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True Beauty: Episodes 7-8 Open Thread

So much squee! With boys pursuing her at every turn, our sweet heroine remains as meek as ever, and surprised by the attention. To her credit, she’s honest with herself, and others, about the hero that holds her heart. But with competition and misunderstandings abounding, will they ever have a chance?

 
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP

I don’t know about you, but I almost didn’t make it through the two-week hiatus. But, we’re back this week, and the silver lining is that we get to enjoy the True Beauty live watch for just a little bit longer. And they make up for it this week — we’ve got more silly drama references, accidental couple shirts, lake dunks, sudden fevers, a handy lie detector game, and other good stuff. *rubs hands together gleefully*

We didn’t get to see the conclusion of the epic noraebang fight, but we open our episodes this week in their aftermath. School punishments are given, letters of apology are demanded, and our cast of characters is as full of group spirit (and cuteness) as ever. If there’s a consequence of the noraebang fiasco, though, it’s an increase in crush factors across the board.

There isn’t a reason on earth for Joo-kyung not to be falling for Soo-ho (could he be more perfect?!), but the flashback we see of Soo-ho offering a comforting handhold to Joo-kyung as he took her home in a taxi after the fight — that tender moment really sealed the deal. Or at least Joo-kyung thought so. Why does Soo-hoo seem so standoffish (and tired) all of a sudden? Turns out he’s been 24/7 stalking Joo-kyung’s “kidnapper,” eventually forcing him to apologize to her. Gotta love a knight in shining armor!

If Joo-kyung’s crush on Soo-ho is growing, his crush on her is doing the same — but neither of them know it yet. Every time Joo-kyung thinks she’s sure he likes her, another misunderstanding crops up, and most of them this week are due to Soo-jin.

I’m glad to see more of Soo-jin’s story this week, even if it means a bit of plot mayhem. Soo-jin’s long been Soo-ho’s only friend, but it’s becoming clear that she likes him quite a bit. Again, who can blame her? He’s protective of her, sensitive to her emotions, aware of her abusive father, and ready to give comfort. (See: Perfect K-drama Hero).

But poor Joo-kyung catches all the wrong moments between these two, and between misunderstanding, and not being able to believe that Soo-ho actually likes her, she does what many other girls in her situation would do: avoid him.

Speaking of massive crushes, star high school baseball player RYU HYUNG-JIN (Jung Geon-joo in another great bit of Extraordinary You meta) turns up this week, and is smitten with Joo-kyung at first sight. He’s got bravado, a sexy satoori accent, and he’s not shy about pursuing Joo-kyung in maximum heart-flutter mode.

It’s random, but it does the job in the plot: both Soo-ho and Seo-joon go nuts when they see this. Competing between each other was one thing, but this third party is unthinkable lol. Of course, theirs is the real rivalry, and their broken bromance is one for the books. I enjoy their interactions so much, whether it’s the moments of friendship that happen by accident, or the charged stare-downs. Or, you know, fighting it out in a fluffy field.

There’s nothing I’m not enjoying about this show, so it’s not a criticism when I say that the plot is quite loose, and often feels like it’s just there to further everyone’s crushes and confusion. In this sense, the drama does feel like it’s taken elements from the webtoon and then stitched them together into a drama with a slightly tighter narrative structure (and conclusion, unlike the ongoing webtoon).

However, True Beauty does this without feeling episodic (score!), so even though the events are a bit strung together — mall shopping, baseball games, studying sessions, and class trips — they still create a satisfying arc for our characters, and the wider story.

The aforementioned school trip takes up most of Episode 8, and like so many dramas before it (and I’m thinking of Extraordinary You again), take the kids out of the classroom, and all the hijinks go up a notch. This is also where the rivalry between Soo-ho and Seo-joon starts to hit the fan — because of all the crushes that intensify this week, we can’t forget Seo-joon’s. He realizes, confirms, and then confirms again, that he genuinely likes Joo-kyung — gasp! He’s adorably horrified at himself…and is totally head over heels.

All the competition makes Soo-ho determined to confess, and after a few failed attempts, Soo-ho finally lands the best confession scene around: rescuing the girl in a moment of distress, saying he likes her, and then leaning in for a kiss. Yay! Extra points because she’s makeup-less and discombobulated in this scene. In other words, the drama is really telling us that like the famous meme line, Soo-ho sees no difference.

This first kiss squee for Soo-ho and Joo-kyung, though, is balanced with some disappointment for Seo-joon. Even though he’s positioned as an equally viable suitor, and is just as good at caring for Joo-kyung as Soo-ho is, Joo-kyung doesn’t seem to see him like that. She treats him like a brother, makes him try on prospective lip color, and even bawls in his face that she like Soo-ho.

Boy, True Beauty really knows how to do rivalry and love triangles for maximum fun and entertainment. I’m enjoying the temperature of this triangle so much — it’s playful and light-handed enough that I can enjoy all sides of it.

When Soo-ho is shooting off his death/love stares, planning his confession, and generally acting like princecharming.com, I can’t help but swoon too. He’s so clearly got a heart of gold, and eyes only for Joo-kyung, that I’m surprised only Seo-joon and Tae-hoon have realized it.

And then there’s Seo-joon. Much like with Soo-ho, when he’s onscreen, I can’t help but squee over his teasing ways with Joo-kyung, his scruffy magnificence, and his textbook smitten boys moves (that bus scene, gah!).

But when both boys are onscreen together competing for her? It’s the stuff that dramas are made of — and this drama knows how it’s done. Who’s more grumpy? Who’s more swoony? Is it bad to have a foot on both ships? That’s how much fun I’m having.

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i really wish the love triangle kinda slowing down and ended right after this episode because i wanna see Suho x Seojun relationship development. because im so so excited whenever i see both of them in my screen together (not fighting, not angry at each other) i wanna see Jukyung's parent development too. they need to know how much their daughter suffer because of her look.

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Personaly, I laughed a lot during the elevator scene : JK holding her breath with the guys in pink, SH giving her the cup, JK getting out like a ninja 🤣

I prefer SH and Seo-Joon's bromance scenes than the ones when they fight for JK. It's time they talked about the misunderstanding...

Seo-Joon was cute during the crying scene, his little heart was broken but he still consoled her.

I'm scared about Soo-Jin's futur development as a character. I don't want to see her becoming the mean second female role... I want her to fight against her bad parents with the help of her friends.

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Thanks, @missvictrix, for the weecap! I loved that scene where Su-ho puts his head on Seo-jun's shoulder to show he's bored with what SJ's talking about. I hope Ju-kyung's mom realizes that as she constantly tells her daughter that she's ugly, it's the same treatment she got from her old school. Now that she knows how to put on proper make up, she's getting happier in her new school. And how cute is Ju-kyung's brother with Go-woon? After all the ugly jokes he's been giving his sister, he falls for a similar girl. But they're still cute! 😍🥰

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Sure we know Su-ho is princecharming.com, but I have a soft spot for Seo-joon. He's just adorably grouchy (and so pretty to look at). Even his mum and sister condemned the second lead in dramas and he was like "it's not a crime to fall in love"😂😂😂

I think he's been "brother-zoned" though. I wish Ju-kyeong had at least listened to his whole song so I could hear it too! *cries*. Hwang In-yub is 30 but he's playing the role of an 18 year-old better than any of the cast who are younger than him by the way.

Favorite scenes:
1) stuck-in-an-elevator-plus-double-wrist-grab (how's that for a trope sandwich?) And the coffee cup. What was Su-ho thinking.😂
2) uniting in the face of a common enemy during the baseball game😂😂
3) going after the "ghost" and of course, Seo-joon is the one who drops down in a faint when he sees the "ghost".
4) that slo-mo fight in the fluffy field. I haven't read the manhwa so I don't know any better, but it looked like the ridiculous ending choreography out of WARRIOR BAEK DONG SOO. My mind was in sageuk mode thanks to...
5) the fantasy sageuk framing episode 8. Which was beautifully shot. I think it was a nod to ROOKIE HISTORIAN (which also starred Cha Eun-woo).

Thanks for the weecap @missvictrix!

P.S.: I'm expecting Oh Nam-ju from EXTRAORDINARY YOU to make a cameo appearance anytime now.

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same!! Seo-joon is so entertaining, I look forward to his scenes more. Hwang In-yub is really doing a great job here! I cracked up when he asked her to 'roar' at him to test his feelings.. lol.

omg! how did they turn the cringe-y wrist grab (that too a double grab) into a hilarious moment..

So, is the brother developing feelings for the singer girl (junior)?

I am yet to watch ep 8!

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Thank you! I watch the fluffy-field-fighting scene and knew it reminded me of a similar scene in a sageuk, but just couldn't put my finger on which one!

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Well, I don't think it's referring to WBDS but that's what it reminded me of...

The music from the fight scene is driving me crazy because I'm sure it's a parody of something! it's too ridiculous to be taken as a serious fight. Any luck recognizing the music? https://youtu.be/iLQesVSf-xc

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@wishfultoki

I am 90% certain the fluffy-field fight is a Chuno reference.
Check the end of episode 2 or beginning of episode 3 to see what I mean.

Its the leap-up-and-pass each other move that convinces me.

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I think that her scenes with Seojun are cuter than those with Suho, although both are fun to watch. In spite of this, I would be happy with whichever fellow she decides to stick with.

That said, when she complained to Suho about why makeup is so important to her, and her Mother doesn't know, I think we may get to the crux of the show. Eventually, Ju Kyung will stand up to the bullies from her old school, and most importantly, she'll be comfortable in her own skin. Likewise, she'll have friends that like her for who she is, and not what she looks like.

That said, ironically, I think that they may have more scenes with "pretty" Ju Kyung because frankly, it's a lot more work for the actress to be turned into the "ugly" version.

Whatever the case and whatever the outcome, the show continues to be both funny and wildly entertaining. I'm sure that for a rom/com, Moon Ga Young is a bit surprised how much running she has to do, LOL.

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Thank you, @missvictrix for your delightful recaps. Your squeeing is so.much.fun.
I am still catching up and in the meantime I went and checked out the original webtoon. It was interesting to see what changes the team made. I definitely prefer this version. One thing I can say is that Moon Ga-young owns this character and has brought her to life as a delightful heroine to root for ( she spoiled me for webtoon character).

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Same here, I binge-read the webtoon and found it surprisingly shallow; for me, the drama has much more heart and also more important things to say. I had the feeling this would be the case in just the first few episodes; I was surprised to find that the attempted suicide is not in the webtoon.

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I agree. I was shocked at how boring it actually is and I couldn't root for the characters. And much of that is because all the heart and thoughtfulness (and playfulnes) of the drama is absent in the webtoon.

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As a webtoon reader, I'm kinda sad that the drama is deviating away from the webtoon more and more each episode. (Tho I understand bc they had to give the drama more depth and heart)

Maybe I'm just sad they keep giving Seojun's webtoon scenes to Suho in the drama. I'm Team Suho too but I loved Seojun's character so much that I'm sad he's being treated like this in the drama (also maybe it's bc of my new found love for HIY lol).

I mean, for once please give the boy some decent scenes with Jugyeong without Suho having to snatch her away from him. Lol. I love seeing Inyeop and Gayoung on screen together. They have so much chemistry!

I still love Suho tho. He's so cute and I love his comical moments with Jugyeong the best.

Also, I'm so glad Gayoung got casted bc I doubt we'd get a Jugyeong as cute and hilarious as this had she not been the one playing her. She's totally slaying this role!

So anyway, I love some changes they made and it's overall a cute and fluffy drama and if it continues like this, I bet it's gonna be one of those dramas I'd come back to everytime I want to watch something cute.

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Sorry about that kwonfused! On the other side, I actually find it interesting that they are deviating away from the webtoon. I'm Team Suho so it benefits me but I think Seojun will have more screentime soon. Webtoon is okay... I am at episode 141 right now and do not like how things are still dragging. Suho is super irrelevant in Webtoon so I think they are balancing it out in the drama.

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Is it possible to be hardcore Team Suho in the webtoon but hardcore Team Seojun in the drama? Cos that's me. I don't like how they've jerkified Suho in the drama when he wasn't really like that in the toon and it doesn't help that the actor (no offense to his fans) is bland, stiff and boring. While Seojoon (all thanks to HIY) oozes charisma in every single scene.

I hope Ju-kyung grows a backbone sometime soon. And the boys finally kiss and makeup.

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I just hoping that Soojin stays awesome, please don't make her the evil second female lead. I really like her in the drama and she already so different from webtoon Soojin. I'm not team Suho or team Seojun, i'm team Soojin-Jukyung.

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I keep hearing about SJ's scenes being given away to SH in the drama and wonder what those are...

I must say, I appreciate Hwang In-yeob as an actor and the nuances he brings. Who can say no to a guy who's willing to accept fault and apologize to the girl who's crying?? And loved the look of horror he gave to SH when he held out the cup to JK...that whole scene was gold. (Not a big fan of SH's hot/cold behavior, but that's just me.)

Thanks for the weecap, missvictrix!

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Tbh the only Seojun moment from the webtoon that they kept in the drama was the one where Jugyeong helped him buy a gift for Gowoon.

The scene in the burger shop where Jugyeong met her bullies, SJ was supposed to be there. He was the one who found JG's wallet. Also, the whole relationship thing was supposed to he with SJ. In the webtoon, JG's first kiss was SJ.

It also looks like they gave the piano scene to Suho, based on the preview. (It's also supposed to be SJ)

I actually like Suho's personality in the webtoon more. If I remember correctly, wasn't really cold there, just lonely, shy and awkward. I wonder why they had to make him another cold character.

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I think i like the way the fleshed out the older sister the best. I love the way they have applied the traditional male pursuer trope to her and not the teacher. I find it refreshing and hilarious she is doing everything a ML would do to seduce the FL. (buying shoes, sending flowers etc). She is making all the first moves and i really like that we get to see it, but not in an arrogant way.
P.s i love all the meta drama refrences in this.

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I was very irritated with SH this week—-I mean, he seems fine telling anyone who asks that yes, he likes JK, and he does all these things for her yet he was cold and distant and mean to her face??? I was so in love with the JK-SJ scenes this week though, they’re adorable. Maybe I’ll be back on Team SH next week.

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I love that this drama continues to bring the cute and funny!! I was really behind this week, but these episodes brightened my mood.

The boat scene had a lovely atmosphere and, like Joo Kyung said, it was like a fairy tale. But Soo Ho's confession and their first kiss scene was sweet. It was way better than the 'perfect' boat ride Soo Ho prepared while trying to quiz her because he confessed to her bare, true face and cleared any misunderstandings.

I was dreading this about Soo Jin's character. Love square. Her feelings seemed to happened more recently after her personal teary outburst to Soo Ho. She realized his usual cold self cared for her compared to how he acted to most others.

I'm not a major baseball fan at all, but I noticed Ryu Hyung Jin's name being similar to the famous, real life baseball player Ryu Hyun Jin. XD He looked so big and tall; I was worried he was in university, but thankfully, he wasn't.

Joo Kyung is always hilarious!!! I was dying the way she scrambled out of the elevator and left the guys without a backward glance. LOLLLLLLL. Su Ho was truly crazy with his cup idea. 😂😂😂 And the way she climbed up the tree in the woods... She was so fast. XD

Treasuring all of Seo Joon's scenes. It felt like there weren't many, but he had some good moments. Maybe I wanted more time with him and Joo Kyung. Couldn't enjoy his performance much because I felt bad for her. Hope we get to see him sing again and where he is enjoying it. Motivated to sing for himself.

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Am I the only one who didn't recognize Hwang In Yeop from A Tale of Nokdu?
He is doing such a great job here and I hope they keep developing his story line, just awy from the love triangle.

This show has turned into such a bright spot and I hope it stays that way.

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I also didn't recognize him at first. He barely spoke in Nokdu and always wore that big black hat that covered his eyes. But he showed skill in the action scenes ;)

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The double wrist grab of two men treating the heroine like a possession brings back memories of the bad-old-days of 'Flower Boy Ramyun Shop'. The more they pull the more I want her to get into college then marry her college sweetheart, leaving the two brooding high school jerks in the dust.

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Thanks @missvictrix - another great week in the True Beauty universe. It just makes me smile. Love a school trip - although I was mostly amused by the extremely high quality glamping the kids got. Woa, that school has a budget the size of a corporation if the kids get to stay in tents like that... :) :) :)

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i was really, REALLY hoping this drama would continue with revamping soojin's character from the webtoon, but i'm afraid that after this week's events we're going to see all of that goodwill go to waste. webtoon!soojin is vapid, manipulative, and (was) only out to remove jookyung from her path to suho. drama!soojin is... an actual person! with real motivations! possibly a character arc! and i was really enjoying the friendship between her, jukyung, and sooa. if her crush on suho turns her into webtoon!soojin, it'll break my heart. :(

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The symbolism of Su-ho kissing Ju-gyeong barefaced -- he likes the real her. On the boat, I wish he had asked, "Do you like me?" after his "Do you like taking photos? riding in a boat? listening to music?" questions because she would've subconsciously answered, "joahae" just like when she blurted out "Yes!" in the lie detector game before realizing Su-ho was there. The boat would've been the perfect confession had Ju-gyeong not fallen into the lake, but it was sweet of him to offer to get her makeup.

Su-ho was so melt this week, but if I didn't want to slap him every time he was mean to Ju-gyeong. I melted when he held her hand in the taxi, but when she asked him if he wanted to go to Prince Comics, he rejected and took a taxi instead of the bus. Then like Ju-gyeong, my eyes lit up when he called out her name, expecting him to take her somewhere else, only for him to stop her from getting in. But Boy was the worst at the study cafe. I died when Su-ho opened his eyes and stared back at her staring at him, but he scolded poor Ju-gyeong just so her friends wouldn't catch him. Though he redeemed himself by comforting her after she cried and complimenting her for trying her best.

I wonder if Seo-jun's wish from singing his song will be to go on a date with Ju-gyeong. I adored their shopping trip for Go-woon's birthday gift and was riled that Su-ho interrupted. While it was precious how Seo-jun changed all his answers from 5 to Ju-gyeong's favorite 3, I wish he had remembered the question she tested him on and at least answered one correctly.

Ju-gyeong and Su-jin's friendship is heart, especially sharing secrets with each other. Su-jin is blinded by love, but I hope she's realized Su-ho's feelings if not from looking for Ju-gyeong in the forest, hearing he was with her, then surely after Su-ho snatched the necklace away.

Tae-hoon is the best wingman ever. Thanks a ton for the recap, @missvictrix!

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