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Temperature of Love: Episodes 29-30

I’m beginning to think that nobody in this drama ever learns from the past. As much as they all talk (and oh boy, do they talk), they never seem to learn or change as a result of the things they discuss. In fact, all the talking only seems to be making things worse, which makes me want to tell Hyun-soo and Jung-sun to go take another five-year break and come back when they can talk less and listen more.

 
EPISODE 29 RECAP

Frustrated that Hyun-soo saw his mother without telling him, Jung-sun walks away from her. But she calls after him, accusing him of only thinking of himself, and he goes back to deny it.

Hyun-soo says that Jung-sun never tells her where he is when she asks, and that she’s upset that he turned down her offer to live together. Jung-sun calmly reminds her that he has difficult family issues to handle. Hyun-soo cries that every family has issues, and Jung-sun pulls her into his arms for a comforting hug.

Jung-sun piggybacks her home, and as they walk, she tells him that her parents had a hard time conceiving a baby and then finally had her, which is why they’ve expected a lot from her all her life. Jung-sun wonders to himself how to tell her that his parents had to get married because they had him.

Hyun-soo continues that her parents thought it was important to raise her and her sister to be independent. She says that because her parents are so in love, they’ve never had a lot of time for their children. She tells Jung-sun that her mother believes that the person who gives is the strong one, so she gives gifts to everyone around her.

Jung-sun doesn’t say anything, and when Hyun-soo asks if he’s getting tired carrying her, he just says he’s not. She notes to herself that when she opens up about her family, all he says is that he’s not tired.

Later that evening, Kyung notices Hyun-soo’s bad mood and says that this is why she doesn’t date, because just watching Hyun-soo is exhausting. Hyun-soo says that she plans to work through the night and that she’s meeting with Joon-ha tomorrow, and they both realize that they haven’t seen Hong-ah in a while. That’s because she’s busy writing and making friends on the internet.

Jung-sun returns to Good Soup to find Won-joon deep-cleaning the kitchen. He suggests that they calculate exactly how much money they need to run the restaurant for six months, and Won-joon sighs that he wishes he could help, but his family disowned him when he became a chef.

Jung-sun goes to see his mother’s boyfriend, Daniel, who gives him a full list of the money he received from Jung-woo. He says that Jung-sun doesn’t need to pay it back, since it was a gift because Jung-woo likes his paintings.

Next Jung-sun goes to his mother’s house to tell her that he spoke to Daniel, not trusting her to give him the real amount of money she owes. She lets slip that she had to beg Jung-woo to donate to Daniel’s exhibits, confirming Jung-sun’s suspicions that the money was never a gift.

He recalls that his mother blamed him for her having to ask Jung-woo for money, and he asks how much she needs per month. She asks if he’s going to give her money, but he says he wants to hear the amount first.

At their lunch meeting, Kyung and Joon-ha bicker as usual, and Joon-ha shows his jealousy over Kyung’s frequent visits to Good Soup to interview the handsome chefs. Since it’s closed today, Joon-ha asks Hyun-soo if she’s going on a date with Jung-sun. She says she’s working, but cheekily adds that she should probably interview Jung-sun.

Kyung and Joon-ha reach for the last dumpling at the same time, and Joon-ha casually lets her have it. Kyung takes the dumpling and gives him a little smile, which he shyly returns. Cute.

Hyun-soo calls Jung-sun about interviewing him, and since he’s about to talk with Jung-woo, they arrange to meet at Good Soup later. Jung-sun gives Jung-woo the envelope from Daniel and says that he can’t pay everything back at once, so he’d like to make monthly payments.

When Jung-woo asks what he’ll do if he says no, Jung-sun sighs that he’ll just have to pay what he can. Jung-woo says that a claim/obligation relationship can last longer than a love affair, so he agrees to take payments over time.

As he’s leaving, Jung-sun’s father calls him to say that he’s on his way to see him. He’s angry, having discovered that Jung-sun used the land he inherited to secure the loan to buy Good Soup. Jung-sun firmly says that it’s his land and he’ll do as he pleases with it, then asks his father if he’s even in his life.

His father criticizes Jung-sun for closing the restaurant on Mondays instead of keeping it open to earn more money. On a roll, he brings up Jung-sun’s magazine article, sneering that his career only looks good on the outside. He rails at Jung-sun for refusing to get a professional career or live with his father after the divorce, spitting that his mother ruined him.

Jung-sun fires back that he chose to live with his mother because she was the weak one. He reminds his father that he made Jung-sun choose between them, and says that he sometimes missed his father after he and his mother moved to France, but he hated himself for it.

He says that he doesn’t want to be like his father, and his father has the gall to ask what’s so terrible about him. Incredulous, Jung-sun reminds him that he abused his wife.

Hyun-soo sees Jung-sun’s father leave, though she doesn’t know who he is, and then gets a text from Jung-sun inviting her to interview him now. They have the kitchen to themselves, and Jung-sun explains the different stations and what they do there. Hyun-soo is surprised when Jung-sun says that it was his mother who inspired him to become a chef, because she was a homemaker who did a lot of cooking and baking.

She asks about his previous statement that it only took him one minute to decide to be a chef, so he explains that one day, his mother didn’t come home until late. He ate dinner alone, and decided right then to become a chef.

Hyun-soo tells Jung-sun that she wants to learn more about him, saying that it’s so that her drama’s main character will be more well-rounded, but Jung-sun looks uneasy. She asks about his father, and he reveals that he was against his becoming a chef but that it didn’t stop him. He abruptly changes the subject, which doesn’t escape Hyun-soo’s notice.

They sit in the dining room, and Jung-sun says that the hardest part of owning a business is making sure his employees are paid. Hyun-soo asks if he paid them this month from his loan, and he says that he did pay them, but that she needn’t worry about that. She asks what else worries him and again supplies the answer for him, bringing up his mother, which makes Jung-sun close up and say he doesn’t want to talk about her.

Hyun-soo sighs, wondering out loud how much longer she should hold back. She tells Jung-sun that she’s been waiting patiently for him to talk to her about his mother. She asks when he’ll allow her into his life, and when he says that she’s already in his life, she retorts that it doesn’t feel like it.

She says that she’s showed him everything about her life, even crying in front of him, while he’s never done the same. She begs him not to cry alone, because it means he’s not letting her know and love him deeply, and asks if he just wants this to be a superficial relationship.

Jung-sun says that she’s being too dramatic, and that he’s never shared his pain with anyone. He says that she can’t expect that from him right away, but she interrupts to say that he’s had lots of chances. Jung-sun tells her that she doesn’t know what it’s like to be the child of messed-up parents, and that he’ll tell her when he’s ready.

Hyun-soo says that his mother told her why she got divorced, and Jung-sun lashes out, thinking that she saw his mother again without telling him. He asks if they can’t end this conversation on a positive note, but Hyun-soo retorts that it’s better to be honest. She leaves, muttering that it’s pointless to talk to someone who won’t open up.

While discussing the casting of Hong-ah’s drama, Director Min grows frustrated with Hong-ah’s insistence on only hiring top actors. When she hears that Jung-woo is doing a photo shoot with a K-pop boy group, she uses it as an excuse to interrupt and get a picture with them.

She asks Jung-woo if he’s having difficulty seeing Hyun-soo lately, and tells him to just cancel his contract with her. Laughing wryly, Jung-woo asks why he’d do that when it’s so hard to find good writers. Hong-ah muses that she’s stopped liking Jung-sun after liking him for four years, and that she’s realized that her feelings for him weren’t real.

She suggests that Jung-woo do the same, and find out if what he feels for Hyun-soo is real or not. But Jung-woo says that just the fact that she was able to end it proves that her feelings weren’t sincere.

Hyun-soo’s father calls her to ask if she’ll go to the hospital with her mother for her checkup today. He has to work and he doesn’t want her to go alone, so Hyun-soo agrees.

Jung-sun thinks a lot about Hyun-soo and their relationship, then gets to work making more of her favorite caramels. He takes them to her house, and although she’s initially wary, she returns his apologetic hug.

At the hospital, Hyun-soo’s mom tells the doctor about her recent headaches, and that her recent CT scan came out fine. But the doctor does an examination and recommends another CT scan right away.

Jung-sun’s mother calls Jung-woo and browbeats him into meeting up with her. She tells him that Jung-sun considers him a brother, and she’s positive that Jung-woo feels the same. She asks him not to accept money from Jung-sun and let her pay him back, and when he says he never intended to make her repay him, she jumps on it and assumes her debt is forgiven.

But Jung-woo says that if Jung-sun wants to pay him back, then he won’t stop him. Jung-sun’s mom asks what she has to do to convince Jung-woo to go easy on her son, and Jung-woo gets a wistful look on his face. He says that sometimes being around her makes him wonder how it would have been if his mother were alive.

She makes him laugh when she says that she would have been friends with his mother, since their sons are close. She offers to be his mother since his is gone, making Jung-woo laugh even harder. She says they can all be a family, and when Jung-woo stops smiling, she guesses that it’s because of Hyun-soo.

She tells him that Hyun-soo is crazy, because even after knowing everything about his mother, she still chooses to be with Jung-sun. She reassures Jung-woo that he’s still young and will find love again.

After her CT scan, Hyun-soo’s mom’s doctor tells them that she has a cerebral aneurysm. He explains that the blood vessels in her brain could burst, and that she needs surgery as soon as possible. But when Hyun-soo asks for the first available surgery, the doctor pauses.

As they leave the hospital, Hyun-soo tries to comfort her mother, saying that everything will be okay. But her mom breaks down in the parking garage and starts to cry, and all Hyun-soo can do is hold her.

 
EPISODE 30 RECAP

Bored with her social media friends, Hong-ah breaks down and calls Won-joon. He’s at the restaurant making lunch for himself and Soo-jung, and when he asks why Hong-ah called, she slams the phone down and decides to go tell him in person.

She’s shameless about the fact that she’s crashing what’s obviously a date, even getting right in Soo-jung’s face to ask if she’s bothering her. Soo-jung actually invites Hong-ah to join them, telling Won-joon that they have to take care of Hong-ah before they can date anyway.

But Won-joon totally mans up and informs Hong-ah that she’s intruding on his private time with Soo-jung (which makes Soo-jung smile). He walks her back outside, where she says that love doesn’t change and asks him if he’s rebelling. Won-joon just says that he knows she only looks for him when she’s bored, but that this time, he thinks she’s jealous.

Hong-ah shamelessly admits it, saying that even her four-year obsession with Jung-sun was largely because she knew she couldn’t have him. Won-joon retorts that she’s just being competitive, and that she’ll forget him like she forgot Jung-sun. Hong-ah says that he’s just trying to be like her, and tells him not to live that way.

Hyun-soo takes her mother home and offers to stay the night. She explains to her father that they have to cut into Mom’s head to repair the aneurysm, and that they have to wait three months for the best surgeon to be available. Her dad starts to cry, beside himself with worry that the aneurysm may burst while they’re waiting.

They decide to keep looking for a surgeon to do the surgery sooner. Hyun-soo takes a call from Jung-sun, and she promises to explain everything later. In the morning, Hyun-soo tells her dad that her connections didn’t pan out and she couldn’t find a new surgeon, and her mother tells her to go home because being here won’t help anything.

Jung-sun puts Won-joon in charge of the kitchen while he goes out for fresh ingredients. While he’s gone, two men show up who put Soo-jung on alert, thinking they may be Michelin inspectors. She tells Won-joon that she thinks these guys are the real deal.

Meanwhile, Hyun-soo calls Hong-ah, whose father has connections at a local hospital. Hyun-soo says she’ll ask her parents about Hong-ah’s offer to have her mother moved to a different hospital, and Hong-ah asks why she doesn’t just ask Jung-woo for his help, since this would be easy for him to solve. Hyun-soo says she can’t possibly do that, and Hong-ah argues that it’s better than doing nothing for three months.

The suspected Michelin inspectors don’t finish one of their courses, and Soo-jung brings their plates back to the kitchen just as Jung-sun is returning. He sees that the sauce is broken from being heated too quickly and offers to replace the course, but Soo-jung says that they’ve already requested the next course.

After they leave, not looking very happy about their meal, Soo-jung reports to the kitchen staff that she thinks there’s a fifty percent chance they were Michelin inspectors. Jung-sun says that that means there’s a fifty percent chance they weren’t, then sends everyone back to work.

Hong-ah goes to meet Jung-woo, who’s looking over possible casting candidates for her drama. She tells him about Hyun-soo’s mother, and how they’re having to wait months for the surgeon. Director Min shows up for their meeting, and although he and Hong-ah argue, there’s no real heat in their words and they make Jung-woo smile.

Jung-sun spends the day cooking, but when he takes the food to Hyun-soo’s house, Kyung tells him that she’s out trying to find someone who can help with her mom’s surgery. Hyun-soo arrives home after another disappointment to find Jung-sun waiting for her, but she’s not feeling well enough to eat.

Jung-sun asks why she didn’t tell him that her mother needs surgery, and she says that she didn’t want to burden him. He says she should have told him, but she replies that there’s a lot he doesn’t tell her, either, but she’s too worried about her mother to be really upset.

Luckily, Jung-woo has a connection at the hospital where Hyun-soo’s mom is being treated. He learns that a doctor has recently returned from a sabbatical who can perform Hyun-soo’s mother’s surgery quickly.

Unable to do anything else, Jung-sun makes soup for Hyun-soo’s mother and takes it to Hyun-soo. He then braces himself before going to see his father at his office, to ask if he knows any neurosurgeons at the hospital. His father says he does, but when Jung-sun explains the situation, all his father hears is “girlfriend” and says that Jung-sun is too young to get married.

When Jung-sun says that this isn’t about marriage, that he’s just here to ask a favor, his father retorts that if he’s not marrying the girl, then there’s no point in helping her. Damn, Dad.

Thank goodness, Jung-woo’s contact works out, and Hyun-soo’s mother is scheduled for surgery first thing the next morning. He even arranges a private VIP room for her, and he jokes that she can just keep making him her citron tea as payment.

When Hyun-soo shows up with her sister, Hyun-yi, they’re surprised to see Jung-woo there. He leaves the family to their privacy, but Hyun-soo follows him to the hall to thank him. She also says that she’s sorry, making him complain that all she ever says to him is “thank you” and “sorry.”

Back in the room, Hyun-soo tells her parents that she thinks the VIP room is too much and they should change rooms. Worried that that might offend Jung-woo, her dad decides that they should just pay for this room themselves with the money they’ve saved for their retirement cruise. He says that Mom deserves the best, and that without her, he’ll die, too.

Won-joon finds Jung-sun cooking again, and later he visits the hospital to take the food to Hyun-soo. Dad tells them that Mom is sleeping and thanks Jung-sun for the food he’s been bringing. Jung-sun and Hyun-soo go outside, where he gently chastises her for not telling him that her mother’s surgery was scheduled.

In the morning, Jung-woo arrives at the hospital just moments before Jung-sun. Jung-sun is only a few steps behind Jung-woo as he enters Mom’s room, and he watches as Hyun-soo’s family welcomes Jung-woo like he’s one of them.

We see that Jung-sun got up early to make fancy lunch boxes for Hyun-soo and her family, but as the door closes in his face, he thinks to himself, “I made lunch for five, so that we could eat together. Today… we won’t be able to.” Looking stricken, he stands alone staring at the door, then takes one step forward.

 
COMMENTS

Oof, that was hard to watch. Poor Jung-sun, who has no family to speak of and who I’m sure would love to be a part of Hyun-soo’s warm and loving family, standing there watching Jung-woo being accepted, while he’s left out in the hallway alone. He has as much right to be there as Jung-woo, more even if you take his relationship with Hyun-soo into consideration. But he can’t just passively wait for them to accept him, so I hope he takes that step forward, goes in that room, and takes his rightful place as the man Hyun-soo loves.

In my opinion, Hyun-soo got off the hook way too easily for ignoring Jung-sun’s requests not to see or speak to his mother. If I were him, that would have triggered a conversation about trust and loyalty and how ignoring those things can end a relationship, but instead, he let Hyun-soo make him the bad guy for sometimes being emotionally distant. I’m frustrated that he let her play the victim when she’s known from the day they met that he has a hard time expressing his emotions, while in reality he makes so much effort to do just that because he loves her.

But Hyun-soo gives him zero credit for that and only demands more, not seeming to really understand the weight of his abusive upbringing by saying that all families have issues. I think she should be giving him time, and not pushing so hard for more when he’s heading that way but just not ready yet. And then she continues to push him, using her working interview to dig for more information on his private life. I thought that Jung-sun showed valiant restraint in not shutting Hyun-soo down hard the minute she asked about his loan and his mother.

Hyun-soo is being extremely intrusive about Jung-sun’s private business, especially after he’s told her again and again that it’s hard for him to talk about. But what’s worse is that she thinks that Jung-sun’s difficulty discussing his past is something he’s doing to her rather than something he’s trying to deal with and overcome, when what he really needs is some patience and understanding.

And the truth is, he’s doing the very best he can, and he’s put up with a lot more than most people would. I’ve liked Hyun-soo so much until now, but I’m not happy that she’s becoming so manipulative. I hope that her keeping Jung-sun out of the loop on her mother’s illness isn’t some sort of childish payback, but that instead she learns why someone may sometimes want to keep private things private, and come out of this understanding Jung-sun that much more.

 
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Ugh. I'm two weeks behind, but seeing this recap doesn't make me want to catch up...

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I feel the same way.. i'm waiting for this drama to finish completely now and reading the updates here before I decide whether to finish or drop it :/

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I'm sticking with this until the end. I really like Jung Sun and his sense of integrity, his quiet, his patience, his pride, his wounded soul. And my heart also goes out to Jung Woo who has much to offer but just can't capture the heart that he wants nor can't let it go. There's a bit too much conversation between Jung Sun and Hyun Soo but it is what it is.

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Same here, I'm staying till the end mainly for Yang Se Jong. I really like his Jung Sun's character. I'd have walked away a long time ago if he weren't for him. Truth is that it's not the actors who are failing us (they're great), it's the writing...I shouldn't be surprised, it was the same with High Society (though only Park Hyung Sik managed to save that trainwreck)

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Same. I feel like it's just gonna get worse and worse from here. And it makes me so sad because it started pretty strong. :(

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This episode made me wish Jung Sun had a friend or two who could see what's happening with Hyun Soo and quietly clue her in about "what it’s like to be the child of messed-up parents". Not tell her any detail or break any trust, just make her wake up to the fact that she's treating thirty years of trauma like it's a personality trait he can be badgered out of. Someone like Won Joon stating bluntly "I've known him ten years and we've literally never talked about his dad, it's an incredibly painful topic, back off" would help.

Hyun Soo is disappointing me, as is her family. It's one thing to live a charmed family life, but it's another to be oblivious and selfish about it. Telling your boyfriend you know his father abused his mother is not cool. Accepting monetary help from your daughter's boss and not telling her is nuts. Not telling your boyfriend that your entire family has accepted the monetary help from his rival, while knowing your mother openly favors that rival, is insulting - give the man a heads up.

Watching Jung Sun swallow his pride and ask his father for help was painful. His family sucks. He is remarkably whole, given the people who raised him, and Hyun Soo is terrible at handling situations out of her comfort zone. I have a really hard time believing that a 35 year old would be so ignorant of different family styles to genuinely think hers is the baseline.

This show went from being the first one I watched to the last, though I'm still hanging on, mostly for the actors who are very good. Frustrating though!

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I agree with most everything you said. I was going to say that I was surprised by Hyun-soo actions given her age and profession, but it really does depend on her exposure to different people and situations. I too find it difficult to believe that a 35 year old would be that ignorant, but, if you've never encountered a diversity in backgrounds. I'm really trying to find an out for her here.

Your comments here reminded me of something Jung-sun had said many times earlier on. It went something along the lines of he is difficult in other ways or something. Actually, in trying to find that--with no success because of limited time--in the early episodes, Hyun-soo has some interesting lines that might be relevant to present day events. When they went on the group night run and she asked Jung-sun to use his phone, she was pretty quick to judge based on his clothing. The there was that comment about her being a moth to flames. Basically, while our characters are very much frustrating at the moment, we had warning signs leading up to this.

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True, I agree that there were warning signs earlier. Remember the grocery shopping scenes that our OTP had the other day, all was sweet until Hyun-Soo tried to help with carrying the bag. It was foreboding the conflict between the couple. Hyun-Soo was only trying to help, yes she meant well, but in the process she is not helping at all, unfortunately.

Being the mature analytical person, I think that Jung-Sun is taking slow step in opening up to her, he reflect back on stuff she said and he understand that him being closed off emotionally do not help in the situation, he just need some more time.

As for the final scene, yes Jung-Sun is sad. But being the rational person that he is, I doubt he will blame anyone for that. What's important is that the surgery gets done as soon as possible. What's even more important for our OTP relationship is continuous communication.

Yes Jung-Sun is not ready to talk about family stuff, he made that clear. Yes Hyun-Soo is anxious about him wavering and carrying his emotional baggage alone, she made that clear too. In that sense, our OTP is still communicating. How they felt in the relationship, in the situation, in their action and behaviour, they lay it out loud. Keep it going, they just need to find a good pace for them to be at the same page.

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If I could upvote this a thousand times I would.

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Think positive, he was taking a step forward... Don't back out, Jung-sun ya...

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Ending ep30 made my eyes teary. Seeing Jung Sun outside the room while watching Jung Woo with Hyun Soo and her family is so heartbreaking. All his efforts went down the drain. I feel bad for him. He doesn't deserve that

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I’m beginning to think that nobody in this drama ever learns from the past. As much as they all talk (and oh boy, do they talk), they never seem to learn or change as a result of the things they discuss. In fact, all the talking only seems to be making things worse, which makes me want to tell Hyun-soo and Jung-sun to go take another five-year break and come back when they can talk less and listen more.

The frustration is real. 😂

Thanks for the recap and hanging in there @lollypip.

Your perspective our OTP made me rethink mine. I thought it was messed up of Hyun-soo when she prodded Jung-sun during the recorded interview at Good Soup. I didn't think to think that she was being manipulative on the whole. I would like to think that she's getting very frustrated with Jung-sun, wanting to know more about him, and it's like pulling teeth. She does need to realize that she comes off as imposing on him though and everybody is different, especially given their life history. One of the best depictions of this in this episode was the obligatory piggyback ride conversation. Everybody thinks that they've been through a lot in life by comparison, but there is almost always someone who may have had it worse. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised by this though.

I would like to think that I understand Jung-sun a bit, enough to empathize with him--or at least sympathize. It can be very hard to be open about one's past to be able to talk about it, especially given how bad/traumatic etc one thinks it was. Sometimes one does not what to let go of it because of shame, for fear of loss of self, for fear of being judged/misunderstood, for fear of that information being used against oneself etc.. What I hope Jung-sun realizes it that keeping all the hurt, pain, frustration etc inside can become toxic. It can serve as a crutch that prevents us from really living. When you become more open about your experiences, it can be liberating. Sometimes, when you look back on it, you might think, why did I that much of an issue disclosing that stuff? What I do love though is that we were beginning to see him just blurt stuff out about his past. Unfortunately, Hyun-soo wasn't ok with getting it little by little.

Lastly, Jung-sun had better go through that door. In times of crisis, we try to figure out what we as individuals can do espc. when we cannot directly/significantly assist with the situation. It's a valuable lesson to learn that every little counts. The fact that he is a damn good chef is awesome. Food is comforting and brings people together. Heck, him just being there with or without food is important. It is an important life lesson that even when you feel powerless to help, you can still be effective in other ways. You're providing support and you're showing you care which can be invaluable.

P.S. Jung-son's dad is an %^@*!!!

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i am agree with every thing you said lollypop in this and yesterday ep .hyun so never seems intelligent when relationship issue is matter on other hand it was always js who was more mature and understanding and now he is breaking down and situation getting complicated i can feel how hs feels but i understand js . it feels real and frustrating at the same time.

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This drama should have ended when the protagonists reunited after his return. The idea of her boss proposing to her, when he knew that she was happily going out with his friend, not only is ridiculous, but it would never happen in real life. They lost me there.

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Until I watched the episodes, I thought so, too. But JW knows both HS and JS very well, well enough to know that they are different in some pretty crucial ways. HS has grown up loved, confident, and independent, and it shows in her bright outlook, honesty, and strength. JS, on the other hand, has survived only by compartmentalizing his life and turning is back quite deliberately on issues. It is really a classic male/female pairing: she is open, affectionate, and demanding while he is closed, private, and deliberate.
So he sees rough waters ahead, and wonders - the same way I do, actually - if this pair is really a good fit, and wants to put in his bid to pick up the pieces. He has fought for everything in his life, so it makes sense that he would do so here, as well.

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The show is bland as hell. It should be ended soon before the ratings getting down more and more. 40 episodes are too much. Seo Hyun Jin and Yang Se Jong don't have chemistry. As viewers I could feel they just act. No soul into their characters. Yang Sejong was better in Duel while Seo Hyun Jin seems will be forever stuck with her romance memory with the guy called Eric.

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40 episodes??! HOW?!

I dropped this 4 episodes back but I am still loyally reading recaps. Hyun Soo needs to start behaving like a 35 yo. I read that the writer also wrote Doctors which started on a great footing but became oh so bland. This is certainly going the same way.

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"Kyung notices Hyun-soo’s bad mood and says that this is why she doesn’t date, because just watching Hyun-soo is exhausting." Say it louder for the people in the back, Kyung!

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Giving you a thumbs up and hi five for this comment.

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So true! I am exhausted just reading those recaps.

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Hahaha!! 😂😂😂 *upvotes*

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Wow, I can't stand Jung Seon anymore. He needs some intense therapy. He's not ready for an actual relationship. He needs to overcome his childhood trauma first. His life is compartmentalized. Hyun Soo and his mother are in different files in his mental filing cabinet, and he can't handle them mixing. I think he's making it very hard and awkward on Hyun Soo by telling her to basically be rude to his mother, and ignore her.

Even though he's had some bad moments, I prefer CEO Park. He's a grown man who has his "ship" together. He has cared for Hyun Soo under the limelight for years, taking her to the hospital, sending a gift to console her parents, etc.

Jung Seon on the other only thinks about himself and his mommy issues. He sees Hyun Soo when it's convenient, but other then that he pays all of his attention to his first life, that restaurant that nobody wants to eat at because he refuses to make food people actually want to eat. I think he's childish and immature in this regard. He stubbornly clings to his fancy French food even though no one comes to eat it because that's the only thing he wants to make.

I know it won't happen, but I'm rooting for Jung Woo in my heart.

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Actually, I have to agree. As someone the same age or even older than the parents in this show, I look at JS and I feel sorry for him, and I want him to succeed, but I can't really see him in a viable relationship. Being with someone means tackling all sorts of new issues: how and when to compromise, how to navigate careers and differing visions of family life - marriage is fabulous but it also gives you a whole new interesting set of problems to solve - when JS has not even been able to deal with his original, family issues yet. Keeping things to himself and compartmentalizing his life has been a great coping strategy, but it is an extremely shaky foundation upon which to build a new relationship.

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Episode after episode I just feel so much for Jung-Sun. He's struggling so much in so many aspects yet Hyun-Soo kept playing the victim and emotional blackmailing him instead of trying to stand in his shoes and gradually help him to open up to her. A clam will get hurt if you pry it open. She should be more sensitive towards him too, and bother to give him a heads up about her mother receiving help from Jung-Woo so he won't feel like an outsider 'cos he really shouldn't feel that way.

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He should get all the time he needs to tell her why she should be closed off to his mother (other than "because I said so") but you want her to consider HIS feelings about who helped her mother with a possibly life saving surgery? Maybe if she felt a deeper connection to him, she would have called him right away after finding out JungWoo was able to find a surgeon. But since at the moment he's keeping her at arms length subconsciously she's starting to do the same.

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Hyunsoo chose not to tell Jungsun that it was Jungwoo who got the surgery moved up. She had the perfect chance to tell him when they were sitting on the bench outside the hospital after he brought food for her mother the night before surgery. If Jungsun had known about Jungwoo's involvement, he wouldn't have been blindsided in the morning.

Was she deliberately withholding, so that she could again say 'you don't tell me everything either' like she did earlier when Jungsun asked her why she didn't tell him that her mother needed surgery?

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I am getting bored with Hyun Soo and Jung Sun's relationship. Like the drama title, the temperature of love was high at the beginning but now the temperature is getting cold. Bring the hotness back man!

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I don't agree that HyunSoo is manipulative. She's frustrated. She opens up and tells him all about her and her family. Meanwhile all JungSun does is give instructions without real reasons. We all know how big of a deal it is to respect your s.o's parents over there and he's basically telling her not too. From some of the comments it seems like people want her to be an open book but also give him all the time he needs to open up to her. Can't have it both ways. He can't ask why she didn't tell him something when he keeps most of his life to himself.

Someone said that maybe if WonJoon told her that he hasn't told anyone about his father so back off that would help. Should he really be treating girlfriend the same as his friends? I mean WonJoon couldn't even tell HongAh to leave his friend alone but you want him to tell JungSun's woman to back off?

Yes, JungSun needs time to open up completely but he's pushing away the woman that loves him by expecting her to do the very thing he's not doing. At this rate JungWoo's honest way of telling HyunWoo his feelings, even if it's a batshit crazy sense of entitlement, will start to make her feel like JungSun doesn't love her enough to tell her what's going on in his life. I don't think it would drive HyunWoo into JungWoo's arms but it might make her rethink her relationship with JungSun. I mean how long is she supposed to wait for him to open up?

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Just my two cents:
This is a slice-of-life drama with a pretty good romance helping on the side. The writer must have a pretty good insight of how these kind of relationships work. It is true that we mostly don't want to see the cruel or "bland" reality in a drama, because that is exactly where we can escape the reality. The reality, that relationships are hard work, which also fails us sometimes. And most of us go through more than one relationship to grow and become someone who can last in love and friendship. Some of us stop growing because of insecurities, simply not wanting to do it or - in case of Jung Sun - because of traumatic memories and experiences.
Of course I can easily understand, that he needs time to open up. But I disagree with the sentiment, that he has difficulties talking about his feelings. He never showed these difficulties when talking about his romantic feelings for Hyun Soo. On the contrary. He was always quite open about them. He even told her, that he wanted to gain more trust first since they reunited after FIVE LONG YEARS. So... he never had any problems talking about his feelings with her.
And I don't think the age gap is showing either. Hyun Soo is not suddenly behaving more immature. She is just a different person in that aspect. She is obviously more commited to their relationship than he is. Jung Sun seems to back away the more intense and demanding their relationship grows. It's true... we don't know how much time went by since they met again, but I guess it should be a few months since they started dating for real. Her drama completed it's run. She wrote her new script. All these consultations to improve the situation the restaurant is in were made. They grew with each other in their relationship until Jung Woo blew his fuse and became slightly more irritating. Since then one could see her getting even more commited and loyal and him being swayed and shaken by his past and his deep-rooted insecurities. He's most insecure about himself not even her. And their relationship deepens it will be worse even. Because he will always struggling to NOT become like his parents. This is how you loose focus on the persons who are closest to you - if you'r not careful. And I know what I am talking about first hand.
I understand totally her desire to be close to him and even demanding him to open up for her. For whom, if not her. Yeah. he needs his time. But how long should that be? Who could answer that? Would she be obliged to wait as long as takes? Such a relationship could tire out any emotion. Because as much as he tries. She would need such an amount of patience...
I guess there would be people, who would say then - if she truly loves him, then she would endure even more and wait even if it takes months or even years. It's not so easy to do, believe me. Especialls in the beginning, when love seems to bloom in every flower.
In a nutshell: I am willing to accept the feelings an behaviour of both of...

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LOL... to many words
In a nutshell: I am willing to accept the feelings and behaviour of both of them. Because, let's face it, this is how most of us would react in either of their shoes.

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I have to agree with what some of the other peeps have said on here. This drama started out so strong yet its flailing at the moment. I totally got how Jungsun was feeling at the end. I knew exactly what that felt like and that scene should have been a black and white one. I feel like the black and white scenes feel a little bit more forced then in the beginning and wow Hyunsoo just gets to do and say whatever while Jungsun just has to do what she says. I didn't peg her for that type of girl. These weeks episodes were definitely a little frustrating.

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I just love this show. It is written with a lot of maturity and directed very eloquently. The characters are well rounded. I liked that Jung Woo's anger mellow's out and his backing a bit. And Jung Sun's hesitation, and Hyun Soo's complicated character. It all makes them all vesry human. One thing I don't get is, why is everyone so tolerant of Jung Sun's mom and Hong Ah?

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Agree with you. I thought the these 2 episodes are in fact, very difficult for me to continue watching because Hyun Soo is very passive aggressively forcing Jung Sun. And its making me dislike Hyun Soo for her manipulative ways. All she thinks is about heading to the restaurant to find Jung Sun every single time, can't she do other stuff, attend other events or has the writer run out of plot ideas ? The whole storyline now has become very plain. Jung Woo also has become a sideline, doesn't feel like a second lead. Jung Sun is suffering, however having said that he is putting up with her because he loves her so much.

Hong ah - sigh.... she is really out to be the irritating spoilt princess second lead. So goes the same for Jung Sun's mother. Wonder if these actresses feel the same as what we are feeling when they are acting out these roles. Ha ha ha ~ !

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Thanks for another in-depth recap and commentary, LollyPip. ;-)

Hyun-soo is well on her way to getting herself inscribed on my first-ever Kdrama sh*tlist for her petulant accusation that Jung-sun only thinks about himself. She's exhibiting more and more of the self-centered, manipulative behavior we've witnessed from Hong-ah and Narcissistic Mom, now with waterworks.

Symbolically, that second screen capture speaks volumes: It looks as if Jung-sun has a monkey on his back. It might be better if Hyun-soo walked off her beer. Hrmpf!

Now that I got that out of my system (or did I?!), I seem to recall that this is Jung-sun's first romance, is it not? Given what we now know about his family of origin, he took a big risk in confessing to Hyun-soo back in the good old days of the running club. At the time, she was so wrapped up in getting her writing career off the ground that she acted the same way as her mother reminisced about her school days in one of this week's episodes: coldly and harshly evaluating the guys she dated. Now I can see where she was coming from when she slighted Jung-sun the first time.

As @hades pointed out in http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/11/temperature-of-love-episodes-29-30/#comment-3125854, runner Hyun-soo commented about being like a moth attracted to a flame. Good catch with that foreshadowing. I recall it, but couldn't understand it at the time, and it still doesn't really compute for me. Is she saying that she has a history of being attracted to the wrong kind of guys? Or is it maybe literally a matter of being blinded by his light (and not seeing his darkness)? I don't know what to think, to be honest. -- Thanks also for the reminder of Jung-sun telling Hyun-soo that he is "difficult in other ways." I'd wondered about that at the time, and never foresaw that family issues would be his baggage.

I'm beginning to contemplate the TEMPERATURE GRADIENT OF LOVE, especially after the earlier scene in the Good Soup kitchen when Jung-sun seated Hyun-soo on the counter and rested in her embrace. Not a single smooch in the air for a 10-mile radius. At the rate they're going, they're headed for vichyssoise (cold leek and potato soup).

Like LollyPip, I am also irritated and disappointed at Hyun-soo's lame and underhanded excuse for a background interview to interrogate Jung-sun over his personal life, and her pissy reaction when he called her on it. I understand that she's frustrated, but poking him with a stick is no way to get him to open up. She came across as so invasive I was mad as hell on his behalf.

It's weird. I have a feeling that she is expecting to interact with him the same way as her parents do -- even though in the past she looked askance at their lovey-dovey carryings-on.

Narcissistic Mom continues her ceaseless and brazen machinations. Did we get a bit of foreshadowing in that scene with Jung-woo? I was creeped out by her offering to stand in for his mom. *violent retching*

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With the revelation that Hyun-soo's mom needs brain surgery, it's interesting to see who tries to help behind the scenes. The one who surprised me the most was Hong-ah. Maybe there really are a few shreds of human decency hidden amidst her inferiority complex after all. She didn't have to get Jung-woo involved, but she made the effort. Maybe there's hope for her after all. ;-)

The scenes of Jung-sun with his obnoxious father were bleak to begin with. His swallowing his pride and asking for help on behalf of another person was painful to watch. Since it bore no fruit, I'm sure he'll never mention it to Hyun-soo. -- But I'm hoping that someone else tips her off. Maybe Narcissistic Mom will get an earful from her ex-husband, and will call Hyun-soo to pump her for information, and then will let slip that he tried to find another neurosurgeon for her mother.

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Feels like Jung-sun just has another toxic relationship to deal with.
It makes sense that Hyun-soo has an immature and impatient side to her if we look at the first few episodes. Her actions made sense and were valid when it came to her script. However bring the same mentality to a relationship and talking about traumas...it does not work the same. She is extremely stubborn about having things done her way. And it is frustrating to watch her hit the wall continuously with out waiting to let him open the door for her.

I really enjoy these recaps. Thank you Lollypip.

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Hm. A lot of the poster here seem really upset with HS, calling her impatient and manipulative and immature for trying just about every method imaginable to get him to come out of his shell. But JS has put her into an impossible situation: she is in the position of future daughter-in-law, with all of the rules and behavior that requires, but JS has insisted that she throw all of that out the window and turn her back on his mother. Now - is that mature? 'Never see my mom again'? I don't think so. Her whole life, her parents have modeled a successful relationship for her, and she has seen that involves honesty, openness, caring, and sharing. So she is trying, I think mostly subconsciously, to put into action with JS the same strategies that worked for her parents. Again, I don't see this as immaturity or impatience, it's more an understanding of what is required for a relationship to work, and striving to get there. Unfortunately, JS has zero relationship experience. He obviously feels that just loving someone, and doing something nice for them once in a while, is all that you need. He's not immature, either - he's just broken, and I don't think we should beat up HS for not having the tools to fix him.

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Just watched the preview on episode 31-32... Gosh... I usually waited for Monday to come because of this drama, but now... I don't want
Monday to come... Can't we just skip the time to Wednesday... hiks...

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well, when it first started I was so excited for this show, 'cause she's a great actress but I must say the plot has been a little too boring for my liking and I think it's been reallly hard for some characters like Jung woo and Jung sun having really hard times; I mean Jung woo waited a lot for her and I know he didn't try in those 5 years but man he is a really good guy why does he have to suffer like that and losing a friendship on the way. And Jung Sun, he is having such a hard ime right now but is not letting her help him and I know is hard but she is screaming please let me help you. I know he is that way but if you waited 5 years to be with someone and now you're having the chance to do that you should definetely take it

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I feel the same way. I like all of the characters but its hard to watch them make any decision after five years.

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