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Let’s Eat 3: Episode 2

Dae-young settles into a new neighborhood and wastes no time in finding the most delicious places to eat. Seo-yeon waltzes back into town and chaos follows, which is apparently another way to say “the sky is blue.” A new character has a very tantalizing proposition for Dae-young, and 2004 continues to be filled with nostalgia.

 
EPISODE 2: “Hairtail and Kimchi Sujebi”

Ji-woo is surprised to discover that Dae-young is her new neighbor. He cheerfully tells her that he liked the neighborhood when he was there last night, and he needed to move anyway, so when he saw that the building next door had a vacancy, he immediately signed the lease.

He offers to buy her a meal, and asks if there are any good restaurants nearby. Dae-young’s surprised when Ji-woo says she doesn’t know of any, and he assumes she must eat a lot of her mother’s home-cooked meals. Ji-woo hesitatingly confesses that she eats most of her meals at the hospital cafeteria.

That’s okay, because Dae-young has found a nearby restaurant for lunch, anyway. Ji-woo thinks it’s unusual that he wants to eat hairtail since traditionally people have jajangmyun on moving days. Dae-young chides her for falling for food stereotypes, something she never used to do back in college.

Even so, Ji-woo wonders why they went all this way just to eat some fish. Dae-young: “What? Just eat fish?” Off he goes on a detailed (and passionate, of course) explanation of the history of hairtail and the importance of grilling them whole. Then he ends with, “Isn’t that right?”

Ji-woo’s bewildered that he would ask for her opinion, until Dae-young points out that she was the one who made him this way. Ji-woo taught him that no matter how simple or small the food, it was important to consider the best way to consume it. Ji-woo doesn’t remember that at all, and Dae-young just sighs as he starts to expertly filet the fish.

They devour their meal, and this time Ji-woo is following Dae-young’s lead as he exuberantly enjoys his food. Dae-young even puts some of the fish in her bowl, telling her that it’s good for people who suffer from indigestion, just like she used to. Ji-woo’s pleasantly surprised that he remembered and she discreetly pinches the pressure point on her hand.

They walk back home, their bellies full. Ji-woo confesses that it’s been some time since she’s eaten like that, and Dae-young admits it’s hard to have whole grilled fish when you live alone. But he also recalls that Ji-woo used to not care and would grill fish at home, even when it made Seo-yeon angry because all of her clothes would stink of fish.

At the mention of Seo-yeon, Ji-woo freezes. She asks Dae-young if he has something that he just doesn’t want to talk about with anyone, ever. For her, that’s Seo-yeon. Dae-young agrees to not discuss Seo-yeon anymore, admitting that everyone has those things that they can’t talk about.

The flash of sadness on his face seems like he knows all too well what that’s like, but he quickly continues his cheerful patter. He explains that one of the reasons he was so eager to move in next door is that he’s been feeling a sense of lethargy, both with work and life in general.

But running into her and discussing their college days seemed to spark new energy, and he thought being close to that energy would help him figure out a new direction.

Dae-young gets a call from an unknown number. The caller asks him to meet at a restaurant, but Dae-young’s surprised that he’s been asked there after the meal has already been consumed.

But that’s because SUNWOO SUN (Ahn Woo-yeon), the head of development at a large food corporation, is a huge fan of Dae-young’s foodie blog, where Dae-young posts photos of empty plates as reviews.

Sun is eager to test Dae-young’s knowledge and asks Dae-young if he knows what Sun ate just based on the empty dishes. Sun is impressed when Dae-young easily — and correctly — rattles off a list of all the food that would have been on the plates, but Dae-young says it’s because he’s eaten there before.

Even so, Sun is eager to scout Dae-young to become part of their new product creation team, where the focus is on people who eat and drink alone, and how to give those solo people a restaurant experience at home. Dae-young finds it strange that Sun is more interested in him not for his actual job as an insurance salesman but because of his foodie blogging hobby, and asks to have some time to think it over.

As Ji-woo does her laundry, she can smell the hairtail on her own clothes, which reminds her of when she would cook her fish and annoy her sister with the scent.

Flashback to 2004, where twenty-year-old Ji-woo eats her mackerel while plopped in front of the TV, eyes glued to the mega popular drama of the time, Full House (starring Rain and his floofy hair). Seo-yeon is annoyed that the mackerel smell has even permeated her shoes and refuses to wear them, swiping Ji-woo’s brand new pair of sneakers to wear instead.

Once Ji-woo realizes what her sister has done, she runs after her, determined to take back the new shoes. The girls start fighting in the middle of the street, with lots of screaming and hair-pulling as Ji-woo attempts to force the shoes off Seo-yeon.

Dae-young walks up to see them fighting and tries to intervene, but only gets repeatedly pushed away and ends up just sitting in a daze as he watches the sisters fight. Ji-woo manages to successfully take the shoes off of Seo-yeon, then stomps back home.

Seo-yeon turns on the waterworks as she demands to know if she’s supposed to go barefoot now, but as soon as Ji-woo is out of earshot, Seo-yeon wipes away the tears, dusts herself off, and walks away shoeless.

Later, Seo-yeon returns home, and Ji-woo is surprised to see her wearing a new pair of shoes. She wonders how Seo-yeon could afford them since she can’t even help Ji-woo pay for rent, and Seo-yeon nonchalantly says it came from her allowance. Ji-woo is furious that Seo-yeon lied about her ability to chip in for living expenses, so she grabs Seo-yeon’s new shoes and throws them outside, ordering Seo-yeon to leave.

Seo-yeon retaliates by throwing Ji-woo’s shoes outside, too, and soon both girls are chucking each other’s clothes and belongings willy-nilly out the front door while screaming that the other person should leave.

Dae-young, Jin-seok, and Byung-sam arrive just then, shocked to find all the random belongings outside. Jin-seok decides to try and intervene, determined to help the girls make amends (while also creating an excuse to get closer to the two girls). But Dae-young — speaking from experience — knows that won’t end well. And he’s right, as Jin-seok is thrown aside while Ji-woo and Seo-yeon wrestle to see who will be able to close the front door first.

Ji-woo wins and Seo-yeon’s left outside, sitting in the heap of discarded clothing. She’s still angry, but once she sees the three boys staring agog at her, she begins to cry, wondering aloud what she’s going to do now since she’s been thrown out without any money. Byung-sam and Jin-seok immediately dig into their pockets and give her all the cash they have, but Dae-young’s like, “Nope!”

The two other boys bug Dae-young for not helping out a neighbor in need, but soccer-obsessed Dae-young is saving up for a trip to Germany so he can watch the 2006 World Cup in person. He’s also thrilled that he just got a job at a cool new place: Bennigan’s, the American-style family restaurant that was once super popular but went bankrupt in 2008. But in 2004, working there is considered an excellent part-time job.

Ji-woo’s happy to have her apartment all to herself, until she watches a news report about the rise of murder and sexual assault of young women. Ji-woo starts to worry about Seo-yeon, especially as the hours tick by and she doesn’t hear anything from her stepsister. Ji-woo tries calling her, but Seo-yeon’s phone is turned off.

Worried that something terrible has happened, Ji-woo hurries to the bus stop, anxiously looking for her sister as the passengers disembark. The only passenger she recognizes is Dae-young, who wonders why she’s carrying an umbrella on such a clear night. She avoids explaining her weapon of choice, and instead is furious when she sees Seo-yeon get out of a strange car, her arms filled with shopping bags.

Seo-yeon realizes that her phone’s battery must have died, but is appreciative that her sister came to meet her. Seo-yeon hands Ji-woo a gift — a box with a pepper spray in it, suggesting that it would be more useful defense than an umbrella. Dae-young watches in amusement as the girls walk home, talking as though they hadn’t fought earlier that day. They’re definitely sisters after all, he muses.

As the girls hang out at home the next day, the doorbell rings. Seo-yeon scurries to hide, but it’s just Ji-woo’s mother. Whew.

Mom is thrilled to discover that Seo-yeon is there, too, and they help Mom unpack a huge assortment of side dishes. Since it’s Seo-yeon’s birthday, she pleads with Mom to make kimchi sujebi (hand-torn noodle soup) instead of the traditional seaweed soup. Cue the montage of home-cooked deliciousness, and Ji-woo suggests they invite their next-door neighbor since Mom has made so much food.

Ji-woo barely needs to extend the invite because Dae-young’s already got his head in the hallway, savoring the scents coming from Ji-woo’s apartment. Mom is hilariously apologetic that she didn’t make enough food despite a heaping table full of dishes.

Seo-yeon is delighted with her kimchi sujebi. Dae-young is impressed with the kimchi pancake, and Ji-woo explains the little tricks they do to make it perfectly crispy. No wonder 2018 Dae-young so easily assumed that Ji-woo would prefer to eat her mother’s food rather than go to a restaurant.

Dae-young returns home with his bounty of leftovers, much to the delight of his friends. But they also latch onto the discovery that it’s Seo-yeon’s birthday and decide to surprise her during the lunch that Dae-young is treating her to — at Bennigan’s. Pfft.

Ji-woo and Seo-yeon get there first, and Dae-young is of course their server. Haha, I love that he gave himself the English name “Beckham” because of his love of David Beckham, the soccer star.

Ji-woo is intimidated by the menu filled with American-style dishes she’s never heard of before, but Seo-yeon orders confidently, revealing that she’s been to these kinds of restaurants many times before thanks to blind dates.

Aw, Ji-woo is excited to show off a coupon that she printed from the internet and flashes her mobile points card, a cell phone loyalty card that also offers a discount (and serves as a reminder of how far technology has come, since those kinds of discounts are now easily available via an app).

The other three boys crawl out of Jin-seok’s beater of a car. Jin-seok is eager to impress Seo-yeon with a giant stuffed bunny. Apparently Seo-yeon didn’t know the boys would be joining them and dies of embarrassment as they arrive with the giant bunny and a cake.

But nothing is quite as embarrassing as the entire serving staff parading out with their instruments and ridiculous hats to sing a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday” to Seo-yeon. Dae-young looks like he’s dying a little inside as he sings along with his coworkers, much to his friends’ amusement.

In 2018, Seo-yeon returns to Korea for the first time in twelve years. We know this thanks to her expository (and endless) selfies that she immediately posts on Instagram as soon as she lands. She’s there to track down someone named Jung Hyun-ah, but the address she has is wrong.

Stomach grumbling, Seo-yeon realizes she’s hungry — and it’s her birthday. She searches for the best nearby place to eat kimchi sujebi. There’s a long line outside of the restaurant, which is a good sign that it’s a tasty and trendy place. Seo-yeon takes some selfies to post on Instagram while she waits.

Dae-young and Ji-woo’s dog Kongali arrive home from a walk just as Ji-woo returns home from work (aw, Ji-woo gives Dae-young full permission to walk Kongali whenever he wants). They grab a bite to eat so they can continue to catch up.

Dae-young’s delighted that Ji-woo’s skill at making soju bombs is as good as ever, and as they enjoy their fried chicken, Dae-young wonders if Ji-woo’s “medicine” (her soju bomb) will be able to clear his headache. He tells her about Sun and being scouted because of his foodie blog.

Ji-woo is surprised that Dae-young’s hobbies have transitioned from soccer to food, and she looks up his blog. She wonders why all his photos are of empty dishes, and Dae-young explains that’s what sets him apart from all the other bloggers. He adds that his blog is all because of her — she was the one who introduced him to the foodie world.

Ji-woo says that he should buy dinner then, and is surprised when Dae-young readily agrees. He explains that he plans to buy all their meals from now on. He’s noticed that his once foodie-mentor seems to have lost her tastebuds, so he plans to help her rediscover them. Aw.

When Dae-young gets distracted by a text message that makes him smile, Ji-woo assumes it must be from his girlfriend.

Seo-yeon has finally made it through the line at the restaurant and settles in to enjoy her kimchi sujebi. But she’s disappointed — it doesn’t taste right. She leaves the restaurant, dragging her rolling suitcase behind her, only to be stopped by Sun who asks if she’s Lee Seo-yeon, the person who borrowed money from his cousin Woo-young back in America.

As a response, Seo-yeon throws her suitcase at him and runs away. It’s the scene from the previous episode’s epilogue, as she runs terrified through the streets of the city. Her heel gets caught in a grate and she frantically tries to free it as Sun arrives with her suitcase.

He reveals his cousin told him to find Seo-yeon and get back the money that was stolen. Seo-yeon insists she wasn’t the one who stole it — it was her partner, Hyun-ah, who Seo-yeon is also trying to track down so she can get the money back. Except Seo-yeon has no idea where Hyun-ah is.

It was easy for Sun to track Seo-yeon down, though, due to all the Instagram posts where she tagged her location. He face-times his cousin to let her know he found Seo-yeon, and in between labored breathing, Woo-young tells him to not let Seo-yeon out of his sight for now. “Labored” breathing is right — Woo-young’s currently in the middle of giving birth.

Seo-yeon doesn’t have a place to stay — she left in a hurry and hadn’t thought that far ahead. They stop at the closest hotel — a love motel, where the proprietor asks if they’re going to be there for a few hours or overnight. Seo-yeon hauls out her wallet to pay for the overnight stay, then realizes she doesn’t have enough money.

Realizing he has no real choice, Sun reluctantly pays for the room. Seo-yeon thinks he’s going to help her with her luggage, but instead Sun takes her suitcase with him, pointing out that this is the only way he can make sure that Seo-yeon won’t try to run away. He promises to return it to her in the morning.

Except that doesn’t even stop Seo-yeon, since she tries to sneak out of the hotel and grab to a cab to, well, anywhere, but the cab driver isn’t swayed by her charm, just money. She has no choice but to stay at the hotel since she can’t afford to go anywhere else.

Ji-woo’s eating her usual homemade meal of cornflakes, wondering if it would be inappropriate to invite Dae-young to have breakfast together since he has a girlfriend. Ji-woo decides that her intentions are pure and sends him a text. She’s thrilled when it’s marked “read” right away, but grows increasingly disappointed when he doesn’t send an immediate response.

That’s because he’s chosen to respond in person, and shouts across the balcony that he’ll meet her downstairs. Delighted, Ji-woo hurries to get ready.

As promised, Sun has returned to the hotel with Seo-yeon’s luggage. But he tells her to just leave — and to stay off Instagram, since his cousin would kill him if she found out Sun let Seo-yeon go. But Seo-yeon realizes that her passport is missing and demands that he take her to his home so she can search for it.

She rifles through the living room before finding the passport under the sofa, where it had accidentally fallen out of her suitcase. She’s thrilled to have it back, but stops and stares in awe at the Sun’s huge fancy apartment. You can practically hear the gears in her head turning as she starts to tear up, offering to selflessly stay here as a willing prisoner, out of the goodness of her heart, until Woo-young’s money is returned.

Sun isn’t falling for her tricks. He doesn’t want her staying with him, but before he can argue any further, Woo-young calls, showing off her newborn son. She asks if he knows where Seo-yeon is. Sun is about to lie that he lost track of her, but Seo-yeon pops her head into frame and congratulates Woo-young on her new baby.

Seo-yeon cheerfully adds that she’s agreed to stay with Sun until the money matter is cleared up, and Woo-young orders Sun to keep Seo-yeon in his house for at least the next couple of weeks until Woo-young can return to Korea. Sun knows when he’s been had, but he can’t argue about it because of his cousin.

Ji-woo gets another nurse to switch shifts with her so she can enjoy a meal with Dae-young, but Dae-young apologizes because he has to be somewhere else. Noticing the bouquet of flowers, Ji-woo assumes he must be meeting his girlfriend.

So it’s back to the cornflakes, and even those give her indigestion. A phone call interrupts her solitary meal, and Ji-woo rushes to a nursing home. The manager of the nursing home shows Ji-woo the mess her mother made in the kitchen after she set the stove on fire.

This isn’t the first time that Mom has wreaked havoc in the nursing home kitchen, and the manager warns Ji-woo that if it happens again, they won’t be able to keep caring for her mother. Ji-woo stops by her mother’s room, and her mom cheerfully greets her as “Miss Ji-woo.”

Mom has dementia, and doesn’t recognize her adult daughter — instead, she happily tells Ji-woo about her eight-year-old daughter who happens to have the same name, and that she was just trying to make some kimbap for her daughter’s school picnic.

Mom asks if “Miss Ji-woo” is dating anyone, and Ji-woo sighs that it’s just not the right time. Ji-woo asks if Mom enjoyed getting married and having kids, even though she worked all the time. Mom happily says that her daughter was the best gift she could ever have. She’s referring to the eight-year-old in her mind, but Ji-woo hugs Mom tightly, anyway.

At the same time, Dae-young arrives at a colombarium. Oh no. Oh no, oh no, oh no.

As he enters the building, he thinks back to this day two years ago, when his girlfriend Baek Soo-ji (cameo by Seo Hyun-jin, of Let’s Eat 2) visited him for a weekend and then got on a bus to return home. He was on the phone with her, telling her of his plans to come down next weekend, when a truck swerved into the bus, which caused the bus to flip — and Soo-ji didn’t survive the accident.

Dae-young studies the photos of the two of them smiling and posing with their couple rings, then leaves the flowers next to her urn and resolutely walks away.

He returns home late at night, astonished to find Seo-yeon waiting outside his apartment. He wonders if she’s really waiting for him and not Ji-woo. Seo-yeon’s startled to hear her stepsister’s name, but even more surprised when Ji-woo walks up. The two women stare at each other long and hard.

 
COMMENTS

Oh, show, I’m so disappointed in you. Did we really have to go there? Did we really have to kill off Soo-ji? Was that really necessary? Was it? Dae-young may have had two years to get over Soo-ji’s death, but I’ve barely had five minutes, and I’m not okay.

I can’t say I’m too surprised, though, based on the hints from the first episode. But I’d been hoping it would be one of those “long distances are too hard” breakups — not making a beloved character be Truck of Doom’d out of the picture so that our hero could learn some important lessons about himself while being conveniently free to explore a relationship with someone else. It’s textbook fridging, something that always infuriates me, but especially here when there could have been so many explanations (moving to another country is a classic for a reason!) — anything other than the shock-factor of killing off a character who was so important.

I’d almost rather accept the ghosting of Soo-kyung, where there was no explanation of what had happened with that relationship between Season 1 and Season 2 — just that Dae-young was no longer dating anyone. At least then I can imagine Soo-ji living a long and happy life, doing whatever she wanted (and eating lots of delicious food), just as I did for Soo-kyung. Right now, Soo-ji’s death feels like a weak contrivance to give Dae-young the requisite manpain so that Ji-woo can heal him. Ugh.

But there’s still so much about this show that I genuinely love, so I’m going to force myself to look past all that and just accept it for what it is, hoping that there’ll be some mild redemption in between the cute flashbacks and delicious food. Because I can totally relate to that crisis in your life when you realize you’ve strayed far from the path you once dreamed for yourself, and you’re on one that’s “okay” enough but maybe not where you really want to be, and then trying to rekindle the passion you once had.

I also appreciate that Dae-young is determined to help Ji-woo find her tastebuds again, wanting to give back to his “mentor” who helped him become the Dae-young we know and love, and I’m excited to watch Ji-woo blossom as she rediscovers the joys she once had. After all, her life hasn’t been particularly easy, either, with having to care for an ailing parent while still working full time. Sometimes you forget what gives you joy when you’re just trying to survive day to day.

Then there’s whatever epic fallout that made the squabbling stepsisters ignore each other for an entire decade. We’ve seen how they can fight but still end up caring about each other, so it has to have been something super serious — more than just stealing a pair of shoes. I’m still trying to get a feel for Seo-yeon — she doesn’t seem like she’s exactly matured in the past fourteen years, since she still rushes headlong into things without a plan, relying on her flirtatious charm and crocodile tears to get what she wants. But I feel like she’ll be a fun foil for Sun, and now I’m hoping for lots of hilarious forced cohabitation hijinx for them.

 
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My dear @odilettante, me too girl, me too. I loved Soo-Ji. I thought she was wonderful, so I agree that the fridging is infuriating, however I think it is better this way. Why? Because I think I would have been comparing the two characters and actors and although Baek Jin Hee is wonderful in this she is no Seo Hyun-Jin. (Sidenote: Never felt the nostalgia for the female lead in Let's Eat 1 because I saw Let's Eat 2 first and simply couldn't finish Let's Eat 1, I didn't care for the female lead). This allows me to enjoy Ji-Woo and appreciate her with no comparisons to Soo-Ji. This season looks to be excellent and I am enjoying it so far.

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I guess it does matter which season one watches first. I loved Let's Eat because of the quirky characters (and Barashiiiii!)... and the romance was secondary. It was also the first time I saw food porn on my screen 😁 and I loooved the intro.

The second season looked more like a standard kdrama to me... and, shallow me, I didn't like the intro this time 😂😂

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Yeah, I loved the first season the most too.

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Thanks for the recap Odilettante.

I was in shock after the episode ended but now that I have had that much needed distance from the episode, I am not as angry anymore and quite ready for the show to win me over. Soo-Ji's death explains the rut Dae Young is in and I hope that instead of Jiwoo healing the "requisite manpain" of DY- like you said-, I hope it's actually DY healing himself while healing JW

I love the 2004 parts and cat wait for them to gimme more! I was never a fan of the food porn so I am looking forward to the story and the new characters.

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Yeah I "cat" wait for them! 🤦
So many typos above!

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I felt so bad shipping Dae Young with Ji Woo in episode 1 knowing he's with Soo Ji and a bit mad at the writer for making him have different woman for each season. But damn, the truck of doom made its debut and I'm not surprised as the writer had to go this path in order for viewers to accept his new romance. I knew it something was wrong with Dae Young as he's not the usual happy-go-lucky Dae Young in the beginning of the episode. Anyway, I'm relieved that I still have my food porn after Wok Of Love finished. Oh well..

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I'm just pretending the last 10 minutes didn't happen. La, la, la, la, I can't hear you! I'm also in denial that Bennigan's is no longer.

So I guess Lee Joowoo is being typecast as a homeless narcissist, first as Soo-ah and now Seoyeon. It's OK, she's good at it! I wonder what happened between her and Jiwoo.

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Yes for typecast as a homeless narcissist,,, what a narrow ranged typecast that is! yet she looks rather good while dragging her luggage with her perfect long legs,,, maybe she is curved out to be the best luggage carrier, walker, dragger( that has another meaning, though) in K dramaland.

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I'm so envious of her yes, perfect long legs. sigh.

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I screamed at the screen and wanted to cry at Soo Ji’s death and felt it was really unfair but Iv come to understand how it affects Dae Young’s current behaviour so I’m partially okay. On Ji Woo I already like her she’s kind of a calm character compared to the previous leads and her satoori is also charming and I can’t wait to see the things she taught college Dae Young. I like that this season has a nostalgic and healing aspect to its premise and I’m really looking forward to it.

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I like Baek Jin-Hee in everything, basically in everything and her character here so cute yet mature I like it.
Also I'm excited to see how Dae-Young slowly open his heart because he was really really has no feeling towards this neighbour and my heart stupidly could feel how Ji-Woo feels when she knew he has someone else but still she want to be only his 'eating partner' and his good friend.

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Sigh. Why can't we have a drama about friendship and bonding over food? :(

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I'm still waiting for the Let's Eat - Bromance edition.

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I'd like it if Daeyoung were able to bond with Jiwoo again (friendship wise), too. :\

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I don't mind the tragic events (those things happen in life, sadly) and I actually prefer the sad tone. It explains better Dae Young's current status and also why he is so happy to see Jiwoo and to go with her down the memory lane.

What I did mind was the bus accident scene, for me it was unnecessary and actually got me out of the story. I don't need everything being spelled out... the visit of the columbarium would have been enough.

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SAME! I thought that had been too much, I didn't need to watch it.

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Haven't watched any of the previous Let's Eat series so I can't really sympathize with Soo Ji's death😢 But maybe this was the only way Dae-young could have a fresh start not just in the romantic aspect but also his career and mental state. Regardless of the reason (if Soo Ji didn't die) for their break-up, it would have been hard to accept as a fan because if I did watch season 2, my investment (Yeah, big word) in their relationship would feel wasted. I'm sure their love story was epic in their own way and perhaps killing off Soo Ji's character was the only acceptable reason for a break-up. No long distance drama or sudden change of heart excuses would suffice.

I feel like it's only Ji Woo who is in love with Dae-Young but maybe this time around, they could both heal each other's wounds😁 Not in a rebound kind of way but like @obsessedmuch said, DY heals himself and JW ❤️

Hoping if there is a 4th season though, please no more new romance! How about a Let's Eat Family Edition?👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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I'm so pissed off with Seo-yeon, and I don't even know what she did to upset Ji-woo so much yet. I'm guessing she just ran away selfishly or something, or caused a rift between her parents that caused them to divorce, which has left Ji-woo's Mum alone. Am I supposed to find it amusing that she's an opportunist snake who will go to embarrassing lows in order to live the high life? I liked her more as the spoiled younger sister who loses every fight.

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As for Soo-ji's death, which everyone seems to be talking about, I'm trying not to look at the show too closely, and see this move as a plot device. Rather, I'm stepping back and just looking at it as an event in Dae-young's life. Tragedy strikes when you least expect it.

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It most definitely was something related to mom, otherwise she'd been let off the hook as usual. Hers is the only character I don't like.

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I’m with odilettante on how frustrating the decision to kill off Soo-ji was. I find it disturbing that in kdramas it still appears to be taboo to show one of the inevitable facts of life, namely that true love doesn’t always last. People continue to grow and change over time and, no matter how in love they may have been when they first got together, they begin to grow apart and want different things from their relationships.

For me, the decision to kill Soo-ji off showed that the writer didn’t have the confidence to sell us a new romance without eradicating Dae-young’s former love interest. It then leaves a bitter taste in my mouth as this move sets the tone of: ‘well if Soo-ji were still alive we wouldn’t even need Ji-woo,’ and thereby cheapens the loveline of this season. I understand why the writer chose to kill off Soo-ji; however, I think it was a cheap move and took away from, in my opinion, one of the strengths of this series, which is the realistic way in which human relationships are portrayed.

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Season 2 didn't have to kill off Lee Soo Kyung for Dae-young to get with Soo-ji (and i think they were together for years since there was a time jump), so I don't get why they have to kill off Soo-ji in season 3.

I feel like they could have said "it didn't work out and now she's engaged to a sound director named Park Do-Kyung" - make a joke out of it and move on since I think most people should have heard about how the Let's Eat series has Gu Dae Young paired off with a new love interest in every season and to not get too attached to the romance.

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I liked your suggestion, and since Another Oh Hae Young was also a tvN show, that joke could really have worked.

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Way superior writing than the truck of doom.

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Thank you, @odilettante for another excellent recap! I’m less annoyed at the fact that Su-Ji died and more annoyed about how she died. I’m not a writer but there must be more ways to die young in Korea than just MVA’s. I would have given her a quick death by brain aneurysm or maybe even renal failure by (should I even go there?) food poisoning. That way we could have seen Dae-young be all “in sickness and in health, ‘til death do us part” and probably would have made me fall for him much more than I currently do in this season. Not that I don’t like him, I really do, and I do think that the “healing” aspect of this season is different and adds more depth to the drama. I also think that the reason Ji-Woo has lost her palate/tastebuds is because her mother has dementia and doesn’t remember how to cook or even her own daughter and she was her source of foodie joy. But I do like Ji-Woo and Dae-young together as college seeethearts, and I hope their chemistry exudes more off the screen in the coming weeks as more mature adults as well. Oh, and the side couple—I think I’ll enjoy their antics as well!

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I actually even don't need to know the cause of Suji's death... it's sad on its own... I don't need to know all details. And it definitely could have been told in a better way... like a subtle hint here and there...

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I agree-but a well developed cause can allow subtle details to be added along the way which would have been more emotionally satisfying I think.

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This would have been so plausible, and actually just happened in the US: http://time.com/5343075/florida-man-oysters-vibrio-vulnificus/

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I didnt' even watch season 1 or 2 and still that death scene soured me to this season. I feel for all the people who loved season 2.

I think it would have been so much more interesting in Soo-ji was still around as a very close friend and almost lover who is more of a strong confidant and hidden spoil in the show.

She could always be in the background sending texts or something which makes the new love interest confused about their relationship.

The show could have ended with Dae-young making an open ended choice between Sooji or Ji-woo.

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Ooooo, interesting premise, like a reverse shipping war. Usually, it’s betwen two male leads, but has to decide between two very compelling females.

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OMG, it would be a reverse shipping war! That would have been really fun :-)

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Question (and please bear in mind that I didn't watch the first two seasons): but if the main character is so into food, why did he never try to turn his hobby into a career? Has that already been explained?

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I don't think that has been explained in the previous seasons so perhaps the show will explore it this time.

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Never have I related so much with a k-drama character as Baek Sooji (Seo Hyunjin played a huge role in it, of course).

And now my favorite character in k-dramaland is gone.

Gone forever.

I'm not okay. T.T.

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Well, that was gut wrenching. I mean, obviously for Dae-Young to have a new ("first") love interest Baek Soo-ji had to depart, and we can't have Dae-Young be a womanizer because that would kill any desire to keep watching the shows....but *sigh* Truck-o-Doom strikes again!

However, I will say that I liked the set up better than at the beginning of season 2 when Lee Soo-kyung just kind of "disappeared" without any reason given. I do find it interesting that in Let's Eat (correct me if I am wrong), I felt that the original intention was for Lee Soo-kyung to be the pinnacle main character and Koo Dae-Young was the male lead, but really just as a foil to LSK's character. But, since she decided not to come back for Let's Eat 2, it forced Koo Dae Young to be the main character....and so we go.

You know, I'm more invested in the sibling rivalry between the two sisters than I am with the romance? Although, I will say this in favor of the Let's Eat series: I like how each romance develops slowly and that neither character is actually looking for it. I like how it always starts off as a friendship (or in Let's Eat, actual annoyance from the female lead who must reluctantly continue with her neighbours in order to eat the delicious food she wants). In fact, for most of the first episodes of Let's Eat, I hadn't expected a love line between the main leads (and found that refreshing).

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