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Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick: Episodes 3-4 Open Thread

With the truth out in the open, and some decisions to be made, the dynamic between our leads sees a big shift. The shape their relationship will take is very much still in motion, but the closer they get, the more they seem to slip in sync with each other.

 
EPISODES 3-4 WEECAP

As reveals and confrontations occur in quick succession, the relationships between Song-ah, Hyun-seung, and Jae-shin quickly change in response. In fact, there’s so much of a change that where we open this week (with the fake dating suggestion), and where we end, are two very different places.

As Song-ah’s anger against Hyun-seung slowly cools, her anger against cheating boyfriend Jae-shin grows. We enjoy several fantasy moments where she throws water on him at work, or where he’s punched out cold, but in reality, Song-ah is hesitating on what to do. Retaliate? Seek revenge with Hyun-seung’s fake dating scheme? Try to move on and forget it?

Jae-shin knows something is up after being ghosted by Song-ah for so many days, but — strange man — he only assumes that she’s cheating on him with Hyun-seung. It doesn’t even occur to him that she found out about his own lies/upcoming marriage to someone that’s not her.

If Hyun-seung seemed a little too assertive/aggressive last week, this week that totally shifts onto Jae-shin, who’s undeniably bad to Song-ah throughout our episodes this week. Rough, demanding, and even a little violent — it’s overly dramatic, but hey, this is a melo romance, and what fun is there in Hyun-seung valiantly protecting Song-ah if there is no one for him to protect her from?

It was the growing understanding between Song-ah and Hyun-seung that was the most fun to watch this week — but that doesn’t start to happen until Hyun-seung quietly tells Song-ah that he once went through exactly what she’s going through now. And that insight on why he was so adamant about revealing the truth to her before it got worse is the first step in repairing their rapport.

Slowly, Song-ah begins to understand why Hyun-seung did what he did, and even winds up thanking him, since she admits she wouldn’t have been able to untangle herself from Jae-shin if it hadn’t played out the way it did. And that is with not one, but two, fights over Song-ah this week.

In the first confrontation, Jae-shin’s lurking around her house trying to figure out why she’s ghosting him. Song-ah’s not ready to admit the truth yet, and this is the scene where Jae-shin defaults to thinking she’s cheating on him. Lucky for Song-ah, Hyun-seung is always nearby when Jae-shin gets in her face. Hyun-seung rushes in to free Song-ah from Jae-shin’s rather violent grasp — and without even intending it, the two wind up telling Jae-shin that they are dating. So the fake dating is in effect, but really only for Jae-shin, and because he stirred it up himself. But what’s really important about this scene is the fact that Hyun-seung accepts Song-ah’s own agency and decision-making.

In the middle of his stand-off with Jae-shin, he reaches his hand back for hers — more of an offer than a command. And it’s only when she reaches to take his hand that they move forward with their plan to play the couple in front of Jae-shin.

This is also important because now the dynamic we’re looking at is Jae-shin as the aggressor, and Song-ah and Hyun-seung as the pair that come together to protect/support each other. This dynamic shift quelled any uncertainty I had from last week. Oh, and it’s fun — after all, it’s constructed purely for our viewing pleasure.

Jae-shin, of course, has it out for Hyun-seung at work, humiliating him in meetings, giving him thankless tasks, and even changing his and Song-ah’s schedule so that Jae-shin can confront her in private. Jae-shin and Song-ah indeed have their confrontation, and she finally admits to learning about Jae-shin’s fiancee. This scene just goes from bad to worse.

Jae-shin is absolutely incorrigible, and gets rough with Song-ah yet again, and this time she looks truly frightened. Lucky thing this is dramaland! That means Hyun-seung has figured out the plot and rushes in to save the day. The two men have a huge brawl, and as dramatic and fan-servicey as this is (I love it haha), it also shakes up Song-ah enough to finally grieve. She faces what Jae-shin did to her, and even thanks Hyun-seung for the role he played thus far. This moment is definitely a major shift — if not the major shift — in the air between them.

We’re given a little more insight in Jae-shin’s past (which sheds light on his current behavior) and snippets of his early romance with Song-ah, but I can’t say I particularly feel for him. The same goes for his finance LEE HYO-JOO (Lee Joo-bin). Perhaps these two are a better pair than they think? Because Song-ah and Hyun-seung sure are.

Outside of the fights and confrontations this week, we also saw a lot of cute and sweet moments between our leads. Though the scenes are mostly constructed to build tension, excitement, and cuteness between Song-ah and Hyun-seung, it’s really the chemistry between these two that bring these scenes to life. Kim Ro-woon in particular brings this layer of goofiness to their interactions that’s a whole lot of fun to watch, and it evens out the melo a bit. (Case in point: zipping and unzipping his lips in the elevator.)

Of all their moments this week, my favorite was when they were in the car together. Hyun-seung is cursing out Jae-shin (no longer referring to him respectfully or by his work title). Song-ah balks and tells Hyun-seung he had better not talk down to her (i.e., use banmal). He agrees… but then does just that, teasingly calling her name with the extremely swoony/intimate, “Song-ah-yah.” This earns him a flick to the forehead.

The whole exchange here is adorable and works so well because of their chemistry — in fact, Kim Ro-woon’s statement in an interview that their chemistry was really comfortable makes a lot of sense now, and you can see it in moments like this.

Though Hyun-seung takes on the role of confidant and protector, there’s no hiding that fact that he still realllllly likes Song-ah — and our ending scene this week is the perfect example of that. By happenstance, he notices Song-ah getting dragged into a club by her friend, and heads in after her. Everyone else is dancing, but he’s just standing there with his arms crossed watching her, half body guard, half lovestruck hoobae. When Song-ah finally turns around and notices him, they have their first major swoon moment.

The more we learn about and see Hyun-seung, the more I like him. He certainly wasn’t exaggerating when he told Song-ah he was protective. We’ve seen it in action again and again, but we’ve also seen that he operates from a place of pretty highs standards/expectations of others.

I’m super happy with the shift we’ve seen in the story this week, so with most of the drama out in the open air, I’m ready to see what else is in store as Song-ah and Hyun-seung spend more time together, and start to blur that sunbae/hoobae line.

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Considering his financial situation, I'm starting to wonder if Jae-shin isn't marrying his Fiancée for her money and status. Or is he just so chauvinistic that he can't bear the thought of a woman daring to leave him? Either way, what a prick.

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i thought they hinted first week that the woman was scheming and attempted suicide so he had to date her. And then his “debt” to that woman’s brother also forces him to marry her. Either way he views it as his obligation and thus thinks it’s okay he has his “soulmate” gf on the side.

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Oh ok, I definitely missed that! Must've happened while I was eating lol. If his relationship to his fiancée is based on a sense of obligation, that's sad, and that might slightly explain is attitude, but he is still out of line. Abusing his power to humiliate and manipulate his subordinates is not going to get him back into Sang-ah's favor.

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Maybe I'm the only one, but I feel bad for Jae-Shin, who seems to have been dealt a lousy hand of cards...he may not have the wisest and noblest plays, but you have to feel bad for someone who feels cornered into paying for others' bad behavior.

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It was fairly explicitly stated that Jae-shin was essentially blackmailed into marrying her, not just dating her- and the Chairman was also forced to agree to it, which is why he hates it too. The sad thing is that Hyo-joo, who is the one forcing this, is actually bringing into the family an extremely capable man who be very valuable to their business. Even if this is the wrong way to do it this is still a good thing for everyone - except Jae-shin.

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Was the "I've been through the same situation as you" excuse supposed to explain away is obsessive, aggressive attitude and make me like him because it didn't. The characters are more insufferable this week if that's even possible.

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First- and most important here- is that not once but several times in these episodes Hyun-seung made it clear that he would not force himself or his decisions on Song-ah- he is respecting her freedom and her right to make her own choices. It is clear that what he did to reveal things to her in the second episode was essentially an emergency measure. He had waited a month to give Jae-shin a chance to honorably end things, but it never happened and time was running out- and clearly Jae-shin was simply not going to do it.

At this point Jae-shin has simply gone nuts- he is acting crazy because in fact he has one insane as a result of all the things that have happened to him. I can see that he simply did not want to give Song-ah up because that was the one nice thing that had happened to him.
Sadly, he is extremely good at his job- his father-in-law is potentially gaining a major asset in his becoming a part of that family. But, the class consciousness blocks the Chairman's vision- all he can see is that his daughter has forced him into having an undesirable son-in-law, which is why he treats Jae-shin with such disdain. If her family could welcome him instead - even if only because he helps their company and for the sake of Hyo-joo- it would make all the difference in the world- and he could accept his lot and let go of Song-ah. But I doubt that will happen. Jae-shin is an interesting character- we can have some empathy for him but still hate him for what he does.

This show is not as formulaic as most- and I like that. I like Hyun-seung's character and his sisters. And I like that Song-ah is not some empty-headed FL but rather a strong woman who is good at what she does. Yes, she has been blind-sided by Jae-shin's betrayal but she does not collapse into a useless mess because of it.

I like where this show is going. Hopefully the writer can keep it up. It helps that this show is based upon a novel, so we probably will not get some stupid and irrational plot twist at the end.

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Thank you, I said the same thing is some other comments about JS as well that although his background isnt the best, so what? He is hardworking, smart, and has alot to offer. I hate the way the family treats him like he is worthless and unworthy when that is FAR from the truth. I think JS finds solace and peace in Song Ah and that is why he is acting so crazy. Imagine the only little bit of happiness you ever had being taken away from you.. but he is also selfish.. he wants to keep Song Ah but he cant give up the rich girl and he is acting like he has no choice in the matter when he does. Pay back any money you borrowed from that family and go to another company but he won't do that.

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It would be nice if JS could simply pay back the money and go somewhere else. But he does not have it because his dad keeps messing up. He is a man whi is caught in a trap.

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Life is often about making hard choices. JS can cut his dad completely off. JS can make the choice to not marry the heiress. You see I think JS covets the wealthy life on some level, I would say his being blackmailed into marriage is about 50% force because at the end of the day, he can choose whether to stay or go. He choice the rich heiress over the woman he loved, point blank, period. JS is playing a victim but is he really a victim? I dont think so..

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I think it's his sense of honor too. He did make a deal with Jae woo to be his dog but Jae-woo turned him into a friend instead, in exchange for his education.

I just can't understand how he'd work out to marry the rich girl when he proposed to Song-ah. Is he gonna string her along until he manages to divorce his wife? He doesn't look good at this point.

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I agree that it is not just emotional blackmail. And that is why he may be telling himself that it is OK to string Song-ah along but he will not be able to leave his wife or not marry her to begin with.

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HyunSeung's development in ep 3 won me over. He pissed me off in the first half but then when SongAh firmly told him to back off from her matters, he actually did exactly that! And that scene in the restaurant where they talked it out like normal adults and he apologized for for being out of line, I was sold! He isn't perfect, he's faaaar from it but he atleast knows his mistakes, reflects on it and apologizes(he did in previous episodes too but many chose to ignore it) I particularly love how in that standoff scene, he quietly asked for her permission as to whether he should meddle or not and that it was SongAh who took his hand! [If you watch the making video, this was actually rowoon's idea. The Director wanted HyunSeung to grab SongAh's hand as soon as he came in but Rowoon said since HyunSeung promised to stay out of her matters in the last scene, it's not his choice to make anymore and it should he SongAh's Decision only! The man literally understands his character way better than the Director!) Ep 4 was all kinds of cute and made me stay for the show!

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Yes, HS character really grew on me this week. There were so many cute moments, I think my favorite was at the team dinner when everyone was trying to figure out who HS girlfriend was and he said Manager Yoo ( who knows its Song Ah). I was cracking up when Song Ah offered her more meat and tissues when she started choking.

That being said, I really appreciate how HS was there for Song Ah this week and how he is taking his chance. I now think reflectively that it was good HS confessed to Song Ah because you can see she looks at him differently know, even her mannerism around him is a bit different now.

Hmm JS, I cant hate him yet but his behavior is questionable. I don't think JS is a bad/evil person but I think he is selfish and he puts himself first and not Song Ah. However, I will say when he ask Song Ah to marry him, that was the first time I truly got angry with his character, I mean How dare he? that was just cruel. So you are intentionally misleading her or your going to make her you 2nd wife/mistress. Thats Not LOVE... Yes, his back story is sad and I feel really bad for him that he made that difficult choice when he was a teen. But, I think JS can't lose Song Ah because she is " his person". Like JS belongs to the rich family, Song Ah was his but she was kinda his light in all the darkness and sadness surrounding his life and now she's gone so I can understand why he is so aggressive about getting her back to some extent. That being said, JS is not purely a " victim" though.. he wants that wealthy lifestyle on some level. Yes, he is being forced into marriage but how much are they really twisting your arm. Apart of him is there by choice and apart of him is there by force. I think JS truly loves Song Ah just not enough to walk away. It reminds me of the quote from that Jane Austen film Sense and Sensibility :

- Elinor Dashwood: Poor Willoughby. He will always regret you.
- Marianne: But does it follow that, had he chosen me, he would have been content? He would have had a wife he loved, but no money, and might soon have learned to rank the demands of his pocketbook far above the demands of his heart. If his present regrets are half as painful as mine, he will suffer enough.”

Had JS chosen Song Ah, he would have probably became resentful of her and Song Ah miserable. He is a man that values the material over the intangible. Now that he has chosen money, he will probably regret not choosing love... or he may even lose both..

Anywho, Song Ah and HS, fighting.. you guys are too cute together!

PS Loved the Nightclub scene too!

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The team dinner was definitely a hit.
I love every bit of it except for the fact that their co workers are very nosy and doesn’t know when to stop but I’ll take that too. Poor manager Yoo trying to help them but got dragged into it😂 her reaction was gold!

When JS asked SA to marry him, I cursed him out loud too.
I agree with everything’s you wrote here, Jae Woon isn’t/hasn’t even treated him badly or like a dog from what we’ve seen but guilt tripping him into marrying his sister is a no no. He definitely had a choice in almost everything happening right now but he chooses the opposite everytime.

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I like this show because the characters have flaws but they work on them (at least the main leads :p)

Hyun-Seung was out of line but he apologized for it. During the first part of the episode 3, he was pretty cruel by pushing her. But he did that to make her angry and that she kept in mind her self esteem. He wanted her to not go through the steps : deny, forgiveness, begging, etc. like he did in the past because he knows this pain.

I liked watching Song-Ah struggling with her feelings, it felt very real. It's not easy to give up like this a 2 years relationship. Saying she's dating Hye-Seung is her way to keep dignity more than "I left you because you will marry another woman and I can't do anything about it". Her little scenarios in her mind were pretty funny.

Jae-Shin should leave his father, the rich family, Song-Ah... Nothing of these is making him happy. I understand his frustration, but he is playing a little too much the poor victim.

I like the supporting characters like the coworkers, the scene in the restaurant was so funny, the sisters and how the siblings take care of each other, the room-mate.

My wish for typical romantic scenes was very fulfilled with the car scenes, the beauty care scene (the fact that Rowoon is the official face of Klavuu is a good PPL :p) etc.

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Yes to them having flaws! Characters need room for growth - there's nothing more boring than a character who is 'perfect' from the beginning and doesn't really go anywhere.

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I did not expect Jae Shin character to turn so despicable in such a short duration. I was hoping we would still empathize with his situation a bit.
But nope. I don’t think the fiancé deserves him either. It’s true that she has issues and needs help, but Atleast she has respect for him.

I am warming up to HS now. Especially since he lets her decide what she wants. Unlike others I am not rooting for them yet. I am a bit worried that she ends up being the FL who needs to be constantly protected by ML. I hope not. I want to see her taking control of her situation and choosing her own happiness. May be in a few more episodes I can root for them :)

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the ending of ep 3 is making me like HS, he keep his promise not to cross the line but Song ah made the move first, their holding hands is so cute with big difference of size.

ep 4! I really like teammate dinner, it's so funny when they asked HS about girlfriend and when HS and Song ah talked together, of course they got rumor they're dating because their chemistry is good

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Once a little bit of JS's background was revealed, it suddenly became apparent that this was a dude on the edge of... something.

He has literally no control over his life, a straight-jacket he willing strapped himself into as a teenager and Song-Ah was his only reprieve. She was his choice.

That the prospect of losing Song-Ah has pushed him into this crazed, violent man does not surprise me in the least - but I had hoped for Song-Ah's sake that he wouldn't.

If she had any lingering doubts about her decision, she sure doesn't now.

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I find Jae-Shin quite interesting as character. He is delt with pretty bad hand but he is very resourceful and smart. Most of things/people in his life does not belong to him, rather he belongs to someone else. He is indebted to his friend and on some level, he still considers himself as his dog. His fiancé has blackmailed him to marry him and his in-laws hate him.
Nothing in life has belonged to him solely except Song-ah and her leaving driving him insane.
Song-ah has her own demons to deal with her relationship with her mother is not the warmest.
Song-ah and Jae-Sin understand each other’s pain and that is what brought them together. Both are closed to the world and only opened to each other.
Right now, Hyun-Seung is your standard knight in shining armor. He is world apart from Jae-shin and Song-ah but I am looking forward to the development.

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Thank you for the weecap!!

Episodes three and four, specifically episode three made me glad that I withheld casting judgement on this show last week. I, too, balked when he wiped off her lipstick; not sure if this was supposed to be sexy, or a total invasion of privacy. Now I think it’s maybe both? Touching anybody without consent it a definite no-no, but when Hyun Seung did it, he immediately came into focus. As though he had been a background character of sorts throughout the first episode, simply watching Song Ah and Jae Shin be in love, but he was front and center when he became “protective.” Personally, I’m still not certain that this is an approach that I would swoon over. Yet, this week’s episodes helped lay the groundwork for Jae Shin and Song Ah’s relationship and filled in some of the gaps that were there last week.

It was very shocking for me to see Jae Shin be almost totally remorseless when it came to dealing with the reveal. He completely minimized the situation! AND got very handsy. 😑 I get that this is an indentured-slave/friend arrangement of sorts, made worse because Jae Woon seems like a lonely person who might consider Jae Shin a friend, but true friends don’t force friends to marry their manipulative sisters.

I say this because Hyo Joo really doesn’t care how she gets Jae Shin as long as he’s hers, which makes the statement “you can’t just walk over me” ironic since it seems like their whole family completely tramples over Jae Shin.

He needs to get out of these relationships, but a part of me thinks he’s playing the long-con, being a servant and marrying into the fold so that one day all that the light touches will be his. Granted, he also seems helpless in the sense that he’s indebted to Jae Woon because of his father’s antics but dragging Song Ah into this mess is inexcusable. He really was planning on having his cake and eating it too. Most of the time you can’t control what happens to you in life, but you can certainly dictate your reactions to it. Jae Shin seems to be in a pickle with regards to the debts he owes, but that doesn’t mean he gets to lie to his girlfriend, get angry that she won’t meet him, all while preparing to marry another woman in a month’s time.

Given this, and Song Ah’s own confession that she would have probably stayed in the relationship, willfully being the other woman had Hyun Seung not shocked her into deciding, makes his approach ultimately the most effective one. It definitely wasn’t kind or gentle, but it left little room for misunderstanding, which I can certainly appreciate. Had Jae Shin broken the news post-nuptials, he would have made himself a total victim and she’d have stayed out of love for him. Yet, this would not have been a life worthy of respect and in the end would deny Song Ah her happiness. Personally, I’m just glad that we won’t spend the first six episodes on filler and will get to actual character progression!

The show is really shaping up and I...

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Part of Jae-shin's prison is self made. From the very beginning Jae-woon told him that he did not want Jae-shin to be his dog- he wanted him to be his friend. If Jae-shin had truly understood what that meant then it is even possible that Jae-woon's family would have accorded him more respect.

Jae-woon actually sees the Jae-shin's hypercompetence makes up for his family background- they really can be equal or near equal in their relationship.

Jae-woon is at this point a very minor character but he is basically a very decent person- who is in love with Hung-Seung's sister. It will be fun to see how that works out.

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@oldawyer Agreed. I do believe Jae Woon thinks of him as a friend.

However, to play devil's advocate for a moment, maybe Jae Shin is the wiser in this situation? Any relationship that is unbalanced cannot be truly equal. In this case, they began their friendship on very uneven terms. Jae Shin saw himself as below Jae Woon because of his background, initially dependent and helplessness, and part of him probably maintains that narrative. He's never really been free or fully himself with Jae Woon.

In this case, Jae Woon doesn't seem to be a bad guy, but he does take advantage of the situation, or is at best ignorant to what is really going on. I would hope that after years of friendship, they would have a better understanding of each other, but this doesn't seem to be the case. Jae Woon relies heavily on Jae Shin, seeking his counsel on important matters and regards him as a confidant. Conversely, Jae Shin indulges him, presumably out of a sense of obligation, but the other man simply sees it as a close friendship, not understanding how trapped and stifled Jae Shin must feel.

Again, you're right about this being a hell of his own making, but many people in the in the "upper class society," arguably everyone BUT Jae Woon treats him like a dog. Perhaps he could have gotten away from this, had his outlook been different, but I believe other people who know of his situation would continue to look down on him.

Despite how Jae Woon feels, people still treat Jae Shin shoddily because he does not "belong" and he simply cannot be blind to this.

Even Hyo Joo looks down on him to an extent, regarding him as a trinket or prize to be won over, like the man in the bar acting as though Jae Shin were a whore who simply needed the right amount of money to do his bidding.

I do agree that Jae Woon's romance with Hyun Seung's sister is delightful, I love the nymph treatment/lens he gives her, but I think both relationships have a long way to go.

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I agree. Jae-Woon doesn't look as a bad person, he's not sensitive because he has always been privileged, But I didn't feel like he was manipulating Jae-Shin when he gave him the money because of the father. He acted like a friend.

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I agree. Jae Woon does come across as a decent character. He sort of is in an unequal dynamic but I've yet to see him treat Jae Shin with contempt for that. He does seem to value the friendship and consider him a friend. From Jae Woon's perspective, this seems to be a mutually beneficial friendship. The only odd variable here is his sister. From the flashbacks, he did not seem to have forced Jae Shin but requested him. But Jae Shin probably felt indebted enough that he said yes. So, yes I do believe a whole lot of his misery is self made. Also, he does seem to think that confidence comes from some backing, not from within himself. The first thing he asked Hyeun Sung is "How are you so brazen, who has your back?" He is going to go out of his way to make things miserable for Hyeun Sung because in his head, strength of character equals position and money. He has a lot of issues. The biggest issue I had with him was how much he trivialized his lies. He knows what spot he had put Song Ah in. He knows his fiancé won't be disrespected and is dangerously unpredictable. How can he selfishly put Song Ah in the spot and risk her reputation. And he didn't even bother apologize. He was like, let me explain, you'll see I did nothing wrong....I was like no, m*th**f***er, that's not how it works. You don't prepare for a marriage and date a chick without telling her anything and expect it to all work out. He has no plans of not marrying his fiance so what exactly was his plan, Song Ah will find out, he will manipulate her into staying by his side as his mistress. And he is so handsy, aggressive around Song Ah. Always pulling her, toxic male energy, he has them in abundance. I don't care for him to be honest. I care to see Jae Woon's arc with Hyuen Sung's sister.

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I totally agree with you about Jae-shin's totally inappropriate response to learning that he has been found out- and that his goal was to force her into being his mistress once that had happened. He was actually assaulting her when Hyeun-sung showed up. Fortunately for Song-ah the way the truth had been shown to her by Hyeun-sung made the situation so clear that she was not going to agree. The way he trivialized his lies reveals his total lack of respect for Song-ah.

But part of his sickness stems from his his hyper -class consciousness. He would never ask Hyeun-sung a question like "How are you so brazen" if he was fully aware of Hyeun-sung's actual status if he knew that Hyeun-sung actually comes from money- not Chaebol class money but rich enough to describe himself as coming from wealth. Hyeun-sung does not need some-one to back him up: If he loses his job that would be inconvenient but not a disaster. He wants to be a success at his job (and stay out of the way of his sister who is so capable at running the business) but he does not have to sell his soul for it.

Jae-shin's problem is that he only sees power relationships. That is why he thinks he can force Song-ah into being a mistress- he has power over her. It is also why he has a hard time accepting Jae-woon's friendship- he only sees the power imbalance. The truth is that if he could see other things besides power he would be far better off- and would not be acting in such an insufferable way.

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@oldawyer I think you nailed it with the power and class assessment. That is exactly how Jae Shin sees things and why he could at such a young age offer to be Jae Woon's dog in exchange for financial assistance. He sees the world in a sickly analytic, gain-profit way. Notice how his offer was for "forever" as though he would always be lowly in comparison to Jae Woon who comes from wealth and family backing, hence why he could never conceive of rising from "dog" status. His marriage with Hyo Joo changes things, but I'm not sure yet to what degree.

I feel bad for him, but so grateful for Hyun Seung and the way he just laid everything out for Song Ah. It makes sense why they made Hyun Seung wealthy, but still working as an assistant, since this role is perfect for going up against Jae Shin who responds strongly to the rules of class and status.

Jae Shin needs help, but he doesn't get to manipulate people he sees as being below him, which is the dynamic between him and Song Ah. Regardless of any romantic feelings, he doesn't take her seriously. He sees her as a stress relief, or reprieve from his chaotic life, not a woman with desires and dreams of her own. She almost exists to please him and as we've seen, doesn't get to decide when the arrangement ends. She is his form of control, someone who cannot look down on him because he is her boss, but will shower him with the affection he so desperately craves.

I'm torn between these complicated characters, but so happy to have something interesting to watch!

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sorry to say i have no constructive contribution to this thread except to lament over my all-consuming desire to hold kim rowoon's hand

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Episodes 3 & 4 decided not to be melo. Their company dinner was ROFL. Poor Manager Yoo who tried to help our fake couple only to get dragged into Hyun-seung's lie. I laughed when Song-ah played along, "Who is it?"

Did Hyun-seung really go through the same thing? I can't trust everything this boy says. When was his relationship if he's crushed on Song-ah since college? When he got the base cream in his eyes, my first thought was he's lying, so I expected him to open his eyes when his face was close to hers. I thought Hyun-seung was kidding when he told Song-ah he owned the bridal shop, but his family really does and he is rich.

Ji-seung is my favorite character, who is honestly too good for Jae-woon. Jae-woon never even defended Jae-shin against the patronizing friend, but aww at their high school flashback "I don't need a dog."

Is Yeon-seung's husband perhaps gay with the chef?! Thanks lots for the weecap, @missvictrix!

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as for me I do not like Cha Hyeong Seung behavior this episode and the last. he is pushy, nosy as hell and downright rude. There were many times I assumed I was the FL, I would have put a restraining order against him. I get you telling the sunbae what happened (Don't really understand his reason, because he did it selfishly), but whatever she choose to do with the information is her issue, not yours. And does a person feeling for someone just go like that, as you are always asking her if she still likes him after what he did. What about you if it was that easy to remove feelings why don't you start with yourself.

So what, a girl did the same to you? that is your life and the Sunbae has her life. And why didn't he just allow both the ex couple to clear their mind, must he come bulldozing every time (in reference to when they actually fought). or you could interfered by asking the BM Lee to take a walk. Don't forget you are not even dating her. So do not react like her boyfriend would react. Also the BM Lee, I have an issue with the way he handles rejection, I get the fact that you are trying to get her to listen and she insists on walking away but you don't go around holding a woman like that dude.

sometimes one sided love could be a burden on an individual is not interest. Try not to force your emotion on another.

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