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Memorials: Episode 7

When it comes to making a splash, no one does better than our heroine. She may not be the district rep anyone expected, but she just may be shaping up to be the one they need.

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

The chaos caused by Se-ra’s arrival at Chief Won’s event for the elderly heightens when she announces her next hit will be aimed for Chief Won and places a ball from her pocket. Everyone screams as she swings… and it bounces harmlessly across the floor. Grinning widely, Se-ra assures everyone this was only a demonstration and hopes Chief Won will do the right thing. She pulls a second ping pong ball from her pocket and blows it cheekily towards the crowd.

Afterwards, Chief Won fumes in her office, furious Assemblyman Heo hadn’t reported seeing Se-ra at the driving range. Her secretary announces Se-ra’s arrival. Strutting into the office, Se-ra smiles cheerfully at Chief Won. Meanwhile, Gong-myung is dragged off by Dae-cheol. Suspicious of Gong-myung’s involvement, he nervously recalls Gong-myung asking his advice yesterday for someone struggling with a complaint.

Dae-cheol had said rather than one person filing a hundred complaints, a hundred people filing the same compliant is more effective and suggested a petition. Now, he worries Gong-myung shared this insight with Se-ra. To his horror, Gong-myung (correctly) muses Se-ra’s probably discussing it with Chief Won as they speak.

We flashback 18 hours to Gong-myung searching the numerous complaints filed against the driving range. Han-bi and Woo-young help Se-ra collect stray golf balls when Gong-myung texts Se-ra that he’d linked the petition to the community page so they could proceed “lawfully and impartially.” She’d smiled as she responded she’d still see him at the arranged time before Chief Won’s event.

In the present, Se-ra explains how schools, institutions, and even apartment complexes had been upset with the driving ranges late hours with searchlights and noise. Presented with the petition, Chief Won asks what Se-ra wants. Se-ra asks for financial compensation and aid for the injured, a meeting to discuss light and noise pollution guidelines, and finally “a serious and sincere apology from Chief Won.

Gong-myung paces anxiously in the Secretariat kitchen until Se-ra appears and makes a beeline for him. She tells him Chief Won will make an announcement tomorrow and her composure finally dissolves as she admits it’d felt like stepping into a slaughterhouse. Gong-myung questions whether she remembered everything she had to say. Se-ra proudly presents a neatly penned script on her hand and he can’t help but smile before catching himself.

That evening Chief Won asks Chairman Jo if they can boot Se-ra yet. He calmly points out doing so now will only backfire: “Don’t burn the house down to get rid of a bedbug.” Chief Won spits she wants to kill the bedbug enough to burn down the house. Chairman Jo asks Min-jae’s opinion and he suggests Chief Won cancel the driving range’s permit.

She immediately objects that wasn’t even one of Se-ra’s demands but Min-jae continues she could first cut a deal with the driving range’s owner. He says if she promised to designate the space as a commercial area through urban planning the owner will be satisfied, and she can appeal to voters by making good on her campaign pledge. His logic appeals to Chief Won and Chairman Jo nods in approval as Min-jae smiles with satisfaction.

The next day, Chief Won announces the cancellation of the driving range permit as well as compensation to victims, as per Se-ra’s first demand. She visits Golf Ball Granny as she’s discharged from the hospital and Granny gushes over Chief Won’s (insincere) concern while Se-ra grimaces nearby. Chief Won takes her leave after some photos for the press and Granny gruffly orders Se-ra to grab her helmet and fruit basket.

Se-ra can’t hide her disappointment as they drop Granny off at home, offering a curt goodbye as Granny heads inside with the nurse. Granny pushes the fruit basket towards Se-ra with an equally curt “take it.” She throws out a thanks and heads inside without another look and Se-ra swallows the hurt as tears sting her eyes.

That night, Han-bi and Woo-young sit awkwardly with Gong-myung as an already drunk Se-ra downs her beer and squeals in forced cheerfulness over her long-awaited team dinner. Turning to Gong-myung, her vision clears enough for her to go moony over his face. She grabs his head and his eyes widen as she leans in… until Han-bi and Woo-young drag them apart.

Flustered, Gong-myung snaps Min-jae would misunderstand if he’d seen. Se-ra blinks back and suggests they call him, snatching up Gong-myung’s phone to dial before anyone can stop her. There’s no answer and Se-ra grumbles he didn’t answer even when they were dating, of course he wouldn’t now that they’ve broken up.

This is news to Gong-myung but she ignores him and promptly passes out. Walking home, Gong-myung feels a pang of guilt for accusing Se-ra of running for district rep under Min-jae’s direction. He tells himself he’s not at fault because Se-ra didn’t tell him… but wonders why they broke up.

Se-ra defends her hangover at breakfast and Mom and Dad bicker over who she takes after. Mom asks Dad about his exercise and when Se-ra quips it’s triathlon training, Mom chides him for risking his health… only to ask if there’s any prize money. Oy vey. Dad suddenly asks about Se-ra’s payday and she calls them loan sharks.

As she and Dad leave for work, Dad awkwardly says one of his old colleagues mentioned having a complaint and gruffly suggests Se-ra meet with him. Se-ra brightly agrees, declaring herself Garden Tiger Moth. We cut to lunch as she flips through Assemblyman Yang’s notebook, putting it away before reaching a note on Gong-myung when he walks into the restaurant. She smiles and he returns a small wave.

Gong-myung is suspicious Se-ra hasn’t heard from Chief Won again but Se-ra considers everything settled. He suddenly asks if Min-jae called Se-ra again after they broke up and she answers “no” before realizing she spilled the beans last night. Speak of the devil, his phone lights up with Min-jae’s call and Se-ra hits answer before Gong-myung can stop her. Glaring at Se-ra, he apologizes to Min-jae for the buttdial.

Se-ra meets with Dad’s colleague and learns the man is a contract employee and a week before the annual renewal, he’d received a dismissal notice. 9 of the 15 guards, all age 63, had received the notice. Se-ra assures him he’s in good hands, declaring herself an expert at protecting jobs and unemployment issues. The man gratefully leaves and Han-bi whips her glasses off Se-ra’s face as Woo-young demands how she qualifies as an expert.

Hugging her friends, Se-ra says, “Myself. And… of course you guys.” Cut to the three women and Ja-ryong looking up at an apartment complex (where the guards are employed). Se-ra waits outside as the other three take an open house tour and something causes Ja-ryong’s eyes to bulge.

After investigating four apartment complexes, the only difference found was Guard Ahjussi’s complex mentioned an “employment stability support fund” in its maintenance statement. Se-ra seeks out Guard Ajusshi’s boss and asks why he’s letting workers go when they receive funding for them. He snaps she and the council are the ones who cut budgets and Se-ra fires back she’ll get the budget reallocated.

At work, Gong-myung looks at Se-ra’s name haphazardly added to the council snack chart and reprints it. Hanging the new one, he smiles with satisfaction before sobering and telling himself he’s just doing his job. Dae-cheol visits Gong-myung and Yong-kyu’s desks, noting the entire office seems bummed. Yong-kyu explains everyone’s depressed over pay cuts, grumbling the council has other income.

Dae-cheol agrees the council’s generosity springs from their wealth but muses Se-ra is probably even poorer than Yong-kyu. They both lament being unable to afford her juice now as Gong-myung stares at his phone background (of Se-ra’s secret spot), snapping back when Dae-cheol asks if he’ll be okay. Gong-myung nods he’s financially stable for now. Seeing Gong-myung has a new email, Dae-cheol leaves as Gong-myung reads the message from Se-ra asking him for research.

Later, Se-ra excitedly answers Gong-myung’s call… only to deflate when he reports he’d sent the research. Gong-myung muses seeing her email reminded him of the service center, adding her situation is much worse now. Se-ra threatens to hang up and Gong-myung blurts he was disappointed she didn’t sign off ‘Garden Tiger Moth.’ Embarrassed, he hangs up, leaving Se-ra confused. She checks his message and groans to see the funding was an Idiot Trio ordinance.

Gong-myung angrily cuts construction paper as Yong-kyu grumbles the Idiot Trio makes them slave away for the sports festival despite losing every year. It’s their only job, so they take it seriously and when Gong-myung pouts, Yong-kyu points to some boxes and warns the worst is yet to come. He suddenly perks up when Se-ra zips past but when Yong-kyu asks if he saw, Gong-myung denies it and goes back to work.

The Idiot Trio freeze mid-cheer when Se-ra bursts into their office. Hee-soo comes in on her heels and the women glare before Se-ra approaches the men to ask about their ordinance. The Idiot Trio declares their job over after it’s made and when Se-ra scoffs, she’s met with a cacophony of offended shouts.

PART 2

Sitting across from Assemblyman Bong, Se-ra apologizes for voting against him, even when he’d appealed to her. He explains he’d wanted to see her and Hee-soo to ask for help in reinstating some of the social welfare budget (which includes the employment stability support fund). He asks the women to convince three members of the Conservative party while he persuades the three members against it in the Progressive party. Unfortunately, as the women look over the list of Conservatives, they realize their only option is the Idiot Trio.

Se-ra finds Gong-myung waiting outside her house and he asks if she’d met with the Idiot Trio over the research she’d asked for. Se-ra replies vaguely and he hands her a bag, saying she should get something for her parents with her first paycheck. Embarrassed, he walks away and Se-ra calls out a thank you.

That night, Se-ra bites back a smile, telling herself the presents weren’t for her. Mom and Dad pop in to proudly show off their pajamas… although they mutter about the size and style. Se-ra ducks under her covers and Mom and Dad bicker at each other for making her feel bad as they leave. Se-ra agrees Gong-myung’s taste is terrible and pulls out Assemblyman Yang’s journal. She finds a note that the Idiot Trio live for the sport’s festival and grins.

The council deboards the bus while Gong-myung and Yong-kyu unload. Yong-kyu balks people buy their parents food or give money – not thermal underwear! Looking towards the ominous boxes, both men kick them in annoyance. Chief Won announces the opening of the sports festival and as the council parades around the track, Se-ra cheers loudly from the stands. Turns out the boxes contained mascot costumes and Gong-myung takes off his donkey head to look up at Se-ra.

Se-ra pulls the Idiot Trio aside to propose they cut a deal: she’ll ensure they win the festival if they vote in favor of reinstating the welfare budget. Seeing this would mark their tenth loss against Hanul district, they men agree. One of the trio reports the situation to Chairman Jo and he agrees to vote if they win as well, wondering if Se-ra is digging herself a new hole.

Hanul wins the first event and the Trio bargain for Se-ra to also give them credit just as Chief Won took credit for solving the last issue. Se-ra easily agrees but when she fills Hee-soo in, Hee-soo is appalled. She doesn’t believe the Trio will honor such a silly agreement, insisting on setting up a meeting to persuade them instead. Se-ra sniffs they already made an agreement and runs off before Hee-soo can say more.

During dodgeball, Hee-soo lets her frustration out by launching the ball at Se-ra. Forgetting the game, the women whip it back and forth until Se-ra finally gets someone out. She shouts they need to win and when she returns the ball to Hee-soo, she follows Se-ra’s direction and gets out another player. Finally, Gong-myung gets the ball and both women shout for it. After a brief pause, Gong-myung gives it to Hee-soo and she smiles smugly at Se-ra.

They manage to win and when the teams break for lunch, Se-ra plops next to Gong-myung. He asks why she wants to win so badly and Se-ra breezily explains the deal. Gong-myung sighs that she’s taken on another complaint and Se-ra says they make a good team. Gong-myung grumbles she should try harder to persuade him, but she just tells him to follow his heart and puts the food she doesn’t like in his tray. Hee.

On the sidelines, Chairman Jo muses Se-ra is doing well in Assemblyman Bong’s stead. Bong says she’s not a stand-in, they’re simply on the same side with similar minds. Chairman Jo chuckles the mind changes with time and position and pointedly warns high expectations are met with heavy disappointments. He leaves with Min-jae and Assemblyman Bong frowns after him.

Next is tug-of-war and Se-ra winds up as the anchor. They’re doing well until Chairman Jo walks by with an important politician and the Idiot Trio rush over to greet him. The other team easily wins and Hee-soo tells Se-ra this is why making connections is important. Se-ra waves her off and Hee-soo walks away in a huff.

The final competition is the relay and Se-ra selects the youngest members to participate with her. Unfortunately, Yong-kyu and Hee-soo quickly admit they’re not athletic and Se-ra pulls Gong-myung aside, urging him to do his best. Gong-myung points out she made a reckless deal and shouldn’t ask him to handle her mess.

Yong-kyu really can’t run and Hee-soo isn’t much better, but when she passes the baton to Gong-myung, he not only regains the lost ground, he passes his opponent. Handing the baton to Se-ra, however, he fumbles and she falls behind picking it up. Racing to catch up, Se-ra looks off to the side and with a battle cry, bursts through the finish line ahead of the other team.

Mawon is presented with the trophy and while two of the Idiot Trio cheer, the third (Shim) looks uncomfortable. Gong-myung smiles at Se-ra and she tearfully gives him a thumbs up. At the feast, Gong-myung smiles when Se-ra snags the seat across from him. Yong-kyu innocently invites Min-jae to sit with them and the mood quickly tenses.

Se-ra reaches out to grill the meat and both men automatically grab her tongs. They stare at each other until Yong-kyu shoos them off, tittering it’s a rare honor to be served by a council member. He and Se-ra laugh together as the other men sit in uncomfortable silence. Se-ra smiles at Shim across the room but he only stares back miserably.

Vising Guard Ahjussi, Se-ra tells him the issue should be resolved soon. Meanwhile, the Idiot Trio jump when their phones buzz and they show Chairman Jo photos of them holding up a handwritten memo. Cut to Se-ra presenting that memo proudly to her friends and explaining she trusts the Trio as far as she can throw them. She’d had them sign an agreement and has been texting it to them three times a day.

Woo-young points out she could get in trouble for such a method and Se-ra scoffs, “Who would scold me when even my parents ignore me?” Her phone rings and Se-ra is appalled to see Min-jae is still saved as “Oppa” in her phone. Turns out he’d called for Chairman Jo, who scolds her for teasing the assemblyman with the memo. He adds the council reputation would suffer if it were known members traded votes over a sports festival.

Se-ra argues she just did her job to solve a complaint. Chairman Jo asks why she works so hard for no pay and wonders if she’ll run in next year’s election. Se-ra quickly denies it and Chairman Jo says he’s passing his seat to Min-jae. Se-ra says he should be telling Min-jae – not her – but only when he’s sure he’ll actually keep the promise (referring to the by-election). Chairman Jo says every event comes with variables.

He says 5 years ago when he’d gone to Min-jae’s father’s funeral and seen Se-ra serving food as if she were family, saying he’d never imagined meeting her again as a district rep. Se-ra leaves and Min-jae offers to take her home. For the first time, she asks if he regrets giving up his career as a civil servant to be Chairman Jo’s lackey.

Outside Se-ra’s apartment, Mom gives Gong-myung a bag of food and he points out he buys from the same place. Heh. Mom pokes him in the cheek and says it tastes different depending on who bought it. Jokes aside, she thanks him for the thermal underwear, explaining she knows Se-ra doesn’t have money and no one else would look after her so well. He leaves smiling only for his face to fall when he sees Se-ra talking with Min-jae.

Gong-myung can’t hear when Min-jae says he doesn’t regret working for Chairman Jo – only leaving Se-ra. She laughs at how odd it is that he says that as if it’s nothing… and she feels nothing hearing it. He opens his mouth, but Se-ra just orders him to leave. She turns and jumps to see Gong-myung standing there.

She quickly explains they’d just run into each other, but Gong-myung is irked she keeps referring to Min-jae as “oppa.” He leaves and Se-ra can only watch him go. At home, Gong-myung is still bothered as in his own apartment, Min-jae looks at a photo of him and Se-ra.

The next day, Se-ra bounces up to Gong-myung to get a pass for the council meeting. He barely looks at her as he hands her the badge and Se-ra leaves hurt and confused. She pouts she can’t explain she was at Chairman Jo’s but smiles when the Idiot Trio text confirmations for their votes.

She meets Assemblyman Bong on the way, but they’re stopped by a distressed Hee-soo outside the meeting room. Inside, they find the Idiot Trio and Assemblyman Heo causing a ruckus by protesting and demanding the Progressive party repent.

Epilogue As Se-ra struggled to catch up to her opponent during the relay, we know see she’d turned to find Gong-myung running beside her. Filled with a renewed energy, Se-ra had let out a battle cry and won the race.

 
COMMENTS

Aww… Gong-myung is so jealous! It sucked seeing him give Se-ra the cold shoulder… but if history tells us anything, he never stays mad at her long. Min-jae interfering continues to feel weird. It was good for him to finally recognize that he failed Se-ra, but it’s a classic case of “too little, too late.” I love that we don’t linger on the breakup and Se-ra has already moved past it but Min-jae doesn’t seem ready to let go… despite not holding on to her when he should’ve. All he’s doing now is making waves with Gong-myung, who had some real whiplash this episode between learning they’d broken up only to see Min-jae still hanging around and Se-ra still referring to him with familiar terms. It’s an honest mistake to make after a 9 year relationship but it didn’t help how cagey Se-ra’s explanation for being with Min-jae was. Her reluctance towards mentioning Chairman Jo to Gong-myung makes sense, but it’s something they’ll have to address eventually.

Something I really appreciate with this show is the way it’s been handling conflict resolutions. While you don’t have much of a story if the hero is always winning, I find it very difficult to watch shows that completely abuse their protagonists at every turn. So, it’s extremely refreshing that Se-ra does resolve all her complaints… but other people swoop in to take the credit and warp that narrative. It sucks, it’s unfair, but it’s not a total loss. Chairman Jo stole Se-ra’s thunder, but the distribution center backed down. Chief Won didn’t take responsibility for ignoring residents’ concerns and safety, but she did provide compensation and the driving range won’t cause further problems. It’s not exactly what we wanted, but it’s steps in the right direction. Se-ra is being met with resistance, but not an insurmountable wall. They play dirty and while I don’t want Se-ra to sink to their level, I do want her to learn their game… and how to beat it.

It wasn’t surprising the Idiot Trio went back on their word, and while normally I would cheer for Se-ra getting proof of their agreement… as Chairman Jo pointed out, her method easily backfires in the world of politics. I don’t think Hee-soo’s attempts to simply persuade them would’ve worked either, but had the women worked together they might’ve found a solution that did. They have a lot of rivalry to work out – both professionally and romantically – but once they do, I imagine they’ll make a pretty fierce team. Not as good as our dynamic duo, mind you. I could gush all day over Se-ra and Gong-myung. I love how he’s becoming more expressive with her and keeps stopping to snap himself back to robot-mode. His effect on Se-ra is less noticeable and that makes sense because Se-ra is wild but Gong-myung is a calmer force. I could watch this pair dance circles around each other all day, but hopefully they don’t keep us on the hook too long – the chasing is fun, but so are the smooches.

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This drama and the chemistry of the leads are so adorable! This is the first drama I am seeing with both the leads and I am enjoying this so much. They both are really good actors, I must say. This drama is so smartly written and portrayed. I didn't have such expectations from it when it was first announced. A rare gem of a drama, this is.

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I agree with your take on conflict resolution, esp in politics. As one public servant say, compromise is the key to public service.

And Minjae is truly getting weirder by day. But i dont find it putting off, I mean in a viewer POV.

ALL IN ALL ANOTHER GREAT EP.

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Thanks Sunny for your recap. Why would Minjae say he regrets his break up with Se-ra? He hasn't shown any regret, he continues to divulge personal information to his boss about Se-ra, and the only thing he has done for her was buy a measly 5 health drinks. I wonder if he is setting her up for some thing that will help him or his boss.

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Am totally waiting for the time she calls him Kim Min-jae-sshi. Bye-bye, oppa!

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I think he's beginning to see her as a rival, and is generally becoming nervous.

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That's what I thought. He's wants to become a professional politician, and he sees what SeRa can become, and she's better as an ally than as an enemy. Let's talk more about this in ep. 8 recap.

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Eeeee, Gong-myung is joining the team dinner! Se-ra's word can't be truer, they sure make an impressive team. Him going so far as writing her argument against Chief Won is a wonderful show of support. So happy he is part of Se-ra's inner circle now, and her lunch buddy too! Also, him exerting himself for Se-ra and telling himself that he is just doing his job is the saddest case of denial ever ><

We are not shown whether Hee-soo or anybody else from the her party is doing anything about getting votes from the other party. As much as Se-ra method backfired on her, at least she is actively trying to do something!

It's so sucky that people are taking credits for Se-ra's hard work, Golfball Grandma fawning over Chief Won and leaving Se-ra in the dust made me feel awfully down. But have high hope that these people she defended will be on her side in the future, and her sincerity is not wasted.

Mom and dad showing off their couple thermal underwear just made my day, and her feeding Gong-myung plus acknowledging the gift made me go aaw...

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Mom may have put Se Ra in huge debt but I am loving the way she is redeeming herself.

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Thank you for the recap!

I am finally on time to comment! Hopefully I can join you all on more episodes!🙏

Since you cannot watch this show without gushing over Seo Gong-Myung, my two cents: He unconsciously leans with his arm over the fridge to ask Sera about her talk with Chief Won. I do not know if any of you ever watched the movie ‘While you were sleeping’, but there is a scene where Bill Pullman explains Sandra Bullock about ‘leaning’ while flirting. I swooned a little, because for once it was not Sera barging into his personal bubble, but the other way around.🥰

I also loved his smile after Sera blurted out that she and Min-Jae had broken up. We have seen that “Pfew, she is single” smile plenty of times in K-dramas, but Gong-Myung’s was more like “Things are finally back to their rightful order”.😆

Speaking of Min-Jae, I took offense and wrote on my fan wall about his “Let’s talk next time”. He is not taking Sera seriously that instant, so he is willing to wait until she comes back to her senses to try and talk to her again. Judging by how often he accepted her phone calls or made time for her and his general boyfriend behavior, I believe he had been waiting 9 years to have that talk. Sera was right to wonder what they could possibly talk about, because now she understands that he would never talk to her as an equal worthy of his respect.🤔

At a first glance Min-Jae’s stance, supported by most characters in this show, seems justified. Sera is not glamourized in this show at all, she does lack a lot of necessities to survive the world of politics. Gong-Myung however, is one of the few who is able to recognize her potential in politics and willing to help her become the best politician she can be.❤️

I found out that Nana and Park Sung-Hoon were female lead and serial killer villain in ‘Justice’. It explains the amazing chemistry between those two.😉

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I don't like or trust Min Jae, he is too blase about Se Ra to take her seriously in anything. He must of stayed in the relationship as long as he did because he didn't have time or could think of nothing better to do.

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They were in a relationship because SeRa wanted, he was just not he one to say "it's over", because it was suitable for him, nothing else. And now, he doesn't miss SeRa, he just thinks he can just suit him in his future plans. I don't see any pesonal regret in him.

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@meowingme has the most delightful gifs for the lean-in (and a lot of other scenes).

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Omo, thanks for the mention! 😘

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I was really surprised that she got their signatures. I was so excited she was going to win, but she lost and that is okay too. Disappointment is as much a part of life as anything and knowing our girl, she will bounce back.

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she learned from the ajumma who made her sign she will solve the situation!!

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I kept wondering if Gong-myung had a reason for wanting them to lose at the games - he seemed to drop that baton rather clumsily - but I think I was wrong.

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I thought it was a genuine drop. Didn't see any ulterior motive

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Not the most physically coordinated guy out there, I guess ><

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Thank you @sunny for the recap of another delightful episode. This show continues to bring so much joy, it's making me delirious.

The biggest relief for me has been the marked drop in the slapstick and Se-ra's violence towards Gong-myung. Now that she's crushing on him, she's probably going to tone it down completely.

Also, Gong-myung found out only now about the Se-ra - Min-jae breakup! I was confused if it was in an earlier episode. This paves the way for all good things, though knowing how staid and prim and proper GM is, he will need more than a push and a shove in this department. That's what our FL is there for, eh.

And I'm rooting for Hee-soo and Se-ra to gang up and fight the good fight. That will be a lot of fun.

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I was also confused about GM knowing about the break up. I thought that as he had asked a couple of times, he already knew, but it seems I made the assumption (well, you and me!!).

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Me too... I thought he knew already!

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They talked about Min-jae when Gong-myung saw their cold encounter and assumed this is how they are separating their professional and personal relationship and I think she just gave some vague answers which didn't really make it clear that they weren't together. She was talking about the past but he assumed she was talking about their current status.

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Yeah, that's where some of us got confused, I think!

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"Staid and prim and proper Gong-myung" >>> cracked up on this!
Since he didn't know about the breakup, all this time he must've thought she really is just treating him like a minion friend. So what is he thinking now? That deadpan face is hard to read...

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He's really dense, isn't he. But that deadpan look is an absolute killer, I laugh every time I see it. And combined with that look of utter shock each time she pulls off something crazy... and then those sudden smiles and laughs. PSH is nailing the character and the looks. And NaNa complements him so well!

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This episode was adorable and I loved Gong Myung young the extra mile and then saying I was a part of his job. I loved it when he knew about the break up and his annoyance at Se Ra using "oppa" with Min Jae was adorable. Jealousy is a good shade on him. I think we got an insight on how Min Jae's mind works. The way he came up with a solution for Chief Wkn shows us that he knows how to navigate the system and this is why he understood Se Ra, because she only thought on solving something in a particular way wheres he knew the importance of navigating through the system. Ja Ryong is adorable as always. Ghis setback will probably sting Se Ra a lot but I know she will learn from it.

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I like the way he's jealous, because it is in a good way, like... why is she's still calling him oppa, he's not her oppa anymore!!

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Min-jae doesn't deserve to be called oppa anymore!
On the other hand, can you imagine Gong-myung's reaction if Se-ra ever calls him oppa? ><

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Poor guy would have no clue how to react. And then he would smile to himself jn private. I can almost see it

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Gosh, I hope she doesn't!! This "oppa" business in kdramas is something I find terribly disturbing. An equivalent usage exists in my part of the world as well, but is fortunately dying a good death.

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I like your take on Minjae! Probably why he's very useful for Chairman Cho. He surely knows how to politics. I cant wait to see him play a lil dirty but hopefully, on Sera's side, someday.

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In short, Ep 7 was so squee-worthy.

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Which episode is not?

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True. I found myself wanting to express the same feeling over and over, it would really be repetitive. 😁.

However, the two scenes where I squeed the most was :

1. drunken Sera cupping GM's face and how he looked. I loved that frame of GM's signature look with Sera's hands squishing his cheeks.

2. The epilogue. I wondered briefly about why Sera looked sideway and smiled in the original scene. I thought it was a really wonderful shot without knowing what was really going on. The reveal felt so very sweet to me. I really like what the PD has done with this drama.

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I binged watch until the latest episode over the weekend and I am here for Gong-gong! His interactions with anyone is a delight. That scene with mom was hilarious! It's my first time seeing Park Sung-hoon (I might have seen his minor roles but I don't remember anything) so it's been fun. Nana is nailing this role!

I like that Se-ra has a strong moral compass and she asks whenever she feels lost. Though the world of politics plays dirty.

I actually am looking forward to the chasing and Gong-gong's reaction will be gold!

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Every episodes of this series has a Zoom-like face focus or I mean by continuous focus of each characters' faces in cinematography and in editing. I don't know why it was or it wasn't this first ever series to use this method (Zoom-like focus on faces/continuous focus on faces in short one takes).

One-take music videos also used this method.

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The camera shots are stedi-cam shots which have the focus on the actors faces while they are acting out a scene. Mind you, these close up shots are hard on the actors b/c they always have to be 'on' mode so it says a lot that these actors are pulling it off. I believe its called fish-eye circle lens and its tilted too. Sometimes with it, it can look cool, and sometimes the background can look fuzzy/not as clear.

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Thank you for the recap! I love the points about the conflict resolution because I hadn't consciously noticed that but it is very clever writing.

So many funny moments, I snorted when I realized Gong-myung was the donkey mascot. I'm glad Se-ra's fully moved on from Min-jae and I don't expect Gong-myung's jealousy to stick around long. And I kind of still hope Min-jae grows a backbone career-wise because he really has been stuck as an uncredited minion for a long time.

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"I could watch this pair dance circles around each other all day, but hopefully they don’t keep us on the hook too long"... well, I could not agree more. I don't know how many times I've said this, but here goes one more time: I LOVE THIS TWO!!!

I like the fact that SeRa can always find a solution despite all the politicians around. I know she's not earning credit for all she's doing, but she knows, GM knows and we know. So far, we don't need anymore, because I hope she's learning bit by bit, and if she listens to GM (who was a more practical idea of how that world works) they could become an unbeatable team. And she will learn, just watch at how clear and sharp was she in her response to MinJae. Yes!

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Haha, I was tempted to paste that last line in my comment too - @sunny has described what we all feel about the 'dance' perfectly!

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I looooooved the epilogue!
It made my heart skip a beat and brought tears in my eyes...

I love the pair, Gong-myung and Se-ra so much!

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Thanks for the recap.
I think Sera cried because she was touched that the Grandma thanked her, not really hurt.

Who wants a boyfriend like Gongmyung? 🙋

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🙋🏼‍♀️

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🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

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Gong-myung totally didn't pull back when Se-ra wanted to kiss him and that just makes me happy.
Also Min-jea's character has been mostly on the blank side until now but I'm afraid he is probably one of the shady guys.

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I think after 9 years, Min Jae he used to date Sera and didn't make any effort. Then, she broke up and now he's realizing what he lost. But Sera is realizing that with GM she can be herself and he doesn't ask to change herself but to follow the rules.

GM being jealouse is cute and give us a lot of hopes for the next episodes!

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I love this show! I finally caught up with the episodes and the pacing as always is great. That means that I love the characters and the show focuses primarily on the two leads.

One thing though, I want to see more of Gong-myung's backstory in this show and see him claw his way up to what he does best. Also the weird white sleeve thing Nana was wearing is for sun protection but it looks weird lol. Gong-myung ran side by side by Se-ra during the relay race aww!

The romance has been on the slow side, but I hardly notice b/c their friendship chemistry is the bomb.com. Good to see more people commenting on this show, I was hooked from the first episode and am hoping it continues to be this solid!

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