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Record of Youth: Episode 3

Wallowing in disappointment, our aspiring actor braces himself to pause his dreams and enlist in the army. This decision is met with a mix of relief, desperation, and concern by those around him, and he refuses to reconsider his decision to take a break from his dreams. But those who believe in him start to persuade him that his stubborn approach could use some reconsideration and a fresh perspective.

 
EPISODE 3

During their photoshoot, Hye-joon learns that their interview was originally intended to be Hae-hyo’s solo interview, but Hae-hyo requested that they add Hye-joon. After they wrap up, Hae-hyo prepares for his meeting with the movie director and casually invites Hye-joon to the meeting. He reminds Hye-joon of their dinner plans with a friend, but Hye-joon declines the invite and doesn’t want to share why.

Hae-hyo notes his friend’s moodiness, and Hye-joon admits that he’s having a hard time swallowing Hae-hyo’s support today because of his low self-esteem. Hae-hyo asks if it’s because of his invite to the meeting with the director or the photoshoot. Hye-joon says that it’s because of both, plus his dad.

Yi-young comes back from golfing and complains that she’s sick of golf. Ae-sook snidely thinks to herself that fickle Yi-young once claimed golf was so fun, and when Yi-young asks for a reaction, Ae-sook shares her honest thoughts aloud. Ae-sook says that it must be nice to get sick of something fun and that she would be thankful for that luxury.

Elitist Yi-young notes that that they’re not the same nor are they friends just because their sons are friends. Ae-sook takes the deprecation in stride by responding that she’s younger so they cannot be friends. Trying to ease the tension, Yi-young takes Ae-sook to her closet and offers her clothes that she’s sick of. Ae-sook doesn’t mind accepting secondhand clothes, and Yi-young appreciates this about Ae-sook.

Yi-young then comments on how disappointed Ae-sook must be with Hye-joon’s audition outcome and notes that enlisting will likely end his career. Ae-sook seems bothered by Yi-young bringing up Hye-joon and says that she trusts her son to figure out his acting career. Yi-young claims to understand Ae-sook’s internal conflicts, but Ae-sook denies that Yi-young has such empathy.

An irate bride lashes out at Jung-ha in disapproval of her make-up, and Jung-ha ultimately accepts blame and offers to re-do the make-up. As Jung-ha cleans her brushes, she receives a message from Soo-bin with photos of Hye-joon from the shoot. She recalls Hye-joon’s encouragement to beat Jin Joo, but she sighs in defeat.

While promoting Hye-joon and introducing herself as his manager, Min-jae learns that Hye-joon lost to Hae-hyo in the audition because of social media followers, not his acting skills. Min-jae immediately rushes to share this news with Hye-joon, but he’s already decided to enlist in the army and says that popularity is also a skill — one that he lacks.

Begging Hye-joon to reconsider, Min-jae says that she found her passion as his manager and shows him her business card for her agency, Jjamppong, which she finds perfectly captures her messy life. LOL. Hye-joon still rejects Min-jae’s proposal and walks off to Min-jae yelling at him that he’s making a mistake.

Hye-joon receives a message from Jung-ha saying that she lost even with his encouragement, and he responds with Grandpa’s wisdom that losing can be winning. They meet up at a bookstore, and Jung-ha looks at Hye-joon in awe as he walks toward him. When he gets too close, Jung-ha jumps back in alarm, and Hye-joon eyes narrow in suspicion of her imagination.

As they walk through the bookstore, Hye-joon shares that he comes here when he’s feeling depressed, and Jung-ha says that she’s also feeling down. Hye-joon thanks her for not asking why he’s depressed, and she cheekily responds by asking why he’s feeling depressed.

Outside, Hye-joon wonders why she didn’t want to go inside the café, and Jung-ha says that she’s firmly against wasting money, whether it’s her money or his. She pours herself a cup of coffee from her tumbler, and Hye-joon notes that she’s strict with money and not afraid to talk about it.

Jung-ha likens money to poop and says, “It’s unfavorable to talk about, but if there’s a problem with it, you can die.” Ha, true. Hye-joon senses that her perspective is rooted in experience, and Jung-ha thinks back to her corporate job. She once called an employee for a corporate card receipt, and a higher up ordered her to let it go and proceeded to lecture her on how it was back in his day.

Jung-ha says that once someone brings up “back in my day…” they just want you to be quiet and listen. Hye-joon agrees and shares examples of “back in my day” lectures from his industry (“Back in my day, we walked plenty of shows and didn’t get paid.”), and they both agree not to become “back in my day” lecturing seniors in their later years.

Hye-joon notices to similarity of “back in my day” (na ddae) to “latte” and successfully convinces Jung-ha to head inside the café for a latte. They both adorably get the latte foam on their lips, and Hye-joon answers a video call from Gramps, who immediately hangs up because he’s trying to save money (aww). Hye-joon calls him back, and Gramps asks about finding work.

As Hye-joon complains about Gramps’ impatience, Jung-ha watches their precious interaction. Hye-joon turns the camera to include her, and Gramps calls her pretty. He starts to talk about how pretty his late wife was, and Hye-joon warns him that this conversation could take a while. Gramps catches himself and abruptly hangs up, which amuses both youngsters.

Jung-ha says that Gramps is handsome, and Hye-joon offers to show her pictures of young Gramps. When they lean in to look at his phone, they bump heads, and Jung-ha shyly looks at him up close. Hye-joon says that she’s too close this time, and she timidly makes more space between them.

As they look through the photos, Jung-ha says that Gramps could have been an actor. Hye-joon shares that Gramps never got the chance because he was too trusting and got scammed a few times. She asks what Gramps was asking about, and Hye-joon responds that Gramps is looking for a job. He doubts that he can find something for him, but Jung-ha says that he won’t find anything with that attitude.

Hae-hyo meets up with his rich boy friends to celebrate an army discharge. One friend notes that Hae-hyo didn’t bring Hye-joon along and says that now they can talk in peace. Hae-hyo seems bothered by this comment but he doesn’t make much of it as he blends into this friend group.

Hae-na eats happily ramen on a date with Jin-woo, and she regrets not dating him sooner. She blames him for dating other girls, and Jin-woo says that she was too young then. He says that she’s his first, and Hae-na says that he’s also her first… boyfriend she’s dated knowing that they’ll break up. Jin-woo warns her not to cry in regret when they break up, and Hae-na confidently says that she won’t.

As Ae-sook leaves work, Yi-young rushes to the door to brag about the great script for Hae-hyo’s movie. She anticipates her busy schedule to help Hae-hyo prepare, and Ae-sook says that their kids can make it on their own. Yi-young disagrees and claims that Hae-hyo only got this far with her investment. She thinks that parents determine their children’s fate, but Ae-sook disagrees.

Yi-young seems offended that Ae-sook would call her wrong, but Ae-sook can’t bear accepting that her sons will end up living a life like hers. Ae-sook calmly explains that she’s merely sharing a different opinion and adds that they don’t know if this casting will ultimately be advantageous or disadvantageous for either of their sons. She claims that her opinion is not wrong — simply different — and Yi-young seems surprised at Ae-sook’s intelligence.

Ae-sook was always smart enough to bite her tongue because Yi-young could never understand her. In a flashback, we see Ae-sook when she first started working for Yi-young. Teenage Hae-hyo had recognized her at home, and both mothers looked slightly uncomfortable with their relationship.

Ae-sook brought home used clothes from Yi-young, and we see teenage Hye-joon wearing a secondhand jacket as he excitedly accepted Ae-sook’s offer to buy him new shoes. Then, she shared that she works at Hae-hyo’s house, and this news shocked Hye-joon. Although Mom found that this job fit her, she offered to quit if it made Hye-joon uncomfortable. Mom also clarified, “My life and your life are different. You have no reason to feel diffident because of me.”

Hye-joon asked for some time to think about Mom’s job, and he ultimately concluded that Mom makes decisions for her own life. Ae-sook thanked Hye-joon for respecting her decision and complimented him for being thoughtful in his response. Hye-joon promised to make lots of money to support Mom, and Ae-sook promised the same.

Back in the present, Ae-sook walks home with bags of secondhand clothes and chides herself for making false promises. Even after ten years, their financial situation hasn’t changed, and Ae-sook wishes that her father was a wealthy man. Then, she scolds herself for blaming her parents and tears up over missing her mother. She finds that she’s talking to herself and cries that she’s becoming more like her mother as she gets older.

At home, Young-nam fixes the door to Gramps/Hye-joon’s room, and Gramps excessively compliments him, saying that his skills allowed him to thrive without his parents’ support. Young-nam doesn’t take the flattery well, and Gramps complains that Young-nam could have fixed the door earlier. Young-nam counters that he’s busy with work, and Gramps quickly switches his complaints to gratitude.

When Ae-sook arrives home, Young-nam criticizes her for coming home late, and she’s not in the mood to accept his scolding. She glares at him and warns him not to talk to her, and Gramps scolds Young-nam for not appreciating Ae-sook. Young-nam accuses Gramps of not treating him with the same affection, and Gramps claims that Young-nam always finds a reason to be cross with him. Ha, this dysfunction!

Young-nam storms in the room and demands to know why Ae-sook is in a bad mood, but Ae-sook says that if she starts talking, she’ll destroy him. That threat tames Young-nam’s anger, and he asks if he should stay or leave. Ae-sook glares at him, and he decides to do whatever. When Ae-sook stands to leave the room, Young-nam asks where she’s going, and she glares at him again. Young-nam steps back and takes a deep breath of patience.

As Hye-joon and Jung-ha walk outside, it starts to rain. Jung-ha mentions that she doesn’t like rain, so Hye-joon runs off to buy an umbrella. They walk together under the small umbrella, but both of them are getting wet because they’re not close enough. Hye-joon pulls her closer and says that he bought the umbrella so that Jung-ha doesn’t get wet.

Noting the sweet gesture, Jung-ha presumes that Hye-joon must have lots of dating experience, but Hye-joon denies this. He shares that he’s only dated the same person twice, and he asks if Jung-ha has ever dated. She defensively responds that she’s dated a lot of people, and Hye-joon teases her for her forceful response. She admits that she’s only dated people in short spurts, and Hye-joon acutely asks if it’s because she’s scared to get hurt.

Jung-ha can’t deny his read, and she sheepishly notes that she’s oversharing. Hye-joon says that he’s also comfortable with her because they’ve let their guards down by sharing their internal thoughts. He asks why she doesn’t like rain, and Jung-ha says that she feels alone on rainy days. Hye-joon says that “oppa” will call her on a rainy day to make her feel less lonely, and Jung-ha runs away at that cheesy comment.

Finding shelter at the bus stop, Jung-ha notices that Hye-joon still covered himself with the umbrella as he followed her. Hye-joon claims that he’s rational in every moment, and Jung-ha quips that he won’t make it because an actor has to be more emotional. Hye-joon’s expression hardens, and Jung-ha thinks that she struck a nerve. She starts to apologize, but Hye-joon takes off his scarf and puts it on her.

As Hye-joon ties the scarf, Jung-ha looks surprised, and time seems to stop. They freeze momentarily, and Hye-joon relieves the tension by telling Jung-ha to tie the scarf herself. Hye-joon’s bus arrives, and he sends Jung-ha off first before he boards. Jung-ha watches Hye-joon leave and thinks back to all the rainy days when she would be alone while other around her would rush to share umbrellas.

In a flashback, we see younger Jung-ha waiting at a bus stop on a rainy day and eagerly answering a call from her mom. She was quickly disappointed when Mom only asked about money, and she hung up angrily. As current-day Jung-ha boards her bus, she reaches for the scarf and thinks, “Being alone but feeling like someone is with me — this is nice.”

Hye-joon wakes up the next morning to a bank deposit notification and calls the fashion show producer to ask about the large sum of money. The producer says that Designer Jung offered to pay more for Hye-joon’s stellar modeling, and Hye-joon looks conflicted.

An elderly model compliments Jung-ha on her make-up skills, and she thanks him, saying that the encouragement helps validate her late start into this career. The model offers more encouragement by sharing his late start at age 65 in the modeling industry and continuing on the path 13 years later. Jin Joo notices their friendly conversation and butts in to hoard the client, but Jung-ha smiles to herself, connecting the elderly model’s encouragement to Gramps’ eagerness to find work.

Hye-joon eats breakfast with Gramps and comments that Mom made labor-intensive kimbap now that he’s planning to head off to army. Gramps sighs that Hye-joon’s 18 months will feel like 18 years, and Hye-joon reminds them of their motto to smile through hard times.

Worried about Gramps’ loneliness with him gone, Hye-joon suggests that Gramps date someone, but Gramps throws that suggestion back at Hye-joon and asks for an update on the job search. Hye-joon says that he has a promising lead.

Hye-hyo arrives at the salon to get his make-up done for his drama shoot and insists that Jung-ha do his make-up instead of Jin Joo. When Jung-ha refuses, Hye-hyo confronts the director and questions whether their rules take priority over client satisfaction. Against their rules and hierarchy, the director agrees to let Jung-ha take on Hye-hyo as her client and tells Jin Joo to reflect on why the client was dissatisfied with her services.

As Jung-ha silently does Hye-hyo’s make-up, he looks at her with interest. After Hae-hyo jokes around, Jung-ha finally starts talking to him, and Hae-hyo says that she must over the moon after meeting Hye-joon. Jung-ha confirms this and says that she’s trying her best not to really fall for him, and Hae-hyo seems confused.

Jung-ha explains that the beauty of being a fan is that it’s not reality. She says, “When fantasy and reality meet, things get messy.” Hae-hyo anticipates some entertainment if things get messy.

Hye-joon arrives at the salon looking for Jung-ha and finds her chatting with the director and Hae-hyo. He greets his friend, and the director asks how long they’ve known each other. Hae-hyo responds that they’ve been friends since elementary school, and the director assumes that Hye-joon is from a well-off family in the same rich neighborhood of Hannamdong. Hye-joon says that not everyone in the neighborhood is rich, and the director thinks he’s just trying to be humble.

The director leaves the youngsters to chat, but Jung-ha also runs off to tend to work. Hye-joon overhears Hae-hyo talking on the phone about his upcoming movie and looks discouraged by their discrepancy. To further the comparison, Hae-hyo’s manager arrives to retrieve him and asks why Hye-joon is at the salon if he doesn’t have work.

Hye-joon sits down with Jung-ha to hear about a potential job for Gramps, and she accidently opens up videos of Hye-joon as she tries to find the right file. She finally gets to the correct video of a senior model show, and Hye-joon gets close and personal to watch from her laptop. Jung-ha notes that he’s too close, and he playfully responds, “So what?”

Hye-joon makes adequate space between them as Jung-ha explains that the senior model job can make Gramps’ dream to become a celebrity come true. Hye-joon rejects the suggestion and say that Gramps just needs to pass the time. Jung-ha argues that Hye-joon shouldn’t make these calls without first consulting Gramps, but Hye-joon stubbornly decides this is not an option for Gramps.

Jung-ha tries guilt Hye-joon by suggesting that he only outwardly cares about Gramps and actually neglects him. Hye-joon warns her not to cross the line in their friendship, and Jung-ha boldy says that lines are meant to be crossed. She thinks that he’s slowly being convinced, but he denies it. As he heads out, he asks when she’s done with work.

Tying up loose ends, Hye-joon visits Min-jae at her new Jjampong office (aka her apartment), which is a complete mess. He offers her favorite bread as an olive branch and also pays her back for the Milano fashion show travel expenses, but Min-jae gives it back to him.

Hye-joon insists on her taking the money, and Min-jae offers unsolicited advice: “You have no ambition.” She acknowledges that Hye-joon selected the right path for social mobility and success, and Hye-joon responds that success can be as simple as being happy today. Min-jae argues that a sad realization — that life doesn’t get better if you’re not born into wealth — hits once you’re over 30 years old, and she gives Hye-joon a reality check that he’s still stuck in his dream of achieving a fantasy.

She asks why his standards are set at Director Choi and says that this director may have been wrong about Hye-joon. She urges him to give it his all until the very end, and Hye-joon says that he’ll restart once he’s back from army. But Min-jae bluntly asks, “Who will remember you then? Even now, people don’t know who you are.” Oof.

As Hye-joon walks on the street, he sees Hae-hyo’s ad and comes to a realization. “I figured out what this inexplicable swelling feeling is. We both shine in our own way. I fooled myself that not comparing myself and competing against him was virtuous. Now, I feel relieved.”

He walks into the salon and asks Jung-ha for a buzz cut because he’s enlisting in 10 days and wants to get rid of his lingering regret. Jung-ha convinces him to wait until later, and Hye-joon compliments her improved persuasion skills. She acknowledges that she’s a quick learner.

Before he leaves, Hye-joon asks if Jung-ha is really Hae-hyo’s fan. Jung-ha claims that she is, and he responds that he really dislikes liars. As he heads toward the door, he counts down, 3…2…1… “You’re right, I’m your fan!” she exclaims. Hye-joon smiles as he walks out, and Jung-ha squirms in mortification.

As Yi-young looks through her jewelry collection for her diamond earrings, Hae-na comes to her looking for maple syrup. They argue in frustration about not finding what they need. While Ae-sook shares her secondhand goods with Kyung-mi, she receives a call from Yi-young asking about her earrings and the maple syrup. Ae-sook knows the exact location of the maple syrup and suggests a few locations for Yi-young to look for her earrings.

Annoyed by Yi-young, Kyung-mi tells Ae-sook to find work elsewhere, but Ae-sook says that she’s attached and grateful to her workplace, where she first learned this work. The only difficult thing is the comparison between their sons. When the husbands arrive from work, they gather for a drink and Jang-man asks about Hye-joon’s audition. The silence speaks for the news, and Kyung-mi scolds her husband for asking senselessly.

As they walk home, Ae-sook asks why Young-nam didn’t share Hye-joon’s audition results. Young-nam claims that he cares about Hye-joon and that he’s hard on him because he knows it’s tough out there.

Yi-young joins Hae-hyo for his pilates session, and he complains that her “management” will make him seem like a mama’s boy. Mom doesn’t want that for Hae-hyo and agrees to give him space for his image. For Hye-hyo’s salon visit, she offers to schedule a time with Jin Joo, but he says that he works with Jung-ha now. He plays it cool, and Mom doesn’t make much of it.

At home, Gramps asks Hye-joon which jacket he should wear and approves of his grandson’s choice. Hye-joon then asks Gramps if he would consider modeling, and Gramps does a little runway walk to show off that he could do it. They walk around the room doing their best model walk, and Hye-joon starts to warm up to the idea of Gramps modeling.

Min-jae receives a call from producer, who asks about Hye-joon’s schedule, and she looks hopeful. Meanwhile, Hye-joon visits a senior modeling academy to sign Gramps up for his introductory class. Then, he receives a message from Min-jae about something she needs to give him.

Min-jae meets Hye-joon at a café and hands him the script for Director Choi’s upcoming movie. He’s been asked to play a small role with five scenes, three of which include lines, but it’s a clear character. With that, she heads out, and Hye-joon asks if she’s going persuade him further. She responds, “Get lost.” Hye-joon ends up spending the whole afternoon in the café reading through the script.

Young-nam and Jang-nam scope out a new construction site and pick up some meat on the way home. Young-nam wants to feed Hye-joon some hearty meals before he heads off to army. When Hye-joon comes home, he silently sits down to help his mother with preparing vegetables. Ae-sook knows immediately that Hye-joon has something to say and tells him to let it out.

Hye-joon shares that he’s been cast in a small role in a movie but wants to do it. Ae-sook isn’t sure if this role is worth him delaying enlistment again and says that she wants him to stop getting hurt. She says that giving up takes courage. They’re interrupted by Young-nam coming home with a bag of meat, and Hye-joon heads for his room without acknowledging Dad.

Young-nam scolds Hye-joon for not acknowledging him and comments that Hye-joon will become a decent person once he gets through the army. That triggers Hye-joon to turn around and announce to Dad that he’s going to be in a movie. Dad erupts in anger and throws the bag of meat at Hye-joon. As the bag flies toward Hye-joon in slow motion, he narrates, “Dad throwing the meat is a makjang drama.”

Then, Young-nam tries to pounce at Hye-joon, but Ae-sook holds onto him. He yells hysterically as Hye-joon tells Dad to actually support him in what he wants to do. Tired of Young-nam’s tantrum, Ae-sook releases him, and Young-nam looks confused that no one is holding him back. He asks what she’s doing, and Ae-sook forcefully responds, “I’m letting you go!”

 
COMMENTS

Second week in, this drama feels… okay. I really like some elements, like the banter, and then other parts, like the story progression, feel off. Other than Hye-joon, I feel like I only know most characters at a surface level. The challenge isn’t that there are too many characters and therefore limited airtime — I think some of the characterization moments are a bit repetitive. Yi-young is a bit of an elitist airhead, and I think every moment has further proven this trait. Young-nam is demanding and angry, and we just barely see a softer side to him before he erupts again and throws a bag of meat at Hye-joon. I get that these side characters may be simpler, but I also don’t have a great grasp of who Jung-ha is. We get glimpses of who our lead may be, but all I’ve gathered is that Jung-ha has had a tough life and works hard.

The exception to the repetitive characterization is Ae-sook, and I hope this trend continues with the other characters. I’ve enjoyed hearing Ae-sook’s snarky and honest inner thoughts, and I like that she respects herself by only engaging with nonsense when necessary. She saves herself the headache by not engaging with someone who inherently lacks empathy, and her silence feels intentional. I appreciate how level she is compared to those around her (Young-nam and Yi-young especially), and I probably like Ae-sook more because the main two people around her (Young-nam and Yi-young) feel unbalanced. She seems like the most reasonable character in this show, so I’ll be looking to her for guidance if we get lost in this story.

The banter, the petty family moments, and the Min-jae/Hye-joon dynamic are keeping me entertained, but the budding romance feels odd. I think Hye-joon and Jung-ha are cute together, but their swoony moments felt a bit forced. I’m not sure if it’s the fan dynamic that makes this relationship feel funky, or maybe they’re just in an awkward stage of getting to know each other pretty quickly? In a way, this feels like a Bogummie fanfic onscreen to hold us over for the 18 months that will feel like 18 years (to quote Gramps), and we can imagine that we’re Bogummie’s biggest fan (your choice of Jung-ha or Gramps) getting a chance to become his friend and confidant. I know we’re still early, but the way things are going, my choice would be Gramps. I hope my answer changes as this story unfolds.

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The show is promising and I agree with you that the characterization is unbalanced. I only care for one person in this entire show and maybe his mother too. Which feels really odd indeed because at this point we should have a better feel for more characters especially the lead actress. I sure hope next week's episode will be better because I want to love this show.

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Yeah, there’s something missing here. This week made me skeptical of the show’s potential - last week I thought it would be good with a chance of being really compelling, but this week that downgraded to okay with a chance of uh oh.

Can’t put my finger on what’s unnerving. It’s a little trying to put together a puzzle of birds, and suddenly realizing it’s FOUR puzzles’ worth of bird pieces. Like it’s going to seem like scenes should fit together, but it’ll just be really frustrating when the pieces don’t actually work.

I also feel like time is jumping around in a way I can’t track. Did Hae Hyo get Hye Joon the part in the movie? What’s going on in the salon? How long did it take for Hye Joon and his manager to work things out? There are no dates or events really creating a structure.

I’ll keep watching, but I feel uneasy about this one.

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i feel uneasy about it too. It would be such a waste of PBG and PSD if it ends up being an absolute fail.

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I checked out after one episode.

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I can't do that to PBG and PSD. Need to give their drama a chance.😫

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Neither one of them are favorites of mine, or I'd stick around.

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I think the drama is showing signs of doing some complex things around the question of success, especially showing the different generations and their take on it. What sort of person do you need to be to be successful?

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I like your take on it. Hopefully the depiction of that gets better in the next episodes

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This is the second series I can recall where an actor facing the army has joining the army written into the script. Let's recall 'Let's Eat 3'.

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Okay, I am not too sure about this drama. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy it and the visuals are STUNNING. Seriously, the men look like Ken dolls but where is the DRAMA! ACTION! This drama has been slow paced so far with little action and its already episode 4 ( although this is for 3).
@dramallama nailed it about the chemistry because its whoomp whoomp whoomp.. The dialogue between Jung -Ha and Hye Joon is open, direct, and honest and I like that BUT the chemistry is BAD.. lol. sorry but it is.. hopefully this changes. Jung Ha has better chemistry with Hae-hyo right now, I mean at least their conversations are fun and engaging. I also agree that we have no idea who these characters are.. Is Hae-hyo a douche? Is Hye Joon really that " nice" and naive? Who is Jung- Ha and what is her story? Why the HECK is she letting that little lizard bully her ? Jung Ha has no problems standing up to Hye Joon and Hae Hyo but can barely defend herself from her obviously jealous team lead? That doesn't fit... Jung Ha has spoken her mind and been direct with everyone but she's intimidated by her.. umm okay sure.. I really like this drama but I really want to LOVE this drama but I am not sold yet to be honest.

Also, I am tired of the dad picking on Hye Joon. I mean we all know why he does it and it would suck having a handsome father, beautiful wife, and supermodel son so the dad definitely suffers from ugly duckling syndrome but the lack of support from this family is bothering me. Finally, the mom may step up but shouldn't she have done that awhile ago?
Surprisingly, the person I feel sorry for is the one I shouldnt and that is Hae-hyo's mom. I don't think she is an EVIL person ( at least just yet) but she is obviously elitist. However, I think she uses that as a defense mechanism. I mean this woman has no friends, her husband ignores her.. her children are her focus (mostly Hae Hyo) because she doesn't have anything else. She no longer has a career from what I can tell so she spends her days boosting her son's career and purchasing favors. I disagree with her methods but I kinda feel sorry for her. Hye Joon's family may be poor but at least they fight, argue, have family dinners, etc but Hae Hyo's home seems a bit cold ( from what I can tell so far). I can also see that Hae Hyo REALLY likes Jung ha. I thought it was because Hye Joon showed interest at first and maybe that is true or he liked that she was a challenge but his interest does seem genuine. As for Hye Joon, he is a real chameleon, I can't get a pulse on him yet. At first he seemed to like Jung ha because she feed his ego a bit ( complimenting his skin) and because he knows what it feels like to lose. However, I am uncertain if he truly likes HER.. or likes having a fan gas him up a bit because he doesn't get that support anywhere else. Who knows? I guess we will see soon enough but I hope this drama picks up a bit.

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I am a big fan of both leads and the director but I fear this project may be resting on its distinguished pedigree. I am not one who sees minimal plot progress as bad thing in character-driven dramas but this only works if the characters are sufficiently interesting and three-dimensional to make the viewer want to spend time with them (the Before Sunrise film trilogy is the first example which comes to mind where little happens plot-wise but the movies are nevertheless engrossing because the two protagonists are so well developed.) I just need Jung -Ha and Hye Joon fleshed out so they are more than their character descriptions.

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I think Hae-hyo "likes" Jung ha because he is competing with Hye-joon. He can't bear to think that he is not preferred over his friend. Their friendship is complicated, but Hae-hyo is fine with it just as long as Hye-joon stays in his place.

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Yes and No.. I do think Hae Hyo maybe elitist as his mom BUT I do think he geniuanly cares for his friends. I think it would be hard for him to accept Hye Joon as a Star and his equal but I do think there friendship is strong. Don't get me wrong, they are going to go through a very rocky time and Hye Joon and Hae Hyo's true colors will come forth during this time but I think there will be a level respect and understanding as well at the end of it.

I do think Hae Hyo likes Jung Ha because he hasn't really revealed it yet, he is very subtle.. Yes, I think it started out as him liking her because Hye Joon showed interest at first, but I do think its pretty genuine now and it looks like he is afraid to get rejected. Honestly, I think Hae Hyo is an interesting character to watch too because we cant get a beat on him. We don't know who he is yet, I knew he liked Jung Ha for real when he told her to stop following him around because girls would think he was a mama's boy. Although he never said anything directly about Jung Ha even his mom picked up on what was going on.

Yes, I think Hae -Hyo is going to have his d bag moments coming soon but I also think it stems from him feeling deeply insecure towards Hye Joon. Deep down Hae Hyo knows that Hye Joon is better, more handsome, and more talented and he is very insecure over it I think.

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OK that develops where Hae -Hyo is going. I think you are right that HH is insecure about HJ. It's true too that we really don't know who he is yet, and I hope they end up as you say. That would be rich. They have a lot to overcome, the mother's ambition for one and especially now that HJ has decided to compete. I wonder, given his principles, what sort of competition he will put up. The love triangle is a given, but so often in these things it's not only about the love object, it's about the other person too. I think it's going to be worth watching.

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The editing is kinda weird. After the end of the episode 2, I didn't know where we were in the story for the episode 3.

I agree that the story is kinda repetitive. We understood the position of the parents, they don't have to remind us everytime.

But I still like this drama. I'm happy that the ML is a model, feeling confortable in own body, around people, with skinship, it just looks normal which is rare in Kdrama :p

PBG looks handsome and I love PSD's haircolor.

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Thank you, @dramallama for the recap! Right now, I think the scene between the mothers was too long just to point out that they have different points of view with regards to raising sons - that has been established a while ago. I know how Hye-joon feels about having Hae-hyo bring him to parties to establish connections - it's really frustrating. And Dad Young-nam feeling the ugly duckling syndrome?! A father should be proud of a handsome son, not be cowed by it!

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The opening to episode 3 just felt a bit unfortunate. Having PBG and BWS doing the photo shoot together showed a bit of an unhelpful contrast between the true professional (BWS) who pulled it off effortlessly and the learner (PBG) who's just not yet completely at ease with it. It highlighted the contrast too much - when they're not together it's easy to not think about this. Considering the background of these characters, this is not something that should be apparent - they've both been modelling for a while. This sequence jarred and made me notice the imbalance in experience in a way that was distracting. Director should have re-thought the way this was done. But maybe that's just me :)

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yeah, PBG looked so uncomfortable. It was unfortunate to say the least.

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I think it was the point of the scene, his character always compares himself to his friend and is not relaxed when he has to work with him.

But as an actor, PBG is more natural than BWS for me.

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It’s not just you. I’ve actually thought that this is an unexpected boon for models - what they do ISN’T just walking or posing, and this show is accidentally making that obvious by directly contrasting a rookie with experienced professionals.

It’s not a dealbreaker, and as soon as they transition into acting Hye Joon is going to blow Hae Hyo out of the water (which DOES track with the plot) but it’s uncanny that during the Milan catwalk segment, I was thinking about how bits of PBG’s strut were somehow...off. And that no one would pay to fly him to a gig to do that.

I had no idea my brain even had an expectation for a model walk, but apparently it does.

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PBG is the better model in the series.. you can tell at the Italian Fashion show.. plus all the junior models were looking at him on the cat walk and not BWS...

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I remember RoY was called 'fanfiction' in last recap, and yes I still feel that. The one thing that make me still watch this drama is PBG. I like so dam but sorry, even until ep 4 I didn't feel the chemistry between bo gum and so dam :( she resist not to like hye joon in real life but she didn't show her love as a fan too.

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I felt like it was funny ending of this episode.

But still, I love that make-up scene of an elderly man (Kim Chil-doo) who was felt too old for him. So Kim was look like rarely too old to first appear or debut with his first drama.

Link: https://asianwiki.com/Kim_Chil-Doo_(1955)

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So aside from the fact that the drama has interesting moments, but isn't actually interesting, the biggest problem is the focus on the side characters. I don't care about anyone in Hye Joon's family except for his harabuji. I don't care about Hye Ho's annoying mother and her machinations. Jung Ha is the most interesting character because Park So Dam is the most effortless actress, I rarely feel like I am watching someone act with her. Jung Ha is also the only mysterious character too, we don't know her background. The show needs to prioritize of it's leads and leave the background characters in the background, it will be more interesting that way.

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I agree, the romance is off. I’m a huge fan of Park Bo Gum (he’s my favorite actor) but I wish he chose a better role before going off to the army for three years. Because his character here is entirely forgettable.

This drama disappoints me, and I still don’t know why I’m watching this other than to get my weekly dose of bogum. I’m a huge fan of Park So Dam too but she seems forced.

Everything about this drama seems forced. They should take a page out of Do You Like Brahms, seriously. Now that’s a drama WELL made.

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Isn’t it 2 years not 3?

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Is DYLB good? I have been meaning to check it out

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DYLB is pretty amazing só far. You should check out

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It’s one of the best dramas I’ve come across so far. And as a drama critic let me tell you, I’m very picky in choosing what to watch, with the strained time I have. And DYLB isn’t disappointing me so far. The characters are relatable, the music is amazing and the actors can really play their respective instruments. So that’s a huge cookie point. But what dragged me in was the super simple plot line with packed emotions and pent up luggage. It’s a melo, but so far I’m happy.

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I'm honestly surprised at all the negative comments. I'm enjoying the drama immensely. It's cliche in several areas but I feel it works. It doesn't feel ridiculous and I find the acting believable. I feel there's strong chemistry between the leads. I like the bromance. Nothing feels forced to me. The only thing I wish is if the drama was edited closer to an hour. 75 minutes seems a bit long for the material at hand but it's not as noticeable as I've seen in other dramas.

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Me too. I’m not even a PBG fan at all but I’m really liking this drama. Although I do agree that PSD also has some great chemistry with the Hae Hyo character. I’m curious as to whether he will be competing for her affection.

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I agree with you Lisa. Maybe it is because I don’t speak Korean, but I love the banter between our leads. I have re-watched the episode 3 parts with PBG and PSD over and over. I am really enjoying this drama and looking forward to seeing how our underdog couple find success and love.

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I only watch Record of Youth bcoz of Bogum. If u remove him, there's nothing left in this drama.
I trusted Bogum in accepting dramas, but idk with this one. Is he or his agency in a hurry to make one bcoz of his enlistment? I don't have anything against all the other casts, but either they don't know how to portray their roles or they only know one expression.
Love angle between Hyejun and Jeungha? It is the oddest one. Until ep 4, i can't see any solid reason for HJ to love JA. Everytime i read, that there's chemistry between the 2 leads, i choke, bcoz that 's the least we can see here.
It's already 4 ep, but the only development they are trying to ,achieve is their relationship. I hope they dwell on what it is supposed to be, the youth
and their dreams.

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I think I’m kind of in love with this drama. No, really, I am. I am coming here just watching episode 4, and I think it’s finally found its rhythm. Yes, all the characters are archetypes, and no, they all won’t grow, probably. But I like where we’re going. I see similarities between the direction in Forest of Secrets and this, and I thought FOS used the element of surprise well going back and forth between different timelines. I liked how this episode was the build up to the end of episode 2. We see how Hye-Joon came to his decision to go see Jung-ha to cut his hair. And I don’t think the moments they are spending together are meant to feel romantic at this point. It’s only the 3rd episode. It’s meant to feel a little uncomfortable, like you don’t know what you should feel around this person. And S. Korea is small. I think it would be pretty easy to meet a minor celebrity there if you were a make up artist. A friend of mine here in the US has a brother who is a hair stylist with his own boutique and his Instagram is a who’s who of kpop, kdrama and kmovie stars that he meets styling their hair. So, I guess I can see it. (He cuts Seo Hyun Jin’s hair, for instance.) It’s real enough for me to care about what is going on with our characters. And I like the families too. And the secretary-manager, I LOVE her. I liked her in Hi, Bye Mama as well. But really, I can always tell you when I get invested in a drama, and it’s actually not quite this episode, it’s the next one.

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This is developing into something interesting about the generations: the "youth", the parents, and the grands. But it wasn't until episode 4 that I really started to get it. This episode gives it away when Hye-joon and Jung-ha riff on the phrase that they constantly hear from their older employers, "back in my day..." In the examples they give, this phrase was used as an excuse for covering up illegally using company money and for not paying wages to young workers - both examples of the injustice and hypocrisy they have experienced. The adult generation worked in an environment where bullying and exploitation were more prevalent.

On top of that we get Hye-joon and Jung-ha sharing their values with each other. She talks about how she feels about money, they share their dating experience (or lack), they talk about being rational or emotional, and they talk about being alone, and he talks about hating lies. In the process, they seem to be feeling out common ground - what is important to them as individuals and if they prize the same things.

Then there are the relationships that are borne out of inequalities, notably Yi-young and Ae-sook. The "kindness" is really a condescending benevolence that acts as a disguise for distain. The values of the two mothers are very different. Neither may be wholly right. Do parents determine their children's fate? Yes they do, but children make choices as well. I suspect we will see this explored further, especially as we see Young-nam's ongoing resentment to his father. Gramps's determined pursuit of his dream must have traumatised Young-nam so much because he is so bitter, and this is carrying over into Hye-joon's life.

Hye-joon and Hae-hyo are a test case for friendship. There is an old Greek saying: you can't have a true friendship between two people who are not equals. Hae-hyo loves his friend and want him to do well too. At the same time, Hae-hyo can't bear for Hye-joon to have anything that he doesn't have, and is closing in on Jung-ha to that end. The thing is Hae-hyo thinks he is better because he is the one with the jobs and the followers. Little does he know how much work mumma has been doing behind the scenes. They are not equals in many ways, especially in their values. This is going to explode before long.

Hye-joon has strong values and so far won't compromise. It will be interesting to see where this gets him. Ultimately the show is asking who does better? Those who stick to their principles or those who work it behind the scenes. All the 2nd generation adults have their own answer to this question and their answer is to do with the compromises they eventually made. They try to impose the same compromises on the younger generation.

The next episode develops this. I don't think we should dismiss this drama too quickly because it is addressing issues deeply relevant to young people, and may even be relevant to those who say they are currently living in Joseon Hell. It...

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I like your analysis so far (some of it was cut due to the word count max being reached). It may be a superficial world they live in, but their values, emotions, and relationships are the a commentary of the social situation in S. Korea and I hope the writer will delve more into the struggle of young people there to find a job they like without being taken advantage of, which is almost impossible. The writer always has great underlying themes (TOL, for instance) but some of her characters rub people wrong (and really seem very fake at times) and so I feel that sometimes her very elaborate and thoughtful writing gets lost in translation.

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Thanks for letting me know, I hadn't realised I'd lost the last bit. It was just to say that I think that the theme is a universally applicable one too.

I'm sure it's about the struggle of young people and what sort of person you have to be to succeed. I think it becomes clearer in the next episode that the older generation are not always much help. They want to trim the wings of the younger ones. It also starts to come out how people hold each other back.

I have to admit that some of the dialogue did seem stagey at times, but once I started to "get it", if I indeed have, then it didn't worry me.

Thanks too for drawing my attention to the writer. I didn't mind Temperature of Love, and I liked High Society. I love shows that are meta, eg, about script writing (and publishing too - Romance is a Bonus Book, for example). I agree with you that this is a carefully and thoughtfully written drama. It would be a pity for it to be dismissed out of hand. Maybe its poking its finger into a wound that's not fully healed. Some may quite understandably react at the pain or react in irritation.

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Correction: I haven't seen High Society. I was thinking of the film. The art!!!

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He knows!! "I hate liars" and his countdown were uwu. I'm relieved Jung-ha's secret is out because I fear Hae-hyo would become manipulative. He invited Hye-joon to the party when those aren't even Hye-joon's friends.

During their breakfast, I had a revelation that I would enjoy this drama more if Hye-joon were raised by his harabeoji and if his parents were dead and he were an only child. Jung-ha's senior model idea for Gramps was genius. I felt embarrassed for her when she kept accidentally opening up her Hye-joon videos. "Lines are meant to be crossed" is going to come back when one of them confesses in the future.

Many thanks for the recap, @dramallama!

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ok so idk why but I feel that 'are they dolls?' tension everytime I see the characters... like they dont mean what they mean or are too cartoonish? I could understand it with HJ's putting on a facade to not kill his friendhip with HH but what about HH? he looks like hes not totally clueless about the difficulties his friend is going through but even when hes not as open as his mom about it, he has some superiority issues? The supposed romantic moments feel too predictable and rushed so I just hope we sort this all out because its quite confusing...

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