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Oh My Baby: Episode 6

As our heroine’s scandal gains new momentum, she’s feeling pressured to take drastic action to keep her job. While she struggles with what to do, she’s encouraged by the friendships of the three men who are her best options for having a baby of her own. When our heroine comes up with an unconventional solution, it leads to unexpected consequences for one of those candidates.

  
EPISODE 6: “Hard to hide our feelings”

Alone with Ha-ri in the field, Yi-sang leans forward as if to kiss her but he turns away to cough at the last second. Ha-ri looks understandably confused when Yi-sang complains that it’s windy and heads inside.

On the drive home, Ha-ri wonders, “Was I supposed to kiss him?” She pulls out her phone to consult the internet just as a call from Jae-young comes through. Annoyed, Ha-ri texts that she’s in a meeting which only makes Jae-young more suspicious.

Ha-ri finds some advice that sounds promising, “Give it one more try and hit on him properly,” and she unintentionally reads it out loud. Yi-sang slams on the brakes and squeaks, “What,” but as usual, Ha-ri isn’t aware that she said anything. Ha-ri bickers with Yi-sang, who keeps apologizing because she’s upset, and he agrees when she suggests that they stop talking.

After not speaking for hours, Ha-ri has to clear her throat when Yi-sang nears her house. She points to a spot where he can drop her off but before she exits the car, Ha-ri has to ask, “Do you like guys by any chance?” Assuring Ha-ri that he’s straight, Yi-sang quietly adds, “I hope my apology doesn’t end up keeping you awake at night.”

After Yi-sang drives away, a disappointed Ha-ri walks home and is startled by a well-camouflaged Jae-young. He grills Ha-ri about her overnight trip but she doesn’t want to talk about it. When Jae-young asks if she slept with Yi-sang, Ha-ri answers, “Maybe I should have.”

Still smarting from Yi-sang’s rejection, Ha-ri asks, “Am I unattractive?” Jae-young suddenly can’t look at her and puts on his sunglasses before answering, “If you flirt with a guy, and he shows no reaction, he’s probably a priest, a monk, or asexual.” Satisfied, Ha-ri enters her apartment leaving Jae-young to wonder what exactly happened on the trip to Mureung.

Poor Yi-sang turns out to be the one who can’t sleep. He uses a remote to turn the overhead light on and off as he leans against his statue to ask it, “I should’ve kissed her, right?” When the light is on, a new addition to Yi-sang’s living room display is seen — a framed photograph of his hand with the stamped message, “Good Job!”

At breakfast, Jae-young goes out of his way to annoy Ha-ri and Mom scolds, “You make a great couple, so why won’t you get together already.” After they both squawk at the idea, Mom asks Ha-ri to reply to a text for her. Ha-ri sees that her mother is joining her mountaineering club for an overnight trip to the East Sea and teases, “Who’s the mystery guy?” Mom tells her daughter to focus on her own love life and as she walks away, Ha-ri asks her to bring back some squid.

At Dachae Media, Yeon-ho, Hyo-joo and So-yoon gossip about Ha-ri’s overnight trip within earshot of Manager Kim and Soo-chul. When they conclude that Ha-ri and Yi-sang slept together, Manager Kim confesses, “A sudden overnight trip is also how I got married.”

Ha-ri walks by just then and a colleague exclaims that she’s glowing. The friends joke that they’ll be buying gifts for either a wedding or a baby shower but when a glum Ha-ri stops at the nearby refrigerator, they realize that they jumped to the wrong conclusion.

Yeon-ho complains that Ha-ri hasn’t dated in so long she doesn’t remember what to do. Soo-chul moans that Yi-sang has only had one girlfriend, which means he has no dating experience.

At home, a pajama-clad Yi-sang holds a book titled, “The Joy of Living Alone”. He smiles as his thoughts stray to the near kiss and when his toes curl, Yi-sang tells himself, “Stop it. This is wrong.” His pep talk doesn’t work because Yi-sang imagines himself spinning Ha-ri into his arms and puckering up as he leans her back for a kiss.

Ha-ri suddenly appears and informs Yi-sang that he’s hallucinating because he’s sexually frustrated. He tells the imaginary Ha-ri, “This is me doing my utmost best to hold back,” but she argues that being a gentleman isn’t necessary at their age.

Yi-sang confesses, “Can’t you see that I’ve been making room for you in my heart? If I finally come around to kiss you, then I’ll never let you go.” Ha-ri grumbles that Yi-sang is making a big deal out of a simple kiss and then floats away to find his bedroom.

Hyo-joo submits food photos to Editor Shim, who notices that the ones she requested of the cooking process are missing. Hyo-joo argues they’ll ruin the article’s aesthetic but Editor Shim insists that moms need to see the steps so that the finished dish is suitable for their kids.

When an irate Hyo-joo walks outside to vent, Eu-tteum greets her good-naturedly and gets ignored. Eu-tteum guesses, “Did you get an earful,” only to have Hyo-joo snap that they should stick to polite greetings. He agrees to leave her alone which Hyo-joo immediately regrets when her heel gets caught in a manhole cover and Eu-tteum doesn’t come to her aid.

Soo-chul visits Yi-sang’s apartment and finds his friend moping in the dark. At first he thinks Yi-sang is sick until he mumbles, “I see her when my eyes are open and when they’re closed.” Soo-chul explains that he came over to ask Yi-sang to help Ha-ri with the photoshoot for the infertile couple and urges his heartsick friend to get dressed.

Back at Dachae Media, Yeon-ho hands Ha-ri a product to review so she has an excuse to visit Jambi Studio. Outside, Yi-sang sees Ha-ri’s face in a puddle and reminds himself, “It’s a hallucination.” When Ha-ri asks, “What are you doing,” Yi-sang assumes that she’s not real and waves his hand in front of her.

Confused, Ha-ri waves back and when Yi-sang reaches out to confirm that she’s not there, he recoils when her forehead stops him. After Ha-ri enters the studio, Yi-sang warns himself, “Snap out of it.”

Seated on a couch, Ha-ri remembers reading on the internet about a signal that’s 100% effective, “Rest your head on his shoulder and tilt it 45 degrees.” Ha-ri invites Yi-sang to sit next to her and when he does, she’s distracted by his broad back. Announcing that she’s sleepy, Ha-ri angles her head towards Yi-sang’s shoulder but when he jumps up, she lands on the seat.

Hyo-joo returns to the office to find a pair of fake Gucci sandals on her seat with a note from Eu-tteum, “I hope your feet will be comfortable in these.” Offended, Hyo-joo returns them and Eu-tteum regrets not choosing the Brada ones instead. Oh dear.

Pushing the sandals back towards Hyo-joo, Eu-tteum promises, “Wear these for now. I’ll get you Brada and Ballemciaga next time. It’s 2 for 10 dollars.” At first, Hyo-joo rejects Eu-tteum’s offer but then she thinks better of it. Forcing a smile, Hyo-joo puts on the sandals, “Don’t bother. I’m happy with these.” Delighted to see Hyo-joo wearing his gift, Eu-tteum leaves, but Hyo-joo doesn’t take them off because they’re comfortable.

As Yi-sang loads his car for the photoshoot, he makes it clear that once Soo-chul recovers, he’ll be working again with Ha-ri on the project. At the hospital, Ha-ri and Yi-sang follow the infertile couple when they’re called in to see the doctor and Yi-sang pauses briefly in front of the fertility clinic’s sign. In the doctor’s office, Yi-sang prepares to snap some photos until the sight of the couple’s clasped hands triggers a flashback.

In another hospital, In-ah clutched Yi-sang’s hand while a doctor delivered bad news. Her eyes brimming with tears, In-ah pulled her hand away and then left Yi-sang alone. In the present, Ha-ri notices that Yi-sang is distracted just as he shakes off the painful memory.

In the waiting area, Ha-ri expresses hope that the couple will have success with their second attempt at pregnancy. When Yi-sang muses, “You have to sacrifice so much for a being that doesn’t exist,” Ha-ri points to a mother and father with a newborn and marvels, “When you look at a mom looking at her baby, isn’t it amazing?” Yi-sang asks if that’s why women choose a baby over the person they love but Ha-ri insists that she’d never let go of the person that she loves because finding love is a miracle too.

At home, Ha-ri installs the hand held shower head she’s been given to review in Jae-young’s bathroom. When Jae-young grabs it to look at it more closely, he’s positioned behind Ha-ri as if in a back hug.

After Ha-ri smacks his hand away, Jae-young tells her, “You’re… so tiny. I can hug you with just one arm.” When Jae-young suggests that Ha-ri should exercise to increase her strength, she offers to beat him up.

Ha-ri records video of Jae-young bathing Do-ah with the product. When she urges him to relax, Jae-young confesses that his ex-wife usually bathed Do-ah so he’s still a novice. Feeling bad, Ha-ri reminds Jae-young that she’ll always be around to help as Do-ah’s “aunt” but he insists that “stranger” is a better description. Jae-young explains that the only way that they can be considered family is if they’re married.

After a long night, Editor Shim calls Ha-ri from the hospital to report that she won’t be at work. Her message delivered, Editor Shim returns to her daughter’s room to hold her sick baby so that she can get some work done on her laptop. When she hangs up after taking a call from her older daughter’s day care, Editor Shim tells herself, “I can do this alone.”

At the office, when Vice President Joo asks for Editor Shim, Ha-ri explains that she took the day off. Unhappy to see his suspended employee, Vice President Joo reminds the staff about a report that he needs and leaves.

Ha-ri decides to escape to Jambi Studio but after a call, she runs off. In the studio, Yi-sang and Soo-chul are surprised that Ha-ri is late but when Soo-chul gets a text, they understand why she’s not there.

At his clinic, Jae-young also gets a text while examining Eun-young’s twins. He prescribes antibiotics for one of her sons and when Eun-young asks for enough for both boys, at a discount, it starts an argument. Jae-young grabs his phone and after checking his text, he shows Eun-young an online article about Ha-ri, titled, “The Shocking Sperm Lady”.

Over at Dachae Media, Yeon-ho, Hyo-joo and So-yoon are bombarded with phone calls. Eu-tteum is concerned when Yeon-ho shouts, “Hasn’t anyone heard from Ha-ri?” Downstairs at Jambi Studio, Soo-chul is worried because Ha-ri’s personal information was published and Yi-sang walks out without a word.

When Ha-ri exits the local police station, she answers a call from Eun-young. Ha-ri explains that she asked the police to remove the offending article and Eun-young reports that she’s working to get Ha-ri’s personal information removed along with the hate comments that were posted. Ha-ri notices that she’s attracting attention and Eun-young warns, “Don’t be intimidated, okay?”

Hoping to avoid attention, Ha-ri turns down an alleyway on her way home. She’s uneasy when she senses someone behind her and Ha-ri quickens her steps until she’s running. Eu-tteum catches up to Ha-ri just as Yi-sang and Jae-young arrive on the scene and they’re surprised to find themselves together again.

At a noodle restaurant, Eu-tteum explains that he got Ha-ri’s address at work while Yi-sang happened to be walking by. Ever helpful, Jae-young tells Ha-ri, “This is your fault for not answering your phone,” but she explains that she had to turn it off because it wouldn’t stop ringing.

Eu-tteum warns Ha-ri not to read what’s being said about her but she already knows that she’s being called “Sperm Lady” and “gold-digger”. Jae-young advises Ha-ri to take some time off and Eu-tteum agrees, while Yi-sang assures her that things will calm down once a new scandal pops up.

Yi-sang offers Ha-ri his help but Jae-young asks what kind of help a colleague can provide. After Eu-tteum offers to help as well, the men argue over who’s best suited to assist her.

After dinner, Ha-ri steps outside while the men argue over who will pay the bill. Some drunk men recognize her and shout out, “Sperm Lady,” but Ha-ri tells them they have the wrong person. One of the men grabs Ha-ri’s wrist and after informing her that he fathered triplets, he offers his “assistance.”

In tears, Ha-ri hits the man and when she shouts at him, Eu-tteum, Jae-young and Yi-sang come running. They demand to know why Ha-ri is crying but the man who grabbed her claims that he’s the victim. He threatens to call the police, explaining, “That crazy cow will be buried deep once I’m through with her.”

When Yi-sang advances on him menacingly, the man explains, “We saw her photo online and just acknowledged that we recognized her. But she…kicked me and hit me with her purse.” When he calls Ha-ri, “That crazy Sperm Lady,” it’s too much for Yi-sang, who’s about to punch the man in the face until a tearful Ha-ri begs, “Please don’t. Let’s just go.”

After the three men accompany Ha-ri all the way home, Eu-tteum scribbles something on a notepad and asks her, “That guy from earlier. Should we report him?” Ha-ri chuckles when she sees Eu-tteum’s very bad sketch and admits, “If you make me laugh like this, I’ll shake it off and sleep well.”

After thanking her protectors, Ha-ri is accompanied inside by Jae-young after he refuses to use his own entrance. When Eu-tteum asks if they’re a couple, Yi-sang assures him that they’re just friends. Yi-sang looks thoughtful when Eu-tteum announces that he’ll have to work harder to protect Ha-ri from now on.

Later, Jae-young tries to enter Ha-ri’s place but she’s jammed a spoon in the door’s latch. He manages to get inside anyway, with Do-ah strapped to his back, and holds up some comic books that he explains help whenever he’s sad.

Over comics and beer, Ha-ri points out that even though she’s capable of raising a baby, it’s not an option because she’s not married and she doesn’t expect that to change even after forty years. Ha-ri does appreciate that the scandal has proved who her true friends are and she begrudgingly admits that Jae-young is one of them.

Ha-ri jumps up when Do-ah cries and seeing his daughter in Ha-ri’s arms leads Jae-young to ask, “Do you want to marry me?” Ha-ri thinks Jae-young is joking but he’s serious, “It’s hard to get sperm. Why don’t you just raise Do-ah as your own?” After Ha-ri explains, “I don’t need a man,” Jae-young is surprised to hear that she sees him that way.

The next day, a woman in the mountaineering club mentions to Mom that Ha-ri’s name is all over the internet. After calling Ha-ri “Sperm Lady”, the woman labels her a criminal and an enraged Mom lunges at her and pulls her hair.

Outside of Dachae Media, Yi-sang approaches a nervous Ha-ri and asks why she can’t go inside. Ha-ri explains that Vice President Joo wanted to see her before everyone arrives for work, which means she has reason to be scared.

In an effort to cheer her up, Yi-sang shows Ha-ri the photos from Mureung. Disappointed because she wasn’t able to preview the photos with him, Yi-sang promises, “Next time…for sure.”

In his office, Vice President Joo explains that the chairman wants the magazine to publish Ha-ri’s apology. Editor Shim refuses to make Ha-ri’s personal business public and when Vice President Joo insists, she calls him dense.

When Ha-ri speaks up, she reasons that an apology won’t necessarily win back readers and suggests appealing to them for understanding. Vice President Joo makes it clear that the apology isn’t optional and when Ha-ri asks if a drop in ad sales will mean another suspension, he tells her, “This time, you’ll get fired.”

At the end of the work day, Ha-ri asks Editor Shim for advice but all she says is, “Don’t trust Mr. Joo. He’s a jerk, too,” When Editor Shim answers a call from her husband, Ha-ri is surprised by the cute voice she uses to greet him.

After having to listen to the staff complain about dealing with her scandal, Ha-ri tells Yeon-ho, Hyo-joo and So-yoon, “I’m sorry for making you take care of my mess. I told you that I’m your future, but I take it back. I don’t want any of you to go through this.”

At home, Ha-ri is writing her letter of apology when her mother returns a day early from her trip. Angry, Mom tosses the squid that Ha-ri requested at her feet and snaps, “Don’t let yourself feel small just because I’m angry at you. And don’t blame yourself or feel like you made a mistake…I know very well that you did nothing wrong.”

The next morning at work, Manager Kim does his best to convince Ha-ri that her apology will prevent their clients from withdrawing their ads. Ha-ri worries that an admission of guilt will give them an excuse to pull their ads anyway and she assures Manager Kim that she’s come up with a solution.

A flashback shows Ha-ri writing the opening lines of her submission, “I have endometriosis. My ovaries are 40 years old. And the possibility for me to get naturally pregnant is less than seven percent. I’m subfertile.”

In a bookstore, Eu-tteum picks up the latest issue of The Baby and opens it to Ha-ri’s piece. Ha-ri’s mother reads her daughter’s article at the same time as Yi-sang, Jae-young and the staff at the magazine, and they all learn that Ha-ri’s doctor estimated that Ha-ri has just six months left to have a baby.

Ha-ri’s mother, Eu-tteum, Yi-sang and Jae-young all look thoughtful after finishing Ha-ri’s article, which concludes, “I’d like to share my story with you every month and find the answer to this together. Am I not allowed to have a baby without getting married?” Outside of Dachae Media, Ha-ri turns back to look at the building as if she’s leaving it for the last time before walking away.

Later that day, Yi-sang pauses outside of a urologist’s office. After a deep sigh, Yi-sang goes inside and when he sees the doctor, he has to calm his nerves before he can ask, “Is there a way for me to have a baby?”

  
COMMENTS

Oh My Baby just threw a huge curve ball with that final scene and it turns out that we’re dealing with two cases of infertility, Ha-ri’s and Yi-sang’s. I honestly can’t wait for the next episode because I want to know what prompted Yi-sang to take the huge step of consulting a doctor about his problem. Is it because he wants to be the one to give Ha-ri a baby of her own? Or was he inspired by Ha-ri’s brave reveal in the latest issue of The Baby? Whatever the reason, Yi-sang is finally confronting the issue that is behind his commitment to never marrying or having children.

While Oh My Baby hasn’t been shy about discussing women’s fertility issues, it’s only hinted at male infertility in regards to sperm donation. The only reason a couple qualifies for sperm donation is because the husband has been found to be infertile. I expected male infertility to get more attention with the introduction of the infertile couple that Ha-ri and Yi-sang are working with. I never expected that Yi-sang was burdened with such a challenge himself, but with that knowledge, his character suddenly comes into focus.

No wonder Yi-sang doesn’t want to officially join Jambi Studio, it must be torture for him to be surrounded by babies. It explains why he doesn’t want to visit his family home, because Yi-sang seemingly hasn’t shared his news with anyone and there’s always the inevitable pressure to marry and start a family. It also makes sense of Yi-sang’s commitment to live a solitary life because he doesn’t want to cause another woman the pain that his issue caused In-ah before she finally broke off their engagement.

With In-ah gone, Yi-sang’s solution was to ignore his problem but thanks to Ha-ri, he’s discovered that giving up without a fight only leads to deep regret. While Ha-ri hasn’t come to any definitive conclusions as to how to deal with her waning fertility, she’s exploring every option even if it’s just to dismiss it. She’s giving single motherhood serious consideration in spite of societal norms and in spite of the scandal that’s spinning out of control.

While the scandal has made Ha-ri a target of haters, she’s right, it’s proved who her friends are and there are three really good men who have her back. But now that we’ve learned that Yi-sang probably has fertility issues, what does that mean for his budding romance with Ha-ri? How can two subfertile individuals have a baby of their own, with so few chances left for Ha-ri? Could Yi-sang marry Ha-ri, making her eligible to legally use a sperm donor, or does Oh My Baby have something else in mind?

Oh My Baby has certainly discussed female fertility issues pretty thoroughly but the fact that they’re tackling the issue from the male’s perspective is awfully brave. I imagine that there are difficult days ahead not only for Ha-ri, but for Yi-sang as well, as they pursue what it would take to have a baby, hopefully together, because Yi-sang has fallen hard for Ha-ri.

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I’m really curious about whether or not this show will end with a baby, because with both partners having fertility issues that seems unlikely (though not impossible - and could be multiples, as that’s often a result of fertility treatment).

I enjoyed this episode - it was the first time I took Eu-tteum seriously as a character and not just a tactless idiot 😅 . Yi sang continues to be lovely and I want good things for him and Ha Ri.

Is the condemnation that Ha Ri receives realistic of Korean culture? Here you’d probably get applauded for your bravery in wanting to have a baby on your own (with maybe some side eye from older people) ...but then it’s not impossible to get a sperm donation as a single woman here (although you still can’t buy it).

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I really hope it will end up with a baby! I want a happy ending for Hari. The best case scenario is that Yi-sang will marry Hari and have a baby on their own. But with both being sub fertile , that is not likely to happen. So I hope they could still get married and have Eu-tteum as the sperm donor( he has 10 times better than the average sperm so he is an ideal candidate for the pregnancy to be a success).

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I was anticipating Yisang's sad back story but I did not expect the last scene 😭😭

Thanks for the recap @teriyaki !

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I skipped over large chunks of this episode because it was just to tough to watch. I came back as the three musketeers were teaming up to support her.

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Loved that meeting scene in the alley!

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Hari said she wouldn't give up love for a baby, because love is a miracle, too, and now the show is going to make her live up to her words. And then, I think, she will get a miracle baby ....

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Yes, can she live up to her words. However, I suspect that was drama putting a mirror up to the audience - can we live up to the judgements we were making or are we all hot air.

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The show should certainly make her live up to her words. She should get both, a loving partner and a baby. Hari deserves it!

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I was waiting for this recap!!! Thank you TeriYaki!!

I think YiSang’s thoughts about having a kid had a turning point because with the conversation he had with Hari. The way that he looked at her when she said “I won’t let him (a lifelong partner) go either” was SO GOOD! He was hesitant with her because he didn’t want to burden someone else with his subfertility but when she says both a partner and a child are miracles, he gets the courage to pursue her.

I’m so glad this show is using the “Sperm Lady” situation to bring about conversation about fertility and the desire to have a child. And I love how Hari’s journey is getting YiSang to bring up thoughts in him that he thought he has stored away for good. I really hope that they do talk about adoption as well since they are now opening this conversation to the public.

All the characters in this drama ( Jaeyoung’s too but minus his weird patriarchy) are awesomee. I don’t have a child but I felt for Editor Shim and her balancing work and two kids (WHERE IS HER HUSBAND! Need to kick his butt). Hari’s friend’s hilariousness but realness in dealing with twin boys and having to give up her career. Hari’s mom and her awesome defense of her daughter. I’m counting the hours before the next episode!!!

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..."Jaeyoung’s too but minus his weird patriarchy"....

Can you take the flour out of that cake?

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I love Hari’s mom! The mother-daughter relationship in this show is awesome!

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That "love is a miracle" line, oh, my heart melted just as YiSang's.

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I think it was also Yisang's fear to love with all his heart and devote himself again to another woman only to end up again dumped even more when he knows Hari's ardent desire to become a mother so why even start something when in his mind he knew the outcome...Guess his heartbreaking backstory brings now the context of his deslike of children and constant need of reafirmation that he is a worthy man something i find quite heartbreaking.

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We are only on episode 6, but I really wanted the Yi-sang x Ha-ri ship to sail already (too soon, I know) so we can see them together as a couple, deal with their problems together, and (hopefully) have a miracle baby together.

This show is a miracle. I am enjoying this one so much.

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And even if they don't have that miracle baby together... Love is just the miracle when two people who've given up on it find each other.

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I second that! Indeed, love is a miracle! Adoption is always an option if everything fails. Korea has a lot of babies to adopt despite the country’s low birth rate!

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Yisang looking into his fertility status seemingly for a potential relationship with Hari is so emotional.

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So Ee Dduem gives sperm, Doc rebuilds their friendship, and Yisang marries her. Call?

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Call!

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It is a reasonable hypothesis- but perhaps too soon. That could be what the writers want us to think before they through another curveball at us.

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I didn’t know a rom-com could have a plot twist that would shock but man that ending got me good. With both our leads having fertility issues I’m really curious as to how they will navigate their relationship if they are even going to pursue one

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I'm quite anticipating to see how Hari reacts when she find the truth also relizing she took for granted he could have children,i hope Yisang will tell her about it because that's when the actions will mean more than words and even more for both of them...We already know Hari desire but i think her reaction will weight much more on Yisang's outcome considering his backstory and deep scars he still carries...

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The ending floored me, augh. If this was the reason for his break up, no wonder Yi-sang thinks about a thousand times before he makes a move towards Ha-ri. Speculating, maybe when they first met, he just got news about In-ah having a baby? I'm a bit confused why they weren't married tho, since I assume they were already trying for a baby.

Ha-ri taking the step to let it out into the public is so good, now they can see she has valid reason for her action. Plus, by inviting people to follow her journey, she managed to address her concern about The Baby's declining reader. Hope this will shut her bosses up!

So does Jae-young see Ha-ri as a woman, and vice versa for Ha-ri? It's still so vague but at least show is asking them the questions, haha.

I died when Editor Shim took the call from her "Pretty" ><

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I don't think JaeYoung is really considering HaRi as a woman.
He's totally confused, he's been abandoned by the woman who is the mother of his child and needs to rebuild his life, and HaRi is a longtime friend that is willing to accept him back after all the years he's been away because his wife didn't like her. Because that's what friendship is about.
So I can get he's confused, and he's overprotective on her (and patronizing, too), but I want to believe that the love their share is just siblings love, not a romantic one. Even if he sometimes consider other possibilities, the scene where they are sitting in the couch reading comics tells it all. Two siblings. That's what they are to me.

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The Truth. The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth. We usually just think of the words of the witness oath as simply a technical formula uttered in a legal proceeding. But seeing Ha-ri wielding the sword of The Whole Truth to vanquish her detractors was simply inspiring.

Teriyaki is right about the reason that sperm banks came into being: Male infertility is a very real thing- and a problem that is almost never talked about in a drama. The desire to have children is common to men and women alike- and infertility can be just as devastating to a man as to a woman.

We now know why Yi-sang and his ex parted ways. Not in anger but in sadness.

Suddenly our drama has gone to a whole new level. We have two people who have fallen for each other- and both have fertility problems. I am not going to speculate as to where this story will go from here. Instead we will just note that we have a whole new ballgame here.

Meanwhile I still find Hyo-joo annoying and deeply wish that Eu-tteum
can finally acquire the sense to back away from her. He deserves someone nicer. Wise up young man: Looks are not everything.

The more I see of this show the better I like it.

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Totally agree with you about our OTP and how brave is this show dealing with a problem like infertility.
And definitely I hope Eu-tteum doesn't fall for such a childish and annoying woman as HyoJoo. She's just the opposite to almost every woman in the show: she's lazy, always looking for excuses to not work (or work less), she's rude and thinks she's better that most of the people around her.

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I love your description of Hyo-Joo- it was spot on. And it made be think that perhaps having a character like her in the story actually makes a point: Hyo-joo is the girl that Korean society tells Eu-tteum to pursue but in fact someone like Ha-ri or any of the other women- even including someone like our stressed-out Editor Shim- is who he should objectively want to be with. Perhaps he will learn, through having a crush on Ha-ri, to look more wisely.

What I hope to see is Eu-tteum ultimately reject Hyo-joo. This might be the best thing for Hyo-joo- a real wake-up call. Because when you get down to it Eu-tteum may be a bit clumsy and may need a little more polish but he really is the kind of guy that a wiser girl would prize (and he is good looking too- bonus). Being rejected by him might actually be just what she needs to take a better look at herself. At least this is what I hope the writers have in mind.

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I'm also in complete agreement with the Hyo-joo and Eu-tteum situation.

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I never thought I could appreciate all of our musketeers at once (Thanks Mike for the nickname) especially in the beginning, but the three of them coming to her rescue buoyed me up. That said, woof, this episode nearly took the wind out of my sails with the Mrs. Sperm thing. I love that this show takes a scene that was at first hilarious and continues to play out the repercussions. Despite the fact that it was tough to watch and seemed to be laying it on thick.

Ok, this is 100% based on NOTHING and reaching. But I started to suspect that it was Eu-tteum's parents who leaked her news. The last we heard of him and his baby involvement he was speaking to his parents to ask permission and almost everyone at Baby seems to support her, so who could it be???

Speaking of which, I find the office to be pretty evenly drawn. No villains, no maniacal bosses, they're not perfect but also not actively out to get their employees. It's one of the more life like aspects of the show.

Yi Sang's back story. OH MY HEART.

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I also thought of his parents.

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Regarding the leaking: she was also on the news, and she was easily recognizable if you knew her. Everyone in the office did, so no need to Eu-tteum parents to be the ones leaking the news, specially when his mum seems to have risen his son in some very strong equality principles, but anything can happen in dramaland...

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I don't disagree. Sometimes it feels like I've watched so many dramas instead of going to the logical conclusion I go to the craziest most far fetched one.

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It happens to us all 🤷🏼‍♀️

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This episode had me go on a roller coaster of emotions. The front half had me in stitches at Yi-sang's hallucinations, he's like a big gentle giant who is timid yet so cute lol.

Hyo-joo is getting on my nerves though. She's just downright rude and unkind to a colleague (even if she's having her own delusions that he likes her) for no reason at all.

Then the second half of the show just had me tearing up at some parts, especially the part when Ha-ri's mum was crying because obviously her heart is breaking too, but still telling Ha-ri not to feel like she has done something wrong, when she hasn't. Ha-ri's dynamic and relationship with her mum is what gets me the most here. Her mum is like a traditional Asian mum, all tough love, but I love that her mum always comes round to believing in her own daughter and then supporting her.

And that ending scene - what a big and impactful reveal. And it also suddenly dawned on all of us viewers about Yi-sang's views about staying single and being in such a big dilemma about taking that step forward towards Ha-ri, when what she so desperately wants may be the very thing he may not be able to give her, despite everything else that he can :(

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Can I just give a standing ovation to Jang Nara? Her potrayal of Ha-ri confusion/ sadness/ dissapointment when Yi-sang pulled out from the kiss is so so good. You can feel all those mixed emotions in her eyes and her minuscule face expressions. Big clap from me.

This drama continue to surprised me in a good way. There's a lot of depth in what superficially looks like just another romcom of a girl surrounded by multiple suitors.

I love Ha-ri's honesty in admitting that she does not know why she went that far to try to have a baby. She's brave enough admitting that she does not know if it's right or wrong and rhan inviting her readers to join her in finding the answer. I hope the writer will keep Ha-ri honesty and gusto to the very end.

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An alternate theory on Yi-sang. Is it possible that the end scene may not be about him being infertile? Is it possible that he had vasectomy (for reasons we not yet exposed to) and now exploring the option of reversing that decision?

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I was thinking about that too!

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Ooh, good alternate theory!

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I enjoyed her earlier performances but 'Go Back Couple', 'V.I.P.' and now 'Oh My Baby' are on another level.

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Go Back Couple is my all time fave Jang Nara's drama so far. Although if Oh My Baby stay consistently strong to the end, it may very well replace the crown position.

Been meaning to check out V.I.P but its just one of those drama that I need to be in the right mood to get into.

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This drama is gonna break my heart. I’m 35 and always dreamed of a big family but am still single and am on the declining years as far as fertility goes.

I’m barely 2 episodes in and I’ve full out bawled 3 times so far 😭😭😭

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I never really thought my throwaway theory about Yi Sang's possible fertility issues would be the route the show would take . Was puzzled why the show 'outed' Ha Ri's sperm hunting and was making Yi Sang the clear love interest so early on but it makes complete sense now.
Ha Ri's choice to completely bare herself to an unsympathetic public made me gasp. She's so utterly brave for refusing to keep her head down. Also appreciate how this shows how good she is at her job a well. She knows an apology is not gonna make her personal or professional life any better.So she makes the scary decision to just be true to her beloved readers and let the chips fall where they may. She might still fail but she'd go down fighting,this awesome lady♥️
YiSang's refusal to kiss her in the field takes on a new meaning.he has previously confessed to Ha Ri that he fears he won't recover if he falls again because he fully expects his love to walk away as they previously did when confronted with his fertility issues. Their first encounter and his callous remark on getting a dog instead of a baby now reeks of his bitterness of having lost what he thought was his shot at happiness. I'm glad Ha Ri's fearlessness has inspired him to be brave as well.

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Other favourites:
*Editor Shim is a total boss. She's a tough lady who expects the best from Ha Ri but she's fair and sympathetic. Even if she doesn't agree with Ha Ri's ways, she's gonna stand up against the MAN when she sees Ha Ri's dignity and their editorial integrity being crushed just to soothe the public's ego and the bossman's pockets. Way to stand up for your peeps and work,lady👏
*Ha Ri's omma continues to be her rock.No wonder Ha To thinks you're the bestest.
*JY is just confused.Being close to Ha Ri and having a front row seat to her vulnerable state seem to be stirring up his dormat feelings for her. He seems to alternataley be aware an then panicked about these emotions.And then there's the fact that he is a new-ish father himself who's coming to grips with raising a kid on his own .His feelings are all muddle up and he'll be best served just being Ha Ri's bff while she figures out this baby thing on her own.
*Ee deum, dude.Get that you worried bout Ha Ri and were nice to enough to visit her home to see if she needs help.but next time you're following a woman who you know must be feeling extra sensitive down a darkened alley,just call our her name or something instead of running behind her🙄.This guy's all good intentions and worst execution,I swear.
*I do dig this weird brotherhood forming around Ha To where they all want to protect her but also want to elbow the other outta the way. YS and JY have already have their side eyeing chemistry. In a regular set up, ED's age would've been an automatic handicap but thanks to his clueless of social cues personality and 'superior' sperm th guy might have a fighting chance against the hyungs.

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Editor Shim is fantastic.
Mum is supportive, just like all mums should be because love comes before total understanding (sometimes).
JY is confused.
Eu-tteum is a guy with a golden heart who has to improve his social intelligence.

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Aww Ha ri! I am loving her! When she was being judged by the other mothers and when the drunk men harassed her, I wanted to hug her and tell her I am by her side, I understand and I won't judge her *sob* Watching this drama had me grinning and tearing up. *Hearts*

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What an episode and so many stocks to take! I teared up again when reading this recap - thanks, @teriyak.

First, to the female characters:
- the mom, the forever supporter who even in disagreement believes in the fight of HaRi
- the boss, I wish we all have bosses like her, capable, fair and square
- the friends and colleagues, all have HaRi’s interest at heart but I totally can’t stand Hyo Joo who doesn’t deserve ET.

Then, our three guys:
- the scene of them walking her down the alley way reminds of My Adjusshi when the three brothers and gang walking Ji An home
- JY, you need to think through what you want and all your ambiguity won’t help your cause as a friend or future love interest
- ET, you really grow on me and I wish you luck in finding a deserving partner
- YS, oh my heart! With the latest reveal, I applaud whoever casts Go Joon in the role. Such a masculine man that you will never link to infertility, right? Just shows Infertility is such a universal issue that is around every corner of our world.

And, uri HaRi - what an ‘utterly brave’ decision to make her voice known!!

One more day to go before Ep 7? I don’t want to predict how things would go but have trust in the production team that delivers a drama that I’d rate 7/10 for Ep 1 to now 9/10 for Ep 6.

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Where is the truck of doom when we need it? It would have been a very sastifying end for Hyu Joo and the drunk man...

I bet if Eu-tteu is rich, Hyu Joo will completely change her behavior. I just hope that Eu-Tteu won't fall for it.

Yi Sang is so cute and so manly. The mix of the two is perfect!

Ha Ri's situation was awful. I don't get the pleasure people can have about releasing this kind of informations or humiliating someone like this on the street. I'm happy that her mother supported her and she had 3 good guys to help her (good but clueless... don't fight to pay a note...)

I'm not very fan of her colleagues. They don't really help, gossip behind her back, don't really take her defense. At least, her chief is a nice person who defended her even if she has her own struggles.

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@kurama

Sadly, this is just part of the Job-lot that is SK Drama's hierarchal society - power plays out all the way down the chain.

These are just continuations of the almost universals workplace/school bullying/family power play and customer standover tactics of poor waitstaff that fill SK Dramas on a weekly basis. It only gets amplified for women on the outer and we could keep adding another multiplier for every element of HaRi's backstory that doesn't fit "normal".

P.S. in a society of clans and family registers, your history follows you.

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My hope is that they both can't have babies and decide to adopt. This show seems to slowly be showing what it is both to have and rear a child. That way she still gets to be a mother and recognize that you don't have to birth a baby to be a mother.

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Thank you for the recap!

I admit that I was in denial about Yi-Sang’s fertility issues until I read the recap, because that would be too cruel. Now I understand that it makes for a challenging, interesting conflict that our OTP has to face in order to be together. Not a noble idiocy excuse, but something that actually happens to couples in real life. 🥺

It seems like Eu-Tteum’s tactlessness is just a failed attempt at humor rather than his core personality. He is friendly, helpful, supportive and respectful and I wish everyone a nice hoobae like him, myself included. The only funny thing he can continue doing is inadvertently trolling the other two suitors by acting like the good guy he is rather than to impress Hari or the other suitor.🤭

Jaeyoung, can you please decide whether you are her best friend or her suitor and stick to that decision please? You have swoony flashes, and then you talk about marriage and call an aunt figure a stranger and rope asexuality along with monks and priests?🤔A bit more open-mindedness would earn you more brownie points and the second lead spot Eu-Tteum is occupying right now.

I hope that my future love interest loves me as much as Yi-Sang loves Hari.❤️

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That twist at the end ..... nicely done, show. Nicely done.

Looking forward to where they'll go from here.

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Thanks for the recap and the comments.

I just love the way women (all but childish Hyo Joo) are portrayed in this drama. I have the same feelings I had when watching WWW and Be Melodramatic: real women, with real lives and real issues.

From HaRi, that faces the end of her youth (at least in terms of having a baby), that's a competent working woman and a really nice woman, who is judged by society because she wishes something more. She wants to be a mum and she says she's in no need of a man to do so. She expressed it outloud: I have the means (by economic support) and the willing to become a single mum... why can't I? Everybody is judging her, specially men. I've been HaRi being called "Sperm Lady". Maybe not that exact words, but just an offense regarding being a woman alone in the street as it meant any men can say anything to you. And we, as women, have learned to say nothing, not to react, because we could end really bad. But she had the courage to confront three drunk men and tell them they had no right to address or judge her in anyway. And then she was so overwhelmed by frustration... Oh, I've been there. I've been there so many times...

And then Editor Shim, who is hard and demanding, but in return she defends her team wholeheartedly because she knows the feeling, because she knows that balancing a professional and private life is not easy at all. And it's even more complicated in a world ruled by men that usually tend to think that everything domestic is not something they should care about, because that's a wife's thing.

And finally mum, who knows how hard it is to rise a child on her own, and doesn't want that kinds of tribulations to HaRi, but also knows how competent, loving and caring is her daughter, making her a lovely mum. And because she's risen a strong woman that has done nothing wrong.

Regarding our three men, I want to talk about Yi Sang (I've already talked about YS and ET in the comments before). I love how this drama is showing a real man, who openly says that he doesn't want to fall again for someone because he can't deal with it (and then whose heart has other intentions than his mind), who deals with whatever health issue so he can't be a father.

In this world so many mistake infertility problems with other things, as if you are less woman or less man because you can't conceive a child. And that's why I find this show so interesting, specially considering how conservative is in some aspects SK society.

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Thanks so much for the recap, @teriyaki!

Many great comments have already covered why this episode packs such a satisfying emotional punch, despite the tough and heartbreaking parts. Her bravery to bare all her insecurities, desires, fears to the public, while still possessing the forthrightness to self-question the ethics of her choices is lovely to behold, especially in light of all the embarrassment she's been wrongly made to feel. I love that her confidence both causes Yi-sang to fall even harder and encourages him to look for a possible solution to his infertility, rather than accepting it as a terminal illness, as she aptly pointed out it can be made to feel like. I don't necessarily think this means he'll be pursuing Ha-ri next episode, considering, together, their prospects of having a child are so low, but his longing to do just that is clear at the end. Very smart of the show to reveal it only now, when his feelings have become both serious enough to pursue her and serious enough to care about what she wants out of life.

I really applaud the writer's choice to have Ha-ri publicly declare her stance, thus cementing their feelings on the issue. Now, even if the Yi-Ha ship (whoever came up with this, I love it and I'm stealing it!) progresses in a more conventional way eventually, by having her keep up with this column throughout, I have faith that the show will never lose sight of this issue and that it will continue to be addressed.

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It was nice seeing Ha-Ri and Jae-Young reading Goong. Was it PPL? Or just the show telling us that they are romantics at heart?

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I am really enjoying this show but I am confused and sorrowful over the whole situation of a single woman not being able to have a child on her own in Korea and how it is looked down upon in this show. I do think, actually hope, that it will turn around in the upcoming episodes, as I do believe she can change the minds of Korea! Though a rom-com, the message is very deep and exposing belief systems that need to change. Good acting all around. All of the 3 main men are charming in their own way, though the main squeeze steals the show.

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Yes, Yi Sang, you should have kissed Ha Ri.

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