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Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 3

Bong-soon and her sidekick Min-hyuk return for another day of mysteries and “accidents.” Min-hyuk can pretend that Bong-soon is the Robin to his Batman, but he’ll soon learn that no toe (or countertop) is safe from her wrath. Gook-doo continues to investigate the string of crimes in Do-bong, but he’s not prepared for Bong-soon to present him with a brand new mystery to solve.

 
Episode 3: “That Guy’s Secret”

We return to the three-way wrist grab at Min-hyuk Manor, where Min-hyuk asks Gook-doo by whose authority he’s trying to extract Bong-soon from his house. Gook-doo cites the power of friendship and good ole’ patriarchy, and defends feeble Bong-soon’s chastity from the immoral clutches of a stranger. What, no judo flips?

Sensing an opportunity, Min-hyuk casually offers Gook-doo to join their sleepover. Bong-soon tries to refuse on Gook-doo’s behalf, but she doesn’t need to convince him, as he glowers at Min-hyuk and his flippant attitude.

Gook-doo quotes a law that prohibits employers from forcing their employees to work overtime. Mainly, Gook-doo wants to know what kind of “work” Min-hyuk needs Bong-soon to do at his private residence.

Bong-soon leaps up to tell Gook-doo that her work with Min-hyuk is top-secret company business, which only makes Gook-doo more curious to uncover the truth.

At an impasse, Gook-doo decides to let Bong-soon’s mother settle their disagreement. If Mom does not allow the sleepover, then neither will he.

Of course, Mom is Team Min-hyuk, and her eyes widen in delight to hear about the situation. Mom practically hands Bong-soon over on a platter, then even tries to hurry Gook-doo home so he can get out of the way.

Gook-doo gives the phone over to Bong-soon so that Mom can tell her to “do well,” adding that “things rot if you save them for later.” Rawr, Mom!

Now that his plan has backfired, Gook-doo tries again to ascertain the exact nature of Bong-soon’s job. Gook-doo explains that a dangerous criminal saw Bong-soon’s face, and also that she’s a key witness in his case.

On top of that, he adds, an officer was stabbed while protecting her. Thus, he concludes, since Min-hyuk was there during the stabbing, he also cannot be trusted.

Gook-doo tries another avenue, and asks Min-hyuk to come with him down to the station to be interviewed for the stabbing incident. Min-hyuk promises to go down the next day, and the boys agree on it.

Belatedly realizing what he’s done, Gook-doo looks up in shock after Min-hyuk tells Bong-soon that it’s time to head to bed (it sounds like he means together).

As Min-hyuk moves to leave, he lingers in front of Gook-doo and whines that he wishes Gook-doo would stay as well. He slowly drags his finger provocatively across Gook-doo’s abdomen, then winks, and throws him a seductive gaze. Omg, I’m dyinggg.

Bong-soon remembers that Secretary Gong had told her the reason Min-hyuk prefers a female bodyguard is to prevent further scandals since he’s gay, and his actions towards Gook-doo seem to confirm it.

Once Min-hyuk leaves, Gook-doo grills Bong-soon for answers on why she needs to stay over. She explains that she is Min-hyuk’s secretary, but Gook-doo still isn’t reassured.

Unable to convince her, he fastens an emergency pager to Bong-soon’s wrist and makes her promise that she’ll use it if she’s in trouble. He leaves her with a final warning: “All men are dogs.”

Afterwards, Bong-soon heads upstairs to find Min-hyuk, and when she can’t, she snoops through his expensive stuff until she finds a painting in the back of his closet, of that mysterious girl in the pink hoodie.

As she steps closer, the painting slides open and transports her to a secret room. Inside Min-hyuk is surrounded by all his toys and gadgets. He welcomes her in, then shows her the man he’s identified as the motorcyclist. Bong-soon is ready to confront him right away, but Min-hyuk tells her to wait till morning.

Although uncomfortable sleeping in the same room as Min-hyuk, she relents when he complains of being afraid. He then shows her to the couch where she’ll sleep, while he settles into a sleeping bag on the floor next to her.

When the lights go out, Bong-soon marvels as the ceiling lights up with stars. In a soft voice, Min-hyuk says that as a boy he believed that people became stars after they died, because it meant he could see his mother every night. Bong-soon remarks that she read that people become ghosts (har, har).

Min-hyuk reveals that when he was six years old, his half-brothers locked him in a closet, and though at first he was afraid, he later found closets to feel comforting, plus his hiding place allows him to hide from enemies and policemen.

Bong-soon points out that Min-hyuk seems to dislike the police even more than criminals, so he explains that his father was a thug and bribed officers and prosecutors to get away with doing bad things, and thus Min-hyuk could never trust cops.

Bong-soon insists that there are good cops too, which prompts Min-hyuk to ask why she likes Gook-doo so much.

We go back to Bong-soon and Gook-doo in sixth grade where it all began: Gook-doo transferred into her class and was fatefully assigned to the seat next to a sleepy Bong-soon. She woke from her nap just as Cupid’s arrows pierced her chest.

Later in high school, she watched entranced as Gook-doo played piano making all the girls swoon, and years passed like that, her feelings for Gook-doo growing with her.

Back in the present, she tears up as she tells Min-hyuk that she’s rendered defenseless in all things Gook-doo, frustrated with herself.

Unhappy to see her depressed, Min-hyuk tells her to get up so they can “do it”… and together they play video games late into the night. Aww. His jaw drops when she beats him, and then refuses a rematch.

The next morning, Bong-soon is startled to wake up to Min-hyuk curled up on the couch against her. She pushes him away aghast, so he explains that he was cold on the floor, and insists that he was the one terrified that she’d come onto him in the night, because what she’s thinking definitely wouldn’t happen. Sure, sure.

Downstairs, he’s stunned to see a veritable feast laid out on his table. Bong-soon praises herself before he can say anything, but then he clarifies that he’s shocked because all of her dishes are carbs. However, he agrees to do her the favor of eating her unhealthy food since she went through the trouble.

Bong-soon retorts that he’s the kind of person that would drive his future wife crazy… then again, she adds, that’s probably not going to be an issue for him.

The jab isn’t lost on him, so he decides to take it a step further, and says that her comment made him think of Gook-doo… and his butt. He proceeds to describe all the ways in which he likes Gook-doo’s apple butt, and relishes her look of shock when he wins the pissing contest. Bwahahaha!

Furious, she pierces the table with a metal chopstick, which makes Min-hyuk tremble in fear.

They head off to visit the motorcyclist and find out who ordered the stabbing. Bong-soon asks if Min-hyuk will hand the man over to the police, and Min-hyuk denies it, insisting that he’ll take care of his problems outside the law.

Bong-soon knocks on the motorcyclist’s door pretending to be a neighbor, and complains about the noise coming from his washing machine. He argues that he doesn’t have a washing machine, but when he tries to close the door on her, he’s no match for her strength.

She muscles her way into his apartment to look around. When confronted, she confesses almost straightaway that she doesn’t live next door, and then introduces herself (by her real name) and asks if he’s the owner of a certain motorcycle.

He confirms it, but when she attempts to lead him to Min-hyuk, the motorcyclist leeringly points out that he lives alone, and she brazenly barged in without concern for her own safety. Ew, ew.

He touches her face a couple of times, so she’s forced to slap his hand away, only for it to rocket back and knock himself out. She checks his breathing and thanks her lucky stars that he’s still alive. Hah.

Bong-soon goes back out to meet with Min-hyuk, looking annoyed as she drags the motorcyclist’s unconscious body through the narrow hallway, and grumbles to herself about how she barely touched him.

They relocate to the roof where Min-hyuk complains that the man looks like he was beat up, and Bong-soon asserts that he hit himself, but before she can explain herself fully, the man wakes.

Bong-soon takes the opportunity to tie the man up before he comes out of his daze. She places her taser in his bound hands as she ties his ankles, but then accidentally knocks his hands up, leading to some electrifying results.

Min-hyuk glares at her accusingly, but she swears that the man did it to himself. Again.

As they wait for the man to wake for the second time, Bong-soon tries and fails to bolt. Hilariously, when the man opens his eyes again, he immediately begins crying and explains that his motorcycle was stolen. Oh no, you dummies!

He launches into a sad story about how hard he worked to save up and buy his motorcycle. Moved by his story, Bong-soon quickly unties him (not before he flinches when she comes near).

Then she proceeds to gripe to Min-hyuk about his crappy investigative skills, revealing that she can’t abuse her powers, and it’s all his fault! Uh, you almost revealed your big secret, girl.

At the police station, the detectives interview the fiancé of the woman who was abducted. The detectives watch the interview from behind a two-way mirror and argue over whether the fiancé could be a suspect. They also disagree on if the two cases in Do-bong were committed by the same person.

Gook-doo contends that the criminal could be someone who thinks he can outsmart the police by orchestrating two different yet similar crimes. He adds that he’s certain that the abductee victim is still alive.

Min-hyuk and Bong-soon arrive for their interview, and Min-hyuk tells Gook-doo that the stabbing of the officer and the kidnapping in Do-bong aren’t related at all. However, when Gook-doo asks for more details, Min-hyuk keeps him at arm’s length and avoids disclosing what else he knows.

Gook-doo then heroically declares that he will be in charge of Bong-soon’s safety from here on out. Bong-soon interjects to explain that Min-hyuk is a crazy person and has a lot of enemies. She elaborates that the man attacked the officer by mistake and was aiming for Min-hyuk’s bodyguard.

This is new information to Gook-doo, and he says that Min-hyuk should’ve had a proper bodyguard then.

Min-hyuk begins to say that Bong-soon is his bodyguard, until Bong-soon lightlytaps on his foot, crushing his toe. She uses her aegyo to tell Gook-doo not to worry about her, but he gruffly denies it, stating simply that he is only protecting an important witness in his case. Meanwhile, Min-hyuk bends over in excruciating pain.

Ignorant of Min-hyuk’s visible pain, Gook-doo lectures him on keeping Bong-soon safe while she is at work. Min-hyuk repeats Gook-doo’s request for him to keep Bong-soon safe in disbelief, and even tries to call emergency for his foot until Bong-soon subdues him.

Min-hyuk inches down the steps after their meeting, as Bong-soon hovers around him spewing out apologies.

They go immediately to the hospital (the ONE hospital in this world) where Min-hyuk examines an X-ray of his foot, and his brand new very tiiiiiny fracture on his toe. The doctor tells him to rest and wear a cast for a while, while Min-hyuk dramatically repeats the doctor’s diagnosis to make sure Bong-soon can hear. Please be an itty bitty cast.

Bong-soon’s brother Bong-ki finds them in the lobby, and immediately surmises that she’s responsible for Min-hyuk’s limping. Min-hyuk demands to be admitted, and once Bong-soon downplays his injury, he asks pointedly if Secretary Gong is still recuperating from his incident.

As penance, Bong-soon wheels poor injured Min-hyuk in a wheelchair to Secretary Gong’s room. Bong-soon leaves the men alone to catch up, and Secretary Gong gets Min-hyuk up to date on all the hospital gossip.

He informs Min-hyuk that all the gangsters Bong-soon injured are staying on the same floor, and a resident doctor is her twin. The secretary wonders aloud that it seems like Bong-soon is the center of the universe somehow, while Min-hyuk muses on the poetic symmetry of how one twin breaks bones and the other heals them.

Coincidentally, Bong-ki confronts Bong-soon with a similar thought, and asks her if she realizes how many people she’s put in this hospital as of late, then begs her to be more careful.

He tells Bong-soon that he’s on his way to meet with Gook-doo and his girlfriend Hee-ji for an appointment. Curious to see Hee-ji in the flesh, Bong-soon invites herself along.

Upon seeing the couple together holding hands, Bong-soon turns timid and barely ekes out a greeting to Hee-ji. Gook-doo on the other hand is surprised to see Bong-soon wandering at the scene of the crime, unattended.

Bong-ki takes Hee-ji into a room to assess her symptoms. Hee-ji says she plays the cello and describes the pain in her fingers and wrist, which have worryingly expanded to her elbow, and she observes Bong-ki with a glint in her eyes when he’s not looking.

Bong-ki examines her wrist and as he holds her hand, they share a charged moment as their eyes lock onto each other. (Huh???) Eventually, they break out of it, but the air is suddenly different around them.

At the same time, Gook-doo scolds Bong-soon for following Min-hyuk around 24/7. He advises that she start drawing up boundaries with Min-hyuk so he doesn’t monopolize all her time. He lambasts her for being gullible and not understanding the true untrustworthy natures of men.

His fiery concern is more than she can take, and after only managing to whisper a few words during his tirade, once he’s done she has some questions of her own, and demands to know why he cares so much about her when he has a girlfriend.

Min-hyuk arrives in time to overhear her loaded question. Hee-ji passes them outside on her way to get her X-ray, and so Bong-soon looks away ashamed. Min-hyuk, reading the atmosphere, rescues Bong-soon from the consequences of her outburst.

They return to Secretary Gong’s room where he mocks her for being unable to conceal her emotions, and she storms out.

Bong-soon ends up back at her house, where Mom immediately asks if she did the deed. Mom clarifies that she doesn’t mean just sleeping next to Min-hyuk all night. Exasperated, Bong-soon reiterates that Min-hyuk isn’t interested in women.

To drive home her point, Mom compares her daughter to their family dog, and explains that before they got him, Mom’s favorite food was dog stew. She illustrates that people can change under the right circumstances.

Mom grouses at Bong-soon when she argues back that even though she’s poor she wants to live with some dignity (ha), and so Mom mutters that Bong-soon’s strength is wasted on her if she doesn’t use it to pin down the right opportunities.

The gangsters’ big boss BAEK TAK Im Won-hee visits his underlings in the hospital, with his right-hand man JAWS Kim Min-gyo. Boss Tak tries to get to the bottom of the situation that put out so many of his men, and seeks confirmation that a single woman was the cause.

The men are ashamed to admit it, but verify that the story is true. Minion Hyun-dong informs Boss Tak of Bong-soon’s personal details, and when he mentions her employment at AinSoft, Boss Tak muses aloud about the strange “coincidence.”

Though initially calm, soon Boss Tak’s veneer fades and he begins hollering at his underlings for bringing shame to their gang as rampant rumors of their defeat spread across the country.

Boss Tak tells his crew to bring Bong-soon to him, and if she proves not to be as strong as they claim, they’ll pay for their lies.

After her shower, Bong-soon reflects on the recent chaotic sequence of events, and she realizes it has become increasingly difficult for her to control her strength. Min-hyuk texts her to demand that she return immediately to his side, and irritated by his insolence, she thinks to herself that one day she might accidentally kill him.

On her way back to the hospital, she sees the boy whose shoes she destroyed, waiting for her. He meekly asks her to come with him to see his neighborhood thug boss who doesn’t believe the story he told him about her.

The boss harasses Bong-soon when she arrives, not impressed by her stature, as the other boys familiar with Bong-soon watch. He rifles through her bag after demanding that she pay for the broken shoe, and smacks her on the head with her own wallet. Hilariously, when Bong-soon steps forward, all the schoolboys back away instinctively, physically distancing themselves from their boss’s actions.

Short on time, Bong-soon picks the boss up by his pants and dangles him in the air before tossing him back to the ground, while she chastises the group for walking the crooked path. She then tells the boys to load up on playground merry-go-round nearby and receive their punishment. This will be good.

She warns them to hold on tightly and reflect on their actions, then sends them spinning. There’s some vomit, some screaming, and probably some crying too as they whirl in a tight circle. She releases them after a brief ride, and sends them flying out in all directions.

Bong-soon threatens them with another spin unless they pick up one kilogram of litter in one hour. They choose the second option, and thank Bong-soon profusely as she leaves them to their task.

Bong-soon returns to the hospital to escort Min-hyuk out. He continues to make a show of his toe injury and dramatically leans against her for support as he walks.

Boss Tak and his crew watch the display from around the corner, and it seems to be evidence enough for Boss Tak to believe his underlings’ story. He continues to observe the pair until they are out of sight, and he’s so lost in thought he doesn’t even notice the pee dripping onto him out of Kwang-bok’s drainage bag. Ack!

In the car, Min-hyuk assures Bong-soon that he’s calculating how much to pay her for her overtime hours, but in response she takes issue with the fact that he’s always complaining about her bad attitude. She tells him that her attitude is proportional to his disrespect.

Instead of responding to her complaint, he points out that she pronounced “attitude” wrong, and asks if she paid any attention in school. She shoots him a dirty look but then drives without murdering him.

Gook-doo meets up with Hee-ji after her appointment to give her some chocolates for White Day, since he will have to work on the actual day. She eats a piece after commenting on how nice Bong-ki was to her at the hospital.

Min-hyuk leads Bong-soon to his father’s house for an awkward family dinner, with his father, stepmother and three brothers, whom he names as his three chief suspects.

He texts her at the table to keep her eyes peeled for any strange behavior and not to obliviously stuff her face, and so she gives him the stink-eye.

CHAIRMAN AHN announces his intention to name his heir to the family company, before finalizing it with the family’s attorney. He also expresses his desire to have Ohsung Group grow into a major conglomerate in Korea, and thus has selected the son he feels has the best skills to achieve that dream.

That person is none other than Min-hyuk.

The room is thick with tension after the announcement, until Min-hyuk’s middle brother AHN DONG-SUK congratulates Min-hyuk and praises his father’s wise decision. Conversely, eldest brother DONG-HA and third brother KYUNG-HWAN vehemently express their disapproval.

Min-hyuk speaks up to declare his acceptance of the title, but remarks that he’ll need to figure out how to merge his company AinSoft with Ohsung somehow. His comment incenses the eldest brother, and his outburst prompts Bong-soon to begin examining each of the brothers’ battle stats as she would in a game, before doing the same for the parents.

The eldest voices his outrage, the second his support, and the third brother tries to trivialize Min-hyuk’s accomplishments. After trying to reason with his unsupportive sons, finally Chairman Ahn explodes and reaches for his golf club to teach them a lesson. Chairman Ahn’s rage identifies him to Bong-soon as the most dangerous of them all.

She says a much in the car as they leave, and it occurs to Min-hyuk then that he was foolish for thinking Bong-soon might give him some helpful insights. She maintains her stance, and says that his father has a criminal face.

With their mission complete, Min-hyuk releases Bong-soon for the rest of the night, and drives her home.

Somewhere in Do-bong, a man watches a woman leave a ballet studio from the shadows. He follows after her and waits until she’s finished having drinks with some friends, then approaches her as the designated driver she had called.

Bong-soon has Min-hyuk drop her off in front of a pharmacy so she can pick up some aspirin for her Min-hyuk-induced migraine. Mom appears out of nowhere and sees Min-hyuk leave, immediately jumping her daughter when he’s gone.

Mom comments on how Min-hyuk seems to always make time to drop her off at home, and thinks there’s something more there. She recommends that Bong-soon dress a bit more provocatively in order to entice Min-hyuk.

At the pharmacy, Mom sprays Bong-soon on the legs with some kind of bug spray, and the two are so distracted that they don’t really notice the suspicious man who comes in to purchase some bandages.

The man returns to his car, and dons his familiar-looking skin mask.

The Do family sits down for a dinner of fried chicken and beer. Dad asks Bong-soon if Min-hyuk is giving her any unwanted attention, and Mom has to remind him (to her chagrin) that Min-hyuk doesn’t swing that way.

Bong-soon adds that Min-hyuk seems more interested in Gook-doo than her. The family can’t believe it, remarking how someone like Min-hyuk would be wasted on Gook-doo (lol). Mom points out that Gook-doo really knows how to be a thorn at her side, and tells her daughter not to give up on Min-hyuk because she’s just as good as Gook-doo! Hahahaha, oh god.

Bong-ki then receives a call from Hee-ji (grrrr), thanking him for his help with her wrist. She guilts him into accepting a meal at her expense, and so they agree to meet the next day for lunch.

He reports back to his family, and Mom and Bong-soon smell a fish there right away. The twins bicker about how pretty they think Hee-ji is, and Mom butts in to tell Bong-soon to smile at Min-hyuk more instead of crushing his toes.

The abducted ballerina awakes in the car, and when she sees the now masked man, she jumps out and runs through the street as the rain comes down. The man follows after her and catches her easily, and then he lifts a large wrench over her fallen body… then swings downward.

Bong-soon heads out to refill their beer supply, and as she walks back home through the rain, she hears a woman’s scream echo out into the night. As she looks over the cityscape, she says to herself, “I had the uneasy feeling that the time to use my powers would soon come.”

 

COMMENTS

This episode had a lot of filler and spinning of wheels (literally). I think that the show would benefit if the writing were much tighter, and found the camera lingering too long on certain scenes. It seems the director understands that the actors are running away with their portrayals, but there’s only so much they can do with the dialogue they’re given, and the lack of character depth. I still found a lot of the episode to still be entertaining, but I think the show is walking a fine line between zaniness and forced humor.

I know that Bong-soon is basically a comic book character come to life, but at this point, I like Bong-soon’s gift more than I like the character, and that indicates a serious issue. I would think the show would want to make the argument that Bong-soon as a person is defined by more than her superpower. Actually, she’s more defined by her hopeless crush on Gook-doo. Based on this episode, it seems like her life until Min-hyuk showed up was about pining for Gook-doo, concealing her strength, and playing video games. Which, fine, a person can maybe fashion those three things into a rounded life, but I really would like to know if she’s passionate about anything else.

Speaking of her powers, I wonder about how Bong-soon calibrates her strength. For example, when she woke up in the morning and Min-hyuk was curled up next to her, she pushed him and that certainly seemed like a situation that would result in a body bag, but nothing happened. I understand that we don’t want to spend the next eight episodes in the hospital while Min-hyuk heals in a full-body cast, but I wish the show would delineate how it all works and address the inconsistencies.

Bong-soon’s cryptic comment right at the end hints to something more interesting about Fate’s plans for Bong-soon. Perhaps the gods are giving her some leeway to use her powers now, because she’ll need to take on the masked man later, and maybe make some sacrifices her selfishness would never have allowed her to make otherwise. In general, I think using her strength on accident doesn’t require any punishment.

It’s obvious that Bong-soon is not meant for Gook-doo, because Gook-doo is constantly criticizing and minimizing Bong-soon, and in his chauvinism has failed to even understand who Bong-soon is in the most basic of ways. I’m not a fan of how she clams up in front of him, but was encouraged when she finally spoke up for herself and questioned his great interest in her. I’m curious to see what kind of changes are in store of Gook-doo in the future.

Mom is growing to be my favorite part of every episode. She’s such an interesting and entertaining character to watch, and my sides are constantly splitting whenever she offers romantic advice to Bong-soon.

On another note, I’m assuming that Min-hyuk bought off that poor motorcycle owner because I can’t see how he didn’t report them for assault, kidnapping, and unlawful detention. I mean Bong-soon introduced herself, so unless he got that information whacked out of his brain when he slapped himself, she could be in serious trouble. I’m all for using her strength for comedy, but things are getting rather messy in this regard. That said, I still find the show to be incredibly delightful and I love these characters to bits, despite my complaints.

 
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Hey Admin plz update fast as soon as possible

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Erm the show just aired on Friday night (Korea time) and if you wait for subs they come out about 8-12hours later. This recap comes barely 24 hours after the subs are out.

How much faster can you ask for?

Thanks for the recap murasakimi! I think this recap came out fast and appreciate your comments cuz they add to my viewing experience. I love it when you guys find the parts I find funny too! (like Min Hyuk flirting with Gook Doo ?)

DB hwaiting!

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Woww.. You're rude..!

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Hahahah...
Ji Soo's reprising his role in 'Page Turner' unless, after trying to become a pianist, he chose detective as a career in the end? #StoryMashUp #AlternateUniverse #FanFictionMaterial
But I wish Gook Doo can be a little less patronizing over DBS, she's an adult, duuuuuh... Also, his GF though, facepalm...

Oh gee, Ahn Min hyuk, I love your winking and flirting and sending false messages all around... His secret hideout is SUPER COOL!!! Are we heading towards Batman/Bruce Wayne (DBS) and Alfred (AMH) here? Because that option is kinda awesome too.

DBS's family is adorable. Mom said, "You're as good as IGD," hahahah... What kind of mom compared her daughter to a man. I'm waiting for DBS to reveal your heroine self... Hwaitiiiiiiing!!!

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I wish they develop Gook Doo's backstory more because right now I really don't like his patronizing actions toward Bong Soon. Why he become so uptight and always want to follow the rules? why he's so controlling and how deep his friendship with Bongsoon?

Also, why Jisoo always talk with that tone? It's so annoying sometime. I know he's trying to portray a stiff personality but it come across as bad acting. Also that furrowed brow in almost every single time he speak is distracting. I don't know if it's because of Jisoo's acting or it's the character that's written that way but I wish make Gook Doo more relaxed.

Yess the secret hideout is cool indeed. Or should I say superhero lair? LOL. Do Bong Soon is the korean Supergirl and Minhyuk is that technician that give her information through earpiece when she's in action. I hope that place shows up often in the next episodes because it's awesome.

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He is somewhat potrayed a very bad acting here.

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Gook Doo since day 1 has felt kind of like a brick. A very good looking brick. But a brick, nevertheless. Aside from the fact that his passion doesn't match his skill sets as a detective is sorta frustrating... I think his whole "my friend is weak and vulnerable" is difficult to watch. You would think that if they had known one another for so long, he could have picked up on some things. I understand the writer is trying to set up one of the big differences between Minhyuk and Gookdoo (with Minkyuk falling for Bongshim even knowing her superhuman strength)- but I just wish Gookdoo could show some more likeable characteristics so I could better empathize with Bongshim's obsession with him.

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Yeah, I do agree about how oblivious gook do is the toward a lot of thing things despite his occupation.

However, cannot really blame him about his limited info about boong soon. She and the other is actively hide her power to everyone especially gook do thanks to his ideal type. But yeah, if he's observant enough...

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Oh, it's here! Thanks murasakimi!

Bong-soon: "He's such a jerk."
Min-hyuk: "He didn't ask you to have feelings for him. Why is he the bad guy?"
Ladies and gentlemen, daily dose of truthslap brought to you by Ahn Min-hyuk. I wish someone told me this back when I was 14 and a huge crush on this guy and when he didn't like me back, I sour graped. Haha. Good times (not). /cringe/

Also, Park Bo-young and Park Hyung-sik are the cutest things in this planet and nothing can convince me otherwise. The leads definitely elevate an otherwise cute, but not exceptional, romcom show. Still, I'm finding this show to be the highlight of my week and it's giving me tons of laughter and fun. And that is more than good enough for me. :)

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THIS. It always irritates when I watch the female leads get angry when the guy doesn't like them back or when they date other girls. Just because you like them doesn't mean they HAVE to reciprocate your feelings. It makes them seem so freaking entitled.

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I also don't like that behavior in drama. That's why love triangle frustrates me. It's the same with male second lead. That's why I never get the "second lead syndrome", because if the girl doesn't like him, why do people want them to be together and feel he's entitled to get the girl just because he's more 'deserving'.

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your comment really had me thinking as sometimes I am all for the 2nd ship, for me it really depends on how the drama depicts the 2nd lead, like in Answer me 1988, how can you not feel for Ryu-wool.
It's not that I felt he was entitled or more deserving of the lead girl but I just wanted him to have someone to pour out all the love he's bottled up inside. If that makes sense.
Personally I like love triangle stories up to a point as it helps a drama come alive, however, I also want everyone in the love triangle to have their own love interest or a hint of it so nobody's left out. I like my characters to be happy haha

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Speaking from someone who's had one too many one-sided crushes (sigh)... I think it's just human behaviour to go off on a rampaging tirade of "Huh, why doesn't he like me back? Ugh he's horrible. He should like me back!" (because that might be a better alternative to "argh, he doesn't like me back, I'm gross and lousy and insecure", LOL). I think in a drama when it drags out it does become a bit too annoying, because like you said... we aren't entitled to someone else's feelings just because we like them!

Though it's always good to have a CEO Ahn to give you your daily harsh truth, indeed X)

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In real life, my experience has been that men tend to feel this way - angry that they are not liked back - more than women.

Subjective though, this kind of opinion is.

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That was an awesome line. I wish every time a character feels entitled to a girl or a guy's feelings, we can have Min Hyuk interject with that line.

I do get BS's frustration though. As long as she doesn't cross the line in trying to burden GD with her feelings or harm the other girl, I'd say "go ahead and vent and call Gook Doo a bad guy!" to your buddies!

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As much as I hate Guk Doo's patronizing and often overprotective behavior, Min Hyuk's right about the one-sided love..

Also, the mother import/export line was so funny.. I think I'll always remember this from this drama, if nothing else.

Isn't Park Hyung Shik the cutest guy ever! He is so charming and adorable. He has been slowly making his way in my heart to stay..

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YES the import/export line had me dying! & i liked that it was a twist on a situation that would normally be the opposite due to gender stereotypes.

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*Bong-soon: “He’s such a jerk.”
Min-hyuk: “He didn’t ask you to have feelings for him. Why is he the bad guy?” *
This... so much this.. I hate that trope in most movies and shows, where characters fall in love with one person and expect to be loved back in return. And even the expectation of the narrative/public leans that way. I'm sorry but no! Having feelings for someone does not mean they're required to have them for you as well.

Min hyuk is fast becoming my most favorite drama land character ever.

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Same here! His lines are so quote-worthy plus Park Hyung-sik is nailing the role.

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Guys I agree that there's a chance he may like her back to some extent but she doesn't know that at this point. What she does know is that he's dating someone else.
The point isn't 'does he - does he not' .. it's the highlighting of the issue that he's under no obligation to reciprocate another person's feelings.

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I agree. He is very clever and realistic. I hope he won´t change much when he will be the one having a crush for her, and she would be still in love with Gook Doo.
It is crazy for me, because I was in Ji Soo´s team from the beginning. But throughout the development of his character, I am starting to leave him alone...
I am afraid he will end up alone because even his girlfriend is flirting with Bong-soon´s brother!!!!!!

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I am not sure i agree about the love being one-sided. Gook Doo is deeply cares for and overly protective of her, just look at the fuss he made over her sleeping at Min-hyuk's. And he looks more alive with Bong-soon than with his gf. It seems he has feelings for his childhood friend without realizing it himself.

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Sort of agree with this, but at the same time it could also be due to the fact that GD really cares for her as a friend (he's known her since they were both kids after all). Perhaps he cares a bit more than a normal friend would, but we shall see, hehe! He's definitely way more awkward with his girlfriend though.

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I think it could also be due to the fact that he is a policeman. He sees the dark and violent side of human nature all day, especially since his assignment is in the Violent Crimes unit. I wouldn't expect him to be overly trusting of anyone, especially a CEO who (in Gok-doo's eyes) is trying to convince his secretary to spend the night.

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I think he actually like her back, he can't make time to meet his gf but always come running to Bong Sun side.
And he already know he has feeling for Bong Sun. He looks so stunned when Bong Sun questioning their relationship at the hospital.

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I also think he likes Bong Soon but haven't been able to make sense of it... since they practically grew up together...He does seem to have a lot of concern and (masked) affection for her but perhaps he always somehow finds himself in relationships despite not being the proactive one? I wonder if they would make him realise his feelings for Bong Soon because that's how it looks with his gf taking interests in other guys - obviously she's not going to be by his side for that much longer.

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He likes her alright. That's why he can't wholesomely love his gf because his heart is not there. Someone is right to point out he runs to see BS whenever he is needed, make flimsy excuses to see her, calls to make sure she's ok, always expecting the last line before hanging up, etc. He really likes her. BS is so thick not to sense it.

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Oh Minhyuk and BS, cant get enough of your screen.
My highlite of the week too

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- The "rules" regarding her powers are not as clear-cut, but I think making them too clear introduces too much loopholes. So far now, we've seen her beat up the hoodlums, but that can be a good deed because she was defending the poor bus driver who got beaten up... but what about knocking out this guy? Is this a "good" deed, does she get punishment, etc?

- LOL, the two dummies, really. Barging into someone's house and knocking him out only to realize he's the wrong man. Also, that scene of her dragging him along the corridor and MinHyuk being so horrified that someone would see them (it looked just like a murder scene, LOL).

- I LOVE how Min Hyuk is all whiny about his teeny tiny fractured toe and enjoys bossing her around for the sake of it... and I also love how her first instinct was "I think your dad is trying to kill you" just because she analyzed them the way video game characters are portrayed, HAH.

- Bonus points to Min Hyuk for that finger-across-the-shirt-sly-wink "it would be good if you stayed over tonight too"... I think Gook Du looked significantly creeped out, HAHA.

- Overall this episode was a little slower and messier than the first 2, IMO, with the scenes of the thugs in the hospital + their boss (or at least until some explanation is given for them)... but I still like it so far and I can't wait for more! And I honestly love how Min Hyuk is so intrigued by Bong Soon.

Thank you for the recap! (:

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Oh, also would like to add on
- Come on man, Hee Ji... stop having googly eyes for your boyfriend's good friend! Tsk.

Though it looks like now that Hee Ji and Gook Du won't be lasting for too long... should we be expecting a love triangle really soon, then?

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I think they are def heading this way.

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Those looks really make me dislike her. I hope she dumps Guk Doo before falling for Bong Ki. I can't stand cheaters.

Bong Ki - Tacky to make eyes at your friends girl, but she was the one pursuing him and making excuses to see him a again. Not cool.

I love Min Hyuk - he just likes her so much! That's cool.

Bong Soon - I do adore that she's not the nicest girl out there. She seems really normal for someone with superpowers. Like average in all other respects (except cuteness - which could almost be a superpower as well).

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"(except cuteness – which could almost be a superpower as well)"

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I watched Oh My Ghostess before this, and I feel like PBY has a knack for picking interesting, flawed female characters who endear themselves to me and whom I can't help but root for. Either that, or I just really adore PBY. Hmm.

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She is like 100000% girl crush material. Even as a woman, I find her soooo adorable I can't imagine any guy being able to resist her aegyo. It seriously kills me. Coupled with the cuteness and hotness that is PHS and JS... no wonder this drama is killing it.

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I agree! PBY is doing so well with making BS super endearing, especially with the fact that she's not the nicest girl out there. She's just the normal girl who gets jealous when her crush likes someone else, annoyed that he doesn't like her back, talks bad about her boss behind his back... etc, all with aegyo on top to boot! Like... she feels so normal that it's almost relatable and that makes me like her even more.

Yeah, then again, I thought it was nice of Bong Ki to reject Hee Ji's lunch date because he felt uncomfortable with the idea (though she really gave him no way to reject).

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I would be so mad if Hee Ji immediately eyeing Bong Ki as potential bf material, when it's her bf that introduces them. Good for Bong Ki that he seems uncomfortable when Hee Ji asks him for lunch, even when they have those charged moments at the hospital. I hope that she just want using Bong Ki to make Gook Do jealous, it's better than straight up want to cheat on him.

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I wish it were so, but I doubt it! I think it seems more like a convenient excuse for the show to "get rid" of Hee Ji, since I assume that the love triangle has to start somewhere (especially since Bong Soon herself already questioned Gook Du on why he's being so nice to her). Especially since Hee Ji's sneaky sneaky looks really makes it seem like she's interested in him. I just hope Bong Ki doesn't reciprocate, because that would go against his sweet (well he seems very sweet) character!

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When I read your comments, immediately kim gun mo - wrongfull meeting, playing in my head

hahaha I have to blame Jealousy Incarnate for that..

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Well, I have to say that her relationship with Gook doo also doesn´t look that serious anyway. It doesn´t really look romantic and deep... There hasn´t been enough character development...
We will see.

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ughhh please don't. i prefer bong ki with kyung shim rather than hee ji. i mean come on! u don't make a move with your boyfriend's best friend unless you broke up with your boyfriend. that's different. nevertheless, i can't imagine hee ji and bong soon becomes in laws. ackk...

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Oh, so I'm not the only one who like Bong-ki and Kyung-shim together. They are close and she is a good girl. I don't want the drama to end up pairing him with Hee-ji. Not if that girl so easily eyeing other man when she is already in relationship.

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exactly! and kyung shim is good towards bong ki too. and i like both bong ki and kyung shim since they both care for bong soon alot.

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I think the rules about her super-power are not clear because she herself is not sure about them. I mean her mother and grandmother only know that when they did something bad with their super-power they lost that power, so that's what she knows.

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i honestly thought when the boss was introduced at the hospital that he was one of minhyuk's brothers lol. because we knew minhyuk's dad was a gangster & he instantly recognized the "ainsoft" name. so i was intrigued when we met all 3 of his brothers later (the nicest one is so suspicious to me because they're trying to make him NOT suspicious).

maybe big boss was just rivals with minhyuk's dad haha.

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"maybe big boss was just rivals with minhyuk's dad"

That, or he is one of Min-hyuk's brother's right-hand man. We have so many villain, or bad people in general that it was hard to keep track of everyone.

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I am so excited once the romance between MH and BS accelerates! I hope we get to see a kiss soon, even if accidental or drunk!!!!!!! And of course, I need bromance!!!!! Rivalries are so boring :P I need me some MHxGD love hahahahaha

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About the killer, I feel that it could be the hero's MH's middle brother, the one who wears glasses and who clueless BS rated as kind and mild mannered at the dinner table. Also I really think that there is more than one criminal, or that the criminal is not working by himself. I also found that the criminal has a similar body type to Goog Du, but his voice is more similar to HK's middle brother.

We also have the mystery of MH (he does have a mysterious side), and the heroine's brother might also be up to something or used by the as a red herring later on, but we'll see (from this episode I rule him out as the killer/kidnapper, because the masked man is definitely taller, like I said he has a very similar build to GD).

As for BS's super-strength, so far it has been the main source of the farcical comedy aspect of this show. I continue to be intrigued by this odd drama.

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Wouldn't BS have recognized his voice at the dinner then?

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Yes this is a good point. I think the killer/kidnapper (if it is the same person) might be a stranger then, unless he alters his voice a little when he's being evil?

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The second brother is fishy, but I think he's more of a backstabber type than a psycho bride collector. Maybe he acts nice to his half-brother, but in fact he is envious of his success. He may be the one behind the threats and the attempts against MH.

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I agree with this, I think the one making threats to MH and the killer/kidnapper are two different people.

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I think the second brother (the one who acts friendly) is definitely the stalker (of CEO) but I'm wondering if he could also be the Bride Collector. I hope not but he gives me the creeps.

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I was thinking thtoo. And after seeing BS misjudge the motorcycle guy, I feel almost sure the moment she dismissed middle brother as the harmless one and the father was the one who was threatening MH (which wouldn't make any sense! *sympathizes with MH's annoyance with BS's bad judgment*)

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i think the serial killer is the witness from the second case, and MH's stalker is his second brother or his second brother's thugs. idk if these two threads are related at all, but the show seems to want to cast MH as suspicious so they might be related after all

poor MH though if his bro really turned out bad.. he was the only family MH cares about, the betrayal would be super painful

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That would make sense actually! It would be a bit coincidental for second brother to be a serial killer.

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Agreed. I think it's two separate people for sure. The killer seems to live in Bong Soon's neighbourhood so doubt that it's the brothers.

As for Min Hyuk's brother, if he's doing the stalking himself the only one who would match build-wise would be the 2nd brother and he does seem eerily "nice". Also, he comes across as more timid which makes sense as to why he'd use such a cowardly way to threaten MH rather than outwardly like his other two brothers do.

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As I've noted before (okay, maybe not here, but in real life), watch out for the quiet ones. I'm giving serious side-eye to middle bro. I think he's either the head puppet-master or the actual stalker for AMH and agree that there is most likely a second , separate person of interest as the serial kidnapper who's creating a crazy-scary bridal lair. Yikes!

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I seriously think that at least there are two criminals in that kidnapping-girl case. The masked man is the one who did the kidnapping. But that shady witness from the 2nd eps who said the criminal has big feet might be Min-hyuk stalker, who took advantage of the crime scene to frame our CEO. And I'm almost positive that the stalker is affiliated with one of Min-hyuk's brother.

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@Murasakimi - I believe MinHyuk said he would "take care of it" in regards to the motorcycle dude especially after Bong Soon was crying/yelling about how they messed with the wrong person. So i'm guessing he paid the dude off...

I legit LOL-ed quite a few times throughout the episode but wished it would move along a bit faster - a lot of the interactions were becoming repetitious. Then I kinda shook my head @ the interaction between Bong Ki & Hee Ji... bc really? we're gonna go THERE with that couple? lol I mean, sure I feel bad for the GF cuz of Gook Du.... but still... that was weird.

& not gonna lie, Bong Soon's mom reminds me of my own mother... LOLOLOL

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Aww, hooray for moms in their kids' corners! Lol! This episode made me laugh and laugh and laugh. Actually, every episode has done that. PHS is killing it in this role, I can't get enough! When he trailed his finger along JS's chest and did the seductive come-hither wink, I died. Sorry, but not or girl, I think it would be hard to resist that! Okay, okay. Time for me to go back to being a silly ahjumma and stop being 16 years old. Thanks murasakimi for the recap!

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Finally, a drama that i'm loving after WFKBJ and Goblin! It's the second time i've seen PHS. And his eyes are so beautiful. Is it natural or he applies eyeliner? ?

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No idea about the eyeliner, but it seems to me like he wears those enlarging big eye contacts? Hmm. Either way he looks great! X)

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I think eyeliner might be possible but not too sure about enlarging eye contacts. His eyes are always round and big.

http://cindyhammie.tumblr.com/post/156509109822/baby-hyungsik-look-at-his-long-eyelashes

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I actually thought that Long Eyelashes does the trick. It's so pretty.

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makeup artists always tightline actors' eyes so they would stand out on camera but not in an obvious way. that and PHS' eyelashes are naturally thick and long anyway.. it's such a joy seeing him blink and his lashes fan out lol.. the lash envy is real

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Haha. I'm kinda addicted on staring at his eyes.

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He just has the most glistening eyes, especially when amused aka whenever he is with Bong Soon. BE STILL MY HEART.

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Double reply but now that you mention WFKBJ, both Park Hyung Sik and Nam Joo Hyuk have such puppy-like and boyish faces... Totallllllly the cute/quirky romcom faces.

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His eyes are beautiful, but did you notice his skin? Flawless. Porcelain. Oh, what I would give for skin like his.

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Thanks for the recap!

I actually liked this episode. I was still on the fence after the first two episodes, but this one sold me. I loved the slower pace that allowed for some development of the characters and their relationships with each other.

I'm really liking Park Hyung Sik's acting in this episode. Can't wait to see more. Thankfully Park Bo Young isn't annoying me as much as I thought she would--I really don't like her exaggerated girly characterization sometimes.

The one thing I would have to say that is really irking me about this drama is the LGBT theme. While I love gender benders like Coffee Prince and to a lesser extent MDbC, for all the coming to terms with same sex emotions, we know at the end of the day that these characters are going to end up in MF pairings. So the more I see it, the more annoyed I get because I feel it cheapens the emotions a bit. Even in this show, even though some of these characters seem to not really care that a character may be gay, I feel that it more beguiling than anything else. There was a scene in this episode with Min Hyuk and Gook Du when for lack of a better explanation at this time Min Hyuk flipped the gay switch, teasing Gook Du. It was really interesting and really disconcerting at the same time. I guess my point is, I wish Korea made better strides with public perceptions on homosexuality.

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Maybe Min Hyuk flipped the gay switch to finally ward off Gook Doo and creeped him out enough to finally get him to leave.. I feel like with his kind of childhood he honed a different kind of defenses to ward off any unwanted attentions... this or maybe I am just giving the writer much credit by making the reason for his gay act have a deeper reason... either way Hyung Sik nailed it though he he he.

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I think you can somewhat see in Hyung Sik's expression that he's very aware of the rumours about him and he feeds the flame because he just doesn't give a beep about how people perceive and that being misunderstood is just part of his life? Because I definitely notice he plays it up whenever Bong Soon alludes to it just to irk her.

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This is also the vibe I picked up from Min-hyuk. He was well aware of those rumour and chose to flame it. And in the breakfast scene when Bong-soon commented about him being gay and how he wouldn't need a wife, there was a flash of something in his eyes. Hurt or irritated or annoyed. And then he flip off his gay switch to annoy her. I do think this is some kind of defense mechanism for him.

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You make some excellent points and I agree with you on almost all of them. But I have a slightly different take on things. The attitudes of the rest of the characters are definitely problematic in that they're patronising and insulting. And I hate that whole "oh he's gay so I can hang out with him and he won't try anything" trope because it ruins any chance of a meaningful conversation about consent or rape culture, or homosexuality.

Having said that, I actually enjoyed Min Hyuk 'flipping the gay switch' as you put it. I've said it before, Min Hyuk is a guy who does not care what people think of him. Remember how he once said he always wanted to be a criminal. He doesn't care what public opinion deems right or wrong, he has his own parameters for what is acceptable or not. And I don't think he thinks of homosexuality as a bad thing. Or he wouldn't be so blase about giving Bong Soo the impression he is one. He knows that's what she thinks of him, and he never once shows that he's got any problem with it. Also he's perceptive enough to see that Gook Do is just homophobic enough to get uncomfortable by certain things. So he takes the practical route and uses it.

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Min Hyuk's attitude is fine, but everybody else's is mostly regressive and annoying. Mom's approach that he can change is so problematic! The interplay of gae (dog) and gay... and Bong Soon's take on this is just aargh. And, it only gets worse in the next episode!

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Agreed. The next episode is very disappointing in that regard and I do not have much hope that it will get better anytime soon.

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"Bong Soon’s take on this is just aargh. And, it only gets worse in the next episode!" Agreed. A lot of the things that dealt with the topic of homosexuality were cringe worthy. And IMO they're problematic on two lines. One that they encourage homophobia and other discrimination against members of the LGBT community, and Two they obstruct meaningful conversations about consent.

Having said that, I also want to point out something else I noticed about MinHyuk. Not only did I enjoy the fact that he uses Gook doo's homophobia against him, but he's not a creep about it. When he pretended to hit on Gook Doo, it wasn’t malicious. He did it just enough to get him to back off, not because he enjoyed making him uncomfortable.

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I haven't seen ep 4 yet, but in this episode I didn't feel like MH brushed GD's chest because he recognized homophobia in GD and wanted to use that against him. GD's reaction was pretty low key and confused (like it would be if some random girl brushed his chest like that), and at the end, he still left the house thinking that MH is straight (shouting that all men are dogs and wanting that to be heard by MH).

I do think that in general, he's encounter enough of society's reactions to homosexuality that it was a good bet that doing the wink and chest brush would get people to leave him alone. He didn't get the reaction from GD, but he definitely got the reaction from BS, though it didn't seem like he was looking for the reaction either.

I agree with vongole that the Mom's approach was really problematic. It's almost like even if he is homosexual, it's expected he would marry a girl and live out the hetero life.

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" Thankfully Park Bo Young isn’t annoying me as much as I thought she would–I really don’t like her exaggerated girly characterization sometimes. "

Me too. Until now. I can't finished ep 3 of Oh My Ghostess because of PBY's acting there. Don't get me wrong i really like her on other shows but her Character in OMG is just annoying.

I was actually scared to watch this because it seems like the character seems outgoing too. Good Thing she toned it down a bit. And i'm loving it. She and PHS are too cute.

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I know there's a lot of love for PBY and she's a good actress, but I dropped Oh My Ghostess and Strong Woman Do Bong-soon because of her exaggerated and excessive aegyo and baby voice. She's a grown woman, but she acts like a little girl.

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i'm surprised to hear this because PBY is the only person who uses aegyo that i actually find cute & endearing LOL.
it feels appropriate to the plot/character to me? bong soon likes gook du so she naturally uses a more "feminine & girly" sounding voice with him (which minhyuk pointed out in episode 2.)
the other time she uses it is when she's putting on her "fake nice" voice for minhyuk & trying to hold back her irritation. & the fact that i can hear a distinction between this & talking to gook du makes me impressed by her acting.

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Oops, I should clarify that her characters are grown women, but they act like little girls.

You're right, not a lot of actresses can get away with aegyo without being annoying. I can name two actresses that I think use aegyo (as per character) to the right degree without going overboard and that would be Shin Min-A and Kim Seul-Gi. It doesn't help that PBY's characters in OMG and SWDB are really off putting to me, so the added aegyo (in any form: feminine/girly, fake nice, etc) is like nails on a chalkboard.

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i can understand what you mean~
& i agree with you about the two actresses honestly. i find them amusing even if it's cringe-y.

i definitely can see how her characters in those dramas can be off-putting but her movies are totally different, & maybe i give her more of a pass because of that bias >__<

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OMG - if you dropped Oh My Ghostess in the third episode because of that, I truly feel sorry for you. You missed a really wonderful drama. We ALL have to get through the first two to four episodes of any drama to find its worth. Sometimes I have to grit my teeth and lodge several complaints in the first few episodes before I surrender and settle down. Wish I may wish I might erase my negative comments on Dramabeans about Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Soo in the first episodes before I saw the light and t ended up in my top ten (in 200+ dramas). I hope you revisit Oh my Ghostess at some point.

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Does anyone know the name of the piece that Gook Du played on the piano while he was in the room with Bong Soo while she was sweeping the floor? I really want to play that piece but I don't even know the title of the song.

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It's Chopin's Etude Opus 10 No. 5 (Black Keys)

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Thanks!

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Hi, I'm back at it again with some headers. Hope you'll like 'em! :)

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds
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Omg sorry, I copy/pasted the wrong header and hit
submit' too soon, lol. Here's the correct one.

SWDBS
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These are really cool. Nicely done. Were you by chance the one who did the Lee Je Hoon header? 'cause I really like that one as well.

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Thanks! Ah no, sorry. Wasn't me.

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Omomo, they're so pretty! Great job ;)

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Thanks!!!

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Omoooooo Omomo! So pretty! PBY is just really gorgeous!

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Thank you. And yes she is a total stunner.

In the special episode, PHS called her a "goddess" (while a PV reel of her was playing) and PBY got all flustered. And thus my shipper heart was born!

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These are so pretty!

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Thank you so much!

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nice! good job there! super nice! can you do swdbs' header too. i mean both pby with phs. that would be awesome.

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Thanks! Already did. See comment 11.1 :)

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Kyaaaah Omomo, I finally see you again after Sassy Go Go. And your headers are amazing as always. I hope these got picked by db. Gah I can't decide who's prettier, Hyung-sik or Bo-young ♥

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Both are very nice!! ?

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Thank you! OTPs for life. ❤

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Wahhh love the headers!! Especially that text for Min-hyuk, suits him to a tee.

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Thank you, and ikr!

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This drama is cute and fun.... Jisoo is no fun in this drama.... I have always fangirled him in all his dramas... He is totally different here and very irritating too sometimes.... He thinks BS is weak and needs protection, but he doesn't spend time as much time with his GF than with BS.. Jisoo hwaiting... His character needs some more development and depth... Let's see how it turns out in the coming episodes....

Park Hyung Sik.... Cutie Pie he is.... I am going to keep him for myself.... BS can have GD... He s soooo cute and my heart skips a beat everytime is on-screen... I like how he admires BS and thinks she is sexy..... Most guys don't like manly women, they want their girls to be weak and needy of protection... I just hate that about such guys.... Like GD here.... A girl can very well take care of herself... She doesn't need your constant nagging when you won't even listen to her and walk away while she is talking.
But MH is so good, he opened up to her about his problems, he relies on her. He has the heart to protect her too... When he told let's stay together " I ll protect you and you can protect me" it was awesome.... There he took my heart away.... MH cares for her too and considerately took her away from that embarrassing situation with GD.... Oh where can I get a MH of my own... I don't care about his money... I want a guy with such a character.....

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Yeah I also don't like Jisoo's character here. It's not that I hate the actor, but I don't like how his character behaves. And I can't help but think if Gook Doo's played by a non famous actor everyone will hate him. Or at least indifferent to him. It's only Jisoo's fan that say they get second lead syndrome and write a paragraph of text about why Gook Doo should end up with Bong Soon.

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I like both PSH and JS... so I came into this drama thinking I would be really torn between them both... but eh, I think Jisoo's character is just written out to be a really... straight thinking, "squarish" kind of person? You can see how he gets confused when people don't think the same way as he is, he's a little insensitive to how BS feels, and he's most definitely a 100% upright policeman. I guess it's just the way his character is written!

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I quite like Ji Soo as a "celebrity" and how hard he works and is in everything... though I've really not seen much of his works but here, he comes across as a little stiff. I also feel he raises his voice or just in a frantic manner (?) a lot when acting "passionate"... Idk. I like the guy as Bong Soon's Gook Doo, but I don't think he's that convincing as a police officer. But I don't think I even mind that much because I am just loving the show so much that it just compensates for all the small shortcomings.

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I totally agree Ji Soo's character is just a little bit boring. Slightly too straight laced to be worthy of her. Particularly when you have a man agog with wonder at the amazing woman who Ji Soo is ignoring.

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+1000
Yes! This! I really like how Minhyuk is just always staring at Bong Soon with wonder - like how he really appreciates and admires her for who she is. Gook Du on the other hand, seems to treat her a lot like a little sister, if that makes sense. He's worried for her when she shows up with a bunch of beaten-up thugs, he gets angry when she wants to spend the night at a guy's house, etc... And he spends a lot of it just shouting around.

Site note though - I didn't realize the portrait in his closet was her, until it was mentioned in this recap! I bet he's going to be that much more amazed when he finds out it was really her.

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"Particularly when have a man agog with wonder at the amazing woman who Jisoo is ignoring."

Yes!!! I like how he stares in wonder at her when she's being anything from bad-ass to well below average to just breathing. He's in awe of all aspects of her. I LOVE IT.

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I like Ji Soo the actor and I'm glad that SWDBS is doing well in ratings, since the character of GD is pretty irritating. I cringe every time he talks to BS like she is some kid. There is treating someone like your little sis and there is treating someone like your elementary age little sister who can't tie her shoes.

I would only ship GD and BS if they were at their 6th grade selves. the actors who played the 6th grade versions seemed to have a good chemistry.

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I agree with the second lead syndrome. But in this case, because of his character (not exactly annoying, but not well developed) I think he should not get the girl...
Sad but true...

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I found it distracting that he always shout his line. Especially when he's at work. All of his senior discuss their theory calmly, but he is screaming loudly to his superior about his deduction.

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I've been thinking about what makes Ji Soo seem "stiff" in here, and I suppose it's because his character, being the upright guy that he is, has been using formal speech all this time. He had the same problem in Moon Lovers with his awkward sageuk speech line delivery. I think he does best in roles that aren't required to be all flowery and formal, like in Angry Mom and Sassy Go Go where he really stood out.

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This ep was slower in moving the plot forward, but that's fine since the humor more than made up for it and the pace allowed for more build-up of the relationships btwn the characters, esp. Bong-soon and Min-hyuk (which is the most important thing in a romcom).

Don't mind at all that Bong-soon is a flawed character and/or that she didn't seem to have much going on for her aside from her strength, crush and love for video games - but that's what makes her character interesting (she's no "goody two-shoes" which is boring) and allows for her character to grow.

There are many who dislike the mother, but I actually dig her character. Not exactly a nice person or a good mother (at least to Bong-soon), but she's hilarious in her own right and she's an interesting character (having all nice characters, like the dad, would just make for a boring drama).

While the humor at times can be cartoonish at times, overall, pretty funny w/ some total gut-busting moments.

Unfortunately, too many romcoms are missing on the funny (i.e. - think that a character just being stupid drunk as being "funny").

Haven't really watched any K-dramas since AoY, aside from starting and fast-forwarding a few where the interest waned, but glad that this one has panned out.

Don't really mind the juxtaposition of SWDBS being a romcom and a crime drama (well, 2 crime dramas) at the same time, as it makes more sense here as Min-hyuk comes from a crime syndicate family and has a threat against him - hence, need for a bodyguard.

Also, Gook-doo being a cop and the these dangers are seemingly what gives purpose to Bong-soon's superhuman strength.

Only thing that really feels false here is Gook-doo's cellist GF having the wandering eye for Bong-soon's twjn brother (seems like it was just thrown in to just add another complication).

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+100 to all this. I really think the girlfriend was an unnecessary addition and basically a plot device to eventually get Gook Doo to realise his feelings for Bong Soon or something. They could've just kept him as an oblivious friend and it would've had the same effect without having to waste time on that whole sideplot.

I also really like the humour here, it's so quirky and easily laugh-out-loud which is great. I mean, I appreciate wit and all but in many romcoms it comes across as douchey but here these two are just like two kids, which I find a lot more palatable.

I love Bong Soon's mum - she's such a hoot. And I especially love her squad. They are adorable in their own ways. And I love Bong Ki and Bong Soon. I just love all the characters tbh, they're all hilarious and quirky in their own ways.

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This drama is CUTE with a capital "C", and at this point that's the best I can say about it. I think the writers and producers got together and said, "Let's create a cute drama to show off Park Bo Young, Park Hyung Sik and Ji Soo, hoping that fans will be drawn just by virtue of the the great previous dramas these three have already done, but let's not worry about a plot or story...just the characters will draw them in". And you know what character I'm crazy about as a result? It's Kim Won-Hae, doubly appearing in this and Chief Kim (and one other?) right now. OMG, this guy is stealing every scene he's in in the hospital. I can't take my eyes off of him!!! He makes me laugh every second he's on the screen.

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+1. With his hanging teeth and saliva... Oh my! I virtually laugh out loud every time he comes on screen.

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In the BTS they said Kim Wonhae was the cause of the most NGs. Heck, I sure wouldn't be able to get a line out if I was acting with him without busting up laughing.

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I normally hate anything even approaching slapstick but he is killing me. Especially because I keep thinking what a total blast he's got to be having, you can see he's going for it 100%+.

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I love this show. Minhyuk and I are soul siblings, disliking corrupt cops, liking pretty cops, and having a healthy appreciation for a man with a tight ass. I think I've found my bestie.

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+10000000!!

Can I be besties with you both? Lol

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A bunch of cuties heheheheh love them

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I would like to see more character development on Bong-soon herself other than her super power or her one-sided crush on Gook-doo. It was fun to watch Bong-soon beating up the bad guys in the neighbourhood but it has happened a little bit too frequent, especially Bong-soon had mentioned in the first place that she had been trying to living a normal life by hiding her strength from the others. She has been a little reckless in terms of how to use her power and hopefully the there will be more screen time on her learning to manage her powers.
I would also like to see Bong-soon get some small punishment for abusing her super power, nothing serious, maybe like a running nose or an upset stomach, because I do feel sorry for those who got hurt without a good reason. It would be hilarious and also would better explain the rules of using her powers.
PBY and PHS are really cute in this drama. I like their ways of presenting the roles here and look forward to more interactions between Bong-soon and Min-hyuk.

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watch ep 4 guys. ep 1~3 is nothing.

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You're 100% right about that! Episode 4 turns toward amazing and now I'm in!

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Our resident strong girl apparently was too naive. Gentle smile didn't always mean a good guy, honey. Especially not in that kind of family. In contrary, I'm most suspicious of the second brother. Someone who could hide behind caring and supporting facade was definitely scarier than the one who was openly hostile and unlikable.

Speaking of Min-hyuk and his brothers, his confession about being locked inside a closet and how he eventually found it comforting and fun shed so much light to his weird personality. Usually in k-drama, that kind of experience would went straight into traumatic category. But at such a young age, he reinterpreted that incident in a much lighter note. No wonder that it eventually skewed his view about comfort and fun so badly as something he could only feel when he was alone, and nobody bothered or harassed him.

It certainly gave his oddball tendency a different vibe. It wasn't a mask to hide his painful memories, but a byproduct of someone who love solitary life too much. While he was perfectly capable of feeling emotion and identifying it from other people, he just didn't see the merit of having relationship with other people or connecting himself to others. It was all fun and game in his life. Something that I think will change faster than what he is prepared for.

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Hmm, I don't know I do feel that there's a sense of loneliness about Min Hyuk sometimes. Behind the facade of being this devil-may-care dude, he seems to have plenty of emotions and deep thoughts... and that's what I like about him. I think though growing up in that environment, he's had to find the comfort in being alone. But when he's with Bong Soon, you can see that he enjoys being in her company as well.

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Mom thinks red socks in low heels are sexy? Oh, dear, save me from such provacation!

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It is a bit of a slow episode, but Minhyuk and Bongsoon's antics make it up for me. ? Still waiting to see how the whole creepy mask guy fits in the whole story, but tbh there really has to be an explanation for the whole curse thing, esp now with the premonition thing at the end.

And really, the whole bit about Heeji-Bongki didn't need to happen. The relationship was obvs not really working. Don't corrupt the small oppa, sister!

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Seriously, Park Bo-young is just the cutest!!! Usually I would find this kind of cuteness annoying, but with her, it's not force, just completely natural. I'm in awe. Wish I could be this cute too :D

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She's really small and cute hahaha, I wanna hug her XD

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She is SOOOO cute. And so is he. I was getting so smitten when he was getting smitten and then getting smitten at her adorable antics. Too much smitten.

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Nonononono, you can never be too smitten. Impossible! ?

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she's definitely naturally cute. i'm pretty sure most of her co-stars in the past (song joong ki, jo jung seok, hyungshik & jisoo!) have talked about how adorable she is.

"Jo Jung Suk said, 'I try so hard not to smile but it’s not working. Park Bo Young is so cute that I keep making mistakes. She says that she doesn’t actually have aegyo in real life, but she has so much aegyo when acting that it almost feels like she’s lying to me. Especially when she hugs me, it’s hard to push her away.'"

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Sincerely hoping the writer And PD tighten up the storylines somewhat. It is beginning to feel like an ensemble drama at points and tying up all the various character plots neatly is going to be challenging. Still early days yet but so far there is

1) presumably OTP.
2) brother???
3) gangsters that DBS beat up
4) menacing kidnapper/serial killer
5) AMH family plotting
6) IGD and girlfriend story
7) threat against AMH

Several of these lines are fairly obviously going to collapse into a single arc at some point but that still leaves a fair number of plot threads to move forward.

Ultra cute and comedic scenes are carrying the show now but the shifting from plot line to plot line is taking away from character and main story line development. Hoping for some tightened storytelling.

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Ahn Min Hyuk is the most layered character in the show, and I love his interaction with Bong Soon, but yeah I kind of agreed about the characterization of Bong Soon being weak, if it's not for Park Bo Young her character would resemble Cha Ro Woon in introverted Boss, but I still like her character a lot and her sassiness, can't wait when she start to fall for Min Hyuk.

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I'm sort of sad that BS isn't getting as much characterization as MH since this drama is named after her. Sort of reminds me of how the Beautiful Gong Shim ended up being more about Ahn Dan Te (though Namgong Min/Ahn Dan Te was awesome).

But it's still early and we should be getting like 16 episodes right?

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Yeah it's still early indeed, I hope her character improved next episode since in ep.4 she finally understands that AMH isn't a jerk whom she thought he is

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