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Run On: Episode 14

Sometimes, you just have to process life through the lens of a period piece crime drama. Fortunately, our translator gets the perfect script to help her muddle through what life throws at her (including a romantic reconciliation and a friendly kidnapping). Her devoted beau has a busy few days himself, as Sun-kyum struggles to keep his father out of his work. Meanwhile, our acerbic CEO struggles with accumulating stress that not even a sweet seaside date can soothe.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

We resume mid-back hug, as Sun-kyum tearfully begs Mi-joo not to break up with him. Mi-joo doesn’t have the will to withstand Sun-kyum’s pleas (who could?), and so she faces him and they embrace.

They retreat to Sun-kyum’s car, Sun-kyum still wiping his tears away. As composure returns, Sun-kyum asks about Mi-joo and Soo-bin. Mi-joo says that she may have been channeling the type of friend she wished she had when she was young, though she’s a little ashamed that she almost threw a brick through a windshield. Then again, she didn’t actually throw it, so she gives herself credit for being mature enough to hold back, haha.

Sun-kyum reaches out for Mi-joo’s bandaged hand, while Mi-joo tries to convince him that it’s fine if she breaks the rules and drinks alcohol while she’s on the antibiotics (he does not agree). They do agree that they’re awkwardly reconciling, and Sun-kyum promises to work hard to keep all external drama out of their way from now on. With things patched up, Mi-joo asks if Sun-kyum would like to come back to her place for ramyun, the universal slang for asking someone over for a romantic interlude.

Cut to Mi-joo and Sun-kyum huddled together in Mi-joo’s tiny bed. The two talk and joke, as Mi-joo encourages Sun-kyum to continue learning to love himself, something Mi-joo says she still works at finding the balance for herself. When Mi-joo asks for a kiss, Sun-kyum asks for ramyun, and though he’s pretending to be naive, this is one reference he totally gets the meaning of. He pulls Mi-joo close, and they kiss tenderly as the camera pulls back to the “No Minors Allowed” sign on Mi-joo’s closed door.

The next morning, Young-hwa struggles with how he should apologize to Dan-ah about the botched party. He texts her his progress on the painting and though her response is curt, Young-hwa is happy to just get any response. Dan-ah tells him to focus on the painting, and look at the photo he took of her if he misses her. Hmmm, seems she’s seen the instagram photo.

Sun-kyum finally returns home and is in and out of the apartment so quickly, Young-hwa wonders if the guy is also upset with him. Young-hwa heads out to the rooftop to look at the photo of Dan-ah. In a quick flashback, we see that he didn’t take the photo secretly, but rather requested permission first from his model.

Then Young-hwa realizes that Tae-woong figured out who he was and where he went to school just by the social media photo, and he deletes it to avoid any future conflicts with him online.

Sun-gyum’s first stop for the morning is his dad’s office, but the assemblyman is already out and about. Assemblyman Ki turns at his wife’s side to talk. By talk, he means he wants to blame Ji-woo for their son’s behavior. Assemblyman Ki wants Ji-woo to talk to their son about it, but she says she’s too busy working to interfere in her son’s life.

The assemblyman is focused only on his bid for the presidency, and Ji-woo tells him that her life is hers, not his. When he of course says that’s not true, she suggests a divorce. The assemblyman raises his hand to strike her, but with all the people around he lowers it. Ji-woo insists that her focus is on her work.

Speaking of Ji-woo’s work, Mi-joo starts reading through Code Name Candy at her desk. Reality bleeds into the script as Mi-joo imagines herself a dirty peasant on the road, while Ji-woo as Candy appears to take the girl in. In the fantasy, Candy escorts Mi-joo to a cell, where a scrappy Dan-ah in a newsboy cap stands to challenge the newcomer. When Mi-joo warns Dan-ah about speaking too casually without knowing her age, Mi-joo’s character reveals that she’s eight, and Dan-ah shoots back that she’s seven. Awww, they’re scrappy street urchins!

Candy returns to introduce their new boss, Anthony, played by none other than Sun-kyum in a fedora, bwahaha. The real Mi-joo begins to bleed into the fantasy, as she snorts at Anthony’s name. The script reading is interrupted, however, when the real Dan-ah arrives at the door.

Dan-ah barges in even when Mi-joo insists that she’s got a lot of work to do, and Mi-joo seems to forget all about not being allowed to drink as the two of them sit side by side with their respective alcohol. Dan-ah is upset that she told Young-hwa not to call her and he did as he was told, of course. As Mi-joo tries to work and listen, reality blurs into Code Name Candy again, and real-life Dan-ah’s relationship troubles come out of the urchin Dan-ah’s mouth. It seems Dan-ah stopped at Young-hwa’s apartment to see why he was ignoring her, but no one was home.

Mi-joo suggests that it might help if Dan-ah apologized about her reaction to the birthday party efforts. Dan-ah wonders how to apologize, since she hasn’t done it since she was a child. The combination of antibiotics, alcohol, and Dan-ah’s hubris is enough to send Mi-joo right to sleep on the couch. With an unconscious Mi-joo and a text from Mr. Jung with an address where Young-hwa is right now, a sly smile spreads across Dan-ah’s face.

When Mi-joo wakes up, she’s showered, dressed, and seated in the passenger seat of Dan-ah’s car. It seems she’s been kidnapped for a roadtrip to Young-hwa’s home town where he’s camped out. Mi-joo tries to protest, again mentioning her work, but Dan-ah understands work commitments and points out she’s got Mi-joo’s computer in the back seat.

They arrive to find Young-hwa in full beekeeper attire. Amazing. He’s here to help out while his mother recuperates from a bee sting. Young-hwa jumps from wondering how Dan-ah found out his parent’s address to why she would waste time driving down to find him. Mi-joo suggests Dan-ah is feeling guilty, which leads to defensive bickering from Dan-ah, but that’s all interrupted when Young-hwa’s dad calls and demands help. Dan-ah throws an arm over the petulant Mi-joo and promises to wait until he’s done working.

This means both Dan-ah and Mi-joo spend their time catching up on work as they grab lunch. Mi-joo is grumpy about being kidnapped (understandable), but Dan-ah hints that she needs the cover so that others wouldn’t find out she was dating an ordinary college student. Though it’s a very different world, Mi-joo seems to understand Dan-ah’s struggle with it. Mi-joo gets a break to really work when Young-hwa finally arrives to whisk Dan-ah away.

While everyone else enjoys the seaside, Sun-kyum is busy hustling to find a team for Woo-shik. He speaks with a team manager who may be interested, but it’s mostly to fill-in for an athlete and to distract from a scandal. The woman still shows concern that Woo-shik will always be known as a whistleblower, but Sun-kyum stays adamant that his abilities will surpass any of that in the public’s perception. He says the public sees him as a victim and will remember medals, not scandals. The woman is convinced enough to speak with her boss about the prospect, and Sun-kyum leaves with a little hope.

On his way out, Woo-shik calls to see where his agent is. Sun-kyum has one more meeting before he can meet Woo-shik. He meets with Ms. Dong, who has information and an offer. First she lets Sun-kyum in on his sister’s case of the yips, and then she offers Sun-kyum a job as an agent at Dan-ah’s company. She recognizes his abilities, and it’s becoming clear that they need more people to provide a more personal service to their athletes. Sun-kyum doesn’t have an answer yet, but Ms. Dong says she’s willing to give him time to consider.

Back to the seaside, Young-hwa gives Dan-ah a tour of his hometown. Through their typical banter Young-hwa apologizes for the birthday disaster and offers to celebrate her real birthday in the future, just them. Then Dan-ah asks where she should sleep tonight, and there’s some grinning and exasperation before he realizes she’s teasing him.

In a Seoul hospital, Myung-min receives reports from his men who are spying on Dan-ah. They report that she was over at an attractive woman’s house last night. Myung-min switches gears and tries to seem worried as he bursts through his father’s hospital room door. Chairman Seo promises that he’s hanging on until Dan-ah gets married.

Tae-woong arrives, sounding genuinely concerned for his father’s well-being. Dad seems happy to see the youngest, and Myung-min scowls. Once the siblings are out in the hall together, Myung-min tells Tae-woong there’s no need to tell Dan-ah about their father’s condition. Tae-woong struggles through his honorifics, while Myung-min reminds him that the only way for Tae-woong to claim his inheritance would be to come forward as an illegitimate child, which would surely tank his idol career.

Young-hwa has helped Dan-ah book rooms at a local hotel for herself and Mi-joo. Dan-ah sets the ground rule that she can pounce on Young-hwa as she pleases, but she’ll kill him if he does the pouncing. And that’s when it hits Young-hwa, that Dan-ah intends for them to spend the night in the hotel room together.

But of course, Young-hwa was previously staying with his parents, and now he pleads with his mom on the phone to let him stay at a friend’s place just this once. Hahaha.

Mi-joo settles into her room and calls Sun-kyum to flirt and tell him that she misses him. She requests a selfie, and he sends a weird one from a strange angle with bad lighting. Mi-joo takes three adorable selfies of her own and sends them on as examples for him to try better next time. So cute.

It’s back to the world of Codename Candy, and now Young-hwa joins the cast as Candy’s contact, Terius (of course). I guess Anthony has caught on that she’s undercover, and we’re treated to Sun-kyum, er, Anthony, working on his selfie game, hehehe. Young-hwa’s Terius is just leaking sweat all down his face, and Candy wonders if he suffers from hyperhidrosis.

Back in reality, Young-hwa watches Dan-ah work, hearts in his eyes. He inches towards her bit by bit, and eventually convinces her to set aside her work and go for a walk. They head out to a long stretch of dock, and Young-hwa wonders if Dan-ah will still give him her heart after the painting is done. They dance around the topic, and Dan-ah asks what Young-hwa’s dream is. His is simple: he doesn’t want to break up with Dan-ah. The wind ruffles their hair as Dan-ah gazes intently back at Young-hwa.

It’s gotten late, and Dan-ah finishes up her work at the hotel. She finds Young-hwa passed out asleep, a sketch he’s completed of her lying next to him on the bed. Dan-ah leans in and threatens to pounce, but Young-hwa’s lack of reaction confirms he’s really sleeping.

As she watches him, Young-hwa’s eyes flutter open. He wonders why she isn’t sleeping already, and she delivers her usual, “I don’t want to waste my time,” but it has a different meaning now. Young-hwa folds her into his arms and hums to her, as though to rock her to sleep. Slowly, Dan-ah’s eyes shut and she curls in to his chest.

In the morning, Young-hwa sees Dan-ah and Mi-joo off for their return to Seoul. Dan-ah leans in and yanks a bit of hair from Young-hwa’s head, to test to make sure he isn’t also a secret illegitimate brother of hers. Young-hwa and Mi-joo both grimace in response because, yeah, weird.

Sun-kyum visits his dad’s office, and again the assemblyman is absent. The staffer stops Sun-kyum and tells him that if he and Mi-joo had just apologized once, everything would be resolved. But now, he says, Sun-kyum has brought all the consequences on himself.

Sun-kyum struggles to fall asleep that night, and sends a text to Mi-joo asking for a movie recommendation. She playfully scolds him for not making sure she survived her kidnapping, and the warm-hearted teasing is comforting enough for Sun-kyum to try to sleep.

Dan-ah already has the DNA results back from Young-hwa’s hair, and good news, he’s definitely not related. Dan-ah picks up a call from Tae-woong, just as she notices some online headlines about AtoZ and a “bastard” idol. Tae-woong says there are rumors about him online, and their father isn’t available to cover things.

Dan-ah hangs up, and Mr. Jung barges in with the same news. So far everything is speculation, and nothing points back to Chairman Seo. Dan-ah orders headquarters to be ready for a press release, and Mr. Jung looks defeated as he mumbles that Tae-woong really enjoyed being an idol.

Ms. Dong picks her daughter up at school. Ye-chan whines that she can’t sneak away to box anyway because the gym is closed, but this is what mom insists on now until graduation.

The bad press just keeps coming in. Now Dan-ah, Ms. Dong, and Mr. Jung fret over articles speculating that Eun-bi is having an affair with the young politician her father asked her to spend time with. Dan-ah wants to just ask Eun-bi what’s going on, but Ms. Dong reminds her that Eun-bi has been too stressed out already. They joke that they need an exorcism, and Dan-ah thinks at this point its a genuinely good idea, haha.

The charity run is tomorrow, and Mi-joo sets her running gear out for the morning. She texts Sun-kyum, asking when she’ll get a new selfie, or if she’ll just see him at the race. Sun-kyum texts back encouragement as he packs up his own gear, but then he gets a call from his father’s office asking to meet the next day.

At the charity run starting line, the runners have gathered to warm up. Mi-joo turns on her running app, while Dan-ah greets all the participants. She locks eyes with Myung-min and he spits his water out with a scowl. And then, the race starts and the runners are off.

Sun-kyum does not make it to the race, and instead sits in his father’s office. Assemblyman Ki gruffly scolds Sun-kyum for working as an agent for Woo-shik, the kid who “ruined Sun-kyum’s life.” Dad has an offer though: he’s putting together a track team and he’ll scout Woo-shik as long as Sun-kyum comes along as his agent. It seems too good to be true, so Sun-kyum asks for the catch. Dad says all he needs to do is apologize to Chairman Seo.

At the race, Young-hwa bikes around as a volunteer, offering water to the runners. Mi-joo lags behind the other racers, but she keeps running. Young-hwa spots Dan-ah, who is bent over and struggling. Just as Young-hwa approaches, she collapses into his arms. He wants to call emergency services, but Dan-ah protests and asks him to just shield her face. Meanwhile, Myung-min tries to compete with a scooter and promptly slips and falls hard. At least one good thing happened during this race.

Young-hwa gets Dan-ah to the race’s med tent, and Dan-ah comes to enough to explain that she has a heart condition and needs special treatment. She wants to call Mr. Jung, and Young-hwa picks up her phone and tells her to rest while he takes care of it. Dan-ah worries about being humiliated, and Young-hwa tells her there’s nothing to be humiliated about. She’s sick, so she should rest, that’s it.

Chairman Seo joins Sun-kyum and his dad. Sun-kyum apologizes officially for the golfing incident, and the chairman takes it in stride. However, the two fathers proceed to talk over Sun-kyum, about how Sun-kyum and Dan-ah will get married soon and then Sun-kyum will take over Dan-ah’s company. Oh no.

As soon as Chairman Seo leaves, Sun-kyum protests that this is more than he agreed to. Chairman Ki says that Sun-kyum’s relationship with Mi-joo won’t last anyway, so he’s just giving Sun-kyum an official deadline. And when Sun-kyum suggests that he won’t take the offer, the chairman sighs that Woo-shik will just have to forever train without a team then. Sun-kyum faces a choice: his love for Mi-joo, or his hopes for Woo-shik.

Mi-joo is the only runner left on the course. She’s tired, and she gasps aloud that she wants to give up. Her running app loudly declares that she’s doing great, but really she’s on the ground, near defeat.

But then she recalls Sun-kyum’s advice, to maintain her pace and go slow when she needs to. She gets back up. As she runs, Mi-joo recalls days working at a restaurant, or days when she studied and ate in the backroom of a convenience store in between ringing up customers. Further back, when she was a student blamed for bullying, and how a dark theater and good movie were her only refuge. And now, images of Sun-kyum cuddled next to her. Student Mi-joo begins to run. In the present, Mi-joo keeps running. Ahead of her is the finish line, finally, and standing there waiting is Sun-kyum.

As she crosses the finish line, Mi-joo glances at the empty road and wishes someone had waited for her. “I waited until I could see you,” Sun-kyum says, smiling softly. Present day Mi-joo transforms into the student version, while Sun-kyum is replaced by his youthful version in the hospital gown. These versions of themselves, when they each faced big life decisions or great difficulties, stand in front of one another, smiling, seeing one another.

 
COMMENTS

Thank you, Mi-joo’s mind, for cigar-smoking, fedora-wearing Sun-kyum. And even thank you for secret agent Young-hwa and his excessive sweating, hahaha. The slips into the world of Code Name Candy were a pretty delightful way to both incorporate something important to Mi-joo (her work, movies) and move along several scenes in a playful way. So many new people have entered Mi-joo’s life recently, and even when she’s dedicating most of her time to her work, she’s still thinking of them.

As we get close to the finale, it’s harder to see the changes in Mi-joo, especially when compared to Sun-kyum’s big transformation. That’s why Mi-joo’s work daydreams and this final moment at the end of the race are so interesting. Mi-joo runs with every version of herself inside her, and she runs for all of them. The student who was blamed, the part-timer who had to hustle while attending college, every version wants her to succeed, to keep running, to finish. Mi-joo has lived a life where she’s always had to pick herself up off the ground and force herself to keep running forward.

But this run, it’s a bit more about finding peace. Mi-joo has been learning about meditation through this new practice Sun-kyum has introduced her to, just in the way she learned to savor cooking with Mae-yi. It feels like she’s finding peace for student Mi-joo, who felt betrayed by the adults who were supposed to protect her. And similarly, every version of Sun-kyum exists in him. The parts of him that faced a pivotal moment in life and chose to run, that part meets with the same part of Mi-joo. They see one another, and they understand.

The show has been very sympathetic to the troubles that come with inherited wealth and status. I think it’s so noticeable because in the opposite direction, we see very little tragedy for those who remain “peasants” in Sun-kyum and Dan-ah’s circles. There are moments, like Woo-shik’s bullying or Mi-joo breaking down after Assemblyman Ki threatens her, but for the most part the show isn’t so interested in dramatizing the trauma of ordinary people for juicy storylines. Mi-joo has been able to keep most of her dark past to herself. While Mi-joo and Sun-kyum were briefly broken up, Mi-joo continued to live her life as usual, while Sun-kyum lost his bearings and started wandering the neighborhood to catch a glimpse of her.

A lot of the conflict comes from the top down here, from those with all that power. When things get complicated, Mi-joo and Young-hwa both still have their work and friends to keep them occupied. Whereas whenever Sun-kyum or Dan-ah tries to have something that is just theirs, their family swoops in to either co-opt it or take it away entirely. There are a lot of options for the final week’s conflicts, and we’ll see soon if there’s an answer that finally offers the rich kids their freedom.

We can’t possibly imagine. though, that Sun-kyum took the bait and chose between Mi-joo and Woo-shik, right? As much as Sun-kyum wants both his love life and to see his athlete succeed, he certainly knows that Woo-shik wouldn’t want success to happen at Sun-kyum’s expense.

The circumstances are more complicated than just turning down Dad’s evil plans, of course. The offer from Ms. Dong to join Dan-ah’s company as an agent seemed like a good fit. Everyone there knows, cares, and respects Sun-kyum, and the offer was made without any ulterior motives or expectations from Sun-kyum. But of course, with the evil plan in play, Dan-ah could easily feel threatened by the idea of letting Sun-kyum into the company at all.

There are so many opportunities for misunderstandings no matter what Sun-kyum decides to do. And yet, everyone is always so open and honest, I can only imagine that Sun-kyum and Dan-ah will team up immediately rather than struggle alone.

The moments were brief, but I really enjoy Mi-joo and Dan-ah moments. They are often talking right past one another when it comes to their views of the world, but then you see them both swiping their tablets and typing at their computers together while they eat lunch and you see how similar their work ethic is, and how the same types of fears have driven both of them to be workaholic overachievers.

Pressures unfortunately finally caught up to Dan-ah. She does her best to try to appear invincible, but multiple scandals, threat of being found with her boyfriend, and a long distance run all stacked together to expose the weakness that I suspect bothers her the most. She’s not going to enjoy all the care that Young-hwa will undoubtedly want to unleash upon her next week. Maybe we’ll luck out and Myung-min will have an injury from that big fall that keeps him from messing things up too much.

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'In a quick flashback, we see that he didn’t take the photo secretly, but rather requested permission first from his model.'

For once, a flashback actually makes a character look better than before!

--- thinks about Mr. Queen ---
1) A flashback made Hwa Jin a manipulative girl
2) A flashback made Byung In an obsessive boy
3) A flashback made the Prince a lying simp
--- considers thinking about other shows and decides not to ---

Run On, thank you.

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Nice observation !!!! This drama is a GEM! such a good writing. I really enjoy it so far and even love it more with each new episodes.

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agree about Mr. Queen tho when i thought no other characters will disappoint me, the Prince really annoyed the hell out of me. the way he take Hwajin's feelings above the King's.

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That "Young-hwa-ya..." and the conversation on the pier, ah my heart. Was always wondering where these two are going, and I think Dan-ah has been too, but when she called him by the name, seems like she finally made her decision. She was quite serious about asking what his dream is because she knows it'll be a long road ahead of them. And surely his answer about not breaking up with him and how he will achieve his dream is perfect, like telling her, yes, I see you in my future and yes, I know we're going make it together. Like I wrote in the fanwall somewhere, that ending shot, even though they stood apart, it feels like they are of one mind, that they have crossed the bridge and they are officially together.

And yay for a trip! Love how in sync Mi-joo and Dan-ah is, chatting over works like your everyday colleagues. Young-hwa got teased about "where to spend the night" is so funny, bet he was thinking about it after Sun-kyum not spending his night at home ><

Love the interpretation of what completing the race means for Mi-joo, @abirdword, and it's so lovely that her perseverance was rewarded by Sun-kyum standing in the finish line. Was so worried about him missing the race entirely due to stupid Assemblyman Ki (he doesn't deserve to be called anybody's father), but show sure is being true to melting endings.

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God, that "Young-hwa-ya" on the pier just pierced my heart. The way she looked at him, her micro expressions, his eyes and expression - it was all written and delivered so well. The comment about making his goal come true, so what was his dream was so interesting - she's evolving, but she still thinks in 'transactional' terms. His goal of getting a painting into a gallery is a tangible result - she can do that thing for him, and by doing so show that she cares. Now she wants to make his dream come true, but what he asks for is not something she can buy or do - she just has to be. And he will do the work to make it come true. She just needs to stay by his side.

I am so curious to see how things go for our Fab 4 this week, and I love that the preview shows them spending time together. I think I'm way too invested in this drama! 😆

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Love how he is so confident about achieving his dream, and his track record shows that it's not just empty words.
We are all so invested, show might've ruined future romcom for me, it sets the bar so high!

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I almost cried when she said "Young-hwa-ya...".
Everything was so perfect in that scene, that I didn't know how to react. I just felt like crying.

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Dan-ah just seems so sad in this episode. Like she finally has something that really matters to her, so she doesn't want to lose any time because she's afraid it will be taken from her, too. It's heartbreaking.

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Mi-joo's fantasies are literal candy for the eyes. Sun-kyum has made some pretty nice appearances throughout the series.

I love that I don't really know what's coming this final week, the show could go multiple ways but I have great faith in the writers.

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Yes to all of this!

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Honestly, this is my favorite episode so far. We get so much for all of our leads: a foray into our wonderful Mi-joo's colorful imagination; the dogged determination fully flowering in Seon-gyum; the steely steadfastness behind Young-hwa's congenial smile (the man is not for turning); and the lonely honesty of Dan-ah's vulnerability as her façade melts in those quiet moments.
We get intimacy with both our couples this episode, tailored to where they are in their development. It's never flashy, but in both cases the communication (both spoken and unspoken) were these really beautiful and profound moments for me, that our Fab 4 were all exploring/grappling with: love and make yourself a priority, care for and help the people you love, be willing to be seen by and to see the people you love, and to accept their love and support, too.
But lots of laughs, too (the facial reactions, haha)! I LOVED Wizard-of-Oz-ing into Code Name Candy. The best exchange for me was hands down:
MJ: "Hey, you're speaking awfully informally for not knowing my age." [chin up] I'm eight!"
DA: [pulls up to full height] "I'm. SEVENNNN."
I burst out laughing so hard, I must have scared my neighbors.
Bonus: all the shots of the sea! Thank you, Run On, for helping me travel a bit vicariously.

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Dear writer please just Make Tae-Woong happy please... That's all I ask...

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Thanks for the recap!!

“ ramyun, the universal slang for asking someone over for a romantic interlude.”
Omg! You made this sound so PG13 *wink*

So proud of our boy. He knows the one slang that matters!

I could watch an episode of ‘Code Name Candy’. An Son Hwi- Anthony!! SK taking a selfie. And our girls pffting like seven and six. Priceless.

I had one more interpretation of that last scene. All her life she ran away from situations by avoiding them or moving away from them because there wasn’t much she could do. It was her way of protecting herself from hurt and it was her survival instincts. But now, she also runs to chase. To chase her dreams, her happiness and her needs in life. It almost felt like a shift in her mind from
being in the defense to start playing offense.

Both our leads made great progress this episode. Seeing Dan Oh’s sadness as she opens up her heart was heartbreaking.

Come guys. Team up. And let’s get the dad’s out.

P.s Myung bro. I think he will
Die of stupidity if we just leave him alone.

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Love your analysis that Mi-joo is no longer running away, but running toward.

And Myung bro eating it against the scooter was a true episode highlight.

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For me, that last scene when they revert to their most vulnerable selves shows some of the last walls between them stripping away. It was beautiful.

I loved how she was so ebullient and exhausted and happy she finished but disappointed no one was there and rushing through all the emotions of her accomplishment at once while he just calmly smiled at her with pride and said he waited for her. I will miss him. As someone else said here, I could watch 50 episodes of nothing but Mi joo and SG living their daily lives and having mundane conversations

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yes. that last scene has so much depth and emotions., which I liked. I liked that she chose to run for herself and that makes it all the more meaningful.
But in the end, to have someone share that moment with her was also important and beautifully shot.

lol. @oldawyer proposed we make this a weekender and explore all the characters. I think we can totally watch sec Jung and cat, boxing girl, high school crush, etc etc..

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I watched the end of the back hug scene and the ramyeon scene SO MANY TIMES. SG is so cute pretending not to know what eating ramyeon means. And we finally get the kiss we deserved. I don’t think MJ saw that coming...

One thing I wondered is if the DNA test was not a deflection and it turns out to be a DNA test of Dan ah’s older brother. I mean, the whole family seems to be sickly except for him... what if he turns out not to be his father’s son?

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Is it Wednesday yet??? I need ep 15 NOW

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Thinking the same thing. If Dan ah snags a bit of older bro's hair we can anticipate another DNA test with the potential for sidelining him. If both scheming sperm donors (can't call them dads) are removed from the picture, then the next generation can turn the page and pursue happier lives. Must go research if tachycardia is genetic.

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WAIT! Didn’t she grab him by the hair a few episodes back???

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Oh goody, an excuse to go back and re-watch earlier eps under the guise of "research" into whether hair was snagged. By the by, excessive stress, caffeine and alcohol use are not a good idea for tachycardia patients. That pretty much describes Dan ah's lifestyle. Have you finished Bonus Book?

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I am on the last two episodes of bonus book and boy is Eun ho ever swoony.

Trying to figure out what to watch next. Sigh.

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I'm fervently hoping that her instruction on the press release and Mr. Jung's subsequent, "He loved being an idol" line are a red herring. Dan-ah has really grown on me, and I really, really don't want her to throw her little brother under the bus. I want her to be better than that.

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I think the press release reference was just about being ready with a response or perhaps even just denying any rumours while Mr. Jung was referring to what the rumours could do to little brother’s idol career. I don’t think Dan ah is planning to throw him under the bus; in fact she seemed less prickly with him in that last phone call.

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I think she wants him to live his own life and do his thing. She just couldn't handle the 'sibling' attachment he seemed to have.
When she said 'he loved being an idol' - it sounded like she was a bit upset that his birth was revealed and could possibly affect his image. you know how everything is a 'scandal' in Korea!! I hope the siblings get join hands and kick Myung bro to the curb. I can't stand his stupidity. He is not even worth being an opponent.

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you know, I can appreciate a smart evil opponent but stupid ones... please... no wonder Dan ah is so frustrated to be considered inferior to such a moron

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So I though episode 13 was the best this show had to offer but imagine my happiness when I watch episode 14 in all its Code Name: Candy glory!! I loved this so much: the dramatic re-imaginings (SK looking fine as hell), the development of Dan Ah and YH’s relationship, but the final run scene took my heart.

MJ struggling but picking herself up while remembering her past struggles and selves that yearned for a friend but now also remembering SK’s heartfelt words to her which motivate her to reach the finish line...better than any sob story flashback for a Candy character! The ending was so touching too with their younger selves finally reaching each other face to face and realizing that they’re finally not alone

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Thanks for the recap @abirdword!

Code Name Candy! Why do I want to see more of this movie? Give me more of An Sonhwi, the ladies bickering like kids and Yeong-hwa sweating like there's no tomorrow.

Sometimes, the editing can be a little confusing but that flashback of Yeong-hwa asking permission was such a welcome surprise! And those scenes with Dan-ah and Yeong-hwa, gorgeous!

Seriously, Assemblyman Ki needs a smack on the face! Really hope mom divorces him and that his political career will crumble!

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Both fathers need a comeuppance- and Dan-ah's 'older' brother even more so.

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Dan Ah should let "Big" Bro run the company to ruins so karma bites that family while she thrives as CEO in her own company...

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Her company's capital comes from the big company- remember how casually her father notes that 'of course' Sun-kyum would take over running the company one he and Dan-ah marry?

Dan-ah's it would just be liquidated in the general disaster that would follow her incompetent 'older' brother taking over.

This is why we are all hoping that a genetic test will sweep 'older brother' away. For once the traditional bloodline precedence of the Korean family will do some good.

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It was terrible that the dad would just give away Dan-ah's company to Seon-kyum.

I wonder if the dad knows the older brother is not his (i'm assuming big bro is not his bio-kid), but he is in denial because he wants a healthy male to be the heir. I'm hoping Dan-ah can use that to threaten her father and brother.

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I've already erased 'older' bro from my memory. I like the DNA thing that's going on in the comments!

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Man, this show just keeps getting better and better. That impromptu road trip with the girls was awesome and I think they’ll be best friends, somewhat reluctantly on Mi-koi’s part, but Dan-ah is growing on her!

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I love how Dan-ah keeps celebrating all of her 'firsts' with her friend. Even as she seems to be losing everything in the corporate world she seems to be subconsciously understanding that what she is gaining in love and friendship is more valuable.

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This episode was the absolute best for me by far. I have several things I'd love to share but boiled it down:
1) Mi Joo is a reimagined "Candy". She's the sweet girl with a terrible origin story. Mi Joo, however, just doesn't let it define her or wear it as a scarlett letter.

2) Father tapping Ji Woo (Mother) on the face made me sick to my stomach, even more so than the initial motion to strike. There was something much more damaging in each individual prod than that one strike might have been.

3) Mi Joo completing the race on her own was awesome. Seeing her reflect on her lonely past but realizing there's someone there for her now was so touching. Mi Joo knows she's an overcomer and she's fine by herself is wonderful. But, her acknowledging it's okay to want to share your life with someone was beautiful too.

4) The way Dan-ah treated Tae Woong's scandal reminded of us of where she started. It was like, "Oh yeah...she's still that chick." Dan-Ah's made immense progress in some areas but clearly needs work in others. For me, it showed that we're all still works in progress. The writer has done some amazing things with this character.

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Skeevy Assemblyman almost hitting his wife in public but just threateningly tapping her face was so hard to watch. I really need someone to bring him and his pride down a few notches.

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It's already bad enough with the way he treats his kids and Mi-joo, but to also treat his wife - who also happens to be the Queen of Cannes - like that is just vomit-inducing. And she married him for love too. To have the man you loved deny you your own personhood in terrible. I don't get how he acts like he's even more of a big shot than Yook Ji Woo even it seems like to me that the mom and daughter are bigger names.

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Am so happy she threw the divorce at him, she must've been considering it then. Just take the kids and go, please!

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Mi-Joo is so me when she runs. 😂

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So true about Dan-ah "still being that chick", almost forgot how abrasive she is to people and it's great that show recognizes her as a WIP. It'll be reassuring to have that kind of person fighting for you, tho, so really hope she takes Tae-woong side!

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A Mi-joo quote I loved: "Who do you think will end up living with me forever? It's myself so you need to take good care and fix yourself. I want you to love yourself a little more. That's how we can keep a long relationship."

Self-love really is a key to healthy relationships, along with communication. I love how this drama emphasizes both and that Seon-gyeom and Mi-joo are the rare k-drama couple that has a fairly healthy relationship that feels like it can go the distance.

Seon-gyeom's selfie lol.

I want to watch Code Name Candy! I love all the movie references and parodies in this drama.

Mi-joo finishing the race and Mi-joo and Seon-gyeom's younger selves facing each other was so moving.

Dan-ah and Young-hwa's scene on the pier was also moving, but as much as I love both characters and enjoy their scenes together, I don't see them as a long-term couple. I see them as two people who will learn a lot from each other and then move on to the next stage of their lives, hopefully as friends.

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Moments I loved:
- SeonGyeom actually asking for ramyun. Hehe.
- JiWon telling her husband “I’m the star of my own life”. Every single woman in the world should shout that to the world.
- Candy’s universe all around: the fedora, the smoking, the sweating, the newsboys, everything!
- YoungHwa begging mum to let him stay at his “friend’s” only for one night. Hehe.
- TaeWoong problems with honorifics. I don’t buy he’s confused at all. Hehe. I love you, kid. You’ve turned from extremely annoying to absolute adorbs.
- YoungHwa looking to DanAh while she was working. DanAh looking at him while he sleeps.
- Secretary Jung concern for TaeWoong in his “he really enjoyed being an idol”.
- And above all, that last scene: the younger versions of MiJoo and SeonGyeom meeting at the finish line, smiling. They don’t have to run anymore. They’ve found each other.

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Tae-woong tacking all the yos after a few second delays got me cracked up so bad!
Guess meeting the parents are still too early, but here I am imagining the introduction somewhere in the future and the usual drinking challenge for prospective in-law, and having Dan-ah drinking the mom down with hard liquor only to topple down after a few sip of soju ><

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I actually had some misgivings about Jiwoo insisting she's the star of her own life, because that's precisely the reason why she neglected her children in exchange for being the Queen of Cannes. But what's interesting about the conversation is just like how Jiwoo's insistence on being the star of her own life harkens to her self-actualisation but also her irresponsibility wrt her children, Assemblyman Ki's reminder that she's a mother of two children is oppressive yet factual.

I think another highlight moment for me was Dan-ah's soft and heartbreaking "Young-hwa ya~" and Young-hwa's expression. I felt her affection and ache for Young-hwa, and her gentle desire to make him happy. I doubt Dan-ah knows just how deeply she feels for him.

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She neglected her children just as much as her husband did. She's herself before being a mother. Yes, she should have been there more, but, why is it that we ask mothers to be there always and not to fathers?

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Haha, I think any debate on whether Assemblyman Ki is the worse parent is meaningless due to the sheer plainness of the fact. BOTH parents were bad parents and both of them needed to be present. My comment was just to point out the interesting double-meaning within their conversation.

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The problems and abuses of wealth and power are clearly a central theme of the show. Including the tragic tendency to obsessive overreach: In Dan-ah's family the bastard brother is clearly manipulating events in order grab all the marbles for himself, taking advantage of his father's weakened condition. BTW has anyone else noticed that Dan-ah, her father AND her younger brother all seem to be suffering from the same medical condition? But bastard brother does not..... (Just speculating as to a possible resolution of that situation).

In the case of Assemblyman Ki the obsessive pursuit of the Presidency has clearly driven him over the edge. Until now his behavior has been restrained by, among other things, his love for his wife- but he is throwing that away by his insistence that she conform now to his political needs and abandon her career. She has now made it clear that she will not do this- and if he keeps it up she will divorce him (which will end his chances of becoming the President of the ROK). He is blind to the wishes and needs of his children. Given the pressures put upon her it is no wonder that Eun-bi has developed the yips.

The great Conservative Lord Acton once said "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely". That seems to be one of the basic tenets demonstrated by this show, as is the effects of that on the people that power touches. Perhaps that is part of what makes the story of our two couples- and the friendships between the men and the women such a beautiful story- the fact that they have to struggle with the abuse of power.

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I also suspect Myung-min is not a biological sibling, but I wonder if the Dad would force everyone to perpetuate that lie to save face. But at least Dan-ah would have a bargaining chip to keep Dad in line.

With Seon-kyum's dad getting more obsessed about the election, I wonder if he did something extra bad to Eun-bi's Ryan this time.

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I forgot to mention, I’m pretty sure the mysterious cardiac illness plaguing the Seo family is WPW, Wolff-Parkinson White syndrome. It’s the most comment type of arrhythmia in Chinese ancestry. It can be successfully treated with an ablation procedure to stop the accessory pathway from aberrantly firing, but not clear why they are still dealing with it when quite obviously they are all affected to the point it’s interfering with their normal lives. Medications can also manage it, but seems like none of them have good control with meds.

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Father, daughter and younger son all seem to have the disorder (but not the bastard 'older' brother). I assume that this is a genetically heritable condition?

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Autosomal dominant. Maybe older brother got by unscathed.

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Indeed I did not think it would be conclusive evidence that he is not the father's child but it seems to raise the possibility. A trip to Korea's equivalent of LABCORP seems to be in order.

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The thing I like about this show is their emphasis on self-love and acceptance. I like how Sun-Kyum’s battle is to love himself and Mi-joo’s accept herself.
I absolutely loved it when Sun-Kyum’s mother stated - she is the star of her own life which is totally different from Assembly man Ki’s vision that he should be the star of everyone else’s life too.

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As usual I loved all your comments, @abirdword, but especially this:

Mi-joo runs with every version of herself inside her, and she runs for all of them. The student who was blamed, the part-timer who had to hustle while attending college, every version wants her to succeed, to keep running, to finish. Mi-joo has lived a life where she’s always had to pick herself up off the ground and force herself to keep running forward.

Such a gorgeous and meaningful ending scene. Honestly this episode was full of conversations that got me right in the heart. My only complaint was that no one pushed Assemblyman Ki off a cliff - hope that's coming soon.

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💛💛💛

I hope we get to see Assemblyman Ki's demise through the lens of Codename Candy, so we can enjoy Ji-woo shooting him with a revolver

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That would be GREAT

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I've been lobbying for a truck of doom.

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That Code Name Candy parody was so terrific. I now want to watch an entire k drama featuring Chicago-style mobsters in zoot suits all shot in sepia tone, lol.

Also, Mi-Joo's whole experience at the race was so well done, but most especially, the flashback of her life intertwined with the race? That was some brilliant writing/production, and Run On has set the bar so high for drama flashbacks now.

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Thank you for the wonderful recap and commentary, @abirdword ! This episode had so many high points. The drama really gets intimacy right! I also rewatched the ramyun scene multiple times. :)

While I agree with some of the commenters that the DNA test is likely for her older brother. If her dad was an unfaithful guy who pursues multiple affairs, it would be smart to make sure the guy she's into isn't an unknown siblings - especially with birth secretes running rampant in kdramaland.

Young-hwa is the worst sort of volunteer for a marathon LOL - I laughed when he commented to Mi-joo how there is no one in front or behind her (because she's so slow).

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Ok, serious question- what will I watch when Run On is over? I am not ready!

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Because This Is My /Our First Life. Best cat ever with co-habitation and wonderful gal pals.

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Rewatch Run On and all it's behind scenes

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