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Will You Have Dinner With Me: Episodes 21-22

With the broadcast interrupted, the team will have to make it up to the viewers by apologizing and working harder to create interesting content. Our couple experiences some uncomfortable moments and it’s important that they are addressed and not avoided. Meanwhile, the lovable neighborhood friend takes action, hoping to find closure before he moves on.

 
EPISODE 21 RECAP


The broadcast is shut off abruptly and Jae-hyuk struggles to breathe due to his allergy. No-eul searches his bag for his medication and notices a picture of him and Do-hee. While everyone else is distracted, she purposely drops the photo onto the floor.

Worried, Do-hee angrily yells at Jae-hyuk for being careless, not realizing that he’s clutching onto her hand (it doesn’t escape Hae-kyung’s notice though). Hae-kyung takes control of the situation and recommends that he be taken to the hospital.

No-eul ever so calculatingly hands Jae-hyuk the dropped photo right in front of Hae-kyung and Do-hee. Do-hee glances at Hae-kyung, but he keeps a straight face and doesn’t betray any emotion.


Ah-young barks at Do-hee to follow her to her office where Do-hee meekly apologizes and promises to take responsibility for her mistake. Today’s incident would’ve been disastrous if Jae-hyuk didn’t happen to have his pills and if Hae-kyung wasn’t there.

Ah-young gruffly asks how Do-hee plans to fix this, but she’s not referring to the show. “Did you see Hae-kyung’s face when he saw that photo earlier? It was scarier to see his face than to see Jae-hyuk collapse like that.” She’s relieved to learn that Jae-hyuk will return to the States after finishing the program, but decides that the show will be put on a temporary hold.


Down at the parking garage, No-eul tries to hitch a ride with Hae-kyung. Clearly trying to stir up some drama, she comments that Do-hee seemed really different earlier, exclaiming that she and Jae-hyuk seemed like a married couple in that moment.

Knowing exactly what No-eul’s up to, Hae-kyung tells her that he doesn’t care. She falters but brazenly says that she’s glad because she would’ve been upset to see him get angry over Do-hee. Fed up, Hae-kyung rolls his eyes and warns her not to use Do-hee’s past to make him jealous.

Do-hee musters up the courage to call Hae-kyung; they joke around and promise to have dinner together, but both let out sighs when they hang up.


Jae-hyuk knowingly eating that piece of cake reminds Hae-kyung of Keanu’s warning. Having lacked attention early on in life, Jae-hyuk is needy and especially obsessive towards Do-hee.

Do-hee’s mom watches the broadcast and at the sight of her daughter rushing to Jae-hyuk’s rescue, she calls him immediately. Ugh. He gets off the phone and happily tells his coworkers that he doesn’t need to go to the hospital. While Jin-kyu is certain that something’s going on between him and Do-hee, Jung-hwan disagrees.

Back at Geon-woo’s studio, No-eul muses, “Relationships can’t ever be truly over.” She tells a confused Geon-woo that today was a win for Jae-hyuk.


According to Byung-jin, Jin-seob’s matchmaking agency isn’t able to provide the contact information of the lady he’s interested in, but are willing to pass along a message. Hae-kyung plans to let the woman know of Jin-seob’s condition so she can make an informed decision regarding the future of their relationship.

That night, Do-hee comes over for Chinese takeout at the clinic and hah, Hae-kyung’s scandalized to learn that she has food delivered 3-4 times a week. She teases that he knows nothing about the world because nowadays, you can get quality food like samgyupsal delivered.

Hae-kyung points out that Do-hee hasn’t made eye contact with him all night and she pouts that it’s unfair how the psychiatrist in him catches everything. Hae-kyung chuckles that he would’ve noticed regardless – her feelings are written all over her face.

Before Do-hee can explain herself, Hae-kyung praises her for doing the right thing earlier with Jae-hyuk. Because of her quick response, the situation wasn’t too bad. “You’re better than me, who’s a doctor. Well done,” he grins, patting her on the back. He’s too sweet, aghhh!

She thanks him and is visibly more comfortable now, but Hae-kyung adds, “But the next time you get shocked and flustered because of a situation, I want you to hold only my hands.” Do-hee’s confused, certain that she didn’t hold Jae-hyuk’s hand, so Hae-kyung drops it and cutely feeds her instead.

Meanwhile, Jae-hyuk joins Do-hee’s mom for dinner and she invites him to join her for meals more often. When Mom confirms that there’s nothing going on between him and No-eul, Jae-hyuk tells her that although Do-hee is still his everything, she’s moved on completely so he’ll try to get over her too.

Mom says she knows Do-hee best and seeing how she reacted today, she’s sure that Do-hee’s just angry. Playing the part of the sweet ex, Jae-hyuk claims, “I just want to do what Do-hee wants to do.”

At home, Hae-kyung recalls how Do-hee had offered to quit the show if he’s uncomfortable with it, wanting to be responsible for their relationship. Hae-kyung had truthfully told her that it’s uncomfortable, but he doesn’t want her to give up anything for his sake. She’d called him cool but now at home, Hae-kyung grumbles that he should’ve just told her not to do it.

The next morning, Jae-hyuk tries to catch Do-hee in her neighborhood but she zooms off happily without seeing him to say hi to Keanu. He’s shaken to see his former doctor there, reminded of how Keanu had once told him that he’d made a lot of progress thanks to his girlfriend.

Do-hee arrives at work expecting Have My Heart to be axed, but instead, their team has clinched the company’s first ever PPL offer. They’re to post an apology and upload a special vlog to show off their teamwork. The product? A resort house and survival game. “It’s best to show what you’ve got when you receive criticism,” Ah-young declares.

After work, Ah-young spots a well-groomed Keanu across the street and shyly (but giddily) makes her way towards him. He asks her out to dinner and she replies that she already has plans…with Keanu, hee.

It’s samgyupsal time! Keanu vaguely answers that he used to listen to people’s stories and talk to them, and Ah-young muses that it’s exactly what he’s doing right now. Keanu chokes on the wrap that she makes him when she suddenly asks him to live with her.

He makes her a wrap in return and a few bottles of soju later, Ah-young drunkenly asks, “Why can’t you live with me right now? What on earth happened to you? I wouldn’t mind taking in every ounce of your history.”

Keanu smiles and tells Ah-young that he’ll join her when he ties up loose ends and finds closure for his resentful heart. He promises that he’ll live with her and they share a sweet kiss. They’re so adorably happy, it makes me anxious that something bad will happen. We must protect Ajusshi!

The Have My Heart team (sans Hae-kyung) are led towards the resort by Ah-young until she doubles over, nauseous from her hangover. Do-hee’s surprised by Hae-kyung’s arrival, but their smiles fall when No-eul links arms with him. She claims that with Hae-kyung here, they’ll be even-numbered for games, but is thwarted when it turns out Byung-jin tagged along.

Everyone puts their game faces on as they don themselves with war paint (Jae-hyuk’s looks exactly like The Joker’s smile). On the Blue Team, we have Do-hee, Ah-young, Geon-woo, Byung-jin, and Jin-kyu. The Black Team consists of Hae-kyung, Jae-hyuk, No-eul, So-ra, and Jung-hwan.

The paintball battle gets pretty intense and chaotic. Jin-kyu’s always stuck in the open constantly yelling at his teammates, “Cover me!” There’s also Byung-jin who’s hilariously on the hunt for Hae-kyung, and Ah-young slooooowly cartwheels her way through the battlefield, LOL.

The first kill of the game is credited to Byung-jin, who sneakily gets Jung-hwan. So-ra charms up Jin-kyu pretending that she’s always had a thing for him, then promptly shoots him down, leaving him with butterflies in his stomach. It becomes 3-on-3 when So-ra and Byung-jin shoot each other simultaneously.

Hae-kyung and Jae-hyuk work pretty well together but when Do-hee slips, Hae-kyung secretly shoots Jae-hyuk’s gun, causing him to miss and hit Geon-woo instead of Do-hee. HA, Do-hee goes on a rampage with two guns in her hands until she’s caught between her boyfriend and ex-lover.

Jae-hyuk’s moment of hesitation allows Hae-kyung to “accidentally miss” and shoot Jae-hyuk right in the face, giving the most disingenuous apology I’ve ever heard, hee. Feeling like a hero, he’s captivated by Do-hee’s wink and stutters in confusion when she sneaks an attack then appeases him with a finger heart.

It’s No-eul vs. Do-hee in a one-on-one battle, and No-eul lands the first shot. She continues to charge forward and repeatedly shoots Do-hee, declaring that she’ll never lose. She’s so wrapped up in her vengeance that she’d forgotten about Ah-young, who expertly shoots her square in the chest and leads Blue to victory. (Ah-young: “How dare she? MWAHAHA!”)

 
EPISODE 22 RECAP

The crew prepares lunch and Jin-kyu asks Hae-kyung to check on No-eul, who scratched her foot during the game. Although Do-hee doesn’t seem thrilled about it, she doesn’t follow him out.

Outside, Geon-woo asks if Jae-hyuk really isn’t going to return home. “It’s not like I can go back to that house anytime I want,” Jae-hyuk replies. Geon-woo notes that he seems a bit more relaxed these days and asks if he has finally moved on. “I’m working on it,” is all Jae-hyuk says.

Hae-kyung approaches No-eul with the first aid kit but when she says, “Oppa,” he turns to leave. She calls after him, “Did you really love me?” Hae-kyung answers that he did, so she pushes even further, wanting to know how much he loved her.

Hae-kyung looks her straight in the eyes and says, “I loved you a lot, was hurt badly, had a hard time for a long time, and have completely recovered now.” No-eul is saddened to hear that he’s fine now and leans into his chest, where he allows her to cry her heart out. “You’ll be fine too,” he promises.

With No-eul in his arms, Hae-kyung suddenly realizes that they have an audience – Do-hee. The couple stare at one another wordlessly until Do-hee turns to head back inside, but Hae-kyung doesn’t budge from his spot. After sending Hae-kyung and Byung-jin home, So-ra congratulates Do-hee on her relationship. So-ra has a feeling that he’s the one, but Do-hee covers her mouth. “Your gut feelings are never right!”

They’re interrupted by Jae-hyuk who pulls Do-hee aside to thank her for saving him. Do-hee apologizes for not getting rid of the cake sooner. Worried that she might catch a cold, Jae-hyuk wraps her in his jacket but she takes it off immediately and heads inside.

Everyone except No-eul plays drinking games that night, which Do-hee finds to be a bit childish. To prove her point, she downs the penalty glass of alcohol in one shot, impressing the others. She heads to the corner to text Hae-kyung and Jae-hyuk tries to follow, but is pulled back down by Ah-young each time he attempts to get up, LOL.

Hae-kyung texts that she’s banned from drinking, which has Do-hee wondering if he’s watching her. She replies, “Okay!” while sipping on a can of beer, pfft. He tells her to come outside so he can check, and she’s surprised but listens. Hae-kyung pulls Do-hee towards him and nervously asks to talk.

Feeling uncomfortable with what happened today, Hae-kyung dropped Byung-jin off and came back to see her. Do-hee genuinely doesn’t seem to be bothered and tells Hae-kyung that he doesn’t need to explain, but he firmly says that he does.

Hae-kyung finally tells her that he doesn’t like it when she’s alone with Jae-hyuk, not because he doesn’t trust her, but because that’s just how he feels. “I want to know every little detail about you, and I want to explain everything about me,” he says. Do-hee smiles in understanding and tells him to go ahead.

“I love you,” he tells her, realizing that he hasn’t said those words yet. It’s corny and serious, but it’s also the only explanation for why he’s like this right now. “So Do-hee, please trust me,” Hae-kyung pleads. Do-hee looks at him with such a calm expression of love and happiness, reassuring Hae-kyung that she does trust him.

He knows that nobody can erase the past, promising instead to make the best of the present. Hae-kyung steadies Do-hee and slowly leans in for a soft kiss. When their lips part, he comments, “You drank alcohol.” Do-hee fake-cries, “You weren’t with me, so I was sad.” PFFT. He chuckles, amused as always, and goes in for a longer, deeper kiss than the last.

The couple walk hand-in-hand and Hae-kyung asks if she’d like to see a movie with him tomorrow. Do-hee isn’t really feeling the movies since there isn’t anything interesting out – she’s into the classics. Hae-kyung quickly shares that he has tons of classic DVDs at home…and has to backtrack, “Please don’t get me wrong, I didn’t mean anything like that.” He’s such a goner, he can’t help looking back at her and ends up hitting his head on his car, pfft.

The next day, Keanu confronts Jae-hyuk on the streets. Back when the scandal broke out, Keanu had called him in a panic asking to talk, but Jae-hyuk had refused. Keanu became agitated and had yelled, “You know it’s not my fault. How could you do this to me?”

Seeing Keanu’s grim expression now, Jae-hyuk tosses his bag and makes a run for it. A chase ensues but Jae-hyuk gets cornered when he nearly gets hit by a car, tumbling onto the ground. The two end up at a café and Keanu tells Jae-hyuk that for years, he’d wondered what thoughts would go through his mind if he ever ran into him again. “Now that I’ve met you, I feel like I’ve wasted my life.”


Keanu tells Jae-hyuk to reveal the truth about the false report. “That news article made me a doctor that murdered his patient for pennies,” Keanu says. People pointed fingers at his family, causing them to immigrate to another country. Jae-hyuk’s eyes redden so he clearly knows that he’s in the wrong, but he tells Keanu that he can’t.

“You know what happened to me,” Jae-hyuk says. “I was abandoned by my family and not respected. I wanted to be recognized…” Keanu grabs his collar in anger and Jae-hyuk promises that he’ll do anything for him, except for revealing the truth.

I have no idea how Keanu is holding back his anger, but he tells Jae-hyuk to correct himself once he realizes his mistake. Keanu seethes that he’s got nothing to lose, and before leaving, warns Jae-hyuk that it’s his last chance to gain forgiveness. Jae-hyuk cries that he’s having a hard time himself, wanting to be left alone.


At the clinic that night, Do-hee is completely engrossed in her favorite movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, sitting far away from Hae-kyung. Heh, I’m sure this isn’t how he envisioned their date to be like! He pouts when she absentmindedly answers that yes, the movie is more interesting than he is.

Do-hee realizes her mistake and sweetly turns her attention to him for a moment before turning back to the screen. She’s touched when the credits roll and it’s only then that she realizes that Hae-kyung’s no longer by her side and is doing work in his office instead.

She contentedly watches him for a bit before plopping back down on the sofa, snacking and drinking by herself to pass the time while he finishes up.


Back at home, Jae-hyuk flicks his lights on and off while he thinks about his encounter with Keanu. He turns to his stalker board filled with Do-hee’s pictures. Later, an unidentified figure wearing a bucket hat enters the password to Do-hee’s apartment and saunters right in.

By the time Hae-kyung looks up, Do-hee has fallen asleep on the sofa. She awakens when he sweeps her hair from her face. Hae-kyung admits the movie wasn’t his type, but his mom’s. He coos, “My type is…” and leans over Do-hee to make a move, but she stops him with just a finger.

“Let’s say you’re the conservative type,” she concludes, deciding that it’s time to go home. He pettily tells her to take a taxi, but of course, smiles and takes her home anyway.


Meanwhile, the person who broke into the apartment searches high and low for something, looking more distraught by the minute. He shatters dishes and turns over the entire apartment, finally coming to a halt when he finds Do-hee’s diary. He rips out the doodle of her and Hae-kyung.

Hae-kyung drops Do-hee off outside her house and before she leaves, she gives him a peck on the cheek and declares, “This is my type.” Heh, the way he holds his cheek afterwards is adorable.

When Do-hee gets inside, she realizes that her entire place has been ransacked. Hae-kyung called to make sure she got in okay, but her voice alerts him that something’s wrong so he makes a u-turn to head back to her place. Do-hee grabs onto a frying pan for self-defense and ventures deeper into the dark room, startled when she realizes that someone’s hiding in her closet.

 
COMMENTS

Show seems to want us to believe that the intruder is Keanu because of the outfit, but it’s fairly obvious that it’s actually Jae-hyuk. We know that he trespassed at least once already (it’s how he got Hae-kyung’s business card) so it’s not surprising that he has Do-hee’s door lock password. He’s totally unhinged now after being so shaken up by his meeting with Keanu. He somehow disillusioned himself into thinking that him being respected by his family is more important than a man’s life. He doesn’t know right from wrong, and with each passing episode, Jae-hyuk is more and more of a mess. He’d better restore our favorite Ajusshi’s reputation or else he’ll have a lot of people to answer to.

I found it interesting that he drew The Joker’s smile on himself during the paintball sequence. We know that The Joker is infamous for being a brilliant criminal. He’s clever and thinks up elaborate plans, but is also able to adapt to ever-changing situations. Now, I’m not saying that Jae-hyuk is on the level of The Joker, but I can see some similarities. He’s super manipulative and will go to any length to get Do-hee’s attention, even if it means sacrificing his own body. That one time Do-hee saved No-eul from the light, he acted quickly enough to play the part of her savior. This time, he used Do-hee’s mistake in forgetting his allergy as another ploy to get her attention. The ease in which he tells his lies is scary, because I think he truly believes in them. He’s slowly breaking down the more he realizes that he’s lost Do-hee for good, and I worry for his mental health. Do-hee’s mom also needs to stop meddling. She doesn’t have any right to be contacting her ex-boyfriend, especially since Do-hee herself has expressed many times that it’s over. I’m so over everyone saying that they know her best!

To quote Geon-woo from last week: “Unwanted love isn’t real love.” Jae-hyuk and No-eul need to get a grip and MOVE ON. I understand why Jae-hyuk is having a hard time doing so, but we’re nearing the end of the show’s run and I still don’t understand No-eul’s motivations beyond her self entitlement. We never really explored why she does the things that she does, and it seems that she truly just exists to annoy the viewers to their wits’ end. The fact that she has the audacity to act like Hae-kyung isn’t already in a relationship, as if she still has a chance, is beyond my comprehension. “Bleh,” is my general attitude towards her.

I’ve missed seeing Hae-kyung and Do-hee joking around and they’ve amped up the cuteness now that they’re in a relationship. I love that it’s not all fun and games for them, and they show that they are mature enough to handle conflicts with tact and respect for one another. Most other dramas would’ve used Hae-kyung hugging No-eul or Do-hee worrying about Jae-hyuk as devices to start arguments, but not for this couple! They don’t need their partner to explain themselves because they trust in their love. But they try to explain and make sure the other person isn’t uncomfortable with the situation anyways, and actually engage in conversations. As of right now though, I feel like Do-hee is still pretty cautious for the most part whereas Hae-kyung is taking most of the initiative in starting these important conversations. Do-hee doesn’t shy away from it when he opens up the floor to talk about their issues, but she never brings things up first. I hope she’ll feel comfortable enough to rely on Hae-kyung fully, because it’s so obvious that he’s going to be there to support and lift her up. The sparks are still flying between this couple and I’m still praying to those Drama Gods that they’ll wrap up the exes’ storylines so that we can get back to fawning over our adorable dinner mates.

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During that drinking scene, i love Ah-yeong for keeping Jae-Hyuk and not let him getaway to stink up DH's night.
Overall it is still the same push and pull with the exes which is escalating. What I like most in this episode is that love confession and kisses from every angle between HK and DH. Honestly, HK is proving himself to be the best boyfriend ever. Do Hee should not let him get away for whatever reason.

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That first alcohol-flavored kiss was just so cute, absolutely love how they keep their own brand of bantering even when at the swooniest of swoony moment! And Do-hee's aegyo never fails ><

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HK reminds me of Ryan Gold, another supportive boyfriend.
And yes to AhYeong not letting JH getting near DoHee.

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I love Ryan Gold too. One of kdramas best boyfriends!

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imagine if this drama just had 16 episodes of SSH and SJH being cute together with si bel homme antics, mwahaha's and dinner dates. instead, we got jae hyuk and no eul. SIGH

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That is the biggest disappointment of all. i was actually in this for light romcom stuff and got stuck with deranged exes.

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the amount of screen time exes are getting is getting out of hand

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I agree and story is just going in circles.

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At this point and after watching this week's episodes, I'm so over the exes and their problems, that I a bit bored of the drama. It would have been a wonderful rom-com, but we still have to solve the exes and I couldn't care less.

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I was totally expecting that this drama would be basically just Do-hee and Hae-kyung having a dinner every night (different dish each night) and getting closer little by little type romantic comedy... No...
I can't stand their exes.

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I personally like it, if only because it is pointing out problematic behaviour that people shouldn't tolerate. Too often in pop culture, stalking love interest are not called out, which sends th message "keep going, she'll give in eventually". If it prevents people from doing it and help victims recognize it, I'm all for it.

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I do like the concept of highlighting problematic behaviour brought on by mental illness (Jae-Hyuk) and contrasting it with problematic selfish behaviour (No-eul, Do-hee's father). However, we haven't seen yet how we are supposed to deal with such behaviours now that we recognise it. What's even more frustrating is that these people are not lacking in help, yet they are getting worse and are a danger to both themselves and the people around them. In the next episode, we even see No-eul border on just being plain evil.

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I despise the exes with a passion but HK and DH honestly make up for it for me. I think I'm just still grinning about them when NE/JH come on screen so I'm just like whatever. Or at least, up to this episode, their shenanigans just make HK and DH closer.

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" I’m so over everyone saying that they know her best!" - Word!

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I totally agree with others assessment that the exes are taking way too much real estate in terms of time and storyline. Please drama gods they need to go now, exit stage left, pronto! And what is Do Hee story, she needs to step up and embrace Mr. Yummy and tell him what is going on with crazy Ex and let him know she has his back.

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I love when we have our OTP onscreen, which seems to be less and less time on every episode.
The exes add nothing. Yes, JH is crazy and does crazy things. Yes, NoEul is annoying and does annoying things.
I don't even know why they are in the storyline...

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Agree - I feel like our OTP (especially DH) is kind of in an arrested development phase because we're watching the exes chase their tails for waaaaay too much screen time. I was super disappointed that DH didn't expose JH to HK when he came racing back to her apartment - bad call on her part and one in-congruent with her character because she KNOWS giving JH any type of attention just feeds his weird delusion that he can still win her back. She clearly knows better and has demonstrated it, which is why I just don't understand why they keep having her let him off the hook.

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Loooooved the expression in his eyes when he had "to know every little detail about you, and I want to explain everything about me".
And cheered for all the times ex-boyfriend-the-creep got pulled back when he tried to follow her.
At least they openly introduced the PPL and it was kind of fun to watch them putting on camouflage and shoot each other. My newly developed murderous intentions kept hoping that somehow the bullets would be magically turned lethal when the exes got shot, but alas, not yet. Be patient, dear heart.

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My newly developed murderous intentions ...

Oh my God. This!

At this point of the drama, Dinner Mates has me vacillating between joy (and *cough* other feelings) for the OTP and contempt for the exes. I know that rollercoaster emotions are a trademark of the kdrama experience but I'm deeply uncomfortable with the feeling of contempt—especially for people who clearly need help. Can they just get help as far away as possible from Do-hee and Hae-kyung?

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Where is the girl who hit the guy who cheated on her ?

Now, she let herself being scolded because an adult could remember he was allergic to strawberries? Nodoby asked questions, like it was normal...

Both are pretty bad to sep boundaries to their exes and working with them was really the last thing to do...

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To be fair, noeul and jaehyuk is their 1st love and 1st long relationship, 8 years and 5 years. Do Hee and Hee Kyung were so in love so I can see why they still want to maintain some decency and care as human being to them.

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To be polite yes, to be invaded in their privacy no. Both of them took the decision to leave.

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> Both are pretty bad to sep boundaries to their exes and working with them was really the last thing to do...

I am referring to this comment, it's not that they don't want to make boundaries, they said they are over but work is different. Life isn't gonna follow you. They have a program, Noeul and Jaehyuk create an interesting program and like it or not, Do Hee is asked by her boss to do it, to protect Do Hee, Hee Kyung did the program.

What I said is, DH and HK make the boundaries by telling them so stop but you can't expect DH and HK to pretend like they have no heart towards their 1st love, both of this 1st love leave them and that's an unfinished chapter people hard to forget. They can't just suddenly refused to meet them when they have no other choice, that's why job isn't always fun, many people meet their ex when their job overlapped.

their decision to work is sound because that's how job is and in real life, just because you think someone is manipulative, you can't just say it without prove.

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The problem with the exes is that they don't understand the concept of "NO," regardless of how many times they have been told. They are both under the delusion that any form of human decency given to them is a sign that there's hope for a reunion, even if the other person has outright said NO.

Sure it was a terrible idea for them to work together in the first place, but I guess nothing short of a very public humiliation, police involvement and a few Trucks of Doom are going to make the exes leave our leads alone.

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OMG... They kissed!!! HK & DH just keep on adding to their cute moments!!! But those exes... can we be done with their storyline, like yesterday?? Seriously, with 8 episodes left- I hope those storylines can wrap up quickly and we can focus our main couple!!!

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I felt this episode was just empty (that whole sequence at the workshop, paintball, just fell out of place and unnecessary)! I miss our leads talking and interacting over dinner. I am so over Jae Huyk and No Eul 🙄🙄

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Thanks for the recap, @selena! I mentioned in the my comment for the previous episode that No-eul and Jae-Hyuk were probably trying to set up Hae-kyung for on-air shaming. Anyone who has serious food allergies know how to take care of themselves, and Jae-hyuk could clearly see the strawberries and deliberately swallowed them. What the Despicable Duo didn't take into consideration is that Hae-kyung is both a professional and a decent human being, and that he would calmly work with Do-hee to diffuse a potentially deadly situation. Yes, D-E-C-E-N-C-Y. Which No-eul and her blood full of hydrochloric acid has nothing of so the less said about her the better. I'll just take this opportunity to remind that if not for Do-hee, the ungrateful brat no longer has a career to speak of.

The PPL scene was a lot of fun, if a little too long. It's an interesting take on our characters - Jae-Hyuk's Joker makeup, Byung-jin being strategic, Hae-kyung being petty for once and a little over-protective, and Do-hee being competitive. I was hoping we could have seen more of Hae-kyung's slick fighting moves from Episode 1 (I do recall that Ah-young wanted him on the show because of that). Ah-young knocking out No-eul was thoroughly appropriate! All is fair in love and paintball, heh! I was laughing at Ah-young and So-ra playing wingmen, keeping the despicable ex out of Do-hee's hair.

Ah-Young and Keanu are an absolutely adorable couple, I'd rather think of them as the second leads rather than they-who-shall-no-longer-be-named. Ah-young is chasing and holding on to her man, but still giving the former Dr. Hyun-ho the space he needs to deal with his own issues. We do get to see more of our Ajusshi's story, and I have a yen to talk to the driver of that Car of Not-Yet-Doom. (Drat, you had ONE job, buddy!) Keanu/Hyun-ho is showing legendary levels of restraint, by not bashing in Despicable Ex No. 1's face, and also for not rushing things with Ah-young. He sincerely wants a fresh start and wants to do it right.

I just love, love, LOVE how our leads show us the power of a conversation. Hae-kyung and Do-hee both understand the situations with their respective exes, but they take the effort to explain things to each other anyway. Hae-kyung deals with his own anger and jealousy himself. No silly misunderstandings for our OTP. They work through their awkward moments and continue to have fun with each other.

And that love declaration and kiss - waah! Our boy, Hae-kyung, as always, takes the lead but lets Do-hee determine the pace. It's quite lovely to see him leave her to enjoy the movie on her own (heh, he's most likely trying *not* haul her off for even MORE hot, romantic stuff), and she secretly watches him work. They're both so cute and mature at the same time, I'm happily rolling around in pink fluttery things.

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Wow, I almost forgot that No-eul truly owes Do-hee her opportunity! Judging from her sneaky ways of using people/situations and how she can read Jae-hyuk's motive, I'd say she's not that far off from being a psychopath either...
Our dinner mates really ought to announce via live stream that they are a couple, so that everybody on their team plus the whole damn world knows!

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As much as they are both taking their new relationship very maturely, our OTP can't help being chaffed by their exes sabotages. Glad to see that they grew even tighter but sad that they didn't really have the chance to love in leisure. It even made Hae-kyung did the unthinkable, a wrist grab *gasp!*

That screenshot of Hae-kyung’s holding on to his cheek, ah my heart! The thriller detour is a hateful thing to happen at the end of such a sweet date. Maybe it'll be a reason for Do-hee to stay at Hae-kyung's place..?

The paintball session is fun! It's kinda bringing all the shimmering feelings to the surface. No-eul really showed what a true b**** she is, ugh. Cackled so much at Hae-kyung’s careless “Sorry!”. And yayy for Byung-jin joining, sooo happy he is part of the 2N team! LOL at his eagerness to take a (paintball) shot at his boss!

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Lol, Hae-kyung already had his share of grabs, albeit welcome ones. 😉 He grabbed her wrist when he pulled her away from Jae-Hyuk's harrassment and grabbed her arm when he chased after her from the restaurant. But same as he did here, he immediately releases her and follows through with an almost soothing gesture.

I do agree that the saboteurs are already causing some damage to our OTP. I was hoping Byung-jin would have stayed so he and So-ra could team up and protect them (I said "team up" not "pair up," but that's an interesting thought. 😂) The 2N Box team are a pretty chill bunch, even if Jin-kyu gets a little irritating with his assumptions.

Yeah, and that sweet date night ending on a break-in from whom I'm sure is the despicable ex is really starting to get frustrating.

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I noticed the grab because it looked somewhat unlike what gentle Hae-kyung usually does, and put it down to him feeling the urgency to explain about No-eul's stupid hug. It's true, damage done T_T
Mmmm, Byung-jin and So-ra, I can get behind that! (Tho show seems to be shoving Jin-kyu under her nose, seeing those butterflies in his stomach.) I'd love for Byung-jin to hang around 2N Box peeps and announce his suspicions, a.k.a the truth, about how gaga over Do-hee his boss is!

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Yes! Urgency is exactly the right word here. Hae-kyung's trembling voice also amplifies his urgency to be transparent and to be closer to Do-hee.

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I'd also use the term *passionate.* The chemistry and attraction between Hae-kyong and Do-hee have been steadily building since the moment they met, tempered only by Do-hee's hesitation and Hae-kyong's respect for boundaries. He already admits to jealousy and possessiveness and now that Do-hee is slowly opening up to him, he's barely able to hold back from... well I leave that to our wild imaginations 😉

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Wrist grab is always tick me off when people dislike it without context?
Is it that wrong to grab someone suddenly to surprise them?
Have you see when people grab other to save them from car accident?
When it done without malicious intent and the hand owner doesn't show that they are hurting, it's not a big deal. It usually show the intensity of the scene, the hard pulling when they are angry is not fine but a sudden surprise, helping from accident, asking them to follow you because you need to go from the the scene is fine.

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Ah- Yeong was the real VVIP this episode. She knows Do Hee best if anything. Their kiss was great. I was worried because I still shudder at that floppy mess in that drama we don't talk about.

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Which drama is that we don't talk about??

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When a man falls in love/ When a man loves. SHHHH, don't tell anyone I told you.😂😭

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The drama that can't be named involves freezing people to me...

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But Song Seung Heon wasn't in that, this is his drama not to be named.

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Oh the kiss, now that is a kiss ❤️❤️I am in love 😍. Oh Jae Hyuk! Can you just disappear and allow our couple to flirt and enjoy themselves

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As much as I love the chemistry of our OTP...
As much as I love DoHee for being a funny independent woman...
As much as I love HK because he's the best boyfriend ever..
As much as I love the OST...
I really can't stand 5 more episodes with the exes. I think I will only survive by FF them. They add nothing to the story.

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I confess...I have already starting with the ex FF - and appear to have missed nothing in the story!

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When film makers repeatedly reference other works of art, I figure that it’s supposed to mean something. Breakfast at Tiffany's seems to be a cultural touchstone for Do-hee and she admires Holly Golightly’s iconic style and "classy meals" alone in front of Tiffany's, the one place in New York where she goes to replenish herself.

Truman Capote called Holly Golightly an "American geisha". Maybe Do-hee admires Holly’s independence, resilience and her refusal to be crushed by the Great Depression. It’s a far stretch but Writer-him might also see Do-hee and Kae-hyung as parallels to the film’s lonely protagonists who overcome trauma and loneliness together.

But how the f*! would a contemporary Korean woman view one of the most grotesque yellow-face performances in Hollywood history?!

I was in my early 20's when I saw the whole film—and I haven't watched it since. I had adored Audrey Hepburn's delicate rendition of Moon River and was curious to see a young George Peppard, that "guy from the A-Team."

But I was aghast when I finally watched the film on Turner Classic Movies. Watching Micky Rooney's sputtering, myopic, bucktoothed Mr. Yunioshi felt like a punch in the gut. It’s impossible to imagine two modern Koreans—including one who works in media—passively watching that character without a single comment! Yikes.

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You are so spot on here! My guess is that Audrey Hepburn has become so iconic that hardly anyone knows anything about this movie other than the classic breakfast on the street scene (probably including the present screenwriter). Interestingly, when I watched this episode in the US on iQIYI the scene indicating what movie they were watching with entirely missing (probably copyright issues).

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I second all of the comments about the direction of the show, and am also a bit bummed that we don't have more of our OTP enjoying different meals together that give us insight to their burgeoning relationship (this coming from a guy who cut his K-drama teeth on the Let's Eat series and still remember them fondly). But I will watch all the way through because I am so loving Seo Ji-Hye in this show. I was not so much on board her ship for Crash Landing On You but here I think we are watching a real star, if not being born, finally coming into the spotlight. I not sure if anyone else has noticed this, but I am especially enamored by the physicality of her acting: the confident stride, hilarious Hand and Eye Gesture Acting (aided by the typically silly sound effects), not a bad MWAHAHAHAHA when necessary, that little KICK! when getting ready for paintball wars. Hoping there's more of that to come and maybe a little less creepy Ex-Time (come to think of it, that was also my beef with Let's Eat 1/2 as well....).

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