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The Third Charm: Episode 3

There’s only so much you can say when you run into the one person who broke your heart into pieces. Joon-young’s seven years’ worth of hurt is on the cusp of boiling over, while Young-jae is back doing what she does best, confusing the heck out of him. She’s definitely hiding something behind her smiles, and unbeknownst to Joon-young, it could very well be seven years’ worth of her own pain.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

New Year’s 2013. After Joon-young’s team arrests the drug dealer Trench Coat, they have all the club-goers pile into buses to the police station. Young-jae supports her nearly hysteric girlfriend Joo-ran as everyone is forced to provide a urine sample.

Meanwhile, Joon-young and his partner are in the interrogation room with Joo-ran’s client Steve. The manager tries to lie their way out of the situation, but Steve is so hopped up that he almost confesses. Joon-young isn’t paying attention though; he asks his partner if the rest of the club-goers were released. His face falls when he learns that most of them already were.

Joon-young leaves the interrogation room, his face somewhat expectant, and freezes at the sound of his name.

“Ohn Joon-young, right?” Young-jae says chirpily, approaching him. “I almost didn’t recognize you.” She goes on about his changed appearance, even playfully shoving him as if nothing happened. She says it’s nice to see him again, and after keeping silent this whole time, he dryly responds, “It’s nice to see me?”

Young-jae’s smile falls and they stare at each other for a beat before the paparazzi cut in to snap photos of Steve. As Steve avoids the cameras, Joo-ran clings onto Young-jae and they all scramble out of the station. Young-jae turns to take one last look at Joon-young, but he doesn’t face her.

That night, Joon-young can’t focus at the station, and Young-jae has trouble sleeping. The next day, however, it’s back to work for Young-jae and Joo-ran. They work in a pretty high-end hair salon, where they also help students learn the ropes. After a busy day, Joo-ran asks Young-jae if she has any other plans.

Joo-ran drags her to a rather colorful fortune-teller, eager for some dating advice. The fortune-teller can see that Joo-ran has gone through her fair share of bad boys, and she’s gotten hurt every time. The fortune-teller then turns to Young-jae, saying she has a very good aura. So good that she’ll not only have one man in her future, but two. (Gee, thanks for the reminder of a love triangle, Show.)

As for Joo-ran, the fortune-teller suggests she stop coming to appointments like this and join a club to find a man, ha. The girls leave the fortune-teller, Joo-ran feeling scammed out of her money.

Young-jae doesn’t understand why Joo-ran is trying so hard, especially when dating is so tiring. That may be so, but since Joo-ran is well into her thirties, she’s dead-set on finding herself a husband so she can have a pretty daughter that resembles her.

She tells Young-jae to look out for her two mystery men and to choose wisely, but Young-jae couldn’t care less; she wants to focus on work for now.

Ri-won is all grown up and working at a bar, where the boss is none other than Sang-hyun. It looks like Sang-hyun is as charismatic as ever, flirting with some foreign female customers and making Ri-won scowl. He’s surprised when Joon-young shuffles in, looking like he really needs a drink.

Sang-hyun figures his friend’s long face has to do with his one-day romance. After learning of their reunion, he tells Joon-young to forget about it. After all, it was Young-jae’s rejection that prompted Joon-young to drop out of college and join the police force, which he still finds ironic.

Joon-young grumbles that he’s not desperate enough to contact Young-jae again, but his face says otherwise.

At the subway station, Young-jae witnesses two women bumping into a man in a wheelchair without apologizing. She makes sure the man is okay and then confronts the women for acting so rude. One lady blames the man’s chair for scuffing her designer purse (cue severe eye-rolling), infuriating Young-jae further. She grabs the lady’s purse, accidentally breaking the strap.

The next thing we know, they’re at the police station, Young-jae sporting a ripped sleeve. She tries to defend the wheelchaired man’s hurt feelings, while Purse Lady just accuses her of accident fraud. To make things worse, it turns out Purse Lady’s boyfriend is an officer at that station. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, there’s only one thing Young-jae can do.

After getting a surprise call from Young-jae, Joon-young finds her at the station still looking upset and a little embarrassed. He’s able to get her out of there and as they settle into a pojangmacha, she rants about the unfairness of the system. Joon-young crossly states that she hasn’t changed one bit, always butting into others’ business.

She says that the people back at the station are the reason why police have a negative reputation. At that, Joon-young stands to take off, but Young-jae insists that he let her repay him with drinks. She’s not leaving until he accepts, so he pours an entire bottle of soju into his glass and downs it. Young-jae laughs, impressed with how grown-up he turned out. Again, he’s hurt by her carefree attitude, asking if she’s been fine this whole time.

Four soju bottles later, Joon-young is so drunk that he finally gets everything off his chest. He slurs that back then, he had so much hesitation over calling her or visiting her and for seven years, she never called once. Now, as if nothing happened, she’s calling him and drinking with him? “What am I to you?” he demands.

She dodges his question and compliments how nice he looks without his glasses. Assuming she’d been ashamed of his appearance, he asks if she dumped him because he had glasses and braces. She laughs and shakes her head ‘no,’ assuring him that their separation wasn’t his fault.

The reason she dumped him was… Just because. She says it couldn’t be helped and leaves it at that. It’s not enough for Joon-young; he reveals that she’s the reason why he became a policer officer and why he can’t trust women. As he orders another drink, Young-jae watches him sadly.

The two walk towards a convenience store, Young-jae watching Joon-young stagger in front of her. “I wasn’t completely fine either,” she thinks. “I thought about you sometimes too.”

She runs into the convenience store to grab him a drink and returns to find him passed out cold. With his phone locked and her having no idea where he lives, she decides to just bring him back to her apartment.

The next morning, Joon-young wakes up on the couch of a room he doesn’t recognize. He scrambles into a sitting position when he realizes he’s not alone. Soo-jae is sitting across from him, sipping coffee and wondering what he’s doing here.

Something’s changed in Soo-jae. He urges Joon-young to drink his special coffee, speaking in an almost poetic manner. He then tosses Joon-young the notes he’d been writing, which Joon-young realizes is a horrific description of a murder.

Soo-jae explains that he’s writing a crime thriller based on the serial killer case that happened seven years ago. The day of that case changed his and Young-jae’s lives forever. Joon-young’s ears perk up at the mention that he knows Young-jae. Before he can ask how, he realizes he’s late for work and jumps up to leave.

Joon-young’s partner picks him up and they drive over to a suspect’s home. The suspect, however, flees his apartment and Joon-young gives chase. He’s clutching his stomach the entire time (making me feel nauseous) and finally pukes when he’s strained too far. Thankfully, his partner does catch the suspect.

At home, Ri-won brings up the fact that Joon-young spent the night out. His parents’ look up at him, hopeful that he may finally be dating. Dad gives Mom the side-eye, though, and warns Joon-young not to date mean educators, lol.

Joon-young ignores his family and their curiosity and escapes to his room, where he ponders his drunken conversation with Young-jae. He’s hung up on the last thing she said to him, that their separation couldn’t be helped.

Young-jae is sitting in her salon when one of her students asks to leave early to tend to her sick mother. She lets the student go, making Joo-ran point out that it was most likely a lie. Still, Young-jae thinks that the student wouldn’t have made up the excuse if she didn’t have a legitimate reason.

“All day, it felt like I was walking through dark clouds,” Young-jae narrates. “All day, my memories from seven years ago followed me.” We return to seven years ago, only now, we’re in Young-jae’s perspective. As we see her walk away from Joon-young, she narrates that after her grandmother passed away, her brother was all she had. To her, he was her brother, mother, father and grandmother all in one.

Twenty-year-old Young-jae later got a phone call from Soo-jae’s girlfriend Jung-eun and her expression changed to one of dread. She raced down to the hospital, finding a crying Jung-eun waiting outside the emergency operating room.

Young-jae continues to narrate that Soo-jae was in surgery because he’d fallen off the fourth floor and damaged his nerve cells. The news was so horrible that Young-jae didn’t want to believe any of it. She’d stayed in the halls of the hospital, silently crying, as her phone continued going off with Joon-young’s number.

In the present, Joon-young is staring at the hand drip coffee business card he’d gotten from Soo-jae that morning. Soo-jae’s comment about the serial killer case starts to get to Joon-young, so he sets out to find this coffee shop.

He eventually finds this shop, though it turns out that the business is actually done out of a food truck. He then hears Soo-jae call out and turns around… To see Soo-jae sitting in a wheelchair.

Back in Young-jae’s memories, she had to sit in shock as the doctor explained that Soo-jae had paralysis in his lower body. She walked down the long hallway, wishing it were longer so she didn’t have to deliver the awful news.

But it was too late; Soo-jae had already woken up and was panicking about the lack of feeling in his legs. All Young-jae could do was hold him as he writhed in agony on the floor.

Young-jae came home to see Joon-young waiting for her, and that’s when she blew up at him. When Joon-young left, we see that she’d sat down on the roof, her whole world crashing down as it began to rain. Her narration concludes that that day, she pitied herself for the first time, on top of pitying her brother.

Having just heard this entire story from Soo-jae, Joon-young is speechless. He slowly walks away, Young-jae’s story finally falling into place with his own memories.

He breaks into a run as he narrates that on April 22, 2006, the whole country was fixated on news of a serial killer and he was throwing a fit like a child. All the while, Young-jae and Soo-jae had lost everything.

He runs all the way to Young-jae’s hair salon, arriving out of breath and covered in sweat. Young-jae is surprised to see him, especially when his first words are that he’s sorry. He looks at her with such sad eyes and apologizes for not knowing anything back then.

At first, Young-jae seems too overwhelmed to respond, her eyes filling with tears. Then she approaches him with a small smile and asks where he got his hair done. She messes with his bangs while Joon-young continues to look at her and narrate, “Young-jae said it wasn’t my fault, but I feel like it was all my fault. I wish it was all my fault.”

He thinks that she looks so pretty as she tries to hold back tears—so much that his heart feels like it’s going to explode. So he closes the gap between them and kisses her, a tear streaming down his face. They separate for a brief moment before going in for another deep kiss.

 
COMMENTS

Okay, I had some issues with this episode, as well as the last, but the way those two looked at each other at the end kind of made up for it. Kind of. The actors’ chemistry hasn’t blown me away or anything, but it’s definitely getting there. I’m starting to root for them wholeheartedly. I’m a sucker for puppy eyes, okay? What am I supposed to do when they both have them?

I still think things are moving a tad too fast because this episode honestly felt like it belonged somewhere in the middle of the series. I’m nervous because if this were any other rom-com, we would’ve breezed through more than half the plot. So I’m hoping that this isn’t the average rom-com and that it has a lot more in store for us. And I’m talking about The Cute. I’ve been pretty bummed since their breakup, so I expect heaping loads of The Cute to make up for it. In retrospect, the first three episodes now feel like pure setup, and this revelation with Young-jae’s past is our real starting point.

Poor, poor Soo-jae. I should’ve known whatever was wrong with Young-jae had to do with him. I remember a shot in the first or second episode focusing on his work boots, and I had wondered why it felt so eerie. When we saw those boots again in Young-jae’s rainy flashback, it was such a sucker punch to the heart. Then another thought hit me: What if Soo-jae’s girlfriend was another reason as to why Young-jae was so harsh in her and Joon-young’s breakup? We haven’t seen her in the 2013 timeline and I don’t recall seeing her in any of the show’s promos, so is it possible that she left sometime after Soo-jae’s accident? If that’s what really happened, I could see Young-jae losing faith in anyone else other than her brother and herself.

Of course, all of Joon-young’s resentment completely dissipated after he heard Young-jae’s side of the story. He’s been a good person from day one (which is his weakness as well as his strongest asset), and he only proved that by realizing and fully accepting that Young-jae’s pain had been stronger these past seven years. Her brother had gotten hurt, leaving permanent damage, and she didn’t have time to grieve. She had to grow up right then and there to become the head of the household and care for Soo-jae physically and emotionally. As sad as I am for Young-jae and Soo-jae, I am glad that they seem to be in a much better place now. And I think Young-jae deserves a little happiness in her life, which I’m sure Joon-young is more than willing to provide.

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i cannot. get. enough. of this drama!! agreed that most of this action (i.e. the lovey dovey realisations) usually takes place in the middle of the series... but considering their history with each other, think that's probably why things got accelerated. of course, a few questions myself (e.g. did JY not change his number all these years, which is how YJ could contact him at the police station? not impossible, of course) but overall it's just nice to see things already moving along.

and for those who are interested, we're tracking locations on KDL :) https://koreandramaland.com/jobs/?search_keywords=the+third+charm&submit=

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Haha some of my family members still have the same number a decade later. They just have postpaid plans. The telcos just reissue new sims, no need to change numbers.

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haha thanks milk ;) actually, i've had the same number for the last 16 years too! just that y'know, kdrama folk have the tendency to delete numbers on a whim so i guess it's good that YJ didn't...?

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Thanks @sailorjumun
I guess this episode marks the start of the 2nd Season for this couple. A whopping 7 years apart without dating any other person and having this one person only in mind, seems a bit extreme (I know other shows have had longer times spans) but I guess they were young when they started and the emotions were the most raw and extreme as well. Extreme elation, extreme hurt and a lack of trust to try again with another person.

However I do agree with you on finding something a little off in the way they've come back together. Probably it's the lack of communication on the essential points of their lives and relationship. I felt bothered mainly by how closed Young Jae was, in comparison to Joon Young. He asked her pertinent questions but she did not answer. She also showed no repentance over how she had treated Joon Young at their last meeting on her roof.

I guess the relationship can't go any other direction except up (for a while) before it goes down again. So if I can, I'll be watching for the ups (mainly), in the ups and downs of coupledom.

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While it seems extreme, I've experienced it for real. Young broken heart at 21 and no real boyfriend for the next 7 years. Admittedly, I went on dates and met people, but nothing even close to serious. Lots of time to process my youth heartbreak, and afterwards as 28 y.o. adult I met my amazing boyfriend. So things happen!

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Thanks @doublen for your sharing. It's informative to know that the kdrama stress on 1 love's long-lasting effect has basis in reality. The possible but less likely aspect of kdrama, though, is that it brings back the same twosome in the present or future into couplehood again. It's more likely in RL, that the 2 would have gone their separate ways, or at the most become mere acquaintances if they met again. 😉

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I have a feeling that his best friend and sister will hook up. The usual "We can't stand each other but we can't live without each other" trope.
That last scene was beautiful! besides the whole fact that they were kissing (SCREAMS), it was just so touching, from Young-jae holding back her tears to Joon-young's tear rolling down when they kiss, Both their eye acting is so captivating.
So how many times are they gonna meet 3 or 4? I don't remember but I know one of those happens in Portugal. We're 2 down already.

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They are going to meet three times:

The first charm: Age 20, Year 2006
The second charm: Age 27, Year 2013
The third charm: Age 32, Year 2018

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Sister is waayy too awesome for Best Friend. She has no reason to need or like him whereas, in any form, employee, girlfriend or wife, she's a fantastic catch for him. (Esp after what happens in ep 4.)

If they really get together, I need to see him grovelling and stopping his womanizing ways.

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HELLO HI ok we all know SKJ is amazing but I wanna just talk about Esom's character a little bit before I start crying because I love her

So I can't decide if her breaking up with him like that was noble idiocy or just a dick move - regardless, it's realistic. She's a 20-year old kid with a lot of pride going through one of the toughest things that can happen to you right after being humiliated in front of your crush and peers. Talk about a tough week.

She was obviously under a lot of pressure and stress already - hanging out with someone her age was a rarity, she had to grow up fast and prioritize survival over education. Her date with Young-jae was a glimpse into the world of youthful fun and no responsibilities. No wonder it became aggravating and unbearable the minute her life was ruined. It's human nature. It's ugly, but it's real.

Sure, she should have been honest with Young-jae instead of ruining his sense of self-worth. Imagine looking like SKJ and still feeling inadequate!!! What a trauma! But I really can't blame her, I can't. I think if she had more time to sort out her feelings, she would have told him the whole truth. It was just terrible timing.

Anyway how are they both so hot I hate this

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If it was noble idiocy she should have shown remorse after learning he didn't really get over her but she didn't. Nothing in the way she acted told she really understood how mean she was at the rooftop. I do agree it was realistic, she was rather sensitive about the way she felt inferior in the social hierarchy so it was possible she would have lashed out at him at that moment. She did have 7 years though to understand that and even after meeting him she was very careless about it.

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@lixie Yes, I am not pleased with her lack of remorse too, and that she did not at least take back some of the mean things that she had said. This is partly why, I'm not quite on board with this couple. The giving and forgiving is more one-sided now: yes this is true in RL too, but in a drama about nothing but the romance, it gets me feeling dissatisfied on Joon Young's account.

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Has she not shown remorse? Esom's expressions looked authentically self-hating to me. She clearly didn't want to talk about her brother or use the accident as an excuse, what was she supposed to say to a guy she dated for a day and known for two? She broke up with him because she didn't see a future with him, that's a good enough explanation.
It wasn't Yoon-jae's fault, obviously, and he took it personally because of his hung-ups. I think they're fine.

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So, I really like this show, but please bare with my random bursts of realism. I reallllllyyy don't like how SKJ's character blamed himself for what happened to her, and she just let him (in this episode). Idk... the fact that she made him question himself and made him have trust issues is all red flags to me (but, seriously, boy, move on). Yes, she missed him for 7 years, but she couldn't find time to answer him later on?? To me, any person who damages another one emotionally (no matter what their reasons are) is wrong. I reaaaaallly hope this is addressed later on. And again, I know they were young and moved on, but to me, there was only one episode in between so I felt deeply for SKJ's character's hurt. But this is a drama, and dramas gotta drama.

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WORD... From that scene I just had this "please stay away from him feeling" since then.... I can't even enjoy the romance because am waiting for the other shoe to drop ans for him to be more crushed than before and for him to blame himssld some more..
He is too optionally fragile....

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I'm still optimistic and open (to watch, that is). But for me, if someone hurt me that much, it'd be a BIG no no. I'm not saying she's a horrible person - you know, she had her reasons-, I just don't think (at this point in the story) she's right for him. People who make you insecure and dont allow you to be the best version of yourself, even if they make you happy, are just wrong. Please let there be character development!

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Like you am not saying she is a bad person... But she should have shown some remorse... Even if just a little...

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It's a scheme, he blames himself so the audience can understand like that and easily forgive her and root for the couple. I do appreciate the small hint of self awareness when he said he preferred to blame himself. Because it is easier for him than being rejected so cruelly for no reason.
I doubt this will come back because she has shown no remorse, her troubles absolve her of everything.

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@lixie Yeah I hate that!!! Something extraneous comes in to excuse all the bad decisions, bad behaviour, etc. No mention of making recompense.

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I feel the same @justme This was one of the reasons that I felt so bitter about the way Because This Life is Our First ended. So much hurt is suffered by party B, which has been inflicted by party A ... and A remains nonchalant about it in the face of the pain shown by B. Where is there consideration, let alone love? How to root for the couple at this stage? 😖

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EXACTLY. I find it funny how I let the stupidest things pass, but others, like this, are BIG nonos to me. I guess I'll rewrite that scene in my head.

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@growingbeautifully,

Like you, I'm having flashbacks to BTLIOF, and also TEMPERATURE OF LOVE and even SHOULD WE KISS FIRST, as alluded to below. You're not the only one who was skeeved out.

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The story is as fast as the KTX. The 3rd episode and they're already back together. Whether it's the first time or the second, I don't think they really had the time to know each other. But they look cute and happy together.

For the brother's girlfriend, she clearly disapeared. But for now, I won't blame her. It was a hard situation to handle and we don't know yet what happened.

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It's possible that brother was pushing her away and one day, he really managed to shove her off. I can't imagine her leaving just because he got disabled. She was so close to both people in the family.

That's an incredibly sad break up.

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@peeps
The part we don't get to see also is if brother's ex-gf might have had great family objections to her being with a disabled bf/husband. She might have been forced to cave in as well... especially if bf too refused to hang on to her and encouraged her to leave.

Still, it would have impacted his sister who had believed in their love and how they'd been a family before the accident.

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I never had the, "stay away from my....*insert* son, brother, friend..." thought about a lead couple until this episode.... Or show... I honestly wanted Someone to tell her that...

Its not because she is a bad person, or anything.... Its just that protective instinct in me... And my feelings were amplified when he cried as he told her about how he thought , about what HE did wrong...he never once blamed her... To him he must have done something wrong... And the way she acted as if nothing ever happened 😕

During that scene I could just picture how the next break ups will go... She will appear cause him to fall in love some more then disappear... And as a person no matter how much of a true love it is, knowing how sensitive and what a hopeful and earnest person our male lead plus with his self-esteem..

I would honestly beg her to away from him.... For once in my life. I want an uncomplicated FL, I wish I could pair him with seung ah from 100m stars... Its will ne the most boring, sweet uninteresting romance, but these are two people that would put thier hearts to it and make it work andthey are both sheltered and gullible enough to me protective of them...

I don't blame her or saying they couldn't work I feel that the amount of breakdown he / they will go through for such a Romance is not worth it and the number of years too...

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I cried when Soo Jae woke up. How heartbreaking for both Young Jae and Soo Jae. It doesn’t give YJ a pass for how she treated JY though. I don’t like how she didnt even apologize or explain what was happening. But whatever I guess.

I am also really mad that the girlfriend just left Soo Jae. When he needed her the most. I think that was the thing that bothered me the most. How cold hearted. I get that it was hard on everyone, but SJ needed those he cared about.

This is called Third Charm for a reason, so I would be willing to bet we will have another separation and time jump. I hope we get some cute in between the angst though.

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I love a lot of things in this drama, but it feels like we already ran through the entire plot in the first three episodes. Kiss of Realization usually happens on episode 9-12, when we've been waiting forever. I've been trying to think of more significant plot that this couple can go through now other than breaking up from fighting and getting back together or re-addressing the past excessively, but I'm coming up with nothing significant. I hope drama throws a curve ball at us because SKJ and Esom are both delivering amazing acting.

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Yeah, they are break up agai because neither of them have really grown or changed. And then they are gonna do it again in their 30's. Isn't that the plot, their relationship in their teens, 20's and 30's.

I really don't think they should be a couple.

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While I'm enjoying this show, I'm struggling to understand where it can go from here, and there are some questions that I really want answered. I like slice of life as much as anyone, but as other comments have said here, it feels like a large portion of typical drama timeline has been used up in half as many episodes. This pace is refreshing, since I'm an impatient and critical viewer, but the nature of this plot could get tiresome and ridiculous quickly if they're forced to push unnecessary drama just to buy time.

Things of note:

1. Young-Jae has had a hard time, for sure. I even somewhat understand where she's coming from: she'd already been burned during her night out with Joon-Young, so wasting more time on a romance fantasy that's already proven to be a rose with loads of thorns probably seemed pointless when faced with a future of being the breadwinner and the carer of a disabled person. However, I don't buy that this means she could never explain why she was such a dick to him and why she didn't want to date him. I'm not great at verbally fronting my feelings either, but luckily I'm British so I'm great at sending letters - and that's what I do when I want to clear the air but can't seem to communicate face to face. Why couldn't she? He was actually a great guy who wasn't judging her and he was always kind. She's not obligated to return his feelings but basic courtesy costs nothing. The way she treated him was piss poor.

2. On that topic, I even found her behaviour when they met again to be annoying. I'm not sure if it was the acting or just the way she as a character comes across. She was probably doing the 'hiding my pain behind smiles' thing but it didn't work for me. I didn't like how she wanted to talk to him reminiscently while skating over the way they broke up and the way she treated him. No apology. She seemed to just smile and dismiss a majority of his drunken rant and only seemed slightly regretful towards the end.

It came across condescending and I get the impression she doesn't understand his feelings, the depth of them or the depth of her impact on him. That's fine. But acting like she didn't tear him off one on the rooftop with unnecessary cruelty that day is not a good look, especially not when he's clearly still hurt about it.

3. This serial killer thing keeps getting mentioned, to a point where I thought it would play a part in Young-Jae's tragedy. The fact that that doesn't seem to be the case, but is still one of the things that gets mentioned, is really annoying. Why bring it up at all if it plays no real part? I read somewhere that it might be a symbol of the large tragedy overshadowing Young-Jae's smaller one, but that still doesn't make sense to me.

So I have a theory here, and it's probably totally wrong, but at least it would explain the show's weird obsession with mentioning this killer and Young-Jae's brother's interest in it. They arrested the wrong guy,...

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and maybe Young-Jae's brother's girlfriend was killed by the real one. That would make the serial killing a cold case that needs resolving, and would explain why it gets mentioned all the time. I hate the idea of the girlfriend being fridged, but somehow I hate it more if she's written off as someone who ditched the guy she loves because he's in a wheelchair.

It could pad the story out more, too, if Joon-Young investigates the case. That way it wouldn't just be us having to watch his yo-yo'ing relationship for another 12+ episodes.

4. Please don't let there be an unnecessary love triangle. I feel like there's already going to be a stupid level of misunderstandings and pointless drama between these two, the last thing we need is a love triangle.

5. I loved nerdy!Joon-Young. I had a crush on him, actually. And I love the moments where he shines through in cop!Joon-Young. But when he doesn't shine through, cop!Joon-Young seems like a standard SKJ default character and the difference between the two personalities is so jarring that I can't grasp his character, or care for cop!Joon-Young as a person, and as a result it falls flat. He's grown up, got a career, gained confidence - I get that. But his character is still too contradictory to me, and I can't figure out if it's just me or the acting or...?

6. Supporting characters aren't interesting. I liked Sang-Hyun after he supported Joon-Young in episode 2, but he's not interesting right now. And Young-Jae's friend/co-worker is unbearable. Ri-Won has had zero development.

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I love your idea that the real serial killer is still at large. I've posted a couple of thoughts on the serial killer trope below.

I had no idea this show would have yet another serial killer in it. I thought I'd fulfilled my quota with COME HERE AND HUG ME, which was a great show. But I'm really not eager to have another one of these sickos running around killing people. I shudder at the idea that Soo-jae's fiancee might have been a victim. That would certainly account for her absence. Dang...

BTW, I agree with you about letter writing, and said so. ;-)

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Yes, she was very condescending and cold when they met again. This time she didn't have any reason. She became so unlikable I felt sorry he had to get back with this person. I also think this serial killer thing will lead to something.

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I'm glad I'm not alone on this. I actually feel so far that she doesn't deserve him, her sad story doesn't excuse what feels like an inability to take responsibility for her behaviour and actions. Maybe she'll improve with time - I hope so, because right now I'm not feeling this couple at all.

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I am just guessing that the title has to do with 3rd time is the charm and we are looking at yet another break up and another time jump? Since we are only in 2013? I've just been kind of skimming the last 2 episodes. It hasn't hooked me yet and I'm finding it hard to concentrate. Still I like both of the leads a lot in their prior works...just not convinced yet that they fit each other. I'm just not feeling the chemistry. :(

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"Third time's the charm" was my take on the title as well.

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I am so very very happy her Oppa didn't die. That was my fear. I am loving this drama though. They have good chemistry.

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Am I the only person who is unhappy with this new backstory regarding Soo-jae? I liked the realistic set up of Young-jae breaking up with Joon-young because she felt embarrassed about not fitting in with his college lifestyle. It was a realistic source of conflict that showed how class and the prestige awarded to those who enter higher education can create divides among people from an early age. This backstory with Soo-jae felt like a cop-out, as if the writer’s saying ‘no, even though Young-jae was a young woman with a lot on her plate and a lot of insecurities to boot, there is no way she would be mean enough to dump a guy because of these insecurities! There has to be some tragic reason which validates her actions and makes Joon-young forgive her immediately!’ Give me a break. Why can’t we have characters acting their age, doing immature things and giving into their insecurities from time to time, just because that’s what growing up is all about. Why does there always have to be some melodramatic backstory involved?

Also, the fact that Joon-young quit university because of Young-jae is ridiculous. Evidently I’m way too cynical for this drama.

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Yes, that's exactly it. The writer had to find some reason to excuse her because otherwise she would become too unlikable. The joke is her behavior in this ep was really bad so the reason she did that at the rooftop didn't manage to make up for her actions after meeting him again.

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Anything would have been okay , if only she didn't act like nothing ever happened after seeing how heart broken he was....

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That version would have been a mixed bag. I really like the idea of it being purely about insecurities/class, not just because it's interesting but also because I feel like Soo-Jae's disability and pain is being used purely for Young-Jae at this point. It's all about her somehow, although Soo-Jae is the one who lost his independence and possibly his girlfriend.

But like Lixie says here, Soo-Jae's story is meant to garner enough sympathy from us to gloss over Young-Jae's attitude and somehow manage to make Joon-Young so apologetic that he even says he feels like it's his fault and immediately forgets the grudges of the past. It's a cop-out piece of writing to erase Young-Jae's actions and Joon-Young's strong grudge in one swoop so that they can move straight into phase two and start dating again.

I would have been fine with her behaviour if she'd dealt with it at the time, apologised afterwards, I dunno. Recognised that she was out of line and could have been more gentle about breaking up with a nice guy regardless of reasons? But she's never apologised. Not only that - and this is something that riles me so bad when it happens in real life - she acted like nothing had happened when she met him again. In his position I would be so salty the ocean would have nothing on me. Soo-Jae's story was used to cut back the salt enough to pave a quick and easy way for reconciliation.

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Am I the only one okay with YoungJae this episode?

I mean, yeah, she treated JoonYoung less-than-gently but it's not like she really went in and ripped him apart and make him lose every single thing he holds dear. JoonYoung was just... too fragile, omg. People get dumped all the time. Not everyone therefore ends up changing their life's course, lose faith in the opposite gender and staying single for 7 years just because of a moment of dumping. Why does she have to take care of his feelings when her world's collapsed around her? And given her upbringing, she probably just thought he'd go off and continue his splendid life elsewhere because she can't even think of having the luxury to be hurt.

I didn't find YoungJae condescending at the pojangmacha. For a prideful girl, it was her way of apologising. At least she met him. At least she didn't avoid him. And I believe she never explained to him because she didn't want to reveal her brother's condition nor did she want to use that as an excuse for the way she treated him 7 years ago because she knows that if she could go back to that time, she would do the exact same thing again. Plus, she never thought of getting back together with JoonYoung. It just feels like... I guess you could say the ending of La La Land, a little bittersweet, for things that "could have been" if not for the circumstances that was nobody's fault then.

Plus, it's been a while since I last watched this episode... But did he ever say that he blamed himself aloud? If YoungJae never heard it, how is she supposed to know what he's thinking?

As you all know, this relationship is kinda doomed this season. They don't really know what they're getting into, and they came together just cos... hormones... And they're bound to hurt each other again.

But hurting each other is part of life. And still, you learn a lot, you're happy for that moment in time... And That's what life is. It's better to have loved and lost than to never have lived at all. It's better to love and hate, than to keep wondering what might've been.

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You aren't the only one and I agree with everything you wrote.

Maybe it's the way the drama built up to their first date and the way everything crashed like some monumental doom that we forget they hardly knew each other and their romance had no chance to go beyond that first date.

I would blame Young Jae if she had callously dumped Joon Young after being in a relationship with him. That wasn't the case 7 years ago.

In this 2nd season, I won't be surprised if they break up again because they may be 27 years old but have never dated since 7 years ago let alone experienced a relationship.

As individuals, Young Jae and Joon Young seem to have changed but fundamentally not much. They are both good people but flawed. I won't be surprised if Young Jae has the same insecurities and ditto Joon Young.

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"she probably just thought he'd go off and continue his splendid life elsewhere"

True, but when she heard his drunk confessions after 7 years she knew just how much he was hurt by her. She sort of owed him an explanation to him right there. Sure, he was being immature making such a big deal, but you know, it is just the decent thing to do, to fix the stupid ideas he had. Still, she was too proud or self centered and chose not to say anything.

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Explaining would mean revealing her brother's condition and the fate that befell their small family 7 years ago. I think she didn't want to burden him with that nor make him guilty, especially since she still holds him pretty dearly but didn't want to get together at that point in time.

To her, it was better for her to be the bad person than for him to realise that he's horrifyingly misunderstood her for the past 7 long years.

And seriously, I'm just rolling my eyes at JoonYoung's immaturity.

YoungJae might be selfish and egoistic at that moment, but it's incredibly realistic for me. Explaining would mean being vulnerable. And whatever trauma with relationships JoonYoung went through, she's going through too. I'm not quite sure she's adult enough to know how to handle the situation.

Given that JoonYoung isn't being an adult too, I don't see why she has to be one when they're the same age and especially when they were not anything to each other yet. She could explain, that would make her the bigger and wiser person, but even if she doesn't it doesn't make her a terrible person in my eyes.

It's just yet another moment of immaturity playing out and life's full of it.

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Thanks for your speedy recap, @sailorjumun! A lot has happened in the first three episodes, and I think we're in for even more set-up.

First off, I want to address the title, which has been bugging me as it makes me think of the old saw "Third time's the charm." Third instance of what? If it's separation, do we count the first one following the fiasco at the Chem Engineering Department's open bar, and then the one after Young-jae's meltdown outside her rooftop house? Is there yet another separation in the offing? I cannot help but think that there's more than a little foreshadowing in the title. Good. Got that off my chest.

Speaking of foreshadowing: Now we know why Young-jae got into a scuffle over the way the two women on the train behaved towards the man in the wheelchair on the subway platform. After her exposure of the perv in the subway car in episode 1, I'm beginning to think that Young-jae doesn't get involved in breaches of the peace for stupid reasons. She was concerned that he could have been knocked out of his wheelchair or otherwise harmed. At the very least, she took umbrage at the complainants' crappy attitude that he had no business being on a public conveyance. (Paging Karma...)

More foreshadowing: Repeated mention of the apprehension of a serial killer, Soo-jae Oppa's screenplay of a heinous murder – and his studying for the civil service exam to join the police force – now have me wondering how the Lees' elders died. Didn't their parents die in an auto accident? What about Grandma? I'm also wondering about Soo-jae's four-story fall at a construction site. Did he get pushed? Not sure. But if he had been targeted by the serial killer, I think that would have been all over the news. Ditto if he had been trying to make a citizen's arrest. Color me paranoid. ;-)

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I must applaud Sang-hyun's exquisite taste in lounge music. Daebak!
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/621506/

Sang-hyun's foolproof method of determining whether Joon-young has gone off the deep end for Young-jae who rematerialized after seven years: “Am I still the first number saved on your phone's speed dial?” ROFLMAO as Ri-won nods affirmatively in the background.

On a more serious note, I'm getting fed up with Young-jae's keeping mum about Soo-jae's accident – and all her other hang-ups. If she could not bear to talk about it, she could have written a letter, dang it! Instead, she only called him after seven freaking years because she needed his help. I was ready to smack her when she blithely and condescendingly blathered on and on at him at the precinct, and later at the pojangmacha, as if she hadn't harshly dumped him without explanation. I may be particularly cranky about this because I've seen a string of Kdramas over the past year or so in which at least one party keeps secrets, fails to share information, expects the other to read minds, behaves in a high-handed manner, etc., etc., ad nauseum, and I'm reaching saturation. (So why am I watching Kdramas then, you ask? Because I'm a Beanie!)

It may be that her reticence is a character defect that Young-jae has to overcome, while Joon-young has to develop stronger boundaries and quit letting certain people walk all over him. When he asked her, “Who am I to you?” I was tempted to answer, “Her doormat.” And that makes me angry. As it is, I think she thinks she still has his number, and assumed that he would come running to her aid at the precinct despite her having treated him so heartlessly because he is such an honorable and fair-minded doofus individual.

I would love for him to come to his senses and take a step back. He's no longer the naive college freshman who was dumped twice by a socially and economically insecure high school graduate. The name of the game is “boundaries,” and he needs to develop healthy ones, along with self-respect. For once I'd like to see him put his bratty sister in her place, too. Just a nice warning shot across the bow to tell her to get off his back and treat him like a human being. Or maybe he has to judiciously adopt some of Mom's overbearing character traits. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake Yes, I teeter on heartily disliking his sister and laughing at her ability to get him to cave and give her what she wants. He too needs to put her in her place. He's been too much of a pushover in the family, and I fear will be a pushover in the romance as well.

High-handed, bossy females seem to be much in his life.

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@growingbeautifully,

Mom wears the pants in the family (although I didn't see much evidence of that), and Dad is a wuss. Joon-young needs to embrace his Inner Tiger Mom and stand up for himself. And find himself a more assertive male role model, because Dad ain't cutting it. I was hoping that Soo-jae would have been it, but he seems to have zenned out since falling off the building. He's still one of my favorite characters in the show.

Ri-won is so danged invasive, I wanted to throttle her. She came across as so belittling and mean-spirited that I was ready to scream.

Running a close second in the annoying characters department is Young-jae's flaky boss. Maybe we can lock her in a closet with Ri-won and throw away the key...

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I'm with you on Ri Won and find it's a pity Soo Jae has not retained the same level of authoritative spirit, maybe.

I'm ok with the boss. She's there for the laughs, to maybe give us the older person's dimension of desperation in singlehood. Maybe show thinks that just giving us the ups and downs of JY and YJ will be too boring or depressing.

Of course, if it wanted to expand on the serial killer bit, there could be lots to fill the forthcoming episodes.

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Ah, near the end of ep. 3 I spotted Mom's overbearing attitude and behavior towards Dad. Charming. No wonder Joon-young is a chip off the old hen-pecked block.

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" Joon-young needs to embrace his Inner Tiger Mom and stand up for himself"

This shouldn't be so hard, since we already ide. Tidied he looks like granny in a wig...

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I agree with so much of what you've written here. I get that Soo-Jae's situation probably felt private, raw and not her story to tell. And yet...it is, because they're making it all about Young-Jae. "Young-Jae had a hard time", and even Joon-Young's reaction to hearing it was primarily 'omg poor Young-Jae'. I feel more for Soo-Jae here - he's obviously a changed man in many ways.

Speaking as someone who cares for multiple disabled family members who prefer not to be a topic of discussion, there are ways to talk about your own life and prepare people for the complications you have without needing to air all of your laundry. Whether she meant to or not or whether Joon-Young is disproportionately fragile or not, she hurt him badly enough without obvious reason that his self-esteem took a knock. He was actually a confident guy as nerdy!Joon-Young (I loved that break in the nerdy stereotype), but now we see him years later convinced that his appearance was embarrassing.

Secret-keeping in dramas can be done well, but I do hate it when zero effort is made to soothe a bad situation for the sake of 'secrets'. At the end of the day, a good guy got hurt, those are his real feelings whether people agree with them or not. If Young-Jae wants to be calling him up for favours or talking to him like they're old friends, she owes it to him to at least talk it out in some way like adults. She's obviously aware of the consequences of what happened, but she doesn't seem overly interested in facing them.

"Instead, she only called him after seven freaking years because she needed his help." THIS. Thank you for mentioning this. It's not like she even met up with him for the sake of it, she literally wanted a favour from him even after his response to her at the police station had been less than friendly.

I don't want anyone to misunderstand, I'm not screaming hate from a mountaintop. Flawed characters are awesome. But I give no free passes. It's not even just the breakup that bugged me, but her behaviour during their dates too. She wasn't a bad person, but definitely an insensitive one who I expected to have a little more self-control and empathy considering her own deep sensitivities. Because of her own insecurities, I thought she'd be a little more sensitive in turn, and when she wasn't it felt like casual rudeness.

I'm hoping that it's a way in which her character will grow - to be more sensitive and understanding, whilst Joon-Young becomes less of a doormat and regains his self-confidence. He was too invested in his first love, that bright spark of spontaneity in the middle of his otherwise routine and hen-pecked life, and sadly it all affected him deeper than it would affect other people. He's too sensitive, and he needs to become a little less so in order to not have other people dictate his life and his self-image. I think if they both can reach those points, their relationship could prevail. For now, though, I don't...

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[Part 2] I don't like Young-Jae very much and I feel like Joon-Young is still too easily invested and kind of clingy and lining himself up for heartbreak.

As for the serial killer thing...good storytelling means nothing goes to waste, even red herrings. And the serial killer thing not only keeps coming up, but it's constantly mentioned parallel to Soo-Jae's situation and even the Joon-Jae breakup. If it's a strategy to compare size and depth of tragedies, then it sucks. They don't need to do that, least of all with a serial killer.

It makes me hope that this isn't just lazy writing and that the serial killer thing is still relevant. Soo-Jae's interest in it and the constant references make me think the killer is tied to the family somehow. Maybe it explains Soo-Jae's girlfriend's absence. I can't figure out if the killer was arrested before or after Soo-Jae's accident. If before, then maybe they arrested the wrong guy. If after, then maybe him targeting someone like Soo-Jae's girlfriend led to his capture.

I really don't know, I'm just hoping that it will be addressed. The serial killer thing feels overall unnecessary and yet if done well, and if it's something Joon-Young has to get involved in as a cop, it could help to pad out the storyline and bring some sort of symbolic peace to the past while tying it to the present.

Right now, the character I'm interested in most of all is Soo-Jae. He's obviously changed so much, and will be feeling a deep guilt and loss because he is now the cared-for instead of the carer. I find it sad and admirable all at once, that his focus is on the affect it had on Young-Jae, and that he's still trying to live his life even if he doesn't seem content with it.

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@ Alex,

You bring up many good points. Thank you!

Young-jae was defensive and hardass well before she met Joon-young. I ascribe that to the effects of bullying and social stigmatization over conditions beyond her control: the death of her parents, being raised by her grandmother and Orabeoni, and poverty. It's nuts that she's being treated as wangtta for such reasons, but that reflects society's intense pressure to conform to appearances. I believe that Show is using this as social criticism.

I thought it laudable that, when all of her high school buddies were going off to college, Young-jae rationally opted for practical vocational training to enable her to earn a living and take some of the financial pressure off of her loving and admirable brother, who worked in construction full time while studying for the police exam. She made a virtue of necessity, but underneath her realistic attitude, I detect bitterness and covert envy. I see her as admirable in her acceptance of her economic situation, and her practical career plans. She picked a profession in which native talent and creativity -- two qualities that can neither be bought nor studied in school -- could enable her to achieve financial success and fame in her own right.

But there's also a defensiveness below Young-jae's surface. She is embittered. We still don't know the full story of how she and Orabeoni came to be orphaned.

Joon-young is regarded as a nerd by his classmates in high school and college -- a brainy klutz with a kind, passive temperament. Whereas Young-jae's Orabeoni obviously loves her -- as does his fiancee -- Joon-young is condescendingly treated by his whole family. His mother's domineering personality and behavior give his sister carte blanche to harass the hell out of him and accuse him of being gay, which I found appalling because of how it was used to belittle him. I found it hateful, and not funny. Joon-young is wangtta in his own family -- but at least no one is physically beating him up at home. I'm grateful for small mercies. He has grown up with conditional “love,” if that is what you can even call it. If he were not such an excellent student, how would his educator parents have treated him? I don't think he has OCD as has been implied. I think he has adopted perfectionistic behaviors because of his demanding parents, who would be professionally disgraced if he were anything less than an excellent student.

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Soo-jae is an interesting character, and I'm eager to learn more about him. I've never gotten the impression that he cries in his beer Sumatra Mandheling over his family's tragic circumstances. I find him thoroughly admirable. Although he reveled in his physicality as a construction worker, he also has a brain and knows how to use it. Even after his accident, he has found ways to make money, although we don't know how remunerative they actually are. The main thing is that he is not holed up somewhere throwing a 24/7 pity party. He plays to his strengths and makes the most of his circumstances. He is out and about in society.

As a coffee lover myself with a relative in the roasting business, I enjoyed hearing him expound on Kona coffee and reference Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii. He knows his beans, and has even won a barista championship. He has turned his intellect from studying for the police exam to cultivating professional expertise as a coffee specialist. Perhaps he writes a coffee column, or does consulting work, in addition to slinging cups of Kona at his coffee stand.

Soo-jae has also turned his hand to screenwriting as an avenue of continuing his involvement in police work. Perhaps as a writer he can continue to work on whatever it was that prompted his desire to become a police officer. Maybe he's the Kdrama equivalent of Mycroft Holmes – a wheelchair detective who is not confined to an armchair. I suspect that he will collaborate professionally with Joon-young in investigations, although it may be off the record.

When Soo-jae philosophized, I took it in an “older but wiser” way. He may be putting on a stoic face, but he may also be a naturally serious person. He could well feel guilty about being unable to support his kid sister, who has had to grow up too quickly. I'm concerned over the absence of his fiancee, and the possibility that something dire happened to her. I did not get the feeling that she would have willingly left him, although as other Beanies have pointed out, her family could have put the kibosh on the marriage after he was permanently injured. I couldn't help but wonder about the medical treatment he received. Could he have regained the use of his legs if he had had more money??

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Hi @pakalanapikake. Story of my life. I start at the end and go backwards. I read and commented on episode 4 before coming back to the comments on episode 3 (dumb on my part since the revelations in eps. 3 were so important.)
Just a quick thanks for your analysis and comments. I see where you covered some of the concerns I expressed in my comments on eps. 4. Thanks for introducing me to the word wangtta. I am going to follow up with a little more research.
Also, brother Dong-jae has come a long way from instant coffee.
I am probably more coffee 'addict' than 'aficionado' but enjoy learning more about coffee and I love DJ's Coffee Truck. His location seems to have a great view but I am not so sure about the foot traffic.

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@marcusnyc20 Bong-soo October 10, 2018 at 8:30 AM

You're most welcome. ;-)

Glad to help expand your Kdrama vocabulary. I encountered the term wangtta while discussing MAWANG / THE LUCIFER / THE DEVIL, the thoroughly excellent 2007 revenge drama, last winter at the invitation of @linda-palapala and @ Tom. Their discussion begins here, but I didn't catch up with them until about two weeks later in the thread. (We met in dismay in the later recaps for BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST.)
http://www.dramabeans.com/2007/04/devil-mawang-wave-of-japanese-support/#comment-3148565

Scapegoating, bullying, and shunning have been depicted in innumerable Kdramas, but MAWANG is the one that stands out as an indictment of throwing one's weight around at people who don't or can't live up to social demands. I don't usually go for revenge tales, but this one is a stunning drama in its own right, and is one of the relatively few series in which Kim Young-jae has appeared. He had made an impression on me in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG, my second Kdrama.

I try to keep up with recaps chronologically. And even when I do, the time lag sometimes gets me discombobulated as to which events occurred in a particular episode. I try not to spoil, but sometimes I just plain lose the pointer.

After being a true-blue caffeine addict and coffee demi-snob for decades, I now rarely drink it. After I recently accidentally acquired a bag of chocolate-covered espresso beans, I've resorted to chawing on them while reading subtitles to keep my mind sharp.

It occurs to me that Soo-jae's coffee wagon may be his lookout post in the street. I have a feeling he's on a very long-term stakeout. It's just a hunch. There was a similar twist in the film ANTIQUE BAKERY.

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My comments on THIRD CHARM in this weekend's What We're Watching:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/10/team-dramabeans-what-were-watching-124/#comment-3317029

In answer to @kimbapnoona's follow-up query:

I got confused as to what happened in which episode, and asked IT Goddess @mary to delete my earlier post from moderation limbo. (Thanks, mary!!!) I've rewatched eps. 2 and parts of 3, and edited my reply. This may be old news by now, but here goes:

After her chirpy reunion with him in the station house following the New Year's Eve drug bust, Young-jae phoned Joon-young from another precinct following the altercation in the subway with two women who mistreated a man in a wheelchair. He went to her aid in what was obviously a set-up by the other woman – whose boyfriend was a police officer – and the two then repaired to a pojangmacha. The detective poured his broken heart out to Young-jae and drowned his sorrows in soju, while she smiled like the Mona Lisa. He conked out, so she carted him to her home because she didn't know where he lived, and put him on the couch.

Joon-young awoke the next morning after she had gone to work, and was greeted by a seated and very shaggy Soo-jae Oppa. Neither recognized the other because they had never met before. (I rewatched ep. 2 to verify.) The shaggy man was a champion barista who gave him a cup of Kona coffee and his business card. Then he handed the cop a gruesome screenplay to read, noting that it was based on a serial killer who was caught the day that his and Young-jae's life changed. He did not elaborate. (This seems to be a family trait!) At mention of her name, Joon-young asked if he knew her, and he replied that she asked him to waken the sleeper at 8AM – but it was now 9:30. Joon-young rushed off to work.

When he got off his shift, Joon-young sought out the barista's mobile coffee shop, and had The Talk with Soo-jae. Who was in a wheelchair.

Joon-young ran all the way to the salon, and the first thing he did was apologize. The look on his face as Soo-jae's revelations sank in, and as he faced Young-jae for the first time with that knowledge... Oof!

Seo Kang-joon's powerhouse performances in ARE YOU HUMAN TOO were terrific. In this role, he's outdone himself with the warmth and spontaneity he brings to the character as he thaws out. It's like watching a glacier in a heatwave. He cannot help but cease being angry once he knows what happened. I have had the exact same experience of all anger and resentment instantly falling away after years of frustration when I finally learned the whole story -- out of the blue. Kudos to the actor for nailing it. His transformation from kicked puppy to maturely protective lover was a sight to behold.

If she had been present, bratty Ri-won would have undoubtedly demanded to know what this changeling had done with Orabeoni. LOL.

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And yeah I felt the same way. It feels too much like a setup for something much bigger later on. I'm almost impatient for their next break up (which will def happen).

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BUT SHE COULD'VE JUST EXPLAINED WITHOUT HAVING TO DRAG THE ISSUE OUT FOR SEVEN YEARS

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Honestly, I'm still not sold on this drama. And 2/3 of my anticipation (which wasn't high to begin with) was squashed when the whole "there will be two men in your life" thing came up. I AM SO TIRED OF LOVE TRIANGLES! Why, Show, why?

Ugh. Anyway, my theory is that Soo-jae's girlfriend was killed by the serial killer from seven years ago. Why else would they keep bringing it up? And Joon-young will have to solve the case.

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