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Was It Love: Episode 10

As conclusions are drawn by multiple parties regarding who the father is, things begin spiraling out of control. Misunderstandings need to be cleared and it’ll take strength to start the difficult conversation to begin the path to healing.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

On their 300th day anniversary, Ae-jung had popped into a café to meet with Dae-oh. He was so preoccupied with working on their contest submission that he barely acknowledged her presence, nor was he enthusiastic about their dinner plans.

She’d planned to slip her gift for Dae-oh inside his backpack but discovered a neatly wrapped Intro to Film Theory book, addressed “To Hyo-shim” instead of her. He snatched it from her hands and blamed her for breaking his concentration. Hurt by his reaction, Ae-jung stormed out.

Although Dae-oh initially moved to follow her, he went back to work instead while she watched from the outside. Ae-jung narrates now that his feelings were what brought them together, but eventually, her love for Dae-oh outgrew his love for her.

Once, during a park date, Ae-jung squealed during the wedding scene of A Moment to Remember. She’d asked Dae-oh when he wanted to get married but became upset when he revealed that he has no plans to yet, without even glancing up from the book he was reading.

Due to the imbalance in their feelings for one another, their relationship came to an end. On that rainy day, Ae-jung had seen Dae-oh standing still as a woman initiated a kiss.

These memories make Ae-jung certain that even if they date again because of Dae-oh’s love, they’ll break up for the same reason. This time though, Ha-nee could get hurt. However, Ae-jung can’t help but wonder…what if he’s being sincere? She spins around and heads in the opposite direction.

Ah-rin sneaks up on Dae-oh outside his place, using the script as an excuse to see him. He’s wary since it’s pretty late, but she invites herself inside. After all, she’s a celebrity and can’t be seen with him at a bar.

She makes herself comfortable and digs in, explaining that jokbal is the best remedy for stress especially when you’re angry. Dae-oh’s surprised, since nobody has seen the famously sweet actress lose her temper before.

Triggered, Ah-rin rants that she never asked for this double life, throwing him off with her change in attitude. She crushes an empty beer can and confesses, “I can be a real bitch, but everyone loves it when I smile innocently.” She lives with her angelic image since that’s what the people want, so why do they call her fake?

Ah-rin reminds Dae-oh of someone he knows, which she’s pretty happy to hear. She accidentally sprays beer everywhere and cuts her thumb open in the process, so Dae-oh tosses her a change of clothes and heads out to buy some ointment.

2005. Ah-rin scored 98% on her math test but her teacher called her names and accused her of cheating. He belittled her until she stopped insisting that she didn’t cheat. “People like you are the reason I don’t want to try anyway,” Ah-rin told the nasty teacher.

Outside, she set her report card on fire and was about to light a cigarette when Dae-oh appeared and confiscated the smokes. He was shocked by the high scores but rather than assume foul play, Dae-oh was proud of his student for working hard. Ah-rin teared up because he believed in her abilities.

CEO Song enters her office to find Ryu Jin waiting. The star lies that he went for some fresh air yesterday without telling anyone. She’s oddly understanding when Manager Myung claims that Ryu Jin’s been stressed about the movie. “It must’ve been terrifying for you,” she muses, “You suddenly found out that you had a child.”

Ryu Jin grows silent at the photographic evidence of him speaking to Ha-nee. CEO Song fires Manager Myung when he tries to explain, but Ryu Jin stands up for his beloved hyung and fires her instead. He’s determined to terminate the contract that chained him to her for the past decade.

Although he’d left her office coolly, Ryu Jin stresses about it once he’s home. Manager Myung hopes that he was only trying to scare the CEO, but Ryu Jin meant every word. He’ll begin cutting ties with her, starting with moving out. But first, he needs to speak with Ha-nee.

Ah-rin is over the moon wearing Dae-oh’s clothes, heart fluttering as she basks in his scent. She wonders if he was reminded of her high school self: “Would he be this nice if he found out I was Go Hyo-shim?” The doorbell interrupts her thoughts, and she finds Ae-jung standing outside.

Stunned, Ae-jung insists that she needs to talk to Dae-oh even after Ah-rin explains that he’s not home and suggests her to come back next time. Inside, Ae-jung takes in her surroundings while Ah-rin rummages through the fridge to offer her a drink, seemingly pretty familiar with Dae-oh’s place.

Ah-rin gushes that Dae-oh is super worried about her tiny wound and admits that she’s here to confess her feelings to him. It doesn’t make sense to Ae-jung, so Ah-rin explains that she actually met Dae-oh fourteen years ago. She’s sure that he’s the one for her, so she tosses in some aegyo to ask for some time alone with him.

Dae-oh gets home just then and finds Ae-jung glaring at him from the couch. Ah-rin explains that the producer will be leaving since she’s busy, surprised when Ae-jung firmly denies this and asks her to leave instead so she can talk to Dae-oh. Ah-rin has no choice but to gather her belongings when he asks her to go, glaring at the former couple for kicking her out.

After cleaning up, Dae-oh explains the situation but Ae-jung states that it’s nothing she hasn’t seen before. He feels unfairly attacked when she insinuates that it was more than just a casual drink. Ae-jung gathers her emotions and decides that she’s no longer willing to talk after what happened.

She confronts him about the woman she saw him with fourteen years ago, asking if it was Ah-rin. Dae-oh asserts that he never cheated and if she thinks he did, then it must be a misunderstanding. She scoffs that this “misunderstanding” caused her a lot of pain.

Unsure how they got to this point, Dae-oh’s eager to work through their problems systematically by first understanding why she came to see him fourteen years ago.

Ae-jung collects herself and says it’s unnecessary, since it’s obvious how things will end. She warns him not to mention their past again since every issue they try to resolve just leads to another one.

Dae-oh grows frustrated and heatedly asks, “Do you really think that I was the one who caused you pain?” He claims that she’d never trusted him in the first place and threw him away. Ae-jung retorts that he was never honest when their relationship began falling apart.

He rises from his seat and tells her that she’ll never have to experience that again, declaring that he’s over her. Dae-oh promises to leave her alone and gestures for her to leave, and the conversation affects both greatly.

Ha-nee walks the puppy and heads into Sukey, unaware that someone’s following her. A gloved hand carefully takes the drink that Ha-nee tosses into the trash. Ha-nee turns to Sook-hee for advice about Dong-chan, concerned that her friend grew tired of her. The amused aunt assures her that everybody knows he doesn’t hate her, sighing that she’s as slow-witted as Ae-jung.

Later, Ae-jung calls out to Ha-nee just outside their home and pulls her into a nice, long hug. Ha-nee scolds Mom for her alcohol-breath but begrudgingly allows the tipsy Ae-jung to shower her with affection. Hee, they’re so cute.

Realizing that she forgot to buy cola to pair with the chicken, Ae-jung attacks Ha-nee with kisses before heading back to the store. However, her smile disappears as soon as she’s out of sight and Ryu Jin (who was nearby, waiting for Ha-nee) follows closely behind.

He steadies Ae-jung when she stumbles and she insists she’s fine, then shares that she’s finally free from her fourteen-year burden. She no longer wants to get hurt, since Ha-nee and Grandma will be affected too. Ryu Jin can only listen helplessly as she cries that she feels suffocated despite thinking she was over it.

The next day, Grandma accidentally knocks Ha-nee’s backpack over and discovers the tiny notebook of dad candidates, shocked to see Ryu Jin’s photo in the mix. Ha-nee catches Grandma in the act and leaves the house, angry about the lack of respect for her privacy.

Grandma follows her out to demand an explanation and Ha-nee confirms that the actor is her father. With a quavering voice, Ha-nee calls Ryu Jin terrible for abandoning them in exchange for success. She breaks down in Grandma’s embrace and asks her to keep this a secret since it’ll hurt Ae-jung if she learns that Ha-nee found out.

The movie stars practice their sword fighting sequence with the stunt team, and Ryu Jin catches Ah-rin staring at Dae-oh. Neither hold back as they go at it, but Ah-rin comes out victorious when she guesses that he left Ssong Entertainment because of a woman – CEO Song wouldn’t let him leave otherwise.

He in turn points out that it’s obvious who she’s pining over, since her eyes are always glued to him. He muses that he must’ve been right judging by Ah-rin’s crestfallen expression when Ae-jung arrives and earns Dae-oh’s attention. It’s clear that things aren’t going well for her.

Ryu Jin takes a break and sits outside to chat with Ae-jung. She’s here because Hye-jin told her about a rumor regarding his departure from the agency. Ryu Jin feels pretty good about the fact that she sought him out because she was worried for him. He assures Ae-jung that turning down Hollywood for her film wasn’t the issue, and that he won’t let his personal matters affect her movie or life.

Unsure of how to respond, Ae-jung turns her attention to Manager Myung who’s making his way towards the pair. He doesn’t return her friendly greeting and Ryu Jin whisks him away before he can say anything. Dae-oh witnesses this from down the hall but before he can approach Ae-jung, Ah-rin asks him to treat her to lunch. Ae-jung leaves after seeing the two together.

Ryu Jin gets dressed for his next schedule, feeling liberated by the freedom he has despite not having a house, car, or staff team. Manager Myung is bitter that Ae-jung greeted him so happily when she’s the cause of all this, even though he knows deep down that it’s not her fault. It still doesn’t make him any less upset. When Ryu Jin turns on his phone, something makes him freeze.

In 2010, Ryu Jin starred in a Hamlet theater production that wasn’t very popular. CEO Song was amongst the small crowd and introduced herself backstage, inviting him to join her to become the best in the industry. This memory makes her frustrated, and she receives a text from him now demanding to meet up. She pulls out a DNA report.

Dae-oh doesn’t really engage with Ah-rin during lunch but when she calls Ae-jung weird for kicking her out the other day, he speaks up. She waits in anticipation for what he has to say, but her face falls when Dae-oh apologizes for having her, an actress, over that late at night. Ah-rin points out that she was the one who invited herself over, so why’s he apologizing for overstepping his boundaries?

Ah-rin states that she went to him instead of her friends and family because she likes him and was looking for comfort on a bad day. She asks if Ae-jung’s the reason why he’s distancing himself, feeling humiliated when his silence confirms it. Ah-rin raises her voice and asks about their relationship – who is Ae-jung to Dae-oh, and why does she make her feel so pathetic? She leaves the restaurant, near tears.

Dong-chan makes it very obvious that he’s avoiding Ha-nee all day long. After school, he conjures up a relationship chart under the assumption that Ae-jung is his mother. That’d mean that he and Ha-nee are siblings…something he doesn’t even want to think about.

Just then, Ae-jung calls out to him and he thinks, “Mom.” She fixes up his tie and asks about his day. Ha-nee runs into her arms, glaring at Dong-chan. Ae-jung’s here for another PTA meetng and promises to plan a cool event to make Ha-nee popular. She leaves after Ha-nee confirms that Grandma hasn’t said anything.

Once alone, Ha-nee confronts Dong-chan who says she didn’t do anything wrong. She brings up the DNA test and Dong-chan asks if it’s necessary – it doesn’t change anything. She blows up at her friend when he lies that he only helped because he pitied her. Ha-nee cries that she doesn’t want to be friends with him either.

At home, Dong-chan regrets how he handled things, realizing that he made things worse. “How could I tell you we’re siblings,” he sighs. He runs into Director Kim and asks if Dad ever mentioned his mom. The answer is no, so he makes his way upstairs but when Pa-do gets home, Dong-chan ignores him completely.

Director Kim asks Pa-do, “Shouldn’t we tell Dong-chan?” On the night of Tan Zi-yi’s death, she’d used her last breath to beg Pa-do to protect her son. Pa-do cried holding her limp body, left with nothing but a red USB. He heard a thud coming from the closet and found an unconscious little boy. In his secret room, he studies a framed photo of Zi-yi and Dong-chan.

Bo-hye is hospitalized again but this time, she really does seem weak. When Yeon-woo shows up, she tells him that she saw that he lives with Ae-jung. He stands tall defiantly, and she asks when he started this family.

She remembers that he mentioned a pregnant woman when he left home in 2006, and Yeon-woo confirms that while it is Ae-jung, the situation isn’t what Bo-hye is thinking. He’s ready to become a father if Ae-jung is okay with it.

Dae-oh ends up in Ae-jung’s neighborhood, thinking about how their relationship is truly over. He spots Ha-nee walking into Sukey and joins her, wondering why a minor is hanging out at a bar.

He chuckles at the sight of Ha-nee chewing on ice cubes, sighing like an adult. She blames him for her friendship troubles, which started when he called Dong-chan her boyfriend. Ha-nee says Dong-chan was her only friend and was very helpful when it came to her search for her dad.

She explains her revenge plan of getting child support, but Dae-oh is hung up on the fact that he’s still alive. Ha-nee says he’s better off dead, since she has to pretend he doesn’t exist anyways. She cries that it’s because of him that her mom had to suffer and that she’s about to lose a friend, and Dae-oh doesn’t know how to comfort a sobbing middle schooler.

Ryu Jin rushes to meet CEO Song, demanding to know what her text meant. Using the DNA test results as leverage, she asks, “Do you think I wouldn’t be able to bring you down?” However, she knows that ruining Ae-jung’s life will be much more effective. This sends Ryu Jin flying over to her house, and he orders Manager Myung to find out what the CEO is up to, positive that she’ll meet with reporters.

On his way home, Dae-oh reviews all the facts he knows: Ha-nee’s dad is still alive, despite Ae-jung saying that her husband is dead. However, she’s never been married, and during their trip to the island, had asked Dae-oh to remain dead in her heart forever. Putting the pieces together, realization sinks in.

At home, tears stream down Grandma’s face as she chops an absurd amount of onions. Ha-nee’s warning to stop liking Ryu Jin fills her mind as she recalls how she’d even asked for a photo when they first met. Grandma cries, “I had no idea what an awful man he was.”

The doorbell rings and it’s Ryu Jin, who’s desperately trying to talk to Ae-jung. Luckily for him, Ae-jung’s just around the corner and he grabs her, asking if she’s okay and if anything bad happened. Grandma sees them talking and yells, “Let go of her!”


She flies out of the house in a fit of anger, dumping a bag of trash onto him. Ae-jung’s completely confused, especially when Ryu Jin takes the beating and apologizes. This misunderstanding has gotten so out of hand!

Ae-jung finally realizes what’s happening when Grandma says, “I heard he’s Ha-nee’s dad.” Ryu Jin takes a knee, willing to be hit until Grandma feels better. Ae-jung pulls them apart and the actor mentions the rainy day from fourteen years ago.

When he trails off, Ae-jung clarifies that he’s not the father. This comes as a shock to the actor and her mom who grills, “Then who is it?” Ae-jung attempts to calm Grandma down but it looks like they’ve gained an audience – Yeon-woo and Dae-oh. Everyone’s eyes are on Ae-jung when Dae-oh jumps in, “Is it me, then?”

 
COMMENTS

Knowing Ae-jung, I doubt she’ll give up the answer that easily. Multiple parties deserve to know who the father is – Ha-nee, Grandma, and Dae-oh, if it’s him. Even if Dae-oh had cheated like Ae-jung thought, keeping something this big a secret seems selfish. It’s been incredibly painful for Ha-nee, and I wish Ae-jung talked to her about it after discovering that she’s been wondering about her dad lately. I admire Ae-jung for raising Ha-nee in such a loving environment and doing her best to support the family, even if it meant sacrificing her dreams many years ago. As painful as it must be for her to bring up, it’s a conversation that needs to be had. The mother-daughter relationship is so cute, it’s a shame that there’s not more of it. Grandma is fierce, and I love her so much.

I’m glad that Ae-jung opened up a bit regarding their breakup, but it’s unfortunate that they didn’t dig deeper. Dae-oh was on the right track, trying to break everything down to see where everything got tangled up. It’s becoming more evident that Ae-jung has been suppressing her feelings and lashing out any time there’s potential for her or her family to be hurt. Seeing how Dae-oh treated her towards the end of their relationship gives more insight as to why Ae-jung is so cautious around him. Pouring all your heart into loving someone but receiving so little in return is definitely painful, and if that’s the truth of what happened, then perhaps they’re simply not suited for one another.

I really appreciate Ah-rin’s character. The flashbacks are short, but give a lot of insight into her actions. She demonstrates the two extremes of judging someone by their looks. As a student that looked like a delinquent, nobody believed in her abilities and were dismissive of her. Now, as the Angel of Asia, she’s unable to show her true feelings in public because “someone like her” couldn’t possibly ever be angry. These polarizing images must feel so restrictive, and explains why she was so attracted to Dae-oh in the past. However, who she loves is the Dae-oh that believed in her fourteen years ago. He barely gives her the time of day now, so I can’t understand why she’s so hung up on him. It’s the same criticism that many Beanies have raised about the suitors who are merely in love with the past version of Ae-jung. We need some current-day reasons to root for their love!

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thanks, @selena for the recap! So now, only Da-oh is left for the father candidates! I agree, why is Ae-jung so intent on keeping Ha-nee's father a secret? Isn't a child's right that she should know who her parents are? As a child raised by a single mother herself, Ae-jung should know better. Ha-nee and Dong-chan's friendship is going sour, just because of suspicions of (this time) who his mother is! Because Pa-do didn't tell him about her too. And what is Yeon-woo doing there?

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“What is Yeonwoo doing there?” I, too, would like to know!

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Am following the recap with the plan to watch again when the dad is outed, and my reaction to the last scene was, wait, Ae-jung can't reveal it yet, Pa-do isn't there ><

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Thanks for the recap, @selena!
An interesting episode to say the least. I’m sure CEO Song faking with those dna results. They probably show that Jin and Hanee’s dna are not a match, and that envelope is simply there for leverage purposes. But that aside...

What I liked about this episode relates to what @zzthorn talked about in the comments section for the Ep 9 recap. It seems like Aejung went into that relationship with Daeoh feeling really optimistic and idealistic about how it would pan out. She had high expectations, and I know from experience how hurtful it can be when you feel like you’re giving it all and the other person just doesn’t seem as excited or committed as you. To always feel like you’re giving more is exhausting and prime breeding ground for feelings of mistrust and resentment, which is exactly how Aejung ended up feeling. There have been so many lines of miscommunication that continue to deepen the faultlines, and right now, it’s obvious to me that the best thing to do is for everyone to just be honest with each other. Easier said than done, obviously, but if our characters want a happy ending, then something will have to give.

Here’s my biweekly plea for the writers to PLEASE keep Hanee and Dongchan out of the crossfire... I’m heartbroken that their friendship has started to unravel. I really hope that gets fixed soon.

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What I meant was that Ae-Jung was in love with being in love and DaeOh was in love with her. She was all giddy about being a couple on campus and he was just into being with her and having her in his life.

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yeah, I think her excitement wrt to being in love/doing the CC thing maybe carried over into her expectations of her relationship? but realistically a relationship can't be perfect all the time, and from her pov there were moments where he didn't really seem like he was as happy to have her around as before.

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Yes, I am sure you are right. And there were certainly times when AeJung was less enthusiastic about being around DaeOh, too. It would be totally weird if a person were constantly overjoyed with the other person's company.

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Agreed! I felt that her wish to be a campus couple took over her ambition to become a successful film producer. University life is not only to fall in love and good around. It is when dreams shape your life too.

Film students get fewer chances to get employed than a usual employment. So I found it was not such a big deal to not be giddy with love all the time.

All couples start having some cooling time after dating for a while. No one can live the excitement of first days of wooing for the rest of their courting period.

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After watching all the previous episodes, i was expecting a really good reason why Ae Jung left Dae Oh. She silently left him without giving any reasons and kept it all a secret from Ha Nee. Even when Dae Oh repeatedly asked for answers she kept dragging it out not telling him anything. And i found her really frustrating when she didn't confront Dae Oh himself to ask about what happened. It wasn't like she caught him sleeping with Ah Rin. But i mean of course if she had confronted him back then then we would have a different plot for a drama, and i guess the writer meant for it to go in this direction. Also Ryu Jin, i couldn't help but think it was so dumb of him to conclude Ha Nee was his child. He spent one night with Ae jung (or not) vs the many days she and Dae Oh were dating. I just really didn't think that made sense.

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Ryu Jin had a pretty big ego even back in college. He probably considered himself of much more value than DaeOh and therefore able to make a child in one night. He even told DaeOh that AeJung left him because of his lack of value and hope of a future

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Pretty sure it will end up they did not have relations that night...

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I agree

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I think if they develop more on Ae Jung's misunderstanding of Dae Oh and Ahrin, it might be possible to have enough plot for 6 episodes. For instance, Ae Jung was so mad at Dae Oh that night so she purposely went to Ryu Jin and slept with him and later regretted making her feeling guilty towards both Dae Oh and Ha Nee (idea from The World of the Married 😅). Only if the misunderstanding had more depth to it then i would buy Ae Jung's reason for leaving Dae Oh and keeping it all a secret from Ha Nee. For now, i'm disappointed in Ae Jung's reason for choosing to leave quietly over confronting and searching for the truth.

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I agree! Calling names to his love is easy while her own (supposedly more noble) love did not last some regular university or career priorities.

If she saw someone in his room and instead of confronting him then and there, she decided to assume and leave him.

While she talks about her pain, she is completely unaware of pain of people surrounding him.

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Typo "pain of people surrounding "her".

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@waterhelon "Also Ryu Jin, i couldn't help but think it was so dumb of him to conclude Ha Nee was his child. He spent one night with Ae jung (or not) vs the many days she and Dae Oh were dating."

Is it too much to mention that if both Ryu Jin and Dae-Oh think they could be the father, then Ae-jung has been a tiny bit slutty? Or maybe Ryu Jin only thought she slept with him, and he's really, really dumb.

I've been wondering a lot about Song Ji-hyo as an actor - is it her acting or is it the writing that is irritating me so much? I didn't mind her so much in This Week My Wife is Having an Affair. I had another look at Frozen Flower, which I think is one of the most beautiful films I've seen, and where she plays the Queen. I must admit that at the time, I barely registered her because of the compelling story between the two men. Now with Was It Love? in my sights, I realise that she was a bit wooden then too. Perhaps being on Running Man has spoilt her for more nuanced roles.

I feel bad about being so critical because I keep watching it. I do feel that finally we are getting somewhere now that "the secret" will finally be revealed. I suspect the next phase of the drama will be about the threat that Pa-do is worried about, although I've been hoping that as the work on the film they are doing will become a process though which they all arrive at the truth and dispel all the misunderstandings. I'm sure they'll get there in the end, but I might die of frustration in the process.

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There is definitely not enough plot left for six episodes 😂

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Oh, well, there was never enough plot for 16 episodes to begin with.

Anyway, I was proud of Aejung this week for not backing off but confront the situation with Aerin, even though it seems a bit forced/rude. It seems like our characters are learning from their mistakes and hopefully change for the better.

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I think the weak story line is the problem for the series. We saw that Da-oh can be aloof, selfish, obsessed with his writing to be in a committed relationship. We saw AJ's misunderstanding of Da-oh and another woman. Without a chance to reconcile, she ghosts him. If she feared a life living with a jerk and a lost career, we should be told that was her motivation. What is also missing is why Da-oh did not try to find AJ when she ran away.

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It depends on how you look at it. I don't think that the fact that he was so focused on his writing at that moment was selfish, or aloof. In fact, his dedication to it shows a responsibility toward the relationship to earn that money, rather than just blow it off and miss the deadline so they could celebrate the 300 days at just the very moment of the day that AeJung wanted to celebrate. I think AeJung was being selfish by demanding that he stop everything that he is doing despite the fact that it is important and he is highly focused on it at the moment.
Also, we don't know if DaeOh tried to find AeJung after she left. It might be that both DaeOh and RyhJin did hunt for her. I can't remember anything in the beginning about it and it doesn't seem anyone has said. Maybe the last few episodes with give us more information on that.

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If Dae Oh and Ryh Jin did look for her why was she hard to find? The Teacher guy knew about her. Even knew she was pregnant and she was still going to school. Was it a different school?

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I'm not positive, but I think that Ae-Jungs relationship extended during a time before she was pregnant on into the time right before she disappeared. But I would need to rewatch some of the earlier episodes to see if there were any clues I missed early on. Of course, lots of times when women who are not married get pregnant they "disappear" for a while. Maybe that is what Ae-Jung did. I would be easy to do because she was a student and could just drop out (or graduate, depending on how close to graduation it was) and the mom could get a job elsewhere as she wasn't someone who was stuck in one place. Both Ae-Jung and Dae-Oh were away from their homes off at university, and maybe they never told each other much about their hometowns or families which might make it easier for Ae-Jung to disappear from the school. But I'm just guessing.

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Yes, the teacher guy did know she was pregnant, but he also lost track of her during that 14 year time period. When they re-met, she almost didn't even recognize him.

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I couldn't concentrate on reading the recap because I was thinking "do people actually celebrate 300 days of a relationship? Why not just the anniversary?"

It does sound like they went through a honeymoon phase at first, but after a few months they had drifted apart (in Ae-jung's mind at least) because they had different priorities and because they did not really communicate. Now or ever.

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I think it's quite common in Korean dating culture to celebrate milestones like 22nd day, 100th day, 200th day, 300th day, etc. In that sense, I guess 300th day would've been pretty significant?

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Preach!

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Ae jeong and her family moved away. It wss shown in the earlier episode where yeon woo is trying to find them at the bath house or something and it was closed.

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I had somehow hopes after ep 9 hints of why Ae jung left 14 years ago only to be annoyed,frustrated and wanting to toss the woman from both sides with the reveal of what happened back then and why her Daughter and even Mother don’t know the Dad…Like how stupid one can be,like she caused all of this hurting so many people in the process when she could easily confronted or at least talk and tell Dae Oh he was a father no matter their outcome,yes she was young but how stupid and drama queen one can be to hurt so many…Very very unlikable heroine and usually i have high resilience on them..And talked like the reason why she left was something huge yet something so banal…Mentioned before but damn, i’m starting to get even more frustrated that the writer didn’t have the courage to take that step and make her have a one night stand and Ryu Jin be the father and have some other more complex reasons of why she left back then,but no she was a Stupid Candy and in her case more Stupid than anything else…Like the writers are afraid to make the heroines more complex and grey rather than Stupid aka innocent,naive and victims…I knew for some time if not the start who the dad would be,why?Because korean writers like it simple and with a naive pure heroine who wouldn't do something so shamefull of having a one night stand or a kid other than with the lead...
I feel most sad about the kids...

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Have you ever gotten to watch the new episodes? I'm not sure if you still feel the same way about the female lead because we have a better understanding now of what happened in the past. I understand you were frustrated when you said these words because I was too but I know more than to judge a one night stand when this is a breezy rom com though I feel it a bit heavy during episode 11 and 12.

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Thanks for the recap @selena! I’m not watching anymore but I’m reading recaps because I’m still a bit curious.

I wonder if this has not been a rom-com all along and that we might expect some melo or makjang explanation on who the father is? Ae-jung’s words imply that it was something terrible, and frankly a misunderstanding with Dae-oh doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to say she was only left with the option to die or leave.

I remember how beanies were upset two years ago when THE THIRD CHARM started out as a rom-com and ended as anything but. Since this is JTBC, perhaps they want to end the show on a realistic note, a lesson of happens when couples don’t communicate and build castles in the sky on their own? It happens all too often in real life. Additionally, the title of “Was it love?” suggests our characters may not end up together or maybe were not even in love in the first place.

I just feel so bad for the kids who suffer due to their parents’ past... again, that’s real life. Depressing but true.

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If this was a Running Man version of Was It Love... "Ryu Jin OUT! Ryu Jin OUT!"

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I've never felt so frustrated and angry at a character before. Keeping children in the dark about something that they have a right to know is so destructive. Denying a father the right to participate in his child's life for such a petty reason is beyond understanding. Even if your relationship with the father is over, it does not mean that the child should be denied knowledge of and a relationship with her father. Ae-jung cannot see beyond her own issues. Amazingly she sees herself as self sacrificing and self denying. Such a distorted way of going about things. My disdain for Ae-jung is beyond words. I've never felt like this for a character before. As in life, everyone thinks they are a good person ...
I'm disappointed with the writing. It's so weak. Into episode 12 and Ae-jung can somehow still not utter the truth. Half finished sentences result in accusations that go unresolved and that create confusion and misunderstandings with momentous and damaging consequences. I hate Ae-jung and I hate the writer. After such exquisite dramas as IOTNBO and Forest of Secrets Season 1, this one is such a let down. Both Unfamiliar Family and Was it Love? have narratives that are based on misunderstanding, yet the former was perfect and beautiful. It seemed so much more convincing. The characters were flawed too, but my heart went out to them for the hell they had created for themselves or the prison they were unknowingly trapped in. In Was it Love? I just want to hit dopey Ae-jung on the head. She is making me into a murderer.

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Ae jung is driving me crazy...I mean 14 years! Has anyone called her out yet? I had to take a break from watching the show since it was pissing me off so much.

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I am now resorting to reading other beanies reactions to this drama as personal therapy for the anger and frustration that it has provoked in me.

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I dropped it after episode 7 and don't feel any remorse in just reading recaps. Less painful.

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I rarely drop anything, even a bad book, but I had to walk away in the middle of the last episode. I'm not sure if I can keep it up. I might send a bill for damages.

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Sadly I also dropped after episode 8 and am now just following the recaps, which... kinda tell me it was a good idea. *sigh*

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Having followed a bit Song Ji-hyo since her Goong days in particular, I really wanted to root for her career outside of "Running man" and in this drama notably. Alas. Reading the recaps alone (kudos to @selena for sticking with the drama!) irks me to no end - the level of immaturity, the incompetence, the obliviousness, the lack of respect of most if not all characters seem endless.
What does not help, and it's totally my fault there, is that my eyes keep mixing up two letters in its English title. So instead of "Was it love?", my mind reads "What is love?" which immediately brings me to sing "Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more". For the young'uns out there, here's the MV reference to the 1993 infamous song by Haddaway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEXWRTEbj1I

*walks away slowly*

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@Denali did you just say that you have not watched this drama but are judging it on the recaps alone? Both @Selena and @lovepark have done a wonderful job in recapping the episodes, but each of us should be our own judge of the drama. Even selena and lovepark have different takes on the drama.

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My life has been very busy with employment/housing hardships, a declining health and an ailing father who passed away a few days ago. So I mainly rely on recaps here to see whether it is worth me investing time and effort in any drama. In this particular case, I have watched various scenes on yt, even from the most recent episodes, to form my own opinion.

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Oh no! How horrible! My sympathy and prayers go out to you. I am sad for your loss.
A choice of kdrama to distract from your pain should probably be something light and peaceful. Maybe "When the Weather Was Fine"??

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Thank you for your compassion. <3
The Lord has been, is and will be my Comforter.

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This has been such a long winded drama. Quite frustrated that it takes them most of the drama to finally say who the father is. They basically paused all the side character development and I feel all the other characters are not even part of the drama anymore. It was pretty good for the first few episodes but it got really draggy. Might stop watching until they air all episodes so I can just fast forward and find out the ending. Lol

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"Knowing Ae-jung, I doubt she’ll give up the answer that easily. Multiple parties deserve to know who the father is – Ha-nee, Grandma, and Dae-oh, if it’s him. Even if Dae-oh had cheated like Ae-jung thought, keeping something this big a secret seems selfish." It is selfish! This is my main gripe with her. I don't care what that person has done, keeping the paternity from him is selfish. If he hurt you physically I get it, but if he just cheated...14 years he lost 14 years. The daughter lost 14 years. I can't get behind that at all.

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