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Run On: Episode 6

In the face of a major life change, our resident athlete finally has space to breathe and think about how he’s been living his life so far. An opportunity also springs up for him to spend more time with our plucky translator, which leads to them slowly learning each other’s ways.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

In his hotel room, Sun-kyum wakes up and changes into his running clothes. As he’s about to head out, he pauses and ends up getting back into bed, staring forlornly off into space.

We see how the truth of the events around the assault is impacting Sun-kyum’s family and circle — first, his parents, and then Dan-ah. Dan-ah’s in the middle of a doctor’s appointment but she’s focused on her phone and Sun-kyum while her doctor says he’s recommending a Holter monitoring test (it measures heart activity).

Sun-kyum doesn’t seem to have done anything all day and it’s evening when he finally checks his phone. There are texts from Young-il, Woo-shik, Dan-ah, and Mi-joo. He re-reads Mi-joo’s texts and thinks about their moment in the rain before falling asleep, curled up alone in his hotel room.

The disciplinary committee reconvenes, this time to discuss what actions to take in light of Woo-shik’s interview. The decision is made to shuffle Gyu-duk and Ki-bum off to the military and not bother with any action regarding Woo-shik since he’s already quit the sport. A female committee member complains that this mess happened because of the male-dominated, hierarchy-hewing environment but gets shut down when she calls for more female leaders.

Sun-kyum is handed a six-month suspension. It’s clear he’s received special treatment, though, and Sun-kyum makes the committee members uncomfortable when he requests that he be treated like any other athlete–even if it means being banned.

The members scoff and say there’s no need to throw his career away, telling him that this is an opportunity for Sun-kyum to make up for his mess. Sun-kyum stands and thanks them for the opportunity… to retire. He bows deeply before walking away.

Outside, Sun-kyum stares up at the sky and says to himself, “I really am unemployed now.” Officially retired now, he gets his affairs in order, which means checking out of his hotel to avoid pesky reporters, and calling Woo-shik. He’s made arrangements for Woo-shik and his grandma to stay at the hotel so they can avoid reporters trying to hassle them.

Woo-shik is grateful and apologetic; he explains he needs time to gather his courage and face Sun-kyum. Sun-kyum says he’ll respect Woo-shik’s decision and they say goodbye when a call from Dan-ah comes in.

Mi-joo’s at her local cafe, thinking about that rainy night with Sun-kyum. After their hug, she had rushed to get him a towel and umbrella, but by the time she got back outside, Sun-kyum was gone.

Dan-ah steps into the cafe and makes a beeline for Mi-joo as soon as she spots her, ready as ever to tease her. Mi-joo says she has something to say first, and asks abruptly why Dan-ah said she was Sun-kyum’s last. Dan-ah laughs in disbelief that Mi-joo’s been stewing over that comment all this time.

Dan-ah explains she was trying to be friendly, which knocks Mi-joo back. “That’s your way of being friendly? I thought we were in a love triangle.” Dan-ah says she wants to be friends, thoroughly creeping Mi-joo out. She even “compliments” Mi-joo, saying she likes how Mi-joo always talks back and likes to have the last say. Plus, Mi-joo even takes bribes.

Mi-joo ends the exchange by saying she’s busy and putting her headphones on; Dan-ah walks away with a smile.

Dan-ah notices Young-hwa’s newest artwork and asks the cafe owner to sell it to her, since the owner refused to accept money for the last painting. The cafe owner demurs and recommends speaking to Young-hwa directly, but Dan-ah decides not to bother.

Sun-kyum arrives at the cafe and greets Dan-ah, totally missing Mi-joo, who goes from waving to pretending she’s not there. Mi-joo not-so-stealthily pushes back her headphones to eavesdrop as Dan-ah announces that Eun-bi’s decided to sign with Dan-ah’s agency. Then Dan-ah presents a notice of contract termination for Sun-kyum.

He takes it in stride, and Dan-ah asks why he checked out of his hotel (turns out his maternal grandfather owns it). Dan-ah may have known about his hotel departure, but she’s surprised to hear that Sun-kyum has chosen to retire. She actually looks a little worried and asks where he’ll go now when her eyes land on Mi-joo. You can practically see the wheels in her head turn. Dan-ah goes into flirt mode and grabs Sun-kyum’s hand as she offers him her place. Sun-kyum says he can take care of things himself while trying (and failing) to reclaim his hand. The more Mi-joo hears, the more horrified she becomes.

The last straw is when Dan-ah cradles Sun-kyum’s face as she offers to stay with him. Sun-kyum has no idea what’s going on; Mi-joo jumps up to offer her own home. The conversation keeps going–between Dan-ah and Mi-joo. Dan-ah talks up her apartment while Mi-joo shoots down every luxury feature (death trap, bad for the environment, etc.) and counters by saying her home has three rooms and hardwood floors.

Sun-kyum sits there puzzled, and then finally asks if he gets a say. He can’t figure out why they’re deciding for him, nor why Mi-joo is acting the way she is. When Dan-ah slyly winks at Mi-joo, she seems to come to her senses and literally backs away from Dan-ah and Sun-kyum lol.

As Dan-ah leaves, Mi-joo runs after her to ask why she’s toying with her. But Dan-ah says she’s not toying with her. Anyone can see that Sun-kyum is upset, but he has no friends, and a useless family, and she’s come to the conclusion that the best person for Sun-kyum is Mi-joo. Mi-joo’s at a loss for words at that. Dan-ah pats Mi-joo’s face like she’s petting a puppy before saying there’s no need to thank her.

When Sun-kyum comes outside, Mi-joo asks if he and Dan-ah ever dated and he just says no. She says she overheard him say he’s retired, but he doesn’t have much to say about that either. Someone from Mae-yi’s office pulls up, struggling with some heavy boxes. Sun-kyum immediately pitches in to help.

Mae-yi gives Mi-joo the stink-eye when she spots Sun-kyum, and Mi-joo whispers she found him just outside and appeals to Mae-yi’s sympathy by playing up Sun-kyum’s pitiful situation. Mae-yi sarcastically offers to give up her room for him but Mi-joo doesn’t want that–she wants Mae-yi to chaperone them lol.

Mae-yi seems against the idea of having Sun-kyum stay with them, but she’s not made of stone and says she’ll help out in a natural way. That “natural” way? Claiming there’s a predator mugging and terrorizing women in their neighborhood, and then half-begging Sun-kyum to stay with them. Sun-kyum politely declines and assures her he has a place to go, not even wavering when offered the biggest room in the house.

Before heading their separate ways, Sun-kyum lets Mi-joo know that he’ll be staying at another hotel. But sadness, that hotel is his family home… which is completely devoid of people. As he goes about his days, he thinks to himself:

“Back then, I didn’t know that my choices would end up hurting me forever. I’ve never really been sick of living like this. Because I wasn’t interested–even though it was my life. Of all the things I’ve loved, why have I never loved myself?”

Now that Sun-kyum’s name has been cleared, the school he volunteers at seems open to hiring him as a coach. Despite one of the teacher’s pleas, Sun-kyum says he has someone better in mind. He calls up Ms. Dong and asks for help locating someone who turns out to be his first track and field coach. Ms. Dong says it might be tough because rumor has it the coach is practically a hermit now.

Mi-joo catches sight of Sun-kyum in the park near her home. She smiles a little to see him, and then asks what he’s doing there. He doesn’t respond right away, but finally comes up with an excuse: he’s on patrol for the mugger, but he hasn’t spotted anyone suspicious yet.

She disagrees–there’s a suspicious person right in front of her. Mi-joo asks why he’s really there, and he just stares at her. She guesses he’s there because he wants to stay with her after all. It’s hard to say if she’s joking or serious, but when Sun-kyum asks sincerely if he can stay for just a few days, it only takes Mi-joo a second to agree.

At home, Mi-joo shares the history and significance of the gun that first brought them together, and Sun-kyum says thoughtfully that she didn’t just have the gun–it held a lot of meaning, too.

Mi-joo thinks the same applies to Sun-kyum, as he didn’t help her for no reason. She continues, “People tend to say they did things for no reason to prevent anyone from feeling burdened.” Sun-kyum mulls that over then agrees that he didn’t help for no reason. The moment’s broken when he asks where his room is, and Mi-joo says this is it. Sun-kyum corrects her, “This is the living room.” She casually informs him the living room (a.k.a. the biggest room in the house) is his room.

Sun-kyum lies awake in the dark, tucked away on the sofa. Mi-joo attempts to work but she absentmindedly types, “Sun-kyum is asleep behind that door.”

The scenery may have changed, but Sun-kyum still spends the days alone; we see him cooking kimchi fried rice for two and eating by himself while he stares at Mi-joo’s door. It’s late at night when Mi-joo finally wakes up.

He observes her having a meal of cereal and a dozen vitamins before commenting that he’s worried about her. He says he waited up to ask her something. The next thing we see, Sun-kyum is waiting for Mae-yi outside her office and tells her he’ll drive her home. As they chat, he lets Mae-yi know he hasn’t seen anyone suspicious. He’s doing the occasional patrol, but just to be safe he’d like to pick Mae-yi up whenever she works late and drive her home.

Mae-yi says to herself, “No wonder she can’t get over you.” Sun-kyum doesn’t quite get the gist of it and he’s still in the dark when Mae-yi tells him not to worry about love triangles since she’s asexual. Confused, but ever polite, he says okay.

We get our first look at Dan-ah’s home life, and it seems pretty adversarial. She and Myung-min have a battle of wills over the artwork at their family’s museum. The two siblings argue over whose artists should get displayed where, and their dad tries to de-escalate things by telling Dan-ah to just bring in a new painting. Their dad changes the topic to Dan-ah’s blind date list, and she says she’ll stop by HQ to discuss the list since she has something to say, or rather do, to Myung-min.

In his office, Assemblyman Ki types out a pious social media post, but his chief of staff literally runs to stop him, begging him to let the team handle his social media. Assemblyman Ki complains and says social is his one joy in life. He’s further put out when his chief tells him that Eun-bi’s signed with Dan-ah. The news of Sun-kyum’s retirement also infuriates him (but when isn’t he infuriated?).

Sun-kyum is out buying groceries when he runs into Young-hwa. Young-hwa recognizes him right away, but Sun-kyum needs some prodding to put the pieces together. When Sun-kyum points at him in recognition, Young-hwa touches his fingertip to Sun-kyum’s. Sun-kyum looks at Young-hwa like he’s an alien before asking what he’s doing. Young-hwa replies that he thought Sun-kyum wanted to “E.T.” (i.e., express his feelings).

They walk on and Sun-kyum tells Young-hwa that he’ll pay for both their groceries. That puts a huge smile on Young-hwa’s face and he cries out “hyung” gratefully.

Mi-joo searches for her phone, and Sun-kyum finds it for her and sneaks a peek at her room. Mi-joo notices his interest and says he can take a look around. She shows him her current project, her schedule, and her work diary. He takes a pencil and writes a note in her diary: “Eat.” He tells her not eating regular meals is one of her problems.

When Sun-kyum confesses that unemployment is hard to adjust to, Mi-joo wonders how he can run all the time, while he wonders how she can just sit all the time. She shoos him away, but before closing the door, he mutters glumly that she had offered to keep him company.

The next morning, Mi-joo’s waiting for Sun-kyum and says she’s making time to hang out with him. She huffs and puffs during their run and keeps trying to buy herself some rest by pretending she has something important to tell him. She finally asks him to teach her how to run and gets a personal lesson in how to move her arms and breathe. When he critiques Mi-joo’s breathing style, she snaps that he must be excited to see her struggle. He replies, “I’m excited to be running with you.”

Sun-kyum says the most important thing is setting your own pace and not giving up. Mi-joo asks, “What if I lose sight of you?” Sun-kyum replies, “Then I’ll wait till you come around.” They set off again and though Mi-joo struggles a bit, she looks like she’s enjoying herself. Sun-kyum says she’s a true translator.

Mi-joo wonders how he feels now that he’s quit running professionally; before, he said he felt breathless. Sun-kyum says he should look back on his life from now on. He wonders if he should start keeping a diary since being unemployed is boring.

Later, Ms. Dong passes him the address of the coach he had been searching for. She advises him to bring lots of alcohol as a gift since she’s legendary for turning people away. Sun-kyum asks after Dan-ah and is told she’s at HQ, meeting with her father to give feedback on her blind date list. He’s nonplussed to hear he was included on the list since he never agreed to it.

Speaking of Dan-ah, she looks exhausted after her meeting with her father. In the lobby, she spots Myung-min and gives him a running kick. He flips out, but she assures him she didn’t kick him at full strength so he won’t have problems walking.

She lets him know that it’s payback for “messing with what’s hers.” Myung-min can’t believe she’s doing this all because of Mr. Jung–also, he keeps using the word “outing” incorrectly, claiming credit for “outing” her and ending her soccer playing days for good. She gives him a schooling on the meaning of the word (so she’s not a lesbian?). She tells him to study if he wants to do business globally.

Young-hwa looks at his sketch of Dan-ah and wonders why she hasn’t asked him for compensation for her fancy bracelet. He gets a call just then–he’s been summoned to Dan-ah’s office by Mr. Jung. Tae-woong spots him from where he’d been waiting outside Dan-ah’s office, and furiously searches Instagram for any information on Young-hwa.

In her office, Dan-ah asks Young-hwa to sell her the painting in the cafe. He doesn’t answer, he’s just pleased to see that Dan-ah liked his earlier painting enough to display it. She says she likes his paintings because she sees time in them, and time is what’s most valuable to her.

If Young-hwa won’t sell the painting, Dan-ah requests compensation for her bracelet in cash. When Young-hwa refuses to sell it, he explains he’s not being difficult, it’s just that he painted it with the cafe in mind, and it wouldn’t work anywhere else. Not even the Seomyung Art Museum? That catches his attention, and he says he’ll paint something new for her. Young-hwa admits he was playing hard to get the last time so he wouldn’t look desperate.

He asks for her personal number, but Dan-ah directs him to Mr. Jung. She dismisses him, giving him a week to send her a rough drawing. He just pats the paper bag he brought her and heads out, thanking her for lending the robe. In the bag is Dan-ah’s robe, a giant jar of honey, and $500 in cash.

He texts her business number to say his parents are beekeepers and requests her personal number again. Interestingly, she doesn’t throw the honey away; she instructs Mr. Jung to look up where the honey came from.

When Sun-kyum comes home carrying two boxes of soju, Mi-joo worries he’s going wild now that he’s unemployed. He allays her concerns and says the soju’s a gift because he has to go somewhere. He asks if Mi-joo wants to go with him and get some fresh air. Mi-joo cheerily agrees and they set off the next morning on a journey to find Sun-kyum’s first-ever track coach.

They drive through the countryside but get a little lost along the way. Sun-kyum drops Mi-joo off at a small mart so she can get some ice cream and rest while he looks around. Mi-joo is enjoying the countryside when an older woman rolls up on a tractor.

Sun-kyum manages to find his coach’s house but it’s empty. The older woman from the store drives up with Mi-joo peeking out from behind, having hitched a ride. It’s none other than the very coach Sun-kyum’s been searching for, BANG BAE-JUNG (Seo Jung-yeon).

Coach Bang invites them in for drinks and food, and Mi-joo cheerily offers to be her drinking buddy since Sun-kyum can’t drink. They drink late into the night as Sun-kyum peels fruit for them and Mi-joo’s clearly wasted at this point. Coach Bang, totally fine, reminisces about the old days. Sun-kyum brings up the vacant coaching position, but Coach Bang isn’t interested, saying she’s content with her current life.

Sun-kyum carries on, explaining that he thinks she would be a great mentor, but she shouts at him to get out. That wakes Mi-joo from her stupor and she tries to help. She says she’ll say it since Sun-kyum didn’t: Why don’t you want to get involved again? You turned a last place runner into a national athlete. Who hurt you? I’m going to kill them all!

Mi-joo starts to throw veggies and slump over, and this time when Coach Bang throws them both out, Sun-kyum complies.

As soon as they’re outside, Mi-joo vomits and Sun-kyum asks her to wait in the car as he searches for a place to stay, but Mi-joo grabs his hand and tells him not to go. She’s worried he’ll disappear. He assures her he won’t. Mi-joo starts to confess that she “wanted to help” would be a lie… she wanted to see more of him. Mi-joo groans that her head hurts and Sun-kyum tells her he’ll do everything he can to give her what he needs. She doesn’t believe him, but she asks, softly, “Can you like me?”

“I already do,” he confesses, but Mi-joo is fast asleep.

 
COMMENTS

In Episode 4, Sun-kyum had asked if Mi-joo liked him and told her everything she said sounded like a confession. This episode, everything he said sounded like a confession, and it’s such a beautiful reflection. We’ve seen the building attraction between Sun-kyum and Mi-joo over six episodes now, with Mi-joo having been very straightforward about how she feels. It’s nice to finally hear Sun-kyum say what was so obvious, and finally express his feelings. It’s a pity that she wasn’t awake to hear it, but I’m sure it’ll come up again soon. Why do so many dramaland confessions seem to happen when one party is dead drunk and/or unconscious?

I think that seeing Woo-shik get bullied, discovering the head coach knew all along, and the ensuing cover up, was the breaking point for Sun-kyum. Up till that point, he had been willing to play the obedient son and follow his father’s wishes. A few people around him have already called him out previously for being too considerate and thinking of others first, but it’s not surprising seeing how he was brought up. It’s a testament to his character and strength that he decided to put Woo-shik first this time, and in a bit of delicious irony, this selfless act is part of how Sun-kyum was pushed to set out on a path of his own making.

Sun-kyum has been able to make very few of his own choices in his life with a hands-off mother and a father who sees control as as a way of expressing love. It was jarring for me as a viewer to hear Assemblyman Ki callously talk about Sun-kyum’s sports career rather than his health. He talked about his son like a business investment. It’s no wonder that Sun-kyum never quite learned to love himself. It will be a tough lesson for him, but I’m sure with Mi-joo’s support, he’ll be able to see his value as Ki Sun-kyum the person and not Ki Sun-kyum national athlete, or son of Yook Ji-woo and Ki Jung-do, or Eun-bi’s brother.

I’m hoping to see a friendship to develop between Young-hwa and Sun-kyum, as I think Young-hwa could give him some unique insights on life. I also hope Woo-shik and Sun-kyum will be able to reunite soon as they have such a sweet relationship already. It feels unfair that Woo-shik basically had to quit his career when he had so much promise and wasn’t at fault, but I suppose that’s life sometimes. (Part of me hopes Woo-shik will make a comeback after he heals from his injuries.)

The Young-hwa and Dan-ah interactions were very interesting in this episode. I quite like Dan-ah, mostly because I’m rooting for her to succeed and inherit the family business; she’s clearly the most qualified of the siblings. It would be easy to write her off as a rude and condescending rich girl, but she has more dimension than that. Dan-ah does care for the people around her, she just shows her interest and care in a way that’s different from most.

Much like Sun-kyum, her circumstances and upbringing seem to have played a large role in how she interacts with the world today. Where Sun-kyum bends, Dan-ah fights. She seems to be battling a lot, a complicated family, health issues, and navigating the business world. It’s good that Young-hwa’s not too fazed by her manner, and in turn, his cheerful weirdness seems to disarm her just a tiny bit. Maybe his influence will help her stop and reflect on her life a bit, rather than always running at full steam.

We still don’t know too much about Mi-joo’s backstory, besides the information that she grew up with no family and has always had to take care of herself–financially and otherwise–so I personally find that I can’t relate to her that much yet. I’d like to understand her more, beyond what we’ve seen, which is that she’s got a quick wit and has no problem standing her ground. I look forward to seeing more of how the characters develop, both individually, and with respect to the relationships around them.

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That confession was so cute! I'm enjoying how Seon-kyeom and Mi-joo are totally okay with the ambiguity of their relationship, because it allows them to understand and support each other without the awkwardness of new love. Their candid nature and banter gives me confidence that when it comes time to truly confess, they won't hesitate for stupid reasons.

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Six episodes in and I still love this show!

A big round of applause to Dan-ah for making the housemate hijinks happen. Though non of the typical scenes happened except maybe for the morning exercise which was adorable because you can clearly see how excited SK was!

SK and Tae-oh's bromance! I LOVE this friendship and I love it more that it gets better! Woo-shik is a great dongsaeng to SK but he has a different approach since he looks up to SK as a role model while TO treats him as a hyung. Which makes SK discover a new side of him. That ET moment? I died, SO CUTE!

Though I'd love to know more about MJ's background, her actions throughout has been a testament on how she grew up. Strong and knows how to fight for herself, very helpful towards others and not just SK, great sense of responsibility when it comes to her work too.

Lastly, that last scene broke me into pieces. First step on realizing his feelings. GO SK! (I feel like I'm cheering for South Korea)

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That ending, omo, show is constantly making a puddle of me! He said it in his trademark, matter-of-fact way, but it conveys such a lot of feels, aw...

Yes for bromance, they should totally have the fingertouch as their greeting every time! With the "rrr" sound effect too >< Kinda dig how Sun-kyum's so generous with his money, he doesn't exactly flaunt it but he never hesitates in using it either.

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The feels on those eyes! Mygoodness!

I love that about SK too! He’s definitely not your typical chaebol lead.

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The last scene made me fall in love with this show. The "I already do." gave so much impact! the line, seonkyeom's expression, the full shot and the background music, everything was perfect that I lost my count how many times I replay that scene.

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Omo! These two have the chemistry we all dream of. I also love how organic their relationship seems. They just enjoy being around each other. You get the impression that they can just be in the same room and feel comfort in each other. Well, eventually. Right now, they don’t know what to feel yet. But you see how well they go together. They are both highly observant—she because she needs to be to do her job, and he because he was always put in uncomfortable situations where he had to continue to look a certain way and he a certain way to keep up his family’s appearance. Anyway, I totally squeed the last 5 minutes and rewatched this a million times already—until @earthna put up the BTS clips anyway, then I watched those a million times.

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Sun-kyum's biggest room in the house got me cackling every time ><

The peek to Dan-ah chaebol life is as bad as Sun-kyum's. Thought her father was some random CEO in their company when they were in Jeju, they really have zero show of familial ties. So far both she and Sun-kyum are pretty much a tool for their family, and both are having a hard time because they chose to assert themselves instead of going with the flow and enjoying the privilege like Dan-ah's dumb brother. He's already in line for their group succession so why be an ass to Dan-ah? He deserves that kick and so much more!

Am warming up to Yeong-hwa + Dan-ah although they seem to have a long road still if ever they are getting together. He's smart-alecky enough to stop Dan-ah from rail-roading him with her rudeness, plus he managed to pique her interest in him as a person, not just in his painting. Dan-ah definitely appreciates those who stand up for themselves, and loved how impudent he managed to be without being rude himself.
Also, Dan-ah's heart problem made me wonder whether it's a residue of her heart transplant from her previous drama My Spring Days, LOL.

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Heart transplant - that's what I was thinking too. So far there isn't really any other reason for her to have health problems so we can hope it's just a past-show reference and won't be a major plot point (?)

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I think they mentioned that it was heart arrhythmia. It looks like she is on medication for the same. I don’t think there will be more focus on this other than something she needs to take care of and live with?

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Definitely hope so! If there's even a whiff of terminal illness, I'll run away instead of Run On!

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Me too! I hope to goodness they don't pull this on us. I'm struggling a little with Oh Mi Joo, The Candy, already, tbh.

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Same. Dan Ah was very typical in yesterday's episode too but atleast she is an interesting character overall. Otoh I hope MJ doesn't get swallowed by all candy tropes thrown at her. The only hope is that she may just turn the tropes on their head.

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I already love this show but I would love it even more if it's just part of her character, she has an heart arrhythmia and has to take medicine and take care of herself like millions of other people with heart arrhythmia's or other health conditions.

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I love this show.

Mi-joo and Seon-kyeom have a relationship which is blooming so naturally that it is just wonderful. Of course we can expect unpleasantness from his parents and I do not look forward to that.

I have also fallen in love with the character of Dan-ah. It was so fun to see her administer some painful justice, even though violence is not really a good idea. Her interaction with Young-hwa is fascinating- it is like watching a planet pull a moon into its orbit. She has real difficulties and actually needs a Young-hwa in her life- yet she refuses to see it. I actually do not know how this may play out but one thing we do know is that Young-hwa is definitely attracted to her. I fear that he is going to be hurt.

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Watching Dan-Ah this episode feels like watchinh Sun-kyum in episode 2. You didn't quite understand them before but this episode kinda showed us that they are what they are because of circumstances that even when we thought wealth made them all happy, in fact it didn't. That being said I just LOVE how Secretary Jung put up with Myeongmin's nonsense without even having to raise his voice (just his glare lol) but Myeongmin is pissed off. And how Dan-Ah gave that back to him (WITH THAT HIGH KICK!)

I love it that we're getting more of not only Dan-Ah and Yeonghwa but also Dan-Ah and Mijoo and Yeonghwa and Sunkyum. I think I was right when I said Dan-ah just haven't opened up to Mijoo yet bcs in her perspective she's just another girl who needs money and accept it without conscience, but now that she sees Mijoo through she's willing to give her attention (in her own way ofc).

Also..... I don't know how many times I'm about to faint whenever Siwa- ahem.. Sunkyum throws emotionless, straightforward one-liner that is a confession but not a confession but feels like a confession (?) That adding "eat" in the middle of Mijoo's packed schedule?????? That "I'm excited because I'm running with you" with a very calm tone??? That "I'm currently doing it though" WHEN MIJOO TOLD HIM TO LIKE HER??????????

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He does the most swoony and heartwarming things with such a Straight face and then we are left in a puddle!! Goodness, this guy!!

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Right?! What alchemy is this, and where can I get more??

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Thanks for the recap!!

Rather than the episode, I wanted to comment on the bts of this show - has anyone else seen the bts and the interviews that these two have been doing? Gaaaaaa omg the cuteness!! They are so cute, this is the first on screen couple I actually want to ship in real life to become a couple for real! I have not seen another on screen couple display so much chemistry off screen! It seems like they are flirting most time haha

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This ain’t my first time shipping though it’s pretty rare but yes to them almost seem like flirting all the time. The stares, the eye smile, the small kind gestures towards each other. I look forward to the bts as much as the episodes.

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This BTS’s are my life right now. Lol.

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This show is pretty good and I really hope it stays that way for the whole run. I love all the movie and pop culture references like the E. T. moments and Assemblyman Ki twitting in a Trump-esque manner

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Yes. I laughed so hard when the chief of staff tried to stop him. Old men and digital technology - so dangerous.

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I wonder if he'll get banned...

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Omg this episode!! Well it took me about two hours to complete. I may have hit the rewind button too many times.

SK: it was kinda sad yet hilarious to se him adjust to his new joblessness. And poor thing got tricked and ended up in the living room :) And spent most of the time looking at Mi-Joo’s door! ISW’s expressions were on point this episode. Especially the last drinking sequence. Seeing his face when the whole drunk antics were happening was just too good.

The confession!!! Guess we will tip toe around this for another two episode. But I am so glad that he knows he likes her and is willing to acknowledge it.
It was obvious becoz boy has been flirting with a straight face for awhile now. ‘I am excited to be running with you’! What more do we need :)

Agree regarding MIJoo. I think she is good at hiding her hurt/past and the writers are doing the same with her revealing her past. At some point she did mention about her having May unni in her life when she had a problem and wishes woo-shik has someone like him too. So we know something Happened and she found her safe space with May. We don’t know what it is yet.

I ❤️ this show!!

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I quit being objective with this show and also Im shi wan/Ki sun gyum. And I can't differentiate one from another. ISW and KSG has become one. I love love that confession. So swoony with such a matter of fact expression. And looks like they won't be talking about it anytime soon. Another highlight of the drama is that it not only focusses attention on the speaker but also the listener like on mijoo while SK is having a monologue or during the last drinking scene. SK was having so much fun just watching them having a conversation. And his expressions while teaching mijoo on how to breath during running. He was so cute wondering why it was so difficult for her to understand when even kids learn it much faster.

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Oh and another great thing in this drama is the relationship between the 2 male leads and the 2 female leads. Everyone is making their own friendships which I'm really digging.

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No love triangle or quadrangle or how many angles were the max in Kdramaland.

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@13infamyss (I think its her) calls it the love cobweb. Because dramaland (both k and c) clearly exceeded the limits of mathematical angles!

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As expected of Famy to come up with the term!

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I like how you can take any 2 of the 4 and put them in a scene and it'll still be engaging and fun to watch. Depending on whom we're talking with, we show a slightly different part of ourselves, so this is a great way to get a better sense of the person. Young-hwa's cute side really comes out with Sun-kyum and Mi-joo's when she's with Dan-ah (her irritation with Dan-ah is adorable). Dan-ah is aloof with the guys, but she practically makes a beeline for Mi-joo.

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Thanks for the recap, @lezah

Some things I enjoyed about this episode (among many, many others):

• I awwed so hard at the part where YH and SK's fingertips touched at the supermarket. The sound played during that part had me like 🥺. Once I heard it I just knew they were going to be the cutest pair of friends

• The sign on MJ's door saying nobody under 19 is allowed inside had me cracking up

• The dad on social media and his assistant showing up looking worried about it 😂

• When SK popped his head around MJ's bedroom door and said she said she'd spend time with him when he was bored in this adorable, small voice

• That black and white scene where MJ and SK were by the piano and Mae-yi was playing it.

• When a drunk MJ asked him to like her and he said in this quiet voice that he already does 🥺. My heart hurt from all the sweetness.

This show continues to be great. No complaints from over here.

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I love the bedroom door sign!! So cheeky!

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The swelling music while Sun-kyum was staring blankly at their fingers got me in stitches!

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Omg, same! I thought it was adorable, but I also found it absolutely hilarious.

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I appreciate that the drama includes little moments like the lone female on the disciplinary committee saying they needed to hire more women and being immediately shut down as well as the offhand comments about consent, etc.

Seon-gyeom's dad may be stereotypical, but I find myself not minding because the show pokes fun at him and the trope.

Seon-gyeom got tricked into moving into the "third room" and I don't mind a bit. He was so serious about looking out for the mugger too. So cute.

Young-hwa hadn't really made an impression on me until the ET moment with Seon-gyeom and his glee at having a hyung with a credit card. Now, I love him and am rooting for the bromance.

I am still squeeing from the running lesson and the "I already do" at the end.

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Just when you think the characters can't get any more charming and lovable, they prove you wrong!

I was initially a little miffed that Mi-joo didn't adjust her schedule to sort of ease Seon-kyeom into their co-living since working overnights and drinking smoothies in place of actual food (love that line from Seon-kyeom about her not wanting to bother chewing food) are just her habits and not a requirement. But then I'm like she should work in a way that would be most productive for her. And Seon-kyeom needs to be figure out how to handle his loneliness without Mi-joo. What I like about the characters is that they stand on their own and they're not there to heal or be healed by love. Yes, there can be people that they learn from and give them a hand along the way, but their self-esteem, sense of being, and satisfaction have to come from within.

I think it's interesting how Mi-joo doesn't really have a goal like other heroines. She's already good (but not genius level) at what she does and is employed enough to make a decent living. She isn't looking to form a company. No one is actively trying to bring her down. There is no birth secret or revenge story. She's not trying to find love. But still she's riveting to watch in her ordinaryness. I'm just a few years older than Mi-joo and I can relate to where she is in life. Days are pretty much the same. You work, you eat, you sleep, and you find something to enjoy on your off-time. Not looking to date or get married, but feeling if someone right for you comes along, then alright. Then time flies.

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But still she's riveting to watch in her ordinaryness.

This is what I have been trying to put my finger on! My dad has been watching with me, and we were discussing how when you really break it down, the story itself initially seems like a pretty straightforward one. There's no epic saga or struggle. Is it so compelling because it's also relatable? Mi-joo feels so familiar to me, and I can't get enough of her. And the straight talk from all four leads is riveting.

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It's a slice of life done right, yay!

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I love the drama: SG and MJ, SG and DanAh, SG and HY, MJ adn DanAh, MJ and May, DanAh and HY, HY and SG, SG and May... Am I missing anyone?

I hope the shows continues to be weird and quirky and yet open about so many complicated issues like misogyny, abuse or bullying.

And please more OTP moments. I just melt whenever they are on scree.

P.S. That confession!!! My poor heart!!!!

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I'm loving this show and how it's slowly flushing out all of its main side characters and giving them depth. Also, I just realised that how Dan-ah responded to violence with violence is a parallel to how SK dealt with the bullying of Woo-shik.

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Drunk Mi Joo is so adorable, I just had to rewatch that part.

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Oh that's right, I was going to comment on this.

Does anyone know the song that is playing in the background of the Casablanca Reference Dream Scene?
The only lyrics heard are "make a wish tonight, let's pretend we can fly" and I've pinned it as probably a 1940's song, but I can't find it on google, on duck duck go, on shazam, on spotify, on youtube, the lyrics bring me nothing, my dad doesn't know it, it's not from Casablanca itself... and it's kinda driving me and some other beans insane.
I have thought that PERHAPS it's not a real song, just some kind of cover, or something written for the show, or else it's yet ANOTHER movie reference, but a really obscure one, but I don't know.
SO if ANYONE RECOGNISES IT or can help in any way, that would be MUCHLY appreciate.
Tusen takk.

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