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Run On: Episode 12

What happens after a charming art student and a prickly CEO finally give in to temptation? Surprise, it’s angst! (no one is surprised). But instead of a wallowing art student, it’s Dan-ah who must finally ask herself what she really wants and whether she’s willing to let herself have it. And while the power balance shifts for our secondary couple, our main couple hits the first hurdle in their relationship, and it is shaped like a meddling assemblyman father.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

We start with Dan-ah and Young-hwa, mid-kiss in Dan-ah’s office. It feels like a big moment, but Young-hwa pulls away looking upset. He’s not ready to set aside the frustration he’s been feeling about Dan-ah’s brush off. In fact, the kiss further upsets him, and he accuses Dan-ah of kissing him not because she actually likes him, but because he wasn’t pining away for her anymore.

He suggests that she sent her tough guy Mr. Jung to drag him to her and now he wonders if he can even leave or if the doors are barred. Dan-ah assures him the doors are open, and he storms out.

Dan-ah can’t stand to watch Young-hwa leave upset though, and she catches up with him in the lobby. Young-hwa’s harsh words dissolve into sloppy sobs, and Dan-ah offers to get him some food and drive him home at least. They end up at a fried chicken restaurant, and while Young-hwa seems to have calmed down, he refuses to respond to Dan-ah’s attempts to ask him if he really intends to stop liking her.

After eating, Young-hwa’s face remains grim as he tries to walk away. Dan-ah suggests they go for a drive as a peace offering. She recalls when she put him down the last time he made the request, and Mi-joo even scolded for treating Young-hwa so harshly. Dan-ah knows she can’t change her past actions or words, but she’s willing to treat Young-hwa to a drive to try to make up for things.

At the office, Mae-yi pounces on Mi-joo, eager to hear whether she’s decided to take on the translation work. Mae-yi waves a cute note Sun-kyum left behind thanking Mi-joo for the movie, and Mae-yi makes her friend grovel for the note. Mi-joo’s gravelly aegyo is super creepy though, haha.

Mae-yi seems happy for Mi-joo’s new romance, but also wants to check in on this new development, especially since not too long ago Sun-kyum’s dad was offering her bribes. Mi-joo doesn’t seem too concerned and says she plans to steer clear of the family drama.

Meanwhile, Sun-kyum keeps just as busy in his new role as Woo-shik’s agent. He even accompanies his athlete to work and forces him to do strength training while he cleans, haha. After practice, Sun-kyum wraps Woo-shik’s leg in ice, and Woo-shik expresses his gratitude. He knows Sun-kyum could be doing something else with his life, and he’s grateful that his hyung has decided to stick by his side. Sun-kyum brings up running records and new goals, and they tease each other as they consider the prospect of doing some actual running soon.

Young-hwa is not anymore cheerful or forthcoming when Dan-ah drops him off at home, and Dan-ah says that she’s not sure how to feel about being clingy. Young-hwa says that the discomfort he felt being clingy is why he’s decided to stop chasing after her at last. As Dan-ah pressures him for an answer, Young-hwa admits that he can’t seem to stop liking her, no matter what he does, and that’s why he’s so mad about the whole situation.

As Young-hwa heads up to the apartment, Sun-kyum spots Dan-ah lingering in front of the building. He wonders how she ended up here, and she similarly wonders what he’s doing in the neighborhood, since she heard from Mi-joo that he’d moved out. Ah, so tangled are all these friendships.

Dejected, Dan-ah goes to her usual bar spot to drink. Tae-woong crashes her pity session to offer his sister the gallery, since he heard Myung-min has managed to steal the charity run from her. Dan-ah scoffs at his efforts as usual, but then an idea seems to pop into her head. She asks Tae-woong to side with her when she asks, possibly in a moment when he wouldn’t want to.

Tae-woong tells her that he’s always on her side though, and we’re treated to a flashback of the first time the two siblings met. Tae-woong was bedridden, and a school uniform-clad Dan-ah seems confused to find herself there. She tells Tae-woong that she’s only come to America to seduce his tutor, but Tae-woong just seems completely in awe to have a sister.

Back in the present, Tae-woong retreats to another part of the bar and orders himself a drink. Mr. Jung joins him, though he orders a club soda so that he can drive Tae-woong home. Mr. Jung compliments Tae-woong for trying to behave more maturely towards Dan-ah, and Tae-woong says that he still cries in front of his fans even if he’s stopped doing it in front of his sister. He suspects it’s because he hasn’t become immune to love yet. He asks Mr. Jung if he’s ever cried in front of someone, and Mr. Jung mentions that he cried when he took his sick cat to the vet (oh no, the sweet tuxedo cat!). Tae-woong feels bad for the vet, ha.

Tae-woong then tells Mr. Jung to stop Dan-ah from seeing Young-hwa, and Mr. Jung agrees that dating a young student would be one more weakness others could exploit in addition to Dan-ah’s illness and the fact that she’s a woman. Tae-woong mutters that though his dad brought him to Korea to take over things, Tae-woong suspects that he might die before either of his siblings. When Tae-woong pressure Mr. Jung one last time to blow off work and have a real drink, Mr. Jung finally caves.

Mi-joo works late into the evening, and her alarm buzzes at two in the morning to remind her to go to bed. She turns it off and hedges that she can work at least one more hour. Cut to the next morning, as Mi-joo hits snooze on her early alarm several times. But she’s committed to training for the marathon, and eventually she wills herself out of bed.

She’s got her new sneakers tied, a training app on her phone, and she sets off for her run. Pretty quickly she’s huffing and fatigued, even as the training app encourages her to keep going.

Woo-shik is officially running again too, and his form is looking good. After a while, he begins to catch up with Sun-kyum’s strides. Eventually, Sun-kyum sets up the starting block and Woo-shik settles into a starting stance. He stops though when he spots Young-il on the track. Woo-shik sprints and jumps into his former teammate’s arms. Young-il is curious about Sun-kyum’s new role as Woo-shik’s agent, and the boys all tease one another.

Mi-joo is energized after her morning exercise, and calls Sun-kyum to request a date. So after Mi-joo does some PPL hairstyling, they meet up. She takes Sun-kyum for an eye exam when she notices him squinting at her. Mi-joo is not excited about the idea of Sun-kyum’s face hidden by frames though, so she eagerly presses him to purchase the PPL contact lenses, haha. The couple is very cute as they babble and offer to walk each other to work so they can spend as much time together as possible.

Eun-bi, meanwhile, is getting more and more demands from her father to show up for his golf outings. When Eun-bi heads out to the course, her father’s overly eager golf-fanatic colleague is waiting for her. Eun-bi is cold and distant, and when the guy suggests that he wants his daughter to be a golf pro, she suggests that he ask his daughter what she really wants to do with her life.

Mi-joo has been busy working on her new translation, and she and Mae-yi discuss some of the nuances and possible considerations for some especially difficult lines. Mi-joo hints that she doesn’t mind avoiding the criticism that can come with translating a big blockbuster, but that she wouldn’t mind getting to translate a movie starring her favorite, Ji-woo. Mae-yi’s expression clouds as she chastises her friend for her arrogance and lofty dreams, haha.

Mi-joo gets an unexpected visit from Eun-bi as she arrives home. It turns out that while Eun-bi was snooping around her father’s office, she found evidence that Assemblyman Ki has been gathering background information about Mi-joo, and possibly has someone following her to take photos. Ick. Mi-joo jokes that the assemblyman might turn up and throw water in her face (a reference to Ji-woo’s own call-out of her husband’s bad behavior), but it’s clear that this news bothers her, and Eun-bi warns her to be careful.

The news bothers Mi-joo so much that she stress-works right through the night, and is still awake from the day before when her alarm goes off. There’s no way she’s going running after not sleeping all night, and she swipes the alarm off.

Dan-ah broods in her office, and asks Mr. Jung if she should ask Young-hwa to meet her in a public place, or somewhere more private. Mr. Jung answers honestly that he doesn’t think that Dan-ah should meet him at all, and she sighs as she acknowledges the truth in his words. She tells him that she wishes she could just feel how she feels right now forever, but she knows that isn’t how it works.

Dan-ah decides to spy on Young-hwa from her car as she finally gives him a call. Through the window of the coffee shop, she can see that he’s still unsmiling and cross when he hears her voice. Young-hwa asks if Dan-ah has figured out what she wants yet, and she tries to convince him to meet with her in person. He knows that will give her the advantage and refuses. He tells her he’ll let her know at some point when and where he’s ready to meet, and then hangs up.

And finally, though Dan-ah can’t see it, a sly smile spreads across Young-hwa’s face. He’s absolutely giddy as he takes his drink from Ye-joon. Someone is having fun watching Dan-ah squirm, bwahaha. He brags to Ye-joon, in poker terms, how things weren’t going well but then he had an opportunity so he went all in, and now he’s got a heart.

Dan-ah does catch a glimpse of Young-hwa’s smile as he basically skips away from the coffee shop, but she doesn’t quite yet get that it’s all about her. She heads into the shop to get her americano, and Ye-joon is uncomfortable as he indicates that his mom works for Dan-ah.

At home, Sun-kyum needs a break and calls Mi-joo to ask her to get dinner. She tells him that she’s too busy working tonight, but it’s a total lie. She submits her finished work via email just after hanging up. But Assemblyman Ki’s actions have her stressed out and she’s avoiding the situation for now.

In the morning, Sun-kyum worries about Mi-joo being so busy that she’s skipping meals, though Young-hwa thinks his worries are about him. Sun-kyum also has a bunch of contact lenses he’s not totally comfortable putting in yet, and he asks for Young-hwa’s help. This results in a beautiful, totally platonic moment where Young-hwa hold’s Sun-kyum’s face tendering in his hands, teehee.

Mi-joo, meanwhile, hasn’t been able to stay away that long and is lurking outside the apartment. It seems she’s just missed Sun-kyum though, and Young-hwa spots her instead. Mi-joo asks about anyone suspicious creeping around, and Young-hwa points out that he’s only seen her being weird.

Young-hwa asks if she’s been running, and Mi-joo mentions the charity run she’s prepping for. She also asks Young-hwa to keep her training and her lurking a secret from Sun-kyum for now. He’s willing, and also offers to treat her to breakfast.

Once they’ve settled in at a restaurant, Young-hwa asks if Mi-joo offers English tutoring. He still needs to prep for the opportunity to go abroad, and the test Mi-joo gives him affirms that he’s really not great at English. She’s too busy for tutoring, but she offers to send him some study materials to help. Mi-joo asks again about anyone suspicious around Sun-kyum, and Young-hwa asks if he has a stalker. Mi-joo swears it’s nothing so scary, but asks him to be careful.

Ms. Dong picks up her daughter Ye-chan at school. Ms. Dong notes bruises and a pain relief patch and first asks if Ye-chan has been bullied (or is doing the bullying), but then asks if Ye-chan has been boxing again in secret. Ye-chan asks which would upset Mom more, boxing or being bullied, and Mom says that the boxing would because it would be something bad Ye-chan chose to do.

Once the siblings are home, both Ye-chan and Ye-joon are temperamental. While Ye-chan’s frustrated about her mother’s rejection of boxing, Ye-joon worries about whether he should change jobs to avoid Dan-ah. Even Ye-chan has noticed that Young-hwa seems to really like someone, and Ye-joon continues to look troubled about it.

It seems Young-hwa has finally set a day and time to meet with Dan-ah, and she turns up a little late. Young-hwa can no longer keep up the stern facade though and one of his big dopey grins graces his face at the sight of her.

Dan-ah finally admits that she’s found comfort in Young-hwa’s paintings, but that it’s also caused her despair, because while the paintings used to be enough, now she wants more. She says she hates how she was wasting time without him at her side. Young-hwa cheekily tells her to let that go and instead hold onto something she can, and sweeps her into a hug.

The two bat each other with comments as usual, but there’s a look of relief on Dan-ah’s face as well as she gently scolds her “Student.” Young-hwa tells her this is the worst time to still refer to him as a student, and she doubles down on it for fun.

Dan-ah returns to the office in better spirits, until Ms. Dong shows her a term in Eun-bi’s contract about her weight. Dan-ah immediately calls Eun-bi to schedule a meeting about it, but Eun-bi is stuck yet again golfing with her dad and his buddies.

Dan-ah knows exactly who to call to get immediate action on this, and Sun-kyum is at the golf course and dragging his sister away before anyone can complete their golf swings. Assemblyman Ki yells at his son, and even Eun-bi resists being dragged away, but Sun-kyum will have none of it and yells forcefully at his dad that the way he uses his children to his advantage disgusts him.

Eun-bi manages to pull away from Sun-kyum once they’re in the parking lot, and Sun-kyum tells his sister that he won’t allow their dad to use either of them like this. When she asks why he’s doing this for her, he says that he feels bad since she’s covered for him countless times before.

Embarrassed in front of his friends, Assemblyman Ki goes after the one person he knows means the most to Sun-kyum. The man is absolutely terrifying as he lurches out of a dark corner in front of Mi-joo at her home. He blames her for “ruining” his son, while Mi-joo does her best to deflect his hurtful words. She tells him that Sun-kyum isn’t an object to be owned, though of course Assemblyman Ki thinks his children are exactly that, to do with what he pleases.

Mi-joo warns that if the assemblyman returns to her home, she’ll call the police, and then she marches inside. Mi-joo manages to seem strong and defiant until she’s alone inside, but then the veneer chips off and she’s left crying on the tiled floor.

Sun-kyum doesn’t even know about the damage done to Mi-joo yet, but he’s already snarling in wait for his father at his office. Dad is only too eager to let his son know that he’s gone after Mi-joo, out of all the available weaknesses Sun-kyum has. Sun-kyum retorts that Mi-joo is his strength, not a weakness.

Sun-kyum heads to Mi-joo’s place, but she’s neither answering her phone nor coming to the gate to answer his shouts. He keeps it up though, even though the gate isn’t locked and he could technically go in to look for her, until she eventually turns up at the gate.

Mi-joo’s cheeks are still tear-stained, and she says that she doesn’t want to talk now for fear of making a mistake. It’s an echoing of a moment when things were reversed, when Sun-kyum had learned about his father’s bribe and Mi-joo’s acceptance of it. Sun-kyum encourages her to make mistakes, and he takes his chance to tell her how humiliated he feels.

For Mi-joo, she asks if she should really risk ruining herself for this, and says that she just wants a normal life like anyone else. Mi-joo says she’s not interested in being disappointed in Sun-kyum or talking badly about his family. She just doesn’t want to do the drama, any of it. “I value myself more than anyone else. So I want to give up.”

The two lock eyes, pain on Sun-kyum’s face, as Mi-joo stands in front of him ready to break up.

 
COMMENTS

And so this is the conflict Mi-joo refuses to endure. Faced with a life without Sun-kyum or a battle with his family, Mi-joo chooses the lonely life (for now, at least). This is not an uncommon obstacle for the classic rich boy / poor girl pairing in a drama, and yet this instance may be one of the first where it feels completely earned, as if every moment we spent with Mi-joo was about understanding why she would make the choice to walk away instead of fighting for her happiness with Sun-kyum.

It’s no secret that Mi-joo has led a difficult life, but the exact details of her past have remained a mystery so far. And because we don’t know the details, it’s been easy to get comfortable with the Mi-joo who is an impenetrable wall of self-confidence. That cocky attitude has always clearly been a shield meant to deflect those who want to hurt her, but it’s that approach to life that got Mi-joo through the bribery and the confrontation at the theatre with barely a blink.

But there have been small details along the way that have hinted that Mi-joo’s youth may have been even tougher than we might imagine. I can’t help but recall the way she panicked when she heard Sun-kyum running up behind her and thought someone might attack her. Mi-joo walks around with prop guns in her purse and a prickly attitude to make sure everyone knows how capable she is. The thought of someone lurking in the shadows has her on edge in a way we haven’t seen before.

So while the most obvious power shift in this episode was between Dan-ah and Young-hwa (which we will celebrate soon), there’s a parallel shift that happens with Sun-kyum and Mi-joo here at the end. Mi-joo spent her time with Sun-kyum trying to introduce him to her world. Not just her favorite movies, but also trying to show him when he’s too closed off or not understanding where she’s coming from. Now, the threat of the makjang overbearing father has sent Mi-joo into a complete retreat. If they’re going to figure this thing out, it will be Sun-kyum’s turn to put in the effort and try to see things from her perspective. Mi-joo has always seemed to understand and sympathize with Sun-kyum and the life he’s experienced, and now Sun-kyum is going to have to return the effort.

So while Assemblyman Ki has gotten away with his crime for now, I find his accusations against Mi-joo so funny because of how very untrue they are. So often in dramas the new person in someone’s life gets the blame when family members or friends don’t like the changes they see, but Sun-kyum never needed Mi-joo to inspire him to quit running or to stand up for his fellow runners. He was well on his way to doing all of that regardless of his growing relationship with Mi-joo. She didn’t change him, she just made sure his words were heard.

The show has been about transformation for Sun-kyum, but it’s been gloriously self-driven. The show doesn’t make it his romantic partner’s responsibility to help him grow. He takes that on himself without any pushes. Mi-joo is there entirely as support, as it should be. Her work hours are too weird for her to have time to hold his hand through a revolution.

The conflict with Eun-bi that triggered this confrontation felt a little overblown to me, but that may be because I’ve become as accustomed to Eun-bi’s lack of frustration with it just as much as everyone else. Sun-kyum has finally figured out that it’s worth it to hold his ground and resist his family, and he wants to show the sibling whose always been there covering for him that it’s worth it for her too. I guess I just wish it had seemed more like Eun-bi’s choice, rather than Sun-kyum dragging her off the green.

We ended on a distressing note for the main couple, but our B couple dominated most of the episode with some lows and then a big high note. You could say that their cat-and-mouse game finally came to a head, but I have a hard time imagining who is the cat and who is the mouse when it comes to Dan-ah and Young-hwa. I’ve always seen them both as two very different breeds of cat circling one another. Young-hwa is the uber cute kitten who gets stuck clinging to your pant legs, while Dan-ah is the housecat who thinks she’s a panther, and can’t decide whether to play with the kitten or eat it.

And for a few moments, I wasn’t really sure how to read Young-hwa’s reaction to everything. It seemed so unlike Young-hwa, and I was just as unsettled by his lack of smiling as Dan-ah was by the midpoint of this episode. I loved what @laica had to say about Dan-ah’s demand for a smile from Young-hwa in Episode 11 and the societal role-reversal it was, but I also love Young-hwa because he is that carefree lovable guy with a big smile for everyone all the time.

So thank god that playful grin finally crept out again at the coffee shop, and it was clear that the kitten had just learned how to use his claws a bit. While it felt tortuous to both me and Dan-ah, this felt like a necessary mind game. It gave Young-hwa a chance to really show Dan-ah what her actions have been doing to him, and tip the scale until they landed on slightly more balanced ground.

Of course, all of the challenges that Dan-ah likely faces still exist, and Mr. Jung will be just as right as he is sympathetic to her cause. Young-hwa will be one more “weakness” that Dan-ah’s father and Myung-min will try to use against her. I hope that like Sun-kyum, Dan-ah gets the chance to see that what others see as her weaknesses are really her strengths.

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This episode was a struggle because of the feels on both ends for me. On the one hand, Dan-ah and YH are finally starting to blossom in a way that's so them but on the other, we're getting cracks in our main couple's love life.
I'll admit, SK's dad annoys the hell out of me, as he goes around declaring that his family owes him their lives. Him accosting MJ was such a low blow and although it's a trope in these types of romances, my heart still broke for MJ and I have to say, she handled it in a way that's so like her: with vulnerable maturity. SK's expressions during the last scenes absolutely killed me too, the man was so heartbroken and lost because like MJ said, this is an external party causing complications in their relationship, not something that either of them can easily fix by bettering themselves.

I think the show is really upping itself each week with how it uses common tropes and turns them around. I'm absolutely loving how each week's episodes get more entertaining and give me all the feels I wish for.

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Also in regards to the SK/Dad confrontation, I do agree that it was a bit strange that Eun Bi had to be the catalyst, but I feel like in the context of who SK is and his relationship with his dad, it kind of makes sense.

Like MJ has been saying the entire time, SK is always putting others first and has an unusually high tolerance level for injustices against himself. So his dad exploiting his sister and wasting her time being the straw that broke the camel's back made sense to me from a characterization view. The one thing that finally made him speak up against his dad was seeing someone he cares for being used. We've seen SK take the abuse his dad throws his way without even blinking really, but the one thing that finally made him speak up against his dad was seeing someone he cares for being used.

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It's gross how Assemblyman Ki is using his daughter to suck up to all these bigwigs. Is he going to ask her to pour them drinks like a hostess at a bar next? I get bad vibes from the guy who is obsessed with golfing with Eun-bi.

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I found specially creepy how the character played by Lee Do Yub asked her to help him with his posture, as the only means to touch her. This was molestation. You could see how uncomfortable EunBi was because she could see it was only an excuse he was making to touch her. His intentions have always been dirty: it's not only admiration of an elite golfer, he's always wanted to touch her because she's a young beautiful woman. And her dad is ok with it. It's disgusting.

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Last recap, I was hard on SK for not standing up to his father for MJ. This episode, I realized he needed to stand up for Eun Bi first. The siblings have had a silent agreement that she's now tolerating Dad's antics on behalf of SK. She's consciously letting Dad treat her like some carnival act so Dad will leave SK alone. SK needed to deal with family-business before addressing the matter with his girlfriend.

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Agree that Mi-joo handled the ugly confrontation maturely. Sun-kyum too, with that bold "she's not my weakness, she's my strength" statement. It's a small satisfaction but I remember thinking, well at least they got the last word and left him on his own!

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Both Seongyeom and Danah's dad are the WORST. My wish for them is to get exposed for a scandal so they can stop ruining their kids life. Seongyeom's dad almost hit Mijoo. I was worried as well as admired her for speaking up for Seongyeom despite being scared.

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Someboody put Assemblyman Ki in his place! How dare he play god with his children and the people in their lives? I'd love to knock some sense to him, preferably with a golf stick! Gah, he made me feel so violent.

Mi-joo's facing the dilemma we know exist from the start, and as much as I hate angst, am grateful the way show unfolds it doesn't make me feel that noble idiocy is lurking anywhere nearby. They have a proper conversation and that's a start. Could be wrong but did Mi-joo said something about "wearing shoes that's not her size", like quoting from the book she gave Sun-kyum? She really tried hard to make him understands what she feels...

Aw, love all the cats analogy for our second OTP, @abirdword! These two are a balm for my heart in this episode. Went from melted puddle to laughing crazily when Young-hwa suddenly turned up the waterworks, omg. It's so funny seeing Dan-ah losing her cool and tryign to appease him, even buying more chicken thigh >< How the mighty have fallen.

Her saying that she valued time spent with him is the best acknowledgment for all his effort. And even though am as worried as Secretary Jung about the existence of their future together, I just want to revel in their giddy moments forever. Their bickering is gold!

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I also like how the drama handled Mi-joo's reaction to the powerful-terrible-dad issue. I like how @abirdword described how we got to know Mi-joo enough from the last 11 episodes to understand why she would make the choice to walk away. This is the money envelope thing, but even bigger. She was also showing increased anxiety from just knowing that Assemblyman Ki has sent someone to follow her and take pictures of her when she's out with Seon-kyum. It was a rational call to protect her sanity and to protect the work and stability that she had worked for in a world where being orphaned is worse than being poor. And as much as she adores Seon-kyum, their romance was only beginning and they're not in the super-committed stage yet. And Seon-kyum is only just learning how to fight for his loved ones - and boy is he learning fast!

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That's what I love about this show. We knew a confrontation between Seongyeom's dad and Mijoo was inevitable. To me her insecurities and fears felt very realistic and NOT noble idiocy. The whole confrontation stirred up every vulnerabilities she has.

Our second OTP were too cute together especially their banter in their confession scene.🥰

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I don't want Seon-kyum and Mi-joo to break up and ship the two so hard, but I'm glad Mi-joo would choose to not get into all that drama, especially for a guy you've only known for about 6 weeks. You can fall in love again, and there are nice guys out there without dads who try to ruin you and hire stalkers to follow you.

Young-hwa is absolutely adorable, and I'm giggling like mad at how the tables have turned. His cute expressions are just extra cute. It's amazing how he didn't even show up much until the 3rd week of the series. Dan-ah is hilarous for semi-falling for it. I'm worried about her dad and terrible brother finding out about her relationship with Young-hwa. I wonder what she has up her sleeve with her potential future request for Tae-woong.

I'm curious as to the whole why bring Tae-woong to Korea since Tae-woong is also ill. I guess a male spare heir is better than a female spare heir? But all he does is be an idol?

I'm enjoying all the side characters: secretary Jung, Woo-shik, May, and Young-il!

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Yes about the worrisome about Seo family, at least Mi-joo has Eun-bi's and Ji-woo's support, plus Myung-min seems the type to use dirty tricks. Also confused about Tae-woong, how can he even be the successor without outing their father's affair..? Am so happy he got Secretary Jung on his side...

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Totally agree about Young Hwa being adorable, and may I say as adorable as DanAh. YoungHwa gives us his puppy eyes and cute face and DanAh is equally cute trying to deal with her feelings... how adorable was her chasing after a sobbing YoungHwa to tell him she'll buy him some food as if he was a little kid?

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Danah's dad is really a sexist pig, if he thinks even a sick guy with no clue about business and limited Korean is still better than Danah just because he is a guy. Also the way he continues to emotionally blackmail her into marriage by bringing up his health, and how he wants to walk her down the aisle is so manipulative. If I was in Danah's place I wouldn't even want him to be present at my wedding let alone be the one who walk me down. Hope he croaks before that happens.

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In the world of kdrama, this episode will be the start of the angst arc. It did go into angst world however, this one felt real rather than forced. As we've seen MJ, she always chose herself and after that encounter with Assemblyman Ki, I don't blame her for choosing herself. He almost hit her. The talk at the end of the episode was painful to watch because we know how much they like each other but external forces (Dad *side eye*) interfering from the start. Dad, sigh, can we collectively kimchi slap him or like push him down the cliff? How can a father seriously do that to her own daughter just to push his career up?? UGH. Disgusting.

Dan-hwa OTP! How cute are these two?? And our three runner ducklings together?? CUTE!

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Can't get enough of our three runners hanging out together! Young-il casually appearing and getting a jump-hug from Woo-shik is beyond cute, and then there's the whispered cussing, LOL.

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I was a little surprised that Young-il allowed Woo-shik to jump-hug him! I also love the fact that Show told us they have been in touch. Young-il with his tsudere actions!

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I think he didn't realize until the last second what Woo-shik meant to do, LOL. Our cutie tsundere indeed...

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LOL oh well, he needed that hug as well. After being left alone in the training center.

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I actually don't think Young-hwa's cold and hurt reaction to Dan-ah's kiss was intended to be a mind game at all. It just showed how much anguish he went through trying to get over Dan-ah, believing she cared nothing for him. She really meant a great deal to him and like he told her after the debacle, what he was struggling the most with was liking her in spite of all the arrogant and hurtful things she'd done. Of course, Young-hwa understood the need for Dan-ah to see what she might be losing, which would not happen if she simply got what she wanted, because him declaring the end of his feelings for her was the only catalyst to Dan-ah's self reflection. Dan-ah, as we all came to learn, never had the practice of looking within herself.

Also as Dan-ah rightly points out, there exists a layer of darkness under Young-hwa's happy-go-lucky veneer and there is more to him than just a big, smiley, bouncy puppy. What pains him, pains him. But what's a really glowing quality of Young-hwa's is that he never shirks from vulnerability or from expressing his emotions, no matter how deeply they hurt. And I think that helps Dan-ah see her own too.

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His tears were definitely a genuine expression of his emotion after her kiss and subsequent words, because he does wear his heart on his sleeve (a perfect foil for jaded and guarded Dan-ah), but I do beleive he amped up the drama to get more honest reaction from her ><

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Him crying after the kiss was genuine but once he realised that being pouty cry baby gives him all of Danah's attention he played into it. Just look at his smile when she was dragging him away for a car ride 😚😘😏

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I like how Young-Hwa didn't respond to the kiss, looking all starry eyed, but rather pulled away and was understandably upset. It was a little hard seeing him so distraught afterward, because it's gotta hurt when someone who's been pushing you away suddenly does an about turn, confusing you in a very big way.

I'm happy he called her out on it, and I'm happy the moment (their entire interaction) wasn't too dramatic. Else I would have rolled my eyes and done an inward sigh.

SK's dad is just awful. It was almost like he was trying to prostitute his daughter, which, ick. And coming after MJ like that- definitely not cool. I take back what I said about him previously. There is no hope for him, as far as I concerned. He's just a nasty man and that's it. There's a way to love someone, and he doesn't do it right where his kids are concerned. Throw the whole man away please.

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Also, I like how Dan-Ah took the role typically given to men in the scene where she tries to placate a sobbing Young-Hwa. It was hilarious watching her confusion and slightly panicked expression as she watched him sobbing, like she didn't know what to do with him, or do about the situation

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Seeing Dan-ah on the backfoot, scrambling in her panicked confusion to get back in control of a morphing situation was hilarious. Soo-young deserves from serious recognition for her role in this show, she is fantastic.

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I did not expect him to start crying. It was hilarious and Dan-Ah's expressions were priceless.. Soo-young is doing a great job in this role. Her expressions are priceless.

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Everyone's so well cast in this show. And I didn't care much for Soo-Young before this, but now I'm a huge fan.

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Same. She'd better win some awards for this role, she is nailing it.

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Thank you @abirdword for the excellent recaps.

I continue to be amazed at how the writer packs so much meaningful interaction into each episode. The tropes are there, but they're grounded in emotional reality, so its easy to see why they became tropes!

I can't pick a favorite moment, there are too many❤

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Can we all take a moment to appreciate what Mi Joo telling SK's Dad she will call the police means to the drama landscape? I don't think this one scene alone will start a revolution but it definitely lays foundation. Hopefully, we'll see more women asserting themselves against harassment and abuse.

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"Young-hwa is the uber cute kitten who gets stuck clinging to your pant legs, while Dan-ah is the housecat who thinks she’s a panther, and can’t decide whether to play with the kitten or eat it."

@abirdword, that was perfect 😂👌

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Young-hwa crying after the kiss took me by surprise, but was understandable given how much Dan-ah's words and actions had hurt him. He did say he was an emotional guy. Dan-ah reacting like an adult trying to placate a crying child made me laugh.

Assemblyman Ki had come across as mostly bluster to me, but he was genuinely threatening in his encounter with Mi-joo. Seeing Eun-bi “golf” with her dad’s acquaintances was so icky. Their dad is seriously awful, treating his children like products to use. It's distressing that there are really people out there like him.

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I really love your analysis of both relationships, @abirdword! Definitely a lot of needed development this week, even if not all of it was happy or comfortable.

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I've already talked about this on the wall. The thing I loved the most about the episode (apart from our leads being together in every possible combination) was the fact that SeonGyeom always kept his distance understanding that he needs MiJoo's consent to cross that line. I mean: he had lived in that house, he could have just come into and talked to her, but he knew it wouldn't work, that it should be her the one to get out and talk to him, even if it meant they could break up. I just loved how unusual for a ML this behavior was. Instead of stepping into the girl's house and getting mad and saying: "I will fix this", he just waited and listened to what she had to say. It was hurtful, but real.

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I am really amazed with Seongyeom’s character in this drama. He is always considerate and respectful whenever he is around Mijoo. Always being extra careful not to cross Mijoo’s line and privacy, while also trying to come up with gentle solutions for his and her problems.

Him choosing to wait for Mijoo to come out of the house instead of barging in was one great example. Another superb instance was in the hospital in EP8 when Seongyeom politely and cleverly engaged himself in a conversations with the two ahjummas who kept nagging Mijoo, to divert their attention to him instead and let Mijoo slept in peace. Wow!! I was really impressed watching that scene. I mean.. many others could have easily taken the easy way and just berated or yelled at the ahjummas, right?

I always consider Seongyeom’s considerate actions as one of the best part of Run On.. We need to see more of this type of characters in Kdramas and the real world.

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Whenever I think this episode will not be as good as the last one, I am proved wrong. Hope they can continue their good run 😉 throughout last week.

I don't think anyone of us expected Younghwa's reaction to the kiss, least of all Danah. I like that Run On allows their men to be sensitive and emotional without making an issue out of it. In some other dramas (older ones most likely) would have made Younghwa crying after kiss a joke. Here, neither Danah nor the narration turned into a joke, it was funny since it was unexpected and not because a man was crying. Though I have to say Younghwa really milked this opportunity to make Danah the one who does the chase😏. Their last scene together was SO good. Danah finally admitting her true feelings and how she keeps spending her time on him🥰.

Loved the scene between Seongyeom, Wooshik and Youngil. Despite acting aloof, Youngil really cares about both of them. Wooshik is pure sunshine, I hope he will get back to being a sprinter.

Seongyeom and Mijoo's breakup was done in a realistic manner but that didn't mean it hurt any less. Both of their crying face at the end were heartbreaking 😢. We have seen Mijoo make joke about his parents throwing water at her and stuff, but the stalking and the photos really spooked her. Ki Seongyeom is really one rare kdrama lead for respecting the FL's privacy and not invading it even if the gate was not locked. He waited outside even when she came out.

Can't believe that we are nearly at end. I have realized that I wouldn't mind if Run On had around 30-40 episodes like some romcom cdramas. It could be just them doing regular, mundane things and I would still watch it.

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Yes for 30-40 more episodes of these people navigating love and work together!

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