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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Episode 8

If you thought the last episode was full of crying, fear not — this one is full of smiling. Our couple have taken their first steps to recovery, choosing to let go of their pasts and start anew. It’s making them see everything differently, including each other. There are others, however, who aren’t so happy with the way things are changing.

 
EPISODE 8: “Beauty and the beast”

Moon-young adores her new hairstyle, telling Kang-tae that she doesn’t have to listen to her mom now that she’s cut off her leash. Kang-tae is surprised to hear her reasoning behind the sudden change, and he congratulates her. But she’d rather get a pat on the head, like before. He does as she wishes, and she beams that she’s as happy as The Cheerful Dog.

The next morning, at breakfast, Moon-young asks Sang-tae what he thinks of her bob. “Your long hair was prettier,” he says, making her face fall. He starts rambling that she shouldn’t have cut it, and Kang-tae tries (and fails) to defuse the situation by changing the subject. Now cranky, Moon-young asks Kang-tae to place her food on her spoon. Ha, has this become their thing?

Moon-young walks Kang-tae to the car, telling him to come straight home after work so they can play. In turn, he tells her not to get in any fights with Sang-tae. She stops to enjoy the morning breeze, and for a moment, he seems captivated by her.

She faces him, making him snap out of it, and asks if she really looks pretty. He reassures her that she does, and she decides that that’s enough for her. She waves him goodbye, and as he’s driving off, he can’t help but look back at her in the mirror.

Once at work, Kang-tae is informed by caregiver Cha-yong that Go Dae-hwan had a seizure last night. As Kang-tae is redressing Dae-hwan, Dae-hwan brings up the ghost and the song it always sings. “She definitely died,” he says, “but that woman is here.”

Kang-tae asks Dae-hwan who he’s referring to, but Dae-hwan just looks out the window and repeats that the woman is at the hospital.

At home, Moon-young is browsing through articles of herself, upset to see that she’s still getting angry fan comments. She’s glad to have Sang-tae, at least, and asks him what he likes about her. Without missing a beat, he states that he liked her long hair the best.

Meanwhile, Sang-in and Seung-jae are eating at Subway (whoop, there it is). Apparently, Sang-in made Seung-jae do a background check on Joo-ri. He has her relay every little detail, from Joo-ri’s family to her relationship with Kang-tae.

While taking a break outside, Kang-tae thinks back to the way Moon-young looked before, the wind in her hair, and his saying she was pretty. “You must be going crazy, Moon Kang-tae,” he says to himself.

Director Oh looks through the hospital’s CCTV footage, wanting to find out what happened to Go Dae-hwan last night. And he sees that just after Dae-hwan’s seizure, a woman with long hair walked by — a woman that he thinks he recognizes. He calls Kang-tae and asks him to bring Park Ok-ran in.

(Reminder that Ok-ran is the woman who disregarded another patient’s sightings of the ghost and slapped Joo-ri.) Kang-tae brings Ok-ran in, and Director Oh starts questioning her about her whereabouts last night. He also asks if she happened to hum a certain song, earning Kang-tae’s attention.

Ok-ran lets out a dry laugh and tells Director Oh that she isn’t some ghost. Director Oh sees that he won’t be getting answers from her, so he decides to let her go. As Kang-tae is guiding Ok-ran back to her room, he catches her chuckling again, and she explains that she’s finally getting some attention.

Later, on the roof, Director Oh and Kang-tae talk it over and wonder why Ok-ran is lying. Director Oh asks Kang-tae to keep an eye on her, even offering a favor in return. And Kang-tae jumps at the opportunity, wanting him to start up Moon-young’s classes again.

At lunch time, Kang-tae meets up with Sang-tae, with Moon-young tagging along. Moon-young is disappointed, however, when the brothers take her to a small Chinese restaurant. Kang-tae tells her that their mom used to bring them here because he loved the jjambbong, which changes her view.

When eating, Kang-tae thinks of his mom and starts getting emotional. But then Moon-young takes a bite of her food and curses, “Fuck, it’s so spicy,” and he bursts into laughter. She watches him with a relieved smile.

It’s raining when they leave the restaurant, and Kang-tae makes sure that Sang-tae is covered by their umbrella. Moon-young feels left behind, so she rushes over to join them and makes sure that her umbrella is covering Kang-tae.

It’s time for Sang-tae’s shift at the pizza place, so the couple send him off to his bus. Moon-young then links arms with Kang-tae and suggests they grab some coffee before his break over. On the bus, Sang-tae watches them with a worried look on his face. Hm.

While getting their coffee, Kang-tae notices Moon-young staring at a man writing in his journal. (It’s Daniel Choi, from the writer’s previous drama Jugglers!) The man catches her staring and, realizing who she is, approaches saying he’s a huge fan.

Kang-tae arrives with the drinks, purposely showing off that he’s with Moon-young. But when the fan asks if he’s her boyfriend, she answers that he’s just some guy she knows. To prove it, she agrees to give the fan her phone number.

Kang-tae is growing agitated, but he holds it together, even when the fan asks him to take their picture. He clenches his jaw and takes multiple pictures of the pair making cutesy poses.

Once Kang-tae and Moon-young are alone again, he chides her for acting way too friendly to a fan she just met. She argues that the fan was too cool to pass up, annoying him further. He leaves in a huff, and she smiles with amusement. She takes out the fan’s pen, which she stole when he wasn’t looking, and says, “Ah, so cool.” LOL, I knew she was talking about the pen! (In Korean, “fan” and “pen” sound similar.)

Back at OK, Joo-ri is horrified to find her mom chatting it up with Sang-in. She’s even more horrified to learn that Mom has agreed to let him live in their building, in Jae-soo’s room. She doesn’t understand why he would want to live there, and he happily says, “Because of you.” She tries to tell him she likes someone else, but he won’t budge. So she shakes her head at him, giving up, and walks off.

Sang-in reaches the parking lot and panics when he sees Kang-tae marching right toward him. With absolutely no prelude, Kang-tae explodes; he yells that Sang-in should be considering his client’s well-being instead of letting her go around flirting with fans.

Back inside, patients Jung-tae and Ah-reum have a romantic rendezvous in the supply closet. Patients aren’t allowed to form romantic relationships, so the closet is the only place they can be together.

The couple try to leave the room inconspicuously — only to jump at the sight of Kang-tae. They beg him not to tell the higher-ups, but he has no choice. Unfortunately, he tells them, one of them will have to be transferred elsewhere.

Kang-tae doesn’t feel good about breaking the couple apart, especially seeing Ah-reum cry. All he can do is encourage them to work on their recovery so they can meet again outside the hospital.

That evening, when Sang-tae comes home, Moon-young suggests they play some poker. But he sees the doll Mang-tae in her hands and asks her what she’s doing with it — it belongs to him. He tries to grab for it, but she resists and cries that it’s hers now.

They pull on the poor doll until they accidentally tear the head off… Uh oh. We cut to Kang-tae as he arrives home, hearing screams and running up the stairs toward the sound. He bursts into his room to find this:

Moon-young and Sang-tae both shout that Mang-tae is theirs, and Kang-tae practically rolls his eyes into the back of his head. He adopts his parent tone and orders them to hand over the doll pieces. Though they do, Sang-tae then climbs into the wardrobe, crying that he hates Moon-young, and Moon-young storms off to her room.

Kang-tae sits in front of the wardrobe to talk his brother out. He apologizes for taking the doll without permission, but Sang-tae hasn’t used it for years. “When you don’t need something,” he says, “it’s nice to offer it to someone who does need it.”

Kang-tae reminds Sang-tae that, at the end of the day, he’ll always have him. To that, Sang-tae says that Moon-young can keep Mang-tae — as long as she doesn’t get Kang-tae. The condition surprises Kang-tae, but he puts on a smile and agrees.

Later, Kang-tae settles into the living room and starts sewing Mang-tae’s head back on. Moon-young joins him, still annoyed, and he asks that she be patient with Sang-tae at times like this. She’s curious to know how he does it, how he always manages to hold everything in. You know, since he’s the expert. “Keeping it all inside and enduring it,” he explains, “is the only way I can protect Hyung.”

She smiles and points out that them being opposites, him patient and her volatile, makes them the perfect match. Like a bomb and its safety pin. He gets pouty and brings up the fan they met earlier, which is when she reveals that the “fan” she likes is actually a pen. Besides, she says, leaning in, she likes him the most. Feeling tired, she then rests her head in his lap and insists on sleeping here, where Mang-tae is.

Soon, Moon-young is fast asleep. Kang-tae gets up from the couch to cover her with a blanket, and he tucks her in with the now fixed Mang-tae. He sits back and looks at her, this longing in his eyes, and slowly… lightly places his hand over hers. But that’s all he allows himself to do before pulling back.

The next day, Sang-in wakes up in his newly shared room and discovers that his facial hair is gone. We see that last night, Jae-soo accidentally spit out his gum on Sang-in’s sleeping face and had to shave off his beard. (Oh my word, that is gross.) Apparently, Seung-jae is living in the building too, rooming with Joo-ri.

On the way to work, Joo-ri warns her mom not to push her and Sang-in together or anything. Mom sighs and says that she just wants Joo-ri to give her energy to someone who will like her back. Joo-ri’s mood only gets worse, as she and Mom arrive at OK the same time as Moon-young and the Moon brothers.

Mom tries to ease the tension by inviting Moon-young over for dinner, saying she and Joo-ri can fight all they want as long as they make up (hee). After forcing a smile, Joo-ri drags Mom inside, the others right behind them. Moon-young links arms with Kang-tae, but this time, Sang-tae squeezes in between them.

Before literature class, Moon-young stops by Director Oh’s office. He tells her that it was Kang-tae who asked to bring her back, and she’s pleasantly surprised. He then asks if she knows the patient Park Ok-ran, but she only knows her from class.

Meanwhile, Jung-tae thanks Kang-tae for keeping his relationship with Ah-reum a secret for now. He wishes he had Kang-tae’s strong character, but he just can’t control himself. “I see [Ah-reum] every day, and it really drives me crazy,” he says. “I tell myself I shouldn’t look at her, but I think of her even when I close my eyes.”

As Jung-tae continues, Kang-tae seems to realize that he’s been feeling this way for Moon-young lately. Feeling jealous, feeling reluctant. He finds himself walking over to Moon-young’s class and watching her through the door. She sees him and gives him a wave, along with an adorable eye smile, making him turn the other way.

Moon-young frowns and then goes on with her lesson of Beauty and the Beast: “The Beast was usually selfish and harsh on Belle. So him doing something nice and gazing at her with a faint smile was enough to move her. ‘Ah, the Beast is lonely, so I should embrace him with my love. Only I can change him.’”

Moon-young concludes that Belle was delusional, that she fell into Stockholm Syndrome. This makes Ah-reum cry that that’s not true — Belle truly loved the Beast and that love healed his wounded soul. Moon-young remembers Kang-tae comforting her after her nightmare, and she silently wonders, “Love?”

Moon-young still seems to be pondering this after class, as she smokes a cigarette outside. All of a sudden, Ah-reum’s abusive ex-husband shows and chases Ah-reum into the garden. The ex begs Ah-reum to take him back, saying he’ll do better, but she’s done with him. She wants to start anew.

The ex still won’t quit, so Ah-reum blurts out that there’s someone she likes. And just like that, a flip switches and the ex starts being aggressive. He lifts a hand to slap her, when an empty can hits him in the face. “Omo, sorry,” Moon-young says, approaching them. “I thought you were a trash can.”

The ex scowls and says that this hospital sure is full of crazy bitches, and Moon-young retorts that he should check in since he’s a crazy bastard. To that, the guy punches her to the ground and then grabs her to hit her again. Before he can, Kang-tae comes rushing over and punches him twice as hard.

Everyone — the staff, Sang-tae, and most of all, Moon-young — is in complete shock to see Kang-tae so angry. Cha-yong tries to hold him back, Nurse Park yells for him to stop, but he’s in a blind rage as he gets ready to deliver another blow. It’s Ah-reum’s desperate crying that finally snaps him out of it.

Kang-tae immediately falls back and helps Moon-young to her feet, asking if she’s okay. He lifts a hand to her cheek, as if the others aren’t even there. And she seems to melt at his touch, dropping the rock she’d been holding behind her back.

Kang-tae is willing to accept whatever punishment for his actions, and, ultimately, Director Oh decides to suspend him without pay. Though, something tells me Director Oh would’ve given a lighter sentence if Nurse Park wasn’t there.

Sang-tae, and then Cha-young, demand to know what happened, reminding him that he’s good at holding things in. But Kang-tae just packs up his stuff and heads for the door. Joo-ri stops him next, thinking he should just apologize and admit he made a mistake. “It wasn’t a mistake,” he tells her, walking past.

The patients sadly watch Kang-tae go, though Sun-hae swears she saw him smiling. Kang-tae is, in fact, smiling, and he’s smiling bigger and bigger as he thinks of Moon-young, of the time she promised to run away with him if he ever had the urge.

Kang-tae’s running now, out of the hospital and towards the bench where Moon-young is. He happily declares that he got suspended, that he might get sued, and that everything’s messed up. That being said, he wants to run away with her, like she promised. Now. He holds out his hand, and she takes it, matching his grin.

 
COMMENTS

I really liked the last episode, but I think this one might be my favorite so far. I just loved how light everything felt. Obviously, there was a lot of humor and it was great, but there was also a lightness, an openness, that I don’t know how to explain. The scene of Moon-young with the wind in her hair is probably the best representation. The haircut didn’t change her or her personality; it just brought out the light that was already in her. She was sweet, she was bubbly, yet she was still her boss bitch self.

I think Kang-tae’s known for a while now, that he has feelings for Moon-young. He’s been seeing a lot more of her true self, of her genuine smiles, and it’s only made his feelings stronger. He thought he could hold back, like he’s been holding back everything else, but it was about time his safety pin came falling out. It’s quite beautiful, actually, watching the effect she has on him (and vice versa, of course). She pushes him, for sure, but she’s pushing him to be selfish for his own good. As a result, he’s starting to see how amazing a little selfishness can feel. That last scene made me think of an early episode, when he imagined himself in Gi-do’s place, jumping on stage freely. Kang-tae running out of the hospital, smiling from ear-to-ear, I saw that exact same freedom.

It’s interesting, because I never expected Sang-tae to disapprove of our couple’s relationship. For a moment, when he was watching them from the bus, I thought he was worried his brother was stealing the girl he liked. It’s so much more heartbreaking knowing the truth, that he’s worried this girl is stealing his brother. Sang-tae’s always trying to prove that he’s self-sufficient, and I believe that he is, but still… Kang-tae is his dongsaeng and he doesn’t want to lose him. I’m sure there will come a point where Sang-tae and Moon-young come to him with that question: Who does he like more? I’m not looking forward to that, because I was just starting to fall in love with Moon-young and the brothers as their own little family. I don’t want them to fight…

I’m also curious about Moon-young and how her feelings will change things. She’s attached to Kang-tae, and she jokes about dating him, but she seems to shy away from the idea of loving him. For her, it might be a combination of being scared to love and not knowing how to love. If that’s the case, I do hope she finds the courage to join him and figure love out together. (I’ve gotta say, though, things are so intense between them, and they haven’t even kissed yet! I swooned like crazy over a simple handhold!) Finally, I’m ever curious about the hospital ghost, now that we know(?) it’s Ok-ran. The history behind this ghost and the Go family is so intriguing, and I’m dying to see the full story. Will there be more heartbreak at the end of that story? Probably. There’s big trouble on the horizon, which only makes me appreciate this happy episode more.

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Thanks so much for the speedy recap and your enthusiasm @sailorjumun! I’m loving the discussion and the drama ☺

The integration of fairy tales into the story is just done so well! I love the way we get the tale at just the right moment, so that we see its immediate application in one or two character’s lives – but then later start to see the same tale emerging in other characters too. You end up using the fairy tale as a lens through which to view everyone: is he/she more of a Beauty or a Beast in his/her relationship with x? It’s such an effective way of forcing the viewer to think and engage with characters rather than just seeing them passively.

I loved MY’s interaction with Choi Daniel in the coffee shop – her single-mindedness to get the pen by whatever means necessary was hilarious. And it was cleverly done to allow us to see KT’s growing feelings for MY through jealousy – although it started as MY’s quest for a pen, I felt she started to engineer the situation to deliberately push KT’s buttons and see how he reacted. She is just so sharp on reading others. Although KT exploded at SI for having trained MY to react to fans like this, I think she was deliberately shaping the situation more than he realised, to explore his reaction.

Finally, the end. Yeeeeeeessssssssss! Finally KT is cutting his leash and taking the plunge. Loved the setting for this – the beach, sea and blue sky, bright colours – suggesting freedom, happiness, adventure and fun. And their smiles – I swear I was grinning as widely as them. And let’s not forget the raising of KSH’s eyebrows just at the right moment: you flirt, you…

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my favorite line from this excellent episode may have been: "no, he's just someone i know".

she absolutely knew what she was doing lol

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Haha I loved that too! I was like, "Well, she's not wrong Kang Tae!!" Hahaha

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Those eyebrows and the look in his eyes *melts in a puddle*

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I think MY is sharp in reading others when it comes to feelings she can identify with e.g. jealousy, covetousness...but she has difficulty with recognizing things she has not experienced herself, like love. Which is why she paused and pondered when A-reum went off about how Beauty and the Beast was about love and how love can change A person.

MY knows she is manipulating KT to an extent, to get what she wants (which is him, of course) but perhaps now she is discovering more tender feelings for him

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When Moon-young unabashedly put Choi Daniel's hand on her waist, I wish Kang-tae had flashed back to Moon-young telling him, "I don't like when other people touch me. Only you can touch me." and stew all over again.

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i really wanted him to be petty and bring that up later haha

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Offering up prayers to dramagods to give us petty Gang tae every once in a while 🙏
Mr.Daniel hoping to have a hand on the shoulder got a free upgrade to hand on the waist thanks to GT's nitpicking. Ha, her face and challenging smirk at GT after firmly placing the hand there... Chef's kisses galore ♥️

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Oh Boy!!! That's all I can say after watching next ep's trailer...

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Oh and isn't Kangtae suspended WITH pay? Not without?

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I think it was without pay.

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Hyung will take care of little brother now and pay the bills.

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Aww...I loved the reversal of roles in the scene were KT was getting reprimanded and hyung was trying to smoothen the feathers and elbowing his dongsaeng to make nice as he always does.

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Kim Soo Hyun’s SMILE.

That’s all I can say after this episode. Oh boy oh boy.

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And upcoming probable tears! 😥

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Am I the only one who felt uneasy in the gut when Gang - Tae smiled and ran happily! I was happy yet nervous.
It suddenly looked like Gang-Tae became a child and was going to a picnic... awwww.. my heart!

Sang-Tae and Moon Young - oh poor Gang-Tae..
As some beanie pointed out (sorry! forgot your name), MY never touched his hair (sensitive spot), which shows she is aware and cares about Sang Tae.

I believe Sang-Tae telling that she can have Mung Tae and not Gang-Tae is coming out of fear of abandonment and not selfishness. He lost his mother and he can't afford to lose his brother. He is very self-aware. He knows that he is different and that he needs Gang-Tae and he is his only family. Also, he doesn't need the level of attention that Gang-tae seems to be giving him. I think they can find a balance.
I do see that Sang-Tae will realise that no matter what, Gang-tae will be his brother. I hope these 3 form a little family, heal together and walk happily in the rain..

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Honestly, I'm worried about how Sang Tae will react to the budding relationship between our two leads. I think you're right that it's not about selfishness but abandonment. Up until now, it's been him and his brother, and now some girl shows up and threatens to come between them, at least to him. I hope they can find a way to make it work, the three of them.

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Given that Jae Su is part of the brothers’ life, I hope MY can also become a part. But it’s going to be challenging since she herself needs help.
We will get some angst right?? I am so not ready.

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Ah, the angst. I'm not ready either. But at least we have some intense chemistry between our leads to counter it 😉.

It's different with Jae Su. I think Sang Tae has never seen him as a threat to his relationship with his brother, but in MY's case, everything can change if she were to start dating his brother.

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yeah, and even though jaesu moves around with them, he seems to have maintained a certain distance. like they are living in separate rooms in juri's house, and previously, they weren't even living in the same area.

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Yes I felt so uneasy when Kang-tae ran happily lolll. It's nice seeing him liberated. But I do think this bearing of his soul leaves him vulnerable.

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Did anyone feel uneasy because they were scared Moon-young would reject him? What was with her unreadable facial expression? I shrieked, "Look at him smiling! Smile back!"

Even though that would make no narrative sense. Moon-young has been hitting on Kang-tae for eight episodes -- she blew in his ear today, for goodness' sake -- she would never reject him. Besides, she deserves for Kang-tae to chase her for once.

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lol i wasn't scared she would reject him, i think for the first time, i read concern on her face. like she looked genuinely concerned for his mental health and well-being hahaaa

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I think she was overwhelmed with the thought that ‘love’ could be a possibility in her life.
And right at that moment she saw Kang Tae coming towards her in a way she has never seen him. She was completely stumped since all this was very ‘new’ to her. When he spoke she understood that he is trying to unleash himself too.
“Ah, this is what Kang Tae looks like when he unleashes”

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i don't think moon young will ever reject him. there will be separation caused by external conflicts, and kang tae will try to push her away. her growth will then be highlighted by her accepting this, imo. i very much feel like moon young is ride or die for kang tae. quite literally.

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I too was scared she would reject him and maybe say something like 'you are now too easy'. I literally held my breath. I didnt want to Kang Tae being heartbroken after showing us the most beautiful smile. She just took a wee bit too long to smile or show some reaction.
Me being me, I would have loved to have KT lift her up and twirl her around just to show he is finally 'free'

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Yess...I was sooo on edge seeing her look while GT was pouring his feelings out for the first time in a long time..I was worried some one (mostly her dad) had got to her (emotionally with something linked to her mom) and caused her to retract. I was sooo relieved when she finally held his hand and seemed to match his mood.. I was praying,please writer-nim..Give them one good day. GT needs her to come through on her offer to help him play hooky from life.

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Yes, I was also shouting at my television :)

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The fact that Moon Young is the one with a bloody nose and Sang Tae is just covered in feathers was hugely telling to me. I mean, he’s taking something that’s hers, that Kang Tae gave to her, and we’ve seen that Moon Young is capable of being absolutely vicious in both physical fighting and speech. Hell, she ends the episode on the verge of braining someone with a rock!

But the way she fought with Sang Tae isn’t even the way an APD kid usually fights with other kids - she’s restraining herself mightily, and it HAS to be Kang Tae’s request that she treat Sang Tae with respect and not fight. Did she succeed completely? No. But did Kang Tae come home to a concussed hyung locked in a wardrobe? Also no. And that was totally an option!

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she didn't touch a hair on his head! she was definitely being considerate bc it's sang tae, kang tae's hyung. it does make me wonder though, what if this had been someone like juri or jaesu, who may not have fought back at all. we saw that he kept going on kang tae until moon young stopped him. it's just a heartbreaking reality of the disorder that this stuff happens.

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Actually, I could be totally wrong, but I got a sense of suppressed hysteria in Sang-tae's smile, that made me uneasy.

In fact, Sang-tae's long suppressed emotions, which have been bubbling up to the surface since he met Moon-young, have made me uneasy. The depth of that anger/resentment was shown in the childhood scene, when he screams at his mother that he wishes Sang-tae were dead, and shortly afterwards, he finds himself facing a life/death choice when it comes to Sang-tae, and his first reaction is to walk away, leaving that burden behind him (by allowing Sang-tae to drown). That resentment/anger is so deep that we see him hesitate, make the choice to let Sang-tae die, and start walking away. Then we see his internal struggle, as he considers the consequences of walking away/freedom vs. returning to save Sang-tae/reaffirm his lifetime burden. It was not an easy choice for him to make, and considering that he loves his brother, and the intolerable guilt he would have carried with him, it served to show the depths of his resentment and despair. And on top of that, immediately after he saves Sang-tae, his brother runs away, leaving him to drown, but for MT's interference. What did that entire scenario do to this boy's already simmering resentment, and feeling of being trapped. He is the "happy dog," but he can't cut his leash, which is Sang-tae.

I wasn't surprised when he couldn't contain his anger and started beating the abusive boyfriend to a pulp, because that anger is so clearly present. In fact, I think we've seen that Sang-tae is afraid of Kang-tae's anger. He notices it, mentions it, cowers in a corner or cupboard or under a table, not just when he's angry with Kang-tae, but when he thinks Kang-tae is angry at him.

Now Kang-tae is, for the first time, allowing himself to feel affection for someone else. He wants to do something just for himself. He's already had Sang-tae remind him that MY can't have him, because he belongs to Sang-tae. He looked startled when ST said that.

So, when he runs out of the hospital towards MY, smiling, I saw much more than just joy in his expression. I thought his smile was a bit tremulous, as if he were experiencing many emotions, and joy at the prospect of escape was tempered by other emotions - guilt, perhaps, and certainly despair in knowing that even though he might temporarily escape his leash, and run and play in the field, he would soon be forced to return to his leash, because there is no escape.

I hope that doesn't offend anyone, but the reality is clear: even though Kang-tae loves his brother, Sang-tae is a burden that he was forced to assume at birth, and that he (believes he) will be forced to carry until one of them dies.

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“Belle’s love calmed the beast’s violent nature. That love embraced his wounded soul.. “ cue flashbacks to KT..

Because these words evoked the memories of KT embracing her, I initially thought it was another instance of MY sub-consciously identifying herself as an isolated monster who desired acceptance and true love. On the other hand, she describes the story as the Beast grooming his victim, so it’s hard to know whether MY consciously thought she was “grooming” KT from day 1. For example, I’ll swap out Belle and the Beast for KT and MY in the next lines:

“Mun-yeong is usually selfish and harsh on Kang-tae. So doing something nice once in a blue moon and gazing at him with a faint smile on her face was enough to move the naive man, Kang-tae”.

Doesn’t this just sound like their relationship? Of course, the impt difference is that KT’s attraction has nothing to do with wanting to change her, but I’m curious whether she perceives herself as an abuser in their relationship and whether she’s been intentionally harsh while “gazing at him with a faint smile on her face” in the early stages.

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ST tells KT “But, if I give all my stuff to people who need them, what about me? What will I have left” and the look on KT’s face... Personally, I interpreted it as KT hearing out-loud something very childish - if I give away my stuff, then what about me? It’s really what a kid would say, but it holds so much meaning for KT because he never got to ask this question nor address it.
Personally, I thought this was line was more impactful on KT than “MT not KT” which I’m sure others will talk about. What I like though, is that it speaks to Kang-tae’s poor emotional health that most of his learning and development in this series has come from children’s books, ST’s throwaway comments and actions/words of patients who are mentally ill to the point of psychosis - it just points to his fragile state in which he is in many (or most) ways less emotionally mature than ST and MY, who were basically fighting like little school kids.

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The giant rock reminds me her conversation with KT...on how she should stay calm like him. Right now, there is someone else that can lift her angst on messy situation. She is a real "thug" 😅

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I do love what a "thug" she is. She has a nosebleed but ST is the one calling her vicious 🤣

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ST's line about MY being "a good fighter" and "vicious" almost had a whiff of admiration in it - it did make me chuckle. Both of them gave as good as they got, that's for sure!

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That hidden stone, ah! She's a real thug 😅! I also laughed the previous episode, when KT kicked SI out of the castle and SI asked her with true surprise "Why are you acting all weak?" 🤣🤣

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The ex has no idea how lucky he is that KT came and punched him, cos if that stone had gotten to him......

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I lorrve this show's word plays(when I do manage to catch them being a non-native).I LOL'd when she was kkangpaen-ing out by throwing a kkangtong at the abusive loser.

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Regarding grooming, I'm thinking of the opposite. I think MY believes she is the Beast and that he is grooming GT but Ah-reum gave her a different perspective on it. After she talked lovingly about the relationship of Belle and the Beast, MY reminisced that time with Gang-tae and she asked "Love?" I think she realized that she could have been wrong. What if she wasn't being manipulative like she thought but is actually in love with Gang-tae?

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I guess in a way, if she thought she was being manipulative towards him but she actually wasn't, and it was a matter of how she interpreted KT's changing attitude towards her, then it's harmless and works to her favor to re-cast the progress in their relationship as the result of mutual love. But we've talked in earlier episodes about the manipulative lines MY has been feeding KT (like after the fight outside her house), and I do think there is potential for danger if MY thought her "tactics" were working and was intentionally saying these things. To an extent, I do think she's been manipulative early on, and it doesn't sit so well with me if MY thinks they are in their current state because of said 'grooming', because of what she may do in the future. @chandler has a better articulated post below

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I find it interesting that the drama shows us different perspectives on the Beauty-Beast tale: AR speaks of the transformative power of love, but she's given up (and rightly so!) on her abusive ex...
that one doesn't look like hell ever stop being a Beast. What about MY? Drama makes us doubt all the time, because it shows how gray relationships are, and I'm loving it for that!

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Hum.. Honestly, I like to see KT being more opened, smiling with MY. But I would like for him someone he doesn't have to care so much because after the fight between ST and MY, it was like an adult with 2 kids (The fight was super funny by the way).

MY is really direct and I'm afraid it will put KT between her and his brother, they will ask him to choose.

MY has a little side of a cleptoman, she likes to take things :p

How they handled the ex-husband was weird. The guy threatened one patient and one teacher of the hospital without being protected by a nurse or a guard. But he's the one being punished. They could sue the ex-husband too...

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You are right. I had that question too. Given Ah-reum's temperament and violent nature of her ex-husband, they should have understood the situation better(They are psychiatrists!).

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Yes about handling the ex-husband, MY can also sue him! It seems to me that K-dramas often tend to handle punching people in a really weird way, with a kind of... I don't know, randomness. Most of the time, I find it pretty infuriating.

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Sometimes, they accept so easily to be sued without riposting...

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I know, right? Areum's husband should get restraining order by now...seems he really cannot handle his alcoholism and still behaving violently towards his spouse.

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The setting of that scene was odd - the husband was clearly a visitor, Ah Reum was obviously running from him, the staff all know her backstory and yet she’s out in a garden surrounded by staff and no one intervened until he slapped Moon Young? Hmm.

As for Kang Tae getting suspended, I think the show muddled it a bit with the idea of him getting sued. It’s unlikely that Kang Tae will lose a lawsuit if Moon Young testifies and the CCTV shows everything that happened. But at the same time, I can understand the suspension; Kang Tae’s role in the hospital involves a lot of very disturbed and potentially violent patients, and of all people, he should have the ability to defuse that sort of situation without violence. He also did it in front of patients, which could cause them to fear him and other staff. So punching ANYONE in anger when you’re working as a psychiatric nurse is probably worth at least a suspension and possibly demotion/retraining, just as general policy.

But it is the perfect storm for Kang Tae. Everything goes completely wrong, but at the same time he and Sang Tae are living rent-free in a castle right now. His brother has a schedule and friends looking out for him. Kang Tae is going to miss work, but for once in his life he can probably coast without a paycheck for a couple of weeks. The lawsuit on top just adds to the absurdity. So now that everything he’s been balancing for so long has come crashing to the ground, but miraculously not in a way that ruins his life... he’s free.

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Im not surprised by the setting--they tried to cover their bases by showing GT losing a fight with a lamp or something before chasing after them--but, Ok is a TRASH hospital. There was a ton of staff milling about before GT came and hit the ex. Which means that a ton of staff so the ex chasing Ahreum and decided to do nothing. A ton of staff saw MY getting hit and didn't do diddly. They only sprung into action after GT socked him. And then they were suddenly close enough to grab GT before he could hit him a second time.

Its a good thing MY had the presence of mind to grab a rock to take that man out. If GT hadnt arrived Im conviced the stafd would have let her get murdered by that guy. He was in her face, grabbing her (I think) to pull her up so he could hit her again. Amd as always the staff just stood there.

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small correction: the caregiver who got ousted by the lamp in the visiting room was not kang tae, it was the other, taller caregiver.

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It was indeed weird how harsh they reprimanded KT for punching that guy, especially that head nurse asking for KT to be punished. While it was probably wrong to hit him for legal reasons, that guy threatened one of their patients and slapped MY, who teaches there. Why did they even allow him to see Ah-reum in the first place, when she is in the mental Hospital because of him?

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I think the main point is that the guy was attacked in the first place by MY. Although he was about to do something, he didn't do it. He didn't hit MY either. Of course, it was because of KT, but he had done anything the minute KT reached him.
I also think it was extreme to get KT punished, but I don't think Dr. Oh does things just because. I think he did this on purpose. He knows all the story involving the brothers, because KT has told him, and although KT thinks it's only ST the one receiving treatment, I think Dr. Oh has a plan in his head that involves both brothers.

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Ah-reum's ex did punch Moon-young in the face while Ak-reum was hiding behind her.

I think Moon-young despised men who are physically abusive because it reminds them of her dad. Same reason why she saved that little girl from her dad in earlier episodes.

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I've just rewatched, you are right, he hit MY.
I guess the point is that hospital personal cannot attack anyone, just defend or avoid an aggression.
KT was intentionally hitting the guy.
It cannot be self defense.

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There's a thing called "excessive force" (from my observations of the Korean legal system - ha, ha). Either the director or the head nurse mentioned that KT used excessive force when he punched the guy, and that's why he has to be punished. Even women who defend themselves in abusive relationships can be charged with using excessive force (if they happen to kill the abuser), I don't know how current that is or even if it really exists. It may just exist in dramaland.

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@jorobertson in my country there's this concept of a "proportional and rational use of force" which is specially applied to Police and the rest of the State Security Forces, with the meaning you've just explained. The reaction of the authority can never be "more" than the aggression received. That's what happened here. KT would just have immobilize the guy, but hit him hard and was about to do it again. There's no such thing as self defense (from an strictly legal point of view).

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I do think that KT used too much force, it's just the other guy wasn't innocent at all neither, so the Hospital could use this fact to counterattack and not just let KT take the blame for all of it...

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dramalover4ever: "There's a thing called "excessive force" (from my observations of the Korean legal system - ha, ha). Either the director or the head nurse mentioned that KT used excessive force when he punched the guy, and that's why he has to be punished. Even women who defend themselves in abusive relationships can be charged with using excessive force (if they happen to kill the abuser), I don't know how current that is or even if it really exists. It may just exist in dramaland."

You are correct. I don't know specifics about Korean law, but they clearly allow defense of self/defense of others, but it appears more limited than what we're used to in the US. For example, I live in a "stand your ground" state, where a person who is where they have a right to be (ie public place) has no duty to retreat in order to avoid a confrontation. At the same time, that right to "stand your ground" has limitations. First, you can't claim self defense if you are the "first aggressor." IOW, if you set up a situation where you cause another person to have to use self defense, you don't get to respond and claim self defense. The second qualifier is that the force must be reasonable. You can have a right to use self defense, but it can't be excessive to deal with the threat you're facing. So, for example, if you are in a public place, and you can see a person is unarmed, you can't stab or shoot them. (The defense in excessive force cases is usually that the accused person thought there was a greater danger - such as they saw the person "go for" what they thought was a weapon, when, in fact, there was no weapon. Then it goes to whether a reasonable person in the accused's place would have perceived a greater threat than there actually was). And finally, re self defense, it has to be imminent harm of self or another. If the person starts walking away, you don't get to follow them. If they are on the ground, you don't get to keep punching them.

For Kang-tae, while the first punch seemed classic "defense of others," once the guy hit the ground and started cowering, everything was gratuitous violence. No defense to that.

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That guy definitely hit Moon Young, I just watched the scene again, and he slappes her across the face causing her to fall to the ground which is why KT punched him in the first place. My issue is not so much with Dr Oh, as he wasn't even there, but with the head nurse and the other hospital employees for just standing there and not defending their patient and on top of that asking for KT to get a harsh punishment for stepping in.

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Yes, you are right. He hit her.
My point is that I believe Dr. Oh and Nurse Park (he calls her noona) have a reason for what they are doing.

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Yes, I think you're right. This is Dr. Oh being crafty. He's up to something - namely giving KT hia opportunity to take time off and find out what he wants. So, yes, technically it seems a very random call - because it's part of a wider plan. Dr. Oh, our resident Fairy Godmother, is at work...

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Dr Oh = Fairy Godmother, so right! Been wondering what did he remind me of, watching everything through the CCTV, and discreetly putting events into motion...

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i do feel like dr. oh has an overarching grand scheme to help all of our characters overcome their traumas, or at least come face to face with them. he seems goofy and random, but he's actually very observant and knows everybody's business.

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@dogemama

I agree with you but he should take responsibility also for the hospital staff's negligent in this case.

(I'm enjoying his reunion with Kim Soo-hyun. Love them together in MFTS).

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@kiara me too! this duo works really well together, so i'm glad they got to reunite!

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Help or not.
Get involved or look the other way. 
Wait for the crime to be committed first or prevent it from happening.

My head.

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I like that they diagnosed her with multiple issues to elevate the humour in a twisted kind of way. her obsession with pens bordering on objectophilia is another example

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Oh it's not just pens..any pretty, sharp, pointy thing that catches her fancy. I knew Mr.Daniel's spectacular pen was gonna go bye-bye the moment she did her plucking in the air thing...and u're right, th humour in those situations never gets old even as I belatedly remember to cluck at the kleptomaniac. She's just so charming and dangerous...

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For me, episode 8 felt short on my plate. Perhaps it showing more rom-com and unnessary sideline stories. I still couldn't relate Beauty and the Beast theme in this episode... although my husband hinting about MY being the Beast and KT is Beauty. Somehow, the magic of it feels dissappearing (at least for me).

I don't believe the lady in flower robe (Oh Ran) is MY's mom. She is definitely just an avid fan of mystery novels. She may have a behind story, and director-nim put her as red herring to distract us. So far, we still lack of deep hint about darker side of her mom stories (we need it more and quickly ✌). At least, we cannot fully rely on MY's memories yet.

What mindboggling me in this episode is how can people still hanging loosely on abusive relationship? I am not " Blame the victim" prone but Areum is sucked and pathetic. She knows that she needs to move on, but how come she still defending her ass**** jealousy husband? Her addiction idea on love will cured everything is totally bull****! How can she move on when she cannot free herself from being a victim of self-destruct attitude?

By the end, I always wondering whether we human are always naive, hoping for romantically that love solve/ transform anything? Is love always a blessing in disguise for a weaker heart? Or does loving someone else makes us vulnerable because the object/person that we love can become a weapon to use against us? Love can be the strength and destructive, depending on how we manipulated it.

PS: I don't think a kiss needed here for ML and FL. Perhaps everyone is drooling all over it but not me. MY just learnt her new perspective of love, the one that is totally different from what she knew. At their current stage of progress, it will be just a lustful act, not a romantic one.

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I think Ah Reum may be referring to Jung Tae when she talked about the power of love. I interpret it as her saying that her and Jung Tae's love will help heal both of them and make them get better. It's still naive on her part, but that's what it seems like. I think she is over her ex because she repeatedly told him that she doesn't want to do anything with him. In one of the initial episodes, she was defending him saying that alcohol was to blame, but now she's telling him that she is moving on with her life. It may not be the growth we want but at least it's one step forward. Also one of the nurses pointed out how Ah Reum had known her husband since middle school. We all know how impressionable kids are at that age. So it seems like she was already under his influence before she could mature as a person. It seems like she hasn't really grown up as a person. We see it in the way she does her homework and wants her teacher's approval.

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The entire Ah Reum storyline is not going to end well, I feel. There’s a reason you shouldn’t develop relationships in treatment, and Ah Reum isn’t standing on her own two feet. In a very controlled environment she’s leaning heavily on a recovering alcoholic who’s still smuggling alcohol into the hospital. They’re both talking about when they get out of the hospital, but... When they do, she’ll be clingy and he’ll be drunk, based on current status. And on their own.

Not good.

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At last, somebody sees my perspective about Areum. What she felt new love with Jung Tae, might also misinterpreted too. She falls again person with alcoholism problem, duhhhh. This is why I mentioned about her incapability of freeing herself (totally can see her becoming a victim again).

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I also think the patients' relationship is there as a mirror for KT and MY. KT advises the guy to finish treatment before pursuing that relationship - and that's what's normally advised, but it's obvious that if they keep on being together at OK hospital, they won't be able to stay apart. Maybe being together will aid their healing process, maybe not. Some goes for MY and KT!
My guess is that the drama is nudging us to think about MY and KT' as two people who have issues, and whether they are helpful to each other or if it would be best for them to wait until they went through therapy... Because we're still on EP 8, there's probably angst in store for the two of them

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Areum's relationship with her ex-husband was a perfect example of grooming. That's what Byeol and Juri talked about. So to see Ahreum standing up against the guy and tell him she's moved on is already a major step towards her progress. Of course, to us, we find it naive and stupid.

I also agree with @manichan that ai think when she talked about love, she was referring to Jungtae. So it could be interpreted both ways. To describe her toxic relationship with her ex in disguise of love (as in Stockholm syndrom), and to her relationship with Jungtae (love which is healing in its pure form).

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I agree.
She was really brave to tell his ex husband she had found someone to rebuild her life.
She's not pathetic to me. She's in a psychiatric hospital for a reason. And this may have been a huge step for her to heal.

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Agree! And her desire to get better and be able to be with JT in a healthy relationship is motivating her in a positive way - hopefully not just for him, but also for herself.

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areum saving her abusive ex from getting pummeled by kang tae does not necessarily mean she is hanging on to him. you can be against violence in general, and if she was saving anyone in that instance, i think it was kang tae, who would've hurt that clown much worse if she hadn't intervened, and the repercussions would've been much more severe than suspension with no pay. areum is soft spoken and clearly a romantic to a fault, but she stood her ground against her ex-husband. she firmly said no, she didn't even want to talk to him! idk how this could be interpreted as her hanging on to an abusive relationship. and even if she was clinging on, why in the world would one talk smack about her, when her abusive ex-husband is standing right next to her, threatening to take her agency away? i don't think it is right to call someone who's been groomed to think she deserves the awful things that have happened to her "pathetic" for clinging on to these dangerous beliefs or the perpetrator. victims of abuse cope with their trauma in different ways. they need extreme care and therapy for rehabilitation. unlike the perpetrator, they deserve our patience and benefit of the doubt every step of the way.

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I'm with you in terms of the trajectory of the story with the ending of this episode.

I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's not that I don't like it and I dont hate it either.

I also couldnt pin point the Beauty & the Beast parallelism. If MY is supposed to be the Beast and KT is Belle in MY's interpretation, the "love" realization for her means that KT's recent acts of kindness could mean love towards her? So she realized there during class that KT could be in love with her?

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I believe this is accurate. From her perspective she has essentially been grooming and manipulating him. This is something she knows because she wants him. She does things unintentionally, such as when she took the fur stole from that woman, she wasn't trying to help her, she just wanted the stole, however she ended up helping her. The same is true with Kang Tae, she is helping him unintentionally. He is feeling love to wards her, while she has been manipulating him. Now that she understands what he is feeling is love, I think this is where her growth will begin. Maybe, lol.

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Thank you SailorJumun for recapping the most beautiful episode yet. The fight between Moon-young and Sang-tae was absolutely hilarious and I kept watching it over and over again. But I wish for them to reconcile soon. Hope this fight doesn't cause a big rift. Fingers crossed!

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thanks for the great recap @sailorjumun !! i loved this episode because of how happy moon young and kang tae looked all the time. i think the contrasts in kang tae’s behavior are really interesting too. MY even brought up how KT didn’t even get mad when she cut KT’s hand that guy at the book signing lashes out at ST, and KT said he has to think about the consequences when he does something. but the second someone hit MY, KT punched someone for her, and ended up getting suspended. it shows how much he cares for her. i just hope he isn’t forced to choose between MY and ST !!

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I think my favorite thing in this one was Sang-Tae's reaction to MY's new haircut. :'))) I don't know to me it was hilarious, priceless, I just can't... I'm still laughing!!!

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ST doesn't like changes, and I have to say her long hair was really beautiful.

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(I really liked her long hair, too!)

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I also miss the long hair. She looked flawless with it in a side braid in episode 04 and while she was waiting for KT at the cursed castle. But I also like the short hair. Argh, molla! 😂

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Yeah, I actually hit pause a few times to try and work out how that braid came together. My hair isn't quite as long, but I was going to try to see if I could do an "off-brand" version (did not turn out nearly as nicely).

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Her hair is actually still pretty long - shoulder length, not what I'd call a short haircut.

BUT, that brings me to my observation of several Kdramas lately, and this one in particular. Doesn't it seem as if many Korean actors have really long necks? I noticed it first in WWWSK. Now I'm noticing it here. These actors are giving Audrey Hepburn some serious competition.

So, although Moon-young's hair is cut to shoulder length, her neck is so long, her hair is still pretty long!

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I know, right..The first time she took scissors to that beauty, I was like oh noes...hold on, may be we could do a 'symbolic' hair cut rather than a literal one😅.. don't ask me how that would've gone down! Anyhoo long hair or bobbed hair MY continues to be her awesome irreverent self, I dig.

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When Sang-tae asked, "Why did you get such an ugly haircut?" he was indirectly insulting Kang-tae. lol

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That whole hair cut scene and aftermath was hilarious.. KT claiming to have plenty of experience having cut hyung's hair for years..MY's horrified expression and hopeful question that he cut it that way coz ST prefers it like that, right? Right???
GT all serious faced, claiming that no, it's the hair style he came up with. MY's lost look at that...perfection ♥️

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I LOLed so much at the opening scene when MY was horrified that it KT that have ST oppa his mushroom haircut. Not sure how many times I replayed that scene before I watched the entire episode. 😂

MY is really pretty with her short hair. I'm as captivated with her as KT is. And KT just looks like his young self running happily and freely towards MY knowing that he was able to protect her and not caring about, in his own words, everything being messed up. That last scene of KT holding MY's hand after his realization was just so beautiful I had tears in my eyes.

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I LOOOVE this drama. It makes me cry and smile all in the same scene.

My favorite scene was KangTae holding the umbrella for SangTae while MonYoung held the umbrella for KangTae. I want this unconventional family to be together. I want the three of them to grow, take care of each other and be happy.

I loved Choi Daniel’s cameo and MY’s blatant stealing of a nice pen.

I loved the ending even though I know there is going to be difficult times ahead. This episode was all KangTae and his feelings and struggles. So far I’ve been enamored with MY but these past two episodes I’ve been rooting for KT like crazy. His growing awareness of his feelings for MY, his jealousy, smile in the end. I wanted to give him a hug and take his safety pin out. His look of disappointment when ST said that MY can have MangTae but not KangTae was sublime. This is my first drama with KSH and SYJ. I’ve been super impressed with SYJ but this episode I finally saw why KSH is a fav for a lot of folks.

Going forward, resolving the tension/jealousy between ST and MY over KT is going to be a heartbreaking but necessary for all three of them. My hope is that they come out of that with less scars.

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"Everything is so messed up." *grins*

- sums up 2020, basically.

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LOL right? but we are laughing through the pain like he was due to having a great show like this to distract us.

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Spot on, @CustardHopia! Unfortunately, I'm not sure there's some magnificent love story waiting for us at the end of our 2020... and I know I ain't no KSH nor my wife any SYJ LOL!

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Interestingly, there were a lot of good dramas this year. It hasn't been this good for so long.

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Wow, we’re already halfway through, and Kang-tae looks so happy! I’m glad that he’s starting to loosen up and feel better, making me so excited for next episode hihi. Ko Moon-young too. Yes, it’s the lightness, and we can definitely feel it. Everything feels brighter this time, like their smiles =))

At the same time, I also can’t help but think of Sang-tae who may be affected more than Kang-tae may have expected. He was really bothered when he saw the two together, and even brought it up that night. I hope that whatever happens, they’ll be able to explain things to him because I’m sure he will understand. And it was such a cute moment when Sang-tae was acting as Kang-tae's hyeong and guardian at the hospital =D

But I honestly don’t know what to feel about Sang-in and Sung-jae living at Joori-s place. It’s funny, yes, but a part of me feels that they could’ve done it differently. I hope that whatever the show’s planning about that is relevant to the story as a whole. So far, the drama has been good at utilizing scenes, sometimes achieving more than one thing in a scene, so I’m trusting it.

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I know Kang-tae loathes Sang-in, but I thought he was going to give up his and Sang-tae's rooftop room, so they can stop squeezing four people into two rooms. On the surface, Kang-tae would be doing it for Jae-soo, but in reality, he just wants to live in the castle full-time with Moon-young. Joo-ri's mom is practically running a hostel.

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Listen! my girl had a ROCK in her hand ready for that dude if Kang -Tae didn't intervene. I just love how her character is written - don't mess with Moon -Young.

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Tbh, I was frustrated when she wasnt able to hit him. Like I was screaming at my phone, "GO GIRL!" lol

I gotta go and have my moral compass checked😅

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I especially liked her accuracy when she threw her soda can to the ex-husband's face and told him that she thought that he was a trash can. 👏 I tell you, she will not miss with that rock.

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Right!!! Ughhh that wouldve been satisfying

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The rock was a good extra touch! And it was big! 😂

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Hilariously big!!

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She's not your damsel in distress for sure.

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She's the damsel who'll cause you distress😂.
I loved how she turned it on a dime during the Sang In Gang-tae confrontation and was like oh Gang-tae, please see this brute out and SI was all open mouthed Yaa, y u acting all weak...(when you know you can tak both of us out in the blink of an eye..)

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Thanks for the quick recap!
Anyone thinks MY was preoccupied with something else on her mind while KT was happily ranting how everything is a mess and that he wants to go on a trip with her? I thought maybe she was trying to process what love is exactly since she learnt about it through A-reum and then witnessed KT lose it when she got hit because of his love for her. Or is it something else that is bothering/holding her back?

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Nope you are completely right. She was processing her feelings and whether it was 'love' that was occurring between her and KT.

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I feel the same way, she had just discovered she loved KT, and that feeling had a name...
For a second, I thought she would dismiss him, because she was so serious, and then I was so relieved when she smiled and hold his hand.

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No wonder she was so shell-shocked. What a foreign concept for her. Watching her explore this could be really rich.

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I was also thinking if she was anxious while waiting for KT. If she was aftaid that KT would go back to his old self and repress all his emotions, if he regrets exploding and would push her away again?

But yours is more probable! Because she was also in deep thought before Areum and her exhusband arrived.

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I also caught that she seemed preoccupied, but couldn't tell whether I was projecting. I thought The Beauty and the Beast lesson might have brought up parallels to their relationship she hadn't yet considered, perhaps making her wonder whether she is the Beast to his Beauty and what this means for their relationship. And also whether "love" is even possible for her.

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Yes!! Thank you! I can't pinpoint what exactly it was that made me anxious during that scene. She was preoccupied with something and I'm hoping you're right!

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Yes, she was definitely preoccupied. I think Ah-Reum's monologue on love made her realize that underneath her manipulation and "grooming" she maybe liked him just a little bit and that he likes her alot a bit.

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I got the same feeling too. Was worried she would reject him. Still feel she didnt come 100% forward. I really hope whatever angst is planned for the next episodes will not involve having KT's heart broken.

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No kisses but we got some hand holding and smiles, lots of it!

Heartbreaking as it might be to be in ST's position now and the idea of losing his brother, I do believe that he will understand later. It will just take a few explanations from KT that having MY in the picture does not mean him abandoning ST.

With KT slowly opening up and realizing his feelings for MY, can't wait for the happy moments xD Let's get past the staring game dearest OTP.

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ST doesn't like changes. He has to follow his routines, and if MY joins the family, then he has to share KT with someone new. He already shares him with JS. I wish we could have a flashback to the moment they met and how they become a trio... I bet you ST wasn't happy at all.

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Oooh, good point, I bet he wasn't!

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True, but he eventually warmed up to JS, so there's hope. It'll be hard for sure, but hope is there.

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Sure, ST is cool with JS. But MY is nowhere as accomodating as our precious chicken shop JS. I really wanted to have an appreciation post out for JS when we got to know how they met. JS coveted GT as a younger brother but stepped up to the plate when he realized GT doesn't need another hyung but a friend! And what a deserving friend he has been. I now get why GT and JS are so close. They are both 'givers' at heart. In the beginning of the series,I was surprised JS was aware of hyung's butterfly trauma but put it down to him figuring it out as he moved with the Moon brothers. To me initially it looked like JS also only saw the idealised version of GT. But last few eps, we have slowly come to know GT had freely shared his deeply guarded feelings about mom and JS has a clear handle of GT's conflicted feelings being hyung's lifelong carer. I adore this guy now... JS has molded himself to suit their life and cause GT minimum grief.
MY, however won't settle for halfsies. As we have been shown ST and MY deal in absolutes and once fixated, demands undivided attention/possession of the object of their attention. This is going to cause a lot of grief. Mixed into that is ST's complex feelings for MY..Argh lemme bolster my heart for the angsty turbulence that will surely hit us in the latter half 😃

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Totally agree. JS's dedication towards GT is not easy to find. Maybe the one who commented in the earlier episodes might be true regarding JS having romantic feelings towards GT. Though I'll wait for the show to reveal it if it's true. Another interpretation would be just loyalty and JS being such a giver considering how much he knows about GT's true feelings.

MY definitely won't settle for half and would want GT all for herself, but maybe this could also be a learning curve for her. That GT is not hers and not an object available for sale >.< Let's fasten our seat belt for the angsty episodes that's coming our way.

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I hate to sound like a perve, but their kiss is gonna be epic because Kim Soo Hyun, bless his beautiful self is one of the better drama kissers

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There was a lot of character development for everyone in this episode but in particular it feels like Moon-young is starting to understand the meaning of love. Its possible she doesn’t actually have APD – she was just diagnosed that because of what she became due to her childhood trauma. I’m not sure but she’s definitely starting to get what it means to care for someone, want them to smile or even protect them/choose them over yourself.

The scene in the restaurant where they were having lunch – I definitely felt Moon-young purposely tried to distract Kang-tae after seeing him get emotional. She can read his real mood (not the fake smile he always tries to plaster on his face) and I love that she tried to find a way to cheer him up. And obviously that iconic umbrella scene – Kang-tae finally has someone who’d put him above themselves or above Sang-tae. It’s a great moment and probably the scene that made me really buy this romance. Its convinced me that a possible relationship between these two is a positive thing for Kang-tae which was my biggest concern.

Lastly, I love how this drama just turns the tables on usual drama trope. I could see Sang-tae being uncomfortable with Moon-young and Kang-tae’s relationship. But I just didn’t think it would because he feels he might lose his brother. For Sang-tae specially, Kang-tae has been his parent, his hyung, his dongseng, his friend and the only person who protected him his entire life. Yes, he wants to be independent, but that doesn’t mean he’s exactly okay with Kang-tae having someone else in his life. That’s a human reaction in general and with Sang-tae, its even more understandable.

I like the romance of this drama, but I am also very invested in the sibling relationship. I think Kang-tae healing doesn’t mean letting go of his brother. No way. I think for Kang-tae to fully be happy, he needs to find a balance between caring for Sang-tae and caring for himself. Putting Sang-tae first at times, and himself at others. I believe if he can be truly happy, Sang-tae will be too. He will understand the difference between the fake smiles Kang-tae used to show and the real ones he has now. I hope the writer can continue the awesome trajectory of the drama in the second half because it hits all the right spots for me and I care about every single character in the drama.

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Oh I forgot to comment on the "she can have Mang-tae, but not Kang-tae" - gosh that actually made me tear up a bit for absolutely no reason lol.

That line really felt important for both brothers honestly. Sang-tae has always been honest about every single thing, and at that moment, he was basically saying I wont give away my real bother. To him it was quite literal which is so sad because he feels there's a possibility he will lose Kang-tae.

For Kang-tae on the other hand, it was a mix of emotions. Sang-tae is never one to express love or care exactly. Its always Kang-tae who hugs him, or pats him, or smiles to him whereas Sang-tae expresses those feelings towards Moon-young mostly. So for him to say that, Kang-tae was touched I felt. But, he also felt a bit tied down maybe. Like he can't be with Moon-young or whoever, because Sang-tae should come first.

It was all over KSH's eyes and expressions. Really loved this episode; so much depth and symbolism and overall meaning. Also, my favourite Fairytale is actually Beauty and the Beast without a doubt. So I love that instead of stamping all over it by bringing up the Stockholm Syndrome, it instead introduced the idea of love having the power to change someone. Thank god! Because as much as I love this drama, I will fight anyone who shits on Beauty and the Beast LOL.

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I like that you brought up ST's truth-telling. I noticed how useful this is, especially in these last two episodes where ST is a very credible narrator to the audience and facilitates a lot of the 'healing' for KT. It's like ST drops truth-bombs all over the place, but OJS' delivery as an autistic belies this fact, which I think is a very clever use.

ST so far has been very open to reason, and like you said, I'm very hopeful that he will recognize that his brother is happy and therefore give his blessing, even if he doesn't like it. The biggest obstacle, in my opinion, is for Kang-tae to communicate this to him, instead of constantly bottling things up and/or being a coward.

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I think for now Kang-tae hasnt fully processed yet that his brother might be fearing abandonment. He's been very consistent in saying: "Sang-tae is my everything", "you will always have me, Hyung" etc. It might have not occurred to him that Sang-tae is worried to lose him.

In the next episode's preview, Sang-tae asks Kang-tae if who he likes better - Moon-young or him. I think that should be the moment it all clicks and I trust Kang-tae to handle it well. Its normal to have more than one person to care about in your life. And its also normal to put yourself before your loved ones, once in a while. I'm sure Kang-tae will figure it out eventually.

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ST is an adult, but he is also a child. That kind of questions are the ones a child would ask. And besides, ST doesn't like changes (like MY cutting her long hair).
I also agree that KT hasn't thought that having feelings for MY would affect ST as much as we, viewers are noticing. KT is really committed to his hyung and would never do anything to hurt him. That's why I believe he can find a way to convince him, he has place in his heart for hyung and MY, just as he has a place for JS.

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It would have been interesting to poll beanies on this because i have zero confidence KT would answer this question at all. Except with Jae-su, he's been dodging any sort of confrontation with his feelings, though hopefully this episode changed that.

@eazal I think asking the question is itself significant because it'd reveal to Kang-tae that ST is expressing fear that MY will take Kang-tae away from him.
@mandy I would be most disappointed if Kang-tae chose to answer something along the lines of, "hyung, you are my everything" because at this point, it's not truthful and would do more harm towards ST.

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OJS as Sang-Tae is an amazing actor. I put myself through grad school as a live-in caregiver for an adult person on the spectrum and I'm finding many of ST's mannerisms and actions to be very reminiscent of that experience (of course with slight embellishment by writer-nim here and there). Really interested in seeing some of the other dramas he's been in because the dude has chops!

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Oh Jung Se is doing a really good performance as ST and he's also a versatile actor, I saw him in When the Camellia Blooms and didn't even realize that was him at first when watching him as ST.

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Thanks @Aidualc. I'll check out Camellia next (has been on my watchlist).

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Every so often, I catch myself humming "...Beauty and The Beast". It's also my fave.

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Yup, me too! Its still the best animated Disney movie ever IMO.

(Also its completely embarrassing how giddy and ecstatic I was when I met Beast at Disneyworld last year. Like... I'm 25. But that's how much I adoooore Beauty and the Beast LOL)

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Agreed! The umbrella scene was so precious. I loved that instead of getting upset at being left behind MY just catches up to the brothers and covers KT with her umbrella, shielding him from the rain. KT is always busy taking care of others and he needs someone to care of him too.

I loved how she backtracks after whinging about the doll and the restaurant because she's trying to consider KT's feelings. But the way she does it is almost robotic like she's learning for the first time it's hilarious lol.

Ditto about the brothers' relationship. I think KT's healing wi be freeing himself from his sense of guilt that's been trapping him. His sense of guilt is what's stopping him from living for himself. He feels that he owes it to become what his mother wanted of him, his brother's caretaker. I think the fact that his mother dies not long after compounds the guilt even more and he's been punishing himself ever since. While he does love his hyung, telling himself that ST is all he needs in his life is not true.

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"no wonder, this is a famous restaurant with a long history" ugh my love for her grew tenfold when she said this. it's quite remarkable how attuned she is to kang tae's emotions.

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I commented the umbrella scene in the previous episode, but I will say again how much I loved it. If we compare this scene with the childhood scene in which KT thought mum didn't care for him until she called him, in this one MY didn't wait for the brothers to call her, she just run towards them and decided to cover KT with her umbrella, so he's under both.

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Also, when he caught up to Mom in the flasback, he was put in the middle, Mom and Hyung on either sides. He's been receiving lots of love all along. He just never noticed. ;A;

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i agree with you on the misdiagnosis - i know that a few comments have hypothesized this also, but i do think the only way this drama can move forward in a healthy, romantic way is if moon young DOESN'T have ASPD. i feel like it makes sense that her mother was psychotic & basically convinced her daughter that she would personally ruin anything she cared about. moon young had to force herself not to act like she cared about anyone, because she believed her mother would hurt them. i think after years of putting on this act, it became normal to her - and no one has broken through that wall until now.

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Yes! It’s like when someone keeps lying so much they come to a point where they believe their own lies. It’s possible Moon-young has always convinced herself not to care for reasons you mentioned - and now she’s made herself believe that’s who she is.

It’s obvious she does care however, at least for Kang-tae. The scene at the restaurant, the umbrella - those were her putting him above herself without asking for anything in return. I think in both instances, she didn’t even realize she was doing that. It came across as instinctive which doesn’t coincide with the supposed disorder.

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yes! i also felt it was instinctive. that's why i was interested in some of the comments here about that scene. it seems like many people thought she purposely made kang tae laugh when he was emotional, but my impression was similar to yours. i love that this show plays with perspectives all the time, but then sometimes i get even more insight from viewers in the comments!

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Wow I’m smiling a lot in this episode 😆
Jealous Gang tae, KMY trying to comfort GT in restaurant, childish fights between ST and KMY , GT finally opening up ,punching someone , taking the much needed break
Drama Gods please keep coming with such awesome moments 😇