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Will You Have Dinner With Me: Episodes 27-28

Dealing with a huge loss in his life, our hero needs the support of his partner now more than ever. Our couple demonstrates the strength of their bond and the exes are challenged to embrace new perspectives.

 
EPISODE 27 RECAP

When Hae-kyung learns of his mother’s passing, he’s overcome with grief and the contents of her final letter consumes his thoughts.

Do-hee arrives at the hospital in her slippers and finds Hae-kyung reading his mother’s letter. He breaks down as she holds him tight. Hae-kyung regrets telling Mom to wait until “next time” to say what she wanted to say, because there is no next time.

He laments not being able to hear her final words in person, and that she didn’t get to hear him say that he loved her back. Do-hee assures him, “I’m sure she knows how you feel.”

While Hae-kyung greets people at the funeral, Do-hee thanks Byung-jin for contacting her. He suggests that she go home to change and she realizes that she’s still in her sweats, promising to return in an hour.

Geon-woo calls Do-hee with something to tell Hae-kyung but doesn’t elaborate when he learns about what had just happened. When he hangs up, Geon-woo wonders where Jae-hyuk disappeared to – he’d left his copy of The Great Gatsby behind.

Of course, Jae-hyuk’s waiting outside Do-hee’s place. She coldly reminds him not to show up in front of her ever again, but he asks for just ten minutes to talk. He realizes that she must’ve been terrified by his actions and has finally come to terms that he’s not sane. “The thought that it was really over between us made me lose control of myself.”

Jae-hyuk promises that he’s going to get treated and asks her for one final favor. He acknowledges that they’re truly over now, but he doesn’t want to remain a bad memory. “Please don’t hate me so much,” he begs with tears welling in his eyes.

Geon-woo makes it to the service and doesn’t know how to tell Hae-kyung that Jae-hyuk’s gone. When Hae-kyung realizes that Do-hee isn’t around, Geon-woo nervously admits that Jae-hyuk disappeared, which sets Hae-kyung off.

He yells at Geon-woo for not telling him sooner and tries to call Do-hee. While this is happening, Mom’s portrait is brought out and it reminds Hae-kyung of her advice to make sure he doesn’t lose Do-hee, and keep her by his side no matter what happens.

Hae-kyung’s fully ready to leave the funeral to search for Do-hee, momentarily relieved to hear her voice from the other end of the hallway. He aggressively pulls her outside and uncharacteristically yells that he was worried that she left without telling him, and wasn’t able to reach her.

Do-hee shares that she ran into Jae-hyuk and Hae-kyung says she should’ve called right away. “What if something happens to you again?” When she reassures him that she sent him away, he wraps his arms around her and apologizes for getting angry.

Hae-kyung was so worried that he couldn’t even breathe, and Do-hee shares that she felt the same when she received Byung-jin’s call this morning. She promises to stay by his side from now on and apologizes for taking so long.

Jae-hyuk returns to the studio and plops down on the couch. Taking one last look at the photo of him and Do-hee, he hesitates as he hovers over the “delete” button.

Writer Lee is laid to rest next to Hae-kyung’s father, and Hae-kyung vows, “Mom, I’ll visit often.” Do-hee grabs Hae-kyung’s hand supportively and greets Mom, promising to come often as well.

Their colleagues are also there to pay their respects. Jin-kyu wonders if they should call No-eul considering her relationship with Hae-kyung, but So-ra pipes, “Once you break up, you’re no more than a stranger.” Ever so clueless, Jin-kyu still hasn’t realized that Hae-kyung and Do-hee are a couple and asks why they held hands.


Jae-hyuk looks worryingly frail and makes an attempt to contact his father, who doesn’t pick up. Hae-kyung offers to drop Do-hee off, but she tells him to go home and rest, worried about how awful he looks. Byung-jin drops him off and Keanu calls to check in on him.

Keanu arrives at the clinic to grab some supplies. He introduces himself to Byung-jin, who belatedly realizes that he’s been here before.As he hands over Jae-hyuk’s medical chart, Byung-jin asks if Jae-hyuk’s really going to get treated at their clinic. “Doctors shouldn’t pick and choose their patients,” Keanu sighs.

Meanwhile, Geon-woo finds Jae-hyuk lying in fetal position on the couch and covers him with his jacket.

The next day, Jung-hwan wonders how Do-hee and Hae-kyung got together when they hated each other at the start. So-ra answers that people who despise each other tend to become a couple – it’s the formula of love. When Jin-kyu gives So-ra a snack practically shooting hearts from eyes, Jung-hwan teases that it’s the formula of love.

Do-hee enters Hae-kyung’s place with groceries in hand and finds him deep asleep. She checks that he’s okay then allows herself a moment to admire him, tracing the outline of his face. He wakes up to the sound of chopping and sees that Do-hee is cooking for him.

She explains that Byung-jin told her his passcode, so she let herself in because she was worried when he didn’t answer. Do-hee stutters that she saw that he was deep asleep, but totally didn’t stare, touch, poke, or pinch him. Pfft. He hugs her from behind and mumbles, “I wouldn’t have minded if you did.”


Hae-kyung tries to help Do-hee tie her hair, but she squrims away to do it herself. He draws her in by the waist and gazes into her eyes, but the moment is interrupted by the kettle going off. Darn.

Do-hee is preparing noodles since Byung-jin advised her that Hae-kyung wanted to eat some. Hae-kyung chuckles at the misunderstanding, since he had meant that he wanted to eat the noodles that his Mom was going to make for him.

When Hae-kyung lets out a laugh after the first bite and admits that it’s pretty bad. She tells him not to eat it, but Hae-kyung likes the dish despite its taste because his parents had fond memories of Mom’s terrible noodles. “I’m thankful to have you by my side,” he tells Do-hee. Although he’s truly alone now, Do-hee doesn’t make him feel that way.

She’s glad that food therapy really does work to comfort people, hugging him from behind and he jokes through his tears that she’s a pretty terrible cook. He promises to remember this meal for a long time and will distort his memory to remember it as a tasty one. She puts a spell on him for good measure, hee.

No-eul arrives at 2N Box and greets Jung-hwan, who figures that she couldn’t make it to the funeral because of her out-of-town photoshoot. No-eul’s actually hearing about Writer Lee’s death for the first time and rushes off, shocked.

That night, Hae-kyung chats with Keanu at the clinic and confesses that his mother’s death hasn’t really hit him yet. Keanu says he’ll feel her void as time passes, but time will also fill that void. He advises Hae-kyung to rest up and get some real counselling, reminding him of his philosophy that the most important thing to curing a person’s heart is love.

Do-hee wakes up alone on Hae-kyung’s couch and a note tells her that he’s at the clinic, asking her to wait for his return. The doorbell rings and Do-hee invites No-eul to wait for Hae-kyung inside. When she tries to leave, Do-hee asserts, “I told you to wait here.”

The psychiatrists discuss Jae-hyuk’s condition – Hae-kyung believes he should be hospitalized but Keanu thinks he might get better sooner than they’d thought, now that he has the will to recover. If not, then he’ll have to quit being a doctor, or Jae-hyuk will either get hospitalized or end up in prison. Keanu thinks they should give him a chance now that he’s getting treatments.

Keanu laughs that it’s awkward to sleep under a roof after all these years (he’s staying at the clinic now). He assures Hae-kyung that despite his history with Jae-hyuk, he’s curing and healing himself with a loving heart.

 
EPISODE 28 RECAP


The ladies wait awkwardly in the living room and No-eul breaks the silence to ask if Do-hee told the others not to contact her about Writer Lee. Although Do-hee explains that it just happened too suddenly, No-eul knows that Hae-kyung purposely didn’t let her know.

She makes it about herself, criticizing Hae-kyung for doing this to her. Ugh. She really liked Mom, and says that she’d told Hae-kyung that he doesn’t need to worry about her anymore since she’d decided to coolly accept the situation.

“Jin No-eul,” Do-hee warns. “Do you think it makes sense for everyone to feel okay just because you’ve accepted everything?” No-eul cries as Do-hee states that everyone becomes broken, childish, and shameless after a breakup. Who’s she to act like everything’s okay when she’s not okay?

“You’re really pretty and amazing. That’s why I was annoyed when you were around Hae-kyung,” Do-hee admits. “Stop acting like you’re okay. Nobody is completely fine after a breakup.”

She comforts No-eul who cries, “But still, I really liked Mother.” Do-hee agrees that Hae-kyung was in the wrong for not telling her, but warns No-eul not to address Writer Lee with such familiarity. Do-hee springs out of her seat when Hae-kyung arrives and quips that she didn’t make No-eul cry.

Do-hee encourages Hae-kyung to work things out and tells No-eul to hit him once and leave, “But don’t stay too long. I’m not cool with that.” Outside the apartment, she compliments herself for being so cool, but can’t help running back to the door to try to eavesdrop, pfft.

No-eul calls Hae-kyung a jerk for not telling her about Mom’s passing. Hae-kyung reminds her that it’s her ex-boyfriend’s mother – he didn’t feel obligated to tell her. He sincerely thanks her for mourning, but it doesn’t change the fact that there’s nothing they can do for each other now.

She insists that they can just be friends and he agrees that it can be a possibility in the future, but not right now. They’re not comfortable with each other yet and moreover, he doesn’t want Do-hee to misunderstand. No-eul notes that he’s really changed and sees herself out.

She doesn’t notice that Do-hee’s standing behind the door, hiding behind her purse, haha! Hae-kyung calls Do-hee so she whispers that she just got home. Hae-kyung opens the door and deadpans, “Did you move here?”

He pulls her inside and flings her against the wall, asking why she didn’t leave – is it because she doesn’t trust him? “Or is it because you didn’t want to go home?” He’s practically breathing down her neck to ask if she wants to stay the night.

Before she can even answer, they’re interrupted by a call from Do-hee’s mom, who worries that a thief has ransacked her place. When Do-hee claims ownership of the mess, Mom orders her to come home immediately. Hae-kyung disappointedly grabs his keys, and Do-hee groans that Mom sure has nice timing. “What a shame.”

Mom chastises Do-hee for coming home so late and before she can even ask, her daughter answers, “No.” Mom gets pretty suspicious especially when Do-hee hides her phone so she can’t see who she’s texting.

The next morning, Keanu receives a gift from Ah-young. It’s a phone, because she’s no longer satisfied with only meeting him every morning and night, but Keanu already has one of his own.

He explains that he recently turned it on for the first time in years because he wanted to send her messages like “See you later,” or “Wait for me.” They exchange numbers so that Ah-young can call him whenever she wants.

Later, Ah-young drags Do-hee into the office so that they can catch up on each other’s lives. In typical Ah-young fashion, she says that Do-hee should’ve killed Jung-hyuk for what he did, regretting hiring him in the first place.

Do-hee admits she was angry, embarrassed, and upset, but felt bad seeing how sick he is. Ah-young calls her a fool and asks if Hae-kyung’s okay. Do-hee smiles sweetly at the thought of him, and the cheesiness earns her a pillow to the face, hah. She explains that Hae-kyung found a doctor to treat Jae-hyuk and Ah-young yells, “What kind of a nut would help a jerk like him?”

Keanu is that nut, and is happy to hear that Jae-hyuk has been doing his best to accept his illness and has been evaluating his wrongdoings. He tells Jae-hyuk that the thing about delusional disorder is that once the delusion breaks, it hurts.

He gives him an example: a mother lost a child, but started having delusions of her baby being alive. It’s an illness that needs to be treated, but she’ll be sad once reality sets in. Keanu explains that it’ll be painful, and Jae-hyuk sniffs, “Then, wouldn’t living in delusion make me happier?”

Keanu answers that it might be the reason why some people want to live with their delusions. However, to live in the real world, they need to leave the fake one. Jae-hyuk grows emotional as Keanu accurately pinpoints that Jae-hyuk’s fake world is one where he can’t live without Do-hee, and where he’s worthless without his father’s approval.

“Right now in the real world, I see a smart and handsome young man in front of me.” Jae-hyuk breaks down when Keanu says there are many things he can do in real life. He sniffs, “Do you think I can do it?” and Keanu nods that they should give it a shot.

No-eul meets with Reporter Kim who’s still waiting for that hot scoop she’d promised. He speculates that she and Hae-kyung called it quits because of her mother’s debt, and suggests an exclusive interview with her mom instead. No-eul warns that things will get messy if he writes about Hae-kyung or her mother, so he backs off.

So-ra spots Do-hee’s smitten smile from a mile away, and sighs that she should join a dating app to find her soulmate without knowing his name or profession. Jin-kyu butts in to say that there’s a high chance that they can be married, a con artist, or a murderer. So-ra freaks out when Do-hee suggests that Jin-kyu probably likes her.

Mom shows up at work and instructs Do-hee to meet with a blind date that she has set up for her, that night at 7PM. She claims that he’s perfect for Do-hee and because she doesn’t have his contact information, Do-hee will have to apologize in person if she doesn’t want to go on the date. Sneaky!

Ah-young calls her “Prince of the Parasol” and they shyly giggle about how awkward it is to speak on the phone. She goes to meet him at Hae-kyung’s clinic, but when she describes Keanu as a homeless-looking but kind of handsome, very muscular man, Byung-jin has no idea who she’s talking about.

Keanu makes his entrance and it takes her a moment to process his real name and occupation. She asks if there’s anything else she doesn’t know, and admits she doesn’t find him as attractive as a doctor. Keanu asks if she prefers the poor and unkempt version of him which triggers her to declare that she hates men who like to show off and leaves.

Do-hee shoots Hae-kyung a quick text before heading to the café to meet her blind date. She apologizes to the guy, explaining that she can’t go on a date because…

“She has a boyfriend,” Hae-kyung finishes. He was planning to surprise Do-hee but witnessed her running off to the café and followed. He joins them on the “date” and the other guy reveals that he actually has a girlfriend too and only agreed to this because he didn’t tell his parents about her yet.

Hae-kyung chokes on his drink when Do-hee admits she’s on the same boat, and asks if she’s ashamed of him or something. They have a little lover’s spat and Do-hee tries to aegyo herself out of it, not realizing that the other guy is long gone, haha.


Hae-kyung doesn’t let Do-hee off the hook and demands, “Tell me why your mother doesn’t like me.” She reveals that Mom is the patient who’d do whatever it takes to change her daughter’s mind if she brought Hae-kyung home.

Keanu follows a tipsy Ah-young, who huffs that things were going a bit too smoothly for her, and she really thought he was the one. She strikes when she notices his presence, but he easily dodges her attack and catches her when she trips. “I want to hear your story. Why do you hate me?” he asks.

Hae-kyung and Do-hee have re-located to the convenience store, and he can’t believe that a mom would dislike him. “I used to be female patients’ favorite doctor,” he exclaims. That’s precisely the reason why Mom doesn’t like him though – she hates cheating.


He’s exasperated that Mom would misunderstand that he’d cheat on Do-hee just because he’s popular, and Do-hee rolls her eyes at how he isn’t ashamed to say he’s popular. She says the first step is for her to put in a good word for him.

Hae-kyung says, “She should know that I’d die for you,” insisting that he’s not casually throwing that statement out there. On their way to Do-hee’s place, Hae-kyung learns that Mom likes chicken, beer, and Do-hee. “We have similar tastes!”

Their smiles disappear when they see Jae-hyuk from across the street. Hae-kyung calls Keanu who reports that there’s a possibility of self-harm, as he’s learning how to face reality. He warns Hae-kyung not to arouse him.

Hae-kyung approaches him carefully while Do-hee hangs back and meets Jae-hyuk’s empty gaze. We don’t get to hear the guys’ conversation, but Jae-hyuk makes a run for it and Do-hee shrieks when Hae-kyung pushes Jae-hyuk out of harm’s way and is hit by an incoming car in his stead.

Jae-hyuk is motionless on the sidewalk and Do-hee sobs, crying for help as she cradles a very bloody and unconscious Hae-kyung in her arms, begging him to wake up.

 
COMMENTS

I can’t believe they’re doing this to us! Hae-kyung saying he’d die for Do-hee made me really unsettled for the remainder of the episode, but I wasn’t expecting this kind of outcome. He needs to be okay, do you hear me, Show?! I agree with @LollyPip and would like to commend Lee Ji-hoon for his excellent acting. His body language and facial expressions really show the complexities of Jae-hyuk’s mental illness, and I appreciate that they are not downplaying the fact that the road to healing is not linear. What’s important is that Jae-hyuk has fully recognized that he needs help, and is actively seeking to be better. However, he was left so broken that he saw no other solution and he looked so empty when he locked eyes with Do-hee before running out into traffic. Hae-kyung was right in suggesting that he be hospitalized, to protect himself and others around him. We all hate the exes, there’s no doubt about it, but I really do feel for Jae-hyuk and sincerely do hope that he will find his own happiness; one that’s not tied to Do-hee nor his father.

He and No-eul both received some genuine advice in this episode. Keanu has removed his bias (I’d still be angry that Jae-hyuk single handedly ruined my family, so I applaud Keanu for being able to do this) and is sincerely trying to help Jae-hyuk through his struggles. Jae-hyuk hearing that he’s a capable young man was a sort of affirmation that was never given to him in his life, which is why those words affected him so much. Similarly, Do-hee was the bigger person and consoled No-eul, giving her genuine advice like an older sister. I love that Do-hee speaks out against things that are inappropriate, drawing hard boundaries but still understanding that No-eul is hurt and needs to heal. Do-hee has no obligation to help No-eul, but she does anyway because she’s selfless and trusts that her relationship with Hae-kyung is strong enough to not be affected by his ex. No-eul needed to hear that it’s okay not to be okay with the breakup, but that it doesn’t give her the right to overstep her boundaries. She doesn’t seem to have many female role models she can look up to, which is why I think she was so drawn to Do-hee when they first met. This would’ve been a nice way to wrap up her story within the show, but with Hae-kyung’s accident, I’m afraid that she’ll be back for more.

Hae-kyung has noticeably become more forward in his interactions with Do-hee. We all swooned over how gentlemanly he was around Do-hee, respecting her space and feelings. But he’s since learned that being overly considerate can put a strain on a relationship, and is no longer holding back on his emotions. I don’t blame him for not tip-toeing around her anymore, because he shouldn’t need to be so cautious. It’s very human to show anger and jealousy; it’s how one deals with their feelings that makes all the difference. It’s like their roles have been reversed now, and Do-hee is the strong and stable partner that is giving Hae-kyung reassurance that she’ll be there for him no matter what. It has allowed them to really enjoy each other’s company again, which what we, as the audience, really want to see.

Now that we’re reaching the end of its run, I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed if we’re looking at this show purely as an adaptation of the popular webtoon. Besides the names of the characters, nothing else is the same as the source material, and it doesn’t really have the same spark that the webtoon was known for. While I understand that they had to add something in there to spice up the story and have enough material to last 16 episodes, I feel like they overdid it. The webtoon focuses on Hae-kyung and Do-hee’s growing connection that began with their dinners as two strangers. It’s a story about two people that would never have met if not for a misunderstanding that brings them together for a meal at a restaurant. They learn about one another through the stories of their pasts, and slowly develop feelings, but their past never overshadowed their relationship which is definitely the biggest complaint about the show. I do appreciate how well-written the characters (minus No-eul) are though, and want to give credit to the show for depicting the fact that boundaries need to be set, and showcasing a very mature and healthy relationship. I don’t know what to expect during finale week, but here’s to hoping that it wraps up nicely without a ton of distractions!

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In last week’s recap, I framed the drama in terms of life lessons. Well, I think the life lesson from this episode is “Be careful what you wish for”. Because for 8 episodes, we beanies here have been repeatedly asking for the truck of doom. Writer-nim must have seen our posts and said “Aha! Be careful what you wish for!” because WE DIDN’T THINK HAE-KYUNG WOULD GO THROW HIMSELF IN FRONT IT SIKTUHIUAQHRAIJRAWKLRWQEUOARNAWI. REALLY SHOW, REALLY?! AFTER YOU KILLED OFF THE DUDE’S MOTHER?!? AFTER HE SAID I NEVER GOT TO SAY I LOVE YOU BACK?! RHGAROUAHROIEUAR

First, I thought okay fine, I don’t like that DH came back just because his mom died but I can work with it. It helps that the sensuousness skyrockets and HK can’t get his hands off DH, especially in the kitchen, my goodness. Then, the show makes me burst out laughing with DH hiding behind her purse and just when I think HK will get some post-tragedy sexy time with the most covetous eyes I’ve ever seen on SSH, the writer decides to interrupt that too. The show then gives me more cute scenes of HK catching DH on a blind date, luring me into thinking the worst is over with minimal screen time for No-eul and a short redemption arc for JH, but noooooooooo!

I concluded that JH is not the worst abuser in this show. No, that honor goes to writer-nim for screwing with our collective hearts. It’s to the point I wonder if the writer and SSH were mortal-enemies in their past-lives or something. The worst part is that the show teased us not 20 min earlier with what the show could have been. And it could have been sooooo so good. I could have literally watched 16 hours of DH and HK taking turns with bouts of aegyo and the sheer awkwardness of two grown-ass adults rediscovering how to date. Seriously, who didn’t crack up at DH’s hallway scene! How nice of a scene was it when HK tasted DH’s cooking and commented ‘so this is what it feels like’ in memory of his parents. Throw in Byung-jin, Keanu and Ah-young and we have a perfect drama.

BUT NO! Instead we get this train wreck and what’s worse is that now we probably have to spend half of the penultimate episode with more useless tears/agony, HK probably comatose and DH crying and blaming herself AND MORE USELESS SCENES OF NO EUL. AND OH MY GOD IF DH BREAKS UP WITH HK ONCE HE WAKES UP, I’M GOING TO FLY TO KOREA, QUARANTINE FOR TWO WEEKS AND GO PROTEST OUTSIDE MBC. It’s utterly mind boggling how Jae-Hyuk is this production team personified, and the only healing going on in this ‘healing rom-com’ is us viewers in group therapy after this episode.

Other life lessons:
*Vet your next boyfriend in advance. No, kindness and love won’t cure him but instead make him develop an obsessive disorder over you. Hashtag psycho but it’s not okay.
*If you give someone a second chance, warning: your perfect boyfriend may get hit by a car. Give them a restraining order instead.
*Make sure your partner’s phone is always on silent when they enter your house.

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I wish I could like this comment a million times. Additionally:
1) "I’M GOING TO FLY TO KOREA, QUARANTINE FOR TWO WEEKS AND GO PROTEST OUTSIDE MBC."
Sister, I will hand-letter all the signs and bring my pitchfork. Them teasing us, as you say, with what this show could have been (and what I THOUGHT it was until about episode 6) is reason enough.
3) "Hashtag psycho but it’s not okay."
Absolutely hands-down the best summation of this show.

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Sorry, I don't know what happened to point 2...I only had 2, but in my disgruntled-ness forgot how to count....

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side effect of this drama, it's okay

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I'll contribute the fee for the extra baggage (for two more pitchforks, but hide them well, mind you), guys!

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I will fly to Korea with you.
You've just summed up so perfectly what we all think.
This drama could have been so, so good, because it's a long time since I've enjoyed an OTP so much... but no... we've been dealing with stupid exes for so long and not that damn car of doom...
I totally agree with you, writer-nim and SSH were mortal enemies in their past lives (all of them). It's the only explanation.

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So should we charter a plane? I bet we could get enough people to join us in our protest movement.

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I'm all packed up and ready with a bunch of torches (and a face mask)

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Yeahy, it's quarantine time! I am all in and packed ramyun packages for everyone.

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Maybe the car of doom driver got confused - hit the second lead, they said. But since JH got so much screen time he forgot HK is the actual lead.

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The little interest I had left for this drama was crushed by the car of doom (that had a lot of time to use the honk instead of the brakes...).

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Lol at the honking. The only way I've come to terms with this in every TOD appearance in kdramas is that they slow it down for you but the accident probably happens in a matter of seconds where there really is no time to brake. Accepting this was one of my biggest breakthroughs in my kdrama watching history LOL 🤣

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Even HK could have moved, not stare at it like a deer in a dark forest...

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There was a lively discussion about the TOD on mydramalist. A couple commenters who live in Seoul said that pedestrians frequently get tapped by cars—especially around the network of alleyways.

Ugh, I was so irritated by the sound design of that scene. You can actually hear the car ACCELERATING as it approaches Hae-kyung and then it breaks only after hitting him.

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How about swerving? They don't teach defensive swerving in driving school anymore? 😤😤😤

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Everytime the road is super large and there are no car but they always hit the only pieton there...

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I've got a lot of mixed feelings about this show (OTP amazing! Story going off the rails infuriating!), but somehow to me the absolute sweetest moment thus far was Do-hee putting the 'spell' on Hae-kyung. The body language, the gentle warm sing-song of her voice, this quiet just-the-two-of-us moment of comfort and affection just grabbed me. I love hearing SJH laugh - it just kind of bursts out of her like a bubble of light.

DH playing coy when it comes to physical affection is getting on my nerves at this point. She's a mature woman with dating experience and has proven herself to be no shy violet - at this point in their relationship it just seems in-congruent and feels like it's playing on a stereotype that just doesn't make sense for DH.

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Glad you brought this up. I've been getting annoyed too, how she seems to have a split personality at points when she's with Hae-kyung now. She saw how she behaves with a boyfriend in ep 1, with co-workers and when she is talking to herself (my favorite), but she's turning into a wallflower when with HK 😔. Personally, I thought it made more sense to have HK be the shy one and have DH be shockingly dirty minded and handsy over HK's muscles. if only..

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Exactly! And that would have meshed with the boundary-respecting gentleman character that was really strong with HK. It would have been organic if it was DH giving the green light in line with HER character. If only, indeed!

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I'm fascinated by the portrayal of sexual intimacy between mature characters in k-dramaland. TV is ultra conservative, movies are ... let's say ... sometimes, I want to boil my eyes afterwards.

It would have been so refreshing to have Do-hee and Hae-kyung actually talk about their intimate needs but this show just couldn't do it. It's a shame that we never really get Do-hee's perspective on her own desires.

It's a rare thing when a shows like It's Okay, That's Love (2014) or Because This Is My First Life (2017) feature characters frankly discussing their sexuality.

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Yes, especially because they are both mature adults with long-term serious relationships behind them.

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Indeed. It's all so coy. And the mother has no idea of boundaries with her adult daughter.

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If I'm going to judge by Jae-Hyuk (sane version) and Young-dong (non-jerk version), Do-hee's relationships would be on the sweet and caring type, even if physical intimacy was involved. While she goes all out for her loved one, a part of her is still held back as neither of these men ever shared her most deepest thoughts, not even her love for food. Her focus is what she gives to the relationship and not much on what she receives. It's almost the reverse with Hae-kyeong who can read her like a book, indulges her little quirks, listens to her and focuses on *her* needs. They connect on so many levels and her last line of defense with Hae-kyeong is physical intimacy, which is probably why she's hesitant to breach that final barrier. She may be a grown-ass adult, but we see her go all-girly when talking/thinking about him, and in the next episode, she admits she gets the weird butterflies with Hae-kyeong.

TL:DR - Jae-Hyuk and Young Dong are the cute sort, Hae-kyeong is hot!

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Thank you, @bluecouchpotato—I really appreciate your perceptive insights here on the possible reasons behind Do-hee's reticence getting physically closer to Hae-kyung. She's likely never been so vulnerable as she is with HK.

When Do-hee once worried that she'd spent her most shining moments with Jae-hyuk, Hae-kyung assured her that she'd shine again. (I can't remember which ep. that was.) When she lamented that he always catches her in awful moments, he assures her that it doesn't make her an awful person (Ep. 7, 14:04)

The concept of keeping this "last line of defense" makes a lot of sense now. I mean, she confessed to "crossing the line" but even that line has gradations. 😜

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@selena jou are a hero for recapping these last episodes.
The drama has gone totally downhill for many of us.

By the way I already finished it. Lots of FF button😩

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I passed all the scenes with Jae-hyuk or No-eul from this episode onwards. I think I feel healthier...
Only knew from the recap about Do-hee comforting No-eul o_O Why, why, why did show think she deserved this?

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I think I feel healthier...

It's amazing how dramas churn up so many feelings and that we have block a character as one does to a toxic person IRL.

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I didn't FF but I confess i was playing Candy Crush, not that I understand a single word of Korean, so...

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Lol😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Time well spent!

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I must admit to the FF button, particularly in scenes involving people who shouldn't be involved anymore. *sigh*

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The way HK looked at DH against that wall. He really wanted some. Big ups to SSH. If it was me I would have.......

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Well guys you probably already know what I'm going to say....but I still like this show. I admit the Car of Doom was a bit much. Like why Show?

Do Hee is just such a quirky ray of sunshine though. Watching her bond with Hae Kyung is simply splendid for me.

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She is a quirky ray of sunshine. Genuinely liking the OTP has been a huge plus.

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Agree, the only plus.

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Yayy, the cute is back! With so many yummy hugs! The MVP of this episode is definitely our precious Byung-jin, bless him for bringing exactly what Hae-kyung needs: Do-hee.

On reflection, maybe it's a good thing show is doodling the sexy in pittance, because if not I might combust while watching. These two's chemistry is no joke! That sizzling moment in the kitchen really caught me in, I swear I jumped a mile when the kettle whistled. Ugh, stupid kettle! And stupid mom's call!

The noodle eating scene is such a lovely moment, how much I love it that the Do-hee endearingly returned Hae-kyung's favor to her and that the doctor is now the patient benefitting from his own treatment. And absolutely love how they made me chuckle in the middle of the poignant moment by teasing each other mercilessly! Spicy kimchi indeed ><

Kinda like the way show is portraying how our OTP need to work on their relationship. Do-hee's first reaction is always to lie rather than tell any uncomfortable truth, and Hae-kyung keep saying yes, I understand while his upset feelings pile up inside. That fight in front of the poor matseon guy really needs to happen, and we know they will work it out because they really want to be together. That show resorts to crazy exes and mom's death to portray this is kinda sucky tho...

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Once again: I love our OTP. They support each other, they have their backs, they act like adults and want and have logic reactions. I love their chemistry in all senses. But I'm disappointed drama has lead us to this episode with so many unnecessary distractions (yes, you're reading my mind: those exes). This drama would have been a good 12 episode drama with some exes but lots of OTP. We didn't get them. Instead we got a car of doom direct to the one who didn't need it 😑 😑 😑

Anyway, I can't say enough times how much I hate JH and praise enough the wonderful job Lee Ji Hoon is doing. Such a despicable character and he's making him human. I'm a forever fan after this one.

Also, I don't really think it's very realistic (or even ethic) that a psychiatrist who's been living in the streets for years because he couldn't cope with an article that was proved wrong only some weeks before the scandal, gets to be acting as a psychiatrist again. I think he is the one needing therapy, tbh.

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Show served as a good audition tape for Lee Ji-hoon. Why is this guy still playing supporting roles?

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I've just commented on another beanie wall that he needs a leading role ASAP. His role in this drama deserves it!!

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I third this sentiment! He is an excellent actor!

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Would appreciate him more if I Iiked his character, but I dont. I usually zone out during his scenes. Maybe on a different show.

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I was pretty frustrated that he wasn't the male lead in Rookie Historian, his character was more interesting than the Prince as well as his conversations with the FL, and his acting was better than CEW.

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OMG how did I miss that?! Historian Min! Totally agree - both he and the crown prince were more interesting (and I thought either would have made a better match for Hae-Ryung, too).

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All the same arguments for the Crown Prince, the actor is really good and deserves main roles too.

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Oh that Crown Prince was hawt with his beard and everything. Park Ki Woong was just in Kkondae Intern, which slipped past me.

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@tsutsuloo Park Ki-woong is in Kkondae Intern? I have to check it out now! He's one of my faves ever since GAKSITAAAAAAL.

I didn't finish this drama, but I've always thought Lee Ji-hoon is a fine actor, ever since SCHOOL 2013. He can play endearing characters (like our gruff historian Min) and villains (like in LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA).

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@wishfultoki he was my favourite one in School 2013! He was the one with the best redemption arc.

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"Anyway, I can't say enough times how much I hate JH and praise enough the wonderful job Lee Ji Hoon is doing. Such a despicable character and he's making him human. I'm a forever fan after this one."
WORD!
I liked this show most of the time, except when the exes were on screen. But Lee Ji Hoon was masterful in his acting and I was hurting for him as much as I was hating him.

Yes this actor deserves more work like this - but as a nice guy okay?

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Just remembered watching him in Your House Helper, he's a nice guy there but with stalker tendency too. What's with these role choices...

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@eazal I fully agree about Lee Ji-hoon. This is an example of what a good actor can do with an otherwise banal character. It's easy to dismiss Jae-Hyuk as just a crazy jerk, but LJH brings such pathos, that despite my misgivings, I do want him to get better. I've seen actual psychologists comment on his performance, and how he perfectly emulates mentally ill patients even through the subtlest movements. My guess is that he did quite some research for this role. I hope that PDs and writers are watching and finally give this fine actor some meaty lead role.

There's still a lot to complain about the writing, unfortunately.

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Did you see this funny BTS exchange between Lee Ji-hoon and Song Seung Heon beginning at 1:18 https://www.instagram.com/p/CCuPZDepUOD/

LJH has the camera and is shooting BTS video when SSH asks him what he's doing.

"I'm filming you, Hyung. I've been looking at the bulletin board recently and there are so many comments saying that you're cool, Hyung. What do you think?"

SSH: "Didn't many people say that you're cool?"

LJH: "They said I'm like a psychopath [laughs]"

SSH: "Psycho— [chuckles] It's all because you're good at acting."

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They're all so very cute! 😍😍 LJH seems to be the mischievous (in a good way) sort. I loved his character in Rookie Historian. SJH does seem to be the shy type, so I'm glad she's working with these too goofs (SSH and LJH)🤩🤩

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I loved the exploration of boundaries in this episode. Is it weird that I was just as turned on by our OTP telling other people to back off as I was with their growing physical intimacy?

No-eul grumped, "You've really changed a lot, Hae-kyung. You've become really mean." He is no longer your doormat, m'dear.

Hae-kyung's increasing assertiveness was one of the sexiest things in this episode. He was not unkind as he clarified his boundaries with No-eul but he will not waste time trying to please everyone. And while Do-hee essentially controls the pace and temperature of the relationship, Hae-kyung is no longer a passive lover.

The scene behind the door ... *bites my fist*. The sexual tension reminded me of the famous telephone scene in It's a Wonderful Life (1946).

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Name a moment in this drama un which HaeKyung was not sexy... even with the ahjumma complete outfit. OMG. This man was soooo hot.

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Today @Ichoos on mydramalist wrote:

SSH very handsome, but a bit too old and dry for this role.

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He is one dewey dude. I'm certain he sleeps in a vat of hydrating mask fluid most nights. In any case, I'm looking forward to when he does showing lines and grey hairs—I love a silver fox!

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Old? He’s 43!!
Omg, I bet the one who commented was not even 20...
He’s handsome and hot and manly, haha.
I find refreshing to have a man close to my age as a leading. love life doesn’t finish at 29, as most dramas show us.

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😂😂😂 that is funny. SSH looks younger than his age. He is sexy!

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Seriously? How old should an actor playing an accomplished doctor be? Seems the OP has yet to meet men beyond a certain age. LOL!

I too find it refreshing to have a character closer to my age and can be hot and cute at the same time.

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I mentioned in another comment that the halmyeoni outfit was a little tight - the flowery fabric could barely contain those broad shoulders and muscles.

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Those arms are really distracting.

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@tsutsuloo I remembered you mentioning SSH/Hae-kyeong's use of "breath" as expression. I noticed how he breathes in against Do-hee's hair before he reminds her to tie it back. And that scene by the door, he breathes out close to her and then pulls in a breath as if scenting her. Hoo...*fans self*

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Making a note to rewatch those scenes! We need a supercut of all Hae-kyung's breaths.

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I almost cried when the scene behind the door was stopped by her mother, ughhgh, lisssen...breathes heavily.

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I assumed everyone here is following It's Okay Not To Be Okay, so help me understand. How can you hate Jae-hyuk's character while loving Ku Mun-yeong's character?

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I mean, KMY is possessive too.

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Ku Mun-yeong isn't trying to wedge herself between a former flame and his current one and she hasn't sent a doctor to career demise, at least not yet.

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This is a good question. I've tried to think about why it is that I love MY and despise JH so much. Maybe it comes down to honesty for me (hear me out).

MY is aggressive and manipulative for sure, but she never hides it. She's very transparent about what she wants and what she's doing. Whereas JH is more...conniving, I guess? He uses trickery and gas-lighting to herd Do-hee to what he wants. I also find him more menacing and a direct physical threat. Not that MY hasn't demonstrated violence, but I think in all those cases it was more in response to a direct threat/protection. Though maybe this is a gender bias on my part.

In a nutshell: JH uses mind-games to screw with DH; MY throws down a gauntlet and challenges KT to resist. Not saying that what she does is always okay, but I think that's why I have an easier time sympathizing with MY. In addition to the fact that she's a much more fleshed out and nuanced character vs JH's one-note song that's been bleated across waaaay too many episodes.

My two cents!

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I think it has to do with the necessariness of the character. I don't think anyone hates Jae Hyuk for his character or even his illness. If the drama were about him, most people would be fine with what he was going through, but because of the nature of this drama his character is not necessary. He adds nothing to the plot and is an unnecessary annoyance. MY on the other hand is integral to the plot. At least for me it has to do with the story you are telling. Another example is the drama Come & Hug me. The lead's brother could have been incredibly annoying. Always showing up, sucking up to the psychopath father, and being a destructive force in the lead's life. However, he became a fan favorite because of his integration into the plot. The writer needed conflict and so created Jae Hyuk, and needlessly piled on, there is a drama for that, this isn't it.

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Exactly, @kafiyah-bello, and @carlybisek! IONTBO is Mun-Yeong's story so it perfectly makes sense that she's the primary focus. We also see her progress on her journey, responding more positively to the people around her.

On the other hand, Dinner Mates is supposed to be a story of healing primarily for Hae-kyeong and Do-hee. Jae-Hyuk may have been initially necessary to the plot, but the writing has become so circuitous and over-the-top that this character now drags down the story. We can also say the same thing about No-eul. The character was a plot device that became too intrusive (not to mention badly performed).

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Totally agree with you.
JH is totally unnecessary after a couple of episodes, added nothing to the plot but annoyance to all us watching the drama and wanting more OTP time.

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Thanks for the recap again. I love this drama even though it's not like the webtoon (which I haven't seen yet), I still think it's good. I'm glad it's not exactly the same. SSH did an awesome job in the emotional scenes. Also, the last episodes are great too. I'm sad that this drama is over. IMO, this drama is underrated.

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There were a lot of couple scenes in this episode and I am happy for it.
1) Do Hee rushing out of her house while cleaning and arriving in her sweats and house slippers.
2) hugs after as HK cried hard.
3) Do Hee getting his password from Byeong Jin to check up on him.
4) Do Hee cooking guksu for him as per Byeong Jin's suggestion. (Byeong Jin is a winner here)
5) HK eating the guksu and realizes that is what he needed.
6) more hugs and flirting.
7) DH acting cool and leaving HK and NE to talk but actually just loitered outside his apartment.
8) HK catching her and calling her out on her actions.
9) HK coaxing DH to stay over with those sexy voice and smoldering looks.
10) then being c*ckblocked by the mom.
11) HK catching DH in an arranged blind date.
12) HK finding out that Mom was his patient and does not like him.
Now it would've been perfect if not for that nonsensical cliffhanger. 💣

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I'd like to add:
13) DH touching HK while he's asleep (getting curious, eh?)
14) DH holding HK's hand tight as they bid a final farewell to his mother
15) DH referring to HK as "my dear Hae-kyeong" (which earns her a cushion bashing from Ah-Young)
16) HK leaving a sticky note on DH's arm (isn't the table or the fridge door the usual place for such things? I love how these two can be playful with each other)

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Thanks for the recap, @selena!

Hey, Show! I *SAID* I volunteered to drive the COD, didn't I? You didn't need to pay for a stunt driver either! JEEZWHIZ! Yep, seems the writer really wanted to pour it on Hae-kyeong's tragedy arc, losing both parents and now this...! At the very least, the show finally decided to actually work on Hae-kyeong and Do-hee's relationship, filling us with the fuzzies before yanking the carpet from under us.

The most touching scene for me was Do-hee appearing before Hae-kyeong in the frumpiest cleaning outfit and home slippers and just holding him close. No dialogue except in voice-over, just holding him close, offering as much love and warmth as she could give as Hae-kyeong cries in her arms. I love how the scene in the kitchen switches around from sizzling to humour to comfort and how Do-hee (with some dubious help from Byung-jin) unwittingly pays homage to Hae-kyeong's parents.

As with everyone else, I like how out OTP is building up on their intimacy. I kinda get why Do-hee dissolves into a bundle of nerves whenever Hae-kyeong gets close. While Do-hee may have dated before, it's probably the first time that she's with such a complex man who connects with her on so many different levels and who's able to draw out her deepest thoughts, emotions, and that little naughty thing called *desire.* Hae-kyeong is already making *his* quite clear, and while he remains respectful, he's also deliberately breaking boundaries. The chemistry between our leads just sizzles in those moments, I'm surprised my phone didn't explode.

Do allow me a bit of shallowness here... I've never seen Song Seung-heon show this kind of barely-contained sexual intensity and male presence. He fits those shirts so danged beautifully, I'm guessing Do-hee hesitates to touch him as she probably *can't* keep her hands off her delectable boyfriend.

That lovers' spat at the cafe had the right balance of humour and hotness. If that blind date were me, I'd be sitting back sipping my iced tea and point them to a nice quiet room with no whistling kettles and busybody moms.

And Byung-jin, my darling angel Byung-jin. I don't know why the show is dumbing him down (you can't recognise a person you've seen three times?!), but on other things, he' s on point as always. Lemme just remind that Byung-jin was the one who found out which hospital Hae-kyeong's mother was, and now he calls exactly the right person who should be with Hae-kyeong at this time. I do wonder why Do-hee didn't speak briefly to Hae-kyeong before leaving to change clothes. Their chemistry may be off the charts, but let's also work on communication, shall we?

And as always, the less said about Despicable Ex No. 2, the better. Seriously, someone's mother died, and she's more concerned about her widdle hurt feewings. Jeez! Do-hee exhibits saintly levels of human empathy for just bothering. For the first time though, I felt some real sympathy for Despicable...

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Ahem... erm yeah, blabbermouth here...

For the first time though, I felt some real sympathy for Despicable Ex No. 1. We told him to go away, not try to get himself killed.

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"Healing" drama as in "You will need a lot of time and group therapy with fellow commenters to heal after this".
Especially the teasing of physical intimacy. This is just cruel. Why are we watching the drama? For the OTP. The hospital scene was so good and the two together are just intense. But no, instead we are shown the exes for hours and hours (at least that was what it felt like for me, more to come in the next episodes...). Was there a clause in their contracts that the lead actors are shown less and less and instead the second leads would take over? Was there some pandemic thing going on that prevented them to make a satisfying show for everyone? Sigh.

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It makes me sad that I wrote such a negative comment. I want to point out (to SSH or SJH, if they are reading this, than by the way HOW YOU DOIN'?) that I liked every scene they were in and don't want to disrespect the hard work everyone was doing. It is just such a disappointment to deal with the thought of "What could have been".

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We all understand because in this therapy group we feel the same way!!

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My annoyance peaked in this episode. Why won't he go away. GO AWAY, sigh, sigh, vehicle of doom, sigh, sigh, Why?

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So I finished Ep 5 and well knowing about the truck of doom here makes me cringe. I like the lead actors as well as the supporting actors, but maybe it stretched a bit too thin for its story? And yes I'm a clown lol, will continue to watch until the end and see if the exes have annoyed me as much as it has to y'all :3

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