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1% of Anything: Episode 15

Our leads struggle to suppress their heartbreak as they try to get back into the swing of their lives without each other, which is much easier said than done. They pretend that their hearts are healing, but the people who love them are difficult to fool. The question is, can the two of them admit their feelings to each other before it’s too late? And even if they do, will they be able to overcome the obstacles that have stood between them all along?

 
EPISODE 15: “I Love You: The true feelings he revealed too late”

Jae-in sits and drinks with Lawyer Park at a bar, wishing he could get drunk. His friend assures him that things will get better with time, but Jae-in tells him that’s a lie — he doesn’t believe in things like that.

Later, Jae-in sits at home, looking at the pictures in his phone and reminiscing about all his moments with Da-hyun. Tears run down his face. “Nobody can make me forget her,” he says out loud. (Ahh, my heart!)

Da-hyun and Hyun-jin attend Ji-soo’s performance at the mall, cheering him on with placards. In another part of the mall, Jae-in follows his sister Soo-jung as she shops for clothes. He warns her that she has to go back to Canada if her audition doesn’t go well, and she pouts, asking why he can’t just support her. He pats her on the head and tells her that she did well, echoing Da-hyun’s words to him as Da-hyun ironically spots them just then from where she stands on a balcony.

Da-hyun watches in shock as the two head off, noticing Soo-jung clinging to Jae-in’s arm. Hyun-jin sees what she’s looking at and immediately starts cursing Jae-in again. She tells Da-hyun that she’ll set her up on as many dates as she wants, but Da-hyun declines, saying she’s not over all this yet.

In his car that night, Jae-in looks at his hand and remembers Da-hyun giving him her “Good job!” stamp. He remarks to himself that there’s nothing there now — not that he did anything to deserve it. In her apartment, Da-hyun looks at the stamp and says that if she had known it would be like this, she would have dated doing everything that others do so that she wouldn’t have any regrets. But then she shakes her head: “No. I shouldn’t have made any memories with him at all.”

Still in his hospital bed, Grandpa gets the report about the couple’s breakup from Employee Kang, who calls Jae-in scary. However, Grandpa approves of how Jae-in keeps his business and personal life separate.

Da-hyun gets through her days by volunteering at the orphanage, taking English classes, and by finally taking those driving lessons she’d been talking about (she’s terrible at it, haha). She spends her days smiling, but sighs when she’s alone. Jae-in, too, takes moments out of his busy workday to look at Da-hyun’s picture on his phone.

Employee Kang reminds Jae-in of his lunch date with a chaebol’s daughter, and asks if he really plans to marry right away. Jae-in says he’s the only Lee descendant, so his grandfather won’t stand for him to be single. Employee Kang tells him to consider his options carefully, but Jae-in says his hands are tied.

At lunch with the young woman, Jae-in calmly tells her they’ll both have to sign prenups as well as a contract to merge their two companies before they get married. She’s a bit offended that he’s speaking so bluntly about all this, and says that after all, marriage isn’t business. He counters that she should know by now that in their world, marriage is strictly business. He tells her it’s best that they stop here, since neither can fulfill the other’s expectations.

In the Lee household, Jae-in’s mother asks Employee Kang if her son went home last night, but he responds that Jae-in didn’t because he’s been pushing himself far too hard lately. Grandpa says not to worry, since the work won’t kill him. Jae-in’s mother hesitatingly asks her father-in-law if she did well, but he says that Jae-in and Da-hyun broke up because they only liked each other that much. It’s no one’s fault but their own, he adds, so she shouldn’t beat herself up too much. She seems unconvinced, and later watches Da-hyun from a distance as she sends her students home for the day.

At a restaurant, Hyun-jin and Sun-woo talk up a handsome Oriental medicine doctor they’re planning to introduce Da-hyun to, and she seems willing to meet him. Afterward, they go to Hyun-jin’s boutique, and she tells Da-hyun to buy something to commemorate her breakup; it’s on her. As her friend chooses clothes, Hyun-jin watches her sadly, and Sun-woo wonders why — doesn’t Da-hyun laugh and eat well now? Hyun-jin says that Da-hyun hates cream spaghetti (implying that she forced herself to eat it earlier).

True to Hyun-jin’s words, Da-hyun seems to have indigestion when she gets home. She starts to type Jae-in’s name into her phone, then stops. Her mom calls to say that she’s set her up with Dad’s hoobae, and Da-hyun agrees to meet him just as it starts to rain. She watches from her window with a sigh.

At home, Jae-in takes out a bottle of the alcohol Da-hyun drank and thinks of her drunken confession as he drinks and listens to the rain.

Da-hyun goes to her blind date, but she’s distracted the whole time and declines his offer for a ride afterward, citing her recent illness as an excuse for her inattention. As she walks out of the hotel, Jae-in arrives with his entourage, and they both stop short and stare at each other longingly.

Jae-in looks away first to speak with his female guest, so Da-hyun turns and walks away. He turns and looks at her departing back, but he has no choice but to follow his guest inside. By the time Da-hyun reaches her bus stop, she’s in tears.

Jae-in sits in his office and wonders if Da-hyun lost weight when she was sick. He picks up his phone and almost dials her number, but stops himself.

Oh, this should be good: Hyun-jin goes to SH Mall to confront Tae-ha. She introduces herself as Da-hyun’s best friend — that girl he kidnapped, in case he’s forgotten. He bristles and says he’s actually the one who saved her, but Hyun-jin moves on to her real business. She points out that the now broken-up couple were really good together, and suggests that she and Tae-ha help them out. He’s uninterested in getting involved and walks away, leaving her cursing after him. Now, she’s determined to find Da-hyun a new and better man.

On their way to a hotel café, Jae-in and Tae-ha stop when they see Da-hyun on another date. Jae-in watches them for a moment, and Tae-ha asks if they should move somewhere else. Jae-in agrees, saying that it’ll be uncomfortable for both of them if they stay.

Once they’re outside, Tae-ha stops, hesitantly addressing Jae-in as “Cousin.” “I told you to call me ‘Hyung,'” Jae-in interjects. Tae-ha grumbles that they’re only seven months apart but gives in anyway, adding that this is the first time he’s seen Jae-in be considerate of anyone. “I have a debt to repay to that woman,” Jae-in says.

Later, we find Tae-ha at Hyun-jin’s store as he lamely tells her he’s done all he could. Hyun-jin calls Jae-in a stubborn bastard, although Tae-ha says his hyung — ahem, his cousin — simply holds himself back too much. Hyun-jin reflects that apparently Jae-in just doesn’t love Da-hyun as much as she’d thought, but she supposes it’ll be easier for her friend to move on this way.

She thanks him, and Tae-ha simply tells her not to expose anything about contracts or kidnapping to the media, as Jae-in can be quite scary. (Ha, did she threaten him to get him to come here?) Hyun-jin tells him not to worry as she never intended to do anything of the sort, and he’s adorably offended at her deception. She slaps his chest playfully and says that she was just desperate, but he holds his hand to his heart, looking flustered.

Sitting at his desk at work, Jae-in detaches the keychain Da-hyun got him from his car key. He considers deleting a photo of her as he thinks of her on her date, but he’s unable to go through with it. He’s even distracted during his meeting and cuts it short, surprising his team.

Da-hyun’s date drops her off at home and asks her if he can contact her again. Holding onto the necklace Jae-in gave her, she hesitantly says yes. But when she goes up to her apartment, she finds Jae-in waiting for her. She walks silently to her door as he asks, “Do you like that man?” He asks if that’s why she agreed to meet him again, and she says it’s time for her to properly meet people now too, so she can get married—…

He suddenly pulls her in for a hug and tells her not to talk about other men. She pushes away from him, saying it’s none of his business, but he pulls her back and kisses her. “What—?” she says in consternation. “If you can bear it, Da-da, than so can I,” he says. She just stares at him.

Jae-in: “You’ll have to quit teaching. You’ll always have bodyguards, and reporters will bother you constantly. I won’t be able to be with you every day like other men. My mother is on my side, but she might be mean to you. But you can just ignore what everyone thinks. I might not be able to do anything for you. Are you okay with that?”

Da-hyun asks how she could possibly be okay with that, but Jae-in asks her to give in just this once, for him — in return, he promises to be good to her when they’re old. “Nothing has changed for us,” says Da-hyun. “Can we really start over?” He says it’s a relief if nothing has changed before he declares, “I want to marry you.” (Omo!)

But she says she doesn’t have the confidence to say yes and disappears inside. With her back against the door, she fingers her necklace again and calls him terrible for showing up just when she’s trying so hard to forget him. She slides to the floor and sobs.

The next day, he shows up at her school and drags her by the wrist to come with him. As they drive, they ask each other whether they’re seeing anyone else, and both say no. She doesn’t believe him though, and points out how she saw him happily shopping with another girl. He doesn’t realize what she means at first but then laughs, asking if she didn’t also see them going into a hotel room together. She sighs and tells him to pull over, but he finally tells her that it was just his younger sister.

Jae-in takes her hand and asks her for her answer as they walk along a pier, but he then backtracks and says her answer isn’t important — he’s going to marry her no matter what anyone says. She protests that they can’t get married just because the two of them want to. He knows, he says, and she adds that it’s not exactly a simple problem.

He asks he if she really wants him to marry another woman, and when she looks offended, he says he doesn’t want that either. “I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t okay at all,” he says. “I wasn’t okay either,” replies Da-hyun, her voice wobbly.

Jae-in says that she should stay by his side, then: “Other people break up because they don’t love each other. I don’t understand why we have to break up even though we love each other.” Da-hyun stares at him and asks what he means.

“I love you, Da-hyun,” he says. She starts to cry and smacks him as she replies, “You jerk! Why are you only telling me that now?” He holds her close as she sobs. She finally tells him that her job is important to her, and that he’d better get his family’s blessing. She’s okay with everything else he mentioned, but not those two things.

“Then… you’ll marry me?” Jae-in asks her. She nods. He asks if she’s sure, then hilariously adds that now that she’s said yes, she can’t take it back. She nods again, and they embrace tightly. “I love you too,” she says tearfully.

When he takes her home, he asks if he can spend the night, but she says no. He complains that they’re going to get married anyway, but she says they don’t know what might happen in the future. He gets all offended, asking if she’s not going to marry him after all, but she says they need to get their families’ blessings first.

He says he’ll take care of that and pulls her close, saying that he hasn’t slept a wink all this time. She tells him to go home and sleep then, but he says he needs to be near her so he can sleep, and slyly uses her finger to unlock the door. Inside, she calls out from the kitchen that he’ll be uncomfortable since he has nothing to change into, only to peek into the bedroom to find him completely passed out on her bed.

He wakes up when his phone rings, and when she goes to give it to him, he pulls her onto the bed, wrapping her in his arms. “It really is you,” he says with a smile. “I thought it was a dream this time, too.”

She touches his face and and says, “It’s not a dream.” He kisses her: “Yeah, it’s not a dream. What a relief.” She smiles at him, patting his back lovingly as he drifts off to sleep.

 
COMMENTS

It’s the home stretch for our couple, who spent the majority of this episode longing for each other and enduring a rough separation, which was definitely hard to watch. It was interesting to me how their coping mechanisms differed — for Jae-in, it was his stubborn refusal to forget his Da-da, although he was willing to do whatever his family and the business needed of him, even if that meant a marriage of convenience.

Da-hyun, on the other hand, tried to believe that he didn’t actually love her that much, and tried to convince herself that she was forgetting him and moving on even when it was obvious to us watching that she was very far from succeeding. A particularly telling sign of this was how she continued to wear Jae-in’s necklace after they broke up, even on her dates, and how she actually clutched it when she agreed to see her last date again. It was as though her body was protesting what her head had convinced her to do.

In the end, that date was the breaking point for Jae-in. Perhaps it was because he was able to endure the separation with the abstract reasoning that it was better for Da-hyun, but when faced with the reality of seeing her with another man and imagining her future with him, it was just too much. Even though he was pushier about his proposal than I would have ideally liked, I appreciated that he laid out exactly what she could expect as his wife, and that he asked her to marry him despite those things rather than make unrealistic promises he could never fulfill. To me, that shows that he doesn’t just love her — he respects her and believes in her. Jae-in’s honesty is one of the qualities I’ve liked in him from the start, even when he was being a jerk, and it’s one of the things their relationship needs if they are to successfully navigate the unique challenges they’re going to face as a couple.

I found Jae-in’s backhanded confession of love at the pier both sweet and funny. On the one hand, it was so obvious that he assumed she already knew he loved her, and on the other hand, it was obvious that it was the one thing Da-hyun was waiting to hear from him this whole time. It’s consistent with the difference in their communication styles all along, where he’s so matter-of-fact about his emotions hat one might blink and miss his declaration. Whereas for Da-hyun, it takes a lot of time and courage to make herself vulnerable enough to admit her feelings. But now that they’ve agreed to get married, we can only hope that their families will see that they’re made for each other and give their blessings right away.

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Thanks for the recaps! These got me watching the latter half of the show...and it was all very squeeeealy and fun :)

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Contract relationship aside, they are one of the most believable Kdrama couples I have seen so far.

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Thanks Laica. And completely agree with your analysis.

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As Jaein said "Other people break up because they don't love each other. So I don't know why we have to break up because we do."
Yes! Tell it to all noble idiocy drama couple out there. I just love how them solved their problems like adult. Talking and no unnecesary misunderstanding.
Ohh...how I love it when Dada touched Jaein's face, I don't know why but its just so romantic to me.
I loooovvveee this otp so much.

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As Jaein said “Other people break up because they don’t love each other. So I don’t know why we have to break up because we do.”

I love that line that Jae-In said to DaDa in this episode. Great quote and so true on why they would they break-up (indeed) when they loved and cared for each other (even though they took so long to admit that they do).

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Laica, thanks for the recap! This episode made me swoon and your recap makes me see it from another pov and I swoon all over again.

As much as I like our OTP get back together, I dread the finale so much for it means no more 1% couple in the coming weeks :((((

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kyaaaaaa!!!! Thanks Laica for your recap.

I can't stop squealing in the latter half of the show. Jae-hyun and DaDa are the best k-drama couple so far. Their relationship feel genuine and flows naturally. And that's the thing I lurved about this version.

Not gonna spoil about finale, but I feel like this episode can consider as finale.

And last picture....melts.....

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*correction: Jae-in

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I totally agree with jae in, 'time heals everything' is a lie. Its just, over time, you get used to the pain and don't mind carrying it around, it doesn't explicitly mean that you have got over it. Its only when you truly do things that helps you overcome your pain, will your wounds start to heal.

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Good point...to hell with all the noble idiocy. I always fastforward scenes with noble idiocy. This otp is da genuine article. Luv em mucho mucho!!!

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I watched the older version so I have a pretty good idea how the story will end but that didn't stop me from feeling so heartbroken for them in the first half of the episode.

Like you, Laica, I appreciate that JaeIn was honest with what Dada can expect marrying him - but again I feel like he is underestimating himself. He can be there for Dada and he can do a lot of things for her. I love how no-fuss their first I love yous was - so realistic and true to their character so far.

Them on the bed is another real-life looking scene. It seems that they're truly comfortable together. <3

Can't wait for ep 16 recap! Thank you DB for deciding to recap this little remake. :)

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Thanks Laica for the recap!

There was so much to love about this episode and this OTP.
-The necklace saves the day?! It was really sweet to see her fiddle with the necklace, showing us that there was still a place for Jae In in her heart. Also, I think the fact that Jae In sees DaDa wearing the necklace reinforces this sentiment and gives him that motivation to keep trying to make it work.

-While Tae Ha's discussion with Jae In about DaDa outside the hotel might have helped nudge Jae In a bit, I like the fact that Jae In took the initiative to make it work with DaDa. Sometimes outside forces play a bigger role in these things.

-While I appreciate his candour, I really didn't like him saying that if she could suffer for sometime, he would be good to her when they are old. That doesn't seem like a good deal to me.

-I absolutely love the fact that Jae In continues to refer to Da Hyun as DaDa throughout the series. He did this much less in the original.

-While many may not have liked that they broke up, I think it was good in that it showed us just how much they really do care for one another and it no longer has anything to do with a contract. Because of the breakup we are able to get confessions from Jae In we may not have gotten otherwise.

-The scenes with Tae Ha and Hyun Jin were really cute, especially the one when we was getting used to calling Jae In, hyung.

-I must have watched the second half of this episode a million times already. Especially loved the ending, they looked really cute together. Both of their acting remained top notch, especially with the little things like the look Jae In gave DaDa when he wanted to hold her hand walking down the boardwalk.

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The small glances and actions! The way he smoothly took her hand while they were walking *sigh*

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"The small glances and actions!" I agree, I felt like I was spying on Jae In, because I was watching him so closely. It is noticeable he is intently watching her. He is an actor that makes it seem real life.

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I like this show a lot, but sometimes I get a little uncomfortable because it feels like Jae In is forcing himself upon Da Hyun (especially in that kiss scene and the wrist grabbing). I know in previous episodes, she tried to make clearer boundaries about what was okay for him to do, but I just don't like how he disregards them.

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Totally. The fact that Da-hyun can stand up for herself does not make the way he treats her acceptable. That includes all the forceful kissing, wrist grabbing, trapping her against cars and walls, tearing down the poster on her wall, trying to control where she goes and who she sees, etc. I'm glad Da-hyun told him that her job as a teacher is important to her and that he was accepting of that, but the fact that he told her she'd have to quit her job in the first place makes me want to tear my hair out.

At this point I'm just reading the recaps... I dropped the series a few episodes ago because the relationship dynamics were actually kind of horrifying to me. Other commenters seemed to think that his behavior improved with time, but I didn't see it. I'm not counting not sexually forcing himself on her while she was drunk at his apartment as good behavior - that is neutral behavior and you don't get points for that.

Let's not gloss over what happened a few episodes later at his apartment, right after Da-hyun's traumatic kidnapping. Jae-in pressures and guilts her into staying at his apartment even though she says multiple times that she wants to go home. He says he'll stay at a hotel (after lying about doing so last time) and then returns for his laptop. He sees her in a bathrobe and she hides, indicates her discomfort, points out that something terrible almost happened to her yesterday, and asks him to leave. He then PRETENDS TO LEAVE, corners her against a wall when she emerges, basically says he can't control himself, and starts kissing her. And it's a super sexy kiss that they both enjoy, but you know what? That doesn't make it fine and dandy that he ignored her discomfort, defied her explicit request, and lied about leaving. (This scene came after I stopped watching the drama, but I watched it to see if it was as bad as it sounded in the recap. It was.)

In the episodes I watched and based on the recaps I read, Jae-in's behavior showed most of the warning signs of abuse: jealousy, controlling behavior, physically forceful, isolating her from her (male) friends. I've watched more than enough kdramas to know that this behavior is not uncommon in dramas and is usually played as romantic. It seems like every male drama lead these days says at some point, "Don't look at or listen to or speak to other men/people. Only look at me. Only trust me." It's meant to be romantic and there's (usually?) no threat of violence, but it sends unpleasant shivers down my spine every time. I just don't want to watch this kind of male lead anymore. This mostly means I'm avoiding dramas about male romantic leads that are chaebols (Shopping King Louie excepted), which is fine by me. I like a more even power dynamic anyway... Cinderella fantasies are not for me! (But fine for others to enjoy, of course.)

I went back to dramafever to pinpoint the moment I dumped the show and it was paused at Jae-in's line, "It's usually bad guys...

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Aaaand I wrote an essay. Whoops! Turns out I had a lot of thoughts about this show waiting to get out.

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Oh, the end of that last quote got cut off:

“It’s usually bad guys who need angels the most.”

Blechhh

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Oh my gosh. This is so well-written!! My feelings exactly! +10000000000000000

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Wow, this explains exactly why I couldn't fall in love with the series as much as others did. I was SO uncomfortable, to the point of feeling like slapping him, at the way he'd push her around. The 'you can't have any male friends' was just ridiculous and NOT romantic at all. Urgh. I watched this show till the end because it did have some cute moments and because I loved Tae-Ha's character (!!) but I don't think this show was for me.

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JI was shown to be a dominating character from ep 1 .Not just with DH but with everyone else also including grandpa and office staff . He is used to getting things done his way. So thats how its starts with DH but has improved on it as the show progressed. Although i agree he has disregarded DH protest's which was not good to watch.

It correct that his behavior was border line abusive sometimes but neednt be a bad guy totally.
He is possessive about DH from day 1 and hence not meeting other men clause. But if u see at the party , he willingly left DH with his lawyer friend who has openly flirted with her in past . Also later he is ok with SunWoo also . Shows his trust issues and insecurities that stem from childhood abandonment rather than being a crazy person.

Also when DH explicitly said No, JI has not pushed on intimacy. So he has never assaulted DH as such . Its just that he is not shy about it or one to take a step back .

Regarding the forced hug and kiss in this scene, its the possessive streak , frustration , anger at his situation and fear of losing DH. Its like a volcano waiting to explode and seeing DH with some other guy was the trigger. Everyone has their way of venting out frustration. Some like shouting matches while others try to break everything in their way in real life too.. so that is just one way of letting out all he wants to say and do....

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JI has gotten away with having his way with her till the point he knows DH is allowing him this leeway involuntarily.
He clearly knows that DH will give it back to him if goes beyond that.

This is how their dynamics work.
Hence his small smiles after doing something rash and then seeing her reaction.

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Great inputs!

I was actually asking myself if I'd even date a man who could be obnoxious as the character Jae In. Dada didn't want to date him, in the first place, and repeatedly refused his offer. She could have refused him till the end, but my guess is she gave in because JI said he needed her. True to her character, she won't refuse anyone in need. Also, she'd get to help her school and Jisu.

She thought she'd just see and eat with him (no big deal), but Obviously, she didn't anticipate she'd fall in love with him.

As we all know, she fell because she saw his goodness, too.

My points are:
1. Sometimes we can't choose whom our hearts love;
2. Although JI lies, cheats, or bamboozles to get what he wants (I don't like those, too), he was starkly honest of what lies ahead for Dada if she married him. To me, it was a redemption for JI.

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Essays are always welcome! It's great to read the the different insights and opinions. That said, yours made me really think.

It made me question if I'd been conditioned by all other Korean dramas, to rationalise and justify certain red flag behaviours because of superficial elements:

- If Ha Seok Jin wasn't so good looking and his chemistry with Jeon So Min wasn't so on fire, would I be more discomfited by those scenes?
- If Jae In wasn't rich and handsome, would one even give him the light of day? Given his pushiness, arrogance and bad manners.

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As Hyun Jin said a guy can be 99% bad but if you fell in love with the remaining 1% goodness in him, you'll stay with him regardless and ignore everything else. Jae in is definitely flawed, domineering and forceful but that's who he is and his character stayed true to that until the end. I would question his character if he suddenly became meek and Dada became the alpha in their relationship. Will I date someone like him and overlook his domineering ways? Yes, provided that I like/lust/love him otherwise I would scream bloody murder the first time he attempts to grab my wrist.

I'm not defending his attitude because I'm well aware that for others, his forceful ways is not ok. I just want to share my perspective as to why I can overlook his flaws and ship his relationship with Dada.

Long-time DB lurker but I just had to comment because I love this series so much. It healed my heart after the debacle that was Moon Lovers.

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I agree that he was physically domineering. I imagine that we were supposed to see that as sexual confidence but it was off putting (though there were many elements of 1% that were charming).
In an established relationship, with an understanding between the couple, that kind of dominance might be a part of the relationship that both the man and woman enjoy (just maybe). But that did not seem to be the case here. Instead we had a bit of "no" means "yes."
Not a good message for young men and women.

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Really really love thissss series,, so sad it's too short! We want more ??

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Likewise here. I know, right?! It's always those short ones (especially those really good ones like this series) that left you wanting to see more. Makes you wish it's longer. Like those good books that are very well-written, they are often too short, aren't they? :-)

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I finished it and then immediately started over. This is the 5th time I've watched the entire series...but only 3 times for the final 2 episodes! Yes, I am an addict! I cannot help myself. Never have I seen a more realistic love affair on film than these two. I have watched every movement of their bodies and eyes, listened closely to the subtext of their words, noticed laughingly that even when Jae In is 'supposedly' forcing himself on her he always gives this naughty grin afterwards...telling us that he is only pushing because he is fully aware he is NOT going past any point of intimidation with her. He is fully aware of how strong she is and that she will give back in full measure...which is a huge part of why he loves her so much. Theirs is a relationship that will be full of him 'trying to get her goat' and her responding so cutely and him grinning like a Devil because he did! I love this dynamic with them. I'm imagining their makeup sessions now!!! LMAO I also loved how she grabbed his wrist about as many times as he did hers! I particularly loved that scene where they were looking for a restaurant and she had hold of his thumb and was dragging him around by it. So Adorable! He just followed like a puppy. So MANY tiny moments like that that spoke volumes about how much he loved her. I cannot for the life of me imaging a man like him allowing anyone but her such license!

My one complaint about this series has been the so obvious editing. I don't know if they just never filmed the intervening scenes, or edited them out when no big name network picked it up! I read that it was initially broadcast as a 32 episode web drama and a week later DramaX started broadcasts...I presume directly from the web broadcasts.

Be sure to watch ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF EPISODE 16! There is a kiss scene that was cut out that shows up there with all the other kiss scenes! But this is just one other sign of how much we missed. What a shame! I don't think there is a fan of this show out there that doesn't wish it were longer. And I for one would be THRILLED with a 2nd sequel that takes us through their married life and the challenges they will meet as a couple. I know I would laugh at and love watching the 2 of them bicker and make-up for another 16 (or more) hours!

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I so agree with you. Those little gestures are natural and organic, it's like watching a real couple fall in love. Their gazes toward each other are full of unspoken words that make me doubt if all those were merely act. They're defo my most fave OTP this year.

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Their chemistry was so palpable. It's so hard to part with them. So hard to believe it's just acting.

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Me too.i don't know how many times i've rewatched episodes and i still get the same feels each time like the first time.

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Finally, the recap (for Ep 15) is here! Always refreshing this site for this, lol. Sadly, just one more episode recap and there's no more to refresh and look forward to, talking excitedly about this awesome little gem. I will miss this series a lot. It's my absolute top favorite of 2016 (and I didn't even expect I'd loved and enjoyed watching it so much from beginning to end, thus making this the only K-Drama this year that never failed to impressed me, kept me watching every episode and left me wanting to see more)! I'll be sure to marathon this series this week starting tomorrow, since I don't have anything new to watch (K-Drama) at this time. Though I've started watching Oh My Geum-bi and just finished binged watching this J-Dorama (Japanese Drama) titled Happy Marriage. Anyone here seen it? I've just stumbled upon it on YouTube and it reminds me a bit of Princess Hours and this series ( 1% of Anything ) as far as the dating/marriage contract relationship goes and I loved the lead female as not only she's pretty and adorable, she has a spunky attitude that reminds me of Kim Da-Hyun. Happy Marriage has short episodes too (with 30-40 minutes long per episode) and has a total of 12 episodes (too short...thankfully, all the episodes are fully subbed on YT). It was a very good little series, much like 1% (though, I love 1% more), and it kept me watching for the main OTP. It really helped me a bit with my 1% sepanx (separation anxiety) and withdrawal, lol. :-D

Anyway, back to this recap and episode, this was another great episode especially the latter half when our favorite OTP got back together! Very swoon-worthy!!!! I just love Jae-In & DaDa together and these two remains the BEST OTP with the BEST CHEMISTRY, and the BEST KISSES!!! In my (romantic) book, they automatically win these awards. ;-) :-D

Thanks Laica for the recap and your great comments on this episode. I've enjoyed reading it as well as everyone's comments here (thus far). :-)

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Yes, i've seen Jdrama Happy Marriage in Youtube...i just watched it also since it has a similar contract dating premise as our fave 1% of something ; but ofcourse i soooooo loooove Jae In and Dada more..i am so happy reading all the comments here bec we all have the same sentiments towards our ultimate OTP...and like everyone else, i do wish to see season 2 for Jae In and Dada's married life..or even a new drama wherein i could watch them far longer than a 30mins 16 episode drama...Kudos to the writer and director of this series!

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Only bats could hear my squeeing after I watched this episode and the next!! ?????
Thanks for the recap!

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We're all so enamoured of this show that none of us even questions why, in all of Seoul, her blind dates take place in his hotel ?

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Lol I noticed that too but honestly I'm willing to look past all the nonsensical little details if it gets us closer to our cute couple moments much faster.

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Agreed. A little bit of cognitive dissonance I chose to ignore. Are we bad people for doing this? >:O

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aren't we all . . . ??? ?

but I'm so intrigued by >:O, does it mean we are chickens?

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Haha. Not at all. It was an attempt at an emoji gone way wrong. I was trying to copy bbstl's emoji without knowing what it was apparently. The website I referenced gave me that as the input, but only now that I hover over it do I realise what it is.

Sometimes we have to suspend critical analysis so you can sit back and enjoy--unless of something egregious happens. So I guess that just makes us fans.

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No, not at all. That was an emoji gone wrong. My bad.

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Hah we might be but the end justifies the means in this case, right?

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That's what happens when you are a fan, right?

I'm going to go off on a little rant/tangent here. I'm watching Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, and it was a bit painful to watch through episode 4. There were so many overused tropes in there that I found myself exasperated. I couldn't help predicting the general path the story would follow--I so hope I'm wrong. Every time these instances came up, it detracted from my enjoyment of the show. Even with crazy Joo Hee, 1% had very little of this. There were some cringe worthy parts to be sure, but it didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the show primarily because my fears were allayed later on or I had faith in the characters as being better people. I think I've ranted too much that I don't know what I'm saying anymore, but my point is, I'm so thankful that we can talk about things like their choice in dating spots and laugh about it as opposed to getting frustrated with the same humdrum annoying issues in other dramas. Lol. I guess that's what I'm thankful for this season.

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@hades.red the dreaded 2nd lead love conflict. I'm crossing my fingers that it gets resolved really quickly. Seeing as how they out Bok Joo's deception and crush on the cousin in ep 4 alr. The way 1% handled the Joo Hee issue was awesome. It's like the writers heard all our cries of frustration when we watched our female lead get slapped or pushed around by meddling love rivals.

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Hahah! I thought it was only me who noticed that. Like is his hotel the only place to have a date? I'm just gonna chalk it up to Da Da having it there in the hopes of bumping into Jae In. There there girl, the heart wants what it wants.

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Blame it on DaDa lol.haven't you notice her on her first date that she was looking around like,she was expecting JI to walk on her having dates.it's actually clever.she can make him jelous or make him believe she's moved on with her life.but then again maybe i'm just reading too much at the situation.

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Well for the last blind date, Hyun Jin might have something to do with that being at Jae In's hotel as it was her plan for Tae Ha to bring Jae In to the coffee shop to witness the blind date .... and not sure if the blind date on that occasion was the one introduced by Hyun Jin and Sun Woo so they could arrange for the place of the bind date to take place in that hotel

As fo the other blind dates, it was mentioned before that all the blind dates were arranged by Da Da's mother and presumably the matchmaker who did not know that Da Da's Contract BF is the owner of that hotel.

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I wonder, is Jae In cafe hotel the only place to date in seoul? Why Da Hyun always meet her date there? No complaint though

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Oh the sadness of breakups.

Still, today's episode was absolutely lovely. Obviously because uri Dada and Jae In reunited! But also lovely in a sense that it portrayed the aftermath of a break up quite realistically. The struggle between giving into the depression and focusing on letting go and moving on with life.
Ha Seok Jin and Jeon So Min carried the angst so well in this episode, the sadist in me wanted it to last a little longer.

I seriously love how the writers didn't have Da Hyun sink into a low state whereby her work suffered. She's still the awesome teacher adored by her students! And when she countered his proposal with the condition that she keep her job because she worked hard for it. YOU GO GIRL. Da Hyun is hands down my favourite female lead of 2016. Jae In is still selfish and controlling in certain ways but Da Hyun still gives as good as she gets.

And that kiss scene outside her door. Though forceful but oh my lordie so full of passion and frustration. I literally blushed when it happened.
The angst and depression in the earlier part of this episode is well worth it, because we got THAT KISS. And not forgetting Jae In's verbal diarrhoea of a proposal. Though not romantic and a little bit out of a place. To me, it showed how desperate he was in laying out how it'll all be with him, and to hear what her answer would be.

We're left with one more episode of Dada and the Devil King! Say it isn't so! Can HSJ and JSM date already? So we fans can get some sort of closure from this drama??

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So, no spoilers, but I watched bpth ep 15 & 16 and... I was a little disappointed. Maybe it's because I had overhyped the ending in my head, too much anticipation, but I just feel like the writers spent a liiiitle too much time on their breakup (which, in and of itself was a very mature and reasonable break-up) and at the very end of ep15, made Jae-In a little too forceful on that hug/kiss and bam, they're together!
Dear Show: couldn't you have given me this at minute 20 of 45? Maybe I'm greedy for their onscreen chemistry and I was just upset at much time as "wasted" apart... Dunno...

This calls for binge-watching the whole show again next week !

I'm having some seeeerious 1% withdrawal symptoms! I mean, which OTP can compare? Who will give me my fix, my dose of mature KDrama relationships????

(oh how I loved you, 1% !! )

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The chemistry these two have is unreal. I fell in love with a couple ❤️ The portrayal was quite realistic and the characters stayed true to their personalities. Jae-in being the full steam ahead, I get what I want kind of guy and DaDa being the I may look like a delicate flower but don't underestimate me. I'm so glad she didn't compromise on her job and family's approval. Shows that she's in in for the long haul.

I dont usually ship actors in real life but I'm crossing my fingers that these two get together in real life cause boy that electricity between them!!

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This is so worth watching. Picked it up since after the Moons ended and ended up totally loving it. I love that it still showed key scenes from the original yet made it their own and different in a good way. JI & Dada are kdrama goals. Enough of those noble idiocy scenes.

That scene between TaeHa & Hyun Jin, made me so giddy even after waiting for 15 episodes until it happened.

I won't spoil the ending, but let me just say since the finale aired last week, I've probably watched Ep 15-16 like 8 times already.

Thanks for the recap and I totally agree on your comments, Laica!

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Same here.. This is my cure after shattering Scarlet Heart (both plot and cinematography). And boy I'm so glad I picked this up. Definitely a keeper!!

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Me three. I didn't watch this series originally because I was busy with Moon Lovers hoping that the ending will justify my unexplained love for the drama despite its many flaws. It obviously didn't that I can't even go back and rewatch my fave episodes. So yes, 1% was/is/will be a balm to my broken heart.

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I am super late but I want to echoing everyone to appreciated this feel-good drama,
love it so much

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We all know how horrible Jae In's wardrobe in this series, but man that powder blue suit he wears while walking along the pier would be the the most ill-fitting suit I have ever seen in recent Kdramas. Maybe it is to commemorate the Kang Dong Won's wardrobe in the 2003 original version? He looks like a bellboy!

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So someone did notice. I was actually cringing the whole time watching him in that suit, especially since I've been made aware of the lapses in his wardrobe. Gah! That suit really is too big on him! I had to try so hard to focus on the scene and their dialogues, and not on his nightmare of a suit. ?

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Some beanies pointed out that Jae-in was dressed hotter/better when he and Dada were broken up. Probably to make the break-up even more devastating LOL

It was only fitting (heh) that he was wearing bad clothes again in the pier scene.

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HAH.Instead of the Dada rocking a new wardrobe and hairstyle after the breakup, Jae In did. No complains though, HSJ is oh so hot.

I hated that powder blue blazer too. Aside from the hideous colour, it didn't fit HSJ's frame. Paired with his fitted khaki pants, he looked like a pastel ice pop on a stick.. Hmmm slippery slope, gotta get my mind outta gutter *ehem* if it's any consolation, this suit isn't half as bad as the brown one complete with a female looking collarless printed blouse. It can't be from zishen right? Because if it was, those outfits are not doing their brand any favour.

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The whole series I wondered how those two could overcome the obstacles between them and then Jae-in's solution is for Dada to just bear with everything until they're old? Now cool.
Here is my personal antidote to the rooftop scene:

When Dada reached the top of the stairs to her rooftop a familiar sight greeted her. A broad back in a grey designer suit and the back of a head of carefully styled dark hair. But it wasn’t excitement that made her heart skip a beat but pain. She realised the pain of being separated from Jae-in hadn’t started to dull at all, that was just what she had been telling herself. What did he want? She walked towards Jae-in, bracing herself for more pain at the sight of his face.
“Do you like that man?”
She slowly turned around.
“Why are you asking me something like that?”
“Is that why you told him that it’s okay for him to contact you again?”
Dada swallowed the anger that was starting to rise in her throat. Why did he have to show up now and shatter the semblance of normalcy that she had worked so hard to build?
“He’s a good person.” Unlike you, she added in her head. “It’s time for me to see other people now, too. That way I’ll be able to get married and –“
With one swift step Jae-in had closed the distance between them and pulled Dada into a firm embrace.
“Don’t talk about other men.” It didn’t sound like an order, but a desperate plea. Dada ignored the pain in his voice and pulled away.
“This is none of your business, Jae-in ssi!”
“I will quit as CEO of SH Group.”
“What?” Dada stared at Jae-in.
“Tae-ha can do it. He wanted the job anyway.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Grandfather likes you already and I will convince Mother that she couldn’t wish for a better daughter-in-law than you, Dada.”
Somewhere deep inside Dada’s heart a tiny little flame of hope started blossoming. Jae-in put his hands on Dada’s shoulders and pulled her closer.
“If managing the hotel is still too chaebol-y for your parents, I can get a job at a smaller company. Something normal, maybe close to your school?” The urgency in his voice finally convinced her that he was serious.
“Marry me, Dada. You have to.”
Dada tooks Jae-in’s hand of her shoulders but held on to them.
“You would give up the company, your position, your inheritance so we could get married?” Dada frowned. “Even the hotel? The hotel is your everything. You worked so hard to get where you are.”
“You are my everything now! I thought I didn’t have a choice but to let you go. I was wrong. I have a choice and it’s a simple one. Can I live without being CEO and heir of SH Group? Yes. Can I live without you? No.”
“Oh, Jae-in ssi!” Dada couldn’t bear it anymore. She flung herself at him and he caught her with the strong warm arms she remembered.
“What a cheesy speech!” She was half laughing half crying.
“I meant every word.”
“I know”.
“I’m serious. I’ll do it.”
“We’ll see about that.”

KISS

The End.

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*Not cool.

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