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Welcome: Episodes 1-2

If cute animals are your thing, then this is the show for you. KBS’s newest webtoon adaptation is a fantasy rom-com that dives into the world of one very special cat and his caretaker. The impossible happens when the two are together, and our feline friend is going to have to learn how to navigate his new world.

  
EPISODE 1 RECAP

Various pet owners are interviewed, sharing their adoption stories. Their circumstances were all different – some didn’t initially intend on raising the dog or cat themselves – but they all ended up adopting and now share a deep bond with their pets.

One snowy night, a woman, KIM SOL-AH (Shin Ye-eun) asks a man, LEE JAE-SEON (Seo Ji-hoon), to hand over the cat that he’s holding. He refuses, reasoning that she doesn’t like cats. She confirms her distaste but ends up bringing the kitty home. Sol-ah undresses while the feline hides under her bed and as she showers, she angrily declares, “I hate guys who are like cats.”

Unbeknownst to her, a human hand reaches out from beneath the bed and grabs her bra from a pile of clothes. A quote by poet Jean Burden fills the screen: ‘A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem.’

15 hours ago. Sol-ah groggily wakes up to someone pounding on her apartment door. It’s her friend and co-worker, GO DOO-SHIK (Kang Hoon), who showed up with breakfast and way too much energy.

Sol-ah narrates that there are two types of people. Some are like dogs – like Doo-shik, with his wide grin and puppy-like eagerness to share exciting news. It’s not exciting for Sol-ah though, who shuts her door in shock when she learns that her “Beodeul Love” has returned. He’s referring to Jae-seon, and she continues to narrate, “And there are jerks that’re like cats.”

Doo-shik chirps through the door that Jae-seon’s newly single. Sol-ah shoos him away and gets ready for work, pretending to be unaffected. Before leaving, she fusses over her father KIM SOO-PYUNG (Ahn Nae-sang). Categorized as a Persian cat, Soo-pyung’s a poet who’s often found sitting by the window. He’s not interested in much, despite Sol-ah’s best efforts to find him a hobby.

Sol-ah wants dad to get out there and do anything, so she’s excited when he reveals that there’s something he’s interested in. …It’s marriage. She begins to object but he cuts her off, “I’m talking about myself.” Soo-pyung instructs her to move out, leaving her to sigh that cats are difficult to read.

At Nalsaem Design, Doo-shik is startled by coworker EUN JI-EUN (Yoon Ye-joo) who silently crept up on him with a pink sticky note. It’s a short message, but she’s already returned to her seat before Doo-shik finishes reading it. We’ve got ourselves another cat!

Sol-ah arrives with coffee for the team and cheerily rushes over to Ji-eun, attempting to get her to join the rest of them. The others discuss Ji-eun’s tendency to stick to herself even during lunch, and laugh that they’re better off without her because she eats slowly like a cow. However, they belatedly realize that Ji-eun is standing there and overheard everything.

Feeling unwelcome, Ji-eun retreats to her desk. Sol-ah learns that Ji-eun got hired through connections with the president. The others gossip, “Why else would the vice president care about someone who’s so unsociable?” Vice President Park waltzes in right then and coolly advises the crew to only say good things behind people’s backs.

Ji-eun hands Sol-ah a green note: “I’d appreciate if you weren’t so kind to me regarding things irrelevant to work.” Avoiding eye contact, she returns the coffee to Sol-ah, who pouts that there’s no benefit to being nice to cats.

After work, Sol-ah updates Doo-shik on her father’s marriage plans. Happy for Soo-pyung, he claims it’s Sol-ah’s turn to find love now. He gushes that Jae-seon’s new cafe “Sonamu” must be named after her, since it sounds similar to “Sol-ah.”

Sol-ah’s indifferent attitude confuses Doo-shik, who notes that she didn’t react like this when Jae-seon previously dated. He tricks her into thinking Jae-seon is behind her, and she whips around so quickly that it’s obvious she actually wants to see him. Doo-shik suspects that something happened between his two friends.

She gulps, recalling a time when she was sketching in her usual spot at a park. Jae-seon had given her a drink and joined her on the opposite end of her bench, facing the other way. It seems to be something they did often, and Sol-ah looked completely smitten. He’d cracked a tiny smile when Sol-ah spoke, and she’d worked up the courage to ask, “What am I to you?”

Hah, Doo-shik unknowingly quotes her word for word, but dismisses the possibility that she’d say something like that. When she gets defensive, Doo-shik suggests her to ask Jae-seon now, waving at him behind her. Thinking it’s another joke, Sol-ah imitates Jae-seon’s stoic greeting, unaware that he’s really there. (She was spot on!) Turns out they’re standing right in front of Sonamu, and she scuttles away in embarrassment when she sees him. PFFT.

She walks past a window where a white cat is sunbathing. The cat narrates that he dreamt about (what he thinks is) his first memory ever. He was once a young, human boy, watching a single leaf flying through the sky on a snowy day. Someone had wrapped a red scarf around his neck and although he can’t make out their face (it’s Sol-ah!), their encounter left him smiling. When we pan back to the window, the cat is nowhere to be seen and a man is lying there instead.

Meanwhile, Sol-ah sounds out her name and compares it with “Sonamu.” It triggers another memory of that day at the park. Jae-seon had answered, “To me, you’re Kim Sol-ah.” He teased her for blushing, then went in for the kiss.

However, Sol-ah now fumes that he never called her after that and instead, fell in love with a rich girl. She talks herself out of visiting the cafe, but of course, ends up sneaking a peek and is promptly dragged inside by Doo-shik.

She’s miffed at how curt he’s being with her but Doo-shik says it’s just an act – Jae-seon’s been waiting for her this whole time, staring broodily out the window. They both watch as Jae-seon continues to wait, and Doo-shik realizes that his assumption was wrong.

He tries to get to the bottom of this and when Jae-seon vaguely says the person he’s waiting for probably won’t come, Doo-shik assumes it’s his ex-girlfriend, Lee Rubi.

However, the handmade wallet that Jae-seon wants to gift the person has the initials K.Y. LEE. It’s for his father, who he hasn’t seen since he quit law school to learn leather crafting 6 or 7 years ago.

In his home, the white cat scratches at the front door, musing that he’d be able to open it if he were human. When his owner returns, she scolds him for ruining her furniture and takes him outside. The owner is Rubi, who drops him off at Sonamu with nothing more than “My future in-laws hate cats. Take it.” Wow.

That night, Sol-ah, Jae-seon, and the cat wait outside Doo-shik’s parents’ restaurant as he tries to convince them to take it in for a few days. Doo-shik’s father GO MIN-JOONG (Jeon Bae-soo) is fine with it, but mom SUNG HYUN-JA (Kim Yeo-jin) has the final say. No.

Doo-shik and Sol-ah watch as Jae-seon walks away, dejected. Doo-shik guilts Sol-ah into offering to take care of the cat since Jae-seon can’t do it himself. Knowing him, he won’t be able to ask anyone else for help.

Jae-seon ends up at their bench, where Sol-ah’s already waiting. She learns that the cat is named Sergei (after composer Sergei Rachmaninoff). She scoffs and looks at Sergei, asking if Rubi named him.

Instead of responding, tears roll down Jae-seon’s face. Sol-ah can’t believe he’s crying over a woman, but… he’s actually just allergic to cats. Pfft. This brings us back to the beginning of the episode, where she asks him to hand over the cat.

We now see that after reaching for the bra, a man emerges from underneath Sol-ah’s bed while she’s showering. He releases each of his fingers as if he’s learning how to use his hands. Looking in the mirror, he realizes that he’s become a human, and that his dream was real.

We’ll eventually know him as HONG JO (L), and his first order of business as a human is to open a door, since he couldn’t as a cat. Sol-ah exits the bathroom the moment he successfully opens the door to her room. To avoid being discovered, he somehow transforms back into a cat before she notices. She tells Hong Jo not to get comfortable – he’s only staying until someone adopts him.

He jumps onto her bed and but she throws him off, getting scratched and annoyed during their little scuffle. When Sol-ah turns around to sleep, it’s human-Hong Jo who’s sitting on the floor.

EPISODE 2 RECAP

Hong Jo cautiously attempts an escape, but the loud noises outside have him so spooked that he retreats, slamming the door. Soo-pyung wakes up to check out the noise but doesn’t see anything – Hong Jo’s in cat form.

Still half-asleep, Soo-pyung drinks some water but becomes alert when he feels a presence. Hong Jo’s shadow looks ominous, darting around behind Soo-pyung and into his room. When Soo-pyung heads inside, Hong Jo jumps out and causes him to fall, spilling water all over himself.

The next morning Soo-pyung complains that Sol-ah didn’t mention bringing home a cat. It proves to Sol-ah that he didn’t even bother to look at her when she came home last night, since she’d gone to his room to show him Hong Jo.

A couple shows up for an apartment viewing, and Sol-ah learns that dad is planning to sell his place and move to the countryside with his fiancée. She accuses his partner of being a gold digger and is frustrated that she wasn’t consulted before he made any decisions.

Hong Jo watches and thinks, “I got kicked out only to end up with someone who’s about to get kicked out.” Soo-pyung clutches his chest after Sol-ah storms out and tries to sit in his usual seat by the window. It’s occupied by Hong Jo though, so the two have an intense stare-down to fight for rocking chair rights. Hong Jo wins, haha!

Dong-shik believes Sol-ah should be more understanding of her dad. Soo-pyung didn’t say anything out of consideration of her feelings. Sol-ah doesn’t feel the same, so when Ji-eun sticks yet another sticky note on Doo-shik’s desk, she sarcastically coos that someone’s being silently considerate to him too.

Ji-eun’s note asks him to change the color on a logo from hot pink to another shade – something that could easily have been said directly to him. Upset, Dong-shik confronts her in front of everyone else. “How much must you dislike me to not want to talk to me?”

HAH, he’d thought his breath was the problem, so he went to the dentist and even gargled mouthwash for hours. A startled Ji-eun explains that this is how she organizes the many messages she has to relay, but he feels personally attacked by her request. “You dislike hot pink because you dislike me, don’t you?”

It was actually Vice President Park’s orders, so Doo-shik quiets down and gets to work. He defends the color hot pink – there’s no uncertainty behind how nice and bold the color is. It just screams, “I LIKE YOU!” Suddenly, he’s entranced by Ji-eun’s pink sticky notes and sees them in a new, positive light.

Meanwhile, Hong Jo explores the house and finds a stash of canned tuna. He tries squeezing, elbowing, and even biting the can before successfully opening it. He adorably stuffs a few cans in his pockets for later.

During lunch, Sol-ah asks if anyone is interested in adopting a cat, but is met with hard no’s. She explains the reasons why she hates cats. “They don’t come to me when I call them like dogs do, and just do as they please.” They’re loving one moment, then disappear suddenly the next, so she can’t trust them. Hmm, are we still talking about the animal, Sol-ah?

She continues, “They’re too suspicious and are always spying on you.” At home, Hong Jo’s about to escape but upon hearing a thump from Soo-pyung’s room, he curiously goes to check it out. Sniffing around, Hong Jo opens the door to find that Soo-pyung has collapsed and has no reaction despite being nudged.

To Sol-ah, cats think of humans as servants. She’s heard of dogs saving people, but believes cats are too selfish to protect anyone. We see Hong Jo hesitating as he sticks his head out the door to leave the apartment. Aw! He has Soo-pyung on his back, and brings him outside where the security guard sees them.

The guard asks if Hong Jo has called an ambulance. He shakes his head no, and when the ambulance arrives, they can no longer find the guardian… just a pair of slippers and a trail of tuna cans on the floor, leading to where cat-Hong Jo is.

Sol-ah rushes to the hospital and finds dad awake and reading. She notices a woman’s purse by his side. It belongs to dad’s fiancée BANG SHIL (Jo Ryun), a sweet lady with a happy disposition. She recites a cheesy poem that she wrote in Soo-pyung’s poetry class (they met as teacher and student at the culture center), and it’s absolutely adorable how much she makes him smile.

Bang Shil’s not only kind, but also knowledgeable. Soo-pyung has a heart condition called Bradycardia, which means his heartbeat is slower than normal. Thanks to her, the conversation with the doctor goes quickly and smoothly, with arrangements made for Soo-pyung to get a procedure done the next day for a pacemaker. Sol-ah feels anxious because she has no idea what’s happening, but Bang Shil assures her that it’s a simple procedure.

Before leaving that night, Sol-ah eavesdrops on the couple as Soo-pyung settles into his hospital room. He’s quite talkative with Bang Shil, and he wonders how the security guard knew to call an ambulance when he had no recollection of leaving the house. “I just remember a cat.”

That night, Hong Jo’s still in cat form, hiding underneath a dumpster. He’s confused when he suddenly transforms into human-Hong Jo, then notices Sol-ah walking by and follows her. Doo-shik texts to ask if she’s okay, and she warns him not to send Jae-seon to comfort her.

Hong Jo takes a seat on the opposite end of Sol-ah’s bench, facing the other way, which is why Sol-ah assumes he’s Jae-seon. She hides her tear-streaked face and pretends that she’s okay, rattling off details about Bang Shil and Soo-pyung.

She tells him to go since she’s fine, so Hong Jo is about to take off when Sol-ah’s words, “You’re just like him. You’re a cat,” stops him. She’s referring to how Jae-seon and Soo-pyung both disappear wordlessly like cats do. Dad was going to move to the countryside for health reasons, but didn’t tell Sol-ah to avoid burdening her.

She can’t help tearing up, calling Jae-seon out for disappearing when he wants, but trying to comfort her now. Hong Jo stays still, contemplating what she’s saying and Sol-ah is comforted by what she thinks is Jae-seon’s presence. “He’s really back, my Beodeul Love.”

They used to sit like this even in high school, smiling shyly and enjoying each other’s company in silence. She even had the same red scarf on back then. In the present, she notes, “You don’t leave when I tell you to go. You never came when I waited for you.” She sadly asks if he left because of a reason he couldn’t disclose, like Soo-pyung.

By this point, Hong Jo’s exhausted and rubs his eyes. Sol-ah thinks that the silence is just Jae-seon being his typical quiet self, so she’s thoroughly surprised when she receives a call from him. She turns around and finds cat-Hong Jo sitting next to her.

Jae-seon’s been in his workshop all day and is calling to see if “Sergei” is okay. Worried by how she’s answering, he decides that Sol-ah shouldn’t be taking care of him. She thinks he feels bad about having her taking care of his ex’s cat, but that isn’t it. “I’m uncomfortable leaving him with you.”

He instructs Sol-ah to keep her doors locked, since cats can slip off in an instant and she’ll never be able to find him. Feeling bad, she holds Hong Jo but tells Jae-seon to find an adopter soon. He’s working on it, and asks for a favor before hanging up. “Don’t abandon [him] this time. ” Rightfully confused, Sol-ah scoffs that she should be the one saying that to him.

Sol-ah grabs Hong Jo by the cheeks (so cute!!!) and asks if he saw the person who was sitting next to her. He doesn’t react, so she pokes his nose. “Will you make a sound if I press here?” It’s the same thing she’d said to him as a young boy, when she’d found him lost in the park.

She’d given him her scarf and bought him fish-shaped bread as a snack. She took her eyes off him for just a moment, and little-Hong Jo disappeared, chasing after a leaf. Sol-ah looked for him but didn’t notice that the fish-shaped bread had fallen on the floor and her scarf was wrapped around a tiny white kitten.

At home, Sol-ah tells Hong Jo that they can’t stay anymore, but admits that she doesn’t feel as lonely being kicked out with him. She initially pushes him off the bed but when he jumps back on, she’s too tired to kick up a fuss and falls asleep. Observing Sol-ah up close, Hong Jo realizes, “It’s her. She makes me turn human.” Sure enough, lying next to Sol-ah now is human-Hong Jo, carefully taking in every detail of her face.

  
COMMENTS

That was such a fun premiere episode! It was light and breezy, and I’m already heavily rooting for our heroine. Though she expresses herself a bit clumsily, you always know how she truly feels about something. Despite declaring that she hates Jae-seon/cats/her dad getting married, she’s easily won over and is a big ol’ softie. Watching Sol-ah attempt to include Ji-eun with such a huge smile was all I needed to see to know that she’s the sweetest!

The cat-like versus dog-like personalities are quite nicely summed up by the Jean Burden quote from the beginning of the episode. Generally speaking, what you see is what you get with the dogs. You know what they like and dislike, and that’s clear as day with Doo-shik. If he wants to say something, he’ll say it.

Meanwhile, you have to read between the lines to understand the cats. They’re typically more reserved and get a bad reputation for being not being affectionate but if you take the time to get to know them, they’re loyal and loving too! I’m hoping that the show will expand past the stereotypical dog/cat attributes and use them in creative ways to tell the story down the line. We already saw that Sol-ah’s reasons for hating cats aren’t applicable to all cats with the way Hong Jo acted in order to save dad.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that this show isn’t going to ultimately pair Sol-ah with Hong Jo. (I didn’t read the webtoon, so I have no idea what’s going to happen!) He’s a cat and his human form apparently ages as quickly as his cat form does, so I just don’t know how that will all work out. Then again, it IS a fantasy rom-com so it’s entirely plausible that they could be endgame I guess.

Based on what we know about the timeline, Jae-seon and Sol-ah’s kiss happened just before he left and started dating Rubi (which should’ve been about 10 months ago). Sol-ah’s outfit during the park kiss was the exact same as the outfit she was wearing when she met little-Hong Jo. Although the park was filled with beautiful fall foliage in her memory of the kiss and the trees were bare in Hong Jo’s memory, I have a feeling that this all happened on the exact same day. The more I think about it, the more questions I have – so I think I’ll just sit back and enjoy the journey that this show takes us on!

Something I really enjoyed are the adorable cartoon animations that were popping up throughout the episode. I find myself constantly looking forward to more! It seems fitting, especially since Sol-ah is an artist and designer herself. All in all, I found this to be a breath of fresh air and a breezy rom-com couldn’t have come at a better time, with spring on its way!

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Yeh, its a given that people will hate this show on principle, but a cat turning human is no less plausible than a thousand year old hotel owner for the dead, an ancient Korean warrior who built Chateau Frontenac in Quebec, or someone who can read dead people's thought by touching an object they had touched. Not to mention a police radio that can talk to people in the future.

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I don't think it's the plausibility of it that people have a problem with...

But, hey, I'll probably stick around the show for a while. Even if it's can't decide if it's about bestiality, paedophilia or romanticising stalking...

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That's assuming this is a romance of course. I don't know the source text - I should probably look it up. It'd be good if this is a show about a girl's most loyal and loving best friend becoming a human best friend and she ends up with her ex instead. But if that's what they were going for, it'd be better if the cat were a woman.

I doubt there's a human female person alive who wants their cat to turn into a man.

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Date the human; bestiality avoided. I ship Sol-ah with Jae-sun, but he is not her ex since they never dated. On paedophilia, how old is Cat Hong Jo? 10 months? So how old is Kitten Hong Jo in human years?

I think it'd be weirder if the cat were a woman, which would reinforce the subservient stereotype, especially if the male lead calls himself "Cat Dad" ("Daddy," vomit).

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I don’t mind the cat turning into a male, if he is as hot and cute like L.....

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Yeah, all of this. I don't know how I feel about this.

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That's what I like about you - you always look on the positive side of things.

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It's not stalking if she's the one who brought him home and it's not paedophilia since the FL isn't the one having feelings. At "worst," it's a noona romance though for all intents and purposes he now is an adult male even it is in cat years.

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Speaking of cats: my male Siamese cat, Sebastian, thinks my other black male cat, Mordred, is his wife.

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Very true. Even scrip writer was concerned about this. "I worried that I could be making cat lovers uncomfortable." she added "but I also wanted to make the drama likeable for those people who aren’t really interested in cats. I wanted to tell a story that everyone knows."
I think we should treat it as a fantasy drama about an animal turning into human. that way we would not feel uncomfortable.

I personally really like the premier of this drama and intrigued by the reason he turn into human around Sol-ha. Also interesting the way they use cat and dog as a way to talk about different personality we have. I hope they dive into some interesting themes and subject as the story progress and make it a meaty drama.
I really wonder what is on Jae sun mind, and why he datet that other girl, when it do seem like he likes Sol-ah. really interesting character to get to know.

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Thanks for pointing out what the writer revealed. She is right indeed, the show taught me about cats since I have not had a cat before

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meowww, meowwww. rating is meowwwww. acting is meoooww. premise is meoowwwww. this is a waste of your talent L
Thats all that I can say Meoowwwww.

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What talent?

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The (real) cat is talented!

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Oh yes it must have been challenging to make the cat look here look there and wow, I got to say the director and animal trainer is good

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A fair comment. Fantasy is as fantasy does. In the hands of a master poet/storyteller it can give us the beautiful prose poem THE KING OF ELFLAND'S DAUGHTER. Or we can get the supremely sloppy drama MAMA FAIRY AND THE WOODCUTTER, awful CGI and all. I was really looking forward to that one but only made it through two episodes.

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I have Second Lead Syndrome. Jae-sun is aloof and emotionless, but Shin Ye-eun and Seo Ji-hoon have heart-fluttering chemistry. Jae-sun clearly likes Sol-ah, so why did he date that obnoxious ex-girlfriend of his for ten months even getting her a cat when he's allergic? "Don't abandon him this time." Is Jae-sun talking about himself? The cat is a great actor. Will Sol-ah ever realize Sergei/Hong Jo's eyes change from blue to black? A big thanks for the recap, @selena!

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On paper this show is basically a horror film.

"What if your cuddly baby suddenly turned into a giant man that followed you around and got into bed with you without your permission?"

The scene of him secretly under her bed and fondling her underwear while she's in the shower is straight out of a horror film.

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The joke is cats like playing with bras. Fortunately, Sol-ah hates cats, so she doesn't see Hong Jo as her baby or best friend.

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"The scene of him secretly under her bed and fondling her underwear while she's in the shower is straight out of a horror film."

Ehh...what? It's a pass for me. As a cat lover this premise just disturbs me.

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As Panshel notes, the joke was about how cats hook bras to play with them. In fact I think the horror movie tone was deliberate. They created a horror film scenario (woman strips to shower and then man's hand comes out from under her bed and grabs her bra) and then subverted it later (haha! fooled you! it's just her cat!). Except the fact her cat became a giant adult male doesn't actually make it less creepy.

Why am I expending so many words on this very silly drama? That's self-isolation I guess. It's possible I'm becoming even crazier. I should get myself a cat.

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Yesterday, I talked to myself. Aloud. And then I realised what I was doing.

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You don't talk to yourself aloud? I talk to myself aloud all the time.

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I don't. I sing sometimes. Or I hum. But talking for ten minutes straight? No. First time ever.

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I live by myself and have conversations with everything from my microwave to my laundry. It's okay because, as yet, they have never answered back.

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I have been started to talk aloud with myself after 2 weeks under Restricted Movement Order. I don't know what will happen in the next 2 weeks

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@leetennant As long as you don't hear your microwave talking to your laundry, you're fine.

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It’s only a matter of time before they do.

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They're up to something, I just know it.
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I wonder if they are making him drink the water from toilet, disliking baths and showers (there won't be any scene with L taking a shower), at 3 o'clock in the morning getting into the hunting mood and jump on all poted plants at home, marking his territory with awfully smelling cat piss, sleeping in the drawer with underwear (I don't know why they like that), cleaning himself in different yoga poses, etc.

I checked the webtoon and it's more weird as the open scene in this adaptation. Actually she will wish to have a boyfriend so he tells her "I'll be your boyfriend from now on". He appeared all naked with cats ears and a tail... Maybe it's the parody of playboy rabbit.

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He appeared all naked with cats ears and a tail

If only Korean dramas really were all trash porn.

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It's probably crazy that the thing that makes me confused in all of this is why he has magic clothes every time he turns human.
I didn't care about the puppy/boy because there was no romance, no issue, she was just helping a kid.

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It's the same power Hulk has with his pants.

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*kitty I had to do a double take at "puppy."

I'm confused by his magic shoes from black slippers to black sneakers, but his white fuzzy sweater and white pants are just his white fur.

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I thought that when she will come out all her things will be nicely folded with the bras on the top. 🤣 There was no horror to me unless the bras would be scratched to pieces...

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Or he wears the bra, and nothing else.

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I'm in Seo Ji-hoon's camp. And the cat. It's a lot cuter than I thought it would be.

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I have 1 question about this drama.

Is L neutered? And if he isn't neutered he really should be. That's just not responsible cat ownership.

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I'm glad someone's asking the Big Questions.

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She delivers a litter of adorable little L's in the end. The next day, she gets him neutered.

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I can't believe you phrased it as "L neutered"... Imma mentally replace that with Hong Joo...

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Does anyone have an explanation how 'Welcome' became the grotesque title 'Meow, The Hidden Boy' on Viki? That title seems like a deliberate act of of sabotage.

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You mean 'Meow, the Secret Boy'? That was KBS' original English title. http://program.kbs.co.kr/2tv/drama/meowthesecretboy/pc/index.html

'Welcome' is just the Korean title 어서와 translated into English.

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I'm pretty sure that "welcome" is in fact a bad translation of 어서와, because that expression is used more in a sense of: "come here!" (it literally means "come quickly!", what is what owners often say to their pets, and I think she repeatedly says that to the cat in these episodes. :)

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Or.. not, because he really started welcoming her home with that phrase in these last episodes. My bad, sorry :) #MyKoreanneedspolishing

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I loved the premiere, but don't know how I feel about either romantic pairing yet. L and her is a little too icky, with the whole "born sexy yesterday," trope. On the other hand, Seo Ji Hoon's character so far seems like a wishy-washy, uncommunicative jerk. A pretty jerk, but a jerk nonetheless.

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I wake up in the middle of the night.

A strange man is lying next to me. He stares into miaow eyes.

Silence.

He stares at me. I stare back at him.

Then: "MEOW".

I scream miaow lungs out, so loud the windows shatter. I jump out.

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What a pathetic drama silly drama. waste of Ls talent. i will not be wasting my 16 hours watching this non sense show. so im not surprised with its 1% viewership rating.

and i dont like the Female Lead. SHE CAn NOT Act but at least she is pretty. the next bae suzy and yoona in in terms of acting.

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I am so confused as to how one can trashtalk Shin Ye-Eun's talent in the same comment praising L's. What an oddly warped set of standards...

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I am just a shocking pervert I think? I'm like, okay, weird-cat-who-turns-into-a-person, robot-who-loves-hugs, fish-man-who-might-be-a-god, ageless wish-granting goblin warrior, man-eating fox spirit, none of these things are real yet I'm in it to see if they can make me ship it, and often they can! Is our hero behaving like a weirdo, sure, but kind of a relief to have a Weird Creature not knowing social norms rather than a jackass who refuses to comply with them.

Would I want such a romance in real life, no, but would I want a career path as Dragon Queen, no to that too: it's fun to imagine and sympathize with the fantastical. I love a real-life romance with hardly any issues and a fictional romance with one million weird obstacles, as long as I like the characters. So far I like our heroine for being so clearly warm-hearted... and our feline hero, for the same reason... when he saved dad he sold me. That's the kind of underlying compatibility that leaves me open to a ship, whereas I dunno if Mr Silent Second Lead is warm-hearted or not. (Maybe! I hope he didn't abandon our girl for a fail-y reason like deciding she was a wanton kitten abandoner, followed up instant waltzing off to present kitten to brand new love interest, without any effort at communication.) That's a cute secondary romance with her puppy friend and Ms Post-Its, though: I like all her little hot pink accessories like her pen, a silent plea to be loved and noticed!

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If you want a BAD cat-drama look up 'Imaginary Cat' from 2015. The most blatant Garfield rip-off imaginable. This one is more on par with... let me pick one... blind ballerinas and angels from heaven on the plausibility scale.

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Oh yeah, I saw that one. I don't remember much about the plot, but mostly I watched it for the cute man-playing-with-cat interactions.

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I'm going to be lurk-reading these comments. It looks like much fun awaits. I'm also curious to know if this is going the Forest way or the Melty way? 2020 might well end up being the year of fighting for the bottom of the pile.

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Melted Forest

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pwhahahaha

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Thank you so much for the recap! I have so many thoughts on this, but I hope to get it sorted out as the series continues. First of all I am very glad we have some talented cat actors in this, not some animated monster come to haunt my nightmares. Secondly, I do not like the second (or First?) male lead, issues or not, he didn't treat her right when they were in school, telling her to keep quiet but please just stay around and look pretty (mild exaggeration on my part perhaps). He seems to be a doppelganger of her father in muting her out, maybe that is why she never gave up trying trying after all those years. Speaking of creepy, I am too not sure what to think of the romance/bestiality they are hinting at. Perhaps she could fall in love with her co-worker instead, he seems to be a decent dude?

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My wife is loving this show.

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What about you?

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I like it too- and appreciate the use of a real cat.

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I didn't know a cat can be trained as well. They used the yellow umbrella from the other drama Shin Ye-eun was in.

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I liked the heroine but all the cat transformation was weird.

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The cat is basically the identical twin of my own cat (the only difference may be the face features, mine is even prettier), so I CanNot Not Watch This.

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Wow, does your cat really look that much like L?
Because that cat was cast by the master of cat casting.

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Yes it does, from the cotton wool fur to the blue eyes and pink nose and paws. And I'm not just bragging, mine is really even prettier (it's male) :) Every once in a while we think about opening him an Instagram and letting him join the lucrative line of influencers, but we're too lazy to be uploading all those photos. Too bad I can't attach a photo here to show you all the goldmine I'm sitting on :D

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LOL, put it on your fanwall! We can all gush over how much your cat looks like an Idol.

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Ok! :))) I haven't posted anything there yet and I'm not that familiar with it so it didn't occur to me, but I'll do it today and let you know. Hihi!

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Here he is, my idol cat: http://www.dramabeans.com/members/turka/?page=fan_wall
What say you? :)

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Beautiful beautiful Idol Cat

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Your cat is a beauty! I can understand your reservations... but maybe you can watch this together and it could teach him that he should never, ever change into a secret boy while you are sleeping? Because of all the love triangle stress that surely results of it?

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We're already watching it together :D I believe he was more freaked out by the transformation than I was, he wouldn't dream of doing the same...

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*nods wisely*

This is a cat instruction manual.
See Idol Cat, this is what you must NEVER EVER do.

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I personally like it, I think it's cute and I am a cat lover lol. It's similar to how in My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho she's a nine tailed fox but also a human so I just see it as shape shifting and a fantasy trope. Also there is a chance that he was originally human and reborn as a cat or something.

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There's a difference. In MGIA9TF, she never fully turned into a fox. She was all human throughout the drama only her tail came out in some episodes. But he's a cat. A full cat

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This is a fantasy genre, people. I don't know how you can possibly be bothered by this when we grew up with the frog prince, beauty and the beast, etc.

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Another difference. They were cursed. We weren't told such in this one

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Well, the drama isn't over yet. Let's see.

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Why is L always acting fantasy dramas? I think he also acted Angel’s last mission? Anyways, I love the recap, would be waiting to read more❤️❤️👌🏽

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I'm not quiet sure if I wanna keep watching. I think it's kinda ridiculous but Ijustwannaseethegorgeouscat. I don't have a cat of my own...

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Thank you for the weecap @selena.
I watched the first two episodes last week in the midst of reading news about the virus and how it was affecting everything. The show is light and fluffy and is just what I needed.
L is just right as the cat with his perplexed look on his face all the time.

For now romcom with cute cat and pretty boys and girls is just what I need. that, and a new job...

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This looks cute.

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I have to admit, I replayed the first scene when Sol Ah said she hates cats and then the camera zooms on the cat's downtrodden face.

I replayed the cat's sad face. Several times.

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I really like the cat!

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I was looking forward to this drama but after the first episode I'm not sure how I feel. I like the leads so far, but I'm kind of thrown off of Ji Hoon's character after seeing him in Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter. I'm not used to him being this subdued lol It's definitely cute so I'll continue on

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Thank you for the recap, @selena. I'm treating WELCOME as a form of Aesop's Fables.

As for the title WELCOME, based on comments above, it seems that it might have been more accurately translated as HERE, KITTY KITTY -- which is the stock phrase for calling cats -- but leaves out dogs. Oh, right, we haven't seen any 4-legged canines. Yet.

I'm curious (I hope it doesn't kill me) about the significance of Hong Jo's name. He went from Sergei Rachmaninoff to "Red Candles," according to Google Translate, which sounds too weird for words. There must be another meaning, right? (Or has Writer-nim been staking out the stalker's lair in FIND ME IN YOUR MEMORY? *shudder* )

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"Red candles" is Google's attempt to translate "blushing".

I guess that makes weird sense!

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@beantown,
Thanks for the reality check. I'd lost track of the new name for the cat. I could understand hong = red. ;-)

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Oh I love this show for the three main actors, but the supporting actors are unique and interesting too.

I am a fan of L after watching him in Miss Hammurabi. I thought both him and Go Ara delivered one of their best performances so far. And sorry to side track but I think Go Ara has improved a lot ever since.

As for L, I was a bit concerned he took on another supernatural being role after playing an angel. So I am glad to see some versatility and difference in the way he carry himself over here. As an angel he was cheerful, carefree and rather flighty. Here he was somber, contemplative and thoughtful.

Shin Ye Eun is new to me as I have not seen Mr Psychometric yet. But I already like her. Unlike lots of strong heroines with stubborn or persistence personality, she carries an easy charm, goofy but not irritating or loud. And I agree that she resembles Jun Ji Hyun a little bit.

As for our second lead, Seo Ji Hoon, I think there’s already plenty of fans who watched as second leads in other shows, hoping he would get a lead role (or get the girl)... I sure hope so too but when it comes to L, it’s tough fight.

I just hope it gets better rating that it deserves.

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