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Temperature of Love: Episodes 5-6

When two people are at such different places in their lives, what should they do when romance presents itself? Should they be adults and do the responsible thing, or throw caution to the wind and see where love takes them? And what happens if they care about each other, but they each want something different?

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

We back up a bit, to the evening after Jung-sun and Hyun-soo’s date. He escorts her home, both of them walking as slowly as possible, and back to being a bit awkward after their kiss. Hyun-soo drops her keys from nerves, and Jung-sun chivalrously pretends he didn’t see. So cute.

Hyun-soo goes inside to find her sister Hyun-yi in tears, being comforted by their friend Joon-ha after learning that her ex-boyfriend got engaged. They both criticize Hyun-soo for calmly requesting the facts, and remark snidely that this is why she can’t write love stories. She snaps that the two of them are so alike, they should just date. (Doth they protest too much?)

Joon-ha asks Hyun-soo where she’s been and she freezes, remembering the kiss. She narrates that back then, she didn’t know it was love, and wonders why it’s so difficult for people to be sure when they’ve fallen in love.

As Hyun-soo grins to herself in the bathroom later, Hyun-yi bursts in to throw up, crying that she wants to die. When Hyun-soo tells her to stop now, she wails that she hopes that someday Hyun-soo ends up alone and crying her eyes out over a guy, but Joon-ha quips that it will never happen.

We skip forward a day, to the moment that Hyun-soo rings Jung-sun’s doorbell, looking for comfort after having been fired. But Jung-sun isn’t home, and instead his mother answers the door. Meanwhile, Jung-sun is unsuccessful reaching Hyun-soo from a pay phone, so he decides to go buy a cell phone.

Jung-sun’s mother takes Hyun-soo to a coffee shop, where she peppers her with questions. Mom is visibly relieved when she learns that Hyun-soo is older than her son, and she shakes Hyun-soo’s hand and coos sweetly (and a bit smugly) that she’s sorry their acquaintance won’t last long. She leaves without another word, leaving Hyun-soo blinking in her wake.

Hyun-soo heads home to collapse, exhausted, but her phone rings almost immediately. It’s Jung-woo, calling to say that he heard from Joon-ha that she was fired. He tells her to be at his office later, goading her by saying that if she doesn’t show, he’ll think of her as having an inferiority complex. Annoyed, Hyun-soo says she doesn’t care what he thinks and hangs up on him.

At the restaurant, the sous chef is after Jung-sun again, angry when Jung-sun shows him up yet again. He very nearly punches Jung-sun, and it’s only the chef’s timely arrival that stops his fist.

The chef snaps at the sous chef to go easy on the kitchen staff, then he finds Jung-sun where he stepped outside for some fresh air. He tells Jung-sun again to try to get along with the team, reminding him that even though he’s talented, he’s still a rookie.

He pleads with Jung-sun, saying that he’s helping him out for his sake. But Jung-sun argues that he was being patient and holding back all this time. But he says that if there’s one thing he’s learned in life, it’s that when someone says they’re doing something “for your sake,” it’s a scam.

Jung-woo and Jung-sun’s mother literally bump into each other on their way into the restaurant for lunch. They’re seated at neighboring tables, and Jung-woo perks up when Jung-sun’s mother mentions her son to the server.

Hyun-soo meets with her mom at a park, where she shouts at no one in particular, “I have a mom too!” The two are precious together as Mom hugs her daughter on command. She can tell something is wrong, but she doesn’t push when Hyun-soo dodges the question.

She tells her daughter to get married, and that all she and her father care about is that she chooses a man who grew up in a happy family. Mom lights up at a doting text from Dad, and Hyun-soo says that she’s glad her parents love each other so much, since it means she never has to worry about them.

Jung-woo pays attention when Jung-sun comes out to greet his mother. Mom offers a sort of sideways non-apology for her behavior this morning, but Jung-sun just tells her to leave.

When Jung-sun’s mother finishes eating, she imperiously tells the cashier to put it on Jung-sun’s tab. The cashier starts to say he can’t do that, but behind her, Jung-woo gestures silently that he’ll pay. As he does, he gives the cashier a little bribe to let him into the kitchen.

He finds Jung-sun alone, prepping for dinner service. Jung-woo asks if he’s given any thought to his offer to open a restaurant together, but Jung-sun says that he didn’t take the offer seriously. His new cell phone chirps, so Jung-woo swipes it and enters in his number, then makes his restaurant offer official.

Jung-sun officially turns him down, making Jung-woo pout that he barely even thought about it. His tone loses some of its lightheartedness as he says, “When I want something, I keep trying until I succeed. Then I make it mine.”

At home, Hyun-soo sees a call that she missed and recognizes it as a phone booth that Jung-sun once called her from. She realizes that he called her at the same time she was at his house, and she tries calling back.

A random passerby answers, and Hyun-soo asks where the phone booth is located. She goes there, but of course Jung-sun isn’t there, and she wilts. But she cheers up when a call on her cell turns out to be Jung-sun, and when he says he got a cell phone, Hyun-soo grins from ear to ear and lets it slip that she’s happy and excited to hear from him. She tries to take back her words and goes bright red with embarrassed delight.

Their mutual friends Won-joon and Hong-ah have lunch together, and eat an elaborate picnic made by Won-joon. Hong-ah says that it’s a waste if Won-joon is still dreaming of being a chef, because only people from poor families like Jung-sun’s are free to chase their dreams.

Won-joon reveals that Jung-sun isn’t from a poor family—his father is a doctor and he received an inheritance from his grandfather. Hong-ah is surprised, having assumed that Jung-sun hasn’t asked her out because he lacks confidence.

Won-joon says that not all men are attracted to women like Hong-ah, which makes her temper flare. She challenges him to watch and see if she can make Jung-sun fall for her.

Hyun-soo shows up at Jung-woo’s office after all, exactly on time. He says that he thought writers tend to be late, but Hyun-soo says she’s not a writer yet. Jung-woo argues that if you write, then you’re a writer, making Hyun-soo roll her eyes.

Noting that she’s awfully cheerful for someone who just got fired, Jung-woo slides his business card to Hyun-soo and says that he needs a writer to adapt some internet novels and webtoons. He offers her a staggering salary, nearly four times what Hyun-soo was making previously.

But Hyun-soo refuses his offer, saying that it’s too good to be true and she feels like he’s hiring her because they went to the same school. Jung-woo doesn’t deny it, then drops to banmal since he’s her sunbae. Hyun-soo smirks and stands to leave, sarcastically calling him “sunbae-nim,” but she’s incredulous when Jung-woo says that her refusal makes her seem competent.

Hyun-soo quips that she often seems competent when she’s not, warning him not to be fooled. Jung-woo just tucks his card into her hand, inviting her to try fooling him but warning that she won’t find it easy.

Jung-sun and his mother have a drink on his balcony that evening. Jung-sun seems a lot calmer, though the barbs fly easily between the two. She offers to die if he wants her to, and he tells her that she can’t hurt him with words she doesn’t mean anymore. Eventually Jung-sun hands his mother an envelope of cash to pay for the cost of finding him and promises to get her a place, since he doesn’t want to live with her.

Mom tries to convince him to go to Paris with her and finish his studies, then changes the subject and says that his father regretted getting married before the age of thirty. She says she’s afraid he’ll beat women too, which has Jung-sun telling her not to assume he’s like his father.

Mom tries to say that she wants to do something to help his future like other moms, but he just mutters that people don’t change before getting up to leave. She calls after him, “I saw her. She came to see you at the house,” and Jung-sun whirls back to order her not to go near Hyun-soo.

Hyun-soo drinks with Hong-ah at her place, surrounded by her research on steak for the drama she’s writing. She mentions that she interviewed Jung-sun about it, and when Hong-ah asks how she got in touch with him, Hyun-soo says he has a cell phone.

Hong-ah asks incredulously if they’re dating, but Hyun-soo denies it, saying that he’s much younger. Hong-ah relaxes and tells her not to go out with him even if he likes her, because he’s a playboy.

Hyun-soo doesn’t believe her, until Hong-ah says that Jung-sun flirted with her a lot when they first met. Hyun-soo seems to lose confidence at that, and when Hong-ah asks for Jung-sun’s number, she hands it over.

In the morning, Jung-sun bikes past Hyun-soo’s place as she’s leaving. He asks if she’s going to work, and she laughs at him when she says she got fired and his face falls. She says she’s headed to her old college library to work on a contest entry script, and he offers her a ride on his bike.

She refuses, but next thing you know, she’s whooping it up on the back of his bike and admitting that she’s fickle like that, ha. They hit a bump, and they both reach to grab onto each other. Hyun-soo leaves her arms around Jung-sun’s waist as they both smile. When he drops her off, they make plans to meet on campus for lunch.

Hong-ah spends her morning working out and calls Jung-sun afterward, confusing him when she fusses at him for not giving her his number directly, and their conversation quickly devolves into a grumpy back-and-forth (“Was I supposed to call you?” “It’s basic manners!” “Why are you mad?” “I don’t know!”).

Hong-ah calms herself, then orders Jung-sun to make her a reservation at his restaurant for Friday. Jung-sun tells her to call the restaurant and do it herself, and when she snaps at him again, wondering why he never lets her win, he replies, “Because we’re comfortable. Because we’re friends.”

At the library, scenes from Hyun-soo’s drama play out as she writes. But the dialogue isn’t narration—she’s muttering it out loud and annoying her table-mate in the process. When the student passes her a note ordering her to be quiet, she packs up and slinks out, embarrassed.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

Jung-sun meets Hyun-soo on campus for lunch, and as they eat, he offers to let her use his place as a quiet spot to work. She doesn’t want to get something for nothing, so Jung-sun says she can repay him by being a taste-tester for his recipes. He asks what she likes, and she says she likes soup.

They spend many meals together over Jung-sun’s soup recipes, talking about everything from food to friends to family. She says his soup is good, though not as good as her mother’s, and explains that Mom’s soup tastes better because there’s a story behind it. She advises him to put an item on his menu with a story behind it when he opens his own restaurant someday, because that’ll make it a big hit. He smiles at her in appreciation and wonder, and she proudly asks if she’s earned her meal today.

At one point Hyun-soo asks if Jung-sun keeps making soups just because she said she likes them, and when he says he’s not, she snaps grumpily that she wants something spicy.

Cut to: a series of spicy dishes for every meal thereafter, pfft. One night, over dinner on the balcony, Jung-sun places some meat on her rice and Hyun-soo asks if this is how he seduces women. He pretends not to know what she means, so she says he’s being affectionate, and he asks cheekily if she wants him to treat her like a woman.

She says no, because right now she needs to focus on work before love. She asks if he’s heard back from Alain Passard about his internship, and sighs when he says that he’d be gone for five years if he’s accepted. Jung-sun says that he won’t go if she just says the word, but Hyun-soo replies that she’s not that important.

Growing serious, Jung-sun says, “We kissed.” Hyun-soo says that it was a no-strings-attached kiss where they were just drunk on the mood of the day, and that she wants to leave it at that. Jung-sun looks crushed, even when Hyun-soo admits that she’s only acting cool about it because she’s older than him and feels like she should be the responsible one.

Then it’s Hyun-soo’s turn to be uncomfortable, when Jung-sun’s phone lights up with a call from Hong-ah. She asks if he’s going to answer, but he just requests that she pour him another shot and doesn’t pick up.

The sous chef gets cranky again when Hong-ah shows up at the restaurant, calling Jung-sun a player who attracts men and women. He passes his inventory duties to Jung-sun, who makes a face but complies.

Out of the blue, Hyun-soo gets a call from her former coworker Kyung, who says that their boss Writer Park wants her to come back to work. Writer Park takes the phone to ask if she’s holding a grudge, guilting Hyun-soo into coming back without actually apologizing for firing her.

When Hyun-soo goes back to the office, Writer Park even offers to read her contest script and give her some pointers. But it quickly becomes clear that she hasn’t changed when she berates Kyung just for making ramyun wrong.

Jung-sun’s mother lets herself into her ex-husband’s office like she owns the place, scowling at a photo of him with his new family. She demands to know why he’s not answering her calls, and when he yells at her to stop, she smashes the family portrait at his feet.

He bellows and advances on her, but she just calmly presents her cheek to him in case he wants to hit her. He tells her to leave, and she asks why he doesn’t hit his new wife like he used to hit her. She tells him to answer his phone when she calls, and he just asks for her bank account number instead. Before she goes, she snarls, “You’re not allowed to be happy until I’m happy.”

Hong-ah hangs out until Jung-sun gets off work, and as he’s walking her out, a man bumps into her. He fondles her waist as he bounces off her, but when she snaps at him for it and for looking her up and down, Jung-sun stops her with a hand on her shoulder.

He smooths over the situation, and when the guy leaves, Hong-ah complains that it makes her feel dirty when men look at her like that. She seems moved by his intervention and pouts at him to take her home, but instead he bundles her into the taxi he already called for her.

By the end of the day, Hyun-soo decides she can’t come back to this job after all. But when she tells Writer Park that she’s already decided to focus on her own script, Writer Park throws her contest script on the floor and says that she’s good at analyzing the work of others, but her own is a mess, and snaps at Hyun-soo to know her place.

Writer Park goes back to screaming at Kyung, this time for making the coffee wrong. Kyung stands up and joins Hyun-soo in quitting, making Writer Park scream at Hyun-soo all over again for influencing Kyung. She threatens to make sure neither of them works in the industry again.

Jung-sun arrives home to find his father waiting outside. His father says that he was uneasy when Jung-sun came back to Korea because he feared his mother would follow him, telling Jung-sun about her showing up at his office and throwing a fit. He asks Jung-sun to take her and leave so they can all live in peace.

Jung-sun asks what he’s supposed to do, and his father says that his mother is crazy but at least she listens to her son. Jung-sun wonders out loud who made his mother crazy, and his father has the nerve to insist that she made him hit her.

Hyun-soo’s landlord tells her that her sister asked for her deposit because they’re moving out, which is news to Hyun-soo. When she asks, Hyun-yi says that she’s tired of Hyun-soo mooching off of her, so she’s decided to live alone. Hyun-yi adds that it’s the only way Hyun-soo will come back to reality.

Jung-sun’s day gets better when he checks his email and finds a response from Alain Passard accepting him as an intern. He calls Hyun-soo to tell her his good news, and although she spends the entire call stifling her sobs over how she’s going to get by on her own, she does seem genuinely happy for him. She refuses to see him though, not wanting him to see her in tears.

A few days later, the chef asks Jung-sun why he ordered double the usual inventory. He swears he didn’t, and when the chef accuses him of stealing, Jung-sun is the one to lose his trust in the chef and quits on the spot, offering to repay what they lost on the inventory.

On his way out, Jung-sun finds Jung-woo waiting for him. Jung-woo takes him to his home, which boasts a huge collection of antiques and collectibles. Jung-woo asks for Jung-sun’s help making pasta, and he says that since Jung-sun quit, this is his opportunity to convince him to open a restaurant together.

Jung-sun gets right in Jung-woo’s face and asks if he can have anything he wants. Jung-woo asks, “What is it that you want?” Without missing a beat, Jung-sun says, “You.”

There’s a long pause where Jung-woo is taken aback and doesn’t know how to respond… then Jung-sun laughs and says that talking like Jung-woo is addictive. HA! Jung-woo laughs and realizes that this is what it feels like for the people he’s talking to. The little troll refuses Jung-woo’s offer yet again, but Jung-woo takes it in stride and even offers to let Jung-sun call him “hyung.”

Jung-sun says that in a few years, if and when he decides to open his own restaurant, “Then I’ll open it with you, hyung.” Awww, I love these two.

With no other options left, Hyun-soo calls Jung-woo. She meets him at a batting cage to accept his job offer, and although his expression is stern, he says she can start tomorrow. She declines when he asks if she wants to take a swing because she’s not in the mood, but he reminds her that he’s her boss now, which means she has to do what he asks even when she doesn’t want to.

So she takes a swing and misses, but when she asks for another try, Jung-woo says no: “Because you want to.” Instead he says they’re going to eat, and when Hyun-soo asks if he doesn’t feel uncomfortable making people do what they don’t want to do, he says he doesn’t because it means he holds the power.

Won-joon helps Jung-sun pack for Paris, and he asks what Hyun-soo thinks about him leaving. Jung-sun just says she has her own life, and Won-joon lectures him for not asking her to wait for him. Jung-sun argues that work is more important to her, but Won-joon asserts that Jung-sun just didn’t try hard enough.

Jung-sun wavers, so Won-joon tells him to call Hyun-soo before he leaves and see if she picks up. Jung-sun counters that she always picks up… it’s that she might reject him anyway.

Over dinner, Hyun-soo notes that Jung-woo has a little kid’s taste in food. He says that he eats like this when he misses his mother, and when Hyun-soo says he should just visit her, he throws her some wicked side-eye. Whoops.

She asks how old he was when his mother died, but Jung-woo doesn’t answer. Hyun-soo’s phone rings then—it’s Jung-sun, calling from the airport, but she tells Jung-woo that she won’t answer it. He asks if she wants to, and she hesitates.

 
COMMENTS

Oh wow, no wonder this “breakup” is such a source of pain for both Jung-sun and Hyun-soo. They never actually broke up at all, in fact they weren’t really even dating—the whole thing was just a horrible mash-up of crossed wires. Jung-sun knew he was in love, but Hyun-soo didn’t realize it until it was too late, because she was too worried about other things in her life to process how she really felt about him. No wonder Jung-sun left without really talking to Hyun-soo about it, not when she’d drawn such a definite line between them and any romantic possibilities. He’s always been very respectful of her and what she wants, so even though I’m sure he knew she had feelings for him, he took her seriously when she made it so clear that she didn’t want a relationship.

One of my favorite things in dramas is when the guy falls in love first, and normally I’d be hoping to see Jung-sun try to woo Hyun-soo all over again when they meet in the present. But in this case I find myself wishing for the opposite—that it’s Hyun-soo who has to pursue Jung-sun this time around. Not that I think he’d put up much of a fight, because I’ve never seen a boy so gone on a girl. But the power imbalance presented by their ages in the past created a situation in which Hyun-soo called all the shots (and bless Jung-sun for being so respectful of her wishes), and I want to see that turned on its ear when they reconnect. At twenty-three and twenty-nine, they were at very different places in their lives and maturity levels. But the distance isn’t quite so far between twenty-eight and thirty-four, and I’d love to see Hyun-soo be the one to do the romancing this time around.

I worry that Jung-woo’s character is going to go dark, and I really, really hope that doesn’t happen. I love his tentative are-we-friends-or-are-we-foes relationship with Jung-sun, and the way they banter and poke fun at each other is highly entertaining to watch. And I think he could be a strong professional advocate for Hyun-soo at a time when she could really use someone to believe in her. But that conversation last week with someone on the phone worried me, and his refusal to take no for an answer may be beneficial now because it gets Hyun-soo what she needs in the moment, but down the line it could very easily turn into a control issue, or worse. With Jung-sun it feels like a genuine desire to work with him because he admires what he can do, but with Hyun-soo it feels more like a power trip. I don’t like what that foreshadows.

I’m so pleased that I’m continuing to like this show as much as I did initially, because all too often I’m swept up by a show in its first week, only to feel something beginning to slip in the second week. I think that it’s easy for dramas to start with a bang, but then to relax after a couple of episodes once it’s hooked its audience, and you can begin to sense that it may not live up to the quality of the premiere. But Temperature of Love still feels like it’s just getting started, and now that we’ve seen Jung-sun and Hyun-soo’s beginning, and how it ended, I get the sense that we’ve only seen a small part of what the drama intends to show us.

I particularly love the feel of the show, though I’m finding it difficult to describe it in words. It’s not really slice-of-life, but it’s not really a rom-com either… it seems more like an old foreign film in its style and cinematography, but without feeling dated, if that makes sense. The characters speak and act like real people, which speaks to a complaint I have often with dramas, because I see so many shows and wonder why the characters are talking and behaving in wildly unnatural ways. But here, the characters don’t overreact or under-react, or say and do things that make no sense. They behave the way I would behave under the same circumstances, which is what makes them so relatable and likable. I can just feel the show finding its stride and getting better with every scene, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us.

 
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How can one (okay, technically two) episodes of a show break my heart so many times? And it's with such small things too - like JS's facial expressions on the rooftop when HS was saying she wanted to focus on work, or HS wholeheartedly congratulating JS even though her world was crashing down. There's just something so warm and compelling about this show so far, and I'm loving it.
On a lighter note, I love the bromance between JS and JW, and I'm not gonna lie, JW is so extra in every way and it's killing me.

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Aww, that rooftop scene and the way Jung-sun changed expressions so quickly because of a single sentence from her was hard to watch. You can see his heart crack on his face. Aww, poor guy.

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YSK was so good in that scene.

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*YSJ

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Okay..Hooked.that's it,can't said anything bad at all coz this drama are gorgeous from visual to cinemathography to story (:

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The characters speak and act like real people, which speaks to a complaint I have often with dramas, because I see so many shows and wonder why the characters are talking and behaving in wildly unnatural ways. But here, the characters don’t overreact or under-react, or say and do things that make no sense. They behave the way I would behave under the same circumstances, which is what makes them so relatable and likable.

I completely agree with this, save for one point. All those amazing, romantic dinners with just themselves and wine - how could there not be more kissing? If I were Hyun Soo, and a man with Yang Se Jong's face was wooing with as sweetly as Jung Sun is, there would definitely be more kissing though perhaps not more in the circumstances.

I liked these episodes more than last weeks and am beginning to settle into the show. *fingers crossed* or a good one - I still pick its competitor Girl's Generation 1979 first because this is yet to catch up in terms of the quality of the script.

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I'm on the opposite. I love both drama equally, and both are offering different things that I'm able to appreciate wholeheartedly. It also took me until second week to warm up for GG 1979 whereas for this drama, I already warmed up from first week. But one thing I'm sure I do appreciate both drama. I also look forward to see another drama, 20th Century Boy & Girl which starts next week, seems like my Mon-Tues won't be lonely anymore lol. 😆 After the series of mediocre drama & actors (in my book), curious what will the new batch of drama bring to us. 😊

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Hahaha and I warmed up to GG 1979 immediately, but this more slowly. Mostly though, I love Seo Hyun Jin and watching Temperature of Love, as you said (I think) last week feels like watching a movie.

I agree about 20th Century Boys & Girls. This,Black and This Life is Our First are the shows I'm most excited about. The last batch was indeed kind of dull - glad to be getting round to the next. ^^

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Sometimes warm up slowly is better, for me. lol.

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I'm head over heels … 💕 And I can barely breathe, crossing my fingers and praying to the Drama Gods for this feeling of awe, brought by a marvelous script, acting and directing, to never flicker away … 😍

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same here.. I'm actually quite nervous for the next episodes. I remember feeling like this during 'cheese in the trap' earlier episodes, and owhh how it pained me when the writing went so lousy later on :'(..
Please Drama Gods.. Make this good until the end :)

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"It’s not really slice-of-life, but it’s not really a rom-com either… it seems more like an old foreign film in its style and cinematography, but without feeling dated, if that makes sense. "

Yes that's my feeling too. Agree with your comments @lollypip❤ Everyone is a being so naturally amd comfortably, like this is just their daily life. I think this drama is like a low key slice of life drama together with romcom, and I do prefer this kind of romcom than some 'loud' romcom. This is just what I want in romance drama.

There are so many moments in this drama and I found myself appreciate every single scene. Even the moments between Jung-swoon & his mother aren't full of emotional and hatred. I must admit I'm worried about his mother, but when she said she is worried that JS might turn out to be abusive like his father, I think she has a point there although it doesn't mean she has authority to intervene with his personal life.

Based on this writer's patten from her past drama, I doubt any character will be so dark later, although Hong-ah give some hints she might turn to darker character. She seems to be in her complexity world and for now, only Hyun-soo and that Won-joon see this side of her. She isn't a character that we can easily love but she is still a relatable character.

Hyun-soo is being a realistic to think about her own life first, because at the moment she is almost broke and she is a 29 y.o, where for some at this age, at least she should have some stable job. But she doesn't let those perceptions to stop her from chasing her own dream. I must admit her sister sounds quite cruel when she wants to live separately, but it does makes sense. Jung-swoon being so respectful and understanding towards Hyun-soo made me love him more and more.

I don't know what to expect after 5 years later, but I'm sure a real love story between them will finally begin, because for now, both of them aren't exactly in any special relationship although the feeling is there.

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About Hyun Soo's sister - she actually was very cruel. How could she not even inform Hyun Soo of her decision. If Hyun Soo hadn't run into the landlord by accident, she wouldn't have known until she was out on the streets? Moreover, said sister just watched TV coolly as Hyun Soo cried.

Perhaps I come from a different value system, but I can't under any circumstance justify treating a close family member in that manner.

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I think since I come from society which value family in all kind of situations, which as a result either can benefit or not benefited from it, this is why I viewed her sister's action is not totally wrong. Her sister is harsh, but I can't say she is at 100% wrong, while she isn't fully right either. As a family member and towards older sister who is basically not causing any harm towards her (I can support her if Hyun-soo is just sleeping whole day, and has a loser life but Hyun-soo isn't like that). This girl gonna learn her lesson later because she treated her own sister like that, but this can be a catalyst for Hyun-soo to take her life more seriously, not that she wasn't, but maybe more realistically than now. Realistically, she shouldn't refuse JW's offer in that way, especially she gained that offer quite easy than some people. Like I said last week, she being hot headed can work as advantage or non-disadvantage on her (now we also see Jung-sun is also similar with her lol 😆)

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true, her sister was being very mean about it, but i do appreciate how she's not entirely the villain in this scenario, because i also do understand where she's coming from. i doubt i'd want to live with my sister for so long, especially if she's actively turning down jobs and isn't doing anything to contribute to the living expenses. her sister's definitely mean and selfish and bratty, but i like that we get layers to their dynamic. :D

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Yes, I was actually very annoyed when HS first turned down a job that would allow her to actively contribute to rent. Sometimes you have to take jobs that are less than your ideal before you can afford luxuries such as landing your dream job (if it doesn't pay). The job offer had the added benefit of actually being in her line if work. At the very least its resume building experience.

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Hyun Soo's sister was being mean, but HS was totally being irresponsible; so she kind of needed a catalyst to take responsibility for her own life and grow up. Her sister shouldered the rent by herself for five months. The way she went about kicking HS out was mean, but I can understand her not wanting to live with her.

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True. My issue is not with Sis refusing to put up with Hyun Soo, but how it was done.

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Her sister might just have extra rude character. She should at least tell her beforehand although the decision was made unilaterally by her considering they are family.

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What does grow-up means?
Just living under same roof doesn't cause your world's harm. She had a assistant job and was trying her best to achieve much. Noone spends night in a police station for fun.
Its not like sister had not to pay rent if she wasn't living with her Unni.
Young sister has sis-complex. You can feel her malicious intentions.

In the end it all is about perspective. Whether right or wrong it was done to set up a low-high point of heroine-hero.

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Yes the sister still need to pay rent if she wasn't living with her Unni, but she had been paying on behalf of Hyun Soo for the past 5 months when the rent was supposed to split into half. So I don't see anything wrong for her to actually move out to go for a one person room rent than paying for two persons rent. What she did wrong is that she didn't inform or discuss with her sister upfront for Hyun Soo to prepare to move out. It seems harsh, but it's actually good for Hyun Soo, so that she'd take her life seriously as she's been taking things for granted. She wouldn't accept the offer made by Jung Woo if she was not stuck with her financial issue.

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The characters and their lines are really real. I totally felt sad for JS when HS set the limit between them. And felt really frustrated when HS didn't pick up his LAST call. It was an almost relationship which is a rare take on KDramas as much as I can remember. Now I can say I'm hooked. 😍💖

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Same. I was rooting for a great friendship between her and Hyun-soo, but she strikes me as petty most of the time.

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Me too. I can predict what's coming after seeing how easy for her to be angry of what Won Joon says and, worse, for making a bet to win Jung Sun's heart. That's so childish.

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She is a girl living on her own complex word which she created by her own. I don't know the main reason she become closer to hyun-soo but for now, I think she believes Hyun-soo is not a threat for her, she seems to have upper hand in everything, so it might made her feels less insecure when she is with Hyun-soo. But now Hyun-soo has become a threat to her,she might abandon their friendship. I also think it is not because she is insincere with Hyun-soo, but maybe like Woo-joon said, she lacks of affections so she doesn't know to be one. If I'm right, I think her character is going to be like Lee Sung-kyung's character in Doctor.

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Yessss! I was truly disappointed. I was hoping for this drama to focus a bit more on the aspects of their female friendship... hopefully Hong-ah will change as the series progresses.

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Lollypip, thank you! I had agree with everything you wrote. The acting so good. The dialogue is so good. Its best I've heard in a long time. I love all of the main leads-everyone has chemistry with each other in spades. I'm a little weary of liking the drama this much. The greater my expectations, the greater my disappoint in the end if the quality or story fails... so I'm trying to resist having high expectations for the rest of the show. The mood is just right and hitting all the right notes (except crazy mom).

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Okay, so not only Jung-sun and Hyun-soo have out-of-this-world chemistry. We have to add Jung-woo there. He's so great with both of them.

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Just what I was thinking to!

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Too bad he's a bordering chauvinist towards Hyung Soo.

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Yup. I don't quite understand why he wants to work with Hyun Soo at all. He likes Jung Sun's cooking, thinks the man has potential - and therefore wants to invest in Jung Sun's restaurant. But that's not the case with Hyun Soo. As LollyPip rightly pointed out, it seems to be a power and control thing, not a respect thing.

We also see Hyun Soo debuting five years later in episode 1, I think. Which means she didn't end up working with him?

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Jung-woo might have some twisted mind, so do Hong-ah. Now I just hope these two won't combine their power for some bad things. Sigh is it that strange to get some normal chaebols in kdrama? lol.

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Ikr! I'm starting to wonder just how bad corruption and abuse of authority by the rich and powerful is, in South Korea, for this to be such a regular/common theme. ^^

[Yes, I know Choi Soon Sil - gate should give me an idea.]

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I wasn't sure if it was just then that she debuted as a script writer, but it makes sense if she didn't do it under JW's control. His sense of ownership over her is off-putting and I hope Hyung Soo saved her self. Mister obvious was clearly just pursuing her because she kept rejecting his offers. Let's see if there's more to him than just too much money.

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Well said, he carries himself with swagger but we've seen nothing but money to justify that.

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Except for HA, girl needs taking down a peg or two. How did Hyung Soo ever have a friend like her. They seem the same age but apparently HA is Jung Sun's age which is just...WHY. As a bestie you have one job.

As for my lovely couple, I'm sooooo grateful for the preview! My heart sank for them. No wonder they can't find the right mutual number on the Celsius scale, they are surrounded by horrible people creating obstacles at ever turn.
Although nothing beats a great love that stands through trying times and circumstances.

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I am in love with this show. Lollypip is right in that it doesn't quite feel like a rom-com or anything else i've ever seen in k-dramas before. Everything feels so understatedly poignant and it really tugs at my heartstrings. The show has the feel of a really good indie film, except it's a drama. The characters feel like everyday people I would come across in daily life. Love love love!

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Omg! I was looking for the prefect word to describe the feel of this show and that it! It feel like an indie film! I also agree with Lollypip and her description on the feel of the show

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This show! I fell in love hard and fast, like Hyun-soo and Jung-sun. 😍 I agree with Lollypip, I love how real and relatable they are.

I super enjoyed watching the part where Jung-sun called Hyun-soo and she was all excited and happy to hear from him. And that charged moment when Hyun-soo is "earning her keep" by sampling Jung-sun's dishes, then telling him that he should have a story behind his future restaurant's menu. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face, these two are too cute together!

I just wish they had a proper goodbye before Jung-sun left for Paris, even if we now know that they're meeting again five years forward (which looks like the next episode). It will be on a more equal footing as they've already grown up and achieved their personal dreams, but they also won't be the same people as they were when they first fell in love with each other. I feel they'd be more grounded on reality now, rather than going with the whims of love. I do wish too that it will be Hyun-soo making the moves now, it seemed that Jung-sun was more in love with her when they first met while she was more focused on being the adult, responsible one.

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Are we supposed to dislike Hong-ah now? She's being all clingy with Jung-sun and misleading Hyun-soo so she can have him all to herself. I was rooting for their friendship, but it looks like all is not what it seems.

I also can't put a finger on Jung-woo, sometimes he seems sincere but there's also that underlying current of him trying to manipulate others according to his will.

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Between this and Hospital ship, I'm totally being spoilt with the calm, gentle and thoughtful male leads. I don't usually watch romcoms but I love the tone of this one - the characters are honest, mature and the conversations feel dense, in a positive way. I feel like I'm reading a book actually. Or enjoying a warm simmering bowl of soup.

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I love your description.. totally agree. I am questioning why I can't stop watching Hospital Ship eventhough the medical scene is very cringy for me due to personal reason. I think I just really like Kang min Hyuk character.

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Completely with you. After Nam Joo Hyuk's Joon Hyung in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and Park Hyung Sik's Ahn Min Hyuk in <Strong Woman Do Bong Soon I was beginning to miss the sweet, thoughtful male lead. These characters set the bar quite high.

And suddenly there seem to be two more! Much happiness. <3

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Me too! Mature, respectful and thoughtful male leads, when partnered with strong, smart and sassy female leads is like getting a gift from the drama gods.

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Didn't expect to be this emotionally invested.I got affected by their unofficial break up..

And please please please let's not bring Jungwoo to the dark side...

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Wow this is so fast, you're awesome lollypip!

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Agreed! Thanks @lollypip for the lightning fast recap!

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i'm on the fast track to loving this drama already, even though i'm definitely also feeling those familiar jittery nerves at falling in love with a drama so early in its run. not that it matters right now though, since i'm so completely gone with these two. the look on jung-sun's face when he said "but we kissed"! i had to stuff my fist in my mouth to stop myself from screaming out loud.

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OK so this is my first exposure to Yang Se-jong, and although he's really outrageously good looking (with charming Korean features), I was not impressed with his tone and dialogue delivery in the first few episodes. To me it sounds unnaturally monotone. I suppose he's still green and I shouldn't compare him to Jo Jung-seok's or Yoo Ah-in's delivery, for example. However, I must say that his boyish puppy expressions are on point, befitting a 23 year old man in love. I'm glad I gave him the benefit of the doubt, and I hope he'll improve and his acting will mature along with the time jump.

Seo Hyun-jin is fantastic as always. She has a knack for making her characters seem real and relatable and Hyun-soo is not an exception. I already dislike Jo Boa's character and I foresee a lot of petty, hysterical drama coming out from Hong-ah even though I'd hate for her to turn into a delusional and manipulative second lead. Kim Jae-wook is effortlessly (and dangerously) sexy, but I'm also a bit wary about Jung-woo's tendency to obsess over power and control. Come on writer, you can do better than one-dimensional chaebol jerks. We already have lovable Ji-yoon and Jin-gyu from Strongest Deliveryman as point of reference.

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Lollypip, agree with everything you said!

I am still enjoying this show, and like it much more than I thought I would. I am pleasantly surprised how much I like Jung Woo, even though I can't really pinpoint why he is pursuing Hyun Soo so much. I think because she doesn't fawn over him like the others.
I am disappointed in how Hyun Soo's sister and Hong Ah are shaping up, though. Hyun Soo's sister has the potential to be really interesting (and a cute loveline with the cute sunbae!), but she was just mean today. I know she's hurting too but geez. And Hong Ah, please don't become a generic bitchy second lead who turns on her friend while trying to get with a male lead who clearly isn't interested. Be a good friend, and date Gil Hyun instead (I have no idea what his character's name is, he'll always be Gil Hyun to me!).

I'm really interested to see where things go overall, and hope they don't get unnecessarily angsty. I love good angst, but I don't want the secondary characters to exist solely to drive apart the leads.

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I... kind of hope Jung-woo goes dark? It's just my guilty pleasure as long as he doesn't actually succeed, preferably because the woman or women break away. So in this episode, just the way he did it at the end made me want to see how bad it can go, and how HS will deal with it.

I haven't watched that many of these double-episode dramas, but I watched Ruler: Master of the Mast and Reunited Worlds, and both of those started strong, then just kind of walked around because they didn't have enough plot for ten weeks, before ending it somewhat strong. (The King Loves was a weird thing where it felt consistently both strong AND confused the whole time) So I'm nervous about liking this strong beginning only to be met with a lot of meandering about as they wait for the finale.

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I'm nervous too, because I clearly remember this is quite similar feeling I got from this writer's past drama, Doctors. I just hope there is enough material for this drama, and maybe because this is from her own novel, so hopefully things will stay good until the end. And based on my own experiences, some of my fav drama of this year didn't started so strong, but somehow after epi second /third week, things got better.

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I squeed so hard watching this episode! I was as excited as Hyun Soo was when she knew Jung Sun finally had a handphone! 😆😆 I felt all lovey dovey when Jung Sun cooked for Hyun Soo for almost everyday and it makes me wanna have a chef as my boyfriend. 😍 I also love the newly found bromance between Jung Sun and Jung Woo. I just hope Jung Woo will not turn bad or the "jealous" second lead. I had so much hope with the womance from last week, but it turned out Hong Ah liked Jung Sun which is something I don't like where this story is going. I don't want rivalry between the girls.

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Wow the actors playing Jung-sun & Jung-woo really brought their A game in the pasta scene. I could actually believe for just a moment they were going gay (and I know they would never because of Korea's lagging stance on gay stuff) and that was impressive. I also really like Jo Bo-Ah, I'm worried she's just going to be an annoying wedge in the main couple's relationship down the road though.

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That was my favorite scene, and while I'm not really invested in this show yet, I would be totally in if JS and JW were the OTP heh.

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I cracked up when Jung-woo was flabbergasted by Jung-sun's apparent pass because of Kim Jae-wook's role in ANTIQUE BAKERY. He played a pastry chef who had trained in France, and was renowned as a "Gay of Demonic Charm." With that background in mind, it was a scream to see Jung-sun turn the tables on him and bust his chops. ;-)

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if there is a filter for this drama, it will be sepia. Not trying too hard to please but yet alluring with a subtle charm.

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This drama is hitting all the right notes for me. The angst is perfect, not too weighty, but very real. The dialogue (which about everyone has mentioned) is the best I’ve heard. The banter between all our leads and second leads are on point, all the time, in every scene. I love the classic feel of everything and how quickly we are working through the story line. Nothing is dragging, but it doesn’t feel rushed either. Kudos to the director, writer, costume designer, actors, producers! Everything is working for me. I’m head over heals.

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The bromance between Jung Woo and Jung Sun is so cute. I wish they would stay like that forever. The pasta scene was hilarious. The idea of them being partners in the restaurant business sounds great.

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Thanks LollyPip!

I too liked this show from the beginning and am so happy that it's turning out better and better. It's refreshingly peopled by characters who are rich in personality, unusual, contrary and quirky. To an extent I cannot say that they are completely relatable for me, as they are quite unlike the people I know! Best of all it has such an intelligent script which sets me thinking. I find myself making comparisons between people and enjoying seeing various relationships turned on their heads. So much fun!

I like that it's not just a story of a couple finding each other over and over, but that it simultaneously analyses the concept of power in relationships and how words are used to manipulate and create positions of power where none existed.

My take on it is that the right temperature of love has also to do with the right power balance as much as it has to do with coinciding 2 person's wishes and expectations.

I'm looking at Hyun Soo and her sister who's younger, and how the power is wielded by the doengsaeng just because she has a job. Her incredible contempt for her sister has me wondering what their backstory is. Why should she wish ill upon her sister as if they are mortal enemies? Just not being able to pay the rent does not explain her hateful, unloving behaviour. Her words over and over again, are designed to make HS feel bad.

By comparison, there's Hong Ah who (I'm guessing) will be a major pebble in Hyun Soo's shoe later, but she starts off as being sisterly. Even between Jung Woo and Jung Sun, where there was no actual relationship to begin with, JW wants to be called hyung. However Hyun Yi has never given her elder sister the respect that age usually demands.

Father-son roles are kind of reversed too. Jung Sun's father is the one asking him to take his mother away. The son has to help protect his father's family instead of getting protection from his father against a crazy mother.

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Hong Ah, was I thought, positioned to be a 2nd lead that we could like. I'm no longer sure, however I'd like to like her. In this episode, she's showing up as being childish and possibly delusional. What she thought she knew is likely untrue. (JS was not flirting with her, he is not poor, he did not ask her out not because he lacked confidence and not every guy admires her) LOL.

Jung Woo is a bit of a problem for me. I want to like him too, but his lack of respect for the wishes of others, his choosing them precisely because they reject him and his determination to win them to himself makes me think of him as a manipulating chess master, trying to move his pawns using words to control them. I felt that he was 'hitting' on people who rejected him so that his sense of control over them would be greater when they gave way. He might respect them only in so far as they do not give in to him. That's pretty scary in a boss.

Jung Woo's attempt at creating relationship with Hyun Soo just because they were from the same school felt forced. His nonchalant attitude that he could buy her over with a high salary and because she had lost her job, and deliberately not letting her bat again because she wanted to was just so much power play. I'd like to think that he ultimately means well, but I have grave doubts at the moment.

The other boss dynamic is with the typical, unreasonable boss character in Writer Park and her treatment of her staff. I like how the script calls out the 'norm' of accepting that a boss has the right to abuse and humiliate his/her employees and they have to take it. It is a situation that is portrayed so often in kdramas that I'm almost getting inured to it, so I like that this show elicits from me again the sense of injustice. While Hyun Soo is subservient and patient with people in authority, giving in to Writer Park's guilt tripping her to return to work, we see that Jung Sun would never let anyone step all over him and would call out even his mentor or boss over the attempt to manipulate his emotions by saying, 'it was for your own good'.

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Again, as in the case of being inured to scenes of abuse, this is a phrase that I hear quite often, and did not question the truthfulness of. But here, we are made to think if so many common phrases bandied about, can actually be taken at face value. The other one is Jung Sun's mum saying she'd do anything he wanted, even die. Something like reverse emotional blackmail?

And LollyPip mentioned 'guilting'. While those in power manipulate their subordinates sometimes using guilt, the truly guilty like Jung Sun's father who abused his wife, refuses to be responsible for contributing towards her resentment.

After hearing the sly 'wordplay' of the others and Hong Ah being vague, indirect and basically ignorant or delusional, Jung Sun's straightforwardness and wit are a great pleasure to behold. It was so good that he calls people out for saying what they do not mean. Perhaps it's because he had years in France, but he is able to stand up to others and is confident in himself, not letting their words entirely control his choices. His words and actions can/will(/is meant to?) be the sounding block upon which we judge the rest of the characters.

The setup has been thorough over the last 6 episodes. I like how already we have in place, how the families are possibly going to be a stumbling block to the OTP. Hyun Soo's parents only want her to marry a man from a happy home but Jung Sun's parents can't be much more hateful towards each other. Add to that, JS's mum had no intention of ever seeing HS again.

I guess we are going to be watching the angst of the OTP seldom being quite together, followed by brief bursts of swoony romance and then suffer with the OTP over the frustrations they will face from various characters. Here's to the following weeks of angsty good fun!

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Sung Joon's hair has been the same since he was cloned. Why hasn't he gotten a haircut and an extended brooding shower scene yet? Are we still five years in the past? Was the soup really that spicy?

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I was watching the episode 6 today and was wondering the same thing. Not quite a rom-com, what is it? Lollypip's description is so on point! Although I am not sure if I'm in love with the show yet, but I do love the leads! Still trying to adjust to Yang Se-jong's role as the love interest instead of a puppy from Romantic Doctor Kim!

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Thanks for your recap and commentary, LollyPip!

Doggone, that look in Jung-sun's eyes when Hyun-soo acted all blasé about their smooching on the train. I instantly thought of David Wilcox's "Language of the Heart":

http://www.dramabeans.com/activity/p/251706/

For someone who aims to become a professional wordsmith, Hyun-soo heedlessly shoots her mouth off. Go sit in the corner, young lady. Jung-sun's too good for you. Grrr. I really am peeved at her treatment of Jung-sun, and am glad she got her comeuppance.

The show reminds me of ALONE IN LOVE because of its low-key, realistic dialogue and the tragic parting of ways owing to misunderstanding and fractured communication. SOUL MATE comes to mind for similar reasons as well.

Just when I think I've seen everything, Jung-sun's parents never fail to disappoint.

And then there's Writer Park. She seems to be as bonkers as Jung-sun's Mom from Hell. Hyun-soo kowtowed to her when she could have told one of her glib falsehoods over the phone. Why she didn't simply say that she was already working on another project was beyond me. No amount of appeasement works with people like Writer Park. Hyun-soo shot herself in the foot by playing the Neville Chamberlain card.

I loved how Bo-kyung calmly opted to vote with her feet after exceeding her quota of incoming verbal abuse. She recognized that working with Writer Park was a no-win situation. I've done the same thing. I've never quit a job, but I have fired my boss.

Hyun-soo's sister must be a changeling or something. How could two such loving parents have given birth to such a cold-hearted rat? The Turnip Truck of Doom must have delivered to the wrong family. ;-)

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I came on this bandwagon because i found a new puppy to love in Pyo Ji Hoon but this drama is turning out to be my new kdrama addiction. (Which to be honest was in remission for a few months) honestly I'm not really worried for Jung Woo's character since he seems to be developig a strong relationship with the two leads. It's SnakeFace HongAh i'm worried about with that "he's a playboy" crap she was spewing and her temper trantrum towards Dr. Chef/Sous-chef (?), my instincts tell me she's going to take the mantle of "Lying two faced Witch" in the drama. Wait, there's still Crazy Mom in contention for that.

Wow, this drama has interesting characters. I hope to never see the annoying little sister again. If that were my sister, she better be careful she might wake up with her hair shaved.

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So I need to condense my thoughts:
1. Like most of us, Jung-sun speaks from experience. So when the chef is saying that he is doing it for his own sake, he thinks of his mother most likely. In this case, I think it’s advantageous that he can see that the chef knows he is talented and wants to keep him on for that reason/using him.
2. The sous chef is such a dick that he is even disrespectful to the chef. Glad he got called out on it.
3. Hyun-soo’s parents are just too adorable. They are like two youngsters in love, texting each other every little thing. #lifegoals.
4. The awesome silliness of Hyun-soo calling the pay/public phone in hopes of contacting/finding Jung-sun.
5. The way how we find out about Jung-sun’s wealth—unless I missed it before, I seriously hope I didn’t because the following wouldn’t work as well—through the conversation between Won-joon and Hong-ah was well placed/done. Really helps with pacing and gives us good dramatic irony to work with.
6. Hong-ah is a two-faced not very nice person. Good to know this now.
7. Jung-sun's face when he said “we kissed”
8. I absolutely love how Jung-sun deals with situations that would cause drama in other dramas, like getting the cab for Hong-ah. His life experiences make it seem like he is quite mature.
9. I would argue that this drama would not have worked, even given the script, if the two leads weren’t really good actors—with the usual one actor is very good and the other not so much.
10. Most dramas seem like they have so much filler compared to this one thus far. Every scene has its use.

"When I want something, I keep trying until I succeed. Then I make it mine.”

We are getting to see the early stages of this with his 'acquisition' of Hyun-soo. This is what makes him a potentially scary character.

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I quite liked this episode. I'm not as head over heels with the drama as others so far, but I definitely like it. Cheers for Kim Jae Wook, too. He rocks the second male lead so well. It's so interesting to me how LollyPip and many others find the conversations realistic, when last week I felt that the fast-past dialogue and jumping right in with crazy banter upon meeting someone seemed Gilmore Girlsesque. This week was more chill though. Except for Omma. "YOU ARE NOT ALOUD TO BE HAPPY UNTIL I AM HAPPY!!!" Abeoji asking JS to leave and take her away bc she's annoying him was pretty out there as well.

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I wasn't planning on starting another drama any time soon, but this one sucked me right in after I sat down to casually watch the first episode, thinking there was no way in hell it would hook me in...before I know it, I was on episode 8!! Looks like I've fallen down the deep, dark hole of what is Kdrama again - not that I'm complaining. But still, it caught me by surprise that this is the drama which reeled me back in after a period of hiatus, a) because I honestly didn't think a romance heavy plot would be my cup of tea b) I wasn't keen on the lead actress due to her character in another oh hae young and c) I'd never heard of/seen the lead actor in anything. Superficial pointers, I know, but it keeps me from indulging in kdramas at dangerous levels! Needless to say, it didn't work, and I've ended up being completely and utterly charmed by this drama and everyone in it. Thank you for recapping the series, Lollypip - I look forward to the next set of episodes! <3<3<3

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...oh and I was so happy to see Kim jae wook on screen again, but the dude is crushing my heart by staying in second lead territory!! Someone, get him out of there, stat (preferably in another drama though, coz damn, Yang-se jong has my heart in this)!!

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I find the ambiguity in Jung-woos character to be interesting. I don't know whether to peg him as megalomanic, because he varies in tone. He convinces me that he's cold and power hungry in one scene, and that he's in fact laid back and cool in the next. He's so interesting that I want a spin-off drama based off him. I wonder if SBS answer emails?

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