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When My Love Blooms: Episodes 5-6 Open Thread

This week we learn more about the circumstances that pulled our Romeo and Juliet apart in their youth. It’s as sad as it is infuriating — and so is the fact that we see the same dynamics beginning to repeat themselves in the present day. Everyone is trying to pull these two apart, but there’s never been a couple so perfect for each other.

 
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When My Love Blooms is such a gentle, romantic show that when you watch it you’re just lost in the emotions without being able to say what really happened — or is that just me? The drama is more about what it evokes than any huge plot swings, and that’s one of the things I’m enjoying most about it. The other? Jae-hyun.

It’s hard not to swoon when the man of your dreams returns when you need him most — and that’s what’s happening for Ji-soo, now that Jae-hyun is back in her life again.

What Jae-hyun is for Ji-soo is solid ground, in so many senses of that word. This week, we learn more about how he encouraged her sense of self-worth, and even stood up to her father in order to protect her.

But just as I hoped would not be the case, Ji-soo’s father is more terrible than we might have realized. He investigates Jae-hyun and sticks him on the wanted list in an attempt to tear our Romeo and Juliet apart. And it’s not that he thinks Jae-hyun will be bad for his daughter. Instead, he recognizes that Jae-hyun is “warm and gentle” and says that “the good have a certain power” that makes them harder to get rid of. Sheesh.

Ji-soo’s father might have pulled them apart in the past with his “choose one or the other” rhetoric, but in the present day, the forces against our lovers are even worse. We still know very little about Ji-soo’s ex-husband LEE SE-HOON (Kim Young-hoon), but we know enough to be mighty wary of him. And this week he really outdoes himself by spying on Ji-soo, conspiring with Seo-kyung to “get back” their spouses, and using his adorable son as nothing more than leverage.

Yeah, Se-hoon is pretty horrible. By the end of this week’s episodes, he winds up blackmailing Ji-soo and pinning her into making a choice not very different from the one her father did when she was young: cling to Jae-hyun and ruin his life, or renounce him in order to save him. We watch young Ji-soo break up with Jae-hyun for this very reason, and it’s sad as hell, because they’re both just so precious and perfect for each other.

In the present day, though, there seems to be so much more at stake in the conflict. Ji-soo has a son to protect (from a man she clearly loathes), and Jae-hyun has his reputation and a possible future as a criminal on the line. But what if the two situations/choices are not so different after all? At their core they are the same: Ji-soo must make a choice based on avoiding what she fears the most. And she tells us that fear is Jae-hyun falling because of her.

We learn a lot about what is in Ji-soo’s heart this week — I mean, what a decision to make! To go back to the man she hates just to protect the one she loves. It seems like for Ji-soo, sacrificing herself and her happiness are something she does almost out of habit. We’ve seen Jae-hyun (of past and present) trying to teach her to value herself more, though, and I’m really interested to see if Ji-soo’s martyr mentality will shift as this story plays out.

We learn a little less of Jae-hyun this week, but what we do learn is great. His love for Ji-soo might be a beacon in his own heart, but his mother knows about it too, and I just looooved that. There’s some complicated history between them, I think, but the scene with present-day Jae-hyun visiting his mother was quite sweet. From the singing to the talking of Ji-soo, this interaction was just what we (and Jae-hyun) needed to ground the hardships to come.

The other development around Jae-hyun this week is the fact that he might be lobbying for control of his father-in-law’s company — or maybe just trying to take down the corruption? We’re not given many details, but instead we watch it play out in pieces: Jae-hyun talking to shareholders, his father-in-law suspicious of him, and the hint that Jae-hyun might not be the chaebol puppet after all.

The entire cast is fabulous in this drama, but no one is impressing me quite as much as Jinyoung. His energy on screen is so different than we’re used to seeing from him, and he’s channeling the gravity and decisiveness of Yoo Ji-tae’s performance so well. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I’ve never met a drama that has done such a fine job matching up young/adult cast members. And I don’t mean their looks, but what each actor is able to capture in their individual performance, and then tie into a single character.

The end of this week’s episodes feel like a bit of a crossroads for Ji-soo. She’s hit the same ugly decision she’s had to make in the past. Her desire to keep Jae-hyun safe and sheltered didn’t really work the first time, despite her giving him up. I wonder if we’ll see the same repeated “mistake,” or if she and Jae-hyun have lived enough, and endured enough, to bring a new perspective to their second chance.

 
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I watched this while waiting for new episodes of A World Of Married Couple to rolled in but strangely, I am hooked. I felt the same as you, I don't really feel there's much development in each episode, yet I still tuned in, episodes after episodes, to know what will happen to the ill-fated lovers, however slow it's gonna be.
I liked how seamless they weaved the past into present day. It doesn't feel jarring. And I am so far liking the chemistry between the two leads, both present and past.

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I agree with you. The producers and makers have done a great job in keeping the interest of the viewer throughout its running period. Time flies when watching each episode unlike other dramas, like they leave you with a little bit of cliffhanger at the end of each scene. Everything blends in harmoniously to portray what was intended. Definitely not like A World of Married Couple, a drama that I follow because Kim Hee Ae.

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The chemistry between the leads is incredible, especially the younger versions.

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I think one of the reasons it's slower moving is because of the past/present story telling. There are times in the drama where they could cut some of the reminiscing, but it's all done so beautifully that I can't get mad at it. However, each episode is so emotionally charged and drama filled I find myself only being able to watch one at a time.

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I do like how beautifully interwoven the current timeline is with the younger timeline. Especially the younger timeline, everything is just to pretty and romantic, and I agree that the young actors are doing very well in their roles.

However, this is probably a matter of personal preference, but as the episodes go on, I find the reversion back to the use of super aged K-drama tropes getting a little too much for me, whether in the younger timeline or in the current timeline. Perhaps I've been spoilt by recent trends in Korean dramas which get the plot and storyline going well even without resorting to exaggerated or unrealistic chaebol or candy tropes.

Another point which bothered me was Ji-soo's and Jae-hyun's (seeming) lack of care and concern for their children. While their children may be off at boarding school and hence the parent-child interactions are understandably more distant and infrequent, they seem to be more self-absorbed in the "great love, loss and sadness" enveloping them, than their children's well-being or trying to be more involved in their children's lives even after major incidents (from the perspective of the children) had happened to their children at the boarding school. It actually seemed like Se-hoon cared more about their son than Ji-soo, in that he bothered to actually look through his son's textbooks to see the torn pages etc (albeit through slightly questionable methods), even if their son would understandably and "maturely" not let his parents worry about him being bullied in school etc. Showing concern isn't just about sending messages to ask whether her son has eaten etc, it seems as though Ji-soo isn't putting in more effort to be more involved in her son's life to find out what may be affecting him, his slipping grades in school etc. She's only belatedly reacting to situations when they happen to him in school. Jae-hyun too - he did not seem to do anything to educate his son or instill the right values even after he knew that his son had been bullying Ji-soo's son in school.

I get that Show is about the romantic love between the 2 leads, but Show's premise is also primarily about middle-aged people finding their way back to each other - a grand romantic love between them, which ignores their responsibilities as adults and parents towards their children at this age - this point really bothers me.

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I dont think so, Jisoo cares for her son as much as she can, but for Jaehyun he might be careless. For 60min drama dragging their children like you want wont do much for plot progress

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I don't mean dragging the children along for a 60-minute drama of course. But it is possible to weave some child scenes in as plot points to to move the romance along too (like the Jun Seo-Yong Min incident in the boarding school), so that the adult timeline can develop the 2 leads into more wholesome beings instead of just focusing on the loveline, which makes them seem selfish and irresponsible.

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Spot on...I don't like Ji Soo's ex but he comes across as wayyy more responsible in terms of handling their son. Also Seo Kyung sprang into action after she saw Jae Hyun and their son happily making a make shift camp and laughing together like a family. You could see behind her annoyed face, how much she looked content at the sight of her family together. But seconds later, she handed the usb to Ju Soo's ex. I felt both sad and horrified for her. Because she wants her family together and I csn't dislike her for that. And Ji Soo is not keeping her distance from Jae Hyun fully being aware of it. It leaves a bad taste. If and when they get together, it will be built on the back of a broken family. The family wasn't perfect but perhaps had a chance at surviving this if Ji Soo was not in the picture.

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I may not agree every point you have raised, @muggleping, but you did raise a point about the children, and I appreciate it.

However (this is what I am disagreeing with you), the problem is: does both Jae-hyun and Ji-soo able to take care of them in their current state? Jae-hyun is just came back out of prison, surely he has no chance to take care of his child, and he just scratch the surface of his child's bullying behaviour; Meanwhile, Ji-soo even have no time of take care of herself. I am sorry to say that, but I don't think they can concentrate on their children properly, and the drama does show this layer of issue. Their another halves do take care of them, but I see the selfishness behind their care. Se-hoon simply want to win the custody war, and then win Ji-soo back (Out of his pride?), and Seo-kyung is even more obvious, she doesn't want her pride being hurt (I always compare her action with the real-life scandal of Korean Air Nut Rage Incident*). They do love Ji-soo and Jae-hyun very much, I have to admit, but they do it in a very wrong reason.

*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut_rage_incident

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I disagree on Seo Kyung...yes, she has pride...but she loves her husband and son. She only decided to hand over the usb after seeing how happy her husband and son are doing silly things...this has been my biggest issue with this drama. If Seo Kyung was outright arrogant, obsessed psycho like Ji Soo's ex...I wouldn't have such a hard time accepting Ji Soo-Jae Hyun in current timeline. But they have humanized her and fleshed her out as a imperfect person, flawed but real. So, its hard rooting for Jae Hyun.

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I beg to differ about Seo Kyung. She does not act like a woman in love. She's jealous because her husband shows more interest in another woman, which is perfectly understandable, but what has she done to show her love for Jae-hyun?
1. She did not pick him up after his stint in prison, but left it to his chauffeur. Which loving wife would do this? Especially after 4 years in prison?
2. She did not even protest when her father suggested that Jae-hyun take the fall. Again, which loving wife would place her father and the company over her husband?
3. There is no show of affection from her towards JH. Even on his first night back, not even a hug to the husband who was away for 4 long years? She merely commented that the first thing he does is watch that movie. And scolded him for not spending more time with their son. LOL.
4. She even had an affair because she was bored!
5. She is not averse to ruining his reputation just so that she can get back at Ji-soo. A wife who loves her husband would show him the photo of him kissing JS, and question him. She would rave and rant - even throw things at him, and try to win his love back. Not go behind his back. So basically, she can have an affair, but he can't?
6. When she knew that he had spent time with JS, what did she do? She called her lover over. This is not a loving wife - she is selfish, manipulative and mean.
I know that JH does not love her but he never claimed he did. For him, it was a marriage of convenience. I'm not justifying his 'affair' with JS, but to say that SK loves him is for me, unfounded and unjustifiable.

I do not even think that she loves her son. It was JH who remembered that their son had a history of bullying and seemed remorse about it. SK, on the other hand was nonchalant about it. And if she was bored, she should have spent more time with her son! Not have an affair with a younger man!

And why berate JS for not spending time with her son? Sk has a sports car that she can drive to see her son. JS has to take a train, a bus and walk to the school from the train station. She also has to work. Her son did not divulge much to her - I empathise with her cos I have sons too, and they do not divulge much. Unlike he ex, JS is not the intrusive parent. She does not rummage through his bag or go through his books like he is a little child. I know that MY children would be upset if I did that when they were in their teens.

And as for Se-hoon, he only 'investigated' because he saw the son's letter. And it was more like finding evidence so that he could use it against JS. Frankly, what business is it of his that his wife sees another man? They are divorced. If he is concerned that it will affect their son as JH is a married man, and to a chaebol, no less, than he should have talked to JS about it and expressed his concern FOR THEIR SON - not use it against her to get her back.

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Totally agree with you, Seokyung is just a selfish woman whose pride is so important for her. She also said to her secretary in episode 4 that if Jaehyun will have an affair with this woman then my pride will hurt. She is a attention seeker

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Seo Kyung loves Jae Hyun but it's her version of love: unhealthy and self-serving. Looking at who her father is though this is probably the only kind of love she's ever known. Her quotes of "you're the only one for me" don't come off as "you're my one true love" but more of "I've decided that I want you." She also doesn't consider him or his situation, though he is by no means blameless, but simply moves and acts on her own for herself. It's definitely understandable that she's upset and jealous, but I think those feelings boil down to her life not going her way. Her love for her son is similar. She even admitted in the bullying incident that even though he was a bully she wouldn't let anything happen to him because she simply wouldn't allow it. She as well doesn't seem to be investing in their son in any meaningful way. Again, that's not real love but selfishness and pride. Even after all this though I do find her character interesting and her motives more believable than Ji Soo's ex husband.

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I guess @gem28 and @kiyomipink get my point, and @fangirlstar and @crazyahjummafan miss it: Seo-Kyung loves her husband and son, but she want them play her own game of love, not caring. This is more like an ownership then love. Maybe she do love him in the "love" sense, but she doesn't know the real love is. This is why I said she, like Se-hoon, "they do it in a very wrong reason."

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They both do seem to have enough time to go wandering about though (I mean Jae Hyun is just stalking Ji-soo around a lot). I don't mean they are not in the best adult states, and nobody expects them to be perfect parents. But it does seem like a bare minimum as a responsible parent is not even done, especially in terms of educating Jun-seo after finding out his bullying ways.

As for Yong-min, if Show is gonna tell us that he is harbouring suicidal thoughts and writing suicide notes and placing them in between his textbooks, or if he has official results slips (which are things which are not that difficult to discover), bad things at school must have been going on for some time for him, and things are bad. As the parent with sole custody of the child who may be having problems taking care of his material needs due to financial constraints, that's fine. But not being able to realize that the child is having problems emotionally or coping at school for such a long time speaks a lot. I'm not saying Ji-soo is a bad parent, Show does show us that she cares for Yong-min, and in a better way than Se-hoon (she doesn't force him to do things he doesn't like for the sake of her own interests etc), but if Show is going to go down the route of him harbouring suicidal thoughts, I think there should be somewhat a stronger proportion of some child-caring scenes balanced with the loveline (or even using the child scenes as plot points to bring the 2 leads closer together even), so that it doesn't seem so one-dimensional like Ji-soo is a selfish parent or an utterly ineffective guardian, which I'm sure she is not.

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For me, the way the parents and children interact in this drama, is another way of looking at this idea of protecting someone - but making wrong choices.

Ji-soo's son tries to protect his mother by not telling her he's struggling - he knows how important it is that he stays in that school. Ji-soo protects him by keeping him in the best school possible considering her strained financial circumstances & the full scholarship grant that the school gave them. So they don't talk and are stuck in a bad place.

Seo-kyung tries to protect her son by throwing her wealth and power around when he's in trouble, but ignores that he's actually the bully and therefore she condones his bad behaviour. Jae-hyun felt he needed to look after Ji-soo's son, as he correctly identified him as the victim of bullying. But that caused even more trouble as it put him in the spotlight.

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That's the one thing that dampens this drama for me. While I can see the angle the drama writers are going for as far as the children's situation, it's a bit of a stretch. Besides Jae Hyun telling the wife not to "coddle" their son that was about as far as he went in correcting his son's behavior. You've boiled it down pretty well. They've given our main leads kids, but only in the sense that they are a plot device when needed. So far the kids haven't gotten much development of their own that doesn't relate back to the main couple's story. I think the show does an amazingly beautiful job at telling the past and present stories, but one of the downfalls is that it leaves less time to focus on other story lines like the parents relationships with their children. One could say that all kdramas have aspects to them that you have to overlook in order to enjoy them and the parent/child relationships could be the example for this drama. I'm glad you brought it up cause I feel like I haven't seen a lot of people discuss it.

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I love this drama a lot, it isn’t flawless and sometimes they go too far but I am invested in love story between the couples!
I wish Ji-soo would let Jae-hyun to overcome the difficulties himself instead of trying to protect him! I know it comes out of her pure love and that’s what every person would do for their loved ones but she knows he isn’t a weak man.

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“I’ve never met a drama that has done such a fine job matching up young/adult cast members. And I don’t mean their looks, but what each actor is able to capture in their individual performance, and then tie into a single character.“
This should be written everywhere!

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I know right??

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I've just finished the episodes and this has been my thought mostly during the watch. The amazing casting and how the mature selves reflect the younger (or the other way round). Actors are doing an amazing job. Directing is fantastic. I just have no words.

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I feel that this drama is about what you're willing to do to protect someone and which choices you're going to make.

The way the drama shows these alternatives are sometimes a bit obvious (for example, Ji-soo gives Jae-hi up instead of letting him go to prison, whereas his wife lets him go to prison instead of giving him up) but I still find it interesting.

I hope that what the drama is going for, is that of course those choices are utterly false and a trick by the person posing them. Will Ji-soo's son really be happy if his mother gets back with his cheating father (he seemed very defensive of her, so I still think there was more going on there) Was Jae-hyun better off staying out of prison but being without Ji-soo?

I'm hoping that Jae-hyun will show Ji-soo the way out of those dilemmas: take down the person blackmailing you into making impossible choices.

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I was never a fan of Adult couple dramas but this one just stood out. It just keep on making me want to get more and more in deep and the way the editing is done, the sorry is woven between their youth and during their adult life and the pain in their eyes, and the love and yearning which is still alive, i just can't seem to stop it. It really has a very deep impact!!

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sigh! star-crossed lovers never were more star-crossed than this couple. my heart really does go out to Ji-soo and everything she's experienced in her life till this point... but her tenacity is also very admirable. agreed on the young/adult cast member matching too, though i do find myself comparing Jinyoung and Ji-tae oppa's eyes and going hmmm........ haha. but that's just me. i also probably laughed at 2 makjang moments this week too. looking forward to the next eps!

we're tracking locations for the show here on KDL!

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Thanks @missvictrix for the recap. Honestly this show is the most enjoyable I am following this time around (I am pretty enjoyed dissing The King: PPL Monarch, and A Couple's World maybe the best of all 3, but it is too tense).

"The other development around Jae-hyun this week is the fact that he might be lobbying for control of his father-in-law’s company — or maybe just trying to take down the corruption?"
About this, allow me to do some speculations?

What is essential is a dialogue between Jae-hyun and his steelworker father in Ep.6, in there he believed Jae-hyun is doing the right thing, but he felt shame about it, because what he did can't make the world turn. This is also when he was shouting the slogan in a protest one time, he suddenly stopped when he saw his mother. I guess his intention after getting into this chaebol group's hierarchy--although he probably gets into the corporation by chance, because you really can't force a chaebol daughter to fall in love with him naturally, and Seo-kyung does love him--is because he was sick that he can't change the world by simply protest, but to destroy it from the inside?

Just a thought ...

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I think that his idea is to end the corruption on the conglomerate, and that came during the years he spent in prison. I think he's been planning "revenge" against his father in law.

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That's exactly what I am thinking, too. However his ideology in his university may have some effect in his heart. You know in Ep.1, he still keep a book of Karl Marx in his bookshelf (don't know it is Marx's writing, or something about Marx)

He also describe Ji-soo as his "dream", and she is associate with his university years, so I guess this is also make a parallel of his viewto her onto his ideology.

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Although the story of the drama is cliche, I love how the director, the music and the actors have brought some much needed freshness to create this cinematic gem

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I've just finished watching the episodes and I have to say this: what an amazing cast, what fantastic casting, such an awesome directing... and the cinematography... I love the warm colours of youth against the colder colours of maturity. I love how everything in the show tells a story. A story we're just partially being told. Please, show, keep it this way.

I love how characters are not black or white, well maybe JiSoo is the whitest one... but even I can feel how the characters that are supposed to be evil have some warmth in them: SeHon really cares for his son, he wants to know why he wrote that note and he behaves like a dad, not scolding him, but trying to understand. Same thing with SeoKeyong: she cares for his son, she's cared from minute one, and she wants to have a family and the love she's never really received from anyone but JaeHyun.

And JaeHyun is conspiring agains his in laws (or so it seems), and has forgotten his youth ideals (or so it seems). Young Woo confessed he was the one who inform about JaeHyun, leading him to prison and away from JiSoo.

Regarding the story. I agree not much is happening, but I love how it is being told.

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I most confess I swooned that JH remembered about the guitar he promised JS and was so eager wanting to give it to her. Also I am finding Joon woo (JH driver) very cute helping out JH.

Even though there is some typical character characteristic there is more depth to them witch make them interesting. But seing how JS and JH getting cornered by other people in the past, and in the present make me root for them. I mean who do not want a second change when we can see how much they long for each other and the fact that they got separated by extended force.

Drama PD have talked about the drama message witch I think give a good reason for it not being very plot driven drama, but more about the characters present situation.
“I want to convey the message that since everyone has beautiful and difficult times in their lives, ‘right now’ is everyone’s most beautiful moment in life.”

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Hello missvictrix, what an excellent review. I am looking forward reading your recaps for this drama as much as watching it. Thank you for your detail analysis by breaking the story down into small bits of information and then zooming it out to see the big picture, and also by referencing back and forth with the past. I read with great pleasure each of the points you made and agree 100% with each of them.

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I agree. ...The entire cast is fabulous in this drama, ...I’ve never met a drama that has done such a fine job matching up young/adult cast members. And I don’t mean their looks, but what each actor is able to capture in their individual performance, and then tie into a single character.

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JInyoung! My oh my, am I impressed. When I first saw the stills for this drama, I was disappointed that it wasn't the other Jinyoung - the one who acted in Moonlight by the Clouds. I didn't think this Jinyoung had the looks or the gravitas to carry out the role. But, boy was I wrong. With each passing episode, I love his character more and more! Frankly, although I came to watch the drama because of Yoo Ji-tae, I like the younger version more. And Jinyoung is nailing the role. He's manly and yet sweet and swoony. I'm going to look out for this actor more in the future.

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He is!!! I first saw him in My Love, Eun Dong, and loved him as the younger version of the main lead in that as well. He did well in He’s Psychometric and l’m thoroughly enjoying his performance in this too!

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I wanna Know if they are having an affair cos if they are, I'd support them 100%. Anything that'll take them away from their spouses is good for me.

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Feeling like this drama is going to end on a sad note. Its like they'll love each other again as adults but won't cross the line because jisoo will always choose something else to protect jaehyun. I may be wrong tho but let's see. I'm enjoying it

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Thanks for the recap.

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Thanks for the weecap.

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What a great little show. I agree, Jinyoung is standing out in my mind as well. Loved how he is able to portray a young person in love and also the heartbreak of breaking up. He’s stupid good in that scene.

However, everything else is excellent too. I love how we have time to digest every conversation, how each actor is not just there for drama’s sake, but integral to the story—even our “friend zoned” second lead, in both time lines.

Enjoying the ride.

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Every single aspect of this drama is beautiful and each episodes breaks my heart a bit more. I cannot voice how much I despise the ex for using his son as a bargaining chip, and yet there are people in the Viki comments saying he's the better parent?? While my heart goes out to the main couple, I'm honestly worried about the kids. Ji Soo's son needs some happiness in his life and burdens lifted from his shoulders. The other boy could be so much nicer if he had more influence from his dad. His mother obviously taught him no humility or empathy. Neither of roads are going to be easy for either kid :/

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