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Temperature of Love: Episodes 35-36

Things begin to pick up in the romance department for our couple, but the universe always finds a way of creating a balance. For everything that’s given, something is taken away, and I can’t help but worry that they’re not done suffering for their desire to be together at the exclusion of everything else.

 
EPISODE 35 RECAP

Hyun-soo rushes to catch Jung-sun before his flight to Hong Kong, but she seems to realize that she’ll never make it in time. She pulls over and cries, then turns for home. When she gets there, a tap on her car window surprises her, and she looks up to see Jung-sun looking down at her.

She rolls down the window and starts to say she was scared she’d never see him again. But she doesn’t even finish the sentence before Jung-sun dives through the window to kiss her.

They end up at Jung-sun’s place, still kissing, and they tumble together onto his bed. They stare at each other for a long moment, touching each other’s faces. Jung-sun buries his face in Hyun-soo’s neck as they hug, and then they’re kissing again.

A long time later, as they’re still cuddling in bed, Jung-sun says sleepily that he missed Hyun-soo terribly when he went to Paris after they broke up the first time. She tells him that she won the writing contest but still wasn’t happy even though it was what she wanted, because he wasn’t there.

Jung-sun says that he got through those years in Paris by keeping his train ticket from the trip they took taped up in his locker, and thinking of her whenever he saw it. He’s surprised when Hyun-soo admits that she went to Paris to look for him.

In the morning, Jung-sun makes breakfast then wafts a cup of coffee under Hyun-soo’s nose to wake her. He watches her closely as she eats, then tells her that he won’t go to Hong Kong if she asks him not to go. She says pitifully that she doesn’t want him to go, and he just pats her head and smiles.

As Jung-sun is walking Hyun-soo out, they run smack into Won-joon in the restaurant, who stares at them, slack-jawed. Hyun-soo slinks out the door with Jung-sun right behind her, leaving Won-joon laughing.

Kyung calls Jung-woo to ask if he’s seen Hyun-soo, worried that she hasn’t come home. Jung-woo rushes right over, but Hyun-soo arrives home just a minute later. Jung-woo stares at her, seeming to suspect something.

He goes to Good Soup, and when he sees Jung-sun, he just turns and walks away. Jung-sun follows him out and Jung-woo asks why he isn’t in Hong Kong. When Jung-sun says something came up, Jung-woo leaves.

Hyun-soo confesses that she was with Jung-sun, and Kyung feels bad for calling Jung-woo. Feeling a bit guilty herself, Hyun-soo checks her messages and finds one from Jung-woo, so she tries to call him but he doesn’t answer.

Hyun-soo’s mother recieves a gift of a hat from Jung-woo (to cover her surgery scars), and she pouts to her husband that she really likes Jung-woo. She wishes he would marry Hyun-soo, but her husband reminds her that that’s Hyun-soo’s decision.

Meanwhile, Jung-sun meets with Chef Song to explain why he didn’t arrive in Hong Kong as expected. He’s honest about his reasons, saying that he was afraid he’d lose the woman he loves if he left. Chef Song doesn’t understand, since he’d only have been gone for six months and would have made frequent trips home to check on Good Soup.

But Jung-sun says that he already lost her once and wasn’t willing to risk it again. Chef Song is incredulous that Jung-sun is willing to give up his career for love, but he smiles and says he’s not surprised.

Jung-sun picks up Hyun-soo that night to take her on a date. He pitches a tent and they sit by a fire, enjoying wine and a fancy picnic. Jung-sun serves the same wine he served when he first had Hyun-soo try truffles, and she recognizes the taste.

When Jung-sun says that he’s not going to Hong Kong, Hyun-soo asks if that’s okay. He says that normally it’s not, but that if he left now, he’d lose the most important thing in his life.

He adds that they still haven’t solved the problem that broke them up, and Hyun-soo says that couples often break up repeatedly for the same reasons. So he says they should decide their ending first, and asks Hyun-soo for her promise that they won’t break up again. After thinking for a long moment, she agrees.

Jung-sun’s mom comes home to find a breakup note from Daniel, saying that he’s breaking up with her in a note because he’s afraid of her, and that he’s leaving because she kept asking for money. She stares at the note, then throws her drink glass against the wall, muttering that he never even gave her any money.

Over casting discussions for Hyun-soo’s show, Joon-ha gets frustrated when he hates every combination of actors that she and Kyung pick. He complains that he’s getting nothing from them even though he shaved his beard, only to get teased for it. He deflects by asking if Hyun-soo has good news, and she blushes as Kyung reveals that she and Jung-sun reconciled.

Joon-ha says that they’ll probably break up again, since that’s what happened to him. He huffs indignantly when the ladies make fun of him, and Kyung tells him that nobody cares for him as much as they do.

He slams his hand on the table and gets right in her face, snapping that he shaved his beard for her. Amused, Hyun-soo squeals that Joon-ha wants Kyung to kiss him, so Kyung shoves him away with a hand to the face, LOL.

Joon-ha heads to Jung-woo’s office to ask him to call the actors they’re interested in, but Jung-woo just grumbles that he’s always asking him for favors. Jung-woo suddenly goes still and asks, “Hyun-soo… why did I think she was mine?”

Joon-ha says that Jung-woo treats love like a business and waits for the right timing, while Jung-sun asked Hyun-soo out the very day he met her. He says that if Jung-woo had gone after Hyun-soo back then, things may have turned out differently.

It makes Jung-woo think about the first time he met Hyun-soo, when Joon-ha brought her to his office. She’d refused his job offer and his handshake, and we see now that Jung-woo had followed her to the building’s lobby to say that she was rude.

Hyun-soo had objected to his speaking banmal to her, and he’d argued that he spoke informally because she rudely refused his handshake. She had apologized, saying she’d had a bad day. Jung-woo had been impressed by her willingness to apologize and adapt.

Hong-ah and Director Min also hold a casting meeting, where Director Min argues that everyone Hong-ah wants is in high demand. She’s not worried, saying that the actors will want to be in the best drama, obviously considering that to be hers.

She goes to see Jung-woo, only to learn that he’s canceled all of his appointments and gone to his home in Daegu. She stomps off to her car in a snit, and on the way out of the parking garage, she nearly plows right into another car.

While folding napkins with Soo-jung, Won-joon gets a call from Hong-ah that she’s at the hospital, and he runs out in a panic. He arrives at the ER to find her perfectly fine, and when she says that she never said she was hurt, he heaves a huge sigh and walks out.

Hong-ah follows him, but Won-joon is a thousand percent done with her manipulations. He says that she’ll never treat him with sincerity, and she whines that he’s the one who started liking someone else, so he asks if she was ever planning to return his feelings.

Hong-ah says that Won-joon was like food to her, something you can’t live without, but he just hears it as her habit of taking him for granted. He says that just being near her used to be enough for him, but now it’s not enough, and he wants to be loved in return.

While he’s trying to rest at home, Jung-woo wearily accepts a call from CP Yoo, who nixes Joon-ha’s request to outsource a camera team. Next is a call from his secretary with a publication rights question, and he snaps at her to tell the network that he’s out of the country and buries his face in his hands.

After the restaurant closes, Jung-sun makes a nice meal for himself and Hyun-soo, and when she shows up, he plays a movie on the wall with a projector. During the movie she gets a call from his mother, and this time she asks him what she should do. Jung-sun says she should answer if she wants to. She does, and when Jung-sun’s mother says she needs a friend right now, Hyun-soo promises to call right back and hangs up.

She tells Jung-sun that his mother thinks they’re still broken up, so it’s likely that she does just need a friend and isn’t trying to get to Jung-sun somehow. Jung-sun says that he always gets frustrated when he talks to his mom, and he’s taken aback when Hyun-soo says that she can talk to her easily because she’s not family, so there are no grudges or history to overcome.

She says that she’s just beginning her relationship with his mother, and that it’s fine so far. With a good-natured grin, Jung-sun wonders how long that will last.

 
EPISODE 36 RECAP

Hong-ah crashes a meeting between Hyun-soo and her team, and she’s upset to see that they’ve offered a role in their show to an actress she wants for her drama. She accuses Hyun-soo of having no ethics and threatens to stop being friends with her, whining that Hyun-soo is getting special treatment from Jung-woo.

When Hyun-soo tells her to stop, she doubles down instead, saying that Hyun-soo was cruel to Jung-woo by rejecting him. Hyun-soo tries to see Jung-woo, but he’s still not showing up to work. She calls him, but he’s asleep on his couch at home.

Worried, she goes to see him, but he just says that he’s been working nonstop and needed a break. She offers to make him something to eat, but he laughs and does the cooking himself. She’s impressed by Jung-woo’s cooking skills, and when he wipes sauce from her lips and licks it off his finger, it makes them both laugh.

Jung-woo tells Hyun-soo that he lived here until his father’s business failed, when he was twelve. He says he remembers creditors coming to put red seizure stickers on everything, but he was still happy. Hyun-soo figures it was because his family was together. Jung-woo just says that he thought trust was more valuable than love.

Hyun-soo volunteers to do the dishes in return for the meal. While she’s at the sink, Jung-woo slowly approaches her and puts his arms around her neck, laying his cheek on her hair. She doesn’t move, and he closes his eyes as a single tear tracks down his face.

… And then he wakes up. He finds his phone ringing with the call from Hyun-soo, who asks him to meet her at the batting cage to talk. She tries to get him to hit some balls, but he asks her to get to the point.

They sit, and Hyun-soo confesses that she lied when she said Jung-woo wasn’t her type, and she wonders out loud what would have happened if she hadn’t met Jung-sun again. Jung-woo thinks about all the little moments they’ve shared over the years, and back at home, he also remembers the way he’s treated both Hyun-soo and Jung-sun recently. Just for a minute, he allows himself to cry.

The next day, a diner shows up at Good Soup with a giant chip on her shoulder. She’s a food blogger who’s known for being mean, and she’s been to Good Soup before and raked them over the coals. Soo-jung is friendly towards her, then warns Jung-sun to take extra care with their food. Later, the blogger leaves after her meal without paying, telling the cashier that her next column will be on Good Soup.

Jung-sun’s mom meets with Hyun-soo, sighing and moping as she says that she and Hyun-soo have a lot in common because she and Daniel broke up. Hyun-soo hesitantly tells her that she and Jung-sun got back together and that he’s not going to Hong Kong, which is news to his mother.

She seems genuinely upset as she says that she was trying not to show how sad she is about her breakup, thinking that Jung-sun was in Hong Kong. Hyun-soo says that they still have something in common—they’re dating younger men—which means that Hyun-soo is in the unique position to offer her comfort. Jung-sun’s mom marvels at how good Hyun-soo is with words, and Hyun-soo says that she is too, and that Jung-sun got it from her because she can never win an argument with him.

Mom complains that things were fine with Daniel, until she got his note. It had said that he was scared to break up face-to-face, and that he was annoyed that she kept asking him for money. Hyun-soo thinks that she shouldn’t want to be with someone who gets angry over money, and Mom wonders what’s so great about money that people are slaves to it.

Hyun-soo tells her that she made a pittance when she first started writing, and that her sister would nag her about it constantly. She says that money beats even family, and when Mom hilariously responds by asking who’s paying for coffee today, Hyun-soo offers to pay with a smile.

Jung-woo gets himself back to work, where he finds Joon-ha waiting to beg for that special camera crew. Joon-ha even invokes Hyun-soo’s name in an attempt to get special treatment, but Jung-woo holds firm with his refusal, saying that he’s tired of picking up after them both.

Jung-sun’s mother finds him at home and asks why he didn’t let her know that he didn’t go to Hong Kong. He says they’ve never shared the details of their lives, but she argues that this isn’t just a detail. She asks if he stayed because of Hyun-soo, and when he says he did, she flops down at the table and pouts that Daniel left her.

She asks if Jung-sun really likes Hyun-soo enough to give up a big career opportunity for her, and he says he does. She asks tearfully why she can’t find someone like him, when she’s always done what the men in her life wanted.

She wails that he even went back to Hyun-soo when she broke up with him, but men always leave her. She declares that she’s staying the night and stomps off to Jung-sun’s room, sobbing.

Joon-ha is beside himself at being treated so dismissively by Jung-woo, and Kyung wonders if this means he won’t help them get the actors they want. Sure enough, it looks like the actress they’re both interested in is strongly considering Hong-ah’s drama, so Hong-ah goes to talk to Jung-woo. But she learns that the actress has already signed onto a drama by another writer entirely.

When she asks Jung-woo what to do, he tells her to work hard and stop pestering him. She asks why he’s being like this, but he just says that in entertainment, they make products that make other people happy, but that lately he’s been thinking about how he’s been treating himself.

Won-joon shows up late to a date with Soo-jung, and she says it’s time they made a decision about their relationship. Won-joon is surprised, having thought that they were already dating, and that she only said that about dating for a month to take the pressure off him.

She says that he’s been great, but that she won’t date him, because she can see how hard he’s trying. She explains that that’s the problem—some things should come naturally. Won-joon promises to stop trying, then he hears how ridiculous that sounds and hangs his head sheepishly.

Soo-jung laughs, but she says that it will never work with Hong-ah in the picture. They both agree to keep working at Good Soup, and Won-joon even promises to leave if things get awkward for her. They shake hands and reintroduce themselves, this time just as friends.

That night, Jung-sun’s mom can’t sleep, so she gets up to take a sleeping pill. Exhausted, she decides to take two instead.

Jung-sun ends up at Hyun-soo’s place, saying that he’s avoiding his mother, and he gives a cheeky wink when Hyun-soo asks where he’ll sleep tonight. They try to sneak into Hyun-soo’s room, but they keep making noise and waking Kyung. Finally Jung-sun gives up when his phone rings with a call from Mom, and he heads home after all to check on her.

He finds his mother half-unconscious on the floor after overdosing on the sleeping pills, and he runs to her. He settles her on the couch and she explains that she just took too much medicine trying to sleep. She says sleepily that she really does want to fix herself, because she’s tired of living like this.

She tells Jung-sun that her life was good until she was thirty-five, and asks if he remembers her then. Jung-sun says he does, and that she was the best mother back then. His mom apologizes sincerely, and Jung-sun says that he wishes he could make her happy, but that he can’t do it for her.

The next day, Jung-woo calls him and says it’s time they settle the debt between them. He goes to Good Soup during their afternoon break and tells Jung-sun that when he owns something that suits someone else better, it’s hard for him to keep it because it reminds him of that person. Jung-sun remembers him saying this before and quips that it still sounds corny.

Jung-woo says that it’s time he gave Jung-sun the beating he owes him, and asks if he’d rather talk before or after getting hit. Grinning, Jung-sun decides he’d rather talk first and try to avoid being hit altogether. Jung-woo smiles, and the two friends both laugh.

 
COMMENTS

I know I’m supposed to be happy that Jung-sun and Hyun-soo are back together, and a large part of me is, really. But I have to say, I’m on Chef Song’s side on this one… I don’t understand why Jung-sun had to give up on the Hong Kong opportunity completely. I think he acted emotionally rather than logically when he decided to stay, instead of trying to find a way to make the situation work for him. He wouldn’t have been gone but a few months, and would have been home often. He and Hyun-soo could have seen each other when he visited and eased back into their relationship without all the pressure they’d been putting on each other.

I think it would have been a perfect solution—Jung-sun could have worked on his career while Hyun-soo focused on her drama, and they would have seen each other once a month or so instead of feeling like they had to give up something important to spend time with each other. Now they’re right back where they started, without having talked about what went wrong or how to fix things, and they risk falling right back into that “you aren’t giving me what I want” trap. Maybe I’m just soured on Hyun-soo after her recent behavior, but I see her asking Jung-sun to stay as another selfish move on her part. If she were truly thinking about what’s best for them both and their relationship, and not just what she wants right this minute, she would have told him to go and that they could work on their relationship problems slowly.

Not that Jung-sun is off the hook completely, because he seems to have thrown all of his level-headedness out the window when it comes to Hyun-soo. He kept groveling for her approval while they were together, doing things that weren’t good for his career or his emotional health, just because she demanded it. And it was never good enough, so he even proposed, even though he’s admitted that he’s not ready for anything so serious and permanent. So to throw away such a good career boost, that would have had him right back home after only a short time commitment, seems a terrible decision. Even he admitted that they still haven’t solved the issues that caused them to break up, so I don’t think he’s oblivious to the fact that this gamble may not have been the smartest, but he’s willing to make it anyway.

On the other hand, I’m incredibly impressed at the maturity with which Won-joon and Soo-jung handled their “breakup.” Soo-jung could tell that Won-joon was putting too much effort into something that should have been easy, and even he had to admit that he wanted to like her more than he actually liked her. But they talked about it calmly, parted amicably, and started over as friends. Now that’s how you do it. I just hope it doesn’t mean that Won-joon is going to end up with Hong-ah after all this. She would have to do some serious changing as a person before she deserves a great guy like him, and he’s pretty disgusted with her right now. I just have a sinking feeling that that’s where we’re headed.

And Jung-woo seems to be having an attack of common sense as well, which I’m really happy to see. I never disliked Jung-woo, only the way he was behaving. But it’s as if Hyun-soo’s confession was exactly what he needed to hear—as if knowing that he was someone she could have loved is enough, and that knowing that, he can let go of his iron grip on her. I think that he finally realized that he was the one to blame for not trying hard enough when he had the chance, and has decided to stop treating the two people he loves most as things he possesses instead of people with their own minds and hearts. Luckily they’re both very forgiving people, and if Jung-woo truly changes and lets go of his obsession with Hyun-soo, I think they can get their friendship back. In the meantime, I truly am glad to see Jung-sun and Hyun-soo doing everything they can to be together… even if I don’t agree with their methods, their devotion to each other is beautiful.

 
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Thanks for the recap @lollypip. We're almost there. Hang in there!

Episode counts always make me nervous. In many ways, this could have been a series finale. Having two more episodes to go, anything can happen, so I get where you're coming from with that. I also agree with your assessment on Jung-sun passing up on the offer in Hong Kong. It wasn't going to be for a long time and it's possible that they could have seen each other often. The space could have been good for them to ease back into things again. Having said that, I am happy that they're back together. I excused Jung-sun's actions by telling myself that he has the Michelin star, he's become an established chef, he doesn't really need the Hong Kong opportunity. Don't get me wrong, it could have been a boon to his career, but he didn't really need it. He can also focus on making sure the restaurant runs as it should to maintain its star and deal with people like that messed up blogger.

I really appreciated this episode's acknowledgement of the past and its looking to the future. This was highlighted pretty well with Jung-woo, Jung-sun's mom, and Won-joon. I wasn't totally onboard the Jung-sun's mom is really trying to change train like most other beanies, but I love how they are depicting the relationship between she and her son. I really dislike Jung-woo but I like that he's not trying to be everyones fixer anymore. It really does take a toll and I'm happy he's decided he's not paying for that anymore.

I don't like that Jung-woo and Jung-sun might patch things up so quickly. It doesn't make much sense given what Jung-woo's actions have wrought. I would be completely pissed if Hong-ah get's a chance with Won-joon. That would be beyond silly. Anyways, let's see what happens. Beanies, fighting!

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I'm glad that Jung-Woo is finally waking up and realizing that what he is doing all this while. Good to see that he is starting to move on and treat himself better and mend the broken friendship with Jung-Sun.

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I held on to this drama to see Won Jon and Su Jung. I really do not want him to end up with Hong Ah.

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It would be different if Hong Ah had grown up somehow, but she's still pulling the same selfish tricks. I don't want him to go back to her because he deserves better.

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Okay, this is better. Our characters started to think. They still have some talking to do, but at least we finally got somewhere. I am the most glad about the fact that Jung-woo's done some serious analysis of his choices and actions. Good job!
I'm really sad Won-joon and Soo-jung pairing didn't work out, but oh well, what can you do? BUT! If he ends up with Hong-ah I will flip, and it will not end on a table. All of the characters had some growing up throughout the show, but she is actually regressing, how is that? She's becoming more annoying and more selfish every episode. I have to say this is kind of amazing.
Also, Kyung is becoming annoying as well. Here I was, protecting her few weeks ago, bit now I have to admit that at my limit because of her. Push and pull I can understand, a little bit of playing coy to intrigue the guy, okay. But what is she doing exactly? Joon-ha's been doing nothing but confessing all the time, he's putting effort into getting to know her and changing (he even shaved! Rejoice!), but she's acting like a teenage brat. Ugh...

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I wouldn't say that Won-Joon and Soo-Jung is not working out. They just taking steps slowly, naturally. I am quite optimistic about this pairing.

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I had to google the flight time between Seoul and Hong Kong and it takes approximately 4 hours for a one-way trip. I'm pretty sure there are budget flights available if the couple decides to increase the frequency of seeing each other. On that note, I totally agree with LollyPip that Hyun-soo is selfish for preventing Jung-sun in going to Hong Kong. Though Jung-sun is also culpable for his decisions, Hyun-soo should've encouraged him to take the opportunity offered by Chef Song. Uhm, I think Hong Kong is more well-known as a culinary destination compared to Seoul so the experience would have greatly enriched Jung-sun's career in the long run.

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Actually, I think the Hong-Kong opportunity serves as a parallel to the Paris opportunity five years ago. In both cases, Jung-Sun had asked Hyun-Soo if he should go. The juxtaposition is that Hyun-Soo is requesting him to stay this time. This time, the ending would be different.

While long distance relationship might have work out too, there is currently an communication issue that they need to work on and physical distance is definitely not going help with them patching things up. I mean, Hyun-Soo is already complaining about feeling lonely and not able to reach Jung-Sun emotionally in the last episode prior to the breakup.

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Thanks, as always for the recap @lollypip!!

I didn't mind that Jung Sun passed up on the Hong Kong opportunity. Its not something that he ever wanted or went after like he has for everything else in his career. It fell in his lap and the only reason why he even considered it in the first place was because he was doing what he does when things are bad--runs away. We've seen him do this at least twice. When the drama first started and he quit his job as an assistant chef or a sous chef or whatever he was. Instead of talking with Hyun Soo when their relationship started to go down hill he's run away. He buries himself in his career when he doesn't want to acknowledge whats going on around him. So, I thought him not taking the job was a really good step for him. I didn't like how he put the decision on Hyun Soo when one of their biggest problems as a couple is her pressuring him and asking too much of him then he's ready to give. So that felt like he was setting her up for failure even if neither of them recognized it as such.

I did love Jung Woo in this ep. I love that he seems to finally be coming to terms with all of the damage that he's been doing and has done. I felt so badly for him when his visit from Hyun Soo was just a dream. And that even in his dreams he doesn't get the girl. I know that Joon Ha says that he missed out on Hyun Soo because he treated the relationship like a business and was "waiting for the right time" and there isn't necessarily a right time when it comes to love but I love that Jung Woo acknowledged to himself that he had a lot of "right times" but he never went for it. I hope that he realizes that bit of advice that Hong Ah (OF ALL PEOPLE) gave him several episodes ago--is it love or habit (or whatever she said). She gave up on Jung Sun because she realized that she never "loved" him. He was just a guy that she had a crush on and that crush turned into a habit that she never got around to breaking. The thing about Jung Woo is that he never struck me as a person who was particularly good at waiting so it never made sense that he was content to sit around for 5 years twiddling his thumbs waiting for her to decide to want him. It always seemed to me that he would have forced that confrontation (by making a more decisive move then: are you in love with me yet? No? Still in love with that guy you cant have? Just checking. I'll try again in another couple of years). I am *hoping* that what he learns is that while he loves Hyun Soo--its in the same vein as his love for Jung Sun. She's a really good friend who is one of the few people in his life who isn't constantly demanding things from him. And since she's pretty his hormones had him convinced that it was a different sort of love.

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So sex solves everything? Good to know.

I'm extremely irritated by the Hong Kong thing. It was six months, and a huge boost for Jung Sun's career. Hyun Soo is going to be swamped in drama-launch-work. But now they're sleeping together, so I guess it's fine? This is not an adult relationship, who are these people?!

I really wish the writer hadn't placed "High Society" callouts through this show, it's just reminding me of what I hated in that show and how it's coming through here. These people are not acting like people. They're acting like puppets being put through motions by a writer who's identified a bunch of moments but not strung them together organically. It feels fake.

I had such high hopes for this show too!

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I don't think that they were saying that it solves everything. Even after they slept together they both agreed that the reasons for their break up haven't been resolved. I'm hoping that their promise to never break up (which---whatever) will give them the space that they need to have the conversations that they need to have about their relationship.

I could be alone in this--but the Hong Kong thing didn't bother me at all. From what I've seen of Jung Sun the only thing he's wanted was the space to create good food and to establish a successful restaurant on his own terms. He's done that with Good Soup. Mostly. It hasn't been that long since he's won the Michelin star and started getting reservations again. He hasn't paid off the loan that he took out on his land and he still owes Jung Woo the money from his mother. It never seemed to me that he was in a good place to go galivanting off to Hong Kong to establish another restaurant when Good Soup is barely doing ok. It seemed irresponsible to the employees that he has working there to run off and go to Hong Kong when up to a week or so Good Soup was struggling. Sure, he would be able to go back and forth and it was only 6 months but maybe he should look for that responsibility when one restaurant that he's in charge of has been doing well for 6 months. At least.
And, I said it earlier, but him going to Hong Kong seemed like he was running away from his problems and his relationship with Hyun Soo. Not like it was something he really wanted to do or was striving for. If he wanted to work (even as the Head Chef or whatever Chef Song promised him) in someone elses kitchen why did he struggle so hard to keep Good Soup?

I didn't take the sleeping together as a handwave that all is fine now (and hopefully the writers don't take it there either) but it seemed like a willingness to be together and to talk together--a return to a feeling of intimacy that they had been missing from each other in a long time. i'm hoping that after the giddiness of sexytimes wears off that they start talking to each other--they have some real conversations that they need to be having. And it looks like they are starting to have them.

I, of course, reserve the right to TAKE IT ALL BACK if the writer does handwave everything that needs to be said and done between the two in the upcoming episodes and everything is just honkydory.

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I don’t understand why Jung-sun had to give up on the Hong Kong opportunity completely, either. It was only 6 months not 5 years. And for someone who wasn't happy with the two of them apart, surprisingly, I wasn't too moved by the reconciliation this time around. Instead, it was the scene between JS and his mom which made me tear up.

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One of the more "unrelatable" aspects of this drama (despite just reading the recaps..ha ha) is that this object called "love" is held as its own independent object.

Sort of like a "love conquers all" message. More realistically, one would hold "love" as a state achieved on a foundation of other things like communication, trust, courage, honesty, respect, mutual goals, similar values, and, yes, opportunity.

To me, this is the "fairytale" love with "and they lived happily ever after" ending. It feels simplistic and unrealistic, if not done well.

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I dropped this a long time ago but I just finished reading the recap and I'm wondering if I should continue watching this. What do you think?

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You could, but just skip episodes 31-34.

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Actually i think it was good that jung sun didn't go Hong kong because jung woo might have really gotten the chance to sway hyun soo given the time. Still didn't like the black and white stills at the bed scene. Is the producer still messing with us that they won't last till the end?

I'm really annoyed with hyun Soo's mum. If she can love her husband so much till they are so lovey dovey in their golden age, she should understand the power of love... but yet ironically she doesn't respect hyun Soo's love.

My heart really went out to jung sun's mother in this episode. She really came through and I saw such a vulnerable side of her that is not like her usual childish and whiny self. It's like she is just so empty as a person. Craving for a proper relationship, the validation that she can also receive love after the abuse from jung sun's father seems so immense that she went from man to man, and probably also explains why she still behaves like a teenage girl because she is stuck in that golden time of her youth where she could have freely dated and attracted the man of her dreams. But somehow, she just never had the chance and became heartbroken each time. It's really pretty sad because people can judge her for being an immature and irresponsible mum, but really, she is broken inside. It feels cruel to say this but the answer is really not in her future relationship but for her to accept & love herself. She needs to isolate the past her who was abused and she herself as a whole person. ☹️

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+1 on what you comment on Jung-Sun's mom. I'm glad that in this scene, the relationship between the mother and son is being mended. Jung-Sun is learning too, to accept her mum with her flaws and acknowledged her effort instead of running away like he did five years ago. Yes the issue is still there, but he is changing the ways he handle it. I remembered the first scene between them in the drama was terrible and toxic, she was highly emotionally unstable and throwing tantrum without being reasonable at all.

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I am disappointed in Hyunsoo as a character. I felt like she only took into account herself in this equation of love and her feelings and what she wanted mattered. I felt so bad for Jungsun to have to make great leaps in pleasing her which is not the way it should be. Hyunsoo needs to realize that they were brought up in completely different families and situations and not everyone's upbringing was as perfect as hers. I'm so annoyed with this drama but there's only 1 more episode left!

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I'm really amazed at how Jung-sun deals with his mother. His acceptance to how she is as a mother and as someone who is in need of comfort from another human being. If I can't have this guy as a lover, I'd love to have him as a... relative? (wow, this is a bit,... heeh)

It was so nice to see Wong Joon and Soo Jung have that conversation in the cafe. I hope they find their way back to each other... more naturally this time.

I'm glad Jung-woo is finally giving himself a much needed break. It was satisfying seeing him shut down unnecessary headaches coming his way. Now he's back to handling business as business and his personal affairs, well, a bit more maturely.

Four more episodes and we'll get our ending! Hang in there, @lollypip !!! Thank you for the recaps, as always <3

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Thanks for your recap and comments, LollyPip. I pretty much have the same reservations about these episodes' developments that you do.

I'm still perturbed in a big way by Hyun-soo's recent selfish histrionics, which makes her a sister under the skin to Jung-sun's mother and Hong-ah. While Jung-sun clearly states that they still have yet to address the reasons for their initial breakup, I'll believe it when I see it. I have misgivings about his asking her to promise that they won't break up in the future, and this whole magical reconciliation in general.

I could see Daniel's dumping of Narcissistic Mom coming from 100 miles away. I guess the audience is supposed to feel sorry for her now, but she comes across to me as still just as shallow and manipulative as ever. After the way she has repeatedly taken her son to the cleaners, I was ready to spit nails when I heard her bellyaching to Hyun-soo about men and money. Her profligacy has been a huge burden to Jung-sun, who cannot escape the demands of filial piety. Daniel did not let her mire him in her debt, which was a good move on his part. I do not blame him one bit. He saw her for what she is, and played the game accordingly.

At this juncture, Narcissistic Mom really has to ask herself why she keeps shacking up with guys like Daniel. I can only say that her own characteristics predispose her to unhealthy relationships. Even if she's truly willing to change her tune, there's no guarantee that she will succeed. In that respect, I think that's one of the main themes of this show: that change is difficult, and takes time, effort, self-knowledge, and dedication. Even for characters who sincerely want to grow and overcome their character defects, it's a tall order.

There's one aspect of the Won-joon – Soo-Jung resolution that really bothers me. When she told him that she would not date him because Hong-ah was still in the picture, he said nothing about the latter having cried wolf. Would Soo-jung really have pulled the plug if she knew how he'd been manipulated into thinking she'd been in an accident? Maybe she's right that Won-joon was trying too hard. My sense is that Hong-ah's stalking has been a big factor in his overcompensation. I hope Soo-jung hears the truth through the grapevine.

Maybe Won-joon will get a shot at a gig at the restaurant in Hong Kong. It would get him out of Hong-ah's clutches. Perhaps with a little time and distance, Soo-jung might reconsider. In my book, Won-joon really does deserve to be loved, and at last has articulated his wish.

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How swell is it that Hyun-soo finally sees fit to tell Jung-woo that he really was her type after all – and that he could have swept her off her feet if Jung-sun hadn't returned? Thanks for that scrap of honesty at this late date.

Hearing Joon-ha say that his boss should have stepped up to the plate the way Jung-sun had when he first met her came as yet another message from the Universe that love is a far cry from a business transaction. But she was just as dismissive of Jung-woo as she was of Jung-sun.

I'm glad that Jung-woo has ceased going to bat for his employees. His job has been anything but entertaining for him, and he finally realizes it. He doesn't have to play Fairy Godfather any longer. More power to him.

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yeah, i'm glad Jungwoo doesn't need to clean up after his employee again and playing Godfather anymore. Because I don't like how his employee treat him. They must show some respect since he's the CEO.

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I walked away from this drama several episodes ago, only to return after reading comments saying that it had somehow gotten better. Buuuuuut, no. Other than Jung Sun's mother (who MAY have a sliver of decency in there that we didn't see before), the characters in this drama are nearly universally insufferable. Well, there are a couple of decent people, but we barely get to spend any time with them. Maybe if we did, we'd find out that they are awful, too. Honestly, I don't even understand how this disastrous hot mess even got made in the first place. It's THE WORST. And I've seen some pretty bad dramas in my time.

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THIS.DRAMA.IS.SIMPLY.BEAUTIFUL.

The writing and acting!!!! (My hands are raised, but you can't see them)

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I just realize that this show eventually being draggy. They just need a simple reason to bring Jungwoo's sense back again? Like what? The moment when Hyunsoo back with flattering smile then that's when Jungwoo already sense Hyunsoo and Jungsun must stayed together last night. And they must sleep together right, then I read sudden realitation from Jungwoo face.
And on top of that, Hyunsoo confession and Joonha words might be the finale blow for him. Well, if that's what in needed to slap Jungwoo's back to his sense, why makes him soo pathetic?
Seriously, being Jungwoo must be tiring. I can see how Kim Jae Wook face sooo tired. Maybe he was frustated with his character too??

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I was curious about the book ending after the author/screenwriter Ha Myung-hee revealed the drama would conclude differently. I checked the spoilers and so in the novel, Hyun-soo was going to be up front about her feelings to Jung-sun after not seeing each other for five years. But then, she mistakes that Hong-ah (who is married and has a kid) and Jung-sun are having an affair so she just forgets her confession and doesn't see anymore. Some time passes and Hong-ah's husband asks Hyun-soo to see Hong-ah who is hospitalized. There, Hong-ah reveals to Hyun-soo that Jung-sun has died in a car accident.
In brief, I understood the book is about how timing is important to start a relationship and you should never lose chances. The ending made me think about how Hyun-soo wanted a sad ending for her new drama but she instead went for a happy one to satisfy the broadcasting station. And the novel is pretty short and Jung-woo is more like a minor character and is not friends with Jung-sun there, which explains why the drama plot progressed strangely from midway. Plus, I think Jung-sun's drama counterpart was written more positively since he was more insistant in his relationship with Hyun-soo and he downright rejected Hong-ah.

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until the end hyun so is selfish child sigh i cant kill my brain cell any more. i am gonna sit and finish these series with so much cliche i know would give me at 2 last ep . at the end what i get from this drama is it doesnt matter how selfish and arrogant you are you will get a nice guy who is madly in love with you.( i am looking at you hong ah)

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What Chef Song said to Jung-sun regarding his decision was what I thought too. But I guess, there comes a time in your life when you'll really be crazy in love that all other things doesn't matter at all.

Meanwhile on the confession of Hyun-soo for Jung-woo, it doesn't make sense to me at first. Thinking that it would made me regret more and not be able to move on once I heard that the girl I like got a point that she somehow liked me too. But I guess Hyun-soo made it clear with her line "There are no what-ifs in life".

What I really love about this episode is the hint at the last part, about the reuniting friendship of Jung-woo and Jung-sun. It's so pleasant to see both of them smiling with the presence of each other. 😊😊

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Hi.
I wanted to ask if anyone knew where i could find the instrumental music at the start of episode 36 when Hong- ah says to Hyun- sooh that she has been mean to Mr. Park because she rejected him.

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