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Greasy Melo: Episodes 23-26

It’s funny how going on a forced diet can make a week seem interminable. But now the hiatus is finally over and it’s time to fill our hearts (and bellies) with Greasy Melo’s delicious offerings. Thankfully, there aren’t any cold, soggy leftovers here! Instead, countless appetizing meals are made, relationships are established, battles are fought, and the kitty finds a home.

 
EPISODES 23-26 WEECAP

Chil-sung tries to act cool as he tells Gum Granny that he’s not used to having a mother so she shouldn’t come around again. Despite being an orphan and a gangster, he’s managed to make something of himself by owning a building (including the restaurant). The only thing he wants to know is why she abandoned him at a Chinese restaurant when he was a child.

Gum Granny says it’s just because that’s the kind of food she liked the most. Chil-sung, hurt by her selifhsness, is not as cool as he seems. He angrily tells Gum Granny should have at least paid for their meal, instead of forcing him to become a thief over a mere few thousand won. He leaves a 1,000,000 won note with her and tells her that he’ll pay for the meals she likes so much, then he walks out.

He passes by the cheering Happy Wok staff, who are delighted to get the doctor banquet (but he doesn’t see the awkwardly-long hug between Poong and Sae-woo, which Poong tries to cover up by hugging everyone else, ha). Finally, Chil-sung allows the emotion from meeting his mother to hit him, and he cries. But only for a moment, then he puts his sunglasses back on.

Poong immediately gets to work creating a menu for the banquet. Sae-woo suggests jajangmyun and sweet-and-sour pork, since those are two classic dishes that the hotel always refused to serve.

However, the VIP guest calls to let Poong know that Master Wang offered to make her a hotel-quality dish for the same price as Happy Wok, and she can’t pass it up. She still really wants the jajangmyun and sweet-and-sour pork, so is swayed back to Happy Wok when Poong tells her the menu he’s planned. But Master Wang is also desperate and tells her that they’ll make those dishes specially for her.

Which leads Poong and Master Wang to face-off in a cooking competition, with the VIP guest as judge (lucky her!). They each have their spin on sweet-and-sour pork and jajangmyun, and the VIP guest deems them equally good. However, Poong’s dish kept the true essence of jajangmyun that reminded her of her childhood, so she ultimately selects Happy Wok. Yay!

Sae-woo finds the kitty! She says it needs a home, and Chil-sung offers to be its mother. Aw. Sae-woo says that she’ll be the kitty’s dad, then. She names the kitty Dim-sum. Eeeee, too cute!

Sae-woo notices that something seems different about Chil-sung, and he admits that he feels sad, lonely, and angry. So she gives him Dim-sum to hold, explaining that children actually give more than they receive. Aw, Sae-woo’s advice on how to take care of Dim-sum actually gives Chil-sung important lessons on how to deal with his recent parental discovery.

Poong is thrilled about his victory over Master Wang, but Chil-sung’s boys are more focused on investigating Giant Hotel’s suspicious funds. Poong’s attempt to distract them so he can brag about his success is utterly ignored.

The gangsters have discovered that the hotel is having a hard time with money because they teamed up with a crooked construction owner for their renovations, and now the unpaid workers are protesting in the banquet halls — which means the money-making banquets are being cancelled and Giant Hotel must be taking out loans somewhere.

He tries to downplay the success when he sees Sae-woo, and acts so awkwardly around her as he repeatedly asks her out, then says it’s better she go home. Finally fed up with his confusing actions, she heads to the bus stop. Poong asks her not to leave, but she does, anyway.

Frustrated with himself, Poong sprawls out on the bus bench, regretting his ridiculous actions that made Sae-woo leave. But Sae-woo surprises him by returning. She demands that he stop flip-flopping in the way he treats her, then rattles off a highly detailed, petty list of things she hates that directly relate to him and are ways to prevent her from liking him. Poong wonders if she hates him, but Sae-woo says she actually hates herself for being this way.

In the morning, Chil-sung finds Gum Granny leaving a note on his door that says she’ll do as he wishes and never come to see him again. He ignores the note and drags Gum Granny to the restaurant. The staff is surprised to see Gum Granny, but they’re even more surprised when Chil-sung says that she’s his mother.

Thanks to Sae-woo’s kitty conversation last night, he’s decided to accept Gum Granny’s parentage as a gift and a blessing. Gum Granny is still ashamed, but Poong sweetly offers to make her breakfast. Aw, Gum Granny tried to abandon her only son again, but instead she’s found a whole new family!

Poong meets with Bo-ra, who begs him to let her come work at Happy Wok. She pleads forgiveness, insisting she only helped steal the recipe notebook because she wanted to keep her job at the hotel. She says that all the hotel staff agreed that he was the better chef in the cook-off.

Poong says she should stay at the hotel since it will be a better learning experience for her, but she’s welcome to drop by Happy Wok whenever she wants. They’re both very drunk by the end of their meeting, and Poong calls Maeng-dal, asking that he send anyone but Sae-woo to go with him to the market.

Surprise, surprise — who should arrive except Sae-woo, under the impression Poong specifically requested she join him. Ha! She’s curious why he wanted her when all the other kitchen staff was available (pffft), and Poong says it’s because he missed her (aw). He also apologizes for lying to her — him being at the hospital that day wasn’t a dream.

Amused, Sae-woo says that if he got so close to her to warm her up at the hospital, it’s strange that he’s keeping his distance from her now. She says it feels like that night when they agreed to have an affair, and Poong suddenly leans in and gives her a peck on the lips — just like he did that night in the car.

Poong confesses that he actually likes her (even more than he likes Chil-sung!), that he can’t stop liking her, and asks that she not hate him anymore (’cause he’s now being honest). Then he leans in to kiss her again, but this time it’s a real kiss.

Sae-woo also admits that she likes him, then wonders what’ll happen now. Poong doesn’t see the problem since they both like each other. He also promises that from now on, he’ll love her more than she loves him and he’ll never run away from her or hurt her. Swoon.

He admits that’s why he hesitated and acted so confusing before — he wanted to be sure how he felt, especially since the both of them were coming from broken marriages. Aw, they’re so adorably nervous and giddy as they confess their love for each other.

Poong returns to Chil-sung’s apartment (which is gradually becoming Poong’s home, too). He doesn’t mention Sae-woo, but he does encourage Chil-sung to appreciate calling Gum Granny, “Mom.” Since Poong’s parents died when he was young, he doesn’t get to call anyone “Mom” anymore.

Chil-sung tells Poong about Dim-sum and how he’s Dim-sum’s mother and Sae-woo’s the father, and how them being a “couple” (even in jest) made his heart flutter. Chil-sung thought he was over his crush on Sae-woo, but apparently not. He likens himself to an expired can of food that you just can’t throw out. Poong looks like he’s about to tell Chil-sung about his new relationship with Sae-woo, but gets interrupted by Maeng-dal and thinks better of it.

In the morning, Chil-sung makes the infamous almond dish. Sae-woo literally skips to work in anticipation of the food (and seeing Poong, too, I’m sure). It’s so cute how happy Sae-woo is to eat his food, and how happy Poong is so see her so happy.

Chil-sung stands outside the restaurant, pretending he’s not anxiously waiting for Gum Granny to stop by. But she’s nowhere to be seen. Aw.

Happy Wok is busy with their lunch crowd (thanks to the success of the Whole Shrimp menu), and Seol-ja happily anticipates that after the banquet, they’ll become even more famous once word continues to spread. Jung-hye grabs the wrong dish to serve a table, and Poong barks at her, berating her for messing up an order and setting the kitchen back since they have to fix it.

During their break (where they enjoy some requisite Subway PPL), Seol-ja, Sae-woo, and Geok-jung comfort the distraught Jung-hye, who asks that they never mention Poong to her again. That’s going to be kinda hard since Sae-woo promised Poong she’d introduce him to her family soon. Jung-hye is also worried that Poong smiles too much at Sae-woo. Jung-hye’s under the impression Poong is still married and penniless so, even despite her own dislike of Poong, Jung-hye warns Sae-woo to stay away from Poong.

Chil-sung finds Gum Granny’s humble home. She’s surprised to see him, but offers him some of the ramen she’s eating. Chil-sung’s distracted by a poster of his prize-fighter father, who died when he was a baby.

Gum Granny says that Chil-sung should just leave, but Chil-sung sits down and joins her at her small talbe. For the first time in his life, he wants to be raised by a mother. Starting now.

Sae-woo and Poong sneak off for their first real date and it’s super cute how much they enjoy just being together. But Sae-woo, worried about her family finding out that she and Poong are now a couple, says that it might be better if they date in secret and not let anyone at work know. Poong would rather have everyone know, but eventually agrees to keep it a secret.

In the morning, Poong once again tries to tell Chil-sung about his new relationship with Sae-woo, but is once again interrupted.

The banquet is today, and Happy Wok busily preps for their guests. However, Giant Hotel has convinced the hospital director to choose the hotel for the banquet at the last minute, since cancelling the day-of means there would be no way for Happy Wok to recoup the loss. The VIP guest calls as soon as she finds out about it, but because it’s a decision made by the director, she has no authority to argue. Everyone at Happy Wok is shocked and distraught, realizing all their money and time has now been wasted.

Chil-sung puts in an order to deliver jajangmyun and sweet-and-sour pork to Giant Hotel. Poong refuses because he wants nothing to do with the hotel, but Chil-sung reassures him that this is for more important guests than the doctors.

The delivery is for the protestors that have taken over the banquet halls. Hahaha, Chil-sung avoids being detected by the hotel security thanks to his amazing rhinestone cowboy hat. The jajangmyun and sweet-and-sour pork isn’t just a kind gesture, though, but another stepping stone on the path of taking over the hotel.

Chil-sung offers to pay the men the fee the construction company owes them, and in return, he’ll take over their right to protest (since those banquet rooms are technically their property because their work hasn’t been paid for).

Poong waits until after the banquet and then invites the hospital director to an after-dinner drink at Happy Wok. Poong also creates a tasting menu to go along with the drink. The hospital director tries it — one bite of each and then a sip of the cocktail. He doesn’t say anything, but leaves behind a 100,000 won note as payment. Far from the 18,000,000 won they were hoping to get tonight, but at least it’s something.

Sae-woo shows up to “secretly” bring Poong some beer. Poong’s still not sure that he’s comfortable keeping their relationship a secret, but Sae-woo insists that they need to for now. Then they kiss again! But their secret won’t be a secret for long because Chil-sung sees them kissing.

 
COMMENTS

I was worried that the hiatus would cause me to lose interest in the Happy Wok family, but honestly it just made me all that more pleased to have them in my life again. I’ve missed them so much! I feel like I ought to make more thoughtful commentary than just “I love everyone at Happy Wok!” and “OMG Dim-sum finally has a home (and a name!)” and “Sae-woo and Poong make an adorable couple after all!” and “I’m so hungry now after watching all this delicious food being made!”

But honestly, that’s… pretty much how I feel. This show makes me so happy (proving that the restaurant name is indeed accurate!). Yeah, the show is nothing particularly special — it’s a slice-of-life that also has fantastical, melodramatic elements. The characters teeter between being comical caricatures and surprisingly well-rounded. The battle between Happy Wok and Giant Hotel is predictable yet exciting. In short, it’s a show of contrasts. It gives me the sweet and the sour in a way that seems like it shouldn’t work, but it does, and it’s incredibly satisfying. In that way, I suppose this show is like one of Poong’s recipes. On their own, the characters might not seem so compelling or relatable. But when they’re jumbled up together and tested by fire, something amazingly delicious is created.

It also helps that I finally feel like I’ve got a good handle on everyone’s personalities. Even though Chil-sung manages to instill a bizarre devotion I’ve never had for one of Jang Hyuk’s characters before, I’m not particularly disheartened to see him discover Poong and Sae-woo’s relationship. Chil-sung has shown that he’s the kind of guy who will, yes, endure a little heartbreak — but he has too much respect and affection for both Poong and Sae-woo to take their relationship as a personal attack. I can’t imagine him going down the typical second-lead path of trying to sabotage their relationship in a desperate attempt to prove Sae-woo should be with him. Instead, he needs to focus on the new relationships in his life: learning how to have a mother and how to be a mother.

 
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Ugh... That last shot. How I wish the writer would let Chil-seong heard about Sae-woo and Poong's brand new relationship directly from them because he deserved that much. The classic interrupted-by-other move whenever Poong tried to say something irritated me so much. And it kinda ruined my giddiness at seeing our wok and ladle transformed into a pair of sweet and supportive couple.

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Agree, Chil-seong seriously deserve a confession as the most dignified second lead evarrr. I thought we are saved from this kind of cliche reveal when he did not witness the cheek-dough balloon kiss but then... T_T

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As much as I like our trio, the drama as a whole is sadly losing steam. The food looks delicious though and glad the adorable Dim Sum found a forever home. But that’s about it really. The back and forth happy wok and the hotel war is getting too repetitive.

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I feel you. I'm too far invested to drop the show now but I wish I would have discovered it towards the tail end of its run. I feel like I need to see the drama in it's entirety to fully appreciate it.

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I mean what are they going to fill the 15 plus episodes that are left, with?

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It's probably not a bad thing that they're cutting the show down by an episode...

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Hadn't heard that but yeah, an episode less won't hurt.

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Dim Sum! That made me ridiculously happy, although they really aren't proving to be great cat parents - take the kitten off the steets, people! Also, I am losing patience with Sae Woo and her lying. To her family and to Poong, especially after telling him how much she hates men who lie. The feeling of betrayal Poong is going to have when he finds out that the four of them have been lying to him this whole time is not going to go well for our wok and ladle couple. Of course, there's also my ever increasing anger at mom and her cohort who continually speak badly about Poong and how unworthy he is, conveniently forgetting how he took them in and gave them jobs and second chances - we're looking at you, useless but decorative mom who seems to mess up regularly. But on the upside, we have progress in the spring Dad from jail by figuring out the corruption scheme realm. And Bo Ra has come back to the light!

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Mom's whiny way grates me as well; she might not deserve public yelling, but she does need some reprimanding. All this cocooning from the others is really not helping either...

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If you can't take the heat, you have no business being in the kitchen, where the chef's word is law.

Princess Mom seems to think she doesn't need to engage her brain, and screws up as a result.

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Poong is kind. It's his best quality and it's what I love about him. He seriously made me swoon about 8 times during this and I am not a swooner by nature.
I thought that when he was so kind to Gum Granny in front of them that they'd get it.

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Couldn't agree more about Sae Woo's mother. This kind of elitist snobbism irks me so much. Especially when everything she owns has been bought by her husband.

Poong might not be a rich man but everything he has, he worked for.

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@ronilena,

I, too, am fed up with Sae-woo's constant lying -- and her contrariness towards Poong. She reminds me of the high-handed scriptwriter (Seo Hyun-jin) who treated hunky Chef Jung-sung (Yang Se-jong) like garbage in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE. Sae-woo's flippancy is beginning to really bug me. Come to think of it, she has treated Chil-sung badly, too. Her mother has also shown contempt for the Loan Shark With A Heart Of Gold who lent Sae-woo the money for Buster's surgery when no one else would. A pox upon the pair of them.

Sae-woo's incompetent, obnoxious Beauty Queen Mom pushes all of my buttons. (ABOUT TIME has another incompetent formerly rich mother -- who steals from her hard-working daughter. She infuriates me. I really hate this trope. Arg!!) Mom has thoroughly screwed up in the kitchen and the dining room, and is in the process of destroying Poong's team. Luckily Chil-sung's boys are getting the hang of working with him.

I have a sinking feeling that Sae-woo will do unto Poong what her ex-husband did to her: cave in to parental opposition and dump him. Poong is a straight-shooter who acts in good faith. I cannot say the same thing for Sae-woo and her mother and household associates.

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I literally made myself some jjangmyeon after watching this episode. And I expect I would be making more soon. It did feel like the show lost a lot of its momentum because of the hiatus especially since it was building up to it. But there's still a lot of development in the episode and many more things to resolve and look forward to in the coming episodes, so by no means is the show losing steam or going downhill.

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The whole small-fry-take-over-the-big-hotel bit is going to be hard to believe.

And does anybody not think that the hotel's corruption isn't conveniently tied to Dad's frame-up?

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Lord Cobol, "small-fry-take-over-the-big-hotel bit is going to be hard to believe."
It's also hard for me to believe that this restaurant "business" has no marketing plan; no advertising; didn't require a large deposit for the banquet, and /or credit card penalty charge for late cancelling; they didn't seem to take that small paper sign off the door and serve a "jjajangmyeon or sweet and sour pork fest" all day to regular patrons;
and that those women were trying on makeup, including lipstick, without using disposable applicators.

Also, if you are going to adopt a cat, keep it inside where it doesn't collect things like fleas, ticks, parasites (worms), etc, and regularly "deposit" them in other people's yards.

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Chil-sung finds Gum Granny’s humble home. She’s surprised to see him, but offers him some of the ramen she’s eating.

Oh, dear. According to What's Wrong With Secretary Kim, a woman inviting a man in for ramen has a special meaning.
#i'mwatchingtoomanyshows

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This show is hilarious and I'm loving it so much!!! I didn't think I would be into this kind of humour but I'm digging it! Dim-sum is adorable, Sae-woo and Poong are as infatuated with each other as I am with them, and Chil-sung is just such a sweet thug!

I totally understand where Mom is coming from when she tells Sae-woo to not like Poong. He's been really mean to her and instead of helping her do her job properly, he just yells at her in front of the entire staff. Yes, he's the chef and the leader at the workplace but it is very humiliating to have someone talk down at you in front of your colleagues and family members, especially for someone who's lived a very sheltered life and probably hasn't been yelled at before. It would have been better if he took her aside and then told her what she did wrong. I can't wait for him to learn that Mom is Sae-woo's mom and watch him sweat bullets because of the way he's treated her and apologize for his behaviour!

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She's been working at Hungry Wok for months at this point, and still can't figure out the difference between the dishes. I say she deserves the scolding she got. I had very little patience for her sulking and the other two bending over backwards insulting Poong to make her feel better. He's not an easy boss sure, but it's not like she actually tries hard at her job either. I hate the idea of Poong having to backpedal just because she's his gf's mom, but I'm sure that's what we're getting.

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Well for months is a bit far fetched, they've been working exactly for one month since they're getting their first pay in cash on the day of banquet. But the sentiment is true. The rest of the kitchen, except the cutting part and the dough part, had to learn from 0, including Sae Woo who comes from the same background and most likely didn't know a thing about cooking. But now the girl is doing great assisting the chef himself and her whiny mother still can't tell 2 different sauces apart...

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Knowing Poong until now, I think he won't regret it screaming at her even after he knows who she is. He's totally a different person when he's in the kitchen. He scream at everyone who make a mistake inside his kitchen no matter who they are. To be fair, he treated them the same without considering their social status, age, and relationship with him. Mistake is a mistake, even if she can be his future mother in law. He never apologize to SW for yelling at her after she becomes his girlfriend.

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He is a different person in the kitchen... I wish he'd not yell at people though. Though I think he did apologize to Sae-woo? Or maybe I'm making stuff up...hmm...

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He's been really mean to her and instead of helping her do her job properly, he just yells at her in front of the entire staff.

I literally just watched that scene. He didn't yell at her at all. In fact he was quite calm but very firm about his expectations. She stuffed up and she keeps stuffing up and he told her to do her job or else she'll get fired. She's so upset because she's an overprivileged hothouse flower who's never had any responsibility. With the time pressures he's under, he doesn't have time to coddle anybody. Also, he was right that she essentially promoted herself and he let her. But if she's not going to do that job well, he'll put her back in the job she was hired to do.

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Also, if you listen to her later, she's not upset that he yelled at her. She's upset that he spoke to her like that when he's so beneath her. Then she proceeded to give a long monologue on how socially superior they are to him and how her daughter should meet someone richer and better connected once they get their status back.

Basically, he took them all in and gave them jobs and she spit on him for not being of the right social class.

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Hmmm... I need to watch that scene again... Looks like I missed a lot, especially where she thinks herself superior to him! :)

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That irked me the most too. When she said that Poong is not the 'right level', I wanted to throw my computer across the room.

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He was within reason, and yes, he didn't even yell. Besides, when they're in the midst of a meal service it's like being in the middle of a football match, he can't just take her aside while everything is going on, and we've seen what a perfectionist he is about his food.

I have no patience with the mother and her snobby sheltered princess act. It also irks me how subservient Seol Ja and the noodle-maker are to her - they're doing her a huge favor, working (and doing her work too) and paying the rent for that mansion while she flails around helplessly. If the mother thinks Poong is so beneath SW, then by extension she would consider the 'help' to be inferior to her too, even if she's so chummy with them. Her urging Seol Ja to go to the hotel just for her own (mother's) benefit was awful too.

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I could not agree more. And do not forget that Sae-woo's mm did not come from a high class background either- she just married well.

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He was right to scold her for constantly messing up the orders but what made me roll my eyes was that his tirade took arguably longer than cooking a new dish would have lol. He should probably have just sent her to table 7 and left the rest of the scolding for the evening.

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I want jjajangmyeon too... But sadly no korean restaurant in my country serving delicious jjajangmyeon like the one they show in dramas. 😭😭

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Same! 😭I have been looking for a good chinese restaurant serving jjajangmyeon in Paris and it's just not a thing... :(

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At first these episodes seemed slow – The battle of the two restaurants seemed like an unnecessary digression. But it wasn’t a digression- it was a diversion. Giant Hotel has won the battle of the restaurants by foul means. But while Giant Hotel was distracted by its win, Chil Seung takes some of the food which the doctors did not get to eat and delivers it to the protesting contractors. He makes a deal with them and arranges to purchase their construction lien. In battlefield terms Poong has provided cover for Chil Seung to prepare for his future victory over Giant Hotel. Meanwhile Sae-woo and Poong have finally confessed to each other- and kissed. Of course there will be a reckoning when Sae-woos deceptions come out but- it’s a melo after all. I think that these episodes laid the groundwork for the second half of this drama. Did I mention that I am really happy that my favorite show is back?

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I suppose that opens the door for Hungry Wok to do catering in the occupied banquet halls? But if they do take over the hotel, I would be sad to see Poong move back to the snobby restaurant and leave Hungry Wok behind.

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In Just Between Lovers, the kiss scenes were so awkward because it was Junho's first time shooting them. But he has made such a large improvement in his kissing skills! I'm so proud.

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Actually, his kiss scene in Memory was pretty good too lol. I think in JBL it was a bit of director's choice plus Won Jina maybe feeling a little uncomfortable since it's her first kiss scene. Junho seems like the kind of actor that responds according to his partner. The kiss scenes this week were great lol, it really looked very natural and I think it helps that JRW is quite easy-going. I can't wait to see of they'll take it up a notch later.

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The Memory kiss was great! It's got millions of watches on youtube for a reason, lol.

I love how natural and comfortable he and JRW seem together... and seriously, with all the sexual banter these two are throwing around we'd better see this couple take it up many notches.. ;)

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I really don't know what to say that @odilettante hasn't already said. I could talk for an hour about Light and Shadow and cooking double entendres and the Wok and the Ladle but I just smiled for two hours straight. This show also just makes me so happy.

I've talked before about fusion and about how life is a recipe you may not have the ingredients for yet but are always refining. But mostly I love the way this show isn't afraid to take its characters to new places. Any other Korean show would have Sae-woo as Dim Sum's mother and Chil-sung as the father but this show understands that it's the other way around. It also threw out all the tired tropes around Poong and Sae-woo's relationships and just let them like each other, enjoy each other's company, be comfortable around each other, and want skinship with each other.

It's so natural and so normal but it feels iconoclastic in the same way that INAR did. Basically, I just loved every minute of this show and I'm so glad it's back. I feel as warm as Poong's kitchen and as loved as Dim Sum.

I just wish I'd had some jjajangmyeon left over because the dumplings I had for dinner didn't cut it.

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Watched these episodes in the middle of the nights were THE WRONG TIME to watch as I wanted to crave jjajangmyeon. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣.

The almond tofu dish also looks delicious. I wish “Hungry Wok” is my neighbourhood restaurant! Sure I’ll eat all the dishes! 😍😍😍

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You and I would eat there every day. They wouldn't need no stinking hospital banquet to earn money!

But why would the staff go to Subway to eat instead of the delicious food at their own restaurant?? That is more unbelievable than the talking horse.

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What happened to the horse, anyway? They kinda forgot about him. When is he going to stick his nose back into the story?

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I was wondering too.... They forgot about the horse, and Poong's ex... We haven't seen her a while though.

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Yes, moreover, if Poong (or Junho) is the chef! :)

I think the staffs ate at Subway because they wanted to bad-mouth Poong... I think they're supposed to eat together in the restaurant. And I guess is that why Poong was looking for them...

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Ah, that sad little icon on the top right corner of screencaps. :'(

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As always, this episode was great.

I was really mad at the director for agreeing to cancel a restaurant reservation at the last minute (I expected it from the douchebag Hotel CEO but the hospital director should have known better). The Kitchen Chef didn't even realize that by doing this, he lost the nurse as a customer FOREVER. I loved all her little remarks during the meal. :D I was surprised and glad that Poong responded with so much class. I would have been furious but Poong just invited the director and showed him what he missed. Go Poong, go!

Can't wait for Chil Seong to start causing issues for the hotel. That hotel exposed his fragile side with those banquets and Chil Seong is going to go for it. As expected of a fighter's son.

The preview looked super interesting. I was wondering when Sae Woo's husband would come back. I wonder what he will say, "Sorry my phone battery died"?

Also, can't even with Sae Woo's mom. I want to fast-forward every time she appears.

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I was smiling too. I am looking forward to the appearance of Sae-woo's ex-husband- which we all knew was coming at some point. It looks like this will happen before her dad is out of jail- so it should make for a more interesting melo.

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate how adorable SW-SP are together? After all the yelling and the angst I love their playful, sweet dynamic as a couple. The almond tofu scene was so cute (and I need to find that recipe because it looks delicious). Also loved SP running up to her in the street to take her hand with that big smile. I just hope the cuteness continues and there isn't unnecessary drama next week with the arrival of SW's ex... then again, what ARE they going to fill all these new episodes with if not unnecessary drama?

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I think SW offered herself to be dimsum's father was because she didn't want Poong to be CS's partner lol. Just look at her face when CS said Poong will be dimsum's father and he will be the mother. She was jealous and want Poong for herself and ask CS not to be too kind to Poong. But I wonder, maybe it was Poong who brought dimsum to the restaurant after the first time he found him.

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Thank you for the recap. I have missed this show and kitty too.

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Oh, the kitty!
Oh, the kisses!
Oh, how I love Chil Sung. He is getting such heavy loads to carry by himself during this story and he always comes up with love and wisdom for others. What a prince.

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It might have taken our lead couple almost 10 episodes to establish romantic interest lol, but they were doling out the chemistry in spades this week! Poong and SW were adorable any time they interacted, if only we got this level of interaction from the beginning, I wouldn't be spending half my time wondering what's going on with the show lol. Their romantic scenes were natural, and those kisses made me wish JBL had gone for more aggressive kisses lol. SW's mother continues to be a spoiled brat and the other two just blindly agreeing with her is starting to get on my nerves. The woman needs to wake up and smell the coffee and realise that she's poorer than Poong at this point and that any wealth she had was because her husband's apparently a crook lol. I enjoyed watching CS and gum granny too although I do wonder what's the relevance of the storyline in this drama. Then again, we can say that for a lot of the plots that's happening in this show. Wok of Love is still a mess, but it seems to have found its footing these past few eps. Finally, I knew CS was gonna come and ruin the moment in the end lol, we can't get more than one happy kiss when it's a melo.

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The more I watch the show, the more I am fixated on the possible hidden relationship between SW's mom and CS's gum mom (played by the same actress). If they are related, then SW and CS could never be a couple.

On another note, I prefer SW, P and CS being good friends rather than a romantic rebound couple and a third wheel.

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I think the writers are throwing the possibility that the two ladies are sisters just to create a fake obstacle for the couple, in order for the show to make it to the required number of episodes.

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I'm way late to the party, so probably no one will see this, but I simply have to etch in history my delight at two moments in these episodes:

1) Chil Seong's casual nod when Sae Woo asked if he and Poong are a couple
2) Poong telling Sae Woo he's completely naked while he brushes his teeth

That's how you amplify the joy of the k-drama experience with a little flirtatious subversion people!

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Thank you for your wee-cap, odilettante!

Yay for Lee Jae-ryong's cameo as the hospital director. He portrayed King Muryeong in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SOO BAEK HYANG -- one of my favorite Kdrama kings. He was also in GENERAL HOSPITAL 1 & 2, and BEAUTIFUL MIND with Jang Hyuk.

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