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Was It Love: Episode 9

Stranded on an island, there’s no place to hide for our producer as she’s forced to come face to face with her past. However, it’s too difficult for our main character to address her old wounds, so in order to protect herself, she lashes out instead. Despite her attempts to keep everyone at bay, emotions are a hard thing to control.

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

Ae-jung remembers Dae-oh from their university days—his dreams, passion, recklessness, smile, and naivety—and narrates, “I remember them all… the many reasons I loved you.”

As Dae-oh leans in for a kiss, Ae-jung closes her eyes as if to reciprocate, but at the last moment, she pushes him away. He falls to the ground, scraping his hand, and Ae-jung immediately regrets her actions. She helps him up, but Dae-oh sourly asks why she pushed him in the first place.

Ae-jung shoves Dae-oh and yells at him to stop misinterpreting everything she does. As the air between them turns awkward, an announcement from the village head plays over the speakers, calling for Ae-jung to return.

Ae-jung rushes back to the village head’s home but stops in her tracks when she finds Ryu Jin, Yeon-woo, and Pa-do waiting for her. They each try to escort her off the island, but the village head stares at them quizzically: How are they leaving when there’s no boat?

After seeing the closed docks with their own eyes, the group realizes their predicament and asks the village head if there are any places to sleep for the night. He tells them that his house has a few spare rooms, so Dae-oh uses his charms to ask for some lodging—minus the other men, of course. Heh.

The village head almost agrees but then shakes his head. He tells Dae-oh that he didn’t give them permission to film since he needs to ask the other residents as well. Ae-jung yields to the head’s wishy-washy argument and asks what they can do to change his mind.

On cue, the village head brings the group back to his house and hands them some spare clothes. Everyone hesitates at first, so the village head threatens them, asking if they don’t want to film on their island. That gets Ae-jung to comply, and she scolds the others to do the same.

Dong-chan brings Ha-nee to his home after school, and she marvels at his large house, wondering what his dad does for a living. Ha-nee notices him clam up at the question, so she quickly changes topics. As the two of them run inside, Dong-chan stops at the entrance and looks at the box where he keeps his allowance.

Carrying snacks, Dong-chan returns to his room, but Ha-nee isn’t there. He searches for her around the house and ends up in Pa-do’s study. His curiosity getting the better of him, Dong-chan steps inside and enters the backroom. After turning on the projector, he spots the framed picture of Tan Zi-yi and freezes.

Dong-chan barely gets a few seconds to process the picture when Ha-nee calls for him. He finds her roaming the halls, and she jokes about his house being too big that they ended up playing hide-and-seek. She asks what he was doing in the room, but Dong-chan blocks her path.

Distracting her from the study, he pulls out his allowance and gives her the wad of cash. He calls it a loan since she won’t accept it for free, and tells her that he’s curious about her dad’s identity, too.

Later at home, Ha-nee looks over her notes on possible dad candidates and wonders how she’ll get a sample of Ryu Jin’s hair. Right then, she gets a call from an unknown number and is surprised to hear Ae-jung’s voice.

In the kitchen, Grandma gets a message from Yeon-woo, telling her that he won’t be coming home. While she wonders about the text, Ha-nee comes out to tell her that Ae-jung won’t be home, either, and it’s just enough information for Grandma to get the wrong idea.

Meanwhile, Ae-jung and her suitors have changed into comfortable clothes, and the village head tells them that he has just a few tasks for them… then pulls out a two-page to-do list. Ae-jung helps him divide up the chores, and Pa-do is tasked with prepping food since he looks like he knows how to handle a knife. As for the others, Yeon-woo is in charge of making a fire, and Dae-oh gets the hardest job: chopping wood.

All that’s left is grocery shopping, which is perfect for Ryu Jin since the store owner is a big fan. Thinking fast, he asks for a manager because he’s a top star (pfft), and the men shoot daggers at him, clearly seeing through his ploy.

Unsurprisingly, Dae-oh is terrible at chopping wood, so Yeon-woo lends him a hand. Watching Yeon-woo split the logs with ease, Dae-oh tries to puff up his chest, asking if he feels bothered by him. Yeon-woo denies it, and tells Dae-oh that he can never make Ae-jung happy because he doesn’t even know what he did wrong.

Dae-oh doesn’t respond since there’s some truth to his words, but it only fuels his desires to be with her even more. He asks the village head where the store is, but the head tosses some logs to the ground and berates him for cutting corners. Startled, Dae-oh promises to chop the wood first before finding Ae-jung.

Pa-do calls Director Kim to let him know that he’s alright and asks him to tighten security around Dong-chan. Thinking back to the mysterious attacker, Pa-do pulls out a blade and hides it in his sock. Though he has bigger worries, even Pa-do can’t escape his chores, and the village head’s wife sits him down to explain how to clean and cut a fish.

She hands him a knife, but with one look at the blade, Pa-do puts it away and pulls out his own. He deftly handles the fish while asking her questions about any strangers on the island and as well as the location of the store. After creating a beautiful platter of sashimi, Pa-do gets up to leave, but the wife grabs his arm since there’s still a bucket of fish left to prepare. Heh.

At the store, Ryu Jin smiles as the owner compliments his acting and piles items into his arms. He eventually crumbles under the weight but pretends he put down the food to give the owner an autograph. His signed handkerchief earns him a free delivery, and he happily poses for pictures.

CEO Song calls Manager Myung to ask about Ryu Jin’s whereabouts, and he lies that Ryu Jin is home. She enters the star’s empty apartment and finds the gifts he bought for Ha-nee. Unaware of her presence, Manager Myung continues lying for Ryu Jin and is caught red-handed.

On their walk back, Ae-jung and Ryu Jin laugh about their outfits, and she tells him that it’s nice to be by his side without people misunderstanding their relationship. She explains that back in university, her classmates would give her the stink eye, though their disapproval diminished a little once Dae-oh joined them.

Ryu Jin stops smiling and says that he regrets becoming friends with Dae-oh, and his connotations aren’t loss on Ae-jung. Though she thanks him for treating her the same after all these years, she asks him to not cross that line. He tries to explain himself, but a tractor drives by at that moment and his response is lost to the void.

Ryu Jin tries again, but this time, Dae-oh appears on a bike and nearly crashes into them. Ae-jung wonders why he’s here, and Dae-oh points at Ryu Jin. He’s angry at the actor for treating their producer as his personal manager, but before things escalate, Ae-jung tells them both to stop. While they might have been a trio back in school, currently they’re business partners, which means setting aside personal feelings.

The three of them walk back to the house looking glum, but their jaws drop at the sight of the party. Though the village head calls it a “meeting,” it’s clear that they were tricked. When he asks for another favor, Dae-oh steps in to negotiate, but the sight of his rival helping Ae-jung spurs Ryu Jin to act. He agrees to sing and sign autographs if they’re granted permission to film, and the village head accepts his terms.

The sun has set by the time Ryu Jin finishes up signing autographs, and from the sidelines, Dae-oh complains about the actor getting all the credit for his hard work. Pa-do peels fruit besides him and points out that this entire mess happened because Dae-oh brought Ae-jung here.

While they fight about who’s at fault, Dae-oh slaps Pa-do in the arm, claiming that there was a mosquito. Pa-do glares at the director and reaches for his knife as Dae-oh keeps criticizing him, unaware of the danger.

With Ae-jung nowhere in sight, Dae-oh decides to find her, but as he leaves, he looks over at Pa-do and freaks out. Not only can Pa-do slice up a fish, but he’s excellent at cutting fruit as well. Heh.

Ae-jung is still cooking for the party when Yeon-woo appears with a cup of hot chocolate. He learned the recipe from Ha-nee and muses about getting tips from her to win Ae-jung over. She ignores his last comment and tells him that she’s always grateful towards him because she can’t give him anything in return.

Rejoining the party, Ae-jung continues taking care of others until Dae-oh pulls her to a table. He hands her chopsticks and tells her to eat since she’s been working this entire time. While the others dance to Ryu Jin’s song, Dae-oh finally gets some alone time with Ae-jung, and uses this moment to ask about their past.

He wants to know why she left and still hates him after all these years, but she refuses to answer. Their voices get louder and grab the other’s attention, but the music still drowns them out. As their fight reaches its peak, the village head turns off the music, and the everyone hears Dae-oh shout at Ae-jung, asking why they broke up.

She stares at him with hurt eyes and leaves the party, so Dae-oh chases after her. Alone again, Ae-jung tells Dae-oh that they can’t take back the last fourteen years. Though she admits to feeling a flutter of excitement because of him, it’s not enough to heal the scars she has. Back then, she only had two choices: die or leave. In the end, she chose to leave him, and begs Dae-oh to remain a dead man in her heart.

Sitting alone, Ae-jung recalls Dae-oh’s questions and thinks to herself that if telling him was easy, then she would have said something a long time ago. She sighs, “If it was that easy, then I wouldn’t have left you… and I wouldn’t have hated you.” Ae-jung hangs her head, and from a distance, Yeon-woo keeps her company.

Ryu Jin stumbles across Dae-oh sitting in a daze outside the house but walks away since they’re no longer friends. However, Dae-oh asks him to stay because he has no one else to talk to, so Ryu Jin sighs and offers to listen.

Dae-oh admits to being ignorant about Ae-jung’s pain, only now realizing that she was just as hurt as him. His words bring back memories to Ryu Jin of that rainy evening with Ae-jung, and he asks Dae-oh why he’s telling him this.

When Yeon-woo returns to the house, Pa-do asks him about Ae-jung, which makes Yeon-woo wonder why he’s so concerned about her. Pa-do tells him that she resembles someone he couldn’t protect, and unlike the others, he doesn’t have a history with her. While he does feel jealous about their long relationships, he mentions how sharing a past isn’t always a good thing.

Ae-jung gets ready to sleep when the village head’s wife tells her that their secret is safe on this island. Though she claims to be tight-lipped, it doesn’t mean she isn’t nosy, and the wife asks Ae-jung about her past relationship. Ae-jung ignores the intruding questions, pretending to sleep, so the wife just tells her that being angry is a sign of lingering feelings. That night, all five of them stay awake, lost in thought.

The next day, Ae-jung learns that Dae-oh left on the first boat, and the others catch her fallen expression. At the office, Hye-jin finds Dae-oh sleeping in the meeting room with papers scattered all over the table. She’s worried about him overworking, but Dae-oh mumbles about wanting to exhaust himself so he’ll stop thinking.

Ah-rin continues calling Dae-oh to no avail, and Manager Do suggests that she stop fretting over him. It’s easier said than done, but when the time comes, she puts on a smile for the cameras since she’s a professional. While she volunteers at a food pantry, a couple of homeless men praise Ah-rin, but someone scoffs: it’s Ae-jung’s old boss, CEO Wang.

CEO Wang brags to the others about his glorious past, so they ask if he knows Ah-rin, too. When he doesn’t deny it, they wonder if he knows Ryu Jin and shows him the newspaper announcing their upcoming movie. He recognizes the name Cheon Eok-man and remembers the contract he made with Dae-oh.

In his apartment, Ryu Jin apologizes to his manager, but a few words aren’t enough to appease him. Manager Myung tells him about CEO Song’s sudden appearance and how she saw the presents. Luckily, he told her that it was for his son, but Ryu Jin pales: those gifts weren’t appropriate for a three-year-old boy.

Director Kim hands Pa-do the items he found near the temple, including a photo of the party with Zi-yi. Apparently, Director Kim is as clueless as us about his boss’s past since he asks about the woman who resembles Ae-jung, but Pa-do doesn’t answer him.

Meanwhile, Dong-chan hangs out at Ha-nee’s house, but all he asks about is Ae-jung. She wonders why he’s asking such random questions, so he lies about using Ae-jung to figure out Ryu Jin’s home address. Ha-nee scoffs at his suggestion but then realizes that he might be on to something.

They head out to the film studio and run into Yeon-woo on their way there. As they greet him, Yeon-woo notices Ha-nee’s untied shoelace and bends down to tie it for her. From a distance, Bo-hye witnesses the entire scene, but stops herself from approaching them.

Grandma smiles when Yeon-woo comes home and tells him that she isn’t worried about him since he’s trustworthy. Clasping his hand, she thanks him for always looking at Ae-jung fondly, but Yeon-woo doesn’t share her enthusiasm. Instead, he asks to rest, and Grandma looks concerned by his response.

Once Ae-jung returns to the office, the first thing she does is ask about Dae-oh. She waves at him as he exits his room, but he ignores her. Even during their meetings, Dae-oh avoids making eye contact with Ae-jung and keeps his replies curt. Hye-jin notes his odd behavior and asks Ae-jung about their director, wondering if he got his heart broken.

In the break room, Ae-jung tells Dae-oh that everything ended well at the island but turns silent when she sees his stern expression. He asks if he’s doing the right thing because it’s taking him so much self-control to hold back from asking her questions. He doesn’t want her to leave him again and asks for one more chance. Forgetting his own scars, he promises to help heal hers.

After hearing his confession, Ae-jung leaves work, but she’s clearly bothered by his words as she bangs her chest. Meanwhile, Ha-nee and Dong-chan arrive at the office too late, so she shows her friend around the place, instead.

Dae-oh finds the kids at Ae-jung’s desk and asks if Ha-nee brought her boyfriend. Ha-nee denies it, but Dae-oh has too much fun teasing them and wonders why Dong-chan looks gloomy. After seeing a photo of Ae-jung and Ha-nee together, Dong-chan asks to leave and runs away.

Before Ha-nee can chase after her friend, Dae-oh stops her and offers to buy her a meal. At the restaurant, Dae-oh asks if she’s still concerned about Dong-chan, and she accuses him of making her friend uncomfortable.

He comments on how similar she acts to her mom, and Ha-nee finally loosens up after hearing that they were classmates. She asks him if Ae-jung and Ryu Jin were close, and her sudden questions about Ae-jung’s love life leaves him speechless. He makes up an excuse to leave the table, and Ha-nee grumbles to herself that Dae-oh is useless.

Ae-jung takes some medicine for her chest pain, but Sook-hee hands her glass since alcohol is a better treatment. Ae-jung reminds her friend of the advice she once told her: there is always a price for love that comes from the heart. She vows not to make the same mistake twice, but Sook-hee points out that Ha-nee isn’t that price. Sook-hee asks why she’s really hesitating, and Ae-jung can’t answer.

CEO Song goes through her phone and looks at the pictures of Ryu Jin from the time he was at the hospital with Ha-nee. She clenches her jaw and heaves a sigh.

Ae-jung walks home with Sook-hee’s last words swirling in her head. She stops in the middle of the road and suddenly remembers Dae-oh asking for another chance. Turning around, Ae-jung runs back and ends up in front of his apartment.

She convinces herself that she’s only here to talk, and gathering her courage, she rings his bell. No one answers at first, but after a few more rings, the door unlocks. However, Ae-jung’s eyes widen as the door opens: standing in front of her isn’t Dae-oh but Ah-rin.

Ah-rin tells her that Dae-oh isn’t home yet and suggests dropping by another time. She smiles as she says farewell, but Ae-jung catches the door before it closes. No longer flustered, Ae-jung tells Ah-rin that she needs to talk to Dae-oh tonight.

 
COMMENTS

Hopefully the ending of this episode is a sign that Ae-jung will confront her feelings and talk with Dae-oh about their past. It’s taken them fourteen long years to get to this point, and an honest conversation between these two is long overdue. Just as Dae-oh needs to learn about her side of the story to get closure, it seems that Ae-jung needs this talk just as much as him to move on from their failed relationship. Whatever happened between them needs to be resolved first if they want to rekindle their feelings for each other and start anew. It’s still too early to assume that Ae-jung will give Dae-oh a “chance” because she is still wrestling with how she feels about him, but there’s no doubt in my mind that Ae-jung cares for him. Once he backed away, she felt his missing presence and reached out to him first. Though he’s doing what she asked and keeping their relationship professional, she misses his antics and warmth even if she might not be fully conscious of it. It makes sense that Ae-jung seems indecisive because emotions are complicated, especially ones that have over a decade of baggage attached to them. However, that doesn’t mean Ae-jung has the right to give him mix messages, so in the coming episodes, I really hope she’ll finally be honest with him and herself.

The show has been teasing its viewers about Ae-jung and Dae-oh’s breakup, and we’ve gotten even more clues about it now. According to Ae-jung, something happened that made her want to die or run away, and I’m left scratching my head over her statement. If something that terrible did happen, how can she love Dae-oh again, unless he wasn’t the direct cause of her pain. Also, since Dae-oh doesn’t know about the hurt she’s been through, I’m guessing that she didn’t talk to him about the problem back then. The other option is that she did tell him about him, but he ignored her and is such a callous jerk that he forgot about it and blamed her for their breakup all these years. Either way, this represents a communication problem between the two characters, and so far, I don’t get the impression that they solved this issue. I’m not convinced that if these two started dating, a similar problem wouldn’t cause them to breakup again, so while Dae-oh’s love seems genuine, I have to side with Ae-jung that a moment of excitement isn’t enough to overcome their problems. However, that isn’t to say Ae-jung is the only one who suffered. While it’s good to see Dae-oh realize that he’s not the only victim of their breakup, it doesn’t mean his scars are less important than hers. I don’t think Dae-oh should have to beg for a “chance” to start again and go so far as to ignore his own scars in order to make amends. If Ae-jung does fall in love with him, I hope that both of them understand how much pain they caused the other and use this as an opportunity to grow.

It’s clear who Ae-jung likes even though this episode cemented the fact that all four suitors have feelings for our producer. She politely declined both Ryu Jin and Yeon-woo’s advances, and both men seemed to get the hint (though I doubt this means they’ll stop trying). Only Pa-do hasn’t “confessed,” but I think that’s why I like him best out of the secondary male leads. He cares about Ae-jung but doesn’t expect more from their relationship. He simply helps her when he can, and their relationship has stayed professional for the most part. I also like how he’s awkward in everything he does—so unlike the cool aura he always has around him—and a man who can make a beautiful arrangement of fruit is always a plus in my book. Besides that, I find Pa-do the most interesting character because he has a side-plot outside of his relationship to Ae-jung. While all the others are completely tied to our main character, Pa-do doesn’t have a shared history with her which allows him to bring in his own questions and mysteries to the story. Sometimes his scenes feel tangential to the plot, but despite that, I’ve grown curious about him and his relationship with Dong-chan. Now that his son has also begun a “who’s my mom” hunt, it doesn’t feel like it’ll take too long before some of Pa-do’s secrets are revealed.

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This was the first episode where I felt legitimately frustrated - until now, the goofy characters and situations were enough to make up for the severe lack of plot, but this episode especially was full of spaces in which they should have given us some information and didn't. Ae-jung would narrate about how she's feeling, and I would just be screaming, "GIVE US A FLASHBACKKK!" At this point, withholding all these important things from the audience is pointless and basically just shows that Was It Love only has one card to keep people coming back. I mean, it's working. I want to know why Ae-jung broke up with Dae-oh. But I'd quite like to have known two or three episodes ago, because now there's so much stress on this question that I fear there's no way the answer could be satisfying.

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For the first time, I was proud of Ae-jung because she drew the line with Ryu Jin and Yeon-woo. It comes as such a relief that she communicated clearly and straightforwardly with them.

Watching this drama is a strange experience because it's so frustrating. People rarely get to finish what they start out saying, and everyone seems to be talking at cross purposes to each other.

So what keeps me watching?
The mysteries:
1. I want to know who Ha-nee's father is. (Next episode might help narrow things down)
2. I want to know why Ae-jung and Dae-oh broke up - the leave or die comment is very strong (I suspect that's going to be a result of poor communication. And I don't have much hope that they will ever remedy that. They are both so reactive and emotional.)
3. I want Pa-do's and Dong-chan's mystery unraveled (and also the mysterious threat taken care of).

Overall it's made me wonder about the importance of main characters who are appealing or admirable. It's been hard for me to feel anything except irritation for Ae-jung. (As noted previously in lots of the comments: She doesn't seem that smart, she has a big mouth and a horrible temper). But when she gets her act together and speaks honestly, she's much more appealing. Let's hope she keeps it up.

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I think in terms of Ha-nee's father is quite clear as it's quite rare for a writer to be daring and take it a step forward and actually give us a grey answer (in terms of usually FL morality as they like them innocent and victims) and with each episode i figured this won't be that one so the answer is one : Dae Oh being the father...
I must say i had high hopes when Ae-jung told Dae oh why she left him as it looked something strong...

If it was me i would have made it daring and let Ryu Jin be the Dad as much options aren't as timeline and Ha-nee age and Ae-jung cheating without wanting...

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I wish we didn’t have to go down this road where Aejung and Ahrin become antagonistic towards one another. It’s so unpleasant to watch. I wish Ahrin had some greater purpose beyond The Woman Trying to Steal the FL’s Man. She’s young and she’s clearly worked very hard to be successful. I’m sure there’s a more interesting story there!

Pado is still my favourite “candidate”, though it’s pretty obvious that he’s not really in the running. I hope him and Aejung can come out of this being Parent Volunteer Committee BFFs because that would just be so cute and wholesome.

At this point, I just want to cut out all of Jin and Yeonwoo’s scenes and focus more on Dongchan and Hanee, who are KIDS and obviously going through a hard time with all of this! Poor Dongchan’s got the wrong end of the stick now, and this can’t mean anything good in the short term. Please, writers, let the kids come out happy on the other end!

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I'm hoping against hope that Pa-do is the winner, but then I'm not so sure winning is such a good thing in this case.

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Nah my baby Ah Rin is doing me proud...episode 10 only made Ae Jung more dislikable...and I genuinely thought that was not possible.

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True, Ae-Jung isn't very likable right now. But then, for me, neither is AhRin. I hate it when a woman works so hard to seduce a man. If he's not interested, just leave him alone! Don't take advantage of any weakness he might have.

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She likes him, she is not seducing him... and she is free to pursue him since Ae Jung drew a line and Dae Oh agreed to honor it...she has been pretty direct with both...and she has been thoroughly professional so far.

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Do you really think it is professional for an actress to go to the director's house and barge in uninvited? He did not want her to come in and suggested alternatives, but she just did as she pleased. Just because someone likes a person doesn't mean they can't seduce them. Several times he has been very curt to her which, in my opinion, should be taken to meant for her to back off. His courtesy to her is professional and not flirting or anything close to that. But, I'm actually old, and you might be young, and so our perceptions about this could be very different, not wrong, but different. Maybe my viewpoint is old fashioned. I just think she is throwing herself at him and trying to manipulate him.

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I do find your perception dated. Her persuing a relationship with a single person is not inappropriate especially because this is a show where Ae Jung has four suitors with 3 of them professionally linked to her. They are adults. She hasn't threatened to walk out of the film on basis of her feelings, yet. She has been time and again shown to be extremely professional in work setting. I do object to this notion of a women actively trying to pursue a relationship with an unattached, single man to be reduced down to throwing herself at him. She went there to confess which Ae Jung subbotages in next episode. She did lie, she is perhaps aggressive in her persuit but no more or less than any male counterpart of her character in this show itself or kdrama land. We can't applaud work place romance in case of Ae Jung and then tear down Ah Rin for the same reason. In my view, in this show's context, she is fine. Women pursue men in reality too....unless Dae Oh lays it down like a law which he hasn't, its fair game for now.

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I also really am hoping for a good outcome for both the children. They have won my heart and I want them to be happy and not searching for a lost parent.

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Yes, their story lines are some of the best. These poor kids are running around trying to solve their very adult problems

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They’re such sweet kids, and it’s clear that they both just want to understand why things have become the way they are now. Really hoping that they won’t have to needlessly get hurt more than they already have.

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One thing that I have noticed that might play a role in the whole past relationship between Ae-Jung and Dae-Oh (or anyone for that matter) is that Ae-Jung started her college experience with a great desire to be in a college romance. She desperately desired to be a campus couple. I think part of that was her attraction to Dae-Oh so she could safely fit into that role. But Dae-Oh on the other hand, was more interested in being with her than being a college couple. That romance fantasy was being played out by Ae-Jung, but Dae-Oh was more into the relationship itself and enjoying it for what it was without some fairy tale fantasy. This would cause a rift between the two as she might feel slighted if he didn't want to participate in all the usual "couple" activities or things. So she might also feel that his heart wasn't into the relationship, when actually it really was into her. The couple stuff was just extra frill for him. He just wanted to be with her and have her with him. That might be a reason why she didn't seem to trust him and automatically assumed the worst.

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YEP, great take. Definitely worth discussing when the recap for Ep 10 comes out!

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I started Backstreet Rookie this week while walking on treadmill. I am loving almost everything about it. I remember when it was announced--some beanies wondered if a convenience store setting would be interesting enough. I think the setting is realistic and interesting. Not everyone is rich. Love the time they are taking before having the main couple begin their romantic relationship; love the reality of the just getting by financially family; and am not that bothered by the secondary characters. (Mostly I'm thrilled to see Ji Chang Wook in a good drama. I believe I will start rewatching Healer this week too.)
I am also catching up on Yoon Si Yoon dramas, because I am loving him in Train. I finished Flower Boy Next Door and thought it was sweet. Next I'm going to begin Psychopath Diary. He never stood out to me before Train. I liked the story of Grand Prince but I wasn't focused on the actors themselves.
My husband and I love IOTNBO. It will be sad to finish the last episode today.
Finally, I am loving Flower of Evil. I'm happy that the ML is not a serial killer.

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Oops. This was supposed to go to "What We're Watching!"

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@becky if you go to the right of your post and click on the three dots, there is an option for you to delete the post. :-)

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LOL. I'm with you on everything you've said and here is as good as anywhere.

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What's frustrating to me is that Dae-Oh is the one character who has had the least interest in Hanee. Unless that girl is right in front of him he doesn't consider her at all. Every other male lead is more involved with Hanee. In my perfect world she'd be with Yeon-woo because he loves her and her daughter and he has from the beginning. From the begining he wanted to be there.
Pa-do is my next favorite because he also understands being a single parent. One of those two better be the one who ends up with Ae-jung or else she better be single.
Dae-Oh comes off as a spoiled brat to me. He didn't even consider that he may have hurt her and after constantly harassing her when she'd made it clear she wasn't comfortable discussing these things yet, he suddenly realizes maybe this break up wasn't all about him. Maybe there was another person involved and they had emotions as well. I really can't stand his character. So incredibly selfish.

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I want to comment on that LizaMe23 because I am a fierce defender of Dae-Oh. :-) Yeon-woo is her homeroom teacher and as we all know, that is a big thing in Asian countries, almost next to being a parent or guardian as they seem to be able to stand in for parents at hospitals and police stations if kdramas are accurate about it. So Yeon-woo has a responsibility to HaeNee. I don't recall that PaDo has spent much time or interest in HaeNee at all, but I might have forgotten. Most of the times Jin has connected with HaeNee it has been because she asked him first. And he already believes he is her father. As for DaeOh, almost all of the times he has been with her, he has initiated the meeting as a matter of opportunity...there she was and so he took the effort to connect with her. He does not ignore her. He asks her questions and listens for her answers. He teases her and is comfortable around her (mostly). If he finds out he is her father, he may just go berserk with emotion that gets him into trouble. I hope he doesn't chase her away with his behavior in such a difficult situation.
I think he does show an interest in her even now, before he had the chance to consider if she might be his daughter. But REALLY she is 14, how dumb can he be to not suspect anything on his own? Like, DUH??

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But that just ties right into what I was saying. Jin isn't amazing but he is considering her and trying to figure out how to fit her in his life. Pa-Do I don't even have in the running but he's more involved simply because of his son. Honestly I think he is the only one who likes Ae-jung because of who she is today.
Dae-Oh drives me insane because unless it directly involves something he wants he doesn't care. He wanted to humiliate Ae-jung and accomplished it. Even now he doesn't know why she is making this film or how much stress she is under. He hasn't considered anything about her. None of them have really. In this area Pa-Do has them all beat.
But I can't handle Dae-Oh because he's so self involved. He has no clue what he could have done wrong and he doesn't have an inkling of what kind of stress Ae-jung is under. He couldn't even tell his best friend liked the same girl as him. Although I think he knew and just tried to beat his friend to the punch. If he takes everything he's learned and wakes up to how selfish he's been I may actually like him.

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I'm thinking that part of that might just be a mask he wears to protect himself. He is very self centered, but he might be more observant of the needs of others than he lets on. I hope that by the time the drama ends that he has redeemed himself in your eyes (and the eyes of the many other people that find him abhorrent. I think that with me, I've seen so many truly awful men in my life that Dae-Oh, in his immaturity and unconcealed emotion, is a joy to behold. Yes, his behavior is sometimes childish and selfish, but I believe he is (supposed to be) a person with a good heart. So I am a fan. Yeon Woo, not so much. He's too controlling. Jin, not so much. He is always acting out a part and never seems sincere. Pa-do, well, who knows what this man is like as we haven't seen too much but the frightening parts in the beginning. I can understand why you dislike Dae-Oh. I am still hoping for a redemption.

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just my two cents, but that could be because he just never thought that he might have any existing connection to her whatsoever? up to this point in the drama, he simply assumed she was aejung's daughter with some mystery man, unrelated to any of the characters that he knows. hanee hasn't presented herself as being overly interested in getting to know him, and I feel like it might be a little strange for a man in his late thirties with no known or suspected familial connection (from the characters' pov) to hanee to suddenly become interested in befriending her/acting as a familial figure to her, especially considering aejung has been quite dead set on them not reconciling as a couple thus far. yeonwoo was already aware of aejung's pregnancy from all those years back and has a continuous personal connection to hanee, and jin's involvement seems to be premised on the fact that he believes hanee is really his daughter.

I personally don't think daeoh sees hanee as an afterthought in the relationship with aejung that he wants to pursue. my reading of it was that when we see him onscreen interacting with aejung, there isn't any real reason for him to bring her up in conversation (I don't think aejung would appreciate that anyway).

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One reason I really like this show is that I am a single mother. I just think for Dae-Oh to be so invested and trying to convince her to be with him he has started off horribly. I also think he can absolutely take an interest in her child. It's like Ae-jung said, if she goes forward its not just her getting hurt. I would expect some questions but he hasn't really tried to get to know Ae-jung current day. It's all references to the past. Everyone is too stuck in the past

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I think the writers wanted Dae-Oh and Hae-Nee to bond separately from Ae-Jung. In fact, Hae-Nee did not even remember meeting Dae-Oh when the 3 men brought home the drunken Ae-Jung, despite Dae-Oh's efforts to draw attention to himself. Oh course, Dae-Oh would never have made any attempt to interact with Hae-Nee if she were not Ae-Jung's daughter.
I also am unclear of how Ae-Jung is today as her character hasn't been developed in such a way as to show us too much about her and she changes too much depending on which person she is interacting with. So it's hard for me to get a good grasp of who present day Ae-Jung is. Maybe the guys are also confused.

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Before Dae oh and Ae jung start a new relationship they would have to talk, amend some things and get to know each other again as normal people so I do not understand why Dae Oh is so adamant on wanting to get back with her before they even get to talk. I mean Ae jung was very wrong for using that card also.

Anyways, a guy like Dae Oh in real life wouldn't be so appealing, especially after you've rejected him but he keeps coming back with "I want answers" and "I have never stopped loving" you ish. And not to make matters worse, but 14 years after breaking up. All of this is a mess lol.

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