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Backstreet Rookie: Episodes 9-10 Open Thread

Suddenly there are more than misunderstandings at the heart of our hero’s problems — this week, malicious actions make some serious waves, and our hero has to deal with much more than a broken heart. As his family’s pride and integrity are also trampled, hurt piles on hurt.

 
EPISODES 9-10 WEECAP

Accidental Saet-byul encounters have made Dae-hyun’s relationship with Yeon-joo full of friction time and time again, but this week’s encounter really does it. There’s nothing special about it; is it the cumulative effect, or seeing how comfortable Saet-byul is around Dae-hyun’s family that really kills it once and for all? Perhaps both. So, even though Yeon-joo was just rushing to his house to make up with him, what happens instead is quite an awful breakup. Dae-hyun is left sitting crestfallen over a bubbling pot of jjigae.

But the breakup is not as simple as it seems — actually, their families have already become involved, and it’s the stuff that heartbreak is made from. We saw it last week when Yeon-joo’s mother humiliated Dae-hyun as the “delivery boy,” but it gets so much more cruel this week.

It turns out humiliating Dae-hyun and pulling him and her daughter apart wasn’t enough. Now Yeon-joo’s mother has a nasty scheme to bring down the entire family’s pride. She hires Dae-hyun’s father as her driver, making him all but grovel (and reenacting a fitting Parasite scene here). Then, she contacts Dae-hyun’s mother and leads her down the garden path promising to sign a hugely lucrative annuity package. I wasn’t sure if she would follow through — but it turns out, following through with the insurance was even more cruel than not. Because by this time Dae-hyun’s mother has figured out what’s going on, and chooses to willfully play dumb to get the contract signed and make her big commission.

It’s like a knife through the heart, witnessing what Dae-hyun’s parents are going through. The humiliation was meant to show them their lowly social position, their general unworthiness, and then to make them loath themselves for enduring her torment for the benefit they would see. The scene where Dae-hyun’s parents sit at their kitchen table in the aftermath is such a heartbreak. And no surprise, Kim Sun-young wows once again with her conflicted sobs in between bites of food. I regret saying I didn’t like these characters earlier; they were amazingly real and heartfelt this week.

While most of the focus is on Dae-hyun and his family this week, his mother’s tears are not the only tears we see. Saet-byul (after the accidental Yeon-joo meeting) leaves the house and stays with Ji-wook, A.K.A. Puppy, who lives up to his name this week (as ever). He’s clearly thrilled to have her under his roof, but the arrangement doesn’t last long. Not only is she kicked out by his manager, but the paparazzi has already gotten the shots they need, and I don’t think this particular plot line will end well. And what a shame, this squishy kid just wants Saet-byul in his life and is so earnest and sweet it makes me want to shed a tear.

Yes, back to tears — it’s Saet-byul that’s doing the rest of the crying this week in a lovely, heart-warming scene. Dae-hyun’s mother is worried sick when Saet-byul doesn’t turn up that night, and her motherly scolding (and calling Saet-byul family) brings huge tears of happiness to Saet-byul’s eyes. It’s as touching as any scene between these two, and I honestly can’t wait for them to be mother and daughter in laws. Please let’s have that happen.

Interspersed in this week of touching and heart-wrenching scenes we have a huge dose of “comedy” with Dal-shik and Saet-byul’s friend HWANG GEUM-BI (Seo Ye-hwa). She’s long been the pervy webtoon’s #1 fan, and things escalate pretty quickly this week when the two make contact over the web, and then the phone. They only know each other by their screen names, but they’re both crushing hard.

The giddiness of both characters is verging on cute… and then they meet again in real life and whole-heartedly despise each other. This dynamic has been going on since the get-go, so it will be funny to see when/how they handle the reveals around this relationship. It’s sure to be a disaster, but I’m betting on a romance as the conclusion.

Speaking of romance, we might just be heading there with Saet-byul and Dae-hyun next week. While Dae-hyun is reeling from his breakup and the slap across the face his family just took, Saet-byul runs off to where he’s drinking his broken heart away. He’s drunk and miserable and spouting out all kinds of nonsense, but through it all the common denominator is ever the same: Saet-byul is pure-heartedly thinking of him first, and trying to support him, protect him, and comfort him.

After such a huge turn of events this week, Dae-hyun might find himself in the place where he can start to see Saet-byul as more than a part-timer, and I’m willing to say I’m convinced: she’ll make an awesome partner for him. But before that can happen, I think Dae-hyun needs more closure around his relationship with Yeon-joo — or at least the air needs to be cleared before they can both fully move on.

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Poor puppy, I need an alternate universe where Saet Byul reciprocates his feelings and they date for real.

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I would have really liked how Yeonjoo handled the breakup except for having Prissy Rich Guy pick her up and letting all that food go to waste.

I liked that she didn't make it about Saetbyul but it was more her realization that they are from 2 different worlds and she just can't bring herself to match him. That really was the core of the problem.

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Haha in my mind I decided Dae-hyun finished the whole meal before he left the restaurant!

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It's Ji Chang Wook, people! That boy has an insatiable appetite. I'm positive he eventually finished the whole pot of jjigae during all the retakes. 😆

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I thought it was rather cold - she didn't really explain her reasoning.

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She did. She said she wasn't the right person for him and it's the simple truth.

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I guess if someone dumped me that way, I'd want to know why they weren't the right person.

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I understand. But in this case, the breakup is long overdue and Dae Hyun kind of sees it coming, they obviously couldn't reconcile their differences having date for so long without so much a marriage prospect. I thought Yeon Joo was brave for putting a stop to their misery once and for all, sometimes breaking up is the hardest thing and people end up in all sort of wrong relationships.

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I felt like they were both in denial for so long and she was just the first to realize it. I think saying it simply was the best because he was in an emotional state to try to come up with excuses and ways for them to work out when she knew she was already past that point. If she had sat there any longer, I think it would have been just as cruel because he would think he can still savage something. I think when he really contemplates their relationship, he'll see the reasons without her spelling it out.

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Yeah, I like that she addressed the core of their problem - they weren't right for each other. But she didn't even bother finishing their last meal together, which she said she wanted to have the way he liked it, and to add salt to the wound, she had the other guy come and pick her up. Blah.

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I don't think this show has an aim to reach 😁It was the most boring week. Everything was so predictabel! I wonder can they really make 16 episodes! 😁

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I'm really just here for the comments. I like to know what others are thinking. I'm not watching BR, nor do I intend to. I do not think the leads are a good fit. For me, it's not about their age gap in the drama, but the fact that they look wrong together. She looks very young, and paired against a mature male lead, it just feels weird as heck. She isn't just young. She LOOKS young.

Dal Shik is another problem. I do not want to watch anything knowing that I'll have to anticipate cringey moments. Definitely doesn't make for a good viewing. I think that the character is in poor taste, especially in these racially charged climes.

Overall, the story doesn't work for me. I will continue to follow it's progression on Dramabeans, but that's about it.

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It doesn't translate on recap, if you want to see or understand why KYJ and JCW took this role, watch their scene and you'll see it for yourself.

The heart of the drama is the acting, JCW is exceptional here with the way the characters is written. People may not think this role isn't demanding but when you see it, you'll feel it, not every role with easy description means easy.

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Dal Shik is the main reason I won't watch this drama, followed by the pairing of the two leads, who I do not think are a good fit. It doesn't help that the show's been getting a lot of flak, even more than TKTEM.

The character rubs me the wrong way. As a black person, I am sensitive when black people/culture are portrayed in a way that could influence others' perception of us, and in the case of Dal Shik, who does not claim to be black but whose character has certain racial undertones, it's what he seems to imply that's the problem.

Maybe the character wasn't intended to be racially offensive, but he is, at least to some. Maybe I'm just being sensitive, but that's how I feel. It's enough of a big deal to me that I will not watch the drama. Maybe it isn't as big of a deal to some, but for me, it is what it is.

Lastly, I'm sure the actors have done a wonderful job, and I certainly haven't heard otherwise, but sadly, much as I would have liked, I cannot bring myself to watch the drama for the reasons I've mentioned. I will continue to follow the story though, and see what others have to say about it 😊

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You are missing a good show. If Dal-shik were portraying a black person then your complaint would make sense - and I too would be offended. But he is not portraying a black man- he is portraying a Korean hyper-fan. His adoption of these stereo-types is actually the opposite of what you are thinking- it is a way of ridiculing the stereo-types themselves (He is a hyper fan so he buys into the stereotypest).

It truly saddens me that so many people have lost an appreciation for satire in these times.

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I suppose that's one way to look at it. The viewing experience is largely subjective, depending on who's watching it. I'm aware he is not portraying a black man. How the character is percieved depends on who's watching. I'm not going to troll the show, the cast or the production crew, but I probably won't be recommending it to anyone.

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Daal-shik's character is deliberately playing on people's prejudices. Our reaction to him is initial revulsion. Why? Because he "looks" dirty and seems lustful? Isn't that about appearances? From the story, what do we really know about him? So far all we know is that he is a struggling writer who works part-time in the store. (As I've said previously and won't go into here, he is a bit of a wild card in this drama).

Backstreet Rookie hits our prejudices where it hurts. It's no accident that people have immediately seen Jung Saet-byul's apparent social position as implying that she is morally suspect, and Yoo Yeon-joo's mother has humiliated Choi Dae-hyun and his family because they look poor and socially unworthy of her daughter. Appearances really matter in this drama and also in the viewing audience.

It's no accident that Jung Saet-byul has had to alert Yoo Yeon-joo to Choi Dae-hyun's value as a person. This is about the difference between what you see and what is really there - the value of a person irrespective of what they look like and where they come from.

Is it possible that the director is calling out our knee-jerk responses to our visual prejudices?

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So you are saying to a Black person they are wrong and seeing things wrong.

You are explaining racism to a Black person?

That is what I am reading.

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I'm watching it despite Dal-shik. I think this character is deeply offensive.

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I wholeheartedly agree with you and it is sad that so many people have been telling us not to be offended by his character. I appreciate the recaps and have decided to rewatch Suspicious Partner to get my weekly dose of JCW.

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I think people should be allowed to feel sensitive about things, and if some of us are put off by the character, then others should take into account how we're feeling, rather disregard our feelings. I think I'll go watch Suspicious Partner myself, as I haven't seen it yet. Hear he has really good chemistry with the lead actress.

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Yeah,my response is just to answer
"I don't think the leads are doing a good job"
"They look wrong together"

My response
"They are but you can only see it if you watch it"

This drama has the chance to pull something different if the end turn out isn't a romance story for SB and DH. They act really well and you didn't confuse about what they feel but if DH hasn't move an inch since EP 1 regarding her feelings to SB, there is a chance this is a story when SB finds her home

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Im not sure if this is in response to one of my earlier comments but just in case: I didn't say the leads aren't doing a good job. In fact, in a previous comment I said 'I'm sure the actors have done a wonderful job'. I am in no way saying the acting is bad. And I haven't seen any comments saying the acting is bad. Maybe talking about the negative aspects of the characters, but not the acting itself.

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You reply to my comment that the actors are doing a good job but your original statement is about how wrong they look together, how unfit they are and how young she looks.

I just reply that the drama shows how mature she is contrary and she looks mature. How compatible their acting and the reason they hasn't has the romance chemistry look is because the male lead up to this point hasn't had any inkling of love/romance towards the female lead.

Saying the story doesn't have pull also something that can't be describe in recap. This drama doesn't have fancy dialogue but the confrontation of Yoon Joo x Dae Hyun, the mother and father dinner scene, the beach conversation, saetbyul X daehyun mother conversation, the way they portrayed the drama is more on the cinematic than dialogue or story heavy. In paper this drama doesn't make much sense, when you watch it, you can feel the world building or the neighborhood feeling. Therefore, I don't agree that the drama can be judge solely by the recap because this drama atmosphere and feeling convey more in their silence moment. This drama setting shine because they look just like your neighborhood, with vibrant colours, an every day style. I find quite sad that people can't see how good the setting composition this drama used most of the time.

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I loved the Parasite moment - it says it all about the class differences - deeply ironic, especially the emphasis on "smell". Just goes to show that right from the beginning it has been about all kinds of prejudice.

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The PARASITE parody was really well done.

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Actually, it was painfully well done...
the best part was when the dad turned the sprinklers on the horrid mom when she was talking on the phone.

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I just rewrite what I see on Reddit.

A user point our that the hear of the drama is the social theme, social status and how convenience store accepted everyone, from poor to rich and doesn't discriminate against them.
Another is the way the new job from YJ mother change DH family dynamics, they can eat without bickering and enjoy more leisure time. This is what money brings, the time to enjoy simple things. You need to have enough money to be able to say no to pressures, to hide from your anger, to have some dignity, it just how this world works for most part and people hardly born rich.

Another things is how SB and DH probably will not be developed. SB look at him with adoration, puppy 1st love but DH really cares and like YJ so they may don't end up together.

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BR genre on it's wiki page is romcom, slice-of-life. I gotta say, it's living up to it's slice-of-life genre. Most characters react like normal people. The comedy parts is most welcome, I laughed and cried watching ep 9-10.

Ep 10 is the best ep yet. And the standout scene for me was the Parasite arc. At first I thought 'oh another Parasite parody' but it turned out to be so heartbreaking. It was well written, well acted, even the music and editing was well done.

BR's Parasite parody or 'rich vs poor scene' made me empathize with DH's family so much (sidenote: I didn't empathize at all with poor family in Parasite, I saw them as scammers). Yeon Joo's mum deliberately tried to hurt DH's family while flaunting her riches. YJ's mum's actions were full of malice which is totally different from the rich family in Parasite. I liked the way both DH mum and dad handled the situation. It trampled their pride. My heart broke for dad, DH and mum. Especially when mum went into the house and put on a brave face, fully aware of the situation. She was realistic that her family needs money, she needed the insurance deal and it's probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to get such a huge deal. The dad sprinkler moment was a bit of humor interjected in an overall sad and sombre scene.

At home, I noticed mum-dad avoided discussing the main events of the day, they didn't even badmouth YJ's mum, they simply chose to ignore the humiliating moment. And I think that is so sad and so true to life. Huhuhu 😭

Other highlights: DH crying at the beach, Saetbyul holding her tears when DH mum said she's family. And of course Jiwook and his celebrity troubles, not only does his crush not notice him, he can't help her because of his celeb status. And....Saetbyul and Eunjo ramyun scene in ep 9, Saetbyul has great friends 🥺.

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The genius of PARASITE is that it was certainly about class differences- but portrayed in a different way precisely because it was presented differently from the usual 'poor but noble family oppressed by the rich but nasty people'. As you said- the poor family are essentially scammers. As such, it was much more thought provoking than the usual class-conflict story- you have to think a lot deeper about the meaning and implications of class, and about its effects upon the people of all classes, and how its shapes their view of the world. While i am not a fan of the story- it is not my cup of tea- that does not mean that it did not deserve to win the best picture Oscar- because it really did.

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The thing about Parasite is that it makes us ask who are the parasites - a question that is hard to answer. The end point of the film is the realisation that there is no way out, and both families are mutually destructive in that enduring inequitable social structure. It's a dark film. Backstreet Rookie takes all of those meanings into this drama and makes us ask if anything has changed. Is it going to offer us anything different?

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Thank you- you understood my point very well. Yes it is a dark film, but you got the point- and I think the writer's point- that a rigid class structure encourages everyone in it to act badly.

Will BR offer us anything different? I do not know at this point- except that a comedy has far more flexibility in that regard. Comedy can do things that other genres cannot.

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I'm looking forward to seeing where it takes us. I've been hoping that SB ends up working in the same company as YJ and being properly acknowledged as superior. This of course does not change the capitalist structure or the social hierarchy, but it might put SB up the ladder. Her qualities are such that she will never discriminate against people for their social standing. But following on from Parasite, is this a society in which good people rise to the top?

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I was disapointed by YJ. At the beginning, she was a rich girl but hard working and was in love with DH. But she chose to work in the society whose her mother is a main share holder and owned by family's friend. She lied to DH about it. She uses connections to get her job and she's not happy with it but she doesn't refuse...

DH looked like he was more sad about the humiliation of his parents than the break up. So it let more chances to SB to make him fall for her!

I love SB! It wasn't easy for her. She was scammed and couldn't stay in her friend, Puppy, DH's home. The jerk of the second lead made her lost her part time job. But she never lost her smile or never was angry. She was just thinking about her sister and DH. It was nice to see her respect DH until the end even if she had a chance, she didn't kiss him.

The parents were great in this episode. It was hard to see them being humiliated like that. But they have a strong bond and they support their son wholeheartedly.

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Puppy is the real second lead in this story- and he will not get the girl this time. Do not feel too sad- always remember that just because the second lead does not get this girl does not mean that there is not a whole line of other girls waiting for him.

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I don't think he has the power to date SB against his compagny yet. But at least he will be there to make DH jealous (I hope) and make him realize his feelings for her!

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I think that you are right- we have, after all, had his manager actually spell it out for us. So his dramatic purpose is probably exactly what you have said. Our puppy will just have to wait a few years before he can seriously date anyone.

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A whole line of girls waiting for him isn't the kind of consolation I want for his character, but it is what it is, he's just a cameo and it's good enough that they're stretching his appearances. I'm hoping Kim Min Kyu and Yoo Jung reunite in another project later because I really dig their chemistry here.

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I think that is an excellent idea.

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Thank God they didn’t make SB kissed unconscious DH there. I really don’t want to rant about the exact same thing just 2 months after my complaining on Itaewon Class.. 😂😂 Especially because I really like both BR and IC.

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I just wanted to give a shout-out to Kim Sun-young!
I love her! What a talented actress!
I was almost dropping this drama but her acting pulled me back in...
Her crying scene at the table took the show to the next level.
It was so real, such a heartbreaking scene...

Signing the contract scene was also fantastic.
Kyeon Mi-ri's acting (Yeon-joo’s mother) was so on point too.

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I didn’t watch this show but when perusing through these images.. it’s highly upsetting to see an actor wearing dreads like it’s ok without any context and/or historical background on what it means to wear our hairstyles.

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And it’s very telling how no one felt to address this when commentating about seeing this. I’m pretty sure if people were appropriating Korean culture, it’d be a different story.

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It's been going on since the first episode of the show and we have had big discussions about it, check the first couple of recap threads! It's just that all of us who have a problem with it aren't watching it, and the topic became tired after a while. Many viewers just refuse to see why it's wrong no matter how many times it is explained.

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To be honest, I just hit the ff button when he is on the screen as he really adds nothing to the show.

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It's a sad use of a brilliant comedic actor.

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Thank you for telling me. I’ll make sure to check out the discussions about it.

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It's deeply offensive and racist. Yet, the rest of the show keeps me watching.

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It's like beaten a dead horse, it's been discussed to death by everyone, there are people who
- refuse to watch
- don't think it's to mock anyone
- satire in fan culture
- wait till the drama ends for the complete judgements
- people who stays because he is a minor characters and invested in other characters.

The drama has good commentary of normal people poverty, which is something other drama usually gloss over, middle class are hardly the protagonist because they aren't that miserable and also aren't dirt poor. Here we have poor female protagonist but not in debt or scraping the bottom of the barrel and not that poor middle class male protagonist with plot about surviving economy, dreams and love. There are demographic for the theme

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And the plot sounds great. I just got upset because it’s something that I see time & time again that frustrates me especially when it comes from other minorities. I’ll make sure to check out the discussions.

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I don't disagree that it is offensive, but Koreans are not minorities in Korea so this depiction isn't coming from a minority...

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I don't know what you are talking about. Since this drama came out, discussions have been heavily going on in not just in this drama's comment section but in others' too. We, who watch this drama have been called names. I don't understand why you guys come here to stalk the thread and tell the same thing every single week, it is bizarre to me.

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Done commenting/ranting about the racist issue a couple of episodes ago. Right now I'm focused on Saet Byul's character, which is really the only reason I'm watching. And to each his own, whatever the reason we're watching this, let's not point fingers and put down each other, just because a show isn't right for you doesn't mean everyone has to see it the same way.

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YJ in this eps sighs, if she had a little respect for DH she shouldnt leave him like that with another man. the scene when he sees his father is the driver seriously break my heart. And after all this mess she didn't even apologize and try to shift blame to DH.

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Kim Yoo-jung is such a fabulous actress. A number of people have talked abut how gorgeous she is (and that is certainly true) but there are a lot of beautiful actresses. What stuns me is how incredible her acting is. In this drama you can really feel what her character is going through emotionally.

The reveal and confession at the end of Episode 10 was stunning. It turns out that, for just a brief moment 10 years ago Saet-byul was in serious danger- and Dae-hyun was there to save her- and she never forgot him. So the kiss she gave him three years ago was still wildly inappropriate- but is also now much more understandable.

She had already heard that Dae-hyun has been dumped when she went to find him at the beach. Meanwhile Dae-hyun’s mom has already yelled at her for leaving her home without telling her family- making it clear that Saet-byul is part of their family, if only perhaps a temporary one- and causing Saetbyul to cry tears of happiness.

She is fully aware of how hurt he is after being dumped. She knows that it will take him some time to get over it.

All of which means that her confession- to an apparently unconscious Dae-hyun- was perfect. She tells him that even if he does not remember saving her she never forgot him- and that she thought about him every day. And that she will make sure that he remembers soon- and that she is going to make remember that day for the rest of his life. All of this delivered with the most beautiful expression of love and joy on her face. Which is entirely right, because even if it will take some time she has already won and in the end will have the man of her dreams- the rest is now just a matter of time. And a few more bumps on the road, of course.

For those who thought that the plot was moving too slow- We have now seen a massive acceleration. At least one half of this OTP has not only confessed her love but has proposed marriage at the same time. Granted, she thought that her man was unconscious at the time, but it was still one of the most perfect confessions ever. Of course, it will still take some time- and getting past a really jealous ex-girlfriend- before we got the other half of this pair onboard with his destined life partner. But that has to be OK with Saet-byul- not only because it is unavoidable but because she would not really want a man who could so easily switch his affections.

So we are now beginning a new story arc: The wooing of Dae-hyun.
I do believe that Dae-hyun needs a little better closure with his now ex-girlfriend as a part of that story. I also think that Yeon-joo needs it too.

But I would also like to see Yeon-joo with a real comeuppance as well. Nothing real cruel but something that teaches a real lesson. For instance, there has to be a flower that one gives to someone as a sincere thankyou. Perhaps Saetbyul could hand her a big bouquet of them- in appreciation for Yeon-joo making it possible for Saet-byul to have the man of...

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Yoo Jung is a goddess here, I can't stop staring at her whenever she's on-screen. I really like her with puppy, so I'm not excited to see her romantic development with Dae Hyun.

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Yeon Joo is such a hypocrite. He cheated on DH and when she saw that someone is after his bf, she immediately realized how much he is worth pfft. She is acting like she put so much work into this relationship when really, it was DH who did everything he could. She doesn't respect DH at all and I guess that is what annoyes me the most.

The reason the drama doesn't feel slow to me is that DH is not emotionally available at the start of the drama. I respect that DH is a solid and loyal lover, who doesn't consider anyone if he is in a relationship. If he got together or kissed SB in ep. 8, it wouldn't ring true to his character.

That said, I am glad we are done with their relationship and YJ might come crawling back to him but by that time he will be head over heels for SB who WAS ALWAYS THERE for him hehehe

I think JCW and KYJ look cute together. I don't even notice the age gap, then again, I don't care about it.

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I see Yeon-joo as a tragic hypocrite- she is someone who tried to escape from the prejudices and privileges of her class and has now been sucked back in to what someone else once described as a "socially cocooned nepotistic aristocracy". This is literally what we are shown when, just minutes after her break up with Dae-hyun, Director Jo takes her to a pre-arranged dinner party of her and his friends to 'welcome her back'. Might I add that Director Jo is probably going to be a disaster when he takes over his company? He lacks Dae-hyun's appreciation for the purpose and significance of convenience stores in the lives of ordinary people. Lacking that vision means that he will always make wrong choices- leading to the downfall of his company. If Yeon-joo's and Director Jo's families were smart they would realize how important it was to have someone with Dae-hyun's vision- and would push Yeon-joo to marry him so that he could be groomed to take over the company. But they are hopelessly caught up in their class instead. As a result- in the coming generations they will see their wealth bleed away.

You are right that it was DH who put in the real work in his relationship w YJ. She really never has respected him and only briefly grasped some of his value- after Saet-bjul pointed that out to her.

Kim Yoo-jung, the actress, has been working as an actress for at least 15 years. Emotionally and psychologically she is more mature than most people are at 30- and it shows in her acting. So it is not surprising that you do not notice the age gap- because her maturity level largely matches that of her male lead partner.

Their characters of Saet-byul and Dae-hyun are only seven years apart in age- and we know almost from the beginning of the drama that her circumstances have forced her to become more mature than most people would be at 22.

I like that you appreciate that Dae-hyun was simply not emotionally available to Saet-byul earlier- because he is a solid and loyal lover- which in turn is just part of why he and Saet-byul can see him as an honorable man. His approach to dealing with the 'expired food' extortion is also a demonstration of his integrity.

The contrast between Yeon-joo and Saet-byul could not be starker. YJ never respected Dae-hyun. Saet-byul has taken the time to learn about him- and she values him even more now as a result of getting to know him. To her the reality of Dae-hyun is even better than the fantasy of him that she started with.

If Yeon-joo finally sees Director Jo for what he is she may indeed try to crawl back to Dae-hyun. She must already see some of his or she never would have been with DH to begin with- she has known Director Jo all her life after all. But it will be too late if she does- because once DH is emotionally available there is no conceivable way for him to resist Saet-byul.

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Yep @oldawyer - me too with everything you wrote here!

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The aftermath scene, at the dinner table with the parents of DH was really heartbreaking. What I appreciated the most in that scene is that there was no crying hysterics.. so it felt so real. Kudos to the actors here. Now that I think about it, I don't recall heaving hysterical crying scenes in this drama at all (I may be wrong), which to me actually sealed this show as one of the best acted shows so far. There is really no need to scream and do all those hysterical crying in order to show deep hurt.

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That scene was really so well done. And you are right about how very real it was. The acting in this show has been first rate.

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Hi @larelle79. I didn't know I was talking to you, a woman of colour, and I would never presume to tell you what to think. I wrote on July 6, "if people of colour respond to Dal-shik as racist, then his character is. It's their right to call BR out." In my recent post, I was talking about prejudice, class-based, as well as racial prejudice. In my view, BR is about prejudice.

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I've seen that episode 1 has some controversial moments. Is the rest of the show so far better with less controversy or??

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This is the best drama , best story best acting, best leads of the Year. , Period. My Jelly Couple is so unbeatable, rating and acting wise. so many haters, because they are very JELLY JELLY of the mega popularity of the leads!!! I feel that this two will date in real life and will get married too. They are sooooooooo sweeet with one another. MY GOSH. hope BSR will never end. p

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