

I don't think people really is over praising Kim Soo Hyun. Most just stated they think he is doing well and that his acting as BSC is great. And people also praise CTH and GHJ, if anything it is IU who is receiving hate for her acting when the girl's acting is actually okay now. Most comments saying KSH is carrying this show etc. comes from the Knetz/Korean fans. (Chinese fans do the same though that may only be because KSH have lots of Chinese fans). Most international fans actually praise CTH and GHJ so much.

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I would like Seung Chan's manly approach to Ye Jin be just considered as a friendly gesture to her..They make a great best friends now that Ye Jin is on the verge of losing hers with Joon Mo because admit it or not they both have romantic feelings for each other and the friendship they had for years is making it hard for them,they're thinking of a great risk and loss if they make wrong decisions..Honestly,bests friends falling in love is not a big deal,i read in a psychology paper that people who are more comfortable with each other and knows every bit of that person will at some point fall in love..
Moving on..Baek Seung Chan's character is just so cute that even the almighty Cindy has melted,he even got to make her laugh genuinely.He's doing all sorts of normal stuffs for her but because of his oblivious character he doesn't even notice that this 'normal stuff'is making Cindy fall for her..They are kinda cute, projecting an old schooled and innocent love..

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Rooting for the Umbrella couple!

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Me too! There may not be many of us left after this episode, though...

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Don't worry!
I'm still for the Umbrella Couple. I don't think 25 years of friendship, understanding, love etc can diminish just like that just because you have a young man (whom you regard much like a younger brother - Ye Jin ALWAYS rubs SC's hair) having a crush for you.

I remember a reader's comment in the last episode:

Cindy likes SC who likes YJ who likes JM.... hahahaaa....

like a train which goes tut..tut..tut... forward but will never recoil to grab its end.... hahahaaa....

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same here but this is really confusing..
but i gotta say that if in the end JM and YJ didn't end up together i have a feeling that their friendship will not be the same again...i mean you can't undone the past.
so its only be either they end their 20+ years together or move on to the next level. haha:)

YJ-JM
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SC-Cindy
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HI five!! Team JM-YJ here!!

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Umbrella couple FTW!
They don't have to be together for life, just a little romance to add colour to their young lives that are like blank paper!

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I will break my silence to declare my loyalty to the Umbrella Couple. Seung Chan, Cindy FIGHTING!

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here here! there's something about Cindy's vulnerability that touches me.
Though I'm loving everyone!

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I'm still hoping our umbrella couple is the end game. It can still happen!!!

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Rooting for them b/c JM and YJ belong together.

The Umbrella couple is the more straight-forward and less interesting relationship.

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FIGHTING! JM-YJ and Umbrella couple!!

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Same here too. I have to say, I hate this new development. It appears SC's acting out of character. The whole umbrella couple started because he's such of nice guy who decided to help out some girl in the rain. Now, he completely ignores her when she has an injury? Even though she was his responsibility (at least taking her to rehearse was), he's also the one who convinced her to go on the show, and promised to take care of her? I just find it difficult to resolve the character's 180 turn into someone who no longer cares. Especially after realizing that HJ wasn't that hurt. I'm feeling very sorry for Cindy, who now feels like a plot device.

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I'm not sure it's 180 degree turn.

I don't see him ignoring her – he didn't know she was at the hospital, when he saw her, he saw she was taken care of, and there wasn't anything else for him to do. That's essentially what he did when he gave her the umbrella – he didn't walk her to her car, or do anything extra.

That he still goes to check on his sunbae also makes sense, since he knew YJ was hurt and sticking around Cindy when he already knew she was being taken care of just because would make him more uncaring (because he'd be ignoring the other person injured). He'd do that only IF he was interested in Cindy (which he currently isn't at all), instead he has feelings for YJ, so of course he's going to stay with her.

As for Cindy being his responsibility – in this particular show she wasn't. He was actually responsible for all the stars getting on the stage, not Cindy's personal assistant or anything. He showed her the life, but then I imagine went off to take care of all the other things and people he was supposed to take care of!

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typo!

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He also took out the umbrella for her on the show and then promptly went over and covered the camera leaving Cindy in the rain. He's constantly prioritizing and then forgets about the other implications. I think he just only focuses on one thing at a time. It's like a constant checklist in his head. Ok, Cindy is here - interesting - but she's taken care of, what's next?

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Hmmm....that's an interesting observation! I think I agree with you. Seung Chan tends to prioritize what he does... :D :D :D

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Oohhh good analysis! A constant checklist in BSC's head sounds just like him. We've also seen him constantly taking notes of things. Thanks for bringing up your observation.

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That checklist metaphor is spot on. And also cracked me up!

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I feel sorry for Cindy too, more than YJ actually. Because she's hurt and saddled with a crazy schedule and has no one to talk to but just cry to herself at night alone in the hospital. Whereas YJ's hurts were noticed by SC who acts as a balm for her.

She's just been pushed around for so long that she doesn't even argue when Byun CEO insists on her fulfilling her schedule in Japan. But just looks down listlessly and resignedly.

It's not uncommon for actresses to protest against what they have to do in 1N2D, and we've seen the other actresses do that in the previous eps. But Cindy just went along with everything that SC tells her to do.

I'd feel for Cindy if SC ends up with YJ which looks like the way things are going since we're alr at the midpoint and SC just looks at Cindy like "Umbrella Lady", sort of the way YJ had saved SC's name as "Car Dent."

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Same! Still rooting for BSC and Cindy. Hopefully the last 6 episodes will give us our expectations. Oh noo!

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HAHAHAHA 1n2d prediction. Baek Sung Chan: GOLD! I love how the writer consistently uses SC's dorky nature for great comedic effect. Its too funny that he considered the weather and stuff, I was laughing so hard. Even if he does some maturing in the end, I want him to keep the book worm type attitude forever: SC's trademark xD

P.S. KSH just owns this show. He's better that any compliment I can give him.

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I beg to disagree.KSH does not own the show. It is the character BSC that is making him look great. Any other actor with acting chops would nail this character and we would all be raving about how good an actor he is. Let's give all the other actors in this drama some credit too.

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LOL Sorry to break this to you...but dear...that's the whole point of saying KSH owns the show right? Coz he is Baek Seung Chan and Baek Seung Chan is him...

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Screw off, what's the point of leaving bitchy condescending replies to a comment that wasn't even addressed to you?

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You have your opinion and others have theirs. But going around saying "We would all be raving about xyz actor if he played Seung Chan" ummmmmm, NO. YOU would probably do that, but speak for yourself. I don't see anyone being able to play Seung Chan with such underhanded brilliance as Kim Soo Hyun is right now. No one here is saying the other actors are doing a bad job, but that Kim Soo Hyun owns this, even I agree with. It should speak of a lot that he is the one getting most of the compliments and nope, it is not fangirls because if that were the case, Park Shin Hye or Lee Min Ho in Heirs wouldn't have received the backlash they did.

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Actually think CTH is the doing the best job out of the 3, being that he doesn't even seem to be acting and completely embodying JM.

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He's playing himself...that's not acting whatsoever... for me it's more like cheating... So... seriously don't feel him...

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Imo the fact that by playing himself he's managed to create such a charismatic character ... I think that's an applaudable feat in itself.

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Does he really need to put an extra effort on a drama with such an easy-going plot? I think he has made his coffee since many years, he's so relaxed in front of cameras and that's why he seems so effortless! Like a very well trained athlete who does everything seemingly easy and cheating(?) to the eyes of the spectators!

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That ending was so sweet, but since I am firmly on Team SC/Cindy, it broke my heart a little, even though they had their cute moments with the mic and that lift. IU looked particularly pretty in this episode; that blue dress and red headband made me think of Snow White.

The mockumentary aspect of this show was non-existent in this episode. Rather than a talking head, or an interview, we got a lengthy voiceover.

I was disappointed that there were no preview scenes!

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"that blue dress and red headband made me think of Snow White."

Me too! The whole time she was onscreen in that outfit I kept saying to myself she looks like Snow White. Plus, not to mention her long black hair and red lips.

Also, I'm firmly in the SC & Cindy camp too.

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LOL I was thinking Snow White too!!

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I read in an article that after they shot 6 episodes, they took a break. Kim Soo Hyun went to China for a fanmeet during the break.

So I guess that's why there is no preview after episode 6 ended.

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Yes! I don't get the voiceovers. Are the voiceovers a peek into what the characters are thinking at that point in time? I wished they would bring back the mockumentary aspect.

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Joon-Mo is dealing with the classic best friend turned lovers hurdle of choosing friendship or love (or thinking that it has to be one or the other). Definitely cowardly, but totally believable. I feel really bad for Cindy, knowing she is falling for him when he is completely unaware. She is in for a bad heartbreak.. I like the one way love lines going on for everyone, all believable and interesting.

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School 2015 and Producers... my both ships are sinking, it is now obvious that bigger stars would end up together :P . I was enjoying the one sided crush of SC but writer will make YJ fall for him, no matter what !!! well I will still watch the drama, hoping a miracle :)

and yes MANAGER OPPA !!!! I cried for you, like Cindy, you were slapped for absolutely no reason, I hope Cindy will able to stand against CEO , someday :) you are the best manager \m/

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D'awww. I thought I was the only one who felt so bad for Manager Oppa. His moment was so painful to watch, knowing how hard he tries ro do his job. Rings true to thereal world, no matter what profession it is, the underdogs always suffer and the power of the upper is everything.

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Sometime in this drama, I hope that Manager and Cindy will rise up against CEO Byun. I mean, who still cares about money even as her artist is already confined to a hospital. Gotta agree with that last scene where manager was just looking so pitiful for no reason.

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I felt bad for him too. He's actually a quite nice character – I think he cares more about Cindy than he lets on. He's totally onto her like the "umbrella PD" and is teasing her about it.

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Cindy breaks my heart, the manager oppa breaks my heart both of them are so pitiful. Out of everybody the one that care the most genuinely for Cindy is the manager Oppa. Writer-nim, I don't care who Cindy ends up with but just give her some kinda of happiness, please !! This situation is just to damn sad !!

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When I saw that scene, I screamed at the screen and said, you better quit working for Byun-pire!

I'm beginning to like this Manager Oppa... he really understands Cindy... ;(

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Cindy breaks my heart to see her still all alone, with nobody really on her side to listen to her. Now I'm not shipping her with whoever, I just want her to at least have a friend, a person who is sincere to her so that she can stop being so sad!!! Is it that hard to find friends in the entertainment industry?!

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Cindy is my favorite character...she's so pitiful...lonely and just a little girl with no one to love her.

And I think IU is doing a fantastic job.

Manager oppa tries so hard for her and even when he doesn't understand her needs or make mistakes, she's not bitchy towards him...She's actually patient with him...

They are adorable together and I cried when he got slapped by the money-hungry CEO for no fault of his.

This industry is cruel...these idols are just products for these big companies.

All these kids do is rehearse, travel and perform; rehearse, travel and perform.
All the horrible stories I hear about the EXO's kids performing with severe injuries...it's just sad.

The PD change was a fantastic decision, and you can clearly see that. I was going to drop it after the 1st 2 episodes, but now, I'm looking forward to it.

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chinguuu
me too
i will going down with my ship..

taekwang and cindy are soooooo lonely. They need a lot of love. It pain my hearts everytime they get ignored by their loved ones...

Why why why they have to make our second lead so awesome if in the end they will left behind?? *sigh*

p.s. sorry for my broken engriiiiiiish

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Ikr! At least I have more hope for this drama because in this one YJ loves JM and doesn't see SC as a romantic interest... not yet, at least, unlike in School:2015, where my ship is clearly sinking (poor TK). I guess I'm supporting the loners in both dramas.

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That is why I don't like love triangles, I always end up rooting for the loser :(

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I feel terrible for manager oppa. Honestly, he's the one I most want a happy storyline for. I find the main characters interesting and I have preferences for them but I'm not going to die if it doesn't go how I hope. But I will be sad if manager doesn't get some good things in his life. He's an idiot but he's still nice and trying very hard and is far more abused than any other character in this show.

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I don't know if i am too emotional but I cried when watch Manager Oppa cried & cried more when I read your comments & other comments about him. I hope he character will develop more.

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I am rooting for Seung Chan and Cindy to get together. I stated this before, but I think Cindy needs someone caring. Someone who will call her on her bullshit but still be kind and attentive towards her.

Everyone caters to her and never contradict her and no one cares for her (or her feelings) She's like a race horse to most people in her life. I feel like Seung Chan could fill up the voids in her life.

Also, I think Seung Chan needs to be the one "being loved" not the one "who loves most"

What I mean is, that his relationships so far have been unrequited crushes towards older, more experienced women who treat him like a puppy or little brother. He needs a relationship I'm which the other person feels as strongly towards him as he has felt for his past and current crushes. I feel it would do him some good to be the main focus of someone and not be friendzoned again.

Cindy, from what I could see so far, looks like she would make Seung Chan her main focus if she gathers the courage someday to confess her feelings.

Anyways! Looking forward to Episode 7!!

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Great comment!

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Also, I think Seung Chan needs to be the one “being loved” not the one “who loves most” >> Too true! Crossing my fins for that!

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Love your comments. Let's enjoy next episode. Hope Seung Chan and Cindy have more moments.

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Yes indeed.

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oh my god that's so true, the part about seung chan needing someone who focuses on him ...

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Well said!

*crosses fingers for more SC/Cindy development*

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I hope that Seung Chan's crush for YJ and her growing appreciation of him only act as an agent to spur JM out of his slumber. I don't see how SC and YJ are right for each other. He just has a tendency to develop crushes on his noonas. That's just his taking baby-steps towards learning to fall in love for real.

Cindy is falling for him hard. He'll mean so much to her, if he gives her a chance. She may have been cranky and mean, but if you or I've been starved of food and sleep and made to work like a priced race horse, I'm sure you or I'd be just as crank and mean too.

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Even though I do see JMxYJ and SCxCindy ending but still atm I don't belittle whatever SC feeling towards YJ. To me it seems very genuine. It didn't start immediately, from the start he was intimidated, almost scared of by her attitude, but it's slowly changing with time. I can understand people want Cindy to be loved cause she's lonely etc. But the same can be applied to SC too. Like he was broken heart at first because of that noona, they didn't show how he started liking her. His reason was because she was pretty but i doubt it's only that. Nothing there to say that his feeling wasn't real/genuine. just as his feeling for YJ, whatever it is atm still must mean sth to him and we shouldn't disregard it as a simple crush. Cindy is falling for him, he should give her a chance. But then, SC is clearly falling for YJ too, if only she could give a chance, i don't see why they can't work? because she's older? she's his sunbae? the only thing that makes me believe they're not endgame is her liking JM and the fact that he likes her back. SC is there every time YJ needs him, always looking, always listening, caring, *sighs* but as they say, the heart wants what it wants.

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*i'm just glad YJ has started appreciating SC, at least there's that, comparing to the previous noona.

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"He (SC) just has a tendency to develop crushes on his noonas." I like that you pointed this out. SC seems to be (from the social perspective) falling for women way out of his league... from his college senior, now to a senior in his workplace... If he falls for Cindy... OMG, she's an idol!

I would enjoy this storyline (if it happens) because of course, Cindy fell for him first and it would be hilarious if we can see how people around them would react. (I would love to see how CEO Byun reacts to this. Hehehe)

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"..I would love to see how CEO Byun reacts to this..."

hahahaaaa..... I want to see that too! LOL..!!

Seung Chan's omma would go, "...what!!???... that girl who sings in her underwear?!!!"

Byun-pire would go, "....what!!???.... that hotteok... still wet behind the ears PD..?!!"

Oohh...it would be hilarious...! hahahaaa.... :D

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Finally warming up a bit to Ye Jin. I really disliked her character but when she spilled tears, I guess I melted, heh. Still hate Joon Mo's guts and yesterday's episode just escalated that sentiment.

I really don't know where this drama is going in terms of the love lines. A part of me keeps screaming its so obviously Seung Chan and Ye Jin, but then there are scenes like that mike arrangement with Cindy - so hot and oozing with intense chemistry. Not sure if it was intended to come off like that, but it certainly had me fanning myself and in denial that they most likely wont be. However, the ending hug was also really heartfelt and moving so its not like on the losing end.
KSH's performance is just so grounded, impressive and crazy engaging to watch so I keep going back and forth on who I prefer for Seung Chan.

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Totally agree about the chemistry. I also loved seeing her place her dainty hand in his and he continued to hold it while he had a conversation through the headset.

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I agree iu and ksh chemistry was amazin, subtle and intense

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I was fanning myself too, the chemistry was just wow

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Eugh. Is the writer trying to pull another 1994? Cause I'm not in for triangle love. I don't mind a little affection here and there after the couples are determined (or no couple at all) but when it drifts from the actual purpose, it's becoming just 'another' drama you can find anywhere. Last episode they did a good job connecting the producing world and daily lives of the character but now they're not. And where's Cindy? Yesterday's development was good, but now she's in the background again.
Well, I'm still gonna watch this for CTH. They better do every character justice.

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Omg i was just saying this on tumblr. If they pull a chilbong im gonna be scarred forever. I feel like theyre throwing in bits of formula that makes other dramas famous like the office underdog feel of misaeng, the misleading moments of marriage not dating, the first love story of reply 1997 (and others but r97 sticks the most to me) and now they wanna get the netizens all worked up by pulling a r94. No matter whos endgame viewers will be divided. Sigh.

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totally shallow comment but..

KimSooHyun has a really small face and is known to be good looking. I was worried how KSH would fare against Cha Tae Hyun (40s, father of 3, etc).

Gotta just say CTH can totally hold his own. He looks exactly the same from his My Sassy Girl days. I want whatever he's having!

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Though I like CTH for being a great actor without having handsome/pretty face whatsoever, I dont' want to have just whatever he's having because he reaches this point not without slumps (he even had panic disorder). What I admire is that he marries his first love & girlfriend (though he always despises 'what's so special in that?') and still going strong through ups and downs until 3 kids and more than 20 years later. He lives every woman's imagination in that part LOL.

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+1!
You're talking right from my mind through my heart! Respect!!

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I agree! I really like that he's so natural in front of the camera and I can feel sincerity in his acting. Plus point for being a family guy too!:)

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CTH is a great actor, no doubt. I also liked him a lot partly because of what has happened to him during all those years, personally and professionally. Although I never thought he was handsome, he is the cutest man I've ever seen hahaha, especially in korean dramaland. He's charming and funny and got that manly vibe about him as well. Just love seeing him on screen, it always makes my day. :)

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I worry for Gong Hyo Jin if Seung Chan and Ye Jin becomes an item. She looks way too mature for him for any romantic scenes to be convincing. They look like aunt and nephew TBH. I like the goofy and nerdy Seung Chan but hate it when he acts all puppy like around Ye Jin. I like how he becomes so manly and sexy (can I even use that word to describe SC? ha!) when he's with Cindy. My heart must've have pounded just as hard as Cindy's in the mic wiring and elevator scene.

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For this kind of a plot which is far from a noona coup-de-foudre rom-com and much closer to a developing relationship to something(?) through hardships inside a professional environment, I think their looks are irrelevant. Their life goals are much more important and their mutual understanding, too.
I still fail to see BSC's connection with Cindy other than the 2 scenes you've mentioned. I totally ship JM and YJ to be together and I think they will. But the other couple need to struggle for their chemistry. Perhaps it's IU who cannot deliver...still I'm pondering over it!

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