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Temperature of Love: Episodes 19-20

Just as things seem to be calming down for Jung-sun and Hyun-soo both personally and professionally, a new threat emerges that could ruin everything. With the danger coming from the last place they’d ever expect it, they’ll have to decide if they’re willing to fight for what they want, whether that’s their careers, or each other.

 
EPISODE 19 RECAP

While Hyun-soo and Jung-sun share kisses in Good Soup’s walk-in refrigerator, Jung-woo drives to Hyun-soo’s house. Seeing her lights on, he tries to call her, but there’s no answer.

A little while later, Jung-sun and Hyun-soo go to his apartment for tea, and Hyun-soo mentions Jung-sun’s mother. Jung-sun says that he was curious about their meeting, but he didn’t ask about it because he didn’t want to make Hyun-soo uncomfortable. He admits that his mother is difficult, and he has a complicated family past.

Hyun-soo confesses that if she’d met his mother before she fell in love with him, she’d have run away. But she says that meeting her after falling for him just makes her love him more, because she feels sympathy. Jung-sun’s smile fades, so Hyun-soo asks if he doesn’t like hearing that, but he smiles again and says that love plus sympathy is just adding to the love.

He takes Hyun-soo’s hand and tells her in the exact same words she said to him, “I love you. I’m in love with you.” She repeats his words back to him: “I know.” They share a little smooch, then Jung-sun moves in to deepen the kiss, but the phone rings right on cue, making them both laugh.

Jung-woo is downstairs in his car when Jung-sun walks Hyun-soo out. They don’t notice him, and he watches as Hyun-soo trips and falls, and Jung-sun offers to help her up, asking cheekily if she wants to hold hands.

The following day, Hyun-soo and Kyung head to Good Soup to do research for her new drama. Hyun-soo struggles to pedal her bike with Kyung on the back, as Kyung insists that walking would be faster, hee.

They interview Soo-jung, the sommelier, who tells them that she learned about wine by drinking what her customers left behind, on top of spending all her paychecks on wine. Next they talk to chef Ha-sung, who says that the toughest thing about studying overseas was that he couldn’t make Korean food because his roommates didn’t like the smell. Grumpy chef Kyung-soo says he likes all food, but he complains that Ha-sung looks down on him.

Later Hyun-soo goes to the roof to talk to Jung-sun, where she gets a call from Jung-woo to meet for lunch. Over sandwiches, Jung-woo says that he sent the script for Nice Soup Does Not Answer the Phone to a famous actress, and Hyun-soo gets excited.

But she immediately wilts, sure that the actress won’t be in her drama because she’s a nobody writer. She perks up again when Jung-woo says that the actress can’t star in the drama due to her schedule, but that she wants to meet with Hyun-soo. Jung-woo teases her for being so happy, but Hyun-soo thinks it’s a promising start.

Jung-woo changes the subject and tells Hyun-soo that they need to rewind their relationship back to when they first met, back when she came whenever he called, with no excuses. Hyun-soo easily agrees.

At Good Soup, Jung-sun works on an oyster appetizer for his new menu, and he has Jung-woo taste it when he shows up. Jung-sun asks why Jung-woo was in the area, joking for him not to expect to see him as often since he’s got a girlfriend now.

Jung-sun tells Jung-woo that he’s back with the woman he talked about in Paris, explaining that her supposed engagement to another man was a misunderstanding. Jung-woo doesn’t reveal what he already knows, instead telling Jung-sun to invite his girlfriend to his proposal event this weekend. Jung-sun is excited by the idea of meeting each other’s ladies at the same time.

Unfortunately, the allergy incident is costing Good Soup a lot of its reputation and customers as the word gets out online. Many previous customers comment that the food is too expensive, and that the young chef is more concerned with showing off his looks than his food. It’s exactly what Jung-sun was afraid of, but he tries to stay positive.

Hong-ah makes herself comfortable in Jung-woo’s office and says that she won’t be using Hyun-soo’s old studio, because she doesn’t want to get jinxed in the place where Hyun-soo failed. She asks him how the casting for her drama is coming along, and he tells her to just focus on the script because it’s most important, though she seems more concerned with the cast and the time slot.

Next Hong-ah shows up at Hyun-soo’s place, armed with gifts for Hyun-soo and Kyung and the announcement that she’s making her writing debut. Kyung falls for the bribe of pretty clothes, but Hyun-soo just quietly takes her work to her room.

Hong-ah follows to pout at Hyun-soo for still being mad at her, and to remind Hyun-soo that she originally said she didn’t like Jung-sun. She says it as if it excuses her behavior, swearing that she didn’t do anything wrong, so Hyun-soo asks why it even matters now. Hong-ah actually bats her eyelashes as she says that Hyun-soo claimed hurt feelings because of that incident, and that she really thought Hyun-soo was marrying Jung-woo.

Hyun-soo says she doesn’t want to talk about it because it’s in the past, but that she needs time to clear up her feelings. Hong-ah tells her that she’s not going to work at her old studio or on Unruly Detectives, as if she’s doing it for Hyun-soo, and she calls on their long-time friendship as a play for sympathy.

Jung-sun takes a break from working on his appetizer to text Hyun-soo, “What are you doing? What are you doing? What are you doing?” Of course she reads it as, “I miss you, I miss you, I miss you,” which makes her smile. They agree to meet up, each offering to go to the other, and Hyun-soo makes it to Good Soup first.

They go for a late-night bike ride and end up back in the Good Soup kitchen, where Jung-sun lets Hyun-soo try his oyster appetizer. She marvels at his creativity with food, but he says that writers are creative, too.

Hyun-soo tells him about the actress who wants to talk to her about her drama, but Jung-sun is unsurprised, having seen Man Who Eats Rare Steak and liked it. Hyun-soo squeals happily to know that he watched her first drama, feeling her confidence return.

Jung-woo is up late, drinking alone in his office and staring at Hyun-soo’s script, seeing the connection between the name of the restaurant, Good Soup, and the “Nice Soup” in the title of the show. He calls Hyun-soo to his office despite the late hour, and she goes, having agreed to answer his summons any time.

She’s concerned when she sees that he’s been drinking, and she mentions that he’s been different lately. Jung-woo grumbles, “So you’re not completely indifferent to me,” and Hyun-soo says softly that she’s grateful to him. He asks how the research is going and whether Jung-sun is helping a lot, than stands to go.

Hyun-soo asks him if anything is wrong, but Jung-woo refuses to say, muttering that he can’t control his emotions today. He walks Hyun-soo to the elevator and thanks her, and she tells him not to bear everything alone. She says he can always talk to her, but Jung-woo just gives her a wry look.

In the elevator, he asks if Hyun-soo thought it was weird when he proposed to her years ago, since they weren’t even dating. Hyun-soo replies that there’s no right answer to that. She says that when she was young, she thought love was trust, but now she knows that love and trust are different words, and that you can love someone even if you don’t trust them.

Jung-woo answers that you can marry someone only if there’s trust, but love alone isn’t enough for marriage. Hyun-soo tells Jung-woo that she hopes he meets a good woman because he’s a good man, and he looks like she’s shot him right in the heart.

Jung-sun’s mom finds him on the roof the following day, tending his herbs. She demands breakfast, making Jung-sun snap that he can’t cook for her right now, so she backs down. She surprises Hyun-soo by calling her, and when they both learn they’ll be at Good Soup today, Jung-sun’s mom says she’ll see Hyun-soo there later.

Mom’s boyfriend Daniel arrives with breakfast, and Mom badgers Jung-sun to get married before Hyun-soo gets any older. Daniel argues that marrying late is best, but Jung-sun’s mom insists that Hyun-soo must want to get married soon, and he should be considerate of that because he’s younger than her. Daniel sees very clearly that her comment is directed at him, and they bicker over whether Mom is the one who wants to get married as Jung-sun excuses himself abruptly.

Jung-sun calls Hyun-soo to tell her that she doesn’t have to come see his mother, but she insists she can handle things herself. She says she wants to get to know his mother better, because it will help her know and love him even more.

 
EPISODE 20 RECAP

When Hyun-soo arrives at Good Soup later, she’s surprised to see the dining room so empty of customers. She guesses that it’s because of the allergy incident, confessing to sommelier Soo-jung that she found out about it when she was doing her research.

Hong-ah ropes Won-joon into making her a cake for a meeting, and he pleads with her to become successful and go back to the way she was in college. She says that she still won’t come to him, and he quips, half joking that she’d be the one who regrets it if he refused to see her anymore.

Hong-ah spots Kyung doing her interviews, and she can’t help but brag that her drama will be filmed first if Hyun-soo is still in the research phase. Kyung informs her that the synopsis and first two episodes of Hyun-soo’s drama are already written because she started it years ago.

Interestingly, sommelier Soo-jung shoots eye-daggers at Hong-ah the whole time she’s there, and she tells Kyung that she wishes Hong-ah weren’t so rude to Won-joon. Looks like someone has a crush.

Hyun-soo joins Jung-sun’s mom on the roof, and Mom shows her the magazine article about Jung-sun, saying that giving birth to him is the best thing she’s done in her life. She adds that getting divorced was the second-best thing she’s done, though she admits that it was hardest on Jung-sun.

She asks Hyun-soo if she wants to go shopping, saying that she wants them to become closer. Hyun-soo asks why, so Jung-sun’s mom admits that they’re both dating younger men, plus Hyun-soo is dating her son, so she thought that going on double dates might help her relationship with Daniel. Of course it’s all about her.

She does say that she feels bad that Jung-sun works all day, and she tells Hyun-soo that his face lights up when he talks about her. Hyun-soo’s happy reaction proves to Jung-sun’s mother that she feels the same way, and though Hyun-soo has to turn down her shopping invitation because of work, the atmosphere between them seems more relaxed.

Meanwhile, Hyun-soo’s parents spend the day at the hospital getting their physicals. Dad mentions Mom’s frequent headaches and suggests she get some tests run, and she says there’s no point when they’re just simple headaches, but she agrees to the tests to make him feel better.

Won-joon finds Jung-sun in the kitchen designing the cake for Jung-woo’s proposal. When Hyun-soo joins them, Won-joon is amused at how he seems to be suddenly invisible to them, and they hardly notice when he lets himself out.

Joon-ha shows up unannounced again as Kyung is typing up her interview notes. He flops on the couch and says he’s just here to take a nap, then he asks if Hyun-soo is dating Jung-sun. He wonders what happens to Jung-woo then, which is the first that Kyung’s heard that Jung-woo likes Hyun-soo.

He asks for ramyun, and when Kyung refuses to make it, he goes to the kitchen himself. But he drops a pan on purpose, and before Kyung knows it she’s making the ramyun for him and fending off his annoying flirtations. HA, this guy has the helpless act down to a fine art.

Jung-woo comes to dinner at Good Soup, then he and Jung-sun head to the roof for a beer. Jung-woo mentions the decrease in customers, and Jung-sun admits that he feels like he’s back at square one.

Jung-woo asks why Jung-sun named his restaurant Good Soup, so Jung-sun tells him that it’s inspired by his old online handle. He says that he likes nice things, and soup is a universal food that he considers nice because you can eat a whole meal out of rice and soup. He wanted to combine that sentiment with French cuisine, just like his fusion dishes.

From his pocket, Jung-woo produces the ring he intends to use for his proposal and gives it to Jung-sun to hold until the big night. Jung-sun approves of the simple band, saying that he wants to use a ring like this for his proposal someday.

Jung-woo tells Jung-sun that he likes him, and Jung-sun parrots his words right back. But Jung-woo continues that they have different priorities, and that he’s seen many relationships broken. He wonders how it will be if their friendship breaks, but Jung-sun stops him to say that there’s no need to worry about that before the time comes.

Jung-sun adds, “But Hyung, I don’t think it will ever change between us. Because you’re you.” Jung-woo grins, but he says cryptically that he still needs to take this to the end and find out. When Jung-sun asks what he means, he just holds out his beer for a toast.

On the day of Jung-woo’s planned proposal, Jung-sun is in a great mood as he and his team prep for dinner service, while Jung-woo looks contemplative and preoccupied at his office. He calls Hong-ah in to tell her that he’s read her script and that it was good. He promises to hire good actors for her debut drama, and tells her that he’s found a good director, though he can’t say who it is yet.

Hong-ah asks about Hyun-soo’s drama, but Jung-woo just says that it’s being edited at the moment. Hong-ah reminds him of his promise not to neglect her drama in favor of Hyun-soo’s. She tells him that Hyun-soo and Jung-sun are in love and there’s no room for Jung-woo, claiming that she’s telling him so that he gets less hurt.

She’s surprised to run into Director Min on her way out, and he doesn’t answer when she asks why he’s here. He goes in to see Jung-woo, who’s heard that he’s leaving his company and wants to scout him. Director Min is surprised since Jung-woo doesn’t like him, and Jung-woo says feelings are feelings, but talent is talent. Director Min relaxes and asks why Jung-woo is working on a Saturday, and Jung-woo says that he has something important to do today.

Jung-sun spends the day preparing for Jung-woo’s proposal, only stopping to call Hyun-soo and invite her to dinner tonight, recalling Jung-woo’s idea to introduce their ladies at the same time. Meanwhile, Jung-woo waits until the last minute to call Hyun-soo, making it clear that due to her promise, she can’t refuse to come out for dinner. She calls Jung-sun to cancel dinner with him, which he accepts graciously.

Jung-woo looks serious as he picks up Hyun-soo, and the drive to Good Soup is silent. When they arrive, Hyun-soo is delighted to be taken to Good Soup, but Jung-woo knows the real reason she’s so happy. She reminds him that she has something personal to tell him, but he says it can wait until they get inside.

They go upstairs to the roof, where Jung-sun has set up a romantic table for two. Hyun-soo gets the idea that something special is going on, but she’s still in the dark about what’s happening.

Jung-sun gets the message that they’re here, and he heads up to the roof, excited to finally meet the woman Jung-woo loves. When he steps outside, Jung-woo is facing him, but Hyun-soo’s back is to him. Jung-woo sends Jung-sun a wave, then Jung-sun’s gaze turns to the woman he’s with.

His face falls as Hyun-soo turns towards him, though she’s clearly happy to see him. Suddenly everything that Jung-woo has ever said about what he would do if they were competing for the same woman rushes through Jung-sun’s mind, and he realizes that this is what Jung-woo meant.

Jung-woo stands and says that he wants to introduce them properly. Laying a possessive hand on Hyun-soo’s shoulder, he never takes his eyes off Jung-sun as he says, “This is the man I like the most. This is the woman I like the most.”

 
COMMENTS

Oh, this is going to be very, very bad. I feel like a kid peeking through my fingers at a scary movie, unable to look but dying to know what happens next. But I’ll get back to this in a minute.

At first I couldn’t understand why Hong-ah keeps hanging around Hyun-soo, trying to win her favor back, when Hong-ah admits that she hates Hyun-soo for “stealing” the guy she likes and being successful first. Then I realized… it’s so that Hong-ah doesn’t have to feel like the bad guy. She knows that her behavior towards Hyun-soo was wrong, both regarding Jung-sun and in almost taking over her drama, but if Hyun-soo doesn’t hate her for it then she doesn’t have to hate herself for it. So Hong-ah keeps kissing up, buying Hyun-soo gifts and pouting at her, hoping to crack Hyun-soo’s chilly wall so that she can tell herself that if Hyun-soo forgives her, then what she did can’t be that bad.

And although one of Hyun-soo’s best qualities is her ability to to forgive, I’m glad that in this situation, she’s holding firm. She knows that Hong-ah has no right to her friendship or forgiveness after what she’s done and the way she’s behaved. I like that Hyun-soo was honest and said that she needs time to work through her feelings about the way Hong-ah lied and tried to keep her and Jung-sun apart. She doesn’t even know the half of what Hong-ah is doing behind her back with her new drama, but she’s on her guard, which is going to help her stay strong when she discovers that Hong-ah is still backstabbing her professionally.

On the other hand, I don’t understand Jung-woo at all. He obviously loves Jung-sun, and holds no real hatred towards him for loving Hyun-soo. So I can’t comprehend why he put Jung-sun in the position of making his proposal meal for Hyun-soo, knowing how much Jung-sun (and Hyun-soo, for that matter) would be hurt when they discover how he set them up. In a way I can see why Jung-woo would try to get his proposal in there first, because of what the two men discussed regarding wanting to know they tried everything they possibly could to win the heart of the woman they love. Jung-woo is hoping that Hyun-soo may realize that she does have some feelings for him, and you can’t blame a guy for trying.

But the way he’s going about it seems calculated to cause the most distress possible to the two people Jung-woo says he cares about most in the world. Not to mention that he’s risking looking like a heartless bastard in the process. All through this episode it seemed to me as if Jung-woo knew that this proposal is futile, because he looked downright miserable at a time when a man should be happy to be planning his future with the woman he loves. At this point it’s as if he’s only doing it to stick it to Jung-sun and Hyun-soo, and I just don’t get it.

Even with Jung-woo’s secrecy, I really appreciate that Hyun-soo knows how Jung-woo feels—she’s not blind to the obvious cues, and he isn’t exactly trying to hide his feelings. It’s refreshing that for the most part, everyone in this drama is working with the full knowledge of who is feeling what (with the exception of Kyung and Joon-ha). I particularly love how Hyun-soo handles Jung-woo’s feelings for her… she’s gentle with him because he’s her boss and because she cares for him as a friend, but she doesn’t ever lead him on or do anything to make him think that she returns his affections in that way.

I have no idea what’s going to happen now that Jung-woo has sprung his trap, but whatever it is, it won’t be good. If Jung-woo, Jung-sun, and Hyun-soo just had friendly connections, that would be bad enough. But Jung-woo has the power to professionally destroy both Hyun-soo and Jung-sun, and if he’s as angry as I think he is, he’s going to threaten to use every bit of that leverage to get his way. He’s always seemed like the kind of man who would be more than willing to crush anyone who stands in his way despite his friendly demeanor. The way his proposal was calculated to have as much impact as possible on Jung-sun and Hyun-soo, I have no doubt that Jung-woo is prepared to bring his full fury down on them both.

 
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I seriously don't understand JW either. Personally, I think leading on someone like that and making them prepare the proposal for YOUR girlfriend is rude.
I don't understand where this is going.

As for Hong-ah, I hope karma is coming for her and that she'll somehow end up with the Unruly Detectives director.

One thing I really liked in this episode though, was how HS handled JS's mother. I liked that she didn't shy away from her, and that she was honest. (both to her and JS)
HS knows how to keep her wits about her, so I think she might be the one person that can be on par with JS's mother.

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I really like that Writer-nim did not make the mother descend further into nutjob-land after our OTP reunited and there is something unexpected about her character and even refreshing about her honesty. Maybe Writer-nim is planning for a redemption arch for Hong-ah that will surprise us? It does feel like that her character is so irritating for already way too long that we no longer would care about her growth when it happens.

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It does feel like that her character is so irritating for already way too long that we no longer would care about her growth when it happens.

Exactly.

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hmmmm..Jung Woo :(

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I think this is one time when Jung-Woo is letting his emotions rule him, always a bad idea when the emotions are irrational and have been suppressed for literally years. From his point of view, Jung-sun first dropped this woman and left her heartbroken, and then sailed back into her life and cavalierly took up with her again. Jung-sun is rather reserved, so it is quite likely that Jung Woo does not understand the depth of his feelings, even though they are good friends. He obviously owes his incredible business success to his focus on goals, tenaciousness, and attention to detail; they have served him so well, you can't blame him for thinking that these traits will bring him success in relationships, as well.

But on another note, I call total foul on Jung-sun not knowing who Jung Woo is dining with when he walks up those stairs. The sommelier knows both parties, and knows that both of them are important, so there is no way a good front-of-house would just mention Jung Woo and not the other diner. A little manipulation for drama really sticks out in a show that tries so hard (and so well) to avoid it.

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I haven’t watched it yet but this Jung Woo plot feels sooooo uncomfortable. I’m not sure what he hopes to achieve with his proposal... I wonder what the aftermath will be

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Thanks for your recap and comments, LollyPip! It's been a long wait since last week... This episode was worth hanging around on tenterhooks.

Hong-ah continues to amaze me with the depths to which she is willing to sink for her duplicity. Her middle name must be Marianas Trench. And her total lack of shame boggles my mind. Was she even born with a conscience?! Or was it surgically removed at birth? -- I concur with your idea that Hong-ah believes that she's off the hook for her horrid behavior if Hyun-soo lets it slide. Talk about magical thinking. It makes me want to scream.

I've been getting the vibe that ultra-cool and classy sommelier Lim Soo-jung has her eye on sous chef Won-joon, and she finally confirmed it beyond the shadow of a doubt by firing eye daggers (or was it ballistic side-eye?) at Hong-ah. I'd be very happy if those two got together. Ha-sung was smitten with Hong-ah, IIRC, and I think he'd be just the party to cure her of her nasty backstabbing habits. Or maybe he has tragically warped taste in women.

As if receiving a visitation from Ms. Backstabber weren't bad enough, Crazy Mom shows up at Good Soup and expects Jung-sun and Hyun-soo to hang out with her while bemoaning her son's work-filled life. Is this woman totally clueless? She obviously doesn't have to work for a living. -- To a degree, I was glad to see Hyun-soo hold her own against Mom's self-centeredness, but her little games to manipulate Daniel make me queasy. She's looking more and more like a vain airhead bimbo.

I liked how Hyuns-soo admitted to Jung-sun that she was glad she'd fallen for him before meeting his mother or she would have run away screaming. Even better: that she understood him a bit more after meeting his mother, and felt sympathy for what he'd been through because of his screwed up parents. Very warm and touching.

As for Jung-woo, I have no idea what he hopes to accomplish with his machinations. I can't figure out what he has in store for Hyun-soo after telling her he'd tried to get her favorite Hallyu star for the cast of NICE SOUP DOESN'T ANSWER THE PHONE. -- And then he tells Hong-ah that he's got a director for her new show? WTH!?

I was quite creeped out by his insisting that Hyun-soo be at his beck and call, as was the case early in her working for him. He still seems to be totally oblivious to the concept that the object of his affections is a sentient being with needs and desires of her own. How utterly troglodytic.

Just how ironic was it that Hyun-soo helped Jung-sun design the cake for Jung-woo's proposal to her?

PS: The background music in the Subway PPL lunch scene really grabbed my ear. It took a while, but I finally identified it: Atomic Kitten's "If You Come to Me," which apparently was not released in the USA. It's quite the earworm. I couldn't finish watching the episode until I tracked it down.

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/282389/

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The way this show uses dramatic irony is quite interesting because there seems to be some degree of awareness by some character that is connected to the issue, but that character doesn't communicate it to other characters who might be affected. So for all the communication that's done, you can never communicate enough apparently. This turns out to be a little annoying for me though. E.g. When Hyun-soo called to cancel with Jung-sun because of Jung-woo, she didn't tell him exactly why she cancelled. I mean, I could see her not telling him that it was Jung-woo she had a 'date' with specifically, but the writer had to leave it out to maximize the impact of the big reveal.

BTW, troglodytes have been making a comeback these past few years, so not too surprised. 😂

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team won-joon + anyone who isn't hong ah

I don't have a steep hatred for her or anything (I can't bring myself to hate anyone with Jo Boa's face) but won joon simply isn't deserved. This episode firmly put me in his corner for reasons unknown and now he's my fourth child.

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Same here. I’m glad that someone is interested in Won Joon. I had no idea Soo Jung liked him until this episode. I felt like he wasn’t around much last week too. I like seeing his bright and happy face. Hope to see him fall in love with SJ soon.

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thank you @lollypip for the recap.

JW's character is so frustrating. if he really loves her like he claims he should be able to see how happy she is with JS and give up. his character really gets on my nerves.

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Sadly, now that I've read the recap, I feel like I can wait a while to watch the episode - like, until there's nothing else to do. Two whole more episodes went by and we only got to the point of starting this proposal? Show, get a move on!

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Thanks for the recap! Not gonna lie, this episode felt more like a filler for me, although my intense aversion to conflict had my heart beating pretty fast during the last few scenes, haha. I definitely have to agree, I am suspicious that Jung-woo’s proposal was more of a stunt to let out his frustration at Jung-sun supposedly ‘stealing his woman’ and to mark his territory, so to speak. We will have to see in the next episode whether he goes through with it! I do have to say, Jung-woo’s actions aren’t making sense to me either, and it’s making me lose sympathy for him. I feel like he needs to be fleshed out a bit more as a character to keep him compelling.

I do have to say, I didn’t mind Jung-sun’s mother so much in this episode. I never necessarily disliked her, but she seemed like she could easily become the crazy mother-in-law (which she obviously still could), but so far I think her relationship with Hyun-soo is interesting.

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1. Not gonna lie. One of the biggest reasons why I love Temperature of Love is because of the food. I love food. I love watching people cook food well. I love people talking about food. This show just hits me over the head with different styles of prep and ingredients and I love and appreciate every minute of it.
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Later Hyun-soo goes to the roof to talk to Jung-sun, where she gets a call from Jung-woo to meet for lunch. Over sandwiches, Jung-woo says…

I think most of us know by now that “over sandwiches” is code for Subway.
4. Throughout this entire episode I kept on thinking about how messed up this was of Jung-woo. He asked his most favourite guy in the world to host his proposal dinner to his most favourite guy’s girl.
5. I think the saddest and scariest parts about Hong-ah’s character is that people like her exist and succeed in the real world.
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She says that when she was young, she thought love was trust, but now she knows that love and trust are different words, and that you can love someone even if you don’t trust them.

While true, I feel the writer is playing things a bit too fast and loose here. Sure it explains a lot—current (Hong-ah) and future things—but because of Jung-woo’s shady questions/setups, this just becomes way too dangerous.
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She says that she still won’t come to him, and he quips, half joking that she’d be the one who regrets it if he refused to see her anymore.

I hear you writers.
10. I think one of the reasons why Hong-ah is and continues to be the way she is is because she has enablers all around her. Sure, they get angry at her and tell her off, but no one truly distances themselves from her or keeps up the pressure when she is being a total ass.
11. You know, after these two episodes, no one had better be exclaiming “Et tu, Brute” later on. No one.
12. Soo-jung and Won-joon!? I wouldn’t mind that in the least!
13. That scene when Won-joon quietly leaves with a big grin on his face after Hyun-soo stops by Good Soup whilst Jung-sun was working on the proposal cake was too good. Was really messed up that the two of them were unknowingly trying to make Jung-woo’s cake awesome.
14. Hyun-soo’s mother better not be ill with you know what.
15. When is Kyung going to get that Joon-ha likes her. I mean, he’s being more than a bit obvious now.
16. Jung-woo showing Jung-sun the engagement ring just adds to the ever increasing list of “That’s fucked up Jung-woo!”
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At this point it’s as if he’s only doing it to stick it to Jung-sun and Hyun-soo, and I just don’t get it.

Agreed.

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Maybe when the writer/s were thinking of what to do with Jung-woo's character, they had these two scenarios:

1. Make him go rogue. Him against the people he loves. Also, give him lots of brooding scenes. Viewers love that shhh.
2. Make him the ultimate man bff to Hyun-soo. Supportive friend who knows his limits and never pushes his feelings to someone. Always helping the leads behind the curtain and never ever guilt trip someone to be at his beck and call. (I MEAN, CAN YOU IMAGINE THIS VERSION OF JUNG-WOO? BECAUSE I DEFINITELY CAN.)

Clearly, #1 won ┐( ̄ヘ ̄)┌

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All valid commentary...but #10 is SUPER on point. I don't understand why everyone puts up with her toxic personality at all.
I think they said she was better when she was in college..but guys she's not the same now she's a conniving bitter betty.
It's really unhealthy of them to use past experiences to excuse the unpleasant behavior of the present.

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Oh, Jung-woo, I loved you so much... What exactly are you doing right now? I don't get it.

P.S. If I were Kyung I would've already fallen for that eye smile. So cute!

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Can't wait for what is gonna happen nxt. JW z jst an .... He z so stupid. While knowing JS luvs HS, he still goes ahead to do the unbelievable. Dummy JW

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I still love the sizzling onscreen chemistry of the OTP. The characters of Jung-sun and Hyun-soo are firmly founded on good intentions so that whatever will be thrown at them by Jung-woo and Hong-ha, they will triumph over it. Right, Writer-nim?

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Is it possible that JW is setting up for JS and HS? Yes, all cues pointed to him usurping JS for HS but perhaps there will be a rug pulling under our feet?

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I guess I was the only one who thought the parents were at a spa at first when they were getting all those uncomfortable tests done at the hospital. Does everyone get to wear those cute kimono-style gowns in the hospital? Much better than the sheets that open up in the back leaving nothing to the imagination we make people wear in the US. I almost would move to Korea just for this. I'd probably not be procrastinating as much with my mammogram if I new I would look cute while waiting to get it done!

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lol i was confused and thought they were at some sort of spa too at first

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Oh I hadn't thought of them being at a spa. They did look very cute in their pastel gowns. But with that scene, I’m now sure something bad is going to happen to Hyun Soo’s mother. She is so used to her parents being positive and happy. I’m kinda worried about all the problems she's going to face.

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No doubt some foreshadowing there. I’ve been expecting something terrible happening for some time now. We aren’t even 1/2 way through the drama yet. I woundn’t be surprised if one or both of them died, unfortunately.

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thank you lollypop for your fast recap...I am always waiting for your awesome recap!

Indeed people like Hong Ah exist in the world and ironically this people strength is that they can move on with their live in their own world by putting themselves above everything and everyone else and they can succeed with it.

They will find any means to justify what they have done and or what they are doing and what they planning to do! I have encounter such people in my life and they amazed me!

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It's gonna irritate me if HS and JS have a misunderstanding or they end everything to not hurt JW. I am hoping the writer doesn't take that trope and just go the mature way. JW is used to getting everything he wants, but if you don't come out with the words how can you propose to someone who didn't even know liked them. Also, claiming them when they have mentioned someone else. Really?

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Still enjoying this show and sticking with it despite the huge crop of new dramas in the Mon-Tues slot. It's a slow burn and not a lot is happening in each ep. but I like this pacing as compared to some of the frenetic and silly romcoms that are on (see Revolutionary Love). The look of the show is gorgeous, great lighting, Seoul rooftops at night are so pretty, what neighborhood is this? And the emotional lives of the characters are engaging. Always left wanting more at the end of each ep. Excited to see the turn that's about to come.

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So I'm watching this show and I'm all like "dude, Jung Woo, you is crazy!" but then I kind of understand his intentions but he's going about it all wrong...like I understand wanting to go to the end with someone but when that someone is already in a relationship then you need to back off and respect that relationship. And he knows that she is in a relationship so yeah he just comes off as crazy.

I think it'd be more compelling if Hyun Soo and Jung-sun were still in the courting stage, then Jung-woo getting in there and pursuing her strongly would be more interesting. Alas it is too late second male lead dude. Time to look elsewhere.

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I definitely agree with your comments. I feel like something could have been done a little differently plot-wise or character-wise that would have made Jung-woo's actions make a little more sense.

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I don't know what to say. I'll be completely honest, I'm slowly losing interest in this show. It has a very strong first quarter but I don't know what's happening anymore. Still loving the chemistry of the main OTP though but is it enough?

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Thank you for the recaps, @lollypip :)
This marks my first (drink) comment in Temperature of Love’s party recaps! I’ll celebrate it by using Jung-sun’s name to rant about the episodes.

J - Just when I thought things couldn't get messed up! I love me some Kim Jae Wook but his character is exhausting. What is his end game? He knows that Hyun Soo and Jung-sun are in love. He's seen them together and clearly witnessed how at ease they are in their relationship. Does he really think he has a chance? Is it one of those I-know-it's-hopeless-but-I-must-see-this-through kind of stubbornness? Ugh. He's hurting my brain.

U - Ughhhh those kisses! They were so worth the wait. I was so pissed at myself last week for not checking the schedule of the next eps. I stayed up so late waiting for the raw episodes x____x Anyway, like I was saying, I love how at ease they are with skinship THAT SCENE when they got interrupted by the phone call was so adorable. Jung-sun's "Go ahead and answer it." and Hyun soo's "Nooooope. I know my priorities now. Kisses first. Smooooch." /dying

N - No comment when it comes to Hong-ah's storyline. I try to avoid skipping scenes because it seems rude (to the production team?) but she pisses me off so bad that I just fast forward every part she's in (omg sorry)

G - Goody! Did anyone notice that one scene where Jung-sun got out of the walk in cooler? He leaned in or was it more of a pat on the door? I'm not sure but he did something and then smiled, which made me interpret it as him remembering his and Hyun Soo's oh~so~warm moment inside <3

S - So entertained with Yang Se Jong's expressions in this episode. That comment from the mother, "Why are you always picking grass when I come here? You're like an old man." his frown was so cute I had to repeat the scene a couple of times! Also, his expressions when he's tasting his food is just <3

U - uuuuuh, I don't have anything else rant. I guess this format of commenting doesn't really work for m O.O Btw, this is my first comment in ToL party recaps! This is helping me be BFFs with the English language so I think I'll keep cracking my brain to show more coherence next time.

N - Now, we wait for Episode 21-22! I really hope nothing major will happen to everyone's relationship with everyone. Spread the good (soup!)

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Your anagram is love. As in Yang Se Jong love. I'm just watching this for him and Seo Hyun Jin now.

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@Ally

Thank you! I'm feeling inspired by his character but okay, who am I kidding?! It's Yang Se Jong that I want! This charming man is giving me so much feels whenever he's on screen. He doesn't even have to speak because his expressions are worth a thousand words!

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That anagram though! I'll skipped most of the scenes, I guess I'll have to go back and check YSJ's cute frown face. 😂

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@wandergirl I'll try my best to come up with a better anagram next time... maybe for the finale (omg that seems so far away)

Yang Se Jong is so worth the re-watch of every scene he is in <3 Ugh. I can't get enough of his pretty face!

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About Jae Wook - yea why not? Maybe he needs to do this so that he can let her go and be proper friends with them.
Don't forget he's seem financing their careers and have been quite relaxed about their lack of ROI (return on investment) because of his affection for them.
And this one is a business shark we're talking about.
Or maybe he needs to know he tried everything he can. He's that in love (obsessed?) with her.
Although on this note I must say the romantic loyalty amongst these 3 are weirdly strong. None of them have technically dated one and another or are that close but they all have waited for one another for 5 years.
Surely there must have been other attractive and compatible options floating around?
Or is it just me? :P

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@K To

Looking at his point of view, maybe he does need to vent out like this BUT it still doesn't make sense to me. I understand people who suffer from unrequited love react like this but it doesn't mean I have to like it. And right now, I'm feeling a lot of dislike towards the character :/ But yeah, hang in there, Jung-woo-shi.

I don't even want to think of his involvement with Jung-sun's restaurant and Hyun-soo's career. It's one big mess that I'm sure the drama is going to address in the coming episodes.

AND OMG YOU MAKE A GOOD POINT ON THE TRIO'S DATING-NOT-DATING TRACK RECORD XD We've been vocal about how honest they are towards each other but none of them clearly stated/labelled their relationship to each other for 5 years. They (we) rely too much on the obvious and the manifested feelings presented in front of us.

Ooooh, maybe there were other candidates but the characters were just too focused on their career or smth XD

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Thanks LollyPip. I'm sad to be writing this just a couple of weeks after I was saying how I liked this show.

I was shaking my head throughout while watching Jung Woo. I don't understand him at all either. I don't know what happened, but the initial episodes that had me interested in several characters seem to have given way to episodes where characters have come to some kind of standstill and no character is really developing or becoming more interesting. And Jung Woo is just frustrating and his proposal too bizarre.

To my surprise, I've lost interest in Jung Woo and Hong Ah, and find that the time spent on mum and her boyfriend, feels like a waste. Just getting a move on in developing more of the plot for the 3 leads' relationship and for the success of Good Soup and Hyun Soo's career should take centre-stage for the rest of the show. And I feel the show could be heartily edited to cut off 4 episodes and still be fine.

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I forgot to mention that although Kyung remains lovable, Joon Ha has long pressed my annoyance button and feels like a waste of space and time in this show as well.

Now that the OTP are on the same page, I guess there's nothing else to look forward to until after all kinds of weird conflict is thrown at them for the next 9 episodes?

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I feel like making all the food in the show into a recipe book. Yums!

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I find myself strugling to keep watching this show, it is just sooo slow..

Plus, I dont find the characters compelling enough, they are sobdown to Earth, rational and sensible that the result is... boring. I see why people love that they can talk and communicate, that is more real life and so on but You can talk and communicate and also be passionate, and irrational and crazy when it comes to love.
I dont know, its just not working for me, JS’s character, being as gorgeous looking as he is, I cant warm up to him.

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Can't believe I'm saying this after enjoying the show's first half and fangirling over the OTP... But this drama no longer excites me. I found myself skipping most of the scenes and even when the OTP is onscreen I'm just meh, this is getting boring. And don't get me started on Jung-woo, he's just being a rude ass and a terribly bad friend. Ugh.

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I’ve become surprisingly disenchanted with this show, I don’t know why. I quite liked the beginning episodes. But now I find I neither know nor care how this couple turns out and I’m struggling to find a reason to continue watching this drama. Maybe it’s the lack of dramatic tension, the main tension is brought about by secondary characters who should know better. Or maybe it’s too much of a good thing? Or I don’t care enough about the characters in the drama? In any case I’m shelving this drama for now.☹️

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Ummm! Good day, did you know what is the title of the background music used in episode 20 where Jung Woo is in the car calling Hyun Soo to have dinner?

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