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20th Century Boy and Girl: Episodes 3-4

It’s tough to be famous! Things go from bad to worse as our heroine deals with rumors that spiral out of control that make it hard for her to keep her head up. But when you’re confident in the knowledge that you’ve done nothing wrong and have a solid support system around you, you’ve got everything you need to come out the other side stronger than ever.

 
EPISODE 3: “Love story”

It’s 1999, and Jin-jin sits in class, flipping through a notebook full of photos of her friends and their favorite idols. She barely pays attention to the lesson, in which their teacher goes line by line through the English lyrics of the song “Love Story,” from the 1970 film.

A note on one page from Ah-reum asks what she wants to eat tonight, but Jin-jin writes a response that she’s going to “Oppa’s” office tonight. A grumpy scribble from Ji-won asks why he has to participate (in the group notebook) when he has nothing to say, though I notice he’s still complied.

We come back to the present, as Jin-jin is confronted by a sea of reporters asking questions about her alleged sex tape. Suddenly, someone takes her by the hand and steps in front of her, and she’s stunned to see that it’s Ji-won, her old friend.

Ji-won leads Jin-jin past the reporters, out of the airport, and all the way to the curb where her team is waiting. CEO Jang pulls Jin-jin into the van, and Ji-won gives her a tiny nod, then sends her off. The reporters turn on Ji-won, asking about his relationship with Jin-jin, but he quickly hails a taxi and leaves without a word.

There’s a thick, awkward silence in Jin-jin’s van until she eventually asks, “What video?” CEO Jang starts to ask if it’s her, but she says no firmly, and everyone relaxes.

Young-shim is in the middle of her uncomfortably silent job interview with a lawyer, KANG KYUNG-SEOK (Oh Sang-jin), and as he takes forever reading her resume, she notices that the office is a bit run-down. Finally he asks what kind of lawyer she wants to be, but he’s not satisfied with her stock answer that she wants to fight social wrongs.

He’s about to dismiss her, but Young-shim blurts out something that was said at her law school graduation—that a lawyer is someone who listens attentively to people. She says that she wants to be a lawyer who listens to her clients, and it gives her interviewer pause. He writes something on a slip of paper, calling it her homework to figure out while he steps out for a break. Young-shim sees that he’s written “your desired salary.”

Still recovering at the hospital, Ah-reum has been texting Jin-jin and getting no response. Her old classmate and now-doctor, Woo-sung, asks her about Jin-jin, and she tells him to worry about his patient instead (ha, he just blows her off: “You’ll be fine”). He shows her an article online about Jin-jin leaving the airport with a mysterious man.

In the taxi, Ji-won calls his assistant in Hong Kong, who asks why he’s going back to live in his tiny childhood apartment. Ji-won says flippantly that the jjajangmyun tastes better there. His assistant admonishes Ji-won, telling him to call his mother, which wipes the smile off his face.

As it turns out, Jin-jin and her parents also still live in their old building, her parents in their same old apartment and Jin-jin on the floor above them. When she arrives home, Jin-jin pushes the elevator button to her place on the fifteenth floor, but changes her mind and goes to her parents’ apartment instead.

They’ve been eagerly awaiting her return home, but when she walks in, they both pretend they were doing other things. Gah, they’re so cute. Mom offers to make her something to eat, so Jin-jin requests bulgogi. On her way out, Jin-jin stops and says, “It wasn’t me, Mom. You have nothing to worry about.” Her parents finally breathe in relief.

She’s been pretending to be fine ever since the airport, but once Jin-jin is alone in her home, the memory of the aggressive reporters comes back to haunt her. Later, she finally texts Ah-reum and Young-shim, who are relieved to finally hear from her. Ah-reum whines that she’s lonely, begging her friends to come visit her.

Young-shim is in the middle of dinner with her parents, which is an utterly silent affair. Her mother keeps pushing bites of fish towards Young-shim, and every time, her father grabs the bite before Young-shim can eat it. He finishes and wanders off, grumbling that the food was terrible, but Young-shim just smiles and tells her mother that the vegetables are delicious.

In the friends’ chat, they ask who the man at the airport was. Jin-jin gets so distracted thinking about his swoonworthy rescue that she drops her phone on her face, LOL.

Ji-won is thinking about Jin-jin too, in particular one day back in school when he and Jin-jin ended up in their building’s elevator together. He’d lived on the thirteenth floor, one floor below her, and the ride had been full of awkward silence and quick, shy glances at each other.

When they’d gotten to Ji-won’s floor and the doors had opened, he’d just stood there, unwilling to leave just yet. He’d said stiffly, “I’ll take you home,” and closed the elevator doors.

Jin-jin’s mom goes shopping with Ah-reum’s mom again, but this time when they get to the makeup counter, they both gasp in surprise. Jin-jin’s ad has been taken down. Damn, that was fast.

Jin-jin sneaks out after dark wearing a mask, and she takes a taxi to the women’s hospital where Ah-reum is recovering. She calls a nurse to let her in, and nearby, someone takes covert pictures of her entering the building.

Up in Ah-reum’s room, Ah-reum and Young-shim chow down on junk food, but Jin-jin feels under the weather and declines to eat. Ah-reum tells her friends that she saw their old classmate Woo-sung, and she calls him into the room to show them how… well, different he looks these days.

Jin-jin and Young-shim shoot each other looks wondering How is this the same guy? Ah-reum just nods ruefully and tells them that Woo-sung performed her surgery, confirming that he did indeed get all up in her business. He tells them not to get any weird ideas, because he’s a professional.

He sits next to Jin-jin, excited to see his old classmate who’s now a star, though he’s worried if she should be here after her scandal. He starts asking her questions about celebrities’ personal lives, but she says she doesn’t know.

The next morning, Jin-jin’s mom brings her tea in bed. Mom hesitantly tells Jin-jin that her poster was taken down at the store, but Jin-jin gets exasperated and asks what she’s supposed to do about it. Her voice gets louder as she yells at her mom to stop being so interested in her: “Stop caring so much. I’m tired enough without you bothering me!”

She throws herself back in bed, accidentally sending the tea flying and spilling everywhere. Jin-jin looks horrified at what she’s done, but can’t say sorry and just hides under the covers.

Mom goes back downstairs, worried about Jin-jin. Little brother Min-ho sees a new article about his sister on his phone and exclaims in shock, then makes up a lie that he was reacting to a message from a friend because he doesn’t want his parents seeing it.

Jin-jin goes to see CEO Jang later, since they have an appointment with a director to talk about her next movie. All of a sudden, absolutely every phone in the place begins ringing, and manager Hong-hee asks Jin-jin if she went to an ob-gyn yesterday. Oh no. This is very bad.

The latest article features photos of Jin-jin entering the hospital last night after hours, then leaving seven hours later. While the article simply states the facts, it looks really bad, especially on the heels of the sex video, and CEO Jang loses his cool.

Jin-jin protests that she was only visiting Ah-reum, so CEO Jang explains the truth to the reporter who wrote the article. The reporter refuses to retract the article, saying that they didn’t speculate on why she was there, they only reported that she was there.

When Ah-reum learns of the article, she goes online and reads the netizens’ comments, horrified to see that everyone is assuming that Jin-jin went to the hospital to get an abortion. Even Jin-jin’s young rival, Da-young, gleefully takes pleasure in Jin-jin’s downfall.

Jin-jin grows increasingly downcast as she listens to CEO Jang fighting with reporters. Though his protestations fail, he still tries his best to cheer her up for her meeting with the movie director. But just as they’re heading out, the director calls to cancel.

Doctor Woo-sung finds Ah-reum, worried that he may have said something to upset Jin-jin last night. Ah-reum snaps at him for caring more about Jin-jin than her, his actual patient, but he just asks for Jin-jin’s number so he can apologize, hee.

As CEO Jang fields another call from brands threatening to sue Jin-jin for breach of contract, Jin-jin stands to leave. Hong-hee explains that her van is being camped by reporters, so he got her a “limousine,” which turns out to be stylist Mi-dal driving a compact car, and doing it so badly that Jin-jin fears for her life, ha. Mi-dal reassures Jin-jin that she has nothing to worry about because this isn’t her first time driving a car—it’s her second.

Young-shim calls Jin-jin to warn that there are reporters swarming her building, and Mi-dal gets an idea. A little while later, Jin-jin drives up to her apartment on a delivery scooter from her father’s restaurant, her face hidden by her helmet’s visor. Smart!

But the reporters are smart, too, and one in particular eyes her with suspicion. When she slips into the building, he and a couple other reporters follow Jin-jin inside and into the elevator.

The reporters know she lives on the fourteenth or fifteenth floor and push both buttons, figuring to try both. So Jin-jin chooses the thirteenth floor just to get away from them and steps off quickly. The one persistent reporter follows her using the excuse that he’ll walk up the stairs, watching her closely, and Jin-jin panics and rings the first doorbell she sees.

When the door opens, she slips inside without even checking to see who answered—and freezes to find herself face to face with Ji-won.

EPISODE 4 RECAP

Ji-won is as surprised as Jin-jin, but he doesn’t betray that he recognizes her under the helmet. From upstairs, they can hear the reporters banging on Jin-jin’s parents’ door, yelling for Jin-jin to answer some questions.

Inside, Jin-jin’s mother clutches her rosary and shakes in fear. Min-ho paces between his mom and the door, wanting to do something but unsure of whether he should open the door and yell at the reporters.

Not letting on that he recognizes her, Ji-won asks for the chicken, acting like he ordered it. He asks Jin-jin how much, and when she holds up two fingers, he goes to get some cash.

Jin-jin leans into the door, and she overhears her parents’ neighbor come out to shoo the noisy reporters away. Jin-jin jumps a foot when Ji-won comes back with her money, and he sends her off with a sweet smile.

Ji-won goes to his lunch meeting to discuss merging National Chemical with a Korean chemical company. The other company’s CEO takes his paperwork, and says with a satisfied smirk for them to take this slowly.

CEO Jang gets an idea, and he goes to see the director of the talk show that Jin-jin filmed in Hong Kong. Then, he’d begged the director not to air the show because of what Jin-jin said to Da-young about how to deal with tabloid rumors (he’d said it would tarnish Jin-jin’s image), but now he pleads for him to change his mind.

The executives that Ji-won is meeting with are all older than him, and they joke that their company president is getting old and wants to date. They snicker that a candidate may be available soon, naming Jin-jin and wondering how much money she’d want to be paid to date their boss.

Ji-won listens, his anger rising, until finally he stands and excuses himself. Disgusted, he stops and goes back in, and announces that he’s no longer interested in doing business with them.

Late that night, as Jin-jin lies in bed all alone, she hears Ah-reum and Yong-shim let themselves into her apartment. They don’t bother her, they just bed down in her living room, determined to be there for her.

Jin-jin doesn’t let on that she’s awake, and lies in bed cuddling her giant stuffed giraffe. She remembers when her father sent it to her from a business trip, including a pair of smaller giraffes for her two best friends. He’d sent a note that Daddy is a giraffe who protects his baby giraffe, and that when he’s gone, that she, Ah-reum, and Young-shim should be giraffes for each other.

In the morning, Jin-jin wakes first and affectionately tells her friends to go home. A building announcement reminds her that it’s Wednesday, and sparks an idea. She shows up unannounced at the radio show she’s always listening to, where the Golden Child boys are thrilled to finally meet their goddess.

Ah-reum and Young-shim tag along, and everyone gets a kick out of the fact that Ah-reum is still in her hospital gown. Jin-jin tells the listeners that it wasn’t her in that bedroom video, though she adds that videos should be no reason for women to be condemned by society. The problem isn’t the video, but the person who secretly filmed it and spread it around.

Her sincerity really touches the host, who confesses that she’s also been hurt by unfair scandal, and they discuss how women are always the victims. Jin-jin vows that along with her “tiger lawyer” friend, she’s going to find the person who made the video and seek full punishment.

She also reveals that she was at the hospital to visit her friend, and that she plans to sue the reporters who defamed her. The listeners’ response is positive, but the real turnaround happens when everyone gets a text message featuring a new video.

The video turns out to be a clip from Jin-jin’s talk show appearance in Hong Kong, which we’d never seen the ending of. Jin-jin remains unaware until the radio show concludes, and her friends can’t wait to show the new video.

In it, we finally see Jin-jin’s advice on how she handles tabloid scandals: She doesn’t. She’d told Da-young that because those stories are false, there’s no need to address them at all.

When Da-young started mentioning other men that Jin-jin supposedly dated, Jin-jin had admitted, on camera, that she’s never dated at all. CEO Park had started to panic that she was ruining her image, and he’d finally just ruined the shoot by wandering around in front of the camera, bellowing that his stomach hurt. Pfft.

As Jin-jin and Young-shim laugh over the video, Ah-reum’s chin starts to wobble, then she suddenly bursts into tears. She wails that this is all her fault for asking Jin-jin to visit her in the hospital, and Jin-jin and Young-shim hug her and assure her that that’s not true. Awww.

Having convinced the PD to let him access the canned footage from the Hong Kong shoot, CEO Park had fallen asleep while working on it. He wakes to a call from Jin-jin, thanking him for releasing the video, but when he protests that it wasn’t him, she just says she knows he likes to play dumb.

Ji-won talks to his assistant again, telling him that he’s decided against the merger. His assistant mentions that the video spread pretty quickly, and Ji-won thanks him for saving his friend. As we’d seen before, Ji-won’s assistant had been on the set of the talk show and he’d filmed it on his phone—so it was his video that just went viral.

Aw, it was Ji-won who saved Jin-jin! We see him watching the video that night in Hong Kong, and his friend commenting that the not-dating line seems like a lie. But Ji-won had grinned to himself, saying, “She doesn’t lie about things like that.”

On her way back to the hospital, Ah-reum gets a call from Woo-sung, who yells at her for leaving without permission. He can’t believe she didn’t tell him she’s a flight attendant, and he reveals that flight attendants are his ideal type, then asks her to introduce him to some of her friends. One-track mind, this guy.

The lawyer Young-shim interviewed with, Kang Kyung-seok, calls her and tells her she can start work next week. She got the job! She calmly accepts, then hangs up and does a victory dance before running to tell her mom.

Her new boss smiles at the card where he’d asked Young-shim to write her desired salary. We see her thinking about it, and remembering a time when she’d found her father napping on the couch, muttering in his sleep, “Lawyer…” She’d seen that his wallet was empty, so she’d written on the card that she wants to earn “enough to give my father a generous allowance.”

The talk show PD finds CEO Jang still in the editing room, and kicks him out so he can do his own work. As CEO Jang leaves, the last part of the interview plays, when host asked Jin-jin if she planned to change agencies now that her contract is almost up.

CEO Jang’s grin fades when Jin-jin sounds nonchalant about the possibility. The host asks if she’d be interesting in meeting his agency CEO, and she nods, “Sure, if you pay me a hundred billion won.” Awww!

We go back to 2002, when a young Jin-jin was just starting out in the business. She’d been riding the bus home late one night, and she’d spotted CEO Jang putting up posters for her first movie, shivering in the cold. In the present, CEO Jang beams with shining eyes.

Breakfast at Young-shim’s house is still silent after she tells her parents that she got a job, and her father’s only comment is that she’s not so great because it’s just a tiny office. But this time, he leaves her the choicest piece of fish, which she shares with her mother.

Jin-jin spends a lazy day watching the movie Love Story, and when Ali MacGraw says her famous line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” Jin-jin thinks that actually, love means being unable to say you’re sorry. Beside her is a glass of her mother’s tea.

Soem time later, the man who filmed the bedroom video is caught and arrested. It turns out that the woman in the video was his girlfriend, whom he taped in a moment of anger. As she sends her friends home from her parents’ restaurant, Jin-jin sees the apron concealing her poster fluttering in a breeze, and underneath is a cartoon drawing of three giraffes.

Jin-jin heads home, and though she just barely misses the elevator, the doors open again a few seconds later to reveal Ji-won inside. Jin-jin steps in, and just as they did when they were kids, they ride the elevator to their floors in awkward silence.

Eventually Ji-won says hello, and Jin-jin responds politely. Ji-won says that he’s moved back to the thirteenth floor, and when the elevator arrives, he steps out. But he turns back to Jin-jin with a mischievous look in his eyes, and asks, “You’ve been single all your life? How were you single all your life?” He tilts his head knowingly at her as the elevator doors close.

Back in 1999, when a younger Ji-won had ridden up to Jin-jin’s floor with her, he’d stopped her before she got out of the elevator. Too shy to say anything, Ji-won had just stepped closer to Jin-jin, then leaned down to give her a soft, sweet kiss.

COMMENTS

So far, my only real complaint about this drama is that we didn’t get enough of Jin-jin and Ji-won together in this first week’s episodes. We got just enough to see that their chemistry is going to be out of this world, but I want to see more! They’re both such vibrant people, but they go so still and careful when they’re near each other, and I’m dying to learn why that is. It was the same in high school—when Ah-reum and Young-shim were around, both Ji-won and Jin-jin were loud and wacky, but in that elevator together they were oh-so-careful not to do or say anything to scare the other off. I really love their interactions, both as kids and as adults, and I need to see more of that magic.

I like all the little side stories that are shaping up to be pretty cute, too. I love Ah-reum and doctor Woo-sung together, especially the way they always seem to be having two entirely different conversations at the same time. And do I detect a touch of jealousy from Ah-reum over Woo-sung’s fixation on Jin-jin? I also thought that Young-shim’s new boss seems interesting, particularly the way he found her utterly ordinary until she gave him an answer he didn’t expect, which piqued his interest. I liked that he became curious about her for that, and though it’s too early to be seeing any loveline there, I wouldn’t be sorry if there were.

Normally a show that seems to be pairing off its heroines so early would have my inner feminist standing up and saying, “Hey, not every woman needs a man to be happy!” But I don’t feel like that’s the message the show is sending, because its heroines are already happy, and they’re not looking for a man to give them a happily ever after. You can sense that if they find love, it will just be the icing on the cake of their already-full lives. Because of that, I’m just giving myself over to the giddy enjoyment of the three friends meeting amazing men who will realize what amazing women they are.

I just adore Jin-jin and her friends, and how much they obviously love each other—they’re each other’s giraffes! Who wouldn’t want friends so loyal that they sneak into your house just to sleep on your floor so you won’t be alone? Or who walk around town all day in their hospital pajamas because you need them so badly that they didn’t even bother to get dressed? Or burst into tears because they feel guilty about putting you in a bad position? No lie, I was crying as hard as Ah-reum when she was sobbing that Jin-jin’s scandal is all her fault, just seeing the obvious love she has for her lifelong friend. Their commitment to hold each other more important than anything else is so beautiful to see.

And it’s not just Ah-reum and Young-shim—Jin-jin has a whole network of people who love her, and it just warms my heart, the lengths they’re willing to go to for her. Her parents, her brother, even CEO Jang, Mi-dal, and Hong-hee all obviously think that Jin-jin hung the moon, and it has nothing to do with the fact that she’s famous. They love her because she’s a genuinely good person, someone who is just aa loyal to them as they are to her. It’s lovely to see a character in a drama who loves their friends and family, and is dearly loved and adored in return. It’s clear that Ji-won is just as devoted to Jin-jin as everyone else, and I can’t wait to see how he dotes on her once she lets him back into her life. You can tell just by the way he looks at her, that there will be some serious doting going on.

This whole show is just chock-full of people who love each other, and it gives me such a warm, fuzzy feeling. I appreciate that although dramas so often have a bad guy, a nemesis for the main character, that aside from Da-young (who has no real claws, anyway), 20th Century Boy and Girl doesn’t need that kind of conflict to be interesting. I liked that, instead of a person being the “enemy,” the show instead tackled the problem of unfounded scandals where women are so often made the victims. Rather than a scheming second lead, I’d much rather watch Jin-jin and her friends tackle a problematic social issue.

The show reminds me of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju in that way, when even the ex-girlfriend turned out to be a good person who just had some personal issues to work through—I will be completely satisfied if 20th Century is the same type of show. I don’t need to have a character who schemes and plots to keep me interested, not when there’s so much pure, unfiltered love going around.

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I’m happy that she’s surrounded by good people and I’m happier to say that this drama can save me from my slump! Looking forward to next week’s episodes.

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Especially glad to see Kim Mi Kyung as her mom. She's perfect for this kind of role.

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Exactly my thoughtss!! This should get me out of the drama slump..Oh the characters are adorable..and the response jin jin had for the scandal. Perfect! But the best part ofcourse is the chemistry between Ji Won and Jin Jin! Excited for the next week:)

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I am absolutely adoring the vibe of this show, the friendships are priceless. Her family support system is just gorgeous. If they keep this up I will be very happy indeed :)

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Me too.
Love that kind of friendship, there is nothing forced and not too attached kind of friends. They live with their own, don't seem too mind with other business yet, they care and know each other too well.
The romance here just another additional ingredients which I don't mind at all

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My love for jiwoon got a boost in this episode. He's her knight in shining armour!
His love for her is sweet! the way he's always on her side is so cool.

I'm really happy with the storyline and the cast!

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I love this drama. Every single storyline looks promising.
Although I loved both friends's stories more than Jin Jin's cause hers seems kind of cliche (only the actors make me swoon at it).

Now onto the big no-no of this episode :
JinJin's anger explosion at her mom. Swear to God when she threw the glass (no matter how accidental) and then did not pick it up or say sorry, but instead covered herself with a blanket I wanted to kill her. She really behaved like a spoiled b'/ch.
Tons of lost respect there guys 😡😡😡😡😡

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I found the tantrum and her reaction (non-apology) later very realistic. People under a lot of stress sometimes behave like that in their family. Regardless of whether it is right or wrong. Conclusion - she is a real person not only a drama character without a fault.

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Agree, it was like she felt sorry she went too far/it was an accident, but was too embarrassed to apologise. I know I've been in that situation before.

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Totally agree with you guys! I feel like when you're around family, especially your mom, there's just this ease of letting all your emotions out cause they've seen you at your worst and your best. There's always that feeling of "I really shouldn't have", but like you said, it's also embarrassing to apologize right away. In a way, I feel like her mom knew she didn't mean it. Like how all moms are superheroes and know everything and more. Haha sorry if I don't make any sense.

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I felt this was true to life. She is an idol, a good actress, a good person, BUT she is human and she loses her cool once in a while, and to family sometimes it is HARD to say I'm sorry.

I know, I am human too and I've been in that position too.

I am half a decade younger than Jin-Jin but, sometimes when I get asked a really personal question about a stressful situation that I want to AVOID talking about in that moment I've been known to hide under my covers and yell at everybody (my mom usually or my mom-like grandma sometimes) to just let me try to deal with it first before talking about it. I always feel super ashamed for having vented my frustration on them, but it's so hard to say sorry right away. and sometimes I don't say the words but I show my remorse in different ways and because they love me and understand and know that I love them too, it's enough.
I think Jin Jin is like that too, and I find that I don't lose respect for Jin Jin, I understand her and want to pat her back and say it's alright. It's not like she thinks it was an OK reaction. She knows that she was in the wrong and is ashamed about it. Now that would be problematic.

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What I meant to type was "It's easier to lash out to people that love you because there's usually fewer consequences."

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I love this drama so much already ❤️️ the rom-coms this season are turning out to be great so far (I'm also enjoying Because This Life Is Our First very much) and I can't wait to see more interactions between our main couple or find out what happened back in high school. Argh, I'm shipping Jin-jin and Ji-won so hard already and we're barely past the first week 😅 What makes this drama even more special is the friendship between the girls, it's SO heartwarming and cute to see them having each other's backs and supporting each other through thick and thin ☺️ my heart is warm and fuzzy after watching the first two episodes and I hope it'll stay this way. No overdramatic angst please, Show!

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I really wish they don't introduce a love triangle to ruin it.

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So far i really like this show. Please let it continue and be my way out of drama slump.

The giraff thing is so cute though. And a little familiar. I have a giraff soft toy that a friend sendt me as a care packadge my first year studying abroad. I got really sick, so she sendt me the giraff as a standin since she couldn’t be there

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I got quite a shock when Jinjin lashed out at her mother, and though Jinjin is at fault, the editing could've been better in tracing the silent snowballing of her fear and frustrations that she unfortunately took out on her mother. Because we were going back and forth between different characters and events it was hard to focus on that one trajectory.

But also, her lashing out reminded me of how it's often the ones we are closest to whom we tend to snap at—at least I know that's true for me. It's not something I'm proud of, but it's definitely human, and I appreciated how this episode showed a contrasting side to the usually calm and kind person she is. It also speaks to the cruel, crushing effects that trashy reporting and fabrication of scandals have on individuals.

I don't have much to add because Lollypip pretty much covered it all (I'm so glad Lollypip is recapping this!), but I must say the acting is great so far. It's not easy to carry off a childlike 35-year-old character like Ahreum, but Ryu Hyunyoung manages to balance her delivery so that it doesn't feel like forced cuteness. I felt so much for her when she was wailing into Jinjin's arms.

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I can understand only too well why Jin-jin reached her breaking point in the comfort and safety of her own home. She's a normal human being, not a saint -- and besides: even saints have bad days. I appreciate her as a character precisely because she does blow her stack at Mom, and then is too embarrassed to be seen. It speaks to the degree of trust between them that she lets it all hang out instead of pretending that she is fine when she isn't. She just needs some time and space for the dust to settle.

The baying packs of reporters out for blood remind me of the persecution of a young woman who has a one-night stand with a young man she met at a party in DIE VERLORENE EHRE DER KATHARINA BLUM [THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM] (1975). Alas, he turns out to be a fugitive associated with Baader-Meinhof / Red Army Faktion-style terrorists. The yellow press has a field day. It is based on Heinrich Böll's 1974 novel Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann ["The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, or: how violence develops and where it can lead"].

The way the German reporter folds, spindles, and mutilates the truth is nauseating, and the same holds true for the schmuck of a broadcast "journalist" who smears Jin-jin. While she is excoriated by rabid netizens, at least she isn't jailed and interrogated the way Katharina was during the Cold War. The collateral damage is unpleasant, but nothing in comparison to what was inflicted on Katharina's family and neighbors. I will never understand the insane herd mentality of netizens who revel in such Schadenfreude, be it in Kdramas or in real life.

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I agree that there is a lot of love going around in this show.
When I see the two leads together, I am just waiting for one of them to take action since its obvious that they are attracted to the other. And now waiting for the next episode to know more about thrm and their past.

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Damn sweet! Swoon😍😍

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Yes, all of their moments together were sweet! When he grabbed her hand and saved her from the reporters - wow, what a rescue! When he let her in with the helmet on and played along.... When he got off the elevator and reminded her of their high school love.... I'm glad to see him in such a knight-in-shining-armor role.

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Finally a heroine who has her eyebrows done! I always wonder why K actresses never do that

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Just skimmed through the recap after watching, so I'll have more to add later, but the most important part first:

THE LAST PART OF EPISODE 4!!!!

I love how what Ji-won said had two meanings!! Before the flashback, I took it to mean "Wow, Jin-jin is really awesome/attractive, how can it be that nobody has dated her?"

BUT AFTER THE FLASHBACK, IT HAD A TOTALLY DIFFERENT MEANING. Like, "Hey, how come you're saying you've always been single when we dated before?"

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I'm already so smitten by Ji-won.

Couldn't be happier about this first romantic lead role for him! And of course Han Ye-seul is awesome in her role too, loving the vibe of this drama!

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Kim Ji-suk's delivery of the last lines of ep 4 was FLAWLESS omg how much more swoony can he and Ji-won get?? God he and Jin-jin are so cute, and I think Inseong and Mina did really well as their young counterparts in the lift scene too.

I love that there's such a complete support system in place for our heroine, and I also love that although we know Jin-jin's a fantastic person, she's only human too. How many times have we lashed out at the people closest to us, knowing that they'll never leave us ever? I know I can't count for myself.

Anyway, it's also interesting how Ah-reum seems to be a little insecure in the shadows of Jin-jin's fame and Young-shim's intelligence. She's a perfectly nice girl but I think I know how it feels like to be thinking that hey, my friends seem to do everything better. It makes me really curious as to how her plot line will turn out (hopefully with Woo-sung in the picture!), and gosh I'm so hooked!!!!!!!

How will I wait for next Monday to roll aroundddddddddd

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Hehehe. I've been waiting for this recap to come out, even though I've been wanting to share my love for Jin-jin, Ji-won, and all the other characters. But I waited because, in all honesty, it took me until ep 4 to fall for this show. Now that I have, I think I'm falling hard!

I don't even feel like getting into any of my misgivings about the show because I adored so many of moments and revelations at the end of this episode. There was still something not completely coming together for me, not until I saw just how our heroine dealt with the scandal and accurately pointed out that the person filming and releasing the video is the one in the wrong.

She was already so cool, but now she has the potential to become my favorite celebrity character in dramaland. I also feel like Han Ye-seul is giving one of her best performances in years, if only because her recent characters have had such similar qualities. There's just something so classy about her in this role. I especially enjoy how all Jin-jin's relationships with people are given depth and look forward to the show continuing this same attention to all the characters and relationships in the show.

This does remind me of One More Happy Ending, except in this one, I have a feeling the romance is going to make me giddy from the start. I'm mad that they held back on interactions between the leads, but it kind of helped to build anticipation. They have so much chemistry and interest in each other already that all it takes is a few moments alone to get progress! Seriously, by the time he fixed THAT gaze on her at the end and asked "Why have you never dated?" And then the series of looks after! I swear I could hardly breathe. Like, why did it make me swoon so much? Probably because those looks totally tell me that I can expect some adorable courtship from him next week and I CANNOT WAIT. Did I mention that they have some serious chemistry?

Thanks for the awesome recaps, @lollypip!

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That little tilt of his head was incredibly and mindblowingly swoony. I think I screamed a little too hard into my pillow haha! Thank god I managed to watch this before my MacBook went all dead screen on me 🙌🏻

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yes that little tilt and his small smile did me in too <3

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I already love these characters so much.

In this episode, I was particularly satisfied that Jin-Jin was not just mopping around and ruminating over her problems, but that she was also actively trying to find a way to solve them.
I think too often, female lead characters are written in such a way that their problems always get solved by other people, but in this show the women are taking things into their own hands (which I hope won't change).
And if only for that, I love this show.

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I legit bawled at the girrafe scene and when Young-shim started crying saying how sorry she was. I'm ready to give my entire heart to this drama, please don't break it writernim.

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Oops, Ah-reum cried, not Young-shim.

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I wasn't sure if I was sticking around to live watch next week's episodes but that last look from Ji-won pretty much sealed the deal for me. It swept me off my feet and I wasn't even on the receiving end of that swoonworthy gaze!

(Maybe I'm just projecting my hopes on him because, surprise, I also got reunited with a childhood sweetheart a few years back. Didn't turn out so well, so I'm just going to get my fill and feels via K-drama! 😂)

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I couldn't have been the only one that was incredibly touched by CEO Jang's scene, right? The entire show started out with how he was so unsure if she would leave his company and join someone else. Then we have this big revelation that she never planned or ever even thought of leaving his company because of how well he treated her, even as a young star. That actually had me in a little bit of puddles of tears. I've never seen a K-Drama where there was that touching of a moment between the artist and their agency. LOVE IT. And the CEOs eye brimming with joy and is that tears I see? Haha. Overall, I am LOVING the friendships, family, relationships in this show!

Also, didn't know Shin was going to be in this!! His HAIR!! haha oh! (There's too many things I like in this drama...) I loved the realistic and positive approach to his character too. His sister is a huge star, but he works at a convenience store still and doesn't even seem like he dislikes it nor does he ask for money from his sister. So many times there are sibling jerks that act all that when it's not their money, but I guess if the sister is humble and warm, her brother followed suit! haha can't wait for next week!

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That was my favourite scene! CEO Jang was practically (and actually still seems to be) a one-man show, and he didn't have much to provide her materially, but his determination to put her out there and support her was so genuine and strong. Even now that Jinjin is successful, he's still willing to throw himself in absolutely embarrassing situations to help her (the part he exaggerated his stomachache 😂).

This kind of ethic is so rare in the entertainment scene where young artistes, especially female ones, are often exploited left and right. So Jinjin knows that what she has is not something even 100 billion won can buy.

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Loved how things resolved out today :-)
Looking forward to more of jin jin & ji won next week!

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I can see what you're saying—for example, it just felt a bit too convenient for Jiwon to be in the right place at the right time so many times (picking up Jinjin's bag, helping her get past the reporters, the chicken delivery part, his hoobae just happening to have videoed the important part of her interview).

But it's also true that we're right at the beginning, and we've barely seen even Jinjin's flaws, so it's only natural that we only see this image of Jiwon. I would give it a couple more episodes before assessing whether he seems too perfect.

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Many thanks for your dandy recap and comments, LollyPip!

Lest anyone think that the Bongos are too good to be true, I can only state that this is a case of art imitating life. I was startled to realize that the three gal pals' lifelong friendship is (emotionally) a dead ringer for that of my Mom and her chums from boarding school in Boston. They became godmothers to me and my brother. Mom outlived Aunt Helen and Aunt Mary, and was there for the latter until her own dementia intervened. Actually, Mom cultivated the same kind of lifelong friendships with parochial school classmates (and their parents) from the old neighborhood, and her own mother's lifelong girlfriends (and their families). Mom introduced me as a child to her mother's hairdresser. A shopping trip in Beantown was never complete without a visit to -- and later, a shampoo and set at -- Miss Cochrane's salon, until the day she retired. ;-)

I would not have made this connection were it not for the LOVE STORY interlude. The movie came out in 1970, when I was in 8th grade. Jenny attended Radcliffe College, at that time Harvard's women's-only sister institution. Biomedical researcher Aunt Mary had attended Radcliffe, and Mom wanted me to go there, too. (For various reasons, I refused, not least because of the exorbitant tuition -- and a strong sense that I would not fit in socially.) I never did see the movie or read the novelization, which was also a hit. In a twist straight out of Kdramaland, I learned many years later that one of my high school chums who moved to Boston encountered the exact same discrimination that Jenny did. She was a WASP [white Anglo-Saxon protestant] brainiac whose colonial forebears qualified her for the Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR] -- but was dirt poor. Game over.

At any rate, the emotional veracity of Jin-jin's character and her interactions with all kinds of other folks comes as a breath of fresh air.

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I'm almost envious of your mum and her strong friendships. I've moved around a lot in my childhood because of my parents' jobs, and changed six schools and three cities before university.

Can't comment on the WASP and DAR bit - it's completely out of my range of knowledge, but I always enjoy reading these kinds of tidbits. And I'm sad to hear your friend experienced any sort of discrimination at all.

I also agree about the breath of fresh air bit. :D It's so good to see a drama character with normal relationships.

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I cheered when Jin Jin said it's not the woman who should be condemned for the video but rather the one who filmed it and spread it without her permission like YAS finally someone said it in a drama. They always victim shame the women so much I'm glad she cleared that out. The last scene tho SWOON

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I think it's a good thing that they aired 2 eps back to back because they have A LOT of characters to introduce. With each of them has many different relationships too. And while I mostly felt lukewarm toward the 1st eps, the 2nd eps totally sealed the deal for me. I'm falling in love, line hook and sinker.

I love it that we got so many different relationships to explore. Family, friendship, romantic relationship, workplace dynamic. The world they built feels rich and fully lived in, and I can't wait to see many more facet of all our lovable characters.

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:D After this one, I think all dramas should just do two hours in one go when a new show premiers. First episodes more often than not leave me feeling unsatisfied, and the second to fourth episodes are where the deal is sealed (or not).

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Sang Jin oppa is in this...I need no further persuasion.

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Awww, I'm quite liking this drama. It's cute and warm and an easy watch that leaves a smile on your face. I can see the similarity between the style of this drama and the Reply series, which is a good thing. Looking forward to next week's episodes. Jiwon is the sweetest, I don't think I'll have to worry about getting second-lead syndrome. And I love the girls' friendship! There's just something about dramas regarding childhood friends that warms my heart. <3

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I didn't think I'd enjoy this drama this much but I did to my surprise and I can't wait to see more of it!! ^__^

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Yes, these were the episodes that put the hooks into me.

Those who thought Jin-Jin lashed out at her mother too harshly, the show fleshed it out by showing the Love Story segment which made Jin-Jin ruminate on the fact that it is because you love that you are unable to say sorry. Also, when her mother unfailingly made food for her (bulgogi like she had requested), she just ate it happily and, indirectly, her mother knew that she was apologizing for her earlier behavior and all was well again between them. That's really how it is in real life. Your mother knows you're too embarrassed to apologize but instinctively knows that you are sorry anyway without any words spoken.

Her friends are really great and reminds me of the group of friends in "Fantastic". One should be so lucky to get friends like these.

While Ah-Reum is a more straightforward character at this point, it is Young-shim's story that touched me. At first, it seemed that her father was bitter and resentful of their less than well-off family life but then the show comes round and shows that dad just doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve and mom and Young-shim understands that so well. Initially, it looked like they were suffering in silence from dad's seemingly domineering stance (mom even had to remove bones from the fish for him), but in the end, we realize that dad just wasn't the forthcoming, gushing/coddling type and could only say "good job" indirectly by leaving them the fish. I dare say, this is a common tough love parenting method. How heartwarming it was that Young-shim wanted to repay her dad by her wish to earn enough to give him a decent allowance. Isn't that something every child who was brought up right would do? It was obvious that, even with their financial situation, they had educated Young-shim to be a lawyer and a decent person.

Jin-Jin and Ji Won, SIGH! I would hate to see whatever comes between them...please don't go makjang on us! It seems that Jin-Jin had already had a crush on "Oppa", whom I assume is Anthony, since her teenage years as it looked like she went to camp out at his office as a fan. This situation will be very hard to reconcile - childhood love and childhood crush. With her upcoming pairing with Anthony for a job, it might veer into the "forced partnership for publicity" plot. Ow....I cannot imagine how it will go and whether we can handle Ji Won in anguish.

Right now, Jin-Jin's loyalty to Manager Jang extends beyond money as we are shown his sacrifice, effort and belief in her when she first started out. But I wonder if the show would test this relationship further. What if a rival agency were to really offer tons of money to Jin-Jin? It is tempting for the show to put Jin-Jin in a situation where she needs money (medical situation with parents, for example) and she has to leave her agency.

All in all, a heartwarming show and one that makes you care. Can't wait for more.

Thanks for the recap, Lollypip.

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This is why you should always be good (or at least try to be nice) to people around you. You can create an image all you want but what the people closely ralated/connected to you say about you can be your damnation or salvation.

And really, it feels good to be nice.

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This sweet, heartwarming show has absolutely reeled me in. I liked that they resolved the scandal problem within these two episodes.

I just have to say that the childhood actors are so CUTE! and it's wonderful seeing the start of the love story between Jin Jin and Ji Won.

The poignant scenes about CEO Jang and the effort he put in for Jin Jin made me tear up. I hadn't expected him to be like that. I really thought he was a tough businessman and was going to promote younger actresses or sign someone like Da Young over Jin Jin.

THAT ELEVATOR SCENE! Wow. Kim Ji Suk's lines totally slayed me.
His head tilt and knowing smile. *swoons*

Thank you for the recap, LollyPip! I'm glad you mentioned WFKBJ. I hadn't thought of the similar vibe, but now I agree.

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The younger versions are adorable, glad that the chemistry between the older actors have also shown through their short scenes together so far. Jinjin is awesome and deserves all the love from her supportive friends and family.

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I don't like her friend that was in the hospital. And she won't be really this stupid.after a scandal the next thing is to go to the hospital

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