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Fight My Way: Episode 7

It seems as though everyone is lying to everyone else lately—about their feelings, their actions, and they’re even lying to themselves. So many lies can’t possibly be sustainable, and things are about to blow wide open in a big way. Hopefully that just means that the truth can’t be far behind, though where that truth will take our four friends and their relationships is anyone’s guess.

 
Round 7: “Who on earth are you looking at?”

Dong-man walks in on Moo-bin kissing Ae-ra, and with an expression of hurt and betrayal, he slams the hospital door and turns to leave. But then he stops himself, turns, and storms back.

Throwing the door wide open, Dong-man barges in and asks, “Are you two dating?!” and Moo-bin stammers that they’re not. Dong-man demands to know why he was kissing Ae-ra, telling Moo-bin that he should make the relationship status clear before kissing her.

Moo-bin tells Dong-man to drop the “friends” act, asking if Dong-man likes Ae-ra, and Ae-ra watches for Dong-man’s answer with great interest. Flustered, Dong-man gulps, then blurts out, “I’m her guardian!” Ae-ra grinds her teeth, muttering that she could stab him, ha.

Dong-man warns Moo-bin not to cross the line or he’ll lose his temper, so Ae-ra asks why he’s so angry. She asks if there’s some reason she can’t date Moo-bin, who does things to impress her and calls her a goddess. Dong-man says that that’s how he knows Moo-bin is a fraud, because Ae-ra is no goddess. Oh sweetie, I know what you’re trying to say, but it’s time to stop talking.

Dong-man tells Ae-ra to keep her distance from Moo-bin, but she asks why she should do that when Moo-bin likes her so much. Dong-man has no ready answer for that, so Ae-ra asks, “Why, do you like me?”

Dong-man’s brain shorts out again, as it always does when he gets flustered by Ae-ra. He yells, “I like you!” but he adds that she, Joo-man, and Seol-hee are all important to him. Ae-ra tells him that as a friend, he should congratulate her, because she and Moo-bin are now officially dating.

After relocating downstairs, Dong-man seethes and glares at Moo-bin and Ae-ra as they talk. Ae-ra apologizes for making that sudden announcement, but Moo-bin is tickled to death, even though Ae-ra admits that she’s not head over heels for him. He says she can’t take it back now, and he asks for those ten dates again.

He puckers up for another kiss, and Ae-ra leans away looking uncomfortable. Dong-man yells a loud “HEY!!” and throws a rock at Moo-bin, because he is apparently twelve years old, and growls that they need to get a cab and get home.

When the cab arrives, Dong-man jumps in beside Ae-ra, which has Moo-bin squawking that he should sit in the front seat. Dong-man rolls down the window just enough to shoot Moo-bin a smug glare as they drive off, HAHA.

They stop to eat at Coach Hwang’s soondae truck, where Dong-man pesters Ae-ra about her new dating status. She explains that she didn’t like Moo-bin much at the beginning either, but he grew on her. Dong-man repeats that Moo-bin seems fake and weird to him, wondering how he could call Ae-ra a goddess. Ae-ra asks dryly if he’s ever been slapped while eating, ha.

She tells Dong-man that life is too short not to have fun dating, and that she needs more than just a guy friend. She says she wants someone sweet and forward, someone that’s just hers.

Ae-ra’s love life is the primary topic of conversation over breakfast the next morning. Joo-man marvels that Dong-man and Moo-bin keep competing for the same girls, remembering Bo-ram from high school, but it’s news to the dense Dong-man that Moo-bin liked her, too.

The four friends head to the bus stop together, and when Dong-man hears Ae-ra mention a possible date and Seol-hee ask if she’s going to stay out all night, he tells her to come home early. She says she’ll think about it, then pointedly tells him she’ll see him tomorrow when his bus arrives. He runs back to yank out her hairband when Seol-hee says she looks pretty in a ponytail, because as previously noted, he is apparently twelve years old.

Landlady Hwang seems to be in the market for a new building, and one of the places she looks at is Coach Hwang’s gym. The realtor says it’s a bad investment, but she asks him to contact her first if it’s ever on the market.

Ae-ra looks into announcing school, where she’s told that with her lack of experience plus her age, she’ll need to take the premium classes, which are taught by famous announcers. This is Hye-ran’s cue to waltz into the room, and she and Ae-ra exchange eye-daggers as Ae-ra remembers how they used to compete for jobs when they were both interviewing as rookies. Hye-ran got her first job by calling one of the executives “oppa,” and later upgraded by calling someone even higher up the chain “father.”

Hye-ran finds Ae-ra to ask if she’s really going to try for an announcer job, calling her brave but somehow making it sound like an insult. They leave at the same time, and Moo-bin picks up Ae-ra at the curb for their first official date. He seems to recognize Hye-ran, who keeps her face turned away.

Bristling, Ae-ra asks Moo-bin if he’s a fan of Hye-ran’s, but he says that she’s a VIP at his father’s hospital. He leans over to peer at Hye-ran’s face, then says that “it” is healing well while gesturing at his own nose. Ha, did she get a nose job?

At the gym, Dong-man enthusiastically demonstrates some mixed martial arts moves for a trio of ajummas. The ladies talk about how cute Dong-man is, as compared to the coach, who is the sexy type. They wonder if the landlady knows about Dong-man, who’s being trained for free even though the rent is late.

Dong-man’s arch-enemy, Tak-soo, looks over a copy of a gossip magazine, in which the main story asks why the Brazilian jujitsu fighter (the one they hired to fight Dong-man) was recently in Korea. The article speculates on whether Tak-soo was involved in the Brazilian’s fight with Dong-man, so Tak-soo tells manager Tae-hee to sue the magazine. But Tae-hee says they can’t sue them when it’s the truth, and that the best thing to do is to find a bigger story to overshadow this one.

The landlady tells Coach Hwang that she has someone interested in buying the building, so he has to move out next month. She leaves and runs into manager Tae-hee, who is clearly plotting something regarding the sale of the building.

Meanwhile, the mean instructor at the gym asks Dong-man why the coach is training him for free, and enduring hardship just for Dong-man’s dream.

Before their date, Moo-bin stops by his hospital, explaining that the chief director is visiting from Japan so he needs to quickly greet him. She waits inside, but she hides her face when she sees the two guys whose cars she destroyed after the wedding. They approach Ae-ra, offering their apologies for the way they treated her.

Ae-ra asks if they’d be doing this if she weren’t dating their friend. They apologize again, saying that they should make up since they’ll be seeing each other at the hospital event tomorrow night. Ae-ra doesn’t know of any such event, so the guys explain that everyone will be bringing their partners, and that Moo-bin probably didn’t want to pressure her. They say that Moo-bin always came alone to this event every year, and they felt bad for him.

Moo-bin takes Ae-ra to a drive-in movie for their date, which she finds uncomfortable. He says that she’s as pretty as Song Hye-gyo to him, and his awkwardness has Ae-ra asking when he last went on a date. He says it was a long time ago, but it sounds like a one-sided crush.

Ae-ra deduces that Moo-bin has never actually dated, though Moo-bin insists that he’s very experienced. He eyes her hands, sitting primly on her knees, and he decides to try for a hand-hold. But her phone rings and she reaches for it as he’s reaching for her hand, leaving Moo-bin to grab her bare leg instead. Whoops.

That evening, Dong-man helps Coach Hwang with the soondae truck, offering to be his unpaid intern since he feels guilty about what Coach is going through for him. He calls Ae-ra to ask her where the salt is that he lent her last year, which is such a lame excuse to interrupt her date.

He asks if she’s still with Moo-bin, and since Moo-bin is listening, Ae-ra gets out of the car and tells Dong-man that they’re at the drive-in. Dong-man nearly has a stroke thinking about all the things couple do at drive-ins, and overhearing the sound of the couple kissing in the movie winds him up into a full-on panic.

Ae-ra hangs up on him, so Dong-man looks up drive-ins online and sees netizens talking about what goes on there, none of it family-friendly. The online comments mock him everywhere he turns, until he can’t take it anymore. He fires up the soondae truck’s engine, forcing Coach to scramble to pack everything up so Dong-man can “rescue” Ae-ra from Moo-bin’s nefarious clutches (except he keeps that part to himself, letting Coach think he wants to sell soondae at the drive-in).

Dong-man finds the right drive-in and jumps out to race through the parking lot, calling Ae-ra’s phone and freaking right out when she doesn’t answer. He sees a couple making out and yanks open the door, screaming an apology when it’s not Ae-ra and Moo-bin, HA. Everywhere he looks, there’s kissing, and it drives him mad.

Eventually Dong-man spots Moo-bin heading back from the concession stand and the two men freeze. The security guard approaches Dong-man, giving Moo-bin the chance to make a run for it and make it safely back to his own car and Ae-ra before Dong-man can catch up. He peels out, leaving Dong-man in the dust, and when Ae-ra tries to look in the rear view mirror, he yanks her hair so she can’t see, hee.

On the ride home, Ae-ra gets another call from Dong-man, griping at her for not answering when he called before. He pretends that he wants her to bring home ice cream, and he’s so wrapped up in worrying about Ae-ra that Hye-ran’s silky “Oppa…” takes him by surprise.

She’s waiting outside his building with groceries to cook him dinner, and his face goes carefully blank when he sees her. He tells her that he doesn’t like the carbonara she’s planning to make—he only ate it because she liked it. He adds that there’s a lot she doesn’t know about him, because he wasn’t himself around her.

Moo-bin and Ae-ra pull up, and Dong-man watches Moo-bin help Ae-ra out of the car, while Hye-ran watches him watching Ae-ra. Ignoring their audience, Moo-bin presents Ae-ra with a new pair of heels, saying that now that they’re officially dating, he wanted to give her something Cinderella-like.

Ae-ra expresses discomfort with his extravagant gifts, but Moo-bin says they weren’t that expensive. She relents and takes them, which is when Dong-man stalks over to tell Moo-bin to move his car.

Moo-bin angrily tells Dong-man to respect Ae-ra’s boundaries, but Dong-man counters that he’s not just any old guy friend to Ae-ra. Hye-ran asks what he means, but Dong-man has once again talked himself into a corner. He blinks and stammers, searching for an answer, then he barks something about being her protector, like a stand-in father.

Moo-bin ignores a call from someone saved in his phone as “Chief,” which Ae-ra notes that he’s done several times tonight. She says he should go if it’s work, and he starts to say something about tomorrow but stops himself. Dong-man gets fed up and stomps to his apartment, completely done with all of them.

Later he sends Ae-ra a text explaining that Hye-ran was waiting for him, anxious for her to understand that he didn’t call Hye-ran first. Ae-ra calls him back to confront him about his weird behavior tonight, but she hangs up when he just rambles.

Ae-ra and Seol-hee page through a memory book that Moo-bin gave her with the shoes, which is full of cute little stories and pictures of everything that’s happened since they met. Seol-hee says that this is the sort of guy Ae-ra should be dating, a guy who likes her more than she likes him.

Ae-ra notices that Moo-bin has “liked” every photo she’s posted on Instagram, and over in his apartment, Dong-man sees it, too. Jealous, he hovers a shaking finger over the heart button, but when he actually clicks it, he looks horrified. Ae-ra growls at the comment he leaves to cover up his embarrassment: “You’re ugly.”

In the morning, Seol-hee waxes poetic about how Moo-bin treats Ae-ra like Cinderella. But Dong-man scoffs, saying that Ae-ra has never liked princess stories, and that Zhang Fei, a Chinese general from the Three Kingdoms era, was her role model as a child.

At work, Joo-man’s boss tells him that the family of a kimchi brand they carry specifically chose him to be their launching manager. He does the happy dance in a meeting room while he waits for Seol-hee so he can give her the good news.

They jump and squeal over his good fortune, though Joo-man can’t figure out why they would request him personally. Seol-hee is sure that this will mean a promotion if all goes well, and Joo-man kisses her all over her face until they hear a knock at the door—it’s his entire team, here for a meeting. Yikes.

Ae-ra wonders if she should go to Moo-bin’s work event, then she remembers how he once said he’d love it if she surprised him. She gets dressed up and wears the heels he bought for her, even though they’re too small.

Joo-man lets his team into the meeting room, which is now strangely devoid of Seol-hee. His boss teases him because his lips are shiny, joking that if he had a girlfriend they’d have thought he was in here kissing her. Joo-man glances over at the filing cabinet and nervously notices a bit of Seol-hee’s pink sweater sticking out from under the door.

Coach Hwang informs Dong-man that the gym has been sold, but the strange part is that they’ve been told to stay. They wonder why, but they’re distracted when a little boy runs past with his mother yelling after him.

The woman stomps over to scream at Coach Hwang for setting up his soondae truck in front of her family’s restaurant. She and Dong-man stare at each other, then he suddenly recognizes her—it’s Bo-ram, his old girlfriend and former school beauty, now looking decidedly frumpy.

Joo-man’s meeting runs long, and a cute little snoring noise starts coming from the filing cabinet. Joo-man pretends to be sleepy and suggests a break, hoping to sneak Seol-hee out. Everyone goes out except for Ye-jin, who insists on hanging back to talk, asking sadly what she has to do to convince him of her feelings.

Despite Joo-man urging her not to speak, Ye-jin blurts out, “We even kissed in the copy room!” He sweats bullets every time she says “kiss,” and insists that she kissed him but he didn’t kiss her back. But Ye-jin ignores him, saying that there should be “more” since they kissed. She flounces from the room, and Seol-hee tumbles out of the filing cabinet to ask, “Did you kiss?”

Ae-ra is limping in pain from the ill-fitting shoes before she even arrives at Moo-bin’s event, and she waits for him outside. But when he arrives, he’s accompanied by a pretty woman, and when he sees Ae-ra, he looks right through her.

Ae-ra stops him from walking past her, and the other woman asks who she is in Japanese. Moo-bin answers that she’s just a patient of his, and as they’re talking, Ae-ra sees that the paper in his hand is a wedding invitation—for Moo-bin and this woman.

The woman spots her father, who happens to be the hospital’s chief director, and she leaves Moo-bin to speak to Ae-ra alone. Moo-bin insists that his feelings for her are real, and that everything he said about her being a goddess was sincere. But he admits that he wasn’t planning on calling off the engagement, nor did he have any intention of breaking things off with Ae-ra, because even after he’s married, he can still focus on her whenever he’s in Korea.

Stunned, Ae-ra calls him a piece of trash, but Moo-bin promises to do everything he can to make her feel like a princess. He says that this is why he asked her to go on ten dates with him, which now feels to Ae-ra like pure manipulation.

Meanwhile, Dong-man and Bo-ram catch up, and she reminds him that they saw each other once after graduating. She’d been dating Moo-bin at the time, since he’d become a doctor and she only dates the best (aha, she’s the girl Moo-bin claimed that he could barely remember, lying dirtbag).

Moo-bin knew that Dong-man had a job pumping gas, so he’d stopped by his station to show Bo-ram how far the guy she liked in high school had fallen. Bo-ram had realized that Moo-bin was only dating her so he could feel superior to Dong-man, which is what she tells Dong-man now.

Moo-bin confesses to Ae-ra that it’s because Dong-man cares for her so much that he was drawn to her at first. Ae-ra asks what Dong-man has to do with anything, and Moo-bin lets his expression show his disdain as he says that he’s annoyed that Dong-man is always happy even though he has nothing.

Ae-ra argues that no matter how Dong-man acts, he’s better than a piece of trash like Moo-bin. She kicks off the shoes he gave her, saying that Cinderella stories aren’t popular anymore, because the world is filled with dumb but hardworking women who can succeed on their own.

Barefoot, Ae-ra walks away, declining a call from Dong-man. She thinks to herself that Cinderella is a brat who sold lies to little girls, and that Zhang Fei, a warrior who commanded thousands, is much sexier.

Moo-bin does seem upset about losing Ae-ra, as his friend tells him how their other friend told her about the hospital event just to mess with him. The friend only laments the loss of the money Moo-bin spent on Ae-ra’s expensive hospital suite, but Moo-bin says that when he went to pay the bill, it was already paid, and he assumed that Dong-man paid it.

Unable to reach anyone by phone, Dong-man races to find Ae-ra, thinking of what Bo-ram told him: that Moo-bin was trash to the end, and even sent her a wedding invitation out of spite. When he finally finds her, he demands that she take him to Moo-bin so he can beat him up. But Ae-ra is exhausted so she asks him to just sit with her.

Dong-man inspects her carefully, making sure that she wasn’t hit, but she says indignantly that she just yelled at Moo-bin then left. Feeling helpless, Dong-man bellows at her, asking why she’s shivering and upset, then he kicks off his own shoes for her to wear.

Ae-ra says pragmatically that it’s not like she loved Moo-bin, admitting that she only dated him because she was angry. Fighting back tears, she says that Moo-bin looking down on her doesn’t make her pathetic, so long as she doesn’t think of herself that way. But when Dong-man gets worked up again she starts to cry for real, wailing that when someone takes your side, it only makes you cry harder.

Dong-man takes off his sweatshirt and tosses it over Ae-ra’s head, which allows her to cry to her heart’s content without anyone seeing her. He hugs her still-covered head to his chest, but she lashes out at him, telling him to stop doing things like this. He yells back for her to stop making him angry: “Stop running around and making me crazy! Just stay holed up in your house! Or don’t date any guys!”

Ae-ra shoves him away and yanks off the sweatshirt, and she asks what business it is of his if she dates. Again she tells him to stay out of her love life or he’ll regret it, but Dong-man counters that he wouldn’t have to get involved if she didn’t keep messing it up.

Suddenly, Ae-ra blurts out, “I’m saying you make my heart flutter!” Dong-man stares at her, dumbstruck, so she repeats herself: “My heart flutters every time you do that. It flutters—there’s something wrong with me.” The world spins as they stand still, wondering what happens next.

[The song and spinning camera is an homage to Jealousy, that 1992 drama that javabeans and I are always talking about as the show that got us hooked on dramas in the first place. It’s about two best friends who keep getting jealous of each other’s relationships, gee I wonder why! –girlfriday]

Epilogue.

Dong-man talks to some of the nurses at Moo-bin’s hospital, groaning that there’s no justice in the world. He tells them how Moo-bin seduced a woman while he was engaged, all along intending to keep seeing her after the wedding.

The rumor spreads like wildfire, particularly the part where the innocent girlfriend hung herself in despair, pfft. When the story gets back to the chief director, he calls off Moo-bin’s wedding to his daughter immediately.

 
COMMENTS

EEEEE, finally! I didn’t really expect Ae-ra to be the first to confess to having more-than-friendly feelings, though it’s obvious that she’s been aware of them for a long time, the way she’s always telling Dong-man not to get too close and confuse her. But I’m glad she said something first, because Dong-man is such a moose that he would never figure out that she likes him back without a club over the head. Now, what he’ll do with this information is anyone’s guess, because if there’s one thing we know by now, it’s that Dong-man will do anything but react like a typical drama hero.

As for our other couple and their troublesome interloper, I’ve been giving Ye-jin a big fat pass until now, because it’s not her fault that Joo-won isn’t admitting that he has a girlfriend. She’s been pushy in her pursuit of him, but given that he’s been vague and she’s a bit dense, I wasn’t even upset with her lack of awareness of his constantly turning her down. But I finally got annoyed with her when she started whining about “their” kiss, because honey, that’s not even close to how it works. You don’t get to attack-kiss your supervisor, at work, then complain when he doesn’t return your feelings. Kissing someone isn’t a magic button to make the other person like you. When half of the pair has zero involvement in a kiss, then it’s not some grand romantic moment, it’s assault. Ye-jin is lucky to still have her job after kissing Joo-man like that, and she has no reason at all to assume that she and Joo-man are suddenly in a relationship just because she forced a moment of intimacy on him.

And Joo-man… sigh. I’ve said it before, but what’s about to happen is in large part his fault for not being honest. He should have been telling Seol-hee about Ye-jin’s advances all along, and he should have gone straight home and told Seol-hee when Ye-jin kissed him. I can absolutely understand his reasoning that since he’s not at all interested in Ye-jin, that telling Seol-hee about her pursuit of him would be upsetting. But Seol-hee has the right to know, and besides, they all work together! Ye-jin isn’t exactly subtle about her feelings for Joo-man, and it was all going to get back to Seol-hee eventually. So by not telling her and letting her deal with it in advance like an adult, Joo-man decides on Seol-hee’s behalf not to tell her. He treated her like a child who can’t handle strong emotions, and set her up for finding out in the worst way possible.

But I gotta back up—I did NOT see Moo-bin’s engagement coming. I had a feeling that something was not quite normal with Moo-bin, because he was just so cheerfully aggressive and it didn’t feel natural. But I thought that he’d just never dated before, and chalked my misgivings up to his inexperience. I didn’t expect him to be working his way through Dong-man’s exes out of jealousy and a vicious inferiority complex—but damn, he really turned out to be a piece of trash, as Ae-ra put it.

But in a way, I’m glad that Ae-ra found out the way she did, because seeing her get angry when she was wronged made me want to cheer. I think that she was trying to talk herself into liking Moo-bin because he’s attentive and he has a good career, so I’m glad this happened before she started to actually care for him. She got to rediscover her inner warrior, and she stopped trying to make herself happy in Cinderella’s shoes when they were never going to fit her. And it led to the fight with Dong-man and Ae-ra’s confession, so hopefully now that her feelings are out in the open, Dong-man’s won’t be far behind.

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It's honestly so difficult not to read recaps and spoil myself...and I get tempted every time. I don't have Internet access to watch this for a few more hours yet, darn work! ?

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Thanks LollyPip!

I'm glad that this show is one where reading recaps before watching is doable, because I really want to skip those bits that I know will annoy me. So I'm just fine with getting spoilt. ?

Generally, knowing what's going to happen, does not reduce the enjoyment for me. Maybe I have too much stress already and can do without the suspense? LOL! ?

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OK, I watched this episode. LOL! The drive-in scenes. I was making so much noise laughing, the child who shares the space with me had to slap on the headphones.

Like I said, reading the recap didn't hurt my enjoyment of the show. I liked knowing what to avoid and what to look out for. It's great to get progress in the OTP relationship, because one more episode of them being totally obtuse and never broaching the heart fluttery subject, would, I felt, have been one episode too long.

I felt that Ae Ra was very self-controlled to not have slapped or punched Moo Bin. I was wondering if he was really clueless about what he was saying to her or that he really thought that it was perfectly acceptable to be setting her up to be (essentially) his mistress, in advance.

Anyway, I'm glad that's over. Now it's time to look forward to getting better OTP communication and coupley developments!! ?

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It makes me wonder if Moo-bin's father had a mistress. Somehow he got the idea that it's normal to have a wife in one country and a lover in another.

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I feel you. I didnt get a chance to watch it last night but I keep watching all the snippets of the drama on instagram and i keep wanting to read the recap. I've spoilt half the episode for myself already :(

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@growingbeautifully I'm usually fine with getting spoilt (I don't get angry) but I want to try to watch episodes without knowing others' opinions first so that I can form my own!! Usually I am too stressed to deal with suspense, like you :p

However, I'm kind of glad I stopped reading this recap halfway because the MooBin-cheater was a HUGE surprise to me. I really didn't expect it at all. I thought he would be just some really nice guy that AR ended up passing on because they just weren't suitable. I did find it totally suspicious that his friends would apologize because with the way their characters were painted, I wouldn't have thought they would even feel sorry, much less apologize. It makes sense now that they obviously had something up their sleeve!

It was disgusting because MooBin obviously cheapened AR by thinking that she would still continue to meet him even after he got married, as though she would be content to be the 3rd party. MB's definitely a huge jerk - from the way he thought he could buy her over with expensive gifts, to even the fact that he was going to cheat on his wife without a second thought. The smug look at the gas station felt so chilling because he's always been smiley and nervous. I felt so terrible for AR. It was a strangely refreshing twist for me though.

On Dongman: I get frustrated when he refuses to admit that he does care for AR, because he keeps dodging a straight answer but at the same time I get where he's coming from. I think he doesn't want to ruin their friendship, which makes him hesitant to admit that he feels anything for her. So I'm also kind of glad that AR straight out told him that her heart flutters, so now the ball's in his court. It's up to him what he wants to make out of that. At least he doesn't need to fear rejection on her part.

On Ye Jin, Joo Man, and Seol Hee: Unlike @lollypip I never gave YJ a pass because I thought she was being extremely aggressive in asking JM out. If a man had done that, he might have been called out for harassment. The moment she kissed him, I was over her. Girl, you don't get to force a kiss on another person and expect them to magically like you back. Life isn't a badly written drama with an overly aggressive male lead (or in this case, female "lead"). I've always been frustrated that JM never straight out rejected her, because I still don't know why he can't reveal that he is not single. What is the issue here? I really want to know SH's reaction - if she continues to be a doormat and lets this issue slide... I'm going to be sorely disappointed.

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I read the part where you said, "It's up to him what he wants to make out of that." as: its up to him if he wants to make out or not. And I was all...well, why wouldn't he? HA!

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I just read it anyway hahahah I caved into the temptations.

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Why did Moo Bin turned out to be such a major ass all of a sudden? Geez. RomComs are turning out to be such a disappointment these days.

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I knew there was something off with Moo-Bin. I'm glad that he's out of the storyline now, and we can finally focus on Ae Ra and Dong Man. Is there a way to get rid of Hye Ran as well?!

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Same !!! I was so very relieved that that snivelling, garbage of a person Moo Bin wont be there any more! Okay now that half the bitterness is gone, oh my. The last ten minutes totally justified my irrational love for the show. Ae Ra confessing first and Dng Man spreading rumours, I shouldn't ask for more..but the thing is I am so ready for all the romantic hijinks now! Plus, the best part about the show is that they are making me care not just about the romance bit but also the rest of the storyline. I really want to know if Ae Ra becomes a succesful announcer and how many fights does Dong Man win and lose on his way to becoming the best! Hwaiting!

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I was just asking myself if there actually are korean girls like Hye Ran and Ye-jin...
I wish Ae-ra would really tell Hye-ran off. I was so annoyed when she waltzed in the hospital and told Ae-ra to leave. That girl has no shame! When she told Ae-ra that she was pathetic for being alongside Dong-man all this while, Ae-ra should have retorted that the pathetic one is her! She's so pathetic that she has no shame...after divorcing her husband, she comes crawling back to her ex.
As for Ye-jin, I think that LollyPip has said it all. How desperate and shameless can one get? She's like a spoilt child, which she probably is.

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Despite my fondness for Choi Woo-sik, I am also glad that Moo-bin is out of the picture. Even though he turned out to be an epic jerk, he did deliver the swooniest line this episode: “you are the sexiest when you behave like a middle-aged man.”

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I gotta admit... I fell for his sweet, nervous act completely. The only time I thought something was off was when his friends "apologized". Maybe I should have known something was up because he had such terrible friends. Why would any decent guy want to hang out with friends who treat women that way? It figures that he's the exact same - he views women as possessions that he can keep and toy around with, and thinks he can buy them over by making them feel like Cinderella. Prince Charming? Ugh.

There needs to be some Hye-Ran repellent. Joo Man also needs Ye-Jin repellent.

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I was the same way with MB! I thought he was mostly harmless and awkward, but at the same time there was that niggling doubt at the back of my mind about his friends. The one thing I did think was really interesting about his character was the subversion of a lot of those kdrama tropes where the hero gives all these swoony gifts to the heroine and she falls for him. In this case, we see how the context and intent behind those actions have the potential to really change how we view them.

And yeah, if they sold HR or YJ repellent, I would purchase some right away. Just seeing them through a computer screen is too close for my comfort.

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I did give MB a free pass of hanging out with these jerks at the wedding because I thought they were more colleagues in the hospital than friends. The benefit of the doubt really stems more from my life -there are definitely a few of my colleagues I have to be constantly seen in public with but would be horrified if anyone identifies them as my friends!

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Me too! I fell for his tricks! I thought he was just a boring guy trying to be perfect. Turns out he's not boring but what a jerk! I was getting tired of his Cinderella act. Like any girl would want to be Cinderella. I really enjoyed when Ae Ra told him the truth about Cinderella that it's fake and stuff because that's exactly how I felt when he gave her the shoes.

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I really think/hope Hye Ran's power is broken from Dong-Man. He's been rejecting her pretty consistently, and confessed that he was never himself around her. However, she's still two-faced and petty and I don't want her around to cause trouble later on.

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How about getting rid of this Ye-jin girl as well? LOL

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The both gotta go!

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Thank you so much LollyPip! I was waiting with bated breath to read your review of this episode which I watched raw last night. Just couldn't wait for the subtitles. It is always a joy to read your wonderful analysis and the stimulating discussions around the episodes of this lovely show. Thank you as always for your excellent and speedy work!

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I'm kind of glad that there's something to ruin Moo-Bin for all of us because the way he was treating Ae-ra was really sweet (the notebook and the high heels) but honestly DID NOT see that coming! It's going to be interesting today to see how Ae-ra and Dong Man are doing after that (little bit) of a confession. As for Seol-hee and Joo-man...I'm mad. I want Joo-man to grow up and get it together for Seol-hee's sake. She's so underrated in his life that it just makes me mad!

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Seriously, I didn't see that Moo-bin's twist coming. I know he rubbed me in a wrong way, especially since he always guilt tripped Ae-ra with his grand romantic gestures. But I didn't expect him to be such a trash. Though if I think back, him being close friends with those scumbags after knowing what they did to girls should have been a big red flag since the beginning.

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I really think that had another actor played Moo-bin, I wouldn't have dismissed the slightly off behavior. CWS's past roles (that I've seen, anyway) make the actor seem squeaky clean in my eyes. Good job casting CWS for this character on that point!

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I know, right?! The casting director and writer must have been have been rubbing their hands in glee, knowing that they'll pull one on the audience.

And what's even sneakier is that the character was totally into Aera for real, but he just doesn't get the concept of a monogamous relationship. So that earnestness that CWS plays so well was for real.

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I'm so mad at Joo-man now. Like LollyPip pointed out everything would be just peachy if he had told Seol-hee first. That would have actually shown how much he didn't care about that kiss more so than not saying anything. But I guess that's female logic?

For the first time ever I actually felt like there was too much of the Ae-ra/Dong-man story and too little on our secondary couple, because they are starting to seriously drive towards a cliff. I would have liked to see a little more of that escalation.

...along with an explanatioin why they are not making their relationship known in the company. Why? Like seriously, why?

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I agree about needing more time for our secondary couple. I really like Seul-Hee (mostly because her interactions with Aera are so adorable) and it hurts to see her being hidden away. SH had specifically and very recently asked JM to be honest with her. And now this!

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Joo Man should have told Seol Hee the truth. And she was bound to know the truth at some point since they work together. But I was happy the secondary leads did not get as much screentime as they did on previous episodes. I just can't seem to get interested in their storyline.

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I really thought Moo Bin was nice! What he did to Ae Ra is twisted! How can he do that? It almost seemed like a sociopath move. ??

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Moo Bin has been ringing my creeper alert for awhile now, but I thought that notebook was WEIRD. At that point they still hadn't known each other very long. I am no stranger to the one sided crush--but dude, how much time do you have on your hands? Go doctor someone. That thing was extensive. And creepy. He's creepy and trash. Go 'way.

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It was clear from the beginning of the episode that Ae Ra wasn’t choosing Moo Bin because she actually likes him She’s reacting to Dong Man and pushing back against the feelings she knows she's developed for him. It also says a lot that her first instinct when Dong Man walked in the room was to try and assure him that "it's not what it looks like".

Disappointed in Dong Man for not being clearer and stepping up to the plate earlier during that scene. But man do I love when he's being petty. Lol, he literally pulls the hairband out of her hair, after Seol Hee tells her she looks really attractive with a ponytail. This oaf.
Joo Man and Seol Hee. Sigh. I knew she'd find out this way. And that’s all I have to say on that for now. Those two are frustrating.

Now onto the sniveling little liar. Moo Bin is no different from his shameless friends. LAUGH. OUT. LOUD. This. Psychotic. Piece. Of. Trash. He really stood in front of Ae Ra and asked her why they should break up just because he's getting married. I knew it. I said it in my earlier review that him buying her all these extravagant gifts was a way of making her feel like she was obligated to give him the attention he wants. We've come to know Ae Ra as an intelligent woman who is a good judge of character. All the warning signs were there and she's even spoken out loud many times before how his actions make her feel uncomfortable. I'm both upset that she didn't listen to her gut and sad that she had to be in another situation where she was nearly taken advantage of by a disgusting excuse for a man. Let this be a lesson though.

Nice Guys are toxic, dangerous and too be avoided at all costs. Gawd, I fear what this situation could have turned into if this were a different drama and she'd ignored her gut long enough to have become involved in a long-term relationship with him.

He really is a tiny tiny tiny pitiful excuse for a man. Using his old high school crush just to show up at Dong Man's workplace to make a point. Feeling upset that someone else who is living their life and not paying him any mind is seemingly happy despite not being 'wealthy'. Wow. There are layers of scum to scrape off here. There really is no excuse for it either because as far as we’ve been shown in the show Dong Man and Moo Bin weren’t rivals in high school. Sure, the girl Moo Bin liked wanted to date Dong Man but that was through no fault of Dong Man. He had no idea that Moo Bin liked her and even if he did know, they weren’t close friends. Dong Man did not owe Moo Bin anything and he was never outwardly cruel to him (that we know).

How much do I love that the 'popular' kids in high school actually grew up to live pretty ordinary lives and for the most part are seemingly happy (aside from the unfulfilled dreams issue of course).
While Dong Man who was the 'nerd' grew up to be successful but to also allowed his insecurities and jealousies to rot him from the inside out. And despite being a...

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And despite being a rich doctor, he's so unsatisfied with his own self that seeing other people he thought were 'lower’ than him living their life unbothered (at least from his POV) makes him turn green and red. It’s a nice flip of the usual script.

I'm so happy that Bo Ram was portrayed in such a compassionate way. Because it would have been so easy for the show to play her as the 'mean' girl of their childhood. Her cameo back into the story was brief but despite that, it didn't feel like she was this one-note character. Even from that little interaction, we understood that outside from the main characters story line she's probably fully fleshed out herself. She was sharp and understood exactly what Moo Bin was trying to do in regards to embarrassing Dong Man. And she was not with that ish at all.

My heart hurt for both Ae Ra and Dong Man. Good on Ae Ra for telling Moo Bin off in the best way possible. He can take his entitled Cinderella fantasies and shove them far up his uncleaned, crusty with poop a**. Dong Man breaks my heart every time he overreacts on Ae Ra's behalf because you can just FEEL how much this man just loves this woman so much. Yelling at her for sitting there looking pitiful and how annoying it is to him. And the words by themselves are harsh on their own but it’s the way he says them the inflection in his tone and the clear warmth and concern that is there despite the fact that he's yelling. Also, the fact that as he’s seemingly berating her he's also shoving his own shoes off his feet so that she can wear them. GAWD SOMEONE HAND ME A TISSUE I'M BROKEN AND LEAKING EVERYWHERE.

AND THEN THE CONFESSION. "You make my heart flutter." KDJFADIOFWJAOIJEV
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This is a postscript guys. This is me informing you all that I am writing this long dissertation from the grave. Know that I was lowered into the ground happy with my spirit still squealing. God bless.

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Ae-ra's "It's not like that..." line to Dong-man was so telling. She wouldn't feel the need to explain that situation if she didn't have more than friendly feeling to him.

And yes, I love Bo-ram's cameo. You could just feel that she grow up to be a tough yet considerate young women who happily living her life without being overshadowed by her 'colorful' past. Unlike what happened to Moo-bin who stubbornly cling to his high school's mortifying (for him) memories, and consequently living his successful life with a single-minded goal to prove that he isn't that nerdy, unpopular guy anymore.

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I'm so glad we saw her! It also goes to show that Moo Bin is holding his own self back from being happy. Nobody is doing it but him. He had the opportunity later in life to date Bo Ram and instead he chose to be a creeper.

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I think you meant Moobin, and I do agree with most of your comment, except that I do think that his insecurities manifested because he was so unhappy in high school, being a nerd and all. By stereotype, nerds are unattractive, they never get the girl, and they're basically sneered at by the popular kids. And stereotypically, these nerds go on to become successful in life because they're the "smart kids".

For MB's case, his insecurities from being the "lesser one" in high school, sort of being looked down upon by the popular kids, just grew within him - so now that he's successful, he thinks he can finally lord it over those who were once higher up on the high school social strata. In the adult world, he's finally "better" than them.

This is why I don't love how the popular kids are now happy while the nerds are living in a pit of their own insecurities, because they were happy in high school and they're happy now, which makes it "not fair" to the nerds who were and still are unhappy, if that makes any sense.

Nice guys aren't... "toxic", though. Maybe in this show, because MB was quite clearly pretending to be a nice guy, but I feel like nice guys get so much flak with people saying that "nice guys finish last" etc. There must be some truly nice guys in this world! I know some of them!

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I think she meant Nice Guys™ (http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Nice_Guy_syndrome), not actual nice guys. Moo Bin isn't exactly what I would call a Nice Guy™, but he does share some characteristics of them.

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Yes, thank you! That's exactly what I meant. No he definitely doesn't have every single characteristic but I felt he shared enough of them that I felt comfortable calling him out as one. Otherwise he can also just be referred to as a Creepy Creeper

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Yes, I did mean Moo Bin that was a typo on my part. However, I don't feel that the 'popular' kids being 'happy' is unfair. Why shouldn't they deserve to be? They didn't do anything harmful as far as we know. Dong Man, Bo Ram and Ae Ra were never portrayed as young bullies who looked down on people.

And Moo Bin's child hood is not an excuse for him to display such disgusting behavior. No one is holding him back or keeping him from being happy. He's doing this on his own. We're shown that Bo Ram eventually ended up dating him when they were adults. But what does he do with the relationship? He uses it as a way to feel superior over somebody else who was living their own life and not bothering him one bit.

Nice Guys are toxic. When the word "Nice Guys" is capitalized it means that a subset of men are being referred too, NOT actual men who are nice. "Nice Guys" are men who only pretend to be sincere and kind, in often very pushy ways just so they can get something out of you. They aren't actually nice people. They are completely different from men who are actually nice people.

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Ahh so there's an actual term "Nice Guy" meant for guys who aren't actually nice. I didn't know of that!

I wouldn't say it's "unfair" per se because they didn't bully MB (hence the inverted commas) but I'm not going to assume that Boram never "bullied" or ostracized other girls. She was a popular girl, plus she didn't seem like the nicest person. The reason why I said "unfair" was that usually, stereotypically, nerds succeed and become rich and happy while the nasty jocks end up unhappy, so in this case it almost feels like the poor nerd never got to "succeed".

But I do agree, it doesn't justify what MB is doing. I still think that he's a complete jerk through and through.

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Omg your comment is so funny I give you that. And please come back out of the grave soon, the next episode is coming and I dont think you wanna miss out.

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Lol! I was rescucitated early this morning at the thought of the next episode. ??

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Wow! I agree with everything you've said! So well written and expressed! Although for me it is very very very frustrating to see Ae Ra go through this...dating out of spite is the worst! Ok, there are worse things, but when she decided to date Moobin just because of Dong Man, I just couldn't watch this anymore. I understand her reasoning but I always feel that it is just such disrespect for oneself. Why put yourself through this, this is how people end up with the wrong person. Luckily it didn't last that long for her, and she got out of this bad situation early. But what if she didn't find out so soon or his wedding date had been later, how long would she have stayed with him?! Argh, too frustrating for me! My heart can't take this!
This is why I am so thankful for the recaps so I don't have to "suffer" through these scenes/times...I forwarded til the end of the episode and waited to read the recaps for what I missed! It is still frustrating reading about it, but at least I don't have to see it! I am glad she "confessed" at the end...now the ball is in your court Dong Man! Please do the right thing and put us out of our misery!

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I totally understand your frustration. I think her pretending was a combination of just being stubborn Ae Ra, still feeling shocked that Dong Man caught Moo Bin kissing her, and the fact that when they both asked if he likes her, Dong Man denied it. I think a part of her during that hospital scene really WANTED Dong Man to say, "yes, I like you."

But I hope you went back to watch the end after reading the recap! Don't deny yourself the opportunity to scream, squeal and swoon in happiness!

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Argh, right now I think I've screamed more out of frustration than anything else...I did watch the end yesterday from where she intercepted Boomi at the party and yes, was glad the episode ended with her confession. We've seen too many scenes of Ae Ra crying with Dong Man, please please put a stop to it Dong Man and take good care of your girl. Everytime he tells her to not date anyone and just stick to him, but he needs to say the magic words. I will try today's episode and see how it goes. I would rather watch it too, but from the preview it looked like it might take a little longer for Dong Man...I wish I could smack him!

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IA that Ae Ra didnt really care for Moo Bin. She just wanted to spite Dong Man. She was hurt that he only thought of her as friend. That hopeful look in her face. Darn Dong Man, dont be such a moose.
Thats why I am glad that Ae Ra took the initiative and me tion the fluttering she feels. Hopefully he will not evade tonight.

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We're all hoping that they actually talk to each other. But knowing those two ?? sigh. ?

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I am both frustrated and in love with his pettyness. He is super adorable being petty. I totally lost it from the moment DM found out about the drive-in and him trying to chase down MB. And those korean LOLs (or keu keu keu) that popped up to taunt him!

However, I'm also feeling like he has no right to be this petty and throw little tantrums to obstruct Aera's love life if he wasn't going to confess himself. It's selfish to just keep her around.

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I was totally blindsided, by the fact that Moo bin was an epic jerk. Seriously that is almost supervillain status, but I totally enjoyed being surprised... so yeay? Good thing Ae ra didn't have any feelings for him, or else I would have been crushed. Also Yeay, finally some acknowledgment of her true feelings! The next ep is gonna be sooo good. I can feel it :D

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I LOVED Dong Mans revenge, because I'm petty like that. Also I'm glad that the wedding was called of. The poor girl had probably no idea about Moo bins true colours, so at least she will be save from him.

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But poor next girl he will dupe but I guess DongMan took care of that as well with the gossip.

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Sooooooooo petty but I'm here for it!!!

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See? Being the center of unflattering gossip is far scarier than getting pummeled by the ex-taekwondo athlete.

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And far more destructive...?

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Petty Dong-man for the win!

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And to say that Dong Man's brain isn't made for thinking is an understatement, or was it Ae Ra's scheming in the first place? Gotta love all my favorite dramas now (this and Suspicious Partner) use epilogues to give us some side remarks regarding the plot, just like a complementary dish that cleanses your palate after a savoury meal.

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I loved everything about the epilogue, even the high-concept white track suit in which DM looked so cool but I wish they'd stopped short of the (fictional) victim committing suicide. Even something like 'the girl was hospitalized after attempting suicide' would be enough to destroy MB sufficiently, I think.

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I'm actually surprised he thought of it. It seemed like something that would come out of Aera's brain instead. So Dong Man isn't all brawn!

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I feel better after reading your comment, I don't feel like I'm such a bad girl for enjoying Dong Man's revenge. I hope the wedding will really get cancelled.

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This was such a great episode. I'm really glad we focused more on the main OTP since I'm here for the two of them. Dong Man is such a lunk head but he's so loyal. He can't say the right thing to save his life but his heart is always in the right place. Too bad his brain is always 15 steps behind it.

Moo Bin's engagement shocked me and made me hate him more than I already did. You really just wanted to keep Ae Ra as your side chick? Oh hell no. Moo Bin must be a sad miserable person inside if he needs to show up Dong Man all the time. It's telling that he wants to be better than the 'loser' who might not have money but has happiness.

Also, Dong Man's reaction to the drive in cracked me up. "Is it different than a DVD bang?" No, buddy... the drive in, a DVD bang... it's all just Netflix and chill.

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His thinking that his marriage shouldn't change things between them made my jaw truly drop. Because yeah, it's ALL about YOU, Moo Bin you giant peckerhead ? Just in case we weren't completely sure you had zero consideration for what AeRa feels.

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Argh. HyeRan still has not gotten the memo though and simply steam rolls right on ahead with what she wants.
Although I can watch Jealous DongMan all day. I just hate that AeRa looks miserable with MooBin.

All the annoying feels I get for MooBin paid off. What a piece of trash. I wanted to slap his face when he said he wanted to continue to date after getting married. The nerve! He is the worst! It is true that people of the same feather flock together. He keeps company with those jerks. I thought they had some nefarious plans for AeRa when they mentioned the event. But they actually did her a favor. Good riddance MooBin!

MooBin would know inferiority complex because he suffers from it.

For DongMan: DongMan, she says she gets butterflies when you touch her. Confess! Confess your feelings!

That little epilogue.. great payback DongMan. Coach is wrong when he said you shouldn't think. You can be cunning!

We didnt get to see much of JongMan and SeolHee, that trailer tells of interesting things to come for them.

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Great point!! They always say, if you want to know a man's character you should look at his friends

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I thought he was just clinging on to those guys, because he also wanted to be one of the "popular" crowd. But nope, he was just as big a douche as them. Good riddance.

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Apparently, Dong-man needs a little Monty Python Spanish Inquisition to get him to confess. Fetch...! THE COMFY CHAIR!

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Can I say how much I liked Moo-Bin's storyline? I mean yes, he really is trash but for some reason when we found out about his inferiority complex and his reasons he seemed more real to me? Like his character finally made sense and I am somehow glad he was not your typical perfect second lead.

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Plus, this hospital bill case really showed who real prince charming was.

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I absolutely loved that bit.. DongMan paying for that suite. I always had an icky feeling with MooBin and his manipulative ways. AeRa was right to feel uncomfortable with his attention.

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I don't think it was DongMan who paid for the suite. He didn't even know she was there. My bets are on the landlady.

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I think it's the landlady as well. Is she a fairy godmother ? I suspect she also bought the building that Dongman practices in.

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Yes - Landlady.. I suspect she is also behing Joo-man getting the Kimchi exclusive manager thingy.. watte rockstar fairy godmother though!

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Dont think it's the intern girl.. cuz her parents have pig trotters company? also she also looked surprised when the news was told..

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I think that there is a conspiracy involved hehehe.. The landlady is her "supposedly" dead mother. That is why she bought the villa and coach's building.

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DM learned that AR was in the hospital, and even the room number, from the landlady who was returning in her car. I assumed she had followed AR to the hospital after the fainting spell and that's how she had the info; she must have paid the bill then. But AR went all this time believing it was MB who paid (and of course MB let her think she "owed" him for that as well).

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I think it was paid by the landlady...she's one mysterious onion that awaits peeling...Now I think about it, i think she's supposed to embody some sort of Fairy Godmother!

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I'm so happy that I can forgo second lead syndrome, because I was slowly heading there. So glad that we had this twist, because I was absolutely not expecting this.

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I was thrown by the reveal that Moo Bin was actually using Ae Ra because of his inferiority complex. I think that might have been more excusable but his 'we can still date after I marry' hammered in the nail for me.

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Thanks for the recap!

-It felt nice to have MB knock HR down a peg. I feel like that was the first time she lost her cool for longer than five seconds and I really enjoyed it.
-That chase scene between DM and MB had me wheezing. I kinda want to watch DM be childish and clueless like this forever, but I also wanted some movement in the romance department (which we got, yay!).
-Wow, it was bad enough when MB was just pushy and condescending, but I feel like he took the word a-hole to a whole new level. I'm glad that we have a heroine like AR who stands up for herself and says her piece, because as much as I like our two friends standing up for each other, I love them standing up for themselves too. Although as a side note, DM's revenge on MB was awesome.
-Why why why did they end the episode there?! I need the next episode to come quick, or I don't think I'll make it.

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It's a good thing that we are getting another episode tonight instead of having to wait a week!

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I was howling at the childish chase around the drive-in, like two kids trying to catch each other on a playground. Throwing the popcorn seemed so very Moo Bin (and that was before we knew the truth), very ineffectual in the face of real action. It was hilarious.

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He seemed like a decent human being then. He didn't even know about Dong man then

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He did say that AeRa was his ideal woman. Maybe he was attracted to her at first then only latched on when he found out her relationship to DongMan.

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I think so too. And after he latched on because of DM, I think he also fell in love with her for real (he even made her a scrapbook!). But he doesn't understand the concept of monogamy and how women don't like being mistresses. He probably doesn't see himself as the bad guy in this situation because his feelings were real.

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Maybe I just watch too many psycho-thriller movies, but if MB's indeed a psycho, he must've known Ae-ra's relationship with Dongman even.before that event and then planned every else that followed were part of his plan lol.

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Maybe he recognized her from high school? They were both at that fight, plus I imagine MooBin kept hands on DongMan.

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I wonder why Ae Ra can't watch Dong Man fight now? She was fine in high school--maybe its because she wasn't in love with him in high school? Just a crush then?

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I think he just thought the bet was too public. He's a sneaky little devil. Then she stood up for herself like a badass and he liked it. Guys, he watched Ae-ra get hit and did nothing...but he likes her? Anyways DM saving her cemented MB's pursuit of Ae-ra.

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Dong man yanked Ae ra's hairband!!!
His inner self is positively 12.
He's so petty I love it.

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Oh, that ending. I shouted at the screen "Thank you. He is too dumb to ever figure out your hints." I love dense, loyal to a fault DongMan. And I loved how the epilogue showed his smarts. He may be a moose, but he's not so dumb he's irritating. Like @lollypip said in a previous recap, Park Seo-Joon manages to play DongMan with a perfect balance of dense and clever that doesn't annoy.

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He is seriously killing it here. Both him and Kim Ji Won actually. and I personally find her prettier than SHK in DOTS.

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Common situations are totally over his head. But give him a chance to be petty or vengeful, and Dong-man is a genius!

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He's such a moose find him totally amusing and loveable.

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Thanks to Lollypip for christening him "moose", it's clearly a hit ?

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Coach already said this head is not for thinking.. but the hospital gossip is just the best revenge ever. Thank goodness for friends like DongMan. ?

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Wow... Moo-bin... wow...
I was quite speechless when I watched the whole thing unfold but can't say that I wasn't expecting it either. There were definitely neon signs of his inferiority complex to Dong-man, so I've suspected that he's only interested in Ae-ra because he wants to have the upper hand over Dong-man. On the other hand, his behaviour to Ae-ra also showed warning signs of an inflated sense of entitlement (major jerk alert), so when the bomb finally drops, it still makes sense. What a sociopath. Good riddance. Still a great performance by Choi woo-shik though. It's nice that PSJ acknowledged and thanked CWS for his extended cameo and posted a cute Instagram photo of them together with the caption "Even if you get married, I'll still meet with you", referring to Moo-bin's offer to Ae-ra to keep dating even after he got married.

OK, now that we've taken care of Moo-bin's not so gracious exit, can we please move on to the main course? The two best friends really can't dance around their feelings for any longer. Ae-ra's confession should hopefully push things in the right direction. If Dong-man just ignored it, I'm gonna riot.

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Thanks for the tidbit about behind the scenes stuff with PSJ and CWS! Cute.

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hahah I saw that Instagram post. I thought his caption was cute but strange but I hadn't connected it. Thanks! CWS was perfectly cast! So nuanced and gave everyone a good test of their judgement and instincts.

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They sure did but it ended up being a good thing cause is saved AeRa from weirdo Moo Bin

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my favourite part is when Aera paid for her own dress because DAMN GURL YOU GOT SOME BACKBONE ??

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I feel like the landlady is the one paying Ae Ra's suite. She is with her at the hospital.
Btw, Dong Man's revenge! Lol, that's kinda genius.

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I think the landlady paid for the room too (and also the new owner of the gym). I'm now more curious about the role the landlady plays now- she's almost like a daddy long legs character because her actions suspiciously look like she's looking after Ae-ra and Dong-man. I'd like to know who exactly is she, and why does she do the things she does?

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i think the land lady paid for the room, but i'm worried that the other fighter (kim tak sun, is it?) bought the gym. what did his mgr have to say to the old owner? i'm nervous.

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me too. I'm sure she paid the room but it really is a toss up who is the new gym owner right now.

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I think it would make sense for the landlady to be the owner of the gym. She said she liked the building and to tell the owner to contact her first if she wants to sell it. So I think it's safe to say that the owner is the landlady

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Moo-bin!! I didn't expect him to be a two-timing loser. When they showed that he had his fiance's number saved as a work title, my mind flashed back to when he first dropped Ae-ra home. His phone kept ringing and he kept saying that 'work is calling'... when it was his fiance all this time. He was so manipulative! I knew Moo-bin wouldnt be around forever... but this was a shock lol.

However thanks to Moo-bin- we now have Ae-ra being upfront about how she feels. I half expect Dong-man to short circuit and fail to comprehend and respond properly lol. However I also feel like the way Ae-ra confessed her feelings ("my heart flutters... something must be wrong with me")... could also mean that she hasn't fully accepted or understood why her heart flutters with Dong-man. So we could end up with Ae-ra rationalising those feelings (again).

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I was not shocked at all that Moo Bin was not the "nice guy" he made himself out to be. He was obviously manipulating her from the start. But the engagement thing caught me off guard and made it so much worse!
Dong Man's frantic pursuit to keep Ae Ra safe from Moo Bin's advances was precious. He's obviously head over heels. And Ae Ra finally confessing to Dong Man that he makes her heart flutter...well, mine just fluttered too. It's finally out in the open why she pushes him away like she DOES- and Dong Man looks she'll shocked! So glad I only have to wait until tonight and not a whole week to see what happens next! (As if they won't make tonight's cliffhanger 10x harder to wait! LOL)

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*excuse the phone autocorrects!*

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Who would have thought baby Choi Woo-shik could have caused this much hate?

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I knooooooowww! Good job, sir!

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It never crossed my mind that Moo Bin would be this delusional piece of trash. I just thought he was an awkward idiot. It feels like even more of a betrayal because he was played by Choi Woo Shik and his scenes with Dong Man have been so funny. I sort of looked forward to them being friends (you know, after Dong Man gets with Aera). But man!

I'm so glad Dong Man got revenge. That hospital rumors ending tag was awesome (even a patient bleeding profusely from the head was totally into the gossip!)

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Finally Moo-bin is out of the picture! And whoa, I didn't expect him to be such a piece of shit. Good riddance.
Now the show only needs to get rid of Whatsherface-Hye-ran and that intern whose name I refuse to remember(can she chill?)

I didn't expected that Ae-ra would be the one to confess first. But I wonder how far along DM is in realizing his feelings for her, or how vocal he's willing to be about it...because I feel like whether or not they play it cool and let this confession slide depends a lot on his reaction.
I must say though, I enjoy his petty antics. That scene when he pushes the car window down was hilarious! And that epilogue was GOLD, epic revenge. He does know how to use his brain! (sometimes)

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Hye Ran still has a purpose of being Ae ra's rival in work and love. So we will still see her in the next episodes. Such a shame.

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I really liked that AR confessed first - I knew both AR and DM felt something for each other, but it had always seemed to me that DM was slightly more aware of his feelings, despite not wanting to admit it.

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AR's confession was a nice surprise. I also thought DM was more aware of his feelings for AR. Then again, I wonder if her confession was clear enough. She feels shakened by DM, but I wonder if she connects that to liking him romantically. And I wonder if that dummy, DM, will also make the connection.

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I didn't think Ae Ra would confess first, I always thought Dong Man would.

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"Now the show only needs to get rid of Whatsherface-Hye-ran and that intern whose name I refuse to remember(can she chill?)"

LOL, I totally agree!

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OMG - I laughed so hard at the car window scene. I rewinded it about 3 times, still laughing..

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Must watch if u haven't! Long interview with PSJ and KJW with Eng subs (click on captions):
http://m.vlive.tv/video/30320/

He said after seeing her kiss scene in DOTS, he thot she was a "goddess", "girl crush", he thot about that a lot and that it would be nice to work with her ?

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Thanks for the link, but I find the interviewer super annoying. At times he seems condescending as if he were talking to little kids and whats up with him being on screen?
Kim Ji Won looks very subdued and quiet, but she is soooo pretty. I like her hair like that.

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Since everyone is talking about the main OTP, im gonna talk about our secondary OTP. I love that they had a little screen time but yet so much happened. I think it will be a GREAT disservice to their storyline if they dont break up. JooMan is embarrassed of SeolHee and i dont think he is aware of it...at least on the surface. To his family yes he is proud of her and its easier cause they all know what she did for him but he cant show her off to his workplace people. And i think that is why he cant full reject YeeJin. Cause i dont think he likes her or is interested in her but he is interested in that fact that she takes care of herself and he can proudly show her off should they date. And i dont blame him...

SeolHee needs to grow a spine and needs to start taking care of herself. I know she put JM first while he was working his way up but now she needs to stop being a mom and start taking care of herself. She needs to learn how to stand up for herself and learn that saying no sometimes is not a bad thing.

Both of them have been in this relationship for so long in these roles - her as a caretaker and him being taken care of - that its hard for them to break out of it. Based on the preview for the next episode, i cant wait to see where things go.

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Hopefully Seol Hee grows a spine. She does need to take care of herself more.
I really do not get why their relationship is such a big secret at work. Will it hinder Joo Man's promotion? Is it prohibited to date a co-worker? I hate to think that Joo Man is ashamed of her.

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Aww, I don't want to think Joo-man is ashamed of the lovely shrinking violet that is Seol-hee. She's precious.

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It seems like both JM and SH want to hide their relationship at work and it's not just JM wanting to hide it and SH going along with it. To be fair to SH, she doesn't get to see Ye Jin coming on to JM as much as we did. I wish the show will tell us why they can't say they're dating! Or why JM can't just say he's dating but don't reveal whom!

I think it's fine that SH's not interested in spending money to pretty herself up for work all the time. Going with a uniform look for work can save a lot of time and money. And she's showering and seems to keep good hygiene (and a great skin care routine!). That Ye Jin girl is loaded so she can probably get clothes tailored to fit her perfectly and get weekly manicures. She can use her work hours to chase the man she loves. It doesn't matter if she gets fired because she has a safety net made out of gold.

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Poor Ae-ra, meeting one hurdle after another. Thank goodness she has her best friends behind her. I love it when all 4 main characters share the same scene!

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Me too! I wish they would more often.

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You're completely right! They actually spend a good amount of time together. I'm just being greedy. I want to see them together more often ::shrugs:: Maybe, I don't know, doing something on the weekend?

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Yeah, there were a lot of surprises in this episode.

Like you said, i don't think any of us were expecting Ae-ra to beat Dong Man to the punch when expressing how much they like each other (see what i did there?). Looking at the preview for the next episode, i really want to know what she'll say and how he'll react; i imagine her probably taking it back or something.

And judging by the preview, Seol hee seems to continue to be a doormat. I spent this episode praying that the two wouldn't have much scenes focusing on their relationship., that's how much I don't enjoy their story.

And, wow, yeah, the Moo-Bin arc...took a dark turn. That guy is really creepy. One thing I liked about Ae-ra dealing with Moo-bin though is that she was very vocal about not liking him. I was thinking the arc would end with her just being more firm with him and and giving him a definite no, but then it took that turn...

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I wonder if it was necessary for the writers to make Moo Bin a total douche bag two-timing on his Japanese fiancée just to prove that he was not right for Ae Ra. He was already cloyingly suffocating.

I wonder why kdramas like to do this. I would have had more respect for the show if Ae Ra came to the realization on her own that she really didn't need or even like Moo Bin and broke it off, without the over the top scenario of wealthy Japanese fiancées and two timing. But kdramas never let the girl "be the bad guy" and take ownership for her actions. (I had the same issue with Scarlet Heart Goryeo - the heroine there was dumped as well, when she could and should have broken it off). Now Ae Ra comes across as a girl who continually makes bad judgements when it comes to boyfriends, and she is more than that.

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Totally agree! It would have been nice if Ae Ra broke it off to be true to herself/her feelings and Moobin could have been left as a good Prince Charming so she could choose Dong Man over him. Oh well, at least he's out of the picture.

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Even though there is pleasure to be surprised by this plot twist, I also think that Ae-ra making a difficult choice between two equally deserving men would be much more compelling and realistic.

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Yes! I was disappointed too by how they didn't make it so she rejected him herself, because he was already being creepy and manipulative anyway and that's good enough reason to break it off. He's always made her uncomfortable since he started to pursue her, and to me it would've been better if the writer highlighted that to show that if your instincts tell you something is wrong, something probably is and you should listen and get out of the likely toxic relationship. As Dong-man is trying to do with Hye-ran.

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I hear you. I would LOVE for the writers to write more scenes where the woman really considers whether this person should be in their lives and decides against the relationship and sticks to it. But didn't Ae Ra just come out of a horrible relationship? I think we forget that Ae Ra talks a big game but her actions don't always reflect her words. Sometimes they do..like breaking car mirrors sometimes they don't like i dunno paying her boyfriend's rent and then buying them a bike when he failed his test. Anyways I think this was probably a weird moment for Ae Ra ...just out of a terrible relationship, unemployed, and having confusing feelings for her friend....but hey she's out of MB grasp in record time.

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I think MB needed to be the bad guy to hurry the plot along. And finally drive home that he is not Prince Charming but a two timing scumbag.
It would be nice if AeRa made the decision without knowing how much a scumbag he is. But AR has tried to cut him loose since he makes her uncomfortable. but snivelling MB is manipulative and he knows how to pull the right pity strings. AR was still amazing putting MB in his place. I really just wish that she smacked him around and bruised him up a lot.

If we leave it to DM and AR to figure it out, it may take forever. So we needed a big moment to ruin the status quo and shake things up. Now I am rambling.

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Because she wasn't going to. She already knows that she doesn't like him, so there's no need for any realization that she doesn't like him. Though she knows she doesn't like him, it wasn't going to stop her from dating him. As a result, the show needs a huge shock to her character to push her to act. Plus MB's character is only an extended guest appearance.

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This is why I read the comments section, there's always someone who manages to vocalize some thoughts that I can't put into words! Thank you!

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i also think it would have been nicer if MB was not a douche and that Aera, recognizing her own feelings and her dissatisfaction with being a Cinderella, was able to break things off with him. But I wonder if she felt that she could trust her own feelings. In her previous relationship, AR was the one pulling the weight and was probably more in love. Then she got dumped for an older woman. She must have been tempted by the prospect of being loved by a guy who loves her more than she loves him and just plain moving on from cheating bf and from Dong Man, who didn't seem inclined to confess.

I guess the writer wanted to show how guys who appear super nice can sometimes be jerks.

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I think you're completely right but the drama probably didn't want to drag on this dating situation and I don't think Ae Ra would have broken up with him since she doesn't date him because she loves the guy or something. He's just nice and a way to bother Dong Man and that's it

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I did not see his engagement either! Now THAT was a real surprise! I chalk it up to Choi Woo-sik's portrayal, as i can't think of anyone else who could pull off bumbling charmer like he does, and I completely trusted his weirdo character to be devoted to Ae-ra. I see this as a great job in the casting department, because I wouldn't have trusted Moo-bin so easily had he been played by a different actor. There were so many other character beats that made me laugh or resonated with me, but CWS stole my attention this episode! Can't wait for the next episode!

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