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Record of Youth: Episode 5

Our budding actor dives straight into his acting career and loses himself in the craft. It seems like his career is on the upswing, with his eager manager, supportive friends, and a cheerleader grandpa at his side. As he navigates the unwavering support from his childhood friend, who he reluctantly accepts as his competition, he also grows closer to his fangirl-now-friend and starts to notice a curiosity about their relationship.

 
EPISODE 5

On his way to the script reading, Hae-hyo picks up Jung-ha, who’s agreed to be his make-up artist for the movie. He notices that Jung-ha looks uncharacteristically nervous, and she admits that she’s nervous because she’s getting closer to her dream of creating her own namesake brand. She explains that most budding make-up artists start off by borrowing the fame of celebrity clients, and though Hae-hyo denies that he’s a famous celebrity, he seems pleased by his implied status.

Jung-ha expresses her gratitude, and Hae-hyo tells her to treat him well. She leans in close to pick a piece of hair off of his white shirt, and Hae-hyo looks flustered by her proximity. He pretends to be unbothered and says that she owes him twice now because he’s keeping her secret about being Hye-joon’s fan.

Jung-ha shares that she revealed her fan status to Hye-joon, so she only owes him on this one count. He notes that her accurate count, and Jung-ha responds that she doesn’t like to be in debt, especially with kindness.

At the script reading, Hye-joon runs into ex-agent Tae-soo in the bathroom, and Tae-soo brags about his newfound wealth after selling his company. Uninterested, Hye-joon congratulates him and tries to leave, but Tae-soo continues to taunt him. Hye-joon doesn’t let the taunting get to him and dismisses Tae-soo’s empty threats to ruin him.

In the lobby, Hye-joon greets Jung-ha as she enters with Hae-hyo and teases her for being overexcited about doing make-up on her first movie. Hae-hyo notes Hye-joon’s friendliness and asks why he never treats him this warmly. Jung-ha asks if Hae-hyo is jealous and if they’re dating. They both repulsively deny in unison and then call jinx on each other. Jung-ha laughs at their childish antics.

Meanwhile, Ae-sook prepares to go to work in nice secondhand clothes, and Young-nam wonders why she wears used clothes so proudly. Having grown up with many siblings, Ae-sook is used to secondhand clothes, and she adds that strangers can be better than family, citing her brother-in-law, who never contacts Young-nam despite Young-nam funding his education. Young-nam says that he doesn’t expect anything in return from his brother, and Ae-sook tells him to have that same attitude toward his father. Gramps timidly overhears the conversation and curses this thin-walled house.

Kyung-joon returns from viewing apartments and tells his mother to stop working, offering to give her an allowance. Mom advises him to save his money for marriage, but Kyung-joon isn’t interested. He exchanges glances with Dad and finally breaks it to Mom that he’s going to move out to live on his own. Mom doesn’t approve, and when Kyung-joon shares how much the rent is, she gasps.

Kyung-joon’s immature spending plan earns him a beating from Mom, who says that Kyung-joon resembles Gramps. Inside his room, Gramps nods in agreement. Then, he thinks about the resemblance and finds it troubling that Kyung-joon takes after his poor money management. Ha!

Dad denies that Kyung-joon resembles Gramps in the slightest, but Mom further proves her point by asking how much Kyung-joon has saved — nothing, despite his parents covering his college tuition. Mom reflects that Hye-joon always knew how to spend on his scale while Kyung-joon always overspent and often made impulsive purchases.

Mom starts to persuade Dad of the resemblance, adding that Gramps also disregarded his family for his own interests, just like Kyung-joon wants to do now. Kyung-joon seems offended, but Mom stays firm on her disapproval. She proposes that they decide in a family meeting, and when Kyung-joon complains, she tells him to do just move out. She’s frustrated with his poor judgement and says that she’ll probably need to work until her later years at this rate.

After Mom storms out, Kyung-joon looks convinced that Mom is hiding something. He recalls Mom frequently reading Girl With a Pearl Earring and wonders if she relates to the story of a maid who has an affair with the owner of the house. Cut to Ae-sook with a Pearl Earring, lol. Dad calls him crazy, but Kyung-joon insists on questioning why Mom would continue to work at Hae-hyo’s house for ten years despite the difficulty. Kyung-joon looks confident about this suspicion, but Dad smacks him on the head.

Ae-sook enters Hae-hyo’s home, and she narrates her reflections: “My job is deeply involved in someone’s personal life, and I know things that I don’t want to know.” When she enters, Hae-na excitedly greets her and shares the news of her law school admission. Yi-young pouts that Hae-na doesn’t want to celebrate with her family, but Hae-na obliges to her desires. Brightening up, Yi-young offers to plan the celebration, and Hae-na notes that her mom is so simple.

Yi-young wonders if she was just manipulated by her daughter, and Ae-sook wisely says that parents always lose to their children. In her head, Yi-young disapproves of Ae-sook’s “preachy” tone and changes the subject.

As Ae-sook starts working, she continues her narration, “I didn’t enjoy this job at first, but as I continued working, I understood — not learned — that humans are all equal.” As she cleans, she shares her priority, “The most important rule of cleaning is putting items exactly where they were after moving them.”

When Ae-sook walks to the kitchen, she accepts Yi-young’s offer for coffee and asks why she doesn’t hire more people to help clean the house. Yi-young starts to say it’s hard to find people she likes, but unwilling to give Ae-sook too much credit, she filters her words to say that she’s uncomfortable with letting in strangers. When Yi-young tells her to take a seat, Ae-sook refuses to sit with her client. Yi-young comments that it’s unusual that Ae-sook is the one–not her–setting boundaries.

Ae-sook reflects on when she previously quit this job and remembers Yi-young’s implied suspicion that Ae-sook misplaced her watch. Unhappy with her new housekeeper, Yi-young staged a run-in with Ae-sook after learning where she worked. She asked Ae-sook to return, offering a higher pay, and wondered if she disliked her. Ae-sook explained that choosing to work at her son’s friend’s home was difficult, but she was relieved to get Hye-joon’s approval because it confirmed his high self-esteem.

Ae-sook acknowledged that she felt attached to Hae-hyo’s home because it was her first workplace, and thanks to her training by a picky first client, she was in high demand. Yi-young pouted that she didn’t seek out Ae-sook to hear about her popularity, and Ae-sook finds affirmation in Yi-young’s need for her. She offered to return to Hae-hyo’s home if Yi-young really needed her.

After the movie script reading, Hye-joon receives a message in their family group chat about their family meeting that night. He shares the notification with Hae-hyo and Jung-ha, and Hae-hyo says that he also has a family meeting to celebrate Hae-na’s law school admission. Jung-ha seems like the odd one out here.

As they discuss their lunch menu, Hye-joon and Jung-ha banter about her coming out as his fangirl, and hmm, is that envy I see in Hae-hyo’s expression? When Min-jae arrives, Hye-joon decides that they’re having jjajangmyun and tells Jung-ha to get in the car. Hae-hyo stops her and tells her to get in his van. The two friends lightly bicker about which car Jung-ha will ride, and Jung-ha interrupts them to say that she’s a person with her own opinion.

Hae-hyo reminds Jung-ha that she owes him one, and Jung-ha’s ears perk up at the opportunity to be debt-free. Then, Hae-hyo decides to save his favor for later, so Jung-ha joins Min-jae’s car, but not before Hae-hyo and Hye-joon childishly bicker some more.

Hye-joon takes the wheel since he knows the way to the jjajangmyung place, and Jung-ha seems surprised. He boasts that it’s hard to find something he can’t do, and she’s taken aback by his oozing confidence. Min-jae asks for Jung-ha’s understanding and credits the soccer videos for inspiring Hye-joon’s vanity. Haaa.

Jerk actor Park Do-ha tells Tae-soo that a fellow actress is really nice, and Tae-soo interprets that as Do-ha wanting to get her number. Do-ha then tells Tae-soo to call him “actor-nim” instead of by name, and Tae-soo gets a bitter taste of his own medicine.

While Hye-joon parks the car, he comes to an abrupt stop when a kid unexpectedly runs in front of the car. He reaches out to stop Jung-ha from jerking forward and scolds her for prematurely unbuckling her belt. He adds that you can’t be too cautious because an accident can occur at any time. Jung-ha notes that he has a tendency to teach her, and when he denies this, she says that one of his merits is self-acknowledgement. At this, Hye-joon acknowledges her observation.

Jung-ha complains that he overreacted, and Hye-joon threatens to give her a proper scolding. She leans in and dares him to scold her, and Min-jae asks if they’re dating. They both yell at her in alarm, and Min-jae defends her perspective. She starts to credit Hye-joon’s inherent acting talent for her misunderstanding, and the bickering friends now turn on Min-jae for her repetitive praise.

Sick of these two, Min-jae decides to go insides and order. She asks what they want to eat, and both say jjajangmyun at the same time. Jung-ha timidly calls jinx and sheepishly says that she’ll have three years of bad luck if she doesn’t call it. At that, Hye-joon also calls jinx, and Min-jae storms out of the car in annoyance.

Jung-ha has trouble getting out of the car, so Hye-joon leans over to unlock the car door. He observes that she’s unexpectedly high maintenance, and Jung-ha says that she never hears that. But then, she leaves her phone in the car, and Hye-joon takes it with a mischievous look. He asks Jung-ha to borrow her phone, and she panics when she can’t find it. Hye-joon hands her the lost phone, making the point that she’s high maintenance.

Jung-ha disagrees and argues that she’s always the one taking care of other people. Hye-joon says that he’ll take her word for it, but Jung-ha finds issue with him not actually believing her because she doesn’t want to be like her mom. Hye-joon is surprised at the sudden mention of her mom, and Jung-ha explains that her mom never earned her trust. Jung-ha elaborates that her mom lied about not divorcing her dad and not remarrying a poor man.

Hye-joon observes that Jung-ha talks about difficult topics with ease. Jung-ha responds that it took a long time to be comfortable with her struggles and shares that she’s relieved about her good relationship with her dad. Hye-joon then shares that he has a tough relationship with his father, and from this information, Jung-ha presumes that he often clashes with authority. Hye-joon denies this and claims that the owner of the barbeque restaurant he works at offered to pass on his store to him.

Jung-ha nods that she’ll take his word for it, and Hye-joon argues that this is different that believing him. Ha, touché. Hye-joon says that he believes Jung-ha, and she seems satisfied. As she walks into the restaurant, she responds that she also believes him. Aw, these two flirts.

Tae-soo golfs with an old colleague who wants to cast Do-ha, and he tells the colleague to wait. The colleague notes that Tae-soo has changed a lot, and Tae-soo shares the background on his change, which involves Hye-joon. Remembering when Hye-joon stood by him through tough times, Tae-soo describes Hye-joon as someone with an aura and excellent character. He thought that Hye-joon was someone who would make it, but then reality hit him. Hye-joon was just a dream.

Realizing that he needs to make ends meet and join the competition, he stooped down to his competitors’ level. He further proves his point by mentioning how this colleague never bothered to apologize to him for neglecting him in the past. He then goes back to business and agrees to Do-ha’s participation in the project.

When Hye-joon gets home, Kyung-joon eagerly greets him and asks for him support the move-out plan. He figures that Hye-joon must want his own room and tells Hye-joon to make this argument to Mom. Hye-joon looks at his brother pathetically and doubts that this argument will convince her.

While Mom prepares the snacks, she tells Hye-joon to retrieve Dad from his room. Hye-joon finds Dad reading through Girl With a Pearl Earring and asks if Hye-joon has also seen Mom read this. He wonders why she likes the book and seems embarrassed by his insecurity. Hye-joon recalls asking Mom why she liked reading the book, and Mom showed him a line in the book that aligned with her cleaning philosophy: always putting items back where they belong when you clean.

Mom had no idea what the story was, but she was proud that she shared the same thoughts as an author. Then, Hye-joon asked if the work was hard, and Mom reflected that everything in life is hard, starting at birth. She told Hye-joon that he needs to find fun in the hardship because nobody gives you fun for free.

Meanwhile, at the other family gathering, Yi-young and husband Tae-kyung congratulate Hae-na’s expected admission to law school. Yi-young proudly claims credit for their two productions (read: children), and Hae-hyo reminds them that the parents don’t hold any ownership. Tae-kyung makes a toast to Hae-na’s utility to society while Yi-young toasts to their happiness with their parents having their backs.

At the Sa family gathering, Mom goes right in and strongly opposes Kyung-joon moving out. She explains that he’ll never save enough money if he moves out now and argues that he should save enough for deposit on a house.

Kyung-joon argues that he wants to live freely and adds that Hye-joon doesn’t want to share a room with Gramps. Hye-joon tells Kyung-joon to keep him out of his argument and says that Kyung-joon unfairly framed Hye-joon’s desire for his own room as not wanting to share a room with Gramps.

Dad scolds the brothers for always fighting but ultimately blames Hye-joon for his defiance. Gramps says brothers should respect each other and reminds Young-nam of how well he got along with his brother.

Then, Gramps adds that Kyung-joon doesn’t resemble him, and Ae-sook realizes that Gramps overheard their conversation. Gramps defends himself, admitting that he neglected his family out of ignorance and not neglect of his family.

Kyung-joon forces the argument that his move will benefit the family by creating more space. He blames the lack of space for the tension between him and Hye-joon, which Hye-joon instigated when he infringed on Kyung-joon’s space. He frames his move as a benevolent act of creating a more spacious environment for the family. Dad applauds Kyung-joon’s smart logic, and Hye-joon looks incredulous at Kyung-joon misplaced blame.

Gramps reads through Kyung-joon’s grand empty words and says that he was scammed by well-spoken people like Kyung-joon. Dad criticizes Gramps for confidently sharing how he suffered through scams, and Gramps claims that he’s paid his debts by accepting his son’s criticism in front of the family.

Hye-joon looks at Gramps sympathetically as Gramps tells Young-nam that there’s no bigger punishment than being reproached by your children. Young-nam falls silent, and Hye-joon reaches out to hold Gramps’ hand.

After the family meeting, Ae-sook comes to a compromise with Kyung-joon and allows him to move out if he finds a place with lower rent. Then, she turns to Young-nam with the bigger concern of Gramps overhearing their conversation. She tells Young-nam to apologize and stop bringing up faults from the past, but Young-nam refuses to.

In their room, Gramps tells Hye-joon that he’s going to model and show Young-nam what he’s capable of. Hye-joon approves of Gramps’ determination, and they cheer each other on with an adorable hug. The warm mood is interrupted by Ae-sook and Young-nam, who ask for some privacy with Gramps.

Ae-sook apologizes to Gramps for talking about him behind his back, but Gramps doesn’t mind. He emphasizes that Kyung-joon really doesn’t resemble him but that Young-nam does. Young-nam firmly denies this, but Gramps knows it’s true. He says that he hopes that he wins the lottery so that he can move out, and he goes to bed.

Kyung-joon confronts Hye-joon about dropping his grudge about their middle school fight, but Hye-joon won’t let go that his brother hit him because Kyung-joon hasn’t become any more decent since then. Hye-joon isn’t convinced by Kyung-joon’s insistence that they’re coming from similar circumstances because Kyung-joon at least had his own room.

Hye-joon returns to his room and quietly prepares to practice his lines, careful not to wake Gramps. He posts a photo of his script book on his social media and gives the post its first like. Then, he dives into memorizing his script.

Hae-na and Jin-woo anxiously count down the time at a PC-bang for Hae-na’s law school class registration. They’re all competitive classes to get into, and she manages to get into them all. They celebrate at a café, and Jin-woo shows her something else to celebrate: his HPV vaccine progress. She notes that he has two of three done, and he excitedly tells her that he’s almost there.

Min-jae nervously glances at Hye-joon as she drives him to his movie shoot, and she’s unsettled by Hye-joon’s calmness. Hye-joon says that he’s been thinking about his character so much that the character is starting to talk to him. Though Min-jae doesn’t understand this process, she supports his immersion in his character. She’s off to meet with another movie director, and she boasts that Hye-joon’s career is working out in her hands.

As Jung-ha prepares for the shoot, Soo-bin runs into the break room and fangirls over Hye-joon after seeing him suited up. Their fangirl moment is ruined by Jin Joo, who sneers that Jung-ha must be excited to visit the movie set. Jung-ha clarifies that she’s going to work on set and walks out.

Jung-ha meets up with Hye-joon and Hae-hyo, who are about to head out to their shoot. Hye-joon feigns confidence about his violent scenes, but then he admits that he’s worried. Jung-ha and Hae-hyo decide to stick around after his scenes to watch Hye-joon’s action scenes.

On set, Hye-joon rehearses the action scene where he beats Do-ha with a club, but his movements look a bit awkward because he doesn’t want to hurt Do-ha. Annoyed, Do-ha doesn’t cooperate with the rehearsal and insists that he’s stronger while in the action anyway.

From afar, Hae-hyo comments that his friend seems like a different person, and Jung-ha nods that Hye-joon is truly an actor. Fishing for a compliment, Hae-hyo asks if Jung-ha also thought that while watching him, and Jung-ha offers her affirmation. Hae-hyo smiles in satisfaction.

Hye-joon’s roommate is also busy pursuing his dream of modeling — we see Gramps stretching and working hard at modeling classes. His classmates struggle to maintain their posture against the wall, but Gramps stands firm and receives praise from the instructor.

On set, Hye-joon goes off-script in his scene with Do-ha, and Do-ha complains about him going rogue. But the director finds Hye-joon’s ad-lib intriguing and tells him to go with this alternative scene. As a result, Hye-joon beats Do-ha with his fists, and the aggressive beating offers the slightest bit of amends from episode 1.

Min-jae meets with Director Yoon, who shares that he looked into Hye-joon after Tae-soo spoke highly of him. She seems puzzled by the referral, but when she hears about the lead casting, she brightens up about the opportunity.

Back on set, Hye-joon continues to act through his improvised scene, where he’s a complete jerk, and kicks Do-ha. The blow hurts Do-ha, and Hye-joon immediately breaks out of character to check on him. Do-ha questions whether this scene is actually better and doesn’t trust the director’s judgement. They take a break to monitor the scene, and Do-ha continues to grumble about the inconvenient changes.

Min-jae visits Tae-soo’s office with a cake to thank him for talking up Hye-joon. He’s clearly confused but takes full credit for the unintentional good deed that earned Hye-joon a spot in an upcoming drama with Do-ha. She tells him that she has lots to learn as a budding manager and asks for his guidance. He’s flattered by her request and then asks if she knows why the movie filming is going long. She proudly credits Hye-joon’s passion for the unexpected delays.

Hae-hyo heads home and posts photos from set, but the filming continues for Hye-joon and Do-ha. The action intensifies, and Hye-joon gets a cut on his forehead from Do-ha throwing the club at him. Hye-joon doesn’t notice and continues to act until Do-ha points on the blood. The director quickly tells his team to capture this scene, and Jung-ha rushes to him in concern.

Jung-ha accompanies Hye-joon to the pharmacy to treat his cut, which is fortunately not serious. When she hands him the purchases from the pharmacy, Hye-joon asks her store it in her bag until she gets home, since he intends on accompanying her home. Jung-ha says that he should worry about himself, since he’s the patient, and he jokes that he’s not going to die. She doesn’t like his extreme language and walks off to the bus stop.

Hye-joon catches up to Jung-ha at the bus stop and hands her the pharmacy bag because it’s too heavy. Jung-ha loses to his cute complaint. As they sit together on the bus, Jung-ha notices Hye-joon reaching for his tender forehead, and she gets worked up about his injury. She gently checks the band-aid on his forehead, and Hye-joon looks slightly smitten by her care.

Jung-ha nags that he should have gone home instead of insisting that he take her home, and they bicker about who’s responsible for this situation. Hye-joon playfully asks if she like responsible people or if she feels responsible because she likes him. He’s in a cheerful mood, and Jung-ha accepts his playfulness.

As they walk together, Jung-ha reflects on her observations from the set. She realized that no work is easy, but Hye-joon says that he felt like he was on top of the world. He felt so happy that he didn’t think about anything. Jung-ha wonders if life viewed from the outside and the life you actually live are different, and Hye-joon thinks so.

Suddenly, it starts to rain, and Jung-ha observes that it always rains when she’s with him. She runs to find shelter, but Hye-joon doesn’t move as he realizes something. Hye-joon says that he wants to be in the rain, so Jung-ha runs back to him to remind him of his previous claim that he’s always rational.

Hye-joon admits, “I feel like I’m going to burst. I’m confused. I want to say something, but I don’t know if I should say it.” Jung-ha advises him not to say it, but Hye-joon disagrees. He confesses, “I think I like you.”

 
COMMENTS

Okay, maybe this is cute. Maybe this pair is growing on me, and maybe I’m falling right in line with the plan of the casting director. I don’t think that these two have chemistry (yet), but I still find their friendship and budding relationship enjoyable. I like them both individually (both the characters and actors), and I sense an ease in their relationship that seems mutually beneficial. Hye-joon doesn’t feel the same veiled competition with Jung-ha that he often feels with Hae-hyo, and it’s nice that he doesn’t have baggage in this relationship. Jung-ha still admires Hye-joon but her short-lived fangirl awe allows her to establish a more easy-going and closer relationship with him. There’s nothing super dramatic about their relationship, and that comfort is appealing to me.

Someone not super appealing to me: Tae-soo. The show only briefly attempted to humanize his struggles, and he remains a greedy dirtbag. He acknowledges his personal change for the worst, and I dislike him even more for choosing to be greedy and exploitative. He frames it as a survival tactic, but a spineless unprincipled man is merely an invertebrate. I don’t trust him, and I hope Min-jae doesn’t let her optimism mislead her read on Tae-soo. He’s in good company with Do-ha, and I hope their combined dirtbag energy leads to their downfall. The only thing he gets right is his read on Hye-joon’s aura, and he’s sure to regret his loss soon enough.

I do love the meta-ness of Bogummie being a budding actor, and seeing him play an evil badass in the movie reminded me of his role in I Remember You. Before puppy Bogummie, there was monster Bo-gum, and he was downright frightening. That last scene on the set where you can almost see the character’s entire sinister expression in Bogummie’s eyes and then he snaps out of that into puppy mode — just wow. Even though he’s a puppy in real life and a puppy in this show, he’s capable of so much more. I hope we see more moments like that to showcase Bogummie’s range. Give me more of that, and I’ll be just alright.

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i absolutely adore park bo gum and park so dam's budding relationship and find their interactions really witty and engaging but wish that they would keep at it for another 3-4 more episodes, only because i want to see more of it before they actually develop into a romantic relationship.

Knowing this writer she likes her romance at a high speed and i see that here, but since they do have a budding friendship i actually feel the chemistry for them to be in a romantic relationship. Either way i adore this show and am living for bogummie's role as a baddie and swooning 100 times over.

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Me, too. PBG is the reason why I'm here. I don't know for how long they're going to drag the movie shoot - I just want Hye-joon to get another project and Grandpa to start his newfound career. Yay for mom Ae-sook!

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I waited for recaps to see if I need to devote my time to this drama, and so far, even recaps cannot compel me to do that. Everything I read sounds boring to me, and it's episode 5. Anyone else feel this way?

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You are not alone. I am entertained by the recap (thanks @dramallama) but if i watched this episode , i would have fast forwarded the scenes with the parents (both sides) and the manager scenes.

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I am watching it and don't recommend. Honestly, I am now just holding on for Park So Dam and even that might not take me finish the drama. It is very dry.

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This was a delightful episode. Hye-jun and Jeong-ha seem made for each other. It's all happening very quickly, so it doesn't take a genius to foresee shoals ahead.

It was also interesting to see who really has the power in the master/servant relationship between Ae-sook and Yi-young. Previous episodes have shown Yi-young as having the power that comes with her income and social status, but this episode showed her emotional dependence on Ae-sook, something the latter is not unaware of. Looks like Ae-sook also has more clout with and respect from Yi-young's children.

Also is anyone prepared to put money on Kyeong-jun being caught in a rental scam? That's going to slow down Young-nam, for sure.

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I’m very sure Kyung joon is being scammed.

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I am with you. Kyung joon will definitely be a victim of rental scam.

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Absolutely - and he totally deserves it too!

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That confession, swoooon. Hye-joon was trembling when he said, "I feel like I'm going to explode." I died at his gaze at Jung-ha when she touched the band-aid on his forehead. He did admit to being crazy and excited, which describes knetz' comment about his confession:

Hyejun's adrenaline is at an all time high after finishing his shoot and his emotions are intensified so I think that's why he suddenly confessed his love

After Jung-ha stopped being his fan, what did she change her phone wallpaper to? When Hye-joon found her phone in the car, I was hoping he would see his photo. This movie is going to make Hye-joon a star. The director and crew looked offended when ass Do-ha called for his own break. Let's increase gangster!Hye-joon's scenes.

A big thanks for the recap, @dramallama!

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Okay, I am cautiously optimistic with this couple. This is going way to fast for me and there are " signs" that this won't last. Also, that confession wasn't really a " confession". He said " I think I like you" now I am comparing that to Do you like Brahms? where the male lead said I like you like 8 times to the female lead when confessing then gave her a super passionate kiss. Its wrong to compare but this confession seems watered down and I think it was done purposely. I think we are going to have two instances the beginning and the future and in the future I think the ML will be much surer of his feelings and won't hesitate in his confession. IDK, I could be wrong though.. 😂😂🤣.. I often am..

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The parents are tiring to watch... They want their children to be adult, earn money, etc. but they can't decide how and have to stay in the familial house when they can be controlled...

I was disapointed to see Min-jae being so naive. She worked with Tae-soo and she doesn't know how he works? For Tae-Soo, I prefered the actor in One Spring Night and Black Dog, he was nice not a snake!

I like our cute couple. I like their chemistry. I would like more a passionate love than a cute one as a young adult but their conversations are refreshing.

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I find the parents particularly annoying; they both use facts as weapons and either pick up a fact that meets their needs or ignore an inconvenient one depending on their particular whim of the moment. The dad is completely un-self-aware and it is horrifying how he takes out his own frustrations and self-loathing against the family members that he has labeled as "responsible" for his condition (in the case of his father) or in need of a life course correction because they are lazy, stupid, lack ambition, etc. etc (in the case of his younger son). He is toxic.

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Thanks so much for this recap, @dramallama!

I've been following Record of Youth, but haven't commented because I was still trying to figure out if I liked it, and why. But, that confession from PBG....*swoon* Now I can see why so many girls like him (the actor).

I'm enjoying the witty banter the most. If I am correct, I think the writer is going for the slow, but realistic, burn of a friendship turn into romantic love. I'm a sucker for that kind of love story(line).

I do find the chemistry somehow missing a bit from PBG and PSD, not because of the acting, directing or even writing, but because I think the characters themselves have been fairly muted and reserved.

Jung-Ha may be a fangirl, but she obviously has very practical priorities involving financial stability (and more skeptical about romantic possibilities) than a typical fangirl-meets-her-bias. Hye-joon is still struggling, with a race against time and the military enlistment, along with the lack of support from the majority of his family members, to know to keep his true emotional struggles to himself.

So, I can understand why even as they are drawn to one another, and the sparks have been sporadically popping up, both are reticent to allow the floodgates of their suppressed desires for love, understanding and safe vulnerability to open.

Still, I can't wait to see where this goes!! I love the friendship between Hae-Hyo and Hye-joon, but I fear that cute puppy boy-friendship is only a set up to show the destruction when both decide to let out their competitive side against each other. I mean, I'll be sad to see it, but I'm also intrigued.

I really like Grandpa. He's just such an adorable loser. I think he represents what people always fear when pursuing their dreams: that ultimately they will end up with it never being realised and wasted their lives away chasing rainbows. But, I hope he catches his rainbow. I think we're all rooting for him as much as we are for Hye-joon and Jung-Ha.

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I was not a huge fan of this episode to be honest. Why? The Director keeps jumping all of the place in terms of timeline, as a viewer it sometimes leaves me a bit lost. Also, we don't know anything still about Jung Ha and we are in almost half way through the show.

Also, this show spends too much time on side characters. Its like the Director is trying to show us the villians POV. The fact that the main characters aren't getting that much screen time is annoying. Stop focusing so much on Hae Hyo family, Tae Soo, and other people who do not drive the storyline. Yes, we can see them but I don't get why Tae Soo got almost 5 minutes of screen time for his POV. I am only interested in seeing HH, HJ, and JA. I thought this drama would be similar to Fight Your Way where the focus was on the main 4 characters and their struggles and not the side characters so much. Sorry had to vent because that was really bothering me, I mean is Record of Youth a show about family or is a show about the entertainment industry because right now I cannot tell since we spend so much time with the families. The Director Ahn Gil-ho has some big hits under his name so I am trying to trust where he leads us but right now I am a bit put off.

Also, I have many theories, all of which I cannot share right now but one theory that I think I am right about is Jung Ha and her being a rich girl. I think Jung Ha mysterious father is either a Chaebol or he is up there with Hae Hyo family. I think this will add a complication to the Jung Ha and Hye Joon relationship because she never revealed her " status'.

I also don't have good feelings about HJ and JA relationship. Don't get me wrong , they are super cute together but they hooked up way too fast, so I do think they will break up at some point.

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I 100% agree about the families. I don't care about any of them, yet the director acts like we should and as of yet hasn't given us much of a reason to care. Frankly, I don't want to care either. We know far more about HJ's brother than we do JA, and we are almost to the halfway mark. It is a baffling creative choice.

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Thank you, we have NO IDEA who JA is or her back story.. I mean there have been hints but nothing concrete, I'm like wth and what is this jumpy timeline.. the show will end at one spot and then it takes 30 mins of the next episode to get to the spot that the show ended at last time.. its very confusing.. I like ROY but I really want to love it and I am not there yet personally.

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Reasons for Hye Jun's abrupt proposal:
1. Jung Ha already liked him as a fan which probably made him confident that she could like him as a BF too
2. He was riding high on happiness and confidence from his successful day of shooting in which the director clearly favoured him a lot
3. Noona had said earlier that they totally looked like they were dating, as seen from the backseat XD
4. He'd just been hit on the head XD

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Definitely 2. And some 4. 🤣

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I think the acting of Park Bo Gum and Park So Dam is really empathetic, I am completely frustrated like Sa Hye Joon and fell in love like Jung Ha. After the five episodes I was really hoping that Hye Joon will bring out all his determination and that their story will become more intense (is it too much to hope for a coexistence?)
But I'm afraid Hye Joon's closest friend might intrude.
The chemistry between Bo Gum and So Dam is very strong, after all with two such good actors I didn't expect anything different. I'm sorry to see that there isn't much follower here, but I'm not surprised, I've seen a lot more comments on totally unwatchable dramas. Evidently my tastes and those of the dramabeans subscribers diverge.

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Yes, I think there is a couple of reasons on the low comments. the timing of the recaps but also this drama has been very slow paced and the storyline is a bit messy (in the sense) that it goes all over the place. I think the show is very good but I cant stand certain elements.

Also, I must be the only fan of HH. HH liked JA before HJ did. HJ liked JA as a friend at first and then he became attracted to her as more but I suspect HJ knew HH liked JA because all of the things HH did to have JA close to him. I mean I usually know if my friends like someone before they do. I am not saying HH is innocent ( hardly) but I think we are going to see alot more with HH and JA in the future, I think they will grow closer, not sure if they will be together.
I dont think it will be HH to intrude because of something he said ( no spoilers) but I do think that HJ will break it off with JA ( I have my theories why but cant share right now).

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I don’t see this drama getting any better. I had high hopes because my favorite actor is in it but so far even the amazing Park Bo Gum can’t make me stay and watch this. I don’t see the plot and the love line is forgettable. Sorry but this is not my cup of tea.

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I did zone out from the family scenes. On HH and JA relationship, I find it refreshing for lack of misunderstandings, and having more conversations. I am not sure how the family situation of HH could make him vulnerable to liking someone. I can't quite put a pulse to it but give me more interactions and heart conversations and maybe i can warm to it. Maybe we have been bombarded by dramas' knotty relationships that it takes some time to adjust to what feels like a 'normal' youthful relationship. So in a sense, this could only challenge me and not be turn off. Unless of course the director and writer keeps giving me what feels often like 'staged' elocutions. I need the 'feels'.

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honestly feels bad to say it given that so many people are seemingly warming up to it now but the longer I spend on this drama the more I’m feeling it’s failings already 😭 at first I wasn’t seeing it and honestly for now because it’s only asking of me two hours a week (instead of if I was watching after it aired & doing the whole thing at once) I’m okay with it but I find it’s lacking in some places and confusing (in terms of the way episodes are put together) in others even tho I’m interested in the friendships and our main couple :( I hope something can switch it back to giving me positive feelings because I’m not ready to give up yet!!!!!

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Thanks for the recap, I love this show and can't wait for the next episode. I was planning to binge it when it finishes, but just couldn't wait. Love both leads and thought both characters are true to their hearts, and despite many setbacks, they don't play the victim's cards. It's been awhile since i was that looking forward to the latest episodes. Keep it up, show.

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Still watching a fd still living the dialogue. Loving the ease that the OTP spreak to each other. They may not have OTT sexual chemistry, but I love that they are just friends talking. I like how focused Jung-ha is and same with Hye joon. They know their goals. I like the family dynamics too. They’re people o can see in my own life, of not my own family. Lol.

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I love how the OTP's banter revolves around being bluntly honest with one another, in the best way possible. I love how unguarded they are with one another.

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Can we stop and appreciate, for a moment, how beautiful the set was for the confession? The rain, those neon rainbow shopfronts with fairy lights, that mirror with the message. Absolutely magical. ❤️

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I really wanted to watch this since the beginning, but was turned off by the comments. I went ahead and watched anyways and I like it! The fist 3 episodes were kind of weird, in terms of dialogues, pace and story line. But from episode 4 it really started getting better, and I am now completely warmed up to it. I love the OTP, their conversations are one of the kind, and I actually think they do have chemistry (maybe not in the first episodes). The only down-point I find is that the writer seems to want to say A LOT with her characters, instead of really focusing on 2-3 side characters (grandpa and Mum for example), which make it seem a bit all over the place. But, I absolutely do not find it boring or lackluster. I guess it's a question of taste!

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agreed, the show has a kind of awkward vibe that sometimes makes me feel it's trying too hard to be different(?) But I got used to it now and I'm more understanding of the diverse relationships the writer is trying to portray. Definitely the main couple's dialogue was is well planned out! i actually find the disfunctional family dialogues interesting too

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