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When My Love Blooms: Episodes 13-14 Open Thread

Our lovers might be leaning on each other more these days, but with their affair made very public, new troubles rear their heads. Getting a divorce is not as simple as our hero expected, and as his friend says, they’re in for a messy fight. And worse still, messy just might mean violent.

 
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP

It’s starting to feel like our characters are caught in a bit of an impasse. Though Jae-hyun and Ji-soo are “seeing each other” they’re really just going for walks, providing emotional support, and being there for each other. While falling in love again is making a big difference for their happiness, external scenarios continue to spin in circles around them with no relief in sight. How is the situation ever going to change?

Seo-kyung is still out to get Ji-soo. Though she’s rather catty and mean about it, she doesn’t pretend to be otherwise — and in a way, she’s in her rights, and furious when the divorce petition is made official. So whether it’s the battle over demolishing Ji-soo’s new house, or using the release of the Ji-soo/Jae-hyun kiss footage to tarnish her professional reputation, Seo-kyung fights on.

Even as Ji-soo’s world continues to get beat and battered it’s nice to see the people in her life helping her out. Dong-jin, while protesting that he’s a divorce attorney, actually helps her with the real estate problem. And ever-faithful Young-woo goes in a rage to Jae-hyun over how much he’s letting Ji-soo suffer. I actually enjoyed his outburst very much — perhaps it’s because I’m starting to feel (as a viewer) like a side-liner in this story, too. Like Young-woo, I’m tired of the suffering, and would like some decisions and choices made that transition our characters forward.

This is when it’s nice to have a heroine who isn’t afraid to fight back. Ji-soo is fierce — it just takes a lot to get her riled into action. This week, she flips the table on Seo-kyung by getting gussied up (she’s so pretty!) and marching over to the fancy hotel where Jae-hyun is officially living now. It’s all a ploy to enrage Seo-kyung and fight back — and it works. Except how long can they keep doing this back and forth? Someone must lose, or someone must forfeit.

Just when it looks like that might happen, and Seo-kyung tires of trying to break the star-crossed bond between Jae-hyun and Ji-soo, Ji-soo’s nasty ex-husband starts interfering again. Talk about a sower of discord! This man admits he doesn’t want his wife back, or his son — all he wants is for Ji-soo and Jae-hyun to suffer. It’s pretty unbearable that he’ll lie to and manipulate his own son to make this happen. (Someone save my little Young-min!)

In the midst of all this love and war there is, of course, Jae-hyun’s secret battle against the company that destroyed his father. But we learn that he doesn’t just want to destroy it, he wants to own it. He sees it as “his revenge and his reward.” As one might expect, this creates a bit of a breach between Jae-hyun and Ji-soo — especially considering a friend of hers (wrongfully terminated as revenge against her) is merely seen as collateral damage.

We didn’t get that much backstory this week, which was a shame, but what we did get framed an early fight between our young lovers — and then Jae-hyun’s apology with white and red roses, and some aegyo. Sure enough, our drama is circling back to that moment. Present-day Jae-hyun knows he owes Ji-soo an apology for his greed over the company, as much as for how his mindset has shifted over the years. She’s stayed more true to his ideals than he has.

But instead of cute scene of reconciliation part two, Jae-hyun (with his apology bouquet in hand) is stabbed right in front of Ji-soo. It’s rather a horrific stabbing by the elder who’s been protesting the wrongful death of his son for the entire show. He doesn’t know that Jae-hyun isn’t really the bad guy, and he’s pressed into violent action by Ji-soo’s horrid ex-husband.

And so, with one week to go in our drama, we’ve got a burst violence to shake up the impasse we’ve been at for the last few weeks. It also strikes me that we haven’t learned much about Ji-soo’s own crime and imprisonment, so I wonder if that will also come into play before our story ends. If there’s anything that we can expect of When My Love Blooms, it’s the story coming full circle.

 
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i'm on the cusp of dropping this show because the neverending misery is just too much. but there's only one week to go...

and what about young-min's education? are they ever going to find a school for him or is he going down the independent study route?

nonetheless, it was heartwarming seeing the gang gather for drinks and chocopie at young-woo's bar.

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Agreed. At first the pacing was nice and beautiful, but now it seems like nothing is really progressing in the current timeline even as events are supposedly happening. And the whole atmosphere is just stuck in a never-ending depressing mood...

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Have this been a 10 or 12 episodes drama, this would be a class A drama. The pacing of the first 6 to 8 episodes were just right... But I agree with you that these last few weeks have been neverending loop of recycle misery.

I'm actually fast forwarding most scenes of the present couple and just focus on enjoying the past couple instead.

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I think I only watched 25 minutes of episode 14, and it was less depressing than episode 13.

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Endless "loop" is the right word. It's like what was happening to the OTP in Chocolate - trauma after trauma. Here, with the adultery angle, I can't see a resolution except in death - star-crossed etc. A Romeo and Juliet ending perhaps?

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I'm so stupid I'm hoping for a happy ending.
Can't they marry, go to countryside and open a small bookshop while they rise their children together and they learn that a family can be happy if they live together and talk about everyday things while they're having meal???

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Happy ending would be great! Let's see where the last week heads. Those partners have to be dealt with somehow, though...

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I had the exact same feeling while watching episode 13. Then I said: only three left, you can finish this. But the amount of tropes and people being mean to JiSoo and she suffering was too much, just too much.

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Lee Bo Young is STUNNING. Ji Sung is a lucky man lol. My goodness, she has such an elegant and graceful look to her. Fighting for her character to rise up again!!

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Oh yes she is beautiful, whether gussied up (as used by missvictrix) or not, she portrays a special beauty. Her beauty ... has depth and substance ... a certain "je ne sais quoi" quality of attraction.

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That's why I am SHOCKED that she's not on the Top 10 or 20 list of most beautiful actresses in S.K whenever they are posted!!? Her beauty reminds me of old school movie stars. Very elegant and refined beauty.

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LoL, that's why I said to my friend... Lee Bo-young is getting prettier as she gets older... then my friend said, "because she's loved by her husband so much..."

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This drama is the prettiest I've seen of Lee Bo Young. Maybe because of the calm gentleness of the character.

Would love to see her and Ji Sung in future drama.

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Same. Although she said that she wouldn't star in a drama with him. Because she would only end up laughing whenever she's in a scene with him lol. Never say never though!

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This show become full of filler last couple of weeks. The young actors are doing amazing job but presents are pretty bored! I don't get what both are trying to do! They keep walking in their pretty clothes without any aim 😁 16 episodes too much. The story should wrapped up earlier. I don't understand tough. There would be a much better present day story then classic ancient drama tricks 😁

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Agree with everything you said. Wish the length of the drama is not dictated by the time slot they have to filled but by the length that the story needs or deserves.

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This is a very good example of how a show would have been fantastic with 10-12 episodes, but because we have to stick to the 16 episodes run we are all stuck in this misery with so many tropes that I feel tired (the whole scandal thing is a joke).
This is also the first week I'm almost FF through the episodes, because I could not bear so many tropes, so many stupid behaviors just because we have to feel the episodes. I was fine with all the tropes so far, but episode 13 was a torture with the demolition, the school mums throwing coffee to JiSoo because she damaged the reputation of the school (roll eyes...), the man recognizing her in a bus stop as she was the only scandal in the world, the mean ex-husband, the mean ex mother in law... Enough, please.
I'm really worried about Joon Seo. This kid is not the best kid ever (he's been bullying his school mates) but no wonder he's not good: his mum is selfish and obsessed with his dad (although it didn't stop her from asking to go to jail instead of her dad or having an affair because she was bored), and his grandfather is not a father figure, but someone who spits hate towards anyone who doesn't please him. Sincerely, my heart broke when the kid got into his grandad's office to ask for some comfort and the first thing he heard was: "do you want some money?" and then a speech about how he was going to destroy his dad. No wonder the kid has a mess in his head. His dad isn't helping him much, anyway.
And regarding the other kid, Young Min, just when I thought SeHoon had become a decent man, he confesses he doesn't want to have the kid with him but he only wants JiSoo to feel miserable, and clearly induces the attack to JaeHyun.
Well, next week everything ends, and I wish this drama would have shorten by 4 episodes and I would have remembered it with love.

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I was curious about this show in the beginning, and I kind of stayed out of boredom, and a lack of alternatives for the slot. I'm now watching only for the year-end Bean, having hung around till now.

The four leads (older and younger versions) are all gorgeous to look at, so it helps as a distraction when they're on the screen. But honestly, I don't think much of their acting.

Some of the sidekicks are better than the main actors, but only just about. The problem is with the story. There's really hardly any story to tell, even though there was scope, with the labour union stuff, and the corporate/david-goliath fight, a lot of interesting things could have been done.

To compensate for the lack of story, there's plenty of shots wasted on just these folks sitting around in their rooms staring into blank space (I lost track of the minutes spent showing Ji-soo in her room looking at her TV, in her old apartment earlier, and in her new house now - they could have at least switched up the locations, to give us some variety). And so much slo-mo, argh... No. This show is not working.

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You're so right about the staring to emptiness...
I reduced episode 14 to 25 minutes through FF.
If only this was a 12 episode drama, it would have been much better.
I don't even find cute anymore our past leads.

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@Mina00: It is all a personal taste.
I love the slow moving screen like a time-lapse video.... to help me grasp the enormity of a romantic scene. It helps me connect and appreciate the moment, the feelings and energy it projects. With really heart-touching music, I find myself immersed like I am part of the scene itself. I am ready to explode. But that's me.

The old and new JH and JS are awesome. They reconnect and meet in their all familiar places (church, train tracks, stations, walkways and the park)..... where love rekindles and blooms unhindered....just by being together in their all-charming ways. It exudes an aura of happiness, confidence, and peace which is only evident in their eyes, smile and body language. Love is in the air every time they are together; just by feel and no spoken words needed. Saranghe was only stated once or twice....quite unlike other romantic drama's where they pelt them out like eggs....no torrid kisses and no hugs at every turn. Not even too eager to get to bed. No not here.

They can aimlessly walk together, chat, smile, see each other eye to eye like genuine friends more than a BFF would. There is not a care in the world, why it looks decent, romantic and heartfelt . They are the perfect better-half for each other.

BTW: I've re-watched episodes countless times, a joy to watch like ep8 & 9.

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I agree with you, I find the pacing and length appropriate, actually I love it exactly for the reasons mentioned. When I watch this love story, time flies, and enjoy every scene and only regret that the episodes are ending when I look at the time remaining. A well made melodrama should not be hurried, but rather should be paced to allow time for the non verbal scenes to sink in in the viewer, and this show does it very well. The look on their eyes, the tone of their voices, the body language,... music... all blend perfectly.

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Ditto. I love the slow pace; I think it is reflective of how relatively well-grounded the story is for a kdrama -- no birth secrets or bizarre medical conditions like face-blindness and even the evil chaebol machinations are like those which happen in real life rather than actions more likely from a international criminal cabal like James Bond's SPECTRE.

I also love how the pace allows enjoyment of the subtle touches. My favorite is that having established Seo-Kyung dresses Jae-Hyun, his overly fashion-forward wardrobe accentuates how ill-suited and uncomfortable his "chaebol skin" is for him. Another terrific writing choice is to make Jae-Hyun's son a bully but a believable one, rather than a budding psychopath, making it clear his parents and grandfather made him what he is...just a terrific drama

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First and foremost, thank you @missvictrix for recapping this show so quickly. I enjoy very much reading your POV of this drama. I'm with everyone that the misery part is taking up too much of the episodes (All of 14 to be exact) and not sure how it's going to be wrapped with only two remaining. But the actors are just such a joy to watch (personally, more of the older versions than the younger, but even the latter are enjoyable to watch). I think I'll be very sad if all do not get what they deserve. Comeuppance for the in-laws, ex-husband, wife (a little bit less, maybe, depending on how she is the next two episodes). And nothing but happiness for Ji-Soo, Jae-hyun and Young-min.

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It very much relates to personal tastes. Someone gets bored. Someone finds satisfied. For me, I think we need to have a more in-depth lens to review the story told. I want it to be 20 episodes (not 12 episode) because I want the drama to have more screen time for both couples and their family members and friends. I agree that sometime it is a bit slow paced and not much progress for the present couples but that is the reason why I want more time with the drama! 14 episodes fly so fast that I nearly forget that there are only 2 more episodes to go and there are still so much story that can be developed for both couples. I really want to know more, seriously and curious to see the ending and its message to viewers!

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Just for the sake of finishing something I started, I continue to watch this drama but am really not enjoying it anymore and seriously contemplating to stop watching and just find out the ending via dramabeans . Our leads are just 2 selfish individuals who believes that they are not doing anything wrong just because they are in love and they are not having sex. I feel very sorry for their children. Although the writer wants us to root for them because Seo Kyung and Jisoo's ex are both awful people. I still feel uncomfortable watching an adulterous relationship.

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