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The Producers: Episode 9

We’re finally at the point in the story where push comes to shove—either you remain exactly as you are and sit back as the new kid on the block takes your place, or you step up your game and stake your claim, be it as the marquee variety program, the top singer, or the best friend. Today’s episode is all about Old vs. New, and the inevitable war that brews when two people fight for one title.

 
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EPISODE 9: “Understanding Preemptions”

With two women waiting for him on a rainy evening, Seung-chan angsts over what to do: Go to the movies to meet Ye-jin, or go home to meet Cindy. Both of them wait and wait and wait, as Seung-chan sits there in his car, frozen with indecision. You could’ve picked them both up in the time it took you to decide!

Finally Ye-jin turns around and smiles… just as Cindy looks up and sees someone approach. But Seung-chan has arrived at the movie theater after all, to keep his date with Ye-jin.

She’s disappointed to hear that they can’t see the movie though, and Seung-chan tells her about Cindy waiting in the rain for him on their way back home. Ye-jin worries that maybe Cindy had another fight with CEO Byun and ran away.

Seung-chan makes a sudden stop at a light and instinctively reaches out to hold Ye-jin back, and the strong protective gesture suddenly makes her a little flustered. She’s clutching his arm and doesn’t even realize it, and suddenly the air is very awkward between them.

Meanwhile, Cindy looks up to find Joon-mo standing over her with an umbrella, and he asks if she’s waiting for someone. She says shyly that she just had something to say to Seung-chan, and Joon-mo seems to understand what’s going on.

He offers her a hand to help her up and take her inside, and promises to call Seung-chan to come to his place so that she doesn’t freeze to death. Hm, looks like I’m on Team Joon-mo today.

Inside, he scrounges the kitchen looking for tea, and Cindy has to tell him where it is since she now knows his kitchen better than anyone who lives here. Cindy asks Joon-mo if he thinks that she’s acting all the time too: “Someone said that even my sincerity seems like an act.” She wonders if it’s true because she can’t really tell the difference anymore, and she guesses that Joon-mo can see exactly what she’ll be doing in ten years. But she can’t.

That suddenly triggers Joon-mo’s memory of that mystery girl from five years ago. She was a singer on a show he was producing, and CEO Byun’s big starlet before Cindy. In a flashback, Joon-mo tells her not to do anything she doesn’t want to. He can see how much she’s suffering because she’s not eating or sleeping, and tells her to fight CEO Byun and just leave.

She’s worried about the fallout and asks if Joon-mo will take responsibility for her, and he says with absolute certainty that he’s a PD and she has nothing to worry about—he’ll take responsibility and will cast her in his show.

Cindy breaks him out of his reverie and tends to the scrape on his arm from the soccer game earlier that day, and he deflates to hear that she’s so good at first-aid because there’s no time for hospitals if she gets hurt while doing concerts abroad.

Ye-jin and Seung-chan arrive together, and Cindy’s face falls to hear that they were meeting up to watch a movie. She immediately calls her manager to pick her up, and becomes very distant as she says that she just came by to apologize for the last shoot, since he’s the PD on a show she’s doing.

She adds that she doesn’t know how often they’ll be running into each other from now on, but didn’t want to leave things unsettled. Seung-chan FINALLY opens his mouth to speak, but she cuts him off and gets up to go.

Seung-chan just keeps standing there like a statue, and Joon-mo has to tell him to follow her outside and at least wait with her until her manager arrives. I cannot believe he was just going to let her go like that.

Seung-chan pauses on his way out to tell Ye-jin in that lingering earnest way of his that he really regrets not being able to see the movie tonight, and Ye-jin starts to wonder: “You felt that too, right? Baek Seung-chan… really likes movies.” Pfft. Joon-mo shakes his head but doesn’t correct her.

Seung-chan joins Cindy out in the rain and apologizes if what he said to her at the last shoot caused her any grief. She says it’s okay because that’s who she really is anyway—fake, rude—that’s what people call her, so there must be some truth to it.

He says he heard this somewhere—that people’s words about you are like poison-covered arrows. They can’t pierce your heart if they’re spoken in hiding, but the most immature thing to do is to pick up those arrows that are lying on the ground and pierce your own heart with them, getting shot by arrows you needn’t be shot with, getting wounds you needn’t get. He says that he’d like it if Cindy didn’t do that to herself.

She lets that sink in for a moment, and then lightens the mood by asking what movie he went to see. He doesn’t know, since Ye-jin bought the tickets and he didn’t get to see it anyway. Cindy thinks about that and notes that he didn’t go to see a movie then, if he didn’t even know what was playing—he went to see Ye-jin.

It’s written all over his face that she caught his crush on Ye-jin, and Cindy muses, “It must be nice, to be caught so easily. Because you have sincerity that can be caught even when you’re trying to hide it.”

She sighs that she can’t get caught no matter how much she tries. Oof. Won’t somebody see her crush? Though to be fair, she happened to pick the most obtuse boy on the planet to like, which is her own bed to lie in.

Ye-jin starts to nag Joon-mo about his terrible bill-paying system (in that he has none), and lays out all of the things he needs to set on auto-pay and fix around the house. He wonders what she’s doing, and she points out that she only has three more weeks until she moves into her new place.

She marvels at how quickly the time passed, while Joon-mo is taken aback and insists that three weeks is totally a long time, and it’s way too early to talk of moving out. Urg, you and your denial!

Two weeks later, CP Kim delivers the bad news to the 1N2D team that they’ve been preempted this week, in favor of a pilot that he’s producing. Joon-mo flails and pouts that they’re just picking on his show because of the low ratings, while Seung-chan asks with hope-filled eyes if this means that he gets some days off.

The married PD interviews that he likes work better than home, but the entire country knows when he’s got time off so he can’t lie to his wife, while the writer says that it’s bad news for her because she won’t get paid for the week. Joon-mo seems like he’s trying to comfort himself during his interview, and says that it could be a chance for people to realize how much they miss 1N2D, and to prove their worth.

Cindy is met with a new trainee at her agency, and CEO Byun fills her time off from 1N2D chock full of variety appearances. Cindy realizes right away that she’s supposed to take this new girl with her on these shows and help pave the way for her career, and threatens to go elsewhere when her contract is up. CEO Byun doesn’t miss a beat and says she’ll have some things to reconsider as well, when it comes time to re-sign her.

Joon-mo spends his days off lying around on the couch, and pouts when Ye-jin and Seung-chan come in happily chatting about the things they’ve prepped for her new place without him.

She tells Joon-mo all about how Seung-chan helped her out, from getting the building to give her the model unit with curtains installed, to gathering a gaggle of ajummas to go in on a cleaning service to get a discount.

She’s beaming at all the helpful ways Seung-chan has saved her money, and Joon-mo just watches them sitting knee-to-knee in their own little world with a dark cloud over his head. When Seung-chan shoots down his suggestion to call a packing service and offers to help Ye-jin pack, Joon-mo snaps at them to do it without him and stomps out.

Seung-chan stops to look through one of Ye-jin’s photo albums as they pack, and at first he’s sobered by all of the pictures of her with Joon-mo, until he finds one that gets him yelping in excitement.

He runs out to her and exclaims that they met long before he became a PD, and shows her a picture of her and Joon-mo in the playground outside, when they were high school students. And there in the background is little Seung-chan, photo-bombing them. How cute.

She laughs and calls it a plausible coincidence since they lived here at the same time, but Seung-chan puts way more meaning behind it and calls it fate. He asks her for the picture, and is over the moon when she gives it to him.

Joon-mo broods by himself on the playground outside, remembering all of the times he was the one to help Ye-jin move, from her tiny college apartment to her first place after getting a job, moving on up every time. He was there for all of it, until now.

Seung-chan goes home and gazes at his picture with Ye-jin for a long time, then decides that he doesn’t like Joon-mo in it and folds him out. Ha. He places the picture in a keepsake box along with a drawing of a girl.

Ye-jin and Joon-mo share a drink that night, and he congratulates her on finally getting her own place. She wonders how many times she’s moved and he tells her it’s fourteen. She sighs to remember everything she’s done to chase down apartments and move, and thanks him sincerely.

As always, he brushes it off and tells her not to be in such a hurry to say goodbye. She admits that she has a lot of regrets about moving in here, including getting drunk and confessing things: “I’m sorry, for shaking our 25-year friendship.” She supposes that once she moves out, they’ll go back to their rightful places.

And then, shocker of all shockers, Joon-mo actually responds with WORDS. I KNOW. He asks hypothetically, if they each marry other people and their spouses don’t like their friendship with one another, what will she do? She thinks about it and says that it’s probably a given that their future spouses wouldn’t like their relationship, and figures that it’d be difficult to be the way they are now.

He looks hurt as he asks if that means she’ll stop seeing him, and she says that they’d see each other at work, “But it couldn’t be the way it is now.” He sighs that she’s probably right, “But… I don’t like it.” She laughs and says that’s just the limit of friendships between men and women.

Her attention turns to the TV, where they’re surprised to see Cindy on another variety show, and running on top of it. Eep, she just sprained her ankle! It’s a grueling day of games and sports, and she struggles to keep a smile plastered on her face.

She’s exhausted by the end of the day, and Manager Oppa cringes to remind her of the radio interview she has to do over the phone. Ever the professional, Cindy brightens up on cue and lies about how much she loves her hoobae that she’s being used to promote.

Joon-mo sighs that this is all CEO Byun’s doing, and Ye-jin remembers him talking about that other singer Yuna years ago. He says that CEO Byun did the same thing with her, threatening not to renew her contract and using her to promote Cindy’s group when they were new, and then dropping Yuna the second she became useless to her.

Ye-jin doesn’t think she’d do the same to Cindy, who’s inarguably a top star. But Joon-mo doesn’t look so convinced. Ye-jin asks if he knows why Yuna dared to go head-to-head with CEO Byun back then, and he gets quiet and shuts himself up in his room.

Flashback to five years ago, after Yuna’s image has taken a nosedive, thanks to CEO Byun. Rumors run wild about her having a sponsor, and Joon-mo meets resistance when he wants to cast her as an MC on his show. He argues that they’re PDs and can change public opinion, but CP Kim argues that they have no power against what the audience wants.

Joon-mo cries that he’ll take responsibility, but CP Kim asks how, when none of the broadcasters will cast her. And just like that, his promise to take responsibility for her ended up going unfulfilled.

Ye-jin realizes that she forgot her phone on her way to work and turns around to get it, and Seung-chan’s busybody mom happens to see her parking rear-first on her way in. Mom stops her and nitpicks over their building’s rule to park head-first, complaining about the exhaust fumes from the car damaging the lawn.

Ye-jin has to grit her teeth as she explains that she’s just here to pick something up and will leave soon, but Mom insists that she re-park right now. Ye-jin argues that she’d grab her phone and pull away by the time she’d be done re-parking, and Mom physically stops her from going in because she doesn’t trust her to come back down.

They go in circles like this, with Ye-jin asking if she ought to write up a contract that she’ll come back and un-park, when Seung-chan ambles up with a big smile and introduces Mom to Sunbae, who both shriek and cringe.

Now they’re arguing about who’s sorrier and who was more in the wrong, and they take turns bowing at the waist repeatedly and apologizing. Seung-chan just watches them cluelessly with a smile on his face.

He catches a ride with Ye-jin and explains that his mother is known for her busybody tendencies, and gets called the Yeouido OG Rapper (ojirap-er, which means she gets carried away with other people’s business). She sighs at the bad impression she made on his mother, while he just grins, calling it no big deal.

They make plans to head over to Ye-jin’s new place tonight to move some things, and she asks if it’s okay that he’s helping her so much. He says that he’s doing it because he wants to, and Ye-jin misinterprets that to mean he likes moving and decorating.

Seung-chan steels himself and answers, “No, I mean it’s because I like you.” Omo. But Ye-jin just keeps chattering away as if he didn’t just make a big confession, likely hearing it as, I like you as a sunbae, not the other thing.

She says she asked everyone else at work to help out, but feels extra bad for using up all of his time off, especially since he’s her favorite hoobae PD. Seung-chan is instantly happy again and asks if she really means it, and she laughs that of course he’s her favorite hoobae. It kills me that this makes him so happy. Poor puppy.

Mom comes home and tells Seung-chan’s noona all about her terrible run-in with Ye-jin, and noona confirms that Mom just ruined Seung-chan’s career. But then she remembers that time that Seung-chan came out of the building across the way after sleeping at a sunbae’s place, and she wonders if that was Ye-jin. Mom refuses to believe that her precious son would do that, and says there must be another sunbae in that building—a male one.

The male sunbae in question is currently loitering outside his conference room, which is currently occupied by the pilot show Star Wars that’s preempted his. Joon-mo saunters in to let the PD know that his show is the one being pushed, and asks about the cast. The PD says he had a hard time getting anyone, then names Suzy and Taeyang. Ha.

Joon-mo complains to CP Kim about losing his conference room on top of the broadcast timeslot this week, and declares that new show a failure. Of course that just makes CP Kim sure it’ll succeed, since Joon-mo’s predictions are always exactly the opposite.

Joon-mo stops paying attention when he sees Ye-jin walk into the lobby with her arm around Seung-chan, just as CP Kim tells him to shape up before losing his spot to the other show. Joon-mo blurts angrily, “Who’s gonna get what stolen?! That’s MY spot! I won’t get it taken! I won’t!” Awww.

At his desk, Joon-mo mutters to himself that it’s not the first time something like this has happened, but he can’t seem to get his head clear. Hm, is he talking about the show now, or still Ye-jin?

Seung-chan comes by with tea because Joon-mo looks tired, but he just gets the brunt of Joon-mo’s anger and gets yelled at for looking too happy to have days off. Seung-chan retreats to the storeroom to talk it out with his FD sunbae, who explains that a PD with a low-rated show is obviously going to feel threatened by a pilot testing in his timeslot.

He tells Seung-chan to focus on turning Joon-mo’s mood around instead of spending all his time with Ye-jin, and Seung-chan recounts his earlier attempt at cheering Joon-mo up (with a spot-on impression of Cha Tae-hyun’s delivery, heh). The FD insists that Seung-chan’s loyalty to Joon-mo is most important, only to admit that he’s currently two-timing with the pilot show.

Hong-soon spends the day off-kilter because his nemesis Office Nazi isn’t at work today, and he goes from thinking that she faked a sick day to worrying about her. He hovers around the substitute office manager, and at first he’s delighted to ask for a ream of paper and be told to just take some.

He clutches the paper like it’s treasure, but then a writer comes by and takes as many reams as she can carry, and Hong-soon gets his panties in a twist over how this wouldn’t fly if Office Nazi were here.

Ye-jin sighs to see her bratty writer in a short skirt again as usual, but it turns out to be useful when she goes to pick up posters on her own and returns with a posse of drooling men carrying everything for her. Ye-jin sighs that she’d never do that, completely missing the fact that Seung-chan is bending over backwards to do the same thing for her.

They head up to her new apartment with a few boxes, when her new neighbor comes out to complain about the construction that’s going on too late. Seung-chan apologizes and the ajusshi assumes that they’re a newlywed couple, and Ye-jin’s protests go ignored while Seung-chan smiles like a goof.

Mom is sick with worry that noona’s assumptions about Ye-jin and Seung-chan are right after all, and she’s now decided that Ye-jin has seduced him. Mom wails that it’s her fault for giving birth to such a perfect boy, and as she describes all of his wonderful traits, we cut back and forth to Seung-chan using said traits to clean Ye-jin’s apartment spic and span.

They sit on the floor to eat when Joon-mo arrives and lets himself in. Seung-chan is surprised since he’s the only one who knows the lock code other than Ye-jin, but Joon-mo’s all, “What do I need to know the lock code for? It’s always my birthday or yours.” He notes that this one is his birthday, and Seung-chan’s face falls.

The next morning, Hong-soon lights up to hear that Office Nazi is back. He’s delighted to see that she’s ordering everyone to return all of the supplies that they took in her absence, until she makes him return his one ream of paper. He wants credit for only taking the one, but she shakes her head in disappointment.

Seung-chan is assigned to help out on Music Bank for the day, and when he goes to put Cindy on standby, she’s back to being the ice princess and doesn’t even meet his eyes when she answers.

CEO Byun comes in with her new starlet, who’s actually being referred to as Cindy 2.0 now, and Cindy refuses to share a dressing room with her. She points out that she was Yuna 2.0 once… and now there’s no Yuna, just her.

Cindy tells the new girl to get out and not to go around calling herself the next Cindy, but CEO Byun tells her that the name Cindy belongs to her: “You’re nothing but an image I created.” Wow. CEO Byun finally remembers that Seung-chan is standing there, and he manages to get some petty revenge by putting the newbie in a dressing room that isn’t private.

CEO Byun even crashes Cindy’s rehearsal to introduce her new singer to Ye-jin, and asks her to pay special attention and care to her new protégé, who’s making her debut.

Cindy’s head hangs low, but Ye-jin tosses back that she’s going to put all of her care and attention on Cindy, not Cindy 2.0, and cheers Cindy on to do well for the final performance of her album. Aw, that was awesome.

We skip ahead to the end of the show, where Cindy is announced the winner, as expected (cameos by Park Bo-gum and K.Will). Ye-jin cues the cameras for Cindy’s usual clipped “Thank you,” but suddenly she takes the mic and starts giving a long thank you speech.

Cindy’s voice starts to shake as she thanks her group members and says that she never got a chance to tell them how much she likes them, and mentions her parents who are watching from a distance. The sincerity is suddenly pouring out of her in waves, and Ye-jin wonders what the hell is going on, trying to get Seung-chan to cut her off so that they can cue the song.

But then Cindy thanks Ye-jin for looking out for her even when she made so many mistakes, and thanks her sincerely for complaining to her face but protecting her behind her back. She starts to thank Joon-mo, and Ye-jin tells Seung-chan to cut her off already.

From the stage, Cindy makes eye contact with Seung-chan as he’s gesturing for her to wrap it up, and everything goes still as she says one last thank you: “And finally, to the person who held up an umbrella when I was standing alone in the rain—thank you. I wanted to say that it was really warm.” She begins to sing her encore, and Seung-chan is mesmerized.

Joon-mo watches her performance on TV and sighs when CP Kim asks if Cindy’s time is up, now that CEO Byun is making the rounds with a new starlet. He wonders if 1N2D will have to recast, and Joon-mo just walks away without a word.

Cindy holds her head up high as she walks backstage past CEO Byun introducing her new star, and Joon-mo takes out an old Yuna album, deep in thought.

Hong-soon and Office Nazi go to town making out on top of the copy machine, ironically wasting paper AND toner in the process! Chapter 9 is “Understanding Preemptions: It’s war between what you’re used to and what’s new.”

Seung-chan drives past a field of lighted flowers and contemplates them for a moment before running off somewhere. Joon-mo heads home with a look of determination on his face, having come to some sort of conclusion.

Ye-jin answers her phone and tells Seung-chan where she is, only to have Joon-mo find her first. They walk home together and she asks about the show that preempted his, and he calls it fresh and interesting, wondering if he should be nervous. Heh, he’s not talking about shows, is he?

Ye-jin ponders it and says that his is an old established show, but it’s also on the rocks lately, and a fresh new show is probably something to be nervous about. She wonders why he didn’t try to block the preemption from coming when he didn’t even get anywhere yet (you’re telling me), but he sighs that she’s right: “A preemption is a golden opportunity for someone else and danger for me.”

She asks why he’s taking it so hard, wondering if the pilot is that good, but then he stops and turns to her. He starts to say that she didn’t spend all that much redoing the interior of her new place because it was the model home… “Let’s give the deposit back. Because I don’t want you to move there.”

She stares dumbfounded, and he adds, “Do you not get what I’m saying? Stay at my house. I don’t want you to go.” Eeeee! And from a distance, Seung-chan clutches a lighted flower in his hand and looks crestfallen to be one step too late.

 
EPILOGUE

We go back to the playground on the day that photo was taken, when Little Seung-chan was captivated by the pretty noona. And then on the day she moves out of the building, she drops a drawing—the one of her that he kept all this time—and he returns it. She tells him to keep it and pets him on the head the same way she does now.

 
COMMENTS

Okay, I could’ve done without the childhood first love bit, because really, not eeeeeverything has to be fated, dramaland, and I’m pretty sure we covered our bases with Joon-mo and Ye-jin as first loves (and would guess that Joon-mo is the one who drew the sketch in the first place). But Seung-chan’s reaction to the discovery is cute, because he didn’t know she was the same noona from the playground until finding that picture. It makes me sad for building up his hopes though, because it’s getting harder to watch his happiness grow if he’s going to be crushed. Not that there isn’t still a chance for a twist, but I’ve always thought that Ye-jin never wavered in her feelings for Joon-mo. And Seung-chan being so perfectly sweet and adorable is great, except now it’s a blow every time he’s reminded of what Joon-mo means to her.

I’m just glad that Joon-mo finally FINALLY stepped it up and said something sincere, because he was thisclose to losing from sheer inactivity. I can’t believe he had to ask if things would stay the same between them if they married other people, but then again, I’m just relieved he even asked at all. For me the connection between his fear of commitment and failing to take responsibility for Yuna doesn’t hold that much water—I see what the writer is going for, but it’s more realistic to me that he’s just plain scared of losing what they have now to risk a relationship and lose her as a friend too. And as obvious as it is, working through what might happen if he sat there and let Ye-jin marry another man is useful in getting him off his ass to do something about it.

Of course it’s really Seung-chan’s obvious crush on her that starts to get Joon-mo acting instead of thinking, because he realizes at a certain point that he could be replaced by someone. Perhaps he’s never actually been afraid of this happening before, but the preemption theme worked perfectly in this case, where the danger of losing his timeslot actually made him think of Ye-jin and his established spot as her best friend. It became abundantly clear that Seung-chan had already started to take up some of that real estate while he was busy playing it safe, and he certainly needed to be jostled out of his complacency to realize that he might lose her altogether this way. Joon-mo is just plain lucky that Ye-jin is dense enough not to realize Seung-chan’s feelings by now, because it’s not due to anything he did that he even has this chance now to confess.

I’m going to give Joon-mo the benefit of the doubt here and assume that this first huge step means that he’s not going to be so chicken-shit as to say he just meant “as roommates” or something lame like that. I’ll throw something if that’s the opening scene tomorrow. I do expect Ye-jin to interpret this as fear of losing her rather than love, which I would accuse him of as well—it’ll just be up to Joon-mo to prove otherwise, because I do believe that he loves her, and just needed a humongous kick in the pants to get here. Prove me right, Joon-mo! I need you to be awesome to lessen the blow of puppy’s pain.

What really moved me in this episode was Cindy’s storyline, because her fear of being replaced was a different level entirely compared to Joon-mo’s timeslot worries. She would actually be replaced and cease to exist on some level—CEO Byun goes so far as to claim Cindy’s name and identity as her own creation. It’s no wonder that she feels so unsure of who she is. Cindy killed me with her moments of vulnerability today, first when she was actually jealous of Seung-chan being so easily caught in his crush (more jealous that he’s a terrible liar whose sincerity can’t be misread, not that his feelings aren’t for her), and then when she finally let her true feelings show through in her speech.

It was a beautiful breakthrough for her character, and I was really moved by how much she’d grown and how much our three other characters had influenced that change in her. Those are the moments that really get me in the heart, and Cindy has grown on me so much that now I’m angrier at Seung-chan for not noticing Cindy’s feelings than I was at Joon-mo for ignoring Ye-jin’s feelings. C’mon, Baek Seung-chan. Is a serenade on live television not enough to open your eyes?

 
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im refreshing like crazy for today's recap !
LOVE THIS EPISODE !

finally! some depth to the past between RJM and Byun's singer ! pls writer -nim give cindy a happy ending ! i think TYJ will obviously end up with RJM , given how the flow goes and RJM YAY for u dude ! for stepping up your gamee ! , although its in an Oh-so-not-obvious wayy ! hahahaha

and for the epilogue , i think it just strengthen the fact that TYJ only see BSC as a dongsaenggg , and never see him as a potential romantic partner and so onnnn ! and could we just talk about cindy's winning narration please? because i think that is the first time i shed tears with this show ....

aww yayyy for the umbrella couple ! and the older couple ! haha

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awww...I'm rooting for BSC and TJY. I hope this ship is not sinking. I'm mad at the writer for convoluting everything. I just don't see BSC moving onto Cindy.

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And I don't see TYJ moving onto BSC.

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And I don't see anyone moving anywhere resulting in opening ending, resulting in some fans agreement, disappointment, anger, argument, which resulting in beer and calling it a end of a show. Hip hip hooray! LOL!

Just kidding or am I? LOL!

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Or we can just have BSC end up with me and you and you and you and you and we all be happy! LOL! :P

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LOL....!!! love your comments!

hahahaaaa.......

YJ = he really likes movies?
= he really likes moving things and decorating?

he LIKES you dear YJ!!!

JM = I don't want you to move out.
= I want us to continue living together..

what???!!! JM..!! the woman wants to be loved.. be married!!

Cindy = no matter how hard I tried, my feelings were never got caught...

BSC = Sunbae! we are fated to meet...!

Like you said, nobody's moving anywhere .... hahahaaaa...

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OMGG @KDnewfan HAHAHA i also died at TYJ's obvious clueless-ness ( does this word even exist lol ) about the movies part ! i totally did not expect that twist LOL resulting the almost- fall - to -the-floor me HAHAHA xD

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Joon-mo and Ye-jin ending as a romantic couple I can accept. It's always been there. The cap twisting thing Joon-mo did still supersedes anything BSC has done for Ye-jin on the "awwwwww, that's so sweet" meter.

Ye-jin and BSC not at all. The epilogue just confirmed that she has always seen him as a cute kid. The arm bar may have brought that "ooh, he's grown up" recognition, but unlike with guys, that realization rarely moves to romantic recognition.

And I'm a no on the Cindy and BSC train, too now. Cindy made yet another confession to him, this time on live television, and the show ends with him running to Ye-Jin. I'd feel bad for Cindy at this point if she did end up with BSC at the end. A suggestion that a relationship might happen in the future, okay. But anything else wouldn't seem right with so few episodes to go. I'd rather they have some random actor/idol show up who always liked her and pair her up with him.

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I SCREAM when Joon-mo say, "Stay at my house. I don’t want you to go". OMO! UYEAH! FINALLY! Step up your game Joon-mo.

I adore Ye-jin character to be honest.
She is awsome.

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I repeated it 10 times ^^

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or .... she could be with her manager oppa for the ending ! haha they both totally needs some love & careee for God sakeeee !

IKR .. ! i think that twisting the lid scene exceeds anything BSC has ever done for TYJ ... idk.... its just so sweet in some kind of way .. quoting from Cindy , he always grumbled out loud in front of her , but turns out that he take care of her secretly awww .. please let them be the end gameee show !

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its gonna be TYJ and RJM. fosho.
but with umbrella couple.. i think its going to be open ended :)

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Thanks fro the recap! I just finished watching the drama and then when I checked out DB it was just posted yay!

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Is it only me that's hoping for some miracle ending with seungchan and cindy?

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I'm also hoping for a miracle.

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Na Doh :D

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me too..I really hope BSC and Cindy end up together :)

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Me too ?

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my miracle ending for those two would be the beginning of a friendship that could possibly open up to a love line (which won't be revealed in the drama)

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I don't know who to ship anymore... As long as puppy Seung-chan doesn't get heartbroken

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Cindy, flighting! You can also be happy without SC, he does not deserve your love, he hurts you so much when accusing your sincerity for kissing him. I am expecting a scene you kick him out (reject him) when he express his feeling to you. ( although I am a super fan of KIM SOO HYUN)

KSH , you really does a good job in this drama. I can fell your heat from the screen!☺️?

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Yessss!

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I am not worried about ships now... Make Cindy Happy, Confident and Warm hearted and I will be happy.

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+ YES!! For the first time since watching this drama... I didn't care who is going to end up with whom...

Maybe it will be a first drama that all the leads end up with no one lol

I was lol-ing though, at the humbleness of KSH... at playing what most people will call the '2nd lead' character that in all likelihood won't get the girl... but he is just killing it as BSC!! And yet the entire drama almost revolves all around him!

In fact, I really can't see YJ falling for him. So brace yourself puppy... Be strong BSC!!

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Cindy is the one I am concerned about too. It hurts to see her suffering and so lonely. I also hope she ends up happy, and preferably without Seung Chan, he has not showed a romantic interest in her.

As for Seung Chan, now I ship him with Ye Jin. I thought this would never happen, haha!! But these two are the only ones that are getting closer and seem happy about it... Moreover, I would not know that Ye Jin likes Joon Mo if she hadn't say so. There is no romantic or sexual tension between these two, maybe it is the writer's fault, but I only see two friends. It is difficult to ship them together...

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Yessss....! KSH... you're the best!

Didn't you guys notice the perfection he did imitating CTH/JM's expressions in the scene when SC was relaying his encounter with JM to that FD sunbae.

Gosh.... I wish they will release the shooting of that scene. Must be hilarious and I bet even CTH would have been laughing to see KSH doing that imitation :D.. :D

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The backstory on what made Joon-mo so reluctant to take responsibility is such a humongous DUD. For all the build up we had for 8 episodes... That's it? That’s all? So he screwed someone’s career over as a young PD. And…? What does that have to do with his personal life and just admitting his feelings to someone who’s already told him she likes him? I see no logical correlation to this and it makes Joon-mo all the more cowardly and pathetic in my eyes. He’s so irredeemable to me, no matter what else he does from here on. Period. But… I’m also glad he told Ye-jin what he really feels – if that's what he really feels. Its difficult for me to be sure he doesn’t just want to lose his long-time friend over actually loving her romantically. But anyway, as long as Seung-chan heard it, I hope he can move on. I’ve always thought of his like for Ye-jin as simply a puppy crush and their little history verifies that rather than signifying ‘First love’ or ‘Fate’. Its still cute however, that he crushed on the same person in two different times completely.

I think this is one of Producers most strongest episode in tying up the theme with content. There was the right amount of angst and it was still hilarious and adorable at the same time. I think Seung-chan and Ye-jin bring in the laughs I’ve come to expect all the time. Seung-chan’s innocent advances and Ye-jin’s absolute cluelessness is really entertaining and I really enjoy watching them together. I’m also really happy to see Seung-chan warm up to Cindy. Its subtle and a slow process, but its obvious he is starting to see the real her. I don’t know if it will turn to anything more, I don't even know if they’ll end up being close friends… but it's a start. I feel Seung-chan can’t fall in love with her this late in the game. It wouldn’t feel organic to the narrative but I’d like to see them surprise me if that's the plan.

Cindy won me over today unlike last week where the focus on her got on my nerves. This time, her fears were palpable and realistic and I think it was her sincerity that got through Seung-chan in the end. I loved the moment she thanked him for being her umbrella. There’s a lot of warmth and love in the way she looked at him, knowing he likes someone else and knowing he might doubt her sincerity. Seung-chan was definitely moved and I’m optimistic that this is a big stepping stone for their relationship going forward. I’m also hopeful he wont be too heart broken over Ye-jin. I’d like for him to do one of his hilarious petty revenges on Joon-mo. Then he can move on instead of mope about. I’d be pretty shattered to see him sad because I’ve just grown so attached to him.

Lastly, KSH’s imitation of CTH? I died.

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I have to agree about the backstory of Joon-mo and Yuna being a dud. Just given how the story has build up on that backstory, I had (forgive my imagination) thought of worse scenario for him to be haunted by that.

I had thought it had involve her suicide (given the rate in Korea) and think if that was the case, I would had go, ah so that why Joon-mo is so afraid!

Honestly, it made me somewhat disappointed. And at this point, I don't even mind open ending. Just watching it as enjoyment.

I truly wish there is a single korean drama that would shift the reality of childhood friends = first love = must end up together ... since reality girl and guy can know each other for years or even since childhood and still be just that, true besties. Just give me one drama where it is just that, a man and woman can be childhood friends without falling or ending up together because of it.

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Honestly, i think, yuna did commit suicide after her career downfall.

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Yup, I suspect the same.

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That's funny, cos I was actually thinking that--were this a different sort of drama--if Cindy actually lost her place I can see committing suicide. Up until now when she's forging these small friendships, she really had nothing except being an image. She seems thoroughly hollowed out. I can't see her committing suicide because of how active that would be, but if she could passively die--who knows.

Obviously, that wouldn't happen in this drama, or even now that she has something else besides an image.

But it would make a lot of sense if Yuna committed suicide...that's a good point.

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They could have shown more depth to the backstory of Yuna since it was crucial in understanding Joon Mo's reluctance. It was just too abrupt so us the viewers could not attach any kind of emotions to it. Maybe if they had shown snippets of what happened to her after her fall from stardom, it would have had more impact.

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i read it as an explanation for his aversion to commitment. this also ties back into the epilogue where he talked about editing and letting something good go for something better. he's traumatized by his words and weakness in the past, which has led to his fear of commitment. he would rather stay friends with ye jin than lose her forever, but even this is shaken by her answer to his question about how their friendship would become if they each married someone else. so even though ye jin, seung chan, and cindy are more interesting characters for me, i understand and sympathize with his character as well.

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U ship for JM and YJ

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Me too!

Ye-jin's feeling seems so solid towards Joon-mo.

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FIGHTING TEAMYEJINJOONMO!

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Cindy's speech melted my heart.

“And finally, to the person who held up an umbrella when I was standing alone in the rain—thank you. I wanted to say that it was really warm.”

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I hope this doesn't lead to another misunderstanding since Joon Mo held an umbrella for her too and her special thank you did start right after she said his name. Joon Mo might think it was him she was thanking.

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I cried at that..... really touches my heart. To me, the watery eyes...the shaky voice... it's all genuine... plss SC! open your eyes...!

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I HAD FRICKIN TEARS IN MY EYES AT THAT SCENE and I rarely cry at dramas. Cindy has completely and utterly stolen my heart this episode. DO YOU SEE HER SINCERITY NOW, BSC? It also made me fear so much for her when I saw the parallels between her broken state and BSC, and Yuna and Joon Mo's story. But thankfully she's stronger, and it's made Joon Mo realise that there IS HOPE, which is wonderful.

God, how I loved the progress in this episode, as well as the fact that the chapters of the book and themes are always so perfect.

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I feel so sad for Cindy! I just want her to be happy. Her life is so unfortunate. I want her to be able to experience sincerity and love.

Seung Chan ... Wake up!

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I feel sorry for Cindy because she knows Seung Chan likes Yejin.

But she will still be waiting for him. Therefore, I will still be waiting for them.

:-)

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I feel like I'm the only one rooting for Tak Ye-jin and Baek Seung-chan.. ??

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You're not!!! :-)))
THEY ARE TOO CUTE AND ADORABLE NOT TO BE THE ENDGAME.
And seriously, 9 episodes in and most of the screentime revolve around Yejin and Seungchan being all giddy and sweet.
Writer Park Ji Eun better realize how sudden(and maybe insincere) a Cindy-Seungchan endgame, and how *insert negative word here* Yejin-Joonmo endgame would be.
Episode 10 better be good to Rookie-Sunbae ship :(

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I was so glad that ceo byun showed her true colors in front of seung chan, who didn't realize the extent of Cindy's inner conflict until this point. It's so ironic that he got to know and see Cindy in this new light as a result of trying to chase after his crush, aka cindy's "rival". It's asking for too much at this point for him to open his heart to Cindy instead but hey! Umbrella couple all the way. I think they'll end up with an open ending, and joon mo and ye jin will marry and she will "reclaim" her house. Aslo, no one is commenting on that intense kim jong kook kissing scene because damn.

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Did you notice the look on Seung Chan's face when CEO Byun said to Cindy that she owns Cindy's name and image because she created it.

I felt like I saw a something just dawn on him... that he's just found out a horrible truth...

Maybe, that what led him to give a noisy room (with his innocent face) to the new starlet.... as a petty revenge on Cindy's behalf.

Oooops.....did Sc just show that he cares for Cindy?

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all I want, alllllll I waaaaaannnnntttt, is for a BSC/TYJ kiss. That's all. I swear. She can be with Ra Joon Mo in the end, I just don't want to see BSC have to do some kind of noble idiocy as "character growth", and never have his feelings recognized and acknowledged by her. Pleeeeeaaasseeeeee.

(also Gong Hyo-Jin is my faaavvee and I think their chemistry, even in the ADORBS outtakes [yaayy end credits sequence!] is definitely there. Can we have a Kim Soo Hyun/Gong Hyo-Jin drama or movie after this? You know, so they can actually end up together?)

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That would be totally disgusting please don't!

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^ please don't start. your comment is disgusting

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agree with u...i like the kim soo hyun/gong hyo jin cute chemistry

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hehe i agree! they are just too adorable :)

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<3 YASSSSS PLEASEEEEEE
(Altho I'm still hoping, by some miracle that they still end up together, I'd be less devastated if there's at least one of these moments between this adorable ship)

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This is turning into typical korean drama but I still enjoying it so much but i wish they don't focus to much on the love lines. I Personally invested on Cindy right now,i hope she find her happiness..On the other hand I still don't like Seung Chan at all,I can't grasp into his character.

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Does anyone know if the mystery girl is Naeun of apink

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Actually she is Na Hae Ryeong from girl group Bestie

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are you sure? Hae ryeong has a higher voice and more delicate features-plus i couldnt find articles saying she made a cameo

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Thanks for the recap, GF!

I was also really moved by Cindy's storyline today. It's hard to imagine living a life as being fabricated by CEO Byun for over 10 years. No wonder she is so lost when it comes to a sense of identity and that her sincerity is mistaken as an act. Her thank-you speech was very touching.

Finally!! JM better step up his game or be lost in the dust. Harsh as it is, it's also reality that no job position and even friendship is irreplaceable. So, I'm glad the preempt as well as SC's crush on YJ led to JM to take some action and speak up. If he wants to hang on to YJ, he's gotta be honest with her about his feelings so that she doesn't keep thinking what she does and how she feels is putting their friendship in jeopardy and that's it's all one-sided.

Poor SC... We know the pain and devastation are coming... Every time he is all giddy and grins like a fool, I feel a pang for him knowing what will be coming... Nevertheless, I was moved by his words for Cindy about those comments that are like poisoned arrows. And also, I completely LOLed at his imitation of JM's words to him. That was gold!! =P The scene with YJ and his mom was funny as well since the mom is totally head-desking and face-palming for being the busybody. XD

Love how YJ stood up for Cindy instead of being sucked in by CEO Byun's ways. And also the scene of YJ with SC in the car and how his hand protected her. I actually thought SC might have stood up to CEO Byun as well in that waiting room scene with Cindy. But it was fun to see him escorting CEO Byun and JH to the comedy group waiting room. Keke~

HS and Office Nazi!! Haha!! What can I say? That was totally expected!!

The ending... Awww... Sad sad SC with flower and panda but didn't get to YJ first. Could hear his heart breaking when JM asked YJ not to leave.

The epilogue... So, SC was already drawn to YJ back then. Now, he knows his crush actually began years ago. Curious what he will do next when it comes to YJ and Cindy. At the same time, I wanna see him learning more the tricks of the trade and becoming more recognized for his skills.

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Love love Hong Soon n Office Nazi!!

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IU was subtle...sincere and spot on! Even if she ends up alone, the transition of her character is the most compelling part of this drama. The way she carried the ice princess diva or whatever you call it was so unique. it was refreshing to see a different treatment of this character, rather than loud and obnoxious, she was quiet, and lived in her own world. I like that part when she became the ice princess again to protect herself and so that she will not expect anything from anyone again and get hurt again.

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I was already crying 10 minutes into this episode because of Cindy. And that heartfelt speech of hers towards the end got me too. Park Ji-Eun really likes humbling haughty top stars and showing another side of them, doesn't she? Cindy has become her Cheon Song-Yi for this drama.

I feel like Cindy's character has been developed very well. With this drama, people would always question the characters motivations for doing so and so. For Cindy, everything has been explained (e.g. her insomnia, her icy attitude, her seeming lack of sincerity). This is also the first episode wherein BSC finally got to know the real Cindy and we are finally getting a glimpse of his perspective as he is seeing her, since we have always seen the development in Cindy and BSC's relationship from Cindy's POV. Even if they do not end up together in the end, BSC has sort of served his purpose as the Demian to Cindy's Emil Sinclair in giving her enlightenment.

It's great that the writer did not turn Cindy into a clingy, revengeful character just because the guy that she likes doesn't seem to like her back. She has an even bigger battle to wage in preventing the utter destruction of her career and everything that she has worked hard for. I love the development of YJ worrying about Cindy, even coming to her defense against CEO Byun, and Cindy apologizing to YJ and thanking her sincerely for what she has done for her.

Cindy is going to be JM's "redemption" for what he wasn't able to do for Yuna. I'm really curious as to how JM will redeem himself with Cindy. CTH is a very good actor and it's amazing to see him both do drama and comedy.

I love the comfortableness that YJ and JM feels around each other. The friendship is obviously not merely platonic, as some would suggest. It is more like a comfortableness between an old, married couple. They have always been by each others' side ever since. They obviously like each but don't seem to know what to with their friendship in case their relationship moves on to another level.

After dragging the story with the Cindy-BSC-YJ love triangle, I hope that the remaining episodes are not wasted by focusing heavily on another love triangle (BSC-YJ-JM).

Except for the manufactured history between BSC and YJ (where did that come from?!), Episode 9 is probably the best one so far.

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IU's portrayal of Cindy is appealing and most of all, subtle. Her micro facial expressions throughout the drama are incredible, to the point where I want to watch her scenes twice to catch them all.

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I cried with laughter during the car parking scene!

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LOL that was the best scene from yesterday's ep!

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Oh we finally have a move on in the love triangle(s). Hallelujah! Now if Joon Mo backs off, he’ll become even more ridiculous than he already is right now. But honestly the writing for his character is just not worth the time spent typing up my words. MEH.

Poor Puppy! He looks sad but the preview tells me he will quickly get over it. Thank dramagods for small mercies. If I see him crying about because of Joon Mo, it will only intensity all my already overloading dislike for that guy. Also, Poor Cindy! She’s in such a vulnerable position and I really want to see her stand up for herself without screwing her career over.

There are three episodes left, can the writer pleeeeeease just stop giving Seung Chan and Ye Jin so many scenes together? They are sooo cute but since they are not end game I’d rather see Seung Chan and Cindy develop a friendship that will blossom into love. Their conversations are always so meaningful and deep and it would be nice for Seung Chan to allow her into his heart. Not immediately, but gradually. Still hoping for the Umbrella ship to sail.

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Surprisingly, I feel like I can understand why Joon-mo is so afraid to just make a move and confess his feelings to Ye Jin. And how all that relates to Yuna, the singer he feels so much regret over.

With Yuna, Joon-mo made a decisive and clear decision. He told her to take Byun-vampire head on and he'll take responsibility for the fall-out. A decision that had such dire results and a decision that he is ultimately responsible for because Yuna would never have gone against Byun-vampire had it not been for his words, "trust me, I'll take responsibility".

Because of this incident, Joon-mo is afraid to make a decision and do something. If his decision turns out wrong against his judgment, he'll feel that it was all because he did something to change it. If he didn't do or say anything (like his words to Yuna), nothing would have happened.

That's why, he doesn't want to do anything about his feelings for Ye-jin because if he made a decision and it ended up wrong (like the Yuna incident), he'll regret it and with Ye-jin, his regret will be a hundred times more.

It's cowardly but I understand where he's coming from. Fighting Joon-mo! Just tell her you love her already before someone steals your place in her heart because you're so afraid to just bloody do something!

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Very true!

Remember last week, when Seung Chan confronted Joon Mo and asked him if he was okay about Ye Jin going to that setup blind date and after being accused of being a coward, Joon Mo did say that, "don't butt in recklessly... don't start if you could not take responsibility to the end.."

The words refer to his experience with Yuna but he gave that answer in relation to his inaction towards Ye Jin.

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I feel like there is already a noona romance in this show because of the office Nazi and that PD guy who kept complaining about her, considering their scene together.

But I honest dont know their age so correct if Im wrong.

P. S. Seung Chan might not actually end up with Yejin (which is a relief because I still have a tiny spark of hope between him and Cindy...).

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and so my ship sinks lmfao

joon mo and ye jin maybe endgame, but i don't think anything can trump the dynamic between seung chan and ye jin in my heart; how he looks at her like she's the sun, and how she finds easy, every day sort of comfort in him. i just, these two give me all the feels, like seung chan lighting up like the fourth of july every time something ye jin said in passing ends up meaning so much to him, or how he's literally there for her every step of the way, at her beck and call, and how she dotes on him, and acknowledges him constantly. sigh.

i like joon mo as a character. i find him very engaging and relatable, and cth is obviously knocking it out of the park with his performance, but i just... really don't like him with ye jin. i admit their backstory is compelling, and cth and ghj play off of each other really well. but for some reason, there's just... no spark there? ultimately, i think this show does not have a single pairing that truly made me swoon and captured my heart. seung chan and ye jin came very close. though i've all but lost hope for them being endgame, if the show still tries to pull a last minute switch up, i'll be ecstatic! but i'll also be annoyed as heck bc 3 episodes is not nearly enough time to pull off a turnaround like that, and i just feel like we could have literally had it all, had the writers just focused on one pairing, but bc there is so much ship baiting and meandering going on, it's like no one wins in the end. i am terribly heartbroken for seung chan, but not too upset about joon mo, bc it's clear ye jin's heart has always unknowingly been set on him.

in the end, my main takeaway from producers is that kim soo hyun and gong hyo jin need to star in a proper romcom together, bc they have such fantastic chemistry, and they're both such excellent actors. ;A;

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You said it well. I like Joonmo as a pd, and a friend but as a lover to Yejin, i dont see anything.

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Very well said...but we don't really know what will happen...they like to have twists in the story :)

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now, i ship cindy with happiness
enough said

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Wow I love your recap girlfriday thank you for giving me specified inner voice of the characters. I'm really rooting for the two long time friends to be a strong solid couple and of course umbrella couple. But I'm so invested with Cindy's character and like what you said that she grown up in this episode. At least she gain self-respect to herself and true friends but bad luck in her love life, I just hope that BSC open his eyes now that he is the third wheel in YJ and JM relationship, even he appeared in the picture long time back me is still the third wheel. Anyway he deserve it after because up until now he is blind to Cindy's affection, I hope Cindy will deserve someone who will truly love her and I don't want SC to go searching for her as a rebound girl. After all the heartaches and pain Cindy deserve to be threated as a real human beings

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listen i just want yejin and cindy to become best friends and rent their own apartment together!! also for cindy to leave ceo byun's company and find one that lets her rest/be her own person while still managing her career well

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yes nado. Enjoying the growth of their friendship. #girlpower

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Did anyone else love the NGs at the end of the ep?? lol Kim Soo hyun's reaction to Yejin's aegyo..aha I wonder how many times they had to reshoot that scene. And I loved the ep today! Hoping for Cindy to have a happy ending..preferably with Seungchan. :)

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I loved it too! Kim Soo Hyun's laughter was too cute XD hopefully they'll show us more NGs in the upcoming episodes

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When is Yuna appearing??? Will she blame RMJ???

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Cindy's growth and maturity was praiseworthy. So proud of her.I felt BSC was a bit immature in how he handled things with her, which at times made me view him as a very self centered and almost selfish person. I felt that the least he could've done was taken the opportunity to let her down gently and explain his affections for YJ. Of course he doesn't owe her anything but if your going to be obvious and transparent about it you might as well explain it.

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hmm... I feel that he didn't owe her anything in explanation, because their relationship so far is only circumstantially slightly more than a professional one...

I really applaud Cindy for not being a clingy or jealous person, and was totally sincere and mature about how she handled her feelings for BSC... She is even so gracious to thank Yejin ( her love 'rival') on Live TV... She is not just doing it as a noble, goody goody character, but feels like a very real, believable person who didn't force her feelings onto another person...

The writing is really wonderful for this engaging drama! I am looking forward to the next episode!

KJK is so natural that I am glad he is much more than a cameo hahaha Wow is that his first drama kiss! LOL So unexpected haahahaha

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If BSC is really a selfish person, he wouldn't have missed the precious opportunity to go to movie with YJ and came back to Cindy at her request (Wasn't Cindy selfish to ask him to come back even he mentioned he's in a appointment? ) . He's already pretty much voice his rejection at Cindy's house but he's worried about Cindy's standing in the rain.

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BSC has been coming off selfish and a bit hypocritical. Cindy didn't ask him to come back. She said she would wait for him. And at Cindy's house he took the opportunity to tell her about her character flaws which is completely out of align if he's keeping it professional; and kind of mean if he was rejecting her. BSC's done the same things to Cindy that he's gotten on Joon-mo about doing to Ye-jin without the incredibly sweet comebacks that Joon-mo does after he screws up. He tried to ignore Cindy's confession the same way Joon-mo ignored Ye-jin. Only difference being that Joon-mo seemed to care that he hurt Ye-jin. That he was going to let her stand outside alone in the middle of the night waiting for her manager pretty much says BSC doesn't care about Cindy's feelings. And that would be okay if he wasn't off preaching to Joon-mo and chastising Cindy about her shortcomings.

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Well, BSC has been clear from the very beginning that he has NO romantic feelings for Cindy AT ALL. Joon-mo, on the other hand, kissed his best friend while drunk, and is scared to acknowledge any romantic feelings he might have for Ye-jin.

I think BSC has been consistent in everything he's done so far. He has no feelings for Ye-jin and Cindy knows he likes Ye-jin. The conversation when she asked him what movie they were going to watch and he didn't know and she said, you weren't going there to see the movie, you were going there to see Ye-jin - so she knows his heart is already taken

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I mean no feelings for Cindy

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BSC also knows that Ye-Jin likes Joon-mo. He remembers her confession. That hasn't stopped him from following her around like a puppy. Him folding Joon-mo out of the picture is a tangible representation of him trying to ignore the obviously more important/prominent role Joon-mo has in Ye-Jin's heart.
Cindy acknowledges his heart is with someone else, BSC just keeps pretending like when Ye-Jin calls him "kid" and tousles his hair, the same way she did when was really a kid, that it means something else.

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In this drama I only feel for cindy. Don't even care about tyj bsc RJM triangle love story anymore. Cindy's speech shows how much she has grown through out the whole series. After a long time cried while watching drama and this all Bcoz of cindy. It's unfortunate for Seung-chan that he doesn't feel anything for cindy Bcoz cindy has become so sincere in love that she can see through seunghchan and understands how he feels which tyj clearly doesn't see. Now I just want cindy to be happy with herself not Bcoz of Seung-chan.

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Some men are just into Noonas and not into cutesy girls... I wish audiences will just give BSC a break. Did he meet both of them and decide one was better than the other? No. Has he always only crushed on noonas? Yes. he’s as consistent as it is and I wish people will just accept his character and not make him into the usual kdrama standard lead... must be age appropriate, must be visual compatible etc etc.

I know lots of guys who prefer dating older women as they find younger women very difficult to please and also they enjoy having a stronger partner to look up to and share their lives with.

Bottomline - since watching day 1 of this drama... he’s constantly laughing, smiling and happy when he’s with TYJ and she also became softer because of him. Likewise she started angry and picky and all of a sudden the little puppy has her laughing and smiling a lot too.

With Cindy, before she can bring happiness to another person she needs to first find herself and find friends. BSC is not the answer to her problems. I feel scared thinking about the two of them together because her emotionally clinginess will drain him out. How many pep talks does he need to give to her in oder for her to be become happier... how many sessions of “drop everything and come to me” will she have in the future and eventually he will be as sad and depressed as well

Cute does not equate compatibility. Sad does not mean passing the responsibility to the person you like. I like the goofy, noon pleasing seung chan who is so innocent and sweet, its not good thoughts thinking how much of that will be compromised when he dates a less self assured person.

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He was in like with the cutesy girl when the drama started, though. That's why he's there in the first place. He followed the cute girl--who he, himself said he liked because she was cute--not only to the station, but into that field.

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at this point I don't care who ends up with whom!! all I care about is for Cindy to be happy! I really feel sorry for her! She is the only one who is holding me back on dropping this drama! I don't care if she doesn't end up with SC (he is always hurting her anyway) but please don't make her more miserable than she already is!

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totally agree with you. I was shipping cindy and bsc so much, but now, I just hope she will forget him and be happy because she deserves happiness after all those hardship.

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I want to see cindy kicking ceo byun's butt. So i 'll tune to this drama. Just for you cindy

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I am all for YJ and Cindy as BFFs and moving in together. Heck, can YJ (and JM) manager her career when she finally leaves CEO? :D

I love the development of Cindy's character. I find myself rooting for her. I just want her to come out of this strong and damn happy! Cindy, you go girl!!!

As for JM, FINALLY! Please don't do anything stupid in the next episode and chicken out again. Their love story's been in the making for years! It is about time!

For SC, poor puppy's heart... Well he recovered fast from his first noona, so hopefully this time he'll be okay as well.

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Maybe find a third noon to crush on. Finale cameo : KBS invests into movie production and send the rookie pds in to help. Cue: Jeon Ji Hyun walks in with her “sassy girl hair sweep” and bingo! BSC in love again. Lol

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Omg perfect! But now I'm conflicted. I always wanted Jun Ji-hyun's cameo to be as Song-yi mistaking Seung-chan to be Min-joon. This is 2015 and Min-joon won't be back till 2017. That would've been too epic. But now I want Seung-chan to end up with JJH instead. Decisions, decisions, lol.

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That would be EPIC! But omg BSC in love... AGAIN!! LOL

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Jeon Ji-Hyun with her former leading men, CTH and KSH, will be an absolute riot.

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"... can YJ (and JM) manager her career when she finally leaves CEO? "

I was thinking of that too!

Yeah.... Cindy must realize that she doesn't have to rely only on Byun Entertainment to manage her. (Of course it's difficult for her to move away as she doesn't have parents anymore... so whom could she ask for help).

Unless.... the 3 other leads help her.

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It broke my heart to see Cindy cast aside for the newer, younger her. She already has no friends and no family; her idol life is the only thing she knows, and CEO Byun is taking even that away from her. I'm so glad she had stayed at Ye Jin and Joon Mo's house and bonded with them. Ye Jin was the best sticking up for her against CEO Byun. Cindy's thank you speech was so heartfelt. Despite running over time, hopefully, MuBank aired it in its entirely, so the viewers can witness one of the rare times Cindy is not putting on an act.

I see no hope for the Umbrella Couple, but then again, I'm not invested in the love lines. Ye Jin and Joon Mo will probably be endgame. I really like the high school flashbacks. It was adorable how Ye Jin and Joon Mo were playfully flirting with each other in the epilogue. The epilogue also goes to show Ye Jin has always seen Seung Chan as a kid, and she treats him as one even today.

Mom and Ye Jin out-bowing each other was my favorite scene today. "I'm so sorry!" "No, I'm sorrier!" Then both regretting their actions for opposite reasons. Hong Soon and Yang Mi -- when did that happen? I mean, we knew it would happen, but when did that happen? I wish they would show us the lead-in.

Thanks for the recap, girlfriday!

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"Hong Soon and Yang Mi — when did that happen? I mean, we knew it would happen, but when did that happen?"

I'm pretty sure the closest thing to a lead in we got ar are going to get was Hong-soon worrying about Yang-mi while she was gone.

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I don't suppose someone will shoot that thing poorly disguised as a human running Cindy's agency before the end, will they?

My dream ending involves Ye-jin and Joon-mo getting married starting their own entertainment company and managing Cindy while the three of them leave Captain Dopey aka Baek Seung-chan in the dust. Of course that's at least partly because my hatred of Seung-chan's family is rubbing off on him, can they just disappear?

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I'm sorry but if YJ suddenly falls for SC, it won't make sense because this WHOLE drama, there was only one person she had feelings for, Joon Mo. It's almost like AM1994 where insisting NY pick CB wouldn't be consistent because she was always after Oppa.

I enjoyed Cindy's journey and was actually expecting similar emotional journeys for the other leads as well, but it's too late now. Somehwhere in between, the writers just gave up on the story it seems. And first love insert was either a gift to the YJxSC shippers before breaking their heart OR tying in to YJxSC as the fated couple.

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Thank you for the recap gf ! I think swung chan will only love noonas, isn't he? First joon mo's girlfriend and now ye jin. Oh! Somebody tell that boy to love someone loving him aka Cindy!!! ;-)

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Just finish this episode and omg the epilogue...now that put a light to BSC and his type of woman. He's into noonas young, lol.

He has a crush on YJ, became a PD because of his college noona, then end up crushing on YJ noona again ... this boy got the hots for noona, lol

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Thank you for the recap. Oh! I think seung chan will only love noonas. First joon mo's girlfriend and now ye jin!! Somebody tell that boy to love someone loving him aka Cindy!!! ;-) and also I don't understand joon mo why can't he just tell he love ye jin directly sigh!! :-( let's see if his indirect confession makes the day or not on next episode :-)

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wow I love this episode can't wait to see the next episode

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Gotta hand it to her, Cindy has a lot of class. I like the way she took it when she realized that Seung Chan wasn't into her. She made her apology, left and tried to put Seung Chan at ease. A big departure from the usual 2nd lead female who feel they have to force their attentions on their male crushes. I admire her honesty and her bravery. It was brave of her to put her feelings out there knowing that she could be rejected. And after she was, she didn't let it affect her relationship (budding friendship?) with Seung Chan, but still listened to his advice. Classy lady.

Other things I admire about her is how she hardly ever complains, she grits her teeth and does what she has to do and forges on. I hope she comes out ahead, I really do. And I hope CEO Byun gets what is coming to her. Karma cannot be denied.

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Yes, agree! I like Cindy as she is not a whiner and does not indulge in self pity.

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KSH imitation of CTH was pure comedic gold! I almost died of laughter! Who knew he had it in him?! LOL

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Yes. That's so spot-on! Thanks writer-rim, we get to see him showcase his many acting muscles, a brilliant actor.

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That was awesome. I stopped right there and watched it two more times!

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So are paparazzi gonna catch Joon-mo holdin up that umbrella for her, release those pics as part of CEO Byun's plan to destroy her career, and people will think that he's the umbrella guy Cindy was talking about in her speech?

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Cindy and Seung Chan definitely seem to be the focus of the show, in that their actions drive the story forward. Joon Mo has been maddeningly passive and only now is starting to do something and Ye Jin is oblivious. Although I have to admit, it's funny how she misses the obvious. "Baek Seung Chan really likes movies" HA.

I'm concerned with how all the loose ends will be tied up. It seems like Ye Jin Joon Mo is the pairing but I don't want Seung Chan to be with Cindy as a rebound/consolation prize. The whole childhood scene confused me because it tries to legitimize his crush as a first love/fate connection which normally would be game over, except his competition is also a first love. I just don't see any way he doesn't get his heart crushed and I don't want to rush or time jump for him to get his head and heart right and pointed at Cindy, assuming that is what is going to happen. I suppose Ye Jin could chose Seung Chan but that would really marginalize Joon Mo as a character though I think that would make the drama interesting and less cliched

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I simply want Cindy to be happy, that is all, whether Seung-chan is there for her romantically or not. I hope four of them could stick together and be each other's source of strength, too; their relationship is precious.

I also really like Manager Oppa. He seems to genuinely care for Cindy.

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Manager Oppa! Cindy should also thank him in her speech..

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Heh yes, but I think she didn't have enough time.

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I love Cindy, I want her to be happy and I don't like BSC much right now. Cindy FIGHTING

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i would love for them to introduce some cool guy at the end who likes Cindy for who she is.

At this point, Cindy kinda deserves someone better than Seungchan honestly. lol

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I care for Cindy right now and not anyone else. I hope she can teach CEO Byun lesson of her lifetime and can walk ahead with pride and with her head held high. BSC, sure he is a nice guy but doesn't deserve Cindy at this point. I'd love it if they would focus on BSC is becoming a good PD instead of the noona romance that I don't care about. And Joon-Mo....step up dude and save your show and tell YJ everything clearly...she cant pick up the obvious signs.

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i'm so pleased by how last episode's ending was resolved- in other dramas, the main character would have chosen one over the other, leaving the other one stranded, playing on the theme of miscommunication and serving as a catalyst for realizing who he ~truly loves~. but how it played out here is very true to his character, realistic and satisfying.
even though i realize that yejin and ra joon mo are meant to be endgame (despite me loving her and seung chan together), i feel so badly for cindy that i want her feelings to at least be acknowledged by him. because i'm still not quite sure if seung chan realizes that she likes him. how he acts toward her is purely professional, even as he feels badly for her and sympathetic. but i almost agree with some other people have been saying- that i'd be okay if seung chan and cindy were the only ones that didn't end up with other people, and instead continue to grow, as corny as that sounds.
or, i half wish they could all just be in an open relationship instead, so everyone could be happy. lol

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i also think Seung-chan and Cindy are on the same level of wavelength of maturity that shouldn't be wasted. their conversations are really honest, deep, heartfelt. at this point i care for Cindy's happiness more than whether she's with Seung-chan or not, but i hope they still will be able to keep this special connection - let them be friends or open ending of possible future relationship.

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Same here. I want Cindy to be happy, whether she's with Seung-chan or not - and while their conversations are adorable, I think it's far more noteworthy that she now has more people in her life who genuinely care for her (manager oppa was the only one at the start).

And my personal favourite moment of this episode was Ye-jin standing up for Cindy and throwing CEO Byun's attempt to undermine her big moment by turning it into a meet-the-new-star introduction-fest, back in her face. I love how they're so reluctantly but genuinely fond of each other.

(I know everyone is lamenting this turning into a romcom set at KBS instead of a KBS mockumentary, but it's a GREAT romcom. It's like it has all the zip and zing that you'd normally expect from a classic romcom, especially a Hong sisters one)

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