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Run On: Episode 15

Love is in the air, but a dark cloud lingers above our happy couples, because the sins of the fathers are catching up to their kids. Our protagonists have learned to stop running away and instead step toward what they want—it’s time to stand their ground and fight for their future together.

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

Mi-joo sees Sun-kyum standing at the finish line, smiling as he tells her he waited for her, the way she waited for him all those times. She reiterates that she’s glad she waited, and makes him chase her in the corny way of lovers.

Young-hwa grumbles as Mr. Jung drives him and Dan-ah home from the hospital, resenting the third wheel’s presence. Young-hwa’s still sore about not being allowed in her hospital room, even though she watched him sleep. She tells him to shut up, conscious of their audience.

As they watch Young-hwa walk up to his apartment, Dan-ah asks Mr. Jung if she’s doing the right thing. When’s the right time to end things? He tells her not to think about the end when she’s just starting. She’s surprised at his sudden support, but he says that he should root for her, since she’s not even rooting for herself.

“Every time I started to like something, it ended,” Dan-ah tells him, like soccer. Mr. Jung asks if she’s scared the same thing will happen with Young-hwa, but she replies that she’s sad.

Over dinner and drinks, Sun-kyum tells Mi-joo that his dad told him to date whoever he wants, as long as he marries Dan-ah. She asks if they should just apologize to his father and get it over with, but he says not to even consider it. She’s done nothing wrong.

Mi-joo reflects that she’s starting to understand how Sun-kyum lives—step by step, always facing what’s immediately in front of him. She says that when he smiled at her for the first time, about almost breaking nine seconds, it was beautiful, but she also felt like crying.

He says it was an unforgettable moment for him, too—the nine second barrier is so huge for runners that they’re afraid to mention it out loud. The first time he was able to say it was to her, about a moment that happened with her. “That’s what the nine-second record means to me now,” he says. I’m as twitterpated as Mi-joo.

Later, Sun-kyum tells Mi-joo about Ms. Dong’s offer, which she responds to with another hilarious Jerry Maguire impression. It would be better for Woo-shik to have a whole agency behind him, but Mi-joo encourages Sun-kyum to think about what’s best for himself.

Dan-ah calls them for an emergency meeting, since her father just informed her of her own wedding plans. Sun-kyum shares what he knows, and Dan-ah asks what Mi-joo thinks, since she’s “meeting” them both (the word can be used to mean dating). Sun-kyum: “You’re seeing each other behind my back?” HA.

Sun-kyum proposes they go along with the plan for now and back out later, since all Assemblyman Ki really needs is the chairman’s support in the presidential election. The other two agree.

We’re back in Code Name: Candy, and this time gangster “Anthony” is trying to coax a sweaty Young-hwa into working with him—until he straight up confesses he’s a cop.

In reality, Sun-kyum works on his resume for his application to DANN, fretting that it’s empty except for his time as a national athlete. Young-hwa rolls his eyes and tells him to put a large picture of himself.

Woo-shik takes Young-il to lunch. Young-il asks if he feels that sorry for him over coming second. Woo-shik says he made some money by selling the books he was using to prep for the civil service exam. Young-il absorbs this, then says he’s determined to never get second place again, and Woo-shik should too.

A man approaches Ye-joon outside the cafe, but runs away when Ms. Dong and Ye-chan arrive. Ye-joon begins to explain, but Ms. Dong stops him and tells him he’s coming to church on Sunday.

He tells her he’s gay, but she responds that he’s not, walking away from him and pulling Ye-chan into the car.

“You can deny it, but this is who I am,” says Ye-joon. She drives off without responding, but pulls over and says tearfully that she was too busy with other people’s kids to see her own clearly.

Ye-chan finds Ye-joon crying outside their house, and tells him, “I like men, too. What’s the big deal?” She gives him a tissue, and tells him to come inside—she’ll take his side against Mom.

Mi-joo goes to Young-hwa’s place for a barbecue party, and he jealously watches her being cute with Sun-kyum. He wants to invite Dan-ah too, but he’s forbidden from contacting her personally. Sun-kyum suggests the obvious solution, so Young-hwa calls Dan-ah and asks her to come see the “finished” painting. Yes! I’ve been waiting to see these four together.

Dan-ah arrives, excited to see her painting, but all Young-hwa has for her is cuteness. She grabs him and threatens him with the tongs, promising him to pay well if he sues. Sun-kyum mildly stops her, so she half-pushes Young-hwa over edge of the roof instead.

Dan-ah finally sits down to eat with them, and eagerly opens her mouth for her first taste of samgyupsal as Young-hwa makes a wrap…and eats it himself. Hahaha.

Dan-ah suggests “Athlete Ki” make one for her instead, but Mi-joo nips that in the bud—does she even know Sun-kyum’s first name? She has to look it up online, though she does know Mi-joo’s.

Sun-kyum is genuinely offended, Young-hwa gets called a vending machine again and tries to feed Dan-ah a wrap like she’s a baby, and I’m laughing my head off.

They walk out of the building that evening to find Mae-yi sitting on the slide, Mr. Jung emerging sheepishly to confess he always wanted to have his first date at a playground. We get a flashback to their fateful first meeting at the disastrous birthday party, when Jung fell hard for Mae-yi at first sight. Dan-ah is disturbed but promises not to call Mr. Jung too much on weekends from now on. Mae-yi approves, saying he’s too sweet to stand up for himself. HA.

As Dan-ah leaves, she warns Young-hwa not to lie to her again. He gives her the present meant for her birthday: a pair of sneakers, in support of her lost dream. He’s moved by the sight of her under the streetlights, which is so unexpected, but more beautiful than anything he could have imagined. He says he’s happy this moment is really happening, and she agrees.

He has a new goal: “I’m going to keep some distance from you, so I can always see you. If I’m too far away, I won’t be able to see you, and if I’m too close, you’ll block my vision.”

Ji-woo shows up unexpectedly at Mae-yi’s office. Mi-joo, disheveled and nervous, expects her to bring up Sun-kyum, but Ji-woo recognizes her fan from the film festival, and is full of praise for Mi-joo’s translations. Then she surprises Mi-joo again by smoothly suggesting that she and Sun-kyum send a coffee truck to her set. Aw, Mom.

In the final scene of Code Name: Candy, Ji-woo shoots up the entire operation, and Little Orphans Mi-joo and Dan-ah wonder where they’ll go next. Ji-woo tells them to come with her—she’ll give them everything they’ve never had. “Call me Mom.”

Mi-joo and Mae-yi see the news about Eun-bi’s scandal, and Mi-joo suddenly remembers Assembyman Ki’s threats. Worried, she invites Sun-kyum over, and texts Eun-bi to offer a hiding place and a listening ear.

No one can get in touch with Eun-bi, not even Sun-kyum. Mi-joo tells him about Eun-bi’s visit to her home. Eun-bi had made it sound as though their father keeps files on them, and Mi-joo’s worried about something he said. (Given that the politician involved in the scandal is Ki’s main competitor, I have a bad feeling about this.)

Eun-bi arrives and says Ryan hasn’t been answering her calls. She’s worried he’ll believe the article, but she can’t explain if he won’t talk to her. Mi-joo suggests a text or email.

Then Eun-bi begins to worry about the election, and Sun-kyum tells her to think about herself. “Let’s be selfish for once,” he says irritably. Yes, listen to Sun-kyum!

Eun-bi goes to see her father, who assures her that he believes her and it was just noise marketing by the other politician. He apologizes for dragging her into this. Oh no, I think he really did do it. Assemblyman Ki vomits, then blubbers to his chief of staff that his punishing schedule is too difficult. Ugh, what a despicable man-baby.

Dan-ah tracks down Eun-bi at the golf course, checking in on her with her usual blunt manner.

Young-hwa promises Dan-ah the painting is really done this time, but she shows up with a weapon just in case. It’s not his usual style—it has the same floral motif, but with her face taking up one side of the painting. “It’s noisy,” she says.

Young-hwa’s confused, but she clarifies that since he’s still young, he can’t help but put all his feelings into his work. “It just screams ‘I love you’” she says.

“I love you,” he replies. “That’s what I felt as I made this art piece.” She’s moved to tears, although she teases him for calling it an art piece. She bashfully says there’s no way she can hang this in an art museum—she’ll have to keep it for herself.

Mr. Jung calls with some bad news, and Dan-ah is shaken, although she doesn’t tell Young-hwa what’s wrong.

He stops her as she’s about to leave. “You will call me, right?”

She replies that not all children grieve for their parents, and not all parents love their kids unconditionally. “Live a long life—you know geniuses die early,” she tells him, and it feels like a goodbye.

 
COMMENTS

At first I thought that phone call was a revelation that Assemblyman Ki was behind Eun-bi’s scandal, but Dan-ah’s words at the end made it clear that it has to do with her family. There’s been a melancholy to Dan-ah since she got together with Young-hwa that she finally gave voice to—she’s not scared this will end, she’s sad because she knows it will. She’s never seen this as a permanent arrangement, despite Young-hwa’s declarations that he wants to stay with her. It’s not that she doesn’t believe him, but she doesn’t trust a world that snatches away whatever she wants as soon as she decides she wants it. That’s why, almost from the beginning, she’s been caught between her twin desires to push him away and keep him close. It was telling that she didn’t think to include her boyfriend in the meeting about her arranged marriage until after Mi-joo pointed it out. Dan-ah’s emotional response to Young-hwa’s “I love you” might seem out of character, until you consider that she’s probably never heard those words from anyone before. And to have that beautiful moment immediately crushed by that phone call, and her leaving him—my heart hurts for both of them.

I talked a lot when I first started recapping Run On about how honest all four leads are in their different ways. Dan-ah really shone in these last episodes, because once she decides to let someone in, she doesn’t lie, even by omission. She’s refreshingly willing to put everything out there, even if it doesn’t flatter her, and accepts the truth immediately when she recognizes it. In that way, she’s a lot like Sun-kyum, although he processes things more internally. She was open about her feelings for Young-hwa once she realized them, but she never made him any promises, or responded with more than a sad smile when he vowed to be with her forever. Her pragmatism is a survival tool, and that’s both admirable and heartbreaking.

I appreciated the contrast between Dan-ah’s communication style and Ms. Dong’s in this episode. Ms. Dong has always come across as a competent, kind, put-together person, but we saw in these last couple of episodes that she has a tendency to ignore things in the hope that they’ll go away. She clearly had an idea about Ye-joon’s sexual orientation but refuses to listen to him about it; she stopped Dan-ah from asking Eun-bi about the scandal, the first time rumors popped up; and she absolutely refused to allow Ye-chan to pursue boxing. And in each case the drama clearly showed how wrong she was for shutting down the conversation before it could begin—in her own way, like the Bad Dad Duo, she’s another parent who refuses to see her children for who they are. I love how this writer explicitly advocates for open dialogue, in a drama landscape where miscommunication and ghosting have become ingrained tropes that lazily stand in for actual conflict.

After the events of last week I was expecting Assemblyman Ki to pull out the big guns against Sun-kyum, but it seems as though he orchestrated Eun-bi’s scandal instead, which is gross and horrifying beyond belief. Sun-kyum and Mi-joo have bought some time with their temporary agreement to the marriage, so it makes sense that the final showdown will come in Episode 16. It was good to see everyone drawing their battle lines and gathering allies in this hour. Personally, Dan-ah, Mi-joo and Sun-kyum have joined forces, although poor Young-hwa is still in the dark. Professionally, Sun-kyum rejected his father’s offer and chose to hitch his wagon (and Woo-shik’s) to Dan-ah’s agency instead. Mi-joo, Sun-kyum and Eun-bi coming together as a fierce little family unit was beautiful to see, and then there’s Mr. Jung and Mae-yi’s weird but adorable romance. Even Ji-woo tracked Mi-joo down expressly to show her support. Ji-woo is certainly an imperfect mother with a lot to answer for, but I appreciate the complex portrayal of a woman who devoted herself to work over family and now wishes she could connect with her kids—but is unwilling to give up on her hard-fought career.

It’s fitting that Dan-ah, Eun-bi and Sun-kyum are now all at DANN (if he’s hired, which I’m sure he will be), because none of them have the tools to fight their villainous fathers alone. Sun-kyum has come a long way since the beginning of the drama, and he’s learned to stand up for both others and himself, but Eun-bi still believes her dad wants what’s best for her, and feels an obligation to support him no matter what. The scene where she pleaded for Assemblyman Ki to believe her and he played the benevolent father was hard to watch. It’s clear she hasn’t been able to completely break free from his abusive gaslighting yet—she bravely protects those she loves, but that ferocity disappears when it’s time to fight for herself, and I’m so glad Sun-kyum pointed it out. And Dan-ah, of course, doesn’t have the kind of sibling support the other two do, although maybe now she’ll cash in on that promise of support from Tae-woong. Together, they hold a lot of leverage that they could use against their fathers, if they can figure out a good strategy. Over the course of the drama these three lonely, standoffish people have collected a community around them that they can trust with their lives. I want to see that community come together in the finale and drag down Assemblyman Ki, Chairman Seo and Myung-min from their high horses permanently, causing great damage along the way.

Run On has been one of the best recapping experiences I’ve ever had (I think only Forest of Secrets compares). What an incredibly funny, complex, beautiful story full of characters who seem like people I could know, and insights about life so deep and real that they occasionally take my breath away. This is one of those lightning-in-a-bottle shows where the writer, director, cast and crew are excellent on their own but have created a very special synergy to make a drama unlike any other. Run On showed us the money, to borrow one of Mi-joo’s movie references. On a personal level, I related so much to the show’s explorations of the nature of translation, whether between languages or perspectives; its detailed and loving film nerdiness; Mi-joo’s upside-down freelance lifestyle; its portrayals of art and the artistic process. I know I’ll be returning to this world again and again, and these weird, wonderful characters will live in my heart for a long time. Is it too much to hope that Mi-joo’s prediction about Code Name: Candy is a hint that we’ll get a second season? A girl can dream.

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Such a simple show, but every week, it packed in lots of great interpersonal conversations and great relationships. And the humor! I never saw the new love one between Mae and secretary Jung coming! Yay show for pulling that out of your sleeve the penultimate episode!

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An unexpected but definitely welcomed loveline, who'd have thought they be so right for each other? That first screenshot and their expression, omg!

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I loved that May and Mr. Jung have been secretly getting it on lol they're both really eccentric kids at hearts.
Rooftop double date was definitely a highlight this episode, their dynamics as a group with MJ and Dan-Ah being Tom and Jerry with overprotective SK and pouty, oblivious YH was a treasure to watch.
The ending scene with YH finishing the painting for Dan-Ah was such a bittersweet moment though. First of all the painting was STUNNING. But Dan-Ah's joy when she first saw it, YH carefully anticipating her reaction, and both of them realizing that it signified an ambiguous milestone in their relationship...one of the best scenes the show has given me.

PS Ye-Jun having to come out in a hasty way to his mom was heart-breaking and I hope his mom eventually accepts him. But this show really manages to tackle almost all relevant things in a delicate but entertaining way, doesn't it? Everything feels natural and like I'm looking into the lives of friends and acquaintances. When will we ever find another show that even comes close I wonder

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The painting was indeed wonderful- and I understand why Dan-ah is unwilling to exhibit it. It was simply too personal- it needs to be private.

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True about the "delicate but entertaining way", Ye-chan showing her support for her brother is truly heartwarming, but then of course she had to offer her a used tissue ><
The rooftop double date is a joy, wish we can hear these four bickering forever and ever! Mi-joo's heart skipped because Dan-ah remembers her name is so cute, and Sun-kyum giving Young-hwa the wrap to fed Dan-ah is even cuter!

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The rooftop barbecue managed to alleviate Dan-ah melancholy only for a bit, but it really feels that for her, starting something means pushing down a timer button, and all this time she's been hearing the ticktocking towards the end... That last message did really feel like goodbye, but even with that parting remark, love that she never stop believing in him as an artist.

Eun-bi asking forgiveness from Assemblyman Ki makes me so angry; even if he wasn't the one starting the scandal, it was him who dragged her into the mess in the first place. It'll be farfetched to have him dying on a secret terminal illness, but one could hope... Thank goodness for the "fierce little family unit", as @laica said. She (and Dan-ah) should really take Secretary Jung's advice, first and foremost, root for yourself.

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A second season would be lovely but difficult to do- and the story would have to change a great deal.

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Second season about other characters living their life - Dan-ah's little brother, Ye-joon and Ye-chan, and others.

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Even the minor characters were well drawn in this show., which is why you could make that point.

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As much as I loved the show overall, the last two episodes were a bit of a miss for me. As much as I enjoyed the rooftop bbq scene, I feel like we spent a bit too much time on Yeong-hwa and Dan-ah (although the shoes and the painting reveal were both terrific!), and not enough with the secondary characters who needed their storylines wrapped up. So, for example, Ms. Dong and Ye-joon finally having a much-needed conversation felt rushed and tacked on, at least to me.

Also, I thought Eun-bi's crisis was handled too lightly. We already know that she's sort of gone to pieces over everything that's happened to her, but I thought Sun-Kyum seemed weirdly unconcerned about her. It was left to Mi-joo to offer her both solace and safety, and his advice for his sister (the one who has gone through so much to protect him in particular) was essentially to look out for herself. I realize this reaction is in line with his own growing self-awareness, but it felt out-of-place given that Sun-kyum has always shown such empathy for Eun-bi.

Speaking of Eun-bi, I thought her mood and expression in the scene with Assemblyman Ki suggested she had already guessed her father had thrown her under the bus for political gain. But maybe not?

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Assemblyman Ki's use of his daughter for his own gain has turned my stomach the entire drama. First the whole gross "golf with my buddies" thing made me want to shower for like 5 hours. Then the dawning realization that he was responsible for the "scandal" was too much for me. I do not understand ever getting a chance to come back from that.

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Gross is absolutely the right word. It’s completely appalling, which is why Sun-Kyum dragged her off the golf course in a previous episode. That’s also why his under-reaction to the scandal in this episode didn’t make sense to me.

I don’t think Assemblyman Ki will ever be able to repair his relationship with his daughter specifically, but Eun-bi is genuinely too kind to say anything to his face, I guess.

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Aaah theat several minutes of our quadruple eating together all the way to finding Maeyi and Mr Jung is just pure rainbows and unicorn WITHOUT feeling like a filler. All their dynamic playing out is just so fun to watch and that disgusthed face of Yeonghwa and Danah at Maeyi and Mr Jung being in love lol.

Thanks @laica for the amazing recaps that exactly represent my thoughts and feelings towards this show!

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An excellent recap again. Really makes me love the show even more. Actually I was'nt thrilled with this episode but watching ep 16 and a rewatch of 15 and 16 made the episode much more enjoyable. Love love that they had a throwback to my favourite moments of the whole show that is sun kyum running to mijoo at 9 second speed. Even way back at ep 2 I found that so romantic. And his smile!! I prefer sun gyum mijoo couple over the second leads but the final scene in this episode was beautiful. The painting confession dan ah's pure happiness was so nicely done. Can't believe we are saying goodbye to this show already.

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Thank you, @laica, for the recap. I, too, am hoping for a season 2 for this drama. With Dan-ah saying that 'not all children grieve for their parents', I'm thinking something bad happened to her father. On the other hand, Mi-joo joining Sun-kyum and Eun-bi's 'small family unit' seem perfect as she gives strength to Eun-bi. I hope Sun-kyum's team also joins Dan-ah's agency with Woo-shik.

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This is my first time watching kdrama so can someone please explain to me why dan ah's father changed her daughter's birthday and why are they pretending that dan ah is younger than his brother

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Others may articulate or understand this a bit better, but my take is that it boils down to sexism: Dad wanted his firstborn to be a son, hence he artificially switched their birth order. In the scenes we see him interact with Dan-ah, he also takes a pretty patriarchal attitude with her with a lot of it being her value to the family is in just getting married. So, yeah, not the greatest man on the planet.

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Thanks so much for the recaps and comments, Laica. As I said before, I loved them as much as I loved the episode.

I agree with you about DanAh not fearing but knowing that she and YoungHwa could not always be together, at least NOT NOW. I've said many times that you can't eat love or live on it. And DanAh has made it clear that she wants to be recognized for her hard work. It's another theme in this drama: women fighting for their professional careers and not wanting to give them up. Not only DanAh: JiWoo, May, and even MiJoo. To me the message is clear: be an independent woman first. And it's a motto I can totally relate to, because it's the way I live.

As always, I loved every combination of our four leads, and also:
- SeonGyeom being a bit jealous of MiJoo and DanAh meeting behind his back.
- Secretary Jeong wanting a first date on a playground.
- May trying to convince everybody that she's asexual. Ha!
- YeChan telling his oppa she likes men too. You can "I will always love you" in very many ways, but this one was one of the best.

The only thing I didn't like was that after the race, MiJoo doesn't go home to take a shower and change clothes. Doesn't writer-nim know that you can catch a very severe cold if you stay with your wet clothes on? Really?

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Secretary Jung trying to be poised and dignified while on a slide had me rolling with laughter. It was an impossible feat :)

Wet clothes - may be it was PPL for dri fit clothes that dry quickly and don’t smell :))

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Ye-chan and Ye-Jun’s scene was so great I had tears in my eyes as I watched them.

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Wow that was one powerful gesture from Yechan. It’s great to see her acknowledging and supporting her brother as his true self.
Yechan’s “I like guys too, what’s so special about it..” just so unexpectedly became my favorite line of the episode..

Wished the show could flesh out more of Yejun’s internal & societal conflict as well as consequences regarding his coming out as a gay. But with only one episode left, I knew it wouldn’t be explored as deep as my liking.. the reveal just came too late for that to happen. But hey, that could be an interesting plot point to cover for a second season or a spin-off.. 😆😆

And we need to give a shout-out to the fantastic siblings of Run On!!
(Well, except for the siblings of the dysfunctional Seo family)

To the ever protective Ki siblings who always got each other’s back

And to the beautifully supportive Dong siblings with their love-hate relationship.

The siblings support, love, and interacton is so real in this show, another part of the show nicely done.

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It was a good episode.
I actually appreciated when SK mentioned that he thought may-yi was asexual, she explained its a spectrum and is not against dating people and romantic stuff. Actually i appreciated how the drama handled different sexual orientations as no big deal. it was refreshing

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@laica, as always, excellent recapping - thank you!

I found this episode that, over the course the drama, I have had moments of strong identification with each of our four leads. I can't remember the last time I felt that way about more than one character.

The theme of loving yourself, that you are the star of your own life; that that love has many permutations; that we see strong women (and men, too) with talents and weaknesses, and goals and ambitions, who firmly believe that they are valid and should take priority if so chosen; that we sometimes do "get by with a little help from our friends;" that we slow down and speed up - and sometimes just take a break or take divergent paths for a while or for forever - as we run the course of our life...I love how the drama weaves all of this together without knocking us over the head with it.

This drama has given time and spotlight to the importance and value of friendships, and that the leads and secondary characters all find treasure in these. As someone who finds great satisfaction in friendship, and in cultivating them as well as I can, I really appreciate this.

Finally, the facial expressions in this show - I died laughing during the rooftop and playground scenes. Also, Dan-ah's subconscious crush on Mi-joo is one of my favorite running themes in this drama. 😄

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I treasure every bit of Gyeommi's couple interaction in the last 2 episodes. Their cute conversation after the marathon and attentive gestures during the BBQ are killing me.

Another thing I like in this episode is Seon Gyeom and Yong Hwa's Code Name Candy, but this time they used Im Si Wan & Sol Kyung Gu's dialogue in The Merciless. Lol.

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I noticed The Merciless meta, too. 😊👍

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How is this show so consistently good even at this point?? There is not a dull moment. Every character is rich with depth and every interaction is a treat to watch.

Dan Oh turned out to be one of my favorite second female lead in drama land. Amazingly portrayed by the actor.

The father and daughter conversation made me feel so uncomfortable. I felt so sorry for EunBi even though, like her, I wanted her to be able to trust her own father. After all that’s what family is for.

Thank you @laica for recapping this gem of a show and giving your insights into this show.

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Twitterpated!!!

This show has me twitterpated!

Sun kyums eyes are twitterpating.

My heart twitterpates for all our
characters in Run On!

Thanks! @laica.

My new favorite word❤🤪

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Isn't it the perfect word to describe how this show makes us feel? ❤️

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I agree completely!

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I looked it up and it's really a word! There's even a clip from Bambi in the dictionary search that defines the romantic version better than words can. Thanks @laica for your lingua-tastic recaps.

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Yep! I was definitely referencing Bambi 😁

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For a show with such sparkling dialogues I think it was let down by its translator. Which is ironic given its a show about a translator. My Korean is maybe 30% and even I could tell in some places that the dialogue had been oversimplified.

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Yeah, I often have issues with Netflix subs but in this case it was particularly painful, not only because it was a disservice to the incredible dialogue, but in light of Mi-joo's lovingly explained philosophy about the nature and importance of translation. I kept wishing the translator(s) would take a hint from her. Which is why I did a lot of my own translations for stuff I quoted directly.

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I watched this on Netflix and sometimes felt I was missing something. Over simplified subtitles might be it. 🤔

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There are really times I wanted to turn the subtitle off. Maybe on the next rewatch.

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I truly appreciate the hard work of translators. But as this drama is so much about communication and the dialogue, I would love to watch a version subtitled more precisely.

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I wish I could reply/mention you all individually, but I don't want to clutter the comments! Thank you beanies for making this an even more enjoyable recapping experience with your smart, funny, kind comments and the lovely discussions and squeeing we had every week. ❤️

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Thank you, @laica for all your hard work here! I loved the show anyway, but watching it with you all, and with these recaps, has been a real gift.

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❤️❤️❤️

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Agree with you this was a fun ride and the recap made it even more fun ^^.
I always enjoy a show more when there's a recap so I wanted to stop by and thank you @laica.
Your recap managed to reached the goal Oh Mi Joo has when working on a translation and made my watched and understanding of the show a little more complete for me.
As Seo Dan said we all know time is precious (I promise I'll stop the analogy here ^^), so we'll all the more thankful for spending Time with us sharing your thought and well crafted translation, even with those of us who don't comments that much like me (by curiosity how long it takes for you to write a récap?).
Sorry for my broken english I hope the meaning of my message wasn't lost in translation ^^.

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Well said— “ What an incredibly funny, complex, beautiful story full of characters who seem like people I could know, and insights about life so deep and real that they occasionally take my breath away.”!!

I love everything about this drama, the writing, directing, all the dialogues with the different moments that I’ll remember forever. I love that Dan-ah didn’t remember sun-Kyum name bahaha. I also like that Jiwoo is supportive and thoughtful when she needed to be. But why is it the pressure to be there for the family is always on the mother? Why can’t she have a career with the help of the dad? Im sure no one questioned the fact that her husband is busy with HIS career and only use his family for photo ops. Nor did he feel even an ounce of guilt over that. For women, it is often and always career OR family whereas men can do whatever and be praised for their sacrifice (or success). There’s also moment where Dan-ah was so mad that the newspaper for calling Eunbi a gold digger when indeed she’s probably the most successful and celebrated in Korea at the time. I love little moments like that and can go on for days! Sad to see the series is coming to an end but I will be rewatching for sure <3

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Another great episode and great recap!

I loved that Seon-gyeom immediately told Mi-joo about the marriage ultimatum and then they talked about it with Dan-ah. It's refreshing to see couples communicate instead of keeping things to themselves and having it blow up.

I loved the nine second scene when it first aired and the conversation about it in this episode was just as swoony.

The BBQ scene was so much fun! It's always so chaotic when these four get together. I laughed so hard at Dan-ah not remembering anybody's name but Mi-joo's.

Go Mae-yi and Mr. Jung! I loved that Mr. Jung had always wanted a first date at a playground and laughed so hard when he got stuck half way down the slide. Dan-ah and especially Young-hwa had the best expressions.

Happy we got more Code Name: Candy.

Young-hwa's painting and "I love you" was touching. I don't think Dan-ah is wrong in viewing the relationship as temporary though it is sad. I like them and think they have been good for each other but they really do live in different worlds right now, with very different problems and worries.

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Thank you, @laica for recap and awesome commentary that enhances my enjoyment of an already-amazing drama. I agree that it's one of those lightning-in-a-bottle shows.

I love seeing the many complicated sides to the characters. Just because they appear to be tough in one situation doesn't mean they can be in another and it all makes sense. Eun-bi had a devil may care attitude in the beginning of the series, but she's actually very warm-heart and worries a lot about the people in her life. I love learning more about Secretary Jung and the reveal of him and May dating. And was that other guy with Ye-joon an ex? Or someone who has fallen in love with him and is pursuing him? Would love to see what was happening with these side characters in Shadow *Extraordinary You reference*!

That BBQ party is adorable! I agree with Young-hwa about the wraps - everyone has their own preference so maybe we all just make our own. I love that reveal of Dan-ah not knowing anyone's first names except Mi-joo's.

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Never in my 2 years of ardent (read: obsessed) kdrama watching, have i enjoyed a show more. Even my ultimate fave, Hospital playlist didn't make me want to comment. But thanks to @laica and the rest of the commenters, i felt like i found a little community :) .. Many times i felt like @laica was reading my mind as she was recapping - just way more articulately! What a little gem of a show. Wonderfully written, executed with joy by the actors and the crew. Just what the doctor ordered post 2020. Now to wait until HP S2 for more of this? Any recommendations about how to tide over this?

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Aw, I'm so glad, and congrats on your first comment! If you haven't seen it yet, Melo is My Nature/Be Melodramatic, while different in tone, gave me a lot of the same feels. And Search: WWW tackles a lot of similar themes about work, communication and romance.

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Thanks a ton @laica . Next on my list. I loved Search:WWW. Great women. Non-second-generation-chaebol-y heroes. Snappy dialogue.

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@laica - what a brilliant reco 'Be Melodramatic' is. I am so enjoying the tone, the conversations, the friendships and the 'real-ness' of it all. Though I did do a bit of a double take when I saw the Hong Cha-Young of Vincenzo being so.. normal i think is the word i am groping for :) Much as i love her OTT-ness in Vincenzo. The OST as well. What fun are the shampoo smell lyrics. Big heartu to you :)

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Sorry I'm seeing this so late, and yayyy so glad you enjoyed it! A big reason I started Vincenzo was how much I loved Jung Yeo-bin in Melo, though you're right that she's VERY different in Vincenzo. Yep that shampoo song, such a classic. Brings back memories of Be Melo. A big heartu back!

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Thank you for the recap, @Laica. I could feel your affection for this show. I found this drama different and refreshing. I wondered if some of Dan-ah's obsession with time had to do with her medical condition. It seems probably genetic, with her younger brother and father having it as well? She may think that she may not have much time to live, so in the time she has, she doesn't want anything else she enjoys removed.

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LOL, I took this screenshot and came to post it here only to see it at the top of the page!!!

https://imgur.com/a/c8EpTR8

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May and Mr. Jung was such a delight addition!

I definitely took Mi-joo’s prediction of Candy as a hint! But I know it was just my bias heart wanting to see more of these characters. I could seriously watch them throw another epic fail surprise birthday party or more rooftop bbq hang-outs!

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