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Oh My Venus: Episode 16 (Final)

It’s a finale filled with neat little bows for Oh My Venus, with hearts and flowers flying everywhere. We don’t get all the answers we’d like, but when is life ever perfectly tidy like that? But that’s not to say that the show doesn’t have a surprise or two left for us, as we say goodbye to our adorable couple and their sweet little self-made family.

EPISODE 16 RECAP

Young-ho reveals that Joo-eun has been carrying her own engagement ring in her scarf ever since he gave it to her, and proposes to her. She nods her yes, and they hug, both of their wishes coming true at once.

Later Joo-eun stares at her ring, though she tells Young-ho that the real gift was the scarf. You can buy a ring anywhere, but he made this scarf just for her. I love that she gets how meaningful that is for him.

Young-ho drops her off at Hyun-woo’s so she can flash her ring at her friend, and he starts to warn her about his family. But Joo-eun stops him and says they’ll take things one step at a time. She assures him that she plans to live with him forever, so nothing anyone can say will change that.

Joo-eun pretends to have a headache, holding her beringed hand to her forehead, and of course Hyun-woo sees her new ring right away and shrieks excitedly. Best friend ever. Joo-eun can admit to her friend that she’s nervous about meeting Grandma, so Hyun-woo role-plays the worst stereotypical chaebol grandmother ever, to get Joo-eun pumped up.

Joo-eun has her dial it back a bit, and this time it’s more helpful, though Hyun-woo bails when Joo-eun mentions her dead father. Ha, her advice is to give Grandma some spending money, based on her interactions with her own mother-in-law, but that’s a bad idea for obvious reasons.

At work in the morning, Joo-eun gets a visit from Joon-sung’s mother, with a gift of some pretty white mittens. Joo-eun asks how her husband is these days, and it sounds like he’s in prison but doing well there, and even wants to make amends with Joon-sung’s mother when he gets out. Joo-eun suggests counseling, and they talk about how happy Joon-sung seems these days.

Young-ho visits Woo-shik at work, here to get up to speed before he goes back to work soon. He asks if Woo-shik had a lot of injuries when he was a swimming star, and Woo-shik says that’s why he eventually retired. He tells Young-ho that he did his physical rehab in Japan, France, and America, which prompts Young-ho to pull out a set of plans.

He wants to build a new rehab center in Korea, which Woo-shik knows the directors will fight against. That’s why Young-ho is here, to ask for Woo-shik’s support on this project. He admits that he doesn’t fully trust Woo-shik yet, but as a fellow athlete who’s been through similar health challenges, he wants to mend fences and team up.

Young-ho asks after Uncle, and we see Uncle playing a board game with another man when he gets a text from Young-ho. He asks to see him at the company, which surprises Uncle, but he looks pleased.

Joo-eun nervously arrives to meet with Grandma, psyching herself up before entering the dining room. The mood is tense as both women size each other up, and Grandma reaches for her purse. But Joo-eun quickly grabs an envelope, and asks Grandma to accept hers before offering her one (presumably full of money to entice her to leave Young-ho).

She says that it’s not money in her envelope, but her blood test results proving that she no longer suffers from hypothyroidism. She says respectfully that no matter how much money Grandma offers, or how much she objects to their relationship, she won’t ever leave Young-ho.

Grandma nods knowingly, and says that with age, one becomes stubborn. She reaches for her purse again, but instead of an envelope of money, she pulls out a handkerchief to wipe her mouth. Joo-eun looks like she’d like to crawl under the table, ha. Grandma says that, other than her outfit (a hideous creation Joo-eun borrowed from Hyun-woo), she has no intention of objecting to anything. It’s hilarious how Joo-eun jumps up to apologize her her outfit.

Grandma does have one condition, and that’s that she wants a really extravagant wedding gift. Okay, she’s not so bad, and I see where Young-ho gets his dry sense of humor. We see that Grandma witnessed Joo-eun’s tearful speech outside Young-ho’s hospital room a year ago, which was enough to convince her of how much Joo-eun loves her grandson.

Joon-sung is flustered to hear that Yi-jin received an award, and said, “I love you, JJS,” in her acceptance speech. Ji-woong teases him mercilessly, making it even worse, ha. So when Yi-jin next pops up in his locker room, Joon-sung can only grumble and look embarrassed when she gives him a watch with their faces on it.

Yi-jin grabs him and demands to know why she’s been chasing him for a year, when he doesn’t like her as much as she likes him (I think we’d all like to know that, sweetheart). For the first time, Joon-sung calls her by her name affectionately, and says in his roundabout way that he is interested in her. That’s all she needs to hear, but she still looks surprised when he gives her a little peck, then backs her up against a locker for a longer kiss.

Joo-eun invites Young-ho to her place that night, but the house is dark when he arrives. He finds her sitting on her bed with a serious air about her, and she moans dejectedly that she met his grandmother today. Hee, she’s totally faking him out.

Young-ho falls for it and offers to go talk to his grandmother, but she says that he can’t fix this problem. Grandma wants a super-expensive wedding gift ~giant sigh~. Young-ho actually does a double-take, and Joo-eun rips open her robe to reveal a sexy teddy. She holds up a pair of baby You Bastards and suggests a really expensive wedding gift — great-grandchildren.

Young-ho is shocked, and it’s Joo-eun’s turn to flip him over and straddle him. She mentions that she’s been studying jiu jitsu and has three stripes, but Young-ho quips that she needs four to beat him. And then he flips her right back, suggesting other ways to express their love.

Cut to him showing her some new jiu jitsu moves, hee. Joon-sung and Ji-woong watch from the doorway, wondering what they’re doing (Ji-woong: “I think they’re flirting.” Smart boy.).

Joo-eun is determined to convince Young-ho to make a baby, tossing the little stuffed sloths at him and flashing skin at every opportunity. Young-ho is mighty tempted, but insists on four stripes before he’ll consider it. Joo-eun stomps off to beat up You Bastard, poor thing, while Young-ho looks like this is killing him. Eventually he caves, because he’s human, after all.

They finally go to meet his family officially, and wow, Joo-eun looks radiant in hanbok. Joo-eun starts to formally bow to Grandma and Young-ho’s father, and her face is priceless when Grandma is all, Let’s just eat. Even Manager Min looks like he’s choking back a laugh, and Young-ho asks dryly if she’s filming a sageuk. HAHA.

Joo-eun gets a nervous stomach, so Young-ho massages a pressure point in her hand. She asks if the house is always this quiet, and Manager Min helpfully informs her that it’s quite noisy today, since they have a guest. HAHAwhoops. Joo-eun is confused as to why Grandma and Dad both just went to their rooms after she arrived, though nobody else seems to think that’s strange.

Joo-eun can’t accept this as normal, and confirms that she’s been accepted as part of the family, then gets a look in her eye that makes both Young-ho and Manager Min squirm. She drags Grandma and Dad out to the living room, and proceeds to sing a song for them. Now it’s Young-ho’s turn to want to crawl under the table.

He finally jumps up and makes the horror stop, and he begins to apologize to his family, but Grandma starts laughing so hard she can’t even breathe. Her guffaws get Dad started, and even Manager Min looks pretty amused.

Joo-eun thoroughly charms Young-ho’s family, and even gets them to pose for a group selca (Young-ho: “Manager Min, it’s not an ID photo.” ~snerk~). It’s only later that Joo-eun wonders if his family thinks she’s weird, and Young-ho calls that a solid Yes. But he’s never seen his Grandma or Dad laugh like that.

He turns serious and starts to say something, but Joo-eun already knows what he’s thinking. He’s scared to have kids, because he doesn’t want to pass on a genetic predisposition to cancer.

Young-ho tells her that when he was young, he blamed his father for making him go through so many surgeries and suffer so much pain. He promised himself that he’d never live like his father did, but now he realizes that it was more that he doesn’t have the heart to.

Joo-eun says that she’s been doing research, and the chances of passing on the disease are low. But Young-ho knows that even a small chance is terrifying. The child and the parents suffer, and he doesn’t want to put her through that. But Joo-eun is optimistic, and willing to at least try their best.

She paints a picture of a son and a daughter, and tells Young-ho how she wants to watch them grow up, and complain about their father, and hear them call him “Dad.” Young-ho looks touched, and finally concedes defeat. She asks if he wants a son or a daughter, and suggests twins.

Woo-shik is still leaving porridge for Soo-jin at her place, and she’s still ignoring it. But she’s kept her engagement ring, and the baby booties he bought, and looks at them longingly. Woo-shik comes back, knowing she’s home, and debates whether to let himself in. Ultimately, he decides against it. He’d gone to her doctor and confirmed her diagnosis, and he spends long hours trying to think what to do.

Young-ho visits his father in the hospital while he’s undergoing treatment for his own cancer, and Dad asks how he knew. I love Young-ho’s answer: “I’m supposed to know. I’m your son.” The two sit quietly, needing no more words than that. When Young-ho gets ready to go, Dad offers a quiet thanks.

Stepmom and Young-joon arrive to visit, and when Young-joon addresses him formally, he corrects him to “hyung.” Young-ho leaves, and Dad tells Young-joon that he should major in medicine. It seems backwards, but all Young-joon ever wanted was for his father to show interest in him, so the paternal guidance makes him happy.

Young-ho visits Joo-eun’s mother alone to look at her wrist, suspecting that she suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome. He gives her some tips on home care but tells her to see a doctor, and she promises to obey. Mom says that she knows he was sick when he was young, and tells Young-ho that it’s better to be sick when you have someone around. He thanks her for giving birth to Joo-eun, and for giving him permission to marry her.

Soo-jin thinks back on all of her interactions with Woo-shik, going all the way back to her college days when she was overweight and he was kind to her. Woo-shik is also thinking of her, and he finds her where she’s walking and puts his coat around her shoulders. He asks if she’s okay, and makes his last apology to her.

He says he’s sorry for being a selfish person, but he loves her, and wants to marry her. Overcome, Soo-jin just cries on his shoulder — but Woo-shik smiles, knowing that this is a yes.

While Woo-shik and Soo-jin walk through fields making moony eyes at each other, Young-ho and Joo-eun (naturally) go for a jog together. Joo-eun complains as usual, and Young-ho jokes for her to watch it, because he hasn’t decided if he’s going to let her live with him or not.

The boys (including Manager Min) suit up for a photo shoot together, and they all gape at Joo-eun in her sexy red dress. Young-ho is obviously smitten, though he does tease that she’s supposed to be wearing white for this.

The photo shoot looks fun, though Manager Min gets stage fright in front of the camera and has to be tickled to smile. It’s so sweet how Ji-woong and Joon-sung take him under their wings like family. Young-ho and Joo-eun even change into their jiu jitsu uniforms and pose for pictures while grappling on the floor. Cute.

After an alarming amount of flashbacks, we skip to the summer of 2016. Joo-eun arrives at the airport to meet her boys as they return from various out-of-town jaunts. Aww, Ji-woong finally made it into the Marines, and he salutes Joo-eun before pouncing on her with his famous attack-hug. He looks great in uniform.

Prior to getting married, Young-ho flew to give assistance to people in a flooded area, and he’s just now returning for the wedding. When he calls out to Joo-eun, she turns and we finally see her face — which has filled out with the weight she gained while he was gone. HAHAHA, his face is priceless.

Joo-eun beams at her husband-to-be, and opens up her coat to show a ribbon tied around her belly. She’s not overweight, she’s pregnant! Young-ho stares for a moment before a gorgeous smile spreads over his face, as he realizes he’s going to be a daddy. And not only that, but it’s twins!

Of course, the pregnancy means that Joo-eun has gained back all the weight Young-ho helped her lose, and it makes Young-ho worry for her health even as he’s thrilled to pieces at the news. Ji-woong and Joon-sung are ecstatic at the prospect of being uncles.

Young-ho is ready to start her new exercise regimen right away, though Joo-eun protests that it was the babies eating all that food, not her. He worries about her fitting into her wedding dress, but Joo-eun reminds him that Venus is the goddess of beauty and fertility.

As they leave the airport together, one big happy family, Joo-eun says in voiceover that among all the men in Korea named Kim, the name Young-ho is pretty common. “It seems very ordinary, for all coaches who exist, especially you…”

Young-ho joins in with, “For the wicked and risky Venuses in this world…” and together they finish: “Now boarding to outside of your world. Departure!”

Epilogue

A young Young-ho sits in his wheelchair outside his home soon after surgery, his leg propped up in a cast. A girl walks near and stops, asking if his leg hurts. He nods, and he pulls a bandage out of her pocket and puts it on his cast. She tells him that it won’t hurt anymore and to trust her.

Little Young-ho asks how she knows, and she says that if you believe you can do something, then you can. Young-ho nods, then smiles tentatively at little Joo-eun.

COMMENTS

Well, that was cute, though ultimately unnecessary. Did we really need to see them meet as children for thirty seconds just to believe they’ll live happily ever after? Can we not just have one drama where the main couple didn’t meet as children and thus are Fated To Be? Oh well, at least it was a small scene, and not part of the overall story.

Oh My Venus definitely had its share of plot holes, odd editing choices, and continuity issues, of which I could name many that bugged me as a viewer. Such as Joo-eun planning to spend all of Christmas Day with Young-ho, only leaving to spend time with her mother who showed up unexpectedly. Then she immediately goes to a work meeting that hadn’t previously been mentioned. And how about Joon-sung’s mother talking about her son’s girlfriend, before Joon-sung ever tells Yi-jin that he likes her back? And don’t even get me started on the whole Yi-jin issue… just UGH. It’s not cute just because she’s a girl, it’s still stalking, and several things she did bordered on sexual assault. I found it quite disappointing that a show that spoke out against women being sexually assaulted, had a main male character receiving repeated unwanted sexual advances from a woman, and it being played off as adorable. There were several examples of this kind of thing throughout the drama, and occasionally it took me out of the story because I was too busy wondering what was happening and why it made no sense.

And while the main love story between Young-ho and Joo-eun was wonderfully mature, both emotionally and physically, I felt as though the secondary characters’ relationships mostly came across flat. Particularly Woo-shik and Soo-jin — there was such a wealth of plot to be mined from their courtship that just got left by the wayside. I would have loved to see Soo-jin’s journey be more about loving herself, than about finding a man to love her. Not that being loved by someone else is bad, but it creates a dissonance when Joo-eun’s whole character was based on her self-confidence and the fact that she didn’t need a man. So why was Soo-jin left to flounder in insecurity and depression until her white knight showed up to rescue her? I love a romantic happy ending as much as the next person, but in my opinion, Soo-jin needs to do a lot more personal work before she’s ready for a relationship.

But regardless, my main takeaway is of a cute, sweet love story, and there’s no doubt we got that in spades. Young-ho and Joo-eun’s romance was always respectful, always loving, and always honest. Not to mention their crackling chemistry, and adult way of discussing sex and their mutual attraction. And through her loving example, Young-ho was able to heal many of his family’s wounds, which was nice to see. They were never bad people (except for Uncle), it’s just that they didn’t know how to relate to each other. Even with just the tiny tentative beginnings of baby steps, you can see that they’ll all be just fine. Not to mention the beautiful symmetry in the two families that have merged, that Young-ho now has a mother, and Joo-eun has a new father.

This drama never promised a complicated plot, and really, I don’t think it needed one. In many ways, the simplicity of the plot of Oh My Venus is one of its biggest draws and greatest charms. Though there were bigger messages there, such as the benefits of healthy living, domestic abuse, and violence against women, it never got bogged down or became preachy. Those were just issues the characters were dealing with as they lived their lives, but the show was never about those things. Keeping these issues present but on the periphery allowed the show to have a lightness that was refreshing, while still touching on important issues. In a different show I might find this a weakness, and some viewers may still feel that way. But for me, I came here to see a sweet romance with fun chemistry between the leads, and that’s exactly what I got. Serious issues and chaebol machinations aside, this drama was always about the romance between two people who needed each other, and it delivered that beautifully.

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heyy! first to comment :)

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Heart-warming series! Thanks for the recaps :)

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This finished already?

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I'm going to miss this drama
Epic ending by the way.

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Plop

I get that it was likeable, and I could have been happy with light, fluffy bubblegun that it turned out to be except, the uniqueness of episodes 1-12 promised so much more!

1) Where's Anna Sue? She was touted as such a troublemaker that I was waiting for that hurricane of a mess to show up to see how Kang JooEun handled her (because let's face it, Soo Jin never really rattled our heroine.

2) I thought the stalker would be someone from their past but that was abandoned.

3) Missed opportunity - instead of Soo Jin taking diet pills they opted for anti depressants whereas diet pills causing the dizziness, etc., would have played into the established message of how to lose weight the healthy way.

4) Psychological/phantom pain - It was enough for Yong ho to continue pushing JooEun away during his bouts of phantom pain. We could have seen the pain of them being together but then Yong Ho does the push away only while in pain. Eventually, after a series of that instead of the spots 1 year separation skip -JooEun overrides "tap tap" and helps him thru (then we could have had the banquet scene where we see he's overcome it and granny could've witnessed that instead of the hospital scene).

5) the writers slipped AMNESIA in there on us. Yes, amnesia - you know - hit on the head causes amnesia so another hit will reverse it. Now just replace "head" with "knee".

6) They established JooEun didn't treasure no crap - but where is her letting Yong Ho know she won't tolerate his separating to hide his suffering in the future?

7) Why did the show reward stalker girl by having Korean Snake OUT OF THE BLUE pair up with her. His ever facial expression and yanking away from her said she disgusts him. (BTW - hot kiss but was that growl/yelp because - did she bite his lip?

I would never have expected more of this show if they hadn't offered more to me in the first place. It will now forever be my goto show of how to ruin something special.

It felt like starting with episode 13 that the writers were kidnapped and told "NO! IT'S TOO ORIGINAL! YOU'RE NOT USING ENOUGH ESTABLISHED KDRAMA TROPES."

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Agree with everything you said. Every interesting ball got dropped, and so this drama landed with a thud for me. I can't imagine what the writer was thinking.

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+1 to @AJK and @Beez. Started out super cute, but by the end I just couldn't get into it. Meh.

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I think what is evident is that this is the writer's first full-length drama script. The writing, to me, feels all over the place – characterisation is either inconsistent or non-existent (supporting characters as mostly decorative pieces or devices) and no apparent 'overall' plan that resulted in the writer throwing in random (including clichéd) twists for the sake of creating drama because there was no real conflict left to explore. The story there was could have been told in 10-12 episodes.

I can't even take away the "health" message away from this drama. I thought Joo-eun lost the weight rather quickly (and too easily), and also gained back way too much in a very short time (as others have pointed out). And there seemed to be this weird message that as long as you believe it strongly, whatever health issues you have – cancer, shattered knee, hypothyroidism – will magically go away. I know Grandma wanted a daughter-in-law with a clean bill of health, but why did Joo-eun need to encourage that view by presenting her with proof that she no longer had hypothyroidism? Because worthy people don't have health issues?

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@alua - you're right about the "lost weight quickly" (although, there were times the drama had months go by and I realized it only after someone said something), but when a person goes on a crash diet, once regular eating behind weight can be re-gained REALLY fast as the body says "you starved me! Now I'm going to store as much fat as i can as fast as I can, plus some more."

Oh, and I forgot to add - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE OTPairings and first love kiddie flashbacks but even I thought it was trite and unnecessary here.

And the bandaid on the cast? Maybe if they cast a 5 year-old. But she looks 12 so it just came across silly looking (and not in a cute way).

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That 'bill of health' irritated me no end. Is this normal for chaebols? I'm getting so that when a drama introduces chaebols into it I just switch off. Also, the amount of hitting and slapping in any of these dramas is also an attention killer.

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I don't know, I think here the idea was since Young-ho had serious health issues for a long time, grandma wanted a "healthy wife" (that would cause no problems and take care of possibly sickly grandson?... because somehow, with all their wealth, a wifely carer is needed???).

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4, 6, and 7 are the things that bug me particularly much, with a particular emphasis on the ridiculous one-year absence which was unnecessary and completely undermined anything the show previously conveyed about a properly adult relationship between two persons that communicated.

To be honest, I think the writing was on the wall from the first episode on – some of the early fat jokes were awful and Joo-eun was the damsel-in-distress rescued six times by her hero in the first four episodes. So as much as they pushed her as self-confident, independent, I-don't-need-a-man-for-happiness heroine (which I would have loved her to be), she was ultimately just the girl who waited – miserably at that – for her prince, and taking him back with no questions asked, very much undermining the strong character they were trying to sell her as.

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1) Anna Sue was in the US making a little fuss to get some more attention, if you heat oil on the fire and you put some water in it it makes a terrible mess but it calms after and hollywood is full kind of this stories every day, they really don't care afterwards. I don't miss JE confronting AS, because there is no need.
2) The stalker was her neighbour. There are lots of people with some fetish going on in real life and his was stalking JE, he tried to tell her something with his mask on, but she got so scared, that he desapeared after YH showed up. She moved, that's the best remedy to those kind of people, because soon or later they will fix on someone else. It's sad, but that's real life.
3) It was only SJ claiming that she had only antidepressants, but she tells to the doctor, that she was until that point on very severe diet. Treating anemia is quite easy, you stuff yourself with iron, which has lots of side effects, like balooning, constipation, etc. She ate lots of chocolate, that doesn't help with constipation eather and when you don't eat, you risk to have some severe stomach pain leading mostly to cancer. She had a moment with her masseurs, who were praising her for natural beauty, that she sarcasticaly told to herself you don't know...
4)psychological pain was healed by realising, that there is someone who loves you back and shows you the emotions and openly cares for you, he let go of his grudges and he understood his father doing
5)I'm so happy they didn't use this amnesia plot, because if everybody in the word had amnesia after car crush, it would be strange. I think you watched lots of series with this poor medical explanation of things. They have this vaves of some deases in korean dramas and it's quite annoying - every year if it's not amnesia, it's several personality disorder, or something else.
6)JE's mum told it to him, that in the future he should accept the offered help from the others, because they care for him, that's why is much more nicer to share pain together.
7) I found it amusing, because some people need to be chased to accept love from the others and he found this comercial celebrity quite amusing straight from the begining. If he didn't like her, he wouldn't accept the photo shoot in the begining and she changed too little by little. She loves his mom and that's so huge thing to him, but he doesn't have this showing off affection spirit.

I found this tv series very amusing and I don't thing there were many plot holes. There was a main story keeping us entertaining for 16 episodes, I'm so glad it didn't do all the explaining for 50 episodes or what's so ever.

I remember in the discusion the point, that YH must have known JE from the past, that's why they put in the end all the flash backs and little cherry on a top of a cake.

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With you.

There were plot holes, but I was quite willing to accept them.

Ep 16 was tied up as neatly as this writer could manage (albeit cheesy at times - I preferred Ep 15).
It had way too many filler scenes, we didn't need those reminders.

NOT so palatable and unnecc overall:
= the multi accidents which supposedly didn't even make media, and the directors were ok with YH dissapearing fr radar after being introduced?
The accidents only served the purpose to making his psychological hangup dissapear? Or to show how their trust in each other withstood the yr apart? And we could have just have YH and JE supporting him to tweak those out. Grandma could have witnessed JE supporting her grandson before the board party instead of the hospital.
= JS ending up with CF Queen, and actually passionately kissing her (is he inspired by his Coach's umbrella scene or what?!? = the comments that he only reserved non-honorifics for her ... kinda reminded me of YH saying he only messes with people he wanted to do other things with)
= The childhood destiny thing at the end

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+9 (-1 for the "entertaining for 16 episodes")

I wished I'd read your comment before I posted. Would've save me from writing the essay I wrote.

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While I appreciate the in-depth response, you didn't read my original points thoroughly. For example the point about amnesia. I compared the unoriginal idea to have the psychological pain of the past knee trauma repaired by a new knee trauma, similar to the old trope that a second bump on the head cures amnesia.

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Very well said BC. Bravo!

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There were a whole mess of issues with this show, but for none of the reasons listed:

1. I'm happy we never had to see or deal with Anna Sue. The relationship "scandal" was a creation of the paparazzi. He was only ever her trainer.
2. The stalker was a tool to get her into his home/life. He had enough air time. There was no point in giving anymore foddr to the stalker.
3. Soo-jin was on a "strict diet" which everyone alluded being basically not eating. The anti-depressants were a better choice--i.e. losing the weight doesn't mean losing all the pain that was attached to it. Sticking with her emotional/mental state would have given some continuity to the whole "healthy on the inside is more important than healthy on the outside."
4. Nah. I get everyone's issue with him not allowing her to help him, but proposed alternative doesn't fit with why he pushed her away. I didn't have a problem with him doing rehab without her. The total radio silence was the stupid part for me. His "if I hear her, I'll want to run to her" was a poor effort to explain a stupid plot point.
5. I don't see it.
6. The voice over conversations they had laying in the bed together said that she would have waited. She was just happy he came back to her. And there's nothing to suggest that she wouldn't. A threat of leaving when you neither want to leave or will leave is pointless.
7. He did like her. Her complaint was that he didn't like her as much as she liked him; and that he wasn't demonstrative enough with his feelings. There were scenes that indicated that they were dating. Plus, guys don't have a problem making it clear they're not interested.

I appreciate that a romantic comedy stuck to its name and didn't devolve into a typical melodrama. What sucked was to have a cast like this for 16 shows and only have 14 shows worth of material.

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1) I didn't want to know anything more about Anna Sue either

2) Nor the stalker - just a weirdo who picked on her

3) With you on Soo-Jin

4) I am ok with the seperation too and him healing on his own, though also somewhat baffling why texts or email would make him waver.

5) No amnesia, but accident made the psychological pain go away very conveniently

It was enough for me to get 2 leads and all their chemistry (and entertaining peripherals - Henry, JS, her bestie and all that chemistry, Chief Min).
NOT always that with a plotline this weak, good acting can carry it off either. So for that alone, I am thankful. These two are just SEXY together ... por Kim WB!

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I like your take on things, and especially with SungJoon and YeJin I agree! But the rest left a bitter after taste in my mouth and no amount sweet candy coating on the outside will get me to swallow this bitter pill! I feel gypped and want my 16 hrs. back!

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I thought that JS was interested in YJ fairly early on. As was pointed out by someone else, he did agree to do the photo shoot. The "kiss" set up was not just her but also JW. Since JW and JS are so close, I would assume that JW would know whether or not JS was interested. I read his quasi-reluctance at the beginning as not wanting to be distracted before his big championship.

Several other things struck me. When JS is in the gym and tells YJ that he wants to be alone right now he does not tell her that he never wants to see her. Also, he was not surprised that she was there. Also, if you remember back to the earlier episodes, I believe that JE needed a code to enter the gym. How would YJ got in without knowing the code? Also, YJ seems well acquainted with JS's mom. How would this be if he didn't introduce them? He wasn't surprised to find YJ outside his mom's house or at the movie he had invited his mom to. Incidentally, his mom must have invited YJ to the movie.

Overall, my biggest problem with this relationship is that most of it seems to have happened of screen, and we are supposed to infer what happened.

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I agree with you, but I am conflicted, too. I loved loved loved the show, and your points are valid to me. And the writer gave me characters that I love. Here is my only beef (besides being left hanging with a few set ups like what WS said to YH at the hospital):

I think they LOWERED their own stakes. This is what bothers me.

* They set up the problems with him becoming CEO, and then... they breezed past it. I did a double take when Uncle said basically, well, he's CEO now, and we can't fight anymore. All because YH attended a meeting? I needed a little umpf there. I understood his personal triumph over his phantom pain, but he never persevered over his haters in those moments as he became the company leader.

* They set up the rescue scenarios only to never really have KJE rescue herself later on. Sure she works out, but she did that when she was overweight. After the creepy stalker set up, I had expected some closure - some self defense class inspired moment where she Did Not beg YH to save her.

* They set up the separation/healing and, YH left KJE out of helping him. He fixed himself (granted, now that he had a great love, in theory, to support him), but as a viewer I never got to see them heal each other in those moments of his recovery. Getting to see their healing journey as a couple would have been a great pay-off to me as a viewer because that would have been the emotional journey that the set-up had promised.

* I wasn't bothered by the fact that they skipped grandma's attempt to keep them apart, but it occurs to me that nothing was there to EVER keep them apart in the first place. And this is where I feel a bit unfulfilled. ?

Chaebol woes, ex-boyfriends, stalkers, families, and even wrecks and injuries were never serious threats. YH loved her when she was overweight and when she was thin, and she was pretty amazing from day one.

I think this was a great story about nice and amazing, albeit lonely, people falling in love and finding happiness. However, I had been set up to believe there might be a bit more struggle and a bit more growth.

Sure, they grew. They were amazing. And sexy. They just didn't have to overcome any huge odds to be together. Once they found each other, that alone seemed to be a panacea for all their ills. As a viewer, I was given amazing cuddly swoony moments, but I was short-changed in seeing the set-ups reach their conclusions. Like a gymnast with a stellar routine, they were beautiful in flight, but all along failed to stick their landings.

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Show, I still love you though. *Gives Show another attack hug.*

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Totally agree with you. I thought I was the only one that was not that impressed.

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It was fluffy warm and a great hea drama

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Sorry for the typos - I'm swyping on my phone so- autocorrect is tripping me up.

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sooooooooooooo awww,can't forget oh my venus
up joo eun and young oh

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Btw, I can't quite believe that that hey had PCOD as a plot point! I remember seeing some Beanies pointing out the problems with their thyroid plot point; the show's treatment of PCOD is pretty bad too. Based on her reaction, I thought Soo Jin had cancer or some other really terrible disease because of all those diet pills! PCOD is an increasingly common medical condition. While it can be really bad in some cases, you can manage with lifestyle changes and/or medication in most others. Maybe, the show needed a medical consultant too!

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Very true. My best friends has it and has 2 children. It took time and some effort, but this show treated PCOS like a death sentence.

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To be completely fair, when you hear it, it does sort of change the way you think about your life.

I know no one's guaranteed a biological child, but there's a difference between knowing and not knowing. Like... when you're dating, do you have to mention this? And when? Some guys don't want to adopt, and you already know there are going to be issues - unlike infertile women who haven't had the red flag and so are honestly unaware, so don't find out until they're married and trying for kids.

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I didn't understand how PCOS was supposed to cause dizziness either. I was expected much more in terms of a serious health issue. Because while I can see infertility being a big blow, especially in someone with as much low self-esteem as SJ, there was so much more mental and emotional work she needed to address first!

Like how, even in the last episode, she was still not eating FOOD.

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I relate a bit to Soo Jin. And if you have never received a diagnosis like that, it's hard to comprehend.

When I was told I had PCOS and actually hearing that you may not be able to conceive like other "normal" women...I had many tears, went into depression for a little, I was mad at myself and everyone ... I thought about how I'd never be "wanted" by a guy once he found out I might not be able to have children. This was all before knowing that it is quite possible but might require some medical help (it's fine, I've never had a boyfriend, so the topic hasn't come up yet) but these are all things that ran - and still do - through my mind. I made up my mind to deal with these issues when the time comes - cross the bridge when I get to it....so I completely relate to Soo Jin's reaction however the way they described it to her could have been better.

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Recap gets it just right. If you look at the secondary characters, you will be disappointed. If you are all about the couple's dynamic, you'll be pleased. I'm pleased, and okay with clouding out some of the distracting elements.

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this show is a huge disappointment, when i think back to what it was like in the first six episodes or so. seriously, what happened to its original promise? towards the end it felt like i was consuming empty calories. it REALLY feels like the writer ran out of material and just decided to tack on a few accidents and family drama to pad out the show. thank god it was only 16 episodes. heaven forbid should it have been slated for 18 or 20. i could hear the drama slowing down from 13 and 14. had to check to make sure that that week wasn't the last week. typically 13th and 14th episodes are still packed full of story.

excessive flashback scenes (probably to help fill out the time), the cuteness scenes were too long, etc. the only reason i watched was that it was so ji-sub. and shin mina. but mainly so ji-sub.

again, good fun while it lasted, but again, felt like empty calories in the end.

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True dat

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I only expect good romance with minimum makjang moments, on that OMV officially win my heart.

Thank you for the recaps!

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LOVE IT!!

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Love this drama. One fine heart-warming ending. Got to re-watch it.

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Beez i totally agree with you. The end was light and fluffy, just the way i like it <3...kudos to the writer, producer and production team..a job well done (Y)

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I'm a dedicated lurker and have been for years on dramabeans. I've basically stopped watching kdramas for a number of years now, although I still keep up with reading recaps. However, I'm now delurking for OMV. This is the first kdrama that's grabbed my interest in a long long time. It's a simple love story, has cracking chemistry and it always leaves me with a smile on my face. That's all I ask for in a romcom. I can't just survive on watching things like NiF all the time! Sure, there are plot holes, but what's so bad about watching people fall in love? Anyhoo, I enjoyed this greatly, and hope to see SMA and SJS in other stuff, together or individually. Although, I draw the line at melodramas.

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1 000% with you on this one.

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so true!! this drama is all I want in a romcom not a complicated story with many issues and misunderstanding. if you want a complicated story you should watch melodrama.

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Amen! I agree totally. I loved Nirvana in fire (and a lot) but we need our fluffiness, too.

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so fluffy and cute yet entirely void of substance

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I liked it that they made har fat again.
I liked sjs.
I disliked the plot, just terrible. And the flashbacks.

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I disliked the title. I know it's English-centric, but... Pronunciation challenges meant I kept hearing "Oh my penis" again and again. And this from three guys who spent a good chunk of time in the US and would most certainly know that.

If "Venus" was a major part of the show, or if it's a well-known phrase used by Koreans that just happens to sound funny to English pronunciation, then fine. But I don't think either of those things were true.

Henry knew, of course. But Henry's exactly the sort who would find it hilarious (and would have absolutely no influence over changing the title or even bringing it up).

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In the Korean alphabet, there is no consonant equivalent to 'V' in the English alphabet. 'P' is the closest imitation they have, hence when Venus is transliterated into English, it sounds like 'Penus'.

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I know, I speak Korean - but I have a hard time thinking a bunch of Korean guys who lived in the US for years wouldn't catch the similarity and instinctively avoid the word. You do that instinctively after living in another culture for a while.

There just wasn't a good enough reason to have the word "Venus" in the show with that pronunciation problem plus the strong American connection.

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Great take on the Good and the Bad of the series, LollyPip!

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The flashbacks used on the last 2 episodes really bugged me. It's like they're out of materials so they've decided to just stuff it with lots of flashbacks just to complete those episodes. anyways, its still a nice and feel good watch all in all (just dont think too much about the plot holes and flaws). So ji sub in romcoms is still my favorite. He's so adorkable. Love the chemistry between him and shin min ah. ❤

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Most likely you are right, my bet is they had no time to shoot more. It was holiday and award season after all. Esp. the last ep fell victim to the Korean production style.
But let's be honest, there are many shows out there with far worse endings.

Loved the twist with the yo-yo effect.

Good-bye OMV, I'll miss you.

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I was so happy with this series until the airport scene. I love lollypip's take on Young-ho and Joo-eun's interaction (as well as all of the hard work put into writing these recaps for us) but it wasn't that sweet and really took back the whole message that Young-ho liked Joo-eun chubby or skinny.

When Joo-eun said she had gained all that weight cause the twins were the ones that were eating, he mentions at the current moment, the babies were only 100gram so they couldn't be the reason behind all the weight. There were other little snide remarks - like how her dimple had disappeared and how they had to exercise RIGHT NOW.
Also, I know that facial expressions aren't always 100% accurate (how many times have I been asked why I"m so mad when I"m just thinking?) but Young ho was CRINGING at Joo-eun's weight gain. It didn't come off shocked/surprised, it was more "what am I looking at? let's go exercise. your dimple disappeared. let's go exercise. this is too much weight. let's go exercise" I was fuming but if he said it, I missed him worrying about if she and the babies were healthy. And I"m thinking if she answered yes, that's REALLY all he would have cared about since for 15.9 episodes, that's what he kept talking about.

Also, unless I really misunderstood - Young ho is gone for one month and Joo-eun mentions she gained 26 kg (whihc is around 52 pounds). I know that her character is pregnant and she has a thyroid issue but is that even possible? Is there a dr we can consult? Yongpal?

It saddens me that they had two episodes to really resolve little minor things and end strongly and instead they decided to throw half of it on Soo-jin's fertility issues and ended up making a hash of one of their core message "it's not about weight loss. it's about health. yada yada yada"

In my brain, this will be a 15 episode drama.

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Haven't gone through 2 pregnancies myself - the "Eating for 2" statement is misconception that women can eat excessively during their pregnancy. It is unhealthy for the baby and the mom if the mom is overweight especially if the mom had pre-existing health conditions (thyroid) like Joo-eun.

During pregnancy, you should just eat enough, probably small frequent healthy meals and the baby will be just fine. You are only suppose to gain 25-30lbs during pregnancy and of course if you do it right, it should just all go the baby.

At 3 months the babies are so small that most women are not even showing so when Young Ho saw her in her current physique, he was worried for her health like he has always been.

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To have gained that much weight on Young Ho's regular diet would be difficult, as you just can't accumulate that many calories from veggies. To do it in a month is impossible. The Joo Eun they showed us would have had to have stopped exercising the instant Young Ho got on the plane and eaten ice cream and fried chicken every meal while he was gone. In short: she would have thrown the "healthy' mandate out the window entirely.

I thought JJS was doing his best to balance the line between what he knew the scene should show, and the scripted lines that made Young Ho sound like a domineering, image-obsessed ass. And yes, it definitely resulted in some very strange facial expressions. And I don't for a second believe he'd have her out and exercising without doing a full medical workup about the impact of carrying twins. Also, why not ask about thyroid meds, Young Ho? Because it looks like she's back on them, and pregnant.

Absolutely infuriating last scene. Production decided to get one more use of the fat suit and in doing so, they screwed up the narrative for both main characters: Joo Eun is now someone who is capable of not just yo-yo-ing but absolutely blowing her plan out of the water (while pregnant! What?), and Young Ho looks like a guy who talks a lot about health but is clearly mostly motivated by aesthetics. Felt like throwing the remote at the TV as the show closed.

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(SJS - I never get his name right.)

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Based on the other comments, I thought I was being oversensitive. Glad to know that I wasn't the only person who wanted to throw the remote and thought they ruined the characters and the "message" with that airport scene.

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I agree. She should have said 7 months pregant which could account for not showing when he left but now rather big. Even twins don't show THAT much at 3 months gestation.

I'm telling you the writer that wrote episodes 1-13 just can't be the same person wiring 14-16. That's the only way I can process this show.

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That's what really bugged me, too. The ending really left a bad after-taste in my mouth. All through the course of the drama they were trying to convey the message that it's all abouth health, but in the end they just like nullified that. Suddenly it's okay for the female main character to gain 26 kg while only being 3 months pregnant (even she was carrying twins), what's healthy about that? I get that they might do it for the laugh, but honestly, that's just lazy writing for me. Why bother with health message in the first place if you want to put an ending like that?

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It's not only about aesthetics, it's about health too. You cannot be healthy when you have all this extra fat.
Most importantly: gaining all the weight back with the poor excuse of the babies (I've never been skinnier in my life than at 4 months pregnant, because of all the puking and heartburn making me skip evening meals) means she spit on all the effort he put in helping her regain her health and her figure. As if saying "OK now I'm married, I got a husband, so I can become a whale, I don't care anymore"
Where is the new self that she'd been building, with his help? She reverted to her old habits.
She was free of hypo-thyroidism at that point, so the weight was not due to that. And, as a fat person myself, I can assure you that nobody binge-eats because they're happy and content with their lives, there's something going wrong that you want to compensate with the short-term enjoyment of food.
So the ending really really ruined it for me. He was right to be shocked, her action was like a slap in the face. He spent all that time, motivated by his love, to get well before appearing before her, and what does she do? Regress instead of progressing. Ugh. What were the writers thinking?

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I enjoyed the series (fantastic chemistry between the leads, and any series that gives me a shirtless or semi-exposed chest So Ji-sub and Sung Hoon in one shot wins a prize right then and there!! Talk about dripping with sexiness!). But if I ever rewatch the parts I loved, I will never rewatch that ending airport scene. I hated it, and I hated it because it was ridiculous and annoying for it to end up with fat Joo-eun, and I related to Young-ho’s shock and dismay.

It’s not just about physical beauty. Young -Ho clearly equates physical health with beauty, and Joo-eun knows this. She also — according to her own statements — may have started out on the weight loss journey to “show” Woo-shik and Soo-jin she was still a Venus, but it ended up being her personal goal, for herself. And she also knows how important it is to Young-Ho, and how fearful he is of those he cares about being sick or injured.

She can easily maintain her healthy lifestyle for one year, without Young-Ho, but he leaves for 3 months, prior to their wedding, she finds out she’s pregnant, and instead of being inspired to be super healthy - because now it’s also her unborn children she is maintaining her health for - she apparently abandons exercise and healthy foods, and basically gains 15 pounds per month for the 3 months he is gone?? Per medical sites (and based on what I’ve sedn many friends and coworkers go through), women are only supposed to gain 2 to 4 pounds during the first trimester (3 months), and a total of 25 to 35 pounds total. For women expecting twins, the first trimester weight gain is still 2 to 4 pounds, and the total weight gain goes up to 35 to 45.

But instead of 2 to 4 pounds, Joo-eun gains what? 50+ pounds in 3 months?? That is extremely unhealthy, and the gain has nothing to do with her pregnancy, as that gain would only account for 2 to 4 pounds, which would not be noticeable. (Most of the women I know are attorneys, and don’t get pregnant until they are in their mid 30s to early 40s, and they all wait until the pregnancy is at a stage where testing can be done, to make sure everything is healthy and progressing normally, before announcing it. More than one friend has miscarried in the first trimester, some multiple times, so the 4th or 5th month, when they start ‘showing,” is when they start telling friends and coworkers).

It’s also extremely dangerous to gain weight that quickly, especially for women with eating disorder. It’s not the extreme weight loss, but the rapid weight gain that puts so much stress on their bodies and heart. A well known example was 1970s popular singer Karen Carpenter, who had anorexia. She got cadaverously thin, but she died of heart failure, at age 32, due to the damage that her dieting, use of thyroid supplement and laxatives, and rapid weight gain had placed on her heart).

So the fat Joo-eun made me cringe, rightly horrified Young-ho (it’s the health of not just the woman he loves, but his 2 unborn...

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. . . Children.

So for me, I’ll just pretend that the series ends at the engagement photo shoot, with a sassy, dimpled, happy Joo-eun in her sexy red dress, and imagine her looking gorgeous at her wedding (because she wouldn’t be showing the pregnancy), and a raidiant, healthy pregnant Joo-eun a few months later, being pampered by a doting Young-Ho, and never watch the awful ending again.

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip!

I liked that JE brought out the joy and warmth for YH's family. Seeing that Grandma didn't oppose cuz she was touched after witnessing JE's speech was great. She knew that no other girl could love her grandson the way JE did. The hearty laughs and selcas were so precious. And totally LOLed at the cute baby sloths. XD

Like you said, I didn't like that they just kinda brushed aside YJ's advances and suddenly made JS interested in her. I also thought the SJ-WS plot line could've been further illustrated and agree with you that SJ should've found self-worth first and not base her worth on whether she's loved by a man. The childhood scene was completely unnecessary and I felt that it almost kinda ruined what JE and YH have built together through their adult interactions. Being encouraged as a kid didn't really do much for YH in the sense that the story never indicated that it was because of that childhood experience that made him remember JE or felt drawn to her. And overall, I found way too many minutes of flashbacks in these two last episodes as filler time.

Anyway, love the cute side characters. Henry was awesome as JW and I love the JW/JS/YH bromance and how they all gravitated towards JE. She just brings out the best in others. ^^ Manager Min also very cute and I loved that he was included in the photoshoot.

All in all, So Ji Sub and Shin Mina had crackling chemistry and I just loved their story of falling in love and being together till the end. I also liked how she gained her weight back in the end cuz of being pregnant. XD It was unexpected and funny. Loved that JW finally got accepted as a marine and how excited he and JS were to be uncles. And I'm glad that YH is mending his relationship with his dad and also including stepmom and younger bro in his family circle. It seems that the villains in this drama were not all that bad and were mostly redeemable. Even though a lot of plot points didn't get ironed out, it was still an enjoyable, feel-good series. =)

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Not without flaws, but I'd watch SM and SJS cute it up allll day. I really liked both of the lead characters and thought they had an interesting and refreshingly adult relationship, even if dude had major issues with illness trauma, which really didn't seem that unrealistic to me. It never really got around to how screwed up and unsustainable his go-it-alone attitude really was, but at least there's a little hint of that with Ma'am's Mom and his appearance at his father's hospital bed. Totally agree about the flashbacks, though. We've already watched that-- give it a rest already. If I ruled the world, you'd only be able to use a flashback if it had been at least five screen time hours between what you want to re-show and when you're going to splice it in. And there'd still be like a 30 sec limit.

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Firstly lets get this out of the way... I NOMU NOMU NOMU NOMU NOMU NOMU NOMU NOMU LOVE Shin Min Ah (add in dimples and all...) and I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE SO JI SUB
and for that I LOVE THIS Show...

And I appreciate a rom com that is actually a rom com, Mr Amnesia and Mrs Angst weren't invited. I know the plot holes were gaping towards the end but my GREATEST fault is that Episode 16 was a mess

I know we got my mandatory kisses and skinship plus the whole grandma issue that after all the manipulations from before, she just accepts her (thank you show for not pulling some last minute crap about how she isn't worthy when we can all see she brings out the best in him) but what the heck was going on with the flashbacks and that ending epilogue (GAAAD immediately i saw a kid in the wheelchair I switched it off because if i have to watch the we-are-destined-to-be-together-nonsense you dramas like to shove down my throat... **insert world class retribution** infact just forget about it) ...

But show plan yourself better, how can you run out of material and story at the end... after 16 hours of show excluding the pausing and squealing and yelling moments, then reading recaps on dramabeans followed by re-watching episodes before the tense anxiety waiting for the next episode... (that's a lot of hours to invest) aaaahhh... I feel disappointed...

But like i said, at least you understood I came for the main lead and my adorable New Love JI WOONG

Show thank you pairing two combustible chemistry heavy individuals in a show together... I wonder who the next pairing on my actors-who-need-to-be-main-leads-together-in-a-drama bucket list will be (don't judge, you know you have a list)

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I've criticized this show but, yep, I gotta give it up to the writing of Grandma handing the relationship.

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Thank you Lollipip for the recaps. I love to read your comments in the recap. Loved this light hearted romantic comedy drama

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Thanks Lollypip for the lovely recap. Understand all of your frustrations but happy for all the obvious reasons too.

Sometimes when viewing rom-com- you just have to check the brain at the door. Just enjoy watching the moment that characters fall in love so that yourself can relive or experience the moment through the OTP. I want a kiss under an umbrella!! I got a lot of awesome dialogues, great OTP chemistry, a strong heroine that I just want to be best friends with.

The only real new thing I got out of this eps was Joon Soon is a great kisser and Running helps you lose a lot of water weight through SJB - but I hate running - :) Might have to reconsider. :)

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A mediocre drama with great chemistry between the leads

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Heh. I think "mediocre" is very charitable for this one. Nothing can take away my adoration for Shin Minah, tho. I would have rather watched hers and Ji Sub's great chemistry in We Got Married. In this show, We Got Cheated. And guess what, ladies. It's all your fault. You got what you asked for. You always demand cute, cute, cute again and some more pretty. So why unhappy? That's exactly what Kdramas are doing now: catering to female audience badly deprived of experiencing "cute" feelings in real life.

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Exactly! The only reason any woman watches rom-coms of any kind everywhere in the globe. Was it news to you? The element of romance that you call "cute", the ugly (or fat) girl that gets the goodlooking boy and all those wonderful myths that keep us going without murdering our boyfriends or husbands those of us who are in a relation and keep the hope for those who aren't.

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This Drama should have been maximum 10 Episodes!

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As many, many, many, many others.

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The BTS at the end was hilarious because the ever macho cool SJS was cringing at doing all the cutesy stuff, LOL!

All in all, SJS and SMN were too adorable for words and it's been so fun to watch them. They are very natural with each other. SJS should really consider doing a rom-com at least once a year.

The show was very heart warming and gives off good feels. Love it!

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One of my favourite Korean dramas. Top of the list with My Name is Kim Sam Soon and City Hall.

Kudos to So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah. They had shown a great performance and awesome chemistry. Well done!

Now that the drama has been completed, I can re-watch it without having to wait for the next episode.

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I loved the leads, their chemistry and their emotional maturity. And, other than the fact they did treat very thoroughly eating right and working out as a key to being healthy; and other issues like infertility, domestic and spousal abuse and sexual harassment, I liked little else about the drama.

In the end everything fell flat and is forgettable. This is not a drama I would recommend for anyone else to watch. 3 stars.

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Frankly, your recap was more exciting than the show itself. Goodbye show, you won't be missed.

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I intensely disliked the last minutes of this show.

So after maintaining on her own for a year, we see a Joo Eun who can apparently go off the rails in a month? That means she didn't just eat more, it means she ate a TON of unhealthy stuff, because the diet Young Ho's got her on just can't stack calories like that, even in huge amounts. And Young Ho's reaction is to get her exercising, and JJS does the best he possibly can to make it look like a genuine reaction about her health, but he's pretty much the only thing preventing that scene from being a guy getting off the plane, seeing his girlfriend's not in the physical shape he expects, and immediately nagging her.

It made no SENSE. What did she gain, 25 kilos? She's three months pregnant, and he's been gone a month? I get this was all done so the production team could put the fat suit on SMA again and do the shoot-from-behind thing, but narratively it's empty. If she'd gained a little weight, like her belly was back, that's one thing - but they had her lose weight from the head down so she wouldn't gain it back there first. So that means they had to have her gain an amount of weight that represents a total abandonment of health. Is she on the thyroid medication again?

Ugh. UGH! So frustrating! Yes, people on diets backslide, but then blending it with pregnancy and the whole return thing.... It didn't work for me. It felt cheap and dumb.

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<I get this was all done so the production team could put the fat suit on SMA again

To be honest, I feel like it's their idea of humour. Like the airplane scene, when two super-athletic guys couldn't lift somewhat-overweight-but-not-actually-that-huge woman. Neither scene was credible, but probably supposed to be amusing to the viewer somehow? (Surprise! She's fat again! No, actually, she's just pregnant!)

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Yeah, but pregnant with what? Some type of mutant babies? All they had to do was not claim 3 months but picked a higher number.

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That's the incredible part. I don't get it either!

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Apparently you've never being pregnant. Yes, it's possible to gain 14 kilos in the first trimester eating a pasta dish as appetizer. Maybe the 20 something could be reached with twins. Don't know.

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But korini, you're talking about gaining 10 lbs/5 kilos per month for the first trimester. Absolutely doable if you overeat and don't exercise, since it's close to the 2lbs/week rate achievable in loss and gain. If you're eating normally and then tack on any high-calorie daily treat, especially if you're already quite slim, then gradual gain will happen.

But she supposedly gains 25 kilos in a month. That's flat-out impossible UNLESS you have an underlying medical issue, which makes my mind immediately jump to thyroid.

The writers made a stupid leap based on the fat suit and totally unsupported by medical science, which would be silly all on its own but is especially dumb when you consider the entire show is based on health and the main character has a known thyroid issue. Frustrating!

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The car accident, Yi-jin, and the scene at the end all seemed gratuitous, so I didn't love the end of the series as much as I loved the beginning. And I really wished they had wrapped up the Soo-jin and Woo-shik storyline an episode earlier. It wasn't a good use of screen time to have several flashbacks to scenes we already saw. I felt most sympathetic to them when I saw them back when she was in law school, and I would have preferred to see another. It wasn't a problem that they ended up together, but LollyPip's point about Soo-jin's lack of a true journey is spot on.

The last episode should have focused only on JE, YH, JW, JS, Chief Min, and their respective families. Shin Min-a and So Ji-sub really made this show worth watching, and I liked the lack of family drama for a change. Not everyone has to hate their in-laws.
One thing I have to add: all the music for this drama fit the show perfectly, with my one little complaint being that no music should have played when they took Young-Ho to the hospital at the beginning of Episode 13.

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I'm so going to miss this drama and my favourite opt SMA and SJS. nice ending there for everyone but it felt like it left this huge hole that is waiting to be filled.
I'm going to miss u oh my deagu. mush love

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IMO, ep 15 is better than the last episode haha.

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Having Yi Jin and Joon Sung pair up was kind of weird... But there were hints here and there that he did like her... Like when he went to the movies with his mom and she showed up and he put his arm around her shoulder (although he did the same with his mom) lol I would have liked to see the wedding or the kids but yknow can't have everything and they didn't do the whole grand(parents) disapprove so you can't be together thing so I'm happy! I'm going to miss this drama

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I hated every scene that Yi-Jin was in, and am annoyed that she ended up with super sexy Joon-sung, who deserved so much better than that annoying vacuous stalker. I hate that character type, and don’t understand why it shows up in so many of these Korean dramas. Is this type of annoying, schreechy girl actually attractive to a segment of the male Korean population, or endearing to some of the female audience in Korea? Because I find myself being repulsed when they inevitably show up.

The only time the not-so-smart, ditzy heroine has worked for me is when it’s a character like Cheon Song-yi in You From Another Star. I loved her character, and Jun Ji hyun’s performance was stellar ( ha! Yes, pun intended). She made that character sweet and vulnerable and capable of palpable sadness, while being silly, vain, clueless, and hysterically funny.

Here, that stock character was simply an annoying waste of screen time I will never force myself to watch again. Thanks to the fast forward button, which makes rewatches enjoyable!

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First of all it was so funny that she gained all the weight back,couldn't stop laughing till i rewinded to hear she's pregnant, his face when he saw was priceless.i like that it was so realistic, i wanted to tell jo eun welcome to the club, we lose and gaint it back.
The show was cute although the last two episodes were unnecessary, the flashbacks Definitely unnecessary, painful filler but i do appreciate the family healing and becoming cheerful including the step family.
The only thing that didnt fit in this episode, the TINY crown ?, i wanted to flick it off.
Kim woo bin can now relax.

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Does anyone know if we could buy those sloth plushie?

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Thank you Lollypip for the recaps. Spot on comment on Soo jin. I wonder how they can do personality development without turning melo. How Yoo Eun dealt with her was smart. I can sense that SJS is not really comfortable with rom-com and needs a good partner (like GHJ and SMA) for the timing. I came for the lightness and initially feared the worst but it came out just fine. Some memorable lines from a feisty female lead. The marriage proposal on a yarn will stand out. lots of feel good.

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My grade for this show:

Before the accident: 5 star, A+
After the accident: 4 star, B

I just could not accept how Young Ho could avoid Joo-eun for a year. He did not want to show his weaknesses to her. But, why? What kind of relationship is this when you have to hide yourself when you are sick and vulnerable? This was BS. Also, how Joo-eun could be OK with that? I would at least talk about it before going any further.

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My rating after the accident was D. I was so frustrated after episode 15 I re-watched the first 2 episodes of It's OK Its Love to get the sugar level down. That one is even better than I remembered. Sexy, smart, sad, serious and satisfying.

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You guys have made me afraid to watch the final two episodes! I'm afraid I'm going to be really disappointed (as often happens with Korean drama endings).

For my next drama, I'll watch 'It's OK, It's Love" based on AJK's recommendation. :)

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I loved this drama a loooot.... I am really going to miss all the sexiness n ts shenanigans.. not to forget the self made family... awww..

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I am surprised at how clunky the final episodes were. Not only did the writers not to see to have anything new to say (way too many filler flashbacks!), but they seemed to retract most of their stories. It turns out Joo-eun and Young-ho weren't strangers, Joo-eun didn't overhaul her eating habits, Young-ho wasn't only concerned about Joo-eun's weight because of her health, and as long as the grandmother approved, the Director of Gahong could impregnante his fiancee without causing a major scandal. I also didn't like the suggestion that Joon-sun's mother could return to her abusive husband and didn't buy that Joon-sun liked Yi-jin.

With that said, the chemistry between the leads was fantastic and I am interested in seeing more work from SJS. He has a great smile!

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<I also didn’t like the suggestion that Joon-sun’s mother could return to her abusive husband

Yes! I means what is up with "it sounds like he’s in prison but doing well there [who cares?!], and even wants to make amends with Joon-sung’s mother when he gets out"! What in the world was the writer thinking? Completely undermines (yet again, as I agree with LollyPip with her comments about Yi-jin's actions being sold to us as "cute" and "perfectly okay" just because she's a woman) any message they ever had about sexual assaults on women.

Maybe the writer is really young and inexperienced in life and doesn't know that this suggestion of possible amends in the future is exactly what traps people (male or female – since victims can be either) in the cycle of abuse? This woman already suffered two abusive relationships, she does not need to make amends but needs counselling to gain control of her life to never end up in an abusive relationship again.

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+ a thousand times this!

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I thought he was in rehab, not prison. The ladies' conversation was about how well he was doing in rehab, and how it was better to get to the root of the problem (being an alcoholic), rather than just pressing charges, which really wouldn't fix him.

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I agree with the awfulness of some of the ending scenarios. However, I didn’t take away that Joon-sung’s Mother was necessary going to reunite with her abusive husband when he got out of prison. It is standard practice here in the US for domestic violence defendants to be offered reduced sentences if they agree to enter and complete batterer’s counseling ( usually a one year program). The reasoning is that the treatment makes it less likely the pattern will repeat itself once the defendant has completed their sentence.

I took the discussion between mom and Joo-eun to serve to inform the audience that Joon-sung’s mother had reported the abuse, the husband had pleaded guilty, and she was no longer in that situation. It also relieved me, as I had feared a scene where Jonn -sung found out about the abuse and went after the husband, and landed up in jail. It was a relief that didn’t happen.

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Thanks for the recap, lolipop! I loved the show when it first came out, and how the chemistry was there between Young Ho and Join Run thanks to SJS and SMA. But...agreeing on everything you said. Everything but the two mains felt flat, and I was so disappointed they didn't flesh out anyone else. Seeing it was award season and they only had two episodes left, I already expected it. And the flashback scenes...lol they needed filler, so they used filler lol.

I'm especially mad at the addition of Yi Jin ending with the Jung Soon though. The whole time Jung Soon looked uncomfortable and awkward with his interactions with his stalker. If their genders were reversed, Yi Jin would have been brought to the police or something like the stalker guy from ep 3/4. Totally felt bad for him and the lack of plot they didn't contribute to the show.

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@Dee - ohhh yeah. That reminds me that this drama won some award (I can't remember for what). But I remember being surprised because it won while it's still running and I thought it would be considered in 2016 awards because it's not finished yet.

So for it to fall so flat must really burn the other contenders that it prevailed over.

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I should have said "I feel bad for the other contenders". (They may not be as petty as I am.) lol

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Thanks for recaps. I enjoy watching this drama

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The problem with this show is I really didn't "take away" anything. Even in ridiculous makjang's we learn how people can stoop to the depths of despair and evil to get what they want.

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Oh My it's finally over!! I will kill the writers if I ever get my hands on them!

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If you hate a show, simply do not watch it. This way you don't need to curse, to kill....

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yeah, in the end, i didn't watch it....still felt the need to "kill" the writers for wasting the opportunity to make fabulous drama with the stellar cast that was at their disposal.

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Maybe it wasn't fabulous but it was more than great for many many viewers of this drama (you can check the number and the content of reviews for this drama on Dramafever). The drama was just so, so enjoyable with the awesome acting of its stellar cast and the amazing chemistry between the leads which brought them some awards as best couple prize in KBS drama awards. It was also so meaningful giving us the message of how to taste the sweetness of life even when we have hard times. Love how Jo Eun "chubby girl" brought love and joy to the people around her...
This is a drama I would surely re-watch over and over again... Not at all prepared for "Tap Tap" :)

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Anyone know where I could buy a You Bastard baby?

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Cutest dolls ever! I want one, too!!

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It was a good drama. Bears rewatching. There are boatloads of shitty dramas out there. Cut this a break. There are times when I just want watch a romance. There is no perfect Kdrama romance drama but this comes prettty close.

I did not come here to be preached by a drama or an award worthy drama.It did its purpose- entertain. At least I am not cursing wasting my hours on watching it.

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You said it Ck10z! I've said it before and I'll say it again; stay away from romcom if you wanna be a realist.
And we need to cut the writer some slack. S/he delivered us the romance and boy wasn't the screen sizzling with hot chemistry! If it wasn't for the live-shooting system I bet this would've been done more tastefully. Alas! We got a good amount of SJS and SMA on screen and they seemed to be enjoying themselves (and each other) a lot. This drama is definitely a keeper, flaws and all.

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