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Entertainer: Episode 10

What’s a little fish to do, when the big fish is determined to eat him whole? Things are coming to a head between KTOP and Ddanddara Band, and there are some pretty high stakes involved, both personal and professional. All our little fishes can do is trust the truth and hold on tight, and hope they survive the aftermath.

 

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Seok-ho finds Geu-rin waiting for him, but instead of going to her, he stops on the other side of the glass wall. Mostly to himself, he wonders what he’s doing here, then says softly, “Stay right there. Don’t come closer, Jung Geu-rin.”

He goes inside to accuse her of doodling on his drawing and making him come all this way, and she barks back, asking why he thought he had to come out here. Good point, I was wondering that myself. Seok-ho has no answer for that, so he just lies that that’s not why he’s here.

An employee lets them know that the site manager is delayed and won’t be back until tomorrow, and offers them a guest room for the night. Catching Geu-rin yawning, Seok-ho agrees to stay, but he goes out for some fresh air to clear his head — he can’t stop thinking of Geu-rin’s happy face when he showed up.

Frustrated when he hears that Geu-rin is staying out overnight with Seok-ho, Ha-neul complains to Yeon-soo, and Jae-hoon whines about being left out of all the fun. Min-joo arrives with food and notices Ha-neul’s bad mood, so like a good hyung, Yeon-soo ushers him outside for a walk.

They stop to rest, and Yeon-soo says matter-of-factly, “You like Geu-rin.” Ha-neul utterly fails at playing innocent and pouts, but he insists that he doesn’t like her and he’s totally not jealous at all.

Yeon-soo wistfully adds that he was a coward, which is probably why Chan-hee’s mother left him. He advises Ha-neul not to wait too long (to confess to her), or it might be too late.

Trying to avoid going to Geu-rin’s room, Seok-ho heads down to check out the site’s facilities, and he sits and pulls out the drawing that Geu-rin drew on, which he brought with him. He lets himself go all moony, smiling at the picture of himself in the rain, now with a bright green umbrella over his head. He makes a decision and texts Geu-rin that he’s leaving, wishing her luck with her meeting tomorrow.

CEO Lee complains to Joo-han about his stress lately, all because of Seok-ho and Ddanddara Band. Practically frothing at the mouth, he orders Joo-han to find a reporter and have them write a story about Ha-neul and his criminal background.

Geu-rin finally gets her meeting with the site manager, who is suuuuper weird. She kisses the statues and flirtatiously asks how old Ddanddara Band’s lead singer is, and it’s clear that she’s only booking the band because she thinks Ha-neul is cute.

Joo-han finds himself a shark reporter, who warns him that this is a very provocative thing to write about someone, so it had better be true. Joo-han assures him it’s the absolute truth, and claims that he’s only doing this because Seok-ho hurt CEO Lee so very badly by betraying KTOP.

Yeon-soo catches Ha-neul grinning when he learns that Seok-ho didn’t spend the night at the gig site with Geu-rin, hee. Ha-neul follows Geu-rin out and tells her that he’s going to learn to drive, giving her the puppy-dog eyes and promising to take her to see the blossoms.

Seok-ho is all business when Geu-rin tells him she booked the gig, and she pouts at him for leaving without saying goodbye last night. She thinks her drawing made him upset, but she’s mollified when he fibs that he had an early-morning meeting. He warns her not to play games with him anymore like messing with his drawing, though he’s not very convincing.

A call from an old editor friend has Seok-ho worried, and the two meet in person to discuss something that’s worrying the editor. He alerts Seok-ho to the fact that Reporter Park is in Busan covering a story that his lead singer is a molester, and Seok-ho admits that the record exists, but Ha-neul was framed.

The editor tells him that Reporter Park got the lead from KTOP, thinking it strange that CEO Lee would care about a rookie’s past. Seok-ho insists again that Ha-neul is innocent, but the editor can’t stop the story, and he just didn’t want Seok-ho to be blindsided.

Kyle is busted at his designated driver job when his latest client turns out to be Man-shik, and he makes Man-shik swear not to tell Seok-ho about this. Then Man-shik turns out to be a terrible tipper, ha.

Seok-ho decides that he needs to confront Ji-young directly, and enlists Man-shik’s help. She initially refuses to speak to Seok-ho until Man-shik oh-so-casually mentions the key chain, which scares her into agreement.

Seok-ho goes right for the throat, “Did you have to make your little brother do something like that?” She claims to have no idea what he means, and says that Kyung-soo said he lost that key chain, so she assumes he must have lost it in the house.

Seok-ho points out that he never said they found it in the house… busted. He tells Ji-young that she’s already standing in quicksand, and advises her to get out now if she wants to survive. Ji-young fires back that it’s Ha-neul who’s in quicksand.

Seok-ho gives her two chances, and tells her to turn herself in. Ji-young says she won’t, not even if he gives her one hundred chances, and leaves.

Mr. Byun offers to treat the band to dinner for booking their first gig, and this time Ha-neul notices Yeon-soo going all gooey when he invites Min-joo to join them. Meanwhile Min-joo convinces Man-shik to write three songs for the band, though he gripes that he’s only doing this for her.

He’s already got one song ready, but while the music is pretty, the lyrics really suck. I mean they’re reeeally awful. Seok-ho: “I’ve told you a million times not to write lyrics.” HAHA.

They all go to a fancy Chinese restaurant where Mr. Byun plays the big shot, though apparently the chef has been trying to get him banned, heh. He orders jjajangmyun for everyone, which is like going to a steak restaurant and getting everyone the soup and salad. They all complain, and poor Kyle looks like he’s going to cry.

Man-shik at least wants to get beer, and says they already have a designated driver right here… oops. That kills all conversation at the table, and Kyle looks ready to kill Man-shik.

Ji-young tries to do some damage control, and calls her brother to instruct him to tell anyone who asks that he lost his key chain a long time ago. Kyung-soo is terrified of being caught and punished, but Ji-young practically threatens him to keep his mouth shut.

Seok-ho learns that Ji-young’s parents have moved to Seoul, and he calls to ask if they would talk with him in person. He meets with her father and asks if he knows it wasn’t Ha-neul who attacked his daughter, telling him that he has proof that Kyung-soo was there that night. He thinks it’s possible that Ji-young had her brother record what happened, and Ji-young’s father remembers Kyung-soo getting a new phone because Ji-young took his old one.

To Seok-ho he says that he wasn’t there so he wouldn’t know, but Seok-ho notices that he’s working a hard-labor job — does he know something that makes him uncomfortable taking Ji-young’s money? Dad just asks about Ha-neul, and Seok-ho says he’s having a hard time.

He urges Dad to convince Ji-young to confess, since now that she’s an idol, public backlash could be huge if she’s found out. It will go easier for her if she admits her own wrongdoing. Besides, Kyung-soo must be feeling enormous pressure.

Though unsuccessful at getting any information from Ji-young’s dad, when Seok-ho gets back to the Mango office and sees Geu-rin, he smiles at her back for a minute before reigning his feelings in again. He sends her home to rest before their gig tomorrow, and assures her that he’ll be there in time to see the guys perform.

Late that night he sends Jinu a text, though we don’t see what the message says.

Ji-young’s father must believe Seok-ho, because he talks to Ji-young that night, asking why she got her little brother involved. He wants to know the real reason why she debuted so quickly, and though he doesn’t know the details, he knows that whatever she’s done is wrong.

Joo-han lurks outside Kyung-soo’s school to confront him about the key chain, and he obediently says that he lost it a long time ago. Joo-han doesn’t buy it, and threatens him and Ji-young if he find out they’re scheming behind his back. What a sleazeball.

Jinu calls Seok-ho to say that he’s thought about what Seok-ho suggested, and he says that he’s okay — that he’s rather clear his conscience this way. Seok-ho seems worried, but he says to himself, “It will all work out, Jinu-yah. For you, and for Ha-neul.”

Seok-ho is outside the boys’ gig venue, and he goes running at the sound of trot music. He discovers that the whole audience is made up of elderly people, and the boys all shoot eye-daggers at Geu-rin (except Jae-hoon, who naturally thinks this is so cool just because the trot singer is playing drums).

The site manager thinks it’s perfectly normal to have a band of young guys playing at an event for elderly people, but Geu-rin argues that this isn’t in Ddanddara Band’s concept. The manager just asks for Ha-neul’s autograph like a true fangirl, hee.

So the boys have no choice but to play, and as soon as Ha-neul starts singing, the audience begins to murmur restlessly. Seok-ho decides to do something and waves at Kyle to trot it up, and suddenly their song is a trot song. This is awesome.

After the concert, Seok-ho fusses at Geu-rin for not asking more questions about the event, while the site manager manhandles Ha-neul. But on the drive home he tells the boys to thank her for getting them the gig.

Ha-neul asks when Seok-ho will get his license back, worried about Geu-rin doing all the driving. Seok-ho says it’s the manager’s job, but Ha-neul leans forward to massage her shoulders anyway. So sweet, this boy.

Back at the Mango office, Seok-ho pulls Ha-neul aside to tell him that it’s Geu-rin’s job to drive, and to spend days away securing gigs. It’s going to happen a lot, so he may as well get used to it. He draws the line clearly — Geu-rin is Ha-neul’s manager now, not his noona. If he wants to express concern, he needs to do it within an appropriate context.

In a strange turn of events, the video of the boys playing their song in trot style is going viral on the internet. The boys all praise Geu-rin for getting them the gig, except Kyle, who says he’s on Seok-ho’s side.

The two go outside, where Seok-ho finally asks about Kyle’s designated driver job. Seok-ho says gently that even though Ddanddara Band isn’t famous yet, he’s still a public figure. But it’s good that he’s earning an honest living, and he tells Kyle to be patient just a little longer.

Though Ha-neul agreed to treat Geu-rin more like a manager, he can’t help but remember Yeon-soo’s words not to wait too long to confess. He goes looking at couple rings, and he’s shocked when the saleswoman asks for his autograph.

He realizes that he doesn’t have an official autograph yet, and soon all the boys are working on their own autographs (even Chan-hee, so cute). Geu-rin delivers the exciting news that they’re going to be on television in two days, and Ha-neul can’t help himself from making starry-eyes at her.

Seok-ho calls him late that night for a private chat, and tells him to listen closely. We don’t hear what he says, but whatever it is, it doesn’t seem to make Ha-neul very happy. Someone, whose face is in shadow, writes out the true story of what happened, and posts it online.

Reporter Park’s expose is scheduled to be published the day of the band’s TV appearance, but Seok-ho is sure everything will be okay. The band arrives at the station, and Ha-neul stands outside a dressing room, seeing that Ji-young’s group Twinkle is here today as well.

He goes inside and goes straight to Ji-young, sitting next to her casually. He leans in and says for her ears only: “There is only one person in the world that I want completely destroyed. That person is you.” He stands and cheerfully wishes her luck and leaves, and Ji-young screams in frustration.

Reporter Park whines when he sees that someone apparently told Mango about his story — he’s been scooped. CEO Lee sees the “confession” online, telling the whole truth about Ha-neul being framed, and his laugh seems more than a little bit unhinged. He talks out loud as if speaking to Seok-ho, saying that “you brought this on yourself.” Now Seok-ho can watch while Jinu goes down in flames.

The boys are more than willing to cancel their television appearance if Ha-neul isn’t up to it, which is so sweet, but he smiles and says that they knew this would happen. He’s fine if they’re fine.

Seok-ho says honestly that this may be their last performance, so he tells the boys to give it all they’ve got.

COMMENTS

I just love what a family this little ragtag group has become. They fight and disagree, but in the end, they’re unfailingly supportive of each other, no matter what. If someone stumbles, they pick them up, and they stick together when it really counts. Seeing the boys — even Kyle! — offer to cancel their big shot just because Ha-neul might be uncomfortable, made me all mooshy inside. I love stories about misfits finding acceptance, and this makeshift family really gets to me.

I purposely haven’t weighed in on the whole Seok-ho/Geu-rin romance thing in a while, because I’m still not sure how I feel about it, though it’s honestly not about their ages at all. I think it’s more because I feel all the emotion and chemistry coming from one direction, and none from the other. It feels as though Ji Sung is doing all the work, and Hyeri is just coasting along — not that she’s not trying, it’s just… I can see her trying. One of the worst things an actor can do is let someone catch you acting, and I catch Hyeri acting at least once an episode (if not more). I had the same problem with her performance in Answer Me 1988, that she just didn’t seem to be connecting with her leading men, though in that case it wasn’t as distracting because her character was written to be obtuse when it came to romance. Geu-rin is a little more world-savvy (not a lot more, but she’s not as protected and has seen some hard times), and at her age should have dated at least a little. So it’s disingenuous to have her be so completely unaware of the interest of not one, but two men she sees on a daily basis.

I think, if Geu-rin were at least a little bit aware of Seok-ho’s and Ha-neul’s feelings, even if just on a subconscious level, I would feel more like playing the shipping game (even recappers have ships, you know!). But because she’s so blank around both of them, it makes it less fun, and makes the “who will it be?” question become one of just deciding which guy would be less hurt if she didn’t choose him. In that case I’d have to say I would rather see her with Ha-neul, but if she ends up with Seok-ho I wouldn’t hate it. If Geu-rin has to pair up with anyone, I just hope the love triangle gets more interesting as the show goes on. And that Geu-rin starts noticing boys at some point — it’s well past time.

While I do think the show has improved since its first (very rough) week, and offers a lot of sweetness and heart, I still sometimes catch myself scratching my head over inconsistencies. Mostly surrounding the KTOP crew, who feel extremely undeveloped and one-note, as if their only purpose in life is to ruin Seok-ho and Ddanddara Band. It makes no sense, because professionally Seok-ho hasn’t been a threat for over a year, and so far, Ddanddara Band hasn’t been able to get anyone interested in their music to save their lives. It’s not as if Seok-ho found the Next Big Thing and is flaunting his success in their faces — I really think that at this point, Seok-ho would be happy to just be moderately successful with his boys and never interact with CEO Lee ever again. There’s that little mess regarding Jinu and Ji-young and how they framed Ha-neul, but that’s more personal than professional. So why does CEO Lee have it in for Seok-ho and the boys so badly?

And while I love how all of the band members are getting their time in the spotlight, the KTOP kids are woefully underdeveloped. I thought the show would start focusing on Jinu more last week, but then this week he seems to have faded to the background again. I want to care about him, but it’s hard when the show almost seems to be hiding him, maybe holding him back for some reason? I wish he were more of a presence, I want to feel for him and be scared for him, but it’s hard to do when we hardly see him. And Ji-young is barely an afterthought, so no that she’s finally part of the relevant story, it feels a bit jarring and awkward. We’ve barely seen her, and know almost nothing about her, so again, I worry that it’s going to be hard to feel anything for her as a villainous character (honestly, Ha-neul’s one threatening line was more terrifying than anything Ji-young’s done yet).

It’s very strange that a show that makes us care so much about some characters, almost seems to be getting in its own way regarding others. Let us see everyone in a more balanced way, so that we can care about what happens to everyone, not just the “good guys.” A villain still needs us to care if they’re going to feel like a real threat, even if caring means wishing for them to meet their own personal Truck of Doom.

 
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I am guessing that CEO Lee had something to do with Haneul's brother's incident. That's why he is so adament against Haneul being famous, to prevent Haneul from having a voice and potentially destroying his position in KTOP or even KTOP itself. It doesn't help that Haneul's CEO is Seokho. And that Haneul's success will mean Jinu's demise. Everything just doesn't sit well with CEO Lee.

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@MissUnicorn

I don't remember which episode it was but CEO Byun while visiting CEO Lee said that Lee killed Haneul's brother and made it look like suicide and he helped him clean it up.

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I have been following the show mainly through recaps. And, perhaps, it'd be different if I was actually watching all the episodes. But really, the 'romance' between Geu Rin and Seok Ho seems so far-fetched. There's so li'l chemistry! Such a waste of the romance-arc-that-could-have-been - still rooting for SH and MJ. There's been barely any sign of it, but at least they understand and respect each other.

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I think chemistry can be subjective in observing it so it's surprising you can tell by only reading the recaps.

But...you are so RIGHT!

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Odds that Missing Chanhee's mom pops out of the woodworks in the next few episodes? I'm betting on schemer after money the instant they get a little success.

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I don't know about the rest of you, but I would totally listen to the song Man-shik wrote. "The priiiice of beer. It's like 22 million wonnn." Oh yeah. Kekekeke oh yeah. :D

Also, I think my eyes rotted a bit in GR and SH conversation after their performance at the festival. That statue, though. Did anyone else find it hard to watch for a minute or two??

I was really pleased with Geu-rin's growth this episode. When she got out of the car with the band at the end I thought, "wow, she really looks like a manager now--not just a youngn' playing at it". I'm proud of her, although I do agree that at this point she's pretty much just clueless about men.

I shouldn't be worried about their performance failing terrible and people throwing rotten fruit at them for that article (writer-nim wouldn't do that to us, right?), but I still totally am. Oh please do well, Ddanddara, please do well!

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Please please please get rid of Geurin's pony tail. Then maybe I can stop cringing every time Ji Sung gets romance in his eyes. Directing her to lose the "duh-uh" look would help too.

And this so-called more professional look is terrible as well. The whole sleeves that are waaaay to long with the cuffs left unbuttoned works for some people, but she has a tendency to slump along, many times walking without moving her arms naturally which makes the whole "look" ridiculous.

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Well, it works for me at least, then. :) Different strokes, I guess.

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I hope we hear another Entertainers song very soon.

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I loved those lyrics haha! At first I thought that since it was just a guideline the singer had made them up on spot. (They tend to do that a lot irl and sometimes it can come out really funny.) I laughed so hard when it turned out Man Shik had written it in all earnest!

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Hey, love songs can be written about alcohol too!... they just generally have names like "Johnny Tarr's Funeral" and "Just Ran Out of Whiskey" by bands like Flogging Molly and Gaelic Storm.
--I can see it now, Ddanddara is up for an image change. Hard-drinking Irish tunes, here we come! ;)

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Ha, Ddanddara as the new Flogging Molly! Now I really wanna see that lol ^^

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I thought the band's gig at the art gallery was going to be a bust, but it turned out to be pretty nice. When they started playing that upbeat music, I assumed they were playing a popular trot song to sway the crowd. I was surprised it was their actual song! I was happy too. It was a good scene.

I like the scene where Seok Ho spoke to Kyle about his side job. I could tell that SH cared about him.

I don't know what Ha Neul is thinking.... Couple rings?! My goodness. I could just imagine fans snapping pics of Geu Rin & the band and then comparing pictures of the rings on social media.

I'm noticing Min Joo has had a few glances at Geu Rin and Seok Ho. I like Min Joo and Seok Ho together. They're great as friends, but I wouldn't mind seeing them as a couple. I don't think the show will go there or they won't have time for that. Just curious if they're gonna do more for Min Joo's character.

@LollyPip // Aww thanks for sharing the screenshot of Yeon Soo feeding Chan Hee those noodles! The father was dazed in that moment, but the son was just hungry. LOL And you made a good point about the character development lacking on the KTOP side.

Thanks for the recap!

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I think that CEO is just salty nothing more to explore and that lame director or whatever his title is just a backstabbing jealous snake lol

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Oh yeah! Another character/relationship the show needs to tell us more about. Obviously "lame director" and SH were once friends or at least worked well enough together that they planned to jump ship together. What happened there?

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Was anyone else screaming at Ha Neul to get away from Ji Young in the Twinkle dressing room? You may have been framed, but another way to view that scene is that a legally-convicted sexual assailant just waltzed into a room and threatened his victim. You're supposed to be a smart kid, Ha Neul, jeez.

Bless Ji Sung and his determined effort to make you believe that his character is in love. I'm beginning to understand why there were all of those odd "the crew can't believe their chemistry!" stories before the show aired - they must have seen the imbalance and tried desperately to distract viewers.

I want more Ji Young and Jin Woo. Though post-confession Ha Neul stuff is certainly going to be interesting too.

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Yes, I was also worried that Ha-neul going to see Ji-young would be misconstrued. Even though we know he is innocent, to anyone else looking in it would look like the attacker was still harassing the victim. And no matter how much they try to sell the romance between the two leads I'm not buying it. They are just too far apart talent-wise to make it believable.

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Yeah at this point I'm only watching now because of JS and the band. I'm not even caring for the love line. The romance between SH and GR just doesn't seem right. I think a lot of the viewers feel the same but I don't think the writer even cars. JS and Hyeri are the leads so they have to end up together. It's a shame because I just don't see a romantic spark. I just get a good laugh every time I read a press release from SBS saying that viewers can tune in to JI Sung and Hyeri's sparkling eyes for each other and etc. They're really trying hard to sell the romance.

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Hyeri? I am the least informed person when it comes to kpop (only know Rain, Hyeri, MBlaque and Jay Park - literally, that's it). But I don't think this actress' name is Hyeri?

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Her name is Lee Hyeri. She's a member of girls day. She's an idol-actress

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While we're on the topic of HN going to twinkle's room and talking to JY.. Does anyone here also care about the fact that SH and his side are practically revealing all evidences to the enemy's side? Like the two pictures in the earlier episodes (The one where Jinu was carried by JY) and also the key chain?? I get scared that SH is letting KTop see all of their evidence, I mean what if some genius in KTop try to manipulate this evidences? What if when they're all in the court and SH present this evidences, KTop already has an alibi against all of it? -_- And the keychain? Now that JY knows about it, they can already figure out an alibi about it (Like how she told Kyungsoo to deny it) -_-

Anywayyy, I feel you @Lollypip! The KTop kids are so underdeveloped... Like are there also other artists beside Jackson, Twinkle.. and the girl group from the first episode? Also, Jackson is such a big shot in this story but in almost all scene (in the earlier episode, the radio interview one) it's only Jinu appearing LOL I mean, yeah he's actually the important character there but at least give the other members screen time. (Anyway, I'm starting to be Jinu biased but still, screen time for other members please!!) And yeah, I kinda hate how Jinu fades in the background again in this episode. I thought that since episdode 8 they're going to give more screen time for him but noooo :( And what did he mean when he said that he'd rather clear his conscience this way?? Can someone explain lol And anyway, omo~ Jinu, please prepare for CEO's upcoming attack huhuhuhu. Director-nim, please don't let Jinu's character die or anything like that :( It would break my heartuuu. Jinu-yah, hwaiting!!

And lol as of this episode, I can say that this drama really doesn't need any love lines anymore. XD The bromance and family love is really really really enough~ GR is really so dense and the way she acts towards the 2 boys... for HN, she really doesn't see him other than a dongsaeng and for SH, it's kinda getting a bit forced already. :( No more love lines please~ XD Just more bromance and family love~

Does anybody find the last scene (the one where they're walking) really awesome?.. Jae Hoon was really cool, spinning the drum stick on his hand. XD

aaack!!!!~ Kyungsoo always reminds me of DO of EXO XD kekekekeke...

I guess the next episode will kinda focus on YS and CH X)))

More Jinu + Jackson scene please ~
Aaand, Bang Geul~
Let's all smile~ XD Kkkkkkk

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The story that the little brother lost the keychain a long time ago (before they moved out of the house) will fail if they find the girl who gave it to him.

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The reason why sukho is "giving" them all his evidences is simply because they will prove to be thoroughly insufficient in court, if the court EVEN bothers to reopen the case again. Sukho may know everything, but he simply has nothing against them except the keychain and the photo with Kim Joo Han (both of which prove close to nothing) and haneul's testimony (and who would believe the convict). So his only way around the issue is to trick the guilty party into confessing out of fear, when actually there is nothing to fear at all ? Sukho is a genius.

I believe Jinu has decided to "turn himself in" to clear haneul's name..... and while my heart aches for jinu this is really the only way to capture jiyoung and relieve his guilt...... sigh poor boy :(

I agree with you about the loveline part though... i see absolutely zero chemistry between geu rin and either of the guys. I am okay with either of them ending up with geu rin, i dont really care, both lovelines are too one-sided on the part of the males for me to even bother about it. I'm not sure if it's the way geu rin's character is written or if it's just hyeri's acting, but the romance in this drama just falls flat. Glad the bromance between the band members makes up for it though.

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I really think Ha Neul is doing the most right now. Couple rings though?! He hasn't even told the girl he likes her and clearly she is clueless.

The moment Ha Neul walked into the Twinkle dressing room, I was worried. That could really backfire on him. But I get it. She was his friend and he tried to help her and she betrayed him for fame. I get why he said what he said! I really tried to give Ji Young the benefit of the doubt in the beginning because I thought she was a victim but honestly now, I can't wait to see her lose everything!

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Manshik's song killed me! It was the funniest song I've ever heard, I just couldn't stop laughing!

Ji-young is so despicable. I don't know how Seok-ho could hold himself and just stand there, I wanted to punch her in the face. She got her little brother into this mess and she doesn't seem to care much about him, if things come out, he's gonna be in as much trouble as herself!

And I don't think that CEO Lee wants to ruin Seok-ho and our band because he's just bothered by them, I think he feels threatened because he was involved in Ha-neul's brother's death and he doesn't want them finding out about it.

Ha-neul ah! Why are you so cute? So far we know how the two guys feel but yet we know nothing about Gue-rin's feelings. She's very protective of Ha-neul but she only sees him like a little brother and to Seok-ho, she has respect and I think she admires him like a mentor but so far nothing more than that, so I really don't know who she'll end up with but I think I'll be fine with both.

I like how the band is very caring and supportive of Ha-neul and now that the news is out I think they will need to stand by each other and stick together more than ever to get through this, I'm rooting for them!

Thank you for the recap.

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But the CEO didn't know that Ha Neul was the younger brother until they were well into this entire "destroy Seok Ho and his little band too!" thing. So I don't think it's that.

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At this point, I'm quite fine with there being no hetero romance. Seriously. Seok Ho has better chemistry with Hanuel, Kyle, Jinu, Yeon Soo and even Manshik. Who needs a gal when you have all these pals you can chat with, confide in, live with and have sizzling chemistry with?

They should all just get together and entertain us with how into each other they all are because seriously, Seok Ho, she's just not that into you.

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Seriously I don't think there is any reason for Seok Ho to be attracted to Green. She doesn't stand out as a character in this show. I totally agree with the no hetero romance comment. If any I will be more thrilled with the SeokHo and MinJoo pairing. It's like In Time With You except she's the one who loves him and he's the one so clueless. And the Min Seok Green angle doesn't sell. It's nothing like the obvious chemistry of the non-siblings in Pinocchio. Hyeri is just so bland. Reminds me of Han Ji Min in Hyde Jekyll and Me.

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If this show does not tell me what happened between single dad and his runaway girlfriend/Chan Hee's mom - I'll forever regret defending it to its haters.

What the heck kind of friendship did Ha Neul have with Ji Young? Was it one where he was so enamoured of her looks that he totally ignored her eff'd up personality? I wouldn't care if the show didn't let me see more of Ji Young's past that caused her character to develop the way it has, but I do want to see how her friendship with Ha Neul developed. Was she using him from day one to coach her musical talent? Or were they really friends? And if so, why doesn't she have one smidgen of guilty conscience toward him?

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I've been seriously wondering about the HN-JY friendship as well. It just doesn't seem real. Why would she do that to a close friend and why, oh why, would he ever be friends with someone like her? They really dropped the ball on that relationship...

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I agree that the friendship between Ha Neul and Ji Young should be better explained. Although sometimes, you know, it happens that people you know since childhood sometimes grow up to be different than what they were as children, they go in different directions. And, because you are used to be friends with them, you don't immediately notice how they have changed.
It could be that at some point she fell for him but he only saw her as a friend, so she felt resentful?
Or that she was that blinded by ambition?

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I think the Green Seok Ho pairing is trying too hard. And Green is too obtuse it's annoying me. I forward her scenes with both guys actually. I m not convinced Hyeri was right for this role.

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I am convinced that Hyeri isn't right for the role at all. Another more qualified actress would have played the hell out of the role and left you shipping her with her cast mates, but Hyeri is such a blank slate with this perpetual "clueless" look on her face and in her mannerisms, that I can't in all honesty ship her with anyone. They should do away with the love lines completely because it's not happening with this drama. They should focus on what the drama's got going for it, camaraderie, the success of the band and the comeuppance of the evil doers.

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Her clueless face kind of worked in Reply for me. But here. Sigh. It's just so obvious. Also I'm not bothered by the way she is speaking before but now she comes off as too cutesy which I don't like at all.

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i m still trying my best to catch the love line but i can't.. omaigodd..i feel like having deja vu right now,this feeling is same like watching Reply 1988..Hyeri..i think the one and only character suit her is deok sun..or maybe their writer don't know how to write love story..

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First, I agree that her "clueless" face is problematic. It's always the same, regardless of what she's surprised about. I had the same issue with it in Answer Me, though. A few trips around the playground even puts a touch of worldly wisdom in the faces of elementary aged kids, so I'm not buying the wide-eyed innocence. In general, though. I'm actually okay with her being completely oblivious to both guys feelings.

While they have other ideas about the relationship they have with Geu-rin, she's pretty clear in what relationship she thinks she has with both guys. One is a mentor. And one is a brother. It's actually more reasonable for her to not see their romantic interests in here when neither one of those roles suggest romance. Both do, however, suggest strong affection. Which is why she can innocently "confess," take a piggy back ride, and have toothpaste wiped from her lips and not think of them as romantic gestures.

Also. It doesn't feel like it too long ago that Seok-ho was screaming at her and firing her. If you clearly and harshly established yourself as my boss (not too long ago,) I'd probably miss all the "signals" as well. Which is why it's the actual story line that's the biggest hindrance to their romance, more than Geu-rin's obtuseness and Hyeri's limited range of expressions.

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I wonder what it says about the band's song that I found the trot version better?

I love that Ha Neul's secret is already out. These things tend to drag out in kdramas, so kudos for letting the cat out of the bag already and in a semi-voluntary way!

I hope we get to hear more about Yeon Soo's ex and that they get over the whole Geu Rin romance thing soon. She doesn't really have any chemistry with anyone. I'd much rather see the Kyle-Sang Woo loveline happening, but we all know that's utopian *sigh*

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Also, while I kind of loved Ha Neul sort of threatening Ji Young, I just hope it won't come back to haunt him. I know no one else heard what he said, but the fact that he even went into her dressing room could make it harder for people to root for him as a victim in that case and question his innocence.

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I really don't like that they are selling the romance between GR and SH so hard. I'm not buying it at all! I'll just focus on the boys because thems adorable. And Y'S's lil crush on MJ is cute.

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I hate when people ship or not ship before the show starts. That's where a lot of people get stuck. If you do that don't watch the show. Let's just say pretty people abound in this show and all could look cute together. Geun however has not shown any clue that she sees Han Neul as a man. Even when he wiped the toothpaste off her mouth I was more effected then her. People who are saying they want them together are saying that just because Han Neul wants her. That's okay just own it instead of acting like she has no chemistry with anyone else.
In the beginning when SH caught her and her heart fluttered, I could see them getting together. Even when he left and she kept quoting him. Their little fights and her almost confessions are cute too. I think SH is touched by her belief in him at every critical moment. Like the time he got on his knees and she told him he did well, how she wants to shield him from stress, etc. It does not seem like he has had a lot of that and he needs that now. Even MJ implied he is not as cool now. So I can understand him enjoy that breath of fresh air when he has everyone's burdens on him. Maybe everyone should come to a show to watch the characters develop instead of writing your own drama and hoping the writer does things your way.

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I totally agree with you! Geu Rin's character is developing, it is not fast but I am sure she will realise her feelings soon.

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yess..i'm kinda on that route. there at one point will she find out what she want.

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip!

I like how this show really makes you feel for the band members and the spotlight is on each one in turn. The gig was awesome and I love the trot version!!! I knew they'd have a viral video on hand when that site manager was filming their performance. Way to go! And the end of this ep was great! Their support for what Haneul is going through and willingness to face this together really warms my heart. =) Go Ddanddara Band Go!!

As for Jinu, I'm glad he's making peace with his conscience by confessing and I guess he must have realized how Haneul feels since they're both victims of Jiyoung and others' manipulations. Jiyoung disgusts me and I can't believe she'd get her little bro involved. I hope she goes down really soon. Same with Joohan and CEO Lee.

I agree that besides the main characters, the other roles are quite underdeveloped. And the lovelines... I guess I don't feel invested in either SH-G or HN-G. I can see how the two guys would be drawn to Green, but she's so clueless that she hasn't noticed any of the signs. So, maybe it's just better not to do anything romantic for this series and just focus on the band's struggles and unravelling the truth behind Jiyoung's scheme and Haneul's hyung's death.

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Please show, stop! Please! Just Stop! Like Right Now! Stop trying to cook up a relationship between two of the most mismatched on every level "romantic" potentials I have ever seen. Ji Sung is a pro and a good actor, no question about that, but he honestly looks like he's imagining a particularly yummy looking piece of pizza rather than a woman he's attracted to in the opening scene. The faux bickering to disguise sexual tension which is a common plot device in practically every romantic comedy ever made just comes off as embarrassing in the extreme. The only way the director can possibly make it even remotely credible is by adding cutsie-poo music to the scene which is why we are hearing so much of it.

Other than trying to cook up a stupid love line, Entertainer is pretty entertaining though.

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I really hope this is the end of people quitting, getting kicked out (or fired) or having to leave the band or Mango for whatever reason.

It's like the writer was desperate for creating enough "drama"/tension and basically did the same thing - wash, rinse and repeat over and over again.

Basically, the writing at its best is average and at its worst is subpar.

The show needs more Man-shik and Min-joo (most fun scenes are w/ those 2).

Pretty evident that Min-joo isn't going to end up w/ the guy she has been focusing on for the past decade or so, but that relationship just seems so much more natural and realistic unlike that forced attraction btwn the 2 leads.

Even the scenes w/ the kid seem forced now - like here's 5 minutes of filler time of the kid and his dad where you're supposed to find the kid cute and feel the bond btwn kid and dad (for the umpteenth time).

After the fun promo - "Entertainer" has certainly been disappointing (a run of the mill K-romcom).

Despite the criticism of the first 2 eps, actually found them to be more enjoyable and better written than those from the past few weeks.

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I am much interested in their bromance and I want to know more about kayle's family background and L.joe drummer boy I don't think his mom will let him stay with them so easily.

I hope to see more difficulties that they encountered which they can brave through the storm together.

As for now, it is true that I don't see Green heart flutters for SSH.. perhaps that only time when he holds her and 'confess' to her.

As for Haneul , he is looking at the couple rings.. is he going to propose to his 'sister' one day.. Now that we are at episode 10 and there are 8 more episodes to go.. hopefully, we can get to see more developments and not being draggy to reveal the truth for Haneul .

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The chemistry is solely from Ji Sung side because right now only his character is the only one that has fallen in love as GR is oblivious to his feelings and sees him only as a mentor.

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I really love this show. It's sweet, touching and lingers softly at the heart strings, much like Bubblegum. Ha-neul seems to be the centre of the show, more so than Seok-Ho, and I hope Ha-Neul gets the happy ending with Geu-Rin he so desperately wants and deserves.

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1 )Gaurin has not dated anyone and has been taking care if HaNeul for few years with mutiple part time job. So understadably, she is clueleas about SukHo and HaNeul's feeling. When on phone with HN, she stated that SH was there for work and SH overheard so he decided to not stay. SH is drawn to her innocence.
2) CEO Lee was upset with SH for winning Lawsuit against KTOP and leaving with Jackson. Now he knows about HN's Hyung, he is more determined then ever to stop the band. When JYJ left SM, there was TOTAL ban for all sides, hence Yoochen and JaeJoong decided to act in dramas. Kpop is a cutthroat world.

I love this show - yea the editing could be better, yea the writing could be tighter - but all in all, I find that I am Entertained. Ha ha Pun intended!

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I love it too! I really hope it gets better ratings. JiSung's acting is flawles, really. I hope to see more of his and Hyeri's romance.

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Seok-ho tells Ha-neul to draw the line professionally while simultaneously thinking about having a relationship with the SAME woman.

Jinu lets Ha-neul take the blame for a crime he knows he didn't commit because he's not willing to give up his lifestyle. Ha-neul still helps him.

Seok-ho disappears for a year. He manipulates Kyle into using his "friendship" to do a concert. He keeps information that he knows could exonerate Ha-neul. Ha-neul hugs him and says he understands. Kyle says he's on his side.

Seok-ho causes a man to commit suicide. CEO Lee "murders" Ha-neul's brother. Joo-han sets up Jinu for a sexual assault just to keep him at KTOP, tries to manipulate a young woman desperate to be an idol and threatens her little brother.

Ji-young lies to fulfill her dream and refuses to come clean because she doesn't want to give up the lifestyle she's gained. Ha-neul wants to destroy her.

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I tuned in to this kdrama because of Ji Sung and Kang Min-hyuk, but I stopped at episode 6. The whole (impending) romance between Hyeri and Jisung make me feel icky.
It's due to the fact that their real ages are 21 and 39, and Hyeri looks even younger than her real age and gives impression like she is a high school girl since she is supposed to be naive and innocent in this drama, while Jisung looks very mature... I couldn't help thinking that there's a pedophile-y vibe going on every time Jisung eyes linger on her.
I may have different impression if let's say Hyeri is in her late 20s, and Jisung in his early or late 40s

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Lucky Romance drama will start on next week.. i will drop this drama if next week if they still not showing a proper love line..

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The romance potential romance btwn SH and GR is just stupid. Seriously stupid. She's a good person, but, a homely tomboy who happens to be very spunky.

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I love the regular version of their song. Have been listening to it on repeat everyday.

But I reeeeeelly love the trot version. So cute

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I think Kang Min Hyuk is doing a brilliant job in this show!! He brings across all the emotions so well and I can really connect with his character. I didn't realise he was from CN Blue until I read the Wiki on this drama, and he is a drummer! Will we get to see sum mad drums skillz? ?

I'm sorry but I'm also not buying the Seok Ho and Geu Run romance.

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Okay. I was watching the love lines between Seokho and Geurin while imagining my favorite actress in mind.

Other than that, I love it. Seokho x Ddanddaran boys is my ultimate bromance ship atm. They are just cute mismatch family.

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Wait I'm confused. Is geu rin and ha-neul a biological siblings or what?
If so, why does ha-neul like her?
Help me I don't get it!

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