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Record of Youth: Episode 10

As our rising actor reaches new heights in his career, he can’t seem to shake off the fear of losing it all. Despite his worries, he decides to be grateful of these new feelings and enjoy the happy moments with the ones he loves. However, as our hero finds success, the same can’t be said for those around him, especially for his childhood friend who’s experiencing the bitterness of loss for the first time.

EPISODE 10 RECAP

Jung-ha eats breakfast with her dad when Hye-joon calls to say good morning. Though her dad is curious about her new boyfriend, he refrains from asking questions since he came by to discuss a different matter.

Meanwhile, Hye-joon talks with Gramps since he has his first shoot today, and the call puts him in a good mood. Alas, Hye-joon’s smile quickly disappears when he sees Jia calling him. She’s surprised that he answered and chats with him like their best buds. She wonders where he is, reminiscing about their past, but Hye-joon hangs up.

At home, Jung-ha’s dad hands her an envelope of cash that he’s been saving up for her wedding. He started drawing again and wants her to know that she’s the reason he draws. Even though he blames himself for ruining her childhood, he hopes she’ll remember him as someone who worked hard and cherished life.

Yi-young picks out her husband Tae-kyung’s outfit and tells him that nothing bad comes from listening to her. He doubts her words, pointing out that Hae-hyo hasn’t become a star, and orders an interim check on their son.

Bringing along a performance report, Tae-kyung sits Hae-hyo down for a quick meeting. After analyzing the information, he orders Hae-hyo to enlist in the army, and asks if he wants to be a star or an actor. When Hae-hyo chooses the latter, Tae-kyung wonders why he picked Catch, then.

As if that verbal beatdown wasn’t enough, Yi-young calls Hae-hyo down next, and agrees with Tae-kyung’s assessment that Catch was a poor choice. She tells him to have more grit and compares his stagnant career to Hye-joon’s steady rise. He asks for her support since he’s been doing his best all by himself, but Yi-young raises an eyebrow: Does he really think he did everything alone?

Jung-ha hands her resignation letter to her director and asks if she can talk with Jin Joo before she leaves. Over a meal, Jung-ha drops honorifics and tells Jin Joo that she’s no longer her senior. Jin Joo scoffs at first, but her tune changes when Jung-ha plays the clip of their fight. She offers her a couple of options, one of which requires Jin Joo to apologize to her in front of the entire staff.

Hae-hyo exercises to relieve his stress when Do-ha calls him from London. Having no other friends, Do-ha chatters endlessly with Hae-hyo, asking if he likes Jung-ha and wishing Hye-joon’s drama to flop. Hae-hyo reminds him to not cross the line, but Do-ha firmly believes that Hae-hyo wants the same.

He hangs up when his managers arrive, and Tae-soo finds Do-ha taking photos for his Instagram account. He warns Do-ha against uploading too frequently and tells him to just buy followers if he’s that concerned.

On set, Hye-joon discusses the drama with the director when a staff member comes by with snacks curtesy of Hye-joon’s girlfriend. The girlfriend turns out to be Jia, and she introduces herself as Hye-joon’s friend and a law student.

As he walks her off the set, Hye-joon tells her to stop since he knows her tricks. His barriers only fuel her doggedness, and she tells him that she isn’t the same person from before. Hye-joon points out that he isn’t the same, either, and doesn’t think they can be friends. Jia lashes out, saying that she was the one who broke up with him twice, and Hye-joon notes her typical anger issues when her pride is scratched.

After filming ends, Hye-joon talks with Jung-ha, and they agree to meet up at her house since they can’t date outside. Thus, Min-jae drops Hye-joon off at Jung-ha’s neighborhood, but warns him to not get caught together in public. Hye-joon tells her not to worry since their relationship would hurt her, but as soon as he enters her house, someone snaps his picture from afar.

At work, Jung-ha attends to Hae-hyo, and noticing his bad mood, she jokingly asks if his lunch was bad. Hae-hyo snaps at her for teasing but tells her not to freeze up because of his comment. He asks if she only thinks of him as a client, and she doesn’t know what answer would make him feel better. He likes her thoughtful response and finally cracks a smile.

Hae-hyo has an interview with Reporter Kim who asks about his best actor friend. He immediately says Hye-joon’s name and explains how they were friends since elementary school. The reporter assumes that they have similar backgrounds, but he tells her that Hye-joon isn’t from an affluent household.

He wonders if any of the questions are about him, and Reporter Kim tells him that she knows Yi-young. She promises to write a good article and orders a couple of more photos of Hae-hyo before wrapping up. In the back, Jung-ha seems unaware of Hae-hyo’s bad mood as she texts Hye-joon with a smile.

When work ends, Kyung-joon’s manager confronts him about the autograph, so in apology, he offers to buy dinner. A colleague overhears, and soon, it becomes a group affair. Before he leaves, another coworker grabs Kyung-joon and asks if he heard of Charlie Jung.

He shows him the comments claiming Hye-joon is gay, and Kyung-joon sees through his act. He immediately calls him out for his ill intentions, and though he usually sticks with verbal fights, today he’s feeling a little physical. The coworker gets the hint, and Kyung-joon walks away.

While Jung-ha can’t wait to get home to Hye-joon, Hae-hyo is feeling glum and asks her out. When she refuses, he wonders if Hye-joon is waiting at home, and she admits that he is. He asks if he can come, too, but Jung-ha doesn’t feel comfortable inviting Hae-hyo to her home. Though he’s hurt by the response, he offers to at least drop her off.

With no one else around, Hae-hyo calls Jin-woo out for drinks, unaware of the fact that his friend is hanging out with his sister. Despite Jin-woo rejecting him at first, his friend eventually shows up to keep him company.

As they drink, Hae-hyo complains about everyone comparing him with Hye-joon, but Jin-woo points out that they were always compared. He astutely notes how Hae-hyo is now being bothered because their positions have switched, which makes Hae-hyo wonder if Hye-joon felt this way, too. Jin-woo tells him that Hye-joon was too busy making money to care.

Jung-ha comes home to a prepared meal by Hye-joon and hugs him as thanks. They sit down to grill some meat, and share their vastly different eating preferences. After a while, she informs him of her decision to open her own salon as well as accepting her dad’s help.

Hye-joon approves of her decision, especially the one about her dad, and she thanks him for the encouragement. While she likes everything so far, she points out that something is wrong with this picture. One quick glance is enough for Hye-joon to catch on, and he goes out to buy drinks.

After dinner, they cuddle on the couch and watch Hye-joon’s movie. Jung-ha marvels at his acting, which embarrasses him, so he turns off the TV. As Jung-ha chases him around for the remote, Ae-sook calls him, and they both freeze—though in the end, he doesn’t pick up.

Later that night, Jung-ha walks Hye-joon out, and he mentions how his mom wants to meet her. She never met her boyfriend’s family before, and Hye-joon tells her that he doesn’t show his girlfriend to his family, either.

She asks him how he feels about his success, and Hye-joon admits to feeling anxious. He looks up his name on a daily basis, and Jung-ha comments on how nice it must feel to show up on search engines. Like him, she’s anxious, too, but points out that their worries are on different levels. He gets her meaning and says that he’ll treat everything as positive.

On the bus ride home, Hye-joon looks up his name and smiles at the positive article headings. He thinks to himself that anxiety is like an appendix to success, and for some books, the appendix is more valuable.

In the morning, Kyung-joon paces nervously as Gramps prevents him from waking up Hye-joon. Thankfully for him, Ae-sook barges in to wake up Hye-joon for breakfast, and Kyung-joon finally gets his autograph.

Despite rebuking his colleague for spreading baseless rumors, Kyung-joon seems bothered by the comments and asks Hye-joon if he knows Designer Jung. When Hye-joon says that he does, Kyung-joon loudly asks if he goes clubbing, and Hye-joon yells at him. Kyung-joon explains that people wrote it online, but everyone scolds him for mentioning nonsensical claims—even Young-nam.

Yi-young talks with Ae-sook over the phone since the latter needs to reschedule because of Hye-joon. In contrast to Ae-sook’s busy son, Hae-hyo walks into the dining room hungover from last night. When Yi-young compares the friends again, Hae-hyo tells her to stop stealing his self-esteem, but Yi-young thinks that he should lose it to her if it’s that easily taken.

She stops her nagging when Jin-woo comes down, and Hae-hyo says that they should go out to eat. Jin-woo suggests inviting Hye-joon along, too, but Hae-hyo is against the idea since Hye-joon is probably tired.

Back at Hye-joon’s house, Ae-sook watches her youngest sleep, and tells Gramps that even though he’s tired, he still had the energy to see his girlfriend. Gramps laughs since it’s the perk of being young, and Ae-sook smiles, happy to be able to still take care of her son.

Jung-ha treats her colleagues at the salon to doughnuts, and in the breakroom, she thanks Jin Joo in front of everyone. Jin Joo plays along, apologizing for “training” her harshly, and Jung-ha explains that the rumors about her being a man-stealer were fake since Jin Joo is obviously prettier than her.

Flashing back, Jung-ha and Jin Joo sat down to write a contract about the apology, and having her actions written down in words finally makes Jin Joo embarrassed of her deeds. While it doesn’t stop Jung-ha from continuing her plan, she does agree to keep out the specifics of Jin Joo’s bullying.

At her house, Jung-ha fangirls over Hye-joon’s prince role until he turns off the TV. Facing Hye-joon, she shakes him and asks him to bring back her oppa. (Once a fangirl, always a fangirl.) He tells her to stop, but she only pauses for a moment before fangirling all over again.

Hye-joon gets a call from Min-jae, and she tells him that he’s hosting the award ceremony as well as his nomination for the top excellence award. Hye-joon can barely believe the news himself as he tells Jung-ha. She congratulates him, and Hye-joon slowly breaks into a smile, too.

Awards season arrives, and at the ceremony, cameras flash at the photo zone. Hae-hyo arrives with his costar Do-ha, and after them, Hye-joon takes his turn in the spotlight.

In the audience, Min-jae escorts Hye-joon’s family (plus Kyung-mi) to their seats. She tells him that Hye-joon is busy reading over the script, and Young-nam shows off his internet-knowledge about the happenings of show business. Heh.

To celebrate Hae-hyo’s upcoming win for the newcomer award, Yi-young prepares food, and Tae-kyung sighs at the extravagance over a small award. He accuses Yi-young of raising their son weakly, but she points out that she raised him to have good character unlike Tae-kyung’s older brother. Hae-na asks if she can leave, but Yi-young reminds her of their family motto to celebrate milestones together.

Hye-joon finds Jung-ha taking care of Hae-hyo and asks if she’s forgotten about him. Hae-hyo says that it’s the way things are since he discovered her first, and Hye-joon argues that he technically introduced the two and only lost her because of money. Jung-ha tells them to just date already, and they laugh.

Do-ha arrives with Tae-soo and tells Hae-hyo that he’s guaranteed to win since his ratings were the highest. According to that logic, Hae-hyo points out that Hye-joon should win, too, and Tae-soo calls him out for being rude.

Min-jae drops in, telling Tae-soo to butt out, and Tae-soo smugly congratulates her on Hye-joon’s success though he claims that if the first step is good, then the rest will be bad. Min-jae smiles and reminds him that Hye-joon’s beginning was actually with Tae-soo.

Dragging Hye-joon out of the room, Min-jae squeals since Min-soo is here. She hides behind Hye-joon as he greets the top star and tells him that his manager is his fan. Though she can barely meet his eye, she whips out a book to get his autograph and makes sure that he includes her name. Heh.

Hye-joon agrees to catch up with Min-soo after the ceremony and treat him if the two friends win in their respective categories. Min-jae offers to do her everything, too, and Hye-joon reels her back. As soon as she leaves the room, Min-jae cackles with laughter. Hahaha, I love her.

Do-ha talks with Tae-soo in private, ordering him to find out the winner for his category. He threatens to leave if he doesn’t win, and Tae-soo assures him that they won’t award a newbie, no matter how hot he is right now.

Of course, we already know the outcome, and the winner of the top excellence award goes to Hye-joon! In his acceptance speech, Hye-joon thanks Gramps, tells Ae-sook that he loves her, and mentions his fans. While Hye-joon shines on stage, Designer Jung watches him on TV, sitting alone in a dark room. He grabs his phone to call Hye-joon but hesitates.

The somber mood extends to Hae-hyo’s family, and Tae-kyung pours everyone a glass since they opened the bottle already. Uncharacteristically, Ae-sook just sits there in silence. Meanwhile, Hae-hyo composes himself in the bathroom, and Jin-woo joins him. He tells him to just win the top excellence award like Hye-joon and forget about the newcomer award.

In the now empty hall, Jin-woo tells the others to pose for a picture and wistfully comments on how he wants to join them, too. Hye-joon invites him over, and Jin-woo happily hands over his camera to Min-jae. As they pose, Min-jae mumbles under her breath that she wants to join, too, but Hye-joon just reminds her to take the photo on three. Heh.

After the ceremony, Hye-joon plans on celebrating with his family, and Hae-hyo declines the offer to join. Jin-woo agrees since Hae-na is worried about him, and Hae-hyo wonders if she called him. While Jin-woo fails miserably at covering his mistake, Hye-joon comes in for the save and says that nothing’s suspicious.

While Hye-joon meets with his family—Young-nam standing off to the side—Jung-ha watches him from afar and leaves the hall without seeing him. On her way out, she runs into Hae-hyo who asks if she’ll keep her promise today.

Hye-joon looks over his missed calls which includes one from Jung-ha as well as two calls from Jia and one from Designer Jung. He calls Jung-ha, but she misses it since she’s singing in the car with Hae-hyo. While they belt out their stress, Hae-hyo smiles, though his eyes glisten with tears.

Do-ha calls him while he’s driving, and his drunk costar invites him to join him for drinks. Hae-hyo says that he’s out, and Do-ha assumes that he’s partying with Hye-joon. He calls Hae-hyo a hypocrite and hangs up.

Hae-hyo shares his recent struggles with Jung-ha, explaining how Yi-young told him this morning that even if he won the newcomer award, it has less value than Hye-joon’s nomination in the top excellence category. Sadly, he notes how he didn’t even win.

Jung-ha says that she’s hungry, so they move to a restaurant where Hae-hyo scarfs down his food. Suddenly feeling sick, he throws up in the bathroom, and Jung-ha worries if he needs to go to the hospital. He tells her that he usually throws up when he’s stressed and only came because he couldn’t say no to her.

They drive to a scenic location, overlooking the city, and Hae-hyo admits how he wanted to win since it’s a once in a lifetime award. He then confesses to hating how everyone compares him to Hye-joon, and Jung-ha listens without a word.

At home, Kyung-joon reads the articles about Hye-joon’s win and scowls when he sees the negative comments. He decides to reply to just two and is proud of his comebacks (“I bet you were dumped by Charlie Jung!”) Pfff.

Gramps and Ae-sook are in happy moods when they come home, but the same can’t be said for Young-nam. Catching on to Young-nam’s feelings, Kyung-joon asks Hye-joon why he didn’t mention their dad in his speech, but Hye-joon avoids answering.

Young-nam retreats to his room, and Ae-sook follows him inside. She assures him that Hye-joon doesn’t hate him, and Young-nam finally lets out his frustration about the acceptance speech. Despite his rant, Ae-sook basks in the success of her son, grateful for his thanks even though she couldn’t help him.

Meanwhile, Yi-young continues drinking alone in her home—experiencing the complete opposite emotions from Ae-sook. Though try as she might, Hae-hyo hasn’t become a star, and his failure weighs heavily on her.

That night, as Hye-joon sleeps, a message from Designer Jung arrives.

The effects of Hye-joon’s win are felt immediately as boxes of gift flood into Min-jae’s office the next day. She celebrates with Chi-young and calls Hye-joon who’s already thinking about his next project. Since he wasn’t able to work before, he wants to make up for all his lost time.

As he walks to the office, an unknown number calls him: it’s the police. They ask if he can come in for an investigation about Designer Jung’s death. As the words sink in, Hye-joon stares at his phone in disbelief. The scene changes to Hae-hyo’s latest Instagram post of the award ceremony, and Hye-joon narrates, “2020, the new year was bright.”

COMMENTS

While I enjoy the lighthearted scenes, especially the ones with Hye-joon and Jung-ha, it’s the moody and sad moments that actually catch my attention the most. The scene with Hae-hyo in the car with Jung-ha was a good example of the show’s strength, capturing the complex and conflicting emotions people feel because of their relationships with one another. Hae-hyo is happy for Hye-joon’s win, but he’s also jealous, bitter, and disappointed. On one hand, he understands how his privilege and social position has shielded him from these feelings before, but even if he comprehends it with his head, his heart is another matter. I want to believe Hae-hyo invited Jung-ha out not because he was trying to make a move on her but because she was the only friend he could turn to in that moment. He couldn’t share his pain with Jin-woo or Hye-joon, but what made me feel bad for Hae-hyo was the fact that he couldn’t even turn to his family for support. Despite all of Yi-young’s encouragement and care, she only praises him when he succeeds. Though I don’t doubt Yi-young’s love, her affections for her children are fickle. She sees them as objects that need to be controlled rather than individuals with struggles and demons of their own. Instead of making them believe her love is unconditional, she shows them again and again that she’s on their side for a price: their compliance.

Surprisingly, I’m starting to like Kyung-joon more as a character than I thought I would in the beginning. He’s relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things, and because of that, I find his antics funny. It also helps that Kyung-joon’s relationship with Hye-joon mended a bit before Hye-joon’s big break, so unlike Young-nam, it doesn’t feel like he is trying to profit off his younger brother’s success. In fact, I like how Kyung-joon still acts like the hyung, and in his own way, he’s defending and protecting Hye-joon (even if that only amounts to addressing a nasty coworker and writing a few comments online). On the other hand, Young-nam continues to grate on me, and the show really portrays him as a flat character. He never reflects on his actions, and I balked when he asked Ae-sook if he wronged Hye-joon that much. (The short answer: yes, you did.) As stated above, I do think the show does a good job portraying nuanced relationships, but it’s uneven. Part of the issue is that the show is tackling too many things at once, so while certain parts of the plot and its characters are interesting, there are other areas that feel underdeveloped. On this spectrum, Young-nam falls into the latter category, but on the bright side, I don’t think the show will try to reframe his past actions as “misguided love.”

The comments attacking Hye-joon are disgusting, not only because they’re malicious but because of the blatant homophobia inherent in these negative comments. They aren’t just lambasting him for having a sponsor or clubbing, but the fact that his sponsor is a man and he goes to gay clubs. For the most part, I’m hesitant about the direction the show is hinting at with its latest development, especially since Designer Jung is now dead. While the show could prove me wrong, it seems like it’ll continue upholding negative stereotypes about the LGBTQ+ community as deviant and “depraved.” While South Korea has become more accepting of LGBTQ+ rights, there are still a lot of changes needed on a societal and legislative level. Unfortunately, the show hasn’t done a good job depicting this minority group with nuance, and now their only gay character has become a hinderance for Hye-joon’s career.

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I must admit, I think it's getting better...

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Lol, not really, its just our expectations have fell so low that now we think we see improvement ..the storyline is still dragging, the rewinds suck, replaying an entire episode to show it from a different POV is silly..

I watch because I like it and want to see the end but its no flower of evil, IONTBO, Itaewon Class or anywhere near that level.. I watch for Byeon Woo Seok, for the truth about Jeong Ha father being rich to get out, and to see who ends up with Jeong Ha in the end and if they break up.. I mean look at Jin Ju.. Thats IT?? REALLY?? doughnuts and a fake apology for tormenting the female lead for 10 episodes.. Thats the best the writers can do? LOL .even my possible storylines were all better than what we are being presented with

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I feel like this drama is an adult Full house re-run.. lol.. its not even PG- 13.. its like PG-6

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With these fine recaps available to sate any waning curiosity, I am surprised you waste your valuable time on a show that is so little to your liking, nor one that can be characterized as high camp. But then, I am not one who denies the occasional pleasure to be had by venting one's spleen with a keyboard.

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LOL, I am bored, working from home, and I never said I didnt Like it.. of course I like it, the point being I wanted to LOVE IT.. It has the recipe for success (beautiful cast, storyline focusing on modeling industry, etc) but it dropped the ball. Obviously, I am not the only one who thinks this way. I give fine recaps on every show because that is what I do, this is nothing compared to my Quora page (ahem 2.3 million views, thank you very much) However, since I do watch so closely, I am in a better position than most to see that this drama is lacking. I want to see how this drama finishes but I don't feel the intense excitement that I did like with Itaewon Class or World of the Married.. Plus if it wasnt for Byeon Woo Seok ( like I previously mentioned), I would have dropped out along time ago.. have you not noticed most of my recaps are about Hae Hyo.. LOL

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I was incredibly annoyed when I realized they had just spent half of episode 10 on what happened, barely from a different POV. What was the point?

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@candilan Your comparison with the most realistic drama IC of recent years is frankly disrespectful, as the IC was a fictional class struggle, RoY is reality, with all the good and bad there is

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LOL its disrespectful?...LOLOL.. Its not disrespectful .. ROY is not reality and neither is IC.. However, IC and IONTBO inspired emotion in its viewers..look at the comment count on those dramas compared to this one and tell me if I am lying.

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Agreed. I tried, I really tried. I drudged through the show and reached Episode 10 (for the characters and the story premise and it was on Netflix and needed something after IOTNBO). Everything felt so dull and lifeless and maybe I'm the only one who felt that way. It isn't bad but I dropped it lol I just couldn't.

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Yes, its not bad, its just not GREAT.. its enough to keep me watching BUT I think this drama is more " real life" with complex characters.. We can see the shades of grey of each character and whether good or bad, what motivates their behavior even the bad characters but I think how its put together and its too busy.. so many things happening.

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I don't think it was bad to begin with...

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This episode seemed to be mainly focusing on bad parenting and envy.

Jia revealed her parents’ opposition to Hye-joo because his background is modest, but now she wants back in because he is becoming famous. Maybe she always loved him, but it seems like it’s way too late. I like how he is firm in his rejection of her, as he is in his dealings with everyone.

I liked Jung-ha and her dad, and also how she handled her resignation, especially how she managed Jin Joo with so much maturity.

Poor Hae-hyo. I’m starting to feel really sorry for him. His parents, Yi-young and Tae-kyung, are giving me Sky Castle vibes. They are extremely narcissistic, and he is under horrible pressure. Does he have an eating disorder?

I liked how Jin-woo puts the comparisons and competition between Hae-hyo and Hye-joo into perspective for him.

Hae-hyo likes Jung-ha, but his emotions are all mixed up with envy and an unconscious a sense of entitlement. (It looks like he will successfully drive a wedge between HJ and JH.) It was so sad that the reporter didn’t even bother finding out about HH because his mother had done the job already. As he said, she is robbing him of his self-esteem.

With Designer Jung’s death, it seems like we are suddenly in a different genre, although I have no complaints about that.

And I agree, has Young-nam no self-awareness?

That JH and HJ admitted their anxiety to each other was an interesting moment, especially in light of HH’s possible eating disorder. These poor young people are like walking wounded in a world of intolerable pressure driven by envy. Then on top of that someone like Director jung takes his own life.

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Great review

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Thank you, @lovepark, for the recap! I think the police called on Hye-joon re: Charlie Jung's death because he may be the last person he sent a message to or called before he died. I believe that the comments online about HJ being CJ's 'pet' were instigated by Tae-soo to derail HJ's career. I hope karma visits the ff. people before the drama ends: Young-nam for being the worst father, Tae-soo for being a selfish, greedy manager, Jia for breaking up because he was poor and a nobody and now creeping back for all her selfish reasons.

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Great recap~ especially when you point out that the scenes of jealousy and bitterness are more arresting. At least they felt that way for me. The second male lead is grappling with more human emotions, not that PBG's character isn't, but it feels real in a way that the primary couple's don't.
I also have serious house envy for the FL's house. My humble abode is a studio (aka bed in a large room) in Boston so I always drool over what looks to be perfectly attainable but not not really.

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In this episode, I had the same editing issues than with the 9th. First, the award ceremony came very late in the episode when we already had the result in the last episode. I don't understand the editing choices. Then, there is still a missing scene...

For the characters, I found pretty weird that JA reconforted HH, the best friend of her boyfriend, rather celabrate her boyfriend's success. I mean it was a very important moment for him and she left with someone else. I understand there was his family but leaving without telling anything was weird.

HH's situation is sad. He is understanding the bad effect of his mother on his career. She doesn't really care of him, she needs him to be successful for her own pride. But his sister will have the same issue when her father will know she's dating a poor photographer. When he talked about his followers on Instagram to his mum, it was really. She knew she bought them and didn't tell him.

I'm happy that JW can be there for his both friends. He said the harsh truth to HH.

HJ's succes is nice to watch. It's interesting how things change and how people don't have any power on that.

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So many things to tackle this episode. I guess I will focus on HH. First, I want to say Byeon Woo Seok is doing an outstanding job!! I foresee great things for this guy. HH is probably one of the most hated characters on the show which is divisive because technically he hasn't done anything wrong. I think I have seen more hateful comments on HH and Yi Young than I have Tae Soo ( ex manager) which is interesting because HH and Yi Young are grey characters, they are not bad or good but more complex.
As some of you know, I have loved HH since the beginning and I think his character is better written than HJ. HH is complex, he is trying to be a good friend and he says all the right things but like Park Do Ha said he is being a hypocrite. Yes, he wants to be happy for Hye Jun but is he really? He is not 100% happy for his friend, he was but unfortunately, people started getting into his head and making him question himself. I think Hae Hyo went to Jeong Ha because he NEEDED her, no one could comfort him probably except her. I will never understand why Jeong Ha actually went with him on HJ big night or didnt text her boyfriend to let him know where she was but maybe its a plot hole. I did enjoy seeing things from HH POV and his awakening a bit to the fact that his wealthy background may have opened doors for him. The problem with HH is he is talented but not aggressive enough. No matter what you say about Yi Young, she has a point, HH should be studying scripts, meeting with directors, etc he is not aggressive about his career ( partially her fault) because it always came so easy to him before. I was sad that he didnt win Rookie of the Year and hopes that HH too makes it on his own terms.

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I also can't stand HH because he's fake, easy to do good when you're a silver spoon, his way of being around Jung-Ha is mean, while Hye Joon is strong and loyal, he doesn't need a writing that exalt, just the superb acting of Park Bo Gum, able to play a character and his characters, wonderful

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HH is very complex like I said and I LOVE this about him.. I don't see HH as fake.. It can be argued that HJ is also fake.. HH helped his friend get jobs when he wasn't doing well but now that HJ is doing well, he doesn't say he is friends with HH and he doesnt help him get jobs.. heck Park Do Ha helped HH more than HJ has.. so I guess its all perspective..
PGB is doing a great job acting but its everyone else I am watching.. Byeon Woo Sik ( Amazing), the guy playing Park Do Ha ( love him..lol)...

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This show makes it very difficult to care about anybody. It is very frustrating. As for the gay aspect. This is disappointing. It didn't bother me when the designer was predatory because predators exist and should be showcased in all the kinds they show up in. However, the designer's death in this instance seems super sinister, and I agree with @lovepark, this makes me really uncomfortable.

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I see nothing sinister in his death, only so much sadness

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Also, one character that is also interesting to watch who is a funny villain but kinda harmless is Park Do Ha.. I actually like his scenes.. he is someone who is very similar to Hye Jun and climbed up from the bottom but he isnt trying to work hard to stay there. You can see that Park Do Ha is intelligent and catches on rather quickly like he can see how much his agent, Tae Soo regrets losing Hye Jun.. When Hye Jun was leaving with manager noona, Tae soon was looking at Hye Jun but Park Do ha was looking at Tae Soo's reaction.. very interesting. Hopefully, Do Ha is smart enough to drop Tae Soo and get a new manager. Manager noona maybe?

Also No mention to the very quick but subtle exchange between Hye Jun and Hae Hyo about who discovered Jeong Ha first. I think there was more to this exchange than meets the eye because the look Hye Jun gave Hae Hyo after he said he only loss her due to money with that raised eye brow said it all for me.. I definitely see future problems for these three on the horizon.

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Very insightful comments, lovepark. Interested to see what direction the writer takes this.

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Tomorrow better rewind to the night of the awards because I can't with Jung-ha not congratulating her boyfriend on his big win. I'm okay with her hanging out with Hae-hyo because he needed a friend in that moment, and she hadn't met Hye-joon's family yet, but can he please go to her house to celebrate together? Hye-joon will understand Jung-ha consoling Hae-hyo after his loss, and now her debt is done, and she doesn't owe him anymore. I love how she ignored his question of whether Hye-joon knows her door code. How else do you think he got into my house? Jung-ha drives Hye-joon's car, and Hye-joon knows Jung-ha's door code -- so domestic.

Thank God Jung-ha has her own place. I flailed at Hye-joon's suggestion. Their cuddling on the couch was uwu, as was her fangirling "OPPA!!" while jumping on the couch. How precious was Hye-joon being jealous of Yi Geon? I had really wanted to see Jung-ha's reaction to Gateway like Mom and Grandpa, so I was thrilled at her watching The King Returns with Hye-joon to boot. When Mom said, "No matter how exhausted he is, he still has energy to see his girlfriend," it dawned on me that Grandpa had met Jung-ha from his video call with Hye-joon. When he told her his mom wanted to meet her, she should've told him her dad knows about them too. I adore how Jung-ha always tells Hye-joon she misses him first.

Hyung redeemed himself this episode replying to the hate comments. "Takes one to know one. I bet you were dumped by Charlie Jung." lmao When Hye-joon looks himself up online, does he read the comments? However, screw Hyung for trying to guilt-trip Hye-joon for not thanking Dad in his speech. Why would he deserve thanks? Dad has no right to be upset. Like Hae-hyo's mom sarcastically remarked, Hye-joon is too humble to think he's not famous enough for Dispatch to not expose his relationship, but at least the photos of him at Jung-ha's house can help defuse his gay rumors.

Thanks a ton for the recap, @lovepark!

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The death of Charlie Jung and how it was handled leaves a bitter taste in mouth. It's not offensive in any sense - I just wish Kdrama's evolved to capture LGBT characters and their stories better. Considering there is a large chunk of the fandom comprises of members from the LGBT community, I wish Kdramas were a little inclusive. It brings joy to my heart to even have the slightest of reference to it, idk why - even though I can watch other shows that have LGBT characters in them. I just want Kdrama world to make us feel that we exist (sidenote: Where Your Eyes Linger did that but it was too short). They shouldn't worry about the Korean viewers anymore because if you don't offend people I don't see growth happening anytime soon. Also, I mean aren't we past that? It's Okay to Not Be Okay literally had so many controversies in Korea and plotlines where the Korean audience were not too happy to watch but the International community is so strong that it is literally one of the Top 10 most watched Netflix shows of the year and probably one of the most popular Kdrama internationally - EVER. Kdrama writers and directors - PLEASE START CHALLENGING YOUR STORYLINES. We need that.

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LGBTQ is a frowned upon community in South Korea and they chose to enforce the worst societal views with a character representing that. This I found highly offensive. And no, I don't give rat's ass if part of it is true. Because there are numerous instances where this isn't true. I can't believe they took a character belonging to underrepresented community and chose to enforce prosaic, negative stereotypes with that for dramatic effect. This is the last time I'd watch whoever has written this show. They needed to give Hye Joon controversy, there were better ways to do that. Also, don't you guys feel Hae Hyo's family had a overly dramatic reaction to Hye Joon's win, I mean nobody passed away, why the fuck are they acting as if they are mourning the end of somebody's life. Also, Hae Hyo still has a career left that he can salvage with better management and better projects, what's with this show? Yes, it stings when your close friend who always lagged behind is suddenly the belle of the ball but nobody does that. Also Hae Hyo, that's your supposed best mates girlfriend, that was a shitty position you put her in. Go find a pojangmacha and drown your sorrow in drinks, its not cool. And how dense is Jung Ha, girl pick up the signs, he likes you and is courting you indirectly. Put a stop to it or be responsible for whatever mess ends up coming of this next.

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I can feel your anger. I, personally, did not find it so offensive (although, I cringed every time) but reading your comment made me think about this more.

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I agree with with your your takes on Hae-hyo and Jeong-ha. I think Hae-hyo just wanted to get back at Hye-jun any way he could. And it was so out of character for Jeong-ha to be so dense.

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Incredible how different visions can be, I personally find that RoY is the most courageous and realistic drama of recent years, highlighting two phenomena that have made so many victims: that of sponsors and that of keyboard haters. Thanks for the reviews, but the gay world is not the subject of the drama, and to me it should not be the subject of any drama, as sexual inclination or homosexual love is a natural thing, not a phenomenon. Charlie Chung is a victim of his loneliness and his end is very sad and touching, because despite everything he never wanted to hurt HJ. In his own way he was happy with his success. This drama really touches all the deepest notes of the soul, it is poignant and exhilarating at the same time. HH is a sad man because he understood that he is a puppet in the hands of his parents, he is sad too. I didn't like how he forced her to date him, but his desperation is so understandable. Jung Ha sometimes seems too soft, she was alone before meeting Hye Joon, but now will she be ready to fight for their love?

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Hi everyone, I can't log in. I just wanted to tell you that I haven't felt the feelings that this drama gives me for years. Initially I had some doubts about the pairing between Park BO Gum and Park So Dam, now I am convinced that it is a successful couple even if I would like more passion between them, but the dramas are not made to have passionate scenes. She is very sweet and I understand why HJ and HH fell in love with her. HH's jealousy of HJ is as human as HJ's pride that was there before, but I don't like possessive men and HH is for no reason as she is his friend's girlfriend. As for the other characters, they are all so human and sad, HJ's family is the most genuine, the relationship he has with others is honest and sincere. I like how the writer allows us to get to know Hye-Joon's personalities through the characters he plays. Park Bo Gum acting is deserving of an award. There is no clear division between good and bad, as seen in ordinary dramas, because the nuances of the characters are many and of various gradations. Photos, direction, ost, everything is perfect. Even the cameos of other actors. Unlike most viewers, I love time jumps, because they change perspective, they break monotony. An extra pinch of red would be welcome. I'm sorry for Charlie Chung's fate, he too was ultimately just a fake wolf in a society where real monsters hide behind a PC screen. I am very curious to see what will happen again to our protagonists.

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I feel real vindicated right now

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I didn't notice it at first, and I saw another poster say this before but now I can fully agree. They have NOOOOO chemistry. I am watching this solely to see how Hye Joon's career turns out and watch him finally get the best of Lee Tae-Su. I love watching his career evolve. I wish they had given as much development to Jung-ha's career. This is not a love story At ALL to me.

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This drama is so much better now that i’ve allowed myself to hit the FF button whenever HH’s mum or Tae Soo appears 😄

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