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Will You Have Dinner With Me: Episodes 17-18

As everyone occupies the same workspace now, they’re going to be seeing each other more frequently whether they like it or not. Our hero is forced to confront his most resentful feelings head-on now that time is running out.

 
EPISODE 17 RECAP

“I like you, Woo Do-hee,” Hae-kyung bravely declares. He gazes into her eyes for a long beat then gently lifts her hand to check on her wound. Do-hee nervously blinks that she’s okay and for the first time in a while, Hae-kyung asks her to dinner.

The team worries that the two are duking it out on the roof so Jin-kyu and Jung-hwan prepare to go intervene, but Ah-young orders them to let them fight. Our leads however, are actually long gone and are already digging into their pasta.

Do-hee ambiguously answers that she neither hates or loves their situation and explains that it’s because she’s unsure of heself. Hae-kyung stops eating and asks her to elaborate.

She thinks back to the times she’s been hurt: Young-dong betraying her for the flight attendant on Jeju, and discovering that Jae-hyuk changed his number after simply texting her, “Let’s stop meeting.

Since there are no secrets between them and Hae-kyung has seen her at her lowest points, Do-hee claims that they won’t end well either. He’s not so convinced; they haven’t even started yet. Do-hee firmly says, “My answer is no,” but is surprised that Hae-kyung just coolly accepts it.

“Why did you give up right away?” Pfft, I love how her curiousity always prevails even when she’s supposed to be sad and serious. Hae-kyung hasn’t given up, he just understands her answer – she’s not giving them a chance to start, but she isn’t rejecting him as a person.


Do-hee’s not sure how she never noticed that he was a psychiatrist with his acute observations and Hae-kyung cheekily says, “I’m a competent psychiatrist, so you have to accept me.” She insists that she’s still a “no,” but Hae-kyung was actually talking about the show.

He agrees that there may be many others that she could cast, but there’s only one Kim Hae-kyung. She’s awed by his self-confidence and Hae-kyung admits that it’s just an excuse to stay by her side until she becomes a “yes.”

Hae-kyung notices that her bandage is falling off, so he reaches over the table to hold her hand, replacing it with a cute bear-patterned one. He gives her the entire box of bandages and ugh, you can tell that he’s so unabashedly in love by the way he beams at her.

At home, Do-hee smiles to herself while looking at the bandage and asks Penguin, “What should I do?” Hae-kyung tosses and turns in bed and winds up watching Do-hee’s show (with the drunk host) that he previously looked down on. He now finds it amusing and laughs the night away.

No-eul posts a picture on her social media, promising that she’ll get better soon. Fans flood her comments with compliments and get-well-soons. While some ask about the debt scandal, others defend her – it’s not her fault for having a bad mother.

It reminds No-eul of a time when she met up with Writer Lee Moon-jung to ask why she hates her. Writer Lee sternly said that she knew No-eul would leave Hae-kyung because she’s like her – they only think of themselves. Before being dismissed, No-eul noticed that she was reading cancer survivor books. The next day, Writer Lee experiences excruciating pain in her abdomen.


Hae-kyung must be in a great mood because he surprises Byung-jin with a cup of iced coffee. He’s so pre-occupied with his phone that Byung-jin accurately guesses that he’s waiting for a call from the “friend” that he had samgyupsal with. No-eul drops by the clinic to tell Hae-kyung, “I think your mother is sick.” She leaves after suggesting him to give his mom a call.

When Do-hee arrives at work, Jin-kyu and Jung-hwan wait to hear the results of yesterday’s “fight,” but she abruptly gets called to Ah-young’s office. When Ah-young learns that Hae-kyung offered to be on their show, she tsks, “Are you making a show for ex-lovers?”

Do-hee doesn’t know what she wants to do so Ah-young gives her two warnings. First, from the CEO: “If you ruin the show because of your personal relationships, I’ll kill you.” The second’s as her friend: “I’ll kill you if you get hurt because of work.” She tells Do-hee to pick the one that’ll hurt less.

The friends spontaneously grab lunch at a tonkatsu place and film a vlog. Racing against the clock, they have ten minutes to finish their huge portions. They succeed, of course! Do-hee’s reminded of how she was unable to order the more expensive cheese tonkatsu back when she was dating Jae-hyuk, even though it was her favorite. He’d promised to treat her to better food in the future, feeling apologetic.

When they leave the restaurant, Jae-hyuk’s out front waiting for Do-hee. She agrees to accompany him to the hospital to get his stitches checked.

Also at the hospital is Writer Lee, who’s studying a book of homemade recipes. Hae-kyung learns that Mom was hospitalized and meets with her doctor, where he’s told that she has stage 4 stomach cancer. Although she can be operated on, it’s not looking good.

He’s conflicted about the news and goes to visit Mom. When he accuses her of not telling him earlier, Mom reminds Hae-kyung that she did ask him to accompany her to the hospital and had told him she was scared. She’s glad to see him riled up, since it means he’s worried about her.

Mom shows Hae-kyung the recipe book that she’s reading. Although she never understood before, she now knows why mothers always talk about food. She’s flipped through the recipes, but has come to the realization that she has no idea what her own son likes.

We see that when Hae-kyung was a child, he was forced to eat alone because Mom was too immersed in her own world, reading. She wants to cook him a meal after she’s discharged, and he says they can talk about it later. “It’s not too late,” he tells her. Both mother and son are emotional, and Hae-kyung breaks down into sobs outside the room.


While waiting for the bus, Jae-hyuk tries to convince Do-hee to have lunch or visit their old campus, just to keep her around longer. He tells her that because his mother fell ill, he wasn’t able to tell her anything back then. Do-hee accepts that he had to leave because of his situation, but makes it clear that nothing changes. “I’m over you.”

Jae-hyuk begs her not to say that. He tells Do-hee that back when he had nothing, Do-hee was the only thing keeping him alive. “I can make you happy now,” he promises. However, she’s unaffected and tells him that even when he had nothing, she was happy with him. “But now, I’m happy without you,” she says, telling him to let her go. She takes the bus alone, leaving him defeated.

Hae-kyung visits his father’s resting place with a bouquet and his mother’s new book. Back in high school, Dad was hospitalized and so weak that he barely ate any food. He’d mused that he missed the noodles that Mom would sometimes make, and told Hae-kyung not to hate her too much.

“She’ll regret not cooking those noodles for you,” Dad had told him, and apologized for not being able to fill her role in his life. In the present, Hae-kyung wonders how Dad knew. He chokes up and cries, “What should I do now that she regrets it?”


Keanu grins to see Ah-young strutting confidently towards him. She takes him to the mandoo restaurant where he looks at the dumplings with a sad expression. Keanu explains that his daughter loved mandoo and that they’d had similar tastes.

Noting the use of past tense, Ah-young apologizes and assumes that his family passed away, but it turns out that they just left him and moved far away. Ah-young asks why Keanu chooses to camp out by the convenience store, but doesn’t push any further when he simply replies that he’s waiting for someone.

Later, Keanu’s breaths quicken when he sees the news – a patient died overdosing on psychiatric drugs. It transports him back to when he was still a doctor. A journalist reported that a patient suffering from depression had committed suicide, poisoning himself with medication prescribed by his psychiatrist.

Keanu had dropped his coffee cup in shock. The family blamed the psychiatrist for overprescribing sleeping pills at the patient’s request, and the police barge in to take Keanu (his real name is Kim Hyun-ho) into custody. As we pan to the TV, we see that the reporter is Jae-hyuk.

Over drinks, Jae-hyuk tells Geon-woo that he suddenly left to study abroad to become a better person and return to his first love with more confidence. Geon-woo asks if he wasn’t confident after overcoming many hurdles to become a reporter, but Jae-hyuk changes the topic.

Geon-woo tells Jae-hyuk that he’s friends with both Hae-kyung and No-eul, and Jae-hyuk shares that for him, one’s a love rival and the other is his helper.

 
EPISODE 18 RECAP

On today’s episode of So-ra’s ASMR, the concept is to rub things on a bald guy’s head. It’s super strange but has the viewers hooked, although Do-hee’s not satisfied and wants to add more of that B Class factor. Naturally, a plunger gets involved and skyrockets them to 5 million hearts.

Hae-kyung meets with No-eul and thanks her for asking after his mother. When she’s told not to worry about these things anymore, No-eul insists that Mom likes her. Hae-kyung notifies No-eul that he’ll be joining the program and she’s not happy to learn that he’s doing it for Do-hee. “It’ll be uncomfortable, but I’ll only think about myself,” Hae-kyung tells her. No-eul huffs that she’ll do the same.

Do-hee’s team is elated to learn that Hae-kyung’s on board. She introduces her next project: “Have My Heart,” featuring the handsome and mysterious psychiatrist Kim Hae-kyung, and the young and pretty dating expert, Jin No-eul. A show about food and love.

Hae-kyung nervously clears his throat before taking a call from Do-hee. She’s equally nervous but professionally asks to schedule a meeting to discuss the shoot. He cancels the rest of his plans for the day.

Later, Do-hee apologizes to No-eul for not telling her earlier. She asks if the apology is regarding Hae-kyung joining the show, or if it’s because he likes Do-hee. No-eul claims to know everything about Hae-kyung and admits, “He’s attracted to you.”

Do-hee realizes that No-eul is the tragic first love so No-eul says, “Then do you also know that we didn’t break up because we hate each other?” She lets Do-hee know that she still loves Hae-kyung and is working towards forgiveness. Do-hee scoffs that she’s being too proud about hurting him and No-eul encourages Do-hee to be selfish and think about herself as well.


Byung-jin is absolutely confused by Hae-kyung’s decision to work with 2N Box after all the fuss he’d made. “Do you plan to get revenge on PD Woo?” he asks. Frustrated, Hae-kyung jabs Byung-jin in the chest and faults him for not telling him who Do-hee was. Poor guy can never catch a break!

Do-hee’s pacing around the entrance when Hae-kyung arrives, and she secretly smiles when he’s disappointed that she personally escorts all first-time guests. They run into Jae-hyuk at the elevator and he invites himself to the meeting.

Stuck between both guys, Do-hee quickly runs through the details: they’ll choose dishes according to a theme each week. They’ll share listener stories and it’ll mainly be about the psychoanalysis of food and love. She tries to wrap it up without making eye contact, but Hae-kyung suggest having a team dinner.

No-eul visits Writer Lee with a basket of roses. She tells her that she’s changed, and promises not to leave Hae-kyung again. No-eul asks for help, but Mom’s not in any position to do so. When No-eul leaves, she receives a call from Jae-hyuk notifying her of the dinner. With both of their love interests attending, “We have to go up to the ring to compete,” he tells her.

Ah-young struts her way to the convenience store, disappointed when Keanu isn’t there. She waits with canned coffee and offers him one when he joins her. Heh, he spits out his drink when she abruptly declares, “I want to date you.” He worries because she doesn’t know who he really is, and when she says that he’s a good person, he counters, “I’m not that great.”

Ah-young is confident in her judgment of his character, not caring about his past. It’s not like he’s a murderer…right? He meekly assures that he’s not, and she gives him 10 seconds (but more like 3, heh) to accept so he grabs onto her hand and they smile at each other. “You believe me, don’t you?” she asks.

Hah, the team ends up grabbing dinner at the samgyupsal place. Byung-jin was sent home early so he’s at the restaurant helping out, grumbling that Hae-kyung sure sounds like he’s having fun. No-eul surprises everyone with her arrival and jokingly asks Do-hee if she was trying to exclude her by not inviting her.

When the crew excitedly gushes about what a hit the show will be, No-eul brags that Hae-kyung’s the only one who can give medical advice and talk about food. So-ra boasts that it’s thanks to Do-hee’s ability to recruit such top talent.

Jae-hyuk ups the awkward tension when he criticizes that it’s not scientifically proven that food can relieve symptoms of depression. Hae-kyung agrees that food therapy is just that – a form of therapy – and not a medical prescription. “If it’s not a medical prescription, why do we need a doctor in our panel?” Jae-hyuk challenges.


Not one to lose, Hae-kyung retorts that if a factual medical program was the goal, he’d be the only panelist they needed. He jokes that he and Do-hee should start one together, but she mutters that it’d be too difficult to attract viewers. No-eul notes that Do-hee seems to prefer spontaneous and provocative things over scientifically proven ones. Tired of the back and forth banter, Do-hee “spontaneously” excuses herself for the restroom.

Geon-woo arrives, having been invited by Hae-kyung, so Jae-hyuk pulls him aside to talk. Jae-hyuk asks Geon-woo not to tell Do-hee that they’re cousins. He doesn’t understand how Do-hee still doesn’t know about the family or who Jae-hyuk’s father is despite dating for so many years.

Jae-hyuk says he couldn’t let Do-hee meet his mom, who wanted him to succeed and return to the family. “If mother and father knew I was dating a girl whose family background was not as impressive as Do-hee’s, they’d never understand me,” he explains. They’re shocked when Do-hee cuts in to ask, “Is that the reason why?”

Geon-woo heads inside first and Do-hee finally understands why Jae-hyuk seemed uncomfortable every time they talked about family. She can’t believe he lied about his mother being sick, and doesn’t know where the lies began. Jae-hyuk grabs her to yell that he couldn’t do anything back then, and he gets a very well deserved slap.

Do-hee wanders the street, completely lost in thought. When it starts to rain, she looks up at the sky feeling sad and defeated. From behind, Hae-kyung whips out his blazer to protect her from the rain. (It’s hilarious how he slides into frame ever so slowly, hee.)

Hae-kyung brings Do-hee to his clinic’s kitchen so that she can dry off, and offers her a hot drink to warm up with. He gets down to business and confidently prepares a dish, sending Do-hee many reassuring glances. She’s impressed by the dish and Hae-kyung explains that warm food not only gives you energy when you’re sick, but also calms your heart. He jokes, “If it’s cooked by a handsome man, it’s even more powerful,” earning a smile from Do-hee.

He reminds Do-hee of their rule: “You don’t need to tell me if you don’t want to, but you can if you want. Whatever it is.” He goes first, and opens up about his childhood. He was only 10 the first time he ever cooked for himself. Mom prioritized work over family and Dad got sick, so he was used to eating alone. He eventually learned how precious it is to eat with someone you love, but nothing tasted good after the relationship ended.

Hae-kyung was convinced that he’d never find anyone else and was resigned to start anything when to him, the ending was obvious. He looks at Do-hee with utmost sincerity and shares that he then became used to someone whose name he didn’t even know and began to enjoy spending time with her. He became hopeful and started to like her.

His feelings reach her and she tells Hae-kyung that she doesn’t know what she’s doing – the love she felt during her 20’s doesn’t even seem real anymore. Hae-kyung assures her, “I bet your love was real. Even if he didn’t see it, you loved him with all your heart.” It’s like how he liked Do-hee all the same, before and after he knew who she was. Hae-kyung gingerly wipes away her tears and Do-hee allows herself to rest her head on his shoulder and be comforted.

 
COMMENTS

I’d like everyone to know that I was a mess watching this episode. Everything Hae-kyung does just makes me swoon. I totally understand Do-hee’s hesitation towards jumping into another relationship though. It hasn’t been that long since she’s been hurt by Young-dong, and she’s constantly reminded of her past with Jae-hyuk these days. It’s gotta be hard to be confident enough to trust another person and allow herself to fall as hard as she always does in love. Her wounds are still fresh and she can’t love somebody when she’s so unsure of herself. In that last scene, Hae-kyung gives her the reassurance she needed to hear. Hae-kyung is witness to another one of her lowest points but this time, he’s courageous enough to show her his heart, and she’s allowing herself to lean on him for comfort and support. This is so huge for both of them, and it’s definitely a step in the right direction of their pending relationship.

I adore the fact that Hae-kyung is respectful of her “no,” and not being all aggressive about it. He knows that she just needs some time, so he sticks around and shows her through his actions that he cares and isn’t going anywhere. I think it’s super important that he’s not letting her instinctively withdraw from him completely, but is still giving her the space that she needs. There needs to be more male leads like this in dramaland! The two heal one another just by being in each other’s presence and give each other hope that they’ve otherwise lost.

I also can’t tell you how relieved I am that Keanu’s family wasn’t harmed, and have simply just left him. Still sad, but at least they’re alive! Ah-young’s such a boss and she and Ajusshi are just the greatest balance of weirdness. I could listen to them MWAHAHA at each other for days on end, heh. We aren’t any closer to understanding what happened that led to his current situation, but at least we’ve been kind of reassured that he didn’t kill anyone.

As much as I’m not a fan of Hae-kyung’s mom, I’m glad that he let himself cry it out and let her back into his life. Not so much for her sake, because I still don’t think she’s a great mother, but for his. He clearly longs for her but has been so hurt that he refuses to entertain the idea of interacting with her. He’s not even able to call her mom and strictly refers to her as Writer Lee Moon-jung. She was totally accurate in her observation that No-eul is exactly like her. That one comment she made about how she’s glad Hae-kyung is angry because it meant he was worried about her is something that I’d expect to come out of No-eul’s mouth. I wonder if their similarities are what Hae-kyung was trying to hold onto No-eul for? Since he’d already lost his mother, maybe he wanted to do anything in his power to make it work with No-eul. Regardless, I hope that he’s able to resolve some of his pent up feelings and that he and Mom can have an honest talk before it’s too late. His father was so sweet to him, so I’m glad Hae-kyung had at least one loving parent growing up.

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So Keanu's laughter reminds me of a certain someone whose wild maniacal laughter charmed the pants off me in Fated to Love You😘.

As for Hae Kyung, the man is for us, he is considerate, he cooks, and he is so nice to look at. What a combo.

I care nothing for No Eul, I'm just glad she is only a minor annoyance at this point. As for Jae Hyuk crazy behind, ughhgh.

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100% with you and @selena on Hae-kyung, he's one damn Jeju Swoony Halmoni ><

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Swoony Halmoni 😆

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Jang Hyuk! Yep he reminded me too of him.

Hae-kyung is just perfect. It was really NE loss for cheating on him. And she dare come crawling back laying claims when she forfeited that years ago.

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Hoorayy, they are having dinner together again! Loved how they just find their old rhythm back even with new awareness and lingering awkwardness...

Hae-kyung is crazy charming when he sets out to be so, it's so lovely seeing Do-hee being pursued in the right way! And he always, always know exactly what to say to comfort her; I think it's not just because of his profession, they shared the same pain and he understands the roots of her misery, they really do speak the same language.

Jae-hyuk's is cracking and it's going to get uglier when all his lies in out there. Since ajusshi said he didn't kill anybody, there's gotta be somethig fishy about what "Reporter" Jae-hyuk has reported. Is he even a real reporter..? Also, whoever it was that committed suicide, wonder if it has any ties to Ah-young almost homeless past, since show love these "destinies".

No-eul is getting even more pathetic by sucking up to Hae-kyung's mom, who's, like, got 0% influence over Hae-kyung, duh. But at least she got him to see his mom before it's too late. Mom is dying and still so proud of being selfish, ugh, am resenting her so much for making him reliving his days with dad. Go be selfish in a remote island!

Also finding So-ra ASMR (and the pluger) super weird but glad Do-hee has her on that awful team dinner. Love her much for being the best side-kick + wing(wo)man!

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Jae-hyuk has major issues. It did get me thinking at what level of involvement he has with Ahjusshi's downfall.

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As for what is shown, he was the reporter who "uncovered" the suicide of a patient, I guess that's how Keanu lost his license and his family left. Being as dangerous as JaeHyeok is, he even may have induced that guy to suicide, I wouldn't be surprised, maybe that's why he flied away to the US, because the investigation of the suicide and the malpractice was leading to him somehow... just a theory.

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I had the theory that Jae-Hyuk, desperate to get his big break as a reporter, hit our Ahjusshi with some fake journalism that destroyed that man's reputation and life.

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All plausible theories! Am thinking also that Jae-hyuk was targeting ajushhi on purpose because he wanted to eliminate the existence of his psychiatrist. He must have seen someone who could see beyond his lies as a threat. Which is how he sees Hae-kyung now, oh noes!

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I like this and I think you guys are on to something. He has shown that he will stop at nothing

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.. to get what he wants. JH is unscrupulous so he may have done those things to succeed.

(That video thing keep on popping up on the screen. 🤭 accidentally hit 'send' when i only want to close that video popup)

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I think one of the best parts of the show, besides Keanu and his maniacal laughter, is how Hae Kyung is such a respectable gentleman. As much as I love childhood/first loves/fated lovers, I absolutely love how adult this show is in terms of the relationships and the heartbreak.

I never thought I would be so happy to see Hae Kyung being such a gentleman and accepting Do Hee's rejection of his confession and just choosing to stay by her side and continuing their earlier relationship while still showing that he's in for the long haul and that he'd like more but only when she's ready too. I absolutely love the warm butterflies this show gives me when I see Do Hee and Ha Kyung on screen together!!!

Also it's a shame that the actress for No Eul is a poor cast when Lee Ji Hoon is doing such a great job as crazy Jae Hyuk!!!

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There are some deep rooted issues with Jae hyuk because at this point he needs to understand that his relationship with Do Hee has already sailed and is not turning around anytime soon. No Eul on the other hand at least acknowledges that Hae Kyung is in love with Do Hee so her advances are pretty useless but she’s still pretty relentless so she also needs to set her priorities straight. I honestly wish this show didn’t have any annoying characters and everyone can have their own little side story just like Keanu and his cute and hearty laugh, because that’s one show I could get behind wholeheartedly.

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The exes are getting more and more annoying and are adding very little to the story, specially NoEul.

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exactly! they are dampening this drama which i feel could shine a lot more without their meddlesome behaviour

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Agree. I appreciate that they serve an important role in getting our main couple together, and then as a foil in a sense to add some tension, but their antics (and lines, frankly) are getting a little repetitive. At this stage I'm just waiting for JH to go crazy and do something drastic (and probably scary/dangerous), but feels like now it's very much at the expense of us also getting to see our OTP develop.

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Just as much those two exes are annoying I do think they add something to the story. They are what made DH and HK bond in the start. They also made them realize what they really want in a relationship. Like with NH HK said he do not like to eat with another person witch he figured out was what he really want with DH. DH to know how an honest relationship is as HK share something he neve told anyone else (his mother being the author) So in a way they could compare what make this relationship different from the other. At least this is how I see it. :)

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Thanks for the recap, @selena!

Jeez! Hae-kyung is certainly setting the gold standard for the ideal man, isn't he? Strong and confident yet sweet and considerate, sharp and intelligent, yet quick to humour. He has understandably held on to deep-seated grudges, but bravely tries to forgive and heal old wounds. He isn't perfect, which makes him that much warmer and that much more attuned to Do-hee. I absolutely love how he would always initiate physical contact with Do-hee, but would always wait for Do-hee to close the gap between them. Instead of just taking her hand to check on her wound, he holds out his hand, and it's Do-hee who would shyly allow him to touch her. It's a very subtle gesture, but it's quite a respectful and considerate one. Do-hee has the option to step back or refuse him, and he gives her the space she needs when she does. Again, this is in sharp contrast to Jae-Hyuk who just grabs her or forces her into situations she's not comfortable with.

I'm also quite shocked at the lack of professionalism from Jae-Hyuk. He knows that the company has been chasing Dr. Kim Hae-kyung to feature on the show, and now that Hae-kyung has agreed, Jae-Hyuk starts playing armchair critic. It's nothing more than machismo and it's horribly rude, regardless if they're rivals. He's certainly not earning brownie points with Do-hee either.

And No-eul? Let's just say I'm waiting for those keys to the truck of doom so I can drive her off a cliff. 😤

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I until No-eul glided on screen, I've never seen so many prayers for a Truck of Doom! The dynamic between No-eul and Lee Moon-jung is beyond weird—both women have ice water in their veins—but it's a relief that HK's mom won't be manipulated.

I wonder if HK was also thinking of himself when he told Do-hee that at least her love for Jae-hyuk was true. Did he love No-eul in his own way even though he truly risk his heart? I think he did but I'm heartened by his realization that he can feel the difference of his feelings for Do-hee.

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Me too. It was refreshing to see a kdrama mom not on the side of the manipulative ex/second lead. I do want to see HK's mom interact longer with DH with NE around hovering to ruin it.

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Without NE**

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I like how HK's mom low-key burned No-eul when she referred to Do-hee as "my son's girlfriend." Hah! Mom may be just as selfish and manipulative as No-eul, but at the very least she seems to have her son's interest at heart, and she can see through the ex's saccharine facade.

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Hahah yes that is true. That is why I will give her a chance for redemption despite abandoning her family for her career.

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Also a Kdrama mom who has no direct influence on the choice of her son's girlfriend.

DH do not need to please the mom for some kind of approval.

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My guess is that Hae-kyong was also speaking of his own experience. He did love No-eul deeply, and worked hard to hold on to the relationship for eight years. He even tried to understand that No-eul is basically a public personality. Unfortunately, No-eul being the selfish idiot didn't appreciate how good she had it back then. No matter how No-eul keeps trying to guilt-trip him now into coming back, Hae-kyung has ceased blaming himself for that failed relationship, and is now advising Do-hee to do the same with her own past.

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I also thought that what Hae-kyung said to Do-hee are something he figured out from his own pain, and it was exactly what she needed to hear because they are kindred spirits. It's so lovely to see how his words comforted her.

Jae-hyuk & Do-hee, it's clear that they are doomed because of his lies and, well, he's a psychopath. Hae-kyung & No-eul tho, makes me wonder; out of those 8 years, how many were they truly in love and how many they spent just being together for the sake of not being alone...

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I've seen relationships like this IRL where either party (sometimes even both) holds on to the relationship long after the love and respect have disappeared, simply because of fear, pity or complacency. There's the saying "better the devil you know than the one you don't." Hae-kyung may have held on to No-eul, because at least he knows he's dealing with a selfish, cheating brat, rather than risk going into another relationship. He was left with no choice when No-eul actually broke up with him.

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I would like to see that ToD as well. Jae-hyuk better be with No Eul when that happens 🤣

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Totally! Liked it when these two have a scene with just the two of them coz I can FF safely ><

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Hahaha that is true

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I'm thinking we may fund raise that truck of doom and then make a raffle to see who will ride it!!

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That would be something! 😆😆😆

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Yes to this. Let's pray intensely for this to happen

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Also, YES! to everything you said about HK's respect for Do-hee's boundaries. Will wrist grabs eventually go extinct in dramaland? At the very least, will only bad guys be grabby and get *SSSSLAPPPPED* for it?

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They really need to stop with the wrist grabs. Its very annoying.

I agree that grabby bad guys get slapped everytime they wristgrab a woman.

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I've only watched a couple of Song Seung-Heon's dramas and films but I wonder if he's ever been this charming on screen. I feel like Seo Ji-hye is the magic sauce here—they're just so damn attractive together!

The man is symmetrical as f* but Hae-kyung is even sexier when Do-hee cracks him up. Throughout this whole series, she's the only one who's made him smile, chuckle and guffaw (most recently when he watched watch her B class comedy.) His second confession and supportive words to reframe her first romance were breathtakingly beautiful and reaffirming.

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I have seen him in other dramas and he is just different here. I seriously find him charming and attractive here unlike in other drama wherein he was just meh to me. His chemistry with SJH is magic. Maybe she does play a part or SSH just immersed himself fully into this role.

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Yup. I think SJH is doing wonders for him. The last time that I thought SSH had great chemistry with another actress was with Liu Yifei.

It is really nice to see this side of SJH. She's quirky, fun, adorable and magnetic as Do Hee. I thought she matched well with KJH in CLOY, but she also looks fantastic with SSH and even with LJH.

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The last time that I thought SSH had great chemistry with another actress was with Liu Yifei

Oh my... And those two were literally in love, right? 😍

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I've seen SSH in Summer Scent and Autumn in my Heart, and while I found him charming in both, along with good chemistry with Son Ye-jin and Song Hye-kyo, respectively, I do agree that he's different here and the connection SJH sizzles, instead of just being sweet. Perhaps because this is more rom-com than drama, he has the opportunity to flex humour, confidence and sex appeal, and he's obviously enjoying the role and his scenes with SJH.

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True the man sparkles here whenever he sees SJH. He makes you believe that he loves her.

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Wait, stahhhp! Am trying hard not to ship them in real life and you guys are not helping ><

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😆 its just an observation and admiration on the leads chemistry. They are actors so they are paid to make us believe. 😉😉😉

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I love love love this pairing! I've never watched SSH in anything but he is so dreamy and charming in this show that I went to watch the episode of him in I live Alone. Seems that he filmed it in a rental home when they were filming dinner mate in Jeju so it wasn't even his real home meh. And you know what, I totally agree SJH is the special sauce. Without her, he just seems significantly LESS sparkly and honestly, I was very bored during the episode (just a bunch of dudes playing games).

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Hurray for the slap Do Hee gave Jae Hyuk! It was so satisfying to see that. As for No eul and Mom, they are the most shamelessly selfish people I can remember from dramaland. Unfortunately, like Selena said it could be their similarity that subconsciously attracted HK to NE and made him stick with her for so long. I dont know how much clearer our OTP can be in rejecting their exes before those can leave them alone! After this week i’m fully onboard @eazal ‘s call for Truck of Doom to run down the exes.

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Am also dumfounded about the shamelessly selfish thing, it's really grating that selfishness is worn like a badge, ugh!

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I know right! As if saying you’re selfish can excuse your bad behaviour.

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I really felt for Hae-kyung on this episode. We are let in on his past growing up with both parents. And I really cried with him in that hospital hallway. I am glad that he had extended that olive branch to his mom. I think he wouldve been miserable if he had not done so since he has so much love to give. I always felt that he just needed the right person to love who will shower him the same amount of love back. It took him awhile to find that person in DH.

And that confession scene I absolutely adore. ❤ and the slow courtship as HK allows DH to lead is just perfect.

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So true about he has much love to give, he's essentially a very caring person! It makes what his mom did even worse for me tho, if she sincerely cares for him she wouldn't want to burden him with her illness. Maybe she can redeem herself by taking No-eul as her caretaker to somewhere very far...

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I think that scene of Do Hee with Jae Hyuk at the bus stop was done really well. Both SJH and LJH delivered in that scene. I really felt Do Hee's pain when she said that she was happy with him even when he had nothing back then and that she is happy now with him gone. I may have shed a tear or two in that scene.

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I was really heartbreaking. DoHee was even hurt when she said those words that are so true: I am happy without you. It took her a lot to say those hurtful words, but maybe it's the only way JH would LISTEN to what she's been saying ever since he came back in her life: I'm over you, so over.

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When Hae Kyung said, “If it’s cooked by a handsome man, it’s even more powerful" we all know he isn't lying. Lmao 😂

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I can't say enough times how much I like HaeKyung and the way he respects DoHee's space and listens to her, as totally opposite to what (crazy) JaeHyeok does.

I understand DoHee's concerns about jumping again into a relation. She's obviously attracted (who wouldn't be!!!!!) but she's also cautious. She's a mess right now, and she has to clear up both her heart and her head. We all know she'll accept HaeKyung, but that will be when she's sure enough.

What I love about our OTP is the how clearly every single time they tell their deaf exes that everything is over between them. Both DoHee and HaeKyung have told them multiple times, in a very firm and calmed way: "I'm over you" "I don't love you anymore". I'm even getting tired of this same old story. Someone please, recommend them a good ORL.

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ORL?

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OtorhinolaryngologIst.

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A ha! We call them ENTs in my part of the blue marble (Ears, Nose, and Throat). 😜

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Haha, in my part of the world it’s not. Learning new things every day 😂😂😂

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im soooo satisfied with that slap seriously Jaehyuk deserves it. i dont fucking care what was his condition back then. if he is in a relationship for 6 freaking years he should not have something to hide to Dohee (its a basic human relationship idk he is so low) now im afraid if he will destroy Haekyung's career like he did in the past with Keanu.

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HK and DH are amazing, but I don't know if I want them to be more than friends. All these 9 episodes they have shown us a HK that always will be there for DH, but I don't know if DH will always be there for him.
I think that their relationship has been focus most of the time in DH, so when episodes like this one seeing him crying alone and at the end comforting her, just makes me a little disappointed. The whole ep I was feeling bad for HK and I really wanted DH to find out that he wasn’t okay, hug him and make him smile, but it didn’t happen. I just want him to be in a relationship where he can find the same support that he gives.

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I think DH is already starting to show that kind of support to HK. She asked if she can go with him to visit his mother at the hospital. Unlike Hae-kyong, she had been in denial of her own feelings and my guess is that now that she is starting to accept HK, she will also start reciprocating as well.

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I look forward to seeing Do-hee bolster Hae-kyung as a fully committed loving partner.

Now that Hae-kyung has confessed, the second half of the drama is shifting to a more reciprocal, emotionally intimate relationship. He hasn't yet divulged the full weight of his troubles. Remember their rule?

You don't have to tell me if you don't want to, but you can tell me if you want to.

As you noted, he's been there at her lowest moments in the first half of the show. At least twice she's says something like "This should've been the worst day" (but it wasn't thanks to his being by her side.) It was harder for Do-hee to hide her pain because HK was literally there to witness much of it.

The fact that he was always there at her lowest points is initially what made him seem special. This fact is also a source of embarrassment to her. It made their relationship feel lopsided and Do-hee no longer wanted to reveal her secrets to a stranger.

They may know some of their secrets but they tend to keep a little for themselves. HK, for example, did not reveal that No-eul cheated on him. And when DH talked about doubting the veracity of her first love—did she throw away her twenties?—she didn’t explain how JK lied about his family.

Hae-kyung is actively repairing their imbalance and is now cautiously sharing his own heart ache. He was delighted when Do-hee asked to join him on his visit to the hospital but he has not revealed the full gravity of Lee Moon-jung's illness nor how he feels about it. Sharing the story of his lonely childhood was the another step in fully opening up to Do-hee.

Sharing your pain makes you vulnerable. No-eul knows his family history and it’s gross how she’s trying to exploit it for her own benefit. Do-hee is, of course, the antithesis of Hae-kyung’s mother and first love. Once Hae-kyung lets her in—and she witnesses his suffering—Do-hee will fully support him.

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Also, @enriquequierecagar, they can't just be friends. I'm already knitting their first child's baby trousseau.😉

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Hahahaha, Idk but this comment just makes me happy. Too cute.

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My guess is that Hae-kyung has been alone most of his life and usually keeps his emotions hidden, which is why No-eul's betrayal hit him hard. We only see him open up to Geun-woo and Byung-jin, so Do-hee with her bubbly, non-judgemental spirit was a lovely addition.

Hae-kyung also had his share of embarrassing moments that only Do-hee knows about (falling into the sea, suffering a concussion, the halmoni outfit). These may seem negligible compared to getting publicly dumped or harassed, but for a self-contained person, these are also scenarios he'd rather not have any witnesses to.

I like how our OTP is also adjusting to having this new person in their life, particularly Hae-kyung. I always smile whenever Do-hee snuggles against Penguin (jeez she can snuggle against the real deal if she wants to!)

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You're right @bluecouchpotato @tsutsuloo. Probably I'm getting ahead of the next episodes. I just felt really bad for HK this ep.
Let's see what's next!

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What a lovely episode. I like the analogy between his distant mother and his distant girlfriend of 8 years... makes me understand a little bit at least why he would spend all this time being in a toxic relationship with her.
My main objection would be the poor lighting in the hospital floor when Hae Kyung broke down in tears. Couldn't make out his pretty and sad features to my heart's content.
And one thing that goes through my mind every time they film ASMR clips is "How do they record the ASMR sounds with the whole crew in the room? Shouldn't it be a soundproof studio?"

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Can someone tell me what ASMR stands for? I can't figure it out.
And I'm with you about the crew in the same room with the sound on.....

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Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASMR

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@marylou - I would have NEVER figured that out on my own!

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The strange thing with ASMRs is that they're not supposed to appear "too professionallly made." The mic would be set up close to the subject and as long as the crew stay silent, it will be fine (there was this episode where So-ra was pissed off at Jin-kyu sneezing.) Some ASMR fans even like hearing the reactions from the crew.

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Oh, OK, so the crew makes sense then. I googled it myself some moons ago when Cardi B got into the ASMR business, didn't work for me, though. My meridian seems to have other preferences. I think Do Hees voice could work wonders in that department...

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I love love love HK and his courtship! That's true romance for me. He's so respectful and aware of DH's feelings. 😍

Also, when he told DH to change her bandage if it got loose or wet, for some reason I couldn't help thinking he was drawing an allusion to her past relationships.

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I was actually thinking that Hae-kyong was being a little territorial, which isn't a bad thing in small doses. 😉 The bright pattern on the bandage is hard to miss and is almost like a "sign" that *he* was the one who placed it there (or at least gave her the box) .

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I was like girl you know he offering more than a little box of bandages. That's right.. just slip all that goodness right into your pocket 😂😂

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Oh i had similar thoughts. the old bandage is JH - wet, yucky.. and the new one is HK - it’s bright n cheerful just like he’s bringing positivity to her life..i dont actually remember how DH n JH got hurt..memory not kept in storage 😬

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That nut rigged the light to fall during filming so he could "save" DH

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Oh right! Can’t believe i forgot that🤦🏻‍♀️

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How about the fact that Hae-kyung has a box of bandaids in the first place? I'm a mom and I don't carry bandaids with me. Should I be carrying bandaids? Heck, I've already got extra face masks and surgical tape ...

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Maybe he has them in his car? lol you know kdrama characters are always conveniently prepared. In his defense he may have them handy for his clients??

You remind me of my co-worker, she says her (mom) purse is an entire pharmacy. She literally has everything you may need!

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You don’t want open cuts or abrasions open for infection by, amongst other things, the corona virus. So it can be a good idea to carry some disinfectant wipes, salve, and bandaids. A box of bandaids seems a bit much, though...

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My theory would be that he packed them just for her... *hearteyes*

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I'd like to think he bought them especially when he knew he was coming to see Do-hee. He did notice about her cut and he thought about that when Geun-woo was telling him about Do-hee saving No-eul. In my imagination, he speeeeed past the yellow light... then made a swerve to a pharmacy ^^

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Well, I'm not a mom, but I do always carry a few bandages with me (paper cuts and the occasional high heels are an occupational hazard) 😁 Certainly not bear-patterned ones though.

Maybe Hae-kyung has a supply in his office, thanks to the reliable Byung-jin, and he grabbed the box knowing he would meet up with Do-hee.

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I thought it was a lowkey payback for the flowery halmoni outfit she made him wear in Jeju ><
His "please respect my preference" is cheeky!

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It is my most sincere hope that the halmoni shirt reappears before the end of the series. If Hae-kyung pairs it with one of his dark blazers, it will be quite handsome. Maybe he'll wear it as part of a grand gesture of undying love or a demonstration of how well Do-hee knows him. *fingers crossed*

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We know he'll still be pretty even in gunny sack, so *crossing fingers too*
And maybe he's secretly into pink things, there's that strawberry milk and now this bandage...

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The flowery shirt seemed a little too... erm... tight, but should be fine with a dark blazer. The vest and pants would be a bit of a stretch for his wardrobe, though.

I was actually hoping that HK brought Do-hee to *his* house and she ends up wearing the granny outfit as her own clothes got wet, but nah, the gentleman HK brought her to the clinic.

Anyway, I look forward to Do-hee discovering the whole ensemble still tucked away in his closet and HK tries to explain why. 😂

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I'm thinking Jae-hyuk set that doctor up and it had something to do with Do-hee. He said that he was a patient maybe the doctor was going to warn Do-hee about JK obsession and he had to get rid of him.

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I'm curious about the patient confidentiality rules in South Korea. When can a doctor warn someone that they're in danger? I get that there are rules but Keanu/Dr. Kim Hyun-ho is maddeningly circumspect! "He's dangerous and you should protect the ones you love. That's all I'll say!" ¡Qué?

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This is interesting. There are rather strict confidentiality, HIPAA, etc., rules and ethics we abide here in the US. But say for example a medical practice is made aware of a patient being in danger or abused. From my understanding it's in their duty to report it to the police or some type of authority. I assume there is a disclosure of the patient's wounds or symptoms. Perhaps there are some gray areas where the rules may be bent a little for the greater good. I'm just thinking aloud here; I've never been in a situation like this so I'm not sure what the process is. I wonder if would be a similar situation if the patient is the one who may be a danger to others. 🤔

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When Hae-kyung's mother commented that she's glad that he's angry at her, that was just so No-eul that I rolled my eyes so much. I'm not even sure that the fact that his mum realizes that she and No-eul are the same ppl is a redeeming factor, however slight. Zzzzzz.

But putting everything aside, I especially loved how Hae-kyung gave her space to figure her own feelings out, instead of insisting otherwise. Am looking forward to every episode of the leads' interactions!

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Personally I found this episode boring and non relatable. At a point I fast forwarded it. But the next episode turned out great though

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"I also can’t tell you how relieved I am that Keanu’s family wasn’t harmed, and have simply just left him."

I second! I felt bad for him but this was better than what I assumed.

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It was hard seeing Hae Kyung cry about his mom. No matter how angry he's been with her for so many years, it's obvious he doesn't hate her. I hope that he will get a chance to repair the relationship with her before the end of the show.

And I just need to add this, he is swoony and handsome even when weeping his eyes out.

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