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Run On: Episode 13

Our protagonists miss each other dearly, but the problems between them aren’t so easily solved, and life still makes demands when you’re nursing a bruised heart. Happily, our secondary couple is full of sunshine and laughter this week as they navigate their brand-new relationship.

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

Mi-joo tells Sun-kyum that her self-respect won’t allow her to be with him anymore. She’d hoped any problems they’d have would be between them, but his father’s behavior is something they can’t solve together. Mi-joo would just have to endure it, and she doesn’t want to. She tells him she has a pattern of running away from difficult relationships to protect herself from hurt. This mistake is why she didn’t want to see him tonight.

He asks if she’s breaking up with him, and she nods, apologizing for being a coward and making him say it first. He absorbs this, and then says making him say it was her real mistake.

“It didn’t have to be today,” he tells her in banmal. He asks her for the minimum courtesy of giving them some time. She agrees, and he leaves, both in tears. Ah, my heart!

Mi-joo contemplates the shoes Sun-kyum gave her, and we see more of her conversation with Eun-bi. Eun-bi told her that their father has done plenty of things to the man she loves behind her back. He runs away, and Eun-bi always tracks him down—she stopped counting after five times. Wow, that’s awful.

Eun-bi wondered what Sun-kyum would do if Mi-joo ran away—Sun-kyum never runs. Mi-joo asked if she was being greedy, wanting Sun-kyum—sometimes she feels like she’s not good enough for him, and he distracts her from her work. Losing her work would be like losing herself.

Eun-bi said she’d help the best she could; she felt that telling Mi-joo about Assemblyman Ki’s actions before Sun-kyum was right, but Mi-joo asked her not to tell him at all. She asked Eun-bi why she always chases Ryan. “I know he runs away because he loves me,” said Eun-bi.

The next morning, Mi-joo goes for a run. Sun-kyum skips his, remembering how she told him it was okay to rest on weekends. Aw.

Young-hwa loudly internet-stalks Dan-ah, but to his disappointment, Sun-kyum shows no response. He asks what’s wrong, and Sun-kyum wonders forlornly if Mi-joo’s really breaking up with him. Was dating him so rough that his dad was the final straw?

Mi-joo and Mae-yi engage in some culinary therapy with the japchae ingredients Mi-joo bought to practice for Sun-kyum. Mae-yi tells Mi-joo to bring Sun-kyum to the premiere of the movie she subtitled, but Mi-joo confesses that she ran away from him—after making him promise to stay forever. “I’m trash,” she says miserably.

Young-hwa takes Dan-ah to one of his favorite restaurants, baffling her with the lack of valet parking. He’s back to his smiley self and expecting a kiss at any moment, but she’s still miffed about him saying that she hurt him, and asks for details.

He pouts and says she didn’t tell him her birthday was coming up—does she have plans? She shuts him down.

He wants to celebrate her birthday with her, and she asks what he’ll actually gain from it. Feelings might be invisible, he says, but that makes them more powerful, and they can strengthen with time. She tells him to just treat her birthday like any other day they spend together.

He insists that couples should spend birthdays together, but she denies they’re a couple, and now he’s really hurt. He asks what he is to her, and she replies, “A vending machine.” She tells him not to cry, or she’ll have to get him fixed.

Woo-shik worries that Young-il came second in his recent race because’s been helping Woo-shik train. Sun-kyum tells him not to worry, but he can’t help remembering Young-il saying that he’s all alone without Sun-kyum.

A subdued Young-il still shows up and runs with Woo-shik, and brings up the race himself. He claims he’s okay, but Woo-shik excuses himself to the friends can talk. Young-il says it’s good that the younger runners are outpacing them, but he’s clearly let down. Sun-kyum awkwardly comforts Young-il with a pat on the back.

Mi-joo barges into Dan-ah’s office to ask her about a “hypothetical” situation where a rich parent tries to break their son up from a “peasant,” but Dan-ah tells her Assemblyman Ki will soon be too busy with the presidential election to care.

Dan-ah arrives at the coffee shop, noticing Young-hwa leaving and Ye-joon looking after him mournfully. Ye-joon shows up drunk that night at Young-hwa’s, and now we see his conversation with Dan-ah: she asked Ye-joon if he liked Young-hwa, and Ye-joon asked her if she was having fun playing with Young-hwa’s feelings. Dan-ah wondered what she should do to get the advantage over Ye-joon, since Young-hwa would obviously choose his friend over her. Ye-joon: “Why would I ever do that to him?”

Now, he tells a worried Young-hwa that he’s just anxious they won’t get to go on the study abroad trip together.

Mae-yi tells Mi-joo about an opportunity to work on Sun-kyum’s mother’s movie, although she’s concerned it will get messy. Mi-joo says work is work, and blows up at Mae-yi, but apologizes immediately. Mae-yi says she should put as much work into her romantic relationships as her friendships.

Mi-joo says it’s because all her past boyfriends were the type to cut and run, so now she does it first to avoid getting dumped. “It’s as if I was born to be abandoned, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.” She doesn’t have any experience with taking a break. Mae-yi reminds her that Sun-kyum is different from her past boyfriends.

Mi-joo says it’s occurred to her that she doesn’t love him enough to truly suffer for his sake, but Mae-yi nips that foolishness in the bud—real love means protecting each other. Bless Mae-yi—every woman should have an unni like her.

Sun-kyum dresses up and makes the rounds to different teams on behalf of Woo-shik, but they’re not interested. One tells him flat-out that he’s wasting his time and good name on a whistleblower no one wants to hire. Missing Mi-joo, he waits outside her house, but hides once she and Mae-yi arrive, chatting happily. He sighs that he’s relieved she’s fine.

Sun-kyum goes to watch a movie alone, remembering his happy moments with Mi-joo. He stays for the credits, only to sigh in disappointment to see that the subtitle translator wasn’t Mi-joo. Oh you sad puppy.

Ms. Dong notices Eun-bi isn’t playing well, and brings it up in their next meeting with Dan-ah, who also calls Eun-bi out for her unnecessary diet. Poor Eun-bi finally explodes.

Ye-joon, having been roped into blowing up balloons for Dan-ah’s birthday, isn’t having a great time either. He warns Young-hwa that in the fairy tale, the prince ends up blind for daring to approach Rapunzel.

Tae-woong finds out that Young-hwa is planning a birthday party and rushes over to the cafe to stop him. They end up fighting; Ye-joon arrives and defends Young-hwa; Ye-chan joins the fray, and then Mr. Jung, until it becomes a total free-for-all. HAHAHA.

Sun-kyum and Mi-joo run into each other in the parking lot, and gaze meaningfully into each other’s eyes for a long, charged moment—oblivious to the fight spilling out of the cafe in slow motion. Oh God, I can’t breathe.

Ms. Dong shows up too, steaming in anger at the revelation that Ye-chan’s been boxing, which is when Dan-ah enters this circus sideshow. Mae-yi startles Mi-joo into exploding a party popper, the cake goes splat, and Young-hwa’s car trunk surprise opens on its own.

In the aftermath, Sun-kyum asks Mi-joo if she’d still have come if she knew he’d be there. She doesn’t reply.

Dan-ah tells a deflated Young-hwa and a sulky Tae-woong to clean up, and leaves. Young-hwa asks why Tae-woong isn’t publicly listed as Dan-ah’s brother, and he says bluntly, “I’m a bastard.”

He reveals that today isn’t Dan-ah’s real birthday—their dad registered her birth after Myung-min was born. He warns Young-hwa not to do this again.

Coach Bang’s student Soo-bin gets in a fight. Bang’s unreachable, so Sun-kyum goes to the school in her place, only to get an earful from the parents due to his reputation. Wanting to hear her side of the story, Sun-kyum waits outside Soo-bin’s home for hours.

Mi-joo runs into Soo-bin the next day. She tells Mi-joo that her classmate was mocking her with Sun-kyum’s assault record, and she ended up falling down the stairs. That’s why Soo-bin is avoiding Sun-kyum—she doesn’t want to hurt his feelings, and she feels bad that track and field is about to be canceled.

Soo-bin asks if she should explain what happened, and Mi-joo offers to go with her. They find the boy’s mother, who demands to talk to Soo-bin’s parents. Soo-bin lives with her aunt, and attempts to explain that she was only trying to get away from her classmate. The woman insults Soo-bin horribly, pushes her, and stalks off.

Mi-joo grabs a brick and threatens to smash the woman’s fancy car, telling her to respect Soo-bin or she’ll actually do it next time. “I’m Soo-bin’s sister,” she says. “What’s so great about having parents, anyway?” GO, GIRL.

The boy shows up then, yelling at his mom for making Soo-bin cry. He confesses that he likes her—he only trash talked Sun-kyum because he was jealous that Soo-bin admires him.

When Mi-joo takes Soo-bin home that evening, her aunt says that Sun-kyum came and waited again today. Mi-joo sees him on her way out and freezes, then turns away. He runs to her and hugs her from behind. “Don’t go,” he begs.

She tells him to let go, but he knows she’ll just leave.

Sun-kyum: I’ve never been stubborn about anything before so I don’t know how, but can you not teach me? How to break up. Teach me anything else you like, but can you not teach me that? Can’t you just like me? Please.

 
COMMENTS

Ah, I cried. This one was hard to watch, although thankfully we still had plenty of hilarity to cut the heartbreak. It was interesting to see the contrast between how Mi-joo and Sun-kyum handled this separation. She felt really upset and guilty but managed to act normal-ish, because this is one more in a long line of self-preservation breakups. As she told Mae-yi, she knows Sun-kyum is different, but that doesn’t change the instincts formed over a lifetime of abandonment. I also really loved Mi-joo’s admission to Eun-bi that love is great, but she doesn’t want to lose her work, because that would feel like losing herself. And she’s worked so hard to get to where she is now—emotionally stable, with a job she enjoys and a best friend who always has her back. We got a hint of how long it took her to become the emotionally intelligent, capable woman she is now when she apologized to Mae-yi and referenced her past temper tantrums. It was moving to see Mi-joo playing that same role for Soo-bin at the end of the episode. I cheered when she confronted that awful woman.

On the other hand, Sun-kyum finally opened his heart fully for the first time, and now he’s being told to close it up again, and he doesn’t know how. Nor does he want to learn. He spent this episode wandering around like a lost puppy, because Mi-joo made visible all the feelings he was hiding from, and now he can’t escape them. It was both adorable and sad how he spent the whole episode using memories of her to get through the days, since he couldn’t actually see her. Mi-joo was miserable too, but she initiated the break (up), and it was painful to watch her shut down every attempt he made at approaching her. Especially because Sun-kyum never does the aggressive male lead thing, and speaks every word to her with care and respect, even when he’s angry.

We’ve reached the penultimate-week K-drama angst, but for once I can totally understand both characters. This issue’s been coming for them ever since Mi-joo first accepted that envelope of money from Assemblyman Ki. And as much as I wish I could push him off a cliff, kudos to the drama for making Ki truly menacing in that confrontation in Episode 12. Mi-joo’s fear was palpable, and this is absolutely not an issue of Sun-kyum simply loving her enough. Or Mi-joo loving him enough—I’m so glad Mae-yi didn’t let her go down that self-sacrificing path of misery.

But Sun-kyum’s speech at the end was still so heartbreaking, because it’s obvious how much they love each other. I hope it’ll be the catalyst for Mi-joo to stop avoiding him and talk to him more about her abandonment issues and her past. He knows the bare outlines, but she’s been pretty sparse on the details. I think if he shows her definitively that she can trust him to stand by her side, she’ll also begin to trust him with the vulnerabilities that have so far lain behind barbed electric wire. Sun-kyum is more resilient, especially against his family, than Mi-joo gives him credit for. And he’s growing stronger all the time, thanks in part to the lessons he’s learned from her. I loved the echo of Mi-joo rescuing Sun-kyum at the movie theatre in last week’s scene at the golf course—Mi-joo grabbed his wrist so he could grab Eun-bi’s. And Eun-bi and Ryan’s dysfunctional pattern of running and chasing is a warning to Mi-joo and Sun-kyum that they shouldn’t fall into the same trap. They either need to face Assemblyman Ki head-on and defeat him, or break up. Ki seems to be planning something even more sinister, so the confrontation is inevitable. Mi-joo should hold on to that brick.

On a lighter note, I loved every interaction between Dan-ah and Young-hwa this week. Only Dan-ah could turn “vending machine” from a humiliating insult into a teasing nickname. Him declaring it proudly to Tae-woong later had me hooting—in fact, that entire birthday sequence was an all-time great. Every time I thought, That’s the punch line, there was more, and every joke was better than the one before until I was gasping with laughter as Young-hwa and company flailed in the background during our leads’ moment of angst.

And I appreciated how Young-hwa and Dan-ah’s silly bickering over celebrating her birthday ended with that sobering revelation about her father’s cruel sexism. To Young-hwa, not celebrating her birthday was just a weird Rich People Thing like expecting valet parking at a burger joint. And it was, but not in the way he expected, because Dan-ah’s father views his children only as assets in his pursuit of even greater wealth. Young-hwa has to open his eyes now (pun very much intended) to the witch that’s kept Rapunzel in her tower all this time. Let’s hope Ye-joon’s warning about the original ending to the fairy tale is less dark foreshadowing and more a broken heart talking. Poor boy.

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Mi-joo's current state is hard won. She has gone through countless humiliation , emotional battle and self- esteem issues to become an independent woman she is today. Her current self esteem is so fragile that she tries very hard to maintain it and at first sight of a threat her response is flight.

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I like how self-esteem is sort of multi-faceted. You can feel confident about yourself in some ways, but not others. She's confident in her looks and her talents. She's good at working well with others and has social skills to maintain good relationships with many people around her, but she's doesn't have the confidence to be completely loved in that romantic way where the partner would go to bat for her. And given the Eun-bi and Ryan situation, I can see how she doesn't have much confidence for her and Seon-kyum to fight against Assemblyman Ki .

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Show's bits and pieces about Mi-joo's past feels like she's like a non-lead part in a healing drama: the angry and prickly girl brought into the fold by a compassionate adult (Mae-yi), and by the end of that drama, she'd have overcome stumbling blocks to be the person she is now. Does she want to jeopardize all this with a relationship riddled with an uncontrollable factor? Somehow show makes the struggle Mi-joo is going through very valid.

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Ok hands down this is my favorite episode of the entire show so far. The entire cafe birthday scene is comedic gold but then they slow down the tempo to give us "lovers in distress" with MJ and SK but in true Run On fashion, even an angsty moment isn't safe from being turned over on its head, they bring out the cafe hijinks outside and incorporate it into the moment lmao.
And badass MJ standing up for Soo-bin and being the cool older sister just caused my admiration for her to go through the roof. I loved that the conflict was so cute and kind of foolish because it completely turned around the atmosphere. The fact that MJ could probably relate to Soo-bin and the parallels between them didn't go unnoticed and I loved that they had MJ help her instead of SK actually.

Also that ending scene is too much for my heart to handle.

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I also love the secondary storylines about nurturing each other (like MJ with Mai). I love how these actions continue to spread and ripple out- MJ completely channeled Mai in her support of Soo bin.......same with Coach Bang to Sun kyum and his subsequent support of Woo shik

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Yes! I love how the drama builds these relationships between all of its characters because it’s always such interesting in terms of character and plot development. I loved MJ standing up to snobby ajhumma in style! Totally reminiscent of May

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Didn't expect the conclusion of the "bullying" to be that adorable, ah, young love... The parallels are so true, didn't realize how much it really applies to our OTPs. Ironically, her "what’s so great about having parents" also applies to the "non-peasant" part of the OTPs.

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Why did they have to bring poor Ye-Joon into this whole love triangle? The “Unrequited Love” angle is going to be the death of me. This episode was so well done. As if they couldn’t tug anymore at my heartstrings, make me laugh, then make me cry laughing, then Im Siwan had to monologue his way into some of my tears too. Sheesh. Bring on the cute now, ok?

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Because it's not a K-drama without a love triangle?

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Thank you, @laica your recaps perfectly captured the episode. There are so many great moments here, but the hug at the end and the plea not to teach him how to break up was brilliantly written, and totally heartbreaking.

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Aw, thanks! I always have to hold myself back from quoting excessively with this show, because the dialogue is THAT GOOD, but I just had to have that whole speech at the end. It killed me dead.

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The scene at the end was so so beautiful I had to rewatch it many times. Everything about it was perfection - his words, Siwan’s flawless acting, the effect his words had on MJ...

Also, I couldn’t help but to nod vigorously in agreement when you said: “ Sun-kyum never does the aggressive male lead thing, and speaks every word to her with care and respect, even when he’s angry.”

He never ever loses his perfect manners with her, not even in that break up scene when he got visibly angry.

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I also love how he listens intently to everything she says, always.

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SK's manners are wonderful. I always catch myself thinking that if there was ever a *perfect* male, SK would be it. He's in an entirely different league.

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I so love that aspect of him! He’s beating all those perfect bfs in the dramaland, which honestly isn’t that many.

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Let me know if you know of any other perfecf ML out there that I should watch. I feel Kim Soo Hyun’s character in It’s Okay to not be Okay tries very hard and it is generally very nice and he only loses it at times because he has to deal with Moon Young, who is a handful at the best of times lol

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Moon young was one of a kind 😅

Joon-young from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo comes to mind. And I have to think more of who else I thought was a great bf.

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Ryan Gold from Her Private Life :D

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Oh yes him! I kept thinking that there was this couple that had great communication for an adult relationship. Since Joon-young is more on the college bf league 😅 I don’t know if I’m making any sense

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If no one has named him I would have... Saja for the win... 😁 😁

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Gang doo from JBL is a perfect gentleman who is gruff outside but a total softie inside.

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Loved Gang-doo so much, he's probably my #2 male lead after Sun-kyum 😭

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which drama is this? I'm a newbie!

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@guerson Just Between Lovers, it’s one of the best dramas out there!

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I guess it’s time for me to do a rewatch soon to remind me how awesome the OTP was on JBL.

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JBL is the only other drama I can remember that has an angsty separation that made sense like this one does.

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Kim Hae Kyung in Dinner Mate.
In fact, SeonGyeom sort of reminds him on how thoughtful and respectful he is to others.
The problem in Dinner Mate is that no matter how wonderful and perfect our OTP was (one of the best chemistry ever!), you have to go through all the angst of the exes. Even so, I think it's worth it.

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I have not seen Dinner Mate, as much as I love the FL, SSH has become one of the actors I cannot watch. Got nothing against him. Just a bad first impression with his old dramas 😅 so it’ll probably take awhile for me to watch him.

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I thought the angst was well done. We got to hear Mi-joo's POV on the break up and it was sad yet understandable. Watching Seon-gyeom so lost in memories of Mi-joo was sad. She's had such an impact on his life, and he on hers. The ending was heartbreaking with Seon-gyeom begging her to teach him how to break up.

I loved the whole party fiasco and how they mixed melo and comedy by having it spill out to where the separated lovers were yearning for each other.

Poor Dan-ah even had her birthday taken from her.

Ye-jun makes me sad. You can tell he feels like he's losing Young-hwa.

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Ye-jun makes me sad too. Remind me of Hoya's character in Reply 1997 and his love for Yoon-jae. I hope there is a potential love interest for Ye-jun before the series is done.

What's even sadder: to Ye-jun, it looks like Dan-ah is just playing with Young-hwa.

Every time we find out something new about Dan-ah's terrible family, I'm flabbergasted. I thought maybe the dad paid someone to forge some papers after Myung-min was born, but for 10 months, Dan-ah couldn't exist on paper until Myung-min was born.

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YeJun fears DanAh's playing with YoungHwa, but I think he knows it's not like that, but since he doesn't find the courage to confess (First: I'm gay. Second: I like you), he just wants to protect his friend. His fear of losing YoungHwa whether he learns he's gay, or if he ends up with DanAh is killing him.
Maybe he and TaeWoo can be a possible couple?

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To me nothing showed more clearly how much Dan-ah has grown during this drama than the way she looked at Ye-jun- there was so much sympathy in her eyes as she watched him watch Young-wha. This new found empathy is also, I suspect, a first for her.

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Dan-ah has always been in the position to understand how it is wishing for something you can't have, but I agree that she actively chose to sympathize with Ye-joon due to her feelings for Young-hwa. Still not sure why she wants to prod Ye-joon on his feeling for his bestie, but it's sweet that she honestly thought Young-hwa would choose him over her if push comes to shove.

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Actually, he was begging her to NOT teach him how to break up. That is one thing he really does not want to learn.

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Actually Seon-gyom's plea at the end of the episode is that she NOT teach him how to break up. She can teach him anything else, but not that. Do not forget that it has not been that long that they agreed to face everything together and stay together.

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First things first. Kudos to the Best non/birthday party ever!!
I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.

Watching Sun-kyum navigate his heart break was hard to watch. And that last scene. Ouch. But I am so glad he opened up and chose to express his needs and his desires. For once, he did what MIJoo asked him to be all along.
I could totally relate to why she did what she did. I don’t blame her.

I was worried about the impending angst in Ep 12/13 but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it was handled. The secondary OTP is turning out to be wonderful and I am not complaining.

I already feel sad that the show ends next week :(

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Why do we only have two episodes left?
It feels unfair on every level *insert Cap. Ri pouty face*.

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I agree- we should at least get a 4 episode extension.

Maybe there is enough material here to turn this into a 50 episode weekender that is not being broadcast on a weekend. How about Ryan showing up for Eun-bi? That gives us another side romance.

Or Ye-chan's urge to box? Or Soo-bin's story.

I really think it could be done.

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I adore this show and I've really appreciated your insightful comments about it in the recaps @laica. You're great at zooming out a bit and seeing the bigger themes. Thank you!

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Thank you ❤️

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Thank you for the recap!!

My favorite line: "Is this the only cafe in Seoul?" I had to pause and reply because I could not believe a character within the drama said such a meta-line since so many kdramas have characters just meet or bump into each other at that one cafe even though they live in Seoul.

Seon-kyum chasing after and holding onto Mi-joo has me just rolling around and squeeing. He's usually so passive. It was also sad that earlier in the episode, he thought maybe Mi-joo was frustrated with him and that his dad was just the last straw. I hope he understands that Mi-joo adores him and that the dad is not a straw, but a 20 pound brick.

Regarding Eun-bi: Earlier in the series, it just seemed like Eun-bi and Ryan had an eye-rolling, volatile relationship, but learning about how the dad is causing the years-long instability of their relationship was sad. I can see why Mi-joo decided to put a stop to her relationship with Seon-kyum. It must hurt Ryan to run away from Eun-bi, and it must hurt to stay too. Their love give Eun-bi the strength to track him down, but that seems like torture as well. I wonder if Eun-bi's yips and doing all these endorsements to get Ryan to see her.

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Appreciate the meta so much! And the cafe owner said it so plaintively too ><
Eun-bi proclaiming Ryan runs because he loved her makes me a bit worried, hope it's not just her refusing to face facts. What did the "20-pound brick" do to Ryan to make him run so far..? Hope we'll get to see Ryan and these two have closure for their long hide & seek...

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Hmmm, have we learned Ryan's profession? If he's a filmmaker, a cameo by a certain Kim Seon ho might be the piece de la resistance of this wonderful drama?

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I read Eun-bi's and Ryan's story as a cautionary tale. The 20-pound brick/run away/go after him/rinse-and-repeat loop 100% does not sound like something Mi-joo would want to be involved in. After hearing that, it would make sense to me that Mi-joo would have added another bean to the side of the scale for break-up.

I really like Eun-bi, so I'd love for the Ki siblings to join forces and make that brick crumble.

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Considering we have an idea of who could possibly play Ryan, then maybe a businessman? Or will Start-Up fandom roar with rage if Kim Seon-ho shows up with his Han Ji-pyeong persona? I, for one, will be happy!

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I’ll be able to navigate my way to his scenes right away regardless of what character he plays. Have been missing him on my screen. ☺️

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Same! I’ve been waiting for him since the announcement. They shouldn’t have said anything about it, so that I’ll be surprised.

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I'm right behind you! Cheers for Mr. Han Ji Pyeong!!! Or, whatever cameo role Kim Seon Ho may play (putting hands up in the air frantically)

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*waves hands in unison*

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I strongly suspect that all of us START UP fans would be thrilled- but the Eun-bi and Ryan story seems to be one of long standing so I do not se how to mesh the timelines together.

Also many people do not really understand that Jipyeong has actually had a happy ending by the end of START UP- unlike the character and historical person he was modelled upon. He is now in an emotional position to do as Halmeoni urges: go out and find a woman to love.

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We'll probably never see Ryan xD

Agree agree about Jipyeong! Too many were focused on him ending up with Suzy's character.

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Ooh, I totally forgot about the cameo! Something to look forward to even as I loath the coming end...

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We got some new info of his cameo.

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Assemblyman Ki is always "going to church" or "reading the Bible", but his actions are so far removed from Christian value. He treats his children and wife like objects because he has a terribly twisted view on what love is, if he feels any love at all.
Love is selfless and illogical, but it can revive broken lives and ultimately better humanity. Our two couples in this story are pursuing that love - despite being from completely different socioeconomic classes, they take risks and make sacrifices to find ways to speak each other's "languages" so they can stay together.
I wonder what Assemblyman Ki's getting out of the Bible for him to be one of the most selfish, harmful characters I've watched in a K-drama for a while.

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His hypocrisy is the major reason why I found him so abhorrent...

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I definitely think the writer is commenting on the hypocrisy of a particular type of loudly religious person with Assemblyman Ki. You can contrast that with Ye-joon's family, who seem to be regular churchgoers and kind people, and Ye-joon himself, who no longer wants to associate with the church but still prays. It's a more nuanced view of religion than we usually get in K-drama, and I appreciate it. (Just another way this show's writing is brilliant.)

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I really love this insight Laica! I wish we got more nuanced writing about religion in K-dramas. Instead, spiritual topics are often very dramatized or stereotyped, so they're very easily overlooked as an important element in human lives.

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As someone who lives in a country in which religion had a lot to say until very recently, I can tell you this people exist and go around judging people and thinking they are better than others just because they pray and they go to church. As Laica said, the louder they are, the less I believe in their faith.

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I have been trying to think about what makes me detest this dad more than other evil dads and I think it is because other evil dads justify their actions along the lines that they simply know better what is good for the company/family/himself. They clearly dismiss their child’s happiness. Assemblyman Ki ok the other hand goes around acting all pious and talking to his friend about how much he loves his children and at other times saying how he is helping them fulfill their dreams. He is so delusional that it somehow makes it even worse.

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Assemblyman Ki is not getting this from the Bible.

I agree about the sheer depth of his hypocrisy. Instead of just waiving that bible around as a prop it might be helpful if he actually read the thing- because there are plenty of passages which he would do very well to heed.

In any case, this is not the first time that a religion has been abused in such a way either in fiction or in real life. Nor is Christianity the only religion to have been so misused: An extreme example can be found in the way that the pre-WWII militants in Japan abused Buddhism and Shintoism.

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How much I appreciated the nonexistence of noble idiocy! There are only confused people who intensely missed each other...

Dan-ah and Young-hwa is such a delight, it's such a treat to watch them squabbling, that "no fighting in front of the burgers" just about killed me! But love how their conversation is as deep as it was flippant. What Young-hwa said about an invisible thing last longer and grow stronger, aw, he feels like such an old soul... in a vending machine body ><

Funnily enough, it's the people around them that advises cautions, like Ye-joon for Dan-ah and Tae-woong for Young-hwa. I so understand Ye-joon's point of view, like, where are they taking this relationship and will Young-hwa ends up hurting? And it's good Young-hwa has an inkling of how Dan-ah was brought up to make her the way she is, he needs to know what he's jumping into.

Am glad to see Tae-woong is warming up to Young-hwa, he must have seen Young-hwa as more or less a part of Dan-ah's life by opening up about their mess of a family. The way he nonchalantly said "I'm a bastard" wrenched my heart...

Mi-joo and Dan-ah is warming up too, absolutely love how Mi-joo returned the favour of barging in with a shower of questions! These two banterings are sooo enjoyable, and love Secretary Jung so much for being an enabler!

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Once Secretary Jung saw the potential of them being friends, he just lets Mi-joo enters with no warning to Dan-ah.

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So true! I view Secretary Jung like the benevolent elder sibling to Dan-ah and Tae-woong, covering for their missteps, gently guiding them in the right direction, and looking out for them generally.

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He is! If I were Dan-ah & Tae-woong, I would gift him lots of cats! Or maybe that would lessen his time on them if they did.

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Can always send him gifs of cute cats ><

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The Mi-joo and Dan-ah friendship is such a delight. Dan-ah perceptibly perks up each time Mi-joo is around at this point, it's adorable (especially since she's not exactly conscious of the fact that she's finally making a friend).

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I love how Mijoo now has bonded with secretary Jeung over his cat and he just lets her walk in and out of Danah office

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It's so great! She's completely won him over. Pretty sure he's shipping the Dan-ah/Mi-joo friendship as hard as all of us

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Yesss, it's delicious that she unconsciously perks up when her new friend arrives!
Have to love the jab she took on Assemblyman Ki, "Hm, that parent must have a lot of free time..."

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I love the winks! It rankles Mi-joo every time, and Dan-ah gets such a charge out of getting under her skin. 😆

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That I am a bastard part spoiled my day... No child should ever say or here that... EVER...

It is not a fact its the uselessness of humans around you TW...

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What I want from the final week
1. Tae Wong and young hwa become friends
2. Dan ah finally takes tae woong under her wing and together they destroy myung min
3. Dan ah sk and mj destroy both dads
4. Happily ever after

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And for Sun kyum's mother to take over the reins of their family

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Oh yes!!!

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Thereby redeeming her former neglect of her children.

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What a great episode again. The recaps are helping me so much and especially makes me understand the drama more and makes me fall in love with the drama even more. The angst was not angsty at all and the second leads and other characters provided so much entertainment. Poor mijoo.. her history of abondment and her self preservation makes sense for the break but the star here for me is sun kyum. He had so much growth and was really seen in this episode. Him getting angry rightfully over mijoo for making him ask the breakup and standing up for himself made me so proud of him. And now he knows want he wants. He wanted mijoo and went for her and opened up so heartfully. He never asks for anything from anyone and it broke my heart. And the new ost by Im shiwan I and you is a perfect complement to this week's episode.
I was so sad for yejun and he is genuienly becoming anxiius and upset over his friend. Poor boy. I really like his sister also. The threesome of yejun yechun and young hwa is hilarious.
Best party ever!!!

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I agree! Sun kyum’s growth over the last few episodes has been amazing to see. He is really coming out of his shell. I can’t wait for the recap of ep. 14 (and to watch ep 15!!)

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Thanks, @laica. Spot-on with your observations and comments, as usual. Break up done right; no noble idiocy. Self protection rather than low self esteem. Last week next week. This is likely to be re-watched xxth times.

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Ah, how heartbreaking are the OTP. And even more so because I could understand both sides. But life goes on, and this episode did a great job of making that point: bills still need to be paid, work still needs to be done, errands still need to be run, we still laugh even when we're sad. We got to see both MJ and SG working through the break (up). MJ in particular had quite the arc, and I appreciate that it was subtly drawn. The pieces of her realization come together with nuance and introspection, which felt much more real than her having some kind of epiphany. SG allowing himself to feel all his feelings, just goes to show how incredibly far he has come, and how much strength he has in his vulnerability.

Dan-ah's character is the one that is surprising me a lot. I was expecting a typical chaebol princess who at some point would fall for the moony student and together the SL couple would serve primarily as the drama's sidebar comedic levity. But in an episode where the theme touched on vulnerability, I felt particularly sad for her (maybe because I believe that MJ and SG are generally made of stronger stuff). Dan-ah must always feel vulnerable. She is an army of one, hand on the hilt of her sword, eyes always scanning the perimeter. She's guarded and intimidating, strikes first and never stops moving to mask any weakness. She must be exhausted. So I'm really glad that Tae-woong (someone please hug that darling boy and bring him into the hyung/noona fold) let Young-hwa into the secret about her birthday. As someone who has grown up with loving, supportive parents, YH may understand that the considerable difference in his and DA's backgrounds, but this info knocks it out of the theoretical now - the woman he's falling for literally is not even allowed to have her own birthday. I mean, DA still definitely needs to learn some better manners and how to treat people with more respect and consideration, but there is way more going on here than I was anticipating a early on.

And finally: the birthday debacle at the café - truly one of the best written moments of this drama. I think I re-watched that 10 times. How does this show manage to balance the heavy and the light, the extraordinary and the mundane so well? It's magic.

(@laica, I'm definitely looking forward to your breakdown of the ep 14 convos - I'm 100% sure that I missed so much, and that writing just felt so rich, even if I could only understand via the subtitles.)

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I love what you said about Dan-ah and Young-hwa, and I agree that this secondary couple is so much better than I was expecting, like literally everything else in this drama.

I'm only recapping the odd episodes, but I'm looking forward to the ep 14 recap too - there's so much to sink our teeth into, it should be a great discussion!

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I keep hitting refresh to see if the ep 14 recap is posted yet lol

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You don't eat love.
Love is not always enough.
I felt so related when MiJoo talked about her work, just as you have just written.
Talking from experience here.

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You're so right (and I'm sorry to hear that's experience talking💜). I think that's why I'm so invested in this drama - it's just so relatable and doesn't make a big deal about that.

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Aw, so true about Dan-ah's life so far. She's a one man army because she has no Eun-bi nor Mae-yi, even Secretary Jung must come later in her life. And the one basic thing that should be a celebration was even turned into a yearly bitter reminder of what she lost instead... Am so glad Young-hwa knows now...
Couldn't say it better, the show is indeed magical in "balancing the heavy and the light, the extraordinary and the mundane so well"!

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You know, this makes me wonder if the real reason she resents Tae-woong is his closeness to Mr. Jung - remember how she went to the US to get him, and that was how she met TW for the first time? Maybe Jung was the only reliable adult in her life, until he left her to take care of her brother.

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Ooh, now that's a thought! So the "seducing my brother's tutor" is about taking Mr. Jung back to her side? Interesting!
Also, kinda makes it doubly funny that he's taking Mi-joo's side now ><

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...because she can't see that he's actually trying to take care of her, too, maybe? He knows she needs people who genuinely care around her - by taking care of TW, encouraging MJ, etc., he's really helping her build a family. Mr Jung - what a mensch!

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I don’t understand Wooshik’s issue. Shouldn’t he be more protected since he is a whistleblower? Meanwhile the perpetrators did not face any consequences at all! This is just outrageous!

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Isn’t that sad? Firstly, it’s so horrible that he is called the whistle blower when he was the victim of abuse and bullying who ended up with bodily injury.
This Shows that the society normalizes some form of bullying when done in the sunbae-hoobae relationship.

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He’s now viewed as someone who exposed the dark and ugly truth of professional athletes’ way of “training” that’s why no one wants him in their team, considering that it could happen again.

As Blue said, it’s sad when he’s a victim of bullying and abuse.

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Thanks so much for this recap and your wonderful comments. I loved them, as always. It's been a complicated day and I couldn't seat to read and write my comment until now, gosh.

I now declare that the "Only cafe in Seoul" scene will be my favourite scene of the year. You may say: C'mon, it's only January! But when you see it, you know. Just when I watched the saddle scene and Hwi and EunSeob interactions in Wheather, I know this is THE scene for me. I loved everything of it: the angst in MiJoo and SeonGyeom, the slow motion, the cake falling down, the four men fighting, the fireworks, DanAh's face. I don't know how many times I rewatched.

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That scene was one for the books! Something we will all recall and just laugh right away.

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After the popper blows, and the shot of deflated puppy Young-hwa's face pans to the "birthday" girl, I did wonder if the tension in her jaw was due to a very unamused Dan-ah or a trying-not-to-laugh Soo-young.

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I also thought some of their faces show an inclination to burst out laughing >< Must be hard to keep serious in that kind of scene.

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I have nothing else to add except, I love this show and it’ll be my comfort drama in the coming years!

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And of course, thank you @laica for an awesome recap & comments! If you’re doing even eps, that means we get to read your thoughts on the final! Hoping as well to read other recappers on the comment section.

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I made a fool of myself, anyways, see you on ep15 recaps @laica! xD

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Haha no worries, see you there ❤️

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So I know that this is minor point but what is Ms. Dong's problem with Ye-chun boxing. If this was in the days before the modern protective head gear was invented I would understand but now it makes no sense. I am not a boxer (traditionally my family are wrestlers) but I do know that it is fabulous cardiovascular and muscle development exercise. A sound mind in a sound mind is not just a classic Western idea. If she set ground rules for study together with Ye-chun's pursuit of an ancient sport I think she would be very pleased with the result.

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Is it wednesday yet?? Why is time going by soooo slooooowly?

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This was such a great episode. The birthday party fiasco was the highlight for me, of course. How great it is that--right in the middle of all that insanity--there was this tiny moment of Sun-Kyum trying to connect with Mi-Joo and the terrible sadness of their current situation.

I'm fascinated by Sun-Kyum being so good at articulating these feelings he hasn't experienced before, and he's someone who isn't always in touch with those feelings. His line at the end almost broke me.

Mi-Joo is just a great character. She's independent, capable, outspoken, unafraid, self-aware, but also oddly vulnerable and not always self-confident. She reminds me a bit of Kim Sam Soon, actually. I'm glad she's found Sun-Kyum, i.e. someone who probably won't let her run away (because she doesn't need to protect herself from him).

Also, poor Eun-bi. I know she's not a prominent feature of the show, but I really like the character, and now I sort of hurt for her too. Imagine putting yourself through constant training and competition to make your father happy, and in exchange for that, he runs your lover off and possibly implicates you in a terrible scandal. Meanwhile, your attempt to protect your kid brother from his own scandals has made you so self-conscious, you're losing weight to model clothes and you have the yips. I hope Sun-Kyum can stage a much-needed intervention...or at the very least, find the sainted Ryan.

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I may be months late but I just have to say that the entire birthday party scene was such a glorious disaster and easily one of the best things I’ve ever watched in my life. Absolutely worthy of many, many rewatches.

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