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Record of Youth: Episode 6

Life is filled with ups and downs, which our young actor knows too well. While he has a dedicated crew ready to support him in his endeavors, there are still others who wish for his downfall. Despite the setbacks, he won’t give up on his dreams even if the road ahead looks tough, especially not now when he has someone special by his side.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

Standing in the rain, Hye-joon confesses his feelings to Jung-ha, but instead of answering, she pulls him along before he catches a cold. He takes off his jacket to shield them as they run, and they find shelter at a convenience store. She invites him to her place to get an umbrella, and Hye-joon follows.

At home, Ae-sook compliments Young-nam for fixing the kitchen cabinet and wonders if Gramps is okay since he’s been in his room all evening. Young-nam checks up on him, and noticing Gramps walk in pain, he assumes that he went dancing. As always, he warns Gramps not to cause trouble again.

After drying himself, Hye-joon sits down for a cup of tea and looks at the various drawings of Jung-ha displayed on her bookshelf. Her dad drew them all—ranging from childhood to her young adult years—and one particular portrait grabs Hye-joon’s attention.

Jung-ha tells him that this was when her mom was getting remarried, and she asks if he knows what the hardest part is of your parents’ divorce. She smiles slyly and refuses to share since they aren’t close enough. Her distancing upsets him, but Jung-ha explains that she’ll tell him about herself little by little.

He asks if that’s her answer to his confession, and she stumbles for a response. Escaping to her room, Jung-ha can’t believe he actually confessed and steels herself to resist. Waiting for Jung-ha, Hye-joon receives a call from Gramps, telling him about his modeling class and how he needs a portfolio.

As Hye-joon gets ready to leave, Jung-ha cautiously asks about their relationship, but he already interpreted her words as a refusal. She quickly explains that she likes him, too, but doesn’t know what comes next. His answer is simple, “dating.”

Jung-ha walks Hye-joon out to the main road and offers to do Gramps’ makeup for his portfolio shoot. She waves bye as he walks away, and Hye-joon wonders to himself if she stayed behind and watched him that day. Though he wanted to turn around, he didn’t, and future Hye-joon regrets his decision. Continuing his narration, future Hye-joon wishes he cherished their beginning more, especially since he was unaware of how they would end up.

Hye-joon meets Min-jae in a café, and she jumps up from her seat, worrying about his injury. Besides checking up on him, she’s actually here to tell him about his new casting, and he also has something to tell her.

Despite the late hour, Hae-hyo texts Jung-ha, asking what she’s doing, and she replies back that she’s home. She tells him good night, and he chuckles at her conversation-ending message.

In the morning, Hae-hyo drops by a flower shop and picks up some yellow tulips. He gifts them to Yi-young, and she smiles at his show of affection. Ever the realist, Hae-na reminds her mom that Hae-hyo’s behavior will change once he gets a girlfriend.

Unfortunately, Hae-na’s meddling backfires as Yi-young’s attention turns to her dating life, instead. Deflecting the questions, Hae-na changes the topic, and eventually Yi-young’s scrutiny returns to Hae-hyo. She advises him to watch his actions while at the salon, and he suggests just dating, then. She tells him not to make rumors and ends the conversation.

On the ride to the salon, Hae-hyo’s manager notices the second bouquet of tulips in the backseat and tells Hae-hyo not to give the flowers to you-know-who. Hae-hyo laughs at his hasty assumptions of dating, but his manager believes no girl would turn him down.

Jung-ha is promoted to designer, but her celebration ends as soon as Jin Joo enters the room. The senior designer picks on Soo-bin and acts as if she betrayed her to side with Jung-ha. Her accusations fluster Soo-bin, but Jung-ha pays no heed to her words.

Hae-hyo finds Jung-ha in the back and hands her the bouquet, explaining how he picked up a second one while buying them for his mom. Though it was coincidental, it fits perfectly with her promotion, and he offers to buy her dinner to celebrate.

She turns him down since she already made plans with Hye-joon, and he wonders if they’re dating. She tells him that it isn’t a date today, and he wonders what happened to her resolve about not mixing fantasy with reality. She perceives his questions as teasing, but once she leaves, Hae-hyo says that he wasn’t joking.

While Hye-joon works out at the park, Jin-woo calls him about Gramps’ portfolio and tells him that he got permission to use the studio. Hye-joon is worried that he’s asking too much from his friend, but his concerns only make Jin-woo want to help him more.

Meanwhile, the two friends’ parents are eating together, and though they bicker, it’s all friendly banter. Ae-sook finally notices the bracelet Kyung-mi was showing off the entire time, and Kyung-mi notes how Ae-sook would be in the same boat if it wasn’t for Gramps.

When Hye-joon comes home, Kyung-mi gushes about his good looks and asks for Do-ha’s autograph. He explains how he isn’t close to him, and Kyung-mi understands since she heard rumors about the actor’s terrible personality.

Hye-joon asks to borrow the car, so Young-nam drops the keys off in his room. Before he leaves, he shows his concern for Hye-joon’s injury…by scolding for still working part-time jobs. Feeling awkward, Young-nam mentions Gramps, and Hye-joon asks him to stop guilting Gramps for his past mistake.

Speaking of whom, Gramps practices at the modeling academy even though it’s his day off. The instructor seems impressed by his dedication, and Gramps brags about Hye-joon’s support for his new aspirations.

Jin-woo stops by the sandwich shop Hye-joon works at, and while waiting for his food, he tells him that Do-ha is trending. Hye-joon looks unconcerned by the news, but at Jin-woo’s insistence, he decides to text Min-jae about it. However, she messages him first, telling him how happy she feels about his career, and Hye-joon tells his friend that he was casted in a drama.

Min-jae calls Director Yoon, but the director yells at her since Tae-soo told him about their “betrayal.” Seething, Min-jae calls Tae-soo for an explanation, but he’s busy fixing his own problems.

Do-ha barges into his office, pressing him for a solution, so Tae-soo tells him to calm down first. The actor won’t leave without hearing his plan since he doesn’t trust him, but to his bafflement, Tae-soo agrees—he shouldn’t trust him.

Yi-young makes a call to complain about Hae-hyo being associated with Do-ha, but since the latter has a large fandom, she agrees to the marketing strategy for now. Meanwhile, Hae-hyo gets ready for his commercial shoot with Jung-ha as his makeup artist, but before they leave, she receives a text from Hye-joon. Seeing her smile, he asks if she likes him that much, and she says that she does.

On set, Hae-hyo plays racquetball until he’s covered in sweat and falls to the floor. He reaches over and grabs… a doughnut. The director calls cut, and as they prepare to reshoot the scene, Jung-ha touches up his makeup. While she does her job, he seems acutely aware of their close proximity.

It’s almost time to start Gramps’ photoshoot, yet Jung-ha is nowhere in sight. Gramps notes that his friend probably isn’t coming, but Hye-joon tells him that she keeps her promises. On cue, Jung-ha calls Hye-joon to apologize for being late and tells him that she’ll still make it.

Catching a ride with Hae-hyo, Jung-ha rushes off to the studio without so much as a glance back. Watching her leave, Hae-hyo thinks to himself that while he chose friendship over love in the past, this time he wants to make a different choice.

Jung-ha looks worried as she runs into an empty studio, but once she checks the changing room, she finds everyone patiently waiting for her. She smiles at Hye-joon, and he beams back at her.

The three friends help Gramps with his photoshoot, complimenting his poses and having a grand time all around. Afterwards, they celebrate with drinks—though the two guys stick to soda since they’re the designated drivers.

While the younger kids laugh, Gramps comments on how beautiful they all are and thanks them for today. He tells them that the best thing he did was have Young-nam because he was able to meet Hye-joon, Jin-woo, and Jung-ha. Adding to the list of good things, Jin-woo tells the others about Hye-joon’s drama casting, and they cheer for him as well.

Kyung-joon looks for apartments again and finds an amazing deal that meets Ae-sook’s budget requirements. The real estate agent sits him down to sign the paperwork, but Kyung-joon is tentative about entering a contract without meeting the owner first. The real estate agent threatens to pull the deal, and instead of finding this response fishy, Kyung-joon agrees to sign.

Still in his office, Tae-soo reads the articles of Do-ha pushing his fan to the ground, but in the comments section, his “fans” defend the actor’s actions as justified. With public sentiment now on their side, Tae-soo orders an employee to send all the reporters a gift.

Having waited in the parking lot this entire time, Min-jae confronts Tae-soo when he leaves for the night, but neither her appearance nor her admonishments faze him. He describes his actions as a life lesson since the entertainment world is filled with jerks like him. Min-jae explodes, calling him inhuman, but he merely applauds her for finally catching on: agents aren’t humans.

Min-jae sits in her car alone when she reads a text from Jung-ha, congratulating her for getting Hye-joon a role in a drama. Reading her words, tears fall from Min-jae’s eyes despite her best efforts to hold them back, and she holds her phone close to her chest as she cries.

Tae-soo takes Do-ha to a private club room and explains how he buried the scandal by manipulating the comments. Do-ha comments on how Tae-soo is smarter than he looks, and Tae-soo suddenly drops honorifics, looking peeved. However, he quickly slaps on a smile and brings in some women to entertain them.

On his way home, Young-nam bumps into Gramps and wonders why he’s dressed so differently. Gramps twirls for his son, bragging about looking good, and inside, he tells Ae-sook about Hye-joon’s drama casting.

Hye-joon drops off Jung-ha at her place, and she asks if she can take a picture to record this surreal moment. He readily poses for her photo, and to further cement this as reality, he asks her out to watch a movie to which she agrees.

He holds her hand while walking her home, and notes that it hasn’t rained. She says that the rain will remind her of someone but doesn’t share who. Standing outside her place, he tells her to go in first, and they slowly let go of each other’s hand. This time, Hye-joon waits and watches as Jung-ha leaves.

Fulfilling their promised movie date, Hye-joon and Jung-ha meet at the theater early in the morning. After taking their seats, he asks for the time, and Jung-ha touches her watch which is specially designed for the blind. She explains how she strives to empathize and tells him to try reading it, too. He reaches over to use her watch, and Jung-ha freezes as his touch.

Min-jae lies in bed as she sighs at the multiple missed calls from “Sa Star” (aka, Hye-joon). Rather than deal with the problem, she opts for a different solution: sleep.

In a cafe, Jin-woo sends his last vaccination receipt to Hae-na and meets with Hye-joon to give him Gramps’ portfolio. After hearing that Hye-joon saw a movie with Jung-ha, he asks if he likes her more than his friends, and Hye-joon picks Jung-ha in a heartbeat. He asks the same thing to Jin-woo, and he just as quickly chooses Hae-na. Hye-joon freaks out when he hears her name and warns Jin-woo to keep him out of it.

Jin-woo picks up Hae-na and takes her to a hotel room that he prepared with all the classic romantic decorations—petals in the bathtub, candles, banner, and more. He suggests getting into the mood with some wine, but Hae-na cuts to the chase and kisses him.

As she pulls him to the couch, Jin-woo backs away and postpones having sex to another day because he still thinks of her as a little girl. She yells at him for ruining mood—he wasn’t the only one looking forward to this day—and Jin-woo takes back his statement, saying that they can do it. His lackluster response infuriates her more, and Hae-na gets up. Jin-woo grabs her, but she firmly tells him to let go, calling him a loser before marching out.

Hye-joon comes home to Gramps practicing his posture even at home and warns him not to overdo it. He hands him the portfolio, which Gramps adores, and they hide his keepsake in a drawer. They join the rest of the family for dinner, and Ae-sook cooked a feast to celebrate Hye-joon’s casting.

Kyung-joon is dubious of the news since the drama doesn’t even have a broadcasting station, but Gramps puts a stop to his questioning. Once Young-nam comes to the table, he asks about Kyung-joon’s new apartment, and his eldest son assures him that it’s good. While they eat, Ae-sook places meat in Hye-joon’s bowl, and he smiles at the gesture.

After dinner, Hye-joon calls Min-jae, but she continues avoiding his calls. The next morning, he goes to meet her in person, and as soon as she sees him, she apologizes. She doesn’t think she’s cut out to be his manager, but Hye-joon tells her that it’s fine because nothing in life is free.

She’s amazed by his composure, but then shrinks back when he raises his voice to scold her. He believes running away is bad, but more importantly, he dislikes how easily she quit. He asks if she’s unconsciously thinking lightly of her work and confesses that he doesn’t have much time: “Sometimes, I’m not laughing even when I laugh.”

Yi-young sighs at the new script Hae-hyo received and berates his agency for not doing its job. Hae-hyo comes down as they’re talking and comments on how his manager looks like Yi-young’s employee.

Returning to her room, Yi-young tosses aside the script and asks Ae-sook about Hye-joon’s next project. Taking a break from her cleaning, Ae-sook tells her about his drama casting, but when she says the name, Yi-young makes a face—it’s the same one Hae-hyo is considering. Making a quick call, Yi-young learns that Hye-joon’s name isn’t attached to the drama and tells Ae-sook the bad news.

Walking through a bookstore, Hye-joon picks up a book that starts with a quote from Nikos Kazantzakis, “How simple and frugal a thing is happiness.” Moving to a café, he studies English by watching shows, and at home, Gramps practices his modeling.

Gramps moves into the living room for more space but is interrupted when Ae-sook and Kyung-joon come home. He returns to his room but suddenly faints in the doorway. While Ae-sook and Kyung-joon stay with him at the hospital, Young-nam packs some of Gramps’ clothes to bring to the hospital. He goes through a drawer to grab his pacemaker ID card and stumbles across his portfolio.

At the hospital, Gramps wakes up, and the doctor notifies them that his fall was caused by exhaustion or stress. Ae-sook and Kyung-joon turn to Gramps for an explanation, but he just hems and haws.

When Hye-joon comes home, Young-nam throws Gramps’ portfolio to the ground and accuses him for being unrealistic. Hye-joon argues back, describing how he gave up on college for hyung because of their family’s financial situation, but Young-nam doesn’t see it that way. He scolds Hye-joon for resembling Gramps, but Hye-joon bites back, “It’s way better than resembling you!”

Seeing red, Young-nam slaps Hye-joon across the face, and everything goes silent for a second. Barely over a whisper, Hye-joon asks if he hit him, and Young-nam huffs before stomping away. With nowhere else to go, Hye-joon sits in the van and cries.

When Jung-ha calls him, Hye-joon holds back his tears to answer, and hearing his stuffy voice, she asks if he’s sick. He tells her that he’s okay, so she asks if he can come out and play with her. Agreeing to meet, he takes her to a park, and she marvels at the nice place.

He tells her that he comes here when he’s depressed, and admits to feeling down, though he isn’t anymore because of her. She takes that to mean she’s his antidepressant and asks to be paid for her services. He hands her some money, and she giddily runs off with the free cash. Heh.

On their walk, they find a piano in the park and sit on the bench. She joins him as he plays “Chopsticks,” and Hye-joon narrates, “When you love a woman, magic happens. That woman has a name: Ahn Jung-ha.”

Hye-joon starts another piece (“Two Hands, to You”), but this time by himself. He sings a soft and quiet rendition only meant for her ears, and Jung-ha watches him, unable to tear her eyes away. When he finishes, he meets her gaze and then slowly leans in. As they kiss, Hye-joon sheds a tear.

 
COMMENTS

There’s something melancholic about this show, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that the current timeline is in the past. Ultimately, what we’re watching is memories, which means there’s an end. Though Hye-joon and Jung-ha’s relationship has just started, the show reminds us that something happens and their happiness doesn’t last. Even in the moments when the audience should squee, the show doesn’t portray these scenes with unabandoned bliss. While it’s adorable to watch the couple together, at the end of the day, they have to separate, and on screen, it’s only ever Hye-joon we see—walking away or waiting. Ultimately, Hye-joon is the narrator, and we experience the world through his eyes. Time is running out for our young actor, and his sense of urgency can be felt throughout the show. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, as Gramps wisely said, but on the other side of the coin, today will never come again.

As the show progresses, Young-nam continues to occupy the same role and never seems to improve as a father or son. He constantly belittles Gramps, and is the opposite of Hye-joon, always holding onto the past and never moving forward. While some of his anger is justified—it seems he took on the role Gramps should have played—his behavior comes across as vindictive and mean. However, even if Young-nam is angry at his father, there’s no reason for him to take out that frustration on Hye-joon. Though he seemed surprised by how hard he slapped him, it doesn’t nullify the fact that he hit his son and refused to apologize afterwards for his mistake. After a certain point, it becomes hard to redeem a character, and in this case, I doubt I will ever understand why Young-nam treats Hye-joon the way he does.

The saddest part of that scene, though, was Hye-joon’s reaction. He has nowhere to go—not even a room to call his own—thus he escapes to his dad’s van just so he can cry in peace. Hye-joon really had no place or person to turn to for solace until Jung-ha entered the picture. In some ways, their budding relationship seems fast, but sometimes emotions are inexplicable. Like her name, she brings him peace, and when he’s with her, you can see from his expression how everything else melts away in her presence. However, because he loves her yet barely knows her, he still wants to impress Jung-ha, which is probably why he keeps some of his troubles a secret from her. In the beginning, their sense of familiarity—a kindred spirit that’s been wearied and worn—was what drew them to each other, but maybe it’s these same things that made them fall in love that will push them apart: Their drive becomes selfishness, their dedication becomes stubbornness, and their allure turns into another distancing secret. On the other hand, maybe they’ll just slowly drift apart, not even knowing themselves how they ended things as the other parts of their lives grow in importance. Alas, even if their future may be bleak as future Hye-joon hinted, it simply means we should cherish their beginning that much more.

Besides Hye-joon, Hae-hyo seems to like Jung-ha as well, but unlike with Hye-joon, it’s harder for me to see when and how Hae-hyo fell in love. More than an attraction, I get the impression that Hae-hyo is interested in Jung-ha because she likes Hye-joon instead of him. Surrounded by people who are constantly boosting his ego and growing up never wanting of anything, I doubt Hae-hyo has ever “lost” to his friend. Even when he talks about choosing friendship over love, he’s always at the center of his words. Naturally, Hae-hyo is the protagonist of his story, but I don’t think he understands that everyone else is the lead of their own, as well. Hye-joon is his friend, and it seems possible that he might have subconsciously categorized him as a supporting role. Thus, Hae-hyo never realized that he’s the side character in Hye-joon’s story, so when Jung-ha makes him aware of this fact, he confuses these emotions as love. For the most part, Hae-hyo is kind and giving, but so far, it’s only been because of his affluent background. When the time comes for Hae-hyo to truly lose something, I suspect that he’ll be choosing more than just love over his friendships.

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I love this show. Or maybe I'm confusing my love for Park Bo-gum as the show, but now that I'm watching this as a romance, I've learned to tolerate Hye-joon's family, and they no longer annoy me. Even Hae-hyo's mom wasn't malicious when she told Hye-joon's mom, "He said he got the part because they probably told him he did." She sounded genuinely concerned when she said, "Hye-joonie will be so disappointed."

Hye-joon's fight with Dad was cathartic. He needed to let out his pent-up feelings he had held in for all these years. So he gave up on college because of his hyung. My heart broke when he sobbed alone in the van. He hasn't even heard Harabeoji had fainted. I'm truly thankful Hye-joon and Jung-ha are together, so he has someone by his side. She called exactly when he needed her.

This drama is so healing every time Hye-joon and Jung-ha say they're depressed. I appreciate her for not asking why like he said at the bookstore, but I really wish he would lean on her and open up about losing the miniseries and his dad slapping him. Hye-joon can be a model-turned-actor-turned-singer. kyaa~ that serenade. When he stared at Jung-ha after the song, I thought he was going to confess "saranghae" with how fast this boy moves.

According to Jin-woo's third HPV vaccine stamp, we're in February 2019, so I'm bracing myself for a breakup, but it would be a waste of Park Bo-gum and Park So-dam's chemistry if they don't get back together. When Jung-ha took a photo of Hye-joon to commemorate the moment, I wish he used her phone to take a photo of them together. Their 7 AM(!) movie date was the sweetest. They unintentionally wore matching couple outfits of stripes and denim. He was touching her watch for five minutes.

Thanks a million for the recap, @lovepark!

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With that slap, "dad" is officially dead to me. But at least now I know what his real problem is: he's jealous of the relationship between his dad and his grandson, he thinks that relationship should by rights be his. He doesn't have the mental capacity to understand them or their bond, so he lashes out verbally and now physically. Even if the show gives him some sort of redemptive arc I won't believe it; short of a brain transplant there's no way to magically create understanding and tolerance in some people.

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So true - he's jealous!!!

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Oh yes, that Bradley watch moment was absolutely gorgeous, I loved it. ❤️

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It's sad because if the Grandpa was so exhausted it was more because of his son than his grandson. He want to prove to his son that he's not a burden and can take care of himself. The past is behind them. Hye-Joon just gave him the way to do it.

Between his difficult work and his family, Hye-Joon has only Jung A to give him hope and love. They's super cute together.

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Thank you, @lovepark, for the recap! If I remember it right, these memories are form 2018 so yes, I agree, ultimately there's an end to Hye-joon's narration of what happened in his life. I hope that he makes good in the movie, goes to military service, and comes back to a bigger project. I know Jung-ha will wait for him.

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Thank you for the recap. I agree with you. There is a sense of melancholy running through the story so far, even during its happy moments for our leads. This was what drew me to the show. The rest of the characters, annoying though some of them may be, influence and shape the world for those two leads, good or bad. I am rooting for both of them, they are trying so desperately hard, in Hye Joon's case in particular. I am already invested in their "past" and what will happen in the present day. I don't need cutesy moments even though they are both very good at it. I just want the story to be told without too much sugar coating or fairy tale tinged. Just let the story shine.

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I think you capture Hye Hyo's crush perfectly. I don't believe for a second he actually likes Jung Ha. I think it is subconscious on his part but his friendship with Hye Joon relies on his superiority to him in all aspects of life. This is where he is losing, he is confusing love with competition.

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I also think Hye Hyo has decided to crush on Jung Ha because she is interested in Hye Joon... he has lived his whole life sheltered and made much of by his mother, and given everything he wanted, so of course he should get this, too. He can sense he's on the outside of something real and adult, but honestly he is so immature and unformed yet, there's no way he could have that sort of relationship at this point in his life.

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Yes, I think his ego was stroked when she originally declaired herself to be Hae Hyo's fan, and it couldn't quite let that go when he found out that she's actually a fan of Hye Joon's. It's the old we always want what is just out of reach problem. I think this friendship is going to get ugly and it makes me sad. I'm hoping they are able to overcome it. The male friendship/rivalry in Temperature of Love was one of the most interesting parts, so I have hope that it will be well done.

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I am a huge HH fan and I am probably the only one.. I just don't like making characters villain's until they actually are the villain. We have to remember like @lovepark said this is being told from HJ POV so we don't know if HH truly likes JA or not and why. I actually think he does for the exact same reasons HJ fell for JA, she is warm and genuine. Remember, HJ first pitied JA for being bullied before they became fast friends. So lets know prejudge. Also, lots of shade at HH mom, Ji Young, I am on the fence with her but she hasn't done anything " bad" yet imo. I mean I would fight for my kids dreams to happen too. IF anything, I think what she is doing is a reflection on how much Hye Joon's parents suck because they havent done crap for HJ. LIKE NOTHING... his mom could have tried to woo producers or reporters and make homeade korean dishes ( media loves a good display of humility) or his brother, mother or anyone could have tried to build up his fanbase with social media posting. JI Young ( HH Mom) has gone hard in the paint for her kid and honestly, I can't hate her for that.. that is what HJ parents should have done. I am not saying Hye Joon would have been a superstar but he probably would have enjoyed more success had he had more support

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I understand what you are saying and I think your approach to watching dramas makes sense. However, I in this instance I disagree. I am not vilifying HH. I honestly don't think it is deliberate on his part. But, based on the evidence he didn't start liking her in earnest until he realized that HJ was interested and JA was interested. If he finds out HJ gets a role by himself he is never fully happy, however he helps HJ get the job he is super happy. It is subtle, but it is there. I think once he realizes that is what he is doing he will try to be better, but he has to realize what he is doing first.

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I can see your point.. similar to Park Hyung Sik character in High Society... unknowingly snobby..lol but still a good person

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I don't agree. Hae Hyon's mom is Jealous and competitive with Hye Joon and especially his mom. She believes they should be beneath her and her son, and regularly insults them. So she's a bit of a villian. She's a likeable villain, especially because she's so silly and always smiling. And she becomes even endearing when she does things like put that Salamander looking make-up artist in her place for insulting her Hae Hyon. But it's pretty obvious that jealousy is the running evil in this drama. Hye Joon's Dad is jealous of him, Hae Hyon is competitive with him, The jealousy in the makeup room, Hae Hyon's mom is jealous and competitive with Hye Joon's, mom...and on and on

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All the mothers suck.. HH mom is not special..
HH mom sucks for being classist but she doesnt seem like an evil person ( yet), HJ mom suck for not fighting and supporting her son with everything she had, she was very late to the game and she never told her husband off about the obvious favortism, something I would have done long ago.. I mean one son goes to college and the other doesnt, gets shoes, computers and the other doesnt.. i mean COME ON.. Jeong Ah mother sucks for obvious reasons.. HJ Mom friend sucks because she is always trying to low key compete with HJ mom no different than HH mom so, I mean really why is HH mom the evilest one? Please tell me.. They are not the " villians" to me.. The Ex manager is the biggest villian to me and yet there isn't half as many comments about him as it is HH and HH mom.. ROFL

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I wish to compliment the description, "Salanmander looking make -up artist"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Even though I am a huge fan of PBG, I usually am very interested in the second lead in all dramas, so I don't think it's unusual that you like HH more than HJ. I think the only 'wrong/dishonest' thing HH's mom did is buying Instagram followers for him, otherwise she's basically like an extremely efficient and shrewd manager... and plenty of celebs have their family members as managers so I don't see that as a problem. (She's definitely classist, but that has nothing to do with her managerial skills.)
Hae Hyo is also incredibly generous and seems to have inherited the best parts from his parents (generosity) and skipped over the worst (classism) and I appreciate that.
As for his interest in JH, I saw a spark of interest in him for her when, in their very first meeting, he makes fun of her name and she makes fun of his right back. I don't think anyone had ever talked to him in such a frank, forthright way, and that's JH's main allure for him.
I like what he is doing right now — gently trying to befriend JH more, while being an efficient wingman for the HJ-JH relationship. This might change later, though, unfortunately.

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Thank you @lovepark for recap. Your analysis on Hae-hyo was on point. I have also felt that he is confusing competitiveness as love. I have never like Hye-joon's family and today it was the maximum. I do wish for a better communication between our leads. Since Jung ha is his only comfort factor he could have shared his angst and pain with her. As stated in the comments and recap the show always maintained a tone of melancholy and I wonder how badly it might have affected all the current relationships.

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Yes, I also sensed the melancholy throughout this episode, even the kiss though beautiful felt kind of sad for me as a viewer... I wonder what will happen to both of them! They look so cute together, and they seem to understand each other so well, that it would be heart wrenching to see them breaking apart... I wonder if it will have something to do with Hye Ho? Hopefully, not...

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i have this weird problem with this show where i watch the episodes and promptly forget everything i watched by the time the new ones come around. thank you for these detailed recaps! they really help.

on a plotline note, this show does make me really sad. i was hoping for something happy, but it reminds me a little bit of 'the third charm' though not as severely depressing.

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Honestly, I am rooting for HJ and JA, I am rooting for HH and JA, and I am rooting for HH and HJ friendship. I am just cheering for everyone at this point. I too caught on to HJ speaking from the future tense and that scared me because it seems like their love wont last and his friendship with HH will be broken too. I honestly think that HJ is going to make it all the way to the top but he may be lonely when he get there because it will be nothing there but blue skies and himself. I hope I am wrong though and I do hope that he can resolve any issues he has with JA.

I sincerly hope JA dream of starting a makeup line happen. I would LOVE to see her as a successful business woman head of a multi million dollar beauty conglomerate. That would be AWESOME!! I mean she has the recipe for success, two very beautiful and popular men to endorse her products, honestly, that is all you need is a celebrity endorsement and a good product.

Next, I think HH needs JA more than HJ in some ways. Yes, I think he likes her at first because she was a novelty and he didnt want to lose to HJ but I think he genuinely began to like JA because she is REAL.. In a World full of fake, she is genuine, smart, kind and pretty and I think HH recognizes that. So yes, I do think his feelings for her are real and he hasnt acted on them (yet). I think he needs JA more because HH is weaker that HJ, I am not saying HH is a weak man but he probably would have quit long ago had he had the setbacks HJ did. HH is deeply insecure of HJ because he knows his friend is better and for whatever reason JA gives him a validation that he cant get from others. When she said he looked like a real actor too. He was so excited. I am not sure they will end up together or not but I would not be completely against the match.

Okay, the big one, HH and HJ. I am melancholy because these two have been friends for along time. I know alot of people hate HH ( even though they technically have no reason too) but he has been a good friend to HJ, getting him casted when no one else would. I dont understand why it has to be a competition between them since there is more than 1 top actor in Korea but alas that is the angle they are going for. I think when HJ finds out about HH feelings for JA, he is going to be DONE... HJ seems pretty uncompromising as a character and I dont think he will forgive HH for potentially interfering in his relationship ( although I think HJ has to know he likes JA on some level, its pretty obvious with the wrist grab). I hope they can work it out because I love this trio as friends and it makes me sad if they remain friends.

My prediction this week is neither will get the girl. JA will not end up with either one of them and they all go on their seperate paths. That is pretty depressing and I hope I am wrong, seriously but I am getting sad vibes from this drama, will anyone end up happy?

At least I hope Jjampong because SUPER SUCCESSFUL with her...

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@lovepark Your comments about the nostalgia and melancholy around Hye-joon and Jung-ha, as signaling a possibly fated love, and also about Hae-hyo's complicated feelings, are spot on IMO.

Hae-hyo is in a complicated situation with his BF. He loves him as a friend and feels for him, but I agree that he is the main protagonist in his story, and he has probably never had to sacrifice anything for anyone else before. His attraction to Jung-ha seems as much about possession as anything else, but it is also about competition for Hye-joon's affections too, I suspect. He doesn't want to be left out. He wants to star, as always. I've found Jung-ha's frankness and openness about her growing relationship with Hye-joon refreshing.

I loved it too when Gramps exclaimed at their beauty - which I understood was as much about their youth and promise as anything else. More nostalgia, I guess.

I also felt vindicated when Hye-joon spoke the truth to Young-nam, and it seemed the father had no idea of the sacrifice that Hye-joon had made for his parent's sake. I suspect that truths like these are going to continue to surface and these will add depth to the choices that characters have made. Young-nam's bitterness and ways of dealing with things is unrelentingly destructive, and I'm wondering what fuels it.

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Thanks for the recap, @lovepark!

Park Bo Gum’s rendition of Two Hands, to you was so achingly beautiful, I’m sad it’s a cover because we won’t be able to purchase it with the other OSTs.

You’re right, @lovepark, there is a thread of melancholy running through these memories. It’ll be interesting to see what drives our leads apart.

What intrigues me is that the leads instinctively know when the other isn’t being honest. Whilst they still do not open up to each other entirely, the majority of their banter and closeness comes from genuine honesty. I would find it odd, then, if a stereotypical misunderstanding is what drives them apart.

I wonder if this may be a case of La La Land where their need for career success and stability is what makes them grow apart.

Also, who knew finding the time on a watch through touch would be so electrifying and sensual....? 😍

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One thing that I must say this drama does capture is the reality of the " industry" in the sense that once you do your military service, if you are not a big celebrity your career is pretty much finished because people will forget about you. Kim Soo Hyun, Lee Min Ho, and Ji Chang Wook are all Top Stars that are now struggling to regain their footing in a industry that moves on quickly to the next big thing.

Yes, their dramas did well but it was no where near the 15-20% viewership that these three used to bring in. Why? Easy, because their demographic has moved on too lee jae wook, Ronwoon, Kim Min Jae and other up and coming cuties. I always liked Park Seo Joon because he did his military service when he was like 18 then he debuted, so his career won't be hurt like others.

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im not agree with you. ratings is not an important factor whether the drama succeed or not. its simply because there is so many platforms to watch drama than watching it on tv. those 3 you mentioned have great achievement in their streaming platforms (IONTBO, TKEM in Netflix)
And Kim Minjae is not a rookie, he already in the industry since he was a kid and will be keep being relevant even after he done with his enlistment.

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Kim Min-jae was not a child actor.

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Yes, Kim Min Jae was a rapper turned actor and he is relatively new.. he did not debut until he was like 17 or 18 I think and he is only 23 now.. check his Wiki.. Also ratings do matter because I just saw a headline a few months ago how Korea's top male stars are not bringing in the numbers anymore, all of their drama's are not just on Netflix.. Ji Chang Wook had mediocre ratings and he did 2 back to back dramas neither on Netflix.

Ratings is important.. LOL SKY CASTLE, GOBLIN, WORLD of the MARRIED.. all above 25% and yet you think that doesnt matter?

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Out of your list, only The World of the Married was above 25%.

Fans just need to accept ratings are everything to their favorite actors.

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Sky Castle was 24% not including foreign viewers.. and Goblin was 20% not including foreign viewers....lololol.. thank you for calling me out on those 1% - 5% margin of error..

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Nielsen ratings never include foreign viewers. Nationwide is Korea. The 24.622% and 20.986% are Seoul only.

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Until Lee Jae-wook, Kim Ro-woon, and Kim Min-jae have a Hallyu hit like Boys Over Flowers and My Love from the Star, the industry has not moved on from Kim Soo-hyun and Lee Min-ho. I can see Lee Jae-wook making it big because the industry loves tall actors (Kim Ro-woon doesn't count because he's an idol).

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reality of the " industry" in the sense that once you do your military service, if you are not a big celebrity your career is pretty much finished because people will forget about you.

Imo this is dependant in luck, oppportunity and also having support/an agency. For example Kang Ha Neul, he was kinda known before but his post military drama Camellia just shot him to new levels of fame. Another example is SSR who became more well known after his military service, his comeback drama was MLFAS. But I do think it will be way harder for unknown actors with no managing agency to return to dramaland. Huhu

easy, because their demographic has moved on too lee jae wook, Ronwoon, Kim Min Jae and other up and coming cuties.

I won't say the demographic of hallyu stars fans have moved on to newbies...I think it's just hallyu stars fans are expanding their actor pool while younger fans will tend to follow younger actors instead of older actors 😅. But seriously, I don't think any new actor (excluding idols) can compete with the sheer size of Lee Min Ho's fandom and their buying power yet. Look at the gifts he got: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBvG2yijJgM/?igshid=1s8q45n9w0f52. 😆

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LMH is big internationally... especially in India because of his darker skin told ( or so that is what I am told). LMH moves in larger markets, he is popular in Korea but he is HUGELY popular in China, Japan, South Asia, America, etc.. he is on another level from most K celebs.. Kim Soo Hyun is very popular too so it doesnt apply for everyone but they are superstars.. thats my whole point.. imagine being a B level celeb coming back after military service, becoming famous again is like hitting the lotto and those are just facts. Everyone's situation is different but its true, you have a finite time as an actor because its only a matter of time that you go from Oppa to Ahjusssi... lol

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You might have a point here. This is probably why this drama feels like PBG's swansong. It follows his life and his values so closely, plus it's almost like the whole drama has ONE goal — to give maximum PBG fan service for his fans, lol. He sings, he plays, he dances, he fights, he cries, he kisses... he's a model, he's a gangster, he's a doctor, he's a temp worker... he's basically everything we want and more. XDDDD
And even though everyone is acting incredibly well and all the characters feel well defined, I feel that at the end of the day, Record of Youth is Park Bo Gum's drama through and through. This drama is the record of HIS youth. XD

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This is my favourite episode so far, and I've watched till episode 8. It's a perfect episode, where almost each character seems to have made big decisions which will change things in a big way for them, and which give huge insights into their psychological make-up.
This episode was such an emotional roller coaster for the audience. From the gorgeous, neon-rainbow lit, rain infused confession scene to the heartbreaking crying scene in the car to the music and the kiss in the end, everything was so incredibly touching about our main couple's arc. And so much happened with everyone else too — Grandpa's incredibly fun photoshoot, douchebag ex-manager's lesson in Backstabbing 101, Jun Woo and Hae Na's failed first attempt at intimacy, and Dad finally going too far with the slap (it was so relatable though — I hate saying this but our Asian parents do tend to behave like this, a lot of my friends felt so triggered by that scene). Oh and those yellow tulips were lovely too.
Wonderful acting throughout by everyone too, suuuch an enjoyable episode, really!
I just know I'm going to keep returning to re-watch this episode over and over again.

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Yes, also the meaning behind the tulips.. Did you know that the most common meaning for tulips is perfect or deep love

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OMG. I did not know this! I am already feeling major Second Lead Syndrome! Won Hye Ho is lovely!

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Yes, I really like him too.. he is beautiful and apart of me hopes Jeong Ha ends up with him

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Does anybody know the song that Hye Jun sang with Piano in Ep6 ?

“Searching for the stars. Sparkling in the night sky...”

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Warning, this is long LOL. I went into this show with a lot of hesitancy. I'm not a huge fan of romance. In fact, I can say with 100% certainty that it's my least favorite genre. I wasn't sure how everything was going to play out and I'll admit that I was completely biased when I started watching episode 1. Now that I'm this far into it though, I actually really like what I've watched. I expected the acting to be great. Park Bo Gum, Park So Dam, Byeon Woo Seok, and Kwon Soo Hyun make for a strong main cast and I've seen them all in other things that have gotten me to the point where I like them all for their own individual talents. So them coming together was great. Back to the actual show (I could fangirl about Park Bo Gum forever LOL)... I think this episode really did it for me.

I've watched it until now because I wanted to give it a fair chance but this episode just gave me so much and I cried and laughed along with the characters. I'm not an aspiring model or anything, but I really felt for Hye Joon, especially when it came to his family situation. In a lot of ways my family situation is similar. I'm an adult but my parents want something specific for me. So much so that I there are times where their good intentions and love are overshadowed by the pressure and anxiety I feel to live up to something impossible. Hye Joon's situation with his father specifically really hit home for me too and I think there was a moment of "Ah, I feel you." What his father did was uncalled for, no matter what his opinions are on his son's line of work or priorities; however, I think this puts them in a spot where it can either only get worse or better. Hopefully Dad makes the right choice and realizes that Hye Joon need him as a parent now more than ever. That's something that's important to me. The fact that, for the first time ever, I felt as if I'm on an equal playing field to the male lead, who isn't overly rich with an outstanding background or family life. His life is chaotic and hard but valuable and beautiful in it's own way. I like how the story is paced too. I think the leads are moving a bit fast, but I agree with what you said. There's so much in common between the two of them that there's bound to be attraction. I just hope that whatever low they reach, they're able to pick up at least some of the pieces and be broken together.

Moving onto Hae Hyo... I'm intrigued to see where the show is going to take his character. I hope he isn't bitter of Hye Joon's success when it comes (I have complete faith that his efforts will eventually work put in his favor). Right now, his mom is basically pulling on the strings. At this point, she's the master and he's the puppet -- even if neither of them realize it yet. Hae Hyo seems to enjoy being a model but I'm curious as to what's going to happen when he realizes his mom has been using her connections and money to buy him deals and followers. Nothing so far has really been...

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of his own effort and I think it's going to be a big turning point when Hye Joon finally gets the recognition he deserves, completely out of his own efforts and will. Another thing that's going to be interesting (at least for me), is how Hae Hyo is going to deal with his feelings for Jung Ha. He seems like he's always gotten everything in life by the use of status and money, so, now that he's met Jung Ha, who obviously doesn't care about any of that, things are going to get harder for him. I hope he's able to grow from whatever happens (please let the bromance last, please) and get close to his friends (Jung Ha included!) in the process.

Next up is Jung Ha. Because so much of this show is centered around Hye Joon, we don't know much about Jung Ha (yet). One thing I particularly about her character is how ordinary she is. There's no magical transformation or life changing encounters (other then becoming friends with the main guy trio). She's just there... and knows it too. She needs money but is determined to use her own strengths to get there. She deals with the same stress and problems that regular people face, she's just her. Which isn't bad. In fact, it makes for an even more compelling story in my opinion. I just hope they use her character to the fullest and don't go too overboard with her. I really want her to be able to continue on the path she has now and learn and grow.

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Finally, Jin Woo. I hope they take his character somewhere and don't make him some basic side character to the male and second male leads. I think there's potential to make him really interesting and I hope the writer sees the light and gives him a flushed out back story. He obviously has struggles of his own too and I get the feeling that he's part of what makes his friend trio so tight. He's the one that releases the tension and makes everyone smile. Like I said, though, I hope they give us more then just what we have now -- he's a photographer, he's secretly dating Hae Hyo's younger sister, he loves said sister, an he's obviously struggling with things (even though we don't know what).

If I go according to what Hye Joon has ominously said in his monologues... things happen and relationships fall apart. It hints at him and Jung Ha breaking up and I'm betting something happens with Hae Hyo, but I can't tell if it's going to be a conflict between Hae Hyo and Hye Joon or Hae Hyo and Jin Woo. You know... considering he's secretly dating his friends younger sister and all that.

Anyways, wow, this was a lot, but I just wanted to get that all out.

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