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Will You Have Dinner With Me: Episodes 9-10

There’s nothing better than having a friend on your side when you’re having a hard time. Even a semi-contract friendship can be healthy, giving you someone to talk to with no judgment or consequences. But it can only work if feelings are kept out of it, and that’s where our “dinner mates” are starting to lose control over the situation.

 
EPISODE 9

Instead of meeting their exes at the steak restaurant, Do-hee and Hae-kyung wander around Noryangjin until they run into each other on the roof where they once shared rice bowls. Do-hee asks hesitantly if this is just a coincidence, but Hae-kyung replies, “No, it’s destiny.”

It sounds pretty swoony, until he clarifies that “destiny” refers to their both being confused by a first love who wants them back. Do-hee wilts a little, then she suggests they be “dinner mates.” Hae-kyung agrees, and even though they decided to just be friends moments ago, they both get shy when their high-five goes on a little long. This is so doomed to fail.

Meanwhile, Jae-hyuk realizes that Do-hee isn’t coming back. He runs into No-eul on his way out, and it’s obvious they’ve both been stood up. No-eul says that at least Jae-hyuk’s date came to the restaurant, which means she was at least considering reconciliation. She’s surprised that Jae-hyuk expected Do-hee to take him back so easily, but she also says that the fact that their exes can’t easily forgive them just means they care about them a lot (wow, those are some serious mental gymnastics).

Hae-kyung and Do-hee set up rules for their new dinner mate relationship, like only using text to contact each other, taking turns choosing what to eat, no lending or borrowing money, and no dating. That last is Hae-kyung’s idea, and Do-hee scoffs that she’s not interested anyway. Riiight. Hae-kyung adds that they shouldn’t share meals they don’t enjoy, and Do-hee suddenly remembers telling him how she had to force herself to enjoy meals with Young-dong.

Ah-young is at a restaurant enjoying a plate of mandoo when she spots the homeless ajusshi standing just outside the window. He’s watching a family laughing and being silly over their meal, and though he’s smiling, his eyes well up with tears. His expression saddens Ah-young, and she loses her appetite.

Do-hee and Hae-kyung are getting ready to part for the evening when Do-hee remembers that she left her phone and purse at the steak place, so Hae-kyung gives her a ride home. He asks why she went to the restaurant if she’s not interested in taking back Jae-hyuk. She says weakly that she just ended up there without realizing it, and Hae-kyung muses that our hearts are often a step behind our brains.

Ah-young gives the homeless ajusshi a takeaway order of mandoo, saying, “Hang in there. Good days are coming. I’ve been there, too.” Touched, he follows her. Ah-young gets scared and calls him a stalker, but Ajusshi claims that he’s following her because he’s scared of the dark alley. She warily lets him trail behind her, and by the time she gets to the 2N Box building, he’s gone.

Do-hee feels like she’s already broken their pact by letting Hae-kyung see where she lives, but he says he could probably hang around the neighborhood all day and never run into her. She heads into her building, and Hae-kyung notices that she dropped a gold ring in his car, but he decides to hang onto it for now.

Geon-woo is with a date when No-eul barges in and rudely tells his date to go because she needs to talk to Geon-woo. Then No-eul tells Geon-woo that that guy isn’t right for him because he didn’t reassure Geon-woo before leaving, and when Geon-woo tries to say that was her fault, she launches into her complaint about being stood up.

She sighs that she’s being too mean, but Geon-woo says she’s not mean to him… she’s mean to Hae-kyung. He says she got stood up once, but when she and Hae-kyung were dating, he got stood up numerous times. He points out that Hae-kyung always forgave her, and No-eul starts to cry.

Meanwhile, Jae-hyuk takes Do-hee’s purse and phone to the 2N Box office and leaves them on her desk. He tells Ah-young that Do-hee didn’t show, and she offers him a birthday beer. She tells Jae-hyuk that she always liked him and Do-hee together, especially the way Do-hee loved him more than herself and Jae-hyuk always took good care of her.

She says it always seemed to be a given that they would get married, and Jae-hyuk promises that it will still happen. Ah-young asks why he hurt Do-hee that way, and she says he didn’t go abroad to study. Jae-hyuk’s expression goes hard for a moment before he yells that it was just a mistake. He leaves, and Ah-young says to his retreating back, “You’re not the type to make mistakes.”

Jae-hyuk makes a cool exit, but once he’s outside, he clutches at his throat and shakily downs some kind of pill. He gradually calms down, but it’s a struggle.

The next day, Hae-kyung and Do-hee both stare at their new “Dinner Mate Chat Room,” wanting to send a message but not wanting to appear too eager. So-ra accused Do-hee of dating someone because she’s spending so much time hovering over her phone, but Do-hee says it’s just the guy from Jeju, and that they’re just friends who eat together.

Byung-jin catches Hae-kyung looking up restaurants, when he usually goes to the same few places, and also assumes Hae-kyung is dating. Hae-kyung says it’s only a friend, so Byung-jin tells him to just have samgyupsal and soju. Hae-kyung finally texts Do-hee inviting her to have samgyupsal tomorrow night.

So-ra teases Do-hee about her dinner date, but Jae-hyuk approaches them and ruins the mood. In private, Do-hee apologizes to Jae-hyuk for making him think there might be a chance. She says she wants to keep their interactions work-related, but Jae-hyuk presses the issue, saying that he really thinks they should start over.

Do-hee snaps that he’s doing things in the wrong order — he should have explained why he left and apologized first. Jae-hyuk mumbles that he had his reasons, but Do-hee says coldly, “I’m sorry, but I’m not even curious what those reasons were anymore.”

Jae-hyuk calls someone and tells them that this isn’t working, and that he wants to tell Do-hee the truth. He says he can’t live without her, so he wants to confess everything and ask forgiveness, and he promises to visit the person on the other line soon. Hmmm, strange.

Hae-kyung’s mother walks into his clinic, saying that she’s there as a patient. Hae-kyung reminds her that it’s unethical for psychologists to counsel their family, but Mom just takes that to mean that he considers her family. He goes to yell at Byung-jin for letting her in, and she leaves a copy of her book on his desk, which is dedicated to him, before she leaves.

Geon-woo meets with Jae-hyuk for lunch — it turns out that they’re cousins. Jae-hyuk asks Geon-woo how things are going with his family, and Geon-woo says nothing has changed… they still don’t accept that he’s gay.

Jae-hyuk watches Geon-woo flipping through his social media posts and sees one of Geon-woo and Hae-kyung together. He asks if Hae-kyung is Geon-woo’s boyfriend, but Geon-woo says that tragically, his first love is straight.

EPISODE 10

While Do-hee’s mother takes pictures of her husband with his girlfriend, vowing to leave him as soon as she gets Do-hee married off, Do-hee and Ah-young talk about Jae-hyuk. Ah-young gives Do-hee advice about choosing a man — make sure he’s the same inside and out. HA, Do-hee points out that Ah-young has never actually dated anyone.

Later, Do-hee’s mother shows up at her place unannounced, and with Jae-hyuk in tow. He says he was just making sure that Mom got here safely and he goes, leaving Do-hee to deal with her mother’s continued complaints about cheating men. Mom says that Jae-hyuk would never do that, and she tells Do-hee to marry him, so Do-hee bites her head off and goes for a walk.

Just as she’s realizing she has no money, she spots Ajusshi camped out on the sidewalk. She asks to borrow money, and HAHA, he has to remind her that he’s homeless. Do-hee takes Ajusshi to Jjigae House, where he confesses over drinks that he used to be a con man.

Do-hee insists that he seems like a good person, but Ajusshi calls her immature for judging people by her gut feelings. She asks what else she’s supposed to judge people by, when even jerks can have good jobs or backgrounds. She says there are some people you want to be friends with even if you know nothing about them, admitting that there’s someone specific she’s thinking about.

HA, Do-hee has to call Ah-young to come pay the bill she and Ajusshi have racked up. Ah-young and Ajusshi are shocked to see each other again, Ajusshi a little more happy about it than Ah-young, but he quickly feels awkward and takes his leave. Ah-young asks Do-hee if she’s dating a homeless guy now, but Do-hee says they’re just friends and that Ajusshi is actually pretty cool.

Ah-young tells her never to see Ajusshi again, and she shushes Do-hee for saying that Ah-young almost became homeless herself. Ah-young argues that for all they know, he killed someone and hid the body, so Do-hee asks cheekily why Ah-young bought him mandoo and let him walk with her. HAH, busted. Ah-young mumbles that Ajusshi was scared, but Do-hee corrects her — he was protecting her.

On her way home, Do-hee finds Hae-kyung waiting outside her building to return her gold ring. She asks why he didn’t just give it to her at dinner tomorrow, and she teases him when he says he was in the neighborhood. Hae-kyung notices that she’s been drinking and shyly offers to see her home, but Do-hee steps in veeeery close and whispers that they banned sharing personal information.

In the morning, Ah-young sits down with Do-hee and Jae-hyuk to discuss their new show. Jae-hyuk’s idea is for it to be a health show where No-eul gives exercise and diet tips for people with illnesses, but Do-hee thinks that’s boring. She wants to make it a B-class comedy show, which earns her a spanking with a rolled-up newspaper. Ah-young says they can just have Jin-kyu produce the show, but Jae-hyuk refuses to work with anyone but Do-hee, which gets him a spanking, too.

After work, Do-hee meets Hae-kyung for their pre-arranged only-friends dinner. The samgyupsal place is new, and HA, Hae-kyung spots a banner from Byung-jin congratulating his aunt and uncle on their restaurant opening. His aunt calls Byung-jin to report that Hae-kyung just showed up with a pretty woman, so Byung-jin hurries to the restaurant to get a good look at the lady. Oh noooo, he knows who she is!

Hae-kyung doesn’t seem to know what to do with the samgyupsal, so he just makes his wrap exactly the way Do-hee makes hers. He even shoves the whole thing in his mouth like she does, which looks both painful and adorable. Do-hee finishes off her meal with some spicy noodles, and though he can’t help negatively analyzing her based on her eating habits, Hae-kyung looks more than a little smitten.

Byung-jin is literally about to walk in and see Hae-kyung and Do-hee together when he gets a call from a friend who wants to set him up on a blind date tonight. He waffles for a moment, then hurries off to meet the date, whew.

Inside, the restaurant starts up a contest. Hae-kyung and Do-hee get ready to leave, but the prize is a huge stuffed penguin, and Do-hee pouts that she loves penguins. They stay and Do-hee enters the contest, which requires getting the highest score on a punching machine.

Her score is pretty good, but a giant beast of a man goes next and beats Do-hee’s score. A loud voice calls out, and the crowd parts to reveal Hae-kyung standing there looking like a hero, all backlit and sexy. He approaches the machine, shooting Do-hee a cocky wink on the way, then warms up and gives it his best punch…. and beats the beast’s score by one point.

Hae-kyung and Do-hee leap into each other’s arms and bounce around happily for a minute before remembering that they’re only friends and breaking apart guiltily. The MC tries to start up a chant for them to kiss, but they protest that they don’t have that kind of relationship.

Meanwhile, No-eul is filming a video for her channel when a crowd of people barge into her gym and demand to know where her mother is. No-eul says she hasn’t spoken to her mother in two years, and she tells them that they shouldn’t have lent money to a con artist.

While Do-hee collects her penguin, Hae-kyung gets a call from Geon-woo, who tells him that No-eul’s mother’s creditors are at her gym right now and are physically attacking her. Hae-kyung rushes off with barely a word to Do-hee, and he makes it to the gym, pulls the creditors off No-eul, and leads her away.

They get to a safe spot, and when Geon-woo arrives, No-eul tells them they can both leave. Hae-kyung advises her not to go home so Geon-woo says she can stay with him, and No-eul just keeps silent.

Do-hee waits at the restaurant to hear from Hae-kyung and ends up getting drunk with Penguin. She tells Penguin all about her disastrous first love and her failed second love, and that she thought the third guy might be her destiny but he turned out to be a jerk, too.

She’s asking God why her life is such a train wreck when Hae-kyung returns, and she slurs that she can get herself home thankyouverymuchsir. But when she stands, she trips and falls into his arms. Still very close, she whines, “I waited, you know. I waited for you to ask me to wait for you.”

 
COMMENTS

There’s a pretty good chance that Do-hee thinks she’s talking to Jae-hyuk right now, but I don’t care. No matter how much these two claim to be just friends, there’s nothing simply friendly about what’s going on between them. They flirt like crazy, their chemistry is off the freaking charts, and I’m honestly surprised that nobody’s been tackle-kissed yet. And I’m even on board with the fact that they still don’t know each other’s names, because it makes a cute sort of sense within their little friendship pact. (By the way, is it me or does Seo Ji-hye have chemistry with pretty much everyone?? I’m already super invested in her new friendship with Homeless Ajusshi, which totally should not work but really really does. It makes me wonder why it took her this long to get a good romantic lead role.)

I know it’s Hae-kyung’s job to be observant, and in fact he was probably drawn to his career because he notices the little things and understands their importance. But it’s still incredibly swoony when he remembers some throwaway comment Do-hee made, and does things like make sure she has some soup before a rich meal so she doesn’t upset her stomach or wins her a penguin just because she likes penguins. It’s also sweet how he goes along with Do-hee’s ideas about not getting too close or sharing personal information, but I don’t think he’s as committed to it as she is. He keeps doing things that indicate more than just friendly interest, like contacting her first to have dinner and keeping the ring she dropped in case he needs an excuse to see her. They’re both obviously catching feelings for each other, but I think Hae-kyung is a little further along in the process, mostly because Do-hee tries so hard to convince everyone else that she’s chill that she’s even tricking herself into believing it’s true.

I’ve decided that I pretty much just hate No-eul. I still can’t tell how much of that is Sohn Na-eun’s egregious miscasting and how much is just the fact that No-eul is a selfish, tone-deaf twit (at least Lee Ji-hoon gives Jae-hyuk’s character some nuance, but No-eul is like a really self-centered sledgehammer to the face), but I’ll focus on No-eul herself for now. I want to say that No-eul is badly written, but all the other characters in the show are pretty solid, so I think she’s just intentionally that awful. It’s like she has no sense of self-awareness whatsoever, like when she made fun of Jae-hyuk for thinking Do-hee would take him back without even an apology, yet that’s exactly what she expects from Hae-kyung. Even little things like ordering Geon-woo’s date to leave, then telling Geon-woo that the guy is a bad person for leaving… I mean, does she seriously not realize that her actions have consequences?

I was actually beginning to get a bit bored, as the show was starting to repeat the same set-ups over and over again, but this episode introduced some new information that rekindled my interest. It seems important that Hae-kyung is Geon-woo’s first love — or at least I hope it’s important, K-dramas need more plot-relevant gay lovelines if you ask me — since this whole show is centered around first loves versus new loves. Ah-young and Homeless Ajusshi’s meeting was fun, as it came with the revelation that Ah-young was close to being homeless herself once, and there’s a lot more to him than what we see on the surface (also, I totally ship it).

And what’s going on with Jae-hyuk? Obviously he’s not just a guy who wants his ex back — Ah-young doesn’t believe his “went abroad to study” story, and and after the strange way he’s been acting, neither do I. I give Jae-hyuk partial credit for wanting to come clean to Do-hee (only partial for now, because we still don’t know what his secret is), but there’s someone else involved who seems to be stopping him. I’m scared that whenever Do-hee finds out his secret, she’ll be tempted to take him back, and that would be a very bad idea. I can’t think of anything that would justify ghosting someone you’re planning to marry then going no-contact for five years, but I’m sure that whatever it is, Jae-hyuk is going to play it for the most sympathy he can get.

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The fake-out about destiny according to Hae-kyung is frustrating! But at least they are now officially "something", and gosh, why do the high-five have the feel of a hand-hold? ><

Hae-kyung setting the boundary on no dating since the beginning makes me wonder if it's because he sees her as a patient/someone he wants to treat. It's sad he keeps her at arm's length when he obviously finds her adorable, like, he can't help breaking into laughter when he's with her! So relieved he came back to sneaky Byung-jin's uncle restaurant for her. And hooray for the Penguin King!

Hae-kyung's mom must've written something for him in her book? The moms still seem to care more about themselves than their children, but I hope Hae-kyung at least relent a bit so he won't have regrets if it turns out she doesn't have long to live.

I cracked up so bad on hobo ajusshi's "Muahahahaha!!" over kkakdugi! Seems like he + Ah-young is going to get their own story, woohoo. Now if we can just get him and Park PD a very thorough bath...

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I have said this many times, but with each episode, the chemistry between Do-hee and Hae-kyung is just rocketing off-the-charts! Love love love their chemistry and dynamics, it's always putting a silly smile on my face heh.

And I agree that Seo Ji-hye seems to have rapport and chemistry with everyone in the drama, may it be romantic, her friendship with Ah-young or her friendship with the homeless ahjussi. I credit it in part to the way her character is written -- she's non-judgmental, yet has her principles and boundaries, holds her own, and she's just... awesome -- and in part to Seo Ji-hye's great performance here.

Things also seem to have settled in for the drama (luckily they didn't drag the almost-crossing-paths-but-always-missing-each-other parts any longer), and I'm enjoying it a lot. And I also like how layers have started to be introduced to various characters, including Ah-young, the homeless ahjussi, and Jae-hyuk (although I cringed initially when I thought Show was going to go all trope-y about noble idiocy and him leaving because of some illness, but now it seems there is more to his story than that). The only character who seems to have no redemption is No-eul. She's just so awful :/

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I love the not knowing name, I don't mind it drawing out. It just shows that both of them know they'll cross the line but so afraid of relationship. None of them had moved on from the pain (not from the person) therefore so guarded with each other. They keep trying to show that they aren't interested with each other and it just shows how both aren't ready to be in a relationship, it's the relationship they both afraid.

No Eul is just an entitled pretty lady, especially when she asked Geun Woo date to leave.
I love that he comes back after the abrupt leave, he didn't linger on and back right away when she decided stays. It's long enough that no one offer her ride taxi home. I feel that this mirror her 1st love, he also abruptly leave and she decided to stay for several months, but he doesn't even give her an explanation.

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Am also confused with Geon-woo's living arrangement, is he, like, sharing his studio slash home with No-eul? I hope show explains how No-eul can just waltz in like she owns it...

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I suspect No-eul just waltzes in like that because she's an entitled brat and doesn't actually care about other people.

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When she walked into the apartment asking the date to leave and then claiming that he wasn't right for him anyway, I wanted to smack her on her face. She may have been right but she is no one to say.

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Shall we hire and drive a damn truck together @manichan?

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Yes please @eazal

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@eazal and @manichan I volunteer to drive the truck😇

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@bluecouchpotato @manichan the more the merrier!!

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I'm all in for hiring and driving the TOD just to get her lackluster face and personality out this show!
So add me in too!!

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No-eul, Jae-hyuk, and both mothers can pound sand. I absolutely loathe them, and would enjoy the show so much more without them. They add nothing. I agree with you that Hae-kyung is more in love than Do-hee, and stipulated no dating to keep from scaring her away; she had, after all, at least three times asked never to see him again. And I’m surprised that at the end of their first official friend dinner, she wasn’t angrier; his sudden, unexplained departure did mirror Jae-hyuk’s abandonment, but was also very public, in person, and came immediately after a high note. I felt the thump of humiliation, whether or not she did.

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If this drama pulls a Witch's Romance with Do-hee and Jae-hyuk, I swear I will throw something. I hate the trope of leaving "selflessly" to prevent the other's suffering. That is legitimately the most selfish thing they can do - it shows they have zero respect for their partner and don't trust them enough to make their own choices and basically allows them to traumatize someone and then go "but my intentions were good, so I'm not the bad guy" which is such b*llsh*t.

And No-eul. Son Na-eun cannot emote to save her life. I remember thinking this during Cinderella and 4 Knights (which, yes, I realize is terrible in many ways) but she was always the worst part. I hoped she'd improved a bit, or, you know, could do something other than push her hair out of her face and pout, but alas. As for the character - she's so self-involved and if they pull some "I left because of my mom's drama" I will be so annoyed. She's an entitled, selfish, obnoxious, rude and hurtful person. But the sad part is, I know people who are like her (not as terrible, though) who say one thing but then are doing the very thing they criticize others for. I think a better actress could have brought nuance to the character and make her at least more palatable, even if she'll never be likable.

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This is my first time watching Son Na Eun and I hope it's the last one. She's totally expressionless and can't give anything to NoEul, which is, per se, a quite dislikeable character.

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i am thinking that she is one of many who rely on physical looks to feel good about herself instead of her innate qualities. just because someone is physically beautiful does not mean they can act

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I don't even find her so pretty. I mean, she can be objectively pretty but she's empty, so...

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I first saw Son Na-eun in Twenty Again and her acting was so cringey and terrible in it that I had to fast forward many of her scenes. Too bad she has a lot of scenes with the leads here that I cannot simply fast forward her out.

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I'm pretty sure my memory erased her from that drama because I have zero recollection of her in it. Was she the son's girlfriend? Because I recall that character being a brat as well, and you would think she'd start looking for roles that don't require her to be an obnoxious, lest she get typecast. Though I guess you have to be good at something to get typecast, so she's got that working in her favor...

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LOL. As much as I would want to erase her, my 2nd gen K-pop brain just can't help but notice. 😂 Son Naeun indeed played Kim Minjae's girlfriend.

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i wish all the side characters would just leave so we can have more of song seung heon and seo ji hye. and maybe the nurse sidekick. honestly cannot care for the ex-es or the mothers or the colleagues. the leads are just so cute together!

and enough of the drunk girl act! it gets annoying and repetitive to have it in every episode.

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Totally agree!
I want to see 1 hour of Song seung-heon and Seo ji-hye, and sometimes the nurse and the homeless guy (Park Ho-san) each episode.

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The chemistry between the leads is magical. It just feels so organic that my heart just melts. Hae Kyung copying Do Hee while eating was the sweetest thing ever. Them eating together is the highlight of each episode. I'm honestly so jealous of their comfortable dynamic. @lollypip you've perfectly described No Eul as a self centered sledgehammer to the face. She is just too entitled for me to bear. I'm honestly more annoyed at Do Hee's mom than I am at Hae Kyung's. Her mom is so involved in her own troubles to see that her daughter is hurting and needs support and it seems her daughter has become accustomed to this behaviour. Jae Hyuk has made me curious about his absence and I hope that the reveal doesn't make our girl consider taking him back.

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Love this drama. I haven't commented in years but appreciate your recap LollyPip, Thank you. I haven't liked Song Seung-heon in anything since " My Princess", but he is great in this RomCom.

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If only three trucks of doom (or three meteorites, I'm rooting for a new drama trope) rushed into the exes and Hae Kuyng's mum... then this show would be fantastic.

I can't say enough how fantastic is the chemistry between the leads is. There are sparkles and magic every single time they are together. And Seo Ji Hye is over the top in this drama. I totally agree that she has chemistry with everyone. Wow, she's just fantastic.

Regarding JaeHyeok and his conversation with A Young, this idea has come to mind: he wasn't abroad, he wasn't studying: he was in jail. That would explain why he disappeared from day to another and why he doesn't want to give any kind of explanation on why he did what he did. Given that we are in dramaland, it's totally normal that her five years old girlfriend didn't find out because they don't have friends in common, she doesn't know his family, and all those little details.

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JaeHyeok situation reminds me of "My name is Kim Sam Soon" where the old girlfriend said she was taking off for America to study but really was going for treatment of her Cancer. Then after 3 years return to claim back her true love Binnie. Do you think JaeHyeok was sick, especially since he is downing those pills?

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My first thought when I heard the conversation was: he was in jail. Let's play the noble idiocy trope.
Then I saw him taking the pills, and I thought: oh, he's been on jail AND he's also ill.
The prison vibe was confirmed to me in next episode, so I'll talk about it there.

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You might be on the money with this theory.looke like he almost had a panic attack while butting heads with the sunbae.Had a foreboding thought that the dude's in therapy and is under the care of HK and was just going nonononono... Jail s better than the illness trope,I guess.oh wait,already saw this in "Oh Hae young again" didn't go well for the dude their to be all noble idiot-y and hope the same fate awaits JH here.

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Exactly! Maybe that's where I got the idea from, although I didn't get it until someone reminded me.

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SJH is super adorable as Do-hee. She really is fantastic in this. I wasn't sure I'd love Do-hee as much as I loved Seo Dan but here I am falling in love with SJH all over again.

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Same here.

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I'd like to add a 4th truck of doom (or a 4th meteorite) for Do-hee's mum... 🚚💥

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Yes, she's also annoying, but I find her annoyance tolerable (I know it sounds strange), but the other three... Where's a Dalek when you need it? EX-TER-MI-NA-TE.

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Double-like for the Dalek reference.

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Oh, my! I'm ashamed to say I have no idea what you're talking about 🙈😂

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hahaha, just watch Doctor Who, the BBC series. The Daleks are the most terrible alien race whose aim is only to exterminate the whole universe!

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And usually they are very effective and their targets are gone instantly. That way we could enjoy the drama as soon as possible (and no time lost for renting, driving, cleaning and hiding the truck of doom).

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Oh, Doctor Who! It was in my to-watch list before I founded kdramas...

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I just have to say, I'm really curious about the homeless ajusshi.

The exes, not so much. Those two can go to a place, any place, far, far away. No one will miss them.

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Me too, he's got some hidden depth and show can't cast Park Ho-san without giving him a meaty role, yea? Love his trademark muahahah, but could it be a case of "laugh so you don't cry"..?

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Me too - homeless ajusshi seems to almost be punishing himself or repenting for something in his past, and I want to see more of that. And I can't help but wonder if he's connected to Ah-young in some way (this show does love its coincidences).

Honestly the only thing that this show isn't doing well is the second leads. Na-eul was badly miscast and an awful character and Jae-hyuk is just too trope-y and irritating, though at least Lee Ji-hoon is making him palatable, even if I hate the character.

I guess the moms suck too, but mother-child relationships are more nuanced and complex so I won't judge those until we get more information. Though Hae-kyung is 100% allowed to not forgive his mom for abandoning him. That's just a sh*tty thing to do to a kid.

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There's a hint of what may have happend to ahjussi in next episode. As always, destiny.

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Right! I can't wait to see how that plays out this week, especially given his fondness for Do-hee.

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Of course, he's the cousin! Otherwise, we would have missed the coincidence number 100!

The Jae-hyuk's situation reminds me Another Oh Hae Young drama. The FL's boyfriend and futur husband broke up with her and made a comment about her way to eat (when food was very important for her) to her hurt purposely because he had prison time to do.

The "I left you for your best" is really annoying in drama...

For the couple, the fact they don't know each other's name or job is really weird. They discuss about their ex and personnal feelings but not usual things.

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I had forgotten about Another Miss Oh, of course I had seen it somewhere and that's why the bells rang when A Young suggested he didn't go abroad.

And of course, he's the cousin. And Do Hee doesn't know, and JaeHyeok has never talked about his gay makeup artist to his girlfriend of five years, because, who talks about his family a his concern to the woman he loves? And of course he's best friends with HaeKyung and he posts his photos in social media (although HK doesn't want his face to go public, and only makes radio appearances, but he takes the photo with his beloved friend and lets him post it), and of course all of them know the combination to his house, that looks like a club, but no one knows who the rest of the people are.
Yay. Don't you love dramaland?
*sends finger hearts*

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Could Na-eul be another of their cousin? A second cousin or a cousin by marriage..? ><

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These episodes, admittedly, were chock-ful of Kdrama tropes - destiny, not-so-intentional lingering touches, drunken embraces, right down to the love rival you want to smack with a 2x4 hardwood board, and the typical hero's grand entry (all smoky backlit side profile and guitar-heavy rock music) and power-walk - but you know what? I'm enjoying every danged minute of it! 😂 The chemistry between the leads just knock everything into orbit and feels so natural. I don't even question the usually ridiculous matter of them still not knowing each others' names despite literally already falling into each others' arms, because the well-written story and the characters make you believe in the ridiculousness. The attraction is sizzling and you understand why. I burst out laughing when they both protested the game show MC. *That's* how in sync they already are.

Seo Ji-hye is quickly becoming my favourite FL. She has natural chemistry with everyone else, and she infuses such spunk and warmth into her characters, especially here as Do-hee.

Ah Young and Keanu's side adventures are also becoming quite interesting, and they follow an almost similar relationship pattern as our main leads.

Geun-woo is another character that I'm also rooting for. We have an openly gay character who apparently has a richer back story, is unapologetic of his struggles and remains the voice of reason. His conversation with No-eul shows that this is a guy with a deep understanding of love and friendship, which contrasts with No-eul's shallowness.

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And please, could someone tell Do Hee she shouldn’t be drinking this much? I’m really worried for her safety and her liver.
She may beat Oh Jae Young at this rate.

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Yes, this is really concerning to me, too. I love that character so much, it pains me to have her drinking so much and the show not taking it seriously.

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Your description of No Eul is spot on, I actually cackled when I read it. Thanks for the recap.

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Now this is a drama I look forward to watch every Monday/Tuesday. Every episode just takes me in. Love love the relationship between our leads. Also I have officially fallen in love with Tae Jin ah’s trot song that was used to bring the couple together. I have been playing it non stop for the past week, ‘Run across her’

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Ahhh it's so nice when it's just Do Hee & Hae Kyung together on-screen.
And NO NO NO i don't care if they have a terminal illness or con-woman mother, none of it justifies the bad behaviour of the exes.

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Hmm, I just realized I still don't know what Hae Kyung's job really is and I didn't spend a solid thought on that yet. Why is he wearing a medical gown if he indeed is a psychologist? And if so, why does he employ a nurse as a receptionist? How did his approach to "treating patients with food" come about?

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He's a psychiatrist, not a psychologist, so he's a doctor.
The kind of therapy he uses is with food.
And as he is a doctor, he has nurse with him, who also, if I didn't get it wrong in the first episode, is also a nutritionist.

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Thank you. Yes, I got confused during the last episodes, have just started the new one and there he clearly is a doctor.

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Thanks for the recap @lollypip!

Ep.9 & 10 are so far, my favorite episodes.
However, I really really can't stand the second leads.
Especially Sohn Na-eun. I couldn't stand her in Twenty again/Second 20s. She was terrible and super annoying... And this drama too!
I love Song Seung-heonSeo and Ji-hye together.
All I want to see is them and the homeless guy (Park Ho-san). I don't care about anybody else...
I have a feeling that I might drop this drama because of the second leads... Ugh. I really want to like it though.

I'm hoping Park Ho-san's character is going to change. He is a fantastic actor. It would a waste for just being a homeless guy.

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Ugh, I couldn't catch my typos before hit send...
By the way, I love OST of this drama.
More Than Words (사랑한다는 말로는) by SHAUN (숀)
And the of course Yum Yum (얌얌) song!

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I’m here for the pretty and the chemistry of the leads as well as the mockery of “first love”. First love is not all the love one will experience in life.

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They had better chemistry than Seo Ji-Hye and Kim Jung hyun. I think they are perfect for each other even my husband is telling me they had better chemistry. I just like to see them together. I just want them to please ask each others name so they will know the truth hahhaa.

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I can def. see the Chinese investment $$ here if it was used here b/c the cinematography and look of the show is beautiful, looks like it could be a film tbh!

Lol but also hot damn at the scene of SSH 'showing' off his guns. His brief interactions with his mother make me sad. Lee Ji Hoon's character needs to chill a bit, I think he's showing up randomly to her work where you know her boss is a bit intrusive no?

MBC out of the public channels actually acknowledge LGBTQ well recently with Love With Flaws and now with this. In fact, the rom-com genre with a character who is LGBTQ+ would help enliven the beaten horse genre. Also Ye Ji Won continues to be a delight to watch!

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