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Oh My Baby: Episode 9

Romance is in the air, and our heroine is thriving in all the cringey, cute, and heartwarming joys in this new relationship. Everyone except for best friend Jae-young is rooting for this new couple, and he hesitates to make his feelings known. He struggles to determine his which role — father, family, best friend, or potential romantic partner — will allow him to keep our heroine in his life.

  
EPISODE 9: “Moments we call love 1”

Yi-sang stops Ha-ri and musters up the courage to take the next step, leaning in to kiss her. Ha-ri closes her eyes, and the romantic kiss looks beautifully cinematic as the fireworks burst behind them. After a moment, Ha-ri peeks at Yi-sang and worries about how to end the kiss.

Nearby fireworks watchers comment on their movie-like kiss, prompting them to pull apart and dwell in awkwardness. Ha-ri thinks to herself not to say anything to make this more awkward, but she can’t help herself and blurts out that their kiss was indeed movie-like. They laugh awkwardly, and they run off in embarrassment as their audience cheers them on. Ha!

Yi-sang walks Ha-ri home as they both glace at each other with giddy smiles. He admits that he wanted to see her today and enjoyed the night. To clarify his intentions, Yi-sang assures Ha-ri, “The kiss wasn’t a mistake. I like you.” He apologizes for his late confession and agrees to replace worry about their future with curiosity. Ha-ri looks overjoyed, and they reluctantly part in front of her home. As Yi-sang walks away, Ha-ri peeks around the corner to giddily watch him go. Ahh, she’s so excited, it’s so cute!

Over dinner, Vice President Joo asks Manager Kim about his opinion on promoting Ha-ri to the editor-in-chief role. Manager Kim thinks that despite Ha-ri’s poor reputation, she does her job extremely well. That’s not what Vice President Joo wants to hear, and Manager Kim quickly defers to his superior on the issue.

Vice President Joo says that he plans to hire externally and seek out someone with skills in marketing content. Manager Kim’s ears perk up at the implication to his department, and Vice President Joo throws even more bait by mentioning that someone will need to take responsibility for their declining marketing performance.

Ha-ri wakes up with the happy memory of her kiss with Yi-sang and dances her way to the bathroom. Finding Jae-young’s boxers in her laundry hamper spoils her mood, and she bickers with Jae-young as they leave for work. Ha-ri chokes him with his necktie, and she lets go when Yi-sang greets her with a cup of coffee.

Yi-sang says that he usually doesn’t like waiting for people but admits that waiting for her exciting. Jae-young cringes at the cheesy comment, and he tells them that carpooling is a great practice for colleagues. Ha-ri doesn’t confirm nor deny this carpooling assumption.

Jae-young finds their friendliness suspicious and follows them a bit further. As they walk to his car, Yi-sang cranks out a couple more cheesy lines and punny ajusshi jokes about Ha-ri being his charming girlfriend, and Jae-young cringes once again.

Eu-tteum arrives at work on his bike and runs into Hyo-joo, who asks why he’s biking to work now. He explains his commute savings in detail and ultimately plans to buy a ring (per Hyo-joo’s suggestion) for his confession. Hyo-joo still thinks that Eu-tteum is confessing to her and advises that he keep the details to himself.

When Yi-sang and Ha-ri arrive at work, Ha-ri tries to rush into the building. She wants to keep their workplace romance a secret, but Yi-sang wants to brag about her. Ha-ri wonders what he fell for after denying his feelings for so long, and Yi-sang shares that he fell for Ha-ri’s embarrassment and her talking nonsense.

Ha-ri seems slightly offended by this, but Yi-sang gives her assurance about his feelings. “I crossed the line, and I can’t go back.” He asks her to continue to like him, even if he disappoints her. Yi-sang says that he’ll take responsibility for his confession and promises that his feelings for her won’t change.

Ha-ri agrees to this and makes a pinky promise to keep their workplace romance a secret and date for as long as they can. When the part, we see that Ha-ri’s editing team was eavesdropping on their conversation the whole time from the balcony. LOL.

Yi-sang enters Jambi studio in high spirits and greets Soo-chul, who’s making coffee without his brace on. Yi-sang notices the brace on the table and throws it at Soo-chul as a test, and he confirms Soo-chul’s recovered wrist. Soo-chul apologizes nervously explains that he was just trying to get Yi-sang and Ha-ri together, not trying to get out of work. Yi-sang stoically approaches him and gives him a bear hug.

Breaking into a smile, Yi-sang says that he’s dedicated to working with Soo-chul. Curious about the relationship, Soo-chul asks about Yi-sang’s commitment to the bachelor life, and Yi-sang says that Ha-ri has a commitment against marriage. They’re both loosening their commitments, but when Soo-chul asks about having children, Yi-sangs look more serious. “We’ll have to hope for a miracle,” he says.

Jae-young thinks back to Yi-sang and Ha-ri’s suspicious interaction that morning and calls Ha-ri to demand her presence at Do-ah’s 1st birthday photoshoot. He then asks her out in the most Jae-young way possible by yelling that she promised to eat dinner and watch a movie with him. Ha-ri scoffs at his tantrum, and Jae-young immediately regrets his childish outburst.

Yeon-ho catches Ha-ri in the hallway and loudly confronts her about her relationship with Yi-sang. Shushing her team, Ha-ri ushers them into a meeting room and asks what they saw. They tease her about what they could have seen, and Ha-ri asks them to keep the rumors at bay, since she already has a poor reputation. They promise to keep the secret and warns Ha-ri to be careful.

Then, they ask about Ha-ri’s pregnancy project and wonder if her problem is now solved with Yi-sang in her life. Ha-ri says that Yi-sang doesn’t like children, but her team convinces her that Yi-sang is probably already considering it, since the whole world knows about her pregnancy project. Ha-ri looks cautiously optimistic but says that she can’t bring it up on day 1 of dating after they’ve only kissed. The team screams in excitement over the kiss and celebrate Ha-ri’s relationship.

After suffering through a loud scolding from Vice President Joo, Manager Kim sheepishly returns to his desk and answers a call from his daughter. As he walks outside, he tells his daughter, who wants to go to London, that he can’t take the summer off from work. Soo-chul has a similar conversation with his partner, who wants to enroll their young child in flute lessons. They both end their conversations in front of the company saying the same things: “This is difficult. I’ll talk to you later.” They both acknowledge each other, and as they walk back to work, they agree to grab a drink afterwards.

Ha-ri and Yi-sang agree to meet in the stairwell and creep toward each other. They find that another workplace couple (So-yoon and her partner) having staked their claim to the stairwell, and So-yoon knowingly smiles as she announces that the spot is taken.

Hyo-joo finds Eu-tteum eating his packed lunch at his desk, and he explains that he’s saving up for the ring. She suggests that he go for a less expensive ring, but he wants to confess with the best. He shares that this is his first confession and that he’s never liked someone this much. He wants this person to like him and his confession, and he knows that he’s stupidly in love. Misguided Hyo-joo looks touched and insists that they go out for lunch together.

As Ha-ri eats ddukbokki, Yi-sang notes that anything they eat together is delicious. He affectionately wipes the sauce on Ha-ri’s lips and says that dating in secret has a fun thrill to it. Yi-sang wonders if it’s actually a secret, since all the reporters and Soo-chul know about them, but Ha-ri assures him that her team is loyal. He thinks that Ha-ri will make it too obvious, which I totally agree with.

Ha-ri notices that Yi-sang is addressing her less formally (dropping her surname), and he offers to call her by another nickname, “cutie.” Ha-ri responds by saying that she can’t handle the cuteness but then proceeds to be extra cute. Ahh, I need Jae-young to cringe with.

Yi-sang worries that they’ll get caught eating together, but Ha-ri seems sure that they won’t arouse suspicion, as long as they’re not caught kissing. At the mention of the kiss, Yi-sang cheekily wipes his lips. Head over heels for Ha-ri, Yi-sang pinches Ha-ri’s cheek just as Hyo-joo and Eu-tteum enter the restaurant. When Ha-ri see her colleagues, she pinches Yi-sang’s cheeks so hard that he yells. She covers it up as a game of who pays for their meal, and Eu-tteum looks relieved.

As they leave, Yi-sang whispers to Hyo-joo that secret workplace romance is thrilling, and Hyo-joo looks excited by the prospect of such romance with Eu-tteum. She tells Eu-tteum that they should do what Ha-ri and Yi-sang are doing, and Eu-tteum blindly agrees.

Ha-ri apologies to Yi-sang for pinching him so hard, and Yi-sang compliments her strength. He takes her hand and tells her that he’ll be photographing Kang Hyo-joo (the celebrity friend) next month. Ha-ri says that she’s fine with it and roots on his professional career, challenging him to make her jealous with the photoshoot. Yeon-ho and So-yoon watch the two walk hand in hand and shake their heads at the couple’s inability to keep their secret. So-yoon says you can’t hide love, just like yawns, burps, and sneezes, because they’re all instincts.

Jae-young waits for Ha-ri to return home and catches the new couple holding hands and embracing each other before parting. He asks Ha-ri if they’re dating seriously, and Ha-ri confirms that she wouldn’t waste her time dating someone just for fun, especially someone she’s waited 10 years for. When she brags that they started dating yesterday, Jae-young huffs in jealousy and reminds her to come to Do-ah’s first birthday photoshoot.

Hyo-joo informs Yi-sang about a retake, and when he hears that Ha-ri’s order, he happily agrees to do it. Hyo-joo can’t seem to adjust to their honeymoon phase of dating, and she shares some sobering insight — that Ha-ri’s goal is to get pregnant but she’s observing a slower pace in the relationship because she’s a shy romantic. That puts pressure on Yi-sang, and he broods about Ha-ri’s question to him: What if he meets someone he loves and has a child? Has he never wanted to be a father?

The editing team have a separate chat to discuss Ha-ri’s love life, and Ha-ri correctly interprets her colleagues’ simultaneous animated typing as them talking about her. They all stop typing, confirming Ha-ri’s suspicions. Then, they receive a notice from corporate about Ha-ri being appointed the acting editor-in-chief, instead of a promotion to editor-in-chief.

In response, Ha-ri meets privately with Manager Kim and demands that he share what he knows about the editor-in-chief appointment. Manager Kim tries to deny any insider knowledge, but Ha-ri knows that the men in this company meet up separately and suspects that Vice President Joo publicized this notice without considering Ha-ri’s opposition because Manager Kim provided his consent.

Manager Kim acknowledges Ha-ri’s perceptiveness, and Ha-ri owns her sharp mind and warns him about her temper. He finally shares that Vice President Joo is looking externally for an editor-in-chief with marketing content skills. Vice President Joo effectively threatened to dismiss Manager Kim if the marketing profits dipped, so even though he thinks that Ha-ri would be the best candidate, he couldn’t sacrifice his job.

They commiserate about the potential of finding a new job at their age and stage in their career, and Manager Kim apologizes that he can’t do anything to help her. Ha-ri receives a text from Yi-sang asking how she’s doing in response to this notice, and she tells him not to worry. She hints that she’s about to cause some trouble and says that she feels more confident with him by her side.

Yi-sang smiles at the response and returns to his leatherworking class, which Ha-ri’s mom is also attending. Noting that Yi-sang is taking on hobbies during the work day, Mom asks what Yi-sang does for work. Yi-sang explains that he’s a freelance photographer and shares that he started finding new hobbies because life felt meaningless.

Mom, who started picking up new hobbies that she never experienced in her youth, relates to this sentiment. When she learns that Yi-sang isn’t married, she offers to introduce him to a property heir (lol, is that how she describes Ha-ri?). Yi-sang laughs and says that he has a great and beautiful girlfriend, who he needs to woo since she’s a keeper. Mom laughs off her disappointment, though we know she’s in for a surprise.

Ha-ri submits her letter of resignation to Vice President Joo and reminds him that she’s been with The Baby for half of its 30-year run. She interprets Vice President Joo’s temporary appointment as his judgment that Ha-ri is unqualified for the editor-in-chief role. Vice President Joo desperately asks who will carry on the magazine if Ha-ri quits and suggests a negotiation instead of an extreme response.

Unwavering, Ha-ri states that her promotion to editor-in-chief isn’t an option in the negotiation, and she accuses Vice President Joo of manipulating her devotion to the magazine. Ha-ri claims that she’s not resigning out of anger but to fight the unfair expectations — having children and being married — that disqualify her from the well-deserved promotion. She doesn’t want to set that precedent for her junior colleagues. Ha-ri demands that Vice President Joo judge her only by her skills and character, and if she’s still unqualified then, she’ll accept the decision.

Yi-sang runs to catch Mom and gives her a pain relief patch for her wrist. Mom looks touched by his considerate nature, and as he runs off, Mom comments that his girlfriend is lucky. This lucky girlfriend meets up with Yi-sang to vent about her resignation, and Yi-sang fully supports her. Ha-ri worries about her team preparing the next magazine, but she reminds herself that she won’t stand for this dishonor and disdain.

Then, Ha-ri goes back to worrying about whether she’ll be a good or bad example, concerned that she’ll actually get fired. Yi-sang continues to assure Ha-ri that she made the right decision and presents her with a keychain he made at the leatherworking class. The leather has the phrase “You’re right” inscribed, and that seems to comfort Ha-ri.

Distracted by Ha-ri’s relationship, Jae-young puts his stethoscope to a mother’s forehead instead of her child’s chest and even forgets to pick up Do-ah from daycare. When he arrives at daycare to pick her up, the teacher says that Ha-ri’s mother just picked her up, and Jae-young catches up to Mom.

Mom doesn’t mind picking up and taking care of Do-ah, but Jae-young feels bad for all the inconvenience he’s causing. Jae-young feels sorry for himself and guilty about his unfulfilled responsibilities, but Mom tells him to snap out of it. She warns him to screw his head on straight, or else, she won’t help him. Mom offers to take care of Do-ah and tells him to go back to work, and Jae-young sincerely thanks her.

Ha-ri nervously waits for a call from Vice President Joo regarding her resignation letter, and her editing team all lean in to listen to the incoming call. The verdict: If Ha-ri can bring back their departed subscribers, then she’ll be promoted to editor-in-chief. The team thinks this sends the same discouraging message that Ha-ri should quit, but Yeon-ho reframes this as an opportunity to showcase Ha-ri’s content planning skills.

Ha-ri agrees and shares a project idea that she’s been sitting on. The team works late into the night to complete the project, and the next day, they set up an event for their mom subscribers. Meanwhile, Jae-young tends to Do-ah at her first birthday photoshoot and waits for Ha-ri to join after work.

Fortunately, they all attend the event, which is a childcare quiz game challenging the moms versus Ha-ri with baby products as prizes. Ha-ri loses the first couple of rounds and suffers a few toy hammer blows, but she follows up with a few victories, including determining a child’s age form a photo.

Do-ah’s first birthday photoshoot is in fully swing, and to Jae-young’s surprise, ex-wife Jung-won arrives instead of Ha-ri. Turns out, Ha-ri informed her of the address for the photoshoot. Jae-young doesn’t welcome her, but he allows her to be a part of the family photo because he doesn’t want to make this a hurtful memory for future Do-ah. Jae-young looks stoic, and Jung-won looks lost as she holds her daughter for the photo.

After the successful quiz event, Ha-ri shares with the moms that working at The Baby for 15 years has given her the ability to know a baby’s age from a mere photo. She acknowledges that she doesn’t have direct childcare experience, but she says that she wants to show them both her strengths and weaknesses. She asks them to use the magazine as a reference and friend to help make childcare a bit smoother.

Ha-ri also addresses her public personal life and how she hopes to be an honorable reporter and confident mother through the subscribers’ feedback and understanding. 15 years of meeting mothers has inspired her to be a mother, and she vows to keep learning and sharing her knowledge. Ha-ri asks them to return, and the moms look convinced.

As Ha-ri searches for items in the storage room, she feels an eerie presence behind her. Eu-tteum eagerly watches her from the shelves, and Ha-ri freaks out, thinking he’s an intruder. She throws toys at Eu-tteum until she realizes who it is, and Eu-tteum apologizes for alarming her. Ha-ri laughs that she doesn’t dislike Eu-tteum even though he causes trouble, and that gives Eu-tteum hope that she’ll like him if he does better.

Eu-tteum clumsily tries to distract Ha-ri so that he can gage her ring size, and Ha-ri ends up offering her hand for him to try out different circular storage items on her finger. He finally finds something that fits and looks overjoyed. Eu-tteum tells Ha-ri that he wouldn’t have offered his sperm to anyone and only offered to share with Ha-ri because it was her. Then, he rescinds his offer.

Jae-young angrily confronts Ha-ri at home about inviting Jung-won to Do-ah’s photoshoot, and Ha-ri says that she did it for Do-ah. She didn’t want Do-ah to look at that photo in the future and associate it with her mother abandoning her. Jae-young asks if Ha-ri wants him to get back together with Jung-won, and Ha-ri responds that it’s none of her business. But Jae-young gets in her business and says that he doesn’t want her to be with Yi-sang.

Their tense argument is interrupted by Eun-young, and Ha-ri brushes off the argument as their normal bickering, barely noticing Jae-young’s irritation. Eun-young updates them on her sister’s reaction to her brother-in-law’s cheating, which apparently was already a known but ignored fact in their relationship. Her sister blames Eun-young for forcing them to acknowledge it, and she doesn’t intend on getting a divorce, especially since they have kids.

Eun-young addresses Jae-young as she emphasizes that a relationship can’t end with a divorce if you have kids. Then, she turns to Ha-ri to congratulate her on the new relationship, but their celebratory mood turns sour when Jae-young advises Ha-ri to take it easy with dating and not give her whole heart to Yi-sang. Ha-ri is offended that Jae-young keeps assuming that they’ll break up, but Jae-young reminds Ha-ri that she would always return heartbroken relationship after relationship. Ha-ri dismisses Jae-young’s bitterness, but Eun-young catches onto Jae-young’s emotional conflict.

Before Eun-young leaves, she advises Jae-young to hide his feelings for Ha-ri, who’s ecstatic about love that came to her after 10 years of waiting. She warns him that he can’t even remain as Ha-ri’s friend if she discovers how he feels.

As Jae-young despondently watches Ha-ri play with Do-ah, he recalls Eun-young’s word of advice to put an end to his feelings for Ha-ri if he wants to remain as a friend. Eun-young added that Ha-ri wouldn’t accept Jae-young’s feelings even if Ha-ri’s relationship with Yi-sang ends.

Just as Ha-ri picks up her phone to call Yi-sang, she receives a call from him. She marvels that he must have known she missed him, and he sweetly respond that he missed her more. They talk into the night about Ha-ri’s successful event and plans for their next date.

As Yi-sang sits at a park, he watches the children around him. He meets with his urologist, who notes Yi-sang’s difficulty with his first attempt at hormone therapy, but Yi-sang wants to try again. The hormone injections are required twice a week for at least 3 months, and Yi-sang commits to this for 3 months or even a year to get the results. The urologist asks if Yi-sang told his girlfriend, and Yi-sang says that he meant to but needs to tell her now.

Ha-ri and her editing team anxiously wait for their mom subscribers to return to the chatroom, and one by one, they all return. The team celebrates, and Vice President Joo stops by to congratulate Ha-ri. He summons her to a meeting with the president to finalize the decision, and he tells her, “Good job, Chief Editor Jang.” Ha-ri finally cracks a smile of relief, and her team excitedly celebrates the promotion.

After wrapping up work, Ha-ri meets with Yi-sang in high spirits. She says that she thought of him even more because she was having such a good day. Then, she says, “I need to tell you something. I love you.” Yi-sang tenses up, and he responds, “I love you, too.” They snuggle closer together and continue to be the cute couple they are.

The next morning, Mom asks Jae-young if he’s heard anything from Ha-ri, who didn’t come home last night. Jae-young asks Mom if she’s fine with Ha-ri being a single mom, and Mom admits that she wants Ha-ri to have a baby with a suitable partner, with the single mom route being an alternative. Jae-young asks if he should just live with Ha-ri and stick with her, as he’s done all along.

  
COMMENTS

Though Jae-young has never been and probably will never be a considerable romantic partner for Ha-ri, I sympathize with his permanent friend-zone predicament. Almost everyone knows that he doesn’t have a shot with Ha-ri, and it must be demoralizing to be the underdog with no one rooting for you to follow your heart. I believe Jae-young’s feelings for Ha-ri are sincere, but I think he still has a lot emotional baggage to sort through. He carries a load of resentment for his ex-wife and guilt about raising his daughter as a single parent, and I think there’s a lot of room for him to heal. I think Mom, as a single parent herself, really understands Jae-young’s struggle, and I loved how gently yet firmly she told Jae-young to get a grip. As a relatively new dad, he hasn’t confronted and accepted the realities of being a single parent yet. He’s still learning how to bear the burden of his responsibilities and his emotional fatigue, so I don’t think he’s ready to be in the kind of love that Ha-ri wants — the kind that you pour your whole heart into.

Ha-ri is definitely pouring her whole heart into this relationship with Yi-sang, who has transformed into a sweet fluffy marshmallow of happiness. I love/hate the cuteness between the two, who are unbearably adorable in the best and worst ways. Despite the cringe, I’m indulging the honeymoon phase of dating between these two because there are definitely hardships ahead. The elephant in the room has yet to be addressed, and with Ha-ri’s viable pregnancy window is quickly closing, Yi-sang really needs to be transparent about his stance and ability to be a father.

Though the focus of this episode (per the title) was on the romance, I found that the saccharine moments of romance were balanced out with Ha-ri’s professional wins. Ha-ri didn’t pull any punches in her negotiations for the well-deserved editor-in-chief position, and it was cathartic to see her call out the bullshit excuses from her senior management. Even though she was a swinging pendulum of doubt and confidence on the inside, she stuck to her demands and proved that she has the skills and character for the job. Ha-ri would have overcome the doubt and concern about her job anyway, but I appreciate how supportive Yi-sang was without imposing his authority. He respects Ha-ri, and his unwavering support for her (even through painful cheek pinches) makes me hopeful for their looming obstacles.

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Thanks for the recap and comments, and specially mentioning the love/hate the cuteness of our OTP. I have to say that in this episode YiSang was too much for me. As much as I love him, it's too much sugar. I need this to unsweet a little, because they are just fantastic together and I foresee what's going to happen.

I still think JaeYoung is confused about how he feels about HaRi. I want to think she's his safe port, as a friend. I don't want to think anything else, mainly because it would mean how messy is JaeYoung: in less than a year he's had a baby, divorced from the woman he loved and the reason he was apart from his lifelong friends, and now he thinks he's in love with HaRi. He needs serious counseling. I mean it.

I appreciated HaRi telling JungWon about the photoshoot. She is DoHa's mum and she should be in her life, just for the sake of DoHa, not her mum. They can find a balance, even if she doesn't want to be always. But she has to be present and caring for the baby. Well done, HaRi.

I also want to talk about how infuriated I am with VP. First, he "subtly" menaces Manager Kim, then he patronizes HaRi, and gets upset because he gives him her resignation letter, because "who's going to do the job?". Not him, obviously. This is so common in working life: having bosses who thing you still can do the job for less money because you're committed to it. Because you're stupid enough. Because you have one personal flaw and you're not totally nice even when your work is impeccable. I loved HaRi's reaction: you don't think I'm good enough to do it, then I'll resign. And he panics. Like all companies panic. Because they are cowards. (Yes, you can imagine, I've been there).

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I agree about Jae Young being confused and also about him needing therapy. I feel like Jae Young's anger at his ex-wife has led him to shape some revisionist history where he was by Hari's side until his ex-wife tore him away and if it hadn't been for her he and Hari would be happy, and he wouldn't be a bitter, overwhelmed single father. The fact that Hari longs for motherhood has a lot to do with it, I think. It's not Hari he longs for so much as a wife who wants to be a mother.

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I agree that Jae-young “longs for a wife who wants to be a mother” and Ha-ri is “it”. He won’t win Hari with his antics. I like their bickering friendship but his liking her made him quite annoying.I like that Jae-young ex-wife is at least trying to be a part of Do-ash’s life ( I just hope that she’s sincere and not just for photo-shot/ Do-ah’s 1st birthday party. Do-ah needs a mother and I commend Ha-ri for telling her the address.

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Agreed on the saccharine sweetness part! -cringe- I get that both of them have found love again after being hurt deeply before, and both don't have much experience in love, but these are people who are 40... but too much, too much!

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I say let them have their moment, even if it came across as a bit cheesy and out of character. They are acting like giddy teenagers and maybe it's a lesson for all of us to be a bit more playful. They are both very professional in their careers, let's give them this.

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Thank you for the recap! I agree, I love how Hari (and the writing) handled her career obstacle and how supportive Yi Sang was of her without being trying to be the hero. And I love her reasoning for not caving in and accepting the interim position - that she didn't want to set a bad precedent for juniors.

I actually loved all the sugary sweetness that is Yi Sang and Yi Sang and Hari together hehe. I wish I could understand all of his punny dad jokes.

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What makes the cringey sweetness tolerable is its DELIBERATE. Its not the writer mistakenly thinking 'this would be cute', the writer is saying 'this is embarrassingly cloying!' which I think we all agree with. Its the love version of Har-ri walking into that glass door, the second-hand embarrassment for them both.

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Spot on !

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Aww, YS and HR are just so adorable being cheesy together. After so many years never belive they would fall in love again I can imagine all their love cell explode.💕

Have to say HR impress me in how she handle her job. She really show that she is a good leader and why she fit to be as a chief editor. Also Just like other say I really love YS being supportive boyfriend.

Also add how I like YS never inserted himself in HR friendship with JY. He of course was jealous knowing they live together, but he never pushed JY out. Instead he accepted the situation and still felt confidence in himself to pursue HR. In that way JY come short as a friend. He call YS jerk and insert himself in HR relationship with YS. I feel for and understand he is conflicted what he is feelings for HR but he is not a good friend supporting her choice. He need to work on himself and being a good dad to his daughter.

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That scene showing Soo-chul's and Manager Kim's struggle as dads gave me a sad twinge and made me miss my dad even more.

Yi-sang and Hari's mom would definitely be buddies! Anyone else noticed that he didn't use the other medical patch and probably bought two just so he can have an excuse to give her one? Aww this guy :3

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Thanks for the recap, @dramallama! I agree, Jae-young's predicament is difficult to face. He's been a friend for so long he seems part of the furniture that Ha-ri takes for granted. Jae-young having feelings for Ha-ri now may not be as true as we think - maybe he's on the rebound and just latched on to the first female who helps him with his daughter and could be mother-material.

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@geminirat
Thank you.

I suspect many are not factoring in the negative versions of each of the potential partners' motivations because of Ha-Ri's time window.

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Thank you for the recap!

Yi-Sang was cringey this episode. I love it. I have adopted him as my hobby buddy and from now on we will try all hobby classes together and we can gush about his awesome, professional girlfriend.😊

This episode changed my perspective on Do-Ha’s mom for the better. At first I got mad when she showed up at the birthday party, but of course Hari was right to put Do-Ha first. She is too young to be harmed by her parents’ struggles, so letting her mom attend will give her at least one picture to cherish. If only they were able to force a smile for her sake while posing. I guess she bothered me because I really want JaeYoung to do better and her appearances seemed to make things worse.

From the start I sympathized with his situation and his emotional turmoil, but he is not dealing with it in the right way and it really bothers me. I was happy when mom told him not to be weak and I want to high-five the best friend for telling him the truth. Unrequited love is painful, but he has the honor to call himself her best friend. I hate ‘friendzoning’ because it devalues beautiful friendships, so I hope that JaeYoung can cherish their friendship again and find his footing soon!

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Thanks for the recap! I enjoyed this episode though I spent a lot of time thinking ‘You need to tell her, Yi Sang!’....which he knows, it’s not like he’s not telling her to be deliberately cruel. I also liked the really over the top cuteness, because it was so ridiculously over the top and everyone around them was finding it so as well. I think it’d be different if they were so cutesy and no one reacted to it.

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Yi Sang acting cheesy was funny and cute. I could handle his cringey jokes because they were balanced by Ha Ri's stunned/what the heck reactions. Hehe

Their "I Love You"s seemed a tad early though.

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I agree, it was SUPER early.

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Haha, I agree, it's almost like he was intending to horrify her at times.

I found it to be early for the "love" too, not that they aren't headed there. I'm happy the show is taking the time to characterize them as the "fall fast and hard" types.

What I found interesting, though, is the difference in how I responded to each confession. While it felt too early for Ha-ri, it didn't for Yi-sang. His response felt very genuine, perhaps because, while Ha-ri contextualizes her confession with how great her day was, Yi-sang's confession comes with the knowledge of what difficulties they face in the future. While Ha-ri's feelings are certainly genuine, I think the harder times will have to hit for love to truly develop for her.

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I don't think my dislike of Jae-young is a personal prejudice, I think his character was written to be disliked. He's the opposite of the usual second lead. Instead of the feckless nice guy he's the needy jerk whose there to make the lead look better in comparison. He's got to be pretty darned bad if you're now feeling sympathy for the wife who walked out.

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I’m one of those who like Jae-young and sympathized with him but in this episode, I started to feel annoyed with his butting in Hari and Yi-sang’s relationship. If he truly likes Hari, can’t he just cheer on his friend’s happiness and dream?

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Yi-sang signing up for male fertility treatments- he is truly serious here, but it may not be enough- and I suspect that it won't, leaving our new couple with a serious dilemma. But make no mistake- Yi-sang has fully committed to Ha-ri. A possible answer: Marry and send Ha-ri to the sperm bank legally.

Jae-young- still more than a bit in La-La land but it was really good to see him reminded that he cannot actually eliminate Jung-won from his life- because they share a child named Do-ah and that is a fact which will never go away. I sincerely hope that the photographer was able to coax some sort of pleasant expression out of the two of them during the photo session. Jung-won's expression in particular was compelling: I am now completely buying the idea that what happened here was psychological. Perhaps not just post-partum depression (which is a very serious thing of and by itself) but also perhaps other issues. I know that Jae-young is also suffering- we may get mad at him but the reality is that he too is having difficulty and has suffered a very real loss in his life, which he has responded to with anger towards his ex-wife and neediness towards his friend Ha-ri. Neither is appropriate but it really is not enough to tell him that: He needs professional help, just as his ex-wife does. It does not appear that either one is getting that, which is a shame, because neither one of them is a bad person. They would be shocked to find out how much better their lives would be if they got help- at the very least they would be better parents. At best they might even eventually find their way back to each other (you would be surprised at how often that actually happens). In any case, they would certainly be happier- right now they are both miserable.

Watching Eu-tteum have his Ah Hah moment was wonderful. He actually gets Ha-ri's ring size- and then immediately realizes that he won't be buying a ring for her. As I hoped he is learning- and faster than we might have expected. He was previously enthusiastic but oblivious and lacking in judgement. He was earnest and hardworking but not observant, simply making assumptions based upon his dreams and desires rather than upon observation. Now he is learning to pay attention to what he is actually seeing and hearing. And he is making better decisions as a result- in the short time as he has interacted with Ha-ri he has begun to mature- and now for this first time is showing good judgment. This is the reason Hyo-joo's attitude towards him has changed- but does she realize that this actually creates a huge problem for her: Because while he is still very attracted to her Eu-tteum has now reached the point where he can say no to her. So the question going forward for them will be this: Can Hyo-joo grow enough to catch up with him? She has to know where he is coming from financially after hearing about all of his efforts to adjust his budget. If she wants to live a life of luxury...

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Am ecstatic about Yi-sang willingness to change his stance about children for Ha-ri, and am really loving how both walked into the relationship with no intention on changing each other's view.
Agree about psychological issue with Jung-won, when Jae-young handed her Do-ah to hold, she looked... afraid? Am also wondering if there is any reconciliation ahead for these two.

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The actress playing Jung-won is really good- I have previously seen her PROTECT THE BOSS, PERSONAL TASTE and BIRTH OF A BEAUTY, but she has neve been better than in this minor role. That very brief scene where she is suddenly holding her baby daughter and looks so utterly lost simply spoke volumes.

Could their be a reconciliation between her character and Jae-young? Right now it would be impossible- but if they can deal with their issues anything may be possible. But even if they can only go so far as to treat each other with some level of humanity and understanding- and learn to talk to each other and listen- their child would benefit hugely.

And I cannot help but hope that even as she was obviously lost and had no idea what to do or say that just holding her baby on her lap for a few minutes might be a beginning to the journey she needs to take. And Jae-young's handing her baby over to her for that short time might likewise be a first step for him. These were acts with a symbolic meaning of the sort that can have a powerful subconscious effect.

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I agree with you on the nice work the actress is doing. The moment she has holding DoHa, she was so lost... like myself (I'm not a mum) when I first hold a baby in my arms and was panicking thinking "OMG what if it breaks!!!".
Also, the fact that Jae Young gave her the baby so she can hold her was a nice change in their interactions. As you said, a first step, as acknowledging the fact that she's the mum (not HaRi). I also hope the photographer could take just one good shot of the three of them together.

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t's Wang Ji-hye and yes, she's good! Loved her in Protect the Boss and sad that she's been typecasted. Even her cameo role (in The Players) is bitchy ._. I sure hope she gets more sympathetic roles in the future.

Jae-young handing Do-ah to her is indeed a good sign, glad he didn't try to kick her out from the photoshoot. To think that these two are doctors, yet (or maybe because of it?) they don't do anything about their mental health...

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It is sort of like being a lawyer and not having a will, right? And yet there are many lawyers who don't.

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I like your insight of EuTteum, because I've also seen it, the way he's growing from an apparently silly boy full of good intentions and no attention at all, to becoming aware of people and things around him. I also believe that's what's Hyo Joo is seeing, I just hope she mirrors him and decides to change.

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Show admitting the awkward kiss, omg, I love it! It's like all the complains we have about wooden kisses is finally validated. Really, really appreciate this show for knowing how to poke fun at itself! Also appreciate that show didn't forget about professional as well as romantic accomplishment for Ha-ri. The Beat Jang Ha-ri Event is genius!

Still loving this show, but I confess this week's episode didn't fill me with as much joy as before since I am waiting for the doom to fall...

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I can imagine how two people who have been hurt by love before finally find love again can feel giddy about it, and I also know that the drama was perhaps purposely going for the over-the-top type of cheesiness... but maybe it's a matter of personal preference, it just felt a tad overboard or unrealistic for two people who are 40 for me. But haha I think I can deal with the second-hand embarrassment for a few episodes before the elephant in the room gets dealt with.

On another note, did anyone find Jae-young's lack of reaction to finding out that Yi-sang and Ha-ri were dating weird? Previously he was being all over-the-top in his reactions when he realized that Ha-ri seemed to be falling for Yi-sang. Whilst I can understand that perhaps he was "getting used" to the idea of them, I would have thought he would have been more surprised and had a bigger reaction when he saw and heard Yi-sang calling Ha-ri his girlfriend... hmm.

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I also think the cheesiness was intentional, because I find it very little realistic. It doesn't matter how head over hills you are, at certain age you try not to act like a teenager in front of others.

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*very unrealistic*
Sorry!!!

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On one hand, I believe the over-the-top giddiness is a deliberate act penned by the writer as commented by another Beanie above. I nonetheless would like to share a personal observation that it's quite typical of "late spring" relationships that age plays no part - and have seen this type of eager affection from 40s upward to 60s, 70s, 80s. Worth some psychological analysis.

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The only 2 things I look forward to in a week: Oh My Baby episodes and recaps. Haha!

Thanks for the recap, @dramallama! 😊

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It wasn't the kind of romance I was expecting for this couple. In my head, it was more like "Yeah, they're ~40 years old, they had past relationship, for once it will be a normal relationship between adults." So I'm a little bit disapointed but Go Joon acting cutely is very entertaining, so I gave them a pass for it.

Jae-young can have feelings for Hari but he has no rights to interfere in her relationship. Now, she's in couple, he must take upon himself and keep his jealousy for him.

It's hard to judge Jae-young with his ex-wife because we have no idea what happened in the past. If I think it's better for their child to have 2 parents, I don't think it's better to have an intermittent one. His ex-wife is not very clear about what she wants. They should really fix rules because this poor child will be confuse otherwise.

It was nice to see Hari recognized for her qualities in her work. She suffered a lot so she deserved it!

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Sigh. Every time someone comments on Go Joon acting cute I get a little more sad. I'm waiting for the show to end to start watching but I seriously can't stand mature adults acting cute. But I like Go Joon and Jang Nara so much! What to do!

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Surprisly, he can act cute and still be hot in the same time.

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I hope I like it.

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I don’t like it as a general rule but I think it works here.

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Don't be sad, Go Joon in gangster mode or in cringy mode are both delicious!

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Unfortunately I have a very low tolerance for cringe and second-hand embarrassment. But I guess we'll see.

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The old dad jokes combined with Ha-ri's reaction and sound effects are hilarious.

Totally agree that Jae-young needs to sort out his current situation before deciding to pursue Ha-ri. He needs a hug and probably lessen his drinking.

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Oh yes, I love the great sound effects! They proved that the show was intentionally poking fun at his extra cheesiness.

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Yes and the deadpan/cringe reactions from anyone who hears it. LOL!

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This drama has a knack in building on the side some thoughtful relationships that in turn enrich the texture of the whole story - as highlighted in this episode:
- mom and JY who have a close to mom-and-son relationship that they can be totally honest with each other
- the three best friends with Eun-young being the voice of reason to JY
- Manager Kim and Photographer SC's father chats is really a rare treatment in kdrama about working dads who are not the lead characters.

Then it goes without saying the mentor-mentee relationship between Editor Shim and Ha-ri. Hope we will be seeing Editor Shim again - I miss her!

Now that we are over the half way mark, I'm still intrigued by the OTP casting whereby Jang Nara plays the petite but outstanding self-sufficient working woman and Go Joon is chosen to be this softy teddy bear (which is total opposite to all his previous roles). And we have amazing effect and chemistry - kudos to whoever decided on this casting. I also love how the drama tricks you to believe Yi-sang is another tsundere until Photographer SC exclaimed "you showed Ha-ri your drunken cute" and it's from that point onward you see YS in a different light that he's not the tough guy his hunky body suggests.

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And the next side relationship I look forward most - mum and Yi-sang!!

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YES!!! Mom will be Yi-sang's greatest supporter. Although I wonder how she'd reach if she knew about his infertility too? Knowing that to have a biological child is what her daughter wants above everything else?

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Thanks for the recap @dramallama.
I was definitely like HaRi's hoobaes this hour. Happy that she's happy but getting cringed out with the cheese..
Other faves:
*That feckless VP was up to no good. But HaRi pulled the ultimate power move on him. I loved that how she gained the mother groups' respect and support by sticking to her guns. Editor Shim would be proud!!
*Loved the meet cute between YS and HaRi's omma. JY will quickly loose out on his only ally if they continue to go to new classes.
*Sigh, EeuTteum IS planning to buy that bling. also haven't lost the art of creeping up on women unaware with the best of intentions,I see 🤷😂. Kidding aside,he is doing a lot of growing up! Even though he's definitely headed for an imminent heart break,I have high hopes that his next gf wouldn't develop rage issues.
* HJ shocked me this EP.. After listening to the eye-watering budget cuts tat ET is implementing to get the blog,she very generously told him he can downgrade from Cartier to a garden variety 18carats.That's growth,people.😂on a serious note, last week's talk from HaRi and her general way of conducting her professional life finally seemed to have an effect on HJ. Girl actually looked interested in her work for a change.
*Looved the female solidarity in the editing team.These ladies care for HaRi and didn't pull any punches in helping her get to her rightful post.

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