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Doom at Your Service: Episode 10

Things get weird this hour as our characters behave in all types of nonsensical and frustrating ways. With only 50 days until the deadline, our desperate heroine makes a last-ditch effort to find a solution that will save those she loves. Our lead struggles to get her to open up about her feelings, but our heroine’s long-standing habit of wearing a mask is hard to break. Meanwhile, the saga of the romance writer and the men who invade her life continues.

 
EPISODE 10

After Myeol-mang confesses that he loves her, Dong-kyung suggests they start dating. Soo-ja yells for her, so Dong-kyung promises to call Myeol-mang later and rushes inside with a smile. Her blasé response leaves Myeol-mang disappointed.

We cut over to Hyun-kyu’s bulldozing “confession.” Ji-na is rightfully angry and throws some laundry at him, but he laughs like her anger is cute. I swear, this man is going to make my blood pressure rise.

The next day, Ji-na and Dong-kyung both share their dating woes. Ji-na is shocked to hear Dong-kyung and Myeol-mang aren’t already dating, while Dong-kyung is shocked to hear Hyun-kyu reappeared. Ji-na is embarrassed by the hold Hyun-kyu has on her and calls herself pathetic.

Ji-na changes topics and asks when Dong-kyung is admitting herself to the hospital. Dong-kyung says she has things to take care of first and hedges when Ji-na tries to extract a promise that she’ll go as soon as that’s all done.

After getting an urgent call about work, Ji-na makes sure Dong-kyung has a ride and heads out. Meanwhile, Myeol-mang waits by the phone for Dong-kyung’s call. He’s surprised to find her at his door, instead.

Dong-kyung is a little awkward, but Myeol-mang doesn’t see any reason to be coy. He explains that he didn’t want to waste time waiting around like he usually does. She gets all flustered and tries to keep a distance, suddenly shy of physical contact for some reason. I guess any sort of intimacy only counts if you’re officially “dating.”

At the LifeStory office, Ji-na meets with the sleazy writer who accused her of plagiarizing his work. He clearly called her over just to be his sleazy self and now says she misheard him on the phone. One of his fans accused her, but he won’t let her get in trouble. He compares her to fine jewelry, saying he gets why Dong-kyung has been “hiding” her. Ugh.

The gross man won’t let her get a word in edgewise, completely ignoring all the signals that she’s not interested. When Joo-ik arrives and hears what’s going on, he goes to step in. But Ji-na is doing fine on her own. She pitches a laptop at the sleazy writer and curses him out for his disrespect.

When he calls her a “crazy bitch,” she launches herself across the table while the editors try to hold her back. Right when Ji-na calms down, the sleazy writer starts in on her work, saying nothing good could come from a writer like her. Joo-ik holds her back this time but retorts that the sleazy writer’s ugliness is apparent in his work.

Joo-ik tells Ji-na to go ahead and leave, although she should replace the laptop. Ji-na is horrified to discover the laptop wasn’t the sleazy writer’s but Joo-ik’s.

That night, Dong-kyung and Myeol-mang go for a walk, and Dong-kyung gets all bashful when he calls her pretty. She wonders if that garden of his he showed her is still so lonely, but Myeol-mang says it hasn’t been like that since she visited. They both agree that was the moment that sparked their feelings.

He walks her home for the first time as her official boyfriend. Dong-kyung jokingly wonders if she should ask him in for some ramen (i.e., Netflix and chill) and gets frustrated when he takes it literally. But he’s only messing with her – he’s watched humans long enough to know their euphemisms.

Myeol-mang accepts her joking invitation, but when they get to the roof, her family is already grilling food. Sun-kyung goes to introduce Myeol-mang to Kevin but realizes he doesn’t know Myeol-mang’s name. Myeol-mang uses the name Dong-kyung gave him: Kim Sa-ram.

Soo-ja goes inside for beer and a bottle opener which she can’t find. As she looks around, she stumbles upon Dong-kyung’s funeral portrait. Dong-kyung finds her sobbing as she holds the portrait, so she slips out to give her aunt a minute alone. Soo-ja comes back outside like nothing’s wrong.

Myeol-mang notices Dong-kyung is upset and likely guesses the reason since he can read Soo-ja’s thoughts. Later, Myeol-mang asks Dong-kyung to share what she’s feeling. She gets defensive, wondering what he wants to hear from her. “I love you,” he responds.

If saying that is too difficult, she can start by telling him that she’s having a hard time or that she’s scared or that she wants to live. Dong-kyung instead tells him goodbye for the night.

Meanwhile, Joo-ik waits for Hyun-kyu at home. When he arrives, Hyun-kyu says he told Ji-na to date him. Joo-ik explains that he thought it’d bring more harm than good if they met but admits he was out of line for keeping it secret. Hyun-kyu is not satisfied with that response and stomps off to bed.

After having breakfast with Soo-ja the next day, Dong-kyung goes to the hospital to find the goddess. Dong-kyung reveals that she’s always resented God and never imagined that being as someone so fragile under the weight of the world. The goddess smiles, saying she’s been hearing a lot of things she’s been hoping to hear lately.

Dong-kyung gifts her a spray bottle for her plants and goes to leave. “You are always the only one who can help yourself,” the goddess says. She encourages Dong-kyung to love to her heart’s desire and live. Myeol-mang was born for humans, anyway.

At the hospital, Dong-kyung runs into Doctor Jung who invites her to his wedding in three months. He asks her to be there. Dong-kyung is surprised to find Myeol-mang standing outside, but he reminds her the hospital is rife with doom.

Wanting to spend as much time together as possible, Myeol-mang drives Dong-kyung to meet Ye-ji at a café. Ye-ji feels guilty for missing all the signs that something wasn’t right with Dong-kyung and says that she’d use her one wish on Dong-kyung’s health.

Dong-kyung apologizes for not saying anything sooner. They both acknowledge this is a new situation for them, so it’s natural not to always get it right. Ye-ji notices Myeol-mang hardcore staring from a nearby table. Dong-kyung tells her to ignore her boyfriend.

They’re joined by their colleagues Jung-min and Da-in. Jung-min worries over Dong-kyung and says he’s missed her. He goes in for a hug, but Da-in pulls him back after noting Myeol-mang’s glare.

Everyone is sad to part ways – even Da-in says she’ll miss Dong-kyung at work. Ye-ji insists that they’re going to stay in touch which Jung-min echoes. When he grabs Dong-kyung’s hand, Myeol-mang says it’s time to go. After the couple drives away, no one can agree on what Myeol-mang looks like.

Dong-kyung lectures Myeol-mang for acting like a puppy guarding its human, but he still sits nearby and watches while Dong-kyung meets with the bratty writer Young. She asks for Young’s autograph for Dalgona, explaining how he’s given her comfort during her battle with cancer.

Young heard that Dong-kyung is sick too and, after finishing his autograph for Dalgona, signs Dong-kyung’s hand. He claims it’s an amulet that’ll protect her. When Dong-kyung asks why he won’t finish his novel without her, Young says he only agreed in the first place out of loyalty because Dong-kyung bought him so much food.

Dong-kyung asks his opinion on how to achieve a happy ending when a character must either choose the person she loves and doom the world or save the world and doom the person she loves. Young’s solution is for the main character to love no one. It’s a sad fate for her but a happy ending for everyone she saves.

Young casts a glance over at the glaring Myeol-mang and guesses Dong-kyung is dating the handsome tteokbokki restaurant owner now. He decides to call her noona now that she’s not his editor and leaves with a smile. Myeol-mang immaturely tries to trip him but fails.

Dalgona is thrilled with the autograph and asks how Dong-kyung is doing. She observantly notes that last time, Dong-kyung looked like someone contemplating whether to choose the happiness in front of her. With sad eyes, Dong-kyung admits that life is wonderful.

Outside, Dong-kyung catches Myeol-mang smoking and swipes the cigarette from his mouth. After she lectures him, he asks abruptly, “Do you want to get married?” He assumes it’s the next step after dating for people who want to live together forever.

Myeol-mang isn’t sure about forever, but he’d like to live and die like a human with her. Dong-kyung thinks he’s skipping some steps – there are necessary things to do before marriage. She takes him to the columbarium to meet her parents.

Myeol-mang formally introduces himself as her boyfriend and admits his proposal was rejected today. He asks for permission to marry Dong-kyung and promises to make her happy for the rest of her life. Dong-kyung jokingly pretends her father refused, arguing she can’t get married now.

Myeol-mang watches her deflecting and observes it’s sad that she always holds back what she truly wants to say. She again deflects and cheerily argues that’s nonsense.

Next, Dong-kyung buys him a birthday cake for his first birthday celebration, but she draws the line at singing. She has him make a wish and blow out the candle, saying she’ll fulfill any wish except for marriage. His wish is for her to live.

Dong-kyung argues she’s already living well thanks to him, so Myeol-mang amends his wish to her living happily for as long as possible in this world amongst everyone she loves. Sometimes, he’d like her to think of him.

That night, Dong-kyung crosses items off her bucket list, all of which are about her friends and loved ones. There’s only one item left on the list. At home, Myeol-mang broods over Dong-kyung saying that everyone who treats her well leaves eventually.

The next day, Joo-ik goes over to Ji-na’s. She confirms that he left the red umbrella she found at her door. Since Joo-ik took back the umbrella he gave her long ago, he thought he should replace it with something. Ji-na then offers to pay for his broken laptop, but he says it’s not necessary.

Ji-na vents that everyone seems to think she’s easy these days. Joo-ik catches her drift and asks what Hyun-kyu did. Speak of the devil, Hyun-kyu picks that moment to call Ji-na. Joo-ik tells her not to answer it until he’s said what he came to tell her.

Joo-ik finally comes clean. He lives with Hyun-kyu, and they’ve known each other for years, even before Joo-ik kissed Ji-na. We flash back to that day in the rain and discover Joo-ik has been running interference for almost a decade.

After the kiss, Ji-na ran off. Contrary to what Joo-ik told Ji-na, Hyun-kyu was not yet in Japan. Joo-ik caught him heading out to the store and convinced Hyun-kyu not to leave yet so he wouldn’t run into Ji-na outside.

Not holding anything back, Joo-ik now admits that Ji-na and Hyun-kyu could’ve met that day had he not kissed her. He did it because he hoped those two wouldn’t cross paths again, and he doesn’t regret his actions.

Joo-ik, deciding he knew what was best for a stranger, was sure Ji-na needed Hyun-kyu gone to live her own life. He was helping, apparently, because he knew what Hyun-kyu was like even if she didn’t. “I knew everything, yet I still liked him, that trash.” Wait, now I’m lost. Is he in love with Hyun-kyu too? This tangled triangle gets more dramatic by the second.

Ji-na wants to know why he’s confessing if he’s not apologetic. Joo-ik wants out of this mess (that he created) and hates that he’s starting to feel bad. God forbid he be sorry he manipulated the course of people’s lives without their knowledge or consent.

At home, Dong-kyung stares at her final bucket list item: parting. She quietly wheels her suitcase out and blinks back tears as she looks at her sleeping aunt and brother. To save everyone, she needs to not love them. Uh, isn’t it a little late for that?

Myeol-mang is waiting outside, having anticipated her plan. All day, she’s looked like she’s saying goodbye. “Let’s break up and never see each other again,” Dong-kyung says. She then immediately contradicts herself by saying they should get married after they survive. What?

She’s apparently been planning this since she told him they should date – it’s the only way she can save him. (Or maybe you could’ve tried not dating him at all?) Dong-kyung is going to try to forget him and everyone she’s ever cared about because why not.

Dong-kyung confesses that she’s started to love Myeol-mang. (I guess she’ll start not loving people tomorrow.) She apologizes for loving him and thanks him for everything. She returns the bracelet and walks away, leaving Myeol-mang devastated.

She goes to brood at her spot by the sea, determined to be lonely to save everyone she loves. So Dong-kyung stays in her childhood home filled with memories of the people she loves and spends her days reminiscing. You know, to forget.

Dong-kyung sits by the sea and crosses off “parting” from her bucket list. Now she wonders what the point of life is if you run from everyone you love. As she’s giving herself a pep talk, Myeol-mang appears. Did she think she could run from him?

He takes her hand since it’s almost midnight, but she shakes him off. She told him they weren’t to see each other again. Myeol-mang accuses her of not once saying what she truly feels since she was 10 years old. “Say it all to me.”

Unable to hold it in anymore, tears fall down Dong-kyung’s face as she whispers that she wants to live. “I want to live with you, Sun-kyung, Aunt, and Unni. I really, really want to live with the people I love,” she wails. Myeol-mang holds her and lets her cry it out. He says he wants the same. “I want to live, and I want to die together.”

 
COMMENTS

What the heck? I don’t even have words for the ridiculousness of Dong-kyung’s plan to unlove everyone in 50 days by going to her childhood home and reminding herself of them constantly. Beyond the terrible planning of details, wouldn’t the fact that you’re leaving to save everyone because you love them negate the whole thing? The plan was so nonsensical it was impossible to feel sympathy for Dong-kyung’s self-imposed and pointless loneliness. They did Dong-kyung’s character dirty this hour because she is smarter than that. And it wasn’t just the awful plan. Her behavior this episode made little sense overall. If you know you’re going to leave and try not to love anyone, why in the world would you agree to date someone only to dump them days later? It felt particularly cruel since she’d explicitly asked Myeol-mang to love her in the first place! Then, there was her odd coquettishness with Myeol-mang after she suggested they date. They’d clearly been a couple for a while, even if they hadn’t labeled their relationship. I wish dramas would stop treating their adult female characters like children who blush at handholding. Dong-kyung has had boyfriends before, and she and Myeol-mang have kissed multiple times, slept in the same bed, and held hands daily. It makes no sense for her to be all shy just because the word “boyfriend” is thrown into the mix.

You know what else didn’t make sense? Joo-ik. I’m liking his character a lot less knowing that he’s been so manipulative for years. He has no right to interfere in Hyun-kyu and Ji-na’s lives. If he wants to give advice to Hyun-kyu who is a close friend, have at it. But the way he involved himself was so deceptive and kind of creepy, especially since Ji-na was basically a stranger. And why was he so aggressively unapologetic toward her? He issued his confession almost like a challenge which made the whole thing bizarre. I’m not even sure what Joo-ik is trying to accomplish. He says he wants to disentangle himself, but then why would he enter into a contract with Ji-na that ensures he’ll see her regularly? I swear, logic has left the chat at this point. Poor Ji-na. That girl needs to get the hell out of dodge. I say we just let Joo-ik and Hyun-kyu pair up and leave everyone else out of their drama and toxicity. No one else needs to be stuck with all that.

On a positive note, I am glad that Myeol-mang finally got Dong-kyung to express her emotions. Watching her deflect and throw up a wall any time things started getting too real was both sad and frustrating. It was a relief to see her cry and let everything out for the first time since she was a child. In that way, she and Myeol-mang are complete opposites. He’s been blurting out his feelings without the slightest hesitation. His directness and lack of couth came in handy since he has no qualms bringing up awkward topics and pointing out how Dong-kyung shuts herself off. Hopefully, he can get her to give up this senseless plan so they can try to find a solution that works. Of course, he’s probably just going to try to sacrifice himself. At this point, I don’t trust anyone’s decision-making in this drama. Soo-ja seems the most sensible, so I vote we involve her and see if she can tamp down on this chaos.

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Guess the best thing about this episode is that I get to remind Joo-ik about how important it is to back up fragile laptops :)

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True very true

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I've been lurking and reading the recaps regularly and it's interesting to see how your opinion of this drama changed from the first episode to the newest one. I can sense your frustration ha!

I think by now we should have a consensus that this drama makes no sense? I dropped it at episode 8 but I wanted to see if things picked up. It seems like they didn't.

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Oh no, they did not.

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I get the frustration and wanting fictional characters to play by our expectations and seemingly decided upon sense of logic, but then again I don't know. This review seemed kind of...unfeeling and non-understanding? Overly snarky less much personal disclaimers? Let me explain.
Everyone is certainly entitled to their own opinion, but I feel that goes out the window when personal motive comes into play. Even if the person isn't real. I let them do them and then just try to see things from their point of view.

One conclusion I often come to is that I'm not going to hold any character in emotional duress to make the best decision or take the path of least dramatic resistance. Now I believe there's still narrative potential in characters making smart decisions, but I don't pretend to be an expert in writing these. So it is what it is, essentially. I'm not going to insist that any actor here is doing anything with malintent. That's being intellectually dishonest. We get it. Noble idiocy is very much still idiocy, but it's idiocy in their lap that I as a viewer must let them grapple with while I just watch (if I choose to).
That all being said I enjoyed the ep because I'm eating up any interactions with this delightfully delusional couple who are clearly in love, but have no clue about true love or even relationships. I'm interested in seeing them figure it out and keeping in mind that all they're doing is in service of others and each other, even if it comes off as dumb.

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This review is unfeeling? Nah. It’s right on point and, actually, very generous to this drama. How else could you write a review about an empty, pretentious and shallow story? The “feelings” (what ever they might be) about this show should be discussed on this forum. The reviewer’s job (writing a review) was done very well.

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I second that!

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I'm just delurking to say ... if this show can make our "gentle" quirkycase frustrated, it probably can frustrate the saint at this point. The comments read ... savage, lol.

Since I dropped the show at episode 5, I have no other opinion about the show, apart from the one I expressed in episode 4.

For the ones who love to support the show, continue to explain it away. It's way more entertaining to read the doomsplaining than watch the actual show. Besides, I might get all bored without feeling like I'm a dumb child once in a while.

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I have absolutely no stake in what you think about the show. But the comments section is meant to be for episode discussion, not needling other people who don’t share your view.

If you liked a show and read your last paragraph in the comments, how would you feel? Do you think it encourages discussion about the episode?

DB generally is a good forum because people discuss the show and characters rather than fill up the comments with inter-commenter spats. Let’s aim to keep it that way.

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Hmm. This forum is not all about YOUR hurt feelings towards how others feel about this show. It’s about THEIR opinion as well. Don’t read their hurtful comments, if you are so faint of heart. Or even better, please, dispute their opinion with the passion you feel for this show. Passion doesn’t mean you must turn your comments into long essays. Just saying.

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I’m very open to discussing opinions about the show. But this paragraph is not about the show:

“ For the ones who love to support the show, continue to explain it away. It's way more entertaining to read the doomsplaining than watch the actual show. Besides, I might get all bored without feeling like I'm a dumb child once in a while.”

The phrase “continue to explain it” is very different from “continue to explain it away”. The first indicates the explanation has validity. The second implies delusion is involved. And if you have ideas as to how one can constructively engage with “Besides, I might get all bored without feeling like I'm a dumb child once in a while”, let me know.

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I’m sorry you have to deal with this, Miranda.

I’m completely with you and I don’t even like this show all that much. You’ve been completely respectful in your attempts to express that your issue here is not with differing opinions, but with putting down other’s viewpoints. I’ve agreed with you on this for weeks.

I don’t see bombibean’s snark directed towards other beanies’ perspectives as any less obnoxious than the beanies’ complaints towards quirkycase for not sharing their view. It’s no different. The hypocrisy here is astounding.

Just because you aren’t naming names, doesn’t make what you’re doing any less problematic or damaging to the discourse around here. Keep the criticisms to the show, not to fellow beanies’ analysis or to the recapper’s analysis.

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Miranda, I’m not sure why you’re singling me out for expressing my opinion (more like snark, I agree) and shaming me for that opinion in front of other beanies.

It’s not the first time you reply to my posts like I’m specifically targeting your feelings or opinions, and, no, it’s entertaining to read all beanies’ comments, not just yours.

Sis, I’m all for the decorum and deconstructing the dramas, that’s why I'm here, in this forum, expressing my opinions and feelings about this show.

Anyway, since I never engaged in “inter-commenter spats” in this forum, this will be the last comment I’ll ever make about this awful drama.

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I just love seeing people explain to me why they love shows that I think are awful - when Was It Love was airing last year for instance (truly awful show) the commenters who were disheartened by all the hate for it showed me that there really is something to love in everything, and a piece of media for everyone!
Doom is absolutely terrible, so we who chose to keep watching should find our ways to enjoy it, whether it's finding the elements of it that speak to us, watching just for the actors, or (like me) watching with others for the pure joy sharing how dumb the show is.

(In case Miranda has made you read and re-read your comment for ways you could have been misconstrued: You haven't said anything wrong @bomibeans ❤️)

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I genuinely liked this drama and was really holding on to it but this episode was sooooo bad. I cant even. Whats up with her heroine? I can understand her wanting to avoid physical pain caused by her ilness and also her challenging dooms contract by saying she will fall in love with him so he is the one who disappear when she breaks the contract at the risk of herheart breaking just so that she gets to save everyone she loves but now its just not comprehensive at all. Its so crazy to first lie about treatment of your illness to your aunt, that in by books is a big no-no and second to spend your precious time away from them not just torturing your self but your loved ones as well. I have also lost track of how the main leads relationship is progressing. They should have showed them trying to spend more time together cherishing every moment since they dont know whats going to happen. She may love doom right now but i hardly think thats going to trump her love for her aunt and brother they are still at risk if she goes back on her word. I think the goddess will step in and try to clean up the mess they have created.

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I think seeing her aunt cry broke her as she do not want to be the reason for the people she love worry. So she made this decision witch is very in character as she always think about others before herself. It remind me of animals that run away to hide when they know they are about to die... I also feel a part of DK running away was to escape from facing her own feelings about being terminal ill. As MM asked her a couple of time what is she really feelings, before at the end she broke down after he asked her again. Sure it is not the most rational decision but it is very human not alway think we your head, but more on your own feelings that is not always rational. to me that make DK very human beside I wonder how much of her action is affected by the tumor. Also consider she know he aunt and brother the longest they are closest in heart as she still learning what romantic love means.

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I feel like if this was a sageuk, running away would make sense. But I couldn't help but think here that her family would be putting in a missing persons report and have her tracked down pretty quickly, especially since it didn't look like she was planning to run away to a new country. I agree that she had not been really confronting her own feelings about dying. It's also hard to feel like it's a real thing since Doom takes away her pain so her body still feels healthy.

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I invented the word endosolistration for dramas such as this.

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I don't know the meaning of this word but it reminded me of the word, "colonoscopy", a very stressful experience I had this past spring.

Still, I'd rather undergo the procedure again than pick up from where I left with this drama.

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😂😂😂😂😂
Google it ;)

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When now I fast forward this drama episodes, (the first 4 episodes I watched, faithfully waiting for the story progression) the word ...prettification comes to mind. Pretty faces, pretty clothes, pretty skin (looks sooo fake, Kdrama adopted Cdrama’s face smoothing technique now?!) pretty feelings, pretty scenery, pretty furnishings. Even pretty after-office-hour gatherings with no heavy alcohol drinking and throwing up? Unbelievably pretty drama.

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Hehe. I googled it. And now my head is spinning from all those “ations” words you had invented mixing Latin and Greek in the process. As an lazy English-third-language speaker, I’m truly envious (in a very good way) of your capability.

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😂😂😂😂😂😂 Why thank you. It took some work and research to be sure.

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Lesson of this episode don't throw a random laptop even if it belongs to a ass. What I don't get is why on earth did DK think person can forget EVERYONE in 50 days. Thank God MM came around to show some sense. With everyone wishing for her to recover and MM already to jump the gun to save her, I don't feel too happy if someone dies. But seriously HK is definitely turning out to be a possessive guy... not a ideal type buddy. Poor JN I seriously hope she picks JK in the end

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She’s generally a smart girl, so I don’t think she genuinely believes moving to Jeju will work. But at the halfway mark, I think she’s realized she’s truly out of options. She loves Myul Mang - maybe not more than her brother, but there’s no scenario where she gets to STAY with MM for more than 50 days (the same realization he had at the start of the ep). And if she doesn’t kill him, her brother or aunt die. If she doesn’t kill them, she dies. She’s been optimistic about finding a loophole, but at the halfway mark, no acceptable loophole is visible and she’s having a tough time keeping up the facade. Even her aunt points out that she’s always been overly mannered, so another 50 days of that with family and friends as she dies could be exhausting if she tries to keep that up.

I think the 50 days marker is important in the story. If you use the stages of grief as a frame, then she’s already gone through Anger, Denial, and had a long spell in Bargaining. This episode is the tilt into Depression, which she deals with stoically but is a clear follow-on from all the Bargaining. Depressed people often want to isolate, it’s exhausting to bear up under the sympathy of others.

I expect Bargaining will make a couple of rallies, but now she’s finally moving past it, I’m looking forward to how Dong Kyung actually uses her 50 days.

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True... rather than worry about the no of says you have left best think how you'll use them with the ones you love

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As someone who keeps coming back to this train wreck every week because of the chemistry between the main leads (which ngl I really, really like), I have to say that I felt a sizeable amount of frustration this week. Let's say some of it was because of DK and her nonsensical "plan", but my main issue really lies with how Ji-na and Joo-ik's storyline is handled. I keep seeing comments online about how people want them to end up together, but this man really went and kissed a stranger on the street, lied to her about her boyfriend moving away, and now, years later, continues to butt into her business?! And through all this, he still acts like a friend to Hyun-kyu. I feel like he repeatedly violates her privacy, right to choose who she likes/doesn't like, and now he's even gotten involved into her business life? I'm sorry, but throw the whole man away. Who would've known that Sun-kyung would turn out to be -imo- the best male side character? I would yeet JI and HK in a second :)

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but its HK who lied about studying overseas in the first place. he ignored her and this whole thing happen. not saying everything JI did to her is right tho.

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Absolutely, HK was immature and bad at communicating, and he still is. I, personally, could forgive that kind of behavior on account of him being young and stupid. I'm not saying I'd date him again, but y'know. However, to me, what JI is doing ten times worse - he's overstepping his bounds, invading JN's privacy, and he's just a bad friend to HK. And he's a grown man, not a teenager! JN shouldn't end up with either of them 🤷

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I love that the drama frames HK’s behavior as immature, but my biggest misgiving with the show since the beginning has been the possibility that JI is supposed to be considered the catch in comparison. While this episode seemed to acknowledge his behavior as bad, I am worried that he is still supposed to be the lesser evil here.

PBY said the second lead triangle had something interesting to it. I’m really hoping that she’s referring to JN ending up single or with another prospect, as that would be the most refreshing resolution for the drama at this point.

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Maybe JI is in love with HK, and has been waiting all this time for HK to get over JN and realize he actually loves JI back. That would be interesting! (And the best scenario for JN.)

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I had liked Joo-Ik and Ji-na together initially, but Joo-ik manipulating their relationship 9 year ago was really effed up. He did it to try to get Ji-na to move on from a relationship that was not going to work. If he had let them be instead of being the judgmental know-it-all, Ji-na and Hyeon-kyu would have long distanced it for a year, break up, and never think about each other again. Each could be happily dating other people or even married. Instead, it had caused a scar in Jina's heart and has Hyeon-kyu obsessing over the one-who-got-away. And knowing that, he still wants to meddle again. If he wants to meddle, he should just get Jina and Hyeon-kyu together and let them get their what-ifs out of their system.

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the confession at the end of the last episode left me cold. I think im going to drop this

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Considering every single Korean drama wheels out the noble idiocy/flinching innocent girlfriend thing, I kind of ignore it as long as it doesn’t last longer than an episode. Korean dramas think protagonists have to make grand senseless sacrificial gestures and that adult women have to cosplay as chaste nuns as soon as the word “boyfriend” appears. Territorial boyfriend behavior considered normal rather than maladjusted and socially abhorrent. Sun rises in east. Some things just appear to be forces of Korean drama nature.

With Dong Kyung getting the noble idiot asterisk this week, I liked that Myul Mang knew her behavior was weird but just observed until the end, and even then his goal was to break down the shield he’d been seeing her put up all week. He’d been hearing everyone else’s thoughts and knew her behavior was odd from them AND his own observation. That he approached her on the beach with so much empathy, not scolding or bringing up their relationship as a lever but just showing that he was there to listen and knew she was wound up tight, that was the type of adult relationship I expect instead of the flinching and territorial nonsense.

There’s something more there with Joo Ik. Why are they living together? He’s been frustrated with his roommate this entire time, but also is fond of him. And I don’t believe that he just kissed Ji Na to get rid of her, or that he would edit her now just for the hell of it. We know so little about the rich man’s son, I expect we’ll get into that more.

Overall this is the first episode where Dong Kyung has really accepted it’s likely she’ll die and even remotely behaved that way. And where Myul Mang has joined her in that fatalistic view. They started out with different goals, then the same goal for different reasons, and more they’re at the halfway point and beginning to accept that there increasingly looks like they’re going to be separated no matter what solution they end up with. So even though this ep was a festival of seemingly unavoidable Korean drama tropes, at least it’s out of the way and we can get back to the philosophical bits.

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I really like your thoughts on MM and DK's relationship. It was great seeing MM's more introspective and thoughtful side; how patient he was with DK even though he knew something was fishy from the get-go.

Now no more noble-idiocy, please ✋🙄

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I do think there are dramas that have managed to avoid tropes like this, but, with this drama having life and death stakes, I was sort of expecting them to pull this maneuver at some point. If they can get away with it, they often will. I’m glad it was the short-lived kind. As I said below, if she really wanted to make her noble idiocy an irreversable, fore-gone conclusion, she could have actually used her wish to ensure she couldn’t love anyone, whether through amnesia or other means.

I also just thought that the drama was depicting a new stage of awareness for DK with her reactions this episode, with the growth of both their feelings. I’m weird, but certain relationship developments tend to make me like that, although I would not have been as coy about it all. She likely held back a bit because of her instinct to run away too.

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Honestly, I'm so confused with the direction the story is taking right now. Maybe the only reason the writer needed to send DongKyung away was to allow some adorably cheesy moments between the 2 leads in the next episode without the interference of the other characters. Which is disappointing. There were so many ways to allow DK to let her emotions out without this.

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And it may be because of this mess, that I actually find sense in the love triangle. JooIk may be a stranger to JiNa but she isn't to him. He probably knew about her coz of HyunKyu and not to mention he was made to send the breakup messages and probably also saw her waiting outside the apartment for days. Luckily for him, she did turn out better in every way except her love life. But he makes the same mistake twice, he again butted in when he felt her writing was getting affected after he realized that she was the same person he kissed back then. But, sure it is still wrong to butt in coz she didn't know him but compared to the rest of the mess this show has become, I consider this okay. And since this is a drama and it is law that the girl should end up with one of the two in the triangle, I'd prefer it if it were JooIk coz HyunKyu is just way too selfish.

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Honestly, his role as an editor DOES include pointing out flaws in her work that he can tie to deeper patterns. The side-contract less so, and I have no idea what his deal with her is in general (or what the hell is going on with him and feckless Hyun Kyu), but professionally? He’s only improving her writing by pointing out a fatal flaw in her story structure that appears to impact all of her works.

I still don’t know why the son of a rich man is living with the guy he tutored (and apparently was living with him even in high school?).

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Considering that the 2nd time they met was in the cafe, JooIk probably could only assume that LeeHyun was Jina's pen name, while not being sure it was her and only confirmed it after they met in the cafe. He probably saw that she was living a good life in their present except for her love life so he wanted to help her out through her work, kind of like killing 2 birds with one stone. Of course, this is a theory I made up in my mind, coz I feel like the writer does not know herself.
As for why JooIk is living with HyunKyu, I have been waiting for that as well, so I'm hoping they tell us that in the coming episodes, but I wouldn't hold my breath for it. Especially considering that 50% of the scenes with the love triangle are shown within the prev ep promos itself and hardly have screen time. The deity girl probably has more scenes than them.🤦‍♂️

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Son of a rich man … true, but the father son relationship is really awful. I rather think JI was as independent of his father as early as possible. I haven’t seen anything explaining why the relationship is so bad.

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And here I thought it was just me or not knowing the culture or a translation issue... Damned if I can't make sense of this thing. The only reason I'm still watching is because I've watched thus far. Damn you OCD!!!!!!

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This drama, 😂😂😂, it is so bad. SIGH, her running away didn't make any sense, of course he was going to find her. That was just silly.

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I tend to cut my dramas some slack,so on a subjective level I still like it. Maybe because I relate to Dong-Kyung's plight but her noble idiocy made sense to me in the context of her situation. I've seen it in both myself and others around me who faced things like cancer how logic can go out of the window and you'll cling to whatever gives you even a shred of hope. To me Dong Kyung is going through the 5 stages of grief. People, when faced with their own mortality, can behave in ways which seem stupid to other people. And even more so when you worry about the loved ones that will be left behind. Through I do understand where people who dislike it are coming from as there's a little too much reading between the lines needed and the writing could be better.

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Jinx - same thought. This was the episode where she went from Bargaining to Depression.

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Why does it look like everyone now hates this drama? 😩😩

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I love this show. This is how I understand it:

Ep 1: DK takes MM's hand.
Ep 2: DK finds that Doom isn't evil. Rather, he is a force of nature, like darkness and winter. (If Doom has a persona, I don't mind if it's like Myeol-mang - sympathetic and compassionate.)
Ep 3: It's the first time a human has touched him the way DK does. Thinking that everything is an illusion, he refuses to take her hand, thinking that it'll put everything back in order again. But DK surprises him yet again by saying that she'll love him.
Ep 4: MM doesn't think that it's possible for DK to love him for who he is. People either resent him or want to use him for their own purposes. Most heartbreakingly, Doom is an evil to be feared.
Ep 5: MM finally thinks that DK is the right person to love him.
Ep 6: DK wants MM to love her back. (She has been falling for him since ep 2. Once she sees him for who he is, she couldn't help but be affected by him.)
Ep 7: Things are about to get serious between them. MM stays away from her, thinking that because of who he is, he's the cause of all the misfortunes that has befallen her. But he just can't keep away and returns to her side.
Ep 8: He decides to just let himself care for her and does things to make her smile. (This is the anti-persona of who he is. Remember that he is Doom and only brings misfortune to human beings.) He tells her that she doesn't have to make a wish for him to love her.
Ep 9: This episode focuses on the relationships of the people in DK's life. MM moves out (to allow those relationships to take centerstage) but he is there with her throughout the episode. Finally, she tells him that she wants to live, but he affirms that he's powerless to do that. Finally he runs back and tells her that he loves her. Not loving her just because he wants to disappear. But he really loves her.
Ep 10: DK breaks up with MM because she has really fallen for him, which will lead to his demise. MM finds her after she runs away (in a futile attempt to escape her fate) and says he would like to live and die with her (previously he just wants to cease to exist by himself).

I think everything makes sense if you see MM as a supernatural being whose job is to witness everything pass away, and DK as a human caught in this situation where her love would bring about the demise of her loved one. It's not a normal setup to begin with. In a way, he's the perfect being to love DK whose life is about to expire. He has watched, and hated, how things wither away through the length of his long and tiresome existence. Now here is one impending death that he has become irretrievably entangled in and wants to save.

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Yes. Yes. Yes. Also in this episode we saw her say good bye to all the people she loves in her own quiet way. One thing that's become obvious in her personality is how she only thinks about the people she loves and how she always puts them before herself. Most of all she wants to spare them pain, and within the very narrow options she has available to herself, she withdraws. It's so sad

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Ok. Absolutely love this. I completely agree with you, and see the drama the same way! I’m glad I’m not the only one! I actually think that the MCs emotions and reactions makes complete sense given the predicament that they’re in. I think it exemplifies one of the very many reactions when faced with death.

Yes, there are a lot of plot holes, but I always enjoy dramas that can really convey real responses to totally plausible events, ie death, whether it be deemed as an irrational response or not. I think that as humans we make many irrational decisions and mistakes anyway hahaha.

I do have to stop and think about what the heck is going on at times. BUT, the emotions that they’re attempting to deliver has been received (by me at least ahahahah).

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The only possible explanation behind the stupid plan I can think of is that Dong Kyung is not in a right state of mind due to her illness. Even if that logic was true, it doesn’t stop the episode from being a train wreck. Why Joo Ik thought it was ok to interfere with someone’s else relationship and be a saviour to a girl he doesn’t know/barely knows is beyond my understanding! The whole thing is absolutely ridiculous.
After reading the recap and watching some tidbits on Instagram, I didn’t even feel the need to watch the whole episode.

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Thanks for the recap @quirkycase!

This show…I actually like it, I do. I feel for the lead characters immensely. I even think their dynamic hasn’t really changed — though they moved away from the spicier scenes to more bittersweet ones. I’ve even felt like this show mostly makes sense to me, which naturally, in lue of many other reactions, has me questioning my own sanity (the ridiculing tone of certain comments here doesn’t exactly help).

But, lord, this was some special kind of noble idiocy. I mean, actually trying to unlove everyone?! Probably one of the most inconceivable things I’ve seen attempted in dramaland, not gonna lie.

Now, I will be fair. She was blipped away into Dora the Explorer’s Magical Screen-saver and told the whole fate of the universe depends on her love. That’s a lot of pressure, lol! And her actually attempting to “un-love” out of love, is still certainly an “innovative” form of noble idiocy, even in its complete and utter emotional immaturity.

Actually, though, given that the whole crux of the episode was revealing DK’s emotional immaturity and inability to truly let other’s in, I did find this foray into “noble idiot” territory to be far more understandable than usual. In fact, something that struck me is how almost every episode has built up to DK suggesting a wish. Here, too, it dawned on me she could have just suggested for amnesia or for her ability to love to be taken away as her wish…but she didn’t do it. Instead, she made this completely futile attempt to run away. And this is why I tend to agree with some of the beanies here. I really think her nonsense may have just been a cry for help. She put up a wall so big that he would have to break through it. If she had really wanted to succeed, by using her wish, she probably could have.

This was a last-ditch attempt to run away, to not burden the people in her life and avoid death, it had no basis in logic. However, I do think the show should have framed it as such instead of making it feel like this grand gesture. I feel like they undercut that air of grandeur at the end, but it still got you feeling frustrated, rather than sympathetic for a moment there. I’ve honestly kept this off the record, less the 5 people deigning to read this judge me, but DK’s character, or, at least, some aspects to her struggle, resonate with me very much so that is perhaps why I cut her some slack.

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Lol, uhhh…

Dora the Explorer = Girl Deity, goddess, what have you.

Ya know, it could perhaps be that watching this show with viki comments on has made it a tad more enjoyable for me…

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Omg! this show confuse me so much hahaha. I really like it but, it bothers me that all the characters act in strange ways, besides I don't understand the goddess. If I have to choose wich one of them cofuse me the most I think it's her, she is so ambiguous with her words and actions that every time she talks I'm like "whaaat?" I guess I'll keep watching to see how everything turns out at the end. Thanks for the recap!

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I too was sooo confused at this episode. I mean, i still am. Can someone clarify. I evenr ewatch and google to go through the agreement again..is she trying to stop destroying the world after 100 days?so she forgets everyone because the deal os if she breaks the rule(dont destroy the world), their loved ones will die instead. Is it like that? Then why in the last 2-3 episodes the end of the world isnt brought up that much. I even almost forgot about it. I am still confused. I think the writer is trying so hard to make a different atoryline than the regular mystical being tropes so much that it's too complicated..or am i just too dumb?lol

But I'm still uwuing over this drama because of the overflowing chemistry of the leads

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