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Will You Have Dinner With Me: Episodes 31-32 (Final)

Watching this show has been like a nice, relaxing meal… warm, comforting, maybe not perfect but ultimately satisfying. Our couple are learning to navigate a healthy relationship for the first time, as they try to put their pasts behind them and look towards the future.

 
EPISODE 31

While Do-hee changes his surgery bandage, Hae-kyung fixates on her lips and asserts that he definitely feels much better. He leans her back onto the couch with a deep kiss, and asks her to have breakfast with him in the morning. RAWR!

Do-hee nods, but when she wraps her arms around Hae-kyung’s ribs, he cringes in pain. He gasps that he’s totally fine and tries to get back to business, but Do-hee pushes him away by the face (lol) and orders him to bed… to rest until he’s completely recovered. He goes, protesting the whole way that he’s really, really recovered now.

Once in bed, Hae-kyung continues to plead with Do-hee to stay, promising a very platonic night of holding hands, but Do-hee knows better. She goes, but not before Hae-kyung promises to get better soon and make her feel better, too. Yeah, I’ll bet.

The next day, Ah-young calls a meeting and grumpily demands to hear some of the team’s ideas for future shows. They clearly have nothing and sit glaring at each other desperately, until Jin-kyu finally stammers that he has an idea for 2N Box’s first educational video.

He’s totally pulling idea out of his butt, so So-ra blurts out that they can make it about dating. Mention of dating does not make Ah-young happy after getting dumped by Keanu, so she orders them all to come back tomorrow with three ideas each or they’re fired.

When Hae-kyung sees Do-hee next, they get in an argument — he wants to meet Mom but Do-hee is still hesitant. Hae-kyung says he’ll just explain to Mom that he’s not a player, but Do-hee says it will be more annoying if she likes him because she’ll push them to get married.

Mortally offended that Do-hee acts like this is a bad thing, Hae-kyung pulls the car over and asks if Do-hee doesn’t want to marry him. She claims to be worried that Hae-kyung would be exhausted by her mother, so he angrily insists that they go see Mom right now so he can prove he won’t be.

When they get to Mom’s place, Hae-kyung introduces himself as Do-hee’s boyfriend. Mom pulls Do-hee aside to ask if she’s lost her damn mind, dating the guy who was on her show with his ex. Do-hee promises to tell her everything later after they eat, and Hae-kyung proudly sets out the samgyetang he brought.

Mom launches right into the questions about how and when they met, and Hae-kyung valiantly tries to remember the lies Do-hee asked him to tell (to avoid the whole complicated “dinner mates” explanation). She makes Hae-kyung choke when she asks about No-eul and Jae-hyuk, so Hae-kyung admits that they all know each other but says it’s not a problem.

Mom mentions that her new art class is going to Jeju Island next week, and Hae-kyung perks up since he’s there for work so often. He eagerly offers to give her some restaurant recommendations, like the one he and Do-hee went to… and Do-hee stomps on his foot, HAHA. Mom doesn’t miss it though, and when they leave, Do-hee is spitting mad at Hae-kyung for bringing it up.

Apparently, Mom spoke to Hae-kyung privately, too, concerned that Do-hee and Hae-kyung’s pasts might get in the way of their relationship. She’d told Hae-kyung that she wants Do-hee to live without being haunted by her past, sure he knows what she means, but Hae-kyung just tells Do-hee smugly not to worry about him and her mom.

Tired of pining silently, Ah-young sends Keanu a text that says she’ll wait for him while pretending that her boyfriend is fulfilling his military duty. He sees the message, but he doesn’t respond.

Geon-woo isn’t confident that he and No-eul can manage a whole company all by themselves, but No-eul insists that it will be a hit and make a ton of money. The show is about style, and once they start filming, even Geon-woo feels optimistic. He notes No-eul’s good mood, and she says that she feels excited and nervous about starting something new. Nope, still don’t care.

Hae-kyung asks Byung-jin what he would do if his girlfriend’s mom hated him, complete with a dramatic re-enactment of every makjang scene where a mother refuses to approve of a relationship, hee. Byung-jin says that he would figure out why the mother was against it, because if she says it after she knows the guy, there’s no hope.

Hae-kyung admits that this is about him and Do-hee’s mom, sighing that it’s not him so much as his past, which he can’t control. LOL, he’s so desperate that he’s ready to tell Mom that he’s got amnesia and can’t remember his past, and Byung-jin tsks that he’s a psychiatrist, for pete’s sake.

When Do-hee goes back home, Mom pouts that she doesn’t like Hae-kyung because he’s met Young-dong and Jae-hyuk and saw how things ended with them and Do-hee. She’s worried that Hae-kyung will use that knowledge against Do-hee one day, but Do-hee says that her past is her past whether the man she’s dating knows about it or not.

She knows that Hae-kyung is the kind of man who will embrace her knowing everything, and also pretend not to know anything. She feels that it’s more important that she wants to be with him, no matter what. She meets Hae-kyung for dinner, and he’s thrilled that Mom has agreed to meet with him again (Hae-kyung: “What does she like?” Do-hee: “Me!” Hae-kyung: “Oh right! We have similar tastes.”)

One year (and many social media dinner pictures) later.

Hae-kyung pouts when Do-hee shows up for dinner two hours late, complaining that they’ve only had dinner together seven times this month. Do-hee aegyos that Ah-young is working her extra hard, and when he doesn’t accept her explanation, she snaps in banmal, “I said I’m sorry!”

She belatedly slaps a “-yo” on there for formality, but it just makes Hae-kyung even more upset, so she vows to quit her job if it ever makes her late for dinner again. It’s her cute “oppa~~” that finally softens him up a little, and they go to eat.

Someone (I’m guessing Jin-kyu, by his gigantic grin) sends flowers to So-ra at work, and Do-hee demands to know who So-ra is dating. But So-ra just faceplants on her desk, wailing, “I don’t knooow!”

Hae-kyung counsels a woman whose husband of ten years calls her constantly, asking what she’s doing and who she’s with. She says she can’t tell if it’s interest or obsession, so Hae-kyung suggests she bring her husband to their next appointment.

The moment she’s gone, Hae-kyung checks how often he texts Do-hee, wondering if it’s too much. He asks Byung-jin, who says that any more than ten times a day is too much and worries that Hae-kyung needs some counseling from Keanu.

Geon-woo nearly gets kicked in the jewels when he wakes up No-eul from a nap on his studio couch, ha. He sarcastically applauds her frizzy-haired, be-spectacled appearance, and she snaps at him not to let anyone know how she looks when she’s relaxed.

Jae-hyuk walks in, sporting a new goatee, and lol, he struggles to compliment No-eul. The three hang out, and Jae-hyuk says that he’s doing well since he was discharged, and has been working manual labor jobs, which help keep his mind clear.

He doesn’t want to go back to reporting, though he’s still not sure what he wants to do with his life. No-eul offers him a job working for her and Geon-woo’s business.

EPISODE 32

Do-hee and Hae-kyung stop by the convenience store on the way to her place. Keanu is there at his old table, and he gives them his trademark MWAHAHAHA when he spots them. They go to dinner together and Keanu says he’s back for good.

He asks if Hae-kyung and Do-hee are living together, and Hae-kyung takes offense at Do-hee’s vehement denial, hee. He keeps squinting at her when she says that they’re both too busy to get married, and all three of them MWAHAHAHA heartily, though Hae-kyung’s laugh is pretty sarcastic.

Do-hee calls Ah-young, pretending that she needs her to come pay for dinner again. She surprises Ah-young and Keanu into seeing each other, then pretends to have a stomachache to give them some privacy.

As they leave, Do-hee talks about how much she’s liked Keanu even when she thought he was homeless. Hae-kyung fusses at her for befriending a strange man, asking what if Keanu hadn’t been smart and kind.

He says she’s too trusting and tells her to avoid strangers and dangerous situations, but she pouts that if she’s done that, they never would have met. Hae-kyung gives her that one and hugs her, though he tells her never to do it again, hee.

Later, Hae-kyung meets with Mom to talk about Do-hee’s seeming reluctance to get married. HAHA, he’s actually kind of irritated that Do-hee’s prediction that Mom would pressure them into marriage never panned out, and he urges Mom to pressure Do-hee now, which Mom finds hilarious.

At work, Do-hee peppers So-ra with questions about her mysterious flower-sender, but So-ra just mopes that she doesn’t know who it is. She explains that she recently joined an internet singles forum and met a guy she likes, so she asked him to dinner. She shows Do-hee the card that came with the flowers, which says, “I never meet people I met online in reality. That’s my rule. Our fate is in a different world. I’m sorry. Be happy.”

So-ra wants to know why he was so nice online if he didn’t want to meet her. Do-hee calls him “an ugly man with sweet fingers” and has Jung-hwan throw out the flowers. As So-ra is lamenting about the lack of decent men in the world, Jin-kyu delivers a coffee to her desk, which So-ra gulps down without acknowledging him.

Do-hee points out that Jin-kyu has never brought her coffee, but he seems to buy coffee for So-ra quite often. So-ra only now realizes that she’s the only person Jin-kyu brings coffee, but she rejects the idea that he may be the “James” behind the flowers.

Jae-hyuk meets with Keanu and tells him that he saw No-eul yesterday, and that she’s doing well. He’d worried how it would feel to see people who saw him at his lowest, but he admits that it wasn’t as bad as he’d feared. Keanu asks how Jae-hyuk would feel if he saw Hae-kyung or Do-hee, and Jae-hyuk confesses that he doesn’t think he could do it.

Meanwhile, Geon-woo asks No-eul if she’ll really be okay working with Jae-hyuk, and she says there’s no reason not to, since he’s smart and hard-working. She adds that it’s not like she’s trying to date him, so Geon-woo agrees to hire him.

Keanu informs Hae-kyung that he’s retiring early — Jae-hyuk will be his last patient. He says there are a lot of things he wants to do in the world, but that he has no plans to take off again, because, “Now I have someone I want to protect.” We see that last night, he and Ah-young had a tearful but successful reunion, and Keanu bursts out in a happy MWAHAHAHA.

Do-hee teases Ah-young for details on how things went last night, arguing that she’s earned them after a year of putting up with Ah-young’s drunk antics. Ah-young vows never to let Keanu go again, and she preens that he called her the coolest, making Do-hee leave the room in disgust, ha.

Hae-kyung shows up at 2N Box with lunch for everyone, and when Jung-hwan asks Do-hee’s opinion on which of several models is the prettiest, Hae-kyung says very seriously that it’s obviously Do-hee. She drags him away and asks what’s wrong with him.

He admits that he’s a little anxious lately, so he’s done some scientific analysis and decided that it’s because he wants to get married. He officially asks Do-hee to marry him, and she’s quiet for a long moment before asking incredulously if he’s proposing with a lunchbox. LOL, that’s our girl!

She complains that she was expecting this, and was even planning to do it herself if he didn’t, but she’s unimpressed with his method. She tells him to cancel this proposal and come back with a better one, so he says that he’ll plan something.

Some time later, Ah-young calls an emergency meeting on a weekend, making the team certain that they’re in big trouble. On the way, So-ra and Jin-kyu engage in some light flirting, which is adorable.

Geon-woo and No-eul are also on their way there, having been called by Ah-young, when they run into Hae-kyung, Do-hee, and Byung-jin. No-eul stops Geon-woo from mentioning Jae-hyuk and excuses herself, citing a last-minute emergency.

Everyone gathers at a nice restaurant, and when Ah-young comes out in a gorgeous white dress, flowers in her hair, they all wonder what in the world is going on. Keanu joins them, looking handsome in a suit, and Ah-young introduces them to her new husband as of this morning. OMG I’m gonna cry!

No-eul rejoins Jae-hyuk back at the studio, and finds him eating cup ramyun for lunch. He shares with her and they sigh that they were both in delusional relationships last year, but they seem healthier than ever.

After the wedding lunch, Hae-kyung tells Do-hee that she looks like a mother who just attended her daughter’s wedding — he can tell she’s a little jealous. Do-hee realizes that he’s driving somewhere unusual, and he says nervously that he’s just taking her to eat.

After two hours, they end up by the ocean at a food truck, and when Do-hee complains that they came all this way for this, Hae-kyung quips, “When it comes to picking restaurants, I’m pretty good.” It sounds familiar to Do-hee, and she suddenly recalls that that’s what she said when she insisted on eating at the food truck in Jeju.

Hae-kyung calls out their rice bowl orders, and asks if she remembers the first time he asked her to have dinner with him. He says he’ll remember every detail for the rest of his life: “Asking you to have dinner with me is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life, which is why I want to have dinner with you every day.”

He asks Do-hee to stop playing hard to get, and she nods and smiles. They ask at the same time, “Would you like to have dinner with me?”

 
COMMENTS

Awww, I love that Hae-kyung and Do-hee are back where they started, having simple food together and just enjoying each other’s company. This was a sweet finale for a sweet show, wrapping things up for everyone in a satisfying way, and I don’t think I’d change anything about how things ended. Overall, Will You Have Dinner With Me was a satisfying watch — maybe not one I’d have stuck with if I’d been a regular viewer, but not because it’s not a good show. I think the characters were well-written and nicely fleshed out (with one glaring exception), and most of them had very good growth arcs and ended up better people than when they started.

One of my complaints about this drama — and I wouldn’t exactly call it a complaint because it’s more about my expectations than the show itself — is that I was expecting a cute, sweet show about a quirky mismatched couple finding out that they’re actually perfect for each other, and that’s not what I got. I got it about fifty percent of the time, but it also turned out to be fifty percent about ridiculously clueless or literally delusional exes who didn’t actually impact the main couple much at all, other than to be serious annoyances. And again, that’s because I had an expectation that turned out to be wrong, but considering that so many of us feel the same way, I do feel a bit bitter about that. I would have loved a lot more of Do-hee and Hae-kyung being cute together, and a lot less pointless discussion with exes that just need to say one more thing, for the twentieth time.

Having said that, and while I still feel that No-eul was a bland, useless, and utterly unnecessary character, I really got invested in Jae-hyuk’s journey. I have a strong personal interest in psychology, and seeing the stereotypical possessive second-lead character portrayed as sick rather than just mean and greedy was extremely interesting to me. I just feel that Jae-hyuk was out of place in this story — it’s as if the writer had an amazing theory about why second leads act the way they do, and a great idea for a character, but put him in entirely the wrong drama. I would have loved to see Jae-hyuk facing this challenge but as the lead of his own drama, which could explore the psychology of his unhealthy dependence and breakdown, what lead to it and how he learned to heal from it. I feel that Lee Ji-hoon would have really nailed a role like that. , but as it was, Jae-hyuk as a character didn’t have enough screen time to truly cover everything he was going through as a basically good person whose brain was tricking them into doing the wrong things.

But I really appreciate that Will You Have Dinner With Me started and ended rather simply, with everyone just living the best lives they can with what they have. Do-hee and Hae-kyung have each other and their careers, No-eul has her friends and her company, So-ra and Jin-kyu might be starting something, and Ah-young and Keanu are now married and have someone they can trust and lean on. Even Jae-hyuk and No-eul seem to have formed an interesting friendship, which I hope for both their sakes never evolves into anything more serious. This show accomplished something quite well — it’s good solid comfort food, with a great main couple who had fantastic chemistry,and a nice satisfying ending. It was like a great meal topped off with a delicious dessert, made better by the company shared while enjoying it.

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Thank you for the recap, I love your storytelling here. Have read on internet that some people not satisfy with the ending, but for me this is perfect. Knowing they enjoy each other present and haply find their every day dinner mate is enough showing they are happy.
Such a simple, romantic and mature, love it!!!

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Thanks Lollypip for your great recap! You totally cracked me up with the "Nope, still don't care" statement. I caught myself quoting you every time you mentioned the exes! ;) Love, love our OTPs and could watch them for a couple more episodes, but alas I was very satisfied that they will get their happy ending. Will miss this very sweet romantic drama.

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I wonder if someone ever cared for them...
You can count me on the "not care at all" team.

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I will never care for the exes. 🤣

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Thank you for the recap. This show was quite frustrating albeit lovely journey overall. I loved song seung hun and Seo Ji Hye’s natural chemistry here and rediscovered her in this quirky female role. The last scene was absolutely beautiful with the sunset in the background and I’m satisfied with everyone’s ending 🥰

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Their chemistry was amazing!

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Their sunset dinner—and the proposal**—was deeply satisfying and utterly perfect. Hae-kyung knows his woman and she's not a helium-balloons-in-the-car-trunk kind of gal. 😂

**I haven't been able to find it again, but I saw an Instagram BTS post showing SJH suggesting to PD-nim that both Do-hee and Hae-kyung say the last line in unison. Her edit made it all the sweeter.

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Ooh that’s interesting to know. I love scenes that are suggested by the actors themselves. Makes it more meaningful

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That they said it together also gives me the vibe that she's proposing to him as well. Forget the ring and flowers, sharing rice bowls is the love language for these two.😉

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Thank you for the recap @lollypip!

Appreciate all the insights and agree with most of them! The Show did have a satisfying ending to their story. I appreciate that we got to see mlre of what made them great. I would've loved to see more of their dinners together but at lrast we know they got their happy ending.
HK is really one of the great boyfriends in kdrama and will miss seing him onscreen. He matches well with out DoHee. I agree that this couldve been a more cute and sweet show with our leads (which is what I signed up for btw). The exes were definitely a mismatch for the show. We didnt really need to see and hear them being told "go away" by our leads for a million times before they get it. NE shouldve lasted 3 episodes tops and JH could last longer due to his issues. But his character and issues wouldve worked with a totally different show.

I really like DH's colleagues in 2NBox and wish them well. I also liked that AY and Keanu finding happiness together. And I love that HK and DH's Mom got on really well. Their scenes this episode was one of my faves. I really love that social media montage of HK and DH's life/dinners together. I will really miss them!
SSH and SJH's chemistry is palpable onscreen. They make their characters love for each other believable. This show will be part of my rewatch list sometime in the future (and will skip all scenes involving the exes).
I hope SSH and SJH will work in another project together. This show made me a fan. Wish them the best in their future projects!

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Typing on my phone so forgive the typos...😅

HK matches well with our DH*** and others

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Totally agree with you about HK being one of the greatest boyfriends in dramaland (where, let's admit it, there are not so many supportive boyfriends as him).
Also that SSH and SJH chemistry was amazing and a joy to watch.

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As much as I was frustrated with the annoying exes throughout this whole story, I have to hand it to actor Lee Ji-hoon for what he did with his character. He did a very good job.

Song Seung-heon also did a good job in his role. It's been quite a while since I've seen him as relaxed as he was here. He seemed comfortable in the role to the point that I got the impression he ad-libbed a line or two! All to great effect by the way!

Would I have liked more scenes of our lovely main couple enjoying delicious meals? Sure, but that's ok.

Thanks for the recaps @lollypip!

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Right? I felt the same way. That he was ad-libbing and/or they were just having an impromptu conversation.

I really liked SSH in this role. Was so nice to see him so swoony yet funny.

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Aigoo! For me, swoony, smart and funny is a lethal
combination!

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LJH job was outstanding. He deserves a lead role asap.
That doesn't make JH more likeable, not at all.

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SSH was really good in this role. I do think he adlibbed and made some scenes better. 😄

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I loved his brilliant improvisation to redirect her face towards him during their argument about her blind date! (See BTS, 2:08) https://www.instagram.com/p/CCcb3_QJ5Q7/

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That is true. I also love his improv on that scene. Quite effective in getting DH's undivided attention.

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@tsutsuloo smart funny swoony. Ha ha. Add to that biceps and eyelashes. It was hard to take my eyes away from those biceps when he was cooking. Who saw the food. Not me :)

Oh my!! That was so effective. Thanks for sharing. Now I need to find more such BTS.

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*whisper* plus means for him to touch her and get her to focus only on him *ahem* 😉 eye contact is sexy.

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Thanks, @lollypip, for the recap. I echo your comments and those from fellow Beanies. It was a bit of a rough road for the while, but this show did better than many in wrapping it up these last two weeks, and I truly did love the OTP and their relationship evolution. While it wasn't what I was expecting it to be, there was enough meat on the bones to make a meal of it - I obviously hung in there despite some crabby commenting in the middle! It's always hard for me to say good-bye to characters I really like, and DH and HK are definitely two of them.

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While not a perfect drama by any means, I really did enjoy it thoroughly minus anything that involved No Eul and the unnecessary drama tropes to further the plot. It made me feel warm and fuzzy inside and I really did love a very adult portrayal of a relationship, from getting to know someone, developing feelings, physical intimacy ;) , etc! It faltered a little towards the end when the writers decided to get high and completely change the vibe of the whole show but that being said couldn't have asked for a better ending because our couple really came full circle!!

Also can someone tell me where I find a Hae Kyung? Abs and everything I'll take one (maybe several? LOL) please!

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I thought the Instagram transition was well done and enjoyed the FF period a lot. I appreciated the small details such as Hae-kyung pouting over the # of times they had dinner that month, wondering if he texts Do-hee too often, and complaining to DH’s mom about DH not being able to cook instant noodles because these are all things that’s just so Hae-kyung by this point. So in this regard, Do-hee telling Hae-kyung that they wouldn’t have met if she weren’t so unassuming shows how clearly good they are for each other. This bears out in their first dinner ever when Do-hee’s stubborn “go with the flow” attitude led to HK getting his mind blown by the rice bowl.

Lastly, I appreciated that there was no ring in Haekyung’s proposal. For some reason, it made sense. I thought the drama did a good job bringing the ending back to its premise, two ordinary people sharing a very ordinary meal and enjoying each other’s company. The lead characters were very grounded, believable characters and their sizzling chemistry made their romance rather undramatic since by ep 2, something undeniable was happening.

One day, broadcast networks will commission a 16 episode drama without second leads and give us the Dinner Mates that could have been. Maybe MBC will recast SSH and SJH as jaded late 40-something year olds who rediscover romance. The one downside is that if they’re not already married (to each other) by this point, SSH will get an ulcer trying to hide his affection for SJH. I actually think they played each other’s real life personality. I never shipped actors before, but for some reason I can’t shake off how SSH looks at SJH. One can only hope, the dude's already 43.

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I also really liked that this was a more mature couple. Re SSH and SJH themselves, it felt like there was definitely some kind of tension/energy in their dynamic unrelated to their characters, both on screen and in the BTS but just somehow seemed less obvious than other similar ships, I guess? SJH seems really, really shy with him, so I was a little confused by the ambiguity of the situation and can't quite figure out if that's just her personality or if there was...more going on with them? Or if it was kind of for the cameras? I think they've done a fantastic job together, and I definitely find them more intriguing than many other "shipped" couples. Curious as to people's thoughts to help me make up my mind! :-)

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maybe it's hard not to be shy when SSH is just so damn handsy + that make-out sesh. She could also just be uncomfortable with the attention.

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I remember they did a press conference where she mentioned how before she debuted, he was already a star and she was pretty star-struck by him. I mean, he is definitely dazzling. :-) It would make anyone a little twitterpated!

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It's really refreshing to have older OTP. Life doesn't end when you're 29!

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The @dinner_mate Instagram page is my favorite kdrama time skip of all time. No pointless trips to America. No excessive drama. Do-hee and Hae-kyung just growing closer.

Oh, how I loved their bickering at the restaurant. Their argument and the way they repaired reveals how secure they are with each other! Do-hee and Hae-kyung can finally express their true selves.

Regarding SSH and SJH working together again ... I'm willing to accept their marriage in lieu of another drama or film. Like you, I usually don't ship actors—they're doing a job. But ... my God! @dinner_couple's Instagram absolutely ruined me. Have we fallen victim to the most convincing black ops marketing campaign ever? I don't care and I'd be delighted if it ends with "till death do us part."

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Lots of goodies on that IG page. Thanks for sharing!
News of them dating would be most welcome. 😁 but I will settle on possibility of another project together sometime in the future.

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Love that they show Do-hee is successful in both love AND work, because I take her being so busy means 2NBox is getting bigger!

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Thank you for recap. It was delicious 😋 to watch it 😁I also loved Do-Hee as an actor. I was so scared that her character would be damsel in stress in the middel of show but luckily didn't go that far! That is the drama I would watch second time to put my spirits up😁

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I dropped this drama after the car of doom but read the review to know the end. And nothing was surprising, the couple ended together, Keanu and Ah-young too, the exes didn't really deal with their acts and as usually there was the non sense opinion of the mother... I don't think I missed a lot.

I liked the first half of the drama, surprisly when they didn't know the name of each other with the all the meals. I didn't like the second half, Do Hee became coy (and kinda boring) and their couple lost their spark and the exes took a bigger place in the story.

I liked Song Seung Heon in some of his last dramas as an actor but not his dramas itself. I hope it will change the next time! He's so good for the eyes :p

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Thank you so much for accompanying us on this journey, @lollypip! I especially salute you for powering through those scenes with the Despicable Duo. I kinda compare this series to a Ferris Wheel ride - sweet, sultry and scenic. Then somebody stumbles over the controls, suddenly throws us into a Tilt-a-Whirl, before regaining control and we're now back to the original sweet ride, albeit looking a little green.🥴🥴🥴

As always, I like how our OTP is navigating their relationship together, with the enjoyment of food and each others' company at the heart of it. I'm a little concerned that Do-hee tends to fudge things around rather than being honest, but I'd guess she knows her Mom better. I'm glad that Hae-kyeong continues to be the perfect boyfriend by choosing to be upfront. Heh, he's got the MIL in his corner by the second meeting.

It's hilarious how Do-hee always has Hae-kyeong wrapped around her little finger, but seems Hae-kyeong doesn't mind as he's also reaping the benefits thereof. A proposal via lunchbox and rice bowls at a roadside food cart? How absolutely *them*🥰

However, we didn't hear Do-hee say "I love you" to Hae-kyeong 🤔 although perhaps her words, "I want to be with him" carries the same meaning.

I also love how cute Keanu and Ah-Young were at their wedding. An older couple taking a chance at love and commitment, with Ah-Young uncharacteristically being shy and Keanu looking mighty fine.🤩

The best thing about this series, aside from our OTPs, is Seo Ji-hye finally blossoming into a cute and lovable FL. I'm looking forward to seeing her in similar roles, preferably with SSH!❤

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Let's not forget Byung-jin in devil mode and delivering some Harry Potter snark. And is that a Geon-woo-Byung-jin ship they're hinting at? Dang, wish they've explored that earlier!🤨

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The Geon-woo + Byung-jin moment (55:48 "Why do you keep trying to holding my hand?") was curious. As much as I love Byung-jin it feels like Geon-woo is tragically drawn to straight boys. Except for his interrupted date, the show didn't have the balls to show Geon-woo in a healthy, reciprocal relationship.

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Well, we're not really shown Byung-jin's orientation. We only see him try to be "alpha" on that phone conversation with the blind date. If I'm not mistaken, the pronoun used for the person is generic (although translated as "her."). Indeed, it was a missed opportunity for the show to have a gay character in a loving/developing relationship, even if it's just a few throwaway lines, or framed in a humorous context. As much as I hate the exes, they are the ones with whom Geon-woo openly discussed his relationships. By golly! I finally found something positive to say about No-eul! 😱

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Yayy for Byung-jin; he is one of the best things in this show! I notice his snarkiness is getting more and more upfront instead of hidden ><

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I second you on SJH finally getting her day in the FL sun. I specifically chose to watch this show because of her, and I truly hope to see her as FL again very soon!

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This show ended on a whimper for me because once again the exes took up far too much screen time. The final episode should have been 90% our gorgeous and cute OTP, 10% everything else. Alas, at least the final scene was them together, small mercies I suppose.

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I think we're tired of saying how useless the exes were. They would have worked for 4-5 episodes (and that would even be excessive)... we will have to dream of the drama that could have been!

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I think I fast forwarded 90% of the episode for the 10% content of Do Hee and Hae Kyung... thanks to this recap I now have a rough idea of what happened to the rest of the characters. That is perfectly enough for me.

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DoHee and HaeKyung are going to stay one of my favorites OTP of all time, and HK makes it to the top 5 best boyfriends ever. I really liked their dynamics, how they got to solve their problems even if they messed up at some point (specially DoHee, but I can understand because our girl had been through much). I would have loved to watch 16 whole episodes of their bickering, teasing and eating together, but it couldn't be, so I'm happy about this ending.

The exes. I will erase them from my memory, although I've learned I'll never watch again a show that casts Son Na Eun (poor girl can't act).

Am I the only one who's shipping ByeongJi and GeonWoo? I mean, where they're going to the wedding, the way they looked at each other and how they teased each other? This would be an amazing pairing! I loved them both so much, because they were fantastic friends for their friends and deserve someone in their lives to make them happy.

Regarding Keanu and his arc, I find it really awkward. I get his role, but... he traveled and worked with JH for a year, and became friends? What kid of therapist it that? THAT IS DANGEROUS!!!! A psychiatric can't be a patient's friend!!!!! Their whole story together is horrible, and really scary, imo. Mainly because Keanu also needs urgent therapy... I mean, he lived on the streets for five years because of an article that was proved to be fake only some weeks after it was published... and what about his family? I get he marries AhYoung... but what about his wife and daughter? I know things had to be wrapped up, but his whole story didn't make sense.

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I am also erasing No-eul in particular from my memory. That just...did not work for SNE. And I join you on the Byeong-ji and Geon-woo ship! :-)

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We all saw that Keanu married Ah-young, but was it ever mentioned that he was divorced from his previous wife?? I'm almost positive this was never mentioned.

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He never even talked about his daughter.
I mean, I can totally get that he doesn't love his wife anymore, maybe their marriage was just over when the JH incident happen, but... what about his daughter? The first time he met AhYoung he was remembering his family at the dumplings restaurant...

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*takes out laptop* Shall we add this to the list of plot holes? Heh.

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Regarding Keanu's arc, if he hasn't been in contact with his family for 10 years, then it may be possible that his wife has filed for annulment or divorce (not sure if it's the same in South Korea, but this is the case in my part of the planet). He also probably didn't want his daughter grow up associated with an accused parent (even if he was eventually cleared). Still a plot hole, though. Along with the halmyeoni outfit, Do-hee's car, Hae-kyeong's bike and his leather outfit.

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@bluecouchpotato—I'm working on a list to address some of those plot holes.

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I’m looking a a safe site to watch DM in the US. Any suggestions?

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It's on iQIYI. I downloaded the app to watch a few things. You just have to watch a commercial or three, but it's easy to use.

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First episode on iQIYI is here: https://www.iq.com/play/19ry7ba9fc

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Thank you, @tsutsuloo and @cs. Will check it out!

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I followed the same-day recaps at dramamilk and @V shared a fascinating cultural aside regarding the first meal Do-hee and Hae-kyung shared with Mom. When HK presents samgyetang (chicken soup) to Do-hee's mother, Mom quips, "So you just decide to bring your own chicken?"

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Note – usually when the son in law comes to the house, the mother kills her best chicken to cook it. Source: dramamilk

Hae-kyung's embarrassment is funny when you understand the context. "I want your daughter AND I'll bring my own chicken, thank you!"

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Hae-kyeong also came in almost unannounced, leaving Do-hee's Mom in an equally embarrassing position of being completely unprepared (and not just without her best chicken) to receive a visitor, much less her future son-in-law. Probably didn't even have any rice ready or a proper table setting.😓

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We’ve all had a few questions pop up over the past eight weeks of watching our beloved OTP bat away the crazies and secure their happy future together.

I can’t guarantee the veracity of my answers but I thought it would be fun to give it a try. @bluecouchpotato’s actually answered #6 for me.

1. Hae-kyung wears a lot of white, including jackets and pants. How does he stay so clean?
He carries a Tide pen. Just kidding. It’s nanotechnology, working on a molecular level to resist dirt and moisture. It’s a brilliant example of biomimicry—think of how water beads on a lotus leaf.

2. What happened to Do-hee’s car?
We last saw Do-hee driving her car when she raced to use her meal voucher at the steak restaurant. (Ep. 3, 1:01:26). After her impromptu wine-soaked dinner with Hae-kyung, she hired a driver to get home. Do-hee eventually sold her car, seeing that she was already stretching her budget to live closer to work—even with subsidized rent. She drives like a maniac anyway so it’s probably for the best.

3. What happened to Hae-kyung’s halmoni outfit? Does he ever wear it again?
Hae-kyung wears his flowered ensemble every third Friday of the month. He only wears it inside the house, where Do-hee slowly undresses him in the kitchen after dinner. He looks amazing when he pairs it with dark wash jeans and a crisp, blue-black jacket.

4. What happened to Young Dong, Do-hee’s cheating boyfriend? Did he really marry Eun Seo, the flight attendant?
Young Dong and Eun Seo ended up marrying quickly to beat the birth of their first child. The baby is not cute but the marriage is stable. Eun Seo shares her husband’s taste buds without ever having to cook.

5. Why did Do-hee’s flat have the same passcode from when she dated Jae-hyuk?
Like most people, she’s lazy and has simply kept the same number sequence that served her so well years ago. Some viewers mistakenly thought she lived in the same flat she shared with Jae-hyuk. Ep. 1 shows her unpacking in her new home as she reminds Mom that half her rent is subsidized by the office.

6. Why was Do-hee so reticent to be sexually intimate with Hae-kyung?
My favorite answer comes from @bluecouchpotato's post on selena’s Ep. 27-28 recap. To paraphrase, Do-hee was always the active, attentive lover in her previous relationships. As much as she cared for Jae-hyuk and Young-dong, she never fully gave herself to those men. Her relationship with Hae-kyung was the reverse—they made a deep, emotional connection and HK took the role of the attentive lover. Once she “crossed the line,” being physically intimate was her “last line of defense” against being wholly vulnerable with this marvelous man.

Other questions I've lazily pondered but haven't answered:

1. Who is Jae-hyuk talking to on the phone when he...

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[cont.]

Other questions I've lazily pondered but haven't answered:

1. Who is Jae-hyuk talking to on the phone when he says he can’t live without Do-hee? (Ep. 5, 29:41)

2. What was so special about the book that Hae-kyung’s mother kept urging him to read? Does it explain why she left him and how much she really loved her son?

3. What’s the significance of Geun-woo’s ring? I was curious if there was some sort of secret gay iconography that Jae-hyuk alluded to. (Ep. 5, 33:24)

4. Is Keanu a quack?

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Thanks for quoting me! 😊😊😊

Lemme try answering these:
1) Most likely Geon-woo
2) The book has a dedication page, "For my beloved son, Hae-kyeong." My guess is that the book's ML is patterned after Hae-kyeong, including his ability to use food and cooking as a way to express love and human connection. Of course it's twenty-seven levels of uncomfortable to be fictionally portrayed by your own Mom as a sexy food bae.😅
3. Jae-Hyuk was thinking/hoping that since Geon-woo is wearing a ring, he's in a relationship that merits one.
4. No, but he believes himself to be

And more stuff to ponder on:
a) Whatever happened to Hae-kyeong's Jeju Island patient?
b) Did Do-hee's sultry dream ever became reality?
c) The COD hit Hae-kyeong on his right side, so why is his main injury on the left side?

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Another one: Why is it so important that we know that JH was reading The Great Gastby?

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Hmm... it's a story about a man who sets the world on fire, trying to win back a former love. He also took the blame for a vehicular manslaughter that eventually resulted in Gatsby's murder. There's also that letter from Jay Gatsby to Daisy, wishing her "a life full of happiness... than you could ever have with me." Perhaps in Jae-Hyuk's twisted mind, his is a similar story. 🤔

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Damn, now that no. 1 question will bug me for a while...
As for no. 2, the purpose of the book is probably to cause a hypnotical effect that drives imagination wild and "light a fire" within, to quote Do-hee's words.

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What a fire! Good job, Mom! 🔥🔥🔥
(Do-hee swatting away her fantasy before their sushi date was beyond adorable.)

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It was great to go on this journey together, what I thought would be a lovely culinary trip, but turned out to be quite a different one.

Well, as I already commented above, I skipped through most of this episode as I lost the connection to the drama in the last episodes.
Because I didn't watch the whole episode my take on it is very subjective. Even the small snippets of our OTP felt off to me, especially SSH's acting seemed a bit "too much", over the top, it didn't ring true to me. I enjoyed the scenes between him and Do Hee's mother, the actress was given better material in the end, their relationship seemed the most believable to me.

So, in the end, I will fondly remember the first episodes, their chemistry, the halmoni outfit, the swimming pool scene, the trot singer and all the connected shenanigans, and Alberto Gu. And my fellow beanies descending into conflicting feelings and discovering deeply hidden murderous intentions together. Thank you all.

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If there's one scene that I always go back to, it's Hae-kyeong's hero entry at the punch machine and winning that stuffed toy penguin for Do-hee. It's silly fun, a little trope-ish, but ultimately sweet.

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And thank you for the laughs, @marylou! Your rant about the Car of Doom messing up ("you had ONE job!") had me in stitches.😂😂😂

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The lunchbox proposal is a gem! It's like Hae-kyung blurted it out because he just couldn't suppress it any longer. And Do-hee saying that she'd have done it herself if he hadn't is just a perfect, big fat yes! Geez, these two... Thank you show for giving us the OTP with the most sizzling chemistry ever!

In a perfect world, this drama would be called Dinner Conversations, and it will be a la Before Sunrise where we know anything and everything that happens between them via their dialogues throughout all the dinners they share, and no, the exes won't even get to make an appearance! Looking back, maybe show is to me like Jae-hyuk's to Do-hee, it made me fall in love too fast and too deep, and only later I realized it suffers from a split personality disorder, romcom & makjang melo ._.

Kudos for the @selena & @lollypip, and thank god for beanies coz bitching about things is always better in company ^^

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Also, thank you @tsutsuloo for the wonderful addition to my vocab (that's very applicable to this show): cork blork!

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😂😂😂 The Good Place writers even kept the internal rhyme!

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