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Entertainer: Episode 18 (Final)

It’s time to say goodbye to Seok-ho and his Ddanddara boys, which is a lot harder than I ever expected it to be. Entertainer has been such a fun little show, with characters I’ll miss, and I’ll remember Hyung and his story most fondly. It’s been a sweet journey, with lots of laughs and tears, and a few lovely life-lessons along the way to remind us that no matter how hard life gets, if you lean on your friends, you can realize your dreams.

 

 
EPISODE 18 RECAP

Now that he’s noticed Ha-neul’s feelings for Geu-rin, Seok-ho can’t stop watching the two to see if Geu-rin returns those feelings. Mr. Byun checks his phone and sees that Jinu is at the top of the search engines, for an article he posted online confessing his part in the theft of a song.

He admits that he didn’t know until after the song was released, but that he accepts all due blame. He apologizes to his fans, and announces that he’s returning the song to its rightful owner and leaving to study abroad.

Seok-ho calls Jinu to yell at him, since he told him it was all taken care of. He’s horrified to learn that Jinu is on his way to England right now, but Jinu seems happy for the first time in years. Seok-ho tells Jinu to keep in touch and let him know if he needs anything, and Jinu’s voice goes thick as he thanks Seok-ho for everything, and says that he’ll miss him.

And miraculously, there’s a huge crowd of fans waiting for Jinu at the airport, chanting for him to come back soon. He’s deeply moved and bows low to them, and leaves with his head held high and a smile on his face.

Ha-neul takes Geu-rin for a walk, and finally confesses his feelings for her. But he tells her like it’s no big deal, and says that he’s glad that her first love is as good as his was and that he’s giving up. She tries to deny that she likes Seok-ho, but Ha-neul ain’t buying it. They look awfully cozy when they get back to the house, which Seok-ho interprets as Geu-rin returning Ha-neul’s feelings.

CEO Lee is notified that not one single artist from KTOP is on the list of nominees for the Asia Awards this year. Not only that, but he learns that his artists are prepared to leave KTOP unless a new CEO is appointed.

The CEO of Wild Company offers to buy KTOP, which would at least let CEO Lee recoup some of his money to support his family. Lee goes back to his office, realizing that he has no other choice, but it takes great effort to tip over his nameplate and leave the building in shame.

The offers are rolling in for the Ddanddara boys, and Kyle even gets the chance to appear on popular variety show “Running Man.” Seok-ho finds himself standing in the rain next to a little girl who looks longingly at his frilly green umbrella, and though it goes against his every instinct, he gives it to the girl. Awww.

So he shows up at a television station soaking wet and cranky, where the boys are competing on a music show for the fourth week in a row. They win again, and get to perform a new song, which is upbeat and fun. Life is looking pretty good for the band these days.

There’s an intense stare-off between Mr. Byun and Min-joo, who argue over whether to change Mango Entertainment’s name (Min-joo wins, and the name stays). They also disagree over which of them is the rightful CEO, since they’ve each funded one of Ddanddara’s albums, but this time they agree to be co-CEOs. It’s also time to bring on more employees, and Min-joo has already hired someone — her old boss from Ocean Music, HAHA.

Ha-neul gets an offer to be in a drama, and he’s confident that he can pull off a character who has an unrequited love. Good boy, that’s how you make lemonade out of lemons.

Seok-ho is furious when his new minion (who he yoinked from KTOP, where he was his old minion), who is now the band’s manager, accidentally lets Kyle slip out to a dance club with Man-shik. When Seok-ho busts them, Man-shik slinks away and Kyle tries to act like nothing is wrong, but Seok-ho takes off his jacket to kill him. “Words don’t work on you, do they?”

After a sound beating, Seok-ho takes Kyle to his family’s restaurant to talk to him about his constant clubbing, and Kyle protests that he’s just lonely. Seok-ho tells him to go be an idol if he likes dancing so much, and Kyle reluctantly agrees (though not until after throwing down plenty of sass) to stop going out every night.

Geu-rin seems lonely too, as she watches her classmates at school make friends and go out to do fun things, but as a returning student she’s a bit of an outcast. She ends up at the library and gets caught up in reading “Daddy Long Legs.”

Seok-ho stays at the office late, reading Ha-neul’s drama script, so he’s still there when Geu-rin bursts in all excited. Seok-ho is grumpy at her since she apparently quit working for him while she’s going to school. She gives him the “Daddy Long Legs” book and tells him to read the last page, and whines that she’ll just go home and eat cereal for dinner, again, since Seok-ho is soooo busy.

Seok-ho picks up her hint but tells her to just go, and reminds her that she needs to find an apartment since the boys are moving to a new place, and she can’t go if she’s not their manager. Once she’s gone though, Seok-ho picks up the book and looks at the last page as Geu-rin requested.

She’s highlighted one line: The two finally belong to each other. In the margin, she wrote that they get married and live happily ever after… “Just saying.” Dude, that’s your cue, go get her! But he doesn’t, and just puts the book away in his desk and goes back to work.

He gets a call from Yeon-soo and goes to pick up Chan-hee from his parents’ restaurant where they were watching him, and Seok-ho’s mother says that it’s good that Yeon-soo is successful but that his son misses him.

Seok-ho’s parents half-jokingly order Seok-ho to get married and make them grandparents, and as he gently tucks the sleeping Chan-hee into the car and sighs, he actually seems to be thinking about it seriously.

Geu-rin treats the boys to smoothies, and they can tell she has something to say. She asks them to come to her school, but not for a gig — she wants her association with them to help make friends, ha. They hilariously give her a hard time about it (I dunno, did you ask our manager?”).

Seok-ho goes over the boys’ schedules, but he tells Yeon-soo that it’s time he took a break to be with Chan-hee. Being there for your fans is important, but if you don’t have balance in your every day life, it won’t last. He thinks they should all slow down and work on their third album slowly. He also says that Jae-hoon won’t be with them for the third album.

Jae-hoon explains that he wants to focus on studying, since he promised his mother he’d keep his grades up and he hasn’t been able to keep that promise. Soon, they’ll be getting a new drummer.As a last bit of business, Seok-ho tells them that they’re been nominated for an award at the Asia Awards. That’s cause for celebration, and they give Seok-ho all the credit.

Seok-ho meets with the PD of Ha-neul’s drama, and mentions that a movie he’s working on is having a hard time finding a lead actress because it’s a pretty harsh script. He thinks the lead female role of the movie should go to someone the country already hates, who has nothing left to lose, and makes a brilliant suggestion: Lee Ji-young.

Ji-young is currently back home with her parents, and their lives seem to be simple and happy again. Seok-ho calls her father to ask after Ji-young, and tells him about the movie offer. Her father agrees to talk to her, and discuss things with the director.

Ji-young takes the offer seriously, nervous to put herself back in the national spotlight again. But she asks if her father will stand by her if she does this, and he tells her that wherever she goes, he’ll always be by her side. “Don’t be afraid, and do whatever you want.”

Ha-neul fulfills Geu-rin’s request and shows up at her school, and he’s struck speechless when he sees a pretty coed walking towards him (cameo by Park Eun-bin). He stops her to ask where Geu-rin’s department is, and adorably stiffens up when she leans in close to point the way. HA, once he gets in the car, he realizes he didn’t hear a word of her directions.

And then he’s surprised by a knock on the window — she’s back! She nervously asks for a ride to the building next door, and Ha-neul grins like a fool as he agrees. Then he has to admit he can’t remember her directions, hee.

He drops the girl off (oh, he is so smitten) and makes a stir at Geu-rin’s building when all of her classmates recognize him. Geu-rin goes overboard with her shrill HA-NEUL-AH!!!, and he laughs at her when she says she wishes she had a megaphone right now. Suddenly all her classmates want to be her friend — mission accomplished.

Geu-rin wants to see a movie, but Ha-neul says they’re meeting their new drummer today. Kyle prepares to intimidate the new guy right off the bat, and he tries one last time to wheedle Jae-hoon into staying, but it doesn’t work.

The boys are all shocked to see their new drummer — it’s the pretty coed! Kyle suddenly changes his tune and welcomes her, and Ha-neul smiles when she finally sees him there. Her name is Soo-yeon, and she blows them away when she shows off her drum skills. Ha-neul actually has to wipe the happy grin off his face, hee.

When she’s done, she thanks Ha-neul for the ride earlier right in front of everyone, and he asks if she knew who he was. She says that a hat and sunglasses can’t hide that handsome face, and heeey, girl’s obviously as smitten as he is.

Min-joo stays at the office late, and she cheers up when Yeon-soo arrives with Chan-hee. Yeon-soo says that he missed her at the welcome dinner for Soo-yeon, so he brought her coffee.

Yeon-soo allows that the new drummer is pretty, but he still thinks Min-joo is prettier. Min-joo says that he shouldn’t keep saying such things to girls, because it might start a scandal. Yeon-soo: “I wish!” Ha.

Min-joo can tell he likes someone, and chirpily asks him who it is. He says it’s someone she knows, but she wonders who it could be if not Geu-rin or Soo-yeon. Yeon-soo says that he already told her that love is a fastball, so he’s going to throw a fastball now… “I like you.”

He says that once you confess to someone, it’s no longer up to you, and he neatly puts the ball in Min-joo’s court. He still thinks he’s not worthy of her, being so much younger and a single father at that, but he couldn’t keep his feelings to himself anymore.

Min-joo brings up their age difference, but Yeon-soo doesn’t care about that. He’s not asking for a commitment from her, but he jokes that his youth is his strongest weapon, and he can wait for her. Min-joo promises to think it over, and Yeon-soo flirts that she shouldn’t wait too long.

Joo-han has opened his own ramyun restaurant, and he seems happy. He’s surprised and humbled when a giant flower arrangement is delivered on his opening day, from Seok-ho and Ddanddara Band.

Geu-rin and her new friends are caught by a sudden rainstorm without umbrellas, but just as she’s about to make a wet run for it, Seok-ho comes out of nowhere with her green umbrella. He offers her his arm, and as they go for a leisurely walk in the summer shower, he adorably denies that he read the end of “Daddy Long Legs.” Not that she believes him.

Everyone heads to the Asia Awards, with Soo-yeon chirping that Ha-neul looks the handsomest in his tuxedo. Man-shik grumbles at all the dating that’s going on within the agency, but Mr. Byun smiles that youth knows no hesitation. Min-joo adds that fastballs are nice, heh.

The boys arrive at the award venue, and step out of their van to a crowd of fans. Seok-ho sends them to walk the red carpet alone, but halfway to the steps, all four stop in silent agreement. They look to where Seok-ho is standing behind the cameras, and motion him to come over.

The refuse to move until he does, and Seok-ho humbly and gratefully steps out to join them. “You guys are idiots.” “We’re entertainers,” retorts Ha-neul. And all together, exactly as they should be, they walk confidently into their future.

COMMENTS

There are dramas that you want to shock and surprise you, to send you on a wild exciting ride, and then there are dramas that you’re perfectly happy seeing tied up with a nice neat ribbon and sent on its way with everyone happy. For me, Entertainer has always been the second type of drama, and I’m so happy to see everything set right and Seok-ho and his boys all getting their picture-perfect happily ever after. I appreciated that being famous wasn’t necessarily everyone’s dream, and that Seok-ho became a good leader who allowed the boys to captain their own fates.

It’s sweet that everyone got their own little wrap-up, and at least if everything ended very pat, the pat endings were interesting. Seok-ho and Geu-rin got their chance to be together (I never really opposed the pairing, and I thought it was handled well), Ha-neul got his girl who shared his love of music, Jae-hoon was able to make his own choice between music and his studies, Yeon-soo got his shot at the lady of his dreams, and Kyle got to be famous (he’s the only one who really wanted fame, ha). Even Joo-han got a restaurant, and Ji-young was given a chance to use her villainous reputation to earn a second chance. Yes, it was a little too perfect and fairy-tale-like, but as I said, sometimes it’s nice to end things perfectly. Not every drama has to be earth-shattering and ground-breaking — sometimes a sweet story with a cute ending is enough.

The best part of the drama was undoubtedly Hyung’s storyline, and I’m happy that the show gave it as much attention as it did. I found Sung-hyun captivating in his early, short appearances, and the show kept the details of his death a mystery for just long enough that when we learned the truth, it landed hard. It’s such a waste that he couldn’t wait for Seok-ho to come home, that he didn’t have enough courage and belief in his own talent to let his friend support and help him get his music back. But Sung-hyun’s death served to teach some important lessons to a lot of people, and in the end, he went out with class and grace, finally getting to sing onstage with his little brother. I don’t know about you guys, but that performance had me sobbing out loud — it was such a lovely tribute and sending-off of a beloved brother and friend.

While the show had its weaknesses early on (mostly in the editing department, which thankfully corrected itself well), and will never be remembered for being great, I still feel that it accomplished what it came to accomplish, and did it well. I do agree with many viewer’s assessment that Ji Sung’s incredible acting talent supported and elevated his costars, making them appreciably better as the show went on, but I have to give the cast credit for making their characters relatable and lovable in their own right.

Those of us who hung in there and gave the show a chance until the end were lucky to experience a sweet show about love, forgiveness, redemption, and perseverance. I know I’ll remember it as one of my most purely fun shows to recap, because I always knew that no matter what, each episode would make me laugh, and really think about what it means to be successful. Success doesn’t always mean fame or greatness — sometimes success is just doing your best with what you’re given, and I think Entertainer did just that.

 
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Thanks for recapping this to the end! Wasn't perfect, but those heart-breaking, tear-inducing moments really kept me coming back. I'm kinda gonna miss this 4-way bromance.

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A sweet ending to a sweet drama. It's been a fun ride! Thanks for the lovely recaps, Lollypip!

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I didn't end up watching, but I really enjoyed all your recaps. Thanks, LollyPip!

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Cute ending and wow, Ji Sung really know how to strut his stuff on the red carpet, like he was born to be there. He looked the most handsome and most confident out of all of them. Love him!

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That's one unexpected thing I came away from this drama thinking - that it would not be a bad thing in life to try to be like Seok Ho.

Not the original version, obviously, but the mettled version we see at the end who is a relentless force of soft power for good.

Thought the visual at the end of him just out of the spotlight shadowing them was perfect and parental, and then just as sweet when they pulled him onto the carpet with him. It even made sense in-universe, as Seok Ho's role in the band would've been widely covered in the media. Well, well done.

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Love the phrase "relentless force of soft power for good." :)

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Thx for recapping this until the end lollypip! Can you believe that I've never watch this drama beside the duet performance between hyung and ha neul *and yes I sobbed very hard when watching it*? It's really fun to read your recap, I laughed, smiled and cried when reading, it feels like I watch drama every week even though I don't.
This drama gives a warm feeling, it proves that a drama not only survived just because the lovey dovey romance. The relationship between the boys and seok ho and yoonseo with chan hee are my favorite. Chanhee sobbed so hard when his mom leaving him and hyung haneul performance are the saddest scene.

The ending? I'm so happy to see haneul smile when he meets the pretty coed! Finally finsing a new crush, and the other boys stories, I can't ask for more, I'm satisfied with the ending.

Now the recap journey is over, it's time for me to marathon-ing this drama, hehehe

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Same here! Thanks for the recaps. I can't wait to get started.

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Whoooop, thanks for recapping the whole show, LollyPip! Yup, it was pretty uneven and definitely not a "great" show, but it had some terrific moments, and the lovable characters were what kept me hooked week after week. The ending was a bit perfect, but I didn't mind at all. I was grinning like an idiot seeing people get their happy endings. (Min-joo and Yeon-soo! Daaaaaawwww!) I won't miss Entertainer, but I'm glad I stuck with it. I will pretty much watch whatever Ji Sung does. Now, onto Wanted next week...!

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My heart still mourns for what could have been...

But anyway, I do not leave angry or with any bad feelings. It was a pleasant ride... Not thrilling or exciting or hearstopping... but pleasant all the same. Hopefully, this is the beginning of lead roles for my Kang Min Hyuk ^^

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This finale was pleasant. Very pat for sure. Feels like fresh journeys for everyone.

I didn't much care for Lee Ji Young and Joo Han, but their 2nd chances were nice to see. It was touching to see Seok Ho reaching out to them. However, CEO Lee's leave/punishment wasn't satisfying... But at least he is no longer a CEO.

I'm glad the romance remained minimal and innocent between Geu Rin and Seok Ho.

The ending was sweet. I loved seeing Seok Ho and his boys walking down that red carpet together. :)

Thanks for your hard work, LollyPip!

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Thank you @lollypip

Our Ji sung Ssi wanted to do lighter role after KMHM and he succeeded. It was a fun ride with bittersweet moments, lots of bromance, not too heavy lovelines, perfectly packaged in musical background story. My only regret is Ji Sung did not sing. He has a decent voice and sung for Secret and KMHM.

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When they walked in the end and Ji Sung joined them. His strut and swagger was soooooo out of this world sexy!!!!!
Waiting for your next one ji sung - hopefully one worthy of your immense talent!!

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I think the ending was pretty satisfactory! I really could care less about Joo han and Ji Young but I will admit I got a bit teary when she asked her Dad will he be by her side? Maybe it's because I'm a Daddy's girl but that was sweet.

Ji Sung has seriously made a fan out of me! I need to watch more of him! He has such a captivating presence and I really enjoyed his acting.

Overall, Entertainer was a great show. I loved the bromance and while some things could have been better as a viewer I can say I really enjoyed it. I am going to miss my Entertainer boys!

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What a tragic show tbh...I felt let down the entire way, I'm glad it's over and hope Jisung picks a better project next time.

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Thanks for the recap. Indeed you are my favourite recapper(is there such word?haha) I skip n watch this drama but your recap made me feel as if I've watched it. Such a great performance from Ji sung( as always) he sure knows how to make people around him shines. I love every twinkles, tears and smiles he shows. Romance between seok ho n Geu rin was sweet too, not too much and leave the audience to create the ending and kisses ourselves.
Ddandara band feels soo real to me I can't move on. All of them are stars in own way. Hyung's song never fails to make me teared up. One word: LOVE

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Thanks for recapping the show LollyPip!
I agree that sometimes you just want something light and low key and not completely dramatic. This show was a nice break between OHYA and God of Noodles and Mirror.
It was really praiseworthy, I thought, that they managed to keep the bromance front and centre instead of letting the romance take over. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I thought they handled Geu Rin and Seok Ho's relationship very well in that it felt organic. They both knew there was something between them, but it wasn't the right time and there were more important things happening so they let it take a backseat until they were in the right space for each other. This is probably the first time I've ever seen a drama let a relationship just...breathe. I loved it.

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Thank you thank you Lollypip for the recaps! I have thoroughly enjoyed following the series through your recaps. Only saw li'l snippets based on your comments - still, can I just proclaim my love for Ji Sung!

How does he manage to be oh so charismatic and hot - and come across as a genuinely nice human being too?! OK, so the lines between the character and actor are blurring, but I'd love to think that he is as cool and nice a guy as he comes across in his dramas. I've only ever seen one of his dramas - KMHM - in entirety, but he's deffo one of my fav actors.

Good job Ddandara Band! And, thank you again Lollypip.

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I loved watching Ji Sung as Suk Ho! I am going to miss this drama, but I hope Ji sung comes back again soon!
I am happy that Geu run and Suk Ho ended up together, I shipped them.

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This was a very pleasant drama, maybe no breathtaking cliffhangers, but well-paced all the same, allowing the plot to unfold organically and the characters to mature and take responsibilty for their actions and decisions.
Those wanting more in the romance department would have been disappointed, but I loved the bromances and the consideration the males had towards each other, be it in terms of work or personal. All the characters had their individual charms, even the secondary charactes like Mr Byun or Min Joo. Suk Ho and Ha Neul shone the most, all credit to the acting chops of Ji Sung and Kang Min Hyuk.

I was not sure how well I could accept a May-December romance with such a wide age gap, but the show's ability to keep the relationship restrained and have it unfold naturally so that it could bloom at the right time when situations were less intense was a nice touch. Plus bringing up the Daddy Long Legs story towards the end also maybe gave it some legitimacy.

Thanks Lollypip for the great recaps. I can tell you also developed a fondness for these charming characters, who may exist only on TV land, but hey, that's escapism in the best sense of the word!

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That was a nice ending to a bumpy but overall enjoyable ride. I loved Seok Ho and the band and that the lovelines ended up minimal, but satisfactory. I liked that GR went back to school.

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Thank you for recapping, Lollypip! I almost dropped this drama in the middle but I'm happy I kept watching. It seemed to me that Ji Sung's performance (while excellent as always) was rather subdued as he stepped back to let the others shine, or maybe that's just my impression because I see him as being such a good Sunbae to them on the behind the scenes clips and the way he stepped back on the romance with Geu Rin when he noticed Haneul. I was pleasantly surprised that how well played the romancing was (Yun Soo, Yeo Min Joo), and how I'm going to miss those bromances! I'm going to miss the band! It truly was a happy ending.

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I forgot to mention Kang Min Hyuk! He made me cry with those sad eyes of his and now I'm going to miss seeing those chubby cheeks and that baby face! Great acting I was impressed! (I even started liking Geu Rin at the end.)

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I LOVED it all the way through and finally surrendered to the Geur-in/Seok Ho pairing - grateful they didn't have a kiss scene (which still would have felt so wrong to me) but was anybody else wishing that Jae-hoon's mother had been there on the sidelines of the red carpet crowd, finally showing support and approval for her son??? I kept looking for her right until the last second and so kinda missed the Ji Sung sexy strut. Thanks to the commenters who pointed it out. I replayed the last two minutes just to see it. Oh yeah, Baby! Love love me some Ji Sung!
Thanks LollyPip!

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Entertainers wasn't too bad. The series was simple and you didn't really have to completely pay attention when watching. I enjoyed it for the most part because of Ji Sung and Min Hyuk. Was it intentional that GR and Sh's romance was downplayed or was it because of the response to Hyeri and Ji Sung's chemistry? I just think it's sad that we didn't get more from Hyeri's character. I guess I was expecting too much since this was Hyeri's first project since AM88.

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there we go! glad i stuck through with the drama! ddandara is now the back up band for days when CN Blue needs a break haha

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I did drop this around the middle. But I've been reading the recaps and I may start watching it again. (When I have a "leedle" bit more time.) Thanks LollyPip.

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip!

I wasn't expecting some of the redemptive endings for Jiyoung or Joohan, but it was good to see that the writer went for an everything-worked-out-for-everybody type of ending to wrap things up. It's one of those sweet, heart-warming finales and it's OK to not be earth-shattering. I loved all the characters and they each had their own moment to shine. Ji Sung is amazing as always and I loved how he portrayed Seokho. Hyung and Hanuel's performance will be the most unforgettable duet on stage for many more dramas to come. I liked a lot of the OST songs for this series. ^^ Overall, I liked the character growth, their bond, and the hint at romances without doing too much. Thanks, Ddanddara Band!!

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I love this drama.it might not be a perfect drama that wow you but watching the drama made me felt good
Im glad the focus of drama is not romance but more to life lessons,how to get over tragedies,forgiveness and redemption as well as sneak peak of how entertainment industry work.the bromance is so awesome too
Entertainer is such a heartwarming,feel good drama

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Major disappointment for me after the fun promo w/ Ji Sung and Hyeri dancing in the convenience store.

Pretty much a paint by number K-drama w/ all the standard tropes - not helped by the not memorable writing/ dialogue - which turned into something worse - totally saccharine and trite writing.

While I expected Seok-ho to change over the course of the drama, he became so unlike his previous self that it wasn't believable (and the old arrogant and kinda a-holish SH was more interesting).

The whole "romance" btwn SH and Geu-rin was a lost cause (even tho the writer wisely didn't concentrate on it), but all the other romances seemed forced as well.

The emotional apex was supposed to be about the truth behind older brother's death, but that felt forced/artificial as well (older brother basically had to be dragged to K-Top by SH - seemed quite content in never being a singing star, but somehow needed to record his song for his Ha-neul and when that wasn't to be, decided that killing himself was the answer - which seems odd for someone who wasn't keen on joining the music industry in the 1st place and had a lot of concern for his younger brother).

That whole story-line as well as most of the others did little emotionally (just paint by numbers K-drama writing).

The one part where the emotions felt more true was when the brother of the songwriter that SH had crossed shouted at SH that his family didn't want to relive his brother's death and that there were numerous reasons why the songwriter had been pushed over the edge.

So all the baddies except for CEO Lee are reformed and didn't have to pay for their bad deed; irrespective of HN not wanting to press charges - Ji-young lied under oath and Joo-han committed physical assault aside from blackmail (and Ji-young's family is happily back together again).

As much as the SH and GR romance wasn't working, neither was the Min-joo and Yeon-soo angle.

And the kid was annoying w/ the repeated attempts at cuteness simply b/c he's a kid and nothing more (unlike say in "The Greatest Love" - where the kid "Ding Dong" actually had funny/cute lines).

The best part of "Entertainer" was when Man-shik and Min-joo were on the screen together or Min-joo and her father (who's glee in finally getting the upper hand was maybe the best part of the entire show).

A shame that Chae Jung-an has never really achieved lead status as an actress as she was the best part.

But the real deal killer was the whole replacement drummer being the girl that HN had met at campus - uggh. What insipid. trite writing and the whole replacement drummer angle was not only forced to begin with but the rest of the band wouldn't have had a hand in auditioning a new drummer?

Wouldn't put this among the worst K-dramas I've watched, but can't say got much of anything out of it.

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Didnt watch it, but from what I here on the recaps it was an ok drama. Even though they seemed to annouced it like it was a romantic comedy beetween Hyeri and Ji Sung the drama turned out to be the opposite I think. It was not GR and SH story it was SH, HN and the band story. GR was not THAT important like I was imagining it would be. HN and SH were the main caracthers.

Hyeri ans Ji Sung don't have any chemistry at all, its not about the age its about the lack of chemistry that me and others didnt buy that romance. Minah and Namgun Min are doing pretty well in Beautiful Gong Shim and the age gap is huge.

Sorry about the english guys. Too lazy to correct any mistakes. ?

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Do you know the name of the song that appears on 11 episode on fan meeting (at 27-29)?
It's also on 18 episode at the beginning.

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first of all i want to thank you so much for recapping this little lovely drama
second i must say how much i loved this drama and almost every character in it... from the boys to mr Byun and man shik, to ji nu and geu rin (cause yes she got better and i loved so much my OTP)
the ost was so good... i see you got me from ep 1 and hyung's song was the best of them all.. the brother's performance was pure perfection, i was sobbing every time i heard the song... and their last heat was good to, so catching
i save the best for the last... Ji Sung.. OMG you're such a good actor and you made SH so human and so real to me. i loved how you went from a heartless man to a good human being, you managed to make me cry since episode 1 even when you were bad, but in the end i was crying not only for your sufferings, but for your growth, and sweetness and care.. i just love you SH i'm happy to say i'm so proud of you!!!
on a shallow note, i loved you're style... so good looking, you shine among all those pretty and cute flower boys

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Thanks for the recaps, Lollypip! Your forgiveness for the show's flaws makes me like the finale episode more than I did. I really wish the show hadn't received that emergency two-episode extension. (Because of production problems on another show.) Not much happened in this final hour!

But it was still a nice low-key show. Sometimes the cuteness was relentless, but I appreciated a show that focused on the loss of a brother and a friend. The theme of turning your friends into a family is a standard theme in American stuff, but we don't see it much on Korean television. They did well to keep the romance toned down. It actually felt more real as a result.

Of course, the main reason I kept watching was Ji Sung. It was fun to see him strenuously trying not to steal scenes from the novices around him. Even if that makes "Entertainer" probably the most boring role I've seen him in. The guys around him shone, and even Hyeri came up with a new facial expression by the end. Can't wait to see Kang Min Hyuk and Gong Myeong (Kyle) again.

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What a feel good drama! I'm definitely gonna miss them all.

Also phew no kiss scenes. That would have been awkward to watch. Heh

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To me this drama is just way too ordinary. It was a kdrama tht easily forgettable..probably the most boring drama ever...i skips too many times.. I only like ji sung acting but the drama is meh..

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ljoe!!! ^^

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Thanks for the recap! Just finished watching this show, and I must say I don't understand where the bad reviews are coming from. I loved it from the first episode, and tbh, in terms of pacing, it's better than or at par with other kdramas I've watched. It's not romantic, so I understand the disappointment of people who were expecting a rom-com (So maybe it's a marketing problem? The show shouldn't have been marketed as such if it weren't going to be like that), but other than that I don't think there was anything to be disappointed with. I even came in thinking I'll be bothered by the Geu-rin x Suk-ho pairing, but I came out thinking the writers and the actors did a very excellent job of making it work. Even the ending where Geu-rin was complaining about not being able to get along with the younger students in school was like another hint that she doesn't really belong with kids.

Anyway, I'm an anime fan and I noticed that this show is very anime-like in terms of plot and characters; you usually get the 'follow your dreams despite obstacles' message in anime and many series are about underdog teams who rise to the top, just like the Entertainer Band. Maybe it's because I'm used to themes like that that I found nothing wrong with this series, but instead found it very enjoyable and even uplifting.

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Yess I totally agree with you! Especially about the anime part it gave me anime vibes, from the main friendship/following ur dream themes to subtle romance hinting.

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Anyone know the name of the song at the start of this episode???

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anyone know the song at the end of ep17 and opening of ep18? im searching everywhere for this song but still cant find it ??.

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Errr no thank you!!! Ddandara is a MEH, don't compare them to my AWESOME CN Blue!!! anddd minhyuk voice can't helpppp, just makes peoples fall asleep

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Thanks for recapping this little drama till the end. If it did not air in my local cable channel I would've missed another Ji Sung drama. I really hope to one day see KMHM till its end. Could not finish ep1 even 15mins of it.

Sweet little bow tie ending, for a drama that was certainly not grounded in reality. We know very well following K-pop and k-dramas how the netizens inKorea really treat a star after a FALLOUT and it certainly not like what this show presented. Nonetheless, I stuck around for ji sung and the Ddantara boys.

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Precious Ji Sung is in it, and no kisses? What a waste , his kisses are always the best.

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Just wondering what that new song they performed was called?

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