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When My Love Blooms: Episodes 7-8 Open Thread

Will history repeat itself for our star-crossed lovers? This week we learn more about the turmoil our couple endured when they were young, and then see it mirrored in the present-day timeline. But when our heroine reaches a crossroads, the decision she makes will be an important one.

 
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP

Jae-hyun has a pretty great information chain; he finds out quickly what’s going on with Ji-soo. He learns about the pressure Se-hoon is putting on her to get back together, the fact that Se-hoon and his wife Seo-kyung are in blackmailing cahoots, and above all, the fact that Ji-soo is, yet again, sacrificing everything for him.

We travel back to the past to see how that played out earlier, and between seeing Jae-hyun’s spirit crushed and Ji-soo’s heart broken, it’s practically unbearable. Ji-soo’s father makes short work of Jae-hyun, and before they know what’s going on, he’s wanted as a political criminal, and Ji-soo is on her way to Germany to “study” (A.K.A. get married to further her father’s career).

The pleasure of this story is seeing both timelines play out in patterns, but every week I’m surprised by how much I just adore the past storyline. From the way the story is told, to the fantastic young cast, to the pure-hearted love they portray so well, I could (and would!) also watch them as a stand-alone drama.

After a painful separation, we watch the pair reunited at the airport, and then run off together and live in hiding. Their story is so lovely you can see why they were never able to let go of each other, even after so many years, and so much heartache.

So far these overlapping past/present storylines have been close to identical. Places, moments, and emotions have been mirroring each other — and while it’s lovely, I did begin to wonder if we would start to see the present-day story change in any way. After all, they are getting a second chance. It would be a shame to repeat the same actions, right?

In the past, Jae-hyun and Ji-soo went to a village and hid out, but not before Ji-soo scrawled their names in a wall at the train station. The two spend their first night together there as well, so when Jae-hyun and Ji-soo meet there in the present-day, we’re already primed for expectations.

They look at their names, still graffitied there, and this time Jae-hyun’s the romantic – he adds underneath that their love will continue to bloom. But, unlike the past, the two part ways here, as Ji-soo insists (again) on staying away from him. And there it is: the first big departure from the past storyline. It’s important not only because it’s a first, but because it tells us that perhaps our pair isn’t destined to repeat the past after all.

Jae-hyun has reached a turning point, that’s for sure. Meeting Ji-soo has brought him back to his truest self, and he makes it clear to everyone that he will protect her no matter what it takes. He doesn’t hide his intentions from Seo-kyung, and even more boldly, he also confronts Se-hoon. The two have a very charged, but gentlemanly, conversation where Jae-hyun says that Ji-soo is his, and that he’ll protect her at all costs. “You take the child away from the woman who had an affair, and I’ll take the woman who has lost her child.”

Thank goodness it doesn’t come to that — at least not yet. Ji-soo realizes what she’s doing is wrong, and I was happy to see a change in her sacrificial mentality. After first going along with Se-hoon’s plan, she backs out. I’m not sure what the consequence will be, but I’m happy she’s made a decision for her good. And I’m glad she has Jae-hyun as her place of asylum (and vice versa). Our episodes this week end with them at the church that has meaning for both of them, and it’s a beautiful moment of rest, as rich in history as it is in metaphor.

I haven’t had much time to talk about our secondary characters yet, but I love how they’re woven in the story, past and present. Still Jae-hyun’s best friend, LEE DONG-JIN (Min Sung-wook) boasts he’s the most expensive divorce attorney in Korea and wants to help Ji-soo get free of Se-hoon’s stranglehold (sure, he’s brought in by Jae-hyun, but I love the whole school buddy connection between all of them).

Also, this week our sweetie pie third wheel Young-woo makes a 30-years-too-late confession to Ji-soo. It was so heartbreaking. He does it not because he thinks he has a chance with her, but because he wants her to see how foolish she is to go back to Se-hoon. I really liked the impact this has on her. It might not have been pleasant, but it shook her up. And I rather like the shining knights that are lining up to protect her.

Not that she needs it! Well, sometimes she looks like she’s about to shatter into pieces — but she’s also amazingly strong. I loved the scene where Seo-kyung sets up the school moms to bully Ji-soo with rumors of her affair. And instead of sitting there like a victim, she tells them they didn’t dig deep enough to find out about her criminal record. She threatens them and storms out, and I love it.

We’re seeing Ji-soo grow and change a bit after meeting Jae-hyun again, although her process is slower than his, almost as if she’s thawing after being iced over and miserable for years. Sometimes even the way she walks and stands makes me see the emotional pain she’s in, and I really like Lee Bo-young’s performance here. I can’t wait to see her with a lighter heart. Come on, Jae-hyun, you can do it!

 
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Another amazing episode. Every bits and pieces of this show is so well developed and the editing is also so nice, I also like the characters development. It seems, after meeting Jae-Hyun again, Ji Soo is ready to fight and getting her strength back. I didn't like the way her ex-husband is scheming. And the young characters are so romantic. I am totally glued to the show!!

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Thanks @missvictrix for the recap. This is the best drama I watched all these week, although it may be the least famous in terms of screenwriter and director, but it is solid, and having 2 pairs of actors/actresses playing their character so well. This is all I can say.

I guess part of the reason having the 2 storylines going parallel, as our reviewer stated above, is to see why they failed in the past, and will they go the other way this time. I find it interesting that Lee Bo-yeong's Ji-soo seeing her past twice this week (one on herself, and the other on Jae-hyun). I guess this reflecting her thinking, as she reviewing herself at the same time. This is a lovely touch.

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this show is sooo good.. pure romance

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as in only romance genre

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I'm loving the path of this drama, and how the past and present story still have a connection and mirrors one another.

When I watch the younger version of our leads, I just want them to be together, but I still don't know if it will happen. The last scene in episode 7, when JiSoo saw the young JaeHyun made me think that many things have to change in him for them to be together.

Regarding the side characters, I may have a SLS with Young Woo. He's such a supportive, caring and good friend... although I cannot forget what he did in the past. I'm struggling with it.

Also, I find SeoKeyong so interesting. One scene I like her because I can see the softness in her, another scene she's again the mean and selfish chaebol I hate. Surely she's not a plain villain, or even a villain at all.

I can't believe we've arrived episode 8. We're half of the drama and we still don't know the real reason why JiSoo left. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with her mum and her sister and the ripped photo her dad keeps.

I'm loving this show so, so much.

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This week episodes felt boring for me, Jisoo continues to reject Jaehyun. They didnt take any step further for their relationship this week, few weeks ago i had butterflies in my stomach but now even dont know whether to continue to watching or not

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This is the only current drama offering that I watch twice per episode, once in raw, and then the subbed version,,that is because even when the language barrier is there, I appreciate how the visual loveliness is giving me equal excitement with following the story, just lovely, this drama..
Now, aside from the OTP (which is still not quite clear whether they're going to be together in the end, or not), seo kyung continued to be an interesting character for me. Her method of loving jae hyun is questionable sometime, but if feeling mad when your husband shared a kiss with another woman triggered you to join force with an evil, I found her reaction/response is understandable (considering she's a spoiled child), and I couldn't hate her for that. The show has also gave a glimpse of her fist moment alone with jae hyun in the past which started to give me some ideas on how they started their relationship, not a bad footing, and I expect to see more to fully understand why they end up married.
The scene when young ji soo said to JH "I wonder how we're going to raise our kids" and JH got a sudden cough, I smiled and also felt a pang in my heart, gah these two, why life can be so cruel to their love..Show, I expect it's time for them to start paving way for turning table, give them brighter days, don't let them (and me) down please!

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wait, what 'bad footing'? hahaa,,'bad impression' or 'wrong footing', sorry, it seems i couldn't make up my mind which one to use :p

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Sometimes, I re-watch episodes 3 or more times, if time allows, instead of watching other dramas. When I get bored or lose interest in the drama that I am watching, then prefer to go back and re-watch past episodes of this drama. It has a certain appeal, zen like, and do not get tired even after many re-viewings.

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Thank you @missvictrix for the wee-cap. I appreciate and look forward to it. Although the comment section is not as robust as the other shows, it might just mean that the viewership for this show is more introspective, doesn't over analyze too much and not as expressive. (Although I am tempted to guess what happened in the past re: parents, friends/family, marriages, etc that led to the present).

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I can agree with that! The show makes us feel things but also makes makes us want to process them more internally, as fits the nature of the drama. Kind of cool how life imitates art in this sense!

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Thanks for the weecap.

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Miss Victrix, I admire your essays but we may have different drama taste. I find this full of stereotype. The quality is subpar- eg opening instrumental feels like something from 1950s (vs 1980-1990 flashback range).

There is a silver lining - Park Jin Young and younger cast. To think that normally, I dislike Kpop actors, and partial to melodrama/historical with more mature/experienced actors. LBY a favorite in Mother. But the unraveling feels too much cliche. I keep thinking “Will it snow this Christmas” is so much better.

But glad you’re enjoying!

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Again, it is a great recap, great for skillfully summarizing the relevant scenes, and making the corresponding implications and observations for the benefit of the story line. I especially like the point made about the secondary characters, and especially the important roles played by them in shaping up the development of the main characters.

The fact that you are able to imply all those amazing remarks that were not explicit in the scenes and dialogues, it highlights the high-quality production values of this drama, where every component of the drama making machinery does its job by blending in harmoniously to portray the intent of the writer and director. The drama does not spell out everything but leaves some room for the viewers' imagination, in other words. By doing this, the makers of this drama are doing a big favor to the viewer, making them pay more attention, and experience and perceive every scene with all the senses.

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Both my husband and I are enjoying this. So much psychology here. People really don’t change, but I hope that these two will turn a corner soon.

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I'm liking the backstory for Se Kyung. While I dislike her, seeing her mother abandoned her at the park was so sad. Then to see her stubborn but somewhat intriguing younger self become interested in Jae Hyun gave her character more heart to me. She's still manipulative and selfish, but I'm liking that added depth.
Ugh... and Young Woo's confession was so sad... If Ji Soo doesn't take him I will! lol

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