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Temperature of Love: Episodes 39-40 (Final)

Is love something that’s written in the stars and guided by Fate, or is it a choice you make when you find the one you want to spend your life with? Jung-sun and Hyun-soo have traveled a rocky road to find each other, but they’ve repeatedly chosen each other, for good or for bad. While I’ve enjoyed Temperature of Love for its great acting and sweet love stories, I do wish we’d taken more time to explore this theme more thoroughly, but at least we do in this final hour before we say goodbye.

 
EPISODE 39 RECAP

Hyun-soo shows Jung-sun the ring on her thumb and asks him to wear it, and she also asks for the ring back that he tried to give her once. She asks if he knows what the ring means, and with a giant smile, Jung-sun takes the ring to put it on.

Hilariously, it won’t fit over his first knuckle no matter how hard he tries. Eventually he just wears it halfway on his finger, saying that this is the style these days anyway. She laughs appreciatively.

We see that Hyun-soo had purposely sized it for her own thumb, going by the saying that if a ring fits the girl’s thumb and the boy’s ring finger, then they’re destined for each other.

But Hyun-soo isn’t upset that the ring doesn’t fit, because now she understands that her love wasn’t destiny, but her choice. She smiles down at Jung-sun as he naps in her lap, refusing to get up when it’s time to go back to work and adorably pouting like a child.

When she gets home, Hyun-soo finds her mother waiting for her with some side dishes, though she’s sorry she couldn’t make them herself. Hyun-soo is sad that her mother doesn’t have as much energy since getting sick, and her mom acknowledges with a smile that a lot has changed for her before getting sick and after.

Jung-sun sits down with his mother to ask her seriously if she wants to open a flower shop. She says that she knows it will be hard, but that she truly wants to do something with her life. Jung-sun says that if she takes care of the flowers for Good Soup for a while and does a good job, then he’ll invest in her shop.

His mother pouts that he’s not just giving her the money, unhappy about starting out in debt, but he warns her that he hasn’t even agreed to invest yet. He tells her to write up a business plan, and he’ll think about it.

Jung-sun’s mom calls Hyun-soo to tell her the exciting news, though she’s worried because she doesn’t know how to write a business plan. Listening in, Hyun-soo’s mother comments that Hyun-soo calls the other woman “mother” easily. She’s obviously jealous, though she says she’ll support Hyun-soo’s decisions because it’s her life.

Hyun-soo agrees to help Jung-sun’s mom get started with her research, and since there are so many flower shops near Good Soup, she advises Jung-sun’s mom to come up with a unique concept. They go over everything that’s needed to open a shop, but Hyun-soo tells Mom that she’ll need to do most of the work herself since her drama starts soon.

Downstairs, Hyun-soo tells Jung-sun that his mother wants her to help with the legwork, but he advises her not to since she doesn’t have time. She talks him into helping his mother out, even though he protests that he and Mom will fight. Hyun-soo points out that fighting is okay between them since they can’t break up.

Jung-woo finally gets a meeting with the nasty food blogger, who isn’t happy that he’s the one who showed up. He informs her that she’ll be sued for defamation if her negative article is published, but she refuses to back down. Instead, Jung-woo tells her to think of it as negotiating a deal, which gets her attention.

Director Min is up to his old tricks, and Hong-ah hears that he’s planning to shoot in a location that’s not in the script. She orders him to the office for a chat, and when he arrives, she plays him the recording she made of their conversation back when they decided to work together.

In it, Director Min had promised not to change anything in her script. Hong-ah tells him she’s even had the recording notarized, which makes it legally binding. Director Min laughs ruefully and mock-proposes to Hong-ah, saying that he wants her legal protection for himself too, and he has to give her the victory.

Joon-ha meets Kyung at a convenience store and swipes her ramyun, joking that it tastes better that way. He gives it back when she says she hates people like that, making her tease him for caving in so quickly. She pushes the ramyun back to him and whines that she can’t go home because Jung-sun is over.

She says that seeing Jung-sun and Hyun-soo makes her want to be in love, though she states emphatically that she doesn’t want to date. Joon-ha points out that they’re already dating, though he’s not sure about the love part, and Kyung steals her ramyun back.

Meanwhile, Jung-sun feels bad that Kyung leaves every time he comes over, but Hyun-soo says that he shouldn’t because Kyung uses it as an excuse to see Joon-ha. She says they see each other all the time but don’t date and grins that it’s love, though she doesn’t think either of them knows it.

Jung-sun asks if that’s possible, and Hyun-soo says that the world is full of diverse people. They mention themselves, and Hyun-soo’s parents, and even Jung-sun’s mom. He thanks Hyun-soo for accepting his mother, and hugs her gratefully.

Three months later.

Hyun-soo’s drama was a huge hit, and in an interview, she talks about how the main character was loosely based on herself. Hong-ah’s drama was also very popular, and she tells a reporter that she deserved it for working so hard. Even Jung-woo has benefited, as On Entertainment signs a contract with an international production studio.

Hong-ah and Director Min are at Good Soup, waiting for everyone to arrive for a small party. They’re still bickering, but they clearly respect one another and agree to work together again. Hong-ah spots Won-joon and Soo-jung talking and laughing together, and it upsets her so much that she runs out.

Hyun-soo arrives at the same time as Kyung and Joon-ha, and she teases them for showing up together. They stammer conflicting excuses then stand there looking awkward, amusing Hyun-soo.

She goes to the restroom where she finds Hong-ah crying. Hong-ah sobs that she thinks she really did like Won-joon, then corrects herself: “No, I loved him.” She wails that everyone says she’s great but she still feels the same as before her success, and Hyun-soo says gently that Hong-ah already knows what she needs to do.

Jung-sun’s mother has opened her flower shop, and when her ex-husband comes to see her, she complains that he’s a week late for the grand opening. He gives her some money as a gift and asks about Jung-sun, and his mother brags that he has a Michelin star now, does advertisements, and even gives lectures.

Jung-sun’s dad says that his daughter loves Jung-sun and keeps up with his news, and that she told him everything. Jung-sun’s mom chides him for being distant with his son, then offers him tea. He asks why she’s being nice and she says that he looks old, which makes her feel better, ha.

Everyone sits down at Good Soup to celebrate the success of their dramas, and Jung-woo announces that both shows have been invited to the Asian Drama Awards. Jung-sun joins them after the food is served, grinning at Hyun-soo.

They make googly eyes at each other, so Jung-woo ask if they fought, joking that they’re acting close in front of others to cover up a fight. They deny it, and when Hong-ah teases them, Hyun-soo shuts her up by threatening to tell everyone what happened in the restroom, heh.

After dinner, Jung-sun talks Hyun-soo into letting him walk her home instead of taking her car, since they haven’t seen each other in a week. She complains the whole way about the cold, making Jung-sun joke that she’s getting old since she didn’t complain last year.

Hyun-soo glares at him and reminds him that they weren’t together last winter, demanding to know what girl he was with and how he could get them confused. Jung-sun laughs, amused at her jealousy.

At her apartment, Hyun-soo goes in first, then immediately runs back outside giggling. Jung-sun asks what she saw, and she just laughs, “Something good!” She leads him away, and we cut to Kyung and Joon-ha inside, both looking shocked and sporting matching cappuccino foam mustaches. HA, only Kyung’s drink has foam.

Joon-ha recovers first and gives Kyung a kiss on the cheek. She hides her face in her mug, getting even more foam on her lips, which Joon-ha tries to kiss away again. So cute.

Hong-ah lingers at Good Soup, and she finds Won-joon alone in the dining room. He asks what she’s doing and she says she’s staring at him from afar, since he probably doesn’t want her coming any closer. Won-joon stands frozen for a long moment, then says softly, “You can come closer.”

Hong-ah takes a couple of tentative steps towards him, and he asks how she’s been. She says she hasn’t been well because he wasn’t there, starting to tear up. In a wobbly voice, she says that she can’t forget him, but that he shouldn’t feel pressured and should do what he wants.

So Won-joon does exactly that—he swoops in for a kiss. They’re still kissing when Hyun-soo and Jung-sun return, and when they see what’s happening, they both grin and silently slink upstairs.

Up in Jung-sun’s apartment, Hyun-soo wonders what’s going on tonight, and Jung-sun announces that whatever it is, they should do it too, hee. Hyun-soo dodges his kiss, so he chases her across the room. So cute.

Later, Hyun-soo complains that she can’t go home because Joon-ha is probably still there. Jung-sun invites her to sleep at his place, then he suggests that they move in together since it would save time instead of having to go back and forth. Hyun-soo gives him the stink-eye, asking if that’s his only reason. He glares playfully and asks if she really thinks that, and she admits that she just wanted to hear him say it.

He points out that they rarely saw each other when she was working on her drama, and she’s beginning the next one right away. Hyun-soo says she doesn’t want a wedding, suggesting that they just invite their families to a dinner instead. Jung-sun agrees to do whatever she wants, since all he cares about is getting to live with her.

The next morning, Hyun-soo arrives at Jung-woo’s office building and sees him waiting for the elevator. He crankily tells her to take the next one and hits the “close door” button, and Hyun-soo asks if he really wants to do that considering what their meeting is about.

Jung-woo quickly stops the doors and begs her to get in, hee. She sulks on the ride up and says she’s not signing the renewal contract. Jung-woo actually aegyos at her, then he asks if she’s gotten a better offer, and she snaps that she’s gotten better offers in the past, too.

She’s really got him worried by the time they get to his office, since all she’ll promise is that she’ll look over the contract. Jung-woo asks if he did something wrong, and Hyun-soo says that she’s just wondering if it’s smart to only work with one company.

On her way out, she runs into Hong-ah, who’s also here to sign a renewal contract. Hong-ah tells Hyun-soo that she’s planning to sign as long as the conditions are good. Hyun-soo can’t stop herself from smirking, and she says with utter gravitas, “I know what you did last night.” LOL!

She heads to her parents’ house to find her father unpacking some old stray boxes. They give Hyun-soo a package that was with her sister’s belongings before she got married, and she sees that it was sent to her from Jung-sun years ago, just after he got to Paris.

She opens it at home, and finds a card from Jung-sun congratulating her on winning the writing contest. Inside the package is a beautiful music box, with a tiny man and woman dancing in a park. It reminds Hyun-soo of the night she’d cried that she wanted to win a writing contest and dance in Yeouido Park, so Jung-sun had taken her there and urged her to dance for practice.

 
EPISODE 40 RECAP

Jung-woo attempts to get Jung-sun to convince Hyun-soo to sign the contract with him, but Jung-sun refuses to pressure her. Jung-woo sighs that Jung-sun would feel differently if he knew everything he’s done for him.

Jung-sun says that he knows Jung-woo took care of the blogger, as well as most of the things Jung-woo thinks he’s doing behind his back. He says he’ll do anything for Jung-woo that involves himself, and Jung-woo tells him to remember that he said anything.

Hyun-soo arrives, and Jung-woo rolls his eyes and complains peevishly that he doesn’t want to see her. He snaps at her to do whatever she wants about the contract, and she teases that it’s too bad he just made her change her mind because she was going to sign with him. Aww, they’re so cute when they’re childish.

Won-joon calls Hong-ah as she’s getting ready for a date with him, to tell her that he has to go grocery shopping for Jung-sun. He braces himself for her tantrum, but instead she offers to go with him. They’re adorably shy as he gets in her car, and she even tries to buckle his seatbelt for him.

Exhausted, Won-joon nods off on the drive to the store, so Hong-ah turns the radio up in an attempt to wake him. When he does, she snarls at him for falling asleep, and he pouts that he’s tired since they have so many customers these days. Hong-ah nearly falls back into her old self-centered ways, but she stops herself, turns the music down, and urges Won-joon to rest while she drives. He smiles and calls her cute.

Hyun-soo’s parents invite Jung-sun and Hyun-soo for dinner, and Jung-sun wonders if they should tell them they’re getting married. Hyun-soo says they’ll just want to make things all formal, and she convinces him that it will be better not to tell them ahead of time.

She asks about his parents, and he says that his mother won’t really care. But he’s concerned about his father, so Hyun-soo suggests that they go see him before the big day. Jung-sun is hesitant, but he agrees that it needs to be done.

Before dinner with Hyun-soo’s parents, Jung-sun admits that he’s nervous, but Hyun-soo reassures him that she’s right by his side. Her mother is anxious about cooking for a chef, but Jung-sun says exactly the right thing—that what matters is the care she put into the meal. Then Hyun-soo accidentally outs her mother for buying one of the side dishes, heh.

Hyun-soo’s mother says they should do this often in the future, and Jung-sun cautiously tells them that he’s planning a future with Hyun-soo. Her parents smile at that, and Dad jokes that they shouldn’t wait too long since it’s great to live together when you’re young, making Jung-sun blush.

Jung-sun’s mother quickly becomes popular in the neighborhood, and all the male shop owners come out to see her arrive at work in the mornings. One day, Daniel walks into her store, apologizing and saying that he’s missed her.

She says she’s missed him too, then looks him in the eye and says, “Daniel. Get lost.” He’s shocked, since she just said she missed him, and she confirms that she hoped she’d see him again—but only so that she could be the one who dumps him. Go Mom!

Jung-sun and Hyun-soo go to see his father, and Hyun-soo gives him a bluetooth speaker so he can listen to music while he’s working, which he loves. Hyun-soo carries the conversation with Jung-sun’s father, charming him by asking him questions about himself. When he has to leave, he just looks at Jung-sun, who’s been too nervous to talk.

In the car, Jung-sun tells Hyun-soo that that’s the most he’s ever seen his father talk about himself. She says that when she interviews people, she’s surprised at how many want to talk about themselves. She thinks that they don’t usually do so because they want to be asked, and Jung-sun guesses that they’re afraid that people won’t like them.

They have one person left to visit—Jung-woo. Jung-sun goes to see him alone, bringing the ingredients for a fancy pasta dinner. While they’re cooking, Jung-sun asks Jung-woo to make some time next Tuesday, because everyone is coming to Good Soup for lunch.

Jung-woo jokes, “Why, are you getting married?” Jung-sun says, “Bingo,” and Jung-woo only pauses for a second before turning to look at him. His face softens, and he tells Jung-sun that he’s done well.

On the day of the lunch, Jung-sun directs the kitchen staff on what to do, then he and Hyun-soo go to greet their guests. Everyone is surprised to find a small stage set up at one end of the dining room, and awww, Jung-woo is asked to sit with their parents. Jung-sun’s father also comes, and he even brings his wife and Jung-sun’s two half-sisters.

Outside, Kyung and Joon-ha pause before going inside, because Kyung is worried that Hyun-soo will misunderstand if they arrive together. Joon-ha doesn’t see the problem since they aren’t dating, but Kyung looks at him like he’s nuts and says she’d be crazy to be like this with him if they weren’t dating. She grabs his hand boldly and he’s shocked as he asks if this is okay, and Kyung makes him smile by saying that he’s had it rough because of her.

Everyone enjoys their meal, but they can tell that something is up. Soon Jung-sun and Hyun-soo step up to the stage to address their guests. Hyun-soo says, “Today, Jung-sun and I will promise to walk our lives together.”

Everyone stares, and it slowly dawns on them that this is a wedding. Hyun-soo’s dad starts to clap, and soon the entire dining room erupts in applause (all but their moms, who are adorably huffy). As scenes from their relationship flash across the screen, Hyun-soo says in voiceover:

Hyun-soo: “Jung-sun and I have recorded the history of our love for the past six years. We made mistakes, and through those mistakes, we drifted apart and became close again. The woman who thought love was a choice, and the man who thought love was Fate, decided to live together.

Now I believe in Fate, but we have to keep making choices within that Fate. Our love is destined, but breaking up is our choice and our responsibility. The history of our love will continue to be written.”

 
COMMENTS

I actually really love the ending thoughts, that love isn’t Fate or choice, but a combination of both. I like it so much that I wish it had been a more obvious theme throughout the drama, because I think that the differences between Fate and choice would have been interesting to explore more openly. As it was, the themes were there but never specifically addressed, and I think that was a sadly missed opportunity.

All of our couples found themselves faced with Fate and choice, and I thought it was interesting how each of them handled their situations so differently. Jung-sun and Hyun-soo met by Fate, but they also made choices, some good and some bad, and now they’ve committed to choosing each other every day for the rest of their lives. Won-joon broke his Fate of loving Hong-ah when it hurt too much to continue, then when he saw that she truly cared for him, he made the choice to love her again. Jung-woo chose to stop loving Hyun-soo when that love became impossible, and he also chose to continue loving Jung-sun despite everything that happened between them.

In a strange way, it’s like this whole drama was about how to be in a relationship with someone that doesn’t suit you at all. Everyone was just wildly mismatched, so it’s good that they learned to overcome those differences and choose each other anyway. There’s nothing wrong with opposites attracting—my only complaint is how badly most of the couples treated each other right up until the end. I just wish we’d seen some change in everyone sooner, as there was certainly enough time to show them coming to realize that the heart wants what the heart wants, and that if we want to be with someone badly enough, we have to just make the choice to make it work.

It fits well with the joke that the ring Hyun-soo got for Jung-sun didn’t fit, because she sized it for herself and not for him. That could have been seen as a sign that they weren’t meant for each other, but instead it became a symbol of their choice to love each other despite their differences and to make it work. The ring didn’t fit Jung-sun’s finger, so just like he accepted Hyun-soo as she is, he chose to accept the ring as it is and simply wear it in a different way. I do like this theme, that it’s better to accept people and love them as they are rather than try to make them fit your idea of how they should be. I just wish, as I’ve said, that it had been explored more openly instead of thrown in at the very end of the show.

Recapping Temperature of Love was a learning experience for me, because I had very high hopes going in, and at first, it really lived up to my expectations. I still feel as though the production quality stayed high, as did the actors’ performances, and in that sense I enjoyed the drama as a whole. But it’s also a good example of why I believe that romances really don’t need to be more than 16 episodes (or 32 half-hour ones), because while all dramas go through a bit of a slump as they hit that last third of the story, when that last third consists of 5-6 episodes, it can reeeeally drag. When all there is to your story is the romance and the relationships, trying to fill so many hours only results in a lot of unnecessary manufactured angst, leading your characters to act in incomprehensible ways. Fewer episodes means a tighter story, and I would always rather see a good strong story with fewer episodes, than more episodes with very little substance to fill them.

 
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Hi @Lollypip! I so agree with you on length. I'd liked it shorter though, those 12 episodes of Go Back Spouses feels strong without too much unnecessary filler.

I really like Temperature of love in the beginning so when it slows down, it really disappoint me. I love the casting so much. Seo Hyun Jin is a winner and those starry Kim Jae Wook eyes just WHOA...

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I do agree of what you have written Lollypop...especially on the length of the drama that it should be 16 instead of 20 so that it can remove the unnecessary angst that make viewers turned away.

Anyway, even though I was really upset in the few of the episodes I stayed nonetheless. I got hooked now I am glad that I actually following it through to the end. Now I am beginning to miss the drama and the OTP.

But in future in don't think I will follow this writer with twenty words episodes, probably will think about it if lesser episodes and with my actors bias.

Gonna miss the OTP so much.

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Typo ..twenty episodes#

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Hey beanies! It was one heck of a bumpy ride, but we've made it to the end! Congrats! 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊

Thank you @lollypip for all the recaps. I can only imagine how tough it might have been for you to put out some of these recaps but you kept on trucking in a very timely manner. I completely agree with you on the episode count of this drama, the theme of fate and choice and the less than obvious way the drama treated those themes. I would say though that if you go back to some of the very first episodes, a lot of it is forebodes the angst that was to come and gave insight into the less than pleasant aspects of these character's personalities and their shortcomings. The only issue with this is that while no one is perfect, so many characters come out unlikeable in one way or another.

For this episode, here are some of the thing I loved and disliked:

Loved:
- Jung-sun's mom kicking Daniel to the curb.
- The non-traditional wedding.
- The cute scenes with our OTP.
- The fact that Jung-sun's ring didn't fit and he didn't try to resize it.
- Jung-sun telling his father that he's getting married.

Disliked:
- I really didn't like that Jung-sun and Jung-woo patched things up so easily. Jung-woo's actions were egregious and harmful. St. Jung-sun, what the heck!?
- Yup, Hong-ah got together with Won-joon in the end. Great.
- If I were pursuing Kang, I would have given up a long time ago.

All in all, I'm still very fond of this drama. I think the last two episodes were pleasant enough to leave me with some good memories as opposed to just the train wreck parts in the middle. For better or worse this has been one of the few dramas where I wasn't able to predict at least 80% of what was going to happen. I loved how much of an unconventional character Jung-sun was. I loved that this show gave me copious food porn scenes. I loved how much care it seemed Yang Se-Jong took with his scenes. I loved that in the end our OTP didn't care about what other people thought and did things their own way.

The problems with this drama stem from the fact that it tried to tackle too many not so popular issues at the same time. Everyone is deserving of love, sure, but when you have character like Hong-ah and Jung-woo who seem irredeemable by their actions, it just baffles the mind how unscathed they leave the show. I think the casting of Jung-woo was a bit unfortunate as well given Kim Jae-wook's popularity. I mean, it really should not have been a problem in my opinion, but hey, the fans are the ones who watch, right?

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I loved this drama before it started to get dragged and made people lost interest. I love the concept of the romance, the atmosphere, and it is also well acted but let's be honest, without these main casts or the main casts aren't my fav, I won't even check this drama I think. This kind of drama would've been better with much lesser epi, such as 12 epi or even 10 epi. I have rated this drama with 5/10 - I think this drama could do more with its plot. I just can't think any reason why it is necessary for 20/40 epi, seems like this writer never learnt from her past.

Anyway good job @lollypip for recapping this show. It wasn't all bad, but it's quite a disappoinment because this show would've been a good drama with refreshing romance concept if this writer knew how to develop stories and characters.

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For a show that's supposed to be about love, most of the side characters had a kissing scene on the final episode except for the main couple, pffft. I know that love isn't all about kisses but it is an affirmation of that feeling for your special someone. But then again, I no longer felt the spark between the characters so that would've resulted to awkward kissing onscreen.

Anyway, thank you so much for all that you do LollyPip!

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they drank an insane lot of tea, coffee and whatever hot beverages JS always brewed though. even that bed scene could be little more spiced up, considering their 20s = > 30s version kitchen kiss.

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Yay we got our promised happy ending. Despite having wrapped up everything in a bow, it is seemingly too convenient to have basically everyone solved their issue and having success such as the life of jung-sun’s mom. Her deep rooted issue should not be so easily resolved just with hyun-soo’s advice and suggestion since it was there for years . I appreciated temperature of love for its conventional turns of events and realistic portrayals of people, so the ending kinda disappointed me as my expectations are higher. It is filled with fluff for all couples with everyone seemed to have magically found success in both romance and professional life all at the same time, which in a way lacked the realism that was portrayed in earlier episodes.

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For a show that started out strong with refreshing approach on plot developments, it has unfortunately transition into another formulaic ending¡: the wedding ending. Having seen so many dramas in my life, I don't like it because it is not a sealed ending on relationships, more challenges and more difficulties are expected with the new chapter in life.

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Dear jung-woo , just so you know , I would marry you anywhere anytime even right now no questions asked ....
your marriage proposal , the first one was perfect for me ... am the person that would have a panic attack if it were all romantic and will 99% say no ...

I will even sign a prenupe that has a clause stating some calamity shall befall be if I ever break your heart ....

Just putting this out there since you the only one ALONE ( don't get me wrong am happy those two love you a lot , but still ) ...

"Jung-sun says that he knows Jung-woo took care of the blogger, as well as most of the things Jung-woo thinks he’s doing behind his back. He says he’ll do anything for Jung-woo that involves himself, and Jung-woo tells him
to remember that he said anything."

I wish I had someone in my life that would do this for me , all the a*s kissing and problem solving I really need to get by and be very very successful ... And am glad everyone realised how much he did ...

Just one last thing the flirrting that wasn't really flirting inside our bromance ... I don't know how it affected most but I watched this after watching antique , so everything had double meaning to me , it will take a while to get over that movie and my love for jae wook in it ...

Last but not least I followed this because of duel , clone number two was suppose to be happy , and I needed one with a happy ending... And the actor was good ....

Am happy jongah ended up happy ... Unlike most people I always end up loving my second female leads ... Because of how they are portrayed in majority of indian , c and k dramas I have made it a point to if not like them at the very least understand them and remember that writers can't come up with better ideas or just think only the second lead guys get to be likable ....

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I honestly hate the kind of end where everybody loves everybody, everybody is kind and beautiful... I have the impression that the writer think that I'm stupid and I will just forget all what happens in the story. I loved the main couple but I really dislikes the side stories : -
- Hong-A and Won Joon : I'm speechless...
- Hwangbo and Joon Ha : it was cute at the beginning but after... If the roles were reverse, everybody would say the guy was a jerk :p
- Jung Woo : it was all about money and power with him. Nobody has a simple relationship with him.
-The parents : I didn't understand them...

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I had high hopes for this drama too, but ended up dropping it around episode 20.

Thank you for recapping it. I was curious to see how it ended and I'm glad i dropped when I did.

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THANKS Lollypip for all the recaps! :)

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This drama!!!!! I'm glad I watched it because I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

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Now wanting a really good drama for Seo Hyun-jin, Kim Jae-wook and Yang Se-jong. It should have been a great drama but at least the last hours were okay and the characters changed. Thanks @lollypip for the very timely recap! It was sure a tough journey. Kudos! 😊❤

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Thank you so much, LollyPip, for your thoughtful and insightful recaps and commentaries on TEMPERATURE OF LOVE. I appreciate your care and dedication to seeing the drama through to the finish line. There were times when it was trying for me to keep watching the show, but for you, recapping it must have been akin to running a marathon in lead boots. Reading your recaps definitely enhanced my viewing experience, and often corroborated my own reactions to the drama. I look forward to your future recapping projects. Again, my warmest heartfelt thanks. ;-)

Adding to my enjoyment was the good company of fellow Beanies. Many thanks to all hands for contributing to the earnest and avid discussions that are my main reason for live-watching. ;-)

There are many things that I liked about TEMPERATURE OF LOVE. Like Fox Mulder, I wanted so badly to believe that the show that started out so well would continue to deliver right up to the end. After investing so many hours in it, I feel let down by plot points and characters that promised more than Writer-nim delivered. I feel bad for the cast and crew whose valiant efforts were squandered.

I'll try to refrain from beating a dead horse. See my belated comments on the previous recap. Correction: Hyun-soo hornswoggled Sung-jun into taking time out from running his busy restaurant to traipse around doing florist market research with his mother. What was so urgent? She could have done her own Mother Theresa act after her drama was finished. Grrr.

In a nutshell, TEMPERATURE OF LOVE turned out to be as much a bait-and-switch as Jung-sun's Narcissistic Mom was a 24-karat case of mutton masquerading as lamb. It is a melodrama that passed itself off as a rom-com, and did so in a bipolar fashion. It went from being a story of burgeoning unrequited young love at the start to a misleading piping-hot romance, only to devolve into a disappointingly tepid resolution. By the time it was over, TEMPERATURE OF LOVE was stone cold, and never honestly or organically rekindled the warmth the main characters had started out with for each other, or that I had for the show itself. I'm truly sad to say that. Call me a cockeyed romantic optimist who has been jilted.

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On the other hand, if I had heeded the misgivings voiced by many Beanies over the writer's track record when this show was first announced, I would have missed another nuanced and impressive performance by rookie Yang Se-jong. His chemistry with the entire cast, as well as ever-reliable leading lady Seo Hyun-jin, was excellent. I would also have missed out on some of the most incendiary on-screen kisses of the year. It is hard to believe that YSJ's second drama, ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM, only aired a year ago. (He had earlier filmed the pre-produced SAIMDANG, LIGHT'S DIARY, in which he likewise shone.) While this role established his credentials as a viable romantic lead, I have to rate his quadruple role in DUEL more highly as a tour de force of nuanced emotional expression. When I consider that he was 23 when he filmed it, I can only say that Yang Se-jong is one young actor to keep your eye on. This man is going places, and has already turned in a compelling antiheroic performance at an age when many other actors are still playing high school students.

Like LollyPip, my anticipation for TEMPERATURE OF LOVE had been enthusiastic, especially given the main cast. Seo Hyun-jin, Kim Jae-wook, and Yang Se-jong were the big draws for me. As expected, they delivered the goods even as the writing for the first two's characters reduced them to incomprehensible cyphers who did unforgivable things and then too-quickly magically reconciled with their mutual “friend.” Boo! Hiss!

I had truly been hoping to see Kim Jae-wook play a lighthearted lady-killer, not a smoldering romantic variation on his sociopathic serial killer in VOICE. I've known darned well he has the chops to pull it off ever since watching his turn as the captivating Gay of Demonic Charm in the film ANTIQUE. I loved his enigmatic waffelmeister in COFFEE PRINCE, and wanted to see him go for broke and pull out all the stops on aegyo overload. Instead he was relegated to Tsundere Hell, and I feel ripped off. What a waste of a gorgeously hunktastic talent.

I can only hope that the Drama Gods see fit to get their fannies in gear and bestow a satisfying romantic lead role on Kim Jae-wook in his next outing as they at long last did for Kim Ji-suk in 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL following his excellent and sympathetically-nuanced performance as Yeonsangun in REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE earlier this year. I would love to see KJW in another ancient sageuk, as it has been a long spell since his turn in KINGDOM OF THE WINDS. He is now certifiable princely material. But before that, let him finally get the girl after kissing her face off in a really good short-but-sweet modern rom-com. Capisce?

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Seo Hyun-jin's eponymous role in 2016's OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN was a far more believable character than Hyun-soo, despite the show itself having a strong fantasy element. Plain Hae-young was a bundle of embarrassing complexes that made her downright frustrating to watch for a good part of the show. SHJ carried it off with aplomb. The big difference between plain Oh Hae-young and Hyun-soo is that the writer devised a believable developmental arc for Hae-young, who had committed herself to loving without restraint, and stuck to her guns even when the object of her affection was a man beset with his own toxic family history and personality flaws. Watching the two of them slug it out with their own inner demons, each other, and various other characters made for a compelling story replete with challenging Mugyo metaphysics as well as psychology. SHJ's chemistry with Eric as tsundere Park Do-kyung was likewise off the charts. Do-kyung had to hold his own against a gold-digging mother, similar to chef Jung-sun's, whose financial shenanigans undermined his professional life.

Given OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN as a yardstick against which to judge, TEMPERATURE OF LOVE's female leads and their arcs come up short. In contrast to Hae-young, Hyun-soo came across as a petulant and immature child who did not know what she wanted. Screechy Hong-ah was more of the same. We never saw Hyun-soo do much of anything to examine the true source of her self-inflicted misery. All we got was a flimsy eleventh-hour admission to Jung-sun that she had been in love with being in love. That self-diagnostic non-apology may have been hunky dory with him, but it did not cut the mustard with me.

How much of Jung-sun's apparently unconditional acceptance of Hyun-soo's behavior was motivated by his mature True Love versus an unspoken Fear Of Abandonment? He had wrestled with Hyun-soo's thoughtless rejection for five years, worked up the courage to approach her once more, and allowed himself to trust her again. When Hyun-soo shot him down a second time after he asked her to accompany him to Hong Kong, I felt like hollering at Jung-sun, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

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Hyun-soo's channeling of her prejudiced mom had already put me off so much that I did not want them to reconcile this time. She did not have her own head together, and did not know what she wanted. In my book, it would have been healthier for Jung-sun to call it quits after being kicked to the curb twice. It might have prompted Hyun-soo to cart her butt into therapy to honestly examine and confront the roots of her ennui. As it was, he had jumped through hoops for years in a futile attempt to read her mind -- and she took him for granted again. Jung-sun deserved a lot better, but settled for less. Grrr.

The revelation of Hyun-soo's 2015 trip to Paris felt tacked-on. Ditto that lost package from Jung-sun containing the dancing-couple music box that languished in her sister's stuff for years.

When the three-month Patented Kdrama Mandatory Final Episode Time Jump(TM) occurred, I groaned.

I had looked forward to Sim Hee-seop's next project after he caught my eye in REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE. I would have liked to have seen more of his sous chef, especially in action with the kitchen crew. I really wanted to get a better handle on his developmental arc – or more accurately, his lack of it. Won-joon was a curiously inert character who seemed only to react to Hong-ah's stalking and maltreatment, and sommelier Soo-jung's antithetically level-headed approach to romance.

Alas, poor Won-joon seems to have been a plot device who benignly paralleled Jung-woo's devilish hyung figure, and served as Jung-sun's loyal and loving sounding board who was helplessly aware of his own romantic quirks but unable to change them. I could sort of understand his self-reproach over treating Hong-ah the way she treated him because Won-joon did not have a mean bone in his body. He rebuffed her out of exasperation long after everyone else had quit giving her the time of day.

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As I watched Won-joon slip over the event horizon of the walking black hole that is Hong-ah, I could not refrain from hollering. Suddenly I imagined that I could hear my fellow Beanies blowing their stacks in a wave that swept across the globe as the horrid reality dawned. For a second I felt like one of the aliens in MARS ATTACKS when “Indian Love Song” was broadcast. Luckily my cranium did not explode in an eruption of green goo. No way am I going to self-destruct over her totally unearned Weasel Out Of Your Richly-Deserved Rejection card.

Instead, I have a bone to pick with Writer-nim for concocting such a pointlessly irredeemable stock character plot device. Jo Bo-ah turned in a carbon copy of her earlier performance as the female lead's backstabbing, fiance-stealing frenemy in SWEET STRANGER AND ME. It's too bad that she seems to be typecast as a B***h On Wheels. She's convincing as all get out, and gives me agita every time she opens her mouth. Writer-nim could have lopped off several episodes' worth of unnecessary angst and plot contortions by surgically excising Her Whining Highness and every atom of her subplot. Sous chef Won-joon could then have cooked up a storm in peace and had a well-deserved romance with the sommelier instead.

Radically pruning the show back to 12-14 episodes by ridding it of other malformed subplots and misbegotten characters would have been a major improvement.

In the final analysis, I just couldn't buy Hyun-soo's magical maturation. That goes double for the redemptive arcs of Narcissistic Mom, Hong-ah, and Jung-woo. Hyun-soo's saintly intercession in miraculously healing the rift between Jung-sun and his father was likewise beyond the pale. I'm left feeling like I did at the end of SWEET STRANGER AND ME, another show with an admirable hero who overcomes a rough start in life. I ended up frustrated with an intransigent female lead, her scheming second frenemies, and a bunch of bonkers side characters.

Love doesn't conquer all, despite what so many dramas would have us believe. Sometimes the happiest ending is parting company -- to clear the deck for a truly apropos partner when they finally appear. The same holds true for Kdramas. *sob*

Thanks again for recapping, LollyPip! Ya done good, kiddo. ;-)

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How could I have forgotten to mention how much I've enjoyed both the OST and the background music in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE?! It was one of the best "ingredients" in this drama. The "recipe" may have flopped somewhat, but the music was consistently excellent.

I've posted links to it on my fan wall. Enjoy! ;-)

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I want On Jung Sun for hundreds eps... But, I don't want his mother T_T
My heart was broken since ep 4

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I don't even know what to say about this drama... I finished it a few days ago, but the finale didn't leave a strong impression on me. It didn't compel me to write my final thoughts. Maybe the story was not memorable or satisfying overall.

The witty banter between the leads in the beginning was fun to see, but the plot went downhill as the show went on. Seo Hyun Jin and Yang Se Jong were the reason I got interested in this drama and they were the reason I stuck with it.

I agree with LollyPip about the long, draggy episode count. Wish the length had been shorter.

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I looove this drama just because of the "reality" vibes. Yeah, it's ridiculous, some episodes are the same almost, with no action at all. But I feel like "I know this thing!" about their relationship.

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I finally finished this series. My record for kdramas of start a series/finish a series remains in tact. This series in my opinion should have been a 16/32 episode series not 20/40. During the final episode clips from early in the series were shown and I kept thinking yes, what happened? That being said I enjoyed the performances of our lead couple. Yang Se-jong has had a terrific year but his performance in Duel was outstanding.

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Very flat and boring.

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