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Run On: Episode 4

To run or not to run? Our national track runner puts his career on the line as he answers this question, and though the repercussions may be harsh, he’s more than ready to face the aftermath. Meanwhile, our heroine works hard not only to ensure his bold words won’t get lost in translation, but that his unrelenting ethics won’t harm him in the process.

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

The starting pistol fires, and the racers on the field sprint off — but the camera focuses instead on Sun-kyum’s lone figure, still at the starting position. The confused spectators (including Sun-kyum’s infuriated father and Mi-joo) and racers look back at Sun-kyum, who rises to approach the press.

Sun-kyum is calm, yet bold, as he stands in front of the press pit and answers their questions as to why he chose not to run: he couldn’t, because he assaulted his teammates.

Bewilderment ripples through the press, sponsors, and team alike, but Sun-kyum is strangely steady, and looks up at Mi-joo in the stands. After a pause, he asks her if she’s going to translate what he said. Despite being taken aback, Mi-joo rushes down and translates every word into English for the astonished crowd.

Sun-kyum walks off from the scene across the field, with Mi-joo trailing after him. She asks him if he’s afraid of what he’s just done, but without hesitation Sun-kyum says he’s made his move and now he just has to wait and see how things play out.

Sun-kyum’s father is still in the stands with Dan-ah’s family and the sponsors, and is clearly furious, but hiding it well. So is Dan-ah, but she seems equal parts upset by his behavior and impressed by his boldness. Then she jokes to Mr. Jung to pour water on all the recording devices so the press have no proof of the event.

The reporters notice Woo-shik, limping around trying to get out of view, and they all but lunge at him, asking if he’s the victim of Sun-kyum’s alleged assault. He denies it, but before he can clarify, the coach has Gyu-duk and Ki-bum whisk him away.

Back in the training center, Mi-joo seems worried about what will happen next and wisecracks to Sun-kyum that at least she won’t be lonely on the road to hell. Seconds later, Sun-kyum’s father storms in shouting. His ire is first focused on Mi-joo, for the crime of actually interpreting Sun-kyum’s words. Mi-joo stands up for herself, but Sun-kyum soon steps in and then it’s his turn for his father’s wrath.

It’s clear that Assemblyman Ki’s biggest worry is how this “scandal” will reflect on his political campaign, and Sun-kyum calls his father out for using him solely for the benefit of his political career. Because of his father, his life isn’t his own.

Sun-kyum is calm but quite harsh. He confronts his father about his scheming response to his broken shoulder in the past, which ruined his javelin throwing career, and then asks, since he can’t run any more, if his father will just marry him off for political gain. That earns him a slap in the face, and his father yells, “Don’t you know how much I love you?” Sun-kyum replies with no emotion in his voice, “Unwanted love is the same as violence.” His father screams at Sun-kyum to leave, so he does, with Mi-joo trailing after him again.

They run into Dan-ah, who’s in full CEO-mode. She’s ready with a reprimand — and a promise to find a solution. (I doubt her not!) She tells him to lay low while she does damage control, and in the meantime, the all-important photoshoot is still on. Sun-kyum turns to leave, taking Mi-joo by the wrist along with him, but Dan-ah grabs Mi-joo’s other wrist, saying that she never told him to take his interpreter. Just then, Assemblyman Ki arrives on the scene, and Dan-ah turns around for another battle, while Sun-kyum and Mi-joo make their escape.

Sun-kyum has picked up on the fact that it was his father, not Dan-ah, that hired Mi-joo originally, and assumes that’s why there’s such dislike between them. Mi-joo hesitates, but tells him it’s not what he thinks, and that she and Dan-ah just don’t click.

Dan-ah and Assemblyman Ki have their face-off, and it’s mostly about Mi-joo. Dan-ah asks if he’s going to take out his anger on the interpreter, and Assemblyman Ki says he has every right to be mad since he hired and paid her to “do right” by his son. He gets back at Dan-ah’s jabs by saying he’s the one that allowed her to “seduce” his children for her pet project (the fashion line).

Assemblyman Ki isn’t done with his rampage yet, and his last stop is the locker room, where he berates the head coach and team. Young-il remarks how different Sun-kyum is from his father.

An English-speaking reporter approaches little Woo-shik, who seems beyond bewildered, but luckily Mr. Jung steps in, and this becomes the start of her PR-spin agenda. Before Dan-ah’s master plan gets set in motion though, she’s sequestered in her room to receive a mysterious medical treatment. She jokes to Mr. Jung that her illness won’t kill her, but it’s enough to be troubling.

Afterwards, refreshed and in a new outfit, she hosts an international crew of English-speaking journalists for an exclusive wine and dine interview with Woo-shik, introducing him as the “real victim of this incident.” I smell truth in the air!

Back in Seoul, Dan-ah’s younger half-brother Tae-woong is bumming around her office again, unable to get her to pick up the phone. He notices Young-hwa lingering outside in front of the building, and goes outside to pick a fight with him.

Young-hwa found his way there via the business card Dan-ah gave the art cafe owner. Dan-ah requested it be passed on to the artist, with word that she would give him feedback on the painting if he came to find her. He’s obviously trying to do just that, but after the weird/aggressive treatment from Tae-woong, Young-hwa get agitated and bikes off. After he’s gone, Tae-woong finds Young-hwa’s wallet on the ground and moans that his sister is already too preoccupied with Sun-kyum.

Sun-kyum and Mi-joo enjoy the Jeju shore for a bit, and it’s blustery and gorgeous. Mi-joo makes sure he just intends to clear his head, and not jump in, and then bemoans how much she’s acted out today. Sun-kyum apologizes for making her do so, but Mi-joo cuts their moment short when she says she’s hungry.

Over lunch, Mi-joo asks if Sun-kyum is afraid of the impending unknowns — namely, the possibility of never being able to run as an athlete again. He shrugs it off, but regrets that he won’t be able to keep his past promise to be a coach for a children’s school track and field team (what a sweetie). Mi-joo’s still impressed with him though, and says that the fact that he risked his entire career just to help out a hoobae makes her curious what he’d be like if he fell in love.

During the ride to the photo shoot location, Mi-joo clicks through the articles about the morning’s incident. She expresses frustration and anger over the comments condemning Sun-kyum, but Sun-kyum stays cool and understanding of the netizens’ ire. When Mi-joo asks him where his love for himself is, and whether or not he learned it in school, he quips that he skipped class because he was always busy training.

After arriving at the venue, Mi-joo can’t stop looking at the negative press Sun-kyum’s getting, and watches with concern as he gets ready for the shoot.

Assemblyman Ki’s chief of staff meets privately with Mi-joo, handing her a flight ticket back to Seoul and dismissing her. Instead of complying, Mi-joo rejects the return flight and dismissal, insisting she will complete her job in Jeju. She also returns the envelope of money she had previously accepted from Assemblyman Ki, saying she shouldn’t keep the bribe because she didn’t follow through with his request.

Sun-kyum catches Mi-joo on her way out, saying it’s going to be awhile. Dan-ah waltzes in commenting on his hotness, (and excellent hairdo, I might add) but she squabbles with Sun-kyum again before dropping the bomb: Woo-shik is about to meet with the international reporters for a formal interview. We see a brief conversation between Woo-shik and Dan-ah where it’s clear that more than his career, Woo-shik cares about clearing Sun-kyum’s name.

Sun-kyum takes Mi-joo aside for a personal request: if Woo-shik reveals Sun-kyum’s actions were to help him, Mi-joo should leave that out of the interview. He admits he knows it’s an abuse of his authority, but requests it because he’s concerned about her. Sun-kyum continues that he only got slapped because he’s family–his father can do way worse to a stranger like her. Mi-joo marvels again over how much Sun-kyum cares about others, but not himself. She tells him that he’s too used to being hurt. Frustrated, she adds that she’ll translate what’s necessary, and then walks away.

During Woo-shik’s interview, Mi-joo defies Sun-kyum’s request and translates the true story as told by Woo-shik. Sun-kyum watches the whole interview from a distance. When it’s over, Mi-joo walks off promptly, giving Sun-kyum the cold shoulder and declining his offer to drive her to the airport.

But Sun-kyum follows her outside, and Mi-joo tries to explain why she wanted to defend him in the interview. Sun-kyum listens to her, and then, when she turns to leave (again), grabs her and says he has a question. “Don’t take this the wrong way. I’m asking because I don’t know,” he says. “Do you like me?”

Mi-joo says it’s weird of him to ask like that, but then replies in a calm (and boss) voice, “I like you” — but then adds that that is how you confess, and asks if she gave him the wrong impression somehow. Sun-kyum says he’s sorry if the question was offensive, and Mi-joo points out that even in this situation, he’s put her comfort over his own. Then, with more warmth, she confirms that there may have been a few words that hinted at her feelings, but that not all of them were veiled confessions.

Sun-kyum is understandably distracted at the photo shoot, and his sister notices. They chat about her love life problems, and it ends with her encouraging him. I love this siblinghood! Back at home, Mi-joo is equally distracted and fretful over Sun-kyum, and makes a beeline for the soju.

Back in Seoul, Young-hwa is found by Mr. Jung and led to her posh office/pool area. He wanders around and stares hard at an object at the bottom of the pool that catches his eye. When he suddenly hears a woman’s voice ask him what he’s looking at, he’s startled enough to fall right into the pool. Dan-ah is at the edge watching him, but before he climbs out, he dives to get the object — a gold bracelet she had lost. She reaches out to get her bracelet, but Young-hwa grabs her hand, assuming she was helping him out of the pool.

They exchange introductions and he’s surprised to learn she’s the CEO he has been trying to meet. He expected someone older to be in her position. Dan-ah struggles to fix the bracelet’s latch, when Young-hwa admits he accidentally stepped on it. Young-hwa says he’ll compensate her, but she ignores him. He mentions he came by once to meet her but came across a guy who picked a fight. Dan-ah catches on that it must have been Tae-woong and tells Young-hwa to ignore him. Even though Dan-ah is her usual, unusual and rude self, Young-hwa’s unruffled by her behavior.

Dan-ah tells Young-hwa to compensate for the bracelet another way: with a painting. She gives him a run-down of her expectations and timeline, tosses him a robe to put on (since he’s still soaked at this point), and shoos him out. Young-hwa asks what would happen if he refuses her commission, and they have a fun banter-filled exchange that ends with Dan-ah telling him not to smile so much because, “You could grow on me.”

On his way out, Young-hwa runs into Tae-woong again, who’s immediately upset that he’s coming out of his sister’s office in a $2,000 robe. They quarrel again until Tae-woong gets pulled away by his manager.

While Assemblyman Ki holds a press conference and makes a public apology for his son’s actions, Sun-kyum packs his belonging and prepares to depart Annam Training Center. He reminisces about the first time he ran — he was fleeing from the hospital after his shoulder surgery. The way his heartbeat became the only thing he could hear when he stopped. The feeling of finally having a world of his own where his voice was heard. Running was the first decision he made on his own. Sun-kyum seems at peace, though the moment is bittersweet.

On her way to a meeting with Dan-ah, Mi-joo scrolls through the latest sports news, looking for Woo-shik’s interview but all she can find is news of track and field star Sun-kyum getting kicked out of the training center and his possible disqualification from the sport. She starts to text him to ask if he’s okay, but opts not to in the end.

At the cafe, Dan-ah starts to clap as soon as Mi-joo sits down. Dan-ah pokes at Mi-joo for begin a gofer, and even accepting bribes, before asking for Mi-joo’s banking info so she can send Mi-joo her wages. Mi-joo replies that Dan-ah shouldn’t bother compensating her fairly since all that money will go to her professor anyway. After a beat, Dan-ah asks why Mi-joo took the job. “I pitied Sun-kyum,” Mi-joo says. Dan-ah is tickled, but warns Mi-joo not to tell him about the bribe, because he would hate that. Mi-joo asks why she’s giving her this tip, and Dan-ah tells her it’s because it’s been a while since Sun-kyum’s liked someone. The last person he liked…was Dan-ah.

Mi-joo holds strong, pretending to brush it off. She says that she’s not interested in Sun-kyum’s love life, but Dan-ah grins and asks if she’s even heard from him since Jeju. Mi-joo’s eyes dart away, unable to reply. Dan-ah giggles and says she’s pitiful, and Mi-joo, looking for a quick exit, downs her huge coffee in one gulp and bolts to leave.

Dan-ah calls after her, asking Mi-joo how she feels after she’s been around Sun-kyum. Dan-ah says that he has a knack for making people, “feel like human garbage.” Mi-joo calmly agrees, but says that she realized this isn’t his fault. As Mi-joo storms off, Dan-ah smiles and mutters that she’s right.

Mi-joo, bothered that Dan-ah and Sun-kyum have an emotional connection, calls Sun-kyum as she leaves the cafe. She demands that he return her lighter gun immediately. Sun-kyum says he can’t because he would probably make a mistake if he sees her, but she demands that they meet anyway. He tells her he’s at a hotel, and she agrees to go meet him before her brain has even processed what he just said. When her brain catches up, Mi-joo is quite flustered by the conversation, and tells herself she has a dirty mind.

When Mi-joo arrives at Sun-kyum’s door she blabbers a bit to cover her tracks, but Sun-kyum clearly has something he wants to ask. The second she stops, he asks: “Did my father give you money?” Dun dun dun. Her head lowers for a moment, and Sun-kyum looks upset and tells her he warned her he would make a mistake. Mi-joo owns her actions, though. First, she says she misinterpreted his mention of a mistake. Then, she looks him in the eye and admits that she took money from his father. Mi-joo then tells him if he wants to be disappointed in her, he can.

 
COMMENTS

For Sun-kyum, choosing not to run is the most radical protest he could offer. In the beginning of this drama, I assumed that running track would be a liberating experience for Sun-kyum. But the scene at Annam Training Center is one that provides insight into what running symbolizes to him. While admittedly a bit of an obvious parallel, we see how Sun-kyum has used running as a way to evade his overbearing father, to carve out something on his own. And this philosophy of escape seeps into his own life — even at his parents’ anniversary brunch, Sun-kyum is the first to leave after conflict.

But over time, even running has become co-opted by his father as a PR campaign; this renders even this form of escape, of protest, useless. Refusing to run signals a change, of facing things head on and reclaiming control over his own life even if that means giving up running.

Beyond my admiration of Sun-kyum’s bravery in standing up to his father this week, I was faced with somewhat mixed feelings about Dan-ah. There are so many things to like about her — she’s bold, unafraid to speak her mind, and she’s actively working in Sun-kyum’s interest. She’s also been more than fair in managing his career in the wake of this potentially fatal blow. But her interactions with Mi-joo feel condescending, almost catty at times. From her perspective, I can imagine that Mi-joo seems like someone who’s falling for Sun-kyum while also taking his father’s money, so I’m inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt of looking out for Sun-kyum’s interest rather than cutting down a potential love rival.

Overall, I love that we see Sun-kyum and Mi-joo’s relationship bloom into something a little more than friends. Their curiosity and respect for each other have grown rapidly as they decide for themselves what is the right thing to do. I think this is why the ending makes the audience’s hearts fall so hard. Sun-kyum’s eyes are full of disappointment and betrayal. They were doing so good! We’ll have to wait to see if Sun-kyum lets himself be disappointed, as Mi-joo told him to. Or will he give her a second chance?

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I'm curious why Tae-woong is so obsessed with his noona. He acts jealous of Sun-kyum who liked Dan-ah and picks petty fights with Young-hwa who will like Dan-ah. My heart broke when he asked, "Do you hate me too, Department Head Jung?" The poor boy is adorable and harmless.

It frustrated me why Mi-joo didn't just tell Dan-ah and Sun-kyum she returned the money to Assemblyman Ki. Sun-kyum is 4D, but he's the quintessential righteous hero. Thanks a bunch for recapping, @beanjuice!

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I’m also wondering about the whole relation of DanAh and his half siblings, if TaeWong is also half brother of MyungMin, then I can understand why she’s so detached from her father, being a man who goes around having children with different women and probably not caring much about them.

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So far we don’t know what’s the purpose of half brother. Or why he is so clingy?
I am hoping this has a purpose eventually. We see some clues in the next episode. But I still don’t know what I am supposed to feel for him. Right now he is just an annoying young brat who is yet to grow up.

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Basically i see him being jealous because she gives her attention to other people especially guys and flat out deslikes him,he also has sister complex and how she more than sure from the start kept him at the distance it became like that,the more cold she was the more he tried to please and gain her acceptance and love rather than him going the route of being cold...I actually pity him as it's not his fault for who his parents are but i could very much understand her as well,love can't be done by force.
He did became an idol because of the lack of love and attention so...

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Even more if those children might be treated better than her mainly because they are men and she is a woman aka unworthy of leading the company as the next CEO but to do her duty and marry...

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Before anything else, I’m loving Mi-jo’s outfits! Esp that last one? I LOVE it!

Lil bro is slowly getting on my nerves because he’s been shouting ever since we met him and nothing else so kinda wanna what’s his deal.

For now, Dan ah’s way of conversing haven’t reached condescending to me, maybe because Mi-joo doesn’t let her so I don’t feel any of it yet but it is catty 😅

The chemistry between ISW & SSK is through the roof! Even though they’re just having a normal conversation I can feel the tension & sizzling aura that I rarely feel towards any OTP in dramaland.

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Seriously, what's the deal with that lil bro? He's stalking, screaming and throwing tantrums everytime we see him onscreen lol

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Ikr, though there were some sad undertones in his statements but now all I’m seeing is screams and tantrums

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Yes to the dress in the last scene, it’s just wow!

I do find DanAh condescending, but in a good way if that’s even possible. She’s like that to everyone but I like how she reacts in a good way, not taking it as an attack (as most condescending people do) but amused to have someone to “fight” her back.

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Her amused face is great!

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Dan-ah sort of reminds me of those prickly chaebol male leads with their rich-person swagger. Guess she groomed herself to be like one of them since she is one of those chaebol families where the male heirs are preferred and siblings are your competition.

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We could say she is a product of her enviroment while keeping a good nature as if she had a mild personality she wouldn't resist in that place,even when in her family she is the legal heir,in reality she is seen less than the others just because she was born a woman.

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There is an interesting development in the next episode to do with this.

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her illness won’t kill her

Plot illness? Drama Fever?

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I love all the leads!!!! All of them are bunch of quirks. They communicate well and there's no misunderstanding about the bribes either.
I can't predict the characters and their actions.
Mijoo and Danah outfit are 😍😍😍😍😍😍. Both of the male leads are so soft and the ladies are so fierce. If its going like this, it will be my fav drama.

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Dan ah I think is combative by nature. She enjoys poking at mi joo and I think that’s because somewhere she sees her as an equal
Sun kyum just breaks my heart- he’s like a little child who’s had to grow up too soon. He says such wise things, is so forgiving yet his eyes seem like something inside him is in a coma. I can’t wait for the awakening that’s sure to happen for him

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Im Siwan is so swoony I C A N T 🥺🥺

Honestly, I hate myself for saying this but Dan Ah being an a**hole is one of my favorite thing.... It does seem condescending but she's seeing it in a no-nonsense realistic way, without consideration of other's feelings at that. Which I think that is why she clicked so much with Sun Kyum because I guess, he is also a very logical person but is considerate of everybody else but himself. But, the way Sun Kyum doesn't care about himself actually got Dan ah off-guard and she ended up caring about him the most in her own way (until Mijoo comes along, ofc). And I guess, she is considerate to specific people she put in her innermost circle and a total jerk to others without any exception. And I think Dan ah being condescending to Mijoo is just Dan ah not opening up to her yet.

Or maybe, I just love watching Sooyoung unapologetically being an a**.

Honestly tho, I have no slightest idea where they're trying to get Yonghwa and Dan Ah's storyline to. And also her illness? What was that?!

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At this point, while Dan Ah's character is slowly getting interesting, Yonghwa's isn't particularly. Their stories seem to be just time fillers, tbh.

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More than a filler I think it's just that their story started late and the way it somehow has nothing to do with the main storyline (except Yonghwa knowing Mijoo and Sunkyum by accident) kinda over-shadowed it. Though, I totally agree, Yonghwa's definitely the least interesting character of the quartet, maybe the least of every character maybe only second to Dan Ah's lil bro :/

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Agree! And it's a shame really because I think Kang Tae Oh is a better actor than what he's got on his hands right now.

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I think Dan-ah attitude is just the way she is. I would dislike her in real life, but as a tv character, she's fun to watch. I like how Mi-joo just thinks she's annoying. Mi-joo getting annoyed rather than intimidated by Dan-ah is also one of my fave things. To Mi-joo, Dan-ah might as well be a kooky neighborhood lady.

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Omg, never felt so much like punching somebody than when Sun-kyum's dad yelled about his "love"! He is such a hypocrite, ugh, ughhh! Am glad Sun-kyum replied the way he did. And even gladder Dan-ah used her condescending way to dress him down some more, it was so satisfying to watch him unable to make any comeback because she confronted him with nothing but facts.

Am loving the parallel @beanjuice drawn of Sun-kyum's running and escaping, and how giving up running is like reclaiming control of his life. Him saying his life isn't his to live is so heartbreaking. Maybe that's why he is so closed off, why bother having things to like or even friends if they'd never really be his? What a great thing that now he has his very own personal interpreter (and more) in Mi-joo.
(On another note, have noticed there are a lot of names recapping Run On, is DB getting a new batch of minions? How apt to get them on a drama about interpreter ^^)

Yay for Young-hwa and Dan-ah finally meeting, and he seemed to have the upper hand by being his bubbly self against her prickly one. Love that his painting was the reason for her interest in him, she must somehow felt connected to him even when there's a big divide in "real life".

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I noticed the new minions too! Good to know DB is getting new folks in.

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Yes! I did too!

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I knew Yeong-hwa was going to wind up in that pool but still laughed when it happed. (I wonder if they were able to pull that off in one take?)

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Nothing like swimming in full cloth for a meet-cute ><

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I can’t say enough how much I love this show and the leads interactions. MiJoo and SeonGyeom are naturally weird together, and so are DanAh and YeongHwa. I particularly loved how YH wasn’t a bit of impressed or he wasn’t up to her. He flirted with her and acted cute despite the way she talked to him. I think I’m going to love these two as much as the main OTP.

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Also, SeonGyeom definitely won a place on my heart the minute he said “Unwanted love is the same as violence”.

I’ve said so many times I wish this was said out loud more often in dramas (and in real life). I find utterly aggressive and hypocrite the way Assembly Ki keeps yelling how much he loves SeonGyeom and still abuses him, and he yells his love to God and is abusive, a bad person and doesn’t feel any love but for himself.

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Assemblyman Ki has been painted as the stereotypical cartoon villain. I don't see any redemption arc for him happening in the show. And I liked that line too! Like you pointed out elsewhere, the same line was used in Dinner Mate, and to good effect.

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Yes!! I try not to repeat myself too much since I’m always saying how much I love that line from GunWoo 🤭☺️

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Yup. I don’t expect any change in him. He is the product of the society and the society feeds his behavior. Only hope is SK can break free and find his happiness.

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Currently bingeing Run On with a friend. She’s loving it but this will be her first live watching. I do hope she’ll continue to love it.

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Wow nice!! I'm badgering my sister for watching this show with me but she is not budging. I can't wait for wed thursday. But I don't watch the episodes and save them up for friday so I can "binge watch". That's my way of coping.

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We stopped at somewhere mid ep 5 because she doesn’t want to finish all the available episodes 😅

I rewatch and somehow I still find it interesting!

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Yes I'm planning a re watch for this week's episodes on monday.

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I'm loving mi joo and she is fastly becoming one of my favourite heroines. Hope she stays consistent throughout the drama. I loved how after sun kyum offered her a ride to airport she walked off that she had a flight to catch and afterwards cursing herself for missing the flight.
My heart skipped a beat when sun kyum said that he might make a mistake if he met mi joo and as disappointed as her when his intentions were that noble. I think SK has feelings for MJ at this stage and is not aware of them but everyone around him can see it.

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I squeed when Mi-joo was disappointed that he wasn't talking about the mistake she was imagining.

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I am just going come here for every recap and say ‘I love this show’. Lol.

I want to punch his father every time he is on screen. So frustrating.
Now we see how miserable SK’s life has been all along. All he wants his something that is how ‘own’. His life. and so far he is just a pawn in his fathers life. And even after running miles he still is at the starting line. It’s just sad.

I loved CEO Dan and assemblyman interaction. Atleast there is one person is doesn’t give him a hoot.

I don’t expect the money packet to become an issue. The point is she acknowledged it and didn’t get defensive. And knowing SK he probably blames the person who gave the money to a person who doesn’t have power as the real culprit and not MJ who took it.

p.s we need the couple to start making some real ‘mistakes’ :))

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Yay to mistakes happening!!

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And we want MORE mistakes

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I just love how breezy and low-key everything is. It's also a testament to great writing when I can enjoy not only the main couple's interactions, but a lot of the other interactions as well! The hour goes by really quickly and leaves me wanting more.

The "i like you" scene was pretty awesome! I agree with beanjuice - "Boss" is an apt term to describe how Mi-joo handled it. I think if it was me, I would have stuttered and stammered and then lied and said "no" because I would be too embarrassed.

An aside- does Woo-shik remind anyone of Taek from Reply 1988?

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Omg I see the resemblance! It's been bothering me for a while but I can never put my finger on it.

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I think Mi Joo may be my new favorite k-drama heroine. That is all.

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Agree! I thought I was ending 2020 on a k-drama heroine high with Kang Ah-reum, but I am more than happy to add Mi-joo awesome heroine to add to the list. There have been some formidable women in k-dramas of late - long may it continue!

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I am absolutely besotted with this drama! I've not watched episodes of anything twice since IOTBO and CLOY, and this couple are absolutely fascinating? Where does Im shiwwan come from, he is just so beautiful to watch, so expressive, and without saying a word conveys his feeling so well.. And I've never particularly liked SSK since Bride of the Water God, but she has developed into an excellent actress!
And the dialogue us just so amazing - all the characters are so original and so beautifully written! I love the way the leads, and the second leads' story is developing so slowly and so realistically.

I can't wait for the next episodes. Who IS this guy, Imshiwan, such an accomplished and subtle actor. Why haven't I seen him anywhere, he's not exactly young at 32?

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I've only seen him in Misaeng, where he is just as terrific and arresting.

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Loved him in that. but he's all growed up now. He was brilliant in Hell Is Other People and I am looking forward to seeing him in the film, Boston 1947.

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Thank you. I will watch it and look for him.

Just wish his lipstick wasn't QUITE so pink........probably because I still struggle a bit with the amount of lipstick the male stars wear. I can live with the Foundation, but sometimes their lip gloss is brighter than the female lead.

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Siwan is known for having naturally bright red lips. The director of Misaeng revealed back then that they had to tone down the color of his lips using CGI because they're too red. I'm a huge Misaeng fan in case you're wondering why I know this. XD

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he made his debut as an idol in ZEA first (that group is inactive at the moment) - they have awesome songs though lol

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I hope you’ve looked ISW up since this comment. He was excellent in The King Loves. You may want to pick that up while waiting for new Run On episodes. And Misang too. He was amazing in that. He’s been doing his military commitment and was an idol singer before his acting career.

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Thanks for the recap, @ beanjuice.

I enjoy the banter between our leads, and second leads, and even supporting characters like Dan-ah's secretary whose name I cannot remember, and SK's sister whose name I also cannot remember, and MJ's roommate. The conversations are never boring, and I often find myself rewinding and laughing over certain scenes.

I need them to hurry up and clear SK's name, and for him to treat himself better, the way he treats others. And I'm loving MJ's awesome personality and straight-forwardness. We are in an era of anti-candy heroines and I am here for it.

This was the episode that made me decide that I like Dan-ah, and the actress that plays her. She is the kind of person I wouldn't want to have the misfortune of interacting with in real life, but as a drama character, she's weirdly likeable. And Young-hwa seems more interesting, now that he's interacted more with some of the other characters. Going to keep watching and hoping they don't let the character become an afterthought.

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This drama looks like one of its major themes is bullying and abuse. Forefront, we have the athletes' prolonged physical violence and bullying of Kim Woo-shik. This is so bad that I'm terrified they will kill him. But before that, the professor abuses Oh Mi-joo. Fortunately she does not hesitate to stand up to him and demand an apology. Nonetheless, she had to climb down the next day, and his counter move was to send her to a job for which she would receive no wages, so that he could pocket what was due to her.

On top of that Ki Seon-gyeom is physically and psychologically abused by his father. It's a dead give away when Oh Mi-joo tells him in crystal clear terms that he is so used to being hurt that he doesn't even recognise what is happening. Abuse is normal in his life. This is evident when his father throws the glass at him and cuts his face and later when he slaps him. This is shocking, especially when the father calls it love, but KSG rebrands it violence. Classic abuse.

This is all developed further in the next episode, so I'll wait for the recap for episode 5, but it's all panning out to be an extended and intensive look into abuse, both physical and psychological. It makes me wonder if the so thoroughly "nice" KSG will get more in touch with his outrage and before long reveal another side to his personality. Mi-joo is just the person to help him break open that door.

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While I like the main couple a lot it was a little deflating to see the end of episode 4.

Like many I am still trying to figure out Tae-woong and his noona. What a contrast from Son-kyum and his sister. On the other hand Dan-A and the painter seems like an interesting thread.

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does anybody know the track that was used in the part where ms seo's secretary finds Lee Yeong-Hwa in the park the scene where it showed a fountain at first then to Lee Yeong-Hwa drawing on his sketchbook, i've tried searching it on the ost album but i cant find it there :( Please help me out to anybody who knows,been searching for that song for a while now

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I'm pretty sure it is a track in the OST called "In your world". Once look it up in youtube.

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