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Oh My Venus: Episode 7

Awww, there’s a lot of cuteness in this episode, to balance out some of the serious background we got last week. There are more smiles, more flirting, and Young-ho and Joo-eun both start to relax around each other. But this is Dramaland, and just when it feels safe to admit your feelings, something always comes along to throw a wrench into the romance.

EPISODE 7 RECAP

Young-ho shields himself and Joo-eun with his umbrella, says, “Your body is mine… you can’t say no,” and moves in for a sweet kiss. Joo-eun kisses him back, then looks a bit dazed as Young-ho smiles at her and puts her glasses back on. She murmurs, “Take your clothes off,” confusing Young-ho, but he grins and does as he’s told.

HAHA, she wanted his coat to hide her face, and keeps it tossed over her head on the drive home. Young-ho thinks she’s adorable, and keeps trying to take the coat off her head. When they get back to his place, Joo-eun runs to her room and collapses, replaying the kiss in her mind over and over as her heart pounds and her face burns.

She tries to write her physical reactions off as her hypothyroidism, but a quick internet search shows that it would actually decrease her heart rate. Suddenly she sees her Young-ho ghost hovering near her on the bed, and she hilariously prepares for another kiss, but he disappears before their lips touch. And then he’s on the other side, so Joo-eun puckers up again — only to be told to do fifty sit-ups. Hee.

In the morning, Joo-eun carefully primps before going out for breakfast, but Young-ho still startles her by waiting right outside her door. He thanks her for her gift yesterday, and says that today it’s his turn. She wonders if he’ll give her a gift, or a dessert, or even another kiss… but he just produces a scale and motions her onto it.

He does notice her perfume and asks about it, but he’s merciless when they realize she gained some weight back on her “Joo-eun Day.” She gets on the treadmill but soon turns it off, saying that losing weight too fast could kill her. Young-ho says that she will have her body her whole life and should keep it in peak condition, but Joo-eun grumbles that he’s not as if he’ll be living with her forever. Young-ho says that’s yet to be determined. Oh really?

Back on the treadmill, Joo-eun loses her footing and is flung backwards into Young-ho’s arms. He asks dryly if this is that thing people call a “backhug,” ha.

There’s a commotion at the office this morning, with a woman in Soo-jin’s office yelling at her — it’s the mother of one of the employees the chaebol daughter assaulted. The mother wants an apology, not money. Soo-jin sits silently with her head bowed, but Joo-eun runs in to gently ask the woman to calm down. She takes the woman to a coffee shop, and lets her tell her story.

It sounds like the chaebol daughter was pretty brutal to the employee, beating her badly, and they just want her to admit she was wrong. The mother breaks down in tears, and Joo-eun advises her to drag this out, and try to get more money. She’ll get a bigger payout that way, but also the apology she wants.

Walking back to the office, Joo-eun remembers her mother mourning her father’s death, and how his employer had tried to give them money as compensation. Her mother had thrown the money back at the employer, saying that what she wanted was her husband back. When the employer said that her father was to blame for the accident that killed him, her mother had wailed that they weren’t being treated like human beings just because they were poor.

Now Joo-eun calls her mother, who’s busy opening the store she bought for her brother. She agrees to come to the grand opening that weekend, and she and Mom bicker lovingly.

Joo-eun talks to Soo-jin back at the office, reminding her that they used to promise to become good lawyers. Soo-jin coldly says that she’s not interested in discussing the past, and that someone has to represent the chaebol daughter, so it may as well be them. She gives Joo-eun the reponsibility of handling the case from now on.

Joo-eun asks if Soo-jin really has no intention of apologizing to her, but Soo-jin says that she never stole Woo-shik — he left on his own. She asks if Joo-eun feels wronged, and says that anything she has can be taken away.

Joo-eun wonders how her personality could have changed so much just because her exterior changed, and Soo-jin says that the world is fickle when it comes to being loved. Joo-eun asks if she means whether or not you love others, which shuts Soo-jin up. For now.

Young-ho accompanies his grandmother in praying for her daughter, his mother, at the temple. When she finishes he hugs her and asks if she’s still mad at him, and she hits him weakly while crying, though clearly relieved to see him again. Awww, even Manager Min looks a little choked up at the reunion.

Young-ho sadly reminds his grandmother that he doesn’t like hospitals, referring to her illness, and she says that she knows, but his running the company is her final wish. Young-ho repeats that he wants to build cancer and physical therapy centers, and that he worries he’ll ruin Gahong if he takes over.

He asks Grandma not to come here so often anymore, and she cries and says she’s sorry, and thanks him. Young-ho just hugs her tenderly. He goes for a walk by himself (with Min trailing in the car) and sees his childhood self limping beside him on the road.

Joon-sung trains with Ji-woong, who warns him not to train too hard and injure himself. Yi-jin bursts in and interrupts, furious at Joon-sung yet again. Apparently he’s turned down a second commercial with her, and she’s so upset that she’s crying.

Joon-sung asks if something else is going on, since her reaction seems so over-the-top, and she cries on his chest that she’s his fan, and wants to be closer to him. Really, that’s why you’re sniveling like that? Poor Joon-sung looks like he wants to flee the planet, and I can’t blame him.

Ji-woong takes the opportunity to tease Joon-sung about the crazy girl crying at him, all the way home. All three guys arrive at the house at the same time, and recoil in horror at the stench of whatever Joo-eun is cleaning out of her purse — a year-old tangerine, ew.

She tells Young-ho that it’s her lucky bag that she takes to all of her court cases, and at the same time they both become very aware of the fact that they’re right next to his massage chair… the one he leaned over her and teased her in. Interestingly, it’s Young-ho who jumps up and runs out of the room first.

As she scrubs her purse, Joo-eun complains to herself that if he’s going to kiss her, he should at least follow it up somehow. Acting like it never happened is confusing.

Ji-woong calls Joo-eun out to see a new exercise video he found that’s a lot like dancing, and Young-ho says with a smirk that he’s going out because of the smell still lingering in the house. Joo-eun dances out her frustration with Ji-woong, which looks like tons of fun.

Young-ho goes for a drive and finds Joo-eun’s coffee cup still in his car, and he remembers her saying that he doesn’t know much about the sweetness that life has to offer. It makes him smile, though when he broods by the river and thinks about his grandmother, he still looks deeply weary.

Manager Min calls to ask where he is, and he says he’s in the Garden of Gethsemane (a Biblical reference — Gethsemane is where Jesus is said to have made his final decision to sacrifice himself). He tells Min that he was going to end up giving in anyway, so he can start making the arrangements.

Joo-eun lies in bed, legs quivering from the intense workout Young-ho put her through, and wonders why he’s acting like that kiss never happened. Though I gotta say, he’s awfully handsy with her while she works out.

Later Young-ho tries to sneak a brand-new bag onto Joo-eun’s doorknob, jumping ten feet when she steps out of the room and busts him. Ha. He gives her the bag like it’s no big deal, that he just doesn’t want her stinky old bag in his house, but we know better. Joo-eun starts to object but when Young-ho leans right into her face (sadly, only to close her bedroom door), she stops talking mid-sentence, suddenly unable to breathe.

He finally mentions the kiss from last night, and Joo-eun makes out like it was nothing — in America, they kiss hello, so it mustn’t have meant anything. Young-ho just quips that it was a much deeper kiss than a hello kiss, so Joo-eun brings up Anna Sue, and Young-ho figures she doesn’t want to be the other woman.

He says that he and Anna Sue are friends, and Joo-eun is all Yeah, friends who kiss. Noting her jealousy, Young-ho puts his hand on the wall by her head and whispers into Joo-eun’s ear that he thought he reassured her of all this yesterday. Should he reassure her again? (The answer is YES PLEASE.)

But Joo-eun just fends him off, because she’s apparently lost her ever-loving mind, and Young-ho backs off. She claims she didn’t come out to eat, but to fetch You Bastard, because he doesn’t like being cold at night.

Young-ho just nods and looks thoughtful, and says that he wants to say something but doesn’t know how. Joo-eun says that he can think tonight and say it tomorrow, and Young-ho trails his fingers down her cheek before wishing her goodnight.

At breakfast the next morning, Ji-woong and Joon-sung cringe when they see Joo-eun’s bag, but she assures them it’s a new one. She notes Joon-sung’s weight loss and asks if it’s difficult, but he just says it’s how he makes a living. She notices that Young-ho isn’t at the table and asks if he’s sick, but he’s just up in his room treating his knee.

Hyun-woo calls Joo-eun to ask her to go to Min-joon’s school for parent’s day this afternoon — her mother-in-law is in the hospital, presumably having been beaten again. Joo-eun reluctantly agrees, though she’s not sure how to explain her job to a bunch of children. She’s also got to produce a father-figure, since Min-joon’s dad can’t be located, so she calls Joon-sung.

Young-ho overhears Joon-sung’s conversation, and next thing you know, all three of Joo-eun’s boys are at the school. Hee, little Min-joon does not look happy. Young-ho teases Joo-eun about being worried about him this morning, and says that her bag is pretty, and she actually flirts back that the woman carrying it is prettier. Go, girl!

Joo-eun introduces Joon-sung and Ji-woong as Min-joon’s uncles, making Young-ho quip that she’s good at lying. She says that they’re like uncles, since they’re her friends, and Young-ho starts to say, “Friends who kiss”? Joo-eun claps her hand over his mouth, and he licks her, HAHA. She gets him back by wiping her hand on his sleeve, which earns her a glare-smile.

Joon-sung and Ji-woong look super-nervous, but they gamely give a wrestling demonstration — which doesn’t seem to impress the kids. But then they get a huge round of applause, and Min-joon perks up when his little girlfriend gives him a bright smile.

Min-joon asks who Young-ho is on the ride home, and Joo-eun says he talks gruff but he’s a nice guy. They take Min-joon to a superhero museum, and Young-ho tries to look grumpy while actually looking like he really wants to play. Joo-eun asks which hero he’d like to be, and he says he’s already richer than Iron Man, more secretive than Batman, and more handsome than Superman, ha. The three of them have a fun afternoon, and Young-ho seems more than a bit smitten, watching Joo-eun play with the little boy.

Hyun-woo calls to ask Joo-eun to watch Min-joon overnight, which she agrees to easily. She gets a leg cramp with him sleeping in her lap in the car, and Young-ho jumps out to massage it for her, then she takes Min-joon into the house. Young-ho watches them go with the softest, mushiest look on his face. Oh yeah, he’s toast.

Soo-jin sits on a bench to enjoy a candy bar, and recalls Joo-eun’s words from earlier: “It should be whether you love or don’t love.” She’d also asked why Soo-jin says she doesn’t want to relive the past, yet seems so mired in it. Soo-jin starts to call for a driver, but sees Woo-shik nearby, waiting for her.

Joo-eun sends Young-ho a grouchy text, wondering why he didn’t respond when she texted him a good night. His answer is that he was busy taking off his clothes. RAWR. She reminds him of her next deal with Ji-woong — if she loses another five kilos before the first snowfall, they’ll all go camping.

A bit later (while Young-ho is in the bath) Joo-eun texts again, thanking him for all his help since they met. That seems to get him a little choked up, aww.

Woo-shik goes to the driving range with his boss, Uncle, and current CEO Choi. They propose to him that they stick together and oppose Young-ho being appointed as the new CEO, and CEO Choi agrees.

Joo-eun is called to the meeting room by Soo-jin, to meet with her and their boss. Just before she goes in she gets a text from Young-ho that he’ll be late for her workout, and they’re both surprised to discover that that’s because he’s here, too, as the other half of Joo-eun’s meeting. Manager Min introduces Young-ho as the director of the medical branch of Gahong.

Joo-eun quickly excuses herself, suddenly aware that all of Young-ho’s comments about being rich weren’t just idle talk. Young-ho follows and stops her, apologizing. Gasping for breath, Joo-eun can barely speak, and Young-ho coaches her to breathe slowly and calm down. He starts to check her pulse as he always does, but this time she bats his hand away.

Joo-eun voices the thing that’s upsetting her: “You were seriously out of my league, weren’t you?”

COMMENTS

Poor Joo-eun, she’s spent days in that lovely post-first-kiss romantic haze of Does he or doesn’t he?, when you know that he does and you’re just waiting for him to declare himself. It’s safe to make yourself a little nuts at that stage, because you know he likes you, and it’s just a matter of time before he says so. It’s torture waiting for the man to make a second move and show you his feelings, but it’s a delicious torture because you know it’s coming. And Young-ho was so close to speaking his feelings, and Joo-eun knew it. So to find out that he’s not just John Kim, self-made man, but a chaebol son and next in line to inherit a conglomerate, has got to be a punch to the gut. No doubt Joo-eun’s been seeing hearts and diamond rings for days, at least a little, and that’s all just come crashing down. No way would a family like Young-ho’s accept a simply-born lawyer as a daughter-in-law.

But let’s back up a bit — while that kiss was pretty awesome (and I don’t want to spark another debate, but if you want my opinion, Young-ho’s statements before kissing Joo-eun rang to me like their little inside joke), but what I love about Young-ho is that after the kiss, what he remembers most about that night was Joo-eun’s wish for him to experience the sweet things in life. That tells me that he’s the kind of guy whose priorities are firmly in place, because he values Joo-eun’s feelings more than the physicality. He’s deeply touched that it mattered to her that he experience at least one day of simple luxury and relaxation, because nobody’s ever cared about him in that way. And considering how much physical chemistry they have crackling between them, that says a lot about him as a person, that what really matters to him is her caring. He’s moved that she cares about him enough to want him to relax, taste something delicious, just veg out for a while. He smiled more in this episode than in all the previous episodes put together, and it was always at something Joo-eun said or did. He’s really seeing her now, and he likes what he sees.

Just as we learned last week that Woo-shik isn’t really a bad guy, now we’re starting to see flashes of Soo-jin’s underlying sensitivity. It’s interesting that she still sees the insecure, overweight girl when she looks in the mirror, since just changing her outer appearance didn’t solve any of her problems. But more and more it feels like she’s not so much a bad person, but just trying to be one, to get the revenge she thinks she wants. She’s angry enough at what she thinks Joo-eun did to her in the past to follow through with her nasty plans, but every time she sees the consequences of her actions (such as when her trick to get Joo-eun on television resulted in her being hospitalized), she feels bad and appears to genuinely regret what she did. I think that, as Joo-eun shows that she hasn’t changed as a person, and in fact never did all the callous and hurtful things Soo-jin thought she did, Soo-jin will revert back to the nice girl she used to be.

Even Joo-eun has noticed (and called out) that Soo-jin changed for the worse as her looks improved, while she herself never let her exterior change who she was on the inside. That seems to resonate with Soo-jin, and I feel like it will continue to resonate, hopefully giving her something to think about. She’s not happy being thin, because she let her experiences change her for the worse. She’s learning that being pretty on the outside doesn’t mean she’ll be happy on the inside — only being a good person again will do that. And as Joo-eun put it, life isn’t about how much others love you, it’s about how much love you give to others. When Soo-jin learns those two lessons, to be her genuine self no matter how she looks and to give love whether or not she receives it, then she’ll rediscover how to be happy again.

In fact everyone seems to be changing, except for Joo-eun herself. Normally I want to see drama characters growing and evolving, but in this case, I think Joo-eun’s strength is that she doesn’t let outside influences affect who she is as a person. Her ability to hold rock-solid in the face of any challenge is what makes her such a great heroine, and it causes others to change just by being near her. Usually for the better, thank goodness. She’s a wonderful anchor for Young-ho as he softens and opens up, and her unyielding strength is what makes her a safe place for him to relax. Now that they’re both realizing their feeling for each other go beyond the initial physical attraction, I can’t wait to see Young-ho change even more as he falls for Joo-eun.

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I love your sympathy for Soo-Jin but I personally can't stand the witch.

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She is hard to take sometimes but at least they show, again and again, the episodes from the past that have made her such a wounded animal. So many times dramas create these evil females solely for angst and plot movement, without bothering to give them any backstory or reasons for their actions.
So I may not like her too much, but at least I understand her.

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Witch? Lawls, give her a break.

I think it's interesting to note that even though both ladies changed in weight, only one changed in attitude/ actions. I think it's a testament to the hypothesis that mental chains are hard to break.

See, SooJin was fat first, so during her formative years she got a heck lot of derision and being looked down upon and that led her to think less of herself. Today, she's lashing out because she's angry and still the same person with low self esteem.

JooEun on the other hand heard a lot of praises when she was young, leading to her high self-confidence and self-esteem. And once a person has that as a rock-solid foundation , ain't nothing gonna take it away. Like Hwang JungEun, queen of bad hair and make up said, it's okay because she'd been called pretty a lot when sje was younger.

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I partially agree with you, but of course there are cases that come out different. I know someone who was like Jooeun when we were younger. tons of suitors and really great grades, but she got acne after high school and then had a hard time coping with university... she's so different now. She's still pretty and smart, but her self confidence really took a heavy hit. If I had any power, I would give her back that confidence. But I do agree that how we treat others affect them more than we think so we really should be more careful about that. Sometimes we don't mean to be hurtful but we end up being hurtful.

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Agreed. It's the one thing about this drama that doesn't add up. Why would her friend who has defended her so many times send some creep to humiliate her. She wouldn't. She straight up seduced her boyfriend and is now doing everything she can to run roughshod over her. The good thing about this is her revenge falls flat because Joo eun no longer gives a damn. It hurt for about 5 seconds and she moves on.

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Since SJ does not seem to have lost weight by any healthy means (as proved by all the chocolate eaten followed by pill popping), it would make for an ironic twist of fate if WS ended up with her for life but more or less the same body format that JE was when he dumped her.

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I really liked this episode. I do think Joo Eun's reaction.(when Young-ho enter the board room) was a bit exaggerated, but I'm glad the writers did not drag the uncomfortableness between the 2 leads.

The chemistry between the main leads is extraordinary.

I'm soooo glad So Ji_sob is back on dramaland ?????

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Initially, I had my doubts about this show as the premise seemed kind of..shallow. I was pleasantly surprised to see that none of the characters are stereotypical or one-dimensional. Joo Eun has spunk, Yung Ho is not your typical cold jerk of a chaebol, and why do I keep thinking that Soo Jin might actually have an eating disorder (those pills she consumes so recklessly and the binging on candies canNOT be healthy). I'm still unsure about the family politics but I'm loving the show so far.

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I just love the chemistry between the OTP...both of them are so good together!

I'd love to see more "story" but I guess there isn't really much happening on that front...chaebol secret is out now

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Thanks for the recap, Lollipip.

Young Ho beside that Batman statue....i see no difference except that Young Ho doesn't wear underwear over his face.

Damn, i love So Ji Sub so much! I love his facial expression, the many many ways he managed to express dawning love, love, amusement, pain.....gosh....makes me into a puddle of goo.

And i just love how Shin Minah's character does not magically becomes thin overnight but becomes a gradual process. Most of the 'weightloss' drama has the heroine magically look awesome in 3 episodes tops...as if it's something repulsive and they would like to shed it off quickly. OMV stuck to being realistic and it shows that being thin is not some magical 'process' that happens overnight. It manages to highlight Joo Eun's lovely characteristics; sassy, fun-loving, loyal and straight-shooting.

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Squeeee! I haven't had time yet to watch this episode, but Lollypip, your recap is so vivid I can completely imagine the scenes. And that sizzling hot chemistry between Shin Min-ah and So Ji-sub - the whole 'are we going to kiss, are we not' tension!

I've been really loving the show so far, but this episode takes the cake. Lollypip, your comments about Young-ho having his priorities right really rang true. He's been slowly falling in love with her for who she is, looking past her atypical physical appearance, and this new realisation about his feelings isn't driven by her new figure, but every little wonderful thing about her personality.

I can't believe I nearly skipped this show altogether because the initial plot summary sounded cliched and demeaning (not to mention the tacky title). For me, I really came in because of So Ji-sub, but I'm so glad I did. This is only the second drama I've seen him in, but I think this character shows his subtle, nuanced acting even better than his Master's Sun character did. I didn't know much about Shin Min-ah, but she's got all of Joo-eun's adorableness down pat.

Right now, I just love that all the main characters are quite well fleshed out, and that other than the annoying uncle, no one is outright/senselessly evil.

*so much love*

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If you really like Shin Min-ah and particularly like when she's adorable, then I highly recommend "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho" if you haven't seen it. She's infinity squared and then squared again in that.

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Shin Min-ah is also very good in the epic fantasy "Arrang and the Magistrate" with Lee Joon-Ki. I didn't love every bit of the plot but her and his acting are great and the show is visually gorgeous.

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Shin Mina is a better actress than she's usually given credit for, partly because she's so beautiful.

I second the rec for Arang & the Magistrate, it may not be everyone's cup of tea but it's easily one of the best fantasy sageuks of the last ten years and the lead couple's chemistry is amazing.

And if you're open to movies, do watch her in My Love, My Bride. She and Jo Jong-seok make the most adorable couple.

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I just loooooooove So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah's chemistry.

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Awsomballs. this episode made me fall in love you So ji Sup so much more :) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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I've been going through a drama slump this year, not having time to watch dramas doesn't help, but I'm rarely commenting here to say Thank you for such a thoughfull and lovely recap, your lovely writing had awoken my k drama slump and I'm losing sleep over catchng up on all the dramas I missed this year. Well done and again Thank you.

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I can see why SJS and SMN chose this dramas as their project--while the initial synopsis isn't particularly original, the take on it is realistic and fresh--a change up from what you often get in dramas. There's so much more nuance and the characters are all complex and multidimensional.

I came in already loving SJS, but I love him even more now. While Young-Ho is pretty straight-faced a lot, the small changes in his eyes and the smallest upturn of his mouth say so much. You can see him thinking, processing, and realizing things without saying a word. It's really lovely to watch. Also, it's really lovely to watch him in all those nice suits and coats. RAWR. I know SJS prefers a really relaxed style in real life, but man, I don't know who else looks as good as he does in a suit.

One of my favorite parts of this episode, though, had to be Joo-Eun telling Soo-Jin like it is--that Soo-Jin seems to be living in the past still, that her personality has twisted, and that it is not about being loved but loving. Their relationship, refreshingly, isn't about some fight over a man, but about their own issues with one another (mostly Soo-Jin's) and the disappointment felt in the way that Soo-Jin has changed.

And I'm gonna chime in too on the great chemistry between the leads, though interestingly, its the physical chemistry that is the strongest, where I think SJS's chemistry with Gong Hyo-Jin in The Master's Sun was stronger emotionally if that makes sense--even when they weren't touching, you could feel the desire and longing between the characters. But the chemistry is on point--and when he leans in to close the door it sort of took my breath away!

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Hundo!!!

I have been waiting forever to see them in a drama together since their Giordano CF's came out!!! Now, it's like 100000000000 times better!!!

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The same. I've been waiting this drama since Giordano's CF. Their kissing were soooooo effiinnnn hot.

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yeah, it was the presence of these two particular leads that made me give this a shot - neither of them tend to pick dramas just for the sake of having another acting project. Maybe their dramas aren't always successful, but with both SJS and SMA, they tend to have something going on in the script that's more interesting than the standard chaebol-meets-candy.

So Ji-sub really should do more romcoms, but then he got seriously lucky with his leading ladies both in Master's Sun and OMV. I wonder who would be a suitable candidate for a third romcom pairing, if he ever did another drama in that genre - Jeon Ji-hyun?!

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I think hyun Wood's mom in law maybe Korean snake's mom the one he was waiting in alley....

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I would hope so. I can't think of any good reason for having two battered wives in one romantic comedy.

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I think so too. I'm a bit nebulous on the relations but wouldn't that mean that Sung Hoon's character is that kid's ACTUAL uncle (in law)?

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I'm really confused about that character, if she's the child's grand-mother (in-law), then how come the ex-husband (a producer or director) is not doing anything at all since he should be the son correct? did I miss something?

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I believe Hyun-Woo's ex husband is always busy for being the producer and he is looking for John Kim

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Yup - i was adding 1 + 1 since the previous week's episode on this relationship when they made a point of saying Hyun woo's ex-mother-in-law was a victim of abuse and then showing Jung Soon's birth mother being abused by alcoholic hubby.

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Wasn't the woman who walked by Snake much younger than the mother in law? I'll have to re-watch that scene now.

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You're right, the Snake's mother is younger than Hyun woo's ex-mother in law.

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The little flash to what I assume is the life waiting for Joo Eun and Young Ho at the end of the drama (as in a child or two and of course each other) just about melted my insides. And this was helped so much by So Ji-Sub who just sells that Young Ho is head over heels for Joo Eun.

And I adore Young Ho and it's not just because the man playing him is hotter than the sun, but because he's that rare breed of male lead that I don't want to smack from the word go. He's kind and caring. He's not arrogant and the times where he's a bit of a tough-guy are when he's trying to help Joo Eun as a trainer. I mean I am still not crazy about the one line, but whatever.

And Soo Jin...oh do I ever understand the whole "I look very different but I still see my former self in the mirror" but she needs to listen to what Joo Eun is telling her.

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I'm waiting for the 1 year leap which I suppose will happen next week :)

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Thanks LollyPip for a great recap!! Love this show and one of the only reasons why I look forward to Mondays and Tuesdays! SJB is so fine physically and acting that I can't find the right words to describe it!

LollyPip, you missed a very important screenshot - the one and only time - the chocolate abs were flashed in the most perfect pose. hahaha I was going to relive it with your review. I totally understand the meaning of that term now. SJB fighting!!! :)

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As others have said, I almost didn't watch this show, but now it is one of my favorites. Everyone is just sooooo cute. And I love Henry's Ji-woong. I can't get enough of his Ma'am. I wonder if the writer wrote in all of his English lines or if the directior gave him the license to change the script. His character has felt like the most natural/believable English-speaking character. The producers definetly are taking advantage of him being from North America.

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OMG, Ji-woong is adorable. He'd be a total scene stealer (not in a bad way) with a weaker lead pairing. He's like a little hyper puppy.

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Love this episode too! So ji sub & shin Min ah are great together. I love the expressions young ho gives Joo Eun. Only SJS can convey so many emotions so quietly and with minimal but very crucial facial changes. It's as if his eyes shift magically to show sadness, pain, fear, anger, and happiness. He's got the ultimate bittersweet look down. Le sigh~ I've loved so ji sub since forever and I'll hold my comments on episode 8 until that recap is posted. Also I don't think Joo Eun should that mad at Young Ho, he did tell her the general truth about himself being a chaebol but she just didn't believe it so he let her. I think she's more in shock & sad that now that all of it is true they may not get their happy ending. Thank you for the recap so I can gush & relive the episode!

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Thanks for your recaps. I really like this drama and of course our leads chemistry :-)

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Need I say more? I freakin love So Ji Sub and Shin Mina's chemistry here...Gahhhh the way he looks at her when she's not looking...why are you even allowed to do that?!! makes me melt..

I just like the tone of this drama. It's sort of grounded although the chaebol thing is a lil bit clichéd. More importantly I guess is I care a lot for this two people that I wanna see them smooch their way into healing.

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I really like both main characters, I loved Kang Joo Eun from the first episode and Young Ho is really growing on me and their chemistry is off the charts, I mean HELLO

the drama falls kind of flat for me every time they're not on screen though, I don't particularly care about any of the side characters (yet?), not sure if it's because of the writing or the acting or both, but I'm just not feeling any emotional pull :(

Young Ho's face every time he looks at Joo Eun makes up for a lot though! Initially I thought that Young Ho was very close to SJS's character in Master's Sun but these past few episodes he has really won my heart over with the softness he shows

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Loving this show! How nice that it's not just our leads carrying it, the story and characters are very interesting and engaging as well.

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thanks for the recap LollyPip!

AM still enjoying the show.

In this episode - i was LMAO everytime i see Henry/Ji Woong parodying Yi-jin and teasing the heck out of Joon Sung. LOL!!

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YES. probably my favourite part is to see henry parody Yi-jin to so much resemblance! And i can see joon sung graadually melting to Yi-jin awwwwww

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The beaten lady is not Hyun-woo's mother-in-law. I think she is just Min Joo's nanny.

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Hahahahahaha Lollypip, you also don't know what "The Macarena" is?

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OK, officially feeling older than dirt now.

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@skelly At least this puts us in YH age range XD

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Such an amazing show with great well rounded characters and the chemistry between the OTP is on fire. I really enjoy that JE and YH show us how males and females are different, where JE wanted him to confirm with words if he did or didn't like her, YH just simply did things to show her he did. JE is a great female lead she brings out the best in herself and others, shes caring but also strong enough to stand up against injustice. And YH is just so loving towards her, he understands what she needs and gives it to her, but his also strong enough to stick to his guns and make her work out lol.
Episode 8 really confirmed for me why these two are the OTP of 2015. Love love love this drama. Thanks for the recap!

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Hi-hi-hi... Squee.. What? No six stars?

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I really love SJS face expressions (his gaze, his grin...). Look at the first 15 minutes of this episode...Awesome!
Love this drama and our OTP! Love all the actors!

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This ep was all about the sexy.

Joo Eun is so great. I Love that she doesn't shy away from Young Ho's innuendo and spars with him. I feel like she's the only person that does, and he knows and appreciates it. Or maybe it's just that he finds her so adorable and charming that it charms me too. I love that even though she gets flustered she bites back in her own way.

Young Ho was smokin' in this episode. His face as he 'took off his clothes' after the kiss was totally fraught with promise. Cut to him smiling at her in the car, so adorable.

The kabedon the next morning was so ugh, so hot, I was squealing. You can assure me anytime Young Ho. The whole conversation was something you so rarely see in kdramas. Actually talking about what happened! Extreme flirting! Almost kissing but nobody runs away like they've never touched a man before!

I love the way he looks at her when she's not looking. I love that he teases her and even though he winds her up, she likes it. I love that his words are totally at odds with his actions. And I adore that she always finds out how kind he is. They're such a lovely couple and I like the way they are getting to that point. Very hot, but slow enough to mean something.

This last bombshell is great, it's not like he lied to her about it. Eventually it will bring them closer together.

P.S. I love that he misses her chubby cheeks (second mention now!).

Sidebar: Chief Min, I don't know what it is about you but you are one sexy dude (I just want to muss you up!). Rrow.

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I love everything about your comment.

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Yes!!!

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+1! <3

And I looked up 'kabedon', hee. Just learned something new. :)

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i can't write it better than you.
this show really has one of the healthiest OTP in kdrama history.

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"healthiest"

I see what you did there. :)

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The phrase "because she's apparently lost her ever-loving mind" made me laugh out loud and a lot.

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Who wasn't screaming, 'assure her, assure her' at that moment? Joo Eun, you are crazy girl! Young Ho's innuendo is very very hot. So Ji Sub, I adore you.

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I was looking for a drama to fill the void that was left after She Was Pretty ended. I think I have found it in Oh My Venus.
This show has everything. It has the love, it has the drama and the adult relationships that need to be worked out.
I must say I was a tad bit skeptical about this drama at first. I thought the main characters would fall in love after Joo eun lost a lot of weight and was skinny. But I am happy to see that that is not the case. I love that Young ho loves Joo eun for her and her loosing weight isnt as much as a priority as her just being healthy.

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What a lovely episode. I really like this show with all its cuteness and those heart pinching moments when I awww and ahh while watching!! The chemistry between the leads is amazing.. My heart beats just as Joo-eun's heart ?
I like the story behind it, and how is she opening a new world for him. A world that he will come to discover with its sweet and sad moments. I think she is the one taking him out of this world.
Thank you for the recap.. I always enjoy reading your comments!!
I dont think I ever wanted Monday to come soon, except for these days!! ??

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The chemistry is blowing up in all departments ..how amazing are SJS and Shin Minah in ther roles..

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So addicted to this show right now. Joo Eun and Young Ho are perfect for each other and I hope they can hold on to that as other things and people threaten to push them apart. Theyre both incredible, hard working people who have overcome their own obstacles and deserve to be able to choose who to be happy with.

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I love this episode and next one. love joo eun's character and off course mr. grumpy pants, oh now its not so grumpy. I just love when joo eun and her boys on screen together. they make cute and fun scene..thank you for your recap.

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Why does Joo Eun always cover herself with a jacket on the way to workout?

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The chemistry between Young ho and Joo eun is sizzling... I love all actors/actresses on this show...it's just so cute...and I can't wait for Yi jin's character to have depth too.
I also thought Joon sung (?) mom is Min joo's grandma (?) But if it is so why does the ex husband not doing anything? Is he that pathetic?
Sigh the wait is too log for nxt monday ep!

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I think I'm probably a tiny voice in the minority here. I do think the characters of Joo Eun and Ji Soong (the Ma'am kid) are really cute. I'd want a Ji Soong to keep in my own pocket for when I need a friend to dance around the living room.

SJS and Joo Eun together - I guess there's a kind of chemistry - but I also feel incredibly awkward watching them flirt and be awkward, like it's back in high school. Aren't they meant to be in their thirties?

But most of all, I just find the world they inhabit sort of meh. Okay, so she's got a frenemy lawyer who's now thin and pretty, but not drop dead gorgeous, sort of nasty, but not that original. There's a chaebol plot line which I really don't care much about - ok, there's a crying grandma, but we really don't know enough about her to give a hoot. And there's a parade of subservient men in suits, and a Gahong/Gabong? company but I don't really care. Then there's the wrestling stuff - ok, Snake is a wrestler, and he seems sweet enough. But the world of wrestling doesn't feel real either. Then there's the TV stuff - which lurks in the background, and threatens to pounce but never really does. And there's bits of lawyering but not really...I guess the strongest narrative line is that of health - and she's losing weight and controlling her hyperthyroidism (but I think she actually has hypothyroidism) and he's recovering from bone cancer in the leg. (But the whole futuristic machines etc also makes it feel somewhat fantastical.)

Seems like there are too many plot lines/narrative themes and I'm just not convinced of this world they inhabit. It all feels so vague and unreal - like the backgrounds to what is the central piece of the Barbie/Ken playhouse with built in gym.

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I'm with you... I like Joo-eun but I can't say I care about any of the other characters. No matter how swoony Young-ho is, he's just not very real at all as this genius trainer/eastern doctor/chaebol (his sob story – whether the cancer or the pressured-by-family-expectations – just doesn't move me at all). Or characters like Soo-in don't add up for me. They try to make her "nuanced" now, but she's still a 30+ year old woman who apparently has nothing better to do than direct her life towards being nasty towards a former friend. Which, if she only took the job at Joo-eun's firm and snatched Joo-eun's boyfriend for that reason, is something that just doesn't compute... that's like something a teen would do. Or someone with serious, long-term issues which won't be resolved (something I don't think we'll get here, because they'll redeem her and give her some sort of happy ending).

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Yes it seems we're in the minority here. At least now I know I'm not alone. I love Jo Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah so I was excited for this even if the story line didn't appeal to me. Just about everything seems forced and doesn't add up. I thought it will pick up and somehow be interesting but I gave up halfway episode 7.

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I guess it might pick up, depending if the drama will do some sort of angst-phase or not. But I just don't see the chaebol storyline improving, so it's only one part of the storyline that has potential while others I don't expect to get better.

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I am hearing some of what you are saying, for eg:
"But the whole futuristic machines etc also makes it feel somewhat fantastical."

The writing seems disjointed at times, though I really like many things about this, to the pt I am probably quite addicted (to even want to write about it).

- for eg, not dragging one eppie of angst back and forth. there's way more direct communication and straight talk not common to Kdrama
- the no-moping and pining around for a douche, not even when he comes back. how refreshing for a Kdrama heroine! she deals with it, and no drama either when talking again to him.
- the health aspect to the weight issue. 200 Pound Beauty was just so shallow.
- the personality within, rather than the superficial outward
- addressing core. deep rooted insecurity within vs outward appearances/superficial beauty etc which seems so important in Korean culture
- her wt loss was convincing in this one, as opposed to many of those 'makeover' type dramas.
- loving the camaraderie in the household

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That's true, and those aspects I do value in the show too.

There is a bit more direct communication but in a way, there's not that much communication. Or it's written in such a way that it's not particularly memorable.

I agree with you on Joo Eun's characterisation. I also like that she moved on from the douche, but then I don't even understand why the douche is still hanging around in the story?

I guess the point about having the world setting created well, with its detail and supporting characters, is it makes the challenges the characters face, have some kind of deeper meaning and sense of reality. For eg. While I agree that the weight loss and health issue are on point, in terms of message, I 'm not that enamoured of how it is portrayed. Yes, wouldn't it be nice if all of us had a top secret handsome trainer who'd put us through the paces for free, in his super shiny gym while feeding us medication? Plus the household nanny is also a team of fitness fanatics, who'd plonk your healthy meal in front of you? In a way, this undermines the message, as for most people, taking care of one's health/weight is also limited by real life resources and time.

Ok, let that pocket Ji Soong comes with "dance" and "fix me breakfast" buttons.

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Yes, I'm in the same boat as you. The writing is really lackluster, and there just doesn't seem to be that much going on. There wasn't much of a build up to the sweet stuff, and hence, not a lot of sexual tension. I like that they're both more "modern" reluctant chaebol and anti-candy characters, but still, it could be so much more. I guess they're just going to ride on the lead actors' talent and looks. And of course, I'll keep watching, if only just to look at So Ji Sub.

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I have sort of slipped out of watching the drama (not surprising, given that I was skipping most chaebol and second lead scenes already)... Just good-looking actors isn't enough for me, even if they are good actors. :-(

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" the backgrounds to what is the central piece of the Barbie/Ken playhouse with built in gym"

hilarious but apt description by the way!

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Yes, me too! Last week I was making excuses for the many weakness in the plot because I love the leads though not their characters. This week, after ep 7 I think I lost patience with Venus.

I agree with everything you said about the background, everything feels lazy and poorly written besides she is a lawyer but has no case, he is a trainer who might become a CEO, the underlings do nothing, the starlet is a complete waste of scenes.

I could forgive all that if the leads had a complex and interesting relationship and were fully developed but they are not so it keeps being boring. This is no Master's Sun. It's not even Warm & Cozy.

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You guys all make me think I should be watching Master's Sun (which, with GHJ, is more appealing to begin with – almost wasn't going to try OMV because I sort got a little disenchanted by SMA after her last movie).

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If you never did you should give MS a chance. :)

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I think it was the Hong sisters that were leaving me hesitant. I have never loved any of their dramas (some I've found okay, others I don't care for at all).

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Give it a go, do! I watched it because of GHJ. While the set-up is of course, fantastical, she's really good at grounding it so you'd kind of believe her dilemma.

The narrative could be tighter as the story progresses, but all in all, it is enjoyable.

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I totally love this drama!...love, love, love the leads especially and all the other characters are so fun! The "trying to be evil" ones are doing a fantastic job too. Lol I would really like to give them a pinch! ;)
Thank you, as always, for the recap! I enjoy them as much as I do watching the episodes. Kudos! Aloha :)

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Love watching the scenes between Young Ho and Joo Eun! Their chemistry is sizzling. They're good at making jokes at each other too.
I love the new bag scene. Joo Eun's reaction when Young Ho got close to her as he was closing her door just cracked me up!
His teasing slays me! Like how he teased her in the cell phone scene about his undressing and the video chat proposal, hahaha.

I felt like her reaction to their kiss was realistic. He kisses her and then what? He acted as if it was no big deal.

I'm so used to seeing Manager Min as his character from Liar Game that I haven't been able to warm up to him yet. I do like his small smiles and nice moments with Young Ho though.

Jang Yi Jin's character is not attractive. She's really immature. I don't want to see Joon Sung to end up with her unless she improves.

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So ji sub~~ ???

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love joo eun and young ho~ his crinkly half smiles are so cute!!

anywho if anyone was looking for that song from the end of ep 6 (comes out again in this one) it just released!! You can search "MIIII (미) - It's Me [Oh My Venus / 오 마이 비너스 OST Part.4]" on youtube and you'll find it ^^ the song is so cute, i love it ^^

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@Depz When Young Ho first took Joo Eun to his home, he covered her with a blanket to keep her hidden from the public eye. She had just appeared on TV where she fainted and YH did not want to bring any attention to his whereabouts via her notoriety.
Another swoon....I find it heartwarming that they both care about each other by the questions, gestures and gifts that they share with each other. Nothing big, nothing hugely overt. Just subtle but significant enough to start building the foundation of their relationship.

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I am a fan...I love our leads, however when will Young-ho and Joo-eun have mature meaty conversationsssss????? I keep thinking about Master's Sun ...and even when he thought she was crazy - they were having conversations about her craziness, his building projects, his wealth, the need for his body, etc.... Our two leads are having longer conversations with everyone in dramaland except for each other. With their age and issues...???? I am all for the romance -I loved this kiss (my vote - his comment on her body was a joke), however even if they don't go for the deep stuff - they are attracted to each other - they are living together and most of their conversations are limited to "yes, Coach, and one liner ( a-lot of nonverbals). I am not looking for Master Sun, however I am looking for a dialogue that a professional woman who ended a 15 years dating relationship would have with a man that she finds charming and attractive. I am looking for some wording around the impact she is having on his life and crew - it does not have to be a declaration of love, but a few sentences would be lovely. The two leads can do it ---PLEASE have them talk to each other in full sentences...PLEASE

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I agree with you, hence I blame the writing for its rating.

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I'm still wondering how she got over a FIFTEEN year relationship in the blink of an eye.

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They didn't live together, they clearly didn't have much in common, they existed. They were long over before it was said aloud. I totally buy this fast separation.

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They went to school together & had common schoolmates. Her mother obviously know WS well and was fond of him, which would suggest they did spent time together, with family, etc. Even if they didn't live together, there should be friends they shared (Soo-in was one!), trips they went on together, clothes at each other's places (esp. since this is a rare drama hasn't pretended that Korean adults pre-marriage are virginal beings) etc. Things that, even if you know the right thing was for the relationship to end and have zero regrets, that you have to figure out how to disentangle and let go off. Fifteen years is a very, very long time.

Mostly it just seems to me that writers didn't fully think through what kind of relationship the two of them had for fifteen years, and just using whatever suits the current story with Young-ho. (If she's a warm, caring and flirty person with him... how can I buy that she was never warm, caring and flirty with her ex but only had a distant, cold relationship that she could just walk out of after 15 ys?)

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Joo Eun and Woo Shik also had broken up numerous times in the past, so they had probably been breaking up by bits over the last decade, and this was just the final breakup. Sometimes couples who have been together just stay together long after they've emotionally disconnected. They stay out of habit and because of the past they share.

So yeah, I buy the quick recovery from the relationship, though they could contextualize it more. WS is really an afterthought.

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Yes, grown up talking would be great but it's not that kind of show, it's like the writer thinks dialogue can't be sexy, they have to do weird chair poses and fall in your face kiss and this push and pull thing. It's really childish.

Once in awhile they get to something meaningful like when she wanted him to relax and have something sweet for day. Or when he was obviously first attracted to her determination because he could identify with that. It takes 5 minutes and the rest goes back to them being silent and childish. If you watch a show about college kids like Because it's the First Time they are more mature.

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I still couldn't understand Joo Eun's reason to burst out suddenly in a meeting. In a real life, you will get a warning from your supervisor!

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For a show with a premise that sounded extremly shallow..it has surprising turned out to be deep n meaningful.SJS/ YH has the most soulful eyes, god! They just seem to have so much sadness and SMN is just so...perfect. I love that she has a backbone n stands up for what she believes in.
Can't wait to ssee their relationship grow.
Thanks for the recap lollipop.

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I just love how So Ji Sub could express so many emtions through his and the twitch of his lips. He really is a great actor! And Shin Min Ah too! Love their chemistry!

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With you. Staying for their interactions really, not so much for the writing and plot.

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Through his eyes!

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The show may have some character problems here and there. The villa they are staying in is quite out there and the boys don't seem to need to work for a living (I'll assume that Korean Snake gets sponsorship and commercials and Young Ho is taking care of the rest).

No matter what, I'll allow for the drama taking liberties here and there for the sake of brevity and to put messages across that would otherwise take too long or be too dry for the general audience.

Needless to say, SJS and SMN are just too adorable for words. You can tell that they are old hands and they are friends off screen by the way they can speak so comfortably to each other and the way they don't shy away from each other's touch. The writer knows to take advantage of this and makes the rapport even more palpable.

Even that Jang Yi Jin(CF queen) is too adorable especially when she burst into tears - a classic wtf moment for all guys! LOL! She redeems herself in episode 8 and I love her! She reminds me of the black whiskered whale in Master's Sun(forgot her name). So self centered and yet underneath it all is just a sweet girl with a big crush. Jung Soon is a hot guy who has no clue how appealing he is which of course makes him even cuter!

Oh My Venus, fighting!!!

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>No way would a family like Young-ho’s accept a simply-born lawyer as a daughter-in-law.

Really????????? I mean, is this really real in modern day Korea? Even prince William is ok to marry a commoner and a number of other royalty people, one even married her bodyguard! These dramas make it like they were set in Joseon times.

Does anyone know how much of this is just kdrama crazy logic??? I think most of us would like this chaebol thing to be over already. She is an independent lawyer, she's beautiful, she's educated, she's honest, she's smart, I don't even like the character all that much and still don't understand the issue.

I'd also like to know why is he taking over the company, if it is just for loyalty or he has some real interest. The show doesn't explain!

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I think even today Korean society tends to put a lot of weight on family background. As an example, even my parents (we're both korean) wanted to meet my fiance's parents to see what his family was like before giving us their blessing - of course their concern was his upbringing, not money or lineage or anything, but it was still something that mattered to them.

Although the drama is probably exaggerating a bit, I imagine that must be magnified if you're a chaebol, and things like coming from another high-status family would be of concern.

Korea is a modernized country but still very traditional in some ways. Society is very hierarchical and focused more on outside qualifications (money, looks, status) than internal qualities (personality, intelligence).

As for Young-ho taking over the company - I think it is more driven by his loyalty/feeling of responsibility to his grandmother. It is laid out pretty clearly in the scene between them where he said he would rather build rehabilitation centers and train, but his grandmother says that it's her final wish for him to run the company. The Gethsemane reference also suggests that he is sacrificing his own personal wants in favor of fulfilling his grandmother's last wish.

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<he is sacrificing his own personal wants in favor of fulfilling his grandmother’s last wish

I find this quite odd though. There should be a lot more conflict about this (if only internal), as Young-ho isn't simply a Korean chaebol, but essentially a Korean-American who has spent the last 20+ years living away from Korea and from most/all of his family. Which does not mean that he won't do what is expected of him, but he would know much better than a born-and-raised Korean chaebol heir what other kind of ways of living there are. The writers seem to be unaware of this though.

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Yes, they choose to treat him like he never stepped outside of this world but he's also a worldly famous celebrity trainer. :)

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The thing is people change through their experiences. If you live abroad for 20 years, you are not like someone who has always been raised in the same country, esp. if that living abroad started in childhood. But he's rather indistinguishable from chaebols of other dramas, wearing a thin coat of "celebrity trainer"/"grown up abroad" only for the purpose of being the estranged son that the father/uncle (etc.) don't want to deal with. But the actual, real-life baggage (cultural, identity, in-between-ness & all) that comes with that sort of background, damn, these writers haven't a clue (indeed, all they can manage is something one-dimenionsal like Henry's Korean-American character).

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Thanks heejung,

This is more similar to what I think is modern reality in Korea. I know they place more value on the family and the background that some from other countries would do, it's just the instant issue of any chaebol even dating a regular citizen becoming a surprise that I find too exaggerated.

As for Young-ho I agree, I think this is what the show wants us to think, it's just that it should be more developed in the story.

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Is it just me or is Hyun-Woo's mother in law the woman Joon-Sung was stalking (possibly his birth mother)? Doesn't that mean little Min-Joon is really Joon-Sung's nephew??? O.o

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You forgot to screencap SJS's abs! :D & you didn't mention that JE called YH "Muscle Angel" (amongst other things) when she thanked him through text! ;)

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