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Was It Love: Episode 1

Differentiating itself from the usual love story, Was It Love is about a single mother with, not one or two, but FOUR potential suitors, vying for her affection. Life might be hard for our heroine, but every cloud has a silver lining. No matter the obstacle, she won’t give up because she has her family by her side and a dream to keep her moving.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

2012. Our protagonist NOH AE-JUNG (Song Ji-hyo) juggles three part-time jobs while on the job market for a more permanent position. Interview after interview, she describes her qualifications with gusto, but when asked why she didn’t finish her last semester of university, her smile fades.

It’s Christmas Eve, and little NOH HA-NEE sits alone at daycare. Grandma CHOI HYANG-JA (Kim Mi-kyung) arrives late, and Ha-nee gives her the cold shoulder. More than the tardiness, however, Ha-nee is upset that that the other kids asked about her dad today. Grandma looks at the wall of drawings depicting nuclear families while Ha-nee’s picture only has her, Mom, and Grandma.

On their way home, Grandma piggybacks Ha-nee and asks if she wants to have a cake for Christmas. Ha-nee shakes her head and glumly says that there’s no Santa and no dad. With a sigh, Grandma asks that they pretend he’s dead since that’s what her mom wants and promises to shower Ha-nee with even more love. Ha-nee is upset with Grandma’s response and gets off her back to walk home by herself.

Back to Ae-jung’s interview. The CEO of Thumb Film crosses off Ae-jung’s sheet, which finally pushes her to answer: she became pregnant. She tells them that she has no regrets, but despite her declaration, the interview ends.

Returning home with a cake, Ae-jung notices the disarray in her small apartment and starts working on the piled-up chores. As she puts away dishes, she finds a bug and falls to the ground in shock—shattering a cup in the process. She picks up the broken pieces and dissolves into tears.

When Grandma and Ha-nee arrive, Ae-jung tells them to stay away since it’s dangerous, but Grandma can’t sit back while her daughter cries. Putting Ha-nee aside, Grandma kneels next to Ae-jung and helps her clean up. Ae-jung cries that it’s all her fault—clearly, not just talking about the cup—but Grandma tells her that it’s not.

As they clean, Ae-jung’s phone rings, and the scene returns to the interview at Thumb Film. Before Ae-jung left, CEO Wang asked her one final question: why does she want to work for a film studio? Flashing back to 2006, Ae-jung watched the movie she produced but slipped away as the credits rolled, hiding her pregnancy from the others. Since college, her dream has always been to produce movies, and just because she’s now a mom doesn’t mean she’s no longer Noh Ae-jung.

Ae-jung hangs up the phone and grabs her family in a hug. She got the job! To celebrate, they gather around the cake Ae-jung bought and get ready to make a wish. Once Ae-jung counts down, Ha-nee blows out the candles, and the scene jumps to the present day.

Holding Ha-nee’s middle school uniform, Ae-jung skips home from the cleaners and notices a couple of students leave a convenience store with keychains. At home, she presents Ha-nee (Uhm Chae-young) her “new” uniform and hands her a keychain to use as a stress doll.

Grandma smacks Ae-jung in the back and asks what’s happening at her company. After their recent movie flopped, a majority of the employees resigned, and paychecks have been withheld. Ae-jung tells her not to worry since she was promoted to producer from bookkeeper and is confident that their movie will attract a lot of investors.

In contrast to Ae-jung’s positive outlook, the reality at Thumb Film looks glum. The desks are empty except for one other employee, Producer CHOI HYE-JIN (Baek Soo-hee), and the promised investor has yet to arrive. As Ae-jung paces around nervously, the doors open, and two intimidating men enter the office. Ae-jung assumes that they’re the investors and points them to the conference room.

Meanwhile, Ha-nee observes her new school surroundings and joins a gaggle of schoolgirls watching a basketball game. She notices one of the players—a teacher—make a basket and nods approvingly. Once the bell rings, Ha-nee follows the crowd towards the entrance.

She bows to the teacher guarding the door, but Teacher Jang stops her from entering. He points out her missing nametag, and though Ha-nee explains that she’s a transfer student, Teacher Jang calls her a liar. He threatens to punish her until the basketball-playing teacher, OH YEON-WOO (Gu Ja-sung), comes to Ha-nee’s defense. He corroborates her story since he’s her new homeroom teacher.

Ae-jung presents their new movie Husbands Over Flowers to the guests and lays out the budget. The “investor” asks how she plans on securing the funds, so she looks at him quizzically since that’s why he’s here… right? Wrong.

The “investor” is actually the CEO of Nine Capital, GU PA-DO (Kim Min-joon), and he isn’t here to give money to Thumb Film but take it… 1,050,000,000 won to be exact (approximately $900,000). To make matters worse, Ae-jung is now responsible for all this debt since she stood surety for CEO Wang. Only now does Ae-jung realize that, in exchange for her promotion, she signed the contract to serve as guarantor.

She chases after Pa-do, begging for a pardon, but he shakes her off and enters his car. His righthand man, Director Kim, steps in and warns Ae-jung that they know about her family. She has exactly two weeks to pay them back or else.

At school, Ha-nee mutters to herself that kids are all the same no matter where she goes, but to her surprise, a milk carton whizzes past her head. It hits the student sitting in front of her and splatters all over Ha-nee as well. The bully gives her a mock apology, and though Ha-nee is fuming, no one bats an eye at the incident.

Wielding a hammer, Ae-jung breaks into CEO Wang’s apartment, but all that’s left is garbage. The only thing maybe worth their time is a copyright license agreement found inside a book, but even that looks like trash. Ae-jung crumples up the paper and a slew of profanities escape her mouth much to Hye-jin’s horror. However, a call from school returns Ae-jung back to her calm, mother-mode.

Ae-jung rushes into the teacher’s lounge, looking for Ha-nee, and at his desk, Yeon-woo stands up and smiles. He calls after her, but Ae-jung runs out of the room to find her daughter. With Yeon-woo trailing after her, Ae-jung enters the counselor’s office where Ha-nee is waiting for her.

The bully has a nosebleed, and his parents accuse Ha-nee of hitting their precious son. Ae-jung apologizes for her daughter’s behavior and gets on her knees when the bully’s parents suggest holding a school violence committee. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the bully’s father asks when Ha-nee’s father will arrive since this is a discussion for men… excuse me for a minute while I go barf.

Ha-nee glares at the family and tells them that she doesn’t have a dad. Rather than feel embarrassed about their presumption, the family scoffs at their single parent household. The father even offers some “advice” to Ae-jung, telling her to be stricter with her daughter.

Yeon-woo calls out the father for his rude behavior, but Ae-jung stands up for herself, stating that she’s Ha-nee’s father and mother. While she’ll compensate them for their child’s injuries, she asks how they’ll compensate Ha-nee for the scars they caused. No longer willing to tolerate any of this nonsense, Ae-jung holds Ha-nee’s hand and leaves the room.

Once outside, Ha-nee tries to explain the situation, but Ae-jung notices Director Kim in the parking lot and freaks out. She drags Ha-nee away, but her daughter misinterprets her behavior and lashes out. Though Ae-jung pleads with her to talk later, it only makes matters worse, and Ha-nee runs away.

Irritated, Ae-jung chases after her, but is taken aback when she sees her daughter in tears. Ha-nee asks her mom why she won’t listen to her and admits how hurt she felt when Ae-jung apologized in the room. Rather than listen, Ae-jung yells at her daughter to stop causing her heartache, and their fight turns personal.

Ha-nee blames her mother for causing all these problems and throws the keychain on the ground. She asks what’s the point of a useless stress doll when it won’t change the fact that she doesn’t have a father. Unable to respond, Ae-jung lets her go.

Having witnessed everything since the counselor’s office, the bullied student, GU DONG-CHAN (Yoon Sung-woo), finally comes out of the shadows and talks with Ae-jung. He explains how Ha-nee was the only one who stood up for him, and the truth finally dawns on her.

Looking for comfort, Ae-jung brings her own soju to a bar and tells the bar owner, KANG SOOK-HEE (Kim Young-ah), about her work troubles. Sook-hee offers to pay the debt… until she hears the actually amount. She curses out the CEO and offers Ae-jung a free drink, instead.

Ae-jung wonders why bad luck comes all at once, so Sook-hee tells her that it’ll leave all together as well. Ae-jung disagrees since it didn’t happen fourteen years ago, either, and wonders what her life would be like if she didn’t meet him back then.

Ha-nee sulks at her desk, thinking back on what the bully’s father said, when Ae-jung comes home. Avoiding her mom, she jumps into bed and pretends to sleep. Ae-jung checks her daughter and notices her bruised wrist from when she dragged her at school. Overwhelmed with guilt, she cries into her shoulder, and Ha-nee silently listens to her mother weep.

In the morning, Yeon-woo sits on the bus thinking of Ae-jung when he sees her outside, running to the next stop. He stalls the driver until Ae-jung gets on and stands next her, hoping that she’ll notice him. When the bus lurches, she stumbles into Yeon-woo and recognizes him as Ha-nee’s homeroom teacher. Just then, the bus jerks again, and she runs into him a second time—now very aware of their proximity.

Yeon-woo drops honorifics and asks if Ae-jung doesn’t remember him. It suddenly dawns on her, and the scene flashes back to a bathhouse. Ae-jung’s MP3 player clattered to the floor, and a young man sheepishly raised his hand from the bath.

Yeon-woo gets off the bus first and knocks on the window next to Ae-jung. She opens it reluctantly, and he confesses that he missed her. He promises to take care of Ha-nee and runs after the bus, waving at Ae-jung until she’s gone.

While Ae-jung bangs her head in embarrassment, Yeon-woo flops down blissfully in the school’s gymnasium. Ha-nee finds him and hands him a drink as a thank you for last time. He tells her to come to him whenever she’s in trouble and pats her head affectionately. From the doorway, Ha-nee steals glances at Yeon-woo and touches her head with a smile.

Since the investors won’t come to her, Ae-jung decides to go to them and waits outside in the lobby until the CEO comes out. She tells the potential backer about their movie, but the CEO recognizes the title as another project from a different film studio. Uh-oh.

Ae-jung bangs on the director’s door to tell him about the silly rumors, but he admits to leaving the studio since CEO Wang broke their agreement first. Ae-jung begs him to sign a new contract with her, but the director flatly tells her that she doesn’t have the abilities to get his film made.

Running out of options, Ae-jung decides to sell the CEO’s stuff to at least give Hye-jin a paycheck, but the loyal producer understands that times are tough. While Ae-jung describes how she’ll beat up CEO Wang, she slams papers on his desk and cuts herself. She throws the offending papers to the ground and orders Hye-jin to burn them.

Hye-jin picks up a manuscript, and her eyes grow wide. It’s by best-selling author CHEON EOK-MAN, and the title, “Love Doesn’t Exist,” rings some bells. Ae-jung scrambles to find the old contract they found at the CEO’s apartment, and after wiping away a smudge, they find the same name. They’ve struck gold!

Ae-jung and Hye-jin go to Pa-do’s house, but the idyllic scenario is ruined by the broken tea cups and angry guard dogs. As Ae-jung and Hye-jin scream for their lives, the dogs respond to their owner’s whistle and run to Pa-do’s side. With a blood-stained hand, he waves at his two guests to come over.

Gathering up her courage, Ae-jung flourishes the old contract in front of Pa-do and tells him that Thumb Film will make Cheon Eok-man’s story into a movie. He asks if they can secure the funds, and the voices of doubt creep into Ae-jung’s head. When she doesn’t answer, Pa-do assumes that she’s given up, but Ae-jung tops him in his tracks: “Then you should invest!”

Pa-do takes off his bloody shirt—right in the middle of his lawn—revealing his tiger tattoo and many scars. After putting on a new shirt, he tells Ae-jung that he invests in people and asks if she’s willing to stake her life on the line. Ae-jung says that she’ll prove her worth since her life is in her family’s hand.

Slamming his fist into the table, Pa-do agrees to give her an opportunity. He wants the script written by the original author, and the lead actor needs to be his favorite Hallyu star, RYU JIN (Song Jong-ho). Pa-do refuses to negotiate these terms, but to sweeten the deal, he offers to forgive the debt as well as re-invest a billion won.

Clearly Ae-jung hasn’t learned her lesson to be careful about contracts, since she immediately signs a new one with Pa-do. Now she has eight days to secure both the writer and lead actor for her new film.

After their meeting, Pa-do resumes his shady business and goes down into a basement where four bald men are bloodied and tied-up. He grabs the nape of one man and looks at the tattoo on his neck—a similar looking scar is on Pa-do. In Chinese, he orders the man to pass along a message: “If I see you again, you’re dead.”

Splitting up their tasks, Ae-jung goes to recruit their actor since she has a history with him. Back in college, Ae-jung knew Ryu Jin-sunbae and even asked him for a kiss. That same sunbae is now surrounded by adoring fans and reporters who want the latest scoop on his Hollywood debut.

After the short interview, Ae-jung screams for Ryu Jin, but her voice is mostly drowned out by the crowd. However, Ryu Jin turns around, as if he heard her calling, but before he sees her, a fan breaks through the barricade and tackles the actor.

Ae-jung returns to the office emptyhanded, but she won’t give up since she has a special relationship with the top star. Flashing back to her university days, Ae-jung participated in the old-time, college ritual of drinking copious amounts of alcohol. She gave up midway while drinking a pot of alcohol, so as punishment, the others made her kiss someone. Rather than ask for a volunteer, Ae-jung chose who to kiss and ran out the door. Everyone followed after her except for one person who kept drinking.

Thus, Ae-jung asked Ryu Jin for a kiss, but the mood was ruined by a classmate throwing up his guts. As a very familiar silhouette created havoc on the patio, Ae-jung remembered her shoes and ran back to the house—unaware of her sunbae’s attempt to talk elsewhere. As Ae-jung feared, she found her shoes covered in vomit.

After hearing her tale, Hye-jin deflates since her “special” relationship isn’t very special at all. Ae-jung tells her not to worry since they have the best-selling author on their side, but Hye-jin has bad news: she couldn’t contact him, either.

Despite all the screaming fans, Ryu Jin did hear Ae-jung in the crowd but is taken out of his reverie when Manager Myung arrives. He fusses over Ryu Jin’s injury, but the top star thinks nothing of the scratch and is instead grateful for his passionate fans.

As the two of them reaffirm their brotherhood and hug, CEO Song barges into the room and kicks Manager Myung in the shin. She smiles lovingly at Ryu Jin and invites him to a party, but he declines. He says that he has a prior engagement and takes Manager Myung out for drinks.

That night, Ae-jung writes an email to the author and prays to the gods before hitting send. While she waits for his response, she decides to read his original story, “Love Doesn’t Exist.” As Ae-jung narrates, two warriors—male and female—clash swords in the snow. It’s a historical-action-romance, and the protagonists conflicted feelings of loving his enemy captivate Ae-jung. Flipping through the pages ravenously, she’s confident that this story will become a hit.

The next morning, she wakes up to a text from the author, asking to meet. She tells the whole family about the message, but they have no idea about what she’s screaming. Sharing the good news with Hye-jin, Ae-jung goes to a café to meet the author, but since she doesn’t know his face, she calls his number and looks around. She finally finds the author off to the side, but with just one look, she stops in her tracks.

We see each potential suitor one by one, starting off with Ryu Jin who eats in his apartment while looking over a script. On his TV, Ae-jung is in the background about the news of his crazy fan, but he doesn’t notice.

Meanwhile, Pa-do looks at a video of a party, and at the center is a woman who looks just like Ae-jung (or is it her?). Yeon-woo flips through a poetry book at home and finds an old letter addressed to “noona.”

Back at the café, Ae-jung peeks behind the pillar at where the author stood but can no longer see him. She turns around and screams since Cheon Eok-man (Sohn Ho-joon) is now standing in front of her. The last suitor.

 
COMMENTS

The premise of the drama is purposefully over the top and a bit ridiculous. There’s not one but four potential suitors for our single mother who hasn’t fallen in love in a long time. Thus, the goal of this show isn’t to offer thoughtful insight or meaningful commentary, but instead, bring whimsy and joy to its viewers. For the most part, I had a hard time connecting with the show, but near the end, I saw a glimmer of hope.

Since it’s only the first episode, we’re barely introduced to the characters, but so far, the main protagonist and her suitors feel rather predictable. Despite being a single mother, Ae-jung has all the trappings of the typical dramaland heroine who’s diligent and hardworking but hasn’t gotten her lucky break to prove her worth. Rather than Song Ji-hyo’s portrayal, I have issues with the writing. The show tells its audience that Ae-jung is capable and wants us to believe that she can succeed despite the naysayers, yet none of the scenes have shown her abilities. In fact, the opposite effect took place, and I’ll admit that I agree with all the “negative” characters who told Ae-jung that she can’t make it. She doesn’t have the experience, resources, or means to make a big-budget movie, and nothing she’s done has given me much confidence that she can overcome these shortcomings. She doesn’t have a keen sense that can tell what stories and creators will be a hit (she didn’t even read the story before contacting the author), and rather, has relied on luck for everything so far. She got lucky that CEO Wang had a contract with Author Cheon, and she got lucky that Pa-do happened to like her sunbae.

When Ae-jung went to the movie premiere to convince Ryu Jin to sign onto her movie, I shook my head because there was no way her plan would work. I don’t understand why she thought showing up in a crowd of fans would miraculously land her a meeting, and if she was truly savvy, she should have negotiated with Pa-do for more days to hire the actor and author (especially since her success brings him money). Also, it’s obvious that Cheon Eok-man is Ae-jung’s classmate from college who threw up on her shoes, so once again, the writer has created a scenario where Ae-jung succeeds not because of her own abilities as a producer but because of an old connection from her past. I fear that the writer will make Ae-jung another “helpless” heroine who has the men in her life fix her problems. Even if people want fairytales, most of us no longer want a damsel in distress, so if Ae-jung’s dream is to become a producer, I hope the show really lets her grow as a character and achieve her dreams through her own merits. Just like the way she stood up to Pa-do and asked him to invest in her movie, I want Ae-jung to take action and be in charge of her life and future success.

My biggest grievance with the show wasn’t about Ae-jung but Ha-nee. Uhm Chae-young, the young actor playing the character, is doing a phenomenal job, and I don’t have complaints about her. Again, it’s the writing that’s the weak link. Because of real-life events in Korea surrounding sexual harassment, I’ve become extra-sensitive about how children are portrayed in media. For the most part, Ha-nee is your typical middle school student who thinks she’s mature and above socializing with her peers. She’s sweet and a bit sassy—like kids her age often are, though she’ll probably deny it. While everything is fine, there’s just one problem (that I’m completely blowing out of proportions, I will admit), and it’s her supposed one-sided crush on Yeon-woo.

Before some of you grab your pitchforks and throw stones, let me explain. When Ha-nee first sees Yeon-woo, she’s clearly complimenting his looks, and to reiterate his status as the “popular” teacher, the other female students gather around him and act like fangirls. Having a crush on a teacher can be harmless, and students fawning over the good-looking teacher isn’t necessarily wrong (the emphasis on looks in Korean society is problematic, but that’s another discussion). My problem is that the show depicts this crush at all, and to be honesty, I find it icky. To make things clear, I don’t find Ha-nee or her crush disgusting, but the creators who decided to include this part to her character. I don’t see what the show gains by making the audience think that Ha-nee might have a crush on her teacher when Yeon-woo’s storyline is clearly linked to Ae-jung. On one hand, Ha-nee might not have a crush at all, and is just looking for a father figure (or maybe she wants to play matchmaker for her mom). However, the mere fact that the show made this thought even cross my mind is problematic because it makes the audience think its normal for young girls to be depicted as “liking” adult men.

By just omitting the basketball scene, everything would have been fine, so I really don’t understand why the creators added that part and made me think she might have a crush. What’s the added benefit? It’s already obvious from Gu Ja-sung’s face that he’s handsome; the audience didn’t need Ha-nee to spell it out for them. I’m forced to wonder if the show wants her to feel jealous of her mom about her teacher, because if that’s the case, then that’s gross. All in all, I’d rather dramas not show little girls crushing on adults just because it’s what girls her age do. (They don’t. Kids aren’t always thinking of love, and adults should stop casting romantic connotations onto little children.) There’s already so much potential with her character from her relationship with Ae-jung and Grandma as well as the bullied student Dong-chan, so the crush doesn’t add any value to the story in my opinion. Part of my overreaction is that I’ve seen dramas about schools and teachers done well (Black Dog and A Beautiful World to name some recent ones), so I’m not lowering the bar for Was It Love.

Hopefully I haven’t made the fans of the show too angry because I will add that I didn’t hate the first episode. Especially near the end once Ae-jung had a goal, it felt like the show was finding its groove, and I enjoyed it. I think even fans will agree that this show might be best enjoyed without being overly analytical (though I have a tendency to over-analyze even when I don’t mean to), and for the most part, I see a lot of fun potential. The acting is a bit awkward in some parts, the dialogue can be cringy, and a few scenes feel dated; but underneath it all is a whimsical story that’s easy to enjoy. With Sohn Ho-joon entering the fray, I’m optimistic about future episodes. Hopefully the show will focus on the fun aspects of its story, and offer a breezy and light watch for its viewers.

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This drama is not perfect but I enjoyed episode 1 and 2. Can’t wait to see the next episodes.

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I didn’t feel anything for any characters. It was quite a bland pilot and everything felt oh so familiar.
But, I will watch one more episode to see if Sohn Ho-joon makes a difference.

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For me, Sohn Ho-Joon in the second episode made it a lot better. I was also a bit iffy after the first episode but I tried to get over the over-the-top-ness and accepted its wackiness lol. Not going to spoil but I definitely thought episode 2 was better with more depth and more insight into our 4 suitors so I'm going to keep watching for now :)

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Yup, for me he grounded the story

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Yes I have seen episode two and I was waiting for the second episode recap to talk about it :)
This was my thoughts after watching episode one.

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I wanted to like this....but it's so lacking. I can't even place why. It might be both Song Ji Hyo and her character. It might be the story...

Single mom who's trying to be a producer sounds like a lot of fun...but not here. Everything's so...Blah.

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I agree with the basketball scene! It could be modified to just school girls oggling at the court. They don't have to chase their teacher like that as if he was some celebrity. (This is my opinion)

I like the drama and will soldier on to episode 2 in a bit.

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I am waiting for Dasom, this pilot was lackluster.

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To be honest, I only lasted a few seconds. Plus, is this a fantasy genre? A single mom (that means she has kids) with 4 suitors? This has to be a fantasy, unless she's so drop-dead gorgeous a guy wouldn't care that she has kids to take care of.

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Oops, unless one of the guys is a single dad too.

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And the other three guys all have a history with her.

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Are you serious? I mean, sure four men at once is not very likely, but to say that a man would not be interested in a single mom (who is not drop-dead gorgeous) is completely false and an outdated and misogynistic notion.

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Yup.

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Right? Please tell that to my cousin who is a single mom (and doesn't exactly look like Song Ji-hyo) and just got engaged. To a man who's never had kids before.

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Tell that to my father who married a 30 year old single mother of twins when he was 25.

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Yes, tell that to my sister (single mom) who just started dating a wonderful guy after 14 years of being single.

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Exactly. I have friends and family on every side of this equation, the man, the single mom, and the kid. Not every guy is so invested in his own magical gene pool factory that he can’t see himself joining a ready-made family.

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By now @lovepark you've seen ep 2 and see that the "crush" you saw in ep 1 is probably something else entirely and nothing to feel too uncomfortable about. The daughter desperately wants a father and as she is coming to know the teacher, she is noticing him, deeming him acceptable as a person who wins high marks as an attractive man (and therefore a good candidate for a father) and most of all, she sees that he treats her well with fairness, compassion and even a bit of affection (not the icky kind but the kind where he pats her on the head and smiles warmly to her and stands up for her) So, Lovepark, I don't think you have to worry about the daughter's intentions toward the teacher, or at least I sure hope the drama doesn't take us that direction. I think it will be okay. The think I am worried about is the girl's disappointment if it turns out that the teacher is not who (or what) she thinks he is.

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Yep, I didn't really think the show would go there, but I still think the whole basketball scene and her comments felt outdated and unnecessary. The show didn't offend me, but I wanted to let out my exasperation on the general topic.

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As long as the show doesn't have endless product placements or doppelgangers from alternate universes I don't see anything to complain about. Or serial murderers. Or face blindness.

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It just occurred to me that Gu Pa-do is a literal Loan Shark with a Heart of Gold 😂 He wasn't vicious in the way he went about his business with Ae-jeong, and even gave her a way out of this sticky situation (even though the odds are stacked against her).

That's a good point about the young good-looking male teacher being the object of his students' affections. I felt the basketball court scene was meant to show Ha-nee's comparative level-headedness; it's natural to notice when your teachers are good-looking, but she's not compelled to act on it. Nonetheless, by depicting the other girls swarming around him, it normalises such crushes and reinforces the stereotype that young girls are guy-crazy, which is damaging, and doesn't serve the plot at all.

This wasn't a winning premiere, but the characters captured my attention because (aside from Ae-jeong) they don't fit into typical archetypes. I'll keep watching because it seems like the show knows what it's doing with the numerous suitors; they all seem to have some role in Ae-jeong's past, or her future growth.

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LOL at Gu Pa-do and his beanie rank! Am totally digging his "quiet but deep" presence, and feeling the shades of SLS (TLS? FLS?) already.

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He's probably not end game, but I think he's an interesting acquaintance for Ae-jeong as a fellow single parent. It would be nice if through interacting with Ha-nee and Ae-jeong, he learns how to be closer to his son.

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Agreeing with everything you said @lovepark.

The show felt familiar in a lot of aspect that I felt of bored with the premiere. The daughter was what made me watch episode 2, and like lovepark, the crush thing made me pause. I actually thought she was crushing on a tall student till he came in a few seconds later as a teacher. Then he was revealed to have a connection with Ae-jung. Like, what's the plan writer-nim? Mom and daughter as rivals? No!

If I plan to continue watching this, I should probably turn my brain off and watch it while folding clothes.

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I actually thought he's a student as well. I was FF too much that I missed that info.

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Right? I FF some scenes too, esp in ep2

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Same..I was like what is that tall child doing(any John Mulaney fans around?) in the basket ball court and then when we got a close up was like erm are we supposed to buy that this guy's mid teens?C'mon...Sighed a breath of relief when we were told he's a teacher but then retrospective ickiness at all the young kid's swarming him adoringly at the court..yeesh.Having seen EP 2,thankfully it's not a story line that's being explored but total agreement with @lovepark that scene was just not required to be shot the way it was....

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Right??? Even though what that scene portrayed did not play out, still, what was the purpose. SMH

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I just wish Song Ji Hyo's character tones down. Ji Hyo is not selling an over-the-top character.

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Watched this week's episode at one go, and enjoyed them so far. Got caught off-balance early in the episode when show explained that Ha-nee's father is alive somewhere, because I kinda thought he'll be dead and not part of the suitors. Four guys to pick from is already much, I'd really hate it if show decides to throw in a guess-the-dad game in as well!

CEO Wang's reveal is sure twisty, thought he was your generic nasty CEO (did he have to do the big x mark right in front of Ae-jung?), but he actually hired her. Thought he was the typical cuddly CEO, then he went to jeopardize her life and livelihood with a swindle. Could it be he is working in a fishing boat somewhere and will come back to save the day in future episodes..?

Always enjoys a spunky and take-matters-in-her-hand kind of heroine, the potty mouth is plus! That said, am surprised and sad that Ae-jung immediately went to apologizing mode about the school incident. Am hoping the show won't all be about suitors, but a big part will be the mending and growth of the mother-daughter relationship. Am also hoping that later on, Ae-jung get a chance to show, not just tell, about her producing ability.

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This show is fun to watch and provides some mindless entertainment, which is all I really want at the moment. It's a fun little show so I'm excited to see what happens

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"However, the mere fact that the show made this thought even cross my mind is problematic because it makes the audience think its normal for young girls to be depicted as “liking” adult men."
I'm sorry but I didn't understand this part clearly. Is it wrong to have a crush on an older man? If it is about a teacher, even I had a crush on a teacher in high school along with my friends. But it was just a crush, an infatuation. Now it has become a fun, nostalgic memory. Are we in a time where the society decides whom we should like or not like? I hope it is not that and I am just misunderstanding. Guys, please enlighten me on this.

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You've expressed some of my thoughts here, Ilovecoffee&rain but I've not really found the right words on my own. Art imitates life and therefore dramas should reflect human nature. It's human nature to be attracted to what is beautiful even when that means a 14 year old, and many of her classmates, find their 32 year old teacher attractive. I also am concerned that society seems to be wanting control over how art portrays life. How much control should society really have over how art portrays life? Should it extend beyond the marketplace? (who is willing to buy tickets to go to that film or to continue to watch that drama?) And of course there are ratings standards for the film industry. Should society dictate how artists express themselves? I think the topic is important for discussion. Must we hide the fact that a student is attracted to a teacher? Does that mean that if it is hidden well enough that no other young girls will have a crush on their teacher? Or does it mean instead that she will hide that inside her and let it fester there alone? It goes from something common and natural into something secret and somehow unnatural. Something to be ashamed of, when I am not so sure it is.

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I love love love song ji hyo on running man. But i am disappointed by her Lovely Horribly and also this drama. Did nothing for her. In here i think i only heard her screaming, she looks tired and old (probably intentional?). The story was not gripping enough. But i love noh hanee. She was the best thing in this drama. Also the scene where son ho jun ran and sobbing. It couldve been heartbreaking but missed a little.. I probably keep watching just as support for the actors..and wishing for miracle it wont went down like Lovely Horribly.. Please oh please..

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Binged both episodes today, song ji hyo as a plucky character isn't the best sell yet :/ still a fun watch though! Pa-do isn't being set up as endgame, but I kinda wish he was. My personal favourite lol. Dangerous, macho and beardy? Mmmmmm. Loving the pinky ring, just smacks of a power play ahahaha.

Interesting and valid thoughts about Ae-jung's merits as a producer and so far getting by on luck. Didn't occur to me but I definitely see that now.

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So, this drama is a wish-fulfillment one. I hope I'm not going to see a lot of comments condemning this show because it isn't realistic, when it obviously doesn't want to be. It wants to be romantic - it wants to be a little pocket of escapism. Song Ji-hyo feels like the weakest link in this cast, but overacting aside, it's because her character is written to be an audience surrogate.
I'm really enjoying it so far! Ae-jung is best when the show isn't using her for (screamy, off-putting) comedy and I like the rest of the cast a lot too. I missed Son Ho-jun SO MUCH, and I didn't realise quite how much until he appeared at the end.

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I agree with you. I like the wish-fullfilment part of the dramas, and if you are going to make a drama where FOUR people want to date the female lead, then have some fun there!

My main worry, is if they had decided on a male lead, or endgame ship for the female lead. My favourite love triangles are usually those where you either are not sure who she will end up with, or where the third wheel is not really in the game because he is antagonistic or the like, OR where both the men's relationship with the woman, no matter how it ends, makes them better. If there is a love triangle simply for the purpose of a love triangle, I get pulled out of the escapism, but that is just me.

I do like how the four suitors are from different professions and walks of life (an ex-mafia, a famous author, movie star and a teacher), with their own history and relation to the female lead (debtcollector and fellow single-parent, ex-boyfriend with a grudge, quiet crush and daughter's teacher). It makes it fun and it means we get to see the female lead in all sorts of situations. This is what I'm all about! Like, currently I do not want the author to be endgame, maybe because I feel like he will be because of the obvious K-drama signs to him being so, but also because he just seems like a jerk. I want to go forward a while, watch the female lead grow her relationships with the men, before I start making a real decision on who I root for.

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I'm watching this with my brain turned off and agree with you, it's escapism. No, it's not going to be The Next Great Drama, but it's a nice, unoffensive time pass of a romantic comedy, and I think I'll be keeping it on my summer drama schedule.

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I watched this episode until the end. Tbh, not liking it esp Ji Hyo over the top acting. Im actually Ji Hyo fan on RM. But i cannot like her here. The premise is not that promising. Just like @lovepark mentioned, i dont get why the script thought by going to the fan signing, Ae Jung can get hold of the famouse actor. Dont they know thing like appointment through official channel by email, phone call etc?. I decided to not continue watching. But i really like Son Ho Jun. 😭

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I'm finding it hard to accept Noh Ae-Jung as a convincing character. To be fair, I've only seen one episode, but she can't walk and chew gum at the same time. 🙃🙃🙃🙃 As you say @lovepark, nothing she has done so far smacks of competence. I thought the days of clueless FLs had come to an end. Nonetheless, I will keep watching and give the drama a chance to be what it's meant to be. I've seen Song Ji-hyo in other dramas, and she can do so much more than this. I blame the writing too. For me, it's all going to depend on the men to keep me interested, and I must say the loan shark with the heart of gold is looking v interesting.

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I think I will be fine with any of the four men. Idk but even if it was a predictable plot, I still enjoyed it until episode 3. It’s probably because of my hopeless romantic side. And as far as the heroine portraying not having a believable experience, she does doubt herself in the inside but has no choice but to remain strong for her family-I guess her optimistic-to-a-fault attitude can be blamed so it looked like we’re forced to believe she has the capability. For the moment, I have watched all 3 episodes and it makes me want to watch more, at the same time, not wanting the episode to end.

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