Rating:
Average user rating 4.7
66

Chocolate: Episode 9

Even the best of doctors get sick, and even the coldest of hearts feel warmth. We see that this episode when our neurosurgeon is given the chance he’s been waiting for his entire life. It’d be so easy to take it if his time at the hospice hadn’t complicated his feelings. He doesn’t quite understand what’s causing the sickness in his heart, but it’s enough to make him hesitate.

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

Summer 1995. Joon, his parents, and Grandma watch their baseball game on TV, while in a separate room, Kang watches news of the department store collapse in tears. He later begs Grandma to save his mom, but as we saw in an earlier episode, Grandma merely states that they aren’t to go public with his mom’s accident. Only this time, we see that Joon looks up at the sobbing Kang with something resembling pity.

Sometime after the accident, the housekeeper helps Kang gather Mom’s things to burn (in order to help her spirit move on). Kang numbly dumps all of his chocolate with the belongings, saying, “From now on, I’m not eating chocolate. If I do, I’ll want to return to Wando Island.” He then asks the housekeeper to prepare him a real meal, which he silently scarfs down. Grown-up Kang narrates to Min-sung, saying that he thought he was going the right way but ended up lost again.

Pulling into Grandma’s driveway, Kang wonders if he’ll be able to find his way back. Grandma greets him warmly, praising him for saving Hee-joo and making Geosung’s name clean again. Now, she’ll be able to move forward with her plan of replacing the hospice with a silver town.

Grandma smiles and says that she wants Kang to take over when that happens; she might even consider giving him Geosung. Kang says nothing, but his eyes show worry. His eavesdropping aunt shows worry too as she tries to reach her husband. We see that Seung-hoon is currently eating lunch with Director Kwon, ignoring his wife’s calls.

Apparently, the two both started off as interns at Geosung Hospital. And the reason why Seung-hoon wanted to reconnect — after thirty years of no contact — was because he thought Kwon lived an unfortunate life and seeing Kwon still managing encouraged him.

After all, Seung-hoon says, Kwon divorced his first wife, lost his second wife due to childbirth complications (ahh), and then lost his only son. Kwon is staring daggers, but Seung-hoon carelessly continues that he can’t believe his first wife left him for another man, only to return with Alzheimer’s.

That’s the final straw — Kwon stands and seethes, “Why is your dirty mouth talking about that woman, you bastard?!” Damn.

At a Godiva chocolate shop, searching for new sweets, Cha-young sees a little kid dressed as an astronaut and is immediately reminded of Ji-yong. But when she says Ji-yong’s name, the kid reveals his face, making Cha-young’s smile falter, and runs off to his mother.

Meanwhile, at the hospice, Kang finds Ye-sol outside checking in on Ji-yong’s favorite turtle. Kang asks where her mom is, and she sadly informs him that Mom collapsed and is currently in the ICU. She admits that she misses eating and chatting with Mom here at the hospice.

Min-yong then runs up with Korean clam pancakes for Ye-sol. He tells Ye-sol and Kang that his mom is still helping out in the kitchen, grateful for Ji-yong’s care. She even had a dream about Ji-yong looking down on Earth.

In the midst of eating, Ye-sol breaks down crying, surprising them. “My mom likes clam pancakes,” she explains through tears. “I want to take some to her, but she’s in the ICU, so she can’t eat anything.” The boys look at her sympathetically as she continues to cry and eat her food.

Kang heads into his office and finds a plate of clam pancakes waiting for him. However, he doesn’t seem to have the appetite.

Director Kwon sneaks over to the kitchen and listens in on Seon-ae and Cha-young preparing dinner. Seon-ae is struggling to remember the steps of cooking clam porridge, and Cha-young pushing for her not to give up just frustrates her more. She storms out, making Kwon duck into a hiding space.

The young nurse Na-ra sees him, and he huffs before going on his way, lol. Na-ra enters the kitchen to drop off a package for Cha-young, as well as steal a pancake for herself. Suddenly, Seon-ae bursts back in, happy as a clam (ayyy), claiming she finally remembered the next step.

Cha-young is proud to see that Seon-ae has her enthusiasm back. And once the porridge is ready, the girls taste it and squeal with delight. Cha-young then takes a break to open her package and sees that it’s a new set of plates made by Joon.

Tae-hyun calls Cha-young out to the parking lot, there for his daily annoyance session. He shows her the newer, more expensive car next to Kang’s (which is Joon’s car) and states that he has found his new dream car.

“I’ve done some thinking,” he tells her, “and marrying your first love is weird.” Oh lord — he wants her to lure in a different brother-in-law for him, one that might actually like her. And, well, Cha-young’s face says it all.

Back inside, Kang is thinking over Grandma’s offer, letting his pancakes go cold. He thinks of all the patients and what the hospice means to them, his thoughts eventually leading to Cha-young and how she sobbed on the roof.

He heads outside just as Cha-young makes her way towards the entrance. He almost walks past her, but turns and calls her back. As she turns too, a large white sheet comes falling from above and covers the both of them.

It’s only for a moment, but Kang stares at Cha-young as if they’re encased in their own little world, remembering when he’d told Min-yong that he kept worrying about someone.

Kang removes the sheet just in time to see Joon rush over to the roof’s ledge, wearing rubber gloves. Kang and Cha-young look up at him in confusion, while he looks back at them with embarrassment.

Out on the basketball court, Director Kwon informs Kang that Joon’s doing community service at the hospice for assaulting Professor Jung. And it’s obvious that Joon doesn’t want to be here, as he does all of his work half-assed.

Cha-young tries to help Joon out a bit, but he only views it as her pitying him. Young-shil comes in to make it clear that he won’t be getting any special treatment, getting him riled up, and then sends him home for today.

When Joon leaves, he finds Kang on the court playing basketball alone. Smirking, Joon tells Kang that he knows about the deal Grandma offered. “Do the people at this hospice know that you’re hatching a wicked plot with that innocent face of yours?” he asks. Kang scoffs, making Joon frown. Joon threatens to stop him, and Kang coolly tells him to go ahead and try. So Joon takes the basketball and they go head-to-head, gradually getting more and more aggressive.

It starts pouring rain, but that doesn’t stop the boys. A frustrated Joon shoves Kang to the ground, and that turns the game into a full out fist fight. Flashbacks of their fight as kids fade in, showing that even after all these years, not much has changed between them. They throw punches and snarl at each other like dogs until Director Kwon finally cuts in and breaks them apart.

The boys are taken inside, and Director Kwon makes sure that Joon gets his wounds treated. When Kwon checks on Kang in the shower room, he sighs to see that Kang is sulking in the corner, still in wet clothes. Kwon asks why he’s acting like a kid, and Kang reveals that he and Joon fought when they were kids.

So, Kwon asks, does he plan on fighting with Joon again? “Yes,” Kang answers, his voice detached. “That is our fate. We must fight until either of us win.” Kwon angrily tells Kang to take Geosung, then, if that’s what his dream really is. He’s disappointed to see that Kang has learned nothing after spending time with the patients at the hospice.

It’s still pouring out, so when Joon sees Cha-young leaving, he catches up and takes cover under her umbrella. The dejected Kang comes out behind them and sees Joon get reaaal close to Cha-young so they don’t get drenched. Kang looks on, more confused than ever, as Joon offers Cha-young a lift home.

Kang gets in his own car and follows them, honking his horn incessantly. Recognizing the car, Joon wonders to himself if his cousin is jealous. Finally, Kang speeds past them and takes the next exit. It’s then that Cha-young notices Joon’s wounds, and Joon explains that he got into it with Kang.

Cha-young doesn’t understand why Joon would be angry with Kang when he recently saved Hee-joo, but Joon doesn’t want to talk about that. She persists, so he pulls over and warns her that Kang isn’t who she thinks he is. But she insists that Kang isn’t someone that Joon can criticize. She gets out, wanting to walk from there.

Kang gets a phone call and pulls over when he realizes that it’s Ye-sol’s dad. Dad cries, saying that he made the wrong choice and that his wife was happier at the hospice. But Kang merely states that he should talk to Director Kwon and then hangs up. He drives off, too distracted to notice Cha-young on the sidewalk.

The next day, Cha-young finds Michael’s adoptive mom crying outside their room. Inside, Michael is crying alongside a woman and younger man, who are calling him “Sung-chul” and apologizing for leaving him. These two are supposedly Michael’s birth mother and older brother, but something feels off…

Birth Mom gets to work on making the kimchi stew that Michael’s been craving, and I can’t help but notice how insensitive she and Big Bro are, especially when it comes to Adoptive Mom. Once Michael gets a taste of the stew, he hesitates before telling everyone it’s delicious. Hmm.

Around lunch time, Kang goes to Quiznos to meet up with Min-yong but finds him with Cha-young instead. Apparently, he’d mixed up the dates, but no matter — Cha-young invites him to join them.

Outside the hospice, Tae-hyun runs over to Joon, who’s doing (er, trying to do) the laundry. Tae-hyun introduces himself and offers to do all of Joon’s work for him, but Joon tells him to get lost.

Tae-hyun doesn’t appreciate Joon speaking banmal, and he instantly changes his mind on setting him up with Cha-young. He’d rather ride the bus than have a guy like Joon mistreat his sister; he bets that Joon isn’t even rich.

Back at Quiznos, Min-yong asks Kang what happened with his Zika virus. Cha-young, and the people around them, look at him in concern, and all he can do is wave his hand no as he chokes on his sandwich. HAHAHA.

Cut to: Kang with a thermometer in his mouth. When Cha-young takes a look at the thermometer, she’s still wary. So Kang takes her hand and presses it against his forehead as proof that he’s totally fine.

Only now, they’re both flustered. To change the subject, Kang offers Cha-young a ride back to the hospice. She hesitates, making him blurt out that she accepted a ride from Joon. Besides, she doesn’t have to worry about him infecting her.

Once they’re on the road, Cha-young explains that she wasn’t worried about being infected; she was just concerned that he was sick when he was already busy. Kang’s expression softens at that.

Cha-young also explains that she only accepted Joon’s offer because it was raining and she was tired — to be honest, she doesn’t know Joon well enough to be driving around with him. “That’s how it was,” she says nonchalantly. “That’s a fact.”

As Cha-young fiddles with a napkin, Kang glances at her before smiling to himself. Oh, you.

Kang drops Cha-young off by the hospice’s entrance but stays in his car. He picks up the origami crane she made out of the napkin, thinking of all the times they worried about each other, and smiles again.

  
COMMENTS

Okay, with those last two smiles, there’s no way Kang is still unaware of his feelings. The only question is, is he actually going to do something about them? The way I see it, it’s very unlikely. Whether it has to do with family or work, he’s been passive and frustratingly so. But the opening scene did shed some light on why he acts the way he does. Throwing away the chocolate was almost like Kang throwing away his childhood. And asking the housekeeper to make him some “real food” was like putting on the adult shoes. Since that day, he’s had tunnel vision for obtaining Geosung Hospital, with little to no interest in pursuing or putting effort in anything else (with the exception of his friendship with Min-sung). So, all that in mind, why would he pursue a relationship with Cha-young? Boy is either gonna ignore this completely or mess it up somehow. For her sake and his, I hope he doesn’t do or say anything stupid.

If Kang was the Kang from a few episodes ago, I think he would’ve accepted Grandma’s offer in a heartbeat. He wouldn’t have seen the point in a hospice, in giving a patient hope when there was none. But our Kang of today is different. He’s seen the environment firsthand, talked to the patients and even made friends with them. He knows how much this hospice means not only to the patients but to the people who work there. I hate that he has to contemplate this decision at all when so many lives are at stake, but the hesitation is welcome character development. Though it’s hard to tell, he has come far. However, he still has trouble voicing his thoughts to the people he cares about. At times, it seems like he’s trying to look like the bad guy, with Joon especially. In situations like this, a simple conversation could fix everything, but there’s just too much damage in the cousins’ relationship.

Like Director Kwon said, the boys really are acting like a couple of immature teenagers. After watching them fight, I had to pause and take a breather; I was so done with them and their petty competition. Twenty-something years later and they’re the same little boys throwing punches. Refusing to show their good sides to each other. Refusing to show pity or empathy or love… to just tell the goddamn truth. I was so on Cha-young’s side when she told Joon off for bad mouthing Kang. Not because Kang is our hero or because it helps out the loveline, but because she was right in saying that Joon had no right. Because no, Joon doesn’t know Kang, and Kang doesn’t know Joon. They don’t know the simplest of things, like that Joon liked pottery or that Kang liked cooking. They don’t know about the things they’ve given up to be doctors — how similar they are. And that, my friends, is why y’all are stuck.

This episode, aside from the star-crossed cousins, was surprisingly chill. And, honestly, it was needed after all that we went through in the last episode with Ji-yong and Suk-ja. The side characters fill up a lot of space, so it’s a good thing I love them all. Even Tae-hyun is showing that he can be a protective brother when he wants to be, but let’s be real — his number of scenes could be cut down. Right now, I’m curious about Michael and what the deal is with his birth mom and brother. Suspicious, much? And after that bomb that Joon’s dad dropped, I’m even more curious about Director Kwon and Seon-ae’s relationship. These two never stop being interesting.

RELATED POSTS

   

Tags: , , , ,

66

Required fields are marked *

@SailorJumun
>happy dance<

Thank you so much for quickly sharing the recap :)

Now I can spend a happy afternoon reading your take and asking questions :)

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you @SailorJumun, can't wait to read this recap. I will go back later for further discussion. I really love reading all the discussion from the previous episode. It helps me a lot understanding the subtle details of this beautiful drama.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Just want to comment on how adorable Cha-young and Seon-ae are - they literally buzz with excitement over how good the clam porridge tastes!

Also, had to look up what a "silver town" is - it's a retirement village, so compared to the hospice it's definitely a great way for Geosung to rake in the cash.

7
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

that last photo of Seon-ae!!! hilarious

6
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

:D

The choice of photos is nice, indeed! First and last are my fvaourite. Though the scene where Kang smiles and then frowns would make an awesome meme.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

the things that happen at Quiznos (the sandwich shop)!! I had a good time with Zika virus question and concern. Kang’s expression when he had the thermometer in his mouth (haha!) and CY just staring at him.
I really thought the little boy was playing Cupid when he ran away but (after ep 10) now I know he just wasn’t sure of Kang’s reaction.

The ride offer and comment about ride in Joon’s car— aww he is so cute! Such a swoon moment. CY is thinking what got into Kang!

Thanks to this recap, I like the interpretation done — she was concerned about him being sick when he was really busy. But her hopping on just because of the call and the sudden transformation into a child was.. ahem! CY at times confuses me.

I find Kang and Joon character developments interesting.
I also thought Joon and CY’s bro interaction was funny and towards the end when Joon is like do I know your sister, I thought he was following CY’s footsteps of amnesia for fun (else why would he say that?)

7
10
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too still don't understand why Jun said that he didn't know Tae Hyun. Maybe just to make Tae Hyun becamd angrier

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hey! Didn’t he say he didn’t know his sister at the end of the sequence?

So one is amnesia reference or he was ticked off with CY because of that Kang defense. Those were two things that I could think of. Some of the dialogues confuse me but I keep thinking that there is a reference that I don’t get or korean translation issues.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Sorry my first line sounds confusing:

I mean Joon telling Tae while wiping his foot at the end: who is your sister?

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, sorry. Actually I want to say Tae Hyun's sister, typo 😅

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

And @sailor you are right, Tae-Hyun’s scenes can definitely (and should have been) cut down, specially him in first 8 episodes.
Your comment about Kang (frustratingly) not doing anything about somethings that he should also sounds apt.

I am concerned that I won’t get enough of the stories that I wanted (more of Joon, our leads and food) with just 6 episodes left.

I did enjoy the easy and fun pace of this episode. I mean even the boys fighting made me laugh because here they literally got into a fist fight while in many other spaces the cold shoulder approach is used. Their using fists means that there is scope to mediate, but when (and if ever), lord knows :)

But I also have to say that episode 10 totally made me forget how happy this episode had made me. I really wish they would show one episode on Friday and next after some time such that I can digest all that happens.

One random thought: this Drama is all about mothers. Father figures don’t count or are not in focus at all. Then of course siblings and their relationships are in focus.

And where did CY stay or do after being rescued from the building and abandoned by mom+bro?

3
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ohh and in Joon and CY’s interaction where he says he doesn’t want to be an object of somebody’s pity or sympathy ... and CY responds suggesting that she has been at a receiving end of pity for a long time.
I wonder if she thinks Kang feels pity for her and I would say she has plenty of reason to feel that way.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Regarding Tae-hyun scenes, I do agree that his scenes are most of the times annoying. But hearing a comment from a fellow Beanie that the actor who played Tae-hyun liked to take roles that seemed insignificant but were indeed significant, I would suspend my annoyance until he proves himself to be really annoying til the very end.

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

@mmmmm Yes, I keep giving him the benefit of the doubt because this actor was the best thing about Memories of the Alhambra and his character, Secretary Cha, became very important to the show. I'm hoping he'll turn this character around.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm fond of that actor so that makes Tae-hyun tolerable for me. There are a few moments where Tae-hyun seemed not-superficial and embarrassing. I also think he's hiding something about the mom from Cha Young.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Interesting! If he is that would make sense why she hasnt appeared!

1

Thank you dear @sailorjumun for a timely recap!

Chocolate surprised me in many ways. At first, I thought this would be a real Melo ride. And it is, with so many tragic incidents and difficult situations to digest. But after reading recaps and many informative and interesting insight from many Beanies, I started to question myself if the show is really an easy watch or something much deeper than that. And the answer I got it it might not be as superficial as I thought it was. There are many meaningful layers in the show, and the ones that could be easily looked over.

Kang, was brought to the evil family because his mother wanted him to be taken care of when he almost died from drowning. I think the biggest mistake his mother has done to him was to not leave that house after him being treated and having recovered. Kang lost so many things from being raised there: the most important thing was his soul. Though destiny brought him Min-young, Min-young's father, the hospice and its staff and patients and even Cha-young, Kang, to me, still has no idea as how this should change him and is very reluctant in fighting to get free for himself. (as told by Min-young's father) I pity both Kang and Jun: they are missing all the good things in life just because the way they were brought up.

In terms of love, I do agree with Ruckus like Drama (I cannot tag you because you're not registered) that sometimes CY's reactions confuse me. However, I do think Kang's reactions confused me too! I totally agree that he has feelings for CY, but his devotion is far away from there. There are many times that he has neglected CY, intentionally or unintentionally. Unless he shows more devotion, I'm not sure if I can say I support this couple. (though they'll make a very lovely couple indeed.)

Another point I didn't quite get is the scene when both (grown-up) boys fought. Why oh why did they have to throw fists at each other on the basketball court???? I mean I couldn't quite get it, and to me nothing particularly led to that scene.

Well, these are some of my thoughts. Having said that, I still really like the show and always wonder why Fridays don't come fast enough. The show is beautiful.

P.S. I love the relationship between CY and Seon-ae. I love their scenes together and particularly like the way CY helps her in the kitchen. I feel for Seon-ae and somehow hope that she can be back with the Director.

6
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hey @mmmmm
I should make an effort and register myself, sorry. I agree their souls are lost, I also think the transition feelings didn’t get enough time. I also see Tae’s importance but I also think some of his screen time could have been used elsewhere (shoes being sold online sequence).
I am invested in the lead’s romance so I am also worried as only 6 hours are left and it has been a magical journey in terms of:

1) camera work
2) storytelling when it comes to death and tributes
3) acting by some (Kang’s expressions)
4) teaching me — patient storytelling works wonders.

But I don’t want to be let down and I do expect a lot as the storyteller and the director have set the standards high. Yet...

I am worried and let me stop there.
I will be patient and wait to see how things get wrapped :)
The trailers keep putting me on a false path and 4 more days to friday :D

5
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hehe you don't have to be sorry. But by registering, your opinion will be in black and will be more visible for other Beanies. Well, that's up to a person, so I'll let you decide for yourself. (You'll get your own fall wall and your 'thumb ups' will be counted as well!)

I'd glad you enjoy the show. It's visually pleasing and I love the feelings it injects into me: warmth, joy and peace.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Not fall wall but fan wall! lol

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

:)

1

I forgot... Kang and Joon’s fist fight:

Joon Hayes the fact that he couldn’t save his girl. He hates that this boy from nowhere that he pitied (and maybe still does) comes and save the day. He gave inputs on some game discussion in some episode and that had burnt Joon’s argument. Then operation theatre and then even in Libya he came back as a hero. Why should this man/boy win anything which is mine?
In the hospice one can see the man-child Joon who is spoilt and entitled though his heart is in the right order when it functions. Also, Joon is the elder brother so how can he lose to his young cousin.
(This is my reading of him and I also think (stayed earlier by someone) that there might be a thread where Kang’s mom might have been nice to him. Also, a Potter has to have a heart, his parents fed him poison by telling him how he has to succeed to be the successor and this upbringing never leaves a person)
Hey and he also loves teasing kang (teasing is a fine line between negative and positive). Car sequence: maybe he is jealous. What! Aah nothing.

Kang still can’t decide: the foundation that his mother sold her soul and life for or a hospice which is more humane than any other place he has known barring the small fishing town. Thus, he has to fight Joon on principle. If Joon starts Kang has to end it. He has to prove to people that He deserves everything he gets. Like really, poor guy who had to mask every thought from a young age. He couldn’t long for anything but just prove his worth and how he is worthy of existence.

I still don’t understand Kang as he is an enigma but I do think the fight was natural. For the first time they were on equal ground where there were no rules just resentment.

I would love to read the script of this drama!

3
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

And I think no one wants to be an object of pity, which is why that dialogue is there.
Joon, Kang and CY: all are very proud people. Kang wants to have no weakness, Joon knows CY is Kang’s weakness even though Kang doesn’t know it yet and CY has had enough pity for a lifetime so she wants to give back and make people happy.
(Weakness sounds like a weird word but couldn’t think of any other and yes, sorry about the typos, there are quite a few!)

This drama would be an interesting novel to read but visually it is so beautiful that I could kiss the cinematographer’s feet! >sorry for repeating myself<

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel for Jun. I think the way he was brought up put him in this internal push-and-pull towards Kang. It's possible that Jun had seen Kang's mother as an appropriate motherly figure for him. I think we all have seen enough of Jun's scenes: where he seem like a decent guy. However, as he always lost to Kang, it is quite natural for him to want to beat Kang at least once. He is a spoilt person, yes, but I think deep down he is quite decent. And the way he intentionally made Kang mad by making CY sit with him in the car didn't feel so evil. I'd say he just wanted to make Kang mad.

As for Kang, I also feel for him. Now that I've read some comments from fellow Beanies, I kind understand a bit more of his feelings: the hospital his mother gave her life for, his own desires, the late Min-young, all attempts regarding CY only from his own side, it's difficult for him indeed. I hope the beloved hospice will be able to change him for the better.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Regarding Joon wanting to beat Kang - Jun's car is the newer model version of Kang's car. I can't imagine Kang going out to purchase an older, used version of Joon's car, so I'm guessing Joon jumped on the chance to get a newer version of Kang's car.

It's interesting that it doesn't seem like he seeks his grandma's acknowledgment. He wants to prove to himself that he can beat Kang.

I wish there is a way for Joon and Kang to overthrow the rest of the family and get the hospital for themselves. Or maybe they can both give the hospital the middle finger and let those terrible Grand-uncles have it and run it to the ground.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

These two brothers need to be locked up until they're willing to pour their hearts out. 😤

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I said "this is so stupid" at least 4 times this episode. That fight was so embarrassing. I'm now watching this drama just because I started it and like the extra cast. I don't care about the romance anymore.

3
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

The fight might have been embarrassing, but it needed to happen. Now that it is out of the way, those two just need to talk it out, without their Grandmother's involvement.

5
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

May that happen soon :D

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Luckily it's just an embarassing fist fight. I can't imagine what could have happened to Joon if Kang went all "Jang Chen" on him (YKS's brutal loan shark role in The Outlaws 🤣).

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It might not be the most mature thing to do or enjoyable thing to watch in a drama but it just feels so “right“ for the two characters to be doing this, as in I can totally see these two fighting like they first met. I feel like from the whole story ep1 til now, the characters the writer had built - it’s a perfect plot choice for those to fight lol

I personally really enjoy when the writer let the characters do what they supposed to do because of the personality and back story, instead of choosing something just because the audience would love seeing or just to create unnecessary conflicts and totally not what the characters would have done if they have their own wills.

This fight felt so real to me lol

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the timely recap @Sailorjumun and your interesting writeup on episode 9 together with the comments from our fellow beanies. Now waiting for episode 10 recap and comments. Simpy loved the relationship between CY and Song Ae as it is a joy to watch.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Btw when will Kang eat what CY cooks?
They keep showing the pancake shots, he even checks what it is but doesnt eat!!

And the sequence of memories when he is tapping his foot was interesting! CY keeps popping up.

I wonder what would he have said to her if the bedsheet hasnt landed on them. I like @sailorjumun 's take that they are encased in their own small world but he is a bit abrupt when he pushed the sheet aside. Almost harsh!

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

They which he took that bedsheet aside was both hilarious and so true to his character. I particularly love that scene.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

While enjoying the discussions here at DB, I also check out the Soompi thread as we all do with our beloved dramas. In particular, I like the take of @40somethingahjumma (whose perceptive analysis is always a joy to read):

“Even there weren't any kind of romance in this, I would watch this show just for the transformative impact that the leads have on the patients and vice versa. I think the show would work equally well. But this is a K drama and well... it's a given that romance would be woven in. ;) For me the most important part of the show is really how the hospice becomes a final earthly meeting place where people finding (for the most part) healing relationally. Death is inevitable but taking conflict to the grave isn't. It is a final chance for people to say goodbye to their loved ones properly with no regrets that they left it too late.

The big achievement for the leads is that they have overcome past misjudgments to come as far as they have. It's a shame that the spectre of MS continues to loom large. He's gone and had moved on so it's up to the leads to move on too. I have a feeling that Kang wants to but well... can't entirely blame him for not trying harder: he's been given the impression that it's all on his side.

Well, people have noticed things. Jun and Min-yong in particular. ;) He doesn't know who else has made the same observations. MY has said out loud that he knows that he likes someone.
Plus he's in love with her... and I don't think he's entirely convinced that he should give up on her. He's testing the waters to see if the fish bites (so to speak). Somewhere deep down he hopes to change her mind or at least give himself a bit of hope that she could change her mind.”

With the latest development in Ep 9 and 10, Joon’s transformation adds another fascinating layer to this story and I don’t see any romantic inclination of him on CY but one of respect and admiration. Their relationship will be one long lasting in-law relationship 😊

5
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you so much for sharing this. To be honest, i do not wish to add more addictions to my list thus am staying away from more discussion forums.
I love how the person has framed that part of the story works even without romance. Also, how parts of this drama are almost spiritual and borrow from magic realism.

I just feel that i dont think CY is to blame either. It is just that our POV has changed. Kang began the story, then it went to CY's Point of View (POV) and it is back to Kang's POV.
The following him in hospital,taking the step to approach him and then following updates about him. Then going to him after MS passed away.
Right now she is too indebted to Kang and she doesnt want his pity and MS ( she also doesnt know that Kang is seeing her as something more than MS's ex... other than the worrying dialogue, looking for her. Even we dont know why he operated on her. All she knows is that this guy came to her in Greece with hatred because he believes she had betrayed MS. Even now he treats her like a bother and wants her gone. She owes him his life [and this is without knowing what he has sacrificed to save her].)

The girl has had too much charity, she has to have some pride.

In light of episode 10 I have more to ask and say but will save that for later. But thanks for sharing and helping me order my thoughts.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I enjoy reading your comment and thank you for a lovely perceptive analysis you posted here. It's a joy to watch the show and always a joy to read many good Beanies' comments.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I always side-eye characters who don't have friends. I like to think of CY as Joon's first real friend. Sure he was friends with Hee-joo, but he had feelings for her.

I cringe to think of the Disapproving-In-Law attitude that Cha Young will have to deal with if she gets with Kang (he better ditch the toxic grandma before he marries Cha Young). It'll be nice to have Joon on her side.

2
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

To be honest, at heart all three of them seem very lonely to me. CY is friendly but she doesnt share her thoughts and keeps the world at a distance in a polite way (out of consideration for them,maybe). Kang actually calls a little boy for advise as there is no one around that he can talk to. I love the idea of a good friendship.

4
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is the very sad reality of the three main characters who are lonely souls and connected with a shared tragedy. I thought it would become another Just Between Lovers but the drama goes on a very different track (though based on the same catastrophe). Different vibe but both great in their own way on healing and re-connecting.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Everyone has been talking about Just between lovers... i havent seen it and am slightly scared as my heart cant take in more pain...
But it is on my list!

1

Chocolate has become one of the best shows of 2019. It is tackling serious subject matter with respect and dignity. The patients and families should savor every moment of life like a fine piece of chocolate.

The last two episodes gave me a strong impression on how the show will end (but I will hold my theory until it ends).

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Now I want to hear your theory :D

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have been loving this drama from the beginning. I keep watching it every night before I go to sleep because it's just so good. Not to mention Ha Ji Won and Yoon Kye Sang's chemistry.

If only the guy is single in real life. Oh well. I love him as an actor. He's versatile, great and adorable. I like his hands too. 😘

Soundtrack, characters, theme, relaxing vibes, cooking/baking and the great cast -- Perfect.

It's nice to see that in Episode 9, Kang has finally learned to be open with the staff, patients and families in the hospice. What seemed to be a frustration for him in being assigned there after his right hand injury turns out to be a blessing after all.

Love the tantrums scene of Jun with Nurse Ha. We see the other side of Jun not being competitive and hostile with Kang and his own family. The hospice makes Kang and Jun relax a bit from their toxic family.

Cha Young helping out Seon-ah in remembering the ingredients was heartwarming to watch.

The falling white sheet scene was divine. It's not weird to be smiling the whole time while watching each episode, right? Haha!

Kang being jealous towards Cha Young and Jun during the rain and drive scenes. So cute. To be fair, Jun placed his arm around Cha Young while walking towards the parking lot. Umbrella was small indeed. 😊

From Episodes 1-8, we see Cha Young's side admiring and falling for Kang. Glad to see that starting in Episode 9, it is now Kang's turn to realize what has been confusing him in Episodes 7-8.

On Tae Hyun, I don't know why others don't like him. The actor playing him is funny. He's the annoying brother who will eventually make up for the mess he's doing with Cha Young soon, methinks.

Who knows, he may be the one to tell Kang that he and Cha Young already met when they were kids a long time ago. And that Cha Young has always considered him as her first love and "Peter Pan" (in reference to the shirt he wore during their first meeting as kids).

The scene at Quiznos was funny. Kang being grumpy on Cha Young from last night. Min Yong sure knows that the person Kang was referring to in Episode 8 was Cha Young. Add the choking and jealous bit. How cute was that? Haha!

"You didn't seem to have any trouble getting into Dr. Lee Jun's car." 😍

5
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree on the Tae Hyun bit.
I have to go back and check the peter pan tshirt! Jun's tantrums are funny.
The last 10 minutes of this episode had me squealing away to glory.

2
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ruckus likes Drama, bear with the late reply.

Yes, the Peter Pan that Min Seong talked about in his letter to Cha Yong in Episode 4 was in reference to the shirt Kang wore when they met as kids in 1992. 😊

Yes, love the tantrums of Jun (or his teasing bit) against Nurse Ha. That's another side of Jun that came out when he started staying at the hospice for his community service.

The actress playing Nurse Ha is a funny actress. She was the evil aunt in Goblin (2016-2017) and the funny secretary in Life (2018).

Yes, I smile and cry in every episode. Haha!

P.S Love all the scenes of Kang and Cha Yong, especially the opening montage scenes in Greece and confrontation scenes inside the restaurant in Episode 3.

Kang looks good in there with his hair, dark green suit and grumpy self. Haha! 😍

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Kye-Won thanks for responding. I didn’t notice the 1992 shirt. Btw, it is Kang’s expressions and silences which keep me glued. I am invested in the story of the leads, so I love their scenes too :)

And, min yong doesn’t know about CY and Kang though, I swear that I thought he was taking over the baton from his brother and playing cupid but Ep10 shatters that notion.

And that dialogue: you didn’t have any trouble getting into Dr lee Jun’s car keeps making me smile at unexpected moments. The way it was said...

Happy New Year :)

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hi. Bear again for the late reply as always. Haha!

I'm over the moon with Episodes 10, 11 and 12. Screaming, crying, smiling, getting giddy, repeat. Haha!

I keep watching all episodes because it uplifts your mood with its mature, natural and good story.

The chemistry between Ha Ji Won and Yoon Kye Sang is beyond amazing.

Hope you get to watch Episodes 11 and 12 now. Episode 12 has all the "feels" in every scene.

The last 5 minutes will make you shriek with romantic excitement. Haha!

Happy New Year! 🎉

0

Ah, Kye-Won, are you a hands person like me? A person's hands are what attract me first--maybe because mine are so ugly. :-)

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Kwan, bear with the late reply.

Yes, he has nice hands, no? That's the first thing I noticed about him. Haha!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Love this show ❤️
Thank you for the recaps and the discussion 🙏🏻

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

With senseless father, cunning mother , greedy grandmother and does he have any friend still Jun turned out not bad ..he donated plates to hospice.
It's fun to watch him doing laundry, helping ?? in kitchen chore
kang smiling 😊 secretly in the car...
very soon
Kang crying 😥 secretly in the car after Cha Young leaving for Greece

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Kang crying... oh No! :(

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Now you remind me the plate scenes. At first Jun texted to Cha-young telling her to break the plate he made for Hee-ju. Cha-young, in response to that, answered that she was willing to make Jun many delicious dishes if he forgave Hee-ju. Now he sent some plates directed to Cha-young. I wonder if this should mean he now have feelings for her? (As he made a plate for Hee-ju when he still liked her) Or should this be interpreted as he forgave Hee-ju. You see, there are many scenes that we can interpret the story. This makes watching this one fun. : )

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ooooohh..his jealousy, his frown, his smileee..go Cha-young go, move that Kang-mountain! 😁

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The beginning scene....the grandma and Joon's parents are so terrible eating their BBQ while it had been like an entire day after the collapse and they were still digging out the trapped people.

Is there a way for Head Nurse to adopt Joon?

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wanted to make sure the reviewer knows we are still in the past story wise. The opening scene shows us this. Kang does come to his senses regarding his feelings. Thanks for the review and loving the show.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yup, and so a happy ending is on the horizon!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Okay this episode was the lightest one yet. It actually felt good watching it. Makes me dread episode 10. The Zika virus thing and Kang's expressions were absolutely hilarious. Kang and Joon fighting didn't make me irritated but actually made me laugh. It was ridiculous. I was taking Cha Young's side too. Joon's tantrums were just too funny.
With Tae Hyun I always either laugh or get irritated. Did both during his scene with Joon. Cha Young and Seon-ae's excitement over Seon-ae remembering the ingredients was adorable. The only part I hated in this episode was with the Grandma. I like always, felt like just strangling her. She is absolutely evil, just ugh. Also the birth mother and brother situation felt suspicious to me too. I just don't think they are Michael's actual family. Now to watch the next episode...

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Awwwww.... I seriously love this drama. Thought I have stopped watching it, I read up on your recaps yo be up to date. And your recaps are quite early 👍🏾, which depicts your interest in the drama.
Thanks for the wonderful recap

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks @sailorjumun for a great recap and comment. Friday episodes tend to be a setup for Sat eps so they are usually is lighter and lots of details need to be seen in conjunction with Sat eps to be commented on fairly . I have not enjoyed this weekend eps as much but I guess they set up premise for the last 6 so I’ll preserve my judgment.

I think the flash back to the day of the incident and the first fight serve to remind us of what made Kang the way he is as an adult and to highlight the coming conflict he will have once he rediscovers the person he once was.

The coughing scene was hilarious to me not only of the scene per se but how YKS the actor couldn’t suppress a laugh while he was acting, probably because to him it was too funny. It reminds me of the Train to Busan scene in Goblin while Kim Go Eun could not stop laughing at GY, they had to do many takes and in the end, if one looks closely one can still see KGE suppressing a smile in the takes that made the cut.

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was waiting eagerly for your thoughts @Sunset125
Thanks for sharing and all the details. As you see the episodes as a set, I do hope you will share more thoughts for the two episodes even though you didn’t like them much.
If I ever end up seeing goblin in its entirety then will keep this small nugget in mind.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hello @Sunset125 and @Ruckus, I just want to tell you how I really enjoy your postings. Thank you for sharing your insight. Please write more, I can't get enough of them.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

About Tae Hyun... To me he is certainly annoying and clumsy. However, he also fills the role of the 'Greek chorus', filling in background and narration functions. He may well end up being the link between characters or a catalyst.

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Beautiful drama I relate something

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

am i really the only one who can't help but starts shipping joon and chayoung? no one? okay 😢

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *