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Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: Episodes 3-4 Open Thread

It’s arm cast off and game on for our heroine this week. She settles into her new home, gets closer to her new friends, and starts her new business venture — but in the middle of all the lollipop cuteness there’s the perfect side helping of mystery, history, and romance a-brewing.

 
EPISODES 3-4 WEECAP

Why is this show so cute?! It’s so silly and sweet and warm, and it feels like just the right amount of all of those things. I swear, I watched both episodes this week with a grin plastered on my face. And the only time the grin left was when it was replaced by audible giggles, or the need to verbalize how adorable and squishy Joon is.

We left off last week with our shirtless hijinks, which are quickly resolved. There are introductions all around, and before she knows it, Lala is packed up and sent off to stay with the town hairdresser JIN SOOK-KYUNG (played by the fabulous Yeh Ji-won), and her daughter JIN HA-YOUNG (Shin Eun-soo) who has an astronomical crush on Joon. Girl, I know the feeling.

There’s tons of silliness to be had at the Jin household, whether it’s Ha-young’s territorialism of Joon, Lala sleeping like a ton of bricks due to “stress,” Lala drinking all of Sook-kyung’s PPL juice packets, or the way that both women respond to Lala’s compliments. (Special LOL to the Parasite reference.)

But of course it’s Lala’s relationship with Joon that strings the drama together, because it’s the strongest (and cutest) of the relationship dynamics. If he seemed like her guardian angel last week — as Lala’s walking bank, source of food, and only companion — he becomes even more so this week. It should not be as delightful as it is to watch him react to her, think about her, worry about her, plan how to make her happy, and then get awkward when she compliments him — but it is delightful, and I could watch this play out all day long. And lucky for us, that’s practically what happens on repeat this week.

Among the many sweet, thoughtful things that Joon does for Lala, at the top of the list is blueprinting, constructing, and then decorating his flower-shop-turned-apartment so that Lala has a separate room to stay in. His having two rooms was Lala’s requirement for being able to stay at his place, instead of with Ha-young and her mother.

So, he builds her an awesome loft, the likes of which are only possible in dramaland… but then she doesn’t stay there (yet?). It’s more of a hangout nest. While this was probably a bigger disappointment than I was ready to deal with, the truth is, I wouldn’t have been able to stand the cuteness if they were together 24/7 — and neither could Joon, probably. He’s visibly flustered and gaga over Lala, and she might be too ditzy to notice, but we’re not.

Anyway, instead of cohabitation, what we get out of this apartment renovation is a brand new space for Lala to set up her very own piano academy. Because in addition to all the cuteness this week, an important moment for Lala is realizing (with Joon’s help) how important music is to her, and how playing the piano is a part of her identity.

And so, as soon as the arm cast comes off, Lala starts playing on the town’s picturesque public piano. It’s as if being away from the piano for so long made her realize how much she loves and needs it. Ha-young and her mother are impressed, but Joon has hearts in his eyes — that is, before he makes her stop playing to rest her recovering hand.

Alas, Joon’s sweetness and total crush on Lala is not as simple as it should/could be. This week, we see more of DOCTOR CHA EUN-SUK (Kim Joo-hun), and he emerges as not only a rival in love, but a giant pain in the @ss. I lied earlier — there is a third time when the grin left my face while watching this week, and that was whenever Dr. Cha appeared on my screen.

I could deal with you when you were the doctor, or even when you were the Way Too Friendly doctor, but now that he’s really trying to weasel his way into Lala’s life/heart, I’m not a fan. I’m not sure if I’m so turned off by him because a) he’s way too old for her, b) he’s super suspicious, or c) he’s taking up valuable screen time that would be much better spent watching Lala try to glomp Joon, and then stop herself a second before, when she sees his terrified face.

And so, Dr. Cha is a problematic ripple in our sea of cuteness, not only because of how he’s pursuing Lala, but because he’s also putting pressure on Joon. Pressure in the romantic interest department for sure, but he also makes a few needling comments about Joon’s own history that are not well-received. Does Dr. Cha know more than he lets on? Is his pursuit of Lala a means to a different end? I’m willing to believe anything at this point, and I’d almost rather him be wicked than a daddy long legs character, and/or the mysterious social media benefactor.

But is there room for wicked in the bubbly world of Lala Land? Well, there’s room for tragedy and grief in our story — but it’s also couched with a gigantic dose of optimism. Nothing keeps Lala down. Like Scarlet O’Hara, she’ll “worry about it tomorrow,” and no matter the challenge she faces, she can still skip on her way to work, star gaze, and bring a jolt of brightness wherever she goes.

Joon needs that brightness, and I love that that’s why he’s so attracted to her. He loves being around her, makes excuses for them to be together, and soon — as the end of Episode 4 hints — is also starting to let his guard down a bit. Lala might be an open book to everyone, but Joon has secrets, and even though Lala is in Lala Land, she notices this about Joon, too.

In our closing scene this week, a thunderstorm and some fateful words converge, and we see that a painful memory is triggered for Joon. Like many a damaged hero pushed to the edge, in his moment of weakness, he reaches for the unsuspecting heroine and asks her to stay with him. It’s a trope-filled moment — but I don’t mind one bit. They feel like an ice cream sundae in human form.

While Do Do Sol Sol isn’t doing anything we wouldn’t expect, rather than feel recycled, there’s something that’s especially comforting and cheerful about it. And it wasn’t until the scene where Lala and Joon peek outside to enjoy the rain that I could put my finger on what makes me feel this way: it’s the childlike joy. It’s sprinkled in the details and colors and moments of the show, and Lala is the character where that childlike joy originates. That’s why, for all her ditziness, she’s lovable and fun, instead of being saccharine and boring. In other words, good-good-good!

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Yes! @missvictrix, you captured this so well and even caught the Gone With the Wind reference!

Watching Joon watch Lala (or Rara) is not just cute but heartwarming, because the two of them are alone in the world. And because we can feel the world closing in on them. Somewhere, a stalker is hanging up photos of Lala, texting her, and sending her gifts. Something is not quite right about Dr. Cha. A dead man has washed up on shore who either is the rightful owner of Joon's name or borrowed or stole it. There was a hint during that lightning crash that Joon might even have amnesia, and that he may be hiding not because of what he remembers, but because of the circumstances he found himself in when he didn't remember anything.

Whatever the plot devices that are going to try to tear these two apart, I have absolute faith that they will get through it together. (Wish I could say that about you, Brahms!)

I also realized that the secretary villain did Lala a favor when he stole all her money. If she had married her fiance, she never would have learned how to stand on her own two feet and how to appreciate all those things she took for granted in the past. Not to mention, she never would have gotten to know Joon.

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I was wondering what attracted me to Lee Jae Wook so bad and now I know.

It’s his eyes. Those puppy dog eyes which screams while he says little. Those are some of the most expressive eyes I’ve ever seen in dramaland and I have to admit, even as a noona I’m pretty attracted to him. Pretty much a goner. Like for Kim Min Jae. Heh.

On the other hand, I always knew that Go Ara would give a powerhouse performance because I saw how amazing she was in Reply 1994. Weirdly enough I didn’t watch any more dramas of hers because I didn’t want her to be paired up with anyone but Jung Woo. Jung Woo is also the meaning behind my name, if you get what I mean.

But here, just like Do You alike Brahms, this couple take small steps but it has a huge impact on me. Also, I guess it’s not just me that make a giggly mess whenever Joon's cheeks heat up. He looks so flustered it’s super adorable !

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Go Ara in Reply 1994 made me her absolute fan!

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She was stellar in Reply. I saw her next in You're All Surrounded and Hwarang, where she was meh. I like her a lot here so far!

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Lee Jae Wook's eyes deserve their own recaps and I would happily read them and click on every screencap. His eyes are the reason I have to rewind a lot of scenes just to get a better look and marvel at his his micro-expressions.

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Agreed totally. I would read and re read and re re read those recaps.

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Go Ara was really good in Ms. Hammurabi as well.

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I am a big fan of Go Ara but I don't know if I can take much more of her outrageously clueless character. If the show devolved into utter insanity and revealed that Rara was actually a Labrador puppy cursed by a witch into a human, I could accept it. I am sticking around because it is such a hoot to see Lee Jae Wook play an aloof, closed-book kind of character. And the dog.

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Mimi is so adorable <3 Go Ara's character was described as a Fairy Tale Princess, so I can see its a fish out of water scenario.

I haven't seen GA in anything than this show, and she's gotten better than what others have said. She fits her character whimsical nature very well. LJW is also pulling off his role.

I like that this is a fluffy, light hearted show, which makes me laugh. Hopefully it'll keep its tone throughout.

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Sadly, this was there in the setup.

ATM, I fear she may be a new hybrid version of a candy and a pot plant.

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I totally understand you. In fact, I don't like RaRa at all. I just hope she realizes how hollow her life has been so far and decides to do something for herself, because so far she just keeps getting help from every single person she meets and retuned nothing to them, just a smile.

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I love this show! I love how it makes me smile.
The characters complement each other so well and I think they all have some kind of balance.
I like how Rara tries her best and is always so possitive even tho she doesn't really know what to do with her situation.
I love how Jun is so sweet and caring but tries to act cool or something lol.
And I love noona and her daughter scenes with Rara in the morning. They way they react to Rara's compliments are funny but cute. SWL feels where?
And dr. Cha... needs to stop with the following thing. He really acts like a stalker. He's kinda creppy with Rara tbh... but he doesn't seems dangerous so I'm good for now.

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Oh! I totally forgot! The scene of Rara and that haraboji was the sweetest thing ever. So freaking cute. I want more of that.

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That was my favorite part! I get the feeling that haraboji is the one who sent the piano and that he is dodosolsollalasol.

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The haraboji gets a place on the poster so he must have a bigger role to play later on!

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Yes. He is even in between Ra-ra and her sister pet Mimi!

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Yasss, I shed tears for both of them. She was so grateful he loved her performance.

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Thanks, @missvictrix, for the recap. I absolutely agree that tho this drama isn't something we'd expect, it's really comforting. The way Ra-ra makes every day a sunny day, looking so positive, it also gives me hope that tomorrow will be a better day. Hehe, Jun being jealous because Dr. Cha can play the piano well, how cute!!

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I love love love this drama to pieces! It’s been such a long time since the last time I was eagerly waiting for a drama’s next episodes.. and here came this one! I haven’t rewatch Go Ra-ra’s (lol) work before, but I think she’s pulling it off here. LJW is as lovely as ever with that kind of grinning. I couldn’t help myself smiling so wide whenever he looks adoringly at Ra-ra. The boy knows how to grin!

Plus, there are many hilarious scenes in these two episode. The two of those I love the most are when the movie Parasite was made fun of, and the scene the super funny and stylish hairdresser saw Dr. Cha for the first time. The fabulous Yeh Ji-won has always been stealing the show since Another Oh Hae-young and I’m so impressed with her acting here. Everything is positive with Ra-ra’s brightness.

In summary, the show is good, good, good! 😍😍😍

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And I like watching how Ra-ra eats when she has no money. I understand her when she says she’s always hungry when she hasn’t got money. That’s true to life! And the way she eats: She eats like a baby with pieces of food sticking at the corners of her mouth and for everyone else I should think that that’s such a bad habit; but I don’t know why I’m enjoying how she eats her food with that kind of speed and deliciousness. It’s a sight to watch and I can’t blame Jun and dr.Cha for falling for her.

On a side note, I like dr.Cha. Although he’s a bit creepy but I swoon over him sometimes. I think he genuinely likes Ra-ra because of the brightness and how she innocently approaches the world; that is surely something new to him.

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I am shipping Dr. Cha with Ahjumma! 😂

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me too! Please just give us 2 couples. Or 3 if you count her daughter and that school friend. Ahjumma mentioned she was 15 years older than Ra-ra, which means she's 39. That's not that old.

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I also believe that Yeh Ji-won will work her magic and dr.Cha will be hers soon! 🤣 Just like how the naive Kim Ji-Seok fell for her charm in Another Oh Hae-young.

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Omg I love her in AOHY! I’m keeping my fingers crossed 🤞🏼 hopefully the writer suprises us with Dr. Cha ❤️ Ahjumma love line.

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Ye Ji-won is, as missvictrix said, fabulous! I think her only lead role has been Evasive Inquiry Agency and that should be a crime tbh. But then, I don't think most lead roles deserve her.

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@mindy true to your every word. She is one-of -a-kind aka fabulous. She is a scene-stealer and it’d be too sad if she has to play mainstream roles.

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They are cute

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My theory is the dead body is Jun's friend, the one in the picture in the notebook. And he's the one who said bye to him. And potentially the one who was with him at the theater.

Also I think the stalker is Lala's ex fiance...he just seems off.

I personally like Dr. Cha it may be because I've loved him in Boyfriend/Encounter and It's okay to not be Okay. But also it seems like he was tired of the life he had before and it seemed like His ex-wife was from a rich family like the daughter of the director of the hospital he worked at. So I think he just likes how sweet, simple, and uncomplicated Lala is

Obviously these are all just theories

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I do wonder if he may actually have a terminal illness. His ex-wife and her friend were joking about how that could be the cause of his sudden interest in divorce, but then they cut to him and a whole bunch of pills.

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And much earlier, one of his friends asked him if he had a terminal illness jokingly, and he said "yes"

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I like your theories, and they make sense.
I also want to think Dr. Cha hasn't romantic feelings for RaRa, but he wants to protect her as an older brother.

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I don't agree with your comment about Dr Cha.

Dr. Cha and Joon are the same. They know her from the past but hide it from her. They are interested in her and they want to help her. Joon is cold outside and using the money as an excuse to help her and hides his feelings for her when Dr Cha is more direct. But both of them are following her to protect her, etc. So I don't see why it would be ok for Joon and not Dr. Cha. Both of them are nice people.

I don't like how the writer makes everything pretty simple for Rara. For the piano academy, she doesn't have a rent to pay, the piano appeared miraculously, it wasn't her own idea but Joon's one, the same for the name. She didn't have to sacrifice anything. She still has her clothes and shoes, expensive phone, her dog but doesn't have to take care of him. Her reaction about food was weird, when could she not eat? She always found someone to give her food. She takes the nutriment drinks without asking before, knowing it's expensive but thinking the fact she will pay for it in the futur is enough.

The part taht would have been interesting was her healing and struggles with piano. But they pass on it pretty fast.

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For me I am against Dr Cha because he got divorced like a month ago and it looked like he was interested in Lala even before that. I hope it's just a feint from the writer and they develop more of a friend/mentor relationship

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It doesn't look like his marriage was a love one but more like "our family decided for me" one.

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I'm sure once we get more of the story I might change my mind about him but at this point with the given information(and as ar mentioned that Dr. Cha was a guest at her wedding with his friend which he's keeping quite about now) it just doesn't seem right, even if he had an unhappy marriage.

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Other than Jun looking lost whenever Dr.Cha pursues Ra-ra, which makes me feel sad, I would like Dr.Cha a lot more if he wasn't her ex-fiance's friend. Seems weird to pursue the woman your friend was going to marry a few weeks ago AND you were at her wedding as a guest. His friend seemed to actually like Ra-ra. Also he asked her out like minutes after she got her cast off. But I also suspect he may have a terminal illness, so what he's doing could be understandable.

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how its same Rara already told in his face that she is uncomfortable by the way he treats her? but he choose to ignore her opinion and keep pushing.

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I don't think he really understood. She understood she did the same to Joon and then changed the subject. So I think, if she was really unconfortable, she would have repeated it.

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My main issue with Dr Cha is that Rara is pretty clearly uncomfortable around him and he is blatantly ignoring her discomfort and insisting on spending time with her. Joon is different because Rara approached, and continues to approach him, and feels comfortable around him, and vice versa. Also just from a power-dynamic perspective, pursuing her during and after being her doctor feels a lil bit icky in a way that I think they manage to avoid with Joon due to the aforementioned feeling comfortable, and by giving Rara two places she can stay rather than being stuck with Joon.

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She didn't look unconfortable when she said yes for a dinner but surprised. She could say no.

Rara doesn't listen Joon. Even if we all know that he's lying and he's happy when she's around, she doesn't know it.

She doesn't know why she prefers Joon, she didn't really realize before Dr Cha asked her why she prefers borrow money to Joon, the one who must work 3 part-time jobs to pay her bills when Dr Cha has a steady job.

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I believe that the reason why dr.Cha is here is because then we now have love rivals and dr.Cha will end up making Ra-ra know that deep down she already began to have feelings for Jun without her realizing it. This is gonna be new to her since she hasn’t experienced loving someone before. If we remember the scene Jun asked her why she wanted to marry her fiancé, she replied that was because her father told her to do so and he was okay.

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I mean, she kinda did say no? A lot? Like, she said she was busy multiple times, and he continued pursuing it. And then when she finally had dinner with him and he clarified that she wasn't as comfortable around him, he took that to mean: "Gee, I'd better push my presence on her even more." Which. Um. Yeah. Not a fan, personally.
And again, the doctor thing alone is kind of a red flag. It's just my two cents, but his behaviour seems pretty inappropriate to me. That said I think he's a red herring and not our stalker, and posssiiiibblly not our Dodosolsollalasol.

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I don't think she's uncomfortable with him, but I also don't think she's comfortable with him either. Dr.Cha assumes it's because she had spent so much time with Joon that she's comfortable with him, so he tries to hog her time. But really, she was naturally comfortable with Joon 2 minutes into their acquaintanceship, and it's because she was comfortable with him, she spends all that time with him and thinks about him whenever she has good news to share.

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I agree with you so much... what a surprise, eh?
I feel the same about Dr. Cha. He seems pretty concerned about Rara, and about Joon as well. He cares about the two of them. Like an older brother, I want to believe. And besides I want him and Sook Kyung to be a couple, because both actors would be gorgeous together.

I also like how you explain how easy things are to Rara. Not a single person has said no to her, everyone has solved her problems and she repays them with a smile. In real life she would be called cheeky, to say the least. So when Sook Kyung called her a parasite she was totally right, and RaRa reaction was crying not because of the what she meant, but because she could only think that parasites are ugly. I guess she could be more superficial, but it would be really complicated.

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**sp0iler5 below for Shopping Wang Louis-yah if ye havenae see**

*shopping king louissssssss vibes*
Why do we like Louis and Lala (or not as the case may be)? Why does everyone bend over backwards to do things for them without them seemingly have to give up or do anything?

Lala unwittingly feeds the ego of those around her, which makes them want to do more for her- not because they should, or necessarily want to give her charity, but because she compliments them and that makes them feel good. They're ultimately slightly self centered. The mother and the daughter- everything is about them, even the daughter’s crush on Jun.
I might just add that Jun, in comparison is deliberately made out to reject these compliments, to make sure Lala knows he's not doing it out of ego.

Louis, in SKL, had multiple scenes in the first half of the show where people just did whatever he asked them to, and then questioned why. People would literally bend over backwards to serve him. It was part of his character archetype- the King part of the name.
To be honest, no other actor other than Ziggy could've made that character not annoying, but now I see it's a style of the writer- the unwittingly Labrador chaebol heir or heiress, thrown out of their comfort zone, seemingly still gets everything handed to them.
I should hate these characters, and yet I don't think they're written maliciously. They're supposed to be lovable. In fact, that's kind of their whole schtick. (Someone compared Lala to Giselle in Enchanted? So apt. So, so apt. This could literally be a Disney movie. Back when Disney didn’t suck)
Both Louis and Lala mean what they said when they say they will return the charity others have given them. I fully believe that. And Louis does.
Not only that, but he actually realises, even though it was unintentional initially, how much he relies on Bok Shil, and how much she does for HIM, and then works to return that, reverse that or balance that, whatever way you want to look at it.

I suspect, if this continues to follow the SKL formula, which it has pretty closely so far, that there will be a moment where Lala has a chance to grow and develop from this. Or in fact, must grow. It will not always be everyone just giving her everything.
Ofc, SKL (and this) is quite the fairy tale show. So the resolutions are not/will not be as hmmm, perhaps realistic as they could be. But also, neither show is trying to be hyper realistic. SKL for one is deliberately over the top, extra, sweet, and the OTP built off a practically magical connection, the side characters almost caricatures, the colouring like something out of a Disney movie.
And it does work. If you like that sort of thing.

I don't really know where I'm going with this, but I do think both Louis and Lala are interesting characters, because there is so much about them that should just be wrong; their attitudes selfish, arrogant, cheeky, or worse. And yet, there’s so much to...

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And yet, there’s so much to love about them too.
I also don’t think either SKL or this necessarily condones this behaviour, that is, the all take attitude, hence why it’s such a big thing right now.

But that just begs the question, is their development, if not realistic, then at least satisfying? Does it do what it sets out to do, and does it do this in an acceptable way? Is this writer’s method of message, well, in short, good? Does it have virtue to it, or is that lost in the negative sides of these character’s actions?
These are rhetorical, anyone can answer them or add to this, it’s just a curious recurring phenomenon to me in this writer’s work.

Also can we talk about how this show follows the SKL formula right down to the MC's signature PPL item? Maxim Gold and now those Juice Boxes? I wonder if these will also help solve a crime...

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I think the both dramas are a little bit different. Both rich characters are the same (except the acting...but not everybody is Seo In Guk) but Nam Ji Hyun's character and his relationship with her was different. Bok‑shil was a nice girl but she scolded Louie when he did something wrong. Louie was very attentive about Bok-Shil and changed for her. Joon is looking cold outside but does everything for Rara and she doesn't realize what her debt means for him or would mean for a stranger working 3 part-time jobs to earn money for him and her.

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I totally get it. I haven’t seen SKL, but Lala isn’t mean and when she says she will return the money, she means it. She’s a positive and nice person who likes complimenting other, because that’s what she’s been going all her life and it’s the normal thing for that. I totally get it, and I think Lala is a nice person and will grow and learn how real life is about (that’s where Jun and Dr. Cha will help). Even so, I don’t like her. Not that I don’t like her character, but I wouldn’t let someone like her in my life. I know because I have someone really similar around and I just cut her off as much as I can.

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Yeah, and Louis is the same: as sincere as possible whilst totally being well, high maintenance lol.
Some characters work better on screen.

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Although I would be interested to see what you thought of SKL, if you ever watched it, and hope this doesn't put you off, cos while Ara is doing a good job here, (especially since I've seen Hwarang *ahem*), Ziggy is Ziggy and even studied puppies for acting references and he's simply phenomenal.

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@sicarius I want to watch SKL, but it’s not on any of the legal platforms I’m subscribed (at least in my region). I really, really want to watch, but going illegal for not live airing shows is tiring.

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Oh that's a shame!!! Hopefully somewhere picks it up eventually.

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"ice cream sundae in human form" would be enough of a recap. :)

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I LOVE this show so far and I almost didn't give it a chance as I don't care for the leads and thought it was just going to be something about music. But knowing now that it's from the writer of Shopping King Louie I can see why I like it, it has the same tone and clueless but adorable characters. Is it unrealistic? Yes, it is. But it's so cute and fun and now, like in Louie, there's even a mystery.

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The same writer as shopping king louie explains a lot! I thought of that when I was watching it. I loved Shopping king Louie, it was a fun ride and it knew it was being unrealistic. I hope this show will have the good fun qualities Louie had! Unrealistic yet knows how to have fun with that unrealisticness.

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I like this show. Go Ara, noonaing to the max here, is so delightful. She is a bit of a mess but her earnestness is so precious. It isn't as good as shopping king Louis, but that turned tropes on their heads, but it is still fun. Lee Jae wook's Jun as this utterly smitten man is hilarious. This is my smile show!!

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This really gives out old-school Disney vibes. You know, rely on the handsome guy to get you out of your troubles as long as you are beautiful and musical, that is. 😂

This is not a romcom but fantasy genre, I believe.

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Go Ara is also channeling major Disney Princess vibes with her overly cheerful attitude, big eyes, and over-the-top projection. She even has a cute dog sidekick! All that’s left are birds and mice to clean Jun’s place and give out flyers to her music school. 😂😂😂

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Go ara said that Ra ra is a lot like Rapunzel in Tangled. :D

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For me, she feels like a cross between Giselle (from the Enchanted movie) and Elle Woods (from Legally Blonde) with a some Jessica Day from New Girl

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Yaaaassss, I loved Enchanted and that is an apt description.

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I love Enchanted too! And I also forgot to throw in a bit of Cher from Clueless.

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I can't stand dumb FL..just watching for LJW

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Thank you for this @missvictrix!
I love love love the quirkiness that this show brings. It's now my recent favorite happy pill! And we can all agree that whipped Jun is adorable! And I love the smiley and bubbly Ra ra. Fish out of the water hijinks has always been one of my fave troupes.

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I've decided Dr. Cha is dodosolsollalasol. His knowing look when he ran past the painted piano, like he know RaRa would be at Juns playing the new piano.

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Even though Ra-ra is clueless about the work that you do, she always makes you feel appreciated, which charms you into working harder for her. But that appreciation isn't something planned. I believe she genuinely thought the rice and sandwich was best she'd ever had. I really like the breakfast scenes with Sook-kyung and Ha-young. She sees the best in people and makes you feel talented and special. And she's observant. She notices the emotional pain Jun carries and knows to not pry. And she knew when Dr.Cha was pretending not to know how to play the piano.

I love how she stress-sleeps! It's true that sleep brings new energy and perspective.

I'm fully embracing the fantastical elements of this drama - like how things just work out for Ra-ra and how Jun seems to have an endless amount of time - at least 3 part-time jobs (he lives rent-free in a LCOL area so I guess he doesn't have to work 80 hours to afford living expenses and Ra-ra's medical expenses), remodelling his florist shop apartment, taking piano lessons, etc.

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yeah she actually quite observant, kinda unexpected after watching her bubbly character. i think its going to little bit more make sense (just a liiiiittle bit) if Jun is actually a gold spoon too. so he doesnt really thought about money he earns and spent(?)
but still its a fantasy

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So true about the time Jun has 😂 jun basically take 3 jobs, earn, and used it all on Rara. But also I like how they gave reasons on some questions viewers might have even if the answer might be unrealistic (like how the flower shop owner was helped by Jun, if that's the truth. And how everyone questions what Jun do.) I like how everyone do question how could Jun be so good at everything and doesnt want his pic to be taken.

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Thanks as usual for the delightful recaps on a similarly delightful show, @missvictrix

Rara's stress-sleeping is amazing! I love how the others kept conjuring up worst-case scenarios, only to burst in and find her snorting in her sleep. And then she gets up the next day with her 'go get the world' attitude! Her optimism is inspiring.

Joon's 'don't keep saying such things out loud' had me giggling every time. He actually blushed at one point. And that little smirk when he picked up the 'only' umbrella he had. Haha!

I felt exactly the same way about the doctor. I don't know what his game is (even though it seems obvious), but when he texted offering to pick up Rara just as Joon offered the umbrella, (he was bound to - it's the law of dramaland), I think I snarled at my screen. But then, Joon pulled out that hug and I blurted out 'kajima' a second before he did. I was clearly enjoying the drama a little too much by then.

This show is such a happy pill, but something tells me it won't stay that way for the entire run. We know so little about all the characters' backstories, and those stalker/bodies-washed-up-from-the-sea scenes don't fill me with confidence that we will be giggling for the whole hour by, say, episode 9. ☹️

Until then, I hope Writernim keeps us grinning happily at our blossoming OTP for as long as possible. And of course, there's always Mimi. That cute little ball of fluff makes me want to reach through the screen and adopt her, but I guess Rara and Joon will object. 🥰

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So, what’s with the fist full of pills the doctor takes? Does he have a fatal disease - is that why he divorced, closed his hospital, and moved out of Seoul? Or is all that a given since this is a kdrama?

Can we just forget the stalker and the dead body?

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I also wondered about the pills, that appeared just after someone mentioned "terminal illness". I just hope it's not the case, sincerely.

I really don't know why all these rom-coms have to mess with stalkers and killings when we just want a lovely and light rom-com.

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I found Ahn Nae-sang as the evil secretary shipping champagne on a yacht with sunglasses super hilarious! He's a good actor, but even he couldn't pull that off. That dude is in every drama I'm watching right now, seems like.

If I could develop Lala's stress-sleeping skill, I'd be just as happy as her!

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I want to mention how meta and funny it is that no one except Ra-ra can remember dodosolsollalasol and she has to remind people it's like Twinkle twinkle little star. I feel like the writer must know that some of us who can't read a note to save our lives needed reminding of the drama title.

Also I love how Erie Satie's "I want you" has that double meaning for the guys who really want Ra-ra to like them back, but to her, it's just a pretty piece with a great backstory. This week showed that it is Bach that held meaning for her because Bach's work is challenging, but she mastered it with hard work and in the end, it was rewarding.

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I have to say I'm those people who can't remember the title properly, but has now I can remember it bevause they are persistent in telling me about it 😂

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Perfect casting for the OTP. I don't normally like shows that are too cutesy or saccharine, but somehow Go ARa and Lee Jae Wook absolutely make it work for me. It's been a hard year for most and now am really busy and at times facing stress at work, this show is like a dollop of sunshine or a sudden spray of spring rain which makes the world seems brighter and more hopeful. Childlike joy in deed, I am all for it!

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I adore how Rara reflected this week that she can play the piano and watch Jun-ah be adorable and irked by being duped into cleaning all by himself, but she would be totally weirded out and compelled to help Dr. Cha should he have been in Jun-ah's place.

I know I shouldn't complain given that Go ara is like 8 years older than the male actor Lee jae wook, but perception matters. Go ara not only looks younger and easily fits in with the younger crew, but her character's age is like 24 in this drama. I simply don't understand why such vastly different age groups are thrown together in dramaland to portray romantic interest. Hence @missvictrix I totally understand and concur with your weirdedoutness. At least provide us with some context or justification for why such obvious age differences would be conceivable or even endearing, like in High School King, or Pretty Noona, or Secret Affair, or Doctors, or Jane Eyre 🙄. This is just random and annoying and simply doing Kim Joo-hun a disservice as he's clearly a cool actor.

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Can someone please tell me what's the title of the song while Rara is sitting on top if her luggage when she was lost? Thank you so much!!

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That is one magical scene! The CG is so lovely and that moment when the bright light turned to be the front light of Jun’s bicycle. Awwww 🥰

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I find it hard to like Lala. Probably because I've met some LaLas in real life: people who have always live a pleasant life because others took care of their mess and problems, so when they are left alone they just think others have to do it and repay just with a smile. Believe me, if you meet a Lala in real life, you wouldn't like her (at least I don't). But I have to say that the fact that I don't like LaLa is probably because Go Ara is doing a great job portraying this childish woman in the most natural way possible (and I'm not specially fond of Go Ara, neither I hate her, I'm just indifferent). Just an example of how little I like her: when the old man asked her to play the piano and offered money for her to play, and she accepted it. I know she's broken and she knows very little about life, but there is an old man pushing a cart full of cardboard and she didn't hesitate to take the money. Sincerely, it disgusted me. The only reason she didn't take the money it's because the man cried, but she was so selfish to think he cried because of the way she had played, and not because of the memories it brought her. Lala needs some character development, she clearly needs it.

As for Dr. Cha, I really hope he's not romantically interested in Lala. I really hope so, mainly because I don't like the age gap, and because I want to see him as a "father figure" to help Lala (maybe he is dodosolsolalasol??). He's also concerned about Joon, really concerned. I just hope he and Sook Kyeong can get somewhere because that couple would be gorgeous. Even so, that mention to a terminal illness and all the amount of pills he's taking doesn't point to the right direction, does it?

As for Joon, I'm totally devoted to LJW screen time. He's such a puppy.

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I enjoyed the premiere much more, but I am still here for the long run.
I am not liking the stalker modus of our doctor, nor how much free time he has...
Would he be in Doldan hospital and he wouldn't have time go try to go on dates! 😂
So this week I liked more ep 3 than 4. Few characters in the neighborhood are boring for me, but all in all I am loving this show.
Ra ra and Jun are soooooooooo cute!!!!!!!😍

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The first 3/4 of episode 1, I thought this was going to be a dud. But, it’s just too damn sweet and cute. Right now the plot seem pretty formulaic but not. It’s just a feel good show with added tears. Like, I boo hoo’d when she played the piano for the old man. I wish I hadn’t started this until it was over. Waiting for new episodes is hard!

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does anybody know the song that was playing at the end of epidode 4?

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I adore lala and her simple and optimistic nature. I can understand the critiques of her character. It's not realistic, all the help she is receiving and the endless support from people who have just met her. For the mother and daughter who always end up unintentionally tending to her, I think they just get suck into the world she belongs to as if they are trading their service for tidbits of the lifestyle of the rich and famous. She is definitely fueling their egos but I think that's Lala's charm. She is very observant and means the thing she says. Yes, she is ditzy but I think that's her naivety with growing up in a very sheltered life.
She is very pure and honest person compared to Joon who is holding lots of secrets and the doctor who I don't trust. I have a hard time understanding his interest in Lala and he keeps being mistaken for a follower/stalker (he even said so at one point), makes me wonder.... He doesn't seem sincerely interested in Lala, there seems to be an ulterior motive (though I'm not ready to say he's the "bad guy" - whoever the bad guy turns out to be). Just suspicious.
I love how Joon is falling fast for Lala. I keep replaying all their scenes so I can watch all his emotions. I think besides instant attraction, and his character trait to help those in need, Joon sees a bit of himself in her. Joon doesn't have anyone, he's all alone in the world like Lala is when everyone abandoned her. I think that's why he can't leave her alone.
There is something so charming about Lala, and it's not realistic how everyone supports her. But meh, I don't mind. Haha the world is so harsh already, I want to get lost in lala land where it's fluffy and whimsical and good good good! But I'm also down for some good character development and commentary on society too. And even if I don't get that, Lala and Joon are so adorable, I'm pretty content.

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I really dislike the wardrobe for GoAra as all those dresses make her look like she's about 5 months pregnant and they don't match up to what a rich girl would wear, more like something a student teacher in an elementary school would wear.

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I'm so in love with Joon being so in love with Ra-ra. I was so upset she didn't move in permanently after he built her her own room. I cursed when Dr. Cha blocked Joon's one-on-one piano lessons and when he offered to pick Ra-ra up. Before she asked Joon for an umbrella, I squealed over the rain because I thought now she can't go home.

Joon's face when she kissed Mimi in his arms. Ra-ra already hugged him once after she got lost, just hug him again! Mimi-ya, Oppa really is cool, handsome, generous, talented, and sweet.

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I just have to know. Does any one know what ingredients the mom uses to make Rara her breakfast sandwich? It looked like three slices of bread cooked with butter, some chopped carrots(?) and cabbage(?) and I can’t tell the third item then she mixes it in with eggs. She puts cheese I think and slices of ham. Oh and some ketchup I think. Correct me if I’m wrong I really want to try to make this sandwich if I can 😂 it made me so hungry when I first saw it.

Oh and the show is so cute! I love it so much. I just had this important question 🤣 you know priorities. First food then kdrama hahaha

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I think this is what she made: https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/street-toast

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Good good good!!!

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I finally caught up with the first 4 episodes!!
Thanks for the amazing weecap @missvictrix I lol-ed so many times reading it.
And yes please can we send Dr.Cha to Mars Land please, he has no business to be in Lala land.

Oh Jun!! Eating while watching Jun, watching Jun eat are all perfectly acceptable behavior in Jun-land!
So happy to see LJW in this role! He smiles, he scowls lightly (not like EY!), frowns a bit, blushes a bit and by the end of the day I am in puddle-land!

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