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Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: Episodes 13-14 Open Thread

Things are winding down during our penultimate week… or they should be! Instead, we no sooner get to the bottom of one matrimonial problem, when new obstacles turn up out of the wild blue yonder and threaten to take down our couple once and for all.

 
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP

It’s a week of pranks on Do Do Sol Sol! Some work, and add interest, but others seem like they were pulled out of a hat just to keep us watching. While I’m sure our ending looks the same either way, I was hoping for a little more cohesion at this point — why not address the issues at hand instead of inventing new ones to add to the stack? Let’s explore.

Our first prank is, of course, the wedding ruse. We’re led to believe that Dr. Cha and Lala are getting hitched, even though we all know it’s 100% improbable. Joon turns into a wedding crasher and whisks Lala away (the epicness of this scene outweighs the illogical aspects, for sure). They hop into Juju and go for a ride to the ocean for a heart to heart — and so we can get all the cute coupley moments we need, including a random piano turning upon the sand for Lala to play, a legitimate kiss between them, and a renewed sense of their love for each other (as if we doubted).

Because the story hasn’t dealt with how Joon is going to get his parents to approve of Lala, we’ve just seen him popping back and forth between Seoul and Eunpo. He and Lala are together, but kind of on hold, making his education the top priority — except for when Lala falls off a bike, engages in a wedding charade without telling him, and so on.

This family approval/tension is what we really need to get to the bottom of, but instead we get… competition! It’s Joon’s turn to get a crazy stan this time, when a girl from high school turns up, announces she had/has a crush on him, and continues to impose her will on him in a way that’s not only obnoxious and bossy, but deeply troubling. In his defense, Joon is pretty clear about not being interested in her, but like many second lead female characters (so to speak), she has selective hearing loss.

We’re left out of a lot of what’s going on with Joon after this point, and the narrative focus turns to Lala instead. We see from her perspective now — first, waiting to meet Joon for a date, but he never turns up. Second, going to his house to find the other girl here, bragging about her relationship with him. And finally, when Lala and Joon do meet up after he has been ghosting her, he breaks up with her.

I would be more sad about this if it was actually believable. I know that it’s just another act of noble idiocy/Joon getting steamrolled, but why is Lala so ready to believe Joon when he says he doesn’t like her anymore? All the Eunpo people believe Joon’s heart towards Lala more than she does! I’m confused.

Speaking of Eunpo, there are a lot of fun side stories that continue this week, and I actually enjoyed watching this stuff play out more than I did the pseudo break-up between Joon and Lala. This is also where we hit our second prank. Although last week it was fairly certain that Dr. Cha was Dodosolsollalasol, this week we rewind to that same scene and see that it didn’t end the way we were led to believe. Actually, Dr. Cha said that he is not the benefactor, and actually helps Lala discover who it is (also, it’s confirmed that his pills are indeed vitamins, in case you were worried).

The true Dodosolsollalasol is none other than the adorable and wonderful haraboji, and I am more than okay with this twist, because I love him and how he has so obviously cared for the younger generations around him. But, we’re robbed of any sweet moments when he has heart attack #2, and he’s currently unconscious in the hospital. Also, his son kinda sucks, and tries to sell off the Jin Hair Salon/Lala Land building right from under our characters’ feet. Luckily, Dr. Cha swoops in and buys it.

Our other great side story this week is with Ha-young and Seung-gi who not only get their business rolling thanks to Joon’s wedding crashing, but Seung-gi stages an elaborate confession, and they become an official couple! *Rejoicing*

Our resident soft-hearted, spoon-bearing thug is also put to good use this week, and he helps each of our characters quickly dig to the bottom of their mysteries. Sure, he’s not actually that good at seeing what lies beneath the surface, but we love him anyway (and his crush on Sook-kyung is wonderful to watch).

Yet another fun fake-out belongs to the secretary of Lala’s father. He’s long been hinted as the nefarious baddie who took down her father and destroyed her life. And it even looks like that might be true — until somebody yells, “Cut!” and the whole incriminating scene we’ve just witnessed is revealed to be nothing more than a drama set. Secretary Moon is now an actor, is as warm and loving as ever with Lala, and gives her a chunk of money to cement his honest and fatherly (or is that motherly?) nature towards her.

So, there’s a lot of fun side stories and plots to keep us smiling and to keep the magic of the show continuing — and that’s a good thing, because they are all but suffocating the fun out with their Joon/Lala break-up plot line.

When our episodes close this week, Lala is headed to the airport to pick up her beloved piano teacher when she sees Joon heading out on an international flight with his new “girlfriend.”. Though we have seen Joon crying in secret and know he’s miserable, we’re not given any look into what’s really going on with his side of the story. Instead, we just see him blow past Lala in the airport as if she’s invisible. Yet we all know this is ridiculous, improbable, and inconsistent with everything that we know about Joon.

The question that remains is this: why doesn’t Lala realize this? And to take that even a step further, why do we, as the audience, have to undergo this final parting and fake-out break-up? It’s not serving the story. There was already enough conflict to make our happy ending satisfying.

So why does this final plot arc exist? To get us to watch the final week, surely, but I was going to do that anyway. However, it’s one thing to watch a show’s final week because you’re truly desperate to see how the story concludes. It’s another thing entirely to watch because you want to see how the show is going to resolve the plot traps it’s laid for itself, and how it’s going to stay true to its sweet and sparkly core. I’m in the latter camp right now, but that doesn’t mean I won’t forgive them if they can pull this off. Bring on the sparkles and well-rounded happy ending!

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Everything except for Jun and Ra-ra is sparkly and fun, but then they threw in Jun's noble idiocy and I am suddenly ready to rage-quit. I have a lot of problems with the way Jun is being written, because our serious, level-headed and mature-beyond-his-years lead has suddenly become a ten-year-old, stealing one of Ra-Ra's teacups (is it going to be his magic talisman or something?) buying rings without any input from her (are you a couple or is this just more magical thinking?), not being suspicious at all of Stalker Girl, then lying to Ra-Ra in a series of stupendous, searingly hurtful bouts of what we assume is noble idiocy. Ghosting, ignoring someone in a public place, not explaining yourself and your actions to someone who deserves a full explanation of your words and actions - as I said elsewhere, if it boils down to money being the reason for this cruelty, it was far from worth it. "He didn't mean it" doesn't really cut it when you cause this sort of pain to someone this undeserving and unprepared.

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I believe the noble idiocy wont play out like in other dramas. This writer really likes subverting drama cliches, she did that a lot in Shopping King Louie too and so far in DDSSLLS almost every trope had a twist or was a fakeout so I expect this latest separation is not what it seems. We are led to believe that Jun's mom maybe conspired with that girl to separate Jun and Ra-Ra, but we know she loves her son and was sad to see him cry over the breakup, so I'm wondering if she's actually playing a ruse to reunite them again. Maybe it's to trick Jun's dad or something? One thing I'm not sure I understood right, was the coffee that girl gave to Jun spiked with something to make him fall asleep?

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There was a voiceover where she was pleased the coffee "did the trick"; since coffee usually has the opposite effect I am assuming it was drugged to make sure he slept through his date. And I don't know how Stalker Girl could have known about the date, where and when to pick him up after the test, etc. without help from mom.

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That's what I thought about the coffee, but wasn't sure. We are being led to believe that mom is working with that girl to keep them apart, but literally everything in this drama was revealed to be a fakeout so I expect more of the same with this plot point. My theory is that mom maybe wants to trick dad that Jun is going to study abroad but instead she will reunite him with Ra Ra. Or some other twist, but after so many tricks I just don't believe what we are shown. Also it's suspicious that we don't see that much of Jun's point of view. I know the noble idiocy is disappointing, but with this writer I will be shocked if it's not another fakeout.

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I am going with the spiked drink idea. Given that it is his parents with the medical background I do not think it is a coincidence.

As for the rest- while I think that I know what is happening you are right about the writer's habits. So stay tuned.

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We haven't known yet what's happening between Jun and his dad when Jun's visiting his office? I guess that part plays an important role to this episode... Also, when the girl reminded Jun about what he wanted to do with Ji-hoon in the past... studying Math in Stanford Uni or MIT. We don't know how all of these are connected. But it's also clear that Jun's mom is looking all sad when she discovered that Jun was all crying in secret.

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i really really loved this drama but it goes downhill after people know Joon's actual age. i dont really mind about his age, but people around him (yes Rara) who changed because of his age. i really disappointed in Rara since she left him in the middle of date, i dont have hope for Joon's parents tbh.
now suddenly Joon changed too, Joon is out of character. there is no way THE Joon we know hurt and left her crying alone like that. im not buying the noble idiocy. i feel like the writer just looking for another plot to fill in the episode but this aint it.

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Miss Victrix, I will attempt an answer to your question as to why. Remember that Dr. Cha gave up all his money in the divorce (from a wife who now realizes or is about to realize that in fact she loved him). He has no more money than Joon does. So where can that money come from? Joon’s parents. We have been led to believe that they really do not care about him but, in fact in last week’s episodes we learned that nothing could be further from the truth. Their problem is not that they do not care for their son but rather that they care too much.

Joon himself does not see it but in fact we have proof of this even in the last scene of episode 14. Joon is NOT headed to medical school as he had assumed- instead he is headed to Stanford (trailing his wannabe girlfriend) where he will be studying mathematics as he had wanted. Yes, he ignores Ra-ra- he is that self-disciplined- but that really simply proves how far he has come as a man.

His parents and he have obviously made a deal. He has obviously agreed to break up with Ra-ra as the condition of their buying the building. This is indeed noble but it is far from idiotic- it is instead the price he has to pay to protect the woman he loves.

The ‘idiocy’ in this case is simply the emotional response of his parents to his love for Ra-ra. And yet that reaction is entirely understandable one you know where they are coming from. This was revealed a couple episodes ago when Joon's mom explained how precious their son was to both of them- even more so because they had him so late in life (and it took IVF at that- and then really a fair amount of luck carrying him to term). They are very elderly parents- they are actually old enough to be his grandparents.

Joon's parents know that they do not have as much time with their child as most parents have. They could both die before he reaches the age of 25. They have to get him settled in life and on the correct path forward now- they do not have the luxury of time. As a result they live in a near state of panic when it comes to their son. This is why his father reacted the way he did when Joon saw his friend killed: His words were, after all, 'you cannot let this get you off track'.

In truth they have done a remarkable job- their son is smart, capable and makes very good decisions. The solid depth of his character is proven by his unselfish agreement to break up with Ra-ra in return for protecting her. It is also shown by his straightforward handling of the sexy girl who has a crush on him.

All it takes to give everyone a happy ending is for his parents to take a new look at Joon and realize that they can stop worrying about his future- they have succeeded in raising a very fine man who will handle things well even when they are no longer there.

It seems and is cruel that he did not simply explain the deal to Ra-ra- but maybe that is because he thinks that she would mess up the deal- as you said he should have more faith in her.

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Very well said! 👏

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Agreed. Earlier on I commented what genes Jun has with parents like his but as the drama unfolds, I’d take back those comments. It’s clear he is a precious son to them and they must have done their utmost best to raise him (to the fine young man, mature beyond his age, we are seeing).

Though not sure about the deal, Stanford completion and/or curing an illness, could be on the card. I can understand why they cast Lee Jae-wook because he is convincing as a 19 or 29.

Having said all these, it’s still very cruel to dump Ra-ra so unceremoniously.

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Yes it was cruel- and he should have handled this differently. He may be mature but all of us are still growing up and this is one place where he probably should have gotten some advice.

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The very nature of noble idiocy is to do something for someone else's "own good" without explanation and buy-in from the affected person . So this is noble idiocy, in spades.

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Leaving what's going on withJun and Ra Ra aside, I love that small town feel and the world this writer has created along with the characters that inhibit it. Despite the noble idiocy there was still plenty of cute in these episodes like Tough Guy being a master chef and becoming roomies with Dr Cha, Ha Young and her mom, the secretary turned actor etc. And how cute was Seung-gi's proposal to Ha Young? Also those fakeouts with Secretary Moon and Dr Cha's terminal illness/vitamins were fun. I like that characters turn out not to be what we expected and that actually almost all are good people (minus stalker guy) or at least not intentionally bad. It's very idealistic, but really nice to spend two hours on them every week.

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Ditto! I love the small city life's vibe and how they try to protect one another. I'm sure, Lala will be okay even without Jun with everyone's around her is taking care of her. The side characters never fail to put smile on my face, especially with Director Chu is proven to be a great chef, LoL. I love the bromance with Dr. Cha, LoL. Every time people show in front of him asking for help, they asked, "How much is it?" and it turned out he wanted something else, LoL.

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Some people see these as fillers but that’s what enrich the story and make it endearing. These side characters ranging from the bravo dad at the beginning to the master chef/director Chu now - are all so wonderful to meet, making DDSSLLS several notches up from other sweet romcom.

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I agree that this is the magic of this drama. Sure it's not realistic, but it appeals to the small kernel of hope and optimism in me. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone was as nice and helpful and wonderful as these characters, especially if was left all alone in the world? Some of them were complete strangers to each other in the first week, but they're like family now. It is refreshing to see the different combinations of interactions. The side characters aren't just there to prop up the OTP. They have feelings and their own wants and desires. That ahjumma who is always professing how glad she is unburdened by children is actually secretly doing IVF, hoping to have a child just like Ha-yeong. That is another fakeout and a touching one at that. Everyone is just so sweet. I agree with lemoncello that Lala will be okay even without Joon because of the people around her. I like it when a heroine has her own support network outside of the guy.

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right, imma skip this ep14 then.

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Try to watch it for the side stories 😄

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Please try to watch.. Even the break-up was quite sad, but the stories of the side characters are very endearing, and I almost forgot the fact Lala and Jun painfully broke-up in episode 14. The Eunpo crew reminds me of Ongsan people in "Camellia." I love that kind of story showing relationship of "regular people" and a community made by a bunch of local people... :D

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relax guys i mean ill watch it when the rest are complete.

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I don't think Haraboji is the ddsslls guy, remember that Jun were the one teaching smart phones to all the harabojis friend. I just fell that haraboji just used the name since Rara is so hopeful. My guess is ddsslls is the name used by late Ji Hun and Jun continued making posting using his ID. Given Rara is Ji Hun's first crush and wanted to marry her. DDSSLLS most probably is Jun himself using id created by Ji Hun

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I'm sure when Haraboji wakes up, he's going to tell Ra-ra the money for the piano came from someone else. Because before the story ends, DoDoSol is going to message Ra-ra again and invite her to meet him....and it's going to be Jun. I don't think he took this identity from Ji-hun. I think he liked Ra-ra from day one, but couldn't say so when his friend had already "claimed" her. Remember she noticed how seriously he looked at her when he was taking the photo.

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I'm glad I stopped caring about Ra-Ra and Jun's romance a long time ago. The Eunpo crew is fun though and keeps me watching.

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Well, @missvictrix, you quite superbly said everything that was going through my mind! Agree, agree, agree, but most of all about the introduction of a new character to shake up Jum/Rara's story. I was left simply mouthing, "What?" at the screen. Especially in the airport at the end - really, he's going to blank her like that after being happy enough to crash her "wedding"? Too much disbelief having to be suspended and it irritated rather than intrigued.

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This airport scene was so unecessary ! The whole time I was "ok you end your relation with Ra Ra for the need of the noble idiocy trope - but why you should spend time with the girl/snake and he act with her like a reliable boyfriend ?!" - His voice was soft when he showed her the direction before seeing Ra Ra and I hated it. Yes the Jun we used to know is a natural "giver/caretaker", but spending time with this toxic girl is a big NO and I still wonder how with two episodes the writers are going to correct this mess -_-'
It was too painful too watch...

I signed for a rom-com/fluff not a makjang or a melodrama. Give us more Rara and Jun moments with Mimi and their Eunpo family.

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As for why Ra-ra would fall for Joon's lies: I think since she is someone who is straightforward and assumes others to be the same. Like it never crossed her mind that her dad's secretary could be dastardly (even though everyone was like he's sketchy AF). I can understand why even knowing Joon, she didn't see any complicated reason for why Joon would be acting like this. If we didn't know there was something else going on, it would be quite understandable for feelings to change and for a guy as nice as Joon to feel reluctant to break it off in fear of hurting her. As Chu Min-soo says, it is naive to think of a love that lasts forever. He's seen that bear out in his work. I think it is hard to have faith when Ra-ra haven't been able to confront him and ask him for some answers. After he stood her up and after that stalker girl (who is pretty, smart, has Joon's mom's approval, and has a history with Joon) got in her face, he ignored all her texts and calls. I think it would be weirder and sort of obsessive if Ra-ra was like "I know he loves me. Maybe he has a secret stomach cancer diagnosis he doesn't want to burden me." after he ignored her and then broke up with her.

I know this week's episodes were frustrating, but I also loved them. I love how there are multiple romances. I love how the show builds on the world of Eunpo and even show side characters whom you would expect to have faded away (Dr.Cha's ex-wife and Ra-ra's ex-fiance) get some moments. I liked how Dr.Cha was just peeved at his friend for ditching Ra-ra and living well so he never said anything about Ra-ra being in Eunpo. A simple explanation!

I was glad how well Go Ara handled the angst. She was able to convey Ra-ra's confusion and heartbreak. When that stalker girl was like "why don't you break up with him?", the way Ra-ra was like "No" in Joon's catchphrase was really sad.

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The moment when Rara's ex realised that Rara is dating the Director's son got me laughing so hard.. I know it's not funny, and I know he would be feeling so awkward... LoL. And Moon Ta-yoo delivered the moment perfectly....

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Ra-ra's ex and Dr.Cha's ex could have been bland or annoying characters, but I really like how the drama makes them funny and harmless. I'm rooting for Ra-ra's ex to find love one day and be out of his mother's clutches.

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Seung-Gi's patience paid off! He was in love with Ha-Young since he's a kid. He had to watch her falling in love with all her crushes but he just stayed by her side and patiently wait for his turn. They're so cute!

But I'm kinda surprised that young people, who never dated, wished to organize weddings... it can have a lot of sort of crises (family, nervousity, etc.) and I don't know if they can handle them.

I didn't know that I needed a relationship between Dr Cha and Chu Min-Su, they're so funny :D

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In some ways the writing for DO DO has gone off the rails but then you get the lovely side stories: the haraboji back story, the Ha-young/Seung-gi time capsule and confession of love, the “Secretary” who really wanted to be an actor, the Dr. Cha/tough guy Min-su bromance.
Could there be 2 different writers with Writer-nim doing the main plot and with ‘unknown intern’ writer doing the lovely side stories?

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You know drama has a LOT going on when you can’t make head or tails of the plot just from reading the weecap 😂

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But seriously, what was with the piano on the beach? I know it’s a call-back to a classic kdrama (Stairway to Heaven?) but was that supposed to be real? Sheeeesh, what a weird couple of scenes.

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Yes, that piano thing was a bit weird, but I think it was just their imagination? Rather than an actual piano on the beach.

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I also thought it was their imagination as they reflect on how much they love each other rather than an actual piano.

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Show, you were supposed to be cute. Writer,what the hell is going on!!!!! Are you pulling story ideas from a jar?
I don't know how many extra things we've had added in the last 4 episodes. Nothing makes any sense.
What happened to the cute piano playing? We need more grandpa and jaemin! What happened to all the wonderful characters we were introduced to in the beginning...

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This show went down for me. Sad, because I loved it at the beginning. 😒

I will finish it, of course, but I am not happy

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The writer has seemingly run out of actual plot and has now decided to throw every possible angst filled scenario and fake out after fake out at us. So frustrating. Jun has also been completely been sidelined. THE ML! We have apparently gotten a short time jump simply to watch him be stuck at home preparing to get into college. And then when we DO get Jun and Ra Ra together, we get trope-filled noble idiocy and Jun being a total jerk. (Is this another fake out? I don't even care anymore.) That just seems ridiculously out of character for Jun. It makes it seem as though the writer had trouble coming up with a good solution for this age gap that was created so now we are into contrived plot devices. You started off cute, show, but now I'm glad there's only one week left of you.

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@missvictrix thank you for aptly putting into words my frustrations. But I will value this drama for what it is: a heckin clever and funny pass-time. I too just want it wrapped up with a pretty and NEAT bow, thank you very much.

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I teared up at Seung-gi's confession. I wish he had played their song Sung Si-kyung's The Road To Me. I knew his wish was Ha-young.

I cried when Ra-ra hugged Secretary Moon and when Teacher Gong called. I was grateful Ajusshi didn't betray her, and it broke my heart when she lied when Teacher Gong asked her what was wrong.

I want to live with Min-soo if he'll cook for me.

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