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Memorials: Episode 3

Our heroine’s path to district representative was never going to be an easy one, and there are those who are determined to make it even harder. Unfortunately for them, she hasn’t gotten to this point by taking crap quietly. As the election day draws near, the candidates pull out all the stops to ensure their victory.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

After dramatically tearing up Se-ra’s resignation, Gong-myung barely dodges Se-ra’s enraged high kick. Squaring crazy eyes at him, Se-ra demands why he’s insisting she stay after repeatedly telling her she’ll fail. Embarrassed, Gong-myung agrees it’s none of his business and turns to go, but Se-ra drags him back, ordering him to pick up the shredded paper. Awkwardly picking up the pieces, Gong-myung grumbles she’ll never make it if her reaction to false rumors is quitting. To his surprise, Se-ra says she did receive a favor.

Sitting in a coffee shop, Se-ra explains the letter was for her apology video to show her sincerity. She admits she went to an interview knowing she’d gotten it through connections and Gong-myung chides at her to be suspicious of people who’re nice without reason. Se-ra agrees she should’ve been suspicious of someone hiring her at an interview. With a cough, Gong-myung asks who got her the infamous interview but Se-ra ignores him and waves a woman toward their table.

It’s the woman Se-ra witnessed getting fired and she explains after Se-ra refused the job (having not realized it was already filled), the company went on to hire a temporary worker to compete with the woman for the permanent position – so she quit too. Cursing the company, Se-ra apologizes but the woman wants an apology from the company and Se-ra smiles at Gong-myung. The next morning, the women post a video threatening legal action against slanderous false accusations.

Office maknae Yong-gyu adds he’d found another article slamming Se-ra’s parents (Dad for using connections and Mom for working under a different candidate) and labeling them a shameless family. Even Dae-cheol admits it’s harsh and both men jump when Gong-myung appears behind them, glaring at the monitor. Se-ra also sees the article and curses loudly, while Mom is fired from Oh Byung-min’s campaign team.

A quick internet search tells Se-ra and co the latest nasty netizen is selling a phone. Se-ra calls to set up a meeting for a “peaceful conversation” and then catches up to Gong-myung leaving work. He tells her he’s off the clock but Se-ra insists there’s more to do. Ignoring Se-ra’s cheeky order to follow “noona,” Gong-myung starts walking in the opposite direction… only for Se-ra to drag him kicking and screaming by his bag strap. Heehee!

The poster turns out to be a teen and Se-ra accuses the boy of posting hateful comments. She asks whether he prefer she sue him or handle it tonight. The boy leads them to an oriental clinic and Se-ra confiscates his phone while they head inside. Gong-myung tuts at her for threatening a kid and Se-ra snaps they’re on the same side. She stalks towards the building and sighing, Gong-myung follows while the anxious teen memorizes the number on the sign.

Sneaking up the stairs, Se-ra ties her hood around her face as Gong-myung straps on a face mask. She holds out a hand for one and he slaps her hand away. “Don’t you know the phrase ‘lady first’?” Se-ra balks and Gong-myung looks around before replying there’s no lady present. They bicker until they hear a door slam up ahead and, in a panic, Se-ra pins Gong-myung to the wall. They freeze at their sudden proximity until Se-ra breaks away, shakily wondering why he’s looking at her like that while Gong-myung goes to take a step and trips when his legs give out. Heh.

Se-ra figures there’s 4 people from the takeout dishes in the hall. She starts mussing up Gong-myung’s hair to disguise them and as they stare at each other she suddenly stops, musing over how Gong-myung has grown up. He finally gets fed up and slaps her away just as an older gentleman calls out to them. Se-ra claims they’re from the Chinese restaurant and mischarged for the dinner. The man assumes they’re married and Se-ra wraps around Gong-min’s arm as he leads the “couple” inside.

The room appears empty but Gong-myung nods to a picture of Oh Byung-min. From the warm tea, Se-ra figures they’re close and Gong-myung deadpans this is the third floor with only one exit. Se-ra whips out the teen’s phone and calls “Grandpa,” finding three elderly men huddled in the back. Gong-myung stops her from attacking and when Se-ra asks whose side he’s on, Gong-myung points out he’s just doing his job.

Since it was conducted by a family member and not sanctioned by the campaign camp, Chairman Jo settles it with a warning. He urges the men to issue an apology to Se-ra’s family and not act without approval again. Se-ra fumes over the simple notice posted and after getting no sympathy from Gong-myung, she rips it in half. Back at HQ, she vows to beat Byung-min but Woo-young grumbles she doesn’t stand a chance.

Han-bi is more hopeful, suggesting a savior could appear… just as Mom bursts inside, declaring she’ll join their camp. She says she already posted to the mom cafes (that were insulting Se-ra) and offers a discount on her usual fee. Se-ra rolls with it and Mom ushers her back out to campaign. Woo-young asks for Mom’s bank info but Mom waves her off – she’d just said that to put Se-ra at ease. Awww.

We see a hilarious montage of Mom campaigning as her voiceover reads her post: compared to personal insults, being a “foolish mom that hindered my daughter” bothered Mom more, and she vows to support Se-ra. Mom even throws off Oh Byung-min’s campaign by dancing along but singing out Se-ra’s name instead. Meanwhile, Gong-myung busts candidate 3 for bribery and candidate 4 withdraws to support Oh Byung-min.

Hee-soo of the Progressive Party toasts candidate, Sohn Eun-shil, and asks their dinner guests to advise her. Eun-shil is unenthused by their suggestions to slander her runningmates and Hee-soo proposes they simply say voting for Se-ra is the same as handing the election to Byung-min. At HQ, Han-bi tuts over the slogan while Woo-young shows them the unofficial poll done by Byung-min’s camp: 30% Byung-min, 20% Eun-shil, 9% Se-ra, and the remaining 41% undecided.

Rolling her eyes, Woo-young tuts Se-ra doesn’t stand a chance against candidates with organizational support and better backgrounds. Han-bi growls at her to shut up and Se-ra brightly adds at least she showed up. She heads out again and Woo-young laments not stopping her sooner. Han-bi likens Se-ra’s campaign to Woo-young bringing her work home, saying it’s not just about the money, but wanting to be good at your job: “Se-ra probably believes she’ll do a good job, and wants to do a good job. That’s why she’s running for office.”

Outside, Se-ra wonders who her 9% is. She’s approached by Eun-shil, who invites her to her office for tea. Ein-sil empathizes campaigning without a party, recalling she’d done the same in the last election and been beaten by Chairman Jo. Se-ra confesses she saw her and we flashback 3 years. Se-ra was leaving another failed interview when she came across Eun-shil passionately cheering on the youth for trying so hard in a tough world. She shouts that they’re doing well and congratulates them for their hard work and her words comforted Se-ra.

In the present, Eun-shil admits this will likely be her last campaign and asks Se-ra to help. Heading home, Se-ra frowns and tries to convince herself she did well. Her complaint diary sits on Eun-shil’s table and she’d explained she makes one every year. Eun-shil reviews Se-ra’s carefully documented record of the district in awe.

Gong-myung arrives at a pojangmacha to find Se-ra passed out drunk. The owner says Se-ra’s most recent call was to “Jerk” and Gong-myung smirks that’s him. He picks Se-ra’s hair out of her noodles with chopsticks, nearly suffering a heart attack when she springs up. He asks if she quit the election and Se-ra nods Eun-shil will take over. Gong-myung asks if she’s okay with that and Se-ra whines about her $2,000 registration fee and burst into sobs. She runs out screaming and collecting her things, Gong-myung runs after her.

PART 2

The next morning, Se-ra chugs water and confesses to Han-bi and Woo-young she handed her journal over to Eun-shil and promised to send over her old ones too. Woo-young tuts Se-ra handed over everything and slapping on a smile, Se-ra vows to get a job and buy them Korean beef. Her phone buzzes with a text from Eun-shil to work together.

4 days until the election, Eun-shil is holding a press conference to announce a joint-campaign. Hee-soo congratulates her for resolving things and Chairman Jo walks up, commenting Se-ra hasn’t joined them yet. He says female candidates joining forces would seem like collusion, anyway, and Eun-shil calls out the sexism as men joining hands is just considered politics. Chairman Jo insists he doesn’t think that – the voters do.

Recalling Chairman Jo said he considered her a daughter in the last election, Eun-shil says Oh Byung-min and Se-ra could be her children… making Chairman Jo their grandfather: “Make way for the youth. It’s time to let go of your outdated greed.” Eun-shil takes to the podium and announces today is a special event. She launches into a speech, imploring voters to look beyond parties, towards a candidate that understands and cares deeply for the community. Hee-soo frowns when Eun-shil announces she wishes to introduce such a person.

Presenting Se-ra’s complaint journal, Eun-shil shouts the wishes in the journal will be come the drams and future of Mawon. Thanking her supporters and party, Eun-shil shocks the crowd by announcing she’s stepping down as candidate… and supporting Se-ra. Eun-shil walks over to Se-ra and says if she’s elected, more opportunities will open up for ordinary people like herself: “I’ll cast my precious vote for you. Let’s win this.” She returns the journal and Se-ra takes the stage.

That evening, the office processes Eun-shil’s resignation and Dae-cheol sobs over all the extra work. Yong-gyu doubts Se-ra will win and Gong-myung surprises even himself when he demands why not. Backpedaling, he says this election has been unorthodox from the start, anything could happen. Dae-cheol whines that it hardly matters anymore and when Gong-myung picks up Se-ra’s poster, her image smirks and cutely asks if he’s going to vote for her. He drops it in alarm and Dae-cheol tuts even he’s lost his energy.

Regardless, someone has to verify Eun-shil’s election camp has closed shop so Gong-myung heads over to find Hee-soo lounging dejectedly on the couch. After he introduces himself, Hee-soo waves him off, telling Gong-myung to come back tomorrow. When he doesn’t move, Hee-soo argues her candidate suddenly quit without even consulting her and asks if Gong-myung will take pity on her. Gong-myung remains firm and when Hee-soo says she has a massage appointment in 20 minutes, he assures her this will only take 10 – he wants to go home too.

Setting out the paperwork, Gong-myung starts to walk her through it as Hee-soo watches him with increasing interest. She asks for his name and Gong-myung gives it, asking her to focus. Over at the bar, Se-ra reads a note from Eun-shil, urging her not to fight within the frame created by the opposition – but to create her own. Woo-young takes a picture of Se-ra’s journals and posts it to social media, promising to reveal the contents if she wins the election.

Woo-young suggests they dig up dirt on Byung-min and Han-bi agrees that rumors about his lovelife will appeal to their target audience, but Se-ra vetos them. Woo-young notices a lot of Se-ra’s candidate cards are missing and Han-bi says she handed them out earlier… but we see she really snuck them to Dad, who made her promise not to say anything. Currently, Dad stands out in the rain by the bus stop, attempting to hand them out to people getting off work and carefully retrieving the ones tossed aside. Awwwwwww.

At Byung-min’s camp, Chairman Jo tells Min-jae to focus on the Minju and Jeongeui neighborhoods for the final leg of the campaign. Min-jae asks about the Haengbok neighborhood, but Chairman Jo tells him it’s a waste of time when less than 20% of residents vote in even general elections. Woo-young says the same as the trio plan out Se-ra’s remaining campaign. She adds that only elderly folks and young people in need of cheap housing live there.

While her friends want to target the larger neighborhoods, Se-ra insists on Haengbok which Byung-min gave up on. Woo-young argues no one lives there long enough to care about district reps and the streets are empty during the day. Se-ra counters that’s because they’re working and vows to visit when she can meet people, ignoring her friends’ protests. When the campaign schedules are posted at the Mawon District Office, Byeong-min’s schedule is packed while Se-ra’s only shows she’ll be in Haengbok for the last 2 days.

Someone needs to monitor Se-ra’s campaign and everyone averts their eyes. Staring at Gong-myung Dae-cheol calls for a raise of hands for anyone single. Yong-kyu gleefully lowers his hand when asked if they live alone. And finally Dae-cheol asks for a deputy director (only Gong-myung) and the rest scatter before he can argue. Hee. Cut to Gong-myung eating at a vendor cart as Se-ra cheerfully greets everyone on the overpass.

He tuts that they’re not even in the right district but the vendor explains Se-ra picked the perfect spot because everyone from Haengbok gets off at this station and must cross the overpass. Later, Se-ra quietly slips her card to everyone at a public library. While Byung-min takes pictures with food workers (and spits out the kimchi), Se-ra helps a vendor package food at his stall, including her card in the wrapping.

Byung-min poses for more pics with the military as Se-ra hands out her card to residents waiting in line to get lunch. That evening Byung-min poses with a security team as Se-ra takes a break to suck on a candy. Gong-myung comments this is her third chocolate and Se-ra is stunned that he’s been following her around all day. She calls him a stalker and Gong-myung snaps he’s verifying she isn’t doing anything illegal.

He wonders why she’s campaigning nonstop and Se-ra says some companies even host overnight interviews. Gong-myung tuts she should’ve lived properly from the start and Se-ra twists his ear. He screams uncle and she lets go, but suddenly realizes he watched her eat nothing but chocolate all day and didn’t bring her food: “I can’t buy you anything, but it’s okay for you to buy me food!”

She twists his ears angrily and runs off as Gong-myung looks after her in shock. As the clock runs down on their campaigns, Byung-min delivers a tearful speech while Se-ra hands out more cards at the bus stop. Her phone goes off, signaling the end of campaigning and Gong-myung joins her, explaining her restrictions now that it’s over. Se-ra holds out her hand and he takes it. They stay that way for a long moment before Gong-myung congratulates her and they part ways. As she walks home, young girls call out encouragingly from a passing bus and Se-ra finally starts to cry.

Polling Day Mom and Dad hit the polls as Han-bi tells Woo-young Se-ra voted as soon as the polling station opened… and has been passed out ever since. The friends place Ja-ryong in charge of Se-ra while they go observe the tally and we see both an election and a loss speech sitting nearby. At the tally, Byung-min is comfortably in the lead and Dae-cheol and Yong-kyu sigh that a sizeable chunk of votes are invalid (as they voted for Eun-shil).

Byung-min holds a substantial lead from the first two neighborhoods, but when counting begins for Haengbok, Han-bi and Woo-young’s eyes widen to see Se-ra’s campaigning has paid off. Woo-young frantically tries to call Se-ra, but after learning she’d all but lost from the first two neighborhoods, Se-ra has gone out to deliver envelopes to each resident of Mawon. By the time she returns to her bike, Se-ra sees she’s missed 29 calls and rushes to the tally.

Turns out, the results are dead even and Gong-myung announces he’s found the rules for ties – and the eldest candidate takes the win. Whipping out their ID’s, Se-ra wins by a week. Se-ra wonders about the bogus rule and Byung-min wails Korea is ridiculous. Just then, Chairman Jo arrives to demand a recount. Ironically, once it’s over, Se-ra still comes out on top, this time with a legitimate win of 3 more votes!

Returning home at dawn, Gong-myung finds the envelope Se-ra had been distributing. Inside is a letter she’d written, having believed she’d loose. She admits she’d felt she was rained on from the start, but what she wanted wasn’t an umbrella, but someone to get rained on with her. She thanks the 9% that supported her (in the unofficial poll) and hopes everyone has a better tomorrow as we see Mom boasting about Se-ra’s win as Dad secretly sobs outside. Se-ra wakes up and shuffles outside, stretching with a satisfied smile.

Epilogue After Se-ra escaped the pojangmacha, Gong-myung finds her at the bus stop. She drunkenly wonders who the 9% that said they’d vote for her are and he replies people like her. Se-ra passes out on his shoulder, and Gong-myung adds, “People like me.”

 
COMMENTS

I love this show! I hope it doesn’t do me dirty. I was briefly worried when Eun-shil approached Se-ra, and shared Se-ra’s mixed feelings about stepping aside. Sure, Eun-shil was a front-runner and seemed equally passionate about Mawon. But as Han-bi told Woo-young, Se-ra was giving the campaign her all because she really believed she could do well. Handing over her journal to Eun-shil only proved that she was in the election for the right reasons. Although it wasn’t done maliciously, Eun-shil using that against her felt unfair and more upsetting than Se-ra being attacked by Byung-min’s camp. As society reinforces sexist principles, it often pits women against one another when they should support each other. So, it was wonderful to see Eun-shil reinforcing positive female relationships, instead, and calling Chairman Jo on his garbage while she was at it. It would make me so happy to see her take Se-ra under her wing because while our heroine has the passion, she lacks the politics.

But really, that’s what our hero is for. Sure, he’s still resisting, but now that Se-ra is in office, Gong-myung can hardly avoid her. Not that I think he really wants to. Their shenanigans this hour put them in the running for my favorite ship this year and I can’t wait to see more adorable bickering. Now that Se-ra knows Gong-myung’s identity, she’s not holding back and I love watching her drag Gong-myung around. Their dynamic is so entertaining and while I suspect Gong-myung has liked Se-ra since they were kids, I think Se-ra will be the one doing the chasing. She was certainly affected by him this episode and although I think Gong-myung feels that same pull, something is making him push her away… and I don’t think it’s because she’s embarrassing as he claims. I’m still curious if there’s more to the strain on their relationship than Gong-myung trying to distance himself from his past identity and being exasperated by the chaos Se-ra leaves in her wake. Only time will tell and if the pacing continues to be as on point as it has been thus far, I’m not anxious about when that will be.

There were a lot of great character moments this hour, but MVP goes to Dad for actually making me cry with his gruff-dad secret affection and support for Se-ra. Even Mom came through, which makes me glad because her selfishness has caused a fair share of Se-ra’s problems. I love Se-ra’s support system and that while they don’t always agree with Se-ra’s choices and aren’t afraid to tell her… they do love her dearly and are there when she needs them. Despite his best efforts to the contrary, Gong-myung has been pulled into their ranks and I can’t wait to see him integrate more with the other people who care for Se-ra. So far, the only thing I’m not looking forward to is Hee-soo’s budding interest in Gong-myung. We’ve seen so little of her; I don’t have a good grasp on her character yet. Seeing how nicely the show has handled the other female relationships, I’m willing to place my trust in the drama and hopefully it pays off.

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Thank you for the recap! I loved this ep so much! I was not expecting a crying fest but boi did it deliver. Maybe bec I belong to the "youth" who's just trying our best despite how hard the world is! Plus how the Mom and Dad secretly supporting Sera with all their heart. *grabs tissues*.
But truly the way this show is trying to integrate the youth into politics is so refreshing. Its take on actually looking at it as a job is also a nice angle, since we all know public service is most often associated with "pure heart and service". But rly it is just another job, and you have to do it properly. That is, to serve the people. Idk if Im making sense but you know. Lololol

Anw. As usual, I have no complaints for Sera and Gongmyung chemistry. I mean, I did watch this show because of them🤷🏻‍♀️

And yes I agree, I'm kinda hesistant about Heesoo but how the showing is going so far, I'd like to believe her character will play out well. *fingers crossed pls pls*

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There's nothing worse than the existence of a annoying second lead to ruin a drama's fun, so am crossing my fingers too about Hee-soo...

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Yess all it takes is one annoying character!!!! UGH SO WRITERNIM PLS MAKE IT WORK

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I hope they give Hee-soo a decent arc too. She could easily end up being Se-ra's best mate (in the assembly, that is) by the end of the show. That would be nice all around.

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Ep 3 was a touching and heartfelt episode, that showed that the underdog and overall humanity can triumph over the big 'dogs.' In the 3 episodes, we see how Gong-myung has become affected by Se-ra little by little. I think he always cared about her, but something that occurred in the past (His dad/dead brother?) has left him weary of trusting people. When she comes into his life, he finds a purpose and the PD said that "a man (Gong-myung) who falls in love with the woman, while helping her."

For Se-ra, I think she feels some sparks now for him compared to him who has always been in love with her since they were kids. Lol at her catching feelings for him during a sting operation. Noticed that she seemed flustered noticing how her childhood friend became a hottie haha. What I'm very curious about is after Ep 4, if this show will take the reigns of a rom-com, or a political show with rom-com in it? The PD has vehemently said that this is a rom-com/office rom-com, so I assume after her win, we will see more of those interactions. One thing, I think that the actor who played LBY's mentor in I Hear Your Voice might become her mentor in the show.

Touching moments: When her parents came to support her (Mom-more open about it). Gong-myung being the only person to tell her "Good Job," and also "People like me." Awww. He voted for her <3 I wonder when he'll finally realize that he's always been in love with her instead of trying to 'run' away from those feelings. And yet he does care b/c as he saw her doing her campaign run, he has gained a bit of affection for her. Great job PD/writer for making the 2 leads have the same job/etc. so we are bound to see a lot more interactions between the pair going forward. Overall, another solid episode and good characterizations too.

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"Lol at her catching feelings for him during a sting operation." >>> cracked up on this! I dig it so much that it's her that got so smitten with him being all pretty.

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It's the power of the forehead!!! He looks cute in his mushroom hair cut don't get me wrong, but he looked extra good when she rumpled up his hair. I notice that this show plays up these romantic moments for a bit, & then it stops midway when GM is like "Gurl, snap out of it!"

I did lol big time when she said "How did this playful friend grow up to be a romantic and decent man?" Romantic haha, smitten is what I say.

One thing, they had a teaser where she bulldozes his tower of books and she was like "What about me? Aren't I pretty?," I hope that moment is shown in the show b/c it was funny and I can def. see her making the first moves towards him.

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The whole sting operation is so cute, I can't. True that show likes to ramp up the romantic and then cut it wackily, and it got it's own brand of dry humour, like Gong-myung admitting he's the "jerk", and being all swoony with the letter rip & throw only to be forced to pick up the litter, LOL! He's deadpan face really is something, I just about died watching his straight face with his tufts of hair in Se-ra's grip!

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Someone mentioned that their relationship mirror the OTP of Leslie and Ben on Parks and Recs. Ben was a bit curt at first, but slowly he became a supportive and loving bf to Leslie. I see some inklings of that here, but I guess we're all waiting for the ball on that to drop b/c we know its there but buried underneath trauma/etc.

Low-key funny character. He and Se-ra approach things differently, but he's low-key savage and yet he does things like enjoying seeing her work despite the fact that this was for work. PSH nails the micro-expressions and dead-pan expressions quite well.

Sometimes characters that are less emotional tend/Straight man in comedies tend to be played out like emotionless and wooden robots. But PSH doesn't play his character that way, he imbues the character with micro expressions with a smirk or eyebrow lift, or exasperated sighs which makes us want to root for his character. Even his voice isn't expressionless (If you know what I mean?), good comic timing I say!

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I'm actually enjoying PSH's deadpan comic delivery a lot. In contrast, Nana's cute, but she's quite obviously funny and knows she is.

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These romantic anticlimaxes have become a sort of signature so far in the show. And they're superbly done. But I was also wondering about the translation - does the Korean indeed translate to "romantic" and decent man? it didn't sit well conversationally somehow. Unless the show is trying to deliberately play with the word "romantic", as it does in the next episode in a different context. (I'm all caught up now, btw @soulsearch12!)

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The epilogue was golden: the moment she's not listening because she's sleeping on his shoulder and he says "people like me" my heart went "Awwwwwwwww".

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Oh that epilogue was epic indeed! Totally spazzing with all of you on that. Actually, they've got all the epilogues right so far. They've been well thought out, and leave you with a good dose of serotonin at the end of the show.

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These two are just freaking adorbs. They barely connected again as adults, but I think whatever they felt as children never left them. She's already feeling protective about him by not mentioning his father's role in the job nepotism issue, while he's not even considering it might be more than a rumour because he has faith in her integrity. I feel kinda bad that she manhandled him so much, but kinda glad we got to see his forehead >< Anyway, Gong-myung seems to be the type who fights more with words than fists, so him and "noona" will definitely make a wonderful pair of brain and brawn.

On the political aspect, the flip-flopping about Se-ra staying or resigning is a bit much, plus the resignation of Sohn Eun-shil is somewhat to pat. But love how mom and dad do a 180 and plunged themselves wholly into their daughter campaign!

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Oh hey! I forgot to add this: but I wanted to @ you to tell you we finally saw his forehead lol! And he looked great still despite the messy hair lol.

About the manhandling: I'll chalk it up to her still thinking back to when they were kids, being playful and such. Whereas for him, he's like trying hard (We don't know the reason yet) why he's trying to sway away from his past.

Ep 4 showed that compared to Se-ra, and him being a politician's son that he's more versed in the technical jargon of politics and finance which rn Se-ra lacks. I hope that going forward, that he'll teach her his ways and she'll teach him to be more open and passionate. After all, the show is centered on these 2 leads. The two of them together will be amazing, I hope we see more 'sexy'/'flirty' moments like the wall scene, where there's clearly tension there. Also GM is savage too, "Lady, I don't see one?" or "Jerk, well that's me." LOL, he's low-key funny in a dry way.

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Yessss for forehead! ><
And let's talk about ep 4 in the ep 4 recap, hehe...

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I hope Ep 4 gets posted tomorrow or so, b/c there lots to say about it then!

Also I hope for on a shallow note that there will be opportunities to see his forehead going forward lol. Also is it just me or is PSH tall? He has long legs, and his style in the show is really sharp and clean. I love his classic and fitted jackets with the black slacks he wears. I like his style more than hers ha!

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I just commented on his legs below... good to know that I am not the only one who is intrigued by them! According to the www he is 1,83 cm. I would have guessed easily 1,90 cm or taller based on this drama.

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@marylou I may have rewind some scenes/clips online to research.

He looks taller than 1.83 cm. Nana is 5'7 and she wore 4 inch heels at the press conference, and he still towered over her. Even in P.D with the petite Jung In Sun, he looked huge next to her. I think he's 6'1or close to 6'2. I heard that actors that are taller than average tend to decrease a bit of height on their resume, while actors who are shorter tend to increase it lol. Also explains how he looks lean and model like when he wears 'causal' clothes lol b/c he's so tall :)

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Yes, he does look taller than "He looks taller than 1.83 cm."

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This discussion on height is hilarious! His coats and jackets are totally on point - for a mid-rung civil servant, Gong-myung sure knows how to dress to the nines!

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TBH, I hope the manhandling stops. That made me cringe a little. It's funny, yeah, for a bit. But it shouldn't become a running theme. Even as much as I hated it, I loved GM's reaction - utter shock and trauma, but not really violently objecting to the manhandling in any way - almost as though he was okay with it, and expecting it even, as coming from someone who knew him as a kid.

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This was a sweet episode. I loved the idea of not giving up. Politicians do it all the time, dismiss some people as not worthy of fighting for and they are the ones who need help the most. Huzzah for the underdog.

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Gong-myung's deadpan delivery.

This show's music.

Just two of the things that are making this a fun watch!

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Ah I thought the the BGM and the OST was really cool too - the ending music in at least two episodes - 3 and 4 - were on point, and stayed with me after the credits ran out.

And I think there's a whole fan club for GM's deadpan delivery already.

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Thank you for the recap! I don't have anything useful to add at the moment, except sharing my adoration for Gong Myung's character. And on the superficial side - he looks so elegant even in his "underdog office worker" outfit... I can't help but notice his height and pretty, long legs. I'll be sticking to this one to see how he slowly emerges from his beige and grey ensembles and becomes an accomplice to Se Ra's shenanigans on her path to rightousness.

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Chuckles at both of our comments nothing this as well. If I couldn't tell, I thought I would've written this as well lol.

The only thing is his hair cut lol, that's what brings him down to earth for us. If he had his hair up like during the sting operation scene, it would be too much for us. I also noticed that he has a nice nose as well lol, high nose bridge and a nice angular and pointed nose. His jackets are well fitted to him, and he wears neutral/basic colors along with his crossbody bag (Might get rid of that lol if I were him), and he looks like any hipster in Williamsburg.

He just needs lens free glasses to complete the look. Sigh, he's all legs and its sometimes distracting b/c all I could think in his scenes when he's standing is "Wow, dude is tall. He has long legs damn." Ok, I'm done-ish letting my thoughts on this very important issue ;)

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Every interaction between the leads is gold. I don't care about politics, I'm just here to see their contrasting personalities falling for each other.

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🙋🏼‍♀️ 🙋🏼‍♀️ 🙋🏼‍♀️

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I'm quite enjoying the politics actually. But you're right, the well-oiled opposites-attract trope is being well used here.

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I like this show. And I think that the romance will be fun.

Hee-soo will probably appear more in the remaining episodes because a rom-com is supposed to have a second female lead.

I too was moved by dad's 'secret' campaigning for his daughter. But also moving was Eun-shil's realization- after reading the complaint journal- that Se-ra was the best person for the job- after reading the 'complaint diary'- and then acting upon it. I too hope that she continues to be a part of this show.

But the most poignant moment for is when Se-ra starts to cry on the bus -after the girls called out to her. For the first time in her life people are recognizing her efforts. And they should- because Se-ra has actually been getting for this job for years- she just did not know it. That is what Eun-shil saw.

There is a parallel story from history: William Tecumseh Sherman was, or rather appeared to be, a failure for most of his adult life. Instead of being able to fight in the Mexican-American War the Army had him mapping the Southern US. He then went on to have bad luck as a banker (but learned a lot about finance) and failed in business too (but learned a lot about transportation and logistics). And then came the American Civil War- and it was the lessons learned from his failures as well as his knowledge of the South that gave him the ability to invent a new kind of maneuver warfare that destroyed the ability of the Confederacy to wage war (with comparatively few casualties even among the Confederate soldiers who faced him). In the same fashion Se-ra's struggles plus her constant but public spirited examination of the problems and possibilities of her community have made her uniquely suitable to serve on the council. She only thought that she was getting nowhere but in reality she was just getting ready.

I also hope that Gong-myung will not only get together and be happy with Se-ra- but that he can also reconcile with his father, who does not appear to be the primary villian in this drama, although clearly he is, at least for now, an antagonist to our couple.

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I just love how Park Sung-hoon plays Gong-myung, especially since my introduction to him was in Justice in which he played a chilling serial killer.

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Same. Justice is where I also saw him for the first time .... and he was absolutely creepy in that! What a change from that to this!

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Thank you for the recap! Mom & Dad got me this episode with their covert support ;n;

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I really enjoyed memorials!!! Especially the chemistry between Nana and PSH. Lol for everyone who's mentioned PSH legs. It's true though it looks so longggg.
Nana also looks very pretty and having fun in this role!

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Thanks for recapping this @sunny! After reading so many comments by beanies as to how much they like this show I tried it yesterday and was immediately hooked.
Goo SeRa is just passionate to get things done when she starts to figure out how politics really works.
I've not seen NaNa before but she is all kinds of fun in this role.

Tell me - is that really a BAR or a bookstore with a BAR sign outside. Whatever it is that shop is so cool as are her two friends.
I'm still trying to get used to the actor playing Gong-myung in this role because I think that I've only seen him in roles where he is kinda nasty and evil. But here he is so sweet but actually not clueless at all. There is an undercurrent to him that I get the feeling he is seeing everything that is going on.
When the two of them start working together the sparks will really start to fly - and in all directions.

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"Tell me - is that really a BAR or a bookstore with a BAR sign outside. Whatever it is that shop is so cool as are her two friends." --- I've been wondering the same thing!! :D

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By the end of episode 3 we had got to were I thought we wouldn't be until episode 7 at least. Usually, when a drama starts with a person deciding to run for office the bulk of the story is the campaign. But the campaign's done and there's 13 (I assume) episodes left to go.

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Yeah, this has me worried too... I hope they keep the politics material intact, because that's definitely adding huge value to the rom-com party.

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I love our leads. Awkward, different, confident, honest and warm. And I love their interactions and how they relate to one another now that they know who the other is. The way SeRa keeps telling GongMyung to do what noona tells him, is so funny. I can't wait to see more.

I also love how the show deals with sexism. It's not an open battle, but it's there. Every episode we have a moment that exposes sexism in a very real, cruel and effective way. You can look aside if you want, but it's already said. In this case, when two women work together it's collusion, but if two men work together is collaboration.

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"when two women work together it's collusion, but if two men work together is collaboration" - that was incisive and insightful of Eun-shil. We've heard it before so often, isn't it? It would be awesome if the show celebrated this aspect of women working with and for each other (not just in this episode) - drama world (and real life) needs more of that!

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Ep 3 in, and oh my, Show is going from strength to strength! As you say, @sunny, please don't do us dirty!

Gong-myung is totally smitten, isn't he?
-- sidling up behind his co-workers to sneak a peek at the news on Se-ra. This kind of humour I could watch more of.
-- the tropey "couple" jokes have already started, but they're being executed just fine: the wall pinnings; the hair being mussed up; the old man in the building assuming they’re married and the two playing along without skipping a beat; the "last call made to the jerk" and the classic "rescue" from the pojangmacha, etc.
-- That heart-stopping "People like me" vote for Se-ra (yes yes, it's because of how sincere she is and all, but we know there are other reasons too, right?).

As for Se-ra, she has such a wonderful bunch of political mentors to choose from, starting with Eun-shil, and has GM silently rooting for her from the sidelines, and her two besties as her forever-cheerleaders, and her two parents who love her in their own special ways. She's being set up to be groomed as a real heroine indeed. I am looking forward to her growth arc through the show.

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I already feel the chemistry sizzling :3
Love this drama so far

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So weird that everyone is praising the male lead when Nana is hard carrying the show for me and hitting it out of the park !! (but what’s new anyway) Her portrayal of Go Sae Ra is endearing and funny, I’m really impressed with hey so far!!

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