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Cheese in the Trap: Episode 7

I do enjoy this couple so—they’re awkward and halting and sometimes make me cringe so hard in secondhand embarrassment, but they’re endearing as all get-out. In most dramaland trendies, I fall for the romances because they’re sweet, or chemistry-packed, or bolstered by heaps of funny, witty cuteness. In this case, however, I actually find the romance enlightening and enriching, for the way it captures the lovely awkwardness of regular people figuring things out as they go, stumbling and making mistakes but letting their feelings guide them back together.

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EPISODE 7 RECAP

Seol packs up her rented room, and her friends drop by unannounced to help. Bora and Eun-taek have even brought along Jung, telling Seol that boyfriends should be enlisted to work in situations like this. When they ask if this is Jung’s first time seeing Seol’s place, they’re silent just a bit too long before Seol hastily lies. Heh.

On their way to eat, their party runs into her kid brother Joon and In-ho, who apparently hasn’t left town after all. It’s surprising to see the two guys together, and Seol scolds her brother for staying out and shirking his packing duties.

Jung suggests they all eat together, and Bora heartily agrees because In-ho catches her eye (to the dismay of Eun-taek, who works himself between them. Poor puppy). That’s how all six end up dining together, and Eun-taek sympathizes with Seol’s soon-to-be killer commute. He’d accompanied Seol home once when she was being harassed by that schoolmate, and at mention of Stalker Boy, In-ho joins in the conversation, having dealt with him too.

Seol tries to shush In-ho since Jung doesn’t know about it, and of course In-ho just addresses it in the open, asking Jung why other guys have to protect his girlfriend. Jung is surprised to hear of it, but just asks Seol to tell him next time, and she agrees.

Seeing the couple moment makes In-ho grumpy, and he starts complaining about how hard it is to get a part-time job. Joon offers up a job at his mother’s new restaurant, ignoring Seol’s protests. Jung takes Seol’s hand and tells her not to worry about it.

That night, the neighborhood prowler drills the bars off Seol’s window and shatters the glass to let himself inside. Seol’s group heads back to her place, and she hurries to get home ahead of the others, wanting to clean up her place before everyone sees it.

When she gets to her door, it opens and she comes face to face with the thief, who’s holding her laptop. He shoves her against the wall gripping her throat, saying that he’s been watching her for a while, insinuating that she’s promiscuous for having so many men coming by.

Jung arrives and sees Seol being choked, and the robber kicks her down the staircase. Jung rushes to grab her, shouting out, “Catch that bastard!” In-ho and Joon hear from outside, and In-ho recognizes the intruder as the guy who knocked out assistant Yoon-sub with a brick. The boys chase.

Jung carries Seol to her room as she revives, then heads out to join the hunt, asking Bora and Eun-taek to take her to the hospital. In-ho and Joon have no luck tracking down the perp, who hides in a dark alley until things quiet. But when he gets up to leave, it’s Jung who shows up, looking cold and menacing.

Jung shoves the perp into the wall and, being bigger and stronger, hardly breaks a sweat as he knocks him around. The thief laughs, asking if Seol knows how crazy Jung is. Jung replies, “She knows—she’s like me.”

The perp scoffs, saying, “That chick won’t be able to understand you. People can’t understand people like us. How are you different from me?” His words seem to land with Jung, but he just keeps going, delivering more strong blows.

Police officers are called to the scene to take Seol to the hospital. One gets caught up chasing In-ho instead, mistaking him for the culprit, and Seol sends Bora to clarify that he’s not guilty. Waiting alone in the empty street, she wonders where Jung went.

He’s still busy thrashing the perp in the alley, who makes things worse for himself by goading Jung, laughing that he’ll find himself alone in the end, and that Seol will turn her back on him. Jung coldly steps on the guy’s hand, wondering if he should break the thieving hand, immune to the guy’s whimpers.

…and around the corner, Seol hears the exchange. It makes her flash back to In-ho talking about his hand, and how it was Jung who wrecked it. So when Jung finds her and reaches out to help her up, she reflexively bats his hand away, taking him aback.

Their friends join them in the street, and while the cops collect the culprit, Seol again shakes off Jung’s attempt to help her, clinging to her brother instead. Jung and In-ho both notice and even exchange surprised looks.

Seol’s narration fills in the rest of the story for us, telling us that Jung was let go by the police without much fuss, and that the criminal wasn’t the landlord’s grandson but had posed as a fake travel agent to send her on a bogus vacation package. The culprit argues to the police that he’s not really that strange compared to all the weirdos out there, and says sluts like Seol are the real problem. The police, thankfully, are having none of it.

An officer visits Seol in the hospital to update her on the case (the criminal shows signs of delusion and may get off lightly if he uses his mental state as a defense). On the upside, neighbor Joo-yong has been cleared of suspicion, and teaching assistant Yoon-sub is grateful to hear it. He’s also much warmer to Seol now, dropping off small gifts for the friend who helped out and telling her to take the rest of break off from work.

Her brother lets her know that Jung has been waiting outside the whole time, so Seol heads into the hallway and sits next to him. He lets her set the tone, and she tells him she’s okay but asks him not to go that far again. He admits that he’s regretting it too, and Seol reaches out to touch his scraped hand, telling herself that he acted on her behalf.

Jung looks relieved as they talk about the upcoming semester, their last one together, and takes her hand in his while she thinks, “I don’t know what will happen in the future, but because Sunbae is here, things will be better, won’t it?”

Of course, as the new semester begins, her four-hour commute swiftly reminds her that things aren’t exactly better all around. Urg!

Seol joins Bora and Eun-taek on their first day of class and shushes them before they can mention Jung, since nobody knows they’re dating. Or do they? ‘Cause next thing she knows, she’s being greeted by a girl who looks eerily like her—or at least a poor facsimile of her style, with curly red hair and similar fashion sense. It’s her (formerly) nerdy, timid classmate Min-soo, and Seol is totally being Single White Female’d.

Bora comments on Min-soo’s style change, and Min-soo says she always had this style: “I must have similar tastes to Seol.” You wish.

Jung arrives in class, and Bora and Eun-taek bound up with alacrity to clear room for him. Not wanting to draw attention to themselves, Seol begs them to stay with no luck, and Jung insists on squeezing riiiight next to her. A classmate notes how they seem much closer now, and Seol starts to make up an excuse while Jung flat-out states, “We’re dating.”

I love her flailing response as she has a silent freakout, while Jung is perfectly unruffled by the surprise rippling through the classroom.

After class she’s still annoyed that he sprung it so suddenly, though Jung replies that it’s nothing to hide, and takes her hand. Aw, and when she tries to pull her hand away, feeling self-conscious about the public display, he keeps holding on, saying, “I’m going to go around bragging.”

This stirs the ire of Stalker Boy, aka Young-gon, who waits for them to pass by and very conspicuously starts paying attention to another girl. Uh, do you think you’re going to make Seol jealous that you have a “girlfriend”? Not that Young-gon seems like the brightest bulb.

Jung tells her of his upcoming internship that’ll keep him off campus frequently, and says to let him know if Young-gon keeps bothering her. She’s more excited about his internship, since it’s with a super prestigious company that’s very competitive. Ah, she doesn’t know he’s the chaebol heir, does she?

Joon introduces In-ho to his parents, and despite their misgivings about his unruly appearance, they agree to let him work there. He takes to it quickly, too, and has the added talent of ensuring that Joon doesn’t wriggle out of his chores like he’s used to doing.

When Seol arrives home late at night, her mother pulls her aside to ask if In-ho is really her friend, and not boyfriend. Seol answers that her boyfriend is a school sunbae, but when her parents ask where he intends to get a job, she doesn’t know. Dad warns her not to date someone without a future, and Mom impresses upon her the importance of meeting the right guy (feeling the weight of meeting one who makes her blood boil daily).

Now Seol realizes that she hasn’t shown enough interest in her boyfriend’s concerns, thinking that he must have career worries since he’s graduating soon, though Jung isn’t the type to express them. Then she wonders where she’ll end up working, “…and when will I marry? And with whom? With sunbae?”

She giggles to herself at the idea, all flushed and giddy.

Stalker boy Young-gon gets online (he sure likes his internet trolling, this one) to write on the department message board about “a real pain in the ass” classmate who’s dating “a loser girl.” He fumes to think of how Jung egged him on toward Seol when he ended up dating her himself, thinking Jung was playing with him.

He accosts her at school the next day sneering at her fancy boyfriend while Eun-taek steps in to make sure he doesn’t get too close. Young-gon points out that if she makes good on her threat to report all his prior harassment, Jung will suffer the most.

Seol thinks of the start of everything with Young-gon, recalling the time when Jung had been picking at her for every little thing, back when he’d made her life so stressful she was thinking of taking time off.

Flashback: An inter-departmental basketball game is underway, and Young-gon brags to the cheering students that he’ll lead the team to victory, flirting with an uninterested Bora. Young-gon gets benched, though, since Jung is the better player, and fumes from the sidelines.

Finally he grabs Bora by the wrist to drag her aside for a talk, and as the girls argue, Eun-taek sees the disturbance and throws the ball at Young-gon, getting him in the face. A fight is ready to break out and students try to pull the boys apart, and his fist flies and catches Jung in the face.

Jung shrugs it off, but Young-gon gets angrier, saying he’s putting on a fake nice act. He snaps at all the girls to wake up from their dream that Jung will have any interest in them, calling him a phony. But the crowd is firmly against Young-gon and his wild outbursts, and he’s advised to apologize to Jung before things get out of hand.

He looks around, and somehow registers that he’s the object of scorn, and suddenly is all abject apologies.

Seol sees Young-gon afterward, sitting alone and looking pathetic. It stirs her sympathies, and she thinks to herself that he wasn’t totally wrong about Jung. She approaches to ask how he is, and he turns away shamefaced as she tries to offer advice, saying that the girls don’t like him only because they can’t see his sincerity. She tells him not to force himself on them like he did with Bora, and take it slow, showing his feelings honestly.

He just stays hunched over, silent, and Seol leaves a drink for him and pats him on the shoulder. In retrospect, she now thinks, “I shouldn’t have offered consolation so rashly.”

She doesn’t notice that Jung has seen the exchange from a distance, and tells us that that’s when Young-gon’s obsession with her began.

At first, his advances are mostly misguided: He waits for her near her home and tells her he likes her and is doing what she advised. When she rejects the advance, he laughs that she must be just playing the dating game and persists in plying her with attention and gifts. She tells him repeatedly not to send gifts, but he’s stuck in his own narrative and says he bought an expensive gift this time—because Jung suggested she’d like something expensive.

So Seol confronts Jung at school about him telling Young-gon she was interested, egging on his obsession. Sunbae Sang-chul explains that it was in the context of Young-gon complaining that nobody cares about him in their department except Seol, and Jung apologizes, saying it wasn’t his intent for things to turn out this way.

Seol sees that the guys are making it out to be only Young-gon’s problem, and says flatly that she gets it. After that day, Young-gon stopped bothering her, and she always felt strange about it.

Now in the present, she tells herself that Young-gon likely lied about everything, but she doesn’t seem very convinced. Jung breaks her out of her reverie by plucking a stray rice grain from her cheek, and she chides him for being so open about their relationship. Already she’s getting lots of incredulous looks and once-overs from strangers, like nobody can believe she’d be dating Jung, which is annoying to say the least, though Jung finds it cute.

At the family noodle shop, Mom chats with Seol’s uncle about the restaurant, and he notes that In-ho looks like a strong worker and asks if he can borrow him.

In-ho is happy to take on extra work and gets busy clearing out construction clutter from Uncle’s bar… and then freezes when he discovers a piano in the corner. He stares for a long moment, then sits down before the keyboard.

Flashback. In-ho plays brilliantly during a competition, and Jung is among the first to give a standing ovation. His teacher is thrilled with In-ho’s bright future, and he basks in the applause.

In-ho and Jung drop by the art studio where In-ha paints, and like the bratty little brother he is, In-ho teases his noona for her terrible work, mocking the painting that’s supposed to be Jung. Jung offers a nice compliment, but In-ho says that In-ha needs to face the truth that she has no talent and give up on art, rather than working fruitlessly for something she’ll never achieve.

It sounds like stuff In-ho has said before, but today In-ha loses her cool and shoves him back, threatening to break his fingers with the piano lid one of these days.

Jung tells him soon afterward that In-ha has quit her art studies, and In-ho just shrugs, figuring it’s time. Jung advises him to be nicer even if he doesn’t mean it, because it’s tough wanting to be good at something you can’t achieve.

In-ha comes upon that last painting some time later, tucked away in her closet, and rips it up.

Now In-ho thinks, “I didn’t know then—what it was to give up a dream. What that meant. What it feels like when you think of a dream you’d forgotten.” Slowly, cautiously, he reaches for the piano keys and finally musters the will to play… and no sound comes out. It’s an electric keyboard, and he fumbles around looking for the cord, only to be interrupted by Uncle. Rattled, he shuts the piano and forces a bright expression.

Jung drives Seol home, and she’s full of smiles at avoiding her long train ride. She asks about his classes and plans for the future, and he says he’d been thinking of grad school abroad, though for now he’ll focus on his internship. Seol’s mood immediately turns worried, wondering what’ll happen with her if he goes abroad.

She asks about his future job hopes, and Jung admits, “Actually… Taerang Group is my father’s company.” She gapes in surprise, and he asks her to keep it quiet from everyone else. Now morose, she thinks of how far away their worlds are—he’s this mythical second-generation chaebol, and her family is struggling on all counts.

She asks what he sees himself doing in five years, and he supposes he’ll be learning about business. It makes her feel small, and she notes that he doesn’t mention her in his future.

Jung notices her mood shift and asks if he said something wrong. She says no, admitting that she briefly wondered if he’d still have her with him in the future.

Jung arrives in Seol’s neighborhood and pulls the car over. Seol reaches to get out, but he draws her into a hug, asking, “Why think such worries?” He pulls back to look her in the face, then slowly, gradually leans in for a kiss. Seol sees it coming with nervousness and waits… and flinches involuntarily at the last second.

Jung registers this and backs off, apologizing. But Seol blurts that she was just nervous, and when he pulls back farther, her mind exclaims, “No!” She grabs his hands, thinking, “If I leave him like this, I’m a rock [brain]!”

So she musters courage and grabs his face, squeezing his cheeks together with her hands, fraught with nerves. Then she puckers up comically, moving slowly closer… Oh my god, this is the cutest and most embarrassing thing, I can’t even watch. I can’t handle this. It’s the best and worst thing, at the same time.

She draws his face nearer by awkward degrees, and finally drops a kiss on his cheek…ish area. Was that on purpose, or did she miss? She lets go, then is overcome with mortification and hurries out of the car, running toward home as it starts to rain.

She runs into her brother on the way, both taking cover under an awning, and then they both spot In-ho down the street, standing in front of a window staring at electrical cords. He wonders what he’s doing, asking himself what he’d do if he bought a cord.

They motion him over to take cover under his umbrella, and they head off together… as Jung watches, having come out with an umbrella for Seol.

At home, Mom mentions In-ho working to clear out Uncle’s storage room, and she recalls that Uncle has an electric piano there. She shows up there unannounced bearing a new power cord, having guessed that’s what In-ho was thinking in front of that storefront, and also has her old piano books.

In-ho flips through and teases her for the childish scribbles, and Seol gets huffy and snatches the books back, telling him to forget it. In-ho grabs for them, and then she chirps at him, “Fighting!” and leaves him to play, making him realize she’d done it on purpose.

He plugs in the cord and tentatively starts to play, his heart in his throat as he tests out his fingers…

Jung sleeps restlessly, bothered at the sight of In-ho being chummy with Seol. In-ha calls to complain about her frozen credit cards, and he just tells her to move out of the apartment this month, leaving her to have a mini-tantrum.

Professor Witch hears that her courseload has been cut this semester, and assistant Yoon-sub tells her that there were complaints about her group assignment methods. He suggests taking this semester off to cool things down, but the professor takes out her frustration on her class, taking issue with their complaints. In the end, she snaps that this semester will be entirely based on individual work, warning the freeloaders to beware.

In-ho and Joon drop by campus intending to score lunch off Seol, and while Joon texts his sister, In-ho hangs back watching music majors practice on the quad. Seol bolts up at the text, running out to find Joon before he makes good on his threat to mooch off Jung. On her way out, she runs into her new clone Min-soo, and doesn’t notice that she drops her lion phone charm, which Min-soo picks up.

Joon won’t pick up his phone, so Seol calls In-ho and hears the music in the background. She races for the music building, and In-ho wanders inside past the practice studios filled with students. He peers in on a lesson in progress, and as luck would have it, the teacher recognizes him as his old teacher’s pupil and chases him out.

In-ho tries to get away, but the teacher is insistent and even follows him out the building. Seol arrives as In-ho rushes past her, and the teacher stops her to ask about In-ho and gives her his card to pass along.

Afterward, Seol scours the yard looking for her lost lion, although Jung assures her he’ll buy her another one. She digs through her bag one last time, and he sees the piano teacher’s card, prompting her to explain his interest in In-ho. He offers to deliver the card, and she decides to go with him, since she doesn’t want the boys fighting again.

In-ho’s back in the storage room, sitting at the piano with his heart in his eyes, when Seol and Jung walk in. Jung asks, “Do you want to play the piano?” and holds out the card, while In-ho stiffens and glares.

Jung says it seems he’s still got the desire to play and suggests that In-ho study abroad, offering to sponsor him. In-ho doesn’t take kindly to this and tells him to shut up about things that aren’t his business.

Jung tells him not to stand on his pride, and that the decision to play or not is In-ho’s—but don’t drag Seol into it while he waffles back and forth in indecision. He ushers Seol out of the room, leaving In-ho simmering with emotion.

 
COMMENTS

I had a few favorite moments this episode (omg Seol’s attempt at a kiss), but the most intriguing is the drama’s continued back-and-forth with Jung, playing him light one moment, then letting him get uncomfortably dark the next. I like the character and the guy so I find myself willing to offer up excuses and explanations for his behavior, but I also feel that the drama is very clear about not making him too soft and fuzzy, or leaving lots of room for the “poor misunderstood hero” edit.

Jung has a lot of the classic Darcy elements, but I don’t see him as a Darcy—at least, not wholly. Going full Darcy would soften the interpretation of Jung’s character quite a bit more than we’re meant to, I think, and would possibly even distort the story being told. Darcy was largely misunderstood and misrepresented, and didn’t get a chance to tell his side of the story until the prejudices against him had already taken root. In Jung’s case, I’m learning to wait for the full story, because history has shown us that Seol’s initial impressions are often incomplete, and the full story is never quite as upsetting as her fears.

Still, we’re given enough glimpses into Jung’s character from his perspective, outside of those misunderstandings, that I think make him quite a different character. There’s no softening the brutality of his beatdown of Seol’s attacker, for instance. As Seol tells herself, he’s doing it for her benefit, and she chooses to go with that thought for now, but I don’t think she’s fully brushed aside those misgivings, and I doubt this is the last they’ll crop up.

It is reassuring that what sparks his temper and subsequent actions is often a sense of righteous anger, of doing something in the name of righting a wrong. To read him in a different light, if we were watching a vigilante thriller I think I’d be happily cheering him on—it’s actually this drama’s mixing of that kind of steely undertone with introspective human drama and light rom-com elements that makes it feel a little off-kilter. In a good way, I think, though it also carries with it a sense of narrative unease.

Even so, the way he acts on those feelings is problematic, and I personally can’t give someone a free pass purely for meaning well; actions and intent are related, but discrete, issues. He’s menacing and frightening and shows an unsettling lack of ability to empathize with others’ feelings, and if I were Seol’s friend I’d probably want her to steer clear. But what I hope for the drama is that rather than showing us that we’ve had the wrong picture of him all along—that he’s really a nice guy who just wanted to do nice things for the girl he liked—we’re getting a story of a guy who meant well and expressed it badly, but was guided back toward the realm of healthy communication styles and emotional expression. Power of love and all that.

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I feel like there’s a growing note of discomfort that’s arisen in Yoo Jung relationship and it’s not Young Gon or Minsoo or the looming future, it’s Yoo Jung himself.
Now, I get that Yoo Jung feels threatened by how warm and open Inho is (and how comfortable Seol is around him) but I can’t help but shrink back when he’s so sweet to Seol but cruel to Inho. This episode (and especially the ending) highlighted this and it seriously turns me off Yoo Jung at times. Perhaps it’s because we still don’t know what happened to Inho’s hand, but I find the condescending way he puts Inho down, extremely irritating. He seems to have the idea that not hiding how he feels from Seol makes it alright, because he isn’t going behind her back or wearing a mask, but it makes things worse.
The show does a brilliant job of placing us in Seol’s shoes, watching him be utterly swoonworthy, and then wanting him to just shut up. Yoo Jung’s so caught up in his own dislike or vendetta that he’s making Seol choose sides. And I wonder what’ll happen if she does. I have no doubt that Seol wants to have both relationships in her life but I wonder at where Yoo Jung and Seol are headed. Because she’s had to make a great deal of allowances for Yoo Jung; she isn’t even sure where their relationship is headed. A future with Yoo Jung seems strange and vague and uncertain, like the chaebols she only ever heard about. But Inho? The down-to-earth lad with a short fuse who works hard at her family’s store, can control her brother and yearns to play the piano? It’s not hard to envision a future with him at all.
I get that shipping wars have begun to escalate, as is typical of a drama of this caliber and addictiveness and I’m technically on neither team because both deserve the girl (and Seol deserves both) in their own way. I just couldn’t help noticing it and I wonder if Seol does too. We rarely see her thoughts when it comes to Inho (save that moment in the rain). We see her do stuff for him and with him, and occasionally smile and look upset at him leaving but that’s about it. How does she really see him? Given that Yoo Jung’s issues with Inho being near Seol appear to come to a head in tomorrow’s episode, I’m curious as to whether we’ll get any insight into this. The funny thing is that Inho and Yoo Jung aren’t so different at times. Both would beat the crap out of anyone who dared touch Seol and both are good people, but Inho wears his heart on his sleeve while Yoo Jung’s still in the process of figuring out how to use his. And for the sake of his relationship with Seol, I hope he figures it out soon.
More over at: http://unstoppablesun.com/2016/01/25/cheese-in-the-trap-ep-7-review/

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Somehow I don't think it is very nice to advertise your blog on someone else's.

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I second this.

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I actually wasn't bothered by your link to your blog. I don't think it disrupts anything...? Also I enjoy reading what others think. I thought the way Shalini advertised was tasteful. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

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I wasn't bothered by the link. It's just a personalized blog, not someone who's out to get traffic or money from people visiting her site - and judging from the lengthy comment she left, it's clear she just wants to chat about the episode.

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why are ppl getting so butthurt about someone else posting another blog here...?

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Blogs kind of work via being linked to other sites, other blogs included. Spamming is one thing, but sharing a link someone can choose to click on or not is hardly untoward—and it's better form to leave policing that up to the blog owners. Personally, I appreciated Shalini's thoughts and would be interested in reading them further, so.

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Yeah please don't promote your blog here,
And as long as I concern, it's Sul's feeling that important. She never likes Baek In Ho. Peiod. Not in Webtoon (until season 4), not in this drama (at least until today's episode)
Plus we can see from the flashback Jung did care for Inho and Inha. How the relationship went awry must have some reasons, so I think it's unfair only to judge Jung based on one action which purpose to make Inho willing to play piano again. Although his words are mess.. Idk.. Maybe Jung knows if he hurts his pride Inho gonna fight and play again) Idk.

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In season 4, does she have to decide between Inho & Jung??

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season 4 is not completed yet, there is chapter 21 out, it's out every thursday on naver, there is a nice blog of the webtoon by tbinnie, where she is summarizing the last chapters in english

Seol likes kind of the idea that Inho likes her, but she still considers him as a very good friend, like a family and Inho notices that, but he realize as well that he fell for her himself

we don't know how the author will continue the story line of the webtoon, so we'll se one of the versions in this drama adaptation ;-)

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Thanks. I am rooting for a happy ending of Seol and Jung. I think Jung needs to be saved and brought to the lighter and brighter side :)

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SPOILER COME ON! I'm so pissed right now. Thanks for ruining that bit for me. Really nice.

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Yes and No.
I really like both guys.

But if we look objectively, never mind the eerie background music, the only real thing 'scary' about Jung is that he doesn't express it on his face when he's angry.

Would you not beat up the guy who hurt your girlfriend? I think a lot of people would say yes, and probably would've done as much damage as he did.

As for In Ho. If I were the boyfriend, I wouldn't like it when my girl is being hugged by a guy I didn't even like (the umbrella scene).

Plus In Ho was the first one who told Seol to be careful with Jung because he's not who he seems to be and that he broke his hand ,etc etc. Jung never badmouths In ho. He just asked Seol to stay away, and be careful.

Talking about condescending, how about In Ho, doing exactly that to his sister? I think the sister spiralled down when she lost her art, and Jung was the one who actually cared about that.

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I agree about Jung feelings about Inho hugging Seol. Inho is leaning too much on Seol because he has nothing else good going on. In the flashack he ruined the dream,hopes of his sister. You have to respect the girls boyfriend and not get too close with a girl that has friendzoned you clearly.

I can understand and get really why Jung doesnt want Seol to help Inho with the piano thing too much, Inho might misunderstand that and cling on Seol.

Frankly Seol is very unrealistic as girlfriend at times because you cant spend so much time on helping another guy before your BF, you have to be clear to Inho she cant solve all his problems. A real girlfriend would tell worry her boyfriend might misunderstand.

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There is a cultural divide here.

I grow up thinking my friends (male and female), are an extension of my family and there is not "set" amount of time you dedicate to them helping and sharing problems.
Is a lifetime commitment.

No boyfriend posses my time, and if he can not understand how I manage my relationtships, there's a problem there.

Every time Jung tells Seol Who an How long she should see someone, he is manipulating her. On my book, he is on the wrong.

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Im not talking about time she spends with Inho as her male friends, she can spend as much as she wants but she has to be clear to both boys. Jung is lonely guy he gets paranoid about losing Seol she can be clear to Jung that Inho is just a little brother type friend. He has nothing to worry about.

Also she has to say to Inho dont act jealously, insult Jung before her eyes. He doesnt respect that Jung is her BF.

She has make clear her views to both.

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"the only real thing ‘scary’ about Jung is that he doesn’t express it on his face when he’s angry."

You are forgetting the manipulation. The lying also should be an issue. Dark triad if I ever saw one.

Don't get me wrong, I loooove homeboy, but he always wins, and spins the situation to suit his fancy.
Last year, he didn't like Seol so he sent a clearly inestable guy her way. Let her suffer.
This year he discovers she is awesome so Jung spins the situation his way.

He needs therapy, ASAP. There, I said it.

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Hi Shalini. I have been following your blog as well. Feel like someday I must say thank to all the kdrama fans who do recaps, screencaps like dramabeans and unstoppablesun... So Thank You!!!! <3

Btw, dramabeans allows you to post link and if you click someone's name, you will be directed to their websites... I feel nothing wrong with Shalini's post. ;)

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Sorry about that guys, I've been doing this for a while because my "reviews" are usually longer than 3000 characters and for the past year or so some commentors appear to have had some interest in my thoughts but I hadn't thought of how it might seem to newer viewers. Won't be doing it again, thanks :)

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Dang, the complainers win again.

Honestly, if you can't fit all your thoughts into one post, by all means, leave a link. People post links to videos, articles, mvs, news, etc, all the time... so you're not doing anything wrong. Besides, if dramabeans had a problem with people leaving links, they would've banned the feature or made a general request in a post.

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Agreed, leave your links away..if people don't want to go there, all they have to do is not click. DB actually leaves that option all the time by putting the website and link it to the name in the comment, so what gives?

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What a nice and civilized response to criticism. Personally, I thought it was considerate of you to afford people the opportunity to hear more of your thoughts by providing the link.

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I liked what you had to say and appreciated you sharing. It's not like you posted it a million times. People who disagree can choose not to click on it. If people didn't post links to other RELEVANT sites, we would miss out on some great content. It's a community, kids. Chill.

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I'm okay if you share your link tbh, I clicked and read yours. But better if you (i dont know how to put this) comment on what you read here and discuss it with us - not just post your review (i know it's kind of the same thing), and you definitely can share your link for longer info :D

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+1

I'd like to add: PLEASE share links (use the website) if you have multiple 3000 word comments on the same thread. PLEASE!! Create a site or a tumblr page if you have to. There's a fine line between passionate and obnoxious.

Also, thanks Shalini and everyone else for not being crazy.

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I second everything in this comment

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I actually found In-ho to be far more worrisome with this episode. To an extent, siblings will bicker. But he was downright cruel to her by crushing her love for her hobby. He saw himself so far above everyone else that it wasn't until he experienced loss that he finally realized how she must have felt. Even with that realization, to me, that's worse than anything we have seen from Yoo Jung doing to In-ho thus far. It may even be possible that In-ha wouldn't be wayward as she is now if she had instead been encouraged. That said, it makes me think that he's not really all that innocent as a lot of people seem to think. There is a mask I want to see removed from him as well.

That's not to say that Yoo Jung is this poor misunderstood fellow because he most certainly is not. He's quite flawed and I think the drama has done a good job reminding us to that fact.

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I think that's the brilliant contrast with these two characters that really makes them both so similar yet so different. Both are gifted, YooJung with his intelligence and InHo with his piano skills. They were initially quite the same but had key differences due to their personalities. YooJung viewed himself as superior but he kept that to himself unless provoked to maintain his facade. However, InHo's impulsive made him spit out all his thoughts because he also viewed himself as superior. We really get to see them differentiate once InHo loses his gift and actually hit rock bottom. He now knows what it feels like to be treated as inferior which is what he called Jung out for. I love this dynamic because I believe InHo's mask fell off after his accident and he's been picking himself back up with Seol's help. It will be interested to see if Jung can do the same with Seol's help as well

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As In ho dropped out of high school after his injury, the past events he is recalling probably happened when he was 16 or 17. Definitely a time when life perspectives and understanding is a work in progress. I think his arrogance about his talent was natural given his age and experience. I think he can be forgiven for not mentoring his volatile sister at that very self centered age. Although he loves are cares about his sister's well being, there doesn't seem to be an exchange of emphatic understanding. She has only ever asked him for money, not any kind of concern about his life.

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Please continue to do what you always do, and frankly I don't think the readers of this site have the right to tell you otherwise.
This right belongs to the owners of this site, if they are uncomfortable with your way of posting your comments they will delete them\or notify you.

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I tried to post a link for this post to SEE what would happen on this poster link.

It's very very funny they would not allow the post.
So it's okay for you to advertise your blog but not other people to advertise other links on yours.

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Not bothered by your link either! I enjoy reading other peoples reviews. Don't let it get you down. I've been enjoying your comments!

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Finally,my Monday meds are here.

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Haha!

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haha, mine too

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man this episode!!

oh younggon still remains the creepiest person in this whole entire drama/webtoon i swear to god... and that's saying a lot because, well, you have that pervert panty thief and you have jung (which i know most of us are like whatever, despite his emotional constipation, we still love him so maybe that's a moot point but anywayyyy). he retains about 100% of his character in the drama from the webtoon... it's seriously impressive and nerve-wracking. each time he comes onto the screen i feel so apprehensive and creeped out...

let me tell you, i've been anticipating the scene in which yoojung beats the pervert thief up for So Damn Long. i almost enjoyed it a little bit too much? maybe? and then the screen pans out to reveal seol shaking in fear right around the corner. god such a good scene. maybe i'm a bit of a sadist but seeing yoojung knock the other guy's lights out was so. satisfying. and just the dialogue bouncing between the thief and yoojung spoke volumes about everything. jesus. i know seol's head is in the right place (most of the time) so when the next day she's like "he did it for me so it's ok" i'm just kinda like.... ok... honey.... and it makes me think back to what yoojung said the previous night: she and i are the same. shivers.

the little flashbacks to when yoojung and inho were still friends makes my heart ache a little bit ;___; they looked so cute and brotherly? and for the first time i felt as if inho was unjustly cruel to inha during the painting thing...

honorable mention to seol's embarrassing kiss in the car. u go glen coco!!

and minsoo... i have such bad vibes about her (i mean i alr know what's gonna happen but that doesn't make me dread it any less :/)

[webtoon spoilers below? kinda? not really]

and one thing that's been bothering me (which i know probably isn't a big deal if i'm taking this drama as what it is and not comparing to its source, but i have read the source so... i can't help but do so haha sry!) is the difference in the characterization of inho in webtoon vs drama. the scene in which inho mocks inha's drawing in that childishly ruthless way, that kind of "kids are cruel" vibe is more prevalent in his character throughout the webtoon than it is in the drama? i feel like objectively speaking, inho doesn't have nearly as many faults in the drama as he does in the webtoon, which kinda screws with my perception of him as a character if i try to mesh both the drama ver and the webtoon ver together. buttt it's fine if i just view them as two different characters i guess?

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Drama In Ho is actually likeable, which webtoon In Ho never managed for me. Drama In Ho isn't as selfish as his webtoon counterpart, nor is he as violent. I do love Drama In Ho, but I still don't ship him with Seol. I actually really want Seol to help mend the friendship between those two boys. Both of them being in love with her would make that difficult I think. I like thinking of In Ho as another donsaeng for Seol. Particularly as she kind of treats them both the same.

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yeah that's exactly it. drama inho is noticeably more likeable to me, which gives me slight pause when regarding the accuracy of this characterization? and i agree, i still don't ship him with seol, regardless, and same-- seeing her mend the lost friendship would be satisfying to watch

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I completely agree! In Ho in the drama is much more likable. He's such a sweet heart, a lost little puppy. Also, hate the idea of Seol and him together. I prefer that his relationship with her remains platonic. Okay, now i'm just repeating what you just said. Oops... :D

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Drama Inho is so likeable that I end up re-reading the webtoon. Did I read him wrong? lmao

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Agreed. To be honest I really like webtoon Inho, mostly because despite the fact that he's rude and blunt and violent, he still manages to endear himself to people (e.g. his old coworker, Seol, her brother, her family, etc..). I think it's because despite his flaws, he isn't cruel (at least the him in the present) and helps people even when it inconveniences him. There were loads of times where I felt he went too far, and times where I honestly hated him, but I think that makes him more interesting as a character. People aren't black and white, and the fact that he's able to make connections with people despite being (mostly) infuriating seems realistic to me. Also, he's unintentionally hilarious a lot of the time, which I don't think is easy to translate on screen.

Drama Inho is much more subdued, and even his anger (which always seems to be justified in the drama, like when Seol got attacked by the creep, or followed by Oh young-gon) is a lot more...normal? There's nothing about him that screams 'troubled,' and in fact he's kind of made out to be this tragic figure who gave up his dreams when he hurt his hand, and now gets by doing odd sorts of job. He just seems much less complex and more pitiable. I don't know if that was their intention, but they've basically turned him into a second lead (something I never felt in the webtoon).

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I think In ho can definitely be described as troubled as he dropped out of high school and ran away after losing the thing that gave his life meaning. The fact that 5 or 6 years later he is still emotionally crippled and angrily lashing out with blame means he is a long way from normal. He rejected rehab, his teacher's help and financial support from his surrogate family. Why did he reject help? Pride and despair?

While his hot temper and impatience was accepted as part of his "artistic temperament" when he was acknowledged as a rising talent, in the regular world it gets him fired or prevents him from being hired.

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I didn't really notice it with Inho as much as I noticed it with Jung. I guess most of the (main) characters are more likable in the drama than the webtoon

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really? i felt like jung was pretty close actually (or maybe that's my park haejin bias showing) and seol was different from what i expected but not in an entirely bad way... i don't know perhaps it's the fact that a lot of people who've only watched the drama support inho and feel kindly towards him because he's portrayed as a nicer guy than yoojung.. which honestly if you read the webtoon is not the case but i'm just being nitpicky about the details i guess

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Drama Inho is so likeable. If there is one thing I ask of this drama, it's that Inho finds his music again. He's too young and it's too sad to let a love and dream like music die like that!

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I feel like Jung is less creepy in the drama. In the webtoon there were scenes like in the hospital, where he roamed around in the dark by himself, enjoying the silence....these little moments are missing in the drama.

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Park Hae Jin is doing great as Yoo Jung, but post Reply 1988, I can't help but wonder how Park Bo Gum would portray that char. Would he make YJ less inscrutable, more? More accessible?

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oooohhh, pretty much Min-like. I can picture what you're saying. :D I think Park Hae-jin and Park Bogum are the young ones that can portray 'psycho' well (especially the split second expression switch)

Yoo Jung's scene when he just finished beating up the perp, then soften when saw Seol, then surprised-yet-confused when Seol rejected his hand. Park Hae-jin nailed that!

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Having watched Roommate, Seo Kang Joon could probably do it easily as well because his baseline personality is actually super-blank. Like one notch away from being a total blank like these psycho characters are when no one's watching. (I'm not saying he's a psycho just that he is super low-key perma-chill in real life.) The up shot is that whenever he's doing a part like InHo, he is really emoting faaaar away from his baseline already. So pivoting between a robot and a manic psycho would be about as difficult as walking and chewing gum at the same time. His technique could stand to be refined some still but the basic ability is there.

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Super interesting take on how Seo Kang Joon was in RoomMate. I watched every episode with him (and this was AFTER seeing him in Sly and Single Again, which unimpressed me). In the RoomMate house he was mellow and polite. He interacted well and was funny but he was a bit aloof- except around Lee Dong Wook , who really drew the best out of everyone. The REALLY interesting part was how I think KangJoon was super dignified in the face of increasing envy and jealousy by Park Min-Woo. Kang Joon was just so naturally chill, self-confident and easy going that Min-woo got more and more insecure around him. This show really revealed the true characters of all the house inhabitants. I am pleased and a bit surprised by the depth of emotion and angst Kang Joon is showing in Cheese. To me, he is the most interesting - far more than anyone else - because he emotes the best. I think he is a rising star.

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I agree. Park Minwoo and he started out with such a fun bromance but you could see it really ate at Minwoo. I think there's a reason they were split up in season 2. Jackson and he got along pretty well, even better than him and Chanyeol.

I did really respect the time he bungee jumped even though he was scared crazy of it. (I would be too! I wouldn't have done it!)

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What also confused me was JUng's reaction upon seeing Seol chocked by the blonde psycho guy. I mean don't you think it took him a long time to react? I would think the first thing you do is to lunge at the guy instead of just staring at him for a while?

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I thought it was a bit weird too but put it down to shock.

Jung is often a thinker and plotter, so I don't think his gut instinct is to react right away but to be like, "what the h?" Also, to consider what to do in a way which would cause least injury to Seol. But who knows.

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Like Petra said, Jung is a thinker, he would process the moment first then react. His "what are you? let go of her" didn't take too long for someone. But... yeah, your girl could be killed before you do anything.However he chose to make less movement not to trigger the perp more.

Different case with In-ho (also Eun-taek and Joon) who would storm and beat the crap out of the perp as soon as they see their girl got threatened.

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I think it is shock - and also, I think one doesn't quite know what to do. If he lunged forward, would the stalker have hurt Seol more? After all, he had her by the throat and it wasn't clear if he had a weapon or could have hit her in the thorax and killed her. Sudden moves lead to unpredictable outcomes on all ends, so Jung might be trying to work out the best thing to do

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I would not be shocked if the pause was him mentally saying:

Am I allowed to kill him for this? Her life is in danger and I'm angry but is this a killing situation? Will that save her? What is the priority? Probably breaking him off her. Then beat the @)[email protected]([email protected])(!)@*(O*_)[email protected]*_!(*$ out of him. But not killing. Father would not approve.

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I can imagine wondering about that, especially after watching him with Kim Go-eun in Coin Locker Girl, ha. But as @weallwantpizza says, Min of I Remember You makes it very easy to imagine. Though of course, Min's motivations were entirely different.

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Ha, Coin Locker Girl. But with opposite characters. Park Bo-gum the insensitive one, and Kim Go-eun being... kind Hong Seol. Funny that the blond perp in here was also the bad guy in that movie. Not to mention several Reply 1988 actors were there too...

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oh yeah, I was breathless while Jung was beating up the stalker, because on one hand he was so cold-blooded about it, but on the other I was thinking 'kicking the shit out of your girlfriend's stalker isn't exactly a bad thing to do...'

I suspect I'd have felt differently about the scene if Jung had actually taken some punches in return, but it's that preternatural aura of cold competence that really takes the scene from sorta-understandable to scary. Especially when it turns out that Seol is just around the corner and heard everything.... that was a great reveal.

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I was thinking about this scene and then also of the entire setting of the show. I guess, a lot of the times, we take our barometer of what is acceptable from Seol's reactions. I was getting frustrated with her because in the early episodes, she couldn't say no and couldn't stand up in some ways that I thought, ultimately helped enable the bad behaviours of those around. Thankfully, she grew a pair and got better.

In this scene, I wonder if it's Seol sitting around the corner, trembling, that helps shape our perception? I think it was probably normal for her to tremble since she just had a huge shock herself from being attacked, violated and thrown down the stairs but she needs to reflect that her reaction isn't just because of Jung but everything that happened before that.

As to Jung's beating up the stalker - I actually find his cold rage quite understandable. Not only did the stalker break into Seol's apartment and threatened her, he also maliciously threw her down the stairs which could have led to serious injury.

The cold efficiency is something of which I think we as a society are being conditioned to disapprove. I think we're all taught we should be "nice", even if nice is something equated to being insincere, insipid and indifferent. I remember a guy I know, who is trained in martial arts, once told me - street fighting is really different from the idealised setting of controlled sparring. On the street, it's best not to get into an altercation but if for some reason you do, be efficient and put the other guy down - there's no room for "being nice" as you never know how they come at you after that.

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Great inputs. I think Jung was really upset with the albino dude for hurting Seol so the guy got whacked for his antics. That's it. I think some people are reading too much into Jung's motivations and expressions. Just because a guy is nice and friendly, it doesn't mean he is a saint underneath a genial exterior.

I think Jung wouldn't have beaten up the guy so badly if he didn't try to strangle her or pushed her down the stairs. That was very cruel. What if Jung arrived later - what would have happened to Seol?

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Yay to secondhand embarrassment!

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When she squeezed his cheeks LOL...

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she squeezed his cheeks too hard lololol she brings his cheek all the way to the front. it's hard to handle

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And the funniest bit was that Yoo Jung only mildly protested. He seemed so surprised and was like , "Soel, wait..." then obediently closed his eyes for the kiss. I think that was so sweet of him. Like, he didn't want to dampen her spirit by laughing or pushing her away however ridiculous she was.

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@ aoi
Couldn't agree more...
In this scene (in fact, many instances), Jung seemed like a real sweetheart, he accepted all the quirky sides of her. And those times that she misjudged him, he was patient with her...
Can't wait for more scenes like this...

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I just couldn't ....LOL

I fast forwarded and then rewind and watched it through my fingers ...

Lord I cringed so bad ...

And his face and expression was helping and I just deid when after all that hard work she kissed him on the cheek instead...

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I was watching that scene through my fingers lol.

But now I actually wonder if there's more to Seol's reserve about boyfriendly physical intimacy (though she seems comfortable enough - not perfectly, but enough - with handholding)

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...... i reaaalllllyy love when Baek In-ho and Seol together but don't want Yoo Jung fall too deep to the dark side either....

and kids, this is how Cheese in the Trap means you are actually in the trap of switching ship every scene.

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+1 for you and JB The same park hye jin beating guys in Bad guys i would have garbed popcorn but same actor beating a person who truly deserved it why was I cringing in my seat...( "show" i don't care about soel's head stop messing with mine)

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I know, right? Bad Guys vs this... but I was far more disturbed here, not only by how cold Jung was during the beating but at myself for finding it hot. (despite also feeling terrified for what it might mean)

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I found it so hot too. And scary because there was no heated anger... just contempt and iciness.

In Ho would probably have beaten the guy too but it would have been an all out brawl and In Ho would have stopped when the guy couldn't fight back. Like with the stalker.

But this is why I'm so drawn to this drama. Because the wounded hero trope in this is not just trope, with a hero the audience knows will be the perfect husband for the heroine, and the heroine just needs to see him as the audience does.

Here our hero is seriously in need of change.

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Ha! I'm not even calling it a ship anymore it's a yacht and there's room for everyone.

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LOL we're on the shipping yacht then ;)

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Ha! I'm just hoping it's not the Titanic.

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"and In-ho recognizes the intruder as the guy who knocked out assistant Yoon-sub with a brick."

Wasn't the guy who got hit TA Heo? And wasn't he hit by the landlady's grandson?

Anyway, I was anticipating that kiss in the car from the preview last episode, and to my surprise I liked it even if it was super embarrassing (I had my hands covering my eyes while watching). I was expecting either of them to laugh before Seol kissed Jung's cheek because I was crying/laughing and couldn't help think why they're not (those squishy faces, hahaha!). I really, really want to watch the BTS of that scene and want to know how many NGs they did. ;)

Happy that the song I was waiting for since E03 was released in the new OST.

Love Love Love CITT. Kim Go-eun's my new girl crush. And PHJ's biceps makes me drool. ;)

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Sorry, I interchanged the TA and Yoo-jung in my mind. And I didn't recognize the fake grandson with his hair.

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TA Heo and Yoon-sub is the same person. Heo is Yoon-Sub's last name.
There is no landlady's grandson. He was a con artist pervert all along. He pretended to be a travel agent and sent her on a bogus trip, then posed as the grandson to get Intel on the apartment. It was explained in Seol's voice-over.

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Thank you so much Javabeans!

And as for that kiss... sooo... awkward. Yet so funny, I laughed.

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that reminds me of their first hug when motor bike passed both were so awkward and shocked.. next when she slipped he caught her, she didn't push him away.. from next they hug each other so naturally... Hopes are high for kisses now...

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Wow that was fast thank you. I am still at work and had to skip through the scenes this morning.

I am not going to be upset but would be glad to read why YJ beat up the guy.When they sue for personal compensation in Korea and the injuries are visible.

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My logic with DB.. faster recaps equals awesome shows and vise-versa ...

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More than loveline here, I just realize I care and pray that somehow Jung and Inho work out their relationship (I did not really focus on Inho when reading the webtoon). Whatever they keep inside (especially Jung) they need to confront each other. I'm counting on Seol to "tame" the boys... they both need her as coordinator, peacemaker. No matter what someone should look out for both of them and push them towards each other (Inha definitely not, Jung's dad - he seems to favor/easily praise the siblings than Jung)...

And back to fangirl mood, I love love love it.... when Seol and Jung together... they are so cute!!! Those interactions, arkward moments from Seol lack of "love experience".. so hillarious. Regardless funny method, Seol did kiss Jung (on the cheek) first. Haha...

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I hope so too... I'm suspecting IN-HA that girl is capable of doing anything.... like she was envious of IN-HO reaching his dreams and she can't

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I know this is misplace rant, but Sunbae's dad kinda pissed me off tbh. I know, he only pop up few times & mostly during phone call to ask about the Baek siblings but urghhh.... dad, how can you?
Calling your son weird & favoring them, I'll go crazy too if I were Yoojung sunbae tbh~

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That's actually the main of Jung's problem eh? He couldn't express what he felt because he get less attention all these years. No matter how well he does in anything, people already expect him to do so, so it's not surprising anymore meanwhile Baek siblings' mindset was kind of the opposite. It was okay to do wrong sometimes. Because of that, parents would look after the troubled ones more.

I think he got this thing: when people realize their wrongs and Jung gets the upper hand, he somehow felt his 'victory' or 'pleasure'. He got the attentions he wanted and this habit of 'using' people comes out. Those persons will look him up and feel guilty forever. But Baek siblings don't do that. They always see Jung as the same level, and never actually praise Jung in ways other people do.

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I think Dad understands his kid has an abnormal personality. There have been some times when our psycho lead intellectualized a decision or behavior "Dad told me not to do X" or "Dad told me that X is the correct thing." I think that the Dad had understood his son was lacking in certain emotional judgment bases and gave him a behavior protocol to follow to keep him in socially-acceptable bounds.

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But those bounds dad gave him came to this "Jung you are weird/strange. Don't get mad, don't get angry. Always smile be nice to others and give in to other no matter how mean, rude, and a little s*** the little boy is. Smile and do for them" If you haven't read the webtoon you really must. Jung's father scared him for life and it's not an excuse but much of who Jung is today had to do with the label's Inho's grandfather and his own father put on him and in some way out casted him for. His dad is the worst.

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Good points indeed! Many people fail to see what behind him, but Idk.. I never able to fear him. Or maybe I kinda pity him, how everyone use him. Plus for this shipping kinda war, funny because in webtoon Baek In Ho is not as likable as in drama so he's never considered as love rival. And I hope the drama keeps it so.

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bless you darling. i love the technical things you gave, and it kinda lines with layman's version of what i think of jung.

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I always love Jung's character, it is not Darcy in Pride and Prejudice but I am glad that it's not. I get to feel the richness of his emotion in his lack of emotion. Now I do not sound alright, do I?
He has problem, and not until he met Seol that he's questioned his way of life. Nobody really shows him that. He is hurt, and his way of survive his life (his dad's expectations, people's expectations) is by putting mask, layers of them. And none of the mask have feelings, emotions, let alone love written to it. Seol gives him that. The range of emotions that he never felt before. He finds companion in Seol but he also knows that Seol is different. Seol cares, he saw that when he saw Seol approached Yoong Gun, and he knows that by his interaction with her. Yet they are similar.
Now, he has to deal with more emotions that he gets to know love. His jealousy towards In Ho. All of these feelings are alien to him, I assume, and the only way he can think of, is the same tactic that he used all of his life. Power. In Ho is not pure innocent, we saw how haughty and annoying he was when he was still the gifted pianist. We just need to wait and see until the reason why he keep blaming Jung for his hands unfold.
I love Jung, his dark side and his warm side towards Seol. Some people, like that guy that nearly killed Seol deserved that. Maybe not many people would beat the hell out of that guy without batting eyelashes, like Jung did (it actually creeped me out just a tiny weeny bit), but he deserved that. He deserves more, but seeing how he was beaten by a guy who has no emotion, must have been enough for that guy.

One of the concern that someone brought to my attention was, if he can do that to people that hurt Seol, he could also do that to Seol. What do you think of that, Sim? I don't actually believe that, since he loves Seol, but I wonder, if there's any possibility if Seol ever break his heart that he can be very malicious towards her. I personally do not think so, but what say you, Sim?

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I love that :D! " He operates on a what would Batman do scale."

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Excellent post!

He understands her damn near completely (I HATE the drama for kind of losing the emphasis of this) and he THINKS she understands him just as well–but she doesn’t. Seol doesn’t have apd.

I'd like to add here: He doesn't really understand her from a more intersubjective point of view. I don't think his concept of the human mind is adequate enough to understand her (or any other more "normal" human being).

I'm guessing here (I'm not up-to-date on the comics), but my impression was that Jung's model of other people is mostly based on known social and certain behaviouristic rules. That allows him not only to get away with his social deficits, he can to some degree manipulate people very well. Beyond that basic (and surprisingly often sufficient) model, he does not understand how people work or think.

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This kind of analysis makes me think -- what in the writer's experience made them able to write such a character? Is the writer like Jung? or does the writer know someone like Jung?

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I don't think Jung is difficult to write. Quite the opposite, he is one of the most clear, transparent and simple characters I can imagine.

I for one am more surprised by all those comments that claim that they don't "get" Jung. Well, he is a bit unusual for a K-drama lead (because he is so simple), that may throw people off. And maybe it is difficult for people on the other side of the antisocial spectrum to understand a character like that. I don't know, because I'm antisocial enough to do it so easily, fortunately.

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Your post is just on point.

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same, javabeans, same... i could not watch that kissing scene without cringing/laughing at the same time! too cute.

and you're on the dot about the appeal of this drama's romance - it shows a very real side of relationships and how awkward but cute it can be at the beginning

also, can i have myself an eun-taek too??

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HAHA Eun-Taek stole that basketball scene for me :D I loved that he was full-on protective mode for Bora, and that it extended to Seol afterwards!! Such a puppy <3

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"Oh my god, this is the cutest and most embarrassing thing, I can’t even watch. I can’t handle this. It’s the best and worst thing, at the same time."

I want to watch the scene but I am too embarassed and ended up pressing forward button...

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Me too!

I actually hid my eyes and groaned....so, so embarrassing...

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That car kiss scene was so awkward I had to turn away each time it came on. Simultaneously I was laughing hysterically. Why can't I watch it? This show. Is so good.

Aw, I know it's inappropriate and glorifying violence but I'm happy Jung beat that disgusting thug up in that intensely terrifying manner. If Korean dramas have taught me anything it's that sexual predators get off pretty easily in the Korean justice system. At least he was paid back some of his damage in kind. I do recognise that this is not a healthy belief to have. But for fictional purposes, I"m down with it. I'm also happy Jung was rethinking his response when he and Seol talked (genuinely or not).

Still loving Jung/In Ho/Seol. If only this episode also included a drunk Seol. I love drunk Seol.

I wonder if Jung manipulated the class to give those student responses to punish Witch Kang for Seol's mark last term. OR perhaps I"m giving Jung too much credit and this is just a natural market response to poor service (come on Witch Kang think business!).

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Hell, if I knew a professor gave the whole team a D, including the one person who worked hard to get an A, I sure as hell wouldn't take their class the next semester. I wouldn't even need to be manipulated into it!

She's getting her just deserts by being too strict. If she had relented and given Seol a B for effort, even though she gave the others a D, her reputation wouldn't be so bad. No one wants a witch as a professor. Especially if the class she's scheduled to teach is an elective, I'd drop it in a heartbeat.

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At the same time though, I can see the professor's point: Seol should have stepped up and whipped the team into shape. Everyone else DID slack because they expected them to carry her. She needed to force them into action by not falling for that manipulation. However she's been unreasonable for other reasons, like the late paper that was actually stolen. When someone else vouches it was a mistake, and if they didn't want to get the TA in trouble for letting it be stolen they could have just said "No it WAS turned in it just fell off the pile in the office."

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Was anyone else totally thrown off by the transition between the last episode and this one? I had to go back to episode 6 and rewatch the end to make sure that I hadn't missed something somewhere. When did In-ho decide to stay? Wasn't he running away from his old mofia-esque boss? Did they just totally throw that conflict under a rug? So confused.

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I wasn't really confused. I just assumed In Ho was in a period of trying to figure out where it wanted to go to next - coincidently he happens to hear about the part time job 4 hours away from Jun. I think that puts him in a remote area away from "mafia boss" and just his luck, still close to Seol.

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omg same i felt a bit of this as well. i was like do i just have bad short-term memory or was a week ago too long? after 5 minutes i forgot about it though hahah

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Seol's store is out of town. I would say this: at the beginning of the episode, In-ho hasn't moved yet because he hadn't found any job. But when now he found one out of town, he moved around there. (...I guess?)

By the way, four hours of commuting... where the hell is Seol's house? It took only three hours from Seoul to Busan by train (I know she goes by subway, but... nvm)

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I think it's a four hour roundtrip commute: so two hours there and two hours back.

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Standing for all that distance must be painful.

And commuting in college could adversely affect her grades. I remember some of my college years when I had to commute from home.( Not that distance, though). It was far from ideal and I missed out on a lot of after hours study groups and campus activities. Seol is so sacrificing. I wonder if her mother ever considered things from her daughter's POV? Or maybe they didn't have a choice since they are cash strapped?

And what's with their dad keeping all the cash at the end of the day? That vaguely bothered me for some reason. I hope he's an equal participant in their business, not just a person who keeps all the profits but does little to push the business forward.

On a side note, I like how tough Baek In Ho is on Jun. Might be the saving of him by finally teaching him how to be responsible and the value of hard work.

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Yeah probably. But geez, two hours means also took a long way. Like Adal said, my friends use to do this too for two years and finally gave up when she got night class. It only worn your already tired self out, like the only thing left in home is only to sleep. You couldn't even do anything in cramped train.

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Yes. I thought, I'd missed an episode.

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Please tell me I'm not alone in starting to wonder if In-Ho was a bigger part in his demise than he's making out? I'm still not clearing Jung of anything since we don't know, but that flashback was so telling to me. We've seen how Jung can turn his kindness (fake or genuine) on and off easier than a switch, but it seemed genuine to both siblings in the flashback. In-Ho's arrogance and downright cruel mocking of In-Ha's hobby seemed so casual and pretty darn genuine too, and I'm imagining his teenage self might've been like that to, well, everyone. So I can imagine In-Ho impulsively instigating or even simply saying the wrong thing to the wrong person, and them plotting to ruin him. IDK I haven't read the webtoon I could be way off.

That car scene was so well-done. Seol and Jung are kinda everything I want in a ship as far as awkwardness goes? I maintain Seol sees In-Ho with sisterly affection and wants to "fix" him. If they do end up together, I will be severely disappointed, I'm still not getting the romantic vibe past In-Ho's developing crush. I also think a good portion of the audience is trying too hard to romanticize every little thing between these two, when Seol honestly seems to predominantly feel pity for him imo.

I cheered when Jung beat the pervert up, I won't even lie. Dude choked Seol and threw her down stairs, he deserved that beat down.

Jung has gotta back off some though, or he can kiss Seol goodbye. She won't take him bossing her around, and she shouldn't as much as I now love him. I have a feeling we'll see more similarities between our main couple when it comes to Seol dealing with Min Soo, though.

Oh Young Gon is terrifying, I'm going to need him to make his exit soon.

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Hello, I read the manhwa and yes, In Ho was really arrogant back then about his connection with Jung, about his skills and always picked / started fights with others, since he has hot temper anything would do.

He was really good at piano, but was all "Oh, I just have the gift" "you don't know this piece? But it is so easy, you just have to play"

He also wanted the piano's school all to himself (In Ha broke his piano ) , because he thought he was better than others and deserved to practise it.

Basically he didn't really knew what gift he had... and once he lost it - his arm was hurt, he who was not good in anything than Piano, lost purpose in his life and started to blame others for his miserable life - worse: he decided to not do rehab/recover . Than later he regreted but his pride didn't let he go back and ask help from Jung and Chairman

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I see why people who've read the webtoon say he's been majorly toned down then.

I bet people would feel more conflicted over his character if he were portrayed like this in the drama, so I think this is an actual missed opportunity from a character/writing standpoint?

Though to be fair, the first few episodes I found very little to be endearing about In-Ho and felt confused as to why so much of the audience loved him and was shipping him with Seol. I agree with commenters that say they want to see In-Ho and Jung mend their friendship, though.

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"Please tell me I’m not alone in starting to wonder if In-Ho was a bigger part in his demise than he’s making out"

This. I feel In-ho has completely glossed over his part in the fiasco that broke his and jung's friendship and his hand. You get hints when YJ asked him that does he not feel the need to apologise, his refusal to get rehab, YJ clapping for him in the performance etc ....

I could be wrong but I got the feeling that YJ is largely reactive. He doesn't do anything unless provoked. Otherwise he is largely unconcerned with meddling in anyone's life. So what did In-ho exactly start that led to this point ?

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I felt he glossed over his role in what happened to him when he told Seol that Jung did that to his hand as in, directly injured his hand. The flashback we got already confirmed if Jung was involved, it was indirectly (or maybe I'm mistaken).

I mean don't get me wrong, I feel terrible for In-Ho. But I don't see him as a precious puppy who can do no wrong, especially after that flashback with In-Ha. He was nasty and I probably would have reacted like her (I'm an artist)! Also if Jung really was behind it, it would be kinda boring? We've been told that since we were introduced to In-Ho, so...

I feel the same about Jung, he doesn't seem truly malicious to me? He's problematic in many ways, but not evil or psycho. He really seems to just want to be left alone (unless you're Seol) lol.

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"I cheered when Jung beat the pervert up, I won’t even lie. Dude choked Seol and threw her down stairs, he deserved that beat down."

I felt the same way! Jung saw what that guy did to Seol, so I totally understand why Jung felt no remorse to that pervert/thief. I'll probably do the same thing, or worse, to the people who will hurt my loved ones.

Agree with that Young Gon too! For some reason, when he was leaving crazy messages online against InHo & Seol, he kinda reminded me of some netizens who likes to bashed people on line. ^_^

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Honestly, Jung's reaction this time (despite his chilly calmness) seemed very human, whether people want to admit that or not.

Ironically his most human and normal reaction of fighting violence with violence will probably make him seem that much creepier to some. Jung can never do right lol.

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I'm getting a fair few red flags from Yoo Jung now. Seol having to repeat "it's for my sake, so it's all right", while clearly trying to convince herself, was one right there. And the ending, with what was clearly an unneeded diss at In Ho, just threw me off again. On the other hand, Park Hae Jin's performance is so stellar, his beats of on-and-off again so riveting, that it's hard to dislike him at all. Watching Seol get all giddy and excited over him is just beautiful to watch. And I absolutely adore Seol being the emotional touchstone in this drama, where I feel everything that she's feeling because her feelings are so palpable.

The second lead syndrome, though, is really strong here for me, because I enjoy their dynamic so much, especially how unexpectedly give-and-take it is. Because in the Seol/In Ho sort of narrative, I never expect reciprocity of action on part of the female lead. Seol really does as much for In Ho as he does for her, she offers comfort when he needs it, in whatever form he needs it; whether it's pretending not to see him cry, alcohol, or a piano cord. And I adore how they read each other- "it was a church oppa, right?" "this is what you'd wanted to buy, right?" I absolutely love watching the genuine affection and camaraderie develop within the course of the episodes, and how genuinely they seem to like each other. It's also interesting how much Seol seems to trust In Ho in terms of believing what he says, even though she clearly finds it difficult to open up and trust people. Why am I always doomed in fictional love /sigh.

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But... Jung was right. Inho could have done the reab and played piano again but he didn't and he blames it to everyone..

And I think they are gonna reveal it later, but Inho aint that pure either. he is an ass, to her sister and to everyone else. So basically he makes his own fate. Plus Jung was sincere to him, they grew up together as family. Anyway, kinda sad how the drama misread Inho's jerks character. I like it that way, so no one is normal in this story. Oh maybe bora and euntaek lol.

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I don't think he blames it on everyone, mostly just Jung, and that seems to have less to do with his hand and more to do with the fact that for some reason he feels betrayed by him, which is probably even more cutting for him now because he clearly used to see Jung as family. He could have gone to rehab, sure, but I get that he was wild and headstrong and impatient and the idea of starting again with something he was naturally gifted at was hell at the time, especially if he also lost his conceptualisation of family at the time. Not the best or wisest solution, but definitely very human. Besides if the rehab was being offered by Jung (in the same way that Jung is offering to send him abroad now), and that was after he already felt betrayed by him, I can understand why he wouldn't take it up on Jung's benevolence. I mean he's definitely not going to go abroad, even if Jung is offering, but I can't fault that as him deliberately letting go of opportunities and choosing not to make his life better even though he has the chance. I like that he doesn't blame his circumstances, and doesn't want any help, he's a hard worker, sincere in all his jobs, regardless of what they require, and I like that trait, so I don't see him as the kind to go blaming everyone. I don't have the whole story yet re: his hand and what exactly happened, so it's difficult to comment with accuracy.

It's interesting what you said about In Ho's characterisation! I haven't read the webtoon so I only have the show to go by. I haven't seen much of his jerk characteristics on display yet. He was a jerk in the flashbacks with that superiority for his natural skills at something he loved, but it was very regular-little-brother jerkiness (besides I find it very hard to pick on In Ho for things like that because, after all, I'm loving Jung despite his cold-blooded tendencies lol) and right after that we can see that he's grown since, and he actually had that realisation of how casually cruel he'd been in making fun of In Ha's dream. I'll be very curious to see whether the drama does explore those tendencies you mentioned, as long as he remains an interesting character I'll be fine with it.

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I love this comment and I feel pretty much the same!

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I think the crux of it was that In Ho felt that Jung could have done something to stop the fight and in relation, having his hand stomped on and mangled. I didn't read the manhwa, but i get the feeling that In Ho blames Jung for standing by and doing nothing (it looked like Jung walked away). It's like seeing a collision happen on the motorway, and driving pass the burning wreckage without bothering to stop or call 911. Since In Ho trusted Jung so much back then, i think the 'betrayal' cut him really deep. I do think that Jung had a reason for not helping...but that's like saying since the driver was driving recklessly and being a danger to everyone else on the road, he got his comeuppance. Why should i stop to help? that's...my opinion though...

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In the webtoon, Inho was being beaten by many guys - Jung couldn't help even if he wanted, I guess he went to get help but it was too late?

Like when the drunk guy went after Seol, the girl thought he didn't anything, but he did call help and went looking for her.

Inho must not know it all.

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Why do I feel like In-Ha had a part in her brother's hand getting injured. She's pretty violent and also has jealous streak based on this episode (and previous ones). I wonder if Jung decided to step in and cover for In-Ha somehow...which may have made it look like it was him but it was In-Ha.

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Not sure whether it will be include in drama version, but Inha reaction to Inho hand getting injured was disturbing.. I want to say more but it may ended up as spoiler.. I did wonder about it too

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Hum, seeing the flashbacks when In Ha, In Ho were in school, they seemed to get along well. Jung even supported In Ho.

We see that In Ha did have dreams that were crushed by reality that she didn't have enough skills. Plus In Ho putting her down was wrong and not helping at all. I wish the drama shows more flashbacks - In Ho was very arrongant back then about his skills and looked down on others - even In Ha, his sister.

I think their relationship turned sour because In Ho blamed jung for his hand, and In ha tried to milk it to gain money, I guess this made Jung feel betrayed and he cut In Ha and In Ho off his life.

Some misunderstanding happened and In Ho really believes Jung had something to do with it, so both feel betrayed, both need to talk... but they don't.

I might be wrong, I read just until season 3 episode 60.

I read something interesting about In Ho's accident: What if In Ha had something to do with it? And put the blame on Jung? Seeing how In Ho was arrongant about his skills and In Ha was annoyed that In Ho had the dream, skills and showed off, she could manipulate the piano guy to hurt his arm. Maybe she didn't think it would turn this bad... In the manhwa she breaks In Ho's pianos more than on time and is always annoyed and envies his skills.

Maybe In Ha had something to do with it > the siblings blamed Jung > Chairman believed In Ha and In Ho side and not Jung's > Jung feels betrayed > Jung might know In Ha had something to do with it (?) > Jung wants them off his life...

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How amazing was PHJ when Jung went all violent. Its like all emotion was wiped out from his face. It really gave me the chills

I love the show but i am getting a repetitive vibe from it. Every episode is about one new person revealing something about YJ, Seol confronting him, Not fully appeased but moving on

Though its infinitely better than letting misunderstandings brew but if i was YJ, i would get tired of having to defend myself every day bec someone said something esp when the relationship was still in the beginning

Is that how the webtoon goes ? I rather have Seol and YJ driving the conflict and peeling back the layers from YJ's personality rather than a 3rd person being the catalyst always

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This. While I'm not happy that Seol has to bite her tongue all the time to keep from rocking the boat, Jung can't be thrilled to be at the receiving end of all that questioning and doubting, either. Then again, he did ask for it by being mean (?) to her in the past. It's really hard to come down clearly on one side of anything in this drama!

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I really need them to hash it out over all his past bad deeds towards her. She needs to know she's not being crazy so that she can start to trust him now. Kim Eun Jun is an amazing actress.

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What I wonder is how much of Seol's perception of Jung bullying/being mean to her was actually true. I don't doubt he was cold and disliked her, but she thought he was using everyone against her--Sang Chul situation, Joo Yeon, Oh Young Gon--and we can say definitively for everyone but OYG that she was mistaken.

I need more flashbacks, honestly. I'm not defending Jung, but I can't judge him based on unreliable narrators anymore lol.

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I wonder how much was just her point of view as well.

I think she is overall a perceptive person but she does make judgments in error, as we all do.

She even said she thought Bora was initially too aggressive but then later liked her.

I think Jung did do some of it but then he hardly needs to, the way they fawn over him and kiss up.

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1. That face squish kiss was everything. I screamed out loud with second hand embarrassment.

2. I think the similarity between Jung and Seol is very well demonstrated in this episode with their respective scenes with In Ho and the piano. They are both quietly reading In Ho's desires and planning how to push him into action. It's just that Seol does so warmly and Jung is...not so warm.... I actually read him as more matter of fact in that last scene than actively antagonizing, which leads me to think (hope?) he truly wants In Ho to play again, but doesn't know how to actually treat him as their relationship is not on good terms.

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That face squish kiss WAS everything, I agree!!! PHJ and KGE have some awesome chemistry to be able to be so endearing while also being so extremely awkward. The emotions are palpable in their scenes.

And yeah. I don't think Jung is being full-on delusional when he says they're alike (to an extent), and I want Seol to realize this.

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It's kinda fast.... the recap

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