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Will You Have Dinner With Me: Episodes 13-14

The problem with secrets is that they can only be kept for so long, and the longer it is before the truth comes out, the worse the betrayal will feel. Nobody in this situation is intentionally keeping secrets, but that doesn’t lessen the impact. The question now is, what to do with the truth?

 
EPISODE 13

Sitting outside their tent at the campsite, Do-hee tells Hae-kyung that she wants to stop being dinner mates because she’s crossed a line. She tells him that he saw a part of her life she didn’t want him to see. He says he doesn’t care about that, but Do-hee says she can’t stop thinking… then she awkwardly blurts out that she loves writer Lee Moon-jung. LOL, what?

Confused, Hae-kyung asks if she’s saying she doesn’t think about him. Do-hee asks incredulously why on earth she would think about him, then escapes to the tent to die of embarrassment. She screams into her pillow, which startles Hae-kyung, so Do-hee says she saw a snake in the tent… then freaks out when Hae-kyung points out the sign warning that there really are snakes here, hee.

Do-hee’s phone buzzes again and Hae-kyung tells her to take the call, but when she steps away for privacy, he looks a little insecure about it. It’s Jae-hyuk, and when he starts asking a lot of invasive questions like where she is and who she’s with, Do-hee tells him it’s none of his business and hangs up on him. Good for her.

Do-hee rejoins Hae-kyung and thanks him for coming here today. He says they’re friends who can talk about things they can’t tell other people, because it’s easier to speak their minds since they don’t really know each other. He invites her to talk about it if that call was from the ex she mentioned before, so she confesses that yes, it was the guy who left with no warning and wants to get back together.

She says she doesn’t know how to act around Jae-hyuk sometimes, and that she has conflicted feelings about her past. She laments that she spent the brightest days of her youth with him, so if she wipes out her memories of the guy, her memories of her twenties will disappear, too.

But Hae-kyung counters that she would have shined brightly even if she weren’t with Jae-hyuk, so he probably wasn’t there for some of her brightest moments. Do-hee jokes that sometimes she feels like she’s talking to a therapist with him, and Hae-kyung says vaguely that he’s learned from experience, which Do-hee interprets to mean that he’s dated a lot.

On the drive back to the city, Hae-kyung catches Do-hee staring at him. Since she’s talked so much about herself, she breaks their rule about not asking questions, and she asks Hae-kyung to share whatever is troubling him. He tells her that writer Lee Moon-jung is his mother, and that his first love who’s trying to get him back is his only relationship.

He says he doesn’t want to linger on it or repeat it, because all relationships end eventually, so he’d rather not even start. He jokes that he’s very future-oriented, but Do-hee doesn’t laugh with him.

When he pulls up to Do-hee’s building, she tells him that instead of shutting himself off, he should think positively. She heads inside, and Hae-kyung says after she’s gone, “Some people might think you’re the doctor.”

Jae-hyuk has been waiting for Do-hee, and he confronts her, saying that he was worried about her. She snaps angrily that he’s out of line by waiting outside her house like this, and she tells him clearly that she has no feelings for him. He grabs her arm when she turns her back on him, but Hae-kyung is suddenly there, calmly ordering Jae-hyuk to let Do-hee go.

Jae-hyuk recognizes Hae-kyung from Geon-woo’s social media picture, who he said was is his first love. Do-hee gasps in pain as she wrenches her wrist from Jae-hyuk’s grasp, and Hae-kyung hurries to her, worried. Jae-hyuk puffs up at Hae-kyung, demanding to know who he is, but it’s Do-hee who answers, “He’s my boyfriend.”

Hae-kyung looks at her but doesn’t deny it, and when Jae-hyuk tries to move close to Do-hee again, Hae-kyung gets between them and warns Jae-hyuk away from her. He takes Do-hee by the hand and leads her away, leaving Jae-hyuk standing alone.

They go to the convenience store, and Hae-kyung holds his cold drink on the red spot on Do-hee’s wrist. He says they’re even now that they’ve both used each other as a cover, and adds that he knows it’s not his place, but he warns Do-hee to be careful around Jae-hyuk.

In the morning, Do-hee tells So-ra dramatically that she crossed a line last night and started a fire. So-ra squeals and demands all the details, but Jae-hyuk walks in and completely kills the mood. In private, he gives Do-hee a wedding invitation from some old friends of theirs but she flatly refuses to be his date. He asks if Hae-kyung is really her boyfriend, and she says yes.

Hae-kyung goes back to Jeju to see Geun-hee, but she doesn’t show up for their lunch. He calls her and says he’s glad if she doesn’t need him anymore, but that he’ll come again if she just wants to share a meal. She thanks him, but there’s a tragic quality to her voice that worries me.

Since he’s there, Hae-kyung decides to read a book. He imagines himself as the protagonist and Do-hee as his love interest, and she tells him that she couldn’t forget him before he twirls her into his arms. He leans down to kiss her… then slams the book closed and calls it a crappy story, hee.

Ah-young enters a cafe and sees that the coffee of the day is the same high-quality “Panama la Esmerelda Geisha” that Ajusshi gave to her the other day, so she orders a cup. Her enjoyment of the coffee is ruined by Jae-hyuk, who asks her if Do-hee is seeing anyone. Ah-young’s surprised response is all the answer he needs.

We see Ajusshi standing outside Hae-kyung’s clinic, looking clean-cut and wearing a nice suit. A hand drops a coffee mug and it shatters, then Ajusshi is outside the convenience store again, staring fearfully at Jae-hyuk. He steels himself and walks into the clinic, but when he asks to see Hae-kyung, Byung-jin tells him that he’s out of town.

At 2N Box, Do-hee assembles her team for No-eul’s show. None of them are keen on her ideas, especially Jin-kyu, who says he’s a professional who can separate his personal feeling from his work — then practically drools on No-eul when she joins the meeting and sits next to him.

After dark, Ah-young lurks around the convenience store looking for Ajusshi, and she doesn’t recognize him when he walks right in front of her in his suit and nice haircut.

After their meeting, Jae-hyuk offers to buy chicken and beer for the team. No-eul leaves claiming an appointment, and Do-hee also declines. But when she leaves the building later she finds No-eul waiting to invite her to dinner.

They end up at a pizza place, sitting near an openly happy couple that reminds Do-hee of her mother witnessing her father with his mistress. She tells No-eul vaguely that she was thinking of someone she hates, and No-eul guesses that it’s Jae-hyuk, ha. Do-hee insists that it’s not him, and suggests they order.

They pick the same thing, and grin at each other for having identical taste. No-eul thanks Do-hee for trusting in her and asks if she can call Do-hee “Unni” when it’s just the two of them. Do-hee agrees, calling her “No-eul-dongsaeng” in turn, and they toast to their new, closer relationship.

Do-hee asks No-eul how she knows Dr. Kim Hae-kyung, so No-eul explains that he’s her ex-boyfriend. Alarmed that No-eul dated “that jerk,” Do-hee is incredulous that she would want to work with her ex, but No-eul points out that Do-hee is working with her ex, too.

No-eul asks if things are really over between Do-hee and Jae-hyuk, and Do-hee compares their relationship to a movie after the credits have rolled and the lights have come back up… so over. No-eul seems envious of Do-hee’s certainty, admitting that she’s having a hard time forgetting Hae-kyung.

Do-hee shares that it took her a long time to move on, and that No-eul is probably still has feelings for Hae-kyung. No-eul wonders if he still has feelings for her, too, and Do-hee assures her that if he can’t see her great she is, then he’s got issues.

No-eul’s phone buzzes, and she holds it up for Do-hee to see the photo of herself with Hae-kyung. Do-hee realizes to her horror that the man she’s been having all these dinners and talks with was THE Kim Hae-kyung, who is also No-eul’s ex-boyfriend. She tells herself that it’s okay because he still doesn’t know who she is, and she doesn’t have to see him again.

She gives herself this pep talk in the restroom, but when she emerges, Hae-kyung and Geon-woo are standing at the and table talking to No-eul. Apparently No-eul invited Geon-woo and told him to bring Hae-kyung, claiming that she wants to introduce him to PD Woo from 2N Box since he’ll be working with her.

Do-hee sneaks out behind a life-sized cardboard cutout of singer Yang Joon-il (and then apologizes to it, LOL), then calls Geon-woo and orders him to bring her purse outside. While he’s gone, Hae-kyung asks No-eul not to do this and walks away, but she grumbles petulantly to herself, “You will eventually do it.”

EPISODE 14

When Hae-kyung steps outside, Do-hee ducks behind the cutout again and makes a very conspicuous escape. Hae-kyung starts to follow her, but Geon-woo stops him because clearly that’s Yang Joon-il, not PD Woo, hee.

Do-hee walks home, barely noticing anything around her, while Geon-woo explains the situation to Hae-kyung. He says that PD Woo is still pushing the show despite No-eul’s scandal, and despite her original show being canceled because she couldn’t cast Hae-kyung. He tells Hae-kyung that he could help both PD Woo and No-eul by agreeing to be on the show.

Hae-kyung says that No-eul only wants him back because she wants to return to her former glorious self. But he believes that it’s bad for her to be so hung up on the past and that she needs to overcome her obstacles herself. He tells Geon-woo to stop getting in the middle and just be a friend to No-eul.

While Do-hee meditates, she goes over what she knows: Kim Hae-kyung and Jin No-eul used to be together. No-eul still has feelings for Hae-kyung, but Hae-kyung doesn’t seem to return her feelings. She tells herself that their relationship is simple, then whines that hers is too complicated.

She tells herself to focus on work, but she has to turn Penguin to the wall and put away Lee Moon-jung’s book to concentrate. Even then, she can’t stop thinking about Hae-kyung putting out the fire on her clothes and the two of them tumbling to the ground together, or the effortlessly swoony way he rescued her from Jae-hyuk later that night.

The next day, she’s still distracted as her team films a mukbang, so Ah-young pulls her aside to talk. Do-hee claims she’s just tired from working all night, but Ah-young growls that she knows her better than that. Ah-young is also worried about Ajusshi, since she hasn’t seen him in a while, and Do-hee realizes that she hasn’t, either.

Do-hee and the team listen to the radio while working, and the DJ quotes Lee Moon-jung’s book: “Just like love is about timing, breaking up is about timing as well… There are lovers who have to leave each other despite their love, and there are lovers who have to love each other even though they have to break up.”

Her words get to Do-hee, who finally texts Hae-kyung and asks him to meet. He asks if she means dinner, but she says no, she has something to say to him. Hae-kyung is trying a little too hard not to seem nervous when he arrives, but he drops the pretense when he sees Do-hee’s expression.

She tells him that she wanted to say this in person, then asks to stop being dinner mates. Hae-kyung asks why, so she says that she wasn’t herself when they met in Jeju (Hae-kyung: “I’m the one who had the head injury…”) and that he was there whenever something ridiculous happened, so she thought he was special.

But she says there’s nothing special about him — he’s just a stranger. Hae-kyung says that’s no reason they have to stop being dinner mates, but Do-hee counters that she sees no future for them and doesn’t want to waste her time anymore. She thanks him for everything, and leaves.

On her way home, Do-hee finds Ah-young sitting at the convenience store hoping to see Ajusshi. She asks if Ah-young likes him and Ah-young vehemently denies it, but Do-hee says that she should since he seems like a nice person. Ah-young snaps that you shouldn’t like someone just because they’re nice, then she’s horrified when Do-hee ducks her head and starts to cry.

Several bottles of soju into her sulk, Do-hee finally tells Ah-young that the man she’s been having dinner with is Kim Hae-kyung. Ah-young assumes he found out who Do-hee is and was mean, and she’s ready to go fight him, but Do-hee wails that he doesn’t know who she is.

She sobs that all they did was eat together, but that it was somehow more than that. Ah-young guesses that Do-hee likes him, and Do-hee sniffs that she doesn’t want to. All Ah-young can do is just hug her.

While Ah-young is walking home, she notices someone following her, so she takes off her shoe and wings it at their head. Awww, it’s just Ajusshi, who she didn’t recognize with his haircut. He picks up her shoe and puts it back on her foot (EEEE, that makes Ah-young so happy!), and she snaps at him to walk by her side if he thinks she’s scared. They’re so cute!!

After a long night of brooding, Do-hee gets a supportive text from Ah-young saying that there are lots of other men in the world. She replies that she doesn’t need men, then deletes all of her texts with Hae-kyung. When Hae-kyung tries to send her a message later, he sees that the conversation has been closed.

At the wedding (ha, Ryu Ji-kwang cameos as the MC), a friend tells Do-hee and Jae-hyuk that they look good together, and Do-hee fires back, “I look good by myself.” She declines an invitation to go out for drinks with all their old friends afterward, and she’s surprised when Ryu Ji-kwang approaches her to ask her out to dinner.

She thinks to herself, “It’s dinner again. This time, I know the man’s face, name, and even profession.” She recalls another time that Ah-young told her there are lots of men in the world — when Jae-hyuk disappeared. She’d been devastated, but she’d thought that it didn’t matter who many men there are when she only wanted to be with Jae-hyuk.

People had said it again when she caught Young-dong cheating, and then she’d thought that none of the men in the world are trustworthy. But then she met Hae-kyung, who knew nothing about her but saved her life, listened to her, and ate with her. She thinks, “It never started, but it ended already. Maybe I can move on if I try hard. Maybe it will be nothing if I pretend it is.”

She waits at the bus stop, but decides to walk instead. When she arrives at her building, Hae-kyung is standing across the street, looking directly at her. As he walks towards her, Do-hee thinks, “That’s when I realized that your efforts to deceive your heart come to nothing when you truly like someone.”

Hae-kyung offers Do-hee his business card and she takes it. He tells her, “My name is Kim Hae-kyung. From now on, when you want to reach me, contact this number.”

 
COMMENTS

What I love most about Do-hee and Hae-kyung’s relationship is that, by keeping things anonymous and on a dinner-mates-only level, they’ve actually gotten to know one another better than if they’d started out with more conventional dating patterns. The point was to keep things on a surface, impersonal level, but that’s backfired on them big-time. Not even knowing each other’s names has given them a false sense of security to share a lot of very personal information, kind of like posting online behind a handle. They don’t know any of the stuff that newly dating couples usually talk about right up front, like names, family, careers, etc, but what’s happened is that by taking all of the usual topics off the table, all there is left to talk about is the really personal stuff.

I’ll admit that I’m not exactly sure why learning Hae-kyung’s identity caused Do-hee to just break things off, because nothing he said or did when they were exchanging emails was any worse than what she said or did. They were both pretty horrible to each other, and Do-hee’s career hasn’t suffered from his refusal to be on her show. But now, Hae-kyung has told Do-hee his name (and his profession, by giving her his card), without knowing that she’s already figured out who he is. At first I thought he was changing the rules and wants a real relationship, but on further reflection, he told her to contact him at his business number, so I’m scared that he’s saying that she needs therapy. Whichever it is, neither one bodes well for the immediate future — there’s going to be a lot of downside to knowing each other’s identity, and I’m not looking forward to the loss of the (hopefully temporary) closeness they’ve fostered through their anonymity.

As for the exes, I’m no closer to understanding them than I was before. I do think that Hae-kyung is onto something with his theory that No-eul only wants him back because she’s stuck in the past, though I didn’t see any evidence that she was suffering personally or professionally until well after she approached him. Her whole way of thinking makes no sense to me, at all. I did, however, appreciate seeing her interacting with Do-hee, because it showed that she can be nice and friendly… except that it also makes it harder to understand why she’s sometimes haughty and self-entitled, because she doesn’t have to be.

As for Jae-hyuk, he lost any benefit of the doubt from me when he grabbed Do-hee and hurt her, and the way he got really aggressive with Hae-kyung incredibly fast. Even Ajusshi’s memories of Jae-hyuk seem violent. It makes me wonder what he’s hiding… like maybe a problem with a violent temper? If so, he was able to hide it for years when he was with Do-hee, but then it’s easy for someone like that to hide a dark side when everything is going their way. I think that we’re seeing Jae-hyuk’s true self now that he’s not easily getting what he wants from Do-hee. I’m starting to think that when he said he was “going abroad,” he was actually in jail (he may have been calling his parole officer that one time), which would explain why it happened so suddenly and why he wasn’t able to contact Do-hee in all this time. Regardless, I don’t think it was anything so innocent as going away to study, and that Jae-hyuk might be more than just annoying… he might be dangerous.

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Thanks for the recap. I would like to say i appreciate this drama showing the hard wrist grabs can cause bruising. I also appreciate that our handsome Hae Kyung has never done so.

Also I squealed was across the street, I cheered when he looked both ways before crossing, and I screamed when he introduced himself. The man is hitting all the marks.

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Yes! Hae Kyung is a gentleman. That's what's so swoon worthy to me.

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I would never thought that people crossing the road would make me so nervous. I think it's the most nerve wracking thing in Kdrama.

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I also squeed when he looked both ways to cross the street. First time ever in Dramaland. We should cherish this moment forever.

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Hahaha I was waiting for the car of doom

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When he looked both ways before he crossed the road. I tried to remember how many kdrama leads who have really done that and I didnt come up with any at the top of my head. But HK was really praiseworthy in the entirety of that last scene, from the moment he saw DH and carefully crossed that road to reach DH. We can also tell that DH was slowly falling more inlove at that moment as well.

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I don't think I've ever seen it, so if you happen to remember let me know, lol. It is why I cheered when I saw it.

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None from what i know. ToD would usually show up suddenly and I'd be wailing at my tv screen at the irresponsibility of the character when crossing the road. 😆

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I suspect every Beanie did. Imagine explaining to a non-kdrama fan why you're cheering for a character looking before crossing the street:

Why am I cheering? Because it never happens. Never, ever, ever! You know what does happen? Trucks. of. Doom!

I rewatched the ending scene more than a few times. I rewatched for the traffic check. I rewatched for the breathtaking view of a beautiful man walking towards a beautiful woman. And I especially rewatched for Hae-kyung opening opening his heart a little more to the woman he doesn't want to lose from his life.

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This was beautifully stated.

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❤ to this!

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Hahaha I’m not even watching the show and I sqee’d just READING that he looked both ways before crossing the street 🤣

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Thanks for the recap and comments. As always, it helped me get some details I didn't get while watching, like when HaeKyung said NoEul had been his only relationship. It can explain why he worked so hard on trying to keep it, even when she was treating him really bad.

I also don't really understand why DoHee doesn't want HaeKyung to know who she is. Of course they were mean to each other with their emails, but she knows him a little by now, I wouldn't think he would be mad at her, but even would find it funny that they are getting along so well when they started so bad. But I guess this situation won't last long.

Regarding the exes, and while I think NoEul is harmless (she's even trying to be friends with DoHee... it's a shame the actress can't act and we can see some character development here), JaeHyeok is another thing. The man is really creepy and dangerous. A lot. He's almost maniac. While watching this episode I changed my theory; he's not been in jail but in a psychiatric hospital. Or maybe he was in the psychiatric hospital because he committed some crime. But the way he behaves... he's insane. He's a stalker and he's obsessed with DoHee.

Finally, I really like DoHee and how firmly she reacts every time JaeHyeok tries to impose his presence on her: on the phone, at her doorway, at the wedding. She's never ambiguous: she's clear, not only with her words, but with her attitude and her whole body language. A sane person would have read the signs. But JaeHyeok is not sane, and I'm afraid he's going to prove us very soon how mad he is.

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Also, I nearly died laughing when DoHee was hiding behind the cardboard.

And my heart skipped a bite when I watched HaeKyung crossed the street, specially knowing he had been waiting for DoHee. I just can't understand how she managed to stand still. I would have fallen down.

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I really like that last scene. So symbolic of HK going out of his way to cross that "proverbial line" and give his personal info to Do Hee.

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Yes, I agree with you about LollyPip's recap and comments helps me catch some details and word meanings. I love that LollyPip noted Hae-kyung saying "Some people might think you're the doctor" I totally missed that but made me note how much he appreciate and hears Do-Hee's words. Sweet!

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Amidst a lot of thoughts I really liked their camp talk. Just seeing how HK was trying not to prive into her thoughts too much but at the same time saying he was curious and open to hearing them. I'm thoroughly enjoying the dynamics in their relationship and agree that having them start off as nameless dinner mates set up a very unique yet strong foundation for their future relationship, whatever it may be.

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Do-hee's reaction aboout Hae-kyung's identity was disapointing, it looked like it was a new person. The way she tried to stop things was pretty hurtful.

I was happy that Hae-kyung gave her his name. I think he always stayed one step behind her regarding the way they were sharing personnal stories. I'm pretty sure that his mum is the reason he can't fully open himself to others. It was really a big step for him.

Jae-hyuk became really scary in this episode. The way he was waiting for her, he grabbed her, etc. He doesn't take no for an answer and she must work with him...

The Ajusshi is still a mystery.

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Regarding DH reaction to HK. I think she got scared opening her heart to him after finding out his identity. Even before that we can see she was wanting to end their dinners as she starting to fall for him. It is like she can´t betray herself anymore after finding out who he is. She can not say they are just dinner friends anymore. I think she is scared getting hurt again after her two prior relationship fails. So I think it is her defense mechanism wanting to shut HK out of her life. To me I understand her, but hope she can brave after all.

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I agree. Its a defense mechanism and fear of rejection knowing who his ex was. Also their shared history.

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I agree. At first I was also taken aback with her reaction but then I realized Do Hee had already started falling for him. Yet in her perspective Hae Kyung just saw her as a dinner mate. He was able to refrain from stepping over their rules or at least he was better at not betraying his increasing intrest in her. As viewers we know he liked her because of how giggly and relaxed he is around her. Do Hee doesn't. Ah and here (I suppose) a downfall of their dinner mate relationship. She doesn't know how he is on a daily basis so she wouldn't be able to tell if he acts differently around her or not. I definitely think it has a lot to do with apprehensive and feeling she's the only one interested in being more than dinner mates. I liked how @jillian phrased it, it's a defense mechanism.

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I agree. Also, I am thinking that after her messy break up with Young Dong and the sudden rather unwelcome re-appearance of Jae Hyuk, Do Hee just didn't want another relationship. She might have felt that she could break things off easily with Hae Kyung since he doesn't know her name (yet).

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Yes, exactly. I'm kinda even little baffled by viewer's confusion about this because Do-hee ending things does not come out of nowhere; she has veered into this direction for some time now and has VERY clearly been in pain due to her liking him way more than she thinks he likes her. So she put a stop to it before she falls even harder, which makes perfect sense to me. I mean yes it's a defense mechanism and she's scared but considering that she was quite recently dumped AND cheated on plus her jerk ex is hanging around reminding her of another painful break-up, it's pretty much expected she'd react this way.

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I am trying to understand Do Hee's withdrawal. I think it has a lot to do with knowing No Eul personally. When she first saw her, she was star struck and immediately knew that she is meeting with her Dinner Mate. HK and NE have mentioned the other separately so DH has a good grasp of their personal history. It is possible that it is not her behavior with the psychiatrist HK that triggered DH's reaction but hee kbowledge of HK and NE shared history which lasted years.

It appears that Jae Hyuk has not shown his true colors to Do Hee at all. There was something that Ah Yeong said that ticked him off last time. He may have been in Korea all along and the jail time is a possibility given his violent tendency. Also ahjusshi's reaction when he saw him is highly suspect. There is also the convo between him and Geon-woo. It was a few episodes back when GW said that he is scared to meet the family that they share. So all those point that JH is hiding something from everyone.

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Aside from jail time, I am guessing that he may have been confined in a mental institution. I'm curious to know though what may have triggered said confinement and why he kept it from Do Hee considering that she is his first love and that they were about to get married.

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Thank you for the recap! I can't say enough about how much I am enjoying this show. Except of course for the exes. No-eul is essentially nothing to think about - but Jae-hyuk is a completely different story. Somehow I think he will be the catalyst to bring Do-hee around to accepting Hae-kyung back into her life. He is already in her heart, but I think she is probably overwhelmed about all the things she said before the big reveal.

Ahjussi and Ah-young are so much fun!

I think we all gasped in fear when Hae-kyung started walking across the street. To be honest I replayed it and he only looked in one direction (so maybe it was a one-way street?) but years of drama watching have certainly conditioned me to fear anyone walking across the street in kdramas.

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Thank you for the recap!

Well, I didn't really understand why she had to "break up" their dinner dates as well. Somehow I got the idea that she thought this would be better for everyone, Hae Kyung, Noe Eul, her work... and on that note trying to get some distance while she realizes she is developing a lot more feelings than she wants. Or maybe she doesn't want to be the "cheating" third party and tried to protect No Euls feelings as a "good Unni"? Hmm. No, it is all not making a lot of sense to me.

On the other hand, speaking of "I lit a fire" - that scene at the end. Wow. These encounters and the way their off-the-charts chemistry is palpable through the screen don't fail to amaze me.

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This show always have swoon worthy cliffhangers! 😍

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I particularly liked Hae Kyung's big contented sigh at the end of the camping scene when the camera panned to the camping scenery. Thought that was great. Says it all really - camping at a gorgeous campsite (snakes notwithstanding) with the person you're completely comfortable with next you. What more does he need.

And the ending! Gosh Hae Kyung has the best lines in rom-com dramaland. I crumpled up and melted straight on the spot. It's been a week and i'm -still- recovering from that introduction.

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Regarding Hae-kyung's sigh, I've noticed how SSH uses breath to convey HK's various states of mind. Disappointment, amusement, anger (especially when his ex surprised him as a fake patient), exasperation, contentedness, excitement—all expressed with different inhalations and exhalations through his mouth or nose. (He also seems to only laugh with Do-hee.)

This is a very thoughtful way to portray a man who's generally even-keeled but not immune to strong feelings.

One of my favorite moments of HK breathing is the scene where they part after their rooftop/stew restaurant date (Ep. 5/6, 22:15). He exhales and watches, and watches and watches as she walks away. *swoon*

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Interesting observation @tsutsuloo. Now this means I have to go back and rewatch those episodes and see what you mean.
It's tough, but I think I can manage to watch him breathe again and again.

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What's going on with Do-hee? Can't believe she remembered his words about being left and abandoned, and she did the same thing to him. That is just so wrong. Especially after she said next time could be different T_T Am confused why she feels she has to stop seeing him, she knew well enough he doesn't want No-eul back, no matter how much she wants him back.

The 15 mins self-inflicted angst feels like forever, altho I held on because I have a feeling the ending will be the trademark meet, thank goodness it happened. Show set quite a record for keeping the OTP names from each other up to episode 7 ><

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Absolutely loving Geun-woo being such a good friend. I hope he received as much love as he is giving, he deserves it! LOL at his spot-on comment about Hae-kyung's occupational hazard.

Ajusshi sure cleans up good, will be waiting to uncover who he is to Hae-kyung, could they be blood-related? Cracked up at Byung-jin putting Hae-kyung on repeat mode ><

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Yes I dont understand Do-Hee's reaction as well. They've always had open communication between them so no idea why she'd clam up like that and treat him so cruelly.

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At first I was anticipating this big, melodramatic reveal of the leads' identities to each other and their shocked reactions and all sorts of dramatic angst thereafter, but this drama didn't go down that route (a pleasant surprise!). I actually really like the understated way in which Do-hee found out Hae-kyung's identity. A casual meal with a friend (or work partner), and happening to just catch a glimpse of Hae-kyung's and No-eul's picture together as No-eul's phone background.

And all this leading up to

Contrary to some opinions here, I actually thought Do-hee's desire to end the dinner mates arrangement was perfectly logical and understandable from her point of view. I don't think it was her being afraid of him finding out that she's the PD who exchanged those emails with him, I think it was more of the fact that she was falling for him, but now finding out that the painful first love which still haunts him (and she doesn't know the nature of his current feelings about his first love still...) is No-eul and that he may not reciprocate her feelings. So she wanted to put an end to her own feelings, for herself.

And the build-up of emotions and scenes towards that last ending scene was just so well-done. I never knew that someone introducing himself and giving out his business card could be such a swoonworthy and emotionally-layered act! I think in this regard, he was just crossing that boundary to change the dynamics of their relationships in response to what Do-hee specifically said when ending the dinner mates arrangement -- that they are really just strangers who don't know each other and so there is no point wasting each other's time on a relationship like that which does not have a future -- not that he means to imply that she needs therapy and she can look for him.

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I agree. I understood why DH wanted to end the relationship—-more than her feelings, I think it was a matter of pride and wanting to spare HK the knowledge that a woman who had so upset/agitated him via e-mail was the same woman he had been sharing his meals with, given all the unpleasant things she had said to him, especially since she was starting to feel like they were genuine friends and falling for him. I also think it wasn’t a therapy thing, more of, it’s his only phone number? I don’t think he’d give the clinic number for her to schedule their dinners. Ah I love the ridiculously strong chemistry of this couple, and I swooned and screamed when HK gave his business card. I also may or may not have rewatched that scene at least 10 times already 🙈

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I agree with you about Do Hee ending the Dinner Mate arrangement. I think that she wasn't afraid of him finding out who she was but rather her working with his first love and that complicating tings between them

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my theory for finding out why Do Hee did what she did is that it wasn't that she was afraid of him finding out who she is but rather the fact that him being No Eul's ex has complicated matters for her. She knew that he was dealing with an ex, one who still wants him back. She then realises that she is working with the said ex along with her ex. She couldn't meet Hae Kyung and have dinner with him the way she did before after knowing this. She doesn't even know that he has romantic feelings for her so she can't just go up to him and reveal her identity. That would really complicate matters. Given the fact that she was cheated on in her last relationship, it makes sense that she would not start a relationship with someone whose ex is just around the corner and is chasing him. Her ending the arrangement with Hae Kyung is more of an act of self preservation. She just wants to stop herself before she gets hurt.
Hae Kyung is such a gem of a person that my heart hurts for him whenever No Eul starts hurting him. I kinda agree with him when he says that she wants to get back together with him because she wants to go back to a time when she had everything.
JaeHyuk is a jerk now. I never knew that wrist grabs can result in bruising. His intrusion of Do Hee's space is actually dangerous. I loved that Hae Kyung waited in his car and came out only when he saw that JaeHyuk was getting violent. It just speaks volumes about his character

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Reading all the other opinions has let me glimpse what might have been in Do-hee's head when she decided to cut Hae-kyung off. I always see her as so gutsy, I didn't consider how deep she is traumatised with past relationships.
Still think Hae-kyung deserves better than that abrupt goodbye tho... I mean, he was worried enough to conjure up all those accident/kidnapping/fire scenarios, LOL.

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Thanks for the recap, @lollypip!

If there are "friends with benefits," our leads are "friends with boundaries." And these boundaries are starting to blur, which is probably why Doo-hee is becoming gun-shy. She's just recovered from one disastrous relationship, is being forced to deal with an old flame. Her nameless Dinner Mate was her "safe space" all this time, so it's understandable she can't handle losing him no matter how much she's drawn to him.

What I really like about this episode is the contrast between Jae-Hyeok and Hae-kyung. Jae-Hyeok is bulldozing his way back into Doo-hee's life, but continues to disregard Doo-hee's needs. Hae-kyung, on the other hand, moves closer in increments, providing those small considerations that shows he's taking care of her - getting her a blanket, giving her the space she needs not just to answer an unwanted phone call, but also to compose herself. He's now moved up to physically defend her against potential danger and assault. All the while keeping that distance that he and Doo-hee had agreed upon.

No wonder Doo-hee has to put up more barriers, as she barely has any more against Hae-kyung. Her last line of defense is that she is supposed to dislike "the asshole Kim Hae-kyung" and that No-eul is his ex-girlfriend who wants him back.

The only thing that's making me cringe in this series is the running gag of Park Jin-kyu as the smelly colleague. He's not getting much character development, nor is he doing anything else. Even No-eul is gets to do something beyond crossing her arms and blandly delivering lines.

On the other hand, Jae-Hyeok is really creeping me out. He's now going beyond just stalking to physical assault towards something he couldn't have. We get something more about his possible connection with our mysterious Ahjussi in the next episode.

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If there are "friends with benefits," our leads are "friends with boundaries." And these boundaries are starting to blur

Resistance is futile. They were breaking their rules the moment they set them. 😆

Oof, I have to agree regarding Park Jin-kyu. His characterization feels retrograde. Our shtinky, burping, sneezing, pizza-sniffing producer should go back to the '80s movie he was dredged from. I'll appreciate any modicum of talent or professionalism. Yeesh.

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I think Do Hee didn't want Hae Kyung to know her identity because she didn't want him to have a bad opinion of her. Maybe she wanted to preserve the image of he that he developped through their dinners and was afraid that he'd despise her if he found out she was the woman who cursed him out.

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I'm not blind to Song Seung-heon's charms. He's goddamn gorgeous with a lovely voice to boot. I might be projecting my Big Girl crush on Seo Ji-hye but I honestly feel like being paired with SJY has enhanced his charms ten-fold. With her beauty, height and mellifluous voice, she can do regal and imperious in her sleep. So, how the hell did Director-nim fathom she'd have the chops to do comedy?

I can't list my favorite Do-hee moments because @lollypip's already recapped the show! If I had to pick a moment that didn't involve her telling off her horrid ex or falling deeper in love, I choose her escape from the restaurant—behind the cardboard cutout!

I've thought of Do-hee as a screwball FL from the beginning. She's got the piquant blend of brains, beauty, goofiness and confidence that made those leading ladies so compelling. The absurdity her fleeing behind cardboard Yang Joon-il brings to mind one of the best keep-my-dignity-intact escape scenes of all time. The Torn Dress scene with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby is all at once absurd, sexy and physically impressive. (Fandango YouTube clip | Dir. Howard Hawk, 1938.)

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@tsutsuloo Watch Seo Ji-Hye in Black Night and even in Crash Landing on You, and she definitely has the chops for both comedy and drama. Even when she's being imperious, her comedic timing is flawless!

I thoroughly enjoy the wacky ways that Do-hee and Hae-Kyung have *somehow* dodged formally meeting each other and that cardboard cutout escape takes the cake for hilarity. :D

I also love that Do-hee is no damsel in distress, she can literally kick ass if called for, but at the same time, she has a sweet vulnerability which allows Hae-kyung the opportunity to be her hero.

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Good point about SJH having comic moments in CLOY. I've put Black Night on my watch list!

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I love that we all accepted a "cameo" by a Yang Joon-il cardboard cut-out... the cameo took zero hours out of the performer, yet had two scenes in a location shoot (inside and then outside the restaurant), AND was essential to the scene the cameo was written into. Bravo cardboard cut-out of Yang Joon-il. Best cameo to date!

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