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Was It Love: Episode 6

It’s getting increasingly more difficult for some suitors to hide their feelings for our bumbling heroine. The final piece of the puzzle comes with its own set of complications, but it’s nothing the director can’t handle.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

From his rearview mirror, Dae-oh sees Ae-jung looking all flustered in front of Yeon-woo. Before he even realizes it, Dae-oh reverses into a puddle and interrupts their moment with a splash. Pfft, he’s in just as much shock as anyone else, muttering, “What did I just do?”

When Ae-jung emerges from behind Yeon-woo to get a good look at the driver, Dae-oh zooms away but she takes note of his license plate.

On their way home, Ae-jung dramatically says that she’s physically fine, but her heart isn’t thanks to the jerk who ruined the mood. She belatedly realizes how this sounds to Yeon-woo and suddenly becomes awkward.

Yeon-woo hands her a book with his confession letter tucked inside, hoping it’ll make her feel better. He comments that it took fourteen years to give to her and assures Ae-jung that there’s no rush to read it.

Ha-nee’s bummed that Yeon-woo’s not home and slips into his empty room out of curiosity. She finds an old notebook from a college parenting class, and flipping past the cover, she comes across a familiar-sounding title: To My Future Baby.

She hesitantly asks Yeon-woo about it when he returns, and he tells her that it was just for a school project. Ha-nee’s misunderstanding dawns on him when he realizes that he and Ae-jung were listed as parents. She stops him from explaining, reeling from the confirmation that he’s not her father.

Yeon-woo follows Ha-nee downstairs to talk and Ae-jung shuffles around uncomfortably when they make eye contact. Both mother and daughter retreat to their own rooms to avoid talking to Yeon-woo. Ha-nee glares at Mom’s copy of the project, upset that it made her excited over nothing.

Ae-jung takes a call from Hye-jin, elated to learn that they’ve successfully scored a meeting with Ah-rin thanks to the impressive Director Cheon. Hye-jin is surprised she didn’t meet Dae-oh, since she’d told him that Ae-jung was seeing a movie.

Meanwhile, Dae-oh aggressively gives his car a good wash, grouchily complaining that Ae-jung should’ve gone home right after the movie instead of looking at Yeon-woo like that. Ever so petty, he rejects her incoming call.

Ae-jung cracks open the book that Yeon-woo gave her, but since it’s obvious that the letter is his confession, she stops herself from reading it.

The next day, Ryu Jin waits outside the school with gifts for Ha-nee. He mistakes another student for her and sighs that he doesn’t know why he’s here, since he’s unsure what to say to her anyway.

Ha-nee’s not at school yet though; she’s busy tossing Mom’s parenting project and tells Dong-chan that Yeon-woo’s not the one. She’s bummed, but isn’t really surprised because he’s too kind to ever abandon her. Dong-chan tries to cheer her up with a drink, but seeing Ryu Jin’s face on the can sours her mood further.

They discover an abandoned puppy and Ha-nee is instantly drawn to it. Although Dong-chan tries to drag her to school before they’re late, she can’t just ignore the puppy – what if nobody comes for it?

Since her family is strapped for cash and Dong-chan’s has “issues,” they bring the puppy to Sukey. They rely on the power of aegyo to convince Sook-hee to take it in until they can find it a permanent home. Ha-nee even volunteers Dong-chan to pick up after the puppy twice a day, and the poor boy can’t even protest against her.

Since Dae-oh won’t return her calls, Ae-jung shows up at his place. She recognizes his license plate and startles him with a menacing glare. Dae-oh cowers when they relocate to a café, but Ae-jung just thanks him profusely for setting things up with Ah-rin.

He brags that he was invited to Cheonmyung’s Night – a prestigious event where prominent members of the film industry will be in attendance. He puffs up with pride as Ae-jung showers him with gratitude, but snaps back into an apologetic position when she flips the switch and demands an apology, lecturing him for endangering the safety of others.

Dae-oh turns it back on Ae-jung for committing “public indecency,” and she grows silent when he claims that he was all too familiar with the way she looked at Yeon-woo. Having had enough of Dae-oh’s arrogance, Ae-jung decides to set up some rules for him to follow, and he vows to himself to show her how disciplined he can be.

Bo-hye is noticeably down in the dumps during lunch with her friends. She sighs that life isn’t fun anymore, but the other ladies wonder how that can be when she has everything. She’s not only the CEO of Cheonmyung Entertainment and the chairwoman of a foundation, but also the mother of a sweet and reliable son.

The mention of Yeon-woo makes Bo-hye smile, but she becomes concerned when one of the ladies reveals that according to her son, Yeon-woo’s seeing someone. The women decide that she must come from a great family, as if that would explain why Yeon-woo wasn’t interested in the assemblyman’s daughter.

As Yeon-woo sets up for the PTA meeting, he adds a special message and extra snacks for Ae-jung. He beams when she arrives, but she’s definitely not excited to see him. Her eyes nearly pop out of her head when she finds the “You can do it, noona!” note written on her handout. Ae-jung aggressively scribbles out the message while Yeon-woo whispers words of encouragement.

After the meeting, Ae-jung tries to escape quickly but is tracked down by Yeon-woo in the hallway. He’s definitely missing all the “Do not approach” signals that her body language is giving off, asking if she’s free tonight. Ae-jung tells him that his actions are burdensome before accepting the other moms’ invitation to go out for tea.

Later, Ae-jung runs into Dae-oh on her way to meet with Ah-rin. She’s cautious of his formal greeting and he makes a huge deal out of accidentally making contact with Ae-jung when they both reach for the elevator button. He scolds his own finger, “That’s no way to treat a lady!” Hah, he’s totally satisfied with his performance.

Pulling into the parking garage, Manager Do is pretty fed up with Ah-rin who worries that her makeup makes her look too intimidating. He does a chant to remind her, “Not born in 1987, but born in 1991. Not Go Hyo-shim (her real name), but Joo Ah-rin. Not a bully, but an angel.”

Ah-rin confidently struts her way towards Dae-oh, which is something she’d done before as a high schooler. She was dejected when Ae-jung had run past her and happily jumped into Dae-oh’s open arms. Aw, they were so young and in love.

She freezes now when she realizes that not only is someone already sitting next to Dae-oh at the table, but it’s the same girl from back then. Manager Do runs ahead to greet them, and everyone turns to look at Ah-rin who hasn’t moved an inch. She escapes to the restroom in disbelief that they’re still together, and Manager Do lies that she’s just shy.

Yeon-woo cleans up after class, moping around because of what happened with Ae-jung. Bo-hye notices this and follows him into the gymnasium. She thinks that he’s too good to be cleaning alone, but he matter-of-factly states that he’s just putting away what he used.

He addresses his mom formally since they’re at school, and it seems like she became chairwoman of the school board solely to hover around Yeon-woo at work. He ignores Mom’s attempts to dig into his love life, asserting that he’s busy. Bo-hye’s sweet tone turns icy and she tosses him an invitation, warning him that she’ll cry if he doesn’t show up to the event.

With everyone finally seated, Dae-oh secretly searches Ah-rin up online. He has some doubts about her birth year and looks at her inquisitively. Dae-oh’s touched when Manager Do pulls out a copy of “Love Doesn’t Exist,” and it turns out he’s a huge fan.

Knowing that the novel is based on his first love, Ah-rin asks how he met Ae-jung. Dae-oh’s prepared to answer but Ae-jung interjects that they’re just a normal producer and director who met due to work, and Dae-oh blinks at this simplified description of their relationship.

Although Ae-jung is excited to work with Ah-rin, the actress blatantly ignores her and Manager Do has to take the scenario from Ae-jung’s outstretched hands. Dae-oh encourages Ah-rin to take a look at the document, and Ah-rin challenges, “How badly do you want to work with me?”

Ae-jung answers on Dae-oh’s behalf since he’s at a loss for words, but Ah-rin cuts her off. He eventually says, “I haven’t considered anyone else for this role besides you.” Pleased, she agrees to do the movie – but on one condition: he must re-write the script, since she doesn’t like the female protagonist.

After the meeting, Ae-jung scoffs at her request. Dae-oh can see why she’d be pissed hearing the criticism, and she incredulously asks if he thinks Ah-rin was dissing her. Dae-oh lays out the facts: the heroine is based off of Ae-jung so if Ah-rin thinks the character is “lame,” then that’s on Ae-jung.

“I wonder why he liked a girl like me then?” Ae-jung asks sarcastically, calling the hero a weirdo. Dae-oh doesn’t let her have the last word and sincerely replies, “Because she was charming. That’s why he liked her,” and walks off, leaving Ae-jung affected by his response.

Hee, Sook-hee’s surrounded by puppy supplies and thrusts the receipt at Ae-jung when she saunters into the bar later that night. Ae-jung laughs off her friend’s comment about her raising a dog, but she’s in for the surprise of her life when the kids walk in with the puppy.

Dong-chan jumps between the mother and daughter to protect Ha-nee from getting hit, and Ha-nee squares up to say that she’s going to take responsibility and raise the puppy. Frustrated, Ae-jung yells that she doesn’t know how difficult taking responsibility is.

When Ae-jung reaches for the dog and says they’ll take it to the police or the shelter, Ha-nee cries out, “This puppy doesn’t have a mom or a dad. How can I abandon it again?” Dong-chan tries to escape but Ae-jung barks at him, assuring Ha-nee that she only wanted to know where the boy was going so late at night.

Ae-jung and Dong-chan walk hand-in-hand until they reach his house. He assures her that Ha-nee isn’t being bullied – she’s the strongest one around. Although happy that Ha-nee has a friend, Ae-jung advises Dong-chan to go home earlier so that his mother doesn’t worry.

Dong-chan murmurs that he doesn’t have a mom, so Ae-jung squishes his cheeks and says that she’ll do the worrying instead, then. He lights up at this, and Ae-jung hugs him protectively when a car passes by. Out steps Pa-do, and Dong-chan grabs Ae-jung’s hand, explaining that she walked him home.

Ae-jung ends up in Pa-do’s home as a guest, not a debtor. She marvels at his extensive book collection and relates to the struggle of being a single parent. Pa-do doesn’t believe he’s a good dad because Dong-chan finds him scary and embarrassing.

Ae-jung reassures him that isn’t the case and eagerly invites him to join her at the PTA meetings. Speaking about parenthood makes her feel like they’re friends, and her comment triggers a memory of the mysterious Chinese lady (who also has the neck tattoo).

Her name is Tan Zi-yi and while sick in bed, she’d once suggested that Pa-do be her friend – neither of them had anybody by their sides. Shaken by the recollection, Pa-do makes it clear that it’s time for Ae-jung to go, and she’s offended by his reaction.

She finds Yeon-woo fixing up a shelf at the request of Grandma, but Ae-jung is so awkward that she turns away from the house as if she doesn’t live there. Ae-jung ends up helping, and tells Yeon-woo that he’s too nice. It’s why she feels sorry towards him.

Yeon-woo assures her that his confession wasn’t meant to make her uncomfortable, and tells Ae-jung to take her time. He has a condition though – no matter how long it takes, he wants to stand next to her in the end. She looks at him, conflicted.

That night, she takes out the letter again, but still can’t bring herself to read it. Instead, she reads the bookmarked poem, “Thinking of You Was My Everything.”

Once, when the pair were working on their assignment, Ae-jung had shown him that poem and explained that this is the type of mom she’d like to become. Yeon-woo let slip that the passage describes his feelings for “her,” but didn’t tell Ae-jung who it was.

Instead, he’d asked if his crush would accept his feelings if he confessed with this poem. She didn’t notice back then, but he’d looked at her and recited, “A grain of sand made me think of you. A blade of grass made me think of you. Everything in this world makes me think of you. Thinking of you was my everything.

Dae-oh gets an “On This Day” notification taking him back seventeen years. He’d written about how he was a genius, having just been accepted to Hankuk University. He stumbles onto another post about a girl he met on a film set on campus.

He was visiting the school when he first met Ae-jung in 2003. She had a great work ethic, but was berated publicly for not having an actor to play a corpse. Back then, Dae-oh had wondered why she’d put up with that kind of treatment.

Ae-jung noticed Dae-oh and charmed him into lying on the pavement with her to play a dead couple. When nobody else was paying attention, she’d smiled at him and whispered “thanks,” and it looks like that’s the exact moment that Dae-oh fell in love.

Grandma finds Ha-nee organizing the trash alone and takes over since it’s dark out. Ha-nee suddenly asks, “Did my dad abandon me?” and explains that someone said there’s a reason why her father left and didn’t return. Grandma’s appalled that someone would say that, but doesn’t answer the question.

Outside in the garbage area, Grandma wonders why Ha-nee has been bringing up her father so often lately. She finds the notebook that Ha-nee tossed earlier that morning and seems to realize what happened.

Ryu Jin holds a press conference, claiming that his loyalty to his fellow alumni is the reason he turned down Hollywood. Heh, he even tells the director that he should’ve gone to Hankuk University instead of Harvard if he wanted to work with him. Then, Ha-nee’s voice calls out, “Dad!”

He tries to deny it, but she declares with conviction that the nation’s sweetheart is her father. Ryu Jin is then confronted by a livid Dae-oh who asks, “How could you do this to me?” Ryu Jin tells him that it was a mistake but now Ae-jung accuses him of calling their beautiful daughter a mistake resulting from their one night together.

Ryu Jin loses it when everyone gathers around him with accusations and wakes up from his nightmare. He gets a text from Ae-jung and is not pleased to learn that they were successful in casting Ah-rin.

Ryu Jin calls out for his manager before remembering their fight. However, someone runs out the door and Ryu Jin finds a sweet note from Manager Myung with an entire breakfast spread laid out for him. He dramatically chases after his beloved hyung and they tearfully reconcile.

When Ae-jung arrives at the gala, the idol group SF9 walks past and she sighs that Ha-nee would’ve loved it here. Meanwhile down at the wine cellar, Ah-rin learns that Ryu Jin will be playing her love interest. There must be bad blood between them, because she wants to back out of the movie, hating everyone that’s involved with the production. Manager Do sighs but figures that of her two nemeses, Ae-jung would be easier to replace.

Ah-rin catches Dae-oh alone gobbling up some cake and kickstarts her plan. With a world-renowned author, a blockbuster actress and a top star like Ryu Jin, she has concerns about Ae-jung and suggests using her company’s production crew instead.

Dae-oh sees through her and states that he has no interest in doing this without Ae-jung. She may not be famous, but she’s competent and saw potential in him before anyone else ever did. To him, Ae-jung’s opinion is the most important.

When he excuses himself from their conversation, Ae-jung adds to Ah-rin’s bad mood by popping up to thank her for the invite. Noticing the cold reception, Ae-jung grabs on to Ah-rin’s arm but is shaken off and flung to the floor.

To her credit, Ah-rin is horrified to see that Ae-jung is covered in wine and reaches out to help her up. However, Dae-oh pushes her away and gently pulls Ae-jung up, wrapping her in his jacket despite her protests. While Ae-jung worries about the mess, Dae-oh takes control and calmly escorts her inside the building.

Ae-jung continues to worry about leaving behind a flustered Ah-rin, not at all concerned about herself. Dae-oh can’t hold his anger in anymore and tells her not to worry about others, asking if she enjoys being looked down on.

Ae-jung figures something must be irritating him again and he answers that he’s furious because bad things keep happening to her. She reminds him of their rules but he doesn’t intend to follow them anymore, declaring, “I’m going to follow my heart from now on.” Dae-oh looks at her in the eyes and confesses, “I still love you.”

Earlier that evening, Dae-oh watched fondly as Ae-jung chatted with Ha-nee and Grandma on a video call so that her daughter could see SF9. Ae-jung had whispered that she’s a nobody at this event, but her family backs her up and says she lacks nothing…except money. Hee. Ae-jung promises that in ten years, everyone here will want to work with her.

 
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As @lovepark mentioned before, Ae-jung has been coasting through purely based on luck. More than anything, I want to see her excel at her job but time and time again, she relies on her connections (and mainly Dae-oh) to succeed. We keep hearing about how competent she is and I truly do believe that she must be good at producing. However, she bends over backwards for everyone like accepting impossible contract terms (which Dae-oh already called her out for), and willingly accepts being looked down on (which he also shared his frustrations on at the end of this episode). Basically…I can’t really blame Dae-oh for being so frustrated with Ae-jung because I share the exact same sentiments. If Dae-oh’s looking at Ae-jung through the lens of a lover, then it must be even harder for him to sit back and not do anything.

I love that he knew exactly what Ah-rin was doing and made it very clear to her that Ae-jung was not disposable. He handled the very public incident with tact, and I swooned at how gentle he was with Ae-jung during that whole exchange. He just needs to continue doing that! Perhaps it’s the fact that we know Ae-jung is more than capable of standing up for herself that makes it harder to watch her treat Ah-rin as if she could do no wrong. She’s a perceptive woman, so I don’t believe that she doesn’t see what’s going on. I feel like the years she spent working her way up must’ve conditioned her to default to being a pushover in the workplace, and my hope for Ae-jung going forward is for her to find her self-worth. She’s already got Dae-oh, Ha-nee, Grandma, and Sook-hee actively vouching for her! Also, how cute was that video call!?

Yeon-woo ticks pretty much all the boxes – he’s caring and only has eyes for Ae-jung. However, I still can’t find it in myself to truly ship them together and I can’t pinpoint why. It really bothered me that he told Ae-jung to take her time, but in that same sentence, also said that the “condition” for not rushing into it is to let him be next to her in the end. He basically gave Ae-jung no choice but to accept his love, which is exactly what his mother tries to do. Bo-hye’s overbearing and annoying, but it’s plain as day that everything she does is out of love for Yeon-woo. It doesn’t make her actions okay, and Bo-hye doesn’t realize that everything she does pushes him further away. I hope that he doesn’t take a page out of his mother’s books, but he’s already inserting himself into places he doesn’t necessarily belong (like the PTA) just to be with Ae-jung even when she doesn’t welcome it. As the son of the CEO of Cheonmyung Entertainment, I imagine it’d be very easy for Yeon-woo to make himself relevant in terms of Ae-jung’s work life too.

Ha-nee is getting more and more invested in getting answers regarding her father. It’s heartbreaking to know that she thinks she was abandoned. She’s crying out for help, but nobody is giving her straight answers. Whatever happened in 2006 has nothing to do with Ha-nee, and if she’s curious about her father, then she deserves to know that at the very least, he didn’t leave her. If Dae-oh really is the father, I think I’d be really upset because it means that a single misunderstanding between two adults cost Ha-nee a dad. It would also mean that he lost the chance to watch his daughter grow up and be present for all her milestones. Judging by how adorable Dae-oh was in the previous episode waving at Ha-nee, he would’ve been a very loving father. So the question is…do we hope he’s the biological dad, or is it better that Ha-nee’s father really is dead/somebody else? I’m undecided.

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I really wish they would show Ae-Jung with more professional skillset other than just chipper enthusiasm. What was so wrong with Ah-Rin’s assessment of her lack of qualifications? It’s Ah-Rin’s career reputation on the line too... why *wouldn’t* she want to replace a PD she’s never heard of, with no previous experience, whose only recipe for success so far has been to get professional favors from men who secretly harbor feelings for her?

Ah-Rin didn’t say any of this in a rude way, and her knocking over Ae-Jung was by accident. I’m not liking how Dae-Oh shoved her aside when she offered to help. I mean, when HE was jealous, he almost ran down his rival with a car.

Making the 2nd female lead the convenient villain is so 2010. Come on, show, you can do better.

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Wholeheartedly agree with this comment! Dae-oh gets to act like a jealous jerk but somehow he’s better than Ah-rin because his actions are portrayed comically? I don’t think Ah-rin is as bad as she’s being portrayed here. I’ve never seen the “evil” 2nd female lead react that way out of concern for the person they “hate.” Maybe it was concern for the sake of her own reputation in public but it seemed too genuine to be that. I hope we get a better understanding of her character and I hope Dae-oh calms down, he’s getting on my nerves lol.

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Totally. At this point I’m thinking that even the 2nd FL is too good for the ML... and I’ve never felt that way about a drama before. The best thing about the ML really is that he’s played by Sohn Ho Jun.

I don’t blame Ah-Rin for being irritated at Ae-Jung at the end... I can see how her Hallmark level of enthusiasm can be grating on the nerves for some.

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To be honest I’ve only ever seen this actor in an episode of Running Man haha~ so I don’t lean one way or another as far as his casting. But I agree. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong, but so far even Ah-rin seems better off liking anyone but Dae-oh.

Also, they’re all adults so a serious conversation was warranted, rather than completely ignoring the hostility I’m sure Ae-jong could feel from Ah-rin. Something along the lines of “I can tell something is bothering you, since we’re working together let’s figure it out,” would’ve been a million times more productive AND would’ve showcased those supposed skills everyone says she has.

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"Also, they’re all adults so a serious conversation was warranted, rather than completely ignoring the hostility I’m sure Ae-jong could feel from Ah-rin. Something along the lines of “I can tell something is bothering you, since we’re working together let’s figure it out,” would’ve been a million times more productive AND would’ve showcased those supposed skills everyone says she has." - THIS!

I was just wondering about one incidence which shows even one quality which is needed in a film producer. The only glimpse of this is shown in the college scene and the only "quality" is tenacity and earnestness (which to be frank is one of the worst quality for a Producer, for a writer-yes, for a director - maybe, but an absolute NO for a producer)

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Sorry, I’m not familiar with the film industry... why is tenacity an absolute no for a producer?

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You are speaking to my heart and soul, exactly how I felt as the episode came to an end.

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@ MyNeighborTotoro I meant Earnestness as a bad quality (Especially her kind of naive earnestness, which will never give her a winning hand in a negotiation) not tenacity. (I am unable to answer directly to your reply for some reason.

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I’m not going to lie, I’m not a fan of Dae-Oh. Maybe it’s because he seems like every other kdrama lead that I just get irritated when he goes around dragging her by the wrists, bullying her with his pettiness or just acting as her protector when Ae-jung is fully capable of fending for herself. I get that he has a past with Ae-jung and that it’s long and deep and intimate. But that was almost two decades ago. The fact that he believes he has a right to do the things he does and act as he does is infuriating, especially when he’s been out of her life for so long and she’s lived it and done relatively well for herself without him. Loving her isn’t a reason to act the way he does, and while maybe some people find his vanity, outbursts, anger, etc., as “appealing,” I disagree wholeheartedly. I think they’re childish and underserving and I find it worrisome that people like that are painted as so attractive in kdramas, whereas in real relationships they’re incredibly difficult and exhausting to love. I don’t like Yeon-woo either, I feel like he has the same problem. The same way Dae-oh believes his complicated past with Ae-jung entitles him to act like a petty jerk, Yeon-woo believes the light friendship and high school crush on her entitles him to insert himself in her life. I wish the show wouldn’t lead us down the same tired path of predictably pairing Dae-Oh and Ae-jung in the end, but I know I’ll be disappointed.
I wish Ae-jung could show her potential and prove by her own hands that she’s as capable as everyone says she is. I also wish for her to be able to find love outside of her painful past. While I understand that her relationship with Dae-oh probably came to an end via a misunderstanding, it caused an incredible amount of pain and I wish that she could find closure but also move beyond it. To be honest right now I think Pa-do is the most interesting, because he seems to be the only one not thrusting himself upon Ae-jung. Their paths crossed not because of past connections and thus it feels like the least weighed down relationship, the one with the least amount of baggage- at least on her end. He seems to relate Ae-jung to that other lady, and while it’s definitely baggage, dear Lord at least it’s not some fool hung up on Ae-jung after 17+ years.

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Its because they guy had no closure. You cant go from working so hard for the most important thing in your life to being totally ghosted and not have issues. The very fact they are all together now was his book/movie script was based on his life with Ae-jung and the devastation it left him with. The deal was she would tell him a couple episodes ago the very singular answer that has affected his whole adult life....why did she leave him? Ae-jungs life and life "detour" wasnt a result of her misunderstanding with Dae-oh and needing closure... since she CHOSE as her life track to have the baby, tell no one, lie to the daughter that her dad was dead etc.

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I understand, and I’m not excusing Ae-jong at all. But often in life we don’t get closure. Sometimes there are things that rip apart our very being, horrible experiences brought forth by the people we loved and trusted and- all of this speaking from personal experience- we don’t always get to know why, we don’t always get an apology. But we move on and we grow and we mature. I can’t say I blame him for feeling what he feels, but I won’t condone his behavior either.

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I don't actually think Ae-jung and her mom told HaeNee that her dad was dead. I think it was more like, "he might as well be dead" or "He's dead to me" or "he's the same as dead" but I don't think it was clearly stated that "Your dad is dead." It was more inferring to her that was what he could or should be.

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Yeah I think that in the first ep (?) the grandma had a conversation with the little girl while giving her a piggy back ride saying something along the lines of “let’s just say he died.”

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She told others he was dead. Its reasonable to assume she told her daugter the same thing or she risks it becoming an issue if the ones she told he was dead talk to her daughter. Further, in episode 9 she told Dae-oh, she thought of him as dead after their break up. I think the reality is she probably misunderstood something and in sorrow had a one night stand with Jin further making her think he was dead to her because she knew she couldnt recover over a huge mistake like that. reconciliation was no longer possible not because of whatever misunderstanding she had but because of her stupid actions.

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I've thought of that, too @Majong Sofine, and it certainly is a possibility. The thing that holds me back on that one though is that she says that he left her first. Still, it could be possible, especially since she does ask for alcohol on the rainy night with Jin, which kind of prevents the possibility that she was already pregnant and knew it. That would certainly put a twist on things. Still though, after meeting up with Jin after all those years, Ae-Jung's reception of him doesn't match up with the thought that he is the father. We shall see. I can't wait until tomorrow to see if anything is resolved.

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I genuinely hope the father is not Dae-oh, preferably none of them and dead, OR that The Misunderstanding was much more severe or maybe not even a *misunderstanding* than what we are led to believe. Because what we know so far is that there was a woman who crushed on Dae-oh, Ae-jung saw something shocking when she visited Dae-oh, and she broke up with him, apparently saying some hurtful words, though I am not sure if SHE said them directly to him, or Dae-oh was affected by rumours speculating her reasons.

At any rate, IF she broke up with him with hurtful words due to something she saw, AND it turned out to be a misunderstanding, then the "bad guy" in this scenario is AE-JUNG. Because, unless the misunderstanding was major or severe, or the scene she witnessed was not as damning as she remembers, then SHE is the one who "overreacted", and she is the fault for her daughter not having a father, even if the show won't portray it like that. I am not saying she should have given him the benefit of the doubt if she genuinely thought she saw him cheating (ergo NOT just have a female visitor in his apartment), but if that was what happened, then 1) their epic love was obviously not that steady to begin with, and 2) she took her assumptions and left, without explaining why to her mother and not bothering to at least explain to her daughter, causing her daughter to wish EVERY BIRTHDAY to not be curious about it out of consideration. It just feels wrong, and I hope they won't do it.

Honestly, at this point I just ship Ae-jung with her daughter and mother (with a family therapist, probs.); with the guys being the cool neighbors or something. The scenes from the series, I noticed, that I enjoy the most, are when Ae-jung is just with her family, doing more normal things, or her with the harem doing random hijinks that are not 90% dependent on their crush. That is fun for me, but as soon as it gets back to the non-existent movie and Ae-jung's "dream" as a producer, I also fall behind because the show keeps telling us that she is competent, but all it SHOWS is her being dependent on everyone else pitying her or help her due to their past, causing more problems, or her being treated badly and all she does is keeping it in, until she can yell at her family. I sort of wish the show was maybe more "a woman, her family and four guys make a movie, also the four guys have a crush on her", rather than "four guys have a crush on a woman, also she has a daughter and they are maybe making a movie?", if that makes sense. :/

Man, I feel like all I do it harp on this series. I do enjoy watching it, but I do realize the show is not what I wanted, and I have a very specific K-drama reverse harem I want to see that I will never see, and I must learn to accept that and enjoy the show a bit more for what it is. Maybe next week.

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I’m all for Ae-jung not ending up with anyone! Just living her dream of being a producer and enjoying her life with her mom and daughter. Meanwhile Han-ee can have a relationship with her dad, unless he really is dead. I don’t really think that Ae-jung herself has lived her life so far thinking she needs romance to be happy. I understood what you meant by “ "a woman, her family and four guys make a movie, also the four guys have a crush on her", rather than "four guys have a crush on a woman.” I wish the story was more focused on Ae-jung succeeding through hard work with a side of “guys,” rather than the “guys” being the whole focus.

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Right?! I find the best reverse harems (I have guilty pleasures, don't judge me XD) are those where the romance is not the absolute main focus, especially not the guys fighting over her. There has to be something that binds them together, while still giving them their individual personalities and lives (because as it is, most of the men's screentime resolve around Ae-jung, so even if they SAY they have their own lives, we are SHOWN differently).

I think this show could have been better if they dropped the movie plot, or didn't make that the "main plot" (it isn't), but focused more on the Mamma Mia!-plot and maybe discussed some more on motherhood and such, while the daughter bonded with all of them and maybe, in a way, found a father/cool uncle in all of them and in the end didn't care whose daughter she is, because she is Ae-jung's daughter (I swear, I will CRY if she ever says that, it is so precious TT_TT). But that would require the mom to actually have slept with more than one guy in a short amount of time, and no way would a "breezy romcom" have that happen and wave it away with "ah, I was such a slut when I was a hippie, lol". XD

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I was watching Search WWW and while not a harem by any means, I really enjoyed how they made good use of the work/professional lives and also the personal lives of the characters. Each one was really well developed. The work was really fleshed out and added to the story as opposed to it being just... there, as a backdrop to bring everyone together but serving no real purpose. I wish that this show will do the same and give us an opportunity to see them actually working and making a movie since it’s part of the plot, instead of everyone just arguing with each other and fighting over Ae-jong.

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Unless Dae-oh is abusive or violent, there is no justification that Ae-jung didn't tell him that he had a daughter (not even if he was cheating on her). This happen a lot in kdrama and and somehow they made looks like is okay.

You have to tell the men that he's going to have a child, now if the father doesn't want to be part of the child's life, the problem is in him. But if the woman never told, it was her who prevented her daughter from having a father in her life, and the child will always blame her. because it is her fault.

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I have no real life experience with these sort of situations, so my views might change, but yes, that is basically what I feel like would be the responsible thing; if not after they broke up, at least at some point before the baby grows and the breakup hurts less. It might be difficult depending on the situation, like if the woman just wants the child and wants nothing to do with the father, but if so, that child should have the right to know when she is old enough and has questions (honestly, if the grandmother doesn't tell Ae-jung what the daughter said, and Ae-jung then doesn't take action, what is even the point).

Because yeah, the moment it is revealed that 1) Dae-oh is the father (because, this being a "breezy escapist drama", they will never have the female lead actually sleep with more than one guy, or date those fifteen years between), and 2) whatever Ae-jung saw was a misunderstanding she never tried to doublecheck on, she is the one who bears the blame, if not in dramaland, then for viewers.

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It's interesting that most of us are feeling dissapointed or frustrated with Ae-jung because we don't know what made her decide to do what she did. All we see is her current ditzy state. It's kind of like we read Dae-oh's book and sympathise with the hero but don't get why the heroine wanted to kill him.

If so, the question is: why is the drama writer replicating the same error as in Dae-oh's book, giving us an incomplete picture and making us judge Ae-jung harshly or even seeing her as the "bad guy" who left Dae-oh without an explanation?

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Yeah, I hadn't actually thought about that. I wonder if the writer has realized this, or if it is even intentional. I am personally thinking that the drama will reveal the reason she broke up with him was a misunderstanding, and it will be portrayed as a relief that Dae-oh never abandoned her like she thought. But for me personally, it will just show that their love wasn't that strong, and that she basically left him heartbroken and raised her child without a father because she was too impulsive to think, even during the many months of pregnancy and after the birth.

I don't want Ae-jung to be the bad guy, and I doubt she will be portrayed as it. I just worry, as my patience with her runs thin and I know how dramaland likes to show red herrings of the lead doing something shady in a flashback only for it to turn out he never did it, it will go the easy road and say "oh, Dae-oh is the father, and he never cheated or abandoned Ae-jung, she just misunderstood what she saw because she is so ditzy and impulsive, amirite". I personally think the drama is portraying Ae-jung as being hurt about something in the past and having a reason she left Dae-oh, but I doubt that reason will be actually good even if dramaland thinks it is? I don't know, we will have to wait and see, I guess.

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Because the writer of the story only knows his side of it. Ae-jung disagrees with the conclusions drawn and had promised to tell him why she broke up with him and hasnt done so even though he has fulfilled his part of the bargain. He is still waiting for that answer and Ae-jung has danced around the issue not actually answering the question. Chances are because Dae-oh is the father and she cant tell him that.

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I really do not want either the two viable suspected men (Dae-ho or Ryu Jin) to be Hanee's father. When AJ got pregnant and ran away, neither one tried to find her.
The best moment was Hanee, the abandoned puppy and the bar owner (who really should get more air time because she cuts to the chase like a hot knife through butter.)

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"Was it love?" "We were in love". The translated title and the literal title - I'm not sure what is most accurate, but I'm starting to wonder if we should question what the men think is love/attraction.

Everything in me is wondering how they could be attracted to her. Sure, she's lovely to look at, but she's unreasonably nasty and aggressive. Dae-ho believes he loves her, but most of the time he feels sorry for her. The best part of their relationship is that he calls her out when she's not respecting herself. What Yeon-woo has for her is a bit off. It's mixed with an element of condescension/encouragement and manipulation. Ryu Jin is unfinished business. She was always attracted to him from the beginning. He was the one she was going to kiss at the school camp. The morning after scene with the hand-written note is designed to lead our suspicions in a certain direction. Yet Ryu-jin is very immature at times, and at other times has a lot of integrity. He has warm and fuzzy feeling towards Ae-jung and is torn in his emotions towards Ha-nee. I am assuming that if he is the father, she didn't tell him because it would have hampered his career as an actor. If it's him, she is protecting him.

I am vainly hoping they all decide that they are not really in love with her - they just think they are. It doesn't seem that she is in love with any of them, although her fights with DH spell sexual tension (or unresolved issues). I'm looking forward to seeing the relationship with Pa-do develop in the next episodes. And most of all, I'm hoping against hope that she'll pull her socks up really quickly. She is doing women a disservice as she is.

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Sigh. That conversation at the cafe is where I lost any shreds of respect towards the female lead. Dae-oh got a major actress to sign up for their film, but Ae-jung kept harping on about him splashing her with her car. In the end they make silly business rules but she does not follow herself. Later she goes to Pa-Do's house and forgets to tell him she "completed the mission" of getting Ah-rin. Finally, her attitude at the party was also uncalled for. She didn't have to grab Ah-rin's arm; the actress did not want to speak to her and lashed out dramatically, but Ae-jung was invading her space. Seriously, I'm with Ah-rin that it's better to get another producer.

Ryu-jin and his hyung are funny, though Hyung was in my bad books for answering Ha-nee's call and telling her she was probably abandoned for a reason. Go sit in the corner, Hyung.

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Oh wow, I feel a little like I've barged into the Dae-Oh haters club and if I had good sense I'd just keep my mouth shut and not let on that I'm a Dae-Oh fan. But, I can't really remember of anyone describing me by saying, "Oh, she's got good sense!" So, here's my not so good two cents. (pun intended) If I were sitting on a park bench watching these four guys and how they related to Ae-Jung, and some one came up and said "Take your pick. You can have any of these guys you want and he will transfer his affection and devotion from Ae-Jung to you." Hands down, I would pick Dae-Oh. He wears his heart on his sleeve. There's not a drop of deceit, though he does hide behind masks of embarrassment and loss of face from time to time. He may be juvenile in some of his behavior, but he is dependable and good. Many times when the other guys were off trying to puff up their chests with their superior ability to take charge and control every situation, Dae-Oh was actually trying to empower Ae-Jung by not interfering at the wrong point in time. He does interfere, yes, but it generally is at a time when there isn't much of an alternative. And often it is done behind the scenes so that his interference is not seen as being the thing that brought about change. (such as when he was trying to talk Ryu Jin into taking the part and when he challenged Ah-Rin to the game to introduce her to the part in the film where Dae-Oh felt that he and Ae-Jung would work together get Ah-Rin to accept the role. People may think they see a simpleton when they watch Dae-Oh grapple with his emotions, but there is far more to Dae-Oh if you look.

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I like Dae-oh. He has insight. But I'd choose Pa-do at the moment.

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Ditto!

Somehow I am dreading the moment when (and if it is so) , Dae-oh knows that Ha-nee is his daughter.

He is not even considering Ha-nee is his daughter as a possibility. And the reason seems to be that he thinks that Ah-jung will never hide something this big from him. Even Ha-nee is not even sparing him another glance.

The biggest stakes are in this story line for all involved party. Ha-nee and Dae-oh have least interaction let alone bonding so far. (A fifth party dad is a possibility but will make zero sense from a narrative point of view)

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Except for the wrist-grabbing, I like Dae-oh. He has enough sense to make fun of himself and the whole situation.

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A lot of his immature and unfiltered behavior also stems from the comfortable relationship they had in the past. If you see, she does the same with him. She is unable to be professional with him. She speaks very comfortably and says what comes to her mind.
In spite of all his pitfalls I do like him. He is just a simple guy who tries hard to be ‘cool’ and fails miserably at it.

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Dae-Oh is my first choice among all the suitors too! Actually, unless they write the FL a little better, I feel like he’s too good for her right now. She keeps yelling at him for minor offenses... I just find it not just unprofessional, but a bit rude and off-putting.

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I'm just gonna sidle up to the Team Dae-oh table right here!

The guy probably has a bad back from carrying that movie because he's the one getting things done for now. I don't like it when he's trying to act cocky or gets too petty, but when they show him shyly trying to get Ha-nee's attention or staring wistfully at Ae-jeong, I just like him, okay?

Though like dramalover4ever, Pa-do is catching my interest.
Yeon-woo lost a few points from his PTA meeting stunt and I can never see Ryu Jin apart from the comedy he provides.

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To be fair, while I like both Son ho jun and Dae-oh (I have my reasons to like him, I like petty characters. I LOVED Jang hye-sung from I can hear your voice! :-D )

But my most favourite ship so far is Gangster ahjussi! (I know his name but that is how I call him)

And yes, Ryu Jin provides most amazing comedy scenes but no one including the show is taking him seriously. :-D I like the actor though. (On a side note, considering Ah-jung's reaction to him, I do not know why he thinks Ha-nee is his kid. She is most comfortable with him)

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Who is not persuaded by pretty!

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Lol, I see nothing wrong with being Team Dae-oh! Maybe I’m projecting but I once dated someone similar and while “heart on sleeve” types are easy to understand because (duh) what they’re feeling is obvious, I also find that for that to be most appealing there should be a balance between being honest with what you feel and acting on every negative emotion as if you have no self-control. And maybe I carried my negativity when watching Dae-oh (hello, ptsd!) but right now he’s actually the ONLY character that is fully fleshed out. We get to see not just how he was affected by what happened but also his inner workings and feelings etc, so I feel like it’s easier to relate to him and even root for him. Even Ae-jung falls short in this regard, as so far everything she’s done has been motivated by trying to get out of debt and we don’t necessarily even get a clear picture of what she feels for anyone except her mum and daughter... everything is kind of vague with her. In that sense I understand why he is appealing. I still find him incredibly irritating at times, but I get it lol.

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There are lots of questionable and irksome things done by a lot of people in this episode but have to commend Ae-jung for rightly, albeit dramatically, get Dong-chan away from Pa-do's oncoming car. Like, the one time it's done right, and it ain't TOD...
Also, had to hand it to the show for the meet-cute, being dead bodies together is at least original ^^

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I noticed that detail, too. I think any Mom would do that. Also, how Dae Oh put his hands together to greet the Mom of the woman he likes. Those are minor details which make me smile. :)

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Can somebody tell me what is wrong with Ae Jung? Her enthusiasm would be cute if it served any real purpose. What exactly is her professional strength? She is an overenthusiastic candy who has miraculously found four guys who bend over backwards to rescue her from every situation without her realizing it. And why should Ah Rin blindly trust a no name PD who lacks social etiquette. And to Ah Rin's credit, she was genuinely horrified at the accident. I mean its silly and lacks creativity getting an irritated female second lead to make a candy stand out while the lead plays cliche "to the rescue" role. I laughed remembering Extraordinary You at that point.

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Seeing Ro-woon and SF9 reminded me of Extraordinary You hehe. It was such a silly high school scene too, with the girl who got her clothes wet (through her own fault) rescued by the guy. Pffft.

And I wish I knew what is wrong with Ae-jung. She's putting Candy to shame.

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I wouldn’t even mind an enthusiastic candy if it made sense for the character. But I really cannot understand why an almost 40 year old woman who has struggled with single motherhood for 14 years would be that useless and helpless in everything.

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After having read the replies and other comments, I feel it might be that they are trying to make a Candy who is past the Candy's age. Perhaps that is ageist, but I do personally feel like, as I grow older, I can value enthusiasm as a wonderful and necessary tool in life, but not the ONLY one. It works when the Candy is in high school (or even in college; Ae-jung is easier to like in flashbacks), because kids are young and naive (in a good way!), and most do not have the same burdens as adults. When the Candy is young and their motivation is mainly to survive the day, overly used as the cliché is, it can easier suspend your disbelief.

But Ae-jung is not a teenager anymore, she is a single-mother over the age of thirty, and her dreams, which she has placed over the comfort of her family, is one that demands a lot of responsibility other than moral support to the team. So when the show tries to show her as the poor, pitiable Candy, it does not work, because what we see is an adult with a family to support not being there for them (as much as I like the family moments, they are dampened a bit remembering the times Ae-jung just yelled at them or did not listen to them) and a multi-million movie producer who hasn't actually shown any work skills, just "enthusiasm", yelling and depending on the people involved litterally having a past crush on her (because I cannot be the only one who noticed 75+% of the men like her because they liked her in the past, rather than falling for who she is NOW). As annoyed as I can be on Dae-oh, @lszj09 said it best, HE is being smarter, more involved and responsible about this movie than Ae-jung is.

In some ways, maybe it would have been easier to like Ae-jung if this had been a high-school romcom, where they are students just wanting to make a movie, despite them all coming from their own ridiculous cliques. It would be easier to see Ae-jung (or everyone) be so immature about everything and not really being that professional. However, we would then lose the Mamma Mia-subplot, along with the daughter, which is honestly the best part of the show so far for me.

I think in the end, a lot of things and details, mostly small but put together big, is why it is difficult to like Ae-jung, and other characters are shown with dislikable traits. Because of small things that aren't properly adressed outside of yelling at each other with no solutions "for comedy", Ae-jung seems like she is irresponsible and useless, Dae-oh is an immature boyman, Yeon-woo goes repeatedly over the line as a teacher, and if Ryu Jin and Pa-do get more screentime, they too will make decisions that are no longer comedic (because Ryu Jin's imagination is hilarious). As much as this show wants to just be escapism, because of the leads' ages and their "profession", I subconsciously cannot join the "fun" due to them not acting their age (for that matter, why it is escapism to see a grown-ass single-mother act like Ae-jung does?)

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*sigh* Can we just... go back to their college days? LOL.

I wish they'd write Ae-jeong's character to be a bit more professional when it comes to work. Maybe curb her enthusiasm a bit in the professional setting? Make me want to take her seriously since she's now the PD of a multi-billion won (or is it dollar) movie? It's about time that they show, instead of just tell, how capable she is.

Also I get Yeon-woo wanting to be supportive, but he was out of line during the PTA meeting. Good thing that Ae-jeong pushed back, but I was worried the whole scene that one of the moms would catch a whiff of what was going on and cause another scandal (aside from the fact that him living with them already has huge scandal potential).

P.S. Stop with all the unnecessary wrist-grabbing already! I would've done the same as Ah-rin had that happened to me. 🙄

P.P. S. I can only tolerate Dae-oh's pettiness to a certain extent, show. Please don't abuse my love for Son Ho-jun.

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Even though they’ve both done questionable things, I don’t know what it is... maybe it’s a testament to the actors that I find Yeon-woo so damn unlikable and Dae-oh so damn likable lol
Also, I’ve enjoyed Song Ji-hyo in other things (My wife’s having an affair, Ex-girlfriend club) but she’s really not selling it here. I agree with everyone about her job. Why has it been six episodes and we’ve yet to see her do anything impressive? What’s so special about Ae-jung that she has four guys after her? Shouldn’t they show us that if they want us to root for her??? And is it the writing, directing, or acting that’s making her act the way she does as a 30-something working professional?? At some point that candy pluckiness is no longer endearing.
I’m already invested though thanks to Ha-nee and Dong-chan, so I guess I’m sticking with it!

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I thought she was good too in This Week My Wife is Having an Affair, so I'm half blaming the writing too.

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To be fair, I never find Candy pluckiness attractive. Never had.

Because most Candys flaunt the ignorance and lack of professionalism as a virtue and we are told that all those women who are intelligent or know more than basic math (read the bloody contracts which they sign) are vamps.

A good girl (worthy of becoming a heroine) is essentially dumb and still want to be taken seriously in a professional environment.

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Totally get that! I guess I'm more forgiving if the heroine is a younger upstart, not that Song Ji-hyo is old by any means, but there's plenty of well-written careerwomen in dramaland so they have no excuses! What happened to all those jobs she worked? Shouldn't she have great people skills?

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And imagine a Producer who does not read Contracts for God's sake! :-D Or have no real skill of persuasion! :-D

And I agree that we have seen excellent depiction of career women in enough shows to overlook it.

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I really wish the writers had written a strong character for Ae Jung in true sense. They want to show she is strong but it is so superficial. She is so bad at reading people. Like that scene where she meets Ryu Jin’s boss. Ae Jung thinks she is complementing her when she was actually berating her. Similarly, with Ah rin, she can’t take the hint she doesn’t want to talk to her. It’s like she leaves her self respect home. I can really relate to Dae Oh’s frustration when he asks if she enjoys being looked down on. It’s high time the show displays her professional ability, which she apparently had during her college days.

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I would still understand if she reads the situation (and people and their intentions) correctly but plays dumb for solving the current situation (which is essentially a tactic) . But she is REALLY clueless in most situations.

If I have to put it more accurately, she lacks key soft skills needed for a role of a Film Producer.

A film producer is essentially a planner who can foresee all problems and solve it by using excellent contacts and people skills. She has none of it. The only thing which i saw which shows her "skills" was during her college years and that was 17 years ago.

Her sincerity and hard work is not a good enough qualification for the role.

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"He basically gave Ae-jung no choice but to accept his love, which is exactly what his mother tries to do." - So true! I was thinking the same. He is exactly like his mom in this respect.

Both of them will be crazily devoted and affectionate to their object of affection but they will suffocate them with the attention.

(I even low key thought of a scenario where his mom starts doing on both Ah-jung and Ha-nee and becomes an ally rather than hindrance to his plans, Imagine the crazy!)

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Typo - "his mom starts doting"

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I am done with Ae-Jung at this point. The writers have just written her to be a candy. Hard working with a sunny disposition and is willing to work hard for her loving family. Just because she yells back at the lead or says she is capable doesn’t mean she is.

I will probably continue for RyuJin’s hilarious imagination, Ha-Nee and her absolutely adorable friend, and Da-Oh’s earnest scenes.
ff button is my friend.

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I am once again sticking to this drama because of my great love for Song Ji Hyo and Son Ho Jun. After watching six episodes, I've come to love the others as well. I wish this week's episode will show how passionate and great Noh Ae Jung is at her job (since everyone claims so). PLEASE.

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Me too, staying for the cast, and trying to find joy in the little details. E.g.: what could be the cause of death for the two bodies in Ae-jung college movie? Looking at the bloodstains in Dae-oh's back, were they trampled by an injured elephant? ><
It's kinda sad that I have to try so hard to like this show!

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I forgot to mention my most favourite shot in this episode!

It was a puppy face (ageyo as called in the recap) done by both the kids because this is the only time I saw it being done by a "Real" child and not 40 year olds trying to look 4.

(Did I mention I hate the whole ageyo thing?)

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Well, I've watched ep 7 and I'm not going to say anything at all about that episode, but, I will say that I've decided that Dae-Oh needs to find a sweet wonderful woman who adores him with all her heart and treats him like a king, despite all his silliness and insecurity (or maybe because of it). I also still hope for him to be Ha-nee's dad and for them to one day have a loving father-daughter relationship.

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I really feel bad for Ryu Jin. He probably is not the father which I think he will actually be sad about. He will no longer have any personal connection to AJ other than one-sided love. I think all this time he has been worried about the possibility of having an unknown love child and if true it will certainly ruin his career, but if AJ was the mom, I think he would jump in anyway. Instead, he is stuck in a seemingly abusive relationship with his agency CEO with only his manager hyung to protect him. She is scary! Hopefully he will get a real chance to go to Hollywood.

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Getting a bit tired of Ae-Jung nasty attitude to Dae-Oh or her cluelessness with Yeon-Woo, who I think is a creepy, sneaky guy. Scarier by far than Mr. Koo, who is out in the open and has some self-awareness. Ryu-Jin thinking he's the father because he woke up naked? Come on, guess they need to make this absurd, but never even talking about it. Ae-Jung has not favorably impressed me yet; so tired of women acting as if a child is 100% theirs and cutting the father out. Just wrong for both child and father. But I'm waiting for things to improve.

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I have just finished watching ep 8..i cant agree more.. If noh ae jung is 20 something women, the character will be much easier to understand. But this is 30 something woman.. The yelling, the begging, even the decision not to reveal the father to her daughter and vice versa was somehow something that can be done by woman in her 20s. I wish the drama can be more serious. A love story can still be serious and funny and light and fluffy at the same time. At least make the character more serious.. But anyway.. I love son ho jun's acting and noh ha nee.. And i am still curious about who the father is and why ae jung hide it.. I was hoping this will be the drama where i can cheer on song ji hyo.. But now i am more on son ho jun.. Sorry, unnie but i love you on running man..

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The production is definitely keeping the father of Ha-nee question , which is the whole lynch pin question off the table for dragging out viewers interest. What we know though is that whatever misunderstanding Ae-jung was under back then must have been an absolute doozy given that she told her own supposedly precious daughter that her father was dead. She backed herself into a corner where there was no way out if they ever met him again or the reason he wasnt with her was not death. I agree with the recap author that that decision was terrible in what it cost Ha-nee. Lets also remember that there was a flashback scene where Ae-jung obviously upset running down a street crying was caught by Jin and there is a subsequent scene of their one night stand. If we assume that what upset Ae-jung was when she decided to disappear from Dae-oh's life then why did she jump in bed with Jin? From what we know of Ae-jung's personality, she is not the type to go from total loving someone to jumping into bed with someone. She wasnst drunk either. (Sub plot: Why does Jin think he has a chance with her when she shot him down after her horrendous mistake of a one night stand with him in the first place?) If we look at another possibility, Ae-jong could have found out she was pregnant and on her way to tell Dae-oh sees something awful. Either way, the way the plot lines are so far, Yeon-woo is too young and immature and sort of a dick, I dont see any attraction elements from Ae-jungs POV except the one the plot always uses which is how he is trying to weasle into her moms and Ha-nees hearts. Jin could be the dad at this point. Ep7 just came out today and its possible Ha-nee is the result of the fling. He's a dick too telling Dae-oh to back off and quit liking Ae-jung as if Dae-oh could do that. I mean what a dips^^t. How can you ecpect a guy who has Ae-jung as his world for decades and his whole life and career were centered around her and the whole reason any of them are even together now is because of the book he wrote about his and Ae-jungs relationship. Dae-oh is the one consistant suitor in her life. He has never changed in any way it seems. Pa-do seems to be there to provide the only non backstory option for a possible end plot where Ae-jung kicks all the guys she has history with to the street and goes with the outsider turned good guy trope.

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Ooops I deleted my comment when I realized there were spoilers for ep 7. Sorry about that.

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I am here as a Song Ji Hyo fan so some that I may mention in this comment is bias but I will try to tone down on the fan-girling. People commenting here are way different from people commenting in YouTube.

In my opinion, what happened in the past was also devastating to Ae Jung as much as it was for Dae-Oh. We haven't really seen many of Ae Jung's flashbacks when she was trying a child on her own. We only saw her at the viewing of the film who is already pregnant at that time. Taking in Ae Jung's comments on why they broke up, she mentioned that she was the one betrayed and the one left alone. Of course, this is just a misunderstanding. She may not even know that she was pregnant at this time since she was still at the same place for a period of time or so since Yeon-Woo was able to know that she was pregnant before she and her mom moved.

One thing I know from living with a single mom, especially in an Asian country, it will be hard for these women. You're lucky if you have family to take care of your kids like Ae-Jung's mom while you try to look for jobs. Other than that is the looks they give you and the questions that follow on where and/or who the dad is. Eventually, my nephew was born and started asking questions on who his father is. We came up with creative answers like he came out from a rock or a sperm donor since the guy has his own family right now.

My point is whatever transpired 14 years ago is what caused the main leads to separate. Even if it was a misunderstanding, there was a trust between that was cut. Eventually, they lost that trust when they were breaking up. As a woman, there are a lot of stuff that would make me break my trust about a guy. It has to be something physical if I can see it if that is the case. I will go mental if I saw my boyfriend getting kissed by someone. All the more if I thought that that person was the only one who wouldn't break my heart. Another reason, will be a very BIG LIE. We women have different rankings on what a big lie is. Some of us don't want to mention the reason for a breakup especially if the guy does not even know the reason. For a woman, in my opinion, not knowing the reason is an act of not accepting fault. We run on emotions people and you should know something if you were the one in it. Take note that not all women think the same but in some aspects, we do.

With regards to Ae-Jung telling Ha-Nee the truth about her father, I agree that when she has come of age then it is time to tell her. This confession will hopefully bring about the answer to why the parents were not able to be together. These flashbacks cannot come any sooner.

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