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Woohoo Waikiki: Episode 14

Every success comes with its share of setbacks, though it feels like the Waikiki crew gets more setbacks than successes. But at least they keep trying, never giving up on their dreams. You have to admire their commitment to do whatever it takes to get what they want, whether it’s personal or professional.

 
EPISODE 14: “The morning dew in Columbia/No matter how much I think about it”

Joon-ki shoots a tense scene for his drama with his costar, Jae-hyun (cameo by Song Jae-hee) that culminates in Joon-ki throwing a hard punch. Once it’s over, Joon-ki apologizes for being overly enthusiastic, but Jae-hyun reassures him that it’s fine.

Someone brings Joon-ki his phone, which has been ringing nonstop. Stunned, Joon-ki tells Jae-hyun that he just got his first offer to film a commercial, and not only that, but it’s for a coffee brand. Jae-hyun marvels that even he hasn’t gotten a coffee CF yet.

Later, Joon-ki makes the whole house watch the punch scene multiple times until even Seo-jin is nodding off. Dong-gu asks why anyone would give Joon-ki a coffee CF, which are usually the domain of top stars, and when Joon-ki starts to re-enact his punch scene, Dong-gu points his cane in his face and stops him in his tracks.

Soo-ah asks for borrow Joon-ki’s car, Rebecca, to practice her driving. Joon-ki agrees, since Rebecca is so sturdy, though he tells Soo-ah not to open the right-side window, remembering Seo-jin’s arm getting stuck and slapping someone in the face. Joon-ki asks who will teach her, and she voluntells Doo-shik for the job. She drags him out without even giving him time to put on socks (even high-fiving his foot, ha).

Once they’re in the car, Soo-ah slips on some lacy gloves as she explains that she hasn’t driven since getting her driver’s license eight years ago. She asks Doo-shik which pedal is the brake, and he tries the broken seat belt.

Panicking, he can’t even get out of the car because of the broken door, so he crawls out through the back seat. He makes some signs for the back window warning other drivers: “Can’t tell brake from accelerator,” “Beginner driver, future murderer,” ha.

Someone grabs Seo-jin on her way home from work, and she beats the tar out of him until he shows her he’s Joon-ki. He’s still terrified that Dong-gu will find out about their relationship, but he cheers up as he tells Seo-jin how proud his dad is that he’s doing a coffee CF. They hide again when they spot Dong-gu searching for Seo-jin, determined to catch her dating Joon-ki.

As she’s driving, Soo-ah uses both hands to rummage through her purse, causing Doo-shik to lunge over and grab the wheel. She puts on her sunglasses and primps, as Doo-shik yells at her to pay attention to her driving.

Meanwhile, Sol watches Dong-gu hollowing out several huge leaves of bread for the spy hero of his movie to hide his weapon inside. Yoon-ah wants to practice at Hyun-joon’s bakery again, so he thinks of some repair projects that need doing, but she’s already fixed everything. She leaves, and Dong-gu tells Sol that her mommy can even weld now, hee.

Joon-ki gets some bad news — the advertisers decided to also consider Jae-hyun for their CF because of Jae-hyun’s famous smile, a “smile as fresh as morning dew.” Jae-hyun claims to feel bad about possibly taking away Joon-ki’s first commercial, but he starts flashing that smile at the advertisers even when he hurts himself.

Guessing that Jae-hyun is showing off, Joon-ki pretends to get a call saying that Dong-gu is in the hospital, just so he can beam a smile of his own through his supposed pain. Jae-hyun looks alarmed, so he emphasizes words with the “ee” sound so he can smile, and Joon-ki follows suit.

Doo-shik is a nervous wreck with Soo-ah behind the wheel, yelling at her for fixing her makeup and ordering her to slow down. The brake pedal actually falls off while they’re on a hill, as does the hand brake, and unfortunately Doo-shik can’t call for help because he left his phone on top of the car.

He sticks his arm up through Rebecca’s cracked window to reach for his phone, but it closes on his arm the same way it did to Seo-jin. He tells Soo-ah to aim into a construction site and has her drive in circles, hoping to stop the car’s forward momentum.

At lunch with the advertisers, Joon-ki and Jae-hyun continue to compete for reasons to smile. Jae-hyun asks about the commercial’s concept, and he’s told that in addition to their smile, they should have a facial expression “as rich as a rainbow.” What does that even mean?

Whatever it means, Jae-hyun gives it his best shot, though he ends up looking a bit demented. Joon-ki tries to keep up, eating spicy peppers and drinking his soup to encourage his own expressions.

While circling the construction site aimlessly, Soo-ah starts to realize that she needs to fart. When it happens, she honks Rebecca’s horn to mask the noise, but there’s nothing she can do to keep Doo-shik from smelling it. She’s forced to admit it, but she lectures him that he’s supposed to pretend not to know when a lady farts.

She snaps that this is why he’s never dated, and he objects to her making fun of him. They continue to drive Rebecca in circles, bickering loudly and occasionally honking the horn.

Joon-ki and Jae-hyun are told that the advertisers will also choose between them based on their voice, which should be “like coffee powder melting in hot water.” Jae-hyun orders more soup, making his voice sound dramatic and smooth. Feeling threatened, Joon-ki fakes another phone call and breaks into song, explaining that his friend Dong-gu is having surgery and wanted to hear him sing. HA, actual Dong-gu would probably hit him.

In the circling car, Doo-shik is now also having stomach issues, and they both start to wonder if there was something wrong with the pizza they eat earlier. Soo-ah keeps honking the horn to hide her farts, and eventually Doo-shik blows up at her, yelling that he’s about to have an accident.

As Yoon-ah practices her baking skills, she notices that Hyun-joon looks happiest when he bakes. He says that he always wanted to be a pastry chef, but Yoon-ah admits that she had a different dream, that she had to give up.

She tells him that she wanted to be a rapper, but that people don’t get her swag. She performs an impromptu rap about Hyun-joon’s dream to be a pastry chef, and the look on his face is every bit as hysterical as you can imagine.

While Joon-ki and Jae-hyun wait for the advertisers to make a decision between them, Jae-hyun fake-grumbles that he has no intention of taking a coffee CF so they’re wasting his time. Joon-ki steps out to take a call from his father, and he accidentally overhears the female advertiser on the phone, offering to cast Jae-hyun in return for a designer handbag.

Soo-ah’s stomach situation grows desperate, so she asks Doo-shik to hold the wheel and threatens to jump out of the car. As he’s begging her not to do it, Rebecca runs out of gas and sputters to a stop. They wail and hug each other in relief, then break apart again when their stomachs rumble ominously.

Luckily there are some baby wipes in the glove compartment, but when they realize there’s only one left, the air grows tense again. Doo-shik refuses to hand it over, calling it the “last bastion of my humanity.” Soo-ah breathes that she understands and will try to get through this somehow.

Realizing that he’s stuck anyway, Doo-shik holds out the wipe with a shaking hand. The theme song from Titanic swells in the background as he tells her dramatically that it’s too late for him, as his hand flutters weakly in the air. She asks him for one last favor, which he performs under protest — honking the horn to a cover the unladylike noises she’s making in the weeds.

Dong-gu waits nervously for Yoon-ah to return from the bakery, and he glowers when Hyun-joon accompanies her into the house. Hyun-joon watches as Dong-gu chastises Yoon-ah for neglecting her duties and sends her to clean the kitchen, then it’s Dong-gu’s turn to gape when Hyun-joon gives Yoon-ah a mini oven in return for her rap.

After she leaves, Dong-gu tells Hyun-joon that it impacts their business when Yoon-ah comes home late like this. Hyun-joon just chuckles that seeing Dong-gu so nervous makes him feel better. He leaves Dong-gu gnawing his fingernails, muttering that he’s not one single bit nervous.

When Joon-ki shuffles home, he forces a smile and tells Yoon-ah and Seo-jin that he failed to get the coffee CF, just like he always fails auditions. He tells them about the advertiser taking a bribe, mumbling that he should just accept his lack of money or connections (that he’s willing to exploit). He sighs that he’s fine, but he’s worried about disappointing his father.

When Doo-shik and Soo-ah arrive, they both look pale and sickly, and Doo-shik is wearing Soo-ah’s dress. He tells the others in a haunted voice not to ask them what happened. He promises Soo-ah he’ll return her dress tomorrow, but she says he can keep it, and he gives her a beatific smile. Doo-shik also tells Joon-ki that it would be best if he scrapped Rebecca, refusing to give a reason why. EWWW.

Joon-ki is still depressed when the coffee commercial is aired, but seeing it makes him feel a bit better. Jae-hyun’s smile is superimposed on coffee beans and coffee powder, which looks ridiculous, and Joon-ki grins at the fact that Jae-hyun went to such lengths and ended up looking stupid. He’s instantly back to his old self, to everyone’s relief.

In their room, Joon-ki finds Joon-ki holding a memorial service for his camera, Olivia, the one Joon-ki broke. Joon-ki calls Dong-gu crazy, but he offers to buy him a nicer camera when he gets paid.

Doo-shik shows Joon-ki an exciting game he invented — indoor skeleton, where they ride dollies down the hallway for the best time. Seo-jin kicks Joon-ki off his dolly, calling him childish, then reminds him that they’re meeting with her friends today.

Her friend Ji-young finds Joon-ki handsome and funny, and calls Seo-jin lucky to have found such a great boyfriend. Ji-young’s boyfriend is a potter, and he invites Joon-ki and Seo-jin to his studio sometime.

But Joon-ki goes a bit too far with his humor, embarrassing Seo-jin. She leaves the restaurant angry that he was being so silly in front of her friend, and she asks why he never acts like an adult. He says he’ll be careful, but she wants him to stop with all the silliness. Joon-ki looks unsure, but he promises.

When they get home, Doo-shik is ready for another indoor skeleton match, but Joon-ki tells him that he isn’t going to do things like that anymore. Poor Doo-shik is upset, but Seo-jin looks triumphant.

While Yoon-ah is making muffins at the bakery, Hyun-joon brings her her cut of the muffins’ earnings. She looks stunned, and she feels like she doesn’t deserve it, but she eventually takes the money.

Yoon-ah uses her first pay from her muffins to buy everyone a gift, but they’re all bizarre. Doo-shik’s is an elephant hat, Joon-ki’s is a dumb clown tie, Soo-ah gets a kiddie mirror, and Seo-jin gets a brush to apply shaving cream.

Yoon-ah also bought Dong-gu a sweater with a yellow chick on it, which he gives the hairy eyeball, but he perks up when she asks him to lunch tomorrow as thanks for everything he’s done for her. Eager to make her happy, he shows up wearing the chick shirt. To his horror, she’s invited Hyun-joon to join them, and he’s wearing an identical chick shirt, lol.

When they get to the restaurant, Dong-gu pulls Hyun-joon aside to tell him that they may be enemies, but they should play fair, like men. To accomplish that, they both sit across from Yoon-ah at the table so that neither of them gets the advantage of sitting beside her. She steps away to take a call, leaving them sitting together, drawing looks from other diners who obviously think they’re a couple in their matching shirts.

Seo-jin and Joon-ki visit Ji-young’s boyfriends pottery like they promised, and poor Joon-ki looks simply miserable. He can’t resist fooling around once, but Seo-jin swiftly orders him to be serious. Meanwhile, back home, Soo-ah offers to play indoor skeleton with Doo-shik, but she’s pathetically bad at it so he tells her that she doesn’t have the same sense of fun as Joon-ki.

After lunch, Yoon-ah notices a lot of people on bikes, so Hyun-joon offers to rent one but Dong-gu beats him to it. He rents one single bike and one tandem bike, and the guys argue over who gets to ride with Yoon-ah.

In the spirit of fair play, they’re forced to let Yoon-ah ride the single, leaving them sharing the tandem bike, again looking like an adorable couple. HA, Hyun-joon tries to hide his face in Dong-gu’s back, which only looks like they’re cuddling.

Poor Joon-ki is pretty deflated over tea with Seo-jin and her friends, but he can’t resist pretending that a pine from his tea is a tooth falling out. Ji-young and her boyfriend crack up at his dumb joke, but then Seo-jin asks him what’s wrong, and he realizes that he was just daydreaming. He just sits there with the nut in his hand, defeated.

Hyun-joon and Dong-gu snarl at each other under their breath over beers with Yoon-ah, each preferring that the other weren’t there. While she’s in the restroom, the owner of the bar announces a special couples’ event to celebrate the bar’s one-year anniversary, and Dong-gu’s eyes light up at the sight of the grand prize — a new DSLR camera.

Desperate to win that camera, Dong-gu fidgets when the owner invites couples up to compete and Yoon-ah hasn’t returned. Hyun-joon says it would be cheating for Dong-gu to pretend to be a couple with Yoon-ah, so, realizing that they look like a couple anyway in their shirts, Dong-gu begs Hyun-joon to be his partner.

Hyun-joon resists, until Dong-gu offers to trade Hyun-joon the advantage with Yoon-ah — getting to sit beside her and riding the bike with her — for his cooperation, but only if they win. The competition involves Hyun-joon standing on Dong-gu’s knees, while Dong-gu has to balance both of them. Yoon-ah returns to see them roaring encouragement to each other, suddenly working as a team.

When they get home, Seo-jin wants to share some ramyun, but Joon-ki says he’s not hungry in a dead voice. He shows some life when Doo-shik waves the helmet and dolly at him, then he remembers his promise to Seo-jin and slumps off to his room. He and Doo-shik think about how much fun they have together, and they both cry, missing their friend.

Hyun-joon piggybacks an exhausted Dong-gu home like a toddler after a day at the amusement park, and yay, Dong-gu won the camera! Hyun-joon carries Dong-gu to bed, and when Dong-gu slurs sleepily for him to leave, Hyun-joon reminds him that he helped him win that camera.

He says Dong-gu should be thanking him, but Dong-gu retorts that Hyun-joon ruined his first date with Yoon-ah. Hyun-joon gasps that he feels the same way.

When Yoon-ah and Seo-jin come in to bring them some water, they find the guys fast asleep in a tangled heap like a basket full of puppies. Seo-jin grumbles that they look like newlyweds, but Yoon-ah just smiles.

Dong-gu and Hyun-joon are still asleep when Soo-ah says at breakfast that they’ll never become friends. Yoon-ah asks why, but Soo-ah doesn’t explain. Joon-ki comes in looking like he hasn’t slept a wink, and when he tries to talk to Doo-shik, Doo-shik walks away angrily. Joon-ki says he’s fine, then he clutches his chest and collapses on the table.

Seo-jin takes him to the hospital, where tests show that he’s very sick, but the doctor can’t figure out what’s causing it. He asks if Joon-ki suffered a bad shock lately, so she tells him about how Joon-ki got quiet after being told not to joke around. The doctor says that being able to joke must be critical to Joon-ki’s life.

Seo-jin goes back to Joon-ki and tells him that he may die, but that he’ll get better if he jokes around more. She admits that he’s sick because she wouldn’t allow him to be silly, so she gives him permission to play as much as he wants. He says there’s something he’s always wanted to try, and he grabs a nearby mirror to horse around with his reflection.

Doo-shik is also depressed and refusing to eat, but he tells Soo-ah that he doesn’t know what’s wrong. Joon-ki runs to him, wearing his skeleton helmet and begging Doo-shik’s forgiveness. They share a dramatic bromance reunion, then they run off to play an even better game — indoor skeleton bowling.

Seo-jin and Soo-ah watch the two goofs, back to their old selves and behaving like four-year-olds. They don’t understand the guys, but they figure they may as well give up trying.

COMMENTS

Awww, I hate when Joon-ki is sad, and we had to see it twice in one episode! Being an actor requires the ability to take a lot of rejection, but it does get to you eventually, and Joon-ki finally hit that wall. Seeing Joon-ki so beaten by loosing the CF to someone else was difficult, because he’s usually so positive even when he bungles an audition or just doesn’t get cast for whatever reason. It was particularly difficult because he only lost the commercial because the other guy had a connection he was willing to exploit, when it’s so important to Joon-ki to do this without his famous father’s interference or money.

He knows that it means nothing to get something you didn’t earn through your own hard work or talent, and he desperately wants to become a successful actor for his abilities alone. So to continually lose out because someone else is willing and able to pull strings must be so disheartening. That’s why I’m hoping that nothing happens to screw up his role in this drama, because so far he’s doing great and it could lead to bigger things. And best of all, even though he tugged a tiny thread to get an audition, he landed the role solely on his talent.

I was so glad that the commercial turned out to be humiliating and that Joon-ki got his mojo back. But then Seo-jin turned around and squashed it, forbidding him to be silly, and all the light went out of him again. You can’t take a guy like Joon-ki and tell him to be serious all the time, and expect him to be happy. People do this all the time — they get into a relationship, then try to change the person they’re with. I don’t get it, because then they’re no longer the person you fell for. Especially in Joon-ki’s case, when his effervescent personality is so crucial to who he is as a person. I can understand Seo-jin wanting him to have a better sense of when it’s appropriate to act up, but completely crushing his personality was cruel. I wish she’d learned that what she was asking of Joon-ki was wrong because it was wrong, not because it made him sick, but at least she backed down and let him be himself.

Watching Dong-gu and Hyun-joon fight against each other, then for each other, was my favorite part of this episode. I really like both of the guys, and although I usually get annoyed when two people jockey to win someone’s affections as if the person in question has no say in the matter, I genuinely enjoy Hyun-joon and Dong-gu’s little competition to win Yoon-ah’s heart. What makes it interesting is that they may argue and trade barbed remarks, but they never really sink to true nastiness, and they don’t cheat or sabotage each other. Dong-gu won that gonggi tournament fair and square by good honest practice, and while Hyun-joon used his bakery to gain Yoon-ah’s favor, it wouldn’t have worked if her muffins weren’t genuinely good. On their trio date, both guys repeatedly sacrificed their dignity in order to make sure neither had an unfair advantage. And when it came down to it, they made a pretty good team while trying to win that camera for Dong-gu. They’re downright adorable together, and I keep hoping that they will eventually become fast friends rather than let a woman come between them.

I know I keep saying this, but how does Woohoo Waikiki manage to just get better and better every week? From the original descriptions and promos, I expected it to be cute and fun, but it’s so much more than that. It’s just a perfect storm of writing, directing, and performance, and honestly I think I could watch these silly people forever. Generally, by this point in a drama, I’m ready for things to be wrapped up and finished because the story has pretty much been told, but with Waikiki, there’s still so much story left to tell. I’m going to be very sad to see the Waikiki crew go in a few weeks, especially Dong-gu, Joon-ki, and Doo-shik. But I have a feeling that this is the drama that will catapult Kim Jung-hyun, Lee Yi-kyung, and Sohn Seung-won into top stardom (if they choose their next projects right), so I think we’ll be seeing a lot of them in the near future.

 
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Lol the Joon-ki and Doo-shik reunion at the end! We need a Joon-ki/Seo-Jin and Doo-shik/Soo-ah double date. I can imagine the girls just staring at the boys like I can’t believe we like these idiots

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I think the girls would leave the boys to their silly games... and go shopping 😉😁

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I was so frustrated with Seo-jin for telling Joon-ki to not be silly. I mean, might as well tell him not to breathe! If she doesn't like that about him, she doesn't like 80% of him. But I'm glad she came around in the end.

OMG the Chick Shirt Duo was the highlight of the episode. I was getting super hard Gaksital flashbacks with that bicycle back cuddle! I need them to become friends. LP pointed out last recap how Hyun Joon seems to kind of grudgingly like Dong Gu--I totally agree. I get a feeling part of their rivalry is for the fun of it, rather than being purely to get Yoon Ah's attention.

The Sol reactions were on point this week. When her mom handed out the gifts and she gave them all this amused look I bout died.

While I did enjoy seeing Soo Ah hit the horn whenever she needed to toot, we've done a lot of the poop jokes, so that part fell pretty flat for me. This episode as a whole felt a little off, felt like they recycled some situations and jokes, so it makes me a tiny bit worried about the extension.

I really want to know more about Yoon-ah's past! I suspect it will be a multi-episode kind of revelation, and I'm excited for them to start hinting at that more.

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I agree, this episode was still really enjoyable and fun but did feel a bit off. Like the writer usually knows when to be silly and when to be serious, but they shouldn't have gone for the comedy route to resolve Seo-jin and Joon-ki's conflict. I'm sure tons of great ideas were cut to keep the show at 16 episodes so hope they don't feel the need to recycle or drag things out too much to fill the 4 extra eps.

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It was a creative take on the poop joke, but I think what made this episode feel a little off for me was Seo Jin telling Junki not to be funny. I couldn't find the situation funny. Seo Jin's friends were really down-to-earth, so there wasn't much of a reason for SJ to act like she did. I'm glad she came around.

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The driving around in a circle blasting the horn with one hand sticking out was hilarious. How does one come up with something like this? And ending it with the Titanic parody, LOL.

Hey, Seojinnah, if you don't like Joonki acting like an idiot, then you just don't like Joonki. There's not much left after you take that away.

Olivia is dead. Long live Matilda!

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I like how the writers come back to already used gags... like the hand stuck in the window... and you know what's coming 🙂

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The key is that even though the gag is old, it is used in a new and unique way. It heighten the viewers sense of anticipation and eventual laughter.

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Laughed so much at that epic moment when the OST started playing and even more when i was anticipating it and coming true and even wondering when the car was still in motion why didn't Soo Ah jump already of the car just to see it happen...This might be the most mindblowing couple among all of them,it's like DooShik&Disaster&SooAh couple...Curious if they will go in the end with a romantic direction for them or an open ending

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Trust is a key element to all lasting, healthy relationships. I think that it is telling that Soo-ah trusted Doo-sik to be her driving instructor.

I also like how their bickering has that old happily married couple vibe to it. What they say and what they mean are usually two different things.

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And I also love how Doo-shik barked a "I take it back" whenever Soo-ah gave him hairy eyeball for his harsh remark, not because he is terrified of her like in the beginning, but just to humor her even when they both know he isn't sorry for saying those.

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I really like how Doo-sik is a different version of himself around Soo-ah. I do not mean phony, like he is trying to impress her. He just shows a different side. Doo-sik provides the "adult supervision" and support. Which is exactly what Soo-ah needs.

That said Doo-sik is still Doo-sik, so around Joon-ki he is back to being a full blown man child. He does not know how to be anything but sincere.

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I can't believe the things they come up with 🤣 I love how Soo-ah kept denying it anyway and telling Doo-shik he had no manners. Poor Rebecca though, she tries her best but I guess having her passenger seat ruined is karma for trapping them.

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I am not sure that just the front passenger seat was damaged. Neither Febreze nor pine tree shaped air freshers can only do so much. It was a major flatulent event! It may take years to completely recover.

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I feel like Yoon Ah position has been less the last few episodes, her story doesnt develop much and she doesnt have much screen time. The show focus more on the other 2 couples. Do you think they try to even out all the couple so there is no clear main leads?

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Yeah, Yoon-ah’s really gotten the short end of the stick. She’s becomes more of a plot point than a character in these recent episodes.

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Adding 4 episodes to a 16 episode drama ALWAYS has some cost. Unfortunately, I believe that Dong-gu, Yoon-ah & Sol will be the ones to pay the price. I believe that their relationship progression has been slowed down. I also believe that Baker-Boy's role was expanded to help "explain" the slow down. The resulting filler has made Yoon-ah seem indecisive and almost cruelly clueless. Dong-gu has not faired much better. His character growth has been stagnant and his petty behavior is starting to wear thin.

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I agree- it has been almost disheartening to see Dong-gu stagnant- and we still have no idea what Yoon-ah's real story is.

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Apparently, Yoon Ah is doing all sorts of interesting things (welding?!!!), but we don't get to see it. In addition to reduced screen time, her current screen time is split between her interactions with Dong Gu and her interactions with Hyun-joon, a character outside of our core group, so it seems like she has even less screentime. I'm not too worried. Dooshik and Soo-ah didn't get much screentime in the first few weeks of the drama, and now the drama is telling their story.

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This was such a great episode! I don't know how they do it that I laugh and cry at the same time... the bowling scene at the end was one of those moments... so funny and yet poignant...

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FOUR [4] EPISODE EXTENSION - Reality Check

Adding 4 episodes to a 16 episode drama ALWAYS has some cost. Unfortunately, I believe that Dong-gu, Yoon-ah & Sol will be the ones to pay the price. I believe that their relationship progression has been slowed down. I also believe that Baker-Boy's role was expanded to help "explain" the slow down. The resulting filler has made Yoon-ah seem indecisive and almost cruelly clueless. Dong-gu has not faired much better. His character growth has been stagnant and his petty behavior is starting to wear thin.

The other two couples have actually benefited from the additional episodes. The writer has the opportunity to add to their relationship story. This combined with the dramas ensemble casting allows the additional interactions to flow naturally. Realistically Dong-gu, Joon-ki and Doo-sik are the male leads and Yooh-ah, Seo-jin, Soo-ah and Sol are the female leads. What percentage of the leading role they possess is dictated by their screen time. They all seem pretty even too me.

Thus far, the writer has done an excellent job with the extension. Please be considerate of Dong-gu and Yoon-ah's recent inconsistent behavior. Baker-Boy's expanded role was a necessary evil, the writer had no choice.

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Agreed, extension comes at a price, and I know it's becoming redundant Don-gu having unreciprocated feelings and his feud with Bakey-Guy, but I still did find this episode hilarious. Maybe the writer will expand more on their bromance? I think the writer is doing a good job despite it all

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I think there is enough material to do the 4 episode extension. Even an 8 episode one! We've got 6 main characters. They all have dreams. Some of them have jobs. But for some reason, the writer is chosing to focus on Dong-gu's feelings for Yoon-ah than on his work.

I am warming up to Baker Guy since his presence got us the amazing Gonggi competition and the birth of the chick sweatshirt couple.

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honks Rebecca’s horn to mask the noise

Well, at least one thing in that car works.

Meanwhile, did Soo-ah even try to open her window to relieve some smell? Would that window even open?? We need to know!

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Ok so you made me watch it again, and Soo-ah does open her window at 5:35-ish to tell Dooshik to hurry up putting those signs on the back.

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This episode had EVERYTHING!

Low speed driving hijinks!
Potty humor!
Acute flatulence!
Self sacrifice! [ONLY 1 tissue]
Sexy red dress!
Presents from HELL! [badger hair shaving brush]
Couples events!
Bromance!

The writer is a GENIUS!

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First Olivia and now Rebecca, I smell a catastrophe of near biblical proportion.

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Can somebody tell me who’s watching Sol during all this. I swear she disappears from the face of the earth whenever she’s off screen, haha

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Even though Sol is still an infant, I can not help thinking that she will be "baby sitting" the men of the house in no time. She will be making sure the ladies do not return from work to a wrecked house.

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I've been more worried about Hyun-joon's son. Isn't HJ a widower? Who was watching his kid when he was out on the three-person date and passing out on Dong-gu's bed?

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Yes! And when he his friends stayed the night at Waikiki...where was his son staying?

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Petition for Soah and Dooshik to be called «poop couple». I'm loving their antics more and more..!!! Please writer-him, I know this was necessary because the show was extended, but let Yoonah show poor Dongu some feelings... Or extend a bit on her background story at least. I KNOW you can write tons of stuff on that.

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«poop couple» seems a little harsh too me, instead how about their first child's nickname is "Tissue"?

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correction

*fetal name*

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Another episode where I rolled with laughter, & this recap made me laugh so hard again XD

btw, the little serious bits of Joon ki's reactions on getting the commercial offer & then losing it were sooo good!!!

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The Dooshik-Joonki couple breakup/sentimental montage/reunion was everything I ever wanted.
The dueling finger-hearts nearly killed me.
No, Dooshik finger-hearting with a wink definitely killed me. This is my ghost typing.

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"Joon-ki finds Joon-ki holding a memorial service for his camera, Olivia, the one Joon-ki broke. " Ummm,@lollypip ?😁😅 It's ok if I laugh right? This is Waikiki anyway, and definitely the recappers can goof around too!😀😆

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Also "huge leaves of bread".

Is LP perhaps stretched too thin doing too many recaps? Too sleep-deprived to proof-read?

Or are leaves going to be the next baking project?

PS: appreciate all LP's efforts. And available to do some unskilled proof-reading if it would help.

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I am not sure you would make a good proof-reader. It is loaves, not leaves. But it is the thought that counts.

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@caeparius Assuming positive intentions here, as I believe @lordcobol was referring to the error @lollypip made above regarding "leaves of bread."

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Ah! that makes sense. I thought the original post was kind of weird, but thought it might have been an auto-correct event. Just chalk it up to the antics of semantics.

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No worries, @caeparius! I can't seem to reply directly to you, but hope you'll see this message. Loved your phrase about the, "...antics of semantics." Very true! :)

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It was one of the favorite phrases of my 9th grade English teacher. He often attributed things to the "antics of semantics". I just I really did learn something, he was an excellent teacher it would have been difficult not too.

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*guess* [replaces "just"]

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"PS: appreciate all LP's efforts."
Yes of course. I too should've said that.

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"The doctor says that being able to joke must be critical to Joon-ki’s life."
Haaah!!??!!?? I dunno I should ROFLMAO,or gasp at the creative brilliance, or shake my head telling myself that I should've expected this!

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Actually a mixture of all three is probably the best answer. I know that is what it was like for me.

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I think I'm loving this "fair play" shenanigans a bit too much. Dong-gu and Hyun-joon make for a very cute bickering couple. 😂😂😂

I'm still marveling over how the writers able to weave the more serious conflict into a pile of jokes seamlessly, and still make it moving. If Jun-ki needed to come to term with seeing Seo-jin as a woman and not as a kid sister anymore, now it's Seo-jin's turn to come to term with how joking around is a huge part of who Jun-ki is. Of course they need to compromise, and even with a very dramatic and hilarious happening, the writer manage to send that message across. Now, they only need to come clear to Dong-gu and make him understand that Seo-jin can very well make her own decision regarding her romantic relationship.

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Thanks for the recap @lollypip! I haven't seen this week's episodes yet, but I just wanted to take the time to give you a big shoutout given how busy/sick you've been lately. I hope you're feeling better.

P.S. It's not like I'm stalking you or anything. My phone gives me notifications and such. 🙃

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The poop gag has already been done in Shopping King Louie.
The chicklets were so good. I ship them.

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There's nothing new under the sun. Also nothing new where the sun don't shine.

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You make it sound like the classic bear riddle:

A hunter walks a mile due south, turns and walks a mile due east, turns again and walks a mile due north, only to find herself back where she started. The hunter draws a bead on a bear and shoots it dead. What color is the bear?

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I'm always amazed at HOW MUCH they can cram into a single episode. I know it's usually more than an hour, but it doesn't feel draggy at all. I love pretty much everyone so when it switches from one group to another, I'm just as happy with them as I was with the one we just left. (I could always use more Sol in each episode though, because she's just the best.)

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Personally I wouldn't be able to be around someone like Joon-Ki for too long. It would be waaaayyyy too much for me. But what Seo-Jin was asking of him was so unfair and mean. It hurt my heart to see Joon-Ki so depressed and to see Seo-Jin so triumphiant. I agree with you that it would have been nice for Seo-Jin to realize what she had done.

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Doo-shik's face whenever Jun-ki declines. Lol. He really looks heartbroken! Anyway, that as really mean of Seo-jin to do that. Her friends didn't seem to hate Jun-ki's antics and even looked like they liked it. I don't get why she's so against it. They made it look like comedy for the reason he got hospitalized but it's very realistic to me. If you get told that you can't be yourself, it would continuously wear you out. I swear, he could have had a heart failure.

Ahhhh Dong-gu... I can't seem to like him anymore. He does nothing but be petty. He orders Yoon-ah around just so he could keep him in the house. Also, last episode, he said he won't hurt Jun-ki but he would shave her sister's head and send her to the mountains? Really, Dong-gu? At this rate, it wouldn't make sense for Yoon-ah to pick him.

On the other hand, I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying Soo-ah and Doo-shik together. It went from "this couple doesn't make sense" to "they're perfect for each other". The progress was very organic. I love it!

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I know right... :). They are such a bad match but so fits to each other.

From the poster, I'd know that they will set Doo-shik with Soo-ah, but I didn't have any ideas how. But yes, it's all started with scammer boyfriend issues when Soo-ah decided to hang out in Doo-shik convenient store. LoL. They're my favorite couple now.

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I still like Dong-gu and I love the hilarity he brings, but him trying to prevent Yoon-ah from going to the bakery, where is she gaining valuable professional development for the career she has chosen to support herself and her daughter, is unfair.
I'm glad that Yoon-ah turned out to be scarily competent at housework and house repairs. I really like those exchanges when he tries to keep her in the house and she's like "I did all those chores and more!"

And I still don't get why he doesn't want Seo Jin to date Jun-ki. If he's squicked out by the idea of his best friend and sister dating, then he should say so instead of making threats.

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Yesssss. I was down for Soo-ah & Doo-shik when I saw that he wasn't crazy shy around her and was just himself. That scene where he just went balls to the wall crazy on her for sitting on her butt and she was just like "ohhh myy godd whose this sexy beast?" (okay that's what went down in my head anyway) That just cinched it for me. They're GOLD.

And yea, Dong-gu needs to do something other than police Yoon-ah. She's a grown ass woman yet I love how he's on her every time she's about to go out and then ask her why she's home so late. like i'm sorry, are you her dad?

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Soo-ah imitated Junki "it's okay it's okay" cracked me up.... Junki-Seojin de-javu. :))))

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yooo i'm so glad you noticed--i literally thought there's no way anyone else can do that and she just hopped in Rebecca and boom. haha i loved it.

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HAHAHAHAHAHA... I think we'll have the next Rebecca's victim, LoL. Wondering why do the housemates still borrow Rebecca no matter how many people have been Rebecca's victim, LoL.

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I swear, the last piece of tissue joke was also used on Modern Farmer, although I could be remembering it wrong.

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Well, it’s the same writer so you’re probably not wrong.

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So true, Lollypip!! I am always surprised by each episode's ability to make me laugh more, cry more, and plain love❤ these characters more.

I think the humour serves as a great sweetener for the strong dose of real life that underpins the lives of our Waikiki gang. Struggling to pay bills, find meaningful work, merge friends with Love interests- these are all challenges we face on the daily and indulging in the funny makes a difference..........which is the real lesson of Joon ki in the hospital.

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This is the first episode to really feel like they added filler to the season with the extension. Still really funny, don't get me wrong, but it's one where they didn't advance the storyline much other than Dong-gu getting the camera (and possibly Rebecca being impounded).

Two complaints:

- Seo-jin didn't earn that ending. It really bothers me that she basically told Joon-ki to act contrary to who he is (which she should know because she's literally known him for half her life), and then deus ex machina came in to make her reverse her command rather than her realizing her mistake and changing her mind about her own boyfriend. That's not the payoff I wanted to see for Joon-ki, that he may just have a heart attack if he's not joking around at all times.

- At this point Hyun-joo might have gotten more character development in his relationship with Dong-gu than Yoon-ah has. They really need to start moving her towards the end game, because with the running gag where she leaves the two boys alone, she's essentially not part of her own love line. We still know nothing of her back story and don't have much indication how she might change her mind about not wanting to date again.

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Complaint #2

I believe this writer has a considerable amount of time invested in developing the original 16 episode drama. That drama had a late in the game, episode 9, short-term character [Baker-Boy] intended to compete for Yoon-ah's affection. This same writer now had weeks to address a 4 episode extension utilizing only the existing characters. The current "love triangle" is literally just a first draft.

I suspect the writer also has a unique and interesting plan for Dong-gu, Yoon-ah and Sol's future together as a family. In an effort to preserve that part of the original storyline, the writer has even revisited the rap gag. Which is a sure sign that anything goes. Heck, lets address the elephant in the room. Yoon-ah has accepted numerous gifts directly from Baker-Boy, but essentially refused help from any other source. She has consistently insisted that she must earn her own keep. Unless of course there is a free mini oven involved. Baker-Boy is akin to a large roll of duct tape. Liberally applied wherever needed to temporarily hold the drama together. The Baker-Boy and Dong-gu bromance is just a wad of duct tape.

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but doesn´t using duct tape make the writer MacGyver? and MacGyver is a god, though.

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wait I use duct tape...

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do you build a world from it?

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A small town, but just once.

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But Baker-Boy is also earning capital from the help he gives her. That may not have been his motivation to begin with, but he began selling the muffins from her recipe without asking her first--which, I gotta tell ya, had me kinda mad even though he's splitting the profits.

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The point is Yoon-ah's attitude and behavior toward Baker-Boy has always been out of character with no reasonable explanation. It is as if she is trying to make Dong-gu jealous which is even more outrageously out of character for her.

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I'm not sure if she was ever consistent. In the beginning of the drama, back when Dong-gu didn't like Yoon-ah, he was wondering whether she was being shameless or innocent. Like one time, she and DG walked by a bunch of toys and she pitifully mentioned she never got Sol a toy, so DG felt bad and decided to get the toy for her. It was an innocent remark, but it could easily be construed as a fishing for presents.

I also remember the birthday party incident where she borrowed some stranger's 100th day party for Sol. And then when our gang put together a party for Sol, Yoon-ah was like "oh, there is no..." a couple of times. What we know about Yoon-ah is that she is nice, but can be thoughtless.

I think she could accept Hyun-joon's free mini-oven because she has zero romantic feelings for him, only sees him as a mentor, and assumes he sees her as a mentee. But it feels weird to the audience since we know he likes her. It's almost like she's taking advantage of him, but not really since she's has zero clue about his feelings.

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Complaint #1

Seo-jin recent behavior toward Joon-ki was a little disturbing and most certainly out of character. Having known him for a long time combined with having lived under the same roof, makes it even more dubious. I could believe she might has asked him to be more mature around her friends, but at home is a totally different story. We know she lovers and respects her older brother and by extension his two knucklehead friends. That is not to say she does not get annoyed at their man child behavior.

In addition, Joon-ki is actually very handsome and very talented. Her friends were totally captivated by him. They were having a wonderful time and are surely saying how lucky she is to be dating him. The real Seo-jin would have suggested that she would signal him when he needed to temporarily tone down or turn off the humor. She would essentially provide him the occasional "adult supervision" that he needs. Seo-jin is a little too stiff and boring. She needs a little excitement in her life. That is one of their strength as a couple. They make each other better.

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@ dizzyMongoose "At this point Hyun-joo might have gotten more character development in his relationship with Dong-gu than Yoon-ah has. ...she's essentially not part of her own love line." 100%. I'm kind of not interested in her love line anymore tbh because it's like slowly waning away instead of building.

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This was the episode of boys love, and it couldn't be cuter.

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Every important objects have female names, and feels like if they have life too. Olivia's memorial serve killed me, as the "kidnapping" organized by Rebecca. I wonder what will happen to Matilda.

About Soo Ah and Doo Sik, they crossed all limits. They have seen themselves in the worst circumstances and I still wonder how this will become love. They are my favorite couple, for sure.

In other way, please give us some advance with Yoon Ah and Dong Goo. I hope the next chapter resolves the love triangle, I enjoy this frienemy with Hyun Joo, but it is becoming annoying.

Bromance was the axis of this episode. Friendship between this three men is so quirky that I only can love them. I would like them to triumph, it breaks my heart when they lose some opportunity, although they always assume the situation with humor (comercial's coffee, my gosh).

Plus, it's funny how girls just breathe deeply and accept them as they are. Maybe because they are as strange as boys.

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I agree--I'm kind of tired of the Dong Goo--Hyun Joo--Yoon Ah situation. To be honest though I do love the squabbling between the two guys, I feel like they have the potential for a good bromance but I'm really not feeling the pull towards the romance and at this point I'm just waiting for another scene because Yoon Ah is just like not progressing at all. I really don't care who she likes, just some forward movement please.

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thank you lollypip for keeping up so spectacularly with the recapping!! <3

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This episode felt a bit off for me. It wasn't a bad episode at all but something just didn't feel right. I enjoyed it but a part of me didn't. I wonder if this is the sacrifice of an extension? Also as much as I like Dong Gu and Hyun Joon's competition between each other, I kind of wish we would get to the main point now and that is Dong Gu and Yoon Ah (or just Yoon Ah tbh) Or at least if they don't....give Baby Sol some screen time.

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The chick couple and the whole coffee commercial killed me! I really wonder if the whole coffee commercial bit was based on some behind-the-scenes shenanigans that the writer had been privy to witness.

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what's song junki sing on the phone?

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The measuring contest really got underway this episode, after Dong Gu and Hyun Joon spent time almost literally measuring each other the last couple episodes. 😂 Why am I taking such joy in watching them behave like elementary school children?

I appreciate the continuity in their bringing back some gags, but hope they don't get recycled thin. I also hope that we make more progress and get enough time to fully flesh out Yoon Ah's backstory because as much as I love the laughs, I don't want the plot to remain stagnant.

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Give us that old time comedy- farts, poop jokes and all. Aristophanes would have approved of Doo-shik and Soo-ahs first date- an automotive adventure straight out of Abbot and Costello. Did you notice how Soo-ah just kind of grabbed Doo-shik and took him along for the ride? In her subconscious at least Doo-shik is already her guy. And when things went South she actually asked for his direction and followed it. She trusts him, which puts their relationship ahead of either of the other couples. As we know, Yoon-ah cannot trust anyone, Dong-gu cannot even trust his sister regarding her romance and Seo-jin almost gives her boyfriend a coronary by trying to force him to change a fundamental part of his self. Seo-jin is completely new to romantic relationships and it actually has not occurred to her that part of Joon-ki’s talent as an actor is probably rooted in that part of his personality- we do not call a stage production a ‘play’ for nothing. Nor does it make Joon-ki less of a man: Research has shown that fathers who engage in play- especially horse-play- with their infant and very young children build reserves of confidence in them which carries over into adulthood. In other words the part of Joon-ki which Seo-jin tried to destroy is actually something which would make him a better father to their future children

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Just so you know, I'm over here applauding. Seo-jin definitely annoyed me during the second half of the show. She also annoyed me with the other guy she was dating who kept picking his nose in public. I get that it's gross but there was one conversation they were having in public and I just felt like she was being a bit of a hypocrite. The thing is outside of relationships I love her character so it's interesting but also totally realistic. How many people do we know in real life that become someone different (or you see a specific side of them) in their romantic relationships? In either case with both men, I felt like she was trying to tell them what "the correct way to act" is and believed that she was absolutely, 100% right. That doesn't bode that well for healthy relationship building, but I have faith in the writers and was thankfully rewarded by her realizing he needed to be himself to be happy (although. really. isn't this just "how to love humans 101?")

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I can't stress enough of how disappointed I am with Seo-Jin's attitude with Jun-Ki. Or at least how it was written. It's who he is. If she fell for him, wouldn't his sense of humour and vitality be one of the biggest factors? It's just so hard to miss that aspect of him. I keep feel anxious for this couple cause the preview had them shouting 'Yeh fine! let's break up then!' (obviously and hopefully, they get back together) But the only open couple out of the group seems to be the most (and just slightly) unstable. I like how they aren't swooning over each just like that. But I would LOVE to see their relationship gradually build up.

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me too. also i really do want to see them be truly open with everyone about being a couple. it'd be interesting to just see how the group dynamic changes.

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oh I really hope you're right about this show catapult them into stardom because they really do deserve it. I was just as upset when I Seo-jin told him to stop being silly altogether. like noooooo, not jun-ki! how could you??? like you're his girl, you're supposed to get him the most and love him for who he is--how can you ask him to do that? On the flip side, I do think a positive from seeing this dynamic in a relationship was exposing how this can happen both to men and women in relationships. I feel like I've seen that dynamic a lot but with the women doing the changing or being asked to changed but I'm sure it happens with men too. And he was such a sweet little bug, going along with it without even objecting.

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I got the impression that this episode might mark when they were told the series was expanding to 20 episodes. Because it did feel like it was treading water just a little. The funny bits were still funny but it felt like the writers were thinking 'Oh no, we have to stretch this story line out another four hours'.

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