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The Third Charm: Episode 1

Now that everyone’s in the fall mood, JTBC’s wistful romance The Third Charm is a welcome delight. Though this drama is simple in plot, it uses the four seasons to take us through the stages of one long relationship. We spend most of today’s episode in the sweetness of spring, where our couple learns that their “type” may actually lie on the other side of the spectrum.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

It’s New Year’s Eve, going into 2013, and love is in the air. Several police officers are on a stakeout, watching the outside of nightclub, as well as the many couples passing by. One officer teases the team leader OHN JOON-YOUNG (Seo Kang-joon), saying he wouldn’t be so grouchy if he were out there dating like everyone else.

Joon-young insists that he does have someone on his mind, but this woman is totally insensitive and incapable of keeping promises. His partner thinks that sounds pretty charming, and Joon-young scoffs that she’s the exact opposite.

Inside the club, a young woman, LEE YOUNG-JAE (Esom), is dancing with her girlfriend, though she’s clearly out of New Year’s spirit. She heads back to their table for drinks, where her friend BAEK JOO-RAN (Lee Yoon-ji) chides her for neglecting her personal life, or more specifically, her dating life.

Young-jae goes on to describe a past boyfriend who really knew how to frustrate her. Although he did have cuteness on his side. Joo-ran stops her right there and says to forget cute guys and go after the wild ones. Joo-ran’s boss, a bigshot musician, then joins the party and greets the girls before heading into a private room.

Meanwhile, the police finally spot their trench-coated criminal as he sneaks into the club. Joon-young gives the order to wait for the right time. We later see Trench Coat counting his money as Joo-ran’s boss takes whatever drugs he purchased.

Ten minutes to midnight and Joon-young gives his signal. His team piles out of their cars, and they all march toward the entrance. They fight past the bouncers and flood into the club just as the DJ commences the big countdown.

Joon-young points out Trench Coat up on the second floor, and his team jumps into action. He moves in to join them, only to freeze at the sight of someone celebrating in the crowd: Young-jae.

The DJ reaches “one” and it starts raining confetti. Young-jae is smiling brightly as she takes it all in, her eyes eventually landing on Joon-young’s shocked face. Her smile falters, and the two stare at each other in disbelief. In the background, Joon-young’s team gang up on Trench Coat and successfully get him in handcuffs.

“There are two types of women in the world,” Joon-young narrates. “The woman that you must meet and the woman that you would be better off not meeting.” Young-jae’s smile slowly returns as Joon-young continues, “Today, I saw the third type. The woman I should’ve never seen again. That horrible wench.”

We flash back to years before, when a college student is studying his notes in a jam-packed subway car. It’s revealed to be a younger Joon-young, who’s rocking the trifecta: a bowl cut, Harry Potter glasses, and braces. I love it.

At his stop, Joon-young inches forward, but his polite “Excuse me”s are ignored and he’s pushed further in. He helplessly watches as the doors shut. But it’s okay; after calculating the exact time of this detour, he confirms he should still make his test.

An annoyed voice breaks Joon-young’s train of thought. To his left is Young-jae, who’s scowling at the man between them. She loudly accuses this man of groping the woman in front of them, which earns the attention of the whole car. Joon-young ignores this, thinking about how much he hates outspoken girls like her. He quietly gets off at the next stop, while Young-jae drags the man out and reports him to the police.

Pervert McPerve denies Young-jae’s accusations, even turning it around on and suggesting the police investigate her instead. Young-jae stands her ground, but without evidence, the police won’t budge.

“Excuse me,” a quiet voice interrupts. Joon-young comes through, timidly presenting a video on his phone. He explains that he filmed it since he doesn’t like misunderstandings. They all get a closer look and, what do you know, it’s McPerve groping the woman on the subway. Got ‘em.

Joon-young and Young-jae are running late for their respective appointments, but the police officer holds them back to write out their testimonies. The officer takes up more time by commenting on their matching yellow backpacks, assuming they’re a “CC” (Campus Couple).

They’re eventually released, and they have to run to make their next trains. As they part ways, Young-jae yells out a thank you to Joon-young with a smile.

Though Joon-young is a few minutes late to his test, the professor lets it slide as a first strike. As for Young-jae, it turns out her appointment is an exam as well; she’s trying to get her certification as a hairdresser.

Later, we see that their home lives are just as different as they’re personalities. Joon-young prepares a home-cooked meal for his parents and younger sister RI-WON (Park Gyu-young). As Ri-won ignores several calls, their folks worry she may be too harsh with her admirer.

But Ri-won suggests they worry about Joon-young and his nonexistent love life—maybe he’s gay. Mom disagrees, saying his glasses and braces are his only downfall. She assures Joon-young that he’s as pretty as his grandmother, a former Miss Korea contestant. Pffft, he doesn’t exactly take that as a compliment.

Elsewhere, Young-jae eats grilled meet with her older brother SOO-JAE (Yang Dong-geun) and his girlfriend. Soo-jae gives her a hard time for failing her exam again, but she blames it on the fact that she was late.

After dinner, Young-jae whips out some killer aegyo so Soo-jae will make his delicious instant coffee. Soo-jae responds with funny faces of his own, but ultimately brings out coffee for everyone. He considers it a sweet end to a date, and Young-jae pities his girlfriend for having to date someone like him. “You said your ideal type was a tough guy like me,” Soo-jae jokes, challenging her to a fight.

Soo-jae walks his girlfriend out, promising he’ll marry her as soon as he passes his exam. From the rooftop, Young-jae cringes at their smooches, though she watches them leave with a smile.

Joon-young’s long-time buddy HYUN SANG-HYUN (Lee Sang-yi) invites him and their two other friends to a group date. Joon-young insists he already has plans to help his family harvest fern, but Sang-hyun argues that this is more important.

So the next day, Joon-young skips the harvesting and dresses up for his date, giving a million-dollar smile in his mirror. As he leaves, Ri-won notes that college must be changing him.

At the hair salon where Young-jae works, she attends to some old high school friends. She assures her friend MI-YOUNG that blue-black hair is all the rage these days, but their other friend KIM SO-HEE (Shin Do-hyun) indifferently states that she doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

Young-jae and Mi-young continue talking about the good old days, back when she was more popular than So-hee. Young-jae suggests getting tteokbokki like they always used to, but Mi-young deflates and says that she already has plans.

When the friends leave, Mi-young tells So-hee that she feels bad for not inviting Young-jae. “How can she go on a group date when she’s not even in college?” So-hee says. Despite their friendship in high school, So-hee thinks they’re not on the same level anymore.

The girls head to a cafe to meet their dates, Joon-young and crew. The boys ask when the fourth girl will arrive, but it looks like she’s a no-show. With no other options, So-hee gives in to letting Young-jae come. Young-jae hesitates after getting the call, but her boss urges her to go out and have fun like a college student. Aw, yay!

So-hee sees no point in waiting for Young-jae and proposes they break off into pairs now. Sang-hyun agrees, saying the last one standing can wait for Young-jae. So at the count of three, everyone immediately points to the person they like… And Joon-young is the one left out. The poor guy didn’t even have time to point.

The pairs leave Joon-young at the cafe to enjoy their own dates, and it’s no surprise that ladies’ man Sang-hyun ends up with queen bee So-hee. Joon-young sweetly moves from the big table to a smaller one and waits for his date. He perks up every time a girl walks in, only to shrink back down when they find their boyfriends.

Eventually, Joon-young gives up and starts reading one of his textbooks. That’s when an eager voice asks, “You’re here for the Hyunsung Women’s College group date, right?”

He turns to face Young-jae, and their eyes widen with recognition. “Subway?!” they exclaim simultaneously. Young-jae is overjoyed to see him again, but Joon-young looks as nervous as ever. With the others gone, Young-jae suggests they have a day of fun and drags him out before he can answer.

Their day of fun starts at the amusement park, which seems to be a whole new experience for Joon-young. He doesn’t know how to react on the pirate ship ride, so Young-jae holds his hand up and he shocks himself by letting out a small whoop. LOL, that’s so freaking cute. And as the day goes on, Young-jae starts to find him endearing as well.

For dinner, Young-jae takes them to the tteokbokki place she used to visit in high school. Joon-young starts to say that he can’t eat spicy food, but Young-jae interrupts and urges him to dig in.

His hand shaking, he takes one piece of ddeokbokki, wipes the majority of the sauce off, and takes a bite. Yeong-jae asks if it’s killer and he responds that he certainly feels like he’s going to die. To that, she says he can’t die just yet. She adds a huge dollop of extra hot sauce and feeds him a larger bite.

Joon-young’s mouth is set on fire, and he runs outside to grab a popsicle. He then hears the excitement of a beer chugging competition and runs out to grab the nearest glass. He downs the drink easily, beating all the other contestants, but it’s not enough to cool his mouth down.

Young-jae joins the audience and cheers for Joon-young all the way to the final round. Joon-young is up against a tough Marine, and he’s looking pretty drunk, but even still, he downs his beer like it’s water. With that, he’s named the Beer King.

The MC notices an excited Young-jae and, assuming she’s Joon-young’s girlfriend, invites her up on stage for a picture. They all pose together with Joon-young’s giant beer mug trophy and plushie, but he’s too out of it to keep his eyes open.

He tries to smile for the camera again, but instead, he just vomits into his trophy.

Joon-young is still burping and slurring on their bus ride home, but Young-jae’s a good sport. She says that thanks to him, she was able to relieve all her stress.

They both nod off, Young-jae on her plushie and Joon-young on her shoulder, looking content and comfortable. She wakes up to get off at her stop and tells Joon-young to get a hold of himself. He waves goodbye, making her smile, and falls back asleep.

At home, Young-jae finds Soo-jae passed out over his desk. She sighs at her brother’s state and urges him to sleep on his bed. She then goes into her room and opens her backpack, surprised to find Joon-young’s books instead of her stuff.

At Joon-young’s place, his parents and sister are engrossed in a drama. As the onscreen couple is about to kiss, Ri-won coolly says that it’s going to end right there. When it does end there, Mom and Dad groan with frustration.

Just then, they hear Joon-young cry out in horror. They all hurry over to his room to find him passed out on the bed. And strewn on the floor is his open backpack and Young-jae’s hairstyling mannequin head. Now there’s a sight.

The next day at school, Sang-hyun gives all the juicy details to the boys, saying he and So-hee ended their date with a kiss. He tells them that his secret to kissing is timing—if the atmosphere is right, they go for it.

Joon-young is listening a little too intently, even gulping as Sang-hyun describes the steps. He asks if he can get Young-jae’s number, and the boys all turn to him. He stresses that it’s only to switch their backpacks, but they’re not buying it.

The boys stop by the Hyunsung campus to meet the girls. Sang-hyun asks So-hee for Young-jae’s number and it strikes a nerve of jealousy, to which he points out she has another boyfriend. (Seriously, girl?) Joong-hyun clarifies that the number is for him and asks if Young-jae is still in class.

So-hee knowingly smirks and says that she doesn’t know Young-jae’s number, but she knows where she is.

At the hair salon, Young-jae stares at Joon-young’s backpack. She calls Mi-young to ask for is number, though she makes sure to comment that he’s not really her type. The door chimes with a customer and she turns to see Joon-young. She hangs up the phone, suddenly looking very nervous.

Joon-young returns her backpack, joking that the mannequin head scared the bejeezus out of him. He finds it interesting that a college student like her is working at a hair salon. She starts to correct him, but he continues that what she does is cool, especially since his mom still pays for him. Young-jae is so touched by his words that she’s speechless. Feeling awkward, Joon-young starts to leave, but Young-jae calls him back.

Soo-jae’s work buddies drop him off at Young-jae’s hair salon. He calls his girlfriend, saying he’s going to pick up Young-jae before they all meet up for dinner. But he stops short when he notices his baby sister with a boy. He smiles and tells his girlfriend it’ll just be the two of them tonight.

Inside, Young-jae is in the middle of testing her perm techniques on Joon-young’s hair. He’s not so sure if it’s cool for men to have perms, so Young-jae shows him a magazine article of actor Lee Jung-jae with a perm. He doesn’t think he’s on Lee Jung-jae’s level, but she says he’s not at all bad-looking.

Once Joon-young is all set, they have to wait an hour and forty-five minutes before they can take out the curlers. Boy, do I look forward to that.

The air is a bit awkward as they sit around and wait for the curls to set. Young-jae brings up the notes she found in his backpack and asks what he wants to be, but he doesn’t really have an answer. He then turns the question on her, and she says she wants to be rich; she’s just not sure how. So he has a plan but no goal, while she has the complete opposite.

Joon-young says that she’s not like other girls, which makes her deflate a bit. But when he says that it’s meant as a compliment, she’s smiling again. She jumps up, saying it’s time to reveal his hair.

With the soft, romantic music playing on the radio, Joon-young starts to recall Sang-hyun’s descriptions of perfect timing. Young-jae’s gaze, her lips—it all seems to be falling into place. He thinks, “Now,” just as Young-jae leans in and kisses him.


COMMENTS

Can we please stay in spring forever? Because, my goodness, the beginning stage of this relationship is too cute for words. We’ve had plenty of opposites-attract couples in dramaland, but I would say that most of the time, it’s solely treated as a trope. Here, it looks like they’re going to examine this type of relationship much more closely, and that alone gets me excited. After that cold, wintery opening, I already had so many questions: Can this relationship really work? Is love enough to outweigh clashing personalities? Clashing goals?

Before we get into all that, let’s backtrack. As much as I love the budding romance, I think the familial relationships are on an entirely different level of precious. Young-jae and Soo-jae have my heart feeling full with their lovely bond. They can be sassy and silly around each other, but in the quieter moments, they can be awfully sweet. When Soo-jae saw Young-jae in the hair salon with a boy, I half-expected him to march in there and get all big-brotherly. The fact that he was excited enough to cancel their original plans killed me. Besides that, I’m also interested in their history together. Being raised by your brother has it quirks, but it seems to have had its toll on Soo-jae and Young-jae in different ways. He’s had to work hard to take care of her, and that has to make her feel pretty guilty.

Joon-young’s parents and little sister were hilarious together, especially during that dinner scene. They obviously care so much for him, but they want to see him loosen up a bit, and understandably so. He’s so efficient in his schoolwork that he seems to have completely disregarded every other aspect of his life. It’ll be good for him, having a girlfriend that seizes the day rather than one that plans every moment out. I loved the gag with the matching backpacks because I don’t know if they would’ve met again otherwise. They were too shy to make the next move, so the backpacks served as a nice excuse. And then the perm served as a nice excuse to spend even more time together.

Young-jae’s shyness at the end surprised me the most, considering her open and loud personality. Esom did a wonderful job of showing how vulnerable even the most outgoing of people can be around someone they like. And Seo Kang-joon, you dorky little puppy, keep doin’ what you’re doin’. It’s working like a charm (sorry, not sorry).

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Thanks for the recap. The drama looks interesting. I guess I need to add one more drama to my watching schedule.

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Thank you for the recap.
Seo Kang-joon's smile hasn't lost its charm even a single bit, even with braises on, just love his smile more and more. He's the most adorable amusing nerd.
Their chemistry is good, also first kiss on the first episode, Yes!!!
A weird/funny first meeting.
Coincidentally meeting again.
An amusement park date.
Having a meal together.
First kiss.
There are lot yet to come.
The couple really hit it off.
What an adorable first episode. I'm already intrigued.
When he said there is a third type of woman one he should not have met again. Makes me wanna find out what happened that he has become bitter. Even though it is obvious he still has feelings for her. That they are so adorable during the flashback just makes it more pleasant to watch.
Looking forward for more. ^__^

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I only watched half an episode but liked the simplicity of the show. Esom is charming as the fiesty lead and I didn’t know I needed to see nerdy Seo Kang Joon. I’ll probably have to pick this one up later since I’m not in the mood for a rom-com but it seems promising 👍🏼

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Even if it's terrible, I'm going to force myself to like it was the mentality I had going into this drama.
Thankfully, I don't have to force myself to like something that is promising to be an endearing gem. 💎 And it's only the first episode!
Did I expect to laugh out loud watching SKJ's character be an adorable nerd/dork?? Not this much! 😂
Did I expect to fall for Esom's character being the awEsome self that she is? 😄Not immediately! I thought she'd be over the top like many clichèd candy characters.
And together they're already giving me fluttery feelings and I'm pretty sure I'll be a huge puddle of rosy goo by the end of this! 😍💞💖

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I have been on a drama hiatus for a long time so watching this felt like coming home to me. I mostly checked it out for esom because I loved her in because this life is our first and she has such a pretty smile. But, have to say, seo kang joon is adorable too! Also, I really like seo kang joon's sister character. Hopefully, the drama delivers till the end!

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Thanks @sailorjumun. This was a delightful start to a lighthearted show. If ever there were opposites in personality and ways of managing one's life, this OTP has them.

It's good that Young Jae is the more out-going and forceful personality, and not one to be quiet and just let things be. Left to himself, Joon Young would probably not have made it to first kiss.

I agree that sweet as the new couple relationship is, the family ones are gold. I was wondering about that dynamic where the whole family expects Joon Young to make dinner for them, and he does it happily, even taking sass from his younger sister. There's a lot of giving and affection between them.

It's possible that since Young Jae was brought up by her brother, she skipped college to start work early, to help pay the bills. She doesn't seem bitter about not studying further, and has a dream to motivate her, which is nice.

It's good to see that brother's girlfriend is also more like family and like an older sister to her already.

I'm thinking that there'll be a running joke about how pretty Joon Young is, and how he looks like his granny LOL! Seo Kang Joon was really precious as the dorky, bespectacled and braces-wearing nerd. He is so earnest and hardworking, it's hard to not like him or to not find him cute. I hope that he has retained some of these sweet characteristics while being an ace police detective in the present.

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You said all that's needed about the families I think. I'd take that over romance any day (tho ofc the romance is still cute)

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Thank you for the recap!

I am such a fan of both Esom and Seo Kang Joon and the two are so adorable in this drama -- I especially love the family dynamics, and goofy SKJ with his braces and spectacles! Can we just take a moment to recap his whole moment at the beer tournament?! Too adorable!!!

Fingers crossed for the next few episodes.

P.S. I wish romance was this easy

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Started watching it for Esom. Will stick around for Seo Kang Joon!!!

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Thanks for the recap, SailorJumun!

I'm in solely for Esom and I like her here. I'm pleasantly charmed with SKJ as Joon-young with his dorky antics. Also, he cooks for his family? Plus point! Anyway, that So-hee girl is so annoying, blergh!

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Seo kang joon is so endearing in this. He has grown leap and bounds from CITT. Wait till you see his perm in ep 2. Its a sight to behold 🤣 hahahaha

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Seo Kang Joon dweebs up really well... so funny!

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no more "plain jane leading lady and handsome chaebol leading man".

count me in 😍

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Oh! I was smitten with this show from the start, and am glad to see it recapped! @vivanesca will be ecstatic to know this as well. I probably wouldn’t have seen this first episode if not for her Rabb.it invite! I love the opposites-attract and the family dynamics so far. ESOM is adorable as a college co-ed, and Seo Kang-joon is hilarious! He reminded me of Bong-soo, Healer’s later-ego at first, but he’s nicely filling his own shoes as the awkward but adorkably sweet Joon-young. Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch more episodes because this couple is just too precious.

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I'm glad you managed to find time for this show @ally-le.
Your mention of Bong Soo in Healer made me nod in agreement. That was one great disguise of Healer's, and in this similar yet different character, SKJ is nailing his role and improving his range. He's simply lovable.

Esom is at the moment pretending to be a college co-ed, but she's also winning in many ways. That's so important for a full blown romance drama. If we don't like the OTP, it's all going to fall through!!

I hope you can be with us on the thread!! 😃

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Hi @ally-le Ally and @growingbeautifully. I really enjoyed Seo Kang-joon's performance in ARE YOU HUMAN TOO (my only SKJ) drama and was looking to maybe find a way to pass on TTC. When the stills started being released for this show my immediate thought was, "Wow, SKJ looks like my guy Park Bong-soo from HEALER. So I guess I wasn't too far off.
It is available on DramaFever, being recapped by @sailorjumun and the early returns here are all favorable. I think all that is sealing the deal for me to jump on the bandwagon and watch. I will have to let something else go.
See you down the line.

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in 2 episode so far, I think this is one of Seo Kang Joon best performances? His potrayal of Joon Young in his 20's is not only feels so accurate as a nerdy guy, but also he add vulnerability, innocence and depth to his character. His potrayal remind me of his potrayal as Joo Won in HWajung but with better skill. Not great yet but still... His potrayal make me enjoy the show much more and make the show has more heart.

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I'm glad I'm the dealer of this drug to many because this is definitely a great drama for group watching! So far I'm melting. And screaming. I'm a screaming puddle of eldritch goo. Made of rainbows.

I love Esom's nuanced confidence and vulnerability, I love SKJ's beautiful method acting and I kind of even like the low-budgety, home video quality of the drama itself. It's dated and honest and ugly, just like first love.

The script itself had some kill-bill-sirens moments for me but so far I'm hopeful that the writer is woke enough to keep Young-jae sweet and strong and Joon-young accountable for the more... problematic opinions he holds regarding women. He's such a sweetheart though!!! Cinnamon bun with raisins! I love!!!

Thank you so much, @sailorjumun, you're my hero!

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Seo Kang Joon has taken the initiative to play precious cinnamon roll characters this past year... And they're my fav among all his roles.

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I haven't started this but it's sounds...... charming. :)
Seo Kang joon with braces mmmm.... I'm in....

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So this WILL be recapped?! THANK YOU! Im hoping this plot delivers because both mains are beautifully interpreting their characters. Solid first episode!

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SailorJumun, thanks for recapping this. I liked the “back in the day “ portion of the show, it seemed like a cute drama special. The trick is how do we go from that to a drug raid on a nightclub without losing the magic ? Really liked Esom’s performance. Liked the side characters too, boo for the mean girl though. Mean girls are bad enough but a former friend ? Aigoo.

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This is my only gripe with the show, why is it necessary to have a mean girl, ughg

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@johnb,

I'm with you re: horrid ex-friend So-hee. It didn't make any sense for her to become so hostile towards Young-jae. Perhaps it stems from insecurity. Whatever. Just wait until her family goes broke during the 2008 financial meltdown... and she has to drop out of college and get a job, but has zero marketable skills. Meanwhile, Young-jae laughs all the way to the bank. ;-)

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This show is FUNNY, maybe it's just me, but I've laughed out loud several times in the first two episodes. I am loving our two leads here. They have good chemistry together so you get why they like each other. They aren't complete opposites and also huzzah to having good friends and awesome family.

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Can we appreciate the fact that Seo Kang-joon is wearing braces over fake teeth over real teeth? XD

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which gives him a very pronounced set of "buck teeth" -- which sadly reminded me of mine, which i developed after playing the clarinet for 7 years...

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I used to have an overbite too. I got braces a few years ago which corrected it.

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I have buck teeth since I was 6. I should really get braces...

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His braces reminds me of Betty in yo soy betty la fea 🤣.

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I know, right? Oh, it's been a long time since I watched Ugly Betty...

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OH myyy.... how long it's been for "Betty La Fea... "

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Ok.

So this was just adorable .

I love that he looks like his Grandmother the beauty contestant.

Also, am looking forward to more of the brother/sister relationship.

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I love their sibling relationships! For both Joon Young and Young Jae.
Joon Young and his sister has that typical sibling bickering thing going on that is so relatable while Young Jae and her oppa has such a sweet and caring relationship that just melts my heart.

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It was cute at first but got old really quickly, it was an overload of cuteness that got boring. I'll watch the 3rd episode because they're finally back to him being a cop in the present time.
He does have a good sense of comedic timing though.

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I expected this to be just another formula rom-com, but the first two episodes much better than expected.

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Thank you, @sailorjumun!
Your recap was great and reinforced why I'm enjoying this so far. I look forward to watching this with your for many weeks to come!! ^^

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*you
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you know. It's rare the makeover happen for a male lead. Alot of case it's always a woman who has an unattractive appereances, meeting a handsome male lead. Because most of the time, it's work for woman fantasy. So this drama is a welcome change.

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I know, right! But I kinda hope that his character doesn't change as much as his appearance cuz I absolutely love the awkwardness and nerdy-ness about him.

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I think he will keep the basic trait of JY's character. But abit more mature vibe. He will more grumpy though it seems. Lol

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Thank you for your recap, SailorJumun!

THE THIRD CHARM is the second drama I spontaneously decided to take the plunge on this weekend. As with MY SECRET TERRIUS, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

LOL at Joon-young's trifecta of bowl cut + specs + braces. I couldn't imagine things could get any worse for him -- until that perm transformed him into an electrocuted poodle. As someone with naturally frizzy hair, I know whereof I speak. In high school, I had braces and glasses, too, so I really feel for him. On the other hand, he smiles broadly, and seems to be oblivious to his braces. Seo Kang-joon was the bee's knees in ARE YOU HUMAN TOO, and in this show he's gloriously adorkable as earnest, uptight scholar and all-around decent human being Joon-young.

Esom and Yang Dong-geun are great as Young-jae and her orabeoni. Very touching. Her decision to learn a trade and start earning a living while all her friends are going to college shows great practicality and independence of spirit.

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"It's working like a charm"
Did- did you just...

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Yes she did! :D

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So, I finished watching Are You Human Too a little less than a month ago and imagine my delight at finding out Mr Seo is gonna play a nerd. I can go on and on about SKJ and Joon Young but I wanna say that I actually love Young Jae in this episode. Despite that obvious fiery character they've given her, she's also extremely kind and positive and righteous. I love her bubbly-ness and her sweet relationship with her brother and his girlfriend. I love that she doesn't try to be like other girls. I love her eagerness to hang out with Joon Young. Fingers crossed that I'd love her all the way.

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The leads have mad chemistry and their performances and the plot are so, so charming. I’m a goner for this drama, who knew I’d fall so easily when I was really skeptical before? I thought it was going to be a drawn out ‘When Harry Met Sally’, a friends to lovers movie I found quite painful. I’m relieved that there’s romantic attraction right off the bat! And a kiss in the first episode initiated by the female character!! Bring it on!!!

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Ok, so I have just watched the first episode and I loved it. Seo Kang joon has braces and an ajumma perm... he is fabulous my friends.

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What a great first episode. I was smiling the whole time. Seo Kang-joon and Esom are nailing their roles. That first pic smile, what was that maybe 2 seconds of air time? Thanks @sailorjumun. I smiled all the way through the recaps. I missed the fact that Young-jae held Joon-young's hand up on the ride. On to episode 2 and the perm.

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I think the real cliffhanger for this episode is Joon-young’s curly hair debut.

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The perfect mood booster! This drama is so cute and I love it already.

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I just got around to watching this and I love the breezy awkward feel to their first meetings. Big bro is such a fluffy, reliable older sibling that I can tell Young Jae has a fun, cheeky and content family time. Join Young is painfully awkward but in the best way possible. The fact that he lent in (whilst being ‘discreet’) to hear the “romantic advice” was hilarious and so was the sudden mannequin head!

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