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Temperature of Love: Episodes 9-10

After time apart and with so many hurt feelings between them, Jung-sun and Hyun-soo have a lot to talk about. Unfortunately, they’re still at wildly varying temperatures when it comes to love, so it’s a good thing that neither of them is afraid to be honest. But even with both of them having realized their professional dreams, will they be able to agree on how they should conduct their personal lives?

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

We backtrack to five years ago, right after Hyun-soo tells Hong-ah that she won the scriptwriting contest. Hong-ah dutifully congratulates her, but when they hang up, she calls Won-joon to come visit because she needs someone to take her anger out on.

He easily agrees, but she calls right back to yell at him for being too easy. Hong-ah changes her mind and says she wants to be alone because she lost the contest, and Won-joon says all the right supportive things, admitting that he’s trying to impress her.

Hong-ah goes to a club to dance out her frustration. Won-joon arrives to pick her up, and on their way out, he tells her that it’s no big deal to lose a writing contest because becoming a writer is difficult.

Hong-ah confesses that she’s more bothered by Hyun-soo winning than the fact that she herself lost. She says knowing that about herself makes her feel worse, and that makes her miserable.

As promised, Hyun-soo treats Hong-ah to lunch at Jung-sun’s former restaurant to celebrate becoming a real writer. Jung-woo arrives for lunch with CP Yoo and they stop to say hello to the ladies.

CP Yoo tells Hyun-soo that he liked her drama, and bids Jung-woo to treat her well when he learns that she signed with his agency. Jung-woo insists on paying for Hyun-soo’s table, so Hyun-soo promises to treat Hong-ah another time.

Hong-ah expresses envy that Hyun-soo is dating such a rich, powerful man, calling him the perfect prince. But Hyun-soo says she’s no Cinderella, and explains that Jung-woo isn’t her boyfriend—he’s just the first person to acknowledge her skills. She says she had no choice but to sign with him, but Hong-ah says that love often starts that way.

The mention of love reminds her of her trip to France to visit Jung-sun, when he’d told her that he was in love with Hyun-soo. She’d told him that Hyun-soo was dating a rich big-shot, but he’d taken the news in stride, assuming that someone as pretty and nice as Hyun-soo wouldn’t stay single for long.

Hong-ah had disagreed, thinking Hyun-soo plain and modest compared to herself. Jung-sun had teased her for her arrogance, saying that he’d never thought of her as pretty, and she’d surprised him by asking him to date her.

Jung-sun had told Hong-ah kindly that they have nothing in common and that he’s not the one for her, advising her to find someone who makes her heart race. Hong-ah had asked if he was turning her down because of Hyun-soo, even after learning she had a boyfriend, and Jung-sun had answered that just because Hyun-soo was dating didn’t mean that he should too.

Hong-ah had objected to how easily he’d rejected her without even thinking about it. Won-joon arrived back in the middle of this to announce that he’d decided to become a chef, and Hong-ah had snapped that making your dreams come true isn’t that easy.

As Hong-ah watches Hyun-soo’s first drama, Hyun-soo narrates in voiceover that she and Hong-ah shared a lot of time and feelings together, with the shared goal of becoming drama writers: “I loved Hong-ah. Why Hong-ah became hostile towards me, I don’t want to know. But even if I don’t want to know, there are things that reveal themselves when it is time.”

We pick up where we left off, with Hyun-soo and Jung-sun speaking to each other for the first time in five years outside Good Soup, Jung-sun’s new restaurant. When he reminds her that she didn’t pick up his last call, she says that she regretted it, and that it hurt. Jung-sun asks why, when she has a fancy boyfriend and a successful writing career.

Before Hyun-soo can formulate an answer, Jung-woo rejoins them and notes that they look like they’re having a lovers’ quarrel. He throws his arms around them, declaring that they’re his favorite man and favorite woman, and leads them into the restaurant.

Jung-woo and Hyun-soo sit to eat, and in the kitchen, the guys gossip about the CEO being here with a different woman. Maknae Min-ho asks who Jung-woo is, which just opens him up to more teasing from Won-joon and the other chefs. Jung-sun arrives, and Won-joon asks for a private word on the roof.

He’s curious about Jung-sun and Hyun-soo’s first conversation in years, and how she knows Jung-woo. Jung-sun assumes they have a working relationship, much like he does with Jung-woo. Jung-sun reminds him that she’s happy with a serious boyfriend and is probably getting married soon, and he needs to respect that.

Won-joon points out that that information came from Hong-ah, who said she rarely sees Hyun-soo anymore, so he urges Jung-sun to ask Hyun-soo himself. Jung-sun reminds his friend that Hyun-soo rejected him, and that they’re just each other’s pasts now, but he doesn’t deny it when Won-joon says he still has feelings for her.

Jung-sun says that his responsibility is to Good Soup and its employees, especially when they’re still performing at a deficit after eight months. Won-joon worries that Jung-woo will fire some employees if they still aren’t making money after a year. He thinks Jung-sun should go on TV to stir up interest, but Jung-sun doesn’t want attention for anything but his cooking.

Won-joon asks cheekily if Hyun-soo knows that Jung-sun agreed to be in her drama even though he feels this way. Jung-sun cuts him off and says that he only did it to be supportive, nothing more. Suuure.

Jung-sun sends Won-joon to his place to pick up some spices, and while Won-joon is there he sees a script for Unruly Detectives, Hyun-soo’s drama in progress. He flips through it and is surprised to see Hong-ah listed as an assistant writer.

Hong-ah is working late with fellow assistant writer Kyung, who offers her ramyun. Kyung complains that Hong-ah never cooks, calling her rich and spoiled, but Hong-ah sighs that in the end, they’re both lowly assistant writers, thinking herself more pathetic since she had more advantages to begin with. Won-joon calls and asks if she’s Hyun-soo’s assistant writer, and says they need to talk.

The first course is served at Good Soup, and Hyun-soo stiffens when Jung-woo asks the waitress to send out Jung-sun. As they eat, Jung-woo says that in the five years he’s known her, Hyun-soo hasn’t changed—she’s always happy even at rock bottom. She points out that she has to live.

She looks uncomfortable again when Jung-sun joins them, carefully avoiding looking at him while he and Jung-woo talk. She does say the food is delicious, then she grumbles when he responds in jondae, prompting him to quip, “You started it,” exactly the way he did when she first objected to his using banmal.

Once Jung-sun goes back to the kitchen, Jung-woo tries to talk to Hyun-soo about work, but she politely refuses to discuss anything other than her script. Jung-woo reminds her that there’s more to writing than just writing, but he adds that if she signs a lifetime contract with him, she won’t need to learn the business side of things because he’ll take care of all that.

Hong-ah meets with Won-joon on the roof where he shows her Hyun-soo’s script listing her as an assistant writer, and she begs him not to tell Jung-sun. Won-joon wants to know why she acted as if she never sees Hyun-soo, and why she made it sound as if Hyun-soo is getting married.

Hong-ah insists defensively that she didn’t hurt anyone, but Won-joon says he’s going to tell Jung-sun, out of respect for the way he and Hyun-soo used to feel for each other. Desperate, Hong-ah yells, “I was embarrassed!”

She tears up as she says that she failed at every writing contest she entered, so Hyun-soo offered her the assistant job, hoping that it would help if Hong-ah saw the process of making a drama. She asks tearfully how she was supposed to tell the man she wants that she’s a servant for the woman he used to love.

Won-joon looks crushed at that. Deeply disappointed, he turns and walks away from Hong-ah. She asks him to please pretend he doesn’t know, shamelessly reminding him, “You’re a fool for me.”

During dinner, Jung-woo gets a call from Joon-ha, who’s with Kyung. He tells Jung-woo that Director Min asked him to join the crew of Hyun-soo’s drama, which Jung-woo sees as a good thing since she could use the support. But then Joon-ha reveals that Director Min has brought on another writer, and he asks Jung-woo not to tell Hyun-soo yet.

At the end of the night, one of the cooks, Kyung-soo, wins a bet with the other cook, Ha-sung, when maknae Min-ho finishes off the work week without quitting. HA. Min-ho snags the money and tries to run, crashing into Hong-ah on her way into the kitchen with food for the whole crew.

Won-joon watches Hong-ah warily as she passes out the food and fails to flirt with Jung-sun. He doesn’t say anything though, as she asks Jung-sun for a favor.

Jung-woo offers Hyun-soo a ride home, but she says she’d rather walk. He trails her in his car, asking her to be less formal and call him oppa. She aegyos it at him, making him grin and tell her never to do that again, hee.

Jung-sun grants Hong-ah’s wish for some of his special tea blend to help her sleep, and she follows him into his apartment uninvited. She complains that Jung-sun isn’t nice to her, making him laugh as he hands over the tea.

He mentions that he saw Hyun-soo and asks why Hong-ah never talks about her anymore, wondering if they’re no longer close. Hong-ah says they don’t have the kind of relationship where things like “close” or “not close” matter, because they’re on the same path.

Jung-woo follows Hyun-soo on foot as she walks, and she takes him to the corner where she once discovered a pretty flower growing out of the wall. It’s still there now, and she’s just as captivated by it as before.

She tells Jung-woo that the flower is a fighter, saying that she sees it here every year, asking her, “Are you living well just like me?” She tells it, “Yes, I’m alive.” She makes the distinction between “living” and “alive,” preferring the latter.

Jung-woo leans one hand on the wall as he asks if that’s how she’s stayed so positive, reminding her of the time when Jung-sun did the exact same thing. Jung-woo snaps her out of her memories when he asks if he isn’t pretty awesome, staying so nice in front of the woman he confessed to five years ago.

She thanks him, and he asks if she’s thanking him for giving up his feelings, saying that it’s too soon for that. Hyun-soo says she’s thanking him for seeing her talent and trusting her, but Jung-woo complains that she’s drawing a line between them again. He asks when she’s going to stop, saying that he likes her as a woman, not a writer.

He jokes that all writers are crazy, and Hyun-soo jokes back that she’s crazy too. Jung-woo leans in very close and says he didn’t know that, but when she leans away, he just grins and backs up again.

Hyun-soo asks him what Joon-ha said, so Jung-woo reluctantly tells her that the director brought in another writer. When her face falls, he asks her to stay lively like her flower, but Hyun-soo responds, “It’s too difficult.”

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Before leaving work, Min-ho stops to tell Jung-sun that even though he’s working at Good Soup because he’s a fan of the chef, he can’t stay if he doesn’t earn a living because he has family to support. Jung-sun reassures him that he won’t let his restaurant fail.

At the same time, Kyung-soo finds Ha-sung in the kitchen practicing his knife skills. Kyung-soo offers to teach him, but Ha-sung tells him grumpily that he’s not all that just because he’s good with a knife. They’re such cute frenemies.

Jung-sun comes in next, and Ha-sung mentions that the Michelin Guide comes out in a month, which rates fine dining restaurants. He says that he came to work for Jung-sun because he believed the restaurant would receive a Michelin star. But he adds that if it doesn’t, then he won’t feel guilty about quitting.

Hyun-soo’s parents hang out in the park near her building, and Dad considers calling to get her lock code so they can wait inside, but Mom argues that they raised her to be independent, so they shouldn’t invade her privacy now. They hang back when they see Jung-woo dropping Hyun-soo off, then surprise her once he’s gone. She’s glad to see them, and they share a three-way hug.

Worried after two of his employees mentioned leaving, Jung-sun calls Jung-woo, who comes back to talk. When Jung-sun tells him of his concerns, Jung-woo agrees that they have four months before they have to make some hard decisions. He can tell that Jung-sun is considering going on the TV show he’s been offered, which would get the word out about Good Soup.

Hyun-soo’s parents tell her they read about her crashing her drama set. Her dad gets worked up thinking that if the normally calm, polite Hyun-soo made a fuss, then the director must have been really horrible.

Seeing her parents being so supportive makes Hyun-soo tear up, which makes Mom cry. Even Dad gets choked up as he tells Hyun-soo that she can cry as much as she wants in front of them, because that’s what family is for. They insist on staying the night with her and surround her as she has a good cry. Hyun-soo narrates that even though she was crying about work, all she could think of was a certain man.

In the morning, she jogs near Good Soup and sees Jung-sun driving past. She yells until he stops, and asks if he has time to talk. She follows him to the kitchen and right into the walk-in cooler, deliberately closing the door behind her.

As Jung-sun puts away the seafood he brought, Hyun-soo repeats his question of why she was hurting and regretful when she has such a great job and boyfriend. She clarifies that there’s no boyfriend, and Jung-sun seems relieved, though he doesn’t reveal where he heard it.

Hyun-soo asks why he didn’t just call and ask her directly, and he fires back that she wasn’t answering his calls. She says that there was something happening when he’d called her from the airport, but Jung-sun says that people still answer even when things are happening, “Because trust is more important.”

He walks to Hyun-soo and stands just inches away, asking if she’s not cold. She tells him not to be nice because it makes her feel good, then asks hopefully if they’re locked in since the door is closed, saying that it happens all the time in dramas. Jung-sun leans in close… closer… then reaches behind her and opens the door. Heh.

Neither of them moves, and Jung-sun notes that Hyun-soo seems disappointed that they aren’t locked in. She says again that there’s no boyfriend and asks if Jung-sun has a girlfriend, and he says he doesn’t.

Still only inches apart, Hyun-soo asks if Jung-sun was mad that she didn’t answer his final call, but he says he’s never once been mad at her. He asks if they can leave now, so Hyun-soo steps aside to let him step past her.

They head up to the roof, where Jung-sun asks why she has time to be in his neighborhood when her show isn’t doing well. She says that she thought that things would change when she achieved her dreams, but that her life is exactly the same before and after. She repeats that she was hurt and felt regret because she gave up so much for that dream.

She tells Jung-sun that she actually lives in this neighborhood, and that she was hoping to run into him so she could apologize. Jung-sun’s face grows hard, and he tells her that he understood her then, and he still understands her now.

He tells Hyun-soo firmly that he became the chef he wanted to be, and that Good Soup is all he thinks about now. He says she shouldn’t worry about the past anymore, and that they should be faithful to their own lives. Oh, ouch.

Incredulous, Hyun-soo asks if he understands what she meant when she said she regretted not answering his call. Jung-sun says he does, then turns the question on her, asking if she understands when he says that he only wants to think of his restaurant.

When she asks if this is a rejection, Jung-sun says yes, he’s rejecting her. He seems amused at her shock, but he makes it clear that one apology can’t erase the years of hurt he felt. She accuses him of holding a grudge, and he bites back that she’s beating dead horse, leaving her gaping at him.

Jung-sun tells her that he’s a real man, not a fantasy who will accept anything she does. Hyun-soo has to admit that he’s right but grumbles at his attitude, and Jung-sun says a bit sadly that that’s why she should have accepted him when he loved her and confessed.

He offers to make her breakfast, but Hyun-soo tells him that if he’s going to reject her, to do it cleanly. He asks if that’s what she really wants, and she squeaks out a tiny, “No.”

Kyung calls to tell Hyun-soo that the next script has been posted online, even though they haven’t sent it in yet, proving that a new writer has been hired. As Hyun-soo trots off, Jung-sun calls out that she looks excited when she hops like that, and she turns to say that she is excited, because he hasn’t rejected her for good.

She runs into Won-joon downstairs, and she’s glad to hear that he’s following his real dream of being a chef. She asks him to send her Jung-sun’s number before leaving, promising to get together later.

Jung-sun’s mother goes to see Jung-woo, bringing him a brochure of her boyfriend Daniel’s new gallery show in the hopes that he’ll purchase a painting. He’s not interested, but offers to send a gift for the art show instead. She’s shameless about asking for his support, and then asks him not to tell Jung-sun about it.

Hyun-soo learns from Kyung that not only is the new writer on her show Writer Park’s assistant, Soo-young, but that Writer Park will be “proofreading.” She calls the director to meet, and he lies that the uploaded script was a mistake.

She’s a step ahead of him, and she shows up at Writer Park’s studio unannounced, scaring all three of them half to death. Writer Park is particularly freaked out, and puts on a big show of telling Director Min that she’s uncomfortable and won’t help him under these circumstances.

He calls her script worthless anyway and storms out. Writer Park tries to slither out of talking to Hyun-soo, but Hyun-soo coolly reminds her that Writer Park once called her evil. She says that she was upset back then because she was good and hardworking and sincerely wished Writer Park well, but now she says that she was right—she is evil—and sweetly promises to badmouth Writer Park as much as possible from now on.

Jung-sun is embarrassed when his restaurant starts to attract women interested in the handsome young chef. But they love the food and even send back their plates with messages written in the sauces, which Won-joon and the cooks find hilarious and take pictures of for posterity.

To celebrate his decision to go on the TV show, Jung-sun takes them all out for a run as a team exercise after work. He makes them all run barefoot in the cold, and he cheats terribly, but they all have a great time anyway.

Hyun-soo lingers nearby as Director Min and CP Yoo argue about which script to use. Director Min doesn’t like the new one, but he dislikes Hyun-soo in general, and he grumbles that he should just write it himself. CP Yoo accuses Director Min of being difficult to make himself seem more valuable, begging him to work with Hyun-soo, who is a good writer.

Fed up with listening to Director Min’s negative comments about her, Hyun-soo calmly walks over to where the men are fighting about her. She tells CP Yoo that she has something to say to him in front of Director Min: “Please find me a new director.”

Director Min roars at her, but she just says serenely, “At least I don’t backstab people, like you.”

 
COMMENTS

I really love the dynamic between Hyun-soo and Jung-sun now that we’re in the present time; it’s everything I hoped it would be.The age difference is much less prominent, leveling out the power imbalance and giving Jung-sun a bit more of a leg to stand on. Neither of them is shying away from their feelings, and they’ve both gone out of their way to let the other know that there’s still something there. But Jung-sun is wary now… he’s not the open-hearted boy he was five years ago, and he’s not about to make this easy for Hyun-soo. She’s going to have to work for it, which is only fair, since she made him work for it when they first met and she still rejected him multiple times.

It’s not that I think Hyun-soo deserves to suffer, it’s just that I think she took Jung-sun’s feelings too lightly when they originally met. She considered him too young to know what he was feeling, so she didn’t see him as someone who would stick around. Plus, she had her own very serious problems to focus on, so I don’t blame her for the choice she made. I do think she’s regretted it for five years, and that now she knows the value of what she let go. But I also think that if Jung-sun lets her back in too quickly, Hyun-soo might see him as too “easy” again, and we know she doesn’t value things that come too easily. So his reticence to open himself up to her again is actually a good thing, because Hyun-soo needs to see Jung-sun’s love as something to work for, not something to be handed to her without any difficulty.

My favorite thing about all of these characters is their constant, brutal honesty with each other. I love that Jung-sun basically told Hyun-soo that he’s been miserable, and he’s resentful, and he doesn’t want to get hurt like that again. But his vehemence also shows how much he still cares and fears that he’s still in love with her (not to mention his insistence on not dating, even when he thought she was). Jung-woo is just as honest with Hyun-soo—he doesn’t overwhelm her with his feelings but he lets her know that he hasn’t given up on her yet. And Hyun-soo tells them both how she feels without sugarcoating it, even when it’s hard to say and harder to hear.

And that’s what makes Hong-ah so frustrating, because she’s on the opposite side of the spectrum—no matter how honest anyone is with her, she never seems to hear what they’re saying. Even when Jung-sun says straight out that he doesn’t like her and he never will, she just keeps trying. It’s toddler logic, to think that all she has to do is say it enough times and he’ll change his mind.

Her conversation with Won-joon on the roof was so typical—he was upset and hurt that she’s been lying about her relationship with Hyun-soo and spreading rumors about her in the attempt to keep Jung-sun away from her, but Hong-ah just kept talking about wanting to be a writer, missing the point entirely even when Won-joon spelled it out for her. She’s so caught up in her own re-written narrative that makes her into the poor, maligned heroine that she doesn’t listen to him at all when he tries to explain that it’s not about her humble job as an assistant writer, but the constant lying. And speaking of Won-joon, I was so proud of him, because as much as he likes Hong-ah, he’s not blind to her faults. When she let him down, he told her so and walked away from her. He’s much too good for her.

I like the way this drama plays with time, now that we’ve caught up to the present. Each episode begins by going back to flesh out a few scenes from the previous episode, giving us a bit more insight before moving forward again. And I even like how this is done with scenes from the past that we’ve already seen, such as that conversation in Paris between Jung-sun and Hong-ah—seeing her reaction to his reaction to Hyun-soo having a boyfriend tells us that her resentment for Hyun-soo goes back further than we thought. Somehow the show manages to weave the past and the present in a way that’s more clever than just a flashback to what we’ve already seen. The flashbacks actually give us more to work with, more knowledge about the characters and why they’re behaving as they are in the present. It’s not that it’s a particularly innovative approach, but it’s very refreshing in a genre that often overplays flashbacks without adding anything new.

 
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OMG, you can cut through the tension at that dinner in Good Soup. Is it futile to hope that instead of being a barrier, Jung-woo will help Hyun-soo and Jung-sun reconcile instead? I just want him to be that of a good person, and not some manipulative guy who wants to win all the time.

I liked the callback to the first episode, where Jung-sun biked and passed by Hyun-soo - this time he drove by her and ignored her for a few beats, lol. And the next scenes, the one where they were in the cold room and the confrontation + rejection at the rooftop! Especially that cold room scene, I'm pretty sure it didn't feel cold to them at all, haha. That non-kiss actually felt hotter than some of the kisses we get from Kdramaland!

While I would love these two to kiss and make up, I also felt some glee and satisfaction that Jung-sun is being indifferent to her and he's making her go through the hoop. C'mon, Hyun-soo, win him back!

Lastly, Won-joon please be the great buddy that you are and tell Jung-sun that he's been fed lies by Hong-ah. Won-joon js been the wise and supportive character that we've come to love, but he does have that weak spot for Hong-ah. I know that Hyun-soo already cleared it with Jung-sun but I want him to finally figure out that this girl is not what she makes herself out to be.

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Jung-woo is a difficult character to read. There were time I thought that he was going to help our OTP along, and others when it was clear that he hasn't given up on Hyun-soo. For a character who hasn't had that much onscreen time by comparison, he sure is complex. lol.

I didn't know what to make of that drove right past her scene. Given what you said, it clicked in my head.

That cold room scene was funny as hell at first. You know in movies where they get locked in there if the door closes in behind them while they're in it. I was like, NO! Don't close the door! For some reason I was reminded of My Amazing Boyfriend.

I'm honestly confused about the whole Hong-ah thing. Now that Hyun-soo told Jung-sun that she's not seeing anyone, I would hope that he would put two and two together. He's not that daft. I never understand how the good guy could like the totally messed up girls. It comes off as a fetish sometimes.

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I think that's why I can't find it in me to really like Jung-woo and maybe even get swayed into a little bit of second lead syndrome. It's still unclear to me why he offered to invest in Jung-sun's restaurant dream and why he was so intent on getting Hyun-soo to work for/with him. I keep waiting for him to rear his "bad side", he can't be ~that~ nice.

Orrr I'm just jaded and I've seen too many dramas lol. I'd be happy to be proven wrong!

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Oooh, that cold room non-kiss was sizzling. This is my current first-to-watch show I look for. More, please! 🔥🔥🔥

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*waves to rentenmann*

Good to see you! It's been a while. ;-)

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Hello! *Waves back* Good to see you, too! 😁

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Oh and is it just me or is anybody else seeing Lee Je-Hoon on Yang Se-Jong? I can't exactly put it into words, but they have the same charm / vibe that just leaves me melting in a puddle, haha!

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i keep seeing kim soo hyun in him idek why. though i can relate on the melting part..

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Don't forget Go Kyung Pyo!

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I'm glad someone else sees it! I said since duel he's if Lee Je Hoon and Yoon Shi Yoon had a baby

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Is that why I like him so much!? I could kinda see it. I more think he has his own unique thing going on tbh.

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I love how this has turned into a discussion! I guess it's part of his magic and his talent, that he resembles all these more established actors and yet he can definitely hold his own. This is my first time seeing him in a drama, so I can't wait to see more of him, which I'm sure we can all agree on!

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I think it’s their voice... I couldn’t explain it well with words but I can feel they have similiar tone or something like that

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Huh, this actually makes sense to me!

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Their facial expressions too.

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1) I kind of liked that Jung-sun rejected Hyun-soo. It was a little petty of him, but he also had a good point. He wouldn't simply come running to her, just because she apologized. He is "a real guy". And I like that the show is trying to keep it real (dialogue-wise, relationship-wise...)

2) I also think that his "rejection" stems from the observation that Hyun-soo still isn't in a good place career-wise, an area which he knows is important to her and this is making him hesitate, because he questions if she would be willing to include him in her life. He most likely doesn't want it to not work out TWICE.

3) I'm so proud of Hyun soo for standing up to her old boss!

4) Kind of disappointed that Won Joon didn't tell Jung-sun about Hong-ah, BUT proud that he could walk away from her (for now?)

5) I hope the show will explore exactly how our main couple has "changed" after five years.

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I liked the role reversal where SHE will have to work to get HIM. He's making her own up to her mistakes and make up for them.

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@yuyuu,

Apropos of point #2, I think it's even more a matter that Jung-sun has his own hands full bringing GoodSoup into the black.

Jung-sun has just gotten started on his dream. He may have succeeded in opening the restaurant's doors, but that's not the end-game. Turning it into an innovative, successful, sound, and lucrative business -- with a Michelin star -- is what he's aiming for.

Having time for a relationship is not the only factor. One of my neighbors trained as a chef, and has mentioned that it is an intense and physically taxing profession. The hours are long, although it's hard to tell from watching this show.

Aside: I've appreciated how Jung-sun and Won-joon go to great lengths to create a harmonious work environment in a profession known for enormous egos.

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Understood it exactly the same as you

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i really really like where the show is heading.
The female lead is strong, does not get a new boyfriend just to forget her previous one and also reads behind the lines while getting rejected. She is not an idiot and knows when to take a stand and against whom to take it.
ahh i really love her.
also this is one of my favorite tropes.
male lead falls in love first. chases the girl. gets rejected. stays away from the girl. girl regrets it. they meet again. girl falls in love. girl chases him. he rejects her as he is scared of getting hurt again. they keep meeting as friends and start loving each other again.
also the noona romance is like the icing on a cake to top it all off.
so glad she keeps rejecting the second lead and stays strong.

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You have described it so succinctly (and in tempting words) that I want to watch it now, even I was reluctant initially.

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This is my first noona romance where it started off as one and because of the time skip, it's no longer really one. Jung-sun clearly shows maturity and has his shit together. In most noona romances--at least the one's I've seen, the younger guys is typically mature, but doesn't have his life together, career wise.

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Jung-sun is practical to a fault, but I love it. And they both call the other out on their BS! They do what real people tend to do! Yay!

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Thank you for the recap @Lollypip 😄
I was so relieved when hearing Hyun Soo voiceover saying she knew Hong Ah had changed.
Hong Ah and Mother keep making me having high blood pressure I'm glad and thankful to Jung Woo and Jung Sun clear NO 😜: no Jung Sun doesn't like you Hong Ah & no Jung Woo won't buy paintings which just imitate Van Gogh art !
I'm also very happy with the story : how Hyun Soo apologizes to Jung Sun and tries to start a relationship again...only for Jung Sun to make her realize it's not as easy as she thinks. Honesty for the win 😃 !
Swoony moment : that almost kiss 😍 , I was hoping "door please be closed" 😆

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Thank God my speculations that she didn't realized about Hong-ah has changed or actually her true colour is wrong. I love how she handles it. She let time to reveal it. Now Won-joon, please don't be a fool. She clearly take you for granted. 😣 I love that everyone can see Hong-ah true colour.At least no one is stupid character here.

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Yet. At least no one is a stupid character yet. *Pleeeeeeaaaase stay that way, Show*

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@Sera The Ms Temper,

OT: I wasn't sure if you saw my reply to your mention of the Kang Ha-neul & Seo Hyun-jin sageuk drama special in the Open Thread #519. Eureka! Enjoy. ;-)

http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/09/open-thread-519/#comment-3094374

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Yess, I was also relieved to hear that Hyun-soo finds out about Hong-ah's backstabbing activities. I do hope that it's in the near-future.

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I'm thinking it might all come to the clear in tonight's episodes! ready for all that drama haha

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The scene where Hyun-soo and Jung-sun have a talk was so intense that the walk-in cooler probably broke. Poor cooler, could not handle the hot.

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My thoughts exactly.

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man, i know they were in a cooler, but that scene was HOT.

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YES. I was 1% hoping that they'd just give into that tension and have an NC-17 monent.

Ah, who'm I kidding; I was 100% hoping for that.

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Ack, I meant "moment". Jeez.

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love is the moment

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So I kept thinking why the writer would dedicate the first 8 minutes of the episode to sketch out the passive aggression of the second female lead –she gets jealous of her best friend’s success, she tells lies about her best friend in attempt to get a guy who is clearly not interested in her, she uses his best friend for her amusement, and she berates him for pursuing his dream. But all that transpired in the beginning culminates to the final act of cruelty –Hong-ah at the end of their shift brings all the haute cuisine chefs Subway sandwiches and still has the nerves to ask Jung-sun for a favor in exchange. I mean a starving college-student friend who works part-time at Subway wouldn’t even eat its sandwiches having read the ingredient list of chemical cocktail!

No wonder god is punishing you with insomnia, Hong-ah. And please be nicer, I promise you will sleep better.

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Reads comment while eating a Subways sandwich. 🙃

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Nice! It is a perfect way to immerse oneself in the story. Now I am 😋, and just remember that I have a Subway gift card that I got for Christmas that I haven’t used!

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The dining equivalent of SenSurround! LOL!

I hope you wafted and deeply inhaled the scent of your Subway before chowing down. ;-)

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Welp, chemical bread only in North America.

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I haven’t seen this episode yet, but in reading this recap, it all of a sudden dawned on me how similar all our main leads’ names are. I was confused several times about who LollyPip was referring. Jung sun, Jung woo, Won joon and especially the two latter—half the paragraph about Won joon confronting Hong-ah, I thought it was Jung Woo! That changes the whole dynamic! I really wish Jo Bo Ah’s character has more depth, but she’s very superficial to me, and a terrible friend, even to Jung Woo. She just uses him because he’s there. And I guess he’s happy to be used, but I hope he shuts her out and leaves her to pine for him as well. We only had one episode with her being likable. If I have to watch her be a witch for the rest of this, it will take away from the charm and enjoyment.

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If I have to watch her be a witch for the rest of this, it will take away from the charm and enjoyment.

I agree. That why I'm hoping that Hong-ah being exposed would happen either today or next week. I have faith that this show wouldn't wait too late.

The character names share similarities and I find it easier to remember their names that way--you would think it would be the opposite right. This is one of the few dramas where I can remember the leads names.

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Is it weird not to ship Hyun soo with anyone?
JS is sweet, but JW is alluring. Or am I just interested in actors who previously play supervillain/bad guy/serial killer?
Also,
WHEN WILL I WATCH KIM JAE WOOK AS A LEAD ROLE IN DRAMA?

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I'm just going to spew my thoughts again. Might have repeated myself a couple times, sry:

1. Ok, chefs of five star restaurants are just like everyone else, mostly. I would think they would like their junk/fast food too. That’s what I would say if I was a newbie to kdramas.
2. “My pushover!?" This bitch.
3. One of the very very very very few dramas when I completely believe that he his profession, a chef.
4. In many ways, kdramas have ruined me with regards to my expectations and viewing habits with dramas. I just kept wanting to see our OTP together. sigh.
5. What makes Jung-sun’s reaction believable here is time and what’s going on in his life. Sure he’s playing hard to get, but there is that reality of what time does to emotions etc. Also, even when think you feel one way, when you hash it out, it turns out another way.
6. I disagree with @lollypip about the execution of the flashback. I felt like I had to think a bit too much where the flashbacks started and ended. I agree about the use, just not the execution
7. The fact that Hong-ah thought she could get Jung-sun if she created a ‘rebound’ situation, sad.
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I loved Hong-ah. Why Hong-ah became hostile towards me, I don’t want to know. But even if I don’t want to know, there are things that reveal themselves when it is time.

9. Including this meant so much to me.
10. Since this is my first Yang Se-jong drama, I don’t know if there is a lot of him in this character as their might be in other characters he’s played thus far. What I do know if that both he and the writer bring a realness to Jung-sun that is lacking is many other male characters. Dare I say, dramas can objectify men from time to time, but Jung-sun is such a nuanced, relatable character. He is more than just a love interest.
11. It should also be noted that Yang Se-jong is selling his role as a chef. It all in the little details. I see him more as a chef than I see Hyun-soo as a writer.
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Jung-sun reminds him that she’s happy with a serious boyfriend and is probably getting married soon, and he needs to respect that.

13. This part was really important IMO. Sometimes when you try to convince yourself to give up a person you want, the way you rationalize or come to terms with not perusing them can morph into the feeling you end up expressing and later on as Jung-sun did with Hyun-so later on at him home.
14. I think everyone needs a Won-jon in their life, just as almost every drama has one it theirs. lol. The way how his character works with Jung-sun is really interesting though. It’s kinds like when people who have a low EQ need to be helped along.
15. The different stages in life thing really does work here. Jung-sun is putting career first. Given his interactions with his employees, I totally buy it.
16. Hong-ah’s rationale, I just can’t.

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Agree with everything you wrote, especially point #2. I mean, really.

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Yang Sejong is so relatable. I agree and I really think he’s a chef too. I just lurve him in this. ❤️❤️❤️

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I like the part where Jung Sun and Hyun Soo talk it out in the cooler room. You missed out one line which she asked why not? (for having a girlfriend). He replied do i need a reason? Jung Sun is so cool and he is so matured for his age.
I'm beginning to fall for Jung Sun/Yang Se Jong as time goes by.

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one thing that I admire about these characters is how open they are with expressing their feelings and current thoughts. Since I usually keep my thoughts to myself, seeing people able to express their thoughts openly has become a trait that I wish I would be able to hopefully attain one day.

now onto the drama, while hong ah's character is annoying af I can't help feeling that Jung sun's mother is even more so (although she only had 1? scene). maybe it's just something about her character that I witness in people around me but her shameless behaviour to support her undeserving boyfriend is just grating. maybe its because I know she deserves better or maybe its because I hate how she is using her son's connections.

as to how Jung sun and hyun soo's relationship develops from here, well I'm ready for the ride.

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I love the mother. Everytime she's on screen, I squirm and cringe simultaneously because I don't know what's coming, but that's awesome. She, like Jung Woo, has a TON of depth for the amount of screen time we've had with her. Hong Ah, on the other hand, is one dimensional and boring. We know exactly what annoying thing she's going to do next, and then she does it. I could live without her character, not because she's awful, but because she's SO BORING in her awfulness. If you're going to suck at life,at least be interesting!

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I also really enjoyed the communication between our 2 leads. In dramas we often see misunderstandings because of lack of communication, with this drama I don't think we're going to have this problem (if the drama continues this way and I hope it does).

Hong Ah si really annoying I just hate that kind of character. I honetly find her pretty useless. I can't even consider her a second lead.

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My favorite thing about all of these characters is their constant, brutal honesty with each other

agreee...
but I also wondering why Jung Sun and/or Hyun Soo didn’t tell (yet) Jung Woo about their past “relationship”?

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I'm a bit confused by that as well, at least with regards to his relationship with Hyun Soo. I would think that this would have come up sometime in those five years. Also, the heart wants what the heart wants, everyone else be damned sometimes--well, at least not to the extent of Hong-ah.

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For Hong-ah, I think her heart wants what others have or want, and her heart wants to steal all of what others have. Yuck. Same reaction to Jung-sun's mother. Yuck. Her bf's paintings are just average Van Gogh knock-offs. Just go away. 😤

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I'm not sure but maybe because they didn't really had a relationship? They just went to the same running club, shared a kiss and some meals. But I don't remember them defining their relationship.

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One of my favorite aspects of this drama is Hyunsoo and her parents. They have such a wonderful, loving relationship and they are so supportive of her. I wish we can see more of this family together. Also I love it with Hyunsoo and Jungsun have their witty banter back and forth. They have the cutest non-relationship! I hope we won't have to wait too long for them to get together. Love this drama.

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Watching the scenes in the cooler and the rooftop, I couldn't figure out what Jungsun was feeling or doing. Now, thanks to LollyPip's comments, I understand, and it makes sense that he wants Hyunsoo to put in some work into this.

But there wasn't much of a reaction from Jungsun when Hyunsoo told him that she doesn't have a boyfriend, and I'm still confused about that. The smile he gave didn't seem like a reaction to the revelation; it looked more like Hyunsoo made a pun or used a funny phrase when she wondered who would spread a rumor like that about her and he was laughing at that. My Korean isn't strong enough to pick up what that was, even on several replays.

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Thanks for your recap, LollyPip!

A great episode. Various parties are now talking turkey, at long last.

LMAO at Hyun-soo's wish for accidental entrapment in the walk-in refrigerator. I recently saw that very scenario played out in Cdrama HAPPY NOODLE with Yoon Si-yoon.

Omo! I just realized this could be a tip of the hat to Seo Hyun-jin's imprisonment with Jo Hyun-jae in the Three Kingdoms-era equivalent of a walk-in freezer in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG. Har!

I agree that the friction of the conversation and the close proximity of the non-kiss threatened to blow the compressor. What a great fake-out. ;-)

I especially liked Jung-sun's reminder that she was the one who didn't answer his call. And how, when she told him he should have made an effort to get in touch with her, he said he wasn't about to become a stalker. ZING! (That may have been on the roof and not in the reefer.)

Was there maybe something symbolic about the dead fish? (I'm not sure I would have put it in the same bin with a live lobster, BTW.)

Then it drove me bats as Hyun-soo just stood around with the walk-in door open. Are you trying to refrigerate Seoul?!

I loved the whole arc during which Won-joon finally discovers the extent and depth of Hong-ah's backstabbing of Hyun-soo. He looked so let down to learn she had stooped that low. He's turning out to be one of my favorite characters, just as Sim Hee-seop's portrayal of Gil-dong's elder brother in REBEL was an understated show-stealer.

It occurred to me that Hong-ah shows as little regard for Won-joon as Hyun-soo had towards Jung-sun five years previously. She calls him up just to bellyache, and he good-naturedly squires her away from the two doofuses (doofi?) she had been parasitizing in the dance club for the evening. Later, when she tells him he's a fool for her, it really rubbed me the wrong way.

[Aside: I've been posting the background music to LINGERIE GIRLS' GENERATION on my fan wall, and have also been free-associating music to TEMPERATURE OF LOVE, especially Hong-ah. "Love Fool" by The Nuts and The Commodores' "Easy" remind me very much of Won-joon.]

Jung-woo is turning out to be much more patient in waiting for Hyun-soo to come around than he initially appeared. I loved his ultra-low-key mention of a "lifetime contract." What a fitting metaphor for a canny businessman to use. The way he said it did not sound cold or creepy to me. It was actually kind of sweet. This guy is serious, and is putting it in writing. -- Then again, what kind of response can you expect from someone like me who, along with Mr. PakalanaPikake, broke the happy news of our engagement to my parents by calling it a "joint merger." LOL! It was the 80s. But it wasn't a hostile takeover! ;-)

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same, i loved that bit where jung-sun was all "if i'd gone any further, i'd have been a stalker. do you want a criminal??" HAHA. felt like he was subtly throwing shade at all those kdrama stalker male leads who'd come before him.

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HAHAHAHAHA, joint merger! Love it! And all of your observations, of course. :-D

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The way Im Bum took command of those ripped jeans and allowed them to hug him really tight in the back.

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It is a sight that his Doldam Hospital lab coat completely camouflaged. ;-)

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I like the main leads, the characters and their relationship are interesting and full of spark, and their chemistry is awesome (that scene in the cooler was so hot). I see a lot of potential here, but the male and female second leads are almost ruining it for me: they make this look like the typical kdrama. They are unnecessary and annoying, in their stalkerish ways. For example, I would have preferred that the CEO accepted her rejection and they continued being only friends. Plot-wise, a male friend could still have been used to stir jealousy...Whatever. For now, I will keep watching (fasting forward the parts with Hong Ah and Jung Sun's mother).

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I liked this episode. I found her not really consistent in the first episodes (proud when she shouldn't, weak when should fight...) but I like her more now.

But for now, I'm little disapointed by the second leads. They're rich people cliché : rich, beautiful, control freak, don't take a no for answer, etc...

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1) The revelation that Hyun-soo has known for a long time of Hong-ah's duplicity casts an interesting light on her way of relating to others. Is it denial? Detachment? I don't know what to make of it at this time. It seems masochistic in light of the fact that she's employing Hong-ah as an assistant writer on her current project to give her exposure to the entire process of writing for a drama. Maybe her generosity is yet another example of something acquired too easily being undervalued by the recipient.

2) Now that Hyun-soo has sashimi'd Writer Park and PD Min, will she work up to confronting Hong-ah?

3) Some of the most satisfying Kdrama scenes in recent memory are the ones in which Hyun-soo personally unloaded point-blank broadsides at both Writer Park and PD Min. I especially loved how she turned the conflict with PD Min on its head and demanded that he be replaced. In effect, she fired him. He has been such an utter PITA that I half expect the producer to hand him his walking papers. On the other hand, if PD Min stays on the job, there is the possibility of character growth even for him. ;-)

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Hong ah needs to do something about her inferiority complex.

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Sooo hot! Love this drama right now.

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What I don't understand is this: Why is there a script in Jung-Sun's home? The script that revealed Hong Ah as an assistant writer to Hyun-Soo's drama when Won-joon flipped through it.... Doesn't it mean that Jung Sun know all along that Hong Ah is working closely with Hyun Soo?

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I was puzzled by the presence of the script in Jung-sun's kitchen, too, and then realized it's for his cameo in UNRULY DETECTIVES.

So maybe he really does know that Hong-ah has been lying and has just not let on that he knows.

There are many instances in this show when characters withhold information from each other. After a while I lose track of who knows what when. ;-)

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I spend most of my time in this drama holding back tears. I don't think that HS will consider JS "easy" - not after waiting and regretting it for five years. I do think he should assert himself a little, but I hope he doesn't keep her (and my bruised heart) waiting for long.

I love both the lead characters and how we're seeing them grow. HS has learned a little that being straightforward has consequences - her small "no" after JS asked if she really really wanted him to leave her no more room if he rejected her is small evidence that she wants the wiggle room.

And JS - from aloof line cook to a boss who cares about his staff? Maybe he always had it in him, but I am hoping he's learned that he can't just be gruff and do what he wants only all the time, and that he has to learn to get along with others beside him. I do think that the pain he nursed over 5 years did turn into a bit of a spike for HS though... one which he's trying not to hurt her too much with, but which he's kept for too long not for it to come out.

JW has reached the heights of being cool and has no more room for improvement.

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And JS - from aloof line cook to a boss who cares about his staff?

Jung-sun was bullied by the sous chef at Chef Lee's restaurant. He tried to mind his own business and do a good professional job -- and in the process demonstrated that he was a better cook than the sous chef, hence the hostility.

He's a good boss to his subordinates at Good Soup because he knows what it's like to be put down for following a non-traditional career path (which is another reason why the sous chef is bent out of shape), he was framed over the inventory "shrinkage," he's been bullied, and Chef Lee betrayed him because he felt threatened by his student's talent. He wants to create a pleasant, harmonious working environment for his staff. It's clear that Won-joon is on the same page with Jung-sun. They want to have a little fun as they work, too.

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I finally watched these two episodes properly and had just a few thoughts to add to the discussion:

-- Those sous chefs Jung Sun has hired are all adorable in their own way. It reminded me of the princes in Coffee Prince without Eun Chan. Which brings me to my first point--where are all the girl sous chefs? I could totally see a tom-boy or even gay chef interacting with all the guys and it would have added another dimension to the show. A minor plot point, wouldn't have to dwell on it (or even focus on her sexuality) and if they didn't want to make her gay, she could have a side cute romance with Min-ho; he's adorable.

-- Her parents are cute, but why do I have the sinking feeling that this show is going to kill off her mom, or dad, or (God forbid) both?

-- I caught the double meaning of Jung-Sun after leaving the cooler when he said that the temperature would go up if he left the door open. At this point he's closed off to her advances, but if he cracked his exterior and opened the door, he'd fall for her and fall hard. I loved that. (And I need to pay more attention to the dialogue, because I'm sure there are more references about heat and temperature that I'm missing.)

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9: Hang Ah is not nice at all. It's a shame that her character (and Jung Sun's omma) are the super-cliche unpleasant lady types.
10: Hyun Soo's family is so lovable.
10: Thoroughly amusing scene of flower boys running around a flag.
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Also, I was so surprised and glad that when I thought Won Joon was going to hug and comfort Hong Ah, he walked away. Even if she's a stereotypical character, he's awesome!

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