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Entertainer: Episode 12

There are some real game-changing moments in this episode, and it looks like the tables are about to be turned in a good way. It just goes to show that honesty and loyalty do pay off, and that the good guys can win if they just don’t give up. But it’s not always easy, and sometimes you have to go through some pain before you can start healing, as at least one of our boys is about to learn.

 

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Over ice cream, Seok-ho asks Geu-rin how she and Ha-neul came to be family. She tells him how their fathers were best friends, so when her parents died, Ha-neul’s father asked her to be his daughter.

Seok-ho asks who was her green umbrella when she was having a hard time as the head of the house after Ha-neul’s parents passed. Geu-rin says a good cry always makes her feel better, and Seok-ho offers to be there for her the next time she needs to cry.

Seok-ho walks her back to the band’s house and she gives him the umbrella for his walk home. They say their goodbyes and split up, and Geu-rin runs into Ha-neul outside the house.

He looks terrible, and Geu-rin instantly knows something is wrong. She fusses at him for being out in the rain, but the way he’s looking at her stops her. In the saddest voice I’ve ever heard, Ha-neul says, “I don’t have an umbrella.” Awww, puppy.

Geu-rin moons a little over Seok-ho’s promise to be there for her, but Ha-neul is fussed at again for going walking in the rain, this time by Kyle. Kyle is excited that their band might really get famous now, and is already casting himself as the lead in manga-based dramas, HA. Ha-neul puts on his happy face, but secretly he’s still fixated on seeing Geu-rin with Seok-ho.

Reporter Ma, the one who was scooped on Ha-neul’s story, gets wind of the rumor that “Luna” from Twinkle, Ji-young, is the one who framed Ha-neul. And how interesting, that that incident coincides with Jackson’s contract renewal with KTOP when they were supposed to follow Seok-ho to Mango. He asks Joo-han is Ji-young and KTOP were in on the “assault” together, and Joo-han utterly fails to innocent.

But Reporter Ma is a smart man, and he notes how Joo-han was so very helpful with details before when it was Ha-neul who was supposedly guilty, but now he’s strangely reluctant to talk. Meanwhile CEO Lee is stuck with having to compensate Jinu’s former sponsors, though he’s glad to hear that since Ji-young’s involvement is just rumor, there are no problems with hers, yet.

At least Ddanddara Band is gaining publicity from this, and Seok-ho plans to promote the boys hard while the public eye is on them. Geu-rin is put in charge of radio appearances while Seok-ho handles television, and Min-joo is left alone in the Mango office.

A girl comes in — it’s the sad girl who came to the fan meeting, and she looks nervous as she asks Min-joo if this is Ddanddara Band’s agency.

Yeon-soo catches Ha-neul looking at the couple rings he bought, and asks if they’re for Geu-rin. He gently says that she probably still sees herself as his family and manager, and a sudden confession could upset her. He advises Ha-neul to take it slow, take her on a date, and even offers to help him find a romantic spot.

Ha-neul asks Yeon-soo to keep this a secret, but Kyle bursts in all Secret? What secret? Ha-neul pretends he was talking about how nice Kyle is lately and that he didn’t want to embarrass him, and Kyle insists he’s always been this nice. And then he’s mowed down by Yeon-soo when he hears Min-joo’s voice at the door, HAHA.

But Yeon-soo’s excitement is short-lived when he sees the letter she’s brought for him from Chan-hee’s mother. They all sit around making faces at the letter, afraid to open it, speculating about what it could say.

Ji-young is furious about the new article speculating that she’s the girl in the video, and she gets in Joo-han’s face, accusing him of planning to betray her like he did Jinu. Joo-han tells her that he couldn’t stop the reporter, so Ji-young threatens that she won’t go down quietly like Jinu did.

She reminds him of the key chain, and shows him a new video, the one her brother recorded. This one shows the rest of what happened that night, when Ha-neul came in to “save” Ji-young and Joo-han had knocked him out. Joo-han can be clearly heard threatening to tell people that she set this up to get Jinu in trouble and blackmail KTOP.

He’d put the board he used to hit Ha-neul into her hands after wiping his fingerprints off, then stood there while she called the cops and reported being assaulted. It’s all there on the recording, and Joo-han is terrified of what Ji-young might do with it.

Seok-ho literally drags Man-shik into the KTOP building, and walks right into the middle of a Twinkle rehearsal. He shows Ji-young some interesting photos — the ones of her leading an obviously inebriated Jinu to a car while Joo-han watches in the background.

Ji-young snatches the pictures, but it’s too late, her group members have already seen them. Seok-ho sends the other girls out and tells Ji-young that what happened to Jinu will happen to her soon. CEO Lee will be coming after her, and since she doesn’t have the money Jinu had to pay off his sponsors, KTOP will probably sue her.

Ji-young says again that she won’t go down like Jinu, but this time she sounds a lot less confident. Seok-ho asks about her video and she’s horrified that he knows about it, and she screams, “Why are you doing this to me?!”

Seok-ho makes it clear that she’ll have no hope of recovery — she seduced a top star, framed her friend, and blackmailed KTOP. Nobody will be on her side. The only thing she can do is save herself from being sued… how could she use that video to save herself?

He tells her to give him the video, since she has no hope of fighting KTOP alone. He gives her until midnight the next night, and if he doesn’t hear from her, he’ll post those pictures on the internet.

Joo-han gets word that Seok-ho is in the building and confronts him on his way out, but Seok-ho just calmly asks him how long he planned to keep those pictures to himself. He warns Joo-han that it’s only a matter of time before CEO Lee abandons him, too.

Seok-ho goes back to the rehearsal room to find the boys still staring at Yeon-soo’s letter, and Jae-hoon summarizes the situation for him. Poor Yeon-soo is a bundle of nerves, dying of curiosity but too scared to actually open the letter.

Seok-ho is also curious, so he snatches the letter and opens it, ha. Yeon-soo finally reads it and sees that she wants to see Chan-hee. The boys all debate whether it’s a good idea or not, and I love how paternal they all feel about the little guy.

Yeon-soo’s confusion is written all over his face, and Kyle says he’s so easy to read, just like how he likes Min-joo. Whoops. But he says that Yeon-soo should let Chan-hee’s mom see him, and Ha-neul tries to shut him up while Seok-ho gets a laugh out of hearing his real name, Bang-geul, for the first time.

Yeon-soo asks Seok-ho privately what he should do, even though Seok-ho mentions that he’s never really dated much. Yeon-soo says that Chan-hee’s mother’s name is Ga-eun, and they met right after high school. When they found out Ga-eun was pregnant, they moved in together, and planned to get married after the baby was born.

He says that he’s not afraid to meet with her, and Seok-ho asks if he’s afraid he’ll want her to stay. Yeon-soo freezes up, and Seok-ho promises him that even if they get back together, it won’t affect the band. But even if it doesn’t work out, he thinks Yeon-soo should go see her.

Seok-ho says that he envies Yeon-soo because he knows what love is, and asks him to describe it. Yeon-soo says that you smile when you think of her, and miss her when you’re not with her.

Ha-neul sees his opening to take Geu-rin out, and he fibs that he’s got a bit of a headache and indigestion. She offers to go somewhere relaxing, but since he’s recognizable now they can’t go out in public, so he asks her to go stargazing with him.

He gets frustrated when she’s ready to go outside right now, snapping that they have to go away, somewhere nice, sheesh! Come on kid, you already know she’s more than a little bit dim, give her a break.

CEO Lee is all sweetness and light with Jinu, offering to pay his sponsors off and send him abroad on a nice vacation. But Jinu isn’t here to chat — he asks about the video of that night, and how someone from KTOP could have known it was going to happen ahead of time and record it.

He makes a not-so veiled threat that he plans to figure out who it was and why they did it, making it clear that he won’t rest until the truth is discovered.

Seok-ho goes for a walk to clear his head, and without thinking he makes his way to the band’s house. Remembering Yeon-soo’s words that love is missing someone, Seok-ho laughs at himself, and turns to go, but he’s busted when Geu-rin sees him as she’s taking out the trash.

He tries to play it cool and asks why she didn’t come to the office today, but he’s stymied when she says she spent the whole day visiting radio stations. She’s exhausted, but she adds that seeing him makes her feel better, and she asks him if he wants to go on a walk.

Their banter while walking is light and cute, and Geu-rin gets all giggly when she mentions wanting to dye her hair, and Seok-ho says she’s pretty. Seok-ho gets a little serious and suggests that no matter what else they’re doing, they should see each other once a day. Geu-rin agrees, and Seok-ho’s happy face is adorable.

Joo-han tells CEO Lee that Seok-ho has pictures of Ji-young and Jinu from the night of the assault, and that he’s also in the pictures. Lee takes that in stride, but the news that Ji-young has her own video stops him cold.

But he’s not too worried, since Seok-ho doesn’t have that video, and as for the pictures they can say that Ji-young and Jinu were dating. Joo-han is on the verge of panicking, but Lee just says he’ll talk to Ji-young himself.

Seok-ho gets a tiny bit jealous when Geu-rin asks to borrow the car to take Ha-neul stargazing, and she barks at him teasingly that it’s his fault for losing his license so he can’t do it himself. She says that when he gets it back, he can take her to see flowers to make it up to her.

When Ji-young sees CEO Lee, he plays on her fears by claiming that Seok-ho’s and Jinu’s problems stem directly from not trusting him, and trying to go out on their own. He offers to protect her, but Ji-young doesn’t seem convinced that he can.

HAHA, Kyle and Jae-hoon tag along on the stargazing excursion, which sends Ha-neul into an adorable snarly mood. At least he makes the effort to cheer up for Geu-rin. Sort of.

Yeon-soo and Chan-hee have other plans — they’re seeing Chan-hee’s mother today. When Ga-eun arrives, Chan-hee seems to sense that something is up and goes shy, but they tell him that she’s just “Daddy’s friend” and send him to play while they talk.

Ga-eun appears to have mixed feelings about Yeon-soo continuing to pursue his musical dreams — I have the feeling this is an old sticking point. But she compliments him on raising Chan-hee well.

Yeon-soo suddenly asks why she left, and we learn that she went to get formula and never came back. He’s not angry, he just needs to know why. Ga-eun admits that her mother used to pressure her, and say she’d live in a tiny basement all of her life, and with a shaking voice Yeon-soo guesses that he was too poor to have the right to love her.

Ga-eun says that when she went to the store that day, her mother was there. She’d caved when her mother told her to come with her, and she ran away. Yeon-soo tells her that it’s not her fault, that he was too poor and incompetent to take care of her.

Ga-eun feels a crushing guilt, but Yeon-soo tells her that Chan-hee is fine, and that he’s finally realizing his dream. He offers to let her come see Chan-hee any time, but she can’t do that… she’s getting married. Oh, you can just see Yeon-soo’s heart break in that moment.

But he congratulates her bravely, and when Chan-hee gets hungry, they all go to eat together. Ga-eun’s hand twitches with her longing to hold Chan-hee’s hand like Yeon-soo does, but in the end, she keeps her distance. While they eat, Ga-eun rinses the spices off rice cakes for Chan-hee, and he notices that she acts a lot like the doting mother at the next table.

After eating, Yeon-soo tells Ga-eun to forget them, and go be happy. She says she’ll always be his fan, and asks if she can buy Chan-hee a gift. Yeon-soo draws a line, and says that it’s better to leave things here. She caresses Chan-hee’s sleeping face just once and goes, crying softly, “I’m sorry, Chan-hee. I’m sorry, Yeon-soo.”

Yeon-soo watches her go, and starts to walk home. On his back, Chan-hee rouses, and says in a sleepy, sad voice, “Mommy left. Daddy, is Mommy not coming back?” Oh dammit, that’s breaking my heart. Chan-hee bursts into tears and says that he knows she was his mom, and Yeon-soo can only hold him while he sobs.

They’re right outside the Mango office, and Min-joo hears Chan-hee crying and comes running like a mama bear. Yeon-soo is sobbing too, and tries to apologize for her seeing this, but Min-joo just holds Chan-hee, trying her best to comfort him. The sound of Chan-hee’s cries are tearing Yeon-soo apart, and Min-joo reaches out to comfort him, too.

Min-joo drives them home and says that she regrets giving Yeon-soo the letter, but he tells her that he actually feels better now that he has answers. But when he tells her that it was his fault Ga-eun left, Min-joo admonishes him not to say that anymore, never to blame himself or think he’s not good enough.

She lists his good qualities — handsome, good-hearted, responsible, talented, plus that amazing smile — and she forbids him to speak badly about himself anymore. She says for him to move on from his old love and prepare for a new one.

Seok-ho is still in the office waiting for Ji-young’s call when Mr. Byun comes in, whining that there’s nobody around (meaning, none of the pretty ladies are around). As they wait, Mr. Byun asks if Seok-ho is prepared for the storm that will rage when that video is released, specifically CEO Lee.

Seok-ho just says that he only knows how to run full speed ahead, and wonders who will win in a head-to-head, himself or CEO Lee. Mr. Byun regrets running away when he did, but he doesn’t go into detail, and offers to wait up with Seok-ho.

Ji-young also sits up late, trying to decide who to throw her hat in with, CEO Lee or Seok-ho. Just minutes before midnight, Seok-ho gets a text, and it’s a video file. He downloads it, triumphant, looking ready to go slay dragons.

As it turns out, CEO Lee has made a fatal mistake when he spoke to Ji-young — he’d told her that he would get rid of Joo-han, blaming him entirely for this mess. But by showing her that he’s willing to betray Jinu, then Joo-han, Ji-young understood that she could very well be next, and decided to side with Seok-ho.

Seok-ho wastes no time and goes straight to the police with the video. Before he turns it in, he calls CEO Lee, and says ominously, “Where do you think I am?”

Once at the observatory, Ha-neul takes some time to work up his nerve, watching Geu-rin having fun with Kyle and Jae-hoon. Eventually he finds Geu-rin on a balcony enjoying the night air, and take out the couple rings he bought, determined to confess tonight.

He goes to her and reveals the rings, and she asks innocently who they’re for. Ha-neul puts the smaller ring on her finger, and tells her, “Geu-rin, I like you a lot. Let’s date.” He gives her a big smile, while Geu-rin looks stunned.

COMMENTS

I don’t think this is going to go well for our Ha-neul, however much we want it to. He really didn’t seem to understand Yeon-soo’s advice… springing “Let’s date” on a girl who’s only ever thought of you as a little brother, when she’s given you exactly zero indication that she sees you in any other way, is bound to backfire badly. Especially since she’s showing clear signs of feeling something for Seok-ho (though she may not know yet herself what that is, exactly), I just can’t see this going anywhere good.

Not gonna lie, Yeon-soo and Chan-hee had me crying real tears in this episode. Yeon-soo was so brave taking the chance of letting Ga-eun see Chan-hee, and while it was a good and generous thing for him to let her go, it backfired when Chan-hee figured out who she was. The poor little guy is so smart and sweet, it would have been better, I think, if he’d stayed innocent. Seeing the two of them, father and son, grieving what they’ll never have, was just heartrending. But like Min-joo said, now Yeon-soo can truly let go of the past and move forward, and he can find love again if he wants it.

I can’t say I’m thrilled that the main love triangle is starting to take center stage, because I really think that this show’s strength is its lovable ensemble, but I guess this episode made it clear that we’re getting a love triangle, like it or not. I’ll stop whining about it soon, I promise. I just don’t think this show needs a lot of stereotypical drama love stuff, but I guess I’m just still holding onto a wish for the show to be just about the music and the band. But it’s time to stop wishing, and accept what is, and that’s a freaking love triangle. Fine.

At least it’s a cute one, and like I said before, Geu-rin seems to be maturing a little lately (if not getting any smarter about men), so I feel better about her being entangled in a romance than I did say, three weeks ago. She seems to be turning into a pretty decent match for Seok-ho, not so much because she’s having any character growth, but because the show is taking pains to show what a good match they are already. And they do seem to complement one another well, personality-wise. Seok-ho needs someone who can be an emotional anchor, to hold him down when he’s ready to fly off all emotional, and Geu-rin as his “green umbrella” is good at doing that. She knows what it’s like to hold a family together, and she’s a very mothering type who doesn’t mind pulling him back when he starts to go astray on himself.

And she in turn could stand to not be the one in charge all the time, and be able to relax and let someone else carry the emotional weight sometimes. Seok-ho is a fantastic caretaker — even when he was known for being a total shark of a manager, he still always protected and took care of his artists. I think he could easily be that for Geu-rin too, which would be a relief for her. My only real issue at this point with their potential relationship is the unbalanced employer/employee part of their relationship, and I do hope the show actually addresses that. An employer dating his employee could be problematic, especially in the scandal-happy music business, and goodness knows Ddanddara Band doesn’t need any fresh scandals!

I’m mostly interested in the conflict between Seok-ho and CEO Lee, and the clearing of Ha-neul’s and Jinu’s names (Yeah, I never thought I’d be more invested in business scandals than a love story, either), so I’m thrilled that it appears to be Game On. I genuinely never expected Ji-young to end up siding with Seok-ho, and though I have no illusions that she’s doing it for any reason other than self-preservation — because let’s be honest, she’s a self-interested little brat and that’s not going to change any time soon — it’s an interesting twist, and I look forward to seeing it play out. At this point I wouldn’t even be surprised if Joo-han went over to the good guys, and I would love to see CEO Lee find himself alone, facing a veritable army of people he’s betrayed. I love that the theme of the whole show, family and loyalty and trust, is being played out in so many way and on so many levels, and watching it unfold and take down the big guys is going to be sooo satisfying.

 
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To be honest, I really don't ship Geurin with anyone; mostly because I feel she's still maturing and growing as an individual, and she doesn't really present herself to have a connection with either of the male leads.
I guess Hyeri's character kind of let me down due to high hopes from Reply 1988; she's a lot more neutral and monotonous here. But I'm so pumped for the next episode when she just loses it at Luna's mum!!! Fighting Geurin~

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And also, my heart really broke for Yeon-soo and Chan-hee....aigoo, rooting for them all the way!!

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Just curious: Was it ever established in the drama how old Geu-rin is?

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Holy crap, Yeon Soo! This show can be hit and miss, but the Yeon Soo and Chan Hee scenes were pretty much perfect.

I love that they didn't make the mom evil. I love that they genuinely scripted that she's moved on. I loved the pretty subtle and genuine way a child would understand he was being treated specially and be able to guess why.

But what broke my heart most of all was that when Chan Hee started crying, you could see Yeon Soo pushing all of his own emotions down again because in that moment he had to be the strength for his son. And then to see how when Min Joo comes to take a little of the burden he actually lets go - only for about 30 seconds, but genuine anguish and mindlessness - you realize that for years Yeon Soo has been having to bottle things up and soldier through.

Because he was a single parent with no family, he's been having to shoulder that entire burden alone and make sure Chan Hee never feels like his dad is weakening, and it's clear from the way Chan Hee acts that he's done an incredible job. Min Joo might have given him room for his first real moment of selfishness in years.

That the actor was able to transmit all of that in such brief scenes is a huge credit to him, and congrats to the writer and director for getting it just right. I was not expecting a moment that deep in this drama.

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100% agreed!

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Yes a thousand times yes. Thats what I was thinking. Usually when it comes to crying scenes I'm a rock (I know I'm heartless :-( ) but this scene I cried because like you can see him struggling to take every single hit that Chan Hee's mom gives him. Like you're too poor to love me *blow one*. I loved you but my mother made me realize that you and our life together was not good enough *blow two*. I don't wanna see our kid again because I have a new life and you and him don't fit into it just like you didn't fit into it all those years ago *blow three to five* and then Chan Hee figured it out and you could literally see him die inside but he still tried to smile. As soon as min joo showed up I was like hmmm idk if she needs to be in the scene but finally seeing him break because he had her to take on the responsibility of being the support system broke me down. She was strong so he finally didn't have to smile and that broke me more than a great deal of things can. Bravo to the actors of that scene especially Chan Hee and Yeon Soo

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Even though Yeon Soo is taking each blow personally, I did appreciate that the mom wasn't pressing that point - and in fact she basically admits she's just a weak person. Too weak to stand up to her mom, too weak to face Yeon Soo, too weak to check in on Chan Hee once in five years, and STILL too weak to break from this road her parents enforced that apparently includes college and marriage but can discard a son entirely.

She's pitiable, but it only reinforces that Yeon Soo has the sort of strength that would be wasted on someone like her, because she'll never be able to back him up the way his family needs. And as a father, he seems to recognize that her erratic presence is not going to be the best thing for Chan Hee.

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I absolutely agree! The scene starting from the playground tip the father-son duo broke down in front of the office just broke my heart.

Brilliant acting !

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+ a million

I loved that scene. Pretty much any scene with Yeon Soo in this episode was perfect, but that one was just heartbreaking. It's so incredibly selfish of her to see her child, when she's already made the decision not to keep seeing him. How could she not think of how potentially damaging that would be for the kid? Now she's walked out on him and his dad not only once, but twice. He could end up hating himself or his dad, blaming either or both for her leaving.

And poor Yeon Soo, thinking his kid would finally have a mom in his life and maybe even having a dream of them becoming a real family and then she just walks off once more. I'm so happy with the YS-MJ loveline, it feels so natural and the thought of the two boys getting a happy end is so satisfying. Yeon Soo, fighting!

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Personally, scenes where the character (and actor) is trying his/her best not to cry/break down are the most moving. It is a feat for an actor as new as Lee Tae-sun to be able to convey Yeon-soo's emotions. This is his first project ever and he's already breaking hearts. I hope to see more of him in the coming months.

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How dare you make the smiley Yeon-soo cry a river!!! Poor Chan-hee. I knew he caught on the fact that she's his mom. *sighs*

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My heart n all bones in my body feel like being broken into pieces when chan hee was crying for his mum. So sad. Still can get it over with.

Move ha neul be a pop star people dont date their sister ( adopted or not) i shipped for seok ho n geu rin

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OMG Yeeeeess! The Chan Hee - Yeon Soo seen was a tearjerker. I literally cried TT___TT I'm not really fan of the "drama" parts of a show but the scene with Yeon Soo's situation was really really really something I loved. :) Especially the restaurant scene? I was touched at how Chan Hee's mom was being doting on him. Aaaack, I kind of wanted Chan Hee's mom to accept Yeon Soo's offer that he can still see Chan Hee. :( Oh well, maybe somethings are not meant to be. Anywayyyyy, I ask again... Is this drama trying to sell a Min Joo - Yeon Soo pair? :O :O :O

Ji-young is no doubt a self-interested brat. Even though she sent the video, and sided with Seok Ho, I'm pretty sure she only did it for her own interest (to protect her name) and not the same case with Jinu. Ugh, I wish she will still get her punishment. Don't make her miss her punishment just because she sent the video :/ For goodness sake, that girl framed her friend, threatened KTOP, involved her little brother, and used Jinu for her career (MY CHINGU - JINU-OPPA FANS, WHERE YOU AT??? XD) Geu Rin, please convince Ha Neul to make Ji young get what she deserves. (The tables have turned for Ji Young's family)

Aaaaand aaack!! NO NO NO HA NEUL. YOUR MOVE IN THE LAST SCENE WAS A BIG NO NO NO NO!!! It was a careless move. Ha Neul, you don't just give couple rings to someone who's treated you like a little brother for years??!!!

And anyone loved the scene where Kyle and Jae Hoon was playing around? Aaaack!! This two!! SUCH A BEAGLE <3 I love it when Kyle and Jae Joon are on the same page XD XD And also when Seok Ho learned that Kyle's name is Bang Geul (sorry, Bang Geul still gets me everytime HAHAHA) LOL

Anyway, Bang Geul~ Entertainer, hwaiting!~

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Here! ;) And I loved Seok-ho's reaction to Kyle's Bang-geul too!! I really hope they make that an inside joke somehow, it's too good.

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Chan-hee's mom had no right to do that. She was just being selfish. If she wasn't planning on ever coming again, she shouldn't have shown up. This may sound harsh, but if you can walk out on your child like that just because you're afraid of being poor, you don't deserve the chance to see them, let alone walk out on them a second time. And Min-joo really is like a mama bear. I ship her with Yeon-soo and Chan-hee. They would be the cutest family.

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It seemed like Yeon Soo interpreted her leaving as some sort of money thing, but the way she viewed it sounded a lot more like she just buckled under to her parents. She got pregnant and disrupted their plans for her, but she still had the baby and moved in with her boyfriend, which must have entailed at least some courage. But she wasn't strong enough to withstand her mom's pressure and eventually just gave herself up entirely to let her parents manage her life.

I think she's a weak person, but that money might not have been a huge factor. Her mom browbeating her every day broke her. Can you imagine a grandmother who spends months pressuring a mother to abandon her child? Terrifying.

The money thing is Yeon Soo having no answers and just gravitating to the thing he feels most guilty about, I'd guess.

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@Miranda
Chan-hee's mom herself said that her mother was continually saying that she would spend the rest of her life struggling and living in a basement. In other words, she was telling her daughter she would spend her life being poor. If Chan-hee's mother truly wanted to make her family work, she wouldn't have cared if she had to live in a basement or a tent, she would have stayed and taken care of her child. My parents were poor and faced harsh opposition as well, but they stayed together, stuck it out and raised 3 children in a loving home. When you bring a child into this world, you have a responsibility toward them. You put that child's needs ahead of your own. Chan-hee's mom didn't take her responsibility seriously. If I sound intense, it's because I was nearly put in Chan-hee's position, but my mom didn't give up on her children, neither did my dad, and to this day I am so grateful to them for being so strong.

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I'm not saying Chan Hee's mom did the RIGHT thing, not by any stretch - I'm just saying that I think reason she left is more due to relentless psychological pressure from her own mother, not because Yeon Soo didn't make enough money and they lived in a basement (which is what he seems to think, based on how he talks about it).

Chan Hee's mom took the easy way out, which is also the coward's way out. You have to think that Yeon Soo went looking for her initially (because she just vanished), and likely knew where her family lived, which implies that it's very possible her family full-on uprooted and hid her from him. She went along with that. She's weak, and through her passiveness she damaged Yeon Soo and Chan Hee far more than she would have if she'd made an honest and clean break.

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I agree 1000%. She should have stayed away. Her showing up did no good other than to scar little Chan Hee for life. While Yeon Soo is an amazing dad, can you imagine the emotional burden that beautiful little boy will feel because his Mom left him? And I LOVED Min Joo in this episode. Someone really needed to tell Yeon Soon it is NOT OK to talk about himself like that. Chan Here's mom leaving was not his fault.

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Agreed. I can understand why Chan hee's mom, in a moment of weakness, went home with her mom and abandoned her baby. I can't understand why she stayed gone for five years, but was selfish enough to see them "one last time" to give herself closure, not caring about the effect on her child. That was truly selfish to the core. It's like ripping off the band aid of an already healing wound, only to make it bleed all over again. Small wonder it hurt so much!

I can understand not wanting to rekindle anything with Yeon soo again, that ship had sailed for her. But to turn one's back on one's own child is truly cold. Regardless of how much tears she shed along the way. So I conclude that she doesn't deserve Yeon soo (who is a true gentleman) and Chan hee, and they are better off without her.

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I second that. As a mother, I find her behaviour horrendous. She had the "right" to go on with college and another marriage, because she thought that her life would have been destroyed by this unwanted pregnancy, but she never stopped to think of the man whom she left behind with a child to take care of, and of the child itself. As a mother, I am appalled.
And her wanting to meet the child only to say that she cannot even meet it anymore, because probably her future husband wouldn't accept her. This was even more appalling. I've seen fathers do this after a divorce. Promising to visit and then doing it every blue moon. In one instance, the guy said, after every outing "see you next weekend" and then calling after two or three months or more. It was very distressing for the kids. In those cases, when you're not prepared to take responsibility for the relationship, better disappear completely.

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Totally agree that we don't need a love story much less a love triangle. This show sparkles the most when the band is together. The moments between the boys are my favorite. I like how Ha-neul is naturally gravitating towards Yeon-soo. They both are similar, "heavy" personalities, so it makes sense. When I say heavy I mean it as a compliment. As opposed to more flighty Kyle (or shall I say Bang-geul... Tee-hee). And precisely thats also why Ha-neul and Kyle are so adorable together because they bring balance to the dynamic.

I am having a little bit of a hard time with Hyeri as Geu-rin the mature Noona. I see that she takes care of everyone, but I wish Hyri looked just a tad bit older or was able to portray a little bit of an older vibe. She does have very good chemistry with Minhyuk and I do like their interactions. But I wish poor ha-neul wasn't on a KTX train to heartbreak city. (And can someone do something about those those extra long sleeved dress shirts? It makes it seem like she is play acting an adult by wearing her mom's clothes).

BTW in what world is the capable and gorgeous Min-joo second fiddle to Geu-rin? Thankfully this shown doesn't have her pining for Seok-ho so I shouldn't compare. But if I was Seok-ho she would be my green umbrella.

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I think the chemistry isn't there with Hyeri and Ji Sung couple with the mediocre at best acting ability of Hyeri. She tries hard but you can spot that. I really don't care about the love line right now. The band is the heart of the show and for me, I'll ignore the burgeoning romance and focus on that. And it doesn't help when the romance is placed in an episode that has Chan Hee and Yeon Seo's heart breaking into millions of pieces and the the difference that nuanced acting can make you feel is apparent. As for, Ha-Neul, where did that come from bro, wrong move?? Given, how clueless Geurin is, wrong move.
I agree about Min-Joo with you totally. Chae Jung-An is playing second fiddle was always something that didn't sit well with me. Casting directors in the future need to stop going with the trend and utilize the right actors instead of focusing on this idol trend. Its not working for them smoothly like they want anyway. Sure, it worked for Marriage Contract and currently works for Gong Shim but here it is an epic fail.

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Given how her idol career is practically dead and how she's been acting for so long and so consistently, I'd rather consider Uee as an actress and thinking of Marriage Contract as without an idol-actor.

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I agree with you Peeps. To my mind UEE is an actress first. I hardly ever remember that she's an idol.

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Technically true about Uee, but thing is I came to watch Marriage Contract after the disaster that was High Society so for me her shift in acting was so prominent that I mentioned her idol status or past idol status. But I think you guys are right, she is legit actor now and I hope she keeps it up.
As for, Hyeri, she needs more experience and needs to work on her acting, she isn't selling her character to me here.

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So nice to see agreement with how I feel about Uee after Marriage Contract. That show was absolutely STUNNING. I still can't get over it. Uee had better get one of the major acting awards - and not just part of a couple - because she blew me away more than any other k-drama actress I can think of. Poor Hyeri. She really tries and she was great in Reply 1988 but I don't think she's really an actress. This is the second role in which she's essentially playing herself, as you can see when you watch interviews or videos with her. She's a sweet, goofy girl - not the chameleon you need to be to be a good actress. I applaud her efforts here but.....

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"on a KTX train to heartbreak city" - Hilarious expression yet sad situation... Hyeri's acting is actually actively turning me off with Ji Sung so I really don't buy their "feelings" and "connection" (Ji Sung is awesome at it, but he is alone). At least with Haneul the relationship feels more natural and I could see it transforming into romantic feelings, but apparently the story isn't taking us there. :(
And I confess that I totally skip the baddies' story (boring and a half)- gimme more bromance Show !

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+1 on Min Joo being moved from 2nd lead to main squeeze for Seok Ho.

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I would be on this ship too, but Min joo hasn't displayed any romantic feelings for Seok ho, their vibe is more professional friendship that is like siblings.

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I am so solidly on the Min Joo + Yeon Soo ride that I no longer care about Seok Ho (in no small part due to the fact that Ji Sung could romance absolutely anyone on the show and I would buy it).

But Min Joo is already putting Chan Hee high on her list of priorities, and Yeon Soo is obviously falling for her. So I'm all for leaving the Seok Ho entanglement as siblingish.

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Okay...I may be in the minority but I ship Ha Neul with Geu Rin. Who's with me?

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Their relationship feels more organic than Geu rin with Seok ho and less like they are acting to fulfill the script. But to be honest, I don’t see Hyeri having romantic chemistry with anyone. Her vibe is all friendly and smiles, but little or no romantic tension. Min hyuk has more chemistry with the actress that plays Luna (who is doing a bang up job as an antagonist) than he does with Hyeri.

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I gave up with romance in Entertainer tbh.

Haneul did a pretty stupid move if you ask me with these rings, like, chill out, boy, she thinks of you as her brother, maybe you should confess first and then give her rings? It seems so out-of-order to me. Also, I don't see Geurin not brother-zoning him now, like I've had a tiniest bit of hope that she might like him back till this week, but right now I think it'll stay that way - him pining over her and her treating him like a sibling.

I don't really know what will happen after the cliffhanger from ep 12, neither could I imagine it tbh, cause preview of ep 13 literally shows nothing about it, only more Seokho - Geurin (which is still cringy and awkward af to me, I can't look straight at my screen whenever they have a romantic scene together).

I find the awkward position that Minhyuk and Hyeri's characters are in this drama regretful tho, their really strong romantic chemistry went to drain with writers setting their roles that way. Well, here's hoping they get to act in another drama with each other some time again.

Yunsoo became one of my favourites (if not THE FAVOURITE) this week, his storyline is the most touching and eye-bawling if you ask me. The scene when he and Chanhee cry and Minjoo holds them both really struck a right chord with me, can't believe 'Entertainer' is his actor's debut.

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How about we move on to one or two years later where our tantara band being famous, geurin has a love line with other artist manager or just random ordinary man, seokho look nervous while waiting for his blind date girl, haneul enjoying love from his tons of fans so he can complitely forgetting his crush, minjoo could be a mother figure to chanhee, while yeonsoo still admiring her. Well, i mean i'm okay with no real couple in the end of this story.

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Although am not watching this drama for the romance, the "however busy we are, let's talk at least once a day" line get me all gooey inside. It's so sweet in that it implies, yes, I can take today and whatever crap it brings coz I can share it with you *melts*
Am really watching this show for the bromance tho, the way the boys bonded and be there for each other just brings warmth to my weekends. Hope they will shed a bit more on Bang Geul's backstory next, what's his issue with parent abandonment and adoption. He's loud and brash, but he sure can keep secret when he wants to (being a driver and his real name). Am finding him as the most interesting out of all the boys, somehow have more depth, more complete as a character. Or maybe i just dig the endearing actor who plays him, hehe.

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I have gotten to the point that I could careless about Ha Neul's little crush. Am I heartless for wanting him to confess so he can get his heart broken?! I really think he needs to get over that. He has tossed aside all reason to confess to a girl without even trying to go slow. So I just need it to be done now. Confess and let's get your heart broken. Write some awesome songs and move on! I don't want a love triangle. That would be so stupid. Let's just leave this little Ha Neul crush here. And if the show is insistent on giving us a love line with Seok Ho and Geu-rin, I can accept that. A bit reluctantly but more so than this love triangle mess.

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Couldn't agree more. To be honest I actually think (or at least hope), judging by the rapid sequence of revelations in the past few episodes, that they might just let it be with her saying "never gonna happen" and him being heartbroken for a bit. Fingers crossed!

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I gotta be honest... I think Ji Sung could have chemistry with a rock and it would be interesting. I was watching him during the 'love scenes' and it occurred to me that while I don't necessarily understand or believe in Seok Ho and Geu-rin as a couple, I totally buy into Ji Sung's acting as a man falling in love. So I started thinking... if most of this drama is just him walking around trying to figure out his feelings and looking a little smitten, I can accept that he is in love with someone. It doesn't matter who. He could look lovelorn at a lamp post and I'd be okay with that. Which, to my way of thinking, is a testament to this actor's ability. In conclusion, I'm just going to focus on Ji Sung and his feelings and kind of hand-wave the rest.

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Ji Sung really is amazing. There are some actors out there who, when you're in a scene with them, it's like the artifice dissolves and they completely become the character, and then it's actually harder to NOT respond to them genuinely and in-character. They're rare (and I was not one of them), but I could certainly tell when I acted opposite one of them.

I think Hyeri's improvement is in no small part due to Ji Sung's calibre of acting drawing out natural responses from her, and getting over some of her "I'm ACTING!" stagey novice impulses.

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What I find SO interesting about Ji Sung in this drama is it's like watching Leonardo diCaprio suddenly appearing in scenes in a ho-hum sitcom. Not to denigrate the ensemble in Entertainer (especially now Yeon-Soo after that superb scene) but there's just something about Ji Sung that puts him in a different category than the others. There's sort of a light around him and a graceful way he has of moving and speaking and looking that makes him shine above the others. Don't get me wrong - I'm not a Ji Sung freak fan - just admire his ability. I was in drama plays with Meryl Streep way back when we were both students at Vassar College (oops - gave my age away) and it was the same thing. She had/has an aura - just like all great actors do. There's Just SOMETHING. Ji Sung definitely has it in spades.

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Ha, I acted with a future Broadway actress in school too (not Meryl, obviously, but well-known) and I know exactly what aura you're talking about. You just kind of go "oh. Ohhhhh. OH. So THAT'S what pure talent is." Ji Sung is layering his performance in a way this drama totally hasn't earned, but bless him for putting in the effort and making us continue to tune in.

One thing that shows that charisma magic: I love that Seok Ho's now hugged two guys who are at about a foot taller than him, and in each case it's seemed totally natural that they would not only rely on him, but that he could step out in front of them and protect them. He's projecting a capability that's at direct odds with his physical presence and it's working.

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Yes! Even though he was kind of rude and selfish in the beginning, he's become of the guy you want on your team, watching your back. I'm just the viewer and it's making me a little jealous of Ha Neul and Jin Woo that they have someone as dedicated to them as Seok Ho.

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Woah! Well, not exactly "woah", but something along the lines of being interested? impressed? satisfied with what's going on on screen?
Entertainer hasn't been that entertaining for a while (if ever) for me, but I've kept with it, because every once in a while there's an ep that I really, really enjoy. Like this one. I laughed (hard) and cried and it was all good. Of course, having a little boy's heart broken isn't exactly a fair play. How am I supposed to not cry, you evil show? Thanks, LollyPip for the recap!

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I'm all excited about finding a real life version of Chan Hee lol! This trainee kid from FNC who's in their new survival show, d.o.b. (over on v-live, pretty good actually, with a new angle of it being a dance team vs a band), looks sooooo much like he could be Yeon Soo's son and his name is even Chan Hee! I was so surprised lol!

The previous episode was just perfection for me, all the secrets being spilled and all the revelations, gaahhhh.... Love it. I'm really excited to see where the show will take us now, except for the fact that the Hyeri-love triangle seems to be taking over slowly but surely, especially going by this episode. It wasn't as good as the episode before, but I loved the Yeon Soo moments. My heart = a gazillion little pieces. Oh how I love them for going all out on the single dad subplot.

About last episode - am I the only one who's 99.9999999% sure that Kyle is adopted? I was 90% sure after his reaction to Ha Neul talking about Hyeri being adopted and then when he reacted that way to Yeon Soo revealing to the public that he's a single dad, it just become almost impossible not to be true. It makes so much sense that he would react that way; seeing his friend not only taking care of his kid all alone despite the many hardships, but also not being ashamed of it and proudly showing the world "This is my kid and he's not a mistake". I just loved that. Can't wait to hear more about Kyle's background.

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Kyle's either adopted or was raised in an orphanage. The bond with his Julliard friend, his general defensiveness, the overall comments about adoption and Chan Hee - whatever's going on with him, his birth parents gave him up.

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I think it's most likely that he was adopted by a US couple, but I could be wrong of course. Especially seeing as dramaland follows it's own logic. But my reasoning is this:
Wouldn't it be pretty hard for a guy raised in an orphanage to a) find the money/opportunity to go to the States (couldn't have been a US orphanage, since how would he then have learned perfect Korean?), b) get the guitar education needed to get into Julliard (and the English lessons) and c) get the money for an expensive US college?

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Julliard actually has scholarships that account for international students, and the acceptance criteria is heavily based on audition/performance (multiple rounds) that doesn't have a prerequisite. A classmate of mine applied to Julliard and we all kind of thought it was impossible, because others in the applicant pool were semi-professional or had had extensive experience in the field, and my friend was just a high school junior with no professional credits who was crazy-talented.

But my friend got in, and I'm pretty sure qualified for a significant aid package. So if Kyle really is a bit of a prodigy, there is every chance that he could've blown straight through the auditions on talent alone.

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They have international scholarships too? Cool! Did not know that. Then it could make sense, of course. I was under the impression that US colleges only give scholarships to national citizens. This news makes me want to consider a change in my field of study lol.

I was aware that acceptance is mostly audition based, no prerequisites needed. That's how most (if not all) art schools work. I wasn't talking about getting expensive guitar lessons or anything like that, but more any kind of lessons in general. Of course if you're really talented you can teach yourself on a cheap, second-hand guitar and still become great enough to get into Julliard, so point taken ;)

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Im invested in the whole business scheme, saving poor Jinu and how CEO Lee/Joo han/Jiyoung would go down but If the show its going to have a love line, let it be MinJoo+YeonSoo...! Im preparing to not cry a lot for heartbroken Haneul --Min hyuk's crying breaks my heart- but Im not interested in Geu Rins' decision. Idk if its GR or Hyeri that makes me like that but im done with it! Shes not convincing at all... But with Minjoo, you can see she cares for both and her apparent worry is understandable cuz it must be a tough decision to be someone's mother figure. After all that Yeonsoo's been through, all the tough times he had to face with a smile in order to endure for his son, it could be great he can have someone like MinJoo by his side who's dependable, caring and strong. In this episode we can tell she sees all the good things in our YeonSoo so thats a start!

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Welp. If nothing else, the show has effectively ended me pulling for Ha-neul to get the girl. It was a little heavy handed with the issue being spelled out for us by Yeon-soo and then him doing that, but even still... *sigh* it does make him look like he's not the right guy for her.

I'm still not liking Ji-young's portrayal as some sort of mastermind and Jinu as complete victim. He's finally stepping up, but he's been given the victim treatment for awhile now. A regular kid from Busan (not the big city, right?) getting into cahoots with a major label... She couldn't cook that up on her own. And having her brother record was actually just smart. Why trust a company that's already setting up one of it's own artists?

I'm also curious if they've left the door open for no romance by having Seok-ho lie to Geu-rin about knowing it was Jinu. Cause it really would be okay to not have a romantic coupling. Seriously, it would be just fine to focus on the family-friendship relationship.

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LollyPip on Ji-young: "I have no illusions that she’s doing it for any reason other than self-preservation — because let’s be honest, she’s a self-interested little brat and that’s not going to change any time soon — "

Just yes. She gets not an inch from me. Go after your dreams, sure--that's what everyone in the drama is doing--but girl, your rights end at the length of your arm. You do NOT get to pull Jinu and Ha-neul into your mess to be a star. Jinu and Ha-neul I can see teaming up and becoming grudging friends--or at least bonding through Seok-ho hyung--but the three of them together in a room? I don't think they'd all leave unscathed.

I'm worried for HN and his confession (I might like GR-SH, but I LOVE them all)--but I agree with everyone else: Yeon-soo and Chan-hee stole the show this episode. I cheered when he told Ga-eun not to buy Chan-hee a present--in my book it's not okay to leave, admit upon return that you're not planning to be a part of your son's life, and then ask to give a gift to him like you still really care. Just no.

Thanks, LollyPip!

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Oh! I forgot one thing--we all forgot one thing, this episode... what's gonna happen with Mr. Byun and Ha-neul's older brother? His brother died and Mr. Byun was involved. I'm suddenly worried.

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I really do not understand the aversion towards Geu Rin and the romantic side with Seok Ho. Just because she is not aware of her feeling yet, or just to focused on being a good manager for the band, it does not really mean that she is not able to fall passionately in love with him. I kind of like it this way, seeing him falling first. And not every love must be like a lightning or with great chemistry, I like the fact that he loves her because of the just "feel good" feeling he has when being with her, the peace and joy she gives him just by being around. I think that a love born out of these steady and pure feelings can become as mind blowing as any other. It doesn't matter the age difference (and I do not find them at all that much different) or anything else, just the way one makes the other feel, the way they complement each other. I think Geu Rin is great for Seok Ho, although everybody says that she is not convincing...But neither Seok Ho shows his feelings towards her as well. The fact that we see it makes us think that he indeed has chemistry with anyone. And up to now, he really treated her like an employee. How could she realize that there is more? Besides this episode, we never saw what preoccupies Geu Rin's mind, what makes her feel good, except being loyal to her only family she has left, we never got to know her real feelings. Little time was invested in her personal emotions. So I would not blame Hyeri for it. She is doing very well in the time given to her. I hope tough they will show us more of her inner feelings. This will probably balance the so many feelings we see in Seok Ho. Because too much light was given to the band and Seok Ho, the heroine was kind of left out and that is why few people see the romantic side poorly.

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip!

The best thing about this show would be the emotionally-charged moments and they always manage to do this by focusing on each character's background story or personal experience. This ep. was no different and the Yeonsoo-Chanhee scenes really broke my heart. Lil' Chanhee is so smart and immediately made the inference that this lady is his mommy. It probably would've been best if she hadn't come seen them one last time in order to have closure for herself for this chapter of her life. So, I agree with those of you who pointed out that she was selfish and callous--how can you do this to these poor boys twice?! For Yeonsoo and Chanhee's sake, I hope Minjoo can be that person they can lean on. Yeonsoo no longer has to face everything alone and keep a strong front for Chanhee's sake.

I think Haneul definitely didn't digest Yeonsoo's advice to go slowly and the couple rings move was a big no-no. First of all, you don't buy couple rings until you really are a couple. Second, your noona doesn't even consider you anything more than family/dongsaeng, so did you just not care about that and decided to go for it? Her love for you is vast, but it's not the romantic kind you'd hope for. And finally, you already had an inkling that she might be attracted to Seokho instead. So, shouldn't you give her some time and space, and at least do some more observing first? Anyway, you're in for a heartbreak. Hope you'll be OK, puppy.

I did like the Kyle-Jaehoon scenes a lot. Love the cute bromance. ^^ And it's funny how all the members' secrets can never be kept and the slips just happen everywhere. XD

As for Seokho and Geurin, I like their energy together. She's his green umbrella and it's time that she also has someone to look out for her. She's had it tough growing up and I think circumstances have forced her to mature quicker than others her age. She's good at taking care of people and she's really grown in her manager role. It'd be nice to see these two together and not feel like they have to shoulder everything individually. I think it was good that Seokho asked Geurin more about her background story in order to under her better and be more aware of what she had gone through. Just like how Geurin discovered his drawing and added the green umbrella. She came to understand how stressful he must be and wanted to be that source of comfort. So, I was touched by Seokho's words that he would be by her side if she needs a good cry, and that they will see each other once daily.

Jiyoung is not dumb, so she's just looking for whoever/whatever would help her escape punishment. So satisfied to see her send the video to Seokho instead of trusting in CEO Lee.

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actually, it's not there is no chemistry between jisung and hyeri , it's completely the opposite ,the teasing laughing scenes are so natural and cute . the problem is hyeri made no depth for her character that can make us see her falling in love . i can't see her loving haneul or seokho ,the only thing i appreciate is the high brother sister intimacy nothing more . i think everyone played his role well and portrayed his character to suit the new events in the storyline except hyeri ,she still plays the childish noona , even the sad crying scenes i didn't believe her as much as i did with haneul ,

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I'm curious to what's gonna happen in ep13, how will Geu-rin react to the confession of han eul , I just hope the confession of Han eul will not make his relationship with Gue-rin awkward. I just love the bond that Seok ho have with Han eul and Jihu, I just love the way he protect those boys like a big brother and I love the way they looked upto him

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I wonder if idol actresses struggle not just because of a lack of talent, but because of the craziness of their fans/netizens. K-drama fans seem to exhibit a greater amount of fictional bias, and to a greater degree than other genres (save for the comic book sect.) Look like you're too good at the wrong thing and you might find your schedule cleared to give you ample time to "reflect" on your behavior.

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Yeon-soo ya!! I just couldn't hold back my tears and I was in my office surrounded by my colleagues, they might think I've gone crazy or going through some depression! I wanted him to break down, he's always smiling, always happy, how hurt must've he been to cry like that. I agree with you guys, he wanted to be strong for Chan-hee because he's all chan-hee's got and the moment Min-joo showed up, he might've felt he's not alone and people care so he let it all out! The way Chan-hee figured out about his mother just broke my heart! everything about Yeon-soo/Chan-hee was just so heartbreaking this episode!

I'm not gonna talk about the "love triangle" but what does Ha-neul think, she'll say yes, okay let's date?! She's never seen him more than a younger brother, he should've taken Yeon-soo's advice!

Thanks for the recap

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loving the romance in this drama.. i had to say it
maybe it's because of ji sung.. but my heart was fluttering so much this episode, they are so sweet and cute together... and ji sung looks so good making love that i'm dying. and he is such and amazing actor.. he always surprises me
i admit this is not the best drama ever... but it's a sweet and lovely drama, i'm loving almost all characters and IT IS JI SUNG, that's enough for me

thank you so much for the recap

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First Drama were I have No Ships to Sail and that's saying something considering that Ji-Sung can exude Chemistry even with his own reflection. *Sight*

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to be honest i started watching this drama only because of ji sung and kang min hyuk , but the true lovely friendship of dandara team made me like the show even more , and as u mentioned that scene of poor chan hee crying was the first one to make me burst into tears in this show... i really hope the ratings improve in the next episodes , the cast are really doing a great job portraying their characters

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Geurin and Seokho just hard to swallow. Min Joo with Yeon soo that I'm totally into it and that's what keep me going in this drama.

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