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Will You Have Dinner With Me: Episode 15-16

Things take an unexpected turn as we learn more about a certain ex-lover. Our leads deal with the truth separately in their own way, but their relationship can’t be mended unless someone takes action. Sometimes, you might have to take risks first and regret your actions later.

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

Do-hee leaving the chatroom ignites something within Hae-kyung. He springs into action when he recalls her parting words about not wanting to waste her time with a stranger.

He paces around her neighborhood for quite some time and when she finally shows up, the eye contact they make is electrifying. Hae-kyung takes the first step in breaking down their boundaries, handing her his business card and introducing himself.

Elsewhere, Jae-hyuk scrolls through photos of him and Do-hee during happier times and he looks forlorn as he’s reminded of how closed off she is to him now. As he drives off, Jae-hyuk contemplates Do-hee’s definition of destiny.

It’s somehow dark out already when Do-hee coldly questions why she’d ever need to contact Hae-kyung. He scrambles to explain that they can get to know each other starting now but Do-hee interjects that he misunderstood her. “I don’t want to know who you are, nor do I want to tell you about me.”

She starts heading home so Hae-kyung makes one last attempt, asking why she changed her mind suddenly. Do-hee lies, “Eating with you has become uncomfortable.” (Nooo, don’t do this!) He’s left with no choice but to accept that answer as he watches her retreating figure. In the privacy of her home, Do-hee cries as she looks at the crumpled up business card on her coffee table.


She goes to the supermarket to meet Ah-young, but is an unrecognizable ball of gloom under her huge hoodie. Ah-young assumes that she’s a creepy sales person or a cult recruiter, instinctively trying to avoid her. Heh.

Ah-young asks why Do-hee can’t just come clean about her identity; it’s not like there’s bad blood between their families or something. Do-hee simply doesn’t have the courage. “I’m afraid of hurting him, and of getting hurt.” She attributes her cowardice to her getting old. (Ah-young: “Am I a living corpse then?”)

Ah-young quotes, “Love is all about timing.” If she’s going to regret it regardless, why not just go for it and regret later? She tsks when Do-hee shuts the idea down.


Hae-kyung drinks alone at home, scoffing that Do-hee shouldn’t have confused him by giving him hope and saying that his relationships would end differently next time.

Do-hee stocks her cupboards with snacks and beer. She frantically searches for the business card when she realizes it’s gone, but tries to convince herself that it’s probably for the best so she can completely erase Hae-kyung from her life.

The next day, Hae-kyung declines everything from lectures to podcasts, firmly stating that he’ll only meet clients from now on. Byung-jin grumbles about Hae-kyung’s mood swings, startled when he realizes that Hae-kyung’s within earshot, hah.

When Do-hee gets to work, No-eul’s already in the middle of a photoshoot. No-eul’s friendly greeting is met with an awkward one and after the shoot, Do-hee lies that she’s too swamped with work to grab coffee. No-eul mentions the odd behavior to Geon-woo, who laughs that Do-hee’s just a weirdo.

No-eul’s pretty sure that Do-hee is purposely avoiding her, and she’s absolutely right. Do-hee heads to the café alone (and orders the sweetest drink ever), sighing that avoidance isn’t going to work forever. She’s unaware that No-eul sees her from the outside.

Hae-kyung’s new patient arrives and it’s…Jae-hyuk. Whoa. I do not like the look in his eyes. He’s here to consult with Hae-kyung about his “girlfriend” who’s mistaken about her feelings.

Jae-hyuk very confidently states that despite their breakup, there hasn’t been a single moment when they didn’t love each other during the past decade. “I’m sure I’m the one she loves, but she keeps lying to me that she’s seeing another guy.” He makes very deliberate eye contact and adds, “That’s what Do-hee said.”

The lack of reaction to Do-hee’s name is all Jae-hyuk needed to confirm his suspicions. “Does a boyfriend who doesn’t know his girlfriend’s name exist in this world?” Jae-hyuk provokes. To really drive it home, Jae-hyuk asks if PD Woo of 2N Box rings a bell, and Hae-kyung connects the dots.

Jae-hyuk massages his throat and asserts that just one look at Do-hee is all it takes for him to know how she’s feeling and whether she’s lying. “There isn’t a single person in this world who loves Do-hee as sincerely as I do.”

Although shocked, Hae-kyung maintains his composure and says, “Assuming that you know someone perfectly well is an example of cognitive distortion.” Simply put, he’s delusional. Jae-hyuk raises his voice and claims that he has and will always do anything for Do-hee, even things that one can’t imagine. Chills. I’m actually terrified.

Hae-kyung stays professional and suggests that Jae-hyuk should take a mental exam, not his girlfriend. Jae-hyuk kicks the table in a fit of anger, burying his face in his hands, then composes himself to warn Hae-kyung that he’s told him everything he needs to know to understand the situation.

“We’ll see which one of us gets the last laugh and wins Do-hee,” Jae-hyuk says as he gets up to go, but Hae-kyung tells him that his ex-girlfriend isn’t an object. “Whomever she chooses is up to her.” (EXACTLY! He gets it.) Jae-hyuk leaves him with these words: “I definitely warned you.”

Byung-jin busies himself (by grabbing the nearest vase, lol) when Jae-hyuk catches him eavesdropping right outside the door. When the coast is clear, he fusses, “Did he threaten to murder you?” Aw, he gets so worried when Hae-kyung jokes that he almost died.

Needing something sugary to recharge with, Hae-kyung heads out to meet Geon-woo at a café. He’s concerned when he learns that Do-hee’s working with Jae-hyuk on No-eul’s show, all because he turned her down.

He waits nervously while Geon-woo looks for a photo of PD Woo, and yep, that’s his dinner mate. As reality sinks in, Geon-woo assumes that Do-hee caused trouble again but Hae-kyung remarks that he’s the one who messed things up.

Jae-hyuk literally corners Do-hee in the meeting room, gauging her reaction to all the truths he lists off: the guy she claims to be seeing is the same Kim Hae-kyung she’s been looking for, who’s also No-eul’s inseparable first love. When asked how he knows, Jae-hyuk cryptically says, “There are many ways to find out if there’s a will.”

She confidently claims that she’s aware, but falters when Jae-hyuk points out that Hae-kyung knows nothing. He hovers just inches away from her lips, saying that cutting everything off is the easiest way to resolve a complicated relationship.

Saved by So-ra, Do-hee slips away to unlock the door for her friend. It’s scary how smoothly Jae-hyuk transitions to his nice-guy façade. So-ra clearly doesn’t approve, encouraging Do-hee to focus on the new guy.

Byung-jin is positive that something happened with Jae-hyuk, claiming to know everything about Hae-kyung just by looking into his eyes. (Hae-kyung: “Who are you to know everything about me?!”) He later admits that Byung-jin’s the best, but takes it back when he realizes that the milk he gave him has expired, hah.

Do-hee spreads out a feast of snacks in front of the convenience store, so lost in thought that she doesn’t notice a hand reaching for the sausage from under the table. LOL, it’s Ajusshi of course, and his celebratory MWAHAHA at the sight of food scares Do-hee.

She compliments his clean cut, wondering why he’s homeless when he claims to have some money as a con artist. He hilariously mimics Jae-hyuk (“Do-hee!”) and Hae-kyung (“Let go of her hand first.”) from the confrontation outside her building, asking which one she’s dating.

Do-hee says it’s neither one, and Ajusshi sounds like he’s speaking from experience when he advises her to be honest with herself lest she fall ill. He starts rambling about how sleep should be her priority, since lack of it activates the part of the brain that controls emotions and makes one overly sensitive. She narrows her eyes and asks, “Are you also a doctor?” but figures that he truly is just a con artist.

At the mention of her dark circles, Do-hee packs up to go home but leaves him a snack. Ajusshi laughs his signature MWAHAHA before thanking her in English, and she sarcastically follows suit.

Hae-kyung and Jae-hyuk approach the same yellow light from opposite directions. While Hae-kyung calmly slows to a stop, Jae-hyuk dangerously guns it and passes by. Do-hee looks wistfully at the corner where Hae-kyung typically waits before heading in for the night. He arrives moments later and paces around hoping to see Do-hee, calling it quits after four hours.

Jae-hyuk broods in his room where he has organized notes pinned on one side along with an entire board filled with photos of Do-hee. An article titled Immoral Doctors Overprescribing Psychomimetic Drugs for Money is pulled up on his laptop and right above some paparazzi-style photos of Do-hee is the crumpled up business card from her coffee table. OMG. “Woo Do-hee. Kim Hae-kyung. Jin No-eul. I’m going to put everyone back to where they came from,” he vows.

The next day, someone loosens up a few screws while everyone at 2N Box is setting up for a shoot. Everyone is focused on filming, except for Jae-hyuk who calmly eyes a fixture that’s slowly coming apart from above No-eul.

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

Ajusshi stands outside of the clinic looking all spiffy again, and we finally get a glimpse of his past. He really was a doctor, and was also a friendly sunbae of Hae-kyung’s at a hospital. Inside, Byung-jin and Hae-kyung proudly watch a mukbang livestream that Sandara is hosting, and it seems like she rediscovered the joy in eating.

Byung-jin stutters that the charismatic man is back, and Hae-kyung is genuinely shocked to see Ajusshi standing there. They’ve been out of contact for five years, which Hae-kyung is pretty worked up about. Ajusshi dismisses the questions and jumps straight into why he’s here – Jung Jae-hyuk. “Be careful of him.”

Hae-kyung has noticed the warning signs, and Ajusshi emotionally says, “He’s a lot more dangerous than you think.” He tells Hae-kyung that if there’s someone he wants to protect (cut to: Do-hee and No-eul), then he must protect them at all costs. “It’s no use regretting it after you lose them.” Ajusshi takes his leave and MWAHAHAs his way out the door, promising that they’ll meet again.

Do-hee notices the wobbling light fixture and reacts immediately, pushing No-eul away. Jae-hyuk shields Do-hee with his body and when he goes to check on an unconscious No-eul, Do-hee sees that his entire forearm has been slashed open. He notes a cut on her hand and reassures Do-hee that he’s fine and goes back to tending to No-eul. What kind of mind game is he playing now?

Hae-kyung debates with himself and ultimately decides that it’s his duty as a doctor to warn Do-hee about Jae-hyuk. His plans to visit her changes when he receives a call from Geon-woo, and he heads straight to the hospital to see No-eul instead.

Upon arrival, he finds Do-hee by No-eul’s bedside. When their eyes meet, it’s like they’ve tuned out the world around them. Do-hee shrinks back as if she’s been caught, and she finds her opening to escape when No-eul wakes up and wraps her arms around Hae-kyung. He doesn’t hug her back and stares after Do-hee, unable to do anything when she leaves.

Jae-hyuk witnesses the entire exchange from where he’s been getting stitches and in a flashback, we see that of course, it’s him who deliberately loosened the screws.

The doctor (cameo by Jung Jae-kwon) tells Geon-woo that No-eul’s just malnourished and asks if she’s on an extreme diet (Geon-woo says no), advising her to stay overnight to be hooked to an IV for nutrition.

Hae-kyung catches up to Do-hee outside and tells her to be careful of Jae-hyuk. He doesn’t go into details but warns Do-hee that he’s not an ordinary person. Although she agrees that Jae-hyuk’s a jerk, Do-hee’s sure that he’s not a dangerous person.

She leaves No-eul to Hae-kyung’s care and he’s forced to watch her retreating figure once again. Jae-hyuk honks at Do-hee and asks her to drive his car, using his injured arm as an excuse.

He’s pleased when she agrees and in the car, he gingerly tends to her wound with a bandage. Jae-hyuk asks, “How could you leave the person who risked his life to save you alone?” and pretty much invites himself to her house for a meal.

He claims to have missed her mom’s cooking during his time abroad, and that her kimchi stew would help him recover faster. Jae-hyuk considers her silence a “yes,” and she doesn’t object to him coming over.

Geon-woo lets Hae-kyung know that without hesitation, Do-hee risked getting injured to save No-eul’s life. Hae-kyung being ever so perceptive, draws the connection to the wound he saw on Do-hee’s hand earlier.

Do-hee tosses around in bed, confused as to why Hae-kyung didn’t question her presence. Then she figures that he was just distracted. “Why would he care about me when No-eul collapsed?” Girl, he literally only had eyes for you!

Ah-young comes knocking and checks Do-hee for injuries, berating her for jumping in to save No-eul: “You have such a great love for humanity, don’t you?!” Do-hee just coos that Ah-young sure loves her a lot, heh. She orders Do-hee to stay home tomorrow, and tells her that sleep is the best form of medicine. Do-hee’s touched at all the food Ah-young brought for her.


Ah-young struts past Ajusshi wordlessly and comes back out to join him with a banana milk in hand. She coolly introduces herself and we finally learn that Ajusshi’s name is Keanu. You know, like Keanu Reeves, PFFT. When he makes a cheesy pun with her name, Keanu MWAHAHAs at her reaction and she joins in.

No-eul strokes Hae-kyung’s hair the next morning when she finds him fast asleep by her side. She did this when they dated, and back then, he’d sweetly told her how sad he gets when she falls ill. She’d noted that even her mom doesn’t show her that much affection.

When he stirs awake, she comments that he must’ve been worried about her. After he talks to reception, No-eul’s ready to go so she links arms and cheerfully uses her malnourishment as an excuse to rope him into getting food.

The team watches Do-hee intently as they test out a new program where the host hypnotizes the audience to connect with their past life. It looks like she’s merely asleep and they consider it a bust until Do-hee answers the host in a North Korean dialect, “I see a comrade in a military uniform.”

A man walks towards a brightly dressed Do-hee while a familiar tune plays in the background. The host asks, “Can you hear what people call you?” The figure draws closer and when he comes into focus, it’s Hae-kyung who calls her name. Dan. So-ra and Jung-hwan squeal that she must’ve been from the North in a past life, and are sure that this program will become a viral hit.

Jin-kyu is skeptical and tries it out for himself. He mumbles, “I don’t think it’s a kite,” and lists off some seemingly random words like “piano” and “tomato.” His colleagues crack up when he says, “My name is Ri Jung-hyuk,” and Do-hee covers her ears in disbelief when he calls out emotionally that he misses Se-ri. PFFT, so Captain Ri took on the form of Secretary Hong in this life, huh?

No-eul and Hae-kyung grab dinner at a kimbap restaurant and order some udon. She brings up how Hae-kyung proposed while they were eating udon in the past, reasoning that it was tradition to eat noodles at a wedding. No-eul liked that a logical man like him spouted nonsense just to be with her. “Let’s get married,” she suggests, taking him by surprise.

In the car, he tells No-eul that he’s not mad at her anymore because he simply has no residual feelings for her. They arrive at the studio and she tells him that he hasn’t changed. Even when she went on trips without telling him or cheated on him, Hae-kyung never got mad.

He calmly reasons that it’s because he truly did understand her actions and was fine with it, but she accuses him of not loving her. “You don’t expect anything from others and you don’t rely on others because you’re scared to be hurt.” No-eul doesn’t think he’ll understand the desperation that makes you want to be with someone even if they hurt you, upset you, or make you jealous. She cries that she’s not giving up but Hae-kyung holds her steady and says with finality, “I’m sorry.”

As Hae-kyung drives, memories with Do-hee fill his mind and he narrates, “I had hope that I would be able to eat with this woman again tomorrow. I got angry because of some woman whose name I don’t even know, and a man I’d never met before,” thinking of the time he confronted Jae-hyuk.

Even when he ran after Do-hee at the hospital, he was worried about hurting her, not himself. This time when Hae-kyung approaches a yellow light, he speeds up with conviction and passes before the light turns red.

At the office, Do-hee is presented with a few doctors that they can potentially cast. Jin-kyu mentions that one in particular is handsome like Hae-kyung (“although not as popular as me,” he adds). “You don’t know how handsome Kim Hae-kyung is, do you?” she asks, offended.

Realizing her slip-up, Do-hee asks for the doctor’s contact information but Hae-kyung’s voice cuts through to say that it won’t be necessary, since he’s going to do the show with her. He confidently addresses her as PD Woo Do-hee. Up on the roof, Do-hee casts her eyes downwards and apologizes for deceiving him.

Hae-kyung doesn’t care and explains that he just wanted to see her. His smile widens as he describes her as the woman he ate dinner and camped with. The one who loves coffee milk and is still heartbroken. “I wanted to see that woman,” and it didn’t even matter when he found out it was the same person who called him a si belle homme.

Do-hee’s rendered speechless as he continues, “I told you that every ending is the same, but you told me some endings can be different.” He wants to believe her words and admits that he’s never been this brave before, declaring, “I like you, Woo Do-hee.” He takes a step towards her, closing the distance between them.

 
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AHHHH GUYS, HE SAID IT. HE REALLY SAID IT. Of course, Show has a history of pulling a fast one on us but I can’t see how Hae-kyung can take back his confession. Now that it’s all out in the open, I don’t think he’s going to give up. There’s no way someone as perceptive as him hasn’t noticed her true feelings! I’m sure that she’s going to try and shut him down, but you’ve got this, Hae-kyung, I believe in you. Last week, when I said that I needed them to admit their feelings before their exes did something crazy…I had no idea that things would escalate to this level. Jae-hyuk legitimately scares me. Everything from his gaze to his smile creeps me out, and on top of that, he’s quite smart and calculating. I can’t tell if his original plan was just to hurt No-eul so that Hae-kyung and Do-hee would meet in unideal circumstances, or if he anticipated having to save Do-hee and getting to play the part of the hero. Either way, things worked out for him and he successfully brought down a part of the wall she built up. Do-hee, don’t fall for his lies! Listen to Hae-kyung!

I have two theories. One is that Jae-hyuk was Keanu’s patient, and was overprescribed psychomimetic medication that caused him to fall ill. According to my research, these types of drugs induce a state of psychosis that makes it difficult to determine what’s real or not. It would explain Jae-hyuk’s erratic behavior and how he seems to have lost grip on reality, and why he’s so desperate to have Do-hee back. Losing Do-hee must’ve driven him crazy, and he could’ve hurt Keanu’s family as a result. If not as a patient, then I would assume they crossed paths as a medical journalist out to expose corruption and a doctor who made some poor choices. Things are definitely getting juicier and it’s much more interesting than a noble idiot concept, but I wasn’t expecting this to turn into a thriller. Jae-hyuk is super manipulative and I need him gone, pronto. I’m praying to the Drama Gods that this arc will wrap up quickly and not overshadow the best part of the show – the chemistry between our leads.

I really love the traffic light theme in this episode that contrasted Hae-kyung and Jae-hyuk’s personalities. No-eul pointed out that Hae-kyung is always overly cautious, scared of being hurt. Hae-kyung is the type of person that approaches with caution and stops before the light turns red. On the flip side, Jae-hyuk aggressively charges through without a care, with only one goal in mind – crossing the intersection by any means necessary. He displays violent tendencies and after this episode, it’s obvious that he will hurt people if it means that it benefits him. After achieving some clarity and officially ending things with No-eul (Hoorah!! Beanies, rejoice!!), Hae-kyung realized that he has something to fight for. Do-hee gave him the courage to go for it, and the second time he sees a yellow light, he confidently passes through before the light turns red. He totally reflects this new mindset with how he confessed at the end!

As far as I’m concerned, Seo Ji-hye and Go Kyu-pil were the cameos of the hour. Although I knew we wouldn’t be seeing Hyun Bin, I still couldn’t help but hold my breath and wait…and then promptly be disappointed to see Song Seung-heon instead. Who would’ve thought I’d see the day that I’d be disappointed to see his face?? That entire scene made me so happy. Dan is probably one of my favorite second leads, and it’s so fun when a drama has time to add in these special easter eggs for fans. Captain Ri reincarnated into Secretary Hong’s body is just the funniest thing ever. I have to wonder if that’s why the writer chose to make Jin-kyu so confident, always talking about how he’s popular with the ladies. Totally makes sense with how well-loved Jung-hyuk was! Hee.

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That CLOY reference was everything! I died when her colleague said he was Ri jeong hyuk in his past life lol

All jokes aside the psycho ex is really starting to creep me out he really needs some well rounded therapy to sort his issues with himself before he seriously hurts someone. Also I can’t help but say how nice it is to finally have a male lead whose professional life actually projects onto his personal life. I love how cool Hae kyung is in front of the ex and doesn’t treat him with jealousy or pettiness because he is above it and knows the ex is clearly delusional in his behaviour. I can’t wait for Do Hee and Hae Kyung to date because their chemistry is killing me!!

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I saw some people criticise how Do Hee doesn't make sense by rejecting HK but people have to remember the plot. Do Hee just get cheated and dumped like a month ago, in ep 2 while Hee Kyung has not been in a relationship since. She is still taking time to grieve and still has insecurities about relationship

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I'm very concerned and disturbed by the fact Jae Hyuk went into Do Hee's home and what danger it could entail for her in future episodes.

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It was really creepy to realize it was him who had taken HK's card. Creepy!!

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This is very disturbing indeed.

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Thank you, @selena, the whole lot of MWAHAHAs in your recap really brightens my day! ^^

Who else instinctively backed away from the screen when Jae-hyuk did that almost kiss on Do-hee? Gah, Lee Ji-hoon sure manages to make Jae-hyuk one disturbing guy. Am always perplexed when romcom decided to detour towards murder and mayhem, let's hope it's not going to be jarring. So far only one disorder of delusional, but both exes should really be certified. Why insist on getting back with your ex expecting he'll change, when you refused to change yourself even one bit? Obsessive much?

Thank goodness this drama is populated by other enjoyable characters, Byung-jin and his expired milk cracked me up so bad! Keanu reveal is unexpected but intriguing, how funny for Do-hee to be hating psychiatrist yet two are in her orbit giving unsolicited consultations all the time.

And that confession! *melts into a puddle* Such a lovely, heartfelt, and indeed brave confession. His lips were shaking!

Feel like hitting my screen multiple times at Jae-hyuk making smug face and No-eul touching Hae-kyung like he is hers, but the end makes it all worth it. No-eul words really backfired when Hae-kyung thoughts brought him straight to Do-hee instead, booyah!

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Am always perplexed when romcom decided to detour towards murder and mayhem

I have to wonder what the manwha author thinks of this "adaptation." In the original, the OTP do nothing but meet once a week over dinner and talk about their exes. Now show has a creepy exes committing low-key home invasion while building collages of his obsessive love. Yeesh.

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The only thing I could remember about Do-hee's ex in the manhwa is he can only ever afford to treat her tteokboki, so yea, maybe author-nim will be quite surprised he's gone all the way dark here >< And yes, omg, that stalker collage board is waaay creepy!

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I did not know it was based on a comic but I have (obviously) not read any and am watching it as a stand alone story. Both the exes are still creepy! (One of them uses physical violence while other emotional violence.

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I love all the side characters, but the exes of course (roll eyes). BuyngJin is so far my favorite one.

As for Lee JiHoon, I agree with you that he's doing a remarkable job. From the very beginning there were nuances in JH that make him much more tolerable than No Eul, and that's because of his acting, clearly.

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I can imagine this drama without the exes (probably a whole lot more bearable), but without Byung-jin, no way! ^^

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LJH' s range as an actor is very impressive. As much as I hate Jae Hyuk, I'm glad that he is being played by an extremely competent actor.

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i literally almost eat my hand - not only finger- everytime song seung hoon did swonny things...wkwkwkwk

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I really like the colour tones and camera angles here, together with the OST. There are so many pretty shots!

In the last episode, I commented on how I understood Do-hee's point of view in ending their dinner-mates arrangement to put an end to her own feelings. But in this episode, whilst I understand she has to find a reason to give to him to make him accept the end of that arrangement, I still had hoped she wasn't all hurtful in her words towards him. Saying "it's uncomfortable to eat with you" was pretty hurtful, even if we know she didn't mean it :(

And Jae-hyuk clearly has mental health issues he needs to sort out. That stalking thing and breaking into Do-hee's home was just scary :/

No-eul's character though... aside from Sohn Na-eun's bad acting, I'm finding her character's dialogue so inconsistent. One moment over the kimbap restaurant meal, she said she realized how much Hae-kyung loved her when he spouted nonsense just to have a meal with her, then next moment in the car, she's all "you don't love me at all". I'm like "girllllll you need to get a grip".

And the highlight was the CLOY reference, I LOLed so hard at that hahahahahahahahaha. Can't wait for the next episode after that swoonworthy confession ending scene!

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I share your frustration with No-eul and Jae-kyung. At least, let's thank the dramagods that Lee Ji-hoon convincingly portrays an obsessed lover slowly loosing his smooth edges. Although the show's OTP is far, far more engaging than their source, I wonder what the show could've been like if it had followed the manwha's basic premise of two people just eating, talking and falling in love?

That said, I applauded No-eul's pivotal scene with Hae-kyung in the car. Despite being an extraordinarily selfish person, she was remarkably insightful as she called out Hae-kyung for never fully risking his heart in their eight years together. But as you said, she’s all over the place and a bit incoherent. For a brief moment, I cheered No-eul for (unwittingly) pushing our sweet psychiatrist towards Do-hee—the beautiful soul who shares his tastebuds and makes him ramble.

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Have you read the manhwa? SSH and SJH I'm sure could pull it off, just having dinner together, but I guess it wasn't enough plot for a 16 episode kdrama? Of course, I haven't read the source material so I may be wrong.

But you mentioning this got me thinking on how grateful I am that their dinner mate relationship lasted several episodes. Their bickering and heartfelt conversations over dinner have been some of the best elements of this show.

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Agreed on all counts. I've read the manwha and understand why the story was expanded to fill the conventional 16-episode slots. The comic's world is hermetically sealed and the characters are very inward looking (and a tad boring).

The drama's OTP have enough delicious, crackling chemistry to pull off a show with more eating and conversation. It's their connection that makes the story special. All the other plot is superfluous.

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I would have preferred a lighter drama without psycho boyfriends. They could have gone Before Sunrise/Before Sunset with it with just the HK and DH talking the whole episode snd I wouldn't complain.

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Me too. I want more of that in the next episodes. Its the leads interaction and chemistry that got me hooked to this show.

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"That said, I applauded No-eul's pivotal scene with Hae-kyung in the car. Despite being an extraordinarily selfish person, she was remarkably insightful as she called out Hae-kyung for never fully risking his heart in their eight years together."

A wholehearted yes to this statement.

However, instead of addressing like a normal, functional human and talking to him about it, she chose to play manipulative power games to test this theory and his love (or lack of it).

And he IS capable of taking all the risks which love need you to take but she did not really proved herself worthy of it.

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I also found it regrettable that Do-hee has taken a leaf out of her most-recent-jerk-of-a-boyfriend's book (his name isn't worth remembering) and repeat the "uncomfortable eating with you" part to Hae-kyung. I guess she was really trying to convey to Hae-kyung that she's serious about cutting off their connection, but it just feels undeserving T_T
So far there's nothing worth redeeming in No-eul and her manipulative actions just made it even worse (that proposal o_O I can't even), really think she's a character made to be hated...

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Regarding No Eul, she may have not be written just to be hated, but I'm afraid the way she's acted doesn't add much to it.

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Word!!!
Maybe if she was a better actress - nah her character is just icky.

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Thank you for the recap, @selena! I was an incoherent mess by the end of this episode. I may have said something like, "F* me, are those tears shimmering in Hae-kyung's eyes?!" (The BTS at @dinner_couple's Instagram is really cute. Both Song Seung-heon and Seo Ji-hye tease each other for having such dreamy, big eyes.) Lord, their chemistry is killing me. I'm dead!

It's adorable how Hae-kyung's heroic moments include looking before he crosses the street (Ep. 7) and running a yellow light in this episode. Had it not been for @selena's recap, I would have missed the significance of HK squeezing that lemon.

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Lemon?? What lemon? Okay what did I miss? I could go for 16 episodes of those two just talking, laughing and loving.

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You, and all of us!!

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Hee hee. "Squeezing the lemon" = running a yellow light. My sister-in-law loves running yellow lights and always exclaims, "I sqeeeeezed the lemon!"

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OH good thanks for the clarification. I was just about to go back for another watch to see the lemon!

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Me too! :-D

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SJH also has good chemistry with LJH off-cam. My heart skipped a bit in one of the IG videos showing him looking after SJH who had an upset stomach. Pretty sweet of him to be massaging her palm also.

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Thanks for the recap, @selena! I'm snickering like a lunatic at how our favourite Ajusshi also MWAHAHAs his way throughout your review. :D

Ok, need to sit still for a moment as this episode was such a rollercoaster. The highlight of hilarity, of course is the CLOY throwback, and Doo-hee switching to Seo Dan's North Korean accent. Seems Dan may not have ended up with Captain Ri, but got herself a (higher-ranking) Lieutenant General Kim. I can also imagine Hyun Bin, Seo Ji-Hye and Ko Kyu-Pil laughing their heads off at this scene.

Yup, we're learning more and more about our not-so-bum Ajusshi, and seems he's not just Hae-Kyung's respected sunbae, but a good friend as well. That he would take time out from his regular MWAHAHAs to spiffy up and and warn him about Jae-Hyuk was quite touching. I agree with the theory that Jae-Hyuk may have been Keanu's patient, but when he refused to prescribe more drugs, Jae-Hyuk blitzed the good doctor with pseudo-journalism and ruined that man's career. It makes you wonder if his MWAHAHAs and sad-Keanu persona are also coping mechanisms against how his life has downspiraled.

I must commend actor Lee Ji-Hoon for his creepy take on his character. Jae-Hyuk is textbook psychotic, and this includes his obsessive behaviour towards Do-hee. That he's now also guilty of physical assault. aggressive behavior, breaking and entering and downright causing injury, among other things, makes me concerned for all involved.

No-eul may have been right that Hae-kyung didn't fully invest himself in their relationship, but Hae-kyung is showing that Do-hee is different. He's literally and figuratively chasing after her. He's crossing streets, crossing yellow lights and crossing boundaries just to get to her, and now lays his heart out open and vulnerable.

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I actually thought it was Cho Cheol Gang meeting with Seo Dan. 😂

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😆 oh the imagery..no!
i think CCG would not dare. Seo Dan would eat him for breakfast.

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😂😂 Seo-Dan's uncle and mother will have a heart attack at the mere imagery! In any case, you could see by the height difference that it's most likely SSH 😁

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Omg. Seo Dan's mom is just one of the best k-drama moms of all time. I miss her terribly.

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Oh! At last! He told her. And I'm so glad it was him taking the first step! Also, just the reaction I had hoped from him, and not the one DoHee was afraid of and that (in my opinion) made her reject him twice... (how can you say no twice to SSH???).

I liked the way HaeKuyng has been changing from the minute he met DoHee, how his confidence in a different ending grew, how he shines when she's around and how little time it took him, once he knew who she was, to show his feelings. Yay!

As for the exes.... where are those trucks of doom I've ordered? No Eul is just annoying... what was that "let's get married" question out of the blue? I know I keep repeating myself, but... if only the actress could act a little bit.

As for JaeHyuk... OMG he's a psycho!!! I mean, there was something about him in the last two episodes that I didn't like, but he showed us today that he was totally nuts: going to HK clinic and claiming DoHee is his property (great answer HK, really good), that board full of photos and information. He clearly is obsessed with DoHee and he's mistaking things.

I think he was Keanu's patient, I still don't buy the abroad trip. I know I said he may have been in jail, but now I think he may hav been in a psychiatric hospital, and I'm still sure he's somehow the reason Keanu lives now on the streets.

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The exes are getting annoying. JaeHyuk is not well in the head. His obsessive tendencies are very offputting. I dont think the writer plan any sort of redemption for him. Well I dont mind if there is none at all. I just want the focus to go back to the leada and not this external forces that are trying to break them apart.

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And of course! The CLOU references!!
I laughed so much!! My sweet Dan, awwwwwww.
And what about this reincarnation of Mr. Ri? Hahahahaah.

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I dearly want to know what happened when it suddenly went from afternoon to night time. What were they doing in the meantime? Where they just staring at each other for 5 hours? If so, I can relate. Seems absolutely plausible to me. Please show me the footage anyways.

Hae Kyung in the hospital was hard to bear for me. I am not a doctor, but I would guess No Eul should manage to lie in bed having an IV-drop overnight all by herself.... sigh. At least he realized where his priorities lie more clearly in the end.

Ahjussi should have named himself Lee Gun instead... MWAHAHAHA.

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Yes I noticed that too. That was a whole lot of staring. 😍 i was actually surprised that it was already dark on the next scene after HK gave his business card. I guess time flies by so fast when you are with the one you love.

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It happens on every single show you watch on TV, and it always happens both ways: now it's day, now it's night and now it's night, now it's day.
I remember how much it annoyed me while watching CSI (any of the different versions) for instance.

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So I was not the only one who noticed the lack of continuity. (Do they not have a AD who looks after continuity? )

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The continuity editor must have been resigned to the fact that they didn't manage to get the scene completed in the daytime. I think this is a live shoot so they must be running out of time to schedule shoots. Post-production must be running rough now.

Or indeed, maybe they were staring at each other for a couple of hours as the sun went down.

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I absolutely love that CLOY reference. I totally zoned out on what Jin-kyu said after he said he is Captain Ri 😆 seeing Seo Dan and Captain SSH is a definite highlight for me.

I so want to bask in the wonderful chemistry of our leads. I too hope that Jae-hyuk's arc will be resolved soon. He is not my fave character and would like to see less of him pronto.

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I don't like what the writer did with Jae-hyuk. She/he made Do-Hee becoming a fool, how could she not see how creepy he was during all these years? Or how could he change so much? In the both cases, it's not really realistic. It sucks because it would have been better to watch Hae-Kyung to win against a nice guy than a creepy one, more interesting to see.

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Toxic people are not that evident to the ones around them.
If they were, no one would be on a toxic relation, just think about that.
On the other hand, pathological liars (and I believe JH is) know how to lie and it takes time and effort to see it.

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I watch a lot of crime documentaries. And I have come across several stories of wives not knowing that the men that they married are serial killers. Cases that come to mind are that of the Green River Serial Killer's and the BTK Killer's. So yeah, I can give Do Hee a pass for not seeing through Jae Hyuk earlier.

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Its not pleasant to see but definitely more interesting than plain pathetic second lead. Do-Hee liked him first so she was possibly blinded by that. She possibly put him on a pedestal so only recently as she matured that she realized that she was bending over backwards for her exes. So now that she has matured that she realized that she should stand her ground more and be her own person when in relationships.

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It's realistic. Ask people whose spouses secretly committed adultery. Maybe after the fact, one can parse "the signs" but it's very difficult to detect trouble when you're not looking for it—especially if your partner is a skilled liar.

My co-worker's sister was fooled by her husband for 10 years. The wife's profession made a walking bullsh*t detector and even she was conned by that man. He had actually confessed to an earlier affair and agreed to end it. They recommitted because they wanted to keep their family together. In reality, the affair never ended. When she caught him a decade later, there was no reconciling. They separated and she started dating. That's when HE told their neighbors that she was in another relationship, without explaining his role. He's a revered academic at my university, by the way. I read an interview with this f* where he mentioned (paraphrasing here) "sorrow and surprise at the unexpected ending of a 30-year marriage." Blech.

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insert: the wife's profession made her a walking bullsh*it detector

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"but it's very difficult to detect trouble when you're not looking for it" - This!

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There's a saying that "you can't see what's right in front of you." Those little acts of manipulation, lies, even physical and mental abuse can go on for years, sometimes even for the rest of their lives. Love, fear, social pressure can blind you or bind you. Do-hee was most likely young and idealistic, loving Jae-Hyuk so badly she failed to see the signs. Do-hee's own mother was being repeatedly cheated on, but even with clear evidence, she's unable to leave her husband.

My guess is that the show, which features two mental health professionals wanted to touch on this delicate and often ignored issue.

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@eazal, @jillian, @tsutsuloo, @bluecouchpotato

I don't say it's not possible in the life to be deceived by the personality of a spouse/boyfriend.

But in this drama, they wrote Do-hee as a strong female character. But first she got cheated and now her first love is an obsessed man and she needs HK's help. It's kinda frustrating honestly.

And we didn't see any scenes in the past where JH was really creepy, that showed his obsession for her. So the sudden change is weird for me. Overall, it's disapointing because I don't think the story needed this drama-esque element to be good.

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I totally agree with you that in theory in the past scenes there was nothing wrong about JH. All I can think about is that something triggered his psycho personality (and I'm saying psycho exaggerating, of course), and that's the reason of the sudden text "let's not see each other again" and his disappearance. There must be something more (and I think it's related to Keanu and his family).
Regarding DoHee, she can be strong and independent and wonderful, but she's not perfect. I think the fact that she's fallen twice for the "wrong" guy says she's human. We sometimes like people who are not the best persons, and who are not the best influence, and yes, we fall in love with the wrong guy. I turn this into more love to DoHee because she's not perfect.
I'm not trying to convince you, but that's how I see it.
For instance I found more out of character the fact that she told HK "I as uncomfortable eating with you" than the fact that she fell for two wrong men.

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IMHO, Do-hee getting fooled twice doesn't make her weak. A little stupid, maybe, but that's just how she falls in love, placing the needs of her boyfriend above her own. Her strength is in her ability to bounce back and stay positive, if a little gun-shy, after all the heartache she's been through.

I also don't get the impression that she actually "needs" Hae-kyung's help, rather, she welcomes it. She can fight Jae-Hyuk if she has to, but the bigger problem, I think, is she doesn't want to. Hae-kyung being there to defend her shows his character and doesn't negate her strength.

Jae-Hyuk's side of the story is still unfolding. So far, we only know that he basically abandoned Do-hee. Maybe he suffered a mental breakdown somewhere in the last few years. 🤔

It may seem overly dramatic given the lighthearted tone of the series, but it IMHO, it gives an added layer that makes the story more interesting.

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Personaly, I don't think it added layers and made the story more interesting. A good story doesn't need a psycho to be better. All the part when he sabotaged the material was disapointing.

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That's true, the story would have been perfect just without the psycho. Our OTP is charming enough to fill in hours and hours of drama.

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I understand. It is frustrating for her to be that way in relationships when we can see her be awesome in other areas of her life. But as Eazal said she is human and not perfect. I personally see people like that in real life. But I agree that those external dramas our OTP is facing can be a bit too much. But I think our OTP will be overall fine and hopefully see more of their charming interaction.

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I don’t see it as DH particularly needing HK’s help, it just so happens they meet at a time when they’re able to comfort each other through rough times.

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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, that is my comment and reaction after the confession

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🥰🥰🥰🥰

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I had the same reaction. Plus SJH looks divine in that aquamarine blazer.

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That confession is ❤❤❤❤

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Okay, Do hee’s ex is bordering on being an obsessive stalker. Someone has told you No on countless occasion and you still believe she loves you, but she is lying to yourself.
Nah! Right now, I think you are the one lying to yourself, how can you leave someone for 5 years and just waltz back into their life thinking they put their life on pause for you. Uh uh that is not how life works. The world does not revolve on you, so move on. Also, Kim ah young even stated in an earlier episode that he didn’t even travel anywhere. So why the pretense.

And what in God’s name was the action of trying to kill No Eul by stating that you are trying to put everything back to how they were. If not for Do Hee trying to avoid the accident, that would have surely been a big accident. Now he is a psychopath.

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May I just say how much I am loving a polite, well mannered ML who has a clear understanding on what personal boundaries mean?

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With that CLOY reference, we almost went full circle with Song Seung-heon showing up as Captain Ri, connecting him back to Son Ye-jin when they starred together in Summer Scent. Guess that would be another past life regression. It would have been hilarious if they had managed to include that.

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Now that the reveal is done for both, i love how Show has made it quite understated - it’s no big deal that Hae Kyung is the doctor she fought with and that Do Hee is the woman who cursed at him. I’m so used to this kinda trope being used to drive people apart (well, DH did try at first) it’s nice that HK went ahead and confessed he likes her!

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Yes. This was also a good thing about the show! They might have fought like kids but they were mature enough to realize that the real person is the one whom the y were meeting all this while and having delicious food with.

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Is anyone else going crazy cooking new things after watching this?

I have ended up trying at least two new dishes per week while watching this. Not all of them from the show.

Somehow watching a few scenes evoke a craving for something I have tried and long forgotten or something I wanted to try.

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